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  1. Interacción entre poblaciones de Triatoma infestans y Triatoma sordida Interação entre população de Triatoma infestans e Triatoma sordida Population interactions between Triatoma infestans and Triatoma sordida

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    Maria Esther Bar

    1994-02-01

    Full Text Available Para conocer si se producía algún tipo de interacción entre poblaciones de Triatoma infestans y Triatoma sordida que convivían en una unidad experimental y explotaban el mismo recurso alimentario (ave se las estudió desde setiembre/1988 a abril/1989. La composición etaria inicial para cada especie fue: 27 N1, 7 N2, 11 N3, 3 N4, 8 N5, 4 machos y 10 hembras. La dinámica de población, el estado nutricional, la predación y la conducta gregaria, utilizados como parámetros de comparación, fueron estimados mediante censos mensuales. Triatoma infestans logró mayor éxito colonizador que T. sordida dado los valores alcanzados en: fecundidad (146 huevos/hembra, longevidad (157,8 días y mortalidad (39,4%, en comparación a los obtenidos por T. sordida: 118 huevos/hembra, 81,1 días y 54,0% respectivamente. La población de T. infestans tuvo un crecimiento de tipo exponencial, con una alta tasa de renovación ninfal, en contraposición, la población de T. sordida se extinguió tempranamente. En general, el peso promedio de los ejemplares de T. infestans se mantuvo en valores próximos al inicial, mientras que en T. sordida se redujo. Los grupos gregarios se conformaron mayoritariamente en el sector inferior de la pared 1 (próximo al hospedador, observándose mayor nivel de contagio en T. infestans. A partir de los resultados obtenidos se formula la hipótesis de la superioridad competitiva en T. infestans.Para saber se algum tipo de interação se produzia entre populações de Triatoma infestans e T. sordida que conviviam em uma unidade experimental e compartilharam o mesmo recurso alimentar (ave, foi realizado estudo que abrangeu o período de setembro de 1988 a abril de 1989. A composição etária inicial para cada espécie foi: 27 N1, 7 N2, 11 N3, 3 N4, 8 N5, 4 machos e 10 fêmeas. A dinâmica da população, o estado nutricional, a predação e a conduta gregria foram estimados mediante censos mensais. T. infestans obteve maior êxito

  2. Aspectos ecológicos da tripanossomose americana: III - dispersão local de triatomíneos, com especial referência ao Triatoma sordida Ecological aspects of South American trypanosomiasis: III - local dispersion of triatomids, with special reference to Triatoma sordida

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    Oswaldo Paulo Forattini

    1971-12-01

    Full Text Available São apresentados os resultados obtidos nas investigações levadas a efeito no Bairro João Pedro, município de Guíra e na Fazenda Vila Maria, município de Sertãozinho, Estado de São Paulo, Brasil. Os resultados das provas de precipitina indicam várias fontes alimentares para Triatoma sordida e, mais restritas, para Rhodnius neglectus, se bem que revelem mais a influência das oportunidades do que de preferências propriamente ditas. O exame minucioso dos ecótopos artificiais, representados por casas e anexos, mostram nítida invasão por parte do T. sordida. O transporte passivo dêste triatomíneo foi sugerido pelo encontro de ninfas e adultos em montes de lenha, obtidos a custa de árvores sêcas. Evidenciou-se também o transporte de ninfas de primeiros estádios do mesmo hemíptero, entre as penas de pardais (Passer domesticus em cujos ninhos, situados no fôrro das casas, ocorre a colonização do inseto. A atração do ambiente domiciliar sôbre o hemíptero deve-se principalmente aos anexos que se destinam aos animais domésticos, onde o triatomíneo se coloniza facilmente. Tais ambientes agem, pois, como locais de concentração, a partir de focos naturais a certa distância. À semelhança do que se verificou para outras espécies, admite-se, pelas evidências, a movimentação ativa desses insetos, à procura de ecótopos mais estáveis. Em conseqüência, é de se esperar incremento da invasão domiciliar pelo T. sordida.Investigations on triatomids behaviour in the counties Guaira and Sertãozinho of São Paulo State, Brazil, are presented. Precipitin tests showed differents blood meals in Triatoma sordida, and mainly from avian source in Rhodnius neglectus. Nevertheless it was probably due to opportunities and not to any hematofagous preference on birds or mammals. Investigation at artificial ecotopes, represented by houses and outbuildings, showed common invasion of these dwellings by Triatoma sordida and, in a very scarce

  3. Dinâmica da alimentação e dejeção do Triatoma sordida

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    Liléia Diotaiuti

    1995-09-01

    Full Text Available Atualmente, o Triatoma sordida é a espécie de triatomíneo mais capturada no Brasil. Para maior esclarecimento do seu potencial vetorial foi estudada a sua dinâmica de alimentação e dejeções, em comparação com o Triatoma infestans ou outras espécies de reconhecida importância na transmissão do Trypanosoma cruzi. O número de T. sordida e T. infestans alimentados em ratos anestesiados não foi significativamente diferente, nem a média de tempo gasta entre a liberação dos triatomíneos e o início do repasto sanguíneo. A média de tempo para eliminação da primeira dejeção foi significativamente menor em T. infestans que em T. sordida ; no entanto, o número de insetos que defecou durante ou imediatamente após o repasto foi semelhante nas duas espécies. Observações diárias ao longo de um mês indicam que o T. sordida realiza um maior número de picadas por dia do que o T. infestans ou o P. megistus. Estes dados sugerem alguma dificuldade desta espécie em concluir o seu repasto, fato provavelmente importante no seu processo de adaptação ao hospedeiro.

  4. The cuticular hydrocarbons of the Triatoma sordida species subcomplex (Hemiptera: Reduviidae

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    Gustavo Mario Calderon-Fernandez

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The cuticular hydrocarbons of the Triatoma sordida subcomplex (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatominae were ana-lysed by gas chromatography and their structures identified by mass spectrometry. They comprised mostly n-alkanes and methyl-branched alkanes with one-four methyl substitutions. n-alkanes consisted of a homologous series from C21-C33 and represented 33-45% of the hydrocarbon fraction; n-C29 was the major component. Methyl-branched alkanes showed alkyl chains from C24-C43. High molecular weight dimethyl and trimethylalkanes (from C35-C39 represented most of the methyl-branched fraction. A few tetramethylalkanes were also detected, comprising mostly even-numbered chains. Several components such as odd-numbered 3-methylalkanes, dimethylalkanes and trimethylalkanes of C37 and C39 showed patterns of variation that allowed the differentiation of the species and populations studied. Triatoma guasayana and Triatoma patagonica showed the most distinct hydrocarbon patterns within the subcomplex. The T. sordida populations from Brazil and Argentina showed significantly different hydrocarbon profiles that posed concerns regarding the homogeneity of the species. Triatoma garciabesi had a more complex hydrocarbon pattern, but it shared some similarity with T. sordida. The quantitative and qualitative variations in the cuticular hydrocarbons may help to elucidate the relationships between species and populations of this insect group.

  5. Assessing the mitochondrial DNA diversity of the Chagas disease vector Triatoma sordida (Hemiptera: Reduviidae

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    Grasielle Caldas D‘Ávila Pessoa

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Triatoma sordida is a species that transmits Trypanosoma cruzi to humans. In Brazil, T. sordida currently deserves special attention because of its wide distribution, tendency to invade domestic environments and vectorial competence. For the planning and execution of control protocols to be effective against Triatominae, they must consider its population structure. In this context, this study aimed to characterise the genetic variability of T. sordida populations collected in areas with persistent infestations from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Levels of genetic variation and population structure were determined in peridomestic T. sordida by sequencing a polymorphic region of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene. Low nucleotide and haplotype diversity were observed for all 14 sampled areas; π values ranged from 0.002-0.006. Most obtained haplotypes occurred at low frequencies, and some were exclusive to only one of the studied populations. Interpopulation genetic diversity analysis revealed strong genetic structuring. Furthermore, the genetic variability of Brazilian populations is small compared to that of Argentinean and Bolivian specimens. The possible factors related to the reduced genetic variability and strong genetic structuring obtained for studied populations are discussed in this paper.

  6. Post-control surveillance of Triatoma infestans and Triatoma sordida with chemically-baited sticky traps.

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    Antonieta Rojas de Arias

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Chagas disease prevention critically depends on keeping houses free of triatomine vectors. Insecticide spraying is very effective, but re-infestation of treated dwellings is commonplace. Early detection-elimination of re-infestation foci is key to long-term control; however, all available vector-detection methods have low sensitivity. Chemically-baited traps are widely used in vector and pest control-surveillance systems; here, we test this approach for Triatoma spp. detection under field conditions in the Gran Chaco. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Using a repeated-sampling approach and logistic models that explicitly take detection failures into account, we simultaneously estimate vector occurrence and detection probabilities. We then model detection probabilities (conditioned on vector occurrence as a function of trapping system to measure the effect of chemical baits. We find a positive effect of baits after three (odds ratio [OR] 5.10; 95% confidence interval [CI(95] 2.59-10.04 and six months (OR 2.20, CI(95 1.04-4.65. Detection probabilities are estimated at p ≈ 0.40-0.50 for baited and at just p ≈ 0.15 for control traps. Bait effect is very strong on T. infestans (three-month assessment: OR 12.30, CI(95 4.44-34.10; p ≈ 0.64, whereas T. sordida is captured with similar frequency in baited and unbaited traps. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Chemically-baited traps hold promise for T. infestans surveillance; the sensitivity of the system at detecting small re-infestation foci rises from 12.5% to 63.6% when traps are baited with semiochemicals. Accounting for imperfect detection, infestation is estimated at 26% (CI(95 16-40 after three and 20% (CI(95 11-34 after six months. In the same assessments, traps detected infestation in 14% and 8.5% of dwellings, whereas timed manual searches (the standard approach did so in just 1.4% of dwellings only in the first survey. Since infestation rates are the main indicator used for decision

  7. Triatoma sordida Stål 1859 (Hemiptera, Reduviidae: Triatominae in palms of northeastern Argentina

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    Bar María Esther

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Several palms species provide an important habitat for triatomines and associate vertebrates in tropical America. The objective of this work is to identify the triatomine species living in the palms of rural areas in the Province of Corrientes, and to estimate the potential epidemiological risk they represent for the residents of nearby houses. The survey was carried out in a palm community in Colonia Laurel, Department San Roque, Province of Corrientes, Argentina. Samplings were performed in October, November and December 1998; January, February and March 1999; May and June 1999. Thirty palms: 27 (90% Butia yatay (Mart. Becc. and 3 Acrocomia aculeata (Jacq. Lodd ex Mart. were dissected. Triatoma sordida Stål 1859 was found in 96.2% of B. yatay and in all the A. aculeata palms. A total of 272 live T. sordida was collected; 36 of them (13.2% were found in bird nests in the frond and the remainder in other locations of the tree. The mean number of triatomines per palm was 9.6 (range 1-60, mode 2. T. sordida was collected during all the sampling months and all stages were present at all seasons. The highest population density was reached in spring and the lowest in autumn. Trypanosoma cruzi was detected in 38.5% in feces of 174 examined insects and identified as such, both by microscopical examination and PCR. This is the first finding of T. sordida populations in B. yatay, an endemic palm of South America distributed in southern Brazil, Uruguay and northeastern Argentina. The high infection prevalence found in this work suggests that T. sordida plays an essential role in the maintenance of the wild T. cruzi transmission cycle in northeastern Argentina.

  8. Comparative Meiotic Studies in Triatoma sordida (Stål and T. guasayana Wygodzinsky & Abalos (Reduviidae, Heteroptera

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    P Rebagliati

    1998-05-01

    Full Text Available Triatoma sordida and T. guasayana are competent Trypanosoma cruzi vectors, with overlapping distribution areas in Argentina. Both species are morphologically similar, and their immature stages are hard to discriminate. Cytogenetic studies in the genus Triatoma reveal scarce karyotypic variations, being 2n= 20 + XY the most frequent diploid number in males. In the present work the meiotic behaviour of different Argentinian populations of T. sordida and T. guasayana has been analyzed; the meiotic karyotype of both species has also been compared. The species differ in total chromosome area and in the relative area of the sex chromosomes. These meiotic karyotypic differences constitute an additional tool for the taxonomic characterization of T. sordida and T. guasayana. The analysis of an interpopulation hybrid of T. sordida (Brazil x Argentina reveals a regular meiotic behaviour, despite the presence of heteromorphic bivalents. Our observations support the hypothesis that karyotype variations through the gain or loss of heterochromatin can not be considered as a primary mechanism of reproductive isolation in Triatoma.

  9. Factors associated with the occurrence of Triatoma sordida (Hemiptera: Reduviidae in rural localities of Central-West Brazil

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    Juliana Chedid Nogared Rossi

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This study estimates the factors of artificial environments (houses and peridomestic areas associated with Triatoma sordida occurrence. Manual searches for triatomines were performed in 136 domiciliary units (DUs in two rural localities of Central-West Brazil. For each DU, 32 structural, 23 biotic and 28 management variables were obtained. Multiple logistic regression analysis was performed in order to identify statistically significant variables associated with occurrence of T. sordida in the study areas. A total of 1,057 specimens (99% in peridomiciles, mainly chicken coops of T. sordida were collected from 63 DUs (infestation: 47%; density: ~8 specimens/DU; crowding: ~17 specimens/infested DU; colonisation: 81%. Only six (0.6% out of 945 specimens examined were infected with Trypanosoma cruzi. The final adjusted logistic regression model indicated that the probability of T. sordida occurrence was higher in DU with wooden chicken coops, presence of > 30 animals in wooden corrals, presence of wood piles and presence of food storeroom. The results show the persistence of T. sordida in peridomestic habitats in rural localities of Central-West Brazil. However, the observed low intradomestic colonisation and minimal triatomine infection rates indicate that T. sordida has low potential to sustain high rates of T. cruzi transmission to residents of these localities.

  10. Susceptibility of Triatoma sordida Stal, 1859 (Hemiptera: Reduviidae to alpha-cypermethrin under natural climatic conditions

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    Grasielle Caldas DÁvila Pessoa

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract:INTRODUCTION:Despite the recommendations by interpretation of resistance ratios obtained in laboratory bioassays, little is known about the actual impact of these results in the effectiveness of vector control activities in the field. In this context, our objective was to determine the mean value of different resistance ratios obtained by laboratory bioassays performed as part of the chemical control strategies of Triatoma sordida in the field.METHODS:Field bioassays were developed in Monte Azul and Coração de Jesus (Southeast, Brazil. In each location, samples were formed with three domestic units treated with alpha-cypermethrin 20.0% (Alfatek (r 200 SC. One day after spraying, 10 fifth-instar nymphs remained in contact with the surfaces treated (adobe with plaster, adobe without plaster, or wood with insecticide in plastic cones for 72h. Three cones were exposed inside the intradomicile and the peridomicile. The insects in the control group were exposed to an insecticide-free piece of cardboard. Mortality was measured 72h after removal of the insects from the treated surfaces. The tests were realized in triplicate.RESULTS:Mortality was 100.0% in all locations, except for Monte Azul; Landinho (96.6% and Coração de Jesus; Barriguda (96.6%.CONCLUSIONS:Although the resistant populations in laboratory tests proved to be susceptible in the field, this observation is not sufficient to suggest that the cut-off points used to justify the resistance ratio should be changed. In this sense, we recommend that laboratory and field bioassays are carried out with a greater number of Triatominae populations to allow more in-depth consideration of the subject.

  11. Aspectos ecológicos da tripanossomíase americana: XVII - Desenvolvimento da domiciliação triatomínea regional, em centro de endemismo de Triatoma sordida Ecological aspects of South American trypanosomiasis: XVII - The domiciliation development of local triatominae populations in the Triatoma sordida endemic center

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    Oswaldo Paulo Forattini

    1983-06-01

    Full Text Available São apresentados os resultados obtidos mediante as observações sobre o processo de domiciliação triatomínea, após a desinsetização domiciliar, e levadas a efeito no período de janeiro de 1975 a janeiro de 1979. A região estudada inclui-se no domínio paisagístico dos cerrados do Brasil Central, considerado como centro de dispersão de Triatoma sordida. A domiciliação local, inicialmente encontrada, implicou a participação dessa espécie e de Triatoma infestans. Após a realização do expurgo, as pesquisas de vigilância trimestrais e os levantamentos finais evidenciaram a ocorrência de novo processo de domiciliação de triatomíneos, de decurso lento, e resultando em coeficientes de positividade de edifícios acentuadamente inferiores aos registrados por ocasião do levantamento inicial, durante todo o período de observação. Após o expurgo, o valor geral do coeficiente de edifícios (casas e anexos positivos variou do valor mínimo de 1,9 ao máximo de 5,7%, enquanto foi de 40,4% o observado quando do levantamento inicial. Essa situação perdurou pelo tempo mínimo de três anos e meio, o que permite recomendar que a vigilância e a possível aplicação do expurgo seletivo, subseqüentes à desinsetização geral, sejam iniciadas a partir de decorrido tal prazo. Nesse ínterim, recomenda-se a motivação dos habitantes locais, no sentido de obter-lhes a colaboração para a denúncia de novos focos intradomiciliares. Na transferência da infecção tripanossômica para o ambiente domiciliar evidenciou-se papel importante desempenhado por vertebrados domiciliados ou em domiciliação, em especial modo ratos (Rattus e gambás (Didelphis, de hábitos ubiquistas. No processo de evolução da nova domiciliação triatomínea, coube papel preponderante a T. sordida mediante a ocupação inicial do peridomicílio. O reaparecimento de T. infestans deveu-se principalmente à influência da atividade humana, em especial modo, a

  12. Presencia de Triatoma sordida Stäl, 1859 en ecotopos urbanos de la ciudad de Corrientes, Argentina Presença de Triatoma sordida Stäl 1859, em ecótopos da cidade de Corrientes da República Argentina Presence of Triatoma sordida Stäl, 1859 in Corrientes city urban ecotopes

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    María E. Bar

    1993-04-01

    Full Text Available Con el objeto de verificar la presencia de T. sordida Stäl 1859, en ecotopos urbanos de la ciudad de Corrientes, Argentina se tomaron como base un habitat extradomiciliario y la vivienda humana. En el palomar situado en el Parque Mitre fue realizado un censo completo de población de T. sordida para lo cual fueron disecados 400 nidos de paloma (Columbia livia. Los ejemplares de triatominos detectados en las viviendas fueron enviados por los pobladores al Laboratorio de Artrópodos. Los triatominos fueron determinados sistemáticamente y por clase de edad. La materia fecal de los mismos fue examinada al microscopio para la identificación del Trypanosoma cruzi. En el palomar se colectaron: 6 huevos, 45 ninfas de primer estadío, 110 ninfas de segundo estadío, 226 ninfas de tercer estadío, 303 ninfas de cuarto estadío, 1.103 ninfas de quinto estadío, 12 hembras y 11 machos. Se constató la presencia de esta especie en 27 viviendas localizadas en 8 barrios de la Ciudad. Se capturaron 13 huevos, 33 ninfas de diferentes estadíos, 27 hembras y 9 machos, totalizando 82 individuos. Ningún triatomino resultó infectado por T. cruzi. Los adultos de T. sordida se desplazaron hacia el domicilio en primavera y verano. Es de destacar que el 33% del material hallado en las viviendas correspondió a hembras. Se ha comprobado la adaptación de T. sordida a un habitat extradomiciliario y su tendencia a invadir la vivienda humana, hecho que se debería ser tenido en cuenta en los programas de control de vectores.Com o objetivo de verificar a presença de T. sordida em ecótopos urbanos da cidade de Corrientes, Argentina, tomaram-se como base um habitat extradomiciliário e a domicílio. Em um pombal situado no parque Mitre foi realizado censo da população de T. sordida para o qual foram dissecados 400 ninhos de pombas (Columbia livia. Os exemplares detectados no domicílio foram enviados por moradores ao Laboratório de Artrópodos. Os triatomíneos foram

  13. Estadísticos poblacionales de Triatoma sordida Stäl 1859 (Hemiptera : Reduviidae en condiciones experimentales Population statistics of Triatoma sordida Stäl 1859 (Hemiptera: Reduviidae in experimental conditions

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    Elena B. Oscherov

    1996-10-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó el seguimiento longitudinal de cuatro cohortes de 100 huevos cada una. Los insectos fueron criados a 28°C ± 3°C y 63 % ± 10% de humedad relativa, y alimentados cada siete días sobre gallina (Gallus domesticus, durante 40 min. Las cohortes fueron controladas una vez por semana. Se observó un valor constante de supervivencia en las cuatro cohortes, sin picos importantes. La expectativa de vida de los machos, en promedio, fue de 37,4 semanas y la de las hembras 36,8. El tiempo generacional demandó 61,7 semanas. La tasa reproductiva neta indica que esta población se incrementará 143,3 veces con cada generación. La tasa intrínseca de crecimiento natural fue de 0,082 por semana. El máximo valor reproductivo se verificó, en promedio, a la tercer semana del ingreso al estado adulto. La distribución estable de edades de T. sordida sería de 32% huevos, 26% ninfas de primer estadio, 19% ninfas de segundo estadio, 13% ninfas de tercer estadio, 6% ninfas de cuarto estadio, 3% ninfas de quinto estadio y 1% de adultos. Es la primera cita para Argentina sobre la tabla de vida de T. sordida. El análisis de estos parámetros permite considerar que esta especie se comporta como "K estratega", en condiciones experimentales.Foram estudados diferentes parâmetros populacionais de Triatoma sordida em condições de laboratório. Realizou-se um seguimento longitudinal de quatro coortes de 100 ovos cada uma; os insetos foram criados a 28°C ± 3°C e 63% ± 10% de umidade relativa, e alimentados cada sete dias sobre galinha (Gallus domesticus durante 40'. As coortes foram controladas uma vez por semana. A expectativa de vida média dos machos foi de 37,4 semanas e a das fêmeas de 36,8.O tempo médio de desenvolvimento foi de 61,7 semanas. A taxa reprodutiva líquida indica que esta população aumentará 143,2 vezes durante cada geração. A taxa intrínseca do crecimento natural foi de 0,082 por semana. A média do valor máximo reprodutivo

  14. The ecology of Triatoma sordida in natural environments in two different regions of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil Ecologia do Triatoma sordida no ambiente silvestre de duas diferentes regiões do estado de Minas Gerais, Brasil

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    L. Diotaiuti

    1993-06-01

    em comparação com o Triângulo, o que pode explicar a maior taxa de infecção dos triatomíneos no norte. Maior atenção ao processo de domiciliação do T. sordida no norte de Minas Gerais é recomendada, onde, nos últimos anos, tem-se observado urna profunda intervenção do homem sobre o ambiente natural, paralelamente ao aumento da população deste triatomíneo nos peridomicílios.

  15. Biology of Triatominae (Reduviidae Hemiptera from North of Formosa County (Goiás-Brazil I. Length of life cycle of Triatoma sordida (Stal. 1859

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    Dalva A. Mello

    1976-12-01

    Full Text Available In the present paper the life cycle of Triatoma sordida was studied. The mean length from egg to adult was 213 days. The mean length in days from each stage was: 24.3 (± 1.30 for the first. 32.8 (± 1.45 (2nd, 36.1 (± 1.50 (3rd, 44.6 (± 1.85 (4th and 52.0 (± 1.92 (5th. The mean egg incubation períod was 23.2 (± 1.40. Overall mortality was 18.8% and egg viability was 82.5%.Foi estudado no presente trabalho o ciclo biológico do Triatoma sordida A média da duração do ciclo de ovo a adulto foi 213 dias. A média de duração em dias para cada estágio foi 24,3 (± 1,30 para o primeiro, 32,8 (± 1,45 para o segundo, 36,1 (± 1,50 para o terceiro, 44,6 (± 1,85 para o quarto e 52,0 (± 1,92 para o quinto. A média do período de incubação dos ovos foi 23,2 (± 1,40. A mortalidade em todos ps estágios foi 18,8% e a viabilidade dos ovos foi 82,5%.

  16. Aspectos ecológicos da Tripanossomíase americana: VI - Persistência do Triatoma sordida apósalteração ambiental e suas possíveis relações com a dispersão da espécie Ecological aspects of South American trypanosomiasis: VI. Permanence of Triatoma sordida after environmental alteration and its possibles relation to dispersion

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    Oswaldo Paulo Forattini

    1974-09-01

    Full Text Available São relatadas as observações sobre a persistência do Triatoma sordida em área onde foi procedida alteração temporária da cobertura vegetal. Os resultados obtidos demonstram a capacidade de resistência do triatomíneo a esse fator. Procurou-se relacionar esse aspecto à distribuição da espécie no Estado de São Paulo, Brasil. Existe certa semelhança entre os dados disponíveis a esse respeito e a evolução da atividade agrícola na região. Finalmente são considerados também os aspectos climáticos que podem influir na dispersão da espécie.Studies about permanence of Triatoma sordida after temporary alteration of the local vegetation are related. Results reached showed a bug resistence to the devastation of shrubby vegetation by fire. An attempt is made for to relate this particular aspect with species distribution in the S. Paulo State, Brazil. There are some analogies between the available data about this and the development of agrarian activities. Beside the climatic one, this factor may be considered as favorable to the Triatoma sordida dispersion, by the natural environmental alteration who if follows.

  17. Presencia de Triatoma sordida Stäl, 1859 en ecotopos urbanos de la ciudad de Corrientes, Argentina

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    Bar María E.

    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available Con el objeto de verificar la presencia de T. sordida Stäl 1859, en ecotopos urbanos de la ciudad de Corrientes, Argentina se tomaron como base un habitat extradomiciliario y la vivienda humana. En el palomar situado en el Parque Mitre fue realizado un censo completo de población de T. sordida para lo cual fueron disecados 400 nidos de paloma (Columbia livia. Los ejemplares de triatominos detectados en las viviendas fueron enviados por los pobladores al Laboratorio de Artrópodos. Los triatominos fueron determinados sistemáticamente y por clase de edad. La materia fecal de los mismos fue examinada al microscopio para la identificación del Trypanosoma cruzi. En el palomar se colectaron: 6 huevos, 45 ninfas de primer estadío, 110 ninfas de segundo estadío, 226 ninfas de tercer estadío, 303 ninfas de cuarto estadío, 1.103 ninfas de quinto estadío, 12 hembras y 11 machos. Se constató la presencia de esta especie en 27 viviendas localizadas en 8 barrios de la Ciudad. Se capturaron 13 huevos, 33 ninfas de diferentes estadíos, 27 hembras y 9 machos, totalizando 82 individuos. Ningún triatomino resultó infectado por T. cruzi. Los adultos de T. sordida se desplazaron hacia el domicilio en primavera y verano. Es de destacar que el 33% del material hallado en las viviendas correspondió a hembras. Se ha comprobado la adaptación de T. sordida a un habitat extradomiciliario y su tendencia a invadir la vivienda humana, hecho que se debería ser tenido en cuenta en los programas de control de vectores.

  18. Presencia de Triatoma sordida Stäl, 1859 en ecotopos urbanos de la ciudad de Corrientes, Argentina

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    María E. Bar

    1993-04-01

    Full Text Available Con el objeto de verificar la presencia de T. sordida Stäl 1859, en ecotopos urbanos de la ciudad de Corrientes, Argentina se tomaron como base un habitat extradomiciliario y la vivienda humana. En el palomar situado en el Parque Mitre fue realizado un censo completo de población de T. sordida para lo cual fueron disecados 400 nidos de paloma (Columbia livia. Los ejemplares de triatominos detectados en las viviendas fueron enviados por los pobladores al Laboratorio de Artrópodos. Los triatominos fueron determinados sistemáticamente y por clase de edad. La materia fecal de los mismos fue examinada al microscopio para la identificación del Trypanosoma cruzi. En el palomar se colectaron: 6 huevos, 45 ninfas de primer estadío, 110 ninfas de segundo estadío, 226 ninfas de tercer estadío, 303 ninfas de cuarto estadío, 1.103 ninfas de quinto estadío, 12 hembras y 11 machos. Se constató la presencia de esta especie en 27 viviendas localizadas en 8 barrios de la Ciudad. Se capturaron 13 huevos, 33 ninfas de diferentes estadíos, 27 hembras y 9 machos, totalizando 82 individuos. Ningún triatomino resultó infectado por T. cruzi. Los adultos de T. sordida se desplazaron hacia el domicilio en primavera y verano. Es de destacar que el 33% del material hallado en las viviendas correspondió a hembras. Se ha comprobado la adaptación de T. sordida a un habitat extradomiciliario y su tendencia a invadir la vivienda humana, hecho que se debería ser tenido en cuenta en los programas de control de vectores.

  19. Pathogenicity of Evlachovaea sp (Hyphomycetes, a new species isolated from Triatoma sordida, in Chagas' disease vectors Patogenicidade de Evlachovaea sp (Hyphomycetes, uma nova espécie isolada de Triatoma sordida, para vetores da doença de Chagas

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    Christian Luz

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    Full Text Available Evlachovaea sp was tested on nymphs of 5 Triatoma spp 5 Rhodnius spp, Panstrongylus herreri and Dipetalogaster maximus at 25°C, 75% humidity and humidity >98%. Most species showed susceptibility to fungal infection at high humidity. Mortality was reduced at 75% humidity. Fungal development was observed on 69.5% of cadavers.Evlachovaea sp foi testada em ninfas de 5 Triatoma spp, 5 Rhodnius spp, Panstrongylus herreri e Dipetalogaster maximus a 25°C, 75% umidade e umidade >98%. A maioria das espécies foi suscetível à infecção em umidade alta. Mortalidade foi reduzida a 75% de umidade. O fungo desenvolveu em 69.5% dos cadáveres.

  20. Estadísticos poblacionales de Triatoma sordida Stäl 1859 (Hemiptera : Reduviidae en condiciones experimentales

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    Oscherov Elena B.

    1996-01-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó el seguimiento longitudinal de cuatro cohortes de 100 huevos cada una. Los insectos fueron criados a 28°C ± 3°C y 63 % ± 10% de humedad relativa, y alimentados cada siete días sobre gallina (Gallus domesticus, durante 40 min. Las cohortes fueron controladas una vez por semana. Se observó un valor constante de supervivencia en las cuatro cohortes, sin picos importantes. La expectativa de vida de los machos, en promedio, fue de 37,4 semanas y la de las hembras 36,8. El tiempo generacional demandó 61,7 semanas. La tasa reproductiva neta indica que esta población se incrementará 143,3 veces con cada generación. La tasa intrínseca de crecimiento natural fue de 0,082 por semana. El máximo valor reproductivo se verificó, en promedio, a la tercer semana del ingreso al estado adulto. La distribución estable de edades de T. sordida sería de 32% huevos, 26% ninfas de primer estadio, 19% ninfas de segundo estadio, 13% ninfas de tercer estadio, 6% ninfas de cuarto estadio, 3% ninfas de quinto estadio y 1% de adultos. Es la primera cita para Argentina sobre la tabla de vida de T. sordida. El análisis de estos parámetros permite considerar que esta especie se comporta como "K estratega", en condiciones experimentales.

  1. Triatoma sordida: considerações sobre o tempo de vida das formas adultas e sobre a oviposição das fêmeas Triatoma sordida: comments on the life span of the adult forms and oviposition of females

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    José Maria Pacheco de Souza

    1978-09-01

    Full Text Available Foram observados 53 exemplares do T. sordida que chegaram à fase alada, oriundos de 110 ovos; os machos eram em número de 22 e as fêmeas 31. Os tempos médios de duração da fase de ninfa não foram estatisticamente diferentes entre os sexos, sendo 174,6 e 170,6 dias respectivamente para machos e fêmeas. O tempo médio de vida na fase alada foi significativamente maior para as fêmeas, com 503 dias para estas e 284 para os machos. O período de oviposição correspondeu a 86,42% do tempo de fase alada das fêmeas, com a postura tendo maior intensidade na primeira metade desta fase. Cada fêmea pôs em média 570,8 ovos, variando a postura de 0,68 a 1,97 ovos por dia.Fifty three specimen of T. sordida which arrived at the adult stage were studied; there were 22 males and 31 females, all obtained from 110 eggs. The average time duration of life in the nymph phase was not statistically different between sexes, being 174.6 and 170.6 days respectively for mate and female. The females had a larger mean time duration of life as adults (503 days than the males (284 days. During their adult life, 86.42% of the time corresponded to oviposition, the greater intensity of egg-laying ocurring during the first half of the period. The mean number of eggs was 570.8 and the ratio egg/day varied from 0.68 to 1.97.

  2. Cutaneous allergic reactions to Triatoma infestans after xenodiagnosis Reações cutâneas alérgicas ao Triatoma infestans após Xenodiagnóstico

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    Kenneth E. Mott

    1980-12-01

    Full Text Available We determined the frequency of cutaneous allergic reactions to bites of Triatoma infestans during xenodiagnosis in a rural community where Panstrongylus megistrus is the only domestic vector of Trypanosoma cruzi. Localized urticaria or more intense cutaneous allergic reactions at 48 and 72 hours were observed in 86.7% and 82.1% respectively of the individuals in our study. Urticaria was more severe in children and older adults and in women than in men. The high frequency of reactions suggests either cutaneous reactivity to T. infestans without prior sensitization or cross reactivity between P. megistus and T. infestans. A single application of topical corticosteroid or antihistamine medication did not reduce the cutaneous reactions.A freqüência de reações cutâneas alérgicas ás picadas de Triatoma infestans após xenodiagnóstico foi determinada numa comunidade rural na qual Panstrongylus megistus é o único vetor doméstico. Urticária focal ou reações cutâneas alérgicas mais intensas foram observadas em 86.7% e em 82.1% dos participantes estudados, respectivamente ás 48 e ás 72 horas. A urticária foi mais severa em crianças e adultos idosos e mais severa em mulheres do que em homens. A alta freqüência das reações sugere a existência de reatividade cutânea ao T. infestans, sem prévia sensibilização, ou uma reatividade cruzada entre P. megistus e T. infestans. A aplicação tópica de pomada de corticosteróide ou de anti-histamínico não reduziu as reações cutâneas alérgicas.

  3. Selective Insecticide Applications Directed Against Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) Affected a Nontarget Secondary Vector of Chagas Disease, Triatoma garciabesi.

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    Rodríguez-Planes, L I; Vazquez-Prokopec, G M; Cecere, M C; Canale, D M; Gürtler, R E

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    The control of nondomiciliated triatomine species adapted to peridomestic habitats represents a challenge because they are connected to sylvatic colonies, and pyrethroid insecticides have limited effects outdoors. The effects of residual insecticide spraying have rarely been assessed on secondary triatomines. Triatoma garciabesi (Carcavallo, Martinez, Cichero, Prosen & Ronderos, 1967) is a nontarget vector that inhabits the dry western Chaco region, and a member of the Triatoma sordida Stål 1859 complex. Little is known on the capacity of T. garciabesi to invade and establish viable domestic or peridomestic colonies, and on its response to residual insecticide sprays directed against Triatoma infestans Klug 1834. The presence and abundance of triatomines were assessed by timed manual collections annually or biannually (spring and fall) during 10 yr after a community-wide insecticide spraying campaign and selective insecticide sprays directed against T. infestans in a rural village of northwestern Argentina. T. garciabesi mainly occupied peridomestic habitats associated with chickens, and was unable to colonize human sleeping quarters. Trees with chickens occurred in nearly all houses and were infested in >25% of the occasions. The abundance of bugs at house-compound level was best explained by a generalized estimating equation model that included selective insecticide sprays during the previous semester (negative effects), chicken abundance (positive effects), seasonality, and their interactions. Our results suggest that insecticide applications targeting T. infestans affected the abundance of T. garciabesi, and reduced the likelihood of future infestation. PMID:26490000

  4. Laccase production by Lepista sordida Produção de lacase por Lepista sordida

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    José Renato Pereira Cavallazzi

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available A Lepista sordida laccase has been characterized. Laccase and manganese peroxidase were detected in liquid medium with ammonium phosphate, yeast extract and ammonium molybdidate as nitrogen sources after 3 days of cultivation. Laccase optimal temperature and pH were 45ºC and 3.5, respectively.Uma lacase de Lepista sordida foi caracterizada. O fungo produziu lacase e manganês peroxidase em meio líquido com fosfato de amônio, extrato de levedura e molibdato de amônio como fontes de nitrogênio 3 dias após a inoculação. Temperatura e pH ótimos para lacase foram 45ºC e 3,5, respectivamente.

  5. On Pomacea sordida (Swainson, 1823 (Prosobranchia, Ampullariidae Sobre Pomacea sordida (Swaison, 1823 (Prosobranchia, Ampullariidae

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    Silvana Carvalho Thiengo

    1989-09-01

    Full Text Available A description of Pomacea sordida (Swainson, 1823 collected in Caxias and Nova Iguaçu, state of Rio de Janeiro, is presented. The shell is globose, heavy, whith greenish or horn-colored periostracum and dark spinal bands; apex subelevated, 4-5 moderately shoudered whorls, increasing rather rapidly and separated by deep suture. Aperture large, moderately round, yellowish or violaceous; lip thick and sometimes dark brown; umbilicus large and deep; operculum corneous and heavy, entirely closing the aperture. Ratios: shell width/shell length = 0.81-0.91 (mean 0.86; aperture length/shell length = 0.66-0.75 (mean 0.70. Testis, spermiduct and penis pouch as in Pomacea lineata (Spix, 1827. Seminal vesicle whitish and bean-shaped. Prostate cylindric and narrow, cream in coloar as the testis. Penis whiplike whith a closed circular spermiduct. Penial sheath elongated and tapered, with its distal tip turned to the right; outer basal gland situated on the left; inner median gland rounded; apical gland elongated and wrinkled. Ovary composed of branched whitish tubules lying superficially on the digestive gland; oviduct and seminal receptacle as in P. lineata; albumen gland yellowish - orange. Vestigial male copulatory apparatus (penis and its sheath present in all females examined.Nesse trabalho é apresentada a descrição de Pomacea sordida (Swainson, 1823, coletada em Caxias e Nova Iguaçu, Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Concha globosa, espessa, com perióstraco esverdeado ou castanho e com faixas espirais escuras; ápice pouco elevado, 4-5 giros moderadamente arredondados, crescendo relativamente rápido, separados por suturas profundas. Abertura grande, moderadamente arredondada, amarelada ou violácea; lábio espesso e algumas vezes marrom escuro; umbílico grande e profundo; opérculo córneo e espesso, fechando completamente a abertura. Razões: largura da concha/comprimento da concha=0.81-0.91 (média 0.86; comprimento da abertura/comprimento da concha=0

  6. First report of colonies of sylvatic Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) in the Paraguayan Chaco, using a trained dog.

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    Rolón, Miriam; Vega, María Celeste; Román, Fabiola; Gómez, Ana; Rojas de Arias, Antonieta

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    In the Gran Chaco region, control of Triatoma infestans has been limited by persistent domestic infestations despite the efforts of the Vector Control Services. In Paraguay, this region is the highest endemic area in the country, showing high levels of indoor and outdoor infestation. Although sylvatic T. infestans have been found in the Bolivian and Argentine Chaco, similar searches for sylvatic populations of this species in Paraguay had been unsuccessful over the last 20 years. Here we present a new approach to detecting sylvatic Triatominae, using a trained dog, which has successfully confirmed sylvatic populations of T. infestans and other triatomine species in Paraguay. A total of 22 specimens corresponding to dark morph forms of T. infestans were collected, and 14 were confirmed as T. infestans by the mitochondrial cytochrome B gene analysis. Through this analysis, one of which were previously reported and a second that was a new haplotype. Triatomines were captured from amongst vegetation such as dry branches and hollows trees of different species such Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco, Bulnesia sarmientoi and Stetsonia coryne. The colonies found have been small and without apparent infection with Trypanosoma cruzi. During the study, Triatoma sordida and Triatoma guasayana have also been found in ecotopes close to those of T. infestans. PMID:21572522

  7. Gene discovery in Triatoma infestans

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    de Burgos Nelia

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Triatoma infestans is the most relevant vector of Chagas disease in the southern cone of South America. Since its genome has not yet been studied, sequencing of Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs is one of the most powerful tools for efficiently identifying large numbers of expressed genes in this insect vector. Results In this work, we generated 826 ESTs, resulting in an increase of 47% in the number of ESTs available for T. infestans. These ESTs were assembled in 471 unique sequences, 151 of which represent 136 new genes for the Reduviidae family. Conclusions Among the putative new genes for the Reduviidae family, we identified and described an interesting subset of genes involved in development and reproduction, which constitute potential targets for insecticide development.

  8. Arreglo de los polígonos del exocorion de huevos eclosionados de algunas especies de los géneros Triatoma Laporte, Meccus Stal y Nesotriatoma Usinger (Heteroptera: Reduviidae.

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    Glauco López

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Resumen. En este trabajo se estudiaron estructural y cuantitativamente las celdas exocoriales de huevos eclosionados de Triatoma infestans (Klug, Triatoma lenti Sherlock & Serafim, Triatoma maculata (Erichson, Triatoma sordida (Stal, Meccus picturatus (Usinger, Meccus longipennis (Usinger, Meccus pallidipennis (Stal and Nesotriatoma flavida (Neiva. Los huevos se analizaron por regiones: caudal, media y cefálica. Se encontró que el hexágono fue el polígono más abundante en todas las regiones del huevo y en todas las especies, seguido del pentágono y del heptágono; se encontraron diferencias estadísticamente significativas en el número tanto de hexágonos y pentágonos entre regiones de una misma especie y entre la misma región de las diferentes especies, sin embargo, el número promedio de heptágonos no varió al comparar la región media entre las diferentes especies y al comparar las diferentes regiones en una misma especie. No se encontraron diferencias estadísticamente significativas en el promedio de polígonos, segmentos totales, heptágonos, hexágonos y pentágonos, al comparar las especies examinadas del género Meccus. Se propone un protocolo de identificación y análisis de teselaciones, con el cual se encontró que en 108 campos examinados de 385.000 µm2 cada uno, se identificaron teselaciones compartidas en los 108 campos observados con determinadas combinaciones de heptágonos, hexágonos y pentágonos, y se observaron teselaciones no compartidas en la totalidad de los campos, con combinaciones de polígonos de cuatro a nueve lados, y cada teselación se representó por un grafo. Se discuten las implicaciones taxonómicas, funcionales, filogenéticas y construccionales de los arreglos poligonales descritos.Arragement of exochorial polygons of hatched eggs in several species of the genera Triatoma Laporte, Meccus Stal y Nesotriatoma Usinger (Heteroptera: Reduviidae. Abstract. In this study a structural and quantitative

  9. Morphological and cytochemical characterization of spores and gills of Lepista sordida (Fungi: Basidiomycota) Caracterização morfológica e citoquímica dos esporos e lamelas de Lepista sordida (Fungi: Basidiomycota)

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    Letícia V. Graf; Ruth J. G. Schadeck; Lucélia Donatti; Dorly F Buchi

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    Some ultrastructural and cytochemical aspects of Lepista sordida are described. Basidiospores with verruculose and irregular ornamentations were observed through scanning electron microscopy. Confocal microscopy indicated that most of them exhibited a single large lipid body, no acidic vesicles and nucleus localized in the cell periphery.Este trabalho descreve aspectos ultraestruturais e citoquímicos de Lepista sordida. Basidiósporos recobertos com ornamentações verruculosas e irregulares for...

  10. Improvement of ethanol production by recombinant expression of pyruvate decarboxylase in the white-rot fungus Phanerochaete sordida YK-624.

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    Wang, Jianqiao; Hirabayashi, Sho; Mori, Toshio; Kawagishi, Hirokazu; Hirai, Hirofumi

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    To improve ethanol production by Phanerochaete sordida YK-624, the pyruvate decarboxylase (PDC) gene was cloned from and reintroduced into this hyper lignin-degrading fungus; the gene encodes a key enzyme in alcoholic fermentation. We screened 16 transformant P. sordida YK-624 strains that each expressed a second, recombinant PDC gene (pdc) and then identified the transformant strain (designated GP7) with the highest ethanol production. Direct ethanol production from hardwood was 1.41 higher with GP7 than with wild-type P. sordida YK-624. RT-PCR analysis indicated that the increased PDC activity was caused by elevated recombinant pdc expression. Taken together, these results suggested that ethanol production by P. sordida YK-624 can be improved by the stable expression of an additional, recombinant pdc. PMID:26766784

  11. The biology of three Mexican-American species of Triatominae (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatoma recurva, Triatoma protracta and Triatoma rubida

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    José Alejandro Martínez-Ibarra

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The values of biological parameters related to hatching, lifespan, the number of blood meals between moults, mortality, time lapse before the beginning of feeding, feeding time and defecation delay for each instar of three Mexican-American species of Triatominae, Triatoma recurva, Triatoma protracta (former subspecies protracta and Triatoma rubida (former subspecies uhleri, were evaluated and compared. No significant (p > 0.05 differences were recorded among the three species with respect to the average time required to hatch. This time was approximately 19 days. The average egg-to-adult development time was significantly (p < 0.05 shorter for T. rubida. The number of blood meals at each nymphal instar varied from one-five for each species. The mortality rates were higher for the first-instar nymphs of the three species studied. The mean time lapse before the beginning of feeding was between 0.3-3 min for most nymphs of all instars of each species studied. The mean feeding time was the longest for T. recurva, followed by T. protracta. The defecation delay was less than 10 min for T. recurva and T. rubida. Given these results, only T. rubida should be considered an important potential vector of Trypanosoma cruzi transmission to humans in areas of Mexico where these species exist, whereas T. recurva and T. protracta would be of secondary importance.

  12. Comparative study of the stridulatorium sulcus, buccula and rostrum of nymphs of Triatoma klugi Carcavallo et al, Triatoma vandae Carcavallo et al and Triatoma williami Galvao et al (Hemiptera: Redivide)

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    Silva, Maria B.A.; Jurberg, Jose; Galvao, Cleber; Barbosa, Helene S. [Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Lab. de Biologia Estrutural. Lab. Nacional e Internacional de Referencia em Taxonomia de Triatomineos

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    Ultrastructural analysis of the ventral region of the head - rostrum, buccula and stridulatorium sulcus - of 1st, 3rd and 5th instars of Triatoma klugi Carcavallo et al, Triatoma vandae Carcavallo et al, and Triatoma williami Galvao et al, are described in here. Morphological differences in the analyzed structures for all three Triatoma species studied were detected under scanning electron microscopy, allowing their grouping by their morphological similarities. Species-specific differences at each nymphal development stage were analyzed as well. (author)

  13. Triatoma boliviana sp. n. (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatominae) de los valles subandinos de La Paz - Bolivia, similar a Triatoma nigromaculata Stål, 1859

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    Triatoma bolivianasp. n. (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatominae) from Sub Andean valleys of La Paz - Bolivia, related to Triatoma nigromaculata Stål, 1859. We present the description of Triatoma boliviana sp. n. based on morphological external characters of 3 males and 3 females following the keys of Lent and Wygodzinsky (1979) and Carcavallo et al. (1997). The new species are very similar to Triatoma nigromaculata and was captured in Sub Andean valleys from Muñecas Province, Department of La Pa...

  14. The rising importance of Triatoma rubrofasciata

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    Full Text Available The migration of invasive vector species has contributed to the worldwide extension of infectious diseases such as dengue (Aedes aegypti and chikungunya (Aedes albopictus. It is probably a similar behaviour for certain vectors of Chagas disease which allowed it to become a continental burden in Latin America. One of them, Triatoma rubrofasciata has also been spreading throughout the tropical and subtropical world. Here, the recent and massive peridomestic presence of T. rubrofasciata in Vietnam cities is reported, and tentatively explained, highlighting the need for improved entomological surveillance.

  15. TREATMENT OF A PENTACHLOROPHENOL AND CREOSOTE-CONTAMINATED SOIL USING THE LIGNIN-DEGRADING FUNGUS PHANERO- CHAETE SORDIDA: A FIELD DEMONSTRATION

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    The feasibility of large-scale fungal bioaugmentation was evaluated by assessing the ability of the lignin-degrading fungus Phanerochaete sordida to decrease the soil concentrations of pentachlorophenol (PCP) and 13 priority pollutant polynuclear aromatic (PNA) creosote component...

  16. Studies of the reproductive biology of deep-sea megabenthos. V. The Echinoderm species Benthodytes sordida, Psychropotes longicauda and Psychropotes depressa

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    Specimens of the holothurians Benthodytes sordida, Psychropotes longicauda and P. depressa were examined from a number of stations (2300m-4780m) in the Porcupine Seabight and Abyssal Plain. All three species are gonochoric and show marked interspecific differences in gonad morphology. In the females of each species fecundity was low. Maximum oocyte size was 500 μm for Benthodytes sordida, 1.8mm for Psychropotes depressa and a massive 3mm for P. longicauda. In the males of each species spermatogenesis appeared typical of holothurians except where there was evidence of heavy parasitic infestation. There is no evidence of reproductive seasonality. (author)

  17. Contribución al conocimiento de Salvia sordida. Benth. Historia natural y conservación

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    Fernández Alonso José Luis

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    Full Text Available Salvia sordida es una especie de labiada endémica de Colombia, que está constituida por arbustos que pueden llegar hasta los 4 m de altura, con indumentos densos en el envés de las hojas, en los ejes de la inflorescencia y en los cálices, con corolas moradas de 15 mm en promedio; presenta una variabilidad morfológica que se manifiesta en su hábito, en la forma, coloración e indumento de sus hojas y en la densidad de su inflorescencia, producida posiblemente como adaptación a diferentes condiciones de luz. Existen tres poblaciones de esta especie que indican que S. sordida se distribuye en el altiplano cundiboyacense en un rango altitudinal entre los 2.600 y los 2.800 msnm. De acuerdo con observaciones hechas en la población tipo, ubicada en la vereda Torca en jurisdicción de Bogotá, el hábitat de la salvia se caracteriza por presentar
    un clima con una temperatura promedio de 13º C, una humedad relativa media de 74% y una precipitación de 1.200 mm anuales; en áreas de piedemonte, con suelos originados de cenizas volcánicas poco evolucionados, con textura franco-arenosa en la superficie, muy fuertemente ácidos y con una baja fertilidad; el hábitat de S. sordida hace parte del bosque de Cordia-Oreopanax, se caracteriza por un estrato arbustivo predominante y un estrato herbáceo bien representado, compuesto por 101 especies tanto del bosque climácico como de ambientes alterados o cultivadas, lo que indicaría que la comunidad de S. sordida hace parte de las etapas de sucesión secundaria del bosque; por lo tanto el hábitat se caracteriza por ser inestable y está delimitado por las condiciones de alteración de la vegetación y la variación de los factores de humedad y luz en un rango altitudinal estrecho. Salvia sordida presenta una floración y fructificación constantes y en ella se han reconocido 14 visitantes florales tanto en campo como en cultivo, que incluyen especies de Diptera, Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera y Aves. De

  18. Contribución al conocimiento de Salvia sordida Benth. Historia natural y conservación

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    Salvia sordida es una especie de labiada endémica de Colombia, que está constituida por arbustos que pueden llegar hasta los 4 m de altura, con indumentos densos en el envés de las hojas, en los ejes de la inflorescencia y en los cálices, con corolas moradas de 15 mm en promedio; presenta una variabilidad morfológica que se manifiesta en su hábito, en la forma, coloración e indumento de sus hojas y en la densidad de su inflorescencia, producida posiblemente como adaptación a di...

  19. Structure of the Triatoma virus capsid

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    The crystallographic structure of TrV shows specific morphological and functional features that clearly distinguish it from the type species of the Cripavirus genus, CrPV. The members of the Dicistroviridae family are non-enveloped positive-sense single-stranded RNA (+ssRNA) viruses pathogenic to beneficial arthropods as well as insect pests of medical importance. Triatoma virus (TrV), a member of this family, infects several species of triatomine insects (popularly named kissing bugs), which are vectors for human trypanosomiasis, more commonly known as Chagas disease. The potential use of dicistroviruses as biological control agents has drawn considerable attention in the past decade, and several viruses of this family have been identified, with their targets covering honey bees, aphids and field crickets, among others. Here, the crystal structure of the TrV capsid at 2.5 Å resolution is reported, showing that as expected it is very similar to that of Cricket paralysis virus (CrPV). Nevertheless, a number of distinguishing structural features support the introduction of a new genus (Triatovirus; type species TrV) under the Dicistroviridae family. The most striking differences are the absence of icosahedrally ordered VP4 within the infectious particle and the presence of prominent projections that surround the fivefold axis. Furthermore, the structure identifies a second putative autoproteolytic DDF motif in protein VP3, in addition to the conserved one in VP1 which is believed to be responsible for VP0 cleavage during capsid maturation. The potential meaning of these new findings is discussed.

  20. Structure of the Triatoma virus capsid

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    The crystallographic structure of TrV shows specific morphological and functional features that clearly distinguish it from the type species of the Cripavirus genus, CrPV. The members of the Dicistroviridae family are non-enveloped positive-sense single-stranded RNA (+ssRNA) viruses pathogenic to beneficial arthropods as well as insect pests of medical importance. Triatoma virus (TrV), a member of this family, infects several species of triatomine insects (popularly named kissing bugs), which are vectors for human trypanosomiasis, more commonly known as Chagas disease. The potential use of dicistroviruses as biological control agents has drawn considerable attention in the past decade, and several viruses of this family have been identified, with their targets covering honey bees, aphids and field crickets, among others. Here, the crystal structure of the TrV capsid at 2.5 Å resolution is reported, showing that as expected it is very similar to that of Cricket paralysis virus (CrPV). Nevertheless, a number of distinguishing structural features support the introduction of a new genus (Triatovirus; type species TrV) under the Dicistroviridae family. The most striking differences are the absence of icosahedrally ordered VP4 within the infectious particle and the presence of prominent projections that surround the fivefold axis. Furthermore, the structure identifies a second putative autoproteolytic DDF motif in protein VP3, in addition to the conserved one in VP1 which is believed to be responsible for VP0 cleavage during capsid maturation. The potential meaning of these new findings is discussed

  1. Immunogenic salivary proteins of Triatoma infestans: development of a recombinant antigen for the detection of low-level infestation of triatomines.

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    Alexandra Schwarz

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Triatomines are vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas disease in Latin America. The most effective vector, Triatoma infestans, has been controlled successfully in much of Latin America using insecticide spraying. Though rarely undertaken, surveillance programs are necessary in order to identify new infestations and estimate the intensity of triatomine bug infestations in domestic and peridomestic habitats. Since hosts exposed to triatomines develop immune responses to salivary antigens, these responses can be evaluated for their usefulness as epidemiological markers to detect infestations of T. infestans. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: T. infestans salivary proteins were separated by 2D-gel electrophoresis and tested for their immunogenicity by Western blotting using sera from chickens and guinea pigs experimentally exposed to T. infestans. From five highly immunogenic protein spots, eight salivary proteins were identified by nano liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (nanoLC-ESI-MS/MS and comparison to the protein sequences of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI database and expressed sequence tags of a unidirectionally cloned salivary gland cDNA library from T. infestans combined with the NCBI yeast protein sub-database. The 14.6 kDa salivary protein [gi|149689094] was produced as recombinant protein (rTiSP14.6 in a mammalian cell expression system and recognized by all animal sera. The specificity of rTiSP14.6 was confirmed by the lack of reactivity to anti-mosquito and anti-sand fly saliva antibodies. However, rTiSP14.6 was recognized by sera from chickens exposed to four other triatomine species, Triatoma brasiliensis, T. sordida, Rhodnius prolixus, and Panstrongylus megistus and by sera of chickens from an endemic area of T. infestans and Chagas disease in Bolivia. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The recombinant rTiSP14.6 is a suitable and promising

  2. Presencia del Triatoma infestans en la ciudad de Lima

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    Abelardo Tejada

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    Full Text Available 1 . Ha sido descubierto un foco del Triatoma infestans dentro de la zona urbana de la ciudad de Lima, verificándose su presencia en 10 viviendas de un modesto barrio. En tales casas fueron capturados un total de 99 especímenes del referido insecto, entre adultos y ninfas, así como 148 huevos sin eclosionar. 2. El examen del contenido intestinal y las heces en 68 de los triatomas capturados fue negativo para Trypanosoma cruzi. 3. Se supone que este nuevo foco se haya originado a partir de la región Sur del Perú, donde existen muchas localidades infestadas por el T. infestans. 4. Esta sería la primera vez que se verifica la presencia del T. infestans en la ciudad de Lima.

  3. Differentiation between Triatoma arthurneivai and Triatoma wygodzinskyi (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatominae) using cytotaxonomy.

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    Alevi, K C C; Imperador, C H L; Moreira, F F F; Jurberg, J; Azeredo-Oliveira, M T V

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    Using classic morphometric techniques to examine the head and thorax of Triatoma specimens, researchers identified a possible taxonomic problem involving T. arthurneivai (Lent & Martins) and T. wygodzinskyi (Lent). A recent geometric morphometric study indicated that the insects captured outside the Serra do Cipó region, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, were T. wygodzinskyi. The misidentification of T. arthurneivai as T. wygodzinskyi could result in several problems associated with entoepidemiological lifting, the biological characterization of the species, and phylogenetic reconstruction. For the first time, we describe the use of cytogenetic analysis as a tool for differentiation between T. arthurneivai and T. wygodzinskyi. The results indicated that both species had the same number of chromosomes 2n = 22 (20A + XY). However, analyses of spermatocytes during early prophase indicated that it was possible to differentiate T. arthurneivai and T. wygodzinskyi, because only T. arthurneivai exhibited heteropycnotic blocks distributed in the chromatin. Therefore, we highlight the analysis of spermatocytes as a taxonomic tool for the characterization of T. arthurneivai and T. wygodzinskyi, and suggest that the technique can be used for entoepidemiological lifting in vector control programs. Thus, the results presented here, in conjunction with morphometric analyses, are of utmost taxonomic and epidemiological importance for the identification of T. arthurneivai and T. wygodzinskyi specimens. PMID:27420940

  4. Ciclo evolutivo do Hepatozoon triatomae (Sporozoa, Haemogregarinidae parasita de triatomíneos Evolution cycle of the Hepatozoon triatomae (Sporozoa, Haemogregarinidae, parasite of triatominea

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    Eduardo Olavo da Rocha e Silva

    1975-09-01

    Full Text Available Relata-se o encontro no Estado de São Paulo, Brasil, de triatomíneos e lagartos, respectivamente o Triatoma arthurneivai e Tropidurus torquatus, parasitados por uma hemogregarina semelhante a Hepatozoon triatomae (Osimani, 1942 Reichenow, 1953. São apresentados aspectos da sua morfologia e estudadas as diversas fases do seu ciclo evolutivo, este inteiramente reproduzido em laboratório.The author relates the discovery of Triatoma arthurneivai and Tropidurus torquatus, in the localities of Lavras de Cima and Santo Antonio, State of São Paulo, Brazil, infected by a hemogregarine similar to Hepatozoon triatomae (Osimani, 1942 Reichenow 1953. He presents certain aspects of its morphology and also studies the several phases of its evolution cycle, which were completed in the laboratory.

  5. Revalidation and redescription of Triatoma brasiliensis macromelasoma Galvão, 1956 and an identification key for the Triatoma brasiliensis complex (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatominae)

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    Costa, Jane; Correia, Nathália Cordeiro; Neiva, Vanessa Lima; Gonçalves, Teresa Cristina Monte; Felix, Márcio

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    Triatoma brasiliensis macromelasoma is revalidated based on the results of previous multidisciplinary studies on the Triatoma brasiliensis complex, consisting of crossing experiments and morphological, biological, ecological and molecular analyses. These taxonomic tools showed the closest relationship between T. b. macromelasoma and Triatoma brasiliensis brasiliensis. T. b. macromelasoma is redescribed based on specimens collected in the type locality and specimens from a F1 colony. The complex now comprises T. b. brasiliensis, T. b. macromelasoma, Triatoma melanica, Triatoma juazeirensis and Triatoma sherlocki. An identification key for all members of the complex is presented. This detailed comparative study of the morphological features of T. b. macromelasoma and the remaining members of the complex corroborates results from multidisciplinary analyses, suggesting that the subspecific status is applicable. This subspecies can be distinguished by the following combination of features: a pronotum with 1+1 narrow brownish-yellow stripes on the submedian carinae, not attaining its apex, hemelytra with membrane cells darkened on the central portion and legs with an incomplete brownish-yellow ring on the apical half of the femora. Because the T. brasiliensis complex is of distinct epidemiological importance throughout its geographic distribution, a precise identification of its five members is important for monitoring and controlling actions against Chagas disease transmission. PMID:24037202

  6. Temperature effect upon blood consumption in Triatoma infestans

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    Silvia Catalá

    1992-12-01

    Full Text Available Different blood consumption speed was observed in Triatoma infestans - nymphs and adults - exposed to 12 degrees C and 28 degrees C. Exposure to optimal temperature (28 degrees C allows the insects to consume blood at a rate of 9% per day. Significative relationship between blood amount present in the promesenteron and consumed blood was found at 28 degrees. Consumption of blood was drastically reduced at the lowest temperature. Accordingly, lack of ovaric development, oviposition and mating behaviour was observed in insects kept at 12 degrees C. Relationship between laboratory and field observations are discussed.

  7. Descrição de ovos e ninfas de Triatoma klugi (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae Description of eggs and nymphs of Triatoma klugi (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae

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    José Jurberg

    Full Text Available Os autores descreveram as características morfológicas de Triatoma klugi Carcavallo, Jurberg, Lent & Galvão, 2001 pertencente ao grupo de espécies que compõem o "complexo T. oliveirai". Até o presente tem sido difícil separar essas espécies com base nas características ninfais, o que justifica o desenvolvimento deste trabalho. Os espécimes foram coletados em frestas de rochas no morro Malavok na localidade de Linha Brasil, município de Nova Petrópolis, no Estado do Rio Grande do Sul. O local de captura dos triatomíneos situa-se entre 700 e 800 m de altitude (29º18'38''S, 51º04'57''W. Juntamente com T. oliveirai (Neiva, Pinto & Lent, 1939, espécie morfologicamente mais próxima, são as únicas do complexo que não foram encontradas, até o momento, no Estado do Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul e Goiás, Brasil. Em condições experimentais, já foi testada e comprovada a sua susceptibilidade à infecção pelo Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas, 1909 e Trypanosoma rangeli (Tejera, 1920. A análise comparativa das ornamentações do exocório dos ovos e de três estádios ninfais de T. klugi por microscopia óptica e microscopia eletrônica de varredura mostrou algumas particularidades morfológicas, com destaque para: a face ventral da cabeça, o sulco estridulatório e os últimos segmentos abdominais (IX, X - futura genitália e XI - tubo anal. Esses dados contribuem para a ampliação dos parâmetros diferenciais visando à diagnose de T. klugi durante o seu desenvolvimento ninfal.The authors had described the morphologic characteristics of Triatoma klugi Carcavallo, Jurberg, Lent & Galvão, 2001 to the group of species belonging to "T. oliveirai complex". Until the moment it has been difficult to separate on the nymphs characteristics basis these species, what it justifies the development of this work. The specimens had been collected in openings of rocks in the Malavok mount in the locality of Linha Brazil, city of Nova Petr

  8. Fontes alimentares de Triatoma pseudomaculata no Estado do Ceará, Brasil

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    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Triatoma pseudomaculata, espécie peridomiciliar, é encontrada apresentando baixa taxa de infecção por Trypanosoma cruzi. Com o objetivo de identificar os possíveis reservatórios de T. cruzi, investigou-se a ocorrência desse triatomíneo no domicílio, bem como suas fontes alimentares. MÉTODOS: De janeiro de 2001 a julho de 2002 foram capturados 921 espécimes de T. pseudomaculata em 13 municípios do sul do Estado do Ceará. O conteúdo intestinal dos triatomíneos foi retirado, espalhado em disco de papel de filtro e analisado por precipitina para os seguintes anti-soros: ave, roedor, cão, gambá, lagarto, boi/cabra, gato, porco, barata e humano. A investigação da presença de T. cruzi foi feita observando-se parte do conteúdo intestinal dos insetos a fresco, entre lâmina e lamínula, e pela sua semeadura em meio de cultura. RESULTADOS: Do total examinado, 184 (90,6% foram positivos para os anti-soros testados: ave (62,5%> roedor (33,7%> cão (20,1%> gambá (9,8%> lagarto (5%> boi-cabra (5%> gato (2,7%> porco (2,2%> barata (2,2%> humano (1,6%. As alimentações variaram de zero (não reagiram a quatro da seguinte forma: não reagiram (9,4%, uma (57,1%, duas (26%, três (7% ou quatro (0,5%. Das fontes alimentares identificadas apenas três espécimes (1,6% foram positivos para T. cruzi. CONCLUSÕES: A baixa incidência de sangue humano mostra que T. pseudomaculata está bem adaptado ao peridomicílio. Porém, a vigilância epidemiológica na região sul do Estado do Ceará se faz necessária tendo em vista a proximidade da espécie ao domicílio.

  9. Avaliação de óleos essenciais de plantas aromáticas com atividade inseticida em Triatoma infestans (Klug, 1834 (Hemiptera: Reduviidae = Evaluation of essential oils with insecticidal activity in Triatoma infestans (Klug, 1834 (Hemiptera: Reduviidae

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    Suellem Petilim Gomes

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available A doenca de Chagas e um dos maiores problemas de saude publica na America Latina. Neste trabalho, foi avaliada a acao inseticida de oleos essenciais de Anacardium humile Cymbopogon nardus, Ocimum basilicum e Eucalyptus urograndis em ninfas do 3‹ e 4‹ estadios dedesenvolvimento de Triatoma infestans por acao topica e pressao a vapor (fumigacao. Para o teste topico foram realizadas duas repeticoes cada uma com cinco ninfas de 3‹ e 4‹ estadios de desenvolvimento de T. infestans. Foi aplicado 1ƒÊL de cada concentracao na regiao dorsal de cada individuo. Para o teste de fumigacao foram utilizados potes de 2 L com tampa vedante. Os oleos essenciais de O. gratissimum e E. urograndis apresentaram atividadeinseticida para T. infestans, e A. humile e C. nardus apresentaram em media 5 e 15% de mortalidade, respectivamente. Para fumigacao, somente o oleo de E. urograndis teve efeito, com 100% de mortalidade sobre T. infestans , sendo que para os outros oleos nao foiobservado efeito de fumigacao. Esse trabalho relata pela primeira vez a acao inseticida de E. urograndis em potes fumigenos para o controle de triatomineos. Os resultados sao importantes devido a busca por novos modelos moleculares com acao inseticida em triatomineos resistentes aos inseticidas sinteticos.Chagas disease is a major public health problem in Latin America. This work aimed to evaluate the insecticide action of essential oils of Anacardium humile, Cymbopogon nardus, Ocimum basilicum and Eucalyptus urograndis on Triatoma infestans nymphs of third and fourth stages of development by topic action and steam pressure (fumigation. Two repetitions were performed at the topic test with five nymphs of third and fourth stages of development of T. infestans. It was applied 1ƒÊL of each concentration on the dorsal region of each nymph. Two-liter pots with sealing covers were used at the fumigation test. The essential oils of O. gratissimum and E. urograndis showed insecticidal

  10. Triatoma jatai sp. nov. in the state of Tocantins, Brazil (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatominae)

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    Gonçalves, Teresa Cristina Monte; Teves-Neves, Simone Caldas; dos Santos-Mallet, Jacenir Reis; Carbajal-de-la-Fuente, Ana Laura; Lopes, Catarina Macedo

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    Triatoma jatai sp. nov. is the first new species of triatomine to be described in the state of Tocantins, in the northern region of Brazil. It was caught on rock outcrops in the wild environment and, more recently, invading homes. While T. jatai sp. nov. is morphologically similar to Triatoma costalimai, it is distinguished by its general colouring, differences in the blotches on the connexivum, wing size in females and external structures of the male genitalia. The type series has been deposited in the Entomological Collection and Herman Lent Collection, Oswaldo Cruz Institute-Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PMID:23828010

  11. Medida da infestação domiciliar por Triatoma infestans Housing infestation research by Triatoma infestans

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    Oswaldo Paulo Forattini

    1969-06-01

    Full Text Available Em conjunto de 27 edifícios situados na localidade denominada Bairro da Ilha, no Município de Salto de Pirapora, Estado de São Paulo, procurou-se aplicar o método de Gómez-Núñez para a seleção de casas infestadas pelo Triatoma infestans. Comparando com o processo de inspeção domiciliar mediante a captura manual, porém sem o emprêgo de substâncias insetífugas, o método revelou-se equivalente. Contudo, êle traz vantagens que não podem ser desprezadas. Entre outras, ressaltam a sua uniformidade e o baixo custo. Através o levantamento da percentagem de caixas positivas até a segunda semana de observação, pode-se também estimar o grau de infestação local. Nesta pesquisa, revelou índice de Tipo III. O significado e classificação desses índices deverá ser objeto de maiores investigações. Contudo, no que pese a necessidade de maior número de ensaios, o método poderá vir a ser de bastante utilidade na avaliação de localidades submetidas a expurgos, sejam êles seletivos ou não.In 27 dwellings located at Bairro da Ilha, in the County of Salto de Pirapora, S. Paulo State, Brazil, it the Gómez-Núñez method for selection of houses infested by Triatoma infestans bugs was tested. In the observations there no significant differences between this method and the simple house inspection through manual collection, were found but without using chemicals as repellents. Nevertheless, several good advantages such as the uniformity and the low cost of the method were noticed. The purpose was also to estimate the local infestation through the infestation index based on the percentage of positive boxes found in the second week of observation. In this research, the index was classified as Type III. The significance and usefulness of this classification will be tested by future researches. Nevertheless it will be reasonable to admit that the method has good possibilities of being used for the houses evaluation, after the insecticide

  12. Aspectos microclimáticos del hábitat de Triatoma brasiliensis Microclimatic properties of the Triatoma brasiliensis habitat

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    Marcelo G. Lorenzo

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Triatoma brasiliensis es el principal vector de la enfermedad de Chagas en la región nordeste de Brasil. En este sentido, resulta fundamental conocer las preferencias microclimáticas de esta especie como condicionantes de su distribución y capacidad de infestación de domicilios. En el presente trabajo se analisan las características microclimáticas de los refugios en que este insecto es hallado, tanto en sitios silvestres como domiciliarios y peridomiciliarios del Estado de Ceará, Brasil. Se realizaron medidas de temperatura y humedad relativa (HR cada 15 minutos, durante un periodo de 3 días. La variación de temperatura se halla fuertemente amortiguada en el interior de los refugios domiciliarios, así como en los sitios más protegidos dentro de los pedregales silvestres. En relación con la HR, se pudo observar un patrón de amortiguación semejante, sin embargo, la HR media fue inferior tanto en el interior de refugios intradomiciliarios como en aquellos silvestres entre montículos de piedras, en comparación con los valores registrados como referencia en el ambiente. Los resultados son discutidos en relación con las preferencias microclimáticas de esta especie observadas en el laboratorio y con la posible importancia de éstas como determinantes de su distribución geográfica.Vector-borne transmission of Chagas disease in Northeast Brazil is basically by Triatoma brasiliensis. It is thus crucial to determine this species' microclimatic preferences as limiting factors for its distribution and ability to infest domestic environments. We analyze the microclimatic properties of the shelters in which these insects are found in wild, domestic, and peridomiciliary environments in the State of Ceará, at Brazil. We measure temperature and relative humidity (RH every 15 minutes for 3 days. Thermal variation was greatly dampened inside both domiciliary refuges and the more protected internal places in wild stony sites. For RH, we

  13. Cytogenetics of Triatominae: III - A study on male sterility induced through hybridization of Triatoma sórdida and Triatoma pseudomaculata

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    Giorgio Schreiber

    1975-08-01

    Full Text Available Males from bilateral crosses between Triatoma sórdida and Triatoma pseudomaculata were unable to give offspring, as shown by subsequent backcrosses (BC between hybrid males and parental females. This kind of sterility indueed through interspecific hybridization seems to be due to lack of sperm migration from the bursa copulatrix to the spermateca, thus suggesting primarily failure on the part of hybrid males to produce and/or to incorporate male accessory secretions into the spermatophore bulb. Addicional proof that sterility induced in hybrid males is at the sperm level has been afforded by the spermatogenesis herein studied. The anomalous processes like; 1 prophases of spermatogonia with the chromosomes scattered in the cytoplasm, 2 first metaphases with unpaired tetrades, 3 spermatids differing in size and 4 spermatozoa of abnormal shape and generdlly of giant size, can be taken as an indicator of the degree of departure from the normal course of spermatogenesis.

  14. An Updated Insight into the Sialotranscriptome of Triatoma infestans: Developmental Stage and Geographic Variations

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    Schwarz, Alexandra; Medrano-Mercado, N.; Schaub, G. A.; Struchiner, C.J.; Bargues, M.D.; Levy, M.Z.; Ribeiro, J.M.C.

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    Roč. 8, č. 12 (2014), e3372. ISSN 1935-2735 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LH12002 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : Triatoma * Chagas disease * salivary gland Subject RIV: FN - Epidemiology, Contagious Diseases ; Clinical Immunology Impact factor: 4.446, year: 2014

  15. Ampliação da distribuição geográfica de Triatoma deaneorum Galvão, Souza & Lima 1967, nova denominação para Triatoma deanei (Hemiptera, Reduviidae)

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    Galvão Cleber; Rocha Dayse da Silva; Jurberg José; Carcavallo Rodolfo U

    2001-01-01

    A distribuição geográfica de Triatoma deaneorum Galvão, Souza & Lima, 1967, nova denominação para Triatoma deanei, é ampliada baseada em um espécime recentemente encontrado no município de Chapada de Guimarães, próximo a Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brasil. A nova denominação é baseada no Código Internacional de Nomenclatura Zoológica.

  16. Algunos parámetros poblacionales de Triatoma guasayana Wygodzinsky & Abalos, 1941, bajo condiciones de laboratorio (Reduviidae, Triatominae

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    Nilda V. de Argüello

    1982-01-01

    Full Text Available A statistical evolution of some populational parameters of Triatoma guasayana was made, based on courtship experiments under controlled laboratory conditions. Egg hatching, nymphal developmental time and mortality were computed and results compared with previous literature data.

  17. Estadísticos poblacionales de Triatoma rubrovaria en condiciones de laboratorio Population statistics of Triatoma rubrovaria in laboratory

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    Elena B Oscherov

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Obtener parámetros poblacionales de T. rubrovaria a fin de caracterizar demográficamente a esta especie. MÉTODOS: La investigación se realizó entre octubre de 2000 y febrero de 2003 en el laboratorio de artrópodos, Corrientes, Argentina. Se conformaron cinco cohortes de 100 huevos cada una. Los insectos se alimentaron sobre gallina (Gallus domesticus. Las cohortes se controlaron semanalmente. La experiencia se llevó a cabo en condiciones controladas de temperatura (28±3ºC y humedad relativa del aire (63±10%. Se elaboraron tablas completas de vida y se obtuvieron estadísticos vitales. RESULTADOS: La mayor mortalidad se registró en ninfas de primero a cuarto estadio. A partir del quinto estadio el número de individuos decreció en forma constante. La expectativa de vida, después de superar las edades críticas, disminuyó en forma lineal. La supervivencia media de los adultos fue 50,2 semanas. La primera oviposición ocurrió a las 40,6 semanas. La fecundidad fue 859,6 huevos, con una media de 22,8 huevos. El período reproductivo fue de 37,7 semanas. El tiempo generacional fue de 55,3 semanas y la tasa neta de reproducción 133,7. La tasa intrínseca de incremento natural resultó 0,088. En una distribución estable de edades 25,3% correspondería al estado de huevo, 72,3% al estado ninfal y 2,4% al estado adulto. Los adultos contribuyeron con más del 70% al valor reproductivo total. CONCLUSIONES: Triatoma rubrovaria se caracterizó por una supervivencia prolongada como imago, una edad de la primera reproducción tardía y una tasa intrínseca de incremento natural baja.OBJECTIVE: To obtain T. rubrovaria population parameters in order to describe its demographic characteristics. METHODS: The study was carried out in the laboratory of Arthropods, Corrientes, Argentina, from October 2000 to February 2003. Eggs were grouped to form five 100-egg cohorts. Insects were fed on chickens (Gallus domesticus. The cohorts were

  18. Effects of Homologous Expression of 1,4-Benzoquinone Reductase and Homogentisate 1,2-Dioxygenase Genes on Wood Decay in Hyper-Lignin-Degrading Fungus Phanerochaete sordida YK-624.

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    Mori, Toshio; Koyama, Genki; Kawagishi, Hirokazu; Hirai, Hirofumi

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    We investigated the function of 1,4-benzoquinone reductase (BQR)- and homogentisate 1,2-dioxygenase (HGD)-like genes in wood degradation by Phanerochaete sordida YK-624, which exhibits high ligninolytic activity and selectivity. We determined homologous expression in the genomic and cDNA sequences of BQR- and HGD-like genes in P. sordida YK-624 (PsBQR and PsHGD). Both genes shared high homology (≥90 % amino acid sequence similarity) with the corresponding genes in Phanerochaete chrysosporium. These genes were co-transformed with a reporter gene into an uracil auxotrophic mutant of P. sordida YK-624. The PsBQR and PsHGD co-transformants exhibited lower holocellulolytic activity and higher ligninolytic selectivity than the control transformants. In liquid culture with vanillin, both co-transformants significantly accelerated vanillin degradation. Thus, we suggest that the rapid metabolism of low-molecular weight lignin fragments, due to the homologous expression of BQR- and HGD-like genes, affects quinone redox cycling to produce hydroxyl radicals, thereby decreasing holocellulose degradation and increasing ligninolytic selectivity. PMID:27363425

  19. A genitália externa dos machos de sete espécies de Triatoma Laporte, 1832 da região Neártica (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae Male external genitalia in seven species of Triatoma Laporte, 1832 from neartic region (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae

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    Herman Lent

    1987-06-01

    Full Text Available Sete espécies da região neártica: Triatoma barberi Usinger, 1939; T. rubida (Uhler, 1894; T. gertaeckeri (Stal, 1859; T. lecticularia (Stal, 1859; T. protracta (Uhler, 1894; T. recurva (Stal, 1868 e T. sanguisuga (Leconte, 1855 foram analisadas comparativamente, tendo como enfoque as estruturas da genitália do macho: falosoma (Ph, suporte do falosoma (SPh, processo do endosoma (PrEn, vesica (V e aparelho articular (Apb. As estruturas fálicas se mostraram capazes de serem usadas como critério morfológico suplementar aos padrões atualmente usados, em taxonomia. Estas espécies silvestres são encontradas nos Estados Unidos e México, naturalmente infectadas pelo T. cruzi; algumas vivem no perdomicílio e outras eventualmente no domicílio, sem contudo colonizá-lo.Seven species from the neartic region, Triatoma barberi Usinger, 1939; T. rubida (Uhler, 1894; T. gerstaeckeri (Stal, 1859; T. lecticularia (Stal, 1859; T. protracta (Uhler, 1894; T. recurva (Stal, 1868 and T. sanguisuga (Leconte, 1855 were comparatively analysed with emphasis on the genital structures of the male bug: the phallosome (Ph, the phallosome struts (SPh, the endosoma process (PrEn, the vesica (V and the articulatory apparatus (Apb. The phallic structures were useful as a supplementary morphological criterion to the present taxonomical standards. These wild species are found naturally infected by Trypanosoma cruzi in the United States and Mexico. Some of them live outside human dwellings while other are occasionally domiciliary, although they do not colonize these homes.

  20. Phasing of the Triatoma virus diffraction data using a cryo-electron microscopy reconstruction

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    The blood-sucking reduviid bug Triatoma infestans, one of the most important vector of American human trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease) is infected by the Triatoma virus (TrV). TrV has been classified as a member of the Cripavirus genus (type cricket paralysis virus) in the Dicistroviridae family. This work presents the three-dimensional cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) reconstruction of the TrV capsid at about 25 A resolution and its use as a template for phasing the available crystallographic data by the molecular replacement method. The main structural differences between the cryo-EM reconstruction of TrV and other two viruses, one from the same family, the cricket paralysis virus (CrPV) and the human rhinovirus 16 from the Picornaviridae family are presented and discussed

  1. Existence of a sex pheromone in Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduvidae: II. Electrophysiological correlates

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    Maria G. de Brito Sanchez

    1995-10-01

    Full Text Available The stimulus provided by a copulating pair of Triatoma infestans significantly affects the electrical activity of the nervous system of Triatoma infestans. Electrophysiological recordings were perfomed on stationary adult males presented with stimuli of an air current carrying odors from males, females, non-copulating pairs and mating pairs. The electrophysiological response was characterized by the low frequency occurrence of biphasic compound impulses. A significant increase in the frequency of the impulses occurred in stationary males when exposed to air currents of mating pairs, when compared to that evoked by a clean air stream. Analysis of the time course of the assays, showed that the electrophisiological activity during the copula was higher than prior to or after copula. The electrophysiological evidence presented here strongly supports the existence of pheromone(s released by one or both sexes during mating and which is perceived by male chemoreceptors located on the antennae.

  2. Population differentiation of the Chagas disease vector Triatoma maculata (Erichson, 1848) from Colombia and Venezuela.

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    Monsalve, Yoman; Panzera, Francisco; Herrera, Leidi; Triana-Chávez, Omar; Gómez-Palacio, Andrés

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    The emerging vector of Chagas disease, Triatoma maculata (Hemiptera, Reduviidae), is one of the most widely distributed Triatoma species in northern South America. Despite its increasing relevance as a vector, no consistent picture of the magnitude of genetic and phenetic diversity has yet been developed. Here, several populations of T. maculata from eleven Colombia and Venezuela localities were analyzed based on the morphometry of wings and the mitochondrial NADH dehydrogenase subunit 4 (ND4) gene sequences. Our results showed clear morphometric and genetic differences among Colombian and Venezuelan populations, indicating high intraspecific diversity. Inter-population divergence is suggested related to East Cordillera in Colombia. Analyses of other populations from Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil from distinct eco-geographic regions are still needed to understand its systematics and phylogeography as well as its actual role as a vector of Chagas disease. PMID:27232127

  3. Sobre uma pintura inseticida para o controle de Triatoma infestans, na Bolívia About an insecticidal paint for controlling Triatoma infestans, in Bolivia

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    João Carlos Pinto Dias; A. Jemmio

    2008-01-01

    Avaliações preliminares sobre uma pintura inseticida à base de diazinon, clorpirifós e piriproxifen em formulação micro-encapsulada (Inesfly 5A IGR ®) mostrou efetiva e persistente atividade contra Triatoma infestans intra e peridomiciliar, numa região altamente infestada do Chaco Boliviano. Ressaltam, além disso, a boa manuseabilidade do produto e o bom aspecto deixado pela pintura em casas e anexos tratados, bem como uma excelente aceitação pela população e autoridades sanitárias locais, o ...

  4. Cytogenetics of Triatominae: III - A study on male sterility induced through hybridization of Triatoma sórdida and Triatoma pseudomaculata

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    Giorgio Schreiber

    1975-08-01

    Full Text Available Males from bilateral crosses between Triatoma sórdida and Triatoma pseudomaculata were unable to give offspring, as shown by subsequent backcrosses (BC between hybrid males and parental females. This kind of sterility indueed through interspecific hybridization seems to be due to lack of sperm migration from the bursa copulatrix to the spermateca, thus suggesting primarily failure on the part of hybrid males to produce and/or to incorporate male accessory secretions into the spermatophore bulb. Addicional proof that sterility induced in hybrid males is at the sperm level has been afforded by the spermatogenesis herein studied. The anomalous processes like; 1 prophases of spermatogonia with the chromosomes scattered in the cytoplasm, 2 first metaphases with unpaired tetrades, 3 spermatids differing in size and 4 spermatozoa of abnormal shape and generdlly of giant size, can be taken as an indicator of the degree of departure from the normal course of spermatogenesis.Os machos provenientes de cruzamentos bilaterais entre Triatoma sórdida e Triatoma pseudomaculata revelaram a incapacidade de produzir progênie, como se demonstra nos retrocruzamentos de machos híbridos com fêmeas das espécies paternas. Esta modalidade de esterilidade induzida através da hibridação interespecífica, parece ser devida à ausência de migração do esperma, determinada pela incapacidade dos híbridos machos produzirem a secreção opaca em suas glândulas acessórias e/ou incorporá-la à luz do espermatóforo. A prova adicional de que a incompatibilidade induzida em triatomíneos, através da hibridação inter específica, está no nível do esperma é fornecida pelo tipo anômalo de espermatogênese em híbridos aqui descrito, mostrando deste modo que: as prófases espermatogoniais têm os núcleos disruptos e os cromossomos espelhados no citoplasma. As primeiras metáfases meióticas têm as tétrades desemparelhadas. Os grupos de cromatídes assim obtidos

  5. First Finding of Melanic Sylvatic Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) Colonies in the Argentine Chaco

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    Ceballos, L. A.; Piccinali, R. V.; BERKUNSKY, I.; Kitron, U.; Gürtler, R. E.

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    Triatoma infestans (Klug), the most important vector of Chagas disease in southern South America, is a highly domiciliated species with well-known sylvatic foci only in the Bolivian Andean valleys and in the Bolivian Chaco, where melanic insects designated as “dark morphs” were found. After the tentative identification of two melanic bugs collected from parrot nests in a forest reserve in the Argentine Chaco as T. infestans, we conducted an intensive search there using mouse-baited sticky tra...

  6. Toxicity of non-pyrethroid insecticides against Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae)

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    Guillermo Carvajal; Gastón Mougabure-Cueto; Ariel Ceferino Toloza

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    Triatoma infestans (Klug) is the main vector of Chagas disease, which is a public health concern in most Latin American countries. The prevention of Chagas disease is based on the chemical control of the vector using pyrethroid insecticides. In the last decade, different levels of deltamethrin resistance have been detected in certain areas of Argentina and Bolivia. Because of this, alternative non-pyrethroid insecticides from different chemical groups were evaluated against two T. infestans p...

  7. An Updated Insight into the Sialotranscriptome of Triatoma infestans: Developmental Stage and Geographic Variations

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    Alexandra Schwarz; Nora Medrano-Mercado; Schaub, Günter A.; Struchiner, Claudio J.; M Dolores Bargues; Levy, Michael Z.; José M. C. Ribeiro

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    Background Triatoma infestans is the main vector of Chagas disease in South America. As in all hematophagous arthropods, its saliva contains a complex cocktail that assists blood feeding by preventing platelet aggregation and blood clotting and promoting vasodilation. These salivary components can be immunologically recognized by their vector's hosts and targeted with antibodies that might disrupt blood feeding. These antibodies can be used to detect vector exposure using immunoassays. Antibo...

  8. Kissing Bug (Triatoma spp.) Intrusion into Homes: Troublesome Bites and Domiciliation

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    Klotz, Stephen A.; F. Mazda Shirazi; Keith Boesen; Beatty, Norman L.; Dorn, Patricia L.; Shannon Smith; Schmidt, Justin O

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    Kissing bugs (Triatoma spp.) frequently enter homes and bite human and pet occupants. Bites may lead to severe allergic reactions and, in some cases, death. Kissing bugs are also vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi, the cause of Chagas disease. In general, modern houses in the United States are not conducive to domiciliation of kissing bugs (bugs living out their entire life within the home with the presence of eggs, nymphs, adults, and exuviae). Construction features such as concrete foundations, s...

  9. Variations of the External Male Genitalia in Three Populations of Triatoma infestans Klug, 1834

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    Pires Herton Helder Rocha; Barbosa Silvia Ermelinda; Margonari Carina; Jurberg José; Diotaiuti Liléia

    1998-01-01

    Triatoma infestans is the triatomine that presents the greatest dispersion area in South America. However, it is not known whether the original characteristics of this insect remained in its long dispersion process. The purpose of this work was to study comparatively the external male genitalia of insects from different populations of T. infestans, two from Brazil (Minas Gerais and Bahia) and one from Bolivia (Cochabamba Valley), and to investigate the correlation between the morphological an...

  10. Existence of a sex pheromone in Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae): I. Behavioural evidence

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    Gabriel Manrique; Claudio R Lazzari

    1995-01-01

    Assembling behaviour associated with mating was investigated in Triatoma infestans. The spatial distribution of both sexes was observed by video films, in the presence or absence of a copulating pair. Males aggregated around copulating pairs. Females did not exhibit this behaviour and their mean spatial density remained unaffected. Spontaneous aggregation tendency was observed in males in the absence of a copulating pair, but the temporal course significantly differed from that observed in th...

  11. Avaliação de óleos essenciais de plantas aromáticas com atividade inseticida em Triatoma infestans (Klug, 1834 (Hemiptera: Reduviidae Evaluation of essential oils with insecticidal activity in Triatoma infestans (Klug, 1834 (Hemiptera: Reduviidae

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    Silvio Favero

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available A doença de Chagas é um dos maiores problemas de saúde pública na América Latina. Neste trabalho, foi avaliada a ação inseticida de óleos essenciais de Anacardium humile Cymbopogon nardus, Ocimum basilicum e Eucalyptus urograndis em ninfas do 3° e 4° estádios de desenvolvimento de Triatoma infestans por ação tópica e pressão a vapor (fumigação. Para o teste tópico foram realizadas duas repetições cada uma com cinco ninfas de 3° e 4° estádios de desenvolvimento de T. infestans. Foi aplicado 1µL de cada concentração na região dorsal de cada indivíduo. Para o teste de fumigação foram utilizados potes de 2 L com tampa vedante. Os óleos essenciais de O. gratissimum e E. urograndis apresentaram atividade inseticida para T. infestans, e A. humile e C. nardus apresentaram em média 5 e 15% de mortalidade, respectivamente. Para fumigação, somente o óleo de E. urograndis teve efeito, com 100% de mortalidade sobre T. infestans, sendo que para os outros óleos não foi observado efeito de fumigação. Esse trabalho relata pela primeira vez a ação inseticida de E. urograndis em potes fumígenos para o controle de triatomíneos. Os resultados são importantes devido à busca por novos modelos moleculares com ação inseticida em triatomíneos resistentes aos inseticidas sintéticos.Chagas disease is a major public health problem in Latin America. This work aimed to evaluate the insecticide action of essential oils of Anacardium humile, Cymbopogon nardus, Ocimum basilicum and Eucalyptus urograndis on Triatoma infestans nymphs of third and fourth stages of development by topic action and steam pressure (fumigation. Two repetitions were performed at the topic test with five nymphs of third and fourth stages of development of T. infestans. It was applied 1µL of each concentration on the dorsal region of each nymph. Two-liter pots with sealing covers were used at the fumigation test. The essential oils of O. gratissimum and E

  12. Relação entre Triatoma infestans, aves domésticas e o homem num povoado de Santiago del Estero, Argentina The relationship between Triatoma infestans, poultry, and humans in a rural settlement in Santiago del Estero, Argentina

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    Patrícia P. Gajate

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    Full Text Available Determinou-se a associação entre Triatoma infestans, aves domésticas e o homem no povoado de Trinidad, Santiago del Estero, Argentina. Para coletar triatomíneos foram realizadas quatro amostragens no peridomicílio de seis casas, utilizando-se o método de captura hora/homem (dezembro de 1991 a outubro de 1992. Os anexos foram classificados em antrópicos (onde o homem realiza atividades cotidianas e não-antrópicos. Além disso, determinou-se o perfil alimentar dos barbeiros. De um total de 134 ecótopos investigados, 21% tinham T. infestans; 22% possuíam aves domésticas; e 54% eram antrópicos. Em 25% destes ecótopos foram encontradas aves e T. infestans simultaneamente. As aves foram os únicos animais domésticos associados com o T. infestans, sendo que esta relação só ocorreu nos ecótopos antrópicos. A proporção de ingestas em aves (61/146 foi altamente significativa. Em Trinidad não há galinheiros, utilizando-se, assim, os anexos entrópicos do peridomicílio como local para se construir os ninhos para as aves. tanto pelos elementos usados na preparação dos ninhos como pelo uso posterior dos mesmos, poder-se-ia estabelecer um fluxo periódico de barbeiros do intradomicílio para o peridomicílio, e vice-versa, através do transporte passivo. Esta relação estreita entre Triatoma infestans, aves domésticas e o homem, encontrada nos ecótopos antrópicos, onde também existem outros reservatórios de T. cruzi, como os cães, favorece a manutenção de colônias de barbeiros domiciliares e a transmissão da doença de Chagas ao homem.An association was determined between Triatona infestans, poultry, and humans in Trinidad, in the Province of Santiago del Estero, Argentina. To collect triatomines, four samples were taken at the area immediately surrounding six houses by the one hour/man capture method (December 1991 - October 1992. Peridomiciliary ecotopes were classified as arthropic (where humans carry out daily

  13. Sobre uma pintura inseticida para o controle de Triatoma infestans, na Bolívia About an insecticidal paint for controlling Triatoma infestans, in Bolivia

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    João Carlos Pinto Dias

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Avaliações preliminares sobre uma pintura inseticida à base de diazinon, clorpirifós e piriproxifen em formulação micro-encapsulada (Inesfly 5A IGR ® mostrou efetiva e persistente atividade contra Triatoma infestans intra e peridomiciliar, numa região altamente infestada do Chaco Boliviano. Ressaltam, além disso, a boa manuseabilidade do produto e o bom aspecto deixado pela pintura em casas e anexos tratados, bem como uma excelente aceitação pela população e autoridades sanitárias locais, o que estimula novas investigações e o emprego do produto em maior escala e contra outros vetores da doença de Chagas.Preliminary evaluations of an insecticidal paint based on diazinon, chlorpyrifos and pyriproxyfen in a micro-encapsulated formulation (Inesfly 5A IGR ® have shown that it has effective and persistent activity against Triatoma infestans inside homes and in areas surrounding homes, in a highly infested region of the Bolivian Chaco. Furthermore, the evaluations have highlighted that the product presents good handling characteristics and gives a good appearance to houses and outhouses that have been treated, and that its acceptance among the population and the local sanitary authorities is excellent. This encourages new investigations and the use of the product on a larger scale and against other vector species for Chagas disease.

  14. Infecção natural de Triatoma vitticeps (Stal, 1859 por flagelados morfologicamente semelhantes a Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas, 1909 no Estado do Espírito Santo

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    Santos Claudiney Biral dos

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Espécimes adultos de Triatoma vitticeps são capturados freqüentemente por moradores em áreas rurais do Estado do Espírito Santo, Brasil. Com o objetivo de determinar o índice de infecção natural desta espécie, examinamos os dejetos de 116 espécimes silvestres, capturados em 27 municípios do estado, após repasto sanguíneo em ave e dejeção espontânea. Destes, 100 (86,2% estavam infectados por flagelados morfologicamente semelhantes a Trypanosoma cruzi. Detectamos índices de infecção natural de Tritoma vitticeps superiores ao de estudos anteriores. A baixa incidência da doença de Chagas no estado se deve provavelmente a dejeção tardia deste vetor visto que trabalhos sobre especificidade alimentar demonstraram presença marcante de Tritoma vitticeps no intradomicilio e contato freqüente com o homem. O elevado índice de infecção natural observado reforça a necessidade de se manter a vigilância entomológica sobre este triatomíneo.

  15. Variação nas proteínas da hemolinfa de Triatoma infestam Variation on hemolymph proteins of Triatoma infestans

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    Silvio Almeida Toledo F.º

    1969-12-01

    Full Text Available Foram analisados os padrões de proteínas da hemolinfa de T. infestam adultos por meio da técnica de eletroforese em gel de agar. Os resultados sugeriram a existência de 8 padrões diferentes contendo entre 10 e 14 frações proteicas. Estas variações apresentam grande interêsse biológico e epidemiológico.The hemolymph proteins of Triatoma infestans, that is a bloodsucking insect of medical importance, by means of electrophoresis in agar gel, was studied. The results show an intraspecific variation. Eight different electrophoretic patterns were detected in adults. It seems that the variations described were not reported before in the literature. This field of research has great significance for genetic and epidemiologic studies, as T. infestans is an important Chagas disease vector.

  16. The central projection of cephalic mechanosensory axons in the haematophagous bug Triatoma infestans

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    Insausti Teresita C

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available The projections of mechanosensory hairs located on the dorsal and lateral head of the adult haematophagous bug Triatoma infestans were analyzed by means of cobalt filling. Axons run into the anterior and posterior tegumentary nerve and project through the brain to the ventral nerve cord. The fibres are small in diameter and run as a fascicle. Some branches run into suboesophageal and prothoracic centres; others run as far as to the mesothoracic ganglion. These sensory projections resemble that of wind-sensitive head hairs of the locust. The functional role of this sensory system in this species is discussed.

  17. Changes in nuclear phenotype frequencies following sequential cold shocks in Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera, Reduviidae)

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    Campos Silvana GP; Rodrigues Vera Lúcia CC; Mello Maria Luiza S

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    The nuclear phenotypes of Malpighian tubule cells in fifth instar nymphs of Triatoma infestans, one of the most important vectors of Chagas disease, were studied following sequential shocks at 0ºC, separated by intervals of 8 h and 24 h at 30ºC, under conditions of moderate fasting and full nourishment. The insects pertained to colonies reared in the laboratory and originated from domestic specimens collected in the Brazilian states of São Paulo (north) and Minas Gerais (south). Since nuclear...

  18. Existence of a sex pheromone in Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: I. Behavioural evidence

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    Gabriel Manrique

    1995-10-01

    Full Text Available Assembling behaviour associated with mating was investigated in Triatoma infestans. The spatial distribution of both sexes was observed by video films, in the presence or absence of a copulating pair. Males aggregated around copulating pairs. Females did not exhibit this behaviour and their mean spatial density remained unaffected. Spontaneous aggregation tendency was observed in males in the absence of a copulating pair, but the temporal course significantly differed from that observed in the presence of a mating pair. Results support the existence of an aggregation signal that is released during mating, affecting the behaviour of males.

  19. Glandular areas associated with the male genitalia in Triatoma rubrofasciata (Triatominae, Reduviidae, Hemiptera and other Reduviidae

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    Christiane Weirauch

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, glandular areas associated with the phallus in Triatoma rubrofasciata are described and illustrated for the first time. The glandular areas lie in the membrane surrounding the articulatory apparatus. In order to unambiguously define the locality of the respective glandular areas, some features of the pygophore-phallus connection are redescribed. A possible functional context of the gland secretions is discussed. A preliminary study of several other Reduviidae implies that the described glandular areas occur in a wider range of taxa in this group.

  20. Variations of the External Male Genitalia in Three Populations of Triatoma infestans Klug, 1834

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    Pires Herton Helder Rocha

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available Triatoma infestans is the triatomine that presents the greatest dispersion area in South America. However, it is not known whether the original characteristics of this insect remained in its long dispersion process. The purpose of this work was to study comparatively the external male genitalia of insects from different populations of T. infestans, two from Brazil (Minas Gerais and Bahia and one from Bolivia (Cochabamba Valley, and to investigate the correlation between the morphological and behavioral variations. Differences were observed in one of the structures of the external genitalia (endosoma process that could be used to characterize the insects from the three populations studied.

  1. Influence of Triatoma dimidiata in Modulating the Virulence of Trypanosoma cruzi Mexican Strains

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    E. Guzman-Marin

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The epidemiology of Chagas disease is complex. There are different vectors and reservoirs and different clinical manifestations. In order to assess whether the biological behavior of three strains isolated in southeastern Mexico (H4 isolated from human, Z17 isolated from Didelphis sp., and V isolated from T. dimidiata could be modified during passage through the vector T. dimidiata, the parasitemia curve, the amount of amastigote nests, and mortality of BALB/c infected with blood trypomastigotes of T. cruzi were evaluated. Strains were maintained in continuous passage from mouse to mouse and in animals infected with metacyclic trypomastigotes. The parasitemia curves were significantly different ( between mice to mice and triatoma to mice groups in strains H4 and Z17, and was also observed fewer amastigote nests in cardiac tissue ( strain H4 with higher number versus all groups and Z17 between mice to mice and triatoma to mice 45 days after inoculation. It is concluded that T. dimidiata influences in modulating the virulence of strains of T. cruzi in the region. Further studies of the intestinal tract of the insect in search for some protein molecules involved in regulating may clarify the virulence of the parasite.

  2. Kissing Bug (Triatoma spp.) Intrusion into Homes: Troublesome Bites and Domiciliation.

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    Klotz, Stephen A; Shirazi, F Mazda; Boesen, Keith; Beatty, Norman L; Dorn, Patricia L; Smith, Shannon; Schmidt, Justin O

    2016-01-01

    Kissing bugs (Triatoma spp.) frequently enter homes and bite human and pet occupants. Bites may lead to severe allergic reactions and, in some cases, death. Kissing bugs are also vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi, the cause of Chagas disease. In general, modern houses in the United States are not conducive to domiciliation of kissing bugs (bugs living out their entire life within the home with the presence of eggs, nymphs, adults, and exuviae). Construction features such as concrete foundations, solid walls and ceilings, window screens, tight thresholds for doors and windows, and other measures impede bug entry into homes, and air conditioning reduces the need for open doors and windows. Where Chagas disease is endemic in Mexico and Central and South America, homes often have thatch roofs, adobe walls, and open doors and windows. We investigated numerous instances of kissing bug intrusions into homes in Southern Arizona, California, and Louisiana and documented the reactions to kissing bug bites. Our work confirms the importance of modern home construction in limiting kissing bug intrusions. Older homes, especially those lacking modern screening, caulking, and weather stripping to reduce air leakage, may be subject to kissing bug intrusions and domiciliation. We describe a community in Southern Arizona where domiciliation of homes by Triatoma recurva is common. We also provide recent data regarding kissing bug bites and allergic reactions to the bites. PMID:27042091

  3. Detección de triatominos (Hemiptera: Reduviidae en ambientes domésticos y extradomésticos. Corrientes, Argentina Detection of triatomines (Hemiptera: Reduviidae in domiciliary and extra-domiciliary ecotopes. Corrientes, Argentina

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    Miryam Pieri Damborsky

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    Full Text Available Esta investigación tiene como objetivo identificar los triatominos que predominan en ambientes domésticos y extradomésticos de diferentes departamentos de la Provincia de Corrientes mediante muestreos llevados a cabo desde 1985 hasta 1995. En los ecótopos domiciliarios se detectaron Triatoma infestans (Klug, 1834, Triatoma sordida (Stål, 1859, Panstrongylus geniculatus (Latreille, 1811 y Panstrongylus megistus (Burmeister, 1835. T. infestans y T. sordida se hallaron también en ambientes peridomésticos. Triatoma platensis (Neiva, 1913, Psammolestes coreodes (Bergroth, 1911, T. sordida y Triatoma rubrovaria (Blanchard, 1843 se colectaron en biótopos silvestres. En los domicilios, se confirmó el predominio de T. infestans. Esta especie fue la única parasitada por tripanosomas cruziformes. Si bien T. sordida fue más frecuente en los ecótopos extradomésticos, se demostró su tendencia a colonizar los ambientes domésticos.In order to identify intra- and extra-domiciliary triatomines, a study in different counties of Corrientes Province, Argentina, was conducted from 1985 to 1995. Triatoma infestans (Klug, 1834, Triatoma sordida (Stål, 1859, Panstrongylus geniculatus (Latreille, 1811, and Panstrongylus megistus (Burmeister, 1835 were detected in domestic ecotopes. T. infestans and T. sordida were also found in the peridomicile. Triatoma platensis (Neiva, 1913, Psammolestes coreodes (Bergroth, 1911, T. sordida, and Triatoma rubrovaria (Blanchard, 1843 were collected in sylvatic biotopes. T. infestans was confirmed as the predominant species in the domestic environment and was the only species infected with Trypanosoma cruzi-like parasites. T. sordida was most frequent in extra-domiciliary ecotopes, but could be considered capable of colonizing human dwellings.

  4. do parasita ao ecossistema

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    Balazeiro, Clementina Furtado

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    A triquinose é uma zoonose parasitária, cujo agente causal, um nemátode, pertence ao género Trichinella. Foram já identificadas e caracterizadas várias espécies pertencentes a este género, como T. spiralis, T. nativa, T. britovi, T. nelsoni, T. murreli, T. pseudospiralis, T. papuae e T. zimbabwensis bem como alguns genótipos, T6, T8, T9, e T12. A triquinose é uma doença transmitida por carnivorismo entre os seus hospedeiros. No Homem, a principal fonte de infecção é o consumo de carne infecta...

  5. Do conhecimento ao saber

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    Almeida, Maria Cristina Pereira dos Santos

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    O relatório surge como documento final do percurso iniciado aquando do ingresso no 4º Curso de Pós – Licenciatura em Enfermagem Médico-Cirúrgica da Universidade Católica do Porto, no ano letivo 2010/2011. No decurso deste trabalho pretendemos fazer uma súmula das experiências que este período de formação nos proporcionou, dando visibilidade à unidade curricular estágio, pela sua importância na aquisição de competências na área da Enfermagem Médico-Cirúrgica, na abordagem ao ...

  6. Biologia do Triatoma nitida Usinger, 1939 em laboratório (Hemiptera: Reduviidae Biology of Triatoma nitida usinger, 1939 under laboratory coditions

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    Cleber Galvão

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    Full Text Available Triatoma nitida is a wild species occurring in Mexico and Central America. In order to establish the length of its life cycle and transmission potential, the following parameters were observed: the incubation period, the interval between hatching, or moulting, and the first feeding; the number of blood meals and the time of development. The time-lapse before the bite, the length of feeding and the interval between the end of the blood meal and defecation, as well as the site of defecation were also analyzed. Average length of the egg incubation period was 18.2 days. Time interval between the food source offering and the bite was less than 4 min in 60//of the analyzed cases, except in the fifth instar, where only 38//of the insects began feeding in less than 5 min. The blood-sucking period was long and rising until the fifth instar, decreasing in adults, and ranging from 1 min to 2 and a half hours. Only 26//of the blood meals were followed by defecations within 20 min. The average length of the life cycle was 897.5 days.

  7. Hallazgo de Triatoma platensis Neiva, 1913 (Hemiptera, Triatominae en el estado brasileño de "Rio Grande do Sul" Finding of Triatoma platensis Neiva, 1913 (Hemiptera, Triatominae in the Brazilian State of "Rio Grande do Sul"

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    Roberto Salvatella

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    Full Text Available Triatoma platensis Neiva 1913 (Hemiptera, Triatominae, especie ornitófila, con área de dispersión conocida en Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay y Uruguay es notificada en un primer registro para Brasil. Hallada en el municipio de Uruguaiana (Río Grande do Sul en nidos de Anumbius annumbi (Vieillot, 1817 (Passeriformes, Furnariidae donde cohabitaba con cricétidos de la especie Orizomys flavescens. Ningún ejemplar de los siete colectados se presentó infectado por Trypanosoma cruzi.Triatoma platensis, an ornitophilic species, found in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay is reported for the first time in Brazil. It was found in the county of Uruguaiana (Rio Grande do Sul in nests of Anumbius annumbi (Vieillot, 1817 (Passeriformes, Furnariidae where it cohabited with cricetids belonging to the species Orizomys flavescens. None of the seven individuals collected were infected by Trypanosoma cruzi.

  8. Reproductive Biology of Triatoma brasiliensis (Hemiptera, Triatominae) During the Imaginal Molt.

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    Alevi, Kaio Cesar Chaboli; Guerra, Ana Letícia; Imperador, Carlos Henrique Lima; da Rosa, João Aristeu; de Azeredo-Oliveira, Maria Tercília Vilela

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    The triatomines are vectors of the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, etiologic agent of Chagas disease. These insects are sexually active after the imaginal molt. Some aspects have been studied in Triatoma brasiliensis during the imaginal molt, such as autogeny in virgin females and the relationship between blood ingestion by fifth instar nymph and the realization of the imaginal molt. Thus, to aid in the understanding of reproductive biology and developmental physiology of these vectors, this article analyzes the spermatogenesis of T. brasiliensis during the imaginal molt. The analysis of the seminiferous tubules from males in the fifth instar during imaginal molt has demonstrated that T. brasiliensis has only a few spermatids and a plentiful quantity of sperm. Thus, we suggest that during imaginal molt the cell division is disrupted aiming to reduce energy costs and the differentiation into sperm is stimulated to ensure the paternity of the adult male. PMID:26787143

  9. Comparative developmental and susceptibility to insecticide of Bolivian and Brazilian populations of Triatoma infestans

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    Herton Helder Rocha Pires

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available The triatomine bug Triatoma infestans probably originated in Bolivia and dispersed passively over wide areas of South America, where it is the principal vector of Trypanosoma cruzi. In the region of its probable origin this species shows colonization in two different ecotopes, so that it may be encountered in sylvatic as well as in artificial habitats. The sylvatic colonization pattern is not observed in the rest of its range, where T. infestans is exclusive to man-made habitats. The objective of this study was to compare several aspects of two T. infestans populations, one from Minas Gerais (Brazil and the other from the Cochabamba Valley (Bolivia, with a view to elucidate the factors associated with the different colonization patterns observed for this species. The differences between the developmental cycle, weight, capacity to ingest blood and mortality rate of first instar nymphs should indicate more fragility of Brazilian population that may be related to its elimination possibility.

  10. Response of Triatoma infestans to pour-on cypermethrin applied to chickens under laboratory conditions

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    Ivana Amelotti

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available This article reports the effects of a pour-on formulation of cypermethrin (6% active ingredient applied to chickens exposed to Triatoma infestans, the main vector of Chagas disease in rural houses of the Gran Chaco Region of South America. This study was designed as a completely random experiment with three experimental groups and five replicates. Third instar nymphs were fed on chickens treated with 0, 1 and 2 cc of the formulation. Nymphs were allowed to feed on the chickens at different time intervals after the insecticide application. Third-instar nymphs fed on treated chickens showed a higher mortality, took less blood during feeding and had a lower moulting rate. The mortality rate was highest seven days after the insecticide solution application and blood intake was affected until 30 days after the application of the solution.

  11. Repellency of DEET, picaridin, and three essential oils to Triatoma rubida (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatominae).

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    Terriquez, J A; Klotz, S A; Meister, E A; Klotz, J H; Schmidt, J O

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    The kissing bug, Triatoma rubida (Uhler) is a common hematophagous bug in Tucson, AZ, and is responsible for causing severe allergic reactions in some bitten individuals. DEET, picaridin, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, and citronella oil were tested for repellency to T. rubida and its ability to probe and feed on a small restrained rat. No long range repellency was observed with any of the test materials. The lowest repellent concentrations observed were: 10% DEET, 7% picaridin; 30% tea tree oil, 3.3% peppermint oil, and 0.165% citronella oil. Only citronella oil was able to stop all probing and feeding by T. rubida. Citronella oil appears to be a promising potential repellent to prevent sleeping people from being bitten by kissing bugs. PMID:23802464

  12. Microgeographic Spatial Structuring of Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) Populations Using Wing Geometric Morphometry in the Argentine Chaco

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    GASPE, M. S.; Schachter-Broide, J.; Gurevitz, J. M.; KITRON, U.; Gürtler, R. E.; Dujardin, J.P.

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    We investigated the occurrence of spatial structuring in Triatoma infestans (Klug) (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) populations 12 yr after the last community-wide insecticide spraying campaign in rural Pampa del Indio, in the Gran Chaco of northeastern Argentina. In total, 172 male and 149 female right wings collected at 16 georeferenced sites with at least 10 individuals of the same sex were analyzed using geometric morphometry. Mean female body length and wing centroid size (CS) were significantly ...

  13. First Report of Widespread Wild Populations of Triatoma infestans (Reduviidae, Triatominae) in the Valleys of La Paz, Bolivia

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    Buitrago, Rosio; Waleckx, Etienne; Bosseno, Marie-France; Zoveda, Faustine; Vidaurre, Pablo; Salas, Renata; Mamani, Elio; Noireau, François; Brenière, Simone Frédérique

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    Wild populations of Triatoma infestans, the main vector of Chagas disease in the Southern Cone countries, may be involved in reinfestation of human dwellings, limiting the success of vector-control campaigns in Bolivia. Knowledge of the distribution of these populations remains incomplete. We report here the detection of T. infestans wild populations in large areas in the department of La Paz, Bolivia. Among 18 sylvatic areas investigated, 17 were positive with T. infestans specimens. The inf...

  14. Hábito alimentar de Triatoma vitticeps no Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil Feeding patterns of Triatoma vitticeps in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    Teresa Cristina M Gonçalves

    2000-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O estudo do hábito alimentar dos triatomíneos tem contribuído para o conhecimento da sua biologia no habitat natural. Triatoma vitticeps, espécie que vem invadindo freqüentemente o domicílio apresentando-se infectado por T. cruzi, foi analisado sob esse aspecto, possibilitando conhecer a situação epidemiológica da área. MÉTODOS: De fevereiro de 1989 a abril de 1993, 122 espécimes de T. vitticeps foram capturados em duas áreas da localidade de Triunfo, 2° Distrito do Município de Santa Maria Madalena (RJ. Os insetos foram dissecados para a retirada do conteúdo estomacal. Os anti-soros utilizados foram: homem, vaca, cavalo, cão, porco, tatu, gambá, roedor e ave. RESULTADOS: Do total analisado, 79 estavam positivos e 43 negativos para os anti-soros testados: tatu (30,3% > homem e porco (13,1% > ave e cão (11,5% > cavalo (5,7% > gambá (4,9% > roedor (4,1% > boi (3,3%. As fontes alimentares identificadas variaram de 1 a 4 e 6: 0 - 25,41%; 1 - 45,08%; 2 - 10,66%; 3 - 6,56%; 4 - 1,64% e 6 - 0,82%. Quanto à infecção por T. cruzi, 74 espécimes (65,54% estavam positivos, 39 (34,51% negativos e 9 não foram examinados. CONCLUSÕES: Os resultados caracterizam o hábito silvestre de T. vitticeps e a tripanosomíase como uma enzootia. A vigilância epidemiológica se faz necessária para o acompanhamento do comportamento dessa espécie.OBJECTIVE: Feeding patterns of triatomines have contributed to elucidate its biology. Triatoma vitticeps, naturally infected with T. cruzi, has been found in domiciles. Its behavior and epidemiological patterns were investigated. METHODS: One-hundred and twenty two specimens of T. vitticeps were captured from February 1989 to April 1993 in two areas of Triunfo municipality, a subdistrict of Santa Maria Madalena municipal district, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The insects were dissected and their intestinal contents were removed and tested. It was used antisera from: man, cow, horse, dog

  15. Eficacia y residualidad de dos insecticidas piretroides contra triatoma infestans en tres tipos de viviendas: Evaluación de campo en Arequipa, Perú

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    Miriam Palomino; Pablo Villaseca; Fanny Cárdenas; Jenny Ancca; Maritza Pinto

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    Objetivos. Comparar la eficacia residual de dos insecticidas en el control vectorial del Triatoma infestans sobre tres tipos de vivienda en dos localidades de Arequipa, Perú. Material y métodos. Ensayo de campo, se utilizaron formulaciones de polvo mojado de deltametrina y lambdacihalotrina sobre diferentes sustratos (concreto, ladrillo y sillar) a dosis de 25 y 30 mg/m2 respectivamente. Se usó 1445 ninfas V de Triatoma infestans en los bioensayos, donde se expuso por 48 horas a los triatomin...

  16. Molecular epidemiology of Trypanosoma cruzi and Triatoma dimidiata in costal Ecuador.

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    Wong, Yim Yan; Sornosa Macias, Karen Jeniffer; Guale Martínez, Doris; Solorzano, Luis F; Ramirez-Sierra, Maria Jesus; Herrera, Claudia; Dumonteil, Eric

    2016-07-01

    Chagas disease is a neglected tropical disease caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. In Ecuador, Triatoma dimidiata and Rhodnius ecuadoriensis are the main vector species, responsible for over half of the cases of T. cruzi infection in the country. T. dimidiata is believed to have been introduced in Ecuador during colonial times, and its elimination from the country is thus believed to be feasible. We investigated here the molecular ecology of T. dimidiata and T. cruzi in costal Ecuador to further guide control efforts. Analysis of the Internal Transcribed Spacer 2 (ITS-2) of 23 specimens from Progreso, Guayas, unambiguously supported the likely importation of T. dimidiata from Central America to Ecuador. The observation of a very high parasite infection rate (54%) and frequent feeding on humans (3/5) confirmed a continued risk of transmission to humans. All genotyped parasites corresponded to TcI DTU and Trypanosoma rangeli was not detected in T. dimidiata. TcI subgroups corresponded to TcIa (25%), and mixed infections with TcIa and TcId (75%). Further studies should help clarify T. cruzi genetic structure in the country, and the possible impact of the introduction of T. dimidiata on the circulating parasite strains. The elevated risk posed by this species warrants continuing efforts for its control, but its apparent mobility between peridomestic and domestic habitats may favor reinfestation following insecticide spraying. PMID:27079265

  17. Genetic Variability and Microdistribution of Triatoma infestans Genotypes and Trypanosoma cruzi Clones in Arequipa Region (Peru

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    Brenière Simone F

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available The genetic variability of Triatoma infestans and Trypanosoma cruzi populations was studied by isoenzyme analysis in two distinct areas of Arequipa province (Peru; one, Santa Rita de Siguas, being an endemic area for Chagas' disease, the second, Arequipa, recently infected. Analysis of T. infestans genetic variability indicates, (i temporal stability of genotypes found in Santa Rita de Siguas, (ii high genetic differences between Arequipa and Santa Rita de Siguas populations suggesting minor contact between them, (iii multiple origin of the T. infestans population in Arequipa, and (iv poor dispersal capacity of T. infestans: the panmictic unit could be reduce to a house. Parasite isoenzyme analysis was performed in 29 Peruvian stocks of T. cruzi, mainly isolated from bugs taken in a single locality, Santa Rita de Siguas. The results show, (i a high genetic polymorphism, (ii nine different multilocus genotypes were detected and clustered in two different clades, (iii most of the parasite isolates pertained to one of the clade and were genetically similar to those analyzed 12 years before. This sample allowed the study of the mating system of T. cruzi in strict sympatic conditions and gave more strength to the hypothesis of the clonal structure of T. cruzi populations

  18. Changes in nuclear phenotype frequencies following sequential cold shocks in Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera, Reduviidae

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    Silvana GP Campos

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available The nuclear phenotypes of Malpighian tubule cells in fifth instar nymphs of Triatoma infestans, one of the most important vectors of Chagas disease, were studied following sequential shocks at 0ºC, separated by intervals of 8 h and 24 h at 30ºC, under conditions of moderate fasting and full nourishment. The insects pertained to colonies reared in the laboratory and originated from domestic specimens collected in the Brazilian states of São Paulo (north and Minas Gerais (south. Since nuclear phenotypes in this species are affected by single cold shocks, it was expected that these phenotypes could also be changed by sequential shocks. Nuclear phenotypes indicative of mechanisms of cell survival (nuclear fusion and heterochromatin decondensation and cell death (apoptosis and necrosis were observed concomitantly in all the conditions tested. Nuclear fusion and heterochromatin decondensation were not found relevant for the presumed acquisition of the cold-hardening response in T. infestans. The decreased frequency of apoptosis and necrosis following sequential cold shocks including under fasting conditions, indicated that tolerance to sequential cold shocks occurred in T. infestans of the mentioned origin.

  19. Differential expression profiles in the midgut of Triatoma infestans infected with Trypanosoma cruzi.

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    Diego S Buarque

    Full Text Available Chagas disease, or American trypanosomiasis, is a parasitic disease caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi and is transmitted by insects from the Triatominae subfamily. To identify components involved in the protozoan-vector relationship, we constructed and analyzed cDNA libraries from RNA isolated from the midguts of uninfected and T. cruzi-infected Triatoma infestans, which are major vectors of Chagas disease. We generated approximately 440 high-quality Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs from each T. infestans midgut cDNA library. The sequences were grouped in 380 clusters, representing an average length of 664.78 base pairs (bp. Many clusters were not classified functionally, representing unknown transcripts. Several transcripts involved in different processes (e.g., detoxification showed differential expression in response to T. cruzi infection. Lysozyme, cathepsin D, a nitrophorin-like protein and a putative 14 kDa protein were significantly upregulated upon infection, whereas thioredoxin reductase was downregulated. In addition, we identified several transcripts related to metabolic processes or immunity with unchanged expressions, including infestin, lipocalins and defensins. We also detected ESTs encoding juvenile hormone binding protein (JHBP, which seems to be involved in insect development and could be a target in control strategies for the vector. This work demonstrates differential gene expression upon T. cruzi infection in the midgut of T. infestans. These data expand the current knowledge regarding vector-parasite interactions for Chagas disease.

  20. Population Structure of the Chagas Disease Vector Triatoma infestans in an Urban Environment

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    Khatchikian, Camilo E.; Foley, Erica A.; Barbu, Corentin M.; Hwang, Josephine; Ancca-Juárez, Jenny; Borrini-Mayori, Katty; Quıspe-Machaca, Victor R.; Naquira, Cesar; Brisson, Dustin; Levy, Michael Z.

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    Chagas disease is a vector-borne disease endemic in Latin America. Triatoma infestans, a common vector of this disease, has recently expanded its range into rapidly developing cities of Latin America. We aim to identify the environmental features that affect the colonization and dispersal of T. infestans in an urban environment. We amplified 13 commonly used microsatellites from 180 T. infestans samples collected from a sampled transect in the city of Arequipa, Peru, in 2007 and 2011. We assessed the clustering of subpopulations and the effect of distance, sampling year, and city block location on genetic distance among pairs of insects. Despite evidence of genetic similarity, the majority of city blocks are characterized by one dominant insect genotype, suggesting the existence of barriers to dispersal. Our analyses show that streets represent an important barrier to the colonization and dispersion of T. infestans in Arequipa. The genetic data describe a T. infestans infestation history characterized by persistent local dispersal and occasional long-distance migration events that partially parallels the history of urban development. PMID:25646757

  1. Invasion speeds of Triatoma dimidiata, vector of Chagas disease: An application of orthogonal polynomials method.

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    Mesk, Mohammed; Mahdjoub, Tewfik; Gourbière, Sébastien; Rabinovich, Jorge E; Menu, Frédéric

    2016-04-21

    Demographic processes and spatial dispersal of Triatoma dimidiata, a triatomine species vector of Chagas disease, are modeled by integrodifference equations to estimate invasion capacity of this species under different ecological conditions. The application of the theory of orthogonal polynomials and the steepest descent method applied to these equations, allow a good approximation of the abundance of the adult female population and the invasion speed. We show that: (1) under the same mean conditions of demography and dispersal, periodic spatial dispersal results in an invasion speed 2.5 times larger than the invasion speed when spatial dispersal is continuous; (2) when the invasion speed of periodic spatial dispersal is correlated to adverse demographic conditions, it is 34.7% higher as compared to a periodic dispersal that is correlated to good demographic conditions. From our results we conclude, in terms of triatomine population control, that the invasive success of T. dimidiata may be most sensitive to the probability of transition from juvenile to adult stage. We discuss our main theoretical predictions in the light of observed data in different triatomines species found in the literature. PMID:26807809

  2. Toxicity of non-pyrethroid insecticides against Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae

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    Guillermo Carvajal

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Triatoma infestans (Klug is the main vector of Chagas disease, which is a public health concern in most Latin American countries. The prevention of Chagas disease is based on the chemical control of the vector using pyrethroid insecticides. In the last decade, different levels of deltamethrin resistance have been detected in certain areas of Argentina and Bolivia. Because of this, alternative non-pyrethroid insecticides from different chemical groups were evaluated against two T. infestans populations, NFS and El Malá, with the objective of finding new insecticides to control resistant insect populations. Toxicity to different insecticides was evaluated in a deltamethrin-susceptible and a deltamethrin-resistant population. Topical application of the insecticides fenitrothion and imidacloprid to first nymphs had lethal effects on both populations, producing 50% lethal dose (LD50 values that ranged from 5.2-28 ng/insect. However, amitraz, flubendiamide, ivermectin, indoxacarb and spinosad showed no insecticidal activity in first instars at the applied doses (LD50 > 200 ng/insect. Fenitrothion and imidacloprid were effective against both deltamethrin-susceptible and deltamethrin-resistant populations of T. infestans. Therefore, they may be considered alternative non-pyrethroid insecticides for the control of Chagas disease.

  3. Thermal preferences and limits of Triatoma brasiliensis in its natural environment - Field observations while host searching

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    Silvia Catalá

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The goal of this work was to explore the thermal relationship between foraging Triatoma brasiliensis and its natural habitat during the hottest season in the state of Ceará, Brazil. The thermal profiles were determined using infrared analysis. Although the daily temperature of rock surfaces varied in a wide range, T. brasiliensisselected to walk through areas with temperatures between 31.7-40.5ºC. The temperature of T. brasiliensisbody surface ranged from 32.8-34.4ºC, being higher in legs than the abdomen. A strong relationship was found between the temperature of the insect and the temperature of rock crevices where they were hidden (r: 0.96, p < 0.05. The species was active at full sunlight being a clear example of how the light-dark rhythm may be altered, even under predation risk. Our results strongly suggest a thermal borderline for T. brasiliensisforaging activity near 40ºC. The simultaneous determination of insect body and rock temperatures here presented are the only obtained in natural habitats for this or other triatomines.

  4. Insecticide and community interventions to control Triatoma dimidiata in localities of the State of Veracruz, Mexico

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    Gloria Rojas Wastavino

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available Three different interventions to control Triatoma dimidiata in the State of Veracruz were implemented: X-1 = whole dwelling spraying, X-2 = middle wall spraying, X-3 = household cleaning. Cyfluthrin was sprayed 3 times with 8 month intervals. After each spraying, insects were collected and sent to the laboratory to be recorded and to determine genus and species of the adult triatomine bugs, and nymphs were counted. Trypanosoma cruzi presence was determined. With X-1, the infestation, colonization, and natural infection indexes were reduced to 0% in the 3 localities, with respect to t0. With X-2, the infestation index was reduced to 10% at t3 in 3 localities; the colonization index was reduced to 0% in only 1 locality at t3, and the natural infection index was reduced to 0% at t3. With X-3 the 3 indexes were not effectively reduced but they decreased with respect to the baseline study. Insecticide application to the whole dwelling is a more efficient intervention than its application to only the lower half of the walls and to the cleaning of houses.

  5. Population structure of the Chagas disease vector Triatoma infestans in an urban environment.

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    Camilo E Khatchikian

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Chagas disease is a vector-borne disease endemic in Latin America. Triatoma infestans, a common vector of this disease, has recently expanded its range into rapidly developing cities of Latin America. We aim to identify the environmental features that affect the colonization and dispersal of T. infestans in an urban environment. We amplified 13 commonly used microsatellites from 180 T. infestans samples collected from a sampled transect in the city of Arequipa, Peru, in 2007 and 2011. We assessed the clustering of subpopulations and the effect of distance, sampling year, and city block location on genetic distance among pairs of insects. Despite evidence of genetic similarity, the majority of city blocks are characterized by one dominant insect genotype, suggesting the existence of barriers to dispersal. Our analyses show that streets represent an important barrier to the colonization and dispersion of T. infestans in Arequipa. The genetic data describe a T. infestans infestation history characterized by persistent local dispersal and occasional long-distance migration events that partially parallels the history of urban development.

  6. Description of the diploid chromosome set of Triatoma pintodiasi (Hemiptera, Triatominae).

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    Alevi, K C C; Moreira, F F F; Jurberg, J; Azeredo-Oliveira, M T V

    2016-01-01

    Triatoma pintodiasi has been described and recently grouped in the Rubrovaria subcomplex. T. pintodiasi was initially compared to T. carcavalloi by staining and subsequently identified as T. circummaculata. However, after thorough examination, it was observed to be a cryptic species of T. circummaculata, and was described based on morphological features, morphometric data, and biochemical patterns of hemolymph. Thus, this paper aims to describe the karyotype of, and spermatogenesis in, T. pintodiasi, in order to elucidate the reproductive biology and taxonomy of the species. Sex chromosomes of T. pintodiasi formed a heteropyknotic chromocenter, and compaction of chromatin was observed during prophase. However, in contrast to observations in T. carcavalloi and T. circummaculata, in T. pintodiasi it was observed individualization of the sex chromosomes. The diploid chromosome set of the species 2n = 22 (20A + XY) is described through analysis of metaphases I and II. Initial cytogenetic characteristics of T. pintodiasi are described and the observed differences in the chromocenter are suggested as a possible cytotaxonomic tool. To gain a better understanding of the specific status of this cryptic species, however, we emphasize the need for further cytogenetic, molecular, biological, and biogeographical analysis, in addition to experimental hybrid crosses with other species of the Rubrovaria subcomplex. PMID:27173222

  7. Geographic Distribution and Ecology of Triatoma dimidiata (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) in Colombia.

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    Parra-Henao, Gabriel; Angulo, Víctor Manuel; Osorio, Lisardo; Jaramillo-O, Nicolás

    2016-01-01

    Triatoma dimidiata Latreille is the second most important vector of Chagas' disease in Colombia and is found in urban and periurban areas. From January 2007 to June 2008, we performed field work in 8 departments, 18 municipalities, and 44 rural villages, covering most of its known distribution and all of its ecological zones in the country. The goal was to determine the geographical distribution, the ecology, and house infestation indices of T. dimidiata over its range and hence the Chagas' disease transmission risk. In Colombia, T. dimidiata occupies a wide variety of ecosystems, from transformed ecosystems in the Andean biome with shrub and xerofitic vegetation to very dense forests in the humid tropical forests in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta. According to genetic and ecological criteria, at least two T. dimidiata forms of this species are present: populations from the northwest of the country (Caribbean plains) are restricted to palm tree habitats, and domestic involvement is limited to sporadic visits because of attraction by light; and populations of the east region (Andean mountains) presenting a complex distributional pattern including sylvatic, peridomestic, and domiciliated ecotopes, and occupying a great variety of life zones. The latter population is of epidemiological importance due to the demonstrated migration and genetical flow of individuals among the different habitats. Control, therefore, must take into account its diversity of habitats. PMID:26487247

  8. Biology of Triatoma pallidipennis stal 1945 (Hemiptera: Reduviidae:Triatominae under laboratory conditions

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    José Alejandro Martínez-Ibarra

    1999-11-01

    Full Text Available Aspects related to hatching, life time, mortality, feeding behaviour and fecundity for each stage of Triatoma pallidipennis life-cycle were evaluated. The hatching rate observed for 200 eggs was 60% and the average time of hatching was 18 days. Eighty nymphs (N (40% completed the cycle and the average time from NI to adult was 168.7±11.7days. The average span in days for each stage was 18.0 for NI, 18.5 for NII, 30.0 for NIII, 35.7 for NIV and 50.1 for NV. The number of bloodmeals at each nymphal stage varied from 1 to 5. The mortality rate was 9.17 for NI, 5.5 for NII, 6.8 for NIII 4.17 for NIV and 13.04 for NV nymphs. The average number of eggs laid per female in a 9-month period was 498.6. The survival rates of adults were 357±217.9 and 262.53±167.7 for males and females respectively.

  9. Genetic structure of Triatoma venosa (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: molecular and morphometric evidence

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    Erika Vargas

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Triatoma venosa presents a restricted geographical distribution in America and is considered as a secondary vector of Chagas disease in Colombia and Ecuador. A total of 120 adult insects were collected in domestic and peridomestic habitats in an endemic area of the department of Boyacá, Colombia, in order to determine their genetic structure through morphometric and molecular techniques. The head and wings of each specimen were used for the analyses of size, shape, and sexual dimorphism. A significant sexual dimorphism was found, although no differences in size among the studied groups were detected. Differences were found in the analyzed structures except for male heads. DNA was extracted from the legs in order to carry out the internal transcriber space-2 (ITS-2 amplification and the randon amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD analyses. Length polymorphisms were not detected in the ITS-2. Fst and Nm values were estimated (0.047 and 3.4, respectively. The high genetic flow found among the insects captured in the domicile and peridomiciliary environment does not permit a genetic differentiation, thus establishing the peridomicile as an important place for epidemiological surveillance.

  10. An updated insight into the Sialotranscriptome of Triatoma infestans: developmental stage and geographic variations.

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    Alexandra Schwarz

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Triatoma infestans is the main vector of Chagas disease in South America. As in all hematophagous arthropods, its saliva contains a complex cocktail that assists blood feeding by preventing platelet aggregation and blood clotting and promoting vasodilation. These salivary components can be immunologically recognized by their vector's hosts and targeted with antibodies that might disrupt blood feeding. These antibodies can be used to detect vector exposure using immunoassays. Antibodies may also contribute to the fast evolution of the salivary cocktail.Salivary gland cDNA libraries from nymphal and adult T. infestans of breeding colonies originating from different locations (Argentina, Chile, Peru and Bolivia, and cDNA libraries originating from F1 populations of Bolivia, were sequenced using Illumina technology. Coding sequences (CDS were extracted from the assembled reads, the numbers of reads mapped to these CDS, sequences were functionally annotated and polymorphisms determined.Over five thousand CDS, mostly full length or near full length, were publicly deposited on GenBank. Transcripts that were over 10-fold overexpressed from different geographical regions, or from different developmental stages were identified. Polymorphisms were mapped to derived coding sequences, and found to vary between developmental instars and geographic origin of the biological material. This expanded sialome database from T. infestans should be of assistance in future proteomic work attempting to identify salivary proteins that might be used as epidemiological markers of vector exposure, or proteins of pharmacological interest.

  11. First record of Triatoma maculata (Erichson, 1848 (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatomini in Riohacha, La Guajira – Colombia

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    Edith Natalia Gómez-Melendro

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Knowledge of vector insect species, their habitat and geographical distribution is crucial for determining the risk of transmission of the etiologic agents that cause disease in humans, which allows defining strategies for prevention, surveillance and control in line with the characteristics of each area. Objective. To determine the presence and public health importance of vectors of Chagas disease in the indigenous settlements of Marbacella and El Horno of the Wayúu ethnic group in the municipality of Riohacha, La Guajira, Colombia. Materials and methods. From active search, installation and inspection of biosensors and occasional catches, Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatomini were collected intra and in the peridomicile housing of the indigenous settlements of El Horno and Marbacella of the the Wayúu ethnic group. Indices of intra and peridomestic infestation, colonization, density, dispersion and natural infection with Trypanosoma cruzi Chagas, 1909 were calculated. Results. 79.6% (n = 90 of the specimens were collected around the homes and 20.3% (n = 23 inside the homes, all corresponding to Triatoma maculata (Erichson, 1848. The natural infection indices with T. cruzi accounted for 43.5% for Marbacella and 36% for El Horno. Conclusion. This is the first reported capture of individuals of T. maculata, considered a secondary vector of Chagas disease in Colombia, naturally infected with T. cruzi in the municipality of Riohacha expanding the geographical distribution of the species in the department of La Guajira.

  12. Geographic distribution and morphometric differentiation of Triatoma nitida usinger 1939 (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatominae in Guatemala

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    Monroy Carlota

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Triatoma nitida was found in 14 (0.4% out of 3,726 houses located in six departments across Guatemala, which were surveyed from 1994 to 1998 by the man-hour collection method. Compared to previous information, the distribution of T. nitida in Guatemala has increased from five to nine departments; the species is present in mild climates at altitudes from 960 to 1,500 m. Fourteen percent of the intradomestic T. nitida were infected with Trypanosoma cruzi. The species was often found in conjunction with other triatomines (T. dimidiata and Rhodnius prolixus. The domestic and peridomestic presence of T. nitida in Guatemala was rare, but occasionally this species was colonizing human-made constructions. T. nitida appears to have a low importance as Chagas disease vector in Guatemala, as indicated by its scarce presence in the domestic habitats and defecation patterns. However, it clearly has potential to become a Chagas vector so we recommend an on-going study of the intradomestic presence of T. nitida following the control programs in Guatemala. Morphometric analysis of 47 T. nitida males from three localities showed quantitative differences between the populations, which indicates that geographic distance is an important factor in the structuring of T. nitida populations.

  13. Interaction between Didelphis albiventris and Triatoma infestans in relation to Trypanosoma cruzi transmission

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    Nicolás J. Schweigmann

    1995-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper attempts to prove if a high Trypanosoma cruzi prevalence of opossums might be reached with few potential infective contacts. One non-infected Didelphis albiventris to T. cruzi and 10 infected nymphs of Triatoma infestans were left together during 23 hr in a device that simulated a natural opossum burrow. Twenty-six replicates were perfomed using marsupials and triatomines only once. Potentially infective contacts occurred in all the trials. From the 26 opossums used in trials, 54% did not eat any bug. Of the 260 bugs used, 21% were predated. In the 25 trials involving 205 surving bugs, 36 % of them did not feed. In 15/25 cases, maior ou igual a 60% of the triatomines were able to feed. The parasitological follow-up of 24 opossums showed that among 10 that had eaten bugs, 4 turned out infected and among the 14 that had not predate, 3 (21% became positive. In sum, 7/24 (29% of the marsupials acquired the infection after the experiment. This infection rate was similar to the prevalences found for the opossum population of Santiago del Estero, Argentina, suggesting that the prevalences observed in the field might be reached if each marsupial would encounter infected bugs just once in its lifetime.

  14. Selection of Beauveria bassiana and Metarhizium anisopliae Isolates to Control Triatoma infestans

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    Luz Christian

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available Twenty three isolates of Beauveria bassiana and 13 isolates of Metarhizium anisopliae were tested on third instar nymphs of Triatoma infestans, a serious vector of Chagas disease. Pathogenicity tests at saturated humidity showed that this insect is very susceptible to fungal infection. At lower relative humidity (50%, conditions expected in the vector microhabitat, virulence was significantly different among isolates. Cumulative mortality 15 days after treatment varied from 17.5 to 97.5%, and estimates of 50% survival time varied from 6 to 11 days. Maintaining lower relative humidity, four B. bassiana and two M. anisopliae isolates were selected for analysis of virulence at different conidial concentrations and temperatures. Lethal concentrations sufficient to kill 50% of insects (LC50 varied from 7.1x105 to 4.3x106 conidia/ml, for a B. bassiana isolate (CG 14 and a M. anisopliae isolate (CG 491 respectively. Most isolates, particularly B. bassiana isolates CG 24 and CG 306, proved to be more virulent at 25 and 30°C, compared to 15 and 20°C. The differential virulence at 50% humidity observed among some B. bassiana isolates was not correlated to phenetic groups in cluster analysis of RAPD markers. In fact, the B. bassiana isolates analyzed presented a high homogeneity (> 73% similarity.

  15. Triatoma matsunoi Fernandez-Loayza, 1989 com um estudo sobre a genitália externa masculina (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae Triatoma matsunoi Fernandez-Loayza, 1989 with a study on the external male genitalia (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae

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    Herman Lent

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    Full Text Available The authors complement the description of Triatoma matsunoi Fernandez-Loayza, 1989 and present the morphology of the male external genitalia, characterized by the presence of conjuntiva process (PrCj denticulate, basal plate (Eplb too long and median process pygophore (PrP showing the apex streched and the surface rugose and scaled. The specimens examined (holotype [male symbol] and allotype [female symbol] were deposited in the Collection Herman Lent of Triatomines of the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, IOC, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  16. First record of Megaselia scalaris (Loew) (Diptera: Phoridae) infesting laboratory colonies of Triatoma brasiliensis Neiva (Hemiptera: Reduviidae)

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    Megaselia scalaris (Loew) is a cosmopolitan and synanthropic scuttle fly, eclectic in its feeding habits and acts as detritivore, parasite, facultative parasite, and parasitoid. Here we report for the first time M. scalaris infesting laboratory colonies of Triatoma brasiliensis Neiva, the most important Chagas disease vector in semiarid areas of Brazil. M. scalaris larvae were found feeding inside bugs; pupae were found in the esophagus and intestinal regions of T. brasiliensis through dissection. Other relevant information about this finding is also described in this note, including some preventive measures to avoid laboratory colonies infestations. (author)

  17. First record of Megaselia scalaris (Loew) (Diptera: Phoridae) infesting laboratory colonies of Triatoma brasiliensis Neiva (Hemiptera: Reduviidae)

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    Costa, Jane; Almeida, Carlos E.; Esperanca, Gleidson M.; Morales, Ninive [Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Dept.de Entomologia. Lab. da Colecao Entomologica; Mallet, Jacenir R. dos S.; Goncalves, Teresa C.M. [Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Lab. Transmissores de Leishmanioses. Nucleo de Ultraestrutura; Prado, Angelo P. do [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Biologia. Dept. de Parasitologia

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    Megaselia scalaris (Loew) is a cosmopolitan and synanthropic scuttle fly, eclectic in its feeding habits and acts as detritivore, parasite, facultative parasite, and parasitoid. Here we report for the first time M. scalaris infesting laboratory colonies of Triatoma brasiliensis Neiva, the most important Chagas disease vector in semiarid areas of Brazil. M. scalaris larvae were found feeding inside bugs; pupae were found in the esophagus and intestinal regions of T. brasiliensis through dissection. Other relevant information about this finding is also described in this note, including some preventive measures to avoid laboratory colonies infestations. (author)

  18. A mass collection of Triatoma ryckmani (Hemiptera:Reduviidae)from Stenocereus eichlamii (Cactaceae)in the semiarid region of Guatemala

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    Ricardo Marroquín M; Silvia Bor A; M.Carlota Monroy E

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    A population of 216 specimens of Stenocereus eichlamii (Cactaceae,Subfamily Cereoideae) was surveyed for Triatoma ryckmani (vector of Chagas disease)in a one hectare plot of semiarid habitat in Guatemala. Out of 44 plants that had dead and dry sections,24 plants had a total of 103 specimens of T.ryckmani .In comparison with other areas of Guatemala,T.ryckmani is well established in the semiarid ecosystem (Infestation index 54.5,density =2.3 and crowding index 4.3).The insects were mainly foun...

  19. Contribuição ao estudo da distribuição geográfica de triatomíneos no estado do Piauí

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    Paulo Zábulon de Figueirêdo

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    Full Text Available Os autores apresentam a atual distribuição geográfica dos triatomineos no Estado do Piauí. Dos 28 municípios trabalhados em três diferentes regiões naturais, 18 apresentaram capturas positivas, com as seguintes espécies: Triatoma brasiliensis, T. maculata, T. sórdida, Rhodnius pictepes, R. neglectus e Panstrongylus geniculatus. Das espécies citadas, o T. brasiliensis foi a mais freqüente e de maior distribuição. Os autores admitem ser essa espécie a mais importante transmissora da Doença de Chagas, no Estado. Chamam a atenção, ainda, para o papel que as espécies de R. pictepes e R. neglectus possam desempenhar na manutenção do ciclo silvestre do Trypanosoma cruzi, ao lado do P. geniculatus.

  20. Dispersal of Triatoma infestans and other Triatominae species in the arid Chaco of Argentina: Flying, walking or passive carriage? The importance of walking females

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    Luciana Beatriz Abrahan

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper was to analyse the active dispersal of Triatoma infestans and the role of chickens as passive carriers of this insect in peridomestic areas of La Rioja, Argentina. To measure active dispersal, monthly catches were made on six consecutive nights for five months (in the warm season using light traps (for flying insects and sticky dispersal barriers (for walking insects. The nutritional and reproductive states of adults were evaluated. Over the course of the sampling period, a total of eight flying adults, six walking nymphs and 10 walking adults of the species T. infestans were captured, as well as specimens of Triatoma guasayana, Triatoma eratyrusiformis and Triatoma platensis. Our data demonstrate for the first time that females of T. infestans can disperse by walking. This may be an adaptive strategy because it allows them to move with eggs and/or with good blood reserves, which are not possible when flying. All flying and walking individuals of both genders were of an appropriate physiological state that would allow for colonisation of the target habitat. However, manual inspection of 122 chickens suggests that it is unlikely that these animals passively transport T. infestans. Finally, the dispersal activity of T. infestans was compared with other triatomines using a dispersion index.

  1. Tigutcystatin, a cysteine protease inhibitor from Triatoma infestans midgut expressed in response to Trypanosoma cruzi

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    Highlights: → Tigutcystatin inhibits Trypanosoma cruzi cysteine proteases with high specificity. → Tigutcystatin expression is up-regulated in response to T. cruzi infection. → It is the first cysteine proteases inhibitor characterized from a triatomine insect. -- Abstract: The insect Triatoma infestans is a vector of Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas disease. A cDNA library was constructed from T. infestans anterior midgut, and 244 clones were sequenced. Among the EST sequences, an open reading frame (ORF) with homology to a cystatin type 2 precursor was identified. Then, a 288-bp cDNA fragment encoding mature cystatin (lacking signal peptide) named Tigutcystatin was cloned fused to a N-terminal His tag in pET-14b vector, and the protein expressed in Escherichia coli strain Rosetta gami. Tigutcystatin purified and cleaved by thrombin to remove His tag presented molecular mass of 11 kDa and 10,137 Da by SDS-PAGE and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, respectively. Purified Tigutcystatin was shown to be a tight inhibitor towards cruzain, a T. cruzi cathepsin L-like enzyme (Ki = 3.29 nM) and human cathepsin L (Ki = 3.78 nM). Tissue specific expression analysis showed that Tigutcystatin was mostly expressed in anterior midgut, although amplification in small intestine was also detected by semi quantitative RT-PCR. qReal time PCR confirmed that Tigutcystatin mRNA is significantly up-regulated in anterior midgut when T. infestans is infected with T. cruzi. Together, these results indicate that Tigutcystatin may be involved in modulation of T. cruzi in intestinal tract by inhibiting parasite cysteine proteases, which represent the virulence factors of this protozoan.

  2. Environmental Determinants of the Distribution of Chagas Disease Vector Triatoma dimidiata in Colombia.

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    Parra-Henao, Gabriel; Quirós-Gómez, Oscar; Jaramillo-O, Nicolas; Cardona, Ángela Segura

    2016-04-01

    Triatomadimidiata(Hemiptera: Reduviidae) is a secondary vector ofTrypanosoma cruziin Colombia and represents an important epidemiological risk mainly in the central and oriental regions of the country where it occupies sylvatic, peridomestic, and intradomestic ecotopes, and because of this complex distribution, its distribution and abundance could be conditioned by environmental factors. In this work, we explored the relationship betweenT. dimidiatadistribution and environmental factors in the northwest, northeast, and central zones of Colombia and developed predictive models of infestation in the country. The associations between the presence ofT. dimidiataand environmental variables were studied using logistic regression models and ecological niche modeling for a sample of villages in Colombia. The analysis was based on the information collected in field about the presence ofT. dimidiataand the environmental data for each village extracted from remote sensing images. The presence ofTriatoma dimidiata(Latreille, 1811) was found to be significantly associated with the maximum vegetation index, minimum land surface temperature (LST), and the digital elevation for the statistical model. Temperature seasonality, annual precipitation, and vegetation index were the variables that most influenced the ecological niche model ofT. dimidiatadistribution. The logistic regression model showed a good fit and predicted suitable habitats in the Andean and Caribbean regions, which agrees with the known distribution of the species, but predicted suitable habitats in the Pacific and Orinoco regions proposing new areas of research. Improved models to predict suitable habitats forT. dimidiatahold promise for spatial targeting of integrated vector management. PMID:26856910

  3. Antennal phenotype of Mexican haplogroups of the Triatoma dimidiata complex, vectors of Chagas disease.

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    May-Concha, Irving; Guerenstein, Pablo G; Ramsey, Janine M; Rojas, Julio C; Catalá, Silvia

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    Triatoma dimidiata (Latreille) is a species complex that spans North, Central, and South America and which is a key vector of all known discrete typing units (DTU) of Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiologic agent of Chagas disease. Morphological and genetic studies indicate that T. dimidiata is a species complex with three principal haplogroups (hg) in Mexico. Different markers and traits are still inconclusive regarding if other morphological differentiation may indicate probable behavioral and vectorial divergences within this complex. In this paper we compared the antennae of three Mexican haplogroups (previously verified by molecular markers ND4 and ITS-2) and discussed possible relationships with their capacity to disperse and colonized new habitats. The abundance of each type of sensillum (bristles, basiconics, thick- and thin-walled trichoids) on the antennae of the three haplogroups, were measured under light microscopy and compared using Kruskal-Wallis non-parametric and multivariate non-parametric analyses. Discriminant analyses indicate significant differences among the antennal phenotype of haplogroups either for adults and some nymphal stages, indicating consistency of the character to analyze intraspecific variability within the complex. The present study shows that the adult antennal pedicel of the T. dimidiata complex have abundant chemosensory sensilla, according with good capacity for dispersal and invasion of different habitats also related to their high capacity to adapt to conserved as well as modified habitats. However, the numerical differences among the haplogroups are suggesting variations in that capacity. The results here presented support the evidence of T. dimidiata as a species complex but show females and males in a different way. Given the close link between the bug's sensory system and its habitat and host-seeking behavior, AP characterization could be useful to complement genetic, neurological and ethological studies of the closely

  4. Spatial heterogeneity and risk maps of community infestation by Triatoma infestans in rural northwestern Argentina.

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    Gonzalo M Vazquez-Prokopec

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Fifty years of residual insecticide spraying to control Triatoma infestans in the Gran Chaco region of northern Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia shows that vertically coordinated interventions aiming at full coverage have limited effects and are unsustainable. We quantified the spatial distribution of T. infestans domestic infestation at the district level, identified environmental factors associated with high infestation and then explored the usefulness of risk maps for the spatial stratification of interventions. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We performed spatial analyses of house infestation data collected by the National Chagas Service in Moreno Department, northern Argentina (1999-2002. Clusters of high domestic infestation occurred in the southwestern extreme of the district. A multi-model selection approach showed that domestic infestation clustered in areas of low elevation, with few farmlands, high density of rural houses, high mean maximum land surface temperature, large NDVI, and high percentage of degraded and deforested lands. The best model classified 98.4% of the communities in the training dataset (sensitivity, 93.3%; specificity, 95.4%. The risk map evidenced that the high-risk area only encompassed 16% of the district. By building a network-based transportation model we assessed the operational costs of spatially contiguous and spatially targeted interventions. Targeting clusters of high infestation would have reached -80% of all communities slated for full-coverage insecticide spraying, reducing in half the total time and economic cost incurred by a spatially contiguous strategy. CONCLUSIONS AND SIGNIFICANCE: In disperse rural areas where control programs can accomplish limited coverage, consideration of infestation hot spots can contribute to the design and execution of cost-effective interventions against Chagas disease vectors. If field validated, targeted vertical control in high risk areas and horizontal control in

  5. Public street lights increase house infestation by the Chagas disease vector Triatoma dimidiata.

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    Pacheco-Tucuch, Freddy Santiago; Ramirez-Sierra, Maria Jesus; Gourbière, Sébastien; Dumonteil, Eric

    2012-01-01

    Triatoma dimidiata is one of the primary vectors of Chagas disease. We previously documented the spatio-temporal infestation of houses by this species in the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico, and found that non-domiciliated triatomines were specifically attracted to houses. However, the factors mediating this attraction remained unclear. Artificial light has been known for a long time to attract many insect species, and therefore may contribute to the spread of different vector-borne diseases. Also, based on the collection of different species of triatomines with light traps, several authors have suggested that light might attract triatomines to houses, but the role of artificial light in house infestation has never been clearly demonstrated and quantified. Here we performed a spatial analysis of house infestation pattern by T. dimidiata in relation to the distribution of artificial light sources in three different villages from the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico. In all three villages, infested houses were significantly closer to public street light sources than non-infested houses (18.0 ± 0.6 vs 22.6 ± 0.4 m), and street lights rather than domestic lights were associated with house infestation. Accordingly, houses closer to a public street lights were 1.64 times more likely to be infested than houses further away (OR, CI95% 1.23-2.18). Behavioral experiments using a dual-choice chamber further confirmed that adult male and females were attracted to white light during their nocturnal activity. Attraction was also dependent on light color and decreased with increasing wavelength. While public lighting is usually associated with increased development, these data clearly show that it also directly contributes to house infestation by non-domiciliated T. dimidiata. PMID:22558384

  6. Microsatellites reveal a high population structure in Triatoma infestans from Chuquisaca, Bolivia.

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    Juan Carlos Pizarro

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: For Chagas disease, the most serious infectious disease in the Americas, effective disease control depends on elimination of vectors through spraying with insecticides. Molecular genetic research can help vector control programs by identifying and characterizing vector populations and then developing effective intervention strategies. METHODS AND FINDINGS: The population genetic structure of Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae, the main vector of Chagas disease in Bolivia, was investigated using a hierarchical sampling strategy. A total of 230 adults and nymphs from 23 localities throughout the department of Chuquisaca in Southern Bolivia were analyzed at ten microsatellite loci. Population structure, estimated using analysis of molecular variance (AMOVA to estimate F(ST (infinite alleles model and R(ST (stepwise mutation model, was significant between western and eastern regions within Chuquisaca and between insects collected in domestic and peri-domestic habitats. Genetic differentiation at three different hierarchical geographic levels was significant, even in the case of adjacent households within a single locality (R(ST = 0.14, F(ST = 0.07. On the largest geographic scale, among five communities up to 100 km apart, R(ST = 0.12 and F(ST = 0.06. Cluster analysis combined with assignment tests identified five clusters within the five communities. CONCLUSIONS: Some houses are colonized by insects from several genetic clusters after spraying, whereas other households are colonized predominately by insects from a single cluster. Significant population structure, measured by both R(ST and F(ST, supports the hypothesis of poor dispersal ability and/or reduced migration of T. infestans. The high degree of genetic structure at small geographic scales, inferences from cluster analysis and assignment tests, and demographic data suggest reinfesting vectors are coming from nearby and from recrudescence (hatching of eggs that were laid

  7. Simulating population genetics of pathogen vectors in changing landscapes: guidelines and application with Triatoma brasiliensis.

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    Francois Rebaudo

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Understanding the mechanisms that influence the population dynamics and spatial genetic structure of the vectors of pathogens infecting humans is a central issue in tropical epidemiology. In view of the rapid changes in the features of landscape pathogen vectors live in, this issue requires new methods that consider both natural and human systems and their interactions. In this context, individual-based model (IBM simulations represent powerful yet poorly developed approaches to explore the response of pathogen vectors in heterogeneous social-ecological systems, especially when field experiments cannot be performed.We first present guidelines for the use of a spatially explicit IBM, to simulate population genetics of pathogen vectors in changing landscapes. We then applied our model with Triatoma brasiliensis, originally restricted to sylvatic habitats and now found in peridomestic and domestic habitats, posing as the most important Trypanosoma cruzi vector in Northeastern Brazil. We focused on the effects of vector migration rate, maximum dispersal distance and attraction by domestic habitat on T. brasiliensis population dynamics and spatial genetic structure. Optimized for T. brasiliensis using field data pairwise fixation index (FST from microsatellite loci, our simulations confirmed the importance of these three variables to understand vector genetic structure at the landscape level. We then ran prospective scenarios accounting for land-use change (deforestation and urbanization, which revealed that human-induced land-use change favored higher genetic diversity among sampling points.Our work shows that mechanistic models may be useful tools to link observed patterns with processes involved in the population genetics of tropical pathogen vectors in heterogeneous social-ecological landscapes. Our hope is that our study may provide a testable and applicable modeling framework to a broad community of epidemiologists for formulating scenarios of

  8. [Proposal for a predator for the destruction of Triatoma infestans: Tarentola mauritanica].

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    Castello, J A; Gil Rivas, M J

    1980-01-01

    The task of Chagas disease control is overwhelming. One of the measures is the destruction of the bugs which act as vectors. In this paper the authors suggest trying this with a predator, a voracious insectivorous lizard, a kind of gecko: the Tarentola mauritanica or Moorish Gecko. These geckos were transported fortuitously to Argentina in cargoes of cork from their natural habitat, the Mediterranean basin. They have adapted easily to their new environment. Their ability to eat the kissing bug (Triatoma infestans) was tested in the observations reported herein. Four adult geckos were caught in an area of the city of Buenos Aires, in the neighbourhood of a corkstop factory. These geckos were placed in a modified glass acuarium tank with fourteen ninphs and adult kissing bugs. The bugs were rapidly eaten by the geckos (Fig. 3). The advantages of this type of biological control are stressed. The lizard and the bugs share the same habitat and both are nocturnal. Both make themselves quite at home in human habitations. The lizards -as the birds- are refractory to Tripanosomiasis and so they cannot become reservoirs. This kind of gecko seems also to be resistant to the toxic action of Gammexane. Therefore the authors think it is worthwhile to try this possibility of bug control in the field. It will be necessary to favour the reproduction of gecko and promote an educational campaign to prevent their destruction by man emphasizing their usefulness and their domesticity. Though costs were not estimated, the authors believe that it would be cheaper to provide lizards to dwellers in the poor homes of the rural areas ("ranchos") than expensive campaigns with potentially dangerous insecticides. PMID:22167700

  9. First finding of melanic sylvatic Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) colonies in the Argentine Chaco.

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    Ceballos, L A; Piccinali, R V; Berkunsky, I; Kitron, U; Gürtler, R E

    2009-09-01

    Triatoma infestans (Klug), the most important vector of Chagas disease in southern South America, is a highly domiciliated species with well-known sylvatic foci only in the Bolivian Andean valleys and in the Bolivian Chaco, where melanic insects designated as "dark morphs" were found. After the tentative identification of two melanic bugs collected from parrot nests in a forest reserve in the Argentine Chaco as T. infestans, we conducted an intensive search there using mouse-baited sticky traps in summer 2006 and 2007. Four live T. infestans bugs were collected in trees without parrot nests in 288 trap-nights, whereas no bug was collected from inside trees with active parrot nests in 51 trap-nights. To increase bug captures, hollow tree trunks that recently had had Amazona aestiva (Berlepsch) and Aratinga acuticaudata (Vieillot) parrot nests were treated with insecticide fumigant canisters exhibiting strong knockdown power. Four (22%) of 18 trees were positive for T. infestans with a dark phenotype. A fragment of the mitochondrial gene COI of 8 of the 14 triatomine bugs collected was successfully sequenced and confirmed as T. infestans. Most of the bugs were captured from Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco (Schlechter) hollow tree trunks harboring parrot nests. All of the T. infestans collected from the nearest house located at 10 km from the sylvatic foci displayed normal chromatic characters. The repeated finding of T. infestans in sylvatic habitats, albeit at very low density, shows that this species is capable of maintaining viable sylvatic foci in the absence of human hosts and immigration from domestic populations. These are the first confirmed findings of sylvatic T. infestans colonies in Argentina and of dark morphs in the Argentine Chaco. PMID:19769054

  10. Infestation of rural houses by Triatoma infestans in the region of Los Llanos (La Rioja, Argentina

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    X Porcasi

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available Vectorial transmission of Chagas disease has been strongly reduced in most parts of the Southern Cone countries of South America, except in the Gran Chaco region of Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay. Given periodical interruptions of the vector control programmes in the endemic region of the Gran Chaco of Argentina, the vectorial transmission of the disease has been increasing during the last years. From the beginning of 2004, the provincial Ministry of Health of La Rioja, Argentina, started a vector control programme to cover the rural houses of the Los Llanos area in the southwestern area of the Gran Chaco region. This article reports the result of a standardized entomological survey and insecticide application against Chagas disease vectors in the intra and peridomestic structures of the rural houses of Los Llanos. A total of 4062 houses were inspected, of which 46.8% were found to be infested by Triatoma infestans. Infestation by vector species other than T. infestans was less than 0.5%(T. eratyrusiformis and T. platensis. Intradomestic infestation was found in 27.2%, whereas peridomestic infestation was found in 39.3% of the houses. The lowest figure of intradomestic infestation was 6.6% (Department F Varela, and the highest value of intradomestic infestation was 45.1% (Department Independencia. In spite of the demonstrated success of vector control elsewhere, this study shows that the vector populations are susceptible to pyrethroid insecticides in the southern area of the Gran Chaco of Argentina, that there still are regions where rural houses show heavy infestation by T. infestans associated with big peridomestic structures and that the vectorial transmission of the Chagas disease will continue, unless a sustained and well organized vector control effort is installed in the region.

  11. First Finding of Melanic Sylvatic Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) Colonies in the Argentine Chaco

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    CEBALLOS, L. A.; PICCINALI, R. V.; BERKUNSKY, I.; KITRON, U.; GÜRTLER, R. E.

    2009-01-01

    Triatoma infestans (Klug), the most important vector of Chagas disease in southern South America, is a highly domiciliated species with well-known sylvatic foci only in the Bolivian Andean valleys and in the Bolivian Chaco, where melanic insects designated as “dark morphs” were found. After the tentative identification of two melanic bugs collected from parrot nests in a forest reserve in the Argentine Chaco as T. infestans, we conducted an intensive search there using mouse-baited sticky traps in summer 2006 and 2007. Four live T. infestans bugs were collected in trees without parrot nests in 288 trap-nights, whereas no bug was collected from inside trees with active parrot nests in 51 trap-nights. To increase bug captures, hollow tree trunks that recently had had Amazona aestiva (Berlepsch) and Aratinga acuticaudata (Vieillot) parrot nests were treated with insecticide fumigant canisters exhibiting strong knockdown power. Four (22%) of 18 trees were positive for T. infestans with a dark phenotype. A fragment of the mitochondrial gene COI of 8 of the 14 triatomine bugs collected was successfully sequenced and confirmed as T. infestans. Most of the bugs were captured from Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco (Schlechter) hollow tree trunks harboring parrot nests. All of the T. infestans collected from the nearest house located at 10 km from the sylvatic foci displayed normal chromatic characters. The repeated finding of T. infestans in sylvatic habitats, albeit at very low density, shows that this species is capable of maintaining viable sylvatic foci in the absence of human hosts and immigration from domestic populations. These are the first confirmed findings of sylvatic T. infestans colonies in Argentina and of dark morphs in the Argentine Chaco. PMID:19769054

  12. Tigutcystatin, a cysteine protease inhibitor from Triatoma infestans midgut expressed in response to Trypanosoma cruzi

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    Buarque, Diego S.; Spindola, Leticia M.N. [Department of Biochemistry, Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Escola Paulista de Medicina, 04044-020 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Martins, Rafael M. [Biology of Host Parasite Interactions Unit, Institute Pasteur, 75015 Paris (France); Braz, Gloria R.C. [Department of Biochemistry, Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, 21941-909 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Tanaka, Aparecida S., E-mail: Tanaka.bioq@epm.br [Department of Biochemistry, Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Escola Paulista de Medicina, 04044-020 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-09-23

    Highlights: {yields} Tigutcystatin inhibits Trypanosoma cruzi cysteine proteases with high specificity. {yields} Tigutcystatin expression is up-regulated in response to T. cruzi infection. {yields} It is the first cysteine proteases inhibitor characterized from a triatomine insect. -- Abstract: The insect Triatoma infestans is a vector of Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas disease. A cDNA library was constructed from T. infestans anterior midgut, and 244 clones were sequenced. Among the EST sequences, an open reading frame (ORF) with homology to a cystatin type 2 precursor was identified. Then, a 288-bp cDNA fragment encoding mature cystatin (lacking signal peptide) named Tigutcystatin was cloned fused to a N-terminal His tag in pET-14b vector, and the protein expressed in Escherichia coli strain Rosetta gami. Tigutcystatin purified and cleaved by thrombin to remove His tag presented molecular mass of 11 kDa and 10,137 Da by SDS-PAGE and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, respectively. Purified Tigutcystatin was shown to be a tight inhibitor towards cruzain, a T. cruzi cathepsin L-like enzyme (K{sub i} = 3.29 nM) and human cathepsin L (K{sub i} = 3.78 nM). Tissue specific expression analysis showed that Tigutcystatin was mostly expressed in anterior midgut, although amplification in small intestine was also detected by semi quantitative RT-PCR. qReal time PCR confirmed that Tigutcystatin mRNA is significantly up-regulated in anterior midgut when T. infestans is infected with T. cruzi. Together, these results indicate that Tigutcystatin may be involved in modulation of T. cruzi in intestinal tract by inhibiting parasite cysteine proteases, which represent the virulence factors of this protozoan.

  13. Hábito alimentar de Triatoma vitticeps no Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

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    Gonçalves Teresa Cristina M

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O estudo do hábito alimentar dos triatomíneos tem contribuído para o conhecimento da sua biologia no habitat natural. Triatoma vitticeps, espécie que vem invadindo freqüentemente o domicílio apresentando-se infectado por T. cruzi, foi analisado sob esse aspecto, possibilitando conhecer a situação epidemiológica da área. MÉTODOS: De fevereiro de 1989 a abril de 1993, 122 espécimes de T. vitticeps foram capturados em duas áreas da localidade de Triunfo, 2° Distrito do Município de Santa Maria Madalena (RJ. Os insetos foram dissecados para a retirada do conteúdo estomacal. Os anti-soros utilizados foram: homem, vaca, cavalo, cão, porco, tatu, gambá, roedor e ave. RESULTADOS: Do total analisado, 79 estavam positivos e 43 negativos para os anti-soros testados: tatu (30,3% > homem e porco (13,1% > ave e cão (11,5% > cavalo (5,7% > gambá (4,9% > roedor (4,1% > boi (3,3%. As fontes alimentares identificadas variaram de 1 a 4 e 6: 0 - 25,41%; 1 - 45,08%; 2 - 10,66%; 3 - 6,56%; 4 - 1,64% e 6 - 0,82%. Quanto à infecção por T. cruzi, 74 espécimes (65,54% estavam positivos, 39 (34,51% negativos e 9 não foram examinados. CONCLUSÕES: Os resultados caracterizam o hábito silvestre de T. vitticeps e a tripanosomíase como uma enzootia. A vigilância epidemiológica se faz necessária para o acompanhamento do comportamento dessa espécie.

  14. Susceptibility characterization of residual Brazilian populations of Triatoma infestans Klug, 1834 (Hemiptera: Reduviidae to deltamethrin pyrethroid

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    Grasielle Caldas D`avila Pessoa

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Despite years of efforts towards the elimination of Triatoma infestans in Brazil, residual foci still persist in some areas of the States of Bahia and Rio Grande do Sul. The persistence of these T. infestans populations in the country has two different origins of equal concern: operational failures or insecticide resistance. Thus, the objective of this study was to characterize the susceptibility profile of the residual Brazilian populations of T. infestans to deltamethrin. METHODS: The susceptibility reference lineage was derived from Cipein/Argentina. The populations studied were manually collected using a dislodging agent in peridomiciles in the States of Bahia (Novo Horizonte and of Rio Grande do Sul (Santa Rosa and Doutor Maurício Cardoso. Serial dilutions of deltamethrin were prepared and applied at the dorsal abdomen of first instar nymphs. The control group received only pure acetone. Mortality was evaluated after 72h. Qualitative tests assessed the mortality of a diagnostic dose of 1xLD99 (2.76ng a.i./nymph determined for the susceptibility reference lineage. RESULTS: The susceptibility profile characterization of the T. infestans populations revealed an RR50 ranging from 1.73 to 3.26. The mortality percentage in response to a diagnostic dose was 100%. The results obtained in the quantitative and qualitative assays corresponded for all populations. CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study indicate that the persistence of residual foci of T. infestans in Bahia and Rio Grande do Sul is not related to insecticide resistance but may be associated with operational failures. In Rio Grande do Sul, we must consider the possibility of continuous reinfestation by Argentinian individuals, which justifies active and efficient epidemiological surveillance.

  15. MEMS AO for Planet Finding

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    Rao, Shanti; Wallace, J. Kent; Shao, Mike; Schmidtlin, Edouard; Levine, B. Martin; Samuele, Rocco; Lane, Benjamin; Chakrabarti, Supriya; Cook, Timothy; Hicks, Brian; Jung, Paul

    2008-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews a method for planet finding using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) Adaptive Optics (AO). The use of a deformable mirror (DM) is described as a part of the instrument that was designed with a nulling interferometer. The strategy that is used is described in detail.

  16. Monitoring the domiciliary and peridomiciliary invasion process of Triatoma rubrovaria in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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    Almeida Carlos Eduardo

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    Full Text Available The presence of Triatoma rubrovaria in Brazil has only been confirmed in the States of Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul (RS, where it is found naturally infected with Trypanosoma cruzi. In the wild environment it occurs in rocky habitats and has an eclectic diet, feeding from cockroaches, reptiles and mammals. Data from the Chagas Disease Control Program obtained by the Fundação Nacional de Saúde, between 1975 and 1997, indicate a growing domiciliary and peridomiciliary invasion of T. rubrovaria in RS, where it has become the most frequently Triatominae species captured in this state since the control of Triatoma infestans. In order to monitor this process, we analyzed collection data derived from 22 years of control campaigns against T. infestans. Collection data for triatomines from domestic habitats show an inverse relationship, with high numbers of T. infestans and low numbers of T. rubrovaria during 1976-1987, compared to the following ten years, 1986-1997, when the number of T. infestans dropped drastically and that of T. rubrovaria increased. There are no consistent indications of intradomiciliary colonization by T. rubrovaria, since only low numbers of nymphs have been captured in the intradomiciliary ecotopes. Nevertheless, this species appears to have preadaptive characteristics for anthropic ecotopes, and should be kept under constant epidemiological surveillance.

  17. Cometas: Das Lendas aos Fatos

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    Voelzke, M. R.

    O descobrimento de cometas, devido ao seu aparecimento espetacular, tem registro nas mais antigas culturas humanas. A primeira referência situa-se no ano de 1095 antes de Cristo [a.C.; HO; HO, 1962]. A quantidade de registros de descobrimentos cometários, principalmente provenientes do território chinês em particular e do oriente em geral, aumentou gradualmente a partir do quarto século depois de Cristo (d.C.). É de origem chinesa a primeira referência ao cometa P/Halley no ano de 240 a.C. [VOELZKE, 1993]. Com o desenvolvimento da astronomia relativamente às técnicas observacionais os descobrimentos bem como as observações cometárias aumentaram sensivelmente a partir do século XVII, sendo que a partir do século XIX um novo incremento ocorreu devido ao emprego da fotografia e a resultante melhora de sensibilidade na observação.

  18. Uso do Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD no estudo populacional do Triatoma brasiliensis Neiva, 1911 Use of Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD in the populational study of Triatoma brasiliensis Neiva, 1911

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    Érika C. Borges

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    Full Text Available Para o estudo de variabilidade genética em Triatoma brasiliensis, o principal vetor da doença de Chagas no Nordeste brasileiro, espécimes de três diferentes populações intradomiciliares foram analisados. Regiões do DNA genômico foram amplificadas utilizando dois iniciadores randômicos através da técnica de RAPD (Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA, visualizados em géis de poliacrilamida corados pela prata. Os perfis originados se mostraram bastante homogêneos quando comparados intrapopulacionalmente. Populações capturadas em duas regiões diferentes do Estado do Ceará também apresentaram homogeneidade entre si, mas, quando comparadas com a população proveniente do Piauí, foi possível diferenciá-las. Esses resultados, preliminares, indicam que o RAPD pode ser usado com sucesso nos estudos de variabilidade em triatomíneos, bem como sugerem a existência de variabilidade entre diferentes populações de T. brasiliensis pertencentes a uma mesma subespécie.We evaluated the genetic variability of Triatoma brasiliensis, the main vector of Chagas disease in Northeast Brazil, using specimens from three populations. Regions of genomic DNA were amplified by RAPD (Random Amplified Polimorphic DNA, using two primers. The products were visualized after polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis followed by silver staining. A dendrogram constructed through the Dice similarity coefficient allowed for separation of the tested specimens into three distinct groups. The populations captured in areas from Ceará State showed similar profiles, but different from that captured in Piauí State. Our results indicate that RAPD can be used successfully in triatomine studies and suggest the presence of genetic variability between different populations of T. brasiliensis.

  19. Development of data for the identification and characterization of proteins found in Rhodnius prolixus, Triatoma lecticularia and Panstrongylus herreri.

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    Montandon, Carlos Emmanuel; Barros, Edvaldo; Vidigal, Pedro Marcus; Mendes, Maria Tays; Anhê, Ana Carolina Borella Marfil; de Oliveira Ramos, Humberto Josué; de Oliveira, Carlo José Freire; de Siqueira, Cláudio Lísias Mafra

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    The data presented here were obtained from the saliva of three triatominae, Rhodnius prolixus, Triatoma lecticularia and Panstrongylus herreri from Montandon et al. study, doi:10.1016/j.ibmb.2016.02.009 [3]. These data were obtained from spectra generated by the mass spectrometry of proteins observed through the analysis of 2-D electrophoretic profiles. The data were analyzed according to the UniProt code, protein name, protein group, isoelectric point and molecular weight, electrophoretic profile, molecular mass referring to UniProt, volume percentage referring to the spot of the electrophoretic profile, number of peptides and percent coverage found by mass spectrometry related to the particular proteins. In addition, there characterizations made the most significant protein per spot, and also characterizations made for biological processes and molecular functions for all identified proteins. PMID:27077085

  20. First Report of Widespread Wild Populations of Triatoma infestans (Reduviidae, Triatominae) in the Valleys of La Paz, Bolivia

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    Buitrago, Rosio; Waleckx, Etienne; Bosseno, Marie-France; Zoveda, Faustine; Vidaurre, Pablo; Salas, Renata; Mamani, Elio; Noireau, François; Brenière, Simone Frédérique

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    Wild populations of Triatoma infestans, the main vector of Chagas disease in the Southern Cone countries, may be involved in reinfestation of human dwellings, limiting the success of vector-control campaigns in Bolivia. Knowledge of the distribution of these populations remains incomplete. We report here the detection of T. infestans wild populations in large areas in the department of La Paz, Bolivia. Among 18 sylvatic areas investigated, 17 were positive with T. infestans specimens. The infection rate of captured T. infestans with Trypanosoma cruzi was 85.7% in adult specimens. These results expand the geographical distribution of wild populations of T. infestans; it may be distributed throughout the Inter-Andean Dry Forest eco-region of Bolivia. The current information allows us to propose the hypothesis that a sylvatic origin of the reinfestation is located in the valleys of La Paz. PMID:20348501

  1. Massagem ao bebé

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    Figueiredo, Bárbara

    2007-01-01

    Apresenta-se uma revisão da investigação desenvolvida no âmbito da massagem e da estimulação táctil-cinestésica ao bebé. Descrevem-se os estudos empíricos conduzidos no sentido de avaliar os efeitos no desenvolvimento, no bem-estar e em problemas específicos do bebé de termo e prematuro. Conclui-se a respeito do impacto positivo da massagem sobre a criança, os pais e na interacção entre ambos; nomeadamente porque beneficia dois objectivos primordiais dos cuidados de ...

  2. Effect of feeding frequency on the reproductive efficiency of two species of Triatoma with different epidemiological importance

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    Claudia Rodríguez

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction In Triatominae, reproductive efficiency is an important factor influencing population dynamics, and a useful parameter in measuring a species' epidemiological significance as a vector of Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas, 1909. The reproductive efficiency of triatomines is affected by food availability; hence, we measured and compared the effects of feeding frequency on the reproductive parameters of Triatoma patagonica (Del Ponte, 1929 and Triatoma infestans (Klug, 1934, and the effects of starvation on T. patagonica. Methods Couples from both species were fed weekly, or every 3 weeks; in addition, females in couples of T. patagonica were not fed. Each couple was observed weekly and reproductive efficiency was assessed on the following parameters: fecundity (eggs/female, fertility (eggs hatched/eggs laid, initiation and end of oviposition, initiation of mating, number of matings/week, and number of reproductive weeks. Relative meal size index (RMS, blood consumption index (CI, and E values (eggs/mg blood were also calculated. Results Changes in feeding frequency affected the reproductive parameters of T. patagonica only, with a decrease in fecundity and number of reproductive weeks for those fed every 3 weeks, or not fed. The reproductive period, RMS index, and CI were lower for T. patagonica than T. infestans. However, despite the lower fecundity of T. patagonica, this species required less blood to produce eggs, with an E values of 2 compared to 2.94 for T. infestans. Conclusions Our results suggest that the differences in fecundity observed between species reflect the availability of food in their natural ecotopes.

  3. Occurrence of Triatoma costalimai (Hemiptera: Reduviidae in different environments and climatic seasons: a field study in the Brazilian savanna

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    Fernanda Machiner

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Trypanosoma cruzi-infected specimens of Triatoma costalimai have been detected in domiciliary units of Central Brazil, thereby maintaining the potential risk of vectorial transmission of Chagas disease. The aim of this study was to determine the occurrence and natural infection of T. costalimai in different environments (gallery forest, dry forest and peridomicile and climatic seasons (wet and dry, in the municipality of Mambaí, State of Goiás, Brazil. METHODS: Triatomines were captured in October 2010 and in June 2011, employing two different methods (manual capture and mouse-baited adhesive traps. The insects were later separated by sex and nymphal stage, counted and examined parasitologically by abdominal compression and microscopic analysis of feces. RESULTS: Triatoma costalimai was found in three environments and in the two seasons studied. Overall, capture success of 900 traps and 60 blocks of rocks inspected was 5.8% and 11.7%, respectively. The occurrence of T. costalimai was higher among rocks in the peridomicile, where 97% of the 131 specimens were captured. The proportion of nymphs (98% was much higher than that of adults, which were only detected in peridomicile. Most (95% insects were captured during the wet season, with predominance of early-stage nymphs. None of the 43 specimens examined were infected by trypanosomatids. CONCLUSIONS: The results indicate a greater occurrence of T. costalimai in peridomiciliary environments and during the wet season in Mambaí, Goiás, highlighting the synanthropic behavior of this triatomine species in one area of the Brazilian savanna and the importance of entomological surveillance.

  4. Strong Host-Feeding Preferences of the Vector Triatoma infestans Modified by Vector Density: Implications for the Epidemiology of Chagas Disease

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    Gürtler, Ricardo E.; Ceballos, Leonardo A.; Ordóñez-Krasnowski, Paula; Leonardo A Lanati; Stariolo, Raúl; Kitron, Uriel

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    Background Understanding the factors that affect the host-feeding preferences of triatomine bugs is crucial for estimating transmission risks and predicting the effects of control tactics targeting domestic animals. We tested whether Triatoma infestans bugs prefer to feed on dogs vs. chickens and on dogs vs. cats and whether vector density modified host choices and other vital rates under natural conditions. Methodology Two host choice experiments were conducted in small caged huts with two r...

  5. Is imidacloprid an effective alternative for controlling pyrethroid-resistant populations of Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) in the Gran Chaco ecoregion?

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    Guillermo Carvajal; María Inés Picollo; Ariel Ceferino Toloza

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    The prevention of Chagas disease is based primarily on the chemical control of Triatoma infestans (Klug) using pyrethroid insecticides. However, high resistance levels, correlated with control failures, have been detected in Argentina and Bolivia. A previous study at our laboratory found that imidacloprid could serve as an alternative to pyrethroid insecticides. We studied the delayed toxicity of imidacloprid and the influence of the blood feeding condition of the insect on the toxicity of th...

  6. Entomological Indices, Feeding Sources, and Molecular Identification of Triatoma phyllosoma (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) One of the Main Vectors of Chagas Disease in the Istmo de Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico

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    Villalobos, Guiehdani; Martínez-Hernández, Fernando; De La Torre, Patricia; Laclette, Juan Pedro; Espinoza, Bertha

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    The purpose of this study was to conduct an entomological analysis, determination of feeding sources, and molecular identification of triatomines in five communities of the Istmo de Tehuantepec, Oaxaca. The only found species in two of five searched communities (San Mateo del Mar and Tehuantepec City) was Triatoma phyllosoma. Colonization indices were high in both communities. In San Mateo del Mar, the insects were found indoors and in Tehuantepec City in peridomestic areas. The Trypanosoma c...

  7. Aerosol Observing System (AOS) Handbook

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    Jefferson, A

    2011-01-17

    The Aerosol Observing System (AOS) is a suite of in situ surface measurements of aerosol optical and cloud-forming properties. The instruments measure aerosol properties that influence the earth’s radiative balance. The primary optical measurements are those of the aerosol scattering and absorption coefficients as a function of particle size and radiation wavelength and cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) measurements as a function of percent supersaturation. Additional measurements include those of the particle number concentration and scattering hygroscopic growth. Aerosol optical measurements are useful for calculating parameters used in radiative forcing calculations such as the aerosol single-scattering albedo, asymmetry parameter, mass scattering efficiency, and hygroscopic growth. CCN measurements are important in cloud microphysical models to predict droplet formation.

  8. Estudos anatômicos e histológicos sôbre a subfamília Triatominae (Heteroptera, Reduviidae: V parte: anatomia do testículo e espermiocitogênese do Triatoma infestans

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    Rudolf Barth

    1956-06-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho, faz-se o estudo das estruturas anatômica e histológica do testículo de Triatoma infestans. Da espermiogênese, descrevem-se apenas as fases que medeiam entre a formação dos espermiogônios e a dos espermídeos (espermiocitogênese. A espermiohistogênese bem como as anatomias do vas deferens e das glândulas anexas serão tratados na segunda parte dêste trabalho, já em preparo. O testículo de Triatoma infestans possui 7 folículos dos quais cada um se abre num vas efferens próprio, curto, desembocando êstes num único vas deferens geral. Na zona de transição entre vas efferens e vas deferens, encontra-se sempre um conjunto de massas tissulares que se estão necrosando em virtude da decomposição das paredes dos cistos. Em conseqüência, os feixes de espérmios são libertados e passam através do vas efferens para o vas deferens. As substâncias líquidas que então se formam, resultado da necrose, são reabsorvidas pelo epitélio do vas efferens, entrando novamente em circulação na hemolinfa; o epitélio possui um rabdório muito longo. A parte superior do conteúdo de cada folículo dispõe-se ao redor de grande célula apical cuja função principal deve ser a de uma atividade reguladora que está relacionada com a diferenciação das células do conjunto germinativo em espermiogônios primários e em núcleos das paredes dos cistos. Nos espermiogônios, serão verificadas 8 divisões de multiplicação, o que vai dar a formação de 256 espermiócitos, número êsse que depois das duas divisões de maturação, que se seguem, originará 1 024 espermídeos. Em seguida, são descritos os fenômenos que ocorrem durante a prófase e as duas divisões de maturação. Temos que admitir a existência de uma parasíndese. Pela formação das tétrades, pode-se concluir que a primeira divisão é reducional e a segunda equacional, existindo, pois, uma pré-redução. Triatoma infestans possui 22 cromosomas no espermiog

  9. Domiciliation of Triatoma pseudomaculata (Corrêa e Espínola 1964 in the Jequitinhonha Valley, State of Minas Gerais Domiciliação de Triatoma pseudomaculata (Corrêa e Espínola 1964 no Vale do Jequitinhonha, Estado de Minas Gerais

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    Girley Francisco Machado de Assis

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Impact of the vector control program was evaluated eight years after implantation of epidemiological surveillance for Chagas’ disease in Berilo, a municipality in the Jequitinhonha Valley of the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais. In all 5,242 domiciliary units (96% of the total were inspected and 10 found to be infested by the triatomine bug Triatoma pseudomaculata. Triatomines were found associated with bats inside one house and in the peridomiciles of the other nine. None of the 111 Triatoma pseudomaculata captured was infected with Trypanosoma cruzi. Noireau et al16 traps were installed in (n=8 and around (n=100 the infested house but no Trypanpsoma cruzi-infected triatomines were found. None bat, opossums (Didelphis albiventris and rat captured in the peridomicile were infected with Trypanosoma cruzi although 24% of the inhabitants of the house infested by Triatoma pseudomaculata were seropositive for the parasite, based on ELISA, IHA and IIF.Oito anos após a implantação da vigilância epidemiológica para doença de Chagas em Berilo, Vale do Jequitinhonha, MG, Brasil, foi realizada uma pesquisa para verificar o impacto do Programa de Controle Vetorial. Neste trabalho, 5. 242 (96% unidades domiciliares foram vistoriadas. Dez estavam infestadas por Triatoma pseudomaculata. Em nove delas os insetos estavam infestando o peridomicílio e em uma casa foi constatado um foco intradomiciliar associado a morcegos. Foram capturados 111 insetos da espécie Triatoma pseudomaculata e nenhum exemplar estava infectado por Trypanosoma cruzi. Na casa infestada e em torno dela foram instaladas respectivamente 8 e 100 armadilhas de Noireau et al16 e nenhum triatomíneo foi capturado. Oitenta morcegos capturados e examinados também estavam negativos para Trypanosoma cruzi bem como três gambás (Didelphis albiventris e um roedor, todos capturados no peridomicílio. Um porcentual de 24% dos moradores das casas infestadas por Triatoma pseudomaculata foi

  10. Observações sôbre o ciclo evolutivo do Triatoma arthurneivai, em condições de laboratório (Hemiptera, Reduviidae Studies on the evolution cycle of Triatoma arthurneivai under laboratory conditions (Hemiptera, Reduviidae

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    Edmundo Juarez

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    Full Text Available A partir de ovos de fêmeas de Triatoma arthurneivai capturadas no ecótopo natural observou-se o tempo de evolução, em condições de laboratório mantidas à temperatura de 25°C e 60-70% de umidade relativa do ar. Foram oferecidos repastos sanguíneos em camundongo albino, semanalmente. A taxa de eclosão de ovos foi de 92,8%. Observaram-se diferenças entre o tempo de evolução desde a eclosão do ôvo até a muda para adulto, quando os triatomíneos foram criados isoladamente ou em grupos de 2-9 espécimes. O tempo médio dêstes foi de 228,3 dias e o daqueles, de 314,4 dias. O mesmo tempo, também apresentou diferenças quando se levou em consideração o sexo; os machos tiveram um tempo médio de 205,4 dias enquanto para as fêmeas o tempo foi de 274,3 dias. Algumas hipóteses são apresentadas, porém nenhuma ofereceu possibilidades de confirmação. Conclue-se pela necessidade de novos trabalhos para elucidar as dúvidas e, sugere-se possibilidade de novos conhecimentos a serem utilizados no estudo da tripanossomose americana em seus focos naturais.Data about Triatoma arthurneivai reared in laboratory from eggs laids by sylvatic females are reported. Laboratory conditions were maintaned at 25°C of temperature and 60-70% of relative humidity. Blood meal were furnished weekly from white mice sources. Eggs ecloded at a proportion of 92.8%. Differences were observed between triatomid reared in a individual or in a jointly manner. They were maintened in groups of 2-9 specimens each. The egg to adult times were 314.4 and 228.3 days for these two groups. Males reared more faster spent 205.4 days from egg to adult; females took 274.3 days. Some hypotesis were presented for explaining these differences, but no conclusions were reached. It was concluded that new investigations to explain the phenomena and help to understand better the dynamics of the South American trypanosomiasis in their natural foci should be performed.

  11. Risk factors for intradomiciliary infestation by the Chagas disease vector Triatoma dimidiatain Jutiapa, Guatemala Factores de riesgo para la infestación intradomiciliaria por el vector de la enfermedad de Chagas, Triatoma dimidiata, en Jutiapa, Guatemala

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    Dulce Maria Bustamante

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    Full Text Available Seventeen variables were evaluated as possible risk factors for the intradomiciliary infestation with Triatoma dimidiata in 644 houses in Jutiapa, Guatemala. During 2004 the houses were assessed for vector presence and evaluated for hygiene, cluttering, material comfort, construction conditions and number of inhabitants, among other factors. Chi-square analysis detected significant associations between vector presence and eight variables related to domestic sanitary and construction conditions. Log-linear models showed that regardless of the age of the house, the odds of vector presence were 4.3 and 10 times lower in houses with a good socioeconomic status compared with poor and very poor houses respectively. Log-linear models also pointed to a greater chance of vector presence when walls lacked plastering (3.85 times or walls had low quality-incomplete plastering (4.56 times, compared with walls that were completely plastered. Control strategies against T. dimidiata should include the introduction of better-quality but inexpensive plastering formulations and better sanitation practices should also be promoted among the population. Such control strategies should not only reduce or eliminate infestation, but also prevent vector reinfestation.Seiscientas cuarenta y cuatro casas en Jutiapa, Guatemala fueron encuestadas en el año 2004 para buscar el vector de la enfermedad de Chagas Triatoma dimidiata. Diecisiete variables relacionadas con las condiciones estructurales y de higiene de las casas fueron registradas y evaluadas como factores de riesgo para la infestación intradomiciliar con T. dimidiata. Análisis chi-cuadrado detectaron asociaciones significativas entre la presencia del vector y 8 de estas variables. En modelos log-lineares se detectó, que sin importar la antigüedad de la casa, las posibilidades de presencia del vector fueron 4,3 y 10 veces más bajas en casas con un buen estado socioeconómico que en casas pobres o muy pobres

  12. La aerotermia como alternativa para el control de Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera, Reduviidae resistentes a deltametrina Air temperature elevation as an alternative for the control of deltamethrin-resistant Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera, Reduviidae

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    Alberto G. Gentile

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    Full Text Available Se exploraron los efectos de la elevación artificial de la temperatura del aire sobre las formas embrionarias, ninfales y adultas de Triatoma infestansresistentes a Deltametrina. En laboratorio, se expuso a temperaturas crecientes del aire la progenie completa de T. infestans, para determinar viabilidad de huevos y supervivencia en ninfas y adultos; sobre el terreno, la experimentación se llevó a cabo en una vivienda tipo rancho previamente evaluada como colonizada. Durante la fase de laboratorio se comprobó la inviabilidad del 100% de los huevos y la mortalidad del 100% de las ninfas y adultos expuestos a temperaturas del aire estanco de entre 45ºC y 55ºC, mientras que en la fase de terreno se logró reproducir el efecto ovicida del calor, como así también la negativización de las evaluaciones entomológicas de la vivienda de experimentación, llevadas a cabo a las 72 horas, a los 30, 60 y 90 días. La elevación artificial de la temperatura del aire estanco en las habitaciones resultó ser un método de control de eficacia aceptable, inocuo y técnicamente sencillo.This study explores the effects of artificial air temperature elevation on the embryonic, nymphal, and adult forms of deltamethrin-resistant Triatoma infestans. In the laboratory, complete offspring of T. infestanswere exposed to increasing air temperatures to determine the viability of eggs and survival of nymphs and adults; in the field, the experiment was conducted in a poor rural dwelling previously identified as infested with the vector. The laboratory phase showed 100% non-viability of eggs and 100% mortality of nymphs and adults exposed to airtight temperatures from 45ºC to 55ºC, while the field phase succeeded in reproducing the heat's ovicidal effect and negative conversion of entomological assays in the experimental dwelling, as conducted over the course of 72 hours at 30, 60, and 90 days from the baseline evaluation. Artificial elevation of airtight temperature

  13. Soroprevalência de infecção chagásica em área de Triatoma infestans após medidas de controle Seroprevalence of Chagas disease in an area of Triatoma infestans after vector control measures

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    Maria Esther Carvalho

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Como parte de projeto que busca resgatar informações sobre sorologia da infecção chagásica no Estado de São Paulo durante a vigência das atividades oficiais de controle de vetores, foram selecionados dados relativos ao município de Taquarituba, região de Sorocaba, de importante passado chagásico. A despeito da campanha de combate instituída na década de 50, ainda persistiam aí populações de triatomíneos vetores intradomiciliares na década de 70. MÉTODOS: De amostras das populações de cinco localidades do Município de Taquarituba, Estado de São Paulo, foram analisados os dados de idade, sexo, tempo de moradia na casa que ocupavam e naturalidade. A possível relação entre idade e soropositividade foi investigada utilizando-se o cálculo de probitos. De 1974 e 1976, a prevalência da infecção chagásica foi estimada por meio de reação de imunofluorescência indireta (RIFI para a detecção de anticorpos anti-Trypanosoma cruzi. RESULTADOS: A proporção total de soropositivos foi de 13,6% (n = 2.784, sem diferença significativa entre os sexos (p = 0,538. Os naturais de Taquarituba contribuíram com 62,9% das amostras examinadas e 62,4% dos soropositivos (n = 380. Ausente em crianças de menos de 6 anos, a soropositividade aumentou de 2,7% no grupo etário de 6 a 9 anos para 30,3% no de 30 a 39 anos. Dentro desse intervalo encontrou-se, por meio do cálculo de probitos, associação positiva entre idade e soropositividade. CONCLUSÕES: Os resultados das provas sorológicas sugeriram haver associação entre as medidas contra Triatoma infestans e o declínio da transmissão da doença de Chagas durante os anos 60, seguido de ulterior controle. Sugere-se a realização de pesquisa para investigar a ocorrência de infecção congênita em população feminina com mais de 14 anos, sorologicamente positivas.INTRODUCTION: The study is part of a project intended to retrieve information about the serology of the

  14. A Triatoma maculata (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae population from Roraima, Amazon region, Brazil, has some bionomic characteristics of a potential Chagas disease vector Uma população de Triatoma maculata (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae proveniente de Roraima, Amazônia, Brasil, possui algumas características bionômicas de vetor potencial de doença de Chagas

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    José Francisco Luitgards-Moura

    2005-06-01

    transmissão virem a ocorrer uma vez que todos os elementos estavam lá presentes, indivíduos infectados por Trypanosoma cruzi, espécies de triatomíneos anteriormente descritas como infectadas por T. cruzi na Região Amazônica de países fronteiriços e, ambientes domiciliares e peri-domiciliares favoráveis à colonização de triatomíneos. Triatoma maculata foi a espécie mais frequentemente encontrada, tendo sido coletada em galinheiros no peridomicílio e esporadicamente nos domicílios. Visando investigar a potencialidade de T. maculata como espécie vetora na área, algumas características bionômicas foram estudadas em condições de laboratório incluindo freqüência de alimentação, tempo de defecação pós-prandial, tempo de jejum voluntário na pré- e na pós-ecdise, período inter-mudas, períodos de pré-oviposição e de oviposição, índice de oviposição, período de incubação, viabilidade dos ovos, índices de longevidade e de mortalidade. Os resultados mostraram que a população de T. maculata da Colônia Agrícola do Passarão deve ser considerada vetora em potencial do T. cruzi uma vez que mostrou capacidade de infestar ecótopos artificiais no peridomicílio, de se alimentar com freqüência durante o período ninfal, de possuir um ciclo de desenvolvimento relativamente curto com 2,9 gerações/ano, de possuir hábitos ecléticos de alimentação, de defecar imediatamente após a hematofagia quando ainda no hospedeiro e devido ao fato de ter sido previamente encontrada infectada por T. cruzi.

  15. Preferencias alimentarias de Triatoma dimidiata (Hemiptera: Reduvíidae) procedente de la meseta central de Costa Rica a finales del siglo XX BLOOD SOURCES OF Triatoma dimidiata (Hemiptera: Reduvidae) IN THE CENTRAL PLATEAU OF COSIA RICA AT THE END OF THE XX CENTURY

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    RESUMEN Se colectaron 267 ejemplares de Triatoma dimidiata procedentes de comunidades costarricenses ubicadas en tres regiones epidemiológicamente importantes por la Enfermedad de Chagas. A partir de cada insecto, se prepararon extractos de contenido intestinal los cuales fueron utilizados para determinar la presencia de sangres de diferentes vertebrados en un sistema de doble inmunodifusión (Outcherlony). También los insectos fueron sometidos a un análisis de contenido fecal para determinar ...

  16. Toxicity of pyrethroids and repellency of diethyltoluamide in two deltamethrin-resistant colonies of Triatoma infestans Klug, 1834 (Hemiptera: Reduviidae

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    Valeria Sfara

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    Full Text Available The aim of the currrent investigation was to evaluate (a the toxicity of three pyrethroids (deltamethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, and tetramethrin; (b the effect of these insecticides on the locomotor activity; and (c the repellent effect of N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET on two deltamethrin-resistant strains of Triatoma infestans from Argentina (El Chorro and La Toma, and one susceptible strain. The resistance ratios (RRs obtained for the La Toma strain were: > 10,769, 50.7, and > 5.2 for deltamethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, and tetramethrin respectively. The RRs for the El Chorro strain were: > 10,769, 85.8, and > 5.2 for deltamethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, and tetramethrin respectively. The hyperactivity usually caused by the three pyrethroids was in both the deltamethrin-resistant strains compared to the susceptible reference strain. No differences were observed in the repellent effect of DEET between the three groups. These results indicate that the deltamethrin-resistant insects have a cross resistance to lambda-cyhalothrin and tetramethrin, and are also resistant to the first symptom of pyrethroid poisoning (hyperactivity. However, the sensorial process related to DEET repellency does not appear to be altered.

  17. Evaluación del efecto insecticida de tierra de diatomeas sobre Triatoma infestans (Hemíptera, Reduviidae

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    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available El Triatoma infestans es el principal vector de la enfermedad de Chagas en Argentina. La tierra de diatomeas (TD es un producto natural que se comercializa actualmente con fines insecticidas y que produce la muerte por deshidratación. Se evaluó la eficacia insecticida de TD al 60% de pureza, proveniente del yacimiento La Iglesiana (San Juan, Argentina sobre ninfas V y adultos de T.infestans. Se ensayaron dos dosis: 112,5 g/m2 (T1 y 225 g/m2 (T2, con cuatro réplicas por tratamiento, con cinco ejemplares, incluyendo los controles (TC en el laboratorio. Se contaron los individuos vivos y muertos durante cinco días. No se encontró diferencias en la mortalidad (ANOVA, p>0,05 en los adultos (T1: 40%, T2: 25% y TC: 30% ni en las ninfas V (T1: 10%, T2: 15% y TC: 10%. Se concluye que la tierra de diatomeas del yacimiento La Iglesiana, en las condiciones de laboratorio evaluadas, no posee capacidad insecticida sobre T.infestans.

  18. Potential sources of Triatoma infestans reinfesting peridomiciles identified by morphological characterization in Los Llanos, La Rioja, Argentina

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    María Laura Hernández

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    Full Text Available The presence of Triatoma infestans in habitats treated with insecticides constitutes a frequent problem in endemic areas. Basing our study on the hypothesis that descendants of a residual population should be more similar to the pre-treatment population than to any other, we compared the indications of two quantitative morphological approaches. This study seeks to find the origin of 247 T. infestans from three populations found in two chicken coops and a goat corral after treatment with insecticides. The results obtained by quantitative morphology suggest that the T. infestans found between three-34 months after the application of insecticides formed mixed populations with insects derived from residual foci and neighbouring habitats. Our analyses also showed the presence of a phenotype which does not resemble neither the pre-treatment phenotype nor the one from neighbouring populations, suggesting the presence of a particular post-treatment phenotype. The heads size showed some variations in males from different populations and remained unchanged in females, which reinforces the hypothesis of an intraspecific competition for food with priority for females. This article presents, for the first time, the combined analysis of geometric morphometry of heads and antennal phenotypes to identify the composition of reinfesting populations.

  19. New structures for goat corrals to control peridomestic populations of Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae in the Gran Chaco of Argentina

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    David Eladio Gorla

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    Full Text Available Goat production is an important economic activity for rural communities in the Gran Chaco of Argentina. Goat corrals are important for the survival of peridomestic populations of Triatoma infestans. This study evaluated the impact of modifying the traditional structure of goat corrals on T. infestans populations and goat productivity in the region of Los Llanos (La Rioja. Thirty-nine experimental corrals were constructed and 57 traditional corrals were used as controls. We evaluated the infestations of the control and experimental corrals for five years following construction of the structures. The results showed that the new structures did not prevent the colonization, although it enhanced the detection of infestation at low densities of T. infestans. No significant difference was found in T. infestans population abundance between control and experimental corrals, probably because of the different detectability in the two types of structures, especially among the small nymphs. Although goat productivity average was higher in experimental than in control corrals, no significant difference was found because of high variability. The new structures can be used as a complement to promote the development of rural communities. Acceptability and adoption of the new corrals by the owners was high, as the enclosures offered better protection for the goats, increased growth of kids and facilitated herd handling.

  20. Susceptibilidad y resistencia de Triatoma infestans y Panstrongylus herreri a los insecticidas piretroides, Perú 2001

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    Carmen Yon F

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    Full Text Available Se evaluaron los niveles de susceptibilidad de triatominos a piretroides con la técnica de la OMS, usando papeles impregnados al 0,1% de ingrediente activo de los siguientes insecticidas: alfacipermetrina, betaciflutrina, ciflutrina, cipermetrina y deltametrina, se emplearon lotes de triatominos de los estadios ninfa V y adultos de Triatoma infestans y Panstrongylus herreri. Se registraron los porcentajes de mortalidad después de las 24 horas de exposición a papeles impregnados con insecticidas, observando que la mayor parte de la población de triatominos de ambas especies era sensibles a los insecticidas. Sólo en algunos casos, se hallaron los niveles de resistencia en los estadios de ninfa V en la especie P. herreri en 2 localidades de la provincia de Jaén, departamento de Cajamarca, asimismo en adultos y ninfas V de T. infestans en especímenes capturados en el valle de Vítor, departamento de Arequipa.

  1. The saliva proteome of the blood-feeding insect Triatoma infestans is rich in platelet-aggregation inhibitors

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    Charneau, Sébastien; Junqueira, Magno; Costa, Camila M.; Pires, Daniele L.; Fernandes, Ellen S.; Bussacos, Ana C.; Sousa, Marcelo V.; Ricart, Carlos André O.; Shevchenko, Andrej; Teixeira, Antonio R. L.

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    The saliva of the bloodsucking bug Triatoma infestans vector of Chagas disease contains an anti-hemostatic molecular cocktail that prevents coagulation, vasoconstriction and platelet aggregation in a vertebrate prey. In order to characterize T. infestans saliva proteome, we separated the secreted saliva by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE). More than 200 salivary proteins were detected on the 2-DE map, mainly in the alkaline region. By nanoLC-MS/MS analysis using a LTQ-Orbitrap equipment followed by a combination of conventional and sequence-similarity searches, we identified 58 main protein spots. Most of such proteins possess potential blood-feeding associated functions, particularly anti-platelet aggregation proteins belonging to lipocalin and apyrase families. The saliva protein composition indicates a highly specific molecular mechanism of early response to platelet aggregation. This first proteome analysis of the T. infestans secreted saliva provides a basis for a better understanding of this fluid protein composition highly directed to counterpart hemostasis of the prey, thus promoting the bug's blood-feeding.

  2. Effectiveness of Large-Scale Chagas Disease Vector Control Program in Nicaragua by Residual Insecticide Spraying Against Triatoma dimidiata.

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    Yoshioka, Kota; Nakamura, Jiro; Pérez, Byron; Tercero, Doribel; Pérez, Lenin; Tabaru, Yuichiro

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    Chagas disease is one of the most serious health problems in Latin America. Because the disease is transmitted mainly by triatomine vectors, a three-phase vector control strategy was used to reduce its vector-borne transmission. In Nicaragua, we implemented an indoor insecticide spraying program in five northern departments to reduce house infestation by Triatoma dimidiata. The spraying program was performed in two rounds. After each round, we conducted entomological evaluation to compare the vector infestation level before and after spraying. A total of 66,200 and 44,683 houses were sprayed in the first and second spraying rounds, respectively. The entomological evaluation showed that the proportion of houses infested by T. dimidiata was reduced from 17.0% to 3.0% after the first spraying, which was statistically significant (P < 0.0001). However, the second spraying round did not demonstrate clear effectiveness. Space-time analysis revealed that reinfestation of T. dimidiata is more likely to occur in clusters where the pre-spray infestation level is high. Here we discuss how large-scale insecticide spraying is neither effective nor affordable when T. dimidiata is widely distributed at low infestation levels. Further challenges involve research on T. dimidiata reinfestation, diversification of vector control strategies, and implementation of sustainable vector surveillance. PMID:26416118

  3. Infestacion domestica por triatoma infestans y prevalencia de seropositivos al Trypanosoma cruzi en un area rural del nordeste argentino

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    M. Esther Bar

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    Full Text Available Se llevó a cabo un estúdio epidemiológicopara obtener unpanorama general de la transmisión doméstica del Trypanosoma cruzi en áreas rurales del Departamento San Miguel, Conientes, Argentina. Se investigaron 100 viviendas precarias, 50,0% de las mismas resultó infestado por Triatoma infestans y 1,0% por T. sórdida, citãndose por primera vez para la provinda de Comentes la colonización domiciliaria de esta especie. El 23,1% de T. infestans estaba infectado por T. cruzi. La seroprevalencia de 388 pacientes analizados por hemaglutinacíôn indirecta e inmunofluorescencia indirecta fue 23,4%, destacándose el alto índice (12,9% constatado en menores de 10 anos. Losporcentajes de seropositividad aumentaron con la edad, alcanzándose 50,0% de infectados entre los 31-40 anos. La infestación doméstica por T. infestans, la prevalencia humana de seropositivos al T. cruzi y las condiciones deprecariedad en que se desenvuelve la vida de los pobladores revelan la vigência de la endemia chagãsica en el área estudiada.

  4. Influence of temperature and humidity on the biology of Triatoma mexicana (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatominae under laboratory conditions

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    José Alejandro Martínez-Ibarra

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Several biological parameters related to the Triatoma mexicana life-cycle were evaluated in this study. Three cohorts were maintained under different combinations of temperature and relative humidity (RH: 25ºC/50% RH; 25ºC/75% RH; and 30ºC/75% RH. Observed hatching rates varied from 49-57.5% whereas the average time of hatching varied from 19.5-22.7 days. In the three cohorts studied, the mean time-lapse between presentation of the blood meal and the beginning of feeding was less than 5 min in all instars; the mean feeding time was longer than 10 min in all the instars; the post-feed defecation delay was over 10 min in all the instars. Less than 50% of nymphs in each cohort completed the cycle and the average time from 1st instar nymph to adult was more than 255 days for the three cohorts. The number of blood meals before molt at each nymphal instar varied from 1-9. Our results appear to indicate a lack of influence of temperature and RH on the biological parameters of T. mexicana that were studied, which could reflect the adaptation capacity of this species. We also conclude that T. mexicana can not be considered an effective transmitter of Trypanosoma cruzi to human populations in areas where this species is currently present.

  5. Infection Rate by Trypanosoma cruzi and Biased Vertebrate Host Selection in the Triatoma dimidiata (Hemiptera: Reduvidae) Species Complex.

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    Ramirez-Sierra, M J; Dumonteil, E

    2016-01-01

    Chagas disease is a vector-borne disease, caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi and transmitted by hematophagous insects. Triatoma dimidiata (Hemiptera: Reduvidae (Latreille 1811)) is one of the main vectors, and recent molecular studies indicate that it is a species complex, with potentially different vectorial competences. We investigated the differences in natural T. cruzi infection rate within T. dimidiata complex in Yucatan, Mexico. ITS-2 hybrid bugs had a twofold higher infection rate than ITS-2 Groups 2 and 3 bugs, and this pattern was consistent over time and in several villages. To test if T. dimidiata ITS-2 hybrid bugs could feed more frequently on T. cruzi-infected hosts, we evaluated their host-seeking behavior in a dual-choice chamber. Group 2 and 3 bugs were equally attracted to T. cruzi-infected or uninfected mice. On the contrary, ITS-2 hybrid bugs reached three times more frequently the T. cruzi-infected mouse, compared to the uninfected one, indicating a significant bias toward an infected host. This behavior may explain in part their higher natural infection rate. Further studies should explore the complex and unique interactions among T. cruzi, triatomines vectors, and mammalian hosts, as this may led to new strategies to interfere with transmission cycles and improve Chagas disease control. PMID:26474882

  6. Where do these bugs come from? Phenotypic structure of Triatoma infestans populations after control interventions in the Argentine Chaco

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    María Sol Gaspe

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available House re-invasion by native triatomines after insecticide-based control campaigns represents a major threat for Chagas disease vector control. We conducted a longitudinal intervention study in a rural section (Area III, 407 houses of Pampa del Indio, northeastern Argentina, and used wing geometric morphometry to compare pre-spray and post-spray (re-infestant bugs Triatoma infestans populations. The community-wide spraying with pyrethroids reduced the prevalence of house infestation by T. infestans from 31.9% to < 1% during a four-year follow-up, unlike our previous studies in the neighbouring Area I. Two groups of bug collection sites differing in wing shape variables before interventions (including 221 adults from 11 domiciles were used as a reference for assigning 44 post-spray adults. Wing shape variables from post-spray, high-density bug colonies and pre-spray groups were significantly different, suggesting that re-infestant insects had an external origin. Insects from one house differed strongly in wing shape variables from all other specimens. A further comparison between insects from both areas supported the existence of independent re-infestation processes within the same district. These results point to local heterogeneities in house re-infestation dynamics and emphasise the need to expand the geographic coverage of vector surveillance and control operations to the affected region.

  7. CHICKEN COOPS, Triatoma dimidiata INFESTATION AND ITS INFECTION WITH Trypanosoma cruzi IN A RURAL VILLAGE OF YUCATAN, MEXICO

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    Edgar KOYOC-CARDEÑA

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This study longitudinally investigated the association between Triatoma dimidiata infestation, triatomine infection with Trypanosoma cruzi and household/backyard environmental characteristics in 101 homesteads in Molas and Yucatan, Mexico, between November 2009 (rainy season and May 2010 (dry season. Logistic regression models tested the associations between insect infestation/infection and potential household-level risk factors. A total of 200 T. dimidiata were collected from 35.6% of the homesteads, mostly (73% from the peridomicile. Of all the insects collected, 48% were infected with T. cruzi. Infected insects were collected in 31.6% of the homesteads (54.1% and 45.9% intra- and peridomiciliary, respectively. Approximately 30% of all triatomines collected were found in chicken coops. The presence of a chicken coop in the backyard of a homestead was significantly associated with both the odds of finding T. dimidiata (OR = 4.10, CI 95% = 1.61-10.43, p = 0.003 and the presence of triatomines infected with T. cruzi (OR = 3.37, CI 95% = 1.36-8.33, p = 0.006. The results of this study emphasize the relevance of chicken coops as a putative source of T. dimidiata populations and a potential risk for T. cruzi transmission.

  8. Triatoma rubrovaria (Blanchard, 1843 (Hemiptera-Reduviidae-Triatominae III: patterns of feeding, defecation and resistance to starvation

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    Carlos Eduardo Almeida

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    Full Text Available Data from the Chagas Disease Control Program indicate a growing domiciliary and peridomiciliary invasion of Triatoma rubrovaria in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, where it has become the most frequent triatomine species captured there since the control of T. infestans. Bionomic characteristics that could influence the vectorial capacity of T. rubrovaria as vector of Trypanosoma cruzi were evaluated: patterns of (i feeding, (ii defecation, and (iii resistance to starvation, using insects fed on mice. Fifty three percent of the females showed a defecation pattern conducive to chagasic transmission, defecating either on or near the bite site. The averages of the resistance to starvation varied from 48.1 to 179 days, for the first and fifth nymphal stages, respectively. Our study shows that with respect to the patterns of feeding, defecation and resistance to fasting, T. rubrovaria presented similar rates to the ones observed for other effective vector species, such as T. infestans. Thus, based on our studies we conclude that T. rubrovaria has biological characteristics that can positively influence its capacity to become infected and transmit T. cruzi, and also to keep residual populations after chemical control interventions.

  9. A common Caatinga cactus, Pilosocereus gounellei, is an important ecotope of wild Triatoma brasiliensis populations in the Jaguaribe valley of northeastern Brazil.

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    Valença-Barbosa, Carolina; Lima, Marli M; Sarquis, Otília; Bezerra, Claudia M; Abad-Franch, Fernando

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    Triatoma brasiliensis is the most important vector of Chagas disease in the Caatinga eco-region of northeastern Brazil. Wild T. brasiliensis populations have been reported only from rocky outcrops. However, this species frequently infests/re-infests houses in rock-free sedimentary lowlands. We therefore hypothesized that it should also occupy other natural ecotopes. We show that a common Caatinga cactus, Pilosocereus gounellei, locally known as xiquexique, often harbors T. brasiliensis breeding colonies apparently associated with rodents (n = 44 cacti, infestation rate = 47.7%, 157 bugs captured). Our findings suggest that infested cacti might be involved in house re-infestation by T. brasiliensis in the Caatinga region. PMID:24710611

  10. AoB PLANTS: origins and features

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    Introduction AoB PLANTS is a peer reviewed, Open Access (OA) journal owned and run by plant biologists and published by Oxford University Press. The journal publishes research papers, reviews and opinion papers on all aspects of land based plant biology. They are made available rapidly online and can be accessed without the need for subscriptions or payment. Background Several difficulties in conventional publishing of peer-reviewed manuscripts encouraged AoB PLANTS to adopt OA. Open Access h...

  11. Standard Triaxial Ellipsoid Asteroids from AO Observations

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    Drummond, Jack D.; Merline, W. J.; Conrad, A.; Dumas, C.; Carry, B.

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    As part of our study of resolved asteroids using adaptive optics (AO) on large telescopes (>8; m), we have identified several that can serve as Standard Triaxial Ellipsoid Asteroids (STEAs), suitable for radar and thermo-physical calibration. These objects are modeled well as triaxial ellipsoids, having: 1) small uncertainties on their three dimensions as determined with AO; 2) rotational poles well determined from both lightcurves and AO; and 3) good sidereal periods from lightcurves. Although AO allows the opportunity to find an asteroid's dimensions and rotational pole in one night, we have developed a method to combine AO observations from different oppositions to pool into a global solution. The apparent orientation and sizes of STEAs can be predicted to within a few degrees and a few km over decades. Currently, we consider 511 Davida, 52 Europa, 2 Pallas, and 15 Eunomia as STEAs. Asteroids that are not well modeled as ellipsoids, clearly showing departures from ellipsoid figures in AO images, include 129 Antigone and 41 Daphne. We will show movies of images and models of these asteroids.

  12. Domestic, peridomestic and wild hosts in the transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi in the Caatinga area colonised by Triatoma brasiliensis.

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    Bezerra, Claudia Mendonça; Cavalcanti, Luciano Pamplona de Góes; Souza, Rita de Cássia Moreira de; Barbosa, Silvia Ermelinda; Xavier, Samanta Cristina das Chagas; Jansen, Ana Maria; Ramalho, Relrison Dias; Diotaiut, Liléia

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    The role played by different mammal species in the maintenance of Trypanosoma cruzi is not constant and varies in time and place. This study aimed to characterise the importance of domestic, wild and peridomestic hosts in the transmission of T. cruzi in Tauá, state of Ceará, Caatinga area, Brazil, with an emphasis on those environments colonised by Triatoma brasiliensis. Direct parasitological examinations were performed on insects and mammals, serologic tests were performed on household and outdoor mammals and multiplex polymerase chain reaction was used on wild mammals. Cytochrome b was used as a food source for wild insects. The serum prevalence in dogs was 38% (20/53), while in pigs it was 6% (2/34). The percentages of the most abundantly infected wild animals were as follows: Thrichomys laurentius 74% (83/112) and Kerodon rupestris 10% (11/112). Of the 749 triatomines collected in the household research, 49.3% (369/749) were positive for T. brasiliensis, while 6.8% were infected with T. cruzi (25/369). In captured animals, T. brasiliensis shares a natural environment with T. laurentius, K. rupestris, Didelphis albiventris, Monodelphis domestica, Galea spixii, Wiedomys pyrrhorhinos, Conepatus semistriatus and Mus musculus. In animals identified via their food source, T. brasiliensis shares a natural environment with G. spixii, K. rupestris, Capra hircus, Gallus gallus, Tropidurus oreadicus and Tupinambis merianae. The high prevalence of T. cruzi in household and peridomiciliar animals reinforces the narrow relationship between the enzootic cycle and humans in environments with T. brasiliensis and characterises it as ubiquitous. PMID:25410992

  13. Changes associated with laboratory rearing in antennal sensilla patterns of Triatoma infestans, Rhodnius prolixus, and Rhodnius pallescens (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae

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    Catalá SS

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    Full Text Available We examined changes in the array of antennal sensilla of three species of Triatominae (Triatoma infestans, Rhodnius prolixus, and R. pallescens following their establishment for different periods in laboratory culture. In each case, the laboratory colonies were compared with conspecific samples taken directly from the field, by quantitative analysis of the sensilla arrays on the three distal segments of the antenna in terms of the densities of three types of chemoreceptors (basiconics and thick and thin walled trichoids and one type of mechanoreceptor (bristles. Sensilla densities were compared by ANOVA or non-parametric tests, and by multivariate discriminant analysis. Strains of the same species reared in different laboratories showed significant differences in their sensilla arrays, especially when compared to field-collected material from the same geographic origin. A Bolivian strain of T. infestans reared in the laboratory for 15 years and fed at monthly intervals, showed greatest differences from its conspecific wild forms, especially in terms of reductions in the number of chemoreceptors. By contrast, an Argentine strain of T. infestans reared for 25 years in the laboratory and fed weekly, showed a relative increase in the density of mechanoreceptors. A Colombian strain of R. prolixus reared for 20 years and fed weekly or fortnightly, showed only modest differences in the sensilla array when compared to its wild populations from the same area. However, a Colombian strain of R. pallescens reared for 12 years and fed fortnightly, did show highly significant reductions in one form of chemoreceptor compared to its conspecific wild populations. For all populations, multivariate analysis clearly discriminated between laboratory and field collected specimens, suggesting that artificial rearing can lead to modifications in the sensory array. This not only supports the idea of morphological plasticity in these species, but also suggests caution in

  14. Host-Seeking Behavior and Dispersal of Triatoma infestans, a Vector of Chagas Disease, under Semi-field Conditions

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    Castillo-Neyra, Ricardo; Barbu, Corentin M.; Salazar, Renzo; Borrini, Katty; Naquira, Cesar; Levy, Michael Z.

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    Chagas disease affects millions of people in Latin America. The control of this vector-borne disease focuses on halting transmission by reducing or eliminating insect vector populations. Most transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease, involves insects living within or very close to households and feeding mostly on domestic animals. As animal hosts can be intermittently present it is important to understand how host availability can modify transmission risk to humans and to characterize the host-seeking dispersal of triatomine vectors on a very fine scale. We used a semi-field system with motion-detection cameras to characterize the dispersal of Triatoma infestans, and compare the behavior of vector populations in the constant presence of hosts (guinea pigs), and after the removal of the hosts. The emigration rate – net insect population decline in original refuge – following host removal was on average 19.7% of insects per 10 days compared to 10.2% in constant host populations (p = 0.029). However, dispersal of T. infestans occurred in both directions, towards and away from the initial location of the hosts. The majority of insects that moved towards the original location of guinea pigs remained there for 4 weeks. Oviposition and mortality were observed and analyzed in the context of insect dispersal, but only mortality was higher in the group where animal hosts were removed (p-value vector control. Removing domestic animals in infested areas increases vector dispersal from the first day of host removal. The implications of these patterns of vector dispersal in a field setting are not yet known but could result in movement towards human rooms. PMID:25569228

  15. Domestic, peridomestic and wild hosts in the transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi in the Caatinga area colonised by Triatoma brasiliensis

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    Claudia Mendonça Bezerra

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The role played by different mammal species in the maintenance of Trypanosoma cruzi is not constant and varies in time and place. This study aimed to characterise the importance of domestic, wild and peridomestic hosts in the transmission of T. cruzi in Tauá, state of Ceará, Caatinga area, Brazil, with an emphasis on those environments colonised by Triatoma brasiliensis. Direct parasitological examinations were performed on insects and mammals, serologic tests were performed on household and outdoor mammals and multiplex polymerase chain reaction was used on wild mammals. Cytochrome b was used as a food source for wild insects. The serum prevalence in dogs was 38% (20/53, while in pigs it was 6% (2/34. The percentages of the most abundantly infected wild animals were as follows: Thrichomys laurentius 74% (83/112 and Kerodon rupestris 10% (11/112. Of the 749 triatomines collected in the household research, 49.3% (369/749 were positive for T. brasiliensis, while 6.8% were infected with T. cruzi (25/369. In captured animals, T. brasiliensis shares a natural environment with T. laurentius, K. rupestris, Didelphis albiventris, Monodelphis domestica, Galea spixii, Wiedomys pyrrhorhinos, Conepatus semistriatus and Mus musculus. In animals identified via their food source, T. brasiliensis shares a natural environment with G. spixii, K. rupestris, Capra hircus, Gallus gallus, Tropidurus oreadicus and Tupinambis merianae. The high prevalence of T. cruzi in household and peridomiciliar animals reinforces the narrow relationship between the enzootic cycle and humans in environments with T. brasiliensis and characterises it as ubiquitous.

  16. Kdr mutations in Triatoma infestans from the Gran Chaco are distributed in two differentiated foci: Implications for pyrethroid resistance management.

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    Sierra, Ivana; Capriotti, Natalia; Fronza, Georgina; Mougabure-Cueto, Gastón; Ons, Sheila

    2016-06-01

    Point mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel, the primary target of pyrethroid insecticides, have been associated with the resistance in Triatoma infestans, an important vector of Chagas' disease. Hence, the sustainability of vector control programs requires the implementation of resistance management strategies. We determined the sensitivity of the molecular assays previously designed for early resistance detection to be used in pooled samples from a wide area of the endemic region, and validated them for their routine use in control campaigns for the monitoring of insecticide resistance in T. infestans. Consequently, we used these methods to examine the distribution of resistance-associated mutations in the sodium channel gene in populations of T. infestans from the Argentinean and Bolivian Gran Chaco. The PASA and REA assays tested proved sensitive enough to detect kdr SNPs in pooled samples, indicating these assays are suitable for routine screening in insecticide resistance surveillance. Two geographically differentiated foci were detected in T. infestans populations from the Argentinean and Bolivian Gran Chaco, with populations on the Bolivian-Argentinean border carrying L1014F mutation, and those from the Argentinean Chaco carrying L925I mutation. In all highly resistant populations analyzed, one of both kdr mutations was present, and toxicological assays determined that all pyrethroid resistant populations analyzed herein were sensitive to fenitrothion. The principal cause of pyrethroid resistance in T. infestans from the Gran Chaco ecoregion is kdr mutations in the sodium channel. Different levels of resistance occur in different populations carrying identical mutation, suggesting the existence of contributory mechanisms. PMID:26992297

  17. A new antimicrobial protein from the anterior midgut of Triatoma infestans mediates Trypanosoma cruzi establishment by controlling the microbiota.

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    Buarque, Diego S; Gomes, Cícera M; Araújo, Ricardo N; Pereira, Marcos H; Ferreira, Roberta C; Guarneri, Alessandra A; Tanaka, Aparecida S

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    The Reduviid Triatoma infestans is a vector for the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas disease. The parasite must address the defense molecules and microbiota that colonize the anterior midgut of T. infestans. To obtain insight into T. cruzi - microbiota interactions in triatomine insects, we characterized a new antimicrobial product from the anterior midgut of T. infestans (TiAP) that may be involved in these relationships. The TiAP DNA fragment was cloned and expressed in a bacterial system, and the effect of the protein on bacteria and T. cruzi was evaluated by RNAi, qPCR and antimicrobial experiments. The number of T. cruzi in T. infestans anterior midguts was significantly lower in TiAP knockdown insects than in unsilenced groups. We also verified that the amount of bacteria in silenced T. infestans is approximately 600-fold higher than in unsilenced insects by qPCR. The 327-bp cDNA fragment that encodes mature TiAP was cloned into the pET-14b vector and expressed fused to a His-tag in Escherichia coli C43. The recombinant protein (rTiAP) was purified using an Ni-NTA column, followed by a HiTrap SP column. According to a trypanocidal assay, rTiAP did not interfere with the viability of T. cruzi trypomastigotes. Moreover, in antimicrobial experiments using E. coli and Micrococcus luteus, the protein was only bacteriostatic for Gram-negative bacteria. The data indicate that infection by T. cruzi increases the expression of TiAP to modulate the microbiota. The inhibition of microbiota growth by TiAP is important for parasite establishment in the T. infestans anterior midgut. PMID:26905205

  18. Toxicological profile of deltamethrin in Triatoma brasiliensis (Hemiptera: Reduviidae in State of Ceará, Northeastern Brazil

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    Grasielle Caldas D'Ávila Pessoa

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Triatoma brasiliensis is the species of greatest epidemiological relevance in the semi-arid region of Brazil. This species is predominantly found in domestic environments, and it has the ability to build large colonies with high levels of natural infection via Trypanosoma cruzi. Thus, T. brasiliensis is one of the most efficient transmitters of Chagas disease (CD to humans. Despite household spraying with residual insecticides, many areas report persistent reinfestations for reasons that remain poorly understood. Therefore, this study sought to characterize the toxicological profile of deltamethrin in T. brasiliensis from areas with persistent reinfestation in State of Ceará, Brazil. METHODS: The susceptibility reference lineage (SRL was derived from Umari. Serial dilutions of deltamethrin were prepared and applied to the dorsal abdomen of first instar nymphs. The control group received only pure acetone. Mortality was evaluated after 72h. Qualitative tests assessed mortality in response to a diagnostic dose of 1xLD99 (0.851 nanograms of active ingredient per treated nymph of the SRL. RESULTS: The susceptibility profile characterization of the T. brasiliensis populations revealed 50% resistance ratios (RR50 that ranged from 0.32 to 1.21. The percentage of mortality in response to the diagnostic dose was 100%. CONCLUSIONS: We demonstrated that T. brasiliensis was highly susceptible to deltamethrin. The control difficulties found might be related to the recolonization of the triatomines originating from neighboring environments and the possible operational failures related to the process of spraying that enabled specimens less susceptible to deltamethrin to survive.

  19. Morphological Studies on the Triatoma brasiliensis Neiva, 1911 (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae Genital Structures and Eggs of Different Chromatic Forms

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    Jane Costa

    1997-07-01

    Full Text Available Triatoma brasiliensis is considered one of the most important Chagas disease vectors being a widespread species in semiarid areas of northeastern Brazil. The species displays distinct chromatic patterns of the cuticle in different localities. Four populations were analyzed in this study: 1-Caicó, Rio Grande do Norte, it will be called the brasiliensis population; 2-Espinosa, Minas Gerais, the melanica population; 3-Petrolina, Pernambuco, the macromelasoma population, and 4-Juazeiro, Bahia, the darker one in overall cuticle coloration, the Juazeiro population. In order to differentiate the four populations of T. brasiliensis, a comparative morphological analysis of external genital structures and of eggs were carried out. The analysis of the male genital structures evidenced minor individual structural variations that did not correlate with chromatic differences or the geographical origins, emphasizing the importance of examining sufficiently large and representative samples before using minor genital variations for taxonomic diagnosis. By scanning electron microscopy of the egg exochorion, each chromatic population presented a distinct ornamentation pattern. The melanica population differed mainly from the other populations studied since it had about 40.6%, 69.6% and 76.6% more perforations, on each cell exochorion, than the brasiliensis, the Juazeiro and the macromelasoma populations respectively. In the melanica population the perforation layout is also peculiar, with densely distributed perforations over all the egg surface. Morphometric measures of the eggs showed statistically significant differences: the macromelasoma population presented the longest length (2.43 mm while the shortest was recorded in the brasiliensis population (2.29 mm.

  20. Environmental management for the control of Triatoma dimidiata (Latreille, 1811, (Hemiptera: Reduviidae in Costa Rica: a pilot project

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    Rodrigo Zeledón

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available An ecological control method, using environmental management operations, based on biological and behavioral characteristics of Triatoma dimidiata (Latreille, 1811, was implemented as a pilot project in an area of Costa Rica where the bug is prevalent. The sample was represented by 20 houses with peridomestic colonies (two also had indoor infestation, divided in two equivalent groups of 10 each. In one group we intervened the houses, i.e. all objects or materials that were serving as artificial ecotopes for the bugs were removed, and the second group was used as control houses. After a year of periodic follow up, it became evident that in those houses with a modified environment the number of insects had decreased notoriously even after the first visits and this was more evident after a period of 12.5 to 13.5 months in which no insects were detected in eight of the houses. It also became clear that in this group of houses, recolonization by wild bugs from the surrounding areas, became more difficult, probably due to the absence of protection from bug predators. In the control houses, with the exception of three in which the inhabitants decided to intervene on their own, and another house with a peculiar situation, the insect populations remained the same or even showed a tendency to increase, as confirmed at the end of the experiment. We believe that the method is feasible, low costing and non contaminating. It could be used successfully in other places where T. dimidiata is common and also in countries where other species colonize peridomestic areas of homes. Environmental management of this kind should seek the participation of the members of the communities, in order to make it a more permanent control measure.

  1. Eficacia y residualidad de dos insecticidas piretroides contra triatoma infestans en tres tipos de viviendas: Evaluación de campo en Arequipa, Perú

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    Miriam Palomino

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    Full Text Available Objetivos. Comparar la eficacia residual de dos insecticidas en el control vectorial del Triatoma infestans sobre tres tipos de vivienda en dos localidades de Arequipa, Perú. Material y métodos. Ensayo de campo, se utilizaron formulaciones de polvo mojado de deltametrina y lambdacihalotrina sobre diferentes sustratos (concreto, ladrillo y sillar a dosis de 25 y 30 mg/m2 respectivamente. Se usó 1445 ninfas V de Triatoma infestans en los bioensayos, donde se expuso por 48 horas a los triatominos en la pared rociada y se los observó durante 14 días para evaluar mortalidad. Se realizó la exposición en cada tipo de superficie por insecticida a 24 horas, 30 y 90 días postratamiento. Resultados. A las 24 h la lambdacihalotrina fue más eficaz que la deltametrina en ladrillo y sillar (p0,05. La lambdacihalotrina redujo su eficacia en 23% mensual desde la primera evaluación (p<0,001, r2: 0,95. Conclusiones. La lambdacihalotrina es eficaz en los primeros días postratamiento pero su residualidad es pobre, a diferencia de la deltametrina. Estos resultados deben ser tomados en cuenta para calcular los tiempos de aplicación de cada insecticida en el control vectorial de la enfermedad de Chagas según el tipo de material de construcción.

  2. Revis\\~ao da Constru\\c{c}\\~ao de Modelos Supersim\\'etricos

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    Foi com base neste estudo que fizemos a constru\\c{c}\\~ao da vers\\~ao supersim\\'etrica dos modelos de simetria $SU(3)_{C} \\otimes SU(3)_{L} \\otimes U(1)_{N}$ \\cite{susy331}, apresentado no final da minha tese de doutorado \\cite{mcr1}. Bem como dos estudos fenomenol\\'ogicos subsequente \\cite{mcr}.

  3. Into the Blue: AO Science with MagAO in the Visible

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    Close, Laird M; Follette, Katherine B; Hinz, Phil; Morzinski, Katie M; Wu, Ya-Lin; Kopon, Derek; Riccardi, Armando; Esposito, Simone; Puglisi, Alfio; Pinna, Enrico; Xompero, Marco; Briguglio, Runa; Quiros-Pacheco, Fernando

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    We review astronomical results in the visible ({\\lambda}<1{\\mu}m) with adaptive optics. Other than a brief period in the early 1990s, there has been little astronomical science done in the visible with AO until recently. The most productive visible AO system to date is our 6.5m Magellan telescope AO system (MagAO). MagAO is an advanced Adaptive Secondary system at the Magellan 6.5m in Chile. This secondary has 585 actuators with < 1 msec response times (0.7 ms typically). We use a pyramid wavefront sensor. The relatively small actuator pitch (~23 cm/subap) allows moderate Strehls to be obtained in the visible (0.63-1.05 microns). We use a CCD AO science camera called "VisAO". On-sky long exposures (60s) achieve <30mas resolutions, 30% Strehls at 0.62 microns (r') with the VisAO camera in 0.5" seeing with bright R < 8 mag stars. These relatively high visible wavelength Strehls are made possible by our powerful combination of a next generation ASM and a Pyramid WFS with 378 controlled modes and 1000...

  4. Ao encontro do equilíbrio

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    O presente Relatório apresenta as atividades desenvolvidas ao longo de todo o período de estágio referentes ao módulo I e II. O módulo I teve por base a primeira e segunda fase do Planeamento em Saúde, que se refere ao Diagnóstico de Situação de Saúde da população com patologia de Diabetes Mellitus e Priorização das Necessidades. No módulo II surgiram os projetos de intervenção nas necessidades detetadas e avaliação das mesmas com a verificação dos ganhos em saúde observados. Numa primeira...

  5. Into the blue: AO science with MagAO in the visible

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    Close, Laird M.; Males, Jared R.; Follette, Katherine B.; Hinz, Phil; Morzinski, Katie; Wu, Ya-Lin; Kopon, Derek; Riccardi, Armando; Esposito, Simone; Puglisi, Alfio; Pinna, Enrico; Xompero, Marco; Briguglio, Runa; Quiros-Pacheco, Fernando

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    We review astronomical results in the visible (λresponse times (0.7 ms typically). We use a pyramid wavefront sensor. The relatively small actuator pitch (~23 cm/subap) allows moderate Strehls to be obtained in the visible (0.63-1.05 microns). We use a CCD AO science camera called "VisAO". On-sky long exposures (60s) achieve Pyramid WFS with 378 controlled modes and 1000 Hz loop frequency. We'll review the key steps to having good performance in the visible and review the exciting new AO visible science opportunities and refereed publications in both broad-band (r,i,z,Y) and at Halpha for exoplanets, protoplanetary disks, young stars, and emission line jets. These examples highlight the power of visible AO to probe circumstellar regions/spatial resolutions that would otherwise require much larger diameter telescopes with classical infrared AO cameras.

  6. Triatoma infestans em área sob vigilância entomológica para doença de Chagas, Estado de São Paulo, Brasil Triatoma infestans in area under entomological surveillance for Chagas' disease in São Paulo State, Brazil

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    Odair F. Leite

    2001-10-01

    Full Text Available Atendendo a notificação de encontro, por habitantes da Fazenda Paraíso, área rural do Município de Paulínia, Estado de São Paulo, de um exemplar alado de triatomíneo, procedeu-se a uma investigação epidemiológica em que capturaram-se 109 exemplares de Triatoma infestans em focos situados em construções peridomiciliares. As condições locais favoreciam a colonização por triatomíneos: grande número de construções peridomiciliares abandonadas, habitadas por pombos e pardais, fornecedores de farto alimento para os hemípteros. Eliminaram-se os focos por meio de controle mecânico dos ninhos dos pássaros. Borrifaram-se, com inseticida de ação residual, todas as unidades domiciliares da região. Desde que persistam as condições para a instalação de focos de triatomíneos nessa localidade, é obrigatória a implementação de ações de vigilância. Entretanto, os indicadores entomológicos e sorológicos sugerem não ser preocupante a situação atual. Destaca-se aqui a importância da notificação triatomínica para a detecção de focos de triatomíneos, particularmente os de Triatoma infestans.In response to notification of the capture of a winged triatomine bug by local inhabitants, an epidemiological investigation was investigated in the rural area of the Municipality of Paulínia, São Paulo State (Brazil. This led to the collection of 109 specimens of Triatoma infestans from peridomiciliary breeding sites. Local conditions favored colonization by triatomine bugs: many abandoned outbuildings were inhabited by pigeons and sparrows, which meant abundant feed for these bugs. Thus, surveillance is mandatory as long as conditions for triatomine breeding persist. Nevertheless, entomological and serological indicators ruled out immediate concern over vectorial transmission of Chagas' disease in this municipality. All domiciliary units of the region were sprayed with residual-effect insecticides and the triatomine breeding

  7. Descrição dos Ovos e dos Estádios Ninfais de Triatoma jurbergi Carcavallo, Galvão & Lent, 1998 Vistos Através de Microscopia Óptica e Eletrônica de Varredura (Hemiptera, Reduviidae Description of Eggs and Nymphs of Triatoma jurbergi Carcavallo, Galvão & Lent, 1998 Through Optical and Scanning Electron Microscopy

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    José Jurberg

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    Full Text Available Eggs and nymphs of Triatoma jurbergi were described using optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. T. jurbergi is a wild species, found in State of Mato Grosso (15ºS and 300 m.a.s.l, Brazil. Eggs showed the operculum and surface with pentagonal and hexagonal cells, with small fractures and punctuations randomly distributed. Differences were found in the five nymphal stages of T. jurbergi, that allow their to be distinguished from the similar species T. guazu. The diagnostic characters most useful for differentiation were the general color of the insect, abdomen shape and its length.

  8. ECOPERSONALISMO E DIREITO AO MEIO AMBIENTE

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    O objetivo do presente artigo consiste em refletir brevemente sobre as conseqüências, no âmbito do direito ao meio ambiente, das diferentes concepções sobre a relação entre o ser humano e a natureza, isto é, o modelo tecnocrático, o biologista e o ecológico-personalista

  9. Estudos anatômicos e histológicos sôbre a subfamília Triatominae (Heteroptera, Reduviidae: VII. Estudo anatômico do ducto intestinal do Triatoma infestans

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    Dyrce Lacombe

    1957-05-01

    Full Text Available Devido à imprtãncia que certos Triatomíneos hematófagos representam na vida humana, continuarmos a série de estudos já iniciados em nosso laboratório sôbre seus organismos. É feito, no presente trabalho, a anatomia e microanatomai do aparelho digestivo de Triatoma infestans. Das três distintas regiões do duto intestinal estomodeo, mesêntero e proctodeo, a primeira e a terceira são de origem ectodérmica. A região do estomodeo é constituída pela faringe e esôfago; a do proctodeo pelo piloro, íleo e reto. A segunda, de origem endodérmica, consta promesêntero, postmesêntero e da zona de transição. A anatomia e a microanatomia do faringe já foi estudada minuciosamente por BARTH (1952. O esôfago possui numerosas dobras no seu interior revestida de fina cutícula. A musculatura longitudinal e circular acham-se representadas por feixes que, provàvelmente, trabalham, preistàlticamente, transportando o alimento. Não encontramos um proventrículo, de maneira que o esôfago está ligado diretamente à primeira parte endodérmica, isto é, ao promesêntero. No início do promesêntero existe a válvula cardíaca, que, juntamente com as dobras do fim do esôfago, impedem que haja um refluxo do alimento. Durante a alimentação, a parede do preomesêntero, que apresenta numerosas dobras, sofre uma dilatação, a fim de reter u'a maior quantidade de sangue. Entre promesêntero e postmesêntero há um pequeno esfíncter formado pelo aumento da musculatura e das dobras do epitélio. O postmesêntero alcança cinco vêzes mais que o tamanho total do corpo do inseto, e dispõe no abdome em curvas completas, que, muitas vêzes, se superpõem. O seu epitélio possue célula altas e estreitas, e forma muitas dobras para dentro do seu lume. Na parte apical as células possuem um rabdório. O postmesêntero termina após a válvula cardíaca situada atrás do desembocamento das quatro ampolas dos tubos de Malpighi. Entre postmesêntero e

  10. Into the Blue: AO Science in the Visible with MagAO

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    Close, Laird; Males, Jared; Morzinski, Katie; Kopon, Derek; Follette, Kate; Rodigas, Timothy; Hinz, Philip; Wu, Ya-Lin; Puglisi, Alfio; Esposito, Simone; Riccardi, Armando; Pinna, Enrico; Xompero, Marco; Briguglio, Runa; Uomoto, Alan; Hare, Tison

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    The Magellan Clay telescope is a 6.5m Gregorian telescope located in Chile at Las Campanas Observatory. We have fabricated an 85 cm diameter aspheric adaptive secondary with our subcontractors and partners, MagAO passed acceptance tests in spring 2012, and the entire System was commissioned from Nov 17 to Dec 7, 2012. This secondary has 585 actuators with response times (0.7 ms typically). We fabricated a high order (585 mode) pyramid wavefront sensor (similar to that of LBT's FLAO). The relatively high actuator count allows moderate Strehls to be obtained in the visible (0.63-1.05 microns). We have built an CCD science camera called "jVisAO". On-sky long exposures (60s) achieve 30% Strehls at 0.62 microns (r') with the VisAO camera in 0.5" seeing with bright R Pyramid WFS with 200-400 controlled modes and 1000 Hz loop frequencies. To minimize non-common path errors and enable visible AO the VisAO science camera is fed by an advanced triplet ADC and is piggy-backed on the WFS optical board itself. Despite the ability to make 25 mas images we still have ~4 mas of resolution loss to residual vibrations. We will discuss what the most difficult aspects are for visible AO on ELTs scaling from our experience with MagAO.

  11. Characterization of an AO-OCT system

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    Evans, J W; Zawadzki, R J; Jones, S; Olivier, S; Werner, J S

    2007-07-26

    Adaptive optics (AO) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) are powerful imaging modalities that, when combined, can provide high-volumetric-resolution, images of the retina. The AO-OCT system at UC Davis has been under development for 2 years and has demonstrated the utility of this technology for microscopic, volumetric, in vivo retinal imaging [1]. The current system uses an AOptix bimorph deformable mirror (DM) for low-order, high-stroke correction [2] and a 140-actuator Boston Micromachines DM for high-order correction [3]. We are beginning to investigate the potential for increasing the image contrast in this system using higher-order wavefront correction. The first step in this analysis is to quantify the residual wavefront error (WFE) in the current system. Developing an error budget is a common tool for improved performance and system design in astronomical AO systems [4, 5]. The process for vision science systems is also discussed in several texts e.g. [6], but results from this type of analysis have rarely been included in journal articles on AO for vision science. Careful characterization of the AO system will lead to improved performance and inform the design of a future high-contrast system. In general, an AO system error budget must include an analysis of three categories of residual WFE: errors in measuring the phase, errors caused by limitations of the DM(s), and errors introduced by temporal variation. Understanding the mechanisms and relative size of these errors is critical to improving system performance. In this paper we discuss the techniques for characterizing these error sources in the AO-OCT system. It is useful to first calculate an error budget for the simpler case using a model eye, and then add the additional errors introduced for the case of a human subject. Measurement error includes calibration error, wavefront sensor (WFS) CCD noise, and sampling errors. Calibration errors must be measured by an external system. Typically this

  12. Examining Mechanisms of Pyrethroid Resistance in Eggs of Two Populations of the Chagas' Disease Vector Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae).

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    Roca-Acevedo, G; Picollo, M I; Capriotti, N; Sierra, I; Santo-Orihuela, P L

    2015-09-01

    Chagas disease is a zoonosis transmitted to man by blood-sucking triatomine bugs found in the Americas. Triatoma infestans (Klug, 1834) is the main vector of Chagas' disease in Argentina. The control of this illness relies heavily on vector control through the use of insecticide. However, resistance to pyrethroid insecticides associated with ineffective field treatments has been increasingly reported in T. infestans from Argentina and Bolivia. There are few reports on the expression and causes of resistance in eggs of resistant populations, and even fewer studies on insecticide resistance throughout embryonic development. In this study, we explore the biochemical and molecular mechanisms potentially associated with the deltamethrin resistance assessed in the developing eggs of the Argentinean (Campo Largo) and Bolivian (Entre Ríos) T. infestans populations.We found measurable activity of monooxigenases and pyrethroid esterases throughout embryonic development. The pyrethroid esterase activity grew steadily throughout development in all the studied populations and was highest in eggs 12 d old. Mean enzyme activity increased from 13.6 to 16.3 and 22.2 picomol 7-hydroxycoumarin/min (7-OHC) in eggs of 4-, 7-, and 12 d old from the susceptible reference bug colony. Mean activity of resistant populations increased from 16.0 to 25.9 picomol 7-OHC/min in eggs of 4- to 12 d old in Entre Ríos population, and from 15.9 to 28.9 picomol 7-OHC/min in Campo Largo population. Molecular analysis of susceptible and resistant developing eggs detected L1014F mutation in both resistant populations, but no L925I mutation was found in any of the studied populations.Higher esterase activity and L1014F presence justify the resistance to pyrethroid throughout developing eggs of both studied T. infestans populations. The description of resistance profiles including resistance mechanisms involved will allow a rational design of campaigns for the control of Chagas disease transmission

  13. Isolation of Paecilomyces lilacinus (Thom) Samson (Ascomycota: Hypocreales) from the Chagas disease vector, Triatoma infestans Klug (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) in an endemic area in Argentina.

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    Marti, Gerardo A; Lastra, Claudia C López; Pelizza, Sebastian A; García, Juan J

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    A survey for entomopathogenic fungi of the Chagas disease vector Triatoma infestans was conducted in two provinces of Argentina from March-December 2003. Field-collected insects that died in the laboratory were individually maintained in moist chamber and incubated at 22 degrees C. Triatominae adults infected with the fungus Paecilomyces lilacinus were found at El Quebracho (27 degrees 34'S-64 degrees 31'W), Santiago del Estero province, Argentina, in December 2003. Paecilomyces lilacinus was cultured and isolated from infected insects in SDAY, PYG and MEA media. Pathogenicity tests were conducted and positive results were recorded. The median survival time (MST) of T. infestans exposed to a P. lilacinus conidial suspension was 12.8 days, and 100% mortality occurred at 30 days post-treatment. This is the first record of natural infection caused by P. lilacinus in T. infestans in the world. PMID:17123036

  14. Entomological indices, feeding sources, and molecular identification of Triatoma phyllosoma (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) one of the main vectors of Chagas disease in the Istmo de Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico.

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    Villalobos, Guiehdani; Martínez-Hernández, Fernando; de la Torre, Patricia; Laclette, Juan Pedro; Espinoza, Bertha

    2011-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to conduct an entomological analysis, determination of feeding sources, and molecular identification of triatomines in five communities of the Istmo de Tehuantepec, Oaxaca. The only found species in two of five searched communities (San Mateo del Mar and Tehuantepec City) was Triatoma phyllosoma. Colonization indices were high in both communities. In San Mateo del Mar, the insects were found indoors and in Tehuantepec City in peridomestic areas. The Trypanosoma cruzi infection indices were 2.1% in San Mateo del Mar and 39.4% in Tehuantepec City. This difference could be related to the high numbers of triatomine feeding on hens in the former community. In contrast, in Tehuantepec, dogs were the principal triatomine feeding sources. All nymphs and adults that were genetically analyzed belonged to the species T. phyllosoma. Low levels of genetic variation were found between vectors from both communities. PMID:21896810

  15. FATORES ASSOCIADOS AO BAIXO PESO AO NASCER NO ESTADO DE GOIÁS

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    Ruth Minamisava

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Recém-nascidos de baixo peso ao nascer (RNBP são considerados problemas de saúde pública pela associação com altas taxas de mortalidade e morbidade. Nenhum estudo prévio sobre fatores associados ao RNBP na região central do Brasil foi encontrado na literatura. Assim, este estudo teve como objetivo identificar as prevalências e os fatores associados ao baixo peso ao nascer entre nascidos vivos no Estado de Goiás, Brasil. Foi realizado um estudo transversal tendo como fonte de dados o Sistema de Informações de Nascidos Vivos ligado ao Ministério da Saúde. Examinou-se todos os 92.745 recém-nascidos de gestação única residentes no estado de Goiás, no ano 2000. Usou-se análise de regressão logística para identificar os fatores associados ao RNBP (< 2500 g. Em Goiás, os RNBP apresentaram uma prevalência de 5,96% e os fatores associados ao baixo peso ao nascer foram: prematuridade, baixa e avançada idade materna, mulheres não casadas, menos de sete consultas de pré-natal, parto não hospitalar e neonatos do sexo feminino. Ações intersetoriais são necessárias para reduzir as desigualdades da saúde materna e infantil.

  16. Experimental comparison of Wide Field AO control schemes using the Homer AO bench.

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    Parisot, Amélie; Petit, Cyril; Fusco, Thierry

    2011-09-01

    Wide Field Adaptive Optics (WFAO) concepts, such as Laser Tomography AO (LTAO) or Multi-Conjugate AO (MCAO) have been developed in order to overcome the anisoplanatism limit of classical AO. Most of the future AO-assisted instruments of ELTs rely on such concepts which have raised critical challenges such as tomographic estimation and from laser and natural guide star combined with efficient DM(s) control. In that context, the experimental validation of the various clever control solutions proposed by several teams in the past years is now essential to reach a level of maturity compatible with their implementation in future WFAO developments for ELT. The ONERA wide field AO facility (HOMER bench) has been developed for these very issues. Gathering a 3D turbulence generator, laser and natural guide stars, two deformable mirrors with variable altitude positions and a PC-based flexible and user-friendly RTC , HOMER allows the implementation and comparison of control schemes from the simplest least-square to the optimal Linear Quadratic Gaussian solutions including Virtual DM and Pseudo-closed loop approaches. After a description of the bench internal calibrations and ultimate performance, all the control schemes are compared experimentally. Their evolutions as a function of wavefront sensors SNR as well as their robustness to calibration / model errors are particularly emphasised. Finally, we derive from the previous works some specific calibrations and identifications procedures ensuring both robustness and efficiency of WFAO systems and we extrapolate their applications to the future ELT AO systems.

  17. Modeling disease vector occurrence when detection is imperfect II: Drivers of site-occupancy by synanthropic Triatoma brasiliensis in the Brazilian northeast.

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    Carolina Valença-Barbosa

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Understanding the drivers of habitat selection by insect disease vectors is instrumental to the design and operation of rational control-surveillance systems. One pervasive yet often overlooked drawback of vector studies is that detection failures result in some sites being misclassified as uninfested; naïve infestation indices are therefore biased, and this can confound our view of vector habitat preferences. Here, we present an initial attempt at applying methods that explicitly account for imperfect detection to investigate the ecology of Chagas disease vectors in man-made environments. METHODOLOGY: We combined triplicate-sampling of individual ecotopes (n = 203 and site-occupancy models (SOMs to test a suite of pre-specified hypotheses about habitat selection by Triatoma brasiliensis. SOM results were compared with those of standard generalized linear models (GLMs that assume perfect detection even with single bug-searches. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Triatoma brasiliensis was strongly associated with key hosts (native rodents, goats/sheep and, to a lesser extent, fowl in peridomestic environments; ecotope structure had, in comparison, small to negligible effects, although wooden ecotopes were slightly preferred. We found evidence of dwelling-level aggregation of infestation foci; when there was one such focus, same-dwelling ecotopes, whether houses or peridomestic structures, were more likely to become infested too. GLMs yielded negatively-biased covariate effect estimates and standard errors; both were, on average, about four times smaller than those derived from SOMs. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Our results confirm substantial population-level ecological heterogeneity in T. brasiliensis. They also suggest that, at least in some sites, control of this species may benefit from peridomestic rodent control and changes in goat/sheep husbandry practices. Finally, our comparative analyses highlight the importance of accounting for the

  18. Perfil alimentario de Triatoma rubrovaria (Blanchard, 1843 (Hemiptera, Triatominae en ámbitos peridomiciliarios, de una localidad rural de Uruguay Feeding patterns of Triatoma rubrovaria (Blanchard, 1843 (Hemiptera, Triatominae in peridomestic habitats, in a rural area of Uruguay

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    Roberto Salvatella

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    Full Text Available En una localidad con población rural dispersa ("La Bolsa", 3ª seccional, dpto. de Artigas, Uruguay se estudió, en ámbitos peridomiciliarios, el perfil alimentario de T. rubrovaria (triatomíneo silvestre y potencial vector secundario de colonización intradomiciliaria, utilizándose la técnica de doble difusión en agar, enfrentando contenido promesentérico frente a un panel de 13 sueros. Se pudo detectar en 120 insectos 251 identificaciones de fuente hematofágica con alimentación predominante en mamíferos (73%, pero marcado eclectismo alimentario (mamíferos, aves, reptiles y cucarachas, incluyendo hematofagia sobre seres humanos en un 8% de las identificaciones totales. La micropredación de hemolinfa lo ubicaría en una situación evolutiva primitiva, intermedia entre predator/entomófago y triatomineo/hematófago, que comparte con T. circunmaculata. Los mamíferos detectados con mayor frecuencia fueron dasipódidos y bóvidos, aunque la fuente hematofágica, salvo en los adultos alados, se constituye en un fenómeno de proximidad ocasional por cohabitación de un mismo habitat. La frecuencia de alimentación sobre hombre, hallada en un ambiente peridomiciliario, aporta un importante elemento a su capacidad vectorial potencial. En el análisis espacial de las dietas se muestra al peridomicilio como un área de interacción de hospederos domésticos, silvestres y sinantrópicos. La infección tripanosómica fue mínima comparada con las altas tasas de infección de ámbitos silvestres.It has been studied the feeding patterns of Triatoma rubrovaria (wild triatominae bug, and intradomiciliary secondary vector of T. cruzi in a rural area of "La Bolsa" (Department of Artigas. Agar double diffusion test were used for analyze the blood meal, from 120 insects, which were confronted to 13 antisera. It has 251 identify blood meals, and the most frequently was mamalian host (73%, but it has a variable source of feeding (mammals, birds, reptils

  19. Residual effect of a micro-encapsulated formulation of organophosphates and piriproxifen on the mortality of deltamethrin resistant Triatoma infestans populations in rural houses of the Bolivian Chaco region

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    The Bolivian Chaco is part of the endemic region of Chagas disease and an area where pyrethroid resistant Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) populations has been reported. The World Health Organization identified these resistant populations as an important focus for research. The objective of this study was to evaluate the residual effect of a micro-encapsulated formulation containing organophosphate active ingredients and a juvenile hormone analogue (Inesfly 5A IGR) on the mortality ...

  20. AO distal radius volar plate fixation for AO type C distal radius fracture

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    We applied a volar AO distal radius plate for AO type C fractures of the distal radius. The subjects included 1 man and 12 women, and their mean age at the time of surgery was 62 years. The mean follow-up period was 10 months. According to the AO classification, 3 cases were C2, 7 cases were C3-1, and 3 cases were C3-2. Union was achieved in all cases. Wrist function was evaluated using the modified Mayo wrist scoring system. The functional results were excellent in 7 cases, good in 4 cases, and fair in 2 cases. To evaluate the strength of the initial fixation and the accuracy of joint surface reduction after surgery, palmar tilt, ulnar variance, and radial inclination were measured from radiographs that were taken before surgery, immediately after surgery, and at the final follow-up examination, and from CT scan images taken at the final follow-up examination. In 3 cases, correction losses included poor initial fixation and joint surface reduction, and all 3 were AO C3-2 fractures. These cases had comminuted fragments, both volar and dorsal metaphysic, and lunate fossa fragments. A volar locking plate fixation that can support the articular surface should be applied to AO C2 and C3-1 fractures. However, in the absence of bone grafting, it should not be applied to AO C3-2 fractures because it is very difficult not only to reduce the concave lunate fossa fragments but also to fix the fragments to the volar metaphysis. (author)

  1. AO Observations of Three Powerful Radio Galaxies

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    de Vries, W; van Bruegel, W; Quirrenbach, A

    2002-08-01

    The host galaxies of powerful radio sources are ideal laboratories to study active galactic nuclei (AGN). The galaxies themselves are among the most massive systems in the universe, and are believed to harbor supermassive black holes (SMBH). If large galaxies are formed in a hierarchical way by multiple merger events, radio galaxies at low redshift represent the end-products of this process. However, it is not clear why some of these massive ellipticals have associated radio emission, while others do not. Both are thought to contain SMBHs, with masses proportional to the total luminous mass in the bulge. It either implies every SMBH has recurrent radio-loud phases, and the radio-quiet galaxies happen to be in the ''low'' state, or that the radio galaxy nuclei are physically different from radio-quiet ones, i.e. by having a more massive SMBH for a given bulge mass. Here we present the first results from our adaptive optics imaging and spectroscopy pilot program on three nearby powerful radio galaxies. Initiating a larger, more systematic AO survey of radio galaxies (preferentially with Laser Guide Star equipped AO systems) has the potential of furthering our understanding of the physical properties of radio sources, their triggering, and their subsequent evolution.

  2. Preferencias alimentarias de Triatoma dimidiata (Hemiptera: Reduvíidae procedente de la meseta central de Costa Rica a finales del siglo XX BLOOD SOURCES OF Triatoma dimidiata (Hemiptera: Reduvidae IN THE CENTRAL PLATEAU OF COSIA RICA AT THE END OF THE XX CENTURY

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    OLGER CALDERÓN-ARGUEDAS

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    Full Text Available RESUMEN Se colectaron 267 ejemplares de Triatoma dimidiata procedentes de comunidades costarricenses ubicadas en tres regiones epidemiológicamente importantes por la Enfermedad de Chagas. A partir de cada insecto, se prepararon extractos de contenido intestinal los cuales fueron utilizados para determinar la presencia de sangres de diferentes vertebrados en un sistema de doble inmunodifusión (Outcherlony. También los insectos fueron sometidos a un análisis de contenido fecal para determinar la posible infección con T. cruzi. El 67% de las muestras fue positiva por sangre de humano, lo que constituyó la fuente de alimentación más importante (p 267 kissing hugs Triatoma dimidiata (Hemiptera: Reduvidae were collected in peridomestic habitats located in tthree Chagas' disease epidemiological regions of the Central plateau of Costa Rica. Gut extract were prepared from each triatomine. They were assayed in an immuno double-diffusion system (Outcherlony for detecting the presence of different kind of vertebrate bloods. Trypanosoma cruzi infection was also tested by microscopical observation of fecal smear. 67.0% of the samples were positive for human blood, that was the most important food source for the insect (p < 0.05. Dog was another important host and the blood was found in 49.8% of the samples. Rat, mouse, didelphid and chicken bloods were positive in porcentajes under 15.0%. The data can not demostrate that T. dimidata has special preferences for the avian blood. However, when the data are evaluated as exhausted and excluyent categories, chicken blood represents the second in frequency (9.0%. It could means that T. dimidata can choose the chickens as host, when humans or dogs are not available. The T. cruzi infection rate was higher in insects that were positive by opposum and rodent bloods. It suggest the role that these kind of animals can play as selvatic and domestic T. cruzi reservoirs.

  3. Estudos anatômicos e histológicos sôbre a subfamília Triatominae (Heteroptera, Reduviidae: I. parte: a cabeça do Triatoma infestans

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    Rudolf Barth

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    Full Text Available 1. A estrutura externa e interna do esqueleto crânico de Triatoma infestans é descrita e microanatomia da cabeça é apresentada por meio de uma série de cortes transversais. Surgem algumas observações que estão em contradição aos dados da literatura mais nova (posição dos côndilos da cabeça posterior; pontos de origem de alguns músculos, tendão bem desenvolvido da bomba salivar, etc.. 2. Os órgãos da cabeça que servem diretamente ou indiretamente à alimentação são examinados detalhadamente: Tentório, faringe, aparelho salivar, partes bucais (mandíbulas, maxilas e lábio e músculos sa cabeça. É explicado que a estrutura de algumas partes é mais fácil de ser compreendida quando ela é considerada como resultado de invaginações e evaginações. Dentro desta descrição não é referida a filogenia das partes do esqueleto. 3. O tentório sòmente serve à fixação das partes internas da cabeça mas sim também á condução dos estiletes. Trata-se de uma invaginação da parede crãnica anterior cujo lume pode ser comprovado. 4. Por meio dos resultados microanatômicos e das observações "in vivo" em larvas de bactrodes, é demonstrado o mecanismo do engulhamento. 5. O aparelho salivar é explicado como invaginação complicada do fundo da hipofaringe. 6. O pistilo da bomba salivar possui um tendão, no qual o retrator insere-se em forma de penas. A contra-inserção encontra-se exclusivamente na parte posterior do tentório. 7. A cúpula da bomba tem uma válvula de entrada e outra de saída. Em frente do desembocamento do canal condutor encontra-se uma segunda válvula que aparentemente impede um flutuamento da saliva já injetada na maxila para dentro do canal condutor. 8. A cúpula possui em frente e em baixo do canal produtor de saliva um aumento secundário que representa o começo da invaginação do aparelho salivar e deve ser considerado funcionalmente como reservatório equilibrador. 9. As mandíbulas t

  4. Ecologia domestica de la tripanosomiasis americana: perfil alimentario del triatoma infestans en un area rural de la província de Santiago del Estero, Argentina

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    Cristina Wisnivesky-Colli

    1987-03-01

    Full Text Available Se describen los resultados entomológicos de un estúdio sobre transmiswn del Tripanosoma cruzi realizado en un caserío rural de Argentina. Se determino la prevalencia de infección elperfil alimentario de los Triatoma infestans domiciliados, relacionándose su densidad con el tipo de vivienda. Seis de las 18 viviendas estudiadas eran nuevas o mejoradas y en 16 los habitantes aplicaban hexaclorociclohexano. La menor densidad de vinchucas correspondió a las casas higiénicas o mejoradas con tratamiento químico, Los ranchos tratados presentaron un número de insectos 10 veces menor que un rancho no tratado, indicando la efectividad del control autogestado. Se hallaron T. infestans en el 100% de los dormitorios pero en sólo el 53% de los localesperidomiciliarios. Un 39% de las vinchucas intradomiciliarias estaban infectadas. El 96% de los insectos de dormitorios se alimentaron sobre hombre, perro, polloygato, siendo el índice afinidad para el perro 13 veces superior al correspondiente al hombre. Se discute la importancia epidemiológica de la concentración de vectores dentro de los dormitorios y su asociación trófica con los perros convivientes, nsí como la necessidad de combinar la mejora de vivienda con educación sanitaria.

  5. Comparative proteomic analysis of the saliva of the Rhodnius prolixus, Triatoma lecticularia and Panstrongylus herreri triatomines reveals a high interespecific functional biodiversity.

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    Montandon, Carlos Emmanuel; Barros, Edvaldo; Vidigal, Pedro Marcus; Mendes, Maria Tays; Anhê, Ana Carolina Borella Marfil; de Oliveira Ramos, Humberto Josué; de Oliveira, Carlo José Freire; Mafra, Cláudio

    2016-04-01

    Triatomines are hematophagous arthropods that transmit Trypanosoma cruzi and Trypanosoma rangeli. Feeding behavior and pathogen transmission is known to vary between the different species, and this characteristic is directly or indirectly dependent on the bioactive molecules of the saliva that facilitate the vector-host-parasite interaction. Here, we identify, characterize and compare the sialoproteomic (from the Greek sialo: saliva) repertoire of important species of the main triatomine genera in the Americas (Rhodnius prolixus, Triatoma lecticularia and Panstrongylus herreri) to better explain this interaction through two-dimensional electrophoresis and mass spectrometry. We identified 221 proteins, 69 from R. prolixus, 100 from T. lecticularia and 52 from P. herreri. We identified high abundance molecules with a great potential to modulate host defenses and homeostasis, highlighting Nitrophorin-4 (28.7%), Salivary lipocalin-5 (65.2%) and Putative triabin (20.5%) in R. prolixus, T. lecticularia and P. herreri, respectively. We also observed that only a single hypothetical protein is shared among three species, which was not functionally categorized. This study corroborates previous findings with R. prolixus, increasing the knowledge about this species with relevant proteomic information and comparisons with the other two targets of the study, T. lecticularia and P. herreri, for which no studies are available from a proteomics perspective. PMID:26940473

  6. Novel polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism assay to determine internal transcribed spacer-2 group in the Chagas disease vector, Triatoma dimidiata (Latreille, 1811

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    Bethany Richards

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Triatoma dimidiata is the most important Chagas disease insect vector in Central America as this species is primarily responsible for Trypanosoma cruzi transmission to humans, the protozoan parasite that causes Chagas disease. T. dimidiata sensu lato is a genetically diverse assemblage of taxa and effective vector control requires a clear understanding of the geographic distribution and epidemiological importance of its taxa. The nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS-2 is frequently used to infer the systematics of triatomines. However, oftentimes amplification and sequencing of ITS-2 fails, likely due to both the large polymerase chain reaction (PCR product and polymerase slippage near the 5' end. To overcome these challenges we have designed new primers that amplify only the 3'-most 200 base pairs of ITS-2. This region distinguishes the ITS-2 group for 100% of known T. dimidiata haplotypes. Furthermore, we have developed a PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP approach to determine the ITS-2 group, greatly reducing, but not eliminating, the number of amplified products that need to be sequenced. Although there are limitations with this new PCR-RFLP approach, its use will help with understanding the geographic distribution of T. dimidiata taxa and can facilitate other studies characterising the taxa, e.g. their ecology, evolution and epidemiological importance, thus improving vector control.

  7. Is imidacloprid an effective alternative for controlling pyrethroid-resistant populations of Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae in the Gran Chaco ecoregion?

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    Guillermo Carvajal

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The prevention of Chagas disease is based primarily on the chemical control of Triatoma infestans (Klug using pyrethroid insecticides. However, high resistance levels, correlated with control failures, have been detected in Argentina and Bolivia. A previous study at our laboratory found that imidacloprid could serve as an alternative to pyrethroid insecticides. We studied the delayed toxicity of imidacloprid and the influence of the blood feeding condition of the insect on the toxicity of this insecticide; we also studied the effectiveness of various commercial imidacloprid formulations against a pyrethroid-resistant T. infestans population from the Gran Chaco ecoregion. Variations in the toxic effects of imidacloprid were not observed up to 72 h after exposure and were not found to depend on the blood feeding condition of susceptible and resistant individuals. Of the three different studied formulations of imidacloprid on glass and filter paper, only the spot-on formulation was effective. This formulation was applied to pigeons at doses of 1, 5, 20 and 40 mg/bird. The nymphs that fed on pigeons treated with 20 mg or 40 mg of the formulation showed a higher mortality rate than the control group one day and seven days post-treatment (p < 0.01. A spot-on formulation of imidacloprid was effective against pyrethroid-resistant T. infestans populations at the laboratory level.

  8. Peridomiciliary colonies of Triatoma vitticeps (Stal, 1859 (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae infected with Trypanosoma cruzi in rural areas of the state of Espírito Santo, Brazil

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    Claudiney Biral dos Santos

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available In Brazil, the colonization of human dwellings by triatomines occurs in areas with native vegetation of the caatinga or cerrado types. In areas of Atlantic forest such as in the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo, there are no species adapted to live in human habitations. The few autochthonous cases of Chagas disease encountered in Espírito Santo have been attributed to adult specimens of Triatoma vitticeps that invade houses from forest remnants. In recent years, the entomology unit of the Espírito Santo State Health Secretariat has recorded nymphs infected with flagellates similar to Trypanosoma cruzi in rural localities. Entomological surveys were carried out in the residences and outbuildings in which the insects were found, and serological examinations for Chagas disease performed on the inhabitants. Four colonies were found, all associated with nests of opossums (Didelphis aurita, 111 specimens of T. vitticeps, and 159 eggs being collected. All the triatomines presented flagellates in their frass. Mice inoculated with the faeces presented trypomastigotes in the circulating blood and groups of amastigotes in the cardiac muscle fibres. Serological tests performed on the inhabitants were negative for T. cruzi. Even with the intense devastation of the forest in Espírito Santo, there are no indications of change in the sylvatic habits of T. vitticeps. Colonies of this insect associated with opossum nests would indicate an expansion of the sylvatic environment into the peridomicile.

  9. Comparative study of enzymes in testes and ovaries from adult Dipetalogaster maximus (Uhler) and triatoma infestans (Klug) (Hemiptera: Reduviidae). correlation with fine structural organization.

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    Scaraffia, P Y; Maldonado, C; Aoki, A; De Burgos, N M

    2001-01-01

    Activities of hexokinase (HK), glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PDH), fructose-6-phosphate kinase (F6PK), glutamate dehydrogenase (GlutDH), aspartate aminotransferase (AAT), malate dehydrogenase (MDH) and glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GPDH) were determined in tissue extracts of testes and ovaries of adult Dipetalogaster maximus (Uhler) and Triatoma infestans (Klug) (Hemiptera: Reduviidae), insect vectors of Chagas disease. The fine structure organization of the same organs were studied by electron microscopy. Results allow the following inferences: in testes from both species, most of the glucose would be utilized through the glycolytic pathway. Amino acid catabolism for energy purposes appears to be unimportant. The number of mitochondria and the development of the rough endoplasmic reticulum in cells of the spermatogenic line indicate the occurrence of active oxidative metabolism and protein synthesis; in ovaries, levels of G6PDH indicate the existence of an active pentose pathway which would supply the NADPH required for fat and ecdysteroid synthesis. Amino acid catabolism appears to be relatively more important in ovary than in testis. Fat and glycogen are stored in follicular cells of D. maximus; oocytes of both species contain numerous fat droplets. Abundant mitocondria are present in follicular cells and oocytes. A well developed rough endoplasmic reticulum and free ribosomes are also conspicuous in these cells. The malate/aspartate H-transfer system seemed to be relatively more important than the glycerophosphate shuttle in ovaries as well in testes. PMID:11759815

  10. Comparative study of enzymes in testes and ovaries from adult Dipetalogaster maximus (Uhler and Triatoma infestans (Klug (Hemiptera: Reduviidae. Correlation with fine structural organization

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    PY Scaraffia

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Activities of hexokinase (HK, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PDH, fructose-6-phosphate kinase (F6PK, glutamate dehydrogenase (GlutDH, aspartate aminotransferase (AAT, malate dehydrogenase (MDH and glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GPDH were determined in tissue extracts of testes and ovaries of adult Dipetalogaster maximus (Uhler and Triatoma infestans (Klug (Hemiptera: Reduviidae, insect vectors of Chagas disease. The fine structure organization of the same organs were studied by electron microscopy. Results allow the following inferences: in testes from both species, most of the glucose would be utilized through the glycolytic pathway. Amino acid catabolism for energy purposes appears to be unimportant. The number of mitochondria and the development of the rough endoplasmic reticulum in cells of the spermatogenic line indicate the occurrence of active oxidative metabolism and protein synthesis; in ovaries, levels of G6PDH indicate the existence of an active pentose pathway which would supply the NADPH required for fat and ecdysteroid synthesis. Amino acid catabolism appears to be relatively more important in ovary than in testis. Fat and glycogen are stored in follicular cells of D. maximus; oocytes of both species contain numerous fat droplets. Abundant mitocondria are present in follicular cells and oocytes. A well developed rough endoplasmic reticulum and free ribosomes are also conspicuous in these cells. The malate/aspartate H-transfer system seemed to be relatively more important than the glycerophosphate shuttle in ovaries as well in testes.

  11. Triatoma rubrovaria (Blanchard, 1843 (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae II: trophic resources and ecological observations of five populations collected in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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    Almeida Carlos Eduardo

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Triatoma rubrovaria has become the most frequently captured triatomine species after the control of T. infestans in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (RS, Brazil. Isoenzymatic and chromatic studies indicate the existence of, at least, two distinct phenotypic patterns of T. rubrovaria in RS. The geographic variation noted through molecular tools may also result in distinct profiles of vectorial potentiality. In order to enhance our understanding of the bionomic knowledge of T. rubrovaria separate batches of the species were collected from different municipalities of RS distant from 72 to 332 km: Santana do Livramento (natural ecotope, Santana do Livramento (artificial ecotope, Santiago (natural ecotope, Canguçu (peridomicile and Encruzilhada do Sul (natural ecotope. A total of 285 specimens were collected, 85 specimens kept sufficient fecal material in their guts for the precipitin analysis. The results indicated the food eclecticism for this species and the anti-rodent serum showed the highest positivity in most localities. From the total of analyzed samples, only 1.3% of unique positivity for human blood was registered, all of them for Santiago population. This reactivity to human blood may be associated to pastures activities in the field.

  12. Is imidacloprid an effective alternative for controlling pyrethroid-resistant populations of Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) in the Gran Chaco ecoregion?

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    Carvajal, Guillermo; Picollo, María Inés; Toloza, Ariel Ceferino

    2014-09-01

    The prevention of Chagas disease is based primarily on the chemical control of Triatoma infestans (Klug) using pyrethroid insecticides. However, high resistance levels, correlated with control failures, have been detected in Argentina and Bolivia. A previous study at our laboratory found that imidacloprid could serve as an alternative to pyrethroid insecticides. We studied the delayed toxicity of imidacloprid and the influence of the blood feeding condition of the insect on the toxicity of this insecticide; we also studied the effectiveness of various commercial imidacloprid formulations against a pyrethroid-resistant T. infestans population from the Gran Chaco ecoregion. Variations in the toxic effects of imidacloprid were not observed up to 72 h after exposure and were not found to depend on the blood feeding condition of susceptible and resistant individuals. Of the three different studied formulations of imidacloprid on glass and filter paper, only the spot-on formulation was effective. This formulation was applied to pigeons at doses of 1, 5, 20 and 40 mg/bird. The nymphs that fed on pigeons treated with 20 mg or 40 mg of the formulation showed a higher mortality rate than the control group one day and seven days post-treatment (p < 0.01). A spot-on formulation of imidacloprid was effective against pyrethroid-resistant T. infestans populations at the laboratory level. PMID:25141281

  13. Adesao ao guia alimentar para populacao brasileira

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    Eliseu Verly Junior

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO : Analisar a adesão ao Guia Alimentar para População Brasileira. MÉTODOS : Amostra composta por participantes do Inquérito de Saúde de São Paulo (n = 1.661 que preencheram dois recordatórios de 24 horas. Foi utilizado modelo bivariado de efeito misto para a razão entre o consumo de energia do grupo de alimentos e o consumo calórico total. A razão estimada foi utilizada para calcular o percentual de indivíduos com consumo abaixo ou acima da recomendação. RESULTADOS : Pelo menos 80,0% da população consome abaixo do recomendado para: leite e derivados; frutas e sucos de frutas; e cereais, tubérculos e raízes; aproximadamente 60,0% para legumes e verduras; 30,0% para feijões; e 8,0% para carnes e ovos. Adolescentes apresentaram a maior inadequação para legumes e verduras (90,0%, e o estrato de maior renda foi associado à menor inadequação para óleos, gorduras e sementes oleaginosas (57,0%. CONCLUSÕES : Foi observado consumo inadequado dos grupos de alimentos relacionados com aumento do risco de doenças crônicas.

  14. Low-order AO system in LAMOST

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    Yuan, Xiangyan; Cui, Xiangqun; Liu, Genrong; Zhang, Yong; Qi, Yongjun

    2006-06-01

    The large sky area multi-object fiber spectroscopic telescope (LAMOST) is a special reflecting Schmidt telescope with its main optical axis on the meridian plane tilted by an angle of 25° to the horizontal. The clear aperture is 4m, working in optical band. The light path is 60m long when working in observing mode and it will be doubled if work in auto-collimation mode. So the image quality is affected clearly by the ground seeing and the dome seeing. In order to improve the seeing condition of the long light path, we enclosed the spherical primary and the focus unit in a tunnel enclosure and cooled the tunnel. This is an effective but passive method. Corresponding experiments and simulations show the main part of the aberrations caused by the ground seeing and dome seeing is slowly changed low order items such as tip-tilt, defocus, astigmatism, coma and spherical aberration. Thus we plan to develop the low-order AO system based on the low-cost 37-channel OKO deformable mirror for the telescope to better the ground seeing and the dome seeing, not aimed to reach diffraction limited image. This work is being carried on now.

  15. Sensibilidade de estirpes de Bradyrhizobium ao glyphosate

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    Rodrigo Josemar Seminoti Jacques

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available A aplicação do glyphosate sobre a soja resistente a este herbicida pode causar prejuízos à simbiose com o rizóbio. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a sensibilidade ao herbicida glyphosate de três estirpes de Bradyrhizobium recomendadas para a produção de inoculantes de sementes de soja no Brasil. Avaliou-se o efeito das concentrações de 0,0; 5,4; 10,8; 21,6 e 43,2 µg L-1 do ingrediente ativo do glyphosate [N-(fosfonometil glicina] no meio YM líquido sobre o crescimento de B. japonicum (estirpe SEMIA 5079 e de B. elkanii (estirpe SEMIA 5019 e estirpe SEMIA 587, por meio de leituras das densidades óticas e geração de curvas de crescimento. As reduções de crescimento na presença da menor concentração do glyphosate foram de 18% para SEMIA 5079, 29% para SEMIA 5019 e de 35% para SEMIA 587, sendo, de modo geral, quanto maior a concentração do herbicida no meio de cultura maior a inibição do crescimen­to. As estirpes apresentaram sensibilidade diferencial somente às concentrações mais baixas do glyphosate; nesse caso, foi possível determinar a seguinte ordem de sensibilidade: SEMIA 587 > SEMIA 5019 > SEMIA 5079. Essa sensibilidade diferencial é dependente da concentração do herbicida, pois na presença de 43,2 µg L-1 todas as estirpes tiveram seu crescimento severamente reduzido, não havendo diferença entre elas.

  16. First closed-loop visible AO test results for the advanced adaptive secondary AO system for the Magellan Telescope: MagAO's performance and status

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    Close, Laird M.; Males, Jared R.; Kopon, Derek A.; Gasho, Victor; Follette, Katherine B.; Hinz, Phil; Morzinski, Katie; Uomoto, Alan; Hare, Tyson; Riccardi, Armando; Esposito, Simone; Puglisi, Alfio; Pinna, Enrico; Busoni, Lorenzo; Arcidiacono, Carmelo; Xompero, Marco; Briguglio, Runa; Quiros-Pacheco, Fernando; Argomedo, Javier

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    The heart of the 6.5 Magellan AO system (MagAO) is a 585 actuator adaptive secondary mirror (ASM) with response times (0.7 ms typically). This adaptive secondary will allow low emissivity and high-contrast AO science. We fabricated a high order (561 mode) pyramid wavefront sensor (similar to that now successfully used at the Large Binocular Telescope). The relatively high actuator count (and small projected ~23 cm pitch) allows moderate Strehls to be obtained by MagAO in the “visible” (0.63-1.05 μm). To take advantage of this we have fabricated an AO CCD science camera called "VisAO". Complete “end-to-end” closed-loop lab tests of MagAO achieve a solid, broad-band, 37% Strehl (122 nm rms) at 0.76 μm (i’) with the VisAO camera in 0.8” simulated seeing (13 cm ro at V) with fast 33 mph winds and a 40 m Lo locked on R=8 mag artificial star. These relatively high visible wavelength Strehls are enabled by our powerful combination of a next generation ASM and a Pyramid WFS with 400 controlled modes and 1000 Hz sample speeds (similar to that used successfully on-sky at the LBT). Currently only the VisAO science camera is used for lab testing of MagAO, but this high level of measured performance (122 nm rms) promises even higher Strehls with our IR science cameras. On bright (R=8 mag) stars we should achieve very high Strehls (>70% at H) in the IR with the existing MagAO Clio2 (λ=1-5.3 μm) science camera/coronagraph or even higher (~98% Strehl) the Mid-IR (8-26 microns) with the existing BLINC/MIRAC4 science camera in the future. To eliminate non-common path vibrations, dispersions, and optical errors the VisAO science camera is fed by a common path advanced triplet ADC and is piggy-backed on the Pyramid WFS optical board itself. Also a high-speed shutter can be used to block periods of poor correction. The entire system passed CDR in June 2009, and we finished the closed-loop system level testing phase in December 2011. Final system acceptance (

  17. Triatoma infestans colonizando em domicílios da Baixada Fluminense, Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

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    Mário B. Aragão

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    Full Text Available Nos municípios de Duque de Caxias e Nova Iguaçu, que fazem parte do Grande Rio de Janeiro, foram encontrados domicílios infestados pelo T. infestans. Em duas locdades do Município de Duque de Caxias (Amapá e Piranema foram encontrados T. infestans infectados por flagelados morfologicamente indistinguíveis do Trypanosoma cruzi, sendo de notar que alguns dêsses insetos foram coletados em uma casa em que os moradores nunca tinham estado em zona afetada pela doença de Chagas. Os autores concluam que a infestação deve ser recente e discutem o problema dêsse triatomíneo estar proliferando num clima opôsto ao de sua área de dispersão e numa região onde os triatomíneos silvestres, que penetram nos domicílios, não conseguem formar colônias.

  18. Espermiogênese como ferramenta citotaxonômica para diferenciar Triatoma guazu e T. williami, espécies vetoras da doença de Chagas

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    Yago Visinho Reis

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    Full Text Available Os triatomíneos pertencem à ordem Hemiptera, subordem Heteroptera, família Reduviidae e subfamília Triatominae. Todas as 148 espécies são hematófagas estritas e potenciais vetoras do protozoário Trypanosoma cruzi, agente etiológico da doença de Chagas. Algumas espécies são extremamente semelhantes do ponto de vista morfológico, o que pode dificultar o trabalho dos programas de controle de vetores. Triatoma guazu e T. williami são consideradas como espécies irmãs e não podem ser diferenciadas por diferentes abordagens, como análises morfométricas, isoenzimáticas e cromossômicas. Assim, o presente trabalho analisou as células haplóides durante a espermiogênese, com o objetivo de auxiliar na diferenciação desses vetores. A análise das espermátides de T. guazu e T. williami permitiu diferenciá-los, pois T. williami apresentou apenas um filamento heteropicnótico nas espermátides iniciais que foi parcialmente mantido durante o alongamento celular e T. guazu apresentou dois filamentos heteropicnóticos periféricos que se uniram durante o alongamento celular, dando origem a uma espermátide alongada totalmente heteropicnótica. Assim, ressaltando a importância dessa ferramenta na diferenciação de espécies relacionadas. No entanto, sugerimos que cruzamentos híbridos experimentais devem ser realizados entre esses triatomíneos, com o intuito de confirmar o status específico desses insetos vetores da doença de Chagas.Palavras-chave: Citogenética. Espermátides. Triatominae. Subcomplexo Matogrossensis. ABSTRACT Triatomines belong to the Hemiptera order, Heteroptera suborder, Reduviidae family and Triatominae subfamily. All the 148 species are haematophagous strict and potential vectors of the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, etiologic agent of Chagas disease. Some species are very similar from a point of view morphological, what can difficult the work of vector control programs. Triatoma guazu and T. williami are

  19. De novo transcriptome assembly for a non-model species, the blood-sucking bug Triatoma brasiliensis, a vector of Chagas disease.

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    Marchant, A; Mougel, F; Almeida, C; Jacquin-Joly, E; Costa, J; Harry, M

    2015-04-01

    High throughput sequencing (HTS) provides new research opportunities for work on non-model organisms, such as differential expression studies between populations exposed to different environmental conditions. However, such transcriptomic studies first require the production of a reference assembly. The choice of sampling procedure, sequencing strategy and assembly workflow is crucial. To develop a reliable reference transcriptome for Triatoma brasiliensis, the major Chagas disease vector in Northeastern Brazil, different de novo assembly protocols were generated using various datasets and software. Both 454 and Illumina sequencing technologies were applied on RNA extracted from antennae and mouthparts from single or pooled individuals. The 454 library yielded 278 Mb. Fifteen Illumina libraries were constructed and yielded nearly 360 million RNA-seq single reads and 46 million RNA-seq paired-end reads for nearly 45 Gb. For the 454 reads, we used three assemblers, Newbler, CAP3 and/or MIRA and for the Illumina reads, the Trinity assembler. Ten assembly workflows were compared using these programs separately or in combination. To compare the assemblies obtained, quantitative and qualitative criteria were used, including contig length, N50, contig number and the percentage of chimeric contigs. Completeness of the assemblies was estimated using the CEGMA pipeline. The best assembly (57,657 contigs, completeness of 80 %, assembly leading to recommend the use of (1) a single individual with large representation of biological tissues, (2) merging both long reads and short paired-end Illumina reads, (3) several assemblers in order to combine the specific advantages of each. PMID:25233990

  20. Biological Control of the Chagas Disease Vector Triatoma infestans with the Entomopathogenic Fungus Beauveria bassiana Combined with an Aggregation Cue: Field, Laboratory and Mathematical Modeling Assessment.

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    Lucas Forlani

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Current Chagas disease vector control strategies, based on chemical insecticide spraying, are growingly threatened by the emergence of pyrethroid-resistant Triatoma infestans populations in the Gran Chaco region of South America.We have already shown that the entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana has the ability to breach the insect cuticle and is effective both against pyrethroid-susceptible and pyrethroid-resistant T. infestans, in laboratory as well as field assays. It is also known that T. infestans cuticle lipids play a major role as contact aggregation pheromones. We estimated the effectiveness of pheromone-based infection boxes containing B. bassiana spores to kill indoor bugs, and its effect on the vector population dynamics. Laboratory assays were performed to estimate the effect of fungal infection on female reproductive parameters. The effect of insect exuviae as an aggregation signal in the performance of the infection boxes was estimated both in the laboratory and in the field. We developed a stage-specific matrix model of T. infestans to describe the fungal infection effects on insect population dynamics, and to analyze the performance of the biopesticide device in vector biological control.The pheromone-containing infective box is a promising new tool against indoor populations of this Chagas disease vector, with the number of boxes per house being the main driver of the reduction of the total domestic bug population. This ecologically safe approach is the first proven alternative to chemical insecticides in the control of T. infestans. The advantageous reduction in vector population by delayed-action fungal biopesticides in a contained environment is here shown supported by mathematical modeling.

  1. Triatoma maculata, the Vector of Trypanosoma cruzi, in Venezuela. Phenotypic and Genotypic Variability as Potential Indicator of Vector Displacement into the Domestic Habitat.

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    García-Alzate, Roberto; Lozano-Arias, Daisy; Reyes-Lugo, Rafael Matías; Morocoima, Antonio; Herrera, Leidi; Mendoza-León, Alexis

    2014-01-01

    Triatoma maculata is a wild vector of Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease; its incursion in the domestic habitat is scant. In order to establish the possible domestic habitat of T. maculata, we evaluated wing variability and polymorphism of genotypic markers in subpopulations of T. maculata that live in different habitats in Venezuela. As markers, we used the mtCyt b gene, previously apply to evaluate population genetic structure in triatomine species, and the β-tubulin gene region, a marker employed to study genetic variability in Leishmania subgenera. Adults of T. maculata were captured in the period 2012-2013 at domestic, peridomestic (PD), and wild areas of towns in the Venezuelan states of Anzoátegui, Bolívar, Portuguesa, Monagas, Nueva Esparta, and Sucre. The phenotypic analysis was conducted through the determination of the isometric size and conformation of the left wing of each insect (492 individuals), using the MorphoJ program. Results reveal that insects of the domestic habitat showed significant reductions in wing size and variations in anatomical characteristics associated with flying, in relation to the PD and wild habitats. The largest variability was found in Anzoátegui and Monagas. The genotypic variability was assessed by in silico sequence comparison of the molecular markers and PCR-RFLP assays, demonstrating a marked polymorphism for the markers in insects of the domestic habitat in comparison with the other habitats. The highest polymorphism was found for the β-tubulin marker with enzymes BamHI and KpnI. Additionally, the infection rate by T. cruzi was higher in Monagas and Sucre (26.8 and 37.0%, respectively), while in domestic habitats the infestation rate was highest in Anzoátegui (22.3%). Results suggest domestic habitat colonization by T. maculata that in epidemiological terms, coupled with the presence in this habitat of nymphs of the vector, represents a high risk of transmission of Chagas disease. PMID

  2. Strong host-feeding preferences of the vector Triatoma infestans modified by vector density: implications for the epidemiology of Chagas disease.

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    Ricardo E Gürtler

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Understanding the factors that affect the host-feeding preferences of triatomine bugs is crucial for estimating transmission risks and predicting the effects of control tactics targeting domestic animals. We tested whether Triatoma infestans bugs prefer to feed on dogs vs. chickens and on dogs vs. cats and whether vector density modified host choices and other vital rates under natural conditions. METHODOLOGY: Two host choice experiments were conducted in small caged huts with two rooms between which bugs could move freely. Matched pairs of dog-chicken (six and dog-cat (three were assigned randomly to two levels of vector abundance and exposed to starved bugs during three nights. Bloodmeals from 1,160 bugs were tested by a direct enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Conditional logistic regression showed that dogs were highly preferred over chickens or cats and that vector density modified host-feeding choices. The relative risk of a bug being blood-engorged increased significantly when it fed only on dog rather than chicken or cat. Bugs achieved higher post-exposure weight at higher vector densities and successive occasions, more so if they fed on a dog rather than on a cat. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings strongly refute the hypothesis that T. infestans prefers to blood-feed on chickens rather than dogs. An increase in dog or cat availability or accessibility will increase the rate of bug feeding on them and exert strong non-linear effects on R(0. When combined with between-dog heterogeneities in exposure, infection, and infectiousness, the strong bug preference for dogs can be exploited to target dogs in general, and even the specific individuals that account for most of the risk, with topical lotions or insecticide-impregnated collars to turn them into baited lethal traps or use them as transmission or infestation sentinels based on their immune response to Trypanosoma cruzi or bug salivary antigens.

  3. Xenodiagnóstico na doença de Chagas crônica: I- Sensibilidade de Panstrongylus megistus e Triatoma infestans

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    José Borges-Pereira

    1996-08-01

    Full Text Available De janeiro de 1986 a fevereiro de 1994foram aplicados 563 xenodiagnósticos (XD em igual número de pacientes chagásicos crônicos de diferentes áreas do Brasil; 292 mulheres e 271 homens com idades entre 6 e 89 anos (média = 41,4 ± 14, 7 anos. Em cada XD foram empregadas 40 ninfas no 4S estádio: 20 de Panstrongylus megistus (Pm e 20 de Triatoma infestans (Ti em jejum de pelo menos 14 dias. O exame de cada ninfa foi realizado 45 dias depois de aplicada no paciente, através da observação por microscopia óptica das fezes e/ou do triturado do tubo digestivo. Foram observados os seguintes resultados: a XD positivos em 205 (36,4% pacientes, sendo 85 (15,1% devido exclusivamente às ninfas de Pm, 44 (7,8% devido às de Ti e 76 (13,5% devido a ambas Pm e Ti; b positividade em 4,9% das ninfas de Pm e em 3,0% das ninfas de Ti. A análise destes resultados mostrou que as ninfas de Pm foram mais sensíveis do que as de Ti à infecção pelo Trypanosoma cruzi, aumentando significativamente a xenopositividade, independentemente da área de origem, sexo e faixa etária dos pacientes. Estes resultados indicam que, para aumentar o rendimento do XD na doença de Chagas crônica, este exame deve conter mais de uma espécie de triatomíneo com diferentes sensibilidades à infecção pelo T. cruzi e, no caso de uso de apenas uma espécie, as ninfas IV de Pm devem substituir as ninfas IV de Ti.

  4. Hunting, swimming, and worshiping: human cultural practices illuminate the blood meal sources of cave dwelling Chagas vectors (Triatoma dimidiata in Guatemala and Belize.

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    Lori Stevens

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Triatoma dimidiata, currently the major Central American vector of Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, inhabits caves throughout the region. This research investigates the possibility that cave dwelling T. dimidiata might transmit the parasite to humans and links the blood meal sources of cave vectors to cultural practices that differ among locations.We determined the blood meal sources of twenty-four T. dimidiata collected from two locations in Guatemala and one in Belize where human interactions with the caves differ. Blood meal sources were determined by cloning and sequencing PCR products amplified from DNA extracted from the vector abdomen using primers specific for the vertebrate 12S mitochondrial gene. The blood meal sources were inferred by ≥ 99% identity with published sequences. We found 70% of cave-collected T. dimidiata positive for human DNA. The vectors had fed on 10 additional vertebrates with a variety of relationships to humans, including companion animal (dog, food animals (pig, sheep/goat, wild animals (duck, two bat, two opossum species and commensal animals (mouse, rat. Vectors from all locations fed on humans and commensal animals. The blood meal sources differ among locations, as well as the likelihood of feeding on dog and food animals. Vectors from one location were tested for T. cruzi infection, and 30% (3/10 tested positive, including two positive for human blood meals.Cave dwelling Chagas disease vectors feed on humans and commensal animals as well as dog, food animals and wild animals. Blood meal sources were related to human uses of the caves. We caution that just as T. dimidiata in caves may pose an epidemiological risk, there may be other situations where risk is thought to be minimal, but is not.

  5. The Robo-AO automated intelligent queue system

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    Riddle, Reed L; Papadopoulos, Athanasios; Baranec, Christoph; Law, Nicholas M

    2014-01-01

    Robo-AO is the first automated laser adaptive optics instrument. In just its second year of scientific operations, it has completed the largest adaptive optics surveys to date, each comprising thousands of targets. Robo-AO uses a fully automated queue scheduling system that selects targets based on criteria entered on a per observing program or per target basis, and includes the ability to coordinate with US Strategic Command automatically to avoid lasing space assets. This enables Robo-AO to select among thousands of targets at a time, and achieve an average observation rate of approximately 20 targets per hour.

  6. Resposta de cultivares de arroz irrigado ao nitrogênio

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    Freitas José Guilherme de; Azzini Luiz Ernesto; Cantarella Heitor; Bastos Cândido Ricardo; Castro Lúcia Helena Signori Melo de; Gallo Paulo Boller; Felício João Carlos

    2001-01-01

    Genótipos de arroz irrigado por inundação (Oryza sativa L.) podem apresentar variabilidade de resposta ao nitrogênio. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a resposta de três cultivares de arroz ao nitrogênio. Os experimentos foram realizados em Mococa, SP, em 1997/98 e 1998/99, em Cambissolo Háplico Tb Eutrófico gleico. O delineamento estatístico foi em blocos ao acaso, em esquema de parcelas subdivididas, com quatro repetições. Nas parcelas foram aplicadas doses de N (0, 50, 100 e 150 kg ha...

  7. Condicionantes economicos oa adoçao de uma inovaçao por parte do consumidor: analise da compra de serviços online

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    Izquierdo Yusta, Alicia; Martinez Ruiz, Maria Pilar; Jimenez Zarco, Ana Isabel

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    Este  trabalho analisa a processo de adoçao de uma inovaçao concreta por parte do consumidor final -neste caso, o usa e adoçao de internet como canal de informaçao e de compra– na aquisiçao de um serviço, No caso concreto, considera-se um serviço turistico de caracteristicas muito particulares como e a reserva de um pernoite hoteleiro. A eleiçao deste produto intangivel resulta numa grande contribuçao a Iiteratura relevante, nao só pela escassez de trabalhos anteriores que tenham analisado es...

  8. An efficient algorithm for generating AoA networks

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    Mouhoub, Nasser Eddine

    2012-01-01

    The activities, in project scheduling, can be represented graphically in two different ways, by either assigning the activities to the nodes 'AoN' directed acyclic graph (dag) or to the arcs 'AoA dag'. In this paper, a new algorithm is proposed for generating, for a given project scheduling problem, an Activity-on-Arc dag starting from the Activity-on-Node dag using the concepts of line graphs of graphs.

  9. A Large-Telescope Natural Guide Star AO System

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    Redding, David; Milman, Mark; Needels, Laura

    1994-01-01

    None given. From overview and conclusion:Keck Telescope case study. Objectives-low cost, good sky coverage. Approach--natural guide star at 0.8um, correcting at 2.2um.Concl- Good performance is possible for Keck with natural guide star AO system (SR>0.2 to mag 17+).AO-optimized CCD should b every effective. Optimizing td is very effective.Spatial Coadding is not effective except perhaps at extreme low light levels.

  10. Fonte alimentar e potencial vetorial de Triatoma vitticeps (Stal, 1859 com relação à doença de Chagas humana no estado do Espírito Santo, Brasil (Hemiptera, Reduviidae Feeding and vectorial capacity of Triatoma vitticeps (Stal, 1859 in relation with human chagas' disease in Espírito Santo State, Brazil

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    João Carlos Pinto Dias

    1989-01-01

    Full Text Available In paralel with several other epidemiologic and entomologic data of 19 Municipalities of Espírito Santo State, Brazil, the feeding pattern of 222 Triatoma vitticeps is studied through precipitin tests. Very high levels of natural infection with Trypanosoma cruzi are observed in adult insects, in contrast with the abscence or minimum degrees of infection among nymphs and human individuals. The precipitin tests showed the contact of the insects with multiple blood sources, chiefly human and birds, followed by rodents and marsupials. The data suggest that T. vitticeps in spite of being highly antropophilic, become infected by T. cruzi in sylvatic ambient and occasionally invade houses. The species doesn't seem to be - at least until now - a good vector in the domestic cycle of Chagas' disease. Several factors seem to be involved in this conclusion, mainly the low density of the insect in the houses, its hardness to coloniza them, its slowness concerning to suction and defecation and possibly its low susceptibility to different T. cruzi strains.

  11. Alterações biomorfogênicas causadas pela aplicação de precoceno II em ninfas de Triatoma infestans (Klug, 1834 (Hemiptera, reduviidae, triatominae Biomorphogenetic changes caused by the application or prococene II in nymphs of Triatoma infestans (klug, 1834 (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae

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    José Jurberg

    1986-06-01

    Full Text Available O precoceno II aplicado topicamente em ninfas de 4ª estádio, nas dosagens de 200, 300 e 400 micron-grama/1 micron-litro de acetona, proporcionou o aparecimento de adultóides, em diferentes percentagens com as seguintes características: tegumento alterado, aparelho bucal deformado, asas braquípteras, tarsos trímeros, ocelos, evidentes e genitália externa com estruturas desenvolvidas e deformadas; genitália interna em estágio intermediário entre ninfas de 4§ e 5§ estádios. Os adultóides apresentaram um período de sobrevivência inversamente proporcional à dosagem aplicada, variando de 3 a 22 dias, não tendo se alimentado devido as alterações.The morphogenetic effect of precocene II on 4th instar nymphs of Triatoma infestans was examined. Topical treatment with precocene II (200, 300 and 400 µg/nymph induced the formation of adultoids with the following characteristics; rudimentary wings, three segmented tarsi, ocelli, deformed genitalia and mouth-parts and testes with intermediary development. Precocene II also increases the duration of the molting cycle. The survival of the adultoid insects was related to the inverse of the applied doses. These data extend our knowledge of the action of precocene II on triatominae species.

  12. Climatic factors influencing triatomine occurrence in Central-West Brazil

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    Joyce Mendes Pereira; Paulo Silva de Almeida; Adair Vieira de Sousa; Aécio Moraes de Paula; Ricardo Bomfim Machado; Rodrigo Gurgel-Gonçalves

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    We estimated the geographic distributions of triatomine species in Central-West Region of Brazil (CW) and analysed the climatic factors influencing their occurrence. A total of 3,396 records of 27 triatomine species were analysed. Using the maximum entropy method, ecological niche models were produced for eight species occurring in at least 20 municipalities based on 13 climatic variables and elevation. Triatoma sordida and Rhodnius neglectus were the species with the broadest geographic dist...

  13. Triatoma maculata, the vector of Trypanosoma cruzi, in Venezuela. Phenotypic and genotypic variability as potential indicator of vector displacement into the domestic habitat

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    Roberto eGarcía-Alzate

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Triatoma maculata is a wild vector of Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease; its incursion in the domestic habitat is scant. In order to establish the possible domestic habitat of T. maculata, we evaluated wing variability and polymorphism of genotypic markers in subpopulations of T. maculata that live in different habitats in Venezuela. As markers we used the mtCyt b gene, previously apply to evaluate population genetic structure in triatomine species, and the β-tubulin gene region, a marker employed to study genetic variability in Leishmania subgenera. Adults of T. maculata were captured in the period 2012-2013 at domestic, peridomestic and wild areas of towns in the Venezuelan states of Anzoátegui, Bolívar, Portuguesa, Monagas, Nueva Esparta and Sucre. The phenotypic analysis was conducted through the determination of the isometric size and conformation of the left wing of each insect (492 individuals, using the MorphoJ program. Results reveal that insects of the domestic habitat showed significant reductions in wing size and variations in anatomical characteristics associated with flying, in relation to the peridomestic and wild habitats. The largest variability was found in Anzoátegui and Monagas. The genotypic variability was assessed by in silico sequence comparison of the molecular markers and PCR-RFLP assays, demonstrating a marked polymorphism for the markers in insects of the domestic habitat in comparison with the other habitats. The highest polymorphism was found for the β-tubulin marker with enzymes BamHI and KpnI. Additionally, the infection rate by T. cruzi was higher in Monagas and Sucre (26.8 and 37.0% respectively, while in domestic habitats the infestation rate was highest in Anzoátegui (22.3%. Results suggest domestic habitat colonization by T. maculata that in epidemiological terms, coupled with the presence in this habitat of nymphs of the vector, represents a high risk of transmission of

  14. Ecologia domestica de la tripanosomiasis americana: perfil alimentario del triatoma infestans en un area rural de la província de Santiago del Estero, Argentina

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    Cristina Wisnivesky-Colli

    1987-03-01

    Full Text Available Se describen los resultados entomológicos de un estúdio sobre transmiswn del Tripanosoma cruzi realizado en un caserío rural de Argentina. Se determino la prevalencia de infección elperfil alimentario de los Triatoma infestans domiciliados, relacionándose su densidad con el tipo de vivienda. Seis de las 18 viviendas estudiadas eran nuevas o mejoradas y en 16 los habitantes aplicaban hexaclorociclohexano. La menor densidad de vinchucas correspondió a las casas higiénicas o mejoradas con tratamiento químico, Los ranchos tratados presentaron un número de insectos 10 veces menor que un rancho no tratado, indicando la efectividad del control autogestado. Se hallaron T. infestans en el 100% de los dormitorios pero en sólo el 53% de los localesperidomiciliarios. Un 39% de las vinchucas intradomiciliarias estaban infectadas. El 96% de los insectos de dormitorios se alimentaron sobre hombre, perro, polloygato, siendo el índice afinidad para el perro 13 veces superior al correspondiente al hombre. Se discute la importancia epidemiológica de la concentración de vectores dentro de los dormitorios y su asociación trófica con los perros convivientes, nsí como la necessidad de combinar la mejora de vivienda con educación sanitaria.Entomological aspects of an ecological study on domestic T. cruzi transmission carried out in a rural community of Argentina are described. T. cruzi infection rates an d the feeding profiles of domiciliary T. infestans were determined, and bug density was related to house construction. Six of 18 houses studied were new and reformed while 16 households hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH had been used by the inmates. The lowest bug densities were found in new houses or those receiving good, insecticide treatment. Insecticide treated units had an a verage number of bugs 10 times lower(3.1 bugs/man-hour than thosefound in a non treated ones indicating the effectiveness of selfp romoted control. A ll bedrooms but only 53% o f

  15. Second generation Robo-AO instruments and systems

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    Baranec, Christoph; Law, Nicholas M; Chun, Mark R; Lu, Jessica R; Connelley, Michael S; Hall, Donald; Atkinson, Dani; Jacobson, Shane

    2014-01-01

    The prototype Robo-AO system at the Palomar Observatory 1.5-m telescope is the world's first fully automated laser adaptive optics instrument. Scientific operations commenced in June 2012 and more than 12,000 observations have since been performed at the ~0.12" visible-light diffraction limit. Two new infrared cameras providing high-speed tip-tilt sensing and a 2' field-of-view will be integrated in 2014. In addition to a Robo-AO clone for the 2-m IGO and the natural guide star variant KAPAO at the 1-m Table Mountain telescope, a second generation of facility-class Robo-AO systems are in development for the 2.2-m University of Hawai'i and 3-m IRTF telescopes which will provide higher Strehl ratios, sharper imaging, ~0.07", and correction to {\\lambda} = 400 nm.

  16. Diffraction-limited Visible Light Images of Orion Trapezium Cluster With the Magellan Adaptive Secondary AO System (MagAO)

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    Close, L M; Morzinski, K; Kopon, D; Follette, K; Rodigas, T J; Hinz, P; Wu, Y-L; Puglisi, A; Esposito, S; Riccardi, A; Pinna, E; Xompero, M; Briguglio, R; Uomoto, A; Hare, T

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    We utilized the new high-order (250-378 mode) Magellan Adaptive Optics system (MagAO) to obtain very high spatial resolution observations in "visible light" with MagAO's VisAO CCD camera. In the good-median seeing conditions of Magellan (0.5-0.7") we find MagAO delivers individual short exposure images as good as 19 mas optical resolution. Due to telescope vibrations, long exposure (60s) r' (0.63 micron) images are slightly coarser at FWHM=23-29 mas (Strehl ~28%) with bright (R<9 mag) guide stars. These are the highest resolution filled-aperture images published to date. Images of the young (~1 Myr) Orion Trapezium Theta 1 Ori A, B, and C cluster members were obtained with VisAO. In particular, the 32 mas binary Theta 1 Ori C1/C2 was easily resolved in non-interferometric images for the first time. Relative positions of the bright trapezium binary stars were measured with ~0.6-5 mas accuracy. We now are sensitive to relative proper motions of just ~0.2 mas/yr (~0.4 km/s at 414 pc) - this is a ~2-10x improv...

  17. Biogeografia, origem e distribuição da domiciliação de triatomíneos no Brasil Biogeography, origin, and distribution of triatominae domiciliarity in Brazil

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    Oswaldo Paulo Forattini

    1980-09-01

    Full Text Available Considerando a distribuição atual da domicialiação triatomínea no Brasil, pode-se verificar sua associação com a referente aos espaços abertos. Estes podem ser considerados como naturais e artificiais. Os primeiros estão essencialmente situados nos domínios paisagísticos das caatingas, dos cerrados, totalmente incluídos em território brasileiro, e das pradarias mistas subtropicais pertencentes a paisagem que se estende além desses limites. Os outros são os originados da ação antrópica resultando em expansão da paisagem aberta principalmente em virtude da devastação da cobertura florestal do domínio tropical atlântico. Embora tentativamente, procurou-se aplicar o modelo de refúgios paleoecológicos e da existência de centros de endemismo às quatro espécies de domiciliação epidemiologicamente significante. O Triatoma sordida, Triatoma brasiliensis e Triatoma pseudomaculata parece ter seus centros de endemismo nos espaços abertos dos cerrados e das caatingas, enquanto o Panstrongylus megistus teria tido sua origem nas florestas do ambiente tropical atlântico. Quanto ao Triatoma infestans, sua área endêmica estaria localizada em território boliviano, de onde se dispersou e continua se dispersando pela ação do homem. A invasão domiciliar, ao que tudo indica, obedece a mecanismo oportunista propiciado por vários estímulos de abrigo e alimentação. Uma vez instalada, a domiciliação permite não apenas a sobrevivência, mas também a dispersão da espécie. Esses conceitos devem ser levados em conta nas campanhas de controle, uma vez que a probabilidade de sucesso aumenta com essa especialização do triatomíneo. A continuidade da ação antrópica sobre o ambiente, atualmente intensificada na região do domínio equatorial amazônico, resultará na expansão dos espaços abertos. Assim sendo, seja a custa de espécies locais seja a custa de espécies introduzidas, poderá ocorrer a domiciliação triatom

  18. Biogeografia, origem e distribuição da domiciliação de triatomíneos no Brasil Biogeography, origin, and distribution of triatominae domiciliarity in Brazil

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    Oswaldo Paulo Forattini

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Considerando a distribuição atual da domicialiação triatomínea no Brasil, pode-se verificar sua associação com a referente aos espaços abertos. Estes podem ser considerados como naturais e artificiais. Os primeiros estão essencialmente situados nos domínios paisagísticos das caatingas, dos cerrados, totalmente incluídos em território brasileiro, e das pradarias mistas subtropicais pertencentes a paisagem que se estende além desses limites. Os outros são os originados da ação antrópica resultando em expansão da paisagem aberta principalmente em virtude da devastação da cobertura florestal do domínio tropical atlântico. Embora tentativamente, procurou-se aplicar o modelo de refúgios paleoecológicos e da existência de centros de endemismo às quatro espécies de domiciliação epidemiologicamente significante. O Triatoma sordida, Triatoma brasiliensis e Triatoma pseudomaculata parece ter seus centros de endemismo nos espaços abertos dos cerrados e das caatingas, enquanto o Panstrongylus megistus teria tido sua origem nas florestas do ambiente tropical atlântico. Quanto ao Triatoma infestans, sua área endêmica estaria localizada em território boliviano, de onde se dispersou e continua se dispersando pela ação do homem. A invasão domiciliar, ao que tudo indica, obedece a mecanismo oportunista propiciado por vários estímulos de abrigo e alimentação. Uma vez instalada, a domiciliação permite não apenas a sobrevivência, mas também a dispersão da espécie. Esses conceitos devem ser levados em conta nas campanhas de controle, uma vez que a probabilidade de sucesso aumenta com essa especialização do triatomíneo. A continuidade da ação antrópica sobre o ambiente, atualmente intensificada na região do domínio equatorial amazônico, resultará na expansão dos espaços abertos. Assim sendo, seja a custa de espécies locais seja a custa de espécies introduzidas, poderá ocorrer a domiciliação triatom

  19. All About Portugal - Website dedicado ao turismo externo em Portugal

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    Grande parte do tráfego online tem origem em páginas de resultados de motores de de pesquisa. Estes constituem hoje uma ferramenta fundamental de que os turistas se socorrem para pesquisar e filtrar a informação necessária ao planeamento das suas viagens, sendo, por isso, bastante tidos em conta pelas entidades ligadas ao turismo no momento da definição das suas estratégias de marketing. No presente documento é descrita a investigação feita em torno do modo de funcionamento ...

  20. House improvements and community participation in the control of Triatoma dimidiata re-infestation in Jutiapa, Guatemala Melhorias habitacionais com participação comunitária no controle da re-infestação por Triatoma dimidiata em Jutiapa, Guatemala

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    Carlota Monroy

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The deterioration or absence of plaster walls in houses and poor hygienic conditions are the most important risk factors for indoor Triatoma dimidiata infestation in Guatemala. A cross-disciplinary study was conducted addressing T. dimidiata infestation, household hygiene, and housing construction. The study focused on local materials and cultural aspects (including gender roles that could lead to long-term improvements in wall construction. A new plaster mix for walls was developed on the basis of laboratory studies on construction materials recommended by local villagers. Four villages with persistent (post-spraying T. dimidiata infestation were studied. In two villages, an ecosystem approach was implemented, and the homeowners conducted wall improvements and household sanitation with the support of the interdisciplinary team (the ecosystem intervention. In the other two villages, a vector control approach based on insecticide spraying was adopted (traditional intervention. Both interventions were associated with a reduction in T. dimidiata infestation, but only the ecosystem approach produced important housing improvements (sanitation and wall construction capable of preventing T. dimidiata re-infestation in the long term.A degradação ou ausência de reboco nas paredes e as condições higiênicas deficientes são os fatores de risco mais importantes para a infestação intradomiciliar por Triatoma dimidiata na Guatemala. Realizamos um estudo transdisciplinar sobre infestação por T. dimidiata, higiene intradomiciliar e condições de construção. O estudo destacou as questões de materiais locais e aspectos culturais (inclusive papéis de gênero que poderiam levar a melhorias nas condições das paredes no longo prazo. Formulou-se uma nova mistura de gesso para paredes, após estudos de laboratório sobre materiais de construção com base em recomendações dos residentes locais. Foram estudados quatro vilarejos com infestação por T

  1. Estudio seroepidemiológico y entomológico sobre la enfermedad de Chagas en un área infestada por Triatoma maculata (Erichson 1848 en el centro-occidente de Venezuela An entomological and seroepidemiological study of Chagas' disease in an area in central-western Venezuela infested with Triatoma maculata (Erichson 1848

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    María Elena Rojas

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo se realizó un estudio seroepidemiológico, entomológico y de factores de riesgo para la infestación de las viviendas en un área infestada por Triatoma maculata (Parroquia Xaguas, Municipio Urdaneta, Estado Lara, Venezuela. Se muestrearon 140 viviendas, 509 personas y 110 cánidos, a los cuales se les determinó anticuerpos séricos anti-Trypanosoma cruzi mediante ELISA y MABA, utilizando antígenos recombinantes. La infección por Tr. cruzi de los triatominos fue determinada por microscopía óptica y PCR. Los resultados mostraron una seroprevalencia en humanos de 1,57% y en cánidos de 6,36%. De los 545 triatominos capturados 97,98% fueron T. maculata, 1,65% Eratyrus mucronatus y 0,37% Panstrongylus geniculatus; con índices vectoriales de infección 0,36%, infestación 16,4%, colonización 39,1%, coinfestación 8,6% y dispersión 100%. La presencia de vectores en el domicilio y peridomicilio estuvo asociada a la presencia de gallinas, desorden en el peridomicilio, caprinos, gallineros y/o distribución del domicilio. Los resultados permiten concluir que T. maculata es el vector predominante en la región, con capacidad de infestar y colonizar el domicilio y estaría involucrado en la transmisión de la enfermedad de Chagas.This article presents a study on seroepidemiological, entomologic, and risk factors for domiciliary infestation in a circumscribed area infested with Triatoma maculata in Parroquia Xaguas, Urdaneta Municipality, Lara State, Venezuela. One hundred and forty households, 509 persons, and 110 dogs were sampled. Serum anti-Trypanosoma cruzi antibodies were determined by means of ELISA and MABA techniques using recombinant antigens. Tr. cruzi infection in the triatomines was determined by direct microscopy and PCR. According to the results, 1.57% of humans and 6.36% of dogs were positive for serum anti-Tr. cruzi antibodies. Triatomine species were: 97.98% T. maculata, 1.65% Eratyrus mucronatus, and 0

  2. Resposta ao estresse: II. Resiliência e vulnerabilidade

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    Nicole Leite Galvão-Coelho

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available ResumoA crescente exposição a estressores na vida cotidiana aumentou significativamente a investigação da resposta ao estresse nas duas últimas décadas. Embora associada a consequências negativas, pois muitas patologias físicas e mentais são desencadeadas por exposição crônica a estressores, esta resposta é indispensável para sobrevivencia do indivíduo e é extremamente adaptativa quando ativada de forma aguda. Na parte I desta revisão foram abordados os conceitos de homestase e alostase e os sistemas fisiológicos ativados durante a resposta ao estresse. Na parte II serão discutidos fatores que modulam a resposta ao estresse tais como sexo, temperamento, períodos críticos do desenvolvimento e a presença ou ausência de suporte social. A interação entre os fatores genéticos e ambientais gera os perfis da resposta psicofisiológica que caracterizam os fenótipos de susceptibilidade e resiliência frente aos estressores e sua relação com uma patologia mental cada vez mais presente na sociedade moderna, o transtorno de estresse pós-traumático.

  3. On some Polychaetous Annelids from Curaçao

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    Horst, R.

    1922-01-01

    Though we know already a rather large number of Polychaetous Annelids from the Caribbean Sea, hitherto, as far as I know, no Annelids have been described from the coast of the island Curaçao and I therefore was very glad, that my colleague Dr. VAN DER HORST kindly placed in my hands for identificati

  4. PCR reveals significantly higher rates of Trypanosoma cruzi infection than microscopy in the Chagas vector, Triatoma infestans: High rates found in Chuquisaca, Bolivia

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    Lucero David E

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Andean valleys of Bolivia are the only reported location of sylvatic Triatoma infestans, the main vector of Chagas disease in this country, and the high human prevalence of Trypanosoma cruzi infection in this region is hypothesized to result from the ability of vectors to persist in domestic, peri-domestic, and sylvatic environments. Determination of the rate of Trypanosoma infection in its triatomine vectors is an important element in programs directed at reducing human infections. Traditionally, T. cruzi has been detected in insect vectors by direct microscopic examination of extruded feces, or dissection and analysis of the entire bug. Although this technique has proven to be useful, several drawbacks related to its sensitivity especially in the case of small instars and applicability to large numbers of insects and dead specimens have motivated researchers to look for a molecular assay based on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR as an alternative for parasitic detection of T. cruzi infection in vectors. In the work presented here, we have compared a PCR assay and direct microscopic observation for diagnosis of T. cruzi infection in T. infestans collected in the field from five localities and four habitats in Chuquisaca, Bolivia. The efficacy of the methods was compared across nymphal stages, localities and habitats. Methods We examined 152 nymph and adult T. infestans collected from rural areas in the department of Chuquisaca, Bolivia. For microscopic observation, a few drops of rectal content obtained by abdominal extrusion were diluted with saline solution and compressed between a slide and a cover slip. The presence of motile parasites in 50 microscopic fields was registered using 400× magnification. For the molecular analysis, dissection of the posterior part of the abdomen of each insect followed by DNA extraction and PCR amplification was performed using the TCZ1 (5' – CGA GCT CTT GCC CAC ACG GGT GCT – 3

  5. Sobre a viagem de Enrico Fermi ao Brasil em 1934

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    Caruso, Francisco

    2014-01-01

    Enrico Fermi was one of the greater physicists of the XX century. In 1934, he gave several lectures in Brazil. Invited by Theodoro Ramos to work in S\\~ao Paulo, he preferred to stay in Rome and went to the USA in 1938. However, Fermi recommended Gleb Wataghin to come in his place. Wataghin made history in Brazil, becoming one of the first Professors of the future S\\~ao Paulo University. Besides his relevance to the History of Science, Fermi eventually leaved an indelible mark on the creation and institutionalization of national scientific research due to the indication of Wataghin. Despite this fact, very little is known about Fermi's trip to Brazil. This work tries to reconstruct the fullest possible steps of the famous Italian physicist in our lands.

  6. O prazer associado ao consumo de alimentos e factores influenciadores

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    Gomes, Filipe Gonçalo Ferreira

    2013-01-01

    Os indivíduos quando sujeitos a várias sensações transmitem respostas que surgem de reacções fisiológicas resultantes de certos estímulos, gerando a interpretação das propriedades intrínsecas aos alimentos, sendo a análise sensorial realizada em função dessas respostas individuais. As sensações são medidas por efeitos psicológicos, podendo dimensionar a intensidade, extensão, qualidade, duração, gosto ou desgosto em relação ao alimento avaliado, e os estímulos são medidos por processos físico...

  7. Diffraction limited operation with ARGOS: a hybrid AO system

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    Bonaglia, M.; Busoni, L.; Quirós-Pacheco, F.; Esposito, S.

    2010-07-01

    ARGOS, the Laser Guide Star (LGS) facility of the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), implements a Ground Layer Adaptive Optics (GLAO) system, using 3 low-altitude beacons, to improve the resolution over the 4'×4' FoV of the imager and Multi Object Spectrograph (MOS) LUCIFER. In this paper we discuss the performance and the reconstruction scheme of an hybrid AO system using the ARGOS Rayleigh beacons complemented with a single faint high-altitude star (NGS or sodium beacon) to sense the turbulence of the upper atmosphere allowing an high degree of on-axis correction. With the ARGOS system, the NGS-upgrade can be immediately implemented at LBT using the already existing Pyramid WFS offering performance similar to the NGS AO system with the advantage of a larger sky coverage.

  8. Cuidado ao idoso deprimido e institucionalizado à luz da Complexidade

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    Cenir Gonçalves Tier

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Instituições de Longa Permanência para Idosos (ILPI são estabelecimentos para atendimento integral, institucionalizando pessoas de 60 anos e mais, dependentes/ou não, que não dispõem de condições para permanecer com a família ou/em seu domicílio. A institucionalização pode desencadear doenças, dentre elas a depressão. Foi objetivo deste artigo de atualização fazer uma reflexão sobre a relação do cuidado ao idoso deprimido e residente em ILPI com três princípios da Complexidade segundo Edgar Morin. Primeiro, se reflete sobre a complexidade; depois, se relaciona o cuidado ao idoso deprimido e residente em ILPI, com os princípios dialógico, recursivo e hologramático. Percebeu-se que a Complexidade pode sustentar teoricamente, não só a compreensão do fenômeno depressão no idoso residente em uma ILPI, como também inspirar o modo de cuidar que direcione aos trabalhadores da saúde, que atuam junto à pessoa idosa, a abordarem o idoso de forma mais global. Para tanto deve ser utilizada a Avaliação Multidimensional do Idoso, que analisa as várias dimensões da pessoa idosa, contribuindo no desenvolvimento de um plano de cuidado/tratamento e acompanhamento multidisciplinar e interdisciplinar adequados. A Complexidade vem sendo utilizada, por enfermeiros, para entender melhor a enfermagem e prestar cuidado mais adequado ao ser humano.

  9. Resposta ao estresse: I. Homeostase e teoria da alostase

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    Maria Bernardete Cordeiro de Sousa

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available ResumoOs seres vivos desenvolvem ao longo de sua história evolutiva mecanismos de enfrentamento às condições adversas originadas tanto no ambiente geofísico como no ambiente social. Esta resposta adaptativa é coordenada e envolve diferentes sistemas funcionais, particularmente, os sistemas nervoso, endócrino e imune, e é denominada de resposta ao estresse e deve atender a duas demandas principais da vida: sobrevivência e reprodução. Esta revisão tem o objetivo de discutir o emprego do conceito clássico de homeostase e um conceito alternativo, alostase, que inclui os mecanismos preditivos e reativos de regulação, assim como os diferentes níveis de impacto dos estressores crônicos, resultando em sobrecarga alostática que pode ou não se seguir de falha alostática. Os mecanismos neurais, hormonais, imunes, sistêmicos e moleculares, que compreendem os sistemas alóstaticos subjacentes à resposta ao estresse são também apresentados.

  10. LDEF results for polymer-matrix composite experiment AO 180

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    This report represents a summary of the results obtained to-date on a polymer matrix composite experiment (AO 180) located at station D-12, about 82 deg off the 'ram' direction. Different material systems comprised of graphite, boron, and aramid (Kevlar) fiber reinforcements were studied. Although previous results were presented on in-situ thermal-vacuum cycling effects, particularly dimensional changes associated with outgassing, additional comparative data will be shown from ground-based tests on control and flight samples. The system employed was fully automated for thermal-vacuum cycling using a laser interferometer for monitoring displacements. Erosion of all three classes of materials due to atomic oxygen (AO) will also be discussed, including angle of incidence effects. Data from this experiment will be compared to published results for similar materials in other LDEF experiments. Composite materials' erosion yields will be presented on an AO design nomogram useful for estimating total material loss for given exposure conditions in low Earth orbit (LEO). Optical properties of these materials will also be compared with control samples. A survey of the damage caused by micrometeoroids/debris impacts will be addressed as they relate to polymer matrix composites. Correlations between hole size and damage pattern will be given. Reference to a new nomogram for estimating the number distribution of micrometeoroid/debris impacts for a given space structure as a function of time in LEO will be addressed based on LDEF data

  11. Laboratory demonstration of real time frame selection with Magellan AO

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    Males, Jared R.; Close, Laird M.; Kopon, Derek; Quiros-Pacheco, Fernando; Riccardi, Armando; Xompero, Marco; Puglisi, Alfio; Gasho, Victor; Morzinski, Katie M.; Follette, Katherine B.

    2012-07-01

    The Magellan AO system combines a pyramid wavefront sensor and high-order adaptive secondary mirror, and will see first light on the Magellan Clay telescope in November 2012. With a 24 cm projected actuator pitch, this powerful system will enable good correction in the optical (0.5 to 1 μm). Realistic laboratory testing has produced Strehl ratios greater than 40% in i’ (0.765 μm) on bright simulated stars. On fainter stars our visible AO camera, VisAO, will work in the partially corrected regime with only short moments of good correction. We have developed a form of lucky imaging, called real time frame selection, which uses a fast shutter to block moments of bad correction, and quickly opens the shutter when the correction is good, enabling long integrations on a conventional CCD while maximizing Strehl ratio and resolution. The decision to open or shut is currently based on reconstructed WFS telemetry. Here we report on our implementation and testing of this technique in the Arcetri test tower in Florence, Italy, where we showed that long exposure i’ Strehl could be improved from 16% to 26% when the selection threshold was set to the best 10% of instantaneous Strehl.

  12. Resposta de cultivares de arroz irrigado ao nitrogênio

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    Freitas José Guilherme de

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Genótipos de arroz irrigado por inundação (Oryza sativa L. podem apresentar variabilidade de resposta ao nitrogênio. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a resposta de três cultivares de arroz ao nitrogênio. Os experimentos foram realizados em Mococa, SP, em 1997/98 e 1998/99, em Cambissolo Háplico Tb Eutrófico gleico. O delineamento estatístico foi em blocos ao acaso, em esquema de parcelas subdivididas, com quatro repetições. Nas parcelas foram aplicadas doses de N (0, 50, 100 e 150 kg ha-1 e nas subparcelas foram transplantadas mudas dos cultivares de arroz (IAC 101, IAC 102 e IAC 104. O nitrogênio foi aplicado parceladamente sendo 1/3 da dose no transplantio das mudas, 1/3 aos 20 dias e 1/3 aos 40 dias, após o transplantio. Os cultivares responderam significativamente à aplicação de N e a média de produtividade de grãos dos três cultivares na maior dose de N foi superior a 8 t ha-1. Os cultivares IAC 104 e IAC 101 apresentaram maiores rendimentos de grãos (4863 e 5015 kg ha-1, na ausência da aplicação de N do que o IAC 102, com resposta quadrática para os dois primeiros e linear para o último. As doses adequadas de N foram 140 kg ha-1 para o 'IAC 101' e 150 kg ha-1 para 'IAC 102' e 'IAC 104'. O cultivar IAC 104 apresentou maior rendimento de grãos inteiros e, embora não tenha sido o mais produtivo nos dois anos do estudo, gerou maior produção de grãos inteiros por unidade de área. O comprimento da panícula foi o componente que melhor se correlacionou com o rendimento de grãos.

  13. Fatores associados a baixa adesao ao tratamento medicamentoso em idosos

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    Noemia Urruth Leao Tavares

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO : Analisar fatores associados à baixa adesão ao tratamento medicamentoso em idosos. MÉTODOS : Estudo transversal de base populacional, com amostra representativa de 1.593 indivíduos com 60 anos ou mais, residentes na região urbana de Bagé, RS, em 2008. A amostragem foi realizada em múltiplos estágios. Os dados foram coletados em entrevistas individuais nos domicílios. Analisou-se a associação entre a baixa adesão referida ao tratamento medicamentoso mensurado pelo Brief Medication Questionnaire (BMQ e fatores demográficos, socioeconômicos, comportamentais e de saúde, assistência e prescrição. Foi utilizado modelo de regressão de Poisson para estimar as razões de prevalência bruta e ajustada, os respectivos intervalos de confiança de 95% e p-valor (teste de Wald. RESULTADOS : Cerca de 78,0% dos indivíduos referiram ter usado algum medicamento nos sete dias precedentes à entrevista. Desses, cerca de 1 / 3 foram considerados com baixa adesão ao tratamento. Os fatores significativamente associados à baixa adesão foram: idade (65 a 74 anos, não ter plano de saúde, ter que comprar (totalmente ou em parte os seus medicamentos, ter três ou mais morbidades, possuir incapacidade instrumental para a vida diária e usar três ou mais medicamentos. CONCLUSÕES : A utilização elevada de medicamentos, decorrente da alta prevalência de doenças crônico-degenerativas em idosos, e o acesso ao tratamento devem ser considerados pelos profissionais de saúde para adoção de estratégias que visem diminuir a baixa adesão ao tratamento, aumentando a resolutividade terapêutica e a qualidade de vida desses pacientes.

  14. Suporte relacionado ao cuidado em saúde ao doente com aids: o modelo de comboio e a enfermagem

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    Edilene Aparecida Araújo da Silveira

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo teve como objetivo conhecer a relação e a troca de suporte entre o doente com AIDS e pessoas à sua volta. O estudo está baseado no modelo de comboio das relações sociais que tem como uma de suas características a representação da rede em três círculos concêntricos. Os participantes eram pessoas que estavam internadas e que falaram sobre o suporte relacionado ao cuidado em saúde proporcionado por pessoas próximas, ou seja, que pertenciam ao círculo interno do comboio. A maioria dos participantes descreveu o círculo como sendo composto por no máximo cinco integrantes, sendo que pessoas da família foram as mais citadas. Os profissionais de saúde precisam conhecer o paciente e seu comboio, reconhecendo-os no contexto psicossocial e cultural de forma a favorecer a aceitação da soropositividade, mudanças no estilo de vida, ajuda nos cuidados de saúde e adesão ao tratamento.

  15. Status Update and Closed-Loop Performance of the Magellan Adaptive Optics VisAO Camera

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    Kopon, Derek; Close, Laird M.; Males, Jared; Gasho, Victor; Morzinski, Katie; Follette, Katherine

    2014-01-01

    We present laboratory results of the closed-loop performance of the Magellan Adaptive Optics (AO) Adaptive Secondary Mirror (ASM), pyramid wavefront sensor (PWFS), and VisAO visible adaptive optics camera. The Magellan AO system is a 585-actuator low-emissivity high-throughput system scheduled for first light on the 6.5 meter Magellan Clay telescope in November 2012. Using a dichroic beamsplitter near the telescope focal plane, the AO system will be able to simultaneously perform visible (500...

  16. Synanthropic triatomines (Hemiptera, Reduviidae in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil: geographical distribution and natural Trypanosoma infection rates between 2006 and 2007

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    Maria Beatriz Araújo Silva

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The present study shows a descriptive analysis of triatomine occurrence and its natural Trypanosoma infection rates in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil, between 2006 and 2007. METHODS: Entomological data for the species, such as specimens captured in both intra and peridomiciles and natural infection index, were obtained via domiciliary capture in 147 municipalities from 11 Regional Managements of Health. The database was obtained from a sample of insects (100% infected and 20% non-infected sent to the Central Laboratory of Pernambuco. RESULTS: A total of 18,029 triatomines were analyzed from 138 municipalities of the state. Triatoma pseudomaculata (35%, Triatoma brasiliensis (34%, and Panstrongylus lutzi (25% were the most captured species. These species also showed a widespread geographical distribution in the state. Panstrongylus megistus, Triatoma petrocchiae, Triatoma melanocephala, Triatoma sordida, Rhodnius nasutus, Rhodnius neglectus, and Triatoma infestans showed more limited geographical distribution and lower relative abundance. The parasitological research showed that 8.8% of the triatomines were naturally infected with flagellates morphologically similar to Trypanosoma cruzi and 91.3% of them were captured inside houses in 113 municipalities. P. lutzi showed the highest rates of natural infection. CONCLUSIONS: After the control of T. infestans, synanthropic species, such as T. brasiliensis, T. pseudomaculata, and P. lutzi, maintain the risk of T. cruzi transmission to humans in the state of Pernambuco. These species are widely distributed, and infected specimens have been found inside houses. Thus, an enhanced surveillance and vector control of Chagas disease is recommended in Pernambuco.

  17. Integrando a retórica ao game design

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    Moroni, Leonardo Mendes

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    Resumo: O potencial dos jogos eletrônicos como mídia que atinge camadas cada vez mais extensas da população, com reflexos sociais, culturais e econômicos, é evidente. No entanto, jogos que alcançam grande sucesso comercial objetivam, essencialmente, propiciar diversão aos seus usuários. Com base nesta premissa, tanto usuários quanto avaliadores desta mídia acabam por desconsiderar o potencial que os jogos oferecem em termos de veicular mensagens com conteúdo relevante para a vida real, como, ...

  18. Mudança organizacional : do prescrito ao real

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    Sinval, Jorge Fernando Pereira

    2011-01-01

    As organizações dos dias de hoje enfrentam um ambiente cada vez mais dinâmico e em constante mudança. Necessitam de adaptar-se aos novos desafios. Com as crescentes evoluções tecnológicas, que ocorrem em quase todos os sectores de atividade, a maior parte dos trabalhadores é confrontada, em algum momento do seu percurso profissional, com a introdução de mudanças no seu posto de trabalho, mudanças com as quais terão de lidar. A mudança organizacional influencia quer a empresa, quer o trabalhad...

  19. Impacto dos incentivos fiscais e parafiscais no apoio ao emprego

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    Ferreira, Licínia Isabel dos Santos

    2011-01-01

    A presente investigação tem como objectivo analisar “o impacto dos incentivos fiscais e parafiscais no apoio ao emprego”; identificar os “incentivos ficais e as isenções no âmbito do apoio às empresas” , assim como verificar os seus “reflexos na contratação de trabalhadores”. Para tal, tentou-se perceber quais as políticas e legislação que estão subjacentes a estes incentivos e de que forma se colocam em prática, fomentando a contratação dos trabalhadores. A metodologia a...

  20. da prevenção aos cuidados paliativos

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    Nogueira, Ana Rita Cardoso

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    Objetivo: Efetuar uma revisão tradicional da literatura sobre o papel que a alimentação/nutrição tem, quer na prevenção quer na progressão da demência incluindo a fase final da vida. Metodologia: Foi realizada pesquisa bibliográfica no PubMed e na B-On, entre fevereiro e julho de 2013, que abarcou todas as publicações relativas aos últimos 5 anos. Utilizaram-se, para isso, as seguintes palavras-chave “palliative care AND dementia” e “nutrition AND dementia”. Resultados: As vitaminas dos...

  1. Titanium alloys (AoN) and their involvement in osseointegration

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    Matteo Danza; Ilaria Zollino; Valentina Candotto; Francesca Cura; Francesco Carinci

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    Background: Osseointegration is essential for a long-term successful and inflammation-free dental implant. Such a result depends on osteoblastic cells growth and differentiation at the tissue-implant interface. The aim of this study was to compare two different AoN titanium layers (GR4 and GR5) to investigate which one had a greater osteoconductive power using human osteoblasts (HOb) culture at two different time-points. Materials and Methods: The expression levels of some bone-related (A...

  2. Dicty_cDB: FC-AO01 [Dicty_cDB

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    Full Text Available 3 AY961548_1( AY961548 |pid:none) Lysiphlebus testaceipes ribosomal ... 210 2e-53 AP003943_18( AP003943 |pid...FC-AO01Z (Link to Original site) Representative DNA sequence >FC-AO01 (FC-AO01Q) /CSM/FC/FC-AO/FC-AO01Q.Seq..... 48 5e-11 3 dna update 2003. 7.11 Homology vs Protein Score E Sequences producing significant alignments: (bit...nk to dictyBase) Atlas ID - NBRP ID - dictyBase ID - Link to Contig Contig-U15674-1 Original site URL http:/...FC (Link to library) FC-AO01 (Link to dictyBase) - - - Contig-U15674-1 FC-AO01Z (Link to Original site

  3. Residual effect of a micro-encapsulated formulation of organophosphates and piriproxifen on the mortality of deltamethrin resistant Triatoma infestans populations in rural houses of the Bolivian Chaco region.

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    Alarico, Abraham Gemio; Romero, Nahuel; Hernández, Laura; Catalá, Silvia; Gorla, David

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    The Bolivian Chaco is part of the endemic region of Chagas disease and an area where pyrethroid resistant Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) populations has been reported. The World Health Organization identified these resistant populations as an important focus for research. The objective of this study was to evaluate the residual effect of a micro-encapsulated formulation containing organophosphate active ingredients and a juvenile hormone analogue (Inesfly 5A IGR) on the mortality of T. infestans. Studies took place in rural houses of the Bolivian Chaco that were treated up to 34 months before and evaluated the susceptibility to pyrethroids of the offspring of field collected insects. Thirty houses were randomly selected within three communities to carry out wall bio-assays with T. infestans nymphs. Mortality was recorded 24, 48 and 72 h after wall contact. Eggs laid by females collected in the area were used to obtain first-instar nymphs and carry out pyrethroid susceptibility tests. The wall bio-assays showed that the micro-encapsulated insecticide eliminates T. infestans populations and produces detectable mortality of insects exposed to walls treated 34 months prior to the tests. The discriminant dose of deltamethrin (0.01 mg/mL) showed 65% nymph survival, whereas at the highest tested dose (1.0 mg/mL) 14% of the nymphs survived. These results show that Inesfly 5A IGR is an appropriate tool for the elimination of intradomestic and peridomestic populations of T. infestans resistant to pyrethroids. PMID:20944988

  4. An Investigation on the Ecology of Triatoma vitticeps (Stal, 1859 and its Possible Role in the Transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi, in the Locality of Triunfo, Santa Maria Madalena Municipal District, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    Gonçalves Teresa Cristina M

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    Full Text Available From January 1989 to April 1995, 465 specimens of Triatoma vitticeps were collected in the locality of Triunfo, 2nd District of Santa Maria Madalena municipal district, State of Rio de Janeiro. The bugs were found indoors by local residents with predominance of adults. The flight activity was high in hot months when the incidence in the domicile also increased. Two hundred and two bugs (111 alive and 91 dead were examined for Trypanosoma cruzi infection. This was detected in 31 of the dead bugs (34% and 88 (79% of the live bugs examined. With a view to investigate the possible vertebrate hosts of the T. cruzi isolates, the blood of 122 mammals was examined through Giemsa-stained smears, hemocultures and xenodiagnosis. T. cruzi was detected in three specimens of Didelphis marsupialis and T. (M. theileri was detected in one specimen of Bos taurus. The parasites were isolated from triatomine feces, xenoculture and hemoculture. No evidence of human infection was detected in 58 inhabitants examined, as evaluated by indirect imunofluorescence technique using T. cruzi epimastigotes as antigens. These results show that T. vitticeps is still a sylvatic species although nymphs have been found inside the domicile. Thus, an epidemiological vigilance is necessary to know the behaviour of this species following the continuous modifications promoted by the presence of man.

  5. An investigation on the ecology of Triatoma vitticeps (Stal, 1859) and its possible role in the transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi, in the locality of Triunfo, Santa Maria Madalena municipal district, state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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    Gonçalves, T C; de Oliveira, E; Dias, L S; Almeida, M D; Nogueira, W O; Pires, F D

    1998-01-01

    From January 1989 to April 1995, 465 specimens of Triatoma vitticeps were collected in the locality of Triunfo, 2nd District of Santa Maria Madalena municipal district, State of Rio de Janeiro. The bugs were found indoors by local residents with predominance of adults. The flight activity was high in hot months when the incidence in the domicile also increased. Two hundred and two bugs (111 alive and 91 dead) were examined for Trypanosoma cruzi infection. This was detected in 31 of the dead bugs (34%) and 88 (79%) of the live bugs examined. With a view to investigate the possible vertebrate hosts of the T. cruzi isolates, the blood of 122 mammals was examined through Giemsa-stained smears, hemocultures and xenodiagnosis. T. cruzi was detected in three specimens of Didelphis marsupialis and T. (M.) theileri was detected in one specimen of Bos taurus. The parasites were isolated from triatomine feces, xenoculture and hemoculture. No evidence of human infection was detected in 58 inhabitants examined, as evaluated by indirect imunofluorescence technique using T. cruzi epimastigotes as antigens. These results show that T. vitticeps is still a sylvatic species although nymphs have been found inside the domicile. Thus, an epidemiological vigilance is necessary to know the behaviour of this species following the continuous modifications promoted by the presence of man. PMID:9921289

  6. Biology of Triatoma klugi Carcavallo, Jurberg, Lent & Galvão 2001 (Heteroptera: Reduviidae under Laboratory Conditions: Effects of Distinct Blood Sources and Susceptibility to Trypanosoma cruzi and Trypanosoma rangeli

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    Emmanuelle-Machado Priscilla

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    Full Text Available The life cycle of Triatoma klugi Carcavallo, Jurberg, Lent & Galvão 2001 was compared under laboratory conditions using two groups of the F1 generation obtained from field-collected bugs. Among the 100 nymphs weekly fed on mice (Group A or chicken (Group B, 77% of Group A and 67% of Group B reached the adult stage, and the mean time from the first nymphal stage to adult was 190.08 ± 28.31 days and 221.23 ± 40.50, respectively. The average span in days for each stage per group and the number of blood meals required for each stage were also evaluated. The overall mortality rate was 23% and 33% for Groups A and B, respectively. The mean number of eggs laid per month in a three-month period was of 56.20, 51.70 and 73.20 for Group A, and 64.50, 53.50 and 38.71 for Group B. Despite the blood source, comparative analysis revealed no statistically significant differences in the life cycle of T. klugi under laboratory conditions. Infection rates over 60% were observed for both Trypanosoma cruzi strains tested. Even revealing high infection rates of the hemolymph by T. rangeli strains, T. klugi revealed no salivary gland infections and was not able to transmit the parasite.

  7. Residual effect of a micro-encapsulated formulation of organophosphates and piriproxifen on the mortality of deltamethrin resistant Triatoma infestans populations in rural houses of the Bolivian Chaco region

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    Abraham Gemio Alarico

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The Bolivian Chaco is part of the endemic region of Chagas disease and an area where pyrethroid resistant Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae populations has been reported. The World Health Organization identified these resistant populations as an important focus for research. The objective of this study was to evaluate the residual effect of a micro-encapsulated formulation containing organophosphate active ingredients and a juvenile hormone analogue (Inesfly 5A IGR on the mortality of T. infestans. Studies took place in rural houses of the Bolivian Chaco that were treated up to 34 months before and evaluated the susceptibility to pyrethroids of the offspring of field collected insects. Thirty houses were randomly selected within three communities to carry out wall bio-assays with T. infestans nymphs. Mortality was recorded 24, 48 and 72 h after wall contact. Eggs laid by females collected in the area were used to obtain first-instar nymphs and carry out pyrethroid susceptibility tests. The wall bio-assays showed that the micro-encapsulated insecticide eliminates T. infestans populations and produces detectable mortality of insects exposed to walls treated 34 months prior to the tests. The discriminant dose of deltamethrin (0.01 mg/mL showed 65% nymph survival, whereas at the highest tested dose (1.0 mg/mL 14% of the nymphs survived. These results show that Inesfly 5A IGR is an appropriate tool for the elimination of intradomestic and peridomestic populations of T. infestans resistant to pyrethroids.

  8. Biogeografia, origem e distribuição da domiciliação de triatomíneos no Brasil

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    Oswaldo Paulo Forattini

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Considerando a distribuição atual da domicialiação triatomínea no Brasil, pode-se verificar sua associação com a referente aos espaços abertos. Estes podem ser considerados como naturais e artificiais. Os primeiros estão essencialmente situados nos domínios paisagísticos das caatingas, dos cerrados, totalmente incluídos em território brasileiro, e das pradarias mistas subtropicais pertencentes a paisagem que se estende além desses limites. Os outros são os originados da ação antrópica resultando em expansão da paisagem aberta principalmente em virtude da devastação da cobertura florestal do domínio tropical atlântico. Embora tentativamente, procurou-se aplicar o modelo de refúgios paleoecológicos e da existência de centros de endemismo às quatro espécies de domiciliação epidemiologicamente significante. O Triatoma sordida, Triatoma brasiliensis e Triatoma pseudomaculata parece ter seus centros de endemismo nos espaços abertos dos cerrados e das caatingas, enquanto o Panstrongylus megistus teria tido sua origem nas florestas do ambiente tropical atlântico. Quanto ao Triatoma infestans, sua área endêmica estaria localizada em território boliviano, de onde se dispersou e continua se dispersando pela ação do homem. A invasão domiciliar, ao que tudo indica, obedece a mecanismo oportunista propiciado por vários estímulos de abrigo e alimentação. Uma vez instalada, a domiciliação permite não apenas a sobrevivência, mas também a dispersão da espécie. Esses conceitos devem ser levados em conta nas campanhas de controle, uma vez que a probabilidade de sucesso aumenta com essa especialização do triatomíneo. A continuidade da ação antrópica sobre o ambiente, atualmente intensificada na região do domínio equatorial amazônico, resultará na expansão dos espaços abertos. Assim sendo, seja a custa de espécies locais seja a custa de espécies introduzidas, poderá ocorrer a domiciliação triatom

  9. Arquitectura de peso. Do monumento ao (anti)monumento

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    Eva Patrícia da Silva Rocha Florindo

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    Este ensaio reflecte sobre as raízes do conceito de monumento e a sua evolução ao longo dos tempos como forma de dar resposta à questão o que é quot;ser monumento hoje? A pertinência do tema fundamenta-se no paradoxo que acompanha a actual existência do monumento: embora continue muito presente na nossa sociedade é comummente negada a sua edificação, sendo-lhe atribuídas outras designações, como a de quot;ícone arquitectónico.Pretende-se assim desfazer o conflito moral que tem perseguido este...

  10. Correla\\c{c}\\~ao de longa-dura\\c{c}\\~ao e anal\\'ise bayesiana da evolu\\c{c}\\~ao temporal dos terremotos ao longo da falha de samambaia, nordeste do brasil

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    de Freitas, D B; Pereira, L L S; Pedro, L S; Atanazio, M G N; Vilar, C S

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    A Bayesian approach is adopted to analyze the sequence of seismic events and their magnitudes near Jo\\~ao C\\^amara which occurred mainly from 1983 to 1998 along the Samambaia fault. In this work, we choose a Bayesian model for the process of occurrence times conditional on the observed magnitude values following the same procedure suggested by Stavrakakis and Tselentis (1987). The model parameters are determined on the basis of historical and physical information. We generate posterior samples from the joint posterior distribution of the model parameters by using a variant of the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm. We use the results in a variety of ways, including the construction of pointwise posterior confidence bands for the conditional intensity of the point process as a function of time, as well as, a posterior distribuition as a function of the mean of occurrence per unit time.

  11. Virtópsia: o adeus ao bisturi?

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    A investigação médico-legal atual tem cada vez mais ao seu dispor técnicas radiológicas que visam auxiliar o diagnóstico da causa de morte e mecanismos fisiopatológicos determinantes da mesma. Contudo, a dúvida levantada pela utilização desses métodos é se estes poderiam vir a ser substitutos da autópsia convencional, ou se apenas têm capacidade de ser implementados como adjuntos da mesma. Nesta revisão tentou-se focar os pontos a favor e contra de algumas das técnicas utilizadas, nomeadament...

  12. Cuidado ao idoso deprimido e institucionalizado à luz da Complexidade

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    Cenir Gonçalves Tier; Valéria Lerch Lunardi; Silvana Sidney Costa Santos

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    Instituições de Longa Permanência para Idosos (ILPI) são estabelecimentos para atendimento integral, institucionalizando pessoas de 60 anos e mais, dependentes/ou não, que não dispõem de condições para permanecer com a família ou/em seu domicílio. A institucionalização pode desencadear doenças, dentre elas a depressão. Foi objetivo deste artigo de atualização fazer uma reflexão sobre a relação do cuidado ao idoso deprimido e residente em ILPI com três princípios da Complexidade segundo Edgar ...

  13. Há alternativas ao uso dos transgênicos?

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    Hugh Lacey

    2007-01-01

    A existência ou não de alternativa ao uso de transgênicos capaz de satisfazer a demanda mundial por alimento e nutrientes é uma questão que permanece aberta à investigação científica. A importância dos transgênicos ainda não está bem fundamentada no conhecimento científico disponível, em parte porque as conquistas e o potencial da agroecologia não foram objeto de atenção científica suficiente.Whether or not there are alternatives to using transgenics, that would be able to satisfy the world's...

  14. Os ditongos do latim ao português

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    Quednau, Laura Rosane

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho trata da evolução dos ditongos já existentes e do surgimento de novos ditongos do latim ao português, analisando a motivação de sua redução quando esta ocorre. Para tanto, apresentamos cada ditongo separadamente, trazendo informações sobre a sua forma em latim clássico, latim vulgar e português. Além disso, tratamos de outros processos de formação de ditongos em português, uma vez que o português possui um número maior de ditongos do que o latim. Por fim, apresentamos um quadro-resumo, sintetizando as informações mais importantes do trbalho: quais ditongos permaneceram, quais foram reduzidos, quais surgiram por outros processos e quais são as causas da formação de ditongos em português

  15. Introdução ao LaTeX

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    Eric Batista Ferreira

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    Full Text Available O pacote de macros para o processamento de textos, LaTeX{}, que utiliza o TeX{} como principal ferramenta, é fundamental para a produção de textos matemáticos e científicos de alto nível e emph{layout} profissional. A necessidade de conhecê-los se torna ainda mais real para profissionais e estudantes das Ciências Exatas. Além de adequado para a notação Matemática, o LaTeX{} tem muitas outras vantagens, como ser gratuito, multiplataforma e livre de vírus. Por esses e outros motivos, o minicurso ``Introdução ao LaTeX{}'' foi ministrado na emph{I Semana da Matemática da Unifal-MG}, a convite de sua comissão organizadora.

  16. Há alternativas ao uso dos transgênicos?

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    Hugh Lacey

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available A existência ou não de alternativa ao uso de transgênicos capaz de satisfazer a demanda mundial por alimento e nutrientes é uma questão que permanece aberta à investigação científica. A importância dos transgênicos ainda não está bem fundamentada no conhecimento científico disponível, em parte porque as conquistas e o potencial da agroecologia não foram objeto de atenção científica suficiente.Whether or not there are alternatives to using transgenics, that would be able to satisfy the world's food and nutrition needs, remains open to further scientific investigation. The necessity for using transgenics is not currently well based on available scientific knowledge, in part because the achievements and potential of agroecology have received insufficient scientific attention.

  17. NFIRAOS First Facility AO System for the Thirty Meter Telescope

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    Herriot, Glen; Atwood, Jenny; Boyer, Corinne; Byrnes, Peter; Caputa, Kris; Ellerbroek, Brent; Gilles, Luc; Hill, Alexis; Ljusic, Zoran; Pazder, John; Rosensteiner, Matthias; Smith, Malcolm; Spano, Paolo; Szeto, Kei; Véran, Jean-Pierre; Wevers, Ivan; Wang, Lianqi; Wooff, Robert

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    NFIRAOS, the Thirty Meter Telescope's first adaptive optics system is an order 60x60 Multi-Conjugate AO system with two deformable mirrors. Although most observing will use 6 laser guide stars, it also has an NGS-only mode. Uniquely, NFIRAOS is cooled to -30 C to reduce thermal background. NFIRAOS delivers a 2-arcminute beam to three client instruments, and relies on up to three IR WFSs in each instrument. We present recent work including: robust automated acquisition on these IR WFSs; trade-off studies for a common-size of deformable mirror; real-time computing architectures; simplified designs for high-order NGS-mode wavefront sensing; modest upgrade concepts for high-contrast imaging.

  18. Lévi-Strauss nos 90 voltas ao passado

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    Lévi-Strauss Claude

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    Full Text Available Este artigo responde às críticas formuladas por Christian Delacampagne e Bernard Traimond em "A Polêmica Sartre/Lévi-Strauss Revisitada. Nas Raízes das Ciências Sociais de Hoje", publicado em Les Temps Modernes 596 (novembro-dezembro de 1997. Para fazê-lo, recorda inicialmente o caráter relativo da oposição entre "sociedades frias" e "sociedades quentes". Em seguida, refuta a tese de que Maurice Merleau-Ponty, sob a capa de um elogio, teria dirigido críticas veladas ao autor. Finalmente, reconhecendo o afastamento da antropologia de hoje em face das posições do autor, admite, sem se pronunciar sobre o valor desse movimento, que temas de ar sartriano ressurgem nos antropólogos contemporâneos.

  19. Prevalência, índices de infecção e hábitos alimentares de triatomíneos capturados em uma área de vigilância epidemiológica

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    Vera Lúcia C. Corrêa Rodrigues

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    Full Text Available Em continuação a estudo anterior, relativo à prevalência e infecção por Trypanosoma cruzi dos triatomíneos capturados na região administrativa de Campinas, SP, os autores apresentam dados do período de 1982-1986, acrescentando informações sobre respastos sangüíneos realizados por 7.785 exemplares. Para tanto, foram utilizados os anti-soros: ave, marsupial, roedor e humano, através dos quais constataram o ecletismo alimentar de Panstrongylus megistus, espécie predominante na região, cujas formas aladas são encontradas com freqüência, infectadas por T. cruzi, nas casas habitadas. Desses, 14,78% reagiram frente ao anti-soro humano. Com Rhodnius neglectus foi observada situação assemelhada, mas com números menos expressivos. Em relação ao Triatoma sórdida, não foi constatada infecção natural e tampouco sinais de ingestão de sangue humano. Foi constatado acentuado aumento de T. arthurneivai nas casas, fruto da provável modificação ocorrida no ambiente natural. No período, foi encontrado Microtiatoma borbai, detectado pela primeira vez no Estado de São Paulo. Ressaltam também a importância da "investigação de foco " nas áreas em fase de vigilância.Prevalence of triatomines and their infection by Trypanosoma cruzi, were studied during 1974-1981, in the Administrative Region of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. This investigation was continued (1982-1986, blood meal tests with bird, marsupial, rodent and human antisera having been added. Panstrongylus megistus, predominant in the region, whose winged instars are often found infected by T. cruzi in inhabited houses, displayed and alimentary eclecticism. From a sample of 7,785, 14.78 percent reacted positively with human antisera. A similar, but less marked behaviour was observed in Rhodnius neglectus. Triatoma sordida, the secondmost important species in the Region, was neither demonstrated to be feeding on humans nor to be infected by T. cruzi. Changes in their

  20. Robo-AO KP: A new era in robotic adaptive optics

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    Riddle, Reed L.; Baranec, Christoph; Law, Nicholas M.; Kulkarni, Shrinivas R.; Duev, Dmitry; Ziegler, Carl; Jensen-Clem, Rebecca M.; Atkinson, Dani Eleanor; Tanner, Angelle M.; Zhang, Celia; Ray, Amy

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    Robo-AO is the first and only fully automated adaptive optics laser guide star AO instrument. It was developed as an instrument for 1-3m robotic telescopes, in order to take advantage of their availability to pursue large survey programs and target of opportunity observations that aren't possible with other AO systems. Robo-AO is currently the most efficient AO system in existence, and it can achieve an observation rate of 20+ science targets per hour. In more than three years of operations at Palomar Observatory, it has been quite successful, producing technology that is being adapted by other AO systems and robotic telescope projects, as well as several high impact scientific publications. Now, Robo-AO has been selected to take over operation of the Kitt Peak National Observatory 2.1m telescope. This will give Robo-AO KP the opportunity to pursue multiple science programs consisting of several thousand targets each during the three years it will be on the telescope. One-sixth of the observing time will be allocated to the US community through the NOAO TAC process. This presentation will discuss the process adapting Robo-AO to the KPNO 2.1m telescope, the plans for integration and initial operations, and the science operations and programs to be pursued.

  1. Adesão de pessoas com diabetes mellitus tipo 2 ao tratamento medicamentoso

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    Estudo seccional de abordagem quantitativa que objetivou avaliar a adesão ao tratamento medicamentoso entre pessoas com diabetes mellitus, e sua relação com variáveis clínicas, de tratamento e controle metabólico. A amostra constituiu-se de 162 pessoas com diabetes mellitus tipo 2 em seguimento ambulatorial. Para a coleta dos dados, foram utilizadas a Medida de Adesão aos Tratamentos e a consulta aos prontuários dos participantes. Obteve-se elevada adesão ao tratamento medicamentoso. Para um ...

  2. Complicações infecciosas relacionadas ao uso do cateter de Hickman

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    Costa, Andréa Monastier

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    Resumo: o cateter de Hickman é um dispositivo frequentemente utilizado nos cuidados aos pacientes hospitalizados, particularmente os mais graves. No entanto, seu uso predispõe ao desenvolvimento de infecções locais ou sistêmicas, as quais implicam em riscos significativos ao indivíduo, aumentando os índices de morbidade, mortalidade, bem como nos custos hospitalares e no tempo de internação. Objetivos: analisar as complicações infecciosas relacionadas ao uso do cateter de Hickman, relacionar ...

  3. Decisões judiciais sobre acesso aos medicamentos em Pernambuco

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    Artur Stamford

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar as decisões do sistema jurídico sobre acesso da população a medicamentos no Sistema Único de Saúde por via judicial quanto a critérios de decisão e eventuais pressões políticas e econômicas. MÉTODOS: Estudo documental descritivo e retrospectivo de abordagem qualitativa e quantitativa. A coleta de dados foi realizada na Superintendência Estadual de Assistência Farmacêutica de Pernambuco, utilizando-se como fontes de dados 105 ações judiciais e relatórios administrativos de janeiro a junho de 2009. Verificaram-se os medicamentos com pedido ou carta patente no banco de dados do Instituto Nacional de Propriedade Industrial para identificar a frequência das patentes nas ações judiciais. Os dados obtidos foram classificados conforme o Sistema Anatômico Terapêutico Químico. Para análise das decisões judiciais, foi utilizada a teoria dos sistemas sociais autopoiéticos. RESULTADOS: As ações judiciais somaram 134 medicamentos com valor estimado de R$ 4,5 milhões para atender aos tratamentos solicitados; 70,9% dos medicamentos estavam com carta patente ou pedido e se concentraram em três classes terapêuticas: antineoplásicos e moduladores imunológicos, aparelho digestório e metabolismo, órgãos dos sentidos. Foram identificadas seis ideias centrais com os critérios de decisão dos magistrados (Constituição Federal e prescrição médica e as pressões entre os sistemas do direito, da economia e da política quanto ao acesso a medicamentos. CONCLUSÕES: A análise das decisões judiciais fundamentadas na teoria dos sistemas sociais autopoiéticos permitiu identificar as estimulações mútuas (dependências entre o sistema do direito e demais sistemas sociais em relação à questão do acesso dos cidadãos aos medicamentos. Essas dependências foram representadas pela Constituição Federal e pela propriedade intelectual. A Constituição Federal e a prescrição médica foram identificadas como

  4. The Chagas disease domestic transmission cycle in Guatemala: Parasite-vector switches and lack of mitochondrial co-diversification between Triatoma dimidiata and Trypanosoma cruzi subpopulations suggest non-vectorial parasite dispersal across the Motagua valley.

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    Pennington, Pamela M; Messenger, Louisa Alexandra; Reina, Jeffrey; Juárez, José G; Lawrence, Gena G; Dotson, Ellen M; Llewellyn, Martin S; Cordón-Rosales, Celia

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    Parasites transmitted by insects must adapt to their vectors and reservoirs. Chagas disease, an American zoonosis caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, is transmitted by several species of triatomines. In Central America, Triatoma dimidiata is a widely dispersed vector found in sylvatic and domestic habitats, with distinct populations across the endemic region of Guatemala. Our aim was to test the strength of association between vector and parasite genetic divergence in domestic environments. Microsatellite (MS) loci were used to characterize parasites isolated from T. dimidiata (n=112) collected in domestic environments. Moderate genetic differentiation was observed between parasites north and south of the Motagua Valley, an ancient biogeographic barrier (FST 0.138, p=0.009). Slightly reduced genotypic diversity and increased heterozygosity in the north (Allelic richness (Ar)=1.00-6.05, FIS -0.03) compared to the south (Ar=1.47-6.30, FIS 0.022) suggest either a selective or demographic process during parasite dispersal. Based on parasite genotypes and geographic distribution, 15 vector specimens and their parasite isolates were selected for mitochondrial co-diversification analysis. Genetic variability and phylogenetic congruence were determined with mitochondrial DNA sequences (10 parasite maxicircle gene fragments and triatomine ND4+CYT b). A Mantel test as well as phylogenetic, network and principal coordinates analyses supported at least three T. dimidiata haplogroups separated by geographic distance across the Motagua Valley. Maxicircle sequences showed low T. cruzi genetic variability (π nucleotide diversity 0.00098) with no evidence of co-diversification with the vector, having multiple host switches across the valley. Sylvatic Didelphis marsupialis captured across the Motagua Valley were found to be infected with T. cruzi strains sharing MS genotypes with parasites isolated from domiciliated triatomines. The current parasite distribution in domestic environments

  5. Evaluación de campo del efecto residual de la deltametrina sobre la mortalidad y knockdown en Triatoma infestans, según tipo de superficie en Arequipa, Perú

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    Miriam Palomino S

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    Full Text Available Objetivos: Determinar el efecto de volteo (knockdown y mortalidad en la medición de la eficacia residual del insecticida deltametrina 5% SC usado en el control vectorial de la enfermedad de Chagas sobre tres tipos de substratos (sillar, ladrillo y concreto a dosis de 25 mg/m2. Materiales y métodos: Se aplicó la deltametrina en casas de diferente material en una zona endémica de Arequipa, Perú, luego fueron expuestas por 72 horas entre 87 a 120 ninfas V de Triatoma infestans en las paredes tratadas, posteriormente las ninfas fueron transferidas a recipientes limpios para determinar el knockdown, la mortalidad a 15 días y la recuperación. Este experimento fue realizado a las 24 horas, 30, 60, 90 y 120 días posttratamiento. Resultados: La mortalidad de la deltametrina se fue reduciendo de 95% en las 24 primeras horas a 34% en el cuarto mes posterior a la exposición, independientemente del tipo de substrato, a un ritmo de 14,5% mensual (p<0,001; r2=0,79, el knockdown se mantuvo por encima de 75% al cuarto mes y la recuperación fue aumentando con el tiempo (p<0,001; r2=0,77. Según substrato, se evidencia una persistencia de la mortalidad 50% hasta los 60 días para sillar, y 90 días para el ladrillo y concreto. Conclusiones: Se demostró una baja efectividad de deltametrina 5% SC a cuatro meses después del tratamiento sobre diferentes superficie (sillar, ladrillo y concreto. Es necesario tener en cuenta estos resultados para calcular los tiempos de aplicación de este insecticida en los programas de control vectorial.

  6. A Reflective Gaussian Coronagraph for ExAO: Laboratory Performance

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    Park, R; Siegler, N; Nielsen, E L; Stalcup, T; Park, Ryeojin; Close, Laird M.; Siegler, Nick; Nielsen, Eric L.; Stalcup, Thomas

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    We report laboratory results of a coronagraphic test bench to assess the intensity reduction differences between a "Gaussian" tapered focal plane coronagraphic mask and a classical hard-edged "Top Hat" function mask at Extreme Adaptive Optics (ExAO) Strehl ratios of ~94%. However, unlike a traditional coronagraph design, we insert a reflective focal plane mask at 45 degree to the optical axis. We also used an intermediate secondary mask ("Mask_2") before a final image in order to block additional mask-edge diffracted light. The test bench simulates the 8.1m Gemini North telescope. It includes one spider vane, different mask radii (r= 1.9, 3.7, 7.4 lambda/D) and two types of reflective focal plane masks (hard-edged "Top Hat" and "Gaussian" tapered profiles). In order to investigate the relative performance of these competing coronagraphic designs with regard to extra-solar planet detection sensitivity, we utilize the simulation of realistic extra-solar planet populations (Nielson et al. 2006). With an appropri...

  7. Introdução ao Manual de Epicteto

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    Aldo Lopes Dinucci

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Trata-se da edição de divulgação de tradução do Manual de Epicteto realizada por Aldo Dinucci e Alfredo Julien. Epicteto, filósofo estoico grego nascido no ano 55 em Hierápolis, na Frígia, Ásia Menor (hoje Turquia, como Sócrates, nada escreveu. Seu pensamento nos chegou através de seu aluno Flávio Arriano (cidadão romano de origem grega, que compilou (possivelmente com auxílio da taquigrafia suas aulas em oito livros (As Diatribes de Epicteto, das quais quatro livros sobrevivem e constituiu o Encheirídion, termo que em grego significa "punhal, arma portátil ou livro portátil, manual". Este pequeno trabalho foi composto por Arriano tomando por base suas compilações das aulas de Epicteto. Consistindo num conjunto de apotegmas para que o seguidor do estoicismo tenha sempre ao alcance da mão os princípios para enfrentar as dificuldades da vida e vencê-las, o Encheirídion tornou célebre o nome de Epicteto.

  8. VALORES DO RNI DE PACIENTES SUBMETIDOS AO TRATAMENTO COM ANTICOAGULANTES

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    Simone Aparecida Matos de SOUZA

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    Full Text Available Uma pesquisa exploratória de natureza qualitativa e quantitativa foi realizada durante o período de maio a agosto de 2013 no Laboratório de Análises Clínicas do Hospital das Clínicas localizado no município de Itaperuna, RJ. O objetivo foi analisar o perfil dos pacientes sob tratamento com anticoagulantes, demonstrando as potenciais variações nos valores da Relação Normalizada Internacional (RNI em comparação aos valores de referência bem como a frequência de realização de tais exames. Um questionário foi aplicado pouco antes da coleta do sangue, estabelecendo-se como critério de inclusão o uso de medicamentos anticoagulantes. Os resultados indicaram um total de 45 pacientes sob tratamento com anticoagulantes, sendo 32 do sexo feminino e 13 do sexo masculino. A maioria dos pacientes encontrava-se sob tratamento com o anticoagulante de uso oral varfarina e se encontrava com idade superior a 50 anos. O valor médio do RNI apresentou-se dentro dos limites considerados seguros, porém mais da metade dos pacientes apresentou RNI < 2,0 e a maioria dos pacientes sob tratamento com anticoagulantes não realiza a avaliação do RNI com frequência.

  9. Four year experience with the AO Anterior Thoracolumbar Locking Plate.

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    Thalgott, J S; Kabins, M B; Timlin, M; Fritts, K; Giuffre, J M

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    For decades spinal surgeons have attempted to design simple, single stage anterior internal fixation systems for the thoracic and lumbar spine. Early devices presented both biomechanical and technical problems. The AO Anterior Thoracolumbar Locking Plate (ATLP) was designed to solve some of the problems encountered with early anterior instrumentation. The ATLP system is constructed in Commercially Pure titanium. It is a low profile device indicated for use for unstable burst fractures in the anterior column; metastatic tumor management; and degenerative diseases of the thoracolumbar spine between levels T10 and L5. Implantation of the device involves direct anterior decompression with sagittal reduction and corpectomy. This is followed by grafting reconstruction, and plate fixation. This device has been implanted in 25 patients with an average follow-up of 38 months. There were five (5) broken screws in three (3) patients, and no broken plates. Implant related postoperative complications included two misplaced screws. Preliminary results indicate that the ATLP system seems to be a safe, low profile, MRI/CT compatible device that provides definitive single stage fixation of the anterior spinal column. PMID:9160452

  10. A avaliçao da concretizaçao do processo de Bolonha numa instituiçao de ensino superior portuguesa

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    Pedro Rocha Dos Reis

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A questão central do Processo de Bolonha consiste na mudança de paradigma de ensino, implicando a transição de um modelo passivo, fortemente centrado na aquisição de conhecimentos, para um modelo baseado no desenvolvimento de competências, onde a componente experimental e de projecto desempenham um papel importante. Concluídos dois anos de funcionamento dos seus cursos de 1º Ciclo, a Escola Superior de Educação de Santarém (Portugal procedeu a uma avaliação da implementação do Processo de Bolonha ao nível dos cursos. Este artigo apresenta os resultados dessa reflexão alargada. A partir da análise de dados recolhidos junto dos coordenadores (através de entrevista e dos professores e alunos dos cursos (através de questionário, conclui-se que o balanço da implementação do Processo de Bolonha é francamente positivo. Com efeito, permitiu, por um lado, uma maior reflexão sobre os perfis profissionais e centrar o processo formativo nas experiências educativas e nas aprendizagens, nomeadamente as adquiridas no âmbito dos programas de mobilidade, por outro lado, permitiu também uma maior articulação entre a actividade docente, de tutoria e a componente prática. Apesar de tudo, subsistem questões por aprofundar emelhorar, as quais irão sendo trabalhadas em função das avaliações que forem sendo feitas.The main issue of the Bologna’s Process consists in a change of the teaching paradigm, implying the transition of a passive model, strongly focused in the knowledge acquisition, for a model based in the skills development, where the experimental component and the project play an important role. Completed two years of operation of their courses of the FirstCicle, the Higher School of Education of Santarem (Portugal carriedon with the evaluation of the implementation of the Bologna’s Process at the courses’level. This article presents the results of this extended reflection.From the analysis of data collected from

  11. INTRODUÇAO AOS MODELOS ODE PARTICIPAÇÃO DE MERCADO EM SERVIÇOS DE TRANSPORTES

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    Antonio Galvão Novaes

    2010-04-01

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    Análises de participação de mercado ("market share" são comuns em estudos na área de "marketing", envolvendo produtos e respectivas marcas, de um lado, o perfil da demanda de outro, e o posicionamento das empresas produtoras que competem nesse mercado, num terceiro bloco. No setor de transportes a literatura registra aplicações em ligações aéreas e em serviços intermunicipais de ônibus. Os modelos de participação de mercado se aplicam normalmente a situações em que os operadores oferecem serviços de transportes similares num determinado mercado, com a competição sendo feita não com base em atributos modais intrínsecos, mas sim apoiada em características diferenciadoras intra-modais mais tênues, tais como conforto, atendimento, promoções tarifárias, "marketing" e propaganda, etc. Neste artigo é feita uma introdução aos modelos de "market share" em transportes, com a apresentação de um exemplo de aplicação ao transporte intermunicipal de passageiros em ônibus, sendo discutidos também aspectos ligados a calibração e tais modelos.

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    Market share analysis is common in marketing studies involving products and respective brands, on one hand, the demand profile on the other hand, and the competiting industries on a third set. In the transport sector the literature registers a number of applications to air transport problems and to intercity bus services. Market share models are normally applied to situations in which operators offer, in a specific market, transport services that are similar in nature, with competition based not on intrinsic modal attributes, but rather on more tenous intra-mode differentiating characteristics, such as comfort, attendance, tariff promotions, marketing and advertising efforts, etc (sub-modal configurations. It is presented in this paper an introduction to market share modelling in transport, with an example concerning an intercity bus service in

  12. Assessing the vulnerability of Brazilian municipalities to the vectorial transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi using multi-criteria decision analysis.

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    Vinhaes, Márcio Costa; de Oliveira, Stefan Vilges; Reis, Priscilleyne Ouverney; de Lacerda Sousa, Ana Carolina; Silva, Rafaella Albuquerque E; Obara, Marcos Takashi; Bezerra, Cláudia Mendonça; da Costa, Veruska Maia; Alves, Renato Vieira; Gurgel-Gonçalves, Rodrigo

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    Despite the dramatic reduction in Trypanosoma cruzi vectorial transmission in Brazil, acute cases of Chagas disease (CD) continue to be recorded. The identification of areas with greater vulnerability to the occurrence of vector-borne CD is essential to prevention, control, and surveillance activities. In the current study, data on the occurrence of domiciliated triatomines in Brazil (non-Amazonian regions) between 2007 and 2011 were analyzed. Municipalities' vulnerability was assessed based on socioeconomic, demographic, entomological, and environmental indicators using multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA). Overall, 2275 municipalities were positive for at least one of the six triatomine species analyzed (Panstrongylus megistus, Triatoma infestans, Triatoma brasiliensis, Triatoma pseudomaculata, Triatoma rubrovaria, and Triatoma sordida). The municipalities that were most vulnerable to vector-borne CD were mainly in the northeast region and exhibited a higher occurrence of domiciliated triatomines, lower socioeconomic levels, and more extensive anthropized areas. Most of the 39 new vector-borne CD cases confirmed between 2001 and 2012 in non-Amazonian regions occurred within the more vulnerable municipalities. Thus, MCDA can help to identify the states and municipalities that are most vulnerable to the transmission of T. cruzi by domiciliated triatomines, which is critical for directing adequate surveillance, prevention, and control activities. The methodological approach and results presented here can be used to enhance CD surveillance in Brazil. PMID:24857942

  13. The nature of ethnic identity among the people of Curaçao

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    Dijs, N.M. van der

    2011-01-01

    This qualitative research explores the nature of ethnic identity among the people of Curaçao. The questions that are of fundamental interest to this study are: how do the people of Curaçao perceive themselves ethnically, how do they experience their sense of belonging to an ethnic group and what fac

  14. Freshwater Bryozoa (Phylactolaemata) from Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire

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    Lacourt, A.W.

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    The Phylactolaemata-fauna of Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire, as it appears from the samples collected by dr P. Wagenaar Hummelinck, is connected with the fauna of the South-American mainland. The material belongs to three species only: Hyalinella agilis — Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire — in temporary or semi-p

  15. Status Update and Closed-Loop Performance of the Magellan Adaptive Optics VisAO Camera

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    Kopon, Derek; Males, Jared; Gasho, Victor; Morzinski, Katie; Follette, Katherine

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    We present laboratory results of the closed-loop performance of the Magellan Adaptive Optics (AO) Adaptive Secondary Mirror (ASM), pyramid wavefront sensor (PWFS), and VisAO visible adaptive optics camera. The Magellan AO system is a 585-actuator low-emissivity high-throughput system scheduled for first light on the 6.5 meter Magellan Clay telescope in November 2012. Using a dichroic beamsplitter near the telescope focal plane, the AO system will be able to simultaneously perform visible (500-1000 nm) AO science with our VisAO camera and either 10 micron or 3-5 micron science using either the BLINC/MIRAC4 or CLIO cameras, respectively. The ASM, PWS, and VisAO camera have undergone final system tests in the solar test tower at the Arcetri Institute in Florence, Italy, reaching Strehls of 37% in i'-band with 400 modes and simulated turbulence of 14 cm ro at v-band. We present images and test results of the assembled VisAO system, which includes our prototype advanced Atmospheric Dispersion Corrector (ADC), prot...

  16. Patterns of Impairments in AOS and Mechanisms of Interaction between Phonological and Phonetic Encoding

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    Laganaro, Marina

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: One reason why the diagnosis of apraxia of speech (AOS) and its underlying impairment are often debated may lie in the fact that most patients do not display pure patterns of AOS. Mixed patterns are clearly acknowledged at other levels of impairment (e.g., lexical-semantic and lexical-phonological), and they have contributed to debate…

  17. Optimal control strategy to reduce the temporal wavefront error in AO systems

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    Doelman, N.J.; Hinnen, K.J.G.; Stoffelen, F.J.G.; Verhaegen, M.H.

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    An Adaptive Optics (AO) system for astronomy is analysed from a control point of view. The focus is put on the temporal error. The AO controller is identified as a feedback regulator system, operating in closed-loop with the aim of rejecting wavefront disturbances. Limitations on the performance of

  18. Doscientos aos de Ciencias de la Tierra en la Argentina

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    Victor A. Ramos

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    Full Text Available La historia de las Ciencias de la Tierra en la Argentina desde la Revolucin de Mayo muestra cuatro etapas diferentes relacionadas a cambios polticos mayores. El pasaje de una organizacin colonial controlada desde la metrpolis a un nuevo gobierno regional marc la necesidad imperiosa de fundar nuevas instituciones donde las bases de la ciencia pudieran ser impartidas. La etapa de las "Ciencias de Rivadavia" (1810-1830 represent un gran esfuerzo personal en esa direccin y aunque la mayor parte de sus iniciativas fracasaron, al menos dos instituciones por l creadas permanecen hasta el presente. La segunda etapa (1830-1853 estuvo dominada por los viajeros extranjeros, perodo en que personalidades como Alcide d'Orbigny y Charles Darwin llegaron al pas e hicieron contribuciones universales a las Ciencias de la Tierra basadas en observaciones locales que arrojaron luz en importantes procesos. La tercera etapa corresponde a la organizacin nacional (1853 hasta las primeras dcadas del siglo XX, cuando nuevas autoridades establecieron algn orden y promovieron la creacin de nuevas instituciones. La actitud proactiva hacia las ciencias bsicas de Juan Mara Gutirrez en la Universidad de Buenos Aires, tanto como las acciones del presidente Domingo F. Sarmiento para la Universidad de Crdoba, fueron la piedra fundamental para comenzar la investigacin y la enseanza de las Ciencias de la Tierra en la Argentina. Tan temprano como en 1865, con los primeros especialistas en Ciencias de la Tierra que vinieron de Italia, comenz la enseanza de la geologa en la Universidad de Buenos Aires, y unos pocos aos ms tarde los gelogos alemanes hicieron lo mismo en Crdoba. Estos dos hechos fundacionales consolidaron la cuarta etapa, cuando una serie de instituciones creadas en el siglo XX promueven el desarrollo presente de las Ciencias de la Tierra en todo el pas.

  19. A reflective Gaussian coronagraph for ExAO: laboratory performance

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    Park, Ryeojin; Close, Laird M.; Siegler, Nick; Nielsen, Eric L.; Stalcup, Thomas

    2006-06-01

    We report laboratory results of a coronagraphic testbed to assess the intensity reduction differences between a "Gaussian" tapered focal plane coronagraphic mask and a classical hard-edged "Top Hat" function mask at Extreme Adaptive Optics (ExAO) Strehl ratios of ~94%. However, unlike a traditional coronagraph design, we insert a reflective focal plane mask at 45 ° to the optical axis and used a "spot of Arago blocker" (axicon stop) before a final image in order to block additional mask edge-diffracted light. The testbed simulates the optical train of ground-based telescopes (in particular the 8.1m Gemini North telescope) and includes one spider vane and different mask radii (r= 1.9λ/D, 3.7λ/D, 7.4λ/D) and two types of reflective focal plane masks (hard-edged "Top Hat" and "Gaussian" tapered profiles). In order to investigate the performance of these competing coronagraphic designs with regard to extra-solar planet detection sensitivity, we utilize the simulation of realistic extra-solar planet populations (Nielsen et al. 2006). With an appropriate translation of our laboratory results to expected telescope performance, a "Gaussian" tapered mask radius of 3.7λ/D with an axicon stop performs best (highest planet detection sensitivity). For a full survey with this optimal design, the simulation predicts ~30% more planets detected compared to a similar sized "Top Hat" function mask with an axicon stop. Using the best design, the "point contrast ratio" between the stellar PSF peak and the coronagraphic PSF at 10λ/D (0.4" in H band if D = 8.1m) is 1.4 x 10 6. This is ~10 times higher than a classical Lyot "Top Hat" coronagraph.

  20. Do gozo fálico ao gozo do Outro

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    Maria das Graças Leite Villela Dias

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Para além da significação fálica, fato de estrutura tanto para o sujeito masculino quanto para o sujeito feminino, Lacan aponta para um outro tipo de gozo: um gozo suplementar, o gozo do Outro, o gozo feminino, para além do falo. Do S1, significante do gozo fálico, que inscreve a lógica da significação fálica, tal como é demonstrado por meio da formulação do discurso do mestre, Lacan passa ao S (A como forma de escritura da inexistência do Outro sexo e da conseqüente impossibilidade da relação sexual, tal como é comprovado na escrita da fórmula algébrica do discurso do analista.From the phallic jouissance to the jouissance of the Other. Beyond phallic signification, structuring element for both the male subject and the female subject, Lacan points to another type of jouissance, a supplementary jouissance, the jouissance of the Other, the feminine jouissance, beyond the phallus. From the S1, signifier for the phallic jouissance, which inscribes the logic of the phallic signification, in so much as it is demonstrated through the formulation of the master's discourse, Lacan goes to S (A as a means of writing the non-existence of the Other sex and of the consequent impossibility of the sexual relation, as can be proved through the writing of the algebraic formulae of the analyst's discourse.

  1. LDEF (Postflight), AO201 : Interplanetary Dust Experiment, Tray B12

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    LDEF (Postflight), AO201 : Interplanetary Dust Experiment, Tray B12 The postflight photograph shows little change of the exposed surfaces when compared with the prelaunch photograph. Although not noticable in the photograph, a light coating of contamination was seen on all experiment surfaces in this location. The difference in colors of the IDE detectors, located on the right hand mounting plate, is a result of the reflected surroundings and not related to space exposure. A close observation of the detector surfaces reveal that some damage has occured from meteroid and/or debris impacts. One impact crater can be seen, upper right quadrant, on the detector located in the sixth (6th) row down from the top and the fifth (5th) row from the right. Other impacts, smaller in size, show as small white dots on the detector surface. The solar sensor seems to have changed little, if any. However, the color of the solar array baseplate, showing indications of contamination, appears to be darker than the detector mounting plate. The center section cover plate shows little change when compared with the pre-launch photograph. However, during inspection, a light coat of the brown contamination has been observed on all surfaces. The color of the bonding material (RTV) used to secure several thin specimen, sapphire, to individual mounting plates has changed from pink to gold. At one location, that of a single specimen, the bonding material is more gray than gold in color. This has been attributed to the specimen being considerably thicker. The EPDS thermal cover in the right hand side of the tray shows a light coating of brown contamination on the Chemglaze II A-276 white paint.

  2. Trypanosoma cruzi: chemotherapy with benznidazole in mice inoculated with strains from Paraná State and from different endemic areas of Brazil

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    Max Jean de Ornelas TOLEDO

    1997-09-01

    Full Text Available Strains of Trypanosoma cruzi from different geographical areas have shown different levels of susceptibility to trypanocidal drugs. The susceptibility in vivo to benznidazole was investigated in eighteen strains of T. cruzi. Twelve were isolated from chronic chagasic patients from different Chagas’ disease endemic areas. The other six strains were isolated from the northwestern region of Paraná state; two of them from patients three from triatomines (Triatoma sordida and one from wild reservoir (Didelphis sp.. To test drug the infected mice were divided into two groups of twenty. One group was treated with benznidazole for twenty consecutive days and the other group was used as untreated control. The treatment began after detection of the infection by direct blood examination or haemoculture. The control of cure was done through haemoculture and indirect immunofluorescence test. The drug eliminated the inflammatory lesions of the skeletal muscle of mice considered cured and from the heart of most of them. Moreover, the inflammatory lesions were reduced in treated but not cured animals. The T. cruzi strains studied showed a gradient of drug susceptibility that varied from 0% to 100%. Ten strains were considered sensitive to the treatment (61 to 100% of cure, one strain was partially sensitive (50% of cure and seven strains were considered resistant to the treatment (0 to 40% of cure. This variation was observed both in strains of T. cruzi isolated from domestic and sylvatic cyclesCepas de Trypanosoma cruzi de diferentes áreas geográficas têm mostrado diferentes graus de suscetibilidade a drogas tripanocidas. A suscetibilidade in vivo ao benzonidazol foi investigada em 18 cepas de T. cruzi. Doze foram isoladas de pacientes chagásicos crônicos de diferentes áreas endêmcias da doença de Chagas. Seis cepas foram procedentes da região Noroeste do Paraná: 2 isoladas de humanos, 3 de triatomíneos da espécie Triatoma sordida e 1 do

  3. Schedule control in Ling Ao nuclear power project

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    Ling Ao Nuclear Power Station (LANP) is first one built up by self-reliance in China with power capacity 990x2 MWe. The results of quality control, schedule control and cost control are satisfactory. The commercial operation days of Unit 1 and Unit 2 were 28th May 2002 and 8th Jan. 2003 respectively, which were 48 days and 66 days in advance of the project schedule. This paper presents the practices of self-reliance schedule control system in LANP. The paper includes 10 sections: schedule control system; targets of schedule control; schedule control at early stage of project; construction schedule; scheduling practice; Point curves; schedule control of design and procurement; a good practice of construction schedule control on site; commissioning and startup schedule; schedule control culture. Three figures are attached. The main contents of the self-reliance schedule control system are as follows: to draw up reasonable schedules and targets; to setup management mechanism and procedures; to organize powerful project management team; to establish close monitoring system; to provide timely progress reports and statistics information. Five kinds of schedule control targets are introduced, i.e. bar-chart schedule; milesones; Point curves; interface management; hydraulic test schedule of auxiliary piping loops; EMR/EMC/EESR issuance schedules. Six levels of bar-chart schedules were adopted in LANP, but the bar-chart schedules were not satisfactory for complicated erection condition on site, even using six levels of schedules. So a kind of Point curves was developed and their advantages are explained. Scheduling method of three elements: activity, duration, logic, which was adopted in LANP, is introduced. The duration of each piping activities in LANP level 2 project schedule was calculated based on the relevant working Point quantities. The analysis and adjustment of Point curves are illustrated, i.e. balance of monthly quantities; possible production in the peakload

  4. SCExAO as a precursor to an ELT exoplanet direct imaging instrument

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    Jovanovic, Nemanja; martinache, Frantz; Clergeon, Christophe; Singh, Garima; Vievard, Sebastien; Kudo, Tomoyuki; Garrel, Vincent; Norris, Barnaby; Tuthill, Peter; Stewart, Paul; huby, Elsa; Perrin, Guy; Lacour, Sylvestre

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    The Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme AO (SCExAO) instrument consists of a high performance Phase Induced Amplitude Apodisation (PIAA) coronagraph combined with an extreme Adaptive Optics (AO) system operating in the near-infrared (H band). The extreme AO system driven by the 2000 element deformable mirror will allow for Strehl ratios >90% to be achieved in the H-band when it goes closed loop. This makes the SCExAO instrument a powerful platform for high contrast imaging down to angular separations of the order of 1lambda/D and an ideal testbed for exploring coronagraphic techniques for ELTs. In this paper we report on the recent progress in regards to the development of the instrument, which includes the addition of a visible bench that makes use of the light at shorter wavelengths not currently utilized by SCExAO and closing the loop on the tip/tilt wavefront sensor. We will also discuss several exciting guest instruments which will expand the capabilities of SCExAO over the next few years; namely CHARIS which i...

  5. O INCENTIVO FISCAL EMPRESARIAL COMO FORMA DE PROTEÇÃO AO MEIO AMBIENTE

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    Patrícia Machado Iserhardt

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    O presente artigo se refere ao incentivo fiscal empresarial como forma de proteção ao meio ambiente. A função extrafiscal dos tributos é de extrema importância ao meio ambiente, pois, assim, o Estado através da arrecadação de receitas tem a possibilidade de implementar ações que visem a proteção do meio ambiente. Portanto, o mecanismo hora estudado, vem mostrar que há possibilidade de inserir a classe empresarial na contemplação deste mecanismo de proteção. A classe empresarial pode participa...

  6. Calibration of a curvature sensor/bimorph mirror AO system: interaction matrix measurement on MACAO systems

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    Oberti, Sylvain; Bonnet, Henri; Fedrigo, Enrico; Ivanescu, Liviu; Kasper, Markus E.; Paufique, Jerome

    2004-10-01

    The accurate calibration of an AO system is fundamental in order to reach the top performance expected from design. To improve this aspect, we propose procedures for calibrating a curvature AO system in view of optimizing performances and robustness, based on the experience accumulated by the ESO AO team through the development of MACAO systems for VLTI and SINFONI. The approach maximizes the quality of the Interaction Matrix (IM) while maintaining the system in its linear regime and minimizing noise and bias on the measurement.

  7. Das montanhas mexicanas ao ciberespaço

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    Pedro Henrique Falco Ortiz

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    Full Text Available ESTE ARTIGO faz uma apanhado histórico contextualizado e uma análise comunicacional sobre o Exército Zapatista de Libertação Nacional - EZLN, que apareceu publicamente no estado mexicano de Chiapas em janeiro de 1994, a partir de sua origem indígena, com as demandas seculares dessa parcela da população marginalizada, suas peculiaridades e sua prática política, que o fazem um grupo armado bastante original dentro do contexto das lutas populares na América Latina. As estratégias políticas e de comunicação do EZLN são diferenciais importantes em relação a outras experiências guerrilheiras anteriores. Assim, analisamos também a habilidade que os zapatistas tiveram - e ainda têm - para conquistar espaço nos meios de comunicação convencionais e criar uma eficiente rede de solidariedade e comunicação, combinando as tradições seculares das comunidades indígenas, que são suas bases, aos recursos tecnológicos de meios eletrônicos como a Internet e a Web. Esta combinação criativa de iniciativas políticas bem-sucedidas, bases sociais resistentes, diálogo permanente com a chamada sociedade civil - nacional e internacional - e vitórias importantes no campo da comunicação, compensam a fragilidade militar do EZLN e possibilitam sua continuidade, mesmo no contexto militar bastante adverso em que se situa o conflito chiapaneco.THE PRESENT article is an historical and contextualized communicational analisis on the Zapatista National Liberation Army - EZLN, that came to light the first time on january,1994, in the mexican southern state of Chiapas, with its indigenous origin, ancient struggles of the marginalized population, its own culture and political praxis that made it a very particular social movement in the context of Latin America. The polictical and communication strategies of the EZLN are important changes when we compare it to other guerrilla movements. We also analize the hability and creativity the zapatistas have

  8. Potencialidades e espaços ao empreendedorismo

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A criação de negócios é apontada como uma das causas da prosperidade de um local, região, estado ou de um país. É neste sentido que o empreendedorismo tem recebido destaque nos últimos anos, como promotor de novos negócios. Captar, descrever e analisar o fenômeno do empreendedorismo é, portanto, necessário para o desenho de ações de promoção do desenvolvimento. Assim, o presente estudo aborda o empreendedorismo na piscicultura, tomando como base três casos analisados: uma propriedade com rizipiscicultura, uma com piscicultura de ciclo completo inclusive com frigorífico, e outra onde a piscicultura desenvolve-se através de um pesque-pague, com vistas a proporcionar o turismo rural. Para fins de pesquisa, entrevistaram-se os proprietários de cada estabelecimento na busca dos dados necessários para a construção de uma abordagem consistente da temática proposta, ou seja, identificar a presença do empreendedorismo e suas características particulares em cada propriedade analisada. Verificou-se que determinadas características empreendedoras são comuns aos três casos analisados: habilidade para identificar oportunidades; busca de conhecimento de sua área de atuação; senso de organização; disposição para tomar decisões; capacidade de liderança; talento para empreender; otimismo e tino empresarial; ser estrategista, além do dinamismo. Portanto, foi possível observar que o perfil empreendedor dos proprietários de cada negócio tornou possível a transformação de idéias e problemas em oportunidades reais de negócio.Abstract The business opening is indicated as one of the prosperity causes of a country, state, region or local. It’s in this context that the entrepreneurship has received attention along the last years as new business promoter. This way, to study and promote development actions it’s necessary, firstly, to get, to describe and to analyze the entrepreneurship phenomenon by itself. So, this study

  9. LDEF (Prelaunch), AO201 : Interplanetary Dust Experiment, Tray B12

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    LDEF (Prelaunch), AO201 : Interplanetary Dust Experiment, Tray B12 The prelaunch photograph shows the six (6) inch deep Interplanetary Dust Experiment (IDE) master control tray. The tray has three (3) mounting/cover plates elevated on fiberglass stand-offs to provide clearance and protection for hardware and electronics located underneath. The stand-offs also raise the plates to a level that minimizes shading of detectors by the tray sidewalls. The mounting plate located at the left hand end of the tray is populated with eighty (80) metaloxide-silicon (MOS) capacitor-type impact sensors and one (1) solar sensor that is located approximately in the center of the mounting plate. The IDE sensors are two (2) inch diameter MOS capacitor structures approximately 250 um thick. The detectors are formed by growing either 0.4um or 1.0um thick silicon oxide, SiO2, layer on the 250um thick, B-doped polished silicon wafer. The top metal contact, the visible surface, was formed by vapor deposition of 1000A of aluminum on the SiO2 surface. Aluminum was also vapor deposited on the backside to form the contact with the silicon substrate. Gold wires are bonded to the front and back aluminum layers for use in connecting the detectors to the circuits. The complete wafers, IDE detectors, are mounted on chromic anodized aluminum frames by bonding the detector backside to the aluminum frame with a space qualified RTV silicon adhesive, de-volatized RTV-511. The difference in colors of the detectors is caused by reflections in the metallized surfaces. A reflection of one of the technicians is visible in the three (3) rows of detector on the left hand side of the mounting plate. The solar sensor, located at the mounting plate center, consist of four (4) silicon solar cells connected in series and associated circuity bonded to an aluminum baseplate. The solar sensor registered each orbital sunrise independant of LDEF orientation at the time of sunrise. When IDE solar sensor data from the six

  10. Safety evaluation of pectin-derived acidic oligosaccharides (pAOS): Genotoxicity and sub-chronic studies

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    Garthoff, J.A.; Heemskerk, S.; Hempenius, R.A.; Lina, B.A.R.; Krul, C.A.M.; Koeman, J.H.; Speijers, G.J.A.

    2010-01-01

    Pectin-derived acidic oligosaccharides (pAOS) are non-digestible carbohydrates to be used in infant formulae and medical nutrition. To support its safety, the genotoxic potential of pAOS was evaluated. pAOS was not mutagenic in the Ames test. Positive results were obtained in the chromosome aberrati

  11. Attitude toward contraception and abortion among Curaçao women. Ineffective contraception due to limited sexual education?

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    Brink, M.J.; Boersma, A.A.; Meyboom-deJong, B; Bruijn, de J.G.M.

    2011-01-01

    Background In Curaçao is a high incidence of unintended pregnancies and induced abortions. Most of the induced abortions in Curaçao are on request of the woman and performed by general practitioners. In Curaçao, induced abortion is strictly prohibited, but since 1999 there has been a policy of conni

  12. Transformaçao organizacional e práticas inovadoras de gestao humana

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    Calderón Hernández, Gregorio; Cuartas Castaño, Juliana; Alvarez Giraldo, Claudia Milena

    2011-01-01

    Este é um artículo de revisao que faz parte de um projeto de investigaçao denominado "Observatorio de práticas inovadoras de gestao humana na Colombia",  no qual trata-se de estabelecer um suporte teórico para as transformalçoes organizacionais e sua relaçao com a gestao humana. Aborda-se esta temática pela importancia crescente da mudança e em especial da mudança profunda que implica uma transformalçao em aspectos centrais das empresas, tais como a inovaçao, o desempenho, a competitividade e...

  13. Ciberespaço cubano: uma forma de resistência ao poder e à censura

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    Lia Hecker Luz

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A entrada do corpo e da vida nos cálculos do poder corresponde ao que Foucault chamou de biopolítica. Entretanto, o próprio Foucault intuiu que aquilo mesmo que o poder investia – a vida – era o que doravante ancoraria a resistência a ele. Assim, ao poder sobre a vida deveria responder a potência da vida, capaz de operar uma resistência possível ao sequestro da vida pelo poder. Apoiando-nos no pensamento de Lévy, levantamos a hipótese, a partir da análise do blog Generación Y, de que a blogosfera cubana é uma expressão micropolítica de resistência ao poder, de biopotência da multidão.

  14. Erection and management for polar crane of Ling'ao NPP Phase II

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    The thesis gives a perspective of NI polar crane situations of Ling'ao NPP Phase 2 from angles such as supply, erection management and technical requirements, erection difficulties encountered in practice and related document provision and filing. It details, by in-depth analysis, the management characteristics and practical difficulties of Ling'ao NPP Phase 2 and approaches certain resolutions and technical improvement such as the intervention of manufacturing of equipment, the way of drilling on the bracket etc. (authors)

  15. Antecedents to the Perpetration of Domestic Violence in Curaçao

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    Wijk, van, C.; Bruijn, de, M.E.

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Previous international studies have found collectivism and low gender empowerment to contribute to higher domestic violence perpetration by males, compared to females. Little is known about gender differences in domestic violence perpetration prevalence in collectivist countries with high gender empowerment, for example Curaçao. Curaçao demonstrates gender similarity in committing domestic violence, resembling Western countries: 25–33 % have committed psychological domestic violence,...

  16. Termination of Pregnancy in Curaçao: Need for Improvement of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

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    2012-01-01

    Background: In Curaçao Termination of Pregnancy (TOP) is still forbidden by law, although a policy of tolerance has been stipulated since 1999. This paper is about the prevalence of TOP and about its health complications. These data on TOP are officially unknown but are suspected to be rather high. Methods: One year registration of illegal performed termination of pregnancy cases by all general physicians (GPs) practicing TOP in Curaçao. The registration included patient characteristics accor...

  17. East Asian winter temperature variation associated with the combined effects of AO and WP pattern

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    Park, Hye-Jin; Ahn, Joong-Bae

    2016-04-01

    The combined effects of the Arctic Oscillation (AO) and Western Pacific (WP) teleconnection pattern on the East Asian winter monsoon (EAWM) over the last 56 years (1958/59-2013/2014) were investigated using NCEP/NCAR reanalysis data (Park and Ahn, 2015). The study results revealed that the effect of the AO on winter temperature in East Asia could be changed depending on the phases of the WP pattern in the North Pacific. The negative relationship between the EAWM and the AO increased when the AO and WP were in-phase with each other. Hence, when winter negative (positive) AO was accompanied by negative (positive) WP, negative (positive) temperature anomalies were dominant across the entire East Asia region. Conversely, when the AO and WP were of-of-phase, the winter temperature anomaly in East Asia did not show distinct changes. Furthermore, from the perspective of stationary planetary waves, the zonal wavenumber-2 patterns of sea level pressure and geopotential height at 500hPa circulation strengthened when the AO and WP were in-phase but were not significant for the out-of-phase condition. It explained the possible mechanism of the combined effects of the AO and WP on the circulation related to EAWM. Reference Park, H.-J., and J.-B. Ahn (2015) Combined effect of the Arctic Oscillation and the Western Pacific pattern on East Asia winter temperature, Clim. Dyn. DOI:10.1007/s00382-015-2763-2. Acknowledgements This work was funded by the Korea Meteorological Administration Research and Development Program under grant KMIPA2015-2081.

  18. Status update and closed-loop performance of the Magellan adaptive optics VisAO camera

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    Kopon, Derek; Close, Laird M.; Males, Jared; Gasho, Victor; Morzinski, Katie; Follette, Katherine

    2012-07-01

    We present laboratory results of the closed-loop performance of the Magellan Adaptive Optics (AO) Adaptive Secondary Mirror (ASM), pyramid wavefront sensor (PWFS), and VisAO visible adaptive optics camera. The Magellan AO system is a 585-actuator low-emissivity high-throughput system scheduled for first light on the 6.5 meter Magellan Clay telescope in November 2012. Using a dichroic beamsplitter near the telescope focal plane, the AO system will be able to simultaneously perform visible (500-1000 nm) AO science with our VisAO camera and either 10 μm or 3-5 μm science using either the BLINC/MIRAC4 or CLIO cameras, respectively. The ASM, PWS, and VisAO camera have undergone final system tests in the solar test tower at the Arcetri Institute in Florence, Italy, reaching Strehls of 37% in i'-band with 400 modes and simulated turbulence of 14 cm ro at v-band. We present images and test results of the assembled VisAO system, which includes our prototype advanced Atmospheric Dispersion Corrector (ADC), prototype calcite Wollaston prisms for SDI imaging, and a suite of beamsplitters, filters, and other optics. Our advanced ADC performs in the lab as designed and is a 58% improvement over conventional ADC designs. We also present images and results of our unique Calibration Return Optic (CRO) test system and the ASM, which has successfully run in closedloop at 1kHz. The CRO test is a retro reflecting optical test that allows us to test the ASM off-sky in close-loop using an artificial star formed by a fiber source.

  19. Effects of Dexamethasone on glucocorticoid receptor expression in a human ovarian carcinoma cell line 3AO

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    徐明娟; 宋亮年; 王昭梅

    2003-01-01

    Objective To observe the effects of Dexamethasone (Dex), a synthetic glucocorticoid, on glucocorticoid receptor expression in the human ovarian carcinoma cell line 3AO. The molecular mechanism of glucocorticoid (GC) on 3AO cells was also studied.Methods The expression and regulation of the glucocorticoid receptor in 3AO cells was studied by utilizing radioligand binding assay and quantitative RT-PCR. Results High affinity and low capacity GR existed in 3AO cells, in addition, GR binding activity was down-regulated by Dex in a time-dependent manner, to a level about 28.34% of control following 24 hours treatment, with a concomitant decrease in GR mRNA. The induction of alkaline phosphatase (AKP) activity by Dex was reversed by RU486, a potent glucocorticoid antagonist.Conclusion In 3AO cells, functional GR which can be down-regulated by Dex at the protein and mRNA level, exists suggesting that the regulating effects of Dex on GR occur at least partially at the GR mRNA level, and that the cellular effects of Dex on 3AO cells might be mediated by GR.

  20. Parameterising E-ELT AO PSFs for detailed science simulations for HARMONI

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    Zieleniewski, Simon; Thatte, Niranjan

    2013-12-01

    With the first ELTs around the corner it is becoming ever more important to determine observational strategies and assess the prospective success of observing programs prior to making the observations. To this end, scientific simulations need to become more refined to understand the criteria required for a specific science case. We address the science simulations for HARMONI, an AO assisted first light integral field spectrograph (IFS) for the E-ELT. AO PSFs vary markedly as a function of wavelength and type of AO system used, so there is need to create detailed PSFs across all IFS wavelength channels for accurate simulations. Detailed AO simulations have shown that for LTAO on the E-ELT, Strehl ratios can vary from 0.5E-3 in V-band up to 0.5 in K-band. Using a single PSF for an entire datacube (especially with large instantaneous wavelength coverage) could introduce misleading features into simulated observations using HARMONI. We have developed a method to parameterize detailed PSFs using analytical models, which can then be interpolated as a function of wavelength. This allows us to create accurate, but computationally inexpensive, AO PSF datacubes for HARMONI simulations. This shall be developed to cover LTAO, SCAO and GLAO/no-AO PSFs for a range of observing parameters.

  1. MagAO: Status and on-sky performance of the Magellan adaptive optics system

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    Morzinski, Katie M; Males, Jared R; Kopon, Derek; Hinz, Phil M; Esposito, Simone; Riccardi, Armando; Puglisi, Alfio; Pinna, Enrico; Briguglio, Runa; Xompero, Marco; Quirós-Pacheco, Fernando; Bailey, Vanessa; Follette, Katherine B; Rodigas, T J; Wu, Ya-Lin; Arcidiacono, Carmelo; Argomedo, Javier; Busoni, Lorenzo; Hare, Tyson; Uomoto, Alan; Weinberger, Alycia

    2014-01-01

    MagAO is the new adaptive optics system with visible-light and infrared science cameras, located on the 6.5-m Magellan "Clay" telescope at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile. The instrument locks on natural guide stars (NGS) from 0$^\\mathrm{th}$ to 16$^\\mathrm{th}$ $R$-band magnitude, measures turbulence with a modulating pyramid wavefront sensor binnable from 28x28 to 7x7 subapertures, and uses a 585-actuator adaptive secondary mirror (ASM) to provide flat wavefronts to the two science cameras. MagAO is a mutated clone of the similar AO systems at the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) at Mt. Graham, Arizona. The high-level AO loop controls up to 378 modes and operates at frame rates up to 1000 Hz. The instrument has two science cameras: VisAO operating from 0.5-1 $\\mu$m and Clio2 operating from 1-5 $\\mu$m. MagAO was installed in 2012 and successfully completed two commissioning runs in 2012-2013. In April 2014 we had our first science run that was open to the general Magellan community. Observers from Arizona, Ca...

  2. Encontro de Panstrongylus megistus em ecótopo artificial: domiciliação ou mera visitação?

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    Nascimento Carlos

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available No combate à doença de Chagas no Brasil, foi utilizado como primeira medida o controle químico, erradicando o Triatoma infestans, o mais importante vetor, tal combate vem favorecendo o aparecimento de vetores secundários, como Triatoma sordida and Panstrongylus megistus, espécies que podem eventualmente ser encontradas no domicílio, como os triatomíneos provenientes de Bernardino de Campos e Sete Barras por nós examinados que foram encontrados no domicílio e positivos para o T. cruzi, sugerindo que, apesar da doença de Chagas estar controlada no Estado de São Paulo, existe a necessidade de aprimorar os conhecimentos sobre o comportamento destes vetores para que mudanças nas medidas de controle sejam introduzidas.

  3. Fatores associados ao baixo peso ao nascimento entre adolescentes no Sudeste do Brasil Factors associated with low birth weight among adolescents in the Brazil Southeast region

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    Fernanda Garanhani Castro Surita

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Conhecer a prevalência e alguns fatores associados ao baixo peso ao nascer entre gestantes adolescentes. MÉTODOS: Estudo de corte transversal, realizado entre outubro de 1994 a dezembro de 2009, com os partos ocorridos em uma maternidade de Campinas, utilizando informações coletadas em uma Ficha Obstétrica Informatizada. Foram selecionados os casos de partos entre adolescentes e, posteriormente, separados em dois grupos com e sem baixo peso ao nascer. Foram calculados o risco relativo e o intervalo de confiança (IC de 95% para as variáveis independentes (fatores de risco, e calculou-se o teste do Χ2 para comparação dos resultados perinatais. Assumiu-se nível de significância de 5%. RESULTADOS: No período ocorreram 24.000 partos no Centro de Atenção à Saúde da Mulher (CAISM, com 2.404 em 2.357 adolescentes (10,02%, sendo a frequência de baixo peso ao nascer de 15,1%. A gestação neste grupo foi recorrente em 294 (8,2%. A idade menor que 15 anos, anemia, tabagismo e hipertensão não se associaram ao baixo peso ao nascer. O antecedente de aborto e a associação com lúpus eritematoso sistêmico elevaram o risco de baixo peso ao nascer. A necessidade de cesariana e o Apgar menor que sete também foram mais prevalentes entre as adolescentes com baixo peso ao nascer, e 85% das adolescentes realizaram menos de seis consultas durante o pré-natal. CONCLUSÕES: A prevalência de baixo peso ao nascer é maior entre as adolescentes do que na população geral. Também chamou a atenção o grande número de adolescentes com menos de seis consultas durante o pré-natal. O antecedente de aborto e a presença de lúpus eritematoso sistêmico foram fatores de risco para ocorrência de baixo peso ao nascer em gestantes adolescentes.PURPOSES: To determine the rate of low birth weight and some of the risk factors associated with this event among adolescents. METHODS: A cross-sectional study conducted between October 1994 and

  4. Modelos para o planejamento centralizado da produçao e o transporte na cadeia de suprimento: uma revisao

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    Mula, Josefa; Peidro, David; Díaz-Madronero, Manuel; JORGE E. HERNÁNDEZ

    2011-01-01

    Este artigo apresenta uma revisao bibliográfica sobre os modelos de programaçao matematica para o planejamento centralizado da produçao e a transporte em uma cadeia de suprimento. O propósito desta revisao e identificar a pesquisa atual e futura neste campo e propor um marco de classificaçao baseado nos seguintes elementos: Estrutura da cadeia de suprimento, nivel de decisao, enfoque de modelagem, propósito, informaçao intercambiada e aplicaçao pratica. O objetivo do artigo e proporcionar um ...

  5. Instrumento mensurador de adesao para hipertensos: contribuicao da Teoria da Resposta ao Item

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    Malvina Thais Pacheco Rodrigues

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar instrumento de medição da adesão ao tratamento da hipertensão por meio da "Teoria da Resposta ao Item". MÉTODOS: Estudo analítico com 406 hipertensos com complicações associadas, atendidos na atenção básica em Fortaleza, CE, 2011, pela "Teoria da Resposta ao Item". As etapas de execução foram: teste de dimensionalidade, calibração dos itens; tratamento dos dados e construção da escala, analisadas com base no modelo de resposta gradual. Estudo da dimensionalidade do instrumento foi feito pela análise da matriz de correlação policórica e análise fatorial de informação completa. Utilizou-se o software Multilog para calibração dos itens e estimação dos escores. RESULTADOS: Os itens referentes ao tratamento medicamentoso foram os mais diretamente relacionados à adesão, enquanto aqueles referentes ao tratamento não medicamentoso precisam ser reformulados, pois possuíram menor quantidade de informação psicométrica e baixa discriminação. A independência dos itens, o reduzido número de níveis da escala e as baixas variâncias explicadas no ajuste dos modelos mostraram as principais fragilidades do instrumento analisado. A "Teoria da Resposta ao Item" mostrou-se relevante para análise, pois avaliou o respondente quanto à adesão ao tratamento da hipertensão, ao nível de dificuldade dos itens e à sua capacidade de discriminação entre indivíduos com diferentes níveis de adesão, o que gerou maior quantidade de informação. CONCLUSÕES: O instrumento analisado é limitado para medir a adesão ao tratamento da hipertensão, mediante análise pela "Teoria da Resposta ao Item", e necessita de ajustes. A adequada formulação dos itens é importante para medir precisamente o traço latente desejado.

  6. Morfologia e Crescimento dos 6 aos 10 anos de idade em Viana do Castelo, Portugal

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    Luis Paulo Rodrigues

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Ao longo de quatro anos, o Estudo Morfofuncional da Criança Vianense observou 1911 crianças entre os 6e os 10 anos de idade, resultando em 4064 observações individuais(2054 de raparigas, 2006 de rapazes.Os resultados encontrados nos indicadores morfológicos simples(altura, peso, pregas adiposas, diâmetros ósseos e perímetros muscularese no somatótipo, são descritos normativamente (valores percentílicose comparados com outros estudos nacionais e internacionais. As crianças vianenses demonstraram possuir uma estatura média ligeiramente superior às reportadas nos estudos portugueses e um ritmo de crescimento diferente das norte-americanas; peso semelhante ao das congéneres nacionais mas inferior ao das EUA; valores de pregas adiposas geralmente inferiores aos encontrados em Portugal e EUA; perímetros musculares e diâmetros ósseos semelhantes aos seus pares portugueses; e uma tendência para o aumento, com a idade, do ectomorfismo nos rapazes e do endomorfismo em ambos os sexos. Este panorama parece indicar que as crianças vianenses apresentam características de aptidão morfologia que estão longe de espelhar as preocupações internacionais nesta matéria.

  7. Significant relationship between spring AO and the summer rainfall along the Yangtze River

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    2002-01-01

    The influence of spring AO on the summer rainfall along the Yangtze River is investigated. The long-term rainfall observations are filtered to remove the low-frequency variations longer than 10 years. The inter-annual components show a high correlation to AO in the last hundred years. The strongest correlation appears for May AO and summer rainfall with a value of ?0.39, significant above the 99% confidence level. Associated with one standard deviation stronger May AO index, the rainfall over the Yangtze River to the southern Japan decreases by about 3%-9%, while, at the same time increases by about 3%-6% in the northern China and far-eastern Russia. The coherent changes in rainfall are significantly related to the East Asian summer jet stream in the upper troposphere. When there is stronger AO in spring, the jet stream tends to move polarward in summer, and leads the rainfall-belt to move northward too. That gives rise to a drier condition in the Yangtze River valley, wetter anomalies in northern China. This signal would be helpful for the summer rainfall prediction in China.

  8. First light AO system for LBT: toward on-sky operation

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    Esposito, S.; Tozzi, A.; Puglisi, A.; Pinna, E.; Riccardi, A.; Busoni, S.; Busoni, L.; Stefanini, P.; Xompero, M.; Zanotti, D.; Pieralli, F.

    2006-06-01

    The paper is describing the present status of the LBT first light AO system. The system design started in January 2002 and is now approaching the final test in the Arcetri solar tower. Two key features of this single conjugate AO system are the use of an adaptive secondary mirror having 672 actuators and a pyramid wavefront sensor with a maximum sampling of 30x30 subapertures. The paper is reporting about the adaptive secondary mechanical electrical and optical integration, and the wavefront sensor unit integration and acceptance test. Finally some lab test of the AO system done using an adaptive secondary prototype with 45 actuators, the so called P45 are described. The aim of these test was to get an estimate of the system limiting magnitude and to demonstrate the feasibility of a new technique able to measure AO system interaction matrix in a shortest time and with higher SNR with respect to the classical interaction matrix measurement. We are planning to use such a technique to calibrate the AO system in Arcetri and later at the LBT telescope.

  9. Doença periodontal materna como fator associado ao baixo peso ao nascer Maternal periodontal disease as a factor associated with low birth weight

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    Simone Seixas da Cruz; Maria da Conceição N. Costa; Isaac Suzart Gomes Filho; Maria Isabel P. Vianna; Carlos Teles Santos

    2005-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Estudos recentes têm apresentado evidências de que a doença periodontal em gestantes pode ser um dos determinantes do baixo peso ao nascer. Realizou-se estudo para verificar a existência de associação entre doença periodontal materna e baixo peso ao nascer. MÉTODOS: Estudo do tipo caso-controle com 302 mulheres, sendo 102 mães de nascidos vivos de baixo peso (grupo caso) e 200 mães de nascidos vivos com peso normal (grupo controle). A existência de associação entre doença periodonta...

  10. A Arqueologia do cuidado: da prática ao discurso

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    Sidi Askofare

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available A noção de cuidado, assimilada há muito tempo ao tratamento e, então, ao conceito de terapêutica, retorna, logo depois, nos estudos, pesquisas e reflexões nas ciências humanas. Mas, daí em diante, está emancipado de suas aderências e conotações médicas por serem demasiadamente redutoras. O presente artigo propõe uma arqueologia (no sentido foucaultiano do cuidado &– de suas origens animais às suas formas culturalmente e historicamente definidas &– e põe em evidência a subversão que produz no campo do cuidado &– das práticas aos discursos &– a emergência e a dominação do discurso da ciência.

  11. A utilizaçao de módulos de ensino como metodologia para a mudança de conceito e atitudes de alunos do curso de habilitaçao ao magistério com relaçao a Ciencias e ao seu ensino

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    Barra, Vilma Marcassa

    1982-01-01

    Resumo: Inúmeras pesquisas já foram realizadas com a finalidade de avaliar os resultados da utilização de módulos de ensino na comunicação de informações teóricas. Este estudo, porem, não pretendeu avaliar tais resultados, mas sim verificar se uma determinada metodologia do ensino de Ciências pode ser proposta através de módulos de ensino e apreendida dessa forma pelas alunas do curso de Habilitação ao Magistério, em nível de 29 graus. A metodologia aqui tratada tem como pontos básicos: o uma...

  12. Deep-water sponges (Porifera) from Bonaire and Klein Curaçao, Southern Caribbean.

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    Soest, Rob W M Van; Meesters, Erik H W G; Becking, Leontine E

    2014-01-01

    Four submersible dives off the coast of Bonaire (Caribbean Netherlands) and Klein Curaçao (Curaçao) to depths of 99.5-242 m, covering lower mesophotic and upper dysphotic zones, yielded 52 sponge specimens belonging to 31 species. Among these we identified 13 species as new to science. These are Plakinastrella stinapa n. sp., Pachastrella pacoi n. sp., Characella pachastrelloides n. sp., Geodia curacaoensis n. sp., Caminus carmabi n. sp., Discodermia adhaerens n. sp., Clathria (Microciona) acarnoides n. sp., Antho (Acarnia) pellita n. sp., Parahigginsia strongylifera n. sp., Calyx magnoculata n. sp., Neopetrosia dutchi n. sp., Neopetrosia ovata n. sp. and Neopetrosia eurystomata n. sp. We also report an euretid hexactinellid, which belongs to the rare genus Verrucocoeloidea, recently described (2014) as V. liberatorii Reiswig & Dohrmann. The remaining 18 already known species are all illustrated by photos of the habit, either in situ or 'on deck', but only briefly characterized in an annotated table to confirm their occurrence in the Southern Caribbean. The habitat investigated-steep limestone rocks, likely representing Pleistocene fossil reefs-is similar to deep-water fossil reefs at Barbados of which the sponges were sampled and studied by Van Soest and Stentoft (1988). A comparison is made between the two localities, showing a high degree of similarity in sponge composition: 53% of the present Bonaire-Klein Curaçao species were also retrieved at Barbados. At the level of higher taxa (genera, families) Bonaire-Klein Curaçao shared approximately 80% of its lower mesophotic and upper dysphotic sponge fauna with Barbados, despite a distance between them of 1000 km, indicating high faunal homogeneity. We also preliminarily compared the shallow-water (euphotic) sponge fauna of Curaçao with the combined data available for the Barbados, Bonaire and Klein Curaçao mesophotic and upper dysphotic sponges, which resulted in the conclusion that the two faunas show only

  13. Characterization of phosphorus removal bacteria in (AO)2 SBR system by using different electron acceptors

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    JIANG Yi-feng; WANG Lin; YU Ying; WANG Bao-zhen; LIU Shuo; SHEN Zheng

    2007-01-01

    Characteristics of phosphorus removal bacteria were investigated by using three different types of electron acceptors, as well as the positive role of nitrite in phosphorus removal process. An (AO)2 SBR (anaerobic-aerobic-anoxic-aerobic sequencing batch reactor) was thereby employed to enrich denitrifying phosphorus removal bacteria for simultaneously removing phosphorus and nitrogen via anoxic phosphorus uptake. Ammonium oxidation was controlled at the first phase of the nitrification process. Nitrite-inhibition batch tests illustrated that nitrite was not an inhibitor to phosphorus uptake process, but served as an alternative electron acceptor to nitrate and oxygen if the concentration was under the inhibition level of 40mg NO2 - N · L- 1. It implied that in addition to the two well-accepted groups of phosphorus removal bacterium ( one can only utilize oxygen as electron acceptor, P1, while the other can use both oxygen and nitrate as electron acceptor, P2 ), a new group of phosphorus removal bacterium P3, which could use oxygen, nitrate and nitrite as electron acceptor to take up phosphorus were identified in the test system. To understand (AO)2 SBR sludge better, the relative population of the different bacteria in this system, plus another A/O SBR sludge (seed sludge) were respectively estimated by the phosphorus uptake batch tests with either oxygen or nitrate or nitrite as electron acceptor. The results demonstrated that phosphorus removal capability of (AO)2 SBR sludge had a little degradation after A/O sludge was cultivated in the (AO)2 mode over a long period of time. However, denitrifying phosphorus removal bacteria ( P2 and P3 ) was significantly enriched showed by the relative population of the three types of bacteria,which implied that energy for aeration and COD consumption could be reduced in theory.

  14. Obtenção de plantas de feijão-caupi resistentes ao Cowpea severe mosaic virus e ao Cowpea aphid-borne mosaic virus

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    Gislanne Brito Barros

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Dentre os vírus que infectam o feijão-caupi (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp. destacam-se, respectivamente, pela severidade e ampla ocorrência o Cowpea severe mosaic virus (CPSMV e o Cowpea aphid-borne mosaic virus (CABMV. Portanto, objetivaram-se, no presente trabalho, obter e avaliar plantas de feijão-caupi com resistência ao CPSMV e ao CABMV, visando ao desenvolvimento de cultivares essencialmente derivadas e novas cultivares. Realizaram-se oito cruzamentos seguidos de retrocruzamentos, utilizando a linhagem TE 97-309G-9 e a cultivar Patativa como genitores resistentes, e as cultivares BR3-Tracuateua, BRS-Urubuquara, BRS-Novaera, BRS-Guariba e Pretinho como genitores suscetíveis. As gerações F2 e F2RC1 foram desafiadas quanto à resistência por meio de inoculação mecânica com isolados do CPSMV e do CABMV. Nas gerações F2RC1, além da resistência foram avaliados os caracteres: número de dias para o início da floração, comprimento das vagens, número de grãos. vagem-1, peso de cem grãos e produção de grãos.planta-1. Todos os indivíduos F2 e F2RC1 foram analisados pelo teste χ² e se ajustaram à frequência esperada de 15 plantas suscetíveis 1 planta resistente a ambos os vírus. As médias das plantas F2RC1 resistentes, de cada retrocruzamento, foram comparadas com a média do seu respectivo genitor recorrente pelo teste 't' e as médias dos retrocruzamentos foram comparadas pelo teste de Scott-Knott. Foi detectada variabilidade genética entre os retrocruzamentos para todos os caracteres. Todos os retrocruzamentos foram considerados promissores para produção de cultivares essencialmente derivadas resistentes ao CPSMV e ao CABMV e as plantas selecionadas possuem características que possibilitam a seleção de linhagens com grãos de bom padrão comercial e altamente produtivas.

  15. Dynamic SPECT of the brain using a lipophilic technetium-99m complex, PnAO

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    Holm, S; Andersen, A R; Vorstrup, S;

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    The lipophilic 99mTc-labeled oxime propylene amine oxime (PnAO) should, according to recent reports behave like 133Xe in the human brain. This study compares SPECT images of the two tracers in six subjects: four stroke cases, one transitory ischemic attack case and one normal subject. Technetium-99...... cerebral blood flow followed by rapid washout. In the stroke cases, low flow areas were equally well visualized by both tracers. Two dissimilarities were seen in the initial pictures: PnAO visualized the cerebral veins and showed a lesser contrast of gray:white matter uptake. The results suggest that Pn...

  16. The Ashkenazi Jews of Curaçao, a trading minority

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    Eva Abraham-Van der Mark

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    Full Text Available First describes the early Sephardi presence in Curaçao, the arrival of the Ashkenazi in the 20th c., and the relations between these 2 groups. Author goes on to discuss the Ashkenazis' economic success and the exodus of the 1980s. She asks whether the success and the exodus can be attributed to the characteristics of the group itself or whether conditions and developments in Curaçao account for economic fortune and the departure of the Ashkenazi.

  17. The CfAO's Astronomy Course in COSMOS: Curriculum Design, Rationale, and Application

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    Cooksey, Kathy L.; Seagroves, Scott; Porter, Jason; Raschke, Lynne; Severson, Scott; Hinkley, Sasha

    2010-01-01

    From 2001 to 2007, COSMOS provided a teaching and outreach venue for the Center for Adaptive Optics Professional Development Program (CfAO PDP). COSMOS is a four-week residential mathematics and science summer program for high-school students organized by the University of California on four of its campuses. Two topical science courses comprised each COSMOS cluster. An astronomy course has always formed a basis for the CfAO PDP-affiliated cluster. The course included a variety of pedagogical ...

  18. Ressalto no canto posteromedial do joelho relacionado ao músculo sartório

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    Marcello Henrique Nogueira-Barbosa

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available As causas da síndrome de ressalto no joelho relatadas com maior frequência são relacionadas a anormalidades meniscais, ao tendão do músculo bíceps femoral e aos tendões grácil e semitendíneo. Neste trabalho é descrito um caso de ressalto no canto posteromedial relacionado à junção miotendínea do músculo sartório em um paciente do sexo masculino, de 58 anos de idade, com hiperextensão do joelho.

  19. O direito penal na regulaçao da vida e da morte ante a biotecnologia

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    Minahim, Maria Auxiliadora

    2005-01-01

    A sociedade pós-industrial tem testemunhado, nas últimas décadas, um desenvolvimento tecnológico e científico que ocorre em velocidade e intensidade superiores ao verificado ao longo de toda a trajetória da humanidade. Este fenômeno produz, como não podia deixa de ser, profundas alterações nas relações humanas. As novas tecnologias têm modificado profundamente o perfil da sociedade, afetando relações, tensionando crenças e valores. Este desenvolvimento tem proposto uma reflexão sobre os limit...

  20. Fatores influentes na aderência ao tratamento em pacientes com risco cardiovascular

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    Rodríguez Acelas, Alba Luz; GÓMEZ OCHOA, ANA MARITZA

    2010-01-01

    Objetivo: descrever e analisar os fatores que influem na aderência ao tratamento farmacológico e não farmacológico em pacientes com risco de doença cardiovascular na Fundação Cardiovascular da Colômbia. Metodologia: estudo descritivo – metodológico realizado com 172 pacientes hospitalizados e de consulta ambulatória. O instrumento aplicado foi desenhado por Bonilla (8) e é útil para avaliar a aderência aos tratamentos farmacológicos e não farmacológicos em pacientes com fatores de risco de...

  1. Vírus ao serviço da indústria farmacêutica

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    Silveira, Bárbara de Magalhães

    2013-01-01

    Os vírus são parasitas intracelulares obrigatórios, conhecidos por infectarem e causarem doença em humanos. Com base na sua capacidade de se replicarem dentro de um organismo, os vírus têm vindo a ser estudados, com o intuito de causarem efeitos benéficos no tratamento de determinadas patologias, ou seja, como verdadeiras máquinas que se encontram ao dispor da indústria farmacêutica. Assim, ao longo deste texto, foi realizado um primeiro enquadramento teórico em que se pretende...

  2. Risk of loss power for ATWT in Daya Bay and Ling'ao nuclear power stations

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    In order to analyze the differences between the Anticipated Transient Without Reactor Trip (ATWT) and other reactor protection methods, this paper analyzes in detail the realizing means of ATWT and the effect of lost of power supply on the units based on Daya Bay and Ling'ao Nuclear Power Stations by system wiring diagram. Based on the comprehensive analysis,this paper proposes the sequence for powering when recovering the power source after ATWT power supply (LCC/LNE) loss for Daya Bay and Ling'ao Nuclear Power Stations. (authors)

  3. Dicty_cDB: FC-AO17 [Dicty_cDB

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    Full Text Available FC (Link to library) FC-AO17 (Link to dictyBase) - - - Contig-U16254-1 FC-AO17Z (Link to Origina ... A sequence. 42 3.6 1 CB325093 |CB325093.1 UI-R-DZ0-crm -f-02-0-UI.s1 UI-R-DZ0 Rattus norvegicus cDNA clone ... UI-R-DZ0-crm -f-02-0-UI 3', mRNA sequence. 42 3.6 1 BX470146 |BX ...

  4. Instrumentos relacionados ao diabetes mellitus adaptados e validados para a cultura brasileira

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    Raquel Curcio; Maria Helena Melo Lima; Neusa Maria Costa Alexandre

    2011-01-01

    Trata-se de um estudo de revisão integrativa, cujo objetivo foi buscar evidências disponíveis na literatura sobre os instrumentos e escalas relacionados ao diabetes mellitus adaptados e validados para a cultura brasileira. Após busca nas bases eletrônicas BDENF, SciELO, LILACS, foram incluídos sete instrumentos que atenderam aos critérios de inclusão: Diabetes Mellitus Knowledge (DKN-A); Diabetes Mellitus Attitude (ATT-19); Diabetes Quality of Life Measure (DQOL-Brasil); Diabetes Quality of L...

  5. O panorama das Drogas no México: da margem da sociedade ao centro da cultura

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    Diana Palaversich

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    O artigo destaca o percurso das manifestações culturais ligadas ao tráfico de drogas no México, de um lugar marginal, de subcultura, na sociedade mexicana das décadas de 1970 e 1980, expressas principalmente através dos narcocorridos e do narcocine, para um lugar no mainstream cultural mexicano, desde o início do século 21, com destaque especial para a narcoliteratura. O aumento da violência, provocado pela guerra ao narcotráfico, produz uma proliferação da temática nos meios de comunicação e...

  6. Aplicação de apoio ao agendamento cirúrgico

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    Mandzyuk, Ivanna

    2014-01-01

    Mestrado em Decisão Económica e Empresarial Um dos problemas que surge dentro do bloco operatório é o agendamento de cirurgias eletivas, ou seja, as cirurgias cuja realização tenha data previamente marcada. Na maioria dos hospitais portugueses, esta continua ainda a ser uma tarefa manual, difícil, e que exige muito tempo ao planeador cirúrgico. Este trabalho desenvolve uma ferramenta informática que permite apoiar o planeador cirúrgico, nas suas decisões, ao nível do agendamento dos cas...

  7. Quality control of Ling'ao nuclear power station civil construction

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    Based on the quality control model adopted during Ling'ao Nuclear Power Station construction, the author briefly introduces quality control process of some main civil construction activities (reinforced concrete, steel liner, steel works and prestressing force) of nuclear power station, and makes some descriptions on non-conformance control of civil works. These quality control processes described come from the concrete practice during civil construction of Ling'ao Nuclear Power Station, and are based on Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station construction experience

  8. Estímulo ao desenvolvimento infantil: produção do conhecimento em enfermagem

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    Bruna Cristine Peres Falbo; Raquel Dully Andrade; Maria Cândida de Carvalho Furtado; Débora Falleiros de Mello

    2012-01-01

    Este estudo teve como objetivo identificar as ações de enfermagem para estímulo ao desenvolvimento infantil, em periódicos nacionais e internacionais, no período de 2000 a 2009. Revisão integrativa da literatura, nas bases de dados Medline e Lilacs, com análise de quinze artigos. Os resultados apontam o lúdico como essencial ao desenvolvimento infantil, devendo ser explorado pela enfermagem por meio da arte, música, brinquedos e teatro. Amenizar o estresse da hospitalização com adequação ambi...

  9. Imunidade celular em caninos neonatos - do nascimento ao 45° dia de idade

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    R.P. Klein

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do presente trabalho foi acompanhar o desenvolvimento imunológico dos neonatos caninos, a fim de avaliar a imunidade celular pela análise dos leucócitos e linfócitos totais e das subpopulações de linfócitos T (CD4+ e CD8+ pela técnica de citometria de fluxo. Foram utilizados 30 cães neonatos de ambos os sexos, sem raça definida, aos três, 10, 17, 24, 31, 38 e 45 dias de idade. A contagem de leucócitos totais aos 45 dias (11.639±3.574 foi significativamente maior que no terceiro dia de idade (8.740±1.812 (P<0,05; não houve diferença entre a contagem total de linfócitos aos 45 dias em relação ao terceiro dia de idade. Quanto às subpopulações de LT CD4+ e LT CD8+, os percentuais de LT CD4+, aos três dias de idade (24,9±16,8%, foram inferiores quando comparados à média entre o 10°, o 24° e o 31°dia (35,5%, e os de CD8+, ao terceiro dia, menores em relação às médias do 10° e do 31° dia de idade. Pode-se concluir que as subpopulações de LT CD4+ e CD8+ sofrem oscilações durante o desenvolvimento pós-natal, sendo estas crescentes em relação aos níveis obtidos aos três dias de idade. A relação CD4+:CD8+ mostrou superioridade para o primeiro tipo celular, sendo que a maior relação entre CD4+ e CD8+ ocorreu no terceiro dia de idade. Com base nos resultados obtidos neste estudo, notaram-se as diferenças semanais nas populações linfocitárias, o que demonstra a dinâmica dessas células durante o período neonatal.

  10. [Study on Provenance of Kraak Porcelains from "Nan'ao I" Shipwreck].

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    Du, Jing-nan; Chen, Yue; Li, Nai-sheng; Ming, Chao-fang; Zhu, Jian; Luo, Wu-gan

    2015-06-01

    The "Kraak Porcelain" was a kind of Blue and White Porcelain which exported from China to Europe in Ming and Qing period. The study of Kraak Porcelain is a focus issue in international field of porcelain research. In 2007, the discovery of "Nan'ao I" Shipwreck of Ming Dynasty and the porcelains loaded in it, provided precious materials for the research on Kraak Porcelain. In this paper, we explored the provenance of 10 Kraak Porcelain samples from Nan'ao I, using both traditional visual method and WDXRF. PMID:26601402

  11. Zumbido no trabalhador exposto ao ruído Tinnitus in noise-exposed workers

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    Sandra Regina Weber; Eduardo Périco

    2011-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Verificar as características, prevalência e repercussão do zumbido em trabalhadores expostos ao ruído. MÉTODOS: Um total de 585 trabalhadores de uma indústria alimentícia foi questionado sobre zumbido. Aqueles que referiram zumbido por mais de cinco minutos e há mais de seis meses responderam à entrevista abordando histórico ocupacional e do zumbido, responderam ao questionário Tinnitus Handicap Inventory, e realizaram audiometria tonal. Foi realizada análise estatística dos dados. ...

  12. Desinfeção aplicada aos cones de guta-percha

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    Flor, Eduardo Rafael de Lima

    2015-01-01

    Introdução: Ao longo do tempo o Tratamento Endodôntico Não Cirúrgico tem sido das áreas da Medicina Dentária que mais tem evoluído. Todos os passos do tratamento têm sido revistos de forma a aumentar a taxa de sucesso. O controlo microbiológico é crucial para que o tratamento seja um sucesso a curto, médio e longo prazo. A assepsia deve ser mantida em todas as fases deste tratamento para que este seja um sucesso. Objetivo: Ao longo do meu percurso académico pude concluir que...

  13. Comportamento ao corte e à torção de compósitos

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    Cardoso, Cláudio César Machado

    2011-01-01

    O conhecimento do comportamento ao corte da camada dos laminados compósitos é essencial para o projecto com estes materiais, cujas aplicações estruturais têm vindo a aumentar significativamente. A revisão do estado do conhecimento na caracterização do comportamento ao corte revela que, apesar do número considerável de ensaios normalizados existentes, nenhum é universalmente aceite, tendo todos eles limitações relevantes. Neste trabalho recorreu-se a ensaios de tracção de laminados [±45º]n e a...

  14. Resistência ao Consumo em um Circuito Urbano de Parkour

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    Tatiana Maria Bernardo da Silva

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available A partir de uma pesquisa alinhada ao método etnográfico, o presente trabalho tem por objetivo investigar os valores e as práticas de resistência ao consumo adotadas pelos membros de um circuito urbano de parkour no Rio de Janeiro. Confiando em uma abordagem indutiva e interpretativa amparada por um estudo empírico de base qualitativa, foram exploradas quatro categorias de análise: (1 a resistência como valor essencial; (2 um percurso de doação; (3 o consumo aprisiona; e (4 mobilização social e resistência.

  15. Resistência ao Consumo em um Circuito Urbano de Parkour

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    Tatiana Maria Bernardo da Silva; Alessandra Mello da Costa; José Luis Felicio Carvalho

    2011-01-01

    A partir de uma pesquisa alinhada ao método etnográfico, o presente trabalho tem por objetivo investigar os valores e as práticas de resistência ao consumo adotadas pelos membros de um circuito urbano de parkour no Rio de Janeiro. Confiando em uma abordagem indutiva e interpretativa amparada por um estudo empírico de base qualitativa, foram exploradas quatro categorias de análise: (1) a resistência como valor essencial; (2) um percurso de doação; (3) o consumo aprisiona; e (4) mobilização soc...

  16. The Magellan Adaptive Secondary VisAO Camera: Diffraction- Limited Broadband Visible Imaging and 20mas Fiber Array IFS

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    Kopon, Derek; Close, Laird M; Males, Jared R.; Gasho, Victor; Follette, Katherine

    2010-01-01

    The Magellan Adaptive Secondary AO system, scheduled for first light in the fall of 2011, will be able to simultaneously perform diffraction limited AO science in both the mid-IR, using the BLINC/MIRAC4 10\\{mu}m camera, and in the visible using our novel VisAO camera. The VisAO camera will be able to operate as either an imager, using a CCD47 with 8.5 mas pixels, or as an IFS, using a custom fiber array at the focal plane with 20 mas elements in its highest resolution mode. In imaging mode, t...

  17. Excito-repellency effect of deltamethrin on triatomines under laboratory conditions

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    Diotaiuti Liléia

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available This work demonstrates that deltamethrin in low doses produces an excito-repellency effect on triatomines, as already observed for mosquitoes. A wooden box covered with a cloth impregnated with deltamethrin at doses of 2.5 and 5mg ai/m² was utilized for the experiment. The triatomine species studied were Triatoma infestans, Panstrongylus megistus, Rhodnius neglectus and Triatoma sordida. Adults were released in one of the sides of the box and their position was noted in subsequent periods. The observations were realized on the day the cloth was impregnated and subsequently repeated at 30 and 60 days for T. sordida; on day 120, the remaining species were included. Insect mortality and attempts at flight from the box were also observed. Excito-repellency was evident for all species and doses up to day 120. The only species that attempted to fly was P. megistus. The excito-repellency effect may be considered as an additional advantage to the insecticide power, as it should be able to prevent the installation of new colonies by females that fly into the homes, and at the moment of the spraying, it should promote the flushing out of triatomines from the wall crevices and from other shelters.

  18. Aspectos ecológicos da tripanossomíase americana: XIV - Persistência e potencial de domiciliação de populações triatomínicas silvestres em região de intensa atividade agropecuária Ecological aspects of South American tripanosomiasis: XIV - Persistence and domiciliation potential of sylvatic triatominae populations in an intensive agricultural and cattle breeding region

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    Oswaldo Paulo Forattini

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    Full Text Available São apresentados os resultados de observações sobre populações triatomínicas extradomiciliares em região de intensa atividade agropecuária. Os restos de vegetação primitiva, embora reduzidos a menos de 8,0%, mostraram-se suficientes para manter essas populações. Pelo menos para Triatoma sordida, a destruição progressiva parece favorecer sua sobrevivência, graças à multiplicação de ecótopos preferidos por esse triatomíneo. Tanto essa espécie como Panstrongylus megistus e Rhodnius neglectus mostraram-se aptos à colonização em ecótopos artificiais representados por galinheiros experimentais.The results of observation of sylvatic triatominae population in a region of intensive agricultural and cattle breeding activity are reported. Important environmental changes had occurred in the area, including destruction of the primitive vegetation and intensive use of pesticides. Nevertheless, these modifications apparently did not affect the survival of Triatominae, since they were found in the remaining vegetation. Moreover, this destruction seems to have favored, to some extent, survival of Triatoma sordida by increasing the available ecotopes. This species, as well as Panstrongylus megistus and Rhodnius neglectus, showed enough ecological valence to colonize experimental fowes houses, used as artificial ecotopes.

  19. Aspectos ecológicos da tripanossomose americana: II - distribuição e dispersão local de triatomíneos em ecótopos naturais e artificiais Ecological aspects of South American tripanosomiasis: II - local distribution and dispersion of triatomids in natural and artificial ecotopes

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    Oswaldo Paulo Forattini

    1971-12-01

    Full Text Available São apresentados os resultados de investigação destinada a estabelecer o quadro de distribuição de Triatoma sordida e Rhodnius neglectus em áreas com ecótopos naturais e artificiais. Essa distribuição revelou-se do tipo agrupado ou contagiante, dirigida uniformemente para casas e anexos por parte do primeiro, e para palmeiras por parte do segundo. Em áreas de vegetação mais densa, do tipo cerrado, a densidade é praticamente nula ou muito baixa, admitindo-se que isso deva correr por conta da competição. As modificações introduzidas pelo homem tendem a anular êsse fator, além de, as suas habitações, se transformarem em ecótopos que atraem a população de T. sordida. Êsse fato, aliado à eliminação local do T. infestans, parece explicar a tendência invasiva daquele triatomíneo. Evidenciou-se também a persistência da infecção pelo Trypanosoma cruzi em triatomíneos e vertebrados domiciliados, o que representa potencial para o incremento da transmissão.A local distribution pattern of Triatoma sordida and Rhodnius neglectus is described after an intensive investigation on natural and artificial ecotopes. The work was carried in a region at north of the State of São Paulo, Brazil. Measures of dispersion pattern were made by the Morisita's indices showing contagious distributions to both bugs. The T. sordida population was clumped at houses and surrounding dwellings, while R. neglectus presented the same aspect but relater to palm trees. The first bug showed ubiquity patter including palms, dry trees and fences. These last two situations are not favourable for obtaining blood meals, who are much more easy obtained at human dwellings. By other side, the investigations at areas with more dense vegetation like bush, resulted in very few T. sordida and none R. neglectus, probably owing of other populations competition as predators reduvids bugs, found there with great density. So it seems logic remove that competition and

  20. Characteristics of SAO and AO in equatorial middle atmospheric temperature pattern

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    Complete text of publication follows. More than 10 years (1998-2008) of data from a low latitude station, Gadanki, India (13.5deg N, 79.2deg E), has been utilized to measure middle atmospheric temperature pattern, using lidar and TIMED/SABER, which exhibits the presence of semi-annual oscillation (SAO) and annual oscillation (AO). AO component is stronger in mesospheric region (80-90 km) and SAO is dominant at stratospheric altitudes (30-50 km). Overall, AO possesses higher amplitude ∼ 6 K, and SAO shows relatively less amplitude ∼ 1-2 K. AO at 90 km, has its crest around summer solstice, and the same at 80 shows peak around winter solstice with a downward progression speed ∼ 1.67 km/month. SAO propagates downward with an average phase speed ∼ 7 km/month and its phase maximizes around equinox and solstice at 50 and 30 km, respectively. Observed SAO has also shown seasonal asymmetry in the peak.

  1. Improvement of phase diversity algorithm for non-common path calibration in extreme AO context

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    Robert, Clélia; Fusco, Thierry; Sauvage, Jean-François; Mugnier, Laurent

    2008-07-01

    Exoplanet direct imaging with a ground-based telescope needs a very high performance adaptive optics (AO) system, so-called eXtreme AO (XAO), a coronagraph device, and a smart imaging process. One limitation of AO system in operation remains the Non Common Path Aberrations (NCPA). To achieve the ultimate XAO performance, these aberrations have to be measured with a dedicated wavefront sensor placed in the imaging camera focal plane, and then pre-compensated using the AO closed loop process. In any events, the pre-compensation should minimize the aberrations at the coronagraph focal plane mask. An efficient way for the NCPA measurement is the phase diversity technique. A pixel-wise approach is well-suited to estimate NCPA on large pupils and subsequent projection on the deformable mirror with Cartesian geometry. However it calls for a careful regularization for optimal results. The weight of the regularization is written in close-form for un-supervised tuning. The accuracy of NCPA pre-compensation is below 8 nm for a wide range of conditions. Point-by-point phase estimation improves the accuracy of the Phase Diversity method. The algorithm is validated in simulation and experimentally. It will be implemented in SAXO, the XAO system of the second generation VLT instrument: SPHERE.

  2. Modelo An\\'alogo Ac\\'ustico ao Buraco Negro de Schwarzschild

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    2011-01-01

    Um fluido em movimento pode agir sobre o som da mesma forma que os espa\\c{c}o-tempos curvos podem influenciar na trajet\\'oria da luz na relatividade geral. Com isso, pode-se descrever a propaga\\c{c}\\~ao dessas ondas sonoras atrav\\'es de uma m\\'etrica efetiva, sob a qual elas seguir\\~ao geod\\'esicas nulas. Esta disserta\\c{c}\\~ao faz uma revis\\~ao destes estudos concentrando-se em uma analogia ac\\'ustica para um buraco negro de Schwarzschild, demonstrando suas vantagens e limita\\c{c}\\~oes quando aplicada para o estudo da teoria de Hawking. A fluid in moviment can act on the sound the same way that curved space-time can influence on light trajectory in the general relativity. So, one can describe the propagation these sound waves through an effective metric, under wich they will follow null geodesics. This thesis makes a review of these studies focusing in an analogy to Schwarzschild black hole using an acoustic system, showing its advantages and limitations when applied in the study of Hawking's theory.

  3. Subsea (0-40 m) terraces and benches, windward off Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles

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    Focke, J.W.

    1978-01-01

    At the windward (NE) side of Curaçao at least two well-developed submarine terraces occur. A first, rocky, terrace, 100 to 150 m wide at depths of 5 m inshore to 12-15 m at the drop off, is densely covered with Sargassum. A second, sandy, terrace, approximately 50 to 100 m wide at depths of 32 to 40

  4. Accident sequence precursor analysis of Daya Bay and Ling'ao nuclear power plants

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    The accident sequence precursor analysis method was adopted to evaluate the events of Daya Bay and Ling'ao Nuclear Power Plants, and some risk significant events which are called the accident sequence precursor were identified. By the statistics, classification and trend analysis, some useful insight can be obtained to support the nuclear safety management for the nuclear power plant. (authors)

  5. Performance of a MEMS-based AO-OCT system using Fourier Reconstruction

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    Evans, J; Zawadzki, R; Jones, S; Olivier, S; Werner, J S

    2009-01-21

    Adaptive optics (AO) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) are powerful imaging modalities that, when combined, can provide high-resolution (3.5 {micro}m isotropic), 3-D images of the retina. The AO-OCT system at UC Davis has demonstrated the utility of this technology for microscopic, volumetric, in vivo retinal imaging. The current system uses an AOptix bimorph deformable mirror (DM) for low-order, high-stroke correction and a 140-actuator Boston Micromachines DM for high-order correction. Developments to improve performance or functionality of the instrument are on-going. Based on previous work in system characterization we have focused on improved AO control. We present preliminary results and remaining challenges for a newly implemented Fourier transform reconstructor (FTR). The previously reported error budget analysis is also reviewed and updated, with consideration of how to improve both the amount of residual error and the robustness of the system. Careful characterization of the AO system will lead to improved performance and inform the design of future systems.

  6. O suicídio como questão: melancolia e passagem ao ato

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    Marcos Vinicius Brunhari

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available O artigo toma a questão do suicídio na obra de Freud como um problema de pesquisa que interroga certos pontos de sua metapsicologia: a possibilidade de uma tendência à autodestruição, o papel do eu e, finalmente, a dimensão do objeto que estaria implicada. É em relação a este último, em particular a seu estatuto na articulação que Freud propõe entre suicídio e melancolia, que o trabalho de Lacan em torno do objeto a, associado à passagem ao ato e à melancolia no Seminário, livro 10 - A angústia (1962-1963/2005, figura, no artigo, como um acréscimo à investigação iniciada por Freud. Essa referência lacaniana permitirá destacar a presença fulgurante do objeto a no momento da passagem ao ato suicida, estabelecendo uma articulação com a identificação melancólica descrita por Freud em seu "Luto e melancolia" (1917 [1915]/1969. A essa identificação absoluta ao objeto em questão é correlata a ausência de um sujeito e a ruptura mais radical em relação ao Outro.

  7. Effects of adrenergic agents on the expression of zebrafish (Danio rerio) vitellogenin Ao1

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    Teleost vitellogenins (VTGs) are large multidomain apolipoproteins, traditionally considered to be estrogen-responsive precursors of the major egg yolk proteins, expressed and synthesized mainly in hepatic tissue. The inducibility of VTGs has made them one of the most frequently used in vivo and in vitro biomarkers of exposure to estrogen-active substances. A significant level of zebrafish vtgAo1, a major estrogen responsive form, has been unexpectedly found in heart tissue in our present studies. Our studies on zebrafish cardiomyopathy, caused by adrenergic agonist treatment, suggest a similar protective function of the cardiac expressed vtgAo1. We hypothesize that its function is to unload surplus intracellular lipids in cardiomyocytes for 'reverse triglyceride transportation' similar to that found in lipid transport proteins in mammals. Our results also demonstrated that zebrafish vtgAo1 mRNA expression in heart can be suppressed by both α-adrenergic agonist, phenylephrine (PE) and β-adrenergic agonist, isoproterenol (ISO). Furthermore, the strong stimulation of zebrafish vtgAo1 expression in plasma induced by the β-adrenergic antagonist, MOXIsylyl, was detected by Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay (ELISA). Such stimulation cannot be suppressed by taMOXIfen, an antagonist to estrogen receptors. Thus, our present data indicate that the production of teleost VTG in vivo can be regulated not only by estrogenic agents, but by adrenergic signals as well.

  8. Doença periodontal materna como fator associado ao baixo peso ao nascer Maternal periodontal disease as a factor associated with low birth weight

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    Simone Seixas da Cruz

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudos recentes têm apresentado evidências de que a doença periodontal em gestantes pode ser um dos determinantes do baixo peso ao nascer. Realizou-se estudo para verificar a existência de associação entre doença periodontal materna e baixo peso ao nascer. MÉTODOS: Estudo do tipo caso-controle com 302 mulheres, sendo 102 mães de nascidos vivos de baixo peso (grupo caso e 200 mães de nascidos vivos com peso normal (grupo controle. A existência de associação entre doença periodontal e baixo peso ao nascer foi avaliada mediante modelo multivariado de regressão logística, considerando outros fatores de risco para o baixo peso. RESULTADOS: Ambos os grupos de mães eram comparáveis no que se refere a idade, altura, peso pré-gestacional, tabagismo, alcoolismo, doenças prévias, estado civil, situação socioeconômica, número de escovações e uso de fio dental, número de refeições diárias, e visitas ao dentista. A doença periodontal foi diagnosticada em 57,8% das mães do grupo caso e 39,0% do grupo controle. A análise de regressão logística indicou associação positiva entre doença periodontal e baixo peso ao nascer (ORbruto=2,15; IC 95%: 1,32-3,48, especialmente entre as mães com escolaridade menor ou igual a quatro anos (ORajustada=3,98; IC 95%: 1,58-10,10. CONCLUSÕES: A doença periodontal é um possível fator de risco para o baixo peso ao nascer.OBJECTIVE: Recent studies have presented evidence that periodontal disease in pregnant women may be a determining factor for low birth weight. The present investigation was carried out to verify whether or not there is an association between maternal periodontal disease and low birth weight. METHODS: This was a case-control study on 302 women, of whom 102 were the mothers of live newborns of low weight (case group and 200 were the mothers of live newborns of normal birth weight (control group. The existence of an association between periodontal disease and low

  9. The complexity of national identity Construction in Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean

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    Rose Mary Allen

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Curaçao, one of the five islands of the Dutch Caribbean federation called the Netherlands Antilles, currently stands at a crossroad of constitutional reform. In the context of these changes at the political level, it is logical that national identities are being redefined and repositioned. The developments in the fashioning of national identities in Curaçao deserve attention locally but also regionally. How do people in Curaçao construct national identities in daily life? How is a national collective constructed on the one hand, and how are differences with other collectivities constructed on the other hand? The historical context of constitutional changes that have occurred over the years is considered as well as an examination of the present discourse on constitutional reform. These identity issues are then placed within a wider Caribbean context.  Resumen: La complejidad de la construcción de la identidad nacional en Curaçao,en el Caribe holandés Curaçao, una de las cinco islas de la federación caribeña neerlandesa llamada Antillas Holandesas, se encuentra hoy en día en una encrucijada de reformas constitucionales. En el contexto de estos cambios a nivel político, es lógico que las identidades nacionales sean redefinidas y reposicionadas. Los desarrollos en la formulación de identidades nacionales en Curaçao merecen atención local, y también regional. ¿Cómo construye la gente en Curaçao identidades nacionales en la vida cotidiana? ¿Cómo, por un lado, se construye el colectivo nacional y, por otro, cómo se construyen las diferencias con otras colectividades? En este análisis se estudia el contexto histórico de los cambios constitucionales que han ocurrido en el curso del tiempo y se realiza igualmente una revisión del actual discurso sobre la reforma constitucional. Estos problemas de identidad son analizados entonces en un contexto caribeño más amplio.

  10. Determinantes psicofisiológicos da resposta ao stress : aspectos do desenvolvimento e adaptação ao cancro da mama

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    Tese de mestrado, Neurociências, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, 2013 A investigação tem sustentado que os estilos de vinculação, relativamente estáveis ao longo do desenvolvimento, parecem influenciar o modo como os indivíduos respondem a situações de stress na vida adulta. Os esquemas cognitivos de vinculação insegura, associados a emoções negativas, parecem frequentemente relacionar-se com a doença física ou mental, verificando-se nesse contexto mecanismos psicobiológicos...

  11. Resistência de Eleusine indica aos inibidores de ACCase Eleusine indica resistance to ACCase inhibitors

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    R.A. Vidal

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Dentre as causas da ineficácia no controle de plantas daninhas destaca-se a resistência delas aos herbicidas. Os objetivos deste trabalho foram avaliar a suspeita de resistência de Eleusine indica a inibidores de acetil-CoA carboxilase (ACCase e investigar a ocorrência de resistência cruzada entre os inibidores de ACCase. Biótipo de Eleusine indica originado do Mato Grosso com suspeita de resistência aos herbicidas inibidores de ACCase foi avaliado em casa de vegetação na sua suscetibilidade para diversos produtos do grupo dos ariloxifenoxipropionatos e cicloexanodionas. Estudos de resposta à dose confirmaram que o biótipo era 18 vezes mais insensível ao sethoxydim do que biótipo suscetível nunca aspergido com herbicidas. Também se constatou resistência cruzada ao fenoxaprop, cyhalofop, propaquizafop e butroxydim. Não se observou resistência cruzada aos produtos fluazifop, haloxyfop, quizalofop e clethodim.Among the causes for weed control inefficacy, the worst one is resistance to herbicides. The objectives of this work were to evaluate an Eleusine indica biotype suspected of resistance to ACCase inhibitors and to investigate the occurrence of cross- resistance to several ACCase inhibitors. One biotype of Eleusine indica originated from Mato Grosso with suspected resistance to ACCase inhibitors was evaluated in a greenhouse in relation to its susceptibility to several products of the ariloxyphenoxypropionate and cyclohexanedione groups. Studies on dose response confirmed that the suspected biotype was 18 times more insensitive to sethoxydim than the susceptible biotype that had never been treated with herbicides. Cross-resistance was confirmed for fenoxaprop, cyhalofop, propaquizafop and butroxydim. No cross-resistance was observed with fluazifop, haloxyfop, quizalofop, and clethodim.

  12. Altura materna e peso da criança ao nascer Maternal height and birth weight

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    Euclides Ayres de Castilho

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    Full Text Available Numa população de 498 gestantes sadias matriculadas no Centro de Saúde Geraldo Paula Souza, foi estudada a relação entre a altura materna e o peso da criança ao nascer, segundo a técnica de análise de regressão múltipla, tipo "stepwise", utilizando-se o subprograma "regression", componente do sistema "Statistical Package for Social Sciences" - SPSS. Essa técnica permite isolar o efeito de cada fator ajustado para a presença dos efeitos de outros fatores. O peso da criança ao nascer mostrou-se associado à idade gestacional, peso médio da gestante no 3.° trimestre da gravidez e ao sexo do recém-nascido, a um nível de significância de 5%. Idade materna, peso médio da gestante no 2.° trimestre da gravidez, altura materna e ordem de nascimento do recém-nascido não se mostraram associados com o peso ao nascer, ao citado nível de significância.The relationship between maternal height and birth weight was studied using a multiple regression approach with a "stepwise" solution. In the final stage of that procedure no correlation was found between maternal height and birth weight given the regression on gestational age, maternal weight, sex and birth order of the fetus.

  13. Resposta ao calcário e ao fósforo de genótipos de trigo com diferentes tolerâncias ao alumínio

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    FREITAS JOSÉ GUILHERME DE; CANTARELLA HEITOR; CAMARGO CARLOS EDUARDO DE OLIVEIRA; FERREIRA FILHO ANTONIO WILSON PENTEADO; PETTINELLI JÚNIOR ARMANDO; RAMOS VALDIR JOSUÉ; FELICIO JOÃO CARLOS

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    O objetivo do trabalho foi avaliar a resposta, à calagem e ao fósforo, de quatro genótipos de trigo com diferentes tolerâncias à acidez do solo. Os experimentos foram instalados de 1987 a 1995 em um cambissolo ácido e de baixa fertilidade, sem irrigação e após pousio ou soja. O delineamento foi de blocos, em parcela subsubdividida, com quatro repetições. A parcela constou de três doses de calcário (0, 6,5 e 13 t ha-1); a subparcela, de três doses de P (0, 30 e 90 kg ha-1 de P2O5), e as subsub...

  14. Restriçao energética e propilenoglicol na prevençao da cetose e na produtividade de vacas holandesas de alta produçao

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    Vinne, Roger Van Der; Andriguetto, Jose Luciano

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    Neste trabalho foram avaliadas técnicas que visam a prevenção da cetose e a diminuição do balanço energético negativo em vacas leiteiras de alta produção, com o objetivo de melhorar o desempenho produtivo destes animais. Vacas da raça holandesa (33 animais) com média de produção acima de 30 kg de leite por dia foram distribuídas em quatro grupos. Foram feitos os seguintes tratamentos: o primeiro grupo era o controle; o segundo recebeu a suplementação de 500 g de propileno glicol ao dia por vi...

  15. Medo, ansiedade e controle relacionados ao tratamento odontológico

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    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Nosso objetivo foi avaliar medo, ansiedade e controle relacionados ao tratamento odontológico. Os sujeitos foram 364 crianças da faixa etária de 7 a 13 anos. Três questionários com questões de múltipla escolha foram aplicados em grupos de 10 crianças. O primeiro questionário destinou-se à avaliação do medo ao tratamento odontológico e outras situações. Foi traduzido e adaptado do "Child's Fear Survey Schedule"9 e contém 15 itens. O segundo questionário contém 20 itens relacionados as situações potencialmente produtoras de ansiedade. Foi traduzido e adaptado do "State Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children"16. O terceiro questionário contém 40 itens sendo 20 relacionados ao controle percebido e 20 ao controle desejado e foi traduzido e adaptado do "Child Dental Control Assessment"19. Em relação ao medo e ansiedade, a média dos escores foi mais elevada para o sexo feminino do que para o sexo masculino (P < 0,05. Em relação a idade, as crianças da faixa de 11 a 13 anos revelaram-se em média mais temerosas que as de 7 a 9 anos. Quanto ao controle percebido as crianças mais novas percebem mais controle do que as mais velhas. Em geral os dados indicam que valores mais altos de medo relacionam-se com valores mais baixos de controle percebido. As crianças que tinham realizado tratamento odontológico com anestesia mostraram-se mais temerosas do que aquelas que não foram submetidas a anestesia, o que permite inferir que a etiologia de medo pode relacionar-se a esse procedimento que pode envolver a percepção de incontrolabilidade.

  16. Resistência ao cisalhamento de solos e taludes vegetados com capim vetiver

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    Michele Cristina Rufino Barbosa

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    Full Text Available Taludes vegetados são mais resistentes contra movimentos de massa e erosão pela água. A vegetação contribui para a estabilidade do solo, principalmente pelo aumento da resistência ao cisalhamento por meio do reforço oferecido pelas raízes. As espécies vegetais que mais têm sido eficientes na estabilização de taludes instáveis são as gramíneas, pertencentes à família Poaceae. Um exemplar dessa família, capim vetiver (Chrysopogonzizanioides (L. Roberty, tem se revelado muito eficaz nessa estabilização. Com o objetivo de avaliar a melhoria dos parâmetros de resistência ao cisalhamento oferecida ao solo pelas raízes do capim vetiver com o tempo de plantio, realizaram-se experimentos de cisalhamento direto por meio de amostras indeformadas de solo sem vegetação e cultivadas com capim vetiver na idade de um, dois, três e quatro anos de plantio. Também foram realizados experimentos de cisalhamento direto em talude do mesmo solo sem vegetação e com cobertura desse capim. Os resultados do ensaio de cisalhamento direto das amostras de talude de solo foram avaliados por três métodos de equilíbrio limite para verificação de um fator de segurança médio nos taludes. A partir dos ensaios de cisalhamento direto, determinaram-se os parâmetros de resistência ao cisalhamento (intercepto de coesão e ângulo de atrito interno, verificando que o capim vetiver proporcionou incremento de coesão aparente ao solo, sendo esse destacado após três anos de plantio do capim. Esse capim promoveu melhoria nos parâmetros de resistência com consequente elevação do fator de segurança de taludes e aumento da resistência ao cisalhamento de solos, o que auxiliou na estabilização de taludes em planos superficiais de ruptura.

  17. Resistência de genótipos de caupi ao caruncho

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    BARRETO PAULO DIÓGENES

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available A utilização de resistência genética ao ataque de Callosobruchus maculatus (Fabr. tem sido alvo de investigação científica, especialmente no que diz respeito à identificação de fontes de resistência. O presente trabalho objetivou incorporar, ao grupo de caracteres desejáveis para o cultivo de caupi (Vigna unguiculata (L. Walp., resistência genética ao caruncho (C. maculatus. Foram realizadas hibridações dos genótipos IT81D-1045 e IT81D-1064 (portadores de resistência ao inseto com CNCx 252-1E/FB, CNCx 187-22D-1 e BR 1-Poty (capazes de transferir resistência a viroses, tolerância à seca, formação de grãos com padrão comercial, elevado potencial de produção e adaptabilidade a diferentes condições ambientais. Populações segregantes obtidas destes cruzamentos foram conduzidas pelo método SPD (descendência de uma única vagem, e na geração F5 foram realizadas seleções individuais. As linhagens obtidas foram avaliadas em conjunto com materiais de origens diferentes, utilizando-se parâmetros associados à infestação da praga. Foi constatado que os genótipos avaliados apresentaram variabilidade quanto à preferência à postura, número de insetos emergidos e número de sementes danificadas; as linhas EVx 37-15E e EVx 37-2E foram as que sofreram menor dano causado pelo caruncho; as variáveis número de ovos, número de insetos emergidos e número de sementes danificadas mostraram-se positiva e significativamente correlacionadas entre si; o grupo das linhagens que descendem de genitores resistentes apresenta valores significativamente inferiores aos obtidos pelas demais, o que indica que a resistência ao inseto se transmite geneticamente.

  18. Isolation and characterization of an agaro-oligosaccharide (AO-hydrolyzing bacterium from the gut microflora of Chinese individuals.

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    Miaomiao Li

    Full Text Available Agarose (AP from red algae has a long history as food ingredients in East Asia. Agaro-oligosaccharides (AO derived from AP have shown potential prebiotic effects. However, the human gut microbes responsible for the degradation of AO and AP have not yet been fully investigated. Here, we reported that AO and AP can be degraded and utilized at various rates by fecal microbiota obtained from different individuals. Bacteroides uniformis L8 isolated from human feces showed a pronounced ability to degrade AO and generate D-galactose as its final end product. PCR-DGGE analysis showed B. uniformis to be common in the fecal samples, but only B. uniformis L8 had the ability to degrade AO. A synergistic strain, here classified as Escherichia coli B2, was also identified because it could utilize the D-galactose as the growth substrate. The cross-feeding interaction between B. uniformis L8 and E. coli B2 led to exhaustion of the AO supply. Bifidobacterium infantis and Bifidobacterium adolescentis can utilize one of the intermediates of AO hydrolysis, agarotriose. Growth curves indicated that AO was the substrate that most favorably sustained the growth of B. uniformis L8. In contrast, κ-carrageenan oligosaccharides (KCO, guluronic acid oligosaccharides (GO, and mannuronic acid oligosaccharides (MO were found to be unusable to B. uniformis L8. Current results indicate that B. uniformis L8 is a special degrader of AO in the gut microbiota. Because B. uniformis can mitigate high-fat-diet-induced metabolic disorders, further study is required to determine the potential applications of AO.

  19. Contribuição preliminar aos tipos polínicos da Tribo Mutisieae (Compositae

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    Grace Irene Imbiríba Pastana

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    Full Text Available O presente trabalho é um estudo palinilógico de quartoze espécies brasileiras da Tribo Mutisieae, pertencentes ao Herbário do Museu Nacional - RJ (R. São dadas as respectivas descrições polínicas com desenhos dos grãos em vistas equatorial e polar, da L.O. e detalhe da exina. Acompanham uma tabela referente ao tratamento estatístico e dois diagramas comparativos.The present paper is a palynological study of the fourteen species of the Tribe Mutisieae, belong to the Museum Nacional Herbary - RJ (R. Several aspects relating caracteristics of Mutisieae pollen are treated such as polar and equatorial diameter, L. O.: table of statistical treatment and comparative diagrams are displayed.

  20. Sindrome da Cutis Laxa Ligada ao X: Caso Clínico

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    Lobo, Ana Luísa; Teixeira, Sandra; Tomás, Edite; Azevedo, Afonso; Reis, Armando

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    A Síndrome da Cutis Laxa Ligada ao X ou síndrome do "Corno Occipital" é uma doença genética rara, de transmissão recessiva ligada ao cromossoma X, associada a um defeito do metabolismo do cobre.Apresenta-se um caso clínico deste síndrome numa criança com hiperlaxidez articular, hérnias inguinais recidivantes, fragilidade cutânea e ainda malformação urológica associando uma obstrução pieloureteral à direita e volumosos divertículos vesicais. Salienta-se o facto da obstrução da junção pielouret...

  1. Como surgiu o dia mundial dos direitos do consumidor? – de Kennedy aos nossos dias

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    Freitas, Pedro

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    É objetivo deste trabalho explicar como surgiu o Dia Mundial dos Direitos do Consumidor. Coloco como pergunta - Que razões terão levado o Presidente Kennedy a preocupar-se com os direitos dos consumidores? Lanço como hipóteses de trabalho: 1- o crescimento económico nas décadas de 50 e 60 do séc. XX nos países mais industrializados levou ao desenvolvimento da sociedade de consumo; 2 – face ao poder das grandes empresas e à criação de associações de defesa do consumidor à escala mundial os pod...

  2. Resistencia natural de oito especies de madeiras do Norte e Nordeste do Brasil aos xilofagos marinhos

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    Serpa, Fernando da Gama

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    A presente pesquisa visou avaliar a resistência natural de oito espécies de madeiras do Norte e Nordeste do Brasil aos xilófagos marinhos, com a finalidade de conhecer madeiras resistentes e suscetíveis aos xilófagos; relacionar a resistência das madeiras com o seu teor de sílica e alcalóides; definir o grau de ataque dos xilófagos; estabelecer um método padrão para determinar a resistência de madeiras em estado natural e preserva das contra o ataque dos xilófagos e aplicar método de visualiz...

  3. SILENCIAMENTO: A HISTORIOGRAFIA SOBRE A EDUCAÇAO FEMININA NA COLÔNIA

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    Fernanda Costa Frazão; Christianni Cardoso Morais

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    RESUMO:O objetivo de nosso trabalho é analisar a produção historiográfica acerca da história da educação feminina no Brasil referente ao período colonial. Tomamos como fontes de pesquisa os resumos e trabalhos completos publicados nas edições I a VI do Congresso Brasileiro de História da Educação (realizadas em 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 e 2011) e do I ao VI Congresso de Pesquisa e Ensino em História da Educação em Minas Gerais (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 e 2011). Ademais, os artigos de 2...

  4. A escola "Rocha" ao espelho : relação com a comunidade

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    Macieira, Maria da Graça Vareiro

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    O relatório que agora se apresenta sustenta-se na pesquisa diversificada abaixo inserta – nos conceitos que foram as ferramentas de leitura da realidade e os pressupostos de interpretação dessa vivência – e do percecionado e apreendido, ao longo dos anos, em contexto da Comunidade Educativa – aplicação dos conceitos teóricos à interpretação da realidade –, nomeadamente na Escola Secundária Rocha Peixoto, aqui, ao espelho e numa lógica de relação escola-comunidade. Mobilizada a prática pedagóg...

  5. The CfAO's Astronomy Course in COSMOS: Curriculum Design, Rationale, and Application

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    From 2001 to 2007, COSMOS provided a teaching and outreach venue for the Center for Adaptive Optics Professional Development Program (CfAO PDP). COSMOS is a four-week residential mathematics and science summer program for high-school students organized by the University of California on four of its campuses. Two topical science courses comprised each COSMOS cluster. An astronomy course has always formed a basis for the CfAO PDP-affiliated cluster. The course included a variety of pedagogical techniques to address a diversity of learners and goals. We outline the astronomy course---lectures, activities, etc.---and provide the rationale for what was taught, how it was aught, and when it was taught.

  6. A censura aos filmes ibero-americanos na governação de Marcello Caetano

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    Através do estudo dos processos de censura ao filmes hispano-americanos em Portugal durante os anos de governação de Marcello Caetano (finais de 1968-1974), pretendo investigar os critérios da Comissão de Censura em relação ao modo como eram censurados esses filmes. O presente trabalho apoia-se no estudo dos arquivos do Secretariado Nacional da Informação e Turismo. A informação produzida pela Comissão de Exame e Classificação de Espectáculos, durante o Estado Novo, está concentrada neste esp...

  7. Prevenção ao crime e teoria social Crime prevention and social theory

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    João Trajano Sento-Sé

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    O artigo estabelece um diálogo entre a criminologia positivista e algumas correntes contemporâneas da prevenção ao crime inspiradas em teorias sociológicas. Através desse exercício, busca-se evidenciar que algumas das formulações focadas no campo da prevenção já aparecem, em estado embrionário, na agenda teórica positivista. Do mesmo modo, torna-se possível explicitar que alguns postulados empíricos e práticos do positivismo são menos estranhos às teorias contemporâneas de prevenção ao crime ...

  8. Resistência ao fogo de alvenarias sem função estrutural

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    Oliveira, Filipa Sofia Nunes

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    Um incêndio é algo difícil de prever, assim como a sua consequência nos elementos de construção. Dessa forma, ao longo das últimas décadas, os elementos de construção têm sido alvo de diversos estudos a fim de avaliar os seus comportamentos quando solicitados em situação de incêndio. O International Building Code (IBC) descreve um método de cálculo analítico para a determinação da resistência ao fogo dos elementos da construção de acordo com os procedimentos de teste estabelecidos na ASTM ...

  9. Crítica ao postulado positivista da psicologia: de Heidegger a Foucault

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    Rômulo Marques dos Santos Ballestê; Ricardo de Barros Cabral

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    A objetivação do ser humano, que segue os ideais de precisão das ciências físico-matemáticas, bem como a sua identificação com o fato biológico, orienta o projeto de ciência da psicologia, desde o século XIX. Michel Foucault aponta esta questão como um paradoxo. A redução do ser humano a objeto dado se mostra contrária às considerações de Martin Heidegger ao tratar do problema do Ser. Portanto, partindo das observações desses dois autores, será realizada uma crítica ao modelo positivista de c...

  10. Study of power source transfer time criteria for Ling'Ao NPP phase II

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    The solution for source transfer time beyond criteria problem in LingAo project II is introduced in the paper. System is modified and criteria are updated. Analysis and tests are performed to get proper parameter. International rules are used to evaluate the new criteria. The problem is solved finally, contributing stable power supply to unit pre-peration, start-up and operation. Experience also gathered for CPR1000 new projects. (author)

  11. Análise de fatores associados ao significado do trabalho

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    Sergio Hideo Kubo

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available O trabalho tem sido visto não somente como forma de obter a renda, mas também como atividade que proporciona realização pessoal, status social e possibilidade de estabelecer e manter contatos interpessoais, entre outros. Nesta pesquisa, teve-se como objetivo investigar os fatores que influenciam e conferem sentido ao trabalho, como centralidade do trabalho, normas da sociedade e objetivos e resultados valorizados. Na centralidade do trabalho, procurou-se investigar o grau de importância do trabalho dentro do contexto das diversas áreas da vida das pessoas, como família, lazer, religião e vida comunitária. Em normas da sociedade, foram analisados os pontos mais significativos no tocante ao que a sociedade deveria proporcionar ao indivíduo, assim como o que o indivíduo deveria fazer em prol da sociedade. Nos objetivos e resultados valorizados, foi pesquisado o que as pessoas buscam com o trabalho. A partir da pesquisa na literatura, foi elaborado um modelo inicial que, não se mostrando satisfatório segundo critérios estatísticos, foi substituído por outro que apresentou significância estatística e boa aderência aos dados. O modelo escolhido foi o que melhor goodness-of-fit apresentou, quando se utilizou modelagem de equações estruturais pelo método partial least square. O estudo revelou que o significado do trabalho se reflete, na ordem, na centralidade do trabalho, nos objetivos e resultados valorizados e, por último, nas normas sociais.

  12. Do corpo histérico ao "corpus" teórico

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    Francisco Ramos de Farias

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    Full Text Available Este estudo aborda a maneira pela qual Freud, de forma original, efetuou uma leitura no corpo-sintoma da histérica e construiu uma clínica inédita destinada ao tratamento das neuroses. Esta clínica, fundada na transferência, é suportada pelo edifício teórico que tem o inconsciente e a sexualidade como paradigmas.

  13. Acidente Vascular Cerebral Hemorrágico Associado ao Consumo de Cocaína

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    Conceição, MC; V. Gomes; Baptista, A

    1998-01-01

    Os autores apresentam o caso clínico de um homem de 37 anos, fumador de cocaína, que foi admitido no serviço por acidente vascular cerebral hemorrágico. Faz-se a discussão dos diagnósticos diferenciais e uma referência aos tipos, formas de administração, metabolismo, características clínicas e toxicidade da cocaína.

  14. Prevalencia de nascimentos pre-termo por peso ao nascer: revisao sistematica

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    Mariangela F Silveira

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO Estimar a prevalência de nascimentos pré-termo por faixas de peso ao nascer e obter uma equação para correção de estimativas. MÉTODOS Revisão sistemática da literatura nacional, de 1990 a 2012, para identificar estudos com coleta primária de informações sobre peso ao nascer e idade gestacional. Foram selecionados 12 que contribuíram com tabulações da prevalência de nascimentos pré-termo para faixas de 100 g de peso ao nascer. Os resultados desses estudos foram combinados pelo método de polinômios fracionais, sendo obtidas curvas separadas para meninos e meninas, comparadas com os resultados do Sistema de Informações sobre Nascidos Vivos para os anos 2000, 2005, 2010 e 2011. RESULTADOS As estimativas da prevalência de nascimentos pré-termo, obtidas a partir dos estudos primários, foram superiores às do Sistema de Informações sobre Nascidos Vivos para praticamente todas as faixas de peso ao nascer. A prevalência relatada pelo Sistema de Informações sobre Nascidos Vivos foi de 7,1% em 2010, cerca de 38% menor do que a estimativa de 11,7% obtida com a equação de correção. CONCLUSÕES Os dados do Sistema de Informações sobre Nascidos Vivos quanto à prevalência de nascimento pré-termo não refletem a verdadeira dimensão da prematuridade no Brasil. Assim sendo, para sua utilização, será necessária a aplicação do fator de correção, conforme proposto.

  15. Real-time control for the high order, wide field DRAGON AO test bench

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    Basden, Alastair; Bharmal, Nazim A.; Bitenc, Urban; Dipper, Nigel; Morris, Tim; Myers, Richard; Reeves, Andrew; Younger, Eddy

    2014-07-01

    DRAGON is a high order, wide field AO test-bench at Durham. A key feature of DRAGON is the ability to be operated at real-time rates, i.e. frame rates of up to 1kHz, with low latency to maintain AO performance. Here, we will present the real-time control architecture for DRAGON, which includes two deformable mirrors, eight wavefront sensors and thousands of Shack-Hartmann sub-apertures. A novel approach has been taken to allow access to the wavefront sensor pixel stream, reducing latency and peak computational load, and this technique can be implemented for other similar wavefront sensor cameras with no hardware costs. We report on experience with an ELT-suitable wavefront sensor camera. DRAGON will form the basis for investigations into hardware acceleration architectures for AO real-time control, and recent work on GPU and many-core systems (including the Xeon Phi) will be reported. Additionally, the modular structure of DRAGON, its remote control capabilities, distribution of AO telemetry data, and the software concepts and architecture will be reported. Techniques used in DRAGON for pixel processing, slope calculation and wavefront reconstruction will be presented. This will include methods to handle changes in CN2 profile and sodium layer profile, both of which can be modelled in DRAGON. DRAGON software simulation techniques linking hardware-in-the-loop computer models to the DRAGON real-time system and control software will also be discussed. This tool allows testing of the DRAGON system without requiring physical hardware and serves as a test-bed for ELT integration and verification techniques.

  16. Do valor intrínseco e de sua aplicabilidade ao meio ambiente

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    Tânia Ap. Kuhnen

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available O tema deste estudo é a teoria do valor sagrado da vida e sua aplicabilidade às questões de ética prática, mais especificamente ao meio ambiente. O objetivo geral consiste em apontar os limites da concepção de Dworkin sobre a teoria do sagrado, quando aplicada ao meio ambiente, e a solução que Singer oferece para a atribuição de valor ao mesmo. Justifica-se esse trabalho em decorrência da importância de se discutir, a partir da análise dessas teorias filosóficas, questões vinculadas ao estabelecimento de um princípio ético que, além de englobar, no campo da ação moral, todos os seres sencientes, envolva também o meio ambiente como um todo. Além disso, o tema que aqui se desenvolve é uma contribuição do raciocínio filosófico-teórico para a discussão de problemas relevantes no campo da ética prática. Esse estudo ainda se justifica por abordar a questão da linha moral divisória entre os seres que são ou não incluídos na comunidade moral, o que representa outro problema que concerne à ética. As diferentes formas de classificação não foram capazes de incluir todos os seres vivos no âmbito da comunidade moral. Há sempre exclusões, as quais tendem a diminuir com o surgimento de teorias éticas inovadoras, dentre elas as que serão abordadas a seguir.

  17. Diversity and spatial heterogeneity of mangrove associated sponges of Curaçao and Aruba

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    Hunting, E.R.; Van, Soest; Geest, van der, A.H.M.; A. DE VOS; Debrot, A.O.

    2008-01-01

    Sponges are major epibionts of mangrove roots in the Caribbean. Mangrove sponge communities in the Caribbean mainly consist of species that are typical to this habitat and community compositions often differ from those found on coral reefs nearby. Heterogeneity in species distributions between locations and within locations between roots is often reported. This study quantifi es the diversity and abundance of mangrove associated sponges in the inner bays of Curaçao and Aruba and correlates va...

  18. Subordinate but proud: Curaçao's free blacks and mulattoes in the eighteenth century

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    Wim Klooster

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    Full Text Available Focuses on the socio-economic position of free non-whites in 18th-c. Curaçao. The manumission rate was relatively high and consequently a large group of free non-whites was created. Blacks and mulattoes enjoyed religious freedom as well as considerable economic freedom. Their growing numbers and social and economic assertiveness alarmed the whites, who gradually admitted the most successful mulattoes in their circles.

  19. Avaliação da sensibilidade da goiabeira 'Pedro Sato' ao ozônio

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    Regina Maria de Moraes

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a sensibilidade da goiabeira 'Pedro Sato' ao ozônio (O3, em comparação à cultivar Paluma, descrita como sensível. Oito plantas de cada cultivar foram submetidas separadamente a ar filtrado e a ar filtrado + O3, cinco horas por dia, durante quatro dias. Foram avaliadas fotossíntese (Asat, injúrias foliares visíveis e concentração de antocianinas e taninos. Plantas das duas cultivares também foram expostas, durante três meses, a condições ambientais em local contaminado por O3, tendo-se avaliado fotossíntese, injúrias foliares e crescimento. Plantas fumigadas com O3 apresentaram redução de Asat e da atividade fotoquímica, além de manifestação de injúrias foliares. 'Paluma' apresentou maior redução de Asat, injúrias foliares mais severas e redução de taninos. Quando exposta ao ambiente contaminado, 'Paluma' apresentou trocas gasosas mais altas, mas apresentou redução de Asat 30 dias antes que 'Pedro Sato'. O crescimento não foi afetado em 'Pedro Sato', cujas injúrias foliares tiveram menor incidência, severidade e precocidade do que em 'Paluma'. A menor taxa de crescimento de 'Paluma' indica maior sensibilidade ao O3. Apesar de responder com menor intensidade ao estresse induzido pelo O3, a cultivar Pedro Sato não pode ser considerada tolerante, pois apresenta danos fotoquímicos, injúrias foliares e alterações nos conteúdos de metabólitos secundários quando exposta a esse poluente.

  20. Systems PbMoO4-BiAO4 (A=V, P)

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    Using methods of X-ray phase, differential thermal and visual-polythermal analysis phase equilibria in the systems PbMoO4-BiAO4, where A=V, P are studied. Their fusibility diagrams are plotted. It is shown that in the system lead molybdate-bismuth orthovanadate extended solid substitution solutions are formed. Bismuth orthovanadate forms with lead molybdate an eutectic mixture

  1. World-wide deployment of Robo-AO visible-light robotic laser adaptive optics systems

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    Baranec, Christoph; Riddle, Reed; Law, Nicholas Michael; Lu, Jessica R.; Tonry, John; Tully, R. Brent; Wright, Shelley; Kulkarni, Shrinivas; Severson, Scott; Choi, Philip; Ramaprakash, A.; Chun, Mark; Connelley, Mike; Tokunaga, Alan; Hall, Donald

    2015-08-01

    In the next few years, several modest-sized telescopes around the world will be upgraded with autonomous laser adaptive optics systems based on the Robo-AO prototype deployed at the Palomar Observatory 1.5-m telescope. The prototype commenced scientific operations in June 2012 and more than 19,000 observations have since been performed at the ~0.12" visible-light diffraction limit. We are planning to move the prototype system to the 2.1-m telescope at Kitt Peak for a 3-year deployment which will serve a consortium of users including Caltech, the University of Hawai`i, IUCAA, NCU and institutions in China. Additionally, 2 months per year will be made available to the US astronomical community.New Robo-AO systems are in various stages of development: a clone by IUCAA for the 2-m IGO telescope in India; a natural guide star variant, KAPAO, by Pomona College at the 1-m Table Mountain telescope in California; and second generation Robo-AO systems are planned for the 3-m IRTF and 2.2-m University of Hawai'i telescopes on Maunakea, Hawai`i. The latter will exploit Maunakea's excellent observing conditions to provide higher Strehl ratios, sharper imaging, ~0.07", and correction to lambda = 400 nm. An additional infrared integral-field spectrograph will be fed by the UH 2.2-m Robo-AO system to quickly classify transients, such as supernovae and asteroids, discovered by the ATLAS system in Hawai`i.

  2. A caminho de uma memorizaçao dos sinais dos impactos cruzados entre variaveis estrategicas

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    Smida, Ali

    2013-01-01

    Á expressao "tudo o mais constante" [do latim "ceteris paribus"), apreciada pelos economistas, os segidores de prospectiva opoem a expressao "tudo o mais esta mudando”. Razao pela qual tem sido desenvolvidas ferramentas, em particular os cenarios e as matrizes de impactos cruzados, que tem sido colocadas  a disposiçao  da estretegia. Os cenarios tem tido um grande sucesso neste campo, mas a matrizes de impactos cruzados tem tido problemas para serem adotadas pelos estretegistas da empresa. Um...

  3. Microwelding of various metallic materials under ultravacuum (AO 138-10)

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    Assie, Jean Pierre; Conde, Eric

    1991-01-01

    The first finding from the AO 138-10 is that cold welding never occurred, and that microwelds didn't even affect the reference (presumably microweld prone) pairs of metals consisting of gold, silver, and chromium. The scientific disappointment from these results must be tempered by the notion of a static AO 138-10 experiment, reflecting the passive character of the global Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) flight. Thus far, it has been theorized that cold welding results from the peeling of the oxide layer, that is formed in an earth environment, by the space environment since such a layer no longer grows in space. In fact, such stripping of the oxide layer supposes relative motion of the contacting materials. In the absence of such motion, as in this experiment, oxidation will preserve its integrity and continue to prevent microwelding. More bewildering is that there was no microwelding of the reference pairs. Even though AO 138-10 failed scientific expectations, as did the LDEF structure with cold welding, the positive, functional aspect to keep in mind is the safe operation of single-shot (appendage releasing and/or latching) mechanisms, unhindered by microwelding in a space vacuum, as now demonstrated by the statically representative pairs of materials. Other aspects of the experiment are discussed.

  4. Using the Fingerprinting Method to Customize RTLS Based on the AoA Ranging Technique

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    Bartosz Jachimczyk

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Real-time Locating Systems (RTLSs have the ability to precisely locate the position of things and people in real time. They are needed for security and emergency applications, but also for healthcare and home care appliances. The research aims for developing an analytical method to customize RTLSs, in order to improve localization performance in terms of precision. The proposed method is based on Angle of Arrival (AoA, a ranging technique and fingerprinting method along with an analytically defined uncertainty of AoA, and a localization uncertainty map. The presented solution includes three main concerns: geometry of indoor space, RTLS arrangement, and a statistical approach to localization precision of a pair of location sensors using an AoA signal. An evaluation of the implementation of the customized RTLS validates the analytical model of the fingerprinting map. The results of simulations and physical experiments verify the proposed method. The research confirms that the analytically established fingerprint map is the valid representation of RTLS’ performance in terms of precision. Furthermore, the research demonstrates an impact of workspace geometry and workspace layout onto the RTLS’ performance. Moreover, the studies show how the size and shape of a workspace and the placement of the calibration point affect the fingerprint map. Withal, the performance investigation defines the most effective arrangement of location sensors and its influence on localization precision.

  5. O enfermeiro frente ao desmame precoce na consulta de enfermagem à criança

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    Caroline Aparecida Coutinho Monteschio

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available RESUMOObjetivo:analisar a atuação do enfermeiro frente ao desmame precoce em crianças menores de 6 meses de idade.Método:estudo descritivo de abordagem qualitativa. Participaram do estudo enfermeiros que realizavam consulta de enfermagem à criança de maneira programática em unidades de saúde da família em Cuiabá-MT. Os dados foram coletados nos meses de janeiro e fevereiro de 2012, por meio da observação participante da consulta de enfermagem. Para análise dos dados foi utilizada a análise de conteúdo.Resultados:os enfermeiros, na maioria das vezes, utilizaram estratégias apropriadas para o manejo dos problemas mais comuns na amamentação, apesar de algumas condutas não terem, ainda, evidência científica comprovada, quanto aos benefícios e/ou prejuízos à sua prática.Conclusão:os enfermeiros abordaram aspectos importantes do aleitamento materno durante as consultas e trabalharam em prol da promoção e do resgate ao aleitamento materno exclusivo.

  6. Simultaneous Nitrogen and Phosphorus Removal by Denitrifying Dephosphatation in a (AO)2 Sequencing Batch Reactor

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    ZHANG Yan-ping; PENG Yong-zhen; WANG Shu-ying; WANG Shao-po

    2005-01-01

    A 24 L working volume reactor was used for the research on simultaneous phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) removal by denitrifying dephosphatation in an anaerobic-oxid-anoxic-oxid sequencing batch reactor ((AO)2SBR) system. The durations of each phase are: anaerobic 1.5 h, aerobic 2.5 h, anoxic 1.5 h, post-aerobic 0.5 h, settling 1.0 h, fill 0.5 h. The successful removal of nitrogen and phosphorus is achieved in a stable (AO)2SBR. The effluent P concentrations is below 1 mg/L, and the COD,TN and P average removal efficiency is 88.9%, 77.5% and 88.7%, respectively. The batch experiment results show that the durations of aerobic and anoxic phase influence the P removal efficiency. Some feature points are found on the DO, ORP and pH curves to demonstrate the complete of phosphate release and phosphate uptake. These feature points can be used for the control of (AO)2 SBR.

  7. Currículo universitário: do México ao Brasil neoliberais

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    Dostoiewski Mariatt de Oliveira Champangnatte

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Resumo O objetivo deste estudo foi discutir e comparar percepções e ações curriculares de professores universitários mexicanos e brasileiros. Contextualizando as realidades socioeconômicas dos dois países e, principalmente, as políticas governamentais voltadas ao ensino superior, observa-se, nas várias falas dos professores, uma abordagem simplista de currículo, significando-o apenas como preocupações de conteúdos administrados em disciplinas e planos de ensino. Aspectos da realidade social, política e econômica são desatrelados do pensamento e prática curriculares, onde o maior objetivo se tornou a adequação ao mercado de trabalho. Nota-se, direta e indiretamente, influências do pensamento e práticas neoliberais no posicionamento desses professores tanto quanto ao currículo como com a própria funcionalidade do ensino superior, refletindo e reproduzindo, em seus discursos e práticas, as políticas governamentais neoliberais vigentes.

  8. Profilaxia das úlceras associadas ao estresse Prophylaxis of ulcers associated with stress

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    Carlos Eduardo Pompilio

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: As úlceras da mucosa gastroduodenal que aparecem após graves insultos têm sido chamadas de úlceras associadas ao estresse ou, mais genericamente, de "doença mucosa associada ao estresse" (DMAE. São conhecidas desde a Antiguidade e apesar de relacionarem-se com altos índices de morbidade e mortalidade, esquemas de profilaxia no intuito de minimizar seus riscos, só foram introduzidos recentemente. Os inibidores da bomba de prótons têm desempenhado papel importante nesse cenário. MÉTODOS: O presente artigo é uma breve revisão sobre seu uso dentro do contexto clínico da profilaxia do sangramento gastrointestinal relacionado ao estresse.INTRODUCTION: Gastroduodenal mucosal ulcers that appear after severe insults have been called ulcers associated with stress or, more generally, "mucosal disease associated with stress" (DMAE. Are known since antiquity and although linked with high morbidity and mortality, prevention schemes in order to minimize their risk, were introduced only recently. The proton pump inhibitors have played an important role in this scenario. METHODS: This article is a brief review of its use within the clinical context of prophylaxis of gastrointestinal bleeding due to stress.

  9. Riscos e doenças ocupacionais relacionados ao exercício da anestesiologia

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    Daniel Volquind

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: O exercício da anestesiologia não é isento de riscos para o anestesiologista. Considerada um local de trabalho insalubre em razão dos riscos potenciais que oferece, a sala de operações (SO é o local no qual o anestesiologista passa a maior parte do tempo. Nesta revisão, propomos uma análise dos riscos ocupacionais aos quais estão expostos os anestesiologistas em sua prática diária. CONTEÚDO: Apresentamos a classificação dos riscos e suas relações com as doenças ocupacionais. CONCLUSÃO: O controle dos riscos ocupacionais, aos quais os anestesiologistas são expostos diariamente, se faz necessário para o desenvolvimento de um local de trabalho adequado e com riscos reduzidos para a boa prática da anestesiologia. Isso contribui para a diminuição do absenteísmo, a melhora da assistência prestada ao paciente e da qualidade de vida do anestesiologista.

  10. Escala de atitudes face ao lazer em adolescentes e jovens adultos

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    Teresa Freire

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Atualmente, o lazer e as atitudes face ao lazer têm sido alvo de interesse na investigação psicológica, concretamente no domínio da Psicologia Social. O objetivo do presente estudo foi adaptar a escala Leisure Attitude Scale de Raghb e Beard, construída para avaliar as atitudes face ao lazer em função das três componentes de atitude (cognitiva, afetiva e comportamental para a população de estudantes, adolescentes e jovens adultos portugueses. Participaram no estudo 462 sujeitos (57,8% do sexo feminino e 42,2% do sexo masculino, com uma média de idades de 19,97 (desvio padrão de 4,85. Os resultados obtidos confirmam a estrutura e as características psicométricas da versão original, refletindo valores largamente aceitáveis de fidelidade (consistência interna e validade (validade de conteúdo quer para a escala total quer para as várias sub-escalas (cognitiva, afetiva e comportamental. Conclui-se pela adequação da escala na medida das atitudes face ao lazer, no contexto português.

  11. Transtorno afetivo bipolar: perfil farmacoterapêutico e adesão ao medicamento

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    Adriana Inocenti Miasso

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo teve como objetivos verificar a adesão de portadores de transtorno afetivo bipolar (TAB à terapêutica medicamentosa e identificar possíveis causas de adesão e não adesão ao medicamento de acordo com o perfil farmacoterapêutico. Trata-se de estudo transversal, descritivo, realizado em Núcleo de Saúde Mental de um município do interior paulista. Participaram do estudo 101 pacientes com TAB. Para coleta dos dados, utilizou-se a entrevista estruturada e o teste de Morisky-Green e, para a análise dos mesmos, o programa Statistical Package for the Social Science. Os resultados mostraram que a maioria (63% dos sujeitos investigados não adere ao medicamento. Apesar de não ter ocorrido diferenças significativas entre o grupo de aderentes e não aderentes, para as variáveis investigadas, foi possível verificar a utilização de polifarmacoterapia e regimes terapêuticos complexos no tratamento do TAB. Permanece como desafio a implementação de estratégias que possam melhorar, na prática, a adesão de pacientes ao tratamento medicamentoso.

  12. From Daya Bay to Ling Ao. The benefits of a duplication policy

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    Over the past 15 years, the People's Republic of China has experienced very rapid economic growth of annual average 8%, which must be supported by fast expanding energy production, notably of electricity. China has the considerable amount of coal resources, but most of these resources are located in the north of the country, and the vast hydroelectric potential in Southwestern China is difficult to develop. Therefore, in the coastal provinces of Southeast China, where economic expansion is greatest, nuclear power has been chosen to meet the need. The Qinshan No. 1 PWR with 300 MWe output is the first Chinese nuclear power facility, and started the operation in 1992. Two 985 MWe PWRs have been operated since 1994 at Daya Bay. The construction of Qinshan No. 2 and 3 PWRs of 600 MWe each are in progress, and are expected to start the operation in 2001. These plants were designed by China based on the Framatome technology. Two more 985 MWe plants will be constructed on Ling Ao site, and operated in 2002 and 2003. The main milestones of Framatome collaboration with Chinese partners are explained. The Daya Bay nuclear power station and the Ling Ao project are reported. The benefits of duplicating the Daya Bay nuclear power station at Ling Ao are summarized. The M310 PWR plants of 985 MWe are the modern, proven type backed by more than reactor-years of operating experience. (K.I.)

  13. Would be the photon a composed particle? / Sobre a possibilidade da quantiza\\c{c}\\~ao dos fluxos de campo na radia\\c{c}\\~ao eletromagn\\'etica

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    Here it is made a comparative analysis between the classical and the quantum expressions for the energy of electromagnetic radiation (ER). The comparison points to the possibility of the quantization of the magnetic and the electric field fluxes in the ER. ----- Apresenta-se uma an\\'alise comparativa entre as express\\~oes cl\\'assica e qu\\^antica para a energia da radia\\c{c}\\~ao eletromagn\\'etica (RE). A compara\\c{c}\\~ao nos aponta para a possibilidade de haver uma quantiza\\c{c}\\~ao dos fluxos dos campos magn\\'etico e el\\'etrico na RE.

  14. Participação em rede: do utilizador ao “consumidor 2.0” e ao “prosumer”

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    Amaral, Inês

    2012-01-01

    Os media sociais e os sites de rede social têm sido um elemento chave na acção colectiva através da Internet. E introduzem novas características ao conceito de “networking” online: interacção através da acção colectiva e interacção baseada nas práticas sociais promovidas pelas novas ferramentas técnicas. Os sites de partilha de conteúdo e as redes sociais são estruturados para uma sociabilidade centrada nos objectos sociais, que congregam conteúdo e actividade. Mas será que os media sociais a...

  15. Adaptive Optics at Optical Wavelengths: Test Observations of Kyoto 3DII Connected to Subaru Telescope AO188

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    Matsubayashi, K.; Sugai, H.; Shimono, A.; Akita, A.; Hattori, T.; Hayano, Y.; Minowa, Y.; Takeyama, N.

    2016-09-01

    Adaptive optics (AO) enables us to observe objects with high spatial resolution, which is important in most astrophysical observations. Most AO systems are operational at near-infrared wavelengths but not in the optical range, because optical observations require a much higher performance to obtain the same Strehl ratio as near-infrared observations. Therefore, to enable AO-assisted observations at optical wavelengths, we connected the Kyoto Tridimensional Spectrograph II (Kyoto 3DII), which can perform integral field spectroscopy, to the second generation AO system of the Subaru Telescope (AO188). We developed a new beam-splitter that reflects light below 594 nm for the wavefront sensors of AO188 and transmits above 644 nm for Kyoto 3DII. We also developed a Kyoto 3DII mount at the Nasmyth focus of the Subaru Telescope. In test observations, the spatial resolution of the combined AO188–Kyoto 3DII was higher than that in natural seeing conditions, even at 6500 Å. The full width at half maximum of an undersampled (1.5 spaxels) bright guide star (7.0 mag in the V-band) was 0.″12.

  16. Expressao genica associada ao estresse oxidativo no coracao de camundongo apos isquemia intestinal

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: O fenômeno da isquemia e reperfusão intestinal é um evento frequente na clínica e está associado a repercussões deletérias em órgãos a distância, em especial ao coração. OBJETIVO: Investigar a expressão gênica do estresse oxidativo e defesa antioxidante no coração de camundongos isogênicos, submetidos a isquemia e reperfusão intestinal (IR. MÉTODOS: Doze camundongos (C57BL/6 foram distribuídos em dois grupos: Grupo IR (GIR com 60 min de oclusão da artéria mesentérica superior, seguidos de 60 min de reperfusão. Grupo Controle (GC submetidos a anestesia e a laparotomia sem o procedimento de IR observados por 120 min. As amostras de intestino e coração foram processadas pelo método (RT-qPCR / Reverse transcriptase - quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction para determinar a expressão gênica de 84 genes relacionados ao estresse oxidativo ("t" de Student, p < 0,05. RESULTADOS: Observou-se no tecido intestinal (GIR uma expressão significantemente aumentada em 65 (74,71% genes em relação ao tecido normal (GC, e 37 (44,04% genes estiveram hiperexpressos (maior que três vezes o limiar permitido pelo algoritmo. No tocante aos efeitos da I/R intestinal a distância no tecido cardíaco verificou-se a expressão significantemente aumentada de 28 genes (33,33%, mas somente oito genes (9,52% se hiperexpressaram três vezes acima do limiar. Quatro (7,14% desses oito genes se expressaram simultaneamente nos tecidos intestinal e cardíaco. No GIR notaram-se cardiomiócitos com núcleos de menor tamanho, picnóticos, ricos em heterocromatina e raros nucléolos, indicando sofrimento cardíaco. CONCLUSÃO: A I/R intestinal promoveu a hiperexpressão estatisticamente significante de oito genes associados ao estresse oxidativo a distância no tecido miocárdico.

  17. A Tn5051-like mer-containing transposon identified in a heavy metal tolerant strain Achromobacter sp. AO22

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    Bhave Mrinal

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Achromobacter sp. AO22 (formerly Alcaligenes sp. AO22, a bacterial strain isolated from a lead-contaminated industrial site in Australia, was previously found to be resistant to moderate to high levels of mercury, copper and other heavy metals. However, the nature and location of the genetic basis for mercuric ion resistance in this strain, had not been previously identified. Findings Achromobacter sp. AO22 contains a functional mer operon with all four essential genes (merRTPA and shows >99% DNA sequence identity to that of Tn501. The mer operon was present on a transposon, designated TnAO22, captured by introducing a broad-host-range IncP plasmid into Achromobacter sp. AO22 and subsequently transferring it to E. coli recipients. The transposition frequency of TnAO22 was 10-2 to 10-3 per target plasmid transferred. Analysis of TnAO22 sequence revealed it belonged to the Tn21 subgroup of the Tn3 superfamily of transposons, with the transposition module having >99% identity with Tn5051 of a Pseudomonas putida strain isolated from a water sample in New York. Conclusion TnAO22 is thus a new variant of Tn5051 of the Tn3 superfamily and the transposon and its associated mercury resistance system are among the few such systems reported in a soil bacterium. Achromobacter sp. AO22 can thus be exploited for applications such as in situ mercury bioremediation of contaminated sites, or the mobile unit and mer operon could be mobilized to other bacteria for similar purposes.

  18. Adaptação e adaptação cruzada de Listeria monocytogenes aos compostos eugenol e carvacrol

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    E. R. N. SOUZA; V. M. R. TEBALDI; R.H. Piccoli

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    RESUMOA evolução de certos microrganismos permite sua rápida adaptação aos ambientes em constante mudança, desenvolvendo assim, tolerância ou resistência ao aumento de determinados estresses. O uso de compostos bioativos provenientes da flora nativa tem sido apontado como uma possível solução para os problemas de controle da resistência e proliferação bacteriana. Este trabalho visou verificar a adaptação e adaptação cruzada de L. monocytogenes, frente aos compostos fenólicos eugenol e carvacr...

  19. Medicina moderna: rumo à prevenção, à cura, ao bem-estar e à longevidade

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    Ajai Singh

    2010-01-01

    A medicina moderna tem realizado muitas coisas nos campos de doenças infecciosas e de emergências para assistir a cura. Na maior parte dos outros campos, ela visa, sobretudo, ao controle, que é outro nome para o tratamento paliativo. A farmacologia, na qual se inclui a psicofarmacologia, é igualmente dirigida ao controle e ao alívio. Está na hora de profissionais da área e pesquisadores voltarem-se decisivamente para a prevenção e para a cura. Ademais, o outro grande desafio da medicina moder...

  20. Personalidade, resiliência e atitudes face ao envelhecimento em idosos do meio urbano e meio rural

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    Pinto, Ana Sofia Rodrigues

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    Tese de mestrado, Psicologia (Secção de Psicologia Clínica e da Saúde, Núcleo de Psicologia Clínica Dinâmica), Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Psicologia, 2015 A presente investigação refere-se ao estudo da personalidade, resiliência e atitudes face ao envelhecimento, numa amostra de indivíduos idosos. Os objetivos são: (1) analisar a influência do meio ecológico na resiliência e nas atitudes face ao envelhecimento; (2) analisar a relação da personalidade com a resiliência e ...

  1. A dimensão ética do cuidado de enfermagem ao idoso hospitalizado na perspectiva de enfermeiros

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    Aline Branco Amorim de Almeida; Maria Geralda Gomes Aguiar

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    Estudo descritivo de abordagem qualitativa, realizado com oito enfermeiros de um hospital público, por meio de entrevistasemi-estruturada, objetivou compreender como estes percebem a dimensão ética do cuidado ao idoso. Os dados foram analisados conforme o método de análise de conteúdo e organizados nas categorias: Valores éticos no cuidado ao idoso e Problemas éticos no cuidado ao idoso. Revelou-se que os enfermeiros percebem a importância dos valores, principalmente o respeito e a responsabi...

  2. Cyberbullying – do diagnóstico de necesidades à construçao de um manual de formaçao.

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    Teressa Pessoa

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available O impacto do cyberbullying na sociedade e junto das crianças e jovens, tão mais complexo quanto mais sofisticadas as ferramentas tecnológicas disponíveis, tem chamado a atenção para a importância, a nível internacional, da definição de estratégias de prevenção e intervenção junto de potenciais agentes educativos, isto é, para o desenvolvimento de uma proposta, com dimensão europeia, de Cyber- Training.Neste trabalho após uma breve apresentação do projectoCyberTraining: A Researchbased Training Manual On Cyberbullying1 dar-se-á a conhecer o processo de desenvolvimento de um manual de formação baseado numa investigação a nível europeu suportada na plataforma Moodle e, nesta, pela ferramenta Fórum. Através de uma análise de necesidades junto de formadores e do estudo, junto de especialistas, do estado de arte no domínio a nível de diferentes países, é mostrado todo um percurso inovador de construção colaborativa de conhecimento relativamente ao conceito cyberbullying assim como relativamente ao desenvolvimento de práticas de formação ou cybertraining.----------------------------------------------------------------The impact of the cyberbullying on society and among children and young people, revealed as ever more complex as more sophisticated technological tools becomeavailable, has called attention to the importance, at the international level, of a definition of strategies for prevention and intervention among potential educational agents, i.e. to develop a proposal for Cyber-Training, with a European dimension.In this paper, after a brief presentation of the European project CyberTraining: A Researchbased Training Manual on Cyberbullying, an account will be given of the process of developing a training manual based on research at European level supported in the Moodle platform, and within this, by the Forum tool. By means of a needs analysis among trainers and analysis by experts of the state of the art in

  3. Treatment of AO/OTA 31-A3 intertrochanteric femoral fractures with a percutaneous compression plate

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    Fei Luo

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: AO/OTA 31-A3 intertrochanteric femoral fractures have completely different fracture line directions and biomechanical characteristics compared with other types of intertrochanteric fractures. The choice of the fixation method has been a focus of dispute among orthopedic trauma surgeons. The purpose of this study was to review the outcomes of these fractures treated with a percutaneous compression plate at our institute. METHOD: Seventeen patients with AO/OTA 31-A3 intertrochanteric femoral fractures were treated with a percutaneous compression plate at our institute from January 2010 to December 2011. The clinical data and imaging results were retrospectively analyzed. RESULTS: The medical complication of popliteal vein thrombosis occurred in one patient. Sixteen patients were followed up for 12 to 21 months. Two patients had malunion and mild pain. Fracture collapse occurred in two patients, with one having head penetration. These two patients had moderate pain. There were no occurrences of nonunion or reoperation. The mean Harris hip score obtained during the last follow-up was 84.1 (61-97. Patients with a poor quality of reduction were more likely to have pain results (p = 0.001. A trend existed toward the presence of a poor quality of reduction (p = 0.05 in patients with a collapse of fracture. Patients with poor preoperative mobility were more likely to have a lower Harris hip score (p = 0.000. CONCLUSION: The percutaneous compression plate is an alternative device for the treatment of AO/OTA 31-A3 intertrochanteric femoral fractures. Good fracture reduction and an ideal placement position of the neck screw are important in the success of the device.

  4. LDEF (Prelaunch), AO135 : Effect of Space Exposure on Pyroelectric Infrared Detectors, Tray E05

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    LDEF (Prelaunch), AO135 : Effect of Space Exposure on Pyroelectric Infrared Detectors, Tray E05 The prelaunch photograph was taken in SAEF II at KSC prior to installation of the integrated tray on the LDEF. The Space Exposure on Pyroelectric Infrared Detectors Experiment (AO135) consist of twenty detectors of three different types of materials, lithium-tantalate, strontium-barium-niobate and triglycine-sulfide. The Pyroelectric infrered detector experiment is an integral part of the Active Optical System Component Experiment (S0050) that contains 136 test specimen and is located in a six (6) inch deep LDEF peripheral experiment tray. The experiment tray is divided into six sections, each consisting of a 1/4 inch thick chromic anodized aluminum base plate and a 1/16th inch thick aluminum hat shaped structure for mounting the test specimen. The test specimen are typi- cally placed in fiberglass-epoxy retainer strip assemblies prior to installation on the hat shaped mounting structure. Five of the six sections are covered by a 1/8 inch thick anodized aluminum sun screen with openings that allowed 56 percent transmission over the central region. Two subexperiments, The Optical Materials and UV Detectors Experiment (S0050-01) consist of 15 optical windows, filters and detectors and occupies one of the trays six sub-sections and The Optical Substrates and Coatings Experiment (S0050-02 ) that includes 12 substrates and coatings and a secondary experiment, The Holographic Data Storage Crystal Experiment (AO044) with four crystals, are also mounted in the integrated tray. The experiment structure was assembled with non-magnetic stainless steel fasteners.

  5. Adesão ao tratamento no transtorno bipolar Compliance to treatment in bipolar disorder

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    Aida Santin

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available O transtorno bipolar (TB é uma doença crônica, recorrente, presente em 1,5% da população, estando associada a altas taxas de mortalidade e prejuízos socioeconômicos. O lítio, a carbamazepina e o ácido valpróico são os estabilizadores de humor mais usados. Em tratamentos prolongados, como é o caso do TB, a má-adesão dos pacientes é uma das maiores dificuldades. Verifica-se que fatores ligados ao paciente, aos medicamentos e aos médicos possam ser responsáveis pela baixa adesão. A psicoeducação, a terapia cognitivo-comportamental e a terapia focada na família são estratégias propostas para o aumento da adesão.Bipolar disorder (BD is a chronic and recurrent illness that occurs in 1,5% of the population. This illness is associated with high rates of mortality and social/economic burden. Lithium, carbamazepine and valproic acid are the most used mood stabilizers. In long term treatments, as in BD, one of the main difficulties is the patient's adherence. It appears that factors associated to the patient, drug and the physician are responsible for the low adherence. The use of psycho-education, cognitive-behavioral therapy and focused family therapy have been put forward as a means to increase adherence.

  6. FIELD EVALUATION OF THE LIGNIN-DEGRADING FUNGUS PHANEROCHAETE SORDIDA TO TREAT CREOSOTE-CONTAMINATED SOIL

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    A field study to determine the ability of selected lignin-degrading fungi to remediate soil contaminated with creosote was performed at a wood-treating facility in south central Mississippi in the autumn of 1991. The effects of solid-phase bioremediation with Phanerochaete sordid...

  7. Avaliação da eficiencia do combate aos incendios florestais no Brasil

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    Lima, Gumercindo Souza

    2013-01-01

    Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a eficiência do combate aos incêndios florestais no Brasil, com base em dados levantados no perlodo de 3.984 a 3.937. A eficiência do combate foi determinada baseada em três parimetros principais: a área queimada, avaliando a eFiciência em termos da dlstribuição dos incêndios ocorridos em diferentes classes de tamanho e observando a média da área queimada por Incêndio; o tempo para o ataque, em que se avaliou a mobilização dos combatentes, distribuindo...

  8. Diferenças entre adolescentes do sexo feminino e masculino na vulnerabilidade individual ao HIV

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    Renata Holanda Dutra dos Anjos; José Augusto de Souza Silva; Luciane Ferreira do Val; Laura Alarcon Rincon; Lucia Yasuko Izumi Nichiata

    2012-01-01

    O objetivo deste estudo foi analisar comparativamente a vulnerabilidade ao HIV/AIDS de homens e mulheres adolescentes, baseada em seus conhecimentos, valores e práticas. Trata-se de um estudo exploratório-descritivo com abordagem quantitativa. Os estudantes responderam a um questionário do qual foram selecionadas questões relevantes para análise. Totalizaram 207 adolescentes, sendo 43,5% do sexo masculino e 56,5% do feminino. A maior parte dos adolescentes declara já ter tido sua primeira rel...

  9. Atitudes face ao uso de Preservativo Masculino em contexto de Festa Académica

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    Frias, Ana; Sim-Sim, Margarida; Pontes, Ana; Palminhas, Edgar; Caldeira, Ermelinda; Casas Novas, Vitória

    2014-01-01

    Introdução: O percurso académico, além do ensino formal, possui momentos significativos pelo simbolismo de alguns eventos. A Receção aos Caloiros, representa a entrada num compartimento específico do saber e a Queima das Fitas, o atingir de competências para exercer uma Arte. Valorizadas por uns e menosprezadas por outros (Frias, 2003) a Praxe e as respetivas festividades levam a excessos, a alcoolização. Aumenta-se assim a probabilidade de sexo desprotegido e a exposição a Infeções Sexualmen...

  10. Fatores associados ao uso inconsistente do preservativo entre pessoas vivendo com HIV/Aids

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    Renata Karina Reis; Elizabete Santos Melo; Elucir Gir

    2016-01-01

    RESUMO Objetivo: analisar a prevalencia e fatores associados ao uso inconsistente do preservativo masculino entre pessoas vivendo com o HIV/Aids (PVHA). Método: estudo transversal realizado em serviços de atendimento especializados (SAE), com 228 PVHA. Realizou-se análise multivariada com modelo de regressão logística. Resultados: 143 participantes preencheram os critérios de inclusão e a prevalência do uso inconsistente do preservativo foi de 28,7%. Observou-se maior adesão entre os homen...

  11. Ilha das Flores, estatura e peso em crianças dos 6 aos 11 anos.

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    Antunes, Maria A. G.

    1990-01-01

    IV Expedição Científica do Departamento de Biologia – Flores 1989. 0s estudos de crescimento físico humano têm-se revelado de grande interesse pois permitem conhecer as características de diferentes populações e a variabilidade existente intra e interpopulações. Mas um dos aspectos mais importantes destes estudos talvez o de, ao se analisar o estado de crescimento e tempo de desenvolvimento do indivíduo, permitir destrinçar factores que influenciam nefastamente o crescimento. ...

  12. Patologia da tiróide associada ao consumo de amiodarona

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    Lopes, Zita Maria Teixeira Castro

    2013-01-01

    A amiodarona é um antiarrítmico rico em iodo, usado no tratamento de taquiarritmias, com efeitos adversos muitas vezes subvalorizados, entre os quais se destacam as alterações sobre a tiroide. Apesar de a maioria dos pacientes permanecer eutiroideia, a amiodarona interfere no metabolismo das hormonas da tiroide, por mecanismos intrínsecos ao próprio fármaco ou pelo seu alto conteúdo em iodo. Quando clinicamente evidente, esta disfunção da tiroide iatrogénica pode manifestar-se como hipotiroid...

  13. Contribuição ao estudo farmacognóstico da mutamba (Guazuma ulmifolia - Sterculiaceae)

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    Galina, Karen Janaina; Sakuragui, Cássia Mónica; Borguezam Rocha, Juliana Cristina; Lorenzetti, Emi Rainildes; Palazzo de Mello, João Carlos

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    Guazuma ulmifolia Lam., Sterculiaceae, conhecida popularmente como mutamba, possui ampla distribuição geográfica, existindo desde o México até o sul do Brasil. O interesse pelas suas propriedades químicas deveu-se principalmente pela sua aplicação no tratamento capilar. Esta propriedade pode ser atribuída aos taninos, os quais apresentam atividade farmacológica, antiinflamatória, antiulcerogênica, antimicrobiana, ação de proteção capilar e prevenção na formação de radicais livres....

  14. Psicologia vocacional e feminismo crítico : do passado ao futuro

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    Saavedra, Luísa

    2013-01-01

    Durante algumas décadas a teoria e investigação vocacional caracterizaram-se por uma preocupação central com os homens brancos, de classe média e com as características individuais, guiada por pressupostos positivistas. Ao mesmo tempo, o aconselhamento focou-se fundamentalmente em mudanças de foro individual. Contudo, a intensificação da globalização, bem como o movimento pós-moderno, com as suas críticas à ciência, provocaram consideráveis mudanças nessas concetualizações. Ce...

  15. Os sentidos e significados atribuidos ao saber cultural no currículo

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    Iara Aquino Henn

    2010-01-01

    O presente artigo é fruto de uma pesquisa realizada na proposta pedagógica de Educação de Pessoas Jovens e Adultas de uma escola pública no Brasil. Investigamos os sentidos que os jovens e adultos atribuem aos conhecimentos construídos nas suas trajetória de vida e os significados que são produzidos na relação da sua cultura com os outros conhecimentos. A partir das reflexões de autores como Silva (2003), Padilha (2004), Hall (1997, 2003) Arroyo (2001), Fonseca (2002) indicamos três categoria...

  16. A FUNÇÃO SOCIAL DO DIREITO AUTORAL E O ACESSO AO CONHECIMENTO

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    Alexandre Azis Pereira Filho; Oseias Amaral; Naila Fernanda Sbsczk Pereira Meneguetti

    2014-01-01

    O presente estudo aborda o tema da função social do direito autoral e o acesso ao conhecimento em face do caráter individualista dos direito autorais.  Discute inicialmente o direito de propriedade a fim de apresentar o conceito de função social da propriedade. Analisa historicamente a evolução do direito de propriedade e o surgimento da ideia de função social. Busca enquadrar o direito autoral como um ramo do direito de propriedade, especificamente, a propriedade intelectual. Apresenta e dis...

  17. A CONTABILIDADE COMO BASE INFORMACIONAL AO DESENVOLVIMENTO DA ATIVIDADE AQÜICOLA: UM ESTUDO MULTICASO

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    Cristiano do Nascimento; Alessandra Vasconcelos Gallon

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    Esta pesquisa, efetuada junto aos pequenos produtores catarinenses de moluscos cultivados no mar (mexilhão e ostra), objetivou investigar sobre a utilização dos dados e informações contábeis na condução de seus negócios. Para isto, realizouse um estudo exploratório-descritivo, com abordagem dos dados predominantemente qualitativa, por meio de um estudo multicaso. Os dados coletados em 29 unidades produtoras de moluscos, via questionário aplicado entre agosto e outubro de 2007, abordam aspecto...

  18. Localização de páginas web do conceito ao processo

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    Céu, Susana Maria Nogueira do

    2009-01-01

    Conceitos como Globalização, Internacionalização, Localização e Tradução surgem, na realidade da indústria da língua, com uma grande interligação, mas com perspectivas nem sempre concordantes. O nosso trabalho analisa, por isso, as diferentes definições propostas dedicando especial atenção ao conceito de localização, uma vez que o nosso projecto analisa o processo de localização de uma página Web desenvolvido num contexto empresarial real. O nosso enfoque recai mais específi...

  19. Recursos em areias e cascalhos ao largo da Ilha do Pico, Açores

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    Quartau, Rui; Teixeira, F. Curado; Monteiro, J. Hipólito; Bouriak, S.; Pinheiro, Luís M.; Cardigos, Frederico

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    A campanha FAPI-2 realizada ao largo da ilha do Pico (Açores) permitiu a aquisição de perfis sísmicos de alta resolução (Chirp Sonar e Boomer) e de batimetria detalhada. Estes dados possibilitaram a definição das áreas mais promissoras em inertes (areias e cascalhos) na plataforma continental do Pico. Os resultados mostram que as áreas mais promissoras, são as que conjugam uma espessura elevada de sedimentos e um baixo declive de fundo.

  20. Pneumonia em organização secundária ao uso de amiodarona

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    Full Text Available A pneumonia em organização secundária ao uso de amiodarona é rara, com apenas oito casos relacionados na literatura. No presente relato uma paciente de 75 anos, com uso cumulativo de 43g, apresentou tosse produtiva, dispnéia progressiva e infiltrados bilaterais na radiografia do tórax. A biópsia transbrônquica confirmou o diagnóstico. Com a retirada da droga houve melhora clínica e funcional.

  1. Reconhecimento e validação da aprendizagem ao longo da vida

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    Serapicos, Maria do Amparo Lopes

    2008-01-01

    Este trabalho de investigação centra-se no estudo dos dispositivos de reconhecimento e validação de aprendizagens e competências adquiridas pelos adultos a margem do sistema formal de educação e formação. Esta problemática situa-se no contexto das mutações decorrentes da globalização, da emergência da sociedade do conhecimento e da aprendizagem ao longo da vida. O objectivo deste trabalho consiste em compreender como é que as aprendizagens que os adultos realizam a margem...

  2. Uso de suplementos para acasalamento de bezerras Angus aos 14 meses de idade

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    M.B. Alves; M.G. Rocha; L. Pötter; S.C.B. Stivanin; V.S. Hampel; Á.M. Fonseca Neto; M.J.O Sichonany; P.H. Moterle

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    RESUMO O experimento foi conduzido com o objetivo de avaliar o desenvolvimento de novilhas de corte em três sistemas alimentares: exclusivamente em pastagem de azevém (Lolium multiflorum Lam.) ou em pastagem de azevém e recebendo 0,93% do peso corporal de grão de milho inteiro ou grão de aveia branca como suplemento. O delineamento experimental foi o inteiramente ao acaso, com medidas repetidas no tempo. A utilização da pastagem de azevém, com ou sem uso de grão de milho ou aveia como supleme...

  3. Eficiência de adubos fosfatados associados ao enxofre elementar na cultura do milho

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    Jucenei Fernando Frandoloso; Maria do Carmo Lana; Silvano Fontaniva; Rodrigo Vianei Czycza

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    A eficiência agronômica dos adubos fosfatados pode ser afetada pelas fontes de fósforo, propriedades do solo, modo de aplicação e espécie vegetal. Com o objetivo de comparar a eficiência do fosfato natural reativo (FNR) e do superfosfato triplo (SFT) associado ao enxofre elementar, aplicados no sulco de plantio na cultura do milho, instalouse um experimento em condições de campo no município de Toledo, Paraná, em um Latossolo Vermelho eutroférrico. O delineamento experimental consistiu de blo...

  4. Do códige ao monitor: a trajetória do escrito

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    Roger Chartier

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    Full Text Available Estariam os textos, de agora em diante, fadados a uma existência eletrônica? Os livros, na forma que conhecemos, desde o século XVI, estariam condenados a desaparecer progressiva e definitivamente? Antes de responder a essas perguntas, Roger Chartier percorre a longa história do livro até aos nossos dias: do volumen ao códice, da xilografia oriental à invenção de Gutenberg, da biblioteca de Alexandria até às nossas grandes bibliotecas modernas, do códice ao monitor. A nossa época encontra-se diante de um desafio: o de utilizar de modo adequado o suporte eletrônico do escrito, pois os significados de um texto dependem muito do suporte material deste. A felicidade extravagante vislumbrada diante da produção, consulta, comunicação imediata e universal de textos na telinha do computador deverá harmonizar-se com a consciência do papel reservado ao novo suporte: proteção, conservação e divulgação do patrimônio escrito da humanidade na sua materialidade tanto quanto na sua simbólica.Would texts, from now on, be fated to a mere electronic existence? Would books, in their format known since the sixteenth century, be condemned to disappear progressively and definitely? Before answering these questions we must follow the long history of books: from volumen to codex, from oriental xylography to Gutenberg's invention, from the Alexandrian bibliotheca to our great modern libraries, from codices to monitors. Our time faces a challenge: how to use appropriately the electronic support of writing, since the meanings of a text depend very much on its material support. The extravagant happiness gleamed before the production, the consultation, the immediate and universal communication of texts in the computer's screen should be in harmony with the conscience of the role reserved for the new support: protection, conservation and divulgation of the writing heritage of manking, both in its material and symbolic character.

  5. Percepção dos receptores sanguíneos quanto ao processo transfusional

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    Maritza Margareth Faquetti; Raquel Luzia Rosa; Maria Lígia dos Reis Bellaguarda; Daniele Delacanal Lazzari; Adriana Dutra Tholl; Cladis Loren Kiefer Moraes

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    Pesquisa qualitativa, exploratória descritiva, que objetivou conhecer a percepção dos receptores sanguíneos quanto ao processo transfusional. A pesquisa foi realizada em uma unidade de hemoterapia de um município da região sul do Brasil e os dados foram analisados por meio do Discurso do Sujeito Coletivo. Foram entrevistados, por meio de instrumento semiestruturado, onze pacientes, homens e mulheres entre 30 e 95 anos, em recuperação pós-cirúrgica de cirurgia cardíaca, submetidos à transfusão...

  6. Atitude do consumidor em relação ao marketing (o caso português)

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    Correia, Luís Manuel Ferreira

    2012-01-01

    As estratégias de Marketing são cada vez mais estruturadas e direccionadas para públicos alvos, sendo consideradas imprescindíveis na comunicação entre empresas e consumidores. Grandes companhias absorvem orçamentos volumosos para conseguirem transmitir a mensagem ao consumidor final. Estratégias dinâmicas e reconhecidas de agências mundiais de Marketing, são contratadas por grandes companhias para dar a conhecer os seus bens e serviços, face a uma cada vez maior concorrência a...

  7. Novas abordagens terapêuticas no combate ao Envelhecimento Cutâneo

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    Santos, Joana Loureiro Marques dos

    2011-01-01

    Trabalho apresentado à Universidade Fernando Pessoa como parte dos requisitos para obtenção do grau de Mestre em Ciências Farmacêuticas. O envelhecimento cutâneo é um processo complexo e multifatorial, que resulta em alterações funcionais e estéticas da pele. Os avanços na biologia da pele têm aumentado a compreensão da homeostasia deste órgão, assim como do seu processo de envelhecimento, levando ao desenvolvimento de tratamentos e técnicas com a finalidade de prevenir este mecanismo e de...

  8. Suscetibilidade do capim-colonião e de cultivares de milho ao flúor

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    Rimena Ramos Domingues

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A emissão de fluoretos à atmosfera oriunda da produção de superfosfatos e de cerâmica tem causado preocupação pelo efeito tóxico às plantas, contudo são poucos os estudos desenvolvidos acerca do problema com espécie de interesse econômico agrícola. Desenvolveu-se o estudo para avaliar o efeito do flúor (F atmosférico em plantas de capim-colonião e de cultivares de milho, utilizando como referência espécies bioindicadoras do tipo sensível e tolerante. As plantas foram expostas à contaminação pelo F atmosférico por curtos períodos durante 32 dias em sistema de nebulização com 0,16 mol L-1 de ácido fluorídrico no ambiente interno de uma câmara (~0,20 mmol m-3 de F, havendo um controle não exposto, com quatro repetições. A exposição das plantas ao F causou aumento da concentração do elemento nas folhas até 60 mg kg-1 para o capim-colonião, e entre 100 mg kg-1 nas folhas novas e 170 mg kg-1 nas folhas velhas para quatro cultivares de milho, o que demonstrou o efeito cumulativo do elemento no ambiente. Sintomas visuais da toxicidade foram observados nas plantas e se caracterizaram pela ocorrência de cloroses e necroses na lâmina foliar. O capim-colonião é uma espécie bastante sensível ao poluente no ar. As cultivares de milho DKB 390 e Ômega 8315 também são mais sensíveis ao F quando comparadas às AG7088 e 2B707. Os teores de clorofila a nas plantas foram mais afetados pelo F em relação aos teores de clorofila b.

  9. Delivery assistance in fetal macrosomia Assistência ao parto na macrossomia fetal

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    Renato Augusto Moreira de Sá

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: to evaluate delivery assistance in fetal macrosomia. METHODS: this was a hospital-based cohort study of consecutive births at a tertiary perinatal center from January 1, 1996 to October 31, 1999. A total of 5261 pregnancies met the inclusion criteria which were singleton pregnancies with minimal birth weight of 1000 g. Fetal macrosomia was defined as birth weight of 4000 g or more. We studied the mode of delivery, the newborn condition at birth, considered low when the Apgar scored below seven in the first or fifth minute, and the presence of abnormalities that could indicate a Caesarian section (disproportion, uterine dysfunction, prolonged second period of birth and fetal distress. RESULTS: 296 (5,6% of the babies were macrosomic. Macrosomia was a risk factor for Caesarian section (RR = 1,59, p OBJETIVOS: avaliar a assistência ao parto na macrossomia fetal. MÉTODOS: Estudo do tipo coorte realizado em centro perinatal terciário no período de 1 de janeiro de 1996 a 31 de outubro de 1999. Foram selecionadas 5261 gestações de acordo com os critérios de inclusão, que foram: gestação única e peso mínimo ao nascimento de 1000 g. A macrossomia fetal foi definida como peso ao nascimento acima de 4000 g. Estudamos a via de parto, as condições ao nascimento, Apgar baixo quando inferior a sete no primeiro e quinto minutos e as anormalidades que serviram de indicação para cesariana (desproporção, distocia uterina, segundo período prolongado e sofrimento fetal. RESULTADOS: 296 (5,6% dos conceptos eram macrossômicos. Macrossomia foi fator de risco para cesariana (RR = 1,59, p <0,001 e para parto operatório vaginal (RR = 1,12 p <0,001. As condições do recém-nascido não foram piores nos fetos macrossômicos. Houve correlação positiva entre macrossomia fetal e desproporção mas não para distocia uterina, prolongamento do segundo período ou sofrimento fetal. CONCLUSÕES: Houve maior número de indicações de cesariana

  10. Impacto no cuidador principal, do cuidado ao doente paliativo no domicílio

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    Neves, Sandra Cristina Silva

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    O presente trabalho explora o .Impacto no cuidador principal, do cuidado ao doente oncológico paliativo no domicílio.. Trata-se de um estudo de carácter exploratório, descritivo, de abordagem qualitativa, no qual se utilizou como instrumento de colheita de dados um questionário sócio-demográfico e uma entrevista semiestruturada, que foram aplicados a dez cuidadores principais de doentes oncológicos paliativos acompanhados pela UAAD (Unidade Autónoma de Assistência Domiciliária). No tratamento...

  11. Translation between the Neer- and the AO/OTA-classification for proximal humeral fractures

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    Brorson, Stig; Eckardt, Henrik; Audigé, Laurent;

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    conduct prognostic studies, and to obtain consensus on treatment recommendations when concise definitions and a common 'fracture language' are lacking. Thus, we compared both classifications systems using primary data from large clinical studies to assess how thoroughly both systems conveyed clinically......The reporting and interpretation of data from clinical trials of proximal humeral fractures are hampered by the use of two partly incommensurable fracture classification systems: the Neer classification and the AO/OTA classification. It remains difficult to interpret and generalize results, to...

  12. Santo Daime: Teoecologia e adaptação aos tempos modernos

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    Maria Clara Rebel Araújo; Ricardo Vieiralves-Castro

    2009-01-01

    Este artigo resume os principais aspectos da pesquisa: “Santo Daime: Teoecologia e Adaptação aos tempos modernos”, dissertação de mestrado defendida em 2005 pelo PPG-PS/UERJ. O Santo Daime é uma religião que utiliza ritualmente um chá com propriedades psicoativas, acompanhado do canto de hinos que, segundo seus seguidores, tem poder de cura e ensinamentos.Como metodologia, foram realizadas  entrevistas semi-dirigidas, bem como uma análise do conteúdo dos hinos mais cantados, a fim de conhecer...

  13. Var??n de 30 a??os con dolor pretibial bilateral

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    Vargas-Hitos, Jos?? Antonio; Garc??a-Castro, Jos?? Miguel; Ja??n- ??guila, Fernando; Jim??nez-Alonso, Juan

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    Var??n de 30 a??os que consultaba por dolor intenso y progresivo de dos meses de evoluci??n localizado en la cara anterior y distal de ambas piernas sin factor desencadenante aparente y mala respuesta a tratamiento analg??sico convencional. El paciente negaba otros s??ntomas a excepci??n de un rash eritematoso no pruriginoso generalizado que hab??a afectado tronco, palmas y plantas y que hab??a sido considerado como una reacci??n de hipersensibilidad a alguna de las medicaciones p...

  14. GeoGebra, algumas aplicações ao ensino da matemática

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    Fernandes, Carla Susana da Cruz

    2012-01-01

    Neste relatório de estágio pedagógico desenvolvemos material didático que auxilie o processo de ensino e aprendizagem da matemática no 3º ciclo do ensino básico e no ensino secundário. Para a sua realização utilizámos o programa de matemática dinâmica, GeoGebra. Este relatório encontra-se dividido em cinco capítulos. Encontramos, em anexo, actividades propostas pelo professor direccionadas ao aluno, algumas delas originais. Outras, retiradas de manuais escolares, foram melhoradas. Exist...

  15. Cuidados ao recém nascido em fototerapia: o conhecimento da equipe de enfermagem

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    Nathália Silva Gomes; Jesislei Bonolo do Amaral Teixeira; Elizabeth Barichello

    2010-01-01

    A icterícia é uma das alterações mais frequentes tanto em recém-nascidos a termo quanto em prematuros. A fototerapia é otratamento mais utilizado nestes casos, porém este tratamento pode ocasionar algumas alterações no bebê, as quais devem ser prevenidas e detectadas precocemente pela equipe de enfermagem. O objetivo do estudo foi identificar o conhecimento da equipe de enfermagem acerca dos cuidados ao recém-nascido e complicações relacionadas a fototerapia. Trata-se de um estudo prospectivo...

  16. Papel da oxidase alternativa na resistência ao stress oxidativo em Candida krusei

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    Barbosa, Matilde de Oliveira

    2008-01-01

    Tal como Candida albicans, C. krusei está associada a infecções fúngicas invasivas em indivíduos imunodeprimidos por SIDA ou por quimioterapia. Estas infecções fúngicas invasivas têm assumido particular relevância dado que na sua grande maioria se observam casos de resistência ao fluconazol e outros azois. Por outro lado, os mecanismos de patogenicidade de C. krusei não estão documentados sabendo-se que não se relacionam com os descritos para C. albicans. Na mitocôndria de todas as c...

  17. A crise económica e o acesso ao medicamento

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    Aveiro, João Miguel Almeida Moço

    2013-01-01

    O sector farmacêutico atravessa a par da restante economia uma grave crise, limitando o acesso das populações aos melhores cuidados de saúde. Hoje em dia é obrigatório que a indústria seja capaz de demonstrar o real benefício dos seus produtos, considerando tanto o nível terapêutico, como financeiro. Em Portugal existem uma série de factores que hoje em dia dificultam a possibilidade da indústria colocar à disposição das pessoas os melhores medicamentos. O Financiamento Públ...

  18. DO TEXTO AO DISCURSO: POTENCIALIZANDO O PROCESSO DE COMPREENSÃO DA LINGUAGEM

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    André Luiz Gaspari Madureira

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    Neste artigo se propõe investigar as contribuições da análise discursiva para o processo de compreensão textual. Para tanto, antes é apresentado um posicionamento acerca da noção de texto, mediante os estudos bakhtinianos concernentes ao dialogismo. Depois é feita uma apreciação sobre o discurso, partindo-se da perspectiva da análise do discurso de linha francesa, fundamentada pelo filósofo Michel Pêcheux. A proposta de conjugação dessas posições linguístico-filosóficas se concentra na possib...

  19. Organizadores e cortadores de comprimidos: riscos e restrições ao uso

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    Caroline Ribeiro de Borja-Oliveira

    2013-01-01

    Com base em análise documental, foram discutidas e problematizadas as limitações associadas à utilização de organizadores e cortadores de comprimidos, como questão de saúde pública. Os organizadores destinados ao armazenamento e transporte de comprimidos e cápsulas expõem essas formas farmacêuticas a fatores ambientais dos quais estariam protegidos em suas embalagens originais, comprometendo sua estabilidade, eficácia e segurança. Os cortadores oferecem risco adicional quanto a perda da eficá...

  20. Mecanismos e fatores associados aos sintomas gastrointestinais em pacientes com diabetes melito

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    Mônica Loureiro Celino Rodrigues; Maria Eugênia Farias Almeida Motta

    2012-01-01

    OBJETIVOS: Apresentar a frequência, os principais fatores causadores dos sintomas gastrointestinais em pacientes portadores do diabetes melito e controvérsias quanto à sua ocorrência em crianças e adolescentes. FONTES DOS DADOS: Revisão não sistemática nas bases de dados MEDLINE/PubMed e SciELO (1983-2011), além de capítulos de livros relevantes. Foram selecionados os artigos mais atuais e representativos do tema. SÍNTESE DOS DADOS: A prevalência do diabetes melito vem aumentando ao longo dos...

  1. Entomologia - da idade média ao século XIX.

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    Tavares, João

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    Remota à Idade Média os primeiros conhecimentos sobre os insectos, encontrando-se pintados e esculpidos nos vários monumentos do Egipto. LATREILLE (1819) cita entre outros a abelha, o sphex e o escaravelho rolador de bolas de excremento, sendo este último altamente venerado pelos egípcios, ao qual atribuíam uma multidão de virtudes reais ou simbólicas. No livro do êxodo encontramos que os Hebreus foram muitas vezes obrigados a alimentarem-se de gafanhotos, durante as suas peregrinações atravé...

  2. Caquexia muscular associada ao desenvolvimento de cancro da bexiga em ratos machos Wistar

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    Andrade, Andreia Patrícia Teixeira

    2016-01-01

    Dissertação de Mestrado em Biologia Clínica e Laboratorial A caquexia muscular associada ao cancro é uma condição paraneoplásica preocupante. Caquexia, etimologicamente significa “mau estado”, é uma síndrome complexa e multifatorial, que se caracteriza pela perda de tecido adiposo e posterior consumo do músculo-esquelético. Sendo o cancro, só por si, uma doença muito grave, quando associado à caquexia a situação complica-se porque a piorar o estado geral dos doentes. Apesar dos mecanism...

  3. Sensibilizando a equipe de enfermagem ao cuidado humanizado em saúde mental mediante oficinas educativas

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    Adriano Brischialiari; Mariluci Alves Maftum; Maria Angélica Pagliarini Waidmann; Verônica Azevedo Mazza

    2008-01-01

    Esta pesquisa exploratória e descritiva foi realizada em uma instituição psiquiátrica de internação integral da Região Norte do Paraná no ano de 2005. O objetivo foi de descrever e avaliar o resultado da implementação de oficinas de sensibilização da equipe de enfermagem para um cuidado humanizado ao paciente com transtorno mental. Participaram 21 técnicos e 25 auxiliares de enfermagem. Os dados foram coletados mediante oficinas e, as dinâmicas de grupo foram fundamentadas em referenciais teó...

  4. Estudo sobre receptividade ao m-learning no ensino básico

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    Certal, Filipe Martins; Carvalho, Ana Amélia Amorim

    2011-01-01

    Os jovens de hoje nasceram rodeados por tecnologias digitais e móveis e são por isso designados por “nativos digitais” ou “geração móvel”. Têm capacidades inatas na utilização das tecnologias digitais e móveis, que começam a ser exploradas no contexto educativo, o mobile learning. O principal objectivo deste estudo consiste em inquirir a receptividade ao mobile learning ou m-learning pelos alunos do ensino básico. Para tal, desenvolveu-se um conjunto de questionários para a recolha de dados a...

  5. Resistência de genótipos de tomateiro ao ácaro rajado

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    Maruyama Wilson Itamar; Toscano Luciana Cláudia; Boiça Júnior Arlindo L.; Barbosa José Carlos

    2002-01-01

    Avaliou-se a resistência de genótipos de tomateiro selvagens [Lycopersicon pennellii (LA 716), L. hirsutum var. glabratum (PI 126449, PI 134417), L. hirsutum (PI 127826, PI 127827), L. peruvianum (CGO 6707), L. peruvianum var. dentatum (WYR 2020, LA 111), L. peruvianum var. glandulosum (LA 1113-1, LA 1113-2)] e comerciais [(L. esculentum) Gem Pride, Santa Clara, e híbridos Bruna VFN, Carmem, Fortaleza, Débora Plus VFN] ao ácaro rajado (Tetranychus urticae). O número médio de ovos, fases imatu...

  6. Bulletin agrométéorologique - Situation au 20 août 2007

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    TYCHON Bernard; Schyns, Virginie; Denis, Antoine; Oger, Robert; Curnel, Yannick; Piccard, Isabelle; Viaene, Peter; Eerens, Herman

    2007-01-01

    Les conditions météorologiques depuis le début juillet ont été marquées par des pluies fréquentes et parfois violentes en particulier dans le Nord du pays. Aucun stress hydrique n’est à signaler. Les températures de juillet et août sont restées proches de la normale permettant aux cultures de conserver une certaine avance phénologique acquise au printemps, ce qui laisse globalement augurer de bons rendements pour les cultures de maïs, betteraves et pomme de terre.

  7. Implementação de corredores verdes aplicado ao turismo sustentável

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    Pinho, Juliana Sofia Silva

    2012-01-01

    Este trabalho surge no âmbito na necessidade de estudar e de aliar o desenvolvimento do turismo à conservação da natureza e ao desenvolvimento de mecanismos de prevenção e preservação da natureza e dos habitats. O objetivo principal deste trabalho foi o estudo da possibilidade de implementação de uma rede de corredores verdes que promovam o turismo sustentável na zona da Ria de Aveiro. A metodologia usada para este trabalho passou pela identificação dos principais pontos de interesse tu...

  8. Neuropatia Periférica Familiar por Susceptibilidade ao Entrapment (Neuropatia Tomaculosa)

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    Pinto Viana, J; Coimbra, J.; Goulart, Z; Bigotte de Almeida, L; Cabral Beirão, J

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    Os autores apresentam um caso de neuropatia periférica familiar por susceptibilidade ao entrapment e comparam-no com os descritos na literatura. As principais características desta neuropatia são: hereditariedade autossómica dominante, mononeuropatias recorrentes de localização variável (cubital, mediano, ciático poplíteo, externo, plexo braquial) e aspectos morfológicos característicos na biópsia do nervo. O nervo sensitivo revela alterações predominantes desmielinizantes, com espessamentos ...

  9. Algoritmos genéticos aplicados ao planejamento do transporte principal de madeira

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    Souza, Darlon Orlanmunder de

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    Nas empresas florestais em que a madeira pode ser destinada para mais do que uma fábrica, o planejamento da colheita pode influenciar significativamente no fluxo de madeira e, consequentemente, nos custos de transporte. O planejamento da colheita envolve as decisões de quais pontos de produção cortar, quando cortar e quais equipes atuam em cada ponto de produção. O objetivo deste trabalho foi desenvolver um modelo de algoritmo genético (método heurístico), que permita aos tomadores de decisõe...

  10. Bioprocessamento de pentoses do licor de cozimento ao sulfito ácido

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    Pontes, Ana Sofia Nunes

    2008-01-01

    A indústria de pasta para papel produz uma série de sub-produtos, nomeadamente o licor de cozimento da madeira ao sulfito ácido. Este licor é constituído essencialmente por lenhossulfonatos e açúcares que resultam da da degradação das hemiceluloses, nomeadamente pentoses. A xilose é a pentose predominante. O licor pode ser utilizado como substrato na obtenção de produtos de valor acrescentado por processos biotecnológicos. O objectivo deste trabalho foi estudar a melhor form...

  11. Seguimento farmacoterapêutico direcionado aos animais domésticos: seria viável?

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    Maria Aparecida NICOLETTI; André Rinaldi FUKUSHIMA

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    A atuação global na área da saúde humana tem direcionado seu foco ao cuidado do paciente, tendo o medicamento como segundo plano. Neste sentido, em humanos o seguimento farmacoterapêutico (que faz parte da Atenção Farmacêutica) vem sendo uma ferramenta de grande auxílio para a detecção de Problemas Relacionados a Medicamentos (PRM) para que possam ser evitados ou identificados visando impedir/minimizar o aparecimento de Resultados Negativos relacionados a Medicamentos (RNM). Consi...

  12. Dual AO/EB Staining to Detect Apoptosis in Osteosarcoma Cells Compared with Flow Cytometry

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    Liu, Kuan; Liu, Peng-Cheng; Liu, Run; Wu, Xing

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    Background The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of dual acridine orange/ethidium bromide (AO/EB) staining to detect tumor cell apoptosis. According to apoptosis-associated changes of cell membranes during the process of apoptosis, a clear distinction is made between normal cells, early and late apoptotic cells, and necrotic cells. Material/Method We cultured human osteosarcoma cells with 30, 60, and 120 μg/ml kappa-selenocarrageenan. To assess the rates of cell proliferation and ...

  13. O uso de minhocas como bioindicadores de contaminaçao de solos

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    Mara Mercedes de ANDRÉA

    2010-01-01

    O nicho ecológico das minhocas as caracteriza como organismos muito importantes no solo e como bioindicadores ambientais. Suas características, especialmente das espécies Eisenia fétida (Savigny, 1826) e E. andrei Bouché, 1972, as qualificaram para testes de toxicidade para fins de registro de agrotóxicos, junto aos órgãos regulamentadores de diversos países. Além da relativa facilidade de criação de E. fetida e E. andrei, as condições desses testes são internacionalmente aceitas e permitem p...

  14. The Magellan Adaptive Secondary VisAO Camera: Diffraction- Limited Broadband Visible Imaging and 20mas Fiber Array IFS

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    Kopon, Derek; Males, Jared R; Gasho, Victor; Follette, Katherine

    2010-01-01

    The Magellan Adaptive Secondary AO system, scheduled for first light in the fall of 2011, will be able to simultaneously perform diffraction limited AO science in both the mid-IR, using the BLINC/MIRAC4 10\\{mu}m camera, and in the visible using our novel VisAO camera. The VisAO camera will be able to operate as either an imager, using a CCD47 with 8.5 mas pixels, or as an IFS, using a custom fiber array at the focal plane with 20 mas elements in its highest resolution mode. In imaging mode, the VisAO camera will have a full suite of filters, coronagraphic focal plane occulting spots, and SDI prism/filters. The imaging mode should provide ~20% mean Strehl diffraction-limited images over the band 0.5-1.0 \\{mu}m. In IFS mode, the VisAO instrument will provide R~1,800 spectra over the band 0.6-1.05 \\{mu}m. Our unprecedented 20 mas spatially resolved visible spectra would be the highest spatial resolution achieved to date, either from the ground or in space. We also present lab results from our recently fabricated...

  15. EFFECTS OF RETINOIC ACID ON PROLIFERATION AND DIFFERENTIATION OF A HUMAN OVARIAN CARCINOMA CELL LINE: 3AO

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    Ming-Juan Xu; Ying Cui; Ning Hui; Yu-Jian Liu

    2005-01-01

    Objective To observe the effects ofretinoic acid (RA) on the proliferation and differentiation of a human ovarian carcinoma cell line: 3AO cells.Methods 3AO cell proliferation was evaluated by viable cell count, percentage of cells in each cycle phase were analyzed by flow cytometric analysis, alkaline phosphatase (AKP) activity was determined as described, and CA125 expression was measured by ELISA.Results RA could inhibit the proliferation of 3AO cells accompanied with morphological changes in a dose-dependent manner. Cell cycle analysis indicated that RA inhibition of 3AO cells growth occurred through induction of G1 arrest with a concomitant reduction in the proportion of cells in S phase, AKP activity increased significantly after treatment with RA (0. l μmol/L) for 1-5 days. Dose-response studies revealed that the AKP activity increased to a different extent as a function of RA concentrations. Furthermore, RA could suppress the expression of CA125 tumor marker in 3AO cells.Conclusion RA could markedly inhibit the proliferation and induce the differentiation of 3AO cells.

  16. Preliminary studies of 99mTc-BnAO and its analogues: synthesis, radiolabeling and in vitro cell uptake

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    Introduction: 99mTc-BnAO is one of the nonnitroimidazole hypoxia markers with the highest citation and could be potentially useful in both oncology and other clinical applications. However, it appears inferior in vitro due to lower absolute accumulation and smaller anoxic/normoxic uptake ratio. It is possible that the analogues of 99mTc-BnAO have higher hypoxia selectivity after the ligand of 99mTc-BnAO is modified. Methods: 2,2'-(1,4-Diaminobutane)bis(2-methyl-3-butanone) dioxime (BnAO or HL91) and three novel analogues were synthesized and radiolabeled with technetium-99m. The cellular uptake of the radiolabeled complexes was determined in murine sarcoma S180 cell lines under anoxic and normoxic conditions. Results: 99mTc-BnAO and its three novel analogues continuously accumulated in anoxic cells but not in normoxic ones, while the analogues showed earlier hypoxia selectivity and greater anoxic/normoxic differential. Conclusions: The analogues are superior to 99mTc-BnAO in terms of in vitro hypoxia selectivity and are viable candidates for further development as new nonnitroimidazole hypoxia markers in the future.

  17. Fatores associados ao aborto induzido entre jovens pobres na cidade de São Paulo, 2007

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    Rebeca de Souza e Silva

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    Full Text Available Esse artigo investiga fatores associados ao aborto induzido entre jovens residentes numa comunidade pobre da cidade de São Paulo. A amostra foi composta por 102 homens e 99 mulheres de 14 a 25 anos de idade que já haviam iniciado suas vidas sexuais. Usou-se o modelo hierárquico de regressão logística. As variáveis não ter companheiro sexual no momento da entrevista, sexo do entrevistado, idade no momento da entrevista, priorizar morar só e número de gestações compuseram o modelo final. Dar muita importância a morar só quadruplica a chance de ocorrer um aborto. Jovens mais velhos foram menos propensos a se deparar com um aborto, dado que a chance de se optar pelo aborto se reduz 17% para cada incremento de um ano na idade dos jovens. Isso é indicativo de que as gestações ocorreram de forma inesperada, intempestiva, como é praxe nas condutas adolescentes, sendo as maiores candidatas a terminarem em aborto provocado. Evidencia-se, portanto, a necessidade de serem investidos recursos financeiros para obtenção de métodos contraceptivos eficazes e inócuos, destinados ao início da vida sexual.

  18. Resistência ao intemperismo artificial de cinco madeiras tropicais e de dois produtos de acabamento.

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    Janine Oliveira e Silva

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Os objetivos do trabalho foram avaliar o processo de fotodecomposição da madeira de cinco espécies tropicais e analisar o efeito de proteção de dois produtos de acabamento de madeiras quando submetidos ao intemperismo artificial. Foram empregadas as madeiras de ipê-roxo (Tabebuia impeginosa, itaúba (Mezilaurus itauba, maçaranduba (Manilkara huberi, tatajuba (Bagassa guianensis e tauari (Couratari sp.. Amostras destas madeiras foram submetidas a ciclos de radiação ultravioleta (UV e água até perfazer um total de 2.000 horas de irradiação e 400 horas de lixiviação em água. A mudança da cor natural das madeiras, indicativo do processo de fotodegradação, e o grau de proteção de um verniz poliuretânico transparente e de um "stain" semitransparente foram monitorados por espectrocolorimetria. As espécies mais resistentes foram o ipê-roxo e tauari, seguidas pela maçaranduba, itaúba e tatajuba respectivamente. O verniz forneceu proteção por tempo maior ao ipê-roxo e à maçaranduba, enquanto o "stain" foi mais eficiente para a itaúba e tatajuba. Ambos os produtos tiveram desempenho similar para a madeira de tauari.

  19. Recusa ao ato na adolescência: uma "reação subjetiva negativa"?

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    Marta Rezende Cardoso

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Estuda-se a questão da violência psíquica na adolescência, em certas patologias do ato, em particular as situações clínicas marcadas pelo negativo desse registro: a recusa radical no plano do agir. Isto se vê na morosidade no ingresso na vida adulta, na conduta de retraimento de certos adolescentes que parecem "resistir" à superação da condição adolescente. Apesar da aparente contradição, situa-se o "recurso ao ato" e a "recusa ao agir" no campo das patologias do ato: o ego atua uma defesa extrema em cuja base insiste uma dimensão traumática, de passividade ante a pulsão.Refusal to acting in adolescence: a "negative subjective reaction?". We study the issue of psychological violence in adolescence, in certain pathologies of the act, particularly the clinical situations marked by the negative of that register: the radical refusal to acting. This is manifested in the delay in entering adulthood, in the withdrawal behavior of certain adolescents who seem to "resist" overcoming the adolescent condition. In spite of the apparent contradiction, we place the "resource to the act" and the "refusal to acting" in the clinical field of the pathologies of the act: the ego acts in an extreme defense, which in its basis has the insistence of a traumatic dimension of passiveness in front of the drive.

  20. A atenção ao aluno que se destaca por um Potencial Superior

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    Eunice M. L. Soriano de Alencar

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Observa-se, em diversos países, inclusive o Brasil, um interesse crescente em atender às necessidades educacionais e psicológicas de alunos que apresentam um potencial superior. Entretanto, diversos obstáculos se interpõem na implementação de programas e serviços para esta clientela. Este artigo, portanto, discute a importância de se investir na educação do superdotado e apresenta as principais barreiras ao desenvolvimento de práticas educacionais voltadas para os alunos com potencial superior. Além disso, este trabalho analisa o cenário da educação do aluno superdotado e talentoso no Brasil e examina as tendências atuais em relação ao atendimento a este grupo de alunos no cenário internacional.Palavras-chave: Superdotado. Potencial Superior. Educação Especial.

  1. Closed-loop focal plane wavefront control with the SCExAO instrument

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    Martinache, Frantz; Guyon, Olivier

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    This article describes the implementation of a focal plane based wavefront control loop on the high-contrast imaging instrument SCExAO (Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme Adaptive Optics). The sensor relies on the Fourier analysis of conventional focal-plane images acquired after an asymmetric mask is introduced in the pupil of the instrument. This absolute sensor is used here in a closed-loop to compensate the non-common path errors that normally affects any imaging system relying on an upstream adaptive optics system.This specific implementation was used to control low order modes corresponding to eight zernike modes (from focus to spherical). This loop was successfully run on-sky at the Subaru Telescope and is used to offset the SCExAO deformable mirror shape used as a zero-point by the high-order wavefront sensor. The paper precises the range of errors this wavefront sensing approach can operate within and explores the impact of saturation of the data and how it can be bypassed, at a cost in performance. Beyond...

  2. Estímulo ao desenvolvimento infantil: produção do conhecimento em enfermagem

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    Bruna Cristine Peres Falbo

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo teve como objetivo identificar as ações de enfermagem para estímulo ao desenvolvimento infantil, em periódicos nacionais e internacionais, no período de 2000 a 2009. Revisão integrativa da literatura, nas bases de dados Medline e Lilacs, com análise de quinze artigos. Os resultados apontam o lúdico como essencial ao desenvolvimento infantil, devendo ser explorado pela enfermagem por meio da arte, música, brinquedos e teatro. Amenizar o estresse da hospitalização com adequação ambiental reduz o seu impacto sobre o desenvolvimento infantil. Orientar e intervir nos inter-relacionamentos são ações de enfermagem para o desenvolvimento social e comportamental infantil. Os temas abordados na literatura são fundamentais para uma prática de enfermagem no cuidado integral à saúde da criança.

  3. Estrutura e processo assistencial de enfermagem ao paciente com câncer

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    Nilce Piva Adami

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    Full Text Available Esta pesquisa objetivou avaliar a estrutura para o atendimento ao paciente com câncer e o processo asssistencial em quimioterapia antineoplásica. Foi realizada em seis unidades de internação e uma ambulatorial de um hospital universitário, utilizando-se a observação sistematizada e entrevista semi-estruturada, no período de janeiro a junho de 1996. Constatou-se que existem deficiências na área física e instalações das unidades estudadas. O pessoal de enfermagem, de modo geral, não possui preparo formal em Oncologia, com exceção do Setor de Quimioterapia. Verificou-se falta de sistematização da assistência de enfermagem e diferenças entre as unidades estudadas no que tange aos aspectos técnico-organizacionais da administração de antineoplásicos, bem como na interação entre profissionais e pacientes atendidos. As inadequações observadas poderiam ser minimizadas com uma política que contemple o aumento do financiamento do setor público da saúde, a implantação da sistematização da assistência e a inclusão da Oncologia na educação permanente do pessoal de enfermagem.

  4. Good practice and successful experience of cooperation at Daya Bay and Ling Ao

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    Electricite de France, (EDF) in the late sixties and China through 10. 5-year Plan adopted the same approach of standardized NPPs to benefit from the series effect and to increase and speed up self reliance and localization. This approach also allows to continuously gather the feedback from design, construction and operation and to use it to constantly improve future and present nuclear power plants, by optimizing design features, construction phase and generation performances for safety, quality, cost and schedule aspects. Daya Bay NPP put into commercial operation in 1994 is posting high level safety and operation results. At Ling Ao NPP Chinese engineers of LANPC, with the contribution of the Chinese industry, have efficiency and successfully managed engineering, construction and operation preparation. GNPJVC / LANPC and EDF are developing permanent and mutual experience feedback exchanges in all areas of engineering, maintenance and operation. The results of the cooperation and transfer of experience between the Chinese nuclear power industry and EDF at Daya Bay and Ling Ao are exemplary. The mutual confidence which has been gained provides the necessary basis to develop this cooperation on a long-term basis, particularly to face the new current challenges related to energy market opening and sustainable development policy implementation. (authors)

  5. A vulnerabilidade social aos perigos naturais e tecnológicos em Portugal

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    José Manuel Mendes

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo apresenta‑se um novo modelo de análise da vulnerabilidade social aos perigos naturais e tecnológicos. O índice utilizado nesta análise permite a estruturação da avaliação da vulnerabilidade em duas dimensões: as vulnerabilidades das populações e comunidades (criticidade e a vulnerabilidade territorial (capacidade de suporte, os quais reflectem a exposição ou a vulnerabilidade biofísica, a resiliência social e a capacidade de suporte infraestrutural. Este novo índice de vulnerabilidade social é aplicado ao sistema territorial de Portugal continental, tendo por base a escala municipal e submunicipal, apreendendo a resiliência social dos indivíduos, dos grupos e das comunidades face a acontecimentos extremos. Os resultados obtidos evidenciam o papel crucial da escala na análise dos processos relacionados com a vulnerabilidade social. Propõe‑se que a cartografia das áreas e dos grupos mais vulneráveis, bem como a identificação dos factores desencadeantes, podem constituir um contributo relevante para os programas de ordenamento e de planeamento destinados a mitigar os riscos e as vulnerabilidades do território.

  6. Feto morto: atuação da enfermeira frente ao sentimento materno

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    Anna Maria Hecker Luz

    1989-12-01

    Full Text Available As mães de natimortos, de gravidez desejada ou não, são criaturas que desde a constatação daquela morte, permanecem, por um período de aproximadamente um mês, profundamente contristadas, deprimidas, com sentimento de solidão e questionando acerca da vida. Nestas condições, torna-se importante um adequado acompanhamento destas pacientes; ao princípio, pela equipe dos centros obstétricos; subseqüentemente, pela equipe de atendimento das unidades de internação obstétrica; finalmente, pelos próprios familiares das paciente, já no âmbito domiciliar. A preparação de todas estas pessoas, que de alguma forma participam desta assistência, é objeto de discussão neste artigo, visando ao delineamento dum modelo de assistência de enfermagem para essas mães.

  7. A ação do Baygon (OMS-33 no combate ao Panstrongylus megistus

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    Ítalo A. Sherlock

    1977-06-01

    Full Text Available Durante o ano de 1972 a 1975 o Baygon (OMS-33 2 - isopropoxifenil - N - metil - carbamato foi utilizado no combate ao P. megistus numa pequena área de 200 casas no Estado da Bahia endêmica para a doença de Chagas. Somente na dosagem de 1,6mg/m², em duas aplicações anuais, os resultados foram considerados satisfatórios, Devido ao elevado custo do produto, é considerado que ele não possa ser utilizado em campanhas profiláticas do governo, podendo entretanto ser utilizado por fazendeiros de recursos em suas próprias fazendas protegendo-se assim contra a proliferação dos vetores da Doença de Chagas.From 1972 to 1975, 200 dwellings were sprayed with Baygon (OMS-33 2 - isopropoxifenil-N-metil-carbamate, to control Panstrongylus megistus the vector of Trypanosoma cruzi in an endemic Chagas' disease area in the State of Bahia, Brazil. A dose of only 1.6 mg/m² of Baygon sprayed twice a year was considered satisfactory for controlling P. megistus. However, the high cost of Baygon prohibits its use on large scale control programs. Nevertheless, the Authors suggest that Baygon can be useful in eliminatíng vector bugs from individuais houses by those who can afford it.

  8. Trabalho em turnos: estado geral de saúde relacionado ao sono em trabalhadores de enfermagem

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    Sandra Soares Mendes

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi identificar os sintomas referentes ao estado geral de saúde associado ao trabalho em turnos de enfermagem e relacioná-los com a qualidade do sono. O estudo foi realizado no Hospital da Irmandade da Santa Casa de Poços de Caldas, Minas Gerais. Participaram 136 profissionais de enfermagem, com média de idade de 33,1 anos, divididos nas seguintes categorias: enfermeiro (8,1%; técnico de enfermagem (80,9%; auxiliar de enfermagem dos turnos diurno e noturno (11%. Os sintomas de saúde foram identificados a partir do Inventário de Estado Geral de Saúde, e a qualidade do sono foi avaliada pelo Diário do Sono. Os dados foram estatisticamente significativos pelo Teste Qui-Quadrado (p=0,021 para a presença do sintoma de flatulência ou distensão abdominal no turno noturno. Constatou-se com a análise de regressão linear múltipla que os sujeitos do turno diurno que apresentaram os sintomas de má digestão (às vezes ou sempre e irritabilidade (sempre tiveram pior qualidade de sono noturno.

  9. Prevenção ao crime e teoria social Crime prevention and social theory

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    João Trajano Sento-Sé

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available O artigo estabelece um diálogo entre a criminologia positivista e algumas correntes contemporâneas da prevenção ao crime inspiradas em teorias sociológicas. Através desse exercício, busca-se evidenciar que algumas das formulações focadas no campo da prevenção já aparecem, em estado embrionário, na agenda teórica positivista. Do mesmo modo, torna-se possível explicitar que alguns postulados empíricos e práticos do positivismo são menos estranhos às teorias contemporâneas de prevenção ao crime do que se costuma reconhecer.The article establishes a dialogue between positivist criminology and some contemporary currents on crime prevention inspired in sociological theories. Through this exercise, we seek to highlight that some of the formulations focused in the preventions field appear, in embryonic state, in the positivist theoretical agenda. Likewise, it is possible to explicit that some empirical and practical tenets of positivism are less foreign to contemporary theories of crime prevention than is usually recognized.

  10. A família e o cuidado ao idoso dependente: estudo de caso

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    Camila Araújo Montezuma

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available O estudo objetivou conhecer o significado de ser cuidador para a família cuidadora de idoso dependente por Alzheimer e identificar as responsabilidades da família em relação aos cuidados prestados. Estudo de caso realizado com nove cuidadores, no domicílio do idoso, no segundo semestre de 2006. Utilizou-se a entrevista semi-estruturada com os cuidadores. Os preceitos éticos foram obedecidos. Com as falas identificaram-se duas categorias empíricas: o significado de ser cuidador como opcão ou obrigação e o cuidado ao idoso dependente exige responsabilidade. Verificou-se que os cuidadores assumem esse papel por obrigação, como situação imposta, e, ainda, que o dia-a-dia do cuidador é bastante modificado pela doença de seu dependente, além de ser um evento de estresse, pela exigência dos constantes ajustes na vida do cuidador, bem como as novas atividades, compromissos e adaptações advindas no desempenho do cuidado do idoso com condição crônica e degenerativa.

  11. Robotic Laser-Adaptive-Optics Imaging of 715 Kepler Exoplanet Candidates using Robo-AO

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    Law, Nicholas M; Baranec, Christoph; Riddle, Reed; Ravichandran, Ganesh; Ziegler, Carl; Johnson, John Asher; Tendulkar, Shriharsh P; Bui, Khanh; Burse, Mahesh P; Das, H K; Dekany, Richard G; Kulkarni, Shrinivas; Punnadi, Sujit; Ramaprakash, A N

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    The Robo-AO Kepler Planetary Candidate Survey is designed to observe every Kepler planet candidate host star with laser adaptive optics imaging to search for blended nearby stars, which may be physically associated companions and/or responsible for transit false positives. In this paper we present the results from the 2012 observing season, searching for stars close to 715 representative Kepler planet candidate hosts. We find 53 companions, 44 of which are new discoveries. We detail the Robo-AO survey data reduction methods including a method of using the large ensemble of target observations as mutual point-spread-function references, along with a new automated companion-detection algorithm designed for large adaptive optics surveys. Our survey is sensitive to objects from 0.15" to 2.5" separation, with contrast ratios up to delta-m~6. We measure an overall nearby-star-probability for Kepler planet candidates of 7.4% +/- 1.0%, and calculate the effects of each detected nearby star on the Kepler-measured plan...

  12. DIREITO AO LAZER E LEGISLAÇÃO VIGENTE NO BRASIL

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    Marcela Andresa Semeghini Pereira

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo desta pesquisa é  discutir o direito ao lazer que, apesar de não ser juridicamente sistematizado na legislação, podemos encontrá-lo de forma pulverizada na Constituição Federal e na CLT (Consolidação das Leis do Trabalho. O estudo de tal tema tem sido essencialmente voltado à vertente social e psicológica da sua prática a discussão jurídica é praticamente inexistente. Com esta pesquisa pretende-se apresentar aspectos da legislação do trabalho, conceitos e teorias sobre o lazer e sua história que sedesenvolveu junto à do Direito do Trabalho.  A metodologia utilizada foi basicamente a doutrina que trata do  Direito do Trabalho e consequentemente do Direito ao Lazertambém as leis, tendo em vista que este direito se encontra  disperso em todo ordenamento jurídico.

  13. O panorama das Drogas no México: da margem da sociedade ao centro da cultura

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    Diana Palaversich

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    Full Text Available O artigo destaca o percurso das manifestações culturais ligadas ao tráfico de drogas no México, de um lugar marginal, de subcultura, na sociedade mexicana das décadas de 1970 e 1980, expressas principalmente através dos narcocorridos e do narcocine, para um lugar no mainstream cultural mexicano, desde o início do século 21, com destaque especial para a narcoliteratura. O aumento da violência, provocado pela guerra ao narcotráfico, produz uma proliferação da temática nos meios de comunicação e se reflete em áreas da cultura como as artes plásticas e a literatura, produzindo um novo tipo de expressão artística ou narrativa, que tanto pode ser oportunista e contribuir para a banalização da violência do narcotráfico como ser crítica e narrar o impacto individual e coletivo do tráfico de drogas, narrar a desenfreada e violenta realidade mexicana sem cair no estilo da imprensa marrom, do folclore ou dos lugares comuns dos romances de ação.

  14. Do imaginário ao real: mitos e medos acerca do parto normal.

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    Denismar Borges de MIRANDA

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: conhecer mitos e medos relacionados ao parto normal segundo primigestas ao término da gestação, e a confirmação ou não destes mitos e/ou medos durante o puerpério tardio. Método: trata-se de pesquisa descritiva com abordagem qualitativa utilizando a técnica de entrevista aberta em profundidade e aplicação de questionários em dois momentos distintos: inicialmente na condição de gestante e posteriormente como puérperas. Os dados foram levantados em uma maternidade pública na cidade de Goiânia após aprovação do comitê de ética em pesquisa (0004.0.168.000-08; análise de conteúdo foi estabelecida para identificação das categorias temáticas. Resultados: emergiram três categorias: A chegada de um bebê, O verdadeiro significado do parto normal e Mitos e medos que permeiam o nascimento. Conclusão: a dor foi identificada como principal fator cultural que interfere na escolha pelo tipo de parto em primigestas. E o parto normal esteve associado à desmistificação acerca do nascimento pelas puérperas.

  15. Resistência de plantas daninhas aos herbicidas Weed resistance to herbicides

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    Pedro J. Christoffoleti

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available A resistência de plantas daninhas aos herbicidas ocorre em função de um processo evolutivo. O desenvolvimento de biótipos de plantas daninhas resistentes é imposto pela agricultura moderna, através da pressão de seleção causada pelo uso intensivo dos herbicidas. O conhecimento dos mecanismos e fatores que favorecem o aparecimento de biótipos de plantas daninhas resistentes é fundamental para que técnicas de manejo sejam utilizadas no sentido de evitar ou retardar o aparecimento de plantas resistentes em uma área. São poucos os relatos ou citações de literatura no Brasil. Sendo assim, este trabalho de revisão procura relatar os principais avanços e descobertas na área de plantas daninhas resistentes aos herbicidas.Weed herbicide resistance has evolved from weed evolution. The modern agriculture is responsible for this evolution because of the intensive use of herbicides. The knowledge of mechanisms and factors that influence the weed herbicide resistance play an important role in the weed manegement techniques used to avoid or delay herbicide resistance appearence. There are not many report or scientific papers about herbi cide resistance in Brasil. Therefore, this literature review aims to provide information about the main advances and discoveries in the field of weed herbicide resistance.

  16. A Teoria da Resposta ao Item: possíveis contribuições aos estudos em marketing The Item Response Theory: possible contributions to marketing studies

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    Danielle Ramos de Miranda Pereira

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A constatação da ampla utilização de escalas multidimensionais por parte dos pesquisadores da área de marketing motivou a elaboração de um artigo com o propósito de discutir a aplicação da Teoria da Resposta ao Item (TRI, bem como apresentar a essa área um método que tem se mostrado bastante eficaz na estimação de construtos comportamentais. Sendo assim, o artigo apresenta uma discussão sobre a TRI, ressaltando seus avanços em relação à Teoria Clássica do Teste (TCT e suas aplicações tradicionais no campo da psicometria e da avaliação educacional. Para verificar sua aplicabilidade nos estudos de marketing, julgou-se adequado conduzir uma aplicação prática da TRI em um estudo envolvendo uma escala já bastante utilizada pelos pesquisadores - a de orientação de mercado (Escala MkTor proposta por Narver e Slater (1990. Os resultados da aplicação demonstraram que, embora o modelo da TRI proposto possa ser considerado satisfatório para a aplicação no contexto da Orientação para o Mercado, existem muitos desafios a serem enfrentados por novos estudos como a construção de uma escala com interpretação prática, indicando o que significa para uma empresa possuir um nível de maturidade associado a um determinado construto. As considerações finais ressaltam que a grande contribuição do artigo aos estudos em marketing é a apresentação de um método alternativo para estimar de forma mais apurada os construtos e avaliar a qualidade dos itens das escalas.The widespread utilization of multidimensional scales by researchers in field of marketing have motivated the conduction of a study to discuss the application of the Item Response Theory (IRT as well as presenting a method that has proved very effective in the estimation of behavioral constructs. Therefore, this article presents a discussion about IRT highlighting its advances regarding the Classical Theory of Tests (CTT and its traditional applications in the

  17. Teoria da resposta ao item aplicada ao Inventário de Depressão Beck Item response theory applied to the Beck Depression Inventory

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    Stela Maris de Jezus Castro

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    Full Text Available O Inventário de Depressão Beck (BDI, uma escala que mede o traço latente de intensidade de sintomas depressivos, pode ser avaliado através da Teoria da Resposta ao Item (TRI. Este estudo utilizou o modelo TRI de Resposta Gradual na avaliação da intensidade de sintomas depressivos de 4.025 indivíduos que responderam ao BDI, de modo a explorar eficientemente a informação disponível nos diferentes aspectos possibilitados pelo uso desta metodologia. O ajuste foi efetuado no software PARSCALE. Foram identificados 13 itens do BDI nos quais pelo menos uma categoria de resposta não tinha chance maior que as demais de ser escolhida, de modo que estes itens tiveram de ser recategorizados. Os itens com maior capacidade de discriminação são relativos à tristeza, pessimismo, sentimento de fracasso, insatisfação, auto-aversão, indecisão e dificuldade para trabalhar. Os itens mais graves são aqueles relacionados com perda de peso, retraimento social e idéias suicidas. O grupo dos 202 indivíduos com as maiores intensidades de sintomas depressivos foi composto por 74% de mulheres, e praticamente 84% possuíam diagnóstico de algum transtorno psiquiátrico. Os resultados evidenciam alguns dos inúmeros ganhos advindos da utilização da TRI na análise de traços latentes.The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI, a scale that measures the latent trait intensity of depression symptoms, can be assessed by the Item Response Theory (IRT. This study used the Graded-Response model (GRM to assess the intensity of depressive symptoms in 4,025 individuals who responded to the BDI, in order to efficiently use the information available on different aspects enabled by the use of this methodology. The fit of this model was done in PARSCALE software. We identified 13 items of the BDI in which at least one response category was not more likely than others to be chosen, so that these items had to be categorized again. The items with greater power of

  18. Resistência ao cisalhamento e grau de intemperismo de cinco solos na região de Lavras (MG

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    Full Text Available Atualmente os parâmetros da resistência ao cisalhamento dos solos podem ser uma ferramenta muito útil na estabilização de taludes e recuperação de voçorocas, bem como na adoção de práticas mecânicas de conservação para os solos agrícolas. Com o objetivo de avaliar a resistência ao cisalhamento de cinco solos da região de Lavras (MG e sua relação com o grau de intemperismo, realizou-se um experimento, utilizando uma prensa de cisalhamento direto, a qual permite ensaiar amostras indeformadas de solos. Essas amostras foram coletadas na profundidade de 0-0,03 m e submetidas ao ensaio de cisalhamento, para a definição das envoltórias de resistência e obtenção da coesão aparente (C e o ângulo de atrito interno (φ. Observou-se que C, de forma geral, foi maior para solos que apresentaram maior densidade, umidade a -0,01 MPa e maior teor de areia. Os valores de (φ foram maiores nos solos com maiores teores de argila. O Latossolo Vermelho-Amarelo distrófico (LVAd e o Argissolo Vermelho-Amarelo distrófico típico (PVAd, com densidades do solo, teores de areia e umidade a -0,01MPa maiores, apresentaram maiores resistências ao cisalhamento em relação ao Latossolo Vermelho distrófico (LVd, Cambissolo Háplico Tb distrófico (CXbd e Latossolo Vermelho distroférrico (LVdf, que apresentaram maiores teores de argila e matéria orgânica. Para a classe dos Latossolos, a resistência ao cisalhamento foi maior onde os índices Ki e Kr foram mais elevados, graças à estrutura em blocos apresentada pelo LVAd, que condicionou maior resistência ao cisalhamento. Do ponto de vista da resistência ao cisalhamento, os solos LVAd e PVAd mostraram-se mais resistentes a voçorocamento e ao preparo do solo.

  19. Fatores associados aos sintomas depressivos em idosos: estudo EpiFloripa

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    Lucelia Justino Borges

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO Analisar a prevalência e fatores associados a sintomas depressivos em idosos. MÉTODOS Estudo epidemiológico transversal e de base domiciliar (inquérito EpiFloripa Idoso com 1.656 idosos, realizado por conglomerados em dois estágios, setores censitários e domicílios, em Florianópolis, SC. A prevalência de sintomas depressivos (desfecho foi obtida por meio da Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-15, e testadas associações segundo variáveis sociodemográficas, de saúde, comportamentais e sociais. Foram calculadas razões de prevalências brutas e ajustadas com intervalo de 95% de confiança por regressão de Poisson. RESULTADOS A prevalência de sintomas depressivos foi de 23,9% (IC95% 21,84;26,01. Os fatores de risco associados no modelo final foram: escolaridade de cinco a oito anos (RP = 1,50; IC95% 1,08; 2,08, um a quatro anos (RP = 1,62; IC95% 1,18; 2,23 e nenhum ano de estudo (RP = 2,11; IC95% 1,46;3,05; situação econômica pior quando comparada com a que tinha aos 50 anos (RP = 1,33; IC95% 1,02;1,74; déficit cognitivo (RP = 1,45; IC95% 1,21;1,75; percepção de saúde regular (RP = 1,95; IC95% 1,47;2,60 e ruim (RP = 2,64; IC95% 1,82;3,83; dependência funcional (RP = 1,83; IC95% 1,43; 2,33; e dor crônica (RP = 1,35; IC95% 1,10;1,67. Grupo etário de 70 a 79 anos (RP = 0,77; IC95% 0,64;0,93; atividade física de lazer (RP = 0,75; IC95% 0,59;0,94; participação em grupos de convivência ou religiosos (RP = 0,80; IC95% 0,64;0,99; e ter relação sexual (RP = 0,70; IC95% 0,53;0,94 mostraram-se fatores protetores ao aparecimento dos sintomas depressivos. CONCLUSÕES Situação clínica adversa, desvantagem socioeconômica e pouca atividade social e sexual mostraram-se associadas aos sintomas depressivos em idosos.

  20. Prevalência e fatores associados ao doping cosmético entre frequentadores de academias

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    Jhonatan Lima-Oliveira

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Introdução: O crescente culto ao corpo na sociedade atual tem levado diversos frequentadores de academia à prática sistemática de injetar óleos por via intramuscular, procedimento denominado doping cosmético. Assim, o presente estudo teve como objetivo verificar a prevalência de doping cosmético na região do Vale do São Francisco, buscando estabelecer os perfis sociodemográfico e clínico desse grupo de indivíduos. Relato de caso: Trata-se de um estudo retrospectivo e documental, com análise dos registros de 346 frequentadores de academias de ginástica, dos quais sete relataram utilização de doping cosmético. Destes registros, foram coletados dados sociodemográficos, cineantropométricos, hemodinâmicos, história patológica pessoal e familiar pregressa e de consumo de drogas lícitas e ilícitas. A prevalência de doping cosmético foi 2,0% (IC95% 0,8–4,1, e a maioria dos usuários são adultos jovens com segundo grau completo, trabalhadores de classe média, sendo considerados ativos com baixo percentual de gordura. Eles utilizam suplementos alimentares, esteroides anabolizantes e outras drogas ilícitas. Conclusão: Os achados contribuem na determinação do perfil dessa população, demonstrando que os usuários de doping cosmético são adultos jovens preocupados com a estética corporal. As características sociodemográficas encontradas diferem de estudos prévios quanto ao nível de escolaridade, renda e ocupação. Nesse sentido, ações voltadas para a conscientização dessa população quanto aos riscos e perigos da utilização do doping cosmético devem ser apoiadas o mais breve possível.