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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors:
G. Bognár
,
Cs. Pintér
,
B. Horváth
,
T. Sydo
,
E. Ligeti
,
J. Pulai
, and
D. Lőrinczy

Abstract  

Osteonecrosis (ON) of the femoral frequently occurs after steroid medication. One of the final pathways leading to steroid induced ON is thought to be pathologic fat metabolism. The pathobiological mechanism underlying the induction of fat metabolism outslides by steroids leading to ON has not been fully elucidated. The purpose of this study was to examine the intraoperative obtained gluteal fat tissue from ON patients with histology, gas chromatography (GC) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and to compare them with otherwise healthy patient’s samples. The histological sections showed no significant differences compared with the control group. GC revealed that fraction of saturated fatty acids decreased in ON samples from mean values of controls of 24% to 21, the polyunsaturated fraction from 20 to 14%. The monounsaturated acids showed an increase from mean rate of 52% of the controls to 65% of steroid treated samples. DSC curves correlate with chromatographic analysis of the tissue fatty acids (Steroid treated, heating between 0–100°C: T m=5.7°C, ΔH= −15.8J/g−1; heating between −20–100°C: Tm= −9.96 and 5.85°C, ΔH= −59.17 and −16.2 J g−1. Non-necrotic, heating between 0–100°C: two separable transition with Tm=5.7 and 9.9°C, total ΔH= −20.8 J g−1; heating between −20–100°C: Tm= −10.9 and 4.95°C, total ΔH= −75.8 J g−1.) Our preliminary findings are rather tendentious. Further investigations are needed with higher sample rate and under other anamnestic circumstances too.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors:
Cs. Pintér
,
G. Bognár
,
B. Horváth
,
T. Sydo
,
E. Ligeti
,
J. Pulai
, and
D. Lőrinczy

Abstract  

Avascular necrosis of human femoral head (ANFH) causes incongruity in the joint that leads to disability in patients requires total hip arthroplasty (THA). Several etiological factors of ANFH have been proposed in the literature but there are cases of idiopathic origin. We observed macroscopic variation in quality of the subcutaneous fat tissue in patients with ANFH compared to patients with osteoarthritis or hip fracture during THA procedures. The samples were analysed by histology, gas chromatography (GC) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Conclusion: the alteration in the fatty acid profile did not cause histological changes, however we could detect biochemical changes using DSC and GC.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors:
Cs. Pintér
,
G. Bognár
,
B. Horváth
,
T. Sydo
,
E. Ligeti
,
J. Pulai
, and
D. Lőrinczy

Abstract  

The osteonecrosis or avascular necrosis of the antero-superior part of the human femoral head (ANFH) often causes incongruity in the hip joint and leads to severe pain and disability in middle aged patients. This abnormality often requires surgical intervention, mainly total hip arthroplasty (THA). The possible pathomechanisms of ANFH are fat embolism, arterial occlusion, fatty necrosis of osteocytes and intraosseous hypertension. Factors have been proposed in the literature that can lead to this condition are alcohol abuse, steroid therapy, metabolic changes, dyslipidaemia. In some case we can not verify any factor; these are the so called idiopathic ANFH cases. We observed macroscopic variation in colour and consistency of the subcutaneous fat tissue in patients with ANFH compared to osteoarthritis or hip fracture during THA procedures. Subcutaneous fat tissues during THA from a patient with ANFH due to alcohol abuse were compared with an otherwise healthy patient who underwent surgery due to traumatic hip fracture. No histological changes were notified in the size; shape of adipocytes and in the cells of the septae of the connective tissue. Gas chromatography showed that the patient with alcoholic ANFH had less long chain fatty acids. DSC revealed, that in case of non-necrotic sample as a reference, during heating between 0–100°C two separable transitions are with T m=5.7 and 9.9°C, total ΔH= −20.8 J g−1. In −20–100°C range endotherms with T m= −10.9 and 4.95°C, total ΔH= −75.8 J g−1 could be detected. In case of alcohol-induced avascular necrosis we have found endotherms between 0–100°C with: T m=7.3°C, total ΔH= −26.9 J g−1, and heating between −20–100°C: T m= −0.25°C, total ΔH= −103.3 J g−1 thermal parameters. The alteration in the fatty acid profile did not cause histological changes, but we were able to detect it with analytical methods e.g. DSC and gas chromatography.

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The surface contamination by uranium and transuranium (Pu, Am, Cm) nuclides in the primary circuit of pressurized water nuclear reactors is a fairly complex problem as (i) different chemical forms (molecular, colloidal and/or disperse) of these atoms can be present in the boric acid coolant, and (ii) only limited information about the extent, kinetics and mechanism of uranium and transuranium (TRU) accumulation on constructional materials is available in the literature. A comprehensive program has been initiated in order to study the accumulation of uranium and TRU species on some structural materials used at Soviet made VVER-type pressurized water reactors (such as heat exchanger tube of steam generators and stainless steel canister material). This paper, which is the first part of a series of two, provides a comprehensive view on the main experimental parameters influencing the extent and character of the surface contamination by uranium and TRU nuclides. Specifically, we give a brief summary of relevant literature data on the chemistry of uranium and TRU elements and review the dominant chemical forms and their relative sorbability on austenitic stainless steel and Zr(Nb) alloy surfaces. Moreover, some findings on the distribution of uranium, plutonium, americium, and curium species in a model solution of boric acid coolant obtained by the VisualMINTEQ computer code are also presented and discussed.

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A simple and effective method has been developed for the determination of the transuranium isotopes in primary coolant samples of WWER-440 type reactors. Membrane filters containing undissolved particles from about one liter coolant were destroyed by mineral acids, then americium-curium isotopes and neptunium-plutonium isotopes were coprecipitated sequentially with NdF3 based on their different redox behavior. Alpha-spectra were determined by silicon semiconductor detectors connected to multichannel analyzers. Activity ratios measured in a reactor unit with a failed fuel element were compared with calculated values of the same type of reactor under similar conditions. Parameters of the defective fuel (burnup, original enrichment) could be estimated.

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Within the frame of a joint project, the accumulation of the uranium and transuranium (TRU) species on some structural materials used at Soviet made VVER-type pressurized water reactors (such as heat exchanger tube of steam generators and stainless steel canister material) has been studied. The experiments were carried out in a laboratory model system. During the sorption studies, boric acid coolants provided by the Paks Nuclear Power Plant (Paks NPP) were circulated for a period of 30 h. Solution and tube samples obtained in the course of above experiments were analyzed by independent methods (α- and γ-spectrometry, ICP-MS, SEM-EDX, voltammetry and XPS). The experimental results reveal that: (i) the surface excess of the TRU nuclides studied is extremely low (less than 1% of a monolayer coverage); (ii) the surface excess of uranium species measured on the SG tube surfaces is significantly higher, after 30 h sorption period (Γsample = 1.0 μg cm−2 U ≅ 3.7 × 10−9 mol cm−2 UO2) exceeds a monolayer coverage; (iii) the mechanistic features of the contamination processes (specific or non-specific adsorption, deposition of colloidal and/or disperse particles) depend decisively upon the nature of the studied radionuclides and the chemical structure and composition of the oxide layer formed on stainless steel surfaces.

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