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Acta Botanica Hungarica
Authors:
Zs. Ürmös
,
M. K. Singh
,
B. Pálfalvy
,
D. Cserhalmi
, and
J. Nagy
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Abstract

Background

Real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (RT 3D TEE) is a novel method providing high spatial and temporal resolution imaging of the heart. During pulmonary vein isolation procedures visualization of the atria, interatrial septum and the ablation catheter is of high importance to increase safety. RT 3D TEE might be a useful tool to guide left atrial ablations.

Case report

A 53-year-old man was referred to our hospital to undergo pulmonary vein isolation procedure for the treatment of symptomatic drug-refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. The transseptal puncture was performed under RT 3D TEE-guidance with direct visualization of the interatrial septum and fossa ovalis. RT 3D TEE provided a three-dimensional view of the puncture with “tenting”-sign and the transseptal needle-fossa ovalis angle enhancing the manipulation of the ablation catheter within the left atrium. The ablation catheter was visualized and tracked during the procedure. No adverse events occurred during the procedure.

Conclusion

Our case report demonstrates the feasibility of RT 3D TEE-guided atrial fibrillation ablation procedures. Safety profile might be improved by the real-time direct view of fossa ovalis. Decrease in fluoroscopy time can be achieved by visualizing the ablation catheter during the procedure.

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A non-destructive activation analytical method developed for the determination of the axial concentration distributions of Al, Si and K residual additives in sintered tungsten rods is briefly described. A 14 MeV neutron generator is used to produce the reactions27Al(n, p)27Mg,28Si(n, p)28Al and39K(n, 2n)38K and the activities are compared with standards. A weighted least-squares fitting program is used for peak area determination of the scintillation spectra. A scheme of the irradiating and measuring arrangement with a pneumatic sample-transfer system is presented. The system is applicable to large-scale routine analysis and lends itself well to automation. The results of preliminary measurements with this arrangement are given.

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Summary The ETS-10 is a newly formed titano-silicate the structure of which was resolved thanks to the XRD, EDS, HREM and mass NMR. The ETS-10 is a potentially good catalyst. The aim of this research is to study the physicochemical properties of ET(Zr)S-10 obtained from a gel containing different amounts of Zr. The analyses used are XRD, thermal analysis (TG-DSC), SEM, and 29Si NMR.

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Hepatitis C (HCV) is one of the main causes of liver transplantation (OLT). Previously we have reported that high serum C RNA level correlates with the severity of histopathological signs and poor clinical outcome. The core antigen of virus C is known to interfere with chaperones in the hepatocytes, results in an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. In this study HCV positive liver transplanted patients were evaluated, whether there are correlations among chaperone expression, recurrence and viral titer. Patients were enrolled after surviving the first month following OLT. Sera were collected regularly, and biopsies were taken on demand following OLT. The diagnosis of recurrent HCV was proven by Knodell-Ishak scoring. In this case ribavirin+interferon were initiated, and maintained for one year. All chaperones were upregulated in the transplanted liver graft showing recurrent hepatitis C disease. ATF6, GP96, GRP78, CNX and CLR chaperones were upregulated significantly compared to their levels in normal livers. Except for one chaperone, the level of upregulation did not correlate with the serum's HCV-RNA titre: the only difference between Group1 and 2 (RNA titre above and below 8.78 106 respectively) was that the level of ATF6 was 1.6 times higher in Group1 compared to Group2. The expression of all chaperones was reduced, and some even became downregulated after the interferon treatment. In accordance with the literature our results suggest that hepatitis C might induce apoptosis through ER-stress. Those cells exposed to a high C viral load, had a lower chance to be eliminated.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors:
A. Szorcsik
,
L. Nagy
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B. Gyurcsik
,
Gy. Vankó
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R. Krämer
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A. Vértes
,
T. Yamaguchi
, and
K. Yoshida

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A number of dibutyltin(IV) complexes of polyhydroxyalkyl carboxylic acids (O donor atoms) and amino acids (O,N donor atoms) were prepared in the solid state. The binding sites of the ligands were determined by means of FT-IR, Raman and 13C NMR spectroscopy. Partial quadrupole splitting calculations were utilized to determine the coordination geometry around the Sn(IV) centre by means of Mössbauer measurements. The results showed that in the solid state oligomeric complexes are formed, with the -COO- groups as bridges between the organometallic cations. The {Sn} atoms are mostly in trigonal bipyramidal surroundings. The Sn-O and Sn-C bond distances were determined by EXAFS measurements to be 207-234 and 295 pm, respectively. Evaluation of the pH-metric and NMR titration curves in Me2Sn(IV)-D-gluconic acid system revealed that the equilibria in aqueous solution are fairly complicated. In acidic solution, the formation of 1 : 1 and 1 : 2 -COO- coordinated species predominate, but deprotonation of the alcoholic -OH groups also starts at very low pH. In the pH range 5-9, NMR provides experimental evidence of ligand-exchange reactions without pH-metrically detectable proton release. In alkaline solution, further deprotonation processes occur, resulting in either alkoxo or mixed hydroxo complexes. The carboxylate coordination is expected for the amino acid ligands but the shift of the νN-H stretching vibrations in the FT-IR spectra demonstrated that the ammine group also binds to the metal ion in the solid Bu2Sn(IV)complexes.

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Acta Veterinaria Hungarica
Authors:
N. Nagy
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B. Igyártó
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A. Magyar
,
Emese Gazdag
,
V. Palya
, and
I. Oláh

The oesophageal tonsil of the chicken is a novel member of the mucosal-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT), which is located around the entrance of the proventriculus. It consists of 6 to 8 single units, which are surrounded by a thin fibrous capsule. Each one is organised around the bottom of the longitudinal folds of the oesophagus, and serves as a 'tonsillar crypt'. Stratified squamous epithelium is infiltrated by lymphoid cells, i.e. T cells, plasma cells, macrophages, and dendritic cells, but not B cells, to form lymphoepithelium (LE). In the LE vimentin-, MHC II- and ATPase-positive cells possibly represent Langerhans' cells, but the appearance of 74.3 positive cells in the LE is unusual, because the 74.3 monoclonal antibody (mAb) recognises chicken follicular dendritic cells in the germinal centre and medulla of the bursal follicles. The subepithelial lymphoid tissue is organised into T- and B-dependent regions, which are the interfollicular areas and the germinal centres, respectively. Existence of high-endothelial venules in the interfollicular region suggests an extensive cellular connection between the oesophageal tonsil and the other lymphoid organs. In the resting oesophagus the lumen is closed, but during swallowing a bolus the crypt opens and the lymphoepithelium can be exposed to undigested food, antigens, infectious agents and vaccines. The location of the oesophageal tonsil, cranial to the stomach, may provide this organ with a unique role as compared to the other parts of the MALT; namely, it may contribute to the replication of infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) and/or the pathogenesis of infectious bursal disease.

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Solvent and melt techniques were used to obtain molecular dispersion of the poorly soluble spironolactone (SPIR) model drug enhancing its dissolution rate. DSC study of the interaction between SPIR and hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin confirmed the need for molecular dispersion if their complexation is required. Solvent-free twin-screw extrusion was suitable for forming inclusion complex significantly below the melting temperature of the SPIR. According to DSC, Raman and XRPD results fine dispersion of both components was achieved in a hydrophilic polymer. The molecules of the active ingredient are separated from each other in the polymer and the lack of the lattice energy causes faster dissolution.

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Orvosi Hetilap
Authors:
Csaba Végh
,
Zoltán Langmár
,
Melinda Szerző
,
Annamária Ágota
,
Krisztina Marosi
,
Zoltán Szabolcs
, and
Zsolt B. Nagy

A vérplazma emelkedett lipidszintje a cardiovascularis betegségek kialakulásának egyik legfőbb kockázati tényezője, amelyet elsődleges halálokként tartanak számon. Az apolipoprotein E a lipidek szállításában vesz részt a vérben, ezért polimorfizmusai befolyásolják a plazma lipidösszetételét. Az apolipoprotein E génjének három leggyakoribb alléljai az e2, az e3 és az e4. A két nem vad típusú allél, az e2 és e4 közül az utóbbi számos vizsgálat eredménye szerint szerepet játszik a szív-ér rendszeri betegségek, valamint az Alzheimer-kór kialakulásában. Az e2/e2 homozigóta genotípust a 3-as típusú hyperlipoproteinaemia egyik előidézőjeként említik egyes tanulmányok. Mivel az apolipoprotein E nemcsak a lipidanyagcsere útján, hanem más biokémiai útvonalakon is befolyásolhatja a cardiovascularis betegségek manifesztációját, így kiemelkedő fontosságú lehet ezen anyagcsereutak molekuláris hátterének felderítése. Orv. Hetil., 2012, 153, 2070–2076.

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Community Ecology
Authors:
Z. Kemencei
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R. Farkas
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B. Páll-Gergely
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F. Vilisics
,
A. Nagy
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E. Hornung
, and
P. Sólymos

We determined microhabitat associations for 39 land snail species based on multimodel inference and generalized linear mixed models using a comprehensive and micro-scale data set from the Aggtelek Karst Area, Hungary. Patterns of microhabitat associations were highly nested among microhabitat types (litter, live trees, dead wood, rock) with high number of specialist species in dead wood and in rock microhabitats. Species composition was highly predictable in these microhabitats as opposed to live tree and litter faunas. Species richness was affected by microhabitat, topographic factors and local moisture conditions. Species richness in dead wood and rock microhabitats remained high irrespective of the topographic effects as opposed to litter and live tree microhabitats, where richness decreased with drier microhabitat conditions due to topography. Our results imply that consideration of topographic factors and microhabitat quality as part of coarse filter conservation measures could be beneficial to local land snail populations in the face of changing climate and disturbance regimes.

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