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Char residues produced in the co-pyrolysis of different wastes (plastics, pine biomass and used tyres) were characterized using chemical and toxicity assays. One part of the solid chars was submitted to extraction with dichloromethane (DCM) in order to reduce the toxicity of the char residues by removing organic contaminants. The different volatility(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular morbidity and mortality are highly prevalent in haemodialysis (HD) patients and have been recently associated with vascular calcifications. The objective of our study was to assess the value of a simple vascular calcification score for the prediction of cardiovascular death, cardiovascular hospitalizations and fatal and non-fatal(More)
BACKGROUND Vascular calcifications are highly prevalent in dialysis patients and are associated with arterial stiffness and mortality. The use of simple and inexpensive methods to evaluate arterial stiffness and vascular calcifications is desired. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship of a simple vascular calcification score (SVCS)(More)
In the hippocampus, the neuromodulatory role of adenosine depends on a balance between inhibitory A1 responses and facilitatory A2A responses. Since the presynaptic effects of hippocampal inhibitory A1 adenosine receptors are mostly mediated by inhibition of Ca2+ channels, we now investigated whether presynaptic facilitatory A2A adenosine receptors would(More)
BACKGROUND More than 70% of muscle invasive bladder cancers (MIBC) express the cell-surface antigen sialyl-Tn (sTn) that promotes motility and invasive potential of tumor cells. Effective drug testing models to optimize therapy against these tumors are warranted. MATERIALS AND METHODS Fragments of sTn-positive MIBC were subcutaneously engrafted into nude(More)
The purpose of this work was to integrate different methodologies to assess the potential ecological risk of estuarine sedimentary management areas, using the Sado Estuary in Portugal as case study. To evaluate the environmental risk of sediment contamination, an integrative and innovative approach was used involving assessment of sediment chemistry,(More)
Dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) coupled with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was applied for the determination of 11 alkylphenols in eluates of chars produced in the co-pyrolysis of different wastes. The optimized DLLME procedure, 4 mL of sample solution, 15 microL of trichloroethylene as extraction solvent, 1 mL of acetone as(More)
BACKGROUND Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease of the motor neuron for which no clinically validated biomarkers have been identified. METHODS We have quantified by ELISA the biomarker phosphoneurofilament heavy chain (pNFH) in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of ALS patients (n=29) and age-matched control patients with(More)
Adenosine has been shown to increase the release of neurotransmitters by stimulation of adenosine A2 receptors. This effect probably depends on Ca2+ entry into presynaptic nerve terminals. In the present work the ability of the mixed adenosine A1/A2 agonist, 2-chloroadenosine, to stimulate Ca2+ uptake into rat brain synaptosomes was investigated. 45Ca2+(More)
A method for the determination of 15 aromatic hydrocarbons in eluates from solid residues produced during the co-pyrolysis of plastics and pine biomass was developed. In a first step, several sampling techniques (headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME), static headspace sampling (HS), and dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) were(More)