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OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether the free fraction of L-tryptophan (L-Trp) and the N1/P2 component of the auditory evoked potentials (AEPs) are associated with impaired brain serotonin neurotransmission in infants with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). STUDY DESIGN We measured free, bound, and total plasma L-Trp and recorded the N1/P2 component of AEP(More)
It is known that L-tryptophan stimulates serotonin synthesis in the brain and serotonergic neuronal activity. Also, the N1/P2 component of auditory evoked potential (AEP) is a good indicator of this activity in the auditory cortex. In the present work, we examined the effect of the L-tryptophan administration on electric activity of the auditory cortex(More)
In the present study we report results on the possible mechanism of inhibition of tryptophan-5-hydroxylase activity induced by insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). Kinetic experiments were done with different L-tryptophan (L-Trp) concentrations in the rat brain at different days of evolution of the disease. Additionally, different activation(More)
In response to complaints of odor and irritation from metam-sodium applications, this study was conducted to determine possible air concentrations of methyl isothiocyanate (MITC), the major breakdown product and active fumigant of metam-sodium, during a ''worst case" application scenario. Metam-sodium was applied by a fixed-set sprinkler system to a 20-acre(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To determine if the slope of the amplitude/stimulus intensity function (ASF) of the N1/P2 component of the auditory evoked potential was increased in women with type 2 diabetes reflecting a low brain serotonergic activity in the auditory cortex. METHODS In a comparative study in women with type 2 diabetes and controls, we measured free,(More)
An important goal for rehabilitation engineering is to develop technology that allows individuals with stroke to practice intensive movement training without the expense of an always-present therapist. We have developed a low-cost, computer vision system that allows individuals with stroke to practice arm movement exercises at home or at the clinic, with(More)
This paper presents an automatic method for filtering and segmenting 3D point clouds acquired from mobile LIDAR systems. Our approach exploits 3D information by using range images and several morphological operators. Firstly, a detection of artifacts is carried out in order to filter point clouds. The artifact detection is based on a Top-Hat of hole filling(More)