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  1. Preliminary In Vitro Antisickilng Properties of Crude Juice Extracts of Persia Americana, Citrus Sinensis, Carica Papaya and Ciklavit®

    Iweala, EE J; Uhegbu, FO; Ogu, GN

    2009-01-01

    The antisickling properties of crude juice extracts of the edible portions of three commonly consumed tropical fruits namely Persia americana, Citrus sinensis, and Carica papaya were investigated in vitro alongside a new drug preparation called Ciklavit® that has antisickling activity. Four different solvent extracts of the crude juice of each fruit including aqueous, acidic, alkaline and alcoholic extracts were prepared and their antisickling effects on sickle cell trait (HbAS) and sickle ce...

  2. Experimental study of convective coefficient of mass transfer of avocado (Persia americana Mill.)

    Alves, Suerda Bezerra; Luiz, Marcia Ramos; Amorim, Joselma Araujo de; Gusmao, Rennam Pereira de; Gurgel, Jose Mauricio [Universidade Federal da Paraiba (LES/UFPB), Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil). Lab. de Energia Solar

    2010-07-01

    Most of all energy consumed worldwide comes from fossil fuels derived from petroleum. With the petroleum crisis in the 70 were sought new energy sources, among them renewable. One such source is biodiesel energy, organic matter originated from animal and/or vegetable. Among the various plant species is the avocado (Persia americana Mill.) showing great potential in the production of petroleum extracted from the pulp and the alcohol removed from the seed. The main obstacle for obtaining the petroleum is the high humidity found in the pulp, being necessary to the drying process, which involves the transfer of heat and mass. The aim of this study was to use the mathematical model represented by Newton's Law of Cooling to simulate the mass transfer on the surface of the avocado pulp during the drying process. The equation of the mathematical model was solved numerically and the method of least squares was identified convective coefficient of Mass Transfer. The dryer used in the experimental process was operated with air flow in the vertical, air flow average fixed 3m/s and temperatures of 50, 60 and 70 deg C. The scheme of the dryer used in the research is composed of the following equipment: centrifugal fan, which drives the air-drying; valve, which allows control of airflow; electrical resistance, used for heating air; the drying chamber, where enables measurement of temperature and relative humidity; support for smaller trays; trays smaller, where the samples of the pulp of the avocado are placed; exit of the air of drying for the environment. The result presented shows the ratio of moisture content as a function of temperature over time, where it is possible to also observe that how much bigger the temperature of drying, greater will be the convective coefficient of mass transfer of the avocado. (author)

  3. Quality of fresh-cut avocado (Persea americana Mill. stored under different temperatures Qualidade de abacates (Persea americana Mill. minimally processados armazenados sob diferentes temperaturas

    Ana Carla Marques Pinheiro

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available The goal of this work was to evaluate the effect of different storage temperatures on the quality maintenance of fresh-cut 'Fortuna' avocado (Persea americana Mill.. The fruit was selected, washed and sanitized with sodium hypochlorite solution (190 ppm total residual chlorinee for 15 minutes. After that, the tip was cut and the fruit was also cut in halves, peeled and the pit removed, manually. Then the halves were immersed in 0.5% calcium chlorite + 0.5% cysteine solution for 2 minutes, to avoid darkening and packed in rigid plastic covered with 20 micrometer thick plastic wrap (PVC film with a permeability to O2, CO2 and water vapor of 15,000, 80,000 and 390 cm³/m²/day, respectively. The product was stored under 3 different temperatures 0, 5, 10ºC and evaluated at 5 different storege periods of 0, 2, 3, 5 and 6 days, in a randomized design in a 3x5 factorial. The storage of fresh-cut avocado at 5ºC is the best alternative because it determines better maintenance of quality of the avocado. These presented lower darkening of pulp, better scores for appearance and acceptability, lower softening and polyphenoloxidase activity, in comparison to those stored at 0 and 10ºC. The fresh-cut avocados stored at 5ºC presented a shelf life of 5 days, based, mainly on, appearance, score 7.3, sited between the concepts "like moderately" and "like very much" on a hedonic scale of 9 points and 86% of acceptability, at the end of 5 days of storage.Objetivou-se avaliar o efeito de diferentes temperaturas de armazenamento na manutenção da qualidade de abacates 'Fortuna' (Persea americana Mill. minimally processados. Os frutos foram lavados e sanificados em solução de hipoclorito de sódio (190 ppm de cloro residual total por 15 minutos. Posteriormente, efetuou-se a retirada da extremidade onde se insere o pedúnculo, o corte em metades, retirada do caroço e casca, manualmente. Em seguida, as metades foram imersas em solução com cloreto de cálcio 0

  4. Tolerância a baixas temperaturas de cultivares de abacate (Persea americana Mill.

    Soares Nilberto Bernardo

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Em experimento realizado no Núcleo de Agronomia do Sudoeste/IAC, em Capão Bonito (SP, observou-se o comportamento de 13 cultivares de abacate com seis anos de idade: Geada, Pollock e Simmonds (raça antilhana; Antoniolli, Breda, Campinas, Ermor, Jumbo, Margarida, Ouro verde, Reis e Solano (híbridos de antilhana x guatemalense e Fuerte (híbrido de mexicana x guatemalense em relação às baixas temperaturas. As temperaturas do ar registradas no posto meteorológico do local foram: -2,8degreesC; -0,4degreesC; -0,2degreesC e -1,8degreesC, respectivamente, nos dias 17; 18; 20 e 21 de julho de 2000. A cultivar Fuerte mostrou-se mais tolerante às baixas temperaturas, não apresentando injúrias nas plantas nem queda de frutos; as cultivares híbridas de antilhana x guatemalense apresentaram diferenças de tolerância ao frio; enquanto as antilhanas foram severamente injuriadas.

  5. Cinética de inativação da polifenoloxidase e peroxidase de abacate (Persea americana Mill.) Kinetic of inactivation of polyphenoloxidase and peroxidase of avocado (Persea americana Mill.)

    Rúbia Caroline Luíz; Talita Akemi Medeiros Hirata; Edmar Clemente

    2007-01-01

    Extratos enzimáticos foram preparados a partir da polpa de abacate (Persea americana Mill.) dos cultivares Quintal, Fortuna e Choquete, em dois estádios de maturação (verde e maduro). A polpa de abacate (150,00g) foi homogeneizada em liquidificador, com 300 mL de solução tampão fosfato de sódio 100mM em pH 7,4 para polifenoloxidase (PPO) e pH 6,0 para peroxidase (POD). A peroxidase ionicamente ligada foi extraída usando solução de NaCl 1,0M, em tampão fosfato de sódio 100mM pH 6,0. Para o est...

  6. Quality of fresh-cut avocado (Persea americana Mill.) stored under different temperatures Qualidade de abacates (Persea americana Mill.) minimally processados armazenados sob diferentes temperaturas

    Ana Carla Marques Pinheiro; Eduardo Valério de Barros Vilas Boas; Lucas Carvalho e Silva; Alessandra de Paiva Alves; Marcelo La Selva; Adimilson Bosco Chitarra

    2009-01-01

    The goal of this work was to evaluate the effect of different storage temperatures on the quality maintenance of fresh-cut 'Fortuna' avocado (Persea americana Mill.). The fruit was selected, washed and sanitized with sodium hypochlorite solution (190 ppm total residual chlorinee) for 15 minutes. After that, the tip was cut and the fruit was also cut in halves, peeled and the pit removed, manually. Then the halves were immersed in 0.5% calcium chlorite + 0.5% cysteine solution for 2 minutes, t...

  7. Cinética de inativação da polifenoloxidase e peroxidase de abacate (Persea americana Mill. Kinetic of inactivation of polyphenoloxidase and peroxidase of avocado (Persea americana Mill.

    Rúbia Caroline Luíz

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Extratos enzimáticos foram preparados a partir da polpa de abacate (Persea americana Mill. dos cultivares Quintal, Fortuna e Choquete, em dois estádios de maturação (verde e maduro. A polpa de abacate (150,00g foi homogeneizada em liquidificador, com 300 mL de solução tampão fosfato de sódio 100mM em pH 7,4 para polifenoloxidase (PPO e pH 6,0 para peroxidase (POD. A peroxidase ionicamente ligada foi extraída usando solução de NaCl 1,0M, em tampão fosfato de sódio 100mM pH 6,0. Para o estudo da estabilidade térmica, os extratos foram submetidos a temperaturas de 60, 65, 70, 75 e 80ºC e por períodos que variaram de 1 à 10 minutos e a atividade enzimática foi determinada por espectrofotometria (lambda= 395nm para PPO e lambda= 460nm para POD. Pode-se observar que o declínio rápido da atividade das enzimas era maior nos primeiros quatro minutos e após esse período, com o aumento da temperatura e do tempo, a atividade continuou diminuindo, porém de forma mais lenta. A energia de ativação na faixa de temperatura estudada para as porções termolábil e termorresistente, apresentou valores dentro da faixa 12-100 kcal/mol.Enzymatic extracts were prepared from the avocado pulp (Persea americana Mill., using the cultivars Quintal, Fortuna and Choquete, in two different maturation stages (green and mature avocados. The avocado pulp (150,00g was homogenized in blender with 300 mL of sodium phosphate buffer 100mM at pH 7.4 for polyphenoloxidase (PPO and pH 6.0 for peroxidase (POD. The peroxidase ionically bound was extracted using NaCl solution 1.0M in sodium phosphate buffer 100mM pH 6.0. For the study of the thermal stability the extracts were submitted at temperatures of 60, 65, 70, 75 and 80ºC for periods that had a variation from 1 to 10 minutes and the enzymatic activity was determined using a spectrophotometer (lambda= 395nm for PPO and lambda= 460nm for POD. It was possible to observe a fast decline of the enzyme activity in

  8. Métodos para atrair a abelha Apis mellifera L. em cultura de abacate (Persea americana Mill.) Methods to attract honeybee Apis mellifera L. to avocado tree (Persea americana Mill)

    Darclet Terezinha Malerbo Souza; Simone Rodrigues da Silva; Vagner de Alencar Arnaut de Toledo

    2002-01-01

    O presente experimento teve como objetivo avaliar métodos de atração da abelha Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera, Apidae) em duas variedades de abacate (Persea americana Mill.). Os atrativos utilizados foram extratos de Cymbopogon citratus, Ocimum basilicum, Lippia alba, folha de Citrus sp, folha de Eucaliptus sp. e o eugenol e o linalol (SIGMA). Os tratamentos utilizados foram: coberto; descoberto pulverizado (DP); descoberto com tubos e descoberto não pulverizado (DNP). Observou-se que a atrat...

  9. COMPOSIÇÃO DE ÁCIDOS GRAXOS DO ÓLEO DO MESOCARPO E DA SEMENTE DE CULTIVARES DE ABACATE (PERSEA AMERICANA, MILL.) DA REGIÃO DE RIBEIRÃO PRETO, SP

    Gisele Lucia MASSAFERA; José Eduardo DUTRA DE OLIVEIRA; Telma Maria BRAGA COSTA

    2010-01-01

    O objetivo deste trabalho foi identificar e determinar os ácidos graxos dos óleos do mesocarpo e da semente de abacates da região de Ribeirão Preto – SP. Para realização do trabalho foram utilizados frutos de abacateiros (Persea americana, Mill.) cultivares Fortuna, Ouro Verde e Princesa. O óleo foi obtido através de extração com solvente a quente (Soxhlet) e após a esterificação, as amostras foram injetadas em cromatógrafo a gás. No óleo do mesocarpo o ácido graxo qu...

  10. Métodos para atrair a abelha Apis mellifera L. em cultura de abacate (Persea americana Mill. Methods to attract honeybee Apis mellifera L. to avocado tree (Persea americana Mill

    Darclet Terezinha Malerbo Souza

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available O presente experimento teve como objetivo avaliar métodos de atração da abelha Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera, Apidae em duas variedades de abacate (Persea americana Mill.. Os atrativos utilizados foram extratos de Cymbopogon citratus, Ocimum basilicum, Lippia alba, folha de Citrus sp, folha de Eucaliptus sp. e o eugenol e o linalol (SIGMA. Os tratamentos utilizados foram: coberto; descoberto pulverizado (DP; descoberto com tubos e descoberto não pulverizado (DNP. Observou-se que a atratividade das substâncias testadas desapareceu minutos após a sua aplicação, utilizando ou não a glicerina, em ambas as variedades. A pulverização dos extratos de falsa melissa, folhas de eucalipto e folhas de laranja apresentaram um aumento no número de abelhas Apis mellifera, na variedade Quintal. Os dados mostraram que a freqüência das abelhas A. mellifera foi maior na variedade Quintal comparada à variedade Fortuna. Isto pode ter ocorrido devido à maior concentração de açúcares do néctar de suas flores. Observou-se que as abelhas A. mellifera preferiram visitar as flores do abacateiro da variedade Quintal, tanto para néctar quanto para coleta de pólen, comparada à variedade Fortuna. Com relação aos frutos, nenhuma das características apresentou diferença significativa entre os tratamentos, em ambas as variedades. Entretanto, observou-se que na variedade Quintal os frutos decorrentes dos tratamentos DP e DNP foram mais pesados, mais compridos e com maior espessura da polpa, comparados ao único fruto obtido do tratamento coberto. Os produtos testados em tubos não foram eficientes para atrair a abelha Apis mellifera, em ambas as variedades.The present experiment was carried out to evaluate some methods to attract honeybee Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera, Apidae to two avocado varieties (Persea americana Mill.. Extracts of Cymbopogon citratus, Ocimum basilicum, Lippia alba, Citrus sp leaf, Eucalyptus sp leaf, the eugenol and linalol

  11. Efeito do abacate (Persea americana Mill variedade hass na lipidemia de ratos hipercolesterolêmicos Effect of the hass avocado (American Persea Mill on hipercolesterolemic rats

    Jocelem Mastrodi Salgado

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Os fitonutrientes podem ser encontrados em muitas frutas, sendo o abacate o mais rico em beta-sitosterol (fitoesterol e glutationa. O fitoesterol é uma substância de origem vegetal cuja estrutura é muito similar a do colesterol e seu mecanismo de ação envolve a inibição intestinal de absorção do colesterol e diminuição da síntese de colesterol hepático. O efeito é exercido sobre os valores de colesterol plasmático total e LDL, sem afetar os níveis de HDL e triglicérides sanguíneos. O presente trabalho teve como objetivo analisar a influência do consumo de farinha de abacate variedade Hass nos níveis séricos de colesterol total, HDL, LDL, triglicérides, colesterol hepático e excretado. Estes parâmetros foram investigados em ratos Wistar hipercolesterolêmicos durante 30 e 60 dias de experimento. Ao final de 30 dias, a dieta com 15% de abacate mostrou ser mais efetiva para reduzir os níveis de colesterol total e LDL e aumentar o HDL em comparação ao controle. Foi observado que para o teor de colesterol excretado a melhor dieta foi a de 25% de abacate, pois quanto maior a concentração de abacate, maior a excreção de colesterol. A dieta com 15% e 25% de abacate, foram as que mais influenciaram nos níveis de colesterol hepático.Phytonutrients can be found in fruits, and the avocado contains four times more beta-sitosterol (phytosterol and it is one of the best glutathione sources. The phytosterol is a vegetable substance whose structure is very similar to the cholesterol one and its action mechanism involves the intestinal inhibition of cholesterol absorption and the synthesis of hepatic cholesterol. The effect has an influence on the values of total plasmatic cholesterol and LDL without affecting the levels of HDL and triglycerides. The present work had the objective to analyze the influence of the consumption of the Hass avocado on the levels of total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and hepatic and excreted

  12. O óleo de abacate (Persea americana Mill) como matéria-prima para a indústria alimentícia The avocado oil (Persea americana Mill) as a raw material for the food industry

    Jocelem Mastrodi Salgado; Flávia Danieli; Marisa Aparecisa Bismara Regitano-D'arce; Andrea Frias; Débora Niero Mansi

    2008-01-01

    Hábitos de vida saudáveis e uma dieta balanceada aliados ao alto consumo de frutas e vegetais estão associados à redução do risco de doenças e à manutenção da saúde. O óleo de abacate possui em sua composição substâncias bioativas capazes de prevenir e controlar as dislipidemias. Como existem poucas pesquisas científicas avaliando o potencial deste óleo para o consumo humano, o presente trabalho estudou os processos de extração e refino do óleo de abacate. Para tanto, procedeu-se à separação ...

  13. Chemical composition, toxicity and larvicidal and antifungal activities of Persea americana (avocado seed extracts Composição química, toxicidade, atividade larvicida e antifúngica de extratos de semente de Persea americana (abacate

    João Jaime Giffoni Leite

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available The present study had the aim of testing the hexane and methanol extracts of avocado seeds, in order to determine their toxicity towards Artemia salina, evaluate their larvicidal activity towards Aedes aegypti and investigate their in vitro antifungal potential against strains of Candida spp, Cryptococcus neoformans and Malassezia pachydermatis through the microdilution technique. In toxicity tests on Artemia salina, the hexane and methanol extracts from avocado seeds showed LC50 values of 2.37 and 24.13mg mL-1 respectively. Against Aedes aegypti larvae, the LC50 results obtained were 16.7mg mL-1 for hexane extract and 8.87mg mL-1 for methanol extract from avocado seeds. The extracts tested were also active against all the yeast strains tested in vitro, with differing results such that the minimum inhibitory concentration of the hexane extract ranged from 0.625 to 1.25mg L-¹, from 0.312 to 0.625mg mL-1 and from 0.031 to 0.625mg mL-1, for the strains of Candida spp, Cryptococcus neoformans and Malassezia pachydermatis, respectively. The minimal inhibitory concentration for the methanol extract ranged from 0.125 to 0.625mg mL-1, from 0.08 to 0.156mg mL-1 and from 0.312 to 0.625mg mL-1, for the strains of Candida spp., Cryptococcus neoformans and Malassezia pachydermatis, respectively.O presente estudo teve como objetivo testar os extratos hexânico e metanólico das sementes do abacate, a fim de determinar sua toxicidade em Artemia salina, avaliar a atividade larvicida frente ao Aedes aegypti, bem como verificar o potencial antifúngico in vitro contra cepas de Candida spp, Cryptococcus neoformans e Malassezia pachydermatis, através da técnica de microdiluição. Os extratos hexânico e metanólico das sementes de abacate apresentaram no teste de toxicidade frente à Artemia salina, valores de LC50 2,37 e 24,13mg L-1, respectivamente; contra as larvas do Aedes aegypti os resultados obtidos foram LC50 16,7mg L-1 para o extrato hexânico e 8,87mg

  14. O óleo de abacate (Persea americana Mill como matéria-prima para a indústria alimentícia The avocado oil (Persea americana Mill as a raw material for the food industry

    Jocelem Mastrodi Salgado

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Hábitos de vida saudáveis e uma dieta balanceada aliados ao alto consumo de frutas e vegetais estão associados à redução do risco de doenças e à manutenção da saúde. O óleo de abacate possui em sua composição substâncias bioativas capazes de prevenir e controlar as dislipidemias. Como existem poucas pesquisas científicas avaliando o potencial deste óleo para o consumo humano, o presente trabalho estudou os processos de extração e refino do óleo de abacate. Para tanto, procedeu-se à separação da polpa das outras partes da fruta. A polpa fresca foi seca em estufa, e posteriormente moída para a obtenção de um farelo. O óleo obtido do farelo foi extraído e caracterizado. Os resultados mostraram que os processos de extração e refino do óleo a partir da variedade Margarida são tecnicamente viáveis, o que o torna excelente matéria-prima para a indústria alimentícia. Além disso, possui um perfil de ácidos graxos e esteróis muito semelhante ao perfil do azeite de oliva, podendo desta forma, substituir o óleo de soja e ser utilizado juntamente com o azeite de oliva nos óleos mistos, oferecendo ao consumidor brasileiro um produto de qualidade superior e com menor custo.Healthy life habits and an adequate diet, together with a high intake of fruits and vegetables, are associated with reducing the risk of diseases and maintaining health. The avocado oil has bioactive substances that can prevent and control the hyperlipidemia. Since there is little scientific research evaluating the oil potential for human consumption, the present work studied the extraction and refining process of the avocado oil. Firstly, the pulp was extracted from the fruit. The fresh pulp was dried in a stove and then grounded for obtaining the bran. The oil obtained from de bran was extracted and characterized. The results showed that the extraction and refining process of the Margarida avocado variety is technically feasible, and it is an

  15. COMPOSIÇÃO DE ÁCIDOS GRAXOS DO ÓLEO DO MESOCARPO E DA SEMENTE DE CULTIVARES DE ABACATE (PERSEA AMERICANA, MILL. DA REGIÃO DE RIBEIRÃO PRETO, SP

    Gisele Lucia MASSAFERA

    2010-11-01

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    O objetivo deste trabalho foi identificar e determinar os ácidos graxos dos óleos do mesocarpo e da semente de abacates da região de Ribeirão Preto – SP. Para realização do trabalho foram utilizados frutos de abacateiros (Persea americana, Mill. cultivares Fortuna, Ouro Verde e Princesa. O óleo foi obtido através de extração com solvente a quente (Soxhlet e após a esterificação, as amostras foram injetadas em cromatógrafo a gás. No óleo do mesocarpo o ácido graxo que apresentou maior concentração foi o ácido oléico, com teores entre 31,77 e 50,30%, seguido pelo ácido palmítico, com teores entre 20,73 e 32,54%. Os teores de ácidos graxos do óleo do mesocarpo mostraram-se diferentes da semente e variaram entre os cultivares. No óleo do mesocarpo o ácido graxo que apresentou maior concentração foi o ácido oléico, com teores entre 31,77 e 50,30%, seguido pelo ácido palmítico, com teores entre 20,73 e 32,54%. No óleo da semente, o ácido graxo que apresentou maior concentração foi o ácido oléico com teores entre 11,69 e 35,83%, seguido pelo ácido linoléico cujos teores variaram entre 23,28 e 29,98%. No presente estudo pudemos concluir que há uma variabilidade nas concentrações de ácidos graxos entre os diferentes cultivares e também entre a semente e o mesocarpo de cada cultivar.

  16. Determinação enzimática de dopamina em formulações farmacêuticas utilizando sistema de análise por injeção em fluxo com extrato bruto de abacate (Persea americana) Enzimatic determination of dopamine in pharmaceutical formulations using a flow injection analysis system with avocado (Persea americana) crude extract

    Karina Omuro Lupetti; Luiz Antônio Ramos; Orlando Fatibello-Filho

    2003-01-01

    In this work, a spectrophotometric flow injection analysis system using a crude extract of avocado (Persea americana) as a source of polyphenol oxidase to dopamine determination was developed. The substrates and enzyme concentrations from 2.4x10-7 to 5.3x10-4 mol L-1 and 28 to 332 units mL-1 were evaluated, respectively. In addition, the FIA parameters such as sample loop (50 to 500 µL), flow rate (1.4 to 4.3 mL min-1) and reactor length (100 to 500 cm) were also evaluated in a 0.1 mol ...

  17. Armazenamento refrigerado de abacates 'Hass'

    Juliana Rodrigues Donadon

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho objetivou determinar a ocorrência de injúria pelo frio em abacates 'Hass'. Na primeira Etapa, os abacates foram armazenados a 5ºC (77% UR, 10ºC (79% UR e 15ºC (79% UR por até 21 dias. Aos 7; 14 e 21dias de armazenamento, um lote com 36 frutos foi levado ao ambiente (22°C e 77% UR para amadurecimento. Testou-se também o armazenamento a 2°C (74% UR e 4°C (77% UR por até 45 dias, sendo que aos 15; 30 e 45 dias, um lote com a mesma quantidade de frutos foi levado ao ambiente, mantido a 22°C e 77% UR. Frutos armazenados ao ambiente, desde o início, foram considerados testemunha. Avalaram-se a aparência e a luminosidade da polpa. Os frutos armazenados a 10°C e 15°C não apresentaram sintomas de injúrias pelo frio, que foram observados nos frutos armazenados a 2°C, por períodos superiores a 15 dias, e nos mantidos a 4°C, por 30 dias. Quando levados ao ambiente, os frutos armazenados a 2°C conservaram aparência aceitável para o consumo (nota = 3 por até10 dias, e os armazenados a 4°C, por até 12 dias. Na segunda Etapa, analisaram-se a intensidade respiratória e a atividade das enzimas peroxidase (POD, polifenoloxidase (PPO, poligalacturonase (PG e pectinametilesterase (PME nos frutos armazenados a 2ºC, por 45 dias, em comparação com os testemunha. A atividade das enzimas associadas ao escurecimento, POD e PPO, assim como das associadas ao amaciamento da polpa, PME e PG, foi inibida pelo armazenamento a 2ºC, mas readquiriram atividade mais elevada que nos frutos-testemunha, quando foram transferidos ao ambiente, indicando estímulo devido aos danos pelo frio.

  18. The use of Gamma radiation of Cobalt-60 to control avocado moth Stenoma catenifer Walsingham, 1912 (Lepidoptera: Elachistidae) and its effects on the quality of the fruit of Persea americana (Miller) (Lauraceae).; Uso da radiacao gama do Cobalto-60, para controlar a broca-do-abacate Stenoma catenifer Walsingham, 1912 (Lepidoptera: Elachistidae) e seus efeitos na qualidade do fruto de Persea americana (Miller) (Lauraceae)

    Silva, Lilian Karla Figueira da

    2004-07-01

    This work aimed to evaluate the influence of Gamma radiation of Cobalt-60, in the avocado moth Stenoma catenifer Walsingham, 1912 (Lepidoptera: Elachistidae) and its effects on the quality of the fruit Persea americana (Miller) (Lauraceae). For this research, insects were irradiated in ali phases of their life cycle with doses varying from O to 600 Gy and they were maintained at the temperature of 25 +- 2 deg C, humidity of 70 +- 10% and photo phase of 14 h. The species was raised on natural diet, avocado seeds. The cultivar fruits Geada were irradiated with doses that varied from 0 to 150 Gy, maintained for 15 days at room temperature (20 a 35 deg C and humidity of 70 - 80 %) and 30 days at a temperature of 10 deg C, humidity of 40 - 60 %. The chemical-physics and sensorial analyses were carried out. According to the obtained results, it was verified that the lethal dose of gamma radiation to S. catenifer eggs, was of 75 Gy; for caterpillars and pupas was of 300 Gy. The sterile-dose for upcoming adults from irradiated S. catenifer eggs was of 25 Gy; for upcoming adults from irradiated caterpillars, it was of 100 Gy; for adults coming from irradiated pupas was of 150 Gy and for irradiated adults was of 200 Gy. The irradiation in the avocado fruit, maintained at room temperature for 7 days of storage, caused change in the coloration of the fruit (dark spots and yellowish coloration) and more firmness. The sensorial characteristics were kept and the irradiated fruit was the chosen one as favorite for tasting. The irradiated fruits that were kept at 10 deg C, obtained an increase in the storage period, without changing their chemical physics characteristics. The coloration of the fruits was kept, more firmness and a subtle acidity taste increase, being effective in the conservation of the fruits and in the maintenance of their sensorial characteristics. The use of the gamma radiation as treatment quarantine of S. catenifer it was efficient, should be treated them with

  19. From Cyrus to Abbas: staging Persia in Early Modern England

    Masood, Hafiz Abid

    2012-01-01

    This thesis considers the different ways Persia was perceived in early modern England. Persia, understudied in recent scholarship, played an important role in the early modern English imagination, both as a classical civilization and as a counterweight to the Ottoman threat to Christendom. This classical heritage and anti-Ottomanism, when intersected with a Persian Muslim identity, resulted in a complex phenomenon. This thesis is an attempt to understand the various cross currents that constr...

  20. Caracterização farmacognóstica da droga e do extrato fluido de Persea americana Miller

    Marcia Aparecida Gutierrez; Fernando de Oliveira

    1989-01-01

    As folhas de Persea americana Miller, conhecidas vulgarmente como folhas-de-abacate, foram caracterizadas morfológica e cromatograficamente. A presenga de anetol, estragol e cariofileno foram pesquisadas na droga brasileira. O extrato fluido foi caracterizado através de sua fração flavonóidica.

  1. Inibição do amadurecimento de abacate com 1-metilciclopropeno

    Kluge Ricardo Alfredo

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available O abacate (Persea americana é um fruto climatérico que apresenta alta taxa respiratória e alta produção de etileno após a colheita, o que o torna altamente perecível. Por isso, o controle do amadurecimento desse fruto é fundamental para o aumento da vida útil de prateleira. Abacates 'Quintal' foram tratados com o bloqueador da ação do etileno 1-metilciclopropeno (1-MCP nas concentrações de 0, 30, 90 e 270 nL L-1 durante 12 horas a 24masculineC e armazenados sob condições ambientais (24masculineC por nove dias. Diariamente foram analisadas as variáveis coloração da casca e polpa, firmeza de polpa, porcentagem de frutos maduros (firmeza <= 8 Newtons, porcentagem de podridões, taxa respiratória e produção de etileno. O delineamento experimental foi inteiramente casualizado, em esquema fatorial 4 x 10, com quatro repetições de quatro frutos. O 1-MCP reteve o desenvolvimento da coloração da casca e polpa e proporcionou maior firmeza de polpa e menor incidência de podridão nos frutos. Frutos não tratados apresentaram início de amadurecimento após quatro dias a 24masculineC, enquanto nos frutos tratados com 270 nL L-1 de 1-MCP o amadurecimento iniciou após sete dias. Frutos tratados com 1-MCP (270 nL L-1 apresentaram menor taxa respiratória e menor produção de etileno. Os resultados revelam que a aplicação de 1-MCP em abacates é satisfatória para retardar o amadurecimento dos frutos e aumentar a vida de prateleira.

  2. Determinação enzimática de dopamina em formulações farmacêuticas utilizando sistema de análise por injeção em fluxo com extrato bruto de abacate (Persea americana)

    Lupetti Karina Omuro; Ramos Luiz Antônio; Fatibello-Filho Orlando

    2003-01-01

    In this work, a spectrophotometric flow injection analysis system using a crude extract of avocado (Persea americana) as a source of polyphenol oxidase to dopamine determination was developed. The substrates and enzyme concentrations from 2.4x10-7 to 5.3x10-4 mol L-1 and 28 to 332 units mL-1 were evaluated, respectively. In addition, the FIA parameters such as sample loop (50 to 500 mL), flow rate (1.4 to 4.3 mL min-1) and reactor length (100 to 500 cm) were also evaluated in a 0.1 mol L-1 ph...

  3. Determinação enzimática de dopamina em formulações farmacêuticas utilizando sistema de análise por injeção em fluxo com extrato bruto de abacate (Persea americana

    Lupetti Karina Omuro

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, a spectrophotometric flow injection analysis system using a crude extract of avocado (Persea americana as a source of polyphenol oxidase to dopamine determination was developed. The substrates and enzyme concentrations from 2.4x10-7 to 5.3x10-4 mol L-1 and 28 to 332 units mL-1 were evaluated, respectively. In addition, the FIA parameters such as sample loop (50 to 500 mL, flow rate (1.4 to 4.3 mL min-1 and reactor length (100 to 500 cm were also evaluated in a 0.1 mol L-1 phosphate buffer solution (pH 7.0. Dopamine solution concentrations were determined using 277 units mL-1 enzyme solution, 400 mL enzyme loop, 375 mL sample loop, 2.2 mL min-1 flow rate and a reactor of 350 cm. The analytical curve showed a linearity from 5.3x10-5 to 5.3x10-4 mol L-1 dopamine with a detection limit of 1.3x10-5 mol L-1. The analytical frequency was 46 h-1 and the RSD lower than 0.5% for 5.3x10-4 mol L-1 dopamine solution (n=10. A paired t-test showed that all results obtained for dopamine in commercial formulations using the proposed flow injection procedure and a spectrophotometric procedure agree at the 95% confidence level.

  4. I fiumi e le acque: i paesaggi fluenti della Persia

    Homa Behbahani

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The both grandiose chains of mountains of Persia, the Alborz Mountains, which form a circle round the south shore of Caspian Sea, and the Zagres chain, along the NW-S E direction, look onto the vast Dasht-è-Kavir. Desert. A lot of impressive landscapes, civilizations and human settlements (extraordinary villages and towns were originated along the fluvial valleys, where the snows and the waters sloped down from the mountains flow into the rivers before disappearing in the desert. The ancient Persia is still present and manifest itself in the contemporary landscapes of these remote regions where the populations are still well rooted into such a dynamical and flowing life environment. Here waters, plants and fruits provide the fundamental resources and support sedentary and semi nomad people who live together in this ‘steady and flowing realm’: the first in traditional villages, the second along the valleys. Semi nomad tribes and their animals follow their rhythmic seasonal itineraries and meet every season the sedentary people in their village sharing in peace their common steady and flowing realm. Their history is continuously becoming, weaved by the hands of each woman and by the wisdom of the whole nomad group as a complex marvellous carpet, and it is enriched by the seasonal meetings with the sedentary populations in the villages. At the present this intact wonderful condition is menaced of destruction. A big dam could be built at the end of this valley. 

  5. The Not-Forgotten Empire: Images of Persia in English Renaissance Writing

    Grogan, Jane

    2010-01-01

    This essay argues that the image of Persia is a familiar, largely positive and particularly compelling one for English Renaissance readers and writers. It surveys the range of sources of information available, and the kinds of uses to which they were put. Challenging the weight of recent scholarship on the Ottomans which presents them writ large as the representatives of the 'East' for English audiences and readers, I hope to show that the distinctiveness of Persia in the English imagination ...

  6. Polyphenoloxidase and peroxidase in avocado pulp (Persea americana Mill.) Polifenoloxidase e peroxidase na polpa de abacate (Persea americana Mill.)

    Lucimara Salvat Vanini; Angela Kwiatkowski; Edmar Clemente

    2010-01-01

    The aim of the present investigation was to evaluate the enzymatic activity of polyphenoloxidase and peroxidase in avocado pulps, from the Northwest area of Paraná-Brazil, in order to compare the varieties on their enzymatic activity for both, minimum and industrial processing. Enzymatic extracts were prepared from avocado pulp of Choquete, Fortuna and Quintal varieties, in green and ripe maturation stage. Thermal treatment was applied with temperatures 60, 65, 70, 75 and 80 °C. The enzymatic...

  7. A Note on the 'Hellenic League against Persia' and the Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea

    Nielsen, Thomas Heine

    2007-01-01

      The present note discusses why 'The Hellenic League against Persia' made no thank-offering to Zeus at Nemea after its defeat of Xerxes' invasion, even though it did make monumental thank-offerings at the three other great Panhellenic sanctuaries at Delphi, Isthmia and Olympia. It has been argued...

  8. Caracterización de algunos rasgos vegetativos y reproductivos en variedades de aguacate, persea americana mill.

    Escandón Gil Gonzalo; Muñoz F. Jaime Eduardo

    2010-01-01

    En Palmira (Colombia) entre 1984 y 1988 se caracterizó la colección de aguacate, Persia americana Mili. Se halló la ecuación de regresión AF = 89.25 + 0.60 (La -144), R2= 98.58 %, que permite estimar el área foliar (AF) con el producto largo por ancho de las hojas (A). Las variedades Mayapan, Oriente 1, Oriente 3, Simonds y los materiales 2, 3, 4, 5 y 6 presentaron épocas de floración definidas, Trinidad y Material 2 presentaron floraciones bajas pero continuas. El porcentaje de flores que ll...

  9. Non-Classical Order in Sphere Forming ABAC Tetrablock Copolymers

    Zhang, Jingwen; Sides, Scott; Bates, Frank

    2013-03-01

    AB diblock and ABC triblock copolymers have been studied thoroughly. ABAC tetrablock copolymers, representing the simplest variation from ABC triblock by breaking the molecular symmetry via inserting some of the A block in between B and C blocks, have been studied systematically in this research. The model system is poly(styrene-b-isoprene-b-styrene-b-ethylene oxide) (SISO) tetrablock terpolymers and the resulting morphologies were characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance, gel permeation chromatography, small-angle X-ray scattering, transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical spectroscopy. Two novel phases are first discovered in a single component block copolymers: hexagonally ordered spherical phase and tentatively identified dodecagonal quasicrystalline (QC) phase. In particular, the discovery of QC phase bridges the world of soft matters to that of metals. These unusual sets of morphologies will be discussed in the context of segregation under the constraints associated with the tetrablock molecular architecture. Theoretical calculations based on the assumption of Gaussian chain statistics provide valuable insights into the molecular configurations associated with these morphologies. the U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Science and Engineering, under contract number DEAC05-00OR22725 with UT-Battelle LLC at Oak Ridge National Lab.

  10. ESTABILIDADE DO GUACAMOLE REFRIGERADO ELABORADO COM ABACATE ‘HASS’ E DIFERENTES FORMULAÇÕES

    Érica Regina DAIUTO; VIEITES Rogério Lopes; Danielle Fernandes VILEIGAS; Lídia Raquel de CARVALHO

    2012-01-01

    O abacate é um fruto nutritivo com qualidades que viabilizam o aumento de seu consumo. O abacate processado é uma alternativa, mas, um desafio, não somente pelas dificuldades tecnológicas em se manter a qualidade do produto como também agradar o paladar do consumidor ainda não habituado a esta forma de consumo. O objetivo desta pesquisa foi avaliar a estabilidade do guacamole elaborado com diferentes formulações sendo conservado sob refrigeração, para obter um produto ...

  11. Food and Migration: the Abacería Central Market of Gràcia (Barcelona)

    Medina, F. Xavier; Provansal, Danielle; Montero, Cecilia

    2010-01-01

    Local food markets are, aside from being places for provisioning, spaces for meeting and social interaction. This article engages in an analysis of the social and commercial relations exhibited in the geographical area of the Abacería Central Market, in the neighborhood of Gràcia (Barcelona): a neighborhood that, over the last two decades, has seen a significant rise in the number of residents arriving from other countries (primarily Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe). The Abacería Cen...

  12. Qualidade do abacate 'HASS' frigoarmazenado submetido a atmosferas modificadas ativas

    Rogério Lopes Vieites

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a conservação do abacate 'Hass'frigoarmazenado submetido a atmosferas modificadas ativas. Os frutos foram acondicionados em embalagem de náilon+polietileno e submetidos à injeção de mistura de gases, constituindo os tratamentos: I - mistura gasosa do ambiente (21,0 kPa de O2+0,03 kPa de CO2; II - 4,0 kPa de O2+5,0kPa de CO2 ; III - 4,0 kPa de O2+6,0 kPa de CO2 ; IV - 4,0 kPa de O2+7,0 kPa de CO2, e V- 4,0 kPa de O2+8,0 kPa de CO2. As embalagens contendo os frutos foram armazenadas em câmara frigorífica, a uma temperatura de 10±1ºC e umidade relativa de 90±5%, durante 25 dias, sendo as análises realizadas a cada 5 dias. As análises realizadas foram perda de massa, atividade respiratória, potencial hidrogeniônico (pH, firmeza, acidez titulável (AT, sólidos solúveis (SS e atividade das enzimas pectinametilesterase (PME e poligalacturonase (PG. O tratamento em que os frutos foram submetidos à pressão parcial de 4,0 kPa de O2+7,0 kPa de CO2 foi o mais efetivo na conservação dos frutos, principalmente pela menor perda de massa e baixa produção de CO2.

  13. Characterisation of five candidate genes within the ETEC F4ab/ac candidate region in pigs

    Jacobsen, Mette Juul; Cirera Salicio, Susanna; Joller, David;

    2011-01-01

    dominant Mendelian trait. Indentifying the genetics behind this trait will greatly benefit pig welfare as well as the pig breeding industry by providing an opportunity to select against genetically susceptible animals, thereby reducing the number of diarrhoea outbreaks. The trait has recently been mapped...... between ETEC F4ab/ac resistant and ETEC F4ab/ac susceptible animals in any of the tested tissues. CONCLUSIONS: None of the identified polymorphisms are obvious causative mutations for ETEC F4ab/ac susceptibility, as they have no impact on the level of the overall mRNA expression nor predicted to influence...

  14. Sleep paralysis in medieval Persia – the Hidayat of Akhawayni (? –983 AD

    Golzari SE

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Samad EJ Golzari,1 Kazem Khodadoust,5 Farid Alakbarli,6 Kamyar Ghabili,2 Ziba Islambulchilar,3 Mohammadali M Shoja,1 Majid Khalili,1 Feridoon Abbasnejad,1 Niloufar Sheikholeslamzadeh,7 Nasrollah Moghaddam Shahabi,4 Seyed Fazel Hosseini,2 Khalil Ansarin11Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences; 2Medical Philosophy and History Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences; 3Department of Pharmaceutics, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences; 4Students' Research Committee, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran; 5Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences; 6Institute of Manuscripts of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Baku, Azerbaijan; 7Faculty of Law, Central Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, IranAbstract: Among the first three manuscripts written in Persian, Akhawayni's Hidayat al-muta`allemin fi al-tibb was the most significant work compiled in the 10th century. Along with the hundreds of chapters on hygiene, anatomy, physiology, symptoms and treatments of the diseases of various organs, there is a chapter on sleep paralysis (night-mare prior to description and treatment of epilepsy. The present article is a review of the Akhawayni's teachings on sleep paralysis and of descriptions and treatments of sleep paralysis by the Greek, medieval, and Renaissance scholars. Akhawayni's descriptions along with other early writings provide insight into sleep paralysis during the Middle Ages in general and in Persia in particular.Keywords: sleep paralysis, night-mare, Akhawayni, Persia

  15. Agave Americana Leaf Fibers

    Ashish Hulle

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The growing environmental problems, the problem of waste disposal and the depletion of non-renewable resources have stimulated the use of green materials compatible with the environment to reduce environmental impacts. Therefore, there is a need to design products by using natural resources. Natural fibers seem to be a good alternative since they are abundantly available and there are a number of possibilities to use all the components of a fiber-yielding crop; one such fiber-yielding plant is Agave Americana. The leaves of this plant yield fibers and all the parts of this plant can be utilized in many applications. The “zero-waste” utilization of the plant would enable its production and processing to be translated into a viable and sustainable industry. Agave Americana fibers are characterized by low density, high tenacity and high moisture absorbency in comparison with other leaf fibers. These fibers are long and biodegradable. Therefore, we can look this fiber as a sustainable resource for manufacturing and technical applications. Detailed discussion is carried out on extraction, characterization and applications of Agave Americana fiber in this paper.

  16. Armazenamento refrigerado de abacates 'Hass' Cold storage of 'Hass' avocado

    Juliana Rodrigues Donadon

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho objetivou determinar a ocorrência de injúria pelo frio em abacates 'Hass'. Na primeira Etapa, os abacates foram armazenados a 5ºC (77% UR, 10ºC (79% UR e 15ºC (79% UR por até 21 dias. Aos 7; 14 e 21dias de armazenamento, um lote com 36 frutos foi levado ao ambiente (22°C e 77% UR para amadurecimento. Testou-se também o armazenamento a 2°C (74% UR e 4°C (77% UR por até 45 dias, sendo que aos 15; 30 e 45 dias, um lote com a mesma quantidade de frutos foi levado ao ambiente, mantido a 22°C e 77% UR. Frutos armazenados ao ambiente, desde o início, foram considerados testemunha. Avalaram-se a aparência e a luminosidade da polpa. Os frutos armazenados a 10°C e 15°C não apresentaram sintomas de injúrias pelo frio, que foram observados nos frutos armazenados a 2°C, por períodos superiores a 15 dias, e nos mantidos a 4°C, por 30 dias. Quando levados ao ambiente, os frutos armazenados a 2°C conservaram aparência aceitável para o consumo (nota = 3 por até10 dias, e os armazenados a 4°C, por até 12 dias. Na segunda Etapa, analisaram-se a intensidade respiratória e a atividade das enzimas peroxidase (POD, polifenoloxidase (PPO, poligalacturonase (PG e pectinametilesterase (PME nos frutos armazenados a 2ºC, por 45 dias, em comparação com os testemunha. A atividade das enzimas associadas ao escurecimento, POD e PPO, assim como das associadas ao amaciamento da polpa, PME e PG, foi inibida pelo armazenamento a 2ºC, mas readquiriram atividade mais elevada que nos frutos-testemunha, quando foram transferidos ao ambiente, indicando estímulo devido aos danos pelo frio.This study aimed to determine the occurrence of chilling injury in 'Hass' avocado. In the first step, the avocados were stored at 5ºC (77% RH, 10°C (79% RH, and 15ºC (79% RH for up to 21 days. At 7, 14, and 21 days of storage, one lot with 36 fruits was taken to the environment (22°C and 77% RH for maturation. Storage of fruit at 2°C (74% RH and 4

  17. ESTABILIDADE DO GUACAMOLE REFRIGERADO ELABORADO COM ABACATE ‘HASS’ E DIFERENTES FORMULAÇÕES

    Érica Regina DAIUTO

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available O abacate é um fruto nutritivo com qualidades que viabilizam o aumento de seu consumo. O abacate processado é uma alternativa, mas, um desafio, não somente pelas dificuldades tecnológicas em se manter a qualidade do produto como também agradar o paladar do consumidor ainda não habituado a esta forma de consumo. O objetivo desta pesquisa foi avaliar a estabilidade do guacamole elaborado com diferentes formulações sendo conservado sob refrigeração, para obter um produto com características e qualidade de fresco. O guacamole foi elaborado com abacate ‘Hass’, sendo realizados três tratamentos que diferiram pela adição de limão, ácido ascórbico e ácido cítrico. O produto foi acondicionado em embalagens de nylon+polietileno com e sem aplicação de vácuo e armazenado sob refrigeração (4o C±1. Avaliação dos parâmetros sensoriais, cor, pH e acidez foi realizada aos 0, 3, 7 e 10 dias de armazenamento. A formulação que continha apenas limão foi a mais instável quanto aos parâmetros avaliados durante o armazenamento refrigerado e as amostras permaneceram aceitáveis ao consumo até o sétimo dia. O produto de abacate pode preservar seu aspecto natural e fresco elaborado com ácido cítrico e ascórbico, sendo armazenado sob refrigeração em embalagens de nylon+polietileno.

  18. Marker-assisted selection on E. coli F4ab/ac resistance and the effect on neonatal survival in piglets

    Jørgensen, Claus Bøttcher; Anderson, Susan I.; Cirera, Susanna; Archibald, Alan; Raudsepp, Terje; Chowdhary, Bhanu; Edfors-Lilja, Inger; Andersson, Leif; Nielsen, Bjarne; Johannsen, Maria N.; Fredholm, Merete

    Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) that express the F4ab or F4ac fimbriae (formerly known as K88ab/ac) are major causes of diarrhea and death in neonatal and young pigs. A locus controlling susceptibility towards ETEC F4ab/ac has previously been mapped to pig chromosome 13q41. A number of st...

  19. Ewingella Americana: An Emerging True Pathogen

    Syed Hassan

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Infections caused by Ewingella americana have been rarely reported in the literature. Most of the cases that have been reported were among the immunocompromised patients. We report a case of E. americana causing osteomyelitis and septic arthritis of the shoulder joint in a previous intravenous drug abuser. The causative pathogen was identified by synovial fluid analysis and culture.

  20. EL AGUACATERO ( Persea americana MIill)

    Sandra Pérez Álvarez; Graciela Ávila Quezada; Orlando Coto Arbelo

    2015-01-01

    El aguacatero (Persea americana Mill) es el único representante de importancia económica entre las frutas comestibles de la familia Lauraceae y es originario de México y Centro América. Presenta un creciente valor en el mercado internacional no solo por su calidad nutritiva sino también por sus usos medicinales y en la industria cosmética. Este trabajo resume informaciones relacionadas con las investigaciones sobre esta especie y se discuten algunos aspectos relevantes sobre sus vías de conse...

  1. Multi-drug resistant Ewingella Americana

    We report a case of pneumonia due to multi-drug resistant Ewingella Americana in a young patient admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of Hera General Hospital, Makkah, Saudi Arabia with severe head injury in a road traffic accident. He was an Indonesian pilgrim who had traveled to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj in December 2007. Ewingella Americana was identified to be the pathogen of pneumonia with clinical signs and symptoms along with positive radiological findings. (author)

  2. Capacidade antioxidante e qualidade pós-colheita de abacate 'Fuerte'

    Rogério Lopes Vieites

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available A capacidade antioxidante e a qualidade pós-colheita do abacate 'Fuerte' foram avaliadas. Os frutos foram mantidos sob temperatura ambiente (24 ± 1 ºC e sob refrigeração em 10 ± 1 ºC e 90±5% UR e avaliados durante 15 dias. Determinaram-se a perda de massa e a taxa respiratória. As características físico-químicas avaliadas foram acidez total titulável (AT, sólidos solúveis (SS, ratio, pH, firmeza, atividade da enzima polifenoloxidase (PPO, cor (L, a* e b*, fenólicos totais e atividade antioxidante (AA por DPPH·. Nas duas condições de armazenamento, o pico respiratório ocorreu no 9º dia.Os frutos mantidos sob temperatura refrigerada apresentaram menor perda de massa e maior firmeza em relação àqueles em temperatura ambiente. O comportamento respiratório refletiu na redução dos valores de AT e no conteúdo de SS que diminuíram a partir do pico de respiração. Os valores de pH aumentaram como consequência da diminuição da AT. Os valores de luminosidade mantiveram-se elevados, observando-se diminuição do componente de cor verde na polpa com o armazenamento. A atividade da PPO diminuiu com o armazenamento. Os valores de AA variaram de 17,6 a 68,7%. O conteúdo de fenólicos totais diminuiu após o pico respiratório, e valores crescentes de AA foram observados mesmo após o 9º dia.

  3. Polymorphisms of three gene-derived STS on Pig chromosome 13q41 are associated with susceptibility to enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli F4ab/ac in pigs

    HUANG Xiang; REN Jun; YAN XueMing; PENG QiuLing; TANG Huan; ZHANG Bo; JI HuaYuan; YANG ShuJin; HUANG LuSheng

    2008-01-01

    Neonatal diarrhea caused by enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) F4 is a common and serious disease, resulting in significant economical loss in the pig industry. The locus encoding ETEC F4 re-ceptor has been mapped to pig chromosome (SSC) 13q41, and one of the most significantly linked markers is S0075. In this study, we selected three genes including SLC12A8, MYLKand KPNA1 from a chromosomal region flanking S0075 on SSC13 to develop pig specific sequence tagged sites (STS). Seven single nucleotide polymorphisms were identified in the three pig STS using DNA of four full-sib susceptible and resistant animals in a White Duroc × Erhualian intercross. All grandparents, parents and 755 offspring in the intercross were genotyped for three polymorphisms, including SLC12A8 g.159AG, MYLK g.1673AG and KPNA1g.306AG. Family-based transmission disequilibrium test (TDT) revealed that.all polymorphisms and the corresponding haplotypes are significantly associated with ETEC F4ab/ac (especially F4ac) brush border adhesion phenotypes, indicating that these polymor-phism are in linkage disequlibrium with causal mutation(s) of the gene encoding ETEC F4ab/ac receptor. Our results strengthen the evidence for the involvement of SSC13q41 in high acquiring risk of ETEC F4ab/ac infection, and provide novel .polymorphic markers for fine mapping of the ETEC F4ab/ac re-ceptor locus.

  4. Yazdegard I y Bahram Gur : ¿dos reyes judíos de la Persia sasánida del siglo v d.c.?

    Rahimi Jafari, Narges

    2015-01-01

    En este artículo destacaremos la alta posición que adquirieron los representantes de la fe estatal dentro de los apartados del poder sasánida y el peligro que sentían de parte de otras religiones presentes en Persia, como el caso concreto del judaísmo. Religión que se encontraba dentro de las más rechazadas en los textos religiosos persas. Mencionamos algunas de las razones que podrían explicar esta visión negativa hacia el judaísmo. Después partiendo del relato ...

  5. Chemical composition, toxicity and larvicidal and antifungal activities of Persea americana (avocado) seed extracts Composição química, toxicidade, atividade larvicida e antifúngica de extratos de semente de Persea americana (abacate)

    João Jaime Giffoni Leite; Érika Helena Salles Brito; Rossana Aguiar Cordeiro; Raimunda Sâmia Nogueira Brilhante; José Júlio Costa Sidrim; Luciana Medeiros Bertini; Selene Maia de Morais; Marcos Fábio Gadelha Rocha

    2009-01-01

    The present study had the aim of testing the hexane and methanol extracts of avocado seeds, in order to determine their toxicity towards Artemia salina, evaluate their larvicidal activity towards Aedes aegypti and investigate their in vitro antifungal potential against strains of Candida spp, Cryptococcus neoformans and Malassezia pachydermatis through the microdilution technique. In toxicity tests on Artemia salina, the hexane and methanol extracts from avocado seeds showed LC50 values of 2....

  6. ABAC策略语义表示和决策方法%Semantic representation and enforcement methods of ABAC policies

    周加根; 叶春晓; 罗娟

    2013-01-01

    To solve the semantic presentation and enforcement problems of ABAC policies in the open system environment, a method using ontology to define policies is proposed. This method is defined on the basis of a map from ABAC policy model to description logic definitions. Also, it uses SWRL rules to define relations in the system. Based on the policy ontology, a frame-work utilizing close world reasoning and individual realization reasoning service to generate decisions of access request is pro-posed. The correctness of policy enforcement method is proved through its soundness and completeness, and an experiment is showed to verify the feasibility of these methods in a real application.%为解决开放式系统环境中基于属性的访问控制(Attribute-Based Access Control,ABAC)策略语义层次上的表示和决策问题,提出了ABAC策略的本体表示方法。该方法基于ABAC策略模型到描述逻辑定义的映射,使用语义Web规则语言(SWRL)处理系统内部关系定义。在此基础上,提出了基于封闭世界和实例实现推理的策略决策框架。最后从可靠性和完备性两方面说明了决策方法的正确性,验证实验表明了方法在实际应用中的适用性。

  7. Ulmus americana is a polyploid complex

    The elms (the genus Ulmus) are one of the most important tree crops for the $4.7-billion per year nursery industry. The commercial importance of the genus centers on the American elm, Ulmus americana. Once decimated by Dutch Elm Disease, the recent introduction of cultivars resistant to the diseas...

  8. ELABORAÇÃO, COMPOSIÇÃO QUÍMICA E AVALIAÇÃO SENSORIAL DE SOBREMESAS LÁCTEAS ACHOCOLATADAS COM ABACATE

    Nathalia SOLER

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available O aproveitamento de frutas tropicais na elaboração de produtos lácteos tem sido estudado no intuito da valorização destes e na tentativa de agregar maior valor nutricional a tais preparações. O objetivo deste trabalho foi desenvolver sobremesas lácteas achocolatadas (SLA com diferentes proporções de abacate e determinar a sua composição centesimal e de compostos antioxidantes, além de veri- fi car a aceitação e atributos destas formulações. Elaboraramse três formulações contendo 28,8% de abacate (FA, 36,3% (FB, e 41,7% (FC. Para o preparo das formulações utilizouse como ingredientes: abacate, açúcar, achocolatado, creme de leite e leite. As análises químicas realizadas foram: composição centesimal, determinação de fenólicos, fl avonoides e antocianinas totais. Os testes sensoriais compreenderam: teste de aceitação com escala hedônica de 9 pontos; teste de preferência por ordenação, e análise de atributos sensoriais. Na composição nutricional a FC apresentou os maiores teores de lipídios, fl avonoides e antocianinas em relação às demais (p<0,05. FA e FB obtiveram as maiores notas no teste de aceitação (7,26 e 6,57 respectivamente e a FA recebeu as maiores médias de preferência (p<0,05. A formulação FA recebeu as maiores notas nos atributos: cor, brilho, aparência, cheiro/aroma e textura. A inclusão de abacate nas SLA promoveu o aumento dos componentes químicos avaliados, principalmente de lipídios e substâncias antioxidantes. Além disso, as SLA podem ser elaboradas com até 36,3% de abacate, pois possuem boa aceitação, e atributos sensoriais favoráveis ao seu consumo.

  9. Caracterización de algunos rasgos vegetativos y reproductivos en variedades de aguacate, Persea americana Mill.

    Escandón Gil Gonzalo

    1989-12-01

    Full Text Available En Palmira (Colombia entre 1984 y 1988 se caracterizó la colección de aguacate, Persia americana Mili. Se halló la ecuación de regresión AF = 89.25 + 0.60 (La -144, R2= 98.58 %, que permite estimar el área foliar (AF con el producto largo por ancho de las hojas (A. Las variedades Mayapan, Oriente 1, Oriente 3, Simonds y los materiales 2, 3, 4, 5 y 6 presentaron épocas de floración definidas, Trinidad y Material 2 presentaron floraciones bajas pero continuas. El porcentaje de flores que llegó a frutos osciló entre 0.03 % para Oriente 3 y 0.57 % para Trinidad. La mayor pérdida de estructuras reproductivas ocurrió en los primeros días de floración. El modelo logístico no describió correctamente el desarrollo de los frutos, por esto se utilizó el modelo de línea recta por fases. Los materiales 2 y 5 presentaron 105mayores pesos de frutos (621 y 626 g; el de menor peso fue Booth 8. La pérdida de peso del fruto durante la maduración fluctuó entre 3.5 Y 12.8 % para el material 2 y Oriente 3 respectivamente. Los materiales de mayor aceptación por la presentación del fruto y sabor fueron los materiales 1, 2 y 5.A collection of avocado, Persea americana Mill, was characterized in Palmira (Colombia between1984 and 1988. It was found that regretion equation AF = 89.25 + 0.60 (LA-144, R2 = 98.58 %, allows to estimate the foliar area with the product length x width of the leaves. The Mayapan, Oriente 1, Oriente 3, Simmonds and Materia.1 2,3,4,5,6, varieties showed defined blooming time, Trinidad and Material 2 showed low and continue blooming times. The percentajes of flowers that matured in fruit fluctuated between 0.03 % of Oriente 3 and 0.57 % for Trinidad. The greater loss proportion of reproductive structures occurred during the first days of flowering. The logistic model did not describe the right developments of fruits, that is why a straight line model by stages was used. Material 2 and 5 showed the greatest fruit weights during

  10. Food and Migration: the Abacería Central Market of Gràcia (Barcelona) Le Marché Central de l’Abaceria à Gracia (Barcelone): mixages et métissages des goûts

    F.Xavier Medina; Danielle Provansal; Cecilia Montero

    2010-01-01

    Local food markets are, aside from being places for provisioning, spaces for meeting and social interaction. This article engages in an analysis of the social and commercial relations exhibited in the geographical area of the Abacería Central Market, in the neighborhood of Gràcia (Barcelona): a neighborhood that, over the last two decades, has seen a significant rise in the number of residents arriving from other countries (primarily Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe). The Abacería Cen...

  11. Algunas orquidáceas americanas

    Williams, Louis O.

    2012-01-01

    La presente contribución al conocimiento de las Orquidáceas americanas trata de algunas especies de México, América Central, Sur América y las Antillas. Estas notas son el resultado de determinaciones de varios ejemplares colectados en tales regiones, y que se hallan depositados en el Ames Herbarium, Cambridge, Mass., el United States National Museum, Washington, D. C., el New York Botanical Garden Herbarium, Nueva York, o en el Herbarium of the Missouri Botanical Garden, St.Louis, Missouri....

  12. O novo na sociologia latino-americana

    Costilla Lucio Oliver

    2005-01-01

    O artigo analisa varias caraterísticas atuais das ciências sociais latino-americanas em paralelo ao desenvolvimento da América Latina nos últimos anos. O ponto de partida é o sinal de que a combinação contraditória no continente latino-americano entre uma intelectualidade que tem um elevado nível cultural e a existência de movimentos sociais e políticos numa situação social explosiva, gera amplas possibilidades para o desenvolvimento da sociologia. A crise das ciências sociais acompanha estas...

  13. Métodos de proteção de mudas de abacate contra geada em diferentes cultivares Frost protection covers methods for avocado in different cultivars

    Ubirajara Ribeiro Mindêllo Neto

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho foi realizado na EMBRAPA Transferência de Tecnologia/SNT, localizado em Canoinhas-SC, Planalto Norte Catarinense. O objetivo foi avaliar a tolerância ao frio de oito cultivares de abacate (Choquette, Vitória, Herculano, Quintal, Linda, Tonnage, Fuerte e Ryan plantadas em maio de 2003, utilizando dois métodos de proteção da muda contra geadas (galhos de eucalipto e galhos de eucalipto + sombrite. Em setembro do mesmo ano, estes materiais que protegiam as mudas, foram retirados e foram atribuídas notas para avaliar o grau de dano nas plantas. Não houve diferença entre as cultivares de abacate em relação à tolerância ao frio, independentemente do tipo de proteção. Entretanto, comparados os dois métodos avaliados, a utilização de galhos de eucalipto associado ao uso de sombrite foi mais eficiente na proteção de plantas jovens de abacate quando comparado ao uso de galhos de eucalipto.The experiment was carried out at EMBRAPA Technology Transfer Office at Canoinhas, Santa Catarina State, Northern Highland area. The aim was to evaluate the tolerance for low temperature in eight varieties of avocado (Choquette, Vitória, Herculano, Quintal, Linda, Tonnage, Fuerte and Ryan planted in May of 2003 using two methods of covers for avocado maiden trees (eucalyptus branches and eucalyptus branches plus sombrite. In September, in the same year, the covers were removed and ranked by scores to evaluate the degree of frost injury on plants. There were no difference between avocado varieties in relation of covers methods. However, comparing the two covers methods, the use of eucalyptus branches plus sombrite was better than the use of eucalyptus branches, in young plants of avocado.

  14. Infrared thermography applied to rhea (Rhea americana

    Jânio Lopes Torquato

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Infrared thermography is an innovative tool that has been used in several studies involving animal. This tool used to study heat stress, thermoregulation, behavior, disease diagnosis, mainly in the animal production and animal welfare. Wild birds are animals that get tense with the presence of man in his environment, causing changes in its thermal physiology and behavior. In the Brazilian semiarid, high temperatures cause further stress the birds, in studies involving animal welfare and animal production is important to use procedures and tools that do not cause stress to the animal, hence the implementation of infrared thermography. The Rhea americana is a wild bird, native to Brazil, which is gaining market share because of its meat is healthy and other products that are extracted from it. Little is known about the thermal physiology and behavior of this ratita, it is essential to improve poultry facilities in order to provide a pleasant environment and increase production. Birds and other ratites as the ostrich, emu, kiwi and cassowary use some body areas to dissipate body heat, the areas are: legs, beak and neck. All these body areas used by birds to dissipate heat were found using infrared thermography. Being a ratita, Rhea Americana can use the same body regions to reduce heat stress. So, infrared thermography is critical to the thermoregulatory studies of rheas in hot environments.

  15. A New Pregnane Glycoside from Fermented Leaves of Agave americana

    2002-01-01

    A new minor pregnane glycoside was isolated from the fermented leaves of Agave americana. Its structure was elucidated as (20S)-5α-pregnane-3β, 20-diol 20-O-β-D-glucopyrano- side (1) by spectral methods.

  16. Final Critical Habitat for the Whooping crane (Grus americana)

    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — To provide the user with a general idea of areas where the final critical habitat for Whooping crane (Grus americana) occur based on the description provided in the...

  17. International Recovery Plan : Whooping Crane (Grus americana) : Third Revision

    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — In the United States, the whooping crane (Grus americana) was listed as threatened with extinction in 1967 and endangered in 1970 – both listings were...

  18. Antiprotozoal and antimycobacterial activities of Persea americana seeds

    Jiménez-Arellanes, Adelina; Luna-Herrera, Julieta; Ruiz-Nicolás, Ricardo; Cornejo-Garrido, Jorge; Tapia, Amparo; Yépez-Mulia, Lilián

    2013-01-01

    Background Persea americana seeds are widely used in traditional Mexican medicine to treat rheumatism, asthma, infectious processes as well as diarrhea and dysentery caused by intestinal parasites. Methods The chloroformic and ethanolic extracts of P. americana seeds were prepared by maceration and their amoebicidal, giardicidal and trichomonicidal activity was evaluated. These extracts were also tested against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv, four mono-resistant and two multidrug resistant ...

  19. Assimilate partitioning in avocado, Persea americana

    Finazzo, S.; Davenport, T.L.

    1986-04-01

    Assimilate partitioning is being studied in avocado, Persea americana cv. Millborrow in relation to fruit set. Single leaves on girdled branches of 10 year old trees were radiolabeled for 1 hr with 13..mu..Ci of /sup 14/CO/sub 2/. The source leaves were sampled during the experiment to measure translocation rates. At harvest the sink tissues were dissected and the incorporated radioactivity was measured. The translocation of /sup 14/C-labelled compounds to other leaves was minimal. Incorporation of label into fruitlets varied with the tissue and the stage of development. Sink (fruitlets) nearest to the labelled leaf and sharing the same phyllotaxy incorporated the most /sup 14/C. Source leaves for single non-abscising fruitlets retained 3X more /sup 14/C-labelled compounds than did source leaves for 2 or more fruitlets at 31 hrs. post-labelling. Export of label decreased appreciably when fruitlets abscised. If fruitlets abscised within 4 days of labeling then the translocation pattern was similar to the pattern for single fruitlets. If the fruitlet abscised later, the translocation pattern was intermediate between the single and double fruitlet pattern.

  20. Leishmaniose tegumentar americana no Distrito Federal

    Sampaio Raimunda Nonata Ribeiro

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Relatamos aqui 11 casos de leishmaniose tegumentar americana (LTA em pacientes que residem no DF e que não saíram da sua área durante um tempo que variou de seis meses a dois anos antes do início da doença. Seis dos 11 pacientes, residem na cidade satélite de Planaltina. Todos têm a intradermorreação de Montenegro positiva. Dez deles têm presença de leishmânia nas lesões. Nas lesões de dois pacientes foram identificadas, pelo método de anticorpos monoclonais, Leishmania (V braziliensis. Nove deles, foram tratados com antimonial pentavalente e dois com pentamidina. Houve duas ocorrências de recidiva, ambas, após o uso do antimonial. Constatada a presença de vetores e de pacientes infectados no Distrito Federal, acredita-se que possa estar ocorrendo infecção por leishmânia em Brasília e em suas áreas periurbanas.

  1. Assimilate partitioning in avocado, Persea americana

    Assimilate partitioning is being studied in avocado, Persea americana cv. Millborrow in relation to fruit set. Single leaves on girdled branches of 10 year old trees were radiolabeled for 1 hr with 13μCi of 14CO2. The source leaves were sampled during the experiment to measure translocation rates. At harvest the sink tissues were dissected and the incorporated radioactivity was measured. The translocation of 14C-labelled compounds to other leaves was minimal. Incorporation of label into fruitlets varied with the tissue and the stage of development. Sink (fruitlets) nearest to the labelled leaf and sharing the same phyllotaxy incorporated the most 14C. Source leaves for single non-abscising fruitlets retained 3X more 14C-labelled compounds than did source leaves for 2 or more fruitlets at 31 hrs. post-labelling. Export of label decreased appreciably when fruitlets abscised. If fruitlets abscised within 4 days of labeling then the translocation pattern was similar to the pattern for single fruitlets. If the fruitlet abscised later, the translocation pattern was intermediate between the single and double fruitlet pattern

  2. Seventy microsatellite markers from Persea americana Miller (avocado) expressed sequence tags

    Expressed sequence tags (ESTs) for Persea americana Mill. were investigated to expand upon the number of informative microsatellite markers available for avocado. Seventy informative loci were discovered using twenty-four P. americana var. americana Mill. accessions. The number of alleles detected r...

  3. Food and Migration: the Abacería Central Market of Gràcia (Barcelona Le Marché Central de l’Abaceria à Gracia (Barcelone: mixages et métissages des goûts

    F.Xavier Medina

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Local food markets are, aside from being places for provisioning, spaces for meeting and social interaction. This article engages in an analysis of the social and commercial relations exhibited in the geographical area of the Abacería Central Market, in the neighborhood of Gràcia (Barcelona: a neighborhood that, over the last two decades, has seen a significant rise in the number of residents arriving from other countries (primarily Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. The Abacería Central Market and the synergy created among the different market stalls and businesses in the market’s immediate vicinity (whether these are ethnic or not define a material and social space in the neighborhood that is key for understanding the social relations that are established at the local level.Les marchés locaux d'alimentation sont des espaces de rencontre et d'interaction sociale, outre leur fonction d'approvisionnement. Cet article propose une analyse des liens sociaux et commerciaux qui se déploient dans l'enceinte du marché de l'Abacería, dans le quartier barcelonais de Gracia; c'est un quartier qui, durant les deux dernières décennies, a connu une augmentation significative du nombre de résidents en provenance principalement d'Amérique latine, d' Afrique et d'Europe de l'Est. Le marché central de l'Abacería établit des synergies entre les différent étals, ainsi qu'avec les commerces avoisinants (de caractère ethnique ou non qui définissent le quartier comme espace matériel et social et s'avèrent être fondamentaux pour comprendre comment s'agencent les rapports sociaux, à l'échelon local.

  4. ALKALOIDS FROM SEVERAL SUBCULTURES OF Erythrina americana Miller CALLUSES

    M. R. García-Mateos; R. M. Soto-Hernández; R. J. M. Gutiérrez; A. Villegas-Monter

    2005-01-01

    Se detectaron alcaloides del tipo isoquinolínico en callos y semillas de la especie Erythrina Americana Miller, los cuales fueron identificados por la técnica de cromatografía de líquidos acoplada a espectrometría de masas. Se estudió el efecto de los subcultivos en la producción de alcaloides de E. americana Miller, realizando siete subcultivos dse callos. La comparación del extracto metanólico obtenido a partir de semillas y de cotiledones con los de los siete subcultivos de callos de E. am...

  5. Aspectos quimiotaxonómicos en Myristicaceae Americanas Aspectos quimiotaxonómicos en Myristicaceae Americanas

    Aguirre Gálviz Luis Enrique

    1990-06-01

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    Se hace un análisis del patrón de distribución de agliconas de flavonoides y ácidos hidroxiaromáticos en 187 muestras de 33 especies de Myristicaceae americanas y, junto con la información morfo1ógica disponible, se presenta un enfoque biosistemático para el conocimiento taxonómico de la familia.

    A survey of the distribution of flavonoid aglycones and related bydroxy-aromatic acids in 187 samples of 33 species of American Myristicaceae is carried out. This survey, together with the available morfological information, provides a biosynthetic approach to the taxonomy of the family.

  6. Nota Científica: Caracterização físico-química do óleo de abacate extraído por centrifugação e dos subprodutos do processamento

    Roseli Aparecida FERRARI

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available O abacate é originário da América e considerado uma das plantas mais produtivas por unidade de área cultivada. Frutas com altos níveis de lipídios podem ser matéria-prima importante para a extração de óleo com substâncias bioativas que podem reduzir o risco de doenças. Este trabalho teve como objetivo a extração de óleo de abacate utilizando processo mecânico, semelhante ao empregado no azeite de oliva. À polpa triturada foi adicionada água numa proporção de 1:1, e a mistura foi mantida durante 40-60 minutos a 45-50 °C. Óleo, água e sólidos foram separados por centrifuga de três fases e o óleo filtrado. A composição físico-química do abacate e dos subprodutos do processamento foi determinada utilizando a metodologia oficial da AOCS e constou da determinação dos teores de proteínas, umidade, cinzas e lipídios (óleo. A caracterização de ácidos graxos do óleo de abacate foi determinada por cromatografia em fase gasosa. Os índices de saponificação e de iodo do óleo de abacate foram calculados com base na composição em ácidos graxos. O óleo apresentou entre 0,5 e 0,6% de ácidos graxos livres; 5,95 a 11,89 meq kg–1 de peróxidos; 0,09-0,16% de umidade; 0,96-1,94% de matéria insaponificável e 74,69-88,16 mg kg–1 de clorofila.

  7. Tratamento da leishmaniose tegumentar americana pelo niridazol

    Miroslau Constante Baranski

    1970-08-01

    Full Text Available Foi empregue o niridazol um derivado do nitrotiazol, em doze pacientes com leishmaniose tegumentar americana. Em todos êles, o diagnóstico clínico da doença foi confirmado pela biópsia das lesões e em oito dêles também pela positividade da intradetermorreação de Montenegro. Oito pacientes tinham lesões mucosas metastáticas em atividade e lesões cutâneas iniciais cicatrizadas há tempo mais ou menos longo. Dois apresentavam concomitância de lesões cutâneas e mucosas em atividade, e dois tinham lesões cutâneas exclusivas. A duração da doença variou de 2 meses a 32 anos. A posologia diária do niridazol foi uniformememente de 25 mg/kg de pêso corpóreo. O medicamento foi administrado por via oral, em duas tomadas diárias, sempre com o doente internado em hospital. Quando a tolerância o permitia, o paciente recebia cinco séries de tratamento de 10 dias de duração cada, intercaladas por períodos áe suspensão da droga de 10 dias entre uma série e outra. Isso foi possível em 10 dos 12 pacientes. O tratamento foi bem tolerado em 5 doentes e de tolerância regular em 4. Mal tolerado em um paciente pela ocorrência de alucinações e excitação mental e interrompido pela péssima tolerância em dois doentes devido ao aparecimento de convulsões generalizadas com perda da consciência. O tratamento acompanhou-se de grande incidência, de efeitos colaterais. A ocorrência de para-efeitos mais intensos não foi devida às más condições hepáticas. Provas de função hepática. hemogramas, estudos bioquímicos do sangue e exames de urina, realizados antes, durante e após o tratamento, não revelaram alterações significativas. Biópsias hepáticas por punção com agulha em dez doentes, prévias e posteriores ao tratamento, não detectaram lesões hepáticas que pudessem ser atribuídas à medicação. O seguimento dos doentes prolongou-se pelo prazo de dois a 36 meses apos o tratamento. Alterações eletrocardiogr

  8. The phytochemical and pharmacological profile of Persea americana Mill

    Mohammad Yasir; Sattwik Das; M D Kharya

    2010-01-01

    Over the past decades, herbal medicine has become a thing of global significance with medicinal and economic implications. Wide spread use of herbs throughout the globe has raised serious concerns over its quality, safety, and efficacy. Thus, exact scientific assessment has become a precondition for acceptance of herbal health claims. Persea americana Mill. (avocado) is a tree, native to central America, cultivated in tropical and subtropical climates around the world, belonging to the family...

  9. Eleutherine americana: a candidate for the control of Campylobacter species.

    Sirirak, T; Voravuthikunchai, S P

    2011-04-01

    The antibacterial activity of ethanolic extracts of selected Thai medicinal plants (Rhodomyrtus tomentosa (Aiton) Hassk., Quercus infectoria G. Olivier, and Eleutherine americana Merr.) against Campylobacter spp. was investigated. Sixty-five Campylobacter, including 39 isolates from humans and 26 isolates from chicken samples, were tested. Reference Campylobacter spp. that are commonly encountered in gastroenteritis were included. The ethanolic extract of E. americana demonstrated good antibacterial activity against all the tested isolates. Inhibition zones ranged from 10 to 37 mm. Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of the extract against Campylobacter isolates from humans and chicken samples ranged from 31.25 to 500 μg/mL and 62.50 to 1,000 μg/mL, respectively. The minimum bactericidal concentration ranged from 31.25 to 1,000 μg/mL for isolates from humans and 125 to 1,000 μg/mL from chicken isolates. The bactericidal activity of the ethanolic extracts of E. americana against important Campylobacter spp., including Campylobacter coli MUMT 18630, Campylobacter fetus ATCC 27374, Campylobacter jejuni ATCC 81176, Campylobacter lari ATCC 43675, and Campylobacter upsaliensis DMST 19055, were assessed at MIC, 2 MIC, and 4 MIC by counting viable cells after various time intervals. At 4 MIC, the level of the tested isolates decreased by 2 to 5 log-fold within 8 h. The ethanolic extract of E. americana demonstrated antibacterial activity against all Campylobacter spp. from both human and chicken isolates. Further investigation of this plant species may provide an alternative medicine for Campylobacter infection and an effective food additive to prevent the infection. PMID:21406364

  10. Identificação de espécies de Fusicoccum causadoras de podridão em frutos de abacate

    Ana Carolina Firmino; Ivan Herman Fischer; Tozze Hugo José Júnior; Daniel Dias Rosa; Edson Luiz Furtado

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT The Fusicoccum genus of fungi are known to cause stem-end rot in various fruit plants, such as mango, guava, peach and avocado. Several species of this fungus are reported attacking avocado (Persea americana) in several countries. Based on this information, the present study aimed to identify species of Fusicoccum associated with rot in avocado fruits in the State of São Paulo. Samples were collected (fruits with rot symptoms) from regions of Bauru, Bernadino de Campos and Piraju. Al...

  11. Desempenho da tangerineira 'Span Americana' em diferentes porta-enxertos

    Simone Rodrigues da Silva

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho objetivou avaliar o crescimento vegetativo, a produção e a qualidade de frutos da tangerina 'Span Americana' em diferentes porta-enxertos, nas condições edafoclimáticas de Bebedouro-SP. O plantio foi realizado em junho de 2003, em espaçamento de 6,0 m x 3,0 m, sendo utilizada irrigação por gotejamento a partir de 2006. Os porta-enxertos avaliados foram: citranges [Citrus sinensis (L. Osbeck × Poncirus trifoliata L. Raf] 'Carrizo' e 'Troyer', tetraploides; trifoliatas (P. trifoliata 'Davis A' e 'Flying Dragon'; limão Volkameriano Catania 2 (C. volkameriana Tenn. et Pasq., HRS 849 [(C. aurantium L. cv. 'Smooth Flat Seville' x P. trifoliata cv. 'Argentina'], tangelo 'Orlando' (C. reticulata Blanco × C. paradisi Macf. e limão 'Cravo' (C. limonia Osbeck. Foram avaliadas a produção acumulada, a eficiência produtiva e a precocidade de entrada em produção, no período de 2007 a 2009. Avaliaram-se, também, as dimensões das plantas e a taxa média de crescimento das plantas no período de 2005 a 2008, além da qualidade dos frutos em 2006 e 2007. Em pomares irrigados de tangerineira 'Span Americana', os porta-enxertos trifoliata 'Davis A' e HRS 849 apresentam desempenho horticultural satisfatório. Para plantio em alta densidade, a melhor performance da tangerineira 'Span Americana' é obtida com a utilização dos porta-enxertos trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' e citranges 'Troyer' e 'Carrizo'.

  12. Distribution and characterization of Heterobilharzia americana in dogs in Texas.

    Rodriguez, J Y; Lewis, B C; Snowden, K F

    2014-06-16

    Heterobilharzia americana is a trematode parasite (family Schistosomatidae) that infects a wide range of wild mammalian hosts. Canine cases have been reported in the Gulf coast and south Atlantic states, Kansas, and Oklahoma. A total of 238 canine H. americana cases in Texas were retrospectively collected for a period of approximately 22 years from case records at the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory and the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital pathology service, diagnostic parasitology service, and Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. Of these cases, 26 patients had 1-2 repeat positive tests for a total of 268 positive tests (26 biopsies, 39 necropsies, 160 fecal examinations, and 43 PCR). Multiple dogs were infected in 12 households. Cases were distributed primarily in the eastern region of Texas in 42 of 254 counties. Cases were seen as far west as Kerr county and in counties bordering Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mexico, and the Gulf of Mexico. The median dog age was 5.6 years (2.7 months to 17.2 years) and the median weight was 20.5 kg (1-61.6 kg). All American Kennel Club (AKC) breed groups were represented (n=186): crossbred (20%), herding (17.8%), sporting (16.1%), toy (10.8%), hounds (10.8%), working (10.1%), terrier (8.5%), non-sporting (4.9%), and miscellaneous (1%). No seasonal pattern of diagnosis was apparent. Clinical signs reported (n=90) were diarrhea (67%), weight loss (38%), anorexia/hyporexia (27%), vomiting (22%), hematochezia (20%), lethargy (17%), polyuria/polydipsia (6%), and collapse (3%). In 39 necropsy cases, trematode eggs were identified by histopathology in the small intestine (84%), liver (84%), large intestine (39%), pancreas (35%), lung (9%), lymph node (8%), spleen (4%), and stomach (3%). Adult parasites were identified histologically in four cases. Granulomatous inflammation associated with the eggs was the most commonly reported histopathologic change. Other changes reported

  13. The phytochemical and pharmacological profile of Persea americana Mill

    Mohammad Yasir

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Over the past decades, herbal medicine has become a thing of global significance with medicinal and economic implications. Wide spread use of herbs throughout the globe has raised serious concerns over its quality, safety, and efficacy. Thus, exact scientific assessment has become a precondition for acceptance of herbal health claims. Persea americana Mill. (avocado is a tree, native to central America, cultivated in tropical and subtropical climates around the world, belonging to the family Lauraceae, is widely used in Ayurveda and evidence-based phototherapy. There are 3 principal races or groups of avocado: Mexican, Guatemalan, and West Indian named for the areas where they were originally cultivated. The plant is used in traditional medicine for the treatment of various ailments, such as monorrhagia, hypertension, stomach ache, bronchitis, diarrhea, and diabetes. Peptone, b-galactoside, glycosylated abscisic acid, alkaloids, cellulose, polygalacto urease, polyuronoids, cytochrome P-450, and volatile oils are reported to be present in this plant. Biotechnologic approaches show that modified MS medium supplemented with 1.0 mg benzyladenine/L, 0-1mg Indole Butyric Acid/L, 0.1 mg Gibberalic Acid 3/L was optimum for adventitious shoot development. In the present review, an effort has been made to study the different aspects of P. americana Mill.

  14. Heterobilharzia americana infection and congestive heart failure in a llama (Lama glama).

    Corapi, W V; Eden, K B; Edwards, J F; Snowden, K F

    2015-05-01

    The schistosome Heterobilharzia americana infects several mammalian species in the southeastern United States, including horses, but infections have not been reported in camelids. This is a report of H. americana infection in a 6-year-old llama with extensive cardiac pathology and congestive heart failure. Parasite-induced granulomas were widely disseminated and included overwhelming involvement of the lungs and liver. Microscopic lesions in the heart included myofiber degeneration and necrosis, with extensive replacement fibrosis. Polymerase chain reaction amplification and sequencing confirmed the presence of H. americana in the lungs. PMID:24964922

  15. Establishing paternity in whooping cranes (Grus Americana) by DNA analysis

    Longmire, J.L.; Gee, G.F.; Hardekopf, C.L.; Mark, G.A.

    1992-01-01

    DNA fingerprinting was used to study paternity and genetic variability within a captive flock of Whooping Cranes (Grus americana). Fingerprint patterns for 42 individuals were obtained by digesting genomic crane DNAs with HaeIII followed by electrophoresis, blotting, and hybridization to the M13 minisatellite probe. Despite finding reduced levels of genetic variation in the Whooping Crane due to a population 'bottleneck,' these polymorphisms were successfully used to determine paternity in six of seven cases of captive propagation where the maternal-offspring relationship was known, but where the sire was unknown. These determinations of paternity are required for effective genetic management of. the crane flock. These results also revealed a number of heterozygous minisatellite loci that will be valuable in future assessments of genetic variability in this endangered species.

  16. Two New Steroidal Glycosides from Fermented Leaves of Agave americana

    JianMingJIN; XiKuiLIU; 等

    2002-01-01

    Two new spirostanol glycosides named agamenoside A and B, ere isolated from the fermented leaves of Agave americana. Their structures were elucidated as (23S,25R)-5α-spirostan-3β,6α,23-triol 3-O-α-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→3)-β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→2)-[β-D-xylopyranosyl-(1→3)]-β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→4)-β-D-galactopyranoside(1) and (25R)-5α-spiro-stan-3β,6α-diol 3-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→2)-[β-D-xylopyranosyl-(1→3)]-β-D-glucopyra-nosyl-(1→4)-β-D-galactopyranoside(2) by a combination of chemical and spectral methods.

  17. Two New Steroidal Glycosides from Fermented Leaves of Agave americana

    2002-01-01

    Two new spirostanol glycosides named agamenoside A and B, were isolated from the fcrmcnted leaves of Agave americana. Their structures were elucidated as (23S, 25R)-5α-spirostan-3β, 6α, 23-triol 3-O-α-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→3)- β-D-glucopyranosyl-(l→2)-[β-D-xylopyranosyl-( 1 →3)]-β-D-glucopyranosyl-( l →4)-β-D-galactopyranoside (1) and (25R)-5α-spiro stan-3β, 6α-diol 3-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl-(l→2)-[ β-D-xylopyranosyl-(l→3)]- β-D-glucopyra nosyl-(1→4)- β-D-galactopyranoside (2) by a combination of chemical and spectral methods.

  18. Componentes volátiles de mamey (mammea americana L.

    Alicia Lucía Morales

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Los componentes volátiles del aroma de mamey (Mammea americana L, fueron extraídos utilizando el método de destilación por arrastre con vapor-extracción simultánea con solvente orgánico. El extracto fue prefraccionado por cromatografía en columna en silica gel con gradiente discontinuo Pentano: Éter etílico para obtener tres fracciones que fueron analizadas por CGAR y CGAR-EM. Se detectaron 34 compuestos, de los cuales fueron identificados 22, siendo los componentes mayoritarios: Furfural (7281 ^ig/kg y E-Famesol (2145 ng/kg

  19. Identificação de espécies de Fusicoccum causadoras de podridão em frutos de abacate

    Ana Carolina Firmino

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT The Fusicoccum genus of fungi are known to cause stem-end rot in various fruit plants, such as mango, guava, peach and avocado. Several species of this fungus are reported attacking avocado (Persea americana in several countries. Based on this information, the present study aimed to identify species of Fusicoccum associated with rot in avocado fruits in the State of São Paulo. Samples were collected (fruits with rot symptoms from regions of Bauru, Bernadino de Campos and Piraju. All isolates obtained had its pathogenicity confirmed by inoculation of healthy avocado fruits. After confirming its pathogenicity, these isolates had their DNA extracted and the ITS-5.8S rDNA region was amplified. After editing, these sequences were used to search for similar sequences in the NCBI. Eleven samples were identified as Neofusicoccum parvumand others were identified as Botryosphaeria dothidea(F. aesculi. Both species were found in all regions of collection.

  20. A Case of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Caused by Ewingella americana : First Report from Turkey

    Kenan Ecemiş

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Ewingella americana is a very rare cause of serious infections, especially in immunocompromised patients. We report a case of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP in an intensive care unit patient, who was treated successfully with ceftriaxone. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of VAP due to Ewingella americana in the English literature.J Microbiol Infect Dis 2014; 4(3: 118-120

  1. Relationships of Bradyrhizobia from the Legumes Apios americana and Desmodium glutinosum

    Parker, Matthew A.

    1999-01-01

    Multilocus enzyme electrophoresis, partial 23S rRNA sequences, and nearly full-length 16S rRNA sequences all indicated high genetic similarity among root-nodule bacteria associated with Apios americana, Desmodium glutinosum, and Amphicarpaea bracteata, three common herbaceous legumes whose native geographic ranges in eastern North America overlap extensively. A total of 19 distinct multilocus genotypes (electrophoretic types [ETs]) were found among the 35 A. americana and 33 D. glutinosum iso...

  2. Acute Toxicity and Genotoxic Activity of Avocado Seed Extract (Persea americana Mill., c.v. Hass)

    Eduardo Padilla-Camberos; Moisés Martínez-Velázquez; José Miguel Flores-Fernández; Socorro Villanueva-Rodríguez

    2013-01-01

    The use of vegetal extracts requires toxicological and genotoxic evaluations to establish and verify safety before being added to human cosmetic, pharmaceutical medicine, or alimentary products. Persea americana seeds have been used in traditional medicine as treatment for several diseases. In this work, the ethanolic seed extract of Persea americana was evaluated with respect to its genotoxic potential through micronucleus assay in rodents. The frequency of micronuclei in groups of animals t...

  3. Aktivitas Antimikroba Ekstrak Biji Alpukat (Persea americana Mill). Terhadap Beberapa Mikroba Patogen Secara In Vitro

    Riadi, Selamat

    2015-01-01

    A antimicrobial of activity of avocado seed extracts (Persea americana Miill.) to several microbial pathogens in vitro had been conducted. This study aims to determine the antimicrobial potential of avocado seed extract towards several microbial pathogens in vitro. The results of antimicrobial activity of various solven extracts test showed that avocado (Persea americana Mill.) seed extract inhibit growth of Candida albicans, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella thypii. Inh...

  4. Morfoanatomia de folha e caule de Genipa americana L., Rubiaceae Leaf and stem morpho-anatomy of Genipa americana L., Rubiaceae

    Marianna Erbano; Márcia R. Duarte

    2010-01-01

    Genipa americana L., conhecida como jenipapo, é uma Rubiaceae nativa do Brasil e as suas folhas são utilizadas pela população como antidiarreico e febrífugo, e o caule como anti-hemorrágico, contra luxações e contusões. Com o objetivo de caracterizar macro e microscopicamente folhas adultas e caules jovens para o controle de qualidade farmacognóstico, essa planta medicinal foi analisada segundo a metodologia clássica de morfoanatomia vegetal. Genipa americana apresenta folhas simples, opostas...

  5. Reproductive parameters of the southern stingray Dasyatis americana in southern gulf of Mexico Parámetros reproductivos de la raya látigo americana Dasyatis americana en el sur del golfo de México

    Edith Ramírez-Mosqueda

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The southern stingray Dasyatis americana (Hildebrand & Schroeder, 1928 is the most landed elasmobranch by small-scale fleets in southern gulf of Mexico. However, little is known of its life history parameters in this region. In this study, a total of 900 specimens were collected from February 2006 to December 2008 to determine the reproductive parameters needed for population assessments by means of ecological risk assessments or demographic analysis. Results suggested that females of D. americana reproduce annually, with a gestation of 7-8 months. The reproductive cycle of females is asynchronous, with ovulation and parturition occurring throughout the year. Females and males matured at 764 and 517 mm disc width (DW50 respectively. D. americana has one of the highest fecundity among dasyatids, from 2 to 7 embryos, with a sex ratio of embryos of 1:1. A linear relationship between maternal DW and fecundity was estimated, the larger females contain more embryos. The status of the population of D. americana is a cause of concern in the southern gulf of Mexico due to its high frequency of capture in artisanal fisheries and its apparently low biological productivity.La raya látigo americana Dasyatis americana (Hildebrand & Schroeder, 1928, conocida como balá en México, es el elasmobranquio más capturado y desembarcado por flotas artesanales en el sur del golfo de México. Sin embargo, se conoce poco de sus parámetros de historia de vida en esta región. En este estudio, fueron analizados 900 ejemplares entre febrero 2006 y diciembre 2008 para determinar los parámetros reproductivos necesarios para evaluaciones poblacionales por medio de análisis demográficos o evaluaciones de riesgo ecológico. Los resultados sugieren que las hembras de D. americana se reproducen anualmente, con una gestación de 7-8 meses aproximadamente. El ciclo reproductivo de las hembras es asincrónico, con la ovulación y alumbramiento ocurriendo a lo largo de todo el

  6. Why are there few seedlings beneath the myrmecophyte Triplaris americana?

    Larrea-Alcázar, Daniel M.; Simonetti, Javier A.

    2007-07-01

    We compared the relative importance of chemical alellopathy, pruning behaviour of resident ants and other non-related agents to ant-plant mutualism for seedling establishment beneath Triplaris americana L. (Polygonaceae), a myrmecophyte plant. We also included a preliminary analysis of effects of fragmentation on these ecological processes. Seeds and seedlings of Theobroma cacao L. (Sterculiaceae) were used as the target species in all experiments. Leaf-tissue extracts of the myrmecophyte plant did not inhibit germination of cacao seeds. Resident Pseudomyrmex triplarinus Weddell (Pseudomyrmecinae) ants did not remove seeds under the canopy of their host plants. The main seed consumer was the leaf-cutting ant Atta sexdens L. (Myrmicinae). Leaves of cacao seedlings were partially or totally pruned by Pseudomyrmex ants mainly in forest fragments studied. We offer evidence pointing to the possibility that the absence of seedlings beneath Triplaris may result from effects of both ant species. We discuss the benefits of pruning behaviour for the resident ant colony and the effects of ant-ant interactions on seedling establishment beneath this ant-plant system.

  7. Avocado (Persea americana) seed as a source of bioactive phytochemicals.

    Dabas, Deepti; Shegog, Rachel M; Ziegler, Gregory R; Lambert, Joshua D

    2013-01-01

    The pulp of avocado (Persea americana, Lauraceae) has been reported to have beneficial cardiovascular health effects. Avocado oil is used for dermatological applications and its unsaponifiable portion is reported to have beneficial effects against osteoarthritis. Although the seed represents a considerable percentage of the total fruit, scientific research on the phytochemistry and biological effects of avocado seeds is in the nascent stages,. Currently, the seed represents an under-utilized resource and a waste issue for avocado processors. There is ethno-pharmacological information on the use of seeds for the treatment of health-related conditions, especially in South American countries where avocados are endemic and currently grown on a large scale. Current research has shown that avocado seeds may improve hypercholesterolemia, and be useful in the treatment of hypertension, inflammatory conditions and diabetes. Seeds have also been found to possess insecticidal, fungicidal, and anti-microbial activities. The avocado seeds and rich in phenolic compounds, and these may play a role in the putative health effects. Historically, extracts of avocado seeds were also used as ink for writing and research in our laboratory has explored the potential colorant properties of a polyphenol oxidase-produced colored avocado seed extract. Here, we review the currently-available data on the bioactivity and other functional properties of avocado seeds. We discuss the strength of the available data, the putative active compounds, and potential directions for future studies. PMID:23448442

  8. Susceptibility of Porphyromonas gingivalis and Streptococcus mutans to Antibacterial Effect from Mammea americana

    Alejandra Herrera Herrera

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The development of periodontal disease and dental caries is influenced by several factors, such as microorganisms of bacterial biofilm or commensal bacteria in the mouth. These microorganisms trigger inflammatory and immune responses in the host. Currently, medicinal plants are treatment options for these oral diseases. Mammea americana extracts have reported antimicrobial effects against several microorganisms. Nevertheless, this effect is unknown against oral bacteria. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the antibacterial effect of M. americana extract against Porphyromonas gingivalis and Streptococcus mutans. For this, an experimental study was conducted. Ethanolic extract was obtained from seeds of M. americana (one oil phase and one ethanolic phase. The strains of Porphyromonas gingivalis ATCC 33277 and Streptococcus mutans ATCC 25175 were exposed to this extract to evaluate its antibacterial effect. Antibacterial activity was observed with the two phases of M. americana extract on P. gingivalis and S. mutans with lower MICs (minimum inhibitory concentration. Also, bactericidal and bacteriostatic activity was detected against S. mutans, depending on the concentration of the extract, while on M. americana extract presented only bacteriostatic activity against P. gingivalis. These findings provide important and promising information allowing for further exploration in the future.

  9. Preparation of Eleutherine americana-alginate complex microcapsules and application in Bifidobacterium longum.

    Phoem, Atchara N; Chanthachum, Suphitchaya; Voravuthikunchai, Supayang P

    2015-01-01

    Microencapsulation using extrusion and emulsion techniques was prepared for Bifidobacterium longum protection against sequential exposure to simulated gastric and intestinal juices, refrigeration storage and heat treatment. Eleutherine americana was used as the co-encapsulating agent. Hydrolysis of E. americana by gastric and intestinal juices was also determined. E. americana and its oligosaccharide extract demonstrated their resistance to low pH and partial tolerance to human α-amylase. Microencapsulated B. longum with E. americana and oligosaccharide extract prepared by the extrusion technique survived better than that by the emulsion technique under adverse conditions. Survival of microencapsulated cells after exposure to the juices and refrigeration storage was higher than free cells at Weeks 2 and 4. In addition, the viability of microencapsulated cells was better than free cells at 65 °C for 15 min. This work suggested that microencapsulated B. longum with E. americana offers the effective delivery of probiotics to colon and maintains their survival in food products. PMID:25629556

  10. Study on Flowering, Cultivation, and Reproduction of Agave americana Var. Marginata Hort. (Agavaceae)%Study on Flowering, Cultivation, and Reproduction of Agave americana Var. Marginata Hort. (Agavaceae)

    Fangnong LIU; Shicheng PENG; Lianren LIU

    2012-01-01

    Agave americana Var. Marginata Hort. (Agavaceae) is a perennial herb. This paper summarized its classification, distribution, morphological characteristics, habit, flowering and fruiting, cultivation and reproduction, as well as multiple uses in daily life, which provided references for the exploitation and utilization of Agave americana Vat. Marginata Hort. (Agavaceae).

  11. Reproductive parameters of the southern stingray Dasyatis americana in southern gulf of Mexico Parámetros reproductivos de la raya látigo americana Dasyatis americana en el sur del golfo de México

    Edith Ramírez-Mosqueda; Juan Carlos Pérez-Jiménez; Manuel Mendoza-Carranza

    2012-01-01

    The southern stingray Dasyatis americana (Hildebrand & Schroeder, 1928) is the most landed elasmobranch by small-scale fleets in southern gulf of Mexico. However, little is known of its life history parameters in this region. In this study, a total of 900 specimens were collected from February 2006 to December 2008 to determine the reproductive parameters needed for population assessments by means of ecological risk assessments or demographic analysis. Results suggested that females of D. ame...

  12. PHARMACOGNOSTIC EVALUATION AND PRELIMINARY PHYTOCHEMICAL SCREENING ON THE LEAVES OF XIMENIA AMERICANA LINN.

    Shantha T R

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The Present communication deals with the various pharmacognostic evaluation on the leaves of Ximenia americana include morphological, microscopical characters, powder microscopy and physicochemical characters like ash values and loss on drying, TLC studies etc.The preliminary phytochemical screening is also carried out and it is revealed that, the presence of Alkaloids, Sterpoids, Sugars, Saponins,Tannins, and Terpenoides in methanol extract. Steroids in traces and absence of Terpenoides in ethanol and aqueous extract of the leaves of X.americana which may be responsible for its antinociceptive activity.

  13. Acute Toxicity and Genotoxic Activity of Avocado Seed Extract (Persea americana Mill., c.v. Hass

    Eduardo Padilla-Camberos

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The use of vegetal extracts requires toxicological and genotoxic evaluations to establish and verify safety before being added to human cosmetic, pharmaceutical medicine, or alimentary products. Persea americana seeds have been used in traditional medicine as treatment for several diseases. In this work, the ethanolic seed extract of Persea americana was evaluated with respect to its genotoxic potential through micronucleus assay in rodents. The frequency of micronuclei in groups of animals treated with avocado seed extract showed no differences compared to the negative control (vehicle; therefore, it is considered that the avocado seed extract showed no genotoxic activity in the micronucleus test.

  14. Acute toxicity and genotoxic activity of avocado seed extract (Persea americana Mill., c.v. Hass).

    Padilla-Camberos, Eduardo; Martínez-Velázquez, Moisés; Flores-Fernández, José Miguel; Villanueva-Rodríguez, Socorro

    2013-01-01

    The use of vegetal extracts requires toxicological and genotoxic evaluations to establish and verify safety before being added to human cosmetic, pharmaceutical medicine, or alimentary products. Persea americana seeds have been used in traditional medicine as treatment for several diseases. In this work, the ethanolic seed extract of Persea americana was evaluated with respect to its genotoxic potential through micronucleus assay in rodents. The frequency of micronuclei in groups of animals treated with avocado seed extract showed no differences compared to the negative control (vehicle); therefore, it is considered that the avocado seed extract showed no genotoxic activity in the micronucleus test. PMID:24298206

  15. El Admirarse como forma de enfrentar la nueva realidad americana

    Álvarez Moreno, Raúl

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available The article is a study of the use of admiratio to display the new American reality at the end of the fourteenth and into the fifteenth century. After exploring the semantic wealth of the term and defining it, we will present it as the first stage of the cognitive process of the human being, whose object will be Nature, understood as a whole entity in which men are included. The depiction of the admirable thing as a part of the cognitive process will also have its place in this study. But it is under the renovation that proposed the Renaissance, when admiratio turned into a poetic function related to that of movere, solving America as inventio the problem of verisimilitude inherited from the Middle Ages. Then, this concept will be used by our authors, not only to reflect a stage of knowledge, but with a clearly rhetorical function: to create a specific state of mind in the reader in order to obtain something from him.

    El artículo analiza el uso de la admiratio para presentar la nueva realidad americana a finales del siglo XV y durante el XVI. Tras explorar la riqueza semántica del término y definirlo, se parte del mismo, como el primer estadio del proceso cognitivo del ser humano, cuyo objeto será una naturaleza, entendida como totalidad que incluye al hombre. La plasmación de lo admirable como parte del proceso cognitivo tiene también su lugar en el estudio. Pero será la transformación que supone el Renacimiento, la que convertirá a la admiratio en una función poética relacionada con el movere, y a la que América como inventio solucionaba el problema de la verosimilitud heredado de la Edad Media. El concepto será usado por nuestros autores, no ya para reflejar una fase del conocimiento, sino con una función claramente retórica: provocar un estado de ánimo en el lector para conseguir algo de él.

  16. Two New Spirostanol Steroidal Sapogenins from Fermented Leaves of Agave americana

    2003-01-01

    Two new spirostanol sapogenins named agavegenin A and B were isolated from the fermented leaves of Agave americana L.Their structures were elucidated as (23S, 25R)-5α- spirostan-3β, 6α, 11α, 23-tetraol (1) and (23S, 25S)-5α-spirostan-3β, 23, 27-triol (2) by spectral methods.

  17. Interbreeding among deeply divergent mitochondrial lineages in the American cockroach (Periplaneta americana)

    von Beeren, Christoph; Stoeckle, Mark Y.; Xia, Joyce; Burke, Griffin; Kronauer, Daniel J. C.

    2015-02-01

    DNA barcoding promises to be a useful tool to identify pest species assuming adequate representation of genetic variants in a reference library. Here we examined mitochondrial DNA barcodes in a global urban pest, the American cockroach (Periplaneta americana). Our sampling effort generated 284 cockroach specimens, most from New York City, plus 15 additional U.S. states and six other countries, enabling the first large-scale survey of P. americana barcode variation. Periplaneta americana barcode sequences (n = 247, including 24 GenBank records) formed a monophyletic lineage separate from other Periplaneta species. We found three distinct P. americana haplogroups with relatively small differences within (<=0.6%) and larger differences among groups (2.4%-4.7%). This could be interpreted as indicative of multiple cryptic species. However, nuclear DNA sequences (n = 77 specimens) revealed extensive gene flow among mitochondrial haplogroups, confirming a single species. This unusual genetic pattern likely reflects multiple introductions from genetically divergent source populations, followed by interbreeding in the invasive range. Our findings highlight the need for comprehensive reference databases in DNA barcoding studies, especially when dealing with invasive populations that might be derived from multiple genetically distinct source populations.

  18. SPECIES PROFILE: WOOD STORK (MYCTERIA AMERICANA) ON MILITARY INSTALLATIONS IN THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES

    The wood stork (Mycteria americana) is a large colonial wading bird that breeds in a variety of wetland habitats. Its current range extends from southern South Carolina through Florida and from Mexico to northern Argentina, but populations in the United States are disjunct from t...

  19. Cloning and characterization of the adipokinetic hormone receptor from the cockroach Periplaneta americana

    Hansen, Karina K; Hauser, Frank; Cazzamali, Giuseppe;

    2006-01-01

    americana. This receptor is only activated by various insect AKHs (we tested eight) and not by a library of 29 other insect or invertebrate neuropeptides and nine biogenic amines. Periplaneta has two intrinsic AKHs, Pea-AKH-1, and Pea-AKH-2. The Periplaneta AKH receptor is activated by low concentrations of...

  20. Description of a new coccid (Hemiptera, Coccidae on avocado (Persea americana Mill. from Colombia, South America

    Takumasa Kondo

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available A new soft scale insect, Bombacoccus aguacatae Kondo, gen. n. and sp. n. (Hemiptera: Coccidae collected on the branches and twigs of avocado, Persea americana Mill. (Lauraceae in Colombia, is described and illustrated based on the adult female. An updated taxonomic key to closely related genera of the Toumeyella-group is provided.

  1. An estimation of outcrossing in Florida avocado (Persea americana Mill.) using microsatellite markers

    Persea americana Mill. exhibits a unique flowering mechanism, synchronous dichogamy, in which the male and female parts of the perfect flower are functional at different times. Cultivars are classified based upon their flowering type. Type A cultivars open in the morning as functionally female flowe...

  2. Molecular Characterization and Genetic Structure in Avocado (Persea americana Mill.) Using Simple Sequence Repeat (SSR) Markers

    Avocado (Persea americana Mill.) is an economically important tropical fruit native to Mesoamerica. It belongs to the Lauraceae family and is subdivided in three horticultural races (Guatemalan, Mexican, and West Indian) based primarily on ecological adaptation, botanical and physiological traits. T...

  3. Evaluation of phenotypic variation in a collection of Apios americana: an edible tuberous legume

    Apios americana, sometimes called “potato bean,” is native to the central and eastern parts of the United States and southeastern Canada. Apios is a nitrogen-fixing legume with a vining habit that produces protein rich tubers at nodes along below-ground stolons originating from a “mother tuber.” A b...

  4. Race, Interracial Admixture and Genetic Differentiation of Avocado (Persea americana Mill)

    Avocado (Persea americana Mill.) is a major tropical fruit crop native to Mesoamerica and domesticated around 8000 to 7000 BC. It is a member of the Laureace family and currently classified into three subspecies or races: Guatemalan (G), Mexican (M) and West Indian (WI) according to their ecological...

  5. Description of a new coccid (Hemiptera, Coccidae) on avocado (Persea americana Mill.) from Colombia, South America

    Takumasa Kondo

    2010-01-01

    A new soft scale insect, Bombacoccus aguacatae Kondo, gen. n. and sp. n. (Hemiptera: Coccidae) collected on the branches and twigs of avocado, Persea americana Mill. (Lauraceae) in Colombia, is described and illustrated based on the adult female. An updated taxonomic key to closely related genera of the Toumeyella-group is provided.

  6. APPLICATION OF PROPICONAZOLE IN MANAGEMENT OF LAUREL WILT DISEASE IN AVOCADO (Persea americana Mill.) TREES

    Laurel wilt is a vascular disease of Lauraceous plants caused by a fungus (Raffaelea spp.) that is carried by a recently introduced, nonnative ambrosia beetle (Xyleborus glabratus). The disease is devastating to Persea species including redbay (Persea borbonia) and avocado (Persea americana) trees i...

  7. Survival and weight change among adult individuals of Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus, 1758) (Blattaria, Blattidae) subject to various stress conditions

    Jucelio Peter Duarte; Francielly Felchicher; Paulo Bretanha Ribeiro; Marcial Corrêa Cárcamo

    2015-01-01

    Periplaneta americana is a species of great importance to public health, since it can act as a vector of many pathogens and it reaches large populations in urban environments. This is probably due to its ability to resist starvation and desiccation. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of absence of water and food on survival and weight change among adult P. americana individuals and check whether the initial weight of individuals influences on their survival. Four groups having twenty P....

  8. Effect of plant growth-promoting bacteria on the growth and fructan production of Agave americana L.

    De La Torre-Ruiz, Neyser; Ruiz-Valdiviezo, Víctor Manuel; Rincón-Molina, Clara Ivette; Rodríguez-Mendiola, Martha; Arias-Castro, Carlos; Gutiérrez-Miceli, Federico Antonio; Palomeque-Dominguez, Héctor; Rincón-Rosales, Reiner

    2016-01-01

    The effect of plant growth-promoting bacteria inoculation on plant growth and the sugar content in Agave americana was assessed. The bacterial strains ACO-34A, ACO-40, and ACO-140, isolated from the A. americana rhizosphere, were selected for this study to evaluate their phenotypic and genotypic characteristics. The three bacterial strains were evaluated via plant inoculation assays, and Azospirillum brasilense Cd served as a control strain. Phylogenetic analysis based on the 16S rRNA gene sh...

  9. The avocado fruit borer, Stenoma catenifer (wals. (Lepidoptera: elachistidae: egg and damage distribution and parasitism A broca-do-abacate, Stenoma catenifer (wals. (Lepidoptera: elachistidae: distribuição de ovos e de danos e parasitismo

    Celso Luiz Hohmann

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available The avocado fruit borer, Stenoma catenifer (Wals. has been a limiting factor in growing avocados over the last years in many Brazilian states. This is a result of the lack of safe and feasible management practices to minimize the fruit borer damage. The aim of this study was to obtain information on the pest biology and ecology as well as on the role of natural enemies to define strategies to control the pest. Samples were taken biweekly and consisted of 20 fruits collected randomly (10 from the upper half and 10 from the lower half of the plant in ten plants, cv. Margarida, in a commercial avocado grove in Arapongas and Cambé regions, PR, from October/2001 to September/2002. Laboratory determinations of the percentage of damaged fruit per plant region, location and number of bored fruit sites, and the number and location of the fruit borer eggs, including parasitized ones, were performed. The results showed that S. catenifer preferred to oviposit and attack fruits located on the upper half of the trees. The majority of the eggs were laid on the fruit pedicel whereas the damage was mainly located on the lower half of the fruits. Trichogrammatids were the most constant and abundant parasitoids found in both localities throughout the study period.A broca-do-abacate, Stenoma catenifer (Lepidoptera: Elachistidae, continua sendo fator limitante para o cultivo do abacate em vários estados do Brasil, nos últimos anos. Isso se deve a falta de métodos seguros e viáveis para reduzir os prejuízos causados pela praga. Com o intuito de obter informações sobre a sua bioecologia e ação de inimigos naturais, para auxiliar na elaboração de estratégias de controle, realizaram-se coletas quinzenais de 20 frutos ao acaso (10 da metade superior e 10 da metade inferior em 10 plantas, em pomar comercial, cv. Margarida, nos municípios de Arapongas e Cambé, PR, durante os meses de outubro/2001 a setembro/2002. Em laboratório determinaram-se a porcentagem

  10. Aplicação de danos mecânicos em abacates e seus efeitos na qualidade dos frutos Application of mechanical damages in avocados and their effects to the quality of the fruits

    Juliana Sanches

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve por objetivo avaliar o efeito da aplicação de danos mecânicos por impacto, compressão e corte em abacates 'Geada'. O trabalho consistiu em duas etapas: na primeira, o impacto foi aplicado deixando-se os frutos caírem, em queda livre, de 1,5 m a 3,0 m, com intervalo de 0,5 m; na compressão, os frutos sofreram a ação dos pesos: 6 kg por 12 horas e 12 kg por 6 horas. Para os cortes, foram realizados quatro cortes com 80 mm de comprimento e 4 mm de profundidade. Na segunda etapa, para a compressão, utilizou-se peso de 12 kg por tempo maior (24 h. No impacto, foi aplicada queda de 2,0 m, e os cortes, realizados da mesma maneira que na primeira etapa. Os efeitos de cada dano foram avaliados nos frutos armazenados sob condição ambiente quanto à coloração, perda de massa fresca e teores de sólidos solúveis e de acidez titulável. Queda de alturas maiores que 2,0 m levaram os frutos a rachaduras. Até 2,0 m de altura, formaram-se fissuras ao redor do caroço, que foram preenchidas por filamentos de aspecto duro e não se tornou visível externamente. O abacate não se mostrou suscetível à aplicação das compressões 6 kg/12 h e 12 kg/6 h, mas o tratamento 12 kg/24 h fez com que a casca apresentasse coloração verde mais escura durante três dias. Os cortes provocaram cicatrizes na casca.The objective of this work was to evaluate the effect of mechanical damages application in 'Geada' avocado fruit by impact, compression, and cut. This work was carried out in two stages: first, the impact test was applied by free fall of the fruits, from 1.5 m to 3.0 m, with steps of 0.5 m. For the compression tests, fruits were loaded using blocks of two different weights: 6 kg for 12 h and 12 kg for 6 h. Four cuts of 80 mm, in length and 4 mm, in depth were performed for the cut tests; second, for the compression tests was used blocks of 12 kg for longer time than the first one (24 h. In the impact test it was applied a 2.0 m free

  11. Applications of Microencapsulated Bifidobacterium Longum with Eleutherine Americana in Fresh Milk Tofu and Pineapple Juice

    Phoem, Atchara N.; Chanthachum, Suphitchaya; Voravuthikunchai, Supayang P.

    2015-01-01

    Bifidobacterium longum was microencapsulated by extrusion technique and added in fresh milk tofu and pineapple juice. Microencapsulation of B. longum with Eleutherine americana extract, oligosaccharides extract, and commercial fructo-oligosaccharides was assessed for the bacterial survival after sequential exposure to simulated gastric and intestinal juices, and refrigeration storage. Microencapsulated B. longum with the extract and oligosaccharides extract in the food products showed better survival than free cells under adverse conditions. Sensory analysis demonstrated that the products containing co-encapsulated bacterial cells were more acceptable by consumers than free cells. Pineapple juice prepared with co-encapsulated cells had lower values for over acidification, compared with the juice with free cells added. This work suggested that microencapsulated B. longum with E. americana could enhance functional properties of fresh milk tofu and pineapple juice. PMID:25854832

  12. Mechanical Behavior of Agave Americana L. Fibres: Correlation Between Fine Structure and Mechanical Properties

    Msahli, S.; Chaabouni, Y.; Sakli, F.; Drean, J. Y.

    In this study, results of a mechanical behavior study of fibres extracted from the agave Americana L. plant, the most abundant variety in Tunisia, are presented. These results deal with the principal and mechanical characteristics of these fibres which are the elongation at break, the elasticity modulus and the rupture facture. These results permitted to situate these fibres, compared to the other textile fibres, as materials that can be used in technical applications such as reinforcing composites or geotextile. In order to understand the mechanical properties of these fibres, a correlation study between the properties already cited and the fine structure was done. The obtained results showed that the mechanical properties of agave Americana L. fibres are closely related to the individual fibers deformations and to the natural matrix (lignin and gums) that links these elementary fibres.

  13. Pathogenicity of Aspergillus westerdijkiae to females and oothecae of Periplaneta Americana

    Mariah Valente Baggio

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: Cockroach control is performed by the application of chemical insecticides which exert high selective pressure on populations and introduces synthetic substances in the environment, motivating the search for other methods of control such as entomopathogenic fungi. The objectives of this study were to investigate the pathogenicity of the JAB 42 Aspergillus westerdijkiae to females and oothecae of Periplaneta americana and to demonstrate its mechanism of action on oothecae. Suspensions containing 106 to 108 conidia/ml were used to infect females and oothecae. Mortality and other variables such as scanning electron microscopy were used to demonstrate the mechanism of action of the fungus. The isolated JAB 42 A. westerdijkiae is pathogenic to oothecae of P. americana, with low capacity to kill females. Adhesion, germination, penetration and extrusion of the fungus on the cockroach oothecae were observed.

  14. Helminth parasites of the American avocet Recurvirostra americana (Aves), from the Salt Lake basin, Utah.

    Hinojos, J G; Campbell, B K; Canaris, A G

    1993-02-01

    Five species of cestodes and 1 species of trematode, for a total of 4,770 (chi- =79.5) helminths, were obtained from 60 American avocets, Recurvirostra americana, collected from July to September 1985 and 1986 in the Salt Lake basin, Utah. The most prevalent parasite was the cestode Diplophallus coili (95%). It occurred in mature pairs 90% of the time. All species of helminths showed a contagious distribution except for mature D. coili, which had a uniform distribution. This uniform distribution, which is unusual for species of helminths, has been observed for at least 4 species of large tapeworms in the recurvirostrids. The helminth community consisted of 3 specialists, 1 generalist, and 2 of uncertain status. The same specialists have been reported also in R. americana from Texas, Colorado, and Manitoba, Canada. PMID:8437049

  15. Manganese uptake and interactions with cadmium in the hyperaccumulator--Phytolacca Americana L.

    Peng, Kejian; Luo, Chunling; You, Wuxin; Lian, Chunlan; Li, Xiangdong; Shen, Zhenguo

    2008-06-15

    In the present study, the accumulation of Mn and other metals by Phytolacca Americana L. from contaminated soils in Hunan Province, South China, was investigated. Results showed that the average concentrations of Mn in the leaves and roots reached 2198 and 80.4 mg kg(-1) (dry weight), respectively, with a maximum 13,400 mg kg(-1) in the leaves. A significant correlation was found between Mn concentrations in the plant leaves and those in the corresponding soils. Hydroponic experiments were also conducted to study the Cd uptake ability and interactions between Mn and Cd in the plant. It was found that P. americana hyperaccumulated not only Mn, but also Cd in the leaves. In the presence of Cd, adding Mn to the solution significantly improved the plant growth and reduced the concentrations of Cd in all organs of the plant. PMID:18068296

  16. Manganese uptake and interactions with cadmium in the hyperaccumulator-Phytolacca Americana L

    Peng Kejian [College of Life Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095 (China); Hunan Research Academy of Environmental Sciences Changsha 410004 (China); Luo Chunling [Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon (Hong Kong); You Wuxin [College of Life Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095 (China); Lian Chunlan [Asian Natural Environmental Science Center, University of Tokyo, 1-1-8 Midori-cho, Nishitokyo, Tokyo 188-0002 (Japan); Li Xiangdong [Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon (Hong Kong); Shen Zhenguo [College of Life Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095 (China)], E-mail: zgshen@njau.edu.cn

    2008-06-15

    In the present study, the accumulation of Mn and other metals by Phytolacca Americana L. from contaminated soils in Hunan Province, South China, was investigated. Results showed that the average concentrations of Mn in the leaves and roots reached 2198 and 80.4 mg kg{sup -1} (dry weight), respectively, with a maximum 13,400 mg kg{sup -1} in the leaves. A significant correlation was found between Mn concentrations in the plant leaves and those in the corresponding soils. Hydroponic experiments were also conducted to study the Cd uptake ability and interactions between Mn and Cd in the plant. It was found that P. americana hyperaccumulated not only Mn, but also Cd in the leaves. In the presence of Cd, adding Mn to the solution significantly improved the plant growth and reduced the concentrations of Cd in all organs of the plant.

  17. Characterization and chromosome location of satellite DNA in the leaf beetle Chrysolina americana (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae).

    Lorite, P; Palomeque, T; Garnería, I; Petitpierre, E

    2000-01-01

    This paper is the first record of the satellite DNA of the specialized phytophagous genus Chrysolina. The satellite DNA of Chrysolina americana is organized in a tandem repeat of monomers 189 bp long, has a A + T content of 59.6% and presents direct and inverted internal repeats. Restriction analysis of the total DNA with methylation sensitive enzymes suggests that this repetitive DNA is undermethylated. In siti hybridization with a biotinylated probe of the satellite DNA showed the pericentromeric localization of these sequences in all meiotic bivalents. The presence of this repetitive DNA in other species of the genus was also tested by Southern analysis. The results showed that this satellite DNA sequence is specific to the C. americana genome and has not been found in three other species of Chrysolina with a different choice of host plants than in the former. PMID:11678504

  18. Secondary metabolites from the unripe pulp of Persea americana and their antimycobacterial activities.

    Lu, Ying-Chen; Chang, Hsun-Shuo; Peng, Chien-Fang; Lin, Chu-Hung; Chen, Ih-Sheng

    2012-12-15

    The fruits of Persea americana (Avocado) are nowadays used as healthy fruits in the world. Bioassay-guided fractionation of the active ethyl acetate soluble fraction has led to the isolation of five new fatty alcohol derivatives, avocadenols A-D (1-4) and avocadoin (5) from the unripe pulp of P. americana, along with 12 known compounds (6-17). These structures were elucidated by spectroscopic analysis. Among the isolates, avocadenol A (1), avocadenol B (2), (2R,4R)-1,2,4-trihydroxynonadecane (6), and (2R,4R)-1,2,4-trihydroxyheptadec-16-ene (7) showed antimycobacterial activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H(37)R(V)in vitro, with MIC values of 24.0, 33.8, 24.9, and 35.7 μg/ml, respectively. PMID:22980888

  19. Applications of Microencapsulated Bifidobacterium Longum with Eleutherine Americana in Fresh Milk Tofu and Pineapple Juice

    Atchara N. Phoem

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Bifidobacterium longum was microencapsulated by extrusion technique and added in fresh milk tofu and pineapple juice. Microencapsulation of B. longum with Eleutherine americana extract, oligosaccharides extract, and commercial fructo-oligosaccharides was assessed for the bacterial survival after sequential exposure to simulated gastric and intestinal juices, and refrigeration storage. Microencapsulated B. longum with the extract and oligosaccharides extract in the food products showed better survival than free cells under adverse conditions. Sensory analysis demonstrated that the products containing co-encapsulated bacterial cells were more acceptable by consumers than free cells. Pineapple juice prepared with co-encapsulated cells had lower values for over acidification, compared with the juice with free cells added. This work suggested that microencapsulated B. longum with E. americana could enhance functional properties of fresh milk tofu and pineapple juice.

  20. Identification and Density Estimation of American Martens (Martes americana) Using a Novel Camera-Trap Method

    Alexej P. K. Sirén; Peter J. Pekins; Peter L. Abdu; Mark J. Ducey

    2016-01-01

    Camera-traps are increasingly used to estimate wildlife abundance, yet few studies exist for small-sized carnivores or comparing efficacy against traditional methods. We developed a camera-trap to identify the unique ventral patches of American martens (Martes americana). Our method was designed to: (1) determine the optimal trap configuration to photograph ventral patches; (2) evaluate the use of temporally clustered photographs to determine independence and improve identification; and (3) d...

  1. Macropropagation of Erythrina americana in a greenhouse: a potential tool for seasonally dry tropical forest restoration

    Tara C. Fehling-Fraser; Eliane Ceccon

    2015-01-01

    Deforestation in Mexico has made restoration an urgent requirement. Erythrina americana is a multipurpose tree, useful for seasonally dry tropical forest restoration; however, it is poorly studied. Macropropagation of this species is advantageous when compared with sexual reproduction, since it requires scarification to germinate. In this study, the effects of the exogenous application of the phytohormone (indole-3-butyric acid) in the cuttings and/or a slow-release phosphate fertilizer (SRPF...

  2. Efektifitas Serbuk Daun Spearmint (Mentha spicata) Sebagai Repellent Terhadap Kecoa Rumah (Periplaneta americana)

    Br Ginting, Mandasari

    2015-01-01

    American cockroach (Periplaneta americana) is mechanical vector which can bring agent of diseases. In Cockroach had ever been found about 40 microorganism so that can contaminate human food and cause some intestinal diseases even the allergic for human.Usually, People control the American cockroach by using chemical substances which persistent in environment if we use it continuously. The aim of this research was to analyze the effectivity of spearmint (Mentha spicata) leaves powde...

  3. Optimization of Insoluble and Soluble Fibres Extraction from Agave americana L. Using Response Surface Methodology

    Amine Bouaziz; Manel Masmoudi; Amel Kamoun; Souhail Besbes

    2014-01-01

    Experimental design methodology was used to determine significant factors affecting the extraction yield of soluble and insoluble fibres from Agave americana L. and in second time to find optimum conditions leading to the highest yield. Results clearly indicated that the temperature, the powder to water (P/W) ratio, and the agitation speed were the most important factors influencing fibres extraction yield which increased with temperature, P/W ratio, and agitation speed. Ionic strength affect...

  4. Neuroprotective evaluation of Tilia americana and Annona diversifolia in the neuronal damage induced by intestinal ischemia.

    Angeles-López, Guadalupe E; González-Trujano, María Eva; Déciga-Campos, Myrna; Ventura-Martínez, Rosa

    2013-08-01

    Tilia americana and Annona diversifolia are plants widely distributed in Mexico and sold in markets for their medicinal properties on the central nervous system (CNS) including possible neuroprotection. Pharmacological studies have corroborated CNS activities due to flavonoid constituents, but evidence of their neuroprotector effects are lacking. This study was conducted to test aqueous and organic extracts of these two plants for neuroprotective effects in a novel experimental model of intestinal ischemia in situ. T. americana and A. diversifolia aqueous and organic extracts were administrated to guinea pigs at an oral dose of 100 and 300 mg/kg for 15 days. Twenty four hours after the last administration, the animals were anesthetized and intestinal ischemia in situ was induced by clamping for 80 min selected branches of the superior mesenteric artery. Ischemic segments placed in an in vitro organ bath were stimulated electrically (0.3 Hz frequency, 3.0 ms duration, 14 V intensity) and chemically (ACh; 1 × 10(-9) to 1×10(-5) M). Neuroprotection was considered present when the depressed contractile response of the ischemic tissue to electrical stimulation was normalized in the treated animals. Results showed that pretreatment with the T. americana hexane and aqueous extracts, but not with those from A. diversifolia, significantly improved responses of the ischemic tissue. These results suggest that T. americana possesses neuroprotective effects against neuronal damage induced by ischemia, and that flavonoids as well as non-polar constituents are involved. Our study supports the use of this plant in folk medicine and suggests its possible effectiveness for stroke prevention. PMID:23739919

  5. Identification of Heterobilharzia americana infection in a dog residing in Indiana with no history of travel.

    Rodriguez, Jessica Y; Camp, Joseph W; Lenz, Stephen D; Kazacos, Kevin R; Snowden, Karen F

    2016-04-01

    CASE DESCRIPTION A 1-year-old castrated male dog residing in Indiana was examined because of intermittent vomiting of 4 months' duration. CLINICAL FINDINGS The dog's condition did not resolve with medication. Diagnostic imaging revealed a possible partial obstruction at the ileocecal junction. An exploratory laparotomy was performed. The jejunum contained diffusely distributed, nodular, intramural lesions; 2 biopsy specimens were collected from representative lesions. The pancreas was grossly swollen, and pancreatitis was presumed present. No other abnormalities were observed in the abdomen. Histologic examination of the submitted biopsy specimens revealed infection with Heterobilharzia americana. TREATMENT AND OUTCOME After diagnosis, the dog was treated with fenbendazole suspension (48 mg/kg [21.8 mg/lb], PO, q 24 h) for 10 days. This treatment was subsequently repeated 11 and 80 days later. One week after the end of the last fenbendazole treatment, several H americana eggs were detected in a fecal sample via saline sedimentation, and the dog was given praziquantel (25 mg/kg [11.4 mg/lb], PO, q 8 h) for 2 days. No gastrointestinal signs were evident 4 months after that treatment. CLINICAL RELEVANCE The dog described in this report was the first autochthonous canine case of H americana infection in Indiana, to the authors' knowledge; this case has confirmed that the distribution of this parasite in the Midwestern United States is broader than previously known. Increased awareness of the distribution of H americana should aid veterinarians in early, noninvasive diagnosis and appropriate treatment of affected animals. Repeated treatments and recheck fecal examinations may be necessary when managing these cases. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2016;248:827-830). PMID:27003025

  6. Preliminar toxicological assesement of Ruta graveolens, Origanum vulgare and Persea americana on the preimplantational mouse embryos

    Benavides, V; Trujillo, G; G. D'Arrigo; U. Paredes; J. Pino

    2014-01-01

    The growing interest in natural medicine makes it necessary to study plant properties as well as their possible secondary effects. In recent years the toxic effects of many medicinal plants on the preimplantational mouse embryo development have been studied. Many of them produce malformations and alterations in the embryonic development. Ruta graveolens "ruda", Origanum vulgare "oregano" and Persea americana "palta" are used in rural areas to menstrual colic and to provoke abortion (estrella,...

  7. Terpenoid Variations within and among Half-Sibling Avocado Trees, Persea americana Mill. (Lauraceae)

    Niogret, Jerome; Epsky, Nancy D.; Schnell, Raymond J; Boza, Edward J.; Kendra, Paul E.; Heath, Robert R.

    2013-01-01

    Chemical analyses were conducted to determine the qualitative and quantitative differences in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes in plant material from avocado trees, Persea americana Mill. (Lauraceae). The initial study analyzed plant material sampled from the trunk to the leaves through different branch diameters to quantify proximo-distal spatial differences within a tree. All trees were seedlings initiated from a single maternal tree. Two-way analysis of variance was conducted on 34 chemical...

  8. Persea americana Mill. Seed: Fractionation, Characterization, and Effects on Human Keratinocytes and Fibroblasts

    Ramos-Jerz, Maria del R.; Socorro Villanueva; Gerold Jerz; Peter Winterhalter; Deters, Alexandra M.

    2013-01-01

    Methanolic avocado (Persea americana Mill., Lauraceae) seed extracts were separated by preparative HSCCC. Partition and HSCCC fractions were principally characterized by LC-ESI-MS/MS analysis. Their in vitro influence was investigated on proliferation, differentiation, cell viability, and gene expression on HaCaT and normal human epidermal keratinocytes (NHEK) and normal human dermal fibroblasts (NHDF). The methanol-water partition (M) from avocado seeds and HSCCC fraction 3 (M.3) were mostly...

  9. Pistil Starch Reserves at Anthesis Correlate with Final Flower Fate in Avocado (Persea americana)

    Alcaraz, María Librada; Hormaza Urroz, José Ignacio; Rodrigo García, Francisco Javier

    2013-01-01

    A common observation in different plant species is a massive abscission of flowers and fruitlets even after adequate pollination, but little is known as to the reason for this drop. Previous research has shown the importance of nutritive reserves accumulated in the flower on fertilization success and initial fruit development but direct evidence has been elusive. Avocado (Persea americana) is an extreme case of a species with a very low fruit to flower ratio. In this work, the implications of...

  10. Methanol Leaf Extract of Persea americana Protects Rats against Cholesterol-Induced Hyperlipidemia

    Kolawole, O. T.; Kolawole, S. O.; Ayankunle, A. A.; Olaniran, I. O.

    2012-01-01

    Aim: To investigate anti-hyperlipidemic activity of methanol leaf extract of Persea americana (MEPA) in cholesterol-induced hyperlipidemic rats. Methodology: The animals were randomly divided into five groups of 5 rats each. Group1 served as the normal control (NC) and received distilled water. Group 2, the cholesterol-induced hyperlipidemic control (CHOL) was given cholesterol diet (20% groundnut oil, 1% cholesterol and 0.5% cholic acid mixed with rat pellet) orally. Groups 3 and 4 received ...

  11. Phylogenetic and expression analysis of the NPR1-like gene family from Persea americana (Mill.)

    Backer, Robert; Mahomed, Waheed; Reeksting, Bianca J.; Engelbrecht, Juanita; Ibarra-Laclette, Enrique; van den Berg, Noëlani

    2015-01-01

    The NONEXPRESSOR OF PATHOGENESIS-RELATED GENES1 (NPR1) forms an integral part of the salicylic acid (SA) pathway in plants and is involved in cross-talk between the SA and jasmonic acid/ethylene (JA/ET) pathways. Therefore, NPR1 is essential to the effective response of plants to pathogens. Avocado (Persea americana) is a commercially important crop worldwide. Significant losses in production result from Phytophthora root rot, caused by the hemibiotroph, Phytophthora cinnamomi. This oomycete ...

  12. The Scirtothrips perseae species-group (Thysanoptera), with one new species from avocado, Persea americana.

    Mound, Laurence A; Hoddle, Mark S

    2016-01-01

    Following recent molecular studies on avocado thrips, a new species is described from Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Colombia from the young leaves of avocado, Persea americana. Scirtothrips hansoni sp.n. is closely related to the Californian pest, S. perseae, and also to S. astrictus from Costa Rica that remains known from a single female. An illustrated key to these three species is provided. PMID:27396014

  13. Oil biosynthesis in a basal angiosperm: transcriptome analysis of Persea Americana mesocarp

    Kilaru, Aruna; Cao, Xia; Dabbs, Parker B.; Sung, Ha-Jung; Rahman, Md. Mahbubur; Thrower, Nicholas; Zynda, Greg; Podicheti, Ram; Ibarra-Laclette, Enrique; Herrera-Estrella, Luis; Mockaitis, Keithanne; Ohlrogge, John B.

    2015-01-01

    Background The mechanism by which plants synthesize and store high amounts of triacylglycerols (TAG) in tissues other than seeds is not well understood. The comprehension of controls for carbon partitioning and oil accumulation in nonseed tissues is essential to generate oil-rich biomass in perennial bioenergy crops. Persea americana (avocado), a basal angiosperm with unique features that are ancestral to most flowering plants, stores ~ 70 % TAG per dry weight in its mesocarp, a nonseed tissu...

  14. Anti Lithiasis Activity of Avocado (Persea americana Mill) Leaves Extract in White Male Rats

    IETJE WIENTARSIH; RINI MADYASTUTI; BAYU FEBRAM PRASETYO; ANGGARA ALDOBRATA

    2012-01-01

    In Indonesia, avocado leaves have been used as traditional medicines for diureticum to cure urolithiasis. This research was to determine anti lithiasis activity of avocado leaves (Persea americana Mill) extract on white male rats nefrolithiasis model induced by ethylene glycol. Ethanol extraction method was used to get extract of avogadro leaves. Twenty adult male white rats were divided into 4 different induction treatments i.e. aquadest, ethylene glycol 0.75% and ammonium chloride 2%, and e...

  15. Karakterisasi Serta Uji Tlc Ekstrak Etanol Nano Partikel Dan Serbuk Simplisia Daun Alpukat (Persea Americana Mill.)

    Sofyan, Yandi

    2015-01-01

    Background: Nano technology is one of the high and new technology, and it’s now growing in the world. This technology greatly promote the development of biologic drugs and increased the availability of biological herbal medicine. Avocado Plant (Persea americana Mill.) Is one of the plants that has benefits and virtually all parts of this plant has a property, especially the leaves are used for medicinal herb kidney disease, hypertension, has antioxidant activity in helping to prevent or slow ...

  16. Karakteristik Ekstraksi Minyak dari Biji Alpukat (Persea Americana Mill) Menggunakan Pelarut N-heptana

    Permadani, Resi Levi

    2016-01-01

    Avocado seed (Persea americana mill) can be used as source of vegetable oil because the content of protein and oil are high enough. Avocado seed oil is obtained by extraction using n-heptane. Heptane can be used as alternative solvent because the use does not cause environmental and health problems. The aim of this research is to examine characteristic of oil extraction process from avocado seed. The research design using Response Surface Methodology-Central Composite Design...

  17. Pro-apoptotic effect of Persea americana var. Hass (avocado) on Jurkat lymphoblastic leukemia cells.

    Bonilla-Porras, Angelica R; Salazar-Ospina, Andrea; Jimenez-Del-Rio, Marlene; Pereañez-Jimenez, Andres; Velez-Pardo, Carlos

    2013-11-01

    Abstract Context: Therapy for leukemia has a limited efficacy. There is a need to search for alternative anti-leukemia therapies. Persea americana Mill var. Hass (Lauraceae) is a tropical fruit (avocado) that might be used against cancer. Objective: To investigate whether P. americana induces death in Jurkat lymphoblastic leukemia cells. Materials and methods: Four ethanol extracts (0.1, 0.5, 1, 2 and 5 mg/mL) from avocado fruit (endocarp, whole seed, seed and leaves) were analyzed against Jurkat cells. Hydrogen peroxide generation by oxidation of 2',7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate to the fluorescent compound 2',7'-dichlorfluorescein assay, acridine orange/ethidium bromide staining, flow cytometry analysis of annexin-V/7-amino-actinomycin, mitochondrial membrane potential and immunocytochemistry detection of transcription factor p53, caspase-3 and apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF) were evaluated. Results: Endocarp, seed, whole seed, and leaf (0.1 mg/mL) extracts induced significant apoptosis in Jurkat cells (p americana extracts function as a pro-apoptotic compound. Leukemic cells are eliminated through an oxidative stress mechanism. This study contributes to the understanding of the molecular mechanism of the avocado and its therapeutic action on leukemia. PMID:24188375

  18. Herança e ligação em locos de isoenzimas em Genipa americana L. Inheritance and linkage in isozymes loci of Genipa americana L.

    Alexandre Magno SEBBENN

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available A herança e a ligação foram estudadasem quatro locos polimórficos (6pghd-1, Pgi-2,Mdh-1 e Mdh-2 de três sistemas isoenzimáticos deGenipa americana, analisados por eletroforesehorizontal em gel de amido, usando tecidoscoletados de quinze progênies de polinização aberta,procedentes de Moji-Guaçu, Estado de São Paulo.Esses locos segregaram de dois a três alelos.A segregação nesses locos foi homogênea entreárvores. Contudo, existem desvios significativos dasegregação esperada 1:1 para algumas árvores emalguns locos. Desvios significativos da razão desegregação esperada 1:1 foram detectados noslocos Mdh-2 e 6pgdh-1. Não foram detectadasevidências de ligação entre nenhum dos pares delocos avaliados em G. americana e esses podemser utilizados sem restrição para estudos do sistemade reprodução, diversidade e estrutura genética depopulações da espécie.Inheritance and linkage for fourpolymorphic loci (6pghd-1, Pgi-2, Mdh-1 andMdh-2 from three enzyme systems in Genipaamericana were analyzed by horizontal starch gelelectrophoresis using tissues collected from fiftyopen-pollinated families in Moji-Guaçu, São PauloState. These allozyme loci have segregated fromtwo to four alleles per polymorphic locus. Genesegregation on those loci was homogeneous amongtrees. However, there were significant deviationsfrom the expected segregation ratios on some lociand some individual trees. In addition, Mdh-2 and6pgdh-1 loci have shown significant deviationsfrom the 1:1 expected segregation ratio. Linkagedisequilibrium evidences were not detected betweenany two pairs of loci from G. americana and thosecan be used with no restriction to study the matingsystem, genetic diversity, and genetic structure onthe species.

  19. Morfoanatomia de folha e caule de Genipa americana L., Rubiaceae Leaf and stem morpho-anatomy of Genipa americana L., Rubiaceae

    Marianna Erbano

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Genipa americana L., conhecida como jenipapo, é uma Rubiaceae nativa do Brasil e as suas folhas são utilizadas pela população como antidiarreico e febrífugo, e o caule como anti-hemorrágico, contra luxações e contusões. Com o objetivo de caracterizar macro e microscopicamente folhas adultas e caules jovens para o controle de qualidade farmacognóstico, essa planta medicinal foi analisada segundo a metodologia clássica de morfoanatomia vegetal. Genipa americana apresenta folhas simples, opostas, de formato obovado a oblanceolado e pecíolos curtos. A epiderme foliar é uniestratificada e revestida por cutícula delgada e levemente estriada. Os estômatos são paracíticos e restritos à superfície abaxial. Há tricomas tectores uni e pluricelulares predominantemente na superfície abaxial. O mesofilo é dorsiventral. Em secção transversal, a nervura central é plano-convexa e o pecíolo é circular, ambos apresentando um feixe vascular colateral em disposição cilíndrica e outros menores. O caule possui felogênio localizado nas camadas subepidérmicas, colênquima anelar e um cilindro floemático externo ao de xilema, sendo ambos percorridos por raios parenquimáticos estreitos. Ocorrem idioblastos contendo compostos fenólicos, areia cristalina e drusas de oxalato de cálcio na folha e no caule.Genipa americana L., known as jenipapo, is a Rubiaceae species native to Brazil. Its leaves are used by the population as anti-diarrheic and febrifuge, and its stem as anti-hemorrhagic and for trauma injuries. Aiming to identify macro and microscopically mature leaves and young stems for the pharmacognostic quality control, this medicinal plant was investigated according to standard morpho-anatomical techniques. The leaves are simple, opposite, obovate-oblanceolate, presenting short petiole. The epidermis is uniseriate and coated with thin and slightly striate cuticle. The stomata are paracytic and restricted to the abaxial surface. It

  20. Fruit characterization of Venezuelan avocado varieties of medium oil content Caracterização de variedades venezuelanas de abacate com teor médio de óleo

    Vicente Manuel Gómez-López

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the present paper was to characterize some avocado fruit varieties to increase the information pool for this fruit. Twelve avocado varieties of medium oil content (8.09-11.12% from a Venezuelan orchard: Wilson Popenoe, Figueroa 1, Waldin, Puebla, Schaff, Celia, Araira FM, Adolfo, Esencia de la Vega, Lawhon, Winslowson, and Lujo were characterized for pulp oil and moisture; weight (whole fruit, seed, pulp, and peel; length, width, and fruit shape; peel characteristics (roughness, color and hand peeling; and ripeness time. Differences in oil content, moisture content and fruit weight were found when compared with results reported by other authors. The variety Puebla was the lightest (107 g and the smallest (7.90 x 4.62 cm, while Wilson Popenoe presented the highest pulp proportion (82%. Most of the varieties were ovate, with rough green peel and easy to hand peel. Peak ripeness of some varieties was at 3-12 days. Potential yields of two varieties were higher that the Venezuelan average.O objetivo do presente trabalho foi caracterizar algumas variedades de abacate para aumentar o banco de informações desta fruta. Doze variedades de teor médio de óleo (8,09 - 11,12% de um pomar da Venezuela: Wilson Popenoe, Figueroa 1, Waldin, Puebla, Schaff, Celia, Araira FM, Adolfo, Esencia de la Veja, Lawhon, Winslowson e Lujo, foram caracterizadas em relação à umidade e teor de óleo da polpa; pesos (fruta inteira, semente, polpa, casca; comprimento, largura e forma da fruta; carcterísticas da casca (rugosidade, cor, descascamento manual; tempo de maturação. Diferenças de umidade, teor de óleo e peso foram encontradas em relação a resultados de outros autores. A variedade Puebla foi a mais leve (107 g e a menor (7,90 x 4,632 cm, enquanto a Wilson Popenoe apresentou a maior proporção de polpa (82%. A maioria das variedades é oval, com pele verde e rugosa, de descascamento manual fácil. Produtividades potenciais de duas

  1. Polifenoles en Myristicaceae americanas II. Distribución en especies colombianas Polifenoles en Myristicaceae americanas II. Distribución en especies colombianas

    Aguirre Gálviz Luis Enrique

    1988-06-01

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    The distribution of phenolic acids and flavonoid aglycones in 65 samples of 11 species of Colombian Myristicaceae was studied in order to complete the data obtained from other samples of American Myristicaceae. The occurrence and distribution of these compounds could be used for chemotaxonomic discusions of the family.

    Se estudió la distribución de polifenoles en 65 muestras de material de herbario de II especies de Myristicaceae coleccionadas en Colombia, con el objeto de complementar los datos obtenidos en otras muestras de Myristicaceae americanas. El patrón de distribución de estos compuestos podría servir para una discusión quimiotaxonómica de la familia.

  2. Cloning of a chitinase gene from Ewingella americana, a pathogen of the cultivated mushroom, Agaricus bisporus

    P.W. Inglis

    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available We have isolated a gene encoding a chitinase (EC 3.2.1.14 from Ewingella americana, a recently described pathogen of the mushroom Agaricus bisporus. This gene, designated chiA (EMBL/Genbank/DDBJ accession number X90562, was cloned by expression screening of a plasmid-based E. americana HindIII genomic library in Escherichia coli using remazol brilliant violet-stained carboxymethylated chitin incorporated into selective medium. The chiA gene has a 918-bp ORF, terminated by a TAA codon, with a calculated polypeptide size of 33.2 kDa, likely corresponding to a previously purified and characterised 33-kDa endochitinase from E. americana. The deduced amino acid sequence shares 33% identity with chitinase II from Aeromonas sp. No. 10S-24 and 7.8% identity with a chitinase from Saccharopolyspora erythraeus. Homology to other chitinase sequences was otherwise low. The peptide sequence deduced from chiA lacks a typical N-terminal signal sequence and also lacks the chitin binding and type III fibronectin homology units common to many bacterial chitinases. The possibility that this chitinase is not primarily adapted for the environmental mineralisation of pre-formed chitin, but rather for the breakdown of nascent chitin, is discussed in the context of mushroom disease.O gene que codifica uma quitinase (EC 3.2.1.14 foi isolado de Ewingella americana, recentemente descrita como patógeno do cogumelo Agaricus bisporus. Este gene, denominado chiA (EMBL/Genebank/DDBJ número de acesso X9061, foi clonado e selecionado a partir de livraria genômica construída por digestão do DNA de E. americana com HindIII e ligação em plasmídio de expressão em E. coli, utilizando meio seletivo contendo quitina carboximetilada, corada com "remazol brilliant violet'' para seleção de clones. O gene chiA apresenta uma ORF de 918 bp, código terminador TAA, tendo o tamanho do polipeptídeo sido calculado como 33,2 kDa, o qual corresponde ao tamanho de 33 kDa da endoquitinase

  3. Midgut Transcriptome of the Cockroach Periplaneta americana and Its Microbiota: Digestion, Detoxification and Oxidative Stress Response

    Zhang, Jianhua; Zhang, Yixi; Li, Jingjing; Liu, Meiling; Liu, Zewen

    2016-01-01

    The cockroach, Periplaneta americana, is an obnoxious and notorious pest of the world, with a strong ability to adapt to a variety of complex environments. However, the molecular mechanism of this adaptability is mostly unknown. In this study, the genes and microbiota composition associated with the adaptation mechanism were studied by analyzing the transcriptome and 16S rDNA pyrosequencing of the P. americana midgut, respectively. Midgut transcriptome analysis identified 82,905 unigenes, among which 64 genes putatively involved in digestion (11 genes), detoxification (37 genes) and oxidative stress response (16 genes) were found. Evaluation of gene expression following treatment with cycloxaprid further revealed that the selected genes (CYP6J1, CYP4C1, CYP6K1, Delta GST, alpha-amylase, beta-glucosidase and aminopeptidase) were upregulated at least 2.0-fold at the transcriptional level, and four genes were upregulated more than 10.0-fold. An interesting finding was that three digestive enzymes positively responded to cycloxaprid application. Tissue expression profiles further showed that most of the selected genes were midgut-biased, with the exception of CYP6K1. The midgut microbiota composition was obtained via 16S rDNA pyrosequencing and was found to be mainly dominated by organisms from the Firmicutes phylum, among which Clostridiales, Lactobacillales and Burkholderiales were the main orders which might assist the host in the food digestion or detoxification of noxious compounds. The preponderant species, Clostridium cellulovorans, was previously reported to degrade lignocellulose efficiently in insects. The abundance of genes involved in digestion, detoxification and response to oxidative stress, and the diversity of microbiota in the midgut might provide P. americana high capacity to adapt to complex environments. PMID:27153200

  4. Antioxidant and acetylcholinesterase inhibition properties of Amorpha fruticosa L. and Phytolacca americana L.

    Dimitrina Zh Zheleva-Dimitrova

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Amorpha fruticosa L. and Phytolacca americana L. are native plants for North America, but invasive for Central Europe and the Mediterranean areas. Previous investigation reported DPPH radical scavenging activity of A. fruticosa seeds from Mississippi river basin and P. americana berries from Iran. The aim of the present study was to investigate methanol extracts from leaves and fruits of these invasive species growing in Bulgaria for radical scavenging and acetylcholinesterase inhibitory potential. Materials and Methods: Antioxidant activity was investigated using DPPH and ABTS free radicals; FRAP assay and inhibition of lipid peroxidation in linoleic acid system by FTC. Modified Ellman′s colorimetric method was carried out to quantify acetylcholinesterase inhibition potential. In addition, the quantities of total polyphenols, flavonoids, and hydroxycinnamic derivatives were determinated using Folin-Chiocalteu reagent, AlCl 3 , and Na 2 MoO 4 , respectively. Results: The highest concentrations of total polyphenols and flavonoids were found in A. fruticosa leaves (786.70±1.78 mg/g dry extract and 32.19±0.29 mg/g dry extract, respectively. A. fruticosa fruit was found to be the most enriched in total hydroxycinnamic derivatives (153.55±1.11 mg/g dry extract and demonstrated the highest antioxidant activity: DPPH, IC 50 9.83 μg/mL; ABTS, IC 50 2.90 μg/mL; FRAP , 642.95±3.95 μg TE/mg de, and acetylcholinesterase inhibitory activity, 48.86±0.55% (2 mg/mL. Conclusions: Phytolacca americana leaves and Amorpha fruticosa could be useful in therapy of free radical pathologies and neurodegenerative disorders.

  5. Visual pigments, oil droplets, lens, and cornea characterization in the whooping crane (Grus americana)

    Porter, Megan L.; Kingston, Alexandra C. N.; McCready, Robert; Cameron, Evan G.; Hofmann, Christopher M.; Suarez, Lauren; Olsen, Glenn H.; Cronin, Thomas W.; Robinson, Phyllis R.

    2014-01-01

    Vision has been investigated in many species of birds, but few studies have considered the visual systems of large birds and the particular implications of large eyes and long-life spans on visual system capabilities. To address these issues we investigated the visual system of the whooping crane, Grus americana (Gruiformes: Gruidae). G. americana (an endangered species) is one of only two North American crane species and represents a large, long-lived bird where ultraviolet sensitivity may be degraded by chromatic aberrations and entrance of ultraviolet light into the eye could be detrimental to retinal tissues. To investigate the whooping crane visual system we used microspectrophotometry to determine the absorbance spectra of retinal oil droplets and to investigate if the ocular media (i.e., the lens and cornea) absorbs UV light. In vitro expression and reconstitution was used to determine the absorbance spectra of rod and cone visual pigments. The rod visual pigments had wavelengths of peak absorbance (λmax) at 500 nm, while the cone visual pigments λmax values were determined to be 404 nm (SWS1), 450 nm (SWS2), 499 nm (RH2), and 561 nm (LWS), similar to other characterized bird visual pigment absorbance values. The oil droplet cutoff wavelength (λcut) values similarly fell within ranges recorded from other avian species: 576 nm (R-type), 522 nm (Y-type), 506 nm (P-type), and 448 nm (C-type). We confirm that G. americana has a violet-sensitive visual system, although based on the λmax of the SWS1 visual pigment (404 nm) may also have some ability for UV sensitivity.

  6. Cd-induced changes in leaf proteome of the hyperaccumulator plant Phytolacca americana.

    Zhao, Le; Sun, Yong-Le; Cui, Su-Xia; Chen, Mei; Yang, Hao-Meng; Liu, Hui-Min; Chai, Tuan-Yao; Huang, Fang

    2011-09-01

    Cadmium (Cd) is highly toxic to all organisms. Soil contamination by Cd has become an increasing problem worldwide due to the intensive use of Cd-containing phosphate fertilizers and industrial zinc mining. Phytolacca americana L. is a Cd hyperaccumulator plant that can grow in Cd-polluted areas. However, the molecular basis for its remarkable Cd resistance is not known. In this study, the effects of Cd exposure on protein expression patterns in P.americana was investigated by 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE). 2-DE profiles of leaf proteins from both control and Cd-treated (400μM, 48h) seedlings were compared quantitatively using ImageMaster software. In total, 32 differentially expressed protein spots were identified using MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry coupled to protein database search, corresponding to 25 unique gene products. Of those 14 were enhanced/induced while 11 reduced under Cd treatment. The alteration pattern of protein expression was verified for several key proteins involved in distinct metabolic pathways by immuno-blot analysis. Major changes were found for the proteins involved in photosynthetic pathways as well as in the sulfur- and GSH-related metabolisms. One-third of the up-regulated proteins were attributed to transcription, translation and molecular chaperones including a protein belonging to the calreticulin family. Other proteins include antioxidative enzymes such as 2-cys-peroxidase and oxidoreductases. The results of this proteomic analysis provide the first and primary information regarding the molecular basis of Cd hypertolerance in P. americana. PMID:21723586

  7. THE PAINT FORMULATION IN LAMBDACYHALOTHRIN USAGE AS P. americana COCKROACH CONTROL MEASURES

    Lulus Susanti

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRAKKecoa adalah salah satu jenis serangga yang dianggap kotor dan merupakan seranggavektor. Scbagian besar kecoa yang ditemukan di sekitar pemukiman adalah Periplanetaamericana, Periplaneta brunea, Periplaneta australisea, Blatella germanica, Supellalongipalpa, Neostylopiga rhombifoUa dan Nauphaeta cinerea. Beberapa kecoa juga dapatmenularkan virus, bakteria, worm, protozoit dan jamur.Pengcndalian kecoa secara fogging dengan menggunakan insektisida masih kurangefektif dan praktis, sehingga dibutuhkan alternatif pengcndali. Dalam rangka untuk mencarimetode alternatif pengcndalian kecoa, maka akan dilakukan percobaan menggunakan cat kayuyang ditambahkan dengan insektisida.Dalam penelitian ini, insektisida cat kayu menggunakan bahan aktif Lambdacyhalothrin10WP. Pertama-tama dibuat beberapa solusi dari cat insektisida dalam dosis banyak. Kemudiancat papan kayu lapis. Setelah kcring sekitar satu hari, kemudian melakukan pengujian bioassayterhadap kecoa {Periplaneta americana . Hasil penelitian ini menunjukkan bahwa kayuinsektisida cat dengan dosis minimal 1,591% efektif untuk membunuh kecoa hingga 95%.Kata kunci: kecoa, cat berinsektisida, lambdacyhalothrinABSTRATCCockroaches are still considered to be disgusting insects and vector. Mostlycockroaches that are found around the resident, such as Periplaneta americana, Periplanetabrunea,Periplaneta australisea, Blatella germanica, Supella longipalpa, NeostylopigarhombifoUa and Nauphaeta cinerea. There are can transmit virus, bakteria, worm, protozoit andfungi.The methods for cocroaches control by using the fogging with insecticide is still lesseffective and practical, so it will need a controlling alternative. In order to find the alternativemethods for control the cockroach, it will conduct an experiments using impregnated paint woodby insecticide.In this research, insecticide paint wood using an active materials Lambdacyhalothrin10WP. For the first, it make some solution from insecticide paint in

  8. Loque americana : Ensayos de campo para evaluar la efectividad de algunos aceites esenciales

    Albo, Graciela N.; Cerimele, Elsa; De Giusti, Marisa Raquel; Alippi, Adriana Mónica; Ré, María Susana

    2001-01-01

    Se realizaron diferentes ensayos de campo y de laboratorio para valorar la efectividad de los aceites esenciales procedentes de lemongrass (pasto limón), tomillo, orégano y ajedrea, en la prevención y control de las infecciones de loque americana (AFB) en colmenas pobladas con Apis mellifera ligustica. Los valores de DL50 para las pruebas de toxicidad aguda oral en abejas adultas se calcularon comprobando que los aceites esenciales no fueran tóxicos. Se diseñaron dos experimentos de campo, du...

  9. Characterization of an Invertebrate-Type Dopamine Receptor of the American Cockroach, Periplaneta americana

    Britta Troppmann; Sabine Balfanz; Christian Krach; Arnd Baumann; Wolfgang Blenau

    2014-01-01

    We have isolated a cDNA coding for a putative invertebrate-type dopamine receptor (Peadop2) from P. americana brain by using a PCR-based strategy. The mRNA is present in samples from brain and salivary glands. We analyzed the distribution of the PeaDOP2 receptor protein with specific affinity-purified polyclonal antibodies. On Western blots, PeaDOP2 was detected in protein samples from brain, subesophageal ganglion, thoracic ganglia, and salivary glands. In immunocytochemical experiments, w...

  10. O novo na sociologia latino-americana Novelty in Latin American sociology

    Lucio Oliver Costilla

    2005-01-01

    O artigo analisa varias caraterísticas atuais das ciências sociais latino-americanas em paralelo ao desenvolvimento da América Latina nos últimos anos. O ponto de partida é o sinal de que a combinação contraditória no continente latino-americano entre uma intelectualidade que tem um elevado nível cultural e a existência de movimentos sociais e políticos numa situação social explosiva, gera amplas possibilidades para o desenvolvimento da sociologia. A crise das ciências sociais acompanha estas...

  11. Effects of simulated acid rain on leaf anatomy and micromorphology of Genipa americana L. (Rubiaceae

    Bruno Francisco Sant'Anna-Santos

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Experiments were conducted in order to characterize the injuries on leaf structure and micromorphology of G. americana and evaluate the degree of susceptibility of this species to simulated acid rain. Plants were exposed to acid rain (pH 3.0 for ten consecutive days. Control plants were submitted only to distilled water (pH 6.0. Leaf tissue was sampled and fixed for light and scanning electron microscopy. Necrotic interveinal spots on the leaf blade occurred. Epidermis and mesophyll cells collapse, hypertrophy of spongy parenchyma cells, accumulation of phenolic compounds and starch grains were observed in leaves exposed to acid rain. The micromorphological analysis showed, in necrotic areas, plasmolized guard cells and cuticle rupture. Epidermal and mesophyll cells alterations occurred before symptoms were visualized in the leaves. These results showed the importance of anatomical data for precocious diagnosis injury and to determine the sensitivity of G. americana to acid rain.Experimentos foram conduzidos para avaliar o grau de susceptibilidade e determinar as injúrias causadas pela chuva ácida simulada na anatomia e micromorfologia foliar de Genipa americana. Plantas foram expostas à chuva com pH 3,0 durante 10 dias consecutivos. No tratamento controle utilizou-se apenas água destilada (pH 6,0. Amostras foliares foram coletadas e fixadas para microscopia de luz e eletrônica de varredura. Foram observados nas folhas expostas à chuva ácida: necroses pontuais intervenais, colapso das células do mesofilo e da epiderme; hipertrofia do parênquima lacunoso e acúmulo de compostos fenólicos e grãos de amido. A análise micromorfológica evidenciou, nas áreas necrosadas, plasmólise das células-guarda e ruptura da cutícula e da crista estomática. Alterações anatômicas ocorreram antes que sintomas visuais fossem observados nas folhas. Estes resultados comprovam a importância de dados anatômicos na diagnose precoce da injúria e na

  12. Thermal effects on growth and respiration rates of the mayfly, Dolania americana (ephemeroptera)

    The mayfly Dolania Americana, common in the sand of Upper Three Runs Creek, Savannah River Plant, was studied to determine the effects of seasonal changes in temperature on population growth rates and to determine the effects of slight elevations in water temperature on respiration rates of this benthic species. Growth of the population increased with stream temperature until peak emergence of adults in June and July. There was a strong inverse correlation between body weight and respiration rates of immature nymphs. Respiration rates at 2.5, 5, and 100C above ambient creekwater temperatures were not significantly higher than those measured at ambient creekwater temperatures. (auth)

  13. Effects of ripening on rheological properties of avocado pulp (Persea americana mill. Cv. Hass)

    Osorio, F.; Roman, A.; Ortiz, J.

    2015-04-01

    Avocado (Persea americana Mill) Hass variety is the most planted in Chile with a greater trade prospect. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of maturity on rheological properties of Chilean Avocado Hass pulp. Fresh unripe avocados were washed and peeled, cut and stored at 3 different times; a portion was treated at 5°C and the other was treated at 20°C until it reached 2 lb puncture pressure. During maturation changes would develop due to temperature and time, with internal cellular structure changes. Preliminary results of the rheological characteristics of avocado puree show a Bingham plastic behavior.

  14. Efek Antihiperurisemia Ekstrak Etanol Biji Alpukat (Persea americana Mill.) pada Mencit Putih Jantan

    Puspita, Marta

    2015-01-01

    Hyperuricemic is a condition where there is an increase of uric acid level in blood above normal ( >7 mg/dL ). The high level of uric acid in our body over time will form crystal and may cause accumulation in joint movement that creates excessive soreness. One of many herbal plant that can be use to treat hyperuricemic is avocado seed (Persea americana Mill.) which has antihyperuricemic activity. This study aimed to find out the group of secondary metabolite compound in simplex and ethanol ex...

  15. Antioxidant activity of hydroalcoholic leaf extracts of Psidium guajava and Persea Americana, an invitro study

    Ionizing radiation produce deleterious effects in the living organisms. Rapid technological advancement has increased human exposure to ionizing radiations enormously. Several plants have been screened for their radio protective ability and the hunt for identifying many more safe, nontoxic and effective ones is in progress. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the antioxidant activity in hydro alcoholic leaf extract of Psidium guajava (guava) and Persea americana (avocado). The antioxidant assay such as 2,2-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulphonic acid) (ABTS) free radical scavenging assay, 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) free radical scavenging assay, chelation of iron by plant extract, hydroxyl radical scavenging assay, ferric reducing antioxidant potential (FRAP), and total antioxidant activity of extract was analyzed using spectrophotometer. Phytochemical screening and HPLC analysis of leaf extracts were also performed. The results indicated that the IC50 value of hydro alcoholic leaf extract of P.guajava and P. americana were 14 μg/ml and 15 μg/ml in ABTS free radical scavenging assay, 4 μg/ml and 2.5 μg/ml in DPPH free radical scavenging assay, 7.2 μg/ml and 8.4 μg/ml in chelation of iron by plant extract, 2 μg/ml and, 4.3 μg/ml in hydroxyl radical scavenging assay and effective concentration(EC50) was 57.80 μg/ml and 87.56 μg/ml in FRAP assay respectively. The results for total antioxidant activity indicated that 242.3 μg/ml of P.guajava and 432.7 μg/ml of P.americana extract was equivalent to 100 μg/ml of standard qurecetin respectively. Qualitative analysis of hydroalcoholic leaf extracts revealed the presence of flavonoids, tannins, saponions, terpenoids, and glycosides. HPLC analysis confirmed the presence of flavonoids qurecetin and rutin in leaf extracts on comparison with standard compounds. Our study showed that hydro alcoholic leaf extracts of Psidium guajava and Persea americana act as strong antioxidant and free

  16. Acute Toxicity Investigation and Anti-diarrhoeal Effect of the Chloroform-Methanol Extract of the Leaves of Persea americana

    Christian E, Odo; Okwesili FC, Nwodo; Parker E, Joshua; Okechukwu PC, Ugwu

    2014-01-01

    Persea americana is a plant used by traditional medicine practitioners to treat ailments including diarrhoea and diabetes mellitus in Nigeria. Hence, the chloroform and the methanol fractions of the chloroform-methanol extract of the leaves of P. americana were evaluated for their acute toxicity as well as anti-diarrhoeal effects in Wistar rats to substantiate this claim. The chloroform and methanol fractions [at graded doses of 100 and 200 mg/Kg body weight (b.w) of each] were studied for th...

  17. Postharvest of ‘Fuerte’ and ‘Hass’ avocados: physical and chemical characteristics, damages and control of diseases/ Pós-colheita de abacates ‘Fuerte’ e ‘Hass’: características físicas e químicas, danos e controle de doenças

    Maria Cecília Arruda

    Full Text Available Postharvest disease is considered an important cause of avocado depreciation during its commercialization. This work aimed to evaluate the postharvest damages and the physical chemical characteristics of avocados ‘Fuerte’ and ‘Hass’, processed at the packinghouse, and to evaluate the effect of products for postharvest disease control. The characteristics skin color, firmness, titratable acidity and soluble solids content and the incidence of the postharvest damages were evaluated periodically in avocados sampled in three different stages in a packinghouse (arrival, pallet and processed fruits after storage for 30 days at 5ºC. For diseases control, ‘Hass’ avocado were treated by immersion with the following products: azoxystrobin, benzalkonium chloride, chlorine dioxide, Ecolife®, sodium hypochlorite, imazalil, prochloraz and thiabendazole. In general, the highest physical chemical changes were observed in fruits collected at their arrival to the packinghouse and in processed fruits after stored for 30 days at 15 days of storage at 25°C. The rots incidence was 56,7% in ‘Fuerte’ and 75,7% in ‘Hass’. Lower incidence of rots was observed in fruits sampled at the pallet and a higher incidence in the processed fruits, after refrigerated storage. Anthracnose was the most important disease in both cultivars. The mechanical injuries increased with the processing stages; however, they did not influence the incidence of the rots. Procloraz and imazalil were the most efficient fungicides in reducing the incidence of rots. Doença pós-colheita é considerada uma importante causa de desvalorização do abacate por ocasião da comercialização. Este trabalho objetivou avaliar os danos pós-colheita e as características físicas e químicas de abacates ‘Fuerte’ e ‘Hass’, beneficiados em packinghouse, e o efeito de produtos no controle pós-colheita das podridões. As características cor da casca, firmeza, acidez titulável e s

  18. Effect of Agave americana and Agave salmiana Ripeness on Saponin Content from Aguamiel (Agave Sap).

    Leal-Díaz, Ana María; Santos-Zea, Liliana; Martínez-Escobedo, Hilda Cecilia; Guajardo-Flores, Daniel; Gutiérrez-Uribe, Janet Alejandra; Serna-Saldivar, Sergio Othón

    2015-04-22

    Steroidal saponins have shown beneficial health effects. Agave spp. leaves and rhizomes are sources of these compounds, but their presence has not been reported in the aguamiel. Aguamiel is the sweet edible sap from mature agave, and its quality is influenced by the plant ripening stage. The purpose of this research was to identify and quantitate saponins in aguamiel from Agave americana and Agave salmiana at two ripening stages. Saponins and sapogenins were identified with HPLC/ESI-MS/TOF and quantitated with HPLC/ELSD. Results proved the presence of saponins derived from kammogenin, manogenin, gentrogenin, and hecogenin. The saponin content in aguamiel from immature A. salmiana was 2-fold higher (478.3 protodioscin equivalents (PE) μg/g aguamiel (DM)) compared with A. americana (179.0 PE μg/g aguamiel (DM)). In both species, saponin content decreased when plants reached sexual maturity. This should be considered before evaluating the effects of Agave spp. as a source of bioactive saponins. PMID:25811101

  19. ECOPHYSIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF GENIPA AMERICANA L. SEEDS IN AN INDUCED SOIL SEED BANK

    Francesca Salla

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available This work studied the behavior of G. americana L. (Rubiaceae seeds in an induced soil seed bank. This study was conducted in Lavras-MG in a seasonal semideciduous forest of the Federal University of Lavras. Seeds collected in the area were cleaned and analyzed (water content, viability and desiccation tolerance. Soil banks were installed in two distinct areas (top of hill and riparian forest located in the understory of the forest. Seeds were placed in nylon nets and covered with a thin litter layer that was previously removed for this purpose. Monthly assessment of germination, seedling emergence, seed and soil water content, and the characterization of the initial seedling growth was performed. It was observed that G. americana seeds forms a transitory seed bank, with maintenance of its viability until the fourth month after disposal in natural environment. In general, the seed bank located in the riparian forest area showed the best potential for seedling establishment in a natural environment, which supports the ecological behavior of this species.

  20. One pot phytosynthesis of gold nanoparticles using Genipa americana fruit extract and its biological applications.

    Kumar, Brajesh; Smita, Kumari; Cumbal, Luis; Camacho, Javier; Hernández-Gallegos, Elisabeth; de Guadalupe Chávez-López, María; Grijalva, Marcelo; Andrade, Kleber

    2016-05-01

    In this article, rapid one pot synthesis of gold nanoparticles (GNPs) using an eco-friendly extract of Genipa americana L. fruit is described. Electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic studies demonstrated that small molecules such as genipin, genipaol, geniposide and ranolazine can act as reducer as well as stabilizers. The monodispersed, spherical GNPs were further characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy at λmax=535nm, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. This synthetic approach offers a greener and alternate route to the preparation of GNPs free from toxic chemical components and stable for 6-7months under room temperature. The green synthesized GNPs showed weak antioxidant efficacy against 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl and no cytotoxicity against A-549 and HeLa human cancer cell lines, from lung and cervix. This study opens a new industrial scope of G. americana fruit in nanoscience and as surface modified GNPs can be developed into a successful drug carrier for future pharmaceutical products. PMID:26952478

  1. De Novo Transcriptome Analysis and Detection of Antimicrobial Peptides of the American Cockroach Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus).

    Kim, In-Woo; Lee, Joon Ha; Subramaniyam, Sathiyamoorthy; Yun, Eun-Young; Kim, Iksoo; Park, Junhyung; Hwang, Jae Sam

    2016-01-01

    Cockroaches are surrogate hosts for microbes that cause many human diseases. In spite of their generally destructive nature, cockroaches have recently been found to harbor potentially beneficial and medically useful substances such as drugs and allergens. However, genomic information for the American cockroach (Periplaneta americana) is currently unavailable; therefore, transcriptome and gene expression profiling is needed as an important resource to better understand the fundamental biological mechanisms of this species, which would be particularly useful for the selection of novel antimicrobial peptides. Thus, we performed de novo transcriptome analysis of P. americana that were or were not immunized with Escherichia coli. Using an Illumina HiSeq sequencer, we generated a total of 9.5 Gb of sequences, which were assembled into 85,984 contigs and functionally annotated using Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST), Gene Ontology (GO), and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) database terms. Finally, using an in silico antimicrobial peptide prediction method, 86 antimicrobial peptide candidates were predicted from the transcriptome, and 21 of these peptides were experimentally validated for their antimicrobial activity against yeast and gram positive and -negative bacteria by a radial diffusion assay. Notably, 11 peptides showed strong antimicrobial activities against these organisms and displayed little or no cytotoxic effects in the hemolysis and cell viability assay. This work provides prerequisite baseline data for the identification and development of novel antimicrobial peptides, which is expected to provide a better understanding of the phenomenon of innate immunity in similar species. PMID:27167617

  2. De Novo Transcriptome Analysis and Detection of Antimicrobial Peptides of the American Cockroach Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus)

    Subramaniyam, Sathiyamoorthy; Yun, Eun-Young; Kim, Iksoo; Park, Junhyung; Hwang, Jae Sam

    2016-01-01

    Cockroaches are surrogate hosts for microbes that cause many human diseases. In spite of their generally destructive nature, cockroaches have recently been found to harbor potentially beneficial and medically useful substances such as drugs and allergens. However, genomic information for the American cockroach (Periplaneta americana) is currently unavailable; therefore, transcriptome and gene expression profiling is needed as an important resource to better understand the fundamental biological mechanisms of this species, which would be particularly useful for the selection of novel antimicrobial peptides. Thus, we performed de novo transcriptome analysis of P. americana that were or were not immunized with Escherichia coli. Using an Illumina HiSeq sequencer, we generated a total of 9.5 Gb of sequences, which were assembled into 85,984 contigs and functionally annotated using Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST), Gene Ontology (GO), and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) database terms. Finally, using an in silico antimicrobial peptide prediction method, 86 antimicrobial peptide candidates were predicted from the transcriptome, and 21 of these peptides were experimentally validated for their antimicrobial activity against yeast and gram positive and -negative bacteria by a radial diffusion assay. Notably, 11 peptides showed strong antimicrobial activities against these organisms and displayed little or no cytotoxic effects in the hemolysis and cell viability assay. This work provides prerequisite baseline data for the identification and development of novel antimicrobial peptides, which is expected to provide a better understanding of the phenomenon of innate immunity in similar species. PMID:27167617

  3. Effect of certain entomopathogenic fungi on oxidative stress and mortality of Periplaneta americana.

    Chaurasia, Abhilasha; Lone, Yaqoob; Wani, Owais; Gupta, U S

    2016-02-01

    The present paper reports the effects of Metarhizium anisopliae, Isaria fumosoroseus and Hirsutella thompsonaii on Periplaneta americana. I. fumosoroseus and H. thompsonaii were cultured at 28±1°C on potato carrot agar and M. anisopliae was cultured at 28±1°C on potato dextrose agar for 14days. Conidial suspensions of fungi were given to cockroaches through different routes. M. anisopliae shows high virulence against adult cockroaches and mortality ranges from 38.65% to 78.36% after 48h. I. fumosoroseus and H. thompsonii show less virulence compared to M. anisopliae. We also investigated the effect of these three fungi on the activity of lactate dehydrogenase, lipid peroxidation and catalase in different tissues of the insect to gain an understanding of the different target site. The result suggested that the activity of lactate dehydrogenase, catalase and level of malondialdehyde varies in different organs and through different routes of exposure. Based on mortality percentages, all tested fungi had high potentials for biocontrol agents against P. americana. Our study reveals for the first time that I. fumosoroseus and H. thompsonaii fungal infections initiate oxidative stress in the midgut, fat body, whole body and hemolymph of cockroach thereby suggesting them to be the target organs for oxidative damage. PMID:26821655

  4. De Novo Transcriptome Analysis and Detection of Antimicrobial Peptides of the American Cockroach Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus.

    In-Woo Kim

    Full Text Available Cockroaches are surrogate hosts for microbes that cause many human diseases. In spite of their generally destructive nature, cockroaches have recently been found to harbor potentially beneficial and medically useful substances such as drugs and allergens. However, genomic information for the American cockroach (Periplaneta americana is currently unavailable; therefore, transcriptome and gene expression profiling is needed as an important resource to better understand the fundamental biological mechanisms of this species, which would be particularly useful for the selection of novel antimicrobial peptides. Thus, we performed de novo transcriptome analysis of P. americana that were or were not immunized with Escherichia coli. Using an Illumina HiSeq sequencer, we generated a total of 9.5 Gb of sequences, which were assembled into 85,984 contigs and functionally annotated using Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST, Gene Ontology (GO, and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG database terms. Finally, using an in silico antimicrobial peptide prediction method, 86 antimicrobial peptide candidates were predicted from the transcriptome, and 21 of these peptides were experimentally validated for their antimicrobial activity against yeast and gram positive and -negative bacteria by a radial diffusion assay. Notably, 11 peptides showed strong antimicrobial activities against these organisms and displayed little or no cytotoxic effects in the hemolysis and cell viability assay. This work provides prerequisite baseline data for the identification and development of novel antimicrobial peptides, which is expected to provide a better understanding of the phenomenon of innate immunity in similar species.

  5. Fusarium symbionts of an ambrosia beetle (Euwallacea sp.) in southern Florida are pathogens of avocado, Persea americana

    Fusarium dieback, a destructive disease of avocado (Persea americana), was reported in California and Israel in 2012. It is associated with an ambrosia beetle, Euwallacea sp., and damage caused by an unnamed symbiont of the beetle in Clade 3 of the Fusarium solani species complex (FSSC) designated p...

  6. The Complex of Scolytinae Inhabiting Persea borbonia and Persea americana in Florida: Possible Interactions with Other Species

    A diverse number of Scolytinae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) have been found inhabiting Persea borbonia and P. americana in Florida during 2009 and 2010. They include the exotic redbay ambrosia beetle, Xyleborus glabratus, vector of Raffaelea lauricola, X. volvulus, X. ferrugineus, Xylosandrus crassiu...

  7. Seed rescue from photoperiod sensitive American Joint Vetch (Aeschynomene americana L.) accessions using hydroponic cloning and aeroponics

    American joint vetch, Aeschynomene Americana L. is a self-pollinated tropical pasture legume and the USDA, ARS, PGRCU curates 137 accessions from the United States, S. America, Mexico, Central America, and Zambia. Many accessions in this collection are photoperiod sensitive due to their typical flow...

  8. Pengaruh Kadar Protein, Lemak Dan Serat Dari Sari Buah Alpukat (Persea Americana Mill) Pada Pembuatan Nata De Coco Dengan Menggunakan Acetobacter Xylinum

    Wahyuni, Sri

    2011-01-01

    One of the utilization of coconut water is to make nata de coco. With the addition of fruit juice modification Avocado (Persea Americana Mill) will be obtained nata de coco that have better nutritional value in terms of protein, fiber and fat. This is due to high nutrient content is owned by the fruit of avocado (Persea Americana Mill) Research carried out by using 100 grams of coconut water, 10 grams sucrose, 0.5 grams of urea and added the juice Avocado (Persea Americana Mill) and then ...

  9. Restrição hídrica em sementes de Jenipapo (Genipa americana L.)

    Allívia Rouse Ferreira dos Santos; Renata Silva-Mann; Robério Anastácio Ferreira

    2011-01-01

    O jenipapo, originário da América Latina, pertence à família Rubiaceae e apresenta valor madeireiro e alimentício, sendo explorado sem estratégias de conservação. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito da restrição hídrica, por meio de duas metodologias, na germinação de sementes de Genipa americana L. A primeira foi realizada com sementes imersas em soluções de polietilenoglicol (PEG 6000) por 18 dias a 0,0; -0,1; -0,3 e -0,4 MPa à 20ºC, simulando condições de alagamento, e após este...

  10. Ovular development and perisperm formation in Phytolacca americana (Phytolaccaceae) and their systematic significance in Caryophyllales

    Hong-Chun ZHENG; Sheng-Wen MA; Tuan-Yao CHAI

    2010-01-01

    Phytolacca is the biggest and most original genus in Phytolaccaceae and an important genus in plant systematic studies. Light microscopy results show that the Phytolacca americana L. ovule arises from the caulis (floral receptacle). The perisperm and hypostase are simultaneously initiated from the top several layers of cells of chalaza after fertilization, and the perisperm is located between the nucellus and hypostase. In the early stages of development, the hypostase cells are thin-walled with dense cytoplasm, clear nuclei, and some reserve granules.Later, at the heart-shaped embryo stage, the hypostase cells are dead and thick-walled. The main functions of the hypostase may be to maintain cellular division and perisperm growth without delivering nutrient materials to the perisperm. An evolutionary picture of placentation in Caryophyllales is also presented.

  11. Structural analysis of fructans from Agave americana grown in South Africa for spirit production.

    Ravenscroft, Neil; Cescutti, Paola; Hearshaw, Meredith A; Ramsout, Ronica; Rizzo, Roberto; Timme, Elizabeth M

    2009-05-27

    Fructans isolated from Agave americana grown in South Africa are currently used for spirit production. Structural studies on water-soluble fructans were performed to facilitate the development of other applications including its use as a prebiotic. Acid hydrolysis followed by HPAEC-PAD analysis confirmed that the fructan was composed of glucose and fructose, and size analysis by HPAEC-PAD and size exclusion chromatography indicated that the saccharides have a DP range from 6 to 50. An average DP of 14 was estimated by (1)H NMR analysis. Linkage analysis and ESI-MS studies suggest that A. americana has a neofructan structure consisting of a central sucrose to which (2 → 1)- and (2 → 6)-linked β-D-Fruf chains are attached. The (2 → 1)-linked units extend from C-1 of Fru and C-6 of glucose, whereas the (2 → 6)-linked β-D-Fruf units are attached to C-6 of the central Fru. This structure accounts for the presence of equimolar amounts of 1,6-linked Glu and 1,2,6-linked Fru found in linkage analysis and the multiplicity of the NMR signals observed. Detailed ESI-MS studies were performed on fructan fractions: native, periodate oxidized/reduced, and permethylated oligomers. These derivatizations introduced mass differences between Glc and Fru following oxidation and between 1,2-, 1,6-, 2,6-, and 1,2,6-linked units after methylation. Thus, ESI-MS showed the presence of a single Glc per fructan chain and that it is predominantly internal, rather than terminal as found in inulin. These structural features were confirmed by the use of 1D and 2D NMR experiments. PMID:19348427

  12. Distinct localization of FMRFamide- and bovine pancreatic polypeptide-like material in the brain, retrocerebral complex and suboesophageal ganglion of the cockroach Periplaneta americana L

    Verhaert, P; Grimmelikhuijzen, C J; De Loof, A

    1985-01-01

    One bovine pancreatic polypeptide (BPP) antiserum and two FMRFamide antisera were applied in the peroxidase-antiperoxidase (PAP) immunohistochemical technique on a complete series of sections of brains, suboesophageal ganglia (SOG), corpora cardiaca (CC) and corpora allata of Periplaneta americana...

  13. Remnant B-Cell-Stimulative and Anti-Oxidative Effects of Persea Americana Fruit Extract Studied in Rats Introduced into Streptozotocin - Induced Hyperglycaemic State

    Rao, U S Mahadeva; Adinew, Bizuneh

    2011-01-01

    Insulin-stimulative and anti-oxidative effects of Persea americana fruit extract were evaluated using streptozotocin (STZ). Ethanol extract of P. americana in the concentration of 300 mg/kg body weight/rat /day was orally administered to rats introduced into STZ-induced hyperglycaemic state for a period of 30 days. After the treatment with avocado fruit extract, the elevated levels of blood glucose, glycosylated haemoglobin, blood urea and serum creatinine seen in the hyperglycaemic rats, rev...

  14. Swimming black-crowned night-herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) Kleptoparasitize American coots (Fulica americana)

    Graves, Gary R.

    2015-01-01

    I observed black-crowned night-herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) swimming and kleptoparasitizing American coots (Fulica americana) at an artificial lake in Pinal County, Arizona. This appears to be the first record of interspecific kleptoparasitism by a swimming ardeid.......I observed black-crowned night-herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) swimming and kleptoparasitizing American coots (Fulica americana) at an artificial lake in Pinal County, Arizona. This appears to be the first record of interspecific kleptoparasitism by a swimming ardeid....

  15. Desidratação osmótica do jenipapo (Genipa americana L. Osmotic dehydration of jenipapo (Genipa americana L.

    Samara Alvachian Cardoso Andrade

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available O processo de desidratação osmótica foi aplicado ao Jenipapo (Genipa americana L., para reduzir as perdas pós-colheita, diversificar o seu aproveitamento industrial e obter um produto com boas características organolépticas e boa estabilidade microbiológica. Os frutos foram adquiridos na feira livre de Afogados, na região metropolitana do Recife, nas condições em que são comercializados, subdivididos em cubos e submetidos a diversas condições de processamento, segundo planejamento fatorial 2³ de modo a determinar a influência das variáveis independentes: temperatura, tipo de açúcar e concentração do agente osmótico sobre a perda de umidade, ganho de açúcar e redução de peso. O processo foi complementado por secagem em estufa, com ventilação forçada a 60ºC±5ºC, por 3h±10', seguida do acondicionamento do produto em embalagem de polietileno e armazenamento à temperatura ambiente (28ºC±3ºC, por 90 dias. Os resultados demonstraram que: os produtos obtidos apresentaram significativa incorporação de sólidos; nenhuma das respostas foi influenciada pelo tipo de açúcar empregado, diferentemente da concentração do agente osmótico que além de refletir sobre todas elas, interagiu com a temperatura influindo sobre a perda de umidade; durante o armazenamento, os produtos apresentaram-se microbiologicamente estáveis, sem diferenças significativas, no que concerne às características organolépticas, embora os escores demonstrem uma preferência pelo produto obtido a partir de 60ºBrix, 60ºC e mistura de açúcar demerara e cristal. A elevada incorporação de sólidos ocorrida aponta para necessidade de proceder à otimização do produto com vista a sua redução.The process of osmotic dehydration was applied in order to reduce the losses post-harvest, to diversify the industrial utilization of the jenipapo (Genipa americana L., and to obtain a product with good organoleptic characteristic and good

  16. Rendimentos do abate e composição da carne de ema (Rhea americana Slaughtering yield and composition of great rhea meat (Rhea americana

    Amanda Vieira Pereira

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi estudar o desempenho zootécnico da ema (Rhea americana, rendimentos do abate, composição química e análise sensorial da carne. Onze animais foram submetidos a um sistema de confinamento, recebendo ração balanceada à vontade e com acesso a um piquete. Antes do abate as emas permaneceram em jejum hídrico por 12 h, foram pesadas e submetidas ao processamento: insensibilização, sangria, depenagem manual, esfola e evisceração. As emas apresentaram peso vivo médio, no momento do abate, de 19,393 kg, desempenho médio de 529,82 de consumo de ração/dia, 53,20 g de ganho de peso/dia e 9,44 de conversão alimentar. Em relação ao peso de carcaça, mostraram rendimento médio de 63,33% de carne, 5,09% de gordura e 22% de ossos. A composição centesimal média da carne de ema foi de 22,81% de proteína, 1,59% de lipídios, 1,62% de cinzas e de 74,72% de umidade. O conteúdo de colágeno variou de 0,94% a 1,12% e o teor de colesterol foi de 65,44 mg por 100 g de carne. Pela análise sensorial, verificou-se que a carne de ema processada foi bem aceita pelos provadores. Assim, admite-se que a carne de ema pode ser consumida como fonte de proteína animal com baixo teor de lipídios.The aim of this project is to study the zootechnical performance of rhea (Rhea americana, including slaughtering yields, chemical composition and sensorial analysis of its meat. Eleven birds were kept under confinement and each had a balanced ration on demand and access to run. Before slaughtering, the rhea were not allowed to drink water for 12 h, they were weighed and underwent the following: stunning, bleeding, manual feather plucking, skinning, and evisceration. The average rhea weight at the time of slaughtering was 19.393 kg, their average performance for food intake 529.82 g ration/day, weight gain of 53.20 g/day, and 9.44 food conversion. Relative to the carcass weight, the average meat yield was 63.33%, whereby 5.09% was fat

  17. Effect of plant growth-promoting bacteria on the growth and fructan production of Agave americana L.

    De La Torre-Ruiz, Neyser; Ruiz-Valdiviezo, Víctor Manuel; Rincón-Molina, Clara Ivette; Rodríguez-Mendiola, Martha; Arias-Castro, Carlos; Gutiérrez-Miceli, Federico Antonio; Palomeque-Dominguez, Héctor; Rincón-Rosales, Reiner

    2016-01-01

    The effect of plant growth-promoting bacteria inoculation on plant growth and the sugar content in Agave americana was assessed. The bacterial strains ACO-34A, ACO-40, and ACO-140, isolated from the A. americana rhizosphere, were selected for this study to evaluate their phenotypic and genotypic characteristics. The three bacterial strains were evaluated via plant inoculation assays, and Azospirillum brasilense Cd served as a control strain. Phylogenetic analysis based on the 16S rRNA gene showed that strains ACO-34A, ACO-40 and ACO-140 were Rhizobium daejeonense, Acinetobacter calcoaceticus and Pseudomonas mosselii, respectively. All of the strains were able to synthesize indole-3-acetic acid (IAA), solubilize phosphate, and had nitrogenase activity. Inoculation using the plant growth-promoting bacteria strains had a significant effect (pagave plants with proper biological characteristics for agroindustrial and biotechnological use and to increase the sugar content in this agave species. PMID:27268113

  18. Physical and chemical characterization of the pulp of different varieties of avocado targeting oil extraction potential Caracterização física e química da polpa de diferentes variedades de abacate visando o potencial para extração de óleo

    Edinéia Dotti Mooz

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the physicochemical properties of avocado pulp of four different varieties (Avocado, Guatemala, Dickinson, and Butter pear and to identify which has the greatest potential for oil extraction. Fresh avocado pulp was characterized by moisture, protein, fat, ash, carbohydrates and energy contents were determined. The carotenoids and chlorophyll contents were determined by the organic solvent extraction method. The results showed significant differences in the composition of the fruit when varieties are compared. However, the striking feature in all varieties is high lipid content; Avocado and Dickinson are the most suitable varieties for oil extraction, taking into account moisture content and the levels of lipids in the pulp. Moreover, it could be said that the variety Dickinson is the most affected by the parameters evaluated in terms of overall quality. Chlorophyll and carotenoids, fat-soluble pigments, showed a negative correlation with respect to lipids since it could be related to its function in the fruit. The varieties Avocado and Dickinson are an alternative to oil extraction having great commercial potential to be exploited thus avoiding waste and increasing farmers’ income.O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar as características físico-químicas da polpa de abacate de quatro diferentes variedades (Avocado, Guatemala, Dicson e Manteiga, visando identificar qual possui maior potencial para extração de óleo. A polpa de abacate fresca foi caracterizada através da determinação dos teores de umidade, proteína, lipídios, cinzas, carboidratos e valor energético. Os teores de carotenoides e clorofila foram determinados através do método de extração com solvente orgânico. Os resultados mostram diferenças significativas na composição dos frutos, quando se confrontam as variedades. No entanto, a característica marcante em todas as variedades é o alto teor de lipídios, sendo as variedades

  19. Primary insect cell culture from total embryo and embryonic brain tissue of Periplaneta americana: A preliminary study

    Soya Seçkin; Can Hüseyin; Yıkılmaz Mehmet Salih

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this preliminary study was to establish a primary insect cell culture from total embryos and embryonic brain tissues of Periplaneta americana, collected from Izmir, Turkey. Cells were cultured at 29ºC in Grace’s insect medium for one month. In the embryonic brain tissue culture, single cells and cell clumps containing spherical and ovoid as well as dividing cells were observed. Single bipolar neurons were detected after 4 days in culture. Network...

  20. IN VITRO CYTOTOXICITY STUDY OF AGAVE AMERICANA, STRYCHNOS NUXVOMICA AND ARECA CATECHU EXTRACTS USING MCF-7 CELL LINE

    Anajwala, Chetan C.; Patel, Rajesh M.; Dakhara, Sanjay L.; Jariwala, Jitesh K.

    2010-01-01

    Research is focusing on the search for new types of natural chemotherapeutic agent that is plant based medicines which are proving to be excellent sources of new compounds. In present research study, an attempt was made to prove cytotoxicity activity of various parts of medicinal plants such as Agave americana, Strychnos nux-vomica and Areca catechu using MCF-7 and Vero cell line. Various parts of the medicinal plants were extracted by soxhlet apparatus using solvents likes methanol and water...

  1. In vitro cytotoxicity study of agave Americana, strychnos Nuxvomica and Areca catechu extracts using MCF-7 cell line

    Chetan C Anajwala; Patel, Rajesh M.; Dakhara, Sanjay L.; Jitesh K Jariwala

    2010-01-01

    Research is focusing on the search for new types of natural chemotherapeutic agent that is plant based medicines which are proving to be excellent sources of new compounds. In present research study, an attempt was made to prove cytotoxicity activity of various parts of medicinal plants such as Agave americana, Strychnos nux-vomica and Areca catechu using MCF-7 and Vero cell line. Various parts of the medicinal plants were extracted by soxhlet apparatus using solvents likes methanol and water...

  2. TEORIA PARA QUEM, TEORIA PARA QUÊ? A CONTRIBUIÇÃO DO LIVRO TEORIA (LITERÁRIA) AMERICANA

    Antônio Barros de Brito Jr.

    2014-01-01

    Este texto é uma resenha do livro Teoria (literária)americana: uma introdução crítica, de Fabio Akcelrud Durão. Aqui, discutem-se os argumentos do autor em torno do fenômeno da proliferação das abordagens teóricas e suas consequências para os estudos literários norte-americano e brasileiro. 

  3. Supplemental Feeding for Ecotourism Reverses Diel Activity and Alters Movement Patterns and Spatial Distribution of the Southern Stingray, Dasyatis americana

    Corcoran, Mark J.; Wetherbee, Bradley M.; Shivji, Mahmood S; Potenski, Matthew D.; Chapman, Demian D.; Harvey, Guy M.

    2013-01-01

    Southern stingrays, Dasyatis americana, have been provided supplemental food in ecotourism operations at Stingray City Sandbar (SCS), Grand Cayman since 1986, with this site becoming one of the world’s most famous and heavily visited marine wildlife interaction venues. Given expansion of marine wildlife interactive tourism worldwide, there are questions about the effects of such activities on the focal species and their ecosystems. We used a combination of acoustic telemetry and tag-recapture...

  4. EST sequencing and gene expression profiling of defence-related genes from Persea americana infected with Phytophthora cinnamomi

    Mahomed Waheed; van den Berg Noëlani

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Avocado (Persea americana) belongs to the Lauraceae family and is an important commercial fruit crop in over 50 countries. The most serious pathogen affecting avocado production is Phytophthora cinnamomi which causes Phytophthora root rot (PRR). Root pathogens such as P. cinnamomi and their interactions with hosts are poorly understood and despite the importance of both the avocado crop and the effect Phytophthora has on its cultivation, there is a lack of molecular knowle...

  5. The Effect of Bio-Fertilizers on Plant Growth and Growth Rate of Grafted Avocado (Persea americana Mill.)

    Lazarus Agus Sukamto; Reni Lestari; Winda Utami Putri

    2014-01-01

    Avocado (Persea americana Mill.) is considered the most nutritious of all fruits. Avocado fruit contain high unsaturated fat, protein, and energy. It could be eaten fresh for food, drinks, cooking, and cosmetics. Recently, it has become a significant commodity in international trade. Indonesia is the 2nd avocado producing country, but only little quantity of avocado fruits could be exported. The farmers usually grow avocado plants from the seeds, without proper fertilizers in their backyards ...

  6. In vitro pollen germination in avocado (Persea americana Mill.): optimization of the method and effect of temperature

    Alcaraz Arco, María Librada; Montserrat, M; Hormaza Urroz, José Ignacio

    2011-01-01

    An improved in vitro pollen germination method was developed for avocado (Persea americana Mill.). The effect of different concentrations of sucrose, polyethylene glycol (PEG), Mg and Ca on pollen germination was evaluated in order to determine the optimal pollen germination medium, i.e. that maximizing the percentage of pollen germination and minimizing the percentage of bursted pollen grains. Once the germination medium was optimized we used it to study the effect of temperature on in vitro...

  7. Formulasi Sediaan Gel Ekstrak Buah Alpukat (Persea americana Mill.) dan Uji Aktivitasnya terhadap Pertumbuhan Rambut Tikus Putih

    Matondang, Winda Hanley

    2016-01-01

    Background: Avocado contains protein, essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, iron and magnesium. Those contents are the nutrients needed for hair growth. Objective:The purpose of this research was to make gel preparations of avocado extract (Persea americana Mill.) which was useful as growing hair and its activity test on hair growth. Methods: Avocado was extracted by maceration using ethanol 96% and then concentrated by rotary...

  8. Caracterización química foliar de los árboles de aguacate criollo (Persea americana var. drymifolia) en los bancos de germoplasma de Michoacán, México Foliar chemical caracterization of the creole avocado trees (Persea americana var. drymifolia) in the germplasm banks from Michoacán, Mexico

    Cintia A. Rincón-Hernández; José De La Luz Sánchez Pérez; Espinosa-García, Francisco J.

    2011-01-01

    Persea americana var. drymifolia (aguacate criollo mexicano) se emplea como portainjerto en huertos de aguacate Hass y es fuente de genes de resistencia a plagas y patógenos para éste y otros cultivares. El aguacate criollo mexicano se está sustituyendo por cultivares comerciales o perdiendo por la destrucción de ecosistemas. Por eso, se estudiaron 250 árboles (52 accesiones de 14 estados de México); 247 de criollo mexicano y 3 híbridos de éste con P.shiedeana, P. americana var. americana y P...

  9. Identification and tissue expression profile of genes from three chemoreceptor families in an urban pest, Periplaneta americana

    Chen, Yan; He, Ming; Li, Zhao-Qun; Zhang, Ya-Nan; He, Peng

    2016-01-01

    Periplaneta americana is a notorious urban pest prevalent in human habitats; very little is known about its chemosensory mechanism. Employing the advanced next-generation sequencing technique, in the present study, we conducted transcriptome sequencing and analysis of the antennae of the adult males and females as well as their mouthparts using an Illumina platform. This resulted in the discovery of a huge number of the members of all major known chemosensory receptor families in P. americana, including 96 odorant receptors (ORs), 53 ionotropic receptors (IRs), and 33 gustatory receptors (GRs). Tissue expression profiles showed most of them mainly expressed in antennae and phylogenetic analysis demonstrated the expansion in the clade distinguishing them from other functionally well-known Lepidoptera species. A high percentage of chemosensory receptor genes (ORs in particular) showing female antenna bias in mRNA expression was observed. Our results provide a basis for further investigations on how P. americana coordinates its chemosensory receptor genes in chemical communication with environments, and for development of novel pest management approaches. PMID:27279336

  10. IN VITRO CYTOTOXICITY STUDY OF AGAVE AMERICANA, STRYCHNOS NUX-VOMICA AND ARECA CATECHU EXTRACTS USING MCF-7 CELL LINE

    Anajwala Chetan C.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Research is focusing on the search for new types of natural chemotherapeutic agent that is plant based medicines which are proving to be excellent sources of new compounds. In present research study, an attempt was made to prove cytotoxicity activity of various parts of medicinal plants such as Agave americana, Strychnos nux-vomica and Areca catechu using MCF-7 and Vero cell line. Various parts of the medicinal plants were extracted by soxhlet apparatus using solvents likes methanol and water. By trypan blue dye exclusion method, Viability of MCF-7 and Vero cell lines were 85.50 and 81.13%, respectively. IC50 value of methanol extract of Agave americana leaves and aqueous extract of Areca catechu fruits were found to be 545.9 & 826.1 µg/ml by SRB assay and 775.1 & 1461µg/ml by MTT assay, respectively, against MCF-7 cell line. From cytotoxicity study data by SRB and MTT assay, it revealed that methanol extract of Agave americana and aqueous extract of Areca catechu are potent cytotoxic.

  11. In vitro cytotoxicity study of agave Americana, strychnos Nuxvomica and Areca catechu extracts using MCF-7 cell line

    Chetan C Anajwala

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Research is focusing on the search for new types of natural chemotherapeutic agent that is plant based medicines which are proving to be excellent sources of new compounds. In present research study, an attempt was made to prove cytotoxicity activity of various parts of medicinal plants such as Agave americana, Strychnos nux-vomica and Areca catechu using MCF-7 and Vero cell line. Various parts of the medicinal plants were extracted by soxhlet apparatus using solvents likes methanol and water. By trypan blue dye exclusion method, Viability of MCF-7 and Vero cell lines were 85.50 and 81.13%, respectively. IC 50 value of methanol extract of Agave americana leaves and aqueous extract of Afeca catechu fruits were found to be 545.9 & 826.1 μg/ml by SRB assay and 775.1 & 1461pg/ml by MTT assay, respectively, against MCF-7 cell line. From cytotoxicity study data by SRB and MTT assay, it revealed that methanol extract of Agave americana and aqueous extract of Areca catechu are potent cytotoxic.

  12. Acute Toxicity Investigation and Anti-diarrhoeal Effect of the Chloroform-Methanol Extract of the Leaves of Persea americana.

    Christian E, Odo; Okwesili Fc, Nwodo; Parker E, Joshua; Okechukwu Pc, Ugwu

    2014-01-01

    Persea americana is a plant used by traditional medicine practitioners to treat ailments including diarrhoea and diabetes mellitus in Nigeria. Hence, the chloroform and the methanol fractions of the chloroform-methanol extract of the leaves of P. americana were evaluated for their acute toxicity as well as anti-diarrhoeal effects in Wistar rats to substantiate this claim. The chloroform and methanol fractions [at graded doses of 100 and 200 mg/Kg body weight (b.w) of each] were studied for their anti-diarrhoeal effects in terms of the reductions in the wetness of faeces and the frequency of defaecation of castor oil-induced diarrhoea. To understand the mechanism of their anti-diarrhoeal effects, their actions were further evaluated on castor oil-induced enteropooling (intestinal fluid accumulation). The median lethal dose (LD50) of the methanol fraction was found to be less than 5000 mg/Kg b.w. At the two doses, the chloroform and the methanol fractions showed dose-dependent significant (p americana possesses significant anti-diarrhoeal effect and may be a potent source of anti-diarrhoeal drug(s) in future. PMID:25237361

  13. Antimicrobial activity of crude epicarp and seed extracts from mature avocado fruit (Persea americana) of three cultivars.

    Raymond Chia, Teck Wah; Dykes, Gary A

    2010-07-01

    The epicarp and seed of Persea Americana Mill. var. Hass (Lauraceae), Persea Americana Mill. var. Shepard, and Persea americana Mill. var Fuerte cultivars of mature avocados (n = 3) were ground separately and extracted with both absolute ethanol and distilled water. Extracts were analyzed for antimicrobial activity using the microtiter broth microdilution assay against four Gram-positive bacteria, six Gram-negative bacteria, and one yeast. Antimicrobial activity against two molds was determined by the hole plate method. The ethanol extracts showed antimicrobial activity (104.2-416.7 microg/mL) toward both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria (except Escherichia coli), while inhibition of the water extracts was only observed for Listeria monocytogenes (93.8-375.0 microg/mL) and Staphylococcus epidermidis (354.2 microg/mL). The minimum concentration required to inhibit Zygosaccharomyces bailii was 500 microg/mL for the ethanol extracts, while no inhibition was observed for the water extracts. No inhibition by either ethanol or water extracts was observed against Penicillium spp. and Aspergillus flavus. PMID:20645772

  14. Utilização da microscopia eletrônica de varredura como ferramenta de avaliação da estrutura do tecido de abacate 'quintal' após danos mecânicos Use of scanning electronic microscopy as tool of the tissue structure evaluation of quintal ' avocado tissue structure after mechanical injuries

    Juliana Sanches

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Avaliaram-se os efeitos de injúrias mecânicas, por impacto, compressão e corte nas estruturas celulares de abacates 'Quintal'. Na injúria por impacto, eles foram deixados cair, em queda livre, de uma altura de 2,00 m, sobre os lados opostos, de sua região equatorial; na compressão, foram colocados sob um peso de 117,6 N, por 24 horas, o que provocou duas lesões opostas, no sentido longitudinal; e os cortes foram aplicados em número de quatro, longitudinalmente, com 40 mm de comprimento e 4 mm de profundidade, nos lados opostos dos frutos. Após 5 dias de armazenamento, sob condições de ambiente (25ºC e 60% UR, procedeu-se à verificação das estruturas celulares através de microscopia eletrônica de varredura. A microscopia eletrônica de varredura indicou que os abacates injuriados por compressão e impacto, embora sem lesões aparentemente visíveis, apresentavam desordem celular em suas estruturas.This work aimed to evaluate the effects of mechanical injuries, by impact, compression and cut in the cellular structures of 'Quintal' avocados. In the injury by impact, they were submitted, by free fall, to a height of 2.00 m, in opposed sides of their equatorial area; in the compression, they were submitted by a weight of 117.6 N for 24 hours, and it provoked two opposite lesions in the longitudinal area; and the cuts were longitudinally applied at number of four, with 40 mm of length and 4 mm of depth in the opposed sides of the fruits. After 5 days of storage, under the laboratory conditions (25ºC and 60% RH, the verification of the cellular structures was proceeded through scanning electron microscopy, which indicated that the injuried avocados by compression and impact, although without apparently visible lesions, presented cellular disorder in their structures.

  15. Tuberculosis en Rhea Americana y Gallus Sp. en cautiverio Tuberculosis in ratites and ornamental birds

    M.C Jorge

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available La tuberculosis aviar tiene, distribución mundial y afecta a las aves domésticas y silvestres. El agente etiológico es Mycobacterium avium subsp. avium. El potencial zoonótico de esta enfermedad ha adquirido relevancia con la pandemia de HIV por ello todas las maniobras que involucren la manipulación de microorganismos viables, deben ser llevadas a cabo con adecuadas medidas de bioseguridad. La fuente primaria de infección es el ambiente contaminado con este agente. La presentación clínica es variable y el método definitivo para confirmar la infección es el aislamiento. El objetivo fue identificar mediante histopatología, bacteriología y biología molecular la etiología de lesiones compatibles con tuberculosis en una raza ornamental de Gallus sp. (sedosa del Japón y Rhea americana (ñandú. En la necropsia se observaron granulomas que presentaron centro caseonecrótico no mineralizado con bacilos ácido-alcohol resistentes en la histopatología. Se confirmó la presencia de M. avium subsp. avium por bacteriología y por PCR en las cepas aisladas. Esto permitió arribar al diagnóstico etiológico combinando técnicas y describir por primera vez en la Argentina un caso de tuberculosis en ñandú.Avian tuberculosis is worldwide distributed and affects domestic and wild birds. Aetiological agent is Mycobacterium avium subsp. avium. Its zoonotic potential has acquired importance since HIV pandemia, that is why the manipulation of viable microorganism should be done with careful biosecurity measures. Primary source of infection is the environment contaminated with these microbes. Clinical signs are not uniform and the confirmation of the disease is by bacteriologycal isolation. The purpose was to identify by histopathologycal, bacteriologycal and molecular biology methods the aetiology from tuberculosis like lesions found in an ornamental race of Gallus sp. (Japanese Silkie and Rhea americana. At post-mortem examination granulomas were

  16. Nucleolar organizer regions and a new chromosome number for Rhea americana (Aves: Rheiformes

    Ricardo José Gunski

    1998-06-01

    Full Text Available Sequential banding analysis (Giemsa-C-banding-Ag NOR of chromosomes of the common rhea (Rhea americana was performed. Metaphases were obtained by peripheral blood lymphocyte culture and monolayer embryo cell culture. The diploid chromosome number was 80, different from the 2n = 82 in previous reports. Macrochromosome pairs 1, 2 and 5 were submetacentric and pair 3, subacrocentric. The 4th pair was acrocentric and all of the microchromosomes appeared to be acrocentric, with the exception of a clearly metacentric pair which was fully heterochromatic. The Z was slightly larger than the W, both being acrocentric and C-band negative. Nucleolar organizer regions were observed in the secondary constriction of a microchromosome pair. Correct identification of the NOR-bearing pair was possible only by sequential analyses, Giemsa staining followed by the Ag-NOR technique.Foram efetuadas análises seqüenciais de bandeamento cromossômico (Giemsa-banda-C-AgNOR em material da espécie Rhea americana (ema com o objetivo de identificar os cromossomos portadores de regiões organizadoras de nucléolos e confirmar o cariótipo desta espécie. As metáfases foram obtidas de culturas de leucócitos e de células de embrião. O número diplóide de cromossomos, determinado pela análise de metáfases oriundas de 19 espécimes, foi de 80 (2n = 80, NF = 95, o que difere da literatura. Os pares de macrocromossomos números 1, 2 e 5 eram submetacêntricos e o par 3 era sub-acrocêntrico, confirmado pelo bandeamento C. O par 4 era acrocêntrico, bem como todos os microcromossomos, com exceção de um metacêntrico inteiramente heterocromático. O cromossomo Z era ligeiramente maior que o W, sendo ambos acrocêntricos e banda-C negativos. A região organizadora de nucléolos foi observada na constrição secundária de um par de microcromossomos. A correta identificação do par portador da NOR só foi possível com a utilização da análise seqüencial de colora

  17. GIBBERELLINS, FUNGICIDES AND STORAGE EFFECTS ON THE GERMINATION OF Genipa americana L. (RUBIACEAE SEEDS

    Fábio de Almeida Vieira

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper was to verify the effect of different doses of gibberellic acid (GA3 (0, 250, 500, 750 and 1000 µg.L-1, of fungicides of the groups chemical benzimidazol (0, 25, 50 and 100 g.L-1 and ditiocarbamato (0, 1,25, 2,50 and 5,00 g.L-1 on seed germination. Viability of those seeds was evaluated through germination tests at 0, 15, 30 and 60 days. The experiment was carried out in greenhouse. The experimental design was fully randomized one, with five replicates per treatment. The traits evaluated were emergence and index of emergence speed. The treatment with GA3 didn't provide significant so much differences among the germination rates as well as for the emergence speed. It was verified that the use of the fungicides in smaller concentrations (25 g.L-1 of benzimidazol and 1,25 g.L-1 of ditiocarbamato promoted a better germination speed. The seeds of G. americana possess viability period relatively short, with germination absence 60 days period of storage, and it could be associated to the humidity tenors presented by the seeds in this period.

  18. Estudios sobre Trypanosomiasis americana en el Perú. Observaciones en el departamento de Ica

    Víctor M Ayulo Robles

    1946-01-01

    Full Text Available Hemos comprobado la presencia de Triatomas en las ciudades de Ica y Nazca. Los Triatomas encontrados en esas localidades son de la especie del Triatoma Infestans. Las observaciones del contenido intestinal de los Triatomas capturados en ambas ciudades reveló que ellos no se encuentran infestados; lo que hace sospechar que estos insectos procedan de la Ciudad de Arequipa. Los exámenes de sangre en fresco, gota gruesa y frotis coloreados por el método de Giemsa en 174 personas y 32 animales, así como las pruebas de Desviación del Complemento (Reacción de GUERREIRO Y MACHADO e intradermo-reacción en las 174 personas, fueron negativas; lo que demuestra que actualmente no existe la Enfermedad de Chagas en el Departamento de Ica. Dada la presencia de Triatomas en Ica y Nazca y la existencia de la Enfermedad de Chagas en Vitor, Sihuas y Quishuarani del Departamento de Arequipa no se excluye la posibilidad de que posteriormente se haga presente la Trypanosomiasis americana, también, en esas zonas.

  19. De la independencia a la natural barbarie americana. Una lectura del Facundo de Domingo F. Sarmiento

    Maura Brighenti

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta una lectura del "Facundo" de Domingo F. Sarmiento y, en particular, de su más general visión de la historia y de la realidad argentina y latinoamericana a partir del esquema dicotómico de civilización y barbarie que tendrá mucha suerte en las narraciones de los procesos del modernización latinoamericanos por lo menos hasta la segunda mitad del siglo XX. A través del análisis de algunos entre los múltiples niveles narrativos del "Facundo" se quiere mostrar como tal imagen dicotómica se va cristalizando en el texto. Partiendo del espacio infinito y vacío de la pampa y pasando por una antropología del gaucho - de su manera de vivir y de conducir la guerra - Sarmiento conduce el lector hasta la forma típicamente americana de despotismo, el caudillismo, llegado en Argentina a su epopeya final con el régimen de Juan M. de Rosas. En la última parte se intenta injertar el esquema dicotómico del Facundo al interior de la más general reflexión del Occidente sobre la modernidad y sus alteridades, a través por un lado del prisma orientalista y por el otro de las mismas fuentes del pensamiento moderno europeo y en particular de Locke y Hobbes.

  20. Distribution, occupancy, and habitat correlates of American martens (Martes americana) in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

    Baldwin, R.A.; Bender, L.C.

    2008-01-01

    A clear understanding of habitat associations of martens (Martes americana) is necessary to effectively manage and monitor populations. However, this information was lacking for martens in most of their southern range, particularly during the summer season. We studied the distribution and habitat correlates of martens from 2004 to 2006 in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) across 3 spatial scales: site-specific, home-range, and landscape. We used remote-sensored cameras from early August through late October to inventory occurrence of martens and modeled occurrence as a function of habitat and landscape variables using binary response (BR) and binomial count (BC) logistic regression, and occupancy modeling (OM). We also assessed which was the most appropriate modeling technique for martens in RMNP. Of the 3 modeling techniques, OM appeared to be most appropriate given the explanatory power of derived models and its incorporation of detection probabilities, although the results from BR and BC provided corroborating evidence of important habitat correlates. Location of sites in the western portion of the park, riparian mixed-conifer stands, and mixed-conifer with aspen patches were most frequently positively correlated with occurrence of martens, whereas more xeric and open sites were avoided. Additionally, OM yielded unbiased occupancy values ranging from 91% to 100% and 20% to 30% for the western and eastern portions of RMNP, respectively. ?? 2008 American Society of Mammalogists.

  1. Purification and catalytic properties of polygalacturonase isoforms from ripe avocado (Persea americana) fruit mesocarp.

    Wakabayashi, Kazuyuki; Huber, Donald J.

    2001-10-01

    Endo-polygalacturonase (PG; EC 3.2.1.15) was recovered from the cell walls of avocado mesocarp (Persea americana Mill cv. Lula) tissue and purified by sequential ion exchange and gel permeation chromatography. Two isoforms (S-I and S-II) were recovered, exhibiting molecular masses of about 41 kD on size exclusion media and about 48 (S-I) and 46 (S-II) kDa as determined by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). Both isoforms exhibited maximum activity at pH 6.0 against polygalacturonic acid (PGA) and hydrolyzed PGA of about 180 kDa to polymers of about 4 kDa. The catalytic activity of the 48-kDa isoform against PGA was slightly higher than that of the 46-kDa isoform. The purified PGs catalyzed significant molecular mass downshifts in the polyuronides of pre-ripe avocados; however, the capacity of the enzymes to solubilize polyuronides from cell walls of pre-ripe fruit was limited. PMID:12060298

  2. Complexidade narrativa na televisão americana contemporânea

    Jason Mittell

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Uma nova forma de entretenimento tem surgido nas últimas duas décadas conseguindo sucesso de público e crítica na televisão americana. Tal modelo se diferencia por usar a complexidade narrativa como uma alternativa às formas episódicas e seriadas. O objetivo deste artigo é remontar as características formais deste modelo de narração, o storytelling, explorar as particularidades de seu modo de fruição e de compreensão, além de apontar justificativas para sua emergência nos anos 1990. Para entender este fenômeno, precisamos utilizar a narratologia formal de modo a traçar sua estrutura e suas fronteiras, e ao mesmo tempo incorporar outros métodos para investigar como este modelo narrativo se cruza com os campos das indústrias criativas, das inovações tecnológicas, das práticas participatórias e da compreensão dos espectadores.

  3. The contribution of the melanin pathway to overall body pigmentation during ontogenesis of Periplaneta americana.

    Lemonds, Thomas R; Liu, Jin; Popadić, Aleksandar

    2016-08-01

    The most prominent colors observed in insects are black or brown, whose production is attributed to the melanin pathway. At present, though, the contribution of this pathway to overall body pigmentation throughout ontogenesis is still lacking. To address this question we examined the roles of 2 key melanin genes (TH and DDC), in embryonic and postembryonic development of the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana. Our results show that the melanin pathway does not contribute to the light brown coloration observed in the first nymphs. However, the dark brown coloration in mid nymphs and adults is produced solely from the melanin pathway. In addition, the DDC RNAi results reveal that it is dopamine melanin, not DOPA melanin, acts as the main contributor in this process. Overall, present study provides a new insight into insect pigmentation suggesting that genetic mechanisms of coloration can change during ontogenesis. Future studies of additional basal insect lineages will be required to assess in more details the generality of this phenomenon. PMID:27158782

  4. Subcellular distribution and chemical forms of cadmium in Phytolacca americana L

    Phytolacca americana L. (pokeweed) is a promising species for Cd phytoextraction with large biomass and fast growth rate. To further understand the mechanisms involved in Cd tolerance and detoxification, the present study investigated subcellular distribution and chemical forms of Cd in pokeweed. Subcellular fractionation of Cd-containing tissues indicated that both in root and leaves, the majority of the element was located in soluble fraction and cell walls. Meanwhile, Cd taken up by pokeweed existed in different chemical forms. Results showed that the greatest amount of Cd was found in the extraction of 80% ethanol in roots, followed by 1 M NaCl, d-H2O and 2% HAc, while in leaves and stems, most of the Cd was extracted by 1 M NaCl, and the subdominant amount of Cd was extracted by 80% ethanol. It could be suggested that Cd compartmentation with organo-ligands in vacuole or integrated with pectates and proteins in cell wall might be responsible for the adaptation of pokeweed to Cd stress.

  5. Potential risk to wood storks (Mycteria americana) from mercury in Carolina Bay fish

    Fish mercury levels from some Carolina bays pose risk to wood stork. - Carolina bays are freshwater wetlands that serve as important feeding habitats for the endangered wood stork (Mycteria americana). Water levels in these bays fluctuate greatly and tend to be acidic and rich in dissolved organic carbon (DOC), factors that favor mercury (Hg) methylation and bioaccumulation in fish. To assess potential risks to wood storks consuming mercury contaminated fish in bays, we sampled fish from 10 bays on the Savannah River Site (SRS), South Carolina, an area with documented use by wood storks. Whole body mercury concentrations in 258 fishes of three species (Erimyzon sucetta, Acantharchus pomotis and Esox americanus) commonly consumed by wood storks were determined. Risk factors for nestlings and free-ranging adults were calculated using published no and lowest observable adverse effect concentration (NOAEC and LOAEC) values for birds. Fish from higher trophic levels and those from wetlands with relatively shallow maximum depths and fluctuating water levels were more likely to exceed NOAEC and LOAEC values. Calculation of exposure rates of nestling wood storks indicated they are at highest risk during the first 10 days of the nestling period. These calculations suggest that there is potential concern for wood storks foraging in relatively shallow bays with fluctuating water levels, even though there is no obvious local source of mercury to these wetlands

  6. Description of a new surface morphology for chitin extracted from wings of cockroach (Periplaneta americana).

    Kaya, Murat; Baran, Talat

    2015-04-01

    In this study a new morphology of chitin, which could find wide applications in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, agriculture, food and textiles, has been described. The chitin was isolated from the wings of Periplaneta americana employing a conventional method. Considering chitin isolation studies conducted previously, chitin has three surface morphologies, which are (1) hard and rough surface without pores or nanofibers, (2) surface solely composed of nanofibers and (3) surfaces with both pores and nanofibers. In this study, the surface of the chitin, examined with environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM), only has oval nanopores (230-510 nm) without nanofibers, and this is different from the above mentioned surface morphologies. The nanopores are not distributed on the chitin surface randomly. Typically, there is a pore in the center that is surrounded by six or seven other pores in an ordered manner. Structures similar to cell walls exist between the pores. Chitin with the new surface morphology was characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TG), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and elemental analysis. PMID:25597430

  7. Persea americana Mill. Seed: Fractionation, Characterization, and Effects on Human Keratinocytes and Fibroblasts.

    Ramos-Jerz, Maria Del R; Villanueva, Socorro; Jerz, Gerold; Winterhalter, Peter; Deters, Alexandra M

    2013-01-01

    Methanolic avocado (Persea americana Mill., Lauraceae) seed extracts were separated by preparative HSCCC. Partition and HSCCC fractions were principally characterized by LC-ESI-MS/MS analysis. Their in vitro influence was investigated on proliferation, differentiation, cell viability, and gene expression on HaCaT and normal human epidermal keratinocytes (NHEK) and normal human dermal fibroblasts (NHDF). The methanol-water partition (M) from avocado seeds and HSCCC fraction 3 (M.3) were mostly composed of chlorogenic acid and its isomers. Both reduced NHDF but enhanced HaCaT keratinocytes proliferation. HSCCC fraction M.2 composed of quinic acid among chlorogenic acid and its isomers inhibited proliferation and directly induced differentiation of keratinocytes as observed on gene and protein level. Furthermore, M.2 increased NHDF proliferation via upregulation of growth factor receptors. Salidrosides and ABA derivatives present in HSCCC fraction M.6 increased NHDF and keratinocyte proliferation that resulted in differentiation. The residual solvent fraction M.7 contained among low concentrations of ABA derivatives high amounts of proanthocyanidins B1 and B2 as well as an A-type trimer and stimulated proliferation of normal cells and inhibited the proliferation of immortalized HaCaT keratinocytes. PMID:24371457

  8. Food habits of stunted and non-stunted white perch (Morone americana)

    Gosch, N.J.C.; Stittie, J.R.; Pope, K.L.

    2010-01-01

    We studied food habits of white perch (Morone americana) from two populations with different stable states (stunted [Branched Oak Lake, Nebraska] and nonstunted [Pawnee Lake, Nebraska]) to determine if change in food habits of white perch is likely to occur in situations where a stunted white perch population is altered to a nonstunted state and vice versa. Three approaches were used to quantitatively describe seasonal (spring = March-May, summer = June-August, autumn = September-November) diets of white perch - 1) frequency of occurrence, 2) percentage of composition by volume, and 3) mean stomach fullness. White perch diets were dominated by cladocerans and dipterans in both reservoirs during all seasons. Fish egg predation was similar between reservoirs, and white perch rarely consumed fishes in either the stunted or the non-stunted population. Shifting a white perch population between stunted and non-stunted states will likely cause little or no change in food habits; fish in both states will primarily consume invertebrates.

  9. Persea americana (avocado): bringing ancient flowers to fruit in the genomics era.

    Chanderbali, André S; Albert, Victor A; Ashworth, Vanessa E T M; Clegg, Michael T; Litz, Richard E; Soltis, Douglas E; Soltis, Pamela S

    2008-04-01

    The avocado (Persea americana) is a major crop commodity worldwide. Moreover, avocado, a paleopolyploid, is an evolutionary "outpost" among flowering plants, representing a basal lineage (the magnoliid clade) near the origin of the flowering plants themselves. Following centuries of selective breeding, avocado germplasm has been characterized at the level of microsatellite and RFLP markers. Nonetheless, little is known beyond these general diversity estimates, and much work remains to be done to develop avocado as a major subtropical-zone crop. Among the goals of avocado improvement are to develop varieties with fruit that will "store" better on the tree, show uniform ripening and have better post-harvest storage. Avocado transcriptome sequencing, genome mapping and partial genomic sequencing will represent a major step toward the goal of sequencing the entire avocado genome, which is expected to aid in improving avocado varieties and production, as well as understanding the evolution of flowers from non-flowering seed plants (gymnosperms). Additionally, continued evolutionary and other comparative studies of flower and fruit development in different avocado strains can be accomplished at the gene expression level, including in comparison with avocado relatives, and these should provide important insights into the genetic regulation of fruit development in basal angiosperms. PMID:18348249

  10. Direct visualization of hemolymph flow in the heart of a grasshopper (Schistocerca americana

    Socha John J

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Hemolymph flow patterns in opaque insects have never been directly visualized due to the lack of an appropriate imaging technique. The required spatial and temporal resolutions, together with the lack of contrast between the hemolymph and the surrounding soft tissue, are major challenges. Previously, indirect techniques have been used to infer insect heart motion and hemolymph flow, but such methods fail to reveal fine-scale kinematics of heartbeat and details of intra-heart flow patterns. Results With the use of microbubbles as high contrast tracer particles, we directly visualized hemolymph flow in a grasshopper (Schistocerca americana using synchrotron x-ray phase-contrast imaging. In-vivo intra-heart flow patterns and the relationship between respiratory (tracheae and air sacs and circulatory (heart systems were directly observed for the first time. Conclusion Synchrotron x-ray phase contrast imaging is the only generally applicable technique that has the necessary spatial, temporal resolutions and sensitivity to directly visualize heart dynamics and flow patterns inside opaque animals. This technique has the potential to illuminate many long-standing questions regarding small animal circulation, encompassing topics such as retrograde heart flow in some insects and the development of flow in embryonic vertebrates.

  11. “Ser devorado no duele”. Th. W. Adorno y la experiencia americana

    Maiso, Jordi

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available The present text aims to fathom Theodor W. Adorno’s american experience as a deciding learning process in the development of his Critical Theory. As a consequence of his New York exile years and his participance on the Princeton Radio Research Project, Adorno not only gets in touch with the proceeding of the culture industry and sets down a resolute theoretical approach to radio music, but also realizes a shift has taken place on the social function of theory which enables him a poignant self-reflection on the situation of the emigrated intellectual.El presente texto pretende desentrañar la experiencia americana de Theodor W. Adorno como un proceso de aprendizaje decisivo en la formulación de su Teoría Crítica. A partir de su exilio en Nueva York y de su participación en el Princeton Radio Research Project, Adorno no sólo adquiere un conocimiento directo del funcionamiento de la industria de la cultura y formula una decisiva aproximación teórica a la música radiofónica, sino que también toma conciencia de un cambio en la función social de la teoría que le permite llevar a cabo una aguda autorreflexión sobre la situación del intelectual emigrado.

  12. Anti Lithiasis Activity of Avocado (Persea americana Mill Leaves Extract in White Male Rats

    IETJE WIENTARSIH

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available In Indonesia, avocado leaves have been used as traditional medicines for diureticum to cure urolithiasis. This research was to determine anti lithiasis activity of avocado leaves (Persea americana Mill extract on white male rats nefrolithiasis model induced by ethylene glycol. Ethanol extraction method was used to get extract of avogadro leaves. Twenty adult male white rats were divided into 4 different induction treatments i.e. aquadest, ethylene glycol 0.75% and ammonium chloride 2%, and extract of avocado leaves with different levels of 100 and 300 mg/kg bw respectively. Their body weight was measured daily to determine their growth ratio. And at the end of the trial, the kidney was analyzed its calcium level and inhibitory activity to formation of calcium oxalate crystals. The results showed that the amount of calcium level in the kidney of rats treated with extract of avogadro leaves was significantly decreased than that of rats treated with ethylene glycol 0.75% and ammonium chloride 2% (P < 0.05. The extract avocado leaves as a herbal remedy can be recommended as a phytotherapeutic agent especially for preventive action for urolithiasis diseases.

  13. Potencial alelopático de plantas de acapu (Vouacapoua americana: efeitos sobre plantas daninhas de pastagens Allelopathic potential of "acapu" (Vouacapoua americana plants: effects on pasture weed

    A.P.S. Souza Filho

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Extratos aquosos de folhas e cascas de plantas de acapu (Vouacapoua americana foram preparados nas concentrações de 0, 1, 2, 3 e 5% (v/v, visando identificar e caracterizar a atividade potencialmente alelopática dessa espécie. Analisaram-se os efeitos dos extratos sobre a germinação de sementes e o alongamento da raiz primária das plantas daninhas malícia (Mimosa pudica e malva (Urena lobata. Os bioensaios de germinação foram desenvolvidos em condições de 25 ºC e fotoperíodo de 12 horas. Para os bioensaios de alongamento da raiz primária, as condições estabelecidas foram de 25 ºC e fotoperíodo de 24 horas. Os resultados obtidos indicaram variações de respostas em função da fonte do extrato aquoso, do parâmetro analisado e da concentração do extrato. As reduções observadas tanto na germinação como no alongamento da raiz primária foram crescentes com o aumento da concentração do extrato, sendo os efeitos mais intensos observados na concentração de 5%. Independentemente da espécie receptora e do parâmetro analisado, o extrato preparado a partir das cascas do acapu evidenciou maior atividade alelopática inibitória. O alongamento da raiz primária foi o parâmetro mais sensível aos efeitos potencialmente alelopáticos do que a germinação das sementes. Comparativamente, cascas e folhas apresentaram diferenças em relação às classes de substâncias químicas. Nas cascas foram encontradas cumarinas que não estavam presentes nas folhas, as quais, por sua vez, apresentaram esteróides e triterpenóides, que não foram identificados nas cascas do acapu.Aqueous extracts from leaves and bark of "Acapu" plants were prepared in concentration levels of 0, 1, 2, 3 and 5% to identify and characterize potential allelopathic activity of such plants. The extract effects on seed germination and primary root elongation of pasture weeds, such as Mimosa pudica and Urena lobata, were analyzed. The germination bioassays were

  14. La inscripción de la identidad en la obra literaria: Análisis comparativo de “Lejana” de Julio Cortázar y La muerte salió cabalgado de Persia de Péter Hajnóczy

    Zsuzsanna Szalai

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Le nom de Julio Cortázar est incontestablement lié à l’idée de la rénovation du roman espagnol. L’auteur hongrois Péter Hajnóczy (1942-1981 est peut-être moins mondialement connu, mais sa technique narrative inspirée du style de Faulkner mérite l’attention. Dans la perspective de notre interprétation, un procédé technique très caractéristique des deux écrivains est envisagé : la multiplication, un instrument de réflexions et de projections. Nous analyserons parallèlement « Lejana » de Cortázar et A halál kilovagolt Perzsiából (1979 de Hajnóczy afin d’étudier la multiplication de l’identité, des espaces, du temps, des niveaux textuels, etc. Notre fil conducteur sera l’étude de la métalittérature : au cours de la lecture, nous étudierons la naissance du texte littéraire à travers l’analyse de la position des deux auteurs implicites, de leurs doutes et de leurs difficultés. Enfin, nous examinerons la relation interne entre le dénouement et la structure de chacune des œuvres. Comme il s’agit, en un certain sens, de deux histoires autobiographiques, leur dénouement promet d’être problématique.The name of Julio Cortázar undoubtedly imposes the idea of the Hispanic novel’s renovation. The Hungarian author Péter Hajnóczy (1942-1981 is perhaps less known worldwide, but his Faulkner style narrative technique deserves more attention. In the focus of the present interpretation, a very characteristic technical process of the two writers is featured: the multiplication, an instrument of reflections and projections. We analyse abreast “Far” (“Lejana” of Cortázar and Death Rode Out of Persia (1979 of Hajnóczy to discover the multiplication of identity, spaces, time and text levels, etc. Our principal line will be the study of the metaliterature: during the reading we will continue the birth of the literary text, observe doubts and difficulties of the two represented implicit authors

  15. Mito e sociedade na literatura latino-americana: Neruda, Carpentier, Bolaño

    Pedro Dolabela Chagas

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: Discussão sobre a problemática identitária na literatura latino-americana: a sua associação oitocentista à representação da natureza e da paisagem social; a sua longa duração entre os séculos XIX e XX; a sua politização pela dicotomia entre a América Latina e o Centro representado pela Europa e pelos EUA. A construção da identidade como produção de mitos: como construção de passados úteis, valoração positiva ou negativa do presente, projeção de futuros possíveis. A presença do mito em Canto geral, de Pablo Neruda; a sua recusa em 2666, de Roberto Bolaño; discussão sobre as razões desta recusa: a concentração no presente em detrimento da projeção do futuro. Localização de um tensionamento embrionário do mito identitário em Os passos perdidos, de Alejo Carpentier: discussão sobre os termos de orientação deste tensionamento e a diferença que ele produzia em relação à história anterior do romance latino-americano. Sugestão do fechamento recente da época histórica dominada pela problemática identitária na narrativa latino-americana.Palavras-chave: Pablo Neruda; Alejo Carpentier; Roberto Bolaño; romance latino-americano; mito e identidade. Abstract: The problematic of identity representation in Latin- American literature: its 19th Century association to the representation of nature and the social landscape; its long duration in the 19th and 20th Centuries; its politicization through the dichotomy between Latin America and a Center represented by Europe and the USA. Identity construction as a production of myths: as a construction of usable pasts, as a positive or negative evaluation of the present, as a projection of possible futures. The presence of myth in Pablo Neruda’s Canto general; its rejection in Roberto Bolaño’s 2666; the possible reasons of this rejection: a concentration in the present in detriment of the future. Location of an embrionary tensioning of the identity myths

  16. Curiously composite structures of a retrotransposon and a complex repeat associated with chromosome ends of Rhynchosciara americana (Diptera: Sciaridae).

    Madalena, Christiane Rodriguez Gutierrez; Fernandes, Thiago; Villasante, Alfredo; Gorab, Eduardo

    2010-07-01

    In Drosophila, telomere retrotransposons counterbalance the loss of telomeric DNA. The exceptional mechanism of telomere recovery characterized in Drosophila has not been found in lower dipterans (Nematocera). However, a retroelement resembling a telomere transposon and termed "RaTART" has been described in the nematoceran Rhynchosciara americana. In this work, DNA and protein sequence analyses, DNA cloning, and chromosomal localization of probes obtained either by PCR or by screening a genomic library were carried out in order to examine additional features of this retroelement. The analyses performed raise the possibility that RaTART represents a genomic clone composed of distinct repetitive elements, one of which is likely to be responsible for its apparent enrichment at chromosome ends. RaTART sequence in addition allowed to assess a novel subtelomeric region of R. americana chromosomes that was analyzed in this work after subcloning a DNA fragment from a phage insert. It contains a complex repeat that is located in the vicinity of simple and complex tandem repeats characterized previously. Quantification data suggest that the copy number of the repeat is significantly lower than that observed for the ribosomal DNA in the salivary gland of R. americana. A short insertion of the RaTART was identified in the cloned segment, which hybridized preferentially to subtelomeres. Like RaTART, it displays truncated sequences related to distinct retrotransposons, one of which has a conceptual translation product with significant identity with an endonuclease from a lepidopteran retrotransposon. The composite structure of this DNA stretch probably reflects mobile element activity in the subtelomeric region analyzed in this work. PMID:20607598

  17. The effects of copper, manganese and zinc on plant growth and elemental accumulation in the manganese-hyperaccumulator Phytolacca americana.

    Zhao, Huijun; Wu, Liangqi; Chai, Tuanyao; Zhang, Yuxiu; Tan, Jinjuan; Ma, Shengwen

    2012-09-01

    Synchrotron radiation X-ray fluorescence (SRXRF) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry were used to estimate major, minor and trace elements in Cu-, Zn- and Mn-treated Phytolacca americana. The effects of the addition of Cu, Zn and Mn on morphological parameters, such as root length, shoot height, and fresh and dry weights of shoots and roots, were also examined. In addition, the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), ascorbate peroxidase (APX), guaiacol peroxidases (GPX) and catalase (CAT) and the expression of Fe-SOD, Cu/Zn-SOD, metallothionein-2 and glutathione S-transferase (GST) exposed to the highest amounts of Cu, Zn or Mn were detected. Our results confirmed the following: (1) Zn supplementation leads to chlorosis, disturbed elemental homeostasis and decreased concentrations of micro- and macroelements such as Fe, Mg, Mn, Ca and K. Cu competed with Fe, Mn and Zn uptake in plants supplemented with 25 μM Cu. However, no antagonistic interactions took place between Cu, Zn, Mn and Fe uptake in plants supplemented with 100 μM Cu. Mn supplementation at various concentrations had no negative effects on elemental deficits. Mn was co-located with high concentrations of Fe and Zn in mature leaves and the concentrations of macro elements were unchanged. (2) P. americana supplemented with increased concentrations of Zn and Cu exhibited lower biomass production and reduced plant growth. (3) When plants were supplemented with the highest Zn and Cu concentrations, symptoms of toxicity corresponded to decreased SOD or CAT activities and increased APX and GPX activities. However, Mn tolerance corresponded to increased SOD and CAT activities and decreased POD and APX activities. Our study revealed that heavy metals partially exert toxicity by disturbing the nutrient balance and modifying enzyme activities that induce damage in plants. However, P. americana has evolved hyper accumulating mechanisms to maintain elemental balance and redox homeostasis under

  18. Susceptibilidad a insectos en selecciones y variedades de annona muricata l. y persea americana m. en Puerto Rico

    Irma Cabrera

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available En Puerto Rico se han reportado varios insectos en las guanábanas (Annona muricata L. y los aguacates (Persea americana M, sin embargo los de mayor importancia son el barrenador de la semilla Bephratelloides cubensis (A. y Apate monacha (F. en A. muricata y Pseudacysta persea (F. en P. americana. El objetivo principal de esta investigación fue determinar la incidencia de B. cubensis y A. monacha en seis selecciones de guanábana y en siete variedades de aguacate. De las evaluaciones realizadas en A. muricata, se observó que las selecciones IV-10, VII-14 y VI-1 mostraron la mayor incidencia y la IV-16 mostró la menor incidencia de B. cubensis en relación al número de barrenos por fruta. En cuanto a la incidencia de A. monacha en A. muricata las selecciones IV-16, IV-2, IV-3, VII-14 presentaron la mayor incidencia de barrenos por árbol. En las evaluaciones realizadas en Persea americana se seleccionaron las variedades Ávila, Semil 34, Wilson Popenoe, Pollock, Candelaria, Semil 43 y Butler como las variedades comerciales más sembradas en Puerto Rico. Se observó que la variedad Avila obtuvo el mayor número de huevos, ninfas, hembras y machos de P. persea por hojas comparadas con las demás variedades. Respecto al número de hojas infestadas por árbol se encontró valores significativos (P≤0,01 en la variedad Avila. Resultando tener un 90% de las hojas dañadas. No se observó que las variedades evaluadas tuviese baja o ninguna preferencia a P. Persea

  19. Intermolt development reduces oxygen delivery capacity and jumping performance in the American locust (Schistocerca americana).

    Kirkton, Scott D; Hennessey, Lauren E; Duffy, Bridget; Bennett, Meghan M; Lee, Wah-Keat; Greenlee, Kendra J

    2012-02-01

    Among animals, insects have the highest mass-specific metabolic rates; yet, during intermolt development the tracheal respiratory system cannot meet the increased oxygen demand of older stage insects. Using locomotory performance indices, whole body respirometry, and X-ray imaging to visualize the respiratory system, we tested the hypothesis that due to the rigid exoskeleton, an increase in body mass during the intermolt period compresses the air-filled tracheal system, thereby, reducing oxygen delivery capacity in late stage insects. Specifically, we measured air sac ventilation frequency, size, and compressibility in both the abdomen and femur of early, middle, and late stage sixth instar Schistocerca americana grasshoppers. Our results show that late stage grasshoppers have a reduced air sac ventilation frequency in the femur and decreased convective capacities in the abdomen and femur. We also used X-ray images of the abdomen and femur to calculate the total proportion of tissue dedicated to respiratory structure during the intermolt period. We found that late stage grasshoppers had a lower proportion of their body dedicated to respiratory structures, especially air sacs, which convectively ventilate the tracheal system. These intermolt changes make oxygen delivery more challenging to the tissues, especially critical ones such as the jumping muscle. Indeed, late stage grasshoppers showed reduced jump frequencies compared to early stage grasshoppers, as well as decreased mass-specific CO(2) emission rates at 3 kPa PO(2). Our findings provide a mechanism to explain how body mass changes during the intermolt period reduce oxygen delivery capacity and alter an insect's life history. PMID:21965137

  20. Coccidian Parasites and Conservation Implications for the Endangered Whooping Crane (Grus americana.

    Miranda R Bertram

    Full Text Available While the population of endangered whooping cranes (Grus americana has grown from 15 individuals in 1941 to an estimated 304 birds today, the population growth is not sufficient to support a down-listing of the species to threatened status. The degree to which disease may be limiting the population growth of whooping cranes is unknown. One disease of potential concern is caused by two crane-associated Eimeria species: Eimeria gruis and E. reichenowi. Unlike most species of Eimeria, which are localized to the intestinal tract, these crane-associated species may multiply systemically and cause a potentially fatal disease. Using a non-invasive sampling approach, we assessed the prevalence and phenology of Eimeria oocysts in whooping crane fecal samples collected across two winter seasons (November 2012-April 2014 at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge along the Texas Gulf coast. We also compared the ability of microscopy and PCR to detect Eimeria in fecal samples. Across both years, 26.5% (n = 328 of fecal samples were positive for Eimeria based on microscopy. Although the sensitivity of PCR for detecting Eimeria infections seemed to be less than that of microscopy in the first year of the study (8.9% vs. 29.3%, respectively, an improved DNA extraction protocol resulted in increased sensitivity of PCR relative to microscopy in the second year of the study (27.6% and 20.8%, respectively. The proportion of positive samples did not vary significantly between years or among sampling sites. The proportion of Eimeria positive fecal samples varied with date of collection, but there was no consistent pattern of parasite shedding between the two years. We demonstrate that non-invasive fecal collections combined with PCR and DNA sequencing techniques provides a useful tool for monitoring Eimeria infection in cranes. Understanding the epidemiology of coccidiosis is important for management efforts to increase population growth of the endangered whooping

  1. Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana: terapêutica com Fluconazol American Tegumentary Leishmaniasis: Fluconazole therapy

    Vicente Lopes Monte Neto

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available O tratamento da Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana (LTA se constitui em um desafio à saúde pública, devido a diversos fatores, dentre eles: a dificuldade de acesso às regiões florestais, a via de administração da droga de primeira escolha ser exclusivamente parenteral e a necessidade de monitoramento de seus efeitos adversos. Este estudo relata três casos de LTA tratados com Fluconazol. Utilizou-se esse medicamento pelos seguintes motivos: existência de alguma contra-indicação, efeitos adversos e resposta parcial ou inexistente ao uso do Antimoniato. Verificou-se a completa reepitelização da lesão nos três casos. Sabe-se, no entanto, da necessidade de estudos clínicos posteriores mais abrangentes, tendo um grupo controle, para confirmação dos resultados aqui obtidos.The treatment of American Tegumentary Leishmaniasis (ATL constitutes a challenge for public health. This is due to a series of factors, amongst them: difficult access to the forest regions, the exclusively parenteral route of administration of the first-choice drug and the need of monitoring adverse effects. This study describes three cases of ATL treated with Fluconazole. This drug was used for the following reasons: existence of some contraindication, adverse effects and only partial or inexistent response to Antimony treatment. Complete reepitheliazation of skin wounds was verified in all three cases. However, further and more extensive clinical studies including control groups will be necessary for confirming the results obtained in the present study.

  2. The new 2005 AISC specification A nova norma americana do AISC 2005

    Roberto T. Leon

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available In late 2005, the American Institute of Steel Construction issued its most recent Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 360-05. This specification includes updated design provisions in both allowable strength design (ASD and load and resistance factor design methods (LRFD, and incorporates the design provisions for hollow structural sections and single angles. Amongst the major changes are a complete revamping of the methodologies for assessing stability of framed structures, new provisions for composite columns and updated material requirements. This paper will describe the changes and highlight those of practical significance.No final de 2005, o American Institute of Steel Construction editou a versão mais recente da norma norte-americana para estruturas de edifícios em aço, Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 360-05. Essa norma inclui prescrições para projetos com base nos métodos das tensões admissíveis (ASD e dos estados-limites (LRFD e incorpora, ainda, prescrições para seções tubulares e cantoneiras. Entre as mais importantes modificações destacamos a completa renovação das metodologias para a verificação da estabilidade de estruturas aporticadas, novas prescrições para pilares mistos e atualização das especificações dos materiais. O presente artigo descreve essas alterações e destaca aquelas com interesse prático.

  3. Physiology of digestion and the molecular characterization of the major digestive enzymes from Periplaneta americana.

    Tamaki, Fábio K; Pimentel, André C; Dias, Alcides B; Cardoso, Christiane; Ribeiro, Alberto F; Ferreira, Clélia; Terra, Walter R

    2014-11-01

    Cockroaches are among the first insects to appear in the fossil record. This work is part of ongoing research on insects at critical points in the evolutionary tree to disclose evolutionary trends in the digestive characteristics of insects. A transcriptome (454 Roche platform) of the midgut of Periplanetaamericana was searched for sequences of digestive enzymes. The selected sequences were manually curated. The complete or nearly complete sequences showing all characteristic motifs and highly expressed (reads counting) had their predicted sequences checked by cloning and Sanger sequencing. There are two chitinases (lacking mucin and chitin-binding domains), one amylase, two α- and three β-glucosidases, one β-galactosidase, two aminopeptidases (none of the N-group), one chymotrypsin, 5 trypsins, and none β-glucanase. Electrophoretic and enzymological data agreed with transcriptome data in showing that there is a single β-galactosidase, two α-glucosidases, one preferring as substrate maltase and the other aryl α-glucoside, and two β-glucosidases. Chromatographic and enzymological data identified 4 trypsins, one chymotrypsin (also found in the transcriptome), and one non-identified proteinase. The major digestive trypsin is identifiable to a major P. americana allergen (Per a 10). The lack of β-glucanase expression in midguts was confirmed, thus lending support to claims that those enzymes are salivary. A salivary amylase was molecularly cloned and shown to be different from the one from the midgut. Enzyme distribution showed that most digestion occurs under the action of salivary and midgut enzymes in the foregut and anterior midgut, except the posterior terminal digestion of proteins. A counter-flux of fluid may be functional in the midgut of the cockroach to explain the low excretory rate of digestive enzymes. Ultrastructural and immunocytochemical localization data showed that amylase and trypsin are released by both merocrine and apocrine secretion

  4. Leishmaniasis tegumentaria americana: encuesta epidemiológica en una comunidad indígena

    Martha Wolff

    1988-01-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio epidemiológico sobre Leishmaniasis tegumentarla americana (LTA en 809 personas del Resguardo Indígena de San Andrés de Sotavento, Departamento de Córdoba, foco endémico tanto de Leishmaniasis cutánea como de Leishmaniasis visceral. La distribución por sexo de la población encuestada fue de 355 (43,9% hombres y 454 (56, 1% mujeres; sus índices alérgicos fueron de 36,9% y 40,5% respectivamente. La positividad de la Intradermorreacción de Montenegro ascendió en personas de ambos sexos, a medida que aumentó la edad. El índice parasitario fue de 0.37%. La especie de Lutzomyia más frecuente en el intra y peridomicilio fue la Lu. evansi que mostró comportamiento antropofílico. Se encontró una alta exposición de la población general al vector dada la facilidad de penetración de los flebotomineos alintradomicilio, por el tipo de construcción de las viviendas; además, al no existir servicios sanitarios, acueductos ni alcantarillados Intradomiciliarios, todo el núcleo familiar debe desplazarse al peridomicilio para la disposición de excretas y en busca del agua. Otros hallazgos fueron el gran desconocimiento sobre la etiología y tratamiento de la Leishmaniasis y las pésimas condiciones sociales y económicas de la región.

  5. Dopamine- and Tyrosine Hydroxylase-Immunoreactive Neurons in the Brain of the American Cockroach, Periplaneta americana

    Hamanaka, Yoshitaka; Minoura, Run; Nishino, Hiroshi; Miura, Toru; Mizunami, Makoto

    2016-01-01

    The catecholamine dopamine plays several vital roles in the central nervous system of many species, but its neural mechanisms remain elusive. Detailed neuroanatomical characterization of dopamine neurons is a prerequisite for elucidating dopamine’s actions in the brain. In the present study, we investigated the distribution of dopaminergic neurons in the brain of the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana, using two antisera: 1) an antiserum against dopamine, and 2) an antiserum against tyrosine hydroxylase (TH, an enzyme required for dopamine synthesis), and identified about 250 putatively dopaminergic neurons. The patterns of dopamine- and TH-immunoreactive neurons were strikingly similar, suggesting that both antisera recognize the same sets of “dopaminergic” neurons. The dopamine and TH antibodies intensively or moderately immunolabeled prominent brain neuropils, e.g. the mushroom body (memory center), antennal lobe (first-order olfactory center) and central complex (motor coordination center). All subdivisions of the mushroom body exhibit both dopamine and TH immunoreactivity. Comparison of immunolabeled neurons with those filled by dye injection revealed that a group of immunolabeled neurons with cell bodies near the calyx projects into a distal region of the vertical lobe, which is a plausible site for olfactory memory formation in insects. In the antennal lobe, ordinary glomeruli as well as macroglomeruli exhibit both dopamine and TH immunoreactivity. It is noteworthy that the dopamine antiserum labeled tiny granular structures inside the glomeruli whereas the TH antiserum labeled processes in the marginal regions of the glomeruli, suggesting a different origin. In the central complex, all subdivisions excluding part of the noduli and protocerebral bridge exhibit both dopamine and TH immunoreactivity. These anatomical findings will accelerate our understanding of dopaminergic systems, specifically in neural circuits underlying aversive memory

  6. Isolation and partial characterization of a protease from Agave americana variegata.

    Du Toit, P J

    1976-05-13

    A new protease was isolated from an extract of leaves of Agave americana variegata. The protease (EC 3.4.-) was purified 565-fold with a yield of 39.5%. The 43.8 mg enzyme had a specific activity of 0.44 units/mg. According to electrophoretic, ultracentrifugal and other physical characterizations the enzyme was homogeneous. The enzyme had a MR of 57000, a S20,W-value of 4.37 S, a D20, W-value of 6.8-7.0 - 10(-7) cm2sec-1, a Stokes radius of 3.18 nm, a partial specific volume of 0.735 cm3g-1, a frictional ration of 1.25, a molecular absorbancy index at 280 nm of 5.773-10(4), an isoelectric point of 5.25 and contained 8-10% carbohydrate. The enzyme contained no cysteine. Agave protease could hydrolyze a variety of protein substrates although it did have a restricted specificity. It is not a sulphhydryl protease but seems to be an alkaline "serine" protease with an optimum pH of 7.8-8.0 Agave protease had marked esterolytic activity and with Cbz-Tyr-ONp had an apparent Michaelis constant of 0.0345 -10(-3) M and a V of 1.24 mol substrate/mol enzyme per sec. The enzyme did not need metal ions for optimal activity, monovalent cations did not influence its kinetic parameters, but it was inhibited by cobalt, pC1HgBzO- and TosPheCH2C1. With respect to its primary specificity, as well as its pH-dependence there was a resemblance with chymotrypsin, although the rate of hydrolysis of Agave protease is much lower. PMID:5146

  7. Symbiotic essential amino acids provisioning in the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus) under various dietary conditions

    Larsen, Thomas; Sabree, Zakee

    2016-01-01

    Insect gut microbes have been shown to provide nutrients such as essential amino acids (EAAs) to their hosts. How this symbiotic nutrient provisioning tracks with the host’s demand is not well understood. In this study, we investigated microbial essential amino acid (EAA) provisioning in omnivorous American cockroaches (Periplaneta americana), fed low-quality (LQD) and comparatively higher-quality dog food (DF) diets using carbon stable isotope ratios of EAAs (δ13CEAA). We assessed non-dietary EAA input, quantified as isotopic offsets (Δ13C) between cockroach (δ13CCockroach EAA) and dietary (δ13CDietary EAA) EAAs, and subsequently determined biosynthetic origins of non-dietary EAAs in cockroaches using 13C-fingerprinting with dietary and representative bacterial and fungal δ13CEAA. Investigation of biosynthetic origins of de novo non-dietary EAAs indicated bacterial origins of EAA in cockroach appendage samples, and a mixture of fungal and bacterial EAA origins in gut filtrate samples for both LQD and DF-fed groups. We attribute the bacteria-derived EAAs in cockroach appendages to provisioning by the fat body residing obligate endosymbiont, Blattabacterium and gut-residing bacteria. The mixed signatures of gut filtrate samples are attributed to the presence of unassimilated dietary, as well as gut microbial (bacterial and fungal) EAAs. This study highlights the potential impacts of dietary quality on symbiotic EAA provisioning and the need for further studies investigating the interplay between host EAA demands, host dietary quality and symbiotic EAA provisioning in response to dietary sufficiency or deficiency. PMID:27231663

  8. Phylogenetic and expression analysis of the NPR1-like gene family from Persea americana (Mill.).

    Backer, Robert; Mahomed, Waheed; Reeksting, Bianca J; Engelbrecht, Juanita; Ibarra-Laclette, Enrique; van den Berg, Noëlani

    2015-01-01

    The NONEXPRESSOR OF PATHOGENESIS-RELATED GENES1 (NPR1) forms an integral part of the salicylic acid (SA) pathway in plants and is involved in cross-talk between the SA and jasmonic acid/ethylene (JA/ET) pathways. Therefore, NPR1 is essential to the effective response of plants to pathogens. Avocado (Persea americana) is a commercially important crop worldwide. Significant losses in production result from Phytophthora root rot, caused by the hemibiotroph, Phytophthora cinnamomi. This oomycete infects the feeder roots of avocado trees leading to an overall decline in health and eventual death. The interaction between avocado and P. cinnamomi is poorly understood and as such limited control strategies exist. Thus uncovering the role of NPR1 in avocado could provide novel insights into the avocado - P. cinnamomi interaction. A total of five NPR1-like sequences were identified. These sequences were annotated using FGENESH and a maximum-likelihood tree was constructed using 34 NPR1-like protein sequences from other plant species. The conserved protein domains and functional motifs of these sequences were predicted. Reverse transcription quantitative PCR was used to analyze the expression of the five NPR1-like sequences in the roots of avocado after treatment with salicylic and jasmonic acid, P. cinnamomi infection, across different tissues and in P. cinnamomi infected tolerant and susceptible rootstocks. Of the five NPR1-like sequences three have strong support for a defensive role while two are most likely involved in development. Significant differences in the expression profiles of these five NPR1-like genes were observed, assisting in functional classification. Understanding the interaction of avocado and P. cinnamomi is essential to developing new control strategies. This work enables further classification of these genes by means of functional annotation and is a crucial step in understanding the role of NPR1 during P. cinnamomi infection. PMID:25972890

  9. Phenolic compound profiles and antioxidant capacity of Persea americana Mill. peels and seeds of two varieties.

    Kosińska, Agnieszka; Karamać, Magdalena; Estrella, Isabel; Hernández, Teresa; Bartolomé, Begoña; Dykes, Gary A

    2012-05-01

    Avocado processing by the food and cosmetic industries yields a considerable amount of phenolic-rich byproduct such as peels and seeds. Utilization of these byproducts would be favorable from an economic point of view. Methanolic (80%) extracts obtained from lyophilized ground peels and seeds of avocado (Persea americana Mill.) of the Hass and Shepard varieties were characterized for their phenolic compound profiles using the HPLC-PAD technique. The structures of the identified compounds were subsequently unambiguously confirmed by ESI-MS. Compositional analysis revealed that the extracts contained four polyphenolic classes: flavanol monomers, proanthocyanidins, hydroxycinnamic acids, and flavonol glycosides. The presence of 3-O-caffeoylquinic acid, 3-O-p-coumaroylquinic acid, and procyanidin A trimers was identified in seeds of both varieties. Intervarietal differences were apparent in the phenolic compound profiles of peels. Peels of the Shepard variety were devoid of (+)-catechin and procyanidin dimers, which were present in the peels of the Hass variety. Peels of both varieties contained 5-O-caffeoylquinic acid and quercetin derivatives. The differences in the phenolic profiles between varietals were also apparent in the different antioxidant activity of the extracts. The peel extracts had a higher total phenolic compound content and antioxidant activity when compared to the seed extracts. The highest TEAC and ORAC values were apparent in peels of the Haas variety in which they amounted to 0.16 and 0.47 mmol Trolox/g DW, respectively. No significant (p > 0.05) differences were apparent between the TEAC values of seeds of the two varieties but the ORAC values differed significantly (p < 0.05). Overall these findings indicate that both the seeds and peel of avocado can be utilized as a functional food ingredient or as an antioxidant additive. PMID:22494370

  10. Pistil starch reserves at anthesis correlate with final flower fate in avocado (Persea americana).

    Alcaraz, María Librada; Hormaza, José Ignacio; Rodrigo, Javier

    2013-01-01

    A common observation in different plant species is a massive abscission of flowers and fruitlets even after adequate pollination, but little is known as to the reason for this drop. Previous research has shown the importance of nutritive reserves accumulated in the flower on fertilization success and initial fruit development but direct evidence has been elusive. Avocado (Persea americana) is an extreme case of a species with a very low fruit to flower ratio. In this work, the implications of starch content in the avocado flower on the subsequent fruit set are explored. Firstly, starch content in individual ovaries was analysed from two populations of flowers with a different fruit set capacity showing that the flowers from the population that resulted in a higher percentage of fruit set contained significantly more starch. Secondly, in a different set of flowers, the style of each flower was excised one day after pollination, once the pollen tubes had reached the base of the style, and individually fixed for starch content analysis under the microscope once the fate of its corresponding ovary (that remained in the tree) was known. A high variability in starch content in the style was found among flowers, with some flowers having starch content up to 1,000 times higher than others, and the flowers that successfully developed into fruits presented significantly higher starch content in the style at anthesis than those that abscised. The relationship between starch content in the ovary and the capacity of set of the flower together with the correlation found between the starch content in the style and the fate of the ovary support the hypothesis that the carbohydrate reserves accumulated in the flower at anthesis are related to subsequent abscission or retention of the developing fruit. PMID:24167627

  11. Valenzuela y Zea: Científicos Criollos en la Independencia Americana

    Diana Elvira Soto Arango

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available 15 Rev. hist.educ.latinoam - Vol. 16 No. 23, julio - diciembre 2014 - ISSN 0122-7238 – pp. 15 - 40 El objeto de esta investigación se centró en los criollos Zea y Valenzuela en la faceta de los cambios y participación que presentaron en el período de la Independencia americana. A estos dos criollos neogranadinos les unió José Celestino Mutis, en su formación científica y ubicación profesional, y llegaron a ocupar la Subdirección de la Real Expedición Botánica de Nueva Granada. El método se centró en la historia social de la ciencia y la metodología utilizada se sustentó en la historia comparada en indicadores de análisis como: formación, trayectoria profesional, participación política y análisis de los discursos relevantes que pronunciaron en el proceso de la independencia. Las fuentes se localizaron en archivos de España, Colombia y Venezuela. En conclusión, la vida política de estos dos botánicos se une en un discurso político mediado por el pensamiento ilustrado de impulsar cambios en la educación y el desarrollo de la industria y el comercio, donde las ciencias útiles con el estudio de los recursos naturales de su patria marcaban el derrotero de la nueva concepción para el imaginario de nación de la élite criolla neogranadina.

  12. Terpenoid variations within and among half-sibling avocado trees, Persea americana Mill. (Lauraceae).

    Niogret, Jerome; Epsky, Nancy D; Schnell, Raymond J; Boza, Edward J; Kendra, Paul E; Heath, Robert R

    2013-01-01

    Chemical analyses were conducted to determine the qualitative and quantitative differences in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes in plant material from avocado trees, Persea americana Mill. (Lauraceae). The initial study analyzed plant material sampled from the trunk to the leaves through different branch diameters to quantify proximo-distal spatial differences within a tree. All trees were seedlings initiated from a single maternal tree. Two-way analysis of variance was conducted on 34 chemicals that comprised at least 3% of the total chemical content of at least one tree and/or location within a tree. There were significant interactions between genotype and location sampled for most chemicals. Parentage analysis using microsatellite molecular markers (SSR's) determined that the four trees had three fathers and that they represented two full-siblings and two half-sibling trees. Descriptive discriminant analysis found that both genotype and location within a tree could be separated based on chemical content, and that the chemical content from full-siblings tended to be more similar than chemical content from half-siblings. To further explore the relationship between genetic background and chemical content, samples were analyzed from leaf material from 20 trees that included two sets of full-sibling seedling trees, the maternal tree and the surviving paternal tree. Descriptive discriminant analysis found good separation between the two full-sibling groups, and that the separation was associated with chemistry of the parental trees. Six groups of chemicals were identified that explained the variation among the trees. We discuss the results in relation to the discrimination process used by wood-boring insects for site-selection on host trees, for tree selection among potential host trees, and the potential use of terpenoid chemical content in chemotaxonomy of avocado trees. PMID:24039994

  13. Antidiabetic principles ofLoranthus micranthus Linn. parasitic onPersea americana

    Patience Ogoamaka Osadebe; Edwin Ogechukwu Omeje; Sylvester Chukwuemeka Nworu; Charles Okechukwu Esimone; Philip Felix Uzor; Ernest kenechukwu David; John Uchechukwu Uzoma

    2010-01-01

    Objective:To explore antidiabetic principles of the Eastern Nigeria mistletoe,Loranthus micranthus Linn. parasitic on Persea Americana.Methods:The weakly acidic fraction of the aqueous methanol extract of the leaves ofLoranthus micranthus (Linn.) was isolated and tested for its antidiabetic activities. The isolation of the weakly acidic fraction was carried out following established physico-chemical based procedures. Furthermore, alloxan-induced diabetic rats were treated intraperitoneally (ip) with250 mg/kg and400 mg/kg of the weakly acidic fraction, glibenclamide10mg/kg (positive control) and 2 mg/kg of3 % v/v tween20 (negative control). The sugar levels of the treated and untreated animals were determined by withdrawing the blood at regular intervals and testing them with an automated glucometer. The phytochemical analysis of the acidic fraction was carried out using standard procedures. Chromatographic techniques were employed in the subsequent isolation and purification of the constituents of the weakly acidic fraction.Results:It was shown that the maximum effect of the weakly acidic fraction was obtained at24 hours after administration and was found to be statistically comparable with that of the positive control. The phytochemical analysis revealed the presence of steroids, terpenoids, alkaloids, flavonoids, glycosides, carbohydrates, saponins, and acidic compounds in the crude extract and carbohydrates, flavonoids, terpenoids and oil in the weakly acidic fraction. Further purification of the weakly acidic fraction of the methanol extract using thin layer chromatography shows that toluene : methanol : diethyl amine (3:1:1) and chloroform: methanol: diethyl amine (9:1:1) are the best solvent system for the isolation of the various components of the weakly acidic fraction of the crude methanol extract ofLoranthus micranthus.Conclusions:The present study has led to the conclusion that the weakly acidic fraction of the plant under study has the potent

  14. Pistil starch reserves at anthesis correlate with final flower fate in avocado (Persea americana.

    María Librada Alcaraz

    Full Text Available A common observation in different plant species is a massive abscission of flowers and fruitlets even after adequate pollination, but little is known as to the reason for this drop. Previous research has shown the importance of nutritive reserves accumulated in the flower on fertilization success and initial fruit development but direct evidence has been elusive. Avocado (Persea americana is an extreme case of a species with a very low fruit to flower ratio. In this work, the implications of starch content in the avocado flower on the subsequent fruit set are explored. Firstly, starch content in individual ovaries was analysed from two populations of flowers with a different fruit set capacity showing that the flowers from the population that resulted in a higher percentage of fruit set contained significantly more starch. Secondly, in a different set of flowers, the style of each flower was excised one day after pollination, once the pollen tubes had reached the base of the style, and individually fixed for starch content analysis under the microscope once the fate of its corresponding ovary (that remained in the tree was known. A high variability in starch content in the style was found among flowers, with some flowers having starch content up to 1,000 times higher than others, and the flowers that successfully developed into fruits presented significantly higher starch content in the style at anthesis than those that abscised. The relationship between starch content in the ovary and the capacity of set of the flower together with the correlation found between the starch content in the style and the fate of the ovary support the hypothesis that the carbohydrate reserves accumulated in the flower at anthesis are related to subsequent abscission or retention of the developing fruit.

  15. Terpenoid variations within and among half-sibling avocado trees, Persea americana Mill. (Lauraceae.

    Jerome Niogret

    Full Text Available Chemical analyses were conducted to determine the qualitative and quantitative differences in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes in plant material from avocado trees, Persea americana Mill. (Lauraceae. The initial study analyzed plant material sampled from the trunk to the leaves through different branch diameters to quantify proximo-distal spatial differences within a tree. All trees were seedlings initiated from a single maternal tree. Two-way analysis of variance was conducted on 34 chemicals that comprised at least 3% of the total chemical content of at least one tree and/or location within a tree. There were significant interactions between genotype and location sampled for most chemicals. Parentage analysis using microsatellite molecular markers (SSR's determined that the four trees had three fathers and that they represented two full-siblings and two half-sibling trees. Descriptive discriminant analysis found that both genotype and location within a tree could be separated based on chemical content, and that the chemical content from full-siblings tended to be more similar than chemical content from half-siblings. To further explore the relationship between genetic background and chemical content, samples were analyzed from leaf material from 20 trees that included two sets of full-sibling seedling trees, the maternal tree and the surviving paternal tree. Descriptive discriminant analysis found good separation between the two full-sibling groups, and that the separation was associated with chemistry of the parental trees. Six groups of chemicals were identified that explained the variation among the trees. We discuss the results in relation to the discrimination process used by wood-boring insects for site-selection on host trees, for tree selection among potential host trees, and the potential use of terpenoid chemical content in chemotaxonomy of avocado trees.

  16. O novo na sociologia latino-americana Novelty in Latin American sociology

    Lucio Oliver Costilla

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available O artigo analisa varias caraterísticas atuais das ciências sociais latino-americanas em paralelo ao desenvolvimento da América Latina nos últimos anos. O ponto de partida é o sinal de que a combinação contraditória no continente latino-americano entre uma intelectualidade que tem um elevado nível cultural e a existência de movimentos sociais e políticos numa situação social explosiva, gera amplas possibilidades para o desenvolvimento da sociologia. A crise das ciências sociais acompanha estas mudanças significativas, na busca de novas perspectivas analíticas capazes de explicar o ritmo de mudanças contemporâneas. A rigor, no artigo, tenta-se demonstrar que o que a sociologia latino-americana tem como novo é um regresso ao pensamento crítico que a caracterizou no passado. Uma das mais importantes heranças da história sociológica latino-americana é o estudo e a classificação, desde uma perspectiva de totalidade, das estruturas sociais e dos processos sociopolíticos como fundamento para analisar o posicionamento dos atores e a dinâmica das instituições sociais. Assim, abre-se espaço para uma saudável tendência nas ciências sociais: superar o empirismo, reencontrando-se com a teoria. Uma necessidade fundante, hoje, para a América Latina é atualizar a sua procura de desenvolvimento: como estar à altura do mundo, como universalizar-se para viver o momento histórico atual com todas as potencialidades sociais possíveis, superando formas de produção e de vida atrasadas e caducas. E mais: como co-participar na crítica das novas formas modernas e pós-modernas, vislumbrando novos modelos de civilização, fazendo a crítica da democracia liberal e dos Estados nacionais de concorrência de latino-americanos, e impulsionando a recuperacão do público democrático perante a tendência ao autoritarismo estatal. Os aportes que a América Latina pode dar à crítica e à renovação da democracia política, à reforma

  17. Nervous System of Periplaneta americana Cockroach as a Model in Toxinological Studies: A Short Historical and Actual View.

    Stankiewicz, Maria; Dąbrowski, Marcin; de Lima, Maria Elena

    2012-01-01

    Nervous system of Periplaneta americana cockroach is used in a wide range of pharmacological studies, including electrophysiological techniques. This paper presents its role as a preparation in the development of toxinological studies in the following electrophysiological methods: double-oil-gap technique on isolated giant axon, patch-clamp on DUM (dorsal unpaired median) neurons, microelectrode technique in situ conditions on axon in connective and DUM neurons in ganglion, and single-fiber oil-gap technique on last abdominal ganglion synapse. At the end the application of cockroach synaptosomal preparation is mentioned. PMID:22666245

  18. Nervous System of Periplaneta americana Cockroach as a Model in Toxinological Studies: A Short Historical and Actual View

    Maria Stankiewicz

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Nervous system of Periplaneta americana cockroach is used in a wide range of pharmacological studies, including electrophysiological techniques. This paper presents its role as a preparation in the development of toxinological studies in the following electrophysiological methods: double-oil-gap technique on isolated giant axon, patch-clamp on DUM (dorsal unpaired median neurons, microelectrode technique in situ conditions on axon in connective and DUM neurons in ganglion, and single-fiber oil-gap technique on last abdominal ganglion synapse. At the end the application of cockroach synaptosomal preparation is mentioned.

  19. Chemical Composition, Functional Properties, and Effect of Inulin from Tunisian Agave americana L. Leaves on Textural Qualities of Pectin Gel

    Mohamed Ali Bouaziz; Rabaa Rassaoui; Souhail Besbes

    2014-01-01

    In this study, the chemical composition and functional properties of Agave americana L. (AA) leaves were determined. The Agave leaves powder had a high amount of total dietary fiber (38.40%), total sugars (45.83%), and protein (35.33%), with a relatively low content in ash (5.94%) and lipid (2.03%). The Agave leaves were exhibited with potential food application. The Agave inulin showed a significant difference compared with the commercial inulin as for aw (0.275 against 0.282), pH (5.53 agai...

  20. Pemanfaatan Karbon Aktif dari Biji Alpukat (Persea americana Mill.) sebagai Adsorben Logam Besi dan Tembaga dalam Limbah Cair Sawit

    Maulidayanti, Nanda

    2015-01-01

    Activated carbon is an amorphous carbon produced from high-carbon material. One of them is avocado (Persea americana Mill.) seed which still less utilization. Activated carbon can be utilized as an adsorbent to heavy metals in the palm liquid waste. The purpose of this research is to utilizing activated carbon from avocado seed as an adsorbent to heavy metals and to know the influence of the concentration of activated carbon to sorption of iron (Fe) and copper (Cu) metals from palm liquid was...

  1. Acute and Sub-Acute Toxicological Assessment of the Aqueous Seed Extract of Persea Americana Mill (Lauraceae) in Rats

    Ozolua, Raymond I.; Anaka, Ogochukwu N; Okpo, Stephen O; Idogun, Sylvester E

    2009-01-01

    The aqueous seed extract of Persea americana Mill (Lauraceae) is used by herbalists in Nigeria for the management of hypertension. As part of our on-going scientific evaluation of the extract, we designed the present study to assess its acute and sub-acute toxicity profiles in rats. Experiments were conducted to determine the oral median lethal dose (LD50) and other gross toxicological manifestations on acute basis. In the sub-acute experiments, the animals were administered 2.5 g/kg (p.o) pe...

  2. Comparative Growth Inhibitory Assay Of The Methanol Extract Of The Leaf And Seed Of Persea americana Mill (Lauraceae)

    Ayinde B.A; Ikpefan E.O

    2013-01-01

    Persea americana is one of the recipes used by traditional healers in parts of Edo State of Nigeria for the treatment of cancer. This claim was investigated using predictive bench-top assay method of germinating seeds radicle of guinea corn (Sorghum bicolor). The powdered leaves and seeds were extracted by Soxhlet using methanol. The growth inhibitory effect was examined using radicle lengths of germinating seeds of Sorghum bicolor at 1-30 mg/ml. The methanol extract of the leaf of Persea ame...

  3. Comportamiento fisiológico del aguacate (Persea americana mill.) Variedad Lorena en la zona de Mariquita, Tolima

    Romero Sánchez, Miguel Antonio

    2012-01-01

    El aguacate (Persea americana Mill.) es nativo de América central y hoy en día es un cultivo de importancia económica en más de 70 países. En Colombia la demanda de la fruta para consumo nacional permanece insatisfecha todo el año; de tal manera que, este sector productivo tiene el reto de aumentar la producción y el rendimiento. En el país, es mínimo el número de investigaciones orientadas a estudiar la dinámica de los ciclos reproductivos que involucren los factores que deter...

  4. Persea americana Glycolic Extract: In Vitro Study of Antimicrobial Activity against Candida albicans Biofilm and Cytotoxicity Evaluation

    Jesus, D.; Oliveira, J. R.; Oliveira, F. E.; K. C. Higa; Junqueira, J. C.; A. O. C. Jorge; G. N. Back-Brito; L. D. Oliveira

    2015-01-01

    This study evaluated the antifungal activity of Persea americana extract on Candida albicans biofilm and its cytotoxicity in macrophage culture (RAW 264.7). To determine the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), microdilution in broth (CLSI M27-S4 protocol) was performed. Thereafter, the concentrations of 12.5, 25, 50, 100, and 200 mg/mL (n = 10) with 5 min exposure were analyzed on mature biofilm in microplate wells for 48 h. Saline was used as control (n = 10). After treatment, biofilm ce...

  5. Compared nymphal development of Tingis americana (Hemiptera, Tingidae) in two Handroanthus species (Bignoniaceae) and reproductive parameters in seedlings of Handroanthus heptaphyllus

    Daiane C. Moreira; Luiza R. Redaelli; Marcus Guidoti; Aline Barcellos

    2013-01-01

    Nymphs and adults of Tingis americana Drake, 1922 were found feeding on leaves of Handroanthus heptaphyllus (Vell.) Mattos and Handroanthus chrysotrichus (Mart. ex A. DC.) Mattos in the Botanic Garden, Porto Alegre, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. This is the first record of T. americana on these host plants and in the southern Brazil. We aimed to compare the nymphal development on both hosts and to analyze the reproductive parameters on H. heptaphyllus (25 ± 1ºC; 60 ± 10% RH; 16 h photop...

  6. Cardiotoxicity of acetogenins from Persea americana occurs through the mitochondrial permeability transition pore and caspase-dependent apoptosis pathways.

    Silva-Platas, Christian; García, Noemí; Fernández-Sada, Evaristo; Dávila, Daniel; Hernández-Brenes, Carmen; Rodríguez, Dariana; García-Rivas, Gerardo

    2012-08-01

    Acetogenins are cell-membrane permeable, naturally occurring secondary metabolites of plants such as Annonaceae, Lauraceae and other related phylogenic families. They belong to the chemical derivatives of polyketides, which are synthesized from fatty acid precursors. Although acetogenins have displayed diverse biological activities, the anti-proliferative effect on human cancer cells has been widely reported. Acetogenins are inhibitors of complex I in the electron transport chain therefore they interrupt ATP synthesis in mitochondria. We tested a new acetogenins-enriched extract from the seed of Persea americana in order to investigate if any toxicity was induced on cardiac tissue and determine the involved mechanism. In isolated perfused heart we found that contractility was completely inhibited at an accumulative dose of 77 μg/ml. In isolated cardiomyocytes, the acetogenins-enriched extract induced apoptosis through the activation of the intrinsic pathway at 43 μg/ml. In isolated mitochondria, it inhibited complex I activity on NADH-linked respiration, as would be expected, but also induced permeability transition on succinate-linked respiration. Cyclosporine A, a known blocker of permeability transition, significantly prevented the permeability transition triggered by the acetogenins-enriched extract. In addition, our acetogenins-enriched extract inhibited ADP/ATP exchange, suggesting that an important element in phosphate or adenylate transport was affected. In this manner we suggest that acetogenins-enriched extract from Persea americana could directly modulate permeability transition, an entity not yet associated with the acetogenins' direct effects, resulting in cardiotoxicity. PMID:22733015

  7. Structural development and bioactive content of red bulb plant (Eleutherine americana; a traditional medicines for local Kalimantan people

    LAURENTIUS HARTANTO NUGROHO

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Kuntorini EM, Nugroho LH (2010 Structural development and bioactive content of red bulb plant (Eleutherine americana; a traditional medicines for local Kalimantan people. Biodiversitas 11 (2: 102-106. Red bulb plant or “bawang dayak” (Eleutherine americana Merr. is commonly used as a traditional medicine especially for anti breast cancer of Kalimantan people, because it contains bioactive naphtoquinone-derivatives. Naphtoquinones is usually used as antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral and antiparasitic agents. This study was aimed to complete the investigation of Red bulb plant as a traditional medicine from anatomical and phytochemical point of view, especially the anatomical structure of bulb and leaf of red bulb plants during their development and their naphtoquinone derivative contents. The anatomical structures of bulb and leaf were analyzed by paraffin embedding method and naphtoquinone derivative contents were analyzed using HPLC. During plant development, the diameter and the length of bulbs as well as the thickness of mesophyll and epidermis layers of the leaves increased significantly. The size of vascular bundles increased and so did phloem and xylem components. The content of bioactive compounds in bulbs increased significantly as the size of parenchymal cells increased. There was no significant difference in the content of bioactive compounds of leaves during development, despite the rise in the thickness of mesophyll and the constituting cells as the location of synthesis.

  8. Aprisionamento e libertação: duas Antígonas latino-americanas

    Eduardo Guerreiro Brito Losso

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available O artigo apresenta uma análise estrutural comparativa de duas peças teatrais latino-americanas que reatualizam a Antígona de Sófocles: Antígona Vélez (1951, de Leopoldo Marechal (Argentina, e La pasión según Antígona Pérez (1968, de Luis Rafael Sánchez (Porto Rico. A partir de dados formais, o artigo reflete sobre as condições do confronto do indivíduo com os novos tipos de tiranias modernas. Antígona não é só um mártir ficcional: é um exemplo de como encontrar espaço para o desenvolvimento da autonomia individual.Abstract: The paper presents a comparative structural analysis of two Latin American plays that update Sophocles’ Antigone: Antígona Vélez (1951: Leopoldo Marechal (Argentina and La pasión según Antígona Pérez (1968, Luis Rafael Sánchez (Puerto Rico. From formal data, the paper reflects on the conditions of confrontation of the individual with new types of modern tyrannies. Antigone is not only a fictional martyr: is an example of how to find space for the development of individual autonomy.Keywords: Antigone; myth and modernity; autonomy; structural analysis; Latin American theatre Eduardo Guerreiro Brito Losso é professor adjunto de Teoria Literária do departamento de Ciência da Literatura da UFRJ desde 2014, tendo ocupado o mesmo cargo na UFRuralRJ de 2009 a 2014. Seus temas de pesquisa são: a elaboração de modos de viver na poesia e na filosofia, a secularização da mística na literatura moderna e a questão do valor estético no mercado da música pop. Trabalha a partir da Teoria Crítica a crítica da indústria cultural e relações entre estética e religião. Fez parte da organização dos livros “Diferencia minoritaria en Latinoamérica”, pela Georg Olms, 2008, e “O carnaval carioca de Mario de Andrade”, Azougue, de 2011.

  9. Identification and Density Estimation of American Martens (Martes americana Using a Novel Camera-Trap Method

    Alexej P. K. Sirén

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Camera-traps are increasingly used to estimate wildlife abundance, yet few studies exist for small-sized carnivores or comparing efficacy against traditional methods. We developed a camera-trap to identify the unique ventral patches of American martens (Martes americana. Our method was designed to: (1 determine the optimal trap configuration to photograph ventral patches; (2 evaluate the use of temporally clustered photographs to determine independence and improve identification; and (3 determine factors that influence identification probability. We tested our method by comparing camera- and live-trap density estimates using spatial capture–recapture (SCR models. The ventral patches of radio-collared martens were most visible when traps were placed 15–20 cm above a feeding platform. Radio-collared martens (n = 14 visited camera-traps for long periods (median = 7 min with long intervals between visits (median = 419 min, and visits by different martens at the same trap <15 min apart was infrequent (n = 3 during both years. Similarly, there was complete agreement among observers that clustered photos of un-collared martens were always of the same individual. Pairwise agreement was high between observers; eight un-collared martens were identifiable by consensus on 90% (54 of 60 of recorded visits. Factors influencing identification probability were directly related to the time martens spent feeding at traps (β = 0.143, P = 0.01 and inversely proportional to the time that elapsed since traps were baited (β = −0.344, P = 0.006. Density estimates were higher and more precise for camera-trapping (0.60, 0.35–1.01 martens/km2 than live-trapping (0.45, 0.16–1.22 martens/km2, providing evidence that SCR density estimates may be biased when capture heterogeneity is present, yet cannot be accounted for due to small sample size. Our camera-trap method provides a minimally invasive and accurate tool for monitoring marten populations.

  10. The rhizome of Reclinomonas americana, Homo sapiens, Pediculus humanus and Saccharomyces cerevisiae mitochondria

    Raoult Didier

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Mitochondria are thought to have evolved from eubacteria-like endosymbionts; however, the origin of the mitochondrion remains a subject of debate. In this study, we investigated the phenomenon of chimerism in mitochondria to shed light on the origin of these organelles by determining which species played a role in their formation. We used the mitochondria of four distinct organisms, Reclinomonas americana, Homo sapiens, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and multichromosome Pediculus humanus, and attempted to identify the origin of each mitochondrial gene. Results Our results suggest that the origin of mitochondrial genes is not limited to the Rickettsiales and that the creation of these genes did not occur in a single event, but through multiple successive events. Some of these events are very old and were followed by events that are more recent and occurred through the addition of elements originating from current species. The points in time that the elements were added and the parental species of each gene in the mitochondrial genome are different to the individual species. These data constitute strong evidence that mitochondria do not have a single common ancestor but likely have numerous ancestors, including proto-Rickettsiales, proto-Rhizobiales and proto-Alphaproteobacteria, as well as current alphaproteobacterial species. The analysis of the multichromosome P. humanus mitochondrion supports this mechanism. Conclusions The most plausible scenario of the origin of the mitochondrion is that ancestors of Rickettsiales and Rhizobiales merged in a proto-eukaryotic cell approximately one billion years ago. The fusion of the Rickettsiales and Rhizobiales cells was followed by gene loss, genomic rearrangements and the addition of alphaproteobacterial elements through ancient and more recent recombination events. Each gene of each of the four studied mitochondria has a different origin, while in some cases, multichromosomes may allow for

  11. The effects of captive rearing on the behavior of newly-released whooping cranes (Grus americana)

    Kreger, M.D.; Hatfield, J.S.; Estevez, I.; Gee, G.F.; Clugston, D.A.

    2005-01-01

    Rearing treatments used in captivity to prepare animals for reintroduction to the wild may have a profound effect on behavior and, possibly, affect their survival after reintroduction. This study examined the behaviors of captive-reared whooping cranes (Grus americana) upon their release in Florida to determine if rearing treatments may affect the behavior of the birds and how these affect their chances of survival in the wild. Individually tagged birds were observed at the rearing facility, the U.S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland, from hatch to 20 weeks of age and at the release site in Central Florida for up to 6 weeks post release. The rearing treatments were parent reared (PR), hand reared (HR), and hand reared with exercise (HRE). Observations at the rearing facility are described in a previous paper. At the release site, each bird was observed for 5 min every morning (0700?1000 h) and late afternoon (1500?1800 h) during the 6-week study period. Our results indicated that most of the time, the n = 34 birds were foraging (46.03 ? 1.48%), followed by nonvigilant (20.89 ? 0.73%), vigilant (19.21 ? 0.72%), or performing comfort behaviors (11.61 ? 1.28%). Data were analyzed using mixed models repeated measures ANOVA. There were no significant behavioral differences between HR and HRE birds. PR birds were found in larger groups than HR birds during the first 2 weeks post release and greater than HR and HRE birds afterwards. This may be interpreted as an antipredator strategy for birds that relied on parental guidance during rearing. HR and HRE birds foraged more than PR birds during the first 2 weeks post release and PR birds were more vigilant during the first 2 weeks post release. Across rearing treatments, the percentages of time spent foraging and engaged in vigilant behaviors during rearing were positively correlated with their behavior upon release. If any of these behaviors can be demonstrated to have relevance for the

  12. Sensorial, biochemical and microbiological evaluations of guacamole, an avocado based product, under cold storage and added with ascorbic acidAvaliações sensoriais, bioquímicas e microbiológicas do guacamole, um produto à base de abacate, sob armazenamento a frio e com adição de ácido ascórbico

    Lídia Raquel de Carvalho

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The elaboration of avocado products for commercialization keeping their characteristics of fresh product has been limited. The cut avocado darkens quickly and their sensorial characteristics are modified with the storage. In the present research, the sensorial parameters, microbiological stability, and peroxidase and polyphenoloxidase activity were evaluated in guacamole added with ascorbic acid and conserved under low temperature, by using avocado variety Hass. Products were conditioned in polyethylene+nylon packages with and without vacuum application; then, they were subjected to the slow and fast freezing (-18ºC and stored in freezer (-18ºC. Evaluations were performed at the moment of elaboration of the product (t0 and at 3, 7 and 30 days post-storage. At t30, samples were kept under refrigeration (4 ±1oC and evaluated at 3, 5 and 7 days. After the 30 days of storage, –18 ºC under freezing, followed by thawing and keeping at 4±1ºC for 7 days, the notes for the sensorial parameters decreased. The peroxidase activity was totally inhibited in the elaborated product and the polifenol oxidase activity considerably decreased in the guacamole (20.07 mM catechol/g fresh matter relative to those in the fruit (58.31 mM catechol/g fresh matter, however with no significant variation during storage (at -18ºC. The samples were microbiologically stable under the conditions of the present study. The addition of ascorbic acid contributed to the conservation of the frozen avocado product by decreasing the enzymatic activity. However, the sensorial parameters are prejudiced under thawing and storage at 4 ±1oC.A elaboração de produtos de abacate para comercialização mantendo suas características de produto fresco é limitada, já que o fruto cortado escurece rapidamente e suas características sensoriais são modificadas com o armazenamento. Na presente pesquisa, avaliaram-se os parâmetros sensoriais, estabilidade microbiológica e atividade de

  13. First karyotypical description of two American Ciconiiform birds, Mycteria americana (Ciconiidae and Platalea ajaja (Threskiornithidae and its significance for the chromosome evolutionary and biological conservation approaches

    Mercival Roberto Francisco

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available The karyotypes of Mycteria americana (Ciconiidae and Platalea ajaja (Threskiornithidae are described. Both species have a diploid number of 2n = 72. There are slight chromosome morphology differences, which could be related to distinct chromosome evolution pathways of these two families. Besides a better understanding of the chromosome relationships among Ciconiiformes, this first chromosome characterization of M. americana and P. ajaja is an important tool for the conservation of both species.No presente trabalho foram descritos os cariótipos de Mycteria americana (Ciconiidae e Platalea ajaja (Threskiornithidae. Embora ambas as espécies tenham apresentado o número diplóide 2n = 72, foram observadas diferenças na morfologia cariotípica resultantes de processos evolutivos distintos que parecem ocorrer entre as duas famílias. Além de contribuir para um melhor entendimento da evolução cromossômica dentro da ordem Ciconiiformes, a caracterização cariotípica de M. americana e P. ajaja vem representar uma importante ferramenta para a realização de planos de manejo e conservação destas espécies.

  14. Abundance in Persea americana of the Redbay Ambrosia Beetle, Xyleborus glabratus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae), Vector of Laurel Wilt: A Case of Intra-guild Competition?

    The redbay ambrosia beetle, Xyleborus glabratus is a pest of plant species in the Lauraceae, including Persea borbonia, P. pallustris, P. americana, and others. Xyleborus glabratus infestation levels in P. borbonia maintain a high proportion compared to other species, such as Xylosandrus crassiuscu...

  15. Immunotherapy, immunochemotherapy and chemotherapy for American cutaneous leishmaniasis treatment Imunoterapia, imunoquimioterapia e quimioterapia no tratamento da leishmaniose tegumentar americana

    Wilson Mayrink

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available The first choice of treatment for American cutaneous leishmaniasis is the pentavalent antimonial drug. Although it has been shown that this treatment is mostly effective and indicated, some disadvantages should be taken into account such as side effects, long term treatment inconveniences and counter-indication for patients suffering from cardiopathy, nephropathy; yet, aging, pregnancy and other conditions. With the advent of the vaccine anti-American cutaneous leishmaniasis as a prophylactic measure, studies on therapy using the vaccine associated or not with other drugs have been performed by many investigators and it is currently among the alternative treatments and prevention measures for American cutaneous leishmaniasis. In conclusion, the association between antimony and vaccine (immunochemotherapy showed the same cure rate when compared with the standard treatment (100% and it was also able to reduce the salt volume in 17.9% and treatment length from 87 to 62 days, decreasing side effects.O tratamento de primeira escolha para leishmaniose tegumentar americana é o antimonial pentavalente. Embora este tratamento seja na maioria das vezes efetivo e indicado, devem ser consideradas as desvantagens tais como efeitos colaterais, longa duração do tratamento e contra-indicação para cardiopatas, nefropatas, idosos, grávidas e outras condições. Com o advento da vacina antileishmaniose tegumentar americana para fins profiláticos e terapêuticos, associando-a ou não a outros fármacos, muitas pesquisas têm sido desenvolvidas, sendo a vacina a principal entre os atuais recursos no tratamento e prevenção da leishmaniose tegumentar americana. Em conclusão, a associação do antimônio com a vacina (imunoquimioterapia apresentou o mesmo índice de cura em relação ao tratamento padrão (100%, e ainda reduziu o volume do sal em 17,9% e o tempo de cura significativamente, de 87 para 62 dias; conseqüentemente, reduzindo os efeitos colaterais.

  16. Anxiolytic and sedative-like effects of flavonoids from Tilia americana var. mexicana: GABAergic and serotonergic participation

    Eva Aguirre-Hernández

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Introducción En la medicina tradicional mexicana, la infusión de inflorescencias de Tilia americana var. mexicana es utilizada por sus efectos tranquilizantes; sin embargo, los estudios farmacológicos y fitoquímicos de sus hojas son deficientes. Objetivo En esta investigación, la eficacia ansiolítico-sedante de las hojas de T. americana var. mexicana se comparó con la obtenida con las inflorescencias y los flavonoides previamente identificados; se analizó además el posible mecanismo de acción. Métodos Inflorescencias y hojas separadas y secas se maceraron sucesivamente en hexano, acetato de etilo y metanol. Los extractos metanólicos se analizaron cualitativa y cuantitativamente por HPLC usando estándares comerciales de flavonoides previamente reportados en especies de Tilia. La actividad farmacológica se evaluó en ratones CD-1 en las pruebas de campo abierto, cruz elevada, tablero con orificios y la prueba de potenciación de hipnosis inducida por pentobarbital sódico. Respecto al mecanismo de acción, la participación de los receptores de benzodiazepinas y 5-HT1A de serotonina se examinó utilizando los antagonistas flumazenil y WAY100635, respectivamente. Resultados La presencia de quercetina, rutina e isoquercitrina se confirmó en los extractos de inflorescencias y hojas, donde se confirmó el efecto como ansiolítico, el cual fue inhibido en la presencia de flumazenil y WAY100635. Discusión y conclusión Nuestros resultados dan evidencia de que las hojas de T. americana var. mexicana son tan eficaces como las inflorescencias para producir efectos ansiolítico-sedantes, donde los flavonoides quercetina, rutina e isoquercitrina son responsables parciales y se involucra la participación de los receptores GABA/BDZ y 5HT1A de serotonina.

  17. Levantamento de plantas aquáticas no reservatório de Salto Grande, Americana-SP Aquatic plant survey in Salto Grande reservoir in Americana-SP, Brazil

    Martins, D.; S.R. Marchi; N.V. Costa; L.A. Cardoso; A.C. Rodrigues-Costa

    2011-01-01

    O objetivo deste estudo foi determinar a frequência relativa e o nível de infestação de cada espécie da flora aquática presente no reservatório de Salto Grande, Americana-SP. O levantamento e a identificação das plantas aquáticas foram realizados percorrendo-se as margens do reservatório em uma embarcação. Ao longo dele foram estabelecidos 20 pontos de avaliação, sendo todos eles fotografados e georreferenciados. Foram atribuídos valores de 0 a 100% tanto para as espécies presentes como para ...

  18. INFLUENCIA DE ALGUNAS PROPIEDADES ORGANOLÉPTICAS EN LA ACEPTABILIDAD DEL FRUTO DE PALTO (Persea americana Mill.) Influence of some sensory properties on acceptability of avocados (Persea americana Mill.)

    Bruno Razeto; Fabiola Romero; Ester Araya

    2004-01-01

    Los frutos de palto (Persea americana Mill.) de la variedad Hass y de 15 selecciones ubicadas en dos huertos experimentales en la Región Metropolitana, fueron sometidos a análisis de calidad. Se utilizaron 14 frutos por selección, cosechados en el momento en que se inició la coloración negra de la piel. A siete frutos se les midió la concentración de aceite y de materia seca en la pulpa a la cosecha. Los siete frutos restantes, después de un período de maduración a 22ºC, fueron sometidos a ev...

  19. Female gonadal hormones and reproductive behaviors as key determinants of successful reproductive output of breeding whooping cranes (Grus americana).

    Brown, Megan E; Converse, Sarah J; Chandler, Jane N; Shafer, Charles; Brown, Janine L; Keefer, Carol L; Songsasen, Nucharin

    2016-05-01

    Reproductive success of endangered whooping cranes (Grus americana) maintained ex situ is poor. As part of an effort to identify potential causes of poor reproductive success in a captive colony, we used non-invasive endocrine monitoring to assess gonadal and adrenal steroids of bird pairs with various reproductive outcomes and evaluated the relationships of hormones and behaviors to reproductive performance. Overall, reproductively successful (i.e., egg laying) females had significantly higher mean estrogen levels but lower mean progestogen concentrations than did unsuccessful females. Other hormones, including glucocorticoids and androgens, were not significantly different between successful and unsuccessful individuals. Observations of specific behaviors such as unison calling, marching, and the number of copulation attempts, along with overall time spent performing reproductive behaviors, were significantly higher in successful pairs. Our findings indicate that overall reproductive performance of whooping crane pairs is linked to female gonadal hormone excretion and reproductive behaviors, but not to altered adrenal hormone production. PMID:27080552

  20. A new coccidian, Isospora rheae sp. nov. (Apicomplexa, Eimeriidae, from Rhea americana (Aves, Rheidae from South America

    Samira S.M. Gallo

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available A new species of coccidian (Protozoa: Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae obtained from rheas, Rhea americana, is reported in Brazil. Oocysts of Isospora rheae sp. nov. are spherical to subspheroidal, measuring 22.6 × 21.0 µm, and have a double and smooth wall that is approximately 1.7 µm thick. The micropyle, oocyst residuum and polar granule are absent. Sporocysts are slightly ovoid, measuring 13.9 × 9.6 µm. The Stieda body is flattened, the substieda body is pointed, irregular and wavy and the sporocyst residuum is composed of scattered granules of varying sizes. Sporozoites have an oblong refractile body and one nucleus. This is the first description of an isosporid coccidian infecting birds of the family Rheidae.

  1. Female gonadal hormones and reproductive behaviors as key determinants of successful reproductive output of breeding whooping cranes (Grus americana)

    Brown, Megan E; Converse, Sarah; Chandler, Jane N.; Shafer, Charles; Brown, Janine L; Keefer, Carol L; Songsasen, Nucharin

    2016-01-01

    Reproductive success of endangered whooping cranes (Grus americana) maintained ex situ is poor. As part of an effort to identify potential causes of poor reproductive success in a captive colony, we used non-invasive endocrine monitoring to assess gonadal and adrenal steroids of bird pairs with various reproductive outcomes and evaluated the relationships of hormones and behaviors to reproductive performance. Overall, reproductively successful (i.e., egg laying) females had significantly higher mean estrogen levels but lower mean progestogen concentrations than did unsuccessful females. Other hormones, including glucocorticoids and androgens, were not significantly different between successful and unsuccessful individuals. Observations of specific behaviors such as unison calling, marching, and the number of copulation attempts, along with overall time spent performing reproductive behaviors, were significantly higher in successful pairs. Our findings indicate that overall reproductive performance of whooping crane pairs is linked to female gonadal hormone excretion and reproductive behaviors, but not to altered adrenal hormone production.

  2. Catechol conjugation with hemolymph proteins and their incorporation into the cuticle of the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana

    Bailey, W.D.; Kimbrough, T.D.; Mills, R.R. [Department of Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284-2012 (United States)

    1999-01-01

    Newly ecdysed American cockroaches, Periplaneta americana (six to last instar)were injected with radioactive dopamine. In addition, the reinjection of radiolabeled protein of any size resulted in the incorporation of the label into the newly sclerotized cuticle. Hemolymph proteins were synthesized in vivo using [{sup 14}C]leucine and subsequently double labeled in vivo with [{sup 3}H]dopamine. After sclerotization (7 h post-ecdysis) the cuticle was extirpated, hydrolyzed and counted. An identical ratio of {sup 14}C to {sup 3}H was found in cuticle extracts as in the double-labeled hemolymph proteins, suggesting that the phenol-bound protein was incorporated in the cuticle unchanged. It appears that the catechol bound to the proteins exists as a {beta}-glucoside. (Copyright (c) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  3. Catechol conjugation with hemolymph proteins and their incorporation into the cuticle of the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana

    Newly ecdysed American cockroaches, Periplaneta americana (six to last instar)were injected with radioactive dopamine. In addition, the reinjection of radiolabeled protein of any size resulted in the incorporation of the label into the newly sclerotized cuticle. Hemolymph proteins were synthesized in vivo using [14C]leucine and subsequently double labeled in vivo with [3H]dopamine. After sclerotization (7 h post-ecdysis) the cuticle was extirpated, hydrolyzed and counted. An identical ratio of 14C to 3H was found in cuticle extracts as in the double-labeled hemolymph proteins, suggesting that the phenol-bound protein was incorporated in the cuticle unchanged. It appears that the catechol bound to the proteins exists as a β-glucoside. (Copyright (c) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  4. Biología de oligonychus yothersi (mcgregor) (acari: tetranychidae) sobre aguacate persea americana mill. cv. lorena (lauraceae)

    Reyes, Julian C; Mesa, Nora; KONDO, T.

    2012-01-01

    Se estudió la biología del ácaro rojo Oligonychus yothersi en condiciones controladas(26 ± 3°C 56 ± 3% HR), sobre hojas maduras de aguacate, Persea americana Mill. cv.Lorena. Las observaciones se realizaron durante una generación del ácaro. La duraciónde todos los estados, a excepción del adulto, fueron los siguientes: huevo 119.06 horas±13.77 (4.96 días); larva 54.09 horas ± 18.48 (2.25 días), protocrisálida 18.22 ± 9.53(0.76 días), protoninfa 50.62 horas ± 13.29 (2.11 días), deutocrisalida ...

  5. Identification of avocado (Persea americana) pulp proteins by nano-LC-MS/MS via combinatorial peptide ligand libraries.

    Esteve, Clara; D'Amato, Alfonsina; Marina, María Luisa; García, María Concepción; Righetti, Pier Giorgio

    2012-09-01

    Avocado (Persea americana) proteins have been scarcely studied despite their importance, especially in food related allergies. The proteome of avocado pulp was explored in depth by extracting proteins with capture by combinatorial peptide ligand libraries at pH 7.4 and under conditions mimicking reverse-phase capture at pH 2.2. The total number of unique gene products identified amounts to 1012 proteins, of which 174 are in common with the control, untreated sample, 190 are present only in the control and 648 represent the new species detected via combinatorial peptide ligand libraries of all combined eluates and likely represent low-abundance proteins. Among the 1012 proteins, it was possible to identify the already known avocado allergen Pers a 1 and different proteins susceptible to be allergens such as a profilin, a polygalacturonase, a thaumatin-like protein, a glucanase, and an isoflavone reductase like protein. PMID:23019098

  6. Aspectos eco-epidemiológicos da leishmaniose tegumentar americana no Município de Campinas

    Corte Antônio Ângelo; Nozawa Marcia Regina; Ferreira Maria do Carmo; Pignatti Marta G.; Rangel Osias; Lacerra Savina S.

    1996-01-01

    Os autores descrevem um surto de leishmaniose tegumentar americana ocorrido no período de fevereiro de 1993 a setembro de 1994, nos Distritos de Sousas e Joaquim Egídio, Município de Campinas, SP. Ocorreram 25 casos, sete na área rural, nove na área peri-urbana e nove na urbana. Verifica-se uma mobilidade da ocorrência dos casos em direção rural-urbana. Em relação ao sexo, houve predomínio do masculino (60%) sobre o feminino (40%), com 44% dos casos concentrados na faixa etária de 11 e trinta...

  7. Cockroaches (periplaneta americana and blattella germanica: reservoirs of multi drug resistant (MDR bacteria in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

    E.P. Udoinyang

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Bacteriological examination of external surfaces and internal guts of Periplaneta americana and Blattela germanica were carried out using standard method and antibiotics susceptibility profiles of the isolates were determined using disc diffusion methods. Of the 317 bacteria isolated from the external surfaces and internal guts of P. americana, 275 (86.8% were Gram-negative bacilli, while 42 (13.2% were Gram-positive bacteria. Of the 204 bacterial isolates from B. germanica, 175 (85.8% were Gram negative, while 29 (14.2% were Gram positive bacteria. The bacteria isolated were Salmonella spp, Shigella spp, Staphylococcus aureus, coagulase negative Staphylococcus spp, Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Citrobacter freundii, Morganella morganii, Proteus vulgaris, Proteus mirabilis, Enterobacter cloacae and Providencia spp. Among the Gram positive bacteria, only 75.8% S. aureus and 76.5% B. cereus were sensitive to Streptomycin and Gentamycin, while their resistance profiles to antibiotics in decreasing order were as follows: Chloramphenicol (41.7%, Amoxicillin (40.3%, Streptomycin (36.1%, Tetracycline (36.0%, Erythromycin (35.5%, Gentamicin (34.0%, Penicillin (34.6%, Cephalothin (27.8%, Sulfamethoxazole (23.4%, Ciprofloxacin (18.4% and Levofloxacin (17.7%. Less than 50% of E. cloacae and Providencia spp were resistant to Streptomycin, while ˂ 40% of P. vulgaris, K. pneumoniae, and P. aeruginosa were resistant to Chloramphenicol. Of the 353 (67.8% multi drug resistant bacteria, 121 (23.2% were resistant to 3 antibiotics, 232 (65.7% were resistant to 4-10 antibiotics. The antibiotic resistant Salmonella spp. and P. mirabilis had Multiple Antibiotic Resistance (MAR indexes ranging from 0.27 to 0.82. These findings suggest cockroaches in Uyo as potential vectors of medically important multiple drug-resistant bacteria.

  8. Persea americana Glycolic Extract: In Vitro Study of Antimicrobial Activity against Candida albicans Biofilm and Cytotoxicity Evaluation

    D. Jesus

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluated the antifungal activity of Persea americana extract on Candida albicans biofilm and its cytotoxicity in macrophage culture (RAW 264.7. To determine the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC, microdilution in broth (CLSI M27-S4 protocol was performed. Thereafter, the concentrations of 12.5, 25, 50, 100, and 200 mg/mL (n=10 with 5 min exposure were analyzed on mature biofilm in microplate wells for 48 h. Saline was used as control (n=10. After treatment, biofilm cells were scraped off and dilutions were plated on Sabouraud dextrose agar. After incubation (37°C/48 h, the values of colony forming units per milliliter (CFU/mL were converted to log10 and analyzed (ANOVA and Tukey test, 5%. The cytotoxicity of the P. americana extract was evaluated on macrophages by MTT assay. The MIC of the extract was 6.25 mg/mL and with 12.5 mg/mL there was elimination of 100% of planktonic cultures. Regarding the biofilms, a significant reduction (P<0.001 of the biofilm at concentrations of 50 (0.580±0.209 log10, 100 (0.998±0.508 log10, and 200 mg/mL (1.093±0.462 log10 was observed. The concentrations of 200 and 100 mg/mL were cytotoxic for macrophages, while the concentrations of 50, 25, and 12.5 mg/mL showed viability higher than 55%.

  9. Persea americana Glycolic Extract: In Vitro Study of Antimicrobial Activity against Candida albicans Biofilm and Cytotoxicity Evaluation.

    Jesus, D; Oliveira, J R; Oliveira, F E; Higa, K C; Junqueira, J C; Jorge, A O C; Back-Brito, G N; Oliveira, L D

    2015-01-01

    This study evaluated the antifungal activity of Persea americana extract on Candida albicans biofilm and its cytotoxicity in macrophage culture (RAW 264.7). To determine the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), microdilution in broth (CLSI M27-S4 protocol) was performed. Thereafter, the concentrations of 12.5, 25, 50, 100, and 200 mg/mL (n = 10) with 5 min exposure were analyzed on mature biofilm in microplate wells for 48 h. Saline was used as control (n = 10). After treatment, biofilm cells were scraped off and dilutions were plated on Sabouraud dextrose agar. After incubation (37°C/48 h), the values of colony forming units per milliliter (CFU/mL) were converted to log10 and analyzed (ANOVA and Tukey test, 5%). The cytotoxicity of the P. americana extract was evaluated on macrophages by MTT assay. The MIC of the extract was 6.25 mg/mL and with 12.5 mg/mL there was elimination of 100% of planktonic cultures. Regarding the biofilms, a significant reduction (P < 0.001) of the biofilm at concentrations of 50 (0.580 ± 0.209 log10), 100 (0.998 ± 0.508 log10), and 200 mg/mL (1.093 ± 0.462 log10) was observed. The concentrations of 200 and 100 mg/mL were cytotoxic for macrophages, while the concentrations of 50, 25, and 12.5 mg/mL showed viability higher than 55%. PMID:26605376

  10. Infecções experimentaes na Leishmaniose visceral americana Experimental infections in american visceral leishmaniasis

    Aristides Marques da Cunha

    1938-01-01

    Full Text Available Passando em revista as experiencias de infecção que effectuamos e que acabamos de relatar, vemos que, as culturas isoladas de casos de Leishmaniose visceral americana quer do homem quer do cão, são capazes de infectar hamsters, rhesus e cães de maneira identica ao que acontece com as outras formas de Kala-Azar. Notamos ainda que a evolução da doença e as lesões observadas nos animaes assim infectados, se assemelham ao que tem sido observado nessa enfermidade aproximando-a de maneira singular do Kala-Azar mediterraneo. É sobretudo no cão que a semelhança se torna mais patente. A infecção da pelle e as lesões por ella provocadas que observamos, não differem em nada das que tem sido descriptas na infecção natural do cão e já assignaladas tambem na infecção experimental desse animal, embora de maneira menos completa do que fazemos agora aqui. As lesões oculares com formação de placas de keratite, a infeccção massiça do intestino nos casos fataes de infecção e até mesmo as lesões do figado descriptas por Adler como peculiares á infecção experimental, (infiltração em torno da veia central do lobulo constituem outros tantos caracteres que mostram a completa analogia entre as infecções do cão que obtivemos e as já observadas no Kala-Azar mediterraneo. Além disso, a presença de Leishmanias na pelle, as vezes em grande numero e a constancia dessa localisação parasitaria, vem mostrar que o cão apresenta as condições necessarias para desempenhar o papel de depositario de virus tal como acontece no Kala-Azar mediterraneo, tanto mais que é elle encontrado naturalmente infectado, nas regiões em que grassa a doença. Mas não é só a infecção do cão que mostra essa semelhança; nos outros animaes tambem se verifica o mesmo facto e até pequenos signaes, taes como a tumefacção das patas assignalada nos hamsters infectados com Leishmania infantum, foram tambem observados aqui. Por outro lado, a reacção de

  11. Technical review of the environmental study and report referent to the proposal of construction of a 1200 MW thermoelectric power plant (Carioba II) in the Americana district, SP, Brazil; Parecer tecnico parcial do estudo e relatorio de impacto ambiental (EIA/RIMA) referentes a proposta de implantacao de uma usina termeletrica de 1200 Mw (Carioba II) no municipio de Americana, SP

    Figueiredo, Paulo Jorge Moraes; Martins, Gilberto [Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba (UNIMEP), SP (Brazil)]. E-mails: pfigueir@unimep.br; gmartins@unimep.br

    2001-06-01

    This document represents a partial analysis and a technical review about the environmental study and report of a 1200 MW thermoelectric power plant, proposed for the Americana district, SP, Brazil. Published on June, 4th 2001, this article points out many problems and mistakes of the referred studies, with the objective of providing support to the Federal attorney office and the general public. (author)

  12. Estudio eco-epidemiológico de la tripanosomiasis americana en el municipio de Amalfi (Antioquia

    J. Arboleda

    2000-02-01

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    El departamento de Antioquia no ha sido considerado endémico para la enfermedad de Chagas, sin embargo en el nordeste antioqueño, probablemente ocasionado por la tala y quema excesivas y la creciente deforestación para establecer medios de producción agrícola y ganadera, en las áreas naturales, se ha observado la aparición de insectos triatominos al interior de viviendas rurales, alimentándose de sus habitantes.

    Esta situación motivó la realización de un estudio ecoepidemiológico de Tripanosomiasis americana en nueve veredas del municipio de Amalfi con el propósito de identificar las especies de triatominos presentes en la zona, el grado de domiciliación, el índice de infección natural por Trypanosoma cruzi, los porcentajes de infección de animales domésticos (caninos y de mamíferos silvestres, la determinación de la seroprevalencia humana y finalmente la identificación de las acciones del hombre que están llevando a los triatominos a las viviendas para refugio y alimentación.

    En las veredas estudiadas se capturaron 196 triatominos, consideradas especies silvestres: Panstrongylus geniculatus (49%, P. rufotuberculatus (47% y Triatoma dispar (3%. El índice de infestación domiciliaria fue 14.53 % y las veredas con mayor infestación fueron Montebello (32.73 % y La Gardenia (27.5 %.

    Igualmente teniendo en cuenta el total de insectos infectados naturalmente por T. cruzi, fueron estas dos veredas las que obtuvieron el mayor porcentaje de infección 43.75 % y 25.0 % respectivamente.

    En viviendas de la vereda La Gardenia se hallaron huevos y ninfas de P

  13. The Effects and Mechanisms of Periplaneta americana Extract Reversal of Multi-Drug Resistance in BEL-7402/5-FU Cells

    Falu Yuan

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The present study reports the reversing effects of extracts from P. americana on multidrug resistance of BEL-7402/5-FU cells, as well as a preliminary investigation on their mechanism of action. A methylthiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT method was applied to determine the multidrug resistance of BEL-7402/5-FU, while an intracellular drug accumulation assay was used to evaluate the effects of a column chromatography extract (PACC and defatted extract (PADF from P. americana on reversing multi-drug resistance. BEL-7402/5-FU reflected high resistance to 5-FU; PACC and PADF could promote drug accumulation in BEL-7402/5-FU cells, among which PADF was more effective than PACC. Moreover, results from the immunocytochemical method showed that PACC and PADF could downregulate the expression of drug resistance-associated proteins (P-gp, MRP, LRP; PACC and PADF had no effects on the expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes (GST-π, but PACC could increase the expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes (PKC. Results of real-time fluorescence quantitative PCR revealed that PACC and PADF were able to markedly inhibit the expression of multidrug resistance-associated genes (MDR1, LRP and MRP1; PACC presented a significant impact on the gene expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes, which increased the gene expression of GST-π and PKC. However, PADF had little impact on the expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes. These results demonstrated that PACC and PADF extracted from P. americana could effectively reverse MDR in BEL-7402/5-FU cells, whose mechanism was to inhibit the expression of P-gp, MRP, and LRP, and that PADF was more effective in the reversal of MDR than did PACC. In addition, some of extracts from P. americana altered (sometimes increasing the expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes.

  14. The Effects and Mechanisms of Periplaneta americana Extract Reversal of Multi-Drug Resistance in BEL-7402/5-FU Cells.

    Yuan, Falu; Liu, Junyong; Qiao, Tingting; Li, Ting; Shen, Qi; Peng, Fang

    2016-01-01

    The present study reports the reversing effects of extracts from P. americana on multidrug resistance of BEL-7402/5-FU cells, as well as a preliminary investigation on their mechanism of action. A methylthiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) method was applied to determine the multidrug resistance of BEL-7402/5-FU, while an intracellular drug accumulation assay was used to evaluate the effects of a column chromatography extract (PACC) and defatted extract (PADF) from P. americana on reversing multi-drug resistance. BEL-7402/5-FU reflected high resistance to 5-FU; PACC and PADF could promote drug accumulation in BEL-7402/5-FU cells, among which PADF was more effective than PACC. Moreover, results from the immunocytochemical method showed that PACC and PADF could downregulate the expression of drug resistance-associated proteins (P-gp, MRP, LRP); PACC and PADF had no effects on the expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes (GST-π), but PACC could increase the expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes (PKC). Results of real-time fluorescence quantitative PCR revealed that PACC and PADF were able to markedly inhibit the expression of multidrug resistance-associated genes (MDR1, LRP and MRP1); PACC presented a significant impact on the gene expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes, which increased the gene expression of GST-π and PKC. However, PADF had little impact on the expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes. These results demonstrated that PACC and PADF extracted from P. americana could effectively reverse MDR in BEL-7402/5-FU cells, whose mechanism was to inhibit the expression of P-gp, MRP, and LRP, and that PADF was more effective in the reversal of MDR than did PACC. In addition, some of extracts from P. americana altered (sometimes increasing) the expression of multidrug resistance-associated enzymes. PMID:27367657

  15. Morfoanatomia de folha e caule das espécies Centrolobium Tomentosum Guillemin Ex Benth, (Fabaceae), Genipa Americana L. E Randia Armata (s.W.) DC (Rubiaceae)

    Erbano, Marianna

    2010-01-01

    Resumo: As espécies Centrolobium tomentosum Guillemin ex Benth., Fabaceae, popularmente conhecida como araribá, Genipa americana L., Rubiaceae, também denominada de jenipapo, e Randia armata (Sw.) DC., Rubiaceae, referida vulgarmente como limoeiro-do-mato, são plantas nativas do Brasil e empregadas na medicina popular brasileira. Com o objetivo de caracterizar morfoanatomicamente a folha adulta e o caule jovem, visando aprofundar o conhecimento da flora brasileira e contribuir para monografia...

  16. Elementos del bloque constitucional del acceso a la jurisdicción y debido proceso proveniente de la convención americana de derechos humanos

    Humberto Nogueira Alcalá

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo analiza el derecho de acceso a la jurisdicción y el debido proceso en sus dimensiones formales y sustanciales o materiales, a partir de las normas vigentes de la Convención Americana de Derechos Humanos y del bloque constitucional de derechos, poniendo acento en la doctrina y jurisprudencia emanada de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

  17. Alguns aspectos da anatomía-ecológica de Persea americana Mili (abacateiro e interpretações fisio-ecológicas

    Moacyr Eurípedes Medri

    1985-11-01

    Full Text Available In the present work are presented anatomical differences in leaves situaded in different strata on the same tree ofPersea Americana. Analysis of linear regression and tests of coeficience of correlation demonstrate that in respect tb the relationships of the anatomical parameters studied, there is much interdependence. The histological point of view compares such parameters as number and size of stomata, volume of mesophyll, area of functional xylem, phloem, supportive tissue and epidermic tissue, and on the other han different microclimatic positions, domonstrates that Persea Americana is an extremely plastic species with much adaptability; as plastic as Hevea brasiliensis Muelli. Arg and much more plastic than Bertholletia excelsa Humb. & Benpl.No presente trabalho são apresentadas as diferenças anatômicas em folhas situadas em diferentes estratos de uma mesma árvore de Persea americana MUI, mostrando através de análise de regressão linear, coeficiente de correlação conclusivos a, respeito das relações diretas e significativas no tocante aos parâmetros anatômicos estudados, evidenciando interdependências dos mesmos. Do ponto de vista histológico, onde se tomou como parâmetro o número e tamanho de estômatos e volume do mesófilo, área xilemática útil, floema, tecido mecânico e epidérmico, e de outro lado, condições microclimáticas diferentes, P. americana evidencia ser uma espécie bastante plástica, havendo uma relação direta se correlacionada ao seu amplo comportamento adaptativo, sendo tão plástica quanto Hevea brasiliensis Muell. Arg. (Medri, 1977 e muito mais que Bertholletia excelsa Humb. & Benpl. (Medri, 1978.

  18. Stem Bark Extract and Fraction of Persea americana (Mill.) Exhibits Bactericidal Activities against Strains of Bacillus cereus Associated with Food Poisoning

    Akinpelu, David A.; Aiyegoro, Olayinka A.; Akinpelu, Oluseun F.; Okoh, Anthony I.

    2014-01-01

    The study investigates the in vitro antibacterial potentials of stem bark extracts of Persea americana on strains of Bacillus cereus implicated in food poisoning. The crude stem bark extracts and butanolic fraction at a concentration of 25 mg/mL and 10 mg/mL, respectively, exhibited antibacterial activities against test isolates. The zones of inhibition exhibited by the crude extract and the fraction ranged between 10 mm and 26 mm, while the minimum inhibitory concentration values ranged betw...

  19. Alguns aspectos da anatomía-ecológica de Persea americana Mili (abacateiro) e interpretações fisio-ecológicas

    Moacyr Eurípedes Medri; Mareia Martins Martinez

    1985-01-01

    In the present work are presented anatomical differences in leaves situaded in different strata on the same tree ofPersea Americana. Analysis of linear regression and tests of coeficience of correlation demonstrate that in respect tb the relationships of the anatomical parameters studied, there is much interdependence. The histological point of view compares such parameters as number and size of stomata, volume of mesophyll, area of functional xylem, phloem, supportive tissue and epidermic ti...

  20. Scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) associated with avocado crop, Persea americana Mill. (Lauraceae) in Valle del Cauca and neighboring departments of Colombia

    Kondo, Takumasa; Muñoz, Jazmín Adriana

    2016-01-01

    Scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) of avocado, Persea americana Mill. (Lauraceae) were collected in the State of Valle del Cauca, Colombia. The study was conducted for one year, during October 2008–October 2009. As a result of this study, 34 scale insect species in seven families (Coccidae, Diaspididae, Kerriidae, Margarodidae, Monophlebidae, Pseudococcidae and Putoidae) were collected. Together with previous records, the number of scale insects collected on avocado in Colombia increa...

  1. Antibacterial Activity of Defensin PaDef from Avocado Fruit (Persea americana var. drymifolia) Expressed in Endothelial Cells against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus

    Jaquelina Julia Guzmán-Rodríguez; Rodolfo López-Gómez; Luis M. Suárez-Rodríguez; Rafael Salgado-Garciglia; Rodríguez-Zapata, Luis C.; Alejandra Ochoa-Zarzosa; López-Meza, Joel E.

    2013-01-01

    Antimicrobial therapy is a useful tool to control infectious diseases in general and rising antibiotic resistant microorganisms in particular. Alternative strategies are desirable, and antimicrobial peptides (AMP) represent attractive control agents. Mexican avocado (Persea americana var. drymifolia) is used in traditional medicine; however, the AMP production has not been reported in this plant. We obtained a cDNA library from avocado fruit and clone PaDef was identified, which has a cDNA (2...

  2. Levantamento de plantas aquáticas no reservatório de Salto Grande, Americana-SP Aquatic plant survey in Salto Grande reservoir in Americana-SP, Brazil

    D. Martins

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi determinar a frequência relativa e o nível de infestação de cada espécie da flora aquática presente no reservatório de Salto Grande, Americana-SP. O levantamento e a identificação das plantas aquáticas foram realizados percorrendo-se as margens do reservatório em uma embarcação. Ao longo dele foram estabelecidos 20 pontos de avaliação, sendo todos eles fotografados e georreferenciados. Foram atribuídos valores de 0 a 100% tanto para as espécies presentes como para os espaços livres de macrófitas aquáticas que eventualmente pudessem ocorrer dentro dos pontos amostrados. Com os dados referentes ao número de indivíduos e pontos avaliados, foi determinada a frequência relativa de cada espécie. Foram identificadas 13 espécies em todo o reservatório, sendo 12 vasculares e uma de alga-verde (Chlorella spp.. Entre as espécies vasculares, nove eram plantas emersas flutuantes, as quais poderiam estar ou não ancoradas no leito do reservatório: Alternanthera philoxeroides, Brachiaria subquadripara, Cyperus difformis, Echinochloa polystachia var. spectabilis, Eichhornia crassipes, Panicum rivulare, Pistia stratiotes, Salvinia auriculata e Typha angustifolia. Outras três espécies foram encontradas somente em solo firme alagado: Aeschynomene sensitiva, Hedychium coronarium e Mimosa pigra.The objectives of this work were to determine the relative frequency and infestation level of each species present in the Salto Grande Reservoir in Americana-SP. The survey and identification of the aquatic plants were carried out in the Salto Grande reservoir on a boat. Twenty evaluation sites were established along the reservoir, photographed and geo-referenced. Values from 0 to 100% were assigned for both the species present and for the aquatic plants that could possibly occur within the sampled sites. Based on the number of individuals and points evaluated, the relative frequency of each species was determined

  3. EST sequencing and gene expression profiling of defence-related genes from Persea americana infected with Phytophthora cinnamomi

    Mahomed Waheed

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Avocado (Persea americana belongs to the Lauraceae family and is an important commercial fruit crop in over 50 countries. The most serious pathogen affecting avocado production is Phytophthora cinnamomi which causes Phytophthora root rot (PRR. Root pathogens such as P. cinnamomi and their interactions with hosts are poorly understood and despite the importance of both the avocado crop and the effect Phytophthora has on its cultivation, there is a lack of molecular knowledge underpinning our understanding of defence strategies against the pathogen. In order to initiate a better understanding of host-specific defence we have generated EST data using 454 pyrosequencing and profiled nine defence-related genes from Pc-infected avocado roots. Results 2.0 Mb of data was generated consisting of ~10,000 reads on a single lane of the GS FLX platform. Using the Newbler assembler 371 contigs were assembled, of which 367 are novel for Persea americana. Genes were classified according to Gene Ontology terms. In addition to identifying root-specific ESTs we were also able to identify and quantify the expression of nine defence-related genes that were differentially regulated in response to P. cinnamomi. Genes such as metallothionein, thaumatin and the pathogenesis related PsemI, mlo and profilin were found to be differentially regulated. Conclusions This is the first study in elucidating the avocado root transcriptome as well as identifying defence responses of avocado roots to the root pathogen P. cinnamomi. Our data is currently the only EST data that has been generated for avocado rootstocks, and the ESTs identified in this study have already been useful in identifying defence-related genes as well as providing gene information for other studies looking at processes such as ROS regulation as well as hypoxia in avocado roots. Our EST data will aid in the elucidation of the avocado transcriptome and identification of markers for improved

  4. 锰超富集植物垂序商陆(Phytolacca americana L.)的认定%Identity of Phytolacca americana L. (Phytolaccaceae), Pokeweed: a manganese hyperaccumulator plant

    薛生国; 叶晟; 周菲; 田守祥; 王钧; 徐圣友; 陈英旭

    2008-01-01

    针对目前国内锰超富集植物商陆属(Phytolacca)植物名称混乱的状态,在重新审查锰超富集植物--商陆(Phytolacca acinosa Roxb.)的野外标本和温室培养植物的基础上,比对中国科学院昆明植物所标本馆的腊叶标本,并查阅相关文献资料,以期正确认定锰超富集累植物的学名.结果表明,湘潭锰矿尾矿废弃地原生的锰超富集植物实为垂序商陆(Phytolacca americana L.), 国内外相关研究论文中出现的商陆和美洲商陆实为垂序商陆的同物异名.这一植物名称的认定,将对避免锰超富集植物研究重复进行、保证相关研究正常有序开展具有重要意义.

  5. Interplay between a Wnt-dependent organiser and the Notch segmentation clock regulates posterior development in Periplaneta americana

    John E. Chesebro

    2012-12-01

    Sequential addition of segments in the posteriorly growing end of the embryo is a developmental mechanism common to many bilaterians. However, posterior growth and patterning in most animals also entails the establishment of a ‘posterior organiser’ that expresses the Caudal and Wnt proteins and has been proposed to be an ancestral feature of animal development. We have studied the functional relationships between the Wnt-driven organiser and the segmentation mechanisms in a basal insect, the cockroach Periplaneta americana. Here, posteriorly-expressed Wnt1 promotes caudal and Delta expression early in development to generate a growth zone from which segments will later bud off. caudal maintains the undifferentiated growth zone by dampening Delta expression, and hence Notch-mediated segmentation occurs just outside the caudal domain. In turn, Delta expression maintains Wnt1, maintaining this posterior gene network until all segments have formed. This feedback between caudal, Wnt and Notch-signalling in regulating growth and segmentation seems conserved in other arthropods, with some aspects found even in vertebrates. Thus our findings not only support an ancestral Wnt posterior organiser, but also impinge on the proposals for a common origin of segmentation in arthropods, annelids and vertebrates.

  6. Chemical Composition, Functional Properties, and Effect of Inulin from Tunisian Agave americana L. Leaves on Textural Qualities of Pectin Gel

    Mohamed Ali Bouaziz

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the chemical composition and functional properties of Agave americana L. (AA leaves were determined. The Agave leaves powder had a high amount of total dietary fiber (38.40%, total sugars (45.83%, and protein (35.33%, with a relatively low content in ash (5.94% and lipid (2.03%. The Agave leaves were exhibited with potential food application. The Agave inulin showed a significant difference compared with the commercial inulin as for aw (0.275 against 0.282, pH (5.53 against 5.98, ash (2.89% against 1.19%, protein (3.46% against 1.58%, water holding capacity (2.42% against 1.59%, solubility (73 g/L against 113 g/L, and emulsion capacity (14.48% against 21.42%, respectively. The textural properties of Agave inulin-pectin mixed gels were examined using instrumental Texture Profile Analysis (TPA. Firmness of the prepared Agave inulin-pectin mixed gels was lower than the pectin gel (0.3554 N against 5.7238 N, resp.. This reduction of firmness showed a synergetic effect between pectin and inulin. These results suggested a positive interaction between Agave inulin and pectin to decrease the firmness of mixed gels and open a good alternative to obtain value added products from this resource.

  7. Identifying nest predators of American avocets (Recurvirostra americana) and black-necked stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) in San Francisco Bay, California

    Herring, Garth; Ackerman, Joshua T.; Takekawa, John Y.; Eagles-Smith, Collin A.; Eadie, John M.

    2011-01-01

    We evaluated predation on nests and methods to detect predators using a combination of infrared cameras and plasticine eggs at nests of American avocets (Recurvirostra americana) and black-necked stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) in Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, California. Each technique indicated that predation was prevalent; 59% of monitored nests were depredated. Most identifiable predation (n = 49) was caused by mammals (71%) and rates of predation were similar on avocets and stilts. Raccoons (Procyon lotor) and striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) each accounted for 16% of predations, whereas gray foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) and avian predators each accounted for 14%. Mammalian predation was mainly nocturnal (mean time, 0051 h +/- 5 h 36 min), whereas most avian predation was in late afternoon (mean time, 1800 h +/- 1 h 26 min). Nests with cameras and plasticine eggs were 1.6 times more likely to be predated than nests where only cameras were used in monitoring. Cameras were associated with lower abandonment of nests and provided definitive identification of predators.

  8. Cadmium and manganese accumulation in Phytolacca americana L. and the roles of non-protein thiols and organic acids.

    Gao, Lu; Peng, Kejian; Xia, Yan; Wang, Guiping; Niu, Liyuan; Lian, Chunlan; Shen, Zhenguo

    2013-01-01

    Phytolacca americana L. can accumulate large amounts of heavy metals in its aerial tissues, especially cadmium (Cd) and manganese (Mn). It has great potential for use in phytoextraction of metals from multi-metal-contaminated soils. This study was conducted to further investigate the Cd- and Mn-tolerance strategies of this plant. Concentrations of non-protein thiols (NPTs) and phytochelatins (PCs) in leaves and roots increased significantly as the concentration of Cd in solution increased. The molar ratios of PCs:soluble Cd ranged from 1.8 to 3.6 in roots and 8.1 to 31.6 in leaves, suggesting that the cellular response involving PC synthesis was sufficient to complex Cd ions in the cytosol, especially that of leaves. In contrast, excess Mn treatments did not result in a significant increase in NPT or PC concentrations in leaves or roots. Oxalic acid concentrations in leaves of plants exposed to 2 or 20 mM Mn reached 69.4 to 89.3 mg (0.771 to 0.992 mmol) g(-1) dry weight, respectively, which was approximately 3.7- to 8.6-fold higher than the Mn level in the 0.6 M HCl extract. Thus, oxalic acid may play an important role in the detoxification of Mn. PMID:23487997

  9. Potential production and growth analysis of local variety and Americana variety of soybean (Glycine max (L) Merril)

    Soybean needs high radiation intensity for photosynthesis process; therefore 100 percent of the sunlight are needed. Due to increasing the soybean production, the environment factor such as climate, soil and management are needed. One of the environment factor that influence the growth and dry matter production is radiation. This research done was to see the potential production of local variety and Americana variety by observing the total radiation absorption, temperature, rainfall and humidity. Therefore the objective of this research was to know the potential production in tropic area in soybean. If the production is mainly determined by the high growth rate or the length of phase linear or both of them also by the efficiency of radiation that received by the plant. The method of this research was carried out by using completed randomized design, with three replications. The result showed that the growth and the production of soybean are determined by growth rate (Cm) and the length of growth linear (tm). Dry matter of soybean is determined by growth rate instead of the length of growth linear, for efficiency of radiation are not significant. Pod formation is determined by the growth rate, content of pods is determined by the length of linear growth

  10. Effect of sediment depth and sediment type on the survival of Vallisneria americana Michx grown from tubers

    Rybicki, N.B.; Carter, V.

    1986-01-01

    Sedimentation resulting from storms may have been one of the reasons for the elimination of submersed aquatic vegetation from the tidal Potomac River in the late 1930's. Laboratory studies were conducted to investigate the effects of different depths of overlying sediment and composition of sediment on the survival of Vallisneria americana Michx (wildcelery) grown from tubers. Survival of plants grown from tubers decreased significantly with increasing sediment depth. Survival of tubers declined from 90% or more when buried in 10 cm to no survival in greater than 25 cm of sediment. Survival with depth in sand was significantly lower than in silty clay. Field investigation determined that the majority of tubers in Vallisneria beds are distributed between 10 and 20 cm in depth in silty clay and between 5 and 15 cm in depth in sand. Based on the field distribution of tubers and on the percent survival of plants growing from tubers at each depth in the laboratory experiment, we suggest that the deposition of 10 cm or more of sediment by severe storms such as occurred in the 1930s could contribute to the loss of vegetation in the tidal Potomac River. ?? 1986.

  11. Aspectos eco-epidemiológicos da leishmaniose tegumentar americana no Município de Campinas

    Corte Antônio Ângelo

    1996-01-01

    Full Text Available Os autores descrevem um surto de leishmaniose tegumentar americana ocorrido no período de fevereiro de 1993 a setembro de 1994, nos Distritos de Sousas e Joaquim Egídio, Município de Campinas, SP. Ocorreram 25 casos, sete na área rural, nove na área peri-urbana e nove na urbana. Verifica-se uma mobilidade da ocorrência dos casos em direção rural-urbana. Em relação ao sexo, houve predomínio do masculino (60% sobre o feminino (40%, com 44% dos casos concentrados na faixa etária de 11 e trinta anos. Quanto à ocupação, 48% correspondem a estudantes, empregadas domésticas e donas-de-casa. Em 92% dos casos, a doença manifestou-se com lesão única, predominantemente localizadas nos membros inferiores e superiores. O surgimento desses casos na área está provavelmente associado à expansão urbana ocorrida nas décadas de 70-80 e acelerada mais recentemente.

  12. Aspectos eco-epidemiológicos da leishmaniose tegumentar americana no Município de Campinas

    Antônio Ângelo Corte

    1996-12-01

    Full Text Available Os autores descrevem um surto de leishmaniose tegumentar americana ocorrido no período de fevereiro de 1993 a setembro de 1994, nos Distritos de Sousas e Joaquim Egídio, Município de Campinas, SP. Ocorreram 25 casos, sete na área rural, nove na área peri-urbana e nove na urbana. Verifica-se uma mobilidade da ocorrência dos casos em direção rural-urbana. Em relação ao sexo, houve predomínio do masculino (60% sobre o feminino (40%, com 44% dos casos concentrados na faixa etária de 11 e trinta anos. Quanto à ocupação, 48% correspondem a estudantes, empregadas domésticas e donas-de-casa. Em 92% dos casos, a doença manifestou-se com lesão única, predominantemente localizadas nos membros inferiores e superiores. O surgimento desses casos na área está provavelmente associado à expansão urbana ocorrida nas décadas de 70-80 e acelerada mais recentemente.

  13. Effect of heat treatment oanas irradiation, and combined treatment on the shelf of fresh avocados (Persea americana L)

    Effects of heat treatment, gamma irradiation, and combined treatments on the shelf-life of fresh avocados (Persea americana L.). Experiments to determine the effective irradiation conditions to prolong the shelf-life of fresh avocados were conducted at the centre for the Application of Isotopes washed and dried, then divided into 4 groups, namely for control (A), dipped in hot water at 400C for 20 minutes (heat treatment, B), irradiated at a dose of 25 Gy (C), and combination of hot water dipping (400C for 20 minutes) and irradiation at a 25 Gy (D). The samples were stored at room temperature. Evaluation on physical and chemical properties of the samples was done daily up to 10 days' storage. Parameters observed were texture, moisture and fat contents, percentage of weight loss, percentage of mature fruit, and subjective organoleptic evaluation. It was found that treated samples with and without combination treatment were still in good condition until 10 days of storage. It could be concluded that dipping in hot water, either alone or in combination with irradiation at a dose of 25 Gy could extend the shelf-life of fresh avocado up to 10 days at room temperature compared to only 5 days of the control. (author). 2 figs, 8 refs

  14. Isolation and chemical identification of lipid derivatives from avocado (Persea americana) pulp with antiplatelet and antithrombotic activities.

    Rodriguez-Sanchez, Dariana Graciela; Flores-García, Mirthala; Silva-Platas, Christian; Rizzo, Sheryl; Torre-Amione, Guillermo; De la Peña-Diaz, Aurora; Hernández-Brenes, Carmen; García-Rivas, Gerardo

    2015-01-01

    Platelets play a pivotal role in physiological hemostasis. However, in coronary arteries damaged by atherosclerosis, enhanced platelet aggregation, with subsequent thrombus formation, is a precipitating factor in acute ischemic events. Avocado pulp (Persea americana) is a good source of bioactive compounds, and its inclusion in the diet as a source of fatty acid has been related to reduced platelet aggregability. Nevertheless, constituents of avocado pulp with antiplatelet activity remain unknown. The present study aims to characterize the chemical nature of avocado constituents with inhibitory effects on platelet aggregation. Centrifugal partition chromatography (CPC) was used as a fractionation and purification tool, guided by an in vitro adenosine diphosphate (ADP), arachidonic acid or collagen-platelet aggregation assay. Antiplatelet activity was initially linked to seven acetogenins that were further purified, and their dose-dependent effects in the presence of various agonists were contrasted. This process led to the identification of Persenone-C (3) as the most potent antiplatelet acetogenin (IC₅₀=3.4 mM) among the evaluated compounds. In vivo evaluations with Persenone A (4) demonstrated potential protective effects against arterial thrombosis (25 mg kg⁻¹ of body weight), as coagulation times increased (2-fold with respect to the vehicle) and thrombus formation was attenuated (71% versus vehicle). From these results, avocado may be referred to as a functional food containing acetogenin compounds that inhibit platelet aggregation with a potential preventive effect on thrombus formation, such as those that occur in ischaemic diseases. PMID:25319210

  15. Impact of Laurel Wilt, Caused by Raffaelea lauricola, on Leaf Gas Exchange and Xylem Sap Flow in Avocado, Persea americana.

    Ploetz, Randy C; Schaffer, Bruce; Vargas, Ana I; Konkol, Joshua L; Salvatierra, Juanpablo; Wideman, Ronney

    2015-04-01

    Laurel wilt, caused by Raffaelea lauricola, is a destructive disease of avocado (Persea americana). The susceptibility of different cultivars and races was examined previously but more information is needed on how this host responds to the disease. In the present study, net CO2 assimilation (A), stomatal conductance of H2O (gs), transpiration (E), water use efficiency (WUE), and xylem sap flow rates were assessed in cultivars that differed in susceptibility. After artificial inoculation with R. lauricola, there was a close relationship between symptom development and reductions in A, gs, E, WUE, and mean daily sap flow in the most susceptible cultivar, 'Russell', and significantly greater disease and lower A, gs, E, WUE, and sap flow rates were usually detected after 15 days compared with the more tolerant 'Brogdon' and 'Marcus Pumpkin'. Significant differences in preinoculation A, gs, E, and WUE were generally not detected among the cultivars but preinoculation sap flow rates were greater in Russell than in Brogdon and Marcus Pumpkin. Preinoculation sap flow rates and symptom severity for individual trees were correlated at the end of an experiment (r=0.46), indicating that a plant's susceptibility to laurel wilt was related to its ability to conduct water. The potential management of this disease with clonal rootstocks that reduce sap flow rates is discussed. PMID:25496301

  16. Eletroforese das proteínas plasmáticas em emas (Rhea americana de diferentes faixas etárias Eletrophoretic plasma protein profile in rhea (Rhea americana of different age groups

    Alexandre de Carvalho Conrado

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available A rheacultura vem crescendo em todo o Brasil. Porém, ainda há uma escassez de informações sobre esta espécie e de médicos veterinários especializados na área. Este trabalho teve como objetivo verificar as diferenças existentes na eletroforese plasmática (gel de agarose em idades distintas de emas (Rhea americana. Utilizaram-se 45 emas, separadas em quatro grupos: grupo 1 (n=10, animais com 15 dias de idade; grupo 2 (n=10, animais com 30 dias; grupo 3 (n=10, animais com 45 dias e grupo 4 (n=15, animais com 1 ano. Verificou-se homogeneidade nos valores eletroforéticos analisados nas aves dentro de cada faixa etária. Houve diferença entre grupos etários em valores de proteína plasmática total, albumina, globulinas e relação albumina/globulinas. Também houve diferença entre grupos para as frações alfa1, alfa2, ß e gama. Os resultados encontrados demonstram que o perfil eletroforético de emas sofre variações conforme a idade analisada. Dessa forma, exige-se maior atenção por parte do médico veterinário quanto à interpretação desse tipo de exame conforme a idade da ave. Os parâmetros obtidos neste estudo indicam divergência de valores quando comparados com os de outras espécies aviárias, evidenciando a importância de se conhecer tais valores nesta espécie.Breeding of rheas has been growing throughout Brazil. However, there is still lack of information about this species and of professionals specialized in the area. This study was aimed at verifing the differences in plasmatic electrophoresis (agarosis gel at different ages of rheas (Rhea americana. Fourty-five rheas were separated into 4 groups: group 1: (n=10, 15 day old animals; group 2: (n=10, 30 day old animals; group 3: (n=10, 45 day old animals; group 4: (n=15, 1 year old animals. The electrophoretic values analyzed presented homogeneity within each age group. There were differences between different age groups in the values of total plasmatic protein

  17. O planejamento do "Recreio nas Férias" na cidade Paulista de Americana Planning for the program "leisure during the school break" ("Recreio nas Férias" in the brazilian city of Americana, state of São Paulo

    Nayara Torre de Almeida

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo constitui um relato de experiência do processo de planejamento e implementação do projeto "Recreio nas Férias" em um dos núcleos do Programa Segundo Tempo, localizado no bairro Vila Jones na cidade Paulista de Americana. O Projeto "Recreio nas Férias" é uma iniciativa do Ministério do Esporte, implantada em 2009 com o objetivo de, no período de férias escolares, oferecer às crianças e adolescentes participantes do programa, opções de esporte e lazer (e.g., atividades lúdicas, esportivas, artísticas, culturais, sociais e turísticas que "preencham o seu tempo livre de forma prazerosa e ao mesmo tempo construtiva" (BRASIL, 2010. Confrontando tais objetivos com os estudos mais atuais no campo do lazer é possível perceber que, no campo das políticas públicas, ainda permanece a visão histórica que tende a tratar o lazer como ocupação do tempo ocioso, principalmente quando se trata das propostas voltadas às classes populares. Isso fica evidente na preocupação explícita de "preencher o tempo livre", enfatizando seu caráter ocupacional. Nesse sentido, tecemos algumas aproximações com estudos de Silva (2003, 2008 e Marcellino (1995, 2001, 2008 compreendendo o lazer como uma das possibilidades de vivência do lúdico e construção da cidadania, ou seja, buscando responder a seguinte questão: pode o lazer assumir outro papel, senão este "ocupacional" historicamente observado nas políticas de esporte e lazer voltadas às classes populares?This study reports the planning and the implementation of the program "Recreio nas Férias" in one of the centers of the program "Second Half" ("Programa Segundo Tempo", located in Vila Jones in the Brazilian city of Americana, State of São Paulo. The program "Leisure During the School Break" ("Recreio nas Férias" is a project of the Ministry of Sports, lounged in 2009. The aim was, during the school break, to provide children and adolescents with sports and leisure

  18. Behavioural responses of captive-born greater rheas Rhea americana Linnaeus (Rheiformes, Rheidae submitted to antipredator training Respostas comportamentais de emas cativas Rhea americana Linnaeus (Rheiformes, Rheidae submetidas a treinamentoanti-predação

    Cristiano S. de Azevedo

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Human activities have been diminishing greater rhea Rhea americana (Linnaeus, 1758 populations throughout their natural distribution. The reintroductions of captive-born greater rheas have been tried but without success; since the individuals reintroduced were killed by predators. Captive-born animals that have been isolated from predators for many generations can lose their predator recognition abilities. To enhance the survival rates of the reintroduced animals, researchers are now using antipredator training techniques. We studied the response of 15 zoo-borne greater rheas to antipredator training. The animals were divided into three groups: two test groups and one control group. We ran 15 antipredator tests and four control testes with each group. Antipredator tests consisted of pairing a taxidermized predator model or a real predator (domestic dog with a simulation of a capture procedure. Control tests consisted of presenting the predator model (jaguar to the birds, after training but not associating it with an aversive event and recording behavioural responses. All tests were video-recorded and analysed a posteriori. Results showed that the trained rheas responded appropriately to the predators, becoming more vigilant and that there was considerable individual differences in response to antipredator training. The results demonstrated that antipredator training is effective and therefore an invaluable tool for reintroduction projects involving greater rheas. Furthermore, the methods employed in this research project should be applicable to other species of flightless birds.As atividades humanas têm diminuído as populações de emas Rhea americana (Linnaeus, 1758 por toda sua área de distribuição. Reintroduções de emas nascidas em cativeiro têm sido tentadas, mas sem sucesso, uma vez que os indivíduos reintroduzidos são mortos por predadores. Animais nascidos em cativeiro que foram isolados de seus predadores por várias gera

  19. INFLUENCIA DE ALGUNAS PROPIEDADES ORGANOLÉPTICAS EN LA ACEPTABILIDAD DEL FRUTO DE PALTO (Persea americana Mill. Influence of some sensory properties on acceptability of avocados (Persea americana Mill.

    Bruno Razeto

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Los frutos de palto (Persea americana Mill. de la variedad Hass y de 15 selecciones ubicadas en dos huertos experimentales en la Región Metropolitana, fueron sometidos a análisis de calidad. Se utilizaron 14 frutos por selección, cosechados en el momento en que se inició la coloración negra de la piel. A siete frutos se les midió la concentración de aceite y de materia seca en la pulpa a la cosecha. Los siete frutos restantes, después de un período de maduración a 22ºC, fueron sometidos a evaluaciones sensoriales en un panel de degustación conformado por 12 evaluadores entrenados. Se evaluó firmeza, textura, dulzor, sabor y fibra visible en la pulpa, mediante un método descriptivo, y aceptabilidad con el método de la escala hedónica. Los análisis de correlación determinaron que las variables influyeron en la aceptabilidad de la palta en el siguiente orden: textura (r = 0,80, sabor (r = 0,59, porcentaje de aceite (r = 0,34, porcentaje de materia seca (r = 0,31, firmeza (r = 0,14, dulzor (r = -0,12 y fibra visible (r = -0,50. Se concluyó que la textura fue la variable más apreciada, aún más que el sabor y la concentración de aceite, y la fibra visible fue la variable más negativa. Estos resultados son preliminares y requieren de estudios adicionales para ser considerados en futuros trabajos de selección de variedades de palto.Avocados fruits (Persea americana Mill. of the Hass cultivar and of 15 selections located in two experimental groves in the Metropolitan Region of Chile were submitted to quality analysis. Fourteen fruit per selection were used, picked at onset of blackening in the skin. Oil and dry matter content in the pulp was measured in seven fruit at harvest. The other seven fruit, after a maturation period at 22ºC, were submitted to sensory evaluation by a taste panel, consisting of 12 trained tasters. Flesh firmness, texture, sweetness, flavor and visible fiber were evaluated with a descriptive method, while

  20. Caracterização física e química de frutos de abacate visando a seu potencial para extração de óleo Physical and chemical characterization of avocado fruits aiming its potencial for oil extraction

    João Shojiro Tango

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available Vinte e quatro variedades de abacate provenientes da coleção de abacateiros, situada no Núcleo Experimental de Campinas e pertencente ao Centro de Fruticultura do Instituto Agronômico de Campinas (IAC, foram analisadas quanto às proporções dos componentes dos frutos (polpa, casca e caroço e quanto aos teores de lipídeos e umidade da polpa fresca. Determinaram-se, na maioria das variedades, o perfil de ácidos graxos dos óleos extraídos da polpa e, em algumas das variedades, a composição química dos caroços dos frutos. As variedades mais indicadas para serem cultivadas, visando à utilização industrial dos frutos para a extração de óleo, baseando-se nos teores de lipídeos encontrados na polpa fresca e estabelecidos acima de 18%, foram: Anaheim, Carlsbad, Collinson, Fuerte, Glória, Hass, Itzamna, Mayapan, Ouro Verde e Wagner. O período de colheita dessas variedades estendeu-se por sete meses, iniciando em maio e terminando em novembro. Houve correlações lineares negativas, altamente significativas, entre as proporções de polpa com caroço e casca dos frutos, entre os teores de umidade e lipídeos nas polpas e entre os teores de umidade e amido nos caroços dos frutos. Ocorreram grandes variações na composição de ácidos graxos constituintes do óleo das polpas e na composição química das sementes.Twenty-four avocado varieties from the germplasm collection of the Fruit Center of the Agronomic Institute of Campinas, were evaluated as a possible raw material for oil extraction. The varieties were analyzed concerning the proportions of fruit components (pulp, peel and seed and the amounts of moisture and fatty substances found in the fresh pulp. The fatty acid profile of the oils extracted from the pulp was determined in most of the varieties, and in some varieties also the fruit seeds chemical composition. The Anaheim, Carlsbad, Collinson, Fuerte, Glória, Hass, Itzamna, Mayapan, Ouro Verde and Wagner fruit varieties

  1. Caracterización química foliar de los árboles de aguacate criollo (Persea americana var. drymifolia en los bancos de germoplasma de Michoacán, México Foliar chemical caracterization of the creole avocado trees (Persea americana var. drymifolia in the germplasm banks from Michoacán, Mexico

    Cintia A. Rincón-Hernández

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Persea americana var. drymifolia (aguacate criollo mexicano se emplea como portainjerto en huertos de aguacate Hass y es fuente de genes de resistencia a plagas y patógenos para éste y otros cultivares. El aguacate criollo mexicano se está sustituyendo por cultivares comerciales o perdiendo por la destrucción de ecosistemas. Por eso, se estudiaron 250 árboles (52 accesiones de 14 estados de México; 247 de criollo mexicano y 3 híbridos de éste con P.shiedeana, P. americana var. americana y P. americana var. guatemalensis, plantados en los bancos de germoplasma en Michoacán. Se analizó la composición química mediante cromatografía de gases-masas. Hubo alta variabilidad química entre los árboles del banco de germoplasma con los 64 compuestos detectados. El análisis de cúmulos mostró 2 grandes grupos químicos con 100% disimilitud y 22 grupos a 10% de disimilitud. Los híbridos se agruparon de manera diferente a los árboles con características típicas de criollo y difieren en su altitud de origen. Corroboramos que los volátiles foliares sirven como marcadores para diferenciar los criollos típicos de sus híbridos y que mucha variación atribuida a la variedad criolla proviene de hibridaciones en zonas de contacto de esta variedad con otras variedades o especies de Persea.Persea americana var. drymifolia (mexican creole avocado is used as rootstock in Hass avocado orchards and it is a source of genes for resistance to pests and pathogens for this and other cultivars. The Mexican varieties are being replaced by commercial cultivars or lost by the destruction of ecosystems. Therefore, we studied 250 avocado trees of 52 accessions from 14 Mexican states; 247 mexican creole avocado and 3 hybrids of that tree with P. shiedeana, P. americana var. americana or P. americana var. guatemalensis, planted at germplasm banks, Michoacán. Foliar chemical composition was analyzed by GC-MS. High chemical variability among the trees was found

  2. Las plantas americanas en la obra de Charles de l'Écluse: primeras citas en las cartas de Juan de Castañeda

    Ramón-Laca Menéndez de Luarca, Luis

    1999-06-01

    Full Text Available The Flemish botanist Charles de l'Écluse's works contain abundant references to American plants, for example the avocado (Persea americana Mill., the sweet potato [Ipomoea batatas (L. Lam.], the potato (Solanum tuberosum L. and the tobáceo (Nicotiana tabacum L.. Although some of these plants were observed by L'Écluse himself during his expedition to the Iberian Península between 1564 and 1565, the majority of the American plants quoted in his works are related with shipments received from several agents around Europe. In the case of Spain, L'Écluse obtained seeds from Seville thanks to the help of Simón de Tovar and Juan de Castañeda. The latter offers in his letters important innovations: Annona cherimola Mill., Indigofera añil LJI. tinctoria L., Annona muricata L., Mammea americana L.. Annona reticulata L., Dioscorea sp., Aloysia citrodora Palau or Manihot spj M. esculenta Crantz. In most of the cases the mention of these plants represente the first record of cultivation in the Old World. A percentage of this material was used by L'Écluse in his Exoticorum libri decem, published in Antwerp in l605.Las obras del botánico flamenco Charles de l'Écluse contienen infinidad de referencias a plantas americanas, destacando entre ellas el aguacate (Persea americana Mill., las batatas [Ipomoea batatas (L. Lam.], las patatas (Solanum tuberosum L. o el tabaco (Nicotiana tabacum L. . Algunas de ellas fueron observadas por L'Écluse durante la expedición llevada a cabo por la Península Ibérica entre 1564 y 1565. La mayor parte de plantas americanas citadas en sus obras están relacionadas sin embargo con envíos realizados por diversos corresponsales repartidos por Europa. En el caso de España, L'Écluse recibió semillas desde Sevilla gracias a Simón de Tovar y Juan de Castañeda. Este último ofrece en sus cartas importantes novedades, como el "anón" (Annona cherimola Mill., el "añil" (Indigofera añil L./I. tinctoria L., la "guan

  3. Los cariotipos de Cologania grandiflora y Erythrina americana (Leguminosae- Papilionoideae-Phaseoleae de la Reserva Ecológica del Pedregal de San Ángel, México Karyotypes of Cologania grandiflora and Erythrina americana (Leguminosae-Papilionoideae- Phaseoleae of Reserva Ecológica del Pedregal de San Ángel, Mexico

    Fernando Tapia-Pastrana

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Se analizaron citogenéticamente células provenientes de meristemos radiculares de 2 leguminosas, Cologania grandiflora y Erythrina americana, que en la actualidad están incluidas en la flora de la Reserva Ecológica del Pedregal de San Ángel, México, D. F., mediante una técnica de extendido en superficie y secado al aire para determinar los números cromosómicos somáticos. Por vez primera se obtuvieron la morfología cromosómica y otras características cuantitativas de los cariotipos en C. grandiflora (2n= 44= 26m +18sm y en E. americana (2n= 42= 36m + 4sm +2st sat, primeras también en ambos géneros. Cologania y Erythrina se reconocen como poliploides estabilizados y el hallazgo de un único par de cromosomas con satélites (dominancia nucleolar en las especies estudiadas aquí, favorece la opinión de un origen alopoliploide para estos taxa.Meristematic root cells from Cologania grandiflora and Erythrina americana from Reserva Ecológica del Pedregal de San Ángel, Distrito Federal, Mexico, were analyzed cytogenenetically using a surface-spreading and air-drying method. The somatic chromosome numbers were determined. Chromosome morphology and others quantitative features of the karyotypes obtained for first time in C. grandiflora (2n= 44= 26m + 18sm and E. americana (2n= 42= 36m + 4sm + 2st sat and also the first in both genera. Cologania and Erythrina are recognized as stabilized polyploids and the finding of just one pair of chromosomes with satellites (nucleolar dominance in the species analyzed here supports the view of allopolyploid origin of these taxa.

  4. Prevalence and Antibiotic Resistance of Gram-Negative Pathogenic Bacteria Species Isolated from Periplaneta americana and Blattella germanica in Varanasi, India.

    D Leshan Wannigama

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Cockroaches are among the medically important pests found within the human habitations that cause serious public health problems. They may harbor a number of pathogenic bacteria on the external surface with antibiotic resistance. Hence, they are regarded as major microbial vectors. This study investigates the prevalence and antibiotic resistance of Gram-negative pathogenic bacteria species isolated from Periplaneta americana and Blattella germanica in Varanasi, India.Totally, 203 adult cockroaches were collected form 44 households and 52 food-handling establishments by trapping. Bacteriological examination of external surfaces of Pe. americana and Bl. germanica were carried out using standard method and antibiotics susceptibility profiles of the isolates were determined using Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion methods.Among the places, we found that 54% had cockroache infestation in households and 77% in food- handling establishments. There was no significant different between the overall bacteria load of the external surface in Pe. americana (64.04% and Bl. germanica (35.96%. However the predominant bacteria on cockroaches were Klebsiella pneumonia, Escherichia coli, Enterobacter aerogenes, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. However, Kl. pneumoniae and Ps. aeruginosa were the most prevalent, drug-resistant strains were isolated from the cockroaches with 100% resistance to sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim and ampicillin. For individual strains of bacteria, Escherichia coli was found to have multi-resistance to four antibiotic tested, Citrobacter freundii four, Enterobacter aerogenes and Proteus mirabilis to three.Cockroaches are uniformly distributed in domestic environment, which can be a possible vector for transmission of drug-resistant bacteria and food-borne diseases.

  5. ALTERNATIVAS MICROBIOLÓGICAS PARA EL MANEJO DE Phytophthora cinnamomi Rands., EN Persea americana Mill. BAJO CONDICIONES DE CASA-MALLA

    Joaquín G. Ramírez Gil

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Para la producción de aguacate en Colombia es necesario establecer alternativas de manejo amigables con el medio ambiente y de bajo costo para el control de la enfermedad conocida como marchitez, cuyo principal agente causal es Phytophthora cinnamomi. El uso de microorganismos del suelo, es una opción viable para mejorar la nutrición y sanidad en Persea americana, buscando ser más competitivos en aras de afrontar los tratados de libre comercio y poder aprovechar el potencial exportador que presenta este frutal. Entendiendo la complejidad del sistema de la microbiota del suelo, consecuencia de su gran diversidad y de las distintas relaciones ecológicas que lo gobiernan, este trabajo estuvo encaminado a evaluar en condiciones de invernadero el efecto de cepas de Trichoderma sp. , Glomus fasciculatum y una cepa de Pseudomonas sp., en el desarrollo de plántulas de P. americana , sin inocular e inoculadas con P. cinnamomi. Los resultados encontrados en este trabajo sugieren que G. fasciculatum y Pseudomonas sp., solos o en combinación, favorecen el desarrollo de plántulas de aguacate, mientras que Trichoderma sp. presentó los mejores resultados en la reducción del progreso de la enfermedad de marchitez en plantas inoculadas con P. cinnamomi . Los microorganismos del suelo presentan un enorme potencial para el desarrollo y protección contra patógenos en P. americana , pero se hace necesario entender todas las relaciones para poder potenciar su uso como biofertilizantes y agentes de biocontrol.

  6. Characterization of Mn-resistant endophytic bacteria from Mn-hyperaccumulator Phytolacca americana and their impact on Mn accumulation of hybrid penisetum.

    Zhang, Wen-Hui; Chen, Wei; He, Lin-Yan; Wang, Qi; Sheng, Xia-Fang

    2015-10-01

    Three hundred Mn-resistant endophytic bacteria were isolated from the Mn-hyperaccumulator, Phytolacca americana, grown at different levels of Mn (0, 1, and 10mM) stress. Under no Mn stress, 90%, 92%, and 11% of the bacteria produced indole acetic acid (IAA), siderophore, and 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate (ACC) deaminase, respectively. Under Mn stress, 68-94%, 91-92%, and 21-81% of the bacteria produced IAA, siderophore, and ACC deaminase, respectively. Greater percentages of ACC deaminase-producing bacteria were found in the Mn-treated P. americana. Furthermore, the ratios of IAA- and siderophore-producing bacteria were significantly higher in the Mn treated plant leaves, while the ratio of ACC deaminase-producing bacteria was significantly higher in the Mn treated-roots. Based on 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, Mn-resistant bacteria were affiliated with 10 genera. In experiments involving hybrid penisetum grown in soils treated with 0 and 1000mgkg(-1) of Mn, inoculation with strain 1Y31 was found to increase the root (ranging from 6.4% to 18.3%) and above-ground tissue (ranging from 19.3% to 70.2%) mass and total Mn uptake of above-ground tissues (64%) compared to the control. Furthermore, inoculation with strain 1Y31 was found to increase the ratio of IAA-producing bacteria in the rhizosphere and bulk soils of hybrid penisetum grown in Mn-added soils. The results showed the effect of Mn stress on the ratio of the plant growth-promoting factor-producing endophytic bacteria of P. americana and highlighted the potential of endophytic bacterium as an inoculum for enhanced phytoremediation of Mn-polluted soils by hybrid penisetum plants. PMID:26114256

  7. Imagen de América Latina en "La Ilustración Española y Americana", en el siglo XIX

    Lic. Vivian Jara

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available 'La Ilustración Española y Americana' es, probablemente, la más sobresaliente publicación semanal que se conserva de la época, una de las de mayor tirada y de mayor difusión, tanto en el Viejo como en el Nuevo Continente, y probablemente también una de las de mayor perdurabilidad en el tiempo. Se publicaba en Madrid y era distribuida a todos los países de habla hispana. Para realizar este trabajo la autora trabajó con los ejemplares de La Ilustración Española y Americana desde 1876 y hasta 1881, inclusive, y con los Almanaques de La Ilustración conservados en la Biblioteca de la Universidad de La Laguna. El trabajo consistió en el relevamiento de imágenes de y/o referidas a América Latina. Con tal fin y bajo la dirección y tutoría del profesor Adrián Alemán de Armas, se elaboró una ficha de investigación que condensó los aspectos esenciales de dichas imágenes. Asimismo, se realizaron simultáneamente observaciones acerca de algunos aspectos más sobresalientes, en los artículos referidos a América Latina. Estos son los primeros resultados de dichas observaciones. Por supuesto, aún queda mucho por releer, re-analizar y elaborar. En principio, hemos tratado de determinar, desde una perspectiva cuantitativa, el porcentual de espacio asignado a América Latina, en las páginas de La Ilustración Española y Americana.

  8. Restoration of wildcelery, Vallisneria americana Michx., in the lower Detroit River of the Lake Huron-Lake Erie Corridor

    Schloesser, D.W.; Manny, B.A.

    2007-01-01

    American wildcelery (Vallisneria americana Michx.) is a valuable submersed aquatic plant that was negatively affected by pollution and urban runoff in the lower Detroit River for much of the 20th century. Following 25 years of water-pollution and urban-runoff abatement initiated in the early 1970s, we postulated that water clarity had increased and that this would allow restoration of wildcelery in the lower Detroit River. In addition, water clarity increased in the late 1980s due to water filtration and particulate removal by exotic dreissenid mussels (Dreissena polymorpha and D. bugensis), which could contribute to potential wildcelery restoration. We sampled wildcelery in 1996–97 and compared these data to wildcelery data from 1950–51 and 1984–85. Over the 48-year period of comparison, areal density of wildcelery tubers decreased 72% (from 51.2 million to 14.4 million tubers) between 1950–51 and 1984–85 then increased 251% (from14.4 million to 50.5 million tubers) between 1984–85 and 1996–97. As a result, overall areal abundance was about the same in 1950–51 as in fall 1996–97. However, tuber densities in spring 1996 were similar to historical low abundances in springs of 1984–85. Then between spring and fall 1996, tuber densities increased 333% and remained relatively abundant through October 1997 indicating the beginning of the restoration of wildcelery in the lower Detroit River. In addition, we believe further reductions of turbidity through continued pollution-abatement programs and water filtration by dreissenid mussels combined with habitat protection and active management of wildcelery will contribute even further to the restoration of wildcelery in the Detroit River in the 21st century.

  9. Supplemental feeding for ecotourism reverses diel activity and alters movement patterns and spatial distribution of the southern stingray, Dasyatis americana.

    Mark J Corcoran

    Full Text Available Southern stingrays, Dasyatis americana, have been provided supplemental food in ecotourism operations at Stingray City Sandbar (SCS, Grand Cayman since 1986, with this site becoming one of the world's most famous and heavily visited marine wildlife interaction venues. Given expansion of marine wildlife interactive tourism worldwide, there are questions about the effects of such activities on the focal species and their ecosystems. We used a combination of acoustic telemetry and tag-recapture efforts to test the hypothesis that human-sourced supplemental feeding has altered stingray activity patterns and habitat use at SCS relative to wild animals at control sites. Secondarily, we also qualitatively estimated the population size of stingrays supporting this major ecotourism venue. Tag-recapture data indicated that a population of at least 164 stingrays, over 80% female, utilized the small area at SCS for prolonged periods of time. Examination of comparative movements of mature female stingrays at SCS and control sites revealed strong differences between the two groups: The fed animals demonstrated a notable inversion of diel activity, being constantly active during the day with little movement at night compared to the nocturnally active wild stingrays; The fed stingrays utilized significantly (p<0.05 smaller 24 hour activity spaces compared to wild conspecifics, staying in close proximity to the ecotourism site; Fed stingrays showed a high degree of overlap in their core activity spaces compared to wild stingrays which were largely solitary in the spaces utilized (72% vs. 3% overlap respectively. Supplemental feeding has strikingly altered movement behavior and spatial distribution of the stingrays, and generated an atypically high density of animals at SCS which could have downstream fitness costs for individuals and potentially broader ecosystem effects. These findings should help environmental managers plan mitigating measures for existing

  10. Analyses of the mouthpart kinematics in Periplaneta americana (Blattodea, Blattidae) using synchrotron-based X-ray cineradiography.

    Schmitt, Christian; Rack, Alexander; Betz, Oliver

    2014-09-01

    The kinematics of the biting and chewing mouthparts of insects is a complex interaction of various components forming multiple jointed chains. The non-invasive technique of in vivo cineradiography by means of synchrotron radiation was employed to elucidate the motion cycles of the mouthparts in the cockroach Periplaneta americana. Digital X-ray footage sequences were used in order to calculate pre-defined angles and distances, each representing characteristic aspects of the movement pattern. We were able to analyze the interactions of the mouthpart components and to generate a functional model of maxillary movement by integrating kinematic results, morphological dissections and fluorescence microscopy. During the opening and closing cycles, which take about 450-500 ms on average, we found strong correlations between the measured maxillary and mandibular angles, indicating a strong neural coordination of these movements. This is manifested by strong antiphasic courses of the maxillae and the mandibles, antiphasic patterns of the rotation of the cardo about its basic articulation at the head and by the deflection between the cardo and stipes. In our functional model of the maxilla, its movement pattern is explained by the antagonistic activity of four adductor-promotor muscles and two abductor-remotor muscles. However, beyond the observed intersegmental and bilateral stereotypy, certain amounts of variation across subsequent cycles within a sequence were observed with respect to the degree of correlation between the various mouthparts, the maximum, minimum and time course of the angular movements. Although generally correlated with the movement pattern of the mandibles and the maxillary cardo-stipes complex, such plastic behaviour was especially observed in the maxillary palpi and the labium. PMID:24948639

  11. Variabilidade genética de Genipa americana L. pertencente ao baixo curso do rio São Francisco

    Allívia Rouse Carregosa Rabbani

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available A utilização de marcadores genéticos em estudos de caracterização de ecossistemas florestais permite avanços no entendimento genético das populações naturais, bem como auxilia na definição de estratégias de recuperação ou restauração florestal. Este trabalho foi realizado com o objetivo de avaliar a diversidade genética entre 18 indivíduos de Jenipapo (Genipa americana L. procedentes da região do Baixo São Francisco sergipano por meio de marcadores RAPD. Para a amplificação do material genético foram utilizados 12 oligonucleotídeos para análise da diversidade. Pelo índice de Jaccard, a similaridade genética média (Sgm entre os indivíduos foi de 60,4% sendo que, a maior obtida foi identificada entre os indivíduos G11 e G12 (83,6%±0,03 e a menor entre os indivíduos G4 e G18 (36,5%, ±0,02. Com base na Sgm (78,4%, sete pares indivíduos foram considerados geneticamente semelhantes. A partir destas análises, os indivíduos podem ser utilizados como matrizes fornecedoras de sementes em combinação com outros indivíduos em programas de restauração de áreas degradadas, porém devem compor áreas distantes.

  12. Reproductive characteristics of captive greater rhea (Rhea americana males reared in the state of São Paulo, Brazil

    PAA Góes

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Rheas (Rhea americana belongs to the ratite group. Considering the commercial significance of this birds, some techniques, such as semen collection, were standardized. In this study, 107 male rheas (3 to 4 years of age reared in commercial farms in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, were used. Semen was collected during the breeding and off-breeding seasons of 2001, 2002, and 2003. Bird hierarchical behavior was observed. Birds were restrained performed using a box and a black hood. Semen was collected by digital pressure on the base of the phallus, which size was measured, and the presence or absence of spiral shape was observed. Immediately after collection, semen samples were evaluated for volume, motility, sperm concentration, and morphology. In a limited number of birds, blood samples were collected to measure testosterone levels. Among the 69 birds studied during the breeding season, 44 presented large phalluses, out of which 26 showed spiral shape. The method of semen collection was efficient. The following semen parameter results were obtained: volume (0.68 ±0.14 ml, motility (61.11±11.54%, sperm concentration (3.29±1.33 x10(9 sptz/ml, and number of spermatozoa per ejaculate (2.40±1.38x10(9 sptz/ml. Morphological abnormalities were analyzed and recorded. Testosterone levels were statistically different (p = 0.0161 between the breeding and non-breeding season (53.28±18.41 ng/ml and 5:57±3.81 ng/ml, respectively. Variations in phallus size were also found between the breeding and non-breeding seasons. Larger phalluses and higher testosterone levels were correlated with dominant behavior. The results of the present experiment confirmed that it is possible to collect semen from rheas, allowing the future use of biotechnologies such as artificial insemination.

  13. Emprego da associação sulfametoxazol + trimetoprim no tratamento da paracoccidioidose (blastomicose Sul-Americana

    P. N. Pedrosa

    1974-06-01

    Full Text Available Acentuando a necessidade da continuação das pesquisas terapêuticas em pacientes com paracoccidioidose (blastomicose sul-americana, os autores apresentam 23 pacientes submetidos a diferentes esquemas terapêuticos, sendo 14 virgens de tratamento e 9 com uso prévio de uma ou mais drogas. A associação sulfametoxazol + trimetoprim ( SMZ + TMP foi empregada em 5 pacientes virgens de tratamento e 9 sulfa-resistentes. Outros sete foram submetidos ao esquema clássico com sulfadoxina. Os pacientes que não responderam aos dois esquemas anteriores, com exceção de dois casos inicialmente graves, receberam anfotericina B. A avaliação clínica, radiológica, micológica e sorológica a longo prazo não demonstrou vantagens no emprego de SMZ + TMP em substituição aos sulfamídicos, nos pacientes virgens de tratamento. Entretanto, a associação SMZ + TMP parece ser uma opção válida nos casos sulfa-resistentes, onde teria primazia, considerando-se a toxicidade e necessidade de controle em regime hospitalar da anfotericina B. Ressaltam ainda a boa tolerância clínica e laboratorial da associação SMZ + TMP em cursos terapêuticos prolongados de até 2 anos, quando empregadas em baixas doses de manutenção.

  14. A experiência norte-americana com o seguro agrícola: lições ao Brasil?

    Marcelo Fernandes Guimarães

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available O seguro agrícola é um instrumento eficaz de gestão de riscos rurais. Paradoxalmente, sua utilização pelos agricultores é relativamente reduzida em quase todo o mundo. Uma notória exceção é os Estados Unidos da América, país onde essa modalidade alcançou reconhecido sucesso. O processo, porém, foi lento, muito dispendioso e envolveu a participação determinante do Estado em diversas ações complementares. Dessa forma, países que desejam incluir esse instrumento dentre as prioridades de sua política agrícola, como parece ser o caso brasileiro, devem estar atentos aos requisitos para o seu sucesso e aos resultados e problemas gerados ou ampliados por sua massificação. O estudo da experiência norte-americana fornece lições relevantes.Agricultural insurance is considered to be an effective to manage rural risks. Surprisingly, its adoption by farmers is very limited all over the world. An outstanding exception is the United States of America, country in which this instrument has achieved remarkable success. Nevertheless, the process of diffusion of agricultural insurance in the USA was slow and expensive. It has also required significant government intervention through a variety of complementary actions. In this context, countries willing to introduce this instrument among other agricultural policy tools, as it seems the case of Brazil, should proceed with caution. Agricultural insurance success has important pre-requisites and its general diffusion may amplify its problems. The analysis of the North American experience provides worthwhile lessons.

  15. Characterization of translational inhibitors from Phytolacca americana. Amino-terminal sequence determination and antibody-inhibitor conjugates.

    Bjorn, M J; Larrick, J; Piatak, M; Wilson, K J

    1984-10-23

    Two translational inhibitors (pokeweed antiviral protein and pokeweed antiviral protein II) isolated from the leaves of the pokeweed plant, Phytolacca americana, were characterized as to their behavior during reverse-phase HPLC and their amino-terminal sequences. Alignment of the sequences demonstrated that a substantial degree of homology was present (10 of 29 identical residues). Pokeweed antiviral protein was shown by reverse-phase chromatography to be composed of at least two components, pokeweed antiviral proteina and pokeweed antiviral proteinb, which comigrated on sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, shared identical N-terminal amino-acid sequences through residue 31, and had similar specific activities in a cell-free translation inhibition assay. Pokeweed antiviral protein II was covalently coupled to a monoclonal antibody that recognizes the transferrin receptor (anti-transferrin receptor). The disulfide-linked conjugate inhibited protein synthesis in the human breast tumor cell line MCF-7, whereas anti-transferrin receptor, pokeweed antiviral protein II, or an immunotoxin composed of an irrelevant antiserum and pokeweed antiviral protein II, were nontoxic. The inhibitory dose 50% of anti-transferrin receptor-pokeweed antiviral protein II for MCF-7 cells was 0.7 nM, whereas the corresponding ricin A chain conjugate (anti-transferrin receptor-ricin A chain) was more potent with a inhibitory dose 50% of 0.1 nM. Pokeweed antiviral protein II can be added to the growing list of translation inhibitors that are effective as components of immunotoxins in vitro. Additional studies will be needed to determine whether pokeweed antiviral protein II immunotoxins provide advantageous properties for in vivo applications. PMID:6091760

  16. Supplemental feeding for ecotourism reverses diel activity and alters movement patterns and spatial distribution of the southern stingray, Dasyatis americana.

    Corcoran, Mark J; Wetherbee, Bradley M; Shivji, Mahmood S; Potenski, Matthew D; Chapman, Demian D; Harvey, Guy M

    2013-01-01

    Southern stingrays, Dasyatis americana, have been provided supplemental food in ecotourism operations at Stingray City Sandbar (SCS), Grand Cayman since 1986, with this site becoming one of the world's most famous and heavily visited marine wildlife interaction venues. Given expansion of marine wildlife interactive tourism worldwide, there are questions about the effects of such activities on the focal species and their ecosystems. We used a combination of acoustic telemetry and tag-recapture efforts to test the hypothesis that human-sourced supplemental feeding has altered stingray activity patterns and habitat use at SCS relative to wild animals at control sites. Secondarily, we also qualitatively estimated the population size of stingrays supporting this major ecotourism venue. Tag-recapture data indicated that a population of at least 164 stingrays, over 80% female, utilized the small area at SCS for prolonged periods of time. Examination of comparative movements of mature female stingrays at SCS and control sites revealed strong differences between the two groups: The fed animals demonstrated a notable inversion of diel activity, being constantly active during the day with little movement at night compared to the nocturnally active wild stingrays; The fed stingrays utilized significantly (pecotourism site; Fed stingrays showed a high degree of overlap in their core activity spaces compared to wild stingrays which were largely solitary in the spaces utilized (72% vs. 3% overlap respectively). Supplemental feeding has strikingly altered movement behavior and spatial distribution of the stingrays, and generated an atypically high density of animals at SCS which could have downstream fitness costs for individuals and potentially broader ecosystem effects. These findings should help environmental managers plan mitigating measures for existing operations, and develop precautionary policies regarding proposed feeding sites. PMID:23527144

  17. Sustitución de lardo por grasa vegetal en salchichas: incorporación de pasta de aguacate. Efecto de la inhibición del oscurecimiento enzimático sobre el color Substituição do toucinho por gordura vegetal em salsichas: adição da pasta de abacate. Efeito da inibição do escurecimiento enzimatico na cor

    Ubaldo Rueda-Lugo

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available La sustitución de grasa animal es importante para mejorar la calidad nutricional de los alimentos de origen animal. Tradicionalmente, los embutidos contienen cantidades relativamente altas de grasas insaturadas, por lo que se ha buscado la sustitución parcial o total de estas con grasas o aceites de origen vegetal. El aprovechamiento del aguacate como fuente de grasa vegetal es una alternativa para este tipo de productos. La oxidación de este fruto es uno de los principales problemas durante la industrialización. En este trabajo se han añadido dos inhibidores del oscurecimiento enzimático, ácido ascórbico y eritorbato de sodio, para determinar el efecto de éstos sobre el color de salchichas de cerdo. Se han encontrado diferencias en la luminosidad de las muestras con respecto al tratamiento control, además de que este mismo parámetro se ha reducido con el tiempo de almacenamiento. No ha habido efecto significativo de los antioxidantes sobre las otras componentes del color. El uso de eritorbato de sodio en la elaboración de pasta de aguacate ha reducido el oscurecimiento de la pasta durante su congelación, sin afectar mayormente otros parámetros de color del producto terminado. La aceptación del producto por un grupo de consumidores ha sido aceptable.A substituição da gordura animal ou toucinho é importante para melhorar a qualidade nutricional dos alimentos de origem animal. Tradicionalmente, os embutidos contêm quantidades relativamente elevadas de gorduras insaturadas, e a substituição parcial ou total com gordura vegetal ou óleo é desejável. O abacate é fonte de gordura vegetal como uma alternativa para este tipo de produto. A oxidação desta fruta é um dos problemas principais durante a industrialização. Neste trabalho foram adicionados dois inibidores de escurecimento enzimatico, ácido ascórbico e eritorbato do sódio, para determinar o efeito destes na cor das salsichas. As diferenças na luminosidade das

  18. A integração latino-americana e o Mercosul sob o olhar da história e do direito internacional

    Thaíze Ferreira da Luz

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available A integração latino-americana constitui um processo histórico já secular, desde as primeiras idéias pan-americanistas, passando por vários projetos integracionistas, até culminar com a formação do Mercado Comum do Sul. Um estudo desse processo do ponto de vista do Direito Internacional, dando ênfase às relações estabelecidas a partir do Tratado do Mercosul, é o objetivo deste artigo.

  19. Eficácia da própolis no controlo da loque americana : avaliação em zonas controladas

    Vilas-Boas, Miguel

    2010-01-01

    No âmbito das actividades do Programa Apícola Nacional 2008-2010 medida 6A, a FNAP propôs o desenvolvimento de um trabalho de investigação coordenado pelo Centro de Investigação de montanha e com a colaboração da Universidade do Minho e a Direcção Geral de Veterinária. Este trabalho, apresentado publicamente no último Forum Apícola Nacional que decorreu em Sesimbra em Novembro de 2008, tem por objectivo explorar as potencialidade da própolis no controla da Loque Americana....

  20. Las remesas americanas en las finanzas de la Real Hacienda. La cuantificación del dinero de la Corona (1621-1675)

    Álvarez Nogal, Carlos

    1998-01-01

    A la hora de estudiar la cuantificación de las remesas americanas se suele distinguir entre caudales públicos y privados, pero de esta ambigua clasificación sólo se obtienen resultados inexactos, especialmente en el siglo XVII. Este trabajo estudia los metales preciosos llegados para la Real Hacienda entre 1621 y 1675, y pretende mostrar que las remesas con que contó la Corona durante ese período fueron más importantes de lo que tradicionalmente se ha considerado. La causa de su infravaloraci...

  1. Effects of manganese stress on Phytolacca americana growth and development%锰胁迫对垂序商陆生长发育的影响

    梁文斌; 薛生国; 沈吉红; 王萍; 雷杰

    2011-01-01

    以垂序商陆为试验材料,采用温室溶液培养方法,在生长介质中添加不同浓度(1、5、8、12和15mmol·L-1)的锰离子,研究锰胁迫对垂序商陆生长发育的影响.结果表明:随着生长介质中锰含量的升高,垂序商陆种子的发芽率、发芽势和有丝分裂指数逐渐降低,幼苗根的生长逐渐受到抑制,根系活力呈下降趋势,植物体各器官的生物量减少.当锰胁迫浓度≥12mmol·L-1时,锰对垂序商陆的生长发育产生非常明显的毒害效应,导致种子的发芽、根尖有丝分裂和幼苗根的生长受到严重抑制,生物量显著减少.锰胁迫对垂序商陆幼苗的芽影响较小,而对生殖器官影响较大,严重降低了垂序商陆的结实数量与质量.%A hydroponic experiment was conducted to study the growth responses of Phytolacca americana to the stress of different Mn concentrations (1, 5, 8, 12, and 15 mmol · L-1 ). With the increasing Mn concentration in growth medium, the seed germination rate, germination poten tial, and mitotic index of P. americana decreased, root growth was inhibited gradually, root activity presented a decreasing trend, and the biomass of plant organs reduced. Under the stress of Mn≥ 12 mmol · L-1 , the Mn had very obvious toxic effect on the growth of P. americana, which was manifested in the serious inhibition of seed germination, root tip' s cell division, and seedling' s root growth and in the significant decrease of plant biomass. Mn stress had little effects on the buds of P. americana seedlings, but large effects on the reproductive organ, resulting in a great decrease of bearing fruit quantity and quality.

  2. ALTERNATIVAS MICROBIOLÓGICAS PARA EL MANEJO DE Phytophthora cinnamomi Rands., EN Persea americana Mill. BAJO CONDICIONES DE CASA-MALLA

    Joaquín G. Ramírez Gil; Darío A. Castañeda Sánchez; Juan G. Morales Osorio

    2014-01-01

    Para la producción de aguacate en Colombia es necesario establecer alternativas de manejo amigables con el medio ambiente y de bajo costo para el control de la enfermedad conocida como marchitez, cuyo principal agente causal es Phytophthora cinnamomi. El uso de microorganismos del suelo, es una opción viable para mejorar la nutrición y sanidad en Persea americana, buscando ser más competitivos en aras de afrontar los tratados de libre comercio y poder aprovechar el potencial exportador que pr...

  3. Studi Penggunaan Serbuk Daun Salaon(Indigofera tinctoria L.), Gambir (Uncaria gambir (Hunter) Roxb), Biji Alpukat (Persea americana Mill) dan Kapur Tohor Dalam Sediaan Pewarna Rambut

    Lubis, Hartian

    2015-01-01

    Hair dye cosmetics are used in hair preparation and hair coloring, both to restore natural hair color or change the color of the natural hair into a new color. Salaon (Indigofera tinctoria L.), gambir (Uncaria gambir (Hunter) Roxb.) and avocado seeds (Persea americana Mill) is a plant that can be used as a natural dye. The aim of this study was to find out that a mixture of salaon leaves powder (Indigofera tinctoria L.), gambir powder (Uncaria gambir (Hunter) Roxb.) avocado seed powder (Per...

  4. Las plantas americanas en la obra de Charles de l'Écluse: primeras citas en las cartas de Juan de Castañeda

    Ramón-Laca Menéndez de Luarca, Luis

    1999-01-01

    The Flemish botanist Charles de l'Écluse's works contain abundant references to American plants, for example the avocado (Persea americana Mill.), the sweet potato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.], the potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) and the tobáceo (Nicotiana tabacum L.). Although some of these plants were observed by L'Écluse himself during his expedition to the Iberian Península between 1564 and 1565, the majority of the American plants quoted in his works are related with shipments received from...

  5. Actividad antioxidante de residuos del aguacate Hass (Persea americana Mill. var Hass) sometidos a extracciones clásicas y a fluidos presurizados

    Polania Barreto, Wilson

    2014-01-01

    El presente trabajo exploró la posibilidad de obtener extractos, a partir de semillas y epicarpio de aguacate Hass (Persea americana Mill. var. Hass), capaces de proteger la oleína de palma (OP) y la carne de res cruda (CR) de la oxidación lipídica; se empleó extracción soxhlet (E.Sox.) a presión reducida (Pred) usando tanto de forma directa como sucesiva hexano, acetato de etilo y etanol. En el caso de la oleína, con el extracto más activo se realizó un ensayo acelerado de oxi...

  6. Caracterización morfológica en genotipos nativos de aguacate (Persea americana Mill.) de clima tropical en Nayarit, México

    Graciela López-Guzmán; Raúl Medina-Torres; Héctor Guillén-Andrade; Leobarda G Ramírez-Guerrero; Porfirio Juárez-López; Pablo G. Ruelas-Hernández

    2015-01-01

    Nayarit es parte del área de distribución natural del aguacate (Persea americana Mill.) por lo que cuenta con gran diversidad de tipos nativos. La caracterización y evaluación de estos recursos fitogenéticos permiten determinar su utilidad potencial como fuente de germoplasma. El objetivo de este estudio fue caracterizar morfológicamente 24 genotipos de aguacate nativo de clima tropical en Nayarit, México. De cada genotipo se tomaron 10 hojas y 10 frutos en madurez fisiológica, se registraron...

  7. Una paradoja comercial-cultural: la Argentina, España y los Estados Unidos en la época de la guerra hispano-americana

    David Sheinin

    2001-01-01

    En 1898 y durante la década siguiente, las posiciones argentinas frente a la Guerra Hispano-Americana y a los beligerantes de aquella guerra se desarrollaron paradojicamente a nivel ideológico y político. Mientras que la identificación argentina con la cultura Española crecía, las relaciones comerciales, diplomáticas y políticas argentinas con España disminuían. Durante los mismos años, las relaciones argentinas-norteamericanas en esas mismas ramas crecieron rapidamente. Inmediatamente despué...

  8. Temporal variation in abundance and fecundity of the invading copepod Eurytemora americana in Bahía Blanca Estuary during an unusual year

    Berasategui, Anabela A.; Hoffmeyer, Mónica S.; Biancalana, Florencia; Fernandez Severini, Melisa; Menendez, María C.

    2009-10-01

    Eurytemora americana has been only reported as invader in Bahía Blanca Estuary, Argentina within the South Hemisphere. There are a few experimental researches under laboratory conditions done with this species and its reproductive behaviour around the world is very scarce. Consequently, it is still not possible to completely understand its population dynamics. In the present study, E. americana reproductive temporal behaviour and relationships among abundance, female size, egg production and hatching success were examined in the Bahía Blanca Estuary, during 2007 pulse. In order to determine the potential relationships between these variables and the environmental variables, experimental incubations were conducted in the laboratory simulating natural conditions. Spearman's rank correlation was used to analyze the relationships among all variables. Temporal change of biotic and environmental variables was corroborated by a Mann-Whitney/Kruskal-Wallis non-parametric tests, with significant differences ( p ≪ 0.01) in all variables throughout the study. Abundance population results showed very high values in relation to those recorded in recent years in Bahía Blanca Estuary. This response could be due to the unusual combination of environmental factors (polar wave with temperatures ≤6 °C and a drought period with high salinities, 32.7-36.6) recorded during the studied winter period. Significant positive correlations between abundance and salinity ( p success ( p strategy within its annual pulse, it presented two markedly distinct behaviours depending on temporal environmental variability. From July to early september, when the estuary evidenced high salinity, low temperature and high food availability, E. Americana showed large females, large clutch size and high hatching success. When environmental conditions became unfavorable from September to October, small females, small clutch size and very low hatching success were observed. The latter is associated with

  9. 龙舌兰发酵叶汁中的一个新甾体皂苷%A New Steroidal Saponin from Fermented Leaves of Agave americana

    金建明; 刘锡葵; 杨崇仁

    2002-01-01

    A new steroidal saponin and two known steroidal comp ounds were isolated from fermented leaves of Agave americana.The structure o f the new steroidal saponin was elucidated as tigogenin 3-O-α-L-rhamnopyran osyl-(1→3)-β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→2)-[β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→ 3)]-β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→4)-β-D-galactopyranoside by spectros copic data and chemical method.%从龙舌兰(Agave americana)的发酵叶汁中分离到一个新甾体皂苷.结合波谱和化学方法,新化合物的结构鉴定为替告皂苷元3-O-α-L-鼠李吡喃糖基-(1→3)-β-D-葡萄吡喃糖基-(1→2)-[β-D-葡萄吡喃糖基-(1→3)]-β-D-葡萄吡喃糖基-(1→4)-β-D-半乳吡喃糖苷.

  10. Compared nymphal development of Tingis americana (Hemiptera, Tingidae in two Handroanthus species (Bignoniaceae and reproductive parameters in seedlings of Handroanthus heptaphyllus

    Daiane C. Moreira

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Nymphs and adults of Tingis americana Drake, 1922 were found feeding on leaves of Handroanthus heptaphyllus (Vell. Mattos and Handroanthus chrysotrichus (Mart. ex A. DC. Mattos in the Botanic Garden, Porto Alegre, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. This is the first record of T. americana on these host plants and in the southern Brazil. We aimed to compare the nymphal development on both hosts and to analyze the reproductive parameters on H. heptaphyllus (25 ± 1ºC; 60 ± 10% RH; 16 h photophase. The mean nymphal period (days was shorter in individuals reared on H. heptaphyllus (12.69 ± 0.076 than on H. chrysotrichus (19.11 ± 0.208 (P < 0.0001, however, nymph viability was similar. On H. heptaphyllus, the mean embryonic period lasted 12.32 ± 0.274 days and the egg viability was 92%. The mean total and daily fecundity were 310.0 ± 19.40 eggs/female and 7.46 ± 0.302 eggs/female/day, respectively. Paired males and females showed similar longevity (P = 0.0691, while unpaired females lived longer than unpaired males (P = 0.0460.

  11. Genes belonging to the insulin and ecdysone signaling pathways can contribute to developmental time, lifespan and abdominal size variation in Drosophila americana.

    Micael Reis

    Full Text Available Even within a single genus, such as Drosophila, cases of lineage-specific adaptive evolution have been found. Therefore, the molecular basis of phenotypic variation must be addressed in more than one species group, in order to infer general patterns. In this work, we used D. americana, a species distantly-related to D. melanogaster, to perform an F2 association study for developmental time (DT, chill-coma recovery time (CRT, abdominal size (AS and lifespan (LS involving the two strains (H5 and W11 whose genomes have been previously sequenced. Significant associations were found between the 43 large indel markers developed here and DT, AS and LS but not with CRT. Significant correlations are also found between DT and LS, and between AS and LS, that might be explained by variation at genes belonging to the insulin and ecdysone signaling pathways. Since, in this F2 association study a single marker, located close to the Ecdysone receptor (EcR gene, explained as much as 32.6% of the total variation in DT, we performed a second F2 association study, to determine whether large differences in DT are always due to variation in this genome region. No overlapping signal was observed between the two F2 association studies. Overall, these results illustrate that, in D. americana, pleiotropic genes involved in the highly-conserved insulin and ecdysone signaling pathways are likely responsible for variation observed in ecologically relevant phenotypic traits, although other genes are also involved.

  12. 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.

  13. Effect of hydroalcoholic fruit extract of Persea americana Mill. on high fat diet induced obesity: A dose response study in rats.

    Monika, Padmanabhan; Geetha, Arumugam

    2016-06-01

    The fruits of Persea Americana Mill., commonly known as Avocado, are traditionally consumed for various health benefits including weight reduction. Here, we studied the effect of hydroalcoholic fruit extract of Persea americana (HAEPA) on high fat diet (HFD) induced obesity in rats. Obesity was induced in male Sprague Dawley rats by feeding HFD for 14 wk. The hypolipidemic effect was evaluated by co-administering 25, 50, 100 and 200 mg/kg body wt. of HAEPA. There was a significant increase in weight gain, body mass index (BMI), blood lipids, low density lipoproteins (LDL), lipid peroxides (LPO) and serum transaminases in HFD fed rats. HFD+HAEPA fed rats showed a significant decrease in blood lipids, LPO, liver lipids and increase in antioxidant status when compared to HFD control rats. The activity of lipid metabolic key enzymes such as fatty acid synthase and HMG CoA reductase in liver were also found to be decreased significantly in HAEPA co-administered rats. Lipoprotein lipase activity was found increased in HFD+HAEPA rats. Among the 4 doses studied, 100 mg of HAEPA/kg body wt. exhibited optimum hypolipidemic activity. Histopathological observations in liver and visceral adipose tissue added more evidence for the lipid lowering effect of HAEPA. It can be concluded that avocado fruit extract can act as hypolipidemic agent probably by modulating the activities of HMG CoA reductase and fatty acid synthase in liver. PMID:27468463

  14. Analysis of expressed sequence tags (ESTs) from avocado seed (Persea americana var. drymifolia) reveals abundant expression of the gene encoding the antimicrobial peptide snakin.

    Guzmán-Rodríguez, Jaquelina J; Ibarra-Laclette, Enrique; Herrera-Estrella, Luis; Ochoa-Zarzosa, Alejandra; Suárez-Rodríguez, Luis María; Rodríguez-Zapata, Luis C; Salgado-Garciglia, Rafael; Jimenez-Moraila, Beatriz; López-Meza, Joel E; López-Gómez, Rodolfo

    2013-09-01

    Avocado is one of the most important fruits in the world. Avocado "native mexicano" (Persea americana var. drymifolia) seeds are widely used in the propagation of this plant and are the primary source of rootstocks globally for a variety of avocado cultivars, such as the Hass avocado. Here, we report the isolation of 5005 ESTs from the 5' ends of P. americana var. drymifolia seed cDNA clones representing 1584 possible unigenes. These avocado seed ESTs were compared with the avocado flower EST library, and we detected several genes that are expressed either in both tissues or only in the seed. The snakin gene, which encodes an element of the innate immune response in plants, was one of those most frequently found among the seed ESTs, and this suggests that it is abundantly expressed in the avocado seed. We expressed the snakin gene in a heterologous system, namely the bovine endothelial cell line BVE-E6E7. Conditioned media from transfected BVE-E6E7 cells showed antimicrobial activity against strains of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. This is the first study of the function of the snakin gene in plant seed tissue, and our observations suggest that this gene might play a protective role in the avocado seed. PMID:23811120

  15. Epizootic vacuolar myelinopathy of the central nervous system of bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and American coots (Fulica americana)

    Thomas, N.J.; Meteyer, C.U.; Sileo, L.

    1998-01-01

    Unprecedented mortality occurred in bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) at DeGray Lake, Arkansas, during the winters of 1994-1995 and 1996-1997. The first eagles were found dead during November, soon after arrival from fall migration, and deaths continued into January during both episodes. In total, 29 eagles died at or near DeGray Lake in the winter of 1994-1995 and 26 died in the winter of 1996-1997; no eagle mortality was noted during the same months of the intervening winter or in the earlier history of the lake. During the mortality events, sick eagles were observed overflying perches or colliding with rock walls. Signs of incoordination and limb paresis were also observed in American coots (Fulica americana) during the episodes of eagle mortality, but mortality in coots was minimal. No consistent abnormalities were seen on gross necropsy of either species. No microscopic findings in organs other than the central nervous system (CNS) could explain the cause of death. By light microscopy, all 26 eagles examined and 62/77 (81%) coots had striking, diffuse, spongy degeneration of the white matter of the CNS. Vacuolation occurred in all myelinated CNS tissue, including the cerebellar folia and medulla oblongata, but was most prominent in the optic tectum. In the spinal cord, vacuoles were concentrated near the gray matter, and occasional swollen axons were seen. Vacuoles were uniformly present in optic nerves but were not evident in the retina or peripheral or autonomic nerves. Cellular inflammatory response to the lesion was distinctly lacking. Vacuoles were 8-50 microns in diameter and occurred individually, in clusters, or in rows. In sections stained by luxol fast blue/periodic acid-Schiff stain, the vacuoles were delimited and transected by myelin strands. Transmission electron microscopy revealed intramyelinic vacuoles formed in the myelin sheaths by splitting of one or more myelin lamellae at the intraperiodic line. This lesion is characteristic of

  16. Incidence and growth of Salmonella enterica on the peel and pulp of avocado (Persea americana) and custard apple (Annona squamosa).

    Rezende, Ana Carolina B; Crucello, Juliana; Moreira, Rafael C; Silva, Beatriz S; Sant'Ana, Anderson S

    2016-10-17

    The aim of this study was to assess the incidence and to estimate the growth kinetic parameters (maximum growth rate, μ; lag time, λ; and maximum population, κ) of Salmonella on the peel and pulp of avocado (Perseaamericana var. americana) and custard apple (Annona squamosa L.) as affected by temperature (10-30°C). The incidence of Salmonella was assessed on the peel and pulp of the fruits (n=200 of each fruit), separately, totalizing 800 analyses. Only three samples of custard apple pulp were positive for Salmonella enterica and the three isolates recovered belonged to serotype S. Typhimurium. Salmonella was not recovered from avocado and custard apple peels and from avocado pulp. Generally, the substrate (pulp or peel) of growth did not affect μ values of S. enterica (p>0.05). Very similar μ values were found for S. enterica inoculated in custard apple and avocado. S. enterica presented the highest λ in the peel of the fruits. The growth of S. enterica resulted in larger λ in custard apple in comparison to avocado. For example, the λ of S. enterica in the pulp of custard apple and avocado were 47.0±0.78h and 10.0±3.78h, respectively. The lowest values of κ were obtained at the lower storage temperature conditions (10°C). For instance, κ values of 3.7±0.06log CFU/g and 2.9±0.03log CFU/g were obtained from the growth of S. enterica in avocado and custard apple pulps at 10°C (pavocado led to a κ value of 6.5±0.25log CFU/g, while in the peel led to a κ value of 4.6±0.23log CFU/g (pavocado comprises a better substrate than custard apple for the growth of S. enterica. The square root model fitted to the data obtained in this study and to the growth data available in the literature for other tropical low acid fruits indicated high variability in μ and λ of Salmonella. The results obtained in this study show that whole low acid tropical fruits can harbor Salmonella, and that this foodborne pathogen can not only survive but also grow both on the

  17. De la América española a la América americana. Actas del Simposio América V Centenario 1492-1992 (Reseña)

    Martínez-Ferrer, L. (Luis)

    1994-01-01

    Resumen del libro de Francisco Víctor SÁNCHEZ GIL - Francisco MARTÍNEZ FRESNEDA (eds.), De la América española a la América americana. Actas del Simposio América V Centenario 1492-1992, Instituto Teológico de Murcia OFM («Mayor», 4), Murcia 1991, 196 pp.

  18. Growth and cesium uptake responses of Phytolacca americana Linn. and Amaranthus cruentus L. grown on cesium contaminated soil to elevated CO2 or inoculation with a plant growth promoting rhizobacterium Burkholderia sp. D54, or in combination

    Highlights: ► Elevated CO2 and microbial inoculation, alone or in combination, significantly promoted growth of P. americana, and A. cruentus. ► Total tissue Cs in plants was significantly increased. ► A. cruentus had higher tissue Cs concentration, Cs transfer factors and concentration ratios than P. americana. ► The two plants had slightly different contents of antioxidant enzymes. ► Combined effects of elevated CO2 and microbial inoculation can be explored for CO2- and microbe-assisted phytoextraction technology. - Abstract: Growth and cesium uptake responses of plants to elevated CO2 and microbial inoculation, alone or in combination, can be explored for clean-up of contaminated soils, and this induced phytoextraction may be better than the natural process. The present study used open-top chambers to investigate combined effects of Burkholderia sp. D54 inoculation and elevated CO2 (860 μL L−1) on growth and Cs uptake by Phytolacca americana and Amaranthus cruentus grown on soil spiked with various levels of Cs (0–1000 mg kg−1). Elevated CO2 and bacterial inoculation, alone or in combination, significantly increased biomass production with increased magnitude, ranging from 22% to 139% for P. americana, and 14% to 254% for A. cruentus. Total tissue Cs in both plants was significantly greater for bacterial inoculation treatment singly, and combined treatments of bacterial inoculation and elevated CO2 than for the control treatment in most cases. Regardless of CO2 concentrations and bacterial inoculation, A. cruentus had higher tissue Cs concentration, Cs transfer factors and concentration ratios than P. americana, but they had slightly different contents of antioxidant enzymes. It is concluded that combined effects of elevated CO2 and microbial inoculation with regard to plant ability to grow and remove radionuclides from soil can be explored for CO2- and microbe-assisted phytoextraction technology.

  19. Caracterização química das plantas aquáticas coletadas no reservatório de Salto Grande (Americana-SP) Chemical characterization of aquatic plants assessed in Salto Grande reservoir (Americana-SP, Brazil)

    Martins, D.; N.V. Costa; M.A. Terra; S.R. Marchi; E.D. Velini

    2003-01-01

    O objetivo deste trabalho foi caracterizar a constituição química das espécies de plantas aquáticas Brachiaria arrecta, Eichhornia crassipes, Pistia stratiotes e Salvinia auriculata - encontradas no reservatório da usina hidrelétrica de Salto Grande, em Americana-SP - de forma a fornecer subsídios para futuras avaliações sobre o comportamento da biomassa dessas espécies em local de descarte ou no próprio reservatório. As amostras de plantas foram coletadas no dia 16.4.2002, sendo desidratadas...

  20. Agave Americana Leaf Fibers

    Ashish Hulle; Pradyumkumar Kadole; Pooja Katkar

    2015-01-01

    The growing environmental problems, the problem of waste disposal and the depletion of non-renewable resources have stimulated the use of green materials compatible with the environment to reduce environmental impacts. Therefore, there is a need to design products by using natural resources. Natural fibers seem to be a good alternative since they are abundantly available and there are a number of possibilities to use all the components of a fiber-yielding crop; one such fiber-yielding plant i...

  1. American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

    Ackerman, Joshua T.; Hartman, C. Alex; Herzog, Mark P.; Takekawa, John Y.; Robinson, Julie A.; Oring, Lewis W.; Skorupa, Joseph P.; Boettcher, Ruth

    2013-01-01

    This large, striking shorebird with long bluish-gray legs, a long recurved bill, and a black-and-white chevron pattern on its back and wings is one of four Avocet species in the world, the only one with distinct breeding and non-breeding plumages -- its grayish-white head and neck feathers become cinnamon in early spring as birds begin to form pairs and migrate to breeding areas.

  2. Apropiación y alienación: consideraciones hermenéutico-existenciales a propósito de la Pastoral americana de Philip Roth

    Germán Darío Vélez López

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Partiendo de una formulación básica de algunos elementos relevantes de la hermenéutica fenomenológica de Heidegger, el presente artículo propone una lectura de la obra del escritor norteamericano Philip Roth titulada Pastoral americana, que lo hizo acreedor al premio Pulitzer en 1989. El propósito cen- tral de esa lectura consiste en mostrar de qué manera fenómenos existenciales elementales como estar-lejos (Wegsein, estar-despierto (Wachsein, estar-ahí (Dasein permiten una articulación propia del sentido de la obra de Roth en la que ésta manifiesta su particular compromiso existencial.

  3. La ciencia política en Estados Unidos: cien años de la Asociación Americana de Ciencia Política

    Roberto GarcíaJurado

    2005-01-01

    Con este artículo se conmemoran los cien años de existencia de la Asociación Americana de Ciencia Política (APSA, por sus siglas en inglés), la cual fue fundada a principios del siglo XX. A partir de entonces ha cumplido una función determinante en la profesionalización de la disciplina en Estados Unidos. Además, la conmemoración permite hacer un recuento del desarrollo de la ciencia política en este país, la cual ha influido enormemente durante el siglo XX en muchas otras partes del mundo....

  4. La exposición histórico-americana de Madrid de 1892 y la ¿ausencia? de México

    Ramírez Losada, Dení

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available The Fourth Centennial of the Discovery of America was celebrated in 1892. Together with the rest of the festivities, the Historical American Exposition of Madrid is considered a landmark not only for its political, cultural and scientific relevance, which, to this day, have not been studied in their entirety, but as well for the implications that resulted for Mexico. This article is meant to show, on the one side, the singularity of such festivities, and, on the other, the fact that Mexico’s participation constituted an important historical moment for Mexican scientific anthropology. This research was essentially carried out based on the numerous documentation found at the Archivo General de la Administración, Alcalá de Henares.

    En 1892 se celebró en España el IV Centenario del Descubrimiento de América. En el marco de este festejo destacó, sin duda, la Exposición Histórico Americana de Madrid no sólo por su enorme relevancia política, cultural y científica que, hasta ahora, se ha estudiado poco, sino por todo aquello que significó para México en particular. El artículo centra su interés en destacar, por un lado, la singularidad de los festejos colombinos y, por el otro, mostrar que la participación de México en la Exposición Histórico-Americana constituyó todo un hito científico en la antropología mexicana. La investigación se llevó a cabo, fundamentalmente, sobre la copiosa documentación encontrada en el Archivo General de la Administración, Alcalá de Henares.

  5. Isolation, characterization, and localization of AgaSGNH cDNA: a new SGNH-motif plant hydrolase specific to Agave americana L. leaf epidermis.

    Reina, José J; Guerrero, Consuelo; Heredia, Antonio

    2007-01-01

    GDSL and SGNH hydrolases are lipases involved in a wide range of functions, behaving in many cases as bifunctional enzymes. In this work, the isolation and characterization of AgaSGNH, a cDNA encoding a member of the SGNH-hydrolase superfamily from young leaf epidermis of the monocot Agave americana L., is reported. The protein possesses a typical signal peptide at its N-terminus that allows its secretion to the epidermis cell wall, as verified by immunolocalization experiments. In addition, the AgaSGNH sequence contains a His-Leu-Gly-Ala-Glu (HLGAE) motif which is similar to that observed in other plant acyltransferases. Expression levels by northern blot and in situ localization of the corresponding mRNA, as well as the immunolocalization of the protein in Agave young leaves indicate that the protein is specifically present in the epidermal cells. The detailed study performed in different parts of the Agave leaf confirms two aspects: first, the expression of AgaSGNH is limited to the epidermis, and second, the maximum mRNA levels are found in the epidermis of the youngest zones of the leaf which are especially active in cutin biosynthesis. These levels dramatically decrease in the oldest zone of the leaf, where the presence of AgaSGNH mRNA is undetectable, and the biosynthesis of different cuticle components is severely reduced. These data could be compatible with the hypothesis that AgaSGNH could carry out both the hydrolysis and the transfer, from an activated acyl-CoA to a crescent cutin in Agave americana leaves and, therefore, be involved in the still unknown mechanism of plant cutin biosynthesis. PMID:17609535

  6. Fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae associated to native fruit of Spondias spp. (Anacardiaceae and Ximenia americana L. (Olacaceae and their parasitoids in the State of Piaui, Brazil

    Almerinda Amélia Rodrigues Araújo

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available This work aims to identify the species of fruit flies and their parasitoids associated to native fruit of Spondias spp. (caja S. mombin L., umbu-caja Spondias sp., umbu S. tuberosa Arr. Câm. and wild plum Ximenia americana L., in the State of Piaui, Brazil. Samples (63 of fruits were collected from November 2009 to July 2010, totalizing 4,495 fruits and 46,906 kg. It was possible to obtain 10,617 puparia, from which 4,497 tephritids and 1,118 braconid parasitoids emerged. Regarding Spondias spp., the highest occurrence was Anastrepha obliqua (Macquart, with 100% for umbu and umbu-caja. Caja presented an average of 99.52% of A. obliqua, 0.46% of Anastrepha fraterculus (Wied. and 0.97% of Ceratitis capitata (Wied.. Wild plum percentages were 97.83% for A. alveata Stone and 2.17% for A. fraterculus. Infestation rates were 429.2, 178.4, 158.9 and 43.3 puparia/kg in umbu-caja, caja, wild plum and umbu, respectively. Pupal viability was 77.8%, 69.3%, 52.5% and 41.1% to umbu, wild plum, umbu-caja and caja, respectively. By analyzing the sample parasitoids, the percentage was 21.39% for the Doryctobracon areolatus (Szépligeti species and 78.61% for Opius bellus Gahan. For the first time, it was recorded in Brazil X. americana as a host to A. alveata, as well as D. aleolatus and O. bellus as parasitoids of A. obliqua and A. alveata in Piaui.

  7. Um foco potencial de Tripanosomíase Americana na cidade do Rio de Janeiro (Distrito Federal

    F. Nery Guimarães

    1943-12-01

    Full Text Available São relatados estudos epidemiológicos feitos em um foco potencial de Tripanosomiase americana no bairro Santa Teresa na Cidade do Rio de Janeiro. Enquanto a pesquisa intensiva de Triatomideos em 40 "cafuas" existentes em áreas silvestres do local foi negativa, 11 exemplares (seis fêmeas e cinco machos de Panstrongylus mzgistus (Burmeister, 1835 foram capturados em um grande edifício do local, estando nove infectados pelo Trypanosoma (S. cruzi. Positivamente, tais insetos aí vieram ter atraídos pela grande iluminação dêsse edifício, seus focos de criação encontrando-se na mata. Não foi possível demonstrar de modo indiscutível tais criadouros em cuidadosas pesquisas feitas durante 10 meses. Todavia, em ninho de gambá (Didelphis marsupialis foi achado uma casca de ovo de Triatomídeo, o qual pode ser atribuído ao P. megistus. Também em ninhos dos mesmos marsupiais e também de ratos silvestres foi descoberto um novo Triatomídeo (Parabelminus carioca Lent, 1943 novo transmissor do Trypanosoma (S. cruzi, e que foi motivo de uma publicação anterior. De 42 exemplares de gambás (D. marsupialis submetidos ao exame direto do sangue e ao xenodiagnóstico, 15 (ou seja 35.7 % mostraram-se naturalmente infectados pelo T. (S. cruzi. Dêstes quinze, quatro foram negativos ao exame direto de sangue, mas positivos ao xenodiagnóstico. Outro marsupial (Metachirus nudicaudatus Geoffroy, antes ainda não referido como depositário silvestre do Trypanosoma (S. cruzi, foi verificado com infecção natural pelo xenodiagnóstico. A amostra "gambá” de T. (S. cruzi, mostrou-se patogênica para cao rhesus, gato e cobaio. Foi possível cultivá-la em meios de Nöller e NNN. A amostra "cuica" foi capaz de infectar cão e cobaio e também foi cultivada. A amostra "panstrongylus" também infectou cão e cobaio. Camondongos (Mus musculus, var albina inoculados com qualquer uma das amostras, não apresentaram infecção sanguínea apreciável ao exame

  8. As famílias na abordagem Minskyana: aspectos e desdobramentos do endividamento das famílias americanas no século XX e início do XXI

    EVERTON S. T. ROSA

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO Este artigo busca retratar a inserção financeira das famílias e suas implicações para a dinâmica do sistema econômico, tendo em vista a importância assumida pelo endividamento das famílias norte-americanas nas últimas décadas, em particular, na crise de 2007 nos EUA. Frente às transformações da economia norte-americana e de seu sistema financeiro, é proposto o resgate das contribuições da economia monetária de Keynes e da visão financeira de Minsky para compreender de forma adequada o comportamento das famílias, tanto na dimensão dos fluxos de renda e gastos, quanto nas decisões sobre estoques de ativos e passivos sujeitos à volatilidade e incerteza.

  9. Aspectos epidemiológicos da Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana no município de Juína, Mato Grosso, Brasil = Epidemiological aspects of American Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in the city of Juína, Mato Grosso state, Brazil

    França, Eduardo Luzia

    2009-01-01

    Conclusões: a análise dos dados revelou que a Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana é uma parasitose importante no município de Juína. Os dados sugerem relação com a atividade laboral e um perfil de transmissão predominantemente silvestre, o que deve ser levado em conta ao definir medidas de controle da doença na região.

  10. Morphological, molecular and developmental characterization of the thelastomatid nematode Thelastoma bulhoesi (de Magalhães, 1900) (Oxyuridomorpha: Thelastomatidae) parasite of Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus, 1758) (Blattodea: Blattidae) in Japan.

    Ozawa, Sota; Morffe, Jans; Vicente, Cláudia S L; Ikeda, Kenji; Shinya, Ryoji; Hasegawa, Koichi

    2016-06-01

    The American cockroach Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus, 1758) (Blattodea: Blattidae) has been spreading worldwide by commerce and has successfully adjusted to living with humans. There are many reports of thelastomatid parasitic nematode isolated from P. americana in many countries including USA, Canada, India, Argentina, Bulgaria, but not in Japan. We have investigated the parasitic nematodes in P. americana lab strain and field-captured individuals in Japan and found that Thelastoma bulhoesi (de Magalhães, 1900) (Oxyuridomorpha: Thelastomatidae) parasitizes with high infection rates. We described morphological, molecular, and developmental characters of the parasitic nematode because such information was missing despite it has been discovered more than one hundred years ago. We described morphometrics with DIC microscopy and fine structure of male and female adult with SEM observation. We also reveal the embryonic and postembryonic development of this nematode. This is the first report of a thelastomatid nematode isolated from American cockroach in Japan, and the data showed here is also very useful and fundamental for further analysis of the cockroach and parasite relations. PMID:27078647

  11. Synthèses enzymatiques de néoglucoconjugués catalysées par l'alpha-glucosidase purifiée de la blatte Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus

    Kamenan A.

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Enzymatic synthesis of neoglucoconjugates by purified α-glucosidase from cockroach Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus. Cockroach Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus contains in his digestive tract an acid (pH 5,0 and mesophile (50°C α-glucosidase. This enzyme, purified to homogeneity, hydrolyses highly maltose, sucrose and p-nitrophenyl-α-Dglucopyranoside. The ability of α-glucosidase from cockroach purified to homogeneity to catalyse transglucosylation reactions was tested using maltose and saccharose as glucosyl donors and 2-phenylethanol and phenol as acceptors. The experimental conditions were optimized in relation to the time course of the reaction, pH and concentrations of glucosyl donors and acceptors. The yields in transglucosylation reactions at 37 °C were very high and could attain 67% and 48% with 2-phenylethanol and phenol respectively as glucosyl acceptors. This α-glucosidase hydrolyzed the products formed. It seems that the products formed were the phenylethyl-α-D-glucoside and phenyl-α-D-glucoside. These results suggest that α- glucosidase from cockroach is an exoglucosidase which catalyse the splitting of the α-glucosyl residue from the non reducing terminal of the substrate to liberate α-glucose. This comportment indicates that this enzyme operated by a mechanism involving the retention of the anomeric configuration. On the basis of this work, α-glucosidase from P. americana appears to be a valuable tool for the preparation of α-neoglucoconjugates.

  12. Perfil de isotipos de imunoglobulinas e subclasses de IgG na leishmaniose tegumentar americana Immunoglobulin isotype and IgG subclass profiles in american tegumentary leishmaniasis

    Maria Aparecida de Souza

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho avaliou o perfil de anticorpos em amostras de soro de 37 pacientes com diagnóstico clínico confirmado ou compatível com leishmaniose tegumentar americana atendidos no Hospital de Clínicas da Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, MG. Os perfis das classes de imunoglobulinas e subclasses de IgG foram analisados pelo teste ELISA indireto, utilizando-se antígeno solúvel de Leishmania (Leishmania amazonensis. A avidez dos anticorpos foi determinada pelo tratamento com uréia a 6 M, após incubação dos soros com o antígeno. Observou-se que 97%, 94,6%, 57,5 e 21,5% das amostras testadas apresentaram anticorpos anti-Leishmania das classes IgE, IgG, IgA e IgM, respectivamente e, os perfis das subclasses de IgG demonstraram, IgG1>IgG3>IgG2>IgG4. Os anticorpos IgE anti-Leishmania de alta avidez corresponderam a 44,4%. Por outro lado, IgG e IgA anti-Leishmania foram em sua maioria (62,8 e 47,8%, respectivamente, de média avidez. A variação do perfil de isotipos, bem como a avidez das imunoglobulinas refletiu a complexidade da resposta imune humoral contra a leishmaniose tegumentar americana.The present work investigated the serum antibody profiles in 37 patients with American tegumentary leishmaniasis, who were attended at Hospital de Clinicas - Universidade Federal de Uberlandia, MG, Brazil. The immunoglobulin class and IgG subclass profiles were analyzed by indirect ELISA using Leishmania (Leishmania amazonensis soluble antigen. The antibody avidity was determined by 6 M urea treatment after incubation with immunoenzymatic conjugate. It was observed that 97% of the serum samples presented anti-Leishmania antibodies for IgE class, 94.6% IgG, 57.5% IgA and 21.5% IgM class. For IgG subclasses the profiles were in the following order of frequency: IgG1>IgG3>IgG2>IgG4. High avidity of anti-Leishmania IgE antibodies was found in 44.4% of the samples. On the other hand, moderate avidity of specific IgG and IgA was observed in 62

  13. DESAFIOS DA PRODUÇÃO AGRÍCOLA CAMPONESA NOS ASSENTAMENTOS DE REFORMA AGRÁRIA Assentamento Milton Santos – Americana/SP

    Larissa Mies Bombardi

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available  Este artigo aborda a Experiência de Extensão em Geografia Agrária coordenada pelas Profas Dras Larissa Mies Bombardi e Sidneide Manfredini, e realizada em conjunto com um grupo de alunos do Depto. De Geografia da USP. Tem como finalidade colaborar com as práticas agrícolas e a comercialização que se iniciam no Assentamento Milton Santos localizado nos municípios de Americana e Cosmopólis – São Paulo. Este assentamento apresenta peculiaridades que se colocam como um grande desafio a sua efetiva implantação. Concebido nos moldes de Comuna da Terra, é constituído em sua quase totalidade por famílias de origem urbana, está localizado em uma região monocultora de cana-de-açúcar e dista cerca de 10km das áreas urbanas dos municípios aos quais está afeto (Americana, Cosmópolis e Paulínia. À medida que se conseguiu agregar competências diversas ao grupo inicialmente constituído exclusivamente por geógrafos, com alunos e professores da Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz, da Engenharia Sanitária da Escola Politécnica e da Faculdade de Arquitetura da USP, o projeto foi se ampliando e redirecionando seus objetivos iniciais. A implementação de sistemas agrícolas otimizados, que condicionariam a efetiva implantação do assentamento, torna imprescindível o resgate da cultura camponesa, essencialmente nos elementos que concorrem para a apreensão e apropriação da paisagem, tanto quanto dos conhecimentos científicos embutidos nas tecnologias a serem empregadas, ou dos limites impostos pela legislação que regem o licenciamento ambiental dos projetos de reforma agrária. As ações deste grupo de trabalho passaram a se dar no sentido da intermediação na apropriação destes conhecimentos, numa perspectiva de gestão participativa que venha a concorrer para a estruturação da tessitura social deste coletivo, levando os assentados a se perceberem como sujeitos no processo de produção deste novo espaço

  14. Externalidades e mudanças da regulamentação ambiental para a suinocultura norte-americana: é possível no caso brasileiro?

    Celso Leonardo Weydmann

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho objetiva-se descrever a relação entre externalidade e regulação ambiental com base no desenvolvimento recente da suinocultura norte-americana para avaliar a possibilidade de uma reforma na legislação que permita um controle ambiental mais rigoroso dos dejetos da suinocultura brasileira. A análise evidenciou que se a reforma fosse feita aos moldes da norte-americana teria que ser uma iniciativa do governo federal para definir metas nacionais de padrões polutivos com base na consolidação de regras estaduais. Recursos públicos seriam necessários para fiscalizar e punir poluidores, e para financiar os produtores na aquisição dos insumos ambientais. Por outro lado, as pressões da sociedade estariam restritas à atuação de organizações isoladas de pesquisa e extensão. A conclusão é de que no curto-prazo não há condições econômicas, sociais e institucionais que apontem para a realização de reforma.This paper describes the relationship between externalities and environmental regulation in the USA hog sector to verify the possibility to increase the stringency of regulation concerning externalities caused by hog manure in Brazil. The analysis shows that if the regulation reform in Brazil is going to follow the one in the USA it should be a government iniciative through the definition of national polluting standards based on hog manure rules already in place by the Brazilian states. Public funds would be required to enforce and punish polluters, and also to support farmers to acquire environmental inputs. On the other side, social pressure would be confined from the action of isolated groups related to environment, agriculture and farmer's work extension. The main conclusion is that there are no economic, social and institutional factors indicating the feasibility of such reform in the short run.

  15. Growth and cesium uptake responses of Phytolacca americana Linn. and Amaranthus cruentus L. grown on cesium contaminated soil to elevated CO{sub 2} or inoculation with a plant growth promoting rhizobacterium Burkholderia sp. D54, or in combination

    Tang, Shirong, E-mail: tangshir@hotmail.com [Centre for Research in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Remediation, Agro-Environmental Protection Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Tianjin 300191 (China); Key Laboratory of Production Environment and Agro-product Safety of Ministry of Agriculture, Tianjin (China); Liao, Shangqiang; Guo, Junkang; Song, Zhengguo; Wang, Ruigang [Centre for Research in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Remediation, Agro-Environmental Protection Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Tianjin 300191 (China); Key Laboratory of Production Environment and Agro-product Safety of Ministry of Agriculture, Tianjin (China); Zhou, Xiaomin [Plant Science Department, McGill University, Macdonald Campus, 21111 Lakeshore Road, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, Canada H9X 3V9 (Canada)

    2011-12-30

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Elevated CO{sub 2} and microbial inoculation, alone or in combination, significantly promoted growth of P. americana, and A. cruentus. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Total tissue Cs in plants was significantly increased. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A. cruentus had higher tissue Cs concentration, Cs transfer factors and concentration ratios than P. americana. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The two plants had slightly different contents of antioxidant enzymes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Combined effects of elevated CO{sub 2} and microbial inoculation can be explored for CO{sub 2}- and microbe-assisted phytoextraction technology. - Abstract: Growth and cesium uptake responses of plants to elevated CO{sub 2} and microbial inoculation, alone or in combination, can be explored for clean-up of contaminated soils, and this induced phytoextraction may be better than the natural process. The present study used open-top chambers to investigate combined effects of Burkholderia sp. D54 inoculation and elevated CO{sub 2} (860 {mu}L L{sup -1}) on growth and Cs uptake by Phytolacca americana and Amaranthus cruentus grown on soil spiked with various levels of Cs (0-1000 mg kg{sup -1}). Elevated CO{sub 2} and bacterial inoculation, alone or in combination, significantly increased biomass production with increased magnitude, ranging from 22% to 139% for P. americana, and 14% to 254% for A. cruentus. Total tissue Cs in both plants was significantly greater for bacterial inoculation treatment singly, and combined treatments of bacterial inoculation and elevated CO{sub 2} than for the control treatment in most cases. Regardless of CO{sub 2} concentrations and bacterial inoculation, A. cruentus had higher tissue Cs concentration, Cs transfer factors and concentration ratios than P. americana, but they had slightly different contents of antioxidant enzymes. It is concluded that combined effects of elevated CO{sub 2} and microbial inoculation with

  16. Efecto del Clima, de las Características de la Hoja y de la Metodología de Medición en el Potencial Hídrico Xilemático en Palto (Persea americana Mill.) Effects of Environment, Leaf Characteristics and Measuring Methodology on Stem Water Potential in Avocado Trees (Persea americana Mill.)

    Raúl Ferreyra E.; Gabriel Selles V.; Patricio Maldonado B; José Celedón de A; Pilar Gil M

    2007-01-01

    Se realizó una investigación durante la temporada 2003/2004 en un huerto de paltos (Persea americana Mill.) cv. Hass, sobre portainjerto Mexicola, con el objeto de mejorar la metodología de medición del potencial hídrico xilemático medido a medio día (Ψxm), utilizando la técnica de la cámara de presión.. El huerto estaba localizado en a V Región (32°53’lat. Sur; 71°16’ long. Oeste). Los árboles se encontraban en etapa productiva y sin restricciones hídricas ni nutricionales. Se realizaro...

  17. Estudo da degradação da biomassa de três espécies de plantas aquáticas no reservatório da UHE de Americana-SP Study on the degradation of three aquatic weeds at the Americana-SP reservoir in Brazil

    E. Negrisoli; M.R Corrêa; E.D. Velini; L.F. Bravin; S.R. Marchi; A.L. Cavenaghi; C.V.S. Rossi

    2006-01-01

    O estudo de decomposição de plantas aquáticas foi realizado na UHE de Americana-CPFL, com o objetivo de avaliar a taxa de degradação de plantas na própria água do reservatório. Foram consideradas como variáveis a profundidade (superfície, 3,5 e 7,0 m), as espécies de plantas aquáticas (Eichhornia crassipes, Brachiaria subquadripara e Pistia stratiotes) e o tipo de processamento a que estas foram submetidas (planta inteira, planta picada manualmente e com aplicação de fogo). Este estudo indico...

  18. Leishmaniose tegumentar americana na Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro: I. investigação epidemiolôgica clínica e laboratorial

    Nelson A. Araújo Filho

    1981-12-01

    Full Text Available Os autores descrevem pela primeira vez a ocorrência de uma epidemia de Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana (LTAI na localidade de Praia Vermelha, Ilha Grande, município de Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, situada a 17 Km do continente. Em uma população de 453 pessoas examinadas, foram encontrados 33 casos de LTA, sendo 13 lesões em atividade e 20 cicatrizes. Entre os 33 casos, 30 eram autóctones da área de estudo. A doença ocorria há mais de 10 anos na Praia Vermelha, e, na Ilha Grande, há mais de 30 anos, sob a forma de casos esporádicos. Na Praia Vermelha, no período de 1974 a 1976, ocorreu uma epidemia com 27 casos da doença. A L TA, na Praia Vermelha, assume características de transmissão em ambiente domiciliar, atingindo indivíduos indistintamente, sem relação com sexo, idade ou profissão. Predominou a forma ulcerada, em extremidades do corpo com ocorrência de cura espontânea das lesões e não comprometimento das mucosas; um hamster entre 10 inoculados com material de lesão de caso humano desenvolveu, após 4 meses, lesão de focinho com resultados positivos para LTA.

  19. Bases das escolas Européia Norte e Americana, perante a cultura contábil e a proposta neopatrimonialista

    Antônio Lopes de Sá

    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available Como entender a matéria contábil, o método que se emprega para estudá-la, o respeito às tradições históricas como conquistas já feitas, as grandes finalidades desse conhecimento, em suma, como possuir uma visão realista e verdadeira sobre os fenômenos da riqueza individualizada é o que caracteriza uma "escola científica de Contabilidade". Diversos desses núcleos se formaram e ainda se formam, não só no setor contábil, mas, em todas as ciências, sempre em torno de lideranças, quer de pensadores, quer de grupos interessados em manipular idéias. Algumas escolas, todavia, basearam-se apenas no consenso de grupos e se ataram a um raciocínio pragmático. Por serem diferentes as concepções e os efeitos do tratamento que se tem dado à Contabilidade, as principais distinções de entendimento encontram-se, na atualidade, entre as escolas norte-americanas, pragmáticas e as européias, científicas. No Brasil a corrente científica do neopatrimonialismo oferece novas propostas em suas bases, mas, mantendo a fidelidade com as raízes latinas do conhecimento contábil.

  20. Stem Bark Extract and Fraction of Persea americana (Mill. Exhibits Bactericidal Activities against Strains of Bacillus cereus Associated with Food Poisoning

    David A. Akinpelu

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The study investigates the in vitro antibacterial potentials of stem bark extracts of Persea americana on strains of Bacillus cereus implicated in food poisoning. The crude stem bark extracts and butanolic fraction at a concentration of 25 mg/mL and 10 mg/mL, respectively, exhibited antibacterial activities against test isolates. The zones of inhibition exhibited by the crude extract and the fraction ranged between 10 mm and 26 mm, while the minimum inhibitory concentration values ranged between 0.78 and 5.00 mg/mL. The minimum bactericidal concentrations ranged between 3.12 mg/mL–12.5 mg/mL and 1.25–10 mg/mL for the extract and the fraction, respectively. The butanolic fraction killed 91.49% of the test isolates at a concentration of 2× MIC after 60 min of contact time, while a 100% killing was achieved after the test bacterial cells were exposed to the butanolic fraction at a concentration of 3× MIC after 90 min contact time. Intracellular protein and potassium ion leaked out of the test bacterial cells when exposed to certain concentrations of the fraction; this is an indication of bacterial cell wall disruptions by the extract’s butanolic fraction and, thus, caused a biocidal effect on the cells, as evident in the killing rate test results.

  1. Determination of changes in the metabolic profile of avocado fruits (Persea americana) by two CE-MS approaches (targeted and non-targeted).

    Contreras-Gutiérrez, Paulina K; Hurtado-Fernández, Elena; Gómez-Romero, María; Ignacio Hormaza, José; Carrasco-Pancorbo, Alegría; Fernández-Gutiérrez, Alberto

    2013-10-01

    A CZE method with two different MS detection conditions (MRM and Full Scan) was developed to determine qualitative and quantitative changes in the metabolic profile of avocado fruits (Persea americana). LODs in MRM approach were found between 20.1 and 203.0 ppb for abscisic acid and perseitol, respectively, whilst in Full Scan, varied within the range 0.22–1.90 ppm for the same metabolites. The RSDs for reproducibility test did not exceed 11.45%. The two MS approaches were used to quantify 10 metabolites (phenolic acids, flavonoids, a carbohydrate, an organic acid, a vitamin and a phytohormone) in 18 samples of avocado at different ripening states, and the achieved results were compared. Perseitol, quinic, chlorogenic, trans-cinnamic, pantothenic and abscisic acids, as well as epicatechin and catechin decreased during the ripening process, whereas ferulic and p-coumaric acids showed the opposite trend. Moreover, some other unknown compounds whose concentration changed largely during ripening were also studied by MS/MS and QTOF MS to get a tentative identification. PMID:24228266

  2. Stem bark extract and fraction of Persea americana (Mill.) exhibits bactericidal activities against strains of bacillus cereus associated with food poisoning.

    Akinpelu, David A; Aiyegoro, Olayinka A; Akinpelu, Oluseun F; Okoh, Anthony I

    2015-01-01

    The study investigates the in vitro antibacterial potentials of stem bark extracts of Persea americana on strains of Bacillus cereus implicated in food poisoning. The crude stem bark extracts and butanolic fraction at a concentration of 25 mg/mL and 10 mg/mL, respectively, exhibited antibacterial activities against test isolates. The zones of inhibition exhibited by the crude extract and the fraction ranged between 10 mm and 26 mm, while the minimum inhibitory concentration values ranged between 0.78 and 5.00 mg/mL. The minimum bactericidal concentrations ranged between 3.12 mg/mL-12.5 mg/mL and 1.25-10 mg/mL for the extract and the fraction, respectively. The butanolic fraction killed 91.49% of the test isolates at a concentration of 2× MIC after 60 min of contact time, while a 100% killing was achieved after the test bacterial cells were exposed to the butanolic fraction at a concentration of 3× MIC after 90 min contact time. Intracellular protein and potassium ion leaked out of the test bacterial cells when exposed to certain concentrations of the fraction; this is an indication of bacterial cell wall disruptions by the extract's butanolic fraction and, thus, caused a biocidal effect on the cells, as evident in the killing rate test results. PMID:25558854

  3. Antibacterial activity of defensin PaDef from avocado fruit (Persea americana var. drymifolia) expressed in endothelial cells against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus.

    Guzmán-Rodríguez, Jaquelina Julia; López-Gómez, Rodolfo; Suárez-Rodríguez, Luis M; Salgado-Garciglia, Rafael; Rodríguez-Zapata, Luis C; Ochoa-Zarzosa, Alejandra; López-Meza, Joel E

    2013-01-01

    Antimicrobial therapy is a useful tool to control infectious diseases in general and rising antibiotic resistant microorganisms in particular. Alternative strategies are desirable, and antimicrobial peptides (AMP) represent attractive control agents. Mexican avocado (Persea americana var. drymifolia) is used in traditional medicine; however, the AMP production has not been reported in this plant. We obtained a cDNA library from avocado fruit and clone PaDef was identified, which has a cDNA (249 bp) encoding a protein (78 aa) homologous with plant defensins (>80%). We expressed the defensin PaDef cDNA (pBME3) in the bovine endothelial cell line BVE-E6E7. Polyclonal and clonal populations were obtained and their activity was evaluated against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Candida albicans. E. coli viability was inhibited with 100 μg/mL of total protein from clones (>55%). Also, S. aureus viability was inhibited from 50 μg/mL total protein (27-38%) but was more evident at 100 μg/mL (52-65%). This inhibition was higher than the effect showed by polyclonal population (~23%). Finally, we did not detect activity against C. albicans. These results are the first report that shows antimicrobial activity of a defensin produced by avocado and suggest that this AMP could be used in the control of pathogens. PMID:24319695

  4. Comparison of food habits of white perch (Morone americana) in the heated effluent canal of a steam electric station and in an adjacent river system

    Analysis of the stomach contents of 97 white perch, Morone americana, taken from the effluent canal of a steam electric station (S.E.S.) and 106 white perch from adjacent Patuxent River waters indicated similar food habits from September 1970 through August 1971. However, 35 percent of all white perch taken from the heated effluent canal contained small pieces of coal and cinders, whereas only 3 percent of the river specimens contained such items in their stomachs. Fly ash and coal dust are present on the bottom of the S.E.S. canal, whereas little such material, if any, can be found on the river bottom in the study area. This suggests the canal fish were actively feeding in the heated effluent and not simply moving into the canal after feeding in the river. No significant difference (P greater than 0.05) was found between the average wet weight stomach contents of the river and canal fish within the same month

  5. El Observador español en Londres, un periódico fernandino contra la emancipación Americana

    Hernández González, Manuel

    1999-08-01

    Full Text Available This article studies the apparition, contents and repercussion of El Observador Español in London, a pro-absolutist review published in the capital city of Great Britain in response to the support given by the public opinion to the American emancipation. His director was Miguel Cabral de Morona, who had been critical of the Spanish conquest and a radical liberal in the Cádiz of the Cortes. This project was doomed to fail, but it was contested by important writers favourable to the American independence.

    Este artículo estudia la creación, difusión, contenidos y repercusión del Observador español en Londres, un periódico fernandino editado en la capital británica con el objetivo de contrarrestar la opinión pública favorable a la emancipación americana. Redactado por el madeirense Miguel Cabral de Noroña, antiguo crítico de la colonización española y liberal radical en el Cádiz de las Cortes, su proyecto estaba condenado de antemano al fracaso, pero mereció las réplicas de significados voceros de la causa emancipadora.

  6. Informação e conhecimento: análise da rede apl têxtil de americana/sp-Brasil

    Cibele Roberta Sugahara

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports on the analysis knowledge building process in the context of networked companies, more specifically in the American Textile Network APL/SP-Brazil (Local Productive Arrangement. To do so, a case study was used to analyze the information exchange for the development of joint activities in the Textile Network APL that incorporates several links of the textile supply chain (Spinning, Processing, Weaving and Tailoring, located in the surrounding of Americana,Sao Paulo. Based on earlier studies regarding the process of knowledge construction developed by Nonaka and Takeuchi (1997, a questionnaire with 7 (seven questions was applied to the experts making up the APL Textile network. The study involved 37 participant companies out of 51. From this instrument, it was possible to collect data to support the research regarding information exchange and knowledge sharing for the development of joint activities among the case study members. The work highlights the importance of sharing tacit knowledge that allows reconstructing and exploiting knowledge more broadly. That is why the externalization of tacit knowledge into explicit knowledge is also required in a networked environment.

  7. Antibacterial Activity of Defensin PaDef from Avocado Fruit (Persea americana var. drymifolia Expressed in Endothelial Cells against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus

    Jaquelina Julia Guzmán-Rodríguez

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Antimicrobial therapy is a useful tool to control infectious diseases in general and rising antibiotic resistant microorganisms in particular. Alternative strategies are desirable, and antimicrobial peptides (AMP represent attractive control agents. Mexican avocado (Persea americana var. drymifolia is used in traditional medicine; however, the AMP production has not been reported in this plant. We obtained a cDNA library from avocado fruit and clone PaDef was identified, which has a cDNA (249 bp encoding a protein (78 aa homologous with plant defensins (>80%. We expressed the defensin PaDef cDNA (pBME3 in the bovine endothelial cell line BVE-E6E7. Polyclonal and clonal populations were obtained and their activity was evaluated against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Candida albicans. E. coli viability was inhibited with 100 μg/mL of total protein from clones (>55%. Also, S. aureus viability was inhibited from 50 μg/mL total protein (27–38% but was more evident at 100 μg/mL (52–65%. This inhibition was higher than the effect showed by polyclonal population (~23%. Finally, we did not detect activity against C. albicans. These results are the first report that shows antimicrobial activity of a defensin produced by avocado and suggest that this AMP could be used in the control of pathogens.

  8. The defensin from avocado (Persea americana var. drymifolia) PaDef induces apoptosis in the human breast cancer cell line MCF-7.

    Guzmán-Rodríguez, Jaquelina Julia; López-Gómez, Rodolfo; Salgado-Garciglia, Rafael; Ochoa-Zarzosa, Alejandra; López-Meza, Joel E

    2016-08-01

    Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are cytotoxic to cancer cells; however, mainly the effects of AMPs from animals have been evaluated. In this work, we assessed the cytotoxicity of PaDef defensin from avocado (Persea americana var. drymifolia) on the MCF-7 cancer cell line (a breast cancer cell line) and evaluated its mechanism of action. PaDef inhibited the viability of MCF-7 cells in a concentration-dependent manner, with an IC50=141.62μg/ml. The viability of normal peripheral blood mononuclear cells was unaffected by this AMP. Additionally, PaDef induced apoptosis in MCF-7 cells in a time-dependent manner, but did not affect the membrane potential or calcium flow. In addition, PaDef IC50 induced the expression of cytochrome c, Apaf-1, and the caspase 7 and 9 genes. Likewise, this defensin induced the loss of mitochondrial Δψm and increased the phosphorylation of MAPK p38, which may lead to MCF-7 apoptosis by the intrinsic pathway. This is the first report of an avocado defensin inducing intrinsic apoptosis in cancer cells, which suggests that it could be a potential therapeutic molecule in the treatment of cancer. PMID:27470405

  9. Tratamiento contable de las transacciones separadas en las combinaciones de negocios. Proceso armonizador de la normativa contable internacional (IFRS y americana (FAS

    Montserrat Manzaneque Lizano

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Los cambios introducidos en la FAS 141(R (2007 americana y en la IFRS 3 (R (2008, con el fin de armonizar los aspectos contables de las operaciones referentes a la combinación de negocios, han puesto de manifiesto la existencia de determinadas transacciones que no forman parte de la propia combinación y a las que se denomina transacciones separadas, cuya delimitación de la combinación de negocios queda dispersa en ambas normas, por lo que en ocasiones resulta poco clarificador. Así, este trabajo pretende facilitar al lector la comprensión de su tratamiento contable abordando la problemática de identificar las transacciones que se producen, y las que no, como consecuencia de la combinación de negocios, el tratamiento contable de esta disyuntiva y su efecto sobre el reconocimiento y valoración del fondo de comercio (cuenta de crédito mercantil.

  10. 古波斯文明%The Civilization of Ancient Persia

    2004-01-01

    @@ Comparatively little is known of the Persians before the sixth century B.C. Up to that time they appear to have led an obscure and peaceful existence on the eastern shore of the Persian Gulf. Their homeland afforded only modest advantages. On the east it was hemmed in by high mountains, and its coast line was destitute of harbors. The fertile valleys of the interior, however, were capable of providing a generous subsistence for a limited population. Save for the development of an elaborate religion, the people had made little progress. They had no system of writing, but they did have a spoken language closely related to Sanskrit and to the languages of ancient and modern Europe. It is for this reason alone and not because of race that they are accurately referred to as an Indo-European people. At the dawn of their history they were not an independent nation but were vassals1 of Medes, a kindred2 people who ruled over a great empire north and east of the Tigris River.

  11. Dental and oral diseases in Medieval Persia, lessons from Hedayat Akhawayni

    Khodadoust, Kazem; Ardalan, MohammadReza; Pourabbas, Reza; Abdolrahimi, Majid

    2013-01-01

    Persian physicians had a great role in assimilation and expansion of medical sciences during the medieval period and Islamic golden age. In fact the dominant medical figures of that period were of Persian origin such as Avicenna and Razes, but their works have been written in Arabic that was the lingua franca of the period. Undoubtedly the most substantial medical book of that period that has been written in Persian belongs to Abubakr Rabi ibn Ahmad al-Akhawayni al-Bokhari and his book, Hiday...

  12. An investigation into the ancient abortion laws: comparing ancient Persia with ancient Greece and Rome.

    Yarmohammadi, Hassan; Zargaran, Arman; Vatanpour, Azadeh; Abedini, Ehsan; Adhami, Siamak

    2013-01-01

    Since the dawn of medicine, medical rights and ethics have always been one of mankind's concerns. In any civilisation, attention paid to medical laws and ethics depends on the progress of human values and the advancement of medical science. The history of various civilisations teaches that each had its own views on medical ethics, but most had something in common. Ancient civilisations such as Greece, Rome, or Assyria did not consider the foetus to be alive and therefore to have human rights. In contrast, ancient Persians valued the foetus as a living person equal to others. Accordingly, they brought laws against abortion, even in cases of sexual abuse. Furthermore, abortion was considered to be a murder and punishments were meted out to the mother, father, and the person performing it. PMID:24304111

  13. Surto de leishmaniose tegumentar americana em Canoa, Santo Amaro, Bahia, Brasil An outbreak of American cutaneous leishmaniasis in Canoa, Santo Amaro, Bahia, Brazil

    Ivonise Follador

    1999-10-01

    Full Text Available Em 1993, um surto leishmaniose tegumentar americana (LTA foi detectado no povoado rural de Canoa, município de Santo Amaro, Bahia. Um estudo observacional prospectivo delineou-se, com objetivo de determinar as taxas de freqüência e caracterizar clinicamente a doença. Foram acompanhados 555 indivíduos, registrando-se 29 casos de LTA, 11 casos sugestivos de LTA pregressa e 529 sadios. Desses 529 sadios, 65 apresentaram reação de Montenegro positiva sem qualquer evidência presente ou passada de doença. A prevalência de LTA no período de estudo foi de 5,2% (29/555. A leishmania envolvida foi caracterizada como Leishmania braziliensis e o vetor, Lutzomyia intermedia. Foram detectados cães e equídeos infectados por leishmania O acometimento de crianças menores de 10 anos, o acometimento igual entre os sexos e um componente de agregação familiar sugerem um padrão de transmissão peri ou intradomiciliar.An outbreak of American cutaneous leishmaniasis (ACL was detected in the village of Canoa in 1993. A prospective observational study was outlined to determine the frequency rates and to clinically characterize the disease. A total of 555 people were followed up. There were 29 cases of ACL, 11 cases of probably previous ACL (scars and 529 healthy individuals. Of these 529 individuals, 65 had a positive Montenegro reaction without any present or past evidence of leishmaniasis. The prevalence of ACL during the two years was 5.2% (29/555. The leishmania involved was Leishmania braziliensis and the vector, Lutzomyia intermedia. Evidence of infection was detected in dogs and horses. The high frequency of the disease among children under ten years, the similar sex distribution of cases and a component of familial aggregation suggest a peri- or intra-domiciliary transmission.

  14. Physiological and foliar symptom response in the crowns of Prunus serotina, Fraxinus americana and Acer rubrum canopy trees to ambient ozone under forest conditions

    The crowns of five canopy dominant black cherry (Prunus serotina Ehrh.), five white ash (Fraxinus americana L.), and six red maple (Acer rubrum L.) trees on naturally differing environmental conditions were accessed with scaffold towers within a mixed hardwood forest stand in central Pennsylvania. Ambient ozone concentrations, meteorological parameters, leaf gas exchange and leaf water potential were measured at the sites during the growing seasons of 1998 and 1999. Visible ozone-induced foliar injury was assessed on leaves within the upper and lower crown branches of each tree. Ambient ozone exposures were sufficient to induce typical symptoms on cherry (0-5% total affected leaf area, LAA), whereas foliar injury was not observed on ash or maple. There was a positive correlation between increasing cumulative ozone uptake (U) and increasing percent of LAA for cherry grown under drier site conditions. The lower crown leaves of cherry showed more severe foliar injury than the upper crown leaves. No significant differences in predawn leaf water potential (ψL) were detected for all three species indicating no differing soil moisture conditions across the sites. Significant variation in stomatal conductance for water vapor (gwv) was found among species, soil moisture, time of day and sample date. When comparing cumulative ozone uptake and decreased photosynthetic activity (Pn), red maple was the only species to show higher gas exchange under mesic vs. drier soil conditions (P wv and Pn demonstrate the strong influence of heterogeneous environmental conditions within forest canopies. - Within the heterogeneous environment of a mature forest, many factors in addition to soil moisture play a significant role in determining exposure/response relationships to ozone

  15. Dietas artificiais para a criação de larvas e adultos da mosca-das-frutas sul-americana

    Adrise Medeiros Nunes

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi adequar as dietas artificiais para o desenvolvimento dos estágios de larva e adulto da mosca-das-frutas sul-americana (Anastrepha fraterculus. Para o estágio larval, foram testadas as seguintes dietas: D1, original, com 10 g de ágar; D2, modificada, com 3,6 g de ágar; e, D3, modificada, com bagaço seco de cana-de-açúcar. Para os adultos, foram testadas quatro dietas: A, levedura de cerveja + mel (2:1; B, açúcar refinado + extrato de levedura + gérmen de trigo cru (3:1:1; C, extrato de soja + açúcar mascavo + gérmen de trigo cru (3:1:1; e D, levedura seca de cervejaria + mel (2:1. Avaliaram-se os parâmetros biológicos de duração do período ovo-pupa, duração e viabilidade do estágio de pupa, massa média de pupas, razão sexual e duração e viabilidade do período ovo-adulto. O desenvolvimento larval em D1 e D2 foi semelhante e indicou que a criação de larvas pode ser realizada com 1/3 da quantidade de ágar da utilizada em D1. A utilização do bagaço seco de cana-de-açúcar, na dieta artificial, afetou negativamente o desenvolvimento larval. As dietas artificiais com levedura de cerveja + mel e com açúcar refinado + extrato de levedura + gérmen de trigo cru são as mais adequadas para a criação de adultos.

  16. Representações da revolução americana no ideário de Francisco Bilbao = Representations of the american revolution in the ideals of Francisco Bilbao

    Scheidt, Eduardo

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo analisa as representações da “Revolução Americana” no ideário político do intelectual chileno Francisco Bilbao. Em nossa análise, tomamos como fonte duas obras do autor: La Sociabilidad Chilena (1844 e El Evangelio Americano (1864. Ao longo do texto, procuramos identificar permanências e diferenças acerca das representações de Revolução Americana em ambas as publicações, relacionando-as com os distintos contextos em que foram produzidas

  17. 金边龙舌兰一种新病害的病原菌鉴定%Pathogen identification of a new disease on Agave americana L. var. marginata Hort

    黄玖利; 张荣意; 谭志琼

    2008-01-01

    对海南省金边龙舌兰(Agave americana L. var.marginata Hort)的一种新病害进行了症状描述和病原菌鉴定,结果表明:第一病原是肺腐镰刀菌[Fusarium solani(Mart.Sacc.]和燕麦镰刀菌[Fusarium avenaceum(Fr.)Sacc.],第二病原是果胶杆菌(Pectobacterium sp.),可增强茄腐镰刀菌对金边龙舌兰的致病性.

  18. Guerra i persuasió. La justificació de l’acció militar en la retòrica presidencial nord-americana: de Vietnam a Afganistan

    Franch Puig, Pere

    2013-01-01

    El tema d'aquesta tesi és l'ús del discurs polític coma eina per influir en l'opinió pública, en concret la retòrica presidencial de guerra nord-americana i els recursos argumentatius que els presidents utilitzen en els seus discursos orals per persuadir els ciutadans de la necessitat de dur el país a la guerra. S'ha estudiat la retòrica presidencial per justificar la guerra del Vietnam i la guerra contra el terror (Afganistan i Iraq), partint de tres hipòtesis: 1) que existeix una continu!...

  19. Elevated CO2 increases Cs uptake and alters microbial communities and biomass in the rhizosphere of Phytolacca americana Linn (pokeweed) and Amaranthus cruentus L. (purple amaranth) grown on soils spiked with various levels of Cs

    General concern about increasing global atmospheric CO2 levels owing to the ongoing fossil fuel combustion and elevated levels of radionuclides in the environment, has led to growing interest in the responses of plants to interactive effects of elevated CO2 and radionuclides in terms of phytoremediation and food safety. To assess the combined effects of elevated CO2 and cesium contamination on plant biomass, microbial activities in the rhizosphere soil and Cs uptake, Phytolacca americana Linn (pokeweed, C3 specie) and Amaranthus cruentus L. (purple amaranth, C4 specie) were grown in pots of soils containing five levels of cesium (0, 100, 300, 500 and 1000 mg Cs kg−1) under two levels of CO2 (360 and 860 μL L−1, respectively). Shoot and root biomass of P. americana and Amaranthus crentus was generally higher under elevated CO2 than under ambient CO2 for all treatments. Both plant species exhibited higher Cs concentration in the shoots and roots under elevated CO2 than ambient CO2. For P. americana grown at 0, 100, 300, 500 and 1000 mg Cs kg−1, the increase magnitude of Cs concentration due to elevated CO2 was 140, 18, 11, 34 and 15% in the shoots, and 150, 20, 14, 15 and 19% in the roots, respectively. For A. cruentus, the corresponding value was 118, 28, 21, 14 and 17% in the shoots, and 126, 6, 11, 17 and 22% in the roots, respectively. Higher bioaccumulation factors were noted for both species grown under elevated CO2 than ambient CO2. The populations of bacteria, actinomycetes and fungi, and the microbial C and N in the rhizosphere soils of both species were higher at elevated CO2 than at ambient CO2 with the same concentration of Cs. The results suggested that elevated CO2 significantly affected plant biomass, Cs uptake, soil C and N concentrations, and community composition of soil microbes associated with P. americana and A. cruentus roots. The knowledge gained from this investigation constitutes an important advancement in promoting utilization of CO2

  20. Nível de conhecimentos sobre Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana (LTA) e uso de terapias alternativas por populações de uma área endêmica da Amazônia do Maranhão, Brasil

    Moreira Rosilene da Conceição R.; Rebêlo José Manuel Macário; Gama Mônica Elinor Alves; Costa Jackson Maurício L.

    2002-01-01

    Realizou-se estudo visando identificar e comparar que conhecimentos básicos e uso de terapias alternativas relativos à Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana (LTA), têm populações residentes em cinco áreas rurais (Sexta Vicinal, Quinta Vicinal, Trilha 410, Vila União e Buritizinho) pertencentes ao município de Buriticupu, Maranhão. No período de setembro de 1997 a janeiro de 1998, aplicou-se questionários com perguntas abertas e fechadas, abordando aspectos epidemiológicos, modos de prevenção, clí...

  1. Uso de Data Logger na determinação da transpiração de Citrus sinensis (L.) e Persea americana (Mill.) no distrito de Jangamo, sul de Moçambique

    Chambule, Estêvão Eduardo Estêvão

    2013-01-01

    Resumo:O presente trabalho foi desenvolvido num quintal agroflorestal, no distrito de Jangamo, a sul de Mocambique com o objetivo de determinar a transpiracao de Citrus sinensis e Persea americana, bem como o efeito dos fatores ambientais sobre este processo. Para esta finalidade e usando o caule das plantas, foi montado o sistema de velocidade de pulso de calor e conectados os sensores termicos ao Data logger CR 1000 para medir a velocidade com que os liquidos se movem na planta e sensores d...

  2. La variabilidad genética de la Persea americana M.: un estudio sobre la enseñanza de la biología molecular desde el laboratorio en grado 10°

    Monsalve Agudelo, Carlos Miguel

    2014-01-01

    Resumen: El objetivo de este trabajo ha sido determinar la influencia de las prácticas de laboratorio en el desarrollo de competencias científicas a partir de la conceptualización de la variabilidad genética, utilizando como base la especie de Persea americana M. El trabajo se llevó a cabo con estudiantes de grado décimo de media vocacional dela I.E. San Fernando de Amagá, para lo cual se acoge el marco teórico del modelo de cambio conceptual y se aplica mediante el estudio de una metodolo...

  3. Estudo da degradação da biomassa de três espécies de plantas aquáticas no reservatório da UHE de Americana-SP Study on the degradation of three aquatic weeds at the Americana-SP reservoir in Brazil

    E. Negrisoli

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available O estudo de decomposição de plantas aquáticas foi realizado na UHE de Americana-CPFL, com o objetivo de avaliar a taxa de degradação de plantas na própria água do reservatório. Foram consideradas como variáveis a profundidade (superfície, 3,5 e 7,0 m, as espécies de plantas aquáticas (Eichhornia crassipes, Brachiaria subquadripara e Pistia stratiotes e o tipo de processamento a que estas foram submetidas (planta inteira, planta picada manualmente e com aplicação de fogo. Este estudo indicou que as espécies E. crassipes e P. stratiotes foram rapidamente decompostas no reservatório, ao contrário de B. subquadripara. Um outro fator importante observado foi a similaridade na decomposição das plantas, independentemente da profundidade testada. Essas diferenças devem ser consideradas na elaboração de planos de manejo e na previsão do impacto ambiental de programas de controle de plantas aquáticas.A study on aquatic weed decomposition was carried out at the Americana-SP reservoir in Brazil, to compare degradation rate of the plants in the reservoir's water itself. Three variables were considered as treatments: depth (surface, 3.5 and 7.0 m; aquatic weed species (Eichhornia crassipes, Brachiaria subquadripara, and Pistia stratiotes and type of handling the aquatic weeds (whole plant, hand cut plant, and burnt plant. The results indicated that the species E. crassipes and P. stratiotes had a fast decomposition in the reservoir, unlike B. subquadripara. These differences must be considered in the elaboration of management plans and prediction of environmental impact of aquatic plant control programs. The most positive aspect of the study was to demonstrate that decomposition at 3.5m and 7.0 m of depth had practically the same speed observed on the surface.

  4. Caracterização química das plantas aquáticas coletadas no reservatório de Salto Grande (Americana-SP Chemical characterization of aquatic plants assessed in Salto Grande reservoir (Americana-SP, Brazil

    D. Martins

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi caracterizar a constituição química das espécies de plantas aquáticas Brachiaria arrecta, Eichhornia crassipes, Pistia stratiotes e Salvinia auriculata - encontradas no reservatório da usina hidrelétrica de Salto Grande, em Americana-SP - de forma a fornecer subsídios para futuras avaliações sobre o comportamento da biomassa dessas espécies em local de descarte ou no próprio reservatório. As amostras de plantas foram coletadas no dia 16.4.2002, sendo desidratadas em estufa de circulação forçada de ar a 60 ºC. B. arrecta apresentou os menores teores médios de macro e micronutrientes e o maior teor médio de elementos pesados na matéria seca, em relação às demais espécies. A relação C/N das espécies E. crassipes, P. stratiotes e S. auriculata apresentou valores próximos. Não foi detectada, em nenhuma das espécies estudadas, a presença dos elementos molibdênio, prata, chumbo e mercúrio.This research aimed to describe the chemical components of the following aquatic plants: Brachiaria arrecta, Eichhornia crassipes, Pistia stratiotes and Salvinia auriculata, found in a reservoir formed by Salto Grande power plant in Americana-SP, Brazil, to provide a basis for future evaluations of the biomass behavior of these species at waste points or in the reservoir. Plant samples were collected on 04/16/2002. B. arrecta showed the lowest medium contents of macro and micronutrients and the highest medium contents of heavy metal in the dry matter, compared to the other aquatic species. The C/N relationship of E. crassipes, P. stratiotes and S. auriculata showed similar contents. Molybdenum, silver, lead and mercury were not detected in any of the species studied.

  5. Memorias de la zona tórrida: el naturalismo clásico y la «tropicalidad» americana en el Sumario de la natural historia de las Indias de Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo (1526

    Wey Gómez, Nicolás

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Este ensayo examina el papel que juega la «tropicalidad» en la taxonomía de la naturaleza y cultura americanas que ofrece Oviedo en el Sumario de la natural historia de las Indias (1526. Accediendo a los paradigmas científicos y técnicos que informan este tratado, se arguye que la construcción de las Indias como un lugar «tropical» distinto de la Europa mediterránea pero similar a las Indias Orientales, le sirve a Oviedo de un marco de referencia fundamental para representar la compleja otredad de lo americano y a la vez abordar un debate geopolítico sobre el derecho de la conquista.Este ensayo examina el papel que juega la «tropicalidad» en la taxonomía de la naturaleza y cultura americanas que ofrece Oviedo en el Sumario de la natural historia de las Indias (1526. Accediendo a los paradigmas científicos y técnicos que informan este tratado, se arguye que la construcción de las Indias como un lugar «tropical» distinto de la Europa mediterránea pero similar a las Indias Orientales, le sirve a Oviedo de un marco de referencia fundamental para representar la compleja otredad de lo americano y a la vez abordar un debate geopolítico sobre el derecho de la conquista.

  6. Phytolacca americana from contaminated and noncontaminated soils of South Korea: Effects of elevated temperature, CO2 and simulated acid rain on plant growth response

    Kim, Y.-O.; Rodriguez, R.J.; Lee, E.J.; Redman, R.S.

    2008-01-01

    Chemical analyses performed on the invasive weed Phytolacca americana (pokeweed) growing in industrially contaminated (Ulsan) and noncontaminated (Suwon) sites in South Korea indicated that the levels of phenolic compounds and various elements that include some heavy metals (Al, As, B, Cd, Co, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, and Zn) were statistically higher in Ulsan soils compared to Suwon soils with Al being the highest (>1,116 mg/l compared to 432 mg/l). Analysis of metals and nutrients (K, Na, Ca, Mg, Cl, NH4, N, P, S) in plant tissues indicated that accumulation occurred dominantly in plant leaves with Al levels being 33.8 times higher in Ulsan plants (PaU) compared to Suwon plants (PaS). The ability of PaU and PaS to tolerate stress was evaluated under controlled conditions by varying atmospheric CO2 and temperature and soil pH. When grown in pH 6.4 soils, the highest growth rate of PaU and PaS plants occurred at elevated (30??C) and non-elevated (25??C) temperatures, respectively. Both PaU and PaS plants showed the highest and lowest growth rates when exposed to atmospheric CO2 levels of 360 and 650 ppm, respectively. The impact of soil pH (2-6.4) on seed germination rates, plant growth, chlorophyll content, and the accumulation of phenolics were measured to assess the effects of industrial pollution and global-warming-related stresses on plants. The highest seed germination rate and chlorophyll content occurred at pH 2.0 for both PaU and PaS plants. Increased pH from 2-5 correlated to increased phenolic compounds and decreased chlorophyll content. However, at pH 6.4, a marked decrease in phenolic compounds, was observed and chlorophyll content increased. These results suggest that although plants from Ulsan and Suwon sites are the same species, they differ in the ability to deal with various stresses. ?? 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

  7. O papel da dramaturgia na leitura do imaginário cultural: reinterpretando a identidade latino-americana de um ponto de vista francês

    Geraldo Pontes Júnior

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: Análise de textos interpretativos do imaginário cultural latino-americano, do ensaio ao teatro, avaliando seus horizontes de abordagem, como forma de ponderar a capacidade de o processo criativo da escritura dramaturgia estabelecer uma interseção com a perspectiva de estudos culturais que os ensaios podem representar. Leitura comparativa da colonização mexicana (e, mais amplamente falando, latino-americana, através dos textos de Octavio Paz (O labirinto da solidão, de Eduardo Subirats (A penúltima visão do paraíso e do dramaturgo francês Michel Azama (Aztèques.Palavras-chave: Literatura comparada; literatura mexicana; Octavio Paz; O labirinto da solidão; Eduardo Subirats; A penúltima visão do paraíso; literatura francesa; Michel Azama; Aztecas.Résumé: Analyse de textes interprétatifs de l’imaginaire culturel latino-américain, de l’essai au théâtre, dans une évaluation de leurs horizons d’approche comme moyen de pondérer l’efficace du processus créatif de l’écriture dramaturgique dans études cuturelles que les essais peuvent représenter. Lecture comparative de la colonisation mexicaine (et, pour parler plus amplement, latino-américaine à travers les textes, en version brésilienne, d’Octavio Paz (O labirinto da solidão, d’Eduardo Subirats (A penúltima visão do paraíso et de l’oeuvre du dramaturge français Michel Azama (Aztèques.Mots-clés: Littérature comparée; littérature mexicaine; Octavio Paz; Laberinto de la soledad; Eduardo Subirats; Una última visión del paraíso; littérature française; Michel Azama; Aztèques.Keywords: Comparative literature; Mexican literature; Octavio Paz; Laberinto de la soledad; Eduardo Subirats; Una última visión del paraíso; French literature; Michel Azama; Aztèques.

  8. Caracterização da qualidade de água e sedimento na UHE Americana relacionados à ocorrência de plantas aquáticas Characterization of water and sediment quality at the Americana reservoir related to the occurrence of aquatic plants

    E.D. Velini

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho foi realizado na UHE Americana, pertencente à Companhia Paulista de Força e Luz, e faz parte de um projeto de pesquisa e desenvolvimento realizado em conjunto com a Faculdade de Ciências Agronômicas (UNESP de Botucatu. Foram realizadas amostragens de água e sedimento nos meses de outubro e dezembro de 2003 e fevereiro, abril e junho de 2004. Selecionaram-se seis pontos de coleta no reservatório, sendo cinco a montante da barragem e um a jusante. Levantamentos de flora foram realizados nos meses de dezembro de 2003 e abril e julho de 2004, sendo constatados elevados teores de nitrogênio e fósforo nas amostras de água, com valores médios de 3,867 mg L-1 para nitrato, 0,706 mg L-1 para amônia, 1,372 mg L-1 para nitrito e 151,979 µg L-1 para fosfato dissolvido na água. O sedimento apresentou elevado nível de fertilidade, com médias de 32,18 g kg-1 para matéria orgânica, 68,87 mg dm-3 para P, 36,96 mmol dm-3 para Ca e 11,88 mmol dm-3 para Mg. Espécies marginais e flutuantes foram as principais infestantes do reservatório, destacando-se Brachiaria subquadripara, Eichhornia crassipes, Pistia stratiotes e Salvinia auriculata.This work was carried out at the Americana Reservoir, owned by Companhia Paulista de Força e Luz, and was part of a joint R & D project with Faculdade de Ciências Agronômicas - Botucatu - São Paulo - Brazil. Water and sediment samplings were collected in October and December 2003 and February, April and June 2004. Six sampling points were selected, being five upstream the barrage and one downstream. Flora assessment was carried out in December 2003, April and July 2004. High levels of nitrogen and phosphorus were observed in the water samples with average values of 3.867 mg L-1 for nitrate, 0.706 mg L-1 for ammonia, 1.372 mg L-1 for nitrite and 151.979 µg L-1 for phosphate dissolved in water. Sediment presented a high level of fertility with mean values of 31.18 g kg-1 for organic matter, 68

  9. Efecto de la clorosis férrica en el tamño y la concentración de aceite en el fruto del palto (Persea americana Mill. Effect of iron chlorosis on avocado (Persea americana Mill. fruit size and oil concentration

    Bruno Razeto

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de determinar en qué medida la clorosis férrica influye en el tamaño y el contenido de aceite en el fruto de palto (Persea americana Mill. se realizó un estudio en un huerto de 22 años cv. Hass, ubicado en Quillota, Chile (32º51’ lat. Sur, 71º6’long. Oeste. Se seleccionaron 12 árboles con distinto grado de clorosis férrica, desde algunos con follaje verde normal hasta otros severamente cloróticos. Con fecha 30 de agosto se colectaron 15 frutos y 30 hojas por árbol. En estas muestras se determinó la concentración de hierro mediante espectrofotometría. En la piel del fruto y en las hojas se midió color con colorímetro triestímulo y concentración de clorofila mediante extracción con etanol y medición de absorbancia en espectrofotómetro. También se determinó el peso del fruto y la concentración de aceite en la pulpa mediante extracción con éter de petróleo. El fruto de los árboles normales presentó una concentración de hierro de 13,8 mg kg-1 (P In order to determine the effect of iron chlorosis on fruit size and oil content, of avocado (Persea americana Mill. a trial was conducted on a 22-year-old orchard cv. Hass located at Quillota, Chile (32º51’ S lat., 71º6’ W long.. Twelve trees with different degrees of iron chlorosis were selected, normal green foliage and others highly chlorotic. Fifteen fruit and 30 leaves per tree were taken on August 30. In this samples iron concentration was determined by spectrophotometry. Color by tri-stimulus colorimetry and chlorophyll concentration by ethanol extraction and spectrophotometer absorbance were measured on leaves and fruit peels. Fruit weight and oil content were measured by petroleum ether extraction. Fruit from normal trees had an iron concentration of 13.8 mg kg-1 (P <= 0,05 higher than that of chlorotic trees. A high correlation between the chlorophyll level of leaves and fruit peels was found (R² = 0.74. The leaf chlorophyll concentration was

  10. Efecto del Clima, de las Características de la Hoja y de la Metodología de Medición en el Potencial Hídrico Xilemático en Palto (Persea americana Mill. Effects of Environment, Leaf Characteristics and Measuring Methodology on Stem Water Potential in Avocado Trees (Persea americana Mill.

    Raúl Ferreyra E

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó una investigación durante la temporada 2003/2004 en un huerto de paltos (Persea americana Mill. cv. Hass, sobre portainjerto Mexicola, con el objeto de mejorar la metodología de medición del potencial hídrico xilemático medido a medio día (Ψxm, utilizando la técnica de la cámara de presión.. El huerto estaba localizado en a V Región (32°53’lat. Sur; 71°16’ long. Oeste. Los árboles se encontraban en etapa productiva y sin restricciones hídricas ni nutricionales. Se realizaron varios experimentos con el objetivo de optimizar y simplificar las mediciones del potencial hídrico xilemático a mediodía (Ψxmin: efecto del déficit de presión de vapor del aire (DVP, de la edad de la hoja, del tiempo de equilibrio al cubrir la hoja, del tiempo transcurrido entre corte de la hoja y medición de potencial, de la ubicación de la hoja en el árbol, y de mantención de la hoja en condiciones de alta humedad relativa después de ser cortada del árbol. Los resultados obtenidos muestran, entre otros antecedentes, que el Ψxmin en el palto presenta valores estables entre las 12:30 y 17:30 h. Las hojas que presentan la menor variabilidad son las de 10 a 12 meses de edad, expuestas al sol. El tiempo mínimo de equilibrio para medir el Ψxmin es de 15 min luego de envuelta la hoja. Una vez desprendida la hoja del árbol, la medición se debe realizar en un lapso de tiempo no superior a 1 min, sin embargo, se podría aumentar el tiempo entre el corte de la hoja y la medición del potencial hídrico si éstas se mantienen en condiciones de alta humedad relativaA research was developed during 2003 and 2004 at an avocado (Persea americana Mill. orchard cv. Hass grafted on Mexicola rootstock. The orchard was located in the Vth Region of Chile (32°53’ lat. S; 71°16’ long. W. The orchard was under optimal water and nutritional condition. Several experiences were carried out to optimize midday stem water potential (

  11. Kinetics of manganese uptake and accumulation in hyperaccumulator plant Phytolacca americana Linn%超富集植物垂序商陆的锰吸收动态研究

    薛生国; 刘丰豪; 吴川; 黄艳红; 吴超

    2012-01-01

    以锰超富集植物垂序商陆为实验材料,通过温室实验模拟锰污染环境,研究垂序商陆生长在不同锰浓度生长介质的锰吸收动态.研究结果表明:垂序商陆对锰的吸收和积累模式依赖于生长介质中锰的浓度和处理时间.垂序商陆根、茎和叶的锰含量基本随着生长介质中锰浓度的升高而增加;在生长介质不同锰浓度(0.2,0.5和5.0 mmol/L)条件下,垂序商陆根、茎和叶锰含量均随着生长时间呈现波动变化,在植物处理5d时出现一个峰值,其后有所降低;垂序商陆在锰处理开始的48 h内存在一个快速的吸收过程,但是,生长介质高锰浓度(5.0mmol/L)变化幅度要大于低锰浓度(0.2和0.5 mmol/L);超富集植物垂序商陆对锰的吸收和转运受生长介质中锰浓度和植物体内锰含量状况双重控制.%The kinetics of manganese uptake and accumulation by the hyperaccumulator plant Phytolacca americana Linn, were investigated. The results show that concentrations of Mn in tissues (leaves, stems, roots) increase progressively with the increase of Mn concentrations. With a supply of 0.2, 0.5, and 5.0 mmol/L Mn2+ treatments, Mn content in tissues (leaves, stems, roots) fluctuates with time, reaches the maximum at 5 d, and then decreases slightly with growth time. In the first 48 h, manganese uptake by P. Americana is a quick process. However, there is a difference between high Mn2+ (5 mmol/L)and low Mn2+ (0.2 and 0.5 mmol/L) concentrations. The kinetics of manganese uptake and accumulation in the hyperaccumulator plant P. Americana are determined by Mn concentrations and growth time.

  12. Llamamiento a la conciencia americana

    Russell, Bertrand

    2009-01-01

    'Apelo a vosotros, ciudadanos de América, en tanto que ser humano preocupado por la libertad y la justicia social. Muchos de vosotros pensaréis que vuestro país ha servido a estos ideales y, de hecho, los Estados Unidos tienen una tradición revolucionaria que, en su origen, era fiel a la lucha por la libertad humana y la igualdad social. Esta es la tradición que ha sido traicionada por ese puñado de hombres que hoy gobiernan los Estados Unidos. Muchos de vosotros tal vez no sepáis hasta qué p...

  13. Comunicare Fisica all'americana

    Quigg, C

    2005-01-01

    I survey motivations for education and outreach initiatives in the American context and explore the value of communicating physics for physicists and for the wider society. I describe the roles of large institutions, professional organizations, and funding agencies and cite some individual actions, local activities, and coordinated national programs. I note the emergence of transnational enterprises--not only to carry out research, but to communicate physics. A brief appendix collects some useful internet resources.

  14. Epidemiologia e quadro clínico do acidente por cascavel sul-americana (Crotalus durissus Epidemiology and clinical features of South American rattlesnakes (Crotalus durissus envenomation

    Miguel Tanús Jorge

    1992-08-01

    Full Text Available Foram estudados 249 casos de acidentes por cascavel sul-americana (Crotalus durissus atendidos no HVB-IB, São Paulo, Brasil, de 1974 a 1990. Os acidentes foram mais comuns no período da tarde, nos meses de janeiro a abril e de outubro a dezembro. Dentre cem serpentes classificadas quanto à subespécie 99 eram C. d. terrificus. Pertenciam ao sexo masculino 80,7% dos pacientes. Os membros inferiores e superiores foram picados em, respectivamente, 66,4% e 29,2% dos casos. As manifestações clínicas mais freqüentes foram dor (61,0% e edema (55,0% no local da picada, ptose palpebral (75,9%, escurecimento da urina atribuível à mioglobinúria (38,6% e mialgia (36,1%. Nove pacientes foram submetidos a diálise devido a insuficiência renal aguda (3,6%, três apresentavam insuficiência respiratória que motivou intubação e/ou traqueostomia e um apresentou acidente vascular cerebral isquêmico. A alteração da coagulação sanguínea ocorreu em 48,1% dos pacientes. Oito amostras de sangue colhidas horas após a picada mostraram leucocitose sendo 6 com desvio a esquerda e, nos dias subseqüentes, tendência à normalização do número de leucócitos e aparecimento de eosinofilia. Atividade sérica da creatinoquinase apresentou-se aumentada em 20 dentre 21 pacientes, sendo maior no final das primeiras 24 horas após a picada, chegando a 2.377 vezes o valor de referência. A letalidade foi de 0,8%.Under study were two hundred and forty nine cases of accidents caused by South American rattlesnakes (Crotalus durissus admitted to the Vital Brasil Hospital, São Paulo, Brasil, from 1974 to 1990. The accidents were more common in the afternoon, from January to April and from October to December. Ninety nine out of 100 snakes classified as subspecies were C. d. terrificus. Most of the patients were males (80.7%. The inferior and superior limbs were bitten in 66.4% and 29.2% of the cases, respectively. The more frequent clinical manifestations were

  15. Histopathology of human American cutaneous leishmaniasis before and after treatment Histopatologia de leishmaniose tegumentar americana humana, antes e após o tratamento

    A.C.C. Botelho

    1998-02-01

    cicatriz poderá ser de grande valia. Este trabalho propõe caracterizar o padrão histopatológico de casos humanos de leishmaniose tegumentar americana, em 32 pacientes do município de Caratinga-MG, antes e após o tratamento com os seguintes métodos terapêuticos: 1 leishvacin + glucantime; 2 leishvacin + BCG associado ao glucantime; 3 glucantime; 4 leishvacin + BCG. Foram colhidos fragmentos das lesões de todos os pacientes, através de biópsias, antes e após o tratamento, com diagnóstico de cura. Após análise das lâminas, as preparações foram descritas, do ponto de vista histopatológico, e agrupadas levando em conta a prevalência e a significância do elemento característico. Tal processo resultou na classificação: 1. reação exsudativa; 2. reação exsudativa giganto-celular; 3. reação exsudativa produtiva; 4. reação exsudativa produtiva giganto-celular; 5. reação exsudativa produtiva necrótica; 6. reação necrótica exsudativa; 7. reação produtiva exsudativa; 8. reação produtiva giganto-celular; 9. reação produtiva exsudativa giganto-celular; 10. reação produtiva exsudativa giganto-celular granulomatosa; 11. reação produtiva e 12. reação produtiva cicatricial (cura histopatológica. Observamos após tal análise, que nem sempre a cura clínica coincide com a cura histopatológica.

  16. Active packaging for fresh-cut iceberg lettuce (Lactuca sativa L. / Embalagem ativa para alface americana (Lactuca sativa L. minimamente processada

    Fábio Yamashita

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The minimal processing of horticultural products endears the raw material and is convenient to the consumer due to the facility for preparing and consuming. The objective of this work was to develop an active packaging for fresh-cut iceberg lettuce (Lactuca sativa L. to increase its shelf life. Minimally processing methodology was defined and the product quality was determined by sensorial, physico-chemical and microbiological analysis. The lettuce tree was selected, trimmed, pre-washed, soaked in sanitized water (100ppm of active chlorine for 15 minutes and centrifuged. The lettuce leafs were packed in polypropylene pots with a sachet containing 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP and sealed with biodegradable starch film. Soon after the processing, the product was stored at 4oC for 12 days. Periodically samples were evaluated in terms of appearance and purchase intention, soluble solids and vitamin C contents, pH, texture, color, weight loss and total count of mesophilic and psicotrofic microorganisms, lactic bacteria, mould and yeast. Using 1-MCP in sachet format did not increase the lettuce shelf life but the minimal processing combined with packaging sealed with biodegradable film is practicable as the product showed good sensorial acceptance, low microbiological counts and shelf life of 5 days at 4oC.O processamento mínimo de produtos hortícolas agrega valor à matéria-prima e são convenientes ao consumidor, devido à facilidade de preparo e consumo. O objetivo do trabalho foi desenvolver uma embalagem ativa para alface americana (Lactuca sativa L. minimamente processada visando o aumento da vida útil. Foi definida uma metodologia de processamento mínimo e a qualidade do produto foi acompanhada através de avaliação sensorial, físico-química e microbiológica. As cabeças de alface foram desfolhadas, selecionadas, pré-lavadas, sanificadas (100 ppm de cloro ativo por 15 minutos e centrifugadas. As folhas foram acondicionadas em potes de

  17. Leishmaniose tegumentar americana: histórico, epidemiologia e perspectivas de controle American cutaneous leishmaniasis: history, epidemiology and prospects for control

    Sergio de Almeida Basano

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available A Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana (LTA é uma doença causada por protozoários do gênero Leishmania, transmitida ao homem pela picada de mosquitos flebotomíneos (Ordem Diptera; Família Psychodidae; Sub-Família Phlebotominae. No Brasil existem atualmente 6 espécies de Leishmania responsáveis pela doença humana, e mais de 200 espécies de flebotomíneos implicados em sua transmissão. Trata-se de uma doença que acompanha o homem desde tempos remotos e que tem apresentado, nos últimos 20 anos, um aumento do número de casos e ampliação de sua ocorrência geográfica, sendo encontrada atualmente em todos os Estados brasileiros, sob diferentes perfis epidemiológicos. Estima-se que, entre 1985 e 2003, ocorreram 523.975 casos autóctones, a sua maior parte nas regiões Nordeste e Norte do Brasil. Neste estudo, são discutidos aspectos relacionados ao tratamento e ao controle dessa doença, assim como também as dificuldades para a implementação dessas medidas. São apontadas alternativas que passam pela estruturação dos serviços de saúde, com respeito ao diagnóstico, no desenvolvimento de drogas de aplicação tópica ou por via oral, no desenvolvimento de vacinas, no controle diferenciado de vetores e no aprofundamento de estudos relacionados à biologia celular do parasita.American Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (ACL is an infectious disease transmitted by the bite of phlebotomines mosquitos (Order Diptera: Family Psychodidae: Sub-Family Phlebotominae and caused by protozoa from the genus Leishmania (ROSS 1903. In Brazil, there are six different species of Leishmania and more than 200 different species of phlebotomines. It's a disease that has been afflicting human beings for many centuries, and in Brazil, in the past two decades, there has been an important increase in the number of cases and also in its geographical distribution. Presently, ACL cases are registered in all Brazilian states under three different epidemiological

  18. Caractérisation des sous-unités principales et auxiliaires des canaux sodium dépendant du potentiel exprimées dans le système nerveux central de l'insecte periplaneta americana

    Moignot, Bénédicte

    2010-01-01

    Chez les insectes, un seul et unique gène code la sous-unité principale α des canaux sodium dépendant du potentiel (Nav). De plus, quatre à cinq gènes codent les sous-unités auxiliaires β. Bien que la blatte, Periplaneta americana, soit un modèle en neurophysiologie, il n'existe aucune donnée sur les structures moléculaires des canaux Nav de cette espèce. L'objectif de cette thèse était de caractériser les canaux Nav exprimés au niveau de la chaine nerveuse (CN), du dernier ganglion abdominal...

  19. Aspectos sanitários do cultivo da alface americana, irrigada com águas recptoras de efluentes urbanos Sanitary aspects of lectucce (Lactuca sativa L.) culture irrigated with receiving waters of urban effluent

    Guilherme Augusto Biscaro; Andréa Bogatti Guimarães-Tomazela; Raimundo Leite Cruz; Marcelo Domingos Chamma Lopes

    2008-01-01

    Avaliou-se a influência da disposição de mangueiras gotejadoras nos canteiros e a injeção ou não de cloro na água de irrigação, nas condições sanitárias do solo e da alface americana irrigada (Lactuca sativa L.) com águas receptoras de efluentes urbanos. Foram realizadas análises microbiológicas de amostras de água do solo e da alface, no decorrer de todo o ciclo de cultivo. Objetivou-se determinar a possível existência de Salmonella spp. e de formas evolutivas de parasitos humanos e a quanti...

  20. Do GIZ ao AVA: a importância de um centro virtual de ensino de língua e cultura hispano-americana para discentes da rede pública de ensino da cidade de Salvador-Bahia

    Elissandro dos Santos Santana

    2013-01-01

    Este trabalho é fruto de um projeto de intervenção e de lei em torno das contribuições de um Centro Virtual de Ensino Língua e Cultura Hispano-americana para discentes da rede pública de ensino da cidade do Salvador, Bahia. Para tanto, optou-se por uma pesquisa bibliográfica, por meio do levantamento de fontes primárias e secundárias, com vistas à fundamentação necessária para a consubstanciação de um plano de caráter interventivo que culminou em um trabalho de conclusão de especialização em ...

  1. Composto homeopático reduz a liberação de ânion superóxido pelas células mononucleares de ema (Rhea americana

    W.R Bertoldo

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The action of the "Stress Factor Ostrich (Arenales - Fauna and Flora" was tested in the release of superoxide anion by cells in the peripheral blood of rhea (Rhea americana. Sixteen samples of 0.5mL of venous blood were collected through the jugular vein in the morning and placed in heparinized tubes. The leukocytes were separated into polymorphonuclear (PMN and mononuclear (MN. The production of superoxide anion by phagocytes of peripheral blood was determined using the chromogen ferricytochrome C. There was a reduction of superoxide by MN cells in the presence of "Stress Factor Ostrich" indicating a positive influence of product against oxidative stress. Furthermore, future researches, such as the evaluation of other reactive oxygen intermediates and antioxidant enzymes, researches.

  2. Nota sobre caso autóctone de tripanossomíase americana no litoral sul do Estado de São Paulo, Brasil A case of American Trypanosomiasis in the southern coastal region of S. Paulo State, Brazil

    Oswaldo Paulo Forattini

    1980-03-01

    Full Text Available Descreve-se em caso autóctone de tripanossomíase americana no litoral sul do Estado de São Paulo, Brasil. As evidências sugerem a hipótese de a transmissão ter ocorrido graças à contaminação durante o manuseio de carcaças de animais silvestres utilizados na alimentação.An indigenous case of American Trypanosomiasis in the southern coastal region of the State of S. Paulo is reported on. There are no synanthropic triatominae vectors in the area; therefore the transmission mechanism may have been the handling of wild mammal carcasses while they were being prepared for consumption.

  3. Científicos, vulgarizadores y periodistas: estudio y análisis de la divulgación de la ciencia en La Ilustración Española y Americana (1869-1898)

    Corell Domenech, María Vicenta

    2013-01-01

    A partir del estudio de caso de La Ilustración Española y Americana, una revista ilustrada de carácter general, se aportan datos sobre la difusión de la ciencia entre 1869 y 1898 a través de la prensa periódica y los nuevos foros de socialización que surgieron al calor del desarrollo urbano, y su contribución a crear un clima favorable para el resurgimiento de la investigación científica española en el siglo XX. Este trabajo constituye el análisis de la divulgación científica de la revis...

  4. Germinação de sementes de jenipapo: temperatura, substrato e morfologia do desenvolvimento pós-seminal Seed germination of Genipa americana l. - rubiaceae: temperature, substrate and post-seminal development

    ANTÔNIO CARLOS SILVA DE ANDRADE

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve como objetivos definir o tipo de substrato e a temperatura mais adequados à germinação de sementes de jenipapo (Genipa americana L., conhecer a morfologia das sementes e seu desenvolvimento pós-seminal, caracterizando as plântulas normais, o tipo de germinação e os padrões de anormalidade. Para tanto, realizou-se um experimento colocando-se as sementes sobre os seguintes substratos: papel, vermiculita e solo, nas temperaturas constantes de 20°C, 25°C, 30°C, e 35°C e alternada de 20°C-30°C. O delineamento estatístico empregado foi o inteiramente casualizado (5 x 3, com quatro repetições de 50 sementes. Foram analisados os parâmetros germinação normal (% e velocidade de germinação. Os melhores resultados foram obtidos nas temperaturas constantes de 25°C, 30°C e 35°C, e nos substratos vermiculita e solo.This study aimed to define the best substrate and temperature for germination of genipap (Genipa americana L. - Rubiaceae seeds, and to describe the morphology of its seeds, post-seminal development, normal and abnormal seedlings. The experiment was designed according to a 5 x 3 factorial with constant temperatures of 20°C, 25°C, 30°C and 35°C and alternated 20°C-30°C in filter paper, vermiculite and soil substrates. The following parameters were analyzed: normal percentage germination and speed of germination. The 25°C, 30°C and 35°C temperatures and vermiculite and soil substrates were the best conditions for seed germination.

  5. ECTOPARASITISM FOR STRUTHIOLIPEURUS RHEAE (HARRISON, 1916) (PHTHIRAPTERA: PHILOPTERIDAE) IN AMERICAN RHEA (RHEIFORMES: RHEIDAE) IN CAPTIVE CONDITIONS IN THE MUNICIPAL OF MOSSORO, RIO GRANDE DO NORTE, BRAZIL ECTOPARASITISMO POR Struthiolipeurus Rheae (HARRISON, 1916) (PHTHIRAPTERA: PHILOPTERIDAE) EM Rhea americana (RHEIFORMES: RHEIDAE) EM CONDIÇÕES CATIVAS NO MUNICÍPIO DE MOSSORÓ, RIO GRANDE DO NORTE, BRASIL

    Ana Carla Diógenes Suassuna; Moacir Franco de Oliveira; Silvia Maria Mendes Ahid

    2008-01-01

    The register the occurrence of the louse Struthiolipeurus rheae parasitizing rheas (Rhea americana) maintained in conditions conservationist and scientific in the Center of Multiplication of Wild Animals of the Rural Federal University of the Semi-Arid in the municipal of Mossoro, State of Rio Grande do Norte.

     

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  6. Influência de leguminosas no controle de fitonematóides no cultivo orgânico de alface americana e de repolho Influence of legumes in the control of nematodes in organic crisphead lettuce and cabbage crops

    Sylvia R. G. Moraes

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available A demanda por produtos orgânicos é crescente devido às restrições ao uso dos agroquímicos sintéticos. Para verificar o efeito das plantas antagonistas no controle de fitonematóides na cultura da alface americana (Lactuca sativa e do repolho (Brassica oleracea var. capitata, em cultivo orgânico, instalou-se um experimento na Universidade Federal de Lavras, no período de dezembro de 2001 a agosto de 2002. O delineamento experimental utilizado foi o de blocos casualizados em esquema fatorial 4 x 2, com três repetições. O primeiro fator foi constituído pelas leguminosas mucuna-preta (Stizolobium aterrimum, feijão-de-porco (Canavalia ensiformis, crotalária (Crotalaria juncea em cultivo orgânico e por uma testemunha (vegetação espontânea em cultivo convencional. O segundo, pelas culturas de alface americana cultivar Raider e repolho, cultivar Kenzan. Os tratamentos foram constituídos por todos em cultivo orgânico e testemunha (vegetação espontânea em cultivo convencional. As populações de Meloidogyne spp. e de Helicothylenchus dihystera foram avaliadas empregando-se a técnica de Jenkins. As amostras de solo utilizadas para quantificar os nematóides foram retiradas aos 45 dias após o plantio das leguminosas; aos 30 e 60 dias após o plantio da alface americana e aos 30, 60 e 90 dias após o plantio do repolho. A incorporação das leguminosas mucuna-preta e crotalária, em cultivo orgânico, reduziu a população de Meloidogyne spp. em 42 e 51%, respectivamente, nessas hortaliças. A leguminosa feijão-de-porco causou redução da população de nematóide apenas nas parcelas com repolho apos 90 dias.The demand for organic products is increasing because of restrictions on the use of synthetic agrochemicals. In order to verify the effect of antagonistic plants on the control of phytonematodes in the culture of crisphead lettuce (Lactuca sativa and cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata, an experiment was installed at the

  7. Comportamento produtivo e econômico da alface americana em função de diferentes lâminas de água Economic and productive behavior of production of crisphead lettuce under different irrigation depths

    Joaquim A. de Lima Júnior

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Visando às dificuldades encontradas pelo produtor no cultivo da alface (Lactuta sativa L. americana, cv. Laureau, especificamente quanto à falta de informações técnicas sobre quantidade de água a aplicar, objetivou-se estudar o efeito de diferentes lâminas de água sobre o comportamento produtivo e econômico da alface americana. O experimento foi realizado na Universidade Federal de Lavras, no período de outubro a dezembro de 2008, em casa de vegetação. O delineamento experimental foi em blocos casualizados, com cinco tratamentos e quatro repetições. Os tratamentos foram constituídos de cinco fatores de evaporação, correspondentes a 0,30, 0,60, 0,90, 1,20 e 1,50 EVm, baseados na lâmina evaporada de um minitanque. Os resultados permitiram concluir que a máxima produtividade total e comercial, 65.918 kg ha-1 e 35.544 kg ha-1, foram estimadas com a aplicação de lâminas equivalentes a 152,1 e 155 mm, respectivamente, correspondentes ao fator de reposição de 92%; considerando o preço do fator água (R$ 0,67 mm-1 e o preço da alface americana (R$ 0,90 kg-1, a lâmina economicamente ótima foi 154 mm, identificando que a eficiência técnica do experimento foi significativamente igual à máxima eficiência econômica.With the aim of minimizing the difficulties faced by the producers on cultivating the crisphead lettuce (Lactuta sativa L., specifically those related to the lack of technical information about the quantity of water to be applied, a study was conducted to determine the economic and productive behavior of crisphead lettuce yielding characteristics. The experiment was carried out at the Universidade Federal de Lavras, from October to December 2008 in greenhouse. A randomized block design with five treatments and four repetitions was adopted. The treatments, consisting of the five respective evaporation factors: 0.30, 0.60, 0.90, 1.20 and 1.50 EVm, were done according to an evaporated depth of a reduced pan. The

  8. 美洲大蠊醇提取物的木瓜蛋白酶酶解工艺%Enzymatic Process of Ethanol Extract from Periplaneta americana by Papain

    罗廷顺; 马芳芳; 高孟婷; 吴少辉; 刘光明; 赵昱; 张成桂

    2012-01-01

    目的:优选木瓜蛋白酶对美洲大蠊醇提取物的酶解工艺.方法:以水解度为指标,通过单因素和正交试验,分别考察酶解温度、酶解时间、pH、加酶量、底物浓度对木瓜蛋白酶酶解美洲大蠊醇提取物的影响.结果:木瓜蛋白酶酶解美洲大蠊醇提取物的最佳工艺条件为酶解温度55℃,时间3h,pH 7.0,加酶量8400 U·mg-1,底物浓度0.5%.在此条件下,水解度可达9.87%.酶解后的样品相对分子质量变小,相对分子质量分布变宽.结论:优选方法稳定,操作简便,为进一步研究美洲大蠊提供依据和基础.%Objective: To study on enzymatic technology of ethanol extract from Periplaneta americana by papain and screen out optimum enzymatic technology. Method: Taking degree of hydrolysis as index, effect of enzymatic temperature, enzymatic time, pH, the amount of papain and substrate concentration on papain were investigated by single factor experiment and orthogonal test Result; Optimum enzymatic technology conditions of papain was determined as follows: enzymatic temperature 55 X, , enzymatic time 3 h, pH 7. 0, the amount of papain 8 400 U ?mg ', substrate concentration 0. 5%. Under these conditions, degree of hydrolysis could reach to 9. 87%. Molecular weight of sample were smaller and molecular weight distribution were wider after enzymolysis. Conclusion: This optimized method was stable, easy to operate, and provided basis and foundation to further study of P. americana.

  9. Atividade antioxidante e quantifi cação de compostos bioativos dos frutos de abricó (Mammea americana
    Antioxidant activity and bioactive compounds of the abricó fruits (Mammea americana

    A. C. C. BRAGA

    2010-09-01

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    O presente trabalho apresenta a atividade antioxidante, a quantifi cação de compostos bioativos (carotenóides totais – CT, polifenóis totais – PT e fl avanóis totais – FT, e a caracterização física e centesimal dos frutos de abricó (Mammea americana. Foram realizadas análises de cor (sistema L*, a* e b*, atividade antioxidante (Oxigen Radical Absorbance Capacity – ORAC – e Trolox Equivalent Antioxidant Capacity – TEAC, de CT (método espectrofotométrico, de PT (método de Folin-Ciocalteu e de FT (método DMACA. Os frutos apresentaram massa de 463g±153g, diâmetros longitudinal e transversal de, respectivamente, 100±12 e 105±10 mm. Os parâmetros de cor foram: 61,20±7,61 (L*, 13,83±2,39 (a* e 45,92±6,65 (b*. Para a composição centesimal (em g/100g de fruto fresco obteve-se: 14,89g±0,19g de sólidos totais, 1,10g±0,06g de lipídeos, 2,02g±0,55g de proteínas e 0,23g±0,02g de resíduo mineral fi xo, 3,47±0,08 de pH e 12±0,01 ºBrix de sólidos solúveis. Os valores ORAC, TEAC, CT, PT e FT foram, respectivamente: 30,97 μMolET/100g (±2,30, 11,82 μMolET/100g (±1,40, 7,55 mg/100g (±0,78, 25,41 mgEAG/100g (±2,30 e 2,61 mgEC/100g (±0,73. Os resultados das análises físicas evidenciam um fruto de grande variabilidade em função do seu tamanho e coloração. Além disso, destaca-se como fonte de pró-vitamina A, apesar de demonstrar reduzida atividade antioxidante e baixo teor de polifenóis e flavanóis totais.

  10. Reiterando o pacto: história, teologias políticas cristãs e a religião civil americana em uma era de multiculturalismo e império

    Bruno Reinhardt

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Há 40 anos, em plena Guerra Fria, Robert Bellah concluiu seu célebre artigo sobre a religião civil americana com a seguinte pergunta: como conceber a aplicabilidade legítima dos valores-chave que suportam o imaginário nacional americano para além dos confins territoriais do seu Estado-nação? O presente artigo quer revisitar esta questão criticamente à luz de incursões regulatórias recentes dos EUA sobre o campo da liberdade religiosa no globo. Primeiramente, reviso a história da relação entre secularismo, identidade nacional e cristianismo nos EUA. A seguir, analiso as articulações político-religiosas que dão origem ao International Freedom of Religion Act (IRFA, em 1998. Por fim, tento destacar como este exercício pode fornecer contribuições mais gerais para o estudo da relação entre religião, nacionalismo e poder secular na contemporaeidade, com ênfase na relação entre estes e o princípio de soberania do estado de direito.

  11. Impacto de la aplicación de los criterios de la asociación americana de tiroides en el diagnóstico de hipotiroidismo en gestantes de Vigo, España

    Marta Pombar-Pérez

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de determinar el impacto de la aplicación de los criterios de la Asociación Americana de Tiroides (ATA en el diagnóstico de hipotiroidismo en gestantes del área sanitaria de Vigo en España, se analizó la concentración sérica de tirotropina (TSH, tiroxina libre (T4L y anticuerpos antitiroideos, comparando la frecuencia de gestantes diagnosticadas de hipotiroidismo aplicando los criterios utilizados en el laboratorio de hormonas del Hospital Xeral y los criterios de referencia propuestos por la ATA. La asunción de dichos criterios implicaría un aumento de un 29,6% de pacientes diagnosticadas de hipotiroidismo. La aplicación de los criterios ATA tuvo una repercusión en la medición de la concentración de TSH en gestantes lo que sugiere una evaluación de los valores de referencia de TSH en función de la población y los métodos de diagnóstico locales

  12. Impacto de la aplicación de los criterios de la asociación americana de tiroides en el diagnóstico de hipotiroidismo en gestantes de Vigo, España

    Marta Pombar-Pérez

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de determinar el impacto de la aplicación de los criterios de la Asociación Americana de Tiroides (ATA en el diagnóstico de hipotiroidismo en gestantes del área sanitaria de Vigo en España, se analizó la concentración sérica de tirotropina (TSH, tiroxina libre (T4L y anticuerpos antitiroideos, comparando la frecuencia de gestantes diagnosticadas de hipotiroidismo aplicando los criterios utilizados en el laboratorio de hormonas del Hospital Xeral y los criterios de referencia propuestos por la ATA. La asunción de dichos criterios implicaría un aumento de un 29,6% de pacientes diagnosticadas de hipotiroidismo. La aplicación de los criterios ATA tuvo una repercusión en la medición de la concentración de TSH en gestantes lo que sugiere una evaluación de los valores de referencia de TSH en función de la población y los métodos de diagnóstico locales

  13. Enfoques conceptuales y propuestas metodológicas para el estudio de las interacciones entre el medio ambiente y la salud: aplicación a un programa de investigación sobre la tripanosomiasis americana

    Cristina Romaña

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available Las modificaciones del paisaje causadas por las actividades y migraciones humanas contribuyen en hacer emerger o re-emerger enfermedades tropicales, particularmente aquellas cuya transmisión se realiza por insectos vectores que a menudo deben escapar a las condiciones cambiantes ambientales, adaptándose y modificando sus redes tróficas, su morfología, hasta su genotipo. Obtener una mejor comprensión de las relaciones entre los factores ecológicos y humanos y las antropozoonosis es vital para poder identificar variables que permitan cartografiar el riesgo para las poblaciones humanas. Este es el objetivo del programa de investigación Ecología del Paisaje, Dinámica de los Agro-Ecosistemas y Complejos Eco-Patógenos: La Definición del Riesgo Eco-Epidemiológico en la Tripanosomiasis Americana que se desarrolla en diferentes ecosistemas del Brasil. Los autores describen las bases conceptuales y metodológicas del programa e insisten sobre el rol del método eco-epidemiológico para el estudio de la estructura y el funcionamiento de los focos naturales y antropizados de la infección. Modelizar su dinámica espacial y temporal permite concebir nuevos útiles de predicción y de vigilancia.

  14. Enfoques conceptuales y propuestas metodológicas para el estudio de las interacciones entre el medio ambiente y la salud: aplicación a un programa de investigación sobre la tripanosomiasis americana

    Romaña Cristina

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Las modificaciones del paisaje causadas por las actividades y migraciones humanas contribuyen en hacer emerger o re-emerger enfermedades tropicales, particularmente aquellas cuya transmisión se realiza por insectos vectores que a menudo deben escapar a las condiciones cambiantes ambientales, adaptándose y modificando sus redes tróficas, su morfología, hasta su genotipo. Obtener una mejor comprensión de las relaciones entre los factores ecológicos y humanos y las antropozoonosis es vital para poder identificar variables que permitan cartografiar el riesgo para las poblaciones humanas. Este es el objetivo del programa de investigación Ecología del Paisaje, Dinámica de los Agro-Ecosistemas y Complejos Eco-Patógenos: La Definición del Riesgo Eco-Epidemiológico en la Tripanosomiasis Americana que se desarrolla en diferentes ecosistemas del Brasil. Los autores describen las bases conceptuales y metodológicas del programa e insisten sobre el rol del método eco-epidemiológico para el estudio de la estructura y el funcionamiento de los focos naturales y antropizados de la infección. Modelizar su dinámica espacial y temporal permite concebir nuevos útiles de predicción y de vigilancia.

  15. 鳄梨提取液在化妆品工业上应用的初步研究%PRELIMINARY STUDY ON APPLICATION OF EXTRACT FROM BACCAE OF PERSEA AMERICANA L.IN COSMETIC INDUSTRY

    黄彩萍; 黄安; 陈美谷

    2004-01-01

    研究了鳄梨(Persea americana L.)的浆果提取液在化妆品工业上的应用,结果显示:1)鳄梨提取液(1.0%~1.2%)应用于洗发香波中可增加香波的稳定性和去头屑功效,并有一定的润发和杀菌作用;2)5%的鳄梨提取液在护肤霜中具有一定的抑制暗疮、滋润保湿、去死皮以及抗衰老等性能;3)鳄梨提取液(1.0%~1.2%)在沐浴产品和香皂中的添加量虽然比其它温和表面活性剂低,但其抗刺激性效果非常优越,并具非常明显的富脂性能和滋润效果及除臭作用.

  16. 高压脉冲电刺激下龙舌兰释放负离子的研究%Study on the Negative Air Ions Level Produced by Agave Americana under High-voltage Pulsed Electrical Stimulation

    张万超; 舒志君; 郑金贵; 吴仁烨; 邓传远

    2015-01-01

    通过对高压脉冲电刺激下龙舌兰(Agave americana)释放负离子的研究,探究光照和CO2对龙舌兰释放负离子的影响,以期为植物源负离子发生器提供理论基础;在密闭玻璃室(2.5 m×2.0 m×3.0 m)内测定和比较了光照和黑暗环境中高压脉冲电刺激下龙舌兰产生的负离子浓度和环境CO2浓度以及不遮光玻璃室中光照强度;结果表明:龙舌兰在高压脉冲电刺激下光照条件下能产生产生较多负离子,且产生的负离子浓度日变化显著;龙舌兰在高压脉冲电刺激下负离子的产生与室内CO2浓度无显著的相关性,与不遮光玻璃室光照强度有显著的二项式相关性.

  17. Investigation of the Reasons for the Unique Growth and Development of Agave Species (Agave sisalana and Agave americana Crop Plants at the Southern, Central, North Western and Eastern Parts of Tigray, Ethiopia

    Kinfemichael Geressu Asfaw

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Composite topsoil samples from 16 study sites were taken and then their physical as well as chemical attributes were determined at the National Soil Testing Center (NSTC. Moreover, plant attributes such as Leaf Length (LL, Leaf Biomass (LB, Fiber Length (FL and Tensile Strength (TS were measured. Data analysis was carried out using JMP5 (version 5.0 and SPSS (version 12.0 statistical softwares. The one way analysis of variance (ANOVA for Leaf Length (LL, Leaf Biomass (LB, and Tensile Strength (TS showed statistical significance with respect to the study sites ( p0.05 with respect of blocks. On the other hand, the one way ANOVA for both soil chemical and physical attributes with respect to blocks found statistically insignificant (p>0.05. The rainfall, sunshine, and temperature situations as well as the soil chemical and physical attributes being inline with the requirements of Agave species could be reasons for the unique growth and development of A. americana and A. sisalana crop plants in the study area.

  18. Estudos sôbre reservatórios e vetores silvestres do Trypanosoma cruzi. XXII. Modificações dos focos naturais da tripanossomose americana e suas conseqüências

    Mauro Pereira Barreto

    1967-08-01

    Full Text Available Os focos naturais da tripanossomose americana, como tôda biogeocenose, podem. permanecer relativamente estáveis, sendo esta estabilidade necessária para a própria existência dêsses focos. Mas o balanço ecológico pode ser alterado, sendo muito importante aquelas alterações devidas à interferência direta ou indireta do homem ao exercer atividades ligadas ao desbravamento e à colonização. Entre as conseqüências podemos citar: 1 redução ou desaparição dos focos naturais; 2 concentração de hospedeiros e vectores em áreas favoráveis limitadas; 3 deslocamento de hospedeiros e vectores para outras áreas; 4 invasão das habitações humanas e anexos, com a instalação do ciclo doméstico da infecção. Estas possibilidades são analisadas e ilustradas com exemplos.

  19. Tendências latino-americanas da política social pública no século 21 Trends in latin american social policy in the 21st century

    Aldaiza Sposati

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Este texto tem por objetivo examinar tendências das políticas sociais latino-americanas para o século 21 a partir de sua gênese e de seu desenvolvimento marcados, ao final do século 20, pelas contingências impostas pelo neoliberalismo. O enfrentamento da pobreza e o confronto com as desigualdades sociais constituem, neste novo século, dois paradigmas em oposição. Considera-se que essa dualidade tende a fortalecer a existência de sistemas sociais paralelos que fragilizam o alcance de padrões igualitários dos direitos sociais a todos os cidadãos.The purpose of this text is to examine trends in Latin American social policy in the 21st century based on their genesis and development in the late 20th century, under contingencies imposed by neoliberalism. The confrontation with poverty and social inequalities constitute, in this new century, two opposing paradigms. The paper considers that this duality tends to strengthen the existence of parallel social systems that weaken the scope of egalitarian standards of social rights for all citizens.

  20. Pensamento liberal e hegemonia norte-americana: a cultura política em Almond e Verba DOI10.5216/o.v14i1.27658

    José Henrique Singolano Néspoli

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo consiste num estudo da história do pensamento político contemporâneo e dedica-se particularmente à análise do conceito de cultura política desenvolvido por Gabriel Almond e Sidney Verba na obra A cultura cívica, publicada em 1963. A partir dessa referência, o conceito se espalhou por diversas áreas do conhecimento e a cultura política se transformou num dos mais importantes conceitos do período pós II Guerra Mundial. Esse estudo tem por objetivo analisar as concepções teóricas e práticas presentes no conceito de cultura política em seu contexto de origem, de modo que, por um lado, procura-se identificar as principais referências intelectuais e debates teóricos que contribuíram para delimitar o conceito, por outro lado, pretende analisar os desdobramentos práticos do conceito, buscando compreender as orientações do conceito para a política do pós-guerra. Em ambos os aspectos, o conceito de cultura política de Almond e Verba representou um instrumento da hegemonia norte-americana no contexto da Guerra Fria. hegemonia Estados Unidos.

  1. Do GIZ ao AVA: a importância de um centro virtual de ensino de língua e cultura hispano-americana para discentes da rede pública de ensino da cidade de Salvador-Bahia

    Elissandro dos Santos Santana

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho é fruto de um projeto de intervenção e de lei em torno das contribuições de um Centro Virtual de Ensino Língua e Cultura Hispano-americana para discentes da rede pública de ensino da cidade do Salvador, Bahia. Para tanto, optou-se por uma pesquisa bibliográfica, por meio do levantamento de fontes primárias e secundárias, com vistas à fundamentação necessária para a consubstanciação de um plano de caráter interventivo que culminou em um trabalho de conclusão de especialização em Metodologia do ensino de língua espanhola. Ao longo do texto são abordados os seguintes tópicos: o contexto histórico-social e leis no tangente ao ensino de língua estrangeira no Brasil, a importância do turismo e qualificação de profissionais em língua espanhola para a cidade do Salvador e as possíveis contribuições de um Centro Virtual de ensino de espanhol.

  2. Flebotomíneos (Diptera, Psychodidae de área de transmissão de leishmaniose tegumentar americana, no município de Itupeva, região sudeste do Estado de São Paulo, Brasil

    Mayo Renata Caporalle

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available O estudo da fauna flebotomínica em área de transmissão recente de leishmaniose tegumentar americana fornece subsídios para o controle da doença no Estado de São Paulo. Neste estudo, procurou-se caracterizar a distribuição sazonal, espacial e horária das espécies de flebotomíneos encontradas no município de Itupeva. As coletas foram realizadas quinzenalmente entre abril/94 e março/95. Dos 864 indivíduos coletados, 81,4% pertenceram a 4 espécies: Lutzomyia migonei (32,4%, L. whitmani (26,0%, L. intermedia (12,0% e L. fischeri (10,9%. Estas espécies apresentaram maior densidade no período mais frio e seco do ano (abril a setembro/94 e maior atividade entre a segunda e a quinta hora após o crepúsculo vespertino. L. migonei predominou em praticamente todos os ambientes investigados, seguida por L. whitmani e L. longipalpis no ambiente domiciliar. Conclui-se que, juntamente com L. intermedia, espécie suspeita como provável vetora no Estado de São Paulo, L. migonei e L. whitmani podem estar desempenhando um importante papel na transmissão da leishmaniose tegumentar na área estudada.

  3. Graphene/TiO2 nanocomposite based solid-phase extraction and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry for lipidomic profiling of avocado (Persea americana Mill.).

    Shen, Qing; Yang, Mei; Li, Linqiu; Cheung, Hon-Yeung

    2014-12-10

    Phospholipids possess important physiological, structural and nutritional functions in biological systems. This study described a solid-phase extraction (SPE) method, employing graphene and titanium dioxide (G/TiO2) nanocomposite as sorbent, for the selective isolation and enrichment of phospholipids from avocado (Persea americana Mill.). Based on the principal that the phosphoryl group in the phospholipid can interact with TiO2 via a bridging bidentate mode, an optimum condition was established for SPE, and was successfully applied to prepare avocado samples. The extracts were monitored by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight/tandem mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF/MS) in both positive-ion and negative-ion modes. Results showed that phospholipids could be efficiently extracted in a clean manner by G/TiO2 based SPE. In addition, the signals of phospholipids were enhanced while the noise was reduced. Some minor peaks became more obvious. In conclusion, the nanocomposite material of G/TiO2 was proved to be a promising sorbent for selective separation of phospholipids from crude lipid extract. PMID:25441892

  4. Manifestações estomatológicas, contagem de linfócitos T-CD4+ e carga viral de crianças brasileiras e norte-americanas infectadas pelo HIV

    GRANDO Liliane Janete

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available A prevalência de manifestações estomatológicas associadas à infecção pelo HIV foi avaliada em 184 crianças de ambos os sexos, da faixa etária de zero a 13 anos de idade, atendidas nos Ambulatórios de AIDS Pediátrica do Hospital São Lucas (HSL da PUCRS, e do Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre (HCPA da UFRGS, ambos em Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil e no Centro Pediátrico para Doenças Infecciosas do Hospital Universitário e Departamento de Odontopediatria da Faculdade de Odontologia da Universidade Estadual de Nova Iorque (SUNY em Stony Brook, Nova Iorque, EUA, no período de janeiro de 1999 a maio de 2000. A freqüência de crianças brasileiras (72,73% e norte-americanas (53,66% com manifestações estomatológicas associadas à infecção pelo HIV foi estatisticamente significativa, com destaque para linfadenopatia cérvico-facial, aumento de volume das parótidas, candidíase eritematosa, petéquias, gengivite, xerostomia e queilite angular. As crianças com manifestações estomatológicas apresentaram contagens médias de linfócitos T-CD4+ próximas à normalidade e carga viral alta.

  5. Leishmaniose tegumentar americana em centro de treinamento militar localizado na Zona da Mata de Pernambuco, Brasil American cutaneous leishmaniasis in military training unit localized in Zona da Mata of Pernambuco State, Brazil

    Sinval P. Brandão-Filho

    1998-12-01

    Full Text Available Um surto de leishmaniose tegumentar americana ocorreu em 1996 em unidade de treinamento militar situada na Zona da Mata de Pernambuco, com o registro de 26 casos humanos. Um inquérito epidemiológico foi realizado através da realização de levantamento entomológico e da aplicação do Teste de Montenegro. Lutzomyia choti apresentou predominância de 89,9% dos flebótomos identificados. De 545 homens que participaram de treinamentos no período, 24,1% (incluindo os casos clínicos foram positivo para o Teste de Montenegro.An outbreak of American cutaneous leishmaniasis has been occurred in military training unit localized in 'Zona da Mata' of Pernambuco State, Brazil, where were registered 26 human cases. An epidemiological survey was carried out by entomological investigation and Montenegro skin test (MST. Lutzomyia choti presents predominance (89.9% in sandflies identified. Out of 545 men who realized training activities were 24.12% positive to MST.

  6. El lenguaje de las crónicas de Indias: entre la expresión del imperio español y la expresión americana

    Moreno Blanco Juan

    1995-06-01

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    El presente artículo busca discernir matices de expresión en la Crónica de Indias, a partir de la consideración del autor de éstas como individualidad de conciencia en su época. Tal individualidad se plasma en la continuidad de la expresión de una lengua o en la innovación en la expresión de la misma. Se postula la posibilidad de establecer diferencias entre las diversas crónicas a partir de la mentalidad del autor, que es captada en su aprehensión de la realidad americana, y la del otro, el americano, nuevo en la cosmovisión europea. Tres matices se distinguen: la crónica que expresa una inercia de la mentalidad del autor europeo y reproduce la opacidad en el conocimiento y la expresión del otro; la crónica que da cabida a la expresión del otro - creando un texto que accede a la policulturalidad - y, por último, la crónica que confronta ideas oficiales de España e inaugura un pensamiento crítico y original en la lengua de esa nación.

  7. Evaluation of antibody responses in american visceral leishmaniasis by ELISA and immunoblot Avaliação da resposta imune humoral na leishmaniose visceral americana pelos métodos ELISA e "immunoblot"

    Thomas G. Evans

    1989-06-01

    Full Text Available American visceral leishmaniasis (AVL is an important disease among children of northeast Brazil. In order to characterize antibody responses during AVL, sera of hospitalized patients were analyzed by ELISA and Western blot using a Leishmania chagasi antigen preparation. The ELISA was positive (asorbance [greater than or equals to] 0.196 at a serum dilution of 1:1024 in all patients at presentation, and fell to ward control levels over the following year. Only one of 72 control subjects tested positive, and that donor had a sibling with AVL. Immunoblots of the patients' sera recognized multiple bands, the most frequent of which were at approximately 116 kDa, 70 kDa, and 26 kDa. Less frenquently observed were bands at approximately 93 kDa, 74 kDa, 62 kDa, 46 kDa and 32 kDa. The ELISA responses and patterns of banding were distinctive for AVL, and could be used to differentiate patients with AVL from those with Chagas' disease of cutaneous leishmaniasis. Sera from six AVL patients followed for up to six weeks after treatment identified no new bands. Sodium dodecyl sulphate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE of surface iodinated parasite proteins showed one major band and four minor bands, whereas SDS-PAGE of biotinylated prarasite proteins revealed a banding pattern similar to those of patient sera. AVL appears to produce characteristic immunoblot patterns which can be used along with a sensitive screening ELISA to diagnose AVL.A leishmaniose visceral americana é uma doença importante entre crianças do nordeste do Brasil. Com o objetivo de caracterizar a resposta imune humoral durante o curso da doença, foram analisados soros de pacientes hospitalizados, pelos métodos ELISA e Western blot, usando-se preparaçöes de antígenos de Leishmania donovani chagasi. O teste de ELISA foi positivo (absorbância > 0,196, numa diluiçäo de 1: 1024, em todos os pacientes no início da doença, diminuindo no decorrer do ano, para os níveis dos

  8. El Conjuro: una práctica de cuidado cultural para la Leishmaniasis Cutánea Americana en Florián, Santander (Colombia The Pray: a cultural care practice for American Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Florian, Santander (Colombia

    Celmira Laza Vásquez

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Justificación: La Leishmaniasis Cutánea Americana (LAC es una patología cutánea tropical endémica en Colombia, que en las últimas décadas ha recibido especial atención de los servicios nacionales de salud en cuanto al registro, atención básica y prevención entre otros, mejorando la epidemiología local y regional de esta dolencia en el país. Sin embargo, en el Departamento de Santander aún persiste un escaso conocimiento de las prácticas utilizadas por la población rural afectada en el cuidado cultural o genérico de la enfermedad. Objetivo: Describir las prácticas de cuidado, factores que determinan su uso y creencias culturales para la curación de la Leishmaniasis Cutánea Americana en la población rural del municipio de Florián-Santander (Colombia. Metodología: Estudio cualitativo descriptivo realizado en zona rural durante marzo de 2008, con la participaron pobladores y conjuradores de Florián Santander. La información se recolectó mediante entrevistas semi-estructuradas individuales, para realizar el posterior análisis de contenido. Resultados y conclusión: el Conjuro realizado por un Conjurador emergió como la práctica central de cuidado cultural, alrededor de la cual se realizan cuidados complementarios que incrementen la eficacia. La modesta situación socioeconómica, la deficiencia en infraestructura vial, la escasez de los medios de transporte, así como las creencias entorno al tratamiento médico con Glucantime®, se identificaron como los factores que ayudan a consolidar el Conjuro en la población rural como la práctica más utilizada para "sanar el encono".Justification: The American Cutaneous Leishmaniasis is an endemic tropical cutaneous pathology in Colombia that during the last decade has received special attention from the national health services regarding the registry, basic attention and prevention among others, improving the local and regional epidemiology of this ailment in the country

  9. Pólos de produção de leishmaniose tegumentar americana no norte do Estado do Paraná, Brasil Poles of American tegumentary leishmaniasis production in northern Paraná State, Brazil

    Wuelton Marcelo Monteiro

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available No Estado do Paraná, a leishmaniose tegumentar americana é endêmica, com 99,3% dos casos registrados no Sul do Brasil. Verifica-se a distribuição geográfica da doença no norte desse estado, identificando-se as áreas territoriais de maior importância epidemiológica. O estudo foi realizado com dados registrados em fichas epidemiológicas do Laboratório de Ensino e Pesquisa em Análises Clínicas da Universidade Estadual de Maringá, de 1987 a 2004. Consideraram-se apenas os indivíduos que se infectaram nos municípios no norte do Paraná. A identificação das unidades epidemiológicas (pólos e circuitos foi feita com base na densidade espacial dos casos, conforme o modelo da Fundação Nacional de Saúde, considerando-se as localidades mais prováveis de infecção. De 1.933 casos de leishmaniose tegumentar americana registrados, 1.611 se infectaram em áreas no norte do Paraná. A distribuição da endemia no Estado do Paraná sugere a existência de dois circuitos de produção da doença: circuito Paraná-Paranapanema, onde se destacam os pólos Cinzas-Laranjinha, Tibagi, Ivaí-Pirapó, Piquiri e Baixo Iguaçu, e circuito Ribeira, onde se destaca o pólo Alto Ribeira.American tegumentary leishmaniasis is endemic in the State of Paraná, with 99.3% of the cases reported in the South of Brazil. Spatial distribution of the disease in northern Paraná was verified, identifying the most relevant geographic areas in epidemiological terms. The study used data recorded on epidemiological forms from the Teaching and Research Clinical Test Laboratory of the State University in Maringá, from 1987 to 2004. The study only included individuals that were infected in the municipalities (counties in northern Paraná. Identification of the epidemiological units (poles and circuits was based on spatial density of cases, according to the model proposed by the National Health Foundation, considering the most likely infection sites. Considering 1

  10. Clinical, epidemiological and laboratory aspects of patients with American cutaneous leishmaniasis in the State of Pernambuco Aspectos clínicos, epidemiológicos e laboratoriais de pacientes com leishmaniose cutânea americana no Estado de Pernambuco

    Luiza de Campos Reis

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available The diagnosis for American cutaneous leishmaniasis is based on an association of clinical, epidemiological and laboratory characteristics. The present study identified the circulating species of Leishmania in the State of Pernambuco, described its clinical-epidemiological characteristics and diagnosed the disease. Nineteen patients presenting active lesions who had been diagnosed through clinical evaluation and laboratory tests were selected. The tests included direct investigation, in vitro culturing, Montenegro skin test, indirect immunofluorescence and polymerase chain reaction. The Montenegro Skin Test showed positive results in 89% of the patients; indirect immunofluorescence, in 79%; direct investigation, in 58%; and polymerase chain reaction in 75%. Seven Leishmania (Viannia braziliensis samples were isolated from these patients and were characterized by means of specific monoclonal antibodies. These data confirm that a combination of different diagnosis techniques is needed in order to obtain efficient results and that, so far, Leishmania (Viannia braziliensis is the only species responsible for American cutaneous leishmaniasis infection in Pernambuco. Thus, it is essential to identify the parasite species involved in cases of human disease in an endemic area in order to determine the clinical and epidemiological characteristics, especially with regard to diagnosis, therapy development and disease prognosis.O diagnóstico da leishmaniose cutânea americana é baseado na associação dos aspectos clínicos, epidemiológicos e laboratoriais. O presente estudo identificou a espécie de Leishmania circulante no Estado de Pernambuco, descreveu os aspectos clínico-epidemiológicos e diagnosticou a doença. Foram selecionados 19 pacientes apresentando lesão ativa e diagnosticados através de avaliação clínica e pelos exames laboratoriais que incluíram a pesquisa direta, cultivo in vitro, intradermorreação de Montenegro, imunofluoresc

  11. Produção de alface americana em solo e em hidroponia, no inverno e verão, em Jaboticabal, SP Yield of american lettuce cultivated in soil and hydropony during winter and summer seasons, in Jaboticabal, SP

    Anderson L. Feltrim

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Embora seja reconhecida como planta típica de clima temperado, a alface possui cultivares melhoradas geneticamente com maior tolerância às temperaturas elevadas, o que possibilita seu cultivo todo o ano. Objetivou-se, com o presente trabalho, avaliar a produção de seis cultivares de alface do grupo americana, cultivadas no solo e em hidroponia, nas estações de inverno e verão. Os experimentos foram conduzidos em casa de vegetação, na UNESP, Jaboticabal, SP. O delineamento experimental utilizado foi o de blocos casualizados, com três repetições. A produção de massa fresca e seca da parte aérea das cultivares estudadas foi influenciada pela época (inverno ou verão mas não o foi pelo sistema de cultivo (solo ou hidroponia. O cultivo de verão determinou redução de 28% no acúmulo de massa fresca, constituindo-se em época marginal à produção de alface em Jaboticabal, SP, considerando-se os sistemas de cultivo empregados.Lettuce as known a typical plant of temperate climate-Some genetically improved lettuce cultivars have tolerance to high temperature and make its cultivation possible through out the year. The present work had the aim to evaluate the yield of six cultivars from creasp head group, produced in soil and in hydroponics system in winter and summer seasons. The experiments were conducted under protected ambient, at UNESP, Jaboticabal, SP. The experimental design was a randomized blocks with three replications. The fresh and dry mass of aerial part were influenced by planting time (winter or summer but not by crop system (soil and hydropony. Summer season reduced yield by 28% on fresh mass.

  12. Nível de conhecimentos sobre Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana (LTA e uso de terapias alternativas por populações de uma área endêmica da Amazônia do Maranhão, Brasil

    Moreira Rosilene da Conceição R.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Realizou-se estudo visando identificar e comparar que conhecimentos básicos e uso de terapias alternativas relativos à Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana (LTA, têm populações residentes em cinco áreas rurais (Sexta Vicinal, Quinta Vicinal, Trilha 410, Vila União e Buritizinho pertencentes ao município de Buriticupu, Maranhão. No período de setembro de 1997 a janeiro de 1998, aplicou-se questionários com perguntas abertas e fechadas, abordando aspectos epidemiológicos, modos de prevenção, clínica e terapêutica alternativa. A população estudada foi de 378 (19% indivíduos de um total de 1980 habitantes. Na Sexta Vicinal (35 indivíduos, Quinta Vicinal (63, Trilha 410 (96, Vila União (85 e Buritizinho (99. Dos entrevistados, 72% tinham poucos conhecimentos dos modos de transmissão, 96,9% já ouviram falar da doença, a maioria obteve informações com amigos, 60,7% conheciam a LTA como lésh. O Glucantime foi a droga mais citada para o tratamento, 29,6% relataram uso de plantas no local da lesão. O Citrus limon (limão foi a planta mais citada (15,4% dos entrevistados, o modo de uso mais freqüente era o pó espalhado sobre a lesão. Conclui-se que o nível de conhecimento sobre LTA foi incipiente, principalmente na prevenção e terapêutica, situação similar nas cinco áreas estudadas.

  13. Mobilidade populacional e produção da leishmaniose tegumentar americana no Estado do Paraná, sul do Brasil Population mobility and production of American tegumentary leishmaniasis in the State of Paraná, southern Brazil

    Wuelton Marcelo Monteiro

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available São escassas as informações sobre o papel da mobilidade populacional na manutenção da leishmaniose tegumentar americana no estado do Paraná. Avalia-se a mobilidade populacional como fator de risco para esta endemia em três mesorregiões do Paraná, utilizando dados gerados na Universidade Estadual de Maringá, no período de 1987 a 2004. Foram notificados 1.933 casos, predominando os casos migrantes (54,4%. Os municípios com maior número de casos notificados foram Maringá (358, Doutor Camargo (108 e Terra Boa (105. Os casos rurais foram predominantemente autóctones (89,8%, enquanto os urbanos, na maioria (84,8% migrantes (pInformation on the role of population mobility in maintaining American tegumentary leishmaniasis in the State of Paraná is scarce. Population mobility was evaluated as a risk factor for this endemic disease in three mesoregions of Paraná, using data built up at the State University of Maringá, covering 1987 to 2004. A total of 1,933 cases were notified, mostly among migrants (54.4%. The municipalities with the greatest numbers of cases notified were Maringá (358, Doutor Camargo (108 and Terra Boa (105. The rural cases were predominantly autochthonous (89.8%, while the urban cases were mostly among migrants (84.8% (p < 0.0001. Among the rural autochthonous cases, there was no difference between the sexes (p = 0.127, whereas among the urban migrant cases, men predominated (p < 0.0001. The migrant cases were mostly related to mobility within and between municipalities. Population mobility seems to be an important variable in the epidemiology of this disease in the State of Paraná.

  14. 金边龙舌兰超氧化物岐化酶的提取与特性研究%Study on extraction and properties of SOD from Agave americana variegata marginata hort leaf

    杨就锦; 陈冰; 李嘉亮; 苏玉天; 谢施文; 盘夏媚

    2014-01-01

    金边龙舌兰经匀浆、丙酮沉淀、葡聚糖凝胶过滤等步骤,纯化获得2个超氧化物歧化酶( SOD) I和Ⅱ。该SODI和Ⅱ适应pH范围分别在4~11和4~10,pH分别为7和8时活性最高;均在60℃以下稳定,60℃能够保持较高的活力;分别在272.5和274.5 nm处有最大紫外光吸收;敏感性抑制试验证明,其活性均被氰化钾和过氧化氢所抑制,但不受氯仿-乙醇影响,与Cu·Zn-SOD相似。%Superoxide dismutases( SOD)Ⅰ andⅡwere purified from Agave americana variegata marginata Hort,which was homog-enate,precipitation by acetone and gel filtration on Sephadex G column. The enzymes were relatively stable at temperatures below 60℃. At 60℃,the enzymes had the most activity. At pH ranging from 4-10 and 4-11,the enzymes were relatively stable. At pH 7 and 8,the enzymes had the most activity,respectively. They had the absorption maximums of ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy at 272. 5 and 274. 5 nm,respectively. They were inhibited by potassium cyanide and hydrogen peroxide,but not influcend by CHCl3-C2 H5 OH,which was similar to copper-and zinc containing SOD.

  15. Argumentação e comunicação médico-paciente: comparando os enfoques da pragma-dialética de Toulmin e a sociolinguística americana

    Francisco Javier Uribe Rivera

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Resumo Este artigo discute a aplicação de teorias da argumentação e da comunicação ao campo da medicina. Com base em revisão bibliográfica procedeu-se à comparação de três enfoques selecionados pela pertença a uma concepção pragmática da linguagem: o modelo de Toulmin, a pragma-dialética, e o de Fisher e Todd, derivado da sociolinguística americana. Os principais resultados foram: a pragma-dialética caracteriza o raciocínio médico de maneira mais integral, incorporando elementos das três disciplinas da argumentação: a dialética, a retórica e a lógica; o modelo de Toulmin ajuda a fundamentar argumentativamente a declaração de hipóteses diagnósticas e terapêuticas e, como parte de uma medicina interpretativa, aproxima-se da pragma-dialética por incluir elementos dialéticos no processo de formulação de argumentos; o enfoque de Fisher e Todd permite caracterizar, por uma análise pragmática dos atos de fala, o grau de simetria/assimetria da relação médico- paciente e sustenta a possibilidade de negociação das alternativas terapêuticas.

  16. Ciencia y saberes locales en la posguerra: la Asociación Internacional Americana para el Desarrollo Económico y Social (AIA y los programas de modernización de la agricultura en Brasil (1945-1961

    Marcio da Silva, Claiton

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available It aims to discuss the work of American International Association for Economic and Social Development (AIA in Brazil. AIA’s work was characterized for a intense process of negotiation with local governments between 1946 and 1961. Contemporary to the rise of the ideology of modernization, AIA introduced some projects which were considered suitable for Latin America, as Brazil and Venezuela in special. Following the American experiences in supervised credit and extension work, this agency tried to adapt this models to local conditions, interpreting that successful projects earlier developed in United States could be also successful in Latin America. On the other hand, these set of experiences in Brazilian states like Minas Gerais had strong difficulties to be developed.Este artículo discute la actuación de la Asociación Internacional Americana para el Desarrollo Social y Económico (AIA en Brasil. La acción de la AIA se caracterizó por un intenso proceso de negociación entre 1946 y 1961. Contemporánea de la emergente ideología de la modernización, la AIA estudió los posibles proyectos adecuados para la América Latina, en especial Brasil y Venezuela. Inspirada en las experiencias norteamericanas del crédito rural, el extensionismo, entre otras estrategias de desarrollo, la agencia procuró adaptar estos modelos a las condiciones locales, partiendo de la base de que, desde el punto de vista de la AIA, los proyectos exitosos en Estados Unidos, si fueran adaptados, tendrían también éxito en los países en desarrollo. Sin embargo, las experiencias en la provincia brasileña de Minas Gerais demostraron grandes dificultades de ejecución.

  17. Nível de conhecimentos sobre Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana (LTA e uso de terapias alternativas por populações de uma área endêmica da Amazônia do Maranhão, Brasil

    Rosilene da Conceição R. Moreira

    2002-02-01

    Full Text Available Realizou-se estudo visando identificar e comparar que conhecimentos básicos e uso de terapias alternativas relativos à Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana (LTA, têm populações residentes em cinco áreas rurais (Sexta Vicinal, Quinta Vicinal, Trilha 410, Vila União e Buritizinho pertencentes ao município de Buriticupu, Maranhão. No período de setembro de 1997 a janeiro de 1998, aplicou-se questionários com perguntas abertas e fechadas, abordando aspectos epidemiológicos, modos de prevenção, clínica e terapêutica alternativa. A população estudada foi de 378 (19% indivíduos de um total de 1980 habitantes. Na Sexta Vicinal (35 indivíduos, Quinta Vicinal (63, Trilha 410 (96, Vila União (85 e Buritizinho (99. Dos entrevistados, 72% tinham poucos conhecimentos dos modos de transmissão, 96,9% já ouviram falar da doença, a maioria obteve informações com amigos, 60,7% conheciam a LTA como lésh. O Glucantime foi a droga mais citada para o tratamento, 29,6% relataram uso de plantas no local da lesão. O Citrus limon (limão foi a planta mais citada (15,4% dos entrevistados, o modo de uso mais freqüente era o pó espalhado sobre a lesão. Conclui-se que o nível de conhecimento sobre LTA foi incipiente, principalmente na prevenção e terapêutica, situação similar nas cinco áreas estudadas.

  18. Caracterización morfológica y evaluación de la resistencia de materiales criollos de aguacate Persea americana Mill. A la pudrición radical del aguacate Phytophthora cinnamomi Rands en el centro de investigación Palmira de CORPOICA.

    Rodriguez Henao, Eberto

    2015-01-01

    Como aporte a la búsqueda de cultivares de aguacate Persea americana Mill., potencialmente resistentes a la enfermedad de pudrición de raíces causada por Phytophthora cinnamomi Rands, se evaluaron 21 accesiones del banco de germoplasma de aguacate antillano de CORPOICA, seleccionadas por distanciamiento genético mediante caracterización morfológica, utilizando dos cepas patogénicas de este oomiceto. El objetivo fue identificar accesiones con potencial de uso como portainjertos, práctica de ma...

  19. Prevalência da infecção canina em áreas endêmicas de leishmaniose tegumentar americana, do município de Paracambi, Estado do Rio de Janeiro, no período entre 1992 e 1993

    Santos Ginelza Peres Lima dos; Sanavria Argemiro; Marzochi Mauro Célio de Almeida; Santos Elizabeth Glória Oliveira Barbosa dos; Silva Valmir Laurentino; Pacheco Raquel da Silva; Mouta-Confort Eliame; Espíndola Cleber Barreto; Souza Marcos Barbosa de; Ponte Cesar Santos; Conceição Nilton Francisco da; Andrade Moacir Vieira de

    2005-01-01

    No município de Paracambi, Estado do Rio de Janeiro, foi realizado um inquérito epidemiológico sobre a leishmaniose tegumentar americana na população canina residente em áreas endêmicas rural e semiurbana. Foram cadastrados 179 cães e 138 (77,1%) foram examinados, segundo seus aspectos clínicos e desenvolvimento de hipersensibilidade tardia ao antígeno Imunoleish® e respostas sorológicas à reação de imunofluorescência indireta e ao ensaio imunoenzimático. Dos 9 (6,5.%) animais portadores de l...

  20. Prevalência da infecção canina em áreas endêmicas de leishmaniose tegumentar americana, do município de Paracambi, Estado do Rio de Janeiro, no período entre 1992 e 1993 Prevalence of canine infection from endemic areas of American cutaneous leishmaniasis in Paracambi District, Rio de Janeiro State, between 1992 and 1993

    Ginelza Peres Lima dos Santos; Argemiro Sanavria; Mauro Célio de Almeida Marzochi; Elizabeth Glória Oliveira Barbosa dos Santos; Valmir Laurentino Silva; Raquel da Silva Pacheco; Eliame Mouta-Confort; Cleber Barreto Espíndola; Marcos Barbosa de Souza; Cesar Santos Ponte; Nilton Francisco da Conceição; Moacir Vieira de Andrade

    2005-01-01

    No município de Paracambi, Estado do Rio de Janeiro, foi realizado um inquérito epidemiológico sobre a leishmaniose tegumentar americana na população canina residente em áreas endêmicas rural e semiurbana. Foram cadastrados 179 cães e 138 (77,1%) foram examinados, segundo seus aspectos clínicos e desenvolvimento de hipersensibilidade tardia ao antígeno Imunoleish® e respostas sorológicas à reação de imunofluorescência indireta e ao ensaio imunoenzimático. Dos 9 (6,5.%) animais portadores de l...

  1. Antihypertensive potential of the aqueous extract which combine leaf of Persea americana Mill. (Lauraceae), stems and leaf of Cymbopogon citratus (D.C) Stapf. (Poaceae), fruits of Citrus medical L. (Rutaceae) as well as honey in ethanol and sucrose experimental model

    Dzeufiet, Paul Désiré Djomeni; Mogueo, Amélie; Bilanda, Danielle Claude; Aboubakar, Bibi-Farouck Oumarou; Tédong, Léonard; Dimo, Théophile; Kamtchouing, Pierre

    2014-01-01

    Background The present study was designed to evaluate the effects of the aqueous extract obtained from the mixture of fresh leaf of Persea americana, stems and fresh leaf of Cymbopogon citratus, fruits of Citrus medica and honey on ethanol and sucrose induced hypertension in rats. Methods Rats were divided into eight groups of 6 rats each and daily treated for 5 weeks. The control group received distilled water (1 mL/kg) while rats of groups 2, 3 and 4 received ethanol 40 degrees (3 g/kg/day)...

  2. A urbanização da leishmaniose tegumentar americana no município de Campinas - São Paulo (SP) e região: magnitude do problema e desafios Urbanization of American Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Campinas - Sao Paulo (SP) and region: problems and challenges

    Lúcia Mensato Rebello da Silva; Paulo Rowilson Cunha

    2007-01-01

    FUNDAMENTOS - A leishmaniose tegumentar americana ocupa o segundo lugar entre as protozoonoses por vetores no Brasil. OBJETIVOS - Descrever a distribuição da doença na macrorregião de Campinas-SP e identificar as principais dificuldades em sua prevenção. MÉTODOS - A área estudada abrange 42 municípios. Os dados foram coletados no Sistema Nacional de Agravos e de Notificação do Grupo de Vigilância Epidemiológica, de 1998 a 2004, da Superintendência de Controle de Endemias, do Centro de Zoonose...

  3. ECTOPARASITISM FOR STRUTHIOLIPEURUS RHEAE (HARRISON, 1916 (PHTHIRAPTERA: PHILOPTERIDAE IN AMERICAN RHEA (RHEIFORMES: RHEIDAE IN CAPTIVE CONDITIONS IN THE MUNICIPAL OF MOSSORO, RIO GRANDE DO NORTE, BRAZIL ECTOPARASITISMO POR Struthiolipeurus Rheae (HARRISON, 1916 (PHTHIRAPTERA: PHILOPTERIDAE EM Rhea americana (RHEIFORMES: RHEIDAE EM CONDIÇÕES CATIVAS NO MUNICÍPIO DE MOSSORÓ, RIO GRANDE DO NORTE, BRASIL

    Ana Carla Diógenes Suassuna

    2008-10-01

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    The register the occurrence of the louse Struthiolipeurus rheae parasitizing rheas (Rhea americana maintained in conditions conservationist and scientific in the Center of Multiplication of Wild Animals of the Rural Federal University of the Semi-Arid in the municipal of Mossoro, State of Rio Grande do Norte.

     

    KEY WORDS: Louse, Phthiraptera, Rhea.

    Registrou-se a ocorrência do piolho mastigador Struthiolipeurus rheae parasitando emas (Rhea americana mantidas em condições conservacionista e científicas no Centro de Multiplicação de Animais Silvestres da Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-Árido no município de Mossoró, Estado do Rio Grande do Norte.

     

    PALAVRAS-CHAVES: Ema, Phthiraptera, piolho.

  4. Uma perspectiva latino-americana para as políticas sociais: quão distante está o horizonte? A Latin American perspective for social policies: how far is the horizon?

    Beatriz Augusto de Paiva

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo propõe-se a analisar as políticas sociais na América Latina em suas determinações fundamentais operadas pela ordem capitalista, a partir, porém, de um ângulo original: o que reconhece a dependência como principal contradição determinante dos problemas da região. Para decifrar as determinações fundamentais das políticas sociais e sua viabilidade histórica no contexto dos arranjos político-institucionais contemporâneos na América Latina, o referencial teórico-metodológico de análise deriva diretamente do pen-samento de Marx. Nessa medida, a reflexão marxiana e o pensamento social latino-americano caminharam juntos com um amplo movimento político de índole e conteúdo libertários, que encontrou nas formulações sobre a teoria da dependência seu momento de maior conexão em termos de práxis política. O caráter crítico desse pensamento e sua vinculação com o marxismo foram fundamentais para consolidá-lo como uma das melhores tradições críticas para interpretar e, o que é mais importante, transformar a realidade latino-americana.This article proposes to analyze social policies in Latin America in their fundamental determinations as operated by the capitalist order, from an original angle: one which recognizes dependency as the principal determining contradiction of the region's problems. To decipher the basic determinations of the social policies and their historic viability in the context of contemporary political-institutional arrangements in Latin America, the theoretical-methodological reference of the analysis is derived directly from Marx's thinking. To this degree, the Marxist reflection and Latin American social thought have proceeded together with a broad political movement of libertarian content and temperament, which found in the formulations about the theory of dependence their moment of greatest connection in terms of political praxis. The critical character of this thinking and its link

  5. The use of Gamma radiation of Cobalt-60 to control avocado moth Stenoma catenifer Walsingham, 1912 (Lepidoptera: Elachistidae) and its effects on the quality of the fruit of Persea americana (Miller) (Lauraceae)

    This work aimed to evaluate the influence of Gamma radiation of Cobalt-60, in the avocado moth Stenoma catenifer Walsingham, 1912 (Lepidoptera: Elachistidae) and its effects on the quality of the fruit Persea americana (Miller) (Lauraceae). For this research, insects were irradiated in ali phases of their life cycle with doses varying from O to 600 Gy and they were maintained at the temperature of 25 +- 2 deg C, humidity of 70 +- 10% and photo phase of 14 h. The species was raised on natural diet, avocado seeds. The cultivar fruits Geada were irradiated with doses that varied from 0 to 150 Gy, maintained for 15 days at room temperature (20 a 35 deg C and humidity of 70 - 80 %) and 30 days at a temperature of 10 deg C, humidity of 40 - 60 %. The chemical-physics and sensorial analyses were carried out. According to the obtained results, it was verified that the lethal dose of gamma radiation to S. catenifer eggs, was of 75 Gy; for caterpillars and pupas was of 300 Gy. The sterile-dose for upcoming adults from irradiated S. catenifer eggs was of 25 Gy; for upcoming adults from irradiated caterpillars, it was of 100 Gy; for adults coming from irradiated pupas was of 150 Gy and for irradiated adults was of 200 Gy. The irradiation in the avocado fruit, maintained at room temperature for 7 days of storage, caused change in the coloration of the fruit (dark spots and yellowish coloration) and more firmness. The sensorial characteristics were kept and the irradiated fruit was the chosen one as favorite for tasting. The irradiated fruits that were kept at 10 deg C, obtained an increase in the storage period, without changing their chemical physics characteristics. The coloration of the fruits was kept, more firmness and a subtle acidity taste increase, being effective in the conservation of the fruits and in the maintenance of their sensorial characteristics. The use of the gamma radiation as treatment quarantine of S. catenifer it was efficient, should be treated them with

  6. Doses de nitrogênio e molibdênio no rendimento e teor de micronutrientes em alface americana Doses of nitrogen and molybdenum effects on yield and micronutrient content of crisphead lettuce plants

    Geraldo M de Resende

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available O trabalho foi conduzido no município de Três Pontas, Sul de Minas Gerais, de outubro a dezembro de 2002, com o objetivo de avaliar a influência de doses de nitrogênio (N e molibdênio (Mo no rendimento e teor de micronutrientes da alface americana. Utilizou-se o delineamento de blocos casualizados em arranjo fatorial 4 x 5, compreendendo quatro doses de N (0, 60, 120 e 180 kg ha-1 em cobertura adicionais à dose aplicada pelo produtor de 60 kg ha-1 e cinco doses de Mo via foliar (0,0; 35,1; 70,2; 105,3 e 140,4 g ha-1 com três repetições. O maior rendimento de massa fresca comercial foi obtido com a dose de 89,1 kg ha-1 de N em cobertura e 94,2 g ha-1 de Mo. Os resultados indicaram incremento nos teores de boro, zinco, ferro e manganês com o aumento das doses de N e Mo. Em relação ao teor de cobre verificou-se efeito significativo da interação N x Mo, evidenciando para a maior dose de Mo (140,4 g ha-1 uma redução linear com o aumento das doses de N.The trial was carried out in Três Pontas, Minas Gerais State, Brazil, from October to December, 2002, to evaluate the influence of doses of nitrogen and molybdenum on yield and macronutrient uptake of crisphead lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.. A randomized complete block design scheme with three replications was used, in which the treatments were a factorial combination of nitrogen rates (0, 60, 120 and 180 kg ha-1 of N in top dressing in addition to the dose used by farmers (60 kg ha-1 of N and five foliar molybdenum rates (0.0; 35.1; 70.2; 105.3 and 140.4 g ha-1. The highest yield of commercial fresh mass was obtained using the dose of 89.1 kg ha-1 of nitrogen in top dressing and 94.2 g ha-1 of molybdenum. The results indicated an increase in the levels of Ca, Zn, Fe and Mn as a consequence of the application of higher doses of nitrogen and molybdenum. Significant effect of the interaction N x Mo on the Cu level was verified and it was evidenced, for the highest molybdenum level (140.4 g

  7. Aspectos sanitários do cultivo da alface americana, irrigada com águas recptoras de efluentes urbanos Sanitary aspects of lectucce (Lactuca sativa L. culture irrigated with receiving waters of urban effluent

    Guilherme Augusto Biscaro

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se a influência da disposição de mangueiras gotejadoras nos canteiros e a injeção ou não de cloro na água de irrigação, nas condições sanitárias do solo e da alface americana irrigada (Lactuca sativa L. com águas receptoras de efluentes urbanos. Foram realizadas análises microbiológicas de amostras de água do solo e da alface, no decorrer de todo o ciclo de cultivo. Objetivou-se determinar a possível existência de Salmonella spp. e de formas evolutivas de parasitos humanos e a quantidade de coliformes fecais, em pontos e épocas diferentes do experimento, impedindo assim o consumo da alface. Os resultados não indicaram a presença dos dois primeiros em nenhuma das amostras, mas sim de parasitos não humanos (nematóides de vida livre no solo. Em relação à quantidade de coliformes fecais (NMP ml-1, o valor encontrado na cultura atende às exigências da Secretaria de Vigilância Sanitária do Ministério da Saúde brasileiro, porém a presença dos nematóides em quantidades superiores ao permitido pela Organização Mundial de Saúde (OMS inviabiliza o seu consumo.One evaluated the influence of drip tape arrangement and the use of chloride in the irrigation water, on soil sanitary conditions and growing lettuce (Lactuca sativa L., irrigated with receiving urban waters. Water, soil and lettuce microbiological analyses were performed during crop cycle. The objective was to determine the presence of Salmonella spp., evolutive forms of human parasites and the amount of fecal coliforms in different locations and time, avoiding the lettuce consumption. Although results did not indicate the presence of Salmonella spp. and evolutive forms of human parasites in none of the samples but non human parasites (nematodes of free life in soil. Total fecal coliforms count (NMP ml-1 met is according to the Brazilian Ministry of Health, Secretary of Health Surveillance requirements. Yet, the lettuce was not good for human consumption

  8. Foco de leishmaniose tegumentar americana nos municípios de Viana e Cariacica, Estado do Espirito Santo, Brasil A focus of mucocutaneous leishmaniasis in Viana and Cariacica counties, Espírito Santo State, Brazil

    Gelcilio Coutinho Barros

    1985-04-01

    Full Text Available Descreve-se um foco de leishmaniose tegumentar americana abrangendo quatro localidades dos municípios de Viana e Cariacica situados próximo ao litoral do Estado do Espírito Santo, Brasil. Foram diagnosticados 71 casos no período de maio de 1978 a dezembro de 1982. A confirmação laboratorial foi obtida pela intradermorreação de Montenegro em 66 pacientes e pelo encontro do parasita em 15. A faixa etária mais acometida foi a de 0-10 anos. Amostras do parasita isoladas de 3 pacientes e de 27 cães foram classificadas como Leishmania braziliensis braziliensis. De apenas dois Proechimys iheringi, entre 257 mamíferos silvestres estudados, isolou-se Leishmania, que foi identificada como Leishmania mexicana aristedesi. As espécies de flebotomíneos mais numerosas (Lutzomyia intermedia, L. fischeri e L. migonei apresentaram um elevado grau de adaptação aos ambientes intra e peri-domibiliar. Levantou-se a hipótese da transmissão estar ocorrendo no intra e peri-domicílio.A mucocutaneous leishmaniasis focus occuring in four village situated in Viana and Cariacica counties, located near the sea-coast of Espírito Santo State, Brazil, is described. Seventy one cases of the disease were diagnosed between May 1978 and December 1982. The laboratorial confirmation was obtained by the Montenegro test in 66 patients and by biopsy in 15. The 0 to 10 year age-group was the most affected. The strains of the parasites isolated from 3 patients and 27 dogs were classified as Leishmania braziliensis braziliensis. Among 257 wild animals captured the Leishmania was isolated in two Proechimys iheringi only, and identified as L. mexicana aristedesi. The most numerous sandfly specimens (Lutzomyia intermedia, L. fischeri and L. migonei were captured with greater frequency both inside and outside residences. The possibility of the transmission's occuring both inside and outside residences was noteworthy.

  9. ESTUDO SOBRE O CONTROLE DE QUALIDADE DO DIAGNÓSTICO PARASITOLÓGICO DIRETO DA LEISHMANIOSE TEGUMENTAR AMERICANA NO ESTADO DO AMAPÁ NO PERÍODO DE 2007 A 2011

    Kellen Cristina Ignacio Cardoso

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available A Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana (LTA é uma doença endêmica na Região da Amazônia Legal, e mais particularmente no Amapá. Entre as estratégias implantadas pelo Ministério da Saúde para o controle desta doença destaca-se a implantação da Rede de Diagnóstico Laboratorial da LTA. Os laboratórios de cada município devem enviar 100% dos exames realizados para o controle de qualidade do Laboratório Central de Saúde Pública do Amapá (LACEN-AP. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar qualitativamente o diagnóstico parasitológico direto das lâminas encaminhadas pelos microscopistas dos municípios ao LACEN- AP no período de 2007 a 2011. No total, foram examinadas, pelos técnicos do LACEN, 1.686 lâminas provenientes dos municípios do Oiapoque, Laranjal do Jari, Macapá, Porto Grande, Pedra Branca e Calçoene. Ao comparar as discordâncias de leitura nos exames de LTA entre os microscopistas dos laboratórios municipais e os do LACEN-AP, os resultados mostraram que das 1.686 lâminas analisadas 182 apresentaram discordâncias quanto aos resultados do diagnóstico; quanto a coloração e confecção o conceito regular foi observado respectivamente em 947 e 927 lâminas.  A partir dos dados encontrados neste estudo evidenciou-se a necessidade de capacitação para os microscopistas e intensificação das supervisões aos laboratórios dos municípios que realizam o diagnóstico laboratorial para LTA no Estado. Constatou-se também que o controle de qualidade realizado pelo LACEN é extremamente importante para a obtenção de resultados com maior confiabilidade, ampliando-se assim o suporte as ações de vigilância da doença no Estado. Palavras-Chaves: doença infecciosa, flebotomíneos, vigilância epidemiológica, Amazônia oriental. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18561/2179-5746/biotaamazonia.v4n1p45-49

  10. Aspectos eco-epidemiológicos da leishmaniose tegumentar americana no Município de Campinas Eco-epidemiological aspects of American cutaneous leishmaniasis in the Municipality of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

    Antônio Ângelo Corte

    1996-12-01

    Full Text Available Os autores descrevem um surto de leishmaniose tegumentar americana ocorrido no período de fevereiro de 1993 a setembro de 1994, nos Distritos de Sousas e Joaquim Egídio, Município de Campinas, SP. Ocorreram 25 casos, sete na área rural, nove na área peri-urbana e nove na urbana. Verifica-se uma mobilidade da ocorrência dos casos em direção rural-urbana. Em relação ao sexo, houve predomínio do masculino (60% sobre o feminino (40%, com 44% dos casos concentrados na faixa etária de 11 e trinta anos. Quanto à ocupação, 48% correspondem a estudantes, empregadas domésticas e donas-de-casa. Em 92% dos casos, a doença manifestou-se com lesão única, predominantemente localizadas nos membros inferiores e superiores. O surgimento desses casos na área está provavelmente associado à expansão urbana ocorrida nas décadas de 70-80 e acelerada mais recentemente.The authors describe an outbreak of American cutaneous leishmaniasis from February 1993 to September 1994 in the districts of Sousas and Joaquim Egídio, Campinas, São Paulo State. Out of a total of 25 cases, seven occurred in the countryside, nine in the periurban area, and nine in the urban area. The authors observed a shift in the occurrence of leishmaniasis cases from rural to urban areas. Cases in males predominated over females (60%/40%. Some 44% of the cases occurred in individuals ranging from 11 to 30 years of age. Some 48% of cases occurred in students, domestic workers, and housewives. In 90% of the cases, the disease presented as a single lesion, located predominantly on the upper and lower limbs. The appearance of cases in the region is probably related to the expansion of urban areas occurring in the 1970s and 1980s, a trend which intensified further more recently.

  11. 油梨基因组DNA提取、SSR-PCR反应体系优化及引物筛选%DNA Extraction,Optimization of SSR-PCR Reaction System and Primer Screening of Persea americana

    周海兰; 李绍鹏; 李卫亮; 贺军虎; 包冬红; 李茂富

    2016-01-01

    旨在建立稳定可靠的油梨(Persea americana Mill)叶片DNA的提取方法和SSR-PCR反应体系及筛选出稳定的油梨SSR多态性引物,为开展油梨种质SSR分子标记提供遗传研究的基础。以油梨叶片为试材,比较3种油梨叶片DNA提取方法;利用L16(45)正交实验设计对油梨SSR-PCR反应体系进行优化;利用优化的反应体系筛选引物;同时,选取5对多态性引物对45份油梨种质进行PCR扩增,进一步检测该优化体系的稳定性。结果表明,常规2×CTAB法、改良2×CTAB法和植物DNA提取试剂盒法等3种DNA提取方法中,改良2×CTAB法对油梨基因组DNA的提取效果最佳;获得最优反应体系为:20μL总反应体系中,含约40 ng DNA模板、1.5 mmol/L Mg2+、0.15 mmol/L dNTPs、0.5 U Taq DNA聚合酶、0.5μmol/L引物;以此体系为基础进行引物筛选,从73对油梨SSR引物中筛选出了30对扩增条带清晰的多态性引物,说明该反应体系可用于油梨SSR标记的进一步研究;稳定性检测获得的谱带清晰,表明该优化反应体系是稳定可靠的。由此可见,改良的2×CTAB法可用于油梨叶片DNA的大量样本提取,优化后的SSR-PCR反应体系及筛选出的30对多态性引物可用于油梨SSR标记的进一步研究。%This study is to establish a stable and reliable DNA extraction method,optimize the SSR-PCR reaction system,and screen the stable polymorphism primers for avocado(Persea americana Mill)SSR for providing the genetic foundation to conduct the SSR molecular marker of germplasm in avocados. Taking avocado’leaves as the study material,3 avocado DNA extraction methods were compared,based on the L16(45)orthogonal experiment design,the SSR-PCR reaction system in avocados was optimized,and then by optimized reaction system the SSR primers were screened. To further test the stability of the optimized SSR-PCR system,the germplasms in 45 pieces of avocados were amplified by

  12. Clinical epidemiological profile of American tegumentary leishmaniasis at the Pinto Sugar Mill in Moreno Municipality, Greater Metropolitan Recife, Pernambuco State, Brazil Perfil clínico-epidemiológico da leishmaniose tegumentar americana no Engenho Pinto, Município de Moreno, Região Metropolitana do Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil

    Maria Edileuza Felinto de Brito

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL is present in all regions of Pernambuco State, Brazil, where it is spreading, with the emergence of foci in new areas like the Municipality (County of Moreno in Greater Metropolitan Recife. The objective of the current study was to assess the prevalence of infection and identify autochthonous cases of ATL. In April 2006 a population survey was performed using a questionnaire and the Montenegro skin test (MST in 481 individuals from the Pinto Sugar Mill, of whom 47% were males and 74% were younger than 30 years. One hundred forty-four individuals (30% showed a positive MST. Of these, five presented active lesions, 41 were cured after meglumine antimoniate treatment, and one showed a spontaneous cure. Indirect immunofluorescence (IIF was performed on sera from 89 individuals and showed a 36% positive rate. The high ATL prevalence demonstrates the epidemiological spread of the disease in Greater Metropolitan Recife, a worrisome development since there are no effective measures for ATL control except ecological awareness raising to minimize the risk of infection.A leishmaniose tegumentar americana incide em todas as regiões do Estado de Pernambuco, Brasil, onde se apresenta em expansão, com o surgimento de focos em novas áreas, como o Município de Moreno, na região metropolitana do Recife. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a prevalência da infecção e identificar os casos autóctones de leishmaniose tegumentar americana. Em abril de 2006, realizou-se um inquérito populacional por meio da aplicação de um questionário e do teste de intradermoreação de Montenegro a 481 indivíduos do Engenho Pinto, dos quais 47% eram do sexo masculino e 74% menores de 30 anos. Cento e quarenta e quatro (30% indivíduos apresentaram reação positiva ao teste. Dentre estes, cinco apresentaram lesões ativas, 41 foram curados após quimioterapia e um curado espontaneamente. A RIFI realizada nos soros de 89 indiv

  13. Comunicare fisica all'Americana

    Quigg, Chris; /Fermilab

    2005-11-01

    I survey motivations for education and outreach initiatives in the American context and explore the value of communicating physics for physicists and for the wider society. I describe the roles of large institutions, professional organizations, and funding agencies and cite some individual actions, local activities, and coordinated national programs. I note the emergence of transnational enterprises--not only to carry out research, but to communicate physics. A brief appendix collects some useful internet resources.

  14. The Characteristics of Americana and Britannica

    Cole, Dorothy Ethlyn

    1973-01-01

    In this study quantifiable characteristics of encyclopedia articles such as subjects treated, length, illustrations and bibliographies were examined. Random subsamples were analyzed and the findings are presented in twelve tables. (1 reference) (DH)

  15. Efeito da adubação orgânica sobre as frações de carbono de solos cultivados com alfacen americana Organic fertilizer effects upon carbon fractions from soils cultivated with iceberg lettuce

    Edilene Carvalho Santos Marchi

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se, neste estudo, o efeito da aplicação de adubos orgânicos, minerais e calagem, nas frações húmica, fúlvica e nos teores de carbono orgânico de um Latossolo Vermelho e de um Cambissolo, cultivados com alface (americana. O experimento, realizado no Departamento de Ciência do Solo da Universidade Federal de Lavras, foi constituído de cinco doses de material húmico (0, 20, 40, 100 e 200 L ha-1, três tipos de adubação (composto orgânico, esterco de aves e mineral e calagem (com e sem uso de calcário, em cinco repetições. No Cambissolo, a calagem contribuiu para a diminuição do teor de C orgânico nas áreas adubadas com fertilizante mineral e composto, e aumentou o armazenamento de C no solo adubado com esterco de aves. Em relação à adubação mineral, o uso de adubo orgânico aumentou os teores de C-fração ácido húmico e a relação C-húmico/fúlvico. No Latossolo, independente do tipo de adubação, o uso da calagem propiciou o armazenamento no solo de mais C do que o observado na área sem correção da acidez. Os efeitos da calagem e das fontes de nutrientes variaram em função da fração orgânica analisada ou das relações entre seus teores de carbono.This study evaluated the effects of organic and mineral fertilizers and liming, on humic, fulvic, and organic carbon fractions of an Inceptisol and an Oxisol grown with lettuce. The experiment was carried out at the Soil Science Department of Federal University of Lavras, Minas Gerais state, Brazil. It was performed with 5 levels of soil conditioner (0, 20, 40, 100, 200 L ha-1, 3 fertilizers (organic compost, chicken manure and mineral, and liming (present or absent using five replications. In the Inceptisol essay, the liming contributed to a decrease in the organic-C content in the mineral and compost fertilized plots, and increased C-accumulation in the treatments under chicken manure. The organic fertilizer increased the content of C-humic acid and the

  16. Desfolha em videiras americanas e viníferas na fase de pré-maturação dos frutos Defoliation of american and vinifera grapevines in the pre ripening of fruits

    Rafael Anzanello

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Foram avaliadas possíveis interferências que a localização da folha removida mediante desfolha em videira apresenta sobre o rendimento e qualidade dos frutos. As cultivares 'Niagara Branca' e 'Concord', ambas Vitis labrusca, e 'Cabernet Sauvignon' e 'Merlot', ambas Vitis vinifera, foram utilizadas em sistema de condução em espaldeira, na safra 2006/2007. O experimento foi conduzido em delineamento de blocos casualizados, com quatro repetições e quatro plantas por parcela, sendo testados 4 tratamentos: T1 (testemunha - sem desfolha, T2 (retirada das folhas localizadas opostas aos cachos, T3 (retirada das folhas do sarmento localizadas abaixo dos cachos e T4 (retirada das folhas do sarmento localizadas abaixo e opostas aos cachos. As cultivares da espécie Vitis labrusca receberam um tratamento adicional T5, constando na retirada das folhas acima dos cachos. A aplicação dos tratamentos foi realizada na fase de mudança de cor das bagas para as cultivares 'Concord', 'Merlot' e 'Cabernet Sauvignon' e início do amolecimento das bagas para a cultivar 'Niagara Branca'. Avaliaram-se, após a colheita, a produção por planta, a massa dos cachos, os teores de sólidos solúveis (SS, a acidez titulável, (AT e o pH dos frutos. Observou-se que a desfolha até a altura do cacho não influenciou na quantidade e na qualidade dos frutos. Porém, quando a desfolha foi realizada acima dos cachos, ocorreu um atraso na maturação das uvas americanas. Essa condição implica não ser necessária a desfolha seletiva até a altura dos cachos nas videiras estudadas, quando realizada na fase início de amadurecimento dos frutos.This study aimed to evaluate the interference that the location of the leaf removed by defolation in grapevine has on fruits quality and yield. Such experiment was performed using Niagara Branca and Concord, both Vitis labrusca, and Cabernet Sauvignon e Merlot, both Vitis vinifera, trained in a unilateral cordon system during the

  17. Physiological response of American bullfrog tadpoles to stressor conditions of capture and hypoxia Resposta fisiológica de girinos de rã-touro americana submetidos aos mecanismos estressores de captura e hipóxia.

    Guilherme C Rocha

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana, recently named Lithobates catesbeianus is currently farmed for commercial purposes throughout various regions of Brazil. Stressful situations such as problems of management, inadequate facilities and environmental changes with consequent reduction of immunity are common in intensive production. The assessments of these situations of stress allow us detect these problems decreasing the injuries causes by confinement. The main objective of this study was to use the biological markers of plasma cortisol and glucose level and hematological parameters to evaluate the response of bullfrog tadpoles submitted to stressed mechanisms of capture and hypoxia. The animals were subjected to three treatments: stress due to individual capture with a hand net; stress due to batch capture with a hand net; and stress due to capture by emptying. The results obtained demonstrated that there were no statistically significant differences in the parameters tested when comparing the treatments with and without exposure to air (normoxia and hypoxia. Based on these results we can conclude that the stressful stimuli tested were not adequate to alter the biomarker tested. For the cortisol, probably this should have occurred due to the synergistic action between this hormone and thyroxin, which induces metamorphosis in these animals.A rã-touro americana (Rana catesbeiana recentemente denominada Lithobates catesbeianus é cria da com propósito comercial em várias regiões do Brasil. Situações estressantes tais como problemas de manejo, criação inadequada e alterações ambientais com consequente redução da imunidade são comuns em produções intensivas. A avaliação destas situações de estresse permite-nos detectar estes probemas e diminuir as injurias causadas pelo confinamento. O principal objetivo deste estudo foi utilizar os marcadores biológicos de cortisol, glicemia e dados hematológicos para avaliar a resposta de

  18. Saúde, ambiente e desenvolvimento: reflexões sobre a experiência da COPASAD - Conferência Pan-Americana de Saúde e Ambiente no Contexto do Desenvolvimento Sustentável Health, environment and development: reflections on the COPASAD experience - Pan-American Conference of Health and Environment in the Context of Sustainable Development

    Marcelo Firpo de Souza Porto

    1998-01-01

    Este artigo apresenta uma reflexão sobre a relação saúde, ambiente e desenvolvimento no contexto da Saúde Pública. Aborda a possibilidade de implementação de políticas públicas no país concernentes a esta vasta temática, tendo por referência uma avaliação crítica da experiência brasileira frente à Conferência Pan-americana de Saúde e Ambiente no Contexto do Desenvolvimento Sustentável - COPASAD. Tal experiência reflete, por um lado, a abrangência, complexidade e urgência das questões ambienta...

  19. Hasat Zamanı ve Hasat Sonrası Olgunluğa Bağlı Olarak Bazı Avokado (Persea americana Mill) Çeşitlerinin Bileşimindeki Değişimler

    Özdemir, Feramuz; Topuz, Ayhan; Demirkol, Aliye; Muharrem GÖLÜKÇÜ

    2004-01-01

    Bu araştırmada Bacon, Fuerte, Hass ve Zutano çeşidi avokado (Persea americana Mill) meyvelerinin bazı fiziksel ve kimyasal özelliklerinin hasat zamanı ve hasat sonrası olgunlaşma periyoduna göre değişimi belirlenmiştir. Ortalama meyve eti oranı %81.3 olan örneklerde toplam kuru madde %21.88-26.25, yağ %12.22-17.28, protein %1.63-2.42, kül %0.94-1.27 ve titre edilebilir asit miktarı %0.08-0.11 (sitrik asit) değerleri arasında değişmiştir. Avokado yağında en fazla oleik asit {%49.66-66.51) bulu...

  20. Estudos sôbre reservatórios e vetores silvestres do Trypanosoma cruzi: XVII. Contribuição para o estudo dos focos naturais da tripanossomose americana, com especial referência à região nordeste do Estado de São Paulo, Brasil

    M. P. Barretto

    1967-04-01

    Full Text Available Depois de acentuar que a tripanossomose americana é uma zoonose do tipo anfixenose, bem enquadrável no conceito de PAVLOVSKY de infecção com focos naturais, o Autor analisa o problema da multiplicidade e diversidade dêstes focos que são devidas ao grande número de hospedeiros e vetores naturais com hábitos variados. Descreve, em seguida, alguns focos naturais mais freqüentes e importantes, observados na região nordeste do Estado de São Paulo e áreas limítrofes do Estado de Minas Gerais, focos êstes constituídos por buracos e cavidades no solo, ocos e anfractuosidades em troncos de árvores, tufos de vegetação herbácea, touceiras de piteira e copa de palmeiras, onde triatomíneos e mamíferos convivem.

  1. Nível de conhecimentos sobre Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana (LTA) e uso de terapias alternativas por populações de uma área endêmica da Amazônia do Maranhão, Brasil Awareness of American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL) and use of alternative therapies in an endemic area in the Amazon Region in the State of Maranhão, Brazil

    Rosilene da Conceição R. Moreira; José Manuel Macário Rebêlo; Mônica Elinor Alves Gama; Jackson Maurício L. Costa

    2002-01-01

    Realizou-se estudo visando identificar e comparar que conhecimentos básicos e uso de terapias alternativas relativos à Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana (LTA), têm populações residentes em cinco áreas rurais (Sexta Vicinal, Quinta Vicinal, Trilha 410, Vila União e Buritizinho) pertencentes ao município de Buriticupu, Maranhão. No período de setembro de 1997 a janeiro de 1998, aplicou-se questionários com perguntas abertas e fechadas, abordando aspectos epidemiológicos, modos de prevenção, clí...

  2. Helen Howitt: una semilla canadiense en la enfermería latinoamericana Helen Howitt: uma semente canadense na enfermagem latino-americana Helen Howitt: A Canadian seed in Latin American nursing

    ANA LUISA VELANDIA MORA

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo se propone hacer visible la presencia de Helen Howitt en la enfermería latinoamericana. Paralelamente pretende hacer un análisis de la influencia política del Servicio Cooperativo Interamericano de Salud Pública en la enfermería de la región y la presencia de organizaciones religiosas, especialmente norteamericanas, en varios países latinoamericanos. Helen Howitt, enfermera canadiense egresada de la Universidad de Alberta, fue enviada en 1942 por la Organización Panamericana de la Salud, OPS para que asesorara en Colombia al Ministerio de Trabajo, Higiene y Previsión Social. Pasó a formar parte del proyecto de apertura y organización de la Escuela Nacional Superior de Enfermeras, y fue su primera directora. Helen Howitt fue directora de la Escuela de Enfermería del Hospital Santo Tomás de la Zona del Canal de Panamá entre 1933 y 1938, luego fundadora y primera directora de la Escuela Nacional Superior de Enfermeras de Colombia entre los años 1943 y 1951; posteriormente de la Escuela Nacional de Enfermeras de Bolivia entre 1953 y 1959, cuando fue invitada a cumplir un cargo similar en Venezuela. A todos estos países llegó primero como consultora del respectivo Ministerio de Salud, a través de convenios con el Servicio Cooperativo Interamericano de Salud Pública. La Fundación Rockefeller daba becas para todos los países latinos. En la Escuela del Hospital Santo Tomás de Panamá había estudiantes de toda la América Central, Venezuela, Colombia, hasta del Ecuador y la Argentina. La Rockefeller quería unificar la enfermería en toda Latinoamérica. Llegó primero a Venezuela; y las enfermeras que se graduaron en Panamá fueron las líderes en América Latina, donde trataron de fundar escuelas.O presente trabalho pretende visibilizar a presença de Hellen Howitt na enfermagem latino-americana. Paralelamente, procura fazer uma análise sobre a influência política do Serviço Cooperativo Interamericano de Sa

  3. Helen Howitt: una semilla canadiense en la enfermería latinoamericana Helen Howitt: A Canadian seed in Latin American nursing Helen Howitt: uma semente canadense na enfermagem latino-americana

    VELANDIA MORA ANA LUISA

    2009-07-01

    Health Services in nursing in the region and the presence of religious organizations, especially North American ones in several Latin American countries. Helen Howitt, a Canadian nurse who graduated from the University of Alberta, was sent in 1942 by the PAHO (Pan American Health Organization to advise the Colombian Ministry of Labor, Hygiene and Social Provision. She became part of the opening and organization project of the Escuela Nacional Superior de Enfermeras (National Nursing School where she be-come their first director. Helen Howitt was director of the Nursing School of Santo Tomás Hospital in the Panamá Canal zone between 1933 and 1938, later she became the founder and first director of Colombia's National Nursing School between 1943 and 1951; afterwards of Bolivia's National Nursing School between 1953 and 1959, when she was invited to fulfill a similar position in Venezuela. She arrived to all these countries first as consultant of the respective Ministry of Health, through Agreements with the Interamerican Cooperative Public Health Services. The Rockefeller Foundation used to provide scholarships to all Latin American countries, At Santo Tomas Hospital School in Panama there used to be students from all parts in Central America, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Argentina. The Rockefeller Foundation wanted to unify nursing throughout Latin America. It first arrived in Venezuela and nurses who graduated in Panama were leaders in Latin America where they tried to open schools.O presente trabalho pretende visibilizar a presença de Hellen Howitt na enfermagem latino-americana. Paralelamente, procura fazer uma análise sobre a influência política do Serviço Cooperativo Interamericano de Saúde Pública na enfermagem da região e sobre a presença de organizações religiosas, especialmente, estadunidenses, em vários países latinoamericanos. Helen Howitt, enfermeira canadense formada na Universidade de Alberta, foi enviada em 1942 para a OPS

  4. Distribuição geográfica e características epidemiológicas da leishmaniose tegumentar americana em áreas de colonização antiga do Estado do Paraná, Sul do Brasil Geographic distribution and epidemiological features of American tegumentary leishmaniasis in old rural settlements in Paraná State, Southern Brazil

    Wuelton Marcelo Monteiro

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Analisa-se a epidemiologia da leishmaniose tegumentar americana em municípios das mesorregiões norte central, centro ocidental e noroeste do Estado do Paraná, Brasil. O diagnóstico dos casos de leishmaniose tegumentar americana foi realizado na Universidade Estadual de Maringá, de 1987 a 2004. Conforme o provável local de infecção, os casos foram divididos em autóctones (infectaram-se no domínio doméstico ou alóctones (infectaram-se fora do domínio doméstico. Observou-se que em todos os anos do período houve atendimento de casos provenientes das mesorregiões supracitadas. Os municípios com maior número de casos notificados foram Maringá (458, Doutor Camargo (126, São Jorge do Ivaí (121, Terra Boa (114, Cianorte (98 e Colorado (95. De 1.938 casos, 66,9% eram do sexo masculino. Entre 667 casos autóctones, o número de mulheres afetadas pela doença foi semelhante ao de homens, com casos em menores de cinco anos de idade, fatos que não ocorreram entre os 794 casos alóctones. As condições necessárias à produção da leishmaniose tegumentar americana foram criadas no processo de construção do espaço rural das mesorregiões em pauta, particularmente no modelo de colonização e na crise da monocultura cafeeira.This study analyzes the epidemiology of American tegumentary leishmaniasis in the municipalities of the Central North, Central West, and Northwest mesoregions of Paraná State, Brazil. Diagnosis of American tegumentary leishmaniasis cases was performed at the State University in Maringá from 1987 to 2004. According to the probable site of infection, cases were classified as autochthonous (infection inside the household domain or allochthonous (outside the household domain. Municipalities with the most cases were Maringá (458, Doutor Camargo (126, São Jorge do Ivaí (121, Terra Boa (114, Cianorte (98, and Colorado (95. Of the total of 1,938 cases, 66.9% were male. Among the 667 autochthonous cases, similar

  5. 脱氧鬼臼毒素对美洲大蠊背侧不成对中间神经元电压依赖性钾电流的影响%The Effects of Deoxypodophyllotoxin on Voltage-gated Potassium Current in Periplaneta Americana Dorsal Unpaired Median Neurons

    王立山; 李艳; 孙芹; 程洁; 高蓉; 肖杭

    2012-01-01

    目的:探讨脱氧鬼臼毒素(DOP)对美洲大蠊背侧不成对中间神经元(DUM)电压依赖性钾电流IK的影响.方法:采用全细胞膜片钳技术研究脱氧鬼臼毒素对美洲大蠊背侧不成对中间神经元电压依赖性钾电流的电流幅度,电流-电压关系以及激活曲线的影响.结果:DOP能够抑制电压依赖性钾通道电流的幅度,而且此抑制作用具有浓度依赖性(5、10、20、40 μmol/L).DOP抑制IK的半数抑制浓度(IC50)值为18.064 μmol/L.20 μmol/L DOP能使IK的电流-电压关系曲线下移,并能使IK的激活曲线向去极化方向移动.结论:DOP对美洲大蠊背侧不成对中间神经元(DUM)电压依赖性钾电流具有抑制作用,这可能是其杀虫作用的机制之一.%Objective: To investigate the effects of deoxypodophyllotoxin (DOP) on voltage-gated potassium current Ikin Periplaneta Americana Dorsal Unpaired Median (DUM) Neurons. Methods: Ik was obtained in DUM neurons by the whole-cell patch clamp technique,and the effects of deoxypodophyllotoxin on Ik were observed. Results: Deoxypodophyllotoxin at the concentrations of 5,10,20, 40μmol/L inhibited Ik in DUM neurons cells significantly, with the IC50 value of 18.064 μmol/L.Current-voltage relationship curve decreased obviously after adding 20 μmol/L DOP, and activation curve of Ik shifted toward a depolarizing direction. Conclusion: Deoxypodophyllotoxin has inhibitory effects on Ik in Periplaneta Americana Dorsal Unpaired Median Neurons, which may be one mechanism of its insecticidal effect.

  6. Flebotomíneos de áreas com notificações de casos autóctones de leishmaniose visceral canina e leishmaniose tegumentar americana em Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil Phlebotomine fauna in areas of autochthonous cases of canine visceral leishmaniasis and American cutaneous leishmaniasis in Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Marcos Barbosa de Souza

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Flebótomos de áreas com notificações de casos autóctones de leishmaniose visceral canina e leishmaniose tegumentar americana em Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. O município de Angra dos Reis apresenta casos humanos de leishmaniose tegumentar americana desde 1945. Inquéritos flebotomínicos realizados em 1978 revelaram a presença de Nyssomyia intermedia e a primeira notificação de Lutzomyia longipalpis no Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande, Angra dos Reis. Em agosto de 2002 foi notificado o primeiro caso canino de leishmaniose visceral na Ilha Grande, Angra dos Reis. Inquéritos flebotomínicos realizados nos peridomicílios, no período de novembro de 2002 a maio de 2003, em quatro localidades de Angra dos Reis, resultaram em 12.554 flebotomíneos e a presença de nove espécies: Brumptomyia sp.; Nyssomyia intermedia, Migonemyia migonei, Micropygomyia schreiberi, Pintomyia fischeri, Psychodopygus davisi, Psychodopygus ayrosai, Evandromyia tupinambay, Psathyromyia pelloni. foi Nyssomyia intermedia, predominante em todas as localidades, seguida por M.migonei. O principal vetor da LVA, Lutzomyia longipalpis, não foi detectado nas localidades, incluindo áreas do entorno, onde um cão infectado residia.The city of Angra dos Reis presents human cases of American cutaneous leishmaniasis since 1945. Phlebotomine surveys in 1978 had disclosed the presence of Nyssomyia intermedia and the first notification of Lutzomyia longipalpis in Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande, Angra dos Reis. In August of 2002 the first canine case of visceral leishmaniasis in the Ilha Grande, Angra dos Reis was notified. Surveys of phlebotomines in the peridomiciliary areas, in the period of November, 2002, through May, 2003, in four localities of Angra dos Reis, resulted in 12,554 specimens belonging to nine species: Brumptomyia sp. Nyssomyia intermedia, Migonemyia migonei, Micropygomyia schreiberi, Pintomyia fischeri, Psychodopygus davisi, Psychodopygus ayrosai

  7. Nursing and sexuality: integrative review of papers published by the Latin-American Journal of Nursing and Brazilian Journal of Nursing Enfermería y sexualidad: revisión integradora de artículos publicados en la Revista Latino Americana de Enfermería y en la Revista Brasileña de Enfermería Enfermagem e sexualidade: revisão integrativa de artigos publicados na Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem e na Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem

    Lucia Helena Rodrigues Costa

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available This study departs from the assumption that studies addressing sexuality in the field of nursing present changes and broaden the scope of discussion to include gender and sexual rights, although a strong tendency to link sexuality to its biological aspects is still observed. This study identifies the state-of-the-art of studies addressing sexuality published by two international journals: Latin American Journal of Nursing and The Brazilian Journal of Nursing. The sources were papers published in both periodicals over a period of ten years (from 1998 to 2007. In a universe of 1,894 searched abstracts, 29 mentioned the word ‘sexuality’. The results confirm this study’s assumption showing that the studies addressing sexuality from the perspective of nursing published by these two journals broaden the understanding on the subject as they incorporate categories such as gender, but also excessively link sexuality to its biological aspects.Esta investigación partió del supuesto de que los estudios sobre sexualidad realizados por la Enfermería presentan cambios y amplían la perspectiva sobre la realidad al incluir género y derechos sexuales, a pesar de que permanezca una fuerte tendencia en la vinculación de la sexualidad a sus aspectos biológicos. El objetivo del estudio fue identificar el estado del arte de las publicaciones sobre sexualidad en dos periódicos de circulación internacional: Revista Latino Americana de Enfermería/RLAE y Revista Brasileña de Enfermería/REBEn. Las fuentes fueron artículos publicados en ambos periódicos en el período de diez años (1998 a 2007. En un universo de 1894 resúmenes consultados fueron identificados 29 que contenían en el título, palabras clave o el resumen de la palabra sexualidad. Los resultados confirman el supuesto del estudio demostrando que la producción sobre sexualidad por la Enfermería divulgada en esos dos periódicos, al mismo tiempo en que amplía la comprensión sobre la tem

  8. Mining Attribute-Based Access Control Policies from Logs

    Xu, Zhongyuan; Stoller, Scott,

    2014-01-01

    Attribute-based access control (ABAC) provides a high level of flexibility that promotes security and information sharing. ABAC policy mining algorithms have potential to significantly reduce the cost of migration to ABAC, by partially automating the development of an ABAC policy from information about the existing access-control policy and attribute data. This paper presents an algorithm for mining ABAC policies from operation logs and attribute data. To the best of our knowledge, it is the ...

  9. « Gypsies of Persia », in : E. Yarshater ed., EIr, XI, 4, (2002), pp. 412-415.

    Bromberger, Christian

    2006-01-01

    Utile synthèse sur les Tsiganes d’Iran. L’A. note la diversité des dénominations (kowlī, ġorbatī, čegīnī, sūdānī...) utilisées pour désigner ces groupes qui vivent en étroite symbiose avec les sociétés nomades et villageoises qu’ils fournissent, contre rétribution, en produits manufacturés (en bois, en métal...). Certains d’entre eux sont musiciens, montreurs d’animaux. Ils sont tenus socialement à l’écart des tribus ou des villages dont ils dépendent, pratiquent une stricte endogamie mais le...

  10. Immunohistochemical profile of HIF-1α, VEGF-A, VEGFR2 and MMP9 proteins in tegumentary leishmaniasis Estudo da expressão imunohistoquímica das proteínas HIF-1α, VEGF-A, VEGFR2 e MMP9 em leishmaniose tegumentar americana

    Carlos Alberto de Carvalho Fraga

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Leishmaniasis is one of the most important infectious diseases worldwide. Our study can provide more knowledge about angiogenic and hypoxic events in leishmaniasis. We attempted to verify whether the HIF-1 α protein expression may be associated to VEGF-A, VEGFR2 and MMP9 in leishmanial lesions. OBJECTIVES: Besides understanding the pathway, we performed the correlation of VEGF-A, VEGFR2 and MMP9 proteins. METHODS: In this study, we gathered 54 paraffin blocks taken from skin lesions in patients from northern Minas Gerais, Brazil, with confirmed diagnosis of tegumentary leishmaniasis. Immunohistochemistry was used to evaluate the expression of the proteins. The expression of HIF-1α was categorized into two groups according to the median: HIF-1 α lower and HIF-1 α higher. RESULTS: We observed increase of VEGFR2 and MMP9 protein expressions in HIF-1 α higher group of epithelial cells. Spearman analyses in epithelial cells showed correlation between VEGF-A and MMP9, VEGFR2 and MMP9 protein expression. CONCLUSIONS: HIF-1 α higher group showed increase of VEGFR2 and MMP9 proteins. In epithelial cells, VEGF-A was correlated to MMP9 protein. Furthermore, considering leukocyte cells, VEGFR2 was negatively correlated to MMP9 protein levels. This pathway possibly prepares the cells for a higher activity in a hypoxic or an angiogenic microenvironment. Other in vitro and in vivo studies may clarify the activation mechanism and the response from the proteins HIF-1 α, VEGFR2 and MMP-9 in tegumentary leishmaniasis.FUNDAMENTOS: A leishmaniose é uma das mais importantes doenças infecciosas em todo o mundo. Em leishmaniose, tem sido sugerido que muitas características da lesão está associado a eventos de hipóxia, podendo este ter um papel fundamental na evolução da doença. OBJETIVO: O presente estudo pode fornecer dados acerca do fenômeno hipóxia e da angiogênese em leishmaniose tegumentar americana. Buscou-se verificar se a express

  11. Preventive Effect of Periplaneta Americana Extract on Stress Ulcer Bleeding in Patients with Acute Lung Injury or Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome%美洲大蠊提取物对急性肺损伤/急性呼吸窘迫综合征患者应激性溃疡出血的预防作用

    张宏伟; 魏立友; 张振宇; 刘淑正; 张静

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨美洲大蠊提取物对急性肺损伤/急性呼吸窘迫综合征(ALI/ARDS)患者应激性溃疡出血的预防作用.方法 选取2009年1月-2010年1月我院中心ICU住院的严重创伤后ALI/ARDS患者64例为研究对象,随机数字表法分为治疗组和对照组,各32例,对照组给予积极常规综合治疗,治疗组在常规综合治疗基础上,于入院当天给予美洲大蠊提取物康复新液预防应激性溃疡出血,经胃管注入,10 ml/次,3次/d,连用7 d.分别于给药前及给药第7天,测定胃液pH值,测定氧分压,计算氧合指数(PaO2/FiO2);同时记录两组应激性溃疡出血发生率及病死率.结果 治疗前,两组患者胃液pH值、PaO2/FiO2比较,差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05);治疗后,两组患者胃液pH值、PaO2/FiO2比较,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05).两组患者应激性溃疡出血发生率比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);两组患者病死率比较,差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 美洲大蠊提取物可改善ALI/ARDS患者胃液pH值、PaO2/FiO2,对应激性溃疡出血有预防作用.%Objective To study the preventive effect of periplaneta americana extract on stress ulcer bleeding in patients with acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Methods 64 in - patients with acute lung injury ( ALI ) or acute respiratory distress syndrome ( ARDS ) hospitalized in ICU from January 2009 to January 2010 were randomly divided into treatment group and control group with each group 32 cases. The control group was given positive routine treatment, while the treatment group was given periplaneta americana extract on the admission day to prevent stress ulcer bleeding in addition to routine treatment. The periplaneta americana extract was injected via gastronomy tube by 10 ml per time for seven consecutive days with each day three times. The pH value of gastric juice and oxygen partial pressure were detected before treatment and seven days after

  12. Traits of reproductive biology associated with invasiveness in alien invasive plant Phytolacca americana%外来入侵植物美洲商陆的繁殖生物学特性及其与入侵性的关系

    周兵; 闫小红; 肖宜安; 张争光; 李晓红; 杨佳琴

    2013-01-01

    Phytolacca americana is one of the widespread invasive weeds in Phytolaccaceae in China. The reproductive traits of this species such as phenology of flowering, floral syndrome, breeding system and seed germination characteristics were studied by experimental observation and bagging treatment to assess the association of these reproductive traits with invasiveness. P. americana flowered during June to August every year in Ji’an city. The lifespan of a single capitulum was approximately 6 to 7 days, 2 to 4 days for a single flower. The diameter, stamen length, style length and stigma diameter were (6.43 ± 0.15), (2.83 ± 0.10), (0.92 ± 0.06) and (1.02 ± 0.08) mm respectively. Bagged flowers without emasculation showed high maturing rate (93.33±1.92)% which means a high self-compatibility, but it also exhibited a certain cross-compatibility with a maturing rate of (42.22±2.22)% in the emasculation treatment, its P/O ratio was 372.37 ± 31.24, and out-crossing index was 3, which suggests that the breeding system of P. americana is facultative selfing, and sometimes needs pollinators. The main floral visitors were insects of Apidae, Vespidae, Sarcophagidae, Syrphidae. The thousand seed weight was 6.43 g, the seed emerged relatively lowly, but orderly and with a long life activity. Our experimental findings suggested that the reproductive traits such as the versatile mating system of self- and cross-pollination, high seed production, long seed life span and strong asexual capacity might contribute to the invasive capability of P. americana.%  美洲商陆(Phytolacca americana)是一种我国广泛分布的商陆科入侵植物。通过实验观察和人工控制套袋等方法,对其开花动态、花部综合特征、繁育系统和种子萌发率等与繁殖相关的特性进行了研究,探讨了这些繁殖特性与入侵性的关系。结果表明,美洲商陆每年6—8月开花,单花序的花期为6~7 d,单花的花期为2~4 d。其花

  13. Exportação de democracia na política externa norte-americana no pós-Guerra-Fria: doutrinas e o uso da força Exporting of democracy in American foreign policy in the post-Cold War period: the doctrine and the use of force

    Maria Helena de Castro Santos

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available O artigo analisa os pilares da política externa americana no pós-guerra fria, mirando o lugar que ai ocupa democracia e sua relação com segurança. Busca-se mais especificamente as bases da doutrina da política externa que justificam a exportação de democracia pelo uso da força. Utilizou-se a análise de conteúdo quantitativa e qualitativa de 415 discursos dos Presidentes e Secretários de Estado entre 1989 e 2008.The article analyses the pillars of the American foreign policy in the post-cold war period, focusing on the importance democracy vis-à-vis security plays in it as well as their relationship. More specifically the work aims to define the bases of the doctrine of the foreign policy that justify exporting democracy by the use of force. It was used quantitative and qualitative content analysis of 414 speeches of the Presidents and Secretaries of States in the period 1989-2008.

  14. Novas tecnologias de comunicação e de informação: o que dizem as revisões acadêmicas canadenses, norte-americanas e a experiência brasileira?/New technologies of communication and information: what is said by Canadian and North American academic reviews and by Brazilian experience?

    Marilene Proença Rebello de Souza e

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo tem por objetivo contribuir na ampliação das discussões atualmente presentes no campo acadêmico referentes à utilização de novas mediações tecnológicas de informação e de comunicação para educação. Mais especificamente, apresentará as principais discussões e levantamentos presentes no campo da educação online (online instruction, a partir de pesquisa bibliográfica recente das produções canadense e norte-americana. Além disso, tem como objetivo estabelecer diálogo com a literatura brasileira e com experiência recente e de grande impacto no estado de São Paulo, nesta área de conhecimento, ao apresentar um programa de formação inicial de professores que utiliza as chamadas novas tecnologias da informação e comunicação (TIC e que se realiza com a participação de universidades brasileiras de grande influência. This article aims to contribute to the expansion of the discussions currently in the academic field concerning the use of new mediations of information technology and communication for education. More specifically, will present the main discussions and surveys in the field of education on-line (on-line instruction, from literature search of recent productions Canadian and North American. Moreover, aims to establish dialogue with the Brazilian literature and with recent experience and great impact on the state of Sao Paulo, in this area of knowledge, to submit a programme of training of teachers using so-called new information and communication technologies (ICT and to be held with the participation of Brazilian universities of great influence.

  15. Correlação da presença de espécies de flebotomíneos (Diptera: Psychodidae com registros de casos da leishmaniose tegumentar americana no Estado de São Paulo, Brasil Correlation of the presence of phlebotominae species (Diptera: Psichodidae with records of American tegumentary leishmaniasis cases in the State of São Paulo, Brazil

    Vera Lucia Fonseca de Camargo-Neves

    2002-08-01

    Full Text Available O estudo utilizou parâmetros ambientais associados aos coeficientes padronizados de leishmaniose tegumentar americana (LTA, no período de 1986 a 1995. Nos 140 municípios com transmissão da doença a pesquisa entomológica realizada mostrou que as espécies mais freqüentes capturadas no ambiente domiciliar, foram Lutzomyia intermedia em 87,1% dos municípios, 53,6% L. whitmani, 49,7% L. migonei, 28,5% L. pessoai e 53,6% L. fischeri. Verificou-se que as variáveis tipos de relevo e de cobertura vegetal natural influíram, significativamente (p The study used environmental parameters associated with standardized coefficients incidence of American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, between1986 and 1995. In the 140 municipalities with leishmaniasis transmission, the entomological collection of sandflies showed the most frequent species collected in the domestic environment: Lutzomyia intermedia was present in 87.7% of the surveyed municipalities, L. whitmani in 53.6%, L. migonei in 49.7%, L. pessoai in 28.5% and L. fischeri in 53.6%. It was found that the topographical relief and natural vegetation cover significantly influenced the mean values of standardized coefficients of accumulated incidence of ATL in the state (p < 0.001. Multivariable linear regression analysis showed that incidence of the disease was significantly associated with the presence of L. migonei (p = 0.029, in the municipalities of the Atlantic Plateau geomorphological region (p = 0.005 and those in which predominant vegetation cover was Type V forest (p < 0.001. This analysis reinforces the hypothesis that L. migonei is a vector for Leishmania in São Paulo State.

  16. Observações sobre o comportamento de flebotomíneos em ecótopos florestais e extraflorestais, em área endêmica de leishmaniose tegumentar americana, no norte do Estado do Paraná, sul do Brasil

    Teodoro Ueslei

    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available De novembro de 1988 a abril de 1990 capturaram-se 75.637 flebotomíneos, com armadilhas luminosas de Falcão, na fazenda Palmital, Norte do Estado do Paraná, Brasil, resultando quinze espécies. Dos insetos capturados, 95,8% o foram nos ambientes domiciliar e peridomiciliar e os restantes 4,2%, no ambiente florestal. Da totalidade de flebotomíneos, 82,0% foram capturados numa armadilha instalada dentro de um abrigo de galinhas. Dos flebotomíneos capturados em todas as armadilhas, 93,8% eram representados pelas espécies Lutzomyia migonei, Lutzomyia whitmani, Lutzomyia pessoai, Lutzomyia fischeri e Lutzomyia intermedia, todas de relevância na epidemiologia da leishmaniose tegumentar americana. L. migonei prevaleceu numa única armadilha do peridomicílio e nas demais prevaleceu L. whitmani. As densidades mensais desses insetos, obtidas usando-se somente os resultados da armadilha instalada dentro do galinheiro, foram elevadas principalmente nos meses mais quentes e úmidos. No ambiente florestal predominou a acrodendrofilia dos flebotomíneos, pois 87,9% deles foram capturados nas armadilhas instaladas a aproximadamente 10 m do solo, havendo predomínio de L. whitmani, L. fischeri, L. migonei, L. intermedia, Brumptomyia brumpti, L. monticola e L. pessoai. A carência de informações sobre a epidemiologia da leishmaniose no Estado do Paraná indica que são necessários estudos que venham esclarecer quais são as implicações das relações flebotomíneos/animais domésticos na cadeia de transmissão de Leishmania no domicílio e peridomicílio.

  17. “Por toda América soplan vientos que no han de parar hasta que entierren las sombras”: anti-imperialismo e revolução na canção engajada latino-americana (1967-69 * Anti-imperialism and revolution in Latin American protest song (1967-69

    CAIO DE SOUZA GOMES

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: Este artigo tem como objetivo analisar como o ano de 1967 significou um momento de ruptura particularmente importante no processo de consolidação dos movimentos de canção engajada na América Latina por conta da realização em Cuba do I Encuentro de la Canción Protesta, primeiro evento de grandes proporções a buscar institucionalizar e articular os movimentos que vinham surgindo nos vários países do continente, e que teve grande impacto na produção discográfica engajada produzida no período entre 1967 e 1969, marcando uma abertura de horizontes e a incorporação de novos diálogos e referências nas sonoridades da nueva canción latino-americana.Palavras-chave: Música Popular – Canção engajada – Conexões transnacionais. Abstract: The objective of this article is to analyze how the year of 1967 was a rupture moment particularly important in the process of consolidation for the movements of protest songs in Latin America due to the I Encuentro de la Canción Protesta, the very first event that tried to institutionalize and articulate the musical movements that have emerged in Latin America, and that had great impact on the discography produced in the period between 1967 and 1969, scoring the incorporation of new dialogues and references on the sounds of nueva canción.Keywords: Popular music – Protest song – Transnational connections.

  18. Evaluation of myofibroblasts and its association with TGF-β and IFN-γ in lesions of patients with american tegumentary leishmaniasis Avaliação de miofibroblastos e sua associação com TGF-β e IFN-γ em lesões de pacientes com leishmaniose tegumentar americana

    Agostinho Gonçalves Viana

    2012-08-01

    incidência anual de 2 milhões, número este que tende a aumentar. OBJETIVOS: Avaliar a expressão de miofibroblastos através da imunomarcação de actina de músculo liso alfa, e analisar sua relação com a expressão de citocinas IFN-γ e TGF-β1 nas lesões de pacientes com leishmaniose tegumentar americana. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de um estudo retrospectivo, em que foram avaliados 28 pacientes diagnosticados com leishmaniose tegumentar americana durante o período de 2002 a 2006. Na técnica de imuno-histoquímica avaliou-se a presença de miofibroblastos, através do marcador actina de músculo liso alfa, além da imunomarcação do IFN-γ e TGF-β1 para identificar o perfil dessas citocinas nos casos positivos e negativos para miofibroblastos. RESULTADOS: Observou-se que dos 28 casos, 17 (60,71% foram positivos para actina de músculo liso alfa, enquanto 11 (39,29% foram negativos. IFN-γ teve uma maior expressão do que TGF-β1 (p=0,007. A porcentagem média de expressão de IFN-γ e TGF-β1 no grupo negativo para actina de músculo liso alfa foi diferente, apresentando uma maior expressão de IFN-γ (p=0.047. Entretanto, o grupo positivo para actina de músculo liso alfa não apresentou uma diferença estatisticamente significativa (p>0,05. CONCLUSÃO: Verificou-se uma expressão de actina de músculo liso alfa nos casos de leishmaniose tegumentar americana, indicando a presença de miofibroblastos. Nos casos negativos para actina de músculo liso alfa, observou-se uma maior expressão de IFN-γ comparando com TGF-β1, revelando que a fase inflamatória está envolvida no processo de cicatrização da lesão.

  19. Enfoques conceptuales y propuestas metodológicas para el estudio de las interacciones entre el medio ambiente y la salud: aplicación a un programa de investigación sobre la tripanosomiasis americana Conceptual approaches and methodological proposals for the study of interactions between environment and health: application to a research program on American trypanosomiasis

    Cristina Romaña

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available Las modificaciones del paisaje causadas por las actividades y migraciones humanas contribuyen en hacer emerger o re-emerger enfermedades tropicales, particularmente aquellas cuya transmisión se realiza por insectos vectores que a menudo deben escapar a las condiciones cambiantes ambientales, adaptándose y modificando sus redes tróficas, su morfología, hasta su genotipo. Obtener una mejor comprensión de las relaciones entre los factores ecológicos y humanos y las antropozoonosis es vital para poder identificar variables que permitan cartografiar el riesgo para las poblaciones humanas. Este es el objetivo del programa de investigación Ecología del Paisaje, Dinámica de los Agro-Ecosistemas y Complejos Eco-Patógenos: La Definición del Riesgo Eco-Epidemiológico en la Tripanosomiasis Americana que se desarrolla en diferentes ecosistemas del Brasil. Los autores describen las bases conceptuales y metodológicas del programa e insisten sobre el rol del método eco-epidemiológico para el estudio de la estructura y el funcionamiento de los focos naturales y antropizados de la infección. Modelizar su dinámica espacial y temporal permite concebir nuevos útiles de predicción y de vigilancia.Modifications of the landscape by human activity and migratory movements contribute to the emergence or reemergence of zoonotic and human diseases, particularly those transmitted by insects which often escape the changing environmental conditions, adapting and modifying their trophic networks and morphology, including their genotype. A better understanding of relationships between ecological factors, human factors, and anthropozoonoses is vital to be able to identify variables that allow one to map the risk for human populations. This is the main objective of the research program Landscape Ecology, Land-Use Dynamics, and Eco-Pathogenic Complexes: Eco-Epidemiologic Risk in the Case of American Trypanosomiasis, developed in various Brazilian ecosystems. The

  20. WISC-III e WAIS-III: alterações nas versões originais americanas decorrentes das adaptações para uso no Brasil WISC-III and WAIS-III: alterations in the current american original versions of the adaptations for use in Brazil

    Elizabeth do Nascimento

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho apresenta alterações efetuadas entre as versões americanas dos testes WISC-III e WAIS-III e as adaptadas para uso no Brasil. As análises empíricas realizadas com base nas amostras de adaptação, validação e normatização do WISC-III (801 crianças residentes na zona urbana da cidade de Pelotas/RS e do WAIS-III (788 participantes adolescentes e adultos residentes na região metropolitana de Belo Horizonte/MG acarretaram em alterações nas versões originais dos testes, no que se refere: aos conteúdos de alguns ítens dos subtestes verbais; à ordem de apresentação dos itens; aos tempos limites e à concessão de bônus; aos critérios de início e suspensão da aplicação e; aos grupos etários para os quais foram estabelecidas normas. Os resultados reforçam a importância de se proceder amplos estudos com instrumentos criados em contextos diferentes daqueles em que serão utilizados.This paper presents the main alterations that were made in the Brazilian versions of the tests WISC-III and WAIS-III. Empirical analyses were based on a sample of 801 children living in the urban area of Pelotas-RS and 788 adolescents and adults living the metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte-MG and they resulted in changes in the original versions of the tests, with respect to: the content of some items of the verbal scale; the order of presentation of the items of the scales; the time limit and bonus concession; the criteria to start and discontinue the application; the establishment of norms for age. In spite of the fact that each study was restricted to one urban area of the country, their results reinforce the importance of adaptation and validation studies of instruments that have been developed in a context that is different from those in which they will be used.

  1. Estudo de dois anos com animais reservatórios em área de ocorrência de leishmaniose tegumentar americana humana em bairro de urbanização antiga na cidade de Manaus-AM, Brasil Two year study of reservoir animals in an old urban area with cutaneous Leishmaniasis occurrence in the city of Manaus-AM, Brazil

    Jorge Augusto de Oliveira Guerra

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Os autores descrevem o resultado de dois anos de investigação de um foco de Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana (LTA, ocorrida em área urbanizada em um conjunto habitacional na cidade da Manaus-AM. Chama atenção o fato de que este não é o padrão de ocorrência de surtos da doença na região, e sim interrupção da transmissão após urbanização. Foram investigados os animais considerados reservatórios em potencial para a leishmaniose em domicílios humanos e em áreas de floresta adjacentes. Foram testados anticorpos contra Leishmania spp em amostras de sangue de cães e detectada reatividade pela reação de imunofluorescencia indireta em oito (20,51 % dos examinados. Entre os animais silvestres examinados a espécie Didelphis marsupialis foi predominante, com 20 exemplares capturados, sendo encontrados homoflagelados em três destes e lesões suspeitas de leishmaniose cutanea em dois. Acredita-se que um assentamento populacional desordenado ocorrido nas adjacências tenha causado o deslocamento das populações de vetores e reservatórios naturais em direção às casas do conjunto Hiléia propiciando o surto.This is the result of a two year follow-up of a Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL foci in the Hileia urban neighborhood in Manaus. It is important to point out that this is not the usual pattern of Leishmaniasis occurrence in this area. The authors investigated the animal potential reservoir in households and in the surrounding forest area. Samples were tested for leishmaniasis antibodies by RIFI. Eight (20.51% of the examined domestic dogs showed reactivity. In captured wild animals, the Didelphis marsupialis was predominant in twenty specimens, three with homoflagelated in the blood and two with suspicious cutaneous lesions. We believe that the disordered population growth in the nearby area pushed the population of vectors and natural reservoir toward the homes in the Heleia neighborhood creating conditions for this outbreak.

  2. Effects of toxin huwentoxin-Ⅲ from the venom of the Chinese bird spider, Ornithoctonus huwena (Araneae: Theraphosidae) on neuronal voltage-gated ion channels in cockroach Periplaneta americana%虎纹捕鸟蛛毒素虎纹毒素-Ⅲ对美洲蜚蠊神经细胞电压门控离子通道的影响

    王瑞兰; 梁宋平

    2009-01-01

    Huwentoxin-Ⅲ purified from the venom of the Chinese bird spider, Ornithoctonus huwena (Wang et al.), is an insect neurotoxic peptide. The effects of huwentoxin-Ⅲ on neuronal voltage-gated ion channels were studied by using whole-cell patch clamp technique. Huwentoxin-Ⅲ specifically inhibited voltage-gated sodium channels in dorsal unpaired median neurons of adult cockroach Periplaneta americana (IC50≈1.106 μmol/L) while having no evident effect on voltage-gated potassium channels. HWTX-Ⅲ inhibited insect voltage-gated sodium channels through a novel mechanism distinctive from other spider toxins, did not affect the activation and inactivation kinetics, and not evidently shift the steady-state inactivation curve. Thus, its specificity and novel mechanism on insect neuronal voltage-gated sodium channels make it an interesting tool for investigating the multiple molecular forms of voltage-gated sodium channels and exploiting new and safe insecticides.%HWTX-Ⅲ是从中国虎纹捕鸟蛛Ornithoctonus huwena粗毒中分离纯化到的一种昆虫神经多肽.通过应用全细胞膜片钳技术研究了HWTX-Ⅲ对美洲蜚蠊Periplaneta americana神经细胞电压门控离子通道的影响.发现HWTX-Ⅲ特异性地抑制美洲蜚蠊背侧不成对中间(dorsal unpaired median,DUM)神经细胞的电压门控钠通道(IC50≈1.106μmol/L),而对电压门控钾通道没有明显的影响.HWTX-Ⅲ通过一种新型的不同于其他蜘蛛毒素的机制抑制昆虫电压门控钠通道,它不影响通道的激活与失活动力学,也不明显地漂移稳态失活曲线.HWTX-Ⅲ对昆虫神经细胞电压门控钠通道的特异性与新型作用机制为研究电压门控钠通道分子结构的多样性以及开发新的安全的杀虫剂提供有用的工具.

  3. Saúde, ambiente e desenvolvimento: reflexões sobre a experiência da COPASAD - Conferência Pan-Americana de Saúde e Ambiente no Contexto do Desenvolvimento Sustentável Health, environment and development: reflections on the COPASAD experience - Pan-American Conference of Health and Environment in the Context of Sustainable Development

    Marcelo Firpo de Souza Porto

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo apresenta uma reflexão sobre a relação saúde, ambiente e desenvolvimento no contexto da Saúde Pública. Aborda a possibilidade de implementação de políticas públicas no país concernentes a esta vasta temática, tendo por referência uma avaliação crítica da experiência brasileira frente à Conferência Pan-americana de Saúde e Ambiente no Contexto do Desenvolvimento Sustentável - COPASAD. Tal experiência reflete, por um lado, a abrangência, complexidade e urgência das questões ambientais, na medida em que são consideradas problemas de saúde pública. Estas questões reforçam aspectos de natureza epistemológica e metodológica, bem como as discussões em torno dos novos paradigmas científicos, da interdisciplinaridade e da intersetorialidade das ações. Por outro lado, constata-se a precariedade da sociedade brasileira e do governo em seus vários níveis, incluindo o setor saúde, quanto a dar prioridade e promover as políticas e ações integradas.This article presents a reflection on the relationship between health, environment and development the in the context of Public Health, as well as the possibilities of implementation of public policies in Brazil related to this broad thematic. The article uses as reference a critical evaluation of the Brazilian experience with the Pan-American Conference of Health and Environment in the Context of Sustainable Development (COPASAD. This experience reflects the magnitude, complexity and urgency of environmental questions to the public health field, reinforcing aspects of epistemological and methodological nature, such as the discussions about the new paradigms of science, interdisciplinary and intersectorial actions. On the other hand, the article verifies the precariousness of the Brazilian society and government in all levels and sectors, including the health sector, to give priority and implement integrated policies and actions.

  4. Estimación del número de reproducibilidad basal para la leishmaniasis tegumentar americana en dos localidades del nordeste de la Provincia de Salta, Argentina Estimation of the basic reproducibility number for American tegumentary leishmaniasis in two sitesin northeastern Salta Province, Argentina

    Juan Carlos Rosales

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Un modelo matemático determinístico del tipo SIR para tres hospedadores es aplicado para analizar el proceso de transmisión de la leishmaniasis tegumentar americana, en las localidades Río Blanco y paraje Las Carmelitas, ubicadas en el Nordeste de la Provincia de Salta, Argentina, del mismo se deriva la expresión para el número de reproducibilidad basal Ro. Se implementa el modelo en ambiente MATLAB, en base a datos de las zonas endémicas se realizan simulaciones y se obtienen estimaciones numéricas de Ro. Para el caso de Río Blanco hemos obtenido el valor Ro = 4,689, mientras que para el paraje Las Carmelitas se obtuvo Ro = 1,948. Estudiando numéricamente el modelo también se estima la fuerza de infección, obteniendo para las localidades mencionadas 0,239 y 0,171 (unidad 1/año, respectivamente. Las simulaciones muestran que en la localidad de Río Blanco la fase endémica resulta más sostenida que la fase inter-epidémica presentada en el paraje Las Carmelitas. Las estimaciones obtenidas para estos parámetros epidemiológicos indican donde las instituciones del Ministerio de Salud Pública de la Provincia y de la Nación tendrán más dificultad para el control y la erradicación de la enfermedad.A SIR-type deterministic mathematical model for three hosts is applied to analyze the transmission process for American tegumentary leishmaniasis in Río Blanco and Las Carmelitas, located in northeastern Salta Province, Argentina, and to derive the expression for the baseline reproducibility number Ro. The model is implemented in the MATLAB environment, and based on data from endemic areas, simulations are performed and numerical estimations of Ro are obtained. Río Blanco shows Ro = 4.689 and Las Carmelitas Ro = 1.948. By studying the model numerically, we also estimate the force of infection, namely 0.239 and 0.171 (unit 1/year, respectively. The simulations show that in Río Blanco, the endemic phase was more sustained than the inter

  5. Pragmatism in Philosophy, Realism in Law and the Double Assault on Classical Political Economy: the foundations of the First Law and Economics Movement in American Progressive Era America (1880-1930 / Pragmatismo em Filosofia, Realismo em Direito e o Duplo Assalto à Economia Política Clássica: as bases do First Law and Economics Movement na Progressive Era Americana (1880-1930

    Alfredo Copetti Neto

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available This essay aims to discuss the socalled First Law and Economics Movement, linked to the American Progressive Era, whose design allowed a paradigmatic rupture in the american legal practice. Lawyers and economists have joined together to unravel by one hand, the positions assumed by the distinctly economistic U.S. Supreme Court in the early twentieth century, based on laissez-faire and justified, contrary sense, as mere formalists; on the other hand, sought to propose interaction of both disciplines (law and economics to enhance the consideration of historical and social aspects of judicial decisions and, therefore, open for the discussion of the possibility of redefining the economic fundamentals of the general welfare of society. In this sense, it welcomes, therefore, the existence of an economic movement of the law, linked with the progressists and clearly earlier from that started in the 60s of the twentieth century by the University of Chicago.O presente ensaio visa discorrer sobre o chamado First Law and Economics Movement, vinculado à Progressive Era Americana, cuja concepção possibilitou uma ruptura paradigmática na prática jurídica dos Estados Unidos. Juristas e economistas se uniram para desvendar, por um lado, as posições nitidamente economicistas assumidas pela Suprema Corte Americana no início do século XX, fundadas na economia do laissez-faire e justificadas, contrário senso, como meramente formalistas; por outro, buscaram propor a interação de ambas as disciplinas (direito e economia para potencializar a consideração dos aspectos histórico-sociais das decisões judiciais e, com isso, abrir vista à discussão acerca da possibilidade de se redefinir os fundamentos econômicos do bem-estar geral da sociedade. Nesse sentido, enaltece-se, por consequência, a existência de um movimento econômico do (ao direito de cunho progressista e nitidamente anterior aquele iniciado na década de 60 do século XX pela University

  6. Distribuição Espacial e Rotas de Disseminação dos Agentes e da Infecção da Leishmaniose Visceral Americana em Humanos e Animais do Estado de São Paulo | Spatial Distribution and Means of Dissemination of the Agents and Infection of American Visceral Leish

    Lourdes Aparecida Zampieri D'Andrea

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Normal 0 21 false false false PT-BR X-NONE X-NONE Introdução: A Leishmaniose Visceral Americana (LVA caracteriza-se hoje como a principal endemia parasitária do Estado de São Paulo e de diversas outras regiões brasileiras. Hoje a autoctonia da LVA com casos humanos e/ou caninos está identificada nas regiões abrangidas pelos Departamentos Regionais de Saúde de Araçatuba, Bauru, Marília, Presidente Prudente, São José do Rio Preto, Campinas, Sorocaba e Região Metropolitana da Grande São Paulo. Muito pouco se conhece sobre a diversidade das leishmânias circulantes em São Paulo. Considerando-se o arsenal de técnicas e metodologias hoje disponíveis para a identificação específica e mesmo de subpopulações dos protozoários do gênero Leishmania, seja para o esclarecimento de áreas silenciosas, ou de importância epidemiológica; melhoria do diagnóstico laboratorial; na prospecção de fatores ambientais associados a transmissão, torna-se imprescindível conhecer a distribuição espacial e as rotas de disseminação de leishmanias circulantes no estado e suas interações escalares, com base na infecção em humanos e animais. Ao enfrentar estes desafios, o trabalho nos remete a uma questão maior: em que medida a categoria espaço é fundamental para se compreender o processo saúde-doença? O presente projeto tem como proposta o desenvolvimento de uma visão integrada das condições socio-ambientais do ciclo de transmissão da Leishmaniose Viceral Americana (LVA no estado de São Paulo. Metodologia/Desenvolvimento: Para isto fará uso de conhecimentos geoepidemiológicos e de ferramentas de geoprocessamento e análise espacial para analisar as rotas de disseminação dos agentes e da infecção da doença na população canina e humana. Para entender o contexto da área, será realizado o levantamento ambiental, que constitui a criação de bases cartográficas que tenham sido elencadas como explicativas do fen

  7. Petroleum and pax americana in the Middle East

    After the Gulf crisis and the military intervention of Usa, the question is to know, what policy Usa want to favour. Low prices allow them to help the economic recovery but at the price of a military presence in the Gulf, so is not it preferable to establish peace in this region, especially between Israel and Arab countries. An other point of view is that low prices are a short time view, because it does not encourage to search for new deposits, and finally it can be an obstacle to answer to the future petroleum demand. (N.C.)

  8. LITERATURA E JORNALISMO NA ESCRITURA DA MODERNIDADE LATINO-AMERICANA

    Marta Eymael Garcia Scherer

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Traçar ou trançar considerações acerca dos distanciamentos e aproximações da poesia e da crônica é o que se propõe este ensaio, que questiona os limites entre as diferenças formas da mesma arte: a escritura. As idéias aqui expostas fazem pensar sobre a escrita da modernidade, que transmuta e perpassa os gêneros, fazendo com que as fronteiras sejam tênues. É neste contexto que as crônicas se tornaram um espaço transformador para a prosa e a poesia, impregnadas que estavam uma da outra, num movimento mútuo de absorção de técnicas textuais e poéticas. Ao desenvolver o ensaio cotejamos apontamentos teóricos com os nomes de Olavo Bilac, Ruben Darío, Leopoldo Lugones e José Martí – famosos por sua capacidade poética, por suas posições políticas, por seus textos. Múltiplos e artistas da escritura, são apenas alguns dos tantos nomes que viveram as contradições da modernidade e as transformaram em texto.

  9. Extracts of Agave americana inhibit aflatoxin production in Aspergillus parasiticus

    Toxigenic fungi invade crops prior to harvest as well as during storage and produce harmful, even carcinogenic toxins such as aflatoxins. Since consumers demand safe commodities, and due to enhanced public awareness of the dangers of many synthetic fungicides, the importance of investigating alterna...

  10. La pasión americana de Nuria Amat

    Regazzoni, Susanna

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available This study is about Nuria Amat publications and the relation of her novels with the period after Franco’s dictatorship and Gender study. In a special way, I present the study of Reina de América -placed in Colombia- studied and relationated with Nuria Amat’s pasion towards Latin American literature.El presente ensayo trata la obra de Nuria Amat dentro del contexto de la narrativa española de los años de la transición y de los estudios de género. Junto con una presentación de la problemática de la escritura de mujer y en relación con la producción literaria femenina de la época, se pone de relieve la original personalidad de la autora catalana y su especial gusto por el juego intertextual, por una escritura intelectual y su predilección por la literatura latinoamericana. A este propósito, se analiza el texto Reina de América (2002, cuya historia se ambienta en Colombia, como síntesis de prosa lírica y crónica periodística.

  11. Use of Avocado (Persea americana M. Paste in Wheat Bread

    Simona Man

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Bread is the staple food for most people around the world, it being consumed since ancient times. Because of it’s major importance in the diet, over the last years, the trend of enrich the nutritional quality was developed, by replacing the chemical fortification of foods with an intake of bioactive compounds from fruits, vegetables and cereals. The avocado is useful in human nutrition as a source of various nutrients and especially as source of energy and monounsaturated fatty acids. This paper belongs to a more complex study, which aiming the evaluation of enriched bread for breakfast prepared with an addition of avocado paste (12% as a source of biologically active components in nutrition. Bread produced from 100% wheat flour served as the control. The seasoned bread for breakfast and the control samples were subjected to physico-chemical and organoleptic analyses. Addition of avocado paste (AP in bread has improved physicochemical and sensory attributes.

  12. ¿Una primera epidemia americana de viruela en 1493?

    David Cook, Noble

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available We analyze the current debates about the origins of humans in the Western Hemisphere. The work of physical anthropologists and geneticists have forced archeologists to re-examine traditional hypotheses. The dating of the mankind’s migration across the Bering Straits has been pushed back another 10,000 to 15,000 years before the present. At the same time the ties between Paleoindians and East Asians has been further supported and the model of big game hunting as the original pattern of mankind’s socio-economic organization in the Americas has been challenged by new research from South American sites.

    Documentación dada a conocer últimamente descubre que varios indios tainos llevados por Colón a España para ser enseñados a los Reyes Católicos murieron de viruela en Cádiz al salir la segunda expedición en 1493. Por las condiciones sanitarias reinantes y la aglomeración a bordo, la infección pudo perfectamente afectar a más viajeros y a dar pie a una epidemia. El artículo aporta un elemento nuevo al debate sobre las causas de la rápida desaparición de la población indígena de la Española.

  13. A própolis no controlo da Loque Americana

    Vilas-Boas, Miguel

    2010-01-01

    Actualmente, a única forma eficaz de controlo desta doença passa pela incineração da colónia com graves prejuízos para o apicultor. Ao contrário, a sua disseminação é facilmente negligenciada durante o maneio apícola, pois uma colónia contaminada poderá não evidenciar os sintomas visíveis para o apicultor, e a propagação pode ocorrer através dos utensílios apícolas

  14. ZYGOTIC EMBRYO CULTURE IN AVOCADO (Persea americana Mill

    J. L. Fuentes

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Las técnicas biotecnológicas son métodos usados actualmente en el mejoramiento de plantas. En el presente trabajo, se evaluó la utilidad del cultivo de embriones cigóticos, como un método con fines de mejoramiento en aguacate. Se estudió la germinación, el enraizamiento y la tasa de multiplicación de brotes in vitro, y la adaptación de plántulas de variedades cubanas de aguacates. El porcentaje de germinación de embriones enteros fue mayor usando embriones maduros que inmaduros. Cerca del 80 % de las plántulas enteras, obtenidas con la técnica de cultivo de embriones, se adaptaron en condiciones de invernadero. Se discutió la utilidad de esta metodología con fines de mejoramiento, la cual se ve como una alternativa a los métodos tradicionales de mejora genética, en particular para mejorar características como la resistencia a la pudrición de la raíz y a la salinidad en aguacate.

  15. THE DEVELOPMENT OF MICROSATELLITE MARKERS FOR PERSEA AMERICANA (AVOCADO).

    Because of their relative abundance, distribution across the genome, hypervariability and co-dominance, microsatellites, or simple sequence repeats are considered to be cost effective and efficient molecular genetic markers for parentage analysis, linkage mapping, association studies, and genetic fi...

  16. Dynamic Mechanical Properties of Cockroach(Periplaneta americana) Resilin

    Choudhury, Udit

    2012-01-01

    Resilin is a cuticular protein found in a variety of insects. It can stretch up to 300% of its natural length without any creep or relaxation. Further, it operates across a wide frequency range from 5 Hz in locomotion to 13 kHz in sound production. Both the protein sequence and composition of natural resilin as well as the dynamic mechanical properties vary substantially across species. This suggests that mechanical properties may be evolutionarily tuned for specific functions within an insec...

  17. Use of Avocado (Persea americana M.) Paste in Wheat Bread

    Simona Man; Adriana Păucean; Ioana Daniela Călian Ianoş; Sevastiţa Muste

    2015-01-01

    Bread is the staple food for most people around the world, it being consumed since ancient times. Because of it’s major importance in the diet, over the last years, the trend of enrich the nutritional quality was developed, by replacing the chemical fortification of foods with an intake of bioactive compounds from fruits, vegetables and cereals. The avocado is useful in human nutrition as a source of various nutrients and especially as source of energy and monounsaturated fatty acids. This pa...

  18. Optimization of controlled pollination in avocado (persea americana Mill., Lauraceae)

    Alcaraz Arco, María Librada; Hormaza Urroz, José Ignacio

    2014-01-01

    Avocado has a singular synchronous protogynous dichogamy breeding system that promotes outcrossing. In this work different steps have been optimized to improve controlled pollinations in avocado in order to perform basic studies of reproductive biology and directed crosses in breeding programs. The results show that, in order to achieve successful fruit set, male flowers should be collected when all the anthers have dehisced and the pollen transferred by direct contact of the anthers with the...

  19. Regeneration from irradiated avocado (Persea americana Mill.) embryogenic cultures

    Somatic embryogenesis was induced from zygotic embryos excised from immature avocado fruit from selected genotypes grown in the highlands of Cisarua, West Bogor, Indonesia. The proembryonic masses developed first on semi-solid medium and were then transferred to liquid cultures for proliferation. The embryogenic masses were then irradiated at 9, 18 and 35 Gy using a 60Co irradiation source. 3 sub-cultures in liquid medium ensured adequate proliferation prior to transfer to fresh development medium. After 1-3 months, somatic embryos with more than 0.5 cm in diameter were transferred to a germination medium, while the smaller somatic embryos (<0.5 cm in diameter) were sub-cultured one more time for additional growth. After 1-2 months on germination medium, plantlets were transferred individually to new medium. (author)

  20. Aspectos epidemiológicos da leishmaniose tegumentar americana em cães, no Município de Paraty, Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil Epidemiological aspects of canine american tegumentary leishmaniasis in the Municipality of Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Gilda Maria Sales Barbosa

    1999-09-01

    Full Text Available A leishmaniose tegumentar americana (LTA é de ocorrência endêmica no Estado do Rio de Janeiro, sendo a maior incidência observada nos municípios do litoral sul. No período de 1993 a 1995, foram registrados, no Município de Paraty, extremo sul do Estado, 169 casos humanos, o que corresponde a 15% das notificações no estado. Neste trabalho, realizou-se estudo em áreas endêmicas (Praia Grande, Taquari, Várzea do Machado e Graúna de LTA, com cães residentes no Município de Paraty, entre março e dezembro de 1996. Foram visitadas 315 residências, compreendendo uma população de 1.282 habitantes, com 215 cães estudados. O trabalho inicial consistiu na coleta de sangue venoso, para realização das técnicas sorológicas: Reação de Imunofluorescência Indireta (RIFI e Enzyme Linked Immunossorbent Assay (ELISA. O resultado da sorologia foi de 3,2% de positividade para a técnica de Rifi e 10,2% para a de Elisa. A prova intradérmica canina foi realizada na mesma ocasião da coleta de sangue e sua positividade foi de 8,8%. Dos 215 cães, cinco deles apresentaram lesões suspeitas, nos quais realizou-se biópsia e técnica de aspirado a vácuo.American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL is endemic in the State of Rio de Janeiro, with the highest incidence observed in the municipalities along the Southern coast. A total of 169 human cases were reported from 1993 to 1995 in the municipality of Paraty, representing 15% of all case reports in the State of Rio de Janeiro during that period. From March to December, 1996, a survey was conducted in endemic american tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL areas (Praia Grande, Taquari, Várzea do Machado, and Graúna in Paraty. 326 households with 215 pet dogs were surveyed. The initial study consisted of taking venous blood samples to perform Rifi and Elisa tests. The canine skin test was performed during the same visit and was positive in 8.8% of dogs. Of the 215 dogs, 5 presented lesions suspected of ATL