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  1. Obesity: the hormonal milieu.

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    Lenz, Anne; Diamond, Frank B

    2008-02-01

    Obesity has reached epidemic proportions throughout the world and poses significant health and economic burdens to both developed and developing societies. Most recent data from the NHANES study (2003-2004) report that 17.1% of US children are overweight and 32.2% of adults are obese, a significant increase compared with data obtained only 6 years earlier. The neurohormonal control of appetite, body composition, and glucose homeostasis is mediated by hormones secreted from adipose tissue, endocrine glands, and enteroendocrine cells, which converge at the vagus nerve, brainstem and hypothalamus to modulate complex interactions of neurotransmitters and central appetite-regulating peptides. These hormonal signals are tightly regulated to maintain body weight/adiposity within a narrow, individually defined range that may be further impacted by variables such as ingested calories, meal composition, and lifestyle. Clinical manifestations of obesity, the metabolic syndrome and impaired glucose tolerance reflect biochemical alterations in a complex hormonal milieu. Elucidation of these hormonal perturbations in obese patients has already provided novel pharmacologic treatments to improve weight management and address the metabolic sequelae of obesity. The remarkable redundancy of these hormones, however, and their interactions make a monopharmaceutical approach unlikely to be successful.

  2. Milieu Teaching. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report

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    What Works Clearinghouse, 2012

    2012-01-01

    "Milieu teaching" is a practice that involves manipulating or arranging stimuli in a preschool child's natural environment to create a setting that encourages them to engage in a targeted behavior. For example, a teacher might place a desirable toy in a setting to encourage a student to request that toy (where requesting a toy is the…

  3. Relaxation Assessment with Varied Structured Milieu (RELAX).

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    Cassel, Russell N.; Cassel, Susie L.

    1983-01-01

    Describes Relaxation Assessment with Varied Structured Milieu (RELAX), a clinical program designed to assess the degree to which an individual is able to demonstrate self-control for overall general relaxation. The program is designed for use with the Cassel Biosensors biofeedback equipment. (JAC)

  4. Milieu Therapy with the Adolescent Sociopath.

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    Walker, Betty A.

    1978-01-01

    This paper defines sociopathy and presents current findings on its causes and treatment. A milieu therapy program is described, including the preventive and active treatment methods used to keep the adolescent sociopath fully occupied in constructive activities and "sponsor" relationships to overcome antisocial behavior patterns. (Author/SJL)

  5. Using the Milieu: Treatment-Environment Consistency.

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    Szekais, Barbara

    1985-01-01

    Describes trial use of milieu and activity-based therapy in two adult day centers to increase client involvement in physical and social environments of treatment settings. Reports results from empirical observations and recommends further investigation of this treatment modality in settings for the elderly. (Author/NRB)

  6. Relaxation Assessment with Varied Structured Milieu (RELAX).

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    Cassel, Russell N.; Cassel, Susie L.

    1983-01-01

    Describes Relaxation Assessment with Varied Structured Milieu (RELAX), a clinical program designed to assess the degree to which an individual is able to demonstrate self-control for overall general relaxation. The program is designed for use with the Cassel Biosensors biofeedback equipment. (JAC)

  7. Using the Milieu: Treatment-Environment Consistency.

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    Szekais, Barbara

    1985-01-01

    Describes trial use of milieu and activity-based therapy in two adult day centers to increase client involvement in physical and social environments of treatment settings. Reports results from empirical observations and recommends further investigation of this treatment modality in settings for the elderly. (Author/NRB)

  8. Social Allostasis: Anticipatory Regulation of the Internal Milieu

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    Schulkin, Jay

    2010-01-01

    Social regulation of the internal milieu is a fundamental behavioral adaptation. Cephalic capability is reflected by anticipatory behaviors to serve systemic physiological regulation. Homeostatic regulation, a dominant perspective, reflects reactive responses; allostatic regulation, the physiology of change, emphasizes longer-term anticipatory, and feedforward systems. Steroids, such as cortisol, and peptides such as corticotrophin releasing hormone are but one example of such anticipatory regulatory systems. The concept of “allostasis” is in part to take account of anticipatory control amidst diverse forms of adaptation underlying this regulatory adaptation that supports social contact and the internal milieu. PMID:21369352

  9. DEVELOPING EGO FUNCTIONS IN DISTURBED CHILDREN, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY IN MILIEU.

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    LLORENS, LELA A.; RUBIN, ELI Z.

    THE USE OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (OT) WITH EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED CHILDREN IN A RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT SETTING OR MILIEU IS DESCRIBED ON THE BASIS OF 6 YEARS OF EXPERIMENTAL WORK. CORRECTIVE TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION APPROACHES ARE EXPLAINED. ALSO CONSIDERED IS THE CONTRIBUTION OF OT IN (1) THE DEVELOPMENT, FULFILLMENT, OR MODIFICATION OF MOTOR…

  10. DEVELOPING EGO FUNCTIONS IN DISTURBED CHILDREN, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY IN MILIEU.

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    LLORENS, LELA A.; RUBIN, ELI Z.

    THE USE OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (OT) WITH EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED CHILDREN IN A RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT SETTING OR MILIEU IS DESCRIBED ON THE BASIS OF 6 YEARS OF EXPERIMENTAL WORK. CORRECTIVE TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION APPROACHES ARE EXPLAINED. ALSO CONSIDERED IS THE CONTRIBUTION OF OT IN (1) THE DEVELOPMENT, FULFILLMENT, OR MODIFICATION OF MOTOR…

  11. Adolescent Health Promotion Groups: A Primer for Milieu Therapists

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    Puskar, Kathryn; Bernardo, Lisa Marie; Stark, Kirsti Hetager; Frazier, Leann

    2008-01-01

    Adolescents who are required to live away from their families of origin face many challenges that can affect mood and mental health. Milieu therapists (mental health associates) working with adolescents in a residential treatment center may be expected to provide group activities that promote mental health. It is important for new group leaders to…

  12. [Cognitive milieu therapy and restraint within dual diagnosis populations].

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    Lykke, Jørn; Austin, Stephen F; Mørch, Mille Metz

    2008-01-28

    The use of restraint is common practice within psychiatry and is most frequently used with patients with a co-occurring serious mental illness and substance abuse or dual diagnosis. Furthermore restraint has being shown to have a negative impact on treatment outcomes and on the psychological wellbeing of patients. Cognitive behavioural therapy has been shown to contribute to positive treatment outcomes for a range of mental health problems, including schizophrenia and substance abuse. The following study examined the incidence of restraint within a dual diagnosis inpatient ward before and after the implementation of cognitive milieu therapy. Data collected over a four-year period showed that the incidence of physical restraint was significantly reduced after the introduction of cognitive milieu therapy, and that this reduction was not offset by increases in other forms of restraint. The implications of these results are discussed regarding the use of restraint on dual diagnosis populations within psychiatric settings.

  13. Amelioration of transference resistance: substitute therapists in milieu group psychotherapy.

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    Sperling, M B; Kibel, H D; Loutsch, E M

    1990-01-01

    Building upon Wolf's (1949) notion of the use of an alternate session in group psychotherapy, this paper suggests that an alternate therapist substituting for an absent regular therapist in milieu group psychotherapy can facilitate similar therapeutic benefits. The mechanism of this process of overcoming transference resistance is seen as twofold: (1) sessions with a substitute therapist allow patients to confront the infantilization often present in a milieu setting and experiment with more autonomous ego functioning. (2) Sessions with a substitute therapist create conditions which are apart from the ongoing process of the therapy group, thereby allowing for a therapeutic splitting process to develop wherein transference feelings about the regular therapist can be expressed to his or her "alter ego." Several case vignettes are presented in order to illustrate the clinical utility of a substitute therapist.

  14. Bioenergetics and Diffusion in the Crowded Milieu of Living Cells

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    Heikal, Ahmed

    2014-06-01

    Intracellular nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) is a key cofactor in energy metabolism pathways and a myriad of oxidation-reduction reactions in living cells. The crowded milieu of these cells with organelles and macromolecules influences many biological processes such as biomolecular diffusion, protein-protein and protein-substrate interactions, and protein folding. In this contribution, I will highlight our recent findings on the role of macromolecular crowding on biochemical reaction between NADH and selected dehydrogenases in both living cells and in controlled macromolecules-rich environment. In addition, multiscale diffusion (rotational and translational) of a small fluorophore will be used to understand the role of non-specific binding, heterogeneity in microenvironmental viscosity in crowded solutions. Our experimental approach is a combination of fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy, time-resolved anisotropy and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. The broader impacts of these results will be discussed within the context of energy metabolism and biophysics in the crowded milieu of living cells.

  15. Bioinspired assembly of small molecules in cell milieu.

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    Wang, Huaimin; Feng, Zhaoqianqi; Xu, Bing

    2017-03-30

    Self-assembly, the autonomous organization of components to form patterns or structures, is a prevalent process in nature at all scales. Particularly, biological systems offer remarkable examples of diverse structures (as well as building blocks) and processes resulting from self-assembly. The exploration of bioinspired assemblies not only allows for mimicking the structures of living systems, but it also leads to functions for applications in different fields that benefit humans. In the last several decades, efforts on understanding and controlling self-assembly of small molecules have produced a large library of candidates for developing the biomedical applications of assemblies of small molecules. Moreover, recent findings in biology have provided new insights on the assemblies of small molecules to modulate essential cellular processes (such as apoptosis). These observations indicate that the self-assembly of small molecules, as multifaceted entities and processes to interact with multiple proteins, can have profound biological impacts on cells. In this review, we illustrate that the generation of assemblies of small molecules in cell milieu with their interactions with multiple cellular proteins for regulating cellular processes can result in primary phenotypes, thus providing a fundamentally new molecular approach for controlling cell behavior. By discussing the correlation between molecular assemblies in nature and the assemblies of small molecules in cell milieu, illustrating the functions of the assemblies of small molecules, and summarizing some guiding principles, we hope this review will stimulate more molecular scientists to explore the bioinspired self-assembly of small molecules in cell milieu.

  16. The local cytokine and chemokine milieu within malignant effusions.

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    Atanackovic, Djordje; Cao, Yanran; Kim, Ji-Won; Brandl, Stephan; Thom, Ina; Faltz, Christiane; Hildebrandt, York; Bartels, Katrin; de Weerth, Andreas; Hegewisch-Becker, Susanna; Hossfeld, Dieter Kurt; Bokemeyer, Carsten

    2008-01-01

    Malignant effusions offer a unique opportunity for the study of interactions between the human immune system and cancer. We have recently demonstrated that malignant effusions are characterized by an accumulation of T cells expressing chemokine receptors such as CCR4, which is commonly found on Th2 cells. In contrast, effector T cells expressing chemokine receptors typical for Th1 cells, such as CCR5, showed a diminished homing into malignant effusions. We analyzed concentrations of 12 different cytokines and 9 chemokines within malignant and nonmalignant effusions and investigated cytokine expression by effusion-infiltrating leukocytes. We observed that concentrations of the immunoregulatory cytokine TGF-beta(1) and of angiogenic factors VEGF and IL-8 were markedly increased within effusions caused by malignancies. However, we did not observe signs of a typical Th1 or Th2 milieu. Analyzing concentrations of 9 different chemokines, we found elevated concentrations of the chemokines MDC, eotaxin, I-TAC, and MCP-1 in malignant effusions. Interestingly, tumor-infiltrating leukocytes themselves seemed to contribute strongly to the creation of a distinct cytokine/chemokine pattern within cancer-related effusions. Additional analyses suggested that this cytokine/chemokine milieu might support an enrichment of immunosuppressive leukocytes. The local cytokine and chemokine milieu within malignant effusions seems to promote angiogenesis and to block an efficient immune-mediated antitumor response. An elimination of such tumor-promoting influences will be necessary in order to transform local immunotolerance into clinically relevant immune recognition of tumors causing malignant effusions. (c) 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel

  17. Informed consent in the Pakistani milieu: the physician's perspective

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    Jafarey, A; Farooqui, A

    2005-01-01

    Informed consent enjoys an unassailable position in both clinical and research situations as a safeguard of patients' rights. Keeping the patient involved in the decision making process is easier when there is direct communication with the individual. The Pakistani milieu offers challenges to this process because crucial decision making is often done by family members or is left entirely up to the attending physician. There seems to be a general acceptance of this shifting of focus from the individual to other players. This also raises certain ethical dilemmas for physicians who may feel uncomfortable with communication which excludes the patient or in accepting a paternalistic primary decision making role. The objective of this informal qualitative study was to ascertain physicians' perceptions regarding the process of information delivery to the patient in the Pakistani context and the various influences acting upon it. PMID:15681673

  18. Psychodynamic Milieu-Therapy and Changes in Personality--What Is the Connection?

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    Heede, Tine; Runge, Hanne; Storebo, Ole Jakob; Rowley, Eva; Hansen, Kim Gabriel

    2009-01-01

    This article refers to the results of a prospective effect evaluation study of three psychodynamic milieu-therapeutic institutions for children, which included cognitive and projective testing. After introducing milieu-therapy and explaining its roots in psychoanalytic and developmental thinking, the specific results of the research evaluation are…

  19. Teaching Enhanced Milieu Language Teaching Skills to Parents in Multiple Risk Families

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    Peterson, Pete; Carta, Judith J.; Greenwood, Charles

    2005-01-01

    A multiple baseline design across three parent-child dyads of families with multiple risk factors was used to determine the effectiveness of teaching parents to use milieu language teaching procedures. Parents were taught to use two sets of milieu language teaching skills: responsive interaction and incidental teaching. Results showed that parents…

  20. Using Milieu Training to Promote Photograph Exchange for a Young Child with Autism

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    Ogletree, Billy T.; Davis, Patricia; Hambrecht, Georgia; Phillips, Ellen Wooten

    2012-01-01

    A milieu teaching sequence was used to train photograph exchange as a method of requesting to a 7-year-old boy with autism. A multiple baseline design across four items (ball, puzzle, books, bubbles) was used to identify a functional relation between requesting and the milieu teaching sequence. Although performance during intervention was…

  1. Psychodynamic Milieu-Therapy and Changes in Personality--What Is the Connection?

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    Heede, Tine; Runge, Hanne; Storebo, Ole Jakob; Rowley, Eva; Hansen, Kim Gabriel

    2009-01-01

    This article refers to the results of a prospective effect evaluation study of three psychodynamic milieu-therapeutic institutions for children, which included cognitive and projective testing. After introducing milieu-therapy and explaining its roots in psychoanalytic and developmental thinking, the specific results of the research evaluation are…

  2. Milieu Therapy as a Communication Intervention: A Review of the Literature Related to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    Mancil, G. Richmond

    2009-01-01

    Several researchers have employed milieu therapy to address the communication needs of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Thus, the purpose of this review is to examine milieu therapy, particularly, the environments and individuals involved in the training and the effectiveness of milieu therapy with children who have a diagnosis of ASD…

  3. Les astronomes de l'Empire du Milieu

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    Bonnet-Bidaud, J. M.

    2007-02-01

    Explosions d'étoiles, comètes, durée du jour, taches solaires, dans tous ces domaines, des observations chinoises datant de plusieurs siècles sont encore utilisées aujourd'hui. Pendant plus de 4000 ans, les astronomes de l'Empire du Milieu, organisés dans les grands observatoires impériaux, ont noté jour après jour, mois après mois, avec la plus grande précision tous les phénomènes célestes. Et ce sont des milliers de textes couvrant des périodes depuis au moins le Ve siècle avant l'ère moderne jusqu'à fin de la dernière dynastie des Qing en 1911, qui ont été conservés et dont une grande partie n'a pu encore être véritablement étudiée. Un véritable trésor, malheureusement très mal connu en Europe et, de façon incompréhensible, largement ignoré par l'histoire moderne des sciences.

  4. The aging systemic milieu negatively regulates neurogenesis and cognitive function

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    Villeda, Saul A.; Luo, Jian; Mosher, Kira I.; Zou, Bende; Britschgi, Markus; Bieri, Gregor; Stan, Trisha M.; Fainberg, Nina; Ding, Zhaoqing; Eggel, Alexander; Lucin, Kurt M.; Czirr, Eva; Park, Jeong-Soo; Couillard-Després, Sebastien; Aigner, Ludwig; Li, Ge; Peskind, Elaine R.; Kaye, Jeffrey A.; Quinn, Joseph F.; Galasko, Douglas R.; Xie, Xinmin S.; Rando, Thomas A.; Wyss-Coray, Tony

    2011-01-01

    Summary In the central nervous system (CNS), aging results in a precipitous decline in adult neural stem/progenitor cells (NPCs) and neurogenesis, with concomitant impairments in cognitive functions1. Interestingly, such impairments can be ameliorated through systemic perturbations such as exercise1. Here, using heterochronic parabiosis we show that blood-borne factors present in the systemic milieu can inhibit or promote adult neurogenesis in an age dependent fashion in mice. Accordingly, exposing a young animal to an old systemic environment, or to plasma from old mice, decreased synaptic plasticity and impaired contextual fear conditioning and spatial learning and memory. We identify chemokines - including CCL11/Eotaxin – whose plasma levels correlate with reduced neurogenesis in heterochronic parabionts and aged mice, and whose levels are increased in plasma and cerebral spinal fluid of healthy aging humans. Finally, increasing peripheral CCL11 chemokine levels in vivo in young mice decreased adult neurogenesis and impaired learning and memory. Together our data indicate that the decline in neurogenesis, and cognitive impairments, observed during aging can be in part attributed to changes in blood-borne factors. PMID:21886162

  5. Milieu matters: Evidence that ongoing lifestyle activities influence health behaviors.

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    Lowe, Rob; Norman, Paul; Sheeran, Paschal

    2017-01-01

    Health behaviors occur within a milieu of lifestyle activities that could conflict with health actions. We examined whether cognitions about, and performance of, other lifestyle activities augment the prediction of health behaviors, and whether these lifestyle factors are especially influential among individuals with low health behavior engagement. Participants (N = 211) completed measures of past behavior and cognitions relating to five health behaviors (e.g., smoking, getting drunk) and 23 lifestyle activities (e.g., reading, socializing), as well as personality variables. All behaviors were measured again at two weeks. Data were analyzed using neural network and cluster analyses. The neural network accurately predicted health behaviors at follow-up (R2 = .71). As hypothesized, lifestyle cognitions and activities independently predicted health behaviors over and above behavior-specific cognitions and previous behavior. Additionally, lifestyle activities and poor self-regulatory capability were more influential among people exhibiting unhealthy behaviors. Considering ongoing lifestyle activities can enhance prediction and understanding of health behaviors and offer new targets for health behavior interventions.

  6. Milieu matters: Evidence that ongoing lifestyle activities influence health behaviors

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    Lowe, Rob; Norman, Paul

    2017-01-01

    Health behaviors occur within a milieu of lifestyle activities that could conflict with health actions. We examined whether cognitions about, and performance of, other lifestyle activities augment the prediction of health behaviors, and whether these lifestyle factors are especially influential among individuals with low health behavior engagement. Participants (N = 211) completed measures of past behavior and cognitions relating to five health behaviors (e.g., smoking, getting drunk) and 23 lifestyle activities (e.g., reading, socializing), as well as personality variables. All behaviors were measured again at two weeks. Data were analyzed using neural network and cluster analyses. The neural network accurately predicted health behaviors at follow-up (R2 = .71). As hypothesized, lifestyle cognitions and activities independently predicted health behaviors over and above behavior-specific cognitions and previous behavior. Additionally, lifestyle activities and poor self-regulatory capability were more influential among people exhibiting unhealthy behaviors. Considering ongoing lifestyle activities can enhance prediction and understanding of health behaviors and offer new targets for health behavior interventions. PMID:28662120

  7. Feeling "overloaded" and "shortcomings": milieu therapists' experiences of vulnerability in caring for severely mentally ill patients.

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    Bachmann, Liv; Michaelsen, Ragnhild A; Vatne, Solfrid

    2016-01-01

    Milieu therapists' relationships with patients with severe mental illnesses are viewed as challenging. Elucidating vulnerability from their perspective in daily face-to-face encounters with patients might contribute to extending our knowledge about milieu therapists' vulnerability and the dynamics of the interaction between patients in mental health services and expertise in building caring and therapeutic relationships. The aim of this project was to study educated milieu therapists' experiences of their own vulnerability in their interactions with patients in mental health services. The data collection method was focus-group interviews. Thirteen part-time master's in mental health students (eight nurses, three social workers, two social educators) participated. All participants had experience with community or specialized mental health services (2-8 years). The milieu therapists mainly related their experiences of vulnerability to negative feelings elicited by challenging work conditions, disclosed as two main themes: 1) "overloaded", by the possibility of being physically and mentally hurt and the burdens of long-lasting close relationships; milieu therapists were extremely vulnerable because of their difficulty in protecting themselves; and 2) "shortcomings", connected to feelings of despair associated with not acting in concordance with their professional standards and insecurity about their skills to handle challenging situations, which was a threat to their professional integrity. There seemed to be coherence between vulnerability and professional inauthenticity. A misunderstanding that professionalism refers to altruism seems to increase milieu therapist vulnerability. Vulnerability in health care is of interest to multiple disciplines, and is of relevance for knowledge development in higher education. Extended knowledge and understanding about milieu therapists' vulnerability might strengthen their personal and professional integrity in professional

  8. Behavioral regulation of the milieu interne in man and rat.

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    Garcia, J; Hankins, W G; Rusiniak, K W

    1974-09-06

    are critical in regulation of the internal milieu. When an animal is in need of calories, food tends to be more palatable; as the caloric deficit is restored, food becomes less palatable. If the animal's body temperature is below optimum, a warm stimulus applied to the skin is pleasant. When body temperature is too high, the converse is true. In this way, homeostatic states monitored by internal receptors produce changes in the incentive values of external stimuli sensed by the peripheral receptors, and guide feeding behavior. In mammals at least, the gustatory system, which provides sensory control of feeding, sends fibers to the nucleus solitarius. This brainstem relay station also receives fibers from the viscera and the internal monitors of the area postrema. Ascending fibers bifurcate at the level of the pons and project toward the feeding areas of the hypothalamus and the cortex. The olfactory system which primarily projects to the limbic system does not play a primary role in adjusting food incentives. Rather, it plays a secondary role in the activation of feeding, as do other external sensory systems. This specialized conditioning mechanism, which specifically adjusts gustatory hedonic values through delayed visceral feedback, is widespread among animals, including man and rat. These two species are remarkably similar in their thresholds and preferences for gustatory stimuli. The behavioral similarities are based on the animals' having similar gustatory systems, similar convergence of gustatory and internal afferents to the nucleus solitarius, and similar midbrain regulatory mechanisms. Thus, it is not surprising that the feeding of obese rats with internal hypothalamic damage resembles the feeding of obese human beings insensitive to the internal signs of this caloric state. Obviously, man has a highly specialized form of symbolic communication and the rat does not, yet man's cognitive specialization does not prevent him from developing aversions to food

  9. User participation when using milieu therapy in a psychiatric hospital in Norway: a mission impossible?

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    Oeye, Christine; Bjelland, Anne Karen; Skorpen, Aina; Anderssen, Norman

    2009-12-01

    In the past decade, the Norwegian government has emphasized user participation as an important goal in the care of mentally ill patients, through governmental strategic plans. At the same time, the governmental documents request normalization of psychiatric patients, including the re-socialization of psychiatric patients back into society outside the psychiatric hospital. Milieu therapy is a therapeutic tool to ensure user participation and re-socialization. Based on an ethnographic study in a long-term psychiatric ward in a psychiatric hospital, we identified how staff tried to implement user participation in their milieu-oriented therapy work. We have identified three major tensions and challenges in implementing user participation in milieu-therapeutic work. First, it is difficult to implement individual-based user participation and at the same time take collective house rules and codes of conduct into consideration. Second, user participation proved a difficulty when patients' viewpoints challenged staff judgements on proper conduct and goals for which patients might aim. Third, user participation becomes a challenge when trying to establish relationships based on equality when using milieu therapy in a biomedical hierarchical hospital structure. These tensions and challenges are seen in light of paradoxical political frames and demands on one side, and milieu therapy as a complex tradition anchored in different ideologies on the other.

  10. Describing Treatment Intensity in Milieu Teaching Interventions for Children with Developmental Disabilities: A Review

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    Parker-McGowan, Quannah; Chen, Mo; Reichle, Joe; Pandit, Shivani; Johnson, LeAnne; Kreibich, Shelley

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: This investigation aimed to apply the dosage framework proposed by Warren, Fey, and Yoder (2007) to variations of milieu language teaching intervention strategies to explore how each of the dosage parameters (i.e., dose, dose form, dose frequency, total duration, and cumulative intervention intensity) was reported in the located…

  11. Dragons and Dinosaurs: Directing Inquiry in Biology Using the Notions of "Milieu" and "Validation"

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    Achiam, Marianne; Solberg, Jan; Evans, Robert

    2013-01-01

    This article describes how inquiry teaching can be directed towards specific content learning goals while allowing for student exploration and validation of hypotheses. Drawing from the Theory of Didactical Situations, the concepts of "milieu" and "validation" are illustrated through two sample biology lessons designed to engage and challenge…

  12. Case Study: Parent-Implemented Prelinguistic Milieu Teaching with a High Risk Dyad

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    McCathren, Rebecca B.

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study was twofold. The first purpose was to determine if a mother with mild developmental disabilities living in poverty was able to implement Prelinguistic Milieu Teaching (PMT) strategies. The strategies included following the child's lead, arranging the environment to increase opportunities for communication, imitating the…

  13. A Randomized Trial of Longitudinal Effects of Low-Intensity Responsivity Education/Prelinguistic Milieu Teaching

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    Warren, Steven F.; Fey, Marc E.; Finestack, Lizbeth, H.; Brady, Nancy C.; Bredin-Oja, Shelley L.; Fleming, Kandace K.

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the longitudinal effects of a 6-month course of responsivity education (RE)/prelinguistic milieu teaching (PMT) for young children with developmental delay. Method: Fifty-one children, age 24-33 months, with fewer than 10 expressive words were randomly assigned to early-treatment/no-treatment groups. All treatment was added as…

  14. Case Study: Parent-Implemented Prelinguistic Milieu Teaching with a High Risk Dyad

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    McCathren, Rebecca B.

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study was twofold. The first purpose was to determine if a mother with mild developmental disabilities living in poverty was able to implement Prelinguistic Milieu Teaching (PMT) strategies. The strategies included following the child's lead, arranging the environment to increase opportunities for communication, imitating the…

  15. Milieu Training for Adults with Severe Intellectual Disability: A Clinical Illustration

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    Lacey, Emily A. B.; Ogletree, Billy T.; Rice, Tracie; Rose, Amy

    2017-01-01

    This brief clinical exchange article supports the use of milieu training (MT) as a communication treatment option for adults with severe intellectual disabilities (SID). It examines aspects of MT that appear well matched to the communication and other abilities of adults with SID. It also provides an argument that MT is not unlike functional…

  16. Impact of Milieu Teaching on Communication Skills of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    Christensen-Sandfort, Robyn J.; Whinnery, Stacie B.

    2013-01-01

    This 5-month study examined the impact of a behaviorally based naturalistic teaching strategy, milieu teaching, on the communication skills of preschool-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in an early childhood special education (ECSE) classroom. A multiple baseline across participants design was used. Communication targets were…

  17. Impact of Milieu Teaching on Communication Skills of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    Christensen-Sandfort, Robyn J.; Whinnery, Stacie B.

    2013-01-01

    This 5-month study examined the impact of a behaviorally based naturalistic teaching strategy, milieu teaching, on the communication skills of preschool-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in an early childhood special education (ECSE) classroom. A multiple baseline across participants design was used. Communication targets were…

  18. Dragons and Dinosaurs: Directing Inquiry in Biology Using the Notions of "Milieu" and "Validation"

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    Achiam, Marianne; Solberg, Jan; Evans, Robert

    2013-01-01

    This article describes how inquiry teaching can be directed towards specific content learning goals while allowing for student exploration and validation of hypotheses. Drawing from the Theory of Didactical Situations, the concepts of "milieu" and "validation" are illustrated through two sample biology lessons designed to engage and challenge…

  19. Is More Better? Milieu Communication Teaching in Toddlers with Intellectual Disabilities

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    Fey, Marc E.; Yoder, Paul J.; Warren, Steven F.; Bredin-Oja, Shelley L.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: The authors sought to determine whether a program of 5 weekly doses of milieu communication teaching (MCT) would yield improvements in children's communication and word use compared with a once-weekly delivery of the same treatment. Method: Sixty-four children with intellectual and communication delay were randomly assigned to receive…

  20. [Milieu therapy for patients with dementia. Appropriate, regular stimulation by pleasant experiences].

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    Wettstein, A; Hanhart, U

    2000-02-10

    The target group includes caregivers of demented persons at home and in institutions. The aim is a synopsis of different ways to cope with behavioural disturbances by milieu-therapy for demented persons. Appeals are made to their remaining resources, thus getting them more joy and less frustration by less excessive demands. Less boring activities avoid to feel under-challenged. More activity during day-time provides better sleep at night.--Consequently there are less behavioural disturbances with less stress for caregivers thus enabling them to keep the patients longer at home, leading to lower health costs. Behavioural disturbances of demented persons should always be treated by milieu-therapy achieving a response rate of up to 60%. With application of adjuvant medication, e.g. geriatric neuroleptics, a rate of 70% is within reach. Milieu-therapy is optimal for the prevention of behavioural disturbances. The better the adaptation of milieu-therapy to the individual patient's deficits and lifestyle and to the lifestyle of his caregiver, the better the effect.

  1. Worker Perspectives on Contemporary Milieu Therapy: A Cross-Site Ethnographic Study

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    Smith, Yvonne; Spitzmueller, Matthew C.

    2016-01-01

    The term “milieu therapy” (MT) is commonly used in mental health literatures. However, because MT has historically encompassed a wide range of practices, it has invited the criticism that it is simply an attractive theoretical packaging of the time clients spend between other specified interventions, such as individual and group therapies. Some have suggested that, because of its conceptual ambiguity, MT should be abandoned altogether. Despite these challenges, MT endures as a common approach to social work practice in a range of clinical settings. This article describes a study that used ethnography to investigate the perspectives of workers from two mental health organizations that claim to provide MT. By analyzing four themes common to both sites, this article brings exploratory empirical findings to bear on the question of what constitutes MT in contemporary mental health organizations. Participants reported that (a) everything in the physical and social milieu has the potential to affect therapeutic change; (b) the milieu itself functions as a therapeutic agent; (c) the milieu provides a context for modeling and practicing desired behaviors; and (d) MT is a principle-based ethos, rather than a set of specific interventions. Implications of these findings for social work research, practice, and funding are discussed. PMID:27257364

  2. Parent-Implemented Enhanced Milieu Teaching with Preschool Children Who Have Intellectual Disabilities

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    Kaiser, Ann P.; Roberts, Megan Y.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of enhanced milieu teaching (EMT) implemented by parents and therapists versus therapists only on the language skills of preschool children with intellectual disabilities (IDs), including children with Down syndrome and children with autism spectrum disorders. Method: Seventy-seven…

  3. Enhanced Milieu Teaching: An Analysis of Applications by Interventionists and Classroom Teachers.

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    Kaiser, Ann P.; And Others

    This study investigated effects of the application of Enhanced Milieu Teaching (EMT) with four preschool children with developmental disabilities during interactions with three primary conversational partners. The study involved a multiple baseline (probe) across two children which was replicated across two additional children. Within that…

  4. Parent-Implemented Enhanced Milieu Teaching with Preschool Children Who Have Intellectual Disabilities

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    Kaiser, Ann P.; Roberts, Megan Y.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of enhanced milieu teaching (EMT) implemented by parents and therapists versus therapists only on the language skills of preschool children with intellectual disabilities (IDs), including children with Down syndrome and children with autism spectrum disorders. Method: Seventy-seven…

  5. Atrial fibrillation and hyperthyroidism: relation between transoesophageal markers of a thrombogenic milieu and clinical risk factors for thromboembolism.

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    Souza, Marcus Vinicius Leitão de; Duarte, Martha Maria Turano; Coeli, Claudia Medina; Vaisman, Mario

    2012-03-01

    Hyperthyroidism is a questionable risk factor for thromboembolism among patients with atrial fibrillation.   To correlate clinical risk factors for thromboembolism from a group of patients with atrial fibrillation related to hyperthyroidism with transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) markers of a thrombogenic milieu.   Clinical risk factors for thromboembolism, thyroid hormonal status, time since diagnosis of hyperthyroidism and TOE markers of a thrombogenic milieu were assessed in consecutive patients with atrial fibrillation related to hyperthyroidism. The following TOE parameters were assessed to define the presence of thrombogenic milieu: dense spontaneous echo contrast, thrombi or left atrial appendage blood flow velocities <0·20 m/s. Clinical risk factors for thromboembolism were based on CHADS(2) (Cardiac failure, Hypertension, Age, Diabetes and Stroke) classification.   This study included 31 consecutive patients aged between 18 and 65 years with atrial fibrillation related to hyperthyroidism scheduled for TOE.   Thrombogenic milieu was present in 14 of 31 (45·2%) patients. The thyroid status could not predict the presence of a thrombogenic milieu. Despite low CHADS(2) score of 0/1, 6 of 13 (46·1%) patients had a thrombogenic milieu, whereas 10 of 18 (55·6%) patients with score ≥2 had none. The probability of having a thrombogenic milieu did not correlate with the number of clinical risk factors.   Among patients younger than 65 years of age with atrial fibrillation related to hyperthyroidism, there is no association between clinical risk factors with TOE markers of a thrombogenic milieu. TOE adds useful information that may affect antithrombotic therapy guided by clinical risk classification. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  6. Feeling “overloaded” and “shortcomings”: milieu therapists’ experiences of vulnerability in caring for severely mentally ill patients

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    Bachmann, Liv; Michaelsen, Ragnhild A; Vatne, Solfrid

    2016-01-01

    Background Milieu therapists’ relationships with patients with severe mental illnesses are viewed as challenging. Elucidating vulnerability from their perspective in daily face-to-face encounters with patients might contribute to extending our knowledge about milieu therapists’ vulnerability and the dynamics of the interaction between patients in mental health services and expertise in building caring and therapeutic relationships. The aim of this project was to study educated milieu therapists’ experiences of their own vulnerability in their interactions with patients in mental health services. Materials and methods The data collection method was focus-group interviews. Thirteen part-time master’s in mental health students (eight nurses, three social workers, two social educators) participated. All participants had experience with community or specialized mental health services (2–8 years). Results The milieu therapists mainly related their experiences of vulnerability to negative feelings elicited by challenging work conditions, disclosed as two main themes: 1) “overloaded”, by the possibility of being physically and mentally hurt and the burdens of long-lasting close relationships; milieu therapists were extremely vulnerable because of their difficulty in protecting themselves; and 2) “shortcomings”, connected to feelings of despair associated with not acting in concordance with their professional standards and insecurity about their skills to handle challenging situations, which was a threat to their professional integrity. There seemed to be coherence between vulnerability and professional inauthenticity. A misunderstanding that professionalism refers to altruism seems to increase milieu therapist vulnerability. Conclusion Vulnerability in health care is of interest to multiple disciplines, and is of relevance for knowledge development in higher education. Extended knowledge and understanding about milieu therapists’ vulnerability might

  7. Simvastatin Protects Osteoblasts from the Deleterious Effects of the Liquid Milieu of Multiple Myeloma

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    Jitumori, R; Fernandes, D; Jitumori, C; Favero, GM

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Lytic bone lesions are the main clinical manifestation of multiple myeloma. The intense variety in this cell microenvironment, composed mainly of fibroblasts, osteoblasts, osteoclasts, immune cells and mesenchymal cells, is influenced by the massive presence of neoplastic plasma cells. Studies with statins have reported their action in stimulating the formation and reducing bone resorption. The aim of this study was to verify the in vitro response of human osteoblasts exposed to the supernatant (liquid milieu) of multiple myeloma. The data obtained indicate that simvastatin has positive effects on the growth of osteoblasts and protection against the anti-proliferative effects of multiple myeloma supernatant. PMID:26426180

  8. Adaptive endoplasmic reticulum stress alters cellular responses to the extracellular milieu.

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    Liu, Yiting; Neely, Elizabeth; Simmons, Zachary; Connor, James R

    2015-05-01

    The ability to respond to perturbations in endoplasmic reticulum (ER) function is a critical property for all cells. In the presence of chronic ER stress, the cell must adapt so that cell survival is favored or the stress may promote apoptosis. In some pathological processes, such as neurodengeneration, persistent ER stress can be tolerated for an extended period, but eventually cell death occurs. It is not known how an adaptive response converts from survival into apoptosis. To gain a better understanding of the role of adaptive ER stress in neurodegeneration, in this study, with a neuronal cell line SH-SY5Y and primary motor neuron-glia cell mixed cultures, we induced adaptive ER stress and modified the extracellular environment with physiologically relevant changes that alone did not activate ER stress. Our data demonstrate that an adaptive ER stress favored neuronal cell survival, but when cells were exposed to additional physiological insults the level of ER stress was increased, followed by activation of the caspase pathway. Our results indicate that an adaptive ER stress response could be converted to apoptosis when the external cellular milieu changed, suggesting that the conversion from prosurvival to proapoptotic pathways can be driven by the external milieu. This conversion was due at least partially to an increased level of ER stress. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. Social Milieu Oriented Routing: A New Dimension to Enhance Network Security in WSNs.

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    Liu, Lianggui; Chen, Li; Jia, Huiling

    2016-02-19

    In large-scale wireless sensor networks (WSNs), in order to enhance network security, it is crucial for a trustor node to perform social milieu oriented routing to a target a trustee node to carry out trust evaluation. This challenging social milieu oriented routing with more than one end-to-end Quality of Trust (QoT) constraint has proved to be NP-complete. Heuristic algorithms with polynomial and pseudo-polynomial-time complexities are often used to deal with this challenging problem. However, existing solutions cannot guarantee the efficiency of searching; that is, they can hardly avoid obtaining partial optimal solutions during a searching process. Quantum annealing (QA) uses delocalization and tunneling to avoid falling into local minima without sacrificing execution time. This has been proven a promising way to many optimization problems in recently published literatures. In this paper, for the first time, with the help of a novel approach, that is, configuration path-integral Monte Carlo (CPIMC) simulations, a QA-based optimal social trust path (QA_OSTP) selection algorithm is applied to the extraction of the optimal social trust path in large-scale WSNs. Extensive experiments have been conducted, and the experiment results demonstrate that QA_OSTP outperforms its heuristic opponents.

  10. A Reducing Milieu Renders Cofilin Insensitive to Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-Bisphosphate (PIP2) Inhibition*

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    Schulte, Bianca; John, Isabel; Simon, Bernd; Brockmann, Christoph; Oelmeier, Stefan A.; Jahraus, Beate; Kirchgessner, Henning; Riplinger, Selina; Carlomagno, Teresa; Wabnitz, Guido H.; Samstag, Yvonne

    2013-01-01

    Oxidative stress can lead to T cell hyporesponsiveness. A reducing micromilieu (e.g. provided by dendritic cells) can rescue T cells from such oxidant-induced dysfunction. However, the reducing effects on proteins leading to restored T cell activation remained unknown. One key molecule of T cell activation is the actin-remodeling protein cofilin, which is dephosphorylated on serine 3 upon T cell costimulation and has an essential role in formation of mature immune synapses between T cells and antigen-presenting cells. Cofilin is spatiotemporally regulated; at the plasma membrane, it can be inhibited by phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2). Here, we show by NMR spectroscopy that a reducing milieu led to structural changes in the cofilin molecule predominantly located on the protein surface. They overlapped with the PIP2- but not actin-binding sites. Accordingly, reduction of cofilin had no effect on F-actin binding and depolymerization and did not influence the cofilin phosphorylation state. However, it did prevent inhibition of cofilin activity through PIP2. Therefore, a reducing milieu may generate an additional pool of active cofilin at the plasma membrane. Consistently, in-flow microscopy revealed increased actin dynamics in the immune synapse of untransformed human T cells under reducing conditions. Altogether, we introduce a novel mechanism of redox regulation: reduction of the actin-remodeling protein cofilin renders it insensitive to PIP2 inhibition, resulting in enhanced actin dynamics. PMID:24003227

  11. Overcoming the aging systemic milieu to restore neural stem cell function.

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    Mendelsohn, Andrew R; Larrick, James W

    2011-12-01

    As mammals age, the rate of neurogenesis in the brain declines with a concomitant reduction in cognitive ability. Recent data suggest that plasma-borne factors are responsible for inhibition of neurogenesis. When the circulatory systems of old and young mice are connected, the old mice experience increased neurogenesis and the young mice exhibit less neurogenesis, suggesting the importance of systemic circulating factors. Chemokine CCL11/eotaxin has been identified as a factor that increases with aging. Injections of CCL11 inhibit neurogenesis in young mice, an effect likely mediated by CCR3 receptors on neural stem cells. Identification of a specific factor that plays a causative role in stem cell dysfunction in aging is consistent with data showing that transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) inhibits satellite cell-mediated repair. Together, these data suggest that the systemic milieu plays a critical role in the aging of adult stem cells. Because adult stem cells help maintain homeostasis by providing the possibility of replacing metabolically damaged differentiated cells, aging of the systemic milieu and stem cell niches may drive functional decline during aging. The identification of a specific systemic change suggests that aging is more amenable to therapeutic modulation than work on global metabolism-derived damage and cellular senescence implies.

  12. A murine model of obesity implicates the adipokine milieu in the pathogenesis of severe acute pancreatitis.

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    Zyromski, Nicholas J; Mathur, Abhishek; Pitt, Henry A; Lu, Debao; Gripe, John T; Walker, Julia J; Yancey, Kyle; Wade, Terence E; Swartz-Basile, Deborah A

    2008-09-01

    Obesity is clearly an independent risk factor for increased severity of acute pancreatitis (AP), although the mechanisms underlying this association are unknown. Adipokines (including leptin and adiponectin) are pleiotropic molecules produced by adipocytes that are important regulators of the inflammatory response. We hypothesized that the altered adipokine milieu observed in obesity contributes to the increased severity of pancreatitis. Lean (C57BL/6J), obese leptin-deficient (LepOb), and obese hyperleptinemic (LepDb) mice were subjected to AP by six hourly intraperitoneal injections of cerulein (50 microg/kg). Severity of AP was assessed by histology and by measuring pancreatic concentration of the proinflammatory cytokines IL-1beta and IL-6, the chemokine MCP-1, and the marker of neutrophil activation MPO. Both congenitally obese strains of mice developed significantly more severe AP than wild-type lean animals. Severity of AP was not solely related to adipose tissue volume: LepOb mice were heaviest; however, LepDb mice developed the most severe AP both histologically and biochemically. Circulating adiponectin concentrations inversely mirrored the severity of pancreatitis. These data demonstrate that congenitally obese mice develop more severe AP than lean animals when challenged by cerulein hyperstimulation and suggest that alteration of the adipokine milieu exacerbates the severity of AP in obesity.

  13. Social Milieu Oriented Routing: A New Dimension to Enhance Network Security in WSNs

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    Liu, Lianggui; Chen, Li; Jia, Huiling

    2016-01-01

    In large-scale wireless sensor networks (WSNs), in order to enhance network security, it is crucial for a trustor node to perform social milieu oriented routing to a target a trustee node to carry out trust evaluation. This challenging social milieu oriented routing with more than one end-to-end Quality of Trust (QoT) constraint has proved to be NP-complete. Heuristic algorithms with polynomial and pseudo-polynomial-time complexities are often used to deal with this challenging problem. However, existing solutions cannot guarantee the efficiency of searching; that is, they can hardly avoid obtaining partial optimal solutions during a searching process. Quantum annealing (QA) uses delocalization and tunneling to avoid falling into local minima without sacrificing execution time. This has been proven a promising way to many optimization problems in recently published literatures. In this paper, for the first time, with the help of a novel approach, that is, configuration path-integral Monte Carlo (CPIMC) simulations, a QA-based optimal social trust path (QA_OSTP) selection algorithm is applied to the extraction of the optimal social trust path in large-scale WSNs. Extensive experiments have been conducted, and the experiment results demonstrate that QA_OSTP outperforms its heuristic opponents. PMID:26907277

  14. Delusions and hallucinations as a reflection of the subcultural milieu among psychotic patients of the 1930s and 1980s.

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    Mitchell, J; Vierkant, A D

    1989-05-01

    Delusions and hallucinations reported in the social histories of 150 patients admitted to an East Texas state hospital during the 1930s and of 150 patients admitted during the 1980s were examined for content that would characterize and contrast the patient subcultural milieu of the two time periods. Patients admitted during the 1930s tended to reflect the material deprivation and personal powerlessness of the great depression in delusions of great wealth and positive "special powers." The hallucinatory visions and voices of the 1980s patients reflected a more threatening and negative subcultural milieu, with more visions of blood, snakes, and dead people or animals. Command hallucinations to hurt, to kill, or to do "perverse things" would also suggest that the subculture milieu of the 1980s had become more dangerous.

  15. The mare as a model for luteinized unruptured follicle syndrome: intrafollicular endocrine milieu.

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    Bashir, S T; Gastal, M O; Tazawa, S P; Tarso, S G S; Hales, D B; Cuervo-Arango, J; Baerwald, A R; Gastal, E L

    2016-03-01

    Luteinized unruptured follicle (LUF) syndrome is a recurrent anovulatory dysfunction that affects up to 23% of women with normal menstrual cycles and up to 73% with endometriosis. Mechanisms underlying the development of LUF syndrome in mares were studied to provide a potential model for human anovulation. The effect of extended increase in circulating LH achieved by administration of recombinant equine LH (reLH) or a short surge of LH and decrease in progesterone induced by prostaglandin F2α (PGF2α) on LUF formation (Experiment 1), identification of an optimal dose of COX-2 inhibitor (flunixin meglumine, FM; to block the effect of prostaglandins) for inducing LUFs (Experiment 2), and evaluation of intrafollicular endocrine milieu in LUFs (Experiment 3) were investigated. In Experiment 1, mares were treated with reLH from Day 7 to Day 15 (Day 0=ovulation), PGF2α on Day 7, or in combination. In Experiment 2, FM at doses of 2.0 or 3.0 mg/kg every 12 h and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) (1500 IU) were administered after a follicle ≥32 mm was detected. In Experiment 3, FM at a dose of 2.0 mg/kg every 12 h plus hCG was used to induce LUFs and investigate the intrafollicular endocrine milieu. No LUFs were induced by reLH or PGF2α treatment; however, LUFs were induced in 100% of mares using FM. Intrafollicular PGF2α metabolite, PGF2α, and PGE2 were lower and the ratio of PGE2:PGF2α was higher in the induced LUF group. Higher levels of intrafollicular E2 and total primary sex steroids were observed in the induced LUF group along with a tendency for higher levels of GH, cortisol, and T; however, LH, PRL, VEGF-A, and NO did not differ between groups. In conclusion, this study reveals part of the intrafollicular endocrine milieu and the association of prostaglandins in LUF formation, and indicates that the mare might be an appropriate model for studying the poorly understood LUF syndrome.

  16. Biodegradation of chloro- and bromobenzoic acids: effect of milieu conditions and microbial community analysis.

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    Gaza, Sarah; Felgner, Annika; Otto, Johannes; Kushmaro, Ariel; Ben-Dov, Eitan; Tiehm, Andreas

    2015-04-28

    Monohalogenated benzoic acids often appear in industrial wastewaters where biodegradation can be hampered by complex mixtures of pollutants and prevailing extreme milieu conditions. In this study, the biodegradation of chlorinated and brominated benzoic acids was conducted at a pH range of 5.0-9.0, at elevated salt concentrations and with pollutant mixtures including fluorinated and iodinated compounds. In mixtures of the isomers, the degradation order was primarily 4-substituted followed by 3-substituted and then 2-substituted halogenated benzoic acids. If the pH and salt concentration were altered simultaneously, long adaptation periods were required. Community analyses were conducted in liquid batch cultures and after immobilization on sand columns. The Alphaproteobacteria represented an important fraction in all of the enrichment cultures. On the genus level, Afipia sp. was detected most frequently. In particular, Bacteroidetes were detected in high numbers with chlorinated benzoic acids. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Neutrophils alter the inflammatory milieu by signal-dependent translation of constitutive messenger RNAs

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    Lindemann, Stephan W.; Yost, Christian C.; Denis, Melvin M.; McIntyre, Thomas M.; Weyrich, Andrew S.; Zimmerman, Guy A.

    2004-05-01

    The mechanisms by which neutrophils, key effector cells of the innate immune system, express new gene products in inflammation are largely uncharacterized. We found that they rapidly translate constitutive mRNAs when activated, a previously unrecognized response. One of the proteins synthesized without a requirement for transcription is the soluble IL-6 receptor , which translocates to endothelial cells and induces a temporal switch to mononuclear leukocyte recruitment. Its synthesis is regulated by a specialized translational control pathway that is inhibited by rapamycin, a bacterial macrolide with therapeutic efficacy in transplantation, inflammatory syndromes, and neoplasia. Signal-dependent translation in activated neutrophils may be a critical mechanism for alteration of the inflammatory milieu and a therapeutic target.

  18. Purinergic modulation of glucose uptake into cultured rat podocytes: effect of diabetic milieu.

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    Karczewska, Joanna; Piwkowska, Agnieszka; Rogacka, Dorota; Stępiński, Jan; Angielski, Stefan; Jankowski, Maciej

    2011-01-14

    Extracellular purines act via P1 and P2 receptors on podocytes and may influence on their function. This action may be modified under various (patho)physiological conditions leading to development of podocytopathy. Aim of study was to investigate effects of diabetic milieu, represented by high glucose concentration (HG, 30 mM glucose) on purinergic-induced changes of 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) uptake and on extracellular purines metabolism in cultured rat podocytes. Basal 2-DG uptake was 2.7-fold enhanced in HG compared to normal glucose concentration, NG (1271 ± 86 vs. 477 ± 37 nmol/h/mg protein, P<0.001). ATP stimulated 2-DG uptake by 44 ± 4% and 29 ± 5% in NG and HG, respectively. ATP analogues, β, γ-methylene ATP and 2-methylthio ATP stimulated 2-DG uptake in range of 18-34% in NG and 16-17% in HG. Benzoylbenzoyl ATP increased 2-DG uptake about 24 ± 2% in NG however, its effect in HG reached 50 ± 1%. The antagonists of P2 receptors (suramin, reactive blue 2, PPADS) decreased basal 2-DG uptake in NG and HG; suramin and reactive blue 2 at average of 15 ± 4% in NG but in HG the effect was in following order: suramin 28 ± 3%; PPADS 20 ± 3% and RB-2 9 ± 0.9%. Extracellular adenosine concentration was higher in HG than in NG (0.48 ± 0.01 vs. 5.05 ± 0.39 μM, P < 0.05), however intracellular ATP content and extracellular ATP concentration were not affected. Neither ecto-ATPase nor ecto-5'-nucleotidase activities were affected in HG. In conclusion, diabetic milieu affects purinergic modulation of glucose transport into podocytes which may play a role in development of diabetic podocytopathy. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Peculiarities of the Super-Folder GFP Folding in a Crowded Milieu

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    Stepanenko, Olesya V.; Stepanenko, Olga V.; Kuznetsova, Irina M.; Uversky, Vladimir N.; Turoverov, Konstantin K.

    2016-01-01

    The natural cellular milieu is crowded by large quantities of various biological macromolecules. This complex environment is characterized by a limited amount of unoccupied space, limited amounts of free water, and changed solvent properties. Obviously, such a tightly packed cellular environment is poorly mimicked by traditional physiological conditions, where low concentrations of a protein of interest are analyzed in slightly salted aqueous solutions. An alternative is given by the use of a model crowded milieu, where a protein of interest is immersed in a solution containing high concentrations of various polymers that serve as model crowding agents. An expected outcome of the presence of such macromolecular crowding agents is their ability to increase conformational stability of a globular protein due to the excluded volume effects. In line with this hypothesis, the behavior of a query protein should be affected by the hydrodynamic size and concentration of an inert crowder (i.e., an agent that does not interact with the protein), whereas the chemical nature of a macromolecular crowder should not play a role in its ability to modulate conformational properties. In this study, the effects of different crowding agents (polyethylene glycols (PEGs) of various molecular masses (PEG-600, PEG-8000, and PEG-12000), Dextran-70, and Ficoll-70) on the spectral properties and unfolding–refolding processes of the super-folder green fluorescent protein (sfGFP) were investigated. sfGFP is differently affected by different crowders, suggesting that, in addition to the expected excluded volume effects, there are some changes in the solvent properties. PMID:27801849

  20. Epigenetic Modulation of Human Podocyte Vitamin D Receptor in HIV Milieu.

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    Chandel, Nirupama; Ayasolla, Kameshwar S; Lan, Xiqian; Sultana-Syed, Maria; Chawla, Amrita; Lederman, Rivka; Vethantham, Vasupradha; Saleem, Moin A; Chander, Praveen N; Malhotra, Ashwani; Singhal, Pravin C

    2015-10-09

    HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) has been reported to induce podocyte injury through down regulation of vitamin D receptor (VDR) and activation of renin angiotensin system; however, the involved mechanism is not clear. Since HIV has been reported to modulate gene expression via epigenetic phenomena, we asked whether epigenetic factors contribute to down regulation of VDR. Kidney cells in HIV transgenic mice and HIV-infected podocytes (HIV/HPs) displayed enhanced expression of SNAIL, a repressor of VDR. To elucidate the mechanism, we studied the effect of HIV on expression of molecules involved in SNAIL repressor complex formation and demonstrated that HIV enhances expression of the histone deacetylase HDAC1 and DNA methyl transferases DNMT3b and DNMT1. 293T cells, when stably transfected with SNAIL (SNAIL/293T), displayed suppressed transcription and translation of VDR. In SNAIL/293T cells, co-immunoprecipitation studies revealed the association of HDAC1, DNMT3b, DNMT1, and mSin3A with SNAIL. Chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments confirmed the presence of the SNAIL repressor complex at the VDR promoter. Consistent with the enhanced DNA methyl transferase expression in HIV/HPs, there was an increased CpG methylation at the VDR promoter. Chromatin immunoprecipitation assay confirmed occurrence of H3K4 trimethylation on SNAIL promoter. Neither a VDR agonist (VDA) nor an HDAC inhibitor (HDACI) nor a demethylating agent (DAC) individually could optimally up regulate VDR in HIV milieu. However, VDA and HDACI when combined were successful in de-repressing VDR expression. Our findings demonstrate that SNAIL recruits multiple chromatin enzymes to form a repressor complex in HIV milieu that down regulates VDR expression.

  1. Rocky milieu: challenges of effective integration of clinical risk management into hospitals in Iran.

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    Farokhzadian, Jamileh; Nayeri, Nahid Dehghan; Borhani, Fariba

    2015-01-01

    Healthcare risks and clinical risks have been recognized as a major challenge in healthcare. Clinical risks can never be eliminated and can have serious adverse effects on patient safety. Thus, a clinical risk management (CRM) system has been introduced in the healthcare system to improve quality services. The aim of this study was to explore nurses' experiences related to the challenges of implementing CRM in the organizational context. This qualitative study was based on the conventional content analysis of the Lundman and Graneheim approach, and it consisted of 22 interview sessions with 20 nurses. The purposive sampling method was used to choose the participants from three hospitals affiliated with the Kerman University of Medical Sciences. We used semi-structured interviews and review of relevant documents to collect data. The analysis of the data led to the emergence of "rocky milieu" as the main theme, and it consisted of three categories that, along with their subcategories, explain the challenges of implementing CRM. The three categories and their subcategories were (1) organizational culture and leadership challenges (decision and performance of leadership and cultural resistance to change), (2) limitation of resources (financial, human, and physical and equipment resources), and (3) variations and complexities in working conditions (the emotional, psychological, and social atmosphere and the heaviness of workload). Attempts have been made to establish CRM through clinical governance and accreditation, but organizational challenges have created a rocky milieu for implementing CRM. However, from an organizational context concerning the suitability of healthcare in Iran, there are obvious needs to move toward quality improvement and safe practices through the effective implementation of CRM.

  2. The exercise-induced biochemical milieu enhances collagen content and tensile strength of engineered ligaments.

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    West, Daniel W D; Lee-Barthel, Ann; McIntyre, Todd; Shamim, Baubak; Lee, Cassandra A; Baar, Keith

    2015-10-15

    Exercise stimulates a dramatic change in the concentration of circulating hormones, such as growth hormone (GH), but the biological functions of this response are unclear. Pharmacological GH administration stimulates collagen synthesis; however, whether the post-exercise systemic milieu has a similar action is unknown. We aimed to determine whether the collagen content and tensile strength of tissue-engineered ligaments is enhanced by serum obtained post-exercise. Primary cells from a human anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) were used to engineer ligament constructs in vitro. Blood obtained from 12 healthy young men 15 min after resistance exercise contained GH concentrations that were ∼7-fold greater than resting serum (P < 0.001), whereas IGF-1 was not elevated at this time point (P = 0.21 vs. rest). Ligament constructs were treated for 7 days with medium supplemented with serum obtained at rest (RestTx) or 15 min post-exercise (ExTx), before tensile testing and collagen content analysis. Compared with RestTx, ExTx enhanced collagen content (+19%; 181 ± 33 vs. 215 ± 40 μg per construct P = 0.001) and ligament mechanical properties - maximal tensile load (+17%, P = 0.03 vs. RestTx) and ultimate tensile strength (+10%, P = 0.15 vs. RestTx). In a separate set of engineered ligaments, recombinant IGF-1, but not GH, enhanced collagen content and mechanics. Bioassays in 2D culture revealed that acute treatment with post-exercise serum activated mTORC1 and ERK1/2. In conclusion, the post-exercise biochemical milieu, but not recombinant GH, enhances collagen content and tensile strength of engineered ligaments, in association with mTORC1 and ERK1/2 activation.

  3. Non-targeted metabolomic evaluation of the uterine milieu during the transitional period of embryo elongation in the pig

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    Alterations in the signaling of critical molecular factors within the uterine milieu lead to deficiencies in embryo elongation. The objective of this study was to identify metabolites within the uterine environment that are present as porcine embryos transition between spherical, ovoid, and tubular ...

  4. Early Effects of Responsivity Education/Prelinguistic Milieu Teaching for Children with Developmental Delays and Their Parents

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    Fey, Marc E.; Warren, Steven F.; Brady, Nancy; Finestack, Lizbeth H.; Bredin-Oja, Shelley L.; Fairchild, Martha; Sokol, Shari; Yoder, Paul J.

    2006-01-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of a 6-month course of responsivity education/prelinguistic milieu teaching (RE/PMT) for children with developmental delay and RE/PMT's effects on parenting stress in a randomized clinical trial. Method: Fifty-one children, age 24-33 months, with no more than 10 expressive words or signs, were randomly assigned to…

  5. Effects of a Modified Milieu Therapy Intervention on the Social Communicative Behaviors of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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    Mancil, G. Richmond; Conroy, Maureen A.; Haydon, Todd F.

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the effectiveness of combining milieu therapy and functional communication training (FCT) to replace aberrant behavior with functional communicative skills in 3 male preschool or elementary aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Study activities were conducted in the natural…

  6. A Comparative-Qualitative Research Analysis of Character Education in the Christian School and Home Education Milieu

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    Wilhelm, Gretchen Marie

    2005-01-01

    This qualitative study provides a phenomenological perspective and comparative analysis of character education within the Christian school and home education milieu. The study is based on semi-structured interviews of fifty-two individuals (N = 52) representative of a sampling of Christian educators from four private, evangelical Christian Schools…

  7. The Response of Human Macrophages to β-Glucans Depends on the Inflammatory Milieu

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    Montero, Olimpio; Hugo, Etzel; Rodríguez, Mario; Domingo, Esther; Alonso, Sara

    2013-01-01

    Background β-glucans are fungal cell wall components that bind to the C-type lectin-like receptor dectin-1. Polymorphisms of dectin-1 gene are associated with susceptibility to invasive fungal infection and medically refractory ulcerative colitis. The purpose of this study has been addressing the response of human macrophages to β-glucans under different conditions mimicking the composition of the inflammatory milieu in view of the wide plasticity and large range of phenotypical changes showed by these cells, and the relevant role of dectin-1 in several pathophysiological conditions. Principal Findings Serum-differentiated macrophages stimulated with β-glucans showed a low production of TNFα and IL-1β, a high production of IL-6 and IL-23, and a delayed induction of cyclooxygenase-2 and PGE2 biosynthesis that resembled the responses elicited by crystals and those produced when phagosomal degradation of the phagocytic cargo increases ligand access to intracellular pattern recognition receptors. Priming with a low concentration of LPS produced a rapid induction of cyclooxygenase-2 and a synergistic release of PGE2. When the differentiation of the macrophages was carried out in the presence of M-CSF, an increased expression of dectin-1 B isoform was observed. In addition, this treatment made the cells capable to release arachidonic acid in response to β-glucan. Conclusions These results indicate that the macrophage response to fungal β-glucans is strongly influenced by cytokines and microbial-derived factors that are usual components of the inflammatory milieu. These responses can be sorted into three main patterns i) an elementary response dependent on phagosomal processing of pathogen-associated molecular patterns and/or receptor-independent, direct membrane binding linked to the immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif-bearing transmembrane adaptor DNAX-activating protein 12, ii) a response primed by TLR4-dependent signals, and iii) a response dependent

  8. Ecology and sampling techniques of an understudied subterranean habitat: the Milieu Souterrain Superficiel (MSS).

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    Mammola, Stefano; Giachino, Pier Mauro; Piano, Elena; Jones, Alexandra; Barberis, Marcel; Badino, Giovanni; Isaia, Marco

    2016-12-01

    The term Milieu Souterrain Superficiel (MSS) has been used since the early 1980s in subterranean biology to categorize an array of different hypogean habitats. In general terms, a MSS habitat represents the underground network of empty air-filled voids and cracks developing within multiple layers of rock fragments. Its origins can be diverse and is generally covered by topsoil. The MSS habitat is often connected both with the deep hypogean domain-caves and deep rock cracks-and the superficial soil horizon. A MSS is usually characterized by peculiar microclimatic conditions, and it can harbor specialized hypogean, endogean, and surface-dwelling species. In light of the many interpretations given by different authors, we reviewed 235 papers regarding the MSS in order to provide a state-of-the-art description of these habitats and facilitate their study. We have briefly described the different types of MSS mentioned in the scientific literature (alluvial, bedrock, colluvial, volcanic, and other types) and synthesized the advances in the study of the physical and ecological factors affecting this habitat-i.e., microclimate, energy flows, animal communities, and trophic interactions. We finally described and reviewed the available sampling methods used to investigate MSS fauna.

  9. Peri-Implantation Hormonal Milieu: Elucidating Mechanisms of Abnormal Placentation and Fetal Growth1

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    Mainigi, Monica A.; Olalere, Devvora; Burd, Irina; Sapienza, Carmen; Bartolomei, Marisa; Coutifaris, Christos

    2013-01-01

    ABSTRACT Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have been associated with several adverse perinatal outcomes involving placentation and fetal growth. It is critical to examine each intervention individually in order to assess its relationship to the described adverse perinatal outcomes. One intervention ubiquitously used in ART is superovulation with gonadotropins. Superovulation results in significant changes in the hormonal milieu, which persist during the peri-implantation and early placentation periods. Epidemiologic evidence suggests that the treatment-induced peri-implantation maternal environment plays a critical role in perinatal outcomes. In this study, using the mouse model, we have isolated the exposure to the peri-implantation period, and we examine the effect of superovulation on placentation and fetal growth. We report that the nonphysiologic peri-implantation maternal hormonal environment resulting from gonadotropin stimulation appears to have a direct effect on fetal growth, trophoblast differentiation, and gene expression. This appears to be mediated, at least in part, through trophoblast expansion and invasion. Although the specific molecular and cellular mechanism(s) leading to these observations remain to be elucidated, identifying this modifiable risk factor will not only allow us to improve perinatal outcomes with ART, but help us understand the pathophysiology contributing to these outcomes. PMID:24352558

  10. Is More Better? Milieu Communication Teaching in Toddlers With Intellectual Disabilities

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    Fey, Marc E.; Yoder, Paul J.; Warren, Steven F.; Bredin-Oja, Shelley L.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose The authors sought to determine whether a program of 5 weekly doses of milieu communication teaching (MCT) would yield improvements in children’s communication and word use compared with a once-weekly delivery of the same treatment. Method Sixty-four children with intellectual and communication delay were randomly assigned to receive 60-min sessions of MCT either 1 time or 5 times per week over a 9-month treatment. Growth curves were fit to data collected at 5 points before, during, and after the MCT was delivered. Results With groups collapsed, significant growth across the experimental period was observed on all measures, but this was not associated unconditionally with treatment intensity. Children who played with 9 or more objects during a standard play assessment, an empirically identified cut-point, benefitted more from the high- than from the low-intensity treatment on lexical measures (Hedges’s g range = .49 to .65). Conclusions More MCT is not always better for all children. Clinicians can expect that increasing the frequency of MCT sessions will yield moderate enhancement of outcomes if the child has high interest in objects. PMID:23275404

  11. Nutritional milieu of isolated stromal vascular cells determines their proliferative, adipogenic, and lipogenic capacity in vitro

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    Kadegowda, Anil K G; Wright, Asher; Duckett, Susan K

    2014-01-01

    The objective was to determine the effect of nutritional milieu of isolated stromal vascular (SV) cells on proliferative capacity of preadipocytes, and adipogenic and lipogenic capacity in adipocytes in vitro. Proliferation of the preadipocytes increased over time with 48 and 72 h being greater than 24 h; however, preadipocytes from steers supplemented with corn (LC) had lower proliferation rates compared with those without corn grain supplementation (L) at 72 h. Adipocyte cultures isolated from LC group had higher mean diameter on d 4 and 6, and higher mean volume on d 0, 4, 6, and 12 of culture. Adipocytes from steers supplemented with corn grain (LC) had lower expression of key adipogenic genes during extended days in culture. The results show that prior nutritional treatment of the donor animal used to isolate SV cultures alters their proliferative, adipogenic, and lipogenic capacity in culture. These differences may be related to lower induction/expression of AP2 gene in the adipose cultures from corn supplemented group. Corn grain supplementation to steers grazing legumes could have stimulated more active adipogenic progenitor cells to differentiate, which would leave fewer behind in the SV pool for subsequent isolation. PMID:26317055

  12. Putting huntingtin "aggregation" in view with windows into the cellular milieu.

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    Hatters, Danny M

    2012-01-01

    Huntington's disease arises from CAG codon-repeat expansions in the Htt gene, which leads to a Htt gene product with an expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) sequence. The length of the polyQ expansion correlates with an increased tendency to form aggregates and clustering into micrometer-plus sized inclusion bodies in neurons and other cell types. Yet after nearly 20 years since the genetic basis for HD was identified, our knowledge of how polyQ-expanded Htt fragment aggregation relates to disease mechanisms remains fragmentary and controversial. Challenges remain in defining the aggregation process at the molecular level and how this process is influenced by, or influences cellular activities. Insight is further confounded by the term "aggregation" being used to describe a composite of distinct processes that may have opposing consequences to cell health and survival. This review discusses these issues in light of a historic summary of Htt aggregation in the cellular milieu and the intrinsic attributes of polyQ-expanded Htt that lead to aggregation. Finally, discussion centers on strategies forward to improve our knowledge for how aggregation relates to cellular dysfunction.

  13. Lower implantation rates in high responders: evidence for an altered endocrine milieu during the preimplantation period.

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    Pellicer, A; Valbuena, D; Cano, F; Remohí, J; Simón, C

    1996-06-01

    To determine serum E2 and P levels around the time of implantation in normal and high IVF responders. In Vitro Fertilization program at the Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad. Twenty-nine women undergoing IVF, who accepted to be studied daily, were classified according to the number of oocytes retrieved in normal (n = 16) and high responders (n = 13). Prospective study in which blood was drawn daily from the day of hCG administration (day 0) up to 7 days later (day 6). In vitro fertilization parameters (number of ampules, FSH-hMG, number of oocytes, fertilization rates, number of transferred embryos, implantation rates, and pregnancy rates); serum E2 and P levels during the 7 days of the study. Implantation rate was significantly higher in normal (18.5%) as compared with high (0%) responders. Estradiol and P levels were elevated significantly in high responders. The E2:P ratio was significantly different between normal and high responders during the preimplantation period. Pregnancy and implantation rates decreased as serum E2 levels increased on days 4 to 6 of the study. A different endocrine milieu between normal and high responders is detected by daily steroid measurements up to the preimplantation period, suggesting that this difference could be responsible for an impaired implantation in high responder patients undergoing IVF. An increase in serum E2 levels seems to be the cause of this difference.

  14. Increasing social interaction using prelinguistic milieu teaching with nonverbal school-age children with autism.

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    Franco, Jessica H; Davis, Barbara L; Davis, John L

    2013-08-01

    Children with autism display marked deficits in initiating and maintaining social interaction. Intervention using play routines can create a framework for developing and maintaining social interaction between these children and their communication partners. Six nonverbal 5- to 8-year-olds with autism were taught to engage in social interaction within salient play routines. Prelinguistic milieu teaching (PMT) techniques were used to teach the children to communicate intentionally during these routines. Intervention focused on the children's social interaction with an adult. The effects of intervention were evaluated using a multiple baseline design across participants. At study onset, the participants demonstrated few consistent interaction with others. With intervention, all of the children improved their ability to sustain social interactions, as evidenced by an increase in the number of communicative interactions during play routines. Participants also increased their overall rate of initiated intentional communication. Development of intentional prelinguistic communication within salient social routines creates opportunities for an adult to teach social and communication skills to young school-age children with autism who function at a nonverbal level.

  15. Self-assembled hydrogel fibers for sensing the multi-compartment intracellular milieu.

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    Vemula, Praveen Kumar; Kohler, Jonathan E; Blass, Amy; Williams, Miguel; Xu, Chenjie; Chen, Lynna; Jadhav, Swapnil R; John, George; Soybel, David I; Karp, Jeffrey M

    2014-03-26

    Targeted delivery of drugs and sensors into cells is an attractive technology with both medical and scientific applications. Existing delivery vehicles are generally limited by the complexity of their design, dependence on active transport, and inability to function within cellular compartments. Here, we developed self-assembled nanofibrous hydrogel fibers using a biologically inert, low-molecular-weight amphiphile. Self-assembled nanofibrous hydrogels offer unique physical/mechanical properties and can easily be loaded with a diverse range of payloads. Unlike commercially available E. coli membrane particles covalently bound to the pH reporting dye pHrodo, pHrodo encapsulated in self-assembled hydrogel-fibers internalizes into macrophages at both physiologic (37°C) and sub-physiologic (4°C) temperatures through an energy-independent, passive process. Unlike dye alone or pHrodo complexed to E. coli, pHrodo-SAFs report pH in both the cytoplasm and phagosomes, as well the nucleus. This new class of materials should be useful for next-generation sensing of the intracellular milieu.

  16. Coacervate whey protein improves inflammatory milieu in mice fed with high-fat diet

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    2014-01-01

    Background Functional foods with bioactive properties may help in treat obesity, as they can lead to a decreased risks of inflammatory diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of chitosan coacervate whey protein on the proinflammatory processes in mice fed with high-fat diet. Methods Mice were divided into two groups receiving either a normolipidic or high-fat diet; the animals in each of the two diet groups were given a diet supplement of either coacervate (gavage, 36 mg protein/kg of body weight) or tap water for four weeks [groups: normolipidic diet plus water (C); normolipidic diet and coacervate (CC); high-fat diet and water (H); and high-fat diet and coacervate (HC)]. Results The high-fat diet promoted inflammation, possibly by decreased adiponectin/sum of adipose tissues ratio and increased phosphorylation of NF-κB p50. In HC we observed a positive correlation between IL-10 and TNF-α in mesenteric adipose tissue, retroperitoneal adipose tissue and liver tissue. We also observed a positive correlation between lipopolisaccharide with IL-10 in the liver tissue. Conclusions High-fat diet treatment promoted metabolic alterations and inflammation, and chitosan coacervate whey protein modulated inflammatory milieu. PMID:24673809

  17. Single yeast cell vacuolar milieu viscosity assessment by fluorescence polarization microscopy with computer image analysis.

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    Puchkov, Evgeny O

    2012-05-01

    This study was undertaken to evaluate the apparent viscosity within the vacuoles of single Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells by steady-state fluorescence anisotropy measurements of quinacrine, using wide-field fluorescence polarization microscopy combined with computer image analysis. Quinacrine was shown to be rather specifically accumulated within the vacuoles of the cells. This accumulation was effectively reversed by ATP depletion of the cells, with no detectable binding of the dye within the vacuoles. Quinacrine fluorescence anisotropy in the sucrose solutions of various viscosities obeyed the Perrin equation. The fluorescence anisotropy of quinacrine was measured in the vacuoles of 39 cells. From cell to cell, this parameter changed in the range 0.032-0.086. Using the Perrin plot as a calibration curve, apparent viscosity values of the vacuolar milieu were calculated for each cell. The population of the cells studied was heterogeneous with regard to vacuolar viscosity, which was in the range 3.5 ± 0.4-14.06 ± 0.64 cP. There was a characteristic distribution of the frequencies of cells with apparent viscosities within certain limits, and cells with viscosity values in the range 5-6 cP were the most frequent. No relationship was found between the sizes of the vacuoles and their apparent viscosities.

  18. Ecology and sampling techniques of an understudied subterranean habitat: the Milieu Souterrain Superficiel (MSS)

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    Mammola, Stefano; Giachino, Pier Mauro; Piano, Elena; Jones, Alexandra; Barberis, Marcel; Badino, Giovanni; Isaia, Marco

    2016-12-01

    The term Milieu Souterrain Superficiel (MSS) has been used since the early 1980s in subterranean biology to categorize an array of different hypogean habitats. In general terms, a MSS habitat represents the underground network of empty air-filled voids and cracks developing within multiple layers of rock fragments. Its origins can be diverse and is generally covered by topsoil. The MSS habitat is often connected both with the deep hypogean domain—caves and deep rock cracks—and the superficial soil horizon. A MSS is usually characterized by peculiar microclimatic conditions, and it can harbor specialized hypogean, endogean, and surface-dwelling species. In light of the many interpretations given by different authors, we reviewed 235 papers regarding the MSS in order to provide a state-of-the-art description of these habitats and facilitate their study. We have briefly described the different types of MSS mentioned in the scientific literature (alluvial, bedrock, colluvial, volcanic, and other types) and synthesized the advances in the study of the physical and ecological factors affecting this habitat—i.e., microclimate, energy flows, animal communities, and trophic interactions. We finally described and reviewed the available sampling methods used to investigate MSS fauna.

  19. Self-assembled hydrogel fibers for sensing the multi-compartment intracellular milieu

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    Vemula, Praveen Kumar; Kohler, Jonathan E.; Blass, Amy; Williams, Miguel; Xu, Chenjie; Chen, Lynna; Jadhav, Swapnil R.; John, George; Soybel, David I.; Karp, Jeffrey M.

    2014-03-01

    Targeted delivery of drugs and sensors into cells is an attractive technology with both medical and scientific applications. Existing delivery vehicles are generally limited by the complexity of their design, dependence on active transport, and inability to function within cellular compartments. Here, we developed self-assembled nanofibrous hydrogel fibers using a biologically inert, low-molecular-weight amphiphile. Self-assembled nanofibrous hydrogels offer unique physical/mechanical properties and can easily be loaded with a diverse range of payloads. Unlike commercially available E. coli membrane particles covalently bound to the pH reporting dye pHrodo, pHrodo encapsulated in self-assembled hydrogel-fibers internalizes into macrophages at both physiologic (37°C) and sub-physiologic (4°C) temperatures through an energy-independent, passive process. Unlike dye alone or pHrodo complexed to E. coli, pHrodo-SAFs report pH in both the cytoplasm and phagosomes, as well the nucleus. This new class of materials should be useful for next-generation sensing of the intracellular milieu.

  20. Exercise training can attenuate the inflammatory milieu in women with systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Perandini, Luiz A; Sales-de-Oliveira, Diego; Mello, Suzana B V; Camara, Niels O; Benatti, Fabiana B; Lima, Fernanda R; Borba, Eduardo; Bonfa, Eloisa; Sá-Pinto, Ana L; Roschel, Hamilton; Gualano, Bruno

    2014-09-15

    Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease characterized by chronic inflammation. This study sought to assess the effects of an exercise training program on cytokines and soluble TNF receptors (sTNFRs) in response to acute exercise in SLE women. Eight SLE women and 10 sex-, age-, and body mass index-comparable healthy controls (HC) participated in this study. Before and after a 12-wk aerobic exercise training program, cytokines and sTNFRs were assessed at rest and in response to single bouts of acute moderate/intense exercise. HC performed the acute exercise bouts only at baseline. After the exercise training program, there was a decrease in resting TNFR2 levels (P = 0.025) and a tend to reduction interleukin (IL)-10 levels (P = 0.093) in SLE. The resting levels of IL-6, IL-10, and TNF-α after the exercise training in SLE reached HC levels (P > 0.05). In response to a single bout of acute moderate exercise, the area under the curve (AUC) of IL-10 was significantly reduced after the exercise training program in SLE (P = 0.043), and the AUC of IL-10, IL-6, TNF-α, and sTNFR1 of SLE approached control values (P > 0.05). In response to a single bout of acute intense exercise, the AUC of IL-10 was significantly reduced in SLE (P = 0.015). Furthermore, the AUC of sTNFR2 tended to decrease after exercise training program in SLE (P = 0.084), but it did not reach control values (P = 0.001). An aerobic exercise training program attenuated the inflammatory milieu in SLE women, revealing a novel homeostatic immunomodulatory role of exercise in an autoimmunity condition.

  1. Cross-Milieu Terrorist Collaboration: Using Game Theory to Assess the Risk of a Novel Threat.

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    Ackerman, Gary A; Zhuang, Jun; Weerasuriya, Sitara

    2017-02-01

    This article uses a game-theoretic approach to analyze the risk of cross-milieu terrorist collaboration-the possibility that, despite marked ideological differences, extremist groups from very different milieus might align to a degree where operational collaboration against Western societies becomes possible. Based upon theoretical insights drawn from a variety of literatures, a bargaining model is constructed that reflects the various benefits and costs for terrorists' collaboration across ideological milieus. Analyzed in both sequential and simultaneous decision-making contexts and through numerical simulations, the model confirms several theoretical arguments. The most important of these is that although likely to be quite rare, successful collaboration across terrorist milieus is indeed feasible in certain circumstances. The model also highlights several structural elements that might play a larger role than previously recognized in the collaboration decision, including that the prospect of nonmaterial gains (amplification of terror and reputational boost) plays at least as important a role in the decision to collaborate as potential increased capabilities does. Numerical simulation further suggests that prospects for successful collaboration over most scenarios (including operational) increase when a large, effective Islamist terrorist organization initiates collaboration with a smaller right-wing group, as compared with the other scenarios considered. Although the small number of historical cases precludes robust statistical validation, the simulation results are supported by existing empirical evidence of collaboration between Islamists and right- or left-wing extremists. The game-theoretic approach, therefore, provides guidance regarding the circumstances under which such an unholy alliance of violent actors is likely to succeed.

  2. Rocky milieu: Challenges of effective integration of clinical risk management into hospitals in Iran

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    Farokhzadian, Jamileh; Nayeri, Nahid Dehghan; Borhani, Fariba

    2015-01-01

    Healthcare risks and clinical risks have been recognized as a major challenge in healthcare. Clinical risks can never be eliminated and can have serious adverse effects on patient safety. Thus, a clinical risk management (CRM) system has been introduced in the healthcare system to improve quality services. The aim of this study was to explore nurses’ experiences related to the challenges of implementing CRM in the organizational context. This qualitative study was based on the conventional content analysis of the Lundman and Graneheim approach, and it consisted of 22 interview sessions with 20 nurses. The purposive sampling method was used to choose the participants from three hospitals affiliated with the Kerman University of Medical Sciences. We used semi-structured interviews and review of relevant documents to collect data. The analysis of the data led to the emergence of “rocky milieu” as the main theme, and it consisted of three categories that, along with their subcategories, explain the challenges of implementing CRM. The three categories and their subcategories were (1) organizational culture and leadership challenges (decision and performance of leadership and cultural resistance to change), (2) limitation of resources (financial, human, and physical and equipment resources), and (3) variations and complexities in working conditions (the emotional, psychological, and social atmosphere and the heaviness of workload). Attempts have been made to establish CRM through clinical governance and accreditation, but organizational challenges have created a rocky milieu for implementing CRM. However, from an organizational context concerning the suitability of healthcare in Iran, there are obvious needs to move toward quality improvement and safe practices through the effective implementation of CRM. PMID:25968444

  3. Pituitary Adenlylate Cyclase Activating Peptide Protects Adult Neural Stem Cells from a Hypoglycaemic milieu

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    Mansouri, Shiva; Lietzau, Grazyna; Lundberg, Mathias; Nathanson, David; Nyström, Thomas; Patrone, Cesare

    2016-01-01

    Hypoglycaemia is a common side-effect of glucose-lowering therapies for type-2 diabetic patients, which may cause cognitive/neurological impairment. Although the effects of hypoglycaemia in the brain have been extensively studied in neurons, how hypoglycaemia impacts the viability of adult neural stem cells (NSCs) has been poorly investigated. In addition, the cellular and molecular mechanisms of how hypoglycaemia regulates NSCs survival have not been characterized. Recent work others and us have shown that the pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) and the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonist Exendin-4 stimulate NSCs survival against glucolipoapoptosis. The aim of this study was to establish an in vitro system where to study the effects of hypoglycaemia on NSC survival. Furthermore, we determine the potential role of PACAP and Exendin-4 in counteracting the effect of hypoglycaemia. A hypoglycaemic in vitro milieu was mimicked by exposing subventricular zone-derived NSC to low levels of glucose. Moreover, we studied the potential involvement of apoptosis and endoplasmic reticulum stress by quantifying protein levels of Bcl-2, cleaved caspase-3 and mRNA levels of CHOP. We show that PACAP via PAC-1 receptor and PKA activation counteracts impaired NSC viability induced by hypoglycaemia. The protective effect induced by PACAP correlated with endoplasmic reticulum stress, Exendin-4 was ineffective. The results show that hypoglycaemia decreases NSC viability and that this effect can be substantially counteracted by PACAP via PAC-1 receptor activation. The data supports a potential therapeutic role of PAC-1 receptor agonists for the treatment of neurological complications, based on neurogenesis impairment by hypoglycaemia. PMID:27305000

  4. Release of hydrogen peroxide and antioxidant by the coral Stylophora pistillata to its external milieu

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    Armoza-Zvuloni, R.; Shaked, Y.

    2014-01-01

    Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), a common reactive oxygen species, plays multiple roles in coral health and disease. Elevated H2O2 production by the symbiotic algae during stress may result in symbiosis breakdown and bleaching of the coral. We have recently reported that various Red Sea corals release H2O2 and antioxidants to their external milieu and can influence the H2O2 dynamics in the reef. Here we present laboratory characterization of H2O2 and antioxidant activity release kinetics by intact, non-stressed Stylophora pistillata. Experimenting with bleached and non-bleached corals and different stirring speeds, we explored the sources and modes of H2O2 and antioxidant release. Since H2O2 is produced and degraded simultaneously, we developed methodology for resolving the actual rates of H2O2 release by the corals. H2O2 and antioxidant activity linearly increased in the water surrounding the coral over short periods of 1-2 h. Over longer periods of 5-7 h, the antioxidant activity kept increasing with time, while H2O2 concentrations were stabilized at ~ 1 μM by 2-3 h, and then gradually declined. Solving for H2O2 release, corals were found to release H2O2 at increasing rates over 2-4 h, and then slow down and stop by 5-7 h. Stirring was shown to induce the release of both H2O2 and antioxidant activity, possibly due to ventilation of the coral by the flow. Antioxidant activity was released at similar rates by bleached and non-bleached corals, suggesting that the antioxidant did not originate from the symbiotic algae. H2O2, however, was only minimally released from bleached corals, implying that the symbiotic algae are the source of the released H2O2. The observed flow-induced H2O2 release may aid corals in removing some of the internal H2O2 produced by their symbiotic algae and possibly assist in preventing coral bleaching under conditions of elevated temperature and irradiance.

  5. Release of hydrogen peroxide and antioxidants by the coral Stylophora pistillata to its external milieu

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    Armoza-Zvuloni, R.; Shaked, Y.

    2014-09-01

    Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), a common reactive oxygen species, plays multiple roles in coral health and disease. Elevated H2O2 production by the symbiotic algae during stress may result in symbiosis breakdown and bleaching of the coral. We have recently reported that various Red Sea corals release H2O2 and antioxidants to their external milieu, and can influence the H2O2 dynamics in the reef. Here, we present a laboratory characterization of H2O2 and antioxidant activity release kinetics by intact, non-stressed Stylophora pistillata. Experimenting with bleached and non-bleached corals and different stirring speeds, we explored the sources and modes of H2O2 and antioxidant release. Since H2O2 is produced and degraded simultaneously, we developed a methodology for resolving the actual H2O2 concentrations released by the corals. H2O2 and antioxidant activity steadily increased in the water surrounding the coral over short periods of 1-2 h. Over longer periods of 5-7 h, the antioxidant activity kept increasing with time, while H2O2 concentrations were stabilized at ~ 1 μM by 1-3 h, and then gradually declined. Solving for H2O2 release, corals were found to release H2O2 at increasing rates over 2-4 h, and then to slow down and stop by 5-7 h. Stirring was shown to induce the release of H2O2, possibly since the flow reduces the thickness of the diffusive boundary layer of the coral, and thus increases H2O2 mass flux. Antioxidant activity was released at similar rates by bleached and non-bleached corals, suggesting that the antioxidants did not originate from the symbiotic algae. H2O2, however, was not released from bleached corals, implying that the symbiotic algae are the source of the released H2O2. The observed flow-induced H2O2 release may aid corals in removing some of the internal H2O2 produced by their symbiotic algae, and may possibly assist in preventing coral bleaching under conditions of elevated temperature and irradiance.

  6. Les valvulopathies cardiaques en milieu hospitalier à Lomé (Togo)

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    Balaka, Abago; Tchamdja, Toyi; Djibril, Mohaman Awalou; Djagadou, Kodjo Agbéko; Tchandana, Makilioubè; Damorou, Findibé; Agbétra, Aïssah

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Notre étude a consisté en l'identification les principales valvulopathies retrouvées en milieu hospitalier à Lomé (Togo). Méthodes Il s'agit d'une étude rétrospective, transversale, multicentrique menée du 1er janvier 2006 au 31 décembre 2010 et portant sur les dossiers de patients suivis dans le service de cardiologie du CHU Campus de Lomé. Résultats Du 1er janvier 2006 au 31 Décembre 2010,5412 patients ont été consulté dans le service de cardiologie du CHU Campus. Parmi eux, 241 (4,45%) présentaient une valvulopathie. On notait une prédominance féminine avec un sex-ratio H/F à 0,60. La moyenne d’âge était de 62,32 ans avec des extrêmes allant de 16 à 89 ans et un écart type de 14,27. Les antécédents le plus souvent retrouvés étaient l'hypertension artérielle (26,97%) et le diabète (8,29%). Parmi les motifs de consultations, les plus fréquents étaient la dyspnée (39,00%), les précordialgies (32,78%) et les palpitations (21,16%). A l'examen physique 30,70% des patients présentaient des signes de d'insuffisance cardiaque. A l’échographie, on notait des atteintes d'une seule valve (77,17%), de 02 valves (17,42%) ou 03 valves (5,4%). L'insuffisance mitrale (56,84%) et l'insuffisance aortique (30,70%) ont été les valvulopathies les plus fréquemment retrouvées. La maladie mitrale a été notée chez 05 patients. Les principales étiologies étaient dégénératives et ischémiques. Conclusion Les valvulopathies sont relativement fréquentes à Lomé. L'insuffisance cardiaque est leur principal mode de révélation. Les plus retrouvées sont l'insuffisance mitrale et aortique. PMID:26113911

  7. Le cancer en milieu chirurgical pédiatrique au Togo

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    Gnassingbe, Komla; Guedenon, Koffi Mawuse; Kanassoua, Kokou; Adabra, Komlan; Kpabi, Kagnimtassou; Akakpo-Numado, Gamedzi Komlatse; Napo-Koura, Gado; Tekou, Hubert

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Le but de ce travail était de relever les aspects épidémiologiques des cancers de l'enfant en milieu chirurgical, décrire les problèmes posés par ces cancers et évaluer les résultats de leur prise en charge Méthodes Il s'agit d'une étude rétrospective analytique sur dossiers de patients âgés de moins de 15 ans pris en charge dans le service de chirurgie pédiatrique pour cancer solide de preuve anatomopathologique entre janvier 1987 et décembre 2010. Jusqu'en 2010, les hôpitaux publics du Togo ne disposaient pas d'imagerie par résonance magnétique ni de la tomodensitométrie. Il n'existe pas de service d'oncologie pédiatrique, ni de radiothérapie au Togo. Depuis quelques années maintenant, le Togo a intégré le Groupe Franco Africain d'oncologie Pédiatrique (GFAOP) et les patients bénéficient gracieusement des antimitotiques pour la prise en charge de certains cancers. Résultats Trente un patients avaient été pris en charge dans le service de chirurgie pédiatrique pour cancer. Parmi eux, il y avait 18 garçons (58,06%) et 15 filles (41,94%). L’âge moyen des patients était de 7,62 ans (extrêmes: 3 mois et 15 ans). Les patients étaient également répartis dans les différentes tranches d’âge. Les circonstances de découverte variaient selon le type de tumeurs. Les tumeurs des tissus mous représentaient 51,61% des cas, les tumeurs germinales 25,81% des cas et les tumeurs osseuses 22,58% des cas. Le délai moyen d’évolution avant la consultation était de 4,6 mois (extrêmes: 2 et 14 mois). Le taux de décès était de 54,84% des cas. Conclusion Les cancers solides de l'enfant sont caractérisés par un retard à la consultation et un plateau à visée diagnostique et thérapeutique très limité entrainant de ce fait une forte mortalité. PMID:25161753

  8. Intravitreal invading cells contribute to vitreal cytokine milieu in proliferative vitreoretinopathy

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    El-Ghrably, I; Dua, H.; Orr, G.; Fischer, D.; Tighe, P.

    2001-01-01

    AIM—To examine the contribution of infiltrating cells in the local production of cytokines within the vitreous of patients with proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR).
METHODS—The presence of mRNA coding for IL-6, IL-8, IL-1β, IL-1α, TNFα, IFNγ, IL-12, and HPRT was investigated in 25 vitreous samples from patients with PVR, 11 vitreous samples from patients with retinal detachment (RD) not complicated by PVR, and 10 vitreous samples from patients with macular hole (MH). A quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) using an internal competitor was used to investigate these samples. From these samples, 15 PVR, 8 RD, and 8 MH were analysed for the protein levels of the same cytokines using enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Spearman correlation was used to test any association between mRNA and cytokine protein levels, as an indicator of the contribution these cells make to the intravitreal cytokine milieu.
RESULTS—A strong correlation was found between mRNA and their respective cytokine levels (protein products) for IL-6, IL-8, IL-1β, IL-1α, TNFα, IFNγ (Spearman r = 0.83, 0.73, 0.67, 0.91, 0.73, and 0.73 respectively), but not for IL-12. The median levels of IL-6, IL-8, IL-1β, and IFNγ mRNA and their respective cytokines were significantly higher (p <0.05) in patients with PVR than in those with macular hole. There was no statistically significant difference in the median levels of IL-1α mRNA between PVR and MH but the cytokine IL-1α was detected at a significantly higher level in PVR compared with MH patients. Between PVR and RD patients, there was no statistically significant difference in mRNA levels for all the investigated cytokines (p >0.05) except for IL-6 where there was a statistical significance (p= 0.038). In contrast, the median levels of IL-6, IL-8, and IL-1β cytokines were significantly higher (p <0.05) in patients with PVR than in those with RD, whereas for IL-1α and IFNγ no

  9. Smart reticulated hydrogel of functionally decorated gellan copolymer for prolonged delivery of salbutamol sulphate to the gastro-luminal milieu.

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    Maiti, Sabyasachi; Ghosh, Sudipa; Mondol, Ranjit; Ray, Somasree; Sa, Biswanath

    2012-01-01

    A partially hydrolysed poly(acrylamide)-grafted-gellan (HPAmGG) copolymer was synthesised and characterised. Temperature- and concentration-dependent rheology and gel-like property of Gelrite gellan (GG) disappeared in HPAmGG copolymer. Smart HPAmGG hydrogel was fabricated with variation in aluminium chloride (AlCl(3)) strength and initial drug loading. The hydrogel reticulates seemed spherical and showed a maximum of ∼65% drug retention, but the assay was ∼22% lower for GG hydrogel. The drug release rate was inversely proportional to AlCl(3) strength in simulated intestinal milieu (pH 7.4), but approximated a proportional relationship with drug load. HPAmGG hydrogel liberated only 10-17% content in simulated gastric milieu (pH 1.2) in 2 h. The release data correlated well with the pH-dependent swelling of hydrogel and indicated the anomalous drug diffusion mechanism. Differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, and high-performance liquid chromatography analyses confirmed the amorphous nature of the drug and its stability in fresh and aged hydrogel. Hence, smart HPAmGG hydrogel had the potential to prolong drug release mimicking the variable pH of the gastrointestinal tract.

  10. The cytokine milieu in the interplay of pathogenic Th1/Th17 cells and regulatory T cells in autoimmune disease

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    Leung, Stewart; Liu, Xuebin; Fang, Lei; Chen, Xi; Guo, Taylor; Zhang, Jingwu

    2010-01-01

    The propagation and regulation of an immune response is driven by a network of effector and regulatory T (Treg) cells. The interplay of effector T and Treg cells determines the direction of the immune response towards inflammation or its resolution in an autoimmune disease setting. In autoimmune diseases, this interplay shifts the balance in favor of the development of autoreactive effector T cells, resulting in inflammatory pathology. The objective of an effective therapeutic approach for autoimmune disease is to restore this balance. In this review, we describe the characteristics and development of pathogenic T helper 1 (Th1) and Th17 cells and the beneficial Treg cells in autoimmune diseases and the crucial roles of the cytokine milieu in influencing the balance of these T-cell subsets. Given the importance of cytokines, we discuss current immunotherapeutic strategies using cytokine or cytokine receptor antibodies for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. PMID:20383174

  11. Short-Range Temporal Interactions in Sleep; Hippocampal Spike Avalanches Support a Large Milieu of Sequential Activity Including Replay.

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    Mahoney, J Matthew; Titiz, Ali S; Hernan, Amanda E; Scott, Rod C

    2016-01-01

    Hippocampal neural systems consolidate multiple complex behaviors into memory. However, the temporal structure of neural firing supporting complex memory consolidation is unknown. Replay of hippocampal place cells during sleep supports the view that a simple repetitive behavior modifies sleep firing dynamics, but does not explain how multiple episodes could be integrated into associative networks for recollection during future cognition. Here we decode sequential firing structure within spike avalanches of all pyramidal cells recorded in sleeping rats after running in a circular track. We find that short sequences that combine into multiple long sequences capture the majority of the sequential structure during sleep, including replay of hippocampal place cells. The ensemble, however, is not optimized for maximally producing the behavior-enriched episode. Thus behavioral programming of sequential correlations occurs at the level of short-range interactions, not whole behavioral sequences and these short sequences are assembled into a large and complex milieu that could support complex memory consolidation.

  12. Short-Range Temporal Interactions in Sleep; Hippocampal Spike Avalanches Support a Large Milieu of Sequential Activity Including Replay

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    Mahoney, J. Matthew; Titiz, Ali S.; Hernan, Amanda E.; Scott, Rod C.

    2016-01-01

    Hippocampal neural systems consolidate multiple complex behaviors into memory. However, the temporal structure of neural firing supporting complex memory consolidation is unknown. Replay of hippocampal place cells during sleep supports the view that a simple repetitive behavior modifies sleep firing dynamics, but does not explain how multiple episodes could be integrated into associative networks for recollection during future cognition. Here we decode sequential firing structure within spike avalanches of all pyramidal cells recorded in sleeping rats after running in a circular track. We find that short sequences that combine into multiple long sequences capture the majority of the sequential structure during sleep, including replay of hippocampal place cells. The ensemble, however, is not optimized for maximally producing the behavior-enriched episode. Thus behavioral programming of sequential correlations occurs at the level of short-range interactions, not whole behavioral sequences and these short sequences are assembled into a large and complex milieu that could support complex memory consolidation. PMID:26866597

  13. Mediterranean diet cools down the inflammatory milieu in type 2 diabetes: the MÉDITA randomized controlled trial.

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    Maiorino, Maria Ida; Bellastella, Giuseppe; Petrizzo, Michela; Scappaticcio, Lorenzo; Giugliano, Dario; Esposito, Katherine

    2016-12-01

    Mediterranean-style diets provide cardiovascular benefits and increase insulin sensitivity. There is little evidence that adherence to Mediterranean diet may influence the levels of the inflammatory milieu in type 2 diabetes. The aim of this study was to assess whether Mediterranean diet influences both C-reactive protein (CRP) and adiponectin in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes, and whether adherence to Mediterranean diet affects their circulating levels. In a two-arm, single-center trial, 215 men and women with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes were randomized to a Mediterranean diet (n = 108, 54 males and 54 females) or a low-fat diet (n = 107, 52 males and 55 females), with a total follow-up of 8.1 years. At baseline visit and at 1 year, body weight, HOMA index, CRP, and adiponectin and its fractions were assessed. Adherence to the diets was assessed by calculating the Mediterranean-diet score. At 1 year, CPR fell by 37 % and adiponectin rose by 43 % in the Mediterranean diet group, while remaining unchanged in the low-fat diet group. The pattern of adiponectin fractions (high and non-high molecular weight) showed a response similar to that of total adiponectin. Diabetic patients with the highest scores (6-9 points) of adherence to Mediterranean diet had lower circulating CRP level and higher circulating total adiponectin levels than the diabetic patients who scored <3 points on the scale (P = 0.001). The results of this randomized controlled trial demonstrate that Mediterranean diet cools down the inflammatory milieu of type 2 diabetes.

  14. A Comparison of High and Low Dosages of a Component of Milieu Teaching Strategies for Two Preschool-Age Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    Julien, Hannah M.; Reichle, Joe

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: The intersection of treatment intensity and communication intervention is an emerging area of investigation. Milieu teaching (MT) approaches for teaching communication skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a substantial evidence base (see Goldstein, 2002). However, a relatively small percentage (37.8%) of MT studies…

  15. A Comparison of High and Low Dosages of a Component of Milieu Teaching Strategies for Two Preschool-Age Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    Julien, Hannah M.; Reichle, Joe

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: The intersection of treatment intensity and communication intervention is an emerging area of investigation. Milieu teaching (MT) approaches for teaching communication skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a substantial evidence base (see Goldstein, 2002). However, a relatively small percentage (37.8%) of MT studies…

  16. Inwardly rectifying K+ (Kir) channels in Drosophila. A crucial role of cellular milieu factors Kir channel function.

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    Döring, Frank; Wischmeyer, Erhard; Kühnlein, Ronald P; Jäckle, Herbert; Karschin, Andreas

    2002-07-12

    Three cDNAs encoding inwardly rectifying potassium (Kir) channels were isolated from Drosophila melanogaster. The protein sequences of Drosophila KirI (dKirI) and dKirII are moderately (<44%) and dKirIII sequence is weakly (<27%) identical to human Kir channel subunits. During fly development, five dKir channel transcripts derived from three genes are differentially expressed. Whole mount in situ hybridizations revealed dKirI transcripts absent from embryos, but dKirII and dKirIII are expressed in the embryonic hind gut and in Malpighian tubules, respectively, thus covering the entire osmoregulatory system of the developing fly. In the head of adult flies, predominantly dKirII transcripts were detected. When expressed in Xenopus oocytes, dKir channel activity was only observed after amino acid substitutions in their cytosolic tails (e.g. exchange of a unique valine in the NH(2) terminus). In contrast, heterologous expression of wild type dKirI and dKirII in Drosophila S2 cells readily evoked typical inwardly rectifying K(+) currents, which were weakly sensitive to Ba(2+). Thus, the specific milieu of insect cells provides a crucial cellular environment for proper function of dKir channels.

  17. Cutting Edge: OX40 agonists can drive regulatory T cell expansion if the cytokine milieu is right.

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    Ruby, Carl E; Yates, Melissa A; Hirschhorn-Cymerman, Daniel; Chlebeck, Peter; Wolchok, Jedd D; Houghton, Alan N; Offner, Halina; Weinberg, Andrew D

    2009-10-15

    We report that OX40 stimulation drives all lineages of CD4 T cell development, including regulatory T cells (Tregs), and the plasticity of the response is dependant on local cytokines. In TGF-beta1-treated cultures, an OX40 agonist increased IFN-gamma and IL-4 production and diverted T cells from the Treg lineage. However, cytokine blockade in the context of OX40 stimulation promoted enhanced Treg accumulation. This observation was evident in naive mice, as OX40 engagement enhanced Treg proliferation and accumulation in vivo. Lastly, OX40 agonist administration influenced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis disease severity in opposing directions, depending on the timing of administration. Given during Ag priming, the OX40 agonist drove Treg expansion and inhibited disease, whereas given later it enhanced T cell effector cytokine production in the CNS and exacerbated disease. Hence, OX40 signaling can augment the accumulation of all CD4 T cell lineages; however, its accentuation of immune responses may have vastly different biologic outcomes depending upon the local cytokine milieu.

  18. The Milieu Manager: A Nursing Staffing Strategy to Reduce Observer Use in the Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Setting.

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    Triplett, Patrick; Dearholt, Sandra; Cooper, Mary; Herzke, John; Johnson, Erin; Parks, Joyce; Sullivan, Patricia; Taylor, Karin F; Rohde, Judith

    2017-07-01

    Rising acuity levels in inpatient settings have led to growing reliance on observers and increased the cost of care. Minimizing use of observers, maintaining quality and safety of care, and improving bed access, without increasing cost. Nursing staff on two inpatient psychiatric units at an academic medical center pilot-tested the use of a "milieu manager" to address rising patient acuity and growing reliance on observers. Nursing cost, occupancy, discharge volume, unit closures, observer expense, and incremental nursing costs were tracked. Staff satisfaction and reported patient behavioral/safety events were assessed. The pilot initiatives ran for 8 months. Unit/bed closures fell to zero on both units. Occupancy, patient days, and discharges increased. Incremental nursing cost was offset by reduction in observer expense and by revenue from increases in occupancy and patient days. Staff work satisfaction improved and measures of patient safety were unchanged. The intervention was effective in reducing observation expense and improved occupancy and patient days while maintaining patient safety, representing a cost-effective and safe approach for management of acuity on inpatient psychiatric units.

  19. The acidic milieu of the horny layer: new findings on the physiology and pathophysiology of skin pH.

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    Rippke, Frank; Schreiner, Volker; Schwanitz, Hans-Joachim

    2002-01-01

    The acidic pH of the horny layer, measurable on the skin surface, has long been regarded as a result of exocrine secretion of the skin glands. The 'acid mantle' was thought to regulate the bacterial skin flora and to be sensitive primarily to skin cleansing procedures. In recent years, an increasing number of investigations have been published on the changes in, and constituents and functions of, the pH of the deeper layers of the stratum corneum, as well as on the influence of physiological and pathological factors. A central role for the acidic milieu as a regulating factor in stratum corneum homeostasis is now emerging. This has relevance to the integrity of the barrier function, from normal maturation of the stratum corneum lipids through to desquamation. Changes in the pH and the organic factors influencing it appear to play a role, not only in the pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of irritant contact dermatitis, but also of atopic dermatitis and ichthyosis and in wound healing. On the basis of these findings, a broader concept, exceeding the superficial 'acid mantle' theory, has been formulated.

  20. Utility of hydroxypropylmethylcellulose acetate succinate (HPMCAS) for initiation and maintenance of drug supersaturation in the GI milieu.

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    Curatolo, William; Nightingale, James A; Herbig, Scott M

    2009-06-01

    To identify materials and processes which effect supersaturation of the GI milieu for low solubility drugs in order to increase oral bioavailability. A variety of small and polymeric molecules were screened for their ability to inhibit drug precipitation in supersaturated solutions. The best polymeric materials were utilized to create spray-dried dispersions (SDDs) of drug and polymer, and these were tested for drug form and homogeneity. Dispersions were tested in vitro for their ability to achieve and maintain drug supersaturation, for a variety of drug structures. Of the 41 materials tested, HPMCAS was the most effective at maintaining drug supersaturation. Drug/HPMCAS SDDs were consistently more effective at achieving and maintaining drug supersaturation in vitro than were SDDs prepared with other polymers. Drug/HPMCAS SDDs were effective in vitro for eight low solubility drugs of widely varying structure. Drug/HPMCAS SDDs were more effective at achieving and maintaining supersaturation than were rotoevaporated Drug/HPMCAS dispersions or physical mixtures of Drug and HPMCAS. The degree of achievable drug supersaturation increased with increasing polymer content in the SDD. The drug in Drug /HPMCAS SDDs was amorphous, and the dispersions were demonstrated to have a single glass transition and were thus homogeneous. HPMCAS has been identified as a uniquely effective polymer for use in SDDs of low solubility drugs, with broad applicability across a variety of drug structures and properties.

  1. Cross-talk among myeloid-derived suppressor cells, macrophages, and tumor cells impacts the inflammatory milieu of solid tumors

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    Beury, Daniel W.; Parker, Katherine H.; Nyandjo, Maeva; Sinha, Pratima; Carter, Kayla A.; Ostrand-Rosenberg, Suzanne

    2014-01-01

    MDSC and macrophages are present in most solid tumors and are important drivers of immune suppression and inflammation. It is established that cross-talk between MDSC and macrophages impacts anti-tumor immunity; however, interactions between tumor cells and MDSC or macrophages are less well studied. To examine potential interactions between these cells, we studied the impact of MDSC, macrophages, and four murine tumor cell lines on each other, both in vitro and in vivo. We focused on IL-6, IL-10, IL-12, TNF-α, and NO, as these molecules are produced by macrophages, MDSC, and many tumor cells; are present in most solid tumors; and regulate inflammation. In vitro studies demonstrated that MDSC-produced IL-10 decreased macrophage IL-6 and TNF-α and increased NO. IL-6 indirectly regulated MDSC IL-10. Tumor cells increased MDSC IL-6 and vice versa. Tumor cells also increased macrophage IL-6 and NO and decreased macrophage TNF-α. Tumor cell-driven macrophage IL-6 was reduced by MDSC, and tumor cells and MDSC enhanced macrophage NO. In vivo analysis of solid tumors identified IL-6 and IL-10 as the dominant cytokines and demonstrated that these molecules were produced predominantly by stromal cells. These results suggest that inflammation within solid tumors is regulated by the ratio of tumor cells to MDSC and macrophages and that interactions of these cells have the potential to alter significantly the inflammatory milieu within the tumor microenvironment. PMID:25170116

  2. Franchissement du seuil dans un laser monomode à milieu actif homogène : étude spectrale auto-cohérente

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    Boucher, Y. G.

    2006-10-01

    Nous présentons une étude auto-cohérente du franchissement du seuil dans un laser monomode à milieu actif homogène. Nous obtenons pour la puissance, la longueur d'onde et la largeur de raie des expressions universelles en coordonnées normalisées, continûment valables de part et d'autre du seuil.

  3. [Encouraging healthy habits by playing with the child in the family milieu: the snakes and ladders game].

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    Sánchez Echenique, M; Pèlach, R

    2002-01-01

    In recent decades society has been undergoing many changes and these have had a strong incidence on infant morbidity and mortality. Diseases that have practically vanished due to the impact of vaccinations and the improvement of the standard of living have given way to others derived from the changes in eating habits and life style; accidents, on the other hand, have come to be the first cause of morbidity and mortality after the first year of life has been passed. Strategies must be directed towards avoiding the causes of this new way of falling ill. We present a Spanish version of a game similar to "snakes and ladders" called "the healthy goose", which encourages healthy living habits. In order that the child should internalize safe habits by means of the game, certain squares in the game have been replaced by positive drawings, in which the child carries out healthy activities, receiving prizes for these, and others in which risky activities are performed, which are penalized. The areas dealt with are: habits (nutrition, sleep, study, games, etc.), Accidents at home, road safety (pedestrian, cyclist and automobile traveler), and swimming pools. The game starts with a child of 3-4 years and the goal is reached as a healthy adolescent. Given that the variation in personalities is enormous, we believe the family milieu should be the complement to legislative and educational measures and general campaigns in the means of communication, since it is what the child knows best and where he learns his deepest attitudes. This game could be a help to parents in this difficult task.

  4. Light/Dark Shifting Promotes Alcohol-Induced Colon Carcinogenesis: Possible Role of Intestinal Inflammatory Milieu and Microbiota.

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    Bishehsari, Faraz; Saadalla, Abdulrahman; Khazaie, Khashayarsha; Engen, Phillip A; Voigt, Robin M; Shetuni, Brandon B; Forsyth, Christopher; Shaikh, Maliha; Vitaterna, Martha Hotz; Turek, Fred; Keshavarzian, Ali

    2016-12-02

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) is associated with the modern lifestyle. Chronic alcohol consumption-a frequent habit of majority of modern societies-increases the risk of CRC. Our group showed that chronic alcohol consumption increases polyposis in a mouse mode of CRC. Here we assess the effect of circadian disruption-another modern life style habit-in promoting alcohol-associated CRC. TS4Cre × adenomatous polyposis coli (APC)(lox468) mice underwent (a) an alcohol-containing diet while maintained on a normal 12 h light:12 h dark cycle; or (b) an alcohol-containing diet in conjunction with circadian disruption by once-weekly 12 h phase reversals of the light:dark (LD) cycle. Mice were sacrificed after eight weeks of full alcohol and/or LD shift to collect intestine samples. Tumor number, size, and histologic grades were compared between animal groups. Mast cell protease 2 (MCP2) and 6 (MCP6) histology score were analyzed and compared. Stool collected at baseline and after four weeks of experimental manipulations was used for microbiota analysis. The combination of alcohol and LD shifting accelerated intestinal polyposis, with a significant increase in polyp size, and caused advanced neoplasia. Consistent with a pathogenic role of stromal tryptase-positive mast cells in colon carcinogenesis, the ratio of mMCP6 (stromal)/mMCP2 (intraepithelial) mast cells increased upon LD shifting. Baseline microbiota was similar between groups, and experimental manipulations resulted in a significant difference in the microbiota composition between groups. Circadian disruption by Light:dark shifting exacerbates alcohol-induced polyposis and CRC. Effect of circadian disruption could, at least partly, be mediated by promoting a pro-tumorigenic inflammatory milieu via changes in microbiota.

  5. Light/Dark Shifting Promotes Alcohol-Induced Colon Carcinogenesis: Possible Role of Intestinal Inflammatory Milieu and Microbiota

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    Bishehsari, Faraz; Saadalla, Abdulrahman; Khazaie, Khashayarsha; Engen, Phillip A.; Voigt, Robin M.; Shetuni, Brandon B.; Forsyth, Christopher; Shaikh, Maliha; Vitaterna, Martha Hotz; Turek, Fred; Keshavarzian, Ali

    2016-01-01

    Background: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is associated with the modern lifestyle. Chronic alcohol consumption—a frequent habit of majority of modern societies—increases the risk of CRC. Our group showed that chronic alcohol consumption increases polyposis in a mouse mode of CRC. Here we assess the effect of circadian disruption—another modern life style habit—in promoting alcohol-associated CRC. Method: TS4Cre × adenomatous polyposis coli (APC)lox468 mice underwent (a) an alcohol-containing diet while maintained on a normal 12 h light:12 h dark cycle; or (b) an alcohol-containing diet in conjunction with circadian disruption by once-weekly 12 h phase reversals of the light:dark (LD) cycle. Mice were sacrificed after eight weeks of full alcohol and/or LD shift to collect intestine samples. Tumor number, size, and histologic grades were compared between animal groups. Mast cell protease 2 (MCP2) and 6 (MCP6) histology score were analyzed and compared. Stool collected at baseline and after four weeks of experimental manipulations was used for microbiota analysis. Results: The combination of alcohol and LD shifting accelerated intestinal polyposis, with a significant increase in polyp size, and caused advanced neoplasia. Consistent with a pathogenic role of stromal tryptase-positive mast cells in colon carcinogenesis, the ratio of mMCP6 (stromal)/mMCP2 (intraepithelial) mast cells increased upon LD shifting. Baseline microbiota was similar between groups, and experimental manipulations resulted in a significant difference in the microbiota composition between groups. Conclusions: Circadian disruption by Light:dark shifting exacerbates alcohol-induced polyposis and CRC. Effect of circadian disruption could, at least partly, be mediated by promoting a pro-tumorigenic inflammatory milieu via changes in microbiota. PMID:27918452

  6. Key endothelial cell angiogenic mechanisms are stimulated by the circulating milieu in sickle cell disease and attenuated by hydroxyurea.

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    Lopes, Flavia C M; Traina, Fabiola; Almeida, Camila B; Leonardo, Flavia C; Franco-Penteado, Carla F; Garrido, Vanessa T; Colella, Marina P; Soares, Raquel; Olalla-Saad, Sara T; Costa, Fernando F; Conran, Nicola

    2015-06-01

    As hypoxia-induced inflammatory angiogenesis may contribute to the manifestations of sickle cell disease, we compared the angiogenic molecular profiles of plasma from sickle cell disease individuals and correlated these with in vitro endothelial cell-mediated angiogenesis-stimulating activity and in vivo neovascularization. Bioplex demonstrated that plasma from patients with steady-state sickle cell anemia contained elevated concentrations of pro-angiogenic factors (angiopoietin-1, basic fibroblast growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor-D and placental growth factor) and displayed potent pro-angiogenic activity, significantly increasing endothelial cell proliferation, migration and capillary-like structure formation. In vivo neovascularization of Matrigel plugs was significantly greater in sickle cell disease mice than in non-sickle cell disease mice, consistent with an up-regulation of angiogenesis in the disease. In plasma from patients with hemoglobin SC disease without proliferative retinopathy, anti-angiogenic endostatin and thrombospondin-2 were significantly elevated. In contrast, plasma from hemoglobin SC individuals with proliferative retinopathy had a pro-angiogenic profile and more significant effects on endothelial cell proliferation and capillary formation than plasma from patients without retinopathy. Hydroxyurea therapy was associated with significant reductions in plasma angiogenic factors and inhibition of endothelial cell-mediated angiogenic mechanisms and neovascularization. Thus, individuals with sickle cell anemia or hemoglobin SC disease with retinopathy present a highly angiogenic circulating milieu, capable of stimulating key endothelial cell-mediated angiogenic mechanisms. Combination anti-angiogenic therapy to prevent the progression of unregulated neovascularization and associated manifestations in sickle cell disease, such as pulmonary hypertension, may be indicated; furthermore, the

  7. Les tumeurs malignes anorectales en milieu hospitalier à Ouagadougou: aspects épidémiologiques et diagnostiques

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    Guingané, Alice Nanelin; Sombié, Roger Arsène; Bougouma, Alain

    2014-01-01

    Le but de notre étude était de décrire les caractéristiques épidémiologiques et diagnostiques des tumeurs malignes anorectales en milieu hospitalier à Ouagadougou. Il s'est agi d'une étude rétrospective et transversale qui a concerné les patients vus en endoscopie digestive basse au cours de la période allant du 29/09/1999 au 04/10/2008. À l'aide d'une fiche de collecte, nous avons recueilli, dans 4 structures sanitaires et 3 laboratoires d'anatomie et de cytologie pathologiques de la ville de Ouagadougou, les données à partir des comptes-rendus d'endoscopie digestive basse et des registres d'anatomie et de cytologie pathologiques. Durant la période de notre étude, 645 patients ont été examinés en anorectoscopie et 882 cas d'affections anorectales colligés. Les tumeurs malignes anorectales avec 61 cas (6,9%) occupaient la quatrième place après la maladie hémorroïdaire (45,6%), les anites (21,1%) et les fissures (13,9%). Elles regroupaient les cancers du rectum (4,2%) et les cancers de l'anus (2,7%). Vingt cancers anorectaux ont été histologiquement confirmés parmi lesquels l'adénocarcinome était le type histologique le plus retrouvé avec 17 cas. Les tumeurs malignes, quatrième affection anorectale la plus fréquente au cours de notre étude, constituent une préoccupation du fait de leur fréquence croissante, leur diagnostic souvent tardif et les difficultés liées à leur prise en charge surtout dans nos pays avec une population à faible revenu. La sensibilisation de la population et la prescription plus large de l'endoscopie digestive basse devraient permettre une meilleure prise en charge des patients. PMID:25368715

  8. Conception d'un outil d'aide a la decision de technologies de fabrication additive en milieu aeronautique

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    Buvat, Gael

    La fabrication additive offre une opportunite d'amelioration des methodes de productions de pieces. Cependant, les technologies de fabrication additive sont diverses, les fournisseurs de services sont multiples et peu de personnel est forme pour operer sur ces technologies. L'objectif de cette etude est d'emettre une suggestion de concepts d'outils d'aide a la decision de technologies, de materiaux et de post-traitements de fabrication additive en milieu aeronautique. Trois sous-objectifs sont employes. Premierement, la definition des criteres de decision de technologies, de materiaux et de post-traitements de fabrication additive. Ensuite, l'elaboration d'un cahier des charges de l'outil d'aide a la decision en accord avec les besoins industriels du secteur aeronautique. Et enfin, la suggestion de trois concepts d'outils d'aide a la decision et leur evaluation par comparaison au cahier des charges etabli. Les criteres captures aupres de 11 industriels concernent des criteres de couts, de qualite, de conception et de delai d'obtention. Ensuite, nous avons elabore un cahier des charges permettant de reunir les besoins des industriels du secteur aeronautique selon trois axes qui constituent la colonne vertebrale des outils d'aide a la decision : une suggestion d'interface utilisateur, une suggestion de bases de donnees et un moteur de selection des technologies, des materiaux et des post-traitements de fabrication additive. La convivialite de l'interface utilisateur, l'evaluation de la qualite souhaitee par l'utilisateur et la prise en compte des etudes de cas realisees par le moteur de selection sont exemples de besoins que nous avons identifie au sein de cette etude. Nous avons ensuite transcrit ces besoins en specifications techniques pour permettre une evaluation du niveau de satisfaction des industriels au travers d'un pointage des trois concepts suggeres. Ces trois concepts d'outils d'aide a la decision ont ete realises respectivement grâce a Microsoft Excel

  9. Priming astrocytes with TNF enhances their susceptibility to Trypanosoma cruzi infection and creates a self-sustaining inflammatory milieu.

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    Silva, Andrea Alice; Silva, Rafael Rodrigues; Gibaldi, Daniel; Mariante, Rafael Meyer; Dos Santos, Jessica Brandão; Pereira, Isabela Resende; Moreira, Otacílio Cruz; Lannes-Vieira, Joseli

    2017-09-06

    , anti-TNF therapy reduced the number of amastigote nests in the brain. Our data implicate TNF as a promoter of T. cruzi invasion of mouse and human astrocytes. Moreover, the TNF-enriched inflammatory milieu and enhanced TNFR1 expression may favor TNF signaling, astrocyte colonization by T. cruzi and egression of trypomastigotes. Therefore, in T. cruzi infection, a self-sustaining TNF-induced inflammatory circuit may perpetuate the parasite cycle in the CNS and ultimately promote cytokine-driven behavioral alterations.

  10. Modelisation du Signal Radar EN Milieu Stratifie et Evaluation de Techniques de Mesure de L'humidite du Sol

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    Boisvert, Johanne

    La presente etude se penche sur des problemes relies a l'echantillonnage de l'humidite de sol et a l'estimation du signal radar sur sols nus. Le travail se divise en deux volets. Le volet 1 evalue trois techniques de mesure de l'humidite du sol (gravimetrie, reflectometrie temporelle et sonde dielectrique) et deux protocoles d'echantillonnage. Dans le volet 2, un modele de simulation du signal en milieu stratifie est developpe, et les estimes de signal obtenus sont compares aux estimes bases uniquement sur une valeur moyenne d'humidite du sol prise sur une profondeur fixe d'echantillonnage. Les differences entre les deux estimes dependent de la frequence et du choix judicieux de la profondeur d'echantillonnage; elles sont plus importantes aux faibles angles et en polarisation HV, puis VV. Le modele de simulation a aussi ete utilise pour etudier la profondeur de penetration du signal et en deduire la profondeur optimale d'echantillonnage en tenant compte des caracteristiques du signal. Une variation de 25 ^circ de l'angle d'incidence a peu d'effet sur la profondeur de penetration en bande Ku; l'ecart reste inferieur ou egal a 0,5 cm en bande C mais peut atteindre 1,3 cm en bande L. L'impact de la polarisation est nul en bande Ku mais croi t avec l'angle d'incidence en bande C et L. A 50^circ, il est, en moyenne de 1 cm en bande C et de 2 cm en bande L. En polarisation VV, la profondeur croi t avec une augmentation de l'angle alors que l'effet est inverse en polarisation HH. Deux methodes pour estimer la profondeur d'echantillonnage en conditions operationnelles sont presentees. Lorsqu'on inverse un modele pour estimer l'humidite du sol a partir du signal, ces methodes permettent aussi d'estimer l'epaisseur de sol representee par l'humidite ainsi estimee.

  11. [Cosmos, coral and cultural milieu. The significance of the popular science connection in the late German Empire and the Weimar Republic].

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    Schirrmacher, Arne

    2008-12-01

    This paper discusses the role of popular science communication for the 'cultural milieu' or more generally the 'environment' of scientists and science in Germany between c. 1900 and 1933 in the sense of Paul Forman. On the rich basis of diverse journals aiming at a differentiated public the discourse on atomic physics is sketched. Since the thesis of a general hostility towards atomic physics in particular and science in general cannot be accredited the question arises how widespread and in which sense a crisis of science was discussed in the Weimar years.

  12. A Zn2+ specific triazole based calix[4]arene conjugate (L) as a fluorescence sensor for histidine and cysteine in HEPES buffer milieu.

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    Pathak, Rakesh Kumar; Tabbasum, Khatija; Rai, Ankit; Panda, Dulal; Rao, Chebrolu Pulla

    2012-09-07

    A highly fluorescent Zn(2+) complex of the triazole linked salicyl-imino-thiophenyl conjugate of calix[4]arene, [ZnL] has been demonstrated to be a chemo-sensing ensemble for the recognition of His and Cys among the naturally occurring amino acids in HEPES buffer milieu. The recognition behaviour of the [ZnL] towards these amino acids has been shown on the basis of fluorescence, absorption and visual fluorescent colour changes. The species of recognition were shown by ESI MS titrations, AFM & TEM microscopy and cell studies.

  13. Approche aux soins en milieu communautaire à des adultes ayant une déficience développementale

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    Osmun, W.E.; Chan, Nelson; Solomon, Robert

    2015-01-01

    Résumé Objectif Passer en revue les obligations d’ordre médical, éthique et juridique dans les soins aux adultes ayant une déficience développementale (DD) qui vivent dans la communauté. Sources des données Des recherches ont été faites dans Google et MEDLINE à l’aide des mots disabled, disability, vulnerable et community. Les lois pertinentes ont fait l’objet d’un examen. Message principal Le traitement d’un patient ayant une DD varie en fonction de facteurs comme la pathogenèse du problème actuel du patient, ses affections concomitantes, la gravité de ses déficiences et ses soutiens sociaux habituels. Bien que l’on s’entende sur les bienfaits du transfert des soins institutionnels vers des soins communautaires pour les patients ayant une DD, il s’est révélé difficile de leur dispenser des soins de grande qualité en milieu communautaire. Par ailleurs, il existe peu de travaux de recherche sur les façons d’offrir efficacement des soins aux adultes ayant une DD. En tant que professionnels des soins primaires, les médecins de famille sont souvent le premier point de contact pour les patients et sont à la fois responsables de la coordination et de la continuité des soins. Compte tenu de l’importance accrue accordée aux soins préventifs et à la détection précoce des maladies, la participation active du patient revêt aussi une grande importance. Les valeurs et les objectifs du patient sont des éléments essentiels à prendre en compte, même s’ils vont à l’encontre de la bonne santé du patient ou des propres valeurs du clinicien. Les lois s’appliquant aux personnes vulnérables varient d’une province à l’autre. Par conséquent, l’obligation de signaler des mauvais traitements suspectés pourrait différer selon que la personne vulnérable habite dans un centre de soins ou la communauté, que la personne qui soupçonne le comportement abusif est un fournisseur de services ou un professionnel de la santé ou

  14. A Comparison of High and Low Dosages of a Component of Milieu Teaching Strategies for Two Preschool-Age Learners With Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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    Julien, Hannah M; Reichle, Joe

    2016-01-01

    The intersection of treatment intensity and communication intervention is an emerging area of investigation. Milieu teaching (MT) approaches for teaching communication skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a substantial evidence base (see Goldstein, 2002). However, a relatively small percentage (37.8%) of MT studies have fully detailed the parameters that are required to determine treatment intensity (Parker-McGowan et al., 2014). This study compared the effect of two dosages of the modeling component of milieu teaching on acquisition and maintenance of new vocabulary for two preschoolers with ASD. Low- and high-dosage conditions were compared within an adapted alternating treatments design. Participants were two preschool-age children with ASD. Results suggested a functional relationship between dose of MT models and acquisition of vocabulary items. For 1 participant, a high-dose application yielded more efficient acquisition. For the second participant, a low-dose application yielded more efficient acquisition. The results of this study highlight the influence of individual differences in ostensibly similar persons and response to intervention. The need for better quantifying dosage parameters and examining the relationship between dosage and intervention approaches for preschool-age learners with ASD is discussed.

  15. Considerations for Defining Cytokine Dose, Duration, and Milieu That Are Appropriate for Modeling Chronic Low-Grade Inflammation in Type 2 Diabetes

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    2016-01-01

    Proinflammatory cytokines have been implicated in the pathophysiology of both type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D). T1D is an autoimmune disease involving the adaptive immune system responding to pancreatic beta-cells as antigen-presenting cells. This attracts immune cells that surround pancreatic islets (insulitis) and secrete cytokines, such as IL-1beta, IFN-gamma, and TNF-alpha, in close proximity to pancreatic beta-cells. In contrast, there is little evidence for such a focused autoimmune response in T2D. Instead, the innate immune system, which responds to cellular damage and pathogens, appears to play a key role. There are three major sources of proinflammatory cytokines that may impact islet/beta-cell function in T2D: (1) from islet cells, (2) from increased numbers of intraislet macrophages/immune cells, and (3) from increased circulating levels of proinflammatory cytokines due to obesity, presumably coming from inflamed adipose tissue. These differences between T1D and T2D are reflected by significant differences in the cytokine concentration, duration, and milieu. This review focuses on chronic versus acute cytokine action, cytokine concentrations, and cytokine milieu from the perspective of the pancreatic islet in T2D. We conclude that new cytokine models may be needed to reflect the pathophysiology of T2D more effectively than what are currently employed. PMID:27843953

  16. Defected red blood cell membranes and direct correlation with the uraemic milieu: the connection with the decreased red blood cell lifespan observed in haemodialysis patients

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    Stamopoulos, D.; Grapsa, E.; Manios, E.; Gogola, V.; Bakirtzi, N.

    2012-12-01

    Together with impaired production of erythropoietin and iron deficiency, the decreased lifespan of red blood cells (RBCs) is a main factor contributing to the chronic anaemia observed in haemodialysis (HD) patients. Atomic force microscopy is employed in this work to thoroughly survey the membrane of intact RBCs (iRBCs) of HD patients in comparison to those of healthy donors, aiming to obtain direct information on the structural status of RBCs that can be related to their decreased lifespan. We observed that the iRBC membrane of the HD patients is overpopulated with extended circular defects, termed ‘orifices’, that have typical dimension ranging between 0.2 and 1.0 μm. The ‘orifice’ index—that is, the mean population of ‘orifices’ per top membrane surface—exhibits a pronounced relative increase of order 54 ± 12% for the HD patients as compared to healthy donors. Interestingly, for the HD patients, the ‘orifice’ index, which relates to the structural status of the RBC membrane, correlates strongly with urea concentration, which is a basic index of the uraemic milieu. Thus, these results indicate that the uraemic milieu downgrades the structural status of the RBC membrane, possibly triggering biochemical processes that result in their premature elimination from the circulation. This process could decrease the lifespan of RBCs, as observed in HD patients.

  17. Électropolymérisation de l'aniline en milieu neutre : application au dépôt de polyaniline sur acier doux

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    Camalet, J. L.; Lacroix, J. C.; Aeiyach, S.; Lacaze, P. C.

    1998-06-01

    The use of perchlorate ions allowed to carry out the aniline electropolymerization on Pt and mild steel in neutral aqueous medium and yield conducting, homogenoeus and adhering polyaniline films. Their structure, studied by IR, SEC and MS-MALDI, was characterized by a low degree of polymerization (DP ≈ 9) and a linear structure with chain coupling in 1,4 position of aniline rings. L'utilisation de l'ion perchlorate permet de réaliser l'électropolymé risation de l'aniline sur électrode de Pt et d'acier doux en milieu aqueux neutre (pH = 7). Des films conducteurs, homogènes et adhérents aux substrats sont obtenus. L'analyse par IR, CES et MS-MALDI, révèle un faible degré de polymérisation (DP ≈ 9) et des couplages essentiellement 1-4 des noyaux aromatiques.

  18. Integration des sciences et de la langue: Creation et experimentation d'un modele pedagogique pour ameliorer l'apprentissage des sciences en milieu francophone minoritaire

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    Cormier, Marianne

    Les faibles resultats en sciences des eleves du milieu francophone minoritaire, lors d'epreuves au plan national et international, ont interpelle la recherche de solutions. Cette these avait pour but de creer et d'experimenter un modele pedagogique pour l'enseignement des sciences en milieu linguistique minoritaire. En raison de la presence de divers degres de francite chez la clientele scolaire de ce milieu, plusieurs elements langagiers (l'ecriture, la discussion et la lecture) ont ete integres a l'apprentissage scientifique. Nous avions recommande de commencer le processus d'apprentissage avec des elements langagiers plutot informels (redaction dans un journal, discussions en dyades...) pour progresser vers des activites langagieres plus formelles (redaction de rapports ou d'explications scientifiques). En ce qui a trait a l'apprentissage scientifique, le modele preconisait une demarche d'evolution conceptuelle d'inspiration socio-constructiviste tout en s'appuyant fortement sur l'apprentissage experientiel. Lors de l'experimentation du modele, nous voulions savoir si celui-ci provoquait une evolution conceptuelle chez les eleves, et si, simultanement, le vocabulaire scientifique de ces derniers s'enrichissait. Par ailleurs, nous cherchions a comprendre comment les eleves vivaient leurs apprentissages dans le cadre de ce modele pedagogique. Une classe de cinquieme annee de l'ecole de Grande-Digue, dans le Sud-est du Nouveau-Brunswick, a participe a la mise a l'essai du modele en etudiant les marais sales locaux. Lors d'entrevues initiales, nous avons remarque que les connaissances des eleves au sujet des marais sales etaient limitees. En effet, s'ils etaient conscients que les marais etaient des lieux naturels, ils ne pouvaient pas necessairement les decrire avec precision. Nous avons egalement constate que les eleves utilisaient surtout des mots communs (plantes, oiseaux, insectes) pour decrire le marais. Les resultats obtenus indiquent que les eleves ont

  19. A Qualitative Analysis of Substance Use among Liberian Youth: Understanding Behaviors, Consequences, and Protective Factors Involving School Youth and the School Milieu

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    Pullen, Samuel J; Petruzzi, Liana; Lange, Brittany CL; Parnarouskis, Lindsey; Dominguez, Silvia; Harris, Benjamin; Quiterio, Nicole; Durham, Michelle P; Lekpeh, Gondah; Manobah, Burgess; Slopadoe, Siede P; Diandy, Veronique C; Payne, Arthur J; Henderson, David C; Borba, Christina PC

    2016-01-01

    Objective Substance use is a significant and common problem among school-aged youths throughout Africa. Like other countries on this continent, the West-African nation of Liberia is recovering from civil war. A well-educated population of young people is critical to the recovery efforts and long-term success of Liberia. Substance use by school-aged youths has important public health consequences that could undermine Liberia’s post-conflict recovery efforts. We wanted to better understand the culturally significant themes and subthemes related to substance use among youths attending public schools in Monrovia, Liberia. Methods A qualitative research design was used to collect data from 72 students attending public school in Monrovia, Liberia. Nine focus groups of 6–8 students from three public schools were facilitated using a semi-structured format to guide discussions on substance use. Student narratives were translated and re-occurring themes and subthemes were coded and analyzed. Results Four emergent themes described in this study were: Behaviors associated with substance use Consequences associated with individual use Consequences of substance use that affected the school milieu School-related factors that were protective from substance use. Subthemes associated with substance use included concealment of substances, intoxication and disruption of the classroom environment, expulsion from school, school drop-out, and school as protective against substance use. Conclusion Liberian school-aged youths described important themes and subthemes associated with substance use occurring within the school milieu. These data have germane public health ramifications, and could help inform larger epidemiologic study methods and public health interventions for Liberia and countries with similar profiles. PMID:27158680

  20. MMP1-1607 polymorphism increases the risk for periapical lesion development through the upregulation MMP-1 expression in association with pro-inflammatory milieu elements

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    TROMBONE, Ana Paula Favaro; CAVALLA, Franco; SILVEIRA, Elcia Maria Varize; ANDREO, Camile Bermejo; FRANCISCONI, Carolina Favaro; FONSECA, Angélica Cristina; LETRA, Ariadne; SILVA, Renato Menezes; GARLET, Gustavo Pompermaier

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Increased matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) activity is a hallmark of periapical granulomas. However, the factors underlying the MMPs expression modulation in healthy and diseased periapical tissues remains to be determined. Objective In this study, we evaluated the association between the MMP1-1607 polymorphism (rs1799750) and pro-inflammatory milieu elements with MMP-1 mRNA levels in vivo. Material and Methods MMP1-1607 SNP and the mRNA levels of MMP-1, TNF-a, IFN-g, IL-17A, IL-21, IL-10, IL-4, IL-9, and FOXp3 were determined via RealTimePCR in DNA/RNA samples from patients presenting periapical granulomas (N=111, for both genotyping and expression analysis) and control subjects (N=214 for genotyping and N=26 for expression analysis). The Shapiro-Wilk, Fisher, Pearson, Chi-square ordinal least squares regression tests were used for data analysis (p<0.05 was considered statistically significant). Results The MMP1-1607 1G/2G and 1G/2G+2G/2G genotypes were significantly more prevalent in the patients than in controls, comprising a risk factor for periapical lesions development. MMP-1 mRNA levels were higher in periapical lesions than in healthy periodontal ligament samples, as well as higher in active than in inactive lesions. The polymorphic allele 2G carriers presented a significantly higher MMP-1 mRNA expression when compared with the 1G/1G genotype group. The ordered logistic regression demonstrated a significant correlation between the genetic polymorphism and the expression levels of MMP-1. Additionally, the pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines IL-17A, IFN-g, TNF-a, IL-21, IL-10, IL-9, and IL-4 were significant as complementary explanatory variables of MMP-1 expression. Conclusion The MMP1-1607 SNP was identified as a risk factor for periapical lesions development, possibly due to its association with increased MMP-1 mRNA levels in periapical lesions. The MMP-1 expression is also under the control of the inflammatory milieu elements, being the

  1. Prévalence des cervicalgies et douleurs des membres supérieures chez les utilisateurs d'ordinateur en milieu professionnel à Casablanca (Maroc)

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    Seknaji, Nawal; Rachidi, Wafaa; Hassoune, Samira; Janani, Saadia; Nani, Samira; Maaroufi, Abderrahmane; Mkinsi, Ouafaa

    2013-01-01

    Introduction Les cervicalgies et douleurs du membre supérieur (CDMS) affectent des millions d'utilisateurs d'ordinateurs dans les pays développés. L'objectif de ce travail était de déterminer la prévalence des cervicalgies et douleurs du membre supérieur (CDMS) à Casablanca et identifier les différents facteurs de risque qui y sont impliqués, afin de définir les sous-groupes à haut risque, et d’établir des plans d'intervention efficaces. Méthodes Il s'agit d'une étude transversale, menée chez 118 employés de bureau francophones et utilisant l'ordinateur, à Casablanca. Les données ont été collectées de Décembre 2011 à Juin 2012, en utilisant la version française d'un questionnaire validé: Maastricht-Upper-extremity-Questionnaire. Résultats 118 utilisateurs d'ordinateur en milieu professionnel ont été recrutés. Parmi les employés enquêtés, 93% ont rapporté des CDMS localisées au moins à un site. Les plaintes les plus fréquemment rapportées étaient les douleurs des épaules et les cervicalgies (48,3% et 46,6% respectivement). Nous n'avons pas remarqué de différence significative des fréquences des douleurs selon le genre. Nos résultats concordent avec les données de la littérature où il existe un certain consensus quant à l'impact des mauvaises conditions ergonomiques sur les troubles musculo-squelettiques du membre supérieur en milieu professionnel. De même, les études récentes examinant les effets combinés et/ou interactifs tant des facteurs biomécaniques/physiques que de facteurs psychosociaux professionnels vont de pair avec nos résultats. Conclusion Il en ressort que les stratégies d'intervention visant à réduire les CDMS doivent agir essentiellement sur 3 volets, le premier correspond à l'amélioration et la sensibilisation quant au respect des conditions ergonomiques, le second concerne l'amélioration des conditions psychosociales. Enfin le troisième volet vise la rationalisant de la demande de

  2. Translational research: The CD34+ cell is crucial for large-volume bone regeneration from the milieu of bone marrow progenitor cells in craniomandibular reconstruction.

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    Marx, Robert E; Harrell, David B

    2014-01-01

    This study investigated the role of the bone marrow-derived CD34+ cell in a milieu of osteoprogenitor cells, bone marrow plasma cell adhesion molecules, recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein (rhBMP), and a matrix of crushed cancellous allogeneic bone in the clinical regeneration of functionally useful bone in craniomandibular reconstructions. The history and current concepts of bone marrow hematopoietic stem cells and mesenchymal stem cells are reviewed as they relate to bone regeneration in large continuity defects of the mandible. Patients with 6- to 8-cm continuity defects of the mandible with retained proximal and distal segments were randomized into two groups. Group A received an in situ tissue-engineered graft containing 54 ± 38 CD34+ cells/mL along with 54 ± 38 CD44+, CD90+, and CD105+ cells/mL together with rhBMP-2 in an absorbable collagen sponge (1 mg/cm of defect) and crushed cancellous allogeneic bone. Group B received the same graft, except the CD34+ cell concentration was 1,012 ± 752 cells/mL. The results were analyzed clinically, radiographic bone density was measured in Hounsfield units (HU), and specimens were analyzed histomorphometrically. Forty patients participated (22 men and 12 women; mean age, 57 years). Eight of 20 group A patients (40%) achieved the primary endpoint of mature bone regeneration, whereas all 20 group B patients (100%) achieved the primary endpoint. CD34+ cell counts above 200/mL were associated with achievement of the primary endpoint. Bone density was lower in group A (424 ± 115 HU) than in group B (731 ± 98 HU). Group A bone showed a mean trabecular bone area of 36% ± 10%, versus 67% ± 13% for group B. The CD34+ cell functions as a central signaling cell to mesenchymal stem cells and osteoprogenitor cells in bone regeneration. The mechanism of bone marrow-supported grafts requires a complete milieu to regenerate large quantities of functionally useful bone. CD34+ cell counts in a concentration of at least

  3. Stem-cell therapy in an experimental model of pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure: role of paracrine and neurohormonal milieu in the remodeling process.

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    Angelini, Annalisa; Castellani, Chiara; Ravara, Barbara; Franzin, Chiara; Pozzobon, Michela; Tavano, Regina; Libera, Luciano Dalla; Papini, Emanuele; Vettor, Roberto; De Coppi, Paolo; Thiene, Gaetano; Vescovo, Giorgio

    2011-11-01

    In this study we investigated the effect of human amniotic fluid stem (hAFS) cells and rat adipose tissue stromal vascular fraction GFP-positive cell (rSVC-GFP) therapy and the contribution of the paracrine and neurohormonal milieu to cardiac and pulmonary vascular remodeling in a rat model of pulmonary hypertension (PH) and right heart failure (RHF). Sprague-Dawley rats were injected with monocrotaline (MCT). Four million hAFS or rSVC-GFP cells were injected via the tail vein 3 weeks after MCT. RHF was confirmed by RV hypertrophy/dilation and by brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) level. Cytokine profile was assessed by Multiplex array. Stem cell (SC) differentiation was studied by immunofluorescence. MCT rats showed eccentric RV hypertrophy with increased RV dilation (measured as right ventricular mass/right ventricular volume [RVM/RVV]: MCT, 1.46 ± 0.12; control, 2.33 ± 0.24; p = 0.01), and increased RV hypertrophy (measured as LVM/RVM: MCT, 1.58 ± 0.06; control, 2.83 ± 0.1; p < 0.00001), increased BNP (MCT, 5.2 ± 1.2; control, 1.5 ± 0.1; p < 0.001) and both pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines. SC produced a fall of BNP (hAFS, 2.1 ± 0.7; rSVC-GFP, 1.98 ± 1.3; p < 0.001) and pro-inflammatory cytokines. Positive RV remodeling with decreased RV dilation (RVM/RVV: hAFS, 1.87 ± 0.44; rSVC-GFP, 2.12 ± 0.24; p < 0.03 and p < 0.05 vs MCT) and regression of RV hypertrophy (LVM/RVM: hAFS, 2.06 ± 0.08; rSVC-GFP, 2.16 ± 0.08; p < 0.00001 vs MCT) was seen together with a decrease in medial wall thickness of pulmonary arterioles (hAFS, 35.33 ± 2.78%; rSVC-GFP, 37.15 ± 2.92%; p = 0.0001 vs MCT). SC engrafted in the lung, heart and skeletal muscle modulated the pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokine milieu, and produced a positive neurohormonal response. This was accompanied by positive cardiac and pulmonary vascular remodeling, with formation mainly of new vascular cells. 2011 International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All

  4. Can Contrast-Enhanced Multi-Detector Computed Tomography Replace Transesophageal Echocardiography for the Detection of Thrombogenic Milieu and Thrombi in the Left Atrial Appendage: A Prospective Study with 124 Patients.

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    Homsi, R; Nath, B; Luetkens, J A; Schwab, J O; Schild, H H; Naehle, C P

    2016-01-01

    To assess the diagnostic value of contrast-enhanced multi-detector computed tomography (MD-CT) for identifying patients with left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus or circulatory stasis. 124 patients with a history of atrial fibrillation and/or cerebral ischemia (83 men, mean age 58.6 ± 12.4 years) and with a clinical indication for MD-CT of the heart and for transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) were included in the study. LAA thrombus or thrombogenic milieu was visually identified in TEE and MD-CT. In addition, MD-CT was analyzed quantitatively measuring the Hounsfield units (HU) of the left atrium (LA), the LAA and the ascending aorta (AA), and calculating the HU ratios LAA/AA (HU [LAA/AA]) und LAA/LA (HU [LAA/LA]). Sensitivity, specificity, negative predictive value (NPV) and positive predictive value (PPV) were calculated. The prevalence of a thrombus or thrombogenic milieu as assessed by TEE was 21.8 %. The HU ratio was lower in patients with thrombus or thrombogenic milieu (HU [LAA/AA]: 0.590 ± 0.248 vs. 0.909 ± 0.141; p < 0.001 und HU [LAA/LA] 0.689 ± 0.366 vs. 1.082 ± 0.228; p < 0.001). For the diagnosis of thrombus or a thrombogenic milieu, visual analysis yielded a sensitivity of 81.5 %, a specificity of 96.9 %, a PPV of 87.5 % and a NPV of 95.2 %. By combining visual and quantitative analysis with one criterion being positive, the specificity decreased to 91.8 %, the sensitivity to 77.8 %, the PPV to 72.4 %, and the NPV to 94.9 %. Visual analysis of the LAA in the evaluation of thrombus or thrombogenic milieu yields a high NPV of 95.1 % and may especially be useful to rule out LAA thrombi in patients with contraindications for TEE. Additional calculation of HU ratios did not improve the diagnostic performance of MD-CT. • MD-CT can reliably exclude atrial appendage thrombi/thrombogenic milieu. • MD-CT is an alternative method in patients with contraindications to TEE. • Calculation of

  5. Does Cattle Milieu Provide a Potential Point to Target Wild Exophilic Anopheles arabiensis (Diptera: Culicidae) with Entomopathogenic Fungus? A Bioinsecticide Zooprophylaxis Strategy for Vector Control

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    Lyimo, Issa N.; Ng'habi, Kija R.; Mpingwa, Monica W.; Daraja, Ally A.; Mwasheshe, Dickson D.; Nchimbi, Nuru S.; Lwetoijera, Dickson W.; Mnyone, Ladslaus L.

    2012-01-01

    Background. Anopheles arabiensis is increasingly dominating malaria transmission in Africa. The exophagy in mosquitoes threatens the effectiveness of indoor vector control strategies. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of fungus against An. arabiensis when applied on cattle and their environments. Methods. Experiments were conducted under semi-field and small-scale field conditions within Kilombero valley. The semi-field reared females of 5–7 days old An. arabiensis were exposed to fungus-treated and untreated calf. Further, wild An. arabiensis were exposed to fungus-treated calves, mud-huts, and their controls. Mosquitoes were recaptured the next morning and proportion fed, infected, and survived were evaluated. Experiments were replicated three times using different individuals of calves. Results. A high proportion of An. arabiensis was fed on calves (>0.90) and become infected (0.94) while resting on fungus-treated mud walls than on other surfaces. However, fungus treatments reduced fecundity and survival of mosquitoes. Conclusion. This study demonstrates for the first time the potential of cattle and their milieu for controlling An. arabiensis. Most of An. arabiensis were fed and infected while resting on fungus-treated mud walls than on other surfaces. Fungus treatments reduced fecundity and survival of mosquitoes. These results suggest deployment of bioinsecticide zooprophylaxis against exophilic An. arabiensis. PMID:22934152

  6. Acid Gradient across Plasma Membrane Can Drive Phosphate Bond Synthesis in Cancer Cells: Acidic Tumor Milieu as a Potential Energy Source

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    Dhar, Gautam; Sen, Suvajit; Chaudhuri, Gautam

    2015-01-01

    Aggressive cancers exhibit an efficient conversion of high amounts of glucose to lactate accompanied by acid secretion, a phenomenon popularly known as the Warburg effect. The acidic microenvironment and the alkaline cytosol create a proton-gradient (acid gradient) across the plasma membrane that represents proton-motive energy. Increasing experimental data from physiological relevant models suggest that acid gradient stimulates tumor proliferation, and can also support its energy needs. However, direct biochemical evidence linking extracellular acid gradient to generation of intracellular ATP are missing. In this work, we demonstrate that cancer cells can synthesize significant amounts of phosphate-bonds from phosphate in response to acid gradient across plasma membrane. The noted phenomenon exists in absence of glycolysis and mitochondrial ATP synthesis, and is unique to cancer. Biochemical assays using viable cancer cells, and purified plasma membrane vesicles utilizing radioactive phosphate, confirmed phosphate-bond synthesis from free phosphate (Pi), and also localization of this activity to the plasma membrane. In addition to ATP, predominant formation of pyrophosphate (PPi) from Pi was also observed when plasma membrane vesicles from cancer cells were subjected to trans-membrane acid gradient. Cancer cytosols were found capable of converting PPi to ATP, and also stimulate ATP synthesis from Pi from the vesicles. Acid gradient created through glucose metabolism by cancer cells, as observed in tumors, also proved critical for phosphate-bond synthesis. In brief, these observations reveal a role of acidic tumor milieu as a potential energy source and may offer a novel therapeutic target. PMID:25874623

  7. EGFR‐targeted Chimeras of Pseudomonas ToxA released into the extracellular milieu by attenuated Salmonella selectively kill tumor cells

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    Quintero, David; Carrafa, Jamie; Vincent, Lena

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Tumor‐targeted Salmonella VNP20009 preferentially replicate within tumor tissue and partially suppress tumor growth in murine tumor models. These Salmonella have the ability to locally induce apoptosis when they are in direct contact with cancer cells but they lack significant bystander killing, which may correlate with their overall lack of antitumor activity in human clinical studies. In order to compensate for this deficiency without enhancing overall toxicity, we engineered the bacteria to express epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)‐targeted cytotoxic proteins that are released into the extracellular milieu. In this study, we demonstrate the ability of the Salmonella strain VNP20009 to produce three different forms of the Pseudomonas exotoxin A (ToxA) chimeric with a tumor growth factor alpha (TGFα) which results in its producing culture supernatants that are cytotoxic and induce apoptosis in EGFR positive cancer cells as measured by the tetrazolium dye reduction, and Rhodamine 123 and JC‐10 mitochondrial depolarization assays. In addition, exchange of the ToxA REDLK endoplasmic reticulum retention signal for KDEL and co‐expression of the ColE3 lysis protein resulted in an overall increased cytotoxicity compared to the wild type toxin. This approach has the potential to significantly enhance the antitumor activity of VNP20009 while maintaining its previously established safety profile. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 2016;113: 2698–2711. © 2016 The Authors. Biotechnology and Bioengineering published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27260220

  8. Does Cattle Milieu Provide a Potential Point to Target Wild Exophilic Anopheles arabiensis (Diptera: Culicidae) with Entomopathogenic Fungus? A Bioinsecticide Zooprophylaxis Strategy for Vector Control.

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    Lyimo, Issa N; Ng'habi, Kija R; Mpingwa, Monica W; Daraja, Ally A; Mwasheshe, Dickson D; Nchimbi, Nuru S; Lwetoijera, Dickson W; Mnyone, Ladslaus L

    2012-01-01

    Background. Anopheles arabiensis is increasingly dominating malaria transmission in Africa. The exophagy in mosquitoes threatens the effectiveness of indoor vector control strategies. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of fungus against An. arabiensis when applied on cattle and their environments. Methods. Experiments were conducted under semi-field and small-scale field conditions within Kilombero valley. The semi-field reared females of 5-7 days old An. arabiensis were exposed to fungus-treated and untreated calf. Further, wild An. arabiensis were exposed to fungus-treated calves, mud-huts, and their controls. Mosquitoes were recaptured the next morning and proportion fed, infected, and survived were evaluated. Experiments were replicated three times using different individuals of calves. Results. A high proportion of An. arabiensis was fed on calves (>0.90) and become infected (0.94) while resting on fungus-treated mud walls than on other surfaces. However, fungus treatments reduced fecundity and survival of mosquitoes. Conclusion. This study demonstrates for the first time the potential of cattle and their milieu for controlling An. arabiensis. Most of An. arabiensis were fed and infected while resting on fungus-treated mud walls than on other surfaces. Fungus treatments reduced fecundity and survival of mosquitoes. These results suggest deployment of bioinsecticide zooprophylaxis against exophilic An. arabiensis.

  9. The Effects of Enhanced Milieu Teaching With Phonological Emphasis on the Speech and Language Skills of Young Children With Cleft Palate: A Pilot Study.

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    Kaiser, Ann P; Scherer, Nancy J; Frey, Jennifer R; Roberts, Megan Y

    2017-08-15

    The purpose of this pilot study was to investigate the extent to which a naturalistic communication intervention, enhanced milieu teaching with phonological emphasis (EMT+ PE), improved the language and speech outcomes of toddlers with cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P). Nineteen children between 15 and 36 months (M = 25 months) with nonsyndromic CL/P and typical cognitive development were randomly assigned to a treatment (EMT+PE) or nontreatment, business-as-usual (BAU), experimental condition. Participants in the treatment group received forty-eight 30-min sessions, biweekly during a 6-month period. Treatment was delivered in a university clinic by trained speech language pathologists; fidelity of treatment was high across participants. Children in the treatment group had significantly better receptive language scores and a larger percentage of consonants correct than children in the BAU group at the end of intervention. Children in the treatment group made greater gains than children in the BAU group on most language measures; however, only receptive language, expressive vocabulary (per parent report), and consonants correct were significant. The results of this preliminary study indicate that EMT+PE is a promising early intervention for young children with CL/P. Replication with a larger sample and long-term follow-up measures are needed.

  10. Modélisation 2D par Eléments Finis de phénomènes micro-ondes en milieu ouvert

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    Nicolas, L.; Connor, K. A.; Salon, S. J.; Ruth, B. G.; Libelo, L. F.

    1992-11-01

    We present in this paper the modelization of open boundaries microwave problems using Finite Element method, for the design of antennas or for the study of electromagnetic scattering: Finite Element formulation, coupling with Boundary Element Method or with Absorbing Boundary Conditions, modelization of current sources, calculation of far field. In a second part, we show the results concerning a high power microwave launcher. Nous présentons ici notre activité dans le domaine de la modélisation bidimensionnelle de problèmes de de micro-ondes en milieu ouvert, pour la conception d'antennes ou l'étude de problèmes de diffraction électromagnétique: formulation par la méthode des Eléments Finis, prise en compte de l'infini par la méthode des Equations Intégrales de Frontière ou par des conditions aux limites absorbantes, modélisation des sources de courant, calcul du champ lointain. Dans une seconde partie, nous illustrons ces différentes méthodes par la modélisation d'une antenne haute puissance.

  11. A grid matrix-based Raman spectroscopic method to characterize different cell milieu in biopsied axillary sentinel lymph nodes of breast cancer patients.

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    Som, Dipasree; Tak, Megha; Setia, Mohit; Patil, Asawari; Sengupta, Amit; Chilakapati, C Murali Krishna; Srivastava, Anurag; Parmar, Vani; Nair, Nita; Sarin, Rajiv; Badwe, R

    2016-01-01

    Raman spectroscopy which is based upon inelastic scattering of photons has a potential to emerge as a noninvasive bedside in vivo or ex vivo molecular diagnostic tool. There is a need to improve the sensitivity and predictability of Raman spectroscopy. We developed a grid matrix-based tissue mapping protocol to acquire cellular-specific spectra that also involved digital microscopy for localizing malignant and lymphocytic cells in sentinel lymph node biopsy sample. Biosignals acquired from specific cellular milieu were subjected to an advanced supervised analytical method, i.e., cross-correlation and peak-to-peak ratio in addition to PCA and PC-LDA. We observed decreased spectral intensity as well as shift in the spectral peaks of amides and lipid bands in the completely metastatic (cancer cells) lymph nodes with high cellular density. Spectral library of normal lymphocytes and metastatic cancer cells created using the cellular specific mapping technique can be utilized to create an automated smart diagnostic tool for bench side screening of sampled lymph nodes. Spectral library of normal lymphocytes and metastatic cancer cells created using the cellular specific mapping technique can be utilized to develop an automated smart diagnostic tool for bench side screening of sampled lymph nodes supported by ongoing global research in developing better technology and signal and big data processing algorithms.

  12. Potentiel des images satellitaires multibandes a haute resolution spatiale pour la cartographie des componsants de l'eau en milieu cotier marin

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    Lavoie, Andre

    L'objectif principal que que nous poursuivons est de developper un modele de simulation du transfert radiatif eau-atmosphere adapte aux observations faites par le capteur Thematic Mapper (TM) de Landsat. Les informations que nous cherchons ont trait au milieu cotier marin et concernent les elements qui sont en suspension dans l'eau. Les images multibandes du capteur TM dans la partie visible du spectre, sont surtout visees par nos travaux. A la base de la simulation, nous utilisons un programme de simulation atmospherique, le code 6S, auquel nous greffons un modele de simulation du transfert radiatif dans la masse d'eau. Ce dernier estime le signal en fonction de 4 composants: l'eau, les pigments chlorophylliens (chlorophylle et phaeopigments), les matieres minerales et les substances organiques dissoutes. La concentration des differents composants sert de parametre d'entree pour definir le comportement optique de la masse d'eau. Le modele permet egalement de simuler une masse d'eau stratifiee si l'on connai t les concentrations des composants dans les differentes couches. Il inclut aussi la contribution du fond, selon sa nature et sa composition, ainsi que celle du miroitement du soleil et du ciel a la surface de l'eau. Les informations d'un echantillonnage de la masse d' eau synchronise avec le passage du satellite, a la baie des Chaleurs, d'une cartographie du couvert d'algues et d'un modele bathymetrique ont ete utilisees pour fixer les parametres de simulation par le modele. La comparaison montrent que le modele se comporte relativement bien surtout dans la bande TM2. Une erreur systematique de 2 valeurs numeriques en moyenne subsiste dans les trois bandes spectrales. Les resultats nous montrent que la visibilite du fond aux faibles profondeurs est un element tres important a considerer. Par ailleurs, l'analyse de sensibilite montre que les images TM sont plus sensibles aux concentrations en matieres minerales qu'aux pigments chlorophylliens et aux substances

  13. Presence of CpG DNA and the local cytokine milieu determine the efficacy of suppressive DNA vaccination in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis.

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    Lobell, A; Weissert, R; Eltayeb, S; Svanholm, C; Olsson, T; Wigzell, H

    1999-11-01

    We here study the adjuvant properties of immunostimulatory DNA sequences (ISS) and coinjected cytokine-coding cDNA in suppressive vaccination with DNA encoding an autoantigenic peptide, myelin basic protein peptide 68-85, against Lewis rat experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). EAE is an autoaggressive, T1-mediated disease of the CNS. ISS are unmethylated CpG motifs found in bacterial DNA, which can induce production of type 1 cytokines in vertebrates through the innate immune system. Because ISS in the plasmid backbone are necessary for efficient DNA vaccination, we studied the effect of one such ISS, the 5'-AACGTT-3' motif, in our system. Treatment with a DNA vaccine encoding myelin basic protein peptide 68-85 and containing three ISS of 5'-AACGTT-3' sequence suppressed clinical signs of EAE, while a corresponding DNA vaccine without such ISS had no effect. We further observed reduced proliferative T cell responses in rats treated with the ISS-containing DNA vaccine, compared with controls. We also studied the possible impact of coinjection of plasmid DNA encoding rat cytokines IL-4, IL-10, GM-CSF, and TNF-alpha with the ISS-containing DNA vaccine. Coinjection of IL-4-, IL-10-, or TNF-alpha-coding cDNA inhibited the suppressive effect of the DNA vaccine on EAE, whereas GM-CSF-coding cDNA had no effect. Coinjection of cytokine-coding cDNA with the ISS-deficient DNA vaccine failed to alter clinical signs of EAE. We conclude that the presence of ISS and induction of a local T1 cytokine milieu is decisive for specific protective DNA vaccination in EAE.

  14. Anatomical localization of the effects of reproductive state, castration, and social milieu on cells immunoreactive for gonadotropin-releasing hormone-I in male European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris).

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    Stevenson, Tyler J; Ball, Gregory F

    2009-11-10

    Gonadotropin-releasing hormone-I (GnRH-I) cells are localized primarily to the septopreoptic area (POA) and are responsible for regulating gonadotropin release from the anterior pituitary. Some songbird species exhibit dramatic seasonal variation in the number of detectable GnRH-I immunoreactive cells, with higher numbers being observed during the breeding season. Here we investigated the anatomical distribution of GnRH-I-immunoreactive cells in male starlings that varied in response to manipulations of reproductive state, social context, and gonadal condition. We housed photostimulated, intact and castrated male starlings with a female or alone. Additionally, a fifth treatment group consisted of photorefractory males (i.e., in a nonreproductive state) housed alone. All photostimulated males had significantly greater numbers of GnRH-I cells compared with photorefractory male starlings. There was a significant main effect of castration and social context. Castrated males had significantly greater numbers of GnRH-I cells compared with intact males, and males housed in male-female dyads also had greater numbers of GnRH-I cells. Furthermore, the significant main effects of castration and social context were the result of an increase in GnRH-I cell numbers specifically in the rostral and intermediate regions of the POA. These findings indicate that social context and hormonal milieu have profound effects on GnRH-I immunoreactivity in addition to the previously described effects of reproductive state. These data provide novel insight into the environmental regulation of the hypothalamopituitary axis and suggest that gonadal hormones and female presence independently regulate GnRH-I cells in specific regions of the POA in male starlings.

  15. The metabolic milieu of metastases.

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    Sullivan, William J; Christofk, Heather R

    2015-01-29

    To colonize the liver, colon cancer metastases must overcome hypoxia and other metabolic stress. Loo et al. now show that metastatic cells achieve this by decreasing miR-483 and miR-551a expression, which derepresses creatine kinase expression and allows energy to be captured from extracellular ATP through generation and import of phosphocreatine. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. EPR-Spin Trapping and Flow Cytometric Studies of Free Radicals Generated Using Cold Atmospheric Argon Plasma and X-Ray Irradiation in Aqueous Solutions and Intracellular Milieu

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    Uchiyama, Hidefumi; Zhao, Qing-Li; Hassan, Mariame Ali; Andocs, Gabor; Nojima, Nobuyuki; Takeda, Keigo; Ishikawa, Kenji; Hori, Masaru; Kondo, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    intracellular milieu is discussed. PMID:26318000

  17. S100A8 and S100A9 are messengers in the crosstalk between epidermis and dermis modulating a psoriatic milieu in human skin

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    Lee, Young; Jang, Sunhyae; Min, Jeong-Ki; Lee, Kyungmin; Sohn, Kyung-Cheol; Lim, Jong-Soon; Im, Myung; Lee, Hae-Eul; Seo, Young-Joon; Kim, Chang-Deok; Lee, Jeung-Hoon

    2012-07-13

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Upregulated S100A8 and/or S100A9 in psoriasis epidermis induce cytokine production. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Upregulated S100A8 and/or S100A9 in psoriasis epidermis induce migration of immune cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Upregulated S100A8 and/or S100A9 in psoriasis epidermis induce angiogenesis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer S100A8 and/or S100A9 may play a role in the crosstalk between epidermis and dermis in psoriasis. -- Abstract: S100A8 and S100A9 are members of the S100A8 protein family that exist as homodimers and heterodimers in neutrophils, monocytes, and macrophages. Recent studies have shown the pivotal roles of S100A8 and S100A9 in the propagation of inflammation and keratinocyte proliferation in psoriasis. We found significant up-regulation of S100A8 and S100A9 secretion from keratinocytes in psoriatic lesions. To mimic the in vivo secretory conditions of S100A8 and S100A9 from psoriatic epidermal keratinocytes, we used the culture medium (CM) of S100A8 and S100A8/A9 adenovirus-transduced keratinocytes to investigate the functions of S100A8 and S100A9. We detected increased levels of various pro-inflammatory cytokines in the CM, including IL-8 and TNF-{alpha}, which are involved in aggravating psoriatic skin lesions, and IL-6 and members of the CXCL family of pro-angiogenic cytokines. The CM increased immune cell migration and increased angiogenesis in human umbilical vein endothelial cells. In conclusion, we found that the upregulated production of S100A8 and S100A9 by psoriatic epidermal keratinocytes activated adjacent keratinocytes to produce several cytokines. Moreover, S100A8 and S100A9 themselves function as pro-angiogenic and chemotactic factors, generating a psoriatic milieu in skin.

  18. Facteurs de risque de faible poids de naissance en milieu semi-rural de Kamina, République Démocratique du Congo

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    Kangulu, Ignace Bwana; Umba, Elie Kilolo Ngoy; Nzaji, Michel Kabamba; Kayamba, Prosper Kalenga Mwenze

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Le faible poids de naissance constitue un problème majeur de santé publique, aussi bien dans les pays développés que dans les pays en développement, de par son ampleur et sa forte association avec la morbidité et la mortalité infantiles. Méthodes Il s’agit d’une étude cas-témoins rétrospective menée sur les différents facteurs de risque de faible poids de naissance(FPN) en milieu semi-rural de Kamina chez les accouchées et leurs nouveau-nés respectifs enregistrés de la période allant de janvier 2009 à décembre 2010. Résultats Cette étude a répertorié 69 cas des nouveau-nés de FPN sur 483 accouchements enregistrés (14,3%). Les facteurs associés au FPN déterminés dans ce travail sont l’âge maternel inférieur à 18 ans (OR=7,62, IC=3.46-16.8) et supérieur à 35 ans (OR=2,04;IC=0.91-4.46), la primiparité(OR=2,48;IC=1.18-5.21) et le non suivi des consultations prénatales (OR=5,50;IC=2.00-15.03), la prématurité avec grossesse âgée de moins de 37 semaines d’aménorrhée, la grossesse multiple (OR=30,94) et le sexe féminin du nouveau-né. Conclusion Cette étude a démontré que l’âge maternel inférieur à 18 ans et supérieur à 35 ans, le non suivi des consultations prénatales, la primiparité et la prématurité, la grossesse multiple et le sexe féminin du nouveau-né sont les facteurs associés au faible poids de naissance. PMID:25237417

  19. Signes cliniques rencontrés chez l'enfant malnutri dans un milieu minier: cas de la ville de Lubumbashi et ses environs

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    Musimwa, Aimée Mudekereza; Kanteng, Gray Wakamb; Kitoko, Hermann Tamubango; Luboya, Oscar Numbi

    2016-01-01

    Introduction La malnutrition reste à ce jour un problème majeur de santé publique, notamment dans les pays en voie de développement. Cette étude a eu pour objectif de déterminer les signes cliniques observés chez l'enfant mal nourri, admis dans une unité de prise en charge. Méthodes Il s'agit d'une étude descriptive transversale, effectuée de juillet 2013 à décembre 2014. 311 cas ont été colligés (182 malnutris et 129 biens nourris), par échantillonnage exhaustif, avec un dépistage actif des enfants malnutris et biens nourris. Le diagnostic est fait cliniquement associé à l'anthropométrie. Résultats Les signes les plus enregistrés chez les enfants malnutris étaient dominés par la toux ou pneumopathie dans 42,50%, la gastroentérite dans 38,55%, les lésions dermatologiques ont présenté 22,91% de cas, la fièvre dans 22,35% de cas, 19,0% des enfants ont présenté les œdèmes, 8,38% d'enfants ont présenté la pâleur, enfin hépatomégalie et splénomégalie sont les signes les moins fréquents avec respectivement 1,68% et 2,89%. Tandis que les enfants en bonne état nutritionnel ont présenté plus la splénomégalie et la fièvre qui seraient liés au paludisme. Conclusion Les enfants malnutris vivant dans un milieu minier présentent une symptomatologie qui ne pas différents de autres enfants mal nourris à l'exception de l'hépatomégalie et splénomégalie qui sont très rare chez nos mal nourris. PMID:27642407

  20. EPR-Spin Trapping and Flow Cytometric Studies of Free Radicals Generated Using Cold Atmospheric Argon Plasma and X-Ray Irradiation in Aqueous Solutions and Intracellular Milieu.

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    Uchiyama, Hidefumi; Zhao, Qing-Li; Hassan, Mariame Ali; Andocs, Gabor; Nojima, Nobuyuki; Takeda, Keigo; Ishikawa, Kenji; Hori, Masaru; Kondo, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    intracellular milieu is discussed.

  1. Électrooxydation du mésoérythritol sur platine, modifié ou non par des adatomes, en milieu acide

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    Cherqaoui, A.; Chbihi, M. El M.; Takky, D.; Kokoh, K. B.; Leger, J.-M.; Lamy, C.

    1999-03-01

    The electrocatalytic oxidation of meso-erythritol has been studied in 0.1 M HClO4 on platinum and on adatoms modified platinum. Preliminary investigations by cyclic voltammetry showed that erythritol was not reactive on a Pt electrode. Underpotential deposition of lead or thallium adatoms at platinum allowed to increase significantly the current densities. Long-time electrolyses were carried out using a three potential plateau program with different values of the oxidation potentials. Chromatographic analyses showed that the oxidation of erythritol led mainly to erythrose, erythrulose and to erythronic acid. Otherwise, electrolysis of erythritol on a Pt-Tl modified electrode orientated selectively the distribution of the reaction products towards the formation of erythrulose. L'oxydation électrocatalytique du mésoérythrytol a été étudiée en milieu acide HClO4 0,1 M sur le platine modifié ou non par des adatomes métalliques. Les études préliminaires réalisées par voltammétrie cyclique montrent que l'érythritol est très peu réactif sur le platine seul. La modification de la surface de l'électrode par dépôt en sous-tension d'adatomes de plomb et de thallium permet d'augmenter les densités de courant. Les électrolyses prolongées sont réalisées à l'aide d'un programme à trois paliers de potentiel et pour différentes valeurs de potentiel d'oxydation. Les analyses chromatographiques montrent que les produits d'oxydation sont l'érythrose, l'érythrulose et l'acide érythronique. D'autre part l'oxydation de l'érythritol sur le platine modifié par des adatomes de thallium conduit à une production sélective d'érythrulose.

  2. Inhibition de la corrosion d'acier au carbone en milieu H3PO4 2M par des composés organiques de type ``triazine''

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    Bekkouch, K.; Aouniti, A.; Hammouti, B.; Kertit, S.

    1999-05-01

    The effect of addition of some triazine compounds on the corrosion behaviour of steel in 2M H3PO4 has been studied by weight loss and electrochemical polarisation methods. Both methods showed that the dissolution rate was dependent on the chemical properties and concentration of the product. From comparison of results, it was found that 6-azathymine (T6) is the best inhibitor and its inhibition efficiency reaches a maximum value of 86% at 10-3 M. Polarisation measurements indicated that T6 acts as cathodic inhibitor by merely blocking the reaction sites without changing the mechanism of the hydrogen evolution reaction. It was found that T6 was adsorbed on steel surface according to a Langmuir isotherm model. The effect of temperature indicated that inhibition efficiency of T6 is dependent on the temperature in the range 25-50 circC. L'effet de l'addition de certains composés organiques de type triazine sur la corrosion d'un acier en milieu H3PO4 2M a été étudié à l'aide des méthodes électrochimiques et gravimétriques. Les résultats obtenus ont montré que la vitesse de dissolution de l'acier dépend de la structure moléculaire et de la concentration du produit. La comparaison des efficacités inhibitrices montre que le 6-azathymine (T6) est le meilleur inhibiteur de la série des triazines testés. L'efficacité inhibitrice du T6 atteint une valeur maximale de 86 % à 10-3 M. L'allure des courbes de polarisation indique que le T6 agit essentiellement comme inhibiteur de type cathodique par adsorption à la surface de l'acier selon le modèle de l'isotherme de Langmuir. L'efficacité inhibitrice du T6 dépend de la température dans le domaine allant de 25 à 50 circC.

  3. Diabète en milieu urbain de Ouagadougou au Burkina Faso: profil épidémiologique et niveau de perception de la population adulte

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    Millogo, Georges Rosario Christian; Yaméogo, Clément; Samandoulougou, André; Yaméogo, Nobila Valentin; Kologo, Koudougou Jonas; Toguyeni, Jean Yves; Zabsonré, Patrice

    2015-01-01

    Introduction L'accroissement rapide de la prévalence du diabète sucré en Afrique subsaharienne constitue un problème de santé public. L'Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS) estime qu’à l'horizon 2025, l'augmentation la plus significative de la prévalence du diabète sera enregistrée dans les pays en développement. Ceux-ci devraient abriter 75% des patients diabétiques du monde. Outre ses complications métaboliques, le diabète est un facteur de risque cardiovasculaire majeur. Le but de notre étude était de decrire le profil épidémiologique du diabète et d’évaluer le niveau de perception de la maladie par une population africaine en milieu urb qwqain de Ouagadougou. Méthodes Le diabète a été défini chez tout sujet ayant une glycémie casuelle supérieure à 2 g/L ou une glycémie à jeun supérieur ou égale à 1,26 g/L (≥ 7 mmol/L) à deux controles d'une semaine d'intervalle. Etaient considérés diabétique, les sujets déjà suivis et ceux nouvellement dépistés par l'etude. Résultats L’étude a inclus 1532 personnes, d’âge compris entre 25 et 64 ans dont 55,6% d'hommes et 44,4% de femmes. L’âge moyen était 36,10 ± 11,19 ans. La tranche d’âge de 25 à 34 ans était la plus représentée avec une proportion de 57,1%. La glycémie moyenne était de 1,04 g/L, la proportion des femmes ayant une hyperglycémie était statistiquement plus importante que celle des hommes (p< 0,05). Près de 81,3% de la population ignoraient que le diabète était un facteur de risque cardiovasculaire. Conclusion Il est urgent de mettre en place un programme national de lutte contre le diabète sucré et les autres maladies non transmissibles au Burkina Faso. PMID:26524982

  4. Effets de la taille finie du milieu non-linéaire sur le bruit quantique spatial généré par un oscillateur paramétrique optique confocal

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    Lopez, L.; Gatti, A.; Maitre, A.; Treps, N.; Gigan, S.; Fabre, C.

    2004-11-01

    Nous nous intéressons au comportement spatial des fluctuations quantiques à la sortie d'un oscillateur paramétrique optique dégénéré en modes transverses, sous le seuil. En vue de futures expériences, nous étudions les effets de la diffraction dans le milieu paramétrique sur le bruit quantique spatial. Nous montrons que l'on voit apparaître une aire de cohérence de taille finie pour les effets quantiques transverses.

  5. Lutte contre la mortalité maternelle en milieu rural: décentralisation de l’offre des soins obstétricaux d’urgence au Burkina Faso

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    Kaboré, Souleymane; Méda, Clément Ziemlé; Sombié, Issiaka; Savadogo, Léon Blaise; Karama, Robert; Bakouan, Koabié; Ouédraogo, Djénéba Sanon; Coulibaly, Norbert; Kargougou, Robert Lucien; Lankoandé, Emanuel; Sawadogo, Ramatou windsouri; Gosch, Karen

    2017-01-01

    Introduction Pour combler la pénurie en sages-femmes (SF) dans le district sanitaire de Tougan au Burkina Faso, il a été conçu une stratégie de décentralisation de l'offre des soins obstétricaux d'urgence basée sur des interventions ponctuelles de prise en charge des complications obstétricales au niveau des centres de santé (CS) en milieu rural par des SF. La présente étude a eu pour objectif de décrire cette expérience et d'analyser ses résultats. Méthodes Il s'agit d'une étude intervention de type transversal analytique basée sur une revue des données routinières de l'ensemble des parturientes prises en charge de 2013 à 2015. La collecte des données s'est déroulée du 5 au 20 janvier 2016. Un test Chi2, des rapports de cotes (OR) et leurs intervalles de confiance à 95% ont été calculés. Résultats Au total 416 parturientes présentant des complications obstétricales ont été prises en charge par les SF de zone. L'âge moyen des parturientes était de 26.4 ans. La distance médiane parcourue pour prendre en charge les parturientes était de quinze km pour un délai moyen d'intervention de 21.1 minutes (déviation standard = 7.13 minutes). Les dystocies représentaient la moitié (50.7%, IC95% = 45.8-55.6) des complications prises en charge suivies des hémorragies (26.4%, IC95% = 22.3%-31.0%). Plus de 77% des interventions avaient abouti à la résolution locale des complications obstétricales. Enfin, le résultat de l'intervention était fonction de la pathologie prise en charge (OR = 5.88; p < 0.001). Conclusion Cette stratégie a permis d'apporter une réplique à l'absence de SF dans les CS périphériques du district sanitaire de Tougan. Dans ce contexte particulier, cette intervention pourrait apporter une solution alternative au manque de ressources humaines en santé en milieu rural. PMID:28979638

  6. L'hemorragie grave du peripartum en milieu de reanimation dans un centre universitaire tunisien de niveau 3: épidémiologie et facteurs de risque de mortalité maternelle

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    Nasr, Laidi Ben; Marzouk, Sofiene Ben; Kehila, Mehdi; Jabri, Hamed; Thamleoui, Saber; Maghrebi, Hayen

    2015-01-01

    L'hémorragie grave du péripartum demeure une des causes principales de mortalité maternelle. L'objectif de notre étude était de décrire le profil épidémiologique des patientes qui ont été prises en charge en milieu de réanimation suite à une hémorragie grave du péripartum et de rechercher d’éventuels facteurs de risque de mortalité. Notre étude est rétrospective descriptive et analytique. Nous avons inclus tous les cas d'hémorragie du péripartum ayant séjourné en unité de réanimation obstétricale du centre de maternité et de néonatologie de Tunis (CMNT) au cours de la période allant de janvier 2010 à Décembre 2013. Nous avons recueilli les paramètres démographiques, obstétricaux, ceux relatifs à la prise en charge chirurgicale et réanimatoire, les scores de gravité SAPS obstétrical et APACHEII, ainsi que la morbi-mortalité. Au total nous avons colligé 322 cas sur quatre ans. La répartition annuelle des patientes ainsi que les caractéristiques démographiques et obstétricales étaient comparables dans leur globalité sur les quatre années. Les pratiques thérapeutiques étaient également comparables. Le taux global de mortalité par hémorragie dans notre unité était à 4,7%, avec un taux annuel de mortalité stable. L'analyse des facteurs de risque de mortalité par hémorragie en milieu de réanimation a montré une association statistiquement significative entre la survenue du décès et les facteurs suivants: recours aux catécholamines, survenue de sepsis, œdème pulmonaire aigu, coagulation intravasculaire disséminée, insuffisance rénale aigue avec recours à l'hémodialyse, SDRA ou TRALI, atteinte neurologique grave, défaillance multiviscérale et arrêt cardiaque récupéré. PMID:26587127

  7. Analysis of a cultural consensus model of two good-life sub-domains--health & well-being and migration & socioeconomic milieu--in three population groups in Croatia.

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    Peternel, Lana; Malnar, Ana; Klarić, Irena Martinović

    2015-07-01

    In this study the construct of a 'good life' was explored among upper secondary school senior pupils and their parents and teachers by applying cultural consensus model analysis. A total of 469 students, 474 parents and 158 teachers from four Croatian cities participated in the study, which was conducted in 2011/2012. The information collected through interviewing and free-listing during the first phase of the study was used to create a set of structured questionnaire questions as a part of the survey in the second phase of data collection. The results are reported on two good-life sub-domains: 'health & well-being' and 'migration & socioeconomic milieu'. The results indicate heterogeneity of the sample groups, incomplete inter-generational transmission of cultural values and examples of two sub-groups that resist cultural norms and do not comply with the dominant 'competence-as-sharing' paradigm. The value of testing the cultural consensus model based on the emic approach and locally significant phenomena is demonstrated for planning and conducting holistic anthropological research.

  8. Intrahost milieu modulates production of outer membrane vesicles, vesicle-associated Shiga toxin 2a and cytotoxicity in Escherichia coli O157:H7 and O104:H4.

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    Bauwens, Andreas; Kunsmann, Lisa; Marejková, Monika; Zhang, Wenlan; Karch, Helge; Bielaszewska, Martina; Mellmann, Alexander

    2017-07-04

    Outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) are important virulence tools of enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC), but other biological functions of these nanostructures are unknown. We tested the hypothesis that modulation of OMV production enables EHEC to resist the intrahost environment during infection by investigating if simulated human gastrointestinal conditions affect OMV production in EHEC O157:H7 and O104:H4. All the conditions tested including a low pH, simulated ileal and colonic media, presence of mucin, intestinal epithelial cell lysate or antimicrobial peptides, as well as iron limitation, significantly increased OMV production by these pathogens. Accordingly, a maximum vesiculation in EHEC O104:H4 was observed immediately after its isolation from a patient's intestine, and rapidly decreased during passages in vitro. Most of the simulated intrahost conditions also upregulated the OMV-associated Shiga toxin 2a (Stx2a), the major EHEC virulence factor, and, as a result, OMV cytotoxicity. The data indicates that upregulation of OMV production by the human gastrointestinal milieu contributes to EHEC survival and adaptation within the host during infection. Moreover, the intrahost increase of vesiculation and OMV-associated Stx2a may augment EHEC virulence. © 2017 Society for Applied Microbiology and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  9. IL4 and IL-17A provide a Th2/Th17-polarized inflammatory milieu in favor of TGF-β1 to induce bronchial epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)

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    Ji, Xiaoying; Li, Jinxiu; Xu, Li; Wang, Wenjing; Luo, Ming; Luo, Shuangling; Ma, Libing; Li, Keng; Gong, Subo; He, Long; Zhang, Zhijun; Yang, Ping; Zhou, Zhiguang; Xiang, Xudong; Wang, Cong-Yi

    2013-01-01

    Severe asthma is a chronic airway disease characterized by the Th2/Th17-polarized inflammation along with permanent airway remodeling. Despite past extensive studies, the exact role for Th2 and Th17 cytokines in asthmatic pathoetiology, particularly in the pathogenesis of bronchial epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), is yet to be fully addressed. We herein conducted studies in 16-HBE cells and demonstrated that Th2-derived IL-4 and Th17-derived IL-17A provide a chronic inflammatory milieu that favors TGF-β1 to induce bronchial EMT. A synergic action was noted between TGF-β1, IL-4 and IL-17A in terms of induction of EMT. IL-4 and IL-17A synergized with TGF-β1 to induce epithelial cells re-entering cell cycle, and to promote epithelial to mesenchymal morphological transistion, and by which they enhanced the capacity of TGF-β1 to suppress E-cadherin expression, and to induce a-SMA expression in epithelial cells. Mechanistic studies revealed that this synergic action is coordinated by the regulation of ERK1/2 activity. Our results not only provide a novel insight into the understanding of the mechanisms underlying airway remodeling in asthmatic condition, but also have the potential for developing more effective therapeutic strategies against severe asthmatics in clinical settings. PMID:23923066

  10. Temptation and Seduction in the Technological Milieu

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    van der Laan, J. M.

    2004-01-01

    Jacques Ellul's work on propaganda provides the basis for this analysis of life in technology. Advertising and the mass media rely on temptation and seduction and create a constant flow of propaganda, all of which serve the technological system. Propaganda aims to condition and regulate us so that we participate in and adapt ourselves to a desired…

  11. [Tibiotarsal arthrodesis in a septic milieu].

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    Lortat-Jacob, A; Beaufils, P; Coignard, S; Elahmadi, J

    1984-01-01

    The authors have performed 28 ankle fusions for septic causes. There were 23 cases of septic arthritis and 5 severely comminuted compound fractures treated by primary fusion. Arthrodesis was made after wide excision and stabilization by external fixator. In 23 cases secondary bone grafting was done. Only in 13 cases was a satisfactory contact between the bony surfaces obtained. There was no contact at all in 9 cases. The authors have had good experience with the A.L.J. model of external fixator. On 7 occasions, secondary grafting was made using a cortico-cancellous graft with 3 failures. On 6 occasions, the Papineau technique was used with success but healing was slow. Out of 24 patients, the final result was good in 18 with 4 failures of fusion and 3 persistent sinuses. The importance of a wide excision is emphasised leading to the need for the use of external fixation. In cases of skin loss in recent comminuted fractures, the Papineau method is indicated as a primary procedure.

  12. The Changing Milieu for Educational Planning.

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    Keller, George

    1995-01-01

    Three major demographic trends (immigration patterns, dissolution of the traditional family structure, and the emerging age profile of the United States population) and three social trends (socioeconomic polarization, growing importance of the Pacific Rim countries to American trade, and new communications technology) are examined as they affect…

  13. Temptation and Seduction in the Technological Milieu

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    van der Laan, J. M.

    2004-01-01

    Jacques Ellul's work on propaganda provides the basis for this analysis of life in technology. Advertising and the mass media rely on temptation and seduction and create a constant flow of propaganda, all of which serve the technological system. Propaganda aims to condition and regulate us so that we participate in and adapt ourselves to a desired…

  14. Senescence-associated IL-6 and IL-8 cytokines induce a self- and cross-reinforced senescence/inflammatory milieu strengthening tumorigenic capabilities in the MCF-7 breast cancer cell line.

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    Ortiz-Montero, Paola; Londoño-Vallejo, Arturo; Vernot, Jean-Paul

    2017-05-04

    level, thus increasing tumour aggressiveness. Strikingly, our results also show that both IL6 and IL8 are important to maintain aggressive traits in MDA-MB-231 cells, a highly tumorigenic cell line, which appears to be devoid of stemness-related features. This study demonstrates that, similar to what is observed with a senescent microenvironment, purified IL6 and IL8 induce a self- and cross-reinforced senescence/inflammatory milieu responsible for the emergence of epithelial plasticity and stemness features, thus conferring more aggressive phenotypes to a luminal breast cancer cell line. On the other hand, the basal-like MDA-MB-231 cells, whose aggressiveness-related features depend on IL6 and IL8 secretion, almost completely lack mammosphere formation and differentiation capacities, suggesting that tumour aggressiveness is not always related to stemness.

  15. 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

    Analysis of the luminescence induced by a STM (scanning tunneling microscope) permits to get insights into the electronic processes taking place in a single nanoscopic tunnel junction. We studied a Au(111)/Au junction under vacuum (UHV) and immersed in a molecular medium. The study under UHV reveals the influence of spatial variations of surface local density of states (LDOS) on the luminescence. The emission at the solid-liquid interface is characterized and the role played by the dielectric function is shown. Time correlations between the emitted single photons are then studied. Depending on the liquid immersing the junction, a photon bunching can occur. We link this bunching with structural changes of the junction induced by the presence of a diffusing molecule. If the HOMO LUMO gap of the molecule is small enough, resonant tunnelling paths exist and tunnelling-electron bunching occurs. Finally, the influence of a self-assembled monolayer on the substrate is investigated. Boundings between triphenylene derivatives and Au(111) are too weak, but with chemisorbed alcanethiols, molecular resolution is reached both on the STM image and on the photon map. We show that the contrast on photon map comes from the modulation of the LDOS spatial extension into the barrier due to the S Au bond. The elaboration of organic multilayers is considered as a route for observing the electroluminescence of a single molecule, isolated from the substrate by thiols and to study correlations of electronic origin. We have already optically characterised such a layer using C{60}. La luminescence induite par STM (microscopie à effet tunnel) est une source d'informations d'une grande richesse sur les processus électroniques au sein d'un objet nanoscopique individuel. Nous nous sommes intéressés à une jonction Au/Au(111) sous vide puis dans un milieu moléculaire. L'étude sous vide a permis de montrer l'influence des variations spatiales des densités d'états de la surface. L

  16. Fluorescence quenching studies of tryptophan by trivalent lanthanide ions in aqueous media. Evidence for a lanthanide-induced intersystem crossing singlet-to-triplet mechanism

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    Gaye-Seye, M. D.; Aaron, J. J.

    1999-09-01

    The quenching of tryptophan fluorescence by trivalent lanthanide ions is studied at room temperature in aqueous non buffered (pH 5.8) and in 0.05 M HEPES pH 7.5 and acetate pH 5.8 buffered solutions. Bimolecular quenching rate constants ranged between 0.9× 109 and 24.4×109 M-1s-1 in HEPES buffer, and 1.8×109 and 20.7×109 in acetate buffer and between 2.0×109 and 22×109 M-1s-1 in non buffered aqueous solution, according to the nature of the ions. A mechanism involving a lanthanide-induced intersystem crossing singlet-to-triplet process is proposed. The induced intersystem crossing rate constants (kiscind) range from 2.0×107 to 4.7×107 M-1s-1. In aqueous media, kiscind are correlated with the molecular weight of the lanthanide ions under study. L'effet de l'extinction de la fluorescence du tryptophane par des ions lanthanides trivalents a été étudié à 298 K en milieu aqueux (pH 5.8) et en solutions tampon HEPES 0.05 M pH 7.5 et acétate pH 5.8. Les constantes de vitesse bimoléculaires d'extinction varient suivant la nature des ions lanthanides et sont comprises entre 0.9× 109 et 24.4×109 M-1s-1 en tampon HEPES, et 1.8×109 et 20.7×109 en tampon acétate et entre 2.0×109 et 22×109 M-1s-1 en milieu aqueux non tamponné. Un mécanisme comprenant un processus de croisement intersystème singulet-triplet induit par les ions lanthanides est proposé. Les constantes de vitesse de croisement intersystéme induit (kiscind) varient entre 2.0×107 et 4.7×107 M-1s-1. En milieu aqueux, les valeurs de kiscind se corrèlent bien avec la masse molaire des ions lanthanides étudiés.

  17. The Roosevelt years: crucial milieu for Carl Rogers' innovation.

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    Barrett-Lennard, Godfrey T

    2012-02-01

    This study explores broad features of political culture and event of the 1930s and World War 2 years, viewed in relation to the emergence and rapid early growth of the new therapy of Carl Rogers. The paper traces Rogers' early professional life and examines distinctive emphases in sociopolitical thought and development during Franklin D. Roosevelt's leadership as President over the prolonged emergency of the Great Depression and the crisis of the War. The study includes a focus on the President's own outlook and style, pertinent New Deal innovations, and wartime needs. Twelve features of this larger context are discriminated as together having vital importance for the new therapy and its founder. The congruent courses of the macrocontext and of Rogers' innovation are followed to the ending of Roosevelt's life. Direct causation is not attributed, but the evidence adduced newly points to particular contours of a larger environment favorable for the expression of Rogers' values and rare ability. In sum, the author concludes that a synergy of highly conducive historical circumstance and individual exceptionality contributed to the philosophical underpinnings, attitudinal values and early momentum of Rogers' client-centered therapy.

  18. Teaching Your Tot to Talk: Using Milieu Teaching Strategies

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    Curiel, Emily S. L.; Sainato, Diane M.

    2016-01-01

    Both of these toddlers struggle with communication. Parents and practitioners working with very young children often struggle to find ways to enhance their toddlers' communication skills. They may question: When do I teach? What should I teach? Where do I teach? How do I teach? This article will provide suggestions and techniques to support the…

  19. Striding Toward Social Justice: The Ecologic Milieu of Physical Activity

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    Lee, Rebecca E.; Cubbin, Catherine

    2009-01-01

    Disparities in physical activity should be investigated in light of social justice principles. This manuscript critically evaluates evidence and trends in disparities research within an ecologic framework, focusing on multi-level factors such as neighborhood and racial discrimination that influence physical activity. Discussion focuses on strategies for integrating social justice into physical activity promotion and intervention programming within an ecologic framework. PMID:19098519

  20. Striding toward social justice: the ecologic milieu of physical activity.

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    Lee, Rebecca E; Cubbin, Catherine

    2009-01-01

    Disparities in physical activity should be investigated in light of social justice principles. This article critically evaluates evidence and trends in disparities research within an ecologic framework, focusing on multilevel factors such as neighborhood and racial discrimination that influence physical activity. Discussion focuses on strategies for integrating social justice into physical activity promotion and intervention programming within an ecologic framework.

  1. Value orientations and social attitudes in the holistic milieu.

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    Höllinger, Franz

    2017-06-01

    Based on a representative population survey for Germany this article investigates whether engagement in holistic activities is associated with privatized lifestyles and lack of social responsibility or with countercultural orientations and base-democratic political commitment. To analyse this question, respondents who are engaged in holistic activities are divided into three groups that are compared with each other as well as with Christians and non-religious people. The findings show that the three holistic groups are characterized by clearly different attitudinal patterns: Respondents engaged in body-mind-spirit activities have an affinity to self-directed ways of life, post-materialism and environmentalism. Holistic Christians try to combine the Christian ideal of altruism and post-materialist orientations. Those who are attracted only to magical-occult practices are primarily concerned with individualistic self-improvement and correspond more to the image of the hedonist consumer at the esoteric marketplace. © London School of Economics and Political Science 2017.

  2. Le pompage optique naturel dans le milieu astrophysique

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    Pecker, J.-C.

    The title of this lecture abstracts only a part of it : the importance in astrophysics of the study of non-LTE situations has become considerable, as well in the stellar atmospheres as, still more, in the study of fortuitous coincidences as a mechanism of formation of emission line nebular spectra, or of molecular interstellar « masers ». Another part of this talk underlines the role of Kastler in his time, and describes his warm personality through his public reactions in front of the nuclear armement, of the Viet-Nam and Algerian wars, of the problems of political refugees... Kastler was a great scientist ; he was also a courageous humanist. 1976 : Les accords nucléaires du Brésil : allocution d'ouverture (19 mars). Colloque sur le sujet ci-dessus. 1976 : La promotion de la culture dans le nouvel ordre économique international, allocution à l'occasion d'une table ronde sur ce thème par l'UNESCO (23-27 juin 1976) ; « Sciences et Techniques », octobre 1976. 1979 : La bête immonde (avec J.-C. Pecker), « Le Matin », 20 mars. 1979 : Appel à nos ministres (avec J.-C. Pecker), « Le Monde », 13 décembre. 1979 : Le flou, le ténébreux, l'irrationnel (avec J.-C. Pecker), « Le Monde », 14 septembre. 1980 : Education à la paix, Préface, in : Publ. UNESCO. 1981 : Le vrai danger, « Le Monde », 6 août 1981. 1982 : Nucléaire civil et militaire, « Le Monde », 1er juin 1982. 1982 : Les scientifiques face à la perspective d'holocauste nucléaire (texte inédit). Le titre de cette communication en résume seulement une partie : l'importance prise en astrophysique par l'analyse des situations hors ETL est devenue considérable, qu'il s'agisse des atmosphères stellaires, ou plus encore, des coïncidences fortuites de la formation des spectres d'émission nébulaires, ou des « masers » moléculaires interstellaires. Une autre partie de cet exposé souligne le rôle de Kastler dans son époque, et décrit sa personnalité généreuse à travers ses réactions publiques face à l'armement nucléaire, aux guerres de Viet-Nam et d'Algérie, aux problèmes des réfugiés politiques... Kastler était un grand savant, mais aussi un homme courageux.

  3. [Study of neonatal malnutrition risk in the Zaire milieu].

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    Tandu-Umba, N F; Mputa Lobota, A; Bouillon, R

    1996-01-01

    This study is intended to assess neonatal risk of malnutrition owed to maternal energy intake lower than 2000 kcal/day among Zairian primiparae. Ninety-eight mother-neonate couples were classified according to the level of maternal energy intake. Neonatal albuminemia which previously showed itself as neonatal nutritional marker served for grouping neonates. Possibility of reaching optimal albuminemia value (29,34 g/l) was assessed according to different maternal energy profiles, using U-test and Chi 2. When maternal intake is lower than 2000 kcal/day, neonatal optimum is reached in 26% of cases; when maternal recommendation is lowered to 1675,21 kcal/day, neonatal optimum is reached in 63,43% of cases; with 2000 kcal/day as recommendation, this rate rises up to 71,4%. Under 2000 kcal/day neonatal risk of malnutrition is thus very high.

  4. Teaching Your Tot to Talk: Using Milieu Teaching Strategies

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    Curiel, Emily S. L.; Sainato, Diane M.

    2016-01-01

    Both of these toddlers struggle with communication. Parents and practitioners working with very young children often struggle to find ways to enhance their toddlers' communication skills. They may question: When do I teach? What should I teach? Where do I teach? How do I teach? This article will provide suggestions and techniques to support the…

  5. Chronic Glucocorticoid-Rich Milieu and Liver Dysfunction.

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    Villagarcía, Hernán Gonzalo; Sabugo, Vanesa; Castro, María Cecilia; Schinella, Guillermo; Castrogiovanni, Daniel; Spinedi, Eduardo; Massa, María Laura; Francini, Flavio

    2016-01-01

    We investigated the impact of chronic hypercorticosteronemia (due to neonatal monosodium L-glutamate, MSG, and treatment) on liver oxidative stress (OS), inflammation, and carbohydrate/lipid metabolism in adult male rats. We evaluated the peripheral concentrations of several metabolic and OS markers and insulin resistance indexes. In liver we assessed (a) OS (GSH and protein carbonyl groups) and inflammatory (IL-1b, TNFa, and PAI-1) biomarkers and (b) carbohydrate and lipid metabolisms. MSG rats displayed degenerated optic nerves, hypophagia, low body and liver weights, and enlarged adipose tissue mass; higher peripheral levels of glucose, triglycerides, insulin, uric acid, leptin, corticosterone, transaminases and TBARS, and peripheral and liver insulin resistance; elevated liver OS, inflammation markers, and glucokinase (mRNA/activity) and fructokinase (mRNA). Additionally, MSG liver phosphofructokinase-2, glucose-6-phosphatase (mRNA and activity) and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, Chrebp, Srebp1c, fatty acid synthase, and glycerol-3-phosphate (mRNAs) were increased. In conclusion adult MSG rats developed an insulin-resistant state and increased OS and serious hepatic dysfunction characterized by inflammation and metabolic signs suggesting increased lipogenesis. These features, shared by both metabolic and Cushing's syndrome human phenotypes, support that a chronic glucocorticoid-rich endogenous environment mainly impacts on hepatic glucose cycle, displacing local metabolism to lipogenesis. Whether correcting the glucocorticoid-rich environment ameliorates such dysfunctions requires further investigation.

  6. China’s New Media Milieu: Commercialization, Continuity, and Reform

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    2010-10-01

    focused on propaganda and dedicated to the service of the party-state to an industry serving multiple social functions. As the relative autonomy of the...and insurance. State monopolies have reaped significant profits from these capital and technology-intensive industries despite their low quality of... service . In the 1990s, the telecommunications industry registered a profit margin of 33 percent per year, compared with 24.6 percent of the tertiary

  7. Chronic Glucocorticoid-Rich Milieu and Liver Dysfunction

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    Castro, María Cecilia

    2016-01-01

    We investigated the impact of chronic hypercorticosteronemia (due to neonatal monosodium L-glutamate, MSG, and treatment) on liver oxidative stress (OS), inflammation, and carbohydrate/lipid metabolism in adult male rats. We evaluated the peripheral concentrations of several metabolic and OS markers and insulin resistance indexes. In liver we assessed (a) OS (GSH and protein carbonyl groups) and inflammatory (IL-1b, TNFa, and PAI-1) biomarkers and (b) carbohydrate and lipid metabolisms. MSG rats displayed degenerated optic nerves, hypophagia, low body and liver weights, and enlarged adipose tissue mass; higher peripheral levels of glucose, triglycerides, insulin, uric acid, leptin, corticosterone, transaminases and TBARS, and peripheral and liver insulin resistance; elevated liver OS, inflammation markers, and glucokinase (mRNA/activity) and fructokinase (mRNA). Additionally, MSG liver phosphofructokinase-2, glucose-6-phosphatase (mRNA and activity) and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, Chrebp, Srebp1c, fatty acid synthase, and glycerol-3-phosphate (mRNAs) were increased. In conclusion adult MSG rats developed an insulin-resistant state and increased OS and serious hepatic dysfunction characterized by inflammation and metabolic signs suggesting increased lipogenesis. These features, shared by both metabolic and Cushing's syndrome human phenotypes, support that a chronic glucocorticoid-rich endogenous environment mainly impacts on hepatic glucose cycle, displacing local metabolism to lipogenesis. Whether correcting the glucocorticoid-rich environment ameliorates such dysfunctions requires further investigation. PMID:27597864

  8. Telemedicine: socio-ethical considerations in the Indian milieu.

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    Sharma, Luv K; Rajput, Meena

    2009-01-01

    Telemedicine is the rapidly developing application of clinical medicine by telephone, the internet or other networks for the purpose of consulting, and on occasions carrying out examinations or medical procedures. Telemedicine may be as simple as two health professionals discussing a case over the telephone, or as complex as using satellite technology and video-conferencing equipment to conduct a real-time consultation between medical specialists in two different countries. Telemedicine offers real benefits in a country as vast as India where the majority of the population lives in remote areas with no access to even the most basic healthcare. As the practice of telemedicine spreads, maintaining standards, security and privacy, will be a challenge especially with regard to legal and regulatory measures and who will be held responsible if telemedicine-assisted surgery fails due to failure in connectivity? Is it the surgeon, the satellite provider or the software/hardware engineer? What is the legal status of telemedicine-based diagnosis and treatment? Other legal issues involve conflicting national laws and information piracy, the dangers of prescription drugs that are banned in one country but not in another and quacks who offer medical advice and prescribe drugs over the internet. This paper discusses some of the legal, ethical and social considerations in the Indian context.

  9. New Frontiers: "Milieu" and the Sociology of American Jewish Education

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    Horowitz, Bethamie

    2008-01-01

    Over the course of the twentieth century changing circumstances have prompted American Jewish educators to develop new educational strategies to address these needs, and these developments are an important aspect of the sociology of American Jewish education. Using the method of historical sociology, I examine the educational configuration at…

  10. Behavioral significance of milieu: a consideration of two downtown settings

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    Douglas L. Robertson; Rowan A. Rowntree

    1977-01-01

    Behavior patterns in parks and plazas in downtown Syracuse, New York, are discussed. After an introduction of the spaces and their principal users, fundamental concepts borrowed from ecological psychology are defined. Then using these concepts, the behavioral significance of the environment is illustrated in a comparison of two case studies. The concepts employed here...

  11. Communiquer en milieu interculturel (Communicating in an Intercultural Environment).

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    Yanaprasart, Patchareerat, Ed.

    2002-01-01

    The articles, written in French, in this issue refer to research and intercultural practices with regard to confrontational situations between two or more cultural systems. The titles are as follows: "La culture universitaire comme culture en soi" (The University Culture as a Culture in Its Own Right) (Aline Gohard-Radenkovic);…

  12. Complement modulates the cutaneous microbiome and inflammatory milieu

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    Chehoud, Christel; Rafail, Stavros; Tyldsley, Amanda S.; Seykora, John T.; Lambris, John D.; Grice, Elizabeth A.

    2013-01-01

    The skin is colonized by a plethora of microbes that include commensals and potential pathogens, but it is currently unknown how cutaneous host immune mechanisms influence the composition, diversity, and quantity of the skin microbiota. Here we reveal an interactive role for complement in cutaneous host–microbiome interactions. Inhibiting signaling of the complement component C5a receptor (C5aR) altered the composition and diversity of the skin microbiota as revealed by deep sequencing of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene. In parallel, we demonstrate that C5aR inhibition results in down-regulation of genes encoding cutaneous antimicrobial peptides, pattern recognition receptors, and proinflammatory mediators. Immunohistochemistry of inflammatory cell infiltrates in the skin showed reduced numbers of macrophages and lymphocytes with C5aR inhibition. Further, comparing cutaneous gene expression in germ-free mice vs. conventionally raised mice suggests that the commensal microbiota regulates expression of complement genes in the skin. These findings demonstrate a component of host immunity that impacts colonization of the skin by the commensal microbiota and vice versa, a critical step toward understanding host–microbe immune mutualism of the skin and its implications for health and disease. Additionally, we reveal a role for complement in homeostatic host–microbiome interactions of the skin. PMID:23980152

  13. Creating a Critical Literacy Milieu in a Kindergarten Classroom

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    Stribling, Stacia M.

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to better understand the process of engaging in critical literacy practices with kindergarteners. The researcher spent six months in a kindergarten classroom taking extensive field notes on the ways in which the teacher and students explored issues of social justice through literacy activities. Data analysis using a…

  14. Langage, normes et repertoire en milieu urbain africain: L'indoubill (Language, Norms, and Repertoire in the African Urban Milieu: Indoubill).

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    Sesep, N'Sial Bal-Nsien

    A study explored, from a sociolinguistic perspective, the phenomenon of indoubill, patterns and usage of a special variety of Lingala, among a group of delinquent urban youth in Kinshasa (Zaire). It is proposed that: (1) at a particular moment in its social history, the community experienced sociocultural change that brought with it a special…

  15. A propos de quelques experiences de francais fonctionnel en milieu hispanaphone (A Commentary on Experiments in Functional French in a Spanish-Speaking Milieu)

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    Baltzer, Francois

    1978-01-01

    A discussion of the adaptation of audiovisual methods to respond to various specific needs in Mexico City. Some of the topics discussed are: meeting needs of people involved in special fields, particularly science, technology and economics; and the use of television for functional French instruction. (AMH)

  16. Immunology by numbers: quantitation of antigen presentation completes the quantitative milieu of systems immunology!

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    Purcell, Anthony W; Croft, Nathan P; Tscharke, David C

    2016-06-01

    We review approaches to quantitate antigen presentation using a variety of biological and biochemical readouts and highlight the emerging role of mass spectrometry (MS) in defining and quantifying MHC-bound peptides presented at the cell surface. The combination of high mass accuracy in the determination of the molecular weight of the intact peptide of interest and its signature pattern of fragmentation during tandem MS provide an unambiguous and definitive identification. This is in contrast to the potential receptor cross-reactivity towards closely related peptides and variable dose responsiveness seen in biological readouts. In addition, we gaze into the not too distant future where big data approaches in MS can be accommodated to quantify whole immunopeptidomes both in vitro and in vivo.

  17. The Intelligence Phenomenon in a New Democratic Milieu. Romania-A Case Study

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    2006-03-01

    power). 39 Ioana Lupea, “Magureanu: Talpes pleca la americani cu mapa , pe asta si-a construit cariera...Lupea, Ioana. “Magureanu: ‘Talpes pleca la americani cu mapa , pe asta si-a construit cariera,’” Evenimentul Zilei (Bucharest), May 27, 2005. http

  18. Changes in Personality Disorder Traits Following 2 Years of Treatment in a Secure Therapeutic Community Milieu

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    Morrissey, Catrin; Taylor, Jon

    2014-01-01

    Therapeutic community treatment models have not previously been applied to forensic patients with mild intellectual disabilities (IDs) with a comorbid diagnosis of personality disorder. Thirteen patients with mild IDs were allocated to a unit within a high secure psychiatric service operating a model of treatment based on the principles and…

  19. "Mesogeny" (Milieu-Mediated Maturation) Versus Endogeny: A Crucial Underemphasis in Piaget's "Internally-Caused" Phases.

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    Burger, Henry G.

    The author credits Piaget for giving an operational definition of deduction and for his descriptions of child behavior. But he states that the latter apply only to white, middle-class urban youths in Switzerland in the first half of the 20th century and cannot support Piaget's claims about invariant stages of intellectual development for all…

  20. Changes in Personality Disorder Traits Following 2 Years of Treatment in a Secure Therapeutic Community Milieu

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    Morrissey, Catrin; Taylor, Jon

    2014-01-01

    Therapeutic community treatment models have not previously been applied to forensic patients with mild intellectual disabilities (IDs) with a comorbid diagnosis of personality disorder. Thirteen patients with mild IDs were allocated to a unit within a high secure psychiatric service operating a model of treatment based on the principles and…

  1. Teledetection passive et processus decisionnel a reference spatiale: Application a l'aquaculture en milieu marin

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    Habbane, Mohamed

    L'objectif de cette etude est d'elaborer un processus decisionnel a reference spatiale (PDRS) pour la mariculture. Le PDRS est applique aux eaux cotieres de la baie des Chaleurs, dans le golfe du Saint-Laurent (Canada). Une carte preliminaire regionale d'indices du potentiel maricole, d'une limite de resolution spatiale de 1 kmsp2, est produite avec des parametres du niveau 1. Ces parametres englobent la temperature de l'eau de surface, extraite des images AVHRR, la salinite, les courants ainsi que les pigments chlorophylliens, quantifies a l'aide de mesures in situ. Les images AVHRR, prises en 1994, ont ete utiliees comme reference primaire pour selectionner des aires pouvant supporter une activite maricole sur la cote nord de la baie des Chaleurs. La temperature de surface extraite de ces images permet une analyse mesoechelle a la fois qualitative et quantitative des processus cotiers observes pendant la periode d'acquisition des donnees. Les autres donnees, soit la salinite, les courants et les concentrations en pigments chlorophylliens, sont analysees de facon a identifier la variabilite spatio-temporelle des caracteristiques des eaux de surface. L'ensemble des informations permet de produire une carte preliminaire regionale d'indices du potentiel maricole de la partie centrale de la baie des Chaleurs. Selon cet indice (defini entre 0 et 1), le secteur de potentiel aquicole de 0,5 a 0,75 s'etend sur une superficie d'environ 300 kmsp2. La localisation de cette aire potentielle est en accord avec les fortes concentrations en pigments chlrophylliens, presentant des conditions environnementales ideales a une haute productivite biologique. Par la suite la carte preliminaire est modifiee en tenant compte des parametres du niveau 2. Ces parametres sont la geomorphologie littorale, la bathymetrie, les sediments en suspension, les vents, les vagues, le debit d'eau douce, la glace marine, le carbone organique dissous, les aires de peche et les sources de pollution. Ces parametres sont compares deux a deux par rapport a la carte preliminaire regionale d'indices du potentiel maricole pour determiner leur poids relatif. La carte finale produite avec ces parametres du niveau 2 presente un secteur ou les indices du potentiel maricole sont de 0,5 a 0,75. Ce secteur longe la cote et epouse les isobathes de 10 a 30 m de profondeur. L'effet de la profondeur d'eau semble avoir jouer un role important. Le secteur de potentiel maricole de 0,25 a 0,5 est toujours present et couvre une superficie d'environ 426 kmsp2. L'etude necessitera toujours un suivi des conditions environnementales prevalant dans la region. Ce suivi peut etre effectue a l'aide d'un outil de vision aerospatiale (capteurs de teledetection) et d'analyse spatio-temporelle (SIG-PDRS). (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  2. Increasing Math Milieu Teaching by Varying Levels of Consultation Support: An Example of Analyzing Intervention Strength

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    Marsicano, Richard T.; Morrison, Julie Q.; Moomaw, Sally C.; Fite, Nathan M.; Kluesener, Courtney M.

    2015-01-01

    The current study used a single-case design to examine two performance feedback conditions varying in intensity on the frequency of naturalistic math instruction in preschool classrooms during non-instructional times (transition, lunch, free play). Three Head Start teachers received professional development that combined information on four…

  3. The Relationship between Teacher Language Use in Enhanced Milieu Teaching Sessions and Child Language Outcomes

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    McLeod, Jennifer Ragan Henderson

    2010-01-01

    Research indicates that linguistic input from teachers may affect child vocabulary development in preschool and beyond (Dickinson & Tabors, 2001). Currently, there is little research on the relationship between specific teacher language use in individual interactions on child language outcomes for preschool children at risk for academic delays.…

  4. Recent Developments in Topical Wound Therapy: Impact of Antimicrobiological Changes and Rebalancing the Wound Milieu

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    Erfurt-Berge, Cornelia; Renner, Regina

    2014-01-01

    Wound therapy improves every year by developing new wound treatment options or by advancing already existing wound materials, for example, adding self-releasing analgesic drugs or growth factors to wound dressings, or by binding and inactivating excessive proteases. Also new dressing materials based on silk fibers and enhanced methods to reduce bacterial burden, for example, cold argon plasma, might help to fasten wound healing. PMID:24829919

  5. [How is breast-feeding valued in the urban and semi-urban Central African milieu?].

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    Sépou, A; Yanza, M C; Nguémbi, E; Tekpa, G; Ngbalè, R

    2001-01-01

    Efforts have been made for several years to promote the use of breast milk by mothers. This is important for mothers in developing countries faced with economic problems, especially for those tempted by milk substitutes. Fortunately, BF (breast feeding) is used by a majority of women in these developing countries, its practice is often influenced by an early introduction of supplements. Why this early supplementation? In order to answer this question we performed this study, a transversal survey of mothers in neonatal period in a regional town and the capital of Central Africa. The compilation of data of this seven month study, carried out in four maternities and nine SMI centers, was carried out from a pre-established questionnaire. This allowed us to obtain the following results. We interrogated 734 mothers of newborn babies aged between 14 and 45 years, including 534 in Bangui and 200 in Bossangoa. Breast feeding was chosen by 96.5% of mothers, however exclusive breast feeding was only carried out by 17% of mothers. Feeding on demand was widely spread both in Bangui (92.7%) and in Bossangoa (92%). Breast milk was the first food received at birth by 84.5% of newborn babies. At the neonatal period, water supplementation was more frequent (78.1%, including 23% at birth) than that of solid or semi-liquid food (6.2%). The value given to breast milk was just nutritional, its other virtues were not well known. Conclusion, In breast mil remains the food of choice in our country. However, its practice suffers from much ignorance. An effort should be made to heighten awareness and give milk its due worth.

  6. Tissue Engineering Approaches to Modulate the Inflammatory Milieu following Spinal Cord Injury.

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    Dumont, Courtney M; Margul, Daniel J; Shea, Lonnie D

    2016-01-01

    Tissue engineering strategies have shown promise in promoting healing and regeneration after spinal cord injury (SCI); however, these strategies are limited by inflammation and the immune response. Infiltration of cells of the innate and adaptive immune responses and the inflammation that follows cause secondary damage adjacent to the injury, increased scarring, and a potently inhibitory environment for the regeneration of damaged neurons. While the inflammation that ensues is typically associated with limited regeneration, the immune response is a crucial element in the closing of the blood-brain barrier, minimizing the spread of injury, and initiating healing. This review summarizes the strategies that have been developed to modulate the immune response towards an anti-inflammatory environment that is permissive to the regeneration of neurons, glia, and parenchyma. We focus on the use of biomaterials, biologically active molecules, gene therapy, nanoparticles, and stem cells to modulate the immune response, and illustrate concepts for future therapies. Current clinical treatments for SCI are limited to systemic hypothermia or methylprednisolone, which both act by systemically mitigating the effects of immune response but have marginal efficacy. Herein, we discuss emerging research strategies to further enhance these clinical treatments by directly targeting specific aspects of the immune response. © 2016 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  7. Inflammatory milieu as an early marker of kidney injury in offspring rats from diabetic mothers.

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    Correa-Costa, Matheus; Landgraf, Maristella A; Cavanal, Maria F; Semedo, Patricia; Vieira, Daniel A G; De Marco, Davi T K; Hirata, Aparecida E; Câmara, Niels O S; Gil, Frida Z

    2012-08-15

    The present study investigated the early presence of inflammatory response in renal tissue of young offspring from diabetic mothers. The effect of L-arginine (L-arg) supplementation was also investigated. The offspring was divided into four groups: group CO (controls); group DO (diabetic offspring); group CA (CO receiving 2% L-arg solution) and group DA (DO receiving the 2% L-arg solution). Glycemia, arterial pressure and renal function were evaluated; gene and protein expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines were also measured. Blood pressure levels were significantly increased in 2 and 6 month-old DO rats, whereas L-arg administration caused a significant decrease in the DA group, at both ages. DO rats showed a significantly blunted glycemic response to exogenous insulin. In 2 month-old DO animals, renal protein expression of pro-inflammatory molecules was significantly increased. At six months of age, we also observed an increase in gene expression of pro-inflammatory molecules, whereas L-arg supplementation prevented this increase at both ages. Our data suggest that activation of inflammatory pathways is present early in the kidney of DO rats, and that L-arg can attenuate the expression of these markers of tissue inflammation. Our results also reinforce the concept that intrauterine environmental factors are a fundamental determinant in the development of metabolic and vascular diseases later in life.

  8. [Vitalism and mechanism: their meanings in the milieu of the 17th and 18th centuries].

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    Hwang, S I

    1993-01-01

    The views on the life in the early modern period (the 17th and 18th centuries) with their socio-cultural backgrounds and their meanings at that time were discussed in this paper. Those views discussed here were the dualistic, mechanistic one of Rene Descartes (1596-1650), the animistic, vitalistic one of Georg Ernst Stahl (1660-1734), and the monistic, mechanistic one of Julien Offray de la Mettrie (1709-1751). Author stressed that the processes of their view formation were influenced by the wide range of the various political and religious factors as well as the scientific, medical facts and opinions at that time, and that not only the contents of the views but also their historical contexts should be pursued in the study on the medical thoughts.

  9. Increasing Social Interaction Using Prelinguistic Milieu Teaching with Nonverbal School-Age Children with Autism

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    Franco, Jessica H.; Davis, Barbara L.; Davis, John L.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: Children with autism display marked deficits in initiating and maintaining social interaction. Intervention using play routines can create a framework for developing and maintaining social interaction between these children and their communication partners. Method: Six nonverbal 5- to 8-year-olds with autism were taught to engage in…

  10. Student Teachers' General and Content-Specific Pedagogical Development within a Mathematics Milieu

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    Piccolo, Diana L.; Capraro, Mary Margaret; Capraro, Robert M.

    2010-01-01

    Fourteen elementary and 6 middle level student teachers were observed and interviewed throughout their initial field placement teaching experience. The Classroom Observation and Performance Assessment for Teachers-Revised (COPAT-R) observation instrument and semistructured interviews were used to compare general and content-specific pedagogical…

  11. Increasing Social Interaction Using Prelinguistic Milieu Teaching with Nonverbal School-Age Children with Autism

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    Franco, Jessica H.; Davis, Barbara L.; Davis, John L.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: Children with autism display marked deficits in initiating and maintaining social interaction. Intervention using play routines can create a framework for developing and maintaining social interaction between these children and their communication partners. Method: Six nonverbal 5- to 8-year-olds with autism were taught to engage in…

  12. Effects of Polymer Hydrophobicity on Protein Structure and Aggregation Kinetics in Crowded Milieu.

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    Breydo, Leonid; Sales, Amanda E; Frege, Telma; Howell, Mark C; Zaslavsky, Boris Y; Uversky, Vladimir N

    2015-05-19

    We examined the effects of water-soluble polymers of various degrees of hydrophobicity on the folding and aggregation of proteins. The polymers we chose were polyethylene glycol (PEG) and UCON (1:1 copolymer of ethylene glycol and propylene glycol). The presence of additional methyl groups in UCON makes it more hydrophobic than PEG. Our earlier analysis revealed that similarly sized PEG and UCON produced different changes in the solvent properties of water in their solutions and induced morphologically different α-synuclein aggregates [Ferreira, L. A., et al. (2015) Role of solvent properties of aqueous media in macromolecular crowding effects. J. Biomol. Struct. Dyn., in press]. To improve our understanding of molecular mechanisms defining behavior of proteins in a crowded environment, we tested the effects of these polymers on secondary and tertiary structure and aromatic residue solvent accessibility of 10 proteins [five folded proteins, two hybrid proteins; i.e., protein containing ordered and disordered domains, and three intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs)] and on the aggregation kinetics of insulin and α-synuclein. We found that effects of both polymers on secondary and tertiary structures of folded and hybrid proteins were rather limited with slight unfolding observed in some cases. Solvent accessibility of aromatic residues was significantly increased for the majority of the studied proteins in the presence of UCON but not PEG. PEG also accelerated the aggregation of protein into amyloid fibrils, whereas UCON promoted aggregation to amyloid oligomers instead. These results indicate that even a relatively small change in polymer structure leads to a significant change in the effect of this polymer on protein folding and aggregation. This is an indication that protein folding and especially aggregation are highly sensitive to the presence of other macromolecules, and an excluded volume effect is insufficient to describe their effect.

  13. The Relationship between Teacher Language Use in Enhanced Milieu Teaching Sessions and Child Language Outcomes

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    McLeod, Jennifer Ragan Henderson

    2010-01-01

    Research indicates that linguistic input from teachers may affect child vocabulary development in preschool and beyond (Dickinson & Tabors, 2001). Currently, there is little research on the relationship between specific teacher language use in individual interactions on child language outcomes for preschool children at risk for academic delays.…

  14. "Mesogeny" (Milieu-Mediated Maturation) Versus Endogeny: A Crucial Underemphasis in Piaget's "Internally-Caused" Phases.

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    Burger, Henry G.

    The author credits Piaget for giving an operational definition of deduction and for his descriptions of child behavior. But he states that the latter apply only to white, middle-class urban youths in Switzerland in the first half of the 20th century and cannot support Piaget's claims about invariant stages of intellectual development for all…

  15. Urinary neopterin does not reflect the local antitumor immune milieu in ovarian cancer.

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    Zeimet, Alain G; Reimer, Daniel; Schwentner, Lukas; Fuchs, Dietmar; Wolf, Dominik; Fuith, Lothar C; Fiegl, Heidi; Doppler, Wolfgang; Concin, Nicole; Daxenbichler, Günter; Marth, Christian

    2010-12-01

    The main objective of the present investigation was to study the urinary neopterin excretion in the context of the activation of the adaptive cellular immune system at the tumor site. For this purpose, we compared pre-treatment urinary neopterin levels measured in 92 ovarian cancer patients, with intratumoral levels of mRNA transcripts from factors either involved in the adaptive antitumor immune defense (CD3, IFN-γ, IRF-1, IRF-2, SOCS1 and iNOS) or immune tolerance (FoxP3). This study did not reveal an association between urinary neopterin and one of these investigated "on tumor site transcripts". From all the factors reflecting the magnitude of the local adaptive antitumor response, intratumoral IRF-1 expression above the edge of the 25th percentile was found to predict most reliably favorable progression-free (median 34 months vs. 10 months; p < 0.001) and overall (median 52 months vs. 16 months; p < 0.001) survival. In contrast, pre-treatment urinary neopterin excretion above 275 μmol/mol creatinine, which indicates an unspecific activation of the innate immune system, was associated with a very poor overall survival with a median of only 11 months when compared with a median overall survival of 40 months in patients with lower urinary neopterin excretion (p = 0.021). Interestingly, the considerable survival benefit in patients with high IRF-1-expressing cancers was completely abrogated as well for progression-free as for overall survival when urinary neopterin concentrations were found to be concomitantly elevated. These findings demonstrate that in ovarian carcinomas the unspecific "cancer-related inflammation" contributes to a significant subversion of the adaptive antitumor immune defense mounted at the tumor site.

  16. Etiologie Rare de Sinusites Nosocomiales en Milieu de Reanimation - A Propos d'une Observation

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    Messadi, A.A.; Oueslati, S.; Thabet, L.; Bousselmi, K.; Menif, E.

    2006-01-01

    Summary Les sinusites nosocomiales ne sont pas rares en réanimation. Elles surviennent en général dans les suites d'une intubation nasotrachéale voire même orotrachéale. Le tubage gastrique peut être à lui seul à l'origine d'une sinusite nosocomiale. Nous rapportons le cas d'une patiente hospitalisée qui a été victime de brûlures étendues chez qui la sonde nasogastrique a été à l'origine d'une pansinusite dont l'issue a été fatale. PMID:21991055

  17. Premetastatic milieu explained by TLR4 agonist-mediated homeostatic inflammation.

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    Maru, Yoshiro

    2010-03-01

    Accumulating evidence suggests that Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), a sensor for danger signals, is expressed not only in immune cells, but also in resident epithelial cells, and appears to participate in tissue homeostasis. To explain the premetastatic microenvironment created by the newly discovered endogenous TLR4 ligands, I propose a hypothesis of homeostatic inflammation that includes the classical danger hypothesis.

  18. Remote Sensing of the Propagation Environment (La Teledetection du Milieu de Propagation)

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    1992-02-01

    400ometftt- observed, pressure , temperature, ’and. relative in 100 meter -ite-’ !Note-’that ’fok’ a baese humidity. _Zach .-profile was plotted on .a...vapor pressure 1989 atdire 4h fotrn resu5t17 in90 ineaJue caste epiactvty Dureints wth datos fofn 9.1 Ptropagrain d~t e ltiapr soterdaig aeroiel r o...reraciv it la~ps ate fae- indicatives fo extreent uerec calculatedfo mexasreenths of pressur ,! empratre, and tiecodtin o1poaainpt~ n-ai iecioterd

  19. Stress among Secondary School Teachers in Ebonyi State, Nigeria: Suggested Interventions in the Worksite Milieu

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    Nwimo, Ignatius O.; Onwunaka, Chinagorom

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the study was to determine the level of stress experienced by secondary school teachers in Ebonyi State. The dimensions of stress studied included physical stress, mental stress, emotional stress and social stress. The study adopted the cross-sectional survey design using a sample of 660 (male 259, female 401) teachers randomly drawn…

  20. Reality Orientation: A Milieu Therapy Used in an Institution for the Aged

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    Citrin, Richard S.; Dixon, David N.

    1977-01-01

    Implementation of "24-hour" and classroom Reality Orientation procedures resulted in improved orientation to environment and behavioral functioning for confused and disoriented residents of an institution for the elderly. This study used a pretest-posttest control group design with 12 residents in the experimental group and 13 residents…

  1. Reality Orientation: A Milieu Therapy Used in an Institution for the Aged.

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    Citrin, Richard S.; Dixon, David N.

    This study reports an experimentally designed evaluation of Reality Orientation. Twelve elderly residents were chosen for the experimental group and 13 residents were chosen for the no-treatment control group. Both classroom Reality Orientation and 24-hour Reality Orientation were introduced on the experimental floor. A pretest-posttest control…

  2. The impact of obesity on pentraxin 3 and inflammatory milieu to acute aerobic exercise.

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    Slusher, Aaron L; Mock, J Thomas; Whitehurst, Michael; Maharaj, Arun; Huang, Chun-Jung

    2015-02-01

    Pentraxin 3 (PTX3) has recently been linked to obesity-associated inflammation, serving as a cardioprotective modulator against cardiovascular disease (CVD). Aerobic exercise has been shown to enhance plasma PTX3 levels; however, the impact of obesity on PTX3 response to exercise remains unknown. Therefore, this study sought to examine whether obese subjects would have an attenuated plasma PTX3 response compared to normal-weight subjects following acute aerobic exercise. The relationship of plasma PTX3 with pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-6 and TNF-α) was also examined. Twenty healthy subjects (10 obese [4 males and 6 females] and 10 normal-weight [4 males, 6 females]) performed 30min of continuous submaximal aerobic exercise. At baseline, obese subjects exhibited approximately 40% lower plasma PTX3 and a 7-fold greater IL-6 concentration compared to normal-weight subjects. In response to exercise, no difference was observed in PTX3 or IL-6 as indicated by area-under-the-curve "with respect to increase" (AUCi) analyses. Furthermore, PTX3 AUCi was positively correlated with cardiorespiratory fitness levels (VO(2max)) (r=0.594, p=0.006), even after controlling for body mass index. These findings suggest that in addition to obesity-associated complications, low cardiorespiratory fitness levels could impact exercise-induced PTX3 elevations, thereby potentially diminishing PTX3's effects of anti-inflammation and/or cardioprotection. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Site-directed mutagenesis of an alkaline phytase: influencing specificity, activity and stability in acidic milieu.

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    Tran, Thuy T; Mamo, Gashaw; Búxo, Laura; Le, Nhi N; Gaber, Yasser; Mattiasson, Bo; Hatti-Kaul, Rajni

    2011-07-10

    Site-directed mutagenesis of a thermostable alkaline phytase from Bacillus sp. MD2 was performed with an aim to increase its specific activity and activity and stability in an acidic environment. The mutation sites are distributed on the catalytic surface of the enzyme (P257R, E180N, E229V and S283R) and in the active site (K77R, K179R and E227S). Selection of the residues was based on the idea that acid active phytases are more positively charged around their catalytic surfaces. Thus, a decrease in the content of negatively charged residues or an increase in the positive charges in the catalytic region of an alkaline phytase was assumed to influence the enzyme activity and stability at low pH. Moreover, widening of the substrate-binding pocket is expected to improve the hydrolysis of substrates that are not efficiently hydrolysed by wild type alkaline phytase. Analysis of the phytase variants revealed that E229V and S283R mutants increased the specific activity by about 19% and 13%, respectively. Mutation of the active site residues K77R and K179R led to severe reduction in the specific activity of the enzyme. Analysis of the phytase mutant-phytate complexes revealed increase in hydrogen bonding between the enzyme and the substrate, which might retard the release of the product, resulting in decreased activity. On the other hand, the double mutant (K77R-K179R) phytase showed higher stability at low pH (pH 2.6-3.0). The E227S variant was optimally active at pH 5.5 (in contrast to the wild type enzyme that had an optimum pH of 6) and it exhibited higher stability in acidic condition. This mutant phytase, displayed over 80% of its initial activity after 3h incubation at pH 2.6 while the wild type phytase retained only about 40% of its original activity. Moreover, the relative activity of this mutant phytase on calcium phytate, sodium pyrophosphate and p-nitro phenyl phosphate was higher than that of the wild type phytase.

  4. Age-associated changes in cardiovascular structure and function: a fertile milieu for future disease.

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    Fleg, Jerome L; Strait, James

    2012-09-01

    Important changes occur in the cardiovascular system with advancing age, even in apparently healthy individuals. Thickening and stiffening of the large arteries develop due to collagen and calcium deposition and loss of elastic fibers in the medial layer. These arterial changes cause systolic blood pressure to rise with age, while diastolic blood pressure generally declines after the sixth decade. In the left ventricle, modest concentric wall thickening occurs due to cellular hypertrophy, but cavity size does not change. Although left ventricular systolic function is preserved across the age span, early diastolic filling rate declines 30-50% between the third and ninth decades. Conversely, an age-associated increase in late diastolic filling due to atrial contraction preserves end-diastolic volume. Aerobic exercise capacity declines approximately 10% per decade in cross-sectional studies; in longitudinal studies, however, this decline is accelerated in the elderly. Reductions in peak heart rate and peripheral oxygen utilization but not stroke volume appear to mediate the age-associated decline in aerobic capacity. Deficits in both cardiac β-adrenergic receptor density and in the efficiency of postsynaptic β-adrenergic signaling contribute significantly to the reduced cardiovascular performance during exercise in older adults. Although these cardiovascular aging changes are considered "normative", they lower the threshold for the development of cardiovascular disease, which affects the majority of older adults.

  5. Age-associated changes in cardiovascular structure and function: a fertile milieu for future disease

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    Strait, James

    2015-01-01

    Important changes occur in the cardiovascular system with advancing age, even in apparently healthy individuals. Thickening and stiffening of the large arteries develop due to collagen and calcium deposition and loss of elastic fibers in the medial layer. These arterial changes cause systolic blood pressure to rise with age, while diastolic blood pressure generally declines after the sixth decade. In the left ventricle, modest concentric wall thickening occurs due to cellular hypertrophy, but cavity size does not change. Although left ventricular systolic function is preserved across the age span, early diastolic filling rate declines 30–50% between the third and ninth decades. Conversely, an age-associated increase in late diastolic filling due to atrial contraction preserves end-diastolic volume. Aerobic exercise capacity declines approximately 10% per decade in cross-sectional studies; in longitudinal studies, however, this decline is accelerated in the elderly. Reductions in peak heart rate and peripheral oxygen utilization but not stroke volume appear to mediate the age-associated decline in aerobic capacity. Deficits in both cardiac b-adrenergic receptor density and in the efficiency of postsynaptic b-adrenergic signaling contribute significantly to the reduced cardiovascular performance during exercise in older adults. Although these cardiovascular aging changes are considered “normative”, they lower the threshold for the development of cardiovascular disease, which affects the majority of older adults. PMID:21809160

  6. [Methodology for evaluating the social cost of noise in an industrial milieu].

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    Josserand, P; Chamonard, D

    1982-05-01

    The investments needed for the prevention of noise in industrial environment bring no apparent profit to the firms and are therefore often deferred or rejected. Yet noise costs money, but part of this cost is "externalized". This cost cannot be entirely measured in financial terms since it is much more a social cost. We used different methods to try to evaluate this social cost. Occupational deafness, which is a parital indicator, allowed us to calculate the financial cost of its "repair". The non-financial aspect has been approached in a psychosocial study whose main results are presented here. These approaches, if they were better studied and appropriately extended, should lead to a more realistic assessment of the social cost of this nuisance. In this context an accurate evaluation of the social cost of noise could socially and economically justify strategies for noise prevention whose components are now well-known.

  7. Increasing Math Milieu Teaching by Varying Levels of Consultation Support: An Example of Analyzing Intervention Strength

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    Marsicano, Richard T.; Morrison, Julie Q.; Moomaw, Sally C.; Fite, Nathan M.; Kluesener, Courtney M.

    2015-01-01

    The current study used a single-case design to examine two performance feedback conditions varying in intensity on the frequency of naturalistic math instruction in preschool classrooms during non-instructional times (transition, lunch, free play). Three Head Start teachers received professional development that combined information on four…

  8. Learning Experiences of Gifted Young String Players in the Taiwan Milieu

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    Liu, Chia-Hui

    2008-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the development of the learning experiences of gifted young string players in Taiwan. Nine musicians under the age of 40, who had been accepted into music programs for the gifted, were invited to discuss their experiences and the development of their careers. Thorough interviews were conducted and then…

  9. Imbalance between the anti- and pro-inflammatory milieu in blood leukocytes of autistic children.

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    Ahmad, Sheikh F; Nadeem, Ahmed; Ansari, Mushtaq A; Bakheet, Saleh A; Attia, Sabry M; Zoheir, Khairy M A; Al-Ayadhi, Laila Yousef; Alzahrani, Mohammad Z; Alsaad, Abdulaziz M S; Alotaibi, Moureq R; Abd-Allah, Adel R A

    2017-02-01

    Accumulating evidence suggests an association between immune dysfunction and autism disorders in a significant subset of children. In addition, an imbalance between pro- and anti-inflammatory pathways has been proposed to play an important role in the pathogenesis of several neurodevelopmental disorders including autism; however, the role of anti-inflammatory molecules IL-27 and CTLA-4 and pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-21 and IL-22 has not previously been explored in autistic children. In the current study, we investigated the expression of IL-21, IL-22, IL-27, and CD152 (CTLA-4) following an in-vitro immunological challenge of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from children with autism (AU) or typically-developing children (TD) with phorbol-12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) and ionomycin. In our study, cells from children with AU had increased IL-21 and IL-22 and decreased CTLA-4 expression on CD4(+) T cells as compared with cells from the TD control. Similarly, AU cells showed decreased IL-27 production by CD14(+) cells compared to that of TD control cells. These results were confirmed by real-time PCR and western blot analyses. Our study shows dysregulation of the immune balance in cells from autistic children as depicted by enhanced pro-inflammatory cytokines, 'IL-21/IL-22' and decreased anti-inflammatory molecules, 'IL-27/CTLA-4'. Thus, further study of this immune imbalance in autistic children is warranted in order to facilitate development of biomarkers and therapeutics. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. The milieu of managerial work: an integrative framework linking work context to role requirements.

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    Dierdorff, Erich C; Rubin, Robert S; Morgeson, Frederick P

    2009-07-01

    Theoretical and empirical efforts focusing on the interplay between work context and managerial role requirements have been conspicuously absent in the scholarly literature. This paucity exists despite over 60 years of research concerning the requirements of managerial work and with the rather universal recognition that work context meaningfully shapes organizational behavior. The authors developed a theoretical model linking different types of role requirements to different forms of work context. They empirically tested this framework with a nationally representative sample of 8,633 incumbent spanning 52 managerial occupations. Findings from hierarchical linear modeling analyses demonstrated that discrete forms of context (task, social, and physical) exert significant and predictable effects on managerial role requirements.

  11. Bone Marrow Stem/Progenitor Cells Attenuate the Inflammatory Milieu Following Substitution Urethroplasty

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    Liu, Joceline S.; Bury, Matthew I.; Fuller, Natalie J.; Sturm, Renea M.; Ahmad, Nida; Sharma, Arun K.

    2016-01-01

    Substitution urethroplasty for the treatment of male stricture disease is often accompanied by subsequent tissue fibrosis and secondary stricture formation. Patients with pre-existing morbidities are often at increased risk of urethral stricture recurrence brought upon in-part by delayed vascularization accompanied by overactive inflammatory responses following surgery. Within the context of this study, we demonstrate the functional utility of a cell/scaffold composite graft comprised of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) combined with CD34+ hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPC) to modulate inflammation and wound healing in a rodent model of substitution urethroplasty. Composite grafts demonstrated potent anti-inflammatory effects with regards to tissue macrophage and neutrophil density following urethral tissue analyses. This was accompanied by a significant reduction in pro-inflammatory cytokines TNFα and IL-1β and further resulted in an earlier transition to tissue remodeling and maturation with a shift in collagen type III to I. Grafted animals demonstrated a progressive maturation and increase in vessel size compared to control animals. Overall, MSC/CD34+ HSPC composite grafts reduce inflammation, enhance an earlier transition to wound remodeling and maturation concurrently increasing neovascularization in the periurethral tissue. We demonstrate the feasibility and efficacy of a stem cell-seeded synthetic graft in a rodent substitution urethroplasty model. PMID:27762304

  12. 3D Modelling of Urban Terrain (Modelisation 3D de milieu urbain)

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    2011-09-01

    NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION AC/323(SET-118)TP/393 www.rto.nato.int RTO TECHNICAL REPORT TR...Distribution and Availability on Back Cover I -~­w I NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION RESEARCH AND...TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION AC/323(SET-118)TP/393 www.rto.nato.int RTO TECHNICAL REPORT TR-SET-118 3D Modelling of Urban Terrain

  13. Altered Intracellular Milieu of ADAR2-Deficient Motor Neurons in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

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    Yamashita, Takenari; Akamatsu, Megumi; Kwak, Shin

    2017-02-08

    Transactive response DNA-binding protein (TDP-43) pathology, and failure of A-to-I conversion (RNA editing) at the glutamine/arginine (Q/R) site of α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionic acid (AMPA) receptor subunit GluA2, are etiology-linked molecular abnormalities that concomitantly occur in the motor neurons of most patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Adenosine deaminase acting on RNA 2 (ADAR2) specifically catalyzes GluA2 Q/R site-RNA editing. Furthermore, conditional ADAR2 knockout mice (AR2) exhibit a progressive ALS phenotype with TDP-43 pathology in the motor neurons, which is the most reliable pathological marker of ALS. Therefore, the evidence indicates that ADAR2 downregulation is a causative factor in ALS, and AR2 mice exhibit causative molecular changes that occur in ALS. We discuss the contributors to ADAR2 downregulation and TDP-43 pathology in AR2 mouse motor neurons. We describe mechanisms of exaggerated Ca(2+) influx amelioration via AMPA receptors, which is neuroprotective in ADAR2-deficient motor neurons with normalization of TDP-43 pathology in AR2 mice. Development of drugs to treat diseases requires appropriate animal models and a sensitive method of evaluating efficacy. Therefore, normalization of disrupted intracellular environments resulting from ADAR2 downregulation may be a therapeutic target for ALS. We discuss the development of targeted therapy for ALS using the AR2 mouse model.

  14. Urban effluent discharges as causes of public and environmental health concerns in South Africa's aquatic milieu.

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    Sibanda, Timothy; Selvarajan, Ramganesh; Tekere, Memory

    2015-12-01

    The water quality in South Africa's river systems is rapidly deteriorating as a consequence of increased discharge of wastewater effluents. The natural ability of rivers and reservoirs to trap toxic chemicals and nutrients in their sediments enables these systems to accumulate contaminants, altering the natural balance in environmental water quality, thereby raising a plethora of public and environmental health concerns. Impaired water quality has been linked to an array of problems in South Africa including massive fish mortalities, altered habitat template leading to the thinning of riverine macroinvertebrate diversity, shifts in microbial community structures with drastic ecological consequences and evolvement of antibiotic resistance genes that, under natural conditions, can be transferred to waterborne pathogens. Urban wastewater discharge has also been implicated in increased bioaccumulation of metals in edible plant parts, elevated concentrations of endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs), which are blamed for reduced fertility and increased cancer risk, excessive growth of toxic cyanobacteria and an increase in concentrations of pathogenic microorganisms which constitute a potential health threat to humans. However, despite the ecotoxicological hazards posed by wastewater effluents, ecotoxicological studies are currently underutilised in South African aquatic ecosystem assessments, and where they have been done, the observation is that ecotoxicological studies are mostly experimental and restricted to small study areas. More research is still needed to fully assess especially the ecotoxicological consequences of surface water pollution by urban wastewater effluents in South Africa. A review of the effects of urban effluent discharges that include domestic effluent mixed with industrial effluent and/or urban stormwater run-off is hereby presented.

  15. The Differential Hormonal Milieu of Morning versus Evening May Have an Impact on Muscle Hypertrophic Potential

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    Allen, Jeremy; Grosset, Jean-Francois

    2016-01-01

    Substantial gains in muscle strength and hypertrophy are clearly associated with the routine performance of resistance training. What is less evident is the optimal timing of the resistance training stimulus to elicit these significant functional and structural skeletal muscle changes. Therefore, this investigation determined the impact of a single bout of resistance training performed either in the morning or evening upon acute anabolic signalling (insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3), myogenic index and differentiation) and catabolic processes (cortisol). Twenty-four male participants (age 21.4±1.9yrs, mass 83.7±13.7kg) with no sustained resistance training experience were allocated to a resistance exercise group (REP). Sixteen of the 24 participants were randomly selected to perform an additional non-exercising control group (CP) protocol. REP performed two bouts of resistance exercise (80% 1RM) in the morning (AM: 0800 hrs) and evening (PM: 1800 hrs), with the sessions separated by a minimum of 72 hours. Venous blood was collected immediately prior to, and 5 min after, each resistance exercise and control sessions. Serum cortisol and IGFBP-3 levels, myogenic index, myotube width, were determined at each sampling period. All data are reported as mean ± SEM, statistical significance was set at P≤0.05. As expected a significant reduction in evening cortisol concentration was observed at pre (AM: 98.4±10.5, PM: 49.8±4.4 ng/ml, P<0.001) and post (AM: 98.0±9.0, PM: 52.7±6.0 ng/ml, P<0.001) exercise. Interestingly, individual cortisol differences pre vs post exercise indicate a time-of-day effect (AM difference: -2±2.6%, PM difference: 14.0±6.7%, P = 0.03). A time-of-day related elevation in serum IGFBP-3 (AM: 3274.9 ± 345.2, PM: 3605.1 ± 367.5, p = 0.032) was also evident. Pre exercise myogenic index (AM: 8.0±0.6%, PM: 16.8±1.1%) and myotube width (AM: 48.0±3.0, PM: 71.6±1.9 μm) were significantly elevated (P<0.001) in the evening. Post exercise myogenic index was greater AM (11.5±1.6%) compared with PM (4.6±0.9%). No difference was observed in myotube width (AM: 48.5±1.5, PM: 47.8±1.8 μm) (P>0.05). Timing of resistance training regimen in the evening appears to augment some markers of hypertrophic potential, with elevated IGFBP-3, suppressed cortisol and a superior cellular environment. Further investigation, to further elucidate the time course of peak anabolic signalling in morning vs evening training conditions, are timely. PMID:27583459

  16. The Spread of Dengue in an Endemic Urban Milieu--The Case of Delhi, India.

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    Telle, Olivier; Vaguet, Alain; Yadav, N K; Lefebvre, B; Cebeillac, A; Nagpal, B N; Daudé, Eric; Paul, Richard E

    2016-01-01

    Dengue is a major international public health concern, one of the most important arthropod-borne diseases. More than 3.5 billion people are at risk of dengue infection and there are an estimated 390 million dengue infections annually. This prolific increase has been connected to societal changes such as population growth and increasing urbanization generating intense agglomeration leading to proliferation of synanthropic mosquito species. Quantifying the spatio-temporal epidemiology of dengue in large cities within the context of a Geographic Information System is a first step in the identification of socio-economic risk factors. This Project has been approved by the ethical committee of Institut Pasteur. Data has been anonymized and de-identified prior to geolocalisation and analysis. A GIS was developed for Delhi, enabling typological characterization of the urban environment. Dengue cases identified in the Delhi surveillance system from 2008 to 2010 were collated, localised and embedded within this GIS. The spatio-temporal distribution of dengue cases and extent of clustering were analyzed. Increasing distance from the forest in Delhi reduced the risk of occurrence of a dengue case. Proximity to a hospital did not increase risk of a notified dengue case. Overall, there was high heterogeneity in incidence rate within areas with the same socio-economical profiles and substantial inter-annual variability. Dengue affected the poorest areas with high density of humans, but rich areas were also found to be infected, potentially because of their central location with respect to the daily mobility network of Delhi. Dengue cases were highly clustered in space and there was a strong relationship between the time of introduction of the virus and subsequent cluster size. At a larger scale, earlier introduction predicted the total number of cases. DENV epidemiology within Delhi has a forest fire signature. The stochastic nature of this invasion process likely smothers any detectable socio-economic risk factors. However, the significant finding that the size of the dengue case cluster depends on the timing of its emergence emphasizes the need for early case detection and implementation of effective mosquito control. A better understanding of the role of population mobility in contributing to dengue risk could also help focus control on areas at particular risk of dengue virus importation.

  17. Strategies to Address Infection Prevention and Treatment in the Reduced Inflammatory Milieu of Irrigated Open Wound

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    2012-10-01

    method of platelet-rich plasma gel preparation. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 58, 297-300. 7. Dallari D, Fini M, Stagni C, Torricelli P... Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, 62(11), 1403-1407. 9. Gimeno, F.L., Gatto, S., Ferro, J., Croxatto, J.O., & Gallo, J.E. (2006). Preparation of...J.C. (2010). Robbins and cotran pathologic basis of disease 8e. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders. Supporting Data 1 - Subject Initial Whole Blood

  18. Children with Anxiety Disorders: Use of a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Model within a Social Milieu

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    Kearny, Regina; Pawlukewicz, Justine; Guardino, Mary

    2014-01-01

    Because anxiety is the most common mental health disorder diagnosed in children, early intervention is crucial for fundamental coping. Although cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the preferred treatment method for this affective disorder, instruction for children needs to be specific for them to successfully acquire and implement essential CBT…

  19. Endocrine milieu and erectile dysfunction: is oestradiol-testosterone imbalance, a risk factor in the elderly?

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    Srilatha, Balasubramanian; Adaikan, P Ganesan

    2011-07-01

    Oestrogens are not exclusive to the female gender but occur in moderate circulating levels of 25-70 pg ml⁻¹ in men, compared to 44-153 pg ml⁻¹ in women. Arising from aromatisation of testosterone (T), oestrogen is considered to have many opposing physiological functions and the progressive T decline in the aging male is associated with relative and/or absolute increase in serum oestradiol (E₂). Sexual disinterest and erectile dysfunction (ED) in the elderly may well be due to pathophysiological E₂-T imbalance; the altered hormonal ratio may also explain the higher incidence of ED in hyperestrogenism or following exposure to environmental/plant oestrogens.

  20. Morphologic responses of the mouse ovarian surface epithelium to ovulation and steroid hormonal milieu.

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    Gotfredson, Garry S; Murdoch, William J

    2007-02-01

    Ovarian cancer of surface epithelial origin is an ovulation- and endocrine-related disease. It appears that a cell transformed by genotoxins generated at follicular rupture is propagated during postovulatory wound repair. A consequent steroid hormonal imbalance favoring the mitogenic estrogens is a prospective predisposing factor in ovarian neoplasia. Protection against epithelial ovarian cancer is conferred by progesterone. The objective of this study was to characterize the acute effects of ovulation and steroid hormonal exposure on morphologic responses of surface epithelial cells of mouse ovaries. Follicular development and ovulation were induced in immature animals with equine and human (=Day 0) choriogonadotropins, respectively. On Day 2 (approximately 36 hrs after ovulation), surface epithelial classifications presented in histologic sections were altered from simple (single-layered) squamous and cuboidal toward stratification; this trend was reversed (i.e., reverted to the control status) on Days 4-8. Shifts in the ovarian epithelium from simple to stratified were accentuated following postovulatory (Days 1-8) treatment with estradiol. Surface epithelia of ovaries obtained after 1 week of progesterone administration were exclusively of a simple phenotype. We conclude that the proliferative/procarcinogenic reaction of the ovarian surface epithelium to ovulation is exacerbated by estrogen and counteracted by progesterone.

  1. Targeting the Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor-γ to Counter the Inflammatory Milieu in Obesity

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    Corzo, Cesar

    2013-01-01

    Adipose tissue, which was once viewed as a simple organ for storage of triglycerides, is now considered an important endocrine organ. Abnormal adipose tissue mass is associated with defects in endocrine and metabolic functions which are the underlying causes of the metabolic syndrome. Many adipokines, hormones secreted by adipose tissue, regulate cells from the immune system. Interestingly, most of these adipokines are proinflammatory mediators, which increase dramatically in the obese state and are believed to be involved in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance. Drugs that target peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ have been shown to possess anti-inflammatory effects in animal models of diabetes. These findings, and the link between inflammation and the metabolic syndrome, will be reviewed here. PMID:24404510

  2. Homeostasis, the Milieu Intérieur, and the Wisdom of the Nephron

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    Zeidel, Mark L.

    2014-01-01

    The concept of homeostasis has been inextricably linked to the function of the kidneys for more than a century when it was recognized that the kidneys had the ability to maintain the “internal milieu” and allow organisms the “physiologic freedom” to move into varying environments and take in varying diets and fluids. Early ingenious, albeit rudimentary, experiments unlocked a wealth of secrets on the mechanisms involved in the formation of urine and renal handling of the gamut of electrolytes, as well as that of water, acid, and protein. Recent scientific advances have confirmed these prescient postulates such that the modern clinician is the beneficiary of a rich understanding of the nephron and the kidney’s critical role in homeostasis down to the molecular level. This review summarizes those early achievements and provides a framework and introduction for the new CJASN series on renal physiology. PMID:24789550

  3. Instabilité non linéaire dans un milieu en expansion

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    Henon, Florent; Pavlov, Vadim

    2006-04-01

    We consider nonlinear acoustical phenomena, explosive instabilities and a formation of localized structures in nonstationary environment. An example of such a medium is our Universe in expansion considered as a fluid submissive to a gravitational self-concorded force field and governed by the classical hydrodynamics equations. We show that the taking into account of the nonlinear effects allow us to understand the causes of the appearance of the specific nonlinear instability, which is calling explosive instability. This type of instability is more fast, ˜ln[(] for density fluctuation, that the habitual instability (exponential, ˜e): at the end of a finite time, all spatial inhomogeneity of the initials conditions lead to a formation of singularities in the fields. This phenomena will be appear if certains conditions for the initials amplitudes and wavelengths of the fluctuations are observed. To cite this article: F. Henon, V. Pavlov, C. R. Mecanique 334 (2006).

  4. Un modele simple pour la migration de radionucleides par transport colloidal dans un milieu fracture

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    Castaing, R.

    1991-06-01

    The long-term safety of nuclear waste disposal in a deep geological repository depends essentially on the capacity of artificial and natural barriers to slow down the possible return of long-lived radionuclides to the biosphere. Mathematical models applied to various geological formations have been developed for describing the time and space evolution of the radioactivity released by the waste packages. Such a study was carried out in Sweden in the case of a spent-fuel disposal in granitic bedrock. The basic problem is that of the transport of dissolved radioactive substances by the ground water flowing slowly along fractures in the rock. Retention of the radionuclides by sorption on the fracture walls and matrix diffusion is found to reduce drastically the nuclide migration; the conclusion is that the radiological impact of the repository should be negligible at any time in the future. One of the essential points in these calculations is that the nuclides are transported for the major part in an aqueous solution. We consider here the hypothetical case where a significant part of the nuclides would be transported by stable aggregates or colloids, small enough to follow the groundwater flow. It is clear that the nuclide transport might be much faster in such conditions than in the case of a simple aqueous solution. The model represents jointly the transport of the two phases, the solute phase and the colloidal one, in a fissure with constant aperture; the colloids are supposed to dissolve immediately when the concentration of the solute drops below the solubility limit through sorption of the fracture walls and diffusion into the matrix. In two typical cases (linear sorption of the colloids or strong sorption with maximum exchange capacity), analytical solutions may be obtained for the transport of the nuclides along the fissure, at the cost of approximations whose validity is briefly discussed.

  5. Proinflammatory milieu in combat-related PTSD is independent of depression and early life stress.

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    Lindqvist, Daniel; Wolkowitz, Owen M; Mellon, Synthia; Yehuda, Rachel; Flory, Janine D; Henn-Haase, Clare; Bierer, Linda M; Abu-Amara, Duna; Coy, Michelle; Neylan, Thomas C; Makotkine, Iouri; Reus, Victor I; Yan, Xiaodan; Taylor, Nicole M; Marmar, Charles R; Dhabhar, Firdaus S

    2014-11-01

    Chronic inflammation may be involved in combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and may help explain comorbid physical diseases. However, the extent to which combat exposure per se, depression, or early life trauma, all of which are associated with combat PTSD, may confound the relationship between PTSD and inflammation is unclear. We quantified interleukin (IL)-6, IL-1β, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interferon (IFN)-γ, and C-reactive protein (CRP) in 51 combat-exposed males with PTSD and 51 combat-exposed males without PTSD, and assessed PTSD and depression severity as well as history of early life trauma. To decrease the possibility of Type I errors, we summed standardized scores of IL-1β, IL-6, TNFα, IFNγ and CRP into a total "pro-inflammatory score". PTSD symptom severity was assessed with the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) rating scale. Subjects with PTSD had significantly higher pro-inflammatory scores compared to combat-exposed subjects without PTSD (p=0.006), and even after controlling for early life trauma, depression diagnosis and severity, body mass index, ethnicity, education, asthma/allergies, time since combat and the use of possibly confounding medications (p=0.002). Within the PTSD group, the pro-inflammatory score was not significantly correlated with depressive symptom severity, CAPS total score, or with the number of early life traumas. Combat-related PTSD in males is associated with higher levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, even after accounting for depression and early life trauma. These results, from one of the largest studies of inflammatory cytokines in PTSD to date, suggest that immune activation may be a core element of PTSD pathophysiology more so than a signature of combat exposure alone. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  6. Toll-like receptor 2 modulates the proinflammatory milieu in Staphylococcus aureus-induced brain abscess.

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    Kielian, Tammy; Haney, Anessa; Mayes, Patrick M; Garg, Sarita; Esen, Nilufer

    2005-11-01

    Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) is a pattern recognition receptor (PRR) that plays an important role in innate immune recognition of conserved structural motifs on a wide array of pathogens, including Staphylococcus aureus. To ascertain the functional significance of TLR2 in the context of central nervous system (CNS) parenchymal infection, we evaluated the pathogenesis of S. aureus-induced experimental brain abscess in TLR2 knockout (KO) and wild-type (WT) mice. The expression of several proinflammatory mediators, including inducible nitric oxide synthase, tumor necrosis factor alpha, and macrophage inflammatory protein-2, was significantly attenuated in brain abscesses of TLR2 KO mice compared to WT mice during the acute phase of infection. Conversely, interleukin-17 (IL-17), a cytokine produced by activated and memory T cells, was significantly elevated in lesions of TLR2 KO mice, suggesting an association between innate and adaptive immunity in brain abscess. Despite these differences, brain abscess severity in TLR2 KO and WT animals was similar, with comparable mortality rates, bacterial titers, and blood-brain barrier permeability, implying a role for alternative PRRs. Expression of the phagocytic PRRs macrophage scavenger receptor type AI/AII and lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein receptor-1 (LOX-1) was increased in brain abscesses of both TLR2 KO and WT mice compared to uninfected animals. However, LOX-1 induction in brain abscesses of TLR2 KO mice was significantly attenuated compared to WT animals, revealing that the TLR2-dependent signal(s) influence LOX-1 expression. Collectively, these findings reveal the complex nature of gram-positive bacterial recognition in the CNS which occurs, in part, through engagement of TLR2 and highlight the importance of receptor redundancy for S. aureus detection in the CNS.

  7. The Antikythera Mechanism: The oldest mechanical universe in its scientific milieu

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    Moussas, Xenophon

    2011-06-01

    In this review the oldest known advanced astronomical instrument and dedicated analogue computer is presented, in context. The Antikythera Mechanism a mysterious device, assumed to be ahead of its time, probably made around 150 to 100 BCE, has been found in a 1st century BCE shipwreck near the island of Antikythera in a huge ship full of Greek treasures that were on their way to Rome. The Antikythera Mechanism is a clock-like device made of bronze gears, which looks much more advanced than its contemporary technological achievements. It is based on mathematics attributed to the Hipparchus and possibly carries knowledge and tradition that goes back to Archimedes, who according to ancient texts constructed several automata, including astronomical devices, a mechanical planetarium and a celestial sphere. The Antikythera Mechanism probably had a beautiful and expensive box; looking possibly like a very elaborate miniature Greek Temple, perhaps decorated with golden ornaments, of an elegant Hellenistic style, even perhaps with automatic statuettes, `daemons', functioning as pointers that performed some of its operations. Made out of appropriately tailored trains of gears that enable to perform specialised calculations, the mechanism carries concentric scales and pointers, in one side showing the position of the Sun in the ecliptic and the sky, possibly giving the time, hour of the day or night, like a clock. The position of the Moon and its phase is also shown during the month. On the other side of the Mechanism, having probably the size of a box (main part 32×20×6 cm), are two large spiral scales with two pointers showing the time in two different very long calendars, the first one concerning the eclipses, and lasting 18 years 11 days and 8 hours, the Saros period, repeating the solar and lunar eclipses, and enabling their prediction, and the 19 year cycle of Meton, that is the period the Moon reappears in the same place of the sky, with the same phase. An additional four-year dial shows the year of all Greek Festivities, the so-called `games' (Olympic, Pythian, Isthmian etc). Two additional dials give the Exeligmos, the 54 year and 34 day cycle, which provides a more accurate prediction of eclipses. It is possible that the Mechanism was also equipped with a planetary show display, as three of the planets and their motion (stationary points) are mentioned many times in the manual of the instrument, so it was also a planetarium. From the manual we have hints that the mechanism was probably also an observational instrument, as having instructions concerning a viewfinder and possibly how to orient the viewfinder to pass a sunbeam through it, probably measuring the altitude of the Sun. There are fragmented sentences that probably give instructions on how to move the pointers to set the position of the Sun, the Moon and the planets in their initial places in the ecliptic, on a specific day, or how to measure angular distances between two celestial bodies or their coordinates. This mechanism is definitely not the first one of its kind. The fact that it is accompanied with instructions means that the constructor had in its mind to be used by somebody else and one posits that he made at least another similar instrument.

  8. Characteristics of peri-implantation porcine concepti population and maternal milieu influence the transcriptome profile

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    Asynchrony of trophectoderm elongation, gestational days 11-12, is evident in porcine concepti and rapid progression through this phase has been associated with conceptus competency. The goal of the current study was to determine the extent of transcriptomic responses of concepti to developmental ...

  9. The Inflammatory Milieu Permits Metastasis in Pregnancy-Associated Breast Cancer

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    2008-07-01

    leucocyte infiltration (Figure 1) and CD68, as a measure of macrophage content (Figure 2) in pregnant, lactating, involuting and fully regressed...the common leucocyte antigen, by IHC. Using a computer assisted quantification program, the percent positive cells were evaluated in ~10 fields per... leucocytes (CD45 positive cells) transiently infiltrate the gland during involution. 4. Demonstration that CD68 positive cells are increased during

  10. Evaluer les competences de communication en milieu scolaire (Evaluating Communicative Competence in the School Environment).

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    Mothe, Jean-Claude

    1981-01-01

    Discusses the various aspects of tests based on the concepts of communicative competence and formative evaluation where the objective of the evaluation is to verify whether the learner is capable of using the language in actual communication. Takes most of the examples discussed from the text "Methode Orange 2." (MES)

  11. Lexique et classes sociales en milieu scolaire (Vocabulary and Social Classes in School Surroundings)

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    Buzon, Christian

    1977-01-01

    An analysis of differences in lexical usage among children of different socio-cultural milieux. This study uses other sociological and linguistic studies. It includes twenty-three tables, and presents in conclusion the results obtained, differentiation of the groups and the problems posed by isolation of only one variable. (Text is in French.)…

  12. Extraordinary expansion of a Sorangium cellulosum genome from an alkaline milieu

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    Han, Kui; Li, Zhi-feng; Peng, Ran; Zhu, Li-ping; Zhou, Tao; Wang, Lu-guang; Li, Shu-guang; Zhang, Xiao-bo; Hu, Wei; Wu, Zhi-hong; Qin, Nan; Li, Yue-zhong

    2013-01-01

    Complex environmental conditions can significantly affect bacterial genome size by unknown mechanisms. The So0157-2 strain of Sorangium cellulosum is an alkaline-adaptive epothilone producer that grows across a wide pH range. Here, we show that the genome of this strain is 14,782,125 base pairs, 1.75-megabases larger than the largest bacterial genome from S. cellulosum reported previously. The total 11,599 coding sequences (CDSs) include massive duplications and horizontally transferred genes, regulated by lots of protein kinases, sigma factors and related transcriptional regulation co-factors, providing the So0157-2 strain abundant resources and flexibility for ecological adaptation. The comparative transcriptomics approach, which detected 90.7% of the total CDSs, not only demonstrates complex expression patterns under varying environmental conditions but also suggests an alkaline-improved pathway of the insertion and duplication, which has been genetically testified, in this strain. These results provide insights into and a paradigm for how environmental conditions can affect bacterial genome expansion. PMID:23812535

  13. Modulation of the tick gut milieu by a secreted tick protein favors Borrelia burgdorferi colonization.

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    Narasimhan, Sukanya; Schuijt, Tim J; Abraham, Nabil M; Rajeevan, Nallakkandi; Coumou, Jeroen; Graham, Morven; Robson, Andrew; Wu, Ming-Jie; Daffre, Sirlei; Hovius, Joppe W; Fikrig, Erol

    2017-08-04

    The Lyme disease agent, Borrelia burgdorferi, colonizes the gut of the tick Ixodes scapularis, which transmits the pathogen to vertebrate hosts including humans. Here we show that B. burgdorferi colonization increases the expression of several tick gut genes including pixr, encoding a secreted gut protein with a Reeler domain. RNA interference-mediated silencing of pixr, or immunity against PIXR in mice, impairs the ability of B. burgdorferi to colonize the tick gut. PIXR inhibits bacterial biofilm formation in vitro and in vivo. Abrogation of PIXR function in vivo results in alterations in the gut microbiome, metabolome and immune responses. These alterations influence the spirochete entering the tick gut in multiple ways. PIXR abrogation also impairs larval molting, indicative of its role in tick biology. This study highlights the role of the tick gut in actively managing its microbiome, and how this impacts B. burgdorferi colonization of its arthropod vector. Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease, is transmitted by the tick Ixodes scapularis. Here, the authors show that a tick secreted protein (PIXR) modulates the tick gut microbiota and facilitates B. burgdorferi colonization.

  14. Controle de la solubilite du fer et de l'aluminium en milieu ferrallitique

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    Sarazin, G.; Ildefonse, Ph.; Muller, J. P.

    1982-07-01

    The Fe and Al content of ground and surface waters of a toposequence sampled in Central Cameroun are interpreted as being controlled by equilibrium interactions of water and secondary mineral phases in the macroscopic system. Calculations based on the known thermodynamic properties of ferric hydroxide and kaolinite are consistent with this hypothesis, though microsystems making up the macrosystem contain ephemeral phases that are not in equilibrium with phreatic waters.

  15. Transmembrane domains interactions within the membrane milieu: principles, advances and challenges.

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    Fink, Avner; Sal-Man, Neta; Gerber, Doron; Shai, Yechiel

    2012-04-01

    Protein-protein interactions within the membrane are involved in many vital cellular processes. Consequently, deficient oligomerization is associated with known diseases. The interactions can be partially or fully mediated by transmembrane domains (TMD). However, in contrast to soluble regions, our knowledge of the factors that control oligomerization and recognition between the membrane-embedded domains is very limited. Due to the unique chemical and physical properties of the membrane environment, rules that apply to interactions between soluble segments are not necessarily valid within the membrane. This review summarizes our knowledge on the sequences mediating TMD-TMD interactions which include conserved motifs such as the GxxxG, QxxS, glycine and leucine zippers, and others. The review discusses the specific role of polar, charged and aromatic amino acids in the interface of the interacting TMD helices. Strategies to determine the strength, dynamics and specificities of these interactions by experimental (ToxR, TOXCAT, GALLEX and FRET) or various computational approaches (molecular dynamic simulation and bioinformatics) are summarized. Importantly, the contribution of the membrane environment to the TMD-TMD interaction is also presented. Studies utilizing exogenously added TMD peptides have been shown to influence in vivo the dimerization of intact membrane proteins involved in various diseases. The chirality independent TMD-TMD interactions allows for the design of novel short d- and l-amino acids containing TMD peptides with advanced properties. Overall these studies shed light on the role of specific amino acids in mediating the assembly of the TMDs within the membrane environment and their contribution to protein function. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Protein Folding in Membranes.

  16. Rethinking the excitotoxic ionic milieu: the emerging role of Zn(2+) in ischemic neuronal injury.

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    Sensi, S L; Jeng, J-M

    2004-03-01

    Zn(2+) plays an important role in diverse physiological processes, but when released in excess amounts it is potently neurotoxic. In vivo trans-synaptic movement and subsequent post-synaptic accumulation of intracellular Zn(2+) contributes to the neuronal injury observed in some forms of cerebral ischemia. Zn(2+) may enter neurons through NMDA channels, voltage-sensitive calcium channels, Ca(2+)-permeable AMPA/kainate (Ca-A/K) channels, or Zn(2+)-sensitive membrane transporters. Furthermore, Zn(2+) is also released from intracellular sites such as metallothioneins and mitochondria. The mechanisms by which Zn(2+) exerts its potent neurotoxic effects involve many signaling pathways, including mitochondrial and extra-mitochondrial generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and disruption of metabolic enzyme activity, ultimately leading to activation of apoptotic and/or necrotic processes. As is the case with Ca(2+), neuronal mitochondria take up Zn(2+) as a way of modulating cellular Zn(2+) homeostasis. However, excessive mitochondrial Zn(2+) sequestration leads to a marked dysfunction of these organelles, characterized by prolonged ROS generation. Intriguingly, in direct comparison to Ca(2+), Zn(2+) appears to induce these changes with a considerably greater degree of potency. These effects are particularly evident upon large (i.e., micromolar) rises in intracellular Zn(2+) concentration ([Zn(2+)](i)), and likely hasten necrotic neuronal death. In contrast, sub-micromolar [Zn(2+)](i) increases promote release of pro-apoptotic factors, suggesting that different intensities of [Zn(2+)](i) load may activate distinct pathways of injury. Finally, Zn(2+) homeostasis seems particularly sensitive to the environmental changes observed in ischemia, such as acidosis and oxidative stress, indicating that alterations in [Zn(2+)](i) may play a very significant role in the development of ischemic neuronal damage.

  17. Functional adaptation of Nef to the immune milieu of HIV-1 infection in vivo.

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    Lewis, Martha J; Balamurugan, Arumugam; Ohno, Ayako; Kilpatrick, Stephanie; Ng, Hwee L; Yang, Otto O

    2008-03-15

    Nef-mediated down-regulation of MHC class I (MHC-I) molecules on HIV-1-infected cells has been proposed to enhance viral persistence through evasion of host CTLs. This conclusion is based largely on demonstrations that Nef from laboratory HIV-1 strains reduces the susceptibility of infected cells to CTL killing in vitro. However, the function and role of Nef-mediated MHC-I down-regulation in vivo have not been well described. To approach this issue, nef quasispecies from chronically HIV-1-infected individuals were cloned into recombinant reporter viruses and tested for their ability to down-regulate MHC-I molecules from the surface of infected cells. The level of function varied widely between individuals, and although comparison to the immunologic parameters of blood CD4(+) T lymphocyte count and breadth of the HIV-1-specific CTL response showed positive correlations, no significant correlation was found in comparison to plasma viremia. The ability of in vivo-derived Nef to down-regulate MHC-I predicted the resistance of HIV-1 to suppression by CTL. Taken together, these data demonstrate the functionality of Nef to down-regulate MHC-I in vivo during stable chronic infection, and suggest that this function is maintained by the need of HIV-1 to cope with the antiviral CTL response.

  18. A Multi-Time Scale Morphable Software Milieu for Polymorphous Computing Architectures (PCA) - Composable, Scalable Systems

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    2004-10-01

    metadata specification, mapping metadata with components, user-driven selection of “best” alternatives for components given mission goals, and the ...approaches studied during the research could be applied into the real world problem for PCA applications. These concepts include componentization of ...No. 1, pp. 1-22, 2003. [17] E. A. Lee, "Overview of the Ptolemy Project," Technical Memorandum UCB/ERL M01/11, University of California, Berkeley

  19. The influence of the milieu on the rate of neutralisation of herpes simplex virus 1.

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    Bolt, C E; Davies, J A; Randall, S; Skinner, G R

    1998-01-01

    The rate of neutralisation of herpes simplex virus 1 was increased by up to more than five hundred-fold when the virus suspension and antiserum were each diluted to one hundred-fold in water instead of phosphate buffered saline. This phenomenon, which was observed for two human positive sera and a rabbit purified polyclonal antibody, may represent an unrecognised homeostatic mechanism where neutralising antibody is 'dilution-fast' under physiological conditions of transudation or pathological conditions of inflammation.

  20. The dental school learning milieu: students' perceptions at five academic dental institutions in Pakistan.

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    Ali, Kamran; Raja, Mahwish; Watson, Gordon; Coombes, Lee; Heffernan, Eithne

    2012-04-01

    The significance of the educational environment in health professions academic institutions, increasingly recognized on a global scale, is fundamental to effective student learning. This study was carried out to evaluate students' perceptions of the educational environment in five undergraduate dental institutions in Pakistan. This non-interventional study used a postal questionnaire based on the Dundee Ready Educational Environment Measure (DREEM). The subjects were dental students taking the final professional B.D.S. examination at five dental institutions affiliated with the University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. A total of 197 students participated in the study (response rate of 83.82 percent). The overall DREEM score was 115.06 (Cronbach's alpha 0.87). Nine items recorded scores <2 and were flagged for remediation. Significant differences were observed between students' perceptions of learning and of teachers (p<0.05). Many issues challenge the quality and delivery of dental education in Pakistan, and dental institutions need to develop robust mechanisms to incorporate contemporary international trends in dental education in order to improve the educational environment.

  1. Dendritic cell subsets and immunological milieu in inflammatory human papilloma virus-related skin lesions.

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    Nakayama, Yumi; Asagoe, Kenji; Yamauchi, Akiko; Yamamoto, Takenobu; Shirafuji, Yoshinori; Morizane, Shin; Nakanishi, Gen; Iwatsuki, Keiji

    2011-09-01

    Human papilloma virus (HPV)-related warts persist, evading host immune surveillance, but sometimes disappear with inflammation. To elucidate the immune evasion mechanisms of HPV, we have examined the density, dynamics, and subsets of dendritic cell (DC) types in non-inflammatory or inflammatory HPV-related skin lesions such as warts and Bowen's disease (HPV-Bowen), and compared the epidermal expression levels of macrophage inflammatory protein (MIP)-3α and E-cadherin. The expression of various DC markers, MIP-3α, and E-cadherin in the tissue samples obtained from patients with warts, HPV-Bowen and HPV-unrelated skin diseases was evaluated by immunohistochemistry. MIP-3α gene expression levels were examined in warts and HPV-Bowen by in situ hybridization (ISH) and real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). The numbers of Langerhans cells (LCs) and the expression levels of MIP-3α and E-cadherin were decreased in non-inflammatory warts and HPV-Bowen, as compared with normal skin. Both epidermal LCs and MIP-3α expression reappeared in inflammatory warts, associated with dermal infiltrates composed of many cytotoxic T cells and various subsets of DCs, while cellular infiltrates in HPV-Bowen contained many B cells and plasma cells with sparse infiltration of DCs. The upregulation of MIP-3α gene expression was confirmed in the inflammatory warts and HPV-Bowen by ISH and RT-qPCR. The depletion of LCs in the non-inflammatory warts and HPV-Bowen is associated with a down-regulation of expression levels of MIP-3α and E-cadherin in the lesional keratinocytes. MIP-3α expression is upregulated in lesional keratinocytes of inflammatory warts, with the subsequent recruitment of various DC subsets and cytotoxic T cells, whereas plasma cell-rich infiltration was induced in HPV-Bowen. Copyright © 2011 Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Altered Intracellular Milieu of ADAR2-Deficient Motor Neurons in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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    Yamashita, Takenari; Akamatsu, Megumi; Kwak, Shin

    2017-01-01

    Transactive response DNA-binding protein (TDP-43) pathology, and failure of A-to-I conversion (RNA editing) at the glutamine/arginine (Q/R) site of α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionic acid (AMPA) receptor subunit GluA2, are etiology-linked molecular abnormalities that concomitantly occur in the motor neurons of most patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Adenosine deaminase acting on RNA 2 (ADAR2) specifically catalyzes GluA2 Q/R site-RNA editing. Furthermore, conditional ADAR2 knockout mice (AR2) exhibit a progressive ALS phenotype with TDP-43 pathology in the motor neurons, which is the most reliable pathological marker of ALS. Therefore, the evidence indicates that ADAR2 downregulation is a causative factor in ALS, and AR2 mice exhibit causative molecular changes that occur in ALS. We discuss the contributors to ADAR2 downregulation and TDP-43 pathology in AR2 mouse motor neurons. We describe mechanisms of exaggerated Ca2+ influx amelioration via AMPA receptors, which is neuroprotective in ADAR2-deficient motor neurons with normalization of TDP-43 pathology in AR2 mice. Development of drugs to treat diseases requires appropriate animal models and a sensitive method of evaluating efficacy. Therefore, normalization of disrupted intracellular environments resulting from ADAR2 downregulation may be a therapeutic target for ALS. We discuss the development of targeted therapy for ALS using the AR2 mouse model. PMID:28208729

  3. Foregut exclusion disrupts intestinal glucose sensing and alters portal nutrient and hormonal milieu.

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    Pal, Atanu; Rhoads, David B; Tavakkoli, Ali

    2015-06-01

    The antidiabetes effects of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) are well-known, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Isolating the proximal small intestine, and in particular its luminal glucose sensors, from the nutrient stream has been proposed as a critical change, but the pathways involved are unclear. In a rodent model, we tested the effects of isolating and then stimulating a segment of proximal intestine using glucose analogs to examine their impact on glucose absorption (Gabsorp) and hormone secretion after a glucose bolus into the distal jejunum. Analogs selective for sodium-glucose cotransporter (SGLT) family members and the sweet taste receptor were tested, and measurements of the portosystemic gradient were used to determine Gabsorp and hormone secretion, including GLP-1. Proximal intestinal isolation reduced Gabsorp and GLP-1 secretion. Stimulation of the glucose-sensing protein SGLT3 increased Gabsorp and GLP-1 secretion. These effects were abolished by vagotomy. Sweet taste receptor stimulation only increased GLP-1 secretion. This study suggests a novel role for SGLT3 in coordinating intestinal function, as reflected by the concomitant modulation of Gabsorp and GLP-1 secretion, with these effects being mediated by the vagus nerve. Our findings provide potential mechanistic insights into foregut exclusion in RYGB and identify SGLT3 as a possible antidiabetes therapeutic target.

  4. Le Courrier Electronique: Un Outil d'Enseignement en Milieu de Travail (Electronic Mail: A Teaching Tool in the Workplace).

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    Desmarais, Lise

    1999-01-01

    Describes a course that used e-mail to improve the German and Spanish written language skills of Canadian Foreign Service Officers. To lower attrition rates, the course required completion of authentic professional tasks, exposing participants to formal, technical, and informal language. Though initial interest was high, attrition was also high,…

  5. Tissue factor expression and multidrug resistance in cancer: two aspects of a common cellular response to a hostile milieu.

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    Lwaleed, B A; Cooper, A J

    2000-12-01

    Tissue factor (TF) is the main physiological initiator of blood coagulation and its activation or de-encryption within plasma membranes is important for trapping, extravasation and angiogenesis in the development and spread of solid malignancies. Multidrug resistance is also an adaptive response in malignant (and normal) cells. It is often mediated by the over-expression of the P-glycoprotein (P-gP) efflux pump. Both TF and P-gP tend to be expressed together, perhaps as part of a coherent 'crisis management' response of cells to environmental change or challenge. An associated feature in such a response appears to be the reversal of normal phospholipid charge asymmetry in the plasma membrane bilayer. Responses to environmental stimuli affect function in normal and malignant tissue. Uniting the study of TF expression or de-encryption and MDR-1 phenotype would be biologically enlightening and might ultimately influence clinical cancer management and the control of thrombotic problems associated with treatment. Copyright 2000 Harcourt Publishers Ltd.

  6. Body size of terrestrial arthropods and biomass of their populations in relation to the abiotic parameters of their milieu.

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    Remmert, Hermann

    1981-08-01

    From collections made in very different biotopes of very different zoogeographical regions it is concluded that the biomass per area, the average body size, and the number of winged insects and spiders are primarily governed by the relative humidity of the biotope. From this finding several predictions are put forward on parental care, social systems, activity time and predators in different biotopes all of which seem to support the hypothesis.

  7. Substance Use and Dependency Disorders in Adolescent Girls in Group Living Programs: Prevalence and Associations with Milieu Factors

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    Baker, Amy J. L.; Ashare, Caryn; Charvat, Benjamin J.

    2009-01-01

    Fifty-three adolescent girls residing in community-based group-living child welfare programs were administered a standardized measure (SASS-2) in order to assess probability of a substance use/dependency disorder in this highly vulnerable population. Findings revealed that one third of the sample, and one half of the nonpregnant/parenting girls,…

  8. Workplace Literacy Pilot Projects: A Discussion Paper = Les Projects-pilotes en alphabetisation en milieu de travail: document de discussion.

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    de Wolff, Alice

    From 1995-1998, 12 of the 79 organizations funded by Canada's National Literacy Secretariat (NLS) conducted approximately 40 workplace literacy pilot projects across Canada. Those projects were reviewed to determine their effectiveness in increasing the number and quality of Canadian workplace literacy programs. Information for the review was…

  9. Caracterisation de l'effet du vieillissement en milieu aqueux sur les proprietes mecaniques de composites a matrice elastomere

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    Favre, Audrey

    Rubber composites are widely used in several engineering fields, such as automotive, and more recently for inflatable dams and other innovative underwater applications. These rubber materials are composed by an elastomeric matrix while the reinforcing phase is a synthetic fabric. Since these components are expected to operate several years in water environment, their durability must be guaranteed. The use of rubber materials immersed in water is not new, in fact, these materials have been studied for almost one century. However, the knowledge on reinforced rubber composites immersed several years in water is still limited. In this work, investigations on reinforced rubbers were carried out in the framework of a research project in partnership with Alstom and Hydro-Quebec. The objective of this study was to identify rubber composites that could be used under water for long periods. Various rubber composites with ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (EPDM), silicone, EPDM/silicone and polychloroprene (Neoprene) matrices reinforced with E-glass fabric were studied. Thus, these materials were exposed to an accelerated ageing at 85 °C underwater for periods varying from 14 to 365 days. For comparison purposes, they were also immersed and aged one year at room temperature (21 °C). The impact of accelerated aging was estimated through three different characterization methods. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was first used to assess the quality of fiber-matrix interface. Then, water absorption tests were performed to quantify the rate of water absorption during immersion. Finally the evolution of the mechanical properties was followed by the determination of Young's modulus (E) and ultimate stress (sigmau) using a dedicated traction test. This analysis allowed to point out that the quality of the fiber-matrix interface was the main factor influencing the drop of the mechanical properties and their durability. Moreover, it was noticed that this interface could be improved by using appropriate coupling agent as confirmed by the silicone composite with treated fabric. It was also observed that fiber-matrix interface could be a place where high stresses were localized because of differential swelling leading to an important loss of mechanical properties. The results revealed very different behaviors from one composite to another. The accelerated aging of EPDM/silicone and Neoprene composites led to a rapid diminution of mechanical properties in only 14 days. Conversely, silicone composites showed a 20 % increase of mechanical properties after 75 days of immersion. EPDM composites exhibited an important variability from one sample to another. It can be concluded from this study that composites made from silicone matrix with treated E-glass result in a better durability underwater. Keywords: composite elastomer, accelerated ageing, immersion in the water

  10. The importance of selecting a proper biological milieu for protein corona analysis in vitro: Human plasma versus human serum.

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    Mirshafiee, Vahid; Kim, Raehyun; Mahmoudi, Morteza; Kraft, Mary L

    2016-06-01

    Nanoparticle (NP) exposure to biological fluids in the body results in protein binding to the NP surface, which forms a protein coating that is called the "protein corona". To simplify studies of protein-NP interactions and protein corona formation, NPs are incubated with biological solutions, such as human serum or human plasma, and the effects of this exposure are characterized in vitro. Yet, how NP exposure to these two different biological milieus affects protein corona composition and cell response has not been investigated. Here, we explore the differences between the protein coronas that form when NPs are incubated in human serum versus human plasma. NP characterization indicated that NPs that were exposed to human plasma had higher amounts of proteins bound to their surfaces, and were slightly larger in size than those exposed to human serum. In addition, significant differences in corona composition were also detected with gel electrophoresis and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry, where a higher fraction of coagulation proteins and complement factors were found on the plasma-exposed NPs. Flow cytometry and confocal microscopy showed that the uptake of plasma-exposed NPs was higher than that of serum-exposed NPs by RAW 264.7 macrophage immune cells, but not by NIH 3T3 fibroblast cells. This difference is likely due to the elevated amounts of opsonins, such as fibrinogen, on the surfaces of the NPs exposed to plasma, but not serum, because these components trigger NP internalization by immune cells. As the human plasma better mimics the composition of the in vivo environment, namely blood, in vitro protein corona studies should employ human plasma, and not human serum, so the biological phenomena that is observed is more similar to that occurring in vivo.

  11. [Toxicity of ethylene oxide on the crystalline lense in an occupational milieu. Difficulty of epidemiologic surveys of cataract].

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    Deschamps, D; Leport, M; Cordier, S; Laurent, A M; Festy, B; Hamard, H; Renard, G; Pouliquen, Y; Conso, F

    1990-01-01

    Ethylene oxide is a sterilizing gas for heat-sensitive materials. Eight cases of subcapsular cataract were attributed to this compound from 1982 to 1985. This epidemiological study was conducted in 55 persons to determine the prevalence of lens opacities and cataracts in workers exposed to this gas. The 21 persons of more than 45 years of age were then compared to 16 non-exposed persons matched for age and gender. Lens opacities (independently of visual acuity) were observed in 19 of the 55 exposed. Among exposed and non-exposed persons of more than 45 years of age, there were no significantly differences with regard to the following characteristics of lens opacities: prevalence (13 in the 21 exposed; 10 in the 16 non-exposed), distribution of the localisations, morphology and importance of the cortical opacities. No link was found between the characteristics of the lens opacities and the characteristics of the exposure: habitual exposure and accidental overexposures. For cataracts, defined by the association of lens opacities and a visual acuity less than 20/25 (this loss not being attributable to another cause), their prevalence differed significantly (p less than 0.05) between the exposed (6 of 21) and the non-exposed (0 of 16). There was no relation between their existence and accidental overexposures. The risk of lens opacification by ethylene oxide, established in cases of massive exposures as previously described, could also exist during chronic exposure to low concentrations, but is to be confirmed by other studies. It could be explained by saturation of the protective mechanisms against alkylating action of this product. This study prompted us to discuss the epidemiological difficulties in studies of cataracts.

  12. Immigrants living in an urban milieu with sanitation in Southern Italy: persistence and transmission of intestinal parasites.

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    Gualdieri, Luciano; Piemonte, Monica; Alfano, Settimia; Maffei, Rita; Della Pepa, Maria Elena; Rinaldi, Laura; Galdiero, Marilena; Galdiero, Massimiliano; Cringoli, Giuseppe

    2016-03-01

    In the current era of globalization, the massive movement of populations to developed countries causes a greater attention to neglected tropical diseases in places where such diseases are considered unusual. The present study was planned to assess the persistence of intestinal parasitosis in immigrants stably living in the urban central area of Naples (Southern Italy) and the spread of infection within households with a lifestyle similar to that of the country of origin. A total of 2150 stool samples were analysed with the FLOTAC dual technique, and 415 subjects (19.3 %) tested positive for pathogenic intestinal parasites. One hundred ninety-six subjects were randomly selected and monitored again after 1 year in order to evaluate the persistence of intestinal parasites in immigrants having access to proper sanitation. No pathogenic parasites were found in these 196 samples. A total of 482 cohabitants of 151 positive subjects were recruited to evaluate the interfamilial spread of the identified parasites. Only in 18 households were there subjects infected with the same parasite. Monitoring of parasites in stool samples of immigrants showed a decrease of almost all pathogenic species over the years. From the analysis of households, it is not possible to assert that there is a familial transmission. Our study provides evidence that the prevalence of parasitic infections in immigrants is likely related to the poor sanitary habits of the country of origin and that acquisition of new sanitary regulations, together with the administration of pharmacological treatment, limits the transmission in the households and in the local population of their destination.

  13. The Motivational Determinants of Task Performance in a Non-Industrial Milieu: A Modification and Extension of Vroom's Model.

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    Mendel, Raymond M.; Dickinson, Terry L.

    Vroom's cognitive model, which proposes to both explain and predict an individual's level of work productivity by drawing on the construct motivation, is discussed and three hypotheses generated: (1) that Vroom's model does predict performance in a non-industrial setting; (2) that it predicts self-perceived performance better than measures…

  14. Résistance d'un milieu poreux à phase solide hétérogène

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    Sanahuja, Julien; Dormieux, Luc

    2005-11-01

    The strength of a porous medium, the solid phase of which is made up of composite spheres is determined in the framework of a micromechanical self-consistent reasoning. The strength of the spherical cores is infinite while the surrounding layers are made up of a von Mises material. Application of the modified secant method yields an analytical expression of the macroscopic strength. Such results can be used in order to predict the setting and strength criterion of a cement paste during hydration. To cite this article: J. Sanahuja, L. Dormieux, C. R. Mecanique 333 (2005).

  15. Phenotypic effects of maternal immune activation and early postnatal milieu in mice mutant for the schizophrenia risk gene neuregulin-1.

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    O'Leary, C; Desbonnet, L; Clarke, N; Petit, E; Tighe, O; Lai, D; Harvey, R; Waddington, J L; O'Tuathaigh, C

    2014-09-26

    Risk of schizophrenia is likely to involve gene × environment (G × E) interactions. Neuregulin 1 (NRG1) is a schizophrenia risk gene, hence any interaction with environmental adversity, such as maternal infection, may provide further insights into the basis of the disease. This study examined the individual and combined effects of prenatal immune activation with polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidilic acid (Poly I:C) and disruption of the schizophrenia risk gene NRG1 on the expression of behavioral phenotypes related to schizophrenia. NRG1 heterozygous (NRG1 HET) mutant breeding pairs were time-mated. Pregnant dams received a single injection (5mg/kg i.p.) of Poly I:C or vehicle on gestation day 9 (GD9). Offspring were then cross-fostered to vehicle-treated or Poly I:C-treated dams. Expression of schizophrenia-related behavioral endophenotypes was assessed at adolescence and in adulthood. Combining NRG1 disruption and prenatal environmental insult (Poly I:C) caused developmental stage-specific deficits in social behavior, spatial working memory and prepulse inhibition (PPI). However, combining Poly I:C and cross-fostering produced a number of behavioral deficits in the open field, social behavior and PPI. This became more complex by combining NRG1 deletion with both Poly I:C exposure and cross-fostering, which had a robust effect on PPI. These findings suggest that concepts of G × E interaction in risk of schizophrenia should be elaborated to multiple interactions that involve individual genes interacting with diverse biological and psychosocial environmental factors over early life, to differentially influence particular domains of psychopathology, sometimes over specific stages of development.

  16. Overexpression of glucose transporters in rat mesangial cells cultured in a normal glucose milieu mimics the diabetic phenotype.

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    Heilig, C W; Concepcion, L A; Riser, B L; Freytag, S O; Zhu, M; Cortes, P

    1995-01-01

    An environment of high glucose concentration stimulates the synthesis of extracellular matrix (ECM) in mesangial cell (MC) cultures. This may result from a similar increase in intracellular glucose concentration. We theorized that increased uptake, rather than glucose concentration per se is the major determinant of exaggerated ECM formation. To test this, we compared the effects of 35 mM glucose on ECM synthesis in normal MCs with those of 8 mM glucose in the same cells overexpressing the glucose transporter GLUT1 (MCGT1). Increasing medium glucose from 8 to 35 mM caused normal MCs to increase total collagen synthesis and catabolism, with a net 81-90% increase in accumulation. MCs transduced with the human GLUT1 gene (MCGT1) grown in 8 mM glucose had a 10-fold greater GLUT1 protein expression and a 1.9, 2.1, and 2.5-fold increase in cell myo-inositol, lactate production, and cell sorbitol content, respectively, as compared to control MCs transduced with bacterial beta-galactosidase (MCLacZ). MCGT1 also demonstrated increased glucose uptake (5-fold) and increased net utilization (43-fold), and greater synthesis of individual ECM components than MCLacZ. In addition, total collagen synthesis and catabolism were also enhanced with a net collagen accumulation 111-118% greater than controls. Thus, glucose transport activity is an important modulator of ECM formation by MCs; the presence of high extracellular glucose concentrations is not necessarily required for the stimulation of matrix synthesis. Images PMID:7560072

  17. Modelisation de l'interaction entre une impulsion laser ultrabreve et une nanostructure plasmonique en milieu aqueux

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    Boulais, Etienne

    There is still a limited understanding of the basic mechanisms and processes triggered by laser irradiation that lead to the damaging of the surrounding structures. In particular, there exists for the moment no complete modelling of the process that includes all potential sources of cellular damage, including temperature rise, plasma generation, pressure wave emission and vapor bubble formation. This thesis presents such a modelling, with the cell environment emulated by a much simpler aqueous medium. Water is used as its optical, mechanical and thermal characteristic are similar enough to the cell environment to enable the transposition of the results and tendencies observed in water to this medium. Modelling consists in a continuous medium based approach that uses coupled partial differential equations to simulate the nanostructure-water system's response to an ultrafast laser pulse. The time-dependant field distribution in the system is simulated using classical electromagnetic theory, while the temperature in the nanostructure is calculated using a two-temperature model. Generation and heating of a plasma in the nanostructure's vicinity from photoionization and impact ionization in the near-field, as well as from photothermal emission from the nanostructure at the metal interface are also included. This plasma locally modifies the refractive index, which alters the simulated optical response of the system. Energy relaxation from this plasma as well as heat conduction from the nanostructure's lattice transfer energy to the water, which dynamics and thermodynamics evolutions are simulated from hydrodynamic and energy conservation equations. Modelling is used for analyzing the interaction of a near-infrared ultrafast laser pulse (45 fs, 800 nm, 200 mJ/cm2) with two distinct systems : a 100nm gold nanoparticle and a 10x41 nm2 gold nanorod. The gold nanoparticle shows a plasmon resonance at a ˜550 nm wavelength, and is thus slightly off-resonance at the 800 nm irradiation wavelength. In opposition, the gold nanorod shows a plasmon resonance directly at 800 nm and is thus in-resonance at the irradiation wavelength. The system of tightly coupled time-dependant non-linear partial differential equations is solved in 3D using a finite-element method. The modelling shows the generation of vapor bubble around both systems, which maximal diameter and growth time are validated from spectroscopic measurements. Results show an important production of plasma in the nanostructure's near field, which fast relaxation heats rapidly the surrounding water, leading to the emission of strong pressure wave and to the formation of a vapor bubble. Simulations further demonstrate the crucial importance of the plasma in the cavitation mechanism. For both the nanoparticle and the nanorod, results show that most of the laser energy is indeed absorbed in the plasma surrounding the nanostructure rather than in the nanostructure itself. In particular, the energy absorbed in the nanoparticle is shown to be insufficient to induce the formation of a vapor bubble at 200 mJ/cm2, whereas such a bubble is experimentally observed. This is a major result of the thesis, as such a plasma-mediated plasmonic enhanced cavitation mechanism has never been reported in the literature. The existence of this plasma-mediated mechanism that does not rely on the particle extreme heating to initiate cavitation has important consequences on cell nanosurgery applications. Finally, based on the same modelling, we develop a simple and efficient method to evaluate the potential of specific nanostructures and irradiation parameters for cell nanosurgery. We introduce a performance factor based on minimizing the energy density deposited in the nanostructure to avoid fragmentation, while maximizing the overall energy deposited in the system, to enhance the production of vapor bubbles. Results predict off-resonance 175 nm gold nanoparticles to be best suited for near-infrared ultrafast laser cell nanosurgery using 45 fs pulses at a wavelength of 800 nm. They also confirm the low interest of in-resonance gold nanorods for this type of process. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  18. Metabolic surgery: action via hormonal milieu changes, changes in bile acids or gut microbiota? A summary of the literature

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    Sweeney, Timothy E.; Morton, John M.

    2015-01-01

    Obesity and type 2 diabetes remain epidemic problems. Different bariatric surgical techniques causes weight loss and diabetes remission to varying degrees. The underlying mechanisms of the beneficial effects of bariatric surgery are complex, and include changes in diet and behavior, as well as changes in hormones, bile acid flow, and gut bacteria. We summarized the effects of multiple different bariatric procedures, and their resulting effects on several hormones (leptin, ghrelin, adiponectin, glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), peptide YY, and glucagon), bile acid changes in the gut and the serum, and resulting changes to the gut microbiome. As much as possible, we have tried to incorporate multiple studies to try to explain underlying mechanistic changes. What emerges from the data is a picture of clear differences between restrictive and metabolic procedures. The latter, in particular the roux-en-Y gastric bypass, induces large and distinctive changes in most measured fat and gut hormones, including early and sustained increase in GLP-1, possible through intestinal bile acid signaling. The changes in bile flow and the gut microbiome are causally inseparable so far, but new studies show that each contributes to the effects of weight loss and diabetes resolution. PMID:25194186

  19. Teaching Parents Enhanced Milieu Teaching with Words and Signs Using the Teach-Model-Coach-Review Model

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    Wright, Courtney A.; Kaiser, Ann P.

    2017-01-01

    Measuring treatment fidelity is an essential step in research designed to increase the use of evidence-based practices. For parent-implemented communication interventions, measuring the implementation of the teaching and coaching provided to the parents is as critical as measuring the parents' delivery of the intervention to the child. Both levels…

  20. The Social Milieu of the Church and Religious Coping Responses: A Longitudinal Investigation of Older Whites and Older Blacks.

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    Krause, Neal

    2010-04-01

    The purpose of this study is to see if the social environment of the church influences the use of religious coping responses over time. The following theoretical relationships were embedded in the conceptual model that was developed to evaluate this issue: (1) people who go to church more often are more likely to feel their congregation is highly cohesive (e.g., share the same values and beliefs); (2) individuals who worship in highly cohesive congregations are more likely to receive spiritual support (i.e., encouragement to adopt religious teachings and principles) from their fellow church members; (3) people who receive more spiritual support will be more likely to adopt religious coping responses. In the process of evaluating this model, tests were performed to examine the influence of racial culture. Data from a nationwide longitudinal survey of older adults provide support for each link in the conceptual model. Pervasive racial cultural differences were also found: Older blacks were more likely to be deeply involved in each facet of religion than older whites.

  1. Solubilitéet croissance de la berlinite AlPO 4, en milieu phospho-sulfurique

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    Cambon, O.; Goiffon, A.; Philippot, E.

    1989-01-01

    La solubilitéde la berlinite, AlPO 4, aétémesurée dans des mélanges d'acide phosphorique et sulfurique en différentes proportions. Dans ces milieux, la solubilitéest toujours de type rétrograde et intermédiaire entre celle déterminée dans chacun des deux acides. La croissance cristalline réalisée dans ce solvant mixte conduita`des cristaux dont la morphologie est elle aussi intermédiairea`celles observées dans H 3PO 4 et H 2SO 4. Cette observation montre que l'utilisation de mélanges d'acide permet de moduler les vitesses de croissance et peuteˆtre un moyen de mieux maiˆtriser celles-ci.

  2. COX-2 FROM THE INJURY MILIEU IS CRITICAL FOR THE INITIATION OF PERIOSTEAL PROGENITOR CELL MEDIATED BONE HEALING

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    Xie, Chao; Ming, Xue; Wang, Qun; Schwarz, Edward M.; Guldberg, Robert E.; O’Keefe, Regis J.; Zhang, Xinping

    2009-01-01

    Although a critical role of COX-2 in bone repair has been established, the mechanism involved remains unclear. During early inflammatory phase of bone healing, COX-2 is produced by the surrounding inflammatory cells as well as bone/cartilage progenitors. Based on the temporal and spatial expression of COX-2 during the early phase of fracture healing, we hypothesize that COX-2 from both sources is critical for progenitor cell activation, proliferation and differentiation. To directly test this we utilized a murine femoral grafting model, in which live segmental grafts from the same strains were transplanted and donor versus host cell involvement in healing was assessed. Specifically, fresh femur cortical bone grafts of 4-mm in length from COX-2-/- (KO) mice were transplanted into wild type (WT) mice with the same sized segmental defect in femurs. Similarly, grafts from WT were transplanted into the defects in KO mice. As controls, transplantations between wild types, and transplantations between KO were also performed. Histologic analyses showed that WT-to-WT transplantation resulted in normal endochondral bone healing as evidenced by markedly induction of neovascularization and periosteal bone formation on donor graft. In contrast, transplantation of KO graft into KO host led to 96 % reduction of bone formation and near elimination of donor cell-initiated periosteal bone formation. Similarly, transplantation of WT graft into a KO host resulted in 87% reduction of bone formation (n=8, p>0.05), indicating that KO host impaired WT donor progenitor cell expansion and differentiation. When a KO graft was transplanted into WT host, KO donor periosteal cell-initiated endochondral bone formation was restored. Histomorphometric analyses demonstrated 10-fold increase in bone formation and 3-fold increase in cartilage formation compared to KO-to-KO transplantation (n=8, p<0.05), suggesting that COX-2 deficient donor cells were capable to differentiate and form bone when placed in a WT host. Taken together, our data strongly suggest that COX-2 is critical for initiation of periosteal cortical bone healing. The early induction of COX-2 constitutes a crucial host-healing environment for activation and differentiation of donor periosteal progenitors. Elimination of COX-2 at the early stage of healing could lead to detrimental effects on periosteal progenitor cell-initiated cortical bone repair. PMID:18773980

  3. The effect of 17 beta-estradiol on cholesterol in human macrophages is influenced by the lipoprotein milieu

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    Estrogen and testosterone are thought to modulate coronary heart disease (CHD) risk. To examine how these hormones affect human macrophage cholesterol transport, a key factor in atherogenesis, we obtained monocytes from healthy male and postmenopausal female donors (age 50-70 y). Cells were allowe...

  4. Content Knowledge in Teaching, an Investigation into an Adequate "Milieu" for Teaching Dance: The Case of Indian Dance in France

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    Monique, Loquet; Malini, Ranganathan

    2010-01-01

    Since the 1970s, scientific researchers have shown that the nature and practice of the knowledge being taught plays an important role in the organization of teaching. Teaching content, first in mathematics, then in physical education, has become the object of scientific research in didactics in France. This research questions the commonplace…

  5. Le Courrier Electronique: Un Outil d'Enseignement en Milieu de Travail (Electronic Mail: A Teaching Tool in the Workplace).

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    Desmarais, Lise

    1999-01-01

    Describes a course that used e-mail to improve the German and Spanish written language skills of Canadian Foreign Service Officers. To lower attrition rates, the course required completion of authentic professional tasks, exposing participants to formal, technical, and informal language. Though initial interest was high, attrition was also high,…

  6. Substance Use and Dependency Disorders in Adolescent Girls in Group Living Programs: Prevalence and Associations with Milieu Factors

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    Baker, Amy J. L.; Ashare, Caryn; Charvat, Benjamin J.

    2009-01-01

    Fifty-three adolescent girls residing in community-based group-living child welfare programs were administered a standardized measure (SASS-2) in order to assess probability of a substance use/dependency disorder in this highly vulnerable population. Findings revealed that one third of the sample, and one half of the nonpregnant/parenting girls,…

  7. New Ecological Paradigm and Sustainability Attitudes with Respect to a Multi-Cultural Educational Milieu in China

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    Wells, Mona; Petherick, Lynda

    2016-01-01

    Institutions of higher education are increasingly interested in how the student experience may or may not influence world views and particularly with respect to sustainability. Here we report preliminary results from a New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) study in China to benchmark student responses, and we relate these results to findings from other…

  8. Disclosure of a structural milieu for the proximity ligation reveals the elusive nature of an active chromatin hub

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    Gavrilov, Alexey A.; Gushchanskaya, Ekaterina S.; Strelkova, Olga; Zhironkina, Oksana; Kireev, Igor I.; Iarovaia, Olga V.; Razin, Sergey V.

    2013-01-01

    The current progress in the study of the spatial organization of interphase chromosomes became possible owing to the development of the chromosome conformation capture (3C) protocol. The crucial step of this protocol is the proximity ligation—preferential ligation of DNA fragments assumed to be joined within nuclei by protein bridges and solubilized as a common complex after formaldehyde cross-linking and DNA cleavage. Here, we show that a substantial, and in some cases the major, part of DNA is not solubilized from cross-linked nuclei treated with restriction endonuclease(s) and sodium dodecyl sulphate and that this treatment neither causes lysis of the nucleus nor drastically affects its internal organization. Analysis of the ligation frequencies of the mouse β-globin gene domain DNA fragments demonstrated that the previously reported 3C signals were generated predominantly, if not exclusively, in the insoluble portion of the 3C material. The proximity ligation thus occurs within the cross-linked chromatin cage in non-lysed nuclei. The finding does not compromise the 3C protocol but allows the consideration of an active chromatin hub as a folded chromatin domain or a nuclear compartment rather than a rigid complex of regulatory elements. PMID:23396278

  9. Disclosure of a structural milieu for the proximity ligation reveals the elusive nature of an active chromatin hub.

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    Gavrilov, Alexey A; Gushchanskaya, Ekaterina S; Strelkova, Olga; Zhironkina, Oksana; Kireev, Igor I; Iarovaia, Olga V; Razin, Sergey V

    2013-04-01

    The current progress in the study of the spatial organization of interphase chromosomes became possible owing to the development of the chromosome conformation capture (3C) protocol. The crucial step of this protocol is the proximity ligation-preferential ligation of DNA fragments assumed to be joined within nuclei by protein bridges and solubilized as a common complex after formaldehyde cross-linking and DNA cleavage. Here, we show that a substantial, and in some cases the major, part of DNA is not solubilized from cross-linked nuclei treated with restriction endonuclease(s) and sodium dodecyl sulphate and that this treatment neither causes lysis of the nucleus nor drastically affects its internal organization. Analysis of the ligation frequencies of the mouse β-globin gene domain DNA fragments demonstrated that the previously reported 3C signals were generated predominantly, if not exclusively, in the insoluble portion of the 3C material. The proximity ligation thus occurs within the cross-linked chromatin cage in non-lysed nuclei. The finding does not compromise the 3C protocol but allows the consideration of an active chromatin hub as a folded chromatin domain or a nuclear compartment rather than a rigid complex of regulatory elements.

  10. Low-dose interleukin-2 fosters a dose-dependent regulatory T cell tuned milieu in T1D patients.

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    Rosenzwajg, Michelle; Churlaud, Guillaume; Mallone, Roberto; Six, Adrien; Dérian, Nicolas; Chaara, Wahiba; Lorenzon, Roberta; Long, S Alice; Buckner, Jane H; Afonso, Georgia; Pham, Hang-Phuong; Hartemann, Agnès; Yu, Aixin; Pugliese, Alberto; Malek, Thomas R; Klatzmann, David

    2015-04-01

    Most autoimmune diseases (AID) are linked to an imbalance between autoreactive effector T cells (Teffs) and regulatory T cells (Tregs). While blocking Teffs with immunosuppression has long been the only therapeutic option, activating/expanding Tregs may achieve the same objective without the toxicity of immunosuppression. We showed that low-dose interleukin-2 (ld-IL-2) safely expands/activates Tregs in patients with AID, such HCV-induced vasculitis and Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Here we analyzed the kinetics and dose-relationship of IL-2 effects on immune responses in T1D patients. Ld-IL-2 therapy induced a dose-dependent increase in CD4(+)Foxp3(+) and CD8(+)Foxp3(+) Treg numbers and proportions, the duration of which was markedly dose-dependent. Tregs expressed enhanced levels of activation markers, including CD25, GITR, CTLA-4 and basal pSTAT5, and retained a 20-fold higher sensitivity to IL-2 than Teff and NK cells. Plasma levels of regulatory cytokines were increased in a dose-dependent manner, while cytokines linked to Teff and Th17 inflammatory cells were mostly unchanged. Global transcriptome analyses showed a dose-dependent decrease in immune response signatures. At the highest dose, Teff responses against beta-cell antigens were suppressed in all 4 patients tested. These results inform of broader changes induced by ld-IL-2 beyond direct effects on Tregs, and relevant for further development of ld-IL-2 for therapy and prevention of T1D, and other autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

  11. Endochitinase Is Transported to the Extracellular Milieu by the eps-Encoded General Secretory Pathway of Vibrio cholerae

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    Connell, Terry D.; Metzger, Daniel J.; Lynch, Jennifer; Folster, Jason P.

    1998-01-01

    The chiA gene of Vibrio cholerae encodes a polypeptide which degrades chitin, a homopolymer of N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) found in cell walls of fungi and in the integuments of insects and crustaceans. chiA has a coding capacity corresponding to a polypeptide of 846 amino acids having a predicted molecular mass of 88.7 kDa. A 52-bp region with promoter activity was found immediately upstream of the chiA open reading frame. Insertional inactivation of the chromosomal copy of the gene confirmed that expression of chitinase activity by V. cholerae required chiA. Fluorescent analogues were used to demonstrate that the enzymatic activity of ChiA was specific for β,1-4 glycosidic bonds located between GlcNAc monomers in chitin. Antibodies against ChiA were obtained by immunization of a rabbit with a MalE-ChiA hybrid protein. Polypeptides with antigenic similarity to ChiA were expressed by classical and El Tor biotypes of V. cholerae and by the closely related bacterium Aeromonas hydrophila. Immunoblotting experiments using the wild-type strain 569B and the secretion mutant M14 confirmed that ChiA is an extracellular protein which is secreted by the eps system. The eps system is also responsible for secreting cholera toxin, an oligomeric protein with no amino acid homology to ChiA. These results indicate that ChiA and cholera toxin have functionally similar extracellular transport signals that are essential for eps-dependent secretion. PMID:9791107

  12. Influence de la microporosité sur le piégeage du gaz dans un milieu poreux naturel

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    Suzanne, Karine; Billiotte, Joël

    2004-09-01

    Trapped-gas content in natural porous media, also called residual gas saturation ( Sgr), corresponds to the imbibition end-point. To define the parameters controlling Sgr, two parameters were studied: the influence of rock characteristics (on 400 sandstone samples) and initial gas saturation ( Sgi), on the basis of 60 experimental curves between Sgr and Sgi. Based on an extensive experimental database, this study establishes the dominant influence of microporosity on trapped gas saturation, and indirectly that of the contained clays. To cite this article: K. Suzanne, J. Billiotte, C. R. Geoscience 336 (2004).

  13. Mental Health and Well-Being across the Military Spectrum (Bien-etre et sante mentale dans le milieu militaire)

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    2011-04-01

    seek help. Implementing the desirable attitude change within a traditionally tough ( macho ) military culture is a real challenge and specific...changement souhaitable de comportement dans un environnement militaire de culture traditionnellement rude ( macho ) est un vrai défi, et il est recommandé

  14. "The Worst School I've Ever Been To:" Empirical Evaluations of a Restorative School and Treatment Milieu

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    Mirsky, Laura; Wachtel, Ted

    2007-01-01

    While anecdotal reports have strongly supported restorative practices, there is a need to expand the evidence base through empirical studies of the efficacy of these interventions. This article highlights such emerging findings reported by Paul McCold of the Institute for Restorative Practices in collaboration with researchers from Temple…

  15. THE TREATMENT OF DISRUPTIVE CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS BY EMPLOYMENT OF A PARTIAL-MILIEU CONSISTENCY PROGRAM. FINAL REPORT.

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    COLLINS, RONALD C.

    THIS STUDY ATTEMPTED TO DEVELOP AND EVALUATE A TREATMENT PROCEDURE DESIGNED TO REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF MALADAPTIVE BEHAVIORS IN PUBLIC SCHOOL CLASSROOMS. THE TREATMENT PROCEDURE ATTEMPTED TO PROVIDE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSISTENCY IN THE CHILD'S ENVIRONMENT. IT WAS HYPOTHESIZED THAT GIVEN A PROGRAM OF HOME-SCHOOL CONSISTENCY, UNYIELDING FOR COMPLIANCE…

  16. La Belle Mort en Milieu Rural: a report of an ethnographic study of the good death for Quebec rural francophones.

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    Veillette, Anne-Marie; Fillion, Lise; Wilson, Donna M; Thomas, Roger; Dumont, Serge

    2010-01-01

    An ethnographic study was undertaken in two rural areas of Quebec to conceptualize the good death. The findings reveal that a good quality of life for the dying person and his or her family and friends is essential for a good death. The resulting conceptual model emphasized four dimensions: physical, spiritual, social, and emotiona/psychological. These dimensions were determined to be similar to those discovered through a previous urban study, indicating that there may be considerable overlap between good deaths in rural and urban areas. Some findings of this Quebec French-language rural study were similar to those of an Alberta English-language rural study, indicating that rural people may have some common needs and interests with regard to the good death. As such, there could be some common elements of the good death that transcend culture or ethnicity. Chief among these is the desire of rural people to die at home or in their home communities.

  17. The Social Milieu of the Church and Religious Coping Responses: A Longitudinal Investigation of Older Whites and Older Blacks

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    Krause, Neal

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to see if the social environment of the church influences the use of religious coping responses over time. The following theoretical relationships were embedded in the conceptual model that was developed to evaluate this issue: (1) people who go to church more often are more likely to feel their congregation is highly cohesive (e.g., share the same values and beliefs); (2) individuals who worship in highly cohesive congregations are more likely to receive spiritual support (i.e., encouragement to adopt religious teachings and principles) from their fellow church members; (3) people who receive more spiritual support will be more likely to adopt religious coping responses. In the process of evaluating this model, tests were performed to examine the influence of racial culture. Data from a nationwide longitudinal survey of older adults provide support for each link in the conceptual model. Pervasive racial cultural differences were also found: Older blacks were more likely to be deeply involved in each facet of religion than older whites. PMID:20556239

  18. Teaching Parents Enhanced Milieu Teaching with Words and Signs Using the Teach-Model-Coach-Review Model

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    Wright, Courtney A.; Kaiser, Ann P.

    2017-01-01

    Measuring treatment fidelity is an essential step in research designed to increase the use of evidence-based practices. For parent-implemented communication interventions, measuring the implementation of the teaching and coaching provided to the parents is as critical as measuring the parents' delivery of the intervention to the child. Both levels…

  19. Benefices environnementaux de la cogeneration d'energie en milieu hospitalier et cas de l'Hopital de Moncton

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    Kone, Diakalia

    The present study aimed at assessing the environmental benefits of power management practices based on cogeneration in the particular industrial sector of hospitals and healthcare. Cogeneration power systems, also known as "Combined Heat and Power" (CHP) or Cogen, supply on-site electricity and heat from a single fuel source (natural gas in general). While the efficiency of conventional plants to produce power and heat separately is limited to about 30%, the efficiency of a CHP plant is close to 80% and can reach up to 90% in some applications (Borbely et Kreider, 2001). One of the distinctive features of hospitals is their continuous demand for both type of energy (electricity and heat), which makes them good candidate for cogeneration. However, in North America at the present time, less than 5% of hospitals run on CHP. Most are being supplied with electricity by conventional power plants, run by specialized companies, and use on-site boiler(s) to generate heat. Energy spending can reach up to 3% of an hospital's annual operational budget. There are also environmental impacts related to current energy supply and use in hospitals. For instance, the burning of fossil fuels releases greenhouse gases (GHG), which contribute to human health problems and climate change. The first objective of the study was to outline the main benefits and challenges faced by hospitals that aim at becoming their own energy co-generator, in comparison to having power and heat produced separately. Our second objective was to assess prospectively (proactively) the environmental impacts of a cogeneration plant that is being planned, but not yet operated, in a Canadian hospital. The methodology was based on literature reviews and on a case study, namely that of The Moncton Hospital (TMH)/L'Hopital de Moncton, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. This hospital is considered a large hospital with 375 beds and a major and expanding ambulatory care service. It is also in the process of developing a 1.06 MW cogeneration plant, to be run on natural gas, to meet about 30% of the facility's current demand for electricity and heat. In order to anticipate the environmental consequences of this CHP project, an environmental impact assessment (EIA) was conducted, according to the principles that apply in New Brunswick (Regulation 87-83 on EIA). A literature review was conducted and a matrix approach (matrix of impacts) was used to identify and assess the anticipated environmental impacts. The study showed that multiple stakeholders in the healthcare sector can reap benefits of CHP deployment. Facility owners can reduce energy costs and increase power reliability to enhance operations' continuity, during normal and extraordinary times (e.g., natural disasters). For instance, when hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the United States in 2005, hospitals running with CHP were able to provide secure electricity supplies for emergency facilities and shelters. CHP also has environmental benefits related to its distinctively high efficiency. But its deployment in the healthcare sector also provides challenges, mainly due to the fact that power production is not a core activity for an hospital. These challenges can be overcome, however, as shown by numerous success stories in hospitals worldwide; specialised resources are available to help hospitals switch to CHP. This study underlines some of the steps a hospital can take toward this aim. EIA of The Moncton Hospital CHP project suggests that, globally, the environmental impacts of CHP are reduced compared to the traditional production of electricity and heat separately. Cogeneration utilizes fewer resources (fuel) and therefore releases fewer GHG and other pollutants. However, quantifying the emissions avoided is challenging. Also, the environmental benefits of CHP may be less obvious when compared to a centralised nuclear or hydraulic power production, which emits less GHG than power plants operating on coal or fuel oil. The study also indicates that other conditions are required to increase the environmental gains that can be expected from CHP deployment in the hospital sector. These conditions include the use of renewable fuel sources (biomass), the development of well-structured frameworks (e.g., efficient environmental management systems) to coordinate and leverage environmental stewardship initiatives within hospitals, and the development of energy partnerships (e.g., municipal heat networks). A broad, eco-systemic vision, like the one of industrial ecology, would help strengthen the ecological benefits of cogeneration in the hospital and health care sector. Key Words Heat and power cogeneration, hospitals, benefits/challenges, environment, society, environmental impact assessment, Canada, sustainable development, industrial ecology.

  20. Work-Related Child-Care Centres in Canada, 2001 = Les garderies en milieu de travail au Canada, 2001.

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    Barbeau, Carole

    Noting that the number of work-related child care centers has nearly doubled in the past 10 years in Canada, this report, in both English and French, details a study examining the current practices pertaining to work-related child care in Canada. The report highlights the best examples in this area and discusses what has been learned from the…

  1. Dimensionnement par FDTD d'éléments optiques diffractifs utilisant le principe du milieu effectif

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    Aubry, S.; Gérard, P.; Flury, M.; Rockstuhl, C.; Herzig, H. P.; Fontaine, J.

    2004-11-01

    Une méthodologie utilisant l'outil rigoureux FDTD (Finite Difference Time Domain) est proposée et validée à l'aide d'une méthode modale rigoureuse, la FMM (Fourier Modal Method). C'est une première étape pour le calcul de réseaux de diffraction sub-longueur d'onde devant permettre la réalisation d'EOD à 4 niveaux de phase et fonctionnant en réflexion.

  2. MEK inhibition prevents tumour-shed transforming growth factor-β-induced T-regulatory cell augmentation in tumour milieu.

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    Hossain, Dewan M S; Panda, Abir K; Chakrabarty, Sreeparna; Bhattacharjee, Pushpak; Kajal, Kirti; Mohanty, Suchismita; Sarkar, Irene; Sarkar, Diptendra K; Kar, Santosh K; Sa, Gaurisankar

    2015-04-01

    Tumour progression is associated with immune-suppressive conditions that facilitate the escape of tumour cells from the regimen of immune cells, subsequently paralysing the host defence mechanisms. Induction of CD4(+)  CD25(+)  FoxP3(+) T regulatory (Treg) cells has been implicated in the tumour immune escape mechanism, although the novel anti-cancer treatment strategies targeting Treg cells remain unknown. The focus of this study is to define the interaction between tumour and immune system, i.e. how immune tolerance starts and gradually leads to the induction of adaptive Treg cells in the tumour microenvironment. Our study identified hyperactivated mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK)/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) -signalling as a potential target for reversing Treg cell augmentation in breast cancer patients. In more mechanistic detail, pharmacological inhibitors of MEK/ERK signalling inhibited transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) production in tumour cells that essentially blocked TGF-β-SMAD3/SMAD4-mediated induction of CD25/interleukin-2 receptor α on CD4(+) T-cell surface. As a result high-affinity binding of interleukin-2 on those cells was prohibited, causing lack of Janus kinase 1 (JAK1)/JAK3-mediated signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3)/STAT5 activation required for FoxP3 expression. Finally, for a more radical approach towards a safe MEK inhibitor, we validate the potential of multi-kinase inhibitor curcumin, especially the nano-curcumin made out of pure curcumin with greater bioavailability; in repealing tumour-shed TGF-β-induced Treg cell augmentation. © 2014 Bose Institute.

  3. Some Considerations of the Effects of One's Social-Cultural Milieu on the Development of Spatial Conceptual Structures.

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    Cohen, Herbert G.; Akarsu, Fusan

    1991-01-01

    Whether or not the spatial cognitive development of students from distinct social-cultural milieus, specifically Anglos from the southwestern part of the United States and Native Turks, would proceed along approximately the same lines was investigated. The overall findings tend to indicate that at times the acquisition of spatial structures may be…

  4. CD40 Gene Silencing Reduces the Progression of Experimental Lupus Nephritis Modulating Local Milieu and Systemic Mechanisms

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    Ripoll, Èlia; Merino, Ana; Goma, Montse; Aran, Josep M.; Bolaños, Nuria; de Ramon, Laura; Herrero-Fresneda, Immaculada; Bestard, Oriol; Cruzado, Josep M.; Grinyó, Josep M.; Torras, Juan

    2013-01-01

    Lupus nephritis (LN) is an autoimmune disorder in which co-stimulatory signals have been involved. Here we tested a cholesterol-conjugated-anti-CD40-siRNA in dendritic cells (DC) in vitro and in a model of LPS to check its potency and tissue distribution. Then, we report the effects of Chol-siRNA in an experimental model of mice with established lupus nephritis. Our in vitro studies in DC show a 100%intracellular delivery of Chol-siRNA, with a significant reduction in CD40 after LPS stimuli. In vivo in ICR mice, the CD40-mRNA suppressive effects of our Chol-siRNA on renal tissue were remarkably sustained over a 5 days after a single preliminary dose of Chol-siRNA. The intra-peritoneal administration of Chol-siRNA to NZB/WF1 mice resulted in a reduction of anti-DNA antibody titers, and histopathological renal scores as compared to untreated animals. The higher dose of Chol-siRNA prevented the progression of proteinuria as effectively as cyclophosphamide, whereas the lower dose was as effective as CTLA4. Chol-siRNA markedly reduced insterstitialCD3+ and plasma cell infiltrates as well as glomerular deposits of IgG and C3. Circulating soluble CD40 and activated splenic lymphocyte subsets were also strikingly reduced by Chol-siRNA. Our data show the potency of our compound for the therapeutic use of anti-CD40-siRNA in human LN and other autoimmune disorders. PMID:23799000

  5. Modelisation, conception et simulation des performances d'un collecteur solaire aeraulique a tubes sous vide en milieu nordique

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    Paradis, Pierre-Luc

    The global energy consumption is still increasing year after year even if different initiatives are set up to decrease fossil fuel dependency. In Canada 80% of the energy is used for space heating and domestic hot water heating in residential sector. This heat could be provided by solar thermal technologies despite few difficulties originating from the cold climate. The aim of this project is to design a solar evacuated tube thermal collector using air as the working fluid. Firstly, needs and specifications of the product are established in a clear way. Then, three concepts of collector are presented. The first one relies on the standard evacuated tube. The second one uses a new technology of tubes; both sides are open. The third one uses heat pipe to extract the heat from the tubes. Based on the needs and specification as criteria, the concept involving tubes with both sides open has been selected as the best idea. In order to simulate the performances of the collector, a model of the heat exchanges in an evacuated tube was developed in 4 steps. The first step is a model in steady state intended to calculate the stagnation temperature of the tube for a fixed solar radiation, outside temperature and wind speed. As a second step, the model is generalised to transient condition in order to validate it with an experimental setup. A root mean square error of 2% is then calculated. The two remainder steps are intended to calculate the temperature of airflow leaving the tube. In the same way, a first model in steady state is developed and then generalised to the transient mode. Then, the validation with an experimental setup gave a difference of 0.2% for the root mean square error. Finally, a preindustrial prototype intended to work in open loop for preheating of fresh air is presented. During the project, explosion of the both sides open evacuated tube in overheating condition blocked the construction of a real prototype for the test. Different path for further work are also identified. One of these is in relation with CFD simulation of the uniformity of the airflow inside of the collector. Another one is the analysis of the design with a design of experiment plan.

  6. Age-related switch of bone mass in p47phox deficient mice through increased inflammatory milieu in bone

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    Bone remodeling is age-dependently regulated and changes dramatically during the course of development. Excessive accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), including superoxide, hydrogen peroxide, and hydroxyl radicals, has been suggested to be the leading cause of many inflammatory and degener...

  7. Endocrine milieu of perioestrus in the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), as determined by non-invasive hormone measures.

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    Kersey, David C; Wildt, David E; Brown, Janine L; Snyder, Rebecca J; Huang, Yan; Monfort, Steven L

    2010-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to determine the efficacy of faecal hormonal measures for evaluating ovarian activity in a significant sized cohort of giant pandas during the perioestrual period. Faecal excretion of oestrogen and progestagen metabolites corresponded with urinary patterns and receptive behaviours. Longitudinal assessment of 10 females revealed that, on average, faecal oestrogen concentrations started to rise (P < 0.05) above baseline (baseline mean +/- s.e.m.; 64.7 +/- 6.6 ng g(-1)) 5 days before the preovulatory oestrogen peak (484.6 +/- 126.8 ng g(-1)), which was followed by a gradual descent over 4 days to nadir. Mean faecal progestagen metabolite concentrations increased approximately twofold above baseline (from 186.2 +/- 37.7 to 347.2 +/- 75.7 ng g(-1); P < 0.05) during the 20-day interval after the preovulatory oestrogen surge. Variability within and among females precluded the use of a threshold of oestrogen or progestagen metabolites to predict reproductive status, yet faeces collected 2-3 days per week provided sufficient data to recognise that an individual was in the perioestrual period. Finally, in females that were examined for at least 3 consecutive years, there was an 18-53 day variation in the onset and an 8-13 day variation in the duration of perioestrual behaviour from year to year. In summary, these findings indicate that gonadal hormone profiles associated with the period immediately before, during and after oestrus are accurately revealed by analysis of the fibrous faeces of the giant panda. This approach has potential value for providing point-in-time information on the reproductive status of free-living individuals.

  8. p53 is necessary for the adaptive changes in cellular milieu subsequent to an acute bout of endurance exercise.

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    Saleem, Ayesha; Carter, Heather N; Hood, David A

    2014-02-01

    An acute bout of exercise activates downstream signaling cascades that ultimately result in mitochondrial biogenesis. In addition to inducing mitochondrial synthesis, exercise triggers the removal of damaged cellular material via autophagy and of dysfunctional mitochondria through mitophagy. Here, we investigated the necessity of p53 to the changes that transpire within the muscle upon an imposed metabolic and physiological challenge, such as a bout of endurance exercise. We randomly assigned wild-type (WT) and p53 knockout (KO) mice to control, acute exercise (AE; 90 min at 15 m/min), and AE + 3 h recovery (AER) groups and measured downstream alterations in markers of mitochondrial biogenesis, autophagy, and mitophagy. In the absence of p53, activation of p38 MAPK upon exercise was abolished, whereas CaMKII and AMP-activated protein kinase only displayed an attenuated enhancement in the AER group compared with WT mice. The translocation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator-1 α to the nucleus was diminished and only observed in the AER group, and the subsequent increase in messenger RNA transcripts related to mitochondrial biogenesis with exercise and recovery was absent in the p53 KO animals. Whole-muscle autophagic and lysosomal markers did not respond to exercise, irrespective of the genotype of the exercised mice, with the exception of increased ubiquitination observed in KO mice with exercise. Markers of mitophagy were elevated in response to AE and AER conditions in both WT and p53 KO runners. The data suggest that p53 is important for the exercise-induced activation of mitochondrial synthesis and is integral in regulating autophagy during control conditions but not in response to exercise.

  9. Spirulina lipopolysaccharides inhibit tumor growth in a Toll-like receptor 4-dependent manner by altering the cytokine milieu from interleukin-17/interleukin-23 to interferon-γ.

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    Okuyama, Hiromi; Tominaga, Akira; Fukuoka, Satoshi; Taguchi, Takahiro; Kusumoto, Yutaka; Ono, Shiro

    2017-02-01

    Th17 cells and the cytokine they produce, interleukin (IL)-17, play an important role in tumor progression in humans and in mice. IL-6 and IL-23 are critical cytokines for the differentiation and propagation of Th17 cells, respectively. Bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS) are known to stimulate immune cells to produce such inflammatory cytokines. Contrary to Escherichia coli (E. coli) LPS, LPS from Spirulina has low toxicity and barely induces in vivo production of IL-6 and IL-23 in mice. We examined the antitumor effects of Spirulina LPS compared to E. coli LPS in an MH134 hepatoma model. Administration of Spirulina LPS suppressed tumor growth in C3H/HeN mice, but not in Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)-mutant C3H/HeJ mice, by reducing serum levels of IL-17 and IL-23, while increasing interferon (IFN)-γ levels. The antitumor activity and IFN-γ production were mediated by T cells. Moreover, in vitro experiments showed that Spirulina LPS impaired the antigen-presenting function that supports the generation of IL-17-producing cells in a toll-like receptor (TLR)4-dependent manner. Of note, injection of anti-IL-17 antibody in tumor-bearing C3H/HeN mice in the absence of Spirulina LPS markedly suppressed tumor growth and augmented IFN-γ responses. Thus, our results support the notion that IFN-γ and IL-17/IL-23 mutually regulate Th17 and Th1 responses in tumor-bearing hosts, and Spirulina LPS modulates the balance of the IFN-γ-IL-17/IL-23 axis towards IFN-γ production, which leads to tumor inhibition. Furthermore, Spirulina LPS effectively inhibited the spontaneous development of mammary tumors. This study has important implications for the exploitation of TLR-based immunomodulators for cancer immunotherapy.

  10. Spirulina lipopolysaccharides inhibit tumor growth in a Toll-like receptor 4-dependent manner by altering the cytokine milieu from interleukin-17/interleukin-23 to interferon-γ

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    Okuyama, Hiromi; Tominaga, Akira; Fukuoka, Satoshi; Taguchi, Takahiro; Kusumoto, Yutaka; Ono, Shiro

    2017-01-01

    Th17 cells and the cytokine they produce, interleukin (IL)-17, play an important role in tumor progression in humans and in mice. IL-6 and IL-23 are critical cytokines for the differentiation and propagation of Th17 cells, respectively. Bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS) are known to stimulate immune cells to produce such inflammatory cytokines. Contrary to Escherichia coli (E. coli) LPS, LPS from Spirulina has low toxicity and barely induces in vivo production of IL-6 and IL-23 in mice. We examined the antitumor effects of Spirulina LPS compared to E. coli LPS in an MH134 hepatoma model. Administration of Spirulina LPS suppressed tumor growth in C3H/HeN mice, but not in Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)-mutant C3H/HeJ mice, by reducing serum levels of IL-17 and IL-23, while increasing interferon (IFN)-γ levels. The antitumor activity and IFN-γ production were mediated by T cells. Moreover, in vitro experiments showed that Spirulina LPS impaired the antigen-presenting function that supports the generation of IL-17-producing cells in a toll-like receptor (TLR)4-dependent manner. Of note, injection of anti-IL-17 antibody in tumor-bearing C3H/HeN mice in the absence of Spirulina LPS markedly suppressed tumor growth and augmented IFN-γ responses. Thus, our results support the notion that IFN-γ and IL-17/IL-23 mutually regulate Th17 and Th1 responses in tumor-bearing hosts, and Spirulina LPS modulates the balance of the IFN-γ-IL-17/IL-23 axis towards IFN-γ production, which leads to tumor inhibition. Furthermore, Spirulina LPS effectively inhibited the spontaneous development of mammary tumors. This study has important implications for the exploitation of TLR-based immunomodulators for cancer immunotherapy. PMID:28075473

  11. Surpoids et obésité dans la population au-dessus de 20 ans en milieu urbain bamakois (Mali)

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    Oumar Bâ, Hamidou; Menta, Ichaka; Camara, Youssouf; Sangaré, Ibrahima; Sidibé, Noumou; Doumbia, Seydou; Diarra, Mamadou Bocary

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Il est question dans notre travail d’étudier le SP et l'OB et les facteurs associés dans la population âgée de 20 ans ou plus. Méthodes Notre échantillon a été obtenu à partir d'une enquête sur les pathologies cardiovasculaires dans le District de Bamako et impliquant 2199 sujets de 5-104 ans, en sélectionnant tous les sujets âgés d'au moins 20 ans (1162). Pour chaque sujet, l'IMC, rapport taille / hanche et le tour de taille ont été déterminées. Les données ont été analysées avec SPSS 12. Résultats L’âge moyen était de 36,86 années, 61,4% étaient des femmes, 49,7% dans le secteur informel et 38,0% avaient réalisé l'enseignement primaire. Facteurs de risque cardiovasculaires étaient l'inactivité physique (72,4%), le tabagisme (12,2%) et hypertension (26,7%). La prévalence de l'obésité était de 8,8 et 14,7% respectivement sur la base de l'indice de masse et le tour de taille. Conclusion Le SP et l'OB sont à prendre en compte dans les mesures de politique sanitaire que dans la pratique quotidienne des professionnels de santé, il est peut-être plus utile d'utiliser plusieurs paramètres pour être à même de bien stratifier nos patients par rapport à leur risque. PMID:25932065

  12. Corrosion Fatigue and Environmentally Assisted Cracking in Aging Military Vehicles (le fatigue-corrosion et la fissuration en milieu ambiant des vehicules militaires vieillissants)

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    2011-03-01

    Summary 19-4 19.5 References 19-5 Chapter 20 – Prevention of Hydrogen Embrittlement in High Strength Steels , 20-1 with Emphasis on Reconditioned...Important Variables for IHE 20-3 20.2.4 Sources of Internal Hydrogen 20-3 20.2.5 Sites and Traps for Hydrogen in Steels 20-3 20.2.6 IHE and...Modification Made to Steel Fastener to Introduce Exfoliation at Different Locations 10-4 Along the Countersink Figure 10-5 Typical Set-Up for

  13. Corrosion Fatigue and Environmentally Assisted Cracking in Aging Military Vehicles (La fatigue-corrosion et la fissuration en milieu ambiant des vehicules militaires vieillissants)

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    2011-03-01

    Summary 19-4 19.5 References 19-5 Chapter 20 – Prevention of Hydrogen Embrittlement in High Strength Steels , 20-1 with Emphasis on Reconditioned...Important Variables for IHE 20-3 20.2.4 Sources of Internal Hydrogen 20-3 20.2.5 Sites and Traps for Hydrogen in Steels 20-3 20.2.6 IHE and...Modification Made to Steel Fastener to Introduce Exfoliation at Different Locations 10-4 Along the Countersink Figure 10-5 Typical Set-Up for

  14. Who were his peers? The social and professional milieu of the provincial surgeon-apothecary in the late-eighteenth century.

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    Tomkins, Alannah

    2011-01-01

    The social standing of the surgeon-apothecary cannot be determined by reference to professional life alone, yet few such men left social documents. The lower middling sort was typically reticent about evaluations of their own social position in any source genre. This article uses a unique archive, and the concept of community connectedness, to investigate the status of Thomas Higgins, surgeon-apothecary and man-midwife of north Shropshire. Higgins embodied the traditional practitioner who relied on local knowledge and his 'friends' for advancement, in contrast to alternative modes of rising professionalism. He was demonstrably a trusted man at the heart of his home town, but his reliance on the 'partiality' of his neighbors brought him into conflict with his colleagues.

  15. In Vivo Effect of Innate Immune Response Modulating Impurities on the Skin Milieu Using a Macaque Model: Impact on Product Immunogenicity.

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    Haile, Lydia A; Puig, Montserrat; Polumuri, Swamy K; Ascher, Jill; Verthelyi, Daniela

    2017-03-01

    Unwanted immune responses to therapeutic proteins can severely impact their safety and efficacy. Studies show that the presence of trace amounts of host cells and process-related impurities that stimulate pattern recognition receptors (PRR) can cause local inflammation and enhance product immunogenicity. Here we used purified PRR agonists as model impurities to assess the minimal level of individual innate immune response modulating impurities (IIRMIs) that could activate a local immune response. We show that levels of endotoxin as low as 10 pg (0.01 EU), 1 ng for polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid (PolyI:C), 100 ng for synthetic diacylated liopprotein, thiazoloquinolone compound, or muramyl dipeptide, 1 μg for flagellin or β-glucan, or 5 μg for CpG-oligodeoxynucleotide increased expression of genes linked to innate immune activation and inflammatory processes in the skin of rhesus macaques. Furthermore, spiking studies using rasburicase as a model therapeutic showed that the levels of PRR agonists that induced detectable gene upregulation in the skin were associated with increased immunogenicity for rasburicase. This study underscores the need for testing multiple IIRMIs in biologics, strengthening the connection between the local mRNA induction in skin, innate immune activation, and antibody development in primates, and provides an indication of the levels of IIRMI in therapeutic products that could impact product immunogenicity.

  16. Transmission quantique de clés de cryptage en milieu aérien par codage en phase de bandes latérales de modulation

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    Marc, M.; Mérolla, J.-M.; Durrafourg, L.; Goedgebuer, J.-P.; Rhodes, W. T.

    2002-06-01

    L'étude présentée concerne un procédé de distribution quantique de clés de cryptage utilisant des états cohérents et la mise au point d'un système de transmission aérien. Le système de cryptage exploite les propriétés d'interférence à un photon dans deux bandes latérales de modulation, qui contiennent chacune en moyenne 0,1 photon. Les probabilités de détecter un photon dans chacune des bandes de modulation varient de façon complémentaire en fonction du déphasage induit entre l'émetteur et le récepteur. Cette méthode permet d'exploiter le protocole à 4 états de distribution de clé.

  17. Consequences experimentales des effets des fluctuations du vide sur la fluorescence parametrique et la generation du second harmonique en milieu confine

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    Robichaud, Luc

    Les fluctuations du vide, qui consistent en l'apparition momentanee de particules, ce qui est permit par le principe d'incertitude de Heisenberg, joue un role primordial dans les processus photoniques, en particulier les processus non-lineaires. Par la manipulation de ces fluctuations du vide a l'aide de confinement optique, on retrouve deux phenomenes particuliers : l'intensification de la fluorescence parametrique (Walker, 2008) et l'inhibition de la generation du second harmonique (Collette, 2013). Dans ce travail, on presente les resultats dans le cas classique ; c'est-a-dire sans fluctuations du vide et confinement. Par la suite, on presente les effets des fluctuations du vide et du confinement, ce qui mene aux deux effets mentionnes. Dans le cas de la fluorescence parametrique, le bruit quantique sur le champ interne et externe est calcule, le role du desaccord de phase dans le modele est expose et une generalisation tridimensionnelle est etudiee afin de generaliser la conception du modele d'un cas unidimensionnel a un cas tridimensionnel planaire. Dans le cas de la generation du second harmonique, les difficultes d'un modele purement tridimensionnel sont exposees et ensuite le cas limite planaire est etudie.

  18. 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

  19. [Xenophobia and anti-Semitism in the medical milieu during the Occupation as seen through the journal "Concours Médical"].

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    Halioua, Bruno

    2003-01-01

    Analysis of a well-known medical journal, the Concours Médical reveals the attitude among the French medical corps between 1940 and 1944. This journal kept its readers informed of the various stages of xenophobia and anti-Semitism under the Vichy government. It provided the decisions adopted, and the application of measures prohibiting foreign and Jewish physicians to practice, regularly publishing lists. Analysis of the editions published under the occupation clearly shows the xenophobia and anti-Semitism that existed among a certain population of French practitioners.

  20. Human renal cell carcinoma induces a dendritic cell subset that uses T-cell crosstalk for tumor-permissive milieu alterations.

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    Figel, Ainhoa-M; Brech, Dorothee; Prinz, Petra U; Lettenmeyer, Ulrike K; Eckl, Judith; Turqueti-Neves, Adriana; Mysliwietz, Josef; Anz, David; Rieth, Nicole; Muenchmeier, Niklas; Buchner, Alexander; Porubsky, Stefan; Siegert, Sabine I; Segerer, Stephan; Nelson, Peter J; Noessner, Elfriede

    2011-07-01

    Tissue dendritic cells (DCs) may influence the progression of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) by regulating the functional capacity of antitumor effector cells. DCs and their interaction with T cells were analyzed in human RCC and control kidney tissues. The frequency of CD209(+) DCs in RCCs was found to be associated with an unfavorable T(H)1 cell balance in the tissue and advanced tumor stages. The CD209(+) DCs in RCC were unusual because most of them co-expressed macrophage markers (CD14, CD163). The phenotype of these enriched-in-renal-carcinoma DCs (ercDCs) could be reiterated in vitro by carcinoma-secreted factors (CXCL8/IL-8, IL-6, and vascular endothelial growth factor). ErcDCs resembled conventional DCs in costimulatory molecule expression and antigen cross-presentation. They did not suppress cognate cytotoxic T-lymphocyte function and did not cause CD3ζ down-regulation, FOXP3 induction, or T-cell apoptosis in situ or in vitro; thus, they are different from classic myeloid-derived suppressor cells. ErcDCs secreted high levels of metalloproteinase 9 and used T-cell crosstalk to increase tumor-promoting tumor necrosis factor α and reduce chemokines relevant for T(H)1-polarized lymphocyte recruitment. This modulation of the tumor environment exerted by ercDCs suggests an immunologic mechanism by which tumor control can fail without involving cytotoxic T-lymphocyte inhibition. Pharmacologic targeting of the deviated DC differentiation could improve the efficacy of immunotherapy against RCC. Copyright © 2011 American Society for Investigative Pathology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Connaissance et utilisation des deux langues en milieu partiellement bilingue (Knowledge and Use of Two Languages in a Partially Bilingual Situation).

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    Enparantza, Jose Luis Alvarez

    A study of the difference between knowledge and use of two languages by bilinguals in a partially bilingual situation looks at what is known about language knowledge and language usage, the linguistic and communication tensions affecting monolinguals in a community, some special cases, and the possibilities for diachronic analysis of language…

  2. Sex Role and Attitudes Toward Institutional Violence Among College Youth: The Impact of Sex-Role Identification, Parental Socialization, and Socio-Cultural Milieu.

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    Starr, Jerold M.; Cutler, Neal E.

    Attitudinal differences between males and females on certain issues have been repeatedly documented through commercial public polls and academic studies. One of these differences is the greater reluctance on the part of females to support the use of institutional violence as an instrument of public policy. This paper empirically explores the…

  3. Le langage en milieu scolaire--Quelques aspects de l'echange maitre-eleves (Language in Academic Surroundings--Some Aspects of Exchange between Students and Teachers)

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    Jones, Rhian

    1977-01-01

    A description of a study whose object was to analyze the oral language used in class by nine-year-olds from varied socioeconomic backgrounds. The procedure, results and the linguistic characteristics according to situation are described. Several statistical tables are provided. (Text is in French.) (AMH)

  4. La detection des cyanobacteries en milieu lacustre par l'etude des anomalies des spectres de reflectance de l'eau

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    Constantin, Gabriel

    Proliferation of cyanobacteria is a growing problem in lacustrine environment that results in rapid degradation of water quality. Moreover, certain cyanobacteria species produce harmful toxins. Phycocyanin (PC) is a photosynthetic pigment typical of cyanobacteria and affects the water color: it is therefore possible to study them using remote sensing. At least three algorithms to estimate PC concentration ([PC]) have been published, but their relative errors are important, especially for lower concentration. In this study, we are presenting the results of a new algorithm that uses the second order variability (anomalies) of water's reflectance spectrum to estimate [PC]. This method has never been used in lacustrine environment. The dataset used to develop and validate the algorithm was obtained between 2001 and 2005 in 57 different lakes and reservoirs of the Netherlands and Spain. The performance of the second order algorithm is equivalent or better than the three previously published algorithms. For the subset were [PC] > 32 mg m-3, the contribution of the second order term (R2=0.68 and RMSE=0.25) seems to improve considerably the first order algorithm (R2=0.50 and RMSE=0.35). The accuracy of the second order algorithm for [PC] > 32 mg m-3 is superior to the one calculated for the whole dataset (R2=0.69 and RMSE=0.44). The algorithm can also be adapted to the. bands of satellite sensor MERIS for the study of cyanobacteria. The application of this algorithm to a MERIS image acquired the 29 August 2010 taken over the Missisquoi Bay (Quebec, Canada) demonstrates the potential of this new algorithm for a future cyanobacteria' monitoring system. Note that all the statistical results presented above are for the logarithm of [PC] and the units of the RMSE are log(mg/m 3).

  5. L'ilot du reservoir: etude de voisinage en milieu urbain (The Reservoir Block: A Study of a Neighborhood in an Urban Setting).

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    Rey, Jean-Noel

    1983-01-01

    An analysis of a small neighborhood of Paris looks at its layout and spatial constraints, habitats, symbols, sense of territory, and rhythms and styles of the inhabitants and their roles in the group. The description, including photos, is intended for use in the French language classroom. (MSE)

  6. Vascular endothelial growth factor and angiopoietin production by primate follicles during culture is a function of growth rate, gonadotrophin exposure and oxygen milieu.

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    Fisher, T E; Molskness, T A; Villeda, A; Zelinski, M B; Stouffer, R L; Xu, J

    2013-12-01

    What is the time course of production of vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A), angiopoietin (ANGPT)-1 and ANGPT-2 by primate follicles during encapsulated three-dimensional culture, and what conditions affect their production? Primate follicles produce VEGF-A and ANGPT-2 in vitro, particularly after developing to the antral stage, with VEGF production influenced by FSH concentration and O(2) tension. Folliculogenesis, i.e. the development of primordial follicles into mature, antral follicles, requires the creation of a vascular network in the follicle wall via a process called angiogenesis. Angiogenic factors including VEGFs and ANGPTs have documented roles in angiogenesis. However, direct studies on the production and regulation of angiogenic factors by individual, growing follicles are limited. Ovaries (n = 9 pairs) were obtained from rhesus macaques during the early follicular phase of the menstrual cycle (cycle days 1-4). Secondary (125-225 µm) follicles were isolated mechanically, encapsulated into alginate (0.25% w/v) and cultured for 40 days. Individual follicles were cultured in a 5 or 20% O(2) environment in alpha minimum essential medium supplemented with recombinant human (h) FSH. Half of the follicles had recombinant hLH added to the media from Days 30 to 40. Follicle diameters were measured weekly. Follicles were categorized at Week 5 as no-grow (NG; <250 μm in diameter), slow-grow (SG; 251-499 μm) and fast-grow (FG; >500 μm). VEGF-A, ANGPT-1 and -2 concentrations in media were measured by ELISA. VEGF concentrations were low throughout the culture for NG follicles. SG and FG follicles had detectable VEGF concentrations at Week 2, which continued to rise throughout culture. VEGF concentrations were distinct (P < 0.05) among all three follicle categories during Weeks 4 and 5. VEGF concentrations were higher (P < 0.05) in SG follicles in the presence of high/mid-dose FSH at 5% O(2). In contrast, there were no dose-dependent differences in VEGF production for FG follicles based on FSH concentrations or O(2) tension. At Week 5, follicles that produced metaphase II oocytes, following exposure to an ovulatory hCG dose, secreted higher concentrations of VEGF than those containing germinal vesicle-intact oocytes. Media concentrations of ANGPT-1 were low throughout culture for all three follicle categories. ANGPT-2 concentrations were low throughout culture for NG follicles. In contrast, ANGPT-2 concentrations of SG and FG follicles continued to rise from Weeks 1 to 4. During Weeks 2-4, ANGPT-2 concentrations in FG follicles were significantly higher than those of SG and NG follicles (P < 0.05). This study reports VEGF-A, ANGPT-1 and -2 production by in vitro-developed individual primate (macaque) follicles, that is limited to the interval from the secondary to small antral stage. After VEGF and ANGPT-1 assays, the limited remaining samples did not allow assessment of the independent effects of gonadotrophin and O(2) on the ANGPT-2 production by cultured follicles. Findings await translation to human follicles. The above findings provide novel information on the process of primate follicle maturation. We hypothesize that a symbiotic relationship between elevated concentrations of ANGPT-2 and VEGF allows FG antral follicles to excel in follicle maturation, e.g. by promoting its vascularization. Elevated ANGPT-2 may also offer possible insight into future oocyte quality as early as Week 2, compared with Week 4 for VEGF and follicle size. The study was funded by the following grants: NIH U54 RR024347/HD058294/PL1-EB008542 (Oncofertility Consortium), NIH U54-HD018185 (SCCPIR), NIH ORWH/NICHD 2K12HD043488 (BIRCWH), NIH FIC TW/HD-00668, ONPRC 8P51OD011092. There are no conflicts of interest to declare.

  7. PolyICLC Exerts Pro- and Anti-HIV Effects on the DC-T Cell Milieu In Vitro and In Vivo

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    Hallor, Magnus; Singer, Rachel; Tharinger, Hugo; Kenney, Jessica; Gettie, Agegnehu; Grasperge, Brooke; Blanchard, James; Salazar, Andres; Lifson, Jeffrey D.; Robbiani, Melissa; Derby, Nina

    2016-01-01

    Myeloid dendritic cells (mDCs) contribute to both HIV pathogenesis and elicitation of antiviral immunity. Understanding how mDC responses to stimuli shape HIV infection outcomes will inform HIV prevention and treatment strategies. The long double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) viral mimic, polyinosinic polycytidylic acid (polyIC, PIC) potently stimulates DCs to focus Th1 responses, triggers direct antiviral activity in vitro, and boosts anti-HIV responses in vivo. Stabilized polyICLC (PICLC) is being developed for vaccine adjuvant applications in humans, making it critical to understand how mDC sensing of PICLC influences HIV infection. Using the monocyte-derived DC (moDC) model, we sought to describe how PICLC (vs. other dsRNAs) impacts HIV infection within DCs and DC-T cell mixtures. We extended this work to in vivo macaque rectal transmission studies by administering PICLC with or before rectal SIVmac239 (SIVwt) or SIVmac239ΔNef (SIVΔNef) challenge. Like PIC, PICLC activated DCs and T cells, increased expression of α4β7 and CD169, and induced type I IFN responses in vitro. The type of dsRNA and timing of dsRNA exposure differentially impacted in vitro DC-driven HIV infection. Rectal PICLC treatment similarly induced DC and T cell activation and pro- and anti-HIV factors locally and systemically. Importantly, this did not enhance SIV transmission in vivo. Instead, SIV acquisition was marginally reduced after a single high dose challenge. Interestingly, in the PICLC-treated, SIVΔNef-infected animals, SIVΔNef viremia was higher, in line with the importance of DC and T cell activation in SIVΔNef replication. In the right combination anti-HIV strategy, PICLC has the potential to limit HIV infection and boost HIV immunity. PMID:27603520

  8. Bovine colostrum increases pore-forming claudin-2 protein expression but paradoxically not ion permeability possibly by a change of the intestinal cytokine milieu.

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    Bodammer, Peggy; Kerkhoff, Claus; Maletzki, Claudia; Lamprecht, Georg

    2013-01-01

    An impaired intestinal barrier function is involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Several nutritional factors are supposed to be effective in IBD treatment but scientific data about the effects on the intestinal integrity remain scarce. Bovine colostrum was shown to exert beneficial effects in DSS-induced murine colitis, and the present study was undertaken to explore the underlying molecular mechanisms. Western blot revealed increased claudin-2 expression in the distal ileum of healthy mice after feeding with colostrum for 14 days, whereas other tight junction proteins (claudin-3, 4, 10, 15) remained unchanged. The colostrum-induced claudin-2 induction was confirmed in differentiated Caco-2 cells after culture with colostrum for 48 h. Paradoxically, the elevation of claudin-2, which forms a cation-selective pore, was neither accompanied by increased ion permeability nor impaired barrier function. In an in situ perfusion model, 1 h exposure of the colonic mucosa to colostrum induced significantly increased mRNA levels of barrier-strengthening cytokine transforming growth factor-β, while interleukine-2, interleukine-6, interleukine-10, interleukine-13, and tumor-necrosis factor-α remained unchanged. Thus, modulation of the intestinal transforming growth factor-β expression might have compensated the claudin-2 increase and contributed to the observed barrier strengthening effects of colostrum in vivo and in vitro.

  9. Bildung und Soziales Milieu: Determinanten des Lebenslangen Lernens in Einer Metropole (Education and Social Environment: Determinants of Life-Long Learning in a Metropolis).

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    Barz, Heiner; Tippelt, Rudolf

    2003-01-01

    Describes the research on lifelong learning. Presents results of an empirical study analyzing the interest in further education of selected social environments in a large city (Munich, Germany). Concludes that the age of learners and their educational level strongly influences the concrete process of education and lifetime learning. (CAJ)

  10. Influence d'une substitution partielle du ciment par du laitier de hauts fourneaux sur la résistance des mortiers en milieu acide

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    Achoura, D.; Lanos, Ch.; Jauberthie, R.; Redjel, B.

    2004-11-01

    Le stockage de produits chimiques dans du béton présente souvent des problèmes de durabilité dus aux attaques chimiques. Inévitablement les concentrations élevées sont les plus dangereuses. Le but de notre étude est de déterminer les changements de phases qui apparaissent dans le béton lorsqu'on substitue une partie du ciment par du laitier de haut fourneaux. Les échantillons sont conservés dans des solutions acides différents anions (HCl, H{2}SO{4}, H{3}PO{4} et CH{3}COOH) et différentes concentrations (0,1; 0,25 et 0,5M). Les formations qui apparaissent sont déterminées par diffraction X et observées au MEB. Les solutions sulfatiques conduisent à une formation de gypse en surface et d'ettringite au contact de la matrice cimentaire. Avec l'acide acétique, il y a formation de calcium acétate hydrate sous forme spongieuse tandis que, avec l'acide phosphatique, la formation de calcium hydrogeno phosphate hydrate est très superficielle. Enfin, avec l'acide chlorhydrique, la surface du mortier est recouverte de chlorure de calcium dihydrate et d'hydroxyde de fer. Les résistances mécaniques sont plus ou moins affectées par la concentration mais aussi et surtout par la nature des acides avec dans l'ordre le plus agressif H{2}SO{4} puis HCl et CH{3}COOH enfin peu de modification pour H{3}PO{4}.

  11. PolyICLC Exerts Pro- and Anti-HIV Effects on the DC-T Cell Milieu In Vitro and In Vivo.

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    Aravantinou, Meropi; Frank, Ines; Hallor, Magnus; Singer, Rachel; Tharinger, Hugo; Kenney, Jessica; Gettie, Agegnehu; Grasperge, Brooke; Blanchard, James; Salazar, Andres; Piatak, Michael; Lifson, Jeffrey D; Robbiani, Melissa; Derby, Nina

    2016-01-01

    Myeloid dendritic cells (mDCs) contribute to both HIV pathogenesis and elicitation of antiviral immunity. Understanding how mDC responses to stimuli shape HIV infection outcomes will inform HIV prevention and treatment strategies. The long double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) viral mimic, polyinosinic polycytidylic acid (polyIC, PIC) potently stimulates DCs to focus Th1 responses, triggers direct antiviral activity in vitro, and boosts anti-HIV responses in vivo. Stabilized polyICLC (PICLC) is being developed for vaccine adjuvant applications in humans, making it critical to understand how mDC sensing of PICLC influences HIV infection. Using the monocyte-derived DC (moDC) model, we sought to describe how PICLC (vs. other dsRNAs) impacts HIV infection within DCs and DC-T cell mixtures. We extended this work to in vivo macaque rectal transmission studies by administering PICLC with or before rectal SIVmac239 (SIVwt) or SIVmac239ΔNef (SIVΔNef) challenge. Like PIC, PICLC activated DCs and T cells, increased expression of α4β7 and CD169, and induced type I IFN responses in vitro. The type of dsRNA and timing of dsRNA exposure differentially impacted in vitro DC-driven HIV infection. Rectal PICLC treatment similarly induced DC and T cell activation and pro- and anti-HIV factors locally and systemically. Importantly, this did not enhance SIV transmission in vivo. Instead, SIV acquisition was marginally reduced after a single high dose challenge. Interestingly, in the PICLC-treated, SIVΔNef-infected animals, SIVΔNef viremia was higher, in line with the importance of DC and T cell activation in SIVΔNef replication. In the right combination anti-HIV strategy, PICLC has the potential to limit HIV infection and boost HIV immunity.

  12. Examining Mandated Testing, Teachers' Milieu, "and" Teachers' Knowledge and Beliefs: Gaining a Fuller Understanding of the Web of Influence on Teachers' Classroom Practices

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    Neumann, Jacob W.

    2016-01-01

    Background: Much research has been done on the factors that influence teachers' work. Yet, the nature and scope of those factors, and their impact on teachers, remain unclear. Indeed, different literature bases on teachers' work present different and often contradictory conclusions. For example, some researchers claim that mandated accountability…

  13. Recherches Sur La Psychologie de L'enfant de Milieu Defavorise. Rapport- synthese. (Research Relating to the Psychology of the Child in Disadvantaged Environments. Summary Report).

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    Caouette, Charles E.; Bourbeau, Gerald

    Thirteen doctoral dissertations and five masters theses are summarized in this report of research on the disadvantaged child. Contained in each individual summary are the detailed descriptions of the experimental task, the results obtained and the analysis of these results. The eighteen individual theses are concerned with topics such as:…

  14. Thumbs Down. A Classroom Response to Violence towards Women = Pouce. La prevention en milieu scolaire de la violence faite aux femmes.

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    Canadian Teachers' Federation, Ottawa (Ontario).

    This booklet is designed to encourage age-appropriate classroom discussion and activities aimed at deterring violence against women. Teachers can address violence as an issue that touches the lives of teachers and students. Domestic violence against women cuts across socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural groups. Topics addressed by grade level…

  15. Transfer of Learning: Planning Effective Workplace Education Programs = Transfert d'apprentissage: La Planification de programmes d'education efficaces en milieu de travail.

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    Taylor, Maurice

    Given the centrality of the topic of transfer of learning to so many areas of workplace education, this discussion paper (in both English and French versions) draws together research results and practical techniques to help practitioners in the field. Part 1 defines transfer of learning. Part 2 describes factors that influence the transfer of…

  16. L’offre des services de vaccination en milieu urbain, au Cameroun: étude de cas du District de Santé de Djoungolo

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    Ngomba, Armelle Viviane; Kollo, Basile; Bita, André Fouda; Djouma, Fabrice Nembot; Edengue, Jean Marie; Elongue, Marie Josée; Adiogo, Dieudonné

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Les métropoles camerounaises concentrent un nombre croissant d'enfants cibles, non atteints par les services de vaccination de routine. Méthodes Une étude transversale descriptive, basée sur échantillonnage exhaustif des formations sanitaires légales offrant en routine des services de vaccination a été réalisée dans le district de santé de Djoungolo, (ville de Yaoundé). L'évaluation de l'offre des services de vaccination a été calquée sur l'approche « Atteindre Chaque District ». Résultats Des 70 formations sanitaires ayant participé à l'étude, 3 (4,3%) disposaient d'un micro plan actualisé pour la vaccination de routine. Des 63 (89,4%) formations sanitaires possédant un réfrigérateur fonctionnel, 12 (19,0%) vaccinaient au quotidien en stratégie fixe. Cinquante-sept (81,0%) formations sanitaires ne conduisaient pas des sessions de vaccination en stratégies avancées. La participation des membres de la communauté aux activités de vaccination de routine étaient effective dans 1 aire de santé sur les 12 que compte le district. Une courbe de suivi des couvertures vaccinales correctement renseignée étaient disponible dans 6 (8,5%) formations sanitaires. Conclusion L'approche « Atteindre Chaque District » telle que mise en œuvre dans le district de santé de Djoungolo limite l'atteinte d'un maximum d'enfants cibles. L'effectivité d'une micro planification réaliste, la régularité des sessions de vaccination en stratégie fixes et avancées, le suivi des données orienté vers l'action, la redynamisation communautaire en faveur de la vaccination sont des voies d'amélioration des prestations des services de vaccination, dans ce district. PMID:28292168

  17. Experiencias Educativas en el Medio Rural Colombiano. Serie Divulgacion No. 2. [Educational Experiences in the Rural Colombian Milieu. Circulation Series No. 2].

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    Ministerio de Educacion Nacional, Bogota (Colombia). Centro Nacional de Documentacion e Informacion Pedagogica.

    In fulfillment of the Colombian National Government's educational policy aimed toward improving the rural population's level of living, two fundamental projects have been implemented. These projects have led to the creation of schools, the continuous extension of grades, and the creation of "Concentraciones de Desarrollo Rural." They…

  18. [Value of bony resection-reconstruction by avascular autologous fibular graft in the tropical milieu. Treatment of a giant cavernous hemangioma of the humerus].

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    Thiery, J F; Martet, G; Lemesle, L; Vaujany, P; Escarment, J; Merrien, Y

    1994-01-01

    In a poorly equipped tropical setting, limb amputation is often considered as the only therapeutic solution for malignant tumors or large benign tumors. However it can be avoided by bone replacement using an avascular autologous fibular graft. This method was used in a young girl from Tchad presenting a giant cavernous hemangioma of the humerus. This technique allowed salvage of the extremity but resulted inevitably in radial paralysis. The time needed for bone healing was normal. This technique required minimum facilities and was perfectly biocompatible. It can be used in tropical settings where allograft techniques and prosthetic replacement are not available.

  19. Effect of brain-derived neurotrophic factor on mesenchymal stem cell-seeded electrospinning biomaterial for treating ischemic diabetic ulcers via milieu-dependent differentiation mechanism.

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    He, Siyi; Shen, Lei; Wu, Yangxiao; Li, Li; Chen, Wen; Hou, Chunli; Yang, Mingcan; Zeng, Wen; Zhu, Chuhong

    2015-03-01

    Great challenges in transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for treating ischemic diabetic ulcers (IDUs) are to find a suitable carrier and create a beneficial microenvironment. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a member of neurotrophin family, is considered angiogenic and neuroprotective. Given that IDUs are caused by vascular disease and peripheral neuropathy, we used BDNF as a stimulant, and intended to explore the role of new biomaterials complex with MSCs in wound healing. BDNF promoted the proliferation and migration of MSCs using MTT, transwell, and cell scratch assays. The activity of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) was also enhanced by the MSC-conditioned medium in the presence of BDNF, via a vascular endothelial growth factor-independent pathway. Since proliferated HUVECs in the BDNF group made the microenvironment more conducive to endothelial differentiation of MSCs, by establishing co-culture systems with the two cell types, endothelial cells derived from MSCs increased significantly. A new biomaterial made of polylactic acid, silk and collagen was used as the carrier dressing. After transplantation of the BDNF-stimulated MSC/biomaterial complex, the ulcers in hindlimb ischemic mice healed prominently. More blood vessel formation was observed in the wound tissue, and more MSCs were co-stained with some endothelial-specific markers such as cluster of differentiation (CD)31 and von Willebrand Factor (vWF) in the treatment group than in the control group. These results demonstrated that BDNF could improve microenvironment in the new biomaterial, and induce MSCs to differentiate into endothelial cells indirectly, thus accelerating ischemic ulcer healing.

  20. Modelisation par une approche milieu poreux de l'instabilite fluidelastique dans un faisceau de tubes soumis a un ecoulement diphasique transverse

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    Tixier, Eliott

    This work deals with the prediction the fluidelastic instability onset in a tube bundle subject to a two-phase cross-flow. The study of two-phase flows leads to numerous industrial applications, in particular in the nuclear energy field. Indeed, nuclear plants steam generators are subject to two-phase cross-flows that cause damaging vibrations. Repetitive stresses in the structure lead to mechanical fatigue that have many important consequences ranging from regular maintenance partial shutdowns of the plant to a nuclear incident. Steam generators are immense tube arrays counting up to hundreds of thousands of tubes, which makes their study a difficult task. Among the cause of these vibrations, the fluidelastic mechanism is certainly the most destructive one. Therefore, a lot of effort is being put within the research community into understanding this phenomenon and developing tools to predict its triggering. The present study aims at modeling and numerically simulating this instability in a tube bundle subject to a two-phase cross-flow. The main challenge is to develop a model able to simulate a bundle counting numerous tubes with a low computational cost, which is not possible with a direct approach (Direct Numerical Simulations, DNS). First, the averaging technique is presented and then applied to continuity and momentum conservation equations for both the flow and the structure. As the consequence, the model of the porous medium is obtained, in which the fluide-structure interactions are modeled and lumped into the equations. The modified form of the Navier--Stokes equations obtained is significantly cheaper in terms of computational cost. First, the volume averaging process filters many details of the flow such as the geometry of the tubes and small-scale vortices. The resulting macroscopic model presents smoother variations so that coarser meshes may be used. Second, the fluid mesh and the tubes are independent. Therefore, fixed meshes may be used to simulate unsteady problems. The averaged equations are solved by a finite element method and the code is verified using the method of manufactured solutions. Calibration and validation are conducted by comparing the results of simple test cases simulations to the results obtained by DNS simulations. The latter corresponds to the full-order model and results of fluid-structure simulations were presented in recent publications. Simulations were run for a tube bundle subject to a single-phase cross-flow using the porous medium model. The values of the fluidelastic onset critical velocity were compared to those obtained using DNS and to experimental data found in the literature. The predictions obtained tend to be overestimated with respect to reference data. The reason may be that the model itself fails to accurately represent the coupling of neighboring tubes. However, the porous medium approach is significantly less costly than DNS. The porous medium model is then extended to two-phase flows and more precisely to gas-liquid mixtures. The investigation is restricted to bubbly flows and low void fraction in order to stay within the physical boundaries of the model. The two-phase mixture is modeled by an Euler-Euler approach and gas-liquid interactions are modeled. The resulting code is again verified and validated and the results of the numerical simulations are compared to experimental data from the literature and local technical reports. The results obtained overestimate the values of the fluidelastic instability onset critical velocity. Nevertheless, the gap observed seems to be due to the single-phase fluid-structure coupling model. The reasons of scatter between the numerical results and experimental data are investigated and suggestions are made in order to improve the porous medium model.

  1. Detection automatique des changements du bati en milieu urbain sur des images a tres haute resolution spatiale (Ikonos et QuickBird) en utilisant des donnees cartographiques numeriques

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    Bouziani, Mourad

    The updating of cartographic databases in urban environments is a difficult and expensive task. It can be facilitated by an automatic change detection method. Several methods have been developed for medium and low spatial resolution images. These methods are not adapted for the very high spatial resolution images (VHSR) and are not applicable in urban environment. This study proposes a new method for change detection of buildings in urban environments from VHSR images and using existing digital cartographic data. The proposed methodology is composed of several stages. The existing knowledge on the buildings and the other urban objects are first modelled and saved in a knowledge base. All change detection rules are defined at this stage. Then, the image is segmented. The parameters of segmentation are computed thanks to the integration between the image and the geographical database (GDB). Thereafter, the segmented image is analyzed using the knowledge base to localize the segments where the change of building is likely to occur. The change detection rules are then applied on these segments to identify the segments that represent the changes of buildings. These changes represent the updates of buildings to add to the geographical database. Finally, the map representing changes is assessed before being integrated in the geographical database. The data used in this research concern the city of Sherbrooke (Quebec, Canada) and the city of Rabat (Morocco). For Sherbrooke, we used an Ikonos image acquired in October 2004, an Ikonos image acquired in July 2006 and a GDB at the scale of 1:20,000. For Rabat, a QuickBird image acquired in August 2004 has been used with a GDB at the scale of 1:10,000. The results of tests on several zones are encouraging. Indeed, the rate of good detection is of 90%. Concerning the geometric precision of detection, the mean error is 3 m for Ikonos and 2 m for QuickBird. The proposed method presents some limitations on the detection of the exact contours of the buildings. It could be improved by including a shape post-analysis of detected buildings. The proposed method can be integrated in a cartographic update process or as a method for the quality assessment of a topographic database.

  2. Municipal Wastewater Effluents as a Source of Listerial Pathogens in the Aquatic Milieu of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa: A Concern of Public Health Importance

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    Odjadjare, Emmanuel E.O.; Obi, Larry C.; Okoh, Anthony I.

    2010-01-01

    We evaluated the effluent quality of an urban wastewater treatment facility in South Africa and its impact on the receiving watershed for a period of 12 months. The prevalence and antimicrobial susceptibility of potential Listeria pathogens (L. ivanovii and L. innocua) and the physicochemical quality of the treated wastewater effluent was assessed, with a view to ascertain the potential health and environmental hazards of the discharged effluent. Total listerial density varied between 2.9 × 100 and 1.2 × 105 cfu/mL; free living Listeria species were more prevalent (84%), compared to Listeria species attached to planktons (59–75%). The treated effluent quality fell short of recommended standards for turbidity, dissolved oxygen, chemical oxygen demand, nitrite, phosphate and Listeria density; while pH, temperature, total dissolved solids and nitrate contents were compliant with target quality limits after treatment. The Listeria isolates (23) were sensitive to three (15%) of the 20 test antibiotics, and showed varying (4.5–91%) levels of resistance to 17 antibiotics. Of seven resistance gene markers assayed, only sulII genes were detected in five (22%) Listeria strains. The study demonstrates a potential negative impact of the wastewater effluent on the receiving environment and suggests a serious public health implication for those who depend on the receiving watershed for drinking and other purposes. PMID:20623030

  3. Effect of consumption of a ready-to-eat breakfast cereal containing inulin on the intestinal milieu and blood lipids in healthy male volunteers.

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    Brighenti, F; Casiraghi, M C; Canzi, E; Ferrari, A

    1999-09-01

    To investigate the effect of a breakfast cereal containing inulin on blood lipids and colonic ecosystem in normolipidemic young men. Department of Food Science and Microbiology,University of Milan, Italy. Twelve healthy male volunteers, age 23.3 +/- 0.5 y, body mass index (BMI) 25.7 +/- 1.2 kg/m2 (mean +/- s.e.m.). Subjects consumed daily, for three periods of four weeks, 50 g of a rice-based ready-to-eat cereal (placebo) and the same cereal containing 18% inulin (test) in substitution of their habitual breakfast, then returned to the habitual diet (wash-out). They followed no other dietary restrictions. No changes in body weight, dietary habits, faecal and bile acid output, faecal short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) and faecal pH, were observed at the end of each period, whereas plasma total cholesterol and triacylglycerols significantly decreased at the end of test period by 7.9 +/- 5.4 (P < 0.05) and 21.2 +/- 7.8% (P < 0.005) respectively. Meal glucose tolerance test (MTT) resulted in the same incremental area under the curve for both cereals (IAUC test 124 +/- 35; placebo 118 +/- 33 mmol x min/l, ns). Inulin markedly enhanced breath H2 excretion (IAUC test 280 +/- 40; placebo 78 +/- 26 ppm x h, P < 0.005), as well as faecal concentration of L-lactate. Total facultative anaerobes significantly decreased after test, and bifidobacteria increased after correction for total anaerobes (P < 0.05). Changes in blood lipids were negatively correlated with bifidobacteria counts and positively with secondary bile acid excretion (P < 0.05). Inulin seems to have a lipid lowering potential in normolipidemic men possibly mediated by mechanisms related to colonic fermentation.

  4. Eindrapportage doelfinancieringsgrogramma V910 Munitie: functionering, veiligheid en milieu (Final Report of Program V910 Munition: Functioning, Safety and Environmental Aspects)

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    2005-09-01

    ondortokening, van eon niouw Data Exchange Agreement met do USA (MWDDEA-N-02-NE-4822) ’Combustion and Detonation Phenomena in Rocket Motors and Warheads...en XDT (vertraagdlonbekend naar detonatie overgang), van onbeschadigd en beschadigd materiaal. Het onderzoek is en zal (tot 2007 in V405) in het kader...Data Exchange Agreement (DEA) N-02-NE-4822 Onder de (oude en) vernieuwde DATA Exchange Agreement MWDDEA-N-(96)02- NE-4822 Combustion and detonation

  5. The Moral Milieu of Information Technology: Using Domain and Affordance Theory to Explain Situational and Technological Effects on Ethical IT Decision Making

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    Schilhavy, Richard Arthur Milton

    2012-01-01

    Unethical behavior in the use of IT may result in significant negative impacts on the productivity, profitability, and reputation of the organization. IT exacerbates moral problems through its constant evolution, multi-faceted nature and encroachment into our personal and professional lives. People have difficulty recognizing moral…

  6. Prevalence of Antimicrobial Resistant and Virulent Salmonella spp. in Treated Effluent and Receiving Aquatic Milieu of Wastewater Treatment Plants in Durban, South Africa

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    Odjadjare, Ejovwokoghene C.; Olaniran, Ademola O.

    2015-01-01

    In this study, we evaluated the impact of treated wastewater effluent from two wastewater treatment plants on the physicochemical parameters and Salmonella spp. load of receiving rivers. Presumptive Salmonella spp. were obtained at all sampled points including the discharge points, with counts ranging from 0 to 4.14 log cfu/mL at both plants. Turbidity, chemical and biological oxygen demand were found to be high and mostly above the required limit for treated wastewater discharge. However, recorded nitrate and phosphate values were very low. Of the 200 confirmed Salmonella spp. isolates recovered from the treated effluent and receiving surface waters, 93% harbored the spiC gene, 84% harbored the misL gene, and 87.5% harbored the orfL gene while 87% harbored the pipD gene. The antibiotic resistance profile revealed that the isolates were resistant to sulfamethoxazole, nalidixic acid and streptomycin, but susceptible to quinolones and third generation β-lactams. These results indicate that in South Africa treated effluents are still a major source of contamination of rivers with pathogens such as Salmonella. Appropriate steps by the regulatory authorities and workers at the treatment plants are needed to enforce stipulated guidelines in order to prevent pollution of surface water resources due to the discharge of poorly treated effluents. PMID:26295245

  7. Evidence Molded by Contact with Staff Culture and Patient Milieu: An Analysis of the Social Process of Knowledge Utilization in Nursing Homes

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    Øye, Christine; Mekki, Tone Elin; Skaar, Randi; Dahl, Hellen; Forland, Oddvar; Jacobsen, Frode F.

    2015-01-01

    Knowledge utilization is politically "hot" because it informs decisions on improving the quality of care in nursing homes (NHs). The difficulties encountered in implementing evidence-based knowledge into practice may be explained by contextual factors. Contextual factors are crucial to understanding the process of knowledge utilization;…

  8. Manual on the Flight of Flexible Aircraft in Turbulence (Manuel sur le Vol des Avions Non-rigides en Milieu Turbulent)

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    1991-05-01

    consisting of officially appointed senior representatives from each member nation. The mission of AGARD is carried out through the Panels which are ...of AGARD work are reported to the member nations and the NATO Authonties through ihe AGARD series of publications of which this is one. Participation...and due to airplane vertical response motion are present, and that the airplane would move wt,, . o.l alter the load Analysts indicated that these

  9. Failure to establish and maintain a pregnancy in undernourished recipient ewes is associated with a poor endocrine milieu in the early luteal phase.

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    de Brun, Victoria; Meikle, Ana; Fernández-Foren, Andrea; Forcada, Fernando; Palacín, Inmaculada; Menchaca, Alejo; Sosa, Cecilia; Abecia, José-Alfonso

    2016-10-01

    Embryos from undernourished and control donor ewes were transferred to undernourished and control recipient ewes. Progesterone and metabolic hormones were investigated in recipient ewes to determine their association with pregnancy success. Forty-five donor and 52 recipient Rasa Aragonesa ewes were fed 1.5 (control group; donor n=20; recipient n=25) or 0.5 (low group; donor n=25; recipient n=27) times the daily requirements for maintenance from the onset of estrous synchronization treatment to embryo collection and transfer. The embryos were collected 7days after the onset of estrus (day 0), and two good-quality embryos were transferred into each recipient ewe. The percentage of pregnant ewes on day 18 and 40 did not differ between the two groups, although the recipient undernourished ewes tended to have greater late embryonic mortality (from days 18-40) than the control recipient ewes (P=0.11). No effect of the nutrition of the donor was found. Recipients that became pregnant had a higher ovulation rate than non-pregnant ewes (P=0.02). Undernourished ewes had lower plasma insulin concentrations than control ewes (P=0.03), and those that suffered late embryo mortality (from days 18-40) tended to have lower insulin and progesterone concentrations than their counterparts that remained pregnant (P=0.06 and P=0.07, respectively). In this study, pregnancy in control and undernourished recipient ewes was not associated with the origin of the embryo (undernourished and control donors). In conclusion, failure to establish and maintain a pregnancy was associated with lower progesterone and insulin levels one week after estrus in recipient ewes. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Prevalence of Antimicrobial Resistant and Virulent Salmonella spp. in Treated Effluent and Receiving Aquatic Milieu of Wastewater Treatment Plants in Durban, South Africa.

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    Odjadjare, Ejovwokoghene C; Olaniran, Ademola O

    2015-08-18

    In this study, we evaluated the impact of treated wastewater effluent from two wastewater treatment plants on the physicochemical parameters and Salmonella spp. load of receiving rivers. Presumptive Salmonella spp. were obtained at all sampled points including the discharge points, with counts ranging from 0 to 4.14 log cfu/mL at both plants. Turbidity, chemical and biological oxygen demand were found to be high and mostly above the required limit for treated wastewater discharge. However, recorded nitrate and phosphate values were very low. Of the 200 confirmed Salmonella spp. isolates recovered from the treated effluent and receiving surface waters, 93% harbored the spiC gene, 84% harbored the misL gene, and 87.5% harbored the orfL gene while 87% harbored the pipD gene. The antibiotic resistance profile revealed that the isolates were resistant to sulfamethoxazole, nalidixic acid and streptomycin, but susceptible to quinolones and third generation β-lactams. These results indicate that in South Africa treated effluents are still a major source of contamination of rivers with pathogens such as Salmonella. Appropriate steps by the regulatory authorities and workers at the treatment plants are needed to enforce stipulated guidelines in order to prevent pollution of surface water resources due to the discharge of poorly treated effluents.

  11. Micellisation et activité de surface des bromures de n-alkyltriméthylammonium en milieu eau-acide orthophosphorique

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    Ouni, S.; Hafiane, A.; Dhahbi, M.

    1998-05-01

    Measurements of superficial tension of n-alkyltrimethylammonium bromides in air/water-orthophosphoric acid interface have been made by “stripping method". Data were evaluated by approximation to the Von Szyszkowski equation. Thermodynamic parameters as (Γmax, F, A, B, Δ G^circ_A, Δ GM and CMC) at different concentrations of orhophosphoric acid (0 at 3 M) are calculted. The CMC values of the homologous series in relation to the chain length were determined. They showed a good correlation with the Klevens equation. A minimum of CMC and (-ΔGM) was observed for the n-octadecyltrimethylammonium bromide, which has been attributed to the cosolvant effect and the change of medium properties. L'adsorption, de bromure de n-alkyltriméthylammonium à l'interface air/eau-acide orthophosphorique, a été étudiée par la mesure de tension superficielle en fonction du nombre d'atomes de carbone du groupement alkyle et de la concentration en acide orthophosphorique (0 à 3 M). L'analyse des résultats a été effectuée à l'aide de l'équation de Von Szyszkowski. Les grandeurs et paramètres thermodynamiques (Γmax, F, A, B, Δ G^circ_A, Δ GM and CMC) ont été déterminés et discutés selon l'équilibre de forces de répulsion électrostatique entre les têtes polaires et d'attraction hydrophobe des chaînes aliphatiques. Les valeurs des CMC obéissent à l'équation de Klevens. Dans le cas du bromure de n-octadécyltriméthylammonium les valeurs de la CMC et de (-ΔGM) présentent un minimum, attribué au changement des propriétés du binaire eau-acide orthophosphorique.

  12. Etude infrarouge des effets de structure et de solvant sur la frequence itvC=O de cetones aliphatiques saturees. Relation frequence- topologie-milieu

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    Massat, A.; Dubois, J. E.

    1980-08-01

    The sensitivity of saturated aliphatic ketone stretching frequencies, vCO to structure and solvent effects is expressed by a four-term equation vco = 1740 + I(XXX) -0.24 G + 2.10 -3G · I(XXX) The four terms represent: the frequency of the base element (acetone) calculated in the absence of intermolecular interactions; the contribution of intramolecular environment E given by structure parameter I(itXXX) previously established in gas phase; that of the intermolecular environment related to the Allerhand and Schleyer G parameter; that of solvent-solute interactions. This equation covers an experimental range of 78 cm -1 for 192 measurements in four highly diverse solvents (C 6H 14, CC1 4, CH 3CN, CHBr 3) with a standard deviation of 1.6 cm -1; it expresses an overall statistical behavior, but masks individual behaviors. The latter are determined by comparing two characteristic parameters of ketones, a topological parameter I(XXX), and p expressing solvent sensitivity [slope of straight lines ν = f(G)]; they are Interpreted in terms of geometrical effect, variation of valency angles and of conformations.

  13. Evidence Molded by Contact with Staff Culture and Patient Milieu: An Analysis of the Social Process of Knowledge Utilization in Nursing Homes

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    Øye, Christine; Mekki, Tone Elin; Skaar, Randi; Dahl, Hellen; Forland, Oddvar; Jacobsen, Frode F.

    2015-01-01

    Knowledge utilization is politically "hot" because it informs decisions on improving the quality of care in nursing homes (NHs). The difficulties encountered in implementing evidence-based knowledge into practice may be explained by contextual factors. Contextual factors are crucial to understanding the process of knowledge utilization;…

  14. L'ilot du reservoir: etude de voisinage en milieu urbain (The Reservoir Block: A Study of a Neighborhood in an Urban Setting).

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    Rey, Jean-Noel

    1983-01-01

    An analysis of a small neighborhood of Paris looks at its layout and spatial constraints, habitats, symbols, sense of territory, and rhythms and styles of the inhabitants and their roles in the group. The description, including photos, is intended for use in the French language classroom. (MSE)

  15. Examining Mandated Testing, Teachers' Milieu, "and" Teachers' Knowledge and Beliefs: Gaining a Fuller Understanding of the Web of Influence on Teachers' Classroom Practices

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    Neumann, Jacob W.

    2016-01-01

    Background: Much research has been done on the factors that influence teachers' work. Yet, the nature and scope of those factors, and their impact on teachers, remain unclear. Indeed, different literature bases on teachers' work present different and often contradictory conclusions. For example, some researchers claim that mandated accountability…

  16. Novel Perspectives in Redox Biology and Pathophysiology of Failing Myocytes: Modulation of the Intramyocardial Redox Milieu for Therapeutic Interventions-A Review Article from the Working Group of Cardiac Cell Biology, Italian Society of Cardiology.

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    Arcaro, Alessia; Pirozzi, Flora; Angelini, Annalisa; Chimenti, Cristina; Crotti, Lia; Giordano, Carla; Mancardi, Daniele; Torella, Daniele; Tocchetti, Carlo G

    2016-01-01

    The prevalence of heart failure (HF) is still increasing worldwide, with enormous human, social, and economic costs, in spite of huge efforts in understanding pathogenetic mechanisms and in developing effective therapies that have transformed this syndrome into a chronic disease. Myocardial redox imbalance is a hallmark of this syndrome, since excessive reactive oxygen and nitrogen species can behave as signaling molecules in the pathogenesis of hypertrophy and heart failure, leading to dysregulation of cellular calcium handling, of the contractile machinery, of myocardial energetics and metabolism, and of extracellular matrix deposition. Recently, following new interesting advances in understanding myocardial ROS and RNS signaling pathways, new promising therapeutical approaches with antioxidant properties are being developed, keeping in mind that scavenging ROS and RNS tout court is detrimental as well, since these molecules also play a role in physiological myocardial homeostasis.

  17. Workplace Education Practitioners' Forum Summary Report (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, March 4-6, 1999) = Forum des practiciens de l'education en milieu de travail rapport sommaire (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 4 au 6 mars 1999).

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    Roger, Margerit; Nichol, Louise

    A forum was conducted to give workplace education practitioners (WEPs) from across Canada the opportunity to have an initial discussion on WEP development and recognition. The forum included presentations by forum participants, forum discussions, and brainstorming sessions on the following and other topics: roles and working contexts of WEPs in…

  18. Coumarine-imino-C2-glucosyl conjugate as receptor for Cu(2+) in blood serum milieu, on silica gel sheet and in Hep G2 cells and the characterization of the species of recognition.

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    Areti, Sivaiah; Khedkar, Jayshree K; Bandaru, Sateesh; Teotia, Rohit; Bellare, Jayesh; Rao, Chebrolu Pulla

    2015-05-11

    A coumarine-imino-C2-glucosyl conjugate (L) was synthesized and characterized. The conjugate L is found to recognize Cu(2+) in aqueous HEPES buffer by exhibiting a 95% fluorescence quenching in pH range 7-10 even in the presence of several biologically and ecologically relevant metal ions. Fluorescence on-off behavior has been clearly demonstrated on the basis of the binding variability of Cu(2+) to L. The binding has been elicited through the changes observed in fluorescence, absorption, ESI-MS and (1)H NMR titrations. All the other thirteen metal ions studied did not show any change in the fluorescence emission. These ions do not interfere with the recognition of Cu(2+) by L. The structural features of [CuL]2 complex in both the isomeric forms were established by DFT computational calculations. The utility of L has been demonstrated by showing its sensitivity toward Cu(2+) on a thin layer of silica gel. The L gives sensitive fluorescence signals for Cu(2+) even in blood serum and exhibits appropriate fluorescence responses in living cells.

  19. Un Bain Culturel et Linguistique de Trois Mois en Milieu Francophone, Peut-Il effacer les Lacunes de l'Immersion (Can a Three-Month Interlinguistic Exchange in a Francophone Environment Overcome the Errors of Fossilization)?

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    Lussier, Denise; Masse, Carole

    1995-01-01

    Reports on the speech difficulties of four French immersion anglophone students participating in a three-month interlinguistic exchange. Each student was interviewed three times, and the transcripts were analyzed for linguistic, sociolinguistic, and sociocultural errors in oral French and for performance evaluation by the students. (51 references)…

  20. Prévalence et facteurs de risque du surpoids et de l'obésité dans une population d'enfants scolarisés en milieu urbain à Sfax, Tunisie

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    Regaieg, Sofien; Charfi, Nadia; Trabelsi, Lobna; Kamoun, Mahdi; Feki, Habib; Yaich, Sourour; Abid, Mohamed

    2014-01-01

    Introduction L'objectif de ce travail etait d’étudier la prévalence du surpoids et de l'obésité chez un groupe d'enfants d’âge scolaire, habitant la ville de Sfax en Tunisie, et identifier les facteurs favorisant la prise pondérale Méthodes Il s'agossait d'une enquête descriptive transversale était réalisée en 2011 sur un échantillon représentatif d’élèves recrutés dans 11 écoles primaires publiques. Des informations concernant les caractéristiques sociodémographiques, les habitudes alimentaires et le comportement sédentaire pour chaque élève ont été précisées au moyen d'un questionnaire Résultats Nous avons colligé 1529 élèves, âgés entre 9 et 12 ans et se répartissant en 787 garçons (51,14%) et 747 filles (48,86%). Selon les seuils de référence de l'IOTF, la fréquence de l'obésité était de 2,4% et celle du surpoids était de 6,3%. L'obésité était significativement associée à l'obésité parentale, un niveau socioéconomique élevé, la prise de plus de deux goûters par jour et à l'activité sédentaire. Conclusion L'identification des facteurs de risque du surpoids et de l'obésité infantile permettrait de dépister les enfants à risques afin de leur proposer des mesures de prévention adaptées. Ces mesures de prévention devraient inclure non seulement des approches individuelles, mais aussi l'environnement social et physique de l'enfant. PMID:25018807

  1. Effet paradoxal du vieillissement sur des tâches de mémoire prospective time-based en situation de laboratoire et en milieu naturel : Rôle des fonctions exécutives.

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    Azzopardi, Barbara; Auffray, Caroline; Kermarrec, Christophe

    2017-03-01

    The current study investigates the specific role of three executive functions in the explanation of performance variability on laboratory and naturalistic time-based prospective memory tasks in aging. Ninety people aged 18 to 80 years performed three executive tasks assessing inhibition, flexibility and updating, one laboratory time-based task and one naturalistic time-based task. The results indicate that age has a negative impact on the laboratory time-based task and a positive impact on the naturalistic task. The mediation analysis shows that inhibition and flexibility operate as a mediator in the negative relationship between age and the laboratory time-based task. Additionally, the hierarchical regression analyses show that, after controlling for age, none of the executive functions evaluated is predictive of performance of the naturalistic time-based task. Overall, these results seem to suggest that different cognitive processes underlie the performance on naturalistic and on laboratory time-based tasks. Future studies should confirm these results.

  2. Étude expérimentale du dépôt de particules colloïdales en milieu poreux : Influence de l'hydrodynamique et de la salinité

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    Djehiche, Abdelkader; Canseco, Vladimir; Omari, Aziz; Bertin, Henri

    2009-09-01

    This study deals with colloid transport in porous media which applications are found in subsurface water, petroleum engineering or civil engineering. An experimental study of colloidal polystyrene Latex particles deposition in a consolidated porous medium is presented. The influence of ionic strength of the colloid suspension and the flow rate on particle deposition is investigated. We see first that beyond a critical salt concentration, the total collector efficiency increases with the ionic strength. Moreover, such collector efficiency decreases as the flow rate increases according to theory. In other respects, using a γ ray attenuation technique allows us to measure local porosity fluctuation due to particles deposition. By this way deposition kinetics may be followed locally and precisely. Nevertheless when considering the thickness of the adsorbed layer over large scales, obtained results using the γ rays attenuation technique are found in good agreement with those obtained by means of an usual technique especially at latest stages of adsorption process. To cite this article: A. Djehiche et al., C. R. Mecanique 337 (2009).

  3. Apoptosis, DAP-Kinase1 Expression and the Influences of Cytokine Milieu and Mesenchymal Stromal Cells on Ex Vivo Expansion of Umbilical Cord Blood-Derived Hematopoietic Stem Cells.

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    Amirizadeh, Naser; Oodi, Arezoo; Mehrasa, Roya; Nikougoftar, Mahin

    2016-03-01

    Expansion of umbilical cord blood-derived CD34(+) cells can potentially provide them in numbers sufficient for clinical applications in adult humans. In this study apoptosis rate of expanded cells, mRNA expression and promoter methylation status of DAPK1 were evaluated during cord blood hematopoietic stem cell (CB-HSC) ex vivo expansion using cytokines and a co-culture system with mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs). Ex vivo cultures of CB-HSCs were performed in three culture conditions for 14 days: cytokines with MSCs feeder layer, cytokines without MSCs feeder layer and co-culture with MSCs feeder layer without cytokine. Total number of cells, CD34(+) cells and colony forming unit assay were performed during expansion. Flow cytometric analysis by propidium iodide was performed to detection of apoptosis rate in expanded cells. Methylation status of the DAPK1 gene promoter was analyzed using methylation specific PCR, and DAPK1 mRNA expression was evaluated by real time-PCR. Maximum CB-CD34(+) cells expansion was observed in day 10 of expansion. The highest apoptosis rate was observed in cytokine culture without feeder layer that showed significant difference with co-culture condition. The data showed that ex vivo expansion of CD34(+) cells in all three culture conditions after 10 days resulted in, significant increased expression of DAPK1, also a significant difference between co-culture without cytokine and two other cytokine culture was observed (p < 0.01). DAPK1gene promoter of expanded CD34(+) cells at days 5, 10 and 14 of culture remained in unmethylated form similar to fresh CD34(+) cells. Expression of DAPK1 in hematopoietic cells was increased during 10 days expansion of CD34(+) cells. Also no methylation of DAPK1 promoter was observed; otherwise it would be capable of initiating some leukemic cell progression or disruption in hematopoietic regeneration.

  4. Novel Perspectives in Redox Biology and Pathophysiology of Failing Myocytes: Modulation of the Intramyocardial Redox Milieu for Therapeutic Interventions—A Review Article from the Working Group of Cardiac Cell Biology, Italian Society of Cardiology

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    Arcaro, Alessia; Pirozzi, Flora; Angelini, Annalisa; Chimenti, Cristina; Crotti, Lia; Giordano, Carla; Mancardi, Daniele; Torella, Daniele; Tocchetti, Carlo G.

    2016-01-01

    The prevalence of heart failure (HF) is still increasing worldwide, with enormous human, social, and economic costs, in spite of huge efforts in understanding pathogenetic mechanisms and in developing effective therapies that have transformed this syndrome into a chronic disease. Myocardial redox imbalance is a hallmark of this syndrome, since excessive reactive oxygen and nitrogen species can behave as signaling molecules in the pathogenesis of hypertrophy and heart failure, leading to dysregulation of cellular calcium handling, of the contractile machinery, of myocardial energetics and metabolism, and of extracellular matrix deposition. Recently, following new interesting advances in understanding myocardial ROS and RNS signaling pathways, new promising therapeutical approaches with antioxidant properties are being developed, keeping in mind that scavenging ROS and RNS tout court is detrimental as well, since these molecules also play a role in physiological myocardial homeostasis. PMID:26881035

  5. Assessment of physicochemical parameters and prevalence of virulent and multiple-antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli in treated effluent of two wastewater treatment plants and receiving aquatic milieu in Durban, South Africa.

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    Pillay, Leanne; Olaniran, Ademola O

    2016-05-01

    The poor operational status of some wastewater treatment plants often result in the discharge of inadequately treated effluent into receiving surface waters. This is of significant public health concern as there are many informal settlement dwellers (ISDs) that rely on these surface waters for their domestic use. This study investigated the treatment efficiency of two independent wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in Durban, South Africa and determined the impact of treated effluent discharge on the physicochemical and microbial quality of the receiving water bodies over a 6-month period. Presumptive Escherichia coli isolates were identified using biochemical tests and detection of the mdh gene via PCR. Six major virulence genes namely eae, hly, fliC, stx1, stx2, and rfbE were also detected via PCR while antibiotic resistance profiles of the isolates were determined using Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion assay. The physicochemical parameters of the wastewater samples ranged variously between 9 and 313.33 mg/L, 1.52 and 76.43 NTUs, and 6.30 and 7.87 for COD, turbidity, and pH respectively, while the E. coli counts ranged between 0 and 31.2 × 10(3) CFU/ml. Of the 200 selected E. coli isolates, the hly gene was found in 28 %, fliC in 20 %, stx2 in 17 %, eae in 14 %, with stx1 and rfbE in only 4 % of the isolates. Notable resistance was observed toward trimethoprim (97 %), tetracycline (56 %), and ampicillin (52.5 %). These results further highlight the poor operational status of these WWTPs and outline the need for improved water quality monitoring and enforcement of stringent guidelines.

  6. Représentativité de l'échantillonnage géochimique et hydrodynamique en nappe libre du milieu semi-aride (Reliability of geochemical and hydrodynamic sample in a semi-arid water table)

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    Favreau, G.; Leduc, C.; Marlin, C.

    2000-11-01

    This paper evaluates the reliability of the geochemical and hydrodynamic sampling in a phreatic aquifer of semi-arid Africa. These remarks are based on a dense network and on detailed data collected for about ten years in the Continental Terminal water table near Niamey, Niger. The natural potentiometric fluctuations are seasonal (up to 6 m during the rainy season) and interannual (up to 10 m since the 1960s). Hydrodynamic measurements can be disturbed by artificial flooding into the wells (20% of the network) and by domestic drawings (up to 2 m of lowering). Geochemical characteristics can vary seasonally: isotopic modifications and salinity increase near recharge areas, with more stability further away. They can also vary artificially in wells because of their large opening towards the open air. Artifical increases of salinity of one order of magnitude and contaminations of 14C activities of up to 20 pmC occur in some wells by atmospheric dust inputs or organic matter which was has fallen into the well. In conclusion, some recommendations are given for a representative sampling in semi-arid phreatic aquifers.

  7. Un Bain Culturel et Linguistique de Trois Mois en Milieu Francophone, Peut-Il effacer les Lacunes de l'Immersion (Can a Three-Month Interlinguistic Exchange in a Francophone Environment Overcome the Errors of Fossilization)?

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    Lussier, Denise; Masse, Carole

    1995-01-01

    Reports on the speech difficulties of four French immersion anglophone students participating in a three-month interlinguistic exchange. Each student was interviewed three times, and the transcripts were analyzed for linguistic, sociolinguistic, and sociocultural errors in oral French and for performance evaluation by the students. (51 references)…

  8. Consultation on Workplace Literacy (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 11-12, 1997). A Report = Consultation sur l'Alphabetisation en Milieu de Travail (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 11-12 juin 1997). Rapport.

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    National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).

    This report describes a meeting of Canadian partners who had experience in workplace literacy and represented different sectors that was convened to develop two lists of priorities for possible projects--those of interest to all sectors and of interest to each sector. Participants identified six clusters of priorities across Canada:…

  9. Studying Hostile, Deceptive, and Dangerous Surroundings: Report of a Workshop on Social Research Methods for Non-Permissive Environments (Etudier des Milieux Hostiles, Trompeurs et Dangereux - Rapport Concernant un Atelier sur les Methodes de Recherche Sociale an Milieu non Permissif)

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    2010-08-01

    peuvent aider à fournir un cadre plus complet pour ces microcosmes, et identifient également des individus et des entreprises avec des implications... financing , and other security threats. Information is gathered through mandated regulatory reporting from banks and financial institutions. When...for anti-terrorism than the money laundering model of the Global Finance Forum (GFF) because the money laundering model is focused on the money

  10. Le mentorat dans le milieu de la santé: un hôpital de réadaptation lance un programme novateur pour les leaders émergents.

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    Stuart, Michelle; Wilson, Carol

    2015-01-01

    Les médecins, la direction, le personnel et les bénévoles des entreprises veulent former de futurs leaders au sein de leur organisation. Le présent article décrit les efforts pour concevoir, mettre en œuvre et évaluer un programme de mentorat d'un an utilisé pour la première fois par le Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital des Alberta Health Services. Des sondages d'évaluation ont été analysés pour faire ressortir les facteurs de succès décisifs, qui intégraient un vaste processus de candidatures diversifié de mentorés et de mentors, des critères bien définis de sélection ou de jumelage de mentorés et de mentors et un programme visant à soutenir l'acquisition du savoir par des projets, des séances d'apprentissage et des présentations.

  11. The Maturing of a Profession: An Overview of Workplace Education Practitioner Development Opportunities = Une Profession en Plein Essor: Un apercu des possibilites de perfectionnement offertes aux practiciens de l'education en milieu de travail.

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    Roger, Margarit

    This document consists of English and French versions of a report profiling some of the local, regional, and national professional development opportunities available to workplace education practitioners across Canada. The report begins with an introduction that describes the process used to identify the programs (surveys and interviews with more…

  12. La qualite des services de garde en milieu scolaire: relation avec la formation et l'experience du personnel (Relationship between the Quality of School-Age Child Care and Training and Experience of Staff).

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    Baillargeon, Madeleine; Larouche, Helene; Roy, Chantal

    1999-01-01

    Investigated the relationship between the quality of after-school child care programs in Quebec and the education and experience of staff. Based on questionnaire responses of teachers and administrators, 26 programs were rated using the School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale. Found correlations between program directors' experience and program…

  13. L'application pedagogique de la visualisation en milieu scolaire: un contexte de pertinence complementaire a la pedagogie conventionnelle (The Pedagogical Use of Visualization in the School Setting: A Context of Complimentary Relevance to Conventional Pedagogy).

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    Guimond, Renee

    2001-01-01

    The Stress Management in Children Project initiated at an Edmunston (New Brunswick) primary school uses visualization as its primary tool. Visualization, a process whereby people respond to certain themes through mental images, is used to manage stress, as a learning method, as a tool for emotional development, and to explore different levels of…

  14. Low and moderate doses of ionizing radiation up to 2 Gy modulate transmigration and chemotaxis of activated macrophages, provoke an anti-inflammatory cytokine milieu, but do not impact upon viability and phagocytic function.

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    Wunderlich, R; Ernst, A; Rödel, F; Fietkau, R; Ott, O; Lauber, K; Frey, B; Gaipl, U S

    2015-01-01

    Benign painful and inflammatory diseases have been treated for decades with low/moderate doses of ionizing radiation (LD-X-irradiation). Tissue macrophages regulate initiation and resolution of inflammation by the secretion of cytokines and by acting as professional phagocytes. Having these pivotal functions, we were interested in how activated macrophages are modulated by LD-X-irradiation, also with regard to radiation protection issues and carcinogenesis. We set up an ex-vivo model in which lipopolysaccharide pre-activated peritoneal macrophages (pMΦ) of radiosensitive BALB/c mice, mimicking activated macrophages under inflammatory conditions, were exposed to X-irradiation from 0·01 Gy up to 2 Gy. Afterwards, the viability of the pMΦ, their transmigration and chemotaxis, the phagocytic behaviour, the secretion of inflammatory cytokines and underlying signalling pathways were determined. Exposure of pMΦ up to a single dose of 2 Gy did not influence their viability and phagocytic function, an important fact regarding radiation protection. However, significantly reduced migration, but increased chemotaxis of pMΦ after exposure to 0·1 or 0·5 Gy, was detected. Both might relate to the resolution of inflammation. Cytokine analyses revealed that, in particular, the moderate dose of 0·5 Gy applied in low-dose radiotherapy for inflammatory diseases results in an anti-inflammatory cytokine microenvironment of pMΦ, as the secretion of the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin (IL)-1β was reduced and that of the anti-inflammatory cytokine transforming growth factor (TGF)-β increased. Further, the reduced secretion of IL-1β correlated with reduced nuclear translocation of nuclear factor (NF)-κB p65, starting at exposure of pMΦ to 0·5 Gy of X-irradiation. We conclude that inflammation is modulated by LD-X-irradiation via changing the inflammatory phenotype of macrophages.

  15. Croyances des Futurs Enseignants at L'Utilisation des Technologies de L'Information en Milieu Scholaire. (The Beliefs of Future Teachers About the Utilization of Information Technology in Schools.)

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    IsaBell, Claire; Desjardin, Richard; Desjardins, Yvon

    2001-01-01

    Studies the attitudes of student teachers concerning integration of information technologies and communications (ITC) in school settings. Suggests that the motivation of these teachers is essential for ensuring the integration of microcomputers into the educational environment. Finds that, based on a research study, student teachers expressed…

  16. Utilite des images de radar aeroporte en bande C pour l'evaluation du stade de croissance de la canne a sucre et des cultures maraicheres en milieu tropical, dans une optique de conservation des sols

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    Beaulieu, Nathalie Lucie

    1998-12-01

    This study aims at determining how images from an airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar System, in C-band and with two polarisation configurations, can help evaluate the degree of protection offered to soils by vegetation against erosion in tropical areas. With the objective of supplying information to improve the planning of images from the RADARSAT satellite for soil conservation projects, the study aims at establishing which incident angles and which climatic conditions improve contrasts between bare and protected soils. The study encompasses three sites in Costa Rica. Two of them are located in the central cordillera, in mountainous terrain: the Tierra Blanca site where root crops dominate, and the Juan Vinas site where sugar cane is cultivated. The images have been prepared to allow the quantitative analysis of radar backscattering. The first stage of the analysis compares the discriminating capacities of images acquired on each site with different incident angles and polarisations. In general, the backscattering coefficient of crops has shown a lower tendency to diminish in function of local incident angle than that of bare soil. Results suggest that for sugar cane in relatively dry conditions, it is possible to distinguish plots of bare soil from vegetated ones on the basis of their average backscattering coefficient, except for very high incident angles (higher than 73°). The second part of the analysis treats of the complementarity of the HH and VV polarisations and of images acquired with different incident angles. From the results of this study, we can draw recommendations for the acquisition of RADARSAT images even if the images studied here present a higher spatial resolution and higher incident angles, in many cases. Higher incident angles are recommended because they enhance contrasts between bare soil plots and vegetated ones. The very high incident angles at which we observed the opposite effect are not attainable with satellite radars. Relief causes important radiometric variations that must be corrected in order to appreciate the variations caused by changes in land cover. The correction method developed here can also be applied to satellite radar images. Its approach is to calculate the backscattering coefficient for a reference terrain that is flat, perfectly rough (producing isotropic backscattering) with the elevation considered for calibration, supposing that the studied terrain is also perfectly rough. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  17. Developpement d'un modele d'interpretation de l'essai d'enfoncement du poincon tronconique effile (E.P.T.E.) dans un milieu soumis a une sollicitation anisotrope

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    Masengo, Edouard

    In this thesis, a review of the phenomena influencing the mechanical behaviour of rocksalt as well as in situ tests already performed to determine creep law parameters for rocksalt are presented. The test called S.C.P.T. by Leite (1989) for Sharp Cone Penetration Test presents a promising in situ test like an index test for determination of creep parameters. The aim of this thesis is to generalise the interpretation of the S.C.P.T. test to media subjected to an anisotropic preliminary stress field. Indeed, the interpretation of this test has been already done assuming an isotropic preliminary stress field for the ice and the frozen soils, and generalise thereafter for rocksalt. The most original contribution of my work, as presented in my thesis, is that I have proposed a determination method of the shear modulus G using the S.C.P.T. test in infinite and finite media with a linear elastic behaviour subjected to an anisotropic preliminary stress field. This method gives results comparable with those of the conventional methods such as the unconfined compression test. Thereafter, we have proved that for an infinite or finite medium with non-linear behaviour subjected to an anisotropic preliminary stress field, and with a simple creep law in its hardening formulation, the interpretation of the S.C.P.T. test is exactly the same that the one subjected to an isotropic preliminary stress field. Finally, in order to verify the accuracy of the suggested interpretation method, a breadboard construction allowing to carry out laboratory S.C.P.T. test on samples subjected to an anisotropic preliminary stress field in the perpendicular plan to the sharp cone aids has been done. Its reliability was tested by comparing the shear moduli G obtained by S.C.P.T. tests and by conventional uniaxial compression test. Once the reliability of the assembly tested, laboratory creep S.C.P.T. tests with various anisotropic degrees of the preliminary stress field in the plane perpendicular to the sharp cone axis have been performed on artificial rocksalt. Some conventional uniaxial creep tests have been also performed. The comparison of the results obtained using these two kinds of tests, as well as the results of uniaxial, triaxial creep tests and creep S.C.P.T. tests published in the literature allows us to conclude that with the proposed interpretation method, the creep S.C.P.T. test can give creep parameters comparable with those of the conventional tests such as uniaxial or triaxial creep tests. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  18. Étude numérique de la topologie du champ résiduel de déplacements d'un milieu ductile fissuré : influence sur la formation des caustiques

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    Pop, Octavian; Valle, Valéry; Cottron, Mario

    2004-04-01

    The purpose of our work is to illustrate that, by using a simple optical method (phenomenon of caustics) it is possible to locate, near the crack tip, the boundaries of the plastic zone for a cracked body. In this Note, we show that, through numerical simulations, in the case of a ductile SEN specimen, loaded in mode I and following a loading history, the appearance and development of the plastic zone involves irreversible topological changes in the vicinity of the crack tip, made obvious by caustics shape variations. To cite this article: O. Pop et al., C. R. Mecanique 332 (2004).

  19. Comprendre le processus d'adaptation des demarches d'enseignement en classe de sciences et technologies a l'ecole secondaire: Analyse des besoins percus par les personnes enseignantes en milieu defavorise

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    Houde, Sylvie

    Since the implementation of the latest reform in the education programs of Quebec, the adaptation of teaching has taken on an important place in the concerns of all actors in education. However, this adjustment towards the adoption of teaching practices that require more participation on the part of the pupil is not accomplished so easily, particularly in the field of science and technology (ST). In order to gain a better understanding of these processes of adaptation, it is opportune to question ourselves on the factors and dynamics of interest at stake, especially in disadvantaged environments. Such environments are faced with situations where other difficulties coexist: integration of pupils, lack of interest, problems in classroom management, multi-ethnicity, etc. As a result, such difficulties give rise to particular limitations, expressed in the form of needs, by pupils and teachers, likely to have a restrictive effect on the adaptation of teaching practices. Accordingly, our research focuses on the needs perceived by teachers in high school ST classrooms in disadvantaged school environments, since they present a privileged means to better understand the processes involved in the adaptation of practices. The adoption of an ecosystemic perspective, centered on these needs and their contribution towards the dynamics of decision-making, enabled us to better apprehend the complexity of these processes in ST classrooms. We were able to identify the needs perceived by teachers by following the methodology of conceptanalysis of needs, and by combining focus groups with the DRAP software. The results account for the large variety of needs to be considered in the equation of adaptation of teaching practices. These needs generally belong to the classroom system (microsystem). For pupils, they are mainly cognitive needs, but for teachers, they pertain to organization and structure. The influence of these needs on the adaptation processes depends on the interpretation by teachers of teaching situations, so much so that a same need can at times be assumed as negative pressure, generating obstacles, or at other times as a positive impulse, facilitating adaptation. Keywords: teaching practices; science and technology education; high school education; adaptation processes; needs assessment; disadvantaged environments.

  20. Effet de la substitution du cuivre par du lithium sur les proprietes de l'oxyde spinelle lithium(x)cuivre(y-x)cobalt(3-y)oxygen(4) etudie pour l'electrocatalyse de la reaction de degagement de l'oxygene en milieu alcalin

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    Fatih, Khalid

    L'electrolyse de l'eau demeure la seule technologie industrielle de generation de l'hydrogene et de l'oxygene tres purs sans rejet de CO2 dans l'atmosphere, ce qui le rend tres attrayant par rapport a la combustion de carburants fossiles qui provoque presentement de serieux problemes environnementaux. Dans le but d'ameliorer le rendement de ce procede, nous avons developpe de nouveaux materiaux d'anode peu couteux, a base de l'oxyde mixte CuyCo3-yO 4, qui possedent une cinetique rapide pour la reaction de degagement de l'oxygene (RDO). Cette reaction suscite un interet particulier en raison de la surtension d'activation relativement elevee a l'anode qui cause la principale perte de rendement du procede. Une etude systematique a ete effectuee sur la substitution du Cu par du Li (0 a 40%), afin d'elucider les proprietes electrocatalytiques des oxydes LixCuy-xCo3-yO4. Ces oxydes, prepares sous forme de poudres par decomposition thermique des nitrates precurseurs entre 300 et 500°C, ont montre (DRX et FTIR) une structure spinelle inverse non-stcechiometrique avec une diminution du volume de la maille cristalline. La surface specifique par BET est d'environ 6 m2 g-1. Le pcn, obtenu par titrage acido-basique, a indique une diminution de la force du lien M-OH avec le taux du Li dans l'oxyde. Les analyses par XPS, realisees sur des films d'oxyde prepares par nebulisation reactive sur un substrat lisse de nickel, revelent un enrichissement de la surface en Cu a partir de 30% Li, et la presence des cations de surface Co2+, Co3+, Cu +, Cu2+ et Cu3+. La concentration de ce dernier montre un maximum a 10 et 20% Li. Suite a la substitution du Cu par du Li, la compensation de la charge serait assuree principalement par la formation d'especes Cu3+ pour les oxydes contenant jusqu'a 20% Li, et par la formation d'especes Co3+ aux taux de substitution superieurs. Les micrographies MEB montrent une morphologie hemispherique des particules d'oxyde reparties uniformement sur le substrat de nickel avec une tendance a l'agglomeration lorsque le taux de Li est accru. Les micrographies AFM revelent une micro-porosite de ces particules d'oxyde. Les films minces deposes sur un substrat de verre ont montre une conductivite tres interessante de l'ordre de 103O-1 cm-1 pour LixCuy-x Co3-yO4 comparee a 2,8 O-1 cm-1 pour Co3O4. La spectroscopie d'impedance a permis de distinguer les processus de la surface interne des films d'oxydes de ceux de l'interface electrode/electrolyte. Les courbes Mott-Schottky (1/C2 en fonction du potentiel) montrent que les films d'oxyde se comportent comme des semi-conducteurs de type p tres dopes (degeneres). Le potentiel de bandes plates et la densite des porteurs de charge majoritaires des oxydes LixCuy-xCo3-yO4 sont de l'ordre de 0,48 a 0,52 V et 1019 a 10 20 cm-3 respectivement. Pour Co 3O4 ces parametres sont de 0,47 V et ≈10 18 cm-3. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  1. Workplace Learning: The Role of Canadian Colleges and Institutes in Meeting Canada's Professional, Technical and Trade Skills Challenges = L'apprentissage en milieu de travail: Le role des colleges et instituts canadiens face aux defis canadiens en matiere des competences professionnels et techniques.

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    Malcolmson, Lorna, Ed.

    2002-01-01

    This issue examines selected topics in vocational education in Canadian community colleges. It focuses on the central themes of community college and industry partnerships, vocational education assessment, and vocational and workplace education pedagogical models. Articles include: (1) "Industry and Colleges: Key Partners in Meeting Canada's…

  2. Literacy and Health Project. Phase One. Making the World Healthier and Safer for People Who Can't Read = Projet alphabetisation et sante: Premiere etape. Rendre le milieu plus sain et sans danger pour les personnes qui ne savent pas lire.

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    Ontario Public Health Association, Toronto.

    The Literacy and Health Project was set up to determine how reading and health problems were connected. A research phase documented the relationship between literacy and health. Information was collected from community organizations, literature review, three case studies in Ontario, and key informant interviews. The consultation process involved…

  3. Policy Conversation on Workplace/Workforce Literacy (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, January 22-24, 1995): A Report = Dialogue de Politique sur l'Alphabetisation en Milieu de Travail/de la Main-d'Oeuvre (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 22-24 Janvier, 1995): Un Document de Synthese.

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    National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).

    This document is a compilation of a variety of documents that were prepared to summarize and document the Policy Conversation on Workplace and Work Force Literacy that was held in Canada to give concerned individuals an opportunity to share their hopes, concerns, dreams, and visions about key issues in workplace literacy. The following documents…

  4. Francais langue etrangere en milieu homoglotte et alloglotte: quels enseignements pour quelles pratiques effectives, quelles pratiques effectives apres quels enseignements? (French as a Foreign Language in Homoglot and Alloglot Environments: What Lessons To Teach for Which Effective Practices, Which Effective Practices Follow What Lessons?)

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    Gauthier, Claude, Ed.; Jeanneret, Therese, Ed.

    2000-01-01

    The articles in this volume are based on a survey of language learners carried out at five Swiss universities. The surveys (done through interviews and questionnaires) concern the ways that students encounter their second language (French) outside the classroom, and which of those practices are the most effective in improving their French. The…

  5. Évaluation des propriétés énergétiques et microphysiques d'une source de convection artificielle à partir d' une étude de combustion organisée de fuel-oil en milieu naturel

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    Dinh, Pham Van; Benech, B.; Diamant, W.

    To evaluate the potential environmental impacts of waste heat released by future dry cooling towers, an oil burning system which emits sensible heat at a rate of the order of 1000 MW into the atmosphere has been built up at the Centre de Recherches Atmosphériques. The project involved development of an oil burner device and experiments to quantify the amounts of heat and other matters released from oil combustion, such as gas and aerosol, that are not present in the case of cooling towers but may interact with heat and cause complications. The burner produces a flame of 3-5 m in height and 0.5-1.5 m in diameter. Fuel is consumed at a rate of 3.5-16.5 ℓ min -1 at a pressure of 30-60 bars to develop a thermal output of 3-11 MW. The thermal power is distributed into three parts: sensible heat (82%), radiative energy (7-13%) and forced convection energy ( ~ 6 %); the two latter energy forms also heat the ambient air and so increase the real sensible heat output which eventually reaches 90 % of the thermal power. When the plume rises to some tens of meters, the combustion gas density is not very different from the air density and the additional water vapor does not exceed 5 % of the ambient water vapor. Smoke aerosol produced at the rate of 2-6gkg -1 of fuel-oil exhibits a maximum concentration of 10 7 particles cm -3 with a mean diameter of 0.5μm. The aerosol consists essentially of hydrophobic carbon (97%), while other elements, that may form hygroscopic or ice nuclei are present only in trace concentrations. The gaseous sulfur content may be higher but the SO 2 oxidation rate is very slow and then the cloud condensation nuclei amounts injected by the plume are neglegible in comparison with the natural nuclei. Thus the thermal impact on the atmosphere of the fuel oil combustion is essentially due to its thermodynamic characteristics, and our 105-burner system (Météotron) should correctly simulate in full scale a dry cooling tower. The smoke particles are quite useful as they make the plume visible and are used as passive tracers of the thermal disturbance.

  6. Workplace Learning: The Role of Canadian Colleges and Institutes in Meeting Canada's Professional, Technical and Trade Skills Challenges = L'apprentissage en milieu de travail: Le role des colleges et instituts canadiens face aux defis canadiens en matiere des competences professionnels et techniques.

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    Malcolmson, Lorna, Ed.

    2002-01-01

    This issue examines selected topics in vocational education in Canadian community colleges. It focuses on the central themes of community college and industry partnerships, vocational education assessment, and vocational and workplace education pedagogical models. Articles include: (1) "Industry and Colleges: Key Partners in Meeting Canada's…

  7. Une méthode de calcul des coefficients de réflexion et de transmission d'une houle bidimensionnelle en milieu confinéA new method for the calculation of transmission and reflection coefficients for water waves in a small basin

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    Duclos, Gaëlle; Clément, Alain H.

    2003-03-01

    This paper presents a method to estimate reflected and transmitted wave amplitude spectra in a bounded domain such as a wave tank, when available data signals must be shortened due to interferences and wall effects. This paper extends the well known Goda and Suzuki two-probe method to three probes. The paper also suggests solutions to compute reliable transmission and reflection coefficients in spite of problems linked to higher harmonics and to the interference between different wave trains propagating in the tank. To cite this article: G. Duclos, A.H. Clément, C. R. Mecanique 331 (2003).

  8. Le role de l'identite ethnique dans l'acquisition et la retention de competences culturelles et de communication en milieu minoritaire francophone du Nord de l'Ontario (The Role of Ethnic Identity in Acquisition and Retention of Cultural and Communicative Competence in a Francophone Minority Context in Northern Ontario).

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    Duquette, Georges

    A two-and-a-half-year study in northern Ontario (Canada) investigated the relationship between characteristics of the minority French-speaking community, home environment, and the school and classroom environments. Focus was on factors affecting the development and maintenance of cultural awareness, ethnic identity, and communicative competence in…

  9. Cultivating the Flow of Community Literacy

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    Feigenbaum, Paul

    2016-01-01

    Emerging from the keynote address at the inaugural Conference on Community Writing, this snapshot examines how an engaged infrastructure for community writing might operate as a flow-cultivation milieu. Such a milieu would facilitate self-determination, which suggests that people do their most compelling, rewarding, and innovative work when they…

  10. Kinderland in the Fatherland: Growing Children in Imperial Berlin

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    Brian, Amanda

    2009-01-01

    This dissertation explores the milieu in which children of Imperial Berlin were raised. When contemporaries in the rapidly expanding capital of the Second German Empire (1871-1918) looked at children, this milieu darkened. The city, they argued, threatened children's growing bodies, and such institutions as the home, the clinic, and the school…

  11. Communication in Organizations. Technical Report No. 12.

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    Porter, Lyman W.; Roberts, Karlene H.

    This review of research literature from 1963 to 1972 discusses implications of research for analysis of communication behavior in work organizations. The review is organized into four sections: contributions from organizational theory; research related to the interpersonal milieu; research related to the organizational milieu; and an examination…

  12. Beyond the Token Economy: A Comparison of Two Contingency Programs

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    Greenberg, David J.; And Others

    1975-01-01

    To determine whether the addition of milieu principles to a contingency program increases its effectiveness, the investigators compared two treatment programs in a mental hospital: (a) a social learning or token economy approach and (b) a combined social learning and milieu approach. (Author)

  13. Hyperglycemia and anthocyanin inhibit quercetin metabolism in HepG2 cells

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    A high glucose (Glu) milieu promotes generation of reactive oxygen species, which may not only cause cellular damage, but also modulate phase II enzymes that are responsible for the metabolism of flavonoids. Thus, we examined the effect of a high Glu milieu on quercetin (Q) metabolism in HepG2 cells...

  14. Reproductive switch and aging: the case of leptin change in dietary restriction.

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    Koochmeshgi, Jalal

    2004-06-01

    We have proposed that normal food intake is geared toward optimizing the internal milieu for reproduction, despite some components of this milieu being detrimental to health. In dietary restriction, the animal is prevented from eating enough to attain or maintain reproductive capacity and this particular milieu does not materialize. Life extension occurs as a by-product. This idea provides a framework for exploring biomolecular changes in dietary restriction and their relevance to aging. Leptin is a case in point: here, a decrease in leptin level in dietary restriction is explored in the light of leptin's role in the complex signaling system of reproductive switch.

  15. From the litter up and the sky down: Perspectives on urban forest structure and eco-hydrological processes (presentation)

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    The structure of the urban forest represents the complex product of local biophysical conditions, socio-economic milieu, people preferences and management with rare counterparts in rural forests. However, urban forest structure, as similarly observed in rural forests, affects key...

  16. Contestations of Community Development in Australia.

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    Kenny, Susan

    1996-01-01

    Since the 1980s, community development in Australia has become professionalized and operates in a milieu of deregulation and privatization. Development workers struggle with questions of integrity and compromise and the contradictory pulls of modernism and postmodernism. (SK)

  17. Biomarkers of Lung Injury

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    Unlike the hepatic, cardiovascular, nervous, or excretory organ systems, where there .ls a strong contribution of host factors or extracellular biochemical milieu in causing organ damage, the causes of lung injuries and subsequent diseases are primarily from direct environmental ...

  18. From the litter up and the sky down: Perspectives on urban forest structure and eco-hydrological processes (presentation)

    EPA Science Inventory

    The structure of the urban forest represents the complex product of local biophysical conditions, socio-economic milieu, people preferences and management with rare counterparts in rural forests. However, urban forest structure, as similarly observed in rural forests, affects key...

  19. Biomarkers of Lung Injury

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    Unlike the hepatic, cardiovascular, nervous, or excretory organ systems, where there .ls a strong contribution of host factors or extracellular biochemical milieu in causing organ damage, the causes of lung injuries and subsequent diseases are primarily from direct environmental ...

  20. Impact of fetal programming, birth weight, and infant feeding on later hypertension.

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    Ingelfinger, Julie R; Nuyt, Anne-Monique

    2012-06-01

    The concept of developmental origins of adult disease derives from both epidemiologic and basic sciences. This brief review considers the impact of the intrauterine milieu, intrauterine growth retardation, premature birth, and infant feeding on later hypertension and kidney disease.

  1. A view from Riggs: treatment resistance and patient authority -- V. Silencing the messenger: the social dynamics of treatment resistance.

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    Elmendorf, Donna; Parish, Margaret

    2007-01-01

    Treatment resistance has emerged as a significant issue in our era emphasizing biological treatments for psychiatric disorders. Some treatment programs utilize milieu treatment to advance work with treatment resistant patients. This article (1) explores the social factors that contribute to and exacerbate treatment resistance (2) reviews the theoretical framework and rationale of a therapeutic community milieu treatment program, and (3) illustrates therapeutic community work with two treatment resistant patients.

  2. Impact of mycobacterial culture among HIV-infected adults with presumed TB in Uganda: a prospective cohort study.

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    Semitala, F C; Chaisson, L H; den Boon, S; Walter, N; Cattamanchi, A; Awor, M; Katende, J; Huang, L; Joloba, M; Albert, H; Kamya, M R; Davis, J L

    2015-06-21

    Contexte : La mise en œuvre de nouvelles stratégies de diagnostic de la tuberculose (TB) dans les contextes de ressources limitées constitue un défi. Nous avons mesuré l'impact des cultures mycobactériennes en milieu solide et liquide sur les pratiques de traitement des patients ayant une évaluation de la TB à Kampala, Ouganda.Méthodes : Nous avons enrôlé des patients adultes consécutifs à frottis négatif, positifs pour le virus de l'immunodéficience humaine avec toux de ⩾2 semaines, de septembre 2009 à avril 2010. Les techniciens de laboratoire ont réalisé des cultures mycobactériennes en milieu solide et liquide. Nous avons comparé les décisions de traitement empirique aux cultures en milieu solide et liquide en termes de rendement diagnostique et de délai d'obtention des résultats et nous avons évalué l'impact sur la gestion des patients.Résultats : Des 200 patients enrôlés, 26 (13%) avaient une TB confirmée par culture, 22 (85%) par culture en milieu solide seule, 2 (8%) par culture en milieu liquide seul et 2 (8%) par culture à la fois en milieu solide et liquide. Trente-quatre patients ont reçu un traitement de TB empirique, mais seulement 10 (29%) ont eu une TB à culture positive. Le délai médian d'obtention d'un résultat de culture positive en milieu solide a été de 92 jours (IQR 69–148). Le délai médian d'obtention d'un résultat de culture positive en milieu liquide a été de 106 jours (IQR 66–157). Aucun patient n'a commencé un traitement à la suite d'un résultat de culture positive en milieu liquide.Conclusion : L'introduction de la culture mycobactérienne n'a pas influencé les soins aux patients bénéficiant d'une évaluation de TB à Kampala, Ouganda. Il est nécessaire d'être attentif aux facteurs contextuels entourant la mise en œuvre afin d'assurer une introduction effective de nouvelles stratégies de tests dans les pays à faible revenu.

  3. Effects of a recovery-oriented cognitive therapy training program on inpatient staff attitudes and incidents of seclusion and restraint.

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    Chang, Nadine A; Grant, Paul M; Luther, Lauren; Beck, Aaron T

    2014-05-01

    We investigated the feasibility of implementing a recovery-oriented cognitive therapy (CT-R) milieu training program in an urban acute psychiatric inpatient unit. Over a 1-month period, 29 staff members learned short-term CT-R strategies and techniques in an 8-h workshop. Trainees' perceptions of CT-R, beliefs about the therapeutic milieu, and attitudes about working with individuals with psychosis were evaluated both before the workshop and 6 months after the workshop had been completed. Incidents of seclusion and restraint on the unit were also tallied prior to and after the training. Results indicate that staff perceptions of CT-R and their beliefs about the therapeutic environment significantly improved, whereas staff attitudes towards individuals with psychosis remained the same. Incidents of seclusion and restraint also decreased after the training. These findings provide evidence that CT-R training is feasible and can improve the therapeutic milieu of an acute psychiatric inpatient unit.

  4. Les infections à Pseudomonas aeruginosa au service des maladies infectieuses du CHU YO, Burkina Faso: à propos deux cas

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    Mamoudou, Savadogo; Lassina, Dao; Fla, Koueta

    2015-01-01

    Nous rapportons deux cas d'infection à Pseudomonas aeruginosa: un cas de méningite et un cas d'infection urinaire. Les auteurs rappellent qu’à côté des étiologies classiques des méningites et des infections urinaires, des germes résistants comme Pseudomonas aeruginosa peuvent être responsables d'infections à localisation méningées et urinaires et dont il faut connaître pour une bonne prise en charge. Le traitement de ces infections requiert un antibiogramme au regard de la grande capacité de résistance de Pseudomonas aeruginosa en milieu hospitalier. La limitation des gestes invasifs et l'application rigoureuse des mesures de prévention des infections en milieu hospitalier contribueront à lutter efficacement contre ces infections en milieu de soins. PMID:26491521

  5. The influence of environmental factors on bone tissue engineering.

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    Szpalski, Caroline; Sagebin, Fabio; Barbaro, Marissa; Warren, Stephen M

    2013-05-01

    Bone repair and regeneration are dynamic processes that involve a complex interplay between the substrate, local and systemic cells, and the milieu. Although each constituent plays an integral role in faithfully recreating the skeleton, investigators have long focused their efforts on scaffold materials and design, cytokine and hormone administration, and cell-based therapies. Only recently have the intangible aspects of the milieu received their due attention. In this review, we highlight the important influence of environmental factors on bone tissue engineering. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. The Differential Effect of Three Naturalistic Language Interventions on Language Use in Children with Autism

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    Ingersoll, Brooke

    2011-01-01

    Naturalistic interventions show promise for improving language in children with autism. Specific interventions differ in direct elicitation of child language and indirect language stimulation, and thus may produce different language outcomes. This study compared the effects of responsive interaction, milieu teaching, and a combined intervention on…

  7. Positive Emotions: Passionate Scholarship and Student Transformation

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    Beard, Colin; Humberstone, Barbara; Clayton, Ben

    2014-01-01

    This paper challenges the practical and conceptual understanding of the role of emotions in higher education from the twin perspectives of transition and transformation. Focusing on the neglected area of positive emotions, exploratory data reveal a rich, low-level milieu of undergraduate emotional awareness in students chiefly attributed to…

  8. A New Breed of Social Studies Teachers? Or New School Systems?

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    Wisniewski, Richard

    University education departments and teacher educators are not presently providing the innovative reform-minded milieu necessary to develop vital, deeply committed social studies teachers. Education degree programs are remarkably similiar in course requirements and format, emphasizing traditional lecture oriented courses and student teaching.…

  9. Exploring Differences between Self-Regulated Learning Strategies of High and Low Achievers in Open Distance Learning

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    Geduld, Bernadette

    2016-01-01

    Open distance students differ in their preparedness for higher education studies. Students who are less self-regulated risk failure and drop out in the challenging milieu of open distance learning. In this study, the differences between the application of self-regulated learning strategies by low and high achievers were explored. A multi-method…

  10. Geographic Considerations in International Studies.

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    Kott, Richard F.

    Based on students' generally shallow knowledge of geographic concepts on the one hand and a new and almost universal awareness of man in his milieu on the other, the author seeks to draw attention to the discipline of geography, and more specifically, political geography as an essential, fundamental component of international studies. The…

  11. Behavioral Management Leads to Reduction in Aggression in a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Unit

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    Dean, Angela J.; Duke, Suzanne G.; George, Michelle; Scott, James

    2007-01-01

    Objective: Aggression is common in children and adolescents admitted to psychiatric inpatient units. Few interventions for reducing aggressive behaviors have been identified. This study aimed to evaluate the impact of a milieu-based behavioral management program on the frequency of aggressive behaviors in a child and adolescent mental health…

  12. Re(con)ceiving Young Children's Curricular Performativity

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    Sellers, Marg

    2010-01-01

    Working (with) Deleuzo-Guattarian philosophical imaginaries opens (to) a multiplicity of possibilities for thinking differently about curriculum, young children and how they perform their curricular understandings. In this article I work (as) rhizome, bringing the imaginaries "becoming" and "milieu" into an early childhood curriculum conversation…

  13. Human Development Theories and Their Applicability to the Middle School Program. A Position Paper.

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    Jordan, Lois E.

    This paper examines theories of human development within the context of the models presented by the schools of cognitive learning, behavioralism, psychoanalysis, and humanistic views of growth. Stress is placed on the stages of human development that provides a means of better meeting the needs of students ages 10-14 in the middle school milieu.…

  14. Comment: universality of formal operational thought.

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    Mwamwenda, T S

    1992-08-01

    Piaget suggested four stages of development (sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete and formal operations) may be universally observed, but only the first three have been confirmed because few people attain formal operations. Both Westerners and Africans may attain formal operations, however, given the way they reason and interact in their milieu.

  15. Piaget Versus Materialism: A Concordance of the Discordance.

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    Burger, Henry G.

    The purpose of this paper is to disconfirm Piaget's theory of an invariant sequence of intellectual maturation for all youths in all cultures. The author's view is that the kinds and sequences of human development vary greatly, depending on the cultural milieu. The author derives 36 propositions from Piaget's theory, dismisses 5 of them as…

  16. Seeking Resilience and Sustainability: Outdoor Education in Singapore

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    Martin, Peter; Ho, Susanna

    2009-01-01

    Outdoor education is not a universal value. Rather, outdoor education's contributions need to be grounded in time, place and culture. In this paper we describe the historical and cultural milieu that has enabled the emergence of outdoor education in Singapore and report on exploratory survey research into Singaporean teachers' conceptions of…

  17. Comparing Cyberbullying and School Bullying among School Students: Prevalence, Gender, and Grade Level Differences

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    Lapidot-Lefler, Noam; Dolev-Cohen, Michal

    2015-01-01

    Recent technological developments have added cyberspace as part of adolescents' social milieu. Bullying, which is prevalent in adolescents' social environment, also takes place in cyberspace, although it is believed to have a more potent and harmful effect. A study of cyberbullying and FtF bullying could elucidate critical implications for…

  18. Development of pre-implantation porcine embryos cultured within a three-dimensional alginate hydrogel system either conjugated with Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) peptide or supplemented with secreted phosphoprotein 1 (SPP1)

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    Many uterine specific factors have been shown to be increased within the uterine milieu as the porcine embryo initiates elongation. Secreted phosphoprotein 1 (SPP1) is increased during this time and contains an Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) peptide sequence that has been shown to bind to cell surface integrins ...

  19. Mobile Applications and Decolonization: Cautionary Notes about the Curriculum of Code

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    Smith, Bryan

    2016-01-01

    The current generation of students live and learn within a pedagogical milieu saturated by digital technologies. Curriculum scholars have not ignored this, theorizing and critiquing the ways that technology both affords and limits opportunities for students. Notably absent from this conversation, however, is a consideration of how the technologies…

  20. A Case for Inserting Community into Public School Curriculum

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    Theobald, Paul

    2006-01-01

    This essay contends that there are fundamental connections between a nation's political arrangements and its educational efforts on behalf of youth. Though the common school architects of the nineteenth century recognized these connections, they were profoundly forgotten in a later Darwinian milieu that suggested--our allegiance to democracy…

  1. Monitoring the Future: National Survey Results on Drug Use, 1975-2005. Volume 1: Secondary School Students, 2005. NIH Publication No. 06-5883

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    Johnston, Lloyd D.; O'Malley, Patrick M.; Bachman, Jerald G.; Schulenberg, John E.

    2006-01-01

    This monograph provides the 1975-2005 national trends in smoking, drinking, and illicit drug use among American secondary school students. It covers subgroup differences, attitudes and beliefs about use, social milieu, degree and duration of drug highs, initiation rates, prevalence and frequency, and trends in illicit drug and alcohol use. Drug…

  2. Harmonizing the Educational Globe. World Polity, Cultural Features, and the Challenges to Educational Research

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    Trohler, Daniel

    2010-01-01

    The general thesis of this paper is that the motives of the currently dominant global educational governance are rooted in a specific cultural milieu in the time of the Cold War, more precisely in the late 1950s, heading to a harmonious world. The more specific thesis is that a series of failures in the achievement of this harmonized globe led to…

  3. Jean-Marie Straub.

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    Roud, Richard

    This book covers the life and aesthetic qualities of the work of the European film-maker Jean-Marie Straub (1933- ). It contains introductory chapters on the biography and artistic milieu of Straub and continues with a chapter-by-chapter critical treatment of each of his films: "Machorka-Muff"; "Not Reconciled"; "Chronicle…

  4. Piaget Versus Materialism: A Concordance of the Discordance.

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    Burger, Henry G.

    The purpose of this paper is to disconfirm Piaget's theory of an invariant sequence of intellectual maturation for all youths in all cultures. The author's view is that the kinds and sequences of human development vary greatly, depending on the cultural milieu. The author derives 36 propositions from Piaget's theory, dismisses 5 of them as…

  5. Beyond an Initial Campus Heritage Survey: Creating an Infrastructure for Renewal

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    Neuman, David J.

    2011-01-01

    Given their value to the student experience, institutional identity, alumni loyalty, and economic welfare, historic preservation efforts must unite with institutional sustainability efforts and other high priorities to develop an approach for mutual success. Further, it is important to recognize the limits in the current milieu of economic…

  6. The Operational Seminar: A Training Method To Foster Development. Literacy Lessons.

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    de Clerck, Marcel

    An operational seminar is an in-the-field demonstration for those involved in the process of change that all community development projects require. It does not require previous theoretical exposure of any kind. On the basis of the analysis of a specific milieu, the seminar participants put together a program of activities, choosing appropriate…

  7. Left-Wing Tragedy or Comic Opera?: A New Look at the Demise of "The Masses".

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    Heinze, Kirk

    Although the suppression in 1917 of "The Masses," an influential Socialist magazine, has been depicted as an American tragedy, such a narrow interpretation ignores the bizarre, confused, often comic developments and episodes that attended the magazine's end. A reexamination of the demise of "The Masses" has been made to show the milieu in which…

  8. Challenges for Curriculum Leadership in Contemporary Teacher Education

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    Parkes, Robert J.

    2013-01-01

    This paper outlines the complex contemporary milieu of Australian teacher education within which curriculum leaders responsible for designing teacher education programs must make their program design decisions. Particular attention is paid to the collision of vertical ("hierarchical" or "academic rationalist") and horizontal…

  9. Knowledge Production through Interdisciplinary Skills: Producing an Effective Postgraduate Research Curriculum

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    Chitakunye, Pepukayi; Takhar-Lail, Amandeep

    2015-01-01

    This study contributes to existing methodological knowledge by showing how a transformed research methods curriculum, which is beyond the milieu of schooling, can engage postgraduate students in a critical dialogue on how knowledge is produced in industry and higher education. Initial insights are drawn from two interpretive studies that employed…

  10. A Case for Inserting Community into Public School Curriculum

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    Theobald, Paul

    2006-01-01

    This essay contends that there are fundamental connections between a nation's political arrangements and its educational efforts on behalf of youth. Though the common school architects of the nineteenth century recognized these connections, they were profoundly forgotten in a later Darwinian milieu that suggested--our allegiance to democracy…

  11. A Retrospective Examination of a University's Thirteen Years in Latin America.

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    Blood, Ronald E.; And Others

    The context of educational reform within which U.S. higher education has worked in selected Latin American countries is examined, with attention directed to the specific experience of the University of New Mexico. The evolution of the Latin American Programs in Education office (LAPE) in the university setting, the organizational milieu in which…

  12. Traditional Educational Philosophy: Relevance to Baccalaureate Curriculum Development.

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    Peebles, Wilma C.; Suval, Elizabeth M.

    1983-01-01

    The instructional relevance of four educational philosophies--idealism, realism, experimentalism, and existentialism--to the undergraduate social work curriculum design and educational milieu is explored. The relationship of the problem-solving focus of experimentalism to social work intervention is discussed. (MSE)

  13. Urbanism from the Perspective of Ecological Psychologists

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    Gump, Paul V.; Adelgerg, Bettina

    1978-01-01

    A perception of ecological psychology on urbanism is presented, with emphasis on the following premises: (1) Urban milieu consists of complexes of behavior settings; and (2) Size of a city should be understood in relationship to the number and variety of its settings, rather than in terms of population size. (Author/MA)

  14. Towards a Pedagogy of a New Social Contract: Lessons from the Participatory Budget in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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    Streck, Danilo Romeu

    2004-01-01

    The paper analyses the pedagogical dimension of the process of Participatory Budgeting in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), taking into consideration the local and regional culture as well as the wider political milieu. The question this paper engages with is whether, in this social movement involving around 400,000 people in 2001, there…

  15. Towards a Pedagogy of a New Social Contract: Lessons from Participatory Budgeting in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil).

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    Streck, Danilo R.

    This paper analyzes the pedagogical dimension within the process of participatory budgeting in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, taking into consideration the local and regional culture, as well as the political milieu. The question is whether, in this social movement which involved around 400,000 people in 2001, signs can be identified that…

  16. Modeling Fear of Crime in Dallas Neighborhoods: A Test of Social Capital Theory

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    Ferguson, Kristin M.; Mindel, Charles H.

    2007-01-01

    This study tested a model of the effects of different predictors on individuals' levels of fear of crime in Dallas neighborhoods. Given its dual focus on individual perceptions and community-level interactions, social capital theory was selected as the most appropriate framework to explore fear of crime within the neighborhood milieu. A structural…

  17. The Bear and the Foxes Understanding Soviet Policy in the Warsaw Pact.

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    1981-06-01

    embraces the xeno- phobia , anti-intellectualism and anti-democratic traditions of old Moscow. The unique cultural milieu of the peasant village and the...be synony- mous with the extinction of the socialist system. It is the catastrophic consequences of defeat which motivates the Soviet Union to

  18. Lessons From Bosnia: The IFOR Experience

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    1998-01-01

    cialists, engineers, agricultural experts, economists, public health officials, veterinarians, communications experts, and many others. These were...milieu urbain ,” Les Cahiers de la Fondation pour les Etudes de Défense, 6/1997, p. 53.) 89This conflict also reflected the somewhat traditional tension

  19. The Learning Combination Lock--An Experiential Approach to Learning Design.

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    Wilson, John P.; Beard, Colin

    2003-01-01

    An experiential learning model based on information processing is the foundation for the learning combination lock model, which depicts how six factors (or tumblers) may be selected and combined to develop effective learning opportunities. The factors are places and elements, milieu, senses, emotions, forms of intelligence, and ways of learning.…

  20. The Evolution of Library Outreach 1960-75 and Its Effect on Reader Services: Some Considerations. Occasional Paper Number 16.

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    Weibel, Kathleen

    The literature of American public library outreach services over a 15-year period is reviewed in the context of the War on Poverty milieu and the four functions of reader services: information, instruction, guidance, and stimulation to use. Three formats were typically present in this literature: broad statements of need, justifications of…

  1. From Command to Constructivism: Canadian Secondary School Physical Education Curriculum and "Teaching Games for Understanding"

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    Singleton, Ellen

    2009-01-01

    Canadian physical educators have fought long and hard to be recognized as legitimate contributors to school curricula. In claiming alliances with discourses of medicine and morality, science and psychology, proponents of physical education have sought to be recognized and validated within the educational milieu. These claims have fundamentally…

  2. Ravishing or Ravaged: Women's Relationships with Women in the Context of Aging and Western Beauty Culture

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    Gosselink, Carol A.; Cox, Deborah L.; McClure, Sarissa J.; De Jong, Mary L. G.

    2008-01-01

    We undertook this narrative analysis study to explore the complexities of women's relationships with other women within the sociocultural milieu of beautyism and ageism. Using an open-ended narrative framework, four focus groups of women living in different regions throughout the U.S. were conducted and analyzed to identify thematic categories…

  3. A Physiologist's View of Homeostasis

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    Modell, Harold; Cliff, William; Michael, Joel; McFarland, Jenny; Wenderoth, Mary Pat; Wright, Ann

    2015-01-01

    Homeostasis is a core concept necessary for understanding the many regulatory mechanisms in physiology. Claude Bernard originally proposed the concept of the constancy of the "milieu interieur," but his discussion was rather abstract. Walter Cannon introduced the term "homeostasis" and expanded Bernard's notion of…

  4. A Case for Naturalistic Assessment of Reading Comprehension.

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    Moore, David W.

    1983-01-01

    Presents a historical overview of the introduction of the major reading comprehension assessments, showing that the predominant approaches were shaped by the prevailing educational measurement milieu and were implemented largely in response to public pressure. Argues in favor of a naturalistic reading comprehension assessment for evaluating those…

  5. From Command to Constructivism: Canadian Secondary School Physical Education Curriculum and "Teaching Games for Understanding"

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    Singleton, Ellen

    2009-01-01

    Canadian physical educators have fought long and hard to be recognized as legitimate contributors to school curricula. In claiming alliances with discourses of medicine and morality, science and psychology, proponents of physical education have sought to be recognized and validated within the educational milieu. These claims have fundamentally…

  6. Matching the Student with the Most Appropriate Assistive Technology: Evaluation of the Assistive Technology Device Predisposition Assessment (ATD PA).

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    Scherer, Marcia J.; McKee, Barbara G.

    To those who look to technology to enhance a person's quality of life and not merely to restore capability, it is more important and cost effective to consider environmental modifications and the functions of devices within a comprehensive context of varying situations (Milieu characteristics); user interests, needs, capabilities, expectations,…

  7. Public Relations in Contemporary India: Current Demands and Strategy.

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    Singh, Raveena

    2000-01-01

    Discusses India's new direction and the persistent and insistent demand for public relations. Explains the strategic plan of the professional body in running the gauntlet in this new milieu and the pertinaciousness and urgency of the challenges ahead for public relations. (SC)

  8. Dynamic Assessment of Graphic Symbol Combinations by Children with Autism.

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    Nigam, Ravi

    2001-01-01

    This article offers teaching strategies in the dynamic assessment of the potential of students with autism to acquire and use multiple graphic symbol combinations for communicative purposes. Examples are given of the matrix strategy and milieu language teaching strategies. It also describes the Individualized Communication-Care Protocol, which…

  9. Tracing Family, Teaching Race: Critical Race Pedagogy in the Millennial Sociology Classroom

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    Mueller, Jennifer C.

    2013-01-01

    The "millennial" historical moment presents fresh dilemmas for race-critical instructors. In addition to being well-versed in colorblind racial discourse, millennial students are socialized in a pop-cultural milieu that implies a more integrated, racially egalitarian world than exists in reality and includes claims that U.S. society is now…

  10. How Higher Education Institutions Contribute to the Growth in Regions of Europe?

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    Lilles, Alo; Rõigas, Kärt

    2017-01-01

    Various studies show that higher education institutions contribute to regional economic development by R&D, creation of human capital, knowledge and technology transfer, and by creation of a favourable milieu. It is brought out that the basic procedure is to sum expenditures of the college community (students, faculty, staff and visitors)…

  11. Impact of dietary fibers on nutrient management and detoxification organs: Gut, liver, and kidneys

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    Increased dietary fiber (DF) intake elicits a wide range of physiological effects, not just locally in the gut, but systemically. Dietary fibers can greatly alter the gut milieu by impacting the gut microbiome, which in turn influences the gut barrier, gastrointestinal immune and endocrine response...

  12. Grand Designs! Analysing the Conceptual Tensions Associated with New Physical Education and Health and Well-Being Curriculum

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    Thorburn, Malcolm; Horrell, Andrew

    2014-01-01

    The positioning of physical education in the school curriculum continues to reflect external discourses circulating in political and social milieu. As increasing austerity measures influence and restrict educational priorities, we consider that there is an urgent need for physical educationalists to articulate a rationale for an educational…

  13. A RESEARCH DEMONSTRATION TO ASSESS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A SPECIAL LIVING UNIT WITHIN A UNIVERSITY DORMITORY SETTING FOR THE REHABILITATION OF STUDENTS DISABLED BY EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCE.

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    SINNETT, E. ROBERT

    USE OF A RESIDENCE HALL AS A THERAPEUTIC MILIEU FOR DISTURBED COLLEGE STUDENTS IS DESCRIBED IN THIS REPORT OF A RESEARCH AND DEMONSTRATION STUDY. THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP CONSISTED OF TEN DISTURBED STUDENTS, AND A CONTROL GROUP WAS COMPOSED OF 10 VOLUNTEER STUDENTS. ALL STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN THE REGULAR RESIDENCE HALL PROGRAMS (ORGANIZATIONAL…

  14. A Randomized Comparison of the Effect of Two Prelinguistic Communication Interventions on the Acquisition of Spoken Communication in Preschoolers with ASD

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    Yoder, Paul; Stone, Wendy L.

    2006-01-01

    Purpose: This randomized group experiment compared the efficacy of 2 communication interventions (Responsive Education and Prelinguistic Milieu Teaching [RPMT] and the Picture Exchange Communication System [PECS]) on spoken communication in 36 preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Method: Each treatment was delivered to children for a…

  15. Tracing Lines of Meaning: A Course Redesign for Dance Pedagogy

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    Enghauser, Rebecca Gose

    2012-01-01

    The 21st-century dance milieu demands that a dancer possess a highly diverse skill set, including effective teaching skills and a broader appreciation of a pedagogical orientation. It is vital that in preparing dance educators, we create opportunities for students to reflect on their dance learning histories and consequential beliefs about…

  16. The Effects and Feasibility of Using Tiered Instruction to Increase Conversational Turn Taking for Preschoolers with and without Disabilities

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    Robbins, Sandra Hess

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to examine the effectiveness and feasibility of using tiered instruction to increase the frequency of conversational turn taking (CTT) among preschoolers with and without disabilities in an inclusive setting. Three CTT interventions (Universal Design for Learning, Peer Mediated Instruction, and Milieu Teaching) were…

  17. Trust Development in Outdoor Leadership

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    Shooter, Wynn; Paisley, Karen; Sibthorp, Jim

    2010-01-01

    Establishing trusting relationships between leaders and participants is one way that outdoor leaders can create an emotionally safe and productive milieu that supports the attainment of desirable outcomes. Multidisciplinary literature offers considerable insight into leader trust development and the outcomes that are linked to trust in a leader.…

  18. Emily Dickinson Was a Poetess

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    Greene, Elsa

    1972-01-01

    Author discusses issues inherent in Emily Dickinson's effort to define herself and to perceive truthfully the milieu in which she experienced life. To appreciate Dickinson, one must not be offended by the reminder that she was a poetess.'' (Author/NL)

  19. Fostering Scholarship Capacity: The Experience of Nurse Educators

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    Cash, Penelope A.; Tate, Betty

    2012-01-01

    In a milieu where traditional views of scholarship are embedded in the culture of educational institutions, and nursing programs in particular, this paper reports on a research project designed to support nurse educators' capacity to engage in scholarly activities. Rogers' (2003, 2004) "Diffusion of Innovation" model provided a…

  20. "The Last of the Mohicans" Reconsidered.

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    Merchant, Peter

    1993-01-01

    Identifies in the novel, "The Last of the Mohicans," some of the artistic strategies by which James Fenimore Cooper converted the tale into the novel. Considers why the novel continues to provoke cultural interest in today's milieu. Overviews the historical reception of the work. (HB)

  1. The Experience of Initial Management Training in ELT

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    Rimmer, Wayne

    2016-01-01

    Management training in ELT organizations is often inadequate. New managers are in severe need of training, especially for tasks which are non-pedagogical, yet they operate in a milieu where there are few opportunities for support compared with colleagues in mainstream education. The purpose of this case study, a rare evidence-based contribution to…

  2. "Why Girls Go Wrong": Advising Female Teen Readers in the Early Twentieth Century

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    Pierce, Jennifer Burek

    2007-01-01

    This article traces historical uses of the phrase "why girls go wrong" to provide a context for analysis of Progressive Era reading guidance for girls and then turns to actual girls' responses to reading. The historic context depicts the milieu in which young women and the advisors who sought to guide them lived and read as a time of intense…

  3. Comparing Cyberbullying and School Bullying among School Students: Prevalence, Gender, and Grade Level Differences

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    Lapidot-Lefler, Noam; Dolev-Cohen, Michal

    2015-01-01

    Recent technological developments have added cyberspace as part of adolescents' social milieu. Bullying, which is prevalent in adolescents' social environment, also takes place in cyberspace, although it is believed to have a more potent and harmful effect. A study of cyberbullying and FtF bullying could elucidate critical implications for…

  4. Towards a Pedagogy of a New Social Contract: Lessons from the Participatory Budget in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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    Streck, Danilo Romeu

    2004-01-01

    The paper analyses the pedagogical dimension of the process of Participatory Budgeting in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), taking into consideration the local and regional culture as well as the wider political milieu. The question this paper engages with is whether, in this social movement involving around 400,000 people in 2001, there…

  5. Augmenting Caregiver Responsiveness: An Intervention Proposal for Youngsters with Autism in Brazil

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    Nunes, Débora R. P.; Araújo, Eliana R.; Walter, Elizabeth; Soares, Rute; Mendonça, Camila

    2016-01-01

    Language disorders that affect children with autism spectrum disorder can bring significant damage to their overall development. Research shows that the best treatment practices for this population are those that start early, have active parental collaboration and are held in natural milieu. In Brazil, early intervention programs are typically…

  6. The effects of pre- and probiotics on the host immune response

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    The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is the largest interface between an animal’s internal milieu and its exterior environment. As such, it forms a physical barrier between both environments. However, the function of the GI tract in the well-being of an animal is more complex than this passive role. T...

  7. Early growth response protein-1 mediates lipotoxicity-associated placental inflammation: Role in maternal obesity

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    Obesity is associated with low-grade chronic inflammation, which contributes to cellular dysfunction promoting metabolic disease. Obesity during pregnancy leads to a pro-inflammatory milieu in the placenta; however, the underlying causes for obesity-induced placental inflammation remain unclear. H...

  8. Emotional Sequelae of Abortion: Implications for Clinical Practice.

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    Lemkau, Jeanne Parr

    1988-01-01

    Summarizes literature on normative reactions to abortion and factors that increase risk of negative emotional sequelae. Discusses characteristics of woman, social support and cultural milieu around the abortion, the medical environment and abortion procedure itself, and events subsequent to abortion which may cause conflict. Discusses implications…

  9. Jean-Marie Straub.

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    Roud, Richard

    This book covers the life and aesthetic qualities of the work of the European film-maker Jean-Marie Straub (1933- ). It contains introductory chapters on the biography and artistic milieu of Straub and continues with a chapter-by-chapter critical treatment of each of his films: "Machorka-Muff"; "Not Reconciled"; "Chronicle…

  10. Mice fed a high-fat diet supplemented with resistant starch display marked shifts in the liver metabolome concurrent with altered gut bacteria

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    High-amylose maize resistant starch type 2 (HAMRS2) is a fermentable dietary fiber known to alter the gut milieu, including the gut microbiota, which may explain reported effects of resistant starch to ameliorate obesity-associated metabolic dysfunction. Our working hypothesis is that HAMRS2-induced...

  11. Preparing Globally Competent Teacher Candidates through Cross-Cultural Experiential Learning

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    Kopish, Michael A.

    2016-01-01

    This manuscript presents findings and implications from a case study of one global educator's attempt to develop globally competent teacher candidates in an elective teacher preparation course. Global Citizenship Education served as the framing paradigm for the course and human experiences of immigrants and refugees served as the milieu for…

  12. A Native American Voice in Multicultural Psychology: Finding Healing in an Interpersonal Tapestry

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    Robbins, Rockey R.

    2012-01-01

    The tribal-cultural milieu in which the author was raised incited awareness that Native American people live in a great tapestry of life where everything and everyone is interconnected. It is an awareness that cannot be taught through lectures or books. It is an awareness of connectedness that Native American people had in early childhood but was…

  13. Dynamic Geometry Environments as a Source of Rich Learning Contexts for the Complex Activity of Proving.

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    Laborde, Colette

    2000-01-01

    Attempts to develop a global discussion about the roles of dynamic geometry systems (DGS) by addressing four points: (1) the variety of possible contexts for proof in a DGS; (2) the dual nature of proof (cognitive and social) as reflected in the "milieu" constructed around the use of a DGS; (3) from observing to proving; and (4) overcoming the…

  14. Middle School Teacher Education: Staying the Course during Trying Times

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    George, Paul S.

    2004-01-01

    In the context of today's turbulent university life, public education debates, and highly charged political milieu, the phrase "middle school teacher education" might be said to describe a less-than-quiet target of opportunity for a whole host of groups who despise the values, meanings, and the central goals of the middle school movement…

  15. Elementary School Classroom Teacher Delivered Physical Education: Costs, Benefits and Barriers

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    Sherman, Clay P.; Tran, Cynthia; Alves, Yara

    2010-01-01

    Given academic priorities and budgetary constraints in the current elementary school milieu, the classroom teacher will likely remain a primary physical education provider. Understanding classroom teachers' perspectives related to costs, benefits, and barriers to teaching physical education is essential to understanding physical education…

  16. Innovation in Late Medieval Educational Thought: Vincent of Beauvais, Ramon Lull, and Pierre Dubois.

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    McCarthy, Joseph M.

    The agenda of 13th and 14th century educational theorists embraced issues that stimulated innovation in educational theory and practice. Christian thinkers of the late middle ages were preoccupied with adapting their educational notions to the changing conditions of their socio-political milieu. The question of the training of Christian rulers…

  17. Studying Intertextuality, Discourse and Narratives to Conceptualize and Contextualize Online Learning Environments

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    Voithofer, Rick

    2006-01-01

    To demonstrate how qualitative methods can be used to guide the planning of online learning within the cultural and intertextual milieu of the Internet, this project gives the data, methods and the results of the contextualization and conceptualization of an online learning environment. The learning environment addressed and invited people with…

  18. Practical Curriculum Inquiry: Students' Voices of Their EFL Curriculum and Instruction

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    Hongboontri, Chantarath

    2014-01-01

    This mixed-methods study borrowed Schwabian notions of practical curriculum inquiry (1969, 1971, 1973, 1983) to investigate students' perceptions of their English as a foreign language (EFL) curriculum and instruction in light of their interactions with the four commonplaces; i.e., teachers, learners, subject matter, and milieu. Data were gathered…

  19. Treating Drug Addiction in the Minority Communities: The Decade Ahead.

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    Drew, Joseph S.

    While scholars are not in accord on the basic causes of contemporary drug abuse among minority Americans, most do agree that the social milieu of the drug abuser is fundamental. It has been urged that racism, poverty, police brutality and harrassment, the economics of addiction, the hopelessness of ghetto life, peer pressure, educational…

  20. Achievement Goals, the Classroom Environment, and Reflective Thinking: A Conceptual Framework

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    Phan, Huy P.

    2008-01-01

    Introduction: Research pertaining to achievement goals and reflective thinking practice has received considerable attention in educational psychology. However, very few, if any, studies have looked at the impact of the classroom climate and how this psychosocial milieu may influence students' engagement in achievement goals and reflective thinking…

  1. Commodification of Ghana's Volta River: An Example of Ellul's Autonomy of Technique

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    Agbemabiese, Lawrence; Byrne, John

    2005-01-01

    Jacques Ellul argued that modernity's nearly exclusive reliance on science and technology to design society would threaten human freedom. Of particular concern for Ellul was the prospect of the technical milieu overwhelming culture. The commodification of the Volta River in order to modernize Ghana illustrates the Ellulian dilemma of the autonomy…

  2. The Role of Language in Black Education. Papers Presented at the Conference on the Role of Language in Black Education (Pretoria, South Africa, February 17-18, 1986). HSRC Education Research Programme No. 6.

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    Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria (South Africa).

    Papers include: "Another Dimension of Readiness To Learn in the Second Language"; "Medium of Instruction in Black Education in Southern Africa"'; "Language Across the Curriculum"; "Die milieu binne die skool" ("The Environment Inside the School"); "Language in Black Education: The Environment…

  3. A Physiologist's View of Homeostasis

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    Modell, Harold; Cliff, William; Michael, Joel; McFarland, Jenny; Wenderoth, Mary Pat; Wright, Ann

    2015-01-01

    Homeostasis is a core concept necessary for understanding the many regulatory mechanisms in physiology. Claude Bernard originally proposed the concept of the constancy of the "milieu interieur," but his discussion was rather abstract. Walter Cannon introduced the term "homeostasis" and expanded Bernard's notion of…

  4. Sociocultural Factors in Client-Counsellor Self-Disclosure in Nigeria, Africa

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    Oluwatosin, S. A.

    2014-01-01

    This paper reviews various factors that interplay in the counselling sessions within the cultural milieu of African society, especially Nigeria and particularly within the context of school-based counselling provision. These factors, which were found to be both sociological and cultural, hamper effective client self-disclosure during counselling…

  5. Language Shift in the Tamil Communities of Malaysia and Singapore.

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    Schiffman, Harold F.

    1995-01-01

    Examines the position of Tamil as the language of an ethnic minority in Malaysia and Singapore, placing the issue of Tamil and language maintenance within the larger sociolinguistic milieu in the two countries and drawing conclusions about the role of language policy and planning in the determination of linguistic outcomes. (SM)

  6. Teaching Prelinguistic Communication Skills to School Age Children with Autism

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    Franco, Jessica Hetlinger

    2008-01-01

    Prelinguistic Milieu Teaching (PMT) is an intervention designed to teach young children to initiate nonverbal communication using vocalizations, gestures, and eye-gaze. Children are taught through social routines in their natural environment. Techniques include contriving an environment in which the children will be motivated to communicate and…

  7. Maternal Responsivity Predicts the Prelinguistic Communication that Facilitates Generalized Intentional Communication.

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    Warren, Steven F.; Yoder, Paul J.

    1998-01-01

    This study examined whether maternal responsivity would predict the extent to which prelinguistic milieu teaching (PMT) facilitated generalized intentional communication better than a contrast small-group treatment with 58 children (ages 17 to 36 months) with developmental disabilities. If mothers were relatively responsive before treatment, PMT…

  8. Increasing Communication in Children with Concurrent Vision and Hearing Loss

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    Brady, Nancy C.; Bashinski, Susan M.

    2008-01-01

    Nine children with complex communication needs and concurrent vision and hearing losses participated in an intervention program aimed at increasing intentional prelinguistic communication. The intervention constituted a pilot, descriptive study of an adapted version of prelinguistic milieu teaching, hence referred to as A-PMT. In A-PMT, natural…

  9. Education and Practice Barriers for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

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    Malina, Debra P; Izlar, Janice J

    2014-05-31

    Of the recognized advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) specialties, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) have historically experienced the most vigorous and organized resistance from outside entities regarding rights to practice to the full scope of their education and experience. Opposition to nurse anesthetists practicing to the full scope of their education and training is present in the clinical arena and educational milieu.

  10. The Use and Performance of Hymnody, Spirituals, and Gospels in the Black Church.

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    Maultsby, Portia K.

    1983-01-01

    Explores use and performance of music in the Black church through examination of (1) the events that led to the conversion of Blacks to Christianity; (2) the formation of independent Black religious groups; and (3) the social and cultural milieu that fostered the development of a unique Black religious music. (Author/ML)

  11. Strategies for Staff Development: Personal and Professional Education in the 21st Century.

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    Schwartz, Robert A., Ed.; Bryan, William A., Ed.

    1998-01-01

    Central to the delivery of quality learning opportunities and services for students in the next century is an educated, energetic, motivated management and support staff in tune with their campus milieu and committed to their institution's mission. This volume explores the nature of staff development and emphasizes the fact that staff development…

  12. Industry Perceptions of Industry-University Partnerships Related to Doctoral Education in South Africa

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    Herman, Chaya

    2013-01-01

    An assessment of the extent to which industry-university partnerships in doctoral education, which have become increasingly prevalent in the knowledge economy, have begun to penetrate the South African higher education milieu, is reported. The factors that motivate large industries in developing countries such as South Africa to invest in doctoral…

  13. The Multilingual Classroom: New Rhetorical Frontiers in L2 Writing?

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    Magistro, Elena

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents some considerations on teaching L2 rhetorical conventions in university-level multilingual classrooms. It is claimed that if L2 students need to acquire versatile writing skills in L2 to be given a voice in the discourse milieu of the receiving society, they should also have the right to preserve their L1 cultural perspective.…

  14. The Bricoleur, the Engineer and the Kaitiaki: Reconceptualising the Work of VET Educators

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    Maurice-Takerei, Lisa

    2016-01-01

    The paper presents a reconceptualisation of trades tutors drawn from tutors themselves. Trade educators here are seen as multidisciplinary, multi-dimensional practitioners with an occupational milieu that goes beyond the reductionist and instrumentalist views of teaching with which vocational education is often beset. Trade-tutor perspectives on…

  15. Research Problems in Curriculum: Alternative Paradigms.

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    Connelly, F. Michael

    Curriculum research appropriately follows, rather than precedes, development. According to the "breakthrough" view of research, curriculum development and curriculum practice exhibit a deductive applied relationship to curriculum research. The obvious fault in this view is that it ignores the milieu of value claims about what is ideal and what is…

  16. Phosphorylation of hRad17 by atr is Required for Cell Cycle Checkpoint Activation

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    2005-04-01

    agents (Amersham Biosciences). DNA binding assays. RESULTS In an EMSA, MBP-ZBRK1 AK produced a discrete nucleo - Identification of DNA-binding...S., and Kastan, M. B. (2001) Mol. Cell. Biol. 21, 3445-3450 mate those of the cellular milieu, in which target site location 13. Cortez , D., Wang, Y

  17. Seeking Restorative Experiences: Elementary School Teachers' Choices for Places that Enable Coping with Stress

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    Gulwadi, Gowri Betrabet

    2006-01-01

    Teacher stress and coping research and restorative environments research were converged in this study to explore how elementary school teachers in Chicago seek out everyday places in their milieu to implement restorative coping strategies. Seventy-one survey responses revealed that teachers' spontaneous place choices are related to sources of…

  18. Reconsidering Teacher Alienation: A Critique of "Teacher Burnout in the Public Schools."

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    Vavrus, Michael

    1987-01-01

    Research on teacher burnout, stress, and alienation lacks emphasis on the social milieu in which teachers work. In his book, Anthony Dworkin adopts the subjective approach, eliminating any analysis of actual teacher working conditions. Furthermore, he muddles Marx's theory of alienation of labor. (Author/BJV)

  19. Succession planning for RNs: implementing a nurse management internship.

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    Wendler, M Cecilia; Olson-Sitki, Kristi; Prater, Marsha

    2009-01-01

    The nursing shortage affects all levels, including the pivotal role of nurse managers, who may find themselves functioning in a complex, stressful work environment. In this increasingly difficult milieu, succession planning for nurse manager turnover is imperative. The authors describe an evidence-based, theoretically driven nurse management internship that allows staff nurses to explore the nurse manager role.

  20. Lou Henry Hoover: The Independent Girl. A Curriculum Guide.

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    Kurtz, Alice K.

    This curriculum guide provides ideas for teaching about Lou Henry Hoover, wife of President Herbert Hoover. The book examines personal data, as well as the social milieu of the times of the Hoover's. Teaching suggestions accompany the chapters. There are 12 chapters in the guide: (1) "Timeline, Biographical Sketch, and Photographs of Lou…

  1. Attaining Visual Literacy Using Simplified Graphics in Industry.

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    Burton, Terry

    In the current milieu of ISO 9000 certification, just-in-time engineering (JIT), demand flow technology (DFT), and total quality management (TQM), industry is attempting to implement available technology for the creation, control, and delivery of documentation. In most cases, their efforts are in need of outside resources to analyze, develop,…

  2. Identity Formation of American Indian Adolescents: Local, National, and Global Considerations

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    Markstrom, Carol A.

    2011-01-01

    A conceptual model is presented that approaches identity formation of American Indian adolescents according to 3 levels of social contextual influence--local, national, and global--relative to types of identity, dynamics of identity, and sources of influence. Ethnic identity of American Indians is embedded within the local cultural milieu and…

  3. Industry Perceptions of Industry-University Partnerships Related to Doctoral Education in South Africa

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    Herman, Chaya

    2013-01-01

    An assessment of the extent to which industry-university partnerships in doctoral education, which have become increasingly prevalent in the knowledge economy, have begun to penetrate the South African higher education milieu, is reported. The factors that motivate large industries in developing countries such as South Africa to invest in doctoral…

  4. Symposium: "Crash": Rhetorically Wrecking Discourses of Race, Tolerance, and White Privilege

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    Nunley, Vorris L.

    2007-01-01

    From within the milieu of race and identity fatigue emerges "Crash." Winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, "Crash" addresses how the fluidity of identity is pooled, ebbed, blocked, directed, dammed up. How identity and subjectivity are dammed up and mediated through the force of the anxieties, fears, and frustrations of people…

  5. The Scriptural Cantatas "Esther" and "Jacob, et Rachel" of Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre: Historical Context and Performance Practice

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    Buckley, Elizabeth M.

    2009-01-01

    This project explores two sacred cantatas of Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre, "Esther" and "Jacob, et Rachel". The cultural milieu in which the sacred cantatas of Jacquet de La Guerre were written and performed will be discussed, as well as possible venues for their original performances, including the Parisian salon, and…

  6. Virtual Reality Adaptive Stimulation in Stress Resistance Training

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    2011-04-01

    Military Spectrum (Bien-être et santé mentale dans le milieu militaire). RTO-MP-HFM-205 14. ABSTRACT Serious mental health problems in the current...ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND DISCLAIMER This research has been partially supported by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia. Kind

  7. Sex and Occupational Socialization among Prison Guards: A Longitudinal Study.

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    Crouch, Ben M.; Alpert, Geoffrey P.

    1982-01-01

    Reports changes in attitudes of male and female prison guards over the first six months on the job. Found male guards became more, and female guards became less, punitive and aggressive. Results appear to derive from differences in the work milieu of male and female guards. (Author/JAC)

  8. Tracing Family, Teaching Race: Critical Race Pedagogy in the Millennial Sociology Classroom

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    Mueller, Jennifer C.

    2013-01-01

    The "millennial" historical moment presents fresh dilemmas for race-critical instructors. In addition to being well-versed in colorblind racial discourse, millennial students are socialized in a pop-cultural milieu that implies a more integrated, racially egalitarian world than exists in reality and includes claims that U.S. society is now…

  9. Communication and Culture in Ancient India and China.

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    Oliver, Robert T.

    The rhetorical theories and practices of ancient India and China provide the themes of this book. An examination of the relationship between culture and rhetoric, East and West, opens the book. The rhetorical milieu of India, its philosophy, social system, and uses of speech, leads to a probing of the caste system and speech of the Brahmins.…

  10. Identity Formation of American Indian Adolescents: Local, National, and Global Considerations

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    Markstrom, Carol A.

    2011-01-01

    A conceptual model is presented that approaches identity formation of American Indian adolescents according to 3 levels of social contextual influence--local, national, and global--relative to types of identity, dynamics of identity, and sources of influence. Ethnic identity of American Indians is embedded within the local cultural milieu and…

  11. Laptopers in an Educational Practice: Promoting the Personal Learning Situation

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    Lindroth, Tomas; Bergquist, Magnus

    2010-01-01

    In this article an ethnographical study of laptopers' activities during lectures in a university milieu is analyzed as different kinds of involvements. Through interviews and observations we have focused on how these involvements influence the laptopers' alignment towards the educational practice. The analysis shows the importance of separating…

  12. Trude Weiss-Rosmarin: Rebel with a Cause.

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    Reed, Barbara Straus

    1995-01-01

    Profiles Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, a German-Jewish immigrant to America who, in 1935, published an independent magazine of Jewish ideas. Notes that the periodical focused on Jewish survival in an assimilationist milieu and the role of Jewish women. States that Weiss-Rosmarin lectured frequently, attracted important readers, and contributed…

  13. A Transactional Model of Spoken Vocabulary Variation in Toddlers with Intellectual Disabilities

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    Woynaroski, Tiffany; Yoder, Paul J.; Fey, Marc E.; Warren, Steven F.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: The authors examined (a) whether dose frequency of milieu communication teaching (MCT) affects children's canonical syllabic communication and (b) whether the relation between early canonical syllabic communication and later spoken vocabulary is mediated by parental linguistic mapping in children with intellectual disabilities (ID).…

  14. Enhancing Reflective Practice in Multicultural Counseling through Cultural Auditing

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    Collins, Sandra; Arthur, Nancy; Wong-Wylie, Gina

    2010-01-01

    Counselors work in an increasingly complex cultural milieu where every encounter with a client must be considered multicultural in nature. Reflective practice is a central component of professional competence and necessarily involves attention to culture. The cultural auditing model provides an effective and flexible reflective process for…

  15. Language Policy in Canada: Current Issues. A Selection of the Proceedings of the Papers Dealing with Language Policy Issues in Canada at the Conference "Language Policy and Social Problems" (Curacao, Venezuela, December, 1983). Publication B-150.

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    Cobarrubias, Juan, Ed.

    The papers related to Canadian language policy at an international conference are presented: "Language Policy in Canada: Current Issues" (Juan Cobarrubias); "Multiculturalism and Language Policy in Canada" (Jim Cummins, Harold Troper); "Defining Language Policy in a Nationalistic Milieu and in a Complex Industrialized…

  16. Using a Cost-Construction Model To Assess the Cost of Educating Undergraduate Medical Students at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School.

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    Franzini, Luisa; And Others

    1997-01-01

    Using a cost-construction model, cost of the University of Texas-Houston Medical School program, instructional costs, educational costs, and milieu costs were calculated. Sensitivity analysis revealed the financial effects of various factors, some of which increased and some of which decreased cost. Despite inherent complexities of the method and…

  17. Leonard Cohen: Suzanne. Kritische Anmerkungen zur Interpretation (Critical Comments on Interpretation)

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    Faulstich, Werner

    1977-01-01

    Criticizes a critique by J. Marsden of Leonard Cohen's pop song "Suzanne" as material for high school foreign language teaching. States that Marsden's article is concerned only with the text. The music agrees with the theme (loneliness) and with the "social milieu." (Text is in German.) (IFS/WGA)

  18. Developing Multiliteracies through Bilingual Education in Burkina Faso

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    Lavoie, Constance

    2008-01-01

    Being literate involves being able to move from the ability to read and write to include different forms of knowledge and modes of communication of the milieu (drumming, dancing, story-telling, etc.). This article examines the new literacy allowed through the existence of two types of schools (bilingual and monolingual) in Burkina Faso, in West…

  19. How Students Experience and Navigate Transitions in Undergraduate Medical Education: An Application of Bourdieu's Theoretical Model

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    Balmer, Dorene F.; Richards, Boyd F.; Varpio, Lara

    2015-01-01

    Using Bourdieu's theoretical model as a lens for analysis, we sought to understand how students experience the undergraduate medical education (UME) milieu, focusing on how they navigate transitions from the preclinical phase, to the major clinical year (MCY), and to the preparation for residency phase. Twenty-two medical students participated in…

  20. Self-Determination in Medical Education: Encouraging Medical Educators to Be More like Blues Artists and Poets

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    Patrick, Heather; Williams, Geoffrey C.

    2009-01-01

    Historically, medical education has focused largely on medical students' intellectual development, mostly ignoring the broader psychological milieu of medical practice. This chasm can result in practitioners who are less likely to process their emotions and/or support their patient's needs, and more likely to experience burnout. Self-determination…