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  1. Dosimetric intercomparison between protons and electrons therapies applied to retinoblastoma; Intercomparacao dosimetrica entre terapias de protons e eletrons aplicada ao retinoblastoma

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    Braga, Flavia Vieira

    2008-07-01

    In this work we propose a construction of a simple human eye model in order to simulate the dosimetric response for a treatment with protons and electrons in a retinoblastoma cancer. The computational tool used in this simulation was the Geant4 code, in the version 4.9.1, all these package are free and permit simulate the interaction of radiation with matter. In our simulation we use a box with 4 cm side, with water, for represent the human eye. The simulation was performed considering mono energetics beams of protons and electrons with energy range between 50 and 70 MeV for protons and 2 and 10 MeV for electrons. The simulation was based on the advanced hadron therapy example of the Geant 4 code. In these example the phantom is divided in voxels with 0.2 mm side and it is generated the energy deposited in each voxel. The simulation results show the energy deliver in each voxel, with these energie we can calculate the dose deposited in that region. We can see the dose profile of, proton and electron, and we can see in both cases that for protons the position of delivered dose is well know, that happen in the position where the proton stop, for electrons the energies is delivered along the way and pass the desired position for high dose deposition. (author)

  2. Biotecnologia aplicada ao desenvolvimento de vacinas

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    Mariana de Oliveira Diniz

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available As vacinas representam a estratégia de intervenção com a melhor relação custo-benefício até hoje aplicada em saúde pública. Avanços biotecnológicos em diversas áreas de pesquisa têm contribuído para o desenvolvimento de formulações mais seguras e eficazes. Além disso, a aplicação de ferramentas biotecnológicas no desenvolvimento de vacinas tem provocado mudanças na maneira como pensamos e produzimos esses reagentes tanto para uso em humanos como em animais. Essas tecnologias trazem perspectivas de que, em futuro próximo, vacinas para o controle de doenças infecciosas e degenerativas ainda não passíveis de prevenção possam estar disponíveis. Em particular, vacinas com efeitos terapêuticos, embora representem um enorme desafio a ser vencido, tornam-se cada vez próximas da realidade e, certamente, terão um impacto enorme no tratamento de diversas doenças, como em algumas formas de câncer.Vaccines represent the intervention strategy with the best cost-benefit ratio so far applied in public health. Biotechnological advances in various areas of vaccine research have contributed to the development of safer and more effective formulations. Moreover, application of biotechnology tools to vaccine development has caused changes in the way we think and produce these reagents both for use in humans and animals. Such technologies bring renewed perspectives that, in the near future, vaccines for the control of several non-preventable infectious and degenerative diseases will be available. In particular, the development of vaccines with therapeutic effects, although representing a huge challenge, are getting closer to reality and will have a tremendous impact in the treatment of several diseases such as some cancer forms.

  3. Retinoblastoma

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    Aerts Isabelle

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Retinoblastoma is a rare eye tumor of childhood that arises in the retina. It is the most common intraocular malignancy of infancy and childhood; with an incidence of 1/15,000–20,000 live births. The two most frequent symptoms revealing retinoblastoma are leukocoria and strabismus. Iris rubeosis, hypopyon, hyphema, buphthalmia, orbital cellulites and exophthalmia may also be observed. Sixty per cent of retinoblastomas are unilateral and most of these forms are not hereditary (median age at diagnosis two years. Retinoblastoma is bilateral in 40% of cases (median age at diagnosis one year. All bilateral and multifocal unilateral forms are hereditary. Hereditary retinoblastoma constitutes a cancer predisposition syndrome: a subject constitutionally carrying an RB1 gene mutation has a greater than 90% risk of developing retinoblastoma but is also at increased risk of developing other types of cancers. Diagnosis is made by fundoscopy. Ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and computed tomography (CT scans may contribute to diagnosis. Management of patients with retinoblastoma must take into account the various aspects of the disease: the visual risk, the possibly hereditary nature of the disease, the life-threatening risk. Enucleation is still often necessary in unilateral disease; the decision for adjuvant treatment is taken according to the histological risk factors. Conservative treatment for at least one eye is possible in most of the bilateral cases. It includes laser alone or combined with chemotherapy, cryotherapy and brachytherapy. The indication for external beam radiotherapy should be restricted to large ocular tumors and diffuse vitreous seeding because of the risk of late effects, including secondary sarcoma. Vital prognosis, related to retinoblastoma alone, is now excellent in patients with unilateral or bilateral forms of retinoblastoma. Long term follow-up and early counseling regarding the risk of second primary

  4. Retinoblastoma

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    Early symptoms of retinoblastoma (leukocoria, strabismus) and the various steps of the diagnosis and differential diagnosis are reviewed. Retrolental fibroplasia, larva migrans, Coats disease, and above all uveitis are the main differential diagnoses. Pathologic features that allow the diagnosis and have a bearing on the prognosis are described. Genetic factors involved in the genesis of retinoblastoma are reviewed, including recent data provides by molecular biology studies of chromosome 13. Currently available treatments include enucleation, external beam radiation, iodine-125 disks, xenon photo-coagulation, cryo-application, chemotherapy, and carbo-platinum combined with diode laser hyperthermia. The indications of each of these methods in intra- and extra-ocular retinoblastomas are discussed, as well as results and complications. Emphasis is put on the high risk of a second cancer. 47 refs., 4 figs

  5. Retinoblastoma

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    Retinoblastoma is a rare, highly malignant tumour of the retina which predominantly affects young children. The growth originates from single or multiple foci in the retina of one or both eyes. The tumour may occur either sporadically or may be inherited. Retinoblastoma is extra-ordinary in its medical, genetic and therapeutic significance. The irradiation method which has been used for the conservative treatment of retinoblastoma at Utrecht since 1971 is described. Treatment is carried out on a 6 MeV or 8 MeV linear accelerator using a lateral D-shaped field of 26x32 mm2. This D-shaped field is especially contoured to irradiate the entire retina with sparing of the radiosensitive lens as much as possible. Between 1971 and 1980, 30 children with retinoblastoma have received irradiation to at least one eye using the accurate irradiation technique. The results of treatment of these patients are presented. In the treatment it is not always possible to entirely exclude the lens from the treatment field. As a consequence, cataract may be induced. (Auth.)

  6. Diferentes metodologias aplicadas ao ensino de astronomia no Ensino Médio

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    Albrecht, E.; Voelzke, M. R.

    2009-03-01

    O presente trabalho de intervenção foi realizado junto à Escola Estadual Colònia dos Pescadores na cidade de Caraguatatuba, com très turmas do terceiro ano do Ensino Médio, envolvendo 119 alunos com idades entre 16 e 19 anos. A fase inicial foi composta de um questionário de vinte questíes dissertativas e objetivas, aplicado pelo professor titular da sala, que era o mesmo nas très turmas, para diagnosticar nos educandos os conceitos prévios sobre Astronomia e, partindo destes realizar um trabalho de intervenção nas classes envolvidas utilizando, em cada uma, metodologias diferentes: (A) sob forma de seminários, elaborados e apresentados pelos educandos, no qual o educador faz apenas as intervençíes necessárias; (B) de forma tradicional, com auxílio de multimídias para desenvolvimento das aulas e a terceira (C) tradicional, fazendo uso exclusivo de lousa e giz. Ao final do trabalho os alunos responderam novamente o questionário inicial para diagnosticar dentre as très metodologias utilizadas qual apresentou melhores aplicaçíes, os resultados iniciais foram comparados com os finais. Quando questionados a respeito do significado de Astronomia observou-se inicialmente que os acertos na turma A foram de 100%, turma B: 64%, turma C: 84%, após a intervenção os acertos foram: 100%, 97% e 85% respectivamente, demonstrando que houve um avanço significativo na turma B, a turma A manteve seu índice e a turma C evoluiu, porém não tanto quanto a B. Quando interrogados sobre quantos planetas vocè acha que existem em nosso Sistema Solar? os acertos foram: turma A: 39%, turma B: 48% e turma C: 46%, após o desenvolvimento do trabalho os acertos foram 94%, 97% e 90% respectivamente. Dentro das respostas obtidas observa-se que a metodologia tradicional com o auxílio de multimeios, aplicada na turma B, demonstrou melhores resultados, sendo a mais significativa. Outra conclusão muito importante é que apesar de o tema Astronomia ser amplamente

  7. 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...

  8. Análise do conceito de tecnologia educacional em enfermagem aplicada ao paciente

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    Aline Cruz Esmeraldo Áfio

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo fue analizar el concepto de tecnología educacional, producido por la Enfermería, aplicada al paciente. Se utilizó el Modelo de Evolución de Análisis del Concepto, identificándose antecedentes, atributos, y consecuentes. Se seleccionaron 13 artículos para análisis, donde se identificaron los antecedentes: deficiencia de conocimiento, escasez de tiempo de los profesionales de enfermería, optimización del trabajo da enfermería, necesidad de alcanzar metas de pacientes; atributos: herramienta, estrategia, abordaje innovador, enfoque pedagógico, mediadora de conocimientos, forma creativa de estimular la adquisición de competencias, instrumento de producción de salud; consecuentes: mejora de calidad de vida, estímulo a comportamientos saludables, empoderamiento, reflexión y vínculo. Se enfatiza la importancia de las tecnologías educacionales para la atención de enfermería, al dinamizar actividades de educación en salud.

  9. Realidade aumentada aplicada ao processo de ensino/aprendizagem. Estudo de caso.

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    Magalhães, Paulo

    2010-01-01

    Nas últimas décadas temos assistido a um avanço tecnológico a todos os níveis mas com particular incidência ao nível do hardware e dos dispositivos móveis. Estes tornaram-­‐se cada vez mais leves e mais baratos, e transferiram-­‐se do escritório para o carro, para os equipamentos e para os utensílios. A quantidade de informação (digital) disponível no meio envolvente aumentou de forma exponencial exigindo uma resposta tecnológica com o intuito de melhorar/facilitar o seu acesso...

  10. Meta heurística tabu search aplicada ao problema de projeto de redes de transporte

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    Leonardo Campo DalI'Orto; José Eugenio Leal; Teodor Gabriel Crainic

    2009-01-01

    Na otimização clássica o problema de projetos de redes de serviço é formulado como um problema inteiro misto. Esta abordagem resulta em uma formulação com um número grande de variáveis e restrições. Utilizar técnicas de enumeração para resolver este problema é extremamente dispendioso em relação ao tempo computacional, quando se trabalha em um contexto dinâmico este problema é ainda mais contundente. Nossa idéia é decompor a rede em vários subproblemas enraizados em um terminal (nó) ...

  11. Espectrometria de massa aplicada ao estudo da reacção de Maillard

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    Saraiva, Marco António Gomes, 1977-

    2007-01-01

    Tese de doutoramento em Química (Química Analítica), apresentada à Universidade de Lisboa através da Faculdade de Ciências, 2008 A reacção de Maillard tem a sua bem reconhecida importância no campo da química alimentar e, mais recentemente, in vivo. Os grupos amina de aminoácidos, como a lisina e a arginina, têm um destaque particular ao nível da reacção de Maillard, dada a sua importante reactividade. Apesar da referida reacção respeitar às modificações dos grupos amina de aminoácidos com...

  12. Análise de Risco aplicada aos alimentos no Brasil: perspectivas e desafios Risk Analysis applied to food safety in Brazil: prospects and challenges

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    Ana Virgínia de Almeida Figueiredo; Maria Spínola Miranda

    2011-01-01

    Trata-se de um estudo de caso no qual se discutiram as ideias do Comitê do Codex Alimentarius do Brasil (CCAB), coordenado pelo Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Normalização e Qualidade Industrial (Inmetro) sobre a norma Codex Alimentarius de Análise de Risco aplicada aos alimentos (AR). Os objetivos deste trabalho foram identificar e analisar a opinião dos membros do CCAB sobre AR e levantar as propostas para a adoção desta norma no país, destacando as limitações e as potencialidades locais...

  13. Aspectos computacionais da implementaçao da formulaçao diferencial aplicada à análise reológica de barragens de concreto

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    Longo, Henrique I.; Fairbairn, Eduardo M.; Pereira, Geraldo L.

    1991-01-01

    Neste artigo sáo apresentadas as formulaçóes integral e diferencial para a modelizacão matemática do problema reológico do concreto, assim como a correspondencia entre as duas formulaçoes. Sáo então apresentados exemplos numéricos visando uma comparacáo da eficiencia computacional de algoritmos baseados nos dois tipos de modelizaçao. Peer Reviewed

  14. ANÁLISE DAS NORMAS BRASILEIRAS DE CONTABILIDADE APLICADAS AO SETOR PÚBLICO (NBCASP: UM ESTUDO NAS UNIDADES DA FEDERAÇÃO DO BRASIL

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    Francisca Francivânia Rodrigues Ribeiro Macêdo

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo é descrever a aderência das Unidades da Federação do Brasil às Normas Brasileiras de Contabilidade Aplicadas ao Setor Público. A metodologia utilizada na pesquisa configura–se como descritiva, com abordagem qualitativa, realizada por meio de pesquisa documental. Os dados da pesquisa revelam que no exercício de 2010, 2011 e 2012 o disclosure dos órgãos públicos do Estado no que concerne à aderência às Normas Brasileiras de Contabilidade Aplicadas ao Setor Público (NBCASP que convergem com as International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS ainda é incipiente. Ressalta-se que pontos importantes constantes nas normas NBCT 16.3 e NBCT 16.8, que versam, respectivamente, sobre a divulgação do PPA, LDO e Controle Interno ainda não são respeitados, mesmo que tais itens tenham sua divulgação obrigatória exigida na Constituição Federal e pela Lei de Responsabilidade Fiscal. Observou-se também que das 27 unidades federativas, apenas os Estados de Minas Gerais, Maranhão, Rio Grande do Norte, Sergipe, Bahia, Acre, Amazonas, Roraima, Tocantins, Goiás, Mato Grosso e Mato Grosso do Sul não evidenciaram a conta intitulada intangível. Nenhum dos Estados evidenciou a Demonstração do Fluxo de Caixa e a Demonstração do Resultado Econômico ou se mencionou algo sobre o sistema de custos ou a avaliação das disponibilidades e direitos e títulos de crédito. Conclui-se que os Estados brasileiros ainda não estão preparados para iniciar a divulgação obrigatória segundo as NBCASP, dado o nível de disclosure evidenciado até o momento.

  15. 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

    2010-09-01

    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

  16. Genetics Home Reference: retinoblastoma

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    ... Help Me Understand Genetics Home Health Conditions retinoblastoma retinoblastoma Enable Javascript to view the expand/collapse boxes. Download PDF Open All Close All Description Retinoblastoma is a rare type of eye cancer that ...

  17. What is Retinoblastoma?

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    ... are the key statistics about retinoblastoma? What is retinoblastoma? Cancer starts when cells begin to grow out ... visual cortex , allowing us to see. How does retinoblastoma develop? The eyes develop very early as babies ...

  18. IVF and retinoblastoma revisited.

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    Dommering, C.J.; Hout, A.H. van der; Meijers-Heijboer, H.; Marees, T.; Moll, A.C.

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the suggested association between IVF, retinoblastoma, and tumor methylation characteristics. DESIGN: Laboratory analysis. SETTING: National Retinoblastoma Center in the Netherlands. PATIENT(S): Retinoblastoma tumors from seven children conceived by IVF or intracytoplasmic spe

  19. IVF and retinoblastoma revisited

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    Dommering, Charlotte J.; van der Hout, Annemarie H.; Meijers-Heijboer, Hanne; Marees, Tamara; Moll, Annette C.

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the suggested association between IVF, retinoblastoma, and tumor methylation characteristics. Design: Laboratory analysis. Setting: National Retinoblastoma Center in the Netherlands. Patient(s): Retinoblastoma tumors from seven children conceived by IVF or intracytoplasmic spe

  20. A psicanálise aplicada ao sintoma: uma resposta ética aos impasses enfrentados pelos psicanalistas na atualidade Applied psychoanalysis to the symptom: an ethical response to the challenges faced by the psychoanalysts nowadays

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    Alexandre Dutra Gomes da Cruz

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo aborda a psicanálise aplicada em uma época de avanço do discurso capitalista, favorecedor da crescente especialização do conhecimento e promotor, no meio clínico, de uma fragmentação das grandes categorias diagnósticas. Disso resulta uma predominância de instituições cada vez mais especializadas e segregativas. Diante da massificação da terapêutica e da crescente burocratização dos procedimentos técnicos colocados em jogo, repletos de medidas avaliativas, os autores propõem a psicanálise aplicada como prática que viabiliza a inserção da psicanálise em instituições de saúde sem dissolvê-la no variado campo das psicoterapias. A formação do analista e o sintoma são considerados eixos articuladores das dimensões epistemológica, ética e política da psicanálise aplicada. Esta é considerada, a partir da orientação lacaniana, uma saída ética para os psicanalistas, confrontados com as novas demandas do mundo contemporâneo.This paper is about the applied Psychoanalysis in our time when the capitalist discourse takes place, which enhances the increasing specialization of clinical knowledge and promoter, in the clinical area, of the fragmentation of the major diagnostic categories. This carries out the development of even more specialized and segregative institutions. As far as massification of therapeutic and the increasing bureaucratization of technical procedures - full of evaluative measures - are concerned as being introduced, the authors propose the introduction of applied Psychoanalysis in institutions of health, without allowing it to be dissolved in the several fields of psychotherapies. The psychoanalyst's formation and the symptom are considered articulator axes of epistemological dimensions, ethics and politics of applied Psychoanalysis as far as lacanian orientation is concerned, which means an ethic accomplishment for the psychoanalysts when confronted to the new demands of the

  1. Instrumentação ambiental de deteção remota aplicada ao estudo de componentes minoritários na atmosfera antártica

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    Mendes, Rui Ricardo de Brito

    2014-01-01

    Neste trabalho é feita uma abordagem à instrumentação ambiental, com foco nos instrumentos de deteção remota para monitorização de gases atmosféricos vestigiais a partir de terra. O espectrómetro GASCOD (Gas Absorption Spectrometer Correlating Optical Differences), instalado na Estação Italiana Antártica Mario Zuchelli (MZS) é brevemente caracterizado. Os últimos melhoramentos neste instrumento, que deram origem ao SPATRAM (SPectrometer for Atmospheric TRacers Monitoring), vão ser apresentado...

  2. Seleção combinada univariada e multivariada aplicada ao melhoramento genético da seringueira Univariate and multivariate combined selection applied to Hevea breeding

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    REGINALDO BRITO DA COSTA

    2000-02-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho objetivou estimar os coeficientes de herdabilidade e de predição genética, pelo método multivariado, e comparar os ganhos genéticos obtidos por meio da seleção entre e dentro de progênies, individual e combinada, em seringueira (Hevea brasiliensis (Willd. ex Adr. de Juss. Müell. Arg.. Vinte e duas progênies de meios-irmãos foram plantadas na Estação Experimental de Votuporanga, SP, no delineamento de blocos ao acaso, com cinco repetições e dez plantas por parcela. Aos três anos de idade foram avaliados os caracteres: número de anéis de vasos laticíferos (NA, produção de borracha seca (PB, espessura de casca (EC e circunferência do caule (CC. Os resultados demonstraram haver variabilidade significativa entre progênies quanto aos caracteres PB, EC e CC. As estimativas de coeficientes de herdabilidade e de predição genética foram mais elevadas nas progênies, com valores mais expressivos quanto aos coeficientes de predição genética. Ganhos genéticos adicionais foram obtidos pela seleção combinada. Embora os referidos ganhos tenham sido de pequena magnitude, recomenda-se o uso do método, por propiciar maior acurácia e ganho genético. Os valores mais expressivos de acurácia e ganho genético foram estimados pelo método multivariado.The objective of this paper was to estimate the heritability coefficients by the univariate method and genetic prediction by the multivariate method, as well as to compare the genetic gain obtained by individual and combined selection between and within progenies, in rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis Willd. ex Adr. de Juss. Müell. Arg.. Twenty two half-sib progenies were established at the Experimental Station, in Votuporanga, São Paulo State, Brazil, following the randomized block design, with five replications and ten plants per plot. Three years after planting, number of latex vessel rings (NR, yield of dry rubber (YB, bark thickness (BT and stalk circunference (SC were

  3. Nanotecnologia farmacêutica aplicada ao tratamento da malária Application of pharmaceutical nanotechnology to the treatment of malaria

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    Lúcio Figueira Pimentel

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Apesar do desenvolvimento tecnológico e científico, a malária permanece como um dos maiores problemas de saúde a serem combatidos. As estratégias modernas para o controle da doença prevêem ações conjuntas, como o combate do inseto vetor, diagnóstico rápido e preciso, garantia de terapêutica adequada, redução dos casos de resistência, além do desenvolvimento de novos agentes terapêuticos e vacina e através da otimização da ação de fármacos utilizados na atualidade. Os sistemas de liberação controlada de fármacos vêm recebendo atenção especial nesta área de pesquisa, com o desenvolvimento de estratégias para a veiculação de agentes bioativos e vacinas na forma de nanodispositivos tais como lipossomas, nanopartículas e micropartículas. Diversos nanossistemas já demonstraram eficácia na otimização de vacinas e quimioterápicos destinados ao controle da malária. Este artigo de revisão tem por objetivo avaliar o estado da arte na terapêutica da malária e demonstrar o potencial da nanotecnologia farmacêutica como ferramenta destinada ao combate da doença.In spite of living in a scientific and technological era, malaria continues to be one of the worldwide greatest health challenges. The state-of-the-art policy to keep malaria under control is expected to comprise joint-strategies, such as the vector control, fast diagnosis, therapeutic guarantee, resistance cutback, drug optimization and development of new therapeutic agents and vaccines. Nano and microcarrier systems have been receiving a special attention, including the development of strategies for carrying bioactive agents, vaccines through nanodevices, such as liposomes and nanoparticles, and microdevices, such as microparticles and microemulsions. Numerous nanosystems have already substantiated their effectiveness to optimize vaccines, insecticides, and chemotherapeutic agents applied to the control of malaria. This review is intended to explain the

  4. Protocolo de cuidados ao cliente com distúrbio respiratório: ferramenta para tomada de decisão aplicada à enfermagem

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    Graciele Oroski Paes

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo objetivou elaborar um protocolo de enfermagem voltado para a assistência a clientes em situações de distúrbio respiratório agudo e testar sua aplicabilidade. Métodos: A metodologia empregada foi quase experimental, do tipo antes-depois, que se utilizou da abordagem quantitativa, por meio da testagem do protocolo em momentos distintos. O grupo pesquisado contou com 22 enfermeiros, que atendiam aos critérios preestabelecidos para participar da pesquisa. Para o processo de validação participaram três consultores. Resultados: Os resultados apontaram para a melhora das respostas dos enfermeiros com o auxílio do protocolo, e os pareceres dos consultores avaliaram que o protocolo encontrava-se adequado considerando as variáveis avaliadas. Conclusão: Acreditamos que o protocolo para a assistência do enfermeiro a clientes com distúrbios respiratórios agudos contribui para otimização do seu cuidado, dinamizando e agilizando as intervenções adequadas para os clientes portadores do agravo.

  5. Criação e Acesso a Informação Semântica Aplicada ao Governo Eletrónico

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    Mário Rodrigues

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Os cidadãos, empresas ou serviços públicos - os clientes - que procuram informações no contexto do Governo Eletrónico visam obter respostas objetivas às suas questões. Para isso é necessário que os sistemas de pesquisa consigam manipular a informação de modo a que seja disponibilizada de uma forma eficaz e adequada às necessidades de cada cliente. Uma vez que grande parte dos documentos do governo estão escritos em formatos não estruturados e em linguagem natural, é necessário desenvolver métodos para obter e estruturar este tipo de informação. A alternativa seria indexar pelo seu texto a grande quantidade de documentos existente, uma solução desadequada no contexto do Governo Eletrónico, uma vez que assim seriam retornados frequentemente muitos resultados a cada pesquisa.Este artigo apresenta um primeiro protótipo de uma aplicação que gera informação semântica a partir de textos escritos em Português. A informação semântica gerada corresponde a um domínio de conhecimento definido por um operador humano através de uma interface gráfica, de modo a que o sistema seja adaptável às diferentes áreas de atuação do Governo Eletrónico. O conteúdo é acessível através de uma interface em linguagem natural e através de uma interface de pesquisa que aceita entradas SPARQL. Deste modo é possível aos clientes aceder diretamente ou integrar este sistema com os seus próprios sistemas de informação. A aplicação está organizada em três grandes módulos: Representação do Conhecimento que permite definir domínio de conhecimento e sua semântica e criar exemplos semente, nos textos, de conceitos do domínio de conhecimento; Processamento de Linguagem Natural que permite obter estruturas sintáticas associadas às frases em linguagem natural; e Extração e Integração Semântica que utiliza os exemplos semente para treinar classificadores estatísticos a identificar nas estruturas sintáticas os conceitos

  6. Criação e Acesso a Informação Semântica Aplicada ao Governo Eletrónico

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    Os cidadãos, empresas ou serviços públicos - os clientes - que procuram informações no contexto do Governo Eletrónico visam obter respostas objetivas às suas questões. Para isso é necessário que os sistemas de pesquisa consigam manipular a informação de modo a que seja disponibilizada de uma forma eficaz e adequada às necessidades de cada cliente. Uma vez que grande parte dos documentos do governo estão escritos em formatos não estruturados e em linguagem natural, é necessário desenvolver métodos para obter e estruturar este tipo de informação. A alternativa seria indexar pelo seu texto a grande quantidade de documentos existente, uma solução desadequada no contexto do Governo Eletrónico, uma vez que assim seriam retornados frequentemente muitos resultados a cada pesquisa.


    Este artigo apresenta um primeiro protótipo de uma aplicação que gera informação semântica a partir de textos escritos em Português. A informação semântica gerada corresponde a um domínio de conhecimento definido por um operador humano através de uma interface gráfica, de modo a que o sistema seja adaptável às diferentes áreas de atuação do Governo Eletrónico. O conteúdo é acessível através de uma interface em linguagem natural e através de uma interface de pesquisa que aceita entradas SPARQL. Deste modo é possível aos clientes aceder diretamente ou integrar este sistema com os seus próprios sistemas de informação. A aplicação está organizada em três grandes módulos: Representação do Conhecimento que permite definir domínio de conhecimento e sua semântica e criar exemplos semente, nos textos, de conceitos do domínio de conhecimento; Processamento de Linguagem Natural que permite obter estruturas sintáticas associadas às frases em linguagem natural; e Extração e Integração Semântica que utiliza os exemplos semente para treinar classificadores estatísticos a identificar nas estruturas sint

  7. Retinoblastoma in transgenic mice

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    Windle, J.J.; Albert, D.M.; O'Brien, J.M.; Marcus, D.M.; Disteche, Ch.M.; Bernards, R.A.; Mellon, P.L.

    1990-01-01

    Retinoblastoma, a malignancy of the eye occurring in young children, has been widely studied as a model for genetic predisposition to cancer. This disease is caused by mutations in both alleles of an anti-oncogene (the retinoblastoma gene, Rb) that inactivate or eliminate the Rb encoded protein, pl0

  8. SLOW-RELEASE UREA APPLIED TO SURFACE AND REGULAR UREA INCORPORATED TO SOIL ON MAIZE YIELD UREIA DE LIBERAÇÃO LENTA APLICADA SUPERFICIALMENTE E UREIA COMUM INCORPORADA AO SOLO NO RENDIMENTO DO MILHO

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    Eloene Rodriges Godoy

    2011-01-01

    ="JUSTIFY">A ureia aplicada sobre a superfície do solo apresenta elevadas perdas de nitrogênio (N, por volatilização de NH3. O uso de polímeros recobrindo grânulos de ureia é uma alternativa de manejo para reduzir tais perdas. O trabalho, desenvolvido em Neossolo Quartzarênico, com 6% de argila, na safra 2007/2008, no município de Jataí (GO, teve por objetivo avaliar a eficiência dos seguintes manejos: ureia incorporada ao solo e ureia revestida com polímeros, aplicada em superfície, nos aspectos agronômicos e econômicos da cultura do milho. Adotou-se o delineamento experimental em blocos casualizados, com oito repetições, totalizando 24 parcelas. A adubação nitrogenada de cobertura foi realizada em uma única aplicação, no estádio V5. A ureia incorporada ao solo proporcionou maiores valores de comprimento da espiga, diâmetro da espiga, número de grãos por espiga, massa de cem grãos, produtividade de grãos e da relação entre a receita obtida e o valor investido. O maior rendimento de grãos e a maior lucratividade foram obtidos com a aplicação da ureia incorporada ao solo. Para cada real (R$ 1,00 investido na cultura, a ureia incorporada ao solo promoveu retorno de R$ 1,37.

    PALAVRAS-CHAVE: Zea mays L.; fertilizante de liberação lenta; nitrogênio; polímeros; sistema plantio direto.

  9. A psicologia positiva aplicada ao contexto escolar

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    Relatório de estágio apresentado à Escola Superior de Educação de Paula Frassinetti para a obtenção de grau de mestre em educação pré-escolar e ensino do 1º ciclo do ensino básico A Psicologia positiva é considerada uma nova perspetiva de investigação e intervenção, promovendo o estudo das condições e processos que contribuem para o florescimento ou funcionamento ótimo das pessoas, grupos ou instituições, pretendendo debruçar-se sobre as experiências positivas tais como as emoções positiva...

  10. Técnicas de mineração visual de dados aplicadas aos dados de instrumentação da barragem de Itaipu Visual data mining techniques applied for the analysis of data collected at Itaipu power plant

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    Marco Aurélio Silva Neto

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    Full Text Available A usina de Itaipu, maior geradora de hidroeletricidade do mundo, possui mais de 2.200 instrumentos que monitoram seu comportamento geotécnico e estrutural, os quais possuem leituras armazenadas em um banco de dados há mais de 30 anos. A alta dimensionalidade e a grande quantidade de registros contidos nas bases de dados são problemas não triviais tendo-se em vista a busca pelo "conhecimento" a partir desses dados. Neste artigo é apresentado um estudo no qual foram utilizados algoritmos de Mineração Visual de Dados (MVD, integrando técnicas de Mineração de Dados (MD com técnicas de Visualização de Informação (VI, para analisar estes dados de instrumentação, tendo como objetivo estabelecer relações existentes entre diferentes instrumentos, que possibilitem detectar falhas indesejáveis no sistema de monitoramento e possíveis danos à segurança e integridade da barragem. Um maior número de informações pôde ser extraído mais facilmente quando diferentes técnicas de VI, juntamente com as de MD, são aplicadas aos dados. A análise visual dos dados mostrou-se eficiente por agilizar a detecção de anomalias nos dados, sendo uma valiosa ferramenta de apoio à tomada de decisões.Itaipu, the greatest hydroelectric power plant in operation in the world, has more than 2,200 monitoring instruments, which have been storing readings in databases for more than 30 years. The large data sets of high dimensionality and the large amount of records inserted into databases are non-trivial problems when conducting a search for "knowledge" through the data. This paper introduces a study using Visual Data Mining (VDM algorithms integrating Data Mining (DM techniques with Visualization of Information (VI techniques to analyze the data collected at Itaipu dam. The main objective was to establish relationships between the variables in order to detect undesirable failures that can compromise the security and integrity of the dam. More

  11. Drugs Approved for Retinoblastoma

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    This page lists cancer drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for retinoblastoma. The list includes generic names and brand names. The drug names link to NCI’s Cancer Drug Information summaries.

  12. Genetics of Retinoblastoma.

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    Mallipatna, Ashwin; Marino, Meghan; Singh, Arun D

    2016-01-01

    Retinoblastoma is a malignant retinal tumor that affects young children. Mutations in the RB1 gene cause retinoblastoma. Mutations in both RB1 alleles within the precursor retinal cell are essential, with one mutation that may be germline or somatic and the second one that is always somatic. Identification of the RB1 germline status of a patient allows differentiation between sporadic and heritable retinoblastoma variants. Application of this knowledge is crucial for assessing short-term (risk of additional tumors in the same eye and other eye) and long-term (risk of nonocular malignant tumors) prognosis and offering cost-effective surveillance strategies. Genetic testing and genetic counseling are therefore essential components of care for all children diagnosed with retinoblastoma. The American Joint Committee on Cancer has acknowledged the importance of detecting this heritable trait and has introduced the letter "H" to denote a heritable trait of all cancers, starting with retinoblastoma (in publication). In this article, we discuss the clinically relevant aspects of genetic testing and genetic counseling for a child with retinoblastoma. PMID:27488068

  13. A música terapêutica como uma tecnologia aplicada ao cuidado e ao ensino de enfermagem La música terapéutica como una tecnología aplicada al cuidado y a la enseñanza de la enfermería Therapeutic music as a technology applied to healthcare and to the nursing teaching

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    Leila Brito Bergold

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    Full Text Available A predominância das técnicas na assistência muitas vezes inviabiliza o estabelecimento de um cuidado expressivo que promova a humanização da prática assistencial. Este estudo abordou duas pesquisas que investigaram o uso da música como um recurso terapêutico aplicado ao cuidado e ao ensino de enfermagem: a visita musical e a dinâmica musical. Ancorou-se nas contribuições de Even Ruud sobre o contexto cultural relacionado à música e à saúde. Utilizou-se o Método Criativo-Sensível na produção de dados das duas pesquisas, realizadas respectivamente com clientes hospitalizados e enfermeiros. A visita musical constituiu-se como tecnologia para o cuidado expressivo, pois promoveu conforto, ludicidade, expressão emocional e integração entre os clientes e destes com o ambiente hospitalar. A dinâmica musical mobilizou a produção de subjetividades nos enfermeiros, que perceberam as possibilidades do uso criativo da música como um recurso tanto no âmbito do cuidado quanto no ensino de enfermagem.El predominio de la técnica en los cuidados y asistencia muchas veces dificulta el establecimiento de un cuidado expresivo que promueva la humanización de la práctica asistencial. Este estudio abordó dos pesquisas que investigaron el uso de la música como un recurso terapéutico aplicado al cuidado y a la enseñanza de la enfermería: la visita musical y la dinámica musical. Se basó en las contribuciones de Even Ruud sobre el contexto cultural relacionado a la música y a la salud. Se utilizó el Método Creativo-Sensible en la producción de datos de las dos pesquisas, realizadas respectivamente con clientes hospitalizados y enfermeros. La visita musical se constituyó como una tecnología para el cuidado expresivo, al promover bienestar, entretenimiento, expresión emocional y la integración entre los pacientes con el ambiente de hospital. La dinámica musical movilizó la producción de subjetividades en los enfermeros, quienes

  14. Genetics and management of retinoblastoma

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    Bakhshi Sameer

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Retinoblastoma is the most common intraocular tumor in childhood. In majority of early stage retinoblastoma, the eyeballs as well as vision can be preserved with chemotherapy and local intraocular therapy with laser or photocoagulation. However, more than half the patients in India and other developing nations present in advanced stage of the disease. This article reviews the genetics, clinical approach, and treatment options for retinoblastoma focussing on advances in chemotherapy for intraocular retinoblastoma (chemoreduction, as well as improvement in survival in advanced retinoblastoma with surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and bone marrow transplantation.

  15. Retinoblastoma; Le retinoblastome

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    Desjardins, L.; Doz, F.; Schlienger, P.; Validire, P.; Quintana, E.; Zucker, J.M. [Institut Curie, 75 - Paris (France)

    1996-05-01

    Early symptoms of retinoblastoma (leukocoria, strabismus) and the various steps of the diagnosis and differential diagnosis are reviewed. Retrolental fibroplasia, larva migrans, Coats disease, and above all uveitis are the main differential diagnoses. Pathologic features that allow the diagnosis and have a bearing on the prognosis are described. Genetic factors involved in the genesis of retinoblastoma are reviewed, including recent data provides by molecular biology studies of chromosome 13. Currently available treatments include enucleation, external beam radiation, iodine-125 disks, xenon photo-coagulation, cryo-application, chemotherapy, and carbo-platinum combined with diode laser hyperthermia. The indications of each of these methods in intra- and extra-ocular retinoblastomas are discussed, as well as results and complications. Emphasis is put on the high risk of a second cancer. 47 refs., 4 figs.

  16. Retinoblastoma presenting as metastasis

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    Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the frequency of metastatic retinoblastoma on initial presentation. Design: Prospective study. Place and duration of study: Supra Regional Centre for Retinoblastoma, Department of Ophthalmology, Khyber Teaching Hospital Peshawar Pakistan from July 1, 1999 to January 31, 2003. Methods: Data was collected from 80 registered Retinoblastoma patients admitted and examined under anaesthesia for tumours assessment. Diagnosis was supported with the help of CT scan and confirmed by histopathology of the enucleated specimen for evidence of optic nerve invasion by the tumour. Results: Twenty (25%) patients were presenting as Metastasis on initial presentation. Mean age was 3.5 years, range was 7 months to 12 years. Out of these 20 patients with metastasis, 10 were male and 10 were female. Eighteen (90%) of them were from lower socio-economic group. Conclusion: Failure in early diagnosis of retinoblastoma, advance age and unilateral disease are associated with extraocular spread; this tragic scenario can be prevented best be early detection and prompt treatment plan implementation. (author)

  17. Retinoblastoma Referral Pattern in Kenya

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    Joseph M Nyamori; Kahaki Kimani; Njuguna, Margaret W.; Helen Dimaras

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: Kenya is a large country with a widely dispersed population. As retinoblastoma requires specialized treatment, we determined the referral pattern for patients with retinoblastoma in Kenya to facilitate the formulation of a national policy. Materials and Methods: A retrospective study was performed for retinoblastoma patients who presented from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007. Data were collected on the referral process from presenting health facility to the hospital where pa...

  18. Radiation management of retinoblastoma

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    Takemasa, Kazuhiko; Ito, Hisao; Nishiguchi, Iku; Hashimoto, Shozo; Tanaka, Yasuhiko; Oguchi, Yoshihisa (Keio Univ., Tokyo (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1992-06-01

    Forty-five patients with retinoblastoma were treated at Keio University Hospital from 1970 to 1990. Thirty-two patients had unilateral lesions and 13 had bilateral lesions. Twenty-nine patients with unilateral and 12 with bilateral lesions underwent enucleation for advanced tumor. As a result, 3 patients with unilateral retinoblastoma and all patients with bilateral disease were treated with radiotherapy (40-50 Gy) combined with or without cryotherapy and/or photocoagulation. One patient with unilateral lesion treated with radiotherapy and chemotherapy had metastases at the first visit to our clinic and was excluded from this analysis. Among 16 eyes (15 patients) treated with radiotherapy, 6 eyes had recurrence and needed retreatment. Cataract occurred in 6 of 12 eyes and good vision was preserved in 5 of 10 eyes in which function could be evaluated. (author).

  19. Growing up with Retinoblastoma

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    Maley, Tom

    2005-01-01

    An account is given of growing up as a child blinded as a result of a cancer of the eye known as retinoblastoma. The role of his mother is brought out, variously as a source of objective knowledge, of one's personal worth, and of the worth of other people in one's community. The strengths and weaknesses of his first school in his home area and…

  20. Análise do Ciclo de Vida (ACV aplicada ao agronegócio: uma revisão de literatura Life Cycle Assessment (LCA applied to agribusiness: a review

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    Edison S. Claudino

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    Full Text Available A preocupação com a dimensão ambiental da sustentabilidade tem ganhado relevância em pesquisas científicas aplicadas no agronegócio. A necessidade de um framework robusto e confiável para mensuração dos impactos ambientais no agronegócio apresenta-se como tendência em países líderes na produção mundial de alimentos, como o Brasil. Neste contexto o presente artigo descreve uma revisão de literatura acerca do conceito de Análise de Ciclo de Vida - ACV, o qual está sendo amplamente utilizado e reconhecido por técnicos e pesquisadores mundiais para avaliação ambiental das cadeias de produção, permitindo várias aplicações nos sistemas produtivos. Este artigo foi elaborado a partir de uma pesquisa bibliográfica em artigos publicados em periódicos nacionais e internacionais, sítios da internet e anais de congressos cujo objetivo é descrever a importância da aplicação e difusão do framework da ACV e suas possíveis aplicações no agronegócio brasileiro. O estudo conclui que este framework ainda é pouco difundido no agronegócio interno e o número de pesquisas com esta temática é reduzido.The concern with the environmental dimension of sustainability has become more and more relevant in studies related to agribusiness. The need of a robust and trusty framework to measure the environmental impacts in the agribusiness activities is being presented as a trend in countries leaders in food production worldwide, like Brazil. In this context, this paper describes a review related to the concept of Life Cycle Assessment - LCA which is being widely recognized and used by technicians and researchers all over the world to the environmental impacts of production chains and allowing various applications on the production systems. The paper was elaborated based on a bibliographical research carried out by accessing national and international publications, websites and proceedings of scientific events. Its main goal is to

  1. Genetic and Epigenetic Discoveries in Human Retinoblastoma.

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    McEvoy, Justina D; Dyer, Michael A

    2015-01-01

    Retinoblastoma is a rare pediatric cancer of the retina. Nearly all retinoblastomas are initiated through the biallelic inactivation of the retinoblastoma tumor susceptibility gene (RB1). Whole-genome sequencing has made it possible to identify secondary genetic lesions following RB1 inactivation. One of the major discoveries from retinoblastoma sequencing studies is that some retinoblastoma tumors have stable genomes. Subsequent epigenetic studies showed that changes in the epigenome contribute to the rapid progression of retinoblastoma following RB1 gene inactivation. In addition, gene amplification and elevated expression of p53 antagonists, MDM2 and MDM4, may also play an important role in retinoblastoma tumorigenesis. The knowledge gained from these recent molecular, cellular, genomic, and epigenomic analyses are now being integrated to identify new therapeutic approaches that can help save lives and vision in children with retinoblastoma, with fewer long-term side effects.

  2. A transgenic mouse model for trilateral retinoblastoma

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    O'Brien, J.M.; Marcus, D.M.; Bernards, R.A.; Carpenter, J.L.; Windle, J.J.; Mellon, P.; Albert, D.M.

    1990-01-01

    We present a murine model of trilateral retinoblastoma. Ocular retinoblastoma and central nervous system tumors are observed in a line of mice formed by the transgenic expression of SV40 T-antigen. An oncogenic protein known to bind to the retinoblastoma gene product (p105-Rb) is specifically expres

  3. ELETROCOAGULATION-FLOTATION APPLIED TO THE TREATMENT OF WASTEWATER GERATED IN PLASTIC RECYCLING INDUSTRY = ELETROCOAGULAÇÃO-FLOTAÇÃO APLICADA AO TRATAMENTO DE EFLUENTES GERADOS NA INDÚSTRIA DE RECICLAGEM DE PLÁSTICOS

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    Francisco Javier Cuba Teran

    2009-01-01

    ínio seguida da formação de flocos de impurezas, os quais foram separados da fase líquida por flotação devido à formação de microbolhas de hidrogênio, geradas na eletrólise da água. A eficiência do tratamento foi verificada em termos de remoção de Demanda Química de Oxigênio-DQO, nitrogênio amoniacal e turbidez alcançando valores de 80%, 80% e 90% respectivamente. Também houve desinfecção, sendo esta uma característica favorável adicional do processo. Os fatores responsáveis pelo desempenho estão relacionados ao tempo de detenção do efluente sob passagem de corrente, à distância entre os eletrodos, ao pH e a intensidade da corrente elétrica.

  4. Desenvolvimento de uma arquitetura embarcada reativa para agentes autônomos inteligentes, aplicada ao futebol de robôs = Development of an onboard reactive architecture for intelligent autonomous agents, applied to robot soccer

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    Claudio Jose Biazus

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Dentre as principais dificuldades encontradas para a construção de sistemas multiagentes em que existe a disponibilidade de um sistema de visão local, como é o caso de algumas categorias de futebol de robôs, destacam-se: necessidade de resposta em tempo realpara identificação dos objetos em cena, conhecimento do ambiente, distribuição das competências de controle entre os comportamentos reativos a cargo de cada agente. O presente artigo descreve a implementação de uma arquitetura embarcada reativa paracontrole de Sistemas Multiagentes equipados com sistema de visão local e dotados de sensores, e sua aplicação em ambientes de futebol de robôs. Neste trabalho, foram descritas as técnicas de processamento digital de imagens e a arquitetura proposta para satisfazer às restrições relacionadas ao problema.There are a lot of difficulties that must be faced during the development of multi-agent systems equipped with local vision, as is the case of some robotic soccer leagues, such as: the real-time constraints for recognition of scene objects, acquisition of environment knowledge, and the distribution and allocation ofcontrol competencies among reactive behaviors under the responsibility of each agent. This article describes the implementation of an onboard reactive control architecture for a multiagent system, equipped with local vision camera and local sensors. This multiple agent system is applied in robot soccer environments. The work describes the digital image processing techniques as well as the proposed control architecture that satisfy the constraints related with this kind of application.

  5. Nested-PCR do gene que codifica o antígeno b aplicada ao diagnóstico da tuberculose pulmonar Nested-PCR for gene that encodes the antigen b applied to the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis

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    Karla Valéria Batista Lima

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    Full Text Available A reação em cadeia da polimerase usada para amplificação de uma seqüência interna de um fragmento previamente amplificado (nested-PCR foi investigada como uma alternativa complementar a pesquisa de bacilos álcool ácido resistentes e a cultura do Mycobacterium tuberculosis em meio de Lowenstein-Jensen. Foram investigadas 144 amostras de escarro de pacientes suspeitos de tuberculose encaminhados ao Laboratório de Tuberculose do Instituto Evandro Chagas em Belém, no período de junho de 2002 a dezembro de 2003. Das 144 amostras, 121 foram caracterizadas como tuberculose, 119 foram positivas na cultura, 95 na baciloscopia e 128 na nested-PCR. A sensibilidade da nested-PCR foi 96% (116/121, enquanto a especificidade foi 48% (11/23. A nested-PCR poderá ser uma ferramenta complementar para o diagnóstico da tuberculose, pois apresenta sensibilidade equivalente à cultura, no entanto, necessita de maiores avaliações visando minimizar o número de resultados falso-positivos.The polymerase chain reaction used for amplifying an internal sequence of a previously amplified fragment (nested-PCR was investigated as a complementary alternative for searching for alcohol-acid resistant bacilli and Mycobacterium tuberculosis cultures in Lowenstein-Jensen medium. 144 sputum samples were investigated from patients with suspected tuberculosis that were sent to the Tuberculosis Laboratory of the Evandro Chagas Institute in Belém, between June 2002 and December 2003. From the 144 samples, 121 were characterized as tuberculosis: 119 were positive in cultures, 95 under bacilloscopy and 128 using nested-PCR. The sensibility of the nested-PCR was 96% (116/121, while the specificity was 48% (11/23. Nested-PCR may be a complementary tool for diagnosing tuberculosis, since it presents sensitivity equivalent to that of cultures. However, further evaluations are needed with the aim of minimizing the number of false-positive results.

  6. Análise de imagem aplicada ao estudo do comportamento de leitões em abrigo escamoteador Analysis of image applied to the study of the behaviour of piglets in the creep

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    Héliton Pandorfi

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo geral desta pesquisa foi avaliar o comportamento de leitões em diferentes sistemas de aquecimento por meio da análise de imagem. A pesquisa foi desenvolvida na sala da maternidade, com 80 animais entre o nascimento e o desmame. Os tratamentos adotados para a avaliação da eficiência dos diferentes sistemas de aquecimento do abrigo escamoteador foram: piso térmico, lâmpada incandescente, resistência elétrica e lâmpada de infravermelho. Os dados ambientais foram registrados no ambiente externo, na sala da maternidade e no interior de cada abrigo escamoteador avaliado, ao longo de 19 dias. O delineamento experimental foi em blocos casualizados, com quatro tratamentos e 18 blocos, e as médias foram comparadas pelo teste de Tukey (P The objective of this research was to evaluate the behavior of piglets in different heating systems using the image analysis and geostatistics. This research was developed in a farrowing house, with 80 piglets between birth and weaning. The treatments were different heating systems: heat mat, standard heat lamp, electric resistance and infrared lamp. The climatic data were taken inside and outside the farrowing house and inside each studied creep, during two periods of 19 days long. The statistical design of the experiment was a randomized block with four treatments and 18 blocks. A Tukey test with 1% of probability was performed to compare the results averages. The average values of dry bulb temperature showed that the environment with heat mat presented a lesser temperature in the generated microclimate, followed by the standard heat lamp, electric resistance and infrared lamp. The three first treatments were recommended for better comforting for the piglets in the farrowing house. The behavior of the piglets was evaluated using the image analysis, and indicated that the best treatment was the heat mat as in the exchanges of sensible heat for conduction (contact, promoting better condition of

  7. The estimated magnitude of AIDS in Brazil: a delay correction applied to cases with lost dates Estimativa da magnitude da AIDS no Brasil: uma correção de atraso aplicada aos casos com data perdida

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    Maria Tereza S. Barbosa

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    bivariada para estimar o padrão de atraso, fazendo uma suposição de um atraso não estacionário. Nas etapas seguintes, estes modelos foram aplicados para imputar novos dados substituindo as informações perdidas e para estimar a magnitude da epidemia de AIDS no país. Os modelos estimaram que havia entre 36 mil e 50 mil casos de AIDS já diagnosticados e ainda não notificados. A epidemia era, portanto, de 20 a 30% maior do que a conhecida pelas informações disponíveis em fevereiro de 1999. Para ser útil aos que planejam as políticas de saúde, o sistema de vigilância que se baseia nas notificações oficiais de AIDS deve ser continuamente melhorado.

  8. Influência do capital intelectual na avaliação de desempenho aplicada ao setor hospitalar The influence of intellectual capital in performance evaluation: a case-study in the hospital sector

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    Carlos Alberto Grespan Bonacim

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo contribui com a adaptação, para as entidades públicas, de uma ferramenta de avaliação de desempenho sedimentada nas empresas privadas. O objetivo é demonstrar como pode ser mensurado o impacto da atividade de ensino no valor econômico agregado por um hospital universitário público à sociedade. Para tanto, o texto foi dividido em quatro partes, além dos aspectos introdutórios, metodológicos e das considerações finais. Inicialmente, será contextualizado o setor hospitalar, mais especificamente os hospitais universitários públicos. Logo após, serão apresentadas as definições, a natureza e mensuração do capital intelectual, seguidas da demonstração dos principais modelos avaliação de desempenho econômico. Finalmente, será apresentado um modelo adaptado, sob o enfoque da gestão baseada no valor, propondo ajuste nos indicadores de retorno e do respectivo investimento, demonstrando os impactos da gestão do capital intelectual e da atividade de ensino no resultado econômico de tais instituições. O estudo foi elaborado por intermédio de uma metodologia consubstanciada em uma pesquisa bibliográfica, sob o prisma do método de procedimento comparativo descritivo. Ressalta-se, por fim, a importância da prestação de contas para a sociedade quanto ao uso do recurso público.This paper contributes to public institutions with the adaptation of a performance evaluation tool based on private companies. The objective is to demonstrate how the impact of an educational activity might be measured in the economic value added for the society of a public university hospital. The paper was divided in four parts, despite the introductory and methodological aspects and the final remarks. First, the hospital sector is explained, specifically in the context of the public university hospitals. Then, the definitions, the nature and measure of the intellectual capital are presented, followed by the disclosure of the main

  9. Prática baseada em evidências, aplicada ao raciocínio diagnóstico Práctica basada en evidencia aplicada en el raciocinio diagnóstico Evidence-based practice applied to diagnostic reasoning

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    Diná de Almeida Lopes Monteiro da Cruz

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available As enfermeiras aplicam conhecimento, habilidades perceptuais e cognitivas para analisar dados dos pacientes e propor intervenções de enfermagem. Os resultados dessas intervenções dependem da adequação de sua proposição, o que, por sua vez, depende da acurácia das interpretações dos dados dos pacientes. O objetivo deste artigo é discutir a aplicação de princípios da prática baseada em evidência (PBE às decisões diagnósticas no cuidado de enfermagem, utilizando estudo de caso escrito. Os princípios da prática baseada em evidências, na definição do diagnóstico, são: a validade de um teste diagnóstico; a capacidade de o teste discriminar aqueles que apresentam uma resposta específica; a capacidade de o teste estimar a magnitude da resposta; e a adequação do teste diagnóstico ao contexto clínico. Lacunas no conhecimento de enfermagem limitam a aplicação dos princípios da PBE na avaliação clínica e no diagnóstico de enfermagem. As autoras apresentam uma estrutura para exemplificar o uso da PBE no raciocínio diagnóstico.Las enfermeras aplican conocimientos, habilidades preceptivas y cognoscitivas para analizar los datos de los pacientes y proponer intervenciones de enfermería. Los resultados de esas intervenciones dependen del refinamiento de las preposiciones que, a su vez, depende del discernimiento de las interpretaciones de los datos de los pacientes. El propósito de este artículo es aplicar el modelo de la práctica basada en la evidencia (PBE en el raciocinio diagnóstico, utilizando estudio de caso escrito. Los principios de la PBE en la definición del diagnóstico son: validad del test diagnóstico; la capacidad del test en estimar la magnitud de la respuesta; y la adecuación del test diagnóstico al contexto clínico. Lagunas en el conocimiento de enfermería limitan la aplicación de los principios de la PBE en la evaluación clínica y en el diagnóstico de enfermería. Las autoras presentan una

  10. 10 anos de experiência no tratamento de retinoblastoma

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    Santos, C.; Coutinho, I; Azevedo, AR; Constantino, C.; Sousa, AB; Pereira, F.; Laranjeira, J; Cabral, J.; Teixeira, S.

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    Objectivo: Descrever a experiência do Serviço de Oftalmologia do Hospital Prof. Doutor Fernando Fonseca no diagnóstico e tratamento de retinoblastoma entre Janeiro de 2004 e Dezembro de 2014. Métodos: Revisão retrospectiva dos processos clínicos e exames complementares de diagnóstico. Resultados: Foram tratados dezasseis doentes no período em estudo, sendo cinco casos bilaterais . O diagnóstico foi estabelecido em média aos 27 meses de idade e a forma de apresentação mais frequente...

  11. Tratamiento conservador en pacientes con retinoblastoma bilateral

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    Juan C. Suárez; Mabel C. Ospina; Sandra A. Arias; González, María E

    2008-01-01

    OBJETIVO: comparar el tratamiento convencional del retinoblastoma bilateral, usado hasta hace algunos años, consistente en radioterapia o enucleación bilateral, con el tratamiento conservador actual que incluye termoterapia transpupilar (TTT) o TTT/quimioterapia al menos en un ojo, en niños con diagnóstico de retinoblastoma bilateral. DISEÑO: estudio retrospectivo descriptivo. MUESTRA: 20 pacientes con diagnóstico de retinoblastoma bilateral que consultaron al Hospital Universitario San Vicen...

  12. Redes neurais temporais aplicadas ao monitoramento de barragens

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    Janaina Veiga Carvalho; Celso Romanel

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    O monitoramento do desempenho de barragem é realizado pela revisão e análise de dados coletados pela instrumentação que medem indicadores críticos do comportamento da barragem. Neste trabalho emprega-se a técnica de redes neurais temporais (RNT) para análise, modelagem e previsão dos valores de vazão na barragem Funil, do sistema Furnas Centrais Elétricas, a partir dos dados de instrumentações disponíveis no período compreendido entre 02/09/1985 e 25/02/2002. As redes neurais temporais empreg...

  13. Realidade virtual aplicada ao tratamento da ansiedade social

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    Pinheiro, Tânia Cristina Martins

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    Trabalho de projecto de mestrado em Engenharia Informática (Engenharia de Software), apresentado à Universidade de Lisboa, através da Faculdade de Ciências, 2012 A ansiedade social é uma patologia debilitante que prejudica e diminui a qualidade de vida. O tratamento existe e ´e composto por várias terapias realizadas em simultâneo, sendo uma delas a terapia de exposição¸. Com a evolução tecnológica, surgiu a possibilidade de aplicar a Realidade Virtual `a terapia de exposição¸ (Terapia de ...

  14. Epidemiologic Study of Retinoblastoma in Recife, Pernambuco - Brazil: January 1985 - July 1997 Estudo Epidemiológico do Retinoblastoma no Recife - Pernambuco - Brasil: janeiro 1985 - julho 1997

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    Armando Anderson Abreu

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    . Resultados: Apenas 4,5% tinham história pregressa da doença. O sexo masculino foi mais acometido numa razão homem/mulher de 1,12. A média de idade ao surgimento dos primeiros sintomas foi de 23,8 meses, sendo leucocoria e hiperemia ocular os mais freqüentes. A média de idade ao diagnóstico foi de 31,7 meses e a média de idade ao tratamento cirúrgico foi de 32,8 meses. O olho direito, com 42,4% dos casos, foi mais acometido que o esquerdo (37,9%. O tumor era unilateral em 80,3% dos casos e bilateral em 19,7%. Os tumores eram extra-oculares ao diagnóstico em 62,1%, e intra-oculares em 37,9%. O tratamento mais instituído foi a cirurgia associada à quimioterapia, em 47% dos casos. 27,3% dos pacientes tratados foram a óbito e 19,7% abandonaram o tratamento. Conclusões: Os dados encontrados em nosso estado asseme-lham-se àqueles observados em países em desenvolvimento, no que concerne à epidemiologia do retinoblastoma.

  15. Conservative treatment modalities in retinoblastoma

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    Bhavna Chawla

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    Full Text Available Retinoblastoma is the most common primary intraocular malignancy of childhood. A potentially curable cancer, its treatment has improved significantly over the last few decades. The purpose of this article is to review the literature on various conservative treatment modalities available for the treatment of retinoblastoma and their effectiveness, when used alone or in combination. Pubmed, Medline, Embase, and the Cochrane library were searched through 2012 for published peer reviewed data on conservative treatment modalities for retinoblastoma. Various studies show that while enucleation remains the standard of care for advanced intraocular tumors, conservative modalities that can result in globe salvage and preservation of useful vision are being increasingly employed. Such modalities include systemic chemotherapy, focal consolidation with transpupillary thermotherapy, laser photocoagulation and cryotherapy, plaque brachytherapy, and delivery of local chemotherapy using subconjunctival, sub-tenon, or intra-arterial routes. When used alone or in combination, these treatment modalities can help in avoidance of external beam radiotherapy or enucleation, thus reducing the potential for long-term side effects, while salvaging useful vision. Radioactive plaque brachytherapy has an established role in selected patients with intraocular retinoblastoma. Local injections of chemotherapeutic agents via the sub-tenon or sub-conjunctival route have been used with varying degrees of success, usually as an adjunct to systemic chemotherapy. Intra-arterial ophthalmic artery delivery of melphalan has shown promising results. It is important to recognize that today, several treatment options are available that can obviate the need for enucleation, and cure the cancer with preservation of functional vision. A thorough knowledge and understanding of these conservative treatment modalities is essential for appropriate management.

  16. A clinical study of retinoblastoma

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    L Subha

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The aim was to analyze general incidence, age incidence, laterality, common mode of presentation, staging of the tumor, radiological evidence, histopathological confirmation, management and follow-up of cases, which were diagnosed as retinoblastoma. Design: Interventional case series study from April 1997 to March 2000. Materials and Methods: Detailed history regarding the symptoms such as white reflex, watering, pain, redness, protrusion of eyeball, squint, hyphema, and defective vision were obtained. Family history regarding consanguinity between parents, health of the siblings and other relatives were recorded. Ocular examination included vision, pupillary reaction, detailed fundus examination, ocular tension, and corneal diameter. Investigations included X-ray orbit and skull, computed tomography scan orbit and brain, B-scan orbit, serum and aqueous lactate dehydrogenase; enucleated eyes were subjected to holoprosencephaly (HPE. Enucleation, radiotherapy, cryotherapy and chemotherapy were modalities of treatment. The empty socket and the other apparently normal eye were examined carefully at each visit. Results: The incidence of retinoblastoma is less when compared to other diseases of the eye. There was no sex predilection. Most of the cases diagnosed were sporadic and unilateral. Age of onset is earlier for bilateral cases than unilateral cases. Consanguinity bears close relationship with bilateral involvement. Predominant clinical sign is white reflex in the pupillary area. Majority of cases presented in the second stage of the disease. Enucleation plays a greater role in the management of retinoblastoma. HPE should include several sections of the optic nerve to find out skip lesions.

  17. Estudo comparativo da resistência ao desgaste abrasivo do revestimento de três ligas metálicas utilizadas na indústria, aplicadas por soldagem com arames tubulares Comparative study of the wear resistance of three metal cored wire welded coatings used in industry

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    Ricardo Vinícius de Melo Leite

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    Full Text Available As ligas metálicas aplicadas por soldagem em superfícies, objetivando a proteção contra o desgaste e o conseqüente aumento da vida útil de peças e equipamentos, têm sido utilizadas em larga escala nas indústrias de bens de consumo e nos setores de mineração e sucroalcooleiro. O desgaste abrasivo em peças e equipamentos representa, nestas industriais, um dos principais fatores de depreciação de capital e uma importante fonte de despesas com manutenção. Para a aplicação do revestimento por soldagem, os arames tubulares têm sido uma alternativa cada vez mais viável, devido à sua alta produtividade e qualidade de solda, substituindo, em parte, o uso do eletrodo revestido. O objetivo deste trabalho é fazer um estudo comparativo da resistência ao desgaste abrasivo do revestimento aplicado por soldagem com arames tubulares autoprotegidos de três ligas metálicas utilizadas na indústria, uma do tipo Fe-Cr-C, outra do tipo Fe-Cr-C com adição de nióbio e boro e a terceira, do tipo Fe-Cr-C com adição de nióbio. Os revestimentos anti-desgaste, conhecidos como revestimento duro, foram aplicados em chapas de aço carbono, com os mesmos parâmetros e procedimentos de soldagem. Os corpos de prova foram obtidos por corte e retificação e foram submetidos a ensaios de desgaste abrasivo, em um abrasômero Roda de Borracha, conforme procedimento estabelecido pela norma ASTM G65-91. Os resultados obtidos demonstraram que a liga Fe-Cr-C com adição de Nióbio e Boro apresentou desempenho superior em relação ao desgaste abrasivo.The metal alloys deposited by welding on the components surface, with the objective of protection against wear and the consequent increase in the lifetime of parts and equipments, have been used extensively in the consumer products industry and sectors of Mining and Sugar & alcohol. The abrasive wear on parts and equipments represents one of the main depreciation factors of capital and the major source of

  18. Recent Trends in the Management of Retinoblastoma

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    Samuray Tuncer

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    Full Text Available Retinoblastoma is the most common intraocular malignancy of childhood. Significant progress has been made in the past few years in the management of retinoblastoma. Thus, the patients’ survival and ocular salvage rates have shown marked improvement. The current treatment strategies for retinoblastoma include enucleation, intravenous chemoreduction, and intra-arterial chemotherapy. Enucleation is generally reserved for eyes with extensive retinoblastoma, in which there is no hope for useful vision. From mid-1990s, intravenous chemoreduction has been used efficiently in the management of group A, B, or C, and some D eyes according to the International Classification of Retinoblastoma. Intravenous chemoreduction combined with focal treatments (cryotherapy, transpupillary thermotherapy, and brachytherapy have provided favorable tumor control for most of these eyes. In 2008, superselective intra-arterial chemotherapy has been popularized. This treatment involves injection of a chemotherapeutic agent (mostly melphalan after selective catheterization of the ophthalmic artery under neuroradiologic intervention. This provides higher success in advanced group D and Group E eyes that have relatively lower rate of tumor control with conventional intravenous chemoreduction. In conclusion, significant advances that have emerged recently in the management of retinoblastoma led to an increase in ocular salvage rates. Recently, popularized modality of intra-arterial chemotherapy offers hope in the control of eyes with advanced retinoblastoma. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2015; 45: 71-6

  19. Late onset retinoblastoma presenting with vitreous haemorrhage

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    Bagger, Mette; Prause, Jan Ulrik; Heegard, Steffen;

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    in the retina. A vascularized gelatinous mass was revealed after vitrectomy. Later the patient developed white cysts in the anterior chamber and histological findings were indicative of a retinoblastoma. The patient was enucleated and the diagnosis of retinoblastoma was confirmed. Intraocular surgery in young...... people with unknown retinoblastoma enhances the risk of metastasis development, orbital recurrence and death. Unexplained vitreous haemorrhage can obscure the view of a tumour but ultrasonic findings of a retinal mass calls for further imaging e.g. through MRI. The case illustrates the importance...

  20. Retinoblastoma

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  1. Retinoblastoma: genetic considerations and report of a new animal model

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    Albert, D.M.; O'Brien, J.M.; Marcus, D.M.; Bernards, R.A.

    1990-01-01

    Retinoblastoma is the most common primary, intraocular neoplasm of childhood. Histologically, retinoblastoma resembles, in many respects, other pediatric malignancies such as medulloblastoma and neuroblastoma. These tumors are composed of small, basophilic cells with scanty cytoplasm and often form

  2. Achados histopatológicos em retinoblastoma Histopathologic findings in retinoblastoma

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    João Pessoa de Souza Filho

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever e analisar os principais achados histopatológicos no retinoblastoma com ênfase na invasão de nervo óptico e túnicas oculares, correlacionando-os ao tratamento realizado. MÉTODOS: Vinte e oito olhos com diagnóstico de retinoblastoma tratados por enucleação na Universidade Federal de São Paulo entre dezembro de 2000 e outubro de 2002 foram submetidos à revisão histopatológica. Os dados clínicos incluiram idade, sexo, raça, lateralidade e tratamento realizado. Na revisão histopatológica foram avaliados neovascularização da íris e seio camerular, grau de diferenciação do tumor e invasão do nervo óptico e coróide de acordo com a classificação de Khelfaoui. RESULTADOS: De 27 pacientes, 13 (48,1% eram do sexo masculino e 14 (51,9% eram do sexo feminino, 16 (59,3% eram da raça branca, 5 (18,5% eram da raça amarela, 4 (14,8% eram pardos e 2 (7,4% eram negros. A média da idade dos pacientes foi de 22,7 meses, sendo 13 casos bilaterais e 14 casos unilaterais. Com relação ao tratamento utilizado, 13 (46,4% olhos foram submetidos a enucleação primária e 15 (53,6% tiveram tratamento prévio. Na avaliação histopatológica, 15 (53,6% tumores eram bem diferenciados. Neovascularização da íris e/ou seio camerular foram observados em 60,6% e necrose e calcificação em 89,2% dos casos. O envolvimento da coróide foi observado em 18 (64,2% dos casos (grau II e III e a invasão de nervo óptico em 8 (28,5% (graus II, III e IV. Dos casos submetidos ao tratamento prévio 40% tinham algum grau de invasão das túnicas oculares e apenas 6,67% apresentavam simultaneamente invasão do nervo óptico e das túnicas oculares. Entretanto nos olhos que foram submetidos à enucleação primária 30,7% apresentavam invasão das túnicas oculares e 53,8% apresentavam simultaneamente invasão do nervo óptico e das túnicas oculares. CONCLUSÃO: Neovascularização, necrose e calcificação foram achados mais comumente

  3. Preliminary Report of Molecular Detection of Retinoblastoma Gene Mutations

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    To develop gene diagnosis for retinoblastoma predisposition, it is necessary to disclose the retinoblastoma gene mutations or deletions in detail. Genomic DNA from tumor and peripheral white blood cells in 33 patients with retinoblastoma was detected with 3.8kb probe derived from 3' end of retinoblastoma gene cDNA. The gene abnormalities, including deletion, partial deletion and rearrangement, were found in 18 patients. Further research will be aimed at microdeletions or mutations for those patients wti...

  4. Retinoblastoma Registry report--Hospital Kuala Lumpur experience.

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    Jamalia, R; Sunder, R; Alagaratnam, J; Goh, P P

    2010-06-01

    Retinoblastoma is a childhood ocular cancer. The aim of this paper is to describe the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of patients with retinoblastoma in a major paediatric ophthalmology center in the country. Retrospective information was collected through the retinoblastoma registry. Late presentation with advanced staging is a major problem.

  5. Toxicología General y Aplicada

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    Presentaciones de los temas de Toxicología General y Aplicada: clínica, alimentaria y ambiental impartidos en la asignatura de Toxicología de la licenciatura de Veterinaria en la Universidad de Murcia en el curso 2011/12. Presentaciones de los temas de Toxicología General y Aplicada: clínica, alimentaria y ambiental impartidos en la Facultad de Veterinaria en el curso 2011/12.

  6. Retinoblastoma bilateral de aparecimento tardio: relato de caso Late presentation of bilateral retinoblastoma: case report

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    Maria Cecília Santos Cavalcanti Melo; Liana Maria Vieira de Oliveira Ventura; Clélia Maria Erwenne; Ana Lúcia de Andrade Lima Arcoverde

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    É relatado um caso de retinoblastoma de aparecimento tardio, com características pouco freqüentes, com o objetivo de melhorar o controle da afecção. Em 1993, SJMMF, nove meses, masculino, leucodermo, apresentou tumor na retina esquerda. O paciente tinha história familiar de retinoblastoma. A enucleação foi realizada, comprovando-se retinoblastoma. Os exames para estadiamento sistêmico foram normais. O olho direito evoluiu normal por dez anos. Em exame de rotina, foram constatadas três lesões ...

  7. Molecular analysis of retinoblastoma in pediatrics

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    Inactivation of RB protein produced by mutation of RB-1 gene is critical to the pathogenesis of Retinoblastoma. Since other factors besides this gene are thought to be involved in this mechanism, we performed the molecular analysis of Retinoblastoma for loss of RB-1 gene and N-myc gene amplification. Loss of RB-1 gene was found in five(56%) among nine patients with Retinoblastoma and total loss of the gene in one patient. We also found total loss of RB-1 gene in WERI cell line and a more than 100 fold amplification of N-myc in Y-79 cell line. The analysis of the relationship between molecular events and clinical characteristics such as age, sex, tumor laterality did not reveal any specific correlation. We suggest this method can be a useful tool for initially screening a large number of tumors and for genetic counseling and early detection of the tumor. (Author)

  8. Estudo comparativo da resistência ao desgaste abrasivo do revestimento de três ligas metálicas utilizadas na indústria, aplicadas por soldagem com arames tubulares Comparative study of the wear resistance of three metal cored wire welded coatings used in industry

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    Ricardo Vinícius de Melo Leite; Paulo Villani Marques

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    As ligas metálicas aplicadas por soldagem em superfícies, objetivando a proteção contra o desgaste e o conseqüente aumento da vida útil de peças e equipamentos, têm sido utilizadas em larga escala nas indústrias de bens de consumo e nos setores de mineração e sucroalcooleiro. O desgaste abrasivo em peças e equipamentos representa, nestas industriais, um dos principais fatores de depreciação de capital e uma importante fonte de despesas com manutenção. Para a aplicação do revestimento por sold...

  9. Retinoblastoma and Superior Verbal IQ Scores?

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    Tobin, Michael; Hill, Eileen; Hill, John

    2010-01-01

    Experienced teachers have long asserted that children blind from retinoblastoma (Rb), a rare cancer of the eye, are of above average intelligence. To test this hypothesis, standardized verbal intelligence tests were administered to a sample of 85 children and adults, all diagnosed with the early infancy form of this condition. For 42 of the Rb…

  10. Guidelines for imaging retinoblastoma: imaging principles and MRI standardization

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    Graaf, Pim de; Rodjan, Firazia; Castelijns, Jonas A. [VU University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Goericke, Sophia [University Hospital, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Essen (Germany); Galluzzi, Paolo [Azienda Ospedaliera e Universitaria Senese, Policlinico ' ' Le Scotte' ' , Unit of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Neuroradiology, Siena (Italy); Maeder, Philippe [CHUV, Service de Radiodiagnostic et Radiologie Interventionelle, Lausanne (Switzerland); Brisse, Herve J. [Institut Curie, Departement d' Imagerie, Paris (France)

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    Retinoblastoma is the most common intraocular tumor in children. The diagnosis is usually established by the ophthalmologist on the basis of fundoscopy and US. Together with US, high-resolution MRI has emerged as an important imaging modality for pretreatment assessment, i.e. for diagnostic confirmation, detection of local tumor extent, detection of associated developmental malformation of the brain and detection of associated intracranial primitive neuroectodermal tumor (trilateral retinoblastoma). Minimum requirements for pretreatment diagnostic evaluation of retinoblastoma or mimicking lesions are presented, based on consensus among members of the European Retinoblastoma Imaging Collaboration (ERIC). The most appropriate techniques for imaging in a child with leukocoria are reviewed. CT is no longer recommended. Implementation of a standardized MRI protocol for retinoblastoma in clinical practice may benefit children worldwide, especially those with hereditary retinoblastoma, since a decreased use of CT reduces the exposure to ionizing radiation. (orig.)

  11. Retinoblastoma: genetics, diagnosis, treatment and sequelae

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    There has been a conceptual breakthrough in our understanding of the molecular and genetic basis of the origins of human neoplasia. Mutations in three broad categories of genes have been shown to contribute to the origins and progression of neoplasia in humans: the oncogenes, the tumor suppressor genes, and the mutator genes. The retinoblastoma gene (RB1) is the best characterized tumor suppressor gene. It was first localized by Knudson and coworkers who observed an association between a deletion on the long arm of chromosome 13 and an inherited predisposition to retinoblastoma. The RB1 gene is composed of 27 exons encompassing more than 200 kilobases of genomic DNA. The product of the RB1 gene is a 105-107 kDa nuclear phosphoprotein which plays a part in regulating cellular DNA synthesis. Tumors arise, as predicted by Knudson's 'two-hit' hypothesis, as a result of bi-allelic mutation of the RB1 gene. Inactivating mutations of the RB1 gene have been identified in various tumors, showing the RB1 gene product has an important role in regulating cell proliferation beyond its effect on retinoblasts. The RB1 gene was cloned and identified in 1986. Returning the RB1 gene to a retinoblastoma cell in culture reduces its tumorgenic potential. Retinoblastoma is the most common malignant intraocular tumor of childhood. The tumor consists of undifferentiated small anaplastic cells which may be round or polygonal. Both Flexner and Wintersteiner described the arrangement of the more differentiated malignant retinoblastoma cells in neuroepithelial rosettes which appear to represent an attempt to differentiate into photoreceptor cells. The tumor commonly presents with a white pupillary light reflex. The diagnosis is generally made based on physical examination, confirmatory photographs and diagnostic imaging studies and, in many cases, a supportive family history. The most widely used grouping system was proposed by Algernon Reese and Robert Ellsworth. The primary goal of

  12. Retinoblastoma: Genetics, diagnosis, treatment and sequelae

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    There has been a conceptual breakthrough in our understanding of the molecular and genetic basis of the origins of human neoplasia. Mutations in three broad categories of genes have been shown to contribute to the origins and progression of neoplasia in humans: the oncogenes, the tumor suppressor genes, and the mutator genes. The retinoblastoma gene (RB1) is the best characterized tumor suppressor gene. It was first localized by Knudson and coworkers who observed an association between a deletion on the long arm of chromosome 13 and an inherited predisposition to retinoblastoma. The RB1 gene is composed of 27 exons encompassing more than 200 kilobases of genomic DNA. The product of the RB1 gene is a 105-107 kDa nuclear phosphoprotein which plays a part in regulating cellular DNA synthesis. Tumors arise, as predicted by Knudson's 'two-hit' hypothesis, as a result of biallelic mutation of the RB1 gene. Inactivating mutations of the RB1 gene have been identified in various tumors, showing the RB1 gene product has an important role in regulating cell proliferation beyond its effect on retinoblasts. The RB1 gene was cloned and identified in 1986. Returning the RB1 gene to a retinoblastoma cell in culture reduces its tumorgenic potential. Retinoblastoma is the most common malignant intraocular tumor of childhood. The tumor consists of undifferentiated small anaplastic cells which may be round or polygonal. Both Flexner and Wintersteiner described the arrangement of the more differentiated malignant retinoblastoma cells in neuroepithelial rosettes which appear to represent an attempt to differentiate into photoreceptor cells. The tumor commonly presents with a white pupillary light reflex. The diagnosis is generally made based on physical examination, confirmatory photographs and diagnostic imaging studies and, in many cases, a supportive family history. The most widely used grouping system was proposed by Algernon Reese and Robert Ellsworth. The primary goal of

  13. Imaging in the trilateral retinoblastoma syndrome

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    Bagley, L.J. [Department of Radiology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Hurst, R.W. [Department of Radiology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Zimmerman, R.A. [Department of Radiology, Children`s Hospital of Philadelphia, 34 th St. and Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Shields, J.A. [Ocular Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, 900 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 (United States); Shields, C.L. [Ocular Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, 900 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 (United States); De Potter, P. [Ocular Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, 900 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 (United States)

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    The medical records, CT, and MRI of ten children with trilateral retinoblastoma were reviewed. The intracranial pathology consisted of eight pineal neoplasms and two parasellar lesions, at least seven of the which were calcified. Two lesions demonstrated calcification only (no soft tissue mass) at initial presentation. Hydrocephalus was seen in eight cases, and concurrent or subsequent subarachnoid dissemination was documented in seven. Only one patient is known to be alive at the present time. The imaging features of the midline intracranial tumors mirror those of the ocular neoplasm. As calcification may be the only clue to the presence of the intracranial malignancy, close surveillance of high-risk patients with retinoblastoma with initial CT and follow-up MRI is suggested. (orig.). With 3 figs., 1 tab.

  14. Radiation management of retinoblastoma; An analysis

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    Takemasa, Kazuhiko; Ito, Hisao; Hashimoto, Shozo; Tanaka, Yasuhiko; Oguchi, Yoshihisa (Keio Univ., Tokyo (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1991-12-01

    An analysis has been conducted of 45 patients treated for retinoblastoma at Keio University Hospital between 1970 and 1990. Of these patients, 32 had unilateral lesion and 13 had bilateral lesion. Further, since their disease was far advanced, 29 patients with unilateral lesion and 12 patients with bilateral lesion underwent enucleation. As a result, 3 patients with unilateral retinoblastoma and all patients with bilateral manifestation of the disease were treated with radiotherapy (45-50 Gy) with or without cryotherapy and photocoagulation. One patient with unilateral lesion, who had received both radiotherapy and chemotherapy, showed metastases at the first presentation at our clinic and thus was excluded from this analysis. Among 16 eyes of 15 patients who were given radiotherapy, 6 eyes developed recurrence and needed to have further treatment. In 6 eyes out of 12, cataract developed, and out of 10 eyes in which eye function was evaluable, good vision was able to be preserved in 5 eyes. (author).

  15. Specific enzymatic dephosphorylation of the retinoblastoma protein.

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    Ludlow, J W; Glendening, C L; Livingston, D M; DeCarprio, J A

    1993-01-01

    The retinoblastoma gene product (RB) undergoes cell cycle-dependent phosphorylation and dephosphorylation. Pulse-chase experiments revealed that the change in RB gel electrophoretic migration which occurs near mitosis is due to enzymatic dephosphorylation (J. W. Ludlow, J. Shon, J. M. Pipas, D. M. Livingston, and J. A. DeCaprio, Cell 60:387-396, 1990). To determine the precise timing of RB dephosphorylation and whether a specific phosphatase is active in this process, we have utilized a nocod...

  16. Diffuse infiltrating retinoblastoma invading subarachnoid space

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    Full Text Available Satoru Kase1, Kazuhiko Yoshida1, Shigenobu Suzuki2, Koh-ichi Ohshima3, Shigeaki Ohno4, Susumu Ishida11Department of Ophthalmology, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Sapporo; 2Department of Ophthalmic Oncology, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo; 3Section of Ophthalmology, Okayama Medical Center, Okayama; 4Department of Ocular Inflammation and Immunology, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Sapporo, JapanAbstract: We report herein an unusual case of diffuse infiltrating retinoblastoma involving the brain, which caused a patient’s death 27 months after enucleation. An eight-year-old boy complained of blurred vision in his right eye (OD in October 2006. Funduscopic examination showed optic disc swelling, dense whitish vitreous opacity, and an orange-colored subretinal elevated lesion adjacent to the optic disc. Fluorescein angiography revealed hyperfluorescence in the peripapillary region at an early-phase OD. Because the size of the subretinal lesion and vitreous opacity gradually increased, he was referred to us. His visual acuity was 20/1000 OD on June 20, 2007. Slit-lamp biomicroscopy showed a dense anterior vitreous opacity. Ophthalmoscopically, the subretinal orange-colored area spread out until reaching the mid peripheral region. A B-mode sonogram and computed tomography showed a thick homogeneous lesion without calcification. Gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging showed a markedly enhanced appearance of the underlying posterior retina. Enucleation of the right eye was performed nine months after the initial presentation. Histopathology demonstrated retinal detachment and a huge choroidal mass invading the optic nerve head. The tumor was consistent with diffuse infiltrating retinoblastoma. The patient died due to brain involvement 27 months after enucleation. Ophthalmologists should be aware that diffuse infiltrating retinoblastoma may show an unfavorable course if its diagnosis is delayed

  17. Transcriptional inhibition by the retinoblastoma protein

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    Fattaey, A; Helin, K; Harlow, E

    1993-01-01

    The retinoblastoma protein, pRB, appears to play a key role in coordinating the regulation of cell cycle position and transcriptional events. pRB undergoes specific cell-cycle-dependent phosphorylation, being underphosphorylated in G1 and heavily phosphorylated in S, G2, and M. The underphosphory......The retinoblastoma protein, pRB, appears to play a key role in coordinating the regulation of cell cycle position and transcriptional events. pRB undergoes specific cell-cycle-dependent phosphorylation, being underphosphorylated in G1 and heavily phosphorylated in S, G2, and M....... The underphosphorylated form is able to interact with the E2F transcription factor. Recently, we have cloned a cDNA for E2F-1. By using this clone and a series of non-pRB binding mutants, we have been able to show that the binding of pRB to E2F-1 causes inhibition of E2F-mediated transactivation. pRB's inhibition of E2F......-mediated transcription would be lost by mutation in the retinoblastoma gene in human tumours, by pRB's interaction with DNA tumour virus oncoproteins, or by phosphorylation during the cell cycle....

  18. MicroRNAs horizon in retinoblastoma.

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    Mojgan Mirakholi

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    Full Text Available In the retinoblastoma research, it is of great interest to identify molecular markers associated with the genetics of tumorigenesis. microRNAs (miRNAs are small non-coding RNA molecules that play a regulatory role in many crucial cellular pathways such as differentiation, cell cycle progression, and apoptosis. A body of evidences showed dysregulation of miRNAs in tumor biology and many diseases. They potentially play a significant role in tumorigenesis processes and have been the subject of research in many types of cancers including retinal tumorigenesis. miRNA expression profiling was found to be associated with tumor development, progression and treatment. These associations demonstrate the putative applications of miRNAs in monitoring of different aspect of tumors consisting diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic. Herein, we review the current literature concerning to the study of miRNA target recognition, function to tumorigenesis and treatment in retinoblastoma. Identification the specific miRNA biomarkers associated with retinoblastoma cancer may help to establish new therapeutic approaches for salvage affected eyes in patients.

  19. Tratamiento conservador en pacientes con retinoblastoma bilateral

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    Juan C. Suárez

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: comparar el tratamiento convencional del retinoblastoma bilateral, usado hasta hace algunos años, consistente en radioterapia o enucleación bilateral, con el tratamiento conservador actual que incluye termoterapia transpupilar (TTT o TTT/quimioterapia al menos en un ojo, en niños con diagnóstico de retinoblastoma bilateral. DISEÑO: estudio retrospectivo descriptivo. MUESTRA: 20 pacientes con diagnóstico de retinoblastoma bilateral que consultaron al Hospital Universitario San Vicente de Paúl, de Medellín, Colombia, entre 1997 y 2007. MÉTODO: se hizo enucleación del ojo con el tumor de mayor tamaño. En el otro ojo se hizo tratamiento con TTT, con el láser diodo (810 nm, spot amplio, solo o combinado con otras terapias. RESULTADOS: se dividió a los pacientes en dos grupos: 16 pacientes (32 ojos en el grupo 1 tratados conservadoramente y 4 pacientes (8 ojos en el grupo 2 con tratamiento convencional. El rango de edad fue de 1-72 meses en el grupo 1 y de 1-12 meses en el grupo 2. El tiempo de seguimiento fue de 7-67 meses para el grupo 1 y de 13-73 meses para el grupo 2. En el grupo 1 se hizo enucleación de 16 ojos (50%, radioterapia externa de uno (3,1%, quimioterapia más termoterapia de 5 (15,6% y quimioterapia más termoterapia más crioterapia de 10 (31,3%. En todos los pacientes se logró preservar al menos un ojo. En el grupo 2, se enuclearon 7 ojos (87,5% y se hizo radioterapia externa más enucleación en un paciente (12.5%. Además, todos los pacientes recibieron quimioterapia. CONCLUSIÓN: la terapia conservadora actual consistente en tratamiento local (termoterapia, crioterapia o braquiterapia y quimiorreducción permite preservar al menos un ojo y en algunos casos de los dos, muchas veces con buena agudeza visual, en niños con retinoblastoma bilateral; se evitan así la enucleación bilateral y la radioterapia externa usada en el tratamiento convencional con todos sus efectos secundarios. La enucleación contin

  20. Cancer incidence after retinoblastoma - Radiation dose and sarcoma risk

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    Wong, FL; Boice, JD; Abramson, DH; Tarone, RE; Kleinerman, RA; Stovall, M; Goldman, MB; Seddon, JM; Tarbell, N; Fraumeni, JF; Li, FP

    1997-01-01

    Context.-There is a substantial risk of a second cancer for persons with hereditary retinoblastoma, which is enhanced by radiotherapy. Objective.-To examine long-term risk of new primary cancers in survivors of childhood retinoblastoma and quantify the role of radiotherapy in sarcoma development. De

  1. Eficiência térmica de telhas onduladas de fibrocimento aplicadas em abrigos individuais para bezerros expostos ao sol e à sombra Thermal efficiency of fiber cement corrugated sheets applied to individual housing for calves exposed to sun and shade

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    Juliano Fiorelli

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho apresenta um estudo da eficiência térmica de coberturas de bezerreiros individuais expostas ao sol e à sombra, por meio de termografia infravermelha, temperatura interna e índices de conforto térmico. Foram avaliados quatro bezerreiros, três expostos ao sol, a saber: (i cobertos com telhas de fibrocimento sem amianto - pintadas de branco, (ii sem pintura e (iii com sombrite posicionado internamente aos bezerreiros, à distância de 0,10m da face inferior da telha. O quarto bezerreiro foi instalado em área sombreada e coberto com telhas de fibrocimento sem pintura. As coletas de dados foram realizadas durante 21 dias, nos horários das 11h00min, 14h00min e 17h00min. Os resultados mostraram variações significativas na temperatura de superfície das coberturas e nos índices de conforto térmico, entre os tratamentos expostos ao sol e à sombra, para todos os horários avaliados. As imagens termográficas infravermelhas mostraram-se eficientes para melhor compreensão dos processos de transferência de calor da cobertura para o interior das instalações.This research presents a study of roof thermal efficiency in individual housing for calves exposed to sun and shade through infrared thermography, internal temperature and thermal comfort indexes. Four different individual housing for calves covered with asbestos-free fiber-cement corrugated sheets were evaluated. Three of them were directly exposed to the sun: (i corrugated sheets painted white in the external surface, (ii corrugated sheets without painting and (iii with screen shade fabric installed 0.10m under de internal surface of the corrugated sheet. The fourth individual housing was installed in the shade area and covered with unpainted corrugated fiber-cement sheets. The analysis was taken for 21 days at 11h00min, 14h00min and 17h00min. The results indicate significant variations in the roofing surface temperature and thermal comfort indexes among the treatments

  2. Retinoblastoma bilateral de aparecimento tardio: relato de caso Late presentation of bilateral retinoblastoma: case report

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    Maria Cecília Santos Cavalcanti Melo

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    Full Text Available É relatado um caso de retinoblastoma de aparecimento tardio, com características pouco freqüentes, com o objetivo de melhorar o controle da afecção. Em 1993, SJMMF, nove meses, masculino, leucodermo, apresentou tumor na retina esquerda. O paciente tinha história familiar de retinoblastoma. A enucleação foi realizada, comprovando-se retinoblastoma. Os exames para estadiamento sistêmico foram normais. O olho direito evoluiu normal por dez anos. Em exame de rotina, foram constatadas três lesões de retinoblastoma na retina nasal. Foi feita termoterapia transpupilar, com laser de diodo de 810 nm. Após 30 dias, as lesões regrediram. Após 60 dias houve recidiva na borda da lesão, onde foi realizada crioterapia transescleral, com regressão do tumor por seis meses. Durante o controle, observaram-se condensações próximas à lesão tumoral atrófica (sementes vítreas. Foi feito braquiterapia com Iodo125, havendo desaparecimento das mesmas após 30 dias. Novas sementes surgiram três meses pós-braquiterapia, depositadas na superfície retiniana, sendo tratadas com crioterapia transescleral e termoterapia transpupilar, havendo regressão. O paciente evoluiu com nova semente vítrea após seis meses, a qual, após depositar-se na superfície da retina, foi tratada com termoterapia transpupilar. Está em seguimento há 38 meses desde o aparecimento do tumor bilateral, mantendo acuidade visual de 20/20 e exames clínicos normais. Considera-se importante este caso pela pouca freqüência de aparecimento da doença nesta idade. Julga-se necessário o alerta para os casos de retinoblastoma já considerados curados.A case of retinoblastoma with uncommon features is reported, aiming at improving follow-up. In 1993, SJMMF, 9-month-old white boy, presented a squint in the left eye. A retinal tumor was detected. The patient had a family history of retinoblastoma. Enucleation was performed and retinoblastoma was proved. The patient underwent

  3. The retinoblastoma protein as a transcriptional repressor

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    Helin, K; Ed, H

    1993-01-01

    The retinoblastoma protein (pRB) is one of the best-studied tumour suppressor gene products. Its loss during the genesis of many human tumours, its inactivation by several DNA tumour virus oncoproteins, and its ability to inhibit cell growth when introduced into dividing cells all suggest that pRB...... negatively regulates some aspect of normal cell growth. The discovery that pRB associates with transcription factors such as E2F has provided the first model for pRB function. In this review, we discuss how pRB may regulate cell growth by repressing transcription of genes essential for cell proliferation....

  4. Perspectivas para a regulação das nanotecnologias aplicadas a alimentos e biocombustíveis

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    Wilson Engelmann; Andrea Aldrovandi; Airton Guilherme Berger Filho

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    O artigo aborda as possibilidades de regulação das nanotecnologias aplicadas aos alimentos e aos biocombustíveis. Nesse sentido, busca-se estudar os riscos e perigos advindos dessa junção, bem como algumas alternativas regulatórias, tomando-se como referência fórmulas alternativas não derivadas do Estado e do Poder Legislativo, mas oriundas de órgãos internacionais, das empresas envolvidas e de programas de cumprimento voluntário das regras e princípios, já vigentes, mas não diretamente relac...

  5. Clinical Value of CD24 Expression in Retinoblastoma

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    Full Text Available Background. The expression of CD24 has been detected in a wide variety of human malignancies. Downregulation of CD24 inhibits proliferation and induces apoptosis in tumor cells, whereas its upregulation increases tumor growth and metastasis. However, no data on CD24 protein levels in retinoblastoma are available, and the mechanism of CD24 involvement in retinoblastoma progress has not been elucidated. The aim of this study was to explore the expression profile of CD24 in the retinoblastoma tumor samples and to correlate with clinicopathological parameters. Methods. Immunohistochemistry was performed for CD24 on the archival paraffin sections of retinoblastoma and correlated with clinicopathological features. Western blotting was performed to confirm immunoreactivity results. Results. CD24 immunoreactivity was observed in 72.0% (36/50 of the retinoblastoma specimens. Among the 35 low-risk tumors, CD24 was expressed in 62.9% (22/35 tumors and among the 15 high-risk tumors, CD24 was expressed in 93.3% (14/15 tumors. High-risk tumors showed significantly increased expression of CD24 compared to tumors with low-risk (<0.05. Conclusions. This is the first correlation between CD24 expression and histopathology in human retinoblastoma. Our study showed increased expression of CD24 in high risk tumors compared to low risk tumors. Further functional studies are required to explore the role of CD24 in retinoblastoma.

  6. Estrategias de crecimiento empresarial aplicadas por hipermercados

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    Miraidy Leal Morantes; Yilian Cefalá Chirinos

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    El presente estudio tiene como objetivo caracterizar las estrategias de crecimiento empresarial, representadas por alianzas y adquisiciones, que han sido aplicadas en el sector de distribución de bienes de consumo masivo, específicamente en los hipermercados ubicados en Maracaibo, Estado Zulia, como manera de responder al entorno competitivo y cambiante en el cual se desenvuelven. La investigación se desarrolló a través de un estudio de carácter descriptivo; para la recolección ...

  7. TICs aplicadas en e-Government : Experiencias

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    Pesado, Patricia Mabel; De Giusti, Armando Eduardo; Pasini, Ariel C.; Estrebou, César Armando; Osella Massa, Germán Leandro; Galdámez, Nicolás; Moralejo, Lucrecia; Rodriguez, Ismael Pablo; Pousa, Adrián; Pettoruti, José Enrique; Champredonde, Raúl; Feierherd, Guillermo Eugenio; Chichizola, Franco

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    Este proyecto se enfoca en la investigación y desarrollo de soluciones de Gobierno Electrónico, utilizando Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación. Asimismo se han iniciado procesos de for-mación de recursos humanos en el área de Civismo Digital y en Ingeniería de Softwa-re aplicada a E-Gov. Especial interés tienen las experiencias concretas (tales como el voto electrónico, la certificación de calidad en sistemas y orga-nizaciones, el estudio de sistemas distribui-dos de tiempo ...

  8. Inter-relacionamento de dados ambientais e de saúde: análise de risco à saúde aplicada ao abastecimento de água no Rio de Janeiro utilizando Sistemas de Informações Geográficas

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    Full Text Available O inter-relacionamento de dados ambientais e sanitários, necessário na avaliação da exposição de grupos populacionais a fatores de risco, é dificultado pela defasagem no tempo e espaço destes conjuntos de dados. Neste trabalho utilizaram-se como bases de dados georreferenciadas: os setores censitários, que contêm informações sobre a forma com que são abastecidos os domicílios; a rede de abastecimento de água, seus principais mananciais e reservatórios; a qualidade da água, segundo programa de monitoramento. Mediante operações espaciais entre estas camadas, foram localizados e quantificados grupos populacionais submetidos a risco, de acordo com diferentes critérios. Grande parte dos riscos associados ao abastecimento de água encontram-se localizados na encosta norte do Maciço da Tijuca, e na Zona Oeste, onde a população procura formas alternativas de abastecimento. Em razão das diferentes origens, objetivos e estruturas dos dados, os Sistemas de Informações Geográficas (SIG podem ser utilizados como instrumento de organização, de validação destes dados e de verificação de possíveis inconsistências.

  9. Inter-relacionamento de dados ambientais e de saúde: análise de risco à saúde aplicada ao abastecimento de água no Rio de Janeiro utilizando Sistemas de Informações Geográficas

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    Barcellos Christovam

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    Full Text Available O inter-relacionamento de dados ambientais e sanitários, necessário na avaliação da exposição de grupos populacionais a fatores de risco, é dificultado pela defasagem no tempo e espaço destes conjuntos de dados. Neste trabalho utilizaram-se como bases de dados georreferenciadas: os setores censitários, que contêm informações sobre a forma com que são abastecidos os domicílios; a rede de abastecimento de água, seus principais mananciais e reservatórios; a qualidade da água, segundo programa de monitoramento. Mediante operações espaciais entre estas camadas, foram localizados e quantificados grupos populacionais submetidos a risco, de acordo com diferentes critérios. Grande parte dos riscos associados ao abastecimento de água encontram-se localizados na encosta norte do Maciço da Tijuca, e na Zona Oeste, onde a população procura formas alternativas de abastecimento. Em razão das diferentes origens, objetivos e estruturas dos dados, os Sistemas de Informações Geográficas (SIG podem ser utilizados como instrumento de organização, de validação destes dados e de verificação de possíveis inconsistências.

  10. Kif14 overexpression accelerates murine retinoblastoma development.

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    O'Hare, Michael; Shadmand, Mehdi; Sulaiman, Rania S; Sishtla, Kamakshi; Sakisaka, Toshiaki; Corson, Timothy W

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    The mitotic kinesin KIF14 has an essential role in the recruitment of proteins required for the final stages of cytokinesis. Genomic gain and/or overexpression of KIF14 has been documented in retinoblastoma and a number of other cancers, such as breast, lung and ovarian carcinomas, strongly suggesting its role as an oncogene. Despite evidence of oncogenic properties in vitro and in xenografts, Kif14's role in tumor progression has not previously been studied in a transgenic cancer model. Using a novel Kif14 overexpressing, simian virus 40 large T-antigen retinoblastoma (TAg-RB) double transgenic mouse model, we aimed to determine Kif14's role in promoting retinal tumor formation. Tumor initiation and development in double transgenics and control TAg-RB littermates were documented in vivo over a time course by optical coherence tomography, with subsequent ex vivo quantification of tumor burden. Kif14 overexpression led to an accelerated initiation of tumor formation in the TAg-RB model and a significantly decreased tumor doubling time (1.8 vs. 2.9 weeks). Moreover, overall percentage tumor burden was also increased by Kif14 overexpression. These data provide the first evidence that Kif14 can promote tumor formation in susceptible cells in vivo. PMID:27270502

  11. Distant metastatic retinoblastoma without central nervous system involvement

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    Mohammad Javed Ali

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    Full Text Available Retinoblastoma is the most common intraocular malignancy in children, with a reported incidence ranging from 1 in 15,000 to 1 in 18,000 live births. Metastatic retinoblastoma is rare in developed countries, with a reported range from 4.8% in the United States to 5.8% in the United Kingdom. However, the frequency reported from developing countries varies from 9 to 11% at presentation. The mortality is very high owing to late presentations, delayed diagnosis compounded by socio-economic factors. The management of metastatic retinoblastoma is evolving, but it is still a challenge in pediatric oncology. We present a case of an extensive skeletal metastasis that initially presented as a massive orbital retinoblastoma.

  12. Inter-relacionamento de dados ambientais e de saúde: análise de risco à saúde aplicada ao abastecimento de água no Rio de Janeiro utilizando Sistemas de Informações Geográficas Linkage of environmental and health data: health risk analysis of the Rio de Janeiro water supply using Geographical Information Systems

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    Christovam Barcellos

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    Full Text Available O inter-relacionamento de dados ambientais e sanitários, necessário na avaliação da exposição de grupos populacionais a fatores de risco, é dificultado pela defasagem no tempo e espaço destes conjuntos de dados. Neste trabalho utilizaram-se como bases de dados georreferenciadas: os setores censitários, que contêm informações sobre a forma com que são abastecidos os domicílios; a rede de abastecimento de água, seus principais mananciais e reservatórios; a qualidade da água, segundo programa de monitoramento. Mediante operações espaciais entre estas camadas, foram localizados e quantificados grupos populacionais submetidos a risco, de acordo com diferentes critérios. Grande parte dos riscos associados ao abastecimento de água encontram-se localizados na encosta norte do Maciço da Tijuca, e na Zona Oeste, onde a população procura formas alternativas de abastecimento. Em razão das diferentes origens, objetivos e estruturas dos dados, os Sistemas de Informações Geográficas (SIG podem ser utilizados como instrumento de organização, de validação destes dados e de verificação de possíveis inconsistências.Exposure assessment of population groups is based on linkage of environmental and health data. This relationship can be hard to establish due to spatial and temporal lags in data sets. GIS can be used as a basis for organizing health-related and environmental data sets. We examined potential health risk in the Rio de Janeiro city water supply based on the overlay of information layers containing data on the presence and quality of water supply services. We used census tracts as the primary georeferenced data, since they contain information on how households are supplied, water supply pipes, sources, and reservoirs, and water quality according to the monitoring program. Population groups exposed to risks were located and quantified using spatial operations among these layers and adopting different risk criteria. The

  13. Scleral buckling for retinal detachment in patients with retinoblastoma

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    Three children (two girls and one boy) with bilateral retinoblastoma each developed a presumed rhegmatogenous retinal detachment in one eye. All three eyes had previously received radiation and cryotherapy. In each case the retinal detachment responded promptly to conventional surgical methods via scleral buckling in the area of treated retinoblastoma and presumed retinal break. All three eyes have retained useful vision for follow-up periods of 3.5 to 12 years

  14. Scleral buckling for retinal detachment in patients with retinoblastoma

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    Buzney, S.M.; Pruett, R.C.; Regan, C.D.; Walton, D.S.; Smith, T.R.

    1984-10-15

    Three children (two girls and one boy) with bilateral retinoblastoma each developed a presumed rhegmatogenous retinal detachment in one eye. All three eyes had previously received radiation and cryotherapy. In each case the retinal detachment responded promptly to conventional surgical methods via scleral buckling in the area of treated retinoblastoma and presumed retinal break. All three eyes have retained useful vision for follow-up periods of 3.5 to 12 years.

  15. Array comparative genomic hybridization in retinoma and retinoblastoma tissues.

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    Sampieri, Katia; Amenduni, Mariangela; Papa, Filomena Tiziana; Katzaki, Eleni; Mencarelli, Maria Antonietta; Marozza, Annabella; Epistolato, Maria Carmela; Toti, Paolo; Lazzi, Stefano; Bruttini, Mirella; De Filippis, Roberta; De Francesco, Sonia; Longo, Ilaria; Meloni, Ilaria; Mari, Francesca; Acquaviva, Antonio; Hadjistilianou, Theodora; Renieri, Alessandra; Ariani, Francesca

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    In retinoblastoma, two RB1 mutations are necessary for tumor development. Recurrent genomic rearrangements may represent subsequent events required for retinoblastoma progression. Array-comparative genomic hybridization was carried out in 18 eye samples, 10 from bilateral and eight from unilateral retinoblastoma patients. Two unilateral cases also showed areas of retinoma. The most frequent imbalance in retinoblastomas was 6p gain (40%), followed by gains at 1q12-q25.3, 2p24.3-p24.2, 9q22.2, and 9q33.1 and losses at 11q24.3, 13q13.2-q22.3, and 16q12.1-q21. Bilateral cases showed a lower number of imbalances than unilateral cases (P = 0.002). Unilateral cases were divided into low-level ( or = 7) chromosomal instability groups. The first group presented with younger age at diagnosis (mean 511 days) compared with the second group (mean 1606 days). In one retinoma case ophthalmoscopically diagnosed as a benign lesion no rearrangements were detected, whereas the adjacent retinoblastoma displayed seven aberrations. The other retinoma case identified by retrospective histopathological examination shared three rearrangements with the adjacent retinoblastoma. Two other gene-free rearrangements were retinoma specific. One rearrangement, dup5p, was retinoblastoma specific and included the SKP2 gene. Genomic profiling indicated that the first retinoma was a pretumoral lesion, whereas the other represents a subclone of cells bearing 'benign' rearrangements overwhelmed by another subclone presenting aberrations with higher 'oncogenic' potential. In summary, the present study shows that bilateral and unilateral retinoblastoma have different chromosomal instability that correlates with the age of tumor onset in unilateral cases. This is the first report of genomic profiling in retinoma tissue, shedding light on the different nature of lesions named 'retinoma'.

  16. Retinoblastoma protein: a central processing unit

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    M Poznic

    2009-06-01

    The retinoblastoma protein (pRb) is one of the key cell-cycle regulating proteins and its inactivation leads to neoplastic transformation and carcinogenesis. This protein regulates critical G1-to-S phase transition through interaction with the E2F family of cell-cycle transcription factors repressing transcription of genes required for this cell-cycle check-point transition. Its activity is regulated through network sensing intracellular and extracellular signals which block or permit phosphorylation (inactivation) of the Rb protein. Mechanisms of Rb-dependent cell-cycle control have been widely studied over the past couple of decades. However, recently it was found that pRb also regulates apoptosis through the same interaction with E2F transcription factors and that Rb–E2F complexes play a role in regulating the transcription of genes involved in differentiation and development.

  17. Retinoblastoma protein: a central processing unit.

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    Poznic, M

    2009-06-01

    The retinoblastoma protein (pRb) is one of the key cell-cycle regulating proteins and its inactivation leads to neoplastic transformation and carcinogenesis. This protein regulates critical G1 -to-S phase transition through interaction with the E2F family of cell-cycle transcription factors repressing transcription of genes required for this cell-cycle check-point transition. Its activity is regulated through network sensing intracellular and extracellular signals which block or permit phosphorylation (inactivation) of the Rb protein. Mechanisms of Rb-dependent cell-cycle control have been widely studied over the past couple of decades. However, recently it was found that pRb also regulates apoptosis through the same interaction with E2F transcription factors and that Rb-E2F complexes play a role in regulating the transcription of genes involved in differentiation and development.

  18. Cobalt60 plaques in recurrent retinoblastoma

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    Cobalt60 plaque irradiation is one treatment option for patients with recurrent retinoblastoma following conventional external beam irradiation (ERT). Tumorocidal doses can be delivered without excessive risk of normal tissue injury. In patients not considered candidates for xenon arc or cryotherapy, 60Co is an alternative to enucleation. Between 1968 and 1987, 85 patients were treated with 60Co plaques, 72 of whom had failed prior ERT. Age at diagnosis ranged from 1 week to 4 years. There are 37 males and 35 females. Seventy-one patients had bilateral disease and one had unilateral. Three patients had both eyes plaqued. Prior ERT ranged from 30 to 70 Gy (mean 4200 Gy). Time from initial therapy to failure ranged from 13 to 60 months. Cobalt plaques of 10 mm, 15 mm, or 10 x 15 mm were used depending on tumor size and location. Dose prescribed to the apex of the tumor ranged from 30 to 50 Gy (median 40 Gy) given over 3 to 8 days. Twelve patients had two plaque applications; three patients had three plaque applications. All patients were followed with routine ophthalmoscopic examinations. Follow-up ranged from 2 to 22 years (mean 8.7). Seven patients died of metastatic disease; 10 patients developed non-ocular second tumors. Thirty patients required enucleation. Twenty-two patients had clear tumor progression, two patients had radiation complications, and six patients had a combination of tumor growth and complications. Cobalt60 can salvage eyes in retinoblastoma patients failing ERT. Currently, the authors are using I125 in an attempt to spare normal ocular tissue and reduce subsequent complications

  19. Cobalt60 plaques in recurrent retinoblastoma

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    Fass, D.; McCormick, B.; Abramson, D.; Ellsworth, R. (Department of Radiation Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY, NY (USA))

    1991-08-01

    Cobalt60 plaque irradiation is one treatment option for patients with recurrent retinoblastoma following conventional external beam irradiation (ERT). Tumorocidal doses can be delivered without excessive risk of normal tissue injury. In patients not considered candidates for xenon arc or cryotherapy, 60Co is an alternative to enucleation. Between 1968 and 1987, 85 patients were treated with 60Co plaques, 72 of whom had failed prior ERT. Age at diagnosis ranged from 1 week to 4 years. There are 37 males and 35 females. Seventy-one patients had bilateral disease and one had unilateral. Three patients had both eyes plaqued. Prior ERT ranged from 30 to 70 Gy (mean 4200 Gy). Time from initial therapy to failure ranged from 13 to 60 months. Cobalt plaques of 10 mm, 15 mm, or 10 {times} 15 mm were used depending on tumor size and location. Dose prescribed to the apex of the tumor ranged from 30 to 50 Gy (median 40 Gy) given over 3 to 8 days. Twelve patients had two plaque applications; three patients had three plaque applications. All patients were followed with routine ophthalmoscopic examinations. Follow-up ranged from 2 to 22 years (mean 8.7). Seven patients died of metastatic disease; 10 patients developed non-ocular second tumors. Thirty patients required enucleation. Twenty-two patients had clear tumor progression, two patients had radiation complications, and six patients had a combination of tumor growth and complications. Cobalt60 can salvage eyes in retinoblastoma patients failing ERT. Currently, the authors are using I125 in an attempt to spare normal ocular tissue and reduce subsequent complications.

  20. Neutrongraphy technique applied to the narcotics and terrorism enforcement; Neutrongrafia aplicada no combate ao narcotrafico e ao terrorismo

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    Silva, Ademir X. da; Hacidume, Leo R.; Crispim, Verginia R. [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-graduacao de Engenharia. Programa de Engenharia Nuclear

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    Among the several methods of non-destructive essays that may be used for the detection of both drugs and explosives, the ones that utilize nuclear techniques have demonstrated to possess essential qualities for an efficient detection system. These techniques allow the inspection of a large quantity of samples fast, sensibly, specifically and with automatic decision, for they utilize radiation of great power of penetration. This work aims to show the neutron radiography and computed tomography potentiality for the detection of the drugs and explosives even when they are concealed by heavy materials. In the radiographic essays with thermal neutrons, samples of powder cocaine and explosives were inspected, concealed by several materials or not. The samples were irradiated during 30 minutes in the J-9 channel of the Argonauta research reactor of the IEN/CNEN in a neutron flux of 2:5 10{sup 5} n/cm{sup 2}.s. We used two sheets of gadolinium converter with a thickness of 25 {mu}m each one and a Kodak Industrex A5 photographic plaque. A comparative analysis among the tomographic images experimental and simulated obtained by X-ray, fast and thermal neutron is presented. The thermal neutron tomography demonstrate to be the best. (author)

  1. Retinoma and Phthisis Bulbi of Retinoblastoma 1.Clinical and Genetic Analysis

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    1992-01-01

    Retinoma and phthisis bulbi of retinoblastoma are rare entitiesfound in retinoblastoma patients and their relatives.Eleven cases of phthisisbulbi of retinoblastoma and 9 cases of retinoma were identified from 1966 to1991 in our center.The clinic data show that retinoma and phthisis bulbi areclosely related to the retinoblastoma gene.Enucleation should be carried outas soon as possible without hesitation for the phthisis of eyes with retinoblas-toma.Genetic counseling and frequent observation should be p...

  2. Estrategias de crecimiento empresarial aplicadas por hipermercados

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    Miraidy Leal Morantes

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente estudio tiene como objetivo caracterizar las estrategias de crecimiento empresarial, representadas por alianzas y adquisiciones, que han sido aplicadas en el sector de distribución de bienes de consumo masivo, específicamente en los hipermercados ubicados en Maracaibo, Estado Zulia, como manera de responder al entorno competitivo y cambiante en el cual se desenvuelven. La investigación se desarrolló a través de un estudio de carácter descriptivo; para la recolección de datos se aplicó un cuestionario estructurado, bajo la modalidad de entrevista, a gerentes generales y financieros. Los resultados evidencian que las estrategias de crecimiento empresarial utilizadas son la apertura de nuevos establecimientos comerciales, adquisición de empresas y participación accionaria en grandes cadenas, las cuales propician la concentración del mercado de distribución comercial, afectando a algunas empresas venezolanas del sector cuya oferta no puede competir; asimismo, los proveedores se enfrentan a cadenas con gran poder de negociación.

  3. Current Trends in the Management of Retinoblastoma

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    Hayyam Kıratlı

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Retinoblastoma is the most common primary intraocular malignant tumor of early childhood, and 95% of all cases are diagnosed before the age of 5 years. Tumors are evaluated and classified based on laterality, genetic features, the number, location and size of foci. Currently, systemic and intaarterial chemotherapy are the most commonly used management options worldwide. Group A tumors are treated with focal techniques including transpupillary thermotherapy, cryotherapy, or laser photocoagulation. Groups B and C tumors are managed with systemic chemotherapy and focal consolidation techniques. Group D lesions are best treated with systemic chemotherapy, subtenon carboplatin injection or external beam radiotherapy. Alternatively, groups B, C and D tumors can be primarily treated with intraarterial chemotherapy. Intravitreal melphalan injection can be an alternative treatment for eyes with recurrent or persistent vitreous seeding. Group E eyes are often enucleated, however, depending on the fellow eye, systemic or intraarterial chemotherapy may be administered. Systemic chemotherapy is also mandatory if high-risk histopathological features are found after enucleation. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2014; 44: Supplement 22-8

  4. A METODOLOGIA DE CALLISTA ROY APLICADA EM CLIENTES SUBMETIDOS À INTERVENÇAO HEMODINÂMICA

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    Ivete Maroso Krauzer

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    Full Text Available RESUMO: Trata-se de uma pesquisa qualitativa, do tipo exploratório descritiva, que identificou o perfil de saúde dos clientes em tratamento hemodinâmico e desenvolveu o Processo de Enfermagem (PE, fundamentado em Callista Roy. Realizou-se com 52 clientes, no Centro de Hemodinâmica de um hospital privado, de fevereiro a maio de 2010. Utilizouse um questionário semiestruturado para coleta de dados. A maioria tinha mais de 60 anos, aposentados, casados, moradores de Chapecó, com ensino fundamental. Os fatores de risco principais foram: idade acima de 60 anos, a Hipertensão Arterial Sistêmica (HAS,obesidade e vida sedentária. Os principais diagnósticos de enfermagem foram: ansiedade relacionada à morte (100%; risco de dor aguda (85% e integridade da pele prejudicada (75%. Os resultados obtidos podem contribuir para a enfermagem embasar o cuidado no PE, identificar os fatores de risco, atuar na prevenção e num serviço de alta complexidade que exige conhecimentos especializados.

  5. Geotecnologias aplicadas ao zoneamento agroecológico do estado do Mato Grosso do Sul.

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    Bhering, Silvio Barge; Chagas, César da Silva; Carvalho Junior, Waldir; Pereira, Nilson Rendeiro; Amaral, Fernando Cézar Saraiva; Zaroni, Maria José; Gonçalves, Alexandre Ortega

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    O trabalho teve como objetivo apresentar uma proposta metodológica para o zoneamento agroecológico do Estado do Mato Grosso do Sul, tendo como estudo de caso o município de Bandeirantes. Foram utilizadas geotecnologias, tais como: imagens de satélite (Landast 5), sistema de posicionamento global, sistemas de informação geográfica, cartografia digital e software de processamento digital de imagens, visando construir parâmetros ambientais para uma análise integrada de dados, associados com atri...

  6. Cariometria aplicada a avaliaçao da anaplasia em tumores ependimários

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    Resumo: Foram realizadas 1.500 medições de volumes de núcleos, através de cariometria com ocular micrométrica simples, para comparação entre células ependimárias normais e neoplásicas, determinando-se, matematicamente, o aumento de volume que existe quando a célula normal se dediferencia em célula neoplásica.

  7. Naturologia aplicada a uma educação para a morte

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    Christofoletti, Flávia Cestaro; Franco, Maria Helena Pereira

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    Objetiva-se discutir, neste artigo de revisão, o conceito de Naturologia Aplicada vinculada à prática da Educação para a morte. A Naturologia tem como preceito o trabalho com a prevenção, manutenção e recuperação da saúde, usando como forma de intervenção a educação. Associada ao termo saúde, a educação desenvolve um papel de orientação e instrução às atividades diárias bem como estimula a reflexão à corresponsabilidade do indivíduo no processo de saúde individual e coletiva. Pensar em educaç...

  8. RB1 mutations and second primary malignancies after hereditary retinoblastoma

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    Dommering, Charlotte J.; Marees, Tamara; van der Hout, Annemarie H.; Imhof, Saskia M.; Meijers-Heijboer, Hanne; Ringens, Peter J.; van Leeuwen, Flora E.; Moll, Annette C.

    2012-01-01

    Survivors of hereditary retinoblastoma have a high risk of second primary malignancies, but it has not been investigated whether specific RB1 germline mutations are associated with greater risk of second primary malignancies in a large cohort. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 199 survivo

  9. Anterior chamber cholesterolosis in a patient with retinoblastoma.

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    Hong, Bryan K; Say, Emil Anthony T; Chévez-Barrios, Patricia; Lee, Thomas C; Kim, Jonathan W

    2016-01-01

    Anterior chamber cholesterolosis is a rare phenomenon typically associated with non-neoplastic conditions such as hyphema or Coats disease; it has never been reported to be associated with intraocular malignancy. We report a case of anterior chamber cholesterolosis presenting in the setting of retinoblastoma and discuss clinical features relevant for its differentiation from Coats disease. PMID:27330481

  10. Retinoblastoma-like RRB gene of arabidopsis thaliana

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    Durfee, Tim; Feiler, Heidi; Gruissem, Wilhelm; Jenkins, Susan; Roe, Judith; Zambryski, Patricia

    2004-02-24

    This invention provides methods and compositions for altering the growth, organization, and differentiation of plant tissues. The invention is based on the discovery that, in plants, genetically altering the levels of Retinoblastoma-related gene (RRB) activity produces dramatic effects on the growth, proliferation, organization, and differentiation of plant meristem.

  11. Retinoblastoma in Adolescence: Report of an Unusual Presentation

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    Mohammad Reza Khalili

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Herein, we report the clinical, pathologic and photographic findings of a 16year-old girl who presented with gradual enlargement of a vascularized, hemorrhagicperipapillary mass that eventually led to vitreous hemorrhage and rubeosis iridis.Histopathological findings after enucleation were positive for retinoblastoma. Thepatient did not have any metastasis during her 20 months of follow up.

  12. O uso da quimioterapia no tratamento do retinoblastoma: avaliação retrospectiva The use of chemotherapy in the treatment of retinoblastoma: retrospective analysis

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    Fernando Leite Kronbauer

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo:Análise retrospectiva de pacientes com retinoblastoma considerando: 1 - estadiamento e apresentação tumoral à tomografia, 2 - proporção de pacientes com margens comprometidas (nervo óptico no exame anatomopatológico dos olhos enucleados e 3-tratamento com quimioterapia. Métodos: Revisados os prontuários de 11 pacientes consecutivos com diagnóstico de retinoblastoma entre fevereiro/98 e setembro/99, tratados conjuntamente no setor de Oncologia Pediátrica e Serviço de Oftalmologia. Foram selecionados aqueles submetidos à quimioterapia com vincristina, etoposida e carboplatina (VEC num total de 7 pacientes. Foram avaliados: apresentação tumoral (estadiamento, resposta à quimioterapia e sobrevida destes pacientes. Resultados: Os 7 pacientes estudados foram diagnosticados entre 15 e 38 meses de idade (média=25,7 meses, sendo 3 unilaterais, 3 bilaterais e 1 trilateral (pinealoblastoma. Todos pacientes foram tratados com quimioterapia (VEC administrados em 2 a 5 ciclos e divididos em 2 grupos: Grupo 1 - Pacientes tratados com quimioterapia primária visando redução tumoral e preservação de 1 dos olhos (5 pacientes; Grupo 2 - Pacientes tratados com quimioterapia agressiva para doença extra-ocular (2 pacientes. Dos 5 pacientes tratados com quimioterapia primária (4 submetidos a enucleação devido ao grande volume tumoral, 4 obtiveram redução tumoral, 2 responderam apenas inicialmente indo à óbito em 10 meses de média e 1 apresentou-se quimiorresistente. Pacientes com tumor bilateral foram submetidos a radioterapia (EBTR no olho menos acometido. O tempo médio de seguimento após quimioterapia primária foi 12,4 meses. Os dois pacientes submetidos à enucleação e quimioterapia adjuvante, apresentavam metástase cerebral e foram a óbito em média 4/5 meses após início do tratamento. Conclusão: Esse estudo revelou que: 1-os casos de retinoblastoma são diagnosticados tardiamente em nosso meio. 2 - A porcentagem

  13. Sustained-release hydrogels of topotecan for retinoblastoma.

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    Taich, Paula; Moretton, Marcela A; Del Sole, María Jose; Winter, Ursula; Bernabeu, Ezequiel; Croxatto, Juan O; Oppezzo, Javier; Williams, Gustavo; Chantada, Guillermo L; Chiappetta, Diego A; Schaiquevich, Paula

    2016-10-01

    Treatment of retinoblastoma, the most common primary ocular malignancy in children, has greatly improved over the last decade. Still, new devices for chemotherapy are needed to achieve better tumor control. The aim of this project was to develop an ocular drug delivery system for topotecan (TPT) loaded in biocompatible hydrogels of poly(ε-caprolactone)-poly(ethyleneglycol)-poly(ε-caprolactone) block copolymers (PCL-PEG-PCL) for sustained TPT release in the vitreous humor. Hydrogels were prepared from TPT and synthesized PCL-PEG-PCL copolymers. Rheological properties and in vitro and in vivo TPT release were studied. Hydrogel cytotoxicity was evaluated in retinoblastoma cells as a surrogate for efficacy and TPT vitreous pharmacokinetics and systemic as well as ocular toxicity were evaluated in rabbits. The pseudoplastic behavior of the hydrogels makes them suitable for intraocular administration. In vitro release profiles showed a sustained release of TPT from PCL-PEG-PCL up to 7days and drug loading did not affect the release pattern. Blank hydrogels did not affect retinoblastoma cell viability but 0.4% (w/w) TPT-loaded hydrogel was highly cytotoxic for at least 7days. After intravitreal injection, TPT vitreous concentrations were sustained above the pharmacologically active concentration. One month after injection, animals with blank or TPT-loaded hydrogels showed no systemic toxicity or retinal impairment on fundus examination, electroretinographic, and histopathological assessments. These novel TPT-hydrogels can deliver sustained concentrations of active drug into the vitreous with excellent biocompatibility in vivo and pronounced cytotoxic activity in retinoblastoma cells and may become an additional strategy for intraocular retinoblastoma treatment. PMID:27429296

  14. Can preoperative MR imaging predict optic nerve invasion of retinoblastoma?

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    Song, Kyoung Doo, E-mail: kdsong0308@gmail.com [Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50, Ilwon-Dong, Kangnam-Ku, Seoul 135-710 (Korea, Republic of); Eo, Hong, E-mail: rtombow@gmail.com [Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50, Ilwon-Dong, Kangnam-Ku, Seoul 135-710 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ji Hye, E-mail: jhkate.kim@samsung.com [Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50, Ilwon-Dong, Kangnam-Ku, Seoul 135-710 (Korea, Republic of); Yoo, So-Young, E-mail: sy1131.yoo@samsung.com [Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50, Ilwon-Dong, Kangnam-Ku, Seoul 135-710 (Korea, Republic of); Jeon, Tae Yeon, E-mail: hathor97.jeon@samsung.com [Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50, Ilwon-Dong, Kangnam-Ku, Seoul 135-710 (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-12-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the accuracy of pre-operative MRI for the detection of optic nerve invasion in retinoblastoma. Materials and methods: Institutional review board approval and informed consent were waived for this retrospective study. A total of 41 patients were included. Inclusion criteria were histologically proven retinoblastoma, availability of diagnostic-quality preoperative MR images acquired during the 4 weeks before surgery, unilateral retinoblastoma, and normal-sized optic nerve. Two radiologists retrospectively reviewed the MR images independently. Five imaging findings (diffuse mild optic nerve enhancement, focal strong optic nerve enhancement, optic sheath enhancement, tumor location, and tumor size) were evaluated against optic nerve invasion of retinoblastoma. The predictive performance of all MR imaging findings for optic nerve invasion was also evaluated by the receiver operating characteristic curve analysis. Results: Optic nerve invasion was histopathologically confirmed in 24% of study population (10/41). The differences in diffuse mild enhancement, focal strong enhancement, optic sheath enhancement, and tumor location between patients with optic nerve invasion and patients without optic nerve invasion were not significant. Tumor sizes were 16.1 mm (SD: 2.2 mm) and 14.9 mm (SD: 3.6 mm) in patients with and without optic nerve involvement, respectively (P = 0.444). P-Values from binary logistic regression indicated that all five imaging findings were not significant predictors of tumor invasion of optic nerve. The AUC values of all MR imaging findings for the prediction of optic nerve invasion were 0.689 (95% confidence interval: 0.499–0.879) and 0.653 (95% confidence interval: 0.445–0.861) for observer 1 and observer 2, respectively. Conclusion: Findings of MRI in patients with normal-sized optic nerves have limited usefulness in preoperatively predicting the presence of optic nerve invasion in retinoblastoma.

  15. Proton Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Retinoblastoma

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    Mouw, Kent W. [Harvard Radiation Oncology Program, Boston, Massachusetts (United States); Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (United States); Sethi, Roshan V.; Yeap, Beow Y.; MacDonald, Shannon M.; Chen, Yen-Lin E.; Tarbell, Nancy J.; Yock, Torunn I.; Munzenrider, John E.; Adams, Judith [Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (United States); Grabowski, Eric [Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (United States); Mukai, Shizuo [Retina Service, Department of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts (United States); Shih, Helen A., E-mail: hshih@partners.org [Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (United States)

    2014-11-15

    Purpose: To investigate long-term disease and toxicity outcomes for pediatric retinoblastoma patients treated with proton radiation therapy (PRT). Methods and Materials: This is a retrospective analysis of 49 retinoblastoma patients (60 eyes) treated with PRT between 1986 and 2012. Results: The majority (84%) of patients had bilateral disease, and nearly half (45%) had received prior chemotherapy. At a median follow-up of 8 years (range, 1-24 years), no patients died of retinoblastoma or developed metastatic disease. The post-PRT enucleation rate was low (18%), especially in patients with early-stage disease (11% for patients with International Classification for Intraocular Retinoblastoma [ICIR] stage A-B disease vs 23% for patients with ICIR stage C-D disease). Post-PRT ophthalmologic follow-up was available for 61% of the preserved eyes (30 of 49): 14 of 30 eyes (47%) had 20/40 visual acuity or better, 7 of 30 (23%) had moderate visual acuity (20/40-20/600), and 9 of 30 (30%) had little or no useful vision (worse than 20/600). Twelve of 60 treated eyes (20%) experienced a post-PRT event requiring intervention, with cataracts the most common (4 eyes). No patients developed an in-field second malignancy. Conclusions: Long-term follow-up of retinoblastoma patients treated with PRT demonstrates that PRT can achieve high local control rates, even in advanced cases, and many patients retain useful vision in the treated eye. Treatment-related ocular side effects were uncommon, and no radiation-associated malignancies were observed.

  16. Secondary Lymphoma in a Patient with a History of Unilateral Retinoblastoma

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    Banu Kozanoglu

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Second malignancies develop with increased incidence in patients with herediter retinoblastoma. The most common second malignancies in retinoblastoma survivors are soft tissue sarcoma and osteosarcoma. Lymphoma developing as a second malignancy has rarely been reported. Here we report a case of lymphoma diagnosed in a 13 year-old-boy, 12 years after the diagnosis of unilateral retinoblastoma having heterozygous p.R552 (c.1654C> T mutation, treated with enucleation and radiotherapy. The risk of second tumour is higher in the hereditary retinoblastoma, especially in cases undergoing external beam radiation therapy. [Cukurova Med J 2015; 40(Suppl 1: 33-37

  17. MicroRNAs-449a and -449b exhibit tumor suppressive effects in retinoblastoma

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    Highlights: •We validate miR-449a/b expression in primary human retinoblastomas and cell lines. •Exogenous miRs-449a/b inhibited proliferation in retinoblastoma cell lines. •Exogenous miRs-449a/b increased apoptosis in retinoblastoma cell lines. •miRs-449a/b could serve as viable therapeutic targets for retinoblastoma treatment. -- Abstract: Retinoblastoma is the most common pediatric cancer of the eye. Currently, the chemotherapeutic treatments for retinoblastoma are broad-based drugs such as vincristine, carboplatin, or etoposide. However, therapies targeted directly to aberrant signaling pathways may provide more effective therapy for this disease. The purpose of our study is to illustrate the relationship between the expressions of miRs-449a and -449b to retinoblastoma proliferation and apoptosis. We are the first to confirm an inhibitory effect of miR-449a and -449b in retinoblastoma by demonstrating significantly impaired proliferation and increased apoptosis of tumor cells when these miRNAs are overexpressed. This study suggests that these miRNAs could serve as viable therapeutic targets for retinoblastoma treatment

  18. MicroRNAs-449a and -449b exhibit tumor suppressive effects in retinoblastoma

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    Martin, Alissa [Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60611 (United States); Jones, Aunica [Cancer Biology and Epigenomics Program, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Research Center, Chicago, IL 60611 (United States); Bryar, Paul J. [Departments of Ophthalmology and Pathology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL 60611 (United States); Mets, Marilyn [Division of Ophthalmology, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60611 (United States); Department of Ophthalmology, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL 60611 (United States); Weinstein, Joanna [Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL 60611 (United States); Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60611 (United States); Zhang, Gang [Biostatistics Research Core, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Research Center, Chicago, IL 60611 (United States); Laurie, Nikia A., E-mail: n-laurie@northwestern.edu [Cancer Biology and Epigenomics Program, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Research Center, Chicago, IL 60611 (United States); Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL 60611 (United States)

    2013-11-01

    Highlights: •We validate miR-449a/b expression in primary human retinoblastomas and cell lines. •Exogenous miRs-449a/b inhibited proliferation in retinoblastoma cell lines. •Exogenous miRs-449a/b increased apoptosis in retinoblastoma cell lines. •miRs-449a/b could serve as viable therapeutic targets for retinoblastoma treatment. -- Abstract: Retinoblastoma is the most common pediatric cancer of the eye. Currently, the chemotherapeutic treatments for retinoblastoma are broad-based drugs such as vincristine, carboplatin, or etoposide. However, therapies targeted directly to aberrant signaling pathways may provide more effective therapy for this disease. The purpose of our study is to illustrate the relationship between the expressions of miRs-449a and -449b to retinoblastoma proliferation and apoptosis. We are the first to confirm an inhibitory effect of miR-449a and -449b in retinoblastoma by demonstrating significantly impaired proliferation and increased apoptosis of tumor cells when these miRNAs are overexpressed. This study suggests that these miRNAs could serve as viable therapeutic targets for retinoblastoma treatment.

  19. Inteligência Competitiva: metodologias aplicadas em empresas brasileirasInteligencia Competitiva: metodologías aplicadas en las empresas brasileñas

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    Mônica Erichsen Nassif

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    Full Text Available Introdução: Apresenta um panorama acerca da Inteligência Competitiva no contexto das organizações brasileiras. Objetivo: Investiga a existência de metodologias de Inteligência Competitiva aplicadas a organizações nacionais e multinacionais de diferentes segmentos de mercado. Metodologia: Revisão de literatura nacional e internacional – envolvendo o status quo da atividade de Inteligência Competitiva no mundo – e cujo conteúdo foi confrontado com os resultados obtidos em entrevistas realizadas em 13 organizações nacionais e multinacionais com atuação no Brasil, no período de dezembro de 2010 a abril de 2011. Resultados: No artigo foram analisados os diferentes objetivos e experiências de Inteligência Competitiva em organizações envolvendo diferentes práticas para a projeção de cenários, análise de conteúdos provenientes de mídias e monitoramento do ambiente geral e setorial das organizações. A pesquisa apontou ainda as principais fontes e produtos de informação, perfil dos participantes e ferramentas utilizadas para a prática de Inteligência Competitiva no ambiente organizacional brasileiro. Conclusões: Embora as organizações adotem metodologias relativamente similares de Inteligência Competitiva, essa atividade apresenta objetivos distintos, afeitos tanto ao enfoque estratégico, quanto aos enfoques mercadológico, comercial e de vendas, prevalecendo o primeiro. O aspecto estratégico também está refletido nos modelos de subordinação hierárquica dominante das áreas de Inteligência Competitiva.

  20. Risk of retinoblastoma is associated with a maternal polymorphism in dihydrofolatereductase (DHFR) and prenatal folic acid intake

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    The incidence of unilateral retinoblastoma varies globally, suggesting possible environmental contributors to disease incidence. Maternal intake of naturally occurring folate from vegetables during pregnancy is associated inversely with the risk of retinoblastoma in offspring. The authors used a ca...

  1. {sup 106}Ruthenium Plaque Therapy (RPT) for Retinoblastoma

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    Murakami, Naoya, E-mail: namuraka@ncc.go.jp [Department of Radiation Oncology, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo (Japan); Suzuki, Shigenobu [Department of Ophthalmic Oncology, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo (Japan); Ito, Yoshinori [Department of Radiation Oncology, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo (Japan); Yoshimura, Ryoichi [Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Oncology, Head and Neck Reconstruction Division, Graduate School, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo (Japan); Inaba, Koji; Kuroda, Yuki; Morota, Madoka; Mayahara, Hiroshi; Sakudo, Mototake; Wakita, Akihisa; Okamoto, Hiroyuki; Sumi, Minako; Kagami, Yoshikazu [Department of Radiation Oncology, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo (Japan); Nakagawa, Keiichi; Ohtomo, Kuni [Department of Radiology, University of Tokyo Hospital, Tokyo (Japan); Itami, Jun [Department of Radiation Oncology, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo (Japan)

    2012-09-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the effectiveness of episcleral {sup 106}ruthenium plaque therapy (RPT) in the management of retinoblastoma. Methods and Materials: One hundred one RPTs were retrospectively analyzed that were performed in 90 eyes of 85 patients with retinoblastoma at National Cancer Center Hospital between 1998 and 2008. Each RPT had a corresponding tumor and 101 tumors were considered in the analysis of local control. Median follow-up length was 72.8 months. Median patient age at the RPT was 28 months. Median prescribed doses at reference depth and outer surface of the sclera were 47.4 Gy and 162.3 Gy, respectively. Results: Local control rate (LCR) and ocular retention rate (ORR) at 2 years were 33.7% and 58.7%, respectively. Unilateral disease, International Classification of Retinoblastoma group C or more advanced at the first presentation or at the time of RPT, vitreous and/or subretinal seeding, tumor size greater than 5 disc diameter (DD), reference depth greater than 5 mm, dose rate at reference depth lower than 0.7 Gy/hour, dose at the reference depth lower than 35 Gy, and (biologically effective dose with an {alpha}/{beta} ratio of 10 Gy) at the reference depth lower than 40 Gy{sub 10} were associated with unfavorable LCR. Two patients died of metastatic disease. Radiation complications included retinal detachment in 12 eyes (13.3%), proliferative retinopathy in 6 (6.7%), rubeosis iris in 2 (2.2%), and posterior subcapsular cataract in 23 (25.6%). Conclusion: RPT is an effective eye-preserving treatment for retinoblastoma.

  2. The retinoblastoma tumor suppressor and stem cell biology

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    Sage, Julien

    2012-01-01

    Stem cells play a critical role during embryonic development and in the maintenance of homeostasis in adult individuals. The retinoblastoma tumor suppressor RB controls the proliferation, differentiation, and survival of cells, and accumulating evidence points to a central role for RB activity in the biology of stem and progenitor cells. In this review by Sage, recent studies investigating the role of RB in embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells, and progenitor cells in plants and mammals is ...

  3. Peso y talla en niños con retinoblastoma

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    Cecilia Ridaura-Sanz

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: la talla baja se ha descrito como característica clínica de niños con retinoblastoma. Esta particularidad puede estar relacionada directamente con la enfermedad de base o con factores externos.  Objetivo: el propósito de esta investigación fue conocer la frecuencia de talla y peso bajos en niños mexicanos con retinoblastoma y correlacionar los valores antropométricos con variables de la enfermedad y ambientales. Materiales y métodos: se analizaron expedientes clínicos de 346 pacientes con retinoblastoma. Se obtuvieron los datos de peso y talla referidos al ingreso; antes del tratamiento. Se comparó el valor de Z con las referencias de la distribución normal de la población mexicana. La asociación de las medidas antropométricas con las variables clínicas, sociales y genéticas se estableció con la prueba de c2. Resultados: la talla y el peso promedio de los niños con retinoblastoma fueron significativamente más bajos que los de la población general (p < 0.001 y p = 0.013, respectivamente. La talla y peso bajos fueron más frecuentes en niños con enfermedad avanzada, provenientes de medio rural y de bajo nivel socioeconómico. Conclusiones: los déficits en peso y talla en niños con retinoblastoma se deben a factores relacionados con enfermedad avanzada al momento del diagnóstico, lo cual a su vez es consecuencia de la situación de marginación de la población rural mexicana. Dado que la mayoría de las variables sociales y ambientales están muy relacionadas y que no podemos descartar posibles factores genéticos, las conclusiones de este estudio deben verificarse analizando las medidas de los padres y hermanos y establecer grupos comparativos para controlar las variables confusas.

  4. Estadística aplicada a Psicología

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    2012-01-01

    Este documento es un curso de introducción a Estadística aplicada al análisis de datos en Psicología. Está estructurado en dos bloques de temas de Estadística Descriptiva e Inferencial, que incluyen contenidos teóricos y ejercicios. La página de inicio da acceso a cada bloque, y una vez dentro se accede a los contenidos a través de un menú desplegable. Curs d’introducció a Estadística aplicada a l’anàlisi de dades en Psicologia. Els temes estan agrupats en dos blocs, un per Estadística Des...

  5. Molecular analysis distinguishes metastatic disease from second cancers in patients with retinoblastoma.

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    Racher, Hilary; Soliman, Sameh; Argiropoulos, Bob; Chan, Helen S L; Gallie, Brenda L; Perrier, Renée; Matevski, Donco; Rushlow, Diane; Piovesan, Beata; Shaikh, Furqan; MacDonald, Heather; Corson, Timothy W

    2016-01-01

    The pediatric ocular tumor retinoblastoma readily metastasizes, but these lesions can masquerade as histologically similar pediatric small round blue cell tumors. Since 98% of retinoblastomas have RB1 mutations and a characteristic genomic copy number "signature", genetic analysis is an appealing adjunct to histopathology to distinguish retinoblastoma metastasis from second primary cancer in retinoblastoma patients. Here, we describe such an approach in two retinoblastoma cases. In patient one, allele-specific (AS)-PCR for a somatic nonsense mutation confirmed that a temple mass was metastatic retinoblastoma. In a second patient, a rib mass shared somatic copy number gains and losses with the primary tumor. For definitive diagnosis, however, an RB1 mutation was needed, but heterozygous promoter→exon 11 deletion was the only RB1 mutation detected in the primary tumor. We used a novel application of inverse PCR to identify the deletion breakpoint. Subsequently, AS-PCR designed for the breakpoint confirmed that the rib mass was metastatic retinoblastoma. These cases demonstrate that personalized molecular testing can confirm retinoblastoma metastases and rule out a second primary cancer, thereby helping to direct the clinical management. PMID:27318443

  6. Clinical Presentation and Genetic Paradigm of Diffuse Infiltrating Retinoblastoma: A Review.

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    Traine, Peter G; Schedler, Katharina J; Rodrigues, Eduardo B

    2016-04-01

    Retinoblastoma is the most common childhood cancer. Thanks to modern technology and good medical access, mortality in Europe has decreased to about 5%. Diffuse infiltrating retinoblastoma is a very rare subtype of this neoplasm and is characterized by its atypical growth pattern. Diffuse infiltrating retinoblastoma may mimic other more innocuous diseases and may therefore be misdiagnosed. The purpose of this paper was to provide a short review of the main symptoms of diffuse infiltrating retinoblastoma presenting to the ophthalmologist and give a comparison to typical retinoblastoma. The second purpose was to set up a discussion of the genetic paradigm of diffuse infiltrating retinoblastoma. It has often been described to occur sporadically; however, in the last years, it has been shown that it might be heritable. A literature search concerning diffuse infiltrating retinoblastoma considering English, German and Spanish cases and case series identified 77 patients. Moreover, an overview of general data, main symptoms, clinical findings and initial working diagnoses or referral diagnoses is given. Males were significantly more often affected than females. Diffuse infiltrating retinoblastoma can be heritable. Genetic analysis should be offered to the patient and relatives. Interdisciplinary medical follow-up care is needed to detect associated cancers. PMID:27239450

  7. High resolution SNP array profiling identifies variability in retinoblastoma genome stability

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    Mol, Berber M.; Massink, Maarten P. G.; van der Hout, Annemarie H.; Dommering, Charlotte J.; Zaman, Johannes M. A.; Bosscha, Machteld I.; Kors, Wijnanda A.; Meijers-Heijboer, Hanne E.; Kaspers, Gertjan J. L.; te Riele, Hein; Moll, Annette C.; Cloos, Jacqueline; Dorsman, Josephine C.

    2014-01-01

    Both hereditary and nonhereditary retinoblastoma (Rb) are commonly initiated by loss of both copies of the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor gene (RB1), while additional genomic changes are required for tumor initiation and progression. Our aim was to determine whether there is genomic heterogeneity b

  8. Naturally death-resistant precursor cells revealed as the origin of retinoblastoma

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    Trinh, Emmanuelle; Lazzerini Denchi, Eros; Helin, Kristian

    2004-01-01

    The molecular mechanisms and the cell-of-origin leading to retinoblastoma are not well defined. In this issue of Cancer Cell, Bremner and colleagues describe the first inheritable model of retinoblastoma, revealing that loss of the pocket proteins pRb and p107 deregulates cell cycle exit in retinal...

  9. Incidence of retinoblastoma in Dutch children conceived by IVF: an expanded study.

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    Marees, T.; Dommering, C.J.; Imhof, S.M.; Kors, W.A.; Ringens, P.J.; Leeuwen, F.E. van; Moll, A.C.

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: In 2003, we reported an increased risk of retinoblastoma in children conceived by IVF between 1995 and 2002. However, population-based studies among children conceived by IVF did not find an elevated risk of retinoblastoma. METHODS: From nationwide estimates of numbers of live births con

  10. The Drug Sensitivity of Cyclosporine A Combined with Antineoplastic Drugs in Retinoblastoma in Vitro

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    Wanli Liu; Zhongyao Wu

    2005-01-01

    Purpose: To study cyclosporine A inhibition on the fresh retinoblastoma cells in vitro and increasing the drug sensitivity after combined with different antineoplastic drugs.Methods: To study the growth curve of cyclosporine A on 27 samples of primary retinoblastoma cells by MTT assay and to study the change of the drug sensitivity by cyclosporine A combined with seven antineoplastic drugs.Results: The average IC50 of cyclosporine A on the 27 retinoblastoma cells is 67.81μg/ml and the average inhibitive rate of these samples is 26.1% when cyclosporine A is in the concentration of 2μg/ml. The inhibitive rates all got improved after the seven antineoplastic drugs combined with cyclosporine A and the increasing average inhibitive rate is more than 5.Conclusion: Cyclosporine A can inhibit retinoblastoma cells in vitro and its inhibitive effect is dose dependent. Moreover it can enhance the inhibition of multiple antineoplastic drugs on retinoblastoma cells.

  11. Molecular-genetic analysis of two cases with retinoblastoma: benefits for disease management

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    Govindasamy Kumaramanickavel; Biju Joseph; Komaravelly Narayana; Sribhargava Natesh; Gandra Mamatha; Mahesh P. Shanmugam; Anuradha Elamparathi; Jyotirmay Biswas

    2003-04-01

    Effective counselling and management of retinoblastoma families using genetic information is presently practised in many parts of the world. We studied histopathological, chromosomal and molecular-genetic data of two retinoblastoma patients from India. The two patients, one with bilateral and the other with unilateral retinoblastoma, underwent complete ophthalmic examination, cytogenetic study, retinoblastoma gene (RB1) mutational analysis and RB1 promoter region methylation screening. In the bilateral retinoblastoma patient deletion of chromosome region 13q14 in peripheral blood lymphocytes and a hemizygous novel 8-bp deletion in exon 4 of RB1 in tumour sample were observed. In the unilaterally affected patient CGA to TGA transition protein truncation mutations were observed in exons 8 and 14 of RB1.

  12. AO operations at Gemini South

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    Marin, Eduardo; Cardwell, Andrew; Pessev, Peter

    2014-08-01

    The 8m Gemini South telescope is entering an exciting new era of AO operations, which put it at the forefront of astronomical AO in terms of both wide field AO, and extreme-AO systems. Major milestones achieved were the successful commissioning of GeMS, in 2012, and GPI, in late 2013 and early 2014. Currently we are operating two of the worlds most advanced astronomical AO systems. Gemini, running primarily in queue, must balance the promise of AO with the demands of the community to use non-AO instruments. We discuss the current state of the two AO systems, and their operational models. The preparations that go into planning each AO run, the difficulties in scheduling around non-AO instruments, and the differences between scheduling LGS AO and non-LGS AO are discussed.

  13. Determining the incidence of the hereditary form of retinoblastoma.

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    Stark, Alan Edmund

    2016-05-01

    Retinoblastoma (Rb) is used here as the prototype of a condition which has a dominant mode of inheritance. Under the two-hit model of carcinogenesis, a germinal mutation may be followed by somatic mutation producing a tumour or tumours, in which case the carrier has relatively lower fitness. If somatic mutation does not occur, the carrier is assumed to have normal fitness, that is the Rb germinal mutation is incompletely penetrant. Formulae are given for the frequency of the Rb allele and the incidence of Rb in equilibrium as functions of the mutation rate, penetrance and fitness. PMID:27275484

  14. Retinoblastoma in patients with regressed retinopathy of prematurity

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    Usha Vasu; Suneetha Nithyanandam; Sharon D′Souza; Sripathi Kamath

    2011-01-01

    Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a well-known clinical entity in premature babies. We report two patients (1 and 2) with regressed ROP who later presented with retinoblastoma (RB). To the best of our knowledge, there is only one such report in the literature so far. Two unrelated patients 1 and 2, born at 32 weeks gestation were screened for ROP at 34 weeks gestation. This showed Zone II Stage II ROP which regressed by 38 weeks of gestation on follow-up. Both patients were lost to follow-u...

  15. In vitro Rb-1 gene transfer to retinoblastoma cell lines

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    After transfection of Rb-vector to packaging cell line (CRIP) by Ca-P precipitation method, we could select nineteen colonies of G-418 resistant clone by ring cloning. Each colony was transduced to NIH3T3 cells to select the one which produces high titer virus. After NIH3T3 cells transduction, we could get 28 colony counts for the high, 127 for the middle, and 6 for the low viral titer. With the supernatant of the high viral titer colony (CRIPRb 2-5). We transduct retinoblastoma cell lines. 5 figs, 11 refs. (Author)

  16. Update on Intra-Arterial Chemotherapy for Retinoblastoma

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    Mario Zanaty

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The tools for managing retinoblastoma have been increasing in the past decade. While globe-salvage still relies heavily on intravenous chemotherapy, tumors in advanced stage that failed chemotherapy are now referred for intra-arterial chemotherapy (IAC to avoid enucleation. However, IAC still has many obstacles to overcome. We present an update on the indications, complications, limitations, success, and technical aspects of IAC. Given its safety and high efficacy, it is expected that IAC will replace conventional strategies and will become a first-line option even for tumors that are amenable for other strategies.

  17. Association of Electroencephalography (EEG) Power Spectra with Corneal Nerve Fiber Injury in Retinoblastoma Patients.

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    Liu, Jianliang; Sun, Juanjuan; Diao, Yumei; Deng, Aijun

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND In our clinical experience we discovered that EEG band power may be correlated with corneal nerve injury in retinoblastoma patients. This study aimed to investigate biomarkers obtained from electroencephalography (EEG) recordings to reflect corneal nerve injury in retinoblastoma patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS Our study included 20 retinoblastoma patients treated at the Department of Ophthalmology, Affiliated Hospital of Weifang Medical University between 2010 and 2014. Twenty normal individuals were included in the control group. EEG activity was recorded continuously with 32 electrodes using standard EEG electrode placement for detecting EEG power. A cornea confocal microscope was used to examine corneal nerve injury in retinoblastoma patients and normal individuals. Spearman rank correlation analysis was used to analyze the correlation between corneal nerve injury and EEG power changes. The sensitivity and specificity of changed EEG power in diagnosis of corneal nerve injury were also analyzed. RESULTS The predominantly slow EEG oscillations changed gradually into faster waves in retinoblastoma patients. The EEG pattern in retinoblastoma patients was characterized by a distinct increase of delta (PEEG spectra power and negatively correlated with theta EEG spectra power. The diagnostic sensitivity and specificity by compounding in the series were 60% and 67%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS Changes in delta and theta of EEG appear to be associated with occurrence of corneal nerve injury. Useful information can be provided for evaluating corneal nerve damage in retinoblastoma patients through analyzing EEG power bands. PMID:27592207

  18. Genetic Profile of Retinoblastoma Patients from a Referral Hospital in Gujarat

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    Sunil G Oza

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Background & objectives: Retinoblastoma is the most common intraocular malignancy of infant and childhood. It is the first disease for which a genetic etiology of cancer has been described and the first suppressor gene identified. The chromosomal abnormality found in retinoblastoma cases is deletion of 13q14. The aim of this study was to carry out karyotypic study in Retinoblastoma cases and identifying nature of chromosomal abnormalities in these patients to determine recurrence risks to assist genetic counseling. Materials and Methods: Karyotypic study was perform by Trypsin- Giemsa Banding for 17 unilateral and 8 bilateral retinoblastoma patients (total 25 for that their blood samples were taken. A prior written consent was taken from the parents of these patients. Results: Out of 25 cases of Retinoblastoma, one female (4% had 13q14 deletion and 24 (96% showed normal chromosomal constitution and not a single case of translocation and mosaicism were found. Conclusion: Karyotyping is the simplest and affordable genetic test for most of the retinoblastoma families especially in a developing country like India. Genetic testing is crucial for accurate risk prediction for retinoblastoma in close relatives of probands and provides a basis for genetic counseling. [National J of Med Res 2012; 2(3.000: 322-324

  19. Association of Electroencephalography (EEG) Power Spectra with Corneal Nerve Fiber Injury in Retinoblastoma Patients.

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    Liu, Jianliang; Sun, Juanjuan; Diao, Yumei; Deng, Aijun

    2016-09-04

    BACKGROUND In our clinical experience we discovered that EEG band power may be correlated with corneal nerve injury in retinoblastoma patients. This study aimed to investigate biomarkers obtained from electroencephalography (EEG) recordings to reflect corneal nerve injury in retinoblastoma patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS Our study included 20 retinoblastoma patients treated at the Department of Ophthalmology, Affiliated Hospital of Weifang Medical University between 2010 and 2014. Twenty normal individuals were included in the control group. EEG activity was recorded continuously with 32 electrodes using standard EEG electrode placement for detecting EEG power. A cornea confocal microscope was used to examine corneal nerve injury in retinoblastoma patients and normal individuals. Spearman rank correlation analysis was used to analyze the correlation between corneal nerve injury and EEG power changes. The sensitivity and specificity of changed EEG power in diagnosis of corneal nerve injury were also analyzed. RESULTS The predominantly slow EEG oscillations changed gradually into faster waves in retinoblastoma patients. The EEG pattern in retinoblastoma patients was characterized by a distinct increase of delta (PEEG spectra power and negatively correlated with theta EEG spectra power. The diagnostic sensitivity and specificity by compounding in the series were 60% and 67%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS Changes in delta and theta of EEG appear to be associated with occurrence of corneal nerve injury. Useful information can be provided for evaluating corneal nerve damage in retinoblastoma patients through analyzing EEG power bands.

  20. Retinoblastoma in the Democratic Republic of Congo: 20-Year Review from a Tertiary Hospital in Kinshasa

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    Aimé Kazadi Lukusa

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. To determine clinical profile and management of retinoblastoma among children at Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of Congo. Patients and methods. The medical records of patients with a diagnosis of retinoblastoma seen at the University Hospital of Kinshasa from January 1985 till December 2005 were retrospectively reviewed. Demographic profile, clinical data, modes of treatment and outcome were analysed. Results. A total of 49 children, of whom 40 had adequate data on record were identified as retinoblastoma (28 males and 12 females. Nine cases had bilateral disease. The median age at the first symptoms was 9 months (range, 1 month to 6 years for unilateral retinoblastoma and 18 months (range, 1 month to 3.5 years for bilateral retinoblastoma. The median age at the first oncology consultation was 2.4 years (range, 6 months to 6 years for unilateral retinoblastoma and 2.4years (range, 9 months to 4 years for bilateral disease. Leukokoria was present in 67.5% of subjects. Seventy-five percent abandoned the treatment. The mortality was 92.5%. Conclusion. In Democratic Republic of Congo, retinoblastoma remains a life threatening disease characterized by late referral to a specialized unit and affordability of chemotherapy; all leading to an extension of the disease and high mortality.

  1. Neurociencia aplicada: el cerebro al servicio de la humanidad

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    Ángel Correa

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available La neurociencia aplicada utiliza tecnología y conocimiento sobre el cerebro para resolver problemas prácticos, principalmente en la clínica y el trabajo. La cura de lesiones neurológicas, Parkinson y Alzheimer, podría depender de terapias génicas, neurofeedback, neuroestimulación magnética o implantes neurales. En neuroergonomía, la aplicación de la realidad virtual mejora la productividad y la seguridad laboral.

  2. Balmes y la psicología aplicada

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    Madariaga, César de

    2010-01-01

    "El Instituto de Psicología Aplicada de la Universidad Nacionalha de contribuir seguramente a esta liberación de la inteligencia, función bien genuina de la Universidad siguiendo con ello la estela del pensamiento de Balmes, cuando vislumbraba la futura organización racional del trabajo y cuando exponía su principio moral de la concordancia máxima entre la capacidad y la dedicación. Organización y moral balmistas, con las cuales el hombre podrá tensar al máximo la flecha de su ideal y lanzarl...

  3. Geometría aplicada al número 8

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    Icaza Lomelí, Leonardo

    2011-01-01

    En este texto se plantea como objetivo descubrir en la arquitectura y sus elementos, nociones de geometría de manifestación mudéjar, a través de indagar y determinar principios en el ocho como número y sustento geométrico, y de cómo éstos contribuyeron para constituir una identidad, ya que al ser aceptados y permanecer, se integraron en la arquitectura española y novohispana. La hipótesis a probar es cómo se conservan nociones de geometría griega aplicada a instrumentos y trazos en aquellos h...

  4. Dosimetric Study of Current Treatment Options for Radiotherapy in Retinoblastoma

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    Eldebawy, Eman [Department of Radiation Oncology, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec (Canada); Department of Radiation Oncology, Children' s Cancer Hospital, Cairo (Egypt); Parker, William, E-mail: william.parker@mcgill.ca [Department of Medical Physics, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec (Canada); Abdel Rahman, Wamied [Department of Medical Physics, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec (Canada); Freeman, Carolyn R. [Department of Radiation Oncology, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

    2012-03-01

    Purpose: To determine the best treatment technique for patients with retinoblastoma requiring radiotherapy to the whole eye. Methods and Materials: Treatment plans for 3 patients with retinoblastoma were developed using 10 radiotherapy techniques including electron beams, photon beam wedge pair (WP), photon beam three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT), fixed gantry intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), photon volumetric arc therapy (VMAT), fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy, and helical tomotherapy (HT). Dose-volume analyses were carried out for each technique. Results: All techniques provided similar target coverage; conformity was highest for VMAT, nine-field (9F) IMRT, and HT (conformity index [CI] = 1.3) and lowest for the WP and two electron techniques (CI = 1.8). The electron techniques had the highest planning target volume dose gradient (131% of maximum dose received [D{sub max}]), and the CRT techniques had the lowest (103% D{sub max}) gradient. The volume receiving at least 20 Gy (V{sub 20Gy}) for the ipsilateral bony orbit was lowest for the VMAT and HT techniques (56%) and highest for the CRT techniques (90%). Generally, the electron beam techniques were superior in terms of brain sparing and delivered approximately one-third of the integral dose of the photon techniques. Conclusions: Inverse planned image-guided radiotherapy delivered using HT or VMAT gives better conformity index, improved orbital bone and brain sparing, and a lower integral dose than other techniques.

  5. Human Y-79 retinoblastoma cells exhibit specific insulin receptors

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    Saviolakis, G.A.; Kyritsis, A.P.; Chader, G.J.

    1986-07-01

    The presence of insulin receptors was investigated in human Y-79 retinoblastoma cells grown in suspension culture. The binding of (/sup 125/I) insulin to these cells was time, temperature, and pH dependent, was competed for by insulin and proinsulin but not other peptides, and was inhibited by antibodies against the insulin receptor. The Scatchard plot of insulin competition data was curvilinear and was resolved into a high-affinity (KD approximately 0.5 X 10(-9) M)/low-capacity (approximately 3000 sites/cell) and a low-affinity (KD approximately 1 X 10(-7) M)/high-capacity (approximately 155,000 sites/cell) component. Negative cooperativity was not found, in agreement with other studies in rodent neural cells. However, in contrast to studies with rodent cells, insulin specifically down-regulated its receptor on human Y-79 cells after prolonged exposure. In conclusion, these data show for the first time the presence of specific insulin receptors in human Y-79 retinoblastoma cells. Because these cells were previously shown to have several characteristics typical of neural cells, we propose their use as a model to study the effects of insulin on neural and retinal tissues of human origin.

  6. AO Psc time keeping

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    Bonnardeau, Michel

    2015-07-01

    Eleven seasons, from 2004 to 2014, of photometric monitoring of the intermediate polar AO Psc are presented and are compared with previous observations. The spin up of the white dwarf is found to be slowing down. The amplitudes of the modulated and non-modulated components of the brightness are found to have undergone a major change in 2007.

  7. UNILATERAL SPORADIC RETINOBLASTOMA IN AN 11-YEAR-OLD CHILD: A RARE CASE REPORT

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    Nisha Jha

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Retinoblastoma is the commonest intraocular tumour of childhood. Majority of cases are diagnosed before 5 years of age, with late presentation being a rarity. CASE REPORT An 11-year-old boy presented to our OPD with diminution of vision and white pupillary reflex in the left eye since 1 month. Right eye was normal. Fundus examination of left eye revealed a mass in the inferior quadrant with vitreous haemorrhage. Bscan and MRI were suggestive of retinoblastoma and showed no signs of optic nerve involvement. Subsequently, the patient underwent enucleation of left eye. Primary orbital implant was given. Diagnosis was confirmed histopathologically. CONCLUSION Late presentation of retinoblastoma though uncommon can cause acute visual impairment. Retinoblastoma should be considered in the differential diagnosis of leukocoria in any age group.

  8. Novel function of the retinoblastoma protein in fat: regulation of white versus brown adipocyte differentiation

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    Hansen, Jacob B; te Riele, Hein; Kristiansen, Karsten

    2004-01-01

    the major energy store and brown adipocytes being potent energy-dissipaters through thermogenesis. Yet, little is known about factors differentially regulating the formation of white and brown fat cells. Members of the retinoblastoma protein family (pRB, p107, p130) have been implicated in the regulation...... of adipocyte differentiation, and expression and phosphorylation of the three retinoblastoma family proteins oscillate in a characteristic manner during differentiation of the white preadipocyte cell line 3T3-L1. We have recently demonstrated a surprising function of the retinoblastoma protein...... in the regulation of white versus brown adipocyte differentiation in vitro and possibly in vivo. Here we summarize the current knowledge on the retinoblastoma protein in fat cells, with particular emphasis on its potential role in adipocyte lineage commitment and differentiation....

  9. Intra-arterial Chemotherapy for Adult Onset Retinoblastoma in a 32-Year-Old Man.

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    Magan, Tejal; Khoo, Chloe T L; Jabbour, Pascal M; Fuller, Dwain G; Shields, Carol L

    2016-01-01

    A 32-year-old man with active unilateral group D retinoblastoma that was recurrent following external beam radiotherapy was treated with intra-arterial chemotherapy, leading to tumor regression. Additional plaque radiotherapy and intravitreal chemotherapy were required for complete control. Final visual acuity was 20/40. In selected cases, adult-onset retinoblastoma can be managed with intra-arterial chemotherapy. [J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2016;53:e43-e46.]. PMID:27486894

  10. Identification of hub genes and pathways associated with retinoblastoma based on co-expression network analysis.

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    Wang, Q L; Chen, X; Zhang, M H; Shen, Q H; Qin, Z M

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this paper was to identify hub genes and pathways associated with retinoblastoma using centrality analysis of the co-expression network and pathway-enrichment analysis. The co-expression network of retinoblastoma was constructed by weighted gene co-expression network analysis (WGCNA) based on differentially expressed (DE) genes, and clusters were obtained through the molecular complex detection (MCODE) algorithm. Degree centrality analysis of the co-expression network was performed to explore hub genes present in retinoblastoma. Pathway-enrichment analysis was performed using the Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) database. Validation of hub gene expression in retinoblastoma was performed by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis. The co-expression network based on 221 DE genes between retinoblastoma and normal controls consisted of 210 nodes and 3965 edges, and 5 clusters of the network were evaluated. By assessing the centrality analysis of the co-expression network, 21 hub genes were identified, such as SNORD115-41, RASSF2, and SNORD115-44. According to RT-PCR analysis, 16 of the 21 hub genes were differently expressed, including RASSF2 and CDCA7, and 5 were not differently expressed in retinoblastoma compared to normal controls. Pathway analysis showed that genes in 2 clusters were enriched in 3 pathways: purine metabolism, p53 signaling pathway, and melanogenesis. In this study, we successfully identified 16 hub genes and 3 pathways associated with retinoblastoma, which may be potential biomarkers for early detection and therapy for retinoblastoma. PMID:26662407

  11. Tratamento conservador em retinoblastoma intra-ocular Conservative treatment for intraocular retinoblastoma

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    Clélia Maria Erwenne

    2003-12-01

    bilaterais foram conservados 48,9% dos olhos tratados. Entre os unilaterais, para os mesmos estádios obteve-se: I 0/0; II 2/2 (100,0%; III 1/3 (33,3%; IV 1/3 (33,3%; V 0/7 (0%. Considerando-se o total de unilaterais foram conservados 26,6% dos olhos. Não se observou nefro ou ototoxicidade às drogas neste grupo.PURPOSE: To report the results of conservation of the ocular globe after treatment with carboplatin and laser; with or without the use of other forms of local treatment or radiotherapy, if necessary. METHODS: All eyes, initially untreated, were evaluated using indirect ophthalmology under inhalation anesthesia in an outpatient clinic treatment setting. They were categorized according to the Reese-Ellsworth system; thereafter, the patients were evaluated clinically by a pediatric oncologist. The patients received the first cycle of chemotherapy consisting of intravenous carboplatin 200 mg/m², vincristine 1.5 mg/m² and etoposide 150 mg/m², for three days. This was followed by other cycles with intervals of between 21 and 28 days. From 7 to 15 days after the end of the chemotherapy cycle, another indirect ophthalmoscopy under inhalation anesthesia was performed, with documentation of the findings and laser hyperthermia application, using a Diode laser, 810 nm, continuous pulse with a large spot size. The procedure (chemotherapy and laser was repeated until complete cicatrization of all lesions was observed, or until the need for another treatment modality such as radiotherapy or enucleation became apparent. Follow-up examinations every two months during the first year and three months thereafter were done for review and for treatment of recurrent or new lesions. Pediatric oncology follow-up was also done throughout the entire initial assessment and follow-up period. RESULTS: We treated a total of 62 patients with retinoblastoma, of whom 32 were male and 30 female. Fifteen were unilateral and 47 were bilateral with a total of 107 eyes. The mean age was 16.9 months (2

  12. Establishment of Retinoblastoma Model in NOD-SCID Mice and Study of Metastasis

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    Bo Zhang; Yongping Li; Xiufeng Zhong; Wenge Huang; Li Nie; Wenxin Zhang

    2005-01-01

    Purpose: To establish model of retinoblastoma subcutaneously in NOD-SCID mice and study rules of formation and distribution of retinoblastoma metastasis.Methods: Retinoblastoma cells SO-RB50 were inoculated subcutaneously in NOD-SCID mice. Animal acts and tumor formation, growth and metastasis in NOD-SCID mice were observed. Primary and metastatic tumors were studied pathohistologically by HE and immunohistochemical staining.Results: The latent periods of tumor growth were 12~19 days and the taken rate of tumor was 100%. 32 days later, 5 NOD-SCID mice were found with tumors that had metastasized to areas mainly located in the abdominal cavity and the side of the kidney; the metastatic time of tumors in the mice also differed. The tumor cells of the primary nodules and the metastasis were similar with human retinoblastoma cells and positive in immunohistochemical staining of NSE.Conclusion: The subcutaneous model of retinoblastoma in NOD-SCID mice showed a high taken rate and a short latent period of tumor, which had a high metastatic rate and was the best model in research of behaviors of retinoblastoma at present.

  13. A Study of Immunoactivity of Retinal S—Antigen in Retinoblastoma

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    YueSong; GuangdaYao

    1995-01-01

    Purposese:To study retinal S-antigen expression in human retinoblastoma and as-sess if there is a correlation between S-antigen immunoactivity and degree of retinoblastoma cell differentiations.Methods:Ten cases of Chinese retinoblastoma parafin-embedded tissues were ap-plied for this thudy.A strain of monoclonal antibody,MabA9C6,Which defines an epitope in S-antigen retained in fixed-tissue sections,was used to study S-antigen expression in 10 cases of retinoblastomas.S-antigen was localized by the biotina-vidin indirect immunoperoxidase technique and purified MabA9C6 ascites fluid was used with1100dilution.The whole procedure could be finished within a few hours.Results:The S-antigen immunosctivity was observed in different pattterns:the“normal”photorecepto elements incorporated in 3cases of growing tumors;3of 4Fleurettes and E-W rosettes;and scattered tumor cells in50%of the cases.Conclusions:The result suggests that the expression of S-antigen in retinoblas-toma may be used to assess the degree of tumor differentiation as anothe tumor marker in retinoblastoma.

  14. Clinical Implications of Promoter Hypermethylation in RASSF1A and MGMT in Retinoblastoma

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    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the epigenetic silencing and genetic changes of the RAS-associated domain family 1A (RASSF1A gene and the Os-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT gene in retinoblastoma. We extracted DNA from microdissected tumor and normal retina tissues of the same patient in 68 retinoblastoma cases. Promoter methylation in RASSF1A and MGMT was analyzed by methylation-specific PCR, RASSF1A sequence alterations in all coding exons by direct DNA sequencing, RASSF1A expression by RT-PCR. Cell cycle staging was analyzed by flow cytometry. We detected RASSF1A promoter hypermethylation in 82% of retinoblastoma, in tumor tissues only but not in adjacent normal retinal tissue cells. There was no expression of RASSF1A transcripts in all hypermethylated samples, but RASSF1A transcripts were restored after 5-aza-2′-deoxycytidine treatment with no changes in cell cycle or apoptosis. No mutation in the RASSF1A sequence was found. MGMT hypermethylation was present in 15% of theretinoblastoma samples, the absence of MGMT hypermethylation was associated (P = .002 with retinoblastoma at advanced ReeseEllsworth tumor stage. Our results revealed a high RASSF1A hypermethylation frequency in retinoblastoma. The correlation of MGMT inactivation by promoter hypermethylation with lower-stage diseases indicated that MGMT hypermethylation provides useful prognostic information. Epigenetic mechanism plays an important role in the progression of retinoblastoma.

  15. Genetic perspective of retinoblastoma: From present to future.

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    Jagadeesan, Madhavan; Khetan, Vikas; Mallipatna, Ashwin

    2016-05-01

    Retinoblastoma (RB) is the most common malignant intraocular tumor in children. In the last decade, basic research has led to a better understanding of events after two hits in RB susceptibility gene (RB1), molecular mechanism of tumor growth, the cell of origin of RB, etc. This would pave way to identify biomarkers and molecular targeted therapy for better treatment option in the future. Furthermore, improvement in molecular techniques has led to enhanced diagnostic methods for early diagnosis, genetic counseling, and prevention of the disease. This review will help to understand the essence of basic research work conducted in recent times and its implication in the management of RB in the future. PMID:27380971

  16. Genetic perspective of retinoblastoma: From present to future

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Retinoblastoma (RB is the most common malignant intraocular tumor in children. In the last decade, basic research has led to a better understanding of events after two hits in RB susceptibility gene (RB1, molecular mechanism of tumor growth, the cell of origin of RB, etc. This would pave way to identify biomarkers and molecular targeted therapy for better treatment option in the future. Furthermore, improvement in molecular techniques has led to enhanced diagnostic methods for early diagnosis, genetic counseling, and prevention of the disease. This review will help to understand the essence of basic research work conducted in recent times and its implication in the management of RB in the future.

  17. Trace anesthetic gases during xenon arc photocoagulation for retinoblastoma.

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    Rosenberg, A M; Abramson, D H; Sussman, D; Servodidio, C; Turner, L

    1989-10-01

    In pediatric ocular examinations, administration of continuous-flow anesthetic gases containing nitrous oxide, halothane, and oxygen enables the physician to do safe, controlled, reproducible examinations. We did a study in which the levels of waste anesthetic gases were measured during xenon arc photocoagulation procedures used for retinoblastoma. Waste nitrous oxide and halothane gases measured during these procedures significantly exceeded the levels recommended by the National Institute of Safety and Health. These high levels are of particular importance because of the physician's proximity to the patient during the procedure. The high levels of waste gases may have immediate deleterious effects on the physician's functioning capacity and may also pose long-term health hazards for the physician and operating room personnel. PMID:2589745

  18. Retinoblastoma in patients with regressed retinopathy of prematurity

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    Usha Vasu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP is a well-known clinical entity in premature babies. We report two patients (1 and 2 with regressed ROP who later presented with retinoblastoma (RB. To the best of our knowledge, there is only one such report in the literature so far. Two unrelated patients 1 and 2, born at 32 weeks gestation were screened for ROP at 34 weeks gestation. This showed Zone II Stage II ROP which regressed by 38 weeks of gestation on follow-up. Both patients were lost to follow-up by 40 weeks of gestation. They presented at four years of age with white reflex in the eye. Patient 1 was found to have unilateral and patient 2 bilateral RB. The occurrence of RB in these patients with regressed ROP is probably coincidental.

  19. Radiation regression patterns after cobalt plaque insertion for retinoblastoma

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    Buys, R.J.; Abramson, D.H.; Ellsworth, R.M.; Haik, B.

    1983-08-01

    An analysis of 31 eyes of 30 patients who had been treated with cobalt plaques for retinoblastoma disclosed that a type I radiation regression pattern developed in 15 patients; type II, in one patient, and type III, in five patients. Nine patients had a regression pattern characterized by complete destruction of the tumor, the surrounding choroid, and all of the vessels in the area into which the plaque was inserted. This resulting white scar, corresponding to the sclerae only, was classified as a type IV radiation regression pattern. There was no evidence of tumor recurrence in patients with type IV regression patterns, with an average follow-up of 6.5 years, after receiving cobalt plaque therapy. Twenty-nine of these 30 patients had been unsuccessfully treated with at least one other modality (ie, light coagulation, cryotherapy, external beam radiation, or chemotherapy).

  20. Radiation regression patterns after cobalt plaque insertion for retinoblastoma

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    An analysis of 31 eyes of 30 patients who had been treated with cobalt plaques for retinoblastoma disclosed that a type I radiation regression pattern developed in 15 patients; type II, in one patient, and type III, in five patients. Nine patients had a regression pattern characterized by complete destruction of the tumor, the surrounding choroid, and all of the vessels in the area into which the plaque was inserted. This resulting white scar, corresponding to the sclerae only, was classified as a type IV radiation regression pattern. There was no evidence of tumor recurrence in patients with type IV regression patterns, with an average follow-up of 6.5 years, after receiving cobalt plaque therapy. Twenty-nine of these 30 patients had been unsuccessfully treated with at least one other modality (ie, light coagulation, cryotherapy, external beam radiation, or chemotherapy)

  1. A multicentre report from the Mexican Retinoblastoma Group

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    Leal-Leal, C; Flores-Rojo, M; Medina-Sansón, A; Cerecedo-Díaz, F; Sánchez-Félix, S; González-Ramella, O; Pérez-Pérez, F; Gómez-Martínez, R; Quero-Hernández, A; Altamirano-Álvarez, E; Alejo-González, F; Figueroa-Carbajal, J; Ellis-Irigoyen, A; Tejocote-Romero, I; Cervantes-Paz, R; Pantoja-Guillén, F; Vega-Vega, L; Carrete-Ramírez, F

    2004-01-01

    Background: Retinoblastoma (RB) is a relatively uncommon tumour in childhood. The incidence of retinoblastoma in Mexico is probably higher than the incidence reported worldwide, however there is not enough information about the characteristics of this illness in Mexico. This report aims to present the results of a multicentre clinical survey of RB in Mexico. Methods: A retrospective study was carried out on all RB cases treated in 16 institutions during the last six years. The variables analysed were age at diagnosis, sex, affected eyes, treatment modalities, and pathological staging. Overall survival was obtained. Results: The authors analysed 500 cases; age range was 0–182 months. There were 364 unilateral cases (72.8%). Enucleation was performed in 84.9% of the patients. The St Jude’s staging was: 7.4% stage I, 52.8% stage II, 18.0% stage III, 11.4% stage IV, 7.2% not evaluated, and 3.2% missing data. Chemotherapy was used in 74.4% of the patients. Disease free survival was 89% at 73 months follow up. Conclusions: The paper presents a great number of cases and pioneers multicentre studies in paediatric ophthalmology and oncology in this country. Given the great number of patients in advanced stages and the variability on treatment schemes, it is evident that it is mandatory to work in a cooperative group and develop a national early detection programme as well as a treatment protocol which include all specialists involved in the care of patients with RB. PMID:15258028

  2. Treatment of retinoblastoma by precision megavoltage radiation therapy

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    Schipper, J.; Peperzeel, H.A. van (Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht (Netherlands). Academisch Ziekenhuis); Tan, K.E.W.P. (Royal Dutch Eye Hospital, Utrecht, Netherlands)

    1985-02-01

    The principal treatment concept in the Utrecht Retinoblastoma Centre is megavoltage irradiation, followed by light coagulation and/or cryotherapy if there is any doubt as to whether the residual tumour is still active. Radiation therapy is administered by means of a simple but highly accurate temporal beam technique. A standardized dose of 45 Gy is given in 15 fractions of 3 Gy at 3 fractions per week. From 1971 to 1982, 39 children with retinoblastoma have been irradiated in at least one eye. Of the 73 affected eyes, 18 were primarily enucleated, one received light coagulation only, and 54 received radiation therapy. Of the 54 irradiated eyes, 32 were additionally treated by light coagulation and/or cryotherapy for suspicious residual tumour (in 29 eyes), recurrent tumour (in 1 eye), and/or new tumour (in 3 eyes) and 10 were ultimately enucleated. Two eyes also received hyperthermia. The percentages of cure of the irradiated eyes with a minimum follow-up of 2 years were 100% (14/14), 100% (9/9), 83% (10/12), 79% (11/14) and 0% (0/5) in the Reese-Ellsworth groups I to V-A, respectively. Of the saved eyes 95% achieved useful vision. Eighteen eyes developed a clinically detectable radiation cataract; in five of these the lens was aspirated. Cataracts developed exclusively in those lenses of which a posterior portion of more than 1 mm had to be included in the treatment field. The likelihood and the degree of cataract formation was found to be directly related to the dose of radiation to the germinative zone of the lens epithelium. The minimum cataractogenic dose found in this series was 8 Gy.

  3. Treatment of retinoblastoma by precision megavoltage radiation therapy

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    The principal treatment concept in the Utrecht Retinoblastoma Centre is megavoltage irradiation, followed by light coagulation and/or cryotherapy if there is any doubt as to whether the residual tumour is still active. Radiation therapy is administered by means of a simple but highly accurate temporal beam technique. A standardized dose of 45 Gy is given in 15 fractions of 3 Gy at 3 fractions per week. From 1971 to 1982, 39 children with retinoblastoma have been irradiated in at least one eye. Of the 73 affected eyes, 18 were primarily enucleated, one received light coagulation only, and 54 received radiation therapy. Of the 54 irradiated eyes, 32 were additionally treated by light coagulation and/or cryotherapy for suspicious residual tumour (in 29 eyes), recurrent tumour (in 1 eye), and/or new tumour (in 3 eyes) and 10 were ultimately enucleated. Two eyes also received hyperthermia. The percentages of cure of the irradiated eyes with a minimum follow-up of 2 years were 100% (14/14), 100% (9/9,) 83% (10/12), 79% (11/14) and 0% (0/5) in the Reese-Ellsworth groups I to V-A, respectively. Of the saved eyes 95% achieved useful vision. Eighteen eyes developed a clinically detectable radiation cataract; in five of these the lens was aspirated. Cataracts developed exclusively in those lenses of which a posterior portion of more than 1 mm had to be included in the treatment field. The likelihood and the degree of cataract formation was found to be directly related to the dose of radiation to the germinative zone of the lens epithelium. The minimum cataractogenic dose found in this series was 8 Gy. (Auth.)

  4. Perspectivas para a regulação das nanotecnologias aplicadas a alimentos e biocombustíveis

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    Wilson Engelmann

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available O artigo aborda as possibilidades de regulação das nanotecnologias aplicadas aos alimentos e aos biocombustíveis. Nesse sentido, busca-se estudar os riscos e perigos advindos dessa junção, bem como algumas alternativas regulatórias, tomando-se como referência fórmulas alternativas não derivadas do Estado e do Poder Legislativo, mas oriundas de órgãos internacionais, das empresas envolvidas e de programas de cumprimento voluntário das regras e princípios, já vigentes, mas não diretamente relacionadas às nanotecnologias. Com isso, o estudo aponta possibilidades de o Direito ingressar nas perspectivas abertas pela Revolução Nanotecnológica, fomentando o cumprimento de normas que tenham como principal foco a saúde e a segurança do ser humano e a preservação do meio ambiente.

  5. Estadística aplicada per a enginyeria

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    Ras Sabido, Antoni

    1993-01-01

    Aquest llibre d'estadística s'orienta cap a la part aplicada d'aquesta matèria. Tracta dels temes següents: anàlisi exploratòria de dades, probabilitat i inferència, control estadístic de qualitat i regressió lineal. S'escau, doncs, al programa d'un curs bàsic, en la línia dels que solen aparéixer en molts nous plans d'Enginyeria Tècnica. S'organitza amb la intenció d'oferir un seguit de resums, exemples i il·lustracions, però no pretén ser untractat teòric exhaustiu.

  6. Ciencia básica y ciencia aplicada

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    Pérez-Tamayo Ruy

    2001-01-01

    En el contexto de una intervención en el Foro de Consulta Democrática de la Coordinación de los Institutos Nacionales de Salud sobre Enseñanza e Investigación en Salud, realizado en el Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez, se hace una revisión crítica de la clasificación convencional de la ciencia en básica y aplicada; además, se analiza lo que deberían ser la enseñanza y la investigación en salud. Para apoyar su propia clasificación de la ciencia en "bien hecha", la cual "genera ...

  7. do parasita ao ecossistema

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    Balazeiro, Clementina Furtado

    2011-01-01

    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...

  8. MaTUTO: adaptação da metodologia de aprendizagem baseada em problemas aplicada ao ensino de ontologias

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    Ricardo Alexandre Afonso

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The introduction of new teaching methodologies brings a proposal for the evolution of traditional teaching models, which have been shown to be less efficient due to the evolution of society and the use of technology. This inadequacy educational encouraged the construction of a proposal that condenses the steps of the Problem-Based Learning methodology, which was tested in the creation of a domain ontology defined by a tutor responsible for the teaching/learning activity. The article aims to present a methodology compatible with a dynamic reality that takes place at information systems disciplines and classes. The students involved in the experiment were also invited to evaluate the experience. Method: It presents the main features and steps of the Problem-Based Learning methodology, adjusted in the proposed MaTUTO (Map, TUtoring and Translate in Ontology, which was applied to undergraduate students. Results: It was possible to apply a methodology that adapts and condenses the original steps of the Problem-Based Learning approach as a support to subjects taught at Information Systems courses. The ontology was built and found satisfactory, as well as the results, coming from the students’ evaluation, were encouraging. Conclusion: Concerning the theme - the domain ontology - the alternative methodological proposal allowed the students not only to grasp the concepts involved in the Problem-Based Learning approach, but also had an information product outcome: the ontology itself.

  9. EPIDEMIOLOGIA MOLECULAR APLICADA AO MONITORAMENTO DE ESTIRPES DE Staphylococcus aureus NA PRODUÇÃO DE QUEIJO MINAS FRESCAL

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    Maria Izabel Merino de Medeiros

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    Full Text Available We studied the molecular epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus strains potentially toxigenic, isolated from the production process of Minas frescal cheese in a small dairy plant in the state of São Paulo. For this, samples were taken during the period from June 2008 to July 2009. Samples were collected from the surface of the receiving and storage tanks of raw milk, the surface of the balance tank of pasteurized milk, the water supply system, the pipes and equipments, the hands of the handler and from the packaged cheese, totaling 140 samples. The colonies isolated on Baird-Parker Agar confirmed as Gram positive and positive for catalase, coagulase and acetoin production, were submitted to extraction of bacterial DNA using the Invitek - Uniscience® kit. Confirmation of the isolated species and enterotoxins SEA, SEB, SEC, SED and TSST-1 toxin was carried out through the amplification of specific fragments of chromosomal DNA. Among the 74 strains of isolated coagulase-positive staphylococci, only 41 (55.4% strains were confirmed as Staphylococcus aureus, of which 25 (61.0% were positive to the presence of staphylococcal toxins. The most frequently identified enterotoxin was SEA. The toxigenic strains of Staphylococcus aureus were more frequently isolated from hands of the handler (16.0%, raw milk receiving tank (12.0%, pasteurized milk for cheese making (12.0% and fresh white cheese ready for consumption (12.0%.

  10. Geotecnologias aplicadas ao planejamentode sistemas de abastecimento de água urbanos:uma proposta metodológica

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    Maria José de Sousa Cordão

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    Full Text Available A modelagem e otimização da disposição espacial de unidades de reservação que constituem os Sistemas Urbanos de Distribuição de Água (SUDA são abordadas neste estudo sob a perspectiva do apoio à decisão no planejamento desses sistemas. Tendo em vista os avanços e técnicas encontrados nos Sistemas de Informação Geográfica (SIG e a possibilidade de utilizá-los como Sistema de Apoio a Decisão Espacial (SADE, este trabalho apresenta uma metodologia que viabiliza a tomada de decisão em planejamento de SUDA. Utilizando critérios espacializados, são gerados mapas de riscos de desabastecimento em lotes urbanos que podem servir como indicadores em ações de planejamento e gestão, assim como são mapeadas zonas consideradas como ótimas para a localização de novas unidades de reservação, as quais constituem diretrizes no planejamento para expansão dos SUDA

  11. Technologies applied to wells producing gas in Bolivia; Tecnologias aplicadas aos pocos produtores de gas em Bolivia

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    Nobrega, Fernando R.B. [Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (PETROBRAS), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Carrillo, Marco A.; Barrerro, Dennys A. [PETROBRAS Bolivia S.A., La Paz (Bolivia)

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    The This paper seeks to highlight the engineering, lessons learned and topics for improvement of the technologies used in gas wells drilled between November 2008 and October 2011 in an environment of Bolivian' subandino. Among technologies employed and commented hereunder has the drilling gas reservoirs in near balance using a dual phase fluid, with nitrogen; carrying out multilateral wells equipped with intelligent completion in such environment; as well as other technologies presented herein. This document was prepared on drilling operations performed in SAL-15, SAL-17, SBLSBL- 7 and SBL-8, comprising the period from November 2008 to October 2011. (author)

  12. Cokrigagem colocada aplicada ao mapeamento do nível de água subterrânea

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    A mineração subterrânea pode afetar o ciclo hidrológico, especialmente a circulação da água de infiltração de uma dada região. Em particular, o nível de água pode ser modificado, refletindo-se no meio ambiente circundante. Em programas de monitoramento de água subterrânea, o mapeamento do nível de água é parte fundamental. O mesmo ajuda na determinação da direção de fluxo da água subterrânea, identificação de zonas de recarga e avaliação da dispersão de contaminantes. A posição do nível de ág...

  13. Cokrigagem colocada aplicada ao mapeamento do nível de água subterrânea

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    Full Text Available A mineração subterrânea pode afetar o ciclo hidrológico, especialmente a circulação da água de infiltração de uma dada região. Em particular, o nível de água pode ser modificado, refletindo-se no meio ambiente circundante. Em programas de monitoramento de água subterrânea, o mapeamento do nível de água é parte fundamental. O mesmo ajuda na determinação da direção de fluxo da água subterrânea, identificação de zonas de recarga e avaliação da dispersão de contaminantes. A posição do nível de água subterrânea apresenta correlação, entre outros fatores, com a topografia da superfície, informação de fácil aquisição e baixo custo. Nesse trabalho, apresenta-se a cokrigagem colocada como uma técnica vantajosa para o mapeamento do nível de água, combinando leituras em piezômetros com a informação densamente conhecida da topografia. A metodologia é ilustrada por estudo de caso em uma mina subterrânea de carvão.Underground mining can affect the hydrological cycle, mainly groundwater flow. Particularly, water table can be modified, affecting the surrounding environment. In groundwater monitoring programs, water table mapping is one of most important issues. It helps in determining groundwater flow direction, identifying recharge and discharge zones and in evaluating contaminants dispersion. Water table position is related, among other factors, with the surface topography, easily obtainable data at low cost. In this study collocated cokriging is presented as an appropriate procedure to combine exhaustively known topographical information with water level readings at piezometers to map the water table. A case study in an underground coal mine illustrates the methodology.

  14. Biometria aplicada ao melhoramento intrapopulacional do maracujazeiro amarelo Biometrics applied to intra-population improvement of the yellow passion fruit

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    Marcelo Geraldo de Morais Silva

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    Full Text Available Objetivou-se estimar parâmetros genéticos associados a onze características agronômicas de uma população de maracujazeiro amarelo sob seleção recorrente, utilizando-se 140 progênies de irmãos completos do segundo ciclo, com plantio em outubro de 2007, em delineamento látice quadrado simples e parcelas constituídas de três plantas. Os quadrados médios das características revelaram significância pelo teste F para o efeito de progênies, indicando que existe variabilidade genética a ser explorada nos próximos ciclos. As estimativas dos coeficientes de herdabilidade variaram de 19,54 a 71,38%. As médias das principais características de importância agronômica da população avaliadas foram superiores às das testemunhas, ratificando o potencial da população em gerar população superior com o acúmulo de alelos favoráveis nos sucessivos processos seletivos. As estimativas dos parâmetros genéticos e fenotípicos das principais características de importância econômica revelam a possibilidade de sucesso com a seleção de progênies superiores de maracujazeiro amarelo no intento de registro e proteção de nova cultivar.The objective of the study was to estimate genetic parameters associated with eleven agronomic traits of a population of yellow passion fruit under recurrent selection, using 140 full-sibling progenies from the second cycle, planted in October 2007 in a simple square lattice design and in plots consisting of three plants. The mean squares of their features revealed F-test significance for the effect of progeny, indicating that there is genetic variability to be explored in the next cycles. Estimates of heritability coefficients ranged from 19.54 to 71.38%. The averages of the main characteristics of agronomic importance in the studied population were higher than those of the controls, confirming the potential of the population to generate a superior population with the accumulation of favorable alleles in successive processes of selection. Estimates of genetic and phenotypic parameters of the main characteristics of economic importance reveal the possibility of success in the selection of superior progenies of yellow passion fruit, with the aim of registration and protection of a new cultivar.

  15. Gestão Ambiental Aplicada ao Setor Gastronômico: Propostas para Dourados-MS

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    Domitilla Medeiros Arce

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Normal 0 21 false false false PT-BR X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 A presente pesquisa tem por objetivo demonstrar à importância da gestão ambiental à administração dos estabelecimentos gastronômicos, assinalando ferramentas de gestão ambiental aplicáveis a esses empreendimentos. Para a construção das propostas utilizou-se como metodologia, a pesquisa bibliográfica e a pesquisa de campo por meio de entrevistas realizadas com os gestores de seis estabelecimentos de alimentos e bebidas de Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul. As informações obtidas com as entrevistas propiciaram a análise do quadro vigente em relação às condutas praticadas frente à problemática da grande quantidade de resíduos gerados pelo processo de manipulação, produção e consumo de alimentos e bebidas. Assim, constatou-se que são necessárias algumas ações de sensibilização sobre a importância da gestão ambiental, que quando incorporada por toda a equipe, pode contribuir com a rentabilidade e principalmente, com o meio ambiente. /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Tabela normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}

  16. Biotecnologia aplicada ao melhoramento genético do cafeeiro Biotechnology applied to the genetic improvement of coffee plant

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    Tâmara Prado de Morais

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available O melhoramento genético do cafeeiro mediante técnicas convencionais é trabalhoso e demorado. A biotecnologia oferece estratégias alternativas para auxiliar na multiplicação e no desenvolvimento de novas variedades com resistência a estresses bióticos e abióticos, melhor qualidade de bebida e maturação mais uniforme dos frutos. As técnicas de cultura de tecidos têm possibilitado a obtenção de grande número de plantas e a garantia da uniformidade genética do material. O emprego de marcadores moleculares, principalmente através da seleção assistida, facilitou o rápido progresso do melhoramento genético da cultura, assim como a transformação genética, via cultura e fusão de protoplastos, biobalística ou mediada por Agrobacterium sp. Esta revisão objetiva sumarizar o histórico, situação atual e perspectivas da biotecnologia no melhoramento genético do cafeeiro.Genetic improvement of coffee through classical breeding is laborious and time consuming. Biotechnology offers alternative strategies to assist multiplication and development of new and improved coffee varieties, including those resistant to biotic and abiotic stresses, with better cup quality, and with uniform fruit maturation. Tissue culture techniques have enabled the production of a large number of plants with genetic uniformity. The use of molecular markers, especially through assisted selection, led to rapid progress of coffee plant breeding, as well as the use of genetic transformation by protoplasts culture and fusion, biobalistics, or Agrobacterium-mediated. This review provides a summary of biotechnology history, current situation and directions applied to the genetic improvement of coffee plant.

  17. A biotecnologia aplicada ao melhoramento genético vegetal: controvérsias e discussões

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    Andréia Morais Xavier de OLIVEIRA

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    Full Text Available This issue concerns plant breeding, with biotechnology at its beginning and progress, if it is seen as the "newgreen revolution," emphasizing the brazilian agricultural biotechnology and its development related to the leadership ofthe Brazilian Agricultural Research (EMBRAPA, considering the possible risks to both the environment and humanhealth, respecting and practicing the laws and rules of biosafety. Also reports issues of Microbial Genetics,Microbiology and Molecular Biology in order to clarify various techniques of gene cloning, ranging from the choice offeatures aimed at improving a particular product by the process of isolation and transformation of these genes, using themost modern technologies.

  18. Schedule-Dependent Antiangiogenic and Cytotoxic Effects of Chemotherapy on Vascular Endothelial and Retinoblastoma Cells.

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    Winter, Ursula; Mena, Hebe A; Negrotto, Soledad; Arana, Eloisa; Pascual-Pasto, Guillem; Laurent, Viviana; Suñol, Mariona; Chantada, Guillermo L; Carcaboso, Angel M; Schaiquevich, Paula

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    Current treatment of retinoblastoma involves using the maximum dose of chemotherapy that induces tumor control and is tolerated by patients. The impact of dose and schedule on the cytotoxicity of chemotherapy has not been studied. Our aim was to gain insight into the cytotoxic and antiangiogenic effect of the treatment scheme of chemotherapy used in retinoblastoma by means of different in vitro models and to evaluate potential effects on multi-drug resistance proteins. Two commercial and two patient-derived retinoblastoma cell types and two human vascular endothelial cell types were exposed to increasing concentrations of melphalan or topotecan in a conventional (single exposure) or metronomic (7-day continuous exposure) treatment scheme. The concentration of chemotherapy causing a 50% decrease in cell proliferation (IC50) was determined by MTT and induction of apoptosis was evaluated by flow cytometry. Expression of ABCB1, ABCG2 and ABCC1 after conventional or metronomic treatments was assessed by RT-qPCR. We also evaluated the in vivo response to conventional (0.6 mg/kg once a week for 2 weeks) and metronomic (5 days a week for 2 weeks) topotecan in a retinoblastoma xenograft model. Melphalan and topotecan were cytotoxic to both retinoblastoma and endothelial cells after conventional and metronomic treatments. A significant decrease in the IC50 (median, 13-fold; range: 3-23) was observed following metronomic chemotherapy treatment in retinoblastoma and endothelial cell types compared to conventional treatment (p0.05). In mice, continuous topotecan lead to significantly lower tumor volumes compared to conventional treatment after 14 days of treatment (pretinoblastoma and endothelial cells to both chemotherapy agents with lower IC50 values compared to short-term treatment. These findings were validated in an in vivo model. None of the dosing modalities induced multidrug resistance mechanisms while apoptosis was the mechanism of cell death after both treatment

  19. Información sobre las secuelas y futuros riesgos para los sobrevivientes de retinoblastoma Information on late effects and future risks for retinoblastoma survivors

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    Laura Schwartz

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Los índices de sobrevida de los pacientes con cáncer en la infancia han aumentado en las últimas décadas. Se observan secuelas como consecuencia de esta enfermedad y su tratamiento. Los sobrevivientes de retinoblastoma presentan efectos adversos como consecuencia de la cirugía, la radioterapia y la quimioterapia. Las formas bilaterales irradiadas presentan un riesgo aumentado de desarrollar un segundo cáncer. Tanto los casos que presentaron retinoblastoma unilateral o bilateral pueden transmitir esta enfermedad a su descendencia. El diagnóstico de este tumor es excepcional después de los 4 años de edad y no se sabe claramente qué conocimiento tienen estos sobrevivientes del diagnóstico, del tratamiento y de los futuros riesgos. El consentimiento informado y el posterior resumen de historia clínica no aclaran demasiado a los padres. Los pacientes curados de retinoblastoma se verían beneficiados con un seguimiento prolongado en las instituciones en que fueron tratados, ya que les permitiría recibir información acerca de lo padecido, del tratamiento, de los riesgos y se podrían identificar las consecuencias posteriores de la enfermedad y su tratamiento.The survival rates of childhood cancer have increased in the past few decades. Late consequences related to the cancer and the treatment are observed. The late effects in retinoblastoma survivors are related to the surgery, the radiotherapy and the chemotherapy. Patients with irradiated bilateral retinoblastoma are at high risk to develop a second cancer. Survivors of bilateral or unilateral forms could transmit this disease to their offspring. The diagnosis of retinoblastoma is exceptional after 4 years of age, and it is not clear whether these survivors have knowledge of their diagnosis, treatment and future risks. The informed consent and the summary of the clinical histories do not help to clarify the situation. It will be of great benefit for the patients cured of retinoblastoma

  20. Crystal Structure of Human Retinoblastoma Binding Protein 9

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    Vorobiev, S.; Su, M; Seetharaman, J; Huang, Y; Chen, C; Maglaqui, M; Janjua, H; Montelione, G; Tong, L; et. al.

    2009-01-01

    As a step towards better integrating protein three-dimensional (3D) structural information in cancer systems biology, the Northeast Structural Genomics Consortium (NESG) (www.nesg.org) has constructed a Human Cancer Pathway Protein Interaction Network (HCPIN) by analysis of several classical cancer-associated signaling pathways and their physical protein-protein interactions. Many well-known cancer-associated proteins play central roles as hubs or bottlenecks in the HCPIN (http://nmr.cabm.rutgers.edu/hcpin). NESG has selected more than 1000 human proteins and protein domains from the HCPIN for sample production and 3D structure determination. The long-range goal of this effort is to provide a comprehensive 3D structure-function database for human cancer-associated proteins and protein complexes, in the context of their interaction networks. Human retinoblastoma binding protein 9 (RBBP9) is one of the HCPIN proteins targeted by NESG. RBBP9 was initially identified as the product of a new gene, Bog (for B5T over-expressed gene), in several transformed rat liver epithelial cell lines resistant to the growth-inhibitory effect of TGF-1 as well as in primary human liver tumors. RBBP9 contains the retinoblastoma (Rb) binding motif LxCxE in its sequence, and was shown to interact with Rb by yeast two-hybrid and coimmunoprecipitation experiments. Mutation of the Leu residue in this motif to Gln blocked the binding to Rb. RBBP9 can displace E2F1 from E2F1-Rb complexes, and over expression of RBBP9 overcomes TGF-1 induced growth arrest and results in transformation of rat liver epithelial cells leading to hepatoblastoma-like tumors in nude mice. RBBP9 may also play a role in cellular responses to chronic low dose radiation. A close homolog of RBBP9, sharing 93% amino acid sequence identity and also known as RBBP10, interacts with a protein with sua5-yciO-yrdC domains.

  1. Contrast-Enhancement of the Anterior Eye Segment in Patients with Retinoblastoma: Correlation between Clinical, MR Imaging, and Histopathologic Findings

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    P. de Graaf; P. van der Valk; A.C. Moll; S.M. Imhof; A.Y.N. Schouten-van Meeteren; D.L. Knol; J.A. Castelijns

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: AES contrast-enhancement is recognized in a substantial number of retinoblastoma-affected eyes. We retrospectively investigated the histopathologic basis of AES contrast-enhancement on MR images in retinoblastoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Pretreatment contrast-enhanced MR image

  2. Forced Trefoil Factor Family Peptide 3 (TFF3) Expression Reduces Growth, Viability, and Tumorigenicity of Human Retinoblastoma Cell Lines.

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    Große-Kreul, Jan; Busch, Maike; Winter, Claudia; Pikos, Stefanie; Stephan, Harald; Dünker, Nicole

    2016-01-01

    Trefoil factor family (TFF) peptides have been shown to effect cell proliferation, apoptosis, migration and invasion of normal cells and various cancer cell lines. In the literature TFF peptides are controversially discussed as tumor suppressors and potential tumor progression factors. In the study presented, we investigated the effect of TFF3 overexpression on growth, viability, migration and tumorigenicity of the human retinoblastoma cell lines Y-79, WERI-Rb1, RBL-13 and RBL-15. As revealed by WST-1 and TUNEL assays as well as DAPI and BrdU cell counts, recombinant human TFF3 significantly lowers retinoblastoma cell viability and increases apoptosis levels. Transient TFF3 overexpression likewise significantly increases RB cell apoptosis. Stable, lentiviral TFF3 overexpression lowers retinoblastoma cell viability, proliferation and growth and significantly increases cell death in retinoblastoma cells. Blockage experiments using a broad-spectrum caspase inhibitor and capase-3 immunocytochemistry revealed the involvement of caspases in general and of caspase-3 in particular in TFF3 induced apoptosis in retinoblastoma cell lines. Soft agarose and in ovo chicken chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) assays revealed that TFF3 overexpression influences anchorage independent growth and significantly decreases the size of tumors forming from retinoblastoma cells. Our study demonstrates that forced TFF3 expression exerts a significant pro-apoptotic, anti-proliferative, and tumor suppressive effect in retinoblastoma cells, setting a starting point for new additive chemotherapeutic approaches in the treatment of retinoblastoma.

  3. Forced Trefoil Factor Family Peptide 3 (TFF3) Expression Reduces Growth, Viability, and Tumorigenicity of Human Retinoblastoma Cell Lines

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    Winter, Claudia; Pikos, Stefanie; Stephan, Harald; Dünker, Nicole

    2016-01-01

    Trefoil factor family (TFF) peptides have been shown to effect cell proliferation, apoptosis, migration and invasion of normal cells and various cancer cell lines. In the literature TFF peptides are controversially discussed as tumor suppressors and potential tumor progression factors. In the study presented, we investigated the effect of TFF3 overexpression on growth, viability, migration and tumorigenicity of the human retinoblastoma cell lines Y-79, WERI-Rb1, RBL-13 and RBL-15. As revealed by WST-1 and TUNEL assays as well as DAPI and BrdU cell counts, recombinant human TFF3 significantly lowers retinoblastoma cell viability and increases apoptosis levels. Transient TFF3 overexpression likewise significantly increases RB cell apoptosis. Stable, lentiviral TFF3 overexpression lowers retinoblastoma cell viability, proliferation and growth and significantly increases cell death in retinoblastoma cells. Blockage experiments using a broad-spectrum caspase inhibitor and capase-3 immunocytochemistry revealed the involvement of caspases in general and of caspase-3 in particular in TFF3 induced apoptosis in retinoblastoma cell lines. Soft agarose and in ovo chicken chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) assays revealed that TFF3 overexpression influences anchorage independent growth and significantly decreases the size of tumors forming from retinoblastoma cells. Our study demonstrates that forced TFF3 expression exerts a significant pro-apoptotic, anti-proliferative, and tumor suppressive effect in retinoblastoma cells, setting a starting point for new additive chemotherapeutic approaches in the treatment of retinoblastoma. PMID:27626280

  4. Danish retinoblastoma patients 1943-2013 - genetic testing and clinical implications

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    Gregersen, Pernille A; Urbak, Steen F; Funding, Mikkel;

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: In heritable retinoblastoma there is a 50% risk of transmitting the RB1 mutation, and offspring carriers have more than 90% risk of developing retinoblastoma. Today, all newly diagnosed retinoblastoma patients in Denmark are screened for mutations in RB1, as opposed to only a minority...... to offspring and elevated risk of second primary cancers, we recommend information and access to genetic counseling and RB1 screening. This has ethical, psychological and possible economic consequences, and should be handled with caution...... of patients diagnosed before DNA testing was offered. Knowledge of heredity increases the chance of early diagnosis in offspring, leading to improved prognosis. We present data from the Danish retinoblastoma patients that emphasize the need for genetic counseling and RB1 screening in all untested......, the rate has been stable around 1 per 14 000 live births with 95% of the patients surviving their retinoblastoma. Stratifying data on the time of diagnosis and status of genetic testing, the number of screened patients gradually increased from 5% in the beginning of the period to 96% in the last five...

  5. Characteristics of an Established Retinoblastoma Cell Line HXO—Rb44

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    HepingXu; HechengZhu

    1995-01-01

    Purpose:To study the retinoblastoma cell culture and to establish a new retinoblastoma cellline.Methods:22 retinoblastomes were cultured by using the method of single cellsus-pension.Characteristics of the cultured cells were studied in the following pro-grams:tumor cell morphology in vitro,electron microscopic,growth curve,cloning in soft agar,immunohistochemistry,karyotype and tumorigenicity.Results.22 retinoblastoas were cultured successfully in ivtro,only a cotinued cell line HXO-Rb44was established(more than3years).The characteristics of this cell line are that it grew as a suspension of round cell in graps like clusters in vitro,its population doubling time was 44hours,and it could be cloned in softa-gar.Histopathologic and ulatastructured pictures showed the characteristics of Rb.HXO-Rb44cell was positive to NSE and negative to GFAP in immunohis-tochemical staining.A subcutaneous injection of HXO-Rb44cells produced a retinoblastoma in BALB/C athumic nude mice.Conclusions:HXO-Rb44 has the characteristice of retinoblastoma and is a new retinoblastoma cell line.It is a useflu material for study this tumor both in basic and clinical fields.

  6. Ciencia básica y ciencia aplicada

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    Pérez-Tamayo Ruy

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available En el contexto de una intervención en el Foro de Consulta Democrática de la Coordinación de los Institutos Nacionales de Salud sobre Enseñanza e Investigación en Salud, realizado en el Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez, se hace una revisión crítica de la clasificación convencional de la ciencia en básica y aplicada; además, se analiza lo que deberían ser la enseñanza y la investigación en salud. Para apoyar su propia clasificación de la ciencia en "bien hecha", la cual "genera conocimientos verificables sobre la realidad" y la "mal hecha", improductiva o productora de "puras mentiras" y "no debe patrocinarse", el autor revisa las definiciones utilitaristas y peyorativas como las que establecen ciencia comprometida y ciencia pura, ciencia útil y ciencia inútil, y ciencia práctica y ciencia esotérica, como sinónimos de ciencia aplicada y ciencia básica y afirma que, en México, esta diferenciación "para lo único que ha servido en el pasado es para justificar la reducción en el apoyo oficial a la ciencia básica, porque no estaba dirigida a resolver ´los problemas nacionales´o porque no caía en las prioridades establecidas en ese sexenio". En cuanto a educación e investigación en salud reconoce que el programa actual de formación de investigadores tiene una eficiencia muy baja y propone un estudio científico crítico, realizado por un equipo de especialistas, interdisciplinario, "para integrar la carrera del investigador científico desde la captura de la juventud inteligente hasta la jubilación o muerte del investigador" y para el cual la evaluación de la eficiencia del apoyo a sus proyectos de investigación no se restrinja a si se publicó o no un artículo "pues la calidad del trabajo científico y la contribución de un investigador al desarrollo de la ciencia no es nada más el número de sus publicaciones". El texto completo en inglés de este artículo está disponible en: http://www.insp.mx/salud/index.html

  7. Sistema experto de ergonomía aplicada

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    Jesús Mora Ruiz

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Son muchos los países que están utilizando las modernas tecnologías de la información aplicadas a la educación. Este fenómeno es parte de la nueva revolución industrial o era de la información que está afectando a casi todas las actividades humanas. La investigación, diseño e implementación de tecnologías que suplan las carencias de recursos económicos para la adquisición de laboratorios que cuenten con todo lo necesario para la realización de prácticas que reafirmen lo teórico. En el desarrollo del proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje, debe tenerse en cuenta un modelo pedagógico, donde participen activamente tanto el catedrático como los estudiantes. El desarrollo de Sistemas Expertos, basados en Inteligencia Artificial, para realizar prácticas aplicadas a la Ingeniería Industrial, ofrece una posibilidad diferente de modelo educativo, con la que el alumno reafirmará una y otra vez la práctica, en la que aplicará los conocimientos teóricos adquiridos en las aulas; lo que dará un valor agregado a su profesión, para lograr un mejor desempeño en aplicaciones en áreas de la Ingeniería Industrial. Los Sistemas Expertos basados en la Inteligencia Artificial utilizados como emuladores basados en el conocimiento, diseñados y desarrollados por las propias instituciones con recursos propios, son una solución factible y económica, que resuelven las necesidades fundamentales en el proceso de enseñanza- aprendizaje; ya que con ellos se efectúan prácticas de diseños ergonómicos, al mismo tiempo que dan respuestas expertas para la aplicación de la materia de Ergonomía; factor imprescindible en la formación del Ingeniero Industrial

  8. Estrategias de financiamiento aplicadas por hipermercados en un entorno competitivo

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    Miraidy Leal Morantes

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente estudio tiene como objetivo analizar las estrategias de financiamiento aplicadas en el sector de la distribución de bienes de consumo masivo, tomando como referencia la experiencia de los hipermercados ubicados en Maracaibo, Estado Zulia. Se desarrolló una investigación de carácter descriptivo; para la recolección de datos se aplicó un cuestionario estructurado a gerentes generales y financieros, así como entrevistas no estructuradas a personal administrativo clave de las organizaciones. Los resultados evidencian que las estrategias de financiamiento utilizadas son la integración vertical en redes de proveedores, el endeudamiento bancario y la reinversión de utilidades, como manera de responder al nuevo escenario que plantea la economía mundial. Se concluye que la creciente penetración de las grandes cadenas en el país produce efectos que inciden directamente en proveedores, consumidores y empresas venezolanas del sector.

  9. O combate ao escorpionismo

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    Octavio de Magalhães

    1946-09-01

    Full Text Available O outor estuda os processos de combate aos acidentes pelas picadas dos escorpiões, visando: a Profilaxia e b Terapêutica. Refere-se à luta nos campos e nas cidades e aqui, dentro e fora dos domicílios. Assinala os diferentes métodos para o combate a êsses artrópodos peçonhentos. Fala na luta direta, indireta, na vacinação pelo anaveneno, na propaganda pela educação racional da população contra o perigo dos acidentes. Refere-se à "cata" dos escorpiões, à luta química, ao emprêgo de animais escorpiófagos, á feitura de casas e jardins anti-escorpiões. Na primeira parte do presente trabalho o autor trata da luta química pelo d. D. T. contra os tityus bahiensis e serrulatus, concluindo que êste corpo químico é um poderoso elemento de luta contra êstes escorpiões. Na segunda parte do trabalho, o autor trata da terapêutica dos acidentes. Mostra a necessidade do emprêgo convenientemente da única terapêutica racional e eficaz contra a intoxicação escorpiônica: a soroterapia específica. Assinala a necessidade da injeção de doses maciças de um sôro de alta valência, preparado em bovídeos, para evitar o mais possível o choque anafilático, no menor tempo possível após as picadas. Aconselha o empêgo de anaveneno escorpiônico, para vacinação principalmente de crianças de baixa idade, nos lugares fortemente infestados pelos escorpiões (principalmente Tityus serrulatus, maximé quando no local não houver sôro anti-escorpiônico específico, como meio preventivo contra a gravidade das intoxicações. Cita finalmente os trabalhos recentes de Grasset, Shaasfsma e Hodgson, na África do Sul, que confirmam muitas idéias do autor e mostram a unidade universal do síndromo escorpiônico descrito no Brasil.

  10. Tumor promotion by caspase-resistant retinoblastoma protein

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    Borges, Helena L.; Bird, Jeff; Wasson, Katherine; Cardiff, Robert D.; Varki, Nissi; Eckmann, Lars; Wang, Jean Y. J.

    2005-01-01

    The retinoblastoma (RB) protein regulates cell proliferation and cell death. RB is cleaved by caspase during apoptosis. A mutation of the caspase-cleavage site in the RB C terminus has been made in the mouse Rb-1 locus; the resulting Rb-MI mice are resistant to endotoxin-induced apoptosis in the intestine. The Rb-MI mice do not exhibit increased tumor incidence, because the MI mutation does not disrupt the Rb tumor suppressor function. In this study, we show that Rb-MI can promote the formation of colonic adenomas in the p53-null genetic background. Consistent with this tumor phenotype, Rb-MI reduces colorectal epithelial apoptosis and ulceration caused by dextran sulfate sodium. By contrast, Rb-MI does not affect the lymphoma phenotype of p53-null mice, in keeping with its inability to protect thymocytes and splenocytes from apoptosis. The Rb-MI protein is expressed and phosphorylated in the tumors, thereby inactivating its growth suppression function. These results suggest that RB tumor suppressor function, i.e., inhibition of proliferation, is inactivated by phosphorylation, whereas RB tumor promoting function, i.e., inhibition of apoptosis, is inactivated by caspase cleavage. PMID:16227443

  11. Dosimetric intercomparison between protons and electrons therapies applied to retinoblastoma

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    In this work we propose a construction of a simple human eye model in order to simulate the dosimetric response for a treatment with protons and electrons in a retinoblastoma cancer. The computational tool used in this simulation was the Geant4 code, in the version 4.9.1, all these package are free and permit simulate the interaction of radiation with matter. In our simulation we use a box with 4 cm side, with water, for represent the human eye. The simulation was performed considering mono energetics beams of protons and electrons with energy range between 50 and 70 MeV for protons and 2 and 10 MeV for electrons. The simulation was based on the advanced hadron therapy example of the Geant 4 code. In these example the phantom is divided in voxels with 0.2 mm side and it is generated the energy deposited in each voxel. The simulation results show the energy deliver in each voxel, with these energie we can calculate the dose deposited in that region. We can see the dose profile of, proton and electron, and we can see in both cases that for protons the position of delivered dose is well know, that happen in the position where the proton stop, for electrons the energies is delivered along the way and pass the desired position for high dose deposition. (author)

  12. The genetic alteration of retinoblastoma gene in esophageal cancer

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    Cho, Jae Il; Shim, Yung Mok; Kim, Chang Min [Korea Cancer Center Hospital of Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1994-12-01

    Retinoblastoma(RB) gene is the prototype of tumor suppressor gene and it`s alteration have been frequently observed in a large number of human tumors. To investigate the role of RB in esophageal cancer, we studied 36 esophageal cancer tissues with Southern blot analysis to detect gross LOH and PCR-SSCP method to find minute LOH and mutation, if any. In the cases with abnormalities, the nucleotide sequence analysis was performed. Allelic loss of chromosome 13q14 occurred in 20 out of 32 informative cases (62.5%) by Southern analysis. Furthermore, PCR-LOH added three positive cases. Mobility shift by PCR-SSCP was observed in one case at exon 22, which showed 1 bp deletion in codon 771 of RB gene resulting in frame shift mutation. Besides, nine PCR-band alteration in tumor tissue compared with normal tissue were observed in exon 14 and 22, but mutation was not found on sequencing analysis suggesting the epigenetic alteration in tumor tissue. Analysis of the clinical data did not show any difference depending upon RB alteration. However, the total incidence of RB gene may play an important role in the development of esophageal cancer. The main genetic alteration of RB gene was deletion detected by Southern blot and one bp deletion leading to frame shift was also observed. 8 figs, 5 tabs. (Author).

  13. Retinoblastoma loss modulates DNA damage response favoring tumor progression.

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    Full Text Available Senescence is one of the main barriers against tumor progression. Oncogenic signals in primary cells result in oncogene-induced senescence (OIS, crucial for protection against cancer development. It has been described in premalignant lesions that OIS requires DNA damage response (DDR activation, safeguard of the integrity of the genome. Here we demonstrate how the cellular mechanisms involved in oncogenic transformation in a model of glioma uncouple OIS and DDR. We use this tumor type as a paradigm of oncogenic transformation. In human gliomas most of the genetic alterations that have been previously identified result in abnormal activation of cell growth signaling pathways and deregulation of cell cycle, features recapitulated in our model by oncogenic Ras expression and retinoblastoma (Rb inactivation respectively. In this scenario, the absence of pRb confers a proliferative advantage and activates DDR to a greater extent in a DNA lesion-independent fashion than cells that express only HRas(V12. Moreover, Rb loss inactivates the stress kinase DDR-associated p38MAPK by specific Wip1-dependent dephosphorylation. Thus, Rb loss acts as a switch mediating the transition between premalignant lesions and cancer through DDR modulation. These findings may have important implications for the understanding the biology of gliomas and anticipate a new target, Wip1 phosphatase, for novel therapeutic strategies.

  14. Evidence for a mitochondrial localization of the retinoblastoma protein

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    Oliver Lisa

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The retinoblastoma protein (Rb plays a central role in the regulation of cell cycle, differentiation and apoptosis. In cancer cells, ablation of Rb function or its pathway is a consequence of genetic inactivation, viral oncoprotein binding or deregulated hyperphosphorylation. Some recent data suggest that Rb relocation could also account for the regulation of its tumor suppressor activity, as is the case for other tumor suppressor proteins, such as p53. Results In this reported study, we present evidence that a fraction of the total amount of Rb protein can localize to the mitochondria in proliferative cells taken from both rodent and human cells. This result is also supported by the use of Rb siRNAs, which substantially reduced the amount of mitochondrial Rb, and by acellular assays, in which [35S]-Methionine-labeled Rb proteins bind strongly to mitochondria isolated from rat liver. Moreover, endogenous Rb is found in an internal compartment of the mitochondria, within the inner-membrane. This is consistent with the protection of Rb from alkaline treatment, which destroys any interaction of proteins that are weakly bound to mitochondria. Conclusion Although a few data regarding an unspecific cytosolic localization of Rb protein have been reported for some tumor cells, our results are the first evidence of a mitochondrial localization of Rb. The mitochondrial localization of Rb is observed in parallel with its classic nuclear location and paves the way for the study of potential as-yet-unknown roles of Rb at this site.

  15. Retinoblastoma: Achieving new standards with methods of chemotherapy

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    Swathi Kaliki

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The management of retinoblastoma (RB has dramatically changed over the past two decades from previous radiotherapy methods to current chemotherapy strategies. RB is a remarkably chemotherapy-sensitive tumor. Chemotherapy is currently used as a first-line approach for children with this malignancy and can be delivered by intravenous, intra-arterial, periocular, and intravitreal routes. The choice of route for chemotherapy administration depends upon the tumor laterality and tumor staging. Intravenous chemotherapy (IVC is used most often in bilateral cases, orbital RB, and as an adjuvant treatment in high-risk RB. Intra-arterial chemotherapy (IAC is used in cases with group C or D RB and selected cases of group E tumor. Periocular chemotherapy is used as an adjunct treatment in eyes with group D and E RB and those with persistent/recurrent vitreous seeds. Intravitreal chemotherapy is reserved for eyes with persistent/recurrent vitreous seeds. In this review, we describe the various forms of chemotherapy used in the management of RB. A database search was performed on PubMed, using the terms "RB," and "treatment," "chemotherapy," "systemic chemotherapy," "IVC," "IAC," "periocular chemotherapy," or "intravitreal chemotherapy." Relevant English language articles were extracted, reviewed, and referenced appropriately.

  16. Nutrição aplicada à atividade motora Nutrition applied to motor activity

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    Antonio Herbert Lancha Junior

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    Full Text Available A Nutrição aplicada a atividade motora se divide em quatro áreas do movimento humano, a saber: esporte, educação física, dança, recreação/lazer. Essa definição conceitual diferencia a população alvo da intervenção nutricional. O organismo humano sempre apresentou o movimento como parte de sua atividade cotidiana e selecionou evolutivamente os organismos mais econômicos. Em contrapartida por conta de demandas, sociais, financeiras dentre outras a vida moderna impôs o sedentarismo como padrão de comportamento motor que aliado ao padrão genético de economia resultaram nas doenças modernas como obesidade, diabetes, etc. Assim a sociedade institucionalizou o movimento humano criando manifestações distintas descritas acima e suas necessidades específicas passaram a ser de interesse acadêmico/cientifico. Nutricionalmente os estudos se concentram no balanço energético, na necessidade de carboidratos, proteínas, lipídios assim como dos micronutrientes e outros compostos biologicamente ativos. Estes estudos definem estas substancias sob critérios de essencialidade ou efeito ergogênico superior a capacidade fisiológica. O primeiro determina mudanças nas necessidades nutricionais e o segundo substâncias consideradas ilícitas. No presente momento grande parte da comunidade cientifica dedicada à nutrição aplicada à atividade motora, dirige sua vocação na tentativa de descobrir as necessidades específicas provocadas pela pratica regular da atividade motora permitindo seu exercício regular para que a mesma propicie os benefícios na manutenção da saúde de forma plena nas quatro áreas descritas acima.Nutrition applied to motor activity is divided in four areas of human movement, namely: sports, physical education, dance, recreation/leisure. This conceptual definition differentiates the target population of nutritional intervention. The human body has always presented the movement as part of their daily activity and

  17. Clinical Implications of Promoter Hypermethylation in RASSF1A and MGMT in Retinoblastoma1

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    Choy, Kwong Wai; Lee, Tom C; Cheung, Kin Fai; Fan, Dorothy S.P.; Lo, Kwok Wai; Beaverson, Katherine L; David H Abramson; Lam, Dennis S. C.; Yu, Christopher B. O.; Pang, Chi Pui

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    We investigated the epigenetic silencing and genetic changes of the RAS-associated domain family 1A (RASSF1A) gene and the O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) gene in retinoblastoma. We extracted DNA from microdissected tumor and normal retina tissues of the same patient in 68 retinoblastoma cases. Promoter methylation in RASSF1A and MGMT was analyzed by methylation-specific PCR, RASSF1A sequence alterations in all coding exons by direct DNA sequencing, and RASSF1A expression by RT-...

  18. Clinical Implications of Promoter Hypermethylation in RASSF1A and MGMT in Retinoblastoma

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    Kwong Wai Choy; Lee, Tom C; Kin Fai Cheung; Fan, Dorothy S.P.; Kwok Wai Lo; Beaverson, Katherine L; David H Abramson; Lam, Dennis S. C.; Yu, Christopher B. O.; Chi Pui Pang

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    We investigated the epigenetic silencing and genetic changes of the RAS-associated domain family 1A (RASSF1A) gene and the Os-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) gene in retinoblastoma. We extracted DNA from microdissected tumor and normal retina tissues of the same patient in 68 retinoblastoma cases. Promoter methylation in RASSF1A and MGMT was analyzed by methylation-specific PCR, RASSF1A sequence alterations in all coding exons by direct DNA sequencing, RASSF1A expression by RT-PCR....

  19. Retinoblastoma pathway defects show differential ability to activate the constitutive DNA damage response in human tumorigenesis

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    Tort, F.; Bartkova, J.; Sehested, M.;

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    culture models with differential defects of retinoblastoma pathway components, as overexpression of cyclin D1 or lack of p16(Ink4a), either alone or combined, did not elicit detectable DDR. In contrast, inactivation of pRb, the key component of the pathway, activated the DDR in cultured human or mouse...... with their hierarchical positions along the retinoblastoma pathway. Our data provide new insights into oncogene-evoked DDR in human tumorigenesis, with potential implications for individualized management of tumors with elevated cyclin D1 versus cyclin E, due to their distinct clinical variables and biological behavior....

  20. Retinoblastoma: experience of a referral center in the North Region of Portugal

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    Rocha-Bastos R

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    Full Text Available RA da Rocha-Bastos,1 JR Araújo,1 RS Silva,2 MJ Gil-da-Costa,2 E Brandão,1 NJ Farinha,2,3 F Falcão-Reis,1,4 T Dinah-Bragança1 1Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital São João, 2Hematology and Oncology Unit, Pediatric Hospital, Hospital São João, 3Pediatrics Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, 4Department of Sense Organs, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal Purpose: To describe the experience of the Ophthalmology Department of Hospital São João (HSJ, a tertiary health care center in North Region, Portugal, in terms of the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of retinoblastoma. Methods: This was a retrospective study of patients diagnosed with retinoblastoma in Hospital São João, between 1978 and 2012. Results: Fifty patients with retinoblastoma were evaluated in our institution between 1978 and 2012. Four patients were excluded due to loss of follow-up. Among the 46 retinoblastoma cases, 33 (71.7% were unilateral and 13 (28.3% bilateral, with a mean age at diagnosis of 22.19 months and 6.92 months, respectively (P<0.001. Leukocoria was the most common presenting sign (36.9%, followed by strabismus (19.6%, a combination of leukocoria and strabismus (8.7%, and buphthalmia (2.2%. Between 1978 and 1992, nine retinoblastoma cases were referred to our hospital, all of them unilateral, and, in each case, enucleation was performed, with or without salvage therapy. Between 1993 and 2012, 18 eyes with retinoblastoma were successfully managed with conservative treatment. Conclusion: Demographic results were generally coincident with previous reports. It is crucial to screen leukocoria in pediatric practice, even in asymptomatic children. The outcome of retinoblastoma treatment in our hospital is similar to other series in developed countries. Keywords: retinoblastoma, leukocoria, strabismus, enucleation, pediatric cancer

  1. APC/C and retinoblastoma interaction: cross-talk of retinoblastoma protein with the ubiquitin proteasome pathway

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    Ramanujan, Ajeena; Tiwari, Swati

    2016-01-01

    The ubiquitin (Ub) ligase anaphase promoting complex/cyclosome (APC/C) and the tumour suppressor retinoblastoma protein (pRB) play key roles in cell cycle regulation. APC/C is a critical regulator of mitosis and G1-phase of the cell cycle whereas pRB keeps a check on proliferation by inhibiting transition to the S-phase. APC/C and pRB interact with each other via the co-activator of APC/C, FZR1, providing an alternative pathway of regulation of G1 to S transition by pRB using a post-translational mechanism. Both pRB and FZR1 have complex roles and are implicated not only in regulation of cell proliferation but also in differentiation, quiescence, apoptosis, maintenance of chromosomal integrity and metabolism. Both are also targeted by transforming viruses. We discuss recent advances in our understanding of the involvement of APC/C and pRB in cell cycle based decisions and how these insights will be useful for development of anti-cancer and anti-viral drugs. PMID:27402801

  2. A noção de psicanálise aplicada nos primeiros anos do movimento psicanalítico

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    Caio Padovan

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Resumo Levando em conta a inserção da psicanálise no contexto científico da segunda metade do século XIX, o objetivo deste artigo será discutir a noção de psicanálise aplicada sustentada por Freud e seus pares nos primeiros anos do movimento psicanalítico. Para tal serão consultados trabalhos considerados pelo movimento como aplicados, assim como algumas contribuições de caráter metodológico, todos publicados durante este período inicial da história da psicanálise. Cabe ressaltar que, neste artigo, será priorizado o estudo das fontes primárias ligadas ao debate em questão.

  3. O termo estratégia: um conceito útil para a lingüística aplicada?

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    John Robert Schmitz

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    O termo estratégia é usado em certos casos na literatura especializada de lingüística aplicada sem muita precisão, pois, para alguns pesquisadores, ele é uma técnica; para outros, é método, de ensino e, para outros ainda, refere-se aos hábitos de estudo ou estilo cognitivo dos aprendizes. Outro problema é a pletora de estratégias propostas sem rigor na demarcação de diferenças: estratégias de comunicação (communication strategies, estratégias de aprendizagem (learning strategies, estratégias de aquisição (acquisition strategies e estratégias de ensino (teaching strategies. Apesar desses problemas, as pesquisas na área de estratégias são promissoras, já que o treinamento explícito em sua utilização ensina os aprendizes a: (i saber usar novas estratégias, (ii avaliar a eficiência de diferentes tipos; e (iii decidir quando é procedente transferir uma determinada estratégia para uma nova situação.

  4. Cell size checkpoint control by the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor pathway.

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    Su-Chiung Fang

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Size control is essential for all proliferating cells, and is thought to be regulated by checkpoints that couple cell size to cell cycle progression. The aberrant cell-size phenotypes caused by mutations in the retinoblastoma (RB tumor suppressor pathway are consistent with a role in size checkpoint control, but indirect effects on size caused by altered cell cycle kinetics are difficult to rule out. The multiple fission cell cycle of the unicellular alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii uncouples growth from division, allowing direct assessment of the relationship between size phenotypes and checkpoint function. Mutations in the C. reinhardtii RB homolog encoded by MAT3 cause supernumerous cell divisions and small cells, suggesting a role for MAT3 in size control. We identified suppressors of an mat3 null allele that had recessive mutations in DP1 or dominant mutations in E2F1, loci encoding homologs of a heterodimeric transcription factor that is targeted by RB-related proteins. Significantly, we determined that the dp1 and e2f1 phenotypes were caused by defects in size checkpoint control and were not due to a lengthened cell cycle. Despite their cell division defects, mat3, dp1, and e2f1 mutants showed almost no changes in periodic transcription of genes induced during S phase and mitosis, many of which are conserved targets of the RB pathway. Conversely, we found that regulation of cell size was unaffected when S phase and mitotic transcription were inhibited. Our data provide direct evidence that the RB pathway mediates cell size checkpoint control and suggest that such control is not directly coupled to the magnitude of periodic cell cycle transcription.

  5. Intra-arterial chemotherapy for retinoblastoma: First Indian report

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    Pukhraj Rishi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To describe treatment outcomes and complications of selective intra-arterial chemotherapy (IAC for retinoblastoma (RB in Indian eyes. Materials and Methods: Single center, retrospective interventional case series of 6 eyes with RB who underwent IAC using Melphalan (3 mg/5 mg/7.5 mg and topetecan (1 mg (n = 4 or melphalan (3 mg/5 mg/7.5 mg alone (n = 2 between December 2013 and June 2014. In all, 17 IAC procedures were performed using selective ophthalmic artery cannulation. Treatment outcomes were evaluated in terms of tumor control, vitreous and subretinal seeds control and globe salvage rates. Results: IAC was employed as primary (n = 1 or secondary (n = 5 modality of treatment. Each eye received mean 3 IAC sessions (median: 3; range: 1-4 sessions. Eyes were classified according to international classification of RB as Group B (n = 1, C (n = 1, D (n = 2 and E (n = 2. Following IAC, complete regression of the main tumor was seen in 3 cases (50%, partial regression in 2 (33%, while 1 case (15% showed no response. Of 4 eyes with subretinal seeds, 1 (25% eye had complete regression while 3 (75% eyes had partial regression. Of 5 eyes with vitreous seeds, 2 (40% eyes had complete regression while 3 (60% eyes had a partial response. Globe salvage was achieved in 5 of 6 eyes (83%. Diffuse choroidal atrophy and vitreous hemorrhage were observed in 1 (17% eye, each. No hematologic toxicity or cerebro-vascular events were observed. Mean follow-up period was 5.5 months (median: 6 months, range: 1-6 months. Conclusion: IAC is an effective therapy for globe preservation in eyes with RB. Larger studies with longer follow-up are required to validate these results.

  6. The Retinoblastoma pathway regulates stem cell proliferation in freshwater planarians.

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    Zhu, Shu Jun; Pearson, Bret J

    2013-01-15

    Freshwater planarians are flatworms of the Lophotrochozoan superphylum and are well known for their regenerative abilities, which rely on a large population of pluripotent adult stem cells. However, the mechanisms by which planarians maintain a precise population of adult stem cells while balancing proliferation and cell death, remain to be elucidated. Here we have identified, characterized, and functionally tested the core Retinoblastoma (Rb) pathway components in planarian adult stem cell biology. The Rb pathway is an ancient and conserved mechanism of proliferation control from plants to animals and is composed of three core components: an Rb protein, and a transcription factor heterodimer of E2F and DP proteins. Although the planarian genome contains all components of the Rb pathway, we found that they have undergone gene loss from the ancestral state, similar to other species in their phylum. The single Rb homolog (Smed-Rb) was highly expressed in planarian stem cells and was required for stem cell maintenance, similar to the Rb-homologs p107 and p130 in vertebrates. We show that planarians and their phylum have undergone the most severe reduction in E2F genes observed thus far, and the single remaining E2F was predicted to be a repressive-type E2F (Smed-E2F4-1). Knockdown of either Smed-E2F4-1 or its dimerization partner Dp (Smed-Dp) by RNAi resulted in temporary hyper-proliferation. Finally, we showed that known Rb-interacting genes in other systems, histone deacetylase 1 and cyclinD (Smed-HDAC1; Smed-cycD), were similar to Rb in expression and phenotypes when knocked down by RNAi, suggesting that these established interactions with Rb may also be conserved in planarians. Together, these results showed that planarians use the conserved components of the Rb tumor suppressor pathway to control proliferation and cell survival. PMID:23123964

  7. Quality of life of adult retinoblastoma survivors in the Netherlands

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    Cohen-Kettenis Peggy T

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To assess the quality of life (QoL and predictors thereof in Dutch adult hereditary and non-hereditary retinoblastoma (RB survivors. Methods In this population-based cross-sectional study, a generic QoL questionnaire (SF-36 and a disease-specific interview were administered to 87 adult RB survivors aged 18 to 35 years. Their QoL data were compared with those of a Dutch healthy reference group. Among the RB hereditary/non-hereditary survivors, the QoL was compared and predictors for QoL were identified by linear multiple regression analyses. Results As a group, RB survivors scored significantly lower than the reference group on the SF-36 subscale 'mental health' (t = -27, df = 86, p Conclusion In this exploratory study, it appears that the group of adult RB survivors experience a relatively good overall but slightly decreased QoL compared with the reference group. However, they report more problems with regard to their mental health (anxiety, feelings of depression, and loss of control. Hereditary RB survivors differ significantly from non-hereditary RB survivors only in 'general health'. Bullying in childhood and subjective experience of impairment are the main predictors of a worse QoL. In order to prevent worsening of QoL, or perhaps to improve it, clinicians should make an inventory of these issues at an early stage. We recommend further research to assess the specific psychological factors that may lead to mental health problems in this population.

  8. Linguística Aplicada: uma identidade construida nos CBLA Applied Linguistics: an identity constructed in the Brazilian Congresses of Applied Linguistics

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    Renata Archanjo

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    Full Text Available Este artigo objetiva investigar a Linguística Aplicada (LA como um campo de estudos produtor de conhecimento que tem sofrido muitas transformações ao longo de sua trajetória de busca de uma identidade própria. Tais transformações são recuperadas nas vozes de suas pesquisas ao longo dos anos. Assim, esse estudo analisa o percurso histórico da LA, com base na produção científica apresentada nos Congressos Brasileiros de Linguística Aplicada (CBLA, buscando compreender os significados revelados pelas vozes sociais que constituem o discurso sobre seu fazer científico. A análise da transformação das áreas e subáreas temáticas de estudo nesse recorte temporal apontam para a diversidade e a riqueza dos caminhos desse campo de saber que lhe configuram uma identidade própria e única.This article aims at investigating the field of Applied Linguistics as an area which produces knowledge and which has been under many changes. These changes can be represented by the different voices of its research over the past years. Thus, this study analyzes the historical path of Applied Linguistics within the range of the Brazilian Congresses of Applied Linguistics, trying to understand the different meanings of the social voices of the scientific discourse on this field. The analyses of the evolution of these areas and subareas of study in such aforementioned congresses point towards the diversity and richness of the path of this researching field which constitute its own and unique identity.

  9. O conceito de lucro econômico no âmbito da contabilidade aplicada

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    Alessandra Hirano Fuji

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available O estudo da Ciência Contábil e as definições de elementos financeiros, notadamente o lucro, são de grande relevância não somente para os estudiosos do meio acadêmico, mas também para aqueles que atuam no mercado financeiro e trabalham com as questões práticas da Contabilidade. O lucro contábil, que constitui basicamente o confronto entre receita realizada e custo consumido, é respaldado pelo conservadorismo, convenção da objetividade e Princípios Contábeis Geralmente Aceitos. O lucro econômico, que é o incremento do valor presente do patrimônio líquido, envolve aspectos subjetivos, mas é superior ao lucro contábil, mormente no processo decisório dos usuários internos e externos. A questão de pesquisa é se o conceito de lucro econômico encontra-se realmente difundido entre os profissionais da área contábil. O objetivo do trabalho é enfatizar a importância do conceito de lucro econômico e verificar qual o grau de assimilação, utilização e divulgação do conceito no âmbito da Contabilidade Aplicada. O trabalho, baseado em revisão da literatura e estudo exploratório mostra que o conceito de lucro econômico não é plenamente conhecido e utilizado pelos usuários da contabilidade.The study of accounting theory and the definitions of financial elements, especially profit, is highly relevant not only for academics, but also for those directly involved in practical activities related to applied accounting. Accounting profit is the confrontation between revenue and cost and is based on conservatism, objectivity and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Economic profit is the increase in the equity's present value and involves subjective aspects, but it is better than accounting profit, mainly in the context of internal and external users' decisionmaking process. The research question is whether the concept of economic profit is really widespread among accounting professionals. This study aims to emphasize the

  10. Effects of PPARγ agonistrosiglitazone on human retinoblastoma cell in vitro and in vivo.

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    Cao, Xianyong; He, Lin; Li, Yanhua

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the antitumor effects of the PPARγ agonist rosiglitazone on the human retinoblastoma. The cell biological behavior was detected, specifically, the effects of rosiglitazone on cell viability and apoptosis of the human retinoblastoma Y79 cells were investigated by MTT assay and Hochest 33258 staining and the migration assay showed that rosiglitazone blocked the invasion and migration of the carcinoma cells through the reconstituted extracellular matrix (Matrigel). The effect of rosiglitazone on NF-κB-dependent reporter gene transcription induced by LPS was analyzed by NF-κB-luciferase assay. Then human retinoblastoma Y79 cells were subcutaneously transplanted in BALB/c nude mice, and the animals were treated with rosiglitazone (20 mg/kg, 40 mg/kg, and 80 mg/kg) to verify its anti-tumor effect in vivo. Rosiglitazone suppressed the viability of Y79 cells dose- and time-dependently and induced apoptosis in Y79 cells in vitro. Molecular biology analysis found that rosiglitazone could modulate the proliferative and apoptosis related signal, reduce NF-κB-dependent reporter gene transcription induced by LPS. Rosiglitazone markedly reduced the growth of Y79 cells transplanted into the mice without causing significant side effects. Our results suggested that rosiglitazone demonstrated antitumor activity against the human retinoblastoma Y79 cells by inhibiting cell growth, inducing apoptosis and inhibiting metastasis and invasion in vitro and delaying tumor growth in vivo.

  11. MiR-433 inhibits retinoblastoma malignancy by suppressing Notch1 and PAX6 expression.

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    Li, Xiaohua; Yang, Lan; Shuai, Tianjiao; Piao, Tianhua; Wang, Rui

    2016-08-01

    Retinoblastoma (RB) is the most frequent primary intraocular cancer. It has been demonstrated by previous studies that retinoblastoma is initiated primarily by the inactivation of the retinoblastoma Rb1 gene in retinal cells. However, additional genetic alterations than Rb1 mutation could play important roles in the process of transforming benign retinal cells into retinoblastoma tumor cells. In this study, we identified that microRNA miR-433 is one of such genetic factors. We found that the expression levels of miR-433 were downregulated in RB tissues. We also determined that miR-433 negatively regulated RB cell proliferation, migration and invasion, and induced cell cycle arrest and apoptosis of RB cells. We used bioinformatics method to predict and confirmed that Notch1 and PAX6 were miR-433 target genes in RB cells. Importantly, we demonstrated that restoration of Notch1 and PAX6 expression partially rescued the inhibition of cell proliferation and metastasis induced by miR-433 overexpression, suggesting that miR-433 regulates RB cell proliferation and metastasis through suppressing the expression of Notch1 and PAX6. PMID:27470361

  12. Alteration of plant meristem function by manipulation of the Retinoblastoma-like plant RRB gene

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    Durfee, Tim; Feiler, Heidi; Gruissem, Wilhelm; Jenkins, Susan; Roe, Judith; Zambryski, Patricia

    2007-01-16

    This invention provides methods and compositions for altering the growth, organization, and differentiation of plant tissues. The invention is based on the discovery that, in plants, genetically altering the levels of Retinoblastoma-related gene (RRB) activity produces dramatic effects on the growth, proliferation, organization, and differentiation of plant meristem.

  13. A cancer derived mutation in the Retinoblastoma gene with a distinct defect for LXCXE dependent interactions

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    Demone Jordan

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The interaction between viral oncoproteins such as Simian virus 40 TAg, adenovirus E1A, and human papilloma virus E7, and the retinoblastoma protein (pRB occurs through a well characterized peptide sequence, LXCXE, on the viral protein and a well conserved groove in the pocket domain of pRB. Cellular proteins, such as histone deacetylases, also use this mechanism to interact with the retinoblastoma protein to repress transcription at cell cycle regulated genes. For these reasons this region of the pRB pocket domain is thought to play a critical role in growth suppression. Results In this study, we identify and characterize a tumor derived allele of the retinoblastoma gene (RB1 that possesses a discrete defect in its ability to interact with LXCXE motif containing proteins that compromises proliferative control. To assess the frequency of similar mutations in the RB1 gene in human cancer, we screened blood and tumor samples for similar alleles. We screened almost 700 samples and did not detect additional mutations, indicating that this class of mutation is rare. Conclusions Our work provides proof of principal that alleles encoding distinct, partial loss of function mutations in the retinoblastoma gene that specifically lose LXCXE dependent interactions, are found in human cancer.

  14. Growth suppression by p16ink4 requires functional retinoblastoma protein

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    Medema, R.H.; Herrera, R.E.; Lam, F.; Weinberg, R.A.

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    p16ink4 has been implicated as a tumor suppressor that is lost from a variety of human tumors and human cell lines. p16ink4 specifically binds and inhibits the cyclin-dependent kinases 4 and 6. In vitro, these kinases can phosphorylate the product of the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor gene. Thus, p

  15. Cell-nonautonomous function of the retinoblastoma tumour suppressor protein: new interpretations of old phenotypes.

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    D. Whyatt (David); F.G. Grosveld (Frank)

    2002-01-01

    textabstractLoss of the retinoblastoma protein (pRb) induces a cell-nonautonomous defect in both erythroid and neuronal differentiation. It has previously been thought that this reflects a requirement for pRb function in cells that normally support erythropoiesis and neurogenesis, rather than in the

  16. Regulation of the retinoblastoma protein-related p107 by G1 cyclin complexes

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    Beijersbergen, R.L.; Carlée, L.; Kerkhoven, R.M.; Bernards, R.A.

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    The orderly progression through the cell cycle is mediated by the sequential activation of several cyclin/cyclin-dependent kinase (cdk) complexes. These kinases phosphorylate a number of cellular substrates, among which is the product of the retinoblastoma gene, pRb. Phosphorylation of pRb in late G

  17. The retinoblastoma-histone deacetylase 3 complex inhibits PPARgamma and adipocyte differentiation

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    Fajas, Lluis; Egler, Viviane; Reiter, Raphael;

    2002-01-01

    The retinoblastoma protein (RB) has previously been shown to facilitate adipocyte differentiation by inducing cell cycle arrest and enhancing the transactivation by the adipogenic CCAAT/enhancer binding proteins (C/EBP). We show here that the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma...

  18. Crystal structure of human esterase D: a potential genetic marker of retinoblastoma

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    Wu, Dong; Li, Yang; Song, Gaojie; Zhang, David; Shaw, Neil; Liu, Zhi-Jie; (Chinese Aca. Sci.)

    2009-07-10

    Retinoblastoma (RB), a carcinoma of the retina, is caused by mutations in the long arm of chromosome 13, band 13q14. The esterase D (ESD) gene maps at a similar location as the RB gene locus and therefore serves as a potential marker for the prognosis of retinoblastoma. Because very little is known about the structure and function of ESD, we determined the 3-dimensional structure of the enzyme at 1.5 {angstrom} resolution using X-ray crystallography. ESD shows a single domain with an {alpha}/{beta}-hydrolase fold. A number of insertions are observed in the canonical {alpha}/{beta}-hydrolase fold. The active site is located in a positively charged, shallow cleft on the surface lined by a number of aromatic residues. Superimposition studies helped identify the typical catalytic triad residues -- Ser-153, His264, and Asp230 -- involved in catalysis. Mutagenesis of any of the catalytic triad residues to alanine abolished the enzyme activity. Backbone amides of Leu54 and Met150 are involved in the formation of the oxyanion hole. Interestingly, a M150A mutation increased the enzyme activity by 62%. The structure of human ESD determined in this study will aid the elucidation of the physiological role of the enzyme in the human body and will assist in the early diagnosis of retinoblastoma. Wu, D., Li, Y., Song, G., Zhang, D., Shaw, N., Liu, Z. J. Crystal structure of human esterase D: a potential genetic marker of retinoblastoma.

  19. RB1 mutation spectrum in a comprehensive nationwide cohort of retinoblastoma patients

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    Dommering, Charlotte J.; Mol, Berber M.; Moll, Annette C.; Burton, Margaret; Cloos, Jacqueline; Dorsman, Josephine C.; Meijers-Heijboer, Hanne; van der Hout, Annemarie H.

    2014-01-01

    Background Retinoblastoma (Rb) is a childhood cancer of the retina, commonly initiated by biallelic inactivation of the RB1 gene. Knowledge of the presence of a heritable RB1 mutation can help in risk management and reproductive decision making. We report here on RB1 mutation scanning in a unique na

  20. Structures of inactive retinoblastoma protein reveal multiple mechanisms for cell cycle control

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    Burke, Jason R.; Hura, Greg L.; Rubin, Seth M.

    2012-01-01

    Rubin and colleagues describe the first structures of full-length and phosphorylated Retinoblastoma (Rb) protein. These structures reveal the mechanism of Rb inactivation and provide valuable insight into this critical tumor suppressor protein's allosteric inhibition via multisite Cdk phosphorylation and its E2F and cell cycle regulation.

  1. Characterization and expression analysis of a Retinoblastoma-related gene from Chinese wild Vitis pseudoreticulata

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    Retinoblastoma-related (RBR) genes, a conserved gene family in higher eukaryotes, plays an important role in cell differentiation, development and mammalian cell death in animals; however, little is known about its function in plants. In this study, an RBR gene was isolated from the Chinese wild gr...

  2. Postguerra y contracultura. Identidades en la ética aplicada

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    López de la Vieja de la Torre, M. Teresa

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available The article analyses the role of cultural identities in Applied Ethics. Biotechnologies have been actually valued from different perspectives in Europe and in the United States. Since Nazi research and the politics of racial hygiene have shown the role of science under dictatorship. Nazi Doctors acted as soldiers. Therefore The Nürnberg Code claimed respect for human rights in Medicine, to protect individuals in clinical research. However American Doctors considered the Code suitable for a different context. Norms for a “barbaric” research, far away from the American standards. But in the United States radiations experiments have ignored laws and moral standards. Decades later, the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union emphasizes the value of dignity and personal integrity in the fields of Medicine and Biology. The informed consent and the prohibition of Eugenics connect then the future and the past.El artículo analiza el papel de las identidades culturales en la Ética aplicada. Las biotecnologías han sido valoradas efectivamente desde distintas perspectivas, en Europa y en Estados Unidos. Pues la investigación y la política de higiene racial durante el Nacionalsocialismo mostraron el papel desempeñado por la ciencia en la dictadura. Los médicos nazis actuaron como soldados. Por ello, el Código de Nürnberg reclamó respecto por los derechos humanos en Medicina, a fin de proteger a los ciudadanos en la investigación. Los médicos norteamericanos consideraron que el Código era adecuado para otro contexto, sin embargo. Normas para una investigación “bárbara”, alejada de los estándares americanos. Pero en Estados Unidos los experimentos con radiación ignoraron leyes y estándares morales. Décadas mas tarde, el Tratado constitucional para la Unión Europea insiste en el valor de la dignidad y de la integridad personal en Medicina y Biología. El consentimiento informado y la prohibición de practicas eugen

  3. REDES TECNOLÓGICAS APLICADAS EM EaD

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    Suélly Lima dos Santos

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Com o advento da internet e o aparecimento das novas tecnologias educacionais, conjunto de informações e comunicações (telefone, internet, rádio, vídeo, computador e televisão, ultrapassaram as fronteiras das quatro paredes da sala de aula, surgindo ambientes virtuais direcionadas à ampliação da participação dos serviços públicos relacionados ao ensino. À educação e à formação técnica e profissional permitiu-se o aumento da interatividade através da tecnologia, promovendo maneiras de acesso ao aluno utilizando computadores e/ou dispositivos móveis que viabiliza a Educação à Distância (EaD. Devido o grande crescimento do ensino à distância, as instituições já utilizam redes de dados para ampliar o acesso de aprendizagem. Com este espantoso aumento das redes, e da acelerada transmissão de informações aprender como elas funcionam é muito importante, além do mais usando a própria tecnologia para este fim. Como conclusão deste trabalho as mudanças relâmpadas da grande disponibilidade de dados no ambiente virtual é de enorme valia para o processo ensino-aprendizado.

  4. Exercicis d’Estadística Aplicada a l’Administració Pública

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    2014-01-01

    Aquest material és un complement al quadern Estadística Aplicada a l’Administració Pública de la col·lecció Joan Fuster de materials docents en valencià, en el qual es desenvolupaven els continguts de l’assignatura Estadística Aplicada a l’Administració Pública del segon curs del grau de Gestió i Administració Pública de la Universitat d’Alacant. L’objectiu d’aquest quadern és tenir un material que reforce els coneixements adquirits de l’assignatura a classe i que l’alumnat els puga posar en ...

  5. Estrategias empresariales aplicadas en el proceso productivo de las industrias de pastas alimenticias del estado Zulia

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    Rosana Meleán Romero; Yuneska Nava Vásquez

    2007-01-01

    En el presente artículo, se analizan las estrategias empresariales aplicadas por las industrias de pastas alimenticias del estado Zulia para la organización de su proceso productivo. La investigación es de tipo descriptiva, bajo un enfoque no experimental de campo; se inicia con una breve descripción del contexto alimenticio para posteriormente realizar un análisis teórico-práctico de las estrategias intra empresa aplicadas en los procesos productivos de la industria. La información empírica ...

  6. Ingenieria de software aplicada a un sistema de gestion de calidad en centros educativos

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    Silvera, Jorge Alberto; Arias Figueroa, Daniel; Gil, Gustavo Daniel; Sánchez, Ernesto; Orosco, Carlos I.

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    Este trabajo presenta los resultados obtenidos producto de la línea de investigación sobre Sistemas de Gestión de Calidad en la Universidad Nacional de Salta, referido al estudio de la familia de Normas ISO aplicadas a Instituciones Educativas, en particular al Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo en Informática Aplicada (C.I.D.I.A.), dependiente de la Facultad de Ciencias Exactas. Es sabido que cada vez son más las organizaciones que implementan y certifican un sistema de gestión de calid...

  7. Efeito de cargas aplicadas e profundidades de semeadura no desenvolvimento da cultura do feijão em sistema plantio direto Effect of loads applied and depths of sowing in the development of bean culture in no-tillage system

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    Alcir José Modolo

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Dentre os fatores primordiais para a germinação estão a umidade, a temperatura e a aeração do solo. É importante citar que esses fatores são diretamente influenciados pelo estado de compactação do solo ao redor da semente. Objetivou-se, neste trabalho, estudar os efeitos da combinação entre profundidades de semeadura e cargas aplicadas pela roda compactadora da semeadora-adubadora sobre o desenvolvimento da cultura do feijão, em sistema plantio direto. Foi utilizado o esquema fatorial no delineamento em blocos ao acaso, composto por doze tratamentos (três profundidades de semeadura e quatro níveis de cargas aplicadas pela roda compactadora e quatro repetições. Os resultados mostraram que a profundidade de semeadura influenciou, significativamente, o índice de velocidade de emergência, os estandes inicial e final de plantas e o rendimento da cultura. As diferentes cargas aplicadas pela roda compactadora não influenciaram significativamente as variáveis avaliadas.Among the primordial factors for the germination are humidity, temperature, and aeration of the soil. It is important to mention that these factors are directly influenced by the soil compaction state around the seed. The present paper had the aim of studying the effects of the combination between depths of sowing and loads applied by press wheel of the seeder upon the development of bean culture, in a no-tillage system. Factor schedule was applied to the delineation in random blocks composed by twelve treatments (three depths of sowing and four levels of loads applied by the press wheel and four replications. The results showed that depth of sowing significantly influenced the index of emergency speed, the initial and final stands of plants and yield of culture. The different loads applied for the press wheel did not significantly influence the evaluated variables.

  8. Algoritmo de busca dispersa aplicado ao problema clássico de roteamento de veículos

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    Nélida Gladys Maquera Sosa; Roberto Diéguez Galvão; Dan Abensur Gandelman

    2007-01-01

    Neste artigo apresentamos heurísticas usando o conceito da meta-heurística Busca Dispersa (BD), desenvolvidas para a solução do Problema de Roteamento de Veículos (PRV) Clássico, detalhando cada uma de suas etapas básicas quando aplicadas ao problema em questão. A Busca Dispersa é um método evolutivo que combina soluções com a finalidade de criar novas soluções de melhor qualidade; ainda que apresente similaridades com os algoritmos genéticos difere dos mesmos em princípios fundamentais. Um a...

  9. 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.

  10. Antitumor activity of celastrol nanoparticles in a xenograft retinoblastoma tumor model

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Zhanrong Li,1,* Xianghua Wu,1,* Jingguo Li,2 Lin Yao,1 Limei Sun,1 Yingying Shi,1 Wenxin Zhang,1 Jianxian Lin,1 Dan Liang,1 Yongping Li1 1State Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, 2School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China*These authors contributed equally to this workBackground: Celastrol, a Chinese herbal medicine, has shown antitumor activity against various tumor cell lines. However, the effect of celastrol on retinoblastoma has not yet been analyzed. Additionally, the poor water solubility of celastrol restricts further therapeutic applications. The goal of this study was to evaluate the effect of celastrol nanoparticles (CNPs on retinoblastoma and to investigate the potential mechanisms involved.Methods: Celastrol-loaded poly(ethylene glycol-block-poly(ε-caprolactone nanopolymeric micelles were developed to improve the hydrophilicity of celastrol. The 2-(2-methoxy-4-nitrophenyl-3-(4-nitrophenyl-5-(2,4-disulf-ophenyl-2H tetrazolium monosodium salt (WST-8 assay was used to determine the inhibitory effect of CNPs on SO-Rb 50 cell proliferation in vitro. Immunofluorescence was used to evaluate the apoptotic effect of CNPs on nuclear morphology, and flow cytometry was used to quantify cellular apoptosis. The expression of Bcl-2, Bax, NF-κB p65, and phospo-NF-κB p65 proteins was assessed by Western blotting. A human retinoblastoma xenograft model was used to evaluate the inhibitory effects of CNPs on retinoblastoma in NOD-SCID mice. Hematoxylin and eosin staining was used to assess the apoptotic effects of CNPs on retinoblastoma.Results: CNPs inhibit the proliferation of SO-Rb 50 cells in a dose- and time-dependent manner with an IC50 of 17.733 µg/mL (celastrol-loading content: 7.36% after exposure to CNPs for 48 hours. CNPs induce apoptosis in SO-Rb 50 cells in a dose-dependent manner. The expression of Bcl-2, NF-κB p65, and phospo-NF-κB p65

  11. 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

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    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.

  12. Immunohistochemical observation of anterior subcapsular cataract in eye with spontaneously regressed retinoblastoma.

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    Shirai, Kumi; Okada, Yuka; Saika, Shizuya

    2010-03-01

    We report the histological findings of secondary cataract in an eye with a spontaneously regressed retinoblastoma to obtain keys to clarify the mechanism of this phenomenon. During phacoemulsification, opacified anterior capsule was obtained, fixed in formalin, and embedded in paraffin. Paraffin sections of the specimen were histologically observed. Hematoxylin-eosin staining showed extracellular matrix accumulation in the extracted fibrous anterior subcapsular opacification. Immunohistochemistry revealed the presence of fibrous collagen types and cellular fibronectin. Presumed lens cells amid matrix were positively labeled for vimentin, alpha-smooth muscle actin, and phospho-Smad2. Histology of the fibrous anterior subcapsular opacification tissue showed the possibility of epithelial-mesenchymal transition of the lens epithelial cells in the secondary cataract following a spontaneously regressed retinoblastoma.

  13. A palliative approach for rehabilitation of a pediatric patient with retinoblastoma

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    Himanshi Aggarwal

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    Full Text Available Retinoblastoma is a highly malignant neoplasm. Most of the cases are usually far advanced at the time of detection, requiring enucleation to salvage the child′s life. However, the cosmetic rehabilitation of these patients should always be an integral part of their treatment, which helps in their re-integration in the society. This paper presents a case of 5-year-old patient who had undergone enucleation of her left eye due to retinoblastoma. A multidisciplinary approach, including ophthalmologist, psychotherapist, and a prosthodontist, was adopted to meet her physical, psychological, functional, emotional, social, and cosmetic demands. The patient was rehabilitated cosmetically with precisely fabricated ocular prosthesis. An ocular prosthesis is a highly positive and non-invasive approach to improve the cosmetic appearance and psychological well-being of patient.

  14. Loss of the retinoblastoma protein-related p130 protein in small cell lung carcinoma

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    Helin, K; Holm, K; Niebuhr, A;

    1997-01-01

    The retinoblastoma gene family consists of the tumor suppressor protein pRB and its two relatives p107 and p130. These proteins have been implicated in the regulation of cell cycle progression, in part, through inactivation of members of the E2F transcription factor family. Overexpression of pRB, p......107, or p130 leads to growth arrest in the G1 phase of the cell cycle, and this arrest is abolished by complex formation with the adenovirus E1A, human papilloma virus E7, or simian virus 40 T oncoproteins. Inactivation of pRB by gross structural alterations or point mutations in the RB-1 gene has...... been described in a variety of human tumors, including retinoblastomas, osteosarcomas, and small cell lung carcinomas. Despite the structural and functional similarity between pRB, p107, and p130, alterations in the latter two proteins have not been identified in human tumors. We have screened a panel...

  15. A inserção do ensino de custos na disciplina administração aplicada à enfermagem La inserción de la enseñanza de costos en la disciplina administración aplicada a la enfermería Insertion of cost teaching in the discipline of administration applied to nursing

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    Ivone Maria Fonseca Francisco

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste texto foi realizar um resgate teórico sobre a traje-tória da disciplina de Admi-nistração Aplicada à Enfermagem, na graduação, ao longo da história do ensino da Enfermagem Brasi-leira, relacionando-a ao ensino de Custos. Percebemos, inseridas no ensino dessa disciplina, diversas citações diretas referentes ao tema Custos ou Economia em Saúde, desde o primeiro currículo de Enfermagem de 1890 até as Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais do Curso de Graduação em Enfer-magem de 2001, além de citações indiretas relacionadas ao geren-ciamento, tomada de decisão, assessorias em projetos de saúde, entre outras, mas sem haver uma continuidade.Este texto tuvo como objetivo realizar un rescate teórico sobre la trayectoria de la disciplina de Administración Aplicada a la enfermería, en el pregrado, a lo largo de la historia de la enseñanza de la Enfermería Brasileña, relacionándola a la enseñanza de Costos. Percibimos, insertadas en la enseñanza de esa disciplina, diversas citaciones directas referentes al tema Costos o Economía en Salud, desde el primer currículo de Enfermería de 1890 hasta las Directivas Curriculares Nacionales del Pregrado en Enfermería del 2001, además de citaciones indirectas relacionadas al gerenciamiento, toma de decisión, asesorías en proyectos de salud, entre otras, pero sin ninguna continuidad.The objective of this text was to make theoretical rescue of the course of the undergraduate disci-pline Administration Applied to Nursing throughout the history of teaching of Nursing in Brazil, connecting it to the teaching of Costs. We noticed, inserted in the teaching of this discipline, many direct quotes related to the themes of Costs or Economics in Health, from the earliest curriculum in Nursing, dating back to 1890, to the National Curricular Policies of the Nursing Undergraduate Course, of 2001, in addition to indirect quotes related to mana-gement, decision taking, and advising in

  16. RBP1 Recruits Both Histone Deacetylase-Dependent and -Independent Repression Activities to Retinoblastoma Family Proteins

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    Lai, Albert; Lee, Joseph M; Yang, Wen-Ming; DeCaprio, James A.; William G Kaelin; Seto, Edward; Branton, Philip E.

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    Retinoblastoma (RB) tumor suppressor family proteins block cell proliferation in part by repressing certain E2F-specific promoters. Both histone deacetylase (HDAC)-dependent and -independent repression activities are associated with the RB “pocket.” The mechanism by which these two repression functions occupy the pocket is unknown. A known RB-binding protein, RBP1, was previously found by our group to be an active corepressor which, if overexpressed, represses E2F-mediated transcription via i...

  17. The retinoblastoma protein binds to a family of E2F transcription factors

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    Lees, J A; Saito, M; Vidal, M;

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    for E2F-2 and E2F-3 were mapped to 1p36 and 6q22, respectfully, confirming their independence from E2F-1. However, the E2F-2 and E2F-3 proteins are closely related to E2F-1. Both E2F-2 and E2F-3 bound to wild-type but not mutant E2F recognition sites, and they bound specifically to the retinoblastoma...

  18. Long term dento-facial effects of radiotherapy in a treated patient of retinoblastoma

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    Khan, Saba; Maheshwari, Sandhya; Khan, Mohd Toseef; Verma, Sanjeev K.

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    Newer cancer treatment modalities have increased patient survival rate and longevity. Craniofacial and dental abnormalities occurring after radiation therapy and surgery in cancer patients may lead to severe cosmetic or functional sequelae, which may require surgical or orthodontic intervention later on. We, present a case; who was treated for retinoblastoma with enucleation of left eye and external beam radiotherapy at 26 months of age. As a result of radiotherapy there was hypoplasia of the...

  19. A SCARECROW-RETINOBLASTOMA protein network controls protective quiescence in the Arabidopsis root stem cell organizer.

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    Alfredo Cruz-Ramírez; Sara Díaz-Triviño; Guy Wachsman; Yujuan Du; Mario Arteága-Vázquez; Hongtao Zhang; Rene Benjamins; Ikram Blilou; Neef, Anne B.; Vicki Chandler; Ben Scheres

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    Author Summary In the plant Arabidposis thaliana, root meristems (in the growing tip of the root) contain slowly dividing cells that act as an organizing center for the root stem cells that surround them. This centre is called the quiescent centre (QC). In this study, we show that the slow rate of division in the QC is regulated by the interaction between two proteins: Retinoblastoma homolog (RBR) and SCARECROW (SCR), a transcription factor that controls stem cell maintenance. RBR and SCR reg...

  20. Nasal Sinus Leiomyosarcoma in a Patient with History of Non-Hereditary Unilateral Treated Retinoblastoma

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    Fitzpatrick, Sarah G.; Woodworth, Bradford A.; Monteiro, Carmela; Makary, Raafat

    2010-01-01

    Hereditary patients with a history of treated retinoblastoma (RB) have a greatly increased risk of a broad spectrum of secondary malignancies appearing many years later, with a high incidence in the head and neck region. Leiomyosarcomas (LMS) account for up to 58% of these tumors. LMS in the sinonasal region generally are uncommon and are associated with a locally aggressive course and have a poor prognosis. RB may occur in two forms. The hereditary form is generally bilateral but can present...

  1. Selective ophthalmic arterial injection therapy for advanced retinoblastoma: initial experience in 30 cases

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    Objective: To evaluate the clinical effectiveness and safety of transcatheter selective ophthalmic arterial injection (SOAI) for the treatment of advanced refractory retinoblastoma. Methods: During the period from January 2009 to April 2011, 30 consecutive cases of retinoblastoma patients (17 males and 13 females with an average age of 17 months) who failed to respond to systemic chemotherapy were admitted to authors' hospital. The 30 patients had 39 diseased eyes. A total of 82 times of SOAI (injection of 5 mg melphalan and 20 mg carboplatin) were carried out with a mean of 2.1 times for each diseased eye. The patients were followed up for 2-28 months with a mean of 13.6 months. The clinical results were evaluated. Results: SOAI was successfully accomplished in 82 procedures of 84 trials, with a technical success rate of 97.6%. After the treatment different degrees of decrease in eyeball size was observed in all the diseased eyes. The effective rate was 76.9%, including D grade (n=17, 85.0%) and E grade (n=13, 68.4%) according to the international intraocular retinoblastoma classification. The eye preservation rate was 85.0% in group D and 68.4% in group E. Enucleation of eyeball had to be performed for the remaining 9 eyes (23.1%). Ocular adverse events included bulbar conjunctiva congestion (n=10, 25.6%), eyelid oedema (n=7, 17.9%) and delacrimation (n=3, 7.7%). No severe complications such as septemia occurred. Conclusion: SOAI is an effective and safe treatment for advanced refractory retinoblastoma. (authors)

  2. Clinical characteristics and prognosis of patients with retinoblastoma: 8-year follow-up

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    Luo, Xin; YE, HUIJING; Ding, Yun-gang; Du, Yi; Yang, Huasheng

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    Background/aim: The aim of this study was to investigate the potential correlation between clinical characteristics and prognosis of patients with retinoblastoma (Rb). Materials and methods: This retrospective study included 314 Rb patients. Clinical data including laterality of eyes, sex, age, presenting signs, lag time, and survival were recorded and analyzed. Results: Leukocoria is the most common clinical presentation of Rb. Patients with isolated leukocoria had shorter lag time and e...

  3. Experimental research of RB94 gene transfection into retinoblastoma cells using ultrasound-targeted microbubble destruction.

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    Zheng, Min-Ming; Zhou, Xi-Yuan; Wang, Li-Ping; Wang, Zhi-Gang

    2012-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to explore the transfection of the recombinant expression plasmid pEGFP-C1/RB94 into human retinoblastoma cells (HXO-Rb44) using ultrasound-targeted microbubble destruction (UTMD). pEGFP-C1/RB94 was transfected into HXO-Rb44 in vitro by UTMD, with liposome as the positive control. After 24 to 72 h, the expression of the reporter gene enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) was observed using fluorescent microscopy and flow cytometry. The cell viability of HXO-Rb44 was measured by a MTT assay. The mRNA and proteins of RB94, caspase-3 and Bax were analyzed by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and Western blot. Moreover, the apoptosis rate and cell cycle progression of the cells were detected by flow cytometry. This study demonstrated that UTMD can enhance the transfection efficiency of RB94, which has an obvious impact on the inhibition of the growth process of retinoblastoma cells, suggesting that the combination of UTMD and RB94 compounds might be a useful tool for use in the gene therapy of retinoblastoma.

  4. Preclinical platform of retinoblastoma xenografts recapitulating human disease and molecular markers of dissemination.

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    Pascual-Pasto, Guillem; Olaciregui, Nagore G; Vila-Ubach, Monica; Paco, Sonia; Monterrubio, Carles; Rodriguez, Eva; Winter, Ursula; Batalla-Vilacis, Mireia; Catala, Jaume; Salvador, Hector; Parareda, Andreu; Schaiquevich, Paula; Suñol, Mariona; Mora, Jaume; Lavarino, Cinzia; de Torres, Carmen; Chantada, Guillermo L; Carcaboso, Angel M

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    Translational research in retinoblastoma - a pediatric tumor that originates during the development of the retina - would be improved by the creation of new patient-derived models. Using tumor samples from enucleated eyes we established a new battery of preclinical models that grow in vitro in serum-free medium and in vivo in immunodeficient mice. To examine whether the new xenografts recapitulate human disease and disseminate from the retina to the central nervous system, we evaluated their histology and the presence of molecular markers of dissemination that are used in the clinical setting to detect extraocular metastases. We evaluated GD2 synthase and CRX as such markers and generated a Taqman real-time quantitative PCR method to measure CRX mRNA for rapid, sensitive and specific quantification of local and metastatic tumor burden. This approach was able to detect 1 human retinoblastoma cell in 100.000 mouse brain cells. Our research adds novel preclinical tools for the discovery of new retinoblastoma treatments for clinical translation. PMID:27319373

  5. Cloning and Sequence Analysis of Light Variable Region Gene of Anti-human Retinoblastoma Monoclonal Antibody

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    Xiufeng Zhong; Yongping Li; Shuqi Huang; Bo Ning; Chunyan Zhang; Jianliang Zheng; Guanguang Feng

    2002-01-01

    Purpose: To clone the variable region gene of light chain of monoclonal antibody against human retinoblastoma and to analyze the characterization of its nucleotide sequence as well as amino acid sequence.Methods: Total RNA was extracted from 3C6 hybridoma cells secreting specific monoclonal antibody(McAb)against human retinoblastoma(RB), then transcripted reversely into cDNA with olig-dT primers.The variable region of the light chain (VL) gene fragments was amplified using polymeerase chain reaction(PCR) and further cloned into pGEM(R) -T Easy vector. Then, 3C6 VL cDNA was sequenced by Sanger's method.Homologous analysis was done by NCBI BLAST.Results: The complete nucleotide sequence of 3C6 VL cDNA consisted of 321 bp encoding 107 amino acid residues, containing four workframe regions(FRs)and three complementarity-determining regions (CDRs) as well as the typical structure of two cys residues. The sequence is most homological to a member of the Vk9 gene family, and its chain utilizes the Jkl gene segment.Conclusion: The light chain variable region gene of the McAb against human RB was amplified successfully , which belongs to the Vk9 gene family and utilizes Vk-Jk1 gene rearrangement. This study lays a good basis for constructing a recombinant antibody and for making a new targeted therapeutic agents against retinoblastoma.

  6. Biotechnology applied to salmoniculture Biotecnologia aplicada à salmonicultura

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    Iván Valdebenito Isler

    2009-07-01

    machos. Essas ações são realizadas com GnRHa em doses próximas de 10ìg/kg de peixe. Após a maturidade sexual, a manipulação de gametas "in vitro" deve ser feita, quer seja devido ao armazenamento prolongado (particularmente "milt", pois têm que ser transportado ao local em que ocorrerá a fecundação, ou para aguardar os resultados ictiopatológicos, geralmente tomada dos reprodutores. A produção de população "todas fêmeas" também é comum. Frequentemente, estas populações em truta arcoíris são triplóides (por meio de choque temperatura próxima a 28 ºC ou pressão próxima de 8.000 psi para obter espécies estéreis que melhoram desempenho produtivo das populações cultivadas sem sinais de maturidade sexual. Além disso, as perspectivas de utilização industrial de organismos transgênicos na criação de salmonídeos são analisadas.

  7. Outcome of Retinoblastoma Following Limited Sessions of Intra-Arterial Chemotherapy in Iran

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    The management of retinoblastoma remains a challenge to the multidisciplinary team, particularly as treatment affects not only visual outcomes, but also ocular retention and morbidity. Management of retinoblastoma has evolved over the past two decades. To report the result of intra-ophthalmic artery chemotherapy (IAC) for the treatment of refractory and advanced retinoblastoma tumors. All patients who had failed to respond adequately to previous treatments and six naive patients with advanced retinoblastoma, receiving IAC between 2009 and 2012, were included in this institutional interventional case series. The patients received 1-2 treatments of IAC given 4-8 weeks apart. Complete response was defined as regressed tumor and complete disappearance of seeding clinically and partial response was defined as partial regression of the tumor with live parts of the tumor and/or lessening of seeds, but not complete disappearance of them clinically. A total of 24 eyes of 24 patients were treated with IAC during the study period. The mean age at the time of IAC was 38.9 months (14-120 months), and the mean follow-up was 16.8 months (3-36 months) after IAC. Tumor control was achieved in 14 eyes (58.3%). Type 3 (combined fleshy and calcified remnants) was the most common type of regression (37.5%). Complications included vitreous hemorrhage in nine eyes (37.5%), arterial occlusion in two (8.3%), cyclitic membrane possibly secondary to ischemia and tractional retinal detachment in one patient (4.2%), chorioretinal atrophy in three (12.5%) patients, and neovascular glaucoma in one eye (4.2%). In eight (33.3%) patients, no complication happened. Globe salvage was achieved in 62.5% of the cases. The success rate for naive patients was 84%. Sixty-seven percent of the cases received transpupillary thermotherapy and cryotherapy before IAC. Intra-ophthalmic artery melphalan is an effective treatment for advanced cases of retinoblastoma, with a reasonable level of success. In the short

  8. Supraselective intra-arterial chemotherapy: evaluation of treatment-related complications in advanced retinoblastoma

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    Lejla Mutapcic Vajzovic

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Lejla Mutapcic Vajzovic1, Timothy G Murray1, Mohammad A Aziz-Sultan2, Amy C Schefler1, Stacey Quintero Wolfe2, Ditte Hess1, Cristina E Fernandes3, Sander R Dubovy1,41Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA; 2Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL, USA; 3Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA; 4Florida Lions Oculopathology Laboratory, Miami, FL, USA Purpose: The purpose of this study is to report the complication profile and safety evaluation of supraselective intra-arterial melphalan chemotherapy in children undergoing treatment with advanced retinoblastoma.Methods: Twelve eyes of 10 children with advanced retinoblastoma (Reese-Ellsworth Group Vb or International Classification Group D were treated with supraselective intra-ophthalmic artery infusion of melphalan. Eleven eyes of nine children had previously failed traditional management with systemic chemotherapy and laser ablation and underwent intra-ophthalmic artery infusion of melphalan as an alternative to enucleation. Serial ophthalmic examinations, retinal photography, and ultrasonographic imaging were used to evaluate treatment regime.Results: Ophthalmic artery cannulation was successfully performed in 12 eyes of 10 patients (total 16 times. Striking regression of tumor, subretinal and vitreous seeds were seen early in each case. No severe systemic side effects occurred. Grade III neutropenia was seen in one patient. No transfusions were required. Three patients developed a vitreous hemorrhage obscuring tumor visualization. One patient developed periocular edema associated with inferior rectus muscle inflammation per orbital MRI. This same patient had scattered intraretinal hemorrhages and peripapillary cotton wool spots consistent with a Purtscher’s-like retinopathy that resolved spontaneously. At the 6-month follow-up examination

  9. Tomografia computadorizada aplicada a estudos de um Planossolo

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    Pedrotti Alceu

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Na busca de técnicas mais apuradas para a determinação e avaliação de parâmetros físicos do solo com aplicabilidade em várzeas, vem se destacando a tomografia computadorizada, por medir a densidade e a umidade com boa sensibilidade e alta resolução espacial. O presente trabalho teve como objetivo descrever aspectos e procedimentos da calibração de um minitomógrafo de raios-X e gama para estudo da densidade e umidade de um Planossolo no Rio Grande do Sul, bem como estabelecer parâmetros estatísticos para sua adequada utilização. A calibração do minitomógrafo foi obtida pela regressão linear entre as unidades tomográficas (UT, apresentadas pelo programa de reconstrução de imagem, e os coeficientes de atenuação linear (µl, cm-1, medidos por transmissão direta de raios gama, em amostras dos horizontes A e B do Planossolo, água destilada, benzina e alumínio. Para as medidas de transmissão direta de radiação utilizaram-se recipientes com água destilada, benzina, solo e Al, obtendo-se as seguintes fórmulas para o cálculo da densidade do solo no horizonte A: Ds = [(UT/986,16-(0,200xteta]/0,267; e no horizonte B: Ds = [(UT/986,16-(0,200xteta]/0,297, em que UT é o valor médio de UT em cada linha e teta é a umidade volumétrica da amostra de solo, em m³ m-3. Com as configurações obtidas, verificou-se variabilidade média de 2,74% e 0,73%, respectivamente, em termos de homogeneidade e repetibilidade. Os erros atribuídos ao equipamento são de 0,051 e 0,046 Mg m-3, respectivamente, nos horizontes A e B, revelando precisão e adaptabilidade no emprego da técnica em estudos do Planossolo.

  10. Abnormalities in structure and expression of the retinoblastoma gene in small cell lung cancer cell lines and xenografts in nude mice

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    Rygaard, K; Sorenson, G D; Pettengill, O S;

    1990-01-01

    The putative retinoblastoma gene (Rb) is a tumor suppressor gene which is believed to cause retinoblastomas when both alleles are inactivated, leading to lack of the encoded Mr 110,000-116,000 phosphoprotein. Inactivation of the Rb gene has also been found in several other tumor types, including...

  11. Do modelo asilar-manicomial ao modelo de reabilitação psicossocial: haverá um lugar para o psicanalista em Saúde Mental?

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    Nancy Greca de Oliveira Carneiro

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Da desrazão ao doente mental e ao portador de transtorno mental, embora se operem deslocamentos importantes nas Instituições de Saúde Mental, o sujeito permanece excluído. Discute-se a proposta de uma instituição que possa sustentar a lógica do não todo, do caso a caso, onde não se pode escrever o universal ou formar conjunto. Apresenta-se a psicanálise aplicada ao campo da saúde mental como uma clínica do sujeito, fundada não na diversidade, mas na singularidade de sua relação com seu desejo e seu gozo.

  12. A abrangência nacional da Unidade Nacional de Trânsito e implicações resultantes da subordinação dos destacamentos de trânsito aos comandos territoriais

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    Sousa, Armando

    2009-01-01

    Neste Trabalho de Investigação Aplicada é abordada a temática sobre “A abrangência Nacional da Unidade Nacional de Trânsito e implicações resultantes da subordinação dos Destacamentos de Trânsito aos Comandos Territoriais”. Pretende-se determinar o impacto das alterações à orgânica da Guarda, na intervenção operacional do trânsito, submetido aos Comandos Territoriais e à Unidade Nacional de Trânsito. Propõe-se ainda, identificar as formas de apoio logísticoadministrativo, ...

  13. Novel retinoblastoma treatment avoids chemotherapy: the effect of optimally timed combination therapy with angiogenic and glycolytic inhibitors on LHBETATAG retinoblastoma tumors

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    Samuel K Houston

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Samuel K Houston1, Yolanda Piña1, Timothy G Murray1, Hinda Boutrid1, Colleen Cebulla2, Amy C Schefler1, Wei Shi1, Magda Celdran1, William Feuer1, Jaime Merchan3, Ted J Lampidis41Department of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA; 2Department of Ophthalmology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA; 3Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, 4Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miami, FL, USAPurpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of optimally timed combination treatment with angiogenic and glycolytic inhibitors on tumor burden, hypoxia, and angiogenesis in advanced retinoblastoma tumors.Methods: LHBETATAG mice (n = 30 were evaluated. Mice were divided into 5 groups (n = 6 and received injections at 16 weeks of age (advanced tumors with a saline, b anecortave acetate (AA, c 2-deoxyglucose (2-DG, d AA + 2-DG (1 day post-AA treatment, or e AA + 2-DG (1 week post-AA treatment. Eyes were enucleated at 21 weeks and tumor sections were analyzed for hypoxia, angiogenesis, and tumor burden.Results: Eyes treated with 2-DG 1 day post-AA injection showed a 23% (P = 0.03 reduction in tumor burden compared with 2-DG alone and a 61% (P < 0.001 reduction compared with saline-treated eyes. Eyes treated with 2-DG 1 week post-AA injection showed no significant decrease in tumor burden compared with 2-DG alone (P = 0.21 and a 56% (P < 0.001 decrease in comparison with saline-treated eyes. 2-DG significantly reduced the total density of new blood vessels in tumors by 44% compared to saline controls (P < 0.001, but did not affect the density of mature vasculature.Conclusions: Combination therapy with angiogenic and glycolytic inhibitors significantly enhanced tumor control. Synergistic effects were shown to be dependent on the temporal course of treatment

  14. Combate ao niilismo e ao totalitarismo em Camus

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    Emanuel Ricardo Germano

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    Full Text Available A partir de uma leitura da peça Calígula, elaborada entre 1941 e 1943, procurar-se-á contribuir na restituição das preocupações éticas, políticas e filosóficas em cena no teatro de Albert Camus, analisando o sentido de sua expressão teatral no contexto de dois combates,ao niilismo filosófico e ao totalitarismo político de seu tempo. Observaremos em Calígula um importante registro do amadurecimento das leituras de duas heranças filosóficas relevantes na formação intelectual de Camus, Nietzsche e Heráclito, à luz da experiência do totalitarismo, observando e ressaltando com isso a amplitude de seu intertexto filosófico e a importância do aporte ético e político de Camus como pensador multifacetado, engajado nos enfrentamentos históricos e solicitações críticas de seu tempo.

  15. Estudo do raspado de conjuntiva de pacientes tratados de retinoblastoma: Etapa II -- citologia Study of conjunctival scrape smears in patients treated for retinoblastoma: Phase II - cytology

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    Maria Carmen Menezes Santos

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: A citologia da conjuntiva humana tem sido amplamente estu-dada. A falta de dados sobre as características do raspado ocular em pacientes tratados de retinoblastoma submetidos à enucleação e radioterapia foi o que motivou este estudo. Métodos: Foram examinadas 114 órbitas de 58 pacientes. Este trabalho apresenta os resultados da citologia conjuntival, em 4 condições, com e sem enucleação, com e sem radioterapia. Resultados: No infiltrado leucocitário das órbitas com bulbo ocular predominaram os linfócitos e nas demais, os polimorfonucleares neutrófilos. De maneira geral, as alterações das células epiteliais mais encontradas nas lâminas dos esfregaços conjuntivais de órbitas irradiadas foram: células com núcleo aumentado e nucléolo proeminente e com hialinização do citoplasma. Conclusão: Os achados citológicos do raspado conjuntival não indicaram perfil característico e distinto para cada grupo.Purpose: Human conjunctival cytology has been extensively studied. Lack of data about the characteristics of conjunctival smears in patients treated for retinoblastoma who underwent enucleation and radiotherapy motivated this study. Methods: A previously studied group of 114 orbits of 58 patients was examined. The authors present the results of conjunctival cytology in 4 different situations, with and without enucleation, with and without radiotherapy. Results: In the leukocytic infiltrate in orbits with ocular bulbi predominated the lymphocyte, while in the others predominated the polymorphonuclear neutrophil. In general, the majority of epithelial cell alterations seen in the conjunctival smears of irradiated orbits were: cell with large nuclei, prominent nucleoli, and cytoplasmatic hyalinization. Conclusion: The cytological findings of the conjunctival smears do not indicate a characteristic and distinct pattern for each group.

  16. Repression of germline RNAi pathways in somatic cells by retinoblastoma pathway chromatin complexes.

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    Xiaoyun Wu

    Full Text Available The retinoblastoma (Rb tumor suppressor acts with a number of chromatin cofactors in a wide range of species to suppress cell proliferation. The Caenorhabditis elegans retinoblastoma gene and many of these cofactors, called synMuv B genes, were identified in genetic screens for cell lineage defects caused by growth factor misexpression. Mutations in many synMuv B genes, including lin-35/Rb, also cause somatic misexpression of the germline RNA processing P granules and enhanced RNAi. We show here that multiple small RNA components, including a set of germline-specific Argonaute genes, are misexpressed in the soma of many synMuv B mutant animals, revealing one node for enhanced RNAi. Distinct classes of synMuv B mutants differ in the subcellular architecture of their misexpressed P granules, their profile of misexpressed small RNA and P granule genes, as well as their enhancement of RNAi and the related silencing of transgenes. These differences define three classes of synMuv B genes, representing three chromatin complexes: a LIN-35/Rb-containing DRM core complex, a SUMO-recruited Mec complex, and a synMuv B heterochromatin complex, suggesting that intersecting chromatin pathways regulate the repression of small RNA and P granule genes in the soma and the potency of RNAi. Consistent with this, the DRM complex and the synMuv B heterochromatin complex were genetically additive and displayed distinct antagonistic interactions with the MES-4 histone methyltransferase and the MRG-1 chromodomain protein, two germline chromatin regulators required for the synMuv phenotype and the somatic misexpression of P granule components. Thus intersecting synMuv B chromatin pathways conspire with synMuv B suppressor chromatin factors to regulate the expression of small RNA pathway genes, which enables heightened RNAi response. Regulation of small RNA pathway genes by human retinoblastoma may also underlie its role as a tumor suppressor gene.

  17. A retrospective review of visual outcome and complications in the treatment of retinoblastoma.

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    O'Doherty, M

    2005-01-01

    The aim of this study was to look at the visual outcome and treatment complications of children diagnosed with Retinoblastoma during the years 1985-2003 inclusive. A retrospective review of all patients records was performed. Patient characteristics, treatment methods and complications were recorded. Twenty eight children presented to Temple street Hospital between 1985-2003. Six of these infants had bilateral tumours. The mean age at presentation was 23.7 months. Sixty-nine percent presented with Leucocoria, of these 33% also had a squint. The mean duration of symptoms was only known in 58% and this figure was approximately 19.8 months. Enucleation was performed in 24 eyes of 24 patients. Three patients required adjuvant chemotherapy post enucleation. Two eyes was treated with external beam radiation and one eye with plaque radiotherapy. One eye (second eye) was treated with systemic chemotherapy and radiation. Five eyes of three patients were treated with systemic chemotherapy followed by adjuvant Argon laser, cryotherapy and diode laser to each eye.The complications of each treatment group was recorded. The visual outcome in the salvaged eyes was favourable. There were no deaths recorded. Though chemotherapy with adjuvant local treatments provide adequate treatment for early tumours, enucleation still plays a major role in the treatment of Retinoblastoma. The total eye salvage rate in this study was 29% with an enucleation rate of 90% in unilateral cases and 33% in bilateral cases. Sixty-six percent of bilateral eyes affected were salvaged. Seventy-one percent of tumours were diagnosed after a parent noticed a gross abnormality of the eye. This highlights the possible need for screening for retinoblastoma in the infant population.

  18. Ras signalling linked to the cell-cycle machinery by the retinoblastoma protein

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    Peeper, D.S.; Upton, T.M.; Ladha, M H; Neuman, E; Zalvide, J; Bernards, R.A.; DeCaprio, J A; Ewen, M E

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    The Ras proto-oncogene is a central component of mitogenic signal-transduction pathways, and is essential for cells both to leave a quiescent state (GO) and to pass through the GI/S transition of the cell cycle. The mechanism by which Ras signalling regulates cell-cycle progression is unclear, however. Here we report that the retinoblastoma tumour-suppressor protein (Rb), a regulator of GI exit, functionally links Ras to passage through the Gl phase. Inactivation of Ras in cycling cells cause...

  19. A maize cDNA encoding a member of the retinoblastoma protein family: involvement in endoreduplication.

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    Grafi, G; R.J. Burnett; Helentjaris, T; Larkins, B A; DeCaprio, J A; Sellers, W R; Kaelin, W G

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    Retinoblastoma (RB-1) is a tumor suppressor gene that encodes a 105-kDa nuclear phosphoprotein. To date, RB genes have been isolated only from metazoans. We have isolated a cDNA from maize endosperm whose predicted protein product (ZmRb) shows homology to the "pocket" A and B domains of the Rb protein family. We found ZmRb behaves as a pocket protein based on its ability to specifically interact with oncoproteins encoded by DNA tumor viruses (E7, T-Ag, E1A). ZmRb can interact in vitro and in ...

  20. Retinoblastoma family proteins: New players in DNA repair by non-homologous end-joining.

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    Huang, Paul H; Cook, Rebecca; Zoumpoulidou, Georgia; Luczynski, Maciej T; Mittnacht, Sibylle

    2016-03-01

    Loss of retinoblastoma protein (RB1) function is a major driver in cancer development. We have recently reported that, in addition to its well-documented functions in cell cycle and fate control, RB1 and its paralogs have a novel role in regulating DNA repair by non-homologous end joining (NHEJ). Here we summarize our findings and present mechanistic hypotheses on how RB1 may support the DNA repair process and the therapeutic implications for patients who harbor RB1-negative cancers. PMID:27308588

  1. Long-term visual results in eyes cured for retinoblastoma by radiation

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    Holbek, S.; Ehlers, N. (Department of Ophthalmology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus (Denmark))

    1989-01-01

    Twenty-four eyes from 18 patients cured for retinoblastoma by radiation on an average 12 years previously, were re-examined with respect to visual performance. The macular functions, i.e. visual acuity, colour vision and contrast sensitivity demonstrated performances predictable from tumour localization and radiation dose to the macula. The rod functions, i.e. visual field and dark adaptation were found to be relatively resistant to the radiation treatment. A special problem encountered in two-eyed patients was the unavoidable amblyopia dut to unequal handicaps in the two eyes at the vulnerable age. (author).

  2. Detection of Tumor Suppressor Gene and Oncogene in SO-Rb_(50) Human Retinoblastoma Cell Line

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    1993-01-01

    Retinoblastoma (Rb) is the most common malignant'cancer of eye. So-Rb_(50) is the first Rb cell line established in China in 1988. It has passed to the 387th passage now. We collected cells of the 327th passage of SO-Rb_(50), purified its genomic DNA and detected it with Rb and c-myc cDNA probes respectively (normal human white blood cells DNA was the control). We found the Rb gene was deleted while c-myc gene was amplified three times. This provides a basis for further study of the regulation of tumor ...

  3. Recent decreasing frequency of enucleation for intraocular retinoblastoma in Upper Egypt

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    To evaluate the efficacy of combined systematic chemotherapy (chemoreduction) and local ophthalmic therapy (LT) is preventing or delaying external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and enucleation in patients with intraocular retinoblastoma. This was a prospective, nonrandomized, single-institution, clinical study. Twenty-eight patients (37 eyes) with newly diagnosed intraocular retinoblastoma were included in this study. Primary enucleation was performed for 7 eyes with advanced intraocular retinoblastoma at presentation before starting chemoreduction. Using Reese-Ellsworth (RE) staging for RB, the remaining 30 eyes were as follows: Two in group I, 3 in group II, 8 in group III, 7 in group IV, and 9 in group V. All the 30 eyes were initially treated with 6 cycles of chemoredution using vincristine, etoposide and carboplatin, repeated every three weeks. After total of 6 cycles, each tumor was re-evaluated decide on the next mode of therapy. In cases where the tumor was reduced enough, LT (Thermotherapy, or cryotherapy, but plaque radiotherapy was unavailable) was applied. In cases where the tumor was reduced but insufficient for LT, we added another 3 cycles of same regimen in some patients; or we performed chemotherapy (CTT) for others, according to size of the residual tumor. Eyes failed to respond to tochemorduction and LT, received EBRT or were enucleated. Following 6 cycles of chemoreduction, all tumors showed an initial regression, and all vitreous and subretinal seeds showed calcification or disappearance of most of them. Among the 30 eyes, 12 eyes achieved complete response (CR), and 18 eyes achieved partial response (PR). Only 7 eyes (stage I to III) showed sufficient reduction of tumor size for the LT to be applied for, for which, TTT (4 eyes), and cryotherapy (3 eyes) were performed. Chemotherapy (CTT) was performed for 9 patients (13 eyes, 15 tumors). At the end of follow-up period, 14 of the total 30 eyes (46.7%) could not be salvaged with chemoreduction and LT

  4. Pancreatic cancer–associated retinoblastoma 1 dysfunction enables TGF-β to promote proliferation

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    Gore, A Jesse; Deitz, Samantha L.; Palam, Lakshmi Reddy; Craven, Kelly E.; Korc, Murray

    2016-01-01

    Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is often associated with overexpression of TGF-β. Given its tumor suppressor functions, it is unclear whether TGF-β is a valid therapeutic target for PDAC. Here, we found that proliferating pancreatic cancer cells (PCCs) from human PDAC patients and multiple murine models of PDAC (mPDAC) often exhibit abundant levels of phosphorylated retinoblastoma 1 (RB) and Smad2. TGF-β1 treatment enhanced proliferation of PCCs isolated from KrasG12D-driven mPDAC tha...

  5. The retinoblastoma gene pathway regulates the postmitotic state of hair cells of the mouse inner ear

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    Mantela, Johanna; Jiang, Zhe; Ylikoski, Jukka; Fritzsch, Bernd; Zacksenhaus, Eldad; Pirvola, Ulla

    2005-01-01

    Precursors of cochlear and vestibular hair cells of the inner ear exit the cell cycle at midgestation. Hair cells are mitotically quiescent during late-embryonic differentiation stages and postnatally. We show here that the retinoblastoma gene Rb and the encoded protein pRb are expressed in differentiating and mature hair cells. In addition to Rb, the cyclin dependent kinase inhibitor (CKI) p21 is expressed in developing hair cells, suggesting that p21 is an upstream effector of pRb activity....

  6. 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.

  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. O Army Method e o desenvolvimento da Linguística Aplicada nos Estados Unidos The Army Method and the development of Applied Linguistics in the United States

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    José Marcelo Luna

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo deriva de pesquisa historiográfica sobre o ensino de português nos Estados Unidos durante os anos 40, 50 e 60 do século 20. Baseado em fontes primárias, como livros, períódicos e jornais da época, o trabalho apresenta objetivamente a relação do Army Specialized Training Program, que se tornou conhecido como Army Method, com o desenvolvimento da Linguística Aplicada ao ensino de línguas estrangeiras nos Estados Unidos.This article derives from a historiographic research on the teaching of Portuguese in the United States during 1940 through 1960. Based on primary sources like books, periodicals and newspapers of the time, the work presents objectively the relationship between the Army Specialized Training Program, also known as the Army Method, and the development of Applied Linguistics to the teaching of foreign languages in the United States.

  9. Managing the consequences of aggressive conservative treatment for refractory retinoblastoma with vitreous seeding

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    Aubrey Brink

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available A 4 year-old girl with bilateral, non-familial retinoblastoma (RB was referred to our care after primary enucleation OS and active tumor OD refractory to multiple therapies (intravenous chemotherapy, laser/cryotherapy, and I-125 plaque radiotherapy. Vitreous seeding OD, initially controlled by several sessions of Ophthalmic Artery Infusion Chemotherapy (OAIC and periocular chemotherapy, recurred shortly thereafter. The patient underwent intravitreal (IVit Melphalan injections achieving tumor control despite the concurrent development of keratopathy, pupillary synechiae, cataract, and necrosis of the inferior fornix and the adjacent orbital fat, all secondary to the treatments administered. Repeated amniotic membrane implants and tarsorrhaphy were performed to alleviate the symptoms. Despite being tumor free for 6 months, a poor fundus view and treatment-related complications prompted us to consider enucleation, but parents declined. Following recent negative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, her cataract was removed. She was then found to have tumor recurrence. Her eye was enucleated 12 months ago and she recovered well from the surgery. As ocular oncology embarks in eye-preserving treatments for retinoblastoma, it is important to address the cumulative effects and associated impact of such treatments and the possibility of failure.

  10. Splicing aberrations caused by constitutional RB1 gene mutations in retinoblastoma

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    Vidya Latha Parsam; Mohammed Javed Ali; Santosh G Honavar; Geeta K Vemuganti; Chitra Kannabiran

    2011-06-01

    Analysis of RB1 mRNA from blood leukocytes of patients with retinoblastoma identified the effects of mutations involving consensus splice site, exonic substitution and whole-exon deletions identified in genomic DNA of these patients. In addition, this study identified mutations in cases in which no mutations were detectable in the genomic DNA. One proband had mutation at the canonical splice site at +5 position of IVS22, and analysis of the transcripts in this family revealed skipping of exon 22 in three members of this family. In one proband, a missense substitution of c.652T > G (g.56897T > G; Leu218Val) in exon 7 led to splicing aberrations involving deletions of exons 7 and 8, suggesting the formation of a cryptic splice site. In two probands with no detectable changes in the genomic DNA upon screening of RB1 exons and flanking intronic sequences, transcripts were found to have deletions of exon 6 in one, and exons 21 and 22 in another family. In two probands, RNA analysis confirmed genomic deletions involving one or more exons. This study reveals novel effects of RB1 mutations on splicing and suggests the utility of RNA analysis as an adjunct to mutational screening of genomic DNA in retinoblastoma.

  11. Illumina next generation sequencing data and expression microarrays data from retinoblastoma and medulloblastoma tissues

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    A.J. García-Chequer

    2016-03-01

    We first created an in silico reference profile generated from a human sequenced genome (GRCh37p5. From this data we calculated an integrity score to get an overview of gains and losses in all chromosomes; we next analyzed each chromosome in windows of 40 kb length, calculating for each window the log2 ratio between reads from tumor pool and in silico reference. Finally we generated panoramic maps with all the windows whether lost or gained along each chromosome associated to its cytogenetic bands to facilitate interpretation. Expression microarrays was done for the same samples and a list of over and under expressed genes is presented here. For this detection a significance analysis was done and a log2 fold change was chosen as significant (raw data can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/geo/accession number GSE11488. The complete research article can be found at Cancer Genetics journal (Garcia-Chequer et al., in press [1]. In summary here we provide an overview with visual graphics of gains and losses chromosome by chromosome in retinoblastoma and medulloblastoma, also the integrity score analysis and a list of genes with relevant expression associated. This material can be useful to researchers that may want to explore gains and losses in other malignant tumors with this approach or compare their data with retinoblastoma.

  12. Retinoblastoma and its binding partner MSI1 control imprinting in Arabidopsis.

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    Pauline E Jullien

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Parental genomic imprinting causes preferential expression of one of the two parental alleles. In mammals, differential sex-dependent deposition of silencing DNA methylation marks during gametogenesis initiates a new cycle of imprinting. Parental genomic imprinting has been detected in plants and relies on DNA methylation by the methyltransferase MET1. However, in contrast to mammals, plant imprints are created by differential removal of silencing marks during gametogenesis. In Arabidopsis, DNA demethylation is mediated by the DNA glycosylase DEMETER (DME causing activation of imprinted genes at the end of female gametogenesis. On the basis of genetic interactions, we show that in addition to DME, the plant homologs of the human Retinoblastoma (Rb and its binding partner RbAp48 are required for the activation of the imprinted genes FIS2 and FWA. This Rb-dependent activation is mediated by direct transcriptional repression of MET1 during female gametogenesis. We have thus identified a new mechanism required for imprinting establishment, outlining a new role for the Retinoblastoma pathway, which may be conserved in mammals.

  13. Sonic hedgehog initiates cochlear hair cell regeneration through downregulation of retinoblastoma protein

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    Lu, Na [Otology Skull Base Surgery Department, Hearing Research Institute, Eye and ENT Hospital of Shanghai Medical School, Fudan University, Shanghai 200031 (China); Department of Otolaryngology and Program in Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School and Eaton Peabody Laboratory, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA 02114 (United States); Chen, Yan [Central Laboratory, Hearing Research Institute, Eye and ENT Hospital of Shanghai Medical School, Fudan University, Shanghai 200031 (China); Wang, Zhengmin [Otology Skull Base Surgery Department, Hearing Research Institute, Eye and ENT Hospital of Shanghai Medical School, Fudan University, Shanghai 200031 (China); Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai 200032 (China); Chen, Guoling [Otology Skull Base Surgery Department, Hearing Research Institute, Eye and ENT Hospital of Shanghai Medical School, Fudan University, Shanghai 200031 (China); Lin, Qin [Otology Skull Base Surgery Department, Hearing Research Institute, Eye and ENT Hospital of Shanghai Medical School, Fudan University, Shanghai 200031 (China); Department of Otolaryngology, First Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical University, Otolaryngology Institute of Fujian Province, Fuzhou (China); Chen, Zheng-Yi, E-mail: Zheng-yi_chen@meei.harvard.edu [Department of Otolaryngology and Program in Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School and Eaton Peabody Laboratory, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA 02114 (United States); Li, Huawei, E-mail: hwli@shmu.edu.cn [Otology Skull Base Surgery Department, Hearing Research Institute, Eye and ENT Hospital of Shanghai Medical School, Fudan University, Shanghai 200031 (China); Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai 200032 (China)

    2013-01-11

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Shh activation in neonatal cochleae enhances sensory cell proliferation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Proliferating supporting cells can transdifferentiate into hair cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Shh promotes proliferation by transiently modulating pRb activity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Shh inhibits pRb by inhibiting transcription and increasing phosphorylation of pRb. -- Abstract: Cell cycle re-entry by cochlear supporting cells and/or hair cells is considered one of the best approaches for restoring hearing loss as a result of hair cell damage. To identify mechanisms that can be modulated to initiate cell cycle re-entry and hair cell regeneration, we studied the effect of activating the sonic hedgehog (Shh) pathway. We show that Shh signaling in postnatal rat cochleae damaged by neomycin leads to renewed proliferation of supporting cells and hair cells. Further, proliferating supporting cells are likely to transdifferentiate into hair cells. Shh treatment leads to inhibition of retinoblastoma protein (pRb) by increasing phosphorylated pRb and reducing retinoblastoma gene transcription. This results in upregulation of cyclins B1, D2, and D3, and CDK1. These results suggest that Shh signaling induces cell cycle re-entry in cochlear sensory epithelium and the production of new hair cells, in part by attenuating pRb function. This study provides an additional route to modulate pRb function with important implications in mammalian hair cell regeneration.

  14. Transcriptional regulation of Sox2 by the retinoblastoma family of pocket proteins.

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    Vilas, Jéssica M; Ferreirós, Alba; Carneiro, Carmen; Morey, Lluis; Da Silva-Álvarez, Sabela; Fernandes, Tânia; Abad, María; Di Croce, Luciano; García-Caballero, Tomás; Serrano, Manuel; Rivas, Carmen; Vidal, Anxo; Collado, Manuel

    2015-02-20

    Cellular reprogramming to iPSCs has uncovered unsuspected links between tumor suppressors and pluripotency factors. Using this system, it was possible to identify tumor suppressor p27 as a repressor of Sox2 during differentiation. This led to the demonstration that defects in the repression of Sox2 can contribute to tumor development. The members of the retinoblastoma family of pocket proteins, pRb, p107 and p130, are negative regulators of the cell cycle with tumor suppressor activity and with roles in differentiation. In this work we studied the relative contribution of the retinoblastoma family members to the regulation of Sox2 expression. We found that deletion of Rb or p130 leads to impaired repression of Sox2, a deffect amplified by inactivation of p53. We also identified binding of pRb and p130 to an enhancer with crucial regulatory activity on Sox2 expression. Using cellular reprogramming we tested the impact of the defective repression of Sox2 and confirmed that Rb deficiency allows the generation of iPSCs in the absence of exogenous Sox2. Finally, partial depletion of Sox2 positive cells reduced the pituitary tumor development initiated by Rb loss in vivo. In summary, our results show that Sox2 repression by pRb is a relevant mechanism of tumor suppression.

  15. X-ray sensitivity of fibroblasts from patients with hereditary retinoblastoma and their families

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    The in vitro response to X-irradiation of cultured human fibroblasts was studied using a colony forming assay. A comprehensive reference range was established, giving a median Dsub(0) value of 98.5 cGy with an interquartile range of 86.5-110.5 cGy. Cells from 3 retinoblastoma family pedigrees were studied and the cell survival after exposure to X-rays was compared between affected (11 samples) and unaffected (26 samples) family members. No significant differences in response to ionising radiation were found between the controls, the affected and the unaffected members of the 3 families. The affected members had a median Dsub(0) of 97.5 cGy (interquartile range 87.5-107.5 cGy) and the unaffected members had a median Dsub(0) of 102 cGy (interquartile range 93-111 cGy). Thus radiosensitivity is not a useful marker for the detection of the retinoblastoma gene. (author)

  16. Comparison of the diagnostic value of MR imaging and ophthalmoscopy for the staging of retinoblastoma

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    Khurana, Aman; Wan, Wenshuai; Yeom, Kristen [Stanford University, Department of Radiology, Stanford, CA (United States); Eisenhut, Christina A. [Technical University of Munich, Department of Radiology, Munich (Germany); Ebrahimi, Katayoon B. [Johns Hopkins University, Department of Ocular Oncology, Baltimore, MD (United States); Patel, Chirag [University of California Davis, Department of Radiology, Davis, CA (United States); O' Brien, Joan M. [University of Pennsylvania, Department of Ophthalmology, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Daldrup-Link, Heike E. [Stanford University, Department of Radiology, Stanford, CA (United States); Stanford University, Department of Radiology, Pediatric Radiology Section, Lucile Packard Children' s Hospital, Stanford, CA (United States)

    2013-05-15

    To compare the diagnostic value of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and ophthalmoscopy for staging of retinoblastoma. MR and ophthalmoscopic images of 36 patients who underwent enucleation were evaluated retrospectively following institutional review board approval. Histopathology being the standard of reference, the sensitivity and specificity of both diagnostic modalities were compared regarding growth pattern, iris neoangiogenesis, retinal detachment, vitreous seeds and optic nerve invasion. Data were analysed via McNemar's test. Both investigations showed no significant difference in accuracy for the detection of different tumour growth patterns (P = 0.80). Vitreous seeding detection was superior by ophthalmoscopy (P < 0.001). For prelaminar optic nerve invasion, MR imaging showed similar sensitivity as ophthalmoscopy but increased specificity of 40 % (CI 0.12-0.74) vs. 20 % (0.03-0.56). MR detected optic nerve involvement past the lamina cribrosa with a sensitivity of 80 % (0.28-0.99) and a specificity of 74 % (0.55-0.88). The absence of optic nerve enhancement excluded histopathological infiltration, but the presence of optic nerve enhancement included a high number of false positives (22-24 %). Ophthalmoscopy remains the method of choice for determining extent within the globe while MR imaging is useful for evaluating extraocular tumour extension. Thus, both have their own strengths and contribute uniquely to the staging of retinoblastoma. (orig.)

  17. Salvage/Adjuvant Brachytherapy After Ophthalmic Artery Chemosurgery for Intraocular Retinoblastoma

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    Francis, Jasmine H., E-mail: francij1@mskcc.org [Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (United States); Barker, Christopher A.; Wolden, Suzanne L.; McCormick, Beryl; Segal, Kira; Cohen, Gil [Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (United States); Gobin, Y. Pierre; Marr, Brian P. [Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (United States); Weill-Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York (United States); Brodie, Scott E. [Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (United States); Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York (United States); Dunkel, Ira J.; Abramson, David H. [Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (United States); Weill-Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York (United States)

    2013-11-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of brachytherapy after ophthalmic artery chemosurgery (OAC) for retinoblastoma. Methods and Materials: This was a single-arm, retrospective study of 15 eyes in 15 patients treated with OAC followed by brachytherapy at (blinded institution) between May 1, 2006, and December 31, 2012, with a median 19 months' follow-up from plaque insertion. Outcome measurements included patient and ocular survival, visual function, and retinal toxicity measured by electroretinogram (ERG). Results: Brachytherapy was used as adjuvant treatment in 2 eyes and as salvage therapy in 13 eyes of which 12 had localized vitreous seeding. No patients developed metastasis or died of retinoblastoma. The Kaplan-Meier estimate of ocular survival was 79.4% (95% confidence interval 48.7%-92.8%) at 18 months. Three eyes were enucleated, and an additional 6 eyes developed out-of-target volume recurrences, which were controlled with additional treatments. Patients with an ocular complication had a mean interval between last OAC and plaque of 2.5 months (SD 2.3 months), which was statistically less (P=.045) than patients without ocular complication who had a mean interval between last OAC and plaque of 6.5 months (SD 4.4 months). ERG responses from pre- versus postplaque were unchanged or improved in more than half the eyes. Conclusions: Brachytherapy following OAC is effective, even in the presence of vitreous seeding; the majority of eyes maintained stable or improved retinal function following treatment, as assessed by ERG.

  18. Two novel cases of trilateral retinoblastoma: genetics and review of the literature.

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    D'Elia, Gemma; Grotta, Simona; Del Bufalo, Francesca; De Ioris, Maria Antonietta; Surace, Cecilia; Sirleto, Pietro; Romanzo, Antonino; Cozza, Raffaele; Locatelli, Franco; Angioni, Adriano

    2013-11-01

    Retinoblastoma (RB) is the most common eye tumor in children; it originates from germline and/or somatic mutations that inactivate both alleles of the RB1 gene located on chromosome 13q14. Patients with unilateral or bilateral RB infrequently may develop an additional intracranial neuroblastic tumor, usually in the pineal gland, which characterizes the trilateral retinoblastoma (TRB) syndrome. The most common chromosomal abnormalities detected in TRB are deletions at 13q14, even if some rare cases of RB1 point mutations were described. In our report, we investigated two patients with TRB who showed a germline RB1 point mutation that has never been found to date and a large deletion involving RB1, respectively. Genetic data were compared to our in-house series and to current literature; these data suggested a role for other candidate regions in the pathogenesis of TRB. Moreover, our study highlights the need for new approaches allowing a multigenic analysis to clarify the genotype-phenotype correlation in TRB. PMID:24412019

  19. Sonic hedgehog initiates cochlear hair cell regeneration through downregulation of retinoblastoma protein

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    Highlights: ► Shh activation in neonatal cochleae enhances sensory cell proliferation. ► Proliferating supporting cells can transdifferentiate into hair cells. ► Shh promotes proliferation by transiently modulating pRb activity. ► Shh inhibits pRb by inhibiting transcription and increasing phosphorylation of pRb. -- Abstract: Cell cycle re-entry by cochlear supporting cells and/or hair cells is considered one of the best approaches for restoring hearing loss as a result of hair cell damage. To identify mechanisms that can be modulated to initiate cell cycle re-entry and hair cell regeneration, we studied the effect of activating the sonic hedgehog (Shh) pathway. We show that Shh signaling in postnatal rat cochleae damaged by neomycin leads to renewed proliferation of supporting cells and hair cells. Further, proliferating supporting cells are likely to transdifferentiate into hair cells. Shh treatment leads to inhibition of retinoblastoma protein (pRb) by increasing phosphorylated pRb and reducing retinoblastoma gene transcription. This results in upregulation of cyclins B1, D2, and D3, and CDK1. These results suggest that Shh signaling induces cell cycle re-entry in cochlear sensory epithelium and the production of new hair cells, in part by attenuating pRb function. This study provides an additional route to modulate pRb function with important implications in mammalian hair cell regeneration.

  20. Ethnic variations of a retinoblastoma susceptibility gene (RB1) polymorphism in eight Asian populations

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    Priya Kadam-Pai; Xin-Yi Su; Jasmin Jiji Miranda; Agustinus Soemantri; Nilmani Saha; Chew-Kiat Heng; Poh-San Lai

    2003-04-01

    An A → G single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) at nucleotide 153,104 in the retinoblastoma susceptibility locus (RB1) at 13q14 was previously reported to be present only in Asians. In this study, we determined the distribution of this SNP in normal Southeast Asian populations (Chinese, Malay, Javanese, Thai, Filipino), in South Asian populations (Bangladeshi, Pakistani Pushtun and Indian) and in Chinese retinoblastoma cases and control subjects. The RB1 SNP was present in all populations at an overall frequency of ≤ 0.18. Heterozygosity was higher in the Southeast Asian groups (0.14–0.34) than in the South Asian groups (Bangladeshi and Indian) (0.04–0.06). Significant differences in allele frequencies were found between the two population groups. Interestingly, our Pakistani population comprised of ethnic Pushtuns from northwest Pakistan was significantly different from the neighbouring Bangladeshi and Indian populations. No significant difference was found between Chinese case patients and control subjects. This RB1 SNP appears to be an ethnic variant prevalent in Southeast Asian populations and may be useful for studying RB1 inheritance by pedigree analysis.

  1. Transcriptional regulation of Sox2 by the retinoblastoma family of pocket proteins

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    Carneiro, Carmen; Morey, Lluis; Silva-Álvarez, Sabela Da; Fernandes, Tânia; Abad, María; Croce, Luciano Di; García-Caballero, Tomás; Serrano, Manuel; Rivas, Carmen; Vidal, Anxo; Collado, Manuel

    2015-01-01

    Cellular reprogramming to iPSCs has uncovered unsuspected links between tumor suppressors and pluripotency factors. Using this system, it was possible to identify tumor suppressor p27 as a repressor of Sox2 during differentiation. This led to the demonstration that defects in the repression of Sox2 can contribute to tumor development. The members of the retinoblastoma family of pocket proteins, pRb, p107 and p130, are negative regulators of the cell cycle with tumor suppressor activity and with roles in differentiation. In this work we studied the relative contribution of the retinoblastoma family members to the regulation of Sox2 expression. We found that deletion of Rb or p130 leads to impaired repression of Sox2, a deffect amplified by inactivation of p53. We also identified binding of pRb and p130 to an enhancer with crucial regulatory activity on Sox2 expression. Using cellular reprogramming we tested the impact of the defective repression of Sox2 and confirmed that Rb deficiency allows the generation of iPSCs in the absence of exogenous Sox2. Finally, partial depletion of Sox2 positive cells reduced the pituitary tumor development initiated by Rb loss in vivo. In summary, our results show that Sox2 repression by pRb is a relevant mechanism of tumor suppression. PMID:25576924

  2. Salvage/Adjuvant Brachytherapy After Ophthalmic Artery Chemosurgery for Intraocular Retinoblastoma

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    Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of brachytherapy after ophthalmic artery chemosurgery (OAC) for retinoblastoma. Methods and Materials: This was a single-arm, retrospective study of 15 eyes in 15 patients treated with OAC followed by brachytherapy at (blinded institution) between May 1, 2006, and December 31, 2012, with a median 19 months' follow-up from plaque insertion. Outcome measurements included patient and ocular survival, visual function, and retinal toxicity measured by electroretinogram (ERG). Results: Brachytherapy was used as adjuvant treatment in 2 eyes and as salvage therapy in 13 eyes of which 12 had localized vitreous seeding. No patients developed metastasis or died of retinoblastoma. The Kaplan-Meier estimate of ocular survival was 79.4% (95% confidence interval 48.7%-92.8%) at 18 months. Three eyes were enucleated, and an additional 6 eyes developed out-of-target volume recurrences, which were controlled with additional treatments. Patients with an ocular complication had a mean interval between last OAC and plaque of 2.5 months (SD 2.3 months), which was statistically less (P=.045) than patients without ocular complication who had a mean interval between last OAC and plaque of 6.5 months (SD 4.4 months). ERG responses from pre- versus postplaque were unchanged or improved in more than half the eyes. Conclusions: Brachytherapy following OAC is effective, even in the presence of vitreous seeding; the majority of eyes maintained stable or improved retinal function following treatment, as assessed by ERG

  3. 视网膜母细胞瘤的治疗进展%Recent advances in retinoblastoma treatment

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    刘瑾; 朱豫

    2013-01-01

    随着人们对视觉功能、面部外观及生活质量的重视,手术摘除患眼治疗视网膜母细胞瘤的传统治疗方法已受到挑战.视网膜母细胞瘤的早期诊断、早期治疗、保留眼球和有用视力,现已成为新的追求.光凝、超低温冷冻、经瞳孔温热治疗等局部治疗方法逐渐受到重视,化疗联合局部治疗成为趋势.现将其治疗方法及研究进展综述如下.%As a traditional method of retinoblastoma treatment, simple eyeball enu-cleation has been challenged since people pay more attention to visual function, facial appearance and quality of life. Early diagnosis and treatment, preserving eyeball and useful vision have been as the new goal for retinoblastoma treatment. Currently, focal therapies including photocoagulation, cryotherapy, transpupillary thermotherapy play an important role in retinoblastoma treatment. This article reviews the recent advances in retinoblastoma treatment.

  4. External beam radiation for retinoblastoma: Results, patterns of failure, and a proposal for treatment guidelines

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    Purpose: To analyze treatment results and patterns of failure following external beam radiation for retinoblastoma and propose treatment guidelines according to specific clinical variables. Methods and Materials: We analyzed 27 patients (34 eyes) with retinoblastoma who received external beam radiation as initial treatment at Hahnemann University Hospital from October 1980 to December 1991 and have been followed for at least 1 year. Of the 34 eyes, 14 were Groups I-II (Reese-Ellsworth classification), 7 were Group III, and 13 were Groups IV-V. Doses ranged from 34.5-49.5 Gy (mean 44.3 Gy, median 45 Gy) in 1.5-2.0 Gy fractions generally delivered through anterior and lateral wedged pair fields. Results: At a mean follow up of 35.2 months (range 12-93 months), local tumor control was obtained in 44% (15 out of 34) of eyes with external beam radiation alone. Salvage therapy (plaque brachytherapy, cryotherapy, and/or photocoagulation) controlled an additional 10 eyes (29.5%), so that overall ocular survival has been 73.5%. Local tumor control with external beam radiotherapy alone was obtained in 78.5% (11 out of 14) of eyes in Groups I-II, but in only 20% (4 out of 20) of eyes in Groups III-V. A total of 67 existing tumors were identified prior to treatment in the 34 treated eyes and local control with external beam radiation alone was obtained in 87% (46 out of 53) of tumors measuring 15 mm or less and in 50% (7 out of 14) of tumors measuring more than 15 mm. When analyzing patterns of failure in the 19 eyes that relapsed, a total of 28 failure sites were identified and consisted of progression of vitreous seeds in seven instances (25% of failure sites) recurrences from previously existing tumors in 10 instances (36% of failure sites) and development of new tumors in previously uninvolved retina in 11 instances (39% of failure sites). Conclusions: 1) We find that external beam radiation to a dose of 45 Gy in fractions of 1.5 to 2.0 Gy provides adequate tumor control

  5. Tendencia de I+D+i en Biomecánica aplicada al deporte

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    Ferro Sanchez, Amelia

    2012-01-01

    Análisis de la investigación en el ámbito de la Biomecánica aplicada al deporte. La tendencia de los proyectos en I+D+i de la Biomecánica del Deporte ha cambiado notablemente en las dos últimas décadas. Los investigadores han pasado de aplicar la biomecánica al alto rendimiento deportivo a tratar temas transversales, relacionados en muchos casos con la salud, fisiología, rehabilitación, el control motor, la gestión y, entre otros, el diseño de equipamiento e instalaciones.

  6. Tecnología y filosofía wiki aplicadas al electromagnetismo computacional

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    De la Cruz Calvo, Daniel

    2007-01-01

    Este trabajo de fin de carrera se ha realizado en la Escola Politècnica Superior de Castelldefels (EPSC) en colaboración con el Centre Internacional de Mètodes Numèrics en Enginyeria (CIMNE) con el objetivo de explorar las posibilidades de la tecnología wiki aplicada al ámbito de investigación de CIMNE: el electromagnetismo computacional. De acuerdo con la Wikipedia, “un (o una) wiki es un sitio web colaborativo que puede ser editado por varios usuarios. Los usuarios de una ...

  7. Estadística Aplicada a l'Administració Pública

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    Forner Gumbau, Òscar

    2012-01-01

    Aquest material ha sigut preparat per a desenvolupar els continguts de l’assignatura Estadística Aplicada a l’Administració Pública del segon curs del grau de Gestió i Administració Pública de la Universitat d’Alacant. L’objectiu d’aquest material és que els alumnes puguen treballar els continguts de l’assignatura amb més facilitat, ja que en els quatre capítols que formen el quadern estan tots els materials necessaris per a seguir l’assignatura, tant en la part teòrica com pràctica, amb exem...

  8. Perfil de los alumnos cursantes de la materia Estadistica aplicada a la Psicologia

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    Rossi Casé, Lilia Elba; Neer, Rosa Haydée; Lopetegui, María Susana; Fiandrino, Aldo; Tejo, Mabel; Loiácono, Leticia; Doná, Stella Maris; Biasella, Rogelio

    2007-01-01

    El presente informe, correspondiente al año 2007, es el resultado de un objetivo planteado desde la propuesta pedagógica de la Cátedra Estadística Aplicada a la Psicología, que se cursa en el segundo año de la carrera de Psicología de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Es una continuación de otros trabajos semejantes anteriores, realizados por este equipo desde el año 1998. El planteamiento de estos trabajos ha tenido desde su inicio un doble propósito. El primero pedagógico, que incluye...

  9. Herramientas de manufactura esbelta aplicadas al desarrollo de software con calidad

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    Omaña, Macringer; Cadenas, José Tomás

    2011-01-01

    El artículo presenta una propuesta de herramientas de manufactura esbelta aplicadas al desarrollo de software, dentro del marco de métodos ágiles, en particular el Desarrollo de Software Esbelto; lo que permitirá a equipos de desarrollo obtener una calidad sistémica del software (producto, procesos y personas que intervienen). Se recomienda emplear estas herramientas y evaluarlas constantemente con la aplicación iterativa e incremental del ciclo de calidad propuesto por Deming: planificar, ha...

  10. Estrategia de comunicación y marketing aplicada a la empresa Nelybel

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    GARCÍA MARTÍN, BEATRIZ

    2012-01-01

    El objetivo principal del proyecto es plantear una estrategia de comunicación y marketing útil para aplicarla a la empresa de regalos Nelybel. Los objetivos secundarios son aprender a llevar a cabo una estrategia de comunicación y marketing partiendo casi de cero, realizar una investigación de mercado provincial y un análisis de la competencia y ayudar con la publicidad y promoción de la empresa. García Martín, B. (2012). Estrategia de comunicación y marketing aplicada a la empresa Nely...

  11. Investigación básica y aplicada en bases de datos deductivas

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    Liberatori, Héctor Pedro; Paganini, José Humberto; González, C; Figueroa, Sebastián Marcos; Tejerina, Mario; Vega, Ariel; Castillo, César A.; Battezzati, V.

    2013-01-01

    Con el proyecto presente: “investigación básica y aplicada en Bases de Datos Deductivas”; se pretende avanzar en el estudio, aplicaciones y desarrollo de técnicas para el procesamiento de consultas recursivas para bases de datos deductivas, tendientes a ofrecer alternativas de nuevas prestaciones en Bases de datos relacionales. Constituyendo, por sus características en un encuentro entre conceptos teóricos provenientes de la Lógica Computacional, y del Álgebra Relacional para bases de dato...

  12. Projecto Rodentia : etologia aplicada na sala de aula do 1º Ciclo

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    Franco, N. H.; Olosson, A.; J.B. Santos; Brosseron, F.; Pinto, A.; Ricardo, E.

    2008-01-01

    p. 275-279 O Projecto Rodentia, implementado no ano 2006/2007, visa promover a cultura científica em alunos do 1º ciclo do Ensino Básico, familiarizando-os com o Método Científico e desenvolvendo competências conceptuais, processuais e atitudinais, com base na Etologia Aplicada e na reflexão ética sobre o bem-estar animal. Foram instalados em três salas de aula habitats especialmente desenhados, contendo cada um dois ratos de laboratório. Inicialmente orien...

  13. Diretivas antecipadas de vontade aos doentes terminais: revisão integrativa

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    Silvana Bastos Cogo

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available RESUMOObjetivo:caracterizar a produção científica nacional e internacional sobre as diretivas antecipadas de vontade aplicadas ao doente terminal.Método:a revisão integrativa, incluindo os artigos publicados no Portal Capes, SCIELO, LILACS, MEDLINE, Revista de Bioética e Bioethikos, a partir dos descritores: Diretivas antecipadas, Testamentos quanto à vida, Advance Directives, Living Will e Terminally Ill totalizando 44 artigos submetidos à análise de conteúdo.Resultados:emergiram três categorias: Estudantes e profi ssionais frente às diretivas antecipadas de vontade: percepções, opiniões e condutas; Receptividade dos pacientes às diretivas antecipadas de vontade; A família diante das diretivas antecipadas de vontade.Conclusão:evidenciou-se a relevância do tema como garantidor do respeito à dignidade e à autonomia do doente, bem como para a redução dos conflitos éticos enfrentados pelos familiares e profi ssionais da saúde frente aos cuidados em fi nal de vida.

  14. Análise de historicidade aplicada ao texto de Mateus 5.17-20: uma discussão sobre Jesus e a Tora

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    Marcelo da Silva Carneiro

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available ResumoA pesquisa sobre o Jesus Histórico suscita curiosidade, mas necessita ser verificada com rigor acadêmico para ser aceita. Neste artigo, aplicaremos o critério de historicidade desenvolvido pela Third Quest na perícope de Mateus 5.17-20 para verificar a autenticidade do dito e assim, talvez, poder vislumbrar a relação de Jesus com a Torá.AbstractThe research about the historical Jesus causes curiosity, but requires academic rigor verification to be accepted. In this article, the criteria of historicity developed by Third Quest on the pericope of Matthew 5.17-20 shall be applied to verify the authencity of the saying and then, maybe catch a glimpse of the relationship between Jesus and Torah.ResumenLa pesquisa sobre el Jesús Histórico suscita curiosidad, mas necesita ser verificada con rigor académico para ser acepta. En este artículo aplicaremos el criterio de historicidad desenvuelto de lo dicho y así tal vez poder vislumbrar la relación de Jesús con la Tora.

  15. Atravessar os Painéis : multimédia multitáctil aplicada à compreensão da pintura antiga e ao seu estudo material

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    Silva, Lívio Ramalho Carneiro da, 1968-

    2015-01-01

    In recent decades, the introduction of Information and Communication Technologies in most areas of knowledge has led to profound changes and provided, also to Museology, new ways to carry out their functions. All information produced in museums is now available in an easily distributable and reusable format. When exhibiting a work of art, the possibility of access to all digital documentation produced by other museum functions envisions opportunities unthinkable until a few years ago. The I...

  16. Nanotecnologia farmacêutica aplicada ao tratamento da malária Application of pharmaceutical nanotechnology to the treatment of malaria

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    Lúcio Figueira Pimentel; Agenor Tavares Jácome Júnior; Vanessa Carla Furtado Mosqueira; Nereide Stela Santos-Magalhães

    2007-01-01

    Apesar do desenvolvimento tecnológico e científico, a malária permanece como um dos maiores problemas de saúde a serem combatidos. As estratégias modernas para o controle da doença prevêem ações conjuntas, como o combate do inseto vetor, diagnóstico rápido e preciso, garantia de terapêutica adequada, redução dos casos de resistência, além do desenvolvimento de novos agentes terapêuticos e vacina e através da otimização da ação de fármacos utilizados na atualidade. Os sistemas de liberação con...

  17. Densidade amostral aplicada ao monitoramento georreferenciado de lagartas desfolhadoras na cultura da soja Sample density applied to the georeferenced monitoring of defoliating caterpillars in soybean crop

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    Cinei Teresinha Riffel

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available O conhecimento da distribuição espaço-temporal de insetos-praga na cultura da soja, por meio do uso de ferramentas da agricultura de precisão, tem sido apontado como uma importante estratégia no manejo integrado de pragas (MIP. Nesse sentido, o objetivo do trabalho foi avaliar a influência da densidade amostral no monitoramento de lagartas desfolhadoras na cultura da soja. O experimento foi conduzido em área experimental de 48,0ha, localizada no município de Júlio de Castilhos - RS, no ano agrícola 2008/2009. O monitoramento georreferenciado foi realizado seguindo três malhas amostrais regulares, 50x50m, 71x71m e 100x100m e também seguindo o método tradicional de amostragem. Durante todo o ciclo da cultura, e para cada malha amostral, foram realizadas cinco avaliações da infestação de lagartas, duas no estádio vegetativo e três no reprodutivo, com a utilização do pano-de-batida. Para analisar a distribuição espaço-temporal das lagartas na área, os dados foram submetidos à análise estatística descritiva e à geoestatística, utilizando semivariogramas e krigagem para elaboração dos mapas temáticos. Os resultados obtidos indicam que as grades amostrais avaliadas permitem caracterizar a distribuição espacial das lagartas e modelar a variabilidade espacial de lagartas na cultura da soja. A amostragem e monitoramento georreferenciado e posterior elaboração de mapas temáticos constituem-se numa alternativa potencial para agregarem-se às estratégias de MIP.The knowledge of the spatial and temporal distribution of pest insects on soybean crop through the use of precision agriculture tools, have been appointed as an important strategy in the integrated pest management (IPM. In this sense, the objective of this research was to evaluate the influence of sample density in the monitoring of defoliating caterpillars in soybean crop. The experiment was conducted in the experimental area of 47.98ha, located in Júlio de Castilhos - RS city, in 2008/2009 season. The georeferenced monitoring was carried out following three regular grids, 50x50m, 71x71m and 100x100m and also following the traditional method of sampling. During the entire crop cycle, and for each grid, there were conducted five evaluations of caterpillar infestations, two on the vegetative stage and three in the reproductive, using a beat cloth. To analyze the spatial and temporal distribution of caterpillars in the area, the data were submitted to descriptive statistical analysis and geostatistics analysis, using semivariograms and kriging to the elaboration of thematic maps. The results obtained indicated that the evaluated sample grids allowed to characterize the spatial distribution of caterpillars and modeled the spatial variability of caterpillars in soybean crop. The sampling and the georeferenced monitoring and further development of georeferenced thematic maps constitute a potential alternative to aggregate to the IPM strategies.

  18. Simulação computacional aplicada ao desenvolvimento de embalagens para bananas Computational simulation for the development of packages for bananas

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    Roberto Funes Abrahão

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho propõe um método de projeto de embalagem para produtos hortícolas, buscando uma otimização integrada dos aspectos geométricos, estruturais e térmicos, ligados à facilitação do resfriamento e armazenamento refrigerado. Para o dimensionamento e otimização estrutural, foi utilizado o Método dos Elementos Finitos implementado pelo programa ANSYS, obtendo-se oito modelos virtuais de embalagens, com 10% e 14% de área efetiva de aberturas e geometria quadrada, retangular e circular. Para o desenvolvimento dos experimentos, que avaliaram a relação da área de aberturas com o tempo de sete-oitavos de resfriamento, foram construídos protótipos de tábuas de madeira (Pinnus elliotti de reflorestamento. Nas embalagens, foram acondicionados aproximadamente 13 kg de banana variedade Nanica (Musa cavendishii, cultivar nanica, resfriada num túnel de ar forçado (vazão de ar de 0,32 m³ s-1, temperatura de 8,0±1,2ºC e umidade relativa de 84,5±2,6%. O tempo de resfriamento também foi comparado com aquele obtido quando a mesma quantidade de frutas foi resfriada em embalagens de papelão (2,5% de área efetiva de abertura e madeira (18% de área efetiva de abertura. Os resultados demonstraram que, entre os protótipos propostos, não houve diferença significativa no tempo de resfriamento dos frutos acondicionados nas embalagens desenvolvidas, sendo o tempo médio de resfriamento de 40,71±2,81 min. Na comparação com as embalagens de papelão e madeira, houve diferenças significativas, sendo que as embalagens comerciais tiveram tempos de resfriamento de 1,25 e 2 vezes maiores. Concluiu-se que a simulação estrutural computacional, aliada a algoritmos de otimização, além de procedimentos experimentais ligados à cadeia do frio, são recursos promissores no auxílio de projetos para embalagens de transporte de produtos hortícolas.This study proposes a methodology for designing boxes for agricultural products based on computational simulation and experimental validation, seeking the integrated optimization of geometric, structural and thermal aspects associated with cooling and refrigerated storage. The Finite Element Method was used for structural dimensioning and optimization. It was implemented using the ANSYS program, obtaining eight virtual models with 10% and 14% of effective opening area with square, rectangular or circular geometry. In order to develop the experiments that evaluated the relation between effective opening area and seven-eighths cooling time, the prototypes were built using reforestation wood (Pinnus elliotti. Approximately 13 kg of bananas (Musa cavendishii cultivar nanica were packed in the boxes and cooled in a forced-air tunnel (air flow of 0.32 m³ s-1, temperature of 8.0±1.2ºC and relative humidity of 84.5±2.6%. Cooling time was also compared with the one obtained when the same amount of bananas was cooled in the boxes used to transport and store bananas commercially (cardboard box with 2% of effective opening area and a wooden box called " torito" with 18% of effective opening area. The results showed no significant differences in cooling time of bananas packed in boxes with circular, square and rectangular opening, with average cooling time of 40.71±2.81 min. However, when compared with cardboard and torito boxes, there was a significant difference in cooling time of 1.25 to 2 times the time obtained with wooden boxes. In the structural optimization of the EC-60 box (twelve 60 mm in diameter side orifices and 10% of effective opening area; material volume was reduced in 67.3% in relation to the project initial conditions. In compression tests, the box rupture occurred at loads between 5.4 kN and 8.1 kN, values 3 to 4 times heavier than the imposed project condition (2.0 kN. The computational simulation with optimization algorithms associated with cooling time experiments are promising resources to help in the box design for transporting products.

  19. Práticas contemporaneas de geocomputação aplicadas ao ambiente urbano digital Contemporary pratices in geocomputing applied to digital urban environment

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    Otávio Martins Peres

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available A dinâmica espaçotemporal urbana é um processo de difícil apreensão, pela elevada quanti-dade de fatores presentes na cidade e na paisagem que integra, pelas suas estreitas relações e diferentes escalas. Para esse enfrentamento, a ciência urbana demanda novas ferramentas que contemporaneamente ganham em rigor geoespacial, possibilidades representativas, e simulta-neamente passam a envolver a variável temporal. Associando conceitos e práticas da ciência do espaço, da modelagem urbana e dos sistemas computacionais, o objetivo do trabalho é trazer à tona um conjunto de instrumentos para abordar o ambiente urbano de modo digital, possibilitados a partir de recursos das geotecnologias. O trabalho apresenta aplicações de dife-rentes sistemas de informações geográficas (SIG no campo da ciência, dos serviços e para auxiliar no suporte à tomada de decisões. Da convergência entre as geotecnologias, das cida-des visuais e da geocomputação, ambientes urbanos do presente, passado e futuro podem ser virtualmente replicados em ambientes digitais, permitindo avanços nos campos analítico e experimental, e podem ser auxiliares na produção de conhecimento a respeito do fenômeno urbano.

  20. Microscopia confocal reflectante aplicada ao diagnóstico do melanoma cutâneo Reflectance confocal microscopy in the diagnosis of cutaneous melanoma

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    Cintia Rito

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available O melanoma cutâneo é um problema de saúde pública a nível mundial. Sua incidência tem aumentado, de forma marcante, nos últimos anos, e o diagnóstico e excisão precoces são essenciais para o bom prognóstico dos pacientes. Neste contexto, a dermatoscopia ganhou grande importância, nas últimas duas décadas, melhorando, de forma significativa, a acurácia do diagnóstico do melanoma, em estágios iniciais. Porém, existem algumas lesões benignas que apresentam dermatoscopia duvidosa, levando à realização de cirurgias desnecessárias. Mais recentemente, a microscopia confocal reflectante vem sendo introduzida como método diagnóstico auxiliar promissor, por ser um exame não-invasivo, realizado in vivo, de forma simples, indolor e de rápida execução. É a única técnica capaz de identificar estruturas celulares e examinar a epiderme e a derme papilar, com resolução semelhante à da histopatologia, com uma sensibilidade de 97,3%, e especificidade de 72,3% para o diagnóstico do melanoma cutâneo. É uma importante ferramenta diagnóstica, visto que não substitui o exame histopatológico realizado no pós-operatório, mas permite a abordagem racional das lesões com dermatoscopia duvidosa, evitando procedimentos cirúrgicos desnecessários.Skin melanoma is an international public health issue, with a considerable increase in frequency over the past few years. Early diagnosis and excision are essential for good patient prognosis. Over the past two decades dermoscopy has gained significance due to a major improvement in the accuracy of skin melanoma diagnosis in its early stage. However, there are some benign lesions of questionable dermoscopy, which may lead to the performance of unnecessary surgery. Recently, reflectance confocal microscopy has been introduced as a promising supplementary diagnostic method. It is a noninvasive, in vivo, simple, painless and quick exam. It is the only technique capable of identifying cellular structures and to examine the epidermis and papillary dermis with a resolution similar to that of histopathology, with a sensitivity of 97.3% and specificity of 72.3 % in the diagnosis of cutaneous melanoma. This is an important diagnostic tool, because it does not substitute post-surgical histopathological examination and allows for the rational assessment of lesions of questionable dermoscopy, thus avoiding unnecessary surgical procedures.

  1. Modelagem Hidrológica Estocástica Aplicada ao Rio Tocantins para a Cidade de Marabá-PA

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    Renata Kelen Cardoso Câmara

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    Full Text Available Resumo Estudos na área da hidrologia mostraram que podemos evitar desastres naturais através de previsões hidrológicas. Nesse trabalho foi utilizada a metodologia de Box-Jenkins de séries temporais multivariadas para previsão diária de nível fluviométrico do rio Tocantins para o município de Marabá-PA, que sofre anualmente com eventos de enchentes, ocasionado pelo aumento periódico do rio Tocantins e pela situação de vulnerabilidade da população que residem em áreas de riscos. Foram utilizados dados de níveis diários observados nas estações fluviométricas de Marabá e Carolina e Conceição do Araguaia da Agência Nacional de Águas (ANA, do período de 01/12/2008 a 31/03/2011. Evidenciou-se que o modelo ajustado conseguiu capturar a dinâmica das séries temporais, com bons prognósticos para o período de sete dias, com erro absoluto máximo de 0,08m, e com precisão na previsão acima de 99,00%. Assim, a pesquisa mostrou que o modelo de previsão teve um bom ajuste apresentando bons resultados, podendo ser utilizado como ferramentas de apoio para Defesa Civil, auxiliando no planejamento e preparo de ações preventivas para o município de Marabá.

  2. Avaliação multicritério aplicada ao planeamento e gestão de recursos hidrícos

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    Coelho, Rosa

    2014-01-01

    A natureza dos problemas sócio económicos e ambientais atuais não se ajusta a tomadas de decisão baseadas na utilização de um único indicador, uma dimensão, uma escala de análise, um objetivo e um horizonte temporal. As metodologias de avaliação multicritério constituem ferramentas poderosas para promover tomadas de decisão sustentadas quando advém a necessidade de serem analisadas várias alternativas e serem ponderados vários critérios. O planeamento e gestão de recursos ...

  3. Estrategias flexibilizadoras aplicadas por las empresas del sector avícola del estado Zulia

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    María Bonomie

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El artículo tiene como objetivo, analizar las estrategias flexibilizadoras aplicadas en el proceso productivo por las empresas del sector avícola, específicamente las empresas productoras de pollo del estado Zulia. Para tal fin, se describe el proceso productivo de estas empresas y además se identifican las estrategias aplicadas considerando los acontecimientos económicos influenciados por cambios políticos que en los últimos años han incidido en las empresas productoras de pollo. Se realizó una revisión bibliográfica para determinar los criterios de clasificación de las estrategias, asumiendo la establecida por Gamboa y col. (2001. Se diseñó un instrumento semiestructurado, el cual fue administrado a los gerentes y trabajadores de las empresas analizadas. Los resultados obtenidos reflejan, que las empresas utilizan las estrategias con la finalidad de reestructurar y modernizar sus procesos productivos, mejorar continuamente sus productos e introducir nueva tecnología. Se concluye que estas empresas logran incrementar la productividad, aumentando la cantidad de productos ante la utilización óptima de los recursos humanos y tecnológicos, optimización que implica una reducción de costos de producción para poder expandirse y ofrecer precios competitivos en el mercado.

  4. MagAO: Status and Science

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    Morzinski, Katie M; Males, Jared R; Hinz, Phil M; Esposito, Simone; Riccardi, Armando; Briguglio, Runa; Follette, Katherine B; Pinna, Enrico; Puglisi, Alfio; Vezilj, Jennifer; Xompero, Marco; Wu, Ya-Lin

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    "MagAO" is the adaptive optics instrument at the Magellan Clay telescope at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile. MagAO has a 585-actuator adaptive secondary mirror and 1000-Hz pyramid wavefront sensor, operating on natural guide stars from $R$-magnitudes of -1 to 15. MagAO has been in on-sky operation for 166 nights since installation in 2012. MagAO's unique capabilities are simultaneous imaging in the visible and infrared with VisAO and Clio, excellent performance at an excellent site, and a lean operations model. Science results from MagAO include the first ground-based CCD image of an exoplanet, demonstration of the first accreting protoplanets, discovery of a new wide-orbit exoplanet, and the first empirical bolometric luminosity of an exoplanet. We describe the status, report the AO performance, and summarize the science results. New developments reported here include color corrections on red guide stars for the wavefront sensor, a new field stop stage to facilitate VisAO imaging of extended sources; and eye...

  5. II SEMINARIO INTERNACIONAL EN CIENCIAS APLICADAS “Una mirada hacia la innovación y el desarrollo sostenible”

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    Diana Verónica Cortés-Espinosa; et. al.

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    INTRODUCCIÓN La Química, Biología y las Matemáticas son el pilar de las ciencias aplicadas. La investigación en el área básica se ve reflejada en el desarrollo de disciplinas como las ciencias de la salud, ingenierías y ciencias ambientales. De esta forma, la integración entre la investigación básica y las ciencias aplicadas es fundamental en el desarrollo del profesional moderno. Considerando lo anterior la Facultad de Ciencias Exactas Físicas y Naturales organiza el segundo seminario in...

  6. Sporadic Retinoblastoma and Parental Smoking and Alcohol Consumption before and after Conception: A Report from the Children’s Oncology Group

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    Azary, Saeedeh; Ganguly, Arupa; Bunin, Greta R.; Lombardi, Christina; Park, Andrew S.; Ritz, Beate; Heck, Julia E.

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    Background Retinoblastoma is the most frequent tumor of the eye in children and very little is known about the etiology of non-familial (sporadic) retinoblastoma. In this study we examined whether parental tobacco smoking or alcohol consumption (pre- or post-conception) contribute to the two phenotypes (bilateral or unilateral) of sporadic retinoblastoma. Methods Two large multicenter case-control studies identified 488 cases through eye referral centers in the United States and Canada or through the Children’s Oncology Group. Controls (n = 424) were selected from among friends and relatives of cases and matched by age. Risk factor information was obtained via telephone interview. We employed multivariable logistic regression to estimate the effects of parental tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption on retinoblastoma. Findings Maternal smoking before and during pregnancy contributed to unilateral retinoblastoma risk in the child: year before pregnancy conditional Odds Ratio (OR), 8.9; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.5–51, and unconditional OR, 2.4; 95% CI, 1.3–4.7; month before or during pregnancy, conditional OR, 3.3; 95% CI, 0.5–20.8, and unconditional OR, 2.8; 95% CI, 1.1–7.0. No association was found for maternal or paternal alcohol consumption. Conclusion The results of this study indicate that maternal active smoking during pregnancy may be a risk factor for sporadic retinoblastoma. Our study supports a role for tobacco exposures in embryonal tumors. PMID:26991078

  7. Spontaneously resolving periocular erythema and ciliary madarosis following intra-arterial chemotherapy for retinoblastoma

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    Marr Brian

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose and Design: To describe an unusual clinical finding seen in children undergoing intra-arterial chemotherapy for retinoblastoma. Materials and Methods: A retrospective review of 69 eyes of 63 patients receiving intra-arterial chemotherapy over a 3-year period. Charts and photographs of 69 consecutive cases were reviewed, and data were collected on patients with clinical evidence of a hyperemic cutaneous periocular abnormality following the procedure. Results: A blanching erythematous and edematous patch was noted in the periocular region in 16% (11 of 69 of the children who received intraarterial chemotherapy. The plaque extended into the region of the supertrochlear and medial marginal artery distribution on the ipsilateral side of the intra-arterial chemotherapy. All patches of erythema spontaneously resolved within 3 months following completion of the intra-arterial chemotherapy. Conclusion: Periocular erythema and swelling is a self-limited clinical finding associated with intra-arterial chemotherapy in a small number of patients.

  8. Custom ocular prosthesis in rehabilitation of a child operated for retinoblastoma.

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    Shah, Vinit; Yadav, Lakshya; Singh, Mayank; Kharbanda, Smriti

    2015-01-01

    A maxillofacial prosthodontist forms an important link in the interdisciplinary management of a patient with anopthalmosis. Prosthetic management of an anopthalmic defect aims to deliver a well-fitting ocular prosthesis that can mimic the original eye as closely as possible, and thus restoring the patient's self-confidence and thereby rehabilitating them in the society. The fabrication of a custom ocular prosthesis is a demanding art. This case report presents a simplified technique for the fabrication of a custom ocular prosthesis for a child who had lost his eye to enucleation following retinoblastoma. Early and effective rehabilitation of the defect goes a long way in restoring the self-image of a child in its early character building age. PMID:27390504

  9. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia as second primary tumor in a patient with retinoblastoma.

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    Ganguly, Anasua; Kaliki, Swathi; Mohammad, Faraz Ali; Mishra, Dilip K; Vanajakshi, S; Reddy, Vijay Anand

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    Second primary tumor (SPT) is defined as a second tumor that presents either simultaneously or after the diagnosis of an index tumor. Second primary malignancies are the leading cause of death in patients with heritable retinoblastoma (RB). Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), as SPT in RB patients, is extremely rare. To the best of our knowledge, only five cases of ALL as SPT in patients with RB has been documented in the literature. Herein, we report a case of a 6-year-old girl with bilateral RB, who developed ALL during the course of treatment of RB. This case highlights the importance of reviewing blood investigations regularly to diagnose leukemia as SPT in RB and also the necessity for proper counseling and lifelong follow-up in these patients. PMID:27433042

  10. Deregulated MAPK activity prevents adipocyte differentiation of fibroblasts lacking the retinoblastoma protein

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    Hansen, Jacob B; Petersen, Rasmus K; Jørgensen, Claus;

    2002-01-01

    A functional retinoblastoma protein (pRB) is required for adipose conversion of preadipocyte cell lines and primary mouse embryo fibroblasts (MEFs) in response to treatment with standard adipogenic inducers. Interestingly, lack of functional pRB in MEFs was recently linked to elevated Ras activity....../Akt are significantly increased in pRB-deficient MEFs both before and after the addition of adipogenic inducers. Consistently, we detected higher levels of activated Ras in MEFs lacking pRB. Suppression of ERK1/2 activation by the MEK inhibitor UO126 restored the ability of pRB-deficient MEFs to undergo adipocyte...... differentiation, as manifested by expression of adipocyte marker genes and lipid accumulation. Furthermore and reflecting the elevated levels of activated PKB/Akt in the pRB-deficient MEFs, differentiation proceeded in an insulin-independent manner. In conclusion, we suggest that pRB plays a pivotal role...

  11. Retinoblastoma protein co-purifies with proteasomal insulin-degrading enzyme: Implications for cell proliferation control

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    Radulescu, Razvan T., E-mail: ratura@gmx.net [Molecular Concepts Research (MCR), Muenster (Germany); Duckworth, William C. [Department of Medicine, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, AZ (United States); Levy, Jennifer L. [Research Service, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, AZ (United States); Fawcett, Janet, E-mail: janet.fawcett@va.gov [Research Service, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, AZ (United States)

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    Previous investigations on proteasomal preparations containing insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE; EC 3.4.24.56) have invariably yielded a co-purifying protein with a molecular weight of about 110 kDa. We have now found both in MCF-7 breast cancer and HepG2 hepatoma cells that this associated molecule is the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein (RB). Interestingly, the amount of RB in this protein complex seemed to be lower in HepG2 vs. MCF-7 cells, indicating a higher (cytoplasmic) protein turnover in the former vs. the latter cells. Moreover, immunofluorescence showed increased nuclear localization of RB in HepG2 vs. MCF-7 cells. Beyond these subtle differences between these distinct tumor cell types, our present study more generally suggests an interplay between RB and IDE within the proteasome that may have important growth-regulatory consequences.

  12. The retinoblastoma-interacting zinc-finger protein RIZ is a downstream effector of estrogen action

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    Abbondanza, Ciro; Medici, Nicola; Nigro, Vincenzo; Rossi, Valentina; Gallo, Luigi; Piluso, Giulio; Belsito, Angela; Roscigno, Annarita; Bontempo, Paola; Puca, Annibale A.; Molinari, Anna Maria; Moncharmont, Bruno; Puca, Giovanni A.

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    Co-immunoprecipitation experiments in cell extract from cultured cells or target tissues indicated that estrogen receptor was complexed with the retinoblastoma binding protein RIZ in a ligand-dependent manner. Mapping of interaction sites indicated that in both proteins the same regions and motifs responsible for the interaction of transcriptional co-activator and nuclear receptors were involved. In cultured cells, estradiol induced a redistribution of RIZ protein within the nucleus and in the cytoplasm. A similar effect was produced in vivo, in prepuberal rat endometrium, by administration of a physiological dose of estradiol. Therefore, RIZ protein could be a specific effector of estrogen action downstream of the hormone-receptor interaction, presumably involved in proliferation control. PMID:10706618

  13. Retinoblastoma protein functions as a molecular switch determining white versus brown adipocyte differentiation

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    Hansen, Jacob B; Jørgensen, Claus; Petersen, Rasmus K;

    2004-01-01

    fibroblasts (MEFs) and white preadipocytes by expression of simian virus 40 large T antigen results in the expression of the brown fat-specific uncoupling protein 1 (UCP-1) in the adipose state. Retinoblastoma gene-deficient (Rb-/-) MEFs and stem cells, but not the corresponding wild-type cells, differentiate...... into adipocytes with a gene expression pattern and mitochondria content resembling brown adipose tissue. pRB-deficient MEFs exhibit an increased expression of the Forkhead transcription factor Foxc2 and its target gene cAMP-dependent protein kinase regulatory subunit RIalpha, resulting in increased c...... at a developmental stage where both cell types begin to accumulate lipid and brown adipocytes express UCP-1. Furthermore, pRB rapidly undergoes phosphorylation upon cold-induced neodifferentiation and up-regulation of UCP-1 expression in brown adipose tissue. Finally, down-regulation of pRB expression accompanies...

  14. Detection of chromosome imbalances in retinoblastoma by parallel karyotype and CGH analyses.

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    Mairal, A; Pinglier, E; Gilbert, E; Peter, M; Validire, P; Desjardins, L; Doz, F; Aurias, A; Couturier, J

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    We have studied a series of 20 primary retinoblastomas by karyotypic analysis and comparative genomic hybridization (CGH), to perform an exhaustive evaluation of chromosome imbalances in this tumor. In addition, 4 tumors were studied by CGH only. On the whole, CGH results were largely in agreement with those of karyotypic analysis and with known cytogenetic data. The most frequent imbalances were +6p (13/24 cases), +1q (12/24), -16/-16q (11/24), and +2p (9/24). Recurrent high-level amplifications were observed in 2p23-25 and 1q21. Amplification of 2p23-25, present in 4 cases among which 3 showed double-minute chromosomes, was related to MYCN amplification, as demonstrated by FISH and PCR. No evident correlation was found in this small series between any of the imbalances identified and either the differentiation or the histoprognostic risk. PMID:10862045

  15. Combined, sequential intravenous and intra-arterial chemotherapy (bridge chemotherapy for young infants with retinoblastoma.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Intra-arterial (i.a. chemotherapy has more risks of procedural complications in neonates and young infants. For these reasons, we have developed a strategy of bridge intravenous single agent chemotherapy to postpone i.a. chemotherapy in these children PROCEDURE: Neonates and young infants with retinoblastoma who required chemotherapy were treated with systemic carboplatin chemotherapy (18.7 mg/kg i.v. every 3-4 weeks until they reached the age of 3 months and a weight of 6 Kg. If necessary, i.a. chemotherapy was subsequently performed at 4 weeks intervals. Efficacy was judged by tumor regression on ophthalmological examination. Retinal toxicity was judged by electroretinography. RESULTS: Eleven children (19 eyes were treated. All patients are alive and no patient has developed metastatic disease or second malignancies (mean follow-up 27 months, range 9-46 months. Intravenous carboplatin (median 2 cycles, range 1-5 combined with cryotherapy and laser was given to all children. This was effective for five eyes, which did not require i.a. chemotherapy. I.a. chemotherapy was administered to 14 eyes (median 3.5 cycles per eye, range 1 to 6. No radiation therapy was required. The Kaplan Meier estimate of ocular radiation-free survival was 94.7% at one year (95% confidence interval 68.1-99.2%. One eye was enucleated due to tumor progression. ERG showed no deterioration of retinal function. CONCLUSION: Bridge i.v.-i.a. chemotherapy was feasible and safe, and is a promising strategy to treat retinoblastoma in neonates and young infants.

  16. Placas de aço inoxidável 316L aplicadas no reparo de fratura experimental diafisária do rádio e ulna de cães

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    Brasil F.B.J.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do presente trabalho foi o de estudar a resistência à corrosão em placas de aço inoxidável 316L, com diferentes tipos de acabamento e tratamento superficial, e a possível interferência dessa reação corrosiva na consolidação óssea. Utilizaram-se placas semi-acabadas, polidas, tratadas com jatos de microesferas de vidro e passivadas, as quais foram aplicadas na epífise distal do rádio de cães. Foram utilizados 12 animais, divididos em dois grupos, nos quais, após osteotomia bilateral do rádio e ulna, foram realizadas osteossínteses do rádio, totalizando 24 procedimentos. Avaliou-se a evolução clínica e radiográfica das regiões que receberam os implantes aos 30, 60, 90, 180, 240 e 360 dias. Os animais do grupo 1 (GI foram sacrificados aos 180 dias e os do GII aos 360 dias para estudo histológico e de microscopia eletrônica de varredura do local da osteotomia sob a região dos implantes metálicos e para estudo da resistência à corrosão no organismo, pelos implantes metálicos, por meio de análises química e metalográfica (microscopia óptica e eletrônica de varredura e espectroscopia de espalhamento de energia por raios X. Os animais recuperaram a função dos membros operados 24 horas após a cirurgia. Radiograficamente, verificou-se a consolidação óssea em todos os animais. Macro e microscopicamente não foram observados sinais de corrosão nos implantes metálicos, exceto em uma placa passivada, aplicada no rádio esquerdo de um animal, na qual a corrosão foi detectada pela microscopia óptica e eletrônica de varredura. Este estudo permite concluir que as placas de aço inoxidável 316L, independente do acabamento superficial a que foram submetidas, não sofreram corrosão ou reações adversas e foram efetivas no tratamento das fraturas experimentais do rádio e ulna de cães.

  17. Estadística aplicada a la Geografía

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    Latasa Zaballos, Itxaro

    2012-01-01

    El curso está diseñado y escrito para estudiantes con nulo o muy bajo nivel de conocimiento en Estadística y que, además, se incorporan por vez primera al mundo de la Estadística aplicada a un ámbito de conocimiento, en este caso, la Geografía. El objetivo fundamental del curso no es que el estudiante llegue a manipular el mayor número posible de técnicas estadísticas sino que llegue a comprender cuál es el valor que tiene la Estadística cuando se quiere analizar determinados aspectos o probl...

  18. Estadística aplicada a la valoración : modelos multivariantes

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    Este manual presenta diferentes métodos y técnicas estadísticas desde un punto de vista práctico y aplicado al campo profesional de la Valoracion. Entre los modelos presentados se encuentran el análisis de regresión simple, el análisis de regresión múltiple, el análisis factorial o el análisis factorial sobre residuos Guijarro Martínez, F. (2013). Estadística aplicada a la valoración : modelos multivariantes. Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València. http://hdl.handle.net/10251/33054....

  19. Ciencia básica y ciencia aplicada Basic science and applied science

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    2001-01-01

    En el contexto de una intervención en el Foro de Consulta Democrática de la Coordinación de los Institutos Nacionales de Salud sobre Enseñanza e Investigación en Salud, realizado en el Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez, se hace una revisión crítica de la clasificación convencional de la ciencia en básica y aplicada; además, se analiza lo que deberían ser la enseñanza y la investigación en salud. Para apoyar su propia clasificación de la ciencia en "bien hecha", la cual "genera ...

  20. Mineralogía aplicada para la pequeña minería

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    Castroviejo Bolibar, Ricardo; Berrezueta, Edgar

    2003-01-01

    La pequeña minería puede beneficiarse de una forma muy directa de los recientes avances en el campo de la mineralogía aplicada y técnicas relacionadas. La definición tipológica y la modelización de yacimientos han alcanzado tal nivel que pueden permitir derivar conclusiones de alcance práctico, para exploración o incluso para la consecución de créditos, con estudios petrológicos y mineralógicos relativamente sencillos y baratos. Igualmente la aplicación rigurosa de técnicas como el análisis d...

  1. Characterizing the Retinoblastoma 1 Locus: a plethora of putative elements for Rb1 regulation by in silico analysis

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    Mohammadreza eHajjari

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Limited understanding of the Rb1 locus hinders genetic and epigenetic analyses of Retinoblastoma, a childhood cancer of the nervous systems. In this study, we used in silico tools to investigate and review putative genetic and epigenetic elements of the Rb1 gene. We report transcription start sites, CpG islands, and regulatory moieties that are likely to influence transcriptional states of this gene. These might contribute genetic and epigenetic information modulating tissue-specific transcripts and expression levels of the Rb1 gene. The elements we identified include tandem repeats that reside within or next to some identified putative CpG islands near Rb1’s transcriptional start site, and that are likely to be polymorphic among individuals. Our analyses highlight the complexity of this gene and suggest opportunities and limitations for future studies of retinoblastoma, genetic counseling, and the accurate identification of patients at greater risk of developing the malignancy.

  2. Imaging of eye tumor in the mouse model of retinoblastoma with spectral-domain optical coherence tomography

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    Jiao, Shuliang; Ruggeri, Marco; Wehbe, Hassan; Gregory, Giovanni; Jockovich, Maria E.; Hackam, Abigail; Puliafito, Carmen A.

    2007-02-01

    Noninvasive in vivo examination of the rodent retina without sacrificing the animal is the key to being able to perform longitudinal studies. This allows the monitoring of disease progression and the response to therapies through its entire course in individual animal. A high-speed high resolution three-dimensional spectral-domain OCT is built for non-contact in vivo imaging of rodent retina. The system is able to acquire high quality 3D images of the rodent retina in 2.7 seconds (total imaging time is ~5 minutes). The system was tested on mice with normal retina (B6/SJLF2), mouse model for photoreceptor degeneration (Rho -/-), and mouse model for retinoblastoma (LH BETAT AG). For the first time to our knowledge, 3D image of the tumor in retinoblastoma mouse model was successfully imaged in vivo. By segmenting the tumor boundaries in each frame of the OCT image the volume of the tumor was successfully calculated.

  3. Transcriptional regulatory program in wild-type and retinoblastoma gene-deficient mouse embryonic fibroblasts during adipocyte differentiation

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    Hakim-Weber, Robab; Krogsdam, Anne-M; Jørgensen, Claus;

    2011-01-01

    Although many molecular regulators of adipogenesis have been identified a comprehensive catalogue of components is still missing. Recent studies showed that the retinoblastoma protein (pRb) was expressed in the cell cycle and late cellular differentiation phase during adipogenesis. To investigate...... genes for pharmacological intervention and ultimately remodeling of white adipose tissue into brown adipose tissue....... this dual role of pRb in the early and late stages of adipogenesis we used microarrays to perform a comprehensive systems-level analysis of the common transcriptional program of the classic 3T3-L1 preadipocyte cell line, wild-type mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs), and retinoblastoma gene-deficient MEFs...... (Rb-/- MEFs). FINDINGS: Comparative analysis of the expression profiles of 3T3-L1 cells and wild-type MEFs revealed genes involved specifically in early regulation of the adipocyte differentiation as well as secreted factors and signaling molecules regulating the later phase of differentiation...

  4. Modelagem molecular aplicada ao desenvolvimento de moléculas com atividade antioxidante visando ao uso cosmético Molecular modeling applied to the development of molecules with antioxidant activity for cosmetic use

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    Luciana Scotti; Marcus Tullius Scotti; Carmen Cardoso; Patrícia Pauletti; Ian Castro-Gamboa; Vanderlan da Silva Bolzani; Maria Valéria Robles Velasco; Carla Maria de Souza Menezes; Elizabeth Igne Ferreira

    2007-01-01

    Várias hipóteses e constantes estudos são realizados com o intuito de elucidar o envelhecimento cutâneo. Para prevenir e contornar este processo torna-se necessário reforçar nossas defesas naturais antioxidantes endógenas. Diversas substâncias antioxidantes exógenas, como vitaminas, extratos vegetais, dentre outras, são utilizadas pela Cosmetologia nos produtos antienvelhecimento. O objetivo deste artigo é apresentar de que forma a Modelagem Molecular pode ser uma ferramenta útil na pesquisa ...

  5. Modelagem molecular aplicada ao desenvolvimento de moléculas com atividade antioxidante visando ao uso cosmético Molecular modeling applied to the development of molecules with antioxidant activity for cosmetic use

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    Luciana Scotti

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Várias hipóteses e constantes estudos são realizados com o intuito de elucidar o envelhecimento cutâneo. Para prevenir e contornar este processo torna-se necessário reforçar nossas defesas naturais antioxidantes endógenas. Diversas substâncias antioxidantes exógenas, como vitaminas, extratos vegetais, dentre outras, são utilizadas pela Cosmetologia nos produtos antienvelhecimento. O objetivo deste artigo é apresentar de que forma a Modelagem Molecular pode ser uma ferramenta útil na pesquisa por novas substâncias cosméticas antioxidantes para combater o envelhecimento cutâneo.Some hypotheses and constants studies are made with intention to elucidate the aging process. To prevent and to attenuate the cutaneous aging it becomes necessary to strengthen our endogenous antioxidant natural defenses. Diverse exogenous antioxidant substances, as vitamins, vegetal extracts and others, have been used by the Cosmetology in antiaging products. The objective of this paper is to show how the Molecular Modeling can be an useful tool in the research for new antioxidant cosmetic substances to face the cutaneous aging.

  6. Expression and state of phosphorylation of the retinoblastoma susceptibility gene product in cycling and noncycling human hematopoietic cells.

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    Furukawa, Y.; DeCaprio, J A; Freedman, A.; Kanakura, Y.; Nakamura, M.; Ernst, T J; Livingston, D M; Griffin, J D

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    The product of the retinoblastoma susceptibility gene RB1 (Rb) is likely to function as an inhibitor of cell growth. Previous studies have suggested that certain growth-suppressing effects of Rb are exerted in G0/G1 phase and that phosphorylation can inactivate these functions. We tested this hypothesis by examining the expression and state of phosphorylation of Rb in several lineages of primary hematopoietic cells that spontaneously arrest in G0 phase. Resting lymphocytes were found to expre...

  7. The retinoblastoma-susceptibility gene product becomes phosphorylated in multiple stages during cell cycle entry and progression.

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    DeCaprio, J A; Furukawa, Y.; Ajchenbaum, F; Griffin, J D; Livingston, D M

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    The retinoblastoma-susceptibility gene product (RB) undergoes cell cycle-dependent phosphorylation and dephosphorylation. We characterized RB phosphorylation after mitogenic stimulation of primary human T lymphocytes, initially arrested in the G0 state. RB is phosphorylated in at least three steps when T cells are driven into the cell cycle. The first event occurs during mid G1 phase, the second during S phase, and the third in G2/M. Tryptic phosphopeptide mapping indicates that the different...

  8. Experimental Model to Study the Role of Retinoblastoma Gene Product (pRb) for Determination of Adipocyte Differentiation.

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    Popov, B V; Shilo, P S; Zhidkova, O V; Zaichik, A M; Petrov, N S

    2015-06-01

    Using stable constitutive expression of retinoblastoma gene product (pRb) in polypotent mesenchymal 10T1/2 cells we obtained stable cell lines hyperexpressing functionally active or inactive mutant pRb. The cells producing active exogenous pRb demonstrated high sensitivity to adipocyte differentiation inductors, whereas production of inactive form of the exogenous protein suppressed adipocyte differentiation. The obtained lines can serve as the experimental model for studying the role of pRb in determination of adipocyte differentiation.

  9. Evaluation of SD-208, a TGF-β-RI Kinase Inhibitor, as an Anticancer Agent in Retinoblastoma.

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    Fadakar, Puran; Akbari, Abolfazl; Ghassemi, Fariba; Mobini, Gholam Reza; Mohebi, Masoumeh; Bolhassani, Manzar; Abed Khojasteh, Hoda; Heidari, Mansour

    2016-06-01

    Retinoblastoma is the most common intraocular tumor in children resulting from genetic alterations and transformation of mature retinal cells. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of SD-208, TGF-β-RI kinase inhibitor, on the expression of some miRNAs including a miR-17/92 cluster in retinoblastoma cells. Prior to initiate this work, the cell proliferation was studied by Methyl Thiazolyl Tetrazolium (MTT) and bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU) assays. Then, the expression patterns of four miRNAs (18a, 20a, 22, and 34a) were investigated in the treated SD-208 (0.0, 1, 2 and 3 µM) and untreated Y-79 cells. A remarkable inhibition of the cell proliferation was found in Y-79 cells treated with SD-208 versus untreated cells. Also, the expression changes were observed in miRNAs 18a, 20a, 22 and 34a in response to SD-208 treatment (Pretinoblastoma cell line. To the best of the researchers' knowledge, this is the first report demonstrating that the SD-208 could alter the expression of tumor suppressive miRNAs as well as oncomiRs in vitro. In conclusion, the present data suggest that SD-208 could be an alternative agent in retinoblastoma treatment. PMID:27306340

  10. Inhibition of retinoblastoma mRNA degradation through Poly (A involved in the neuroprotective effect of berberine against cerebral ischemia.

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    Yu-Shuang Chai

    Full Text Available Berberine is one kind of isoquinoline alkaloid with anti-apoptotic effects on the neurons suffering ischemia. To address the explanation for these activities, the berberine-induced cell cycle arrest during neurons suffering ischemia/reperfusion had been studied in the present study. According to the in vitro neurons with oxygen-glucose deprivation and in vivo ICR mice with cerebral ischemia/reperfusion, it was found that berberine could protect the mRNA of retinoblastoma (Rb from degradation through its function on the poly(A tail. The prolonged half-life of retinoblastoma 1 (gene of Rb, RB1 mRNA level secures the protein level of retinoblastoma, which facilitates cell cycle arrest of neurons in the process of ischemia/reperfusion and subsequently avoids cells entering in the apoptotic process. The poly(A tail of RB1 mRNA, as a newly identified target of berberine, could help people focus on the interaction between berberine and mRNA to further understand the biological activities and functions of berberine.

  11. Effects of shRNA Targeting Survivin on Apoptosis of Human Retinoblastoma Cell Line Hxo-rb44 in vitro

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    WANG Guojun; HU Yanhua; LI Pengcheng

    2006-01-01

    In order to construct a recombinant plasmid containing short hairpin RNA (shRNA) targeting survivin and to investigate its effect on survivin expression and cell apoptosis of human retinoblastoma cell line Hxo-rb44 in vitro, RNA interference plasmid pSIRENS that can express shRNA of survivin was designed, constructed, and transfected into human retinoblastoma cell line Hxo-rb44.Survivin and c-Myc expression was detected by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and Western blot. Apoptosis of Hxo-rb44 cells was assayed by Honchest33258 staining and cell growth curve was drawn. The results showed that the oligonucleotide targeting survivin was identified in pSIRENS plasmid. After pSIRENS plasmid transfected, survivin and c-Myc expression in Hxo-rb44 cells was decreased significantly. Apoptotic rate of cells was up-regulated from (3.5±1.29) % to (36.1±19.66) %. The proliferation ability of Hxo-rb44 cells was inhibited. No significant effects on survivin expression and apoptosis of the cells were found when negative control plasmid was transfected. In conclusion, the plasmid containing shRNA targeting survivin was constructed successfully. It could inhibit efficiently the expression of survivin and c-Myc in human retinoblastoma cell Hxo-rb44 in vitro. The inhibition of the expression of c-Myc might be involved in the apoptosis of Hxo-rb44 cells.

  12. Cdh11 acts as a tumor suppressor in a murine retinoblastoma model by facilitating tumor cell death.

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    Mellone N Marchong

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available CDH11 gene copy number and expression are frequently lost in human retinoblastomas and in retinoblastomas arising in TAg-RB mice. To determine the effect of Cdh11 loss in tumorigenesis, we crossed Cdh11 null mice with TAg-RB mice. Loss of Cdh11 had no gross morphological effect on the developing retina of Cdh11 knockout mice, but led to larger retinal volumes in mice crossed with TAg-RB mice (p = 0.01. Mice null for Cdh11 presented with fewer TAg-positive cells at postnatal day 8 (PND8 (p = 0.01 and had fewer multifocal tumors at PND28 (p = 0.016, compared to mice with normal Cdh11 alleles. However, tumor growth was faster in Cdh11-null mice between PND8 and PND84 (p = 0.003. In tumors of Cdh11-null mice, cell death was decreased 5- to 10-fold (p<0.03 for all markers, while proliferation in vivo remained unaffected (p = 0.121. Activated caspase-3 was significantly decreased and beta-catenin expression increased in Cdh11 knockdown experiments in vitro. These data suggest that Cdh11 displays tumor suppressor properties in vivo and in vitro in murine retinoblastoma through promotion of cell death.

  13. Glycosaminoglycans in human retinoblastoma cells: Heparan sulfate, a modulator of the pigment epithelium-derived factor-receptor interactions

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    Alberdi, Elena M; Weldon, John E; Becerra, S Patricia

    2003-01-01

    Background Pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) has binding affinity for cell-surface receptors in retinoblastoma cells and for glycosaminoglycans. We investigated the effects of glycosaminoglycans on PEDF-receptor interactions. Results 125I-PEDF formed complexes with protease-resistant components of medium conditioned by human retinoblastoma Y-79 cells. Using specific glycosaminoglycan degrading enzymes in spectrophotometric assays and PEDF-affinity chromatography, we detected heparin and heparan sulfate-like glycosaminoglycans in the Y-79 conditioned media, which had binding affinity for PEDF. The Y-79 conditioned media significantly enhanced the binding of 125I-PEDF to Y-79 cell-surface receptors. However, enzymatic and chemical depletion of sulfated glycosaminoglycans from the Y-79 cell cultures by heparitinase and chlorate treatments decreased the degree of 125I-PEDF binding to cell-surface receptors. Conclusions These data indicate that retinoblastoma cells secrete heparin/heparan sulfate with binding affinity for PEDF, which may be important in efficient cell-surface receptor binding. PMID:12625842

  14. Estudos recentes em Linguística Aplicada no Brasil a respeito de livros didáticos de língua estrangeira A review of recent studies on foreign language coursebooks in Applied Linguistics in Brazil

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    Renato Caixeta da Silva

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho focaliza pesquisas brasileiras sobre livros didáticos (LD de língua estrangeira em Linguística Aplicada. Considera-se o lugar ocupado na área por pesquisas sobre material didático para o ensino de línguas estrangeiras (Coracini, 1999; Fracalanza; Santoro, 1989; Moita Lopes, 1999; dentre outros, e é apresentado um panorama das pesquisas em Linguística Aplicada no Brasil envolvendo o LD de línguas estrangeiras no período de 1998 a 2008, mostrando os temas enfocados mais recentemente nestas pesquisas. Para tal, foram consultadas páginas da internet dos programas de pós-graduação em Linguística Aplicada, Estudos da Linguagem ou Línguas Estrangeiras de universidades brasileiras, bem como revistas especializadas na área, e, por fim, foi considerada a realização do I SILID e II SILID/ISIMAR na PUC-Rio, eventos específicos sobre o LD de línguas. Ao final, são apresentados novos temas e tendências de pesquisas, as implicações de investigações envolvendo LD de línguas estrangeiras e a necessidade de diálogos entre pesquisadores e professores (Kramsch, 1995; Coracini, 1999.The focus of this paper is foreign language coursebook studies in Applied Linguistics in Brazil. The role such research plays in the field is considered. (Coracini, 1999; Fracalanza; Santoro, 1989; Moita Lopes, 1999; among others and an overview of Brazilian studies developed between 1998-2008 is outlined, in an attempt to show the most recent focused themes. In order to do that some websites of Graduate Programs in Applied Linguistics, Language Studies and Foreign Language at Brazilian universities were accessed as well as some journals in the field, and also two specific events on language coursebooks were considered - I SILID and II SILID / I SIMAR at PUC-Rio. We conclude by suggesting new themes and trends for future studies and the need for dialogue between researchers and teachers (Kramsch, 1995; Coracini, 1999

  15. Desenvolvimento de habilidades informacionais: um estudo das atividades de educação de usuários aplicadas na Biblioteca do Colégio Israelita

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    Regina Dioga Pelissaro

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    Full Text Available Introdução: Para atingir a competência informacional é preciso aprender habilidades de busca e uso da informação, que devem começar a ser desenvolvidas desde cedo através das atividades de educação de usuários aplicadas nas bibliotecas escolares. Avaliar as ações de educação de usuários é válido para constatar se as crianças internalizam os conhecimentos que lhes são repassados.Objetivo: Analisar a relação das habilidades desenvolvidas pelas crianças de 1º ano do Ensino Fundamental do Colégio Israelita de Porto Alegre/RS, com as habilidades propostas pela autora Kuhlthau para a fase I, 1ª etapa, correspondente à idade dos quatro aos seis anos. Metodologia: Os dados foram coletados por observação e grupo focal e foram analisados qualitativamente. Resultados: Os resultados indicam que as crianças possuem a maioria das habilidades propostas pela autora e aquelas que não estão completamente desenvolvidas podem ser melhoradas através das atividades propostas neste estudo e, outras, no final do ano, quando completarem a alfabetização.Conclusões: O estudo considera as avaliações essenciais, pois através delas se constata se os alunos adquiriram as habilidades praticadas nas ações de educação de usuários.

  16. CT and MRI diagnosis of retinoblastoma%视网膜母细胞瘤的CT与MRI诊断

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    张德翻; 郑文龙; 吴爱琴

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To investigate and compare the value of imaging diagnosis of retinoblastoma. Methods: 16 cases of retinoblastoma were collected in the study. There were 11 cases with CT examination, 4 cases with MRI examination, 1 case with CT and MRI examination. The signs of imaging were retrospectively analyzed. Results: CT signs of retinoblastoma mainly demonstrated soft tissue mass with fleck or plaque calcification on posterior part of the eye ring. The rate of calcification of tumors was 92. 9 % ( 13/14). MRI signs mainly appeared soft tissue mass in the eye ring, some cases with lower signal calcifications in the mass, which the rate of calcification was only 40 % ( 2/5) . But MRI was better to display the adjacent lesion of eye ring. Conclusion : CT was superior to other imaging methods in diagnosis of retinoblastoma , calcification within the mass can be considered qualitative diagnosis of retinoblastoma. Imaging examinarion is important in choice of clinical therapy planning and judgmem of prognosis.%目的:探讨CT与MRI对视网膜母细胞瘤的诊断价值.方法:16例视网膜母细胞瘤,11例行CT检查,4例行MRI检查,1例同时行CT和MRI检查.回顾性分析其影像学征像.结果:视网膜母细胞瘤的CT征象主要表现为眼环后份或以后份为主的软组织肿块,伴有斑点及斑块状钙化,钙化显示率达92.9%(13/14).MRI主要表现为眼环内软组织信号肿块,部分病例肿块内可见更低信号影,钙化显示率仅40%(2/5),但MRI对肿瘤侵犯周围结构较敏感.结论:CT与MRI对视网膜母细胞瘤的诊断价值,以CT较具优势,肿块内钙化可以认为是视网膜母细胞瘤定性诊断依据.影像学检查对于临床确定治疗方案和判断预后具有重要临床价值.

  17. A Rapid and Sensitive Next-Generation Sequencing Method to Detect RB1 Mutations Improves Care for Retinoblastoma Patients and Their Families.

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    Li, Wenhui L; Buckley, Jonathan; Sanchez-Lara, Pedro A; Maglinte, Dennis T; Viduetsky, Lucy; Tatarinova, Tatiana V; Aparicio, Jennifer G; Kim, Jonathan W; Au, Margaret; Ostrow, Dejerianne; Lee, Thomas C; O'Gorman, Maurice; Judkins, Alexander; Cobrinik, David; Triche, Timothy J

    2016-07-01

    Retinoblastoma is a childhood eye malignancy that can lead to the loss of vision, eye(s), and sometimes life. The tumors are initiated by inactivating mutations in both alleles of the tumor-suppressor gene, RB1, or, rarely, by MYCN amplification. Timely identification of a germline RB1 mutation in blood samples or either somatic RB1 mutation or MYCN amplification in tumors is important for effective care and management of retinoblastoma patients and their families. However, current procedures to thoroughly test RB1 mutations are complicated and lengthy. Herein, we report a next-generation sequencing-based method capable of detecting point mutations, small indels, and large deletions or duplications across the entire RB1 gene and amplification of MYCN gene on a single platform. From DNA extraction to clinical interpretation requires only 3 days, enabling early molecular diagnosis of retinoblastoma and optimal treatment outcomes. This method can also detect low-level mosaic mutations in blood samples that can be missed by routine Sanger sequencing. In addition, it can differentiate between RB1 mutation- and MYCN amplification-driven retinoblastomas. This rapid, comprehensive, and sensitive method for detecting RB1 mutations and MYCN amplification can readily identify RB1 mutation carriers and thus improve the management and genetic counseling for retinoblastoma patients and their families. PMID:27155049

  18. Crescimento de tangerinas 'Ponkan' em plantas submetidas ao raleio químico

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    Maria do Céu Monteiro da Cruz

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Pesquisas comprovam que a relação entre o número de frutos e seu tamanho influencia o rendimento da produção e a qualidade dos frutos. Este trabalho foi conduzido com o objetivo de avaliar o desenvolvimento de tangerinas 'Ponkan', produzidas em plantas enxertadas sobre limoeiro 'Cravo', submetidas ao raleio químico com a aplicação de ethephon. As plantas foram pulverizadas com cinco concentrações de ethephon (0, 150, 300, 450, 600 mg L-1, aplicadas em dois estádios de desenvolvimento dos frutos (30 e 40 mm de diâmetro transversal. Em cada planta, foram selecionados quatro ramos, localizados nos quatro quadrantes, com apenas uma fruta, para avaliar seu desenvolvimento por meio do diâmetro transversal. O raleio químico com a aplicação de ethephon favoreceu a obtenção de tangerinas com maior tamanho. As concentrações a partir de 300 mg L-1 de ethephon foram as mais adequadas para promover o raleio da tangerina 'Ponkan', nas condições estudadas. O raleio realizado no estádio de 40 mm proporcionou a obtenção de frutos de maiores diâmetros.

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

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    2001-01-01

    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}.

  20. 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...

  1. 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

    2014-08-01

    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.

  2. Lingüística aplicada e o ensino de línguas estrangeiras no Brasil

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    John Robert Schmitz

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    Procura-se neste trabalho apresentar um esboço de Lingüística Aplicada e o Ensino de Línguas Estrangeiras no mundo e também no Brasil. Conclui-se que a disciplina está em pleno desenvolvimento com contribuições pertinentes para o ensino e aprendizagem de línguas, além de outras áreas de conhecimento tais como língua pátria, ensino bilíngüe, tradução, alfabetização e letramento. Destaca-se no artigo o estado da arte em Lingüística Aplicada no Brasil que atinge no momento, especialmente no campo de ensino de línguas estrangeiras, a sua maturidade após vinte anos de atividade.

  3. Prediction and Analysis of Retinoblastoma Related Genes through Gene Ontology and KEGG

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    Zhen Li

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available One of the most important and challenging problems in biomedicine is how to predict the cancer related genes. Retinoblastoma (RB is the most common primary intraocular malignancy usually occurring in childhood. Early detection of RB could reduce the morbidity and promote the probability of disease-free survival. Therefore, it is of great importance to identify RB genes. In this study, we developed a computational method to predict RB related genes based on Dagging, with the maximum relevance minimum redundancy (mRMR method followed by incremental feature selection (IFS. 119 RB genes were compiled from two previous RB related studies, while 5,500 non-RB genes were randomly selected from Ensemble genes. Ten datasets were constructed based on all these RB and non-RB genes. Each gene was encoded with a 13,126-dimensional vector including 12,887 Gene Ontology enrichment scores and 239 KEGG enrichment scores. Finally, an optimal feature set including 1061 GO terms and 8 KEGG pathways was obtained. Analysis showed that these features were closely related to RB. It is anticipated that the method can be applied to predict the other cancer related genes as well.

  4. Curcumin exerts antitumor effects in retinoblastoma cells by regulating the JNK and p38 MAPK pathways.

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    Yu, Xiaoming; Zhong, Jingtao; Yan, Li; Li, Jie; Wang, Hui; Wen, Yan; Zhao, Yu

    2016-09-01

    Curcumin, a naturally occurring polyphenolic compound present in turmeric (Curcuma longa), exerts antitumor effects in various types of malignancy. However, the precise mechanisms responsible for the effects of curcumin on retinoblastoma (RB) cells have not been fully explored. In the present study, the molecular mechanisms by which curcumin exerts its anticancer effects in RB Y79 cells were investigated. The results showed that curcumin reduced cell viability in Y79 cells. Curcumin induced G1 phase arrest through downregulating the expression of cyclin D3 and cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK)2/6 and upregulating the expression of CDK inhibitor proteins p21 and p27. Curcumin-induced apoptosis of Y79 cells occurred through the activation of caspases-9/-3. Moreover, flow cytometric analysis showed that curcumin induced mitochondrial membrane potential (∆Ψm) collapse in Y79 cells. We also found that curcumin induced the phosphorylation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK). JNK and p38 MAPK inhibitors significantly suppressed curcumin‑induced activation of caspases-9/-3 and inhibited the apoptosis of Y79 cells. Taken together, our results suggest that curcumin induced the apoptosis of Y79 cells through the activation of JNK and p38 MAPK pathways. These findings provide a novel treatment strategy for human RB. PMID:27432244

  5. Effects of miR-26a on the expression of Beclin 1 in retinoblastoma cells.

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    Li, M; Chen, X M; Wang, D M; Gan, L; Qiao, Y

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of miR-26a on Beclin 1 expression in retinoblastoma (RB) cell lines (Y79 and WERi-RB-1). RB cells were transfected with miR-26a mimic, antagomir-26a, or control mimic. The Beclin 1 mRNA and protein levels were detected by quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot, respectively. The activity of Beclin 1 3ꞌ-UTR reporter gene was detected with the luciferase assay. After transfection with miR-26a mimic, Beclin 1 mRNA and protein levels as well as the activity of the 3'-UTR reporter gene decreased. However, all were increased upon inhibition of miR-26a with antagomir-26a. Beclin 1 is the target of miR-26a in human RB cell lines Y79 and WERi-RB-1, and miR-26a inhibits the expression of Beclin 1 by reducing its mRNA and protein levels. PMID:27421000

  6. Nutlin-3 down-regulates retinoblastoma protein expression and inhibits muscle cell differentiation

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    The p53 tumor suppressor gene plays a critical role in regulation of proliferation, cell death and differentiation. The MDM2 oncoprotein is a major negative regulator for p53 by binding to and targeting p53 for proteasome-mediated degradation. The small molecule inhibitor, nutlin-3, disrupts MDM2-p53 interaction resulting in stabilization and activation of p53 protein. We have previously shown that nutlin-3 activates p53, leading to MDM2 accumulation as concomitant of reduced retinoblastoma (Rb) protein stability. It is well known that Rb is important in muscle development and myoblast differentiation and that rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), or cancer of the skeletal muscle, typically harbors MDM2 amplification. In this study, we show that nutlin-3 inhibited myoblast proliferation and effectively prevented myoblast differentiation, as evidenced by lack of expression of muscle differentiation markers including myogenin and myosin heavy chain (MyHC), as well as a failure to form multinucleated myotubes, which were associated with dramatic increases in MDM2 expression and decrease in Rb protein levels. These results indicate that nutlin-3 can effectively inhibit muscle cell differentiation. - Highlights: • Nutlin-3 inhibits myoblast proliferation and prevents differentiation into myotubes. • Nutlin-3 increases MDM2 expression and down-regulates Rb protein levels. • This study has implication in nutlin-3 treatment of rhabdomyosarcomas

  7. Structural insights into the mechanism of phosphoregulation of the retinoblastoma protein.

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    Ekaterina P Lamber

    Full Text Available The retinoblastoma susceptibility protein RB1 is a key regulator of cell proliferation and fate. RB1 operates through nucleating the formation of multi-component protein complexes involved in the regulation of gene transcription, chromatin structure and protein stability. Phosphorylation of RB1 by cyclin-dependent kinases leads to conformational alterations and inactivates the capability of RB1 to bind partner protein. Using small angle X-ray scattering in combination with single particle analysis of transmission electron microscope images of negative-stained material we present the first three-dimensional reconstruction of non-phosphorylated RB1 revealing an extended architecture and deduce the domain arrangement within the molecule. Phosphorylation results in an overt alteration of the molecular shape and dimensions, consistent with the transition to a compact globular architecture. The work presented provides what is to our knowledge the first description of the relative domain arrangement in active RB1 and predicts the molecular movement that leads to RB1 inactivation following protein phosphorylation.

  8. Spontaneous squamous cell carcinoma induced by the somatic inactivation of retinoblastoma and Trp53 tumor suppressors.

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    Martínez-Cruz, Ana Belén; Santos, Mirentxu; Lara, M Fernanda; Segrelles, Carmen; Ruiz, Sergio; Moral, Marta; Lorz, Corina; García-Escudero, Ramón; Paramio, Jesús M

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    Squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) represent the most aggressive type of nonmelanoma skin cancer. Although little is known about the causal alterations of SCCs, in organ-transplanted patients the E7 and E6 oncogenes of human papillomavirus, targeting the p53- and pRb-dependent pathways, have been widely involved. Here, we report the functional consequences of the simultaneous elimination of Trp53 and retinoblastoma (Rb) genes in epidermis using Cre-loxP system. Loss of p53, but not pRb, produces spontaneous tumor development, indicating that p53 is the predominant tumor suppressor acting in mouse epidermis. Although the simultaneous inactivation of pRb and p53 does not aggravate the phenotype observed in Rb-deficient epidermis in terms of proliferation and/or differentiation, spontaneous SCC development is severely accelerated in doubly deficient mice. The tumors are aggressive and undifferentiated and display a hair follicle origin. Detailed analysis indicates that the acceleration is mediated by premature activation of the epidermal growth factor receptor/Akt pathway, resulting in increased proliferation in normal and dysplastic hair follicles and augmented tumor angiogenesis. The molecular characteristics of this model provide valuable tools to understand epidermal tumor formation and may ultimately contribute to the development of therapies for the treatment of aggressive squamous cancer. PMID:18245467

  9. Inhibition of E2F-1 transactivation by direct binding of the retinoblastoma protein

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    Helin, K; Harlow, E; Fattaey, A

    1993-01-01

    Loss of a functional retinoblastoma tumor suppressor gene product, pRB, is a key step in the development of many human tumors. pRB is a negative regulator of cell proliferation and appears to participate in control of entry into the S phase of the cell cycle. The recent demonstration that pRB binds...... to transcription factor E2F has provided a model for the mechanism of pRB-mediated growth regulation. Since adenovirus E1A proteins dissociate the pRB-E2F complexes and stimulate E2F-dependent transcription, it has been suggested that pRB inhibits E2F transactivation. Although some evidence for this hypothesis has...... been provided, it has not been possible to determine the mechanism of pRB-mediated inhibition of E2F transactivation. In this study, we constructed mutants of E2F-1 that do not bind to pRB yet retain the ability to transactivate the adenovirus E2 promoter through E2F DNA-binding sites. We demonstrated...

  10. Expression of altered retinoblastoma protein inversely correlates with tumor invasion in gastric carcinoma

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    Nan-Hua Chou; Hui-Chun Chen; Nan-Song Chou; Ping-I Hsu; Hui-Hwa Tseng

    2006-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the clinical and pathological significance of altered retinoblastoma (Rb) encoding protein (pRb) in gastric carcinoma.METHODS: Expression of altered pRb was analyzed in 91 patients with gastric adenocarcinoma by immunohistochemistry.RESULTS: Sixty-five percent (59/91) of the tumors were positively stained and the staining in tumor nuclei of gastric carcinoma ranged 0%-90%. Moreover, strong expression of altered pRb was found in 35% (6/17),24% (5/21), 17% (8/46) and 0% (0/7) of T1, T2, T3 and T4 gastric carcinomas, respectively. Altered pRb expression was inversely correlated with the depth of tumor invasion (P = 0.047). Degree of immunoreactivity had no significant correlation with tumor grade, node metastasis and distant metastasis. In terms of prognostic significance, univariate analysis showed that poor differentiation [41 (66.1%) vs 34 (42.5%) P = 0.051],advanced tumor stage (P < 0.001) and weakly altered pRb expression [17 (80.5%) vs 58 (49.6%) P = 0.044]were associated with worse prognosis in these patients.However, multivariate analysis revealed that advanced tumor stage was the only independent poor prognostic factor (P < 0.001).CONCLUSION: The mutation of Rb gene is frequent in gastric carcinoma. The expression of altered pRb inversely correlates with tumor invasion and is not an independent prognostic marker in gastric adenocarcinoma

  11. Inhibition of cell proliferation by p107, a relative of the retinoblastoma protein

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    Zhu, L; van den Heuvel, S; Helin, K;

    1993-01-01

    The cellular protein p107 shares many structural and biochemical features with the retinoblastoma gene product, pRB. We have isolated a full-length cDNA for human p107 and have used this clone to study the function of p107. We show that, like pRB, p107 is a potent inhibitor of E2F-mediated trans......-activation, and overexpression of p107 can inhibit proliferation in certain cell types, arresting sensitive cells in G1. Several experiments, however, showed that growth inhibition by pRB and p107 did not occur through the same mechanism. First, in the cervical carcinoma cell line C33A, p107 was able to block cell proliferation......, whereas pRB could not, even though both proteins were potent inhibitors of E2F-mediated transcription in this cell line. Second, growth arrest by pRB and p107 was rescued differentially by various cell cycle regulators. Third, some mutants of p107 that cannot associate with adenovirus E1A were still able...

  12. The promyelocytic leukemia gene product (PML) forms stable complexes with the retinoblastoma protein

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    Alcalay, M; Tomassoni, L; Colombo, E;

    1998-01-01

    by the expression of PML-RAR alpha. We report that PML colocalizes with the nonphosphorylated fraction of the retinoblastoma protein (pRB) within nuclear bodies and that pRB is delocalized by PML-RAR alpha expression. Both PML and PML-RAR alpha form complexes with the nonphosphorylated form of pRB in vivo......, and they interact with the pocket region of pRB. The regions of PML and PML-RAR alpha involved in pRB binding differ; in fact, the B boxes and the C-terminal region of PML, the latter of which is not present in PML-RAR alpha, are essential for the formation of stable complexes with pRB. Functionally, PML abolishes...... activation of glucocorticoid receptor-regulated transcription by pRB, whereas PML-RAR alpha further increases it. Our results suggest that PML may be part of transcription-regulatory complexes and that the oncogenic potential of the PML-RAR alpha protein may derive from the alteration of PML...

  13. Characterization of the retinoblastoma binding proteins RBP1 and RBP2

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    Fattaey, A R; Helin, K; Dembski, M S;

    1993-01-01

    The retinoblastoma gene product, pRB, regulates cell proliferation by binding to and inhibiting the activity of key growth promoting proteins. Several cellular proteins have been shown to bind directly to pRB and the genes encoding a number of them have been isolated. The protein product of one...... of these genes is the transcription factor E2F. We have now isolated cDNA clones that contain the full-length coding sequence of two other proteins, RBP1 and RBP2, cloned originally by their interaction with pRB. The products of the RBP1 and RBP2 genes are ubiquitously expressed, large (200 kDa for RBP1 and 195...... kDa for RBP2) nuclear phosphoproteins with structural motifs that suggest a role in transcriptional regulation. In addition we have been able to identify complexes of pRB and RBP1 in vivo that are dissociated in the presence of purified human papillomavirus E7 protein....

  14. Effect of hepatitis B virus X protein on the expression of retinoblastoma gene product

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    Hepatitis B virus X protein (HBX) was studied for its capacity to form a specific complex with the retinoblastoma tumour suppressor protein (pRB), and for its effect on the expression of pRB. HBX was synthesized by in vitro transcription and translation in the presence of [35S]methionine. The synthesized HBX was assayed for its binding to a glutathione-S-transferase (GST)-pRB fusion protein bound to Sepharose beads. The in vivo binding was investigated by a co-immunoprecipitation and Western blot analysis of the cell extract from a CMV-HBX-transfected hepatoblastoma cell line, Hep G2 cells. These experiments demonstrated that HBX was unable to form a detectable complex with pRB. However, the level of pRB increased considerably in Hep G2 cells transfected with CMV-HBX clone. The alteration of pRB expression by HBX could be a mechanism, contributing to the development of hepatocellular carcinoma in human. (authors)

  15. Direct Involvement of Retinoblastoma Family Proteins in DNA Repair by Non-homologous End-Joining

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Deficiencies in DNA double-strand break (DSB repair lead to genetic instability, a recognized cause of cancer initiation and evolution. We report that the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein (RB1 is required for DNA DSB repair by canonical non-homologous end-joining (cNHEJ. Support of cNHEJ involves a mechanism independent of RB1’s cell-cycle function and depends on its amino terminal domain with which it binds to NHEJ components XRCC5 and XRCC6. Cells with engineered loss of RB family function as well as cancer-derived cells with mutational RB1 loss show substantially reduced levels of cNHEJ. RB1 variants disabled for the interaction with XRCC5 and XRCC6, including a cancer-associated variant, are unable to support cNHEJ despite being able to confer cell-cycle control. Our data identify RB1 loss as a candidate driver of structural genomic instability and a causative factor for cancer somatic heterogeneity and evolution.

  16. Interaction of fish aryl hydrocarbon receptor paralogs (AHR1 and AHR2) with the retinoblastoma protein

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    Merson, Rebeka R., E-mail: rmerson@ric.edu [Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02543 (United States); Biology Department, Rhode Island College, 500 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Providence, RI 02908 (United States); Karchner, Sibel I.; Hahn, Mark E. [Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02543 (United States)

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    The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) mediates the toxic effects of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) and related compounds. In some mammalian cell lines, TCDD induces G1 cell cycle arrest, which depends on an interaction between the AHR and the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor (RB). Mammals possess one AHR, whereas fishes possess two or more AHR paralogs that differ in the domains important for AHR-RB interactions in mammals. To test the hypothesis that fish AHR paralogs differ in their ability to interact with RB, we cloned RB cDNA from Atlantic killifish, Fundulus heteroclitus, and studied the interactions of killifish RB protein with killifish AHR1 and AHR2. In coimmunoprecipitation experiments, in vitro-expressed killifish RB coprecipitated with both AHR1 and AHR2. Consistent with these results, both killifish AHR1 and AHR2 interacted with RB in mammalian two-hybrid assays. These results suggest that both fish AHR1 and AHR2 paralogs may have the potential to influence cell proliferation through interactions with RB.

  17. Modulation of multidrug resistance 1 expression and function in retinoblastoma cells by curcumin

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    Seethalakshmi Sreenivasan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To determine the possible interaction of curcumin with P-glycoprotein (P-gp expression and function by in vitro and in silico studies. Materials and Methods: In this study, curcumin was compared for its potential to modulate the expression and function of P-gp in Y79 RB cells by western blot, RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and functional assay. Further, in silico molecular modeling and docking simulations were performed to deduce the inhibitory binding mode of curcumin. Results: Western blot and RT-PCR analysis decreased the expression of P-gp in a dose-dependent manner. The effect of curcumin on P-gp function was demonstrated by Rhodamine 123 (Rh123 accumulation and efflux study. Curcumin increased the accumulation of Rh123 and decreased its efflux in retinoblastoma (RB cells. In addition, curcumin inhibited verapamil stimulated ATPase activity and photoaffinity labeling study showed no effect on the binding of 8-azido-ATP-biotin, indicating its interaction at the substrate binding site. Moreover, molecular docking studies concurrently infer the binding of curcumin into the substrate binding site of P-gp with a binding energy of -7.66 kcal/mol. Conclusion: These findings indicate that curcumin suppresses the MDR1 expression and function, and therefore may be useful as modulators of multidrug resistance in RB tumor.

  18. Nutlin-3 down-regulates retinoblastoma protein expression and inhibits muscle cell differentiation

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    Walsh, Erica M. [Department of Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02118 (United States); Niu, MengMeng; Bergholz, Johann [Center of Growth, Metabolism and Aging, College of Life Sciences, Sichuan University, Chengdu, 610014 China (China); Jim Xiao, Zhi-Xiong, E-mail: jxiao@bu.edu [Department of Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02118 (United States); Center of Growth, Metabolism and Aging, College of Life Sciences, Sichuan University, Chengdu, 610014 China (China)

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    The p53 tumor suppressor gene plays a critical role in regulation of proliferation, cell death and differentiation. The MDM2 oncoprotein is a major negative regulator for p53 by binding to and targeting p53 for proteasome-mediated degradation. The small molecule inhibitor, nutlin-3, disrupts MDM2-p53 interaction resulting in stabilization and activation of p53 protein. We have previously shown that nutlin-3 activates p53, leading to MDM2 accumulation as concomitant of reduced retinoblastoma (Rb) protein stability. It is well known that Rb is important in muscle development and myoblast differentiation and that rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), or cancer of the skeletal muscle, typically harbors MDM2 amplification. In this study, we show that nutlin-3 inhibited myoblast proliferation and effectively prevented myoblast differentiation, as evidenced by lack of expression of muscle differentiation markers including myogenin and myosin heavy chain (MyHC), as well as a failure to form multinucleated myotubes, which were associated with dramatic increases in MDM2 expression and decrease in Rb protein levels. These results indicate that nutlin-3 can effectively inhibit muscle cell differentiation. - Highlights: • Nutlin-3 inhibits myoblast proliferation and prevents differentiation into myotubes. • Nutlin-3 increases MDM2 expression and down-regulates Rb protein levels. • This study has implication in nutlin-3 treatment of rhabdomyosarcomas.

  19. Proton and electron deep dose profiles for retinoblastoma based on GEANT 4 code

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    Braga, Flavia V., E-mail: flaviafisica@gmail.co [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Programa de Pos-graduacao em Ciencias e Tecnicas Nucleares; Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Campos, Tarcisio P.R. de [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Programa de Pos-graduacao em Ciencias e Tecnicas Nucleares; Ribeiro, Kilder L., E-mail: kilderlr@gmail.co [Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana (UEFS), BA (Brazil). Dept. de Fisica

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    Herein, the dosimetry responses to a retinoblastoma proton and electron radiation therapy were investigated. The computational tool applied to this simulation was the Geant4 code, version 4.9.1. The code allows simulating the charge particle interaction with eyeball tissue. In the present simulation, a box of 4 cm side water filled had represented the human eye. The simulation was performed considering mono energetic beams of protons and electrons with spectra of 57 to 70 MeV for protons and 2 to 8 MeV for electrons. The simulation was guide by the advanced hadron therapy example distributed with the Geant4 code. The phantom was divided in voxels with 0.2 mm side. The energy deposited in each voxel was evaluated taken the direct beam at one face. The simulation results show the delivery energy and therefore the dose deposited in each voxel. The deep dose profiles to proton and electron were plotted. The well known Bragg peak was reproduced for protons. The maximum delivered dose defined the position at the proton stopped. However, to electrons, the absorbed energies were delivered along its path producing a more continuous distribution following the water depth, but also being stopped in the end of its path. (author)

  20. Structures of inactive retinoblastoma protein reveal multiple mechanisms for cell cycle control

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    Burke, Jason R.; Hura, Greg L.; Rubin, Seth M. (UCSC); (LBNL)

    2012-07-18

    Cyclin-dependent kinase (Cdk) phosphorylation of the Retinoblastoma protein (Rb) drives cell proliferation through inhibition of Rb complexes with E2F transcription factors and other regulatory proteins. We present the first structures of phosphorylated Rb that reveal the mechanism of its inactivation. S608 phosphorylation orders a flexible 'pocket' domain loop such that it mimics and directly blocks E2F transactivation domain (E2F{sup TD}) binding. T373 phosphorylation induces a global conformational change that associates the pocket and N-terminal domains (RbN). This first multidomain Rb structure demonstrates a novel role for RbN in allosterically inhibiting the E2F{sup TD}-pocket association and protein binding to the pocket 'LxCxE' site. Together, these structures detail the regulatory mechanism for a canonical growth-repressive complex and provide a novel example of how multisite Cdk phosphorylation induces diverse structural changes to influence cell cycle signaling.

  1. Retinoblastoma diagnosis: a proposal based on the experience of Centro Infantil Boldrini, Brazil.

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    Palazzi, Maristela A; Stephan, Celso; Brandalise, Silvia R; Aguiar, Simone Dos Santos

    2013-08-01

    Advanced disease is a risk factor for eye loss in patients with retinoblastoma (RB). We still record critical rates of enucleation, especially for unilateral RB due to advanced stages of disease at diagnosis. This retrospective study of 223 RB patient records referred to treatment at Centro Infantil Boldrini, Brazil, between 1978 and 2008, showed that 176 patients (79%) presented intraocular tumors while 47 (21%) already had extraocular involvement. At the time of diagnosis, the age of patients was 26.2 months in the group that had enucleated eyes and 13.7 months in the group that preserved both eyes. Under a multiple logistic regression model, familial history (OR = 0.195; p = .01) and age at diagnosis in months (OR = 1.047; p = .04) were significantly correlated with enucleation. Strategies to early detect RB must be changed in order to offer better chances of ocular preservation with visual function. Authors propose a systematic referral of all children to the ophthalmologist for an indirect ophthalmoscopy once a year in the first two years of life, as a measure to be adopted by all pediatricians in daily routine to early detect the tumor.

  2. IGF-2 is necessary for retinoblastoma-mediated enhanced adaptation after small-bowel resection.

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    Choi, Pamela M; Sun, Raphael C; Sommovilla, Josh; Diaz-Miron, Jose; Guo, Jun; Erwin, Christopher R; Warner, Brad W

    2014-11-01

    Previously, we have demonstrated that genetically disrupting retinoblastoma protein (Rb) expression in enterocytes results in taller villi, mimicking resection-induced adaption responses. Rb deficiency also results in elevated insulin-like growth factor-2 (IGF-2) expression in villus enterocytes. We propose that postoperative disruption of Rb results in enhanced adaptation which is driven by IGF-2. Inducible, intestine-specific Rb-null mice (iRbIKO) and wild-type (WT) littermates underwent a 50% proximal small-bowel resection (SBR) at 7-9 weeks of age. They were then given tamoxifen on postoperative days (PODs) 4-6 and harvested on POD 28. The experiment was then repeated on double knockouts of both IGF-2 and Rb (IGF-2 null/iRbIKO). iRbIKO mice demonstrated enhanced resection-induced adaptive villus growth after SBR and increased IGF-2 messenger RNA (mRNA) in ileal villus enterocytes compared to their WT littermates. In the IGF-2 null/iRbIKO double-knockout mice, there was no additional villus growth beyond what was expected of normal resection-induced adaptation. Adult mice in which Rb is inducibly deleted from the intestinal epithelium following SBR have augmented adaptive growth. IGF-2 expression is necessary for enhanced adaptation associated with acute intestinal Rb deficiency.

  3. Role of the Retinoblastoma protein, Rb, during adult neurogenesis in the olfactory bulb.

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    Naser, Rayan; Vandenbosch, Renaud; Omais, Saad; Hayek, Dayana; Jaafar, Carine; Al Lafi, Sawsan; Saliba, Afaf; Baghdadi, Maarouf; Skaf, Larissa; Ghanem, Noël

    2016-01-01

    Adult neural stem cells (aNSCs) are relatively quiescent populations that give rise to distinct neuronal subtypes throughout life, yet, at a very low rate and restricted differentiation potential. Thus, identifying the molecular mechanisms that control their cellular expansion is critical for regeneration after brain injury. Loss of the Retinoblastoma protein, Rb, leads to several defects in cell cycle as well as neuronal differentiation and migration during brain development. Here, we investigated the role of Rb during adult neurogenesis in the olfactory bulb (OB) by inducing its temporal deletion in aNSCs and progenitors. Loss of Rb was associated with increased proliferation of adult progenitors in the subventricular zone (SVZ) and the rostral migratory stream (RMS) but did not alter self-renewal of aNSCs or neuroblasts subsequent migration and terminal differentiation. Hence, one month after their birth, Rb-null neuroblasts were able to differentiate into distinct subtypes of GABAergic OB interneurons but were gradually lost after 3 months. Similarly, Rb controlled aNSCs/progenitors proliferation in vitro without affecting their differentiation capacity. This enhanced SVZ/OB neurogenesis associated with loss of Rb was only transient and negatively affected by increased apoptosis indicating a critical requirement for Rb in the long-term survival of adult-born OB interneurons. PMID:26847607

  4. Mutational screening of the RB1 gene in Italian patients with retinoblastoma reveals 11 novel mutations.

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    Sampieri, Katia; Hadjistilianou, Theodora; Mari, Francesca; Speciale, Caterina; Mencarelli, Maria Antonietta; Cetta, Francesco; Manoukian, Siranoush; Peissel, Bernard; Giachino, Daniela; Pasini, Barbara; Acquaviva, Antonio; Caporossi, Aldo; Frezzotti, Renato; Renieri, Alessandra; Bruttini, Mirella

    2006-01-01

    Retinoblastoma (RB, OMIM#180200) is the most common intraocular tumour in infancy and early childhood. Constituent mutations in the RB1 gene predispose individuals to RB development. We performed a mutational screening of the RB1 gene in Italian patients affected by RB referred to the Medical Genetics of the University of Siena. In 35 unrelated patients, we identified germline RB1 mutations in 6 out of 9 familial cases (66%) and in 7 out of 26 with no family history of RB (27%). Using the single-strand conformational polymorphism (SSCP) technique, 11 novel mutations were detected, including 3 nonsense, 5 frameshift and 4 splice-site mutations. Only two of these mutations (1 splice site and 1 missense) were previously reported. The mutation spectrum reflects the published literature, encompassing predominately nonsense or frameshift and splicing mutations. RB1 germline mutation was detected in 37% of our cases. Gross rearrangements outside the investigated region, altered DNA methylation, or mutations in non-coding regions, may be the cause of disease in the remainder of the patients. Some cases, e.g. a case of incomplete penetrance, or variable expressivity ranging from retinoma to multiple tumours, are discussed in detail. In addition, a case of pre-conception genetic counselling resolved by rescue of banked cordonal blood of the affected deceased child is described.

  5. PCR detection of retinoblastoma gene deletions in radiation-induced mouse lung adenocarcinomas

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    Churchill, M.E.; Gemmell, M.A.; Woloschak, G.E.

    1994-05-01

    From 1971--1986, Argonne National Laboratory conducted a series of large-scale studies of tumor incidence in 40,000 BCF{sub 1} mice irradiated with {sup 60}Co {gamma}-rays or JANUS fission-spectrum neutrons. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique was used to detect deletions in the mouse retinoblastoma (mRb) gene. Six mRb gene exon fragments were amplified in a 40-cycle, 3-temperature PCR protocol. Absence of any of these fragments on a Southern blot indicated a deletion of that portion of the mRb gene. Tumors chosen for analysis were lung adenocarcinomas that were judged to be the cause of death in post-mortem analyses. Spontaneous tumors as well as those from irradiated mice were analyzed for mRb deletions. In all normal mouse tissues studies all six mRb exon fragments were present on Southern blots. Tumors in six neutron-irradiated mice also had no mRb deletions. However, 1 of 6 tumors from {gamma}-irradiated mice and 6 of 18 spontaneous tumors from unirradiated mice showed a deletion in one or both mRb alleles. All deletions detected were in the 5{prime} region of the mRb gene.

  6. Interaction of fish aryl hydrocarbon receptor paralogs (AHR1 and AHR2) with the retinoblastoma protein

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    The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) mediates the toxic effects of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) and related compounds. In some mammalian cell lines, TCDD induces G1 cell cycle arrest, which depends on an interaction between the AHR and the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor (RB). Mammals possess one AHR, whereas fishes possess two or more AHR paralogs that differ in the domains important for AHR-RB interactions in mammals. To test the hypothesis that fish AHR paralogs differ in their ability to interact with RB, we cloned RB cDNA from Atlantic killifish, Fundulus heteroclitus, and studied the interactions of killifish RB protein with killifish AHR1 and AHR2. In coimmunoprecipitation experiments, in vitro-expressed killifish RB coprecipitated with both AHR1 and AHR2. Consistent with these results, both killifish AHR1 and AHR2 interacted with RB in mammalian two-hybrid assays. These results suggest that both fish AHR1 and AHR2 paralogs may have the potential to influence cell proliferation through interactions with RB.

  7. Nucleolin-aptamer therapy in retinoblastoma: molecular changes and mass spectrometry–based imaging

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    Subramanian, Nithya; Srimany, Amitava; Kanwar, Jagat R; Kanwar, Rupinder K; Akilandeswari, Balachandran; Rishi, Pukhraj; Khetan, Vikas; Vasudevan, Madavan; Pradeep, Thalappil; Krishnakumar, Subramanian

    2016-01-01

    Retinoblastoma (RB) is an intraocular childhood tumor which, if left untreated, leads to blindness and mortality. Nucleolin (NCL) protein which is differentially expressed on the tumor cell surface, binds ligands and regulates carcinogenesis and angiogenesis. We found that NCL is over expressed in RB tumor tissues and cell lines compared to normal retina. We studied the effect of nucleolin-aptamer (NCL-APT) to reduce proliferation in RB tumor cells. Aptamer treatment on the RB cell lines (Y79 and WERI-Rb1) led to significant inhibition of cell proliferation. Locked nucleic acid (LNA) modified NCL-APT administered subcutaneously (s.c.) near tumor or intraperitoneally (i.p.) in Y79 xenografted nude mice resulted in 26 and 65% of tumor growth inhibition, respectively. Downregulation of inhibitor of apoptosis proteins, tumor miRNA-18a, altered serum cytokines, and serum miRNA-18a levels were observed upon NCL-APT treatment. Desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (DESI MS)-based imaging of cell lines and tumor tissues revealed changes in phosphatidylcholines levels upon treatment. Thus, our study provides proof of concept illustrating NCL-APT-based targeted therapeutic strategy and use of DESI MS-based lipid imaging in monitoring therapeutic responses in RB. PMID:27574784

  8. Nucleolin-aptamer therapy in retinoblastoma: molecular changes and mass spectrometry-based imaging.

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    Subramanian, Nithya; Srimany, Amitava; Kanwar, Jagat R; Kanwar, Rupinder K; Akilandeswari, Balachandran; Rishi, Pukhraj; Khetan, Vikas; Vasudevan, Madavan; Pradeep, Thalappil; Krishnakumar, Subramanian

    2016-01-01

    Retinoblastoma (RB) is an intraocular childhood tumor which, if left untreated, leads to blindness and mortality. Nucleolin (NCL) protein which is differentially expressed on the tumor cell surface, binds ligands and regulates carcinogenesis and angiogenesis. We found that NCL is over expressed in RB tumor tissues and cell lines compared to normal retina. We studied the effect of nucleolin-aptamer (NCL-APT) to reduce proliferation in RB tumor cells. Aptamer treatment on the RB cell lines (Y79 and WERI-Rb1) led to significant inhibition of cell proliferation. Locked nucleic acid (LNA) modified NCL-APT administered subcutaneously (s.c.) near tumor or intraperitoneally (i.p.) in Y79 xenografted nude mice resulted in 26 and 65% of tumor growth inhibition, respectively. Downregulation of inhibitor of apoptosis proteins, tumor miRNA-18a, altered serum cytokines, and serum miRNA-18a levels were observed upon NCL-APT treatment. Desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (DESI MS)-based imaging of cell lines and tumor tissues revealed changes in phosphatidylcholines levels upon treatment. Thus, our study provides proof of concept illustrating NCL-APT-based targeted therapeutic strategy and use of DESI MS-based lipid imaging in monitoring therapeutic responses in RB. PMID:27574784

  9. DESCRIPCIÓN MATEMÁTICA DE LA FUNCIÓN GOMPERTZ APLICADA AL CRECIMIENTO DE ANIMALES

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    C. A. Martínez

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Desde su aparición en 1825, la curva sigmoidea propuesta por Benjamin Gompertz ha sido aplicada en diferentes campos. En ciencias animales se usa frecuentemente para describir el crecimiento de los individuos. En el presente trabajo se muestra un análisis matemático de la función y la construcción de algunos de los parámetros que se obtienen de la misma.

  10. Expertos culturales e intervención social: tensiones y transformaciones en antropología aplicada

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    Enrique Jaramillo Buenaventura

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available A partir de una breve revisión bibliográfica sobre la antropología aplicada y la antropología del desarrrollo este artículo explora algunos de los problemas teriricos y metodológicos sobre los retos y las implicaciones de pensar a la antropología como un "saber experto" parala intervención social.

  11. Eficiência de isca formicida aplicada sobre o monte de terra solta de ninhos de Atta sexdens rubropilosa (Hymenoptera: Formicidae Efficiency of a granulated bait applied over the nests of Atta sexdens rubropilosa (Hymenoptera: Formicidae

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    Ronald Zanetti

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se a eficiência de uma isca granulada à base de sulfluramida (0,3% aplicada em olheiros situados sobre o monte de terra solta, em comparação com o sistema convencional de aplicação nos olheiros fora desses montes, no combate a Atta sexdens rubropilosa Forel, 1908 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae. Os tratamentos consistiram da aplicação de uma isca granulada à base de sulfluramida (0,3%, a 8 g/m² do formigueiro aparente, em olheiros situados sobre ou fora do monte de terra solta. Foram utilizados 192 formigueiros de A. sexdens rubropilosa, distribuídos nesses dois tratamentos. Foram avaliadas a porcentagem de carregamento e de devolução dessa isca, aos dois dias após sua aplicação, e a eficiência do combate, aos 150 dias após, por sondagem (uma a cada metro quadrado de fomigueiro. A porcentagem de carregamento da isca granulada foi maior quando aplicada fora do monte de terra solta (100,00% do que sobre ele (89,58%, porém a eficiência de controle foi semelhante, com 89,58% para o primeiro e 90,27% para o segundo tratamento, respectivamente. Por isto, em razão do menor custo e facilidade, recomenda-se aplicar esta isca sobre os montes de terra solta de formigueiros de A. sexdens rubropilosa.The efficiency of a granulated bait formulated with sulfluramid (0.3% for the control of Atta sexdens rubropilosa Forel, 1908 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae was evaluated. Treatments consisted of applying this bait at a dose of 8g/m² from the ant nest. This bait was applied near entrances over ant nests (treatment T1 or near those outside these nests (treatment T2. A total of 192 ant nests of A. sexdens rubropilosa were used in the two treatments. Percentage of transport and devolution of the bait by A. sexdens rubropilosa was evaluated two days after its application and control efficiency, 150 days after application. Percentage of bait transport was higher when applied outside the ant nest (100.00% than over it (89.5%. However, control

  12. II SEMINARIO INTERNACIONAL EN CIENCIAS APLICADAS “Una mirada hacia la innovación y el desarrollo sostenible”

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    Diana Verónica Cortés-Espinosa; et. al.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCCIÓN La Química, Biología y las Matemáticas son el pilar de las ciencias aplicadas. La investigación en el área básica se ve reflejada en el desarrollo de disciplinas como las ciencias de la salud, ingenierías y ciencias ambientales. De esta forma, la integración entre la investigación básica y las ciencias aplicadas es fundamental en el desarrollo del profesional moderno. Considerando lo anterior la Facultad de Ciencias Exactas Físicas y Naturales organiza el segundo seminario internacional en Ciencias Aplicadas,como una ventana a la integración de la investigación en la identificación de problemas cotidianos y a la búsqueda de soluciones a los mismos, contribuyendo a la vez el enriquecimiento profesional de los participantes y generando espacios de discusión científica en la Universidad de Santander UDES. OBJETIVOS Desarrollar temáticas de actualidad en diversas áreas del conocimiento con perspectivas de innovación y desarrollo tecnológico en áreas de la salud, investigación y el ambiente. Ofrecer talleres formativos para contextualizar el conocimiento de manera que los asistentes reconozcan las herramientas tecnológicas utilizadas para obtener mejores resultados en su futuro desempeño como profesionales.

  13. Investigación sobre el cotidiano del sujeto: oportunidades para una ciencia aplicada

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    Manuel Amezcua

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Desde un modelo de investigación emergente, la Investigación Aplicada a los Cuidados, se propone reflexionar sobre una de las áreas de indagación: la Investigación sobre el Cotidiano del Sujeto. El cotidiano del sujeto se conceptualiza como un espacio de interacción social donde las personas ejercen autonomía para tomar decisiones y ejecutar acciones para cuidar su salud. A través de diseños principalmente cualitativos, la Investigación sobre el Cotidiano del Sujeto aporta evidencias útiles y pertinentes para la práctica enfermera porque hablan del contexto y desde la perspectiva de los sujetos. Estas evidencias pueden encuadrarse en cuatro grandes dimensiones: la comprensión del padecimiento humano ante la enfermedad, la cultura del cuidado, la percepción sobre las intervenciones en salud, y el cotidiano del cuidador. Finalmente se plantean algunos desafíos que nos propone la Investigación sobre el Cotidiano del Sujeto e implican tres dimensiones imprescindibles en el ejercicio del cuidado: la dimensión ética, política y científica.

  14. 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

  15. Intra-Arterial Chemotherapy as Primary Therapy for Retinoblastoma in Infants Less than 3 Months of Age: A Series of 10 Case-Studies

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    Xia, Jiejun; Liu, Zhenyin; Jiang, Hua; Shen, Gang; Li, Haibo; Jiang, Yizhou; Zhang, Jing

    2016-01-01

    Purpose Retinoblastoma is the most common primary malignant intra-ocular tumor in children. Although intra-arterial chemotherapy (IAC) by selectively infusing chemotherapy through the ophthalmic artery has become an essential technique in the treatment of advanced intra-ocular retinoblastoma in children, the outcome of IAC as primary therapy for infants less than 3 months of age remains unknown. In this retrospective study, we reviewed the outcome of IAC as primary therapy for retinoblastoma in infants less than 3 months of age. Methods We retrospectively reviewed ten retinoblastoma patients attending our center from January 2009 to September 2015 and beginning primary IAC before the age of 3 months. The patient characteristics, overall outcomes and therapy-related complications were assessed. Results The mean patient age at the first IAC treatment was 10.4 weeks (range 4.9–12.9 weeks). These eyes were classified according to the International Classification of Retinoblastoma (ICRB) as group A (n = 0), B (n = 2), C (n = 0), D (n = 9), or E (n = 2). A total of 28 catheterizations were performed, and the procedure was stopped in one patient because of internal carotid artery spasm. Each eye received a mean of 2.6 cycles of IAC (range 2–4 cycles). After IAC with a mean follow-up of 28.3 months (range 9–65 months), tumor regression was observed in 12 of 13 eyes. One eye was enucleated due to tumor progression. All patients are alive and no patient has developed metastatic disease or other malignancies. Conclusions Our experience suggests IAC as primary therapy is a feasible and promising treatment for retinoblastoma in infants less than 3 months of age. PMID:27504917

  16. The Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme AO Project

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    Martinache, Frantz; Guyon, O.; Lozi, J.; Tamura, M.; Hodapp, K.; Suzuki, R.; Hayano, Y.; McElwain, M. W.

    2009-01-01

    While the existence of large numbers of extrasolar planets around solar type stars has been unambiguously demonstrated by radial velocity, transit and microlensing surveys, attempts at direct imaging with AO-equipped large telescopes remain unsuccessful. Because they supposedly offer more favorable contrast ratios, young systems consitute prime targets for imaging. Such observations will provide key insights on the formation and early evolution of planets and disks. Current surveys are limited by modest AO performance which limits inner working angle to 0.2", and only reach maximum sensitivity outside 1". This translates into orbital distances greater than 10 AU even on most nearby systems, while only 5 % of the known exoplanets have a semimajor axis greater than 10 AU. This calls for a major change of approach in the techniques used for direct imaging of the direct vicinity of stars. A sensible way to do the job is to combine coronagraphy and Extreme AO. Only accurate and fast control of the wavefront will permit the detection of high contrast planetary companions within 10 AU. The SCExAO system, currently under assembly, is an upgrade of the HiCIAO coronagraphic differential imaging camera, mounted behind the 188-actuator curvature AO system on Subaru Telescope. This platform includes a 1000-actuator MEMS deformable mirror for high accuracy wavefront correction and a PIAA coronagraph which delivers high contrast at 0.05" from the star (5 AU at 100 pc). Key technologies have been validated in the laboratory: high performance wavefront sensing schemes, spider vanes and central obstruction removal, and lossless beam apodization. The project is designed to be highly flexible to continuously integrate new technologies with high scientific payoff. Planned upgrades include an integral field unit for spectral characterization of planets/disks and a non-redundant aperture mask to push the performance of the system toward separations less than lambda/D.

  17. Simultaneous Low- and High-Grade Primary Leiomyosarcomas in Two Separate Organs in a Thirty-Year Survivor of Hereditary Retinoblastoma

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    Moore, Katherine; Tawfik, Ossama; Hays, Allyson; Opole, Isaac

    2015-01-01

    Patients with hereditary retinoblastoma have a heightened risk of developing subsequent bone and soft tissue sarcomas, exacerbated by radiation and alkylating chemotherapy. Secondary leiomyosarcomas are rare. A 29-year-old patient with bilateral retinoblastoma history presented with concurrent, independent malignancies found to be Rb-suppressed uterine and Rb-positive bladder leiomyosarcomas. She had undergone both ifosfamide chemotherapy and radiation therapy but demonstrated rare simultaneous primary leiomyosarcomas not previously described in association with ifosfamide. This rare case underlines the protean genetic predisposition to malignancy in this patient population, heightening awareness of lifelong malignancy potential, and the necessity for continuous periodic screening. PMID:26843997

  18. Dissecting functions of the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor and the related pocket proteins by integrating genetic, cell biology, and electrophoretic techniques

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    Hansen, Klaus; Lukas, J; Holm, K;

    1999-01-01

    The members of the 'pocket protein' family, comprising the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor (pRB) and its relatives, p107 and p130, negatively regulate cell proliferation and modulate fundamental biological processes including embryonic development, differentiation, homeostatic tissue renewal...... phosphorylation events on multiple serine and threonine residues of pRB, p107, and p130, events which are carried out, at least in part, by the cyclin-dependent kinases that form the key elements of the cell cycle machinery. Here we discuss the recently obtained new insights into the diverse functions of the pRB...

  19. Access to the ophthalmic artery by retrograde approach through the posterior communicating artery for intra-arterial chemotherapy of retinoblastoma

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    Pham, Chi-Tuan; Blanc, Raphael; Pistocchi, Silvia; Bartolini, Bruno; Piotin, Michel [Fondation Rothschild Hospital, Department of Interventional Neuroradiology, Paris (France); Lumbroso-Le Rouic, Livia [Institut Curie, Department of Ocular Oncology, Paris (France)

    2012-08-15

    Intra-arterial infusion of chemotherapy into the ophthalmic artery for treatment of retinoblastoma has been realized after catheterization of the internal carotid and temporary balloon occlusion beyond the orifice of the ophthalmic artery, or more recently after superselective canulation of the ophthalmic artery by a microcatheter. The superselective catheterization of the ophthalmic artery could be cumbersome because of the implantation of the ostium on the carotid siphon or because of the tortuosity of the carotid siphon. We report our experience of using a retrograde approach through the posterior communicating artery that allows a more direct angle of access to the origin of the ophthalmic artery. (orig.)

  20. Treatment with connexin 46 siRNA suppresses the growth of human Y79 retinoblastoma cell xenografts in vivo.

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    Burr, Diana B; Molina, Samuel A; Banerjee, Debarshi; Low, Derek M; Takemoto, Dolores J

    2011-04-01

    Tumors with a hypoxic component, including human Y79 retinoblastoma cells, express a specific gap junction protein, Connexin 46 (Cx46), which is usually only found in naturally hypoxic tissues such as the differentiated lens. The aim of this study was to investigate if Cx46 downregulation would suppress Y79 tumor formation in vivo. Five-week old nude mice were subcutaneously implanted with human Y79 retinoblastoma cells and treated with intratumor siRNA injections of 30 μg Cx46 siRNA (n = 6), 30 μg non-silencing siRNA (n = 6), or no siRNA treatment (n = 6) every 2 days for a maximum of 10 treatments. Tumor volume (TV) was calculated from the recorded caliper measurements of length and width. Excised tumors were measured and weighed. Western blot analyses were performed to evaluate Cx46 and Cx43 expression in tumors which received Cx46 siRNA, non-silencing siRNA, or no siRNA treatment. Tumor histopathology was used to assess tumor features. Cx46 siRNA treated Y79 tumors had a reduced TV (287 mm(3) ± 77 mm(3)) when compared to the tumors of mice receiving the negative control siRNA (894 mm(3) ± 218 mm(3); P ≤ 0.03) or no siRNA (1068 mm(3) ± 192 mm(3); P ≤ 0.002). A 6-fold knockdown of Cx46 and a 3-fold rise in Cx43 protein expression was observed from western blots of tumors treated with Cx46 siRNA compared to mice treated with non-silencing siRNA. Knockdown of Cx46 with siRNA had an antitumor effect on human Y79 retinoblastoma tumors in the nude mouse model. The results suggest that anti-Cx46 therapy may be a potential target in the future treatment of retinoblastoma. PMID:21320488

  1. Molecular deregulation induced by silencing of the high mobility group protein A2 gene in retinoblastoma cells

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    Venkatesan, Nalini; Krishnakumar, Subramanian; Deepa, Perinkulam Ravi; Deepa, Murali; Khetan, Vikas; Reddy, M. Ashwin

    2012-01-01

    Aim To explore the molecular mechanisms deregulated by high mobility group protein A2 (HMGA2) gene silencing in retinoblastoma (RB) cells. Methods Synthetic anti-HMGA2 short interfering RNA (siRNA) was used to silence the HMGA2 gene in cultured Y79 RB cells that were subjected to whole genome microarray analysis. The expression of differentially regulated key genes was confirmed with quantitative reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (qRT–PCR) in post-silenced RB cell lines (Y79 and...

  2. Activation of the Retinoblastoma Tumor Suppressor Mediates Cell Cycle Inhibition and Cell Death in Specific Cervical Cancer Cell Lines

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    Bourgo, Ryan J.; Braden, Wesley A.; Wells, Susanne I.; Knudsen, Erik S.

    2009-01-01

    High-risk human papilloma virus (HPV) encodes two oncoproteins, E6 and E7, which are vital to viral replication and contribute to the development of cervical cancer. HPV16 E7 can target over 20 cellular proteins, but is best known for inactivating the retinoblastoma (RB) tumor suppressor. RB functions by restraining cells from entering S-phase of the cell cycle, thus preventing aberrant proliferation. While it is well established that HPV16 E7 facilitates the degradation of the RB protein, th...

  3. Access to the ophthalmic artery by retrograde approach through the posterior communicating artery for intra-arterial chemotherapy of retinoblastoma

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    Intra-arterial infusion of chemotherapy into the ophthalmic artery for treatment of retinoblastoma has been realized after catheterization of the internal carotid and temporary balloon occlusion beyond the orifice of the ophthalmic artery, or more recently after superselective canulation of the ophthalmic artery by a microcatheter. The superselective catheterization of the ophthalmic artery could be cumbersome because of the implantation of the ostium on the carotid siphon or because of the tortuosity of the carotid siphon. We report our experience of using a retrograde approach through the posterior communicating artery that allows a more direct angle of access to the origin of the ophthalmic artery. (orig.)

  4. Tolerância de três cultivares de cebola ao Ioxynil e Oxyfluorfen em semeadura direta Tolerance of three direct drilled onion cultivars to Ioxynil and Oxyfluorfen

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    Rubem Silvério de Oliveira Junior; José Francisco da Silva; Lino Roberto Ferreira; Fernando Pinheiro Reis

    1995-01-01

    Estimou-se, em um experimento instalado em Viçosa (MG), a tolerância de três cultivares de cebola. Allium cepa L., Baia Periforme Super Precoce, Granex Ouro e Texas Grano 502 PRR. cultivados por semeadura direta, ao Ioxynil e Oxyfluorfen, e a eficiência dos tratamentos com relação ao controle de plantas daninhas. Avaliaram-se três doses de cada herbicida (0,125, 0,250 e 0,375 kg/ha, e 0,096, 0,192, 0,288 kg/ha respectivamente) aplicadas 27 dias após a semeadura, distribuídas em um modelo hier...

  5. 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.

  6. SELETIVIDADE DA ASSOCIAÇÃO DOS HERBICIDAS IMAZAPIC E IMAZAPYR APLICADA EM DIFERENTES ESTÁDIOS DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DA CANA-DE-AÇÚCAR

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    OBARA, Flavio Eduardo Botelhos

    2015-05-01

    ao acaso no esquema de faixas, sendo que em uma direção de aplicação, as faixas foram constituídas de quatro doses da associação de imazapic + imazapyr, 0 + 0, 80,25 + 26,25, 120 + 40 e 133,75 + 43,75 g ha-1, e na outra direção a aplicação no mesmo dia dos herbicidas ametrina (2400 g ha-1, clomazone (1200 g ha-1, hexazinone (225 g ha-1, isoxaflutole (75 g ha-1, metribuzin (1440 g ha-1, tebuthiuron (750 g ha-1 e testemunha sem aplicação. Foram realizadas avaliações mensais e colheita das parcelas aos 150 DAT. A seletividade da associação de imazapic + imazapyr foi observada quando aplicada na dose de 80,25 + 26,25 g ha-1, na modalidade de pré-emergência, como também quando associada ao tebuthiuron, metribuzin e clomazone. Na aplicação em pós-emergência inicial a seletividade foi constatada pela aplicação de 80,25 + 26,25 g de imazapic + imazapyr ha-1, como pela associação desta dose com os herbicidas isoxaflutole e clomazone, dado que a aplicação em pós-emergência tardia se mostrou totalmente não seletiva para qualquer uso das associações dos herbicidas imazapic + imazapyr.

  7. Use of intra-arterial chemotherapy for retinoblastoma:results of a survey

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    Nathalia; Grigorovski; Evandro; Lucena; Clarissa; Mattosinho; Andreu; Parareda; Sima; Ferman; Jaume; Catalá; Guillermo; Chantada

    2014-01-01

    ·AIM: To obtain baseline knowledge about the current use of intra-arterial chemotherapy(SSOAIC) in centers worldwide.·METHODS: A survey including questions about the use of SSOAIC was emailed to retinoblastoma experts.·RESULTS:Seventy-nine(response rate 69.9%) doctors from 63 centers in 35 countries responded. Thirty-one centers from 19 countries use SSOAIC. Twelve performed more than 50 procedures. Melphalan is the most commonly used drug but 15 centers use more than one drug. First line therapy for advanced unilateral disease is the most common use of SSOAIC(74.2%). Centers with larger experience(>50 applications) were less likely using melphalan alone(P =0.06) and significantly more likely using SSOAIC in more situations such as second line in preference to radiotherapy P =0.05. Nineteen(61.2%)stated that SSOAIC improved their results and 21(77.8%)reported less toxicity compared to other treatments.Three centers reported that SSOAIC did not improve their results. There were regional variations in the use of SSOAIC which is used more frequently as secondary treatment in Europe compared to the USA and Japan.Ten centers identified cost is the major limiting factor for SSOAIC.· CONCLUSION: SSOAIC is used in an increasing number of centers worldwide with regional variations.Centers with more experience in SSOAIC use it in more situations including other drugs than melphalan. The majority of the centers using this technique reportedimproved results and few complications.

  8. Hepatitis C virus induces E6AP-dependent degradation of the retinoblastoma protein.

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    Tsubasa Munakata

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Hepatitis C virus (HCV is a positive-strand RNA virus that frequently causes persistent infections and is uniquely associated with the development of hepatocellular carcinoma. While the mechanism(s by which the virus promotes cancer are poorly defined, previous studies indicate that the HCV RNA-dependent RNA polymerase, nonstructural protein 5B (NS5B, forms a complex with the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein (pRb, targeting it for degradation, activating E2F-responsive promoters, and stimulating cellular proliferation. Here, we describe the mechanism underlying pRb regulation by HCV and its relevance to HCV infection. We show that the abundance of pRb is strongly downregulated, and its normal nuclear localization altered to include a major cytoplasmic component, following infection of cultured hepatoma cells with either genotype 1a or 2a HCV. We further demonstrate that this is due to NS5B-dependent ubiquitination of pRb and its subsequent degradation via the proteasome. The NS5B-dependent ubiquitination of pRb requires the ubiquitin ligase activity of E6-associated protein (E6AP, as pRb abundance was restored by siRNA knockdown of E6AP or overexpression of a dominant-negative E6AP mutant in cells containing HCV RNA replicons. E6AP also forms a complex with pRb in an NS5B-dependent manner. These findings suggest a novel mechanism for the regulation of pRb in which the HCV NS5B protein traps pRb in the cytoplasm, and subsequently recruits E6AP to this complex in a process that leads to the ubiquitination of pRb. The disruption of pRb/E2F regulatory pathways in cells infected with HCV is likely to promote hepatocellular proliferation and chromosomal instability, factors important for the development of liver cancer.

  9. Retinoblastoma-associated protein 140 as a candidate for a novel etiological gene to hypertension.

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    Crespo, Kimberley; Ménard, Annie; Deng, Alan Y

    2016-01-01

    Gene discovery in animal models may lead to the revelation of therapeutic targets for essential hypertension as well as mechanistic insights into blood pressure (BP) regulation. Our aim was to identify a disease-causing gene for a component of polygenic hypertension contrasting inbred hypertensive Dahl salt-sensitive (DSS) and normotensive Lewis rats. The chromosome segment harboring a quantitative trait locus (QTL), C16QTL, was first isolated from the rat genome via congenic strains. A candidate gene responsible for C16QTL causing a BP difference between DSS and Lewis rats was then identified using molecular analyses combining our independently-conducted total genome and gene-specific sequencings. The retinoblastoma-associated protein 140 (Rap140)/family with sequence similarity 208 member A (Fam208a) is the only candidate gene supported to be C16QTL among three genes in genome block 1 present in the C16QTL-residing interval. A mode of its actions could be to influence the expressions of genes that are downstream in a pathway potentially leading to BP regulation such as that encoding the solute carrier family 7 (cationic amino acid transporter, y+ system) member 12 (Slc7a12), which is specifically expressed in kidneys. Thus, Rap140/Fam208a probably encoding a transcription factor is the strongest candidate for a novel BP QTL that acts via a putative Rap140/Fam208a-Slc7a12-BP pathway. These data implicate a premier physiological role for Rap140/Fam208 beyond development and a first biological function for the Slc7a12 protein in any organism. PMID:27391979

  10. Differences in proximal (cardia) versus distal (antral) gastric carcinogenesis via retinoblastoma pathway

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    Christian Gulmann; Helen Hegarty; Antoinette Grace; Mary Leader; Stephen Patchett; Elaine Kay

    2004-01-01

    AIM: Disruption of cell cycle regulation is a critical event in carcinogenesis, and alteration of the retinoblastoma (pRb)tumour suppressor pathway is frequent. The aim of this study was to compare alterations in this pathway in proximal and distal gastric carcinogenesis in an effort to explain the observed striking epidemiological differences.METHODS: Immunohistochemistry was performed to investigate expression of p16 and pRb in the following groups of both proximal (cardia) and distal (antral) tissue samples: (a) biopsies showing normal mucosa, (b) biopsies showing intestinal metaplasia and, (c) gastric cancer resection specimens including uninvolved mucosa and tumour.RESULTS: In the antrum there were highly significant trends for increased p16 expression with concomitant (and in the group of carcinomas inversely proportional)decreased pRb expression from normal mucosa to intestinal metaplasia to uninvolved mucosa (from cancer resections)to carcinoma. In the cardia, there were no differences in p16 expression between the various types of tissue samples whereas pRb expression was higher in normal mucosa compared with intestinal metaplasia and tissue from cancer resections.CONCLUSION: Alterations in the pRb pathway appear to play a more significant role in distal gastric carcinogenesis.Tt may be an early event in the former location since the trend towards p16 overexpression with concomitant pRb underexpression was seen as early as between normal mucosa and intestinal metaplasia. Importantly, the marked differences in expression of pRb and p16 between the cardia and antrum strongly support the hypothesis that tumours of the two locations are genetically different which may account for some of the observed epidemiological differences.

  11. Distinct and site-specific phosphorylation of the retinoblastoma protein at serine 612 in differentiated cells.

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    Takayuki Hattori

    Full Text Available The retinoblastoma susceptibility protein (pRB is a phosphoprotein that regulates cell cycle progression at the G1/S transition. In quiescent and early G1 cells, pRB predominantly exists in the active hypophosphorylated form. The cyclin/cyclin-dependent protein kinase complexes phosphorylate pRB at the late G1 phase to inactivate pRB. This event leads to the dissociation and activation of E2F family transcriptional factors. At least 12 serine/threonine residues in pRB are phosphorylated in vivo. Although there have been many reports describing bulk phosphorylation of pRB, detail research describing the function of each phosphorylation site remains unknown. Besides its G1/S inhibitory function, pRB is involved in differentiation, prevention of cell death and control of tissue fate. To uncover the function of phosphorylation of pRB in various cellular conditions, we have been investigating phosphorylation of each serine/threonine residue in pRB with site-specific phospho-serine/threonine antibodies. Here we demonstrate that pRB is specifically phosphorylated at Ser612 in differentiated cells in a known kinase-independent manner. We also found that pRB phosphorylated at Ser612 still associates with E2F-1 and tightly binds to nuclear structures including chromatin. Moreover, expression of the Ser612Ala mutant pRB failed to induce differentiation. The findings suggest that phosphorylation of Ser612 provides a distinct function that differs from the function of phosphorylation of other serine/threonine residues in pRB.

  12. Expression levels of autophagy related proteins and their prognostic significance in retinocytoma and retinoblastoma

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    Yue; Liu; Shang-Tao; Wan; Ping; Zhang; Wen-Xin; Zhang; Jian-Ling; Zheng; Jian-Xian; Lin; Yong-Ping; Li

    2014-01-01

    ·AIM: To discuss the prognostic significant of autophagy related proteins(ARPs) in retinoblastoma(RB)and to find the molecular marker to distinguish retinocytoma(RC) and RB by investigating the different expression profiling of microtubule-associated protein light chain 3(LC3B) and other ARPs in RC and RB.·METHODS: Specimens with retinocytoma region(RCR)or mainly composed with Flexner-Winterstein rosettes(FWR) were screen out from 219 paraffin-embedded RB samples and respectively taken as RCR group and FWR group. Others were taken as undifferentiated(UD) group.Immunochemistry(IHC) of LC3 B and electronic microscopy was used to identify autophagy. The IHC scores of LC3 B and other ARPs, such as Beclin, PTEN,p27, p16INK4 a, mTOR and BCL-2 were compared and correlation analysis was applied to find potential proteins which may involve in autophagy regulation. The prognostics significance of LC3 B was evaluated by comparing the high risk features(HRFs) in 3 groups of total 219 samples.·RESULTS: Twenty-one specimens with RCR and 36 specimens mainly composed with FWR were screen out.RCR cell had a high level of LC3 B and lots of autophagic vacuoles. Beclin, PTEN, p27 had positive correlation with LC3, and p16INK4 ahad negative correlation, while the expression of mTOR and BCL-2 in RCR and RB region did not show any difference. Cases with RCR had lower rate of HRFs than undifferentiated cases.·CONCLUSION: ARPs had different expression pattern between RCR and other pathological types of RB, and could be ideal markers to distinguish RC from RB. Our finding indicated cases with RCR had favorable prognosis just like those with FWR.

  13. External beam irradiation for retinoblastoma: patterns of failure and dose-response analysis

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    Foote, R.L.; Garretson, B.R.; Schomberg, P.J.; Buskirk, S.J.; Robertson, D.M.; Earle, J.D.

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    Eighteen children with retinoblastoma (25 eyes) were treated with external beam radiation at the Mayo Clinic between January 1977 and January 1987; 15 eyes were in groups I to III and 10 were in groups IV and V. The median number of tumors per eye was 3. Radiation therapy consisted of 4- or 6-MV photons. Doses varied from 39 to 51 Gy in 1.8- to 3.0-Gy fractions. Fourteen eyes were treated through lateral fields by anterior segment-sparing techniques, and 11 eyes were treated by an anterior approach with no attempt at anterior segment sparing. All patients survived (median follow-up, 31.5 months). Cataracts developed in five eyes at a median of 23 months, four in eyes treated with anterior segment-sparing techniques. Of the 15 group I to III eyes, 6 required additional treatment; 4 were salvaged with cryotherapy or photocoagulation and 2 were enucleated. Of the 10 group IV and V eyes, 8 required additional treatment; 4 were salvaged with cryotherapy or photocoagulation, 1 with persistent disease is being followed closely, and 3 were enucleated. Ten (71%) of the 14 eyes treated with anterior segment-sparing techniques required additional treatment. Four (36%) of the 11 eyes treated with an anterior approach required additional treatment. Ninety percent of the tumors 10 disc diameters or smaller (1 disc diameter = 1.6 mm) were controlled independently of dose and fractionation used when they were not in the low-dose area of the anterior retina of an eye treated with an anterior segment-sparing technique. We find that use of lateral, anterior segment-sparing techniques has a high risk of anterior retinal tumor development and cataract formation and should be abandoned in favor of techniques that treat the entire retina.

  14. External beam irradiation for retinoblastoma: patterns of failure and dose-response analysis

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    Eighteen children with retinoblastoma (25 eyes) were treated with external beam radiation at the Mayo Clinic between January 1977 and January 1987; 15 eyes were in groups I to III and 10 were in groups IV and V. The median number of tumors per eye was 3. Radiation therapy consisted of 4- or 6-MV photons. Doses varied from 39 to 51 Gy in 1.8- to 3.0-Gy fractions. Fourteen eyes were treated through lateral fields by anterior segment-sparing techniques, and 11 eyes were treated by an anterior approach with no attempt at anterior segment sparing. All patients survived (median follow-up, 31.5 months). Cataracts developed in five eyes at a median of 23 months, four in eyes treated with anterior segment-sparing techniques. Of the 15 group I to III eyes, 6 required additional treatment; 4 were salvaged with cryotherapy or photocoagulation and 2 were enucleated. Of the 10 group IV and V eyes, 8 required additional treatment; 4 were salvaged with cryotherapy or photocoagulation, 1 with persistent disease is being followed closely, and 3 were enucleated. Ten (71%) of the 14 eyes treated with anterior segment-sparing techniques required additional treatment. Four (36%) of the 11 eyes treated with an anterior approach required additional treatment. Ninety percent of the tumors 10 disc diameters or smaller (1 disc diameter = 1.6 mm) were controlled independently of dose and fractionation used when they were not in the low-dose area of the anterior retina of an eye treated with an anterior segment-sparing technique. We find that use of lateral, anterior segment-sparing techniques has a high risk of anterior retinal tumor development and cataract formation and should be abandoned in favor of techniques that treat the entire retina

  15. PCR detection of retinoblastoma gene deletions in radiation-induced mouse lung adenocarcinomas

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    Churchill, M.E.; Gemmell, M.A.; Woloschak, G.E.

    1993-04-01

    From 1971 to 1986, Argonne National Laboratory conducted a series of large-scale studies of tumor incidence in 40,000 BCF{sub 1} mice irradiated with {sup 60}Co {gamma} rays or JANUS fission-spectrum neutrons; normal and tumor tissues from mice in these studies were preserved in paraffin blocks. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique has been developed to detect deletions in the mouse retinoblastoma (mRb) gene in the paraffin-embedded tissues. Microtomed sections were used as the DNA source in PCR reaction mixtures. Six mRb gene exon fragments were amplified in a 40-cycle, 3-temperature PCR protocol. The absence of any of these fragments (relative to control PCR products) on a Southern blot indicated a deletion of that portion of the mRb gene. The tumors chosen for analysis were lung adenocarcinomas that were judged to be the cause of death in post-mortem analyses. Spontaneous tumors as well as those from irradiated mice (569 cGy of {sup 60}Co {gamma} rays or 60 cGy of JANUS neutrons, doses that have been found to have approximately equal biological effectiveness in the BCF, mouse) were analyzed for mRb deletions. In all normal mouse tissues studies, all six mRb exon fragments were present on Southem blots. Tumors in six neutron-irradiated mice also had no mRb deletions. However, I of 6 tumors from {gamma}-irradiated mice and 6 of 18 spontaneous tumors from unirradiated mice had a deletion in one or both mRb alleles. All deletions detected were in the 5{prime} region of the mRb gene.

  16. PCR detection of retinoblastoma gene deletions in radiation-induced mouse lung adenocarcinomas

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    Churchill, M.E.; Gemmell, M.A.; Woloschak, G.E.

    1993-01-01

    From 1971 to 1986, Argonne National Laboratory conducted a series of large-scale studies of tumor incidence in 40,000 BCF[sub 1] mice irradiated with [sup 60]Co [gamma] rays or JANUS fission-spectrum neutrons; normal and tumor tissues from mice in these studies were preserved in paraffin blocks. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique has been developed to detect deletions in the mouse retinoblastoma (mRb) gene in the paraffin-embedded tissues. Microtomed sections were used as the DNA source in PCR reaction mixtures. Six mRb gene exon fragments were amplified in a 40-cycle, 3-temperature PCR protocol. The absence of any of these fragments (relative to control PCR products) on a Southern blot indicated a deletion of that portion of the mRb gene. The tumors chosen for analysis were lung adenocarcinomas that were judged to be the cause of death in post-mortem analyses. Spontaneous tumors as well as those from irradiated mice (569 cGy of [sup 60]Co [gamma] rays or 60 cGy of JANUS neutrons, doses that have been found to have approximately equal biological effectiveness in the BCF, mouse) were analyzed for mRb deletions. In all normal mouse tissues studies, all six mRb exon fragments were present on Southem blots. Tumors in six neutron-irradiated mice also had no mRb deletions. However, I of 6 tumors from [gamma]-irradiated mice and 6 of 18 spontaneous tumors from unirradiated mice had a deletion in one or both mRb alleles. All deletions detected were in the 5[prime] region of the mRb gene.

  17. Bioética aplicada à assistência de enfermagem

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    Valéria Lerch Lunardi

    1998-12-01

    Full Text Available A partir do conceito de governabilidade de Foucault como um tema ligado à ética, ao exercício da liberdade e da autonomia, discute o enfrentamento de situações de conflito ético, presentes no cotidiano da enfermagem, e em especial da enfermagem nefrológica. Defende a necessidade da enfermeira, na sua prática, optar por advogar a favor dos direitos do cliente.

  18. O público de imprensa na era digital: hábitos de consumo e necessidades quanto aos produtos de imprensa

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    Fernandes, Filipe Lopes

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    Mestrado em Informática Aplicada à Sociedade da Informação e do Conhecimento Desde que a Internet se assumiu como um meio preferencial para a transmissão de informação, que a imprensa se tentou adaptar e delinear um meio de divulgação dos seus conteúdos editoriais no mundo online. Mas o desenvolvimento das tecnologias da informação, causa e efeito da Internet, levou a uma série de transformações a nível da sociedade, e na forma como a informação é consumida, que conduziu ao paradigma da So...

  19. Atitudes de estudantes universitários frente ao consumo de materiais pornográficos University students' attitudes towards pornographic material consumption

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    Valeschka Martins Guerra; Fernando Cezar B. de Andrade; Mardonio Rique Dias

    2004-01-01

    A expansão do mercado de produtos pornográficos traz à tona a discussão acerca da influência dos valores transmitidos pela mídia no comportamento dos indivíduos. A questão da pornografia permanece sem o devido aprofundamento, pois o Brasil ainda é carente de pesquisas nesta área. Este estudo descreve a elaboração e validação de um instrumento de medida das atitudes frente ao consumo de materiais pornográficos, aplicada a 336 universitários e os dados submetidos à análise fatorial. Os 33 itens...

  20. Resistência de biótipos de arroz-vermelho aos herbicidas imazapyr + imazapic e alternativas de controle

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    Rafael Salles Rubin

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available O uso intenso de herbicidas com o mesmo mecanismo de ação na cultura do arroz (Oryza sativa L. tem selecionado biótipos resistentes, como, por exemplo, o arroz-vermelho (planta daninha resistente aos herbicidas imidazolinonas. Por essa razão, este trabalho foi desenvolvido com o objetivo de avaliar a resistência de arroz-vermelho ao herbicida imazapyr + imazapic, na região sul do Rio Grande do Sul, e o controle do biótipo resistente de arroz-vermelho com os herbicidas alternativos clethodim e glyphosate. Foram realizados três experimentos, em delineamento casualizado, arranjados em esquema fatorial. No primeiro experimento, o fator A testou biótipos de arroz-vermelho [ORYSA 184 (resistente e ORYSA 188 (susceptível], o fator B comparou herbicidas (imazapyr + imazapic, clethodim e glyphosate e o fator C avaliou doses dos herbicidas (0; 0,5; 1; 2; 4; 8; 16 e 32 vezes a dose recomendada. No segundo, compararam-se biótipos de arroz-vermelho e doses do herbicida imazapyr + imazapic (0; 0,5; 1; 2; 4; 8; 16; 32 e 64 vezes a dose recomendada. No terceiro, testaram-se biótipos de arroz-vermelho e doses diferentes do herbicida imazapyr + imazapic para cada biótipo. O biótipo ORYSA 184 é resistente ao imazapyr + imazapic, quando aplicada a dose máxima de registro e estádio indicado. Os herbicidas clethodim e glyphosate, detentores de mecanismos de ação alternativos, controlam o biótipo resistente ORYSA 184 de arroz-vermelho.

  1. Sensibilidade da rosa 'Osiana' ao etileno

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    Delaine Cristina Cordeiro

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Os objetivos deste trabalho foram determinar a sensibilidade e as respostas da rosa cultivar Osiana (Rosa × hybrida à presença de etileno ao longo da vida pós-colheita. Para determinar a sensibilidade da flor ao etileno, hastes foram cortadas e colocadas em câmaras herméticas e em seguida tratadas por 24 horas com diferentes concentrações de etileno variando de 0,0; 0,1; 1,0; 10; 100 e 1000 µL L-1do ar no interior da câmara. A rosa teve a vida pós-colheita reduzida pelo etileno, quando exposta a concentração igual ou superior a 10 µL L-1 de etileno. As flores tratadas com no mínimo de 10 µL L-1de etileno desenvolveram necrose, murcha e abscisão prematura das pétalas ainda túrgidas. As concentrações de 0,1 e 1,0 µL L-1de etileno estimularam a abertura do botão floral durante o período de 24 horas de exposição ao etileno, sem no entanto, reduzir a vida pós-colheita. A rosa 'Osiana' pode ser classificada como uma cultivar sensível ao etileno e a concentração influência os processos estimulados.

  2. Análise macroscópica e histológica do emprego da poliuretana derivada do óleo de mamona (Ricinus communis aplicada na tíbia de cães em fase de crescimento Macroscopic and histopathologic evaluations of the use of polyurethane resins derived from castor oil (Ricinus communis applied in the tibia of the puppies

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    Patricia Popak Maria

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudar o efeito da poliuretana de mamona aplicada ao osso de cães em crescimento. MÉTODOS: Foram utilizados 12 cães subdivididos aleatoriamente em 3 grupos, os quais receberam o implante de mamona na face medial proximal da tíbia, com análise macroscópica e histopatológica aos 30 (GIII, 60 (GII e 90 (GI dias. RESULTADOS: A poliuretana foi recoberta por uma cápsula conjuntiva fibrosa, não ocorrendo proliferação óssea ao seu redor. CONCLUSÃO: A poliuretana é biocompatível, comportando-se como espaçador biológico em cães. Nesta espécie não ocorre a osteointegração.PURPOSE: To analyze the effects of castor oil derived poliurethane, when applied to bones of puppies. METHODS: Twelve dogs, randomly divided in 3 groups, received a castor oil derived poliurethane at the medial side of the proximal tibia. Gross and histopathologic evaluations were performed at 30 (GIII, 60 (GII and 90 (GI days. RESULTS: The poliurethane was enclosed in a connective fibrous tissue capsule and there was no new bone formation around it. CONCLUSION: The castor oil derived poliurethane is biocompatible and behaves as a biological "stand off" in dogs. Osteointegration does not occur in this species.

  3. Associação entre polimorfismo SLC6A3 3’UTR VNTR e a resposta ao tratamento da dependência de nicotina

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    Guilherme Rubino de Azevedo Focchi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Avaliar a associação entre a resposta ao tratamento da dependência de nicotina com bupropiona e a presença do polimorfismo SLC6A3 3’UTR VNTR, localizado no gene que codifica o transportador dopaminérgico. Método: Foram acompanhados no Ambulatório de Tabagismo do Instituto de Psiquiatria da Faculdade de Medicina da USP 100 pacientes do sexo masculino com diagnóstico de dependência de nicotina, sem outras patologias. Todos receberam bupropiona até 300 mg ao dia por 12 semanas, associada à terapia cognitivo-comportamental em grupo. A Escala de Fagerström foi aplicada no início e no final do tratamento, e avaliou-se a parada do uso de cigarros na última semana de tratamento e um mês após. Os pacientes tiveram 10 ml de sangue colhidos e genotipados para a existência do polimorfismo SLC6A3 3’UTR VNTR. Resultados: Não foi encontrada associação entre cessação do uso de cigarro e presença do polimorfismo. Conclusão: São necessários mais estudos para avaliar se a presença do polimorfismo SLC6A3 3’UTR VNTR estaria relacionada à melhor resposta ao tratamento da dependência de nicotina.

  4. MEMS DM development at Iris AO, Inc.

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    Helmbrecht, Michael A.; He, Min; Kempf, Carl J.; Besse, Marc

    2011-03-01

    Iris AO is actively developing piston-tip-tilt (PTT) segmented MEMS deformable mirrors (DM) and adaptive optics (AO) controllers for these DMs. This paper discusses ongoing research at Iris AO that has advanced the state-of-the-art of these devices and systems over the past year. Improvements made to open-loop operation and mirror fabrication enables mirrors to open-loop flatten to 4 nm rms. Additional testing of an anti snap-in technology was conducted and demonstrates that the technology can withstand 100 million snap-in events without failure. Deformable mirrors with dielectric coatings are shown that are capable of handling 630 W/cm2 of incident laser power. Over a localized region on the segment, the dielectric coatings can withstand 100kW/cm2 incident laser power for 30 minutes. Results from the first-ever batch of PTT489 DMs that were shipped to pilot customers are reported. Optimizations made to the open-loop PTT controller are shown to have latencies of 157.5 μs and synchronous array update rates of nearly 6.5 kHz. Finally, plans for the design and fabrication of the next-generation PTT939 DM are presented.

  5. Silencing of ABCG2 by MicroRNA-3163 Inhibits Multidrug Resistance in Retinoblastoma Cancer Stem Cells.

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    Jia, Ming; Wei, Zhenhua; Liu, Peng; Zhao, Xiaoli

    2016-06-01

    To investigate the function and regulation mechanism of ATP-binding cassette, subfamily G, member 2 (ABCG2) in retinoblastoma cancer stem cells (RCSCs), a long-term culture of RCSCs from WERI-Rb1 cell line was successfully established based on the high expression level of ABCG2 on the surface of RCSCs. To further explore the molecular mechanism of ABCG2 on RCSCs, a microRNA that specifically targets ABCG2 was predicted. Subsequently, miR-3163 was selected and confirmed as the ABCG2-regulating microRNA. Overexpression of miR-3163 led to a significant decrease in ABCG2 expression. Additionally, ABCG2 loss-of-function induced anti-proliferation and apoptosis-promoting functions in RCSCs, and multidrug resistance to cisplatin, carboplatin, vincristine, doxorubicin, and etoposide was greatly improved in these cells. Our data suggest that miR-3163 has a significant impact on ABCG2 expression and can influence proliferation, apoptosis, and drug resistance in RCSCs. This work may provide new therapeutic targets for retinoblastoma. PMID:27247490

  6. A retinoblastoma orthologue is a major regulator of S-phase, mitotic, and developmental gene expression in Dictyostelium.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The retinoblastoma tumour suppressor, Rb, has two major functions. First, it represses genes whose products are required for S-phase entry and progression thus stabilizing cells in G1. Second, Rb interacts with factors that induce cell-cycle exit and terminal differentiation. Dictyostelium lacks a G1 phase in its cell cycle but it has a retinoblastoma orthologue, rblA. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Using microarray analysis and mRNA-Seq transcriptional profiling, we show that RblA strongly represses genes whose products are involved in S phase and mitosis. Both S-phase and mitotic genes are upregulated at a single point in late G2 and again in mid-development, near the time when cell cycling is reactivated. RblA also activates a set of genes unique to slime moulds that function in terminal differentiation. CONCLUSIONS: Like its mammalian counterpart Dictyostelium, RblA plays a dual role, regulating cell-cycle progression and transcriptional events leading to terminal differentiation. In the absence of a G1 phase, however, RblA functions in late G2 controlling the expression of both S-phase and mitotic genes.

  7. Cell death, chromosome damage and mitotic delay in normal human, ataxia telangiectasia and retinoblastoma fibroblasts after x-irradiation.

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    Zampetti-Bosseler, F; Scott, D

    1981-05-01

    We recently showed (Scott and Zampetti-Bosseler 1980) that X-ray sensitive mouse lymphoma cells sustain more chromosome damage, mitotic delay and spindle defects than X-ray resistant cells. We proposed that (a) chromosome aberrations contribute much more to lethality than spindle defects, and (b) that DNA lesions are less effectively repaired in the sensitive cells and give rise to more G2 mitotic delay and chromosome aberrations. Our present results on human fibroblasts with reported differential sensitivity to ionizing radiation (i.e. normal donors and patients with ataxia telangiectasia and retinoblastoma) support the first hypothesis since we observed a positive correlation between chromosome aberration frequencies and cell killing and no induced spindle defects. Our second hypothesis is however not substantiated since X-ray sensitive fibroblasts from the ataxia patient suffered less mitotic delay than cells from normal donors. A common lesion for mitotic delay and chromosome aberrations can still be assumed by adopting the hypothesis of Painter and Young (1981) that the defect in ataxia cells is not in repair but in a failure of DNA damage to initiate mitotic delay. In contrast to other reports, we found the retinoblastoma cells to be of normal radiation sensitivity (cell killing and aberration).

  8. A comprehensive, sensitive and economical approach for the detection of mutations in the RB1 gene in retinoblastoma

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    Vidya Latha Parsam; Chitra Kannabiran; Santosh Honavar; Geeta K. Vemuganti; Mohammad Javed Ali

    2009-12-01

    Retinoblastoma (Rb) is the most common primary intraocular malignancy in children. It is brought about by the mutational inactivation of both alleles of RB1 gene in the developing retina. To identify the RB1 mutations, we analysed 74 retinoblastoma patients by screening the exons and the promoter region of RB1. The strategy used was to detect large deletions/duplications by fluorescent quantitative multiplex PCR; small deletions/insertions by fluorescent genotyping of RB1 alleles, and point mutations by PCR-RFLP and sequencing. Genomic DNA from the peripheral blood leucocytes of 74 Rb patients (53 with bilateral Rb, 21 with unilateral Rb; 4 familial cases) was screened for mutations. Recurrent mutations were identified in five patients with bilateral Rb, large deletions in 11 patients (nine with bilateral Rb and two with unilateral Rb), small deletions/insertions were found in 12 patients all with bilateral Rb, and point mutations in 26 patients (14 nonsense, six splice site, five substitution and one silent change). Three mutations were associated with variable expressivity of the disease in different family members. Using this method, the detection rates achieved in patients with bilateral Rb were 44/53 (83%) and with unilateral Rb, 5/21 (23.8%). This approach may be feasible for clinical genetic testing and counselling of patients.

  9. 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 < 1 msec 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 < 8 mag stars. These relatively high optical wavelength Strehls are made possible by our powerful combination of a next generation ASM and a 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.

  10. High-resolution MRI using orbit surface coils for the evaluation of metastatic risk factors in 143 children with retinoblastoma. Part 1: MRI vs. histopathology

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    Sirin, Selma; Schlamann, Marc; Schweiger, Bernd; Goericke, Sophia L. [University Hospital Essen, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Essen (Germany); Metz, Klaus A. [University Hospital Essen, Department of Pathology and Neuropathology, Essen (Germany); Bornfeld, Norbert; Holdt, Markus [University Hospital Essen, Department of Ophthalmology, Essen (Germany); Temming, Petra; Schuendeln, Michael M. [University Hospital Essen, Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Essen (Germany)

    2015-08-15

    A reliable detection of metastatic risk factors is important for children with retinoblastoma to choose the right therapeutic regimen. First studies using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with orbit surface coils were promising. The aim of this study was therefore to evaluate the ability of high-resolution MRI to detect metastatic and especially advanced metastatic risk factors in a large group of children with retinoblastoma. One hundred forty-three consecutive children with retinoblastoma (148 enucleated eyes, 64 girls, 79 boys, mean age 19.7 ± 15.3) who received pretherapeutical high-resolution MRI with orbit surface coils on 1.5 T MR scanner systems between 2007 and 2012 and subsequent primary enucleation within 14 days were included in this retrospective study. Image analysis was performed by two neuroradiologists experienced in ocular imaging in consensus. Histopathology served as gold standard. Sensitivity/specificity for the detection of metastatic risk factors using high-resolution MRI with orbit surface coils were 60 %/88.7 % for postlaminar optic nerve infiltration, 65.5 %/95.6 % for choroidal invasion, 100 %/99.3 % for scleral invasion, and 100 %/100 % for peribulbar fat invasion, respectively. The results increased for the detection of advanced metastatic risk factors, 81.8 %/89.1 % for deep postlaminar optic nerve infiltration, 70.6 %/97.6 % for massive choroidal invasion. High-resolution MRI is clinically valuable for the detection of metastatic, especially of advanced metastatic risk factors in children with retinoblastoma. (orig.)

  11. High-resolution MRI using orbit surface coils for the evaluation of metastatic risk factors in 143 children with retinoblastoma. Part 1: MRI vs. histopathology

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    A reliable detection of metastatic risk factors is important for children with retinoblastoma to choose the right therapeutic regimen. First studies using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with orbit surface coils were promising. The aim of this study was therefore to evaluate the ability of high-resolution MRI to detect metastatic and especially advanced metastatic risk factors in a large group of children with retinoblastoma. One hundred forty-three consecutive children with retinoblastoma (148 enucleated eyes, 64 girls, 79 boys, mean age 19.7 ± 15.3) who received pretherapeutical high-resolution MRI with orbit surface coils on 1.5 T MR scanner systems between 2007 and 2012 and subsequent primary enucleation within 14 days were included in this retrospective study. Image analysis was performed by two neuroradiologists experienced in ocular imaging in consensus. Histopathology served as gold standard. Sensitivity/specificity for the detection of metastatic risk factors using high-resolution MRI with orbit surface coils were 60 %/88.7 % for postlaminar optic nerve infiltration, 65.5 %/95.6 % for choroidal invasion, 100 %/99.3 % for scleral invasion, and 100 %/100 % for peribulbar fat invasion, respectively. The results increased for the detection of advanced metastatic risk factors, 81.8 %/89.1 % for deep postlaminar optic nerve infiltration, 70.6 %/97.6 % for massive choroidal invasion. High-resolution MRI is clinically valuable for the detection of metastatic, especially of advanced metastatic risk factors in children with retinoblastoma. (orig.)

  12. Some polemical issues in Applied Linguistics Alguns temas polêmicos na disciplina de linguística aplicada

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    John Robert Schmitz

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, I look at three polemical issues in Applied Linguistics. I argue, first of all, that the desire for a stable definition of applied linguistics has by no means prevented research in the discipline. Secondly, I contend that the notion or "tradition" of "linguistics applied" (corpus linguistics or lexicography is broader and more serious than "applicationism" (the use of linguistic formalisms, artificial practices, and terminology in teaching material that are problematic and motivated by commercial interests. Thirdly, I argue that Educational Linguistics and Applied Linguistics have overlapping research objectives. In the course of the paper, I present some reservations about Educational Linguistics.Neste trabalho, examino três temas polêmicos na disciplina de Linguística Aplicada. Argumento, em primeiro lugar, que o desejo de uma definição estável de Linguística Aplicada, de nenhuma forma, tem impedido a pesquisa no âmbito da disciplina. Em segundo lugar, argumento que a "Linguistics Applied" (a linguística do corpus ou a lexicologia são muito mais abrangentes e sérias do que as práticas "aplicacionistas" (o uso de formalismo, artificialismos e nomenclatura em material didático que são problemáticos e motivados por interesses comerciais. Em terceiro lugar, argumento que a Linguística Educacional e a Linguística Aplicada têm objetivos de pesquisa que se sobrepõem. No decorrer do trabalho, apresento algumas reservas minhas sobre a Linguística Educacional.

  13. Estrategias metacognitivas aplicadas en la escritura y comprensión lectora en el desarrollo de los trabajos de grado

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    Nuris M. Chirinos Molero

    2012-01-01

    Esta investigación tuvo como objetivo describir las estrategias metacognitivas aplicadas en la escritura y comprensión lectora de los estudiantes del posgrado de Universidad Nacional Experimental "Rafael María Baralt" (UNERMB) en el desarrollo del trabajo de grado. Se fundamentó en la psicología cognoscitiva y las teorías constructivistas de Piaget puesto que el sujeto interactúa con el objeto del conocimiento. La metodología fue de tipo descriptiva. Conformada por una población de 128 estudi...

  14. La estadística aplicada a la Antropología : Una propuesta para aprender a trabajar en ciencia

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    Roa, Marta Graciela; Sardi, Marina Laura

    2009-01-01

    La enseñanza de la ciencia supone promover en los alumnos una actitud científica. El objetivo del trabajo es presentar una experiencia de enseñanza de la Estadística aplicada en Antropología. La meta de la misma es lograr cambios actitudinales, mediante una estrategia pedagógica que incluye la realización de pequeñas investigaciones. Se trabaja con datos reales y los alumnos, mediante el trabajo grupal, formulan sus propias preguntas, elaboran hipótesis, obtienen resultados (mediante la aplic...

  15. Buenas pr??cticas en el desarrollo de trabajo colaborativo en materias TIC aplicadas a la educaci??n

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    Guti??rrez Esteban, Prudencia; R. Yuste Tosina; S. Cubo Delgado; M. Lucero Fustes

    2011-01-01

    Este trabajo presenta cuatro experiencias docentes de Buenas Pr??cticas en el uso de las Tecnolog??as de la Informaci??n y la Comunicaci??n en la Ense??anza Universitaria, en el ??mbito educativo, desarrolladas en materias impartidas durante el curso 2009/2010 en la Facultad de Educaci??n de la Universidad de Extremadura, centradas en el trabajo colaborativo y aut??nomo del alumnado como metodolog??a, la innovaci??n docente como filosof??a, el uso de las TIC aplicadas a...

  16. El futuro de las tecnologías digitales aplicadas al aprendizaje de personas con necesidades educativas especiales

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    Castro Lozano, Carlos de

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    Se presentan en este trabajo las tendencias de las tecnologías digitales aplicadas a los sistemas de aprendizaje, haciendo especial hincapié en aquellas que favorecen la inclusión de las personas con necesidades educativas especiales. A modo de introducción, se resume la evolución de estas tecnologías, y a continuación, se desarrolla una nueva concepción del aprendizaje en línea y un modelo de innovación basado en el concepto de aprendizaje invisible y en los sistemas ubicuos de aprendizaje. ...

  17. Medidas de frecuencia, asociación e impacto en investigación aplicada

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    J.A. Mirón Canelo

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available En la Sociedad actual del conocimiento y la información es preciso disponer de herramientas básicas para medir los fenómenos epidemiológicos como la enfermedad, la incapacidad o la siniestralidad laboral. Las formas de medir son instrumentos que se deben conocer y aplicar para planificar y tomar decisiones en Salud Pública y en Salud Laboral. El objetivo de este artículo es dar a conocer las principales medidas de frecuencia, asociación e impacto utilizadas en investigación aplicada, clínica o de Salud Pública para tratar de medir, valorar y estimar la importancia de los problemas de salud y enfermedades de relacionadas con el trabajo, de los factores de riesgo ocupacionales y otros eventos relacionados con la seguridad e higiene en el trabajo y, en definitiva, con la Salud de los trabajadores. Se describen los conceptos teóricos de las formas de medir en epidemiología, su interpretación y aplicación práctica de los indicadores básicos utilizados en la práctica habitual de los profesionales de las Ciencias de la Salud. Su utilidad fundamental es poder disponer de una información objetiva, fiable y precisa que permita tomar decisiones adecuadas y pertinentes en relación con la prevención, seguridad laboral, atención y rehabilitación de los trabajadores.In the society´current knowledge and information is necessary to have basic tools to measure the epidemic phenomena such as illness, disability or workplace accidents. The ways of measuring are instruments that they must know and apply to plan and take decisions on Public Health and Labour/Occupational Health. The aim of this article is to inform about the most important measures of frequency, association and impact used in applied research, clinical or Public Health to try to measure, to value and estimate the importance of health problems and diseases related work. The occupational risk factors and other events related to safety and healthy working conditions and ultimately

  18. Minería de datos aplicada en detección de intrusos

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    Diego Vallejo P.

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    Full Text Available Con base a los fundamentos y técnicas de la minería de datos se pueden diseñar y elaborar modelos que permiten encontrar comportamientos clandestinos de fácil detección a simple vista como lo es la información no evidente -desconocida a priori y potencialmente útil- en referencia a hechos determinados. En particular la utilidad de la minería de datos en esta área radica en una serie de técnicas, algoritmos y métodos que imitan la característica humana del aprendizaje: ser capaz de extraer nuevos conocimientos a partir de las experiencias. La minería de datos posee características como: análisis de grandes volúmenes de información, generación de comportamientos que no son fácilmente perceptibles, depuración de datos para toma de decisiones. Estas características pueden ser de vital importancia para ser aplicadas en la seguridad de la información a través de la detección de intrusos. En la actualidad la seguridad de la información es uno de los grandes retos que tiene el mundo, y en especial, la detección de anomalías en los registros de acceso de los diferentes sistemas de información. Con esta aplicabilidad resulta un método básico y muy eficiente de poder prevenir intrusiones. Se centra el campo de en la detección de intrusos al nutrir el proceso de seguimiento de los acontecimientos que ocurren en la red informática, seguido del análisis de los mismos; con el fin de detectar los factores que ponen en peligro la confidencialidad, integridad, disponibilidad y no repudio de los datos. En el presente trabajo se pretende mostrar el aporte a la seguridad de la información de la minería de datos en el contexto de la detección de intrusos.

  19. Esta é minha carta ao mundo

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    Fernanda Mourão

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A partir da primeira carta de Emily Dickinson (1830-1886 a Thomas Higginson, que então seria seu “preceptor” e interlocutor para sempre, este texto propõe uma leitura da obra da escritora norte-americana a partir do biografema da carta e da ideia de sua obra como “carta ao mundo” – conforme um de seus mais famosos poemas –, com todas as implicações trazidas pelo termo, e à luz das teorias de Roland Barthes, Maurice Blanchot e Silvina Rodrigues Lopes, entre outros.

  20. AoA Region: South Asian Seas

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    the North Indian Ocean account for roughly one quarter of the world’s population, which makes the region’s coastal environment and resources especially vulnerable to human infl uences. AoA Region: South Asian Seas Wajih Naqvi © Wajih Naqvi Mandovi Estuary... important coastal fi sheries and provides direct sustenance to coastal communities from timber and other products. It is endowed also with rich biodiversity and wildlife. The most extensive mangrove forest in the region and the world’s second largest...

  1. The Experiment Research of Subconjunctival Injections with Etoposide for the Treatment of Retinoblastoma Mice

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    Yuxiang Mao; Zhongyao Wu; Huasheng Yang; Jianliang Zheng; Jianfeng He; Wei Li

    2005-01-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of subconjunctival injections of Etoposide for retinoblastoma(RB) mice.Method: Twenty-five RB mice were divided into 5 groups for the study(G0~G4). GO for control group received 0.9% sodium chloride injection subconjunctival. G1: 5 RB mice for systemic delivery received 6 systemic administration of Etoposide 150 μg and Cyclosporin A (CSA)1.0mg at 3 days intervals, respectively. G2~G4:5 RB mice in each group received 6 subconjunctival delivery of Etoposide in 50、75、150μg at 3 days intervals, respectively.To observe the changes of the volume of RB in anterior chamber and the part of conjunctiva for injections of chemotherapeutic drugs. All eyes and conjunctiva and scleras of the part for drugs injections were obtained at 6 weeks after experiment for histopathologic examination. The findings under the light microscope were analysed with software to measure the areas of RB in anterior chambers and the tumor inhibition rate.Results:The volume of RB in anterior chambers for G1 and G2 increase quickly and none of the mice exhibited tumor control. The RB volume increase slowly in G3 and exhibit tumor control in G4. The areas of tumors in G0~G4 are 0.710,0.659,0.634,0.515,0.235 mm2, respectively. The rate for tumor inhibition in G0~G4 are 0.0%,7.18%, 10.70% ,27.43% ,66.90%, respectively. There are statistical significant difference between the G1 and G4 for the volumes of tumors and the rate of tumor inhibition.The pathologic examination of subconjunctiva and sclera for the injective sites showed no pathologic changes.Conclusions: There are significant effects for the method of subconjunctival delivery of Etoposide in RB control, demonstrating a positive dose-related relationship. Subconjunctival injection of Etoposide reached better efficacy in controlling and inhibiting RB cells than systemic delivery of Etoposide for the same dose. The pathologic results showed the subconjunctival delivery of etoposide were safety for

  2. Clinical treatment and prognostic observation for different pathological infiltrations in 537 patients with unilateral retinoblastoma

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    Wang Yizhuo; Huang Dongsheng; Shi Jitong; Ma Jianmin; Zhao Junyang; Li Bin; Xu Xiaolin

    2014-01-01

    Background The use of post-enucleation adjuvant therapy to decrease the extraocular relapse rate is frequently considered,but there is much controversy about the indications for adjuvant therapy.The aim of this retrospective study was to observe the treatment and prognosis for different degrees of invasion of eye tissue in retinoblastoma (RB) and identify the indications for post-enucleation adjuvant therapy.Methods We recruited 537 children who had been diagnosed with unilateral RB and had received enucleation from January 2006 to December 2012 in our hospital,and divided them into three groups according to their number of histopathologic risk factors:0 factor,1 factor,or >2 factors.Histopathologic high-risk factors included invasion of the optic nerve posterior to the ethmoid plate (including optic nerve stumps) and extensive invasions of the choroid,sclera,anterior chamber,iris,and ciliary body.Treatment was delivered accordingly,and the prognosis of different degrees of histopathologic invasion was observed.The subjects were followed up for 6 months to 7 years (average follow-up time:35 months).Statistical analysis was analyzed using x2test.P <0.05 was considered significant.Results Of the 537 RB patients who received enucleation,25 died (overall survival:95.3%).Of the 369 (68.7%) with no histopathologic risk factors,1 died of recurrence,with a mortality rate of 0.3%,whereas of the 168 (31.3%) with histopathologic risk factors,26 had recurrences and 24 died (mortality rate:14.3%; P=0.000).Of the 93 patients (17.3%),each of whom had a single risk factor,nine had recurrences,16 died (8.6%).Of the 75 patients (14%) with two or more high-risk factors,16 died (21.3%).These differences were statistically significant between the three (P=0.000).Conclusion Chemotherapy is recommended for patients with histopathologic risk factors,especially those with two or more histopathologic risk factors.

  3. Diffuse infiltrating retinoblastoma simulating endophthalmitis: a case report%以眼内炎为首发症状的弥漫浸润型视网膜母细胞瘤1例

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    董凯; 何为民; Darius M. Moshfeghi; 徐筑萍

    2008-01-01

    弥漫浸润型视网膜母细胞瘤是视网膜母细胞瘤中一种少见的病理类型,发病率约为视网膜母细胞瘤的1%~2%,通常会由于检查不到明显的肿块而误诊为内源性眼内炎,本文报道1例以眼内炎为首发症状的弥漫浸润型视网膜母细胞瘤,并对其组织病理进行探讨.%·Diffusely infiltrating retinoblastoma is a rare histopatho-logic type of retinoblastoma, accounting for approximate-ly 1% to 2% of retinoblastoma cases. We report a case of diffuse infiltrating retinoblastoma presenting as endo-phthalmitis and comment on the histopathologic findings.

  4. Ciencia básica y ciencia aplicada Basic science and applied science

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    Ruy Pérez-Tamayo

    2001-08-01

    Full Text Available En el contexto de una intervención en el Foro de Consulta Democrática de la Coordinación de los Institutos Nacionales de Salud sobre Enseñanza e Investigación en Salud, realizado en el Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez, se hace una revisión crítica de la clasificación convencional de la ciencia en básica y aplicada; además, se analiza lo que deberían ser la enseñanza y la investigación en salud. Para apoyar su propia clasificación de la ciencia en "bien hecha", la cual "genera conocimientos verificables sobre la realidad" y la "mal hecha", improductiva o productora de "puras mentiras" y "no debe patrocinarse", el autor revisa las definiciones utilitaristas y peyorativas como las que establecen ciencia comprometida y ciencia pura, ciencia útil y ciencia inútil, y ciencia práctica y ciencia esotérica, como sinónimos de ciencia aplicada y ciencia básica y afirma que, en México, esta diferenciación "para lo único que ha servido en el pasado es para justificar la reducción en el apoyo oficial a la ciencia básica, porque no estaba dirigida a resolver ´los problemas nacionales´o porque no caía en las prioridades establecidas en ese sexenio". En cuanto a educación e investigación en salud reconoce que el programa actual de formación de investigadores tiene una eficiencia muy baja y propone un estudio científico crítico, realizado por un equipo de especialistas, interdisciplinario, "para integrar la carrera del investigador científico desde la captura de la juventud inteligente hasta la jubilación o muerte del investigador" y para el cual la evaluación de la eficiencia del apoyo a sus proyectos de investigación no se restrinja a si se publicó o no un artículo "pues la calidad del trabajo científico y la contribución de un investigador al desarrollo de la ciencia no es nada más el número de sus publicaciones". El texto completo en inglés de este artículo está disponible en: http

  5. 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.

  6. Transcriptional regulatory program in wild-type and retinoblastoma gene-deficient mouse embryonic fibroblasts during adipocyte differentiation

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    Hansen Jacob B

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although many molecular regulators of adipogenesis have been identified a comprehensive catalogue of components is still missing. Recent studies showed that the retinoblastoma protein (pRb was expressed in the cell cycle and late cellular differentiation phase during adipogenesis. To investigate this dual role of pRb in the early and late stages of adipogenesis we used microarrays to perform a comprehensive systems-level analysis of the common transcriptional program of the classic 3T3-L1 preadipocyte cell line, wild-type mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs, and retinoblastoma gene-deficient MEFs (Rb-/- MEFs. Findings Comparative analysis of the expression profiles of 3T3-L1 cells and wild-type MEFs revealed genes involved specifically in early regulation of the adipocyte differentiation as well as secreted factors and signaling molecules regulating the later phase of differentiation. In an attempt to identify transcription factors regulating adipogenesis, bioinformatics analysis of the promoters of coordinately and highly expressed genes was performed. We were able to identify a number of high-confidence target genes for follow-up experimental studies. Additionally, combination of experimental data and computational analyses pinpointed a feedback-loop between Pparg and Foxo1. To analyze the effects of the retinoblastoma protein at the transcriptional level we chose a perturbated system (Rb-/- MEFs for comparison to the transcriptional program of wild-type MEFs. Gene ontology analysis of 64 deregulated genes showed that the Rb-/- MEF model exhibits a brown(-like adipocyte phenotype. Additionally, the analysis results indicate a different or additional role for pRb family member involvement in the lineage commitment. Conclusion In this study a number of commonly modulated genes during adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 cells and MEFs, potential transcriptional regulation mechanisms, and differentially regulated targets during adipocyte

  7. Metodología WebML aplicada a un sistema de gestión de calidad en centros de investigación

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    Silvera, Jorge Alberto; Arias Figueroa, Daniel; Gil, Gustavo Daniel; Díaz, Martín R.; Villanueva, Guillermo E.; González, Valeria; Gil, Diego I.; Chauque, Enzo

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    Este trabajo presenta los resultados obtenidos, producto de la aplicación de la línea de investigación sobre sistemas de gestión de calidad (SGC) en la Universidad Nacional de Salta, sobre al estudio de la familia de Normas ISO aplicadas a Instituciones Educativas, en particular al Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo en Informática Aplicada (C.I.D.I.A.), dependiente de la Facultad de Ciencias Exactas. Todos los actores participantes del centro de investigación, tales como alumnos, docente...

  8. Estudo do raspado de conjuntiva e margem palpebral de pacientes tratados de retinoblastoma: etapa I - Microflora aeróbica Study of the conjunctival scrape and eyelid margin smears in patients treated for retinoblastoma: phase I - Aerobic microflora

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    Maria Carmen Menezes Santos

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: A queixa de secreção ocular é muito freqüente entre os pacientes tratados de retinoblastoma submetidos à enucleação e radioterapia. A falta de dados sobre a microflora em pacientes nessas condições foi o que motivou este estudo. Métodos: Foram examinadas 114 órbitas de 58 pacientes. Este trabalho apresenta os resultados das culturas para bactérias aeróbicas e fungos, de conjuntiva e margem palpebral em 4 condições, com e sem enucleação, com e sem radioterapia. Procedeu-se à identificação dos microrganismos de acordo com o Protocolo do National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards e os esfregaços para citologia foram submetidos às colorações de Gram e Leishman. Resultados: A presença de microrganismos foi mais freqüente nas cavidades anoftálmicas irradiadas, tanto na conjuntiva (54,5% quanto na margem palpebral (63,6%, porém sem diferença estatisticamente significante. Além disso, em órbitas com bulbo ocular, a radiação, na fase tardia, representou um fator limitante da presença de microrganismos na conjuntiva e na margem palpebral, mas sem diferença estatisticamente significante. O Staphylococcus coagulase negativa foi o microrganismo mais freqüente na conjuntiva e margem palpebral de todos os grupos. Houve crescimento de fungo, Candida tropicalis, em apenas um caso. Conclusões: Sugere-se o uso de colírios antibióticos em pacientes tratados de retinoblastoma, portadores de cavidade anoftálmica, irradiada ou não.Purpose: Conjunctival discharge is a common complaint among patients treated for retinoblastoma who underwent enucleation and radiotherapy. Lack of data about the microflora in those patients motivated this study. Methods: One hundred and fourteen orbits of 58 patients were examined. The authors present the results of aerobic bacterial and fungal culture of conjunctival and eyelid margin smears, as well as conjunctival cytology, in 4 different conditions: with and without

  9. A IMPORTÂNCIA DAS TAREFAS PIAGETIANAS APLICADAS NA EDUCAÇÃO INFANTIL

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    AZEVEDO, V.O.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available As provas desenvolvidas por Jean Piaget fazem-se presente a todo o momento na Educação Infantil, colaborando significativamente na aprendizagem de conceitos matemáticos e de outras áreas do conhecimento, favorecendo o desenvolvimento da capacidade de raciocinar, de comparar, de classificar, de argumentar do aluno. Estudos comprovam, que quando as tarefas piagetianas, como: seriação, classificação, inclusão de classe e outras, são trabalhadas com os alunos desde a Educação Infantil, estes adquirem um progresso na compreensão de conteúdos e atingem um estágio de desenvolvimento intelectual mais avançado ao longo do Ensino Fundamental. A presente pesquisa tem como objetivo investigar a importância das tarefas piagetianas desenvolvidas na Educação Infantil e averiguar as contribuições para o desenvolvimento do raciocínio lógico dos alunos do Infantil ao Ensino Fundamental. O trabalho consiste em uma pesquisa bibliográfica, de textos relacionados aos estudos de Piaget e seus seguidores, além do desenvolvimento das atividades piagetianas em turmas do maternal da Educação Infantil, no Centro Educacional Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora (CENSA, de Campos dos Goytacazes, utilizando materiais concretos e o próprio corpo da criança. Foi constatado que o uso das tarefas piagetianas desde a Educação infantil, como mecanismo para a aprendizagem e para o desenvolvimento do raciocínio lógico matemático, contribui também para o desenvolvimento de habilidades essenciais para outras áreas do conhecimento. Piaget enfatiza que o conhecimento, incluindo a capacidade de raciocinar logicamente, é construído através de um processo de interação/reflexão no qual o sujeito age sobre o objeto. Proporcionar atividades concretas e lúdicas às crianças é determinante para o desenvolvimento significativo de suas estruturas mentais necessárias a construção de conhecimentos matemáticos.

  10. Experimental research on wild-type p53 plasmid transfected into retinoblastoma cells and tissues using an ultrasound microbubble intensifier.

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    Luo, J; Zhou, X; Diao, L; Wang, Z

    2010-01-01

    The transfection efficiency of wild-type p53 (wtp53) was investigated in retinoblastoma (RB) Y79 cells using an ultrasound microbubble technique. A human RB nude mouse xenograft tumour model was also used to investigate whether this technique could deliver wtp53 into solid tumours. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) demonstrated that wtp53 was successfully transfected into Y79 cells in the plasmid with microbubbles and ultrasound group and in the plasmid with liposomes group, but not in the plasmid with ultrasound group or in the untreated control group. Flow cytometry showed that apoptosis was highest in the microbubbles and ultrasound group (25.58%) compared with the plasmid with liposomes group (19.50%), and the other two groups (microbubbles and ultrasound group. This study provides preliminary evidence in support of a potential new approach to RB gene therapy.

  11. Activation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma bypasses the function of the retinoblastoma protein in adipocyte differentiation

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    Hansen, Jacob B.; Petersen, R K; Larsen, B M;

    1999-01-01

    The retinoblastoma protein (pRB) is an important regulator of development, proliferation, and cellular differentiation. pRB was recently shown to play a pivotal role in adipocyte differentiation, to interact physically with adipogenic CCAAT/enhancer-binding proteins (C/EBPs), and to positively...... regulate transactivation by C/EBPbeta. We show that PPARgamma-mediated transactivation is pRB-independent, and that ligand-induced transactivation by PPARgamma1 present in RB+/+ and RB-/- mouse embryo fibroblasts is sufficient to bypass the differentiation block imposed by the absence of pRB....... The differentiated RB-/- cells accumulate lipid and express adipocyte markers, including C/EBPalpha and PPARgamma2. Interestingly, adipose conversion of pRB-deficient cells occurs in the absence of compensatory up-regulations of the other pRB family members p107 and p130. RB+/+ as well as RB-/- cells efficiently...

  12. Retinoblastoma protein expression is an independent predictor of both radiation response and survival in muscle-invasive bladder cancer

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    Agerbaek, M; Alsner, J; Marcussen, N;

    2003-01-01

    The objective of the study was to investigate the predictive value of various clinical, biochemical, and histopathological parameters, with special emphasis on the expression of the retinoblastoma protein (pRB), on the radiation response in bladder cancer. In order to obtain a truly objective....... Expression of pRB was assessed by immunohistochemical staining as present or absent. Complete response to radiotherapy was obtained in 42 of 106 evaluable patients (40%). Predictive for CR to radiotherapy, in univariate analysis, was transurethral resection (as opposed to biopsy), B-haemoglobin, no upper...... urinary retention, and loss of pRB staining. Loss of pRB staining was the strongest independent predictor of radiation response in multivariate logistic regression analysis and absence of upper urinary retention was the only other significant factor. Loss of pRB was the only parameter showing...

  13. Haploinsufficiency of the retinoblastoma protein gene reduces diet-induced obesity, insulin resistance, and hepatosteatosis in mice

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    Mercader, Josep; Ribot, Joan; Murano, Incoronata;

    2009-01-01

    Brown adipose tissue activity dissipates energy as heat, and there is evidence that lack of the retinoblastoma protein (pRb) may favor the development of the brown adipocyte phenotype in adipose cells. In this work we assessed the impact of germ-line haploinsufficiency of the pRb gene (Rb...... first evidence that partial deficiency in the Rb gene protects against the development of obesity and associated metabolic disturbances. Key words: brown adipose tissue, white adipose tissue, energy metabolism, genetic animal model....... proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) gamma as well as of genes involved in mitochondrial function, cAMP sensitivity, brown adipocyte determination and tissue vascularization in white adipose tissue depots. Furthermore, Rb(+/-) mice exhibited signs of enhanced activation of brown adipose tissue and higher...

  14. Polymer science applied to petroleum production; Ciencia de polimeros aplicada a producao de petroleo

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    Lucas, Elizabete F.; Mansur, Claudia R.E.; Garreto, Maria S.E.; Honse, Siller O.; Mazzeo, Claudia P.P. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro/ Instituto de Macromoleculas/ Laboratorio de Macromoleculas e Coloides na Industria de Petroleo, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)], e-mail: elucas@ima.ufrj.br

    2011-07-01

    The petroleum production comprises several operations, from well drilling to oil and water treatment, in which polymer science is applied. This work is focused in the phase behavior of asphaltenes that can be evaluated by precipitation tests and particle size determination. Recent researches show that the petroleum can be diluted with a specific model solvent, without causing any changes on asphaltenes phase behavior, and that a representative model system can be obtained if asphaltenes could be extracted using n-alkane as low as C1. The phase behavior of asphaltenes directly depends on the solubility parameter, which can be estimated for petroleum and asphaltenic fractions by microcalorimetry. More polar asphaltenes are not completely stabilized by less polar molecules, and this affects the stability of the A/O emulsions. There is a relationship between the amount of polar groups in the polymer chain and its capability in stabilizing/flocculating the asphaltenes, which interferes in the asphaltenes particle sizes. (author)

  15. Loss of the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor correlates with improved outcome in patients with lung adenocarcinoma treated with surgery and chemotherapy.

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    Cecchini, Matthew J; Ishak, Charles A; Passos, Daniel T; Warner, Andrew; Palma, David A; Howlett, Christopher J; Driman, David K; Dick, Frederick A

    2015-12-01

    The retinoblastoma tumor suppressor pathway is frequently inactivated in human cancer, enabling unrestrained proliferation. Most cancers, however, maintain expression of a wild-type (WT) retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein (pRB). It is generally in a hyperphosphorylated state (ppRB) because of mutations in upstream regulators such as p16 and cyclin D. Hyperphosphorylated ppRB is considered inactive, although data are emerging that suggest it can retain some function. To test the clinical relevance of pRB status, we obtained archival tissue sections from 91 cases of lung adenocarcinoma resected between 2003 and 2008. All cases received platinum doublet chemotherapy, and the median survival was 5.9 years. All cases were assessed for pRB and ppRB using immunohistochemistry and quantified based on intensity of signal and proportion of positive cells. pRB expression was lost in 15% of lung adenocarcinoma cases. In tumors that did not express pRB, the survival rate was significantly improved (hazard ratio, 0.21; 95% confidence interval, 0.06-0.69; P = .01) in comparison to tumors that express pRB. pRB status was found to be an independent predictor of overall survival on multivariate analysis (hazard ratio, 0.22; 95% confidence interval, 0.07-0.73; P = .01) along with increased stage and age. pRB status did not alter baseline levels of apoptotic or proliferative markers in these tumors, but the DNA damage response protein 53BP1 was higher in cancers with high levels of pRB. In summary, loss of pRB expression is associated with improved survival in patients treated with surgical resection and chemotherapy. This may be useful in classifying patients at greatest benefit for aggressive treatment regimes. PMID:26475095

  16. The Modern Role of Radiation Therapy in Treating Advanced-Stage Retinoblastoma: Long-Term Outcomes and Racial Differences

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    Purpose/Objective(s): To evaluate the effects of various patient characteristics and radiation therapy treatment variables on outcomes in advanced-stage retinoblastoma. Methods and Materials: This was a retrospective review of 41 eyes of 30 patients treated with external beam radiation therapy between June 1, 1992, and March 31, 2012, with a median follow-up time of 133 months (11 years). Outcome measures included overall survival, progression-free survival, local control, eye preservation rate, and toxicity. Results: Over 90% of the eyes were stage V. Definitive external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) was delivered in 43.9% of eyes, adjuvant EBRT in 22% of eyes, and second-line/salvage EBRT in 34.1% of eyes. A relative lens sparing (RLS) technique was used in 68.3% of eyes and modified lens sparing (MLS) in 24.4% of eyes. Three eyes were treated with other techniques. Doses ≥45 Gy were used in 68.3% of eyes. Chemotherapy was a component of treatment in 53.7% of eyes. The 10-year overall survival was 87.7%, progression-free survival was 80.5%, and local control was 87.8%. White patients had significantly better overall survival than did African-American patients in univariate analysis (hazard ratio 0.09; 95% confidence interval 0.01-0.84; P=.035). Toxicity was seen in 68.3% of eyes, including 24.3% with isolated acute dermatitis. Conclusions: External beam radiation therapy continues to be an effective treatment modality for advanced retinoblastoma, achieving excellent long-term local control and survival with low rates of treatment-related toxicity and secondary malignancy

  17. Enhanced in vitro antiproliferative effects of EpCAM antibody-functionalized paclitaxel-loaded PLGA nanoparticles in retinoblastoma cells

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    Mitra, Moutushy; Misra, Ranjita; Harilal, Anju; Sahoo, Sanjeeb K

    2011-01-01

    Background To specifically deliver paclitaxel (PTX) to retinoblastoma (RB) cells, the anionic surface-charged poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) NPs loaded with paclitaxel were conjugated with epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) antibody for enhancing site-specific intracellular delivery of paclitaxel against EpCAM overexpressing RB cells. Methods PTX-loaded PLGA NPs were prepared by the oil-in-water single emulsion solvent evaporation method, and the PTX content in NPs was estimated by the reverse phase isocratic mode of high performance liquid chromatography. Ethyl-3-[3-dimethylaminopropyl] carbodiimide hydrochloride/N-hydroxysuccinimide chemistry was employed for the covalent attachment of monoclonal EpCAM antibody onto the NP surface. In vitro cytotoxicity of native PTX, unconjugated PTX-loaded NPs (PTX-NPs), and EpCAM antibody-conjugated PTX-loaded nanoparticles (PTX-NP-EpCAM) were evaluated on a Y79 RB cell line by a dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay, while cellular apoptosis, cysteinyl-aspartic acid protease (caspase)-3 activation, Poly (adenosine diphosphate-ribose) polymerase (PARP) cleavage, and cell-cycle arrest were quantified by flow cytometry. By employing flow cytometry and fluorescence image analyses, the extent of cellular uptake was comparatively evaluated. Results PTX-NP-EpCAM had superior antiproliferation activity, increased arrested cell population at the G2-M phase, and increased activation of caspase-3, followed by PARP cleavage in parallel with the induction of apoptosis. Increased uptake of PTX-Np-EpCAM by the cells suggests that they were mainly taken up through EpCAM mediated endocytosis. Conclusions EpCAM antibody-functionalized biodegradable NPs for tumor-selective drug delivery and overcoming drug resistance could be an efficient therapeutic strategy for retinoblastoma treatment. PMID:22065926

  18. The Modern Role of Radiation Therapy in Treating Advanced-Stage Retinoblastoma: Long-Term Outcomes and Racial Differences

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    Orman, Amber [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida (United States); Koru-Sengul, Tulay [Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida (United States); Miao, Feng [Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida (United States); Markoe, Arnold [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida (United States); Panoff, Joseph E., E-mail: jpanoff@med.miami.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida (United States)

    2014-12-01

    Purpose/Objective(s): To evaluate the effects of various patient characteristics and radiation therapy treatment variables on outcomes in advanced-stage retinoblastoma. Methods and Materials: This was a retrospective review of 41 eyes of 30 patients treated with external beam radiation therapy between June 1, 1992, and March 31, 2012, with a median follow-up time of 133 months (11 years). Outcome measures included overall survival, progression-free survival, local control, eye preservation rate, and toxicity. Results: Over 90% of the eyes were stage V. Definitive external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) was delivered in 43.9% of eyes, adjuvant EBRT in 22% of eyes, and second-line/salvage EBRT in 34.1% of eyes. A relative lens sparing (RLS) technique was used in 68.3% of eyes and modified lens sparing (MLS) in 24.4% of eyes. Three eyes were treated with other techniques. Doses ≥45 Gy were used in 68.3% of eyes. Chemotherapy was a component of treatment in 53.7% of eyes. The 10-year overall survival was 87.7%, progression-free survival was 80.5%, and local control was 87.8%. White patients had significantly better overall survival than did African-American patients in univariate analysis (hazard ratio 0.09; 95% confidence interval 0.01-0.84; P=.035). Toxicity was seen in 68.3% of eyes, including 24.3% with isolated acute dermatitis. Conclusions: External beam radiation therapy continues to be an effective treatment modality for advanced retinoblastoma, achieving excellent long-term local control and survival with low rates of treatment-related toxicity and secondary malignancy.

  19. Escala revisada de Valores relativos ao Trabalho - EVT-R Revised Work Values Scale - WVS-R

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    Juliana Barreiros Porto

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Os valores do trabalho são os princípios que guiam a vida do indivíduo no trabalho. No Brasil, uma escala que já foi amplamente utilizada em pesquisas é a Escala de Valores relativos ao Trabalho (EVT. O objetivo do primeiro estudo foi realizar o teste confirmatório da estrutura empírica da escala. Uma amostra de 790 profissionais respondeu ao instrumento. Os resultados apontaram a adequação do modelo, mas a representação dos tipos motivacionais foi limitada. Para suprir esta lacuna, a escala foi revisada e validada no segundo estudo. A nova escala foi aplicada em uma amostra de 412 trabalhadores. Os resultados da análise fatorial e do escalonamento multidimensional apontam que houve melhoras significativas na estrutura empírica da escala. As implicações são discutidas.Work values are guiding principles in the work life of a person. In Brazil, a broadly used scale is the Work Values Scale (WVS. The purpose of the first study was to do a confirmatory test of the empirical structure of WVS. A sample of 790 workers answered this instrument of research. The results showed a good fit of the structure, but also indicated a poor representation of some motivational types. The scale was revised and validated in the second study. More items were developed and the new scale was applied in a sample of 412 workers. The factor analysis and multidimensional scaling results showed an improvement of the empirical structure. Implications are discussed.

  20. Centro de Investigaciones Nucleares Aplicadas a la Agricultura (CINAGRI). Venezuela. Final report of the projects VEN/86/007 and VEN/5/009

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    The summary of the technical activities carried out on the project ''Centro de Investigaciones Nucleares Aplicadas a la Agricultura'' (CINAGRI) is presented. The objectives of this project are to establish nuclear and biotechnology techniques, practices with a view to increasing agriculture and live-stock productivity, and to transfer this technology to farmers

  1. Cobertura vacinal e fatores associados ao esquema vacinal básico incompleto aos 12 meses de idade, São Luís, Maranhão, Brasil, 2006 Cobertura de vacunación y factores asociados con esquemas incompletos de vacunación básica a los 12 meses de edad, São Luis, Maranhão, Brasil, 2006 Vaccination coverage and factors associated with incomplete basic vaccination schedule in 12-month-old children, São Luís, Maranhão State, Brazil, 2006

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    Nayra Anielly Lima Cabra; Maria Tereza Seabra Soares de Brito Alves; Fernando Lamy Filho; Ariane Cristina Ferreira Bernardes; Antônio Augusto Moura da Silva; Ana Valéria Carvalho Pires Yokokura; Rosângela Fernandes Lucena Batista Alves

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    O estudo objetivou avaliar a cobertura vacinal e os fatores associados ao esquema vacinal básico incompleto aos 12 meses de idade, em 427 crianças de 12 a 59 meses, em São Luís, Maranhão, Brasil, 2006. Trata-se de inquérito domiciliar transversal, de base populacional, com amostragem complexa por conglomerados. Empregou-se regressão de Poisson com ajuste robusto da variância. A cobertura para o esquema básico completo foi de 71,9% segundo doses aplicadas, 61,8% para doses válidas e 23,6% para...

  2. Matrine inhibits the growth of retinoblastoma cells (SO-Rb50) by decreasing proliferation and inducing apoptosis in a mitochondrial pathway.

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    Shao, Qingliang; Zhao, Xiaxia; Yao, Li

    2014-05-01

    Matrine, one of the main active components of extracts from the dry roots of Sophora flavescens, has potent anti-tumor activity in vitro and in vivo. Here, we investigated the apoptosis in matrine-treated retinoblastoma cells. The results showed that matrine could inhibit cell proliferation and induce apoptosis in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Further investigation revealed that a disruption of mitochondrial transmembrane potential and an up-regulation of reactive oxygen species in matrine-treated cells. By western blot analysis, we found that the up-regulation of cleaved Apaf-1, cleaved caspase-3, cleaved caspase-9, cleaved caspase-7, Bax/Bcl-2, varying with different concentration of matrine. These protein interactions may play a pivotal role in the regulation of apoptosis. Taken together, these results overall indicate that matrine could be used as an effective anti-tumor agent in therapy of retinoblastoma targets the caspase-dependent signaling pathway.

  3. Desafio aos Gestores de Unidades de Informação para Implementar o Intraempreendedorismo e o Empowerment Desafíe para los gerentes de unidades de información llevar a cabo el intrapreneurship y empowerment

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    Roberta Moraes de Bem

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    Full Text Available Introdução: A gestão das organizações contemporâneas exige ferramentas gerenciais adequadas ao seu tempo. Essas ferramentas estão disponíveis ao gestor de unidades de informação e podem ser aplicadas na gestão desse tipo de sistema organizacional. Objetivo: Apresentar os conceitos de intraempreendedorismo e de empowerment como os principais elementos do clima organizacional necessários ao desenvolvimento do espírito empreendedor. Metodologia: O instrumento de coleta de dados foi o questionário, aplicado em 2010 para servidores de uma biblioteca universitária. No universo da pesquisa de 56 sujeitos, 36% dos questionários foram respondidos.Resultados: Os resultados permitem inferir que, de um total de dez características empreendedoras, três delas (estabelecimento de metas, riscos calculados e persuasão e redes de contatos foram consideradas como pontos fracos no grupo analisado. A constatação de que os profissionais pesquisados têm, no nível grupal, grau positivo favorável ao empreendedorismo - possuindo 70% de características empreendedoras pessoais positivas sugere que os mesmos podem auxiliar na inovação da unidade de informação se os gestores criarem um ambiente favorável ao intraempreendedorismo. Quanto ao clima organizacional, este foi considerado favorável à implementação do empowerment. Conclusões: As conclusões finais revelam que a unidade de informação pode ser beneficiada com a aplicação do empowerment, de forma a promover o espírito empreendedor, estando aberta para mudanças culturais rumo a uma Administração Empreendedora.

  4. LGS-AO Imaging of Every Kepler Planet Candidate: the Robo-AO KOI Survey

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    Baranec, Christoph; Law, Nicholas; Morton, Timothy; Ziegler, Carl; Nofi, Larissa; Atkinson, Dani; Riddle, Reed

    2015-12-01

    The Robo-AO Kepler Planetary Candidate Survey is observing 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. We will present the results from searching for companions around over 3,000 Kepler planet hosts in 2012-2015. We will describe our first data release covering 715 planet candidate hosts, and give a preview of ongoing results including improved statistics on the likelihood of false positive planet detections in the Kepler dataset, many new planets in multiple star systems, and new exotic multiple star systems containing Kepler planets. We will also describe the automated 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 extremely large adaptive optics surveys. Our first data release covered 715 objects, searching for companions from 0.15” to 2.5” separation with contrast up to 6 magnitudes. We measured the overall nearby-star-probability for Kepler planet candidates to be 7.4+/-1.0%, and we will detail the variations in this number with stellar host parameters. We will also discuss plans to extend the survey to other transiting planet missions such as K2 and TESS as Robo-AO is in the process of being re-deployed to the 2.1-m telescope at Kitt Peak for 3 years and a higher-contrast Robo-AO system is being developed for the 2.2-m UH telescope on Maunakea.

  5. Aproximación al léxico de la ciencia aplicada en el Renacimiento hispano

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    Mancho Duque, M.ª J.

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study we analyze the appearance of technical vocabulary during the spanish Renaissance. Some of the main linguistic characteristics are taken into account from various levels: phonetics, morphology and semantics, with a series of specific examples. Several examples of loanwords are studied from either classic or modern language, chosen from the most prestigious languages of the time.

    En este trabajo se enfoca el surgimiento del vocabulario especializado en el campo de la ciencia aplicada durante el período del renacimiento español. Se analizan algunas de las principales características desde los planos gráfico-fonético, morfológico y semántico, de las que se aportan ejemplos concretos, y se recogen testimonios de préstamos procedentes, tanto de lenguas clásicas, como de otras de prestigio cultural en la época.

  6. A gestão ambiental aplicada na implantação de rodovias no estado de Santa Catarina

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    Neves, Fernanda Emilene da Silva; Henkes, Jairo Afonso

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    Neste estudo se faz uma análise da gestão ambiental aplicada às rodovias catarinenses já decorridos cerca de 20 anos desde a primeira instrução de serviço do DEINFRA, IS-05, que trata de Estudos e Projetos de Meio Ambiente, que adicionam a variável ambiental como fator preponderante na obtenção da licença ambiental, tendo por objetivo a incorporação de um Sistema de Gestão Ambiental na elaboração dos Projetos Rodoviários, objetivando as competências institucionais do órgão público licenciador...

  7. Rentabilidade da tangerineira 'Ponkan' submetida ao raleio químico comparada com ao manejo convencional

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    Maria do Céu Monteiro Cruz

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available A pesquisa foi conduzida em um pomar comercial, localizado no município de Perdões, região sul de Minas Gerais, com o objetivo de analisar e comparar a rentabilidade da produção da tangerineira 'Ponkan' (Citrus reticulata Blanco submetida ao raleio químico com o manejo convencional. Para se montar a matriz de coeficientes técnicos dos custos de produção e os indicadores de rentabilidade da cultura, os dados foram obtidos com os produtores da região e baseados em trabalho de pesquisa realizado no pomar, no período de dezembro de 2006 a julho de 2008. Foram utilizadas plantas com dez anos de enxertadas sobre limoeiro 'Cravo' (Citrus limonia Osbeck. No primeiro ano, o raleio químico foi realizado com aplicação de Ethephon na concentração de 600 mg L-1,e por ocasião da colheita foi avaliado o rendimento da produção nas plantas submetidas ao raleio químico e ao manejo convencional. No segundo ano, foi determinada a alternância de produção e a produtividade. A prática do raleio químico proporcionou maior rentabilidade, em termos de produtividade da tangerina 'Ponkan', que o manejo convencional, sem a adoção do raleio.

  8. Adesão ao tratamento da Hanseníase: dificuldades inerentes aos portadores

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    Izaildo Tavares Luna

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Esta pesquisa, realizada em Guaiúba, CE, Brasil, objetivou identificar as dificuldades de adesão ao tratamento pelos portadores de hanseníase, relacionando os fatores associados. Estudo qualitativo, cujos dados foram coletados a partir de uma visita domiciliária com roteiro de entrevista contendo sete questões norteadoras. Participaram pacientes com diagnóstico de hanseníase e histórico de não adesão ao tratamento. Utilizou-se o Modelo de Atividade de Vida de Roper, Logan e Tierney. As falas dos sujeitos foram categorizadas de acordo com as doze atividades de vida. A utilização do modelo possibilitou uma abordagem holística sobre as barreiras vivenciadas pelo hanseniano na adesão ao tratamento medicamentoso, de modo a conhecer as atividades de vida destes pacientes para possível adequação de ações voltadas a essa clientela.

  9. Expression of the HNK-1 carbohydrate epitope in human retina and retinoblastoma. An immunohistochemical study with the anti-Leu-7 monoclonal antibody.

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    KivelÀ, Tero Tapani

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    Fifty formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded retinoblastoma specimens and five normal human eyes were studied with the monoclonal anti-Leu-7 antibody, directed against the HNK-1 carbohydrate epitope that is shared by human natural killer cells and many neuronal, glial and neuroectodermal cells. The laboratory method was a sensitive immunohistochemical staining procedure, and neuroectodermal tumours that usually express this epitope were used as positive controls. In the human retina, MÃŒller ce...

  10. Research progress in retinoblastoma gene therapy%基因治疗视网膜母细胞瘤的研究进展

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    郑敏明; 周希瑗

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    基因治疗视网膜母细胞瘤(retinoblastoma,RB)是近年来新型的治疗方法.我们从自杀基因、抑癌基因、抗血管生成基因这三方面对RB的基因治疗现状、相关进展及存在问题作一综述.

  11. The cyclin encoded by Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus stimulates cdk6 to phosphorylate the retinoblastoma protein and histone H1.

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    Godden-Kent, D; Talbot, Simon; Boshoff, C; Chang, Y.; Moore, P.; Weiss, R A; Mittnacht, S

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    Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV or human herpesvirus 8) is a novel gammaherpesvirus implicated in the cause of Kaposi's sarcoma and certain malignancies of lymphatic origin. One of the candidate genes possibly involved in promoting tumor development is an open reading frame (ORF) with sequence similarity to human type D cyclin genes. This cyclin-like gene, when expressed in tissue culture cells, promotes phosphorylation and inactivation of the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor pro...

  12. Established and New Mouse Models Reveal E2f1 and Cdk2 Dependency of Retinoblastoma and Expose Strategies to Block Tumor Initiation

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    Sangwan, Monika; McCurdy, Sean R.; Livne-bar, Izzy; Ahmad, Mohammad; Wrana, Jeffery L.; Chen, Danian; Bremner, Rod

    2016-01-01

    RB +/− individuals develop retinoblastoma and, subsequently, many other tumors. The Rb relatives p107 and p130 protect the tumor-resistant Rb−/− mouse retina. Determining the mechanism underlying this tumor suppressor function may expose novel strategies to block Rb-pathway cancers. p107/p130 are best known as E2f inhibitors, but here we implicate E2f-independent Cdk2 inhibition as the critical p107 tumor suppressor function in vivo. Like p107 loss, deleting p27 or inactivating its Cdk inhibitor (CKI) function (p27CK−) cooperated with Rb loss to induce retinoblastoma. Genetically, p107 behaved like a CKI because inactivating Rb and one allele each of p27 and p107 was tumorigenic. While Rb loss induced canonical E2f targets, unexpectedly p107 loss did not further induce these genes but instead caused post-transcriptional Skp2-induction and Cdk2 activation. Strikingly, Cdk2 activity correlated with tumor penetrance across all the retinoblastoma models. Therefore, Rb restrains E2f, but p107 inhibits cross-talk to Cdk. While removing either E2f2 or E2f3 genes had little effect, removing only one E2f1 allele blocked tumorigenesis. More importantly, exposing retinoblastoma-prone fetuses to small molecule E2f or Cdk inhibitors for merely one week dramatically inhibited subsequent tumorigenesis in adult mice. Protection was achieved without disrupting normal proliferation. Thus, exquisite sensitivity of the cell-of-origin to E2f and Cdk activity can be exploited to prevent Rb pathway-induced cancer in vivo without perturbing normal cell division. These data suggest that E2f inhibitors, never before tested in vivo, or Cdk inhibitors, largely disappointing as therapeutics, may be effective preventive agents. PMID:22286767

  13. Individualized and combined modality therapy for retinoblastoma%视网膜母细胞瘤的个体化综合治疗研究进展

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    王亚峰

    2012-01-01

    Retinoblastoma(RB) is the most common intraocular malignant tumor in children. With the development of medical science and technology, the traditional therapy target and the mode of retinoblastoma are improving. Presently, the treatment methods of RB mainly include chemotherapy, external radiotherapy, operation, local therapy , biotherapy, etc. Treatment options of RB should be individualized to different patients, in order to achieve the best of therapeutic effect.%视网膜母细胞瘤( retinoblastoma,RB)是婴幼儿最常见的眼内恶性肿瘤.随着现代诊疗技术的提高,RB传统治疗目标和模式正在发生转变.目前RB的治疗方法主要包括化学减容法、外照射放疗、手术治疗、局部治疗、生物治疗等.RB治疗需根据不同的患者情况制定个性化的治疗方案,以达到最佳的治疗效果.

  14. 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.

  15. Brachyuran Crabs collected at Curaçao

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    Rathbun, Mary J.

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    In 1920 a report ¹) on Dr. BOEKE’S collection of crabs and shrimps from Curaçao and other Dutch West Indian Islands was published. Dr. VAN DER HORST’S collection forms an important addition to the fauna of Curaçao, especially as to the Xanthids and Majids, or spider crabs. Four new species were disc

  16. 视网膜母细胞瘤的非典型临床表现分析%Unusual presentation of retinoblastoma

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    朱丽娟; 颜建华; 鲁志卿; 高韶晖

    2009-01-01

    目的 分析视网膜母细胞瘤患者的非典型临床表现.以提高临床诊治水平.方法 对1995~2004年期间,中山大学中山眼科中心住院治疗的350例视网膜母细胞瘤患者的临床资料进行回顾性分析.结果 350例视网膜母细胞瘤患者中表现为白瞳者298例(85.1%),斜视29例(8.3%).非典型临床表现有:眼球震颤1例(0.3%),眼睑肿胀1例(013%),角膜水肿36例(10.3%),前房积血13(3.7%),"前房积脓"16例(4.6%),虹膜红变10例(2.9%),虹膜结节1例(0.3%).晶体混浊3例(0.9%),玻璃体积血1例(0.3%),视网膜脱离9例(2.6%),眼球痨5例(1.4%).结论 视网膜母细胞瘤具有多种临床表现,熟知其非典型临床表现可减少误诊漏诊,利于早期治疗,提高患者预后.%Objective To study the atypical presenting signs of retinoblastoma in our institution. Methods A retrospective study was performed on the records of 350 patients treated for retinoblastoma at Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center between 1994 and 2005.Results A total records of 350 cases of retinoblas-toma were reviewed.85.1% of the patients had leukocoria, 8.3% of the patients had strabismus.Uncommon presenting signs include: nystagmus (0.3%), eyelid swelling (0.3%), corneal edema (10.3%), hyphema (3.7%), pseudohypopyon (4.6%), iris neovascularization (2.9%),iris nodules (0.3%), cataract (0.3%),vilreous hemorrhage (0.3%),retina detachment (2.6%),phthisis bulbi (1.4%).Conclusions Varied presentations of retinoblastoma, especially atypical presentation should alert the clinician to suspect retinoblastoma.

  17. Retinoblastoma-challenges of management in a dveloping country%视网膜母细胞瘤-发展中国家治疗中的挑战

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    E N Onwasigwe; I R Ezegwui; C N Onwasigwe; G Ile-chukwu; A E Aghaji

    2008-01-01

    目的:回顾发展中国家在治疗视网膜母细胞瘤中的挑战.方法:回顾1998-01/2002-12,埃努古的尼日利亚大学教学医院和Ebrans临床中心的视网膜母细胞瘤患者的临床及组织病理学资料.结果:总共34例通过组织学被确诊为视网膜母细胞瘤患者.男25例(74%),女9例(26%),男女比例为1∶0.4.平均年龄2.9±1.5岁(5mo~7岁).6例(18%)患者为双眼发病,28例(82%)为单眼.所予以的治疗为眼内容物剜除术或眼球摘除术联合化疗.结论:在发展中国家,由于患者未及时就诊、贫穷、医疗资源匮乏等因素,视网膜母细胞瘤的治疗现状很差.改善其在发展中国家的治疗,应包括健康教育、早期诊断及提供现代化治疗设施.%·AIM: To review the challenges of managing retino-blastoma in a developing country.·METHODS: The clinical and histopathological records of patients with retinoblastoma seen at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital and Ebrans clinic both in Enugu, Nigeria over a 5-year period (January 1998 to December 2002) were reviewed.·RESULTS: There were a total of 34 patients with his-tologically proven retinoblastoma. There were 25 (74%) males and 9(26%) females, giving a male/female ratio of 1:0.4. The mean age was 2.9±1.5 years with a range of 5months-7years. Six patients (18%) had bilateral presentation while 28 (82%) had unilateral presentation. Treatment options offered were enucleation or exentera-tion combined with chemotherapy.·CONCLUSION:Retinoblastoma has suffered from poor management in developing countries due to late presenta-tion, poverty and inadequate facilities. Health education, early diagnosis and provision of modern treatment facilities will go a long way in improving the management of retinoblastoma in developing countries.

  18. 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.

  19. Produção de milho-verde em resposta ao efeito residual da adubação orgânica do quiabeiro em cultivo subsequente

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    Marlei Rosa dos Santos; Maria Aparecida Nogueira Sediyama; Izabel Cristina dos Santos; Luís Tarcísio Salgado; Sanzio Mollica Vidigal

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    A rotação de culturas é uma prática essencial, no cultivo de hortaliças, para controle de pragas e doenças e tem sido usada, também, visando ao aproveitamento dos resíduos de adubação. O presente trabalho teve por objetivo avaliar o efeito residual da adubação orgânica, aplicada na cultura do quiabo, sobre o rendimento de espigas de milho-verde em cultivo subsequente. O quiabeiro foi plantado com duas populações de plantas e adubado com biofertilizante líquido de suínos, nas doses: 0, 6, 12, ...

  20. 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

    2012-07-01

    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 (

  1. Antecedentes e consequencia da atitude frente ao anuncio nos idosos

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    Sanchez, Javier; Estrada, Marta; Moliner, Miguel Angel; Fandos, Juan Carlos

    2011-01-01

    A importancia sócio-economica adquirida nos ultimos anos na Espanha e em outros paises europeus pelo emergente mercado dos idosos toma necessaria o estudo de suas particularidades como consumidores. As mudanças ocorridas durante o proceso do envelhecimento exercem uma influencia na percepçao do fenómeno publicitario e, par conseguinte, na atitude manifestada frente ao anúcio. o estudo nos idosos dos antecedentes da atitude frente ao anuncio e suas consequencias no contexto do modelo de mediaç...

  2. 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.

  3. Next-generation sequencing-based method shows increased mutation detection sensitivity in an Indian retinoblastoma cohort

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    Singh, Jaya; Mishra, Avshesh; Pandian, Arunachalam Jayamuruga; Mallipatna, Ashwin C.; Khetan, Vikas; Sripriya, S.; Kapoor, Suman; Agarwal, Smita; Sankaran, Satish; Katragadda, Shanmukh; Veeramachaneni, Vamsi; Hariharan, Ramesh; Subramanian, Kalyanasundaram

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    Purpose Retinoblastoma (Rb) is the most common primary intraocular cancer of childhood and one of the major causes of blindness in children. India has the highest number of patients with Rb in the world. Mutations in the RB1 gene are the primary cause of Rb, and heterogeneous mutations are distributed throughout the entire length of the gene. Therefore, genetic testing requires screening of the entire gene, which by conventional sequencing is time consuming and expensive. Methods In this study, we screened the RB1 gene in the DNA isolated from blood or saliva samples of 50 unrelated patients with Rb using the TruSight Cancer panel. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) was done on the Illumina MiSeq platform. Genetic variations were identified using the Strand NGS software and interpreted using the StrandOmics platform. Results We were able to detect germline pathogenic mutations in 66% (33/50) of the cases, 12 of which were novel. We were able to detect all types of mutations, including missense, nonsense, splice site, indel, and structural variants. When we considered bilateral Rb cases only, the mutation detection rate increased to 100% (22/22). In unilateral Rb cases, the mutation detection rate was 30% (6/20). Conclusions Our study suggests that NGS-based approaches increase the sensitivity of mutation detection in the RB1 gene, making it fast and cost-effective compared to the conventional tests performed in a reflex-testing mode.

  4. An extremely rare case of metastatic retinoblastoma of parotids presenting as a massive swelling in a child.

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    Purkayastha, Abhishek; Sharma, Neelam; Pathak, Abhishek; Kapur, Bhupendra Nath; Dutta, Vibha

    2016-04-01

    Retinoblastoma (Rb) is a common childhood malignancy but bilateral Rb with metastasis to parotids is very uncommon. To the best of our knowledge, bilateral Rb metastasizing to parotids is very rare and this is the fifth such case reported in world literature till date in a 2-year-old male child who underwent exenteration of left eye for bilateral Rb and later developed recurrent metastasis to left parotid requiring parotidectomy. A year later he presented again with swelling left parotid region extending from occipital region reaching upto left anterior chest wall with intra-cranial extension on magnetic resonance imaging. Histopathological examination of the parotid swelling and immunohistochemistry showed metastasis from Rb. He was treated with chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy to local site and brain to which he responded well. Presently on regular follow up without any signs of locoregional and distal metastasis. Till date different types of primary parotid tumors have been reported in literature but a metastatic parotid tumor is extremely rare and therefore this case is being reported to highlight the extreme rarity, the diagnostic and therapeutic challenges, the highly aggressive nature and overall dismal prognosis of this disease entity. PMID:27186527

  5. Structure-function analysis of the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein – is the whole a sum of its parts?

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    Dick Frederick A

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Biochemical analysis of the retinoblastoma protein's function has received considerable attention since it was cloned just over 20 years ago. During this time pRB has emerged as a key regulator of the cell division cycle and its ability to block proliferation is disrupted in the vast majority of human cancers. Much has been learned about the regulation of E2F transcription factors by pRB in the cell cycle. However, many questions remain unresolved and researchers continue to explore this multifunctional protein. In particular, understanding how its biochemical functions contribute to its role as a tumor suppressor remains to be determined. Since pRB has been shown to function as an adaptor molecule that links different proteins together, or to particular promoters, analyzing pRB by disrupting individual protein interactions holds tremendous promise in unraveling the intricacies of its function. Recently, crystal structures have reported how pRB interacts with some of its molecular partners. This information has created the possibility of rationally separating pRB functions by studying mutants that disrupt individual binding sites. This review will focus on literature that investigates pRB by isolating functions based on binding sites within the pocket domain. This article will also discuss the prospects for using this approach to further explore the unknown functions of pRB.

  6. Docosahexaenoic acid inhibits cancer cell growth via p27Kip1, CDK2, ERK1/ERK2, and retinoblastoma phosphorylation.

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    Khan, Naim A; Nishimura, Kazuhiro; Aires, Virginie; Yamashita, Tomoko; Oaxaca-Castillo, David; Kashiwagi, Keiko; Igarashi, Kazuei

    2006-10-01

    Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a PUFA of the n-3 family, inhibited the growth of FM3A mouse mammary cancer cells by arresting their progression from the late-G(1) to the S phase of the cell cycle. DHA upregulated p27(Kip1) levels by inhibiting phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinases, i.e., ERK1/ERK2. Indeed, inhibition of ERK1/ERK2 phosphorylation by DHA, U0126 [chemical MAPK extracellularly signal-regulated kinase kinase (MEK) inhibitor], and MEK(SA) (cells expressing dominant negative constructs of MEK) resulted in the accumulation of p27(Kip1). MAP kinase (MAPK) inhibition by DHA did not increase p27(Kip1) mRNA levels. Rather, this fatty acid stabilized p27(Kip1) contents and inhibited MAPK-dependent proteasomal degradation of this protein. DHA also diminished cyclin E phosphorylation, cyclin-dependent kinase-2 (CDK2) activity, and phosphorylation of retinoblastoma protein in these cells. Our study shows that DHA arrests cell growth by modulating the phosphorylation of cell cycle-related proteins.

  7. Histone demethylase retinoblastoma binding protein 2 regulates the expression of α-smooth muscle actin and vimentin in cirrhotic livers

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    Wang, Q. [Department of Microbiology, Key Laboratory for Experimental Teratology of the Chinese Ministry of Education, School of Medicine, Shandong University, Jinan (China); Wang, L.X. [Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Shandong University, Jinan (China); Zeng, J.P. [Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Shandong University, Jinan (China); Liu, X.J.; Liang, X.M.; Zhou, Y.B. [Department of Microbiology, Key Laboratory for Experimental Teratology of the Chinese Ministry of Education, School of Medicine, Shandong University, Jinan (China)

    2013-09-06

    Liver cirrhosis is one of the most common diseases of Chinese patients. Herein, we report the high expression of a newly identified histone 3 lysine 4 demethylase, retinoblastoma binding protein 2 (RBP2), and its role in liver cirrhosis in humans. The siRNA knockdown of RBP2 expression in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) reduced levels of α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) and vimentin and decreased the proliferation of HSCs; and overexpression of RBP2 increased α-SMA and vimentin levels. Treatment with transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) upregulated the expression of RBP2, α-SMA, and vimentin, and the siRNA knockdown of RBP2 expression attenuated TGF-β-mediated upregulation of α-SMA and vimentin expression and HSC proliferation. Furthermore, RBP2 was highly expressed in cirrhotic rat livers. Therefore, RBP2 may participate in the pathogenesis of liver cirrhosis by regulating the expression of α-SMA and vimentin. RBP2 may be a useful marker for the diagnosis and treatment of liver cirrhosis.

  8. Role of the retinoblastoma protein in cell cycle arrest mediated by a novel cell surface proliferation inhibitor

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    Enebo, D. J.; Fattaey, H. K.; Moos, P. J.; Johnson, T. C.; Spooner, B. S. (Principal Investigator)

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    A novel cell regulatory sialoglycopeptide (CeReS-18), purified from the cell surface of bovine cerebral cortex cells has been shown to be a potent and reversible inhibitor of proliferation of a wide array of fibroblasts as well as epithelial-like cells and nontransformed and transformed cells. To investigate the possible mechanisms by which CeReS-18 exerts its inhibitory action, the effect of the inhibitor on the posttranslational regulation of the retinoblastoma susceptibility gene product (RB), a tumor suppressor gene, has been examined. It is shown that CeReS-18 mediated cell cycle arrest of both human diploid fibroblasts (HSBP) and mouse fibroblasts (Swiss 3T3) results in the maintenance of the RB protein in the hypophosphorylated state, consistent with a late G1 arrest site. Although their normal nontransformed counterparts are sensitive to cell cycle arrest mediated by CeReS-18, cell lines lacking a functional RB protein, through either genetic mutation or DNA tumor virus oncoprotein interaction, are less sensitive. The refractory nature of these cells is shown to be independent of specific surface receptors for the inhibitor, and another tumor suppressor gene (p53) does not appear to be involved in the CeReS-18 inhibition of cell proliferation. The requirement for a functional RB protein product, in order for CeReS-18 to mediate cell cycle arrest, is discussed in light of regulatory events associated with density-dependent growth inhibition.

  9. Interaction of the retinoblastoma protein with Orc1 and its recruitment to human origins of DNA replication.

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    Ramiro Mendoza-Maldonado

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The retinoblastoma protein (Rb is a crucial regulator of cell cycle progression by binding with E2F transcription factor and repressing the expression of a variety of genes required for the G1-S phase transition. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Here we show that Rb and E2F1 directly participate in the control of initiation of DNA replication in human HeLa, U2OS and T98G cells by specifically binding to origins of DNA replication in a cell cycle regulated manner. We show that, both in vitro and inside the cells, the largest subunit of the origin recognition complex (Orc1 specifically binds hypo-phosphorylated Rb and that this interaction is competitive with the binding of Rb to E2F1. The displacement of Rb-bound Orc1 by E2F1 at origins of DNA replication marks the progression of the G1 phase of the cell cycle toward the G1-S border. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The participation of Rb and E2F1 in the formation of the multiprotein complex that binds origins of DNA replication in mammalian cells appears to represent an effective mechanism to couple the expression of genes required for cell cycle progression to the activation of DNA replication.

  10. Evolución de la enseñanza de la estadística aplicada a la psicología

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    Rossi Casé, Lilia Elba; Biasella, Rogelio; Doná, Stella Maris; Farinon, Eliana

    2011-01-01

    En el intento de transmitir un conocimiento, o tal vez a causa de ella, al finalizar los cursos de Estadística Aplicada a la Psicología, de la Facultad de Psicología de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata, la mayoría de los alumnos no están en condiciones de explicar claramente la lógica implícita en las técnicas que han aprendido. De este aprendizaje, se han tomado dos aspectos metodológicos básicos para optimizar la construcción de los conceptos que hacen a la Estadística aplicada: Poner el...

  11. Estrategias metacognitivas aplicadas en la escritura y comprensión lectora en el desarrollo de los trabajos de grado

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    Nuris M. Chirinos Molero

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    Full Text Available Esta investigación tuvo como objetivo describir las estrategias metacognitivas aplicadas en la escritura y comprensión lectora de los estudiantes del posgrado de Universidad Nacional Experimental "Rafael María Baralt" (UNERMB en el desarrollo del trabajo de grado. Se fundamentó en la psicología cognoscitiva y las teorías constructivistas de Piaget puesto que el sujeto interactúa con el objeto del conocimiento. La metodología fue de tipo descriptiva. Conformada por una población de 128 estudiantes del Programa de la Maestría Docencia para Educación Superior; la muestra fue de carácter intencional con 27 estudiantes en total. Se aplicó un cuestionario tipo escala Licker. Los resultados demostraron que estos estudiantes poseen un alto nivel metacognitivo, en cuanto a la meta-atención, metacomprensión, metamemoria y metalenguaje, sobre la escritura y comprensión lectora durante el desarrollo de los trabajos de grado. Lo que llevó a concluir que este grupo de estudiantes presentan fortalezas en la disciplina del desarrollo metacognitivo, facilitándoles el proceso constructivo del conocimiento científico.

  12. Técnicas quirúrgicas periodontales aplicadas a la implantología Periodontal surgical techniques applied to implantology

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    L Mateos

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available La similitud morfológica y funcional existente entre los tejidos periimplantarios y los tejidos periodontales ha permitido adaptar técnicas de uso habitual en periodoncia al campo de la implantologia. El manejo de los tejidos periimplantarios de forma correcta buscando como objetivo el mejorar el entorno periimplantario, tanto con fines estéticos como para facilitar el correcto mantenimiento, es una práctica habitual hoy en día en la terapia implantológica. El objetivo de este artículo es revisar la bibliografía referente a estos conceptos y las dístintas técnicas quirúrgicas empleadas en la terapia periodontal que han sido aplicadas en implantologia.Both periodontal and periimplant tissues share morphological and functional characteristics. This allows adapting common used periodontal techniques to the implantology. Nowadays, it is a normal practice to manage the soft periimplant tissues in a correct way, in order to improve the periimplant environment. The aim of this article is to make a literature review of all these concepts as well as the application of some periodontal techniques to the field of the implantology.

  13. Tensión aplicada y exposición gradual en un caso de fobia a las inyecciones

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    José Pedro Espada Sánchez

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available La fobia a las inyecciones es un subtipo de fobia específica caracterizada por respuestas de miedo intenso y por conductas de evitación ante la situación de recibir una inyección. En este trabajo se presenta el caso clínico de una mujer de 28 años que padecía de forma crónica este trastorno, sufriendo desmayos de forma recurrente. El tratamiento se desarrolló durante 6 sesiones semanales de una hora. Los objetivos del tratamiento se establecieron a partir de la hipótesis explicativa de la respuesta de ansiedad ante la sangre. La terapia se centró en enseñar a la paciente a controlar la frecuencia cardiaca y a identificar los síntomas previos al desvanecimiento. Se aplicó un programa multicomponente que combinaba la técnica de la tensión aplicada y estrategias cognitivo-conductuales para el control de la activación anticipatoria y el afrontamiento de la situación fóbica. Las técnicas empleadas fueron la exposición en imaginación enriquecida, exposición en vivo, afrontamiento simbólico, autoinstrucciones y respiración profunda. Se discuten los resultados de la intervención, que confirman la eficacia del programa aplicado.

  14. An efficient algorithm for generating AoA networks

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    Nasser Eddine Mouhoub

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  15. Claudin-1和MMP-2在视网膜母细胞瘤中表达及其相关性%The expression and correlation of Claudin-1 and MMP-2 in retinoblastoma

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    杨洋; 邬黎青; 程波; 雷浪

    2013-01-01

    目的:探讨Claudin-1和MMP-2蛋白在视网膜母细胞瘤中的表达变化及其与视网膜母细胞瘤组织分化、视神经浸润和临床分期的相关性。方法采用免疫组化方法(MaxVisionTM)检测Claudin-1、MMP-2蛋白在45例视网膜母细胞瘤和15例正常视网膜组织石蜡标本的表达,运用卡方检验和Spearman等级相关检验分析Clandin-1和MMP-2在视网膜母细胞瘤组织中表达的相关性。结果(1)Claudin-1蛋白在视网膜母细胞瘤组织阳性表达明显低于在正常视网膜组织;在分化型组阳性表达显著高于未分化型组,P=0.015;在未侵犯视神经组阳性表达明显高于侵犯视神经组,P<0.001;在临床Ⅰ期、Ⅱ期、Ⅲ期组中各组间表达均具有统计学差异,P<0.01;不同性别组中Claudin-1表达没有统计学差异,P=0.661。(2)MMP-2蛋白在视网膜母细胞瘤中阳性表达明显高于正常视网膜组织细胞;在分化型组阳性表达中表达低于未分化型组,表达没有统计学差异,P=0.636;在侵犯视神经组阳性表达明显高于未侵犯视神经组,P=0.011;在临床Ⅰ期组、Ⅱ期和Ⅲ期各期之间中表达均具有统计学差异,P<0.05;在不同性别组中表达没有统计学差异,P=0.58。(3)在视网膜母细胞瘤中Claudin-1表达下降和MMP-2表达上升两者呈负相关(r=-0.537,P=0.023)。结论 Claudin-1表达水平与视网膜母细胞瘤细胞分化、视神经浸润和临床分期呈正相关;MMP-2表达水平与视网膜母细胞瘤视神经浸润和临床分期呈负相关。Clandin-1和MMP-2在视网膜母细胞瘤的视神经浸润与肿瘤发展起相反作用。%Objective To study the protein expression of Claudin-1 and MMP-2 protein in retinoblastoma and their correla-tion with retinoblastoma tissue differentiation,clinical optic nerve infiltration capacity and retinoblastoma staging. Methods Im-munohistochemistry was used to analyze the expression of

  16. Retinoblastoma external beam photon irradiation with a special ‘D’-shaped collimator: a comparison between measurements, Monte Carlo simulation and a treatment planning system calculation

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    Brualla, L.; Mayorga, P. A.; Flühs, A.; Lallena, A. M.; Sempau, J.; Sauerwein, W.

    2012-11-01

    Retinoblastoma is the most common eye tumour in childhood. According to the available long-term data, the best outcome regarding tumour control and visual function has been reached by external beam radiotherapy. The benefits of the treatment are, however, jeopardized by a high incidence of radiation-induced secondary malignancies and the fact that irradiated bones grow asymmetrically. In order to better exploit the advantages of external beam radiotherapy, it is necessary to improve current techniques by reducing the irradiated volume and minimizing the dose to the facial bones. To this end, dose measurements and simulated data in a water phantom are essential. A Varian Clinac 2100 C/D operating at 6 MV is used in conjunction with a dedicated collimator for the retinoblastoma treatment. This collimator conforms a ‘D’-shaped off-axis field whose irradiated area can be either 5.2 or 3.1 cm2. Depth dose distributions and lateral profiles were experimentally measured. Experimental results were compared with Monte Carlo simulations’ run with the penelope code and with calculations performed with the analytical anisotropic algorithm implemented in the Eclipse treatment planning system using the gamma test. penelope simulations agree reasonably well with the experimental data with discrepancies in the dose profiles less than 3 mm of distance to agreement and 3% of dose. Discrepancies between the results found with the analytical anisotropic algorithm and the experimental data reach 3 mm and 6%. Although the discrepancies between the results obtained with the analytical anisotropic algorithm and the experimental data are notable, it is possible to consider this algorithm for routine treatment planning of retinoblastoma patients, provided the limitations of the algorithm are known and taken into account by the medical physicist and the clinician. Monte Carlo simulation is essential for knowing these limitations. Monte Carlo simulation is required for optimizing the

  17. Lixiviação de potássio no solo de acordo com suas doses aplicadas sobre palha de milheto Potassium leaching in soil as affected by potassium fertilizer rates applied over pearl millet straw

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    Ciro Antonio Rosolem

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available A presença de palha na superfície do solo influi na ciclagem do K do sistema de produção e pode alterar as propriedades químicas do solo, com possíveis reflexos na lixiviação do nutriente. No presente trabalho, foi avaliada a lixiviação de K no perfil de um solo submetido a 30 mm de chuva simulada, de acordo com doses de K aplicadas a lanço, na presença e ausência de palha de milheto na superfície do solo. O milheto foi cultivado por 55 dias em condições controladas. A seguir, foi cortado à altura do colo, em pedaços de 3 a 5 cm e colocado sobre o solo, em vasos de PVC com 20 cm de diâmetro, em quantidade equivalente a 8 t ha-1 do material seco. Sobre a palha foi aplicado cloreto de K, correspondente às doses de 0, 40, 80, 120 e 160 kg ha-1. A seguir, os vasos foram submetidos à chuva simulada equivalente a 30 mm. A palha foi coletada e analisada quanto aos teores de K, assim como o solo foi amostrado nas profundidades de 0-2, 2-4, 4-8, 8-12 e 12-20 cm de profundidade para análise de K trocável. A chuva de 30 mm foi necessária e suficiente para carrear para o solo o fertilizante potássico aplicado sobre a palha. A intensidade de lixiviação do K no perfil do solo foi proporcional à dose aplicada, de modo que uma chuva de 30 mm lixiviou o nutriente até a camada de 8-12 cm de profundidade, quando o solo estava descoberto. A presença de palha de milheto na superfície do solo aumentou a quantidade de K levada até à superfície do solo pela chuva, mas diminuiu a intensidade de lixiviação do nutriente.The presence of straw on soil surface affects K cycling in the production system and can affect soil chemistry by modifying K leaching rate and intensity. An experiment was conducted to evaluate K leaching as affected by 30 mm of simulated rain over pearl millet straw receiving several broadcasted K rates. Pearl millet was grown for 55 days in a green house and then cut at soil level into pieces of 3 to 5 cm. Then it was

  18. Estratégia de localização bancária: teoria e evidência empírica aplicada ao estado de Minas Gerais

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    Guilherme Jonas Costa da Silva

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    Full Text Available A moeda e os bancos, na abordagem pós-keynesiana, desempenham um papel central na determinação do emprego e produto, notadamente, em nível regional. Em função disso, o artigo tem por objetivo contribuir para a compreensão, tanto da estratégia de localização dos serviços bancários como do padrão de distribuição das agências bancárias no estado de Minas Gerais. Em princípio, havia fortes indícios de que a localização bancária dependia não apenas de fatores econômicos. O modelo desenvolvido e os resultados encontrados na análise econométrica espacial demonstraram que existe certa dependência espacial na estratégia de localização dos bancos, ou seja, os bancos consideram em sua análise a presença ou não de agências nos municípios onde pretendem se localizar. Ademais, o padrão de distribuição das agências no estado de Minas Gerais está sendo explicado também por fatores macroeconômicos, políticos e regulamentares.

  19. Bayesian spatial modeling applied to environmental monitoring due to the use of different drilling fluids in the maritime exploration activity; Modelagem espacial Bayesiana aplicada ao monitoramento ambiental decorrente do uso de diferentes fluidos de perfuracao na atividade exploratoria maritima

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    Pulgati, Fernando H. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-graduacao de Engenharia (COPPE). Lab. de Modelagem de Bacias (LAB2M); Zouain, Ricardo N.A. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias. Centro de Estudos de Geologia Costeira e Oceanica; Fachel, Jandyra M.G. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Inst. de Matematica; Landau, Luiz [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-graduacao de Engenharia (COPPE). Lab. de Metodos Computacionais em Engenharia (LAMCE)

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    Controlling and monitoring environmental researches have accompanied the development of offshore exploration drill activities aimed at finding oil and gas reserves, as there has been an increase in the environmental demands and restrictions. Three stages of the drilling process were isolated and the effects of different fluids were measured using Bayesian spatial models. The probable impact of the use of non-aqueous fluid (NAF) was measured through changes observed in sea sediments in three different occasions: previous to the activity, one (1) month after the end of the activity, and one (1) year after the end of the activity. BACI (Before-After Control Impact) design, which allows the control of temporal and spatial variation components, was chosen. (author)

  20. Techniques of artificial intelligence applied to the electric power expansion distribution system planning problem; Tecnicas de inteligencia artificial aplicadas ao problema de planejamento da expansao do sistema de distribuicao de energia eletrica

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    Froes, Salete Maria

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    A tool named Constrained Decision Problem (CDP), which is based on Artificial Intelligence and a specific application to Distribution System Planning is described. The CDP allows multiple objective optimization that does not, necessarily, result in a single optimal solution. First, a literature review covers published works related to Artificial Intelligence applications to Electric Power Distribution Systems, emphasizing feeder restoration and reconfiguration. Some concepts related to Artificial Intelligence are described, with particular attention to Planning and to Constrained Decision Problems. Following, an Electric Power System planning model is addressed by using the CDP tool. Some case studies illustrate the Distribution Planning model, which are compared with standard optimization models. Concluding, some comments establishing the possibilities of CDP applications are followed by a view on future developments. (author)

  1. A reliability centered maintenance model applied to the auxiliary feedwater system of a nuclear power plant; Um modelo de manutencao centrada em confiabilidade aplicada ao sistema de agua de alimentacaco auxiliar de uma usina nuclear

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    Araujo, Jefferson Borges

    1998-01-15

    The main objective of maintenance in a nuclear power plant is to assure that structures, systems and components will perform their design functions with reliability and availability in order to obtain a safety and economic electric power generation. Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is a method of systematic review to develop or optimize Preventive Maintenance Programs. This study presents the objectives, concepts, organization and methods used in the development of RCM application to nuclear power plants. Some examples of this application are included, considering the Auxiliary Feedwater System of a generic two loops PWR nuclear power plant of Westinghouse design. (author)

  2. Técnicas de mineração visual de dados aplicadas aos dados de instrumentação da barragem de Itaipu Visual data mining techniques applied for the analysis of data collected at Itaipu power plant

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    Marco Aurélio Silva Neto; Rosangela Villwock; Sérgio Scheer; Maria Teresinha Arns Steiner; Andréa Sell Dyminski

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    A usina de Itaipu, maior geradora de hidroeletricidade do mundo, possui mais de 2.200 instrumentos que monitoram seu comportamento geotécnico e estrutural, os quais possuem leituras armazenadas em um banco de dados há mais de 30 anos. A alta dimensionalidade e a grande quantidade de registros contidos nas bases de dados são problemas não triviais tendo-se em vista a busca pelo "conhecimento" a partir desses dados. Neste artigo é apresentado um estudo no qual foram utilizados algoritmos de Min...

  3. Análise da gestão de stakeholders aplicada ao gerenciamento de projetos de tecnologia da informação [doi: 10.5329/RECADM.2013021

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    Cassio C. Montenegro Duarte

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho procura avaliar a aproximação existente entre o gerenciamento do poder de influência dos stakeholders sobre o projeto, no âmbito de projetos desenvolvidos  na área de Tecnologia da Informação, mediante a aplicação das técnicas de gerenciamento de projetos tradicionais. Para tanto, foram elaboradas quatro proposições, que fundamentaram o desenvolvimento da pesquisa de campo, por meio do levantamento bibliográfico desenvolvido na primeira parte do artigo. A pesquisa foi realizada junto a três grandes empresas de TI, que utilizam as técnicas de gerenciamento de projetos tradicional há pelo menos cinco anos. A metodologia da pesquisa baseou-se no estudo de casos múltiplos. As evidências empíricas coletadas sugerem que o conceito de sucesso do projeto de TI, encontrado na literatura clássica, apresenta dependência com a gestão do poder de influência dos interessados nesse projeto.   Palavras-Chave Gerenciamento de Projetos; Stakeholders; Tecnologia da Informação. ANALYSIS OF MANAGEMENT STAKEHOLDERS APPLIED TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ABSTRACT This study evaluates the approach between the management of the power of influence of stakeholders on the project, in the framework of projects developed in the area of information technology through the application of the techniques of traditional project management. Thus, we developed four propositions, which supported the development of field research, by means of literature developed in the first part of the article. The research was conducted with three major IT companies, using the techniques of traditional project management for at least five years. The research methodology was based on multiple case study. Empirical evidence collected suggests that the concept of successful IT project, found in the classical literature, shows dependence on the management of the power of influence of stakeholders in this project.   Keywords Project Management; Stakeholders; Information Technology.

  4. Metátese de olefinas aplicada ao fechamento de anéis: uma ferramenta poderosa para a síntese de macrociclos naturais Ring-closing olefin metathesis: a powerful tool for the synthesis of natural macrocycles

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    Anderson Rouge dos Santos

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available For a quarter of a century, metathesis has become indispensable for the synthesis of natural and non-natural products, particularly of biologically active compounds. This review illustrates through a maximum of appropriate examples the power and the versatility of the metathesis ring-closure (RCM reaction as a key ring-closure methodology for the synthesis of natural macrocycles. Its high functional group compatibility as well as the possibility of further transformations makes this reaction a powerful tool in the cases where the structural framework and function requirements are difficult to meet.

  5. Desenvolvimento de uma arquitetura embarcada reativa para agentes autônomos inteligentes, aplicada ao futebol de robôs = Development of an onboard reactive architecture for intelligent autonomous agents, applied to robot soccer

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    Claudio Jose Biazus; Mauro Roisenberg

    2009-01-01

    Dentre as principais dificuldades encontradas para a construção de sistemas multiagentes em que existe a disponibilidade de um sistema de visão local, como é o caso de algumas categorias de futebol de robôs, destacam-se: necessidade de resposta em tempo realpara identificação dos objetos em cena, conhecimento do ambiente, distribuição das competências de controle entre os comportamentos reativos a cargo de cada agente. O presente artigo descreve a implementação de uma arquitetura embarcada re...

  6. Fotocatálise heterogênea com TiO2 aplicada ao tratamento de esgoto sanitário secundário TiO2 heterogeneous photocatalysis in secondary wastewater treatment

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    Ivete Vasconcelos Lopes Ferreira

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho são apresentados resultados da aplicação da fotocatálise heterogênea utilizando dióxido de titânio imobilizado sobre placa de vidro, irradiado por luz solar, para desinfecção de esgoto sanitário secundário. Utilizou-se o efluente de um reator anaeróbio/aeróbio com leito expandido de carvão ativado que trata o esgoto do Campus da USP/São Carlos, e também de contribuições domésticas. Os experimentos foram do tipo batelada, com tempo de recirculação de 4 horas. As vazões estudadas foram 15, 22,5 e 30 L/h. Foram avaliadas as remoções de matéria orgânica (DQO e COT e a inativação de microrganismos indicadores de contaminação fecal (coliformes totais, E. coli, Clostridium perfringens e colifagos.The results of wastewater anaerobic-aerobic reactor effluent disinfected with heterogeneous photocatalysis using titanium dioxide fixed in a glass plate and solar radiation are presented in this work. The anaerobic-aerobic reactor has a granular activated carbon expanded bed and it receives the wastewater collected in the Campus of São Paulo University at São Carlos-SP, Brazil, and from the surrounding neighborhood of the campus. The assays were conducted in batch with recirculation time of 4 hours. The flow rate used was of 15, 22.5 and 30 L/h. The removal of organic matter (COD and TOC and inactivation of total coliforms, E. coli, Clostridium perfringens and coliphages was evaluated.

  7. SLOW-RELEASE UREA APPLIED TO SURFACE AND REGULAR UREA INCORPORATED TO SOIL ON MAIZE YIELD UREIA DE LIBERAÇÃO LENTA APLICADA SUPERFICIALMENTE E UREIA COMUM INCORPORADA AO SOLO NO RENDIMENTO DO MILHO

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    Eloene Rodriges Godoy; Vilmar Antonio Ragagnin; Américo Nunes da Silveira Neto; Ederson Antonio Civardi; Elias Brod

    2011-01-01

    Urea applied to the soil surface results in high losses of nitrogen (N) by volatilization of NH3. The use of polymers covering urea granules is an alternative management to reduce such losses. Th...

  8. Psicologia aplicada ao contexto do exercício físico: tendências da investigação realizada na última década

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    En este estudio se analiza el contenido de la investigación publicada en el área de la psicología del ejercicio físico durante la última década. Se analizaron las comunicaciones presentadas en los principales congresos internacionales y nacionales del área de la psicología del deporte y del ejercicio físico, así como los artículos publicados en las principales revistas de referencia de la especialidad, en la última década. Con esta finalidad se usaron descriptores asociados al contexto del ej...

  9. Análise da estrutura de comunidades arbóreas de uma floresta amazônica de Terra Firme aplicada ao manejo florestal Analysis of the structure of tree communities of a amazonian forest applied to management

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    João Carlos Zenaide Oliveira Alves

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve o objetivo de identificar e descrever a estrutura das comunidades arbóreas de uma floresta de terra firme sob regime de manejo na Amazônia Oriental, localizada no município de Almeirim, Pará, Brasil. O levantamento florístico foi realizado em 1.400,30 ha de uma Unidade de Produção Anual (UPA, do Plano de Manejo Florestal da empresa ORSA Florestal. Todos os indivíduos com DAP > 30 cm foram inventariados, registrando-se 77.834 árvores distribuídas em 57 famílias, 229 gêneros e 556 espécies. Oito comunidades foram identificadas por meio de uma analise de agrupamento, apresentando alta diversidade e equibilidade florística (H" médio = 4,25 e J" médio = 0,75. As comunidades apresentaram 138 espécies comuns, 119 espécies de ocorrência exclusiva e 377 espécies raras, representadas por apenas um indivíduo. As espécies que mais se destacaram foram: Dinizia excelsa, Vouacapoua americana, Goupia glabra, Mouriri brachyanthera, Parinari excelsa, Manilkara bidentada, Tachigalia mymecophyla e Licania micrantha. Algumas espécies de valor comercial apresentaram variações importantes na densidade, sugerindo risco de extinção em comunidades onde as espécies apresentam densidade muito baixa. Sugerimos que os planos de manejo considerem as várias comunidades ecológicas encontradas nas UPAs evitando assim variações significativas, causadas pela exploração e seus impactos, na composição florística e estrutura das comunidades existentes.To demonstrate the importance of the ecological concept for forest management, the object of this work was to identify and describe the structure of tree communities of a tropical forest under management in the Eastern Amazonia, located in Almeirim municipality, in the state of Pará, Brazil. The floristic survey was undertaken in a terra-firme tropical forest of 1,400.30 hectares. All individuals with DBH > 30 cm were inventoried, registering 77,834 trees distributed in 57 families, 229 genera and 556 species. Eight communities were identified, presenting high diversity and floristic equitability (H" = 4.25 average and J" = 0.75 average. The communities presented 138 common species, 119 species of exclusive occurrence and 377 rare species, represented by only one individual. The most remarkable species found in the area were: Dinizia excelsa, Vouacapoua americana, Goupia glabra, Mouriri brachyanthera, Parinari excelsa, Manilkara bidentada, Tachigali mymecophyla and Licania micrantha. The communities presented significant variations between the averages of the main floristic parameters. Some species of commercial value had important variations in the density, suggesting extinction risk in communities where they present very low density. We suggest that all sustainable forest management plans consider the several ecological communities found in the Annual Production Unit (UPA thus avoiding significant variations, caused by exploration and their impacts, in the floristic composition and structure of these communities.

  10. In vivo dosimetry with semiconductor and thermoluminescent detectors applied to head and neck cancer treatment; Dosimetria in vivo com uso de detectores semicondutores e termoluminescentes aplicada ao tratamento de cancer de cabeca e pescoco

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    Viegas, Claudio Castelo Branco

    2003-03-15

    In vivo dosimetry in radiotherapy, i. e, the assessment of the doses received by patients during their treatments, permits a verification of the therapy quality. A routine of in vivo dosimetry is, undoubtedly, a direct benefit for the patient. Unfortunately, in Brazil and in Latin America this procedure is still a privilege for only a few patients. This routine is of common application only in developed countries. The aim of this work is to show the viability and implementation of a routine in vivo dosimetry, using diodes semiconductors and thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD), at the radiotherapy section of the National Institute of Cancer in Brazil, in the case of head and neck cancer treatment. In order to reach that aim, the characteristics of the response of diodes ISORAD-p and LiF:Mg;Ti (TLD-100) thermoluminescent detectors in powder form were determined. The performance of those detectors for in vivo dosimetry was tested using an RANDO Alderson anthropomorfic phantom and, once their adequacy proved for the kind of measurements proposed, they were used for dose assessment in the case of tumour treatments in the head and neck regions, for Cobalt-60 irradiations. (author)

  11. Avaliação dos impactos ambientais aplicada aos resíduos sólidos do setor de pintura de uma indústria de equipamentos petrolíferos

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    Paolo dos Santos Campos

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    Full Text Available In reason of concernment increase with the environment conservation and quality improvement, also with the health human being protection, organizations of all sizes are focusing its attention to potential environmental impacts of its activities, products or services. For this motive, the aim in this paper is to make an environment evaluation of discarding and destination of residues generated for painting process of a petroliferous equipment industry. Three methods of assessment were used: aspects and impacts spreadsheet construction, modified Leopold matrices construction, and quantification of solid waste generation. The deriving dangerous solid waste generation of used painting process is the environmental aspect that requires greater attention, being necessary to develop new based measures of control in clean technology principles. The integration of the evaluation methods allowed a fast and hierarchyzed visualization of these impacts, beyond allowing an evaluation of the adopted measures of control.

  12. Psicologia aplicada ao contexto do exercício físico: tendências da investigação realizada na última década

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    Jos\\u00E9 Carlos Leit\\u00E3o

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available En este estudio se analiza el contenido de la investigación publicada en el área de la psicología del ejercicio físico durante la última década. Se analizaron las comunicaciones presentadas en los principales congresos internacionales y nacionales del área de la psicología del deporte y del ejercicio físico, así como los artículos publicados en las principales revistas de referencia de la especialidad, en la última década. Con esta finalidad se usaron descriptores asociados al contexto del ejercicio físico (e.g., ejercicio, actividad física, adherencia, salud, bienestar, calidad de vida, excluyéndose los trabajos con descriptores de aplicación en el campo del deporte y de la educación física escolar. Tomando como base el número de comunicaciones presentadas y de artículos publicados, se ha comprobado que la psicología del ejercicio físico es un área de investigación que representa un tercio del total de trabajos presentados en este campo de la psicología. Así, y a pesar del creciente interés que existe por parte de los investigadores al largo de la última década, se ha podido comprobar que existe una cierta tendencia a la estabilización en el número de comunicaciones presentadas en los congresos nacionales e internacionales. Ha sido posible comprobar también que el nivel de atención prestado a esta área de conocimiento varía en función de la revista científica considerada.

  13. Análise comparativa de classificadores digitais em imagens do Landsat-8 aplicados ao mapeamento temático

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    Danilo Francisco Trovo Garofalo

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o desempenho dos classificadores digitais SVM e K-NN para a classificação orientada a objeto em imagens Landsat-8, aplicados ao mapeamento de uso e cobertura do solo da Alta Bacia do Rio Piracicaba-Jaguari, MG. A etapa de pré-processamento contou com a conversão radiométrica e a minimização dos efeitos atmosféricos. Em seguida, foi feita a fusão das bandas multiespectrais (30 m com a banda pancromática (15 m. Com base em composições RGB e inspeções de campo, definiram-se 15 classes de uso e cobertura do solo. Para a segmentação de bordas, aplicaram-se os limiares 10 e 60 para as configurações de segmentação e união no aplicativo ENVI. A classificação foi feita usando SVM e K-NN. Ambos os classificadores apresentaram elevados valores de índice Kappa (k: 0,92 para SVM e 0,86 para K-NN, significativamente diferentes entre si a 95% de probabilidade. Uma significativa melhoria foi observada para SVM, na classificação correta de diferentes tipologias florestais. A classificação orientada a objetos é amplamente aplicada em imagens de alta resolução espacial; no entanto, os resultados obtidos no presente trabalho mostram a robustez do método também para imagens de média resolução espacial.

  14. Algoritmo de busca dispersa aplicado ao problema clássico de roteamento de veículos

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    Nélida Gladys Maquera Sosa

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo apresentamos heurísticas usando o conceito da meta-heurística Busca Dispersa (BD, desenvolvidas para a solução do Problema de Roteamento de Veículos (PRV Clássico, detalhando cada uma de suas etapas básicas quando aplicadas ao problema em questão. A Busca Dispersa é um método evolutivo que combina soluções com a finalidade de criar novas soluções de melhor qualidade; ainda que apresente similaridades com os algoritmos genéticos difere dos mesmos em princípios fundamentais. Um aspecto importante da BD é formar soluções com alta qualidade para dirigir a busca a regiões promissoras. Experimentos computacionais foram realizados em quatro conjuntos de dados disponíveis na literatura. Os resultados mostram que a BD é robusta e competitiva em termos de qualidade das soluções obtidas e tempo computacional para o PRV Clássico, para os conjuntos de dados testados.In this paper we present a Scatter Search algorithm designed for the solution of the Classical Vehicle Routing Problem, giving details of each of its basic phases when applied to the routing problem. Scatter Search is an evolutionary meta-heuristic that combines solutions with the objective of obtaining new solutions of higher quality; even though there are similarities between Scatter Search and Genetic Algorithms, the two methods differ in basic principles. An important aspect of Scatter Search is to construct high quality solutions in order to direct the search to promising regions. Computational experiments were conducted using four data sets available in the literature. The results show that Scatter Search is robust and competitive in terms of both the quality of solutions and computational times, for the VRP data sets we used.

  15. Simian virus 40 T antigen can transcriptionally activate and mediate viral DNA replication in cells which lack the retinoblastoma susceptibility gene product.

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    Trifillis, P; Picardi, J; Alwine, J C

    1990-01-01

    Simian virus 40 T antigen is a multifunctional protein which has recently been shown to form a complex with the retinoblastoma susceptibility gene product (Rb protein) (J.A. DeCaprio, J.W. Ludlow, J. Figge, J.-Y. Shaw, C.-M. Huang, W.-H. Lee, E. Marsilio, E. Paucha, and D.M. Livingston, Cell 54:275-283, 1988; P. Whyte, K.J. Buchkovich, J.M. Horowitz, S.H. Friend, M. Raybuck, R.A. Weinberg, and E. Harlow, Nature (London) 334:124-129, 1988). This interaction may facilitate some of the functions...

  16. Conserved retinoblastoma protein-binding motif in human cytomegalovirus UL97 kinase minimally impacts viral replication but affects susceptibility to maribavir

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    Chou Sunwen

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The UL97 kinase has been shown to phosphorylate and inactivate the retinoblastoma protein (Rb and has three consensus Rb-binding motifs that might contribute to this activity. Recombinant viruses containing mutations in the Rb-binding motifs generally replicated well in human foreskin fibroblasts with only a slight delay in replication kinetics. Their susceptibility to the specific UL97 kinase inhibitor, maribavir, was also examined. Mutation of the amino terminal motif, which is involved in the inactivation of Rb, also renders the virus hypersensitive to the drug and suggests that the motif may play a role in its mechanism of action.

  17. Effect of piperlongumine on drug resistance reversal in human retinoblastoma HXO-RB44/VCR and SO-Rb50/CBP cell lines

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    Wang, Xiao-Qiang; Wang, Yu-Chuan; Guo, Ya-Tu; Tang, Xin

    2015-01-01

    Piperlongumine (PLGM) was considered as an anti-cancer agent since it was involved in suppressing of many types of cancer. To investigate the functions and mechanisms of PLGM on drug resistance reversal in human retinoblastoma cell lines, drug resistance cell lines HXO-RB44/VCR and SO-Rb50/CBP were established. We found that after treatment with PLGM, drug sensitivity and apoptosis rate of these drug resistance cancer cells were improved, cell cycle was arrested, the expressions of P-gp, MDR1...

  18. Contribuição ao estudo das doenças hereditárias

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    Ernani Martins da Silva

    1945-08-01

    Full Text Available Em revisão de conhecimentos sobre doenças hereditárias foi verificada em várias dessas heredopatias (anemia de hemátias em alvo, icterícia hemolítica heredo-familiar. anemia ovalocítica, anemia perniciosa de BIERMER, trombopatia constitucional, distrofia miotônica — compreendendo a doença de TNOMSEN e paramiotonia -, doença de FRIEDREICH, doença de CHARCOT-MARIE, epilepsia, keratosis follicularis ou doença de DARIER. braquidactilia, e câncer gástrico a existência de indivíduos de comportamento semelhante ao siclêmico na anemia drepanocítica. Tais indivíduos são identificáveis por apresentarem precocemente algum dos sinais clínicos da doença. Provas especiais para cada entidade mórbida são necessárias para essa identificação.Essas verificações indicam a possibilidade de se identificarem os portadores de caráter patogênico hereditário na fase de latência (indivíduos “aparentemente sãos" ou "carrier" e que a existência de tais indivíduos é uma das características das doenças hereditárias, talvez excetuadas, as deformidades congênitas. Sugerem também que se deve relacionar o fenômeno de salteamento de gerações (skipping na incidência das heredopatias com êsses portadores. E' sugerido o recenseamento e exames periódicos dêsses indivíduos no sentido da aquisição de dados sôbre os fatores responsáveis pela passagem da condição de "latente" para a de doente. Possivelmente, êsses conhecimentos forneceriam as bases de eventual profilaxia das doenças acima mencionadas. Na anemia perniciosa a hepatoterapia, como aconselha ASKEY, deve ser aplicada aos acloridricos, como medida preventiva.The author has reviewd papers about heredity diseases and verified that in some of them (target-cell anemia, hereditary hemolytic jaundice, ovalocytic anemia, Biermer's pernicious anemia, constitutional thrombopathia, dystrophia myotcnica (Thomsen's disease and paramyotonia, Friedreich's disease, Charcot

  19. Gain of DNA methylation is enhanced in the absence of CTCF at the human retinoblastoma gene promoter

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    Recillas-Targa Félix

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Long-term gene silencing throughout cell division is generally achieved by DNA methylation and other epigenetic processes. Aberrant DNA methylation is now widely recognized to be associated with cancer and other human diseases. Here we addressed the contribution of the multifunctional nuclear factor CTCF to the epigenetic regulation of the human retinoblastoma (Rb gene promoter in different tumoral cell lines. Methods To assess the DNA methylation status of the Rb promoter, genomic DNA from stably transfected human erythroleukemic K562 cells expressing a GFP reporter transgene was transformed with sodium bisulfite, and then PCR-amplified with modified primers and sequenced. Single- and multi-copy integrants with the CTCF binding site mutated were isolated and characterized by Southern blotting. Silenced transgenes were reactivated using 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine and Trichostatin-A, and their expression was monitored by fluorescent cytometry. Rb gene expression and protein abundance were assessed by RT-PCR and Western blotting in three different glioma cell lines, and DNA methylation of the promoter region was determined by sodium bisulfite sequencing, together with CTCF dissociation and methyl-CpG-binding protein incorporation by chromatin immunoprecipitation assays. Results We found that the inability of CTCF to bind to the Rb promoter causes a dramatic loss of gene expression and a progressive gain of DNA methylation. Conclusions This study indicates that CTCF plays an important role in maintaining the Rb promoter in an optimal chromatin configuration. The absence of CTCF induces a rapid epigenetic silencing through a progressive gain of DNA methylation. Consequently, CTCF can now be seen as one of the epigenetic components that allows the proper configuration of tumor suppressor gene promoters. Its aberrant dissociation can then predispose key genes in cancer cells to acquire DNA methylation and epigenetic silencing.

  20. More epigenetic hits than meets the eye: microRNAs and genes associated with the tumorigenesis of retinoblastoma

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    Adriana H.O. Reis

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Retinoblastoma (RB, a childhood neoplasia of the retinoblasts, can occur unilaterally or bilaterally, with one or multiple foci per eye. RB is associated with somatic loss-of-function of both alleles of the tumor suppressor gene RB1. Hereditary forms emerge due to germline loss-of-function mutations in RB1 alleles. RB has long been the prototypic ‘‘model’’ cancer ever since Knudson’s ‘‘two-hit’’ hypothesis. However, a simple two-hit model for RB is challenged by an increasing number of studies documenting additional hits that contribute to RB development. Here we review the genetics and epigenetics of RB with a focus on the role of small noncoding RNAs (microRNAs and on novel findings indicating the relevance of DNA methylation in the development and prognosis of this neoplasia. Studies point to an elaborated landscape of genetic and epigenetic complexity, in which a number of events and pahtways play crucial roles in the origin and prognosis of RB. These include roles for microRNAs, inprinted loci, and parent-of-origin contributions to RB1 regulation and RB progression. This complexity is also manifested in the structure of the RB1 locus itself: it includes numerous repetitive DNA segments and retrotransposon insertion elements, some of which are actively transcribed from the RB1 locus. Altogether, we conclude that RB1 loss of function represents the tip of an iceberg of events that determine RB development, progression, severity, and disease risk. Comprehensive assessment of personalized RB risk will require genetic and epigenetic evaluations beyond RB1 protein coding sequences.