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Adding La2O3 or CeO2 to the Ag/SiO2–ZnO catalyst can improve the catalytic performance in the synthesis of indole and CeO2 exhibits more efficiency than La2O3. La2O3 can improve the dispersion of silver on SiO2. CeO2 can improve the reduction of Ag2O. Both La2O3 and CeO2 can suppress the formation of coke.

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The synergistic extractions of uranium(VI) nitrate using HDEHP,* PMBP** and TBP*** have been studied from benzene media. A new method is proposed to calculate the equilibrium constants for such kinds of ternary synergistic extraction systems. The extraction reactions and their equilibrium constants were found. Models for the extraction mechanism are also discussed.

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Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica
Authors: Erika Orosz, Dorottya Kriskó, Lei Shi, Gábor L. Sándor, Huba J. Kiss, Berthold Seitz, Zoltán Zsolt Nagy, and Nóra Szentmáry

Genus Acanthamoeba is an opportunistic protozoan that is widely distributed in the environment. Within this genus, numerous species are recognized as human pathogens, potentially causing Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK). AK is a corneal disease, associated predominantly with contact lens (CL) wear; its epidemiology is related to the specific Acanthamoeba genotypes. This study reports seven CL wearer, Acanthamoeba PCR-positive patients with AK, diagnosed between January 2015 and 2018. Patients had the diagnosis of AK 1.36 months after first symptoms. Genotyping allowed the identification of six isolates of the T4 and one of the T8 genotypes. At first presentation, pseudendritiformic epithelopathy/dirty epithelium (four eyes, 57.1%), multifocal stromal infiltrates (five eyes, 71.4%), ring infiltrate (three eyes, 42.8%), and perineuritis (one eye, 14.3%) were observed. AK was healed without later recurrence in two eyes (28.5%) using triple-topical therapy, in three eyes (42.8%) following additional penetrating keratoplasty. In one patient (14.3%), AK recurred following successful application of triple-therapy and was treated successfully with repeated triple-topical therapy and in one patient (14.3%), no follow-up data were available after diagnosis. We could not observe correlation of genotype and clinical course or the necessity of corneal transplantation in our case series.

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Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica
Authors: Lei Shi, Tanja Stachon, Lorenz Latta, Mohamed Ibrahem Elhawy, Gubesh Gunaratnam, Erika Orosz, Albrecht F. Kiderlen, Berthold Seitz, Markus Bischoff, and Nóra Szentmáry

We aimed to compare LDH release assay, trypan blue and fluorescent stainings, and non-nutrient Escherichia coli plate assay in determining treatment efficacy of antiamoebic agents against Acanthamoeba castellanii trophozoites/cysts, in vitro. 1BU trophozoites/cysts were challenged with 0.02% polyhexamethylene biguanid (PHMB), 0.1% propamidine isethionate (PD), and 0.0065% miltefosine (MF). Efficacies of the drugs were determined by LDH release and trypan blue assays, by Hoechst 33343, calcein-AM, and ethidium homodimer-1 fluorescent dyes, and by a non-nutrient agar E. coli plate assay. All three antiamoebic agents induced a significant LDH release from trophozoites, compared to controls (p < 0.0001). Fluorescent-dye staining in untreated 1BU trophozoites/cysts was negligible, but using antiamoebic agents, there was 59.3%–100% trypan blue, 100% Hoechst 33342, 0%–75.3% calcein-AM, and 100% ethidium homodimer-1 positivity. On E. coli plates, in controls and MF-treated 1BU trophozoites/cysts, new trophozoites appeared within 24 h, encystment occurred after 5 weeks. In PHMB- and PD-treated 1BU throphozoites/cysts, irregularly shaped, smaller trophozoites appeared after 72 h, which failed to form new cysts within 5 weeks. None of the enzymatic- and dye-based viability assays tested here generated survival rates for trophozoites/cysts that were comparable with those yielded with the non-nutrient agar E. coli plate assay, suggesting that the culture-based assay is the best method to study the treatment efficacy of drugs against Acanthamoeba.

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