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Mogaadi M.,University of Bizerte
Radiation Protection Dosimetry | Year: 2012

Scoliotic patients underwent many radiological examinations during their control and treatment periods. Nowadays, few studies have calculated effective dose which is the primary indicator of radiation risk. In this study, the PCXMC program is used to calculate the effective doses associated with scoliosis radiography. Five age groups of patients, proposed by the National Radiological Protection Board, have been chosen: <1, 1-4, 5-9, 10-15 and ≥16 y (adult patients). Patient and radiographic data were collected from 99 patient examinations for both anteroposterior and lateral full spine X-ray projections. Results showed the effective dose ranged from 118 to 1596 μSv for the frontal projection and from 97 to 1370 μSv for the lateral projection, with patient age varying from 3 months to 22 y. This study presents the effective dose against patient age and demonstrates the necessity to optimise patient protection for this type of examination. © The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

Ura B.,Institute for Maternal and Child Health | Feriotto G.,University of Ferrara | Monasta L.,Institute for Maternal and Child Health | Bilel S.,University of Bizerte | And 2 more authors.
Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology | Year: 2014

Objective: To identify microRNAs (miRNAs) differentially expressed at early stages of gestation (12-14 weeks) in the serum of pregnant women, who later developed severe preeclampsia (sPE) in the third trimester of pregnancy (n=24) compared to women with normal pregnancy (n=24). Materials and Methods: Sera from 12-14-week-gestation whole blood were subjected to microarray analysis with TaqMan Low Density Array chips (human microRNA panel V3.0), and to quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. Results: By using the TaqMan Low Density Array chip technology, 19 mature miRNAs appeared differentially expressed in the group of women who later developed sPE as compared to normal women. The expression of four miRNAs (miR-1233, miR-520, miR-210, miR-144) was validated by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction analysis. MiR-1233 was the most overexpressed in the serum of women who later developed sPE. Conclusion: Circulating miRNAs deserve further investigation in order to explore their potential role in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia. In particular, miR-1233 might represent a potential marker of early sPE. © 2014.

Alouiac L.,University of Bizerte | Alouiac L.,Northern Borders University | Hassan G.F.,Assiut University | Hassan G.F.,Northern Borders University
Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences | Year: 2010

Convergence properties of hypercomplex derivative bases of special monogenic polynomials are studied. These new results extend and improve a lot of known works from the complex case to Clifford setting. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Oukarroum A.,University of Quebec at Montreal | Barhoumi L.,University of Quebec at Montreal | Barhoumi L.,University of Bizerte | Pirastru L.,University of Quebec at Montreal | Dewez D.,University of Quebec at Montreal
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry | Year: 2013

The toxicity effect of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) on growth and cellular viability was investigated on the aquatic plant Lemna gibba exposed over 7 d to 0, 0.01, 0.1, 1, and 10mg/L of AgNPs. Growth inhibition was demonstrated by a significant decrease of frond numbers dependent on AgNP concentration. Under these conditions, reduction in plant cellular viability was detected for 0.1, 1, and 10mg/L of AgNPs within 7 d of AgNPs treatment. This effect was highly correlated with the production of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS). A significant increase of intracellular ROS formation was triggered by 1 and 10mg/L of AgNP exposure. The induced oxidative stress was related to Ag accumulation within L. gibba plant cells and with the increasing concentration of AgNP exposure in the medium. The authors' results clearly suggested that AgNP suspension represented a potential source of toxicity for L. gibba plant cells. Due to the low release capacity of free soluble Ag from AgNP dissolution in the medium, it is most likely that the intracellular uptake of Ag was directly from AgNPs, triggering cellular oxidative stress that may be due to the release of free Ag inside plant cells. Therefore, the present study demonstrated that AgNP accumulation in an aquatic environment may represent a potential source of toxicity and a risk for the viability of duckweeds. © 2013 SETAC.

Smadhi M.,University of Bizerte | Abderrahim R.,University of Bizerte
Phosphorus, Sulfur and Silicon and the Related Elements | Year: 2010

The condensation of hexamethylphosphorotriamide and bis-(dimethylamino) methylphosphonate with amidrazones 1 constitutes a new route to the synthesis of 1,2,4,3-triazaphosphole-3-oxide derivatives 3. Structures of all the synthesized compounds have been established by NMR (1H, 13C, 31P) and IR spectroscopy, as well as by elemental analysis and MS spectral data for some products. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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