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Authors: G. G. M. Schulten, C. R. Edwards, J. Igrc Barcic, H. Berberovic, H. K. Berger, H. Festic, J. Kiss, G. Princzinger and I. Vonica

A Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP)was undertaken on the western corn rootworm (WCR)in 1997 –1998 to establish a permanent moni- toring network,evaluate a containment and control program,test the feasibility and effectiveness of using a Slam ®-based areawide pest management program,develop training materials,and conduct a risk assessment of the potential for WCR spread and establishment in other areas of Europe.TCP countries were Bosnia-Her- zegovina,Croatia,Hungary,and Romania.Bulgaria and Yugoslavia cooperated as unofficial TCP members. The data from the permanent monitoring network showed that the WCR had spread over an area of about 105,600 km 2 in Central Europe and that economic populations had developed on 14,000 km 2 in Yugoslavia through 1998.The containment and control trapping program,although designed to determine the feasibility of restricting the establishment of WCR beetles in an area,did not prove to be successful due to the number of WCR beetles encountered and their rapid movement into previously uninfested areas.The areawide pest management activity showed that the semiochemical Slam was highly efficacious against WCR beetles with residual activity for up to 2 weeks,thus making it a cost-effective alternative to other controls.Also, investigations showed that WCR will continue to spread and establish in other parts of Europe.

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Authors: K. Szentmihályi, G. A. Csiktusnádi-Kiss, Á. Keszler, L. Kótai, M. Candeaias, M. R. Bronze, L. V. Boas, E. Forgács and I. Spaugner

ICP-OES (inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry) was used to determine the element content of red wines. Development of the method involves various procedures of sample handling as well as repeatability and reproducibility measurements. Measurements were made for the following 16 elements: Al, B, Ba, Ca, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, P, Sr and Zn. The relative standard deviation of repeatability ranged from 0.41% (potassium) to 27% (cadmium) and that of reproducibility varied between 0.73% (boron) to 52% (cobalt). Recovery of the elements was determined by standard addition with results ranging from 90.6% (phosphorus) to 116.2% (boron). After that, 15 red wine samples were measured. Significant differences were found in the Al, B, Ca, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, P, Sr and Zn (P<0.001) concentration of wine samples. Correlation studies revealed parallel changes in phosphorus-potassium, phosphorus-magnesium and zinc-manganese concentrations (r=0.857, 0.875, 0.838). According to principal component analysis, measurements of zinc-, sodium-, boron-, copper- and strontium content gave almost the same results as obtained with 16 different elements. According to a two dimensional non-linear map of absolute values of principal component analysis, wines from Szekszárd and Eger could be differentiated, whereas the analysis of wines from Villány, the Mátra Mountains and Lake Balaton showed overlapping results.

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Authors: K. Szakszon, Z. L. Veres, M. Boros, S. Sz. Kiss, B. Nagy, E. Bálega, á. Papp, E. Németh, I. Pataki and 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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Authors: Taha El Hadj Othmane, István Kiss, János Nemcsik, Cs. Bertalan Fekete, György Deák, József Egresits, Erzsébet Fodor, K. Zsófia Németh, Tamás Szabó, 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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Authors: Zs. Sári, T. Kovács, T. Csonka, M. Török, É. Sebő, J. Toth, D. Tóth, E. Mikó, B. Kiss, D. Szeőcs, K. Uray, Zs. Karányi, I. Kovács, G. Méhes, P. Árkosy and P. Bai

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Breast cancer is characterized by oncobiosis, the abnormal composition of the microbiome in neoplastic diseases. The biosynthetic capacity of the oncobiotic flora in breast cancer is suppressed, as suggested by metagenomic studies. The microbiome synthesizes a set of cytostatic and antimetastatic metabolites that are downregulated in breast cancer, including cadaverine, a microbiome metabolite with cytostatic properties. We set out to assess how the protein expression of constitutive lysine decarboxylase (LdcC), a key enzyme for cadaverine production, changes in the feces of human breast cancer patients (n = 35). We found that the fecal expression of Escherichia coli LdcC is downregulated in lobular cases as compared to invasive carcinoma of no special type (NST) cases. Lobular breast carcinoma is characterized by low or absent expression of E-cadherin. Fecal E. coli LdcC protein expression is downregulated in E-cadherin negative breast cancer cases as compared to positive ones. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis of LdcC expression in lobular and NST cases revealed that fecal E. coli LdcC protein expression might have predictive values. These data suggest that the oncobiotic transformation of the microbiome indeed leads to the downregulation of the production of cytostatic and antimetastatic metabolites. In E-cadherin negative lobular carcinoma that has a higher potential for metastasis formation, the protein levels of enzymes producing antimetastatic metabolites are downregulated. This finding represents a new route that renders lobular cases permissive for metastasis formation. Furthermore, our findings underline the role of oncobiosis in regulating metastasis formation in breast cancer.

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Authors: P. Török, E. Tóth, K. Tóth, O. Valkó, B. Deák, B. Kelbert, P. Bálint, Sz. Radócz, A. Kelemen, J. Sonkoly, T. Miglécz, G. Matus, A. Takács, V. A. Molnár, K. Süveges, L. Papp, L. Papp Jr., Z. Tóth, B. Baktay, G. Málnási Csizmadia, I. Oláh, E. Peti, J. Schellenberger, O. Szalkovszki, R. Kiss and B. TÓthmérész

For understanding local and regional seed dispersal and plant establishment processes and for considering the ecotypes and other forms of specific variability, hard data of locally or regionally measured traits are necessary. We provided newly measured seed weight data of 193 taxa, out of which 24 taxa had not been represented in the SID, LEDA or BiolFlor databases. Our new measurements and formerly published data of locally collected seed weight records together covers over 70% of the Pannonian flora. However, there is still a considerable lack in seed weight data of taxonomically problematic genera, even though they are represented in the Pannonian flora with a relatively high number of species and/or subspecies (e.g. Sorbus, Rosa, Rubus, Crataegus and Hieracium). Our regional database contains very sporadic data on aquatic plants (including also numerous invasive species reported from Hungary and neighbouring countries) and some rare weeds distributed in the southwestern part of the country. These facts indicate the necessity of further seed collection and measurements.

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Authors: R. Kiss, J. Sonkoly, P. Török, B. Tóthmérész, B. Deák, K. Tóth, K. Lukács, L. Godó, A. Kelemen, T. Miglécz, Sz. Radócz, E. Tóth, N. Balogh and O. Valkó

Seeds ensure the survival and dispersal of the majority of vascular plant species. Seeds require species-specific germination conditions and display very different germination capacities using different germination methods. Despite the importance of plant generative reproduction, little is known about the germination capacity of the seeds of the Pannonian flora, particularly under field conditions. Our aim was to reduce this knowledge gap by providing original data on the germination capacity of 75 herbaceous species. We reported the germination capacity of 8 species for the first time. We also highlighted the year-to-year differences in the germination capacity of 11 species which could be highly variable between years. The data regarding the germination capacity of target species, as well as weeds and invasive species, can be informative for nature conservation and restoration projects. Our findings support the composition of proper seed mixtures for ecological restoration and also highlight the importance of testing seed germination capacity before sowing.

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