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Calcific Tendonitis of the Longus Colli Muscle: A Noninfectious Cause of Retropharyngeal Fluid Collection
Calcific tendonitis of the longus colli (CTLC) muscle is an underrecognized cause of spontaneous acute or subacute neck pain, dysphagia, or odynophagia. Imaging may reveal a retropharyngeal fluid collection leading to the presumed diagnosis of retropharyngeal abscess. Recognition of this uncommon presentation is important to prevent unnecessary surgical incision and drainage. A 44-year-old othe...


Effects of salinity and nitrate on production and germination of dimorphic seeds applied both through the mother plant and exogenously during germination in Suaeda salsa
Salinity and nitrogen are two important environmental factors that affect the distribution of halophytes in their natural saline habitats. Seeds of the euhalophyte Suaeda salsa L. were harvested from plants that had been treated with 1 or 500 mm NaCl combined with 0.5 or 5 mm NO3−-N (nitrate) for 115 days in a glasshouse. Germination was evaluated under different concentrations of NaCl ...
Copper-Gallia interaction in Cu-Ga2O3-ZrO2 catalysts for methanol production from carbon oxide(s) hydrogenation
The impact of the interaction between copper and gallia was studied over a selected set of supported (2 wt%) Cu on Ga2O3, ZrO2 and Ga2O3-ZrO2 catalysts, which were employed in the methanol synthesis from CO2 and CO mixtures. The higher initial rate of methanol production on the Cu/ZrO2 catalyst was accompanied by an activity loss of ∼ 35% after 5h on stream. However, all the gallated catalyst...


Improving the Selectivity to C4 Products in the Aldol Condensation of Acetaldehyde in Ethanol over Faujasite Zeolites
The selective conversion of acetaldehyde to C4 products, minimizing the production of secondary (C6, C8) condensation products could be a potential path in the production of butadiene from ethanol, a process of commercial interest. Therefore, we have investigated the selective aldol condensation of acetaldehyde in liquid phase over faujasite zeolites, NaX and NaY. Specifically, we have examined...
MoCx Species Embedded in Ordered Mesoporous Silica Framework with Hierarchical Structure for Hydrogenation of Naphthalene
An integrated route to accomplish the incorporation of MoCx species into ordered mesoporous silica framework (OMSF) was presented. The MoVI-melamine hybrids were used as the single-source precursors for molybdenum carbides and participated in the assembling process of the silica building blocks that gave rise to the OMSF preform. The pore diameter and the volume of the resulting MoCx@OMSF sampl...


Inhibitory Effect of Single and Repeated Doses of Nilotinib on the Pharmacokinetics of CYP3A Substrate Midazolam
Effects of single and repeated doses of nilotinib on the pharmacokinetics of midazolam, a cytochrome P450 3A (CYP3A) substrate, were assessed in two separate studies. In the single-dose nilotinib study, 18 healthy subjects were randomized to 6 treatment sequences to receive single-dose of nilotinib 600 mg, midazolam 4 mg and coadministration of both in a crossover manner. In the repeated-dose n...
Cyclic mechanical stress modulates neurotrophic and myelinating gene expression of Schwann cells
This study aimed to investigate the response of Schwann cells to cyclic compressive and tensile stresses of different durations of stimulation. RSC96 cells were subjected to cyclic tensile stress or compressive stress; for either, cells in five groups were treated for 0, 1, 2, 24 and 48 h respectively. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was conducted to detect secretion of nerve growth factor (...

Do Mutual Funds Herd in Industries?
This study examines whether mutual funds herd in industries and the extent to which such herding impacts industry valuations. Using two herding measures proposed by and we document that mutual funds herd in industries. We show that industry herding is not driven by fund flows and that it is not a manifestation of individual stock herding. We also find evidence indicating that herding in industr...
Genetic research at a fivefold children's burial from medieval Berlin
Berlin originated from the two twin cities Berlin and Cölln, which both were founded at the beginning of the 13th century. However the real date of their foundation as well as the origin of the first settlers is still unknown. On the Berlin site the historic city center is still visible in the Nikolaiviertel, but the medieval origin of Cölln disappeared almost completely. In 2007 a large scal...

Population data for 15 autosomal STR loci in the Miao ethnic minority from Guizhou Province, Southwest China
Fifteen autosomal short tandem repeat (STR) loci were genotyped using the AmpFISTR Identifiler PCR Amplification kit from 505 unrelated healthy individuals of Miao ethnic minority living in the Guizhou Province, Southwest China. Also, the genetic distance between Miao and 9 related populations was compared.
Do low template DNA profiles have useful quantitative data?
A set of low template mixed DNA profiles with known ground truths was examined using software that utilised peak heights (STRmix™ V2.3) and an adapted version that did not use peak heights and mimicked models based on a drop-out probability [1,2] (known as semi-continuous or ‘drop’ models) (STRmix™ lite). The use of peak heights increased the LR when H p was true in the vast majority of...

Testing Central and Inner Asian admixture among contemporary Hungarians
Historically, the Carpathian Basin was the final destination for many nomadic peoples who migrated westward from Inner and Central Asia towards Europe. Proto-Hungarians (Steppe Magyars) were among those who came from the East, the Eurasian Steppe in the early middle ages. In order to detect the paternal genetic contribution from nomadic Steppe tribes, we tested 966 samples from Central Asian (U...
Expanding X-chromosomal forensic haplotype frequencies database: Italian population data of four linkage groups
Requests for solving complex kinship casework involving at least one female are increasing and in these circumstances the analysis of X-chromosomal STR markers plays a relevant role. Actually, it is well known the superior statistical power of X-STRs compared to autosomal markers in solving relationship when two sisters or half-sisters are involved and none of parents is available, in maternity...
ESDA®-Lite Collection of DNA from Latent Fingerprints on Documents
The ability to detect and non-destructively collect biological samples for DNA processing would benefit the forensic community by preserving the physical integrity of evidentiary items for more thorough evaluations by other forensic disciplines. The Electrostatic Detection Apparatus (ESDA®) was systemically evaluated for its ability to non-destructively collect DNA from latent fingerprints dep...
A novel multiplex assay amplifying 13 Y-STRs characterized by rapid and moderate mutation rate
As microsatellites located on Y chromosome mutate with different rates, they may be exploited in evolutionary studies, genealogical testing of a variety of populations and even, as proven recently, aid individual identification. Currently available commercial Y-STR kits encompass mostly low to moderately mutating loci, making them a perfect choice for the first two applications. Some attempts h...