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Acta Botanica Hungarica
Authors:
Sh. Almerekova
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Zs. Lisztes-Szabó
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N. Mukhitdinov
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M. Kurmanbayeva
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K. Abidkulova
, and
G. Sramkó

The central Asian narrow endemic species Oxytropis almaatensis is a highly endangered plant with a very restricted distribution in the Tian Shan Mountains. In this study, we present the basic conservation genetic characteristics of this species based on a DNA fingerprinting approach in order to provide yardsticks for official conservation agencies to develop an informed conservation strategy. The three currently known populations with two allopatric subpopulations at each site were sampled in the Trans-Ili Alatau Mountains (S Kazakhstan) and subject to AFLP analysis using four primer combinations. This was supplemented by flow cytometry of plants with remarkably different body sizes to check for possible ploidy differences. The presence or absence of AFLP bands was used in downstream analyses utilising various population genetic approaches. Genetic diversity of O. almaatensis was found to be on the upper end of the spectrum typical for other outcrossing species of similar life-history characteristics. Most of the genetic variation was attributable to within (sub)population variance, and we also found a remarkable gene flow between the populations. However, the geographically closer populations were found to be more close to each other genetically, and population differentiation showed the same pattern with a significant isolation by distance. Similar patterns were not found for subpopulations of the geographically more close populations, and the subpopulations living along the same river valley were found to be genetically more cohesive. Flow cytometry did not reveal any difference in DNA content between the small and large forms of the species. All these results suggest the presence of two separate populations at the three localities of this species. Conservation efforts should focus on these two populations, and, given the relatively high genetic diversity within each population, both ex situ and in situ conservation measures can be effectively carried out based on the currently known populations of this narrow endemic species.

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Acta Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica
Authors:
M. Tóth
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A. Nagy
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I. Szarukán
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K. Ary
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A. Cserenyec
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B. Fenyődi
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D. Gombás
,
T. Lajkó
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L. Merva
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J. Szabó
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P. Winkler
, and
J. K. Jósvai

The addition of synthetic (E)-anethol to the known attractant phenylacetaldehyde synergized attraction of the cotton bollworm Helicoverpa armigera, the blend invariably catching 4 to 6 times more than phenylacetaldehyde on its own. Highest catches were recorded by the 1:1-3:1 blends. The addition of salicyl aldehyde, ±linalool, (R)-(+)-limonene, 2-methoxybenzyl alcohol and 4-methoxybenzyl alcohol (compounds described earlier in the literature as co-attractants for H. armigera), increased catches when added to phenylacetaldehyde. However, the addition of these compounds did not increase catches of the (E)-anethol+pheny- lacetaldehyde blend. When directly compared with performance of the synthetic pheromone, the (E)-anethol +phenylacetaldehyde blend caught an average of 27% of the catch in pheromone baited traps. On an average 79% of moths caught in traps with the (E)-anethol+phenylacetaldehyde blend were females, while traps with pheromone caught only males. The (E)-anethol+phenylacetaldehyde blend described in this study may form the basis for the development of an efficient bisexual lure for H. armigera AFTER further optimization.

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Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica
Authors:
B. Kádár
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M. Szász
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Katalin Kristóf
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Natasa Pesti
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G. Krizsán
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Julianna Szentandrássy
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L. Rókusz
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K. Nagy
, and
Dóra Szabó

The aim of the study was to investigate the biofilm-production of 60 Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains isolated from clinical samples and to examine the effect of different antimicrobials and their combinations with clarithromycin on biofilm-formation.The minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs), minimal biofilm inhibitory concentrations (MBICs), and antibiotic synergy by calculating the fractional inhibitory concentration (FIC) index were determined for the following antibiotics: ceftazidime, cefepime, piperacillin/tazobactam, imipenem, meropenem, levofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, gentamicin, amikacin, tobramycin, netilmicin and clarithromycin.A total of 14 (23.3%) isolates out of 60 isolates of P. aeruginosa were biofilm positive. Cefepime, imipenem and meropenem had the lowest MIC90 values. Piperacillin/tazobactam and clarithromycin had the highest MIC90 values. Imipenem, meropenem, piperacillin/tazobactam and clarithromycin had the lowest MBIC90 values.For biofilm-forming P. aeruginosa strains 2-fold to 128-fold higher MBIC values than MIC values were obtained for ceftazidime, cefepime, imipenem, amikacin and netilmicin. The MBIC was 2-fold to 512-fold lower then the MIC values in the case of piperacillin/tazobactam, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin and clarithromycin.Synergy was generally demonstrated for clarithromycin in combination with aminoglycosides, fluoroquinolones or ceftazidime. However, surprisingly it was found that combinations of clarithromycin with carbapenems or cefepime led to an antagonistic interaction: combination of clarithromycin with imipenem, meropenem or ertapenem showed antagonism in 37.5%, 50% and 62.5% of the strains tested whereas its combination with cefepime expressed antagonism in 75% of the strains, respectively. To the best of our knowledge no one has previously described this phenomenon so far.

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Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica
Authors:
Katalin Kristóf
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L. Janik
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Kinga Komka
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Ágnes Harmath
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Júlia Hajdú
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A. Nobilis
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F. Rozgonyi
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K. Nagy
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J. Rigó
, and
Dóra Szabó

The occurrence of Candida spp. was investigated during a three-year period in two neonatal intensive care units, Budapest, Hungary. The species distribution among the 41 analysed cases was the following: C. albicans (30/41, 73%), C. parapsilosis (10/41, 24%) and C. glabrata (1/41, 3%). All of the isolates were susceptible to the tested drugs. There was a significant difference in the birth weight, the gestational age <30 weeks and the occurrence of caesarean section between the C. albicans and the C. parapsilosis groups of the cases. Respiratory tract colonization was the same (76–77%) in the extremely low birth weight (ELBW) and the very low birth weight (VLBW) groups. Comparing the ELBW, VLBW, and >1500 g birth weight groups, significant difference was found in the parenteral nutrition, the gestation weeks <36 or <30, the polymicrobial infection and the transfusion. The ratio of C. albicans, C. parapsilosis and C. glabrata was 9:7:1 in ELBW group; 6:3:0 in VLBW group and 15:1:0 in >1500 g group. The mortality rate for C. parapsilosis was higher than for C. albicans.

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Interventional Medicine and Applied Science
Authors:
K. Szakszon
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Z. L. Veres
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M. Boros
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S. Sz. Kiss
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B. Nagy
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E. Bálega
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á. Papp
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E. Németh
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I. Pataki
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T. Szabó

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We report a case of an infant with spontaneous chylothorax due to the congenital malformation of a small lymph vessel of the chest wall. Conservative therapy with omitting long-chain fatty acids from the diet, fat-free nutrition, total parenteral nutrition and intravenous somatostatin did not result in the decrease of pleural effusion. Thoracic surgical intervention performing thoracic duct ligation and using fibrin sealants was applied after 10 days of unsuccessful conservative therapy, and resulted in the complete recovery of the patient. Our experience support the already existing observations, that in cases where the daily loss of chyle exceeds 100 ml per age years and/or lasts longer than 2 weeks, early surgical intervention is recommended.

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Archaeologiai Értesítő
Authors:
László Domboróczki
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Anna Budek
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László Daróczi-Szabó
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Małgorzata Kaczanowska
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Tomasz Kalicki
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Edyta Kłusakiewicz
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Janusz K. Kozłowski
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Angela Kreuz
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Péter Pomázi
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Michał Wasilewski
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Zsuzsanna K. Zoffmann

The topographical position and size of the site, the number of detected houses, the presence of the early phase make the Apc-Berekalja I settlement one of the most significant sites of the LBK in Hungary. The ongoing processing of the excavation data provided already some very important observations. The geoarchaeological results demonstrated the presence of the in situ soil of the Neolithic period and effects of floods on the settlement. The study of the chipped and ground stone material coming from the Neolithic features revealed no conspicuous changes in the lithic industry of the settlement from the pre-Notenkopf to Želiezovce phases of the LBK. Lithic raw materials came exclusively from territories to the east of the site, which is an evidence of the isolation of the LBK groups that inhabited Apc.

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Acta Alimentaria
Authors:
E. Horvath-Szanics
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J. Perjéssy
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A. Klupács
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K. Takács
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A. Nagy
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E. Koppány-Szabó
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F. Hegyi
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E. Németh-Szerdahelyi
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M.Y. Du
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Z.R. Wang
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J.Q. Kan
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Zs. Zalán

The increasing consumer demand for less processed and more natural food products – while improving those products’ quality, safety, and shelf-life – has raised the necessity of chemical preservative replacement. Biopreservation refers to extended storage life and enhanced safety of foods using the natural microflora and (or) their antibacterial products. Chitinolytic enzymes are of biotechnological interest, since their substrate, chitin, is a major structural component of the cell wall of fungi, which are the main cause of the spoilage of food and raw plant material. Among the several organisms, many bacteria produce chitinolytic enzymes, however, this behaviour is not general. The chitinase activity of the lactic acid bacteria is scarcely known and studied.

The aim of the present study was to select Lactobacillus strains that have genes encoding chitinase, furthermore, to detect expressed enzymes and to characterise their chitinase activity. Taking into consideration the importance of chitin-bindig proteins (CBPs) in the chitinase activity, CBPs were also examined. Five Lactobacillus strains out of 43 strains from 12 different species were selected by their chitinase coding gene. The presence of the chitinase and chitin-biding protein production were confirmed, however, no chitinolytic activity has been identified.

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Orvosi Hetilap
Authors:
Taha El Hadj Othmane
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István Kiss
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János Nemcsik
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Cs. Bertalan Fekete
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György Deák
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József Egresits
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Erzsébet Fodor
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K. Zsófia Németh
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Tamás Szabó
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Miklós Szathmári
, and
András Tislér

Korábbi vizsgálatok eredményei alapján az érfali tágulékonyság paraméterei összefüggést mutatnak a cardiovascularis mortalitással hemodializált betegekben. A különböző paraméterek relatív prognosztikus értékét ugyanakkor egy közös kohorszban eddig nem vizsgálták. Módszer: Dialízis előtt és után 98 betegnél mértük a carotis-femoralis pulzushullám terjedési sebességét, a carotis augmentációs indexét, a carotis pulzusnyomását és a carotis-brachialis pulzusnyomás amplifikációját. A betegeket 29 hónapig (medián) (tartomány 1–35) követtük, majd a cardiovascularis mortalitás és a kiinduláskor mért tágulékonysági paraméterek közötti összefüggést vizsgáltuk log-rank tesztek, illetve a korhoz, diabeteshez és korábban meglévő cardiovascularis megbetegedéshez illesztett Cox-féle regressziós modellek alkalmazásával. Eredmények: A követés alatt 40 beteg halt meg (mortalitási ráta 20,7/100 betegév), köztük 25-en cardiovascularis ok következtében. A dialízis előtt és után mért pulzushullám-terjedési sebességet tercilisei, illetve a dialízis előtt mért pulzusnyomás-amplifikáció tercilise szignifikáns összefüggést mutattak a cardiovascularis mortalitással (log-rank p-értékek 0,012 és 0,011 a pre- és posztdialízis pulzushullám-terjedési sebesség, illetve <0,001 és 0,321 a pre- és posztdialízis pulzusnyomás-amplifikáció esetén). Az augmentációs indexek, illetve a carotispulzusnyomás-értékek nem álltak összefüggésben a cardiovascularis mortalitással. Cox-modellben az 1 m/s-mal gyorsabb pre- és posztdialízis pulzushullám-terjedési sebességéhez tartozó relatív rizikó 1,24 (1,07–1,44) és 1,17 (1,06–1,28) volt. 10%-kal kisebb predialízispulzusnyomás-amplifikációval járó rizikónövekedés 41% (3–92%) volt. Egy közös modellben vizsgálva mind a predialízispulzushullám-terjedési sebesség, mind a pulzusnyomás-amplifikáció szignifikáns összefüggést mutatott a cardiovascularis túléléssel [relatív rizikó: 1,23 (1,07–1,42) és 1,39 (1,02–1,89)]. Következtetés: Hemodializált betegekben az érfali tágulékonyságot leíró különböző paraméterek közül a pulzushullám-terjedési sebesség a mérés idejétől független, konzekvens összefüggést mutat a cardiovascularis mortalitással. Ugyanakkor a predialízispulzusnyomás-amplifikációs érték további prognosztikus információt hordoz.

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