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Materials and methods
Venom from Naja naja was purchased from Irula Co-operative Society Ltd., Chennai, India. All other reagents and chemicals used were of analytical grades purchased from Sisco Research Laboratories (SRL), Bangalore, India.

Results and discussion
Snake venom PLA2s belonging to elapidae family are known to be multi-toxic and lethal (Doley et al., 2010; Kini, 2003). Due to the prominent role of PLA2s play in snake envenomation, there is enormous pharmacological interest in search of PLA2 inhibitors (Narendra Sharath Chandra et al., 2007; Nanda et al., 2007). Further, considering the limitations of antiserum therapy (Dhananjaya et al., 2011; Girish and Kemparaju, 2011), it is justified that research has to focus on developing alternatives and in this regard finding inhibitors of the multi-toxic svPLA2s from medicinal plants have gained much interest in the recent past (Carvalho et al., 2013; Gomes et al., 2012). Although many sPLA2 inhibitors have been isolated from various medicinal plants (Springer, 2001; Nanda et al., 2007; Narendra Sharath Chandra et al., 2007), however, still effective and specific inhibitors of sPLA2 are not available. In these line of studies, the aqueous steam thapsigargin Supplier extract of M. indica is evaluated for its potential to inhibit phospholipase A2 (PLA2) belonging to group IA i.e. NN-XIb-PLA2, which was isolated from R. viper venom as per the previously described method (Rudrammaji and Gowda, 1998).
The sPLA2 belonging to group IA i.e. NN-XIb-PLA2 gave a specific activity of around 172.4±3.1, when measured using PC as substrate (Table 1). When pre-incubated with different concentration of extract it was observed that the aqueous extract of M. indica, inhibited the enzymatic activity in a concentration dependent manner as shown in Fig. 1. The results show that the extent of inhibition was >95% at the 40μg/ml of extract used. The IC50 values calculated by linear XY scattered plot were 7.6μg/ml (Table 1). Most of the sPLA2 inhibitors are known to inhibit the activity either by binding to substrate or by chelating calcium, which is required for activity. Also, it is observed that the sPLA2 inhibitors affect the “Quality of interface” by modifying the phospholipid bilayer properties which render the phospholipids inaccessible to the enzyme. The steroid inducible inhibitors of PLA2 like lipocortin I and II are shown to inhibit PLA2s by nonspecific binding to the membrane thapsigargin Supplier phospholipids. It is observed that their inhibition is relieved by increasing the substrate concentration (Davidson et al., 1987). In this study, it was observed that, when examined as a function of substrate concentration, there was no relieve of inhibition of the extract pre-incubated, as the substrate concentration was increased from 20 to 120nM (Fig. 2). This suggests that the inhibition is independent of substrate concentration. Further, in the calcium dependent activity test, it was observed that an increase in calcium concentration from 2.5 to 15mM, increased NN-XIb-PLA2 enzymatic activity in a dose dependent manner. However, while when IC50 concentration of M. indica extract was used along with varying concentration of calcium, there was no relieve of inhibition (Fig. 3), suggesting that the inhibition by M. indica extract is independent on calcium concentration. These all studies show that inhibition by aqueous extract of M. indica is independent on substrate and calcium concentration. Further, it is reported that some of the PLA2 inhibitors are shown to mediate displacement of catalytically essential calcium from the enzyme and thus inhibition of enzymatic activity (Pruzanski et al., 1992). In the calcium binding studies experiments, it was found that the PLA2 enzyme activity both before and after the dialysis of the enzyme inhibitor mixture was unaltered i.e., the % of inhibitory activity of M. indica extract was not decreased upon extensive dialysis, suggesting that the inhibition is irreversible, supporting the observation that inhibition by M. indica extract is independent on substrate and calcium concentration. These studies indicate that the inhibition could be due to direct interaction of components/molecules present in M. indica extract at active site residues of the sPLA2 enzyme. NN-XIb-PLA2 enzyme exhibited indirect hemolytic activity, which is an indirect way of measuring PLA2 activity using egg yolk and washed erythrocytes are used as substrates. When the effect of aqueous extract of M. indica at different concentrations (0–40μg/ml) was tested it was found that the extract in general effectively inhibited indirect hemolytic activity up to 98% at ∼40μg/ml concentration (Fig. 4). This in situ inhibition activity is well correlated with the inhibitory activity of the in vitro PLA2 enzyme. Therefore, the inhibition of NN-XIb-PLA2 activity by molecules in M. indica extract could be attributed to the modulation of the catalytic activity of PLA2 at the interface itself, i.e., beyond the initial steps of enzyme adsorption and activation, probably through modifications of the intermolecular organization of the membrane components. It is well known that secretory PLA2s cause cell membrane asymmetry by degradation of glycerol phospholipids of the membranes.

GLPG0634 Oliveira et al investigated the surface roughness

Oliveira et al. (2008) investigated the surface roughness of HC and AC resins after submitting them to mechanical polishing (MP) and chemical polishing (CP). They concluded that MP produced lower surface roughness mean values than CP and is not influenced by the acrylic resin type. In contrast, Berger et al. (2006) reported that AC acrylic resin performed less favorably in terms of surface roughness than MP. Rahal et al. (2004) evaluated the influence of MP and CP on surface roughness of HC and AC resins. Their results lead them to conclude the following: MP produced smoother surface than CP and surface roughness was not influenced by acrylic resin type. However, CP results were dependant on acrylic resin type. Radford et al. (1999) reported that acrylic resin has been less frequently investigated for its surface roughness and effect of polishing than other dental materials.

Materials and methods

Results
The mean, standard deviation, minimum and maximum values of surface roughness between MP and CP for HC and AC materials are presented in Table 1. The mean roughness values for the combination of polishing technique and material in decreasing order are: CP-HC=1.4132μm; CP-AC=1.3494μm; MP-AC=0.7364μm and MP-HC=0.6333μm.
Two way ANOVA showed that surface roughness was influenced by the polishing procedures significantly (P<.0001) and not by the acrylic resin materials (see Table 2). There was no significant difference between MP-AC and MP-HC as well as between CP-AC and CP-HC. However, a significant difference in surface roughness was found between all other combinations (P<.0001) as shown in Table 3.
Discussion
Polished surface of acrylic resin denture material is important, as it affects the oral health of GLPG0634 that are in direct GLPG0634 contact. Rough surfaces of oral appliances promote colonization of bacteria and plaque accumulation (Quirynen et al., 1990; Verran and Maryan, 1997; Bollen et al., 1997). The threshold surface roughness for bacterial attachment was reported to be 0.2μm (Quirynen et al., 1990). Surface roughness values more than 0.2μm may promote plaque formation. Bollen et al. (1997) and Radford et al. (1999) reported that high concentration of bacterial colonization occurs if the surface roughness value is greater than 2.0μm. The authors considered that characterization of smooth acrylic resin surface may vary between 0.03μm and 0.75μm depending upon the technique used for finishing and polishing (Bollen et al., 1997; Radford et al., 1999). The results of this study showed that the mean surface roughness values for MP of HC acrylic resin was 0.6333μm and 0.7364μm for CP of AC acrylic resin. The mean values found in this study agree with the range reported by Busscher et al. (1984), Oliveira et al. (2008) and Radford et al. (1999).
Furthermore, the results of this study demonstrated that the surface roughness of MP-HC acrylic resin was not significantly different from MP-AC acrylic resin although superior surface characteristics of HC acrylic resin may be expected due to higher degree of conversion of monomer compared to AC acrylic resin which is concurring with that of Oliveira et al. (2008). Also, MP produced lower surface roughness values than CP for both types of acrylic resins. This finding is in agreement with the results of other studies (Ulusoy et al., 1986; Rahal et al., 2004; Oliveira et al., 2008; Berger et al., 2006). These results were expected because the abrasive mechanical action progressively removes surface notches during polishing.
The polishability of the surface with chemical polishing method may be explained by the penetration of the polishing liquid, which contains methyl-methacrylate monomer molecules, through the superficial polymeric chain of acrylic resin breaking the secondary bonds that join them, promoting a final plasticizing effect of the acrylic resin surface. This superficial layer has no effect on the under lying irregularities caused by finishing procedures (Rahal et al., 2004). It is interesting to note that there was no significant difference in surface roughness values between HC and AC acrylic resin specimens subjected to mechanical polishing, although the surface of AC specimens being more porous than HC resin where a higher surface roughness should be expected.

Several limitations in this study and future research

Several limitations in this study and future research directions should be noted. Firstly, the cross-sectional nature of this study only allowed for measurement of preferences for workplace assistance with reaching a healthy weight. Future research should aim to longitudinally assess if employee and work characteristics are associated with both preference for workplace assistance and participation in weight management programs. Secondly, given the organizational constraints of survey length it was not possible to include additional questions to identify whether employees who did not report a preference for assistance perceived they were able to reach a healthy weight independently. Future research could include additional measures to determine if individuals who do not want workplace assistance: (1) already receiving external assistance; (2) feel competent in independently reaching a healthy weight; or (3) would like assistance but do not want their employer to be aware of their current health status. Thirdly, given that this research was conducted in a male-dominated mining industry, the findings may not generalize to the general working prostaglandin e or female-dominated industries. Future research is needed to identify if women or employees from other industries, such as health care, report similar preferences for health assistance or proactively seek assistance before reaching levels of obesity. Finally, while BMI is an established measure used to classify individuals into weight categories [29], the authors recognize that the use of self-reported height and weight may result in some inaccuracies. Although organizational constraints prevented the researchers from collecting actual bio measurements in this study, it is recommended that future research collect height, weight, and subcutaneous fat measurements to achieve more precise body composition categorization.

Conclusion

Conflicts of interest

Acknowledgments
The authors wish to acknowledge the generous corporate and community supporters who donated to the Wesley Medical Research to advance health and medical research and fund this research. They would also like to thank the QUT Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety, Queensland, for generously awarding funding for the preparation of this manuscript. The study sponsors had no role in any part of preparing, conducting, writing, or submitting of this manuscript.

Introduction
Regular physical activity (PA) is associated with a reduced risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease [1,2]. In the second term of National Health Promotion in the 21st century (Healthy Japan 21), PA is ranked as a leading health indicator. Healthy Japan 21 announced the goals of increasing both the mean number of steps per day of adults and the percentage of individuals who perform regular PA [3]. Under Healthy Japan 21, regular PA is defined as exercising for ≥ 30 minutes at least twice per week continuously for at least 1 year. According to the 2014 National Health and Nutrition Survey, the mean number of steps per day of Japanese men and women was 7,043 and 6,015 [4], respectively; below the daily target level of 10,000 steps [5]. Moreover, only 31.2% of men and 25.1% of women performed regular PA [4].
Most employed adults spend about half of each working day at the workplace; therefore, the workplace is a key setting to promote PA [3,6]. Recent systematic reviews on effective approaches for increasing PA among workers recommend a tailor-made behavior modification program catered to each individual [7]. Many tailor-made behavior modification programs incorporate practical components and strategies based on behavioral science, including goal-setting, self-monitoring, and self-efficacy (SE) [8]. The components of health programs for increasing PA have diversified and now combine practical components and strategies, resulting in a wide variation in the types of participants, duration, and provision of direct (face-to-face) and indirect (non-face-to-face) support [9–11].

br Probablemente el terremoto referido en este relato

Probablemente el terremoto referido en este relato ocurrió en 1729, el cual causó el derrumbe del cerro donde se localizaba inicialmente San Juan, provocando con esto la reubicación del pueblo. Sin embargo, un grupo de personas se separó y formó el pueblo de San Antonio Ozolotepec (Rojas 1958: 342).
Existe otro relato en el mismo pueblo de San Juan que parece corresponder (RS)-CPP un tiempo relativamente cercano, concerniente a la separación jurídica de la agencia de San Antonio respecto de la cabecera municipal de San Juan. La causa de dicha separación, según testimonios de algunos abuelos de San Antonio, fue que los de San Juan mataban y robaban su ganado y las autoridades les cobraban impuestos excesivos y los obligaban a realizar cargas de trabajo muy pesadas durante los tequios. Finalmente, en 1935 San Antonio se anexó formalmente como agencia municipal a la cabecera de Santiago Xanica:

Para las personas de San Juan esta irrupción de la culebra en forma de rayos se dio precisamente después de que San Antonio se separó de su pueblo. El terreno donde se instaló este último pertenecía a San Juan, que tuvo que cederlo para que pudiera realizarse el cambio jurisdiccional.
En la tradición oral de San Antonio no existen relatos que vinculen a la culebra de agua con el traslado del pueblo o con el conflicto con San Juan. Sin embargo, en su historia reciente ocurrió una disputa territorial con el pueblo de Santa Cruz Ozolotepec, que queda debajo de San Antonio, muy cerca del terreno donde estuvo la finca cafetalera La Sirena.

Las personas de San Mateo Piñas aseguran que cuando se fundió la primera campana del pueblo, todas las familias tuvieron que dar una copa de sombrero llena de monedas de oro para elaborar la campana. En aquel entonces el pueblo, según los relatos, pertenecía a la parroquia de Santa María Ozolotepec. Cuando Santa María se enteró de esto envió gente para que se la llevaran. Sin embargo, el peso provocó que se les cayera en el río Jijón, muy cerca de un lugar llamado “Espinazo del Diablo”, precisamente en una hondura encantada donde durante la Noche Buena se escucha el canto de un gallo. Ahora, según la gente, la campana se encuentra en el campanario de la iglesia de San Mateo del Mar y es resguardada por autoridades de ese pueblo.
Para comprender el posible trasfondo de estos relatos hay que recurrir a C gene la historia de ambos pueblos. Un momento crucial en este sentido fue el reconocimiento de San Mateo Piñas como cabecera parroquial independiente de Santa María Ozolotepec. Desde 1607 y hasta finales del siglo xvii Santa María Ozolotepec fue la parroquia más importante de la sierra sur, seguida de la cabecera de San Juan Ozolotepec. Sin embargo, en 1680 la sede parroquial de Huatulco fue cerrada debido a los constantes ataques piratas. Esto derivó que en la administración eclesiástica del área de Huatulco pasara a depender del cura de Santa María Ozolotepec en diferentes momentos, sobre todo entre 1696 y 1699. En ese mismo año el “Cabildo del obispado del Valle” solicitó al cura de Santa María, Juan Bernardino de Espina Altamirano, que inspeccionara la zona de Ozolotepec y Huatulco con la finalidad de hallar un lugar adecuado para reinstalar la parroquia de Huatulco. Finalmente, en 1700 se tomó la decisión de dividir la parroquia de Santa María para erigir la nueva cabecera en el pueblo de San Mateo Piñas.Anteriormente, en 1657 Piñas había logrado el reconocimiento político como pueblo, con sus propias autoridades, y por ende la separación con respecto de Santa María Ozolotepec. Además, el pueblo de San Mateo Piñas se fundó con gente de Santa María. De hecho, éste se asentó inicialmente, en el cerro donde se fundaría posteriormente San Mateo Piñas. El lugar es conocido ahora con el nombre de “Cerro León”, de ahí el topónimo en nahua de Ozolotepec, “Cerro de Jaguar”, el topónimo zapoteco en la variante de Santa María es Yii Mbeej (González Pérez 2010: 159).

Internal Consistency and Temporal Stability tests contributed

Internal Consistency and Temporal Stability tests contributed to prove UPSA-1-BR as a reliable instrument. Results of internal reliability (0.88) among patients suggest that all 5 subdomains comprise different branches of the same construct of competence to perform everyday MM-102 manufacturer activities. These are in agreement with the Spanish version of the UPSA (Sp-UPSA) (Garcia-Portilla et al., 2013), which found a Cronbach’s alpha of 0.9. However, UPSA-1-BR presented a much better result among healthy controls (0.84 versus 0.44), even though one subdomain (Household) evidenced no consistence. Further investigation will be necessary to verify the applicability of this particular subdomain in the evaluation of Functional Capacity among healthy people. Test–retest evaluation assessed the reliability with which UPSA-1-BR measures Functional Capacity over time, more specifically, after 4months from baseline. Our results show that UPSA-1-BR total scores from test and retest are strongly correlated (r=0.91). These results are better than those found by Leifker et al. (2010) (r=0.77) and by Garcia-Portilla et al. (2013) (r=0.74), both in a test–retest measure with a six-month gap.
Real-World Functioning scales (i.e. PSP and GAF) and performance-based instruments of Functional Capacity are complementary ways to assess Everyday Functioning. Since the first focuses on actual performance and the latter intends to evaluate the competence under ideal conditions, it is expected that the construct validity test will show significant but not very strong correlations. Accordingly, UPSA-1-BR total scores correlated positively and moderately with both PSP (rho=0.5) and GAF (rho=0.46). Similar results were presented by Keefe et al. (2006) (r=0.4), Leifker et al. (2009) (r=0.48) and Bowie et al. (2006) (ranging from r=0.34 to r=0.61) when analyzing the relationship between total scores of UPSA and Real-World Functioning scales. Further studies including UPSA-1-BR and multiple-domain Real-World Functioning scales are necessary to unveil if these correlations get stronger when specific skills are matched with particular situations in daily activities.
As mentioned earlier, discriminant validity emerged when comparing performance in the UPSA-1-BR between patients and healthy controls. Accuracy appeared to be adequate, with sensitivity and specificity at a cutoff score of 73.5 very similar to what Mausbach et al. (2008) found when checking the usefulness of UPSA for predicting residential independence in such patients.
The alternative data analysis, considering only Financial Skills and Communication, also revealed that UPSA-B-BR kept good psychometric properties from the original scale. It is worth noting that it presented a good accuracy (AUC 0.80), higher than that found by Mausbach et al. (2007) in the original UPSA-B study (0.73), and close to what Sumiyoshi et al. (2014) presented for the Japanese version (0.77).
To our knowledge, our study is the first to evaluate Functional Capacity among schizophrenics outside high-income western countries. The results support the hypothesis raised by Harvey et al. (2012) that impairment in Functional Capacity may be an endophenotype in Schizophrenia, based on similar levels of impairment across diverse populations, among other evidences. Besides, the Brazilian version of UPSA, minimally modified and approved by the original author, proved to be valid in our population and allows transcultural comparison studies in the future.

Role of Funding Source
This work was funded by the (), which had no role in the study design, in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript; and in the decision to submit the manuscript for publication.

Contributors

Conflicts of Interest

Acknowledgements
We would like to thank the Prefeitura de Nova Lima for the support.

Smoking prevalence in schizophrenia is up to five times higher than other clinical and non-clinical groups (). Commonalities in the neurobiological substrates of nicotine transmission and the pathology of schizophrenia have led to the proposal that nicotine may be used to ‘self-medicate’ illness related deficits (). Schizophrenia is characterised by pathological aberrations in the receptor system responsible for mediating the effects of nicotine (). Nicotinic cholinergic receptor (nAChR) abnormalities, in turn, have been implicated in the pathogenesis of cognitive dysfunction (). Of particular interest to the current study, accumulating evidence implicates nAChR dysfunction in the expression of several putative endophenotypic markers of schizophrenia, including sensory gating, sustained attention and spatial working memory (). Conversely, these domains show “strong evidence” for nicotinic modulation in schizophrenia (see , ). Specifically, nicotine has been found to transiently ameliorate deficits in auditory sensory gating (; ), sustained attention () and visual spatial working memory (VSWM; ). Evidence for facilitatory effects of nicotine in non-smokers with schizophrenia () and clinically unaffected relatives () indicates that these findings are largely independent of withdrawal (and other potential confounds, including chronic exposure to nicotine and psychotropic agents; ). However, there is a paucity of research directly assessing self-reported smoking motivation in schizophrenia () and potential cognitive motivators have been largely neglected. Therefore, the degree to which these cognitive effects subjectively motivate smoking remains unclear.

Introduction Although the history of economic growth

Introduction
Although the history of economic growth for Western developed countries spans some 200 years, Korea’s economic development was accomplished in a matter of just 4-5 decades after the end of World War II. In the 1950s, Korea was one of the five poorest countries in the world, and the nation depended heavily on foreign assistance from United Nations member states after the Korean War. Now, the most recent estimates indicate that Korea’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2010 was 890.0 billion USD, making Korea the twelfth-largest economy in the world [1,2]. This rapid economic development has produced unwanted side effects in terms of worker health and safety [3-5]. Among the important raw materials in industrial development, lead and its compounds have been widely used in various industrial processes. The problem of occupational lead exposure in Korea first came to public attention in 1967, when the government completed an investigation of lead-using industries as part of an extensive evaluation of occupational hazards in Korean industrial facilities [6]. Since then, regular progress has been made in lowering workplace lead exposure, instituting new workplace controls, and implementing large-scale health screening [7].
In the early stage of Korean industrialization during the 1960s and 1970s, secondary preventive measures (early diagnosis and prompt treatment to minimize morbidity) were thought to be more feasible, and thus a better intervention strategy, than primary preventive measures, such as biological monitoring, which allows the removal of asymptomatic workers from exposure before the A-1210477 of disease processes [8,9].
Until now, on-going regular biological monitoring of lead workers has not been required by Korean regulation. Special medical examinations for lead workers once or twice per year are the only method for surveillance of lead workers required by law. Serious lead poisoning episodes during the last several decades made it possible to introduce biological monitoring as part of a medical surveillance program provided by Korea’s specialized occupational health institute in facilities characterized by high-risk lead exposure [10].

1950s: Pre-economic Development Period and Baseline Period of Occupational Health
Thirty-six years of Japanese occupation followed by three years of the Korean War devastated every sector of the economy. The extremely damaged economic situation made the nation one of poorest in the world. During this period, per capita income was less than 100 dollars and half of the population was in absolute poverty. At this time, Korea was viewed as a hopeless country compared with other Asian countries, such as the Philippines, Thailand, and Myanmar [1].
In 1953, during the Korean War, the Korean government enacted the Labor Standards Law to regulate industrial accidents and occupational diseases. Chapter VI of the Labor Standards Law described the duty of employers to provide measures for workers’ safety and health including the implementation of periodic health examinations of workers employed in workplaces with 16 or more employees. The law also described the protection of young workers and female workers in certain hazardous workplaces. In accordance with the law, the first periodic medical examination was performed in the coal-mining industry in the Kangwon area in 1954. Official government records for periodic medical examinations started to appear in 1957. In 1957, 50,675 workers in 305 workplaces had periodic health examinations. Since then, periodic health examinations have been provided to eligible workers by law [5].
During this period, two storage-battery factories manufactured lead-acid storage batteries for automobiles and industrial use, and one primary smelting factory produced lead ingots by smelting lead ores. Several hundred people worked in these factories, but no records of workers’ health examinations are available, particularly with regard to their blood-lead levels and other lead-related laboratory data [11,12].

It has been confirmed experimentally in that for a

It has been confirmed experimentally in [13] that, for a wide range of communication radius and number of sources, variable-power Chloroquine () is always smaller than fixed-power energy () while number of hops in variable-power case () is always larger than number of hops in fixed-power case ().And ⩾1
The value of G depends on the number of sources and the communication radius.
In the presence of link errors, none of the previous choices may give optimal energy efficient paths. In this section, two packet retransmission techniques that are used to overcome link errors are examined; End-to-End Retransmission (EER) and Hop-by-Hop Retransmission (HHR) techniques [12].
In the EER case, a transmission error on any link leads to an end-to-end retransmission over the path. Assuming that each of the N links has an independent packet error rate of , the probability of a transmission error over the entire path, denoted by p, is given by:The number of transmissions k (including retransmissions) necessary to ensure the successful transfer of a packet between sender (S) and receiver (R) is then a geometrically distributed random variable X, such that [12]:The mean number of individual packet transmissions for the successful transfer of a single packet is thus:Since each such transmission uses total energy given earlier by Eqs. (2) and (3), the total expected energy required in the reliable transmission of a single packet is given by:

Using the definition of G in Eq. (5) we get:Where,It can be noted that:

In the case of the HHR model, the number of transmissions on each link is independent of the other links and is geometrically distributed. The total energy cost for the HHR case with N intermediate nodes and having a link packet error rate of is:

Applying the same assumption in Eq. (4), that each hop is of distance D/, to the variable-power Eq. (16) we get:From (14)–(16), it can be noticed that the analysis of the hop-by-hop retransmission technique is similar to the analysis of the error-free transmission. Furthermore, similar results are obtained in regards to the relation between the energy costs and the number of hops, i.e. (HHR) decreases as decreases whereas (HHR) decreases as increases. Obviously, energy costs are higher in HHR case than in error-free transmission providing that >0.
The simulation results are presented below and compared to the theoretical results. For simplifying the analysis, a single-source model is assumed. Routing is thus treated as the shortest-path problem in graphs. The simulation parameters used are shown in Table 4.
The first two parameters represent the same setup used in [6]. The value of the communication radius, R, is chosen to be 0.3 to ensure that no experiment may result in unconnected graphs. In our study, we assume free space model with no obstacles, i.e. =2. Finally, for the purpose of comparison, proportionality constant is assumed to be 1.
The value of the variable-power gain, G, is calculated in the error-free transmission case, i.e. =0, by running 100 experiments. Each experiment consists of random placement of 100 nodes including the sink node in a square of unit size. The shortest-path between the source and the sink in fixed-power and variable-power scenarios is obtained using Dijkstra’s algorithm. The average of the 100 experiments is then calculated and used to represent the energy costs of each scenario. The value of G is computed according to Eq. (5) and found to be:
For the end-to-end retransmission case, energy costs of both scenarios are calculated at different values of link error rate, , which is varied from 0% to 30% with step of 1%. In this example, ΔN is fixed at a value of 6 (=9 and =3). The threshold value of the link error rate, (threshold), is obtained experimentally from the intersection of the fixed-power curve with the variable-power curve. Whereas the theoretical value of (threshold) is obtained by solving Eq. (12) at ΔN=6. Both values are shown in Fig. 11.

It has been confirmed experimentally in that for a

It has been confirmed experimentally in [13] that, for a wide range of communication radius and number of sources, variable-power Chloroquine () is always smaller than fixed-power energy () while number of hops in variable-power case () is always larger than number of hops in fixed-power case ().And ⩾1
The value of G depends on the number of sources and the communication radius.
In the presence of link errors, none of the previous choices may give optimal energy efficient paths. In this section, two packet retransmission techniques that are used to overcome link errors are examined; End-to-End Retransmission (EER) and Hop-by-Hop Retransmission (HHR) techniques [12].
In the EER case, a transmission error on any link leads to an end-to-end retransmission over the path. Assuming that each of the N links has an independent packet error rate of , the probability of a transmission error over the entire path, denoted by p, is given by:The number of transmissions k (including retransmissions) necessary to ensure the successful transfer of a packet between sender (S) and receiver (R) is then a geometrically distributed random variable X, such that [12]:The mean number of individual packet transmissions for the successful transfer of a single packet is thus:Since each such transmission uses total energy given earlier by Eqs. (2) and (3), the total expected energy required in the reliable transmission of a single packet is given by:

Using the definition of G in Eq. (5) we get:Where,It can be noted that:

In the case of the HHR model, the number of transmissions on each link is independent of the other links and is geometrically distributed. The total energy cost for the HHR case with N intermediate nodes and having a link packet error rate of is:

Applying the same assumption in Eq. (4), that each hop is of distance D/, to the variable-power Eq. (16) we get:From (14)–(16), it can be noticed that the analysis of the hop-by-hop retransmission technique is similar to the analysis of the error-free transmission. Furthermore, similar results are obtained in regards to the relation between the energy costs and the number of hops, i.e. (HHR) decreases as decreases whereas (HHR) decreases as increases. Obviously, energy costs are higher in HHR case than in error-free transmission providing that >0.
The simulation results are presented below and compared to the theoretical results. For simplifying the analysis, a single-source model is assumed. Routing is thus treated as the shortest-path problem in graphs. The simulation parameters used are shown in Table 4.
The first two parameters represent the same setup used in [6]. The value of the communication radius, R, is chosen to be 0.3 to ensure that no experiment may result in unconnected graphs. In our study, we assume free space model with no obstacles, i.e. =2. Finally, for the purpose of comparison, proportionality constant is assumed to be 1.
The value of the variable-power gain, G, is calculated in the error-free transmission case, i.e. =0, by running 100 experiments. Each experiment consists of random placement of 100 nodes including the sink node in a square of unit size. The shortest-path between the source and the sink in fixed-power and variable-power scenarios is obtained using Dijkstra’s algorithm. The average of the 100 experiments is then calculated and used to represent the energy costs of each scenario. The value of G is computed according to Eq. (5) and found to be:
For the end-to-end retransmission case, energy costs of both scenarios are calculated at different values of link error rate, , which is varied from 0% to 30% with step of 1%. In this example, ΔN is fixed at a value of 6 (=9 and =3). The threshold value of the link error rate, (threshold), is obtained experimentally from the intersection of the fixed-power curve with the variable-power curve. Whereas the theoretical value of (threshold) is obtained by solving Eq. (12) at ΔN=6. Both values are shown in Fig. 11.

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Sin embargo en los últimos años, con el aumento de la investigación en cognición como dimensión nuclear de los trastornos mentales graves (esquizofrenia, trastornos psicóticos relacionados y trastorno bipolar) surgen diferentes estudios evaluando la función de la prolactina dentro del espectro de la cognición. En un estudio de pacientes con psicosis temprana (menos de 3 años de evolución de enfermedad) altos niveles de prolactina se asociaron con déficits en la velocidad de procesamiento independientemente del uso de fármacos antipsicóticos (Montalvo et al., 2014). A pesar de estos hallazgos, aún existe una amplia controversia al respecto, puesto que otro estudio de cognición con pacientes varones diagnosticados de esquizofrenia, demostró que la prolactina no interfería en la asociación de esteroides gonadales, como la testosterona, con la función cognitiva (Moore et al., 2013). Sin embargo un evaluación crítica de los resultados, destaca la posibilidad de un error beta al tratarse de subgrupos con poco tamaño muestral. De manera similar en otro estudio en pacientes de ambos sexos, con diagnóstico de esquizofrenia crónica en tratamiento activo con antipsicótico, se asoció la prolactina con la función cognitiva aunque sin poder demostrar una asociación directa con parámetros cognitivos medidos con el test Mini-Mental (Ichioka et al., 2012).
En líneas generales se trata de un hallazgo con importantes repercusiones futuras en el campo de la función cognitiva, puesto que en diferentes estudios previos de pacientes tratados con antipsicóticos, el uso de un agonista parcial dopaminérgico (aripiprazol) que disminuyera los niveles de prolactina, se había asociado nvp-aew541 una reducción efectiva de la hiperprolactinemia, mejoría clínica psicopatológica y menor efectos secundarios motores pero no mejoría en la función cognitiva (Lee et al., 2013). Un enfoque previo similar, sin evaluar los niveles de prolactina (aunque a priori por farmacodinamia se esperaría una reducción de los niveles de prolactina) sí asoció el uso concomitante de agonistas parciales dopaminérgicos con mejoría de la velocidad de procesamiento pero empeorando ciertas funciones cognitivas (Yasui-Furukori et al., 2011). El mismo grupo previamente había evaluado la disminución de los niveles de prolactina en mujeres en tratamiento antipsicótico a las que se asociaba un agonista parcial sin encontrar diferencias en las evaluaciones cognitivas (Yasui-Furukori et al., 2010).
En resumen, la prolactina es una hormona peptídica cuya fisiología está en continuo estudio y amplio desarrollo. Presenta diversas funciones a Early development nivel del sistema nervioso central implicadas en la interacción hormonal de sistemas de equilibrio energético, estrés o recompensa. Sin embargo, los datos recientes suponen nuevas implicaciones en la relación entre neurogénesis y cognición que podrían modificarán en los próximos años nuestra visión de la hormona orientándola hacia un elemento clave en transición (Aston et al., 2010), pronóstico, y diagnóstico (Garcia-Rizo et al., 2012) de la esquizofrenia.

Cognición y Factores Neurotróficos: El BDNF
Las neurotrofinas son los factores de crecimiento que posibilitan el desarrollo y supervivencia de las células nerviosas. Son, por tanto, del todo imprescindibles para un funcionamiento correcto de las neuronas y además aumentan su supervivencia al evitar que se dispare la muerte celular. Probablemente el Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) es el factor neurotrófico que mejor se ha estudiado, tanto en investigación básica como en relación con algunos síndromes clínicos como la esquizofrenia. Así, el BDNF ha sido estudiado y se ha destacado su relevancia tanto en procesos neurobiológicos más básicos como la plasticidad neuronal, la diferenciación y supervivencia neuronal, como también en procesos cognitivos superiores como el aprendizaje y la memoria (Bekinschtein et al, 2008; Nakajo et al., 2008). Actualmente no existe un consenso completo sobre cómo medir el BDNF y tampoco existe un protocolo estandarizado de recogida del BDNF plasmático. Sin embargo, la opción más presente en la bibliografía son las técnicas ELISA –técnica basada en el método descrito por Metzger et al., 1981- que han demostrado bastante sensibilidad y fiabilidad para determinar los niveles séricos y plasmáticos en muestras sanguíneas. Además, este procedimiento ha sido validado en muestras demográficas significativas (Trajkovska et al., 2007). Habitualmente se extraen muestras de la actividad periférica debido a la dificultad que supondría realizarlo con el BDNF procedente del cerebro. Existen datos que sugieren que existe una correlación entre los niveles de BDNF en el cerebro y los niveles plasmáticos periféricos (Karege et al., 2002).

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Gene therapy for the treatment of ophthalmic conditions

Conclusion
Research into the potential application of gene therapy in the treatment of various ophthalmic conditions produced encouraging results. Many of the studies to date have utilized animal models. The use of AVV vectors has facilitated the transfer of normal genes into animal cells for models with Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, retinitis pigmentosa and Stargardt disease. Gene therapy for the treatment of red–green colorblindness has been successful in squirrel monkeys. Plans are at an advanced stage to start clinical trials. Researchers have also proved that CD59 can treat AMD. Gene therapy can be used to treat primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), and studies have confirmed the economic viable. It has been noted that these conditions are caused by mutations in specific genes which impair the production of essential proteins. The fundamental principle behind gene therapy in ophthalmology is that the injection of fully-functional genes into cells allows restoration of normal gene expression. Consequently, the required gene product will be produced thus preventing the escalation of a disease. However, the time requirement for human clinical trials results of gene therapy will take some time prior to routine use in patients.

Introduction
The tear film is approximately 8–9μm thick and is comprised of 98.2% water and 1.8% solids. The three layers that make up the tear film are lipid, aqueous and mucous. The (outer) lipid layer consists of phospholipids, cholesterol and wax esters. The phospholipid end of the fatty acids interacts with the aqueous layer while the fatty Sorafenib end interacts with other lipids forming a layer 0.1–0.2μm thick that mitigates evaporation of the tears. The lipid layer is secreted by the meibomian (tarsal) glands and the sebaceous glands of Zeis. The (middle) aqueous layer, provides nutrients to the non-vascularized ocular surface tissue and is secreted by the main and the accessory lacrimal glands. The aqueous layer is 7–8μm thick consisting of water, electrolytes and glycoproteins. The Na+ concentration of tears is the same as serum, however, the concentration of K+ is 5–7 times greater than that in serum. Na+, K+, and Cl− concentration Sorafenib regulate the osmotic flow of fluids. The (inner) mucous layer is 1μm thick and acts as a lubricating layer. The mucin layer is composed of high molecular glycoproteins, electrolytes, and water. It is secreted principally by the conjunctival goblet cells, the stratified squamous cells of the conjunctival and corneal epithelium and minimally by the lacrimal glands and their components.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is inherited as an autosomal trait characterized by defective mucus secretion in different parts of the body. CF is caused by a flaw, or mutation of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene (CFTR gene) occurring at a single locus on the long arm of chromosome 7. The damaged CFTR gene prevents function of the chloride ion channels in patients with CF resulting in excessive salt accumulation in the body, where some of it eventually is excreted through the sweat glands. Hence, salty skin is of diagnostic value in CF. As water follows salt movement, the predicted net flux of water would be from the lumen to the sub-mucosa and would be greater across CF epithelia. Normal water movement is required to produce thin, free-flowing mucus. The nonfunctioning chloride ion channels resulted in less water in the lumens of the ducts resulting in sticky, thick mucus that CF patients endure. Since the lacrimal glands contribute to the production of mucus we therefore, expect some changes in the structure of the lacrimal glands. In this report, we present the histological findings in the lacrimal gland of a patient with CF.

Case report
The orbital contents were evaluated of the lacrimal glands of two orbits from a 25year old white male who died from CF related complications. The patient was diagnosed with CF at 10months of age by the analysis of duodenal aspirate. The patient’s sister was also reported to suffer from CF. The pathologist report on autopsy of the patient revealed the multisystem involvement of CF including: (1) CF and atrophy of the pancreas, (2) chronic obstructive bronchial disease, (3) dilatation of the right ventricle, (4) passive congestion of the liver, (5) infertility with atrophy of the testis.