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  1. Action of Bothrops moojeni venom and its L-amino acid oxidase fraction, treated with {sup 60}Co gamma rays, in Leishmania spp; Acao do veneno de Bothrops moojeni e sua fracao L-aminoacido oxidase, submetida ao tratamento com raios gama de {sup 60}Co, em Leishmania spp

    Cardoso, Andre Gustavo Tempone

    1999-07-01

    Bothrops moojeni venom showed an anti leishmania activity in vitro, as determined by a cell viability assay using the reduction of MTT. After venom purification, by chromatography techniques, the fractions with anti leishmania and L-amino acid oxidase activities, eluted in the same positions. The molecular weight of the enzyme was estimated to be 140 kDa by molecular exclusion chromatography, and 69 kDa, by SDS-PAGE, migrating as a single band, with an isoelectric point of 4.8 as determined by isoelectric focusing. The purified LAO from B. moojeni venom, 135-fold more active than crude venom, showed homo dimeric constitution, and was active against Leishmania spp from the New World, with an effective concentration against L(L). amazonensis of 1.80 {mu}g/ml (EC{sub 50}), L.(V.) panamensis (0.78 |{mu}g/ml) and L.(L.) chagasi (0.63 ({mu}g/ml). Ultrastructural studies of promastigotes affected by LAO demonstrated cell death, with edema in several organelles such as mitochondria and nuclear membrane, before cell disruption and necrosis. The action of LAO was demonstrated to be hydrogen peroxide-dependent. Studies with LLCMK-2 cells, treated with LAO, showed a toxic effect, with an EC{sub 50} of 11|{mu}g/ml. Irradiation of LAO with 6{sup 0C}o gamma rays, did not affect its whole oxidative activity, neither detoxified the enzyme. Amastigotes treated with LAO were not affected by its hydrogen peroxide, otherwise, the exogenous product, killed amastigotes with an EC{sub 50} of 0.67mM. These data could be of help in the development of alternative therapeutic approaches to the treatment of leishmaniasis. (author)

  2. Activity evaluation from different native or irradiated with 60 Co gamma rays snake venoms and their inhibitory effect on Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis

    Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a disease, caused by Leishmania parasites, that occurs frequently in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. Skin lesions that could results in disfiguring aspect characterize it. The treatment is based on few drugs as antimony salts or pentamidine that are toxic with increasing resistance by the parasite. Alternative forms of disease treatment are in constant search, including natural components as snake venoms. Previous studies demonstrate that some components of snake venoms have an inhibitory effect against those parasites, including Leishmania species. Although snake venoms presented high toxicity, several methods have been described to detoxify most or some of their toxic components, with favorable results by the use of gamma irradiation. In this report we tested several native and irradiated snake venoms for inhibitory effect against Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis parasite and LLCMK2 mammalian cells, with enzymatic tests and electrophoresis. There are significant activity in Acanthophis antarcticus, Agkistrodon bilineatus, Bothrops moojeni, Bothrops jararaca, Hoplocephalus stephensi, Naja melanoleuca, Naja mossambica, Pseudechis australis, Pseudechis colletti, Pseudechis guttatus and Pseudechis porphyriacus, venom being inactive Pseudonaja textilis, Notechis ater niger, Notechis scutatus. Oxyuranus microlepidotus and Oxyuranus scutellatus venoms. After 2 KGy of 60Co irradiation most venom loses significantly their activity. Venoms with antileishmanial activity presented L-amino acid oxidase (L-AO) activity and showed common protein with a molecular weight about 60kDa in SDS-PAGE. These results indicate that L-AO activity in those venoms are probably related with antileishmanial effect. (author)

  3. Activity evaluation from different native or irradiated with {sup 60} Co gamma rays snake venoms and their inhibitory effect on Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis; Avaliacao da atividade de diferentes venenos de serpentes, nativos ou irradiados, com radiacao gama de {sup 60} Co, quanto ao poder inibitorio do crescimento de Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis

    Lourenco, Cecilia de Oliveira

    2000-07-01

    Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a disease, caused by Leishmania parasites, that occurs frequently in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. Skin lesions that could results in disfiguring aspect characterize it. The treatment is based on few drugs as antimony salts or pentamidine that are toxic with increasing resistance by the parasite. Alternative forms of disease treatment are in constant search, including natural components as snake venoms. Previous studies demonstrate that some components of snake venoms have an inhibitory effect against those parasites, including Leishmania species. Although snake venoms presented high toxicity, several methods have been described to detoxify most or some of their toxic components, with favorable results by the use of gamma irradiation. In this report we tested several native and irradiated snake venoms for inhibitory effect against Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis parasite and LLCMK{sub 2} mammalian cells, with enzymatic tests and electrophoresis. There are significant activity in Acanthophis antarcticus, Agkistrodon bilineatus, Bothrops moojeni, Bothrops jararaca, Hoplocephalus stephensi, Naja melanoleuca, Naja mossambica, Pseudechis australis, Pseudechis colletti, Pseudechis guttatus and Pseudechis porphyriacus, venom being inactive Pseudonaja textilis, Notechis ater niger, Notechis scutatus. Oxyuranus microlepidotus and Oxyuranus scutellatus venoms. After 2 KGy of {sup 60}Co irradiation most venom loses significantly their activity. Venoms with antileishmanial activity presented L-amino acid oxidase (L-AO) activity and showed common protein with a molecular weight about 60kDa in SDS-PAGE. These results indicate that L-AO activity in those venoms are probably related with antileishmanial effect. (author)

  4. Sensitivity of watermelon variety Bojura to mutant agents 60Co and EMS

    Nikolay Velkov; Nasya Tomlekova; Fatma Sarsu

    2016-01-01

    A study on the sensitivity of watermelon variety Bojura to mutagenic agents was carried out in 2013-2014. The goal was to establish effective doses for mutagenic treatment of dry seeds with 60Co gamma rays (80, 100, 200, 250, 350 and 450 Gy) and swollen seeds with water for 24 hours were treated with ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS) at a concentration of 2%. Dominant mutations were not observed in the M1 generation. Morphological changes in 14 of 1395 M2 plants were observed. Phenotypic variation...

  5. Sensitivity of watermelon variety Bojura to mutant agents 60Co and EMS

    Nikolay Velkov

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available A study on the sensitivity of watermelon variety Bojura to mutagenic agents was carried out in 2013-2014. The goal was to establish effective doses for mutagenic treatment of dry seeds with 60Co gamma rays (80, 100, 200, 250, 350 and 450 Gy and swollen seeds with water for 24 hours were treated with ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS at a concentration of 2%. Dominant mutations were not observed in the M1 generation. Morphological changes in 14 of 1395 M2 plants were observed. Phenotypic variations changes were the colour of the seed coat, chlorophyll disorders of cotyledons, leaves, petals, and alterations of the location of the fruit set in the central stem. Visible changes of the morphological characteristics of the fruit were not observed. The doses induced certain morphological changes, however, higher doses or combined gamma rays 60Co and EMS treatments would induce mutations more efficiently. Subsequent experiments are required to obtain mutants with changes that affect flowers and fruits. The results are important for increasing mutation efficiency in watermelon breeding.

  6. Gamma 60Co DL50/30 of Biomphalaria glabrata (Say, 1818 DL50/30 raios gama de 60Co em Biomphalaria glabrata (Say, 1818

    Elaine Barros da Costa CARVALHO

    1999-11-01

    Full Text Available The variation of resistance to 60Co gamma-rays of Biomphalaria glabrata was studied. A population of 480 mollusks was observed during 30 days - distributed in 8 groups of snails isolated and 8 groups of snails in colonies - after exposure (30 snails per group per dose to increasing doses of gamma radiation. Doses of 10, 20, 40, 60, 80, 160, 320 and 640 Gy from a Gamma-cell 60Co irradiator, were applied to the test groups and two groups control (non-irradiated of snails - isolated and colony - were kept apart. After have been exposed, the snails were drew back to the aquaria where they were maintained before. The survival was estimated on a daily score of the alive animals in each group-dose, starting after the irradiation exposure day. As a result, the survival self-fertilization forms (DL50/30 = 218.2 Gy was found greater than in cross-fecundation forms. These data point to a low radio-resistance on the cross-fertilization forms - the sexual reproductive form - which is most found in nature. The lower radio-resistance of the cross-fertilization forms suggests the presence of some sex-linked hormonal factor related to this phenomenon.A variação da resistência entre indivíduos em autofecundação e fecundação cruzada de Biomphalaria glabrata foram estudadas. Uma população de 480 moluscos foi observada durante 29 dias, distribuída em 8 grupos de caramujos isolados e 8 grupos em colônias após a exposição (30 caramujos por grupo-dose a doses crescentes de radiação gama. Foram usadas doses de 10, 20, 40, 60, 80, 160, 320 e 640 Gy de um irradiador Gamma-Cell 60Co. Dois grupos não irradiados - isolado e colônia - foram separados como controle e após a irradiação todos os caramujos voltaram para aquários onde viviam antes. A sobrevida foi estimada pela contagem diária dos animais vivos em cada grupo-dose, a partir do dia da irradiação. O resultado mostrou maior sobrevivência nos grupos isolados (DL50/30 = 218.2 Gy que nos grupos

  7. Action of Bothrops moojeni venom and its L-amino acid oxidase fraction, treated with 60Co gamma rays, in Leishmania spp

    Bothrops moojeni venom showed an anti leishmania activity in vitro, as determined by a cell viability assay using the reduction of MTT. After venom purification, by chromatography techniques, the fractions with anti leishmania and L-amino acid oxidase activities, eluted in the same positions. The molecular weight of the enzyme was estimated to be 140 kDa by molecular exclusion chromatography, and 69 kDa, by SDS-PAGE, migrating as a single band, with an isoelectric point of 4.8 as determined by isoelectric focusing. The purified LAO from B. moojeni venom, 135-fold more active than crude venom, showed homo dimeric constitution, and was active against Leishmania spp from the New World, with an effective concentration against L(L). amazonensis of 1.80 μg/ml (EC50), L.(V.) panamensis (0.78 |μg/ml) and L.(L.) chagasi (0.63 (μg/ml). Ultrastructural studies of promastigotes affected by LAO demonstrated cell death, with edema in several organelles such as mitochondria and nuclear membrane, before cell disruption and necrosis. The action of LAO was demonstrated to be hydrogen peroxide-dependent. Studies with LLCMK-2 cells, treated with LAO, showed a toxic effect, with an EC50 of 11|μg/ml. Irradiation of LAO with 60Co gamma rays, did not affect its whole oxidative activity, neither detoxified the enzyme. Amastigotes treated with LAO were not affected by its hydrogen peroxide, otherwise, the exogenous product, killed amastigotes with an EC50 of 0.67mM. These data could be of help in the development of alternative therapeutic approaches to the treatment of leishmaniasis. (author)

  8. Gamma 60Co DL50/30 of Biomphalaria glabrata (Say, 1818) DL50/30 raios gama de 60Co em Biomphalaria glabrata (Say, 1818)

    Elaine Barros da Costa CARVALHO; Melo, Ana Maria Mendonça de Albuquerque; Mauricy Alves da MOTTA

    1999-01-01

    The variation of resistance to 60Co gamma-rays of Biomphalaria glabrata was studied. A population of 480 mollusks was observed during 30 days - distributed in 8 groups of snails isolated and 8 groups of snails in colonies - after exposure (30 snails per group per dose) to increasing doses of gamma radiation. Doses of 10, 20, 40, 60, 80, 160, 320 and 640 Gy from a Gamma-cell 60Co irradiator, were applied to the test groups and two groups control (non-irradiated) of snails - isolated and colony...

  9. Study on the possibility of using a {sup 60} Co therapeutical unity in Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT); Estudo sobre a possibilidade do uso de uma unidade terapeutica de {sup 60}Co em IMRT

    Dantas, Samuel Cesar

    2009-06-15

    With the increasing advances in complex treatment techniques, there is a tendency to obtain more sophisticated equipment to deliver the dose. The use of 3D conformal radiotherapy is now routine in many radiotherapy facilities as well as the utilization of intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). Both are usually implemented using linear accelerators equipped with multi leaves collimators, which create the conformity and the fluence distributions required. However, the complexity of increasingly sophisticated equipment, such as linear accelerators, requires a frequent quality control of their operation, as well as a detailed and constant maintenance. Even carrying out these procedures, the accelerators may present technical problems interrupting for a long time a treatment using the IMRT technique. Despite the clear practical and technological advantages that linear accelerators have on {sup 60}Co irradiators, these devices occupy an important place in radiotherapy, mainly due to the low cost of equipment installation and maintenance when compared to those required by accelerators. Many radiotherapy facilities that work with IMRT have tele therapeutic isocentric {sup 60}Co units. In principle, such equipment would be able to be used for treatment with IMRT using compensating blocks to modulate the beam. This study investigates this possibility and shows that it is feasible. The comparison of treatment plans of a head-and-neck cancer and other of a cancer of the central nervous system, based on a {sup 60}Co irradiator and a Linac 2300 C/D, presented advantages for the {sup 60}Co irradiator. Furthermore; the delivery of dose obtained with the two systems showed themselves equivalent when compared to their respective plans. (author)

  10. Sorption of {sup 60}Co and {sup 137}Cs in sediments at Piraquara de Fora, Angra dos Reis, RJ, Brazil; Sorcao de {sup 60}Co e {sup 137}Cs em sedimentos do Saco de Piraquara de Fora - Angra dos Reis

    Carvalho, Franciane M.; Martins, Nadia S.F.; Lauria, Dejanira D., E-mail: francian@ird.gov.br, E-mail: nadia@ird.gov.br, E-mail: dejanira@ird.gov.br [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Ferreira, Ingryd M., E-mail: ingrydmarques@hotmail.com [Instituto Federal do Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ), RJ (Brazil); Azevedo, Izabella M.A.P., E-mail: izabella_azevedo@id.uff.br [Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    In this study, sediment of Piraquara de Fora, located near the launch area of the effluents of the Central Nuclear Almirante Alvaro Alberto - CNAAA Nuclear Power Plants, were collected. It were determined the parameters particle size and cationic exchange capacity (CTC). From the sorption curves of {sup 60}Co and {sup 137}Cs, obtained experimentally in the laboratory, were estimated preliminary values of Kd at equilibrium, for these radionuclides in order of magnitude of 10{sup 2}.

  11. Analysis of the frequency of unstable chromosome aberrations in human lymphocytes irradiated with {sup 60}Co; Analise da frequencia de alteracoes cromossomicas instaveis em linfocitos humanos irradiados com {sup 60}Co

    Mendonca, Julyanne C.G.; Mendes, Mariana E.; Lima, Fabiana F., E-mail: july_cgm@hotmail.com, E-mail: mendes_sb@hotmail.com [Centro Regional de Ciencias Nucleares (CRCN-NE/CNEN-PE), Recife, PE (Brazil); Santos, Neide, E-mail: santos_neide@yahoo.com.br [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (CCB/UFPE), Recife, PE (Brazil). Departamento de Genetica

    2013-07-01

    The aim of this study was to analyze the frequency of unstable chromosomal aberrations induced by gamma radiation from a {sup 60}Co source at two different doses. Samples were obtained from a healthy donor and exposed to {sup 60}Co source (Gammacel 220 ) located in the Department of Nuclear Energy of Pernambuco Federal University (DEN/UFPe/Brazil) with a rate of air Kerma to 3,277 Gy/h. Exposures resulted in absorbed dose 0.51 Gy and 0.77 Gy. Mitotic metaphases were obtained by culturing lymphocytes for chromosome analysis and the slides were stained with 5% Giemsa. Among the unstable chromosomal aberrations the dicentric chromosomes, ring chromosomes and acentric fragments were analyzed. To calculate the significance level the chi - square test was used, considering relevant differences between the frequencies when the value of p < 0.05. To calculate the significance level of the chi - square test was used, considering relevant differences between the frequencies when the value of p < 0.05. The results showed that there was significant difference of the frequencies of dicentric chromosomes (from 0.18 to 0.51 to 0.37 Gy to 0.77 Gy), however there was no statistically significant difference between the frequencies of acentric fragments ( 0.054 to 0, 51 Gy to 0.063 to 0.77 Gy) and ring chromosomes (0.001 to 0.51 Gy to 0.003 to 0.77 Gy). The low number of rings is found justified, considering that in irradiated human lymphocytes, its appearance is rare relative to dicentrics. The results confirm that dicentrics are the most reliable biomarkers in estimating dose after exposure to gamma radiation. These two points will make the calibration curve dose-response being built for Biological Dosimetry Laboratory of CRCN-NE/CNEN.

  12. Leishmania (Viannia braziliensis em cães naturalmente infectados Leishmania (Viannia braziliensis in naturally infected dogs

    Maria de Fátima Madeira

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Foram estudados oito cães provenientes do Município de Maricá (RJ, com lesões sugestivas de leishmaniose tegumentar americana por métodos parasitológicos e sorológicos. Leishmania spp foi encontrada em seis cães através do cultivo in vitro. Anticorpos específicos foram detectados em seis animais pelo ELISA e em dois pela imunofluorescência indireta. Cinco isolados caninos analisados apresentaram zimodema similar a Leishmania (Viannia braziliensis. Sugere-se que cães clinicamente suspeitos sejam acompanhados periodicamente, na tentativa de confirmar o diagnóstico da leishmaniose tegumentar canina.Eight dogs from Maricá Municipality (RJ, with suggestive lesion of american tegumentary leishmaniasis were studied by parasitological and serological methods. Leishmania spp was found in six dogs by in vitro cultivation. Specific antibodies were detected in six dogs by ELISA and in two by indirect immunofluorescence. Five canine isolates were found to belong to the same zymodeme as Leishmania (Viannia braziliensis. The authors suggest that clinically suspect dogs should be followed-up in an attempt to confirm the diagnostic of canine tegumentary leishmaniasis.

  13. Gamma radiation effects of {sup 60} Co on Bombyx mori (Lep., Bombycidae) modifying the silk fiber production; Influencia da radiacao gama ({sup 60} Co) na producao de fios de seda em Bombyx mori(Lep.,Bombycidae)

    Carneiro Junior, Francisco [Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba (UNIMEP), SP (Brazil); Bendassolli, Jose A. [Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura (CENA), Piracicaba, SP (Brazil)

    1997-12-01

    The present work aimed to verify the biological effects of the application of different doses of gamma radiation during the fifth instar of the silkworm catepillar. Sevently eight silkworm caterpillars (Bombyx mori) were irradiated with {gamma}{sup 60} Co radiation at the initial period of the fifth instar. The caterpillars were divided and classified in six batches of thirteen individuals each. Treatments 1 through 5 received 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 Gy, respectively, and the control, also consisted of thirteen caterpillars, was not irradiated. The results showed a general increase in the silk fiber content in the irradiated batches compared to the control. The weight of the silk cocoons was higher with increasing doses of irradiation, from 20 to 80 Gy, respectively, followed by a decrease in weight in the treatment irradiated with 100 Gy. the results obtained in this experiment enable the conclusion that the radiation applied to the caterpillars significantly influenced the production of silk fiber in this species. (author). 4 refs., 2 figs., 3 tabs.

  14. Identificação de espécies de Leishmania isoladas de casos humanos em Mato Grosso do Sul por meio da reação em cadeia da polimerase Identification of Leishmania species isolated in human cases in Mato Grosso do Sul, by means of the polymerase chain reaction

    Manoel Sebastião da Costa Lima Junior; Renato Andreotti; Maria Elizabeth Moraes Cavalheiros Dorval; Elisa Teruya Oshiro; Alessandra Gutierrez de Oliveira; Maria de Fatima Cepa Matos

    2009-01-01

    As leishmanioses são zoonoses endêmicas em Mato Grosso do Sul e têm por agentes etiológicos nessa região Leishmania (Leishmania) chagasi, Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis e Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis. Como método para identificação de espécies de Leishmania, a reação em cadeia da polimerase é uma ferramenta com elevada especificidade e sensibilidade. Analisaram-se 39 isolados de Leishmania criopreservados, obtidos por meio de aspirado medular e/ou biópsia de lesão, conforme a suspei...

  15. Occurrence of Leishmania (Leishmania chagasi in a domestic cat (Felis catus in Andradina, São Paulo, Brazil: case report Ocorrência de Leishmania (Leishmania chagasi em gato doméstico (Felis catus em Andradina, São Paulo, Brasil: relato de caso

    Willian Marinho Dourado Coelho

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available This work describes natural infection by Leishmania in a domestic cat where amastigote forms of the parasite were observed in the popliteal lymph node imprint. Positive and negative serological reactions were observed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA and indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA, respectively. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR revealed that the nucleotide sequence of the sample was identical to Leishmania (L. chagasi. This is the first report of the disease in felines of the city of Andradina, SP, an area considered endemic for canine and human visceral leishmaniasis.Neste trabalho, é relatada a infecção natural por Leishmania em um gato doméstico no qual, formas amastigotas do parasito foram observadas em imprint de linfonodo poplíteo. Reações sorológicas positivas e negativas foram observadas pelo teste de imunoadsorção enzimática (ELISA e reação de imunofluorescência indireta (RIFI, respectivamente. A reação em cadeia da polimerase (PCR revelou que a sequência de nucleotídeos foi idêntica à Leishmania (L. chagasi. Este é o primeiro relato da doença em felino da cidade de Andradina, Estado de São Paulo, Brasil, área considerada endêmica para leishmaniose visceral canina e humana.

  16. The influence of organic compound addition on the mobility and biological availability of the {sup 137} Cs and {sup 60} Co on tropical soils; A influencia da adicao de composto organico na mobilidade e biodisponibilidade do {sup 137} Cs e do {sup 60} Co em solos tropicais

    Portilho, Antonio Passos

    2005-07-01

    The hole of manure in the mobility and bioavailability of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 60}Co in Brazilian soil was investigated. For this study an Oxisol was selected, for being the soil of larger distribution in the country, characterized by a low content in nutrients and organic substances; a Nitisol, was also selected as representative of soils with average fertility and an Organo sol, as representative of soils with high content of organic matter. These soils were transferred to an experimental area in the Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria, conditioned in plastic pots and spiked with {sup 137}Cs e {sup 60}Co. To follow the root uptake of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 60}Co we cultivated radish (Raphanus sativus, L.), in the pots receiving different doses of manure: a dose recommended for radish (2 kg/m{sup 2}); a half of the recommended dose; the double of the recommended dose and without manure addition. Only the Organo sol did not received manure. Moreover, it was investigated the potential mobility of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 60}Co associated to the unstable compounds under natural soil environment, such as the organic substance, oxides of iron etc, through the method of sequential chemical extraction. The main results show that soil to plant transfer factor (TF) for {sup 137}Cs decreases after the addition of 4 kg/m{sup 2} of manure in the Nitisol (from 0.44 to 0.06) and in the Oxisol (from 0,44 to 0,11). In relation to {sup 60}Co the TF reduced from 14,73 for 0,15 in Nitisol and from 11,25 for 0,15 to Oxisol. In the Organosols the TF values were low and comparable with values obtained in soil that received at least a dose of manure: 0,11 for {sup 137}Cs and 2,64 for {sup 60}Co. It was also observed, that the TF for {sup 137}Cs diminish with the increase of the nutrient contents (K, Ca and Mg) when manure is applied. It was verified, through the results of sequential extraction, that {sup 137}Cs was mainly associated to iron oxides in all types of studied soils. In the

  17. Kinetics of growth of Leishmania (Leishmania chagasi cycle in McCoy cell culture Cinéticas de crescimento do ciclo da Leishmania (Leishmania chagasi em cultura de células McCoy

    Yeda L. Nogueira

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available The kinetics of growth of Leishmania performed in vitro after internalization of the promastigote form in the cell and the occurrence of the transformation of the parasite into the amastigote form have been described by several authors. They used explants of macrophages in hamster spleen cell culture or in a human macrophage lineage cell, the U937. Using microscopy, the description of morphologic inter-relationship and the analysis of the production of specific molecules, it has been possible to define some of the peculiarities of the biology of the parasite. The present study shows the growth cycle of Leishmania chagasi during the observation of kinetic analysis undertaken with a McCoy cell lineage that lasted for a period of 144 hours. During the process, the morphologic transformation was revealed by indirect immunofluorescence (IF and the molecules liberated in the extra cellular medium were observed by SDS-PAGE at 24-hour intervals during the whole 144-hour period. It was observed that in the first 72 hours the promastigote form of L. chagasi adhered to the cell membranes and assumed a rounded (amastigote-like form. At 96 hours the infected cells showed morphologic alterations; at 120 hours the cells had liberated soluble fluorescent antigens into the extra cellular medium. At 144 hours, new elongated forms of the parasites, similar to promastigotes, were observed. In the SDS-PAGE, specific molecular weight proteins were observed at each point of the kinetic analysis showing that the McCoy cell imitates the macrophage and may be considered a useful model for the study of the infection of the Leishmania/cell binomial.Cinéticas de crescimento de Leishmania realizadas in vitro após a internalização da forma promastigota na célula e a ocorrência da transformação do parasito na forma amastigota foram descritas por vários autores, seja com a utilização de explantes de macrófagos em células de baço de hamster ou atualmente da c

  18. Effects of {gamma} ({sup 60}Co) and {beta} ({sup 90}Sr) radiations in Chinese hamster ovarian cells (CHO-K1): induction of micronuclei and cell death; Efeitos das radiacoes {gamma} ({sup 60}Co) e {beta} ({sup 90}Sr) em celulas de ovario de hamster chines (CHO-K1): inducao de micronucleos e morte celular

    Murakami, Daniella

    2003-07-01

    Among various types of ionising radiation, the beta emitter radionuclides are involved in many sectors of human activity, such as nuclear medicine, nuclear industries and biomedicine, with a consequent increased risk of accidental, occupational or therapeutic exposure. Despite their recognized importance, there is little information about the effect of beta particles at the cellular level when compared to other types of ionizing radiation. Thus, the objective of the present study was to evaluate the genotoxic and cytotoxic effects of {sup 90}Sr, a pure, highly energetic beta source, on CHO-K1 cells and to compare them with data obtained with {sup 60}Co. CHO-K1 cells irradiated with different doses (1.0, 2.5, 5.0, 7.5 Gy) of {sup 60}Co (0.34 Gy.min{sup -1}) and {sup 90}Sr (0.23 Gy.min{sup -1}) were processed for analysis of clonogenic death, induction of micronuclei (MN) and necrotic and apoptotic death. The survival curves obtained for both types of radiation were better fitted by the linear-quadratic model and were similar. However, the cytogenetic results showed that both the proportion of micronucleated cells and the magnitude of radioinduced lesions demonstrated by the analysis of MN distribution were significantly higher in cells irradiated with {sup 60}Co than in cells irradiated with {sup 90}Sr, whereas {sup 90}Sr was more damaging than {sup 60}Co in terms of cell death induction. Necrosis was the major type of death observed in CHO-K1 cells. The data obtained suggest that the low incidence of micronucleated cells after exposure to {sup 90}Sr may be a consequence of selective elimination of severely damaged cells from the population by the necrotic process at a higher rate than observed with {sup 60}Co exposure. The data obtained also demonstrated the need to use several parameters for a better estimate of cellular sensitivity to the action of genotoxic agents, which would be important in terms of radiobiology, oncology and therapeutics. (author)

  19. Metabolism of 60Co in mollusca

    After mollusca were bred in 60Co-labeled sea water or were given 60Co-labeled feed for certain hours, their tissues including the liver were removed as experimental samples. 60Co metabolism was observed by the Sephadex gel filtration profile. A gel chromatogram of the liver in gastropoda showed a marked peak of 60Co on the high-molecular side. Although the peak was observed on both high- and low-molecular sides in pelecypoda, it was more marked on the high-molecular side than on the low-molecular side. In cephalopoda, the peak pattern was similar to that in the other mollusca, but the proportion of low-molecular components was comparatively large. The gel filtration profile of 60Co in various tissues of cephalopoda revealed the incorporation of 60Co into the high-molecular components in blood, three peaks in the kidneys, and the incorporation of 60Co into the low-molecular components in the branchial heart. The metabolism of 60Co was dependent upon the chemical form of Co in gastropoda, and organic 60Co was specifically observed in the high-molecular components. (Namekawa, K.)

  20. 2.8-Å Cryo-EM Structure of the Large Ribosomal Subunit from the Eukaryotic Parasite Leishmania.

    Shalev-Benami, Moran; Zhang, Yan; Matzov, Donna; Halfon, Yehuda; Zackay, Arie; Rozenberg, Haim; Zimmerman, Ella; Bashan, Anat; Jaffe, Charles L; Yonath, Ada; Skiniotis, Georgios

    2016-07-12

    Leishmania is a single-cell eukaryotic parasite of the Trypanosomatidae family, whose members cause an array of tropical diseases. The often fatal outcome of infections, lack of effective vaccines, limited selection of therapeutic drugs, and emerging resistant strains, underline the need to develop strategies to combat these pathogens. The Trypanosomatid ribosome has recently been highlighted as a promising therapeutic target due to structural features that are distinct from other eukaryotes. Here, we present the 2.8-Å resolution structure of the Leishmania donovani large ribosomal subunit (LSU) derived from a cryo-EM map, further enabling the structural observation of eukaryotic rRNA modifications that play a significant role in ribosome assembly and function. The structure illustrates the unique fragmented nature of leishmanial LSU rRNA and highlights the irregular distribution of rRNA modifications in Leishmania, a characteristic with implications for anti-parasitic drug development. PMID:27373148

  1. 60Co levels in the seawater regions

    In order to assess the contribution from nuclear power facilities to the 60Co levels in seawater regions, it is essential to grasp the background values of 60Co. The following matters are described: 60Co sources and the respective inputs; nuclear test fallout and nuclear power plants; the 60Co levels in overseas countries; the 60Co levels in Japan; the 60Co levels from nuclear power plants in Fukui prefecture. In the seawater regions around Japan, there have been numerous instances of 60Co detection; several pCi/kg of dry earth in sea bottom earth and about 1 pCi/kg of raw material in marine life can be considered as the background levels due to nuclear test fallout and nuclear-powered submarines. In the seawater regions of Fukui prefecture, the 60Co levels appreciably exceeded the above background due to the nuclear power plants, which are insignificant concerning the radiation exposure of the local people. (Mori, K.)

  2. Sand fly captures with Disney traps in area of occurrence of Leishmania (Leishmania amazonensis in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, mid-western Brazil Capturas de flebotomíneos com armadilhas de Disney em área de ocorrência de Leishmania (Leishmania amazonensis no estado de Mato Grosso do Sul, região Centro-Oeste do Brasil

    Maria Elizabeth Cavalheiros Dorval

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The work was conducted to study phlebotomine fauna (Diptera: Psychodidae and aspects of American cutaneous leishmaniasis transmission in a forested area where Leishmania (Leishmania amazonensis occurs, situated in the municipality of Bela Vista, State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. METHODS: The captures were conducted with modified Disney traps, using hamster (Mesocricetus auratus as bait, from May 2004 to January 2006. RESULTS: Ten species of phlebotomine sandflies were captured: Brumptomyia avellari, Brumptomyia brumpti, Bichromomyia flaviscutellata, Evandromyia bourrouli, Evandromyia lenti, Lutzomyia longipalpis, Psathyromyia campograndensis, Psathyromyia punctigeniculata, Psathyromyia shannoni and Sciopemyia sordellii. The two predominant species were Ev bourrouli (57.3% and Bi flaviscutellata (41.4%, present at all sampling sites. Two of the 36 hamsters used as bait presented natural infection with Leishmania. The parasite was identified as Leishmania (Leishmania amazonensis. CONCLUSIONS: Analysis of the results revealed the efficiency of Disney traps for capturing Bichromomyia flaviscutellata and the simultaneous presence of both vector and the Leishmania species transmitted by the same can be considered a predictive factor of the occurrence of leishmaniasis outbreaks for the human population that occupies the location.INTRODUÇÃO: O estudo foi realizado com o objetivo de estudar a fauna de flebotomíneos (Diptera: Psychodidae e aspectos ligados à transmissão da leishmaniose tegumentar americana em uma área florestal com ocorrência de Leishmania (Leishmania amazonensis, situada no município de Bela Vista, Estado do Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil. MÉTODOS: As capturas de flebotomíneos foram realizadas utilizando-se armadilhas tipo Disney modificadas, com isca roedor, Mesocricetus auratus, no período de maio de 2004 a janeiro de 2006. RESULTADOS: As coletas resultaram na identificação de 10 espécies de Phlebotominae

  3. Coefficients of leaf-fruit translocation for {sup 60}Co, {sup 90}Sr and {sup 137}Cs in bean plant (Phaseolus vulgaris); Coeficientes de translocacao folha-fruto de {sup 60}Co, {sup 90}Sr e {sup 137}Cs em feijoeiro (Phaseolus vulgaris)

    Macacini, Jose Flavio

    2000-01-15

    Due to the increasing use of nuclear fission for the generation of electrical energy, the safety aspects of power plants must be minutely appraised. In case of an accident, with liberation of radioactive material into the atmosphere, knowledge about the behavior of plant species when in contact with radionuclides is indispensable. An important route through which agricultural products are contaminated by radionuclides is leaf-fruit translocation. This phenomenon can be evaluated by simulating a fallout contamination in a controlled atmosphere using as a tracer man-made radionuclides. In order to quantity the leaf-fruit translocation coefficients for {sup 60}Co, {sup 90}Sr and {sup 137}Cs in the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), variety black diamond, an experiment was carried out in a greenhouse with completely randomized blocks design with six treatments and four blocks. A mixture of these three radionuclides was prepared and used to determine their translocation coefficients. The bean plants were contaminated inside a device especially designed to avoid environmental contamination. In each treatment four vases were sprinkled and one was used to estimate the initial activity of the other three vases. High-resolution gamma-ray spectrometry was used for {sup 60}Co and {sup 137}Cs activity determinations and chemical separation followed by beta counting of {sup 90}Y was used for {sup 90}Sr determinations. The number of treatments was reduced from six to four sprayings corresponding to 30, 45, 60 and 75 days after planting. This reduction was due to the attack of common and gold mosaic viroses. Symptoms were observed on the diseased bean plants 50 days after planting. It was possible, however, to verify a functional dependence between instant of tracer application and the level of physiological development of the bean plant. It was verified that the temporal relationship values for leaf-fruit translocation were similar for {sup 60}Co and {sup 137}Cs. For the {sup 90

  4. Evaluation of the ionizing radiation effects of the {sup 60}Co on the physical, chemical and nutritional properties of Phaseolus vulgaris L. e Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp beans; Avaliacao dos efeitos da radiacao ionizante de {sup 60}Co em propriedades fisicas, quimicas e nutricionais dos feijoes Phaseolus vulgaris L. e Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp

    Villavicencio, Anna Lucia Casanas Haasis

    1998-07-01

    The effects of {sup 60} Co ionizing radiations in doses of 0; 0.5; 1.5; 2.5; 5.0 and 10 kGy on beans, Phaseolus vulgaris L., of the carioca variety and Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp, of the macacar variety stored for 6 months were studied. The cooking time was established, and then the following analyses were carried out: Sensory, vitamins B{sub 1}, B{sub 2} and B{sub 6} protein content, biological evaluation in rats (Food intake and Weight gain (in grams)), apparent Digestibility (Dapp), apparent Net Protein Utilization (NPUapp) and apparent Biological Value (BVapp), as well as the applicability of detection methods of irradiated foodstuffs through germination tests, the analysis of DNA migration, thermoluminescence and analysis of the carbohydrates formed by radiation. Changes in the cooking time were observed for all doses. In doses up to 1 kGy, the nutritional quality of the irradiated beans were not altered. The application of the proposed detection methods of the irradiated foodstuffs allowed the detection of irradiated beans with doses as low as 0.5 kGy. (author)

  5. Cytotoxicity evaluation of Diethyltoluamide (DEET) in Perna perna (Linnaeus, 1758) mussels non-irradiated and irradiated with {sup 60}Co gamma radiation; Avaliacao da citotoxicidade do dietiltoluamida (DEET) em mexilhoes Perna perna (Linnaeus, 1758) irradiados e nao irradiados com radiacao gama de {sup 60}Co

    Martini, Gisela de Assis

    2013-07-01

    Recent studies have identified the presence of several emerging pollutants in aquatic environments. The occurrence in different environmental matrices has been continuously reported, highlighting the need for toxicity studies. The DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is the active ingredient used in most insect repellents, and is present in many commercially available formulations. Apart from chemical pollutants, aquatic organisms are subject to exposure of ionizing radiation from natural sources or in the vicinity of nuclear power plants. The present study evaluated the toxicity of DEET in organisms irradiated and non-irradiated with {sup 60}Co gamma radiation, and the effects that radiation causes in lysosomes of hemocytes of Perna perna mussel. For this purpose, assays were performed to identify the acute toxicity of DEET concentration and the dose of gamma radiation able to cause mortality. Subsequently, cytotoxicity assays were carried out to assess the stability of the lysosomal membrane in organisms exposed to ionizing radiation and DEET. According to the results obtained in acute toxicity tests, the concentration of DEET that causes mortality of 50% exposed organisms (LC50) is 114,27 mg L{sup -1}, and the radiation dose that causes mortality (LD50) is 1068 Gy. In the cytotoxicity assays, the concentration of the non-observed effect (NOEC) for irradiated and non-irradiated organisms 0.0001 mg L-1 and observed effect concentration (LOEC) at concentrations above this. The IC25 (72h) for non-irradiated organisms was 0.0003 mg L-1 and IC50 (72h) was 0.0008 mg L{sup -1} for irradiated and non-irradiated organisms. Despite of the concentrations of effect found in this study were higher than in the environment, both measurements are in the same order of magnitude and should be also take into account the possible synergistic effects of DEET with other contaminants in the aquatic environment. (author)

  6. Study of the action of {sup 60}Co gamma radiation on Salmonella poona, Escherichia coli and Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris in mango pulp; Estudo da acao da radiacao gama de {sup 60}Co sobre Salmonella poona, Escherichia coli e Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris em polpa de manga congelada

    Pereira, Marco Antonio dos Santos

    2009-07-01

    The application of non-thermal treatments has proven effective in inhibiting bacteria such as Salmonella and Escherichia coli. Mango is a fruit of national consumption with a great exportation potential. Meanwhile, outbreaks of food borne disease related to mango consumption caused mistrust on the degree of food security offered by the product. The objective of this work was to establish the radioresistance of bacteria Escherichia coli, Salmonella Poona and Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris on the mango pulp by the calculation of the D10 values and to know the radiation effect on the sensory characteristics of the fruit pulp. The microbiological profile of frozen mango pulp available at the local market was also established using conventional methods of plating and Most Probable Number (MPN). The pulps experimentally inoculated with the bacteria listed above were irradiated with doses of 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5kGy in a {sup 60}Co source. The sensory analysis was performed using a dose of 5 kGy, using the triangular test and the test of acceptance with hedonic scale. The results of this study show that the quality of mango pulp sell in the local market is not satisfactory in accordance with the standards established by the Brazilian law and the literature, showing the need of using other tools to achieve acceptable levels of quality. The D10 values obtained are in the range of 1.01 and 1.09kGy for E. coli ATCC 8739, 0.60 and 0.98kGy for S. poona and 0.72 e 0.88kGy for A. acidoterrestris respectively. The triangular test showed that a 5kGy radiation dose changed the sensory characteristics of mango pulp. Nevertheless, sensory analysis of a food product prepared with the irradiated pulp obtained good acceptance in the attributes of global appearance, flavor and aroma. (author)

  7. Study of the action of {sup 60}Co gamma radiation on Salmonella poona, Escherichia coli and Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris in mango pulp;Estudo da acao da radiacao gama de {sup 60}Co sobre Salmonella poona, Escherichia coli and Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris em polpa de manga congelada

    Pereira, Marco Antonio dos Santos

    2009-07-01

    The application of non-thermal treatments has proven effective in inhibiting bacteria such as Salmonella and Escherichia coli. Mango is a fruit of national consumption with a great exportation potential. Meanwhile, outbreaks of foodborne disease related to mango consumption caused mistrust on the degree of food security offered by the product. The objective of this work was to establish the radioresistance of bacteria Escherichia coli, Salmonella Poona and Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris on the mango pulp by the calculation of the D10 values and to know the radiation effect on the sensory characteristics of the fruit pulp. The microbiological profile of frozen mango pulp available at the local market was also established using conventional methods of plating and Most Probable Number (MPN). The pulps experimentally inoculated with the bacteria listed above were irradiated with doses of 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 kGy in a {sup 60}Co source. The sensory analysis was performed using a dose of 5 kGy, using the triangular test and the test of acceptance with hedonic scale. The results of this study show that the quality of mango pulp sell in the local market is not satisfactory in accordance with the standards established by the Brazilian law and the literature, showing the need of using other tools to achieve acceptable levels of quality. The D10 values obtained are in the range of 1.01 and 1.09 kGy for E. coli ATCC 8739, 0.60 and 0.98 kGy for S. poona and 0.72 and 0.88 kGy for A. acidoterrestris respectively. The triangular test showed that a 5 kGy radiation dose changed the sensory characteristics of mango pulp. Nevertheless, sensory analysis of a food product prepared with the irradiated pulp obtained good acceptance in the attributes of global appearance, flavor and aroma. (author)

  8. Sorption of 60 Co on inorganic solids

    The behavior of sorption of the 60 Co in aqueous solution under static conditions to different values of pH of the aqueous solution (1, 3, 5, 7, and 10) on MgO, MnO2, SnO, TiO2, activated carbon and calcinate hydrotalcite was investigated. It was found that the best sorbents of the 60 Co was the MnO2, activated carbon and TiO2 whose sorption was incremented when increasing the pH value of the aqueous solutions, in the one case of the hydrated oxides, the 60 Co interacted with the electrically charged surface of the sorbents that depends on the pH of the solution and of the point of zero charge (zpc) of the sorbent. (Author)

  9. Ocorrência de Leishmania spp. em felinos do município de Araçatuba, SP Occurrence de Leishmania spp. in domestic cats from Araçatuba, SP

    Katia Denise Saraiva Bresciani

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve como objetivo comparar a ocorrência de Leishmania spp. em gatos por dois métodos (citológico e sorológico, bem como associar a ocorrência deste protozoário com as variáveis sexo, idade e raça. Amostras séricas de 283 felinos domésticos foram testadas pela Reação de Imunofluorescência Indireta (RIFI, e o exame parasitológico direto de linfonodos também foi realizado para a verificação da positividade para Leishmania spp. Ocorrência de 0,7% (2/283 foi observada nos felinos examinados, por meio de imprint de linfonodos e nenhum animal apresentou títulos de anticorpos para Leishmania spp. As duas fêmeas positivas eram sem raça definida, sendo uma jovem e outra adulta. Por meio dos resultados obtidos, não foi constatada diferença estatisticamente significante em relação às variáveis sexo, raça e idade nos gatos desta pesquisa (p > 0,05. Ocorrência de Leishmania spp. nos gatos deste estudo foi baixa. Devido a esta baixa incidência sugere-se que estes não assumem importância epidemiológica na área do estudo.This study had the purpose to compare the occurrence of Leishmania spp. in felines through two methods (cytological and serological, as well as to associate the occurrence of this protozoan with the sex, age and breed variables. Serum samples from 283 domestic felines were processed by means of Indirect Immunofluorescence Reaction (IIR, and the direct parasitological test for linfonodes was also carried out in order to verify positivity for Leishmania spp. Occurrence of 0.7% (2/283 was observed in the tested felines by means of linfonode imprinting and no animal showed title of antibodies for Leishmania spp. The two positive females were mongrel, a young female and an adult female feline. From the obtained results, no statistically significant difference was observed as regards the sex, breed and age variables in this research (p > 0.05. Occurrence of Leishmania spp. in the cats of this study was

  10. Molecular and parasitological detection of Leishmania spp. in dogs caught in Palmas, TO, Brazil Detecção molecular e parasitológica de Leishmania spp. em cães capturados em Palmas, TO, Brasil

    Natália Melquie Monteiro Teles

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluated occurrences of Leishmania infantum in dogs in the municipality of Palmas, Tocantins, comparing diagnostic data obtained using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR and parasitological diagnosis. Blood samples and lymph node aspirates were collected from 63 dogs of males and females and various ages and races, with or without owners, between August 2009 and June 2010. Slides containing smears of lymph node aspirates were stained with Giemsa stained. In PCR, the 145 bp target sequence of the LT1 fragment, located in the Leishmania donovani kDNA minicircle was detected using the RV1 and RV2 oligonucleotide primers. The chi-square test revealed that there was a significant relationship between the symptoms and dogs that were positive for visceral leishmaniasis (VL. The parasitological investigation showed concordance of 66.7% with PCR on blood and 84.1% with PCR on lymph node aspirate. In addition to these tests, evaluations of the diagnoses in parallel and in series were conducted, which showed concordances with the parasitological test of 76.2% and 74.6%, respectively. The results make it possible to suggest that PCR on lymph nodes should be used in evaluating large populations (surveys and that the parasitological test should be used for initial clinical evaluations in veterinary consultation offices.Avaliou-se a ocorrência de Leishmania infantum em cães do município de Palmas-TO, comparando dados diagnósticos obtidos pela Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase (PCR e pelo diagnóstico parasitológico. Foram coletadas amostras de sangue e de aspirado de linfonodo de 63 cães machos e fêmeas, várias idades e raças, domiciliares ou não de agosto de 2009 a junho de 2010. As lâminas contendo esfregaço dos aspirados de linfonodos foram coradas pelo corante Giemsa. Na PCR, a sequência alvo de 145 pb do fragmento LT1, situado no minicírculo do kDNA do grupo Leishmania donovani, foi detectada através dos oligonucleot

  11. Development of irradiator {sup 60}Co sources

    Mosca, Rodrigo C.; Moura, Eduardo S.; Zeituni, Carlos A.; Mathor, Monica B., E-mail: rcmosca@usp.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    According to a recent report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) / WHO (2008-2010), the global impact of cancer more than doubled in 30 years. In this report, it was estimated that occurred about 12 million new cancer cases and 7 million deaths. In Brazil in 2010, with estimates for the year 2011, point to the occurrence of 489,270 new cases of cancer. Among the possibilities for cancer treatment, radiotherapy is one of the most important therapeutic and resources used to combat it. However, inherent complications of treatment can occur such as tiredness, loss of appetite, radiodermatitis and in more extreme cases late radionecrosis. In order to reproduce a point of radionecrosis in the vicinity of radiodermatitis to mimic these effects in animals, producing a model for assessment of tissue repair, we propose the setting up of an irradiator source of collimated {sup 60}Co. The development of was based on 11 sources of {sup 60}Co with 1 mm thickness that were inserted by inference in stainless steel 'gate-source' screw (patent pending) and later adjusted in a cross-shaped arrangement reinforced so that the beam radiation is directed to a target point, saving for other regions around this target point. The main use of this irradiator with sources of {sup 60}Co is just one cause radionecrosis point (target point) of approximately 5 mm{sup 2} with a surrounding and adjacent area of radiodermatitis around about 8 to 10 mm{sup 2} in laboratory animals for subsequent coating with epidermal-dermal matrix populated by a cell culture of human fibroblasts, keratinocytes and mesenchymal stem cells. With that said, its use will be valuable for evaluation of curative treatments against the bone and radionecrosis or palliative treatment rather than as it is currently assumed. (author)

  12. Development of irradiator 60Co sources

    According to a recent report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) / WHO (2008-2010), the global impact of cancer more than doubled in 30 years. In this report, it was estimated that occurred about 12 million new cancer cases and 7 million deaths. In Brazil in 2010, with estimates for the year 2011, point to the occurrence of 489,270 new cases of cancer. Among the possibilities for cancer treatment, radiotherapy is one of the most important therapeutic and resources used to combat it. However, inherent complications of treatment can occur such as tiredness, loss of appetite, radiodermatitis and in more extreme cases late radionecrosis. In order to reproduce a point of radionecrosis in the vicinity of radiodermatitis to mimic these effects in animals, producing a model for assessment of tissue repair, we propose the setting up of an irradiator source of collimated 60Co. The development of was based on 11 sources of 60Co with 1 mm thickness that were inserted by inference in stainless steel 'gate-source' screw (patent pending) and later adjusted in a cross-shaped arrangement reinforced so that the beam radiation is directed to a target point, saving for other regions around this target point. The main use of this irradiator with sources of 60Co is just one cause radionecrosis point (target point) of approximately 5 mm2 with a surrounding and adjacent area of radiodermatitis around about 8 to 10 mm2 in laboratory animals for subsequent coating with epidermal-dermal matrix populated by a cell culture of human fibroblasts, keratinocytes and mesenchymal stem cells. With that said, its use will be valuable for evaluation of curative treatments against the bone and radionecrosis or palliative treatment rather than as it is currently assumed. (author)

  13. Sorption of {sup 60} Co on inorganic solids; Sorcion de {sup 60} Co en solidos inorganicos

    Granados C, F.; Bulbulian G, S. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Mardel V, B. [UAM-I, 09340 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2003-07-01

    The behavior of sorption of the {sup 60} Co in aqueous solution under static conditions to different values of pH of the aqueous solution (1, 3, 5, 7, and 10) on MgO, MnO{sub 2}, SnO, TiO{sub 2}, activated carbon and calcinate hydrotalcite was investigated. It was found that the best sorbents of the {sup 60} Co was the MnO{sub 2}, activated carbon and TiO{sub 2} whose sorption was incremented when increasing the pH value of the aqueous solutions, in the one case of the hydrated oxides, the {sup 60} Co interacted with the electrically charged surface of the sorbents that depends on the pH of the solution and of the point of zero charge (zpc) of the sorbent. (Author)

  14. Vehicle mobile 60Co container inspection system

    This paper presents a mobile 60Co container inspection system (CIS) and its performance. With all devices including industrial 60Co source, high sensitive gas-ionized array detector, image treatment and control system, inspection driving device on a vehicle, the vehicle mobile CIS has advantages of high agility and climate resistance, and it can complete emergent inspection. The mobile CIS contains equipment-vehicle and control-vehicle. Equipment-vehicle and object-container are still, while a folding detector gantry is moving through a folding rail on the equipment-vehicle and completes the inspection. the mobile CIS has the inspection characteristics similar to the fixed system and it can be used in worse circumstances. Its CI (Contrast Indicator) and IQI (Image Quality Indicator) for 100 mm steel plate attain to 0.5% and 2.5% respectively, and the SP (Space Penetration) is about 240 mm (Fe). Maximum dose per scanning is about 5 μGy, scanning speed is varied from 6 to 18 m/min, and maximum transformational speed is 90 km/h

  15. Cytogenetic and dosimetric effects of {sup 131}I in lymphocyte of patients with differentiated thyroid cancer with and without r-hTSH stimulation. Study in thyroid tumor cells (WRO) treated with {sup 131}I and {sup 60}Co in vitro; Efeitos citogenetico e dosimetrico do {sup 131}I em pacientes com cancer diferenciado da tireoide com e sem estimulacao com r-hTSH. Estudo em celulas tumorais tireoidianas (WRO) tratadas com {sup 131}I e {sup 60}Co in vitro

    Valgode, Flavia Gomes Silva

    2015-11-01

    significance, with or without r-hTSH. However, the cytotoxic assay, showed a tendency to decrease at higher concentrations of 1.85 (p <0.05) and 3.70 MBq/ml (p <0.01) only in the presence of r-hTSH, coincident with the highest level of uptake. WRO cells were also relatively radioresistant to external irradiation of {sup 60}Co in the range of 0.2-8.3 Gy, with a gradual decrease in function of time for higher doses (10,20 and 40Gy).The data obtained showed little cytogenetic damage in patients upon therapeutic exposure, suggesting a safe and effective treatment for both groups of patients. Patients in group A, however, had a better quality of life by using r-hTSH. In vitro studies with internal ({sup 131}I) and external ({sup 60}Co) irradiation, with or without r-hTSH, point to the need for an alternative therapeutic strategy to overcome the loss of ability of thyroid cells (WRO) to concentrate radioiodine, which is responsible for the failure of radioiodine therapy in patients with DTC. (author)

  16. Cura espontânea da leishmaniose causada por Leishmania Viannia Braziliensis em lesões cutâneas

    Jackson Maurício Lopes Costa

    1990-12-01

    Full Text Available Os autores relatam que durante 14 anos de trabalho clínico em campo, realizado nas comunidades de Três Braços e Corte de Pedra, Bahia, acompanharam 1.416 pacientes portadores de Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana, cuja espécie envolvida na transmissão, é predominantemente a Leishmania Viannia brasilienses. A terapêutica utilizada rotineiramente nos casos é o antimoniato-N-metilglucamina (Glucantime. Contudo, 16 pacientes do sexo masculino recusaram-se a utilizar a medicação e 6 do sexo feminino encontravam-se em período gestacional, portanto não utilizaram o medicamento. Estes pacientes foram acompanhados por um período entre 4 a 12 anos, a partir do diagnóstico. Observou-se que em 9 pacientes (40,9% desta casuística, o tempo de cicatrizaçâo após o aparecimento da lesão, pode ser calculado em 6 meses de evolução. Quando se eleva a observação para 12 meses, temos que 19 pacientes (86,3% cicatrizaram suas lesões neste período. Em 3 casos (13,6% as lesões permaneceram ativas por mais de 12 meses. Conclui-se que os determinantes da cicatrizaçâo natural das lesões produzidas por Leishmania Viannia Braziliensis permanecem desconhecidos, dificultando para nós entendermos e compararmos aos efeitos das drogas utilizadas no tratamento da leishmaniose tegumentar.In field clinics in the comunities of Três Braços and Corte de Pedra, Bahia, we have attended 1.416 patients with tegumentary leishmaniasis in fourteen years, the predomi nant species in transmission is Leishmania Viannia brasiliensis (LVB. Because of the danger of metastasis with this infection treatment was routinely recomended with Glucantime. However sixteen patients refused injection therapy and six women were pregnant when seen and not treated. All patients were followed up in our clinic. All these patients closed their skin ulcers although one subsequently relapsed. Patients were followed up for variable periods (four to twelve years, after the diagnosis. In

  17. Effect of gamma radiation from {sup 60}C in conservation and quality of pepper fresh and pulp; Efeito da radiacao gama do {sup 60}Co na conservacao e qualidade de pimenta in natura e em polpa

    Milagres, Regina Celia Rodrigues de Miranda

    2014-07-01

    Capsicum peppers are among the most used and most valued seasoning spices in the world. They are highly susceptible to post harvest decay, therefore the use of irradiation may contribute to conservation of this fruit which has significant nutritional, economic and social value. Were evaluated the effects of gamma radiation of {sup 60}Co in increasing the shelf-life and preservation of quality of pepper 'Dedo-de-moca' (Capsicum baccatum var. Pendulum) fresh and pulp associated or not with another conservation methods. Gamma radiation doses were investigated of 0,25; 0,50; 0,75; 1,00; 1,25; 1,50; 2,00 e 3,00 kGy in fresh fruit and 1,50; 2,00; 3,00; 4,50 e 6,00 kGy in pepper pulp. The use of laboratory pasteurization (85°C/3min), the addition of citric acid (5%) and 5% NaCl were also investigated in the pepper pulp. The samples were stored at 5 °C and or 25 °C. Were performed analysis: visual (disease incidence, turgidity and color); bioactive compounds (carotenoids, capsaicinoids, antioxidant capacity and phenolic compounds); physicochemical (Weight loss, firmness, soluble solids (SS), pH, titratable acidity (TA), ratio, color and moisture); respiratory rate and ethylene production; proximate composition (moisture, soluble and insoluble fiber, ash, protein, ether extract, total and available carbohydrate); microbiological contamination (mesophilic aerobic microorganisms, coliforms at 45 °C, Salmonella spp. and yeasts and molds) and sensory (acceptance test, difference test and paired preference). Radiation doses between 0.25 and 3.00 kGy were not effective to increase shelf-life and maintain fresh pepper quality during storage. There was increased intensity of red color, of incidence of disease, decreased turgidity and changes in physical, chemical and nutritional parameters. In pulp, the doses of gamma radiation of 4.50 and 6.00 kGy and the addition of 5% NaCl no changing sensory attributes, physical-chemical and bioactive compounds. Only the

  18. Accumulation and excretion of 60Co by marine organisms

    The biological half-life of 60Co accumulated from seawater by marine fish was 20-50 days. It was slightly longer in the liver and muscles than in the whole body. Feed including natural feed organisms contributed more to the total body burden of 60Co than environmental waters. The total body burden of 60Co via feed varied according to the organism species, kinds of feed and the root of incorporation. Transfer ratio of 60Co from the water into the organisms was higher than that from the marine sediments having high affinity of Co into the organisms. The elevated water temperature promoted the biological activity, resulting in the increased bioaccumulation of radioactive Co. Concentration coefficients of 60Co by mollusca and seaweeds were generally high. In particular, organic 60Co was more likely to be accumulated than inorganic 60Co. The biological half-life of organic 60Co was longer than inorganic 60Co in mollusca, while it was the same as or shorter than inorganic 60Co in the other organisms. (Namekawa, K.)

  19. Occurrence of anti-Leishmania spp., Neospora caninum, and Toxoplasma gondii antibodies in dog sera from Veterinary Hospital from Universidade Estadual de LondrinaOcorrência de anticorpos contra Leishmania spp., Neospora caninum E Toxoplasma gondii em soros de cães atendidos no Hospital Veterinário da Universidade Estadual de Londrina-Pr

    Dauton Luiz Zulpo

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to detect the presence of IgG antibodies anti-Leishmania spp., Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum in dogs from a Veterinary Hospital from Universidade Estadual de Londrina. Blood samples from 112 animals were obtained by jugular venipuncture to obtain sera. The samples were tested by indirect immunofluorescence to detect antibodies anti-Leishmania spp., anti-N. caninum and anti-T. gondii. Thirteen (11.61%, 25 (22.32%, and 57 (50.89% samples were positive for Leishmania spp., N. caninum, and T. gondii, respectively. The co-presence of anti-Leishmania spp. and N. caninum was observed in 6 (5.36%, anti-Leishmania spp. and anti-T. gondii in 8 (14.7%, and anti-N. caninum and anti-T. gondii in 18 (16.07% samples. The co-presence of anti-Leishmania spp., anti-N. caninum and anti-T. gondii was observed in 5 (4.46% dogs. There was a higher prevalence of Leishmania in Toxoplasma and Neospora positive animals, however, these results were not statistically significant (range p = 0.052 p = 0.06. The dogs have an important role in the epidemiological cycle of these diseases, which are important in animal and public health. The northern state of Paraná is an endemic area for human cutaneous leishmaniasis, therefore, studies should be conducted to uncover the real role of dogs as reservoirs of Leishmania to humans in the state. O objetivo do presente trabalho foi detectar a presença de anticorpos contra Leishmania spp., Neospora caninum e Toxoplasma gondii em cães atendidos no Hospital Veterinário, da Universidade Estadual de Londrina. Amostras de 112 animais foram obtidas por venopunção jugular ou cefálica com posterior obtenção dos soros. Estas foram submetidas à técnica de imunofluorescência indireta para detecção de anticorpos da classe IgG anti-Leishmania spp, anti-N. caninum e anti-T. gondii. Dos 112 soros examinados, 13 (11,61%, 25 (22,32% e 57 (50,89% foram positivos para Leishmania spp., N. caninum e T

  20. The change of behavior of two strains of Leishmania after cultivation in a defined medium Mudanças no comportamento de duas cepas de Leishmania após cultivo em meio definido

    M. N. Melo

    1987-12-01

    Full Text Available Attempts have been made to characterize two strains of Leishmania that became infective to golden hamsters only after they had been maintained for several years in a chemically defined culture medium. Observations were made on the growth rates of promastigotes in vitro, course of infection in hamsters, morphology of amastigotes, and electrophoretic mobility patterns of eight isoenzymes. Information was obtained about the buoyant densities of n-DNA and k-DNA, and one strain was tested against monoclonal antibodies. The identity of both strains remains obscure.Duas cepas de Leishmania originalmente isoladas in vitro de casos humanos de leishmaniose cutânea e que ab initio não infectaram animais de laboratório, tornaram-se infectantes para hamnsters após serem mantidos por vários anos em meio de cultura quimicamente definido. Foram realizadas observações sobre o crescimento de promastigotas in vitro, curso da infecção em hamsters, morfologia das amastigotas, mobilidade eletroforética de oito enzimas solúveis. Foram obtidas informações sobre a densidade de flutuação do n-DNA e do k-DNA e uma das cepas foi testada contra anticorpos monoclonais. Ambas as cepas permanecem sem identificação precisa.

  1. Presence of amastigotes in the central nervous system of hamsters infected with Leishmania sp. Presença de amastigotas em sistema nervoso central de hamster infectado com Leishmania sp.

    Elisangela de Oliveira

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Visceral leishmaniasis (VL is a severe chronic disease caused by Leishmania (Leishmania infantum chagasi. Better knowledge on the effects caused by this disease can help develop adequate clinical management and treatment. Parasitological and immunohistochemical studies were performed golden hamsters Mesocricetus auratus infected with bone marrow from individuals with VL in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, central-west Brazil. The effects of parasitism in the spleen, liver, kidneys, lungs, heart and brain of the animals were examined. Eighteen hamsters were inoculated intraperitoneally, and six healthy animals were used as negative controls. The animals were kept in the animal house and checked for clinical signs. Specimens of each organ were examined for the presence of amastigotes. Immunohistochemical technique was performed in all brain specimens and organs negative on the direct examination of parasites. Direct examination of amastigotes was positive in the spleen and liver of all infected animals; 33.3% showed the parasite in the kidneys and lungs, and 16.7% in the heart. Parasitic forms were seen in 83.3% (15/18 of the brain examined. Immunohistochemistry confirmed the results of the direct examination, except in two specimens of lung tissue and in the brain specimens. Other studies are needed to further clarify the effect of the parasite in the central nervous system.A leishmaniose visceral (LV é uma doença crônica grave, causada pelo parasito Leishmania (Leishmania infantum chagasi. Esclarecer as alterações provocadas pela doença é fundamental para que se adotem condutas clínicas e de tratamento adequadas. Com o objetivo de analisar a infecção experimental em hamsters da linhagem golden, Mesocricetus auratus, infectados com tecido de medula óssea de pacientes com LV no Estado de Mato Grosso do Sul, foram realizados estudos parasitológicos e de imunomarcação. Foi verificada a distribuição do parasitismo no baço, f

  2. Study of ionizing radiation as a tool for select promastigotes forms of Leishmania Amazonensis, and the megalomaniac response in experimental models; Estudo do uso da radiacao ionizante como ferramenta de selecao de formas promastigotas metaciclicas de Leishmania amazonensis, e a inducao de resposta imunologica em modelos experimentais

    Bonetti, Franco Claudio

    2006-07-01

    Actually, millions of people around the globe are under the risk of infection by a protozoan transmitted by a bit of a sand fly. This parasite is a Leishmania spp. This causes a wide spectrum disease, since a cutaneous disease to a visceral one. The cutaneous form is the major clinical manifestation (above 90%). The ionizing radiation, produced in a {sup 60}Co font, had being successes used to promote physical-chemical transformations on different protozoan, including Leishmania spp. In previous work was determined that promastigotes forms of Leishmania amazonensis, irradiated with different doses of radiation, lost their viability maintaining, however, their immunogenicity. In this work, was studied the use of ionizing radiation as a tool for selection of meta cyclic forms of the parasite in axenic culture, for a possible efficient irradiated immuno gene production. Our results shown that cultures irradiated with 400 Gy of gamma irradiation, has 75% of metacyclic form, which are capable to produce, in vitro, an infection that is similar the natural occurrence. These irradiated parasites have their internal cellular structure modified, maintaining their external structure intact. Susceptible strain of mice immunized with leishmania irradiated with different doses had high immunoglobulin production, and maintained this production after the challenge with naive parasites. In other strains this default was similar, however in lower titles. Immunodeficient mice didn't produce immunoglobulin nor on the immunization or on the challenge. (author)

  3. Occurrence of Leishmania (Leishmania) chagasi in a domestic cat (Felis catus) in Andradina, São Paulo, Brazil: case report Ocorrência de Leishmania (Leishmania) chagasi em gato doméstico (Felis catus) em Andradina, São Paulo, Brasil: relato de caso

    Willian Marinho Dourado Coelho; Valéria Marçal Felix de Lima; Alessandro Francisco Talamini do Amarante; Helio Langoni; Virgínia Bodelão Richini Pereira; Aziz Abdelnour; Katia Denise Saraiva Bresciani

    2010-01-01

    This work describes natural infection by Leishmania in a domestic cat where amastigote forms of the parasite were observed in the popliteal lymph node imprint. Positive and negative serological reactions were observed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA), respectively. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) revealed that the nucleotide sequence of the sample was identical to Leishmania (L.) chagasi. This is the first report of the disease in feline...

  4. Cross-reactivity of antibodies in human infections by the kinetoplastid protozoa Trypanosoma cruzi, Leishmania chagasi and Leishmania (Viannia braziliensis Reatividade cruzada de anticorpos em pacientes com infecções pelos protozoários Trypanosoma cruzi, Leishmania chagasi e Leishmania (Viannia braziliensis

    Ana de Cássia Vexenat

    1996-06-01

    Full Text Available We have detected antibodies, in the sera of Chagas disease, Kala-azar and Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis patients, that bind multiple antigens shared between the three causative agents. The Chagas disease sera showed 98 to 100% positive results by ELISA when the Leishmania braziliensis and Leishmania chagasi antigens were used, respectively. The Kala-azar sera showed 100% positive results with Trypanosoma cruzi or L. braziliensis antigens by immunofluorescence assays. The antibodies in the sera of Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis patients showed 100% positive results by ELISA assays with T. cruzi or L. chagasi antigens. Furthermore, the direct agglutination of L. chagasi promastigotes showed that 95% of Kala-azar and 35% of Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis sera agglutinated the parasite in dilutions above 1:512. In contrast, 15% of Chagas sera agglutinated the parasite in dilutions 1:16 and below. Western blot analysis showed that the Chagas sera that formed at least 24 bands with the T. cruzi also formed 13 bands with the L. chagasi and 17 bands with the L. braziliensis. The Kala-azar sera that recognized at least 29 bands with the homologous antigen also formed 14 bands with the T. cruzi and 10 bands with the L. braziliensis antigens. Finally, the Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis sera that formed at least 17 bands with the homologous antigen also formed 10 bands with the T. cruzi and four bands with the L. chagasi antigens. These results indicate the presence of common antigenic determinants in several protozoal proteins and, therefore, explain the serologic cross-reactions reported here.Foram detectados anticorpos, nos soros de pacientes com doença de Chagas, Calazar e Leishnnaniose cutâneo-mucosa, que se ligam a antígenos compartilhados pelos três agentes causais. Os pacientes chagásicos mostraram 98 a 100% de soropositividade pelo ELISA quando antígenos de Leishmania braziliensis e de Leishmania chagasi foram usados, respectivamente. Os soros de

  5. Transfer of 60Co from midwater squid to sperm whales

    Sperm whales are notable squid-eaters. They feed mainly on medium to large-sized cephalopods at midwater levels and defecate near the surface. This suggests the existence of an upward transport of 60Co by sperm whales from the mesopelagic zone (150-1,200m). To elucidate this squid-whale route for this artificial radionuclide, 60Co content was determined in squid and in predator whales captured by commercial whaling. In the Cephalopoda livers 60Co levels of 30-500 mBq kg-1 wet were found and in the viscera of Odontoceti (toothed whales) 15-40 mBq kg-1 wet. About 0.3% of 60Co ingested was estimated to be retained in a 23-year-old male sperm whale. In the livers of Bryde's whales, 60Co levels of 40-80 mBq kg-1 wet were detected, but not in euphausiids and sardines, their possible prey. The level of Co in sperm whales was nearly the same as in Bryde's whales. Specific radioactivity 60Co/59Co in mBq μg-1 was several times higher in sperm whale (1.1-1.6) than in cephalopods (0.19-0.77). Eating prey with a high content of 60Co in the 1960's may have contributed to the present body burden in sperm whales with a long-life span. However, the origin of 60Co in Bryde's whales is unknown. (author)

  6. Research and construction of 60Co container inspection system

    The author presents a special kind of container inspection system, in which the radiation source is a 60Co industrial radiography source of 100-300 Ci. By the adoption of special high sensitivity array detector and other technical solutions, this 60Co container inspection system possesses nice properties. Its 'image quality indicator (IQI)' and 'contrast indicator (CI)' for 100 mm steel plate are equal to 0.7% and 2.5% respectively. Its 'steel penetration (SP)' is about 240 mm. The 60Co container inspection system is much cheaper and more reliable than the accelerator inspection system, and the area for its installation and operation is much smaller. The 'Steel Penetration (SP)' of 60Co system is much higher than that of X-ray machine inspection system. The another merit of 60Co system is the feasibility of designing and constructing a movable type

  7. Anticorpos antipeptídeos citrulinados e fator reumatoide em pacientes sudaneses com infecção por Leishmania donovani Anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies and rheumatoid factor in Sudanese patients with Leishmania donovani infection

    Erik Ahlin

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Este estudo avaliou a presença de anticorpos antipeptídeos citrulinados cíclicos (anti-CCP, fator reumatoide (FR e imunocomplexos circulantes (ICC em pacientes sudaneses infectados por Leishmania donovani. PACIENTES E MÉTODOS: Os soros foram coletados de pacientes infectados por Leishmania (n = 116 e de sudaneses saudáveis (n = 93. Dezenove pacientes sudaneses com artrite reumatoide (AR e anti-CCP+ foram incluídos como controles positivos. Os níveis de ICC e anti-CCP foram medidos por ELISA. Para avaliar a reatividade citrulina-específica foi usada a placa-controle com peptídeos-controle cíclicos contendo arginina em vez de citrulina. RESULTADOS: Entre os pacientes infectados por Leishmania e os pacientes com AR e anti-CCP+, a maioria (86% era positiva para FR, enquanto a frequência de positividade para ICC foi maior entre pacientes com leishmaniose visceral (LV (LV 38%; AR e anti-CCP+ 24%. Quando foi analisada a reatividade anti-CCP, 12% dos pacientes com LV foram positivos. Os níveis de anti-CCP entre os pacientes com LV correlacionaram-se bem com os níveis de ICC encontrados (r = 0,65; P OBJECTIVE: The present study evaluated the presence of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptides antibodies (anti-CCP, rheumatoid factor (RF, and circulating immune complexes (CIC in Sudanese patients infected with the Leishmania donovani parasite. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Sera were collected from Leishmania infected patients (n = 116 and healthy Sudanese (n = 93. Nineteen Sudanese anti-CCP+ RA patients were included as positive controls. Levels of CIC and anti-CCP were measured by ELISA. Control plate with cyclic control peptides containing arginine instead of citrulline was used to evaluate citrulline specifi c reactivity. RESULTS: Among Leishmania-infected patients and anti-CCP+ RA patients, most were RF positive (86%, while the frequency of CIC positivity was higher among visceral leishmaniasis (VL patients (VL 38%; anti-CCP+ RA 24%. When

  8. 60Co retention by a freshwater planktonic alga Scenedesmus obliquus

    This paper presents the results of various decontamination experiments aimed at evaluating 60Co retention by Scenedesmus obliquus, and the respective role played by absorption and adsorption in the contamination of the alga by this radionuclide. The physiological condition of cells is not involved in radiocobalt desorption, which seems to indicate that the phenomenon is of a passive nature. When the precontamination time is extended, the proportion of adsorbed 60Co decreases, and the final percentage of radionuclide retained increases. These results are confirmed by bringing cells into contact with a strong chelating agent. The elimination of 60Co in the presence of EDTA undergoes a sharp decrease which is correlated with the increase in the duration of the precontamination phase. The use of a weaker complexing agent, such as NaCl, leads to the hypothesis of there being 2 types of 60Co receptor on cell membranes. (author)

  9. A comparison of pdd for 60Co teletherapy units

    Although BJR supplement No 17 provides TAR and PDD tables for 60Co gamma rays, due to inherent differences hat exists among individual teletherapy machine and their source it is essential to measure TAR and PDD that are applicable for user's teletherapy unit. TAR and PDD values for different field sizes at 80 cm SSD, open field, gantry angle 0o, collimator angle 0o were determined in CIRUS 60Co teletherapy unit by ionization chamber NE2570/1B Farmer type. PDD for a standard field size 10 10 cm2, open field, gantry angle 0o,Collimate angle 0o were determined in MEDNIF FYC 2600H 60Co teletherapy unit by using ionization chamber RT101. That experimentally measured PDD values for both units were compared with published values in BJR supplement No 17. The experimentally measured values for CIRUS 60Co showed up to 0.8% deviation at maximum and that for MEDNIF 60Co showed up to 4.5% deviation at maximum. This study investigated the discrepancy between the BJR values and experimentally determined values for two teletherapy units in Nepal

  10. Concentration of 60Co by marine organisms through sediments

    Uptake of 60Co absorbed on sea sands by benthic marine organisms was observed in laboratory experiments, since the radioactive cobalt released from nuclear power plants or other establishments into coastal seawater trends to be absorbed on sea sediments and also various kinds of marine organisms live in bottom sediments. Few kinds of flatfishes (Limanda spp.) and shrimp (Trachypenaeus curvirostris) were reared in aquariums contained seawater and sea sands which were highly contaminated with 60Co previously, and whole body retention and distribution of radioactivity were measured on the organisms taken up from the aquariums occasionally by a scintillation counter. Uptake of 60Co from ingested sea sands was also observed on the flatfishes administrating the contaminated sands orally. Concentration of 60Co by the flatfishes reared in the sands was not significant while the shrimp showed high retention of the radioactivity. The food habit of shrimp which usually feeds on organic detritus with other small benthic organisms is different from that of flatfishes, one of the carnivorous, and considered to bring the difference on the pathway of radionuclides concentration. Assimilation of 60Co via the digestive tract of flatfishes through the sands was estimated as about 10 per cent of the administrated radioactivity. (auth.)

  11. On the Spirulina platensis - 60 Co2+ bioaccumulation system

    Radiochemical studies, IR spectrometry and electron microscopy studies have been carried out with the purpose of establishing the mechanisms involved in the bioaccumulation of 60 Co2+ in the blue alga Spirulina platensis. By measuring the radioactivity it was determined that, without ionic competition, an one week old culture of Spirulina platensis can retain up to 65% of the 60 Co2+ ions from a slightly radioactive solution. Sodium carbonate is involved in the mechanism of the bioaccumulation of these β + γ - radiocations (a phenomenon evidenced by IR spectrometry). Electronic microscopy studies point out that the compounds resulted from the interaction between the exopolysaccharides and 60 Co2+ disperse in the solution. Thus, even though the radiocobalt is completely blocked up in complex compounds, it is not completely retained on the surface and inside of the alga. (authors)

  12. Decontamination of fermented chicken feet by 60Co irradiation

    Fermented chicken feet was treated by 60Co irradiation, and the aerobic plate count, enumeration of coliforms, pathogens and TBARS value were measured during storage. The results showed that, aerobic plate count of all irradiated samples was lower than control, and enumeration of coliforms, and pathogens of Staphylococcus aureus, Shigella, Salmonella were not detected. TBARS value of all treatments was stable during 60 d storage. It could be concluded that 60Co irradiation of chicken feet was an effective method to prolong its shelf life. (authors)

  13. Dosimetric evaluation of Radiotherapy units wit 60Co

    The SSDL network of the IAEA performs, every year, quality audit tests for radiotherapy services (60 Co units and linear accelerators), and for national SSDL as well. Because of the SSDL-Mexico results in these tests and due to our enthusiasm and confidence in our work, a parallel test has been done , which is described in this talk as well as the results. Nowadays, a second parallel test goes up, which could confirm our optimism and open the possibility to our country to start a national dosimetric audit of 60 Co radiotherapy units. (Author)

  14. Comparative analysis of 60Co intensity-modulated radiation therapy

    Fox, Christopher; Romeijn, H. Edwin; Lynch, Bart; Men, Chunhua; Aleman, Dionne M.; Dempsey, James F.

    2008-06-01

    In this study, we perform a scientific comparative analysis of using 60Co beams in intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). In particular, we evaluate the treatment plan quality obtained with (i) 6 MV, 18 MV and 60Co IMRT; (ii) different numbers of static multileaf collimator (MLC) delivered 60Co beams and (iii) a helical tomotherapy 60Co beam geometry. We employ a convex fluence map optimization (FMO) model, which allows for the comparison of plan quality between different beam energies and configurations for a given case. A total of 25 clinical patient cases that each contain volumetric CT studies, primary and secondary delineated targets, and contoured structures were studied: 5 head-and-neck (H&N), 5 prostate, 5 central nervous system (CNS), 5 breast and 5 lung cases. The DICOM plan data were anonymized and exported to the University of Florida optimized radiation therapy (UFORT) treatment planning system. The FMO problem was solved for each case for 5-71 equidistant beams as well as a helical geometry for H&N, prostate, CNS and lung cases, and for 3-7 equidistant beams in the upper hemisphere for breast cases, all with 6 MV, 18 MV and 60Co dose models. In all cases, 95% of the target volumes received at least the prescribed dose with clinical sparing criteria for critical organs being met for all structures that were not wholly or partially contained within the target volume. Improvements in critical organ sparing were found with an increasing number of equidistant 60Co beams, yet were marginal above 9 beams for H&N, prostate, CNS and lung. Breast cases produced similar plans for 3-7 beams. A helical 60Co beam geometry achieved similar plan quality as static plans with 11 equidistant 60Co beams. Furthermore, 18 MV plans were initially found not to provide the same target coverage as 6 MV and 60Co plans; however, adjusting the trade-offs in the optimization model allowed equivalent target coverage for 18 MV. For plans with comparable target coverage

  15. Dosimetric evaluation of Radiotherapy units wit {sup 60}Co; Evaluacion dosimetrica de unidades de radioterapia con {sup 60}Co

    Leon, B. Salinas de; Tovar M, V.; Becerril V, A. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, A.P. 18-1027, 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2000-07-01

    The SSDL network of the IAEA performs, every year, quality audit tests for radiotherapy services ({sup 60} Co units and linear accelerators), and for national SSDL as well. Because of the SSDL-Mexico results in these tests and due to our enthusiasm and confidence in our work, a parallel test has been done , which is described in this talk as well as the results. Nowadays, a second parallel test goes up, which could confirm our optimism and open the possibility to our country to start a national dosimetric audit of {sup 60} Co radiotherapy units. (Author)

  16. Seroprevalence of anti-Leishmania spp. antibodies in rural dogs from the city of Monte Negro, State of Rondônia, Brazil Soroprevalência de anticorpos anti-Leishmania spp. em cães rurais do município de Monte Negro, Estado de Rondônia, Brasil

    Daniel M. Aguiar

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The present study assessed the prevalence of anti-Leishmania spp. antibodies in dogs from the city of Monte Negro, State of Rondônia, Brazil. ELISA (NE > 3 and IFAT (>1:40 were used to evaluate 161 serum samples collected from rural dogs from Monte Negro. Forty-five (27.9% dogs were positive by ELISA tests and five (3.1% were positive by IFAT. The present study showed for the first time the frequency of exposure to Leishmania spp. in dogs in the State of Rondônia, Amazon Region.O presente estudo determinou a prevalência de anticorpos anti-Leishmania spp. em cães do município de Monte Negro, Estado de Rondônia, Brasil. Foram utilizados os testes de ELISA (NE > 3 e RIFI (>1:40 para avaliar 161 amostras de soro de cães da zona rural do município. Quarenta e cinco cães (27,9% reagiram no teste de ELISA e cinco (3,1% na RIFI. O presente estudo demonstra pela primeira vez a freqüência de exposição por Leishmania spp. em cães de Rondônia, Região Amazônica.

  17. The data correction algorithms in 60Co train inspection system

    Because of the physical characteristics of the 60Co train inspection system and the application of high-speed data collection system based on current integral, the original images have been distorted in a certain degree. Authors investigate into the reasons why the distortion comes into being, and accordingly present the data correction algorithm

  18. Development of 60Co cargo train inspection system

    The author introduces the research and development of 60Co cargo train inspection system. With the use of radiography principle, every car image is acquired when the cargo train runs through the inspection channel. It is evaluated whether the cargo in car matches the corresponding customs declaration information with digital image processing techniques. The system has been installed in railway port at Manzhouli Customs

  19. Evaluation of HIV-Leishmania co-infection in patients from the northwestern Paraná State, Brazil = Avaliação da co-infecção HIV-Leishmania em pacientes da região noroeste do Estado do Paraná, Brasil

    Élide Aparecida Oliveira

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Leishmaniasis occurs throughout the world and is one of the opportunistic infections that attack HIV-infected individuals. Few data are available on American cutaneous leishmaniasis (ACL in HIV-infected patients. Current research investigates the occurrence ofHIV-Leishmania co-infection in HIV-infected individuals in an endemic region in Southern of Brazil. A non-randomized transversal investigation, molecular and serum epidemiologic type, on the occurrence of ACL in 169 HIV-infected patients was undertaken. The patients were followed up at the Integrated Nucleus of Health of the city Maringá, Southern of Brazil. Results showed that 13 (7.7% of the HIV-infected patients also presented Leishmania (Viannia DNA, detectable in blood by PCR. Serology, direct research, culture and PCR in skin material produced negative results. PCR positiveness for Leishmania was not associated with CD4 T lymphocytes count, opportunistic disease, treatment, use of proteases inhibitors, tattooing/piercing or use of injectable drugs, residential environment or previous ACL history. Results show that HIVinfected patients who live in endemic areas may reveal Leishmania DNA in the blood without any ACL symptoms. Above findings may be attributed to anti-retrovirus medicine that controls viral replication and maintains the functionality of the immune system and to a possible anti- Leishmania activity of these drugs.As leishmanioses ocorrem em todo o mundo e são infecções oportunistas que afetam indivíduos portadores do vírus HIV. Este estudo investigou a ocorrência da co-infecção HIV-Leishmania em portadores do HIV numa região endêmica para LTA do Sul do Brasil. Foi realizado estudo transversal, não randomizado, utilizando metodologia molecular e sorológica, sobre a ocorrência de LTA em 169 portadores do HIV. Foram estudados pacientes atendidos no Núcleo Integrado de Saúde de Maringá, Paraná, Sul do Brasil. Observou-se que 13 (7,7% dos pacientes infectados

  20. Radiolytic degradation scheme for 60Co-irradiated corticosteroids

    Kane, M.P.; Tsuji, K.

    1983-01-01

    The cobalt 60 radiolytic degradation products have been identified in the following corticosteroids: cortisone, cortisone acetate, hydrocortisone, hydrocortisone acetate, hydrocortisone sodium succinate, isoflupredone acetate, methylprednisolone, methylprednisolone acetate, prednisolone, prednisolone acetate, and prednisone. Two major types of degradation processes have been identified: loss of the corticoid side chain on the D-ring to produce the C-17 ketone and conversion of the C-11 alcohol, if present, to the C-11 ketone. Minor degradation products derived from other changes affecting the side chain are also identified in several corticosteroids. These compounds are frequently associated in corticosteroids as process impurities or degradation compounds. No new radiolytic compounds unique to 60Co-irradiation have been found. The majority of corticosteroids have been shown to be stable to 60Co-irradiation. The rates of radiolytic degradation ranged from 0.2 to 1.4%/Mrad.

  1. Distribution of 60Co in steel samples from Hiroshima

    This paper describes ultra low-level gamma-ray spectrometry measurements of the 60Co activity distribution inside one 52 mm and one 41 mm thick steel sample. The samples had been exposed to the Hiroshima atomic bomb and were from the Aioi bridge and the Yokogawa bridge. Both samples were measured in a recent study aiming to back up model calculation of Hiroshima dosimetry. The 60Co activity distributions found in this study support the assumptions made in the previous study. - Highlights: ► The Co-60 activity distribution within two thick steel samples from Hiroshima was measured. ► Activities down to 0.1 mBq were measured using underground gamma-ray spectrometry systems. ► The distribution confirms assumptions made in previous studies. ► Further support to the Dosimetry System 02 is provided.

  2. Software program in 60Co container inspection system

    The author analyzes the features and limits of the present container inspection system in the world, and puts forward a new inspection apparatus with 60Co as radiography source and microcomputer network to complete inspecting image's acquisition, transmission, assignment, process, inspection, control and information management etc. The author emphasizes on task analysis and technical request in the system, discusses the software running environment and developing environment, the tasks logical division, and makes clear the design's idea, object and style

  3. Effects of 60Co administration on early placental cells

    The effects of 60Co administration on early placental cells were studied. Placental tissue and embryo obtained by induced abortion (6 - 13 weeks gestational age) were placed in the minimal essential medium (MEM) and irradiated with various doses of 60Co. After irradiation, the villi were cultured in a CO2 incubater at 370C. Cell growth process was observed every day with the phase-contrast microscope. Between 1 and 5 days epitheloid cells were dominant, but from about 7th day on fibroblastic cells dominated the culture. In placental tissue irradiated with 100, 200, 500 rad, fibroblastic cells began to grow earlier than in non-treated. Over 3000 rad 60Co inhibited the growth of cells and a culture was impossible. For each dose, the tissue was incubated for various periods of time, exposed to tritiated thymidine for the last hour and autoradiogram was prepared by the dipping method. The labeling index of irradiated trophoblasts showed a significant decrease compared with controls. A chromosome study was made in irradiated in vitro cell lines of fetus and placenta. There was no significant difference between the two cell lines concerning the frequency of chromosome aberration, which tended to increase as the chromosome becomes longer. It is concluded that the trophoblast is highly radiosensitive and that irradiation early in pregnancy may damage DNA synthesis in the trophoblast, and induce abortion. (author)

  4. Fabrication, qualification and calibration of 60 Co sealed sources

    Argentina produces about 5% of the worldwide production of 60 Co radioisotope (3,000,000 of Ci/year) whose main application is the radio sterilization of disposable medical consumables, the radiating therapy, and the food preservation for human consumption. From 1985 to the present 56,000,000 Ci were produced. At first all the generated 60 Co was exported in bulk to the sealed sources producers, but now the local production of sources has been consolidated and 100% of the 60 Co is used to manufacture sealed sources. That is a successful production of around 400 sealed sources, 70% of which have been made during the last three years. Mainly 95% of the sealed sources for industrial applications were exported to the United States, Europe, Japan and China. These countries are the main importation centers. The local and regional markets are the most important users of the sources for x-ray radiography. At present 8% of the total sources that were produced are used as x-ray sources. The present work describes the development of the sequence of manufacture of simple and double encapsulated radioactive sources, which includes the in-process inspection, the certification of the sealed sources according the designation E66646 (5,7) of the ISO 2919:1999(E) standard and a statistical quality control analysis of the penetration of the seam weld of the end caps. (author)

  5. Fatores associados à soropositividade para Babesia, Toxoplasma, Neospora e Leishmania em cães atendidos em nove clínicas veterinárias do município de Lavras, MG Factors associated the seropositivity for Babesia, Toxoplasma, Neospora e Leishmania in dogs attended at nine veterinary clinics in the municipality of Lavras, MG

    Antônio Marcos Guimarães

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi determinar a frequência e avaliar a influência da idade, sexo e raça na soropositividade anti-Babesia canis, Toxoplasma gondii, Leishmania (L. chagasi e Neospora caninum, por meio da reação de imunofluorescência indireta (RIFI, em amostras de soros coletadas de cães atendidos em nove clínicas veterinárias particulares do município de Lavras, MG, no período de agosto de 2000 a abril de 2002. De 300 cães, 73,3% foram soropositivos (RIFI > 1:80 para B. canis, e houve um aumento significativo de reagentes (p 1:40. Para T. gondii, de 218 cães, 60,7% foram positivos (RIFI > 1:16. Em 228 amostras de soros, 3,1% foram positivas (RIFI > 1:50 para N. caninum. Infecções por B. canis e T. gondii são endêmicas em cães atendidos em clínicas veterinárias particulares em Lavras. Não há evidências de casos autóctones de leishmaniose visceral canina em Lavras. Além disso, a infecção por N. caninum é pouco comum em cães criados na zona urbana do município.The aim of the present study was to determine the frequency and evaluate the influence of age, sex and breed in seropositivity anti-Babesia canis, Toxoplasma gondii, Leishmania (L. chagasi and Neospora caninum, by means of the indirect immunofluorescence antibody test (IFAT, in serum samples collected from dogs attended in nine private veterinary clinics in municipality of Lavras, Minas Gerais, Brazil, from August 2000 to April 2002. Of 300 dogs, 73.3% were seropositive (IFAT > 1:80 to B. canis, and there was a significant increase (p 1:40. T. gondii, of 218 dogs, 60.7% were positive (IFAT > 1:16. In 228 serum samples, 3.1% were positive (IFAT > 1:50 to N. caninum. Infections to B. canis and T. gondii occur as endemic form in dogs examined at private veterinary clinics in Lavras. There is no evidence that there are autochthonous cases of canine visceral leishmaniosis in Lavras. Besides this the infection by N. caninum is uncommon in dogs breed at the

  6. Contribuição para o estudo da prevalência da infecção por Leishmania infantum em gatos domésticos e errantes nos distritos de Lisboa e Viseu

    Garrido, Joana Margarida da Cruz Baptista Galvão

    2012-01-01

    A Leishmaniose visceral zoonótica causada por Leishmania infantum é considerada uma doença endémica no nosso País. Sabe-se que o cão é o principal hospedeiro reservatório, no entanto, o papel do gato (Felis catus) na epidemiologia da doença têm vindo adquirir um interesse crescente. A presente dissertação baseia-se em um rastreio epidemiológico da infecção por Leishmania infantum em gatos dos distritos de Lisboa e Viseu. A amostra total foi de 80 gatos correspondendo 40 animais a cada área ge...

  7. Seroepidemiological aspects of Leishmania spp. in dogs in the Itaguai micro-region, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Aspectos soroepidemiológicos de Leishmania spp. em cães na microrregião de Itaguaí, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

    Claudia Bezerra da Silva

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluated factors associated with the frequency of Leishmania spp. antibodies in dogs residing in the Itaguai micro-region, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Blood samples were collected from 524 dogs. The serum samples were submitted to indirect fluorescent antibody test (IFAT and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA for Leishmania spp. The frequency of seropositive dogs was 28.24% (n = 148 in the micro-region, and among the three municipalities within that region, the highest frequency (p Este estudo avaliou os fatores associados à frequência de anticorpos específicos para Leishmania spp. em cães domiciliados na microrregião de Itaguaí, Rio de Janeiro. Foram colhidas amostras de sangue de 524 cães. As amostras de soro foram submetidas a reação de imunofluorescência indireta (RIFI e ensaio imunoenzimático indireto (ELISA-teste para Leishmania spp. A frequência de cães soropositivos foi de 28,24% (n = 148 na microrregião e, entre os três municípios avaliados, a maior frequência (p < 0,05 foi observada em Seropédica (59,46%, seguida de Itaguaí (29,05% e Mangaratiba (11,49%. Em relação aos fatores associados ao hospedeiro, observou-se que cães sem raça definida e aqueles com idade acima de dois anos apresentaram maior frequência de anticorpos para Leishmania spp. (p < 0,05. Em relação aos fatores relacionados ao ambiente e ao hábito do animal, os cães residentes em áreas rurais (RF = 1,67, p = 0,0002, animais que vivem fora da residência (RF = 1,42, p = 0,0197, com acesso à mata, córregos e pastagens (FR = 2,81, p = 0,0007, que permanecem soltos (RF = 1,66, p = 0,0073, e aqueles que não possuem abrigo (RF = 2,16, p < 0,0001 apresentaram maior chance de serem soropositivos. A leishmaniose canina é uma enfermidade com elevada ocorrência na microrregião de Itaguai, e aspectos como definição racial, idade, hábitos e cuidados estabelecidos pelo proprietário mostraram associação significativa nessa

  8. Determination of 60Co sorption in natural clinoptilolite

    It was studied the clinoptilolite behavior coming from a deposit in Taxco, Guerrero in hydration and stabilization conditions with sodium for determining its sorption properties. The ion exchange process was carried out through gamma spectrometry using a CoCl2 solution marked with 60 Co at p H 6.5 in different contact times. It was observed a maximum sorption of 0.408 m eq Co+2/g mineral, from 0.314 m eq Co+2/g mineral correspond at ion exchange. (Author)

  9. Sorption of 60 Co in natural zeolite (clinoptilolite)

    A Mexican zeolite (clinoptilolite) from Taxco, Guerrero, was partially stabilized with sodium cations. Radioactive Cobalt (60 Co) was used to study the Co 2+ sorption in the stabilized zeolite (Na+). It was found that sorption in general does not favour the diffusion of cobalt between framework, it explains because of it is a natural zeolite and its composition heterogeneous decrease its exchange capacity by the generated competence to the existence other type of exchange ions. The cobalt retention reached the highest level, around 0.408 m eq Co2+ /g in the Na-Clinoptilolite. The crystallinity of the aluminosilicates was maintained during experiments, it was verified by XRD patterns. (Author)

  10. Evaluation of the radio modifier effect of propolis on chinese hamster ovary (CHO-K1) and human prostate cancer (PC3) cells, irradiated with 60-CO; Avaliacao do efeito radiomodificador da propolis em celulas de ovario de hamster chines (CHO-K1) e em celulas tumorais de prostata (PC3), irradiadas com CO-60

    Santos, Geyza Spigoti

    2011-07-01

    In the last decades, it has been given a great interest to investigations concerning natural, effective, nontoxic compounds with radioprotective potential together with the increasing utilization of different types of ionizing radiation for various applications. Among them propolis, a resinous compound produced by honeybees (Apis mellifera), has been considered quite promising, since it presents several advantageous biological characteristics, i. e., anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticarcinogenic, antioxidant and also free radical scavenging action. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effect of Brazilian propolis, collected in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, on Chinese hamster ovary (CHO-K1) and human prostate cancer (PC3) cells, irradiated with {sup 60}Co {gamma} radiation. For this purpose, three interlinked parameters were analyzed: micronucleus induction, cell viability and clonogenic death. The choice of these parameters was justified by their biological significance, in addition to the fact that they are readily observable and measurable in irradiated cells. The cytogenetic data obtained showed a radioprotective effect of propolis (5-100 {mu}g/ml) in the induction of DNA damage for both cell lines, irradiated with doses of 1 - 4 Gy. The cytotoxicity assay, however, showed a prominent antiproliferative effect of propolis (50 - 400{mu}/ml) in PC3 cells irradiated with 5 G{gamma}. The survival curves obtained were adequately fitted by a linear-quadratic model, where the {alpha} coefficient was higher in CHO-K1 cells. Concerning the clonogenic capacity, PC3 cells were more radiosensitive than CHO-K1 cells at the higher doses of the survival curve. Propolis at the concentrations of 30 - 100 {mu}g/ml, did not influence the clonogenic potential of PC3 cells, since the survival curves, associated or not with propolis, were found similar, although the combined treatment in CHO-K1 cells exhibited a stimulating proliferative effect. The data

  11. Viabilidade e micoflora de sementes de amendoim irradiadas com cobalto (60Co Viability and mycoflora of irradiated seeds of peanut with cobalt (60Co

    Niédja M. C. Alves

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Estudou-se o efeito de diferentes doses da irradiação gama na germinação e percentagem de infecção fúngica em sementes de amendoim cultivar BR1. Inicialmente, as sementes foram avaliadas quanto à micoflora, utilizando-se o método de papel de filtro umedecido, a germinação em substrato de papel germitest e determinação do teor de umidade em estufa, a 105 ± 2 ºC. Posteriormente, as sementes foram submetidas à irradiação com uma fonte de 60Co, tipo gammacell, onde se estudou o efeito de 8 doses de irradiação na micoflora e germinação das sementes acondicionadas em embalagem de PET e polietileno trançado durante 60 dias de armazenamento, sem controle de temperatura e umidade relativa do ar. Os fatores estudados (doses em kGy, embalagens e tempo de armazenamento foram analisados em um delineamento inteiramente casualizado, dispostos em fatorial. Com base nos resultados, observou-se que a irradiação gama afetou negativamente a germinação das sementes de amendoim e que doses acima de 3,0 kGy comprometem a germinação das sementes. A radiação a partir da dose 1,5 kGy eliminou os fungos Aspergillus niger e, Penicillium a partir da dose de 2,5 kGy.The effect of different doses of the gamma irradiation was studied on germination and percentage of fungal infection in peanut seeds cultivar BR1. Initially the seeds were evaluated for the mycoflora using the method of humidified filter paper, the germination in paper substratum germitest and determination of the moisture content in oven at 105 ± 2 ºC. Later on the seeds were submitted to irradiation with a source of 60Co, type gammacell, where the effect was studied of 8 doses of irradiation in the mycoflora and germination of the seeds conditioned in PET packing and polyethylene tressed during 60 days of storage, without control of temperature and relative humidity of the air. The studied factors (doses in kGy, packing and time of storage were analyzed in a completely

  12. Presence of Leishmania amastigotes in peritoneal fluid of a dog with leishmaniasis from Alagoas, Northeast Brazil Presença de formas amastigotas de Leishmania em fluido peritoneal de cão com leishmaniose proveniente de Alagoas, nordeste do Brasil

    Filipe Dantas-Torres

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available The goal of this short communication is to report the uncommon presence of intracellular amastigotes of Leishmania in peritoneal fluid of a dog with leishmaniasis from Alagoas State, Brazil. Physical examination of an adult male rottweiler suspected to be suffering of leishmaniasis revealed severe loss of weight, ascitis, splenomegaly, moderately enlarged lymph nodes, onychogryphosis, generalized alopecia, skin ulcers on the posterior limbs, and conjunctivitis. Samples of bone marrow, popliteal lymph node, skin ulcer, and peritoneal fluid were collected and smears of each sample were prepared and stained with hematoxylin and eosin. Numerous amastigotes were detected in bone marrow, popliteal lymph node, and skin ulcer smears. Smears of peritoneal fluid revealed the unusual presence of several free and intracellular amastigotes of Leishmania. Future studies are needed to determine whether the cytology of ascitic fluid represents a useful tool for diagnosis Leishmania infection in ascitic dogs, particularly in those living in areas where canine leishmaniasis is enzootic.O objetivo desta comunicação é descrever a presença incomum de formas amastigotas de Leishmania em fluido peritoneal de um cão com leishmaniose proveniente do Estado de Alagoas, nordeste do Brasil. O exame físico de um cão macho adulto da raça rottweiler, apresentando suspeita de leishmaniose, revelou perda de peso severa, esplenomegalia, linfonodos moderadamente aumentados, ascite, onicogrifose, alopecia generalizada, conjuntivite e presença de lesões cutâneas ulceradas localizadas nos membros posteriores. Foram coletadas amostras de medula óssea, linfonodo poplíteo, fluido peritoneal e úlcera cutânea. A partir das amostras, foram elaborados esfregaços, os quais foram corados pela hematoxilina e eosina. Inúmeras formas amastigotas foram detectadas na medula óssea, linfonodo poplíteo e úlcera cutânea. Esfregaços de fluido peritoneal revelaram a presença, n

  13. Study of {sup 60}Co as gamma source in backscatter gamma densitometers

    Gholipour Peyvandi, R.; Taheri, A.; Rahmanzadeh Tootkaleh, S.; Askari Lehdarboni, M. [Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Islami Rad, S.Z. [Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Univ. of Qom (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Dept. of Physic

    2015-07-15

    In this work the performance of backscatter gamma densitometer is studied using {sup 60}Co as gamma source. The ability of the densitometer to determine the liquid's interfaces in multi-phase flows was assessed. The aim mainly was to investigate the possibility of using {sup 60}Co in this system. Furthermore, a comparison between {sup 60}Co and was done. The obtained results indicate that {sup 60}Co can be advantageous in this regard.

  14. Study of 60Co as gamma source in backscatter gamma densitometers

    In this work the performance of backscatter gamma densitometer is studied using 60Co as gamma source. The ability of the densitometer to determine the liquid's interfaces in multi-phase flows was assessed. The aim mainly was to investigate the possibility of using 60Co in this system. Furthermore, a comparison between 60Co and was done. The obtained results indicate that 60Co can be advantageous in this regard.

  15. Planning a 60Co Irradiation Facility for Fruit Preservation

    A conceptual design for a conveyor system is proposed for use in fruit irradiation. The seasonal nature of the fruit harvest requires that the 60Co source inventory should be sufficient to meet the demand at peak season, but this would be excessive at the beginning and towards the end of the harvest. Because of the short crop period the possibility of other irradiation services should be exploited to ensure full utilization of the facility. For successful extension of fruit shelf-life rigid practices in pre-irradiation treatment are essential and careful packaging is indispensable to the operation of the irradiator. Based on the time required for construction and equipment supply, a period of 18 months should be assumed for completion of the project. (author)

  16. Planning a 60Co irradiation facility for fruit preservation

    A conceptual design for a conveyor system is proposed for use in fruit irradiation. The seasonal nature of the fruit harvest requires that the 60Co source inventory should be sufficient to meet the demand at peak season, but this would be excessive at the beginning and towards the end of the harvest. Because of the short crop period the possibility of other irradiation services should be exploited to ensure full utilization of the facility. For successful extension of fruit shelf-life rigid practices in pre-irradiation treatment are essential and careful packaging is indispensable to the operation of the irradiator. Based on the time required for construction and equipment supply, a period of 18 months should be assumed for completion of the project. (author)

  17. Fieldbus: technology application in a 60Co sterilization plant

    Process instrumentation was made by pressure signals in the 1940s. In the 1960s, 4-20 mA analogue signals were introduced. The development of digital processors in the 1970s sparked the use of computers to monitor and control instruments from a central point. In the 1980s smart sensors were developed and implemented in digital control, microprocessor environments. Fieldbus is a generic-term that describes a new digital communications network. The network is a digital, bi-directional, multidrop, serial-bus, and communications network used to link isolated field devices, such as controllers, transducers, actuators and sensors. Fieldbus technology may improve quality, reduce costs and increase efficiency because information is transmitted digitally without analog to digital or digital to analog converters, which also minimizes hardware errors. Fieldbus communication is based on two-wire communication, interconnecting all the components in the system. This paper introduces Fieldbus technology in a 60Co sterilization plant

  18. Retention of ingested (60)Co by a freshwater fish

    The experiment was carried out on a group of 10 carp receiving the soft tissue of previously contaminated lymnaea as food. Ingestion by carp of 45 daily rations, distributed over a 63-day period, resulted in a low retention of the radionuclide. The contamination kinetics showed that the steady state should be reached after only 225 days. The 60Co transfer factor was approximately 10−2 and the retention factor about 3.3 x 10−3. During the depuration phase, radiocobalt elimination by the carp developed in accordance with an exponential model based on the existence of two biological half-lives of 1.5 and 35 days which indicate a high Co turnover. During both phases of the experiment, urinary and branchial excretion appeared to be higher than faecal excretion

  19. Effect of 60 Co gamma radiation on crystalline proteins

    In order to study the effects of 60 Co gamma radiation on crystalline proteins an in vitro system was set up. For that, aqueous solutions from bovine crystalline were used irradiated with 0, 5.000, 10.000, 15.000, 20.000 and 25.000 Gy. The treatment led to protein alterations determined by different methods. By turbidimetry the formation of aggregates that increased with the radiation dose was revealed. The same observation was done from viscosity data and from the UV spectrum of the samples. From amino acid analysis and fluorimetry determinations, tryptophan appeared as the most sensitive amino acid. An increase in the free-S H-groups was also observed. After the standardization of the method, the radio modifier capability of glutathione, amino ethyl thiourea, mercapto ethyl alanine and dimethyl sulfoxide was tested. The results showed that in the presence of those substances the radiation effect was diminished. (author)

  20. Effect of 60Co radiation on peritoneal cells

    This work deals with the effect of 60Co gamma irradiation on the levels and quality of peritoneal cells of albino mice. The cells were obtained from peritoneal exudate, fixed and stained in 30% glacial acetic acid containing 0,5% cristal violet. Os exudates from irradiated and control animals the qualitative analysis and the counting of different cell populations were performed one hour, three days and six days after irradiation with 9 Gy. All the cell populations from the peritoneal exudate shown a decrease 3 days after the irradiation with 9.0. Gy but the different cellular populations dimished in unlike proportions. The data reaffirm the discrepance in radiosensivity of the diverse peritoneal cell populations. (author)

  1. Seed germination of peanuts irradiated with cobalt (60CO)

    This work was realized to evaluate the effect of gamma irradiation (60Co) at doses 0, 0.50, 1.00, 1.50, 2.00, 2.50, 3.00 and 4.00 kGy, on germination of seeds of peanut, cultivar BR1. Irradiation Department of Nuclear, UFPE, where he received after the irradiation, they were stored in packing of PET and polyethylene braided with a time of 90 days. Through the results, obtained monthly, concluded that the dose of 0.5 kGy was effective in the germination of seeds of peanut, not affecting its power of germination and overcoming the witness within 30 to 60 days. (author)

  2. Leishmaniose tegumentar americana causada por Leishmania (Viannia braziliensis, em área de treinamento militar na Zona da Mata de Pernambuco

    Andrade Maria S.

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo tem como objetivo geral caracterizar a epidemiologia da leishmaniose tegumentar americana em unidade de treinamento militar, localizada no Estado de Pernambuco. Entre 2002 e 2003, vinte e três casos foram diagnosticados através de exame clínico, detecção do parasita e teste de intradermoarreação de Montenegro. Sete amostras de Leishmania (Viannia braziliensis foram isoladas destes pacientes, identificadas através de reações com anticorpos monoclonais específicos e perfil eletroforético com isoenzimas. Um inquérito epidemiológico de prevalência da infecção por IDRM foi realizado na população que realizou treinamento neste período, no qual foi identificada uma prevalência de 25,3% de infecção. Os dados obtidos, associados com achados prévios nesta área, apresentam evidências da manutenção de um ciclo enzoótico, com a ocorrência de surtos periódicos de leishmaniose tegumentar americana posteriormente à realização de treinamentos nas áreas de floresta Atlântica remanescente.

  3. Establishment of a production line for the fabrication of mega-curie sealed 60Co sources

    In order to change the status that highly radioactive 60Co sources in China are de- pendent on imports, the fabrication technology of sealed 60Co sources was successfully developed and a mega Curie production line was established. This paper describes the hot cell facilities for the 60Co source encapsulation and quality control, the model and main technical parameters of the sealed 60Co source, the fabrication process, some key techniques in the re- search and development of the sealed 60Co source, etc. (authors)

  4. Accumulation, Toxicity And Elimination Of 60Co In Some Aquatic Bivalves

    The present study was undertaken to evaluate the importance of some common bivalve oysters namely Caelatura teretiusculua and Caelatura companyoi as new radiobioindicators for 60Co in Egyptian aquatic environment.The uptake and accumulation of 60Co in water were followed for four weeks to evaluate the following:1-Maximum uptake as concentration factor values.2-The rate of survival of bivalves at different activity levels of 60Co to estimate its toxic effect.3-The lethal dose (LD50) of 60Co.4-The effect of ph of 60Co polluted water on survival of biota.5-The competitive effects of Zn+2 and Fe+3 with 60Co on the uptake and accumulation.6-The effect of biota weight on the uptake of 60Co.7-Elimination of the accumulated 60Co by such biota in water and in 10-4M ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid (EDTA) as chelating agent that enhance the bivalve to release the accumulated radioisotope.The results showed that 60Co was highly taken up by the investigated biota with high concentration factor values and that EDTA enhanced the decontamination of 60Co than water. It could be concluded that the investigated bivalves can be used as good radiobioindicators for pollution of water with 60Co.

  5. Transference kinetics of 60Co in an aquatic-terrestrial ecosystem

    The dynamics of transportation, accumulation, disappearance and distribution of 60Co in a simulated aquatic-terrestrial ecosystem was studied by isotope-tracer technique. In the aquatic system, 60Co was transported and transformed via depositing, coupling with ions and adsorption. The absorption resulted in the redistribution and accumulation of 60Co in each compartment of the system. Specific activities of 60Co in water started sharply and gently decreased. The sediment accumulated a large amount of 60Co by adsorption and ion exchange. The hornwort (Ceralophyllum demersum) could also adsorb a large amount of 60Co in a short time, because of its large specific surface area. Fish (Carassius auratus) and snail (Bellamya purificata) had a poor capacity of adsorbing 60Co. The distribution of 60Co in the fish was mainly in the viscera, and the amount of 60Co in the snail flesh was greater than that in the shell. The amount of 60Co in individual compartment in the system was changed with time. The highest specific activity of 60Co in the bean of the terrestrial system remained in the root nodule. (authors)

  6. Influence of pH-buffer action on desorption behavior of 60Co adsorbed on sand

    In order to clarify influence of pH-buffer action of soil on desorption behavior of radionuclides absorbed on a soil, a batch type desorption experiment, in which a coastal sand adsorbed 60Co was contacted with an aqueous solution of 4, 7 or 10 in pH, was performed. When pH of the solution became higher, the desorption ratio of 60Co from the sand to the solution decreased, while the abundance ratio of non-cationic 60Co species increased. Relationship between the pH of solution and the desorption ratio of 60Co could been explained by a pH dependency of negative charge density on the sand surface. It was found that the non-cationic 60Co species in the solution was colloidal {60Co (OH)2}n, which was formed by hydrolysis of 60Co2+ at buffered pH. (author)

  7. The action of ionizing radiation on the morphology, physiology and growth of Leishmania Amazonensis, with evaluation of their immunogenic power in experimental models; Acao da radiacao ionizante sobre a morfologia, fisiologia e crescimento da Leishmania amazonensis, com avaliacao de seu poder imunogenico em modelos experimentais

    Bonetti, Franco Claudio

    2002-07-01

    Leishmaniasis is a disease which affects thousands of people in the Tropical regions around the world, is caused by a protozoan of the genus Leishmania spp., with urban and wild mammals acting as reservoirs. In the mammal host, the amastigote form of the parasite infects and multiplies into macrophages. Treatments for leishmaniasis have a high cost and are long lasting, frequently resulting in therapy interruption. This procedure culminates with a selection of resistant parasite strains, inducing tolerance to the therapy. Either the control of vectors or the mammal host are difficult due the social and economic implications. Thus, the search for alternatives treatments against these protozoans have been stimulated. The gamma radiation ({sup 60}CO) shown to be an efficient toll to kill these parasites maintaining their immunogenicity. Cellular viability, Electronically microscopy and Multiplex-PCR techniques showed that, after irradiation, the parasites had their growth inhibited by cytoplasmatic and nucleic material disorganisation, appointing the gamma radiation as important in terms of immunogens improvement. (author)

  8. Qualities of Patin Fishball Irradiated by Gamma Rays (60Co)

    An experiment on patin fishball quality using gamma irradiation (60Co) has been conducted. Samples were irradiated at 0, 1, 3 and 5 kGy and stored in refrigerator at temperature 10 oC for sixty days. Samples were analysed every fifteen days, except content of fat and protein that analysed only at the beginning and the end of storage. The purpose of this experiment is to know the quality changes of patin fishball irradiated during storage, by measuring of chemical (content of fat, protein, water, TVB value, pH value) and microbiology (TPC aerobic and anaerobic bacteria) changes. The results showed that irradiation did not affect macro nutrient contents (content of fat, protein and water) of patin fishball during storage but irradiation can affect TVB and pH values. Irradiation at 1 kGy can reduce one logarithmic cycle of total aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. The storage life of irradiated patin fishball treated at 1, 3 and 5 kGy could be extended up to 15, 30 and 60 days, respectively. Control samples the storage life could be extended less than 15 days. (author)

  9. Response of adrenal gland to whole body 60Co irradiation

    Whole body of the adult albino rates was exposed to 60Co radiation in a single dose of 600 R. Following irradiation the adrenal serotonin level was found higher till the end of 8th week except a fall on 14th day, whereas the blood 5HT level remained lower than the normal except a slight rise at the end of 1st week and dropped down at 14 days followed by a further rise. The blood catecholamine level was found increased at the end of 14th day followed by a fall at 4th and 8th weeks, but the levels were moving round the normal value. The histological studies of adrenal gland showed degranulation and hypertrophy of adrenal cortex and medullary cells at various intervals of post-irradiation. On the whole it is observed that maximum changes in the level of biogenic amines take place within 14 days after irradiation, and maximum rate of mortality also coincide with this period. Thus bringing out the fact that adrenal bioamines play an important role in the vital activities of the animals. (author)

  10. ONE CASE OF LEUKEMIA INDUCED BY 60Co ACCIDENT

    邵松生; 冯嘉林; 等

    1995-01-01

    The peripheral blood lymphocyte chromosomes in a case of 60Co γ rays accident were examined at 2.5h after exposure.The frequency of the dicentrics plus centric rings was 89% and exposure dose was estimated to be 4.78 (4.53-4.88)GY.The examinations of lymphocyte chromosome aberration within follow-up 12a showed that the incidence of Dic+R reduced with lg regrssion(r=-0.9895).While the number of ceels with stable aberration remained unchanged and showed a tendency to increase.During the period of leukemia,bone marrow cell chromosome aberrations were studied by method of G-banding.Of 13 cells observed,4 cells belonged to normal karyotypes.Among 9 aberration cells,12 aberrations were detected.The majority of which were classified as translocation,deletion and inversion,Numeric aberrations were-9,12,20-,22,-y.This case suggested that acute lymphocytic leukemia was induced after radiation accident.

  11. Determination of Absorbed Dose in Large 60-Co Fields Radiotherapy

    Radiation in radiotherapy has selective impact on ill and healthy tissue. During the therapy the healthy tissue receives certain amount of dose. Therefore dose calculations in outer radiotherapy must be accurate because too high doses produce damage in healthy tissue and too low doses cannot ensure efficient treatment of cancer cells. A requirement on accuracy in the dose calculations has lead to improvement of detectors, and development of absolute and relative dosimetry. Determination of the dose distribution with use of computer is based on data provided by the relative dosimetry. This paper compares the percentage depth doses in cubic water phantoms of various dimensions with percentage depth doses calculated with use of Mayneord factor from the experimental depth doses measured in water phantom of large dimension. Depth doses in water phantoms were calculated by the model of empirical dosimetrical functions. The calculations were based on the assumption that large 60Co photon field exceeds the phantom's limits. The experimental basis for dose calculations by the model of empirical dosimetrical functions were exposure doses measured in air and dose reduction factors because of finite phantom dimensions. Calculations were performed by fortran 90 software. It was found that the deviation of dosimetric model was small in comparison to the experimental data. (author)

  12. 60Co γ-irradiation induced mutation breeding of ginger

    Sprout rhizome and plumelet rhizome of Laiwu ginger were irradiated by 60Co γ-rays at different doses (20, 25, 30 and 35 Gy), and the variations at the VM1, VM2, and VM3 generations were studied. The results showed that the inhibition effect of irradiation on the VM1 generation was found to be increased as the dose increased, and the sprout rhizome was more sensitive to γ-irradiation than the plumelet rhizome. The LD50 and LD60 dose of plumelet rhizomes were 20 and 25 Gy, respectively, and the optimum irradiation dose was 25Gy. The LD50 and LD60 dose of sprout rhizomes were below 20 Gy. Seven types of mutants were found and selected in VM2 generation. The induced mutation characters were unstable in the VM3 generation. Three mutant lines (GDC2531, PZC3026, ZLX2007) selected from VM3 generation showed high yield, and fresh weight of rhizomes increased 33.5%, 27.5% and 24.9%, respectively compared to control. (authors)

  13. Disturbed tooth formation by 60Co-gamma-ray radiation

    The molar of guinea pigs was irradiated with 60Co-#betta# ray for daily observations of the manifestation of disturbed tooth formation by microradiography and the time registration by tetracycline-labelling. Irradiation first injured young blast cells of the dentin in the growth phase, dental pulp cells, and cells of the enamel. The portion composed of injured cells formed a depressed ''constriction'' from the dental pulp side toward the border between the enamel and dentin. The cells of the enamel injured by irradiation in the growth phase later formed a very thin irregular stroma. In contrast, cells in the differentiation or subsequent phase at the time of irradiation and cells probably having started to grow after irradiation proceeded with formation of a normal stroma and calcification. No uniform relation was obtained between the histological staining of the organic stroma of normal or abnormal dentin and calcification. Labelling with tetracycline revealed that the irradiation conditions in the present study provoked hardly any changes in the speed of tooth eruption. (Chiba, N.)

  14. Effect of 60CO radiation processing in mate (Ilex paraguariensis)

    The mate (Ilex paraguariensis), a native species from South America, is mainly consumed as typical beverage called chimarrao and terere. An important problem that has been afflicting this product since a long time is its natural fungal contamination responsible to affect its physical, health and nutritional qualities. In order to improve this product quality, radiation processing can be effective in reducing pathogens levels, with minimal nutritional and sensory changes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of gamma radiation from 60Co at doses 0, 3, 5, 7 and 10kGy in reducing fungal contamination in mate, as well as analyze its nutritional and sensory characteristics. The following methodologies were applied: analysis of yeast and mold, total phenolic compounds analysis, antioxidant analysis, quantification of phenolic compounds and xanthines by liquid chromatography and sensory analysis. Microbiological analysis showed a decreasing molds and yeasts growth with increasing radiation doses. Regardless of the radiation dose applied there were no decrease of total phenolic compounds in both infusions. Chimarrao samples irradiated with 7 and 10kGy showed a decrease in the DPPH radical-scavenger activity, nevertheless for terere samples, there were no significant difference. Chimarrao chromatographic profile did not show a variation on xanthines quantification, however a 10kGy radiation dose caused a change to phenolic compounds quantitative profile. Terere samples did not show any significant difference to any analyzed compounds. Sensory analysis did not exhibit a significant difference between irradiated and non irradiated chimarrao samples, as well as between irradiated and non irradiated terere samples. It could be concluded that gamma radiation processing of mate may be a feasible alternative to industry, since there was a reduction on fungal contamination, without changes in sensory qualities and with minimum alterations in quantitative and

  15. Effect of 60Co radiation processing in mate (Ilex paraguariensis)

    The mate (Ilex paraguariensis), a native species from South America, is mainly consumed as typical beverage called chimarrao and terere. An important problem that has been afflicting this product since a long time is its natural fungal contamination responsible to affect its physical, health and nutritional qualities. In order to improve this product quality, radiation processing can be effective in reducing pathogens levels, with minimal nutritional and sensory changes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of gamma radiation from 60Co at doses 0, 3, 5, 7 and 10 kGy in reducing fungal contamination in mate, as well as analyze its nutritional and sensory characteristics. The following methodologies were applied: analysis of yeast and mold, total phenolic compounds analysis, antioxidant analysis, quantification of phenolic compounds and xanthines by liquid chromatography and sensory analysis. Microbiological analysis showed a decreasing molds and yeasts growth with increasing radiation doses. Regardless of the radiation dose applied there were no decrease of total phenolic compounds in both infusions. Chimarrao samples irradiated with 7 and 10 kGy showed a decrease in the DPPH radical-scavenger activity, nevertheless for terere samples, there were no significant difference. Chimarrao chromatographic profile did not show a variation on xanthines quantification, however a 10 kGy radiation dose caused a change to phenolic compounds quantitative profile. Terere samples did not show any significant difference to any analyzed compounds. Sensory analysis did not exhibit a significant difference between irradiated and non irradiated chimarrao samples, as well as between irradiated and non irradiated terere samples. It could be concluded that gamma radiation processing of mate may be a feasible alternative to industry, since there was a reduction on fungal contamination, without changes in sensory qualities and with minimum alterations in quantitative and

  16. Placental transfer of 60Co as a function of gestation age

    The transfer of 60Co from mother to foetus in relation to the time of gestation was examined 24 hrs after injecting 5 μCi of 60CoCl2 to the pregnant rat on 15th - 21st day of gestation. The radioactivity of foetuses, placentae as well as liver, kidney and femur of mother was determined. It was found that activity of 60Co transferred to the foetus body increased with the time of gestation. (author)

  17. Estudo de validação comparativo entre as técnicas Elisa e RIFI para diagnosticar Leishmania sp em cães errantes apreendidos no município de Campos dos Goytacazes, Estado do Rio de Janeiro Comparative validation study between the ELISA and RIFI techniques for diagnosing Leishmania sp in stray dogs caught in the municipality of Campos de Goytacazes, State of Rio de Janeiro

    Mariane Pinto Fernandes Távora

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Foi realizada uma pesquisa objetivando-se verificar a eficácia do teste ELISA, para detecção de anticorpos contra Leishmania sp em cães, comparando-o com o RIFI, padrão em humanos, e investigar a situação sorológica desta zoonose na microrregião. Os testes tiveram uma concordância de 97,6%, classificada como forte.A survey was carried out aiming to verify the ELISA test effectiveness for detecting antibodies against Leishmania sp in dogs, comparing with RIFI human pattern and for investigating sorological zoonosis situation in the microregion. An accordance about 97.6% considered strong was reported.

  18. Bioaccumulation and elimination of 60 Co and 137 Cs by Anomalocardia brasiliana (Gmelin, 1791) (Mollusca bivalvia). Remobilization of 60 Co, retained in marine sediment by microbial activity

    It was studied the capacity of a bi valve mollusc Anomalocardia brasiliana, which lives in the local bottom sediment, to remobilize 60 Co previously sorbed in the sediment. Laboratory experiments demonstrated that the transference of 60 Co from the sediment to the animal was insignificant (bioaccumulation factor (BF) of the order of 10-3). At the same time, the capacity of microorganisms, present in the bottom sediment, to remobilize 60 Co was studied. The results showed that this via of transference was important, considering the much greater microorganism biomass in relation to the biomass of bentonic organisms, as a whole. For 137 Cs the determined BF from water to the animal was 2.2. and, as in the case of 60 Co, the soft tissues concentrated more 137 Cs than shell. Remaining viscera showed the highest BFs. In another series of experiments, the loss of 60 Co or 137 Cs, previously accumulated by A. brasiliana, was followed in aquaria with or without sediment and the respective biological half-lives were calculated. Soft tissues retained 60 Co longer (biological half-life = 117 days) than shells, whereas for 137 Cs the opposite was observed and shells showed a biological half life of 38.5 days. The low values of 60 Co and 137 Cs BFS do not allow to classify A. brasiliana as good biological indicator for pollution by there radionuclides. However since A brasiliana is consumed by the local population and is commercialized to other areas, it was recommended that its contamination by 60 Co or 137 Cs should be monitored. (author)

  19. Studies on the transportation dynamics of 60Co in simulated ecosystem

    The isotope tracer techniques were applied to study the transportation, accumulation and distribution of 60Co in the pot-cultivated tomato-soil, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Based on the principle of tracer dynamic compartment models, the mathematical formulae were established via computer simulation to describe the 60Co behavior patterns in ecosystems and thus provided some basic information for elucidating the behavior of 60Co in the environment. The results are as follows: (1) When 60Co was introduced into the tomato-soil system, 60Co was transported and accumulated in the soil and adsorbed by tomato root quickly, then transported to the above-ground plant. (2) The behavior patterns of 60Co in the tomato-soil system could be described using the opened two-compartment model. (3) When 60Co was introduced into aquatic system in the form of 60Co-CoCl2, it was transported and transformed via deposit, complexation with other ions, adsorption and absorption by aquatic living things and led to the distribution and accumulation in individual part of the living things. (4) The behavior pattern of 60Co in the aquatic-terrestrial ecosystem could be described by using opened five-compartment model

  20. Bioremediation of {sup 60}Co from simulated spent decontamination solutions

    Rashmi, K.; Naga Sowjanya, T.; Maruthi Mohan, P.; Balaji, V.; Venkateswaran, G

    2004-07-26

    Bioremediation of {sup 60}Co from simulated spent decontamination solutions by utilizing different biomass of (Neurospora crassa, Trichoderma viridae, Mucor recemosus, Rhizopus chinensis, Penicillium citrinum, Aspergillus niger and, Aspergillus flavus) fungi is reported. Various fungal species were screened to evaluate their potential for removing cobalt from very low concentrations (0.03-0.16 {mu}M) in presence of a high background of iron (9.33 mM) and nickel (0.93 mM) complexed with EDTA (10.3 mM). The different fungal isolates employed in this study showed a pickup of cobalt in the range 8-500 ng/g of dry biomass. The [Fe]/[Co] and [Ni]/[Co] ratios in the solutions before and after exposure to the fungi were also determined. At micromolar level the cobalt pickup by many fungi especially the mutants of N. crassa is seen to be proportional to the initial cobalt concentration taken in the solution. However, R. chinensis exhibits a low but iron concentration dependent cobalt pickup. Prior saturating the fungi with excess of iron during their growth showed the presence of selective cobalt pickup sites. The existence of cobalt specific sorption sites is shown by a model experiment with R. chinensis wherein at a constant cobalt concentration (0.034 {mu}M) and varying iron concentrations so as to yield [Fe/Co]{sub initial} ratios in solution of 10, 100, 1000 and 287 000 have all yielded a definite Co pickup capacity in the range 8-47 ng/g. The presence of Cr(III)EDTA (3 mM) in solution along with complexed Fe and Ni has not influenced the cobalt removal. The significant feature of this study is that even when cobalt is present in trace level (sub-micromolar) in a matrix of high concentration (millimolar levels) of iron, nickel and chromium, a situation typically encountered in spent decontamination solutions arising from stainless steel based primary systems of nuclear reactors, a number of fungi studied in this work showed a good sensitivity for cobalt pickup.

  1. Behavior of Leishmania major metacyclic promastigotes during the course of infection and immune response development in resistant versus susceptible hosts Comportamento de promastigoteas metacíclicos de Leishmania major durante o curso da infecção e da resposta imune em hospedeiros resistentes versus suscetíveis

    Regina Coeli Cunha Dórea

    2003-11-01

    Full Text Available Little is known on the epitopes derived from metacyclic promastigotes of Leishmania that are important on the regulation or destruction of the parasite, as targets of immune attack in the vertebrate host. In this study we investigated an alternative method to obtain metacyclic promasigotes of Leishmania major, as evaluated by the course of infection and delayed-type hipersensitivity (DTH in resistant versus susceptible inbred mice. Non-infective (procyclic promastigotes of L. major recently transformed from tissue amastigotes were attached to a negatively charged glass-wool column, whereas metacyclic promastigotes were not bound to columns and could be easily recovered. Optimal chromatography conditions were validated through statistical analyses. Parasite average yield from glass wool columns and promastigote viability were estimated by light microscopy. Metacyclic promastigotes yielded 43.5% to 57.5%. Different patterns of cutaneous lesions were obtained in BALB/c (susceptible and C57BL/6 (resistant mice, the former with highly infective lesions induced by metacyclic promastigotes. DTH responses proved to be higher in groups of C57BL/6 mice which were infected with metacyclic promastigotes. These results indicate that the new method could be integrated with the investigation of metacyclogenesis of Leishmania in vivo.Pouco se conhece sobre os epítopos derivados de promastigotas metacíclicos de Leishmania que são importantes para a regulação ou destruição do parasita, como alvos de ação imunológica no hospedeiro vertebrado. Neste estudo, nós investigamos um método alternativo para obter promastigotas metacíclicos de Leishmania major, pela avaliação do curso da infecção e reação de hipersensibilidade do tipo retardado (HTR em hospedeiros resistentes e susceptíveis. Promastigotas não-infectantes (procíclicos de L. major, recentemente isolados de amastigotas, foram selecionados pela adesão a colunas de lã de vidro

  2. Rastreio de leishmania infantum em cães assintomáticos na região de Mafra

    Armés, Sílvia Maria Martins Curado

    2010-01-01

    A leishmaniose canina é uma doença parasitária de distribuição mundial provocada por um protozoário, que em Portugal, pertence à espécie L. infantum e é transmitido por vectores do género Phlebotomus. Nas zonas endémicas os cães infectados com L. infantum e assintomáticos são infectantes para o flebótomo vector numa proporção similar aos sintomáticos, contudo a comunidade veterinária não está devidamente alertada para a sua existência e importância. Este trabalho contribui para realçar a i...

  3. The effect of 60Co-γ ray on fertilized eggs and growing change in chicken

    The fertilized eggs were stimulated by 60Co-γ ray of different doses. The experimental results show that the rate of hatching of different fertilized eggs reaches the maximum when the dose of 60Co-γ ray is 300rad. And, the higher the dose of 60Co-γ ray is used, the lower the rate of breeding and hatching are obtained. It is concluded that it is beneficial to growing of cock and the fertilized eggs are stimulated by the 60Co-γ ray of low doses. However, the growing of hen is inhibited and eggs are early produced with the low dose treatment of 60Co-γ ray

  4. Presence of antibodies against Toxoplasma gondii, Neospora caninum and Leishmania infantum in dogs from Piauí Presença de anticorpos anti-Toxoplasma gondii, Neospora caninum e Leishmania infantum em cães do Piauí

    Marcos Gomes Lopes

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to evaluate the presence of antibodies against Neospora caninum, Toxoplasma gondii and Leishmania infantum in dogs attended at the Veterinary Hospital of the Federal University of Piauí, Northeastern Brazil, where there are no reports of the occurrence of N. caninum and T. gondii in dogs. Serum samples from 530 dogs of genders, different ages and breeds from the municipality of Teresina and nearby towns were analyzed using three indirect fluorescent antibody tests, each one targeting one of the three agents. The associations between the parasites and gender, breed and age of the dogs were assessed by the chi-square test (p > 0.05. The occurrence of antibodies to N. caninum, T. gondii and L. infantum was 3.2, 18.0 and 78.1%, respectively. Toxoplasma gondii was more frequently found in older dogs (p 0.05. The results confirm the exposure of dogs to these parasites in the State of Piauí.Este estudo teve como objetivo avaliar a presença de anticorpos contra Neospora caninum, Toxoplasma gondii e Leishmania infantum em cães atendidos no Hospital Veterinário da Universidade Federal do Piauí, Teresina, Piauí, onde não há relatos de ocorrência de N. caninum e T. gondii em cães. Amostras de soro de 530 cães de ambos os sexos, diferentes idades e raças do município de Teresina e cidades vizinhas, foram analisados utilizando três testes de imunofluorescência indireta para cada um dos três agentes. Associação entre os parasitas e o sexo, a raça e a idade dos cães foram analisadas pelo teste do qui-quadrado (p > 0,05. Ocorrência de anticorpos para N. caninum, T. gondii e L. infantum foi de 3,2, 18,0 e 78,1%, respectivamente. Toxoplasma gondii foi mais freqüente em cães mais velhos (p > 0,05, enquanto L. infantum apresentou maior freqüência em animais com idade entre um e três anos (p > 0,05. Para avaliar possíveis associações entre a presença de anticorpos anti-N. caninum e anti-T. gondii com infecção por

  5. In Vivo Internal Decontamination of 134Cs and 60Co from Male Albino Rats

    The Present work aimed to evaluate the therapeutic role of prussian blue (PB), vermiculite and calcium trisodium salt of diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA) as internal de contaminants of radio-active cesium and/ or cobalt in adult male albino rats. Radionuclides were given as a single doses; 60Co was introduced orally, subcutaneously or intraperitoneally (ip) while 134Cs was taken orally or in combination with ip injection of 60Co. The de contaminants were supplied daily for three weeks immediately after 60Co or 134Cs intake; oral dose of PB + vermiculite treated the oral 134Cs group, oral and subcutaneous 60Co groups and combined 60Co and 134Cs groups. Rats receiving ip dose of 60Co were treated with daily ip dose of DTPA while the three de contaminants were added to the combined 60Co and 134Cs groups.Haemoglobin concentration (Hb), haematocrite percentage (Ht), red blood cells count (RBC's), as well as liver function tests (total bilirubine, total protein, albumin, globulin, A/ G ratio, alanine transaminase (ALT), spartic transaminase (AST) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP)) were analyzed in all groups. The data obtained revealed that internal contamination by radioactive materials causes a significant decrease in the RBC's counts, Hb concentration, haematocrit value, serum total proteins and albumin. On the other hand, the therapeutic agents caused a significant amelioration in the changes produced by internal contamination with variable degree. Thus, it could be concluded that the therapeutic agents might provide a protection against internal contamination hazards

  6. Study of cross-reactivity in serum samples from dogs positive for Leishmania sp., Babesia canis and Ehrlichia canis in enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and indirect fluorescent antibody test Estudo da reatividade cruzada em amostras de soro de cães positivos para Leishmania sp., Babesia canis e Ehrlichia canis, pelo ensaio imunoenzimático indireto e pela reação de imunofluorescência indireta

    Trícia Maria F. de Sousa Oliveira

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available To verify the presence of cross-reaction among leishmaniosis, ehrlichiosis and babesiosis in serological diagnostics used in human visceral leishmaniasis control programs, serum samples from leishmaniasis endemic and non-endemic areas were collected and tested by Indirect Fluorescent Antibody (IFAT and Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA. All serum samples from endemic areas were positive for Leishmania sp., by ELISA and IFAT, 51% positive for Babesia canis and 43% for Ehrlichia canis by IFAT. None of the serum samples from non-endemic areas were positive for Leishmania sp., by IFAT, but 67% were positive for B. canis and 78% for E. canis using the same test. When tested by ELISA for Leishmania sp., four samples from non-endemic area were positive. These dogs were then located and no clinical signs, parasites or antibody was detected in new tests for a six month period. Only one of these 4 samples was positive for B. canis by IFAT and ELISA and three for E. canis by IFAT. The results of the work suggest a co-infection in the endemic area and no serological cross-reaction among these parasites by IFAT and ELISA.Para verificar a existência de reação cruzada entre leishmaniose visceral, erliquiose e babesiose, nos testes sorológicos utilizados em programas de controle da leishmaniose visceral humana, amostras de soro canino provenientes de áreas endêmicas e não endêmicas para essa enfermidade, foram testadas pela Reação de Imunofluorescência (RIFI e Ensaio imunoenzimático (ELISA. Todos os soros provenientes de área endêmica foram positivos para Leishmania sp pelo ELISA e RIFI, 51% para Babesia canis e 43% para Ehrlichia canis pela RIFI. Pela RIFI, nenhum dos soros provenientes de área não endêmica foi positivo para Leishmania sp, sendo 67% positivos para B. canis e 78% para E. canis pelo mesmo teste. Quando testados pelo ELISA para Leishmania sp., quatro soros da área não endêmica foram positivos. Os cães foram localizados

  7. Development of technology for the large-scale preparation of 60Co polymer film source

    60Co sources (∼37 kBq) in the form of a thin film are widely used in position identification of perforation in offshore oil-well explorations. This paper describes the large-scale preparation of such sources using a radioactive polymer containing 60Co. 60Co was extracted into chloroform containing 8-hydroxyquinoline. The chloroform layer was mixed with polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) polymer. A large film was prepared using the polymer solution containing the complex. The polymer film was then cut into circular sources, mounted on a source holder and supplied to various users

  8. Development and evaluation of a technique for in vivo monitoring of 60Co in human lungs

    de Mello, J. Q.; Lucena, E. A.; Dantas, A. L. A.; Dantas, B. M.

    2016-07-01

    60Co is a fission product of 235U and represents a risk of internal exposure of workers in nuclear power plants, especially those involved in the maintenance of potentially contaminated parts and equipment. The control of 60Co intake by inhalation can be performed through in vivo monitoring. This work describes the evaluation of a technique through the minimum detectable activity and the corresponding minimum detectable effective doses, based on biokinetic and dosimetric models of 60Co in the human body. The results allow to state that the technique is suitable either for monitoring of occupational exposures or evaluation of accidental intake.

  9. Monte Carlo calculation of 60Co γ-ray's albedo-dose rate from the air

    The Monte Carlo calculation of 60Co γ-ray's albedo-dose rate from the air is reported. A formula is presented with which the relations of the albedo-doserate with some parameters are simulated and fitted

  10. Manufacture of 60Co source irradiation facility and measurement of radiation filed

    60Co source radiation facility is an important equipment to produce reference radiation filed, according to national standard, the scattered dose rate must be less than 5% of the total dose rate in the reference radiation filed. Scattered radiation contribution and uniformity of reference radiation field are important parameters to describe the radiation performance of 60CO source irradiation device, Monte Carlo method was used to study the scattered radiation and uniformity of the reference radiation filed to provide theoretical basis for the design of 60CO source irradiating device in order to avoid economic losses caused by design mistakes. When 60CO source irradiating device was manufactured, PTW ionization chamber was used to measure the irradiation field. The results showed that the scattered radiation and uniformity of the radiation filed were in good agreement with the simulation results. The radiation performance met the design requirements. (authors)

  11. Effect of 60Co-gamma whole-body irradiation on serum amylase level

    Changes of serum amylase activity in rats, after several doses of acut 60Co-gamma irradiation as a function of time were investigated. These changes proved to be of no diagnostic value in early radiation damage. (author)

  12. Bioremediation of 60Co from simulated spent decontamination solutions of nuclear power reactors by bacteria

    The spent decontamination solutions generated from nuclear power reactors contain radionuclides of cobalt (60Co, 56Co and 57Co) along with a large excess (105) of non-radioactive metal ions (Fe, Ni and Cr). Our previous studies demonstrated that bioremediation of 60Co from simulated effluents using fungal biomass can provide an alternative to conventional ion exchangers. In this study, we used several bacteria to further improve the process of bioremediation by decreasing biomass requirement and treatment period. Further, metabolite activation in specific bacterial species resulted in enhanced bioremediation of 60Co from simulated effluent. Optimization of conditions in simulated effluent for the eight bacterial species to accomplish maximum 60Co removal is discussed. (author)

  13. Histological variations in liver of freshwater fish Oreochromis mossambicus exposed to 60Co gamma irradiation

    The irradiation effect of 60Co at the three dose level of 3 mGy, 30 mGy and 300 mGy on the histology of liver of the freshwater fish Oreochromis mossambicus was investigated. The liver of O. mossambicus was dissected out and processed for light microscopy studies. 60Co exposed O. mossambicus were found to result in several alterations in the histoarchitecture of liver. The alterations included mild congestion of blood vessels, structural alteration, cellular swelling, vacuolation and necrotic liver cells, indicating a definite response to 60Co irradiation. The results suggest that the liver of O. mossambicus exposed to 60Co were structurally altered with increasing dose levels. It is to record that alteration in the liver does not affect the physiology, behaviour or lethality of the individuals. Self regulating mechanisms would have influenced the liver to remain sustained. To confirm the same further studies in the direction by increasing dose level is required. - Highlights: ► Fish Oreochromis mossambicus irradiated to the dose of 3 mGy, 30 mGy and 300 mGy. ► Histoarchitecture of liver altered with increasing dose levels of 60Co. ► Alteration in the liver does not affect the physiology, behaviour or lethality. ► Self regulating mechanisms might have prevented from Lethality. ► HSI index value for exposed group reported (60Co.

  14. Resposta de sementes de amendoim a diferentes doses de radiação gama (60Co Response of peanut seeds to different levels of gamma radiation (60Co

    Tatiana da S. Santos

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available A radiação gama, proveniente da fonte de 60Co, é bastante utilizada para esterilização, visando a prevenção da decomposição e a toxidez de origem microbiana em diversos produtos. O grau de radiossensibilidade de um embrião vegetal depende da espécie, do estágio de seu desenvolvimento durante a radiação, da dose empregada e do critério usado para medir o efeito biológico, sendo comumente utilizado o teste de germinação. Objetivou-se, com este trabalho, estudar a sensibilidade do amendoim a radiação gama e seus efeitos na germinação, no vigor e na micoflora das sementes da cultivar BRS Havana, irradiadas com uma fonte de 60Co, tipo gammacell, com taxa de dosagem de 12,5 kGy h-1. As doses testadas em kGy foram as seguintes: 0; 0,5; 1,0; 1,5; 2,0; 2,5; 3,0; 6,0; 9,0; 12,0; 15,0; 18,0; 21,0 e 24,0. Com os resultados obtidos, concluiu-se que as doses acima de 3,0 kGy prejudicaram a viabilidade das sementes e as doses acima de 12 kGy comprometeram totalmente o vigor e a germinação das sementes de amendoim. A radiação a partir da dose 2,0 kGy eliminou os fungos Aspergillus flavus e Aspergillus niger e, a partir da dose 3,0 kGy, eliminou o Aspergillus glaucus. O Penicilium spp. permaneceu em mais de 30% das sementes em todos os tratamentos com radiação, não sendo eliminado até a dose de 24 kGy.The gamma radiation from 60Co source is widely used for sterilization aiming at preventing decomposition and toxicity from microbes in several products. The degree of radiosensitvity of a plant embryo depends on the species, the development stage during radiation, doses used and the criteria used to measure the biological effect, the germination test, being commonly used.This work aimed to study the peanut sensitivity to gamma radiation and its effects in the germination, in the vigour and seeds microflora of cultivar BRS Havana, irradiated with 60Co source, type gammacell with rate of dosage of 12.5 kGy h-1. The tested doses were the

  15. Risk factors for Leishmania chagasi infection in an endemic area in Raposa, State of Maranhão, Brazil Fatores associados à infecção por Leishmania chagasi em uma área endêmica em Raposa, Estado do Maranhão, Brasil

    Charlene Barreto Ponte

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Infection with Leishmania chagasi is the most common clinical presentation for visceral leishmaniaisis in endemic areas. The municipality of Raposa is an endemic area in State of Maranhão, Brazil, and have had registration cases of visceral leishmaniasis disease. For this reason, a cross- sectional study was conducted to evaluate the risk factors for infection with L. chagasi detected by Montenegro skin test. METHODS: The sample comprised 96% of the inhabitants of the villages of Maresia, Pantoja, and Marisol located in the municipality of Raposa, corresponding to 1,359 subjects. Data were collected using a questionnaire. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression models were applied to evaluate the association between the variables studied and infection of L. chagasi. RESULTS: The variables associated with infection upon nonadjusted analysis were a straw roof, mud walls, floors of beaten earth, presence of sand flies inside or outside of the dwelling, and bathing outdoors. Adjusted analysis showed that the presence of sand flies inside/outside the dwelling was a risk factor, and age younger than 10 years was a protective factor against asymptomatic infection. CONCLUSIONS: The results highlight the extent to which precarious living conditions of the population strengthen the epidemiological chain of visceral leishmaniasis.INTRODUÇÃO: A infecção por Leishmania chagasi é a apresentação clínica mais comum de laishmaniose visceral em áreas endêmicas. O município de Raposa é área endêmica no Estado do Maranhão, tendo registrado casos da doença. Por isso, realizou-se um estudo transversal, com o objetivo de estudar os fatores de risco para infecção por L. chagasi detectada pelo teste intradérmico de Montenegro. MÉTODOS: O estudo envolveu 96% dos moradores das localidades de Maresia, Pantoja e Marisol do município da Raposa, totalizando 1.359 indivíduos. O levantamento dos dados foi realizado utilizando um

  16. The activity of azithromycin against Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis and Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis in the golden hamster model A atividade da azitromicina contra a Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis e a Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis no modelo golden hamster

    Ángel Sinagra; Concepción Luna; David Abraham; Maria del Carmen Iannella; Adelina Riarte; Krolewiecki, Alejandro J.

    2007-01-01

    New therapeutic alternatives against leishmaniasis remain a priority. The activity of azithromycin against Leishmania (Leishmania) major has been previously demonstrated. Different responses among species of Leishmania make species-specific drug screening necessary. The activity of azithromycin against Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis and Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis was evaluated in golden hamsters infected through footpad injections of metacyclic promastigotes, and compared with unt...

  17. Comparative uptake from sea water and tissue distribution of 60Co in marine mollusks

    Five different species of marine mollusks, Mytilus galloprovincialis Lmk., Tapes decussatus L., Cerastoderma (Cardium) edule (L.), Donax vittatus (da Costa) and Patella vulgata L., were exposed to 60Co-labelled sea water under laboratory conditions. After a 1-mo exposure, tested species reached different whole-body 60Co concentration factors (CF) over radioactive sea water of 73 +/- 27, 22 +/- 10, 84 +/- 25, 6.3 +/- 1.4 and 31 +/- 10, respectively, which are not dependent upon the size of mollusks. Equations for the experimental uptake curves, obtained using a multi-exponential model, indicate that 60Co uptake by mollusks involves two or three compartments, according to the species. In all species, the larger compartments turn over with long biological half-lives, dependent upon species. At the beginning of the experiment, 60CoCl2 added to sea water was mainly in cationic forms. These forms were progressively converted into anionic plus neutral forms most likely due to complex formation with organic ligands. With time this physico-chemical evolution had a lowering effect on 60Co bioaccumulation by mollusks. Analysis of 60Co in tissues revealed that Donax shell and mantle do not accumulate the radionuclide in great quantities, generating the low whole-body concentration factor found. In contrast, shell and mantle from all other species displayed variable but high CFs. Shell by itself accounts for more than half of the 60Co whole-body burden. Among soft tissues, gills and viscera displayed the highest CF and muscle the lowest. From these experiments, one may conclude that significant differences among species do exist regarding Co bioaccumulation potential

  18. Comparative uptake from sea water and tissue distribution of 60Co in marine mollusks

    Carvalho, F.P.

    1987-07-01

    Five different species of marine mollusks, Mytilus galloprovincialis Lmk., Tapes decussatus L., Cerastoderma (Cardium) edule (L.), Donax vittatus (da Costa) and Patella vulgata L., were exposed to /sup 60/Co-labelled sea water under laboratory conditions. After a 1-mo exposure, tested species reached different whole-body /sup 60/Co concentration factors (CF) over radioactive sea water of 73 +/- 27, 22 +/- 10, 84 +/- 25, 6.3 +/- 1.4 and 31 +/- 10, respectively, which are not dependent upon the size of mollusks. Equations for the experimental uptake curves, obtained using a multi-exponential model, indicate that /sup 60/Co uptake by mollusks involves two or three compartments, according to the species. In all species, the larger compartments turn over with long biological half-lives, dependent upon species. At the beginning of the experiment, /sup 60/CoCl2 added to sea water was mainly in cationic forms. These forms were progressively converted into anionic plus neutral forms most likely due to complex formation with organic ligands. With time this physico-chemical evolution had a lowering effect on /sup 60/Co bioaccumulation by mollusks. Analysis of /sup 60/Co in tissues revealed that Donax shell and mantle do not accumulate the radionuclide in great quantities, generating the low whole-body concentration factor found. In contrast, shell and mantle from all other species displayed variable but high CFs. Shell by itself accounts for more than half of the /sup 60/Co whole-body burden. Among soft tissues, gills and viscera displayed the highest CF and muscle the lowest. From these experiments, one may conclude that significant differences among species do exist regarding Co bioaccumulation potential.

  19. Mechanisms of60Co uptake and loss by Scenedesmus obliquus and transfer to two benthic organisms

    The affinity of Scenedesmus obliquus for 60Co has been confirmed under various experimental conditions allowing for the age of cultures, the physiological state of the cells, the radioactivity level and stable cobalt concentration in the medium, and the acute or periodic nature of the contamination. The dry weight 60Co concentration factor may reach 4x104 in LCO culture medium and is about 104 in natural water. 60Co uptake by algae is a 95% passive phenomenon, initiated by radionuclide absorption on the cell walls and followed by intracellular diffusion in accordance with Fick's law. From the initial cationic form, radiocobalt develops anion forms at a rate proportional to the algal biomass, resulting in lower contamination of old and dense cultures. After transfer in natural or artificial nonradioctive medium, 60Co is eliminated by Scenedesmus obliquus, mainly as Co2+ ions, according to a two-phase exponential process with two biological half-lives. The study of radioactive cobalt transfer from algae to gammarids and to midge larvae reveals the extend to which phytoplankton predominate over water and sediment in contaminating these two organisms. The total 60Co uptake depends significantly on whether the cells are incorporated in or deposited on the sediment. No biomagnification phenomenon of the radionuclide was found in any case, as the transfer factor was less than 1. Depuration of 60Co by organisms involved a two-phase exponential process regardless of whether uptake occured directly or from food. The presence of sediment appears to reduce the 60Co desorption rate, but from 85 to 95% of the initial quantity is eliminated. This percentage does not depend on the transfer pathway or the presence of organic matter, and indicates very slight assimilation of radiocobalt ingested with algal cells

  20. 60Co deposition on carbon-steel structural materials after seawater infiltration in BWR plant

    Seawater infiltration occurred during shutdown of the Hamaoka Unit 5 (H-5). Chloride ion (Cl-) is known to affect the corrosion behavior of carbon steel, and it may change the properties of the oxide film formed on the surface. 60Co deposition in high-temperature water is strongly related to the oxide film properties, and any change in the properties may affect the 60Co deposition after the plant is restarted. This paper shows the results of 60Co deposition tests of carbon steels under simulated H-5 water conditions. Specimens for the 60Co deposition tests were prepared in three steps, which simulated the conditions of normal plant operation, seawater infiltration, and chemical decontamination after the infiltration. The first step was a prefilming step under Normal Water Condition (NWC). The second step included two different conditions: seawater infiltration and keeping after infiltration. Prefilmed specimens were immersed in 450 ppm Cl- diluted artificial seawater at 513 K for 24 hours. Following that, the specimens were immersed in 50 ppm Cl- diluted artificial seawater at 323 K for 100-500 hours. During the second step, the prefilming oxide (NiFe2O4) flaked off in spots. In the third step, the oxide remaining on some specimens after the second step was removed chemically. The three types of prepared specimens, that is, a prefilmed specimen, an exposed specimen, and an oxide-removed specimen, were used for the 60Co deposition tests using 0.015 Bq/cm3 60Co solution for 500 or 1000 hours under NWC conditions. After the deposition tests, the 60Co activity was measured with a Ge detector. From the results of the deposition test, at the spots where flaking occurred in the second step, only loose hematite was formed, and generation of a new protective film was not observed. The amount of 60Co deposited on the exposed specimen was more than that on the prefilmed and oxide-removed specimens. The simulated infiltrating conditions inhibited the regeneration of a

  1. Monte Carlo dosimetry for 125I and 60Co in eye plaque therapy

    Monte Carlo calculations of radiation dosimetry using morse code are performed for 125I and 60Co point sources in a cylindrical head phantom that simulates the geometry of eye plaque therapy for choroidal melanoma. We obtain the dose variation in the eye at submillimeter intervals over distances as close as 1 mm and up to 2.5 cm from the source. The calculations for 125I are performed for the phantom media of water, protein, and a homogenized protein--water mixture simulating the composition of the eye. Relative dose functions for 125I for these phantom media are fitted to second-degree polynomials. Agreement is found with published results. The relative dose function for 60Co at eye position in the water head phantom is fitted to a third-degree polynomial and compared with that for 60Co at the center of a large water sphere. A boundary effect due to the head phantom--air interface on the dose distribution for 60Co is demonstrated. The dose falloff with distance is faster for the eye geometry compared with the bulk geometry. We also show that the relative dose distributions within the tumor are comparable for 125I and 60Co by comparing their relative dose functions. This result is consistent with the success of clinical trials of large melanoma treatments with 125I plaques

  2. Different gamma ray (60 Co) dose effects on Sorghum genotype germination

    In agriculture, applying irradiation is a very valuable way of obtaining vegetable products for human and animal consumption. Cobalt-60, one of the main sources of gamma-rays, is considered an important tool in plant breeding programs, which have the objective of promoting genetic variability of cultivars with resistance to adverse environments. In this research, the effects of different 60Co doses on germination vigor and seed germination velocity of forage sorghum genotypes were evaluated. The study was carried out at the IPA (Empresa Pernambucana de Pesquisa Agropecuaria) in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. The work was installed in germination boxes, following laboratory recommendations. Thus, a experiment involving three sorghum genotypes (IPA 467-4-2, IPA 02-03-01, and Sudan 4202), five 60Co doses (Zero, 150, 300, 350, and 400 Gy), was set up. The sees were irradiated before the beginning of the experiment being exposed to gamma rays from a 60Co-source (cobalt irradiator) at DEN (Nuclear Engineering Department) of the UFPE (Pernambuco Federal University), Brazil. The work also had the objective of evaluating the sorghum genotypes x 60Co dose interaction. The main results obtained showed that the sorghum genotype IPA 02-03-01 presented the greatest values of germination and vigor percentages, and seed germination velocity, when compared to the others evaluated, on 350 and 400 Gy of 60Co doses. (author)

  3. Avaliação do efeito antiparasitário do omeprazol na prevenção do desenvolvimento de lesões cutâneas em hamsters infectados por Leishmania brasiliensis Evaluation of omeprazole's antiparasitary effect preventing the development of cutaneous lesions due to Leishmania brasiliensis in hamsters

    Hélio Amante Miot

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTOS: A leishmaniose tegumentar americana permanece doença endêmica em diversas regiões brasileiras. A sobrevivência do parasita no interior dos macrófagos se deve, em parte, pela atividade de uma K+/H+-ATPase de membrana que pode ser inibida pelo omeprazol. OBJETIVOS: Avaliar a eficácia do omeprazol na prevenção do desenvolvimento de lesões de leishmaniose em hamsters. MÉTODOS: Empregaram-se 18 hamsters, divididos em três grupos: o grupo L recebeu apenas a inoculação de L. brasiliensis na pata anterior direita, o grupo O recebeu apenas doses diárias de 0,4mg de omeprazol subcutâneo, e o grupo L+O recebeu o inóculo de leishmanias e o tratamento com omeprazol desde o dia da inoculação. O estudo foi conduzido por 42 dias, realizaram-se medidas dos diâmetros das patas semanalmente, e, ao final do estudo, foram realizados esfregaços das lesões para verificação dos parasitas. RESULTADOS: Os hamsters dos grupos L e L+O desenvolveram lesões de leishmaniose tegumentar havendo ulceração em duas patas do grupo L e uma do grupo L+O. Ao final do estudo, a mobilidade e vitalidade no grupo L foram menores que em L+O, e estas menores que no grupo O. Os diâmetros das patas inoculadas nos grupos L e L+O foram significativamente maiores que no início do estudo (pBACKGROUND: Cutaneous leishmaniasis remains an endemic disease in several brazilian regions. The parasite’ survival in macrophages is due to a membrane K+/H+-ATPase that can be inhibited by omeprazole. OBJECTIVES: Evaluate omeprazole’s efficacy preventing the development of cutaneous leishmaniasis in hamsters. METHODS: Eighteen hamsters were divided in 3 groups: the L group received an inoculation of L. brasiliensis on right paw, the O group received daily 0,4mg omeprazole subcutaneously, and L+O group received both omeprazole and the inocule. The study was performed in 42 days, and the measurements of the diameter of paws were done weekly. At the end of the study

  4. Changes of collagen metabolism induced by 60Co γ-ray external irradiation

    Objective: To study the changes and molecular mechanism of collagen metabolism induced by 60Co γ-ray external irradiation of local tissues. Methods: After the hip skin of rabbits was irradiated with 60Co γ-rays, the changes of collagen metabolism and collagen contents of the rabbits' skin of different sex groups were determined. Results: The γ-rays decreased the soluble collagen contents (especially type III) and increased the activity of MMPs in local tissues. Although the radiation affected the contents of serum SOD, 5-HT, and LPO, its influence on the contents in local tissues was not remarkable. There were changes of collagen metabolism in local tissues after radiation injury, but no differences were found in SOD, 5-HT, LPO, and glucosamine of tissues. Conclusion: The main mechanism of skin burn induced by 60Co γ-rays may be that the changes of collagen metabolism bring about the pathological effect

  5. Soil to plant transfer of 137Cs and 60Co in Ferralsol, Nitisol and Acrisol

    In this study, soil to plant transfer factor values were determined for 137Cs and 60Co in radish (Raphanus sativus), maize (Zea mays L.) and cabbage (Brassica oleracea L. var. capitata) growing in gibbsite-, kaolinite- and iron-oxide-rich soils. After 3 years of experiment in lysimeters it was possible to identify the main soil properties able to modify the soil to plant transfer processes, e.g. exchangeable K and pH, for 137Cs, and organic matter for 60Co. Results of sequential chemical extraction were coherent with root uptake and allowed the recognition of the role of iron oxides on 137Cs behaviour and of Mn oxides on 60Co behaviour. This information should provide support for adequate choices of countermeasures to be applied on tropical soils in case of accident or for remediation purposes

  6. Characterization of 60Co dose distribution using BEAMnrc Monte Carlo code

    In this study BEAMnrc based on EGSnrc as Monte Carlo code has been used for modeling and simulating 60Co machine in radioisotope centre of Khartoum (RICK), Two fields size ( 5 cm x 5 cm and 35 cm x 35 cm), were been studied, to define the characterization of 60Co machine and to investigate the effect of increasing the surface to skin distance (SSD) on the 60Co machine properties, e.g.; beam profile and percentage depth dose (Pdd). For the narrow field size there is a small change observed in the curves representing beam profile and the percentage depth dose when increasing the distance by 5 cm, for the wide fi ld size there relatively clear different in curves. The study results been compared with other previous studies and clear consistence observed. (Author)

  7. Quality control and calibration of the ZEUS forward and rear calorimeters with 60Co sources

    We present the motivation for and the design of a mobile 60Co source system used as part of the quality control and calibration monitoring scheme for the ZEUS calorimeters. A 2 mCi 60Co source is pushed by a computer controlled drive mechanism through guide tubes which extend into the calorimeter. Measurements of induced photocurrents as a function of the source position allow checks on the calorimeter response. We present results obtained during the initial scan of all 1024 towers of the forward and rear calorimeter modules. (orig.)

  8. A description of 60Co gamma irradiation facilities in the Radiation Biology and Health Physics branch

    The Radiation Biology and Health Physics Branch manages three 60Co irradiation facilities, to (Gammabeam 150C, Gammacell 200 and Gammacell 220) provide a range of dose rates suitable for variety of applications. This report describes the physical characteristics of the facilities, a description of the dosimetry and operating procedures. (author). 6 refs., tabs., figs

  9. The measurement of some signals for control system of 60Co scan system for freight train

    The 60Co Scan system for Freight Train has an automatic inspection flow, so it is very crucial that the measurement of the signals for the automatic control system. In this paper, we mainly introduce the identification of the intervals between two freight train carriage, the measurement of the train speed, and identification of freight train

  10. Design and realization of the review station of 60Co train inspection system

    The author illustrates design and realization of the review station software of 60Co train inspection system (TCT-SCAN). The software have two remarkable functions: processing images of carriages and accessing information of inspection, which are provided by two processes respectively. The communication between processes is realized by memory-mapped file

  11. Effect of 60Co γ-ray irradiation on salmonella in high immunity egg yolk

    Salmonella were inoculated into the yolk and irradiated with different dose of 60Co γ-ray. The results show that 3 kGy irradiation dose can kill all Salmonella in the yolk and D10 value of Salmonella in the yolk is 0.36-0.46 kGy

  12. Mutant in tobacco anther culture induced by 60Co γ-rays

    The tobacco anthers at uninucleate eccentric stage were irradiated by 60Co γ-rays for the purpose of inducing desirable mutants. The results showed that the induction frequency of plantlets increased following 1kR of 60Co γ-rays treatment. However, the time of plantlet induction was delayed and the percentage of responding anthers as well as the number of plantlets induced per anther significantly decreased after 3kR of 60Co γ-ray radiation which was considered as a semilethal exposure. The plantlet numbers induced per anther were extremely low following 6kR of 60Co γ-ray radiation. A white flower mutant appeared in the induced progenies. The tobacco leaf quality of this mutant were significantly improved as compared with its parental line. The mutant line has been tested and proved to have commercial value though the resistance to the black shank of tobacco slightly decreased as compared with the parental line

  13. Factors associated with Leishmania chagasi infection in domestic dogs from Teresina, State of Piauí, Brazil Fatores associados à infecção por Leishmania chagasi em cães domiciliados de Teresina, Estado do Piauí, Brasil

    João Pereira da Silva

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Many studies have evaluated risk factors for human visceral leishmaniasis, but few have focused on the infection among dogs. The objective of this study was to assess the association between peridomestic socioeconomic and environmental factors and the presence of dogs seropositive for Leishmania chagasi in the City of Teresina, Brazil. METHODS: This case-control study was based on the results of a routine seroepidemiological survey among domestic dogs carried out in 2007. Serological tests were performed by means of indirect immunofluorescence antibody test. All dwellings in which at least one seropositive dog was detected were considered cases, and controls were a random sample of dwellings in which only seronegative dogs were identified. Associations between variables were expressed as odds ratios (OR and their respective 95% confidence intervals (95%CI estimated using multivariate logistic regression. RESULTS: Dwellings with a history of dogs removed by the visceral leishmaniasis control program in the last 12 months had five-fold higher odds of having at least one seropositive dog as compared with dwellings having no history of dog removal (OR = 5.19; 95%CI = 3.20-8.42. Dwellings with cats had 58% increased odds of dog infection as compared with those having no cats (OR = 1.58; 95%CI = 1.01-2.47. CONCLUSIONS: Identification of factors associated with canine visceral leishmaniasis might be used for the delimitation of areas of higher risk for human visceral leishmaniasis, since infection in dogs generally precedes the appearance of human cases.INTRODUÇÃO: Diversos estudos avaliaram fatores de risco para leishmaniose visceral humana, mas poucos focalizaram a infecção canina. O objetivo deste estudo é avaliar a associação entre condições sócio-ambientais peridomiciliares e a presença de cães sorologicamente positivos para Leishmania chagasi em Teresina, Brasil. MÉTODOS: Estudo caso-controle baseado nos resultados de

  14. Monte Carlo Dosimetry of the 60Co BEBIG High Dose Rate for Brachytherapy.

    Luciana Tourinho Campos

    Full Text Available The use of high-dose-rate brachytherapy is currently a widespread practice worldwide. The most common isotope source is 192Ir, but 60Co is also becoming available for HDR. One of main advantages of 60Co compared to 192Ir is the economic and practical benefit because of its longer half-live, which is 5.27 years. Recently, Eckert & Ziegler BEBIG, Germany, introduced a new afterloading brachytherapy machine (MultiSource®; it has the option to use either the 60Co or 192Ir HDR source. The source for the Monte Carlo calculations is the new 60Co source (model Co0.A86, which is referred to as the new BEBIG 60Co HDR source and is a modified version of the 60Co source (model GK60M21, which is also from BEBIG.The purpose of this work is to obtain the dosimetry parameters in accordance with the AAPM TG-43U1 formalism with Monte Carlo calculations regarding the BEBIG 60Co high-dose-rate brachytherapy to investigate the required treatment-planning parameters. The geometric design and material details of the source was provided by the manufacturer and was used to define the Monte Carlo geometry. To validate the source geometry, a few dosimetry parameters had to be calculated according to the AAPM TG-43U1 formalism. The dosimetry studies included the calculation of the air kerma strength Sk, collision kerma in water along the transverse axis with an unbounded phantom, dose rate constant and radial dose function. The Monte Carlo code system that was used was EGSnrc with a new cavity code, which is a part of EGS++ that allows calculating the radial dose function around the source. The spectrum to simulate 60Co was composed of two photon energies, 1.17 and 1.33 MeV. Only the gamma part of the spectrum was used; the contribution of the electrons to the dose is negligible because of the full absorption by the stainless-steel wall around the metallic 60Co. The XCOM photon cross-section library was used in subsequent simulations, and the photoelectric effect, pair

  15. Seroprevalence rates of antibodies against Leishmania infantum and other protozoan and rickettsial parasites in dogs Soroprevalência de anticorpos contra Leishmania infantum e outras espécies de protozoários e rickettsia em cães

    Silvana de Cássia Paulan

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Canine visceral leishmaniasis (CVL is caused by the protozoan Leishmania infantum, which infects dogs and humans in many regions of Brazil. The present study involved an indirect fluorescent antibody test (IFAT to analyze L. infantum, Ehrlichia spp., Babesia canis, Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum infection rates in serum samples from 93 dogs in a rural settlement in Ilha Solteira, SP, Brazil. The seroprevalence rates of anti-L. infantum, anti-Ehrlichia, anti-B. canis, anti-T. gondii and anti-N. caninum antibodies were 37.6%, 75.3%, 72%, 47.3% and 6.4%, respectively. In addition to IFAT, direct microscopic examination of popliteal lymph node aspirates revealed 26.9% of CVL positive dogs. Serological tests revealed that 17.2% of the dogs were seropositive for a single parasite, 29% for two parasites, 33% for three, 16.1% for four, and 1.1% for five parasites, while 3.2% were seronegative for five parasites. The presence of antibodies against these parasites in serum samples from dogs confirmed their exposure to these parasites in this rural area. Because of the potential zoonotic risk of these diseases, mainly leishmaniasis, ehrlichiosis and toxoplasmosis, special attention should focus on programs for the improvement of diagnostic assays and control measures against these parasites.Leishmaniose Visceral Canina (LVC é causada pelo protozoário Leishmania infantum, podendo infectar cães e humanos em várias regiões do Brasil. O presente estudo teve por objetivo realizar a reação de imunofluorescência indireta (RIFI para analisar os índices de infecção parasitária para L. infantum, Ehrlichia spp., Babesia canis, Toxoplasma gondii e Neospora caninum, em 93 amostras de soro de cães de um assentamento rural no município de Ilha Solteira, SP, Brasil. A taxa de soroprevalência de cães com anticorpos anti-L. infantum, anti-Ehrlichia, anti-B. canis, anti-T. gondii e anti-N. caninum foi de 37,6%, 75,3%, 72%, 47,3% e 6

  16. Comparison of dosimetric standards of Canada and France for photons at 60Co and higher energies

    We report the results of a comparison of the dosimetric standards of Canada and France for photon beams at 60Co and a few higher energies. The present primary standard of absorbed dose to water for NRC, Canada is based on measurements made with a sealed water calorimeter. The corresponding standard of the LNHB, France is based on measurements made with a graphite calorimeter at 60Co energy and transferred to absorbed dose to water for 60Co and higher-energy photon beams using both ion chambers and Fricke dosemeters as transfer instruments. To make this comparison, we used three graphite-walled NE2571 Farmer chambers. The absorbed dose to water determined by the LNHB was greater than that determined by NRC by 0.20% at 60Co energy. This difference is not significant given the uncertainties on the standards. In order to do the comparison for higher-energy photons, we interpolated the NRC data set at the beam qualities used at the LNHB. When %dd(10)x is used as the method of specifying beam quality, the determination of absorbed dose to water by the LNHB is about 0.2% greater than that determined by NRC and consistent with the results at 60Co. However, when using TPR20,10 as the beam quality specifier, the LNHB determination is greater than the NRC's determination by 0.8% and 1.2% at 12 and 20 MV respectively. This discrepancy, which systematically increases with increasing energy, eventually exceeds the uncertainties in the ratio of the standards, estimated to be 0.7%. This underscores the importance of selecting the method of specifying beam quality, either %dd(10)x or TPR20,10, at least for the 'soft' beams used by NRC in this comparison. In the case of the air kerma standards, which were also compared at 60Co energy, the LNHB determination was greater than NRC's by 0.14%, which is not significant given the uncertainties on the standards. (author)

  17. Seed germination of peanuts irradiated with cobalt ({sup 60}CO); Germinacao de sementes de amendoim irradiadas com cobalto ({sup 60}Co)

    Alves, Niedja Marrize C.; Almeida, Francisco de Assis C.; Gomes, Josivanda P.; Pessoa, Elvira B., E-mail: niedjamarizze@yahoo.com.b, E-mail: josivanda@deag.ufcg.edu.b, E-mail: elvirabe@gmail.co [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Agricola; Leal, Artur S. Cavalcanti, E-mail: arturcleal@yahoo.com.b [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais

    2010-07-01

    This work was realized to evaluate the effect of gamma irradiation ({sup 60}Co) at doses 0, 0.50, 1.00, 1.50, 2.00, 2.50, 3.00 and 4.00 kGy, on germination of seeds of peanut, cultivar BR1. Irradiation Department of Nuclear, UFPE, where he received after the irradiation, they were stored in packing of PET and polyethylene braided with a time of 90 days. Through the results, obtained monthly, concluded that the dose of 0.5 kGy was effective in the germination of seeds of peanut, not affecting its power of germination and overcoming the witness within 30 to 60 days. (author)

  18. Doses in sensitive organs during prostate treatment with a 60Co unit

    Using thermoluminiscent dosimeters the absorbed dose in the bladder, rectum and thyroid have been evaluated when 200 cGy was applied to the prostate. The treatment was applied with a 60Co unit. A water phantom was built and thermoluminiscent dosimeters were located in the position where the prostate, bladder, rectum and thyroid are located. The therapeutic beam was applied in 4 irradiations at 0, 90, 180 and 270° with the prostate at the isocenter. The TLDs readouts were used to evaluate the absorbed dose in each organ. The absorbed doses were used to estimate the effective doses and the probability of developing secondary malignacies in thyroid, rectum and bladder. - Highlights: • The absorbed doses in the bladder, rectum and thyroid were measured. • Measurements were done during prostate treatment with a 60Co unit. • TLD100s in a water phantom were used. • The effective doses were also estimated

  19. Effect of 60Co-γ ray irradiation on green coffee beans, 1

    Green coffee beans were irradiated with 60Co-γ rays at doses of 0, 0.05, 0.5, 5.0 and 10.0 Mrad and the changes of general components in green and roast coffee beans were investigated together with those of the organoleptic properties of roast beans during storage according to the cup testing. In case of Brazil santos beans, irradiation of some 0.05 Mrad 60Co-γ ray gave rather favourable mild flavour and no harmful influence on the quality of coffee, and moreover, would tend to extend the shelf life of roast beans. But influence of irradiation on the quality of coffee differed somewhat between two cultivars, Brazil santos and Colombia. (auth.)

  20. Removal of 60Co and 134Cs from radioactive process waste water by flotation

    The removal of 134Cs and 60Co from radioactive process waste water using cetyl pyridinium chloride (CPC) as a collector and cobalt(II) hexacyanoferrate(II) as a precipitant for 60Co and sorbent (ion exchanger) for 13'4Cs was intensively investigated and the best removal conditions could be established. The results indicate that under the optimum conditions removals higher than 96% and 97% could be achieved for Co(II) and Cs(I), respectively. Cobalt(II) hexacyanoferrate(II) was found to have high affinity for cesium and can preferentially remove it in presence of relatively high amounts of other alkali or alkaline earth cations. A two-stage flotation process was successfully tested for the removal of both Cs(I) and Co(II) from waters containing both cations. (author) 59 refs.; 8 figs.; 2 tabs

  1. National comparison of activity measurements of 131I, 60Co, and 133Ba in Indonesia

    National comparisons of radioactivity measurements of 131I and 60Co (in 2010) and of 133Ba (in 2011) were carried out within the framework of the National Radiation Metrology Laboratory Program of Indonesia, coordinated by PTKMR-BATAN. Eleven laboratories took part in the comparison, and all measurements were made using gamma spectrometry, on point sources with an activity between 2000 Bq and 6000 Bq. Several laboratories reported values which were more than 10% different from the reference value for 131I and 133Ba. Possible reasons for these differences are discussed. This program will be continued with other radionuclides to maintain and control quality assurance for the local laboratories. - Highlights: • PTKMR-BATAN coordinated national comparison of 131I, 60Co and 133Ba. • Eleven laboratories took part in the comparison. • All measurements were done using gamma spectrometry methods. • For 131I and 133Ba, 3 laboratories have more than 10% difference from reference laboratory value

  2. Dosimetric response of united, commercially available CTA foils for 60Co gamma rays

    The usefulness of two kinds of untinted CTA foils: Fuji CTR-125 dosimetric foil and technical CTA-T foil, produced by 'Zaklady Chemiczne, 'Gorzow Wielkopolski' as support for light-sensitive layers of amateur photo-films, for 60Co gamma ray dosimetry was investigated. In spite of rather bad physical parameters of the technical foil (spread of foil thickness, high and different initial absorbance) the dosimetric response of both foils for 60Co gamma rays was similar. The CTA-T foil can be used for routine dosimetry providing that dosimetric signals have to be calculated exactly as recommended by the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standard, i.e. as the difference of absorbance of irradiated and (the same) non-irradiated foil. Any other approach may lead to high errors of dose evaluation. The last is true also for other CTA foils, especially after long self-life. (author)

  3. The teratogenic effects of low dose 60Co γ-rays on the early pregnant rats

    The pregnant Wistar rats were exposed to 0.5 Gy and 1.0 Gy 60Co γ-rays at the 9th day after conception. The results: 60Co γ-rays at dose of 1.0 Gy could induced many defects: excenphaly, hydrocephalus, gastroschisis, cleft palate and cleft lip, anophthalmia, microphthalmia, shorten tail and absent tail in surviving fetuses. The growth retardation was found from the parameters of fetal weight, height, head circle and development of skeleton. In the group of radiation dose 0.5 Gy, only hydrocephalus, absent tail and growth retardation of skeleton appeared. The results suggest that low-dose exposure in the early pregnant rats can induce fetal defects and growth retardation. The probable mechanism of teratogen and growth retardation was discussed. The cAMP levels of brain and liver of rat fetuses were reported

  4. SV40 DNA amplification and reintegration in surviving hamster cells after 60Co γ-irradiation

    SV40-transformed Chinese hamster embryo cells were exposed to 60Co γ-irradiation and the fate of the integrated SV40 sequences was pursued over a period of 20 days following radiation exposure. As shown by colony hybridization, integrated SV40 sequences were amplified in surviving and non-surviving cells. At later times, however, clonal sublines of surviving cells grown for 20-30 cell generations after irradiation had lost most of their amplified SV40 copies but showed altered restriction fragment patterns indicating reintegration of SV40 sequences at new sites of the hamster genome. This suggest that 60Co γ-irradiation can generate mutations by inducing over-replication of chromosome segments that are then substrates of enzymatic rearrangements. (author)

  5. Long-term clearance of accidentally inhaled 60Co aerosols in humans

    Long-term body retention was measured on six workers inhaling 60Co aerosols incidentally during manipulation with a high activity 60Co source. An improved whole body counter technique and calibration provided good conditions to follow the body clearance over 4 years. A two-detector profile scanning arrangement was used to measure the activity distribution 'in vivo' over the lung region. The observed whole body retention followed a two-exponential time function between 10-1500 days. The consistency of the measured retention pattern with ICRP inhalation model was investigated assuming different aerosol size distributions. A possible extension of ICRP lung model is proposed to take into account the actual pulmonary lung clearance determined individually. (R.P.) 29 refs.; 15 figs.; 6 tabs

  6. Cataract production in mice by fractionated doses of 12C particles or 60Co gamma radiation

    The objective of our study was to evaluate the sparing effects of long-term dose fractionation with high LET 12C ions and 60Co gamma radiation. Because cataract examinations could be performed nondestructively, mice dedicated to studies of life shortening and carcinogenic response to photons and heavy charged particles were available for study. The project's staffing was such that slit-lamp biomicroscopic examinations could be performed only on CB6F1 male mice that received single or fractionated doses of 225 MeV/amu 12C ions and animals that received a single or fractionated dose of 60Co gamma radiation of 4.17 Gy. A total of 24 fractionated doses were administered weekly. Using a semiquantitative scoring system, the severity of cataract response was evaluated at three sample times following the single dose or first fractionated dose

  7. Analysis of the microbial growth in {sup 60}Co {gamma}-irradiated foods by calorimetry

    Furuta, Masakazu; Hayashi, Toshio [Osaka Pref. Univ., Research Institute for Advanced Science Technology, Sakai, Osaka (Japan); Hamasaki, Koji; Wirkner, Sandra; Constantinoiu, Elena; Takahashi, Katsutada [Osaka Pref. Univ., College of Agriculture, Sakai, Osaka (Japan)

    2002-09-01

    Using a heat conduction calorimeter equipped with 24 sample units the heat evolutions from growing {sup 60}Co {gamma}-irradiated bioburden of black pepper seeds and frozen beef were detected in the form of growth thermograms. {sup 60}Co {gamma}-irradiation affected the growth pattern in which a dose-dependent reduction of the growth rate constant was observed together with the retardation in growth, indicating a combination of bactericidal and bacteriostatic effects. We successfully determined the minimal inactivation doses for the two food samples using the relationship between the irradiation dose and the retardation in growth t{sub {alpha}}, or the growth rate constant {mu} obtained from the growth thermograms. These results strongly suggested the possibility of calorimetry as measure of predictive microbiology in food irradiation. (author)

  8. The effect of 60Co gamma radiation on human serum gamma-globulin

    The effect of 60Co gamma radiation on human serum gamma-globulin was studied in vitro experiments. Solutions of 0.5 percent gamma-globulin were exposed to 0.2, 0.5, 1.0 and 1.9 Mrad doses 60Co gamma irradiation. Experiments showed that electrophoretic mobility of serum gamma-globulin decreased after gamma irradiation. No significant change in gamma-globulin UV absorption spectrum was observed at 0.2, 0.5, 1.0 and 1.9 Mrad doses. Gamma-globulin becomes progressively less soluble in water as the radiation doses is increased. Radiation induced transformation into insoluble gamma-globulin agregates and scission products. (author)

  9. Experiments for inactivation of mycoplasms and bacteria in calf sera, using 60Co irradiation

    The use of 60Co gamma radiation to inactivate mycoplasms in calf serum, newborn calf serum, and fetal calf serum is reported. A dose of 3 kGy, independent of dose rate, was found to be sufficient for inactivation in the above sera of several mycoplasms, including Acholeplasma laidlawii, Mycoplasma orale, M. arginini, M. hyorhinis, and M. bovis. The critical dose proved to be at 2 kGy. No difference was found to exist between the above species in susceptibility to irradiation in diluted sera (50% and 10% in Eagle MEM). Sensibility of wild mycoplasm strains was found to be identical with that of laboratory strains. Hence, 60Co gamma irradiation of sera appears to be a safe method by which to make sera free of mycoplasms. Bacillus subtilis in calf serum was inactivated by doses above 18 kGy, with the critical dose being 15 kGy. (author)

  10. The realization of 60Co container inspection system's check-in station

    The functional design and realizing mode of the check-in station software of 60Co container inspection system are illustrated. Check-in station plays an important role in 60Co container inspection system. It undertakes the tasks of inputting the container's relative information, flow control of containers waiting for inspections and the information transfer. Of all the information of check-in station inputs, the customs declaration or the encasement declaration is the main information to be input. In this software, they are input by scanner and the control module of scanner is programmed according to Twain criterion. As Twain criterion is generally followed by image industry, this software has high generality and facility independence

  11. Image acquisition, transmission and assignment in 60Co container inspection system

    The author describes the data acquisition mode and image reconstruction method in 60Co container inspection system, analyzes the relationship between line pick period and geometry distortion, makes clear the demand to data transmitting rate. It discusses several data communication methods, draws up a plan for network, realizes automatic direction and reasonable assignment of data in the system, cooperation of multi-computer and parallel processing, thus greatly improves the systems inspection efficiency

  12. Immobilization of 60Co and 90Sr ions using red mud from aluminum industry

    Milenković Aleksandra S.; Smičiklas Ivana D.; Marković Jelena P.; Vukelić Nikola S.

    2014-01-01

    The removal of 60Co and 90Sr from the aqueous phase was tested using red mud - the fine grained residue from bauxite ore processing. This industrial waste represents a mixture of numerous minerals, mainly oxides and hydroxides of Fe, Al, Si, and Ti. Experiments were conducted as a function of contact time, pH, and pollutant concentrations. Kinetic data were well fitted with a pseudo-second order equation. The calculated rate constants and initial sorption r...

  13. A case study of medical intervention following intake of 60Co

    The present study is based on the follow up study of a case of 60Co internal contamination using whole body counting and bioassay analysis. The effect of medical intervention applied on the subject is studied. Medical intervention with D-penicillamine (250 mg x 4 daily) orally was administered from thirteenth day of initial exposure for about a fortnight, which showed reduction of activity present by 33.4% through urine. (author)

  14. Study on the possibility of using a 60 Co therapeutical unity in Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT)

    With the increasing advances in complex treatment techniques, there is a tendency to obtain more sophisticated equipment to deliver the dose. The use of 3D conformal radiotherapy is now routine in many radiotherapy facilities as well as the utilization of intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). Both are usually implemented using linear accelerators equipped with multi leaves collimators, which create the conformity and the fluence distributions required. However, the complexity of increasingly sophisticated equipment, such as linear accelerators, requires a frequent quality control of their operation, as well as a detailed and constant maintenance. Even carrying out these procedures, the accelerators may present technical problems interrupting for a long time a treatment using the IMRT technique. Despite the clear practical and technological advantages that linear accelerators have on 60Co irradiators, these devices occupy an important place in radiotherapy, mainly due to the low cost of equipment installation and maintenance when compared to those required by accelerators. Many radiotherapy facilities that work with IMRT have tele therapeutic isocentric 60Co units. In principle, such equipment would be able to be used for treatment with IMRT using compensating blocks to modulate the beam. This study investigates this possibility and shows that it is feasible. The comparison of treatment plans of a head-and-neck cancer and other of a cancer of the central nervous system, based on a 60Co irradiator and a Linac 2300 C/D, presented advantages for the 60Co irradiator. Furthermore; the delivery of dose obtained with the two systems showed themselves equivalent when compared to their respective plans. (author)

  15. Monte Carlo simulation of a digital coincidence system applied to 60Co standardization

    The Laboratorio de Metrologia Nuclear (LMN) at the Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN) is developing a Digital Coincidence System (DCS), including the design of the proper acquisition electronics and analysis software. A brief discussion about the measurement methodology and the electronics operation is presented. This work is focused on the results of the designed software (the Monte Carlo simulation of 60Co decay data and the Coincidence Data Analysis), which are in good agreement with the experimental data. (author)

  16. Studies on bioaccumulation of 152Eu, 137Cs, 60Co by different algal genera

    In the present paper, the bioaccumulation of a mixture of potentially hazardous, long lived radionuclides 152Eu, 137Cs and 60Co by five algal genera of three different family, viz.: Lyngbya and Phormidium from cyanophyceae; Phizoclonium and Chaetomorpha from chlorophyceae and Catenella from rhodophyceae have been studied. Because of the long half life and high solubility, these radionuclides are considered the most hazardous in the nuclear spent fuel

  17. A positron 1D-ACAR spectrometer for the study of 60Co containing materials

    In order to study some micro-structural changes in irradiated nuclear reactor-pressure vessel steels using a positron annihilation technique, a new three-detector set-up, suitable for a positron 1-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (1D-ACAR) study of 60Co-containing materials, was developed. The design of the equipment as well as results from test measurements are described. (orig.)

  18. Development and characterization of a new graphite ionization chamber for dosimetry of 60Co beams

    Ionization chambers are the most employed dosimeters for precise measurements, as those required in radiotherapy. In this work, a new graphite ionization chamber was developed and characterized in order to compose a primary standard system for the beam dosimetry of the 60Co sources. This dosimeter is a cylindrical type ionization chamber, with walls and collecting electrode made of high-purity graphite, and the insulators and stem made of Teflon®. The walls are 3.0 mm thick, and it has a sensitive volume of 1.40 cm3. The characterization was divided in two steps: experimental and Monte Carlo evaluations. This new dosimeter was evaluated in relation to its saturation curve, ion collection efficiency, polarity effect, short- and medium-term stabilities, leakage current, stabilization time, linearity of response and angular dependence. All results presented values within the established limits. The second part of the characterization process involved the determination of the correction factors, obtained by Monte Carlo simulations. Comparing these correction factors values with those from other primary standard laboratories, the highest differences were those for the wall and stem correction factors. The air-kerma rate of the 60Co source was determined with this new dosimeter and with the IPEN standard system, presenting a difference of 1.7%. These results indicate that this new dosimeter may be used as a primary standard system for 60Co gamma beams. (author)

  19. Responses of commercial broiler chicks to 60Co gamma-rays

    A total of 360 chicks of Nichols line at one-day old were used in this study. Within each sex, the chicks were divided into three exposure treatments (non-irradiated, 400 rads and 800 rads). The source of irradiation was 60Co gamma-rays. The results can be summarized as follows: Of the 360 chicks used in this study, only 10 chicks died during the experimental period. Radiation induced a reduction in body weight in both sexes during the growth period. Gamma-rays reduce the feed intake in both sexes. Moreover, the feed conversion ratio for the irradiated chicks was higher than that the non-irradiated birds. While red blood cells and hemoglobin content were higher in the irradiated chicks, white blood cells count and especially lymphocytes did not affect by 60Co gamma-rays. Gamma-rays had no effect on carcass, bone, meat and giblets as fractions of body weight in both sexes. Moreover, meat water content decreased and meat fat content increased in irradiated chicks. The total length and the total weight of the GI tract decreased due to 60Co gamma-rays. The response of the different regions of the GI tract to this rays is different. Moreover, the effect of this radiation on the GI tract is dependent upon the body weight irrespective of the sex. (orig./MG)

  20. 60Co accumulation from sediment and planktonic algae by midge larvae (Chironomus luridus)

    This paper reports the results of several experiments carried out to evaluate uptake and retention by a limicolous midge larva of 60Co retained in sediment, either adsorbed on mineral particles or bound to planktonic algae. In order to determine their relative contributions in radionuclide accumulation, the different vectors (water, algae and sediment) were first labelled individually and then simultaneously. 60Co accumulation from water and from algae results in a maximum concentration factor of 30 and in a mean trophic transfer factor of 4·5 × 10−3. The level of contamination of midge larvae from sediment is markedly influenced by the presence of endogenous organic matter. Thus the radionuclide transfer factor is about twice as high for larvae placed in labelled raw sediment than for larvae placed in labelled incinerated sediment, in the presence as in the absence of contaminated planktonic algae. Irrespective of the contamination conditions, 60Co depuration from midge larvae is a very rapid phenomenon that corresponds, in all cases, to a radionuclide half-life of only a few days

  1. Decoloration Kinetics of Waste Cooking Oil by 60Co γ-ray/H2O2

    Xiang, Yulin; Xiang, Yuxiu; Wang, Lipeng

    2016-03-01

    In order to decolorize, waste cooking oil, a dark red close to black solution from homes and restaurants, was subjected to 60Co γ-ray/H2O2 treatment. By virtue of UV/Vis spectrophotometric method, the influence of Gamma irradiation to decoloration kinetics and rate constants of the waste cooking oil in the presence of H2O2 was researched. In addition, the influence of different factors such as H2O2 concentration and irradiation dose on the decoloration rate of waste cooking oil was investigated. Results indicated that the decoloration kinetics of waste cooking oil conformed to the first-order reaction. The decoloration rate increased with the increase of irradiation dose and H2O2 concentration. Saponification analysis and sensory evaluation showed that the sample by 60Co γ-ray/H2O2 treatment presented better saponification performance and sensory score. Furthermore, according to cost estimate, the cost of the 60Co γ-ray/H2O2 was lower and more feasible than the H2O2 alone for decoloration of waste cooking oil.

  2. Decontamination of salmonella from the coastal fish meals by 60Co γ ray irradiation

    The decontamination fo salmonellae from fish meal samples by irradiation which 60Co γ ray was examined. Sixteen strains of Salmonella were used. A composite fish meal sample was prepared by mixing with different coastal meals, and after radiation sterilization at a dose of 20 kGy 60Co γ ray, which was employed as the salmonella-free meal sample. D10 values of test strains determined in buffered saline were found to range from 0.08 to 0.36 kGy, and inactivation factors at a dose of 1 kGy ranged from 102.8 to 1013. D10 values of test strains determined in the salmonella-free meal sample ranged from 0.59 to 1.64 kGy, and the inactivation factors at a dose of 10 kGy were found to range from 106.1 to 1017. Interestingly the D10 values of salmonellae determined in fish meal samples were 10 times as much compared with those determined in buffered saline. From the commercial aspects of coastal fish meal production, destruction of salmonellae in fish meals by 60Co γ ray irradiation was found to be much more practical than other methods such as dry heating and ethylene oxide fumigation. (author)

  3. Effects of 60Co γ-radiation on the embryo development of goldfish

    The effects of 60Co γ-radiation on the development of goldfish embryos were investigated by different doses and different dose rate. The results showed that 0.5-1.0 Gy 60Co γ-radiation could speed up the development of embryos, but did not cause higher hatching rate. 0.5-1.0 Gy 60Co γ-radiation caused hyperradiosensitivity on goldfish embryos, whereas 2.0-4.0 Gy caused increased radioresistance. Embryos at 4-8 cell stage showed higher survival rate and lower abnormal embryo rate than embryos at multicellular stage or early gastrula stage when radiated at the same dose and dose rate. The results also showed that the radiation at low dose rate (lower than 1.0 Gy/min) could cause more serious damage than the relative higher dose rate (1.0 Gy/min). Early embryos radiated at 1.0 Gy/min dose rate and lower than 2.5 Gy were suggested for the breeding. (authors)

  4. Leaching of 60Co, 137Cs and 226Ra in lysimeter experiments

    The present report describes the first results obtained from lysimeter experiments started in 1990. The lysimeter plant consists of twelve soil monoliths from four different sites (three replicates each). Since 1990 the following agricultural crops were grown: endive, corn, winter wheat, mustard, sugar beet and potato. Gravitational water ranged from 3.9 % to 18.3 % of precipitation plus irrigation water, calculated as half years average values excluding the first six months of operation. The two Cambisols on sediments exhibited a mean percentage of approx. 10 %. The Dystric Cambisol on silicate rock and the Gleysol showed average values of 20 %. In 1990 the top layers (20 cm) were contaminated with three radionuclides. The leaching of the contaminants 60Co, 137Cs and 226Ra differed distinctly between the elements. The lowest leaching rates were observed for 137Cs, followed by 60Co. The 226Ra-concentrations in the gravitational water were clearly highest of all. However, the comparison of the 226Ra/2228Ra ratios in deep soil layers and in gravitational water showed that the 226Ra measured in the leachate originates from the natural contents in the subsoil and not from the artificial 226Ra contamination of the topsoil. The mobility of the artificial radionuclides decreased therefore in the following order: 60Co > (226Ra) > 137Cs. (author)

  5. Transfer and mobility of 137 Cs and 60 Co in oxisol and alfisol

    One manner to assess potential mobility of radionuclides in soils is the use of sequential extraction procedures. These procedures intend to provide the radionuclide partitioning in geochemical phases of soil affected by changes in physico-chemical conditions. In this study a new sequential chemical extraction protocol was choose to evaluate 60 Co and 137 Cs mobility under a large range of physico-chemical soil properties. The results of sequential procedure was further compared with soil to plant transfer factors data for maize and radish and with soil properties, showing rather consistent results. The 137 Cs distribution in soil showed that Fe oxides are the main sink for this element and after 14 years after contamination the 137 Cs was still available for plants. The 60 Co distribution showed that Mn oxides are the main sink for this element in Alfisol and 5 years after contamination no 60 Co was detected as bioavailable neither detectable in maize. The knowledge of the bio-geochemical behavior of radionuclides in soil system can be useful for risk assessment studies, to be applied in the case of nuclear accident or contamination scenarios. (author)

  6. Distribution of 60Co and 54Mn in graphite material of irradiated HTGR fuel assemblies

    Distribution of 60Co and 54Mn was measured in the graphite sleeves and blocks of the third and fourth HTGR fuel assemblies irradiated in the Oarai Gas Loop-1 (OGL-1), which is a high temperature inpile gas loop installed in the Japan Materials Testing Reactor (JMTR) of Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI). Axial and circumferential profiles were obtained by gamma spectrometry, and radial profiles by lathe sectioning with gamma spectrometry. Distribution of 60Co is in good agreement with that of thermal neutron flux, and the Co content in the graphite is estimated to be -- 1 x 10-9 in weight fraction. Concentration of 54Mn decreases toward the axial center in its axial profile, and radially is almost uniform inside and appreciably higher at free surfaces. An estimated Fe content of --10-8 in wight fraction is smaller by two orders of magnitude than that from chemical analysis. Higher concentraion of 60Co and 54Mn at the free surfaces suggests the importance of transportation process of these nuclides in the coolant loop. (author)

  7. A new parallel-plate graphite ionization chamber as a 60Co gamma radiation reference instrument

    The calibration procedure in radiotherapy treatments is very important and a sensitive task due to the high doses delivered to the patients. Generally, the air-kerma cavity standards for 60Co gamma rays are graphite cavity ionization chambers. In this work a new parallel-plate graphite ionization chamber was studied to analyze its potential use as a reference instrument. In order to evaluate its performance in 60Co beams, it was submitted to several characterization tests. Moreover, Monte Carlo simulations were undertaken using the EGSnrc code to study the influence of the chamber components on its response. The results obtained showed that this new ionization chamber presented a satisfactory performance in all evaluated tests. - Highlights: ► A new ionization chamber was characterized as a reference dosimeter for 60Co beams. ► The EGSnrc code was used to determine the influence of the chamber components. ► The characterization test results were within the recommended limits. ► The results showed that this dosimeter may be used as a reference dosimeter

  8. Behavior of 60Co and 134Cs in a Canadian Shield lake over 5 years

    Radionuclides were added to the anoxic hypolimnion of a Canadian Shield lake to simulate the nuclear fuel waste disposal scenario where radionuclides might enter the bottom waters of a lake. The radionuclides remained in the hypolimnion until lake mixing at autumn turnover after which 60Co was rapidly lost and 134Cs was slowly lost from the water. Only 0.4% of the 60Co and 0.6% of the 134Cs remained in the water at year 5. Highest concentrations occurred in periphyton and filter feeders, Holopedium gibberum and clams (Anodonata grandis grandis). From maximum annual concentrations in clam tissues, it was estimated that the availability of 60Co for uptake had a half-time (t1/2) of 835 days in the lake, whereas that for 134Cs was 780 days. Loss rate coefficients, k, for the radionuclides from taxa ranged from 0.0008 to 0.0043 day-1 (t1/2=161-866 days) for 60Co and from 0.0009 to 0.005 day-1 (t1/2=139-770 days) for 134Cs. Cobalt-60 concentrations in forage fish were low, whereas 134Cs concentrations increased over the first year or two, then slowly declined. On the basis of k values measured for forage fish, the biological half-time of 134Cs in forage fish ranged from 428 to 630 days. Maximum 134Cs concentrations in forage fish were higher following hypolimnetic addition than epilimnetic addition. Relatively high 134Cs concentrations in periphyton at year 5 point to the importance of benthic pathways in the recycling of contaminants to higher trophic levels. The presence of 134Cs in biota 5 years after the addition, long after concentrations were no longer detectable in surface waters, is evidence of the persistence of Cs in aquatic systems. The k values (or t1/2 values) for the loss of 60Co and 134Cs from water and their uptake and loss from biota can be used to establish parameter values for assessment models. The results demonstrate that assessment models should account for the release of radionuclides from sediment and their subsequent recycling in the food chain

  9. Avaliação sorológica para detecção de anticorpos anti-Leishmania em cães e gatos no bairro de Santa Rita de Cássia, Município de Barra Mansa, Estado do Rio de Janeiro Serological evaluation for detection of anti-Leishmania antibodies in dogs and cats in the district of Santa Rita de Cássia, municipality of Barra Mansa, State of Rio de Janeiro

    Fabiano Borges Figueiredo

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available A partir de um caso canino de leishmaniose tegumentar americana na localidade de Santa Rita de Cássia, município de Barra Mansa, Rio de Janeiro, foi realizado um inquérito sorológico em 177 cães e 43 gatos. Na avaliação das amostras de soros caninos, 10% foram positivos na reação de imunofluorescência indireta e 10,7% no ensaio imunoenzimático. Entre as amostras de soros felinos testados, nenhum animal foi positivo na reação de imunofluorescência indireta e apenas um (2,4% felino apresentou reação positiva ao ensaio imunoenzimático. A detecção de Leishmania braziliensis, autóctone em Barra Mansa, faz um alerta para a instalação de um possível foco de leishmaniose tegumentar americana nessa região.From a canine case of american cutaneous leishmaniasis in the locality of Santa Rita de Cássia, municipality of Barra Mansa, Rio de Janeiro, a serological survey was performed on 177 dogs and 43 cats. Evaluation of the canine serum samples showed that 10% had a positive reaction in the indirect immunofluorescence test and 10.7% in the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Among the feline serum samples tested, none of the animals had a positive reaction in the indirect immunofluorescence test and only one (2.4% showed a positive reaction in the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The detection of an autochthonous case of Leishmania braziliensis in Barra Mansa gives warning that a focus of american cutaneous leishmaniasis is possibly becoming established in this region.

  10. 60 Co 放射源运输容器屏蔽性能检测%Shielding Performance Measurements on Container for 60 Co Radioactive Sources Transport

    孙洪超; 李国强; 闫峰; 庄大杰; 孙树堂; 王学新

    2015-01-01

    工业及医疗用放射源主要包括60 Co、137 Cs、131 I、32 P、153 Sm、99 Mo、90 Sr、89 Sr等核素,射线形式有α、β、γ、中子等。本文针对运输活动中γ辐射,使用现有的60 Co放射源运输容器,开展辐射屏蔽性能检测技术研究。通过模拟计算和实验测量,得到运输容器最大装载活动情况下外部辐射水平,并对计算和实验结果进行了比较。针对放射源在屏蔽容器中安放位置发生偏移和放射源在容器中安放方式不同对容器外部的辐射水平影响进行了相关研究。研究结果可对今后完善放射性物质运输容器的辐射屏蔽性能检测提供一定的借鉴。%Some radioactive sources are often used in irradiation industry and radiothera‐py ,such as 60Co ,137Cs ,131I ,32P ,153Sm ,99Mo ,90Sr ,89Sr and so on .The radiation includeα、β、γ and n .The radiation from γ sources are the mostly concerned during the transporting of radioactive sources .The shielding performance measurements on con‐tainer for 60Co radioactive sources transport were discussed by using both Monte Carlo method simulation calculation and experiment measurement . Some important factors w as discussed w hich could affect the results of shielding performance measurements . The layout of radioactive sources had a important impact on the monitoring results of the external radiation levels of radiation sources transport container .The results affor‐ded the contribution to the improvement of the radiation monitoring and management of radioactive material transportation package .

  11. Detection and temporal variation of 60Co in the digestive glands of the common octopus, Octopus vulgaris, in the East China Sea

    60Co were detected in common octopus specimens collected in the East China Sea in 1996-2005. The source of 60Co has remained unclear yet. Stable isotope analyses showed that there was no difference in stable Co concentrations between octopus samples with 60Co and without 60Co. This result showed that the stable Co in the digestive gland of octopus potentially did not include a trace amount of 60Co and the source of 60Co existed independently. Furthermore, investigations of octopus in other area and other species indicated that the origin of the source of 60Co occurred locally in the restricted area in the East China Sea and not in the coastal area of Japan. Concentrations of 60Co have annually decreased with shorter half-life than the physical half-life. This decrease tendency suggests that the sources of 60Co were identical and were temporary dumped into the East China Sea as a solid waste.

  12. Behavior of the sorption of 60 Co in aqueous solution on inorganic materials as function of p H

    The sorption of the 60 Co is evaluated in aqueous solution on Mg O, MnO2, TiO2, Sn O, activated carbon and hydrotalcite calcined as a function of the p H, using the method for lots and quantifying at the 60 Co for gamma spectrometry. Likewise it was explained the one behavior of the sorption of the 60 Co in the materials with base in the chemical species of this radioactive isotope in aqueous solution. The chemical species of the 60 Co in solution were identified by electrophoresis of high voltage for the different p H values. It was found that under the experimental conditions, the 60 Co showed a significant sorption on MnO2, TiO2 and activated carbon. On the other hand, in Mg O, Sn O and calcined hydrotalcite also was observed a sorption, although in smaller quantities. The studied hydrated metallic oxides retained the 60 Co for ion exchange via. It was found that the 60 Co was present as a cationic specie to p H 1, 3, 5 and 7 and like a neutral specie to alkaline p H. (Author)

  13. Comparison of treatment in soybean grains between 60Co and e-beans applications

    Soybean is the most important oleaginous cultivated in Brazil, who is the second largest exported in the world, and generates high incomes, direct and indirectly, its oils could be used since to cook even to machine's fuel and the nutrients become basic for the feeding human being, beyond its by-products, that offer great diversities of products for the nourishing industry. Between the main factors that limit the attainment of high incomes, are the illnesses caused by microorganism like fungi, bacteria, and viruses that, in general, are difficult to control and cause damages on harvest of billions of dollar every year. An alternative to minimize the losses is preserving the grains through the irradiation that can come today from two different main sources: e-beam and 60Co. Beyond power to be off when it will not be in use, the source of e-beams machines does not need to be recharged, is easily available, possess high tax of dose and low energy. However the 60Co have low dose rate, high energy and the photons emission is continuous. This work aims to compare the effects of the radiation through viscosimetry, DNA Comet Assay and Cooking time techniques in soybean grains at doses 0, 1.0, 3.0 and 5.0kGy irradiated in ambient temperature at 60Co source Gammacell 220 (A.E.C. Ltda) and in e-beam accelerator - Radiation Dynamics (Radiation Dynamics Co. model JOB, New York, USA), 1.5 MeV- 25mA with the lower dose. (author)

  14. Assessment of the mobility and bioavailability of 60 Co and 137 Cs in contaminated soils

    Results of a classical sequential chemical extraction procedure for 137 Cs in an acid Oxisol showed that after 3 years of contamination radiocesium remains potentially available for transfer processes: 40% bio-available, 20% mobile under oxidizing conditions and 40% bound to Fe and Mn oxides (available under reducing conditions). At this time, the transfer factor obtained in this soil was higher than values obtained in basic Oxisol and was higher than values obtained in soils from temperate climate areas. Seven years after the contamination, the 137 Cs distribution in this acid Oxisol have been changed as consequence of changes in soil properties: 8% bioavailable, 16% mobile under oxidizing conditions, 43% bound to Fe and Mn oxides and 33% strongly bound to soil compounds. Changes in the 137 Cs distribution in this soil were followed by reductions in soil to plant transfer factor. Between 1996 and 2000, the 137 Cs distribution, 137 Cs soil to plant transfer factor and soil properties in the basic Oxisol remained almost the same. The 60 Co distribution showed that Mn oxides is the main sink for this element and four years after contamination no 60 Co was detected as bioavailable or detectable in plants. In this study the use of an alternative sequential chemical extraction protocol to evaluate 60 Co and 137 Cs mobility under a large range of physico-chemical soil properties has shown to be very consistent with soil to plant transfer factors data for maize. The knowledge of bio-geochemical behavior of radionuclides in soil system can be used for the risk assessment in the case of nuclear accident or contamination scenarios. (author)

  15. The transfer of 60Co from feed into vitamin B12 in cow liver, milk and beef

    The transfer of the radionuclide 60Co from feed to milk, meat and the organs of a cow and its incorporation into vitamin B12 were studied in order to determine the transfer coefficient of 60Co into vitamin B12 in cattle. Upper limits of transfer coefficients for 60Co organically complexed into vitamin B12 were determined to be 6.0 x 10-5 days/litre in milk and 3.9 x 10-5 days/kg in meat, based on values measured after 140 days in bovine liver. (author)

  16. 60Co-γ Irradiation Affects the Enzymatic Antioxidant System of the Citrus Red Mite Panonychus citri (Acari: Tetranychidae)

    Ke Zhang; Zhibin Li; Shaowen Zhu; Qunfang Weng

    2014-01-01

    Radio-(60Co), which emits γ rays, has been used worldwide in pest control. The aim of the present study was to analyze the effect of effective-low-power 60Co-γ irradiation on the enzymatic antioxidant system of the citrus red mite Panonychus citri. One day old female adults were exposed to 0.4 kGy 60Co-γ irradiation and on the, 6th h, 1st day, 2nd day, and 5th day post treatment, the mites were euthanized for biochemical analysis. The activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), p...

  17. The 1998 calibration of Australian secondary standards of exposure and absorbed dose at 60Co

    New calibration factors are reported for several of the ionization chambers maintained at the Australian Radiation Laboratory (ARL) and at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) as Australian secondary standards of exposure/air kerma and absorbed dose at 60Co. These calibration factors supplement or replace the calibration factors given in earlier reports. Updated 90Sr reference source data are given for the ARL chambers, and for two of the ANSTO chambers. These results confirm the stability of the secondary standards. A re-calibration of the ANSTO reference electrometer is reported. This was carried out using an improved method, which is fully described

  18. Infection of tissue-culture cells with 60Co gamma-irradiated malaria sporozoites

    Plasmodium berghei sporozoites, attenuated by radiation from a 60Co source (8 or 15 krads) retain the ability to enter WI38 human embryonic lung cells in vitro. During the first 24 hours of incubation, the sporozoites appear to undergo normal development into exoerythrocytic trophozoites. Further development appears abnormal, although the trophozoites persist in culture cells for at least 48 hours. Parasite reactivities to fluorescent-labelled, sporozoite-specific antisera are normal up to 48 hours in culture. These observations suggest that sporozoites used in vaccine preparations may enter host cells and transform into exoerythrocytic trophozoites in vivo, but that maturation of the exoerythrocytic stage may be incomplete. (author)

  19. Study on Several Characteristics of Agaricus blazei Murril Strain J3 Irradiated by 60Co

    WENG Bo-qi; JIANG Zhi-he; HUANG Ting-jun; CHEN Jian; ZHENG Wei-wen

    2003-01-01

    A new mutant strain J3 from Agaricus blazei Murril was obtained by 60Co irradiation. The yields of successive generations were increased more than 70% to compare with their original strain. The component analysis on amino acids and fatty acid illuminated that the nutrient value of strain J3 fruiting body was better than the original strain. The apparent nodule structure was found in the hyphea of J3 strain through the observation by scanning electron microscope. RAPD analysis showed the great difference of PCR fingerprints between J3 and its original strain. It is a promising mutant strain for further commercial development in the future.

  20. Effect of 60Co γ irradiation and GA3 treatment on mutation of Carica papaya L

    The seeds of Carica papaya L. were irradiated by 60Co γ-rays of 10-40 Gy and treated by GA3 of 10-50 mg/L after irradiation. The results showed that small nuclear cell percentage, chromosome variation percentage and leaf variability of papaya seedling increased with increase of irradiation dose, the pollen fertility and fruit quality decreased. GA3 of 10-50 mg/L treatment after irradiation could alleviate the irradiation harm, and the effect of lower concentration of GA3 was better than higher concentration with lower dose irradiation, however, the effect of higher concentration of GA3 was better with higher dose irradiation

  1. The studies on apple preservation by 60Co-γ irradiation

    Studies on 60Co-γ irradiation of Golden Delicious apple have been carried out. The results showed that the optimum irradiation dosage for stored apple was ranged from 0.3-0.5 kGy. With this dosage, the contents of vitamin C and titratable acidity in these apples had no significant change compared with unirradiated apples. The respiratory rate and the amount of ethylene release were decreased after irradiation. The mortality of the verticillate pathogenic fungi was 97% at the dose of 0.5 kGy

  2. Effect of 60Co-irradiation on penicillin G procaine in veterinary mastitis products

    The effect of 60Co-irradation on penicillin G procaine in a peanut oil-based veterinary mastitis product was examined by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The HPLC method is capable of separating and quantifiying procaine, penicillin G, and various degradation compounds. Values obtained by the HPLC method on the product irradiated and stored at various temperatures correlated well with those of the microbiological assay. No significant decrease in the procaine was detected even after 4.0-Mrad irradiation. The HPLC method is applicable for analysis of other beta-lactam antibiotics

  3. Effects of 60Co-γ ray irradiation on antioxidant enzyme activities in tobacco

    Effects of 300Gy 60Co-γ ray irradiation on the activities of 3 antioxidant enzymes in tobacco were studied in this paper. The results showed that the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), peroxidas (POD) and catalse (CAT) in tobacco were gradually increased. All the activities of SOD POD and CAT reached the maximums at 12 h and then gradually decreased. Similar results were also observed in the expression of sod, pod and cat genes. These results indicated that the activities of antioxidant enzymes could play an important role in tobacco tolerance against irradiation

  4. Assessing deposition levels of 55Fe, 60Co and 63Ni in the Ignalina NPP environment

    Two RBMK-1500 reactor units operated in Lithuania in the 1987-2004 period (one of them was stopped for decommissioning in 2004). This study presents a preliminary investigation of surface deposition density levels of 55Fe and 63Ni in moss samples collected in the close vicinity of the Ignalina NPP. Non-destructive analysis by the HPGe gamma-spectrometry was followed by radiochemical separation. Radiochemical analysis was based on anion-exchange and extraction chromatography. 55Fe and 63Ni activities were measured by liquid scintillation counting (LSC). The results indicate that the deposition values of 55Fe are generally higher than those of 60Co and 63Ni.

  5. The influence of 60Co gamma irradiation for downy mildew infection on corn

    Corn seeds of Genjah kertas variety were irradiated with 60Co gamma in the range of 0 rad - 40.000 rads, at interval of 2000 rads, as preliminary investigation to obtain possibilities of corn mutation. Several agronomical effects of radiation on the seedling-plant such as seed germination, height of the seedling, ages of flowering, ages of harvesting, length and circle of the cob, 100U dry seeds weight, number and diameter of stomata, and percentage of downy mildew infection have been observed. The exact conclusion can be obtained only after testing the results of M2 and M3. (author)

  6. Effects of 60Co gamma radiation on Biomphalaria glabrata (Say, 1818) Embryo, I. Mortality

    A study was conducted on the radiosensitivity of Biomphalaria glabrata embryos submitted to doses of 5, 10,15,20 and 25 Gy of 60Co during the cleavage, blastula, gastrula, young trochophore and trochophore stages. Mortality was the parameter used to evaluated the damage induced by ionizing radiation. Susceptibility decreased with increasing embryo age and with decreased radiation dose. Estimated LD50 values (15 days) showed that the cleavage stage (4.3 Gy) was approximately four times more radiosensitive than the trochophore stage (17.0 Gy). The survival curves obtained for each embryo stage are discussed on the basis of the multitarget theory. (author)

  7. Dominant lethal mutation induced by continuous irradiation of 60Co gamma rays in mice

    Female and male mice were exposed to 60Co gamma rays for 10 days, the accumulative doses were 0.396-2.024 and 0.462-2.552 Gy respectively. The number of dominant lethal mutations was calculated as follows: PRE = CL - (ED + LD + VIA). The results showed that Preimplantation Loss (PRE) ranged from 1.222 to 3.714 for female mice and 0.0345 to 2.2308 for male mice. In both cases a linear dose-effect relationship was observed. The PRE of oocytes is 1.66 times higher than that of spermatids

  8. Radiation effects of polyolefin elastomer by 60Co γ-rays

    Polyolefin elastomer was irradiated in air or N2 to different doses by 60Co γ-rays. Gel fraction, mechanic performance and flame retarding property of the irradiated POE were investigated. G value of the POE crosslinked in air or N2 is 0.13 and 0.14, respectively. Gel fraction of the irradiated POE increased with both absorbed dose and sensitizer content, and the value of tensile strength and oxygen index (OI) increased to some extent after irradiation. The value of break at elongation decreased slightly after irradiation. (authors)

  9. Impact of 60Co-γ-ray Sterilization of Tetracycline Hydrochloride Raw Materials%60Co-γ射线对盐酸四环素原料灭菌的研究

    黄波; 赵全如; 刘莉萍

    2014-01-01

    Different doses of 60Co-γ rays were compared for radiation sterilization on raw materials of tetracycline hydrochloride. By checking stability data, the optimal radiation dose of 60Co-γ rays on tetracycline hydrochloride raw materials was 9 kGy, at which its physical and chemical detection indicators were in line with the requirements of USP, and the sterility test results met the requirements..%采用不同剂量的60Co-γ射线对盐酸四环素原料进行辐射灭菌,结合稳定性考察数据,最终确定盐酸四环素原料的60Co-γ射线的辐射剂量为9 kGy时,其理化检测指标符合USP的要求,且无菌检查符合要求。

  10. Radiation quality of tritium: A comparison with 60Co gamma rays

    In a previous study, microdosimetric simulations were performed for tritium uniformly distributed in a medium, and for tritium bound to biologically critical sites of dimensions from 10 nm to 2 μm. Results of local energy density, i.e. energy deposition in microscopic regions, are different for these two cases. Based on the spatial distribution of energy deposition, dose mean lineal energies are calculated for tritium in the forms of tritiated water (HTO) and organically bound tritium (OBT). The dose mean lineal energies of OBT are about a factor of 1.7 higher than those of HTO in a wide range of target dimensions of biological interest. The results are consistent with radiobiological findings that OBT is about twice as effective as HTO. In this study, the same calculations were performed for 60Co gamma rays in a wide range of target dimensions of biological interest (10 nm to 2 μm). Compared with 60Co gamma rays, the estimated relative biological effectiveness could vary from 1.3 to 3.5 for HTO, and 2.3 to 5.6 for OBT. The results are consistent with radiobiological findings for various biological endpoints in different biological systems that OBT is about twice as effective as HTO. (authors)

  11. Sorption behavior of human bone powder towards 60 Co and 65 Zn

    Human bone powder 30-40 Μ in diameter was prepared from human bone femurs as fat-free (FFB), protein-free (PFB) or left untreated as raw bone powder (RB). The sorption behavior of human bone powder towards60 Co and 65 Zn was studied. The uptake changed with the type of bone powder to be : PFB>FFB>RB. The increase in the concentration of cobalt(from 10-6 to 10-1 Mole/litre)and of zinc (from 10-7 to 10-4 M/1) increased the uptake of 60 Co and 65 Zn. Freunclich-type isotherm was successfully applied on the uptake data of both ions and the slopes of these isotherms were, nearly, directly proportional to their uptake values. The uptake was found to be less influenced by the PH. In case of cobalt the uptake increased till PH 4, followed by a plateau till PH 8 while in case of zinc the PH effect is much less pronounced

  12. Gamma {sup 60} Co D L {sub 50/30} of Biomphalaria glabrata (Say, 1818)

    Carvalho, Elaine Barros da Costa; Melo, Ana Maria Mendonca de Albuquerque; Motta, Mauricy Alves da [Pernambuco Univ., Recife, PE (Brazil). Dept. de Biofisica e Radiobiologia

    1999-12-01

    The variation of resistance to {sup 60} Co gamma-rays of Biomphalaria glabrata was studied. A population of 480 mollusks was observed during 30 days - distributed in 8 groups of snails isolated and 8 groups of snails in colonies - after exposure (30 snails per group per dose) to increasing doses of gamma radiation. Doses of 10, 20 40, 60, 80, 160, 320 and 640 Gy from a Gamma-cell {sup 60} Co irradiator, were applied to the test groups and two groups control (non-irradiated) of snails - isolated and colony - were kept apart. After have been exposed, the snails were drew back to the aquaria where they were maintained before. The survival was estimated on a daily score of the alive animals in each group-dose, starting after the irradiation exposure day. As a result, the survival self-fertilization forms (DL{sub 50/30}=218.2 Gy) was found greater than in cross-fecundation forms. These data point to allow radio-resistance on the cross-fertilization forms - the sexual reproductive form - which is most found in nature. The lower radio-resistance of the cross-fertilization forms suggests the presence of some sex-linked hormonal factor related to this phenomenon. (author)

  13. Effects of 60Co γ-rays on PWM and LPS induced lymphocytes

    The relationship between lymphocytes induced by PWM and LPS was investigated by means of 3H-TdR and 14C-UR incorporation. The study showed that in votro, PWM-induced cells were able to promote the stimulating effect of LPS to B lymphocyte. The stimulating effect of PWM-induced cells was obviously weakened after PWM cells being irradiated with γ-rays. When PWM-induced cells and LPS-induced cells were incubated together, with one kind of cells exposed to 60Co γ-rays, incorporation value of 3H-TdR became much smaller and the synergetic function disappeared, especially, when PWM-induced cells were irradiated. For patients suffering from carcinoma of nasopharynx, when treated with 60Co γ-rays, the incorporation value in LPS-induced cells approached normal level, while the incorporation value in PWM-induced cells reduced significantly and the stimulating effect of PWM-induced cells on LPS-induced cells became much weaker. The fact described above demonstrated that PWM-induced cells have the function of T-helper cells and play a more important role in the synergy than LPS induced cells

  14. Effect of 60Co γ-rays on PWM and LPS induced lymphocytes

    The relationship between lymphocytes induced by PWM (pokeweed mitogen) and LPS (lipopolysaccharide) was investigated by means of 3H-TdR incorporation. The study showed that, in vitro, PWM-induced cells were able to promote the stimulating effect of LPS to B lymphocytes. The stimulating effect of PWM-induced cells was obviously weakened after PWM cells being irradiated with γ-rays. When PWM-induced cells and LPS-induced cells were incubated together, with one kind of cells exposed to 60Co γ-ray, incorporation value of 3H-TdR became much smaller and the synergetic function disappeared, especially, when PWM-induced cells were irradiated. For patients suffering from carcinoma of nasopharynx, while treated with 60Co γ-rays, the incorporation value in LPS-induced cells approached normal level, meanwhile, the incorporation value in PEM-induced cells reduced significantly and the stimulating effect of PWM-induced cells on LPS-induced cells became much weaker. The facts described above demonstrated that PWM-induced cells have the function of T-helper cells and play more important role in the synergy than LPS-induced cells

  15. Effects of testicular irradiation with 60Co in guinea pigs CAVIA PORCELLUS

    Improvements were made in restaint systems and in the technique of electroejaculation in guinea pigs, emphasizing safety, effectiveness and repetition. Arrangements for simultaneous testicular irradiation with 60Co in 5 animals and a phantom to test dose levels in the target region and scattering were also made. Effects of single and fractionated exposures on sperm were studied. A collimated point-shaped 60Co-machine calibrated to 7 R/min was used as radiation source. Groups of five 12 month aged male guinea pigs were exposed to either single testicular irradiation of 50, 100, 200 and 400 R or fractionated weekly testicular irradiation of 2, 5, 10 and 20 R, during 10 weeks. A last group was exposed to 4 fractionated testicular irradiations of 20 R at time intervals of 21 days and a group of 8 animals was used as control. Semen samples evaluations were made during 5 weeks before irradiation and in the subsequent 11 weeks. Abnormalities in sperm morphology were studied by William's method and phase contrast microscopy. Mean percentages of semen normal espermatzoons and spermatic abnormalities are shown in figures and photomicrographs. Marked differences on concentration, sperm motility and sperm abnormalities were found, but not on volume, in favour of 100 and 200 R single doses levels, as compared to fractionated 10 and 20 R. (Author)

  16. Humoral immune response against native or 60Co irradiated venom and mucus from stingray Paratrygon aiereba

    Poisonings and traumas caused by poisonous freshwater fish such as rays are considered a major public health problem and draw attention because of accidents involving these animals cause serious local symptoms and are disabling, keeping the victim away from work. The therapy of these cases is based only on the symptoms of patients, which implies in its low efficiency, causing suffering for the victims. This study aims to evaluate and compare the humoral immune response in animals inoculated with native or 60Co irradiated Paratrygon aiereba venom and mucus. Ionizing radiation has proven to be an excellent tool to decrease the toxicity of venoms and isolated toxins. The mucus and venom samples of P. aiereba were irradiated using gamma rays from a 60Co source. Animals models were immunized with the native or irradiated mucus or venom. The assays were conducted to assess the production of antibodies by the immunized animals using enzyme immunoassay and western blotting. Preliminary results show the production of antibodies by the immunized animals. The resulting sera were also checked for antigenic cross- reactivity between venom and mucus, demonstrating the potential of mucus as an antigen for serum production for the specific treatment for accidents by stingrays. However, it is essential to carry out further tests in order to verify the neutralization of the toxin by antibodies formed by animals. (author)

  17. Biochemical and hematological study of goats envenomed with natural and 60Co-irradiated bothropic venom

    Lucas de Oliveira, P.C.; Madruga, R.A.; Barbosa, N.P.U. [Uberaba School of Veterinary Medicine (UNIUBE), MG (Brazil)]. E-mail: pedrolucaso@uol.com.br; Sakate, M. [UNESP, Botucatu, SP (Brazil). School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry

    2007-07-01

    Venoms from snakes of the Bothrops genus are proteolytic, coagulant, hemorrhagic and nephrotoxic, causing edema, necrosis, hemorrhage and intense pain at the bite site, besides systemic alterations. Many adjuvants have been added to the venom used in the sensitization of antiserum-producer animals to increase antigenic induction and reduce the envenomation pathological effects. Gamma radiation from {sup 60}Co has been used as an attenuating agent of the venoms toxic properties. The main objective was to study, comparatively, clinical and laboratory aspects of goats inoculated with bothropic (Bothrops jararaca) venom, natural and irradiated from a {sup 60}Co source. Twelve goats were divided into two groups of six animals: GINV, inoculated with 0.5 mg/kg of natural venom; and GIIV, inoculated with 0.5 mg/kg of irradiated venom. Blood samples were collected immediately before and one, two, seven, and thirty days after venom injection. Local lesions were daily evaluated. The following exams were carried out: blood tests; biochemical tests of urea, creatinine, creatine kinase, aspartate amino-transferase and alanine amino-transferase; clotting time; platelets count; and total serum immunoglobulin measurement. In the conditions of the present experiment, irradiated venom was less aggressive and more immunogenic than natural venom. (author)

  18. Biochemical and hematological study of goats envenomed with natural and 60Co-irradiated bothropic venom

    Venoms from snakes of the Bothrops genus are proteolytic, coagulant, hemorrhagic and nephrotoxic, causing edema, necrosis, hemorrhage and intense pain at the bite site, besides systemic alterations. Many adjuvants have been added to the venom used in the sensitization of antiserum-producer animals to increase antigenic induction and reduce the envenomation pathological effects. Gamma radiation from 60Co has been used as an attenuating agent of the venoms toxic properties. The main objective was to study, comparatively, clinical and laboratory aspects of goats inoculated with bothropic (Bothrops jararaca) venom, natural and irradiated from a 60Co source. Twelve goats were divided into two groups of six animals: GINV, inoculated with 0.5 mg/kg of natural venom; and GIIV, inoculated with 0.5 mg/kg of irradiated venom. Blood samples were collected immediately before and one, two, seven, and thirty days after venom injection. Local lesions were daily evaluated. The following exams were carried out: blood tests; biochemical tests of urea, creatinine, creatine kinase, aspartate amino-transferase and alanine amino-transferase; clotting time; platelets count; and total serum immunoglobulin measurement. In the conditions of the present experiment, irradiated venom was less aggressive and more immunogenic than natural venom. (author)

  19. Effect of 60Co γ-rays on the lymphocyte subsets with monoclonal antibodies

    Three kinds of monoclonal antibodies (McAb), OkT4 McAb, OkT3 McAb and HI43, were used to identify T helper (Th). T suppresser (Ts) and B lymphocytes respectively. After lympbocytes were immediately exposed to 0.1 Gy, 0.25 Gy and 4 Gy 60Co γ-rays, 200 cells were counted to obtain the percentage of immunofluorescence positive cells. The results show that when the Th, Ts and B lymphocytes were irradiated by 0.1 Gy 60Co γ-rays, their abilities to combine with McAb decreased significantly. The radiation effect was more remarkable with increasing radiation dosage. Three kinds of the immunofluorescence positive cells percentages were analysed with weighted linear regression method. The relational coefficients (r) of Th, Ts and B lymphocytes were 0.8131, 0.8832 and 0.9086. The significant tests of regression coefficient showed that the radiosensitivities of Ts and B lymphocytes were higher than that of Th lymphocytes

  20. The transfer of 137Cs and 60Co from feed to pork

    The transfer of 137Cs and 60Co from fodder to meat and other organs was studied in growing pigs. The influence of two different feeding methods (potato and grain) commonly used in Germany was investigated. The radionuclides were transferred into plants by root uptake and these were fed once a day, all at once, to young pigs until they reached maturity. In this manner, the radioactivity was administered to the pigs in a similar chemical form as would occur after radioactive contamination of soil. It is demonstrated that the two feeding practices have only a minor influence on transfer coefficients, which were determined to be ≤0.002 days/kg for 60Co in meat and in the ranges 0.18-0.26 (potato-feeding) and 0.17-0.33 days/kg (grain-feeding), respectively, for 137Cs in different components of the meat; the transfer coefficients for 137Cs into different organs range from 0.06 to 0.24 days/kg after potato-feeding and from 0.12 to 0.29 after grain-feeding. (author)

  1. Scattering factor evaluation and study of medical intervention following intake of 60Co

    Guidelines for the assessment of internal doses from monitoring suggest default measurement of uncertainties (i.e. lognormal scattering factor, SF) to be used for different types of monitoring data. In this paper, SF values have been evaluated for internal contamination due to 60Co in two cases using whole body counting data. SF values of 1.04 and 1.03 were obtained for case I and II, respectively while SF value of 1.03 was obtained using bioassay data for case I. SF evaluated is in good agreement with the default values given by IDEAS guidelines. The present study also presents the follow up study of a case I of 60Co internal contamination using whole body counting and bioassay analysis. The effect of medical intervention applied on the subject is studied. Medical intervention of d-Penicillamine (250 mg x 4 daily) was orally administered from 13th day of initial exposure for about a fortnight, which showed reduction of activity present by 33.4% through urine. (author)

  2. Grafting of HEMA onto dopamine coated stainless steel by 60Co-γ irradiation method

    A novel method for grafting of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) onto the surface of stainless steel (SS) was explored by using 60Co-γ irradiation. The surface of SS was modified by coating of dopamine before radiation grafting. The grafting reaction was performed in a simultaneous irradiation condition. The chemical structures change of the surface before and after grafting was demonstrated by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer. The hydrophilicity of the samples was determined by water contact angle measurement in the comparison of the stainless steel in the conditions of pristine, dopamine coated and HEMA grafted. Surface morphology of the samples was characterized by atomic force microscope (AFM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The corrosion resistance properties of the samples were evaluated by Tafel polarization curve. The hemocompatibility of the samples were tested by platelet adhesion assay. - Highlights: • Poly-HEMA was grafted onto the surface of SS by 60Co-γ-ray irradiation. • Pristine SS was coated by dopamine to form a dense poly-dopamine film before radiation grafting. • The biocompatibility and hydrophility of SS were improved after the grafting of HEMA

  3. Effects of 60Co γ-rays irradiation on seed growth of ground-cover chrysanthemum

    The seeds of ground-cover chrysanthemum were used to study the effects of different doses of 60Co γ-rays irradiation(10-50 Gy) on seed germination and physiological characteristics. The results showed that the rate of seed germination and seedling survival decreased significantly with the irradiation doses. With the increase of irradiation dose to above 20 Gy, the content of malondialdehyde (MDA) and activity of peroxidase (POD) in seedlings significantly increased. The similar trends were found in the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione reductase (GR). Catalase (CAT) activity increased at doses lower than 20 Gy, and then decreased at the higher doses, whereas ascorbate peroxidase (APX) activity did not alter except for 40 Gy. It is concluded that the suitable irradiation dose of mutation breeding is 20 Gy for the seeds of ground-cover chrysanthemum. Although 60Co γ-rays irradiation resulted in damage of membrane lipid peroxidation in the survival seedlings, the increased activity of CAT and POD could protect them against the damage. (authors)

  4. Gamma 60 Co D L 50/30 of Biomphalaria glabrata (Say, 1818)

    The variation of resistance to 60 Co gamma-rays of Biomphalaria glabrata was studied. A population of 480 mollusks was observed during 30 days - distributed in 8 groups of snails isolated and 8 groups of snails in colonies - after exposure (30 snails per group per dose) to increasing doses of gamma radiation. Doses of 10, 20 40, 60, 80, 160, 320 and 640 Gy from a Gamma-cell 60 Co irradiator, were applied to the test groups and two groups control (non-irradiated) of snails - isolated and colony - were kept apart. After have been exposed, the snails were drew back to the aquaria where they were maintained before. The survival was estimated on a daily score of the alive animals in each group-dose, starting after the irradiation exposure day. As a result, the survival self-fertilization forms (DL50/30=218.2 Gy) was found greater than in cross-fecundation forms. These data point to allow radio-resistance on the cross-fertilization forms - the sexual reproductive form - which is most found in nature. The lower radio-resistance of the cross-fertilization forms suggests the presence of some sex-linked hormonal factor related to this phenomenon. (author)

  5. Ferrous sulphate (Fricke) dosimetry in a fast neutron and a 60Co radiotherapeutical beams

    Ferrous sulphate (Fricke) dosimetry was performed in the fast neutron beam produced at the U-120 cyclotron of the Institute of Nuclear Physics and in a 60Co gamma-ray therapeutical beam at the Centre of Oncology in Krakow. The G-value was measured for the neutron component in the mixed (neutron + gamma) field of the fast neutron beam, where the mean neutron energy is 5.6 MeV. This value is Gn = 8.1 ± 0.8. Track structure theory calculations were made using energy spectra of charged secondary particles generated in water by the MRC Hammersmith fast neutron beam (mean neutron energy 7.6 MeV, measured value of Gn = 9.4 ± 0.6), yielding the calculated value of Gn = 8.61. Fricke dosimetry of the 60Co beam indicates that the absolute value of gamma-ray dose at the Centre of Oncology may be underestimated by about 3% . 19 refs., 1 tab. (author)

  6. Residual 152Eu and 60Co activities induced by neutrons from the Hiroshima atomic bomb

    Specific activities of 152Eu:Eu in stone samples exposed to the Hiroshima atomic bomb were determined for 70 samples up to a 1,500-m slant range from the epicenter. The specific activities of 60Co:Co were also determined for six samples near the Hiroshima hypocenter. First, the 152Eu data were investigated to find out the directional dependence of neutron activation. Directional anisotropy was not definite; however, there was an indication that the activation in the west-southwest was lower than in other directions. Second, measured 152Eu and 60Co radioactivity data were compared with activation calculations based on DS86 neutrons. It is clearly shown that the measured data are lower than the calculation near the hypocenter and vice versa at long distances beyond 1,000 m. The calculated-to-measured ratios of 152Eu are 1.6 at the hypocenter, 1.0 at approximately 900 m, and 0.05 at a 1,500-m slant range. Present results indicate that systematic errors exist in the DS86 neutrons concerning the source-term spectrum, neutron transport calculations in air, and/or activation measurements

  7. The effect of 60Co γ-rays on con A and LPS induced lymphocytes

    The effect of 60Co γ-rays on lymphocytes induced by Con A and LPS and the relationship between these two groups of cells were investigated by means of 3H-TdR incorporation. The study showed that in vitro, Con A cells were able to promote the inducing effect of LPS to B cells. When Con A cells were irradiated by 10 Gy γ-rays, the 3H-TdR incorporation value reduced significantly and the stimulating effect of Con A cells on LPS cells disappeared. Having been irradiated by γ-rays, LPS cells were not be able to be stimulated by normal Con A cells. When the groups of cells were incubated together after irradiation, the synergistic function disappeared, furthermore the suppressive effect of Con A cells on LPS cells emerged. When these two groups of cells were investigated by means of agar culture, the suppressive effect of 10 Gy γ-rays on lymphocytes colony formation was more obvious. Tests on 7 patients who were suffering from carcinoma of nasoparynx showed that after a course of treatment with 60Co γ-rays, the incorporation value in Con A cells became much smaller, the stimulating effect of Con A cells on LPS cells disappeared. LPS cells could not be stimulated by normal Con A cells. The study demonstrated that the radiosensitivity of Con A cells is higher than that of LPS cells

  8. Effect of 60 Co gamma radiation on Biomphalaria Glabrata (Mollusca, Gastropoda) embryos: mortality, malformation and hatching

    A study was carried out on the radiosensitivity of Biomphalaria glabrata embryos submitted to doses of 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 Gy of 60 Co during the cleavage, blastula, gastrula, young trochophore and trochophore stages. Mortality, malformation and hatching were the parameters used to evaluate the damage induced by ionizing radiation. Estimated L D50 values (15 days) showed that the cleavage stage (4.3 Gy) was approximately four times more radiosensitive than the trochophore stage (17.0 Gy). Susceptibility to malformation induction was higher in the blastula, gastrula and young trochophore stages. Several types of morphogenetic malformations were observed, such as head malformations, exogastrulas, shell malformations, and embryos with everted stomodeum, with nonspecific malformations being the most frequent. The types of malformation induced by radiation probably are not radiation-specific and do not depend on the dose applied. The dose of 15 Gy was sufficient to greatly reduce the number of hatching snails regardless of the embryonic stage irradiated. We conclude that the effect of 60 Co gamma radiation on B. glabrata embryos presented a specific pattern. (author)

  9. The effect of 60Co γ-rays on Con A and LPS induced lymphocytes

    The effect to 60Co γ-rays on lymphocytes induced by Con A and LPS and the relationship between these two groups of cells were investigated by means of 3H-TdR incorporation. The study showed that in vitro, Con A cells were able to promote the inducing effect of LPS to B cells. When Con A cells were irradiated by 10 Gy γ-rays, the 3H-TdR incroporation value reduced significanly and the stimulating effect of Con A cells on LPS cells disappeared. Having been irradiated by γ-rays, LPS cells were not able to be stimulated by normal Con A cells. When the groups of cells were incubated together after irradiation, the synergistic function disappeared, furthermore the suppressive effect of Con A cells on LPS cells emerged. When these two groups of cells were investigated by means of agar culture, the suppressive effect of 10 Gy-γ-rays on lymphocytes colony formation was more obvious. Tests on 8 patients who were suffering from carcinoma of nasopharynx showed that after a course of teatment with 60Co γ-rays, the incorporation value in Con A cells became much smaller, the stimulating effect of Con A cells on LPS cells disappeared. LPS cells could not be stimulated by normal Con A cells. The study demonstrated that the radiosensitivity of Con A cells was higher than that of LPS cells

  10. Mathematical Modelling of Immobilization of Radionuclides 137Cs and 60Co in Concrete Matrix

    Transport phenomena involved in the leaching of a radioactive material from a cement composite matrix are investigated using an empirical method employing a polynomial equation. To assess the safety for disposal of radioactive waste-cement composition, the leaching of 137Cs and 60Co, from a waste composite into a surrounding fluid has been studied. Leaching tests were carried out in accordance with a method recommended by IAEA . Determination of retardation factors, KF and coefficients of distribution, kd, using a simplified mathematical model for analyzing the migration of radionuclides, has been developed. Transport phenomena involved in the leaching of a radioactive material from a cement composite matrix are investigated using an empirical method employing a polynomial equation. In our experiment we have analyzed mechanism of 137Cs and 60Co leaching values during a period of 60 days. Results presented in this paper are examples of results obtained in a 25 year mortar and concrete testing project, which will influence the design of the engineered trenches system for a future central Serbian radioactive waste storage center.(author).

  11. Inhibition of MAPK and PKC pathways by 60Co γ-radiation in cultured vascular smooth muscle cells

    Objective: To investigate the signal transduction pathways inhibited by 60Co γ-radiation in cultured vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC). Methods: The cultured VSMC were irradiated with 60Co γ-radiation of 3.5, 7.0 and 14 Gy respectively. VSMC proliferation was measured by 3H-TdR incorporation, while PKC, MAPK activities were determined by radioactivity assay. Results: Proliferation of VSMC was inhibited by 7.0, 14 Gy 60Co γ-irradiation and the activities of PKC, MAPK were decreased significantly. Conclusion: Inhibitory effect of 7.0, 14 Gy 60Co γ-irradiation on proliferation of VSMC might be resulted from decrease of the activity of PKC, MAPK

  12. Biochemical and pharmacological characterization of irradiated crotamine by gamma rays of {sup 60}Co; Caracterizacao bioquimica e farmacologica da crotamina irradiada por raios gama de {sup 60}Co

    Oliveira, Karina Corleto

    2014-07-01

    The serum production in Brazil, the only effective treatment in cases of snakebites, uses horses that although large size, have reduced l lifespan compared with horses not immunized. Ionizing radiation has been shown as an excellent tool in reducing the toxicity of venoms and toxins isolated, and promote the achievement of better immunogens for serum production, and contributing to the welfare of serum-producing animals. It is known, however, that the effects of ionizing radiation on protein are characterized by various chemical modifications, such as fragmentation, cross-linking due to aggregation and oxidation products generated by water radiolysis. However, the action of gamma radiation on toxins is not yet fully understood structurally and pharmacologically, a fact that prevents the application of this methodology in the serum production process. So we proposed in this paper the characterization of crotamine, an important protein from the venom of Crotalus durissus terrificus species, irradiated with {sup 60}Co gamma rays. After isolating the toxin by chromatographic techniques and testing to prove the obtaining of pure crotamine, it was irradiated with gamma rays and subjected to structural analysis, Fluorescence and Circular Dichroism. Using high hydrostatic pressure tests were also conducted in order to verify that the conformational changes caused by radiation suffer modifications under high pressures. From the pharmacological point of view, muscle contraction tests were conducted with the objective of limiting the action of crotamine in smooth muscle as well as the change in the action of toxin caused structural changes to the front. Analysis of Circular Dichroism and Fluorescence showed changes in structural conformation of crotamine when subjected to gamma radiation and that such changes possibly occurring in the secondary and tertiary structure of the protein. The observed in pharmacological tests showed that the irradiated crotamine was less effective

  13. Detection and thermoluminescence of coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) irradiated with {sup 60}Co; Deteccion y termoluminiscencia del cilantro (Coriandrum sativum L.) irradiado con {sup 60}Co

    Ruiz G, B. [Departamento de Agricultura y Ganaderia, Universidad de Sonora, 083190 Hermosillo, Sonora (Mexico); Cruz Z, E. [Unidad de Irradiacion y Seguridad Radiologica, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, UNAM, A. P. 70-543, 04510 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Barboza F, M. [Centro de Investigacion en Fisica, Universidad de Sonora, A. P. 5-088, 083190 Hermosillo, Sonora (Mexico)

    2009-10-15

    The fresh and dried coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) is a spice of high commercial value as food for consumption in Mexico. Their hygienic quality is often poor due to some factors: contaminants present in irrigation water and the cultivation atmosphere, harvesting and post harvest handling, mainly. The process by radiation is an alternative to achieve the sterilization to adequate dose for the hygienic quality for its consumption. However, irradiation also involves food detection exposed to radiation. This paper presents detected results on the dried coriander that was obtained from fresh samples and thermoluminescent properties such as glow curves structure from low doses (0.5 Gy) to high (15 kGy), the dose response, thermoluminescent signal decay, in order to determine the loss of stability during the storage of the poly mineral fraction. We obtained the inorganic fraction separation of the organic part of particle sizes of 10 {mu}m by the Zimmerman method. The samples were exposed at two dose ranges; 0.5-400 Gy and 0.5-15 kGy of gamma radiation with {sup 60}Co. The limit of thermoluminescent detection of the irradiated coriander samples was from 1 Gy. The glow curves were at a broad band of 35-400 C, with a maximum thermoluminescence around 182-196 C, and run at 164 C for high doses of 15 kGy. The range of linear response to dose was 4-25 Gy, whereas higher doses than the kGy order the response increase with the dose. The thermoluminescent properties of the coriander poly mineral fraction, show it can be used to identify irradiated food at gamma doses relatively low and even in doses of commercial interest due to the high stability of thermoluminescent signals. (Author)

  14. Effect of {sup 60}Co radiation processing in mate (Ilex paraguariensis); Efeito do processamento por radiacao de {sup 60}Co na erva-mate (llex paraguariensis)

    Furgeri, Camilo

    2009-07-01

    The mate (Ilex paraguariensis), a native species from South America, is mainly consumed as typical beverage called chimarrao and terere. An important problem that has been afflicting this product since a long time is its natural fungal contamination responsible to affect its physical, health and nutritional qualities. In order to improve this product quality, radiation processing can be effective in reducing pathogens levels, with minimal nutritional and sensory changes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of gamma radiation from {sup 60}Co at doses 0, 3, 5, 7 and 10 kGy in reducing fungal contamination in mate, as well as analyze its nutritional and sensory characteristics. The following methodologies were applied: analysis of yeast and mold, total phenolic compounds analysis, antioxidant analysis, quantification of phenolic compounds and xanthines by liquid chromatography and sensory analysis. Microbiological analysis showed a decreasing molds and yeasts growth with increasing radiation doses. Regardless of the radiation dose applied there were no decrease of total phenolic compounds in both infusions. Chimarrao samples irradiated with 7 and 10 kGy showed a decrease in the DPPH radical-scavenger activity, nevertheless for terere samples, there were no significant difference. Chimarrao chromatographic profile did not show a variation on xanthines quantification, however a 10 kGy radiation dose caused a change to phenolic compounds quantitative profile. Terere samples did not show any significant difference to any analyzed compounds. Sensory analysis did not exhibit a significant difference between irradiated and non irradiated chimarrao samples, as well as between irradiated and non irradiated terere samples. It could be concluded that gamma radiation processing of mate may be a feasible alternative to industry, since there was a reduction on fungal contamination, without changes in sensory qualities and with minimum alterations in quantitative

  15. Genomic Organization of Leishmania Species

    B Kazemi

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Leishmania is a protozoan parasite belonging to the family Trypanosomatidae, which is found among 88 different countries. The parasite lives as an amastigote in vertebrate macro­phages and as a promastigote in the digestive tract of sand fly. It can be cultured in the laboratory us­ing appropriate culture media. Although the sexual cycle of Leishmania has not been observed during the promastigote and amastigote stages, it has been reported by some researchers. Leishma­nia has eukaryotic cell organization. Cell culture is convenient and cost effective, and because posttranslational modifications are common processes in the cultured cells, the cells are used as hosts for preparing eukaryotic recombinant proteins for research. Several transcripts of rDNA in the Leishmania genome are suitable regions for conducting gene transfer. Old World Leishmania spp. has 36 chromosomes, while New World Leishmania spp. has 34 or 35 chromo­somes. The genomic organization and parasitic characteristics have been investigated. Leishmania spp. has a unique genomic organization among eukaryotes; the genes do not have introns, and the chromosomes are smaller with larger numbers of genes confined to a smaller space within the nucleus. Leishmania spp. genes are organized on one or both DNA strands and are transcribed as polycistronic (prokaryotic-like transcripts from undefined promoters. Regulation of gene expres­sion in the members of Trypanosomatidae differs from that in other eukaryotes. The trans-splic­ing phenomenon is a necessary step for mRNA processing in lower eukaryotes and is observed in Leishmania spp. Another particular feature of RNA editing in Leishmania spp. is that mitochon­drial genes encoding respiratory enzymes are edited and transcribed. This review will discuss the chromosomal and mitochondrial (kinetoplast genomes of Leishmania spp. as well as the phenome­non of RNA editing in the kinetoplast genome.

  16. Bio-geochemical behavior of 90Sr, 137Cs and 60Co in tropical soil

    One manner to assess the bio-geochemical behavior of radionuclides in soils is the integration of experimental methods results obtained in the laboratory with results obtained in field experiments. In this work was used an alternative sequential chemical extraction protocol to evaluate mobility of radionuclides as a function of some physico-chemical conditions operationally defined: Slightly acidic phase: CH3COOH + CH3COONa 1:1, pH 4.7, shacked at room temperature; Easily reducible phase: NH2OH.HCl (0.1 M), pH 2, shacked at room temperature;Oxidizable phase: H2O2 (30%) + HNO3, pH 2, CH3COONH4 (1 M);shacked at room temperature; Alkaline phase: NaOH (0.1 M), pH 12, shacked at room temperature; Resistant phase: Aqua regia heated to 50 deg C / 30 min. The results obtained experimentally indicate the vulnerability of some Brazilian soils due to the higher radionuclide transfer to plant. Although it seems clear that it is difficult to identify which soil property will determine a given TF, the results of geochemical partition for 137Cs, 90Sr and 60Co obtained in slightly acidic phase were very consistent with the TF data for reference plants or with some of the soil properties recognized in the specialized literature as related with mechanisms of sorption of Cs (e.g. exchangeable K, organic matter and iron oxides content), Co (e.g. manganese oxide) and Sr (pH and exchangeable Ca). The 137Cs distribution in soil showed that Fe oxides are the main sink for this element in all type of soil and 16 years after contamination the 137Cs the TF remains almost the same in Goiania soil. The 60Co distribution in soil showed that Mn oxides are the main sink for this element in all type of soils and in the Nitisol, 5 years after contamination, the 60Co was not detected as bioavailable (in the slightly acidic phase) neither detected in plant or were detectable with values very close to the detection limit. In the Nitisol, it is possible that reduction in 137Cs transfer is also

  17. Effects of 60Co γ-ray irradiation on growth characters of Chamaecrista seeds

    The seeds of 5 Chamaecrista varieties were irradiated by 60Co γ-ray of 300 Gy and the effects on M1 generation were studied. The results showed that the emergence of 5 Chamaecrista varieties decreased in some degree ; the stem-length of variety 34721 was significantly decreased, the stem-diameter of variety 2219 and the leaf-width of variety 2219 were significantly increased. The number of branch, leaf and leaf-length had no significant difference, but there were many black blots in the leaf during early period; the dry-weight of aerial part changed in two directions, either increased (92985) or decreased (34721). The total N of variety 2217 were significantly increased and the total P of variety 92985 were significantly decreased. The squaring stage, initiate flower stage, full bloom stage, pod-bearing stage, peak pod setting stage and maturing stage had changed in two direction, either early, or late

  18. Effect of 60Co γ-irradiation on the infectivity of toxoplasma gondii bradyzoites

    Homogenates of mouse brains harboring toxoplasma NT strain cysts were irradiated at various doses of 60Co γ ray and digested with 0.4% trypsin buffer to release bradyzoites from cysts. The suspensions containing various number bradyzoites were obtained through a serial 10-fold dilution in saline solution and inoculated intraperitoneally into mice separately. Infectivity of toxoplasma bradyzoites was determined by bioassay of mice. A group of mice inoculated with non-irradiated bradyzoites was used as control. Results showed that the minimal effective dose of γ rays controlling infectivity of toxoplasma NT strain bradyzoites was 0.55 kGy. Effect of 0.1 kGy γ rays on infectivity of toxoplasma bradyzoites was not significant. Infectivity of bradyzoites irradiated at 0.45 kGy had 104 fold reduction in comparison with that of 0.1 kGy

  19. Effects of 60Co irradiation on virulent Toxoplasma gondii and its use in experimental immunization

    The effects of 60Co irradiation on the virulence and immunogenicity of the RG strain of Toxoplasma gondii was studied by infecting batches of mice with graded inocula of tachyzoites that had been exposed to radiation doses ranging from 0 to 20 000 rad. While doses of 15 000 and 20 000 rads appeared to be effective, and 10 000 rad nearly effective in annulling the virulence, irradiation at 5000 rad was only partially effective in rendering the organisms avirulent and could achieve only a prolongation of survival time of the inoculated mice. The survivors of higher irradiation inocula showed no evidence of the development of the parasite in them, but could resist a limited virulent challenge. The use of a booster inoculation improved both the quality and the duration of protective effect. (author)

  20. Effect of dosage on property and structure of gelatin irradiated by 60Co γ-ray

    The gelatin was irradiated for 0-60 kGy dosages by 60Co γ-ray. The relationship of dosage and properties including viscosity, gel strength, mechanical property, molecular weight and protein component was discussed. The results show that there is a negative correlation between the dosage and intrinsic viscosity, relative viscosity, gel strength and molecular weight. With the increase of irradiation dosage, the γ, β, α chain content of gelatin decreases but the small molecules content increases, and relative molecular weight distribution changes wider. The elongation decreases but tensile strength of gelatin film increases. Compared with no irradiation one, the irradiation gelatin has more compact and smooth surface texture. It is assumed that when the limited water and oxygen exist during the irradiation process, cross-linking and degradation of gelatin molecular produce simultaneously and the main reaction is cross-linking. The reaction degree increases with the dosage. (authors)

  1. 3D visualization design and implementation in 60Co container CT inspection system

    60Co γ-ray container inspection system (TC-Scan), developed at Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology (INET) of Tsinghua University, is installed at the customs for air-cargo or mega-object inspection against smuggling and prohibited objects. With the development of computer science and technology, 3D visualization technology applied to CT inspection system becomes a hotspot. In this paper, a volume rendering visualization system is designed and implemented for TC-Scan, based on ray-casting algorithm. In order to keep flexibility and compatibility for further development, the 3D rendering subsystem is independent from acquisition and reconstruction subsystems. Final rendering results demonstrate legible and distinct 3D vision for container inspection, which improves inspection validity. (authors)

  2. A preliminary study on doses of 60Co-γ ray for mutation breeding of roegneria

    Six groups from three species of Roegneria were radiated with eight ladders of 60Co-γ ray for finding the most suitable absorbed dose. The dose ladders were CK (O Gy), 50 Gy, 100 Gy, 150 Gy, 200 Gy, 250 Gy, 300 Gy and 400 Gy. The half-lethal dose of six groups, generated by multi-Target Single Hit Model Equation, were from 59.6 Gy to 172.8 Gy. Germination percentage of seeds, height of seeding, plant survival percentage and setting percentage were investigated. The most suitable absorbed doses of each species primarily were deduced from these data. The research provide a valuable reference for Roegneria mutation breeding on choosing the absorbed does. (authors)

  3. Curing time effect on the fraction of 60Co from cement matrix

    Cement has been successfully used in Radioactive Waste Management to immobilize a wide range of waste including filter sludges, ion-exchange resins and evaporator concentrates produced in nuclear power plants. In any assessment of cement-immobilized radwaste composites, leach of radionuclides (60Co, 137Cs, 54Mn) is an important factor, for it must be assumed that the composite material will eventually come into contact with leachant solutions. Cement and concrete are widely used in low-level waste management both as a means of solidifying waste and for containment of dry or liquid wastes.At present there is also widespread interest in the use of near-surface concrete trench system for the disposal of radwaste materials.Typical concrete is a mixture of cement, sand, water in various proportions,that together determine the structural properties and tightness of the poured material

  4. Reliability of planar silicon transistors exposed to 60Co γ rays

    This report gives an account of results obtained during investigations on the reliability of silicon Planar Transistors, irradiated by the 60Co γ rays. We consider in a first part the variation of the average values of the parameters of the lots under test. Then, a more complete statistical study is carried out (distribution of the values of the parameters within the lots; research of correlations, etc. ). It is clearly stated and shown that evaluation of the degradation of the gain of transistors depends on: the conditions of measurement (voltage, current), after irradiation; the polarisation of the elements during irradiation; the origin of manufacture of the lots under test (4 manufacturers). We show then the difficulties met to predict the behaviour of the transistors under radiation stress, and attempt is made to define practical rules for design engineers. (author)

  5. Retention of 60Co, 85Sr and 137Cs on inorganic ion exchangers

    The aim of the study is the treatment of radioactive wastes produced in plutonium fuel fabrication or in spent fuel reprocessing by inorganic ion exchangers for ultimate storage. This rapport, gives the distribution coefficients of 60Co, 85Sr, 137Cs (in sodium nitrate medium at different concentration of sodium: .23g/l, 1 g/l, 10 g/l) obtained with different inorganic exchangers: titanium oxyde, sodium titanate, sodium zirconate, sodium niobate, sodium tantalate, titanium phosphate, zirconium phosphate, ammonium phosphotungstate in zirconium phosphate, polyantimonic acid amorphous aluminosilicate and several zeolites (ZBS 15 from OXYMIN, ZEOLON 400, ZEOLON 500, ZEOLON 900 from Norton, IE 96, A 51, 13 X from Union Carbide)

  6. Evaluation of fruit productivity and quality in Hass avocado submitted to 60Co gamma radiation

    Evaluation of productivity, postharvest behavior and fruit quality was performed on four years Hass avocado trees irradiated with 60 Co gamma rays in doses of 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 Gy, established in the ''La Labor'' Experimental Center of the Centro de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnologias del Aguacate en el Estado de Mexico (CICTAMEX) at Temascaltepec Mexico. Productivity had a significant increase in the dose of 15 Gy being the average number of fruits nearly 400 % more than the control at fruit setting, being such difference reduced at fruit harvesting to 300 %. In regard to postharvest performance, the respiration index (mg CO2/kg/hr) did not show significant differences among treatments. Also others variables such as physiological weight losses, texture, maturity pattern, and sensorial tests (color, flavor, aroma, texture) were not different in regard to the control. This mean that radiation has altered productivity but not the quality and postharvest behavior of fruits. (Author)

  7. EVALUATION OF THE MIGRATION POTENTIAL FOR 60Co AND 137Cs AT THE MAINE YANKEE SITE

    The objective of this report is to discuss the degree of sorption and desorption of 137Cs and 60Co that may be associated with the granite bedrock and the ''popcorn'' cement drain system that underlie the Maine Yankee Containment Foundation. The purpose is to estimate how much retardation of these two radionuclides takes place in groundwater that flows in the near-field of the Containment Foundation, specifically with respect to contamination originating at the PAB Test Pit. Specific concerns revolve around the potential for the contamination originating near the PAB to create a radioactive dose to a hypothetical ''resident farmer'' using a well intercepting this water to exceed 4 millirems/yr

  8. Radiation esophagitis in the opossum: radioprotection with indomethacin. [/sup 60/Co

    Northway, M.G.; Libshitz, H.I.; Osborne, B.M.; Feldman, M.S.; Mamel, J.J.; West, J.H.; Szwarc, I.A.

    1980-05-01

    Twenty-five opossums were evaluated before irradiation by fiberoptic endoscopy and air-contrast barium esophagram examination. All animals received 2250 rad /sup 60/Co-irradiated in a single exposure to the entire esophagus and lower exophageal sphincter. Animals received treatment with indomethacin. Acute esophagitis occurred 7 to 10 days postirradiation in control animals and was characterized by erythema, ulceration, and sloughing of esophageal mucosa as determined by air-contrast barium esophagram, endoscopy, and histology. Prostaglandin-treated animals showed more severe evidence of esophagitis than control animals. Indomethacin-treated animals showed no signs or only mild esophagitis posttreatment. It is concluded that indomethacin treatment may significantly reduce the severity of radiation esophagitis perhaps by blockade of prostaglandin synthesis.

  9. The study of mildew proof effect of 60Co γ irradiation on leather shoes

    Leather products occupy an important place in the national economy. In order to prevent from mildewing of leather products in storage, transportation and sale, the packed shoes were irradiated with 60Co γ ray. Test materials are cattle, sheep and pig leather shoes. The results shows that: 1. There are 11 types of molds which make leather shoes mildewed: Oospora sp, Rhizopus oryzae Went and Grrelings, Aspergillus flavus Link, Aspergillus terreus thom, Monilia sp, Botrytis sp, Aspergillus niger V. Tiegh, Penicillum Lividum Westling, Penicillum Corylophilum Dieckx, Penicillum Cyaneum (B. and S.) Biourge and Penicillum Verrulosum Peeyrone. 2. The three types of shoes packed with polyethylene film can be prevented from mildewing after irradiation at level of 12 kGy. 3. The irradiation at 30 kGy does not change the physical properties of the shoes. 4. The irradiated shoes packed with polyethylene film can prevent mildewing, but unpacked ones would be mildewed again

  10. Measurements of (60)Co in massive steel samples exposed to the Hiroshima atomic bomb explosion.

    Gasparro, Joël; Hult, Mikael; Marissens, Gerd; Hoshi, Masaharu; Tanaka, Kenichi; Endo, Satoru; Laubenstein, Matthias; Dombrowski, Harald; Arnold, Dirk

    2012-04-01

    To study discrepancies in retrospective Hiroshima dosimetry, the specific activity of (60)Co in 16 steel samples from Hiroshima was measured using gamma-ray spectrometry in underground laboratories. There is general agreement between these new activity measurements and the specific activities derived from previously calculated dose values on the one hand and former measurements of samples gathered at distances less than 1,000 m from the center of the explosion ( 1,300 m slant range) were mainly cosmogenically induced. Furthermore, at long range, these results are in disagreement with older measurements whose specific activity values were 10 to 100 times higher than predicted by computer model calculations in DS86 and DS02. As a consequence, the previously reported discrepancy is not confirmed. PMID:22378201

  11. A case of radiation gastroduodenitis caused by 60Co-irradiation therapy for hepatoma

    A 56-year-old man with hepatoma, who had been treated with total 3,960 rad of 60Co-irradiation 2 months previously, was readmitted to the hospital because of fever and anemia. Following admission, he passed tarry stools every day. Barium meal examination revealed esophageal varices and erosive gastritis of the antrum. At endoscopy, many hemorrhagic erosions were found in the gastric antrum and the first part of duodenum, which were located in the irradiation area. Since repeated blood transfusion failed to improve anemia, a complete fasting with intravenous hyperalimentation and antacid therapy were started. Two months later, feeding was started and thereafter continued without any appreciable GI bleeding or worsening of anemia. Endoscopic examination at this time revealed only a few erosions scattered over the edematous antral mucosa as well as the proximal duodenum. IVH, antacids and abstinence from food seem to be an effective measure in the treatment of radiation injury of the gut. (author)

  12. 60Co gamma radiation effect on AlGaN/AlN/GaN HEMT devices

    WANG Yan-Ping; LUO Yin-Hong; WANG Wei; ZHANG Ke-Ying; GUO Hong-Xia; GUO Xiao-Qiang; WANG Yuan-Ming

    2013-01-01

    The testing techniques and experimental methods of the 60Co gamma irradiation effect on AlGaN/AlN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) are established.The degradation of the electrical properties of the device under the actual radiation environment are analyzed theoretically,and studies of the total dose effects of gamma radiation on AlGaN/AlN/GaN HEMTs at three different radiation bias conditions are carried out.The degradation patterns of the main parameters of the AlGaN/AlN/GaN HEMTs at different doses are then investigated,and the device parameters that were sensitive to the gamma radiation induced damage and the total dose level induced device damage are obtained.

  13. Biological effects of 60Co γ-irradiation on Laiwu ginger VM1 growth

    Rhizome of Laiwu ginger were treated with γ-irradiation at the doses of 0, 20, 40 and 60 Gy. The results showed that 60Co γ-irradiation inhibited the rhizome burgeoning, and decreased the survival rate of the seedlings, rate of leaf- expansion and the growth of plants (VM1). The inhibition effects became stronger with the increase of the irradiation dose. Different bands were found through the analysis of POD, EST isozymes and RAPD of VM1 plants, which showed that variation on molecular level occurred in VM1 plants. LD30-40 was appropriate for the irradiation of rhizomes of Laiwu ginger and the optimal irradiation dose was about 20- 30 Gy. (authors)

  14. Study on change of free radicals of bamboo with 60Co γ radiation

    Bamboo samples collected in mountain areas of Fujian province were mechanically pulverized into saw dust. This breaks the covalent bonds of bamboo molecules and free radicals are formed. ESR characterization of the bamboo saw dust samples of 20, 200 and 500 mesh showed that the relative intensity of the 500 mesh saw dust was the highest, and that of the 20 mesh was the lowest(g=2.0033). After 60Co γ-ray irradiation,the intensity of free radicals increased sharply. At>100 kGy, the free radicals tended to be saturated at about 40 times of the free radicals produced mechanically. The intensity of free radicals increased exponentially with the dose below 100 kGy, and decay coefficients of the free radicals in the three samples were different. (authors)

  15. The specific absorbed dose constant: comparison of values published for 60Co photons

    For the specific absorbed dose constant for 60Co photons, three values quoted directly in the literature and two derived indirectly from published information are reported. The three publications giving the direct values mention no medium of absorption, whereas the other two specify tissue. A database of the specific absorbed dose constant is generated for each of 14 media namely air, water, bone and 11 types of soft tissue. These values are consistent with the three directly quoted values plus one of the indirectly obtained values. Air is found to be unlikely as the medium for the first three; and appropriate media for these are suggested. For the other two values, the generated database suggests that one is too small to be accurate; while the other is correct for tissue (as stated in the publication). An apparent error of 103 is identified in one of the values directly quoted. (author)

  16. 60Co gamma radiation effect on AlGaN//AlN/GaN HEMT devices

    The testing techniques and experimental methods of the 60Co gamma irradiation effect on AlGaN/AlN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) are established. The degradation of the electrical properties of the device under the actual radiation environment are analyzed theoretically, and studies of the total dose effects of gamma radiation on AlGaN/AlN/GaN HEMTs at three different radiation bias conditions are carried out. The degradation patterns of the main parameters of the AlGaN/AlN/GaN HEMTs at different doses are then investigated, and the device parameters that were sensitive to the gamma radiation induced damage and the total dose level induced device damage are obtained. (authors)

  17. Determination of the sterilizing gamma radiation dose of 60Co to ACANTHOSCELIDES OBTECTUS imagos (col. bruchidae)

    This paper relates the results of experiments dealing with irradiation of adults of Acanthoscelides obtectus (Say, 1831). The insects were irradiated with doses of 0 (control), 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 20 krad gamma radiation of a 60Co source. After irradiation, the adults were kept for observation on beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) var. Jalo, in a controlled environmen t chamber at 30 +- 10C and 70 +- 5% relative humidity. Continuous weighing at weekly intervals was done 22 times, showing, by weight loss in percent, that the sterilizing dose for adults was 10,65 krad. It could also be observed that losses of less than 0,5% occured at 9 krad. For a possible employment on commercial scale, the ideal radiation dose for bean desinfestation would be 10 krad, after which no weight loss occurrence. (Author)

  18. Cell survival of human tumor cells compared with normal fibroblasts following 60Co gamma irradiation

    Three tumor cell lines, two of which were shown to be HeLa cells, were irradiated with 60Co gamma irradiation, together with two cell cultures of normal human diploid fibroblasts. Cell survival was studied in three different experiments over a dose range of 2 to 14 gray. All the tumor cell lines showed a very wide shoulder in the dose response curves in contrast to the extremely narrow shoulder of the normal fibroblasts. In addition, the D/sub o/ values for the tumor cell lines were somewhat greater. These two characteristics of the dose response curves resulted in up to 2 orders of magnitude less sensitivity for cell inactivation of HeLa cells when compared with normal cells at high doses (10 gray). Because of these large differences, the extrapolation of results from the irradiation of HeLa cells concerning the mechanisms of normal cell killing should be interpreted with great caution

  19. The degradation of p-chloronitrobenzene in aqueous solution by 60Co-γ irradiation

    The degradation of p-Chloronitrobenzene (p-CNB) in aqueous solution was investigated by 60Co-γ irradiation. The concentrations of p-CNB and inorganic ions generated during the irradiation process were measured by HPLC and Ion Chromatography technology. And also, the factors affecting degradation degree, such as absorbed dose, radiation aura, were studied in detail. It was found that the degradation degree of p-CNB and the concentrations of ions increased with absorbed dose. The presence of O2 was more favorable to the degradation of p-CNB. Furthermore, the experimental results showed that both hydrated electron and hydroxyl radical generated from water radiolysis could degrade p- CNB effectively and produce Cl-, NO3-, NH4- in the solutions. (authors)

  20. Leishmania(Leishmania) chagasi in captive wild felids in Brazil.

    Dahroug, Magyda A A; Almeida, Arleana B P F; Sousa, Valéria R F; Dutra, Valéria; Turbino, Nívea C M R; Nakazato, Luciano; de Souza, Roberto L

    2010-01-01

    This study used a PCR-RFLP test to determine the presence of Leishmania (Leishmania) chagasi in 16 captive wild felids [seven Puma concolor (Linnaeus, 1771); five Panthera onca (Linnaeus, 1758) and four Leopardus pardalis (Linnaeus, 1758)] at the zoological park of the Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Amplification of Leishmania spp. DNA was seen in samples from five pumas and one jaguar, and the species was characterized as L. chagasi using restriction enzymes. It is already known that domestic felids can act as a reservoir of L. chagasi in endemic areas, and further studies are necessary to investigate their participation in the epidemiological chain of leishmaniasis. PMID:19740501

  1. Polymer microcapsules prepared in inverse emulsion by 60Co γ-ray induced interfacial polymerization

    Inverse emulsion was usually applied to polymerization of hydrophilic monomers, such as acrylamide, acrylic acid, salt of acrylic acid, and N-isopropylacrylamide. However, there have been few reports of one-step synthesis hydrophobic polymer hollow spheres or microcapsules in inverse emulsion system via an interfacial polymerization approach under mild reaction conditions. The motivation of this work is to explore the formation mechanism of polymer microcapsules via γ-ray irradiation in W/O inverse emulsion system. Utilizing the strong reducing radical (OH, hydrated electron) and oxidant radical (eaq-, hydroxyl radical) produced in aqueous phase by 60Co γ-ray irradiation, two interfacial redox initiation systems were proposed and applied to the preparation of polymer microcapsules. In this work, BPO (benzoyl peroxide)-eaq- and DMA (N, N-dimethyl aniline)-OH were used to control the polymerization position at the water-oil interface. High viscosity of external oil phase, high inner phase emulsion and polymeric surfactant were employed to depress the homogeneous nuclei and enhance stability of the inverse emulsion during polymerization. A typical inverse emulsion of water : Span80: kerosene : styrene = 20ml : 2.0g :10ml/4ml (including 0.050g BPO) was irradiated to 20 kGy by 60Co γ-rays at a dose rate of 65 Gy/min. Finally, polystyrene microcapsules were synthesized successfully with an average diameter of 400 nm and shell thickness of 50 nm. The productivity of micro-capsules decreased with the increasing of styrene content due to the homogeneous nuclei. When cyclohexane was used as the oil phase, porous polymer materials can be successfully obtained. Because of the multiplicity in choosing oil-soluble monomers and substances being dissolved in the aqueous phase, this approach revealed interests in encapsulation of bioactive materials or drugs. (authors)

  2. 60Co irradiation for sterilization of veterinary mastitis products containing antibiotics and steroids

    Tsuji, K.; Kane, M. P.; Rahn, P. D.; Steindler, K. A.

    Effects of 60Co irradiation for sterilization of veterinary mastitis products were evaluated. The mastitis products which were examined contained various combinations of antibiotics and steroids suspended in peanut oil vehicle. Bioburden data indicated that the unirradiated products were only occasionally contaminated with microorganisms. The D-values of the nonsterile product and environmental isolates were 0.028, 0.15, 0.017, and 0.018 Mrads for Aspergillus fumigatus, Penicillium oxalicum, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Pseudomonas maltophilia, respectively. The D-value of the biological indicator organism, Bacillus pumilus spores, in the vehicle was 0.27 Mrads. Thus, an irradiation dose of 1.6 Mrads would be sufficient to achieve six log cycles of destruction of the biological indicator organism. The minimum absorbed irradiation dose of 2.5 Mrads preferred by many countries for sterilization would achieve 9.3 log cycle destruction of the indicator organism and guarantee a probability of 1 × 10 -15 assurance for the most radio-resistant product isolate, Penicillium oxalicum. In order to examine short and long term chemical stabilities of active components, stability indicating high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) methods for the determination of the following antibiotics and steroids were developed. They were: dihydrostreptomycin, neomycin, novobiocin, penicillin G, hydrocortisone acetate, hydrocortisone sodium succinate, and prednisolone. The rates of degradation and radiolytic degradation schemes for the majority of these compounds were elucidated. Formation of new compounds was not observed in these antibiotics and steroids upon 60Co irradiation. The compounds that increased by irradiation were inherently present in commercially available non-irradiated lots and/or can easily be formed by either acidic, basic, or thermal treatment.

  3. Analysis of the frequency of unstable chromosome aberrations in human lymphocytes irradiated with 60Co

    The aim of this study was to analyze the frequency of unstable chromosomal aberrations induced by gamma radiation from a 60Co source at two different doses. Samples were obtained from a healthy donor and exposed to 60Co source (Gammacel 220 ) located in the Department of Nuclear Energy of Pernambuco Federal University (DEN/UFPe/Brazil) with a rate of air Kerma to 3,277 Gy/h. Exposures resulted in absorbed dose 0.51 Gy and 0.77 Gy. Mitotic metaphases were obtained by culturing lymphocytes for chromosome analysis and the slides were stained with 5% Giemsa. Among the unstable chromosomal aberrations the dicentric chromosomes, ring chromosomes and acentric fragments were analyzed. To calculate the significance level the chi - square test was used, considering relevant differences between the frequencies when the value of p < 0.05. To calculate the significance level of the chi - square test was used, considering relevant differences between the frequencies when the value of p < 0.05. The results showed that there was significant difference of the frequencies of dicentric chromosomes (from 0.18 to 0.51 to 0.37 Gy to 0.77 Gy), however there was no statistically significant difference between the frequencies of acentric fragments ( 0.054 to 0, 51 Gy to 0.063 to 0.77 Gy) and ring chromosomes (0.001 to 0.51 Gy to 0.003 to 0.77 Gy). The low number of rings is found justified, considering that in irradiated human lymphocytes, its appearance is rare relative to dicentrics. The results confirm that dicentrics are the most reliable biomarkers in estimating dose after exposure to gamma radiation. These two points will make the calibration curve dose-response being built for Biological Dosimetry Laboratory of CRCN-NE/CNEN

  4. Phenotype and molecular analysis of M1 generation of stylosanthes irradiated by 60Co

    The seeds of Stylosanthes guianensis SW. ‘Reyan No.13’ were irradiated by 60Co at 0, 325, 487 and 974 Gy. Phenotype and molecular variations of Stylosanthes M1 generations were studied. Germination percentage, plant height, leaf length and stem diameter of M1 seedlings were determined using SRAP-PCR. Results showed that biological character indices of treatments were significantly lower than that of control (CK). Irradiation inhibited plant growth. Growth indices of 974 Gy treatment, except leaf length, were significantly lower than CK and other two treatments. Eight effective primers selected from 24 primers combination were used for SRAP-PCR. SRAP analysis revealed that the 57 of 88 DNA fragments were amplified showing polymorphisms. The average percentage of polymorphic bands was 64.77%. The effects of 60Coγ irradiation on DNA variation of seedlings were varied from different treatments. Numbers of polymorphic bands changed after irradiation. Coefficient of variation was in direct proportion to irradiation doses. Variation rates of 325 Gy, 487 Gy and 974 Gy treatments were 22.0%, 38.1% and 41.5%, respectively. The Nei’s genetic similarity coefficient of all treatments was ranged from 0.585 to 0.780 by software NTSYSpc 2.1 based on SRAP results and the average Nei's coefficient was 0.678. The Nei’s genetic similarity coefficient of 974 Gy treatment was 0.585 and variation degree was highest among all treatments, 487 Gy treatment was second and 325 Gy treatment was the lowest one. Based on present bands, four irradiated treatments were classified into two major groups by UPGMA cluster analysis. Group 1 included CK, 325 Gy and 487 Gy treatment and group 2 included 974 Gy. SRAP analysis determined variation of Stylosanthes after irradiation and the results of SRAP analysis were consistent with their biological indexes in some extent

  5. Study for optimization of a 60 Co industrial irradiator of 250 k Ci

    This work presents results of a benchmark between calculated and experimental absorbed dose values for a typical product, in a 60 Co industrial irradiator, located at ININ, Mexico. The goal of this work is to reach a ± 10 % approximation between both values. ININ 60 Co industrial irradiator is a two level, two layer system with overlapping product configuration, 56 irradiation positions with an activity of around 250 k Ci. Calculated values were obtained by QAD-CGGP code. This code uses a point kernel technique, build-up factors fitting was done by geometrical progression and combinatorial geometry was used for 3 D system description. Main code modifications were related with source simulation by punctual sources and energy spectrum (16 energy groups) and anisotropic emission were also considered. Experimental data were obtained from routine dosimetry which was done with red acrylic pellets; they were irradiated together the product in predetermined positions, for 36 maximum and minimum absorbed dose values. Typical product was polypropylene Petri dish packages, apparent density 0.13 g/cm3. It was chosen because regular geometry (2 packages per full irradiator container) and enough amount for considering homogeneous loading inside irradiation chamber. Required minimum dose was 15 kGy. Results showed a 8% variation between calculated and experimental values for maximum absorbed dose (18.2 kGy vs 16.8 kGy) and 3 % variation for minimum absorbed dose (13.8 kGy vs 14.3 kGy); these results fixed with the original proposal. (Author)

  6. Immune responses induced by a Leishmania (Leishmania amazonensis recombinant antigen in mice and lymphocytes from vaccinated subjects

    Ana Paula FERNANDES

    1997-03-01

    Full Text Available In the search for Leishmania recombinant antigens that can be used as a vaccine against American Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, we identified a Leishmania (Leishmania amazonensis recombinant protein of 33 kD (Larp33 which is recognized by antibodies and peripheral blood leukocytes (PBL from subjects vaccinated with Leishvacin ®, Larp33 was expressed in Escherichia coli after cloning of a 2,2 kb Sau3A digested genomic fragment of L. (L. amazonensis into the pDS56-6 His vector. Immunoblotting analysis indicated that Larp33 corresponds to an approximately 40-kD native protein expressed in promastigotes of L.(L. amazonensis and L. (Viannia braziliensis. Northern blots of total RNA also demonstrated that the gene coding for this protein is expressed in promastigotes of the major lineages of Leishmania causing American Cutaneous Leishmaniasis. Larp33 induced partial protection in susceptible mouse strains (BALB/c and C57BL/10 against L. (L. amazonensis after vaccination using Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG as adjuvant. In vitro stimulation of splenocytes from BALB/c protected mice with Larp33 elicited the secretion of IL-2 and IFN-g, suggesting that a Th1 cell-mediated protective response is associated with the resistance observed in these mice. As revealed by its immunogenic and antigenic properties, this novel recombinant antigen is a suitable candidate to compose a vaccine against cutaneous leishmaniasisA resposta imune induzida por uma proteína recombinante de Leishmania (Leishmania amazonensis de 33 kD (Larp33 foi avaliada em linfócitos de indivíduos vacinados com a Leishvacin® e em camundongos através de vacinação. Larp33 foi expressa em Escherichia coli após clonagem de um fragmento genômico de L. (L. amazonensis de 2,2 kb no vetor pDS56-6His. Larp33 foi reconhecida por anticorpos IgG presentes no soro de indivíduos vacinados com Leishvacin® e induziu proliferação em linfócitos desses indivíduos em níveis comparáveis ao ant

  7. The accumulation and distribution of 60Co in carp (Cyprinus carpio) in water-fish compartment system

    In relation with nuclear safety assessment, the parameter of radionuclide transfer in the environment is significantly needed for internal doses estimation received by public trough environment - food product - human pathways. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has published the transfer parameter data for temperate zone in Technical Report Series 472. In order to complete the IAEA data, especially for tropical region, the accumulation and distribution of 60Co in carp (Cyprinus carpio) was experimentally studied based on the water-fish compartment system. The carp were cultured in 500L water containing 60Co of about 30 Bq.mL-1 in a water tank. The 60Co concentration in fish and water were measured using gamma spectrometer. The 60Co was accumulated and distributed in the fish tissues with the concentration ratio (CR) of 3.08 mL.g-1 1.55 mL.g-1 and 1.14 mL.g-1 for internal organs, bones, and muscle, respectively. The CR of 60Co in the fish will be useful in internal radiation dose estimation to human trough water-fish-human pathway, and will also complete the IAEA transfer parameter data for tropical region. (author)

  8. Preliminary Study on the Quantitative Value Transfer Method of Absorbed Dose to Water in 60Co γ Radiation

    SONG Ming-zhe

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Absorbed dose to water in 60Co γ radiation is the basic physics quantity in the quantitative value system of radiation therapy, it is very necessary for radiation therapy. The study on the quantitative value transfer method of absorbed dose to water in 60Co γ Radiation could provide important technical support to the establishment of Chinese absorbed dose to water quantity system. Based on PTW-30013 ionization chamber, PMMA water phantom and 3D mobile platform, quantitative value transfer standard instrument was established, combined with the requirement of IAEA-TRS398, developed preliminary study of 60Co absorbed dose to water quantity value transfer method. After the quantity value transfer, the expanded uncertainty of absorbed dose to water calibration factor of PTW-30013 was 0.90% (k=2, the expanded uncertainty of absorbed dose to water of 60Co γ reference radiation in Radiation Metrology Center (SSDL of IAEA was 1.4% (k=2. The results showed that, this value transfer method can reduce the uncertainty of 60Co absorbed dose to water effectively in Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratory.

  9. 60 Co accumulation by scenedesnus obliquus. Mechanism of uptake and relative contribution of radionuclide adsorption and absorption

    In this paper are presented the results of various 60Co accumulation and depuration experiments, carried out to assess the respective contributions of passive and active processes in the radionuclide uptake by Scenedesmus obliquus. The experiments were conduced on living illuminated cells, living cells maintained in darkness and dead cells. Exposure study shows that living illuminated cells and dead cells incorporated the same amount of available 60Co, in the order of 65%. In contrast, the radionuclide uptake by cells in darkness was very lower. Depuration experiments show that radiocobalt release by living illuminated cells and dead cells is an exponential process including two phases. The first, during which the decrease of the radioactivity was about 80%, corresponds to elimination of the 60Co adsorbed on the cell walls. During the second phase, the slight decrease of the radioactivity results from the intracellular 60Co desorption. The addition of EDTA in the depuration culture medium results in an almost instantaneous loss of 80% of the accumulated radionuclide. The results clearly indicate that 60Co uptake is mainly a passive phenomenon, since adsorption accounts for 80% of the accumulation and passive diffusion for about 10%. Metabolic assimilation contributes for a weak part

  10. Study on the effectiveness of some decontamination agents against skin contamination of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 60}Co

    Chon, Je Keun; Ji, Pyung Kook; Kwak, Sang Soo; Kim, Byung Tae; Park, Chong Mook [Nuclear Environment Technology Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-03-01

    In order to evaluate the effectiveness of some decontamination agents against skin contamination of {sup 60}Co and {sup 137}Cs, the experiments were carried out in this study. In the experiments, pig skin was used instead of human skin, {sup 60}CoCl{sub 2} and {sup 137}CsCl were used the liquid sources of skin contamination. To examine the effectiveness of decontamination agents, skin decontamination was tried using soup, EDTA, DAERICON which was developed for decontamination of radionuclides on the surface of building structure, and new decontamination agents such as IOCON, TRICON, and CHARCON, which were developed in this study. The absorption of radionuclides through the skin was evaluated by the gamma-ray detection on the surface of sample skin after radionuclides were penetrated into the skin during 16 hour soiling time. The results of this absorption experiment indicated that 11.5% and 3.2% of initial amounts of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 60}Co, respectively, were penetrated into the skin. In the experiment to remove the residual radioactivity fixed on the skin, KAERICON showed the decontamination rates up to 52.1%(decontamination factor of 2.1) and IOCON showed the equivalent decontamination rate (decontamination factor 1.9) for {sup 137}Cs. However, IOCON and CHARCON showed the poor decontamination rates of less than 20%(decontamination factor of 1.2) for {sup 60}Co, and KAERICON showed the poor decontamination rate (decontamination factor 1.1) for {sup 60}Co.