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  1. The external impacts of Central Bank independence Os impactos externos da independência dos Bancos Centrais

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    Carroll Howard Griffin

    2010-12-01

    , tanto desenvolvidos como em desenvolvimento. Desde a primeira literatura acadêmica a respeito no final dos anos 80, muitos países começaram a adotar essa política e muitos governos a reconheceram como padrão. Assim, muitos países ao redor do mundo concederam autonomia a seus bancos centrais nos anos 80 e 90. A maior parte dos estudos existentes investigou principalmente o impacto da independência do banco central na inflação. Porém, os benefícios teóricos adicionais vão muito além, resultado de um ambiente macroeconômico mais estável e próspero. Ademais, somente agora há dados suficientes para a determinação empírica da veracidade de muitas dessas alegações. Este estudo investiga a independência dos bancos centrais em países em desenvolvimento na América Latina e na Ásia, além de determinados países desenvolvidos, para determinar o real impacto de um banco central autônomo. Também examina fenômenos como crises financeiras (inclusive a crise global em curso no período 2008-2009, estabelecimento de metas de inflação, sistemas legais, desenvolvimento dos países e política fiscal para determinar os efeitos destes itens não somente na inflação, mas no espectro amplo de resultados macroeconômicos. Apesar de haver evidências empíricas para apoiar os benefícios da independência do banco central, seu escopo é limitado a determinadas áreas.

  2. Centrais de pequenos supermercados no estado de São Paulo: evolução da coordenação e coesão relacional

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    Luciano Mitidieri Bento Garcia

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho visa mostrar e analisar um grupo de redes de pequenos supermercadistas no interior do estado de S. Paulo operando por meio de relações cooperativas sob a forma de centrais de negócios. Dentro de uma abordagem qualitativa de pesquisa e utilizando os aportes teóricos do neoinstitucionalismo e teoria de redes, o trabalho foi baseado em entrevistas semiestruturadas com os representantes de quatro centrais. Foi seguido um roteiro composto por itens relacionados à história de formação da central, motivações principais para entrada na rede, fases de desenvolvimento, detalhes operacionais e algumas indicações sobre os mecanismos de coordenação e as características das relações mais relevantes. Constata-se, no caso dos mecanismos de coordenação, uma importante convivência entre mecanismos formais e informais de coordenação. Quanto às relações entre os membros, de modo geral, elas se revelaram coesas. Constata-se também uma alta percepção de eficácia nas centrais estudadas.

  3. Commercial statistical bulletin of the Brazilian electric utility Centrais Eletricas de Santa Catarina S.A; Boletim estatistico comercial da CELESC: Centrais Eletricas de Santa Catarina S.A

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    1996-04-01

    Statistical data concerning the Brazilian Centrais Eletricas de Santa Catarina S.A. utility relative to April 1996 are presented. They include, among other things, electricity consumption, number and class of consumers and electricity rates 6 figs., 50 tabs.

  4. Autores Centrais No Desenvolvimento Da Rede Colaborativa: Análise Da Revista Contabilidade, Gestão E Governança de 1998 a 2012

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    Leonardo Lima Esteves

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available A análise da forma das relações entre os atores sociais traz informações sobre o ambiente produtivo. A utilização de subsídios para compreensão do desenvolver das pesquisas científicas pode trazer benefícios à produtividade e à qualidade dessas. Ao empregar os conceitos elaborados para a análise estrutural, como aqueles apresentados por Freeman (1979 sobre a centralidade de atores e a diversidades de metodologias, este estudo objetiva entender as peculiaridades dos autores centrais no desenvolvimento de investigações em coautoria. Como base de dados foram utilizados os artigos publicados no periódico Revista Contabilidade, Gestão e Governança, que por meio do uso de software especializado para análise estrutural (Ucinet 6.0 foram tratados, a fim de viabilizar o plote dos gráficos relacionais. Com a análise dos dados foi percebido que a rede se encontra altamente fragmentada, apresentando vários grupos nos quais se aglomeram alguns autores comumente atrelados à mesma instituição de ensino superior. A centralidade geral da rede coube à autora Ilse Maria Beuren, a qual obteve maior número de ocorrências na população, assim como o maior número de ligações diretas. Há evidências de uma série de comportamentos comuns à produção acadêmica da rede como, a preferência por desenvolvimento de investigações em grupos menos numerosos, mais especificamente em dupla, e o baixo número de repetição nas parcerias.

  5. A Análise da Sustentabilidade Ambiental Urbana das Áreas Centrais da Cidade de Taguatinga

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    Thânia Priscila Silva Bonifácio

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: Taguatinga é uma cidade jovem, sua fundação data de 1958 e, cuja população evoluiu de 26 mil habitantes para 361 mil em menos de 50 anos. Enquanto em várias regiões do mundo algumas medidas já começaram a ser tomadas – como as exigências de alguns países europeus de se instalar telhado-verde em suas edificações – as soluções sustentáveis ainda não são vistas no Brasil. Nesse sentido, este estudo propõe a análise do Plano Diretor Local para saber se nele foi previsto o desenvolvimento urbano sustentável, especialmente quanto à promoção da qualidade de vida ecologicamente equilibrada ou se será necessário uma interferência para adequar a norma vigente à nova realidade do nosso planeta. Os resultados mostraram que as propostas eram ineficazes, inconsistentes e não seguiram a maioria dos requisitos, além de haverem contradições. Abstract Taguatinga is a recent city, it was established by the year of 1958, and advanced from a nearly 26 thousand inhabitants to 361 thousand. While in many other countries some disciplinary measures are happening –like the Green-roof policies at Switzerland and Germany– here in Brazil these solutions are still unseen. Therefore, this present study proposes the Planning Directive analysis to know if sustainable urban development was predicted, especially when it comes to promote life quality that isecologically balanced, or if it will be necessary an intervention to fit the actual standards to our planet’s new reality. The results show us the proposals were ineffective, inconsistent and did not meet most of the requirements, besides there were a few contradictions.

  6. Elementos Centrais da Obra Liberalismo Político de John Rawls – Primeira e Segunda Conferências

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    Eloi Pedro Fabian

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho procura fazer uma abordagem dos conceitos fundamentais da teoria política de John Rawls exposta na obra Liberalismo Político. O livro em análise é composto por 8 capítulos, fruto de um conjunto de conferências apresentadas pelo filósofo norte-americano ao longo do século XX, como forma de defesa e sistematização de suas ideias e conceitos. Conforme explicitado no título, debruçamo-nos neste artigo em refletir e extrair os principais conceitos das duas primeiras conferências. A primeira delas versa sobre Ideias Fundamentais da teoria do Liberalismo Político e a segunda conferência trata sobre As Faculdades dos Cidadãos e suas Representações. De modo reconstrutivo e reflexivo buscamos tratar destes dois primeiros tópicos da obra como ponto de partida para compreensão da teoria política de Rawls.

  7. QUALITY REVIEW OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS APPLIED TO SMALL HYDROPOWER PLANTS = REVISÃO DA QUALIDADE DE ESTUDOS DE IMPACTO AMBIENTAL DE PEQUENAS CENTRAIS HIDRELÉTRICAS

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    Marcelo Montaño

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The Brazilian electric mix is based on hydroelectric projects. Among these, the Small Hydropower Plants have gained space: its implementation has been strongly encouraged by medium and long-term government programs. Just as large power plants, the small ones also have a range of environmental impacts. Considering the procedures currently applied in the Brazilian environmental licensing process, the objective of this study was to verify the applicability of a matrix of criteria to support the assessment of technical quality for the Environmental Impacts Studies (EIS from Small Hydropower Plants. Three case studies were selected, both located in Minas Gerais. The matrix was adequate for the analysis of the studies presented. Meanwhile, the studies analyzed have not clearly demonstrates the environmental viability of the projects. It discusses here the review of environmental licensing for Small Hydropower Plants. = A matriz elétrica brasileira apoia-se sobre empreendimentos hidrelétricos, com evidente predominância de grandes empreendimentos geradores de energia. Nos últimos anos, as Pequenas Centrais Hidrelétricas (PCHs têm ganhado destaque dentre os empreendimentos que constituem o parque gerador no país, estimuladas pela perspectiva de um menor nível de conflitos socioambientais em comparação com os grandes empreendimentos. Ocorre que, da mesma forma que grandes usinas, as PCHs apresentam uma gama de impactos ambientais que devem ser avaliados previamente à sua implantação. Considerando os procedimentos aplicados atualmente no processo de licenciamento ambiental brasileiro, o presente trabalho tem como objetivo verificar a aplicabilidade de critérios orientadores da avaliação da qualidade técnica de Estudos de Impactos Ambientais de PCHs. A fim de ilustrar as discussões apresentadas, três estudos de impacto elaborados para essa tipologia de empreendimento foram analisados, de modo individual e coletivo. O conjunto de crit

  8. Centrais de pequenos supermercados no estado de São Paulo: evolução da coordenação e coesão relacional

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    Luciano Mitidieri Bento Garcia; Luiz Fernando de Oriani e Paulillo

    2014-01-01

    Este trabalho visa mostrar e analisar um grupo de redes de pequenos supermercadistas no interior do estado de S. Paulo operando por meio de relações cooperativas sob a forma de centrais de negócios. Dentro de uma abordagem qualitativa de pesquisa e utilizando os aportes teóricos do neoinstitucionalismo e teoria de redes, o trabalho foi baseado em entrevistas semiestruturadas com os representantes de quatro centrais. Foi seguido um roteiro composto por itens relacionados à história de formação...

  9. Meduloepitelioma teratóide da retina: relato de caso Teratoid medulloepithelioma of the retina: case report

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    Ramon Coral Ghanem

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available O meduloepitelioma é um tumor intra-ocular congênito originário do epitélio medular primitivo que, por sua vez, é responsável pela formação do epitélio não pigmentado do corpo ciliar. Ocorre geralmente na infância, de forma unilateral, acometendo o corpo ciliar. O objetivo deste trabalho é documentar um caso raro de meduloepitelioma teratóide originário da retina. Paciente de nove anos, feminina, apresentava baixa acuidade visual (AV, estrabismo e leucocoria no olho esquerdo (OE. A AV era de 1,0 no olho direito e movimentos de mão no OE. Foi observada tumoração retrocristaliniana branco-acinzentada no OE, aparentemente subretiniana, vascularizada, de grande extensão, com alterações císticas na sua superfície. Foram realizadas tomografia de crânio e órbitas e ecografia ocular. A paciente foi submetida à enucleação com suspeita clínica de retinoblastoma. Pelo aspecto histopatológico foi feito o diagnóstico de meduloepitelioma teratóide benigno originário da retina. Na maioria dos casos apresentados na literatura o meduloepitelioma tem origem a partir do epitélio não pigmentado do corpo ciliar. No nosso caso, a neoplasia parece ter tido origem a partir da retina, já que os cortes revelaram epitélio do corpo ciliar preservado e não foi reconhecida a estrutura normal da retina. Embora o tumor apresentado neste relato tenha sido classificado como benigno, o fato de ser lesão de grandes proporções e de crescimento aparentemente recente, justifica a conduta cirúrgica empregada. O tratamento do meduloepitelioma deve objetivar a intervenção cirúrgica precoce, na tentativa de se evitar a disseminação extra-ocular.Medulloepithelioma is a congenital intraocular tumor that usually arises from the primitive medullary epithelium that is destined to form the nonpigmented ciliary epithelium of the ciliary body. It occurs most frequently in early childhood and is unilateral. This report documents a rare case of

  10. Vogais centrais do português europeu contemporâneo: uma proposta de análise à luz da fonologia dos elementos = Central vowels of modern european portuguese: proposing an element phonology-based analysis

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    Veloso, João

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo, pretendemos demonstrar que uma descrição do sistema vocálico do português europeu contemporâneo baseada na fonologia dos elementos e a partir de três partículas elementares ({I A U} oferece explicação plausível e elegante para diversos aspetos da organização do sistema, nomeadamente para a distinção dos quatro graus de abertura atestados em posição tónica e para aspetos específicos das vogais centrais. Estas são descritas como vogais atonais (sem {I} e sem {U} que se distinguem gradativamente em função do peso do elemento de abertura ({A} em cada segmento. O artigo propõe ainda a existência das duas vogais centrais não baixas (/i/ e /a/ no inventário segmental fonológico do português europeu contemporâneo. Ficando demonstrado que /i/ é a vogal vazia do sistema, defende-se que esta seja a vogal não marcada nesta língua

  11. Analgesia preemptiva com nepafenaco 0,1% na fotocoagulação da retina

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    Emerson Fernandes de Sousa e Castro

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Avaliar o efeito preemptivo com nepafenaco 0,1% em pacientes submetidos à fotocoagulação da retina para tratamento da retinopatia diabética proliferativa. Métodos: Trinta pacientes foram submetidos à fotocoagulação com laser de argônio em ambos os olhos. O olho contralateral de cada paciente foi o controle. O nepafenaco e o placebo foram utilizados 30 minutos antes da aplicação do laser. Ambos os olhos foram fotocoagulados no mesmo dia. A intensidade da dor foi avaliada por meio da escala analógica visual e da escala descritiva de dor. Resultados: A análise da interação instilação versus nepafenaco mostrou que os pacientes do grupo placebo apresentaram níveis de dor semelhantes em ambos os olhos, e os do grupo nepafenaco apresentaram redução importante do nível de dor no olho em que foi instilado a suspensão de 0,1% quando comparado ao olho contralateral que recebeu placebo (p=0,023. Conclusão: Este estudo sugere que a suspensão de 0,1% de nepafenaco foi útil na analgesia preemptiva de pacientes submetidos à fotocoagulação de retina quando comparada ao placebo.

  12. Analgesia preemptiva com dipirona versus ibuprofeno na fotocoagulação a laser da retina

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    Artur Macaferri Del Santo

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO Objetivo: Comparar a efetividade da dipirona versus o ibuprofeno para a redução da dor na fotocoagulação da retina (FR. Método: Foi realizado um estudo controlado, duplo cego e randomizado englobando trinta e quatro pacientes com retinopatia diabética separados em dois grupos. Grupo A recebeu 1000mg de dipirona e o grupo B recebeu 600mg de ibuprofeno. A dor foi avaliada pela escala visual analógica. Resultado: A média do escore da dor nos grupos A e B foi de 5,2 ± 2.6 e 4,5 ± 1,4, respectivamente. Não houve diferença estatística entre os grupos (p=0,34. O mesmo foi observado quanto à analise entre dor leve, moderada e grave (p=0,09. Os grupos foram semelhantes quanto à idade e sexo. Conclusão: Os medicamentos foram equivalentes ou equipotentes em reduzir a dor ocular durante a fotocoagulação a laser da retina.

  13. Análise da camada de fibras nervosas da retina em portadores de enxaqueca com aura

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    Medeiros, Felipe Andrade [UNIFESP; Neuman C. Dantas; Ginguerra,Maria Antonieta; Susanna Jr.,Remo

    2001-01-01

    Objetivo: Avaliar as possíveis alterações na camada de fibras nervosas da retina (CFNR) em pacientes com enxaqueca com aura, detectada por meio da polarimetria de varredura a laser. Métodos: Vinte pacientes com enxaqueca com aura e vinte indivíduos normais foram estudados. Os critérios de inclusão para os dois grupos compreenderam: idade de pelo menos 18 anos; ausência de história de doenças oculares, exceto erro refracional ou estrabismo; e ausência de história familiar de hipertensão ocular...

  14. Oclusão de artéria central da retina associada ao forame oval patente

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    Patrícia Regina de Pinho Tavares

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Oclusão da artéria central da retina é uma doença comumente encontrada em pacientes idosos, mas pode também ser vista em crianças e adultos jovens. Nestes, as principais causas são anomalias cardíacas, sendo o forame oval patente o mais observado. O objetivo do trabalho é relatar o caso de um paciente jovem com oclusão da artéria central da retina apresentando persistência de forame oval e, também, salientar a importância de uma propedêutica detalhada nos casos de oclusões vasculares da retina.

  15. Técnicas da pesquisa operacional no problema de horários de atendentes em centrais telefônicas

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    Barboza Angela Olandoski

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho propõe uma solução para a elaboração e a designação de jornadas de trabalho em uma central telefônica de atendimento 24 horas. O trabalho foi desenvolvido em três fases: na primeira, determina-se o número de atendentes necessários a cada meia hora do dia por meio de um simulador da central telefônica, visando ao pronto atendimento ao cliente. Na segunda, é determinado o conjunto de jornadas de trabalho que atendem à demanda, minimizando os gastos da empresa com salários; para isso, foram utilizados os resultados da primeira fase e as jornadas disponíveis para, então, construir um modelo de Programação Inteira, o qual foi resolvido com o software LINDO. Finalmente, na terceira fase são designados os atendentes aos horários de acordo com suas preferências, utilizando o algoritmo do Matching de peso máximo. Os resultados encontrados foram analisados em termos de economia para a empresa, melhor atendimento ao usuário e satisfação dos atendentes.

  16. Avaliação do uso da água magnetizada na produção de concretos em centrais

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    Cristiano Oliveira Guimaraes

    2006-01-01

    É fato notório que, no mundo atual, muito pouco se têm estudado e pesquisado sobre a água comumente utilizada na produção de concretos, suas características e, sobretudo, a sua influência nas propriedades físicas e mecânicas de argamassas e concretos. E é neste contexto que se viabilizou o presente trabalho, focado na análise e performance de concretos produzidos a partir do uso de uma água referenciada como magnetizada, que foi previamente submetida a um campo magnético fixo. O estudo da uti...

  17. Degenerações periféricas da retina em pacientes candidatos à cirurgia refrativa Peripheral retina degeneration in patients who are candidates for refractive surgery

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    Paulo Henrique de Avila Morales

    2001-02-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: O objetivo desse estudo é verificar em indivíduos míopes candidatos à cirurgia refrativa a prevalência dos diferentes tipos de lesões retinianas periféricas degenerativas de acordo com o tipo de miopia. Métodos: De forma prospectiva, no período de um ano, foram examinados os olhos dos pacientes no Setor de Cirurgia Refrativa do Departamento de Oftalmologia da Universidade Federal de São Paulo - Escola Paulista de Medicina que durante a sua consulta inicial apresentassem refração com equivalente esférico superior ou igual a -1,00 dioptria esférica, e não tivessem antecedentes pessoais de doença ou cirurgia ocular no período. Foi investigada a existência de lesões e/ou degenerações periféricas predisponentes ao descolamento regmatogênico de retina. Resultados: O grupo foi composto, em sua maioria, por adultos jovens (média de idade de 31 anos. Foram observados olhos com miopia baixa (263 olhos, 31%, moderada (300 olhos, 36% e alta (277 olhos, 33%; em 35,4% dos pacientes (27% dos olhos foram encontradas degenerações periféricas, sendo o branco com e sem pressão a alteração mais freqüente (23,4% dos pacientes ou 17,5% dos olhos. Entre as lesões predisponentes ao descolamento regmatogênico da retina, a mais encontrada foi a degeneração em treliça (8,6% dos pacientes ou 6% dos olhos. Conclusões: As alterações periféricas predisponentes ou não ao descolamento regmatogênico de retina apresentaram aumento de prevalência de acordo com o aumento do grau de miopia, com exceção das roturas. Todos os pacientes com miopia alta e candidatos à cirurgia refrativa devem ter a periferia retiniana de ambos os olhos examinada.Purpose: To verify, in myopic individuals who are candidates for refractive surgery, the prevalence of different types of peripheral degenerative lesions of the retina, according to the type of myopia. Methods: Prospectively, during a one-year interval, we examined the eyes of patients in

  18. Tumor vasoproliferativo idiopático da retina associado à hemorragia vítrea recidivante: relato de caso

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    Serracarbassa Pedro D.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Os autores apresentam dois casos raros e ilustrativos de tumor vasoproliferativo, idiopático presumido da retina associado à hemorragia vítrea recidivante, em duas pacientes jovens e sadias. Método: Dois olhos de duas pacientes foram avaliados por meio do exame de fundoscopia, retinografia, angiofluoresceinografia e ultra-sonografia. Resultados: Nos dois casos relatados, o tumor vascular retiniano foi unilateral, solitário e apresentou evidências ultra-sonográficas de adesão vítrea. São discutidos os diagnósticos diferenciais da doença e alternativas de tratamento com crioterapia, fotocoagulação e vitrectomia. Conclusão: Os autores ressaltam a importância do reconhecimento do tumor vasoproliferativo idiopático da retina nos casos de hemorragia vítrea recidivante.

  19. Avaliação da autofluorescência do fundo de olho nas distrofias de retina com o aparelho Heidelberg Retina Angiograph2 Evaluation of fundus autofluorescence in hereditary retinal diseases using Heidelberg Retina Angiograph2

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    Monique Côco

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Definir características do exame de autofluorescência, verificando sua utilidade no diagnóstico e acompanhamento de distrofias retinianas. MÉTODOS: Participaram do estudo, 28 pacientes, adultos, divididos igualmente em quatro grupos com diagnósticos de doença de Stargardt, distrofia de Cones, retinose pigmentar e voluntários saudáveis para estabelecimento do padrão de normalidade. Em média foram obtidas nove imagens com o filtro para angiofluoresceinografia para a formação da imagem autofluorescente no Heidelberg Retina Angiograph2. As imagens de cada grupo de pacientes foram analisadas para verificar características comuns. RESULTADOS: As imagens fundoscópicas autofluorescentes dos voluntários do grupo controle mostraram área foveal hipoautofluorescente em relação à retina do pólo posterior. As imagens dos portadores de doença de Stargardt, em geral, apresentaram lesão hipoautofluorescente, correspondendo à área macular. As principais alterações da autofluorescência em pacientes com distrofia de cones foram hipoautofluorescência macular com halo hiperautofluorescente. Nos portadores de retinose pigmentar, foram encontrados pigmentos periféricos causando hipoautofluorescência. Na região macular, hipoautofluorescência ou apenas desorganização do pigmento. CONCLUSÃO: O estudo mostrou a existência de padrões de autofluorescência de fundo nas distrofias de retina que permitem o diagnóstico e melhor interpretação da fisiopatogenia destas doenças.PURPOSE: To define characteristics of the fundus autofluorescence examination, verifying usefulness in the diagnosis and care of hereditary retinal diseases. METHODS: 28 patients, adults, divided equally into four groups with diagnoses of Stargardt macular dystrophy, cone dystrophy, retinitis pigmentosa and healthy volunteers for the establishment of the normality pattern. An average of nine images with the filter for fluorescein angiography was obtained

  20. Vitrectomy with and without scleral buckling for retinal detachment Vitrectomia com e sem "scleral buckling" para descolamento da retina

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    Rubens Camargo Siqueira

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To compare the surgical results of vitrectomy with and without scleral buckling for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RD. METHODS: Fifty-one patients with rhegmatogenous retinal detachment with proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR at different stages were submitted to pars plana vitrectomy as the primary surgery, 23 patients (45.09% with scleral buckle (group I and 28 (54.90% without scleral buckle (group II. Visual acuity, anterior segment complications, intraocular pressure, strabismus and retina reattachment rate were evaluated in both groups. RESULTS: The anatomical success and postoperative complications were similar in both groups. Retinal reattachment was achieved in 20 of 23 eyes (87% of group I and in 24 of 28 eyes (85.7% of group II after the initial surgery (p=1.000. Elevated intraocular pressure was noted in 2 eyes (8.7% of group I and 1 eye (3.6% of group II (p=0.583. Corneal abnormalities were seen in 3 eyes (13% of group I and 2 eyes (7.19% of the group II (p=0.647. Visual acuity improved from a preoperative median of 20/200 to a median of 20/100 in group 1 and from 20/400 to 20/100 in group 2; the difference between the two groups was statistically significant (pOBJETIVOS: Comparar os resultados cirúrgicos da vitrectomia com e sem "buckle" escleral para descolamento da retina regmatogênico (DR. MÉTODOS: Cinqüenta e um pacientes com descolamento da retina regmatogênico com proliferação vitreorretiniana (PVR em diferentes estádios foram submetidos a vitrectomia pars plana como cirurgia primária; 23 pacientes (45,09% com buckle escleral (grupo 1 e 28 pacientes (54,90% sem "buckle" escleral (grupo 2. Acuidade visual, complicações do segmento anterior, pressão intra-ocular, estrabismo e razão do redescolamento da retina foram avaliados em ambos os grupos. RESULTADOS: O sucesso anatômico e complicações pós-operatórias foram semelhantes em ambos os grupos. A reaplicação da retina foi obtida em 20 dos 23

  1. Temas centrales de la antropología de la educación contemporánea Temas centrais da antropologia da educac á o contempor á nea Central Topics in Contemporary Educational Anthropology

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    Aurora Bernal- Martínez de Soria

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available La breve historia de la antropología de la educación como disciplina científica -en comparación con otras divisiones de la antropología- muestra un elenco de contenidos apropiados para la formación de los educadores. La adopción de metodologías distintas enfoca la atención científica hacia dimensiones también diversas del objeto de la antropología de la educación. Las categorías clave en el estudio son: la educabilidad y la cultura. La antropología de la educación con un método empírico se centra en la temática de la cultura. La antropología de la educación con un método filosófico se centra en la educabilidad. Se propone en estas páginas, para la formación de los educadores, la opción por una antropología de la educación con un método filosófico, que abarque tanto la educabilidad como la cultura, acogiendo los resultados de la investigación empírica. Esta perspectiva integradora permite al educador conocer cómo se distinguen y se relacionan educación y cultura, en el crecimiento de las personas protagonistas del proceso de educación. Se necesitan otras nociones, como naturaleza y persona, para comprender a fondo el fenómeno educativo desde la perspectiva de la antropología.A breve história da antropologia da educação como disciplina científica, comparada com a de outras disciplinas da antropologia, mostra um elemento de contidos apropriados para a formação dos educadores. A adoção de metodologias dis­ tintas centra a atenção científica para dimensões também diversas do objeto da antropologia da educação. As categorias clave no estudo são: a educabilidade e a cultura. Quando utiliza um método empírico, a antropologia da educação centrase na temática da cultura; a antropologia da educação, utilizando um método filosófico, centrase na educabilidade. Para a formação dos educadores, neste artigo propõe-se a alternativa de uma antropologia da educação com um método filosófico que

  2. Degenerações periféricas da retina do olho míope X LASIK Peripheral retinal degenerations in myopic eye X LASIK

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    João J. Nassaralla Jr.

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste artigo é apresentar as degenerações periféricas mais comuns na retina dos olhos míopes, discutindo aquelas que oferecem maiores riscos para o descolamento regmatogênico da retina, seu relacionamento com a cirurgia de LASIK e a indicação para o tratamento profilático.The purpose of this paper is to present the most frequent peripheral retinal degenerations in myopic eyes and discuss those degenerations which are a great risk for the retina and to point out the features associated with retinal detachment, its relation to LASIK and the indication for prophylactic treatment.

  3. Angiogênese e doenças da retina Angiogenesis and retinal diseases

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    Francisco Max Damico

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Angiogênese é o processo de formação de vasos sangüíneos a partir de vasos preexistentes, que ocorre em condições fisiológicas e patológicas. É fenômeno complexo no qual participam inúmeras moléculas que estimulam e inibem a formação dos neovasos. O aumento da permeabilidade vascular e a neovascularização sub-retiniana são as causas da perda visual nas doenças proliferativas da retina, como a degeneração macular relacionada à idade e a retinopatia diabética, e o fator de crescimento do endotélio vascular ("vascular endothelial growth factor", VEGF desempenha um papel muito importante nesse processo. Existem quatro isoformas da molécula de VEGF biologicamente ativas em seres humanos, das quais o VEGF165 é a isoforma predominante no olho humano, e existem evidências de que seja a isoforma responsável pela neovascularização patogênica no olho. Além de ser potente mitógeno de células endoteliais, o VEGF aumenta a permeabilidade vascular, inibe a apoptose das células endoteliais e promove migração de precursores de células endoteliais. O VEGF não é a única molécula cuja expressão está aumentada na angiogênese patológica. O fator de crescimento de fibroblasto ("basic fibroblast growth factor", bFGF, as angiopoetinas, o fator derivado do epitélio pigmentado ("pigment epithelium-derived factor", PEDF e os fatores de adesão relacionados à matriz extracelular também exercem papel importante no balanço entre fatores pró- e antiangiogênicos. Todo o conhecimento adquirido sobre o mecanismo da angiogênese ocular patológica tem possibilitado o desenvolvimento de vários inibidores desse processo. Atualmente existem dois anticorpos anti-VEGF para uso intravítreo e outras abordagens terapêuticas do bloqueio da angiogênese ocular estão em fase de desenvolvimento. As novas drogas deverão ser armas poderosas no tratamento das principais causas de cegueira legal irreversível em indivíduos com mais de 65

  4. RESILIÊNCIA URBANA E COMERCIAL EM ÁREAS CENTRAIS

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    2012-01-01

    doi: 10.12957/geouerj.2012.4814 Resumo:Este artigo aborda as mudanças em áreas comerciais da cidade, focalizando o tema da resiliência urbana. Trata-se de uma reflexão de natureza teórico-conceitual que remete à produção do espaço urbano e à atuação de agentes sociais em áreas centrais. O conceito de resiliência é apresentado em suas inúmeras definições a partir de revisão de literatura. Os agentes produtores do espaço urbano em áreas centrais são identificados mediante sua participação nos p...

  5. Oclusão de ramo venoso da retina associado ao uso de infliximabe: relato de caso

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    Bruno Diniz

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Descrevemos o caso de uma paciente, de 53 anos, com quadro de oclusão de ramo venoso da retina após receber seis infusões de infliximabe (3 mg/kg/dose, para tratamento de artrite reumatóide. A investigação clínica e laboratorial sobre distúrbios de coagulação, cardiopatias e sinais de hipertensão arterial crônica foi negativa. A relação temporal do uso de infliximabe e o desenvolvimento do quadro de oclusão de ramo pode indicar um possível efeito adverso da medicação.

  6. Fatores de risco e medidas preventivas das infecções associadas a cateteres venosos centrais

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    Viviane Rosado

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Rever os fatores de risco para infecção associada a cateteres venosos centrais e as recomendações para a sua prevenção. FONTES DOS DADOS: Foram revisados artigos publicados sobre o tema no PubMed, Cochrane Collaboration e Bireme. Os seguintes critérios de inclusão foram levados em consideração: trabalhos publicados entre 2000 e 2010, delineamento do estudo, população pediátrica hospitalizada com utilização de cateteres venosos centrais e artigos sobre infecção associada a cateteres venosos centrais. Além disso, foram utilizados documentos de referência dos Centers for Disease Control and Prevention e da Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária. SÍNTESE DOS DADOS: Os fatores de risco associados foram: tempo de utilização de acesso central, duração da internação e uso de cateter central de longa permanência, colocação de cateter venoso central em Unidade de Terapia Intensiva, doença cardiovascular não cirúrgica, recebimento de nutrição parenteral e de transfusão de hemoderivados. Entre as medidas preventivas, a literatura recomenda a implementação de protocolos e diretrizes multidisciplinares de cuidados na inserção e manutenção dos cateteres centrais, cuidados com a técnica de inserção dos cateteres venosos centrais, utilização de curativos impregnados com clorexidina, retirada precoce do cateter e adoção de programas de educação continuada para a equipe assistencial. CONCLUSÃO: O controle dos fatores de risco pode levar a uma redução igual ou superior a 40% na incidência dessas infecções. A vigilância do processo de inserção e cuidados com os cateteres vasculares centrais na população pediátrica orienta a padronização de rotinas dos serviços de saúde para a obtenção de taxas de referência para comparação intra e interinstitucionais.

  7. O processo de renovação das áreas centrais na cidade contemporânea: O caso do conjunto arquitetônico e paisagístico da Praça do Congresso, em Criciúma (SC

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    Gustavo Rogério De Lucca

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available A expansão urbana desordenada no Brasil e a consolidação da cidade corporativa têm estimulado, com a conivência do Estado neoliberal, a propagação de modos de ocupação cada vez mais vinculados a interesses imobiliários imediatos. A ausência de planejamento urbano de caráter social é percebida principalmente nos médios e grandes centros urbanos, onde se registra um agressivo processo de renovação das áreas centrais, cada vez mais ousado, alterando inclusive, irreversivelmente, a paisagem de núcleos históricos. É o caso de setores da centralidade urbana de Criciúma/SC, cidade produzida sob influências econômicas da mineração de carvão e, posteriormente, por outras atividades industriais. É destaque o conjunto arquitetônico e paisagístico da Praça do Congresso, objeto de estudo deste artigo, formado a partir das primeiras décadas do século XX com residências em estilos variados, desde chalés com influências no Romantismo europeu a exemplares da arquitetura modernista. Juntas com a praça, configuravam um espaço de referência em qualidade de vida e importante para a preservação de vínculos identitários e de memória. Considera-se, no entanto, que as transformações mais recentes são parte de um quadro nacional de empobrecimento da urbanização e demonstram que a subserviência das políticas públicas a interesses econômicos imediatos tendem a desaparecer, em breve, com parte importante da diversidade dos conjuntos históricos brasileiros.

  8. Influência da redução medicamentosa da pressão intra-ocular na medida da espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina de olhos hipertensos e glaucomatosos pela polarimetria de varredura a laser The influence of intraocular pressure reduction with medication on retinal nerve fiber layer thickness measurements obtained with scanning laser polarimetry in glaucomatous and hypertensive eyes

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    Rodrigo Rezende Gomes Avelino; Pedro Alexandre Henriques Luis; Márcia Medeiros; Vital Paulino Costa

    2006-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito da redução da pressão intra-ocular (PIO) obtido com o uso de terapia medicamentosa na espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina medida pela polarimetria de varredura a laser (PVL...

  9. Oclusão da artéria central da retina em paciente com poliangeíte microscópica

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    Cláudia Gallicchio Domingues

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO A poliangeíte microscópica é uma vasculite necrotizante sistêmica que acomete arteríolas, capilares e vênulas, mas também pode atingir pequenas e médias artérias. É considerada uma doença rara, idiopática e autoimune. Diversas anormalidades oculares e sistêmicas estão associadas às oclusões arteriais retinianas. Dentre as doenças vasculares do colágeno, a literatura cita como possíveis causas de obstrução das artérias retinianas o lúpus eritematoso sistêmico, a poliarterite nodosa, a arterite de células gigantes, a granulomatose de Wegener e a granulomatose linfóide de Liebow. Até o presente momento, não se encontrou na literatura relatos da associação de casos de oclusão arterial retinana associados à PAM. Os autores relatam o caso de um paciente com poliangeíte microscópica que apresentou comprometimento renal importante e oclusão da artéria central da retina unilateral. Atenta-se para a inclusão de pesquisa da PAM, através do p-ANCA, na avaliação de possível origem sistêmica em pacientes acometidos por oclusão arterial retiniana.

  10. Tumor vasoproliferativo primário da retina associado a edema macular cistóide: relato de caso Idiopathic vasoproliferative tumor of the retina associated with macular edema: case report

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    Otacílio de Oliveira Maia Júnior

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Tumor vasoproliferativo da retina é doença rara, benigna, caracterizada por lesão exsudativa retiniana periférica. Pode ser de origem primária (idiopática ou secundária a uma gama de acometimentos retinianos prévios. O exame oftalmológico cuidadoso se torna necessário para estabelecer o diagnóstico. As opções terapêuticas incluem: observação, crioterapia, fotocoagulação a laser e braquiterapia. No presente estudo, os autores ilustram um caso de tumor vasoproliferativo idiopático da retina associado a edema macular. Serão discutidos aspectos do tumor na fundoscopia, angiofluoresceinografia, ultra-sonografia e tomografia de coerência óptica.Retinal vasoproliferative tumor is a rare and benign disease that presents with an exsudative lesion in the retinal periphery. The lesion can be classified as primary (idiopathic or secondary to a number of previous retinal injuries. Diagnosis is based on a careful ophthalmic examination. Therapeutic options include observation, cryotherapy, laser photocoagulation and brachytherapy. We present a case of idiopathic retinal vasoproliferative tumor associated with macular edema. The aspects of the tumor on fundus examination, fluorescent angiography, echography and optic coherence tomography are discussed.

  11. Infecções em cateteres venosos centrais de longa permanência: revisão da literatura Infection of long-term central venous catheters: review of the literature

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    Milton Alves das Neves Junior

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Cateteres venosos de longa permanência são amplamente utilizados em pacientes com necessidade de acesso venoso por período prolongado. A infecção relacionada a esses cateteres permanece um desafio na prática clínica. Revisamos a literatura acerca da epidemiologia e tratamento das infecções relacionadas a cateteres. Staphylococcus aureus é a bactéria mais comumente isolada. Os cateteres semi-implantáveis apresentam taxas de infecção maiores que os totalmente implantáveis. O tratamento pode ser feito com locks, antibioticoterapia sistêmica e até mesmo com retirada do cateter, dependendo do tipo de infecção, do microrganismo isolado e das condições clínicas do paciente. O salvamento do cateter deve ser tentado sempre que possível.Long-term venous catheters are widely used in patients with needs of venous access for prolonged periods. The infection related to these catheters remains a challenge in clinical practice. We reviewed the literature about infection epidemiology and treatment related to catheters. Staphylococcus aureus is the most common isolated bacteria. Tunneled catheters present higher infection rates than implanted ports. Treatment may consist in the use of locks, systemic antibiotics, and even catheter removal, depending on the kind of infection, the isolated microorganism, and the patient's clinical conditions. Catheter salvation should be tried whenever possible.

  12. Evaluation of early abnormalities of the sensory retina in a hypercholesterolemia experimental model: an immunohistochemical study Avaliação das anormalidades precoces da retina sensorial em modelo experimental de hipercolesterolemia: estudo imunohistoquímico

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    Rogil José de Almeida Torres

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to demonstrate the early changes of the sensory retina induced by hypercholesterolemia in an experimental model. METHODS: New Zealand rabbits were divided into two groups: CG (Control Group was fed a normal diet for 6 weeks. G1 was initially fed a 1% cholesterol diet for two weeks and from the 14th day on a 0.5% cholesterol diet until the 42nd day. The eyes underwent an immunohistochemical analysis with monoclonal antibodies anti-calretinin and anti-glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP. RESULTS: G1 cells and cell elements presented significant immunoreactivity to anti-calretinin. No immunoreactivity to anti-glial fibrillary acidic protein was observed in both groups. CONCLUSION: This study has shown that a hypercholesterolemic diet may induce early changes in the sensory retina in rabbits. The anti-calretinin monoclonal antibody was able to reveal calcium accumulation inside the nerve cells.OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo �� demonstrar experimentalmente as alterações precoces da retina sensorial induzidas pela hipercolesterolemia. MÉTODOS: Coelhos New Zealand foram organizados em dois grupos: GC (grupo controle, composto por 6 coelhos (6 olhos, recebeu dieta normal por 6 semanas; G1, composto por 12 coelhos (12 olhos, tratado previamente com ração colesterol a 1% (Sigma-Aldrich por 2 semanas e a partir do 14º dia com ração colesterol a 0,5% (Sigma-Aldrich. Os olhos foram submetidos à análise imunohistoquímica com os anticorpos monoclonais anticalretinina e anti-glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP. RESULTADOS: G1 apresentou maior número de células e elementos celulares imunoreativos a anticalretinina que o GC, com relevância estatística. GFAP foi negativo em ambos os grupos. CONCLUSÃO: Este estudo demonstrou que a dieta hipercolesterolêmica pode induzir alterações precoces na retina sensorial em coelhos. O anticorpo monoclonal anticalretinina foi capaz de revelar o acúmulo de c

  13. Delineamentos compostos centrais duplos "Double central composite" designs

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    Armando Conagin

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    Full Text Available O presente artigo trata de um tipo de delineamento denominado "composto central duplo", basicamente simétrico, constituído de dois fatoriais (ou fatoriais fracionados nos níveis ±1 e ±W, duas estrelas nos níveis ±a e ±ga para cada fator e pontos centrais, e podendo apresentar cinco, sete ou nove níveis para cada fator. Devido à maior flexibilidade desse tipo de delineamento em relação ao composto central, propriedades como ortogonalidade dos coeficientes, subdivisão ortogonal em blocos e rotacionalidade são mais facilmente integradas no mesmo delineamento. Como podem ser estabelecidos com uma parte fracionada de um fatorial completo, esses delineamentos podem explorar um maior número de níveis na amplitude de variação que se pretende pesquisar, com um número um pouco maior de pontos que o delineamento composto central correspondente. Na Agricultura, em contraste com os experimentos tecnológicos e, principalmente, nas pesquisas com fertilizantes, devido à variabilidade do solo e do clima, os experimentos devem ser efetuados com a utilização dos tratamentos do delineamento colocados, todos, de uma só vez. As respostas obtidas podem ser mais altas, na amplitude estudada, nos anos bons, e, nos anos ruins, de menor magnitude, ascendente e com resposta em uma amplitude menor, apresentando, em certos casos, uma "resposta em platô" para as dosagens mais altas. O delineamento composto central duplo pode adaptar-se melhor a essa peculiaridade, porque, pela sua estrutura, utiliza maior número de pontos na amplitude de dosagens utilizada. Se uma calibração adequada foi originalmente adotada e o ano agrícola muito bom, a amplitude maior utilizada capta a resposta aos fertilizantes em toda a extensão pesquisada; se o ano foi ruim, a resposta aos fertilizantes é de menor magnitude e, provavelmente, com resposta da "curva em platô" para as dosagens mais altas; a análise do delineamento como um todo pode causar, nesse caso, um

  14. Governança Corporativa: um estudo de caso na Eletrosul Centrais Elétricas S.A.

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    Tássia Grudtner Basilio

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    Full Text Available O estudo de caso na empresa Eletrosul Centrais Elétricas S.A. propicia o entendimento da forma como ocorre a governança corporativa. A empresa atua na região sul do Brasil, no Mato Grosso do Sul e no estado de Rondônia na geração e transmissão independente de energia elétrica. A pesquisa considerou a natureza da organização, que é classificada como de economia mista com capital fechado, e por isso utiliza-se de práticas de governança corporativa, para ter transparência de informações e cuidar dos interesses de todas as partes interessadas. A segunda etapa da pesquisa constituiu-se da coleta de dados por meio de uma entrevista com a supervisora da área afim. Como resultado de pesquisa, foi possível observar que a Eletrosul Centrais Elétricas S.A. além de atender os requisitos estruturais sugeridos pelo IGBC possui as seguintes ações e práticas para a disseminação e fomento da Governança Corporativa: responsabilidade com partes interessadas da organização, canais de comunicação, transparência e preocupação com seus clientes.

  15. Tratamento da necrose aguda de retina: revisão sistemática Treatment of acute retinal necrosis: systematic review

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    Moysés Eduardo Zajdenweber

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo foi pela realização de revisão sistemática, determinar o melhor tratamento para a necrose aguda de retina. MÉTODOS: Seguindo a orientação metodológica da Colaboração Cochrane e de seu subgrupo editorial "Eye and Vision Group", o autor, por meio de mecanismos de busca, selecionou trabalhos sobre o tratamento da necrose aguda de retina. RESULTADO: Foram selecionadas 146 referências bibliográficas, sendo considerados como relevantes 13 estudos. Destes estudos 2 foram considerados como preenchendo os critérios de inclusão. O primeiro estudo aponta a possibilidade de o tratamento para necrose aguda de retina, com aciclovir endovenoso associado a corticóide sistêmico, proteger o olho contralateral de acometimento. Foram estudados 54 pacientes, 31 tratados e 23 não tratados, sendo observada incidência de doença no olho contralateral de 12,9% no grupo tratado e de 69,5% no grupo não tratado. O segundo estudo incluído mostra 19 olhos acometidos com necrose aguda de retina, sendo que 12 destes olhos foram submetidos à fotocoagulação com laser de argônio, com o objetivo de prevenir o descolamento de retina. Dos 12 olhos, 2 desenvolveram descolamento de retina (16,6% ao passo que, no grupo não tratado, composto por 7 olhos, 4 desenvolveram descolamento de retina (57,1%. CONCLUSÃO: O autor conclui que os dois tipos de intervenção propostos se mostraram eficazes, porém, como os estudos são metodologicamente fracos, torna-se necessária a realização de estudos clínicos randomizados para que se possa estabelecer o melhor tratamento para a necrose aguda de retina.PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify, according to an sistematic review, the best treatment for acute retinal necrosis. METHODS: Following the methodologic guidance of the Cochrane Collaboration and its editorial subgroup "Eye and Vision Group", using search strategy for study identification, articles about the treatment

  16. Microbiological analysis of the central venous catheter tips from hospitalized patients at Hospital Universitário of Universidade Estadual de Londrina Análise microbiológica de pontas de cateteres venosos centrais provenientes de pacientes internados no Hospital Universitário da Universidade Estadual de Londrina

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    Jacinta Sanchez Pelayo

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Central Venous Catheters (CVC are used in intravenous therapy in order to facilitate diagnosis and treatment. They allow medicine administration, parenteral nutrition and also vascular access in hemodialysis. However, the use of these catheters offers risks of systemic and local infection, including endocarditis and bacteremia. The aim of this study was to isolate microorganisms from CVC utilizing the semiquantitative culture technique, and to identify them through conventional biochemical tests and an automated system. For the study, 198 CVC tips were evaluated and 105 (53% were considered positive, that is, showed microbial growth ³ 15 CFU. The microorganisms found were the following: 63.8% Grampositive bacteria, 30.5% Gram-negative bacteria, and 5.7% yeast. The most isolated were: coagulasenegative Staphylococci (35.2%, Staphylococcus aureus (25.7%, Klebsiella pneumoniae (8.5%, Pseudomonas aeruginosa (7.6%, Acinetobacter baumannii (7.6% and Candida albicans (4.7%. The increase of infection cases related to catheter has been observed worldwide reflecting the increase of invasive medical procedures used to treat patients. This work allowed the identification of the microorganisms most frequently isolated from CVC tips at a teaching hospital in the region of Londrina- PR. The identification of these microorganisms is extremely important in order to optimize the treatment of the infections and to establish methods of prevention. Cateteres venosos centrais (CVC são utilizados na terapia intravenosa com a finalidade de facilitar o diagnóstico e o tratamento do paciente, pois permitem a administração de medicamentos, nutrição parenteral, além de serem usados como acesso vascular para hemodiálise. Entretanto, o uso desses cateteres oferece riscos de infecção local e sistêmica, incluindo endocardite e bacteremia. O presente estudo teve por objetivo isolar microrganismos de CVC, utilizando a técnica de cultura semi-quantitativa, e

  17. Análise da camada de fibras nervosas da retina em portadores de enxaqueca com aura Retinal nerve fiber layer measurements in patients with migraine with aura

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    Felipe Andrade Medeiros

    2001-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Avaliar as possíveis alterações na camada de fibras nervosas da retina (CFNR em pacientes com enxaqueca com aura, detectada por meio da polarimetria de varredura a laser. Métodos: Vinte pacientes com enxaqueca com aura e vinte indivíduos normais foram estudados. Os critérios de inclusão para os dois grupos compreenderam: idade de pelo menos 18 anos; ausência de história de doenças oculares, exceto erro refracional ou estrabismo; e ausência de história familiar de hipertensão ocular ou glaucoma. Foram excluídos pacientes com erro refracional maior que 5 DE e/ou 2 DC; acuidade visual corrigida menor que 20/40; pressão intra-ocular maior que 21 mmHg; discos ópticos anômalos ou com escavação maior que 0,5 ou assimetria de escavação maior que 0,2; ou com presença de doenças retinianas concomitantes. Os pacientes foram submetidos a exame de campo visual (Humphrey 30-2 e análise da CFNR com a polarimetria a laser (GDx - Nerve Fiber Analyzer. Um olho de cada paciente foi randomizado para análise estatística. Resultados: Nenhum dos pacientes do grupo controle apresentou defeitos de campo visual. Nove olhos (45% dos pacientes com enxaqueca tiveram anormalidades de campo visual além de 95% do intervalo de confiança do normal, como indicado pelos índices MD, CPSD ou GHT. Os valores de retardo no setor superior da CFNR dos pacientes com enxaqueca foram significativamente menor que no grupo controle (p=0,005. Não houve diferença significativa entre os valores de retardo dos dois grupos nas medidas globais e nos setores inferior, nasal e temporal. Conclusão: As medidas de retardo obtidas com a polarimetria a laser foram significativamente menores na porção superior da CFNR dos pacientes com enxaqueca com aura, sugerindo possível dano isquêmico às fibras nervosas, relacionadas à enxaqueca.Purpose: To evaluate the possible alterations of the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL, as detected by scanning laser polarimetry

  18. The retina

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    van Reyk, David M; Gillies, Mark C; Davies, Michael Jonathan

    2003-01-01

    of oxidants by vascular endothelium and leukocytes. There is substantial evidence from animal and clinical studies for both impaired antioxidant defences and increased oxidative damage in the retinae of diabetic subjects that have been, in the case of animal studies, reversible with antioxidant......A prominent and early feature of the retinopathy of diabetes mellitus is a diffuse increase in vascular permeability. As the disease develops, the development of frank macular oedema may result in vision loss. That reactive oxygen species production is likely to be elevated in the retina......, and that certain regions of the retina are enriched in substrates for lipid peroxidation, may create an environment susceptible to oxidative damage. This may be more so in the diabetic retina, where hyperglycaemia may lead to elevated oxidant production by a number of mechanisms, including the production...

  19. Efeitos da ausência de glicose e glicose e oxigênio sobre neurônios gabaérgicos e retina interna do primata do novo mundo Callithrix jacchus

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    José Lira Ferreira, Renato

    2004-01-01

    Sob condições fisiológicas o aminoácido glutamato é o principal neurotransmissor excitatório da retina, mas em situações patológicas tais como a isquemia ele pode atuar como uma neurotoxina, promovendo despolarização excessiva e dano neuronal a partir da ativação de receptores glutamatérgicos ionotrópicos. Neste estudo analisamos os efeitos excitotóxicos agudos induzidos pela ausência de glicose ou ausência de glicose e oxigênio (isquemia simulada in vitro) na retina do primata...

  20. Retinal peripheral changes after LASIK Alterações da retina periférica após LASIK

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    João Jorge Nassaralla Junior

    2008-06-01

    26,5 anos, foram submetidos ao exame completo do pólo posterior, antes e após 1 semana, 1, 3 e 12 meses do LASIK bilateral simultâneo para a correção de miopia. A média do equivalente esférico foi 7,75D (variando entre -1,00 a 17,25D. Tratamento profilático foi realizado em lesões predisponentes a complicações retinianas, com fotocoagulação a laser, antes do LASIK. RESULTADOS: Antes da cirurgia, as características oftalmoscópicas foram: 86 olhos (43% não apresentavam nenhuma anormalidade periférica; 49 olhos (24,5% apresentavam degeneração em paliçada; 18 olhos (9%, branco sem pressão; 5 olhos (2,5%, branco com pressão; 33 (16,5%, degeneração orocoroidal; 6 (3%, degeneração pavimentosa; 45 (22,5%, descolamento de vítreo posterior; 20 (10%, tração vítreo-retiniana; e 12 (6%, buracos retinianos. Comparando a incidência de características oftalmoscópicas antes e um ano após a cirurgia, não houve diferença estatisticamente significativa (p>0.05. CONCLUSÃO: Embora condições patológicas da retina tenham sido descritas como complicações após o LASIK, nossos dados não revelaram uma relação de causa-efeito entre o procedimento para correção do erro refrativo e complicações retinianas. As alterações retinianas encontradas após o LASIK, nesta série de pacientes, parecem refletir a predisposição natural dos míopes. Paciente e cirurgião devem estar atentos aos riscos de complicações relacionadas aos olhos míopes, que persistem mesmo após o LASIK.

  1. Análise quantitativa da camada de fibras nervosas da retina de cães normais e glaucomatosos através da polarimetria a laser

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    Ana Lucia Braga Martins

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available As lesões glaucomatosas são progressivas e irreversíveis. Estudos sobre o aparecimento e comportamento desta enfermidade vêm sendo discutidos na oftalmologia em geral. O diagnóstico precoce é de extrema importância para o tratamento e estabilização da mesma. A análise da espessura da camada de fibras nervosas retinianas ''in vivo'' foi proposta na oftalmologia humana, para estabelecer as alterações produzidas pelo glaucoma, e tem demonstrado que tais alterações podem ser detectadas até seis anos antes de alterações de campo visual e aumento de pressão intraocular. Entretanto, na Medicina Veterinária, estes dados carecem de estudo e discussão. Neste experimento foram utilizados dois grupos de cães, com olhos normais e olhos glaucomatosos, que foram submetidos à análise das fibras nervosas retinianas através do Analisador de Fibras Nervosas GDx. Os resultados estatísticos demonstraram que a camada de fibras nervosas dos olhos dos cães glaucomatosos estava mais delgada (p < 0,05 quando comparados aos olhos de cães normais, confirmando a perda de axônios das células ganglionares em olhos de cães com glaucoma.

  2. A administração clássica: um estudo aplicado a centrais de atendimento (call center

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    Jairo Moran Carvalho Ribeiro

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available As organizações modernas, a exemplo de operações de centrais de atendimento, ou call centers, tem atuado em diversas áreas de negócios, que pode ser do simples atendimento, como os serviços de atendimento a clientes - SAC, a grandes empresas com foco em cobrança, televendas ou operações diversas. Assim, a pesquisa buscou apresentar evidências do emprego das teorias clássicas da administração, através de estudo de casos, em dois Call Centers de empresas do Rio Grande do Sul vinculados à rede varejista de eletroeletrônicos e a distribuidora de energia elétrica. Embora, a natureza de atuação diversa entre as duas centrais analisadas, os princípios clássicos da administração se mostraram evidenciados em ambas as operações, a exemplo da racionalização do trabalho, controle das atividades, supervisão atuante, jornadas definidas, prêmios por produção, dentre outros elementos característicos dos princípios defendidos por Taylor, Fayol, Ford entre outros clássicos da administração.

  3. Transplante autólogo do epitélio pigmentado da retina na degeneração macular relacionada com a idade Autologous transplantation of retinal pigment epithelium in age related macular degeneration

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    Rubens Camargo Siqueira

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Acredita-se que a disfunção do epitélio pigmentado da retina é a principal causa de muitas doenças debilitantes da retina das quais a degeneração macular relacionada com a idade é a mais comum. Nesta doença a disfunção das células do epitélio pigmentado da retina leva a um comprometimento secundário dos fotorreceptores com perda visual grave. O epitélio pigmentado da retina e membrana de Bruch sofrem dano acumulativo com o tempo o qual induz à degeneração macular relacionada com a idade em indivíduos susceptíveis. Nos últimos 20 anos, uma grande quantidade de pesquisas tem sido conduzida na área de transplante do epitélio pigmentado da retina. A técnica tem como objetivo, restaurar a anatomia sub-retiniana e restabelecer a interação crítica entre o epitélio pigmentado da retina e o fotorreceptor, o qual é fundamental para a visão. O transplante autólogo do epitélio pigmentado da retina tem sido usado em alguns casos de degeneração macular relacionada com a idade através de duas técnicas: epitélio pigmentado da retina em suspensão e transplante de espessura total do epitélio pigmentado da retina-coróide. Apesar da viabilidade desta técnica, pesquisas buscando uma fonte de células para repor epitélio pigmentado da retina autólogo como células-tronco embrionárias, células-tronco derivadas da medula óssea e derivadas do cordão umbilical continuam em andamento. A combinação do transplante de células com outras modalidades de tratamento como transferência de genes permanecem como excitante perspectiva futura.Retinal pigment epithelial dysfunction is believed to be the main cause of many debilitating retinal diseases of which age-related macular degeneration is the most common. In this disease, the retinal pigment epithelial dysfunction leads to photoreceptors damage causing severe vision loss. The retinal pigment epithelium and Bruch's membrane suffer cumulative damage over lifetime, which is

  4. Estudo histopatológico da retina de coelhos após injeção intravítrea de lidocaína Histopathologic study of the retina in rabbits after intravitreous injection of lidocaine

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    Marcos Antônio Ferreira

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Estudar em olhos de coelhos as alterações retinianas após injeção intravítrea de lidocaína nas concentrações 0,5, 1,0 e 2,0% por meio de análise histopatológica com microscopias de luz e eletrônica de transmissão. Métodos: Foram utilizados 40 olhos de 20 coelhos albinos da raça Nova Zelândia, submetidos à injeção intravítrea de lidocaína a 0,5% (grupo II, 1,0% (grupo III e 2,0% (grupo IV nos olhos direitos e solução salina nos olhos esquerdos (grupo I-controle após anestesia geral. Foi realizada oftalmoscopia binocular indireta, antes, durante, imediatamente e uma hora após a injeção intravítrea e nos dias 1º, 3º, 7º e 15º de evolução. Nos mesmos períodos um olho do grupo II, dois olhos do grupo III, um olho do grupo IV e todos olhos contralaterais (grupo I, foram enucleados e examinados sob microscopia de luz e eletrônica de transmissão. Resultados: A observação por oftalmoscopia binocular indireta antes e durante a injeção intravítrea não apresentou alteração em todos os olhos examinados. Após a injeção intravítrea observou-se a retina com aspecto esbranquiçado difuso, elevação da interface vítreo-retiniana, focal e próximo ao local de injeção, edema de retina e anel de condensação vítrea tanto no grupo controle quanto nos olhos com injeção de lidocaína. A análise histológica por microscopia de luz e eletrônica de transmissão não evidenciou alterações em nenhum dos olhos examinados. Conclusões: A injeção intravítrea de lidocaína nas concentrações de 0,5, 1,0 e 2,0% demonstrou ser atóxica para a retina, considerando os estudos de microscopia de luz e eletrônica de transmissão.Purpose: To study the retinal alterations in rabbit eyes after intravitreal injection of 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0% lidocaine through histopathological analysis with light and transmission electron microscopy. Methods: Forty eyes of 20 New Zeland albino rabbits were submitted to intravitreal

  5. Existe Diferença no Desempenho Financeiro das Cooperativas Centrais de Crédito no Brasil?

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    Paulo Henrique Magalhães de Oliveira

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available As demonstrações contábeis têm por objetivo apresentar informações que viabilizem a compreensão dos fatos ocorridos nas entidades e, assim, auxiliam a tomada de decisões dos agentes econômicos. Neste contexto, a avaliação da estrutura financeira das cooperativas centrais de crédito, que são responsáveis por auxiliar a gestão das cooperativas singulares, pode fornecer subsídios às políticas e intervenções por parte do Banco Central, além de auxiliar gestores e agentes econômicos que operam com estas instituições, uma vez que a procura por serviços prestados pelas cooperativas de crédito vem aumentando de forma significativa, principalmente pelo fato de oferecerem taxas de juros e custos de serviços sensivelmente mais baixos quando comparados aos praticadas pelo sistema bancário. Nesse sentido, o presente estudo teve como objetivo avaliar a situação financeira das 14 cooperativas centrais de crédito filiadas ao SICOOB utilizando a metodologia PEARLS. Os estudos sobre as cooperativas de crédito no Brasil focam nas cooperativas singulares e, até o presente momento, não se verificou na literatura uma análise financeira das cooperativas centrais por meio do sistema PEARLS. A presente pesquisa pode ser caracterizada como descritiva, pois apresenta as características econômico-financeiras das cooperativas centrais a partir das demonstrações financeiras cedidas pelo Banco Central do Brasil. Os resultados indicam o destaque de uma cooperativa central de crédito que sobressaiu positivamente em relação às demais, e uma negativamente, que merece uma análise minuciosa do processo de gestão. Adicionalmente, os resultados demonstraram a viabilidade das cooperativas centrais de crédito implementarem o sistema PEARLS como ferramenta de auxílio à gestão que é, nos dias de hoje, um dos grandes desafios para o sistema cooperativista de crédito.

  6. Análise da camada de fibras nervosas da retina em usuários crônicos do tabaco e álcool Analysis of retinal nerve fiber layer in chronic tobacco and alcohol users

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    Rita de Cássia Ramos de Lima

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Avaliar a camada de fibras nervosas (CFN da retina, através da polarimetria a laser (GDx, em usuários crônicos do tabaco e álcool. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 46 olhos de 23 indivíduos alcoólatras e tabagistas crônicos triados do Ambulatório de Oftalmologia da Fundação Altino Ventura (grupo estudo. Como grupo controle foram incluídos 32 olhos de 16 voluntários não-usuários do álcool e tabaco, com idade, gênero e raça similares, também triados da Fundação Altino Ventura. Ambos os olhos de todos os indivíduos foram submetidos à análise da camada de fibras nervosas da retina, com aparelho "GDx nerve fiber analyses" pelo mesmo examinador. RESULTADOS: No gráfico Deviation from normal, no grupo estudo ocorreu perda de fibras nervosas da retina em 43,4%, enquanto que no grupo controle houve perda apenas em 18,7%. Quanto aos parâmetros que analisam o GDx, quando comparados o grupo estudo com o grupo controle, observou-se diferença estatisticamente significante nos parâmetros: Ellipse modulation, Inferior ratio e Max modulation. CONCLUSÕES: Os dados comprovam a associação entre o uso crônico do tabaco e álcool e a alteração na camada de fibras nervosas da retina, podendo contribuir para o diagnóstico precoce desta neuropatia.PURPOSES: To evaluate the retinal nerve fiber layer using GDx in chronic alcohol and tobacco users. METHODS: Twenty-three chronic alcohol and tobacco users were studied (study group. As a control group, sixteen volunteers without use of alcohol and tobacco with similar characteristics (age, gender and race were included. Both eyes were tested for analysis of the retinal nerve fiber layer with GDx. RESULTS: There was alteration in the Deviation from normal graph with a loss of nerve fibers in 43.4% of patients in the study group. In the control group this alteration was observed in 14 eyes (18.7%. As regards the parameters that allow comparison between the study and control groups there was

  7. Alteração da camada de fibras nervosas da retina em usuários crônicos de cloroquina Retinal nerve fiber layer alteration in chronic users of chloroquine

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    Daniela de Almeida Lyra Antunes

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Avaliar a camada de fibras nervosas da retina (CFN por meio da polarimetria a laser, em pacientes em uso crônico de cloroquina. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 44 olhos de 22 pacientes em uso de cloroquina por doenças reumatológicas, por pelo menos um ano. Como controle, foram incluídos vinte indivíduos sem uso de cloroquina com idade, gênero e raça similares. Foram excluídos os pacientes que apresentavam história familiar de hipertensão ocular ou glaucoma. Ambos os olhos foram submetidos à análise da camada de fibras nervosas da retina, com o aparelho GDx® Nerve Fiber Analyser, pelo mesmo examinador. RESULTADOS: Nos usuários crônicos de cloroquina, verificou-se alteração em mais de dois parâmetros do GDx em 28 olhos (63,6%. Ocorreu também alteração no gráfico "Deviation from normal" com perda de fibras nervosas em 11 olhos (25%. Quando comparado com o grupo controle, os parâmetros que demonstraram diferença estatisticamente significante foram: Superior Ratio, Inferior Ratio, Superior Nasal, Elipse Modulation, The Number, Superior Average e Superior Integral. Houve também associação estatisticamente significante entre o tempo de uso de cloroquina e perda da CFN. CONCLUSÕES: Comprovou-se a associação entre o uso crônico da cloroquina e a alteração da CFN detectada pelo GDx. Desta forma, esses resultados podem contribuir para o diagnóstico precoce da perda de fibras nervosas na retinopatia por cloroquina.PURPOSES: To evaluate the retina nerve fiber layer by laser polarimetry in patients in chronic use of chloroquine. METHODS: Forty-four eyes of twenty-two patients were studied. These were in use of chloroquine due to rheumatic diseases during at least one year. As a control group, twenty patients without use of chloroquine with similar characteristics (age, gender and race were included. Patients who had a family history of ocular hypertension or glaucoma were not included in this group. Both eyes were

  8. Revolução Russa de 1917 e seu impacto nos Andes centrais

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    Everaldo Oliveira Andrade

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo desse texto é o de apresentar o processo da revolução russa de 1917 e analisar o seu impacto nos países andinos centrais: Peru, Bolívia e Equador durante as duas primeiras décadas seguintes à revolução. Utiliza-se como hipótese teórica central a teoria do desenvolvimento desigual e combinado e sua possível aplicabilidade como instrumento de análise dos processos históricos analisados. A primeira seção deste artigo analisa o processo da revolução russa desde a passagem ao século XX até os primeiros anos da revolução, período em que ocorre um acirramento das contradições inter-imperialistas com impacto direto sobre o país. A segunda seção examina de que forma a revolução influenciou os processos locais na perspectiva do desenvolvimento desigual e combinado do capitalismo e de seus processos históricos tendo-se em conta a situação das economias nacionais, o desenvolvimento das lutas sociais e políticas desenvolvidas pelo movimento operário e as massas populares.

  9. Análise de Fourier para detecção de defeitos localizados na camada de fibras nervosas da retina com a polarimetria a laser

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    Medeiros Felipe Andrade

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a utilidade da análise de Fourier como método para detecção de defeitos localizados na camada de fibras nervosas da retina (CFN, utilizando as medidas obtidas com a polarimetria de varredura a laser. MÉTODOS: O estudo incluiu 40 olhos de 40 pacientes com glaucoma apresentando defeitos localizados na CFN detectados à oftalmoscopia e/ou em fotografias da camada de fibras nervosas. O grupo controle foi constituído por 43 olhos de 43 pacientes normais, sem antecedente de pressão intra-ocular elevada ou glaucoma, e com exame normal da CFN e disco óptico. Todos os pacientes foram submetidos a exame da CFN utilizando o aparelho GDx® - Nerve Fiber Analyzer. Para comparação entre os grupos, foram utilizados os parâmetros fornecidos pelo software do aparelho e medidas provenientes dos coeficientes obtidos pela análise de Fourier da curva de distribuição dos valores de espessura da CFN. As várias medidas dos coeficientes de Fourier foram combinadas numa função linear discriminante de maneira a encontrar a combinação que resultasse na melhor separação entre pacientes glaucomatosos com defeitos localizados e os sujeitos normais. Curvas ROC foram construídas para cada medida e valores de sensibilidade para especificidades fixas foram calculados. RESULTADOS: Os parâmetros fornecidos pelo software do GDx mostraram baixo poder de diferenciação entre os pacientes normais e com defeitos localizados na CFN, com sensibilidades variando de 15 a 48% (com especificidade a 91%. Para a mesma especificidade de 91%, a combinação dos coeficientes de Fourier teve sensibilidade de 80%. A área sob a curva ROC para a combinação dos coeficientes de Fourier (0,90 foi significativamente superior à obtida para o parâmetro The Number (0,76. CONCLUSÃO: A análise de Fourier resultou em melhora na capacidade do GDx de detectar defeitos localizados na CFN em relação aos parâmetros fornecidos pelo software do aparelho.

  10. Tratamento do hemangioma de coróide e descolamento total da retina com vitrectomia posterior: relato de caso Choroidal hemangioma with extensive retinal detachment treated with posterior vitrectomy: case report

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    Luciana Duarte Rodrigues

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Apresentar a evolução de um caso de hemangioma circunscrito da coróide associado a descolamento total da retina tratado com vitrectomia posterior e endofotocoagulação. Relato de caso intervencional. Paciente do sexo feminino, com 41 anos, apresentava mancha escura na visão do olho direito há uma semana, com progressão da mancha para o campo inferior e diminuição súbita da acuidade visual há dois dias. Ao exame oftalmológico, apresentava acuidade visual menor que 20/400 no olho direito. À fundoscopia do olho direito, observava-se elevação da retina neurossensorial nos quatro quadrantes e uma lesão sub-retiniana avermelhada no pólo posterior, com bordas pouco nítidas. O ultra-som do olho direito mostrava membranas móveis de alta refletividade na cavidade vítrea (retina aderidas ao nervo óptico e presença de lesão sólida hiperecogênica, homogênea, no pólo posterior, com picos de média refletividade no seu interior, sugestiva de hemangioma de coróide Todos os exames sistêmicos foram normais. Optou-se pela vitrectomia posterior com endodrenagem, retinopexia, endofotocoagulação do tumor e colocação de gás C3F8. A retina manteve-se aplicada nos quinze primeiros dias da cirurgia, quando então apresentou novo descolamento inferior da retina sobre o tumor. Optou-se por nova vitrectomia posterior com endofotocoagulação e colocação de óleo de silicone. A paciente encontra-se no 6º mês de pós-operatório com a retina aplicada, óleo de silicone na cavidade vítrea, hemangioma com marcas de fotocoagulação (inativo?, acuidade visual igual a 20/400 no olho direito. A vitrectomia posterior surge como opção no tratamento do hemangioma da coróide associado a descolamentos extensos da retina, visando restabelecer a anatomia e diminuir as complicações funcionais tardias na retina.To describe a case of circumscribed choroidal hemangioma with extensive retinal detachment treated with vitrectomy and endolaser

  11. Pequenas centrais hidrelétricas: análise das causas que impedem a rápida implantação de um programa de PCH no Brasil

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    Andrade, José Sérgio de Oliveira

    2007-01-01

    Este estudo aborda o mercado brasileiro referente às Pequenas Centrais Hidrelétricas (PCH), com foco no descompasso existente entre o potencial identificado e o reduzido número de aproveitamentos implantados. Analisam-se os pontos relevantes de funcionamento do setor com vista à identificação de eventuais obstáculos que impõem atrasos na implantação do Programa PCH no Brasil. Através do histórico das Pequenas Centrais Hidrelétricas, foi reconstituída sua trajetória desde as primeiras usinas n...

  12. Helping the Retina Regenerate

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    ... Briefs > Helping the retina regenerate Helping the retina regenerate NEI Audacious Goals Initiative report outlines strategies to replace or reprogram neurons in the retina News Brief 03/30/17 ...

  13. Infrared retina

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    Krishna, Sanjay; Hayat, Majeed M.; Tyo, J. Scott; Jang, Woo-Yong

    2011-12-06

    Exemplary embodiments provide an infrared (IR) retinal system and method for making and using the IR retinal system. The IR retinal system can include adaptive sensor elements, whose properties including, e.g., spectral response, signal-to-noise ratio, polarization, or amplitude can be tailored at pixel level by changing the applied bias voltage across the detector. "Color" imagery can be obtained from the IR retinal system by using a single focal plane array. The IR sensor elements can be spectrally, spatially and temporally adaptive using quantum-confined transitions in nanoscale quantum dots. The IR sensor elements can be used as building blocks of an infrared retina, similar to cones of human retina, and can be designed to work in the long-wave infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum ranging from about 8 .mu.m to about 12 .mu.m as well as the mid-wave portion ranging from about 3 .mu.m to about 5 .mu.m.

  14. Avaliação da espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina e mácula em pacientes com ambliopia Thickness of the retinal nerve fiber layer, macular thickness, in patients with amblyopia

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    Juliana Mitre

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina em olhos amblíopes e comparar com olhos normais e certificar se há correlação com a redução da acuidade visual. Além disso, este estudo se propõe avaliar a eficácia e eficiência em uma série de casos do protótipo de um equipamento nacional de magnificação para leitura. MÉTODOS: Participaram deste estudo 30 pacientes na faixa etária entre 9 e 80 anos (17 do sexo masculino. Foi desenvolvido um aparelho portátil, patenteado pela Unifesp (PI#020050145260, com um sistema de captura de imagens acoplado a um monitor de 5,6 polegadas proporcionando um aumento de 15 x. Foram analisadas a eficácia da acuidade visual e a eficiência de leitura após a utilização do protótipo proposto. RESULTADOS: Seis pacientes (20% apresentaram AV 8M, 12 pacientes (40% apresentaram AV 6M, 7 pacientes (23,3% apresentaram 5 M, 5 pacientes (16,7% apresentaram 4M. A média de acuidade visual antes da utilização do SLP medida pela tabela LHNV-1 logMAR foi de 5,75M e após a utilização 100% dos pacientes atingiram a eficácia de AV J1. CONCLUSÃO: O protótipo do SLP mostrou-se um recurso alternativo no processo de inclusão social das pessoas com baixa visão com diferentes níveis de resíduo visual. Também pode proporcionar incentivo psicológico, permitir conforto, mobilidade e independência àqueles que necessitam de uma leitura mais prolongada e maior distância de trabalho.OBJECTIVE: To compare the thickness of the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFLand the macular thickness of the amblyopic eye with those of the non-amblyopic eye in patients with unilateral amblyopia using optical coherence tomography (OCT. METHODS: OCT was performed for13 patients with unilateral amblyopia who had no neurologic disease. Nine male andfour female patients, whose ages ranged from 23 to 63 years, were enrolled in the study. The RNFL thickness average analysis program was used to evaluate mean

  15. Arborização em canteiros centrais na cidade de Patos, Paraíba

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    J. N. Lucena

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available A arborização de canteiros nas cidades é uma prática que embeleza e permiti reduzir efeitos antropogênicos. O trabalho objetivou quantificar e avaliar a qualidade das árvores localizadas em canteiros centrais da cidade de Patos-PB e o risco que elas representam para a população. Foi realizado o levantamento florístico em 1.391,95 m de canteiros centrais, registrando informações dendrométricas e qualitativas quanto aos aspectos das condições existentes no meio. Foram registrados 166 indivíduos representados em 14 espécies, sendo 71,4% exóticas com destaque para Azadirachta indica e Prosopis juliflora. A maioria das árvores são adultas e medem mais de 10 cm de DAP com altura variando entre 1,6-7,21 m. Em relação à avaliação do risco, não registrou-se indivíduos em conflito com as redes elétricas e sim a presença de galhos ocos nos níveis médio e leve. Na maioria dos indivíduos o sistema radicular apresenta-se subterrâneo, mas, observou-se que 70,1% não apresentam neilóides em superfície, aumentando a suscetibilidade de risco de queda desses indivíduos. Conclui-se que as espécies de maior ocorrência nos canteiros centrais da cidade de Patos são exóticas e que a maioria dos indivíduos sofreram intervenção silvicultural de forma inadequada.Arborization in the medians of the city of Patos, Paraíba EstateAbstract: The arborization in the central urban area of cities is a practice that beautifies urban areas and reduces anthropogenic effects in these areas. The aim of the present study was to measure and assess the quality of trees located in the medians of the city of Patos, PB, through identifying, quantifying and characterizing the vegetation in three different medians and evaluating the risks these trees posed to the population. The analyzed vegetation included 166 individual trees belonging to 14 different species, 71.4% of which were exotic species. The most represented species were Azadirachta indica

  16. Variação do fluxo sanguíneo da artéria central da retina durante as diferentes fases do ciclo menstrual ovulatório Central retinal artery blood flow variation during menstrual cycle

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    Luiz Carlos Viana

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar a resistência vascular da artéria central da retina, por meio do fluxo Doppler, nas diferentes fases do ciclo menstrual ovulatório. MÉTODOS: estudo observacional, longitudinal e prospectivo com avaliação de 34 mulheres saudáveis, submetidas a estudo dopplerfluxométrico do fundo do olho para avaliação da resistência vascular da artéria central da retina nas posições sentada e deitada, durante quatro fases do ciclo menstrual: fase folicular inicial, fase folicular média, fase periovulatória e fase lútea média. A confirmação da ovulação no ciclo de estudo foi feita pela dosagem de progesterona sérica na fase lútea média. Foram avaliados os índices de pulsatilidade (IP e de resistência, e as velocidades máxima, mínima e média. RESULTADOS: a idade média foi de 29,7 anos. Não foram observadas diferenças entre os índices obtidos para ambos os olhos; assim, utilizamos as médias dos índices para realizar o cálculo estatístico. Quando comparadas às posições de realização do exame, detectou-se um IP maior na posição sentada; assim, as análises foram avaliadas em separado, respeitando-se a posição da paciente. O IP da artéria central da retina, avaliado com a paciente deitada, variou durante o ciclo menstrual, apresentando-se significativamente mais baixo nas fases folicular média (1,5±0,3 e periovulatória (1,5±0,3 quando comparadas às fases folicular precoce (1,7±0,4 e lútea média (1,7±0,4. Quando a avaliação foi feita com a paciente sentada não foram observadas diferenças para as diferentes fases do ciclo. CONCLUSÕES: num ciclo menstrual ovulatório ocorre diminuição da resistência vascular na artéria central da retina e posterior reversão do efeito, como demonstrado pelas variações do IP.PURPOSE: to evaluate the vascular blood flow of the central retinal arteries using dopplervelocimetry in the different phases of the ovulatory menstrual cycle. METHODS: we performed

  17. Depletion of biogenic amines and enhancement of cholinergic activity in the olfactory bulb and central olfactory connections with chronic methedrine intoxication Depleção de aminas biogênicas e aumento da atividade colinérgica no bulbo olfatorio e nas conexões olfatórias centrais mediante intoxicação pela metedrina

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    O. Duarte-Escalante

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    Full Text Available Em seqüência a estudos anteriores os autores visam, neste relato, a apresentar as alterações histoquímicas que ocorrem no sistema olfatório de gatos nos quais se desenvolveu nítida estereotipia de fungação (sniffing após administração prolongada de metedrina. Foram intoxicados 12 gatos mediante injeções diárias, durante 10 dias, de doses progressivas de metedrina. Os tecidos a examinar (bulbos olfatórios e suas conexões centrais foram preparados histoquimicamente para demonstrar a fluorescência das aminas biogênicas e reações colinérgicas. Mediante algumas modificações à metodologia recomendada por outros pesquisadores, os autores puderam demonstrar a presença de monoaminas e de acetilcolina no bulbo olfatório e de grupos de fibras adrenérgicas curtas e multi-ramificadas que parecem ser conectadas com os neurônios fluorescentes do bulbo olfatório, a partir de onde estabelecem conexões, pelo tracto olfatório medial, com os neurônios do septum e, pelo tracto olfatório lateral, com os neurônios do complexo amigdalóide.

  18. Reprodutibilidade do exame de medida da camada de fibras nervosas da retina por meio da polarimetria de varredura a laser Reproducibility of retinal nerve fiber layer measurement by scanning laser polarimetry

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    Fernanda Bon Duarte

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Analisar a reprodutibilidade das medidas da espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina intra e inter-observador. Material e Métodos: As medidas da camada de fibras nervosas foram realizadas em 26 olhos normais por três examinadores diferentes, os quais tomaram três imagens de cada olho. Com base nestas imagens foi executada a média das imagens pelo programa do aparelho. A cada examinador foi solicitado que escolhesse a melhor imagem para cada exame. Foram analisados os resultados obtidos com a melhor imagem, bem como os da média das imagens. Foi calculada a média da espessura da camada de fibras nervosas nas regiões superior, nasal, temporal e inferior e suas relações. Determinou-se a reprodutibilidade nestas circunstâncias tanto inter como intra-observador por meio de teste de análise de variância por postos de Friedman. Resultados: Na análise intra-observador houve ótima reprodutibilidade do exame. Para o examinador G (glaucomatólogo os valores de p foram os seguintes: região superior = 0,48; inferior = 0,89; temporal = 0,30 e nasal = 0,89. Para o examinador R (residente os valores de p foram os seguintes: região superior = 0,89; inferior = 0,24; temporal = 0,89 e nasal = 0,30 e para o examinador T (tecnóloga os valores de p foram os seguintes: região superior = 0,76; inferior = 0,70; temporal = 0,22 e nasal = 0,63. Na análise inter-observador, não foi observada diferença estatisticamente significante das variáveis isoladas considerando-se a média das imagens (p superior = 0,52; inferior = 0,37; temporal = 0,43 e nasal = 0,52. Considerando-se as relações entre as regiões temos que apenas a relação S/I mostrou diferença estatisticamente significante. As demais relações: S/T, S/N, I/T, I/N e T/N não mostraram diferença estatisticamente significante. Para a melhor imagem observou-se diferença estatisticamente significante entre os três examinadores para as variáveis superior/temporal (p = 0

  19. Estudo comparativo entre estrelas centrais de nebulosas planetárias deficientes em hidrogênio

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    Marcolino, W. L. F.; de Araújo, F. X.

    2003-08-01

    Apresentamos neste trabalho o resultado de um estudo das principais características espectrais das estrelas centrais de nebulosas planetárias (ECNP) deficientes em hidrogênio. A origem e a evolução dessas estrelas ainda constitui um problema em aberto na evolução estelar. Geralmente esses objetos são divididos em [WCE], [WCL] e [WELS]. Os tipos [WCE] e [WCL] apresentam um espectro típico de uma estrela Wolf-Rayet carbonada de população I e as [WELS] apresentam linhas fracas de carbono e oxigênio em emissão. Existem evidências que apontam a seguinte sequência evolutiva : [WCL] = > [WCE] = > [WELS] = > PG 1159 (pré anã-branca). No entanto, tal cenário apresenta falhas como por exemplo a falta de ECNP entre os tipos [WCL] e [WCE]. Baseados em uma amostra de 24 objetos obtida no telescópio de 1.52m em La Silla, Chile (acordo ESO/ON), ao longo do ano 2000, apresentamos os resultados da comparação das larguras equivalentes de diversas linhas relevantes entre os tipos [WCL], [WCE] e [WELS]. Verificamos que nossos dados estão de acordo com a sequência evolutiva. Baseado nas linhas de C IV, conseguimos dividir pela primeira vez as [WELS] em dois grupos principais. Além disso, os dados reforçam a afirmação de que as [WCE] são as estrelas que possuem a maior temperatura entre as ECNP deficientes em hidrogênio. Discutimos ainda, a escassez de dados disponíveis na literatura e a necessidade da obtenção de parametros físicos para estes objetos.

  20. Considerações sobre impactos socioambientais de Pequenas Centrais Hidrelétricas (PCHs) : modelagem e análise

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    Leão, Larissa Lara

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    O objetivo desta dissertação é discutir a problemática e os conflitos que envolvem a construção de Pequenas Centrais Hidrelétricas – PCHs. A avaliação entre os fatores socioambientais e econômicos que permeiam a discussão foi demonstrada a partir de uma modelagem sistêmica elaborada com o auxílio da ferramenta computacional STELLA - Structural Experimental Learning Laboratory with Animation, necessária para a visualização entre os componentes apresentados no estudo de caso. Para que modela...

  1. Valor del grosor de la capa de fibras nerviosas de la retina medido mediante tomografía de coherencia óptica como marcador de daño neuroaxonal en la esclerosis múltiple

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    López Lizcano, Ruth María

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    Estudio del valor del grosor de la Capa de Fibras Nerviosas de la Retina (CFNR) a lo largo de un año como marcador de daño neuroaxonal en pacientes con distintos estadios de Esclerosis Múltiple (EM): pacientes con síndrome clínico aislado (CIS) que es el estadio más inicial de enfermedad desmielinizante, pacientes con esclerosis múltiple remitente-recurrente (EMRR) y pacientes con esclerosis múltiple primaria-progresiva (EMPP) frente a sujetos sanos. Estudio de las posibles correlaciones exis...

  2. Trombose de veia central da retina bilateral associada à síndrome de hiperviscosidade sanguínea: relato de caso Bilateral central retinal vein occlusion associated with blood hyperviscosity syndrome: case report

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    John Helal Jr

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available Relato de caso de um paciente masculino de 16 anos de idade com queixa inicial de baixa da acuidade visual e que no exame oftalmológico foi encontrado edema de papila bilateral, que evoluiu para trombose da veia central da retina em ambos os olhos. Na investigação laboratorial, foi feito diagnóstico de um mieloma múltiplo tipo IgA que cursava com síndrome de hiperviscosidade sanguínea, o que explicava o quadro oftalmológico. Após tratamento específico, o paciente apresentou melhora tanto da acuidade visual quanto do aspecto fundoscópico. O achado de oclusão de veia central da retina bilateral pode levar ao diagnóstico de importantes doenças sistêmicas. os achados fundoscópicos podem servir de parâmetro na avaliação do tratamento.The authors report the case of a 16-year-old male patient who presented with blurred vision and bilateral optic disc edema, then developing bilateral central retinal vein occlusion. On laboratory work-up, he was found to have multiple myeloma IgA along with hyperviscosity syndrome, which led to the ophthalmological features. After proper treatment, the patient recovered visual acuity and normalized his eye fundus changes. Bilateral central retinal vein occlusion finding may yield the diagnosis of major systemic diseases. Fundoscopic features may serve as parameters on treatment evaluation.

  3. O QUE SIGNIFICAM AS OCUPAÇÕES DE IMÓVEIS EM ÁREAS CENTRAIS?

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    Thiago Aparecido Trindade

    Full Text Available Adotando como referência empírica o movimento de moradia do centro de São Paulo, o presente artigo tem como objetivo principal analisar o significado das ocupações de imóveis ociosos promovidas por atores desse movimento na área central da cidade. Demonstramos, com isso, o papel dos movimentos sociais como atores que se colocam na posição de desafiantes das ideias, dos discursos e valores hegemônicos na sociedade. Por meio da fala dos próprios ativistas engajados nessa mobilização, discute-se também como o direito de morar no centro tornou-se uma pauta política gradualmente construída pelos setores populares. A metodologia adotada, de caráter predominantemente qualitativo, consistiu em revisão teórica, coleta de dados em documentos e material jornalístico e entrevistas com militantes. Como conclusão, sugerimos que o principal significado das ocupações nas áreas centrais consiste no questionamento do modelo hegemônico de urbanização na sociedade brasileira, que, historicamente, afastou as camadas mais pobres em direção aos cinturões periféricos das cidades.

  4. Influência da redução medicamentosa da pressão intra-ocular na medida da espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina de olhos hipertensos e glaucomatosos pela polarimetria de varredura a laser The influence of intraocular pressure reduction with medication on retinal nerve fiber layer thickness measurements obtained with scanning laser polarimetry in glaucomatous and hypertensive eyes

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    Rodrigo Rezende Gomes Avelino

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito da redução da pressão intra-ocular (PIO obtido com o uso de terapia medicamentosa na espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina medida pela polarimetria de varredura a laser (PVL em pacientes glaucomatosos ou hipertensos oculares. MÉTODOS: Trinta e sete olhos de 37 pacientes foram prospectivamente incluídos no estudo e avaliados com a PVL sem uso de medicação ocular hipotensora e num período entre 15 e 30 dias após a instituição de medicação ocular hipotensora, que resultou em redução da PIO de pelo menos 25%. Os parâmetros medidos pela PVL antes e após a redução da PIO foram comparados com o teste t de Student pareado. RESULTADOS: A PIO média dos 37 pacientes diminuiu significativamente de 26,57±4,23 mmHg para 16,54±2,92 mmHg (p0,05. CONCLUSÃO: A redução da PIO com o uso de medicação ocular hipotensora não altera a medida da espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina pela PVL em pacientes com glaucoma ou hipertensão ocular.PURPOSE: To evaluate changes in retinal nerve fiber layer thickness as measured by scanning laser polarimetry (SLP after the use of medication to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP in glaucomatous or ocular hypertensive patients. METHODS: The authors prospectively enrolled 37 eyes of 37 patients in whom IOP was reduced by more than 25% after the use of medication. The images were obtained before and 15 to 30 days after the introduction of medication. The SLP parameters measured before and after the use of medication were compared using paired Student's t Test. RESULTS: The mean IOP was significantly reduced from 26.57±4.23 mmHg to 16.54 ±2.92 mmHg after the use of medication (p0.05. CONCLUSION: The retinal nerve fiber layer thickness, as measured by SLP, is not affected by the reduction of IOP with medication in patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension.

  5. Trombose de veia central da retina em paciente usuária de interferon e ribavirina: relato de caso Central vein occlusion in a patient using interferon and ribavirin: case report

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    John Helal Jr.

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available O interferon alfa (INF alfa é droga atualmente utilizada no tratamento de várias doenças sistêmicas, como a hepatite C crônica. A ribavirina quando associada ao interferon alfa aumenta muito a resposta ao tratamento. Estima-se que a infecção crônica pelo vírus da hepatite C afete 170 milhões de pessoas no mundo, muitas delas em uso dessas medicações. A forma típica da retinopatia associada ao interferon alfa apresenta exsudatos algodonosos e hemorragias intra-retinianas. Há vários relatos de alterações oculares associadas ao uso do interferon alfa. Este trabalho descreve um caso de oclusão de veia central da retina em olho direito, com hemorragias no olho contralateral, em paciente usuária dessas medicações por dois anos. O caso descrito expõe em um dos olhos o quadro mais freqüente da retinopatia associada ao uso de interferon alfa (hemorragias de fundo e no olho contralateral, uma apresentação muito mais atípica (trombose de veia central da retina. O quadro fundoscópico apresentou melhora com a interrupção da medicação.Interferon and ribavirin are medications widely used in the treatment of some systemic diseases, mainly hepatitis C. Ribavirin when associated with interferon increases the rate of success of this treatment. There are about 170 million patients with chronic hepatitis C in the world, many in use of these medications. The classic associated retinopathy is described as cotton wool exudates and hemorrhages. Since the first reports, several different ocular disturbances were described in association with interferon. The present case shows a patient whose right eye presented with central retinal vein occlusion and whose left eye presented the typical findings of hemorrhages; prompt resolution after the medications were discontinued.

  6. A atuação do Fed antes e depois do estouro da bolha imobiliária: discricionariedade e mandato de bancos centrais em contexto de desregulamentação financeira The Fed's actions before and after the housing bubble burst: discretion and mandate of central banks in an environment of financial deregulation

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    Olívia Bullio

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    Full Text Available A atuação do Federal Reserve System - Fed - durante a formação e estouro da bolha imobiliária mostra as dificuldades de um banco central em processos financeiros de grande magnitude. O Fed foi leniente com o desenvolvimento da bolha, por considerar que a alta do preço dos imóveis ajudava a reduzir os riscos de instabilidade financeira gerados pelas crises de 2000-2002. Quando a crise do mercado subprime se tornou aguda, em setembro de 2008, o Fed atuou agressivamente como emprestador de última instância, expandindo a base monetária para conter os riscos de inadimplência generalizada no mercado interbancário. Nos dois momentos, o Fed agiu com pragmatismo e discricionariedade, contrariando as teses dominantes do "Novo Consenso", mas foi "prisioneiro" dessas teses e dos interesses do mercado financeiro: a tese de que a desregulamentação dos mercados favorece a sociedade inibiu iniciativas intervencionistas para restringir as inovações financeiras no mercado imobiliário; a tese de que o mandato da Autoridade Monetária deve ser a estabilidade de preços contribuiu para a leniência com os riscos crescentes nos mercados financeiros.The Fed's actions during the development and burst of the US real estate bubble highlight a Central Bank's dilemma when facing a financial process of great magnitude. During the bubble's development and growth, the Fed was lenient since it considered that the increase in real estate prices helped reduce the risk of financial instability brought on by the financial crisis from 2000 to 2002. When the subprime crisis surfaced, the Fed started to act vigorously as a lender of last resort, with a vigorous expansion of the monetary basis in order to defend the system from the risk of a widespread default in the interbank market. In both cases the Fed was pragmatic and discretionary, and did not follow the mainstream thesis in economics analysis, the so called "New Monetary Consensus". However, at the same time

  7. Oclusão artério-venosa da retina após bloqueio retrobulbar: relato de dois casos Combined central retinal vein and artery occlusion after retrobulbar anesthesia: report of two cases

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    Rogil José de Almeida Torres

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available São descritos dois casos de oclusão artério-venosa da retina após cirurgia intra-ocular. As duas pacientes foram submetidas à anestesia peribulbar. Devido à sensação dolorosa e à mobilidade ocular foi necessário a realização de bloqueio retrobulbar. Ao final da cirurgia, ambas receberam injeção subconjuntival de gentamicina associada à dexametasona. No primeiro dia pós-cirúrgico as pacientes apresentaram arreflexia pupilar e acuidade visual de percepção luminosa, sendo referidas para nosso serviço. A confirmação do diagnóstico de oclusão vascular retiniana mista foi feito por meio do exame de retinografia fluorescente. As pacientes não manifestaram, em nenhum momento, alterações neurológicas, porém a perda visual foi grave e permanente. Por meio da descrição cirúrgica, da história clínica e dos achados oftalmoscópicos e angiográficos discutem-se as possíveis causas desta grave lesão vascular retiniana, dando ênfase à presumida injeção de anestésico na bainha do nervo óptico durante o bloqueio retrobulbar. Ao mesmo tempo, abordam-se medidas preventivas para evitar tal complicação.Two cases of combined central retinal artery and vein occlusion after intraocular surgery are described. Both patients were submitted to peribulbar anesthesia. Due to the painful sensation and ocular mobility retrobulbar anesthesia was necessary. At the end of the surgery both patients received a subconjunctival injection of gentamicin associated with dexamethasone. On the very first day after the surgery the two patients showed pupillary areflexia and visual acuity of luminous perception when they were referred to our service. The confirmation of the diagnosis of combined vascular occlusion of the retina was obtained by fluorescein angiography test. The two patients never showed, any neurological alteration. However visual loss was severe and permanent. By means of surgical description, clinical history, fundus photography

  8. Desprendimiento de retina

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    L. Jaime Claramunt, Dr.

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available El desprendimiento de retina (DR consiste en la separación entre la retina neurosensorial y el epitelio pigmentario subyacente. Su forma más frecuente es el DR regmatógeno, causado por una rotura en la retina. Se manifiesta generalmente como un defecto en el campo visual o mala visión. Si se pesquisa y trata oportunamente tiene buenas posibilidades de éxito. No obstante, sigue siendo una causa importante de mala visión y ceguera, por lo que su prevención tiene un rol fundamental.

  9. Agreement in the diagnosis of dental fluorosis in central incisors performed by a standardized photographic method and clinical examination Concordância no diagnóstico da fluorose dentária em incisivos centrais realizado por um método fotográfico padronizado e pelo exame clínico

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    Carolina Castro Martins

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    ,44% e valor de predição negativo (VPN de 77,42%, com poucos casos de falsos positivos (6%. O diagnóstico de fluorose dentária usando-se o método fotográfico apresentou alta especificidade e VPP, indicando que é adequado para registrar fluorose dentária, com poucos casos de falsos positivos. O método é reprodutível e confiável quando comparado com o diagnóstico clínico e pode ser usado para o diagnóstico da fluorose dentária.

  10. Descolamento regmatogênico de retina: avaliação pós-operatória da mácula Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment: a postoperative study of the macula

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    Otacílio de Oliveira Maia Júnior

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar função e estrutura macular de pacientes submetidos a cirurgia de descolamento regmatogênico da retina. MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo de pacientes submetidos a retinopexia pneumática ou introflexão escleral com seguimento feito por meio de exame oftalmológico completo e tomografia de coerência óptica. RESULTADOS: A amostra foi composta por 14 olhos (14 pacientes, sendo 10 (71,4% submetidos a introflexão escleral e 4 (28,6%, a retinopexia pneumática. A idade variou entre 24 e 59 anos, média de 39,3 anos. Houve correlações negativas entre a acuidade visual final e a idade (r= -0,64 e p= 0,0127 e entre a acuidade visual final e o tempo de descolamento (r= -0,54 e p= 0,0447. Houve correlação positiva entre as acuidades visual do seguimento inicial e final (r= 0,69 e p= 0,0059. Na tomografia de coerência óptica, quatro olhos (28,6% apresentaram descolamento residual na fóvea, com resolução espontânea e melhora na acuidade visual (p= 0,031; não houve relação entre tempo de resolução e acuidade final (p= 0,5546. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados mostram que quanto mais jovem o paciente e mais precoce a intervenção cirúrgica, melhor acuidade visual final. Adicionalmente, quanto maior acuidade no início do pós-operatório, melhor acuidade final. Todos os casos de descolamento foveal evidenciados por meio da tomografia de coerência óptica, no pós-operatório, cursaram com reabsorção do líquido subfoveal e melhora da visão.PURPOSE: To evaluate the structure and function of the macula following rhegmatogenous retinal detachment surgery. METHODS: Prospective study of patients submitted to scleral buckle surgery or pneumatic retinopexy. The follow-up comprised a complete ophthalmologic exam and optical coherence tomography. RESULTS: The sample was composed of 14 eyes (14 patients, 71.4% operated with the scleral buckle technique, and 28.6% with the pneumatic retinopexy. The age range was from 24 to 59 years (mean

  11. Correlação e correspondência topográfica entre espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina e campo visual no glaucoma primário de ângulo aberto Correlation and topographic match between nerve fiber layer thickness and visual field in primary open angle glaucoma

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    Paula Boturão de Almeida

    2001-04-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Verificar a correlação e a correspondência topográfica entre a espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina, medidas pelo polarímetro de varredura a laser GDxTM Scanning Laser System® e o campo visual, medido pelo perímetro automatizado Humphrey® ("white-white" em portadores de glaucoma primário de ângulo aberto. Métodos: Foram investigadas as seguintes correlações: 1- Correlação entre a média da sensibilidade dos quadrantes e do ponto de fixação do campo visual, em decibéis, e a média da espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina correspondente, em micra, sem classificação dos olhos dos pacientes quanto ao estadio do comprometimento perimétrico. 2- A mesma correlação anterior, porém, com os olhos dos pacientes distribuídos em classes quanto à alteração perimétrica. 3- Correlação entre os índices globais do campo visual e os índices numéricos do analisador de espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina. 4- Correlação entre a média dos valores do gráfico "total deviation" do campo visual e o desvio da normalidade da camada de fibras nervosas da região correspondente. 5- Investigou-se a freqüência de correspondência topográfica entre os defeitos perimétricos e as alterações da camada de fibras nervosas da retina. Utilizou-se o coeficiente de correlação de Spearman, sendo o nível de rejeição para a hipótese de nulidade fixado num valor menor ou igual a 0,05 (5%. Resultados: Observou-se as seguintes correlações estatisticamentes significantes, mas de forma muito pouco intensa: 1- GDX total e Campo visual total; GDX superior e Campo visual nasal inferior; GDX inferior e Campo visual nasal superior; GDX nasal e Campo visual temporal; GDX superior e Campo visual inferior; GDX inferior e Campo visual superior. 2- GDX inferior e Campo visual nasal (medial superior dos pacientes classificados como graves. 3- Nos olhos classificados como normais: PSD e EM; CPSD e SI.Nos olhos

  12. Base eletrônica de dados clínicos e cirúrgicos das doenças da retina e vítreo /

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    Zago Filho, Luiz Alberto

    2006-01-01

    Orientadora: Ana Tereza Ramos Moreira Inclui apêndice Dissertação (mestrado) - Universidade Federal do Paraná, Setor de Ciências da Saúde, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Clínica Cirúrgica. Defesa: Curitiba, 2006. Inclui bibliografia e anexos

  13. Africanos Centrais no Rio de Janeiro Oitocentista: aspectos e conexões

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    Full Text Available Neste estudo, procuro fazer um panorama das irmandades religiosas, sociedades beneficentes e relações familiares como formas de inserção dos africanos centrais no Rio de Janeiro oitocentista. This study intends to provide an overview about religious brotherhoods, charitable societies and family relations as insertion forms of central Africans in Rio de Janeiro of the nineteenth century. En este estudio, trato de sintetizar hermandades religiosas, sociedades de beneficencia y las relaciones familiares como formas de inserción de los africanos centrales en Río de Janeiro del siglo XIX.

  14. Moeda e poder legislativo no Brasil: prestação de contas de bancos centrais no presidencialismo de coalizão

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    Santos Fabiano

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available O artigo analisa as relações entre o Congresso Nacional e o Banco Central do Brasil através do conceito "presidencialismo de coalizão". Este é utilizado para descrever de forma mais geral o modo pelo qual opera o sistema político brasileiro. Após uma avaliação crítica da literatura contemporânea sobre prestação de contas de bancos centrais, segue-se uma discussão a respeito da evolução da estrutura do Banco Central do Brasil, com ênfase na legislação produzida para regular suas atividades. Finalmente, discute-se a Comissão Parlamentar de Inquérito que investigou o sistema financeiro, mostrando como os conflitos e as decisões da CPI expressaram a lógica de relacionamento entre os partidos governistas e o presidente em nosso modelo político presidencialista e multipartidário.

  15. Utilização das hepatectomias centrais nas cirurgias hepatobiliares Use of central hepatectomies in the hepatobiliary surgeries

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    Fábio Luiz Waechter

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available O tratamento das doenças hepatobiliares através de hepatectomias centrais tem sido um dos desafios técnicos mais importantes para a cirurgia neste final de século. Embora diversas técnicas tenham sido utilizadas nas últimas décadas, só recentemente estas têm sido executadas com segurança, diminuindo drasticamente as taxas de morbi-mortalidade, e com isso propiciando resultados favoráveis no tratamento das diferentes afecções hepáticas. Quer o figado apresente-se ou não com hepatopatia crônica, a integração de equipes multidisciplinares afeitas a este tipo de cirurgia e de patologia, permitiu que ressecções complexas fossem realizadas. Com o princípio de manter massa e função hepatocitária remanescente viáveis, o estudo morfológico e funcional do fígado no pré-operatório impõe que técnicas de transplante de segmentos hepáticos sejam freqüentemente utilizadas, seja na reconstrução vascular, seja na redução e conservação de massa hepática. Desta maneira, a ressecção de qualquer parte do fígado com o mínimo de utilização de derivados sangüíneos tem se mostrado factível através do conhecimento apurado da anatomia hepática e da utilização de ecografia transoperatória. Deste trabalho de revisão de diferentes técnicas de hepatectomias centrais são apresentadas, discutidas as indicações e detalhes cirúrgicos de cada uma delas.The treatment of hepatobiliary diseases by central hepatectomies has been one of the most important challenges in surgical technique at the end of this century. Although different techniques were used in the last decades, only recently they have been carried out safely, drastically reducing the morbidity and mortality rates, and thus providing favorable results in treating different hepatic diseases. Whether the liver does or not present chronic liver disease, the integration of related multiple-disciplinary teams in this type of surgery and disease has allowed complex

  16. Retina and Omega-3

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    Giuseppe Querques; Raimondo Forte; Souied, Eric H.

    2011-01-01

    Over the last decade, several epidemiological studies based on food frequency questionnaires suggest that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids could have a protective role in reducing the onset and progression of retinal diseases. The retina has a high concentration of omega-3, particularly DHA, which optimizes fluidity of photoreceptor membranes, retinal integrity, and visual function. Furthermore, many studies demonstrated that DHA has a protective, for example antiapoptotic, role in the ret...

  17. Os horizontes de Prometeu: considerações para uma crítica da modernidade Between realism and fiction: representations of race, sexuality, and Prometeus' scenarios: toward a critique of modernity

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    Carlos Alberto Plastino

    2005-01-01

    O artigo discute inicialmente as concepções centrais do neoliberalismo e da multifacética crise de civilização, decorrentes da unilateralidade da perspectiva iluminista. Afirmando a necessidade de recuperar a perspectiva crítica, insere a consideração das políticas econômicas neoliberais e de suas conseqüências políticas, sociais e culturais na perspectiva da crise da modernidade. Considera a seguir as características centrais da cosmologia moderna, salientando o papel central do racionalismo...

  18. Corpus vitreum, retina og chorioidea biopsi

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    Scherfig, Erik Christian Høegh

    2002-01-01

    oftalmology, biopsy, choroid, corpus vitreum, retina, malignant melanoma, biopsy technic, retinoblastoma......oftalmology, biopsy, choroid, corpus vitreum, retina, malignant melanoma, biopsy technic, retinoblastoma...

  19. [Research and development of artificial retina material].

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    Hu, Ning; Yang, Jun; Peng, Chenglin; Wang, Xing; Zhang, Sijie; Zhang, Ying; Zheng, Erxin

    2008-04-01

    The application of artificial retina was introduced. The principal characteristics of artificial retina material were reviewed in particular. Moreover, the recent research development and application prospect were discussed.

  20. CONCURSO PÚBLICO PARA DIRETOR NA ESCOLA ESTADUAL PAULISTA: EXPECTATIVAS DOS ÓRGÃOS CENTRAIS DO ENSINO E CONCEPÇÕES DE DIRETORES

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    Viviani Fernanda Hojas

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available A partir da análise dos editais e das provas dos concursos públicos para provimento do cargo de diretor de escola realizados na rede estadual de ensino de São Paulo e das concepções de diretores, este artigo pretende identificar as expectativas dos órgãos centrais de ensino em relação à atuação desses profissionais e o pensamento administrativo que supostamente orientou e/ou orienta a administração das escolas públicas paulistas. O estudo dos editais e das provas permitiu observar que o perfil almejado para diretor de escola sofreu alterações significativas ao longo do tempo sob influência de aspectos políticos, econômicos, sociais e educacionais. A investigação das concepções dos diretores, por sua vez, parece reacender a necessidade de construção de uma teoria específica para a atividade administrativa escolar.

  1. The Retina Algorithm

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    CERN. Geneva; PUNZI, Giovanni

    2015-01-01

    Charge particle reconstruction is one of the most demanding computational tasks found in HEP, and it becomes increasingly important to perform it in real time. We envision that HEP would greatly benefit from achieving a long-term goal of making track reconstruction happen transparently as part of the detector readout ("detector-embedded tracking"). We describe here a track-reconstruction approach based on a massively parallel pattern-recognition algorithm, inspired by studies of the processing of visual images by the brain as it happens in nature ('RETINA algorithm'). It turns out that high-quality tracking in large HEP detectors is possible with very small latencies, when this algorithm is implemented in specialized processors, based on current state-of-the-art, high-speed/high-bandwidth digital devices.

  2. The proteome of human retina.

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    Zhang, Pingbo; Dufresne, Craig; Turner, Randi; Ferri, Sara; Venkatraman, Vidya; Karani, Rabia; Lutty, Gerard A; Van Eyk, Jennifer E; Semba, Richard D

    2015-02-01

    The retina is a delicate tissue that detects light, converts photochemical energy into neural signals, and transmits the signals to the visual cortex of the brain. A detailed protein inventory of the proteome of the normal human eye may provide a foundation for new investigations into both the physiology of the retina and the pathophysiology of retinal diseases. To provide an inventory, proteins were extracted from five retinas of normal eyes and fractionated using SDS-PAGE. After in-gel digestion, peptides were analyzed in duplicate using LC-MS/MS on an Orbitrap Elite mass spectrometer. A total of 3436 nonredundant proteins were identified in the human retina, including 20 unambiguous protein isoforms, of which eight have not previously been demonstrated to exist at the protein level. The proteins identified in the retina included most of the enzymes involved in the visual cycle and retinoid metabolism. One hundred and fifty-eight proteins that have been associated with age-related macular degeneration were identified in the retina. The MS proteome database of the human retina may serve as a valuable resource for future investigations of retinal biology and disease. All MS data have been deposited in the ProteomeXchange with identifier PXD001242 (http://proteomecentral.proteomexchange.org/dataset/PXD001242).

  3. Estudo comparativo de três métodos de localização de escotomas centrais Comparative study of three methods of central scotoma localization

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    Mylene Leal Matsuhara

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O objetivo do presente estudo foi comparar a sensibilidade de três métodos de localização de escotomas centrais. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 29 pacientes, com idade variando entre 10 e 78 anos, encaminhados ao Serviço de Visão Subnormal do Hospital São Geraldo da Faculdade de Medicina da UFMG, com diagnóstico prévio de doenças com escotoma central. Foram utilizados os métodos carta de Asmler, observação da face e observação da tabela de leitura para perto. RESULTADOS: Dentre estes métodos, o que obteve o melhor desempenho, ou seja, apresentou maior percentual de pacientes nos quais se constatou a presença de escotomas, foi a carta de Asmler (63,6%, seguida pela observação da face (47,3% e observação da tabela de leitura para perto (30,9% (pOBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the sensitivity of three methods of central scotoma localization. METHODS: Twenty-nine patients (range 10-78 years were referred to the Service of Subnormal Vision of the São Geraldo Hospital (Minas Gerais Federal University, School of Medicine with previous diagnosis of diseases with central scotoma. The Asmler grid, face observation and near acuity test observation methods were used. RESULTS: Among these methods, the one which presented the highest percentile of patients that reported scotoma presence was the Asmler grid (63.6%, followed by face observation (47.3% and near acuity test observation (30.9% (p<0.05. The three methods presented low sensitivity, possibly explained by the plasticity of the visual system trying to compensate the scotoma area. CONCLUSION: The present result demonstrates that new techniques should be developed to improve the sensitivity of scotoma localization methods.

  4. Fine structure of the retinal pigment epithelium and cones of Antarctic fish Notohenia coriiceps Richardson in light and dark-conditions Ultraestrutra do epitélio pigmentar da retina e dos cones do peixe Antártico Notothenia coriiceps Richardson submetido à luz e ao escuro

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    Lucélia Donatti

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available The Antarctic fish Notothenia coriiceps Richardson, 1844 lives in an environment of daily and annual photic variation and retina cells have to adjust morphologically to environmental luminosity. After seven day dark or seven day light acclimation of two groups of fish, retinas were extracted and processed for light and transmission electron microscopy. In seven day dark adapted, retina pigment epithelium melanin granules were aggregated at the basal region of cells, and macrophages were seen adjacent to the apical microvilli, between the photoreceptors. In seven day light adapted epithelium, melanin granules were inside the apical microvilli of epithelial cells and macrophages were absent. The supranuclear region of cones adapted to seven day light had less electron dense cytoplasm, and an endoplasmic reticulum with broad tubules. The mitochondria in the internal segment of cones adapted to seven day light were larger, and less electron dense. The differences in the morphology of cones and pigment epithelial cells indicate that N. coriiceps has retinal structural adjustments presumably optimizing vision in different light conditions.O peixe Antártico Notothenia coriiceps Richardson, 1844 habita meios com variações fóticas diária e anual e as células da retina se adaptam morfologicamente a esta luminosidade ambiental. Dois grupos de peixes foram aclimatados durante sete dias à luz constante ou ao escuro constante. Após secção medular, as retinas foram extraídas e processadas para microscopia de luz e microscopia eletrônica de transmissão. No epitélio pigmentar da retina adaptado sete dias ao escuro, os pigmentos de melanina agregam-se na base coroidal das células epiteliais pigmentares e macrófagos são encontrados no interior do processos apicais entre as células fotorreceptoras. No epitélio adaptado sete dias à luz os pigmentos de melanina se dispõem ao longo das projeções apicais das células epiteliais pigmentares e os

  5. Retinal nerve fiber layer atrophy as relevant feature for diffuse unilateral subacute neuroretinitis (DUSN: case series Atrofia das camadas de fibras nervosas da retina como característica relevante na neurorretinite subaguda difusa unilateral (DUSN: série de casos

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    Antonio Marcelo Barbante Casella

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To report the findings of optical coherence tomography (OCT in three cases of diffuse unilateral subacute neuroretinitis (DUSN. METHODS: Three young patients with confirmed diagnosis of diffuse unilateral subacute neuroretinitis were followed-up using Stratus® OCT. RESULTS: Optical coherence tomography findings included retinal nerve fiber layer atrophy and focal edema where the worm was initially lodged. In two patients we could identify the worm by optical coherence tomography as an area of hiper-reflectivity. The worms were laser photocoagulated and post-treatment optical coherence tomography scanning revealed improvement of edema, nerve fiber layer thinning and a retinal hyper-reflectivity where laser had been applied. CONCLUSION: The main finding reported here is the potential of optical coherence tomography in detecting the presence of retinal nerve fiber layer atrophy and focal retinal edema in areas affected by the worm. Optical coherence tomography can be used to distinguish diffuse unilateral subacute neuroretinitis from other mimicking diseases like punctate outer retinitis, when there are no retinal fiber layer atrophy.OBJETIVO: Demonstrar os achados da tomografia de coerência óptica em três casos de neurorretinite subaguda difusa unilateral (DUSN. MÉTODOS: Os pacientes com diagnóstico confirmado de neurorretinite subaguda difusa unilateral realizaram seguimento pré e pós-tratamento por meio da tomografia de coerência óptica, Stratus® OCT. RESULTADOS: Os achados marcantes da tomografia de coerência óptica foram a atrofia das camadas de fibras nervosas da retina e edema da retina localizado em áreas nas quais a larva esteve. Em dois pacientes pôde-se localizar a larva no espaço sub-retiniano por meio da tomografia de coerência óptica, que se traduziu por pequena área densa (hiperrefletividade. As larvas foram fotocoaguladas a laser e os achados da tomografia de coerência óptica após o tratamento

  6. A natureza comportamental da mente: behaviorismo radical e filosofia da mente

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    Alves, Diego Zilio [UNESP

    2009-01-01

    O presente trabalho pretende delinear uma possível interpretação do behaviorismo radical como teoria da mente, o que significa, em outros termos, contextualizá-lo no âmbito da filosofia da mente. Para tanto, primeiramente apresentaremos as principais teorias que figuram na filosofia da mente contemporânea, incluindo suas teses centrais e seus respectivos problemas. Em seguida, trataremos dos fundamentos do behaviorismo radical enquanto filosofia da ciência e enquanto teoria do comportamento. ...

  7. [Implantation of the artificial retina].

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    Yagi, T; Hayashida, Y

    1999-05-01

    In some degenerative retinal diseases, e.g., retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration, the photoreceptors are destroyed to cause serious visual defects. Recent studies on blind human subjects revealed that a large number of ganglion cells remains intact and is capable of transmitting signals to the brain to evoke partial visual perception. This provided hope to compensate for the visual defects with retinal prostheses. The recent progress of microfabrication technique made it possible to implement the Vary Large Scale Integrated circuit, the artificial retina, which emulates a part of retinal function. The idea of implanting the artificial retina to the patients was proposed recently and experiments using animals have been put into practice. This article surveys the front line of the artificial retina implantation.

  8. Acesso ao SUS: representações e práticas de profissionais desenvolvidas nas Centrais de Regulação Access to SUS: representations and practices of professionals developed in Regulation Centers

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    Ana Raquel Bonder Gawryszewski

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A universalização das ações e serviços, promovida pelo SUS, tem sido caracterizada como excludente e acompanhada de racionalização do financiamento e da inclusão de toda a população na atenção pública à saúde. Este estudo analisa a política de hierarquização do SUS como mecanismo do planejamento, por meio das práticas institucional e profissional desenvolvidas nas Centrais de Regulação. O objetivo é apreender e analisar as representações sociais do acesso às ações e serviços de saúde pelos técnicos e gerentes dessas Centrais no município do Rio de Janeiro. O campo de estudo compreendeu as Centrais de Regulação de Urgência e Estadual de Regulação de Leitos. Foram entrevistados 20 sujeitos e realizada análise de conteúdo. Como resultados destacam-se as seguintes categorias representacionais: a atitude assumida diante da organização e fluxo para o acesso; Papéis e práticas da regulação; fragmentação da autonomia da regulação; rede de relacionamentos determinando o acesso; e ausência de comando único. A fragilidade do sistema público de saúde apresenta-se exposta, e as práticas nas centrais de regulação são pouco efetivas e dependentes de mecanismos não formais de ação. Observa-se um SUS menos consolidado no Rio de Janeiro quando comparado a municípios que avançam enfrentando de forma unificada, regionalizada e hierarquizada o acesso às ações do SUS. Destaca-se que as centrais de regulação são espaços privilegiados para observação do sistema, podendo realizar ações efetivas e ágeis, facilitando o acesso aos serviços e propiciando um canal sensível para o atendimento das demandas de saúde da população.The universalization of actions and services, promoted by the SUS, has been characterized as exclusionary and accompanied by rationalization of funding and inclusion of all people in public health care. This study analyzes the policy hierarchy of SUS as a mechanism for

  9. Do artists see their retinas?

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    Perdreau, F.A.G.; Cavanagh, P.

    2011-01-01

    Our perception starts with the image that falls on our retina and on this retinal image, distant objects are small and shadowed surfaces are dark. But this is not what we see. Visual constancies correct for distance so that, for example, a person approaching us does not appear to become a larger per

  10. Avaliação de dois testes auditivos centrais em idosos sem queixas Assessment of two central auditory tests in elderly patients without hearing complaints

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    Alina Sanches Gonçales

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Na população idosa, distúrbios da inteligibilidade de fala podem ter causas periféricas ou centrais. A assimetria em testes dicóticos verbais aumenta com a idade e reflete falha na transferência inter-hemisférica e nas funções cognitivas. OBJETIVO: Investigar o desempenho de idosos, sem queixas auditivas, em dois testes de processamento auditivo. FORMA DO ESTUDO: Clínico prospectivo. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foram avaliados 22 voluntários, com idades entre 55 e 75 anos, com limiares auditivos máximos de 40 dB NA até 4000Hz, índice de reconhecimento de fala acima de 80% e audição simétrica bilateralmente. Aplicaram-se testes de fala com ruído e dicótico de dissílabos alternados (SSW. A análise dos dados comparou gênero, orelhas e grupos etários. RESULTADOS: Não houve diferença entre os gêneros para nenhum dos testes. A orelha esquerda teve desempenho inferior à orelha direita na condição competitiva do teste SSW. Os participantes com idade acima de 65 anos apresentaram desempenho pior em ambos os testes quando comparados com indivíduos de 55 a 64 anos. CONCLUSÃO: O desempenho dos testes auditivos centrais piora com a idade. A introdução de testes dicóticos na bateria de avaliação auditiva de idosos pode contribuir para a identificação precoce de processos degenerativos característicos do envelhecimento.Speech understanding disorders in the elderly may be due to peripheral or central auditory dysfunctions. Asymmetry of results in dichotic testing increases with age, and may reflect on a lack of inter-hemisphere transmission and cognitive decline. AIM: To investigate auditory processing of aged people with no hearing complaints. STUDY DESIGN: clinical prospective. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-two voluntary individuals, aged between 55 and 75 years, were evaluated. They reported no hearing complaints and had maximal auditory thresholds of 40 dB HL until 4 KHz, 80% of minimal speech recognition scores and peripheral

  11. DIMENSÕES DA CRISE DO SINDICALISMO BRASILEIRO

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    Adalberto Moreira Cardoso

    Full Text Available O artigo inquire a propalada crise do sindicalismo brasileiro na última década. Analisa algumas dimensões centrais do ordenamento sindical do país (número de sindicatos existentes, filiação a centrais sindicais, taxa de filiação sindical, volume de greves, negociação coletiva e outros, e mostra que, apesar da queda acentuada nas taxas de filiação, a ação sindical tem se mostrado eficiente na negociação coletiva. A imagem da crise está associada ao ambiente político mais geral, no qual o projeto político da parcela hegemônica do movimento (a CUT e aliados e seus partidos (o PT e aliados estão, hoje, sob fogo cerrado das forças que se lhes opõem.

  12. Insulin stimulated-glucose transporter Glut 4 is expressed in the retina.

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    Gustavo Sánchez-Chávez

    Full Text Available The vertebrate retina is a very metabolically active tissue whose energy demands are normally met through the uptake of glucose and oxygen. Glucose metabolism in this tissue relies upon adequate glucose delivery from the systemic circulation. Therefore, glucose transport depends on the expression of glucose transporters. Here, we show retinal expression of the Glut 4 glucose transporter in frog and rat retinas. Immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization studies showed Glut 4 expression in the three nuclear layers of the retina: the photoreceptor, inner nuclear and ganglionar cell layers. In the rat retina immunoprecipitation and Western blot analysis revealed a protein with an apparent molecular mass of 45 kDa. ¹⁴C-glucose accumulation by isolated rat retinas was significantly enhanced by physiological concentrations of insulin, an effect blocked by inhibitors of phosphatidyl-inositol 3-kinase (PI3K, a key enzyme in the insulin-signaling pathway in other tissues. Also, we observed an increase in ³H-cytochalasin binding sites in the presence of insulin, suggesting an increase in transporter recruitment at the cell surface. Besides, insulin induced phosphorylation of Akt, an effect also blocked by PI3K inhibition. Expression of Glut 4 was not modified in retinas of a type 1 diabetic rat model. To our knowledge, our results provide the first evidence of Glut4 expression in the retina, suggesting it as an insulin- responsive tissue.

  13. Adenosine as a signaling molecule in the retina: biochemical and developmental aspects

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    2002-09-01

    neurotransmissores tais como dopamina ou glutamato, liberam o nucleosídeo através de mecanismos dependentes de cálcio e mediados por transportador. A presença de adenosina no meio extracelular e a ativação duradoura dos receptores de adenosina regula a sobrevivência de neurônios da retina e bloqueia a excitoxicidade mediada por glutamato. Desse modo, a adenosina, além de apresentar a função de neurotransmissor ou neuromodulador na retina desenvolvida, é considerada como uma molécula importante durante o desenvolvimento da retina, apresentando funções como a regulação da sobrevivência e diferenciação neuronal.

  14. Towards photovoltaic powered artificial retina

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    2011-01-01

    The aim of this article is to provide an overview of current and future concepts in the field of retinal prostheses, and is focused on the power supply based on solar energy conversion; we introduce the possibility of using PV minimodules as power supply for a new concept of retinal prostheses: Photovoltaic Powered Artificial Retina (PVAR). Main characteristics of these PV modules are presented showing its potential for this application. Peer Reviewed

  15. O PAPEL DA ÁFRICA NA NOVA ROTA DA SEDA MARÍTIMA

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    Diego Pautasso

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do presente artigo é analisar o lugar da África na construção da Nova Rota da Seda Marítima. Este é justamente um dos vetores do ambicioso projeto chinês de integração da Ásia, Europa e África, lançada em 2013 sob título de Iniciativa OBOR (One Belt, One Road. Na medida que os desafios da reconstrução nacional são superados, a China torna-se mais assertiva e dá forma à sua estratégia de inserção mundial. Nesse sentido, a Nova Rota da Seda agrega os objetivos centrais da diplomacia da China para o século XXI, reservando à África a condição de trampolim para que o projeto se torne global.

  16. A Computational Framework for Realistic Retina Modeling.

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    Martínez-Cañada, Pablo; Morillas, Christian; Pino, Begoña; Ros, Eduardo; Pelayo, Francisco

    2016-11-01

    Computational simulations of the retina have led to valuable insights about the biophysics of its neuronal activity and processing principles. A great number of retina models have been proposed to reproduce the behavioral diversity of the different visual processing pathways. While many of these models share common computational stages, previous efforts have been more focused on fitting specific retina functions rather than generalizing them beyond a particular model. Here, we define a set of computational retinal microcircuits that can be used as basic building blocks for the modeling of different retina mechanisms. To validate the hypothesis that similar processing structures may be repeatedly found in different retina functions, we implemented a series of retina models simply by combining these computational retinal microcircuits. Accuracy of the retina models for capturing neural behavior was assessed by fitting published electrophysiological recordings that characterize some of the best-known phenomena observed in the retina: adaptation to the mean light intensity and temporal contrast, and differential motion sensitivity. The retinal microcircuits are part of a new software platform for efficient computational retina modeling from single-cell to large-scale levels. It includes an interface with spiking neural networks that allows simulation of the spiking response of ganglion cells and integration with models of higher visual areas.

  17. Retina

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    ... Foundations of Clinical Ophthalmology . 2013 ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2013:vol 1;chap 19. Coleman ... EA, eds. Duane's Ophthalmology . 2013 ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2013:vol 3;chap 3. Yanoff ...

  18. The Functional Architecture of the Retina.

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    Masland, Richard H.

    1986-01-01

    Examines research related to the retina's coding of visual input with emphasis on the organization of two kinds of ganglion cell receptive fields. Reviews current techniques for examining the shapes and arrangement in the retina of entire populations of nerve cells. (ML)

  19. NON DUCOR, DUCO: A ideologia da paulistanidade e a escola

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    Cerri Luis Fernando

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    Full Text Available O artigo apresenta as idéias centrais da dissertação homô-nima, preocupada com a identificação da ideologia do regionalismo do Estado de São Paulo, a construção de deter-minadas imagens utilizando a história tradicional por parte dos intelectuais da oligarquia paulista, bem como a projeção dessas características histórico-tradicionais dessa ideologia através do tempo via ensino público.

  20. O sentido da vida para os idosos : uma leitura existencial à luz da teoria de Viktor Frankl

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    O presente estudo tem por objetivo investigar o sentido da vida para os idosos bem como os aspectos concernentes à sua continuidade, à luz da teoria de Viktor Frankl.A pesquisa desenvolve, inicialmente, uma abordagem sócio-histórica, destacando as teorias do envelhecimento, em paralelo aos temas centrais apresentados na pesquisa de campo, como elementos que motivam a continuidade do sentido da vida. O estudo trata de uma pesquisa fenomenológica exploratória, descritiva, com coleta de dados...

  1. As Comisiones Obreras (CCOO da Espanha e a Central Única dos Trabalhadores (CUT do Brasil. Esboço de um estudo comparativo

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    Paulo Sergio Tumolo

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available O texto apresenta um esboço de estudo comparativo entre as Comisiones Obreras (CCOO da Espanha e a Central Única dos Trabalhadores (CUT do Brasil, as duas maiores e mais importantes centrais sindicais de seus respectivos países. Destaca que, apesar de várias diferenças em suas trajetórias históricas, elas nasceram como organizações sindicais combativas e de esquerda, com um perfil classista e anticapitalista e se converteram em Centrais sindicais reformistas, negociadoras e amoldadas à lógica capitalista

  2. Glycogen metabolism in the rat retina.

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    Coffe, Víctor; Carbajal, Raymundo C; Salceda, Rocío

    2004-02-01

    It has been reported that glycogen levels in retina vary with retinal vascularization. However, the electrical activity of isolated retina depends on glucose supply, suggesting that it does not contain energetic reserves. We determined glycogen levels and pyruvate and lactate production under various conditions in isolated retina. Ex vivo retinas from light- and dark-adapted rats showed values of 44 +/- 0.3 and 19.5 +/- 0.4 nmol glucosyl residues/mg protein, respectively. The glycogen content of retinas from light-adapted animals was reduced by 50% when they were transferred to darkness. Glycogen levels were low in retinas incubated in glucose-free media and increased in the presence of glucose. The highest glycogen values were found in media containing 20 mm of glucose. A rapid increase in lactate production was observed in the presence of glucose. Surprisingly, glycogen levels were the lowest and lactate production was also very low in the presence of 30 mm glucose. Our results suggest that glycogen can be used as an immediate accessible energy reserve in retina. We speculate on the possibility that gluconeogenesis may play a protective role by removal of lactic acid.

  3. Role of dopamine in distal retina.

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    Popova, E

    2014-05-01

    Dopamine is the most abundant catecholamine in the vertebrate retina. Despite the description of retinal dopaminergic cells three decades ago, many aspects of their function in the retina remain unclear. There is no consensus among the authors about the stimulus conditions for dopamine release (darkness, steady or flickering light) as well as about its action upon the various types of retinal cells. Many contradictory results exist concerning the dopamine effect on the gross electrical activity of the retina [reflected in electroretinogram (ERG)] and the receptors involved in its action. This review summarized current knowledge about the types of the dopaminergic neurons and receptors in the retina as well as the effects of dopamine receptor agonists and antagonists on the light responses of photoreceptors, horizontal and bipolar cells in both nonmammalian and mammalian retina. Special focus of interest concerns their effects upon the diffuse ERG as a useful tool for assessment of the overall function of the distal retina. An attempt is made to reveal some differences between the dopamine actions upon the activity of the ON versus OFF channel in the distal retina. The author has included her own results demonstrating such differences.

  4. Atrofia girata de coróide e retina : relato de caso

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    Oyamaguchi Emerson Kenji

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Relatar um caso de atrofia girata de coróide e retina com confirmação por meio da bioquímica do plasma. MÉTODO: Aferiu-se a melhor acuidade visual corrigida de ambos olhos (AO em tabela de Snellen. Foram realizados biomicroscopia do segmento anterior, refração, mapeamento de retina, angiografia fluoresceínica, campo visual e dosagem da ornitina sérica (aminoacidograma. RESULTADOS: Paciente de 22 anos, sexo feminino, cor branca, apresentando alta miopia e acuidade visual (AV 20/100 em AO. À biomicroscopia do segmento anterior apresentava catarata subcapsular posterior em AO. À oftalmoscopia foram verificadas lesões atróficas da coróide e da retina bem delimitadas em meia periferia de AO. O aminoacidograma constatou elevação correspondente ao complexo da ornitina. CONCLUSÃO: Relata-se um caso típico de atrofia girata, distrofia retiniana rara associada a hiperornitinemia.

  5. Color sensitive retina based on bacteriorhodopsin.

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    Frydrych, M; Silfsten, P; Parkkinen, S; Parkkinen, J; Jaaskelainen, T

    2000-01-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin (BR), a membrane protein of a microorganism Halobacterium salinarium has been studied since the 80's as a potential material for information technology. The information processing applications of BR employ either photochromic or photoelectric properties of the protein. In this study we discuss about design principles and describe our study of the use of bacteriorhodopsin as a sensor material for a color sensitive artificial retina. This retina includes low-level processing of input information. The design of a color sensitive matrix element, the self-organizing color adaptation algorithm and a system model for the retina are presented.

  6. Complex computation in the retina

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    Deshmukh, Nikhil Rajiv

    Elucidating the general principles of computation in neural circuits is a difficult problem requiring both a tractable model circuit as well as sophisticated measurement tools. This thesis advances our understanding of complex computation in the salamander retina and its underlying circuitry and furthers the development of advanced tools to enable detailed study of neural circuits. The retina provides an ideal model system for neural circuits in general because it is capable of producing complex representations of the visual scene, and both its inputs and outputs are accessible to the experimenter. Chapter 2 describes the biophysical mechanisms that give rise to the omitted stimulus response in retinal ganglion cells described in Schwartz et al., (2007) and Schwartz and Berry, (2008). The extra response to omitted flashes is generated at the input to bipolar cells, and is separable from the characteristic latency shift of the OSR apparent in ganglion cells, which must occur downstream in the circuit. Chapter 3 characterizes the nonlinearities at the first synapse of the ON pathway in response to high contrast flashes and develops a phenomenological model that captures the effect of synaptic activation and intracellular signaling dynamics on flash responses. This work is the first attempt to model the dynamics of the poorly characterized mGluR6 transduction cascade unique to ON bipolar cells, and explains the second lobe of the biphasic flash response. Complementary to the study of neural circuits, recent advances in wafer-scale photolithography have made possible new devices to measure the electrical and mechanical properties of neurons. Chapter 4 reports a novel piezoelectric sensor that facilitates the simultaneous measurement of electrical and mechanical signals in neural tissue. This technology could reveal the relationship between the electrical activity of neurons and their local mechanical environment, which is critical to the study of mechanoreceptors

  7. Heterogeneous transgene expression in the retinas of the TH-RFP, TH-Cre, TH-BAC-Cre and DAT-Cre mouse lines.

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    Vuong, H E; Pérez de Sevilla Müller, L; Hardi, C N; McMahon, D G; Brecha, N C

    2015-10-29

    Transgenic mouse lines are essential tools for understanding the connectivity, physiology and function of neuronal circuits, including those in the retina. This report compares transgene expression in the retina of a tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)-red fluorescent protein (RFP) mouse line with three catecholamine-related Cre recombinase mouse lines [TH-bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC)-, TH-, and dopamine transporter (DAT)-Cre] that were crossed with a ROSA26-tdTomato reporter line. Retinas were evaluated and immunostained with commonly used antibodies including those directed to TH, GABA and glycine to characterize the RFP or tdTomato fluorescent-labeled amacrine cells, and an antibody directed to RNA-binding protein with multiple splicing to identify ganglion cells. In TH-RFP retinas, types 1 and 2 dopamine (DA) amacrine cells were identified by their characteristic cellular morphology and type 1 DA cells by their expression of TH immunoreactivity. In the TH-BAC-, TH-, and DAT-tdTomato retinas, less than 1%, ∼ 6%, and 0%, respectively, of the fluorescent cells were the expected type 1 DA amacrine cells. Instead, in the TH-BAC-tdTomato retinas, fluorescently labeled AII amacrine cells were predominant, with some medium diameter ganglion cells. In TH-tdTomato retinas, fluorescence was in multiple neurochemical amacrine cell types, including four types of polyaxonal amacrine cells. In DAT-tdTomato retinas, fluorescence was in GABA immunoreactive amacrine cells, including two types of bistratified and two types of monostratified amacrine cells. Although each of the Cre lines was generated with the intent to specifically label DA cells, our findings show a cellular diversity in Cre expression in the adult retina and indicate the importance of careful characterization of transgene labeling patterns. These mouse lines with their distinctive cellular labeling patterns will be useful tools for future studies of retinal function and visual processing.

  8. Os termos da cultura e da industrialização do caju

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    Antônio Luciano Pontes

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    Este artigo apresenta aspectos relativos à metodologia do glossário sobre os termos da Cultura e da Industrialização do Caju, o qual tomou por base os fundamentos teórico-metodológicos da Terminologia. O corpus que se utilizou para a constituição da nomenclatura do glossário foram os termos extraídos de textos técnico-científicos sobre a área em questão, abrangendo os campos a partir dos termos centrais - caju, cajueiro e castanha. O Glossário é constituído de 2 mil entradas, que incluem informações gramaticais, definição, notas explicativas, remissivas. Destina-se o produto a profissionais da área, pesquisadores, docentes e alunos dos cursos ligados às Ciências Agrárias.

  9. Zebrafish Cx35: cloning and characterization of a gap junction gene highly expressed in the retina.

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    McLachlan, Elizabeth; White, Thomas W; Ugonabo, Chioma; Olson, Carl; Nagy, James I; Valdimarsson, Gunnar

    2003-09-15

    The vertebrate connexin gene family encodes protein subunits of gap junction channels, which provide a route for direct intercellular communication. Consequently, gap junctions play a vital role in many developmental and homeostatic processes. Aberrant functioning of gap junctions is implicated in many human diseases. Zebrafish are an ideal vertebrate model to study development of the visual system as they produce transparent embryos that develop rapidly, thereby facilitating morphological and behavioral testing. In this study, zebrafish connexin35 has been cloned from a P1 artificial chromosome (PAC) library. Sequence analysis shows a high degree of similarity to the Cx35/36 orthologous group, which are expressed primarily in nervous tissue, including the retina. The gene encodes a 304-amino acid protein with a predicted molecular weight of approximately 35 kDa. Injection of zebrafish Cx35 RNA into paired Xenopus oocytes elicited intercellular electrical coupling with weak voltage sensitivity. In development, Cx35 is first detectable by Northern analysis and RT-PCR, at 2 days post-fertilization (2 dpf), and in the adult it is expressed in the brain and retina. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed that the Cx35 protein is expressed in two sublaminae of the inner plexiform layer of the adult retina. A similar pattern was seen in the 4 and 5 dpf retina, but no labeling was detected in the retina of earlier embryos.

  10. Os conselhos da comunidade e a reintegração social

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    Jorge Chade Ferreira

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    O presente trabalho tem por objetivo avaliar as possibilidades reais dos Conselhos da Comunidade, órgão da execução penal no Brasil que representa a sociedade civil, de participarem de estratégias de reintegração social por meio da aproximação entre a sociedade e o cárcere a partir da proposta do estabelecimento de um processo de diálogo simétrico. Em um primeiro momento, o trabalho discute questões teóricas ligadas aos conceitos centrais, dentre eles os conceitos de sociedade, comunidade, re...

  11. Os conselhos da comunidade e a reintegração social

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    O presente trabalho tem por objetivo avaliar as possibilidades reais dos Conselhos da Comunidade, órgão da execução penal no Brasil que representa a sociedade civil, de participarem de estratégias de reintegração social por meio da aproximação entre a sociedade e o cárcere a partir da proposta do estabelecimento de um processo de diálogo simétrico. Em um primeiro momento, o trabalho discute questões teóricas ligadas aos conceitos centrais, dentre eles os conceitos de sociedade, comunidade, re...

  12. A teoria crítica da modernidade de Jürgen Habermas

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    Jorge Adriano Lubenow

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do artigo é elucidar os argumentos centrais da teoria da modernidade de Habermas. Em vez de abandoná-lo, Habermas procura reconstruir o projeto de emancipação moderno através da reconstrução dos fundamentos da racionalidade da ação e da racionalização social moderna a partir: da reconstrução da explicação e superação crítica das interpretações unilaterais e funcionalistas de Max Weber e Talcott Parsons, e da fundamentação de uma teoria da racionalidade comunicativa capaz de se desvencilhar dos pressupostos subjetivistas e individualistas teoria social moderna.

  13. Repensando a escolha racional e a teoria da agência: fazendeiros de gado e capatazes no século XIX

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    Monsma Karl

    2000-01-01

    O artigo explora o valor e os limites da teoria da agência por meio da comparação das relações entre fazendeiros de gado e capatazes no Rio Grande do Sul e em Buenos Aires nas primeiras décadas do século XIX. Considera que a teoria da agência e a abordagem da escolha racional baseiam-se em uma teoria da ação deficiente, pressupondo atores pré-sociais, que usam uma racionalidade universal, embora possam ser úteis para identificar certos dilemas centrais na relação entre principal e agente e pa...

  14. Radioadaptive Cytoprotective Pathways in the Mouse Retina

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    Zanello, Susana B.; Wotring, V.; Theriot, C.; Ploutz-Snyder, R.; Zhang, Y.; Wu, H.

    2010-01-01

    Exposure to cosmic radiation implies a risk of tissue degeneration. Radiation retinopathy is a complication of radiotherapy and exhibits common features with other retinopathies and neuropathies. Exposure to a low radiation dose elicits protective cellular events (radioadaptive response), reducing the stress of a subsequent higher dose. To assess the risk of radiation-induced retinal changes and the extent to which a small priming dose reduces this risk, we used a mouse model exposed to a source of Cs-137-gamma radiation. Gene expression profiling of retinas from non-irradiated control C57BL/6J mice (C) were compared to retinas from mice treated with a low 50 mGy dose (LD), a high 6 Gy dose (HD), and a combined treatment of 50 mGy (priming) and 6 Gy (challenge) doses (LHD). Whole retina RNA was isolated and expression analysis for selected genes performed by RTqPCR. Relevant target genes associated with cell death/survival, oxidative stress, cellular stress response and inflammation pathways, were analyzed. Cellular stress response genes were upregulated at 4 hr after the challenge dose in LHD retinas (Sirt1: 1.5 fold, Hsf1: 1.7 fold, Hspa1a: 2.5 fold; Hif1a: 1.8 fold, Bag1: 1.7). A similar trend was observed in LD animals. Most antioxidant enzymes (Hmox1, Sod2, Prdx1, Cygb, Cat1) and inflammatory mediators (NF B, Ptgs2 and Tgfb1) were upregulated in LHD and LD retinas. Expression of the pro-survival gene Bcl2 was upregulated in LD (6-fold) and LHD (4-fold) retinas. In conclusion, cytoprotective gene networks activation in the retina suggests a radioadaptive response to a priming irradiation dose, with mitigation of the deleterious effects of a subsequent high dose exposure. The enhancement of these cytoprotective mechanisms has potential value as a countermeasure to ocular alterations caused by radiation alone or in combination with other factors in spaceflight environments.

  15. An experimental platform for systemic drug delivery to the retina.

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    Campbell, Matthew

    2009-10-20

    Degenerative retinopathies, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and hereditary retinal disorders--major causes of world blindness--are potentially treatable by using low-molecular weight neuroprotective, antiapoptotic, or antineovascular drugs. These agents are, however, not in current systemic use owing to, among other factors, their inability to passively diffuse across the microvasculature of the retina because of the presence of the inner blood-retina barrier (iBRB). Moreover, preclinical assessment of the efficacies of new formulations in the treatment of such conditions is similarly compromised. We describe here an experimental process for RNAi-mediated, size-selective, transient, and reversible modulation of the iBRB in mice to molecules up to 800 Da by suppression of transcripts encoding claudin-5, a protein component of the tight junctions of the inner retinal vasculature. MRI produced no evidence indicative of brain or retinal edema, and the process resulted in minimal disturbance of global transcriptional patterns analyzed in neuronal tissue. We show that visual function can be improved in IMPDH1(-\\/-) mice, a model of autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa, and that the rate of photoreceptor cell death can be reduced in a model of light-induced retinal degeneration by systemic drug delivery after reversible barrier opening. These findings provide a platform for high-throughput drug screening in models of retinal degeneration, and they ultimately could result in the development of a novel "humanized" approach to therapy for conditions with little or no current forms of treatment.

  16. MODERN THERAPY OF THE RETINA VASCULITIS

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    Milena Vujanovic

    2001-07-01

    Full Text Available The therapy of the retina vasculitis is very complex. The basic therapeuticprinciple is to find a balance between the medicament toxicity and the seriousness ofthe retina disease. In easy forms of the disease, with a good seeing sharpness, it issufficient to observe a patient with no therapy at ali. For serious diseases themedicaments to be chosen are corticosteroids. Tf there is no favorable response to thecorticosteroid therapy, in bilateral serious forms of the retina vasculitis and especiallyin the Behchet disease, a therapy with cytostatics is applied. The most frequently usedare cyclophosphamide and chlorambucil. In the last few years s highly-selectiveimmunosuppressive cyclosporine A in small doses is used combined withcorticosteroids. A new approach to suppressing the auto-aggressive Ag-specific Tcellsand their pro-inflammatory products implies the use of a new generation of immunosuppressive medicaments such as tacrolimus (FK 506 and T-cell specificantimetabolites. More recently the desensibilization by the retina S-antigen has beenused in the therapy of the retina vasculitis.

  17. Forma central da moléstia nervosa de Recklinghausen

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    L. C. Mattosinho França

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    Full Text Available Os autores apresentam uma sistematização das lesões que podem ser encontradas na moléstia de Recklinghausen. Foram observados 4 casos de forma nervosa central da moléstia. Em todos existiam tumores bilaterais nos ângulos pontocerebelares, constituindo uma das manifestações mais importantes da doença, sendo mesmo a única em um dos casos (forma central pura. Nos demais, portadores de formas mistas, além de outras lesões centrais (neurofibromas, meningeomas, ninhos de células atípicas, havia lesões periféricas discretas. Tumores intrarraquidianos originados nas bainhas radiculares foram os causadores da sintomatologia inicial em 3 pacientes. Em dois casos em que o córtex foi examinado histológicamente, foram encontrados ninhos de células gliais atípicas, característicos da forma central da neurofibromatose. Duas lesões relativamente raras foram encontradas no segundo caso: angioma cortical e neurite intersticial hipertrófica do plexo braquial. Em pacientes portadores de neurofibromatose periférica ou raquídea, como também em seus familiares, devem ser sempre procuradas lesões centrais, principalmente tumores do nervo acústico. O exame neuro-radiológico de escolha para confirmar o diagnóstico dêstes tumores é a iodoventriculografia.

  18. Tratamento de resíduos sólidos de centrais de abastecimento e feiras livres em reator anaeróbio de batelada Treatment of solid waste from supply centers and free markets in batch anaerobic reactor

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    Valderi D. Leite

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    Full Text Available Em feiras livres e centrais de abastecimento são produzidas quantidades bastante significativas de resíduos sólidos, com características favoráveis ao aproveitamento integral em processo de bioestabilização anaeróbia. O processo de bioestabilização é realizado em reatores anaeróbios de batelada (RAB, com tempo de detenção de sólidos variando de 250 a 300 dias originando, como produtos finais, o biogás, com cerca de 60% de gás metano, além de composto orgânico parcialmente bioestabilizado. Neste trabalho, foram utilizados resíduos sólidos orgânicos tipicamente vegetais, advindos de centrais de abastecimento, feiras livres e lodo de esgoto sanitário. O sistema experimental utilizado era constituído basicamente por um reator anaeróbio de batelada, com capacidade unitária de 2200 litros, além de outros dispositivos complementares. O sistema experimental foi instalado e monitorado na Estação Experimental de Tratamento Biológico de Esgoto Sanitário, situada no Bairro do Tambor, na cidade de Campina Grande, Estado da Paraíba, no período de janeiro a setembro de 2001. No processo de monitoração foram realizadas caracterizações sistemáticas das frações sólidas, líquidas e gasosas. Após análise dos dados, ficou evidenciada a viabilidade desta alternativa de tratamento, restando ser investigada ainda a viabilidade econômica, quando comparada com outras alternativas tecnológicas de tratamento de resíduos sólidos orgânicos.Significant quantity of organic solid waste with favorable characteristics for integral utilization in anaerobic biostabilization is produced in free markets and supply centers. The process is conducted in anaerobic batch reactors (ABR, with detention time of solids varying from 250 to 300 days, producing biogas with about 60% of methane, besides the partially biostabilized organic compost as the final product. In this study, the organic solid waste used was typically of vegetables

  19. Ultraviolet colour opponency in the turtle retina.

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    Ventura, D F; Zana, Y; de Souza, J M; DeVoe, R D

    2001-07-01

    We have examined the functional architecture of the turtle Pseudemys scripta elegans retina with respect to colour processing, extending spectral stimulation into the ultraviolet, which has not been studied previously in the inner retina. We addressed two questions. (i) Is it possible to deduce the ultraviolet cone spectral sensitivity function through horizontal cell responses? (ii) Is there evidence for tetrachromatic neural mechanisms, i.e. UV/S response opponency? Using a constant response methodology we have isolated the ultraviolet cone input into the S/LM horizontal cell type and described it in fine detail. Monophasic (luminosity), biphasic L/M (red-green) and triphasic S/LM (yellow-blue) horizontal cells responded strongly to ultraviolet light. The blue-adapted spectral sensitivity function of a S/LM cell peaked in the ultraviolet and could be fitted to a porphyropsin cone template with a peak at 372 nm. In the inner retina eight different combinations of spectral opponency were found in the centre of the receptive field of ganglion cells. Among amacrine cells the only types found were UVSM-L+ and its reverse. One amacrine and four ganglion cells were also opponent in the receptive field surround. UV/S opponency, seen in three different types of ganglion cell, provides a neural basis for discrimination of ultraviolet colours. In conclusion, the results strongly suggest that there is an ultraviolet channel and a neural basis for tetrachromacy in the turtle retina.

  20. Vascular tumors of the choroid and retina

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    Shanmugam, P Mahesh; Ramanjulu, Rajesh

    2015-01-01

    Vascular tumors of the retina and choroid can be seen occasionally. In the following article, the key clinical and diagnostic features of the major retinal and choroidal vascular tumors, their systemic associations, and the literature pertaining to the most currently available treatment strategies are reviewed. PMID:25827544

  1. Lactate Transport and Receptor Actions in Retina

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    Kolko, Miriam; Vosborg, Fia; Henriksen, Jens Ulrik Lütken;

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    In retina, like in brain, lactate equilibrates across cell membranes via monocarboxylate transporters and in the extracellular space by diffusion, forming a basis for the action of lactate as a transmitter of metabolic signals. In the present paper, we argue that the lactate receptor GPR81, also ...

  2. Fotocoagulação a laser em pacientes portadores de descolamento de retina regmatogênico periférico

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    Paulo Escarião

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Relatar uma série de casos de descolamento de retina sem envolvimento macular tratados com fotocoagulação a laser. MÉTODOS: Estudo tipo série de casos envolvendo 14 olhos de 12 pacientes com descolamento de retina regmatogênico sem envolvimento macular, retrospectivo, de intervenção. Olhos com procedimentos cirúrgicos prévios foram excluídos. A fotocoagulação a laser foi aplicada com três fileiras confluentes de spot de 300μm, posterior ao descolamento de retina, se extendendo até a ora serrata. A melhor acuidade visual corrigida pré e pós-operatória e a progressão do descolamento de retina foram registrados durante o estudo. RESULTADOS: Treze olhos necessitaram de apenas uma sessão de laser para conter o descolamento de retina. Apenas um olho necessitou de intervenção adicional por causa da evolução do descolamento de retina. Miopia foi encontrada em 7 olhos. Todos os pacientes mantiveram acuidade visual corrigida igual ou melhor que 20/30. CONCLUSÃO:Em casos bem selecionados, a fotocoagulação a laser pode ser considerada para o tratamento de descolamento de retina regmatogênico.

  3. Expression and localization of inwardly rectifying potassium channel Kit2.1 in glia cells of native bovine retina

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    PAN Ai-hua; LUO Xue-gang

    2005-01-01

    Objective The purpose of this study is to identify the molecular basis of the contacting -neuron membrane K+ conductance in glia cells of native bovine retina. Methods RT-PCR, Northern blot and Western blot analyses were used to detect the expression of the inwardly rectifying K+ (Kir) channel subunits Kir2.1 in native bovine RPE and neural retina. The distribution of Kir2.1 protein was determined in frozen sections of bovine retina-RPEchoroid by indirect immunofluorescence analysis. Results RT-PCR analysis reveals Kir2.1 transcript in both RPE and neural retina. In Northern blots, Kir2.1 probe hybridizes to an appropriately sized-transcript in neural retina but not in RPE. In Western blots, Kir2.1 antibody recognizes a major monomer of about 60 kDa in neural retina but not in RPE. Immunofluorescence reveals that Kir2.1 immunostaining is expressed at many parts of Muller cells, especially in the membrane domains of Muller cells that contact retinal neurons, i. e. , along the two stem processes,over the soma, and in the side branches extending into the synaptic layers. No immunostaining is seen in RPE. Doubling staining shows that Kir2.1 proteins and glutamine synthetase proteins which are a marker of Muller cell co-localized well. Conclusions These results reveal that Kir2.1 is localized in the Muller cells, no Kir2.1 in RPE. These data suggests that Kir2.1 may be involved in the transport of K+ in the bovine neural retina.

  4. Dynamic molecular monitoring of retina inflammation by in vivo Raman spectroscopy coupled with multivariate analysis.

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    Marro, Monica; Taubes, Alice; Abernathy, Alice; Balint, Stephan; Moreno, Beatriz; Sanchez-Dalmau, Bernardo; Martínez-Lapiscina, Elena H; Amat-Roldan, Ivan; Petrov, Dmitri; Villoslada, Pablo

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    Retinal tissue is damaged during inflammation in Multiple Sclerosis. We assessed molecular changes in inflamed murine retinal cultures by Raman spectroscopy. Partial Least Squares-Discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) was able to classify retina cultures as inflamed with high accuracy. Using Multivariate Curve Resolution (MCR) analysis, we deconvolved 6 molecular components suffering dynamic changes along inflammatory process. Those include the increase of immune mediators (Lipoxygenase, iNOS and TNFα), changes in molecules involved in energy production (Cytochrome C, phenylalanine and NADH/NAD+) and decrease of Phosphatidylcholine. Raman spectroscopy combined with multivariate analysis allows monitoring the evolution of retina inflammation. Copyright © 2014 WILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Effects of taurine deficiency and chronic methanol administration on rat retina, optic nerve and brain amino acids and monoamines.

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    González-Quevedo, A; Obregón, F; Urbina, M; Roussó, T; Lima, L

    2003-08-01

    A chronic methanol (MeOH) intoxication scheme (2 g/kg/day ip for 2 weeks) was carried out in Sprague-Dawley rats, previously depleted of folates with methotrexate (MTX). beta-Alanine (beta-Ala), 5%, was also administered to some animals in the drinking water. Amino acids were determined in plasma, retina, optic nerve, hippocampus and posterior cortex by HPLC with fluorescence detection and monoamines in retina, hippocampus and posterior cortex by electrochemical detection. Beta-Ala administration reduced taurine (Tau) levels in plasma, hippocampus and posterior cortex, but not in retina and optic nerve. Aspartate (Asp) concentration in the optic nerve was increased in MTX-MeOH treated animals, and the administration of beta-Ala did not modify this elevation. The association of beta-Ala with MTX-MeOH produced an increase of threonine, and a decrease of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) in the retina without modifying 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid, whereas in the hippocampus an elevation of asparagine was observed. We conclude that, in the retina, beta-Ala in combination with MTX-MeOH increased serotonin and decreased dopamine (DA) turnover rate, and resulted in changes in the amino acid balance, that could affect glycinergic activity. On the other hand, in the hippocampus, Asp metabolism could be affected by Tau depletion with beta-Ala.

  6. Silicon retina for optical tracking systems

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    Strohbehn, K.; Jenkins, R. E.; Sun, X.; Andreou, A. G.

    1993-01-01

    There are a host of position sensors, such as quadcells and CCD's, which are candidates for detecting optical position errors and providing error signals for a mirror positioning loop. We are developing a novel, very high bandwidth, biologically inspired position sensor for optical position tracking systems. We present recent test results and design issues for the use of biologically inspired silicon retinas for spaceborne optical position tracking systems.

  7. TRPM3 expression in mouse retina.

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    R Lane Brown

    Full Text Available Transient receptor potential (TRP channels constitute a large family of cation permeable ion channels that serve crucial functions in sensory systems by transducing environmental changes into cellular voltage and calcium signals. Within the retina, two closely related members of the melastatin TRP family, TRPM1 and TRPM3, are highly expressed. TRPM1 has been shown to be required for the depolarizing response to light of ON-bipolar cells, but the role of TRPM3 in the retina is unknown. Immunohistochemical staining of mouse retina with an antibody directed against the C-terminus of TRPM3 labeled the inner plexiform layer (IPL and a subset of cells in the ganglion cell layer. Within the IPL, TRPM3 immunofluorescence was markedly stronger in the OFF sublamina than in the ON sublamina. Electroretinogram recordings showed that the scotopic and photopic a- and b-waves of TRPM3(-/- mice are normal indicating that TRPM3 does not play a major role in visual processing in the outer retina. TRPM3 activity was measured by calcium imaging and patch-clamp recording of immunopurified retinal ganglion cells. Application of the TRPM3 agonist, pregnenolone sulfate (PS, stimulated increases in intracellular calcium in ~40% of cells from wild type and TRPM1(‑/‑ mice, and the PS-stimulated increases in calcium were blocked by co-application of mefenamic acid, a TRPM3 antagonist. No PS-stimulated changes in fluorescence were observed in ganglion cells from TRPM3(-/- mice. Similarly, PS-stimulated currents that could be blocked by mefenamic acid were recorded from wild type retinal ganglion cells but were absent in ganglion cells from TRPM3-/- mice.

  8. Connecting the Retina to the Brain

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    Lynda Erskine

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The visual system is beautifully crafted to transmit information of the external world to visual processing and cognitive centers in the brain. For visual information to be relayed to the brain, a series of axon pathfinding events must take place to ensure that the axons of retinal ganglion cells, the only neuronal cell type in the retina that sends axons out of the retina, find their way out of the eye to connect with targets in the brain. In the past few decades, the power of molecular and genetic tools, including the generation of genetically manipulated mouse lines, have multiplied our knowledge about the molecular mechanisms involved in the sculpting of the visual system. Here, we review major advances in our understanding of the mechanisms controlling the differentiation of RGCs, guidance of their axons from the retina to the primary visual centers, and the refinement processes essential for the establishment of topographic maps and eye-specific axon segregation. Human disorders, such as albinism and achiasmia, that impair RGC axon growth and guidance and, thus, the establishment of a fully functioning visual system will also be discussed.

  9. The mammalian retina as a clock

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    Tosini, Gianluca; Fukuhara, Chiaki

    2002-01-01

    Many physiological, cellular, and biochemical parameters in the retina of vertebrates show daily rhythms that, in many cases, also persist under constant conditions. This demonstrates that they are driven by a circadian pacemaker. The presence of an autonomous circadian clock in the retina of vertebrates was first demonstrated in Xenopus laevis and then, several years later, in mammals. In X. laevis and in chicken, the retinal circadian pacemaker has been localized in the photoreceptor layer, whereas in mammals, such information is not yet available. Recent advances in molecular techniques have led to the identification of a group of genes that are believed to constitute the molecular core of the circadian clock. These genes are expressed in the retina, although with a slightly different 24-h profile from that observed in the central circadian pacemaker. This result suggests that some difference (at the molecular level) may exist between the retinal clock and the clock located in the suprachiasmatic nuclei of hypothalamus. The present review will focus on the current knowledge of the retinal rhythmicity and the mechanisms responsible for its control.

  10. Decalcified choroidal osteoma found in the retina

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    Full Text Available Tadanobu Yoshikawa, Kanji TakahashiDepartment of Ophthalmology, Kansai Medical University, Hirakata Hospital, Osaka, JapanAbstract: Choroidal osteoma is a benign tumor of the choroid. Herein, we report a rare case of decalcified choroidal osteoma found in the retina. A 27-year-old woman presented with visual loss. Her best-corrected visual acuity was 20/50 OS. Ophthalmoscopy of the left eye revealed a yellow-white calcified region accompanied by a decalcified region of four disc diameters in size. After 6 years, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography showed a tumor projected strongly upwards from the choroid and partially through the retina with serous retinal detachment, with both a lamellar appearance and mound-like area. The calcified region became more contractive than was observed on the first visit. Conversely, the decalcified region was wider than was observed on the first visit. Her best-corrected visual acuity was 20/400 OS. Choroidal osteoma was worsened by progression of decalcification. The decalcified choroidal osteoma resulted in poor visual acuity, and projected strongly upward from the choroid and into the retina.Keywords: osteoma, decalcification, choroidal osteoma

  11. Effect of diabetes on glycogen metabolism in rat retina.

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    Sánchez-Chávez, Gustavo; Hernández-Berrones, Jethro; Luna-Ulloa, Luis Bernardo; Coffe, Víctor; Salceda, Rocío

    2008-07-01

    Glucose is the main fuel for energy metabolism in retina. The regulatory mechanisms that maintain glucose homeostasis in retina could include hormonal action. Retinopathy is one of the chemical manifestations of long-standing diabetes mellitus. In order to better understand the effect of hyperglycemia in retina, we studied glycogen content as well as glycogen synthase and phosphorylase activities in both normal and streptozotocin-induced diabetic rat retina and compared them with other tissues. Glycogen levels in normal rat retina are low (46 +/- 4.0 nmol glucosyl residues/mg protein). However, high specific activity of glycogen synthase was found in retina, indicating a substantial capacity for glycogen synthesis. In diabetic rats, glycogen synthase activity increased between 50% and 100% in retina, brain cortex and liver of diabetic rats, but only retina exhibited an increase in glycogen content. Although, total and phosphorylated glycogen synthase levels were similar in normal and diabetic retina, activation of glycogen synthase by glucose-6-P was remarkable increased. Glycogen phosphorylase activity decreased 50% in the liver of diabetic animals; it was not modified in the other tissues examined. We conclude that the increase in glycogen levels in diabetic retina was due to alterations in glycogen synthase regulation.

  12. Fgf19 is required for zebrafish lens and retina development.

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    Nakayama, Yoshiaki; Miyake, Ayumi; Nakagawa, Yu; Mido, Tomotaka; Yoshikawa, Maya; Konishi, Morichika; Itoh, Nobuyuki

    2008-01-15

    Fgf signaling plays crucial roles in morphogenesis. Fgf19 is required for zebrafish forebrain development. Here, we examined the roles of Fgf19 in the formation of the lens and retina in zebrafish. Knockdown of Fgf19 caused a size reduction of the lens and the retina, failure of closure of the choroids fissure, and a progressive expansion of the retinal tissue to the midline of the forebrain. Fgf19 expressed in the nasal retina and lens was involved in cell survival but not cell proliferation during embryonic lens and retina development. Fgf19 was essential for the differentiation of lens fiber cells in the lens but not for the neuronal differentiation and lamination in the retina. Loss of nasal fate in the retina caused by the knockdown of Fgf19, expansion of nasal fate in the retina caused by the overexpression of Fgf19 and eye transplantation indicated that Fgf19 in the retina was crucial for the nasal-temporal patterning of the retina that is critical for the guidance of retinal ganglion cell axons. Knockdown of Fgf19 also caused incorrect axon pathfinding. The present findings indicate that Fgf19 positively regulates the patterning and growth of the retina, and the differentiation and growth of the lens in zebrafish.

  13. Proteomic interactions in the mouse vitreous-retina complex.

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Human vitreoretinal diseases are due to presumed abnormal mechanical interactions between the vitreous and retina, and translational models are limited. This study determined whether nonstructural proteins and potential retinal biomarkers were expressed by the normal mouse vitreous and retina. METHODS: Vitreous and retina samples from mice were collected by evisceration and analyzed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Identified proteins were further analyzed for differential expression and functional interactions using bioinformatic software. RESULTS: We identified 1,680 unique proteins in the retina and 675 unique proteins in the vitreous. Unbiased clustering identified protein pathways that distinguish retina from vitreous including oxidative phosphorylation and neurofilament cytoskeletal remodeling, whereas the vitreous expressed oxidative stress and innate immunology pathways. Some intracellular protein pathways were found in both retina and vitreous, such as glycolysis and gluconeogenesis and neuronal signaling, suggesting proteins might be shuttled between the retina and vitreous. We also identified human disease biomarkers represented in the mouse vitreous and retina, including carbonic anhydrase-2 and 3, crystallins, macrophage inhibitory factor, glutathione peroxidase, peroxiredoxins, S100 precursors, and von Willebrand factor. CONCLUSIONS: Our analysis suggests the vitreous expresses nonstructural proteins that functionally interact with the retina to manage oxidative stress, immune reactions, and intracellular proteins may be exchanged between the retina and vitreous. This novel proteomic dataset can be used for investigating human vitreoretinopathies in mouse models. Validation of vitreoretinal biomarkers for human ocular diseases will provide a critical tool for diagnostics and an avenue for therapeutics.

  14. Modelling of the tritium dispersion from postulated accidental release of nuclear power plants; Modelagem da dispersao de tritio a partir de liberacoes acidentais postuladas de centrais nucleares

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    Soares, Abner Duarte; Simoes Filho, Francisco Fernando Lamego; Cunha, Tatiana Santos da [Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Aguiar, Andre Silva de; Lapa, Celso Marcelo Franklin, E-mail: asoares@cnen.gov.b, E-mail: flamego@ien.gov.b, E-mail: lapa@ien.gov.b [Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

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    This study has the aim to assess the impact of accidental release of tritium postulate from a nuclear power reactor through environmental modeling of aquatic resources. In order to do that it was used computational models to simulation of tritium dispersion caused by an accident in a Candu reactor located in the ongoing Angra 3 site. The Candu reactor is one that uses heavy water (D{sub 2}O) as moderator and coolant of the core. It was postulated, then, the LOCA accident (without fusion), where was lost 66 m3 of soda almost instantaneously. This inventory contained 35 P Bq and was released a load of 9.7 TBq/s in liquid form near the Itaorna beach, Angra dos Reis - RJ. The models mentioned above were applied in two scenarios (plant stopped or operating) and showed a tritium plume with specific activities larger than the reference level for seawater (1.1 MBq/m{sup 3}) during the first 14 days after the accident. (author)

  15. Modelling of tritium dispersion from postulated accidental release of nuclear power plants; Modelagem da dispersao de tritio a partir de liberacoes acidentais postuladas de centrais nucleares

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    Soares, Abner Duarte

    2010-07-01

    This study has the aim to assess the impact of accidental release of tritium postulate from a nuclear power reactor through environmental modeling of aquatic resources. In order to do that it was used computational models of hydrodynamics and transport for the simulation of tritium dispersion caused by an accident in a CANDU reactor located in the ongoing Angra 3 site. This exercise was accomplished with the aid of a code system (SisBAHIA) developed in the Rio de Janeiro Federal University (COPPE/UFRJ). The CANDU reactor is one that uses heavy water (D{sub 2}O) as moderator and coolant of the core. It was postulated, then, the LOCA (Loss of Coolant Accident) accident in the emergency cooling system of the nucleus (without fusion), where was lost 66 m{sup 3} of soda almost instantaneously. This inventory contained 35 PBq and was released a load of 9.7 TBq/s in liquid form near the Itaorna beach, Angra dos Reis - RJ. The models mentioned above were applied in two scenarios (plant stopped and operating) and showed a tritium plume with specific activities larger than the reference level for seawater (1.1 MBq/m{sup 3} ) during the first 14 days after the accident. The main difference between the scenario without and with seawater recirculation (pumping and discharge) is based on the enhancement of dilution of the highest concentrations in the last one. This dilution enhancement resulting in decreasing concentrations was observed only during the first two weeks, when they ranged from 1x10{sup 9} to 5x10{sup 5} Bq/m{sup 3} close to the Itaorna beach spreading just to Sandri Island. After 180 days, the plume could not be detected anymore in the bay, because their activities would be lower than the minimum detectable value (< 11 kBq/m{sup 3}). (author)

  16. Planning small hydroelectric power plants, considering private sector prospects; O planejamento de pequenas centrais hidreletricas face as perspectivas da iniciativa privada

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    Martinez, Carlos B. [Minas Gerais Univ., Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Dept. de Engenheria Hidraulica e Recursos Hidricos; Bajay, Sergio V. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, SP (Brazil)

    1996-12-31

    The participation of the private sector in the generation of electric power in Brazil and the experiences of private groups in the construction and operation of small hydroelectric power plants are analysed. 10 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs

  17. Public perception on the benefits and risks of nuclear power plants. A simplified study; Um estudo simplificado da percepcao publica dos beneficios e riscos de centrais termonucleares

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    Ribeiro Junior, Joaquim Apparecido

    2007-07-01

    Public acceptance of the nuclear based electricity generation depends on many variables that can be affected by circumstances and interests, which although seemingly not close to the issue, can strongly influence the final outcome. Explicit or consented positions assumed by opinion makers and some segments of society are subject to episodic waves of interaction through the media and they permeate to the public in a process that is very complex to be fully understood. The modeling of such process is a very complicated undertaking, and gives no assurance of practical results concerning to what, how and who, should be given prominence in the interactions with the media and the general public. In this context, the risk communication has assumed a leading role and, as a consequence, most of the interaction with the public has been done with both defensive language and content. This study has tried a simple and practical approach to the problem, in such a way as to gather some interesting subsidies to treat this issue in a different way. The basic assumption is that in a similar way as individuals base their decision to acquire a new good or service on a 'intuitive' cost-benefit judgment, society (as a collection of individuals) also manifest their acceptance (or not) with respect to industrial installations and undertakings by comparing risks and benefits according to their perception. An exploratory survey was carried out in a few high schools, colleges and MBA courses in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. A first part was aimed to catch and understand the public perception of: the intrinsic value of the electric energy, the need to universalize the access to electricity, nuclear plants, the acceptance deficit of nuclear power as compared to other sources of energy, the benefits a nuclear plant can bring and who does and who does not deserves credibility to speak about nuclear plants. The second part was addressed to grasp a picture of more relevant distortions concerned to the public perception of a nuclear power plant risks. The analysis of the survey results and the utilization of a model inspired by the marketing way of value communication suggest a different approach to the communication with the public concerning to nuclear power plants. In this proposal, named Value Strategy, a matrix of risks vs. benefits is segmented in nine regions, where the central region corresponds to the current situation and the others show the possible (hypothetical) future situations after the installation of a nuclear power plant. There are three favorable regions, inductive of acceptance and three unfavorable ones, or routed to rejection. Based on the understanding of the targeted public, as partially revealed by the survey, different nuances can be emphasized in the communication to maximize its effect, without any detour to ethical behavior. Results also disclose various complementary subsidies to help the communication strategy, mainly regarded to the communication agents and to the more effective argument areas according to factors such as: sex, age ranges and educational level. (author)

  18. Renewable energy: diagnostic of the small hydroelectric power plants; Energia renovavel: diagnostico da geracao de eletricidade em pequenas centrais hidreletricas no Estado de Minas Gerais

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    Moura, Gustavo Nikolaus Pinto de [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao de Engenharia. Programa de Planejamento Energetico], e-mail: gustavonikolaus@ppe.ufrj.br; Santi, Auxilidadora Maria Moura [Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP), MG (Brazil). Area de Planejamento Energetico], e-mail: auxiliadora@em.ufop.br

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    This paper presents a diagnostic of the power generation in small-scale electric power generation at the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, considering the legislation, the environmental aspects, the hydro resources and the agents of the electric sector to which the electricity is destined. The diagnostic turn available important information on the process of implantation of infra-structure which are under development at the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, where the participation of the SHP amounts 402375 k W generated in 78 SHP under operation. There are nine SHP under construction and 48 under granting process.

  19. Expression and functions of ASIC1 in the zebrafish retina.

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    Liu, Sha; Wang, Mei-Xia; Mao, Cheng-Jie; Cheng, Xiao-Yu; Wang, Chen-Tao; Huang, Jian; Zhong, Zhao-Min; Hu, Wei-Dong; Wang, Fen; Hu, Li-Fang; Wang, Han; Liu, Chun-Feng

    2014-12-12

    It has been demonstrated that acid sensing ionic channels (ASICs) are present in the central and peripheral nervous system of mammals, including the retina. However, it remains unclear whether the zebrafish retina also expresses ASICs. In the present study, the expression and distribution of zasic1 were examined in the retina of zebrafish. Both zasic1 mRNA and protein expressions were detected in the adult zebrafish retina. A wide distribution of ASIC1 in zebrafish retina was confirmed using whole mount in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry study. Acidosis-induced currents in the isolated retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) were also recorded using whole cell patch clamping. Moreover, blockade of ASICs channel significantly reduced the locomotion of larval zebrafish in response to light exposure. In sum, our data demonstrate the presence of ASIC1 and its possible functional relevance in the retina of zebrafish.

  20. THE GENE EXPRESSION OF BDNF IN NORMAL RABBIT RETINA

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    王建明; 胡海涛; 马东亮; 孙乃学; 赵世平; 冯海晓

    2004-01-01

    Objective To investigate the distribution of brain-derived neurotrophic factor(BDNF) protein in the rabbit retina. Methods Immune response material in the retina was observed using BDNF antibody by the method of immunohistochemistry. Results BDNF gene expression was mainly found in the RGCs, also in innernuclei cells and outernuclei cells in rabbit retina. Conclusion RGC is not only the target cell of BDNF, but also express the BDNF protein. BDNF from multi-sources participates in the regulation of RGCs.

  1. Aplicabilidade da CIPE® fundamentada na teoria da modelagem e modelagem de papel

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    Manuela de Mendonça Figueirêdo Coelho

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se analisar a proposta de plano educativo organizado por meio do processo de enfermagem, utilizando a Classificação Internacional para a Prática de Enfermagem (CIPE®, fundamentada pela Teoria da Modelagem e Modelagem de Papel, a um grupo de mulheres em Maracanaú-CE, Brasil. Trata-se de um estudo de caso realizado em grupo educativo de mulheres. A abordagem qualitativa conduziu a produção dos dados guiados pelo Método Criativo e Sensível. Dois diagnósticos centrais emergiram das necessidades apresentadas pelo grupo: saúde comprometida e conhecimento adequado, assim como formulação de resultados e intervenções de enfermagem. O estudo aponta a possibilidade de aplicação do processo de enfermagem apoiado pela CIPE® e ações educativas baseadas na Teoria da Modelagem e Modelagem de Papel.

  2. Espessura corneana central e densidade das células endoteliais corneanas centrais após trabeculectomia com e sem mitomicina C Central corneal thickness and central corneal endothelial cells density after trabeculectomy with and without mitomycin C

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    Rafael Vidal Mérula

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar a espessura corneana central (ECC, a densidade (DCEC e a área média (ACM das células endoteliais corneanas centrais após trabeculectomia (TREC com e sem mitomicina C (MMC. MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo. Foram avaliados 29 olhos divididos em dois grupos: TREC com e sem MMC. Realizaram-se os seguintes exames pré-operatoriamente e três e seis meses após a TREC: paquimetria ultra-sônica e microscopia especular de não-contato. RESULTADOS: As variações da ECC, DCEC e ACM dos olhos submetidos a TREC com MMC foram, respectivamente: - 11,9±25,7 µm, -169,5±145,3 células/mm² e 42,5±33,4 µm² (três meses; - 7,5±28,1 µm, - 220,6±200,2 células/mm² e 31,5±65,3 µm² (seis meses. As variações da ECC, DCEC e ACM dos olhos submetidos a TREC sem MMC foram, respectivamente: - 13,9±16,7 µm, 200,8±155,4 células/mm² e 34,6±52,4 µm² (três meses; - 10,2±15,6 µm, - 277,6±195,7 células/mm² e 34,3±41,0 µm² (seis meses. CONCLUSÃO: TREC realizada com MMC, quando comparada a TREC sem MMC, não acarretou maior redução da DCEC central.Também não houve variação na ECC e na ACM nos dois grupos, após seis meses de seguimento.PURPOSE: To assess comparatively the central corneal thickness (CCT, the central corneal endothelial cells density (CECD and mean area (CECAA, of patients who underwent trabeculectomy (Trab with or without mytomicyn C (MMC. METHODS: Prospective study. Twenty-nine eyes were divided in two groups: Trab with or without MMC. Ultrasonic pachymetry and non-contact specular microscopy were performed pre-operatively and three and six months after Trab. The mean value of the CECD and the low value of the CCT were used. RESULTS: In the group of Trab with MMC, the variations of the CCT, CECD and CECAA values were, respectively: - 11.9±25.7 µm, - 169.5±145.3 cells/mm² and 42.5±33.4 µm² (three months; - 7.5±28.1 µm, - 220.6±200.2 cells/mm² and 31.5±65.3 µm² (six months. In the group of Trab

  3. Artificial Retina Project: Electromagnetic and Thermal Effects

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    Lazzi, Gianluca

    2014-08-29

    This award supported the investigation on electromagnetic and thermal effects associated with the artificial retina, designed in collaboration with national laboratories, universities, and private companies. Our work over the two years of support under this award has focused mainly on 1) Design of new telemetry coils for optimal power and data transfer between the implant and the external device while achieving a significant size reduction with respect to currently used coils; 2) feasibility study of the virtual electrode configuration 3) study the effect of pulse shape and duration on the stimulation efficacy.

  4. Ocular pharmacology in the treatment of vitreous, retina and choroid diseases

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    Paulo Augusto de Arruda Mello Filho; Maurício Maia; Eduardo Buchelle Rodrigues; Michel Eid Farah

    2010-01-01

    As doenças que acometem o vítreo, retina e coróide são frequentes causas de cegueira irreversível em nosso meio. O aprofundamento do conhecimento científico permitiu o desenvolvimento de novos medicamentos com ação específica na patogênese dessas doenças, com resultados clínicos superiores aos obtidos no passado. O desenvolvimento da farmacologia ocular exige do médico oftalmologista conhecimentos específicos de biologia molecular, bioquímica e epidemiologia. Entretanto, o tratamento farmacol...

  5. 人机工效学在化工联合中央控制室设计中的应用%AppIication of Ergonomics on Design for ChemicaI CentraI ControI Room

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    林黎; 金晖; 庄榕榕

    2015-01-01

    联合中央控制室是化工联合装置控制系统的枢纽,中央控制室设计在整个项目设计中起着重要作用。从人机工效学设计原则出发,对联合中央控制室中人员的主要活动进行分析,提出相关的功能设计需求,针对相关需求提供了设计思路及解决方法,并通过具体设计案例进行说明,最后对人机工效学在中央控制室的综合设计进行了展望。%The united centraI controI room is a hinge in combination device controI system for chemicaI industry.The design of centraI controI room pIays an important roIe in the whoIe project.The feature or specification for ergonomics are specfied,af-ter the anaIysis of main activities of staff in the United centraI controI room.Some ideas and soIutions for the design are provided,and iI ustrated by specific design cases.At Iast,ergonomics in the design of centraI controI room in the future is prospected in this paper.

  6. Sobre a sistematizabilidade da filosofia da história de Kant

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    Hamm, Christian

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available São muitas e, até hoje, muito controvertidas as opiniões referentes à função e ao lugar sistemático da filosofia da história de Kant no todo do seu projeto crítico-transcendental; nem há consenso quanto à importância ou relevância filosófica dos diversos escritos em que Kant aborda e defende os seus teoremas histórico-políticos. - No presente trabalho, pretende-se interpretar a "doutrina" histórico-filosófica kantiana - não obstante o seu caráter fragmentário e até aparentemente nem sempre coerente - na perspectiva da sua possível homogeneidade e compatibilidade com os elementos centrais da própria teoria-base transcendental. Isso significa, antes de mais nada, ler os respectivos teoremas não como resultados de um raciocínio dogmático baseado num saber do processo histórico, mas como um conjunto de teses e postulados baseados no mero suposto subjetivo-racional de um progresso, ou seja, na idéia não só da possibilidade mas da necessidade (subjetiva da razão de implantar princípios racionais na história

  7. The microglia in healthy and diseased retina.

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    Li, Lu; Eter, Nicole; Heiduschka, Peter

    2015-07-01

    The microglia are the immune cells of the central nervous system and, also the retina. They fulfil several tasks of surveillance in the healthy retina. In case of an injury or disease, microglia become activated and tries to repair the damage. However, in a lot of cases it does not work, and microglia deteriorate the situation by releasing toxic and pro-inflammatory compounds. Moreover, they further promote degenerative processes by attacking and phagocytosing damaged neurones and photoreceptors that otherwise would possibly have the chance to survive. Such deleterious action of the microglia has been observed in degeneration of retinal ganglion cells and photoreceptors, and it takes place in hereditary diseases, infections as well as in case of traumatic or light injuries. Therefore, a number of attempts has been undertaken so far to inhibit the microglia, with varying success. The task remains to study behaviour of the microglia and their interaction with other retinal cell populations in more detail with respect to released factors and expressed receptors including the time points of the corresponding events. The goal has to be to find a better balance between helpful and detrimental actions of the microglia.

  8. Retina projection using curved lens arrays

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    Yen, Hao-Ren; Su, Guo-Dung J.

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we propose a multi-channel imaging system which combines the principles of an insect's compound eye and optical cluster eye. The system consists of two curved structure lens arrays with different pitches. Both of them have the same curvature and the radiuses of the lenses in the arrays are optimized to focus rays on the retina. The optical axes of different channels are tilted to each other in order to reduce the optical system volume and transmit a wide field of view. Each channel of an array of multiple optical system transfers only a part of the field of view. Each partial image passes through each channel and stitches together on the retina to reconstruct a complete image. In order to simulate the image stitching, we also build an eye model. The thickness from the panel to the last surface of lens group is less than 25mm. The panel size is designed to be 4 inch which is the scale of eyeglass. The system can provide a large field of view about 150 degrees which is much wider than the commercial products. By using the 3D printer, we can make a model of lens array to achieve our design.

  9. Ephaptic communication in the vertebrate retina

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    Rozan eVroman

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available In the vertebrate retina, cones project to the horizontal cells (HCs and bipolar cells (BCs. The communication between cones and horizontal cells uses both chemical and ephaptic mechanisms. Photoreceptors release glutamate in a Ca2+-dependent manner, while HCs feed back to cones via an ephaptic mechanism. Hyperpolarization of HCs leads to an increased current through connexin hemichannels located on the tips of HC dendrites invaginating the cone synaptic terminals. This current makes the extracellular synaptic space slightly negative. The result is that the Ca2+-channels in the cone pre-synaptic membrane experience a slightly depolarized membrane potential and therefore more glutamate is released. This ephaptic mechanism forms a very fast and noise free negative feedback pathway. These characteristics are crucial, since the retina has to perform well in demanding conditions such as low light levels and detecting fast events. In this mini-review we will discuss the critical components of such an ephaptic mechanism. Furthermore, we will address the question whether such communication appears in other systems as well and indicate some fundamental features to look for when attempting to identify an ephaptic mechanism.

  10. Association of tuberculosis with vasculitis retinae.

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    Habibullah, M; Uddin, M S; Islam, S

    2008-07-01

    Retinal vasculitis is one of the common causes of blindness among the young adult in this subcontinent. Causes of retinal vasculitis are variable and it is one of the common ocular manifestations of tuberculosis. This case control study was carried out on 45 patients with retinal vasculitis of different age groups. All the patients were purposively selected from the department of ophthalmology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University and National Institute of Ophthalmology Dhaka. This study reveals that vasculitis retinae is a disease of younger age group (68.9%). Mean+/-SD age of cases were 31.84+/-10.82 years. It occurs more in male (75.6%) and male female ratio is 3.09:1, single or both eye may involve. Retinal vasculitis occurs more in middle socio-economic status persons (62.2%). It present with floaters (58.9%), hazy media (60%), vitreous haemorrhage (57.8%) and retinal haemorrhage (42.2%). All 45 subjects both cases and control groups were tested with Mantoux test. 18(40%) subjects of cases and 13(28.9%) subjects of control group were found positive Mantoux test. It was observed that the association of tuberculosis with vasculitis retinae is not statistically significant. As tuberculosis is common in this country, further specific and extensive study over a longer period of time is necessary for understanding the role of tuberculosis in retinal vasculitis patients.

  11. Literatura Wushia, Budismo, marcialidade e ascese: da arte da guerra à historiografia sobre o mosteiro de Shaolin

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    José Otávio Aguiar

    Full Text Available O ensaio reúne as contribuições da historiografia recente para a compreensão das relações entre Budismo, marcialidade e ascese na tradição marcial do Mosteiro de Shaolin, tradicional centro de cultivo de artes marciais e um dos berços da espiritualidade Chan, localizado no Norte da China. Para responder às interrogações centrais sobre a relação entre marcialidade, espiritualidade budista Chan e cultura chinesa, recorreu-se à literatura épica, a chamada Wushia, à filmografia que abordou o tema e a entrevistas com mestres chineses migrantes e praticantes de Kung-Fu no Brasil.

  12. Desenho e fisioterapia: a contribuição do exercício do desenho para o aprendizado da cinesiologia

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    Esta pesquisa é o resultado da análise transdisciplinar entre as Ciências do Desenho e da Fisioterapia, utilizando como parâmetro de intercessão a produção gráfica para o alcance de experiências de aprendizagem de conteúdos da disciplina de Cinesiologia aplicada ao curso de Fisioterapia, considerando quatro temas centrais (miologia, osteologia, estrutura articular e movimento). A metodologia do estudo baseou-se no Método Pesquisa-Ação, por fundamentar cientificamente o mestrando para atuar na...

  13. ESTADO DA ARTE DA REVISTA DE ADMINISTRAÇÃO MACKENZIE: ANÁLISE DA PRODUÇÃO CIENTÍFICA DE 2008 A 2012

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    Henrique César Melo Ribeiro

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste artigo foi analisar o estado da arte da produção científica da Revista de Administração Mackenzie de 2008 a 2012. Para tanto, este estudo baseou-se em técnicas bibliométricas e de rede social, por meio, da estatística descritiva em 230 artigos identificados. Os principais resultados deste estudo foram: predominância de artigos com autoria em parceria; Carrieri, Maciel, Sobral e Basso, foram os autores mais profícuos; Gouveia, Carrieri, Basso e Calegário foram os pesquisadores mais centrais; a USP e a UPM, foram as IESs mais produtivas, e estão entre as mais centrais deste estudo. Além destas IESs, destacam-se também a UFLA, UFMG, UNB e FGV (SP. No que tange a two-mode da rede de coautoria com a rede das IES, confirmou-se o destaque das IESs: USP e UPM. No que tange as seções temáticas, destaca-se a seção Gestão Humana e Social nas Organizações com 40% do montante dos 230 papers identificados, em seguida vem Recursos e Desenvolvimento Empresarial com aproximadamente 27% das publicações. Já, quando se foca os temas, observou-se que as temáticas: Cultura, Marketing, Estratégias e Aprendizagem foram as mais publicadas, equivalendo a 38,70% de todos os manuscritos analisados.

  14. Expression and cellular localization of the voltage-gated calcium channel α2δ3 in the rodent retina.

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    Pérez de Sevilla Müller, Luis; Sargoy, Allison; Fernández-Sánchez, Laura; Rodriguez, Allen; Liu, Janelle; Cuenca, Nicolás; Brecha, Nicholas

    2015-07-01

    High-voltage-activated calcium channels are hetero-oligomeric protein complexes that mediate multiple cellular processes, including the influx of extracellular Ca(2+), neurotransmitter release, gene transcription, and synaptic plasticity. These channels consist of a primary α(1) pore-forming subunit, which is associated with an extracellular α(2)δ subunit and an intracellular β auxiliary subunit, which alter the gating properties and trafficking of the calcium channel. The cellular localization of the α(2)δ(3) subunit in the mouse and rat retina is unknown. In this study using RT-PCR, a single band at ∼ 305 bp corresponding to the predicted size of the α(2)δ(3) subunit fragment was found in mouse and rat retina and brain homogenates. Western blotting of rodent retina and brain homogenates showed a single 123-kDa band. Immunohistochemistry with an affinity-purified antibody to the α(2)δ(3) subunit revealed immunoreactive cell bodies in the ganglion cell layer and inner nuclear layer and immunoreactive processes in the inner plexiform layer and the outer plexiform layer. α(2)δ(3) immunoreactivity was localized to multiple cell types, including ganglion, amacrine, and bipolar cells and photoreceptors, but not horizontal cells. The expression of the α(2)δ(3) calcium channel subunit to multiple cell types suggests that this subunit participates widely in Ca-channel-mediated signaling in the retina.

  15. Homens e a prevenção da aids: análise da produção do conhecimento da área da saúde

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    Lúcia Emilia Figueiredo de Sousa Rebello

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available O envolvimento de homens na prevenção da aids tem sido um dos grandes desafios mundiais. Na busca de subsídios para o enfrentamento desse desafio, este estudo analisa a produção do conhecimento da saúde sobre prevenção da aids, voltada para homens. O método ancora-se numa revisão crítica de artigos científicos, publicados no período de 1997 a 2009, acessados na Biblioteca Virtual em Saúde. O corpo analítico, constituído de 25 artigos, foi trabalhado numa perspectiva qualitativa, priorizando-se a interpretação dos sentidos das ideias centrais presentes no conjunto da literatura analisado. Como resultados da análise destacam-se três temas: representações da aids; potencialidades e limites da informação na prevenção primária, e o preservativo como personagem central da prevenção. Conclui-se que a produção científica acerca do assunto impõe um grande desafio da prevenção que é o de transformar aspectos culturais e sociais que potencializam a vulnerabilidade à transmissão do HIV.

  16. Homens e a prevenção da aids: análise da produção do conhecimento da área da saúde

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    Lúcia Emilia Figueiredo de Sousa Rebello

    Full Text Available O envolvimento de homens na prevenção da aids tem sido um dos grandes desafios mundiais. Na busca de subsídios para o enfrentamento desse desafio, este estudo analisa a produção do conhecimento da saúde sobre prevenção da aids, voltada para homens. O método ancora-se numa revisão crítica de artigos científicos, publicados no período de 1997 a 2009, acessados na Biblioteca Virtual em Saúde. O corpo analítico, constituído de 25 artigos, foi trabalhado numa perspectiva qualitativa, priorizando-se a interpretação dos sentidos das ideias centrais presentes no conjunto da literatura analisado. Como resultados da análise destacam-se três temas: representações da aids; potencialidades e limites da informação na prevenção primária, e o preservativo como personagem central da prevenção. Conclui-se que a produção científica acerca do assunto impõe um grande desafio da prevenção que é o de transformar aspectos culturais e sociais que potencializam a vulnerabilidade à transmissão do HIV.

  17. DA URBANIZAÇÃO DO TERRITÓRIO AO URBANISMO DA REQUALIFICAÇÃO DOS ESPAÇOS CENTRAIS: A REPRODUÇÃO DO ESPAÇO URBANO COMO FRONTEIRA INTERNA DA EXPANSÃO CAPITALISTA

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    César Ricardo Simoni Santos

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    Full Text Available Although Brazilian cities did not undergo the process of gentrification, from 1950 to 1980, they felt the international expansion of capitalism.The inclusion of Brazilian territory in the scope of profitable business happened in accordance to its economic condition as an emerging country whose territory, from the point of view of capitalist circulation, was yet to be explored. While in the core of capitalist economy urban space, already consolidated all over the territory, attended to the demands of valorization mostly through re-qualifying of downtown areas, in Brazil new suburban areas were inserted in the circulation of capital as they expanded. It is only after the 1990’s, following the bankrupcy of the so-called ‘developmentalist’ state, that the capacity for urban expansion decreased. It was, therefore, from that decade on that the big Brazilian cities witnessed the valorization of downtown areas as a strategy for the reproduction of capital.

  18. Designing and Implementation of Retina Image Drawing System and Automatic Report Generation from Retina Examinations

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    Safdari, Reza; Mokhtaran, Mehrshad; Tahmasebian, Shahram

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Electronic medical records as one of major parts of electronic health records is an important application of Medical Informatics. EMR includes different types of data, Graphical items being one of these data types. To this end, a standard structure for storing and recovering and finally exchanging this data type is required. In order to standardize information items in this research, UMLS standard is used. In this research, graphical information from fondues designing in retina surgery forms is used for the task of implementation. Implementation: Three-layer software architecture is used for implementation of this system, which includes user interface, data base access and business logic. XML database is used for storing and exchanging of data. User interface is designed by the means of Adobe Flash. Also in the user interface for eye examinations, appropriate icons compatible with current pathologies in retina examinations are considered and UMLS codes are used for standardizations purposes. Results: As this project is independently implemented in Adobe Flash, it can be run in most of electronic patient records software. For evaluation purposes of this research, an EMR system for eye clinics is used. Tree structure is used for data entry and finally a text report based on the entered data will be generated. By storing graphical items in this software editing and searching in medical concepts and also comparing features will be available. Conclusion: One of the data items that we encounter in various medical records is graphical data. In order to cover the patient’s complete electronic medical records, the Electronic Implementation of this information is important. For this purpose, graphical items in retina surgery forms were used and finally a software application for drawing retina picture was developed. Also, XML files were used for the purpose of storing valuable medical data from the pictures, and also UMLS were applied for the standardization

  19. Adaptive optics imaging of the retina.

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    Battu, Rajani; Dabir, Supriya; Khanna, Anjani; Kumar, Anupama Kiran; Roy, Abhijit Sinha

    2014-01-01

    Adaptive optics is a relatively new tool that is available to ophthalmologists for study of cellular level details. In addition to the axial resolution provided by the spectral-domain optical coherence tomography, adaptive optics provides an excellent lateral resolution, enabling visualization of the photoreceptors, blood vessels and details of the optic nerve head. We attempt a mini review of the current role of adaptive optics in retinal imaging. PubMed search was performed with key words Adaptive optics OR Retina OR Retinal imaging. Conference abstracts were searched from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meetings. In total, 261 relevant publications and 389 conference abstracts were identified.

  20. Adaptive optics imaging of the retina

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    Rajani Battu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Adaptive optics is a relatively new tool that is available to ophthalmologists for study of cellular level details. In addition to the axial resolution provided by the spectral-domain optical coherence tomography, adaptive optics provides an excellent lateral resolution, enabling visualization of the photoreceptors, blood vessels and details of the optic nerve head. We attempt a mini review of the current role of adaptive optics in retinal imaging. PubMed search was performed with key words Adaptive optics OR Retina OR Retinal imaging. Conference abstracts were searched from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO meetings. In total, 261 relevant publications and 389 conference abstracts were identified.

  1. Detection of neuroinflammation through the retina by means of Raman spectroscopy and multivariate analysis

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    Marro, Monica; Taubes, Alice; Villoslada, Pablo; Petrov, Dmitri

    2012-06-01

    Retinal nervous tissue sustains a substantial damage during the autoimmune inflammatory processes characteristic for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The damage can be characterized non-surgically by Raman Spectroscopy, a non-invasive optical imaging technology. We used non-resonant near-infrared Raman spectrosocopy to create a spectral library of eight pivotal biomolecules known to be involved in neuroinflammation: Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucliotide (NADH), Flavin Adenine Nucleotide (FAD), Lactate, Cytochrome C, Glutamate, N-Acetyl- Aspartate (NAA), Phosphotidylcholine, with Advanced Glycolization End Products (AGEs) analyzed as a reference. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) of 50 spectra taken of murine retinal tissue culture undergoing an inflammatory response and healthy controls was used in order to characterize the molecular makeup of the inflammation. The loading plots revealed a heavy influence of peaks related to Glutamate, NADH, and Phosphotidylcholine to inflammation-related spectral changes. Partial Least Squares - Discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) was performed to create a multivariate classifier for the spectral diagnosis of neuroinflammed tissue and yielded a diagnostic sensitivity of 100% and specificity of 100%. We demonstrate then the effectiveness of combining Raman spectroscopy with PCA and PLS-DA statistical techniques to detect and monitor neuroinflamation in retina. With this technique Glutamate, NAA and NADH are detected in retina tissue as signs for neuroinflammation.

  2. Contribuições da Teoria da Desintegração Positiva para a Área de Superdotação

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    Juliana Célia de Oliveira

    Full Text Available RESUMO A Teoria da Desintegração Positiva (TDP, proposta por Dabrowski, constitui importante ferramenta para a compreensão do desenvolvimento emocional de superdotados. Trata-se de uma teoria do desenvolvimento da personalidade que enfatiza o papel desempenhado pelas emoções no potencial de desenvolvimento humano. O objetivo deste artigo é apresentar conceitos centrais da TDP e suas contribuições para a área da superdotação. É enfatizado o conceito de sobre-excitabilidade, que, além de ser considerado um indicador de superdotação, representa um construto chave para o desenvolvimento de medidas e para promoção de intervenções que tenham como foco as características de personalidade e emocionais dos superdotados.

  3. Method to Remove Photoreceptors from Wholemount Retina in vitro.

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    Walston, Steven T; Chang, Yao-Chuan; Weiland, James D; Chow, Robert H

    2017-08-30

    Patch clamp recordings of neurons in the inner nuclear layer of the retina are difficult to conduct in a wholemount retina preparation because surrounding neurons block the path of the patch pipette. Vertical slice preparations or dissociated retina cell cultures provide access to bipolar cells at the cost of severing lateral connection between neurons. We have developed a technique to remove photoreceptors from the rodent retina that exposes inner nuclear layer neurons, allowing access for patch clamp recording. Repeated application and removal of filter paper to the photoreceptor side of an isolated retina effectively and efficiently removes photoreceptor cells and, in degenerate retina, hypertrophied Müller cell endfeet. Live-dead assays applied to neurons remaining after photoreceptor removal demonstrated mostly viable cells. Patch clamp recordings from bipolar cells reveal responses similar to those recorded in traditional slice and dissociated cell preparations. An advantage of the photoreceptor peel technique is that it exposes inner retinal neurons in a wholemount retina preparation for investigation of signal processing. A disadvantage is that photoreceptor removal alters input to remaining retinal neurons. The technique may be useful for investigations of extracellular electrical stimulation, photoreceptor DNA analysis, and non-pharmacological removal of light input. Copyright © 2017, Journal of Neurophysiology.

  4. Fluorescence spectroscopy of the retina from scrapie-infected mice.

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    Bose, Sayantan; Schönenbrücher, Holger; Richt, Jürgen A; Casey, Thomas A; Rasmussen, Mark A; Kehrli, Marcus E; Petrich, Jacob W

    2013-01-01

    Recently, we have proposed that the fluorescence spectra of sheep retina can be well correlated with the presence or absence of scrapie. Scrapie is the most widespread TSE (transmissible spongiform encephalopathy) affecting sheep and goats worldwide. Mice eyes have been previously reported as a model system to study age-related accumulation of lipofuscin, which has been investigated by monitoring the increasing fluorescence with age covering its entire life span. The current work aims at developing mice retina as a convenient model system to diagnose scrapie and other fatal TSE diseases in animals such as sheep and cows. The objective of the research reported here was to determine whether the spectral features are conserved between two different species namely mice and sheep, and whether an appropriate small animal model system could be identified for diagnosis of scrapie based on the fluorescence intensity in retina. The results were consistent with the previous reports on fluorescence studies of healthy and scrapie-infected retina of sheep. The fluorescence from the retinas of scrapie-infected sheep was significantly more intense and showed more heterogeneity than that from the retinas of uninfected mice. Although the structural characteristics of fluorescence spectra of scrapie-infected sheep and mice eyes are slightly different, more importantly, murine retinas reflect the enhancement of fluorescence intensity upon infecting the mice with scrapie, which is consistent with the observations in sheep eyes.

  5. Development of diabetes-induced acidosis in the rat retina.

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    Dmitriev, Andrey V; Henderson, Desmond; Linsenmeier, Robert A

    2016-08-01

    We hypothesized that the retina of diabetic animals would be unusually acidic due to increased glycolytic metabolism. Acidosis in tumors and isolated retina has been shown to lead to increased VEGF. To test the hypothesis we have measured the transretinal distribution of extracellular H(+) concentration (H(+)-profiles) in retinae of control and diabetic dark-adapted intact Long-Evans rats with ion-selective electrodes. Diabetes was induced by intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin. Intact rat retinae are normally more acidic than blood with a peak of [H(+)]o in the outer nuclear layer (ONL) that averages 30 nM higher than H(+) in the choroid. Profiles in diabetic animals were similar in shape, but diabetic retinae began to be considerably more acidic after 5 weeks of diabetes. In retinae of 1-3 month diabetics the difference between the ONL and choroid was almost twice as great as in controls. At later times, up to 6 months, some diabetics still demonstrated abnormally high levels of [H(+)]o, but others were even less acidic than controls, so that the average level of acidosis was not different. Greater variability in H(+)-profiles (both between animals and between profiles recorded in one animal) distinguished the diabetic retinae from controls. Within animals, this variability was not random, but exhibited regions of higher and lower H(+). We conclude that retinal acidosis begins to develop at an early stage of diabetes (1-3 months) in rats. However, it does not progress, and the acidity of diabetic rat retina was diminished at later stages (3-6 months). Also the diabetes-induced acidosis has a strongly expressed local character. As result, the diabetic retinas show much wider variability in [H(+)] distribution than controls. pH influences metabolic and neural processes, and these results suggest that local acidosis could play a role in the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Adaptive optics optical coherence tomography for retina imaging

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    Guohua Shi; Yun Dai; Ling Wang; Zhihua Ding; Xuejun Rao; Yudong Zhang

    2008-01-01

    When optical coherence tomography (OCT) is used for human retina imaging, its transverse resolution is limited by the aberrations of human eyes. To overcome this disadvantage, a high resolution imaging system for living human retina, which consists of a time domain OCT system and a 37-elements adaptive optics (AO) system, has been developed. The AO closed loop rate is 20 frames per second, and the OCT has a 6.7-μm axial resolution. In this paper, this system is introduced and the high resolution imaging results for retina are presented.

  7. Avaliação da reprodutibilidade das medidas da camada de fibras nervosas retiniana e da cabeça do nervo óptico pela tomografia de coerência óptica

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    Ricardo Rau

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar a reprodutibilidade da espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina peripapilar e dos parâmetros da cabeça do nervo óptico em olhos normais, utilizando a tomografia de coerência óptica de domínio espectral (SD-OCT. MÉTODOS: Trinta e quatro olhos de 34 indivíduos saudáveis foram incluídos no estudo. O protocolo do cubo do disco óptico 200x200 do OCT Cirrus foi utilizado para gerar 3 imagens de cada olho para avaliar a reprodutibilidade. O coeficiente de correlação intraclasse (ICC foi calculado para as medidas da espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina e da cabeça do nervo óptico. RESULTADOS: A correlação foi excelente para todas as medidas da espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina (ICC entre 0,87 e 0,98. O mesmo ocorreu com os parâmetros da cabeça do nervo óptico que, com exceção da razão E/D vertical (ICC 0,56, apresentou ICC entre 0,83 e 0,99. CONCLUSÃO: As medidas de espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina peripapilar e os parâmetros da cabeça no nervo óptico demonstraram uma excelente reprodutibilidade com o OCT Cirrus, indicando que este aparelho poderá ser uma ferramenta útil no estudo do glaucoma. Este estudo apresenta algumas limitações, como o pequeno número de casos avaliados, sendo necessários maiores estudos para corroborar nossos achados.

  8. The risk of retina damage from high intensity light sources.

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    Pollak, V A; Romanchuk, K G

    1980-05-01

    The risk of thermal damage to the retina of the eye by exposure to excessive light intensities from continuous and pulsed man-made sources is discussed. The probability of injury increases, the larger the radiant power absorbed by the retina and the smaller the size of the retinal image of the source. A mehtod of estimating the temperature increase of the immediately affected area of the retina is presented. The time constants involved are also briefly considered. Using numerical values from literature for the relevant parameters of the eye, threshold values for a variety of conditions can be established. Below these values little risk of retina damage should exist. The degree of hazard when these values are exceeded depends upon the circumstances. A case study of a welding accident showed good agreement between the conclusions of the theoretical analysis and clinical findings.

  9. Simple Experiments on the Physics of Vision: The Retina

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    Cortel, Adolf

    2005-01-01

    Many simple experiments can be performed in the classroom to explore the physics of vision. Students can learn of the two types of receptive cells (rods and cones), their distribution on the retina and the existence of the blind spot.

  10. Pharmacology of the GABAB receptor in amphibian retina.

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    Tian, N; Slaughter, M M

    1994-10-17

    Amacrine and ganglion cells in the amphibian retina contain GABAB, as well as GABAA, receptors. Baclofen, a GABAB agonist, hyperpolarizes the dark membrane potential of these third order neurons and makes their light responses more transient. GABAB receptors in the retina have a similar agonist profile to GABAB receptors described at other sites in the brain. Namely, preferential activation by the R-enantiomer of baclofen, and agonist sensitivity in the order 3-aminopropylphosphinic acid > baclofen > 3-aminopropylphosphonic acid. The GABAB receptor was not activated by 4-aminobutylphosphonic acid. Several antagonists, such as phaclofen, saclofen, and 2-hydroxysaclofen, were ineffective in the amphibian retina. However, CGP35348 blocked the action of applied baclofen and produced effects on the light response that were opposite to those of baclofen. Applied agonists and antagonists support the hypothesis that GABAB receptors serve to regulate the balance of sustained and transient signals to the inner retina.

  11. Light-evoked S-nitrosylation in the retina

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    Tooker, Ryan E; Vigh, Jozsef

    2015-01-01

    Nitric oxide (NO) synthesis in the retina is triggered by light stimulation. NO has been shown to modulate visual signal processing at multiple sites in the vertebrate retina, via activation of the most sensitive target of NO signaling, soluble guanylate cyclase. NO can also alter protein structure and function and exert biological effects directly by binding to free thiol groups of cysteine residues in a chemical reaction called S-nitrosylation. However, in the central nervous system, including the retina, this reaction has not been considered to be significant under physiological conditions. Here we provide immunohistochemical evidence for extensive S-nitrosylation that takes place in the goldfish and mouse retinas under physiologically relevant light intensities, in an intensity-dependent manner, with a strikingly similar pattern in both species. Pre-treatment with NEM, which occludes S-nitrosylation, or with TRIM, an inhibitor of neuronal NO synthase, eliminated the light-evoked increase in S-nitrosylated protein immunofluorescence (SNI) in the retinas of both species. Similarly, light did not increase SNI, above basal levels, in retinas of transgenic mice lacking neuronal NO synthase. Qualitative analysis of the light-adapted mouse retina with mass spectrometry revealed more than 300 proteins that were S-nitrosylated upon illumination, many of which are known to participate directly in retinal signal processing. Our data strongly suggest that in the retina, light-evoked NO production leads to extensive S-nitrosylation and that this process is a significant post-translational modification affecting a wide range of proteins under physiological conditions. PMID:25823749

  12. Light-evoked S-nitrosylation in the retina.

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    Tooker, Ryan E; Vigh, Jozsef

    2015-10-01

    Nitric oxide (NO) synthesis in the retina is triggered by light stimulation. NO has been shown to modulate visual signal processing at multiple sites in the vertebrate retina, via activation of the most sensitive target of NO signaling, soluble guanylate cyclase. NO can also alter protein structure and function and exert biological effects directly by binding to free thiol groups of cysteine residues in a chemical reaction called S-nitrosylation. However, in the central nervous system, including the retina, this reaction has not been considered to be significant under physiological conditions. Here we provide immunohistochemical evidence for extensive S-nitrosylation that takes place in the goldfish and mouse retinas under physiologically relevant light intensities, in an intensity-dependent manner, with a strikingly similar pattern in both species. Pretreatment with N-ethylmaleimide (NEM), which occludes S-nitrosylation, or with 1-(2-trifluromethylphenyl)imidazole (TRIM), an inhibitor of neuronal NO synthase, eliminated the light-evoked increase in S-nitrosylated protein immunofluorescence (SNI) in the retinas of both species. Similarly, light did not increase SNI, above basal levels, in retinas of transgenic mice lacking neuronal NO synthase. Qualitative analysis of the light-adapted mouse retina with mass spectrometry revealed more than 300 proteins that were S-nitrosylated upon illumination, many of which are known to participate directly in retinal signal processing. Our data strongly suggest that in the retina light-evoked NO production leads to extensive S-nitrosylation and that this process is a significant posttranslational modification affecting a wide range of proteins under physiological conditions.

  13. Glutamine synthetase localization in cortisol-induced chick embryo retinas

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    We report here for the first time, in chick retina, Muller cell localization of glutamine synthetase (GS) activity by an immunohistochemical technique, in agreement with previous reports of glial localization of this enzyme in rat brain and retina. Age- dependent changes in the endogenous enzyme activity as well as cortisol- induced changes in GS activity, both in ovo and in vitro, measured biochemically, reflect the changes observed by staining.

  14. Efficient control structures for digital programmable retinas

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    Bernard, Thierry M.

    2001-05-01

    A digital programmable artificial retina (PAR) is a functional extension of a CMOS imager, in which every pixel is fitted with a local ADC and a tiny digital programmable processor. From an architectural viewpoint, a PAR is an SIMD array processor with local optical input. A PAR is aimed at processing images on-site until they can be output from the array under concentrated form. The overall goal is to get compact, fast and inexpensive vision systems, in particular for robotics applications. A 256 by 256 PAR with up to a few tens bits of local memory per pixel is now within reach at reasonable cost. However, whereas the local memory size benefits quadratically from the feature size decrease, wiring density improvement can only be linear, at best. So control should become more complex with the danger of a growing proportion of the digital pixel area being devoted to instruction or address decoding. We propose efficient scalable solutions to this problem at the architectural, circuit and topological levels, which attempt to minimize both silicon area and power consumption.

  15. Transformation of stimulus correlations by the retina.

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    Simmons, Kristina D; Prentice, Jason S; Tkačik, Gašper; Homann, Jan; Yee, Heather K; Palmer, Stephanie E; Nelson, Philip C; Balasubramanian, Vijay

    2013-01-01

    Redundancies and correlations in the responses of sensory neurons may seem to waste neural resources, but they can also carry cues about structured stimuli and may help the brain to correct for response errors. To investigate the effect of stimulus structure on redundancy in retina, we measured simultaneous responses from populations of retinal ganglion cells presented with natural and artificial stimuli that varied greatly in correlation structure; these stimuli and recordings are publicly available online. Responding to spatio-temporally structured stimuli such as natural movies, pairs of ganglion cells were modestly more correlated than in response to white noise checkerboards, but they were much less correlated than predicted by a non-adapting functional model of retinal response. Meanwhile, responding to stimuli with purely spatial correlations, pairs of ganglion cells showed increased correlations consistent with a static, non-adapting receptive field and nonlinearity. We found that in response to spatio-temporally correlated stimuli, ganglion cells had faster temporal kernels and tended to have stronger surrounds. These properties of individual cells, along with gain changes that opposed changes in effective contrast at the ganglion cell input, largely explained the pattern of pairwise correlations across stimuli where receptive field measurements were possible.

  16. Transformation of stimulus correlations by the retina.

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    Kristina D Simmons

    Full Text Available Redundancies and correlations in the responses of sensory neurons may seem to waste neural resources, but they can also carry cues about structured stimuli and may help the brain to correct for response errors. To investigate the effect of stimulus structure on redundancy in retina, we measured simultaneous responses from populations of retinal ganglion cells presented with natural and artificial stimuli that varied greatly in correlation structure; these stimuli and recordings are publicly available online. Responding to spatio-temporally structured stimuli such as natural movies, pairs of ganglion cells were modestly more correlated than in response to white noise checkerboards, but they were much less correlated than predicted by a non-adapting functional model of retinal response. Meanwhile, responding to stimuli with purely spatial correlations, pairs of ganglion cells showed increased correlations consistent with a static, non-adapting receptive field and nonlinearity. We found that in response to spatio-temporally correlated stimuli, ganglion cells had faster temporal kernels and tended to have stronger surrounds. These properties of individual cells, along with gain changes that opposed changes in effective contrast at the ganglion cell input, largely explained the pattern of pairwise correlations across stimuli where receptive field measurements were possible.

  17. Monte Carlo simulation of zinc protoporphyrin fluorescence in the retina

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    Chen, Xiaoyan; Lane, Stephen

    2010-02-01

    We have used Monte Carlo simulation of autofluorescence in the retina to determine that noninvasive detection of nutritional iron deficiency is possible. Nutritional iron deficiency (which leads to iron deficiency anemia) affects more than 2 billion people worldwide, and there is an urgent need for a simple, noninvasive diagnostic test. Zinc protoporphyrin (ZPP) is a fluorescent compound that accumulates in red blood cells and is used as a biomarker for nutritional iron deficiency. We developed a computational model of the eye, using parameters that were identified either by literature search, or by direct experimental measurement to test the possibility of detecting ZPP non-invasively in retina. By incorporating fluorescence into Steven Jacques' original code for multi-layered tissue, we performed Monte Carlo simulation of fluorescence in the retina and determined that if the beam is not focused on a blood vessel in a neural retina layer or if part of light is hitting the vessel, ZPP fluorescence will be 10-200 times higher than background lipofuscin fluorescence coming from the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) layer directly below. In addition we found that if the light can be focused entirely onto a blood vessel in the neural retina layer, the fluorescence signal comes only from ZPP. The fluorescence from layers below in this second situation does not contribute to the signal. Therefore, the possibility that a device could potentially be built and detect ZPP fluorescence in retina looks very promising.

  18. Tomografia de coerência óptica na commotio retinae: relato de caso Optical coherence tomography imaging in commotio retinae: case report

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    Celso Morita

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste relato é correlacionar achados à tomografia de coerência óptica e prognóstico visual de pacientes com commotio retina e de gravidades diferentes. Dois pacientes do sexo masculino, de 20 e 23 anos com baixa visual unilateral após trauma ocular contuso atribuível a edema de Berlin foram avaliados pela retinografia e tomografia de coerência óptica. A acuidade visual no olho afetado era de 20/25 no primeiro paciente e conta dedos a 2 metros no segundo. O exame oftalmológico revelou uveíte traumática e, na fundoscopia, evidenciaram-se opacificação retiniana moderada no primeiro caso e grave no segundo. A tomografia de coerência óptica confirmou discreta diminuição da depressão foveal no primeiro caso e desorganização das camadas retinianas no segundo. Houve resolução anatômica e funcional completa a tomografia de coerência óptica no primeiro paciente, enquanto o segundo evoluiu com baixa visual permanente e desorganização da arquitetura retiniana. A tomografia de coerência óptica é um exame complementar útil na avaliação do trauma retiniano, ajudando a entender sua fisiopatologia e predizer prognóstico a partir da análise anatômica da região acometida.The purpose of this case report was to correlate optical coherence tomography findings and visual outcomes of patients with different degrees of commotio retinae. A 20-year-old male and a 23-year-old male that presented with decreased vision due to Berlin's edema after blunt ocular trauma were evaluated by optical coherence tomography and retinography. The visual acuity in the affected eye was 20/25 in the first patient and counting fingers in the second one. The ophthalmic examination showed traumatic uveitis and fundoscopy revealed mild retinal opacification in the first case and severe opacification in the latter. The optical coherence tomography confirmed the reduction of foveal depression on the first case and the disarrangement of all retinal

  19. Gene Transcription Profile of the Detached Retina (An AOS Thesis)

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    Zacks, David N.

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: Separation of the neurosensory retina from the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) yields many morphologic and functional consequences, including death of the photoreceptor cells, Müller cell hypertrophy, and inner retinal rewiring. Many of these changes are due to the separation-induced activation of specific genes. In this work, we define the gene transcription profile within the retina as a function of time after detachment. We also define the early activation of kinases that might be responsible for the detachment-induced changes in gene transcription. Methods: Separation of the retina from the RPE was induced in Brown-Norway rats by the injection of 1% hyaluronic acid into the subretinal space. Retinas were harvested at 1, 7, and 28 days after separation. Gene transcription profiles for each time point were determined using the Affymetrix Rat 230A gene microarray chip. Transcription levels in detached retinas were compared to those of nondetached retinas with the BRB-ArrayTools Version 3.6.0 using a random variance analysis of variance (ANOVA) model. Confirmation of the significant transcriptional changes for a subset of the genes was performed using microfluidic quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) assays. Kinase activation was explored using Western blot analysis to look for early phosphorylation of any of the 3 main families of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK): the p38 family, the Janus kinase family, and the p42/p44 family. Results: Retinas separated from the RPE showed extensive alterations in their gene transcription profile. Many of these changes were initiated as early as 1 day after separation, with significant increases by 7 days. ANOVA analysis defined 144 genes that had significantly altered transcription levels as a function of time after separation when setting a false discovery rate at ≤0.1. Confirmatory RT-PCR was performed on 51 of these 144 genes. Differential transcription detected on the microarray

  20. As sentenças encaixadas do português do Brasil, vistas sob a ótica da gramática gerativa

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    Viotti, Evani

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho faz uma retrospectiva de algumas pesquisas sobre sentenças encaixadas do protuguês do Brasil, desenvolvidas de meados dos anos 80 até hoje, dentro do âmbito da Gramática Gerativa. O artigo apresenta algumas das questões relativas a sentenças encaixadas que são relevantes para o programa de pesquisa da Gramática Gerativa e mostra como análises de características do português do Brasil podem ajudar a esclarecer alguns pontos teóricos centrais do programa

  1. Avaliação da infiltração bacteriana corono-apical de canais radiculares obturados com diferentes tipos de cimentos endodônticos

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    Pinheiro,Cláudia Ramos

    2008-01-01

    Avaliamos a infiltração coroa-ápice da bactéria Enterococcus faecalis em incisivos centrais bovinos instrumentados e obturados com os cimentos endodônticos AH Plus, Endofill, Epiphany, Acroseal e o cimento experimental à base do Polímero da mamona (Polifil). Foi confeccionado um dispositivo a ser adaptado na porção inferior de tubos de centrífuga, Eppendorf. As raízes, previamente obturadas, foram inseridas nesse dispositivo até que 5mm se projetasse para fora do tubo plástico. A junção entre...

  2. Retina neural circuitry seen with particle detector technology

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    Using particle physics techniques, high energy physics researchers have recently provided new insight into neural circuits inside the retina. After uncovering a new type of retinal cell and mapping how the retina deals with colours, the team from Santa Cruz (US), Krakow and Glasgow is now turning its attention to more complex issues such as how the retina gets wired up and how the brain deals with the signals it receives from the retina. All this using technology derived from high-density, multistrip silicon detectors…   Seen from the point of view of a particle physicist, eyes are image detectors that can gather many different types of data: light and dark, different colours, motion, etc. In particular, the retina, a thin tissue that lines the back of the eye, is a biological pixel detector that detects light and converts it to electrical signals that travel through the optic nerve to the brain. Neurobiologists know that many different cell types are involved in these processes, but they...

  3. Selective Gene Transfer to the Retina Using Intravitreal Ultrasound Irradiation

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    Shozo Sonoda

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims to evaluate the efficacy of intravitreal ultrasound (US irradiation for green fluorescent protein (GFP plasmid transfer into the rabbit retina using a miniature US transducer. Intravitreal US irradiation was performed by a slight modification of the transconjunctival sutureless vitrectomy system utilizing a small probe. After vitrectomy, the US probe was inserted through a scleral incision. A mixture of GFP plasmid (50 μL and bubble liposomes (BLs; 50 μL was injected into the vitreous cavity, and US was generated to the retina using a SonoPore 4000. The control group was not exposed to US. After 72 h, the gene-transfer efficiency was quantified by counting the number of GFP-positive cells. The retinas that received plasmid, BL, and US showed a significant increase in the number (average ± SEM of GFP-positive cells (32±4.9; n=7; P<0.01 . No GFP-positive cells were observed in the control eyes (n=7. Intravitreal retinal US irradiation can transfer the GFP plasmid into the retina without causing any apparent damage. This procedure could be used to transfer genes and drugs directly to the retina and therefore has potential therapeutic value.

  4. Neuropeptide Y system in the retina: From localization to function.

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    Santos-Carvalho, Ana; Ambrósio, António Francisco; Cavadas, Cláudia

    2015-07-01

    The retina is a highly complex structure where several types of cells communicate through countless different molecules to codify visual information. Each type of cells plays unique roles in the retina, presenting a singular expression of neurotransmitters. Some neurotransmitter systems in the retina are well understood, while others need to be better explored to unravel the intricate signaling system involved. Neuropeptide Y (NPY), a 36 amino acid peptide, is one of the most common peptide neurotransmitter in the CNS and a highly conserved peptide among species. We review the localization of NPY and NPY receptors (mainly NPY Y1, Y2, Y4 and Y5) in retinal cells. Common features of the expression of NPY and NPY receptors in mammalian and non-mammalian species indicate universal roles of this system in the retina. In the present review, we highlight the putative roles of NPY receptor activation in the retina, discussing, in particular, their involvement in retinal development, neurotransmitter release modulation, neuroprotection, microglia and Muller cells function, retinal pigmented epithelium changes, retinal endothelial physiology and proliferation of retinal progenitor cells. Further studies are needed to confirm that targeting the NPY system might be a potential therapeutic strategy for retinal degenerative diseases.

  5. Bmp4 from the optic vesicle specifies murine retina formation.

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    Huang, Jie; Liu, Ying; Oltean, Alina; Beebe, David C

    2015-06-01

    Previous studies of mouse embryos concluded that after the optic vesicle evaginates from the ventral forebrain and contacts the surface ectoderm, signals from the ectoderm specify the distal region of the optic vesicle to become retina and signals from the optic vesicle induce the lens. Germline deletion of Bmp4 resulted in failure of lens formation. We performed conditional deletion of Bmp4 from the optic vesicle to test the function of Bmp4 in murine eye development. The optic vesicle evaginated normally and contacted the surface ectoderm. Lens induction did not occur. The optic cup failed to form and the expression of retina-specific genes decreased markedly in the distal optic vesicle. Instead, cells in the prospective retina expressed genes characteristic of the retinal pigmented epithelium. We conclude that Bmp4 is required for retina specification in mice. In the absence of Bmp4, formation of the retinal pigmented epithelium is the default differentiation pathway of the optic vesicle. Differences in the signaling pathways required for specification of the retina and retinal pigmented epithelium in chicken and mouse embryos suggest major changes in signaling during the evolution of the vertebrate eye.

  6. Characterization of Predictive Behavior of a Retina by Mutual Information

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    Kevin Sean Chen

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Probing a bullfrog retina with spatially uniform light pulses of correlated stochastic intervals, we calculate the mutual information between the spiking output at the ganglion cells measured with multi-electrode array (MEA and the interval of the stimulus at a time shift later. The time-integrated information from the output about the future stimulus is maximized when the mean interval of the stimulus is within the dynamic range of the well-established anticipative phenomena of omitted-stimulus responses for the retina. The peak position of the mutual information as a function of the time shift is typically negative considering the processing delay of the retina. However, the peak position can become positive for long enough correlation time of the stimulus when the pulse intervals are generated by a Hidden Markovian model (HMM. This is indicative of a predictive behavior of the retina which is possible only when the hidden variable of the HMM can be recovered from the history of the stimulus for a prediction of its future. We verify that stochastic intervals of the same mean, variance, and correlation time do not result in the same predictive behavior of the retina when they are generated by an Ornstein–Uhlenbeck (OU process, which is strictly Markovian.

  7. Representações sociais da sexualidade entre idosos

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    Maria Amélia Crisóstomo Queiroz

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available RESUMOObjetivo:conhecer a representação social sobre sexualidade de idosos, com base na Teoria das Representações Sociais.Método:estudo desenvolvido em Unidade Básica de Saúde da Família de Maracanaú-CE, Brasil, com 30 idosos. A coleta de dados ocorreu de março a abril de 2013, por meio da aplicação da técnica de evocação livre de palavras. Os dados coletados foram organizados e processados através do software EVOC 2000.Resultados:os sujeitos evocaram 150 palavras associadas ao termo indutor sexualidade e, destas, 43 diferentes. No possível núcleo central da representação dos idosos sobre sexualidade, foram encontradas as palavras: amor, carinho e respeito. Sexo, companheirismo, compreensão e convivência compuseram os elementos intermediários da representação.Conclusão:amor, respeito e carinho foram apontados como elementos centrais que estruturavam e organizavam a representação social da sexualidade na terceira idade pelo grupo estudado.

  8. Transscleral diode laser retinopexy in retinal reattachment surgery Retinopexia com laser de diodo transescleral na cirurgia de descolamento de retina

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    João Carlos de Miranda Gonçalves

    2004-02-01

    houve reaplicação da retina após um único procedimento cirúrgico com diopexia aplicada em todos os casos. CONCLUSÃO: Fotocoagulação com laser de diodo transescleral foi uma forma tecnicamente fácil, controlada, efetiva, reprodutível e segura na obtenção de adesão coriorretiniana na cirurgia de descolamento de retina.

  9. Centrais de atendimento: a fábrica do século XIX nos serviços do século XXI

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    Selma Venco

    Full Text Available Este artigo aborda a racionalização no sistema capitalista e as relações sociais expressas em um tipo de trabalho que se expande no século XXI: o teleatendimento. A organização do trabalho estabelece ritmos de trabalho e pressão hierárquica para o aumento da produtividade, configurando condições de trabalho nocivas aos trabalhadores. Analisa-se, por um lado, o uso da tecnologia a serviço do aperfeiçoamento do controle do trabalho e o papel da gestão de pessoal no aumento da produtividade e, por outro, a resposta dos trabalhadores às imposições do capital.

  10. Primitive neuroectodermal tumor/Ewing sarcoma of the retina.

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    Grossniklaus, Hans E; Shehata, Bahig; Sorensen, Poul; Bergstrom, Chris; Hubbard, G Baker

    2012-07-01

    An 11-year-old boy underwent enucleation of his left eye for an intraocular tumor. Examination showed a small, round blue cell tumor arising in the peripheral retina near the ciliary body. Immunohistochemical stain results were positive for neuron-specific enolase, synaptophysin, cluster of differentiation 99 (CD99), Friend leukemia integration 1, and CD56. Ultrastructural findings included occasional intracytoplasmic dense core granules. Polymerase chain reaction of the tumor showed a Ewing sarcoma/Friend leukemia integration gene fusion product. The tumor was classified as a primitive neuroectodermal tumor/Ewing sarcoma of the retina and should be distinguished from retinoblastoma. To our knowledge, this is the first case of primary primitive neuroectodermal tumor of the retina.

  11. The mechanism of pattern formation in the developing drosophila retina

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    SUN QiCheng

    2007-01-01

    The biological patterning of the drosophila retina in vivo has striking resemblance to liquid bubbles, in which the surface mechanics due to N-cadherin within a sub-group of retina cells can be mimicked by surface tension. In this work, the aggregating patterns were reasonably simplified into 2D clusters consisting of 2-6 identical bubbles confined within a shrinking boundary. By using a hybrid fluid dynamics model proposed for liquid foams, the aggregating process of 2-6 retina cells was studied. Assuming the minimal perimeter for patterning cells to be the condition of stability patterns, the stable converged patterns we simulated in this work are the same as the experimental observations. More importantly, a new pattern of 6 cells was obtained which was found physically more stable than the other two reported by Hayashi and Carthew[1]. Aggregating perimeters of cells, i.e. the surface energy, showed a good linear fit with the cell numbers.

  12. The mechanism of pattern formation in the developing drosophila retina

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    2007-01-01

    The biological patterning of the drosophila retina in vivo has striking resemblance to liquid bubbles, in which the surface mechanics due to N-cadherin within a sub-group of retina cells can be mimicked by surface tension. In this work, the aggregating patterns were reasonably simplified into 2D clusters consisting of 2—6 identical bubbles confined within a shrinking boundary. By using a hybrid fluid dy-namics model proposed for liquid foams, the aggregating process of 2―6 retina cells was studied. Assuming the minimal perimeter for patterning cells to be the condition of stability patterns, the stable converged patterns we simulated in this work are the same as the experimental observations. More importantly, a new pattern of 6 cells was obtained which was found physically more stable than the other two reported by Hayashi and Carthew[1]. Aggregating perimeters of cells, i.e. the surface energy, showed a good linear fit with the cell numbers.

  13. The architecture of functional interaction networks in the retina.

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    Ganmor, Elad; Segev, Ronen; Schneidman, Elad

    2011-02-23

    Sensory information is represented in the brain by the joint activity of large groups of neurons. Recent studies have shown that, although the number of possible activity patterns and underlying interactions is exponentially large, pairwise-based models give a surprisingly accurate description of neural population activity patterns. We explored the architecture of maximum entropy models of the functional interaction networks underlying the response of large populations of retinal ganglion cells, in adult tiger salamander retina, responding to natural and artificial stimuli. We found that we can further simplify these pairwise models by neglecting weak interaction terms or by relying on a small set of interaction strengths. Comparing network interactions under different visual stimuli, we show the existence of local network motifs in the interaction map of the retina. Our results demonstrate that the underlying interaction map of the retina is sparse and dominated by local overlapping interaction modules.

  14. Control of rod shedding in the frog retina.

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    Basinger, S F; Hollyfield, J G

    1980-01-01

    In all vertebrate species examined thus far, rod outer segment shedding follows a cyclic pattern in which the outer segment tips are shed shortly after the onset of light. Work in the rat retina suggests that rod shedding may follow a circadian rhythm which is controlled by one or more circadian oscillators. Our results in the frog retina are significantly different in that: rod shedding can be driven by the onset of light or other environmental cues; shedding does not persist in constant darkness; shedding is unaffected in frogs with chronic unilateral or bilateral optic nerve section; and shedding will rapidly phase shift to the time of light onset on a wide variety of diurnal cycles. Thus, rod shedding in the frog retina does not appear to be a classical circadian rhythm.

  15. Representações sociais da educação em saúde pelos profissionais da equipe de saúde da família

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    Maria Flávia Carvalho Gazzinelli

    Full Text Available Este estudo discute a forma como os profissionais da equipe de saúde da família pensam e representam a educação em saúde e a prática educativa que realizam. Os sujeitos da pesquisa (n=248 - médico, enfermeiro, auxiliar de enfermagem e agente comunitário de saúde de 20 unidades básicas de saúde de Belo Horizonte - foram entrevistados mediante a utilização da técnica de evocação livre e da teoria das representações sociais. Solicitou-se aos sujeitos que verbalizassem cinco palavras que lhes ocorressem imediatamente em relação à educação em saúde, classificando-as em positiva ou negativa. Utilizou-se o software Evoc e calculou-se a frequência simples de ocorrência, a média ponderada de ocorrência em função da ordem de evocação e a média das ordens ponderadas do conjunto dos termos evocados. Construiu-se o quadro de quatro casas composto do núcleo central, elementos de contraste e periféricos da representação. Médicos e enfermeiros compartilham conteúdos representacionais entre si, expressando representações sociais similares, ao apresentarem nos possíveis núcleos centrais 'capacitação' e 'prevenção'. Auxiliares de enfermagem e agentes comunitários de saúde se assemelham por meio dos possíveis elementos centrais 'educação' e 'prevenção'. O foco recai na transmissão de orientações com o objetivo de persuadir os indivíduos à adoção de modos de vida saudáveis.

  16. A Possible Role of Neuroglobin in the Retina After Optic Nerve Injury: A Comparative Study of Zebrafish and Mouse Retina.

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    Sugitani, Kayo; Koriyama, Yoshiki; Ogai, Kazuhiro; Wakasugi, Keisuke; Kato, Satoru

    2016-01-01

    Neuroglobin (Ngb) is a new member of the family of heme proteins and is specifically expressed in neurons of the central and peripheral nervous systems in all vertebrates. In particular, the retina has a 100-fold higher concentration of Ngb than do other nervous tissues. The role of Ngb in the retina is yet to be clarified. Therefore, to understand the functional role of Ngb in the retina after optic nerve injury (ONI), we used two types of retina, from zebrafish and mice, which have permissible and non-permissible capacity for nerve regeneration after ONI, respectively. After ONI, the Ngb protein in zebrafish was upregulated in the amacrine cells within 3 days, whereas in the mouse retina, Ngb was downregulated in the retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) within 3 days. Zebrafish Ngb (z-Ngb) significantly enhanced neurite outgrowth in retinal explant culture. According to these results, we designed an overexpression experiment with the mouse Ngb (m-Ngb) gene in RGC-5 cells (retinal precursor cells). The excess of m-Ngb actually rescued RGC-5 cells under hypoxic conditions and significantly enhanced neurite outgrowth in cell culture. These data suggest that mammalian Ngb has positive neuroprotective and neuritogenic effects that induce nerve regeneration after ONI.

  17. Artificial retina: the multichannel processing of the mammalian retina achieved with a neuromorphic asynchronous light acquisition device.

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    Lorach, Henri; Benosman, Ryad; Marre, Olivier; Ieng, Sio-Hoi; Sahel, José A; Picaud, Serge

    2012-12-01

    Objective. Accurate modeling of retinal information processing remains a major challenge in retinal physiology with applications in visual rehabilitation and prosthetics. Most of the current artificial retinas are fed with static frame-based information, losing thereby the fundamental asynchronous features of biological vision. The objective of this work is to reproduce the spatial and temporal properties of the majority of ganglion cell (GC) types in the mammalian retina. Approach. Here, we combined an asynchronous event-based light sensor with a model pulling nonlinear subunits to reproduce the parallel filtering and temporal coding occurring in the retina. We fitted our model to physiological data and were able to reconstruct the spatio-temporal responses of the majority of GC types previously described in the mammalian retina (Roska et al 2006 J. Neurophysiol. 95 3810-22). Main results. Fitting of the temporal and spatial components of the response was achieved with high coefficients of determination (median R(2) = 0.972 and R(2) = 0.903, respectively). Our model provides an accurate temporal precision with a reliability of only few milliseconds-peak of the distribution at 5 ms-similar to biological retinas (Berry et al 1997 Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 94 5411-16; Gollisch and Meister 2008 Science 319 1108-11). The spiking statistics of the model also followed physiological measurements (Fano factor: 0.331). Significance. This new asynchronous retinal model therefore opens new perspectives in the development of artificial visual systems and visual prosthetic devices.

  18. Contribuições da pesquisa psicogenética para a educação escolar

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    Cilene Ribeiro de Sá Leite Chakur

    2005-01-01

    O artigo aborda as relações entre a Psicologia e a Educação, tomando especialmente a perspectiva psicogenética, cujas teorias enriquecem tanto a Psicologia quanto a Educação. Apresenta, inicialmente, breve histórico dos estudos psicológicos do desenvolvimento humano, salientando as várias fases pelas quais se constituiu a Psicologia do Desenvolvimento. Trata, em seguida, das idéias centrais da teoria psicogenética piagetiana e de suas vertentes funcionalista e sócio-interacionista e comenta, ...

  19. Análise de possibilidade de expansão das Pequenas Centrais Hidroelétricas no Brasil: um estudo dos limitantes e potencialidades da cadeia produtiva à luz da sustentabilidade

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    Christian Luiz da Silva

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Small hydro power plants are considered strategic in the expansion projects at the National Energy Plan in Brazil. However, it is not clear how this expansion can effectively occur, considering that only hydraulic potential is not sufficient enough to guarantee it. In this sense, the main objective of the present research is to identify the key limitations and potentials of sustainability in the productive chain for Small Hydro Power (SHP in Brazil, to the context of environmental, social, economic and institutional dimensions. Regarding the research methodology, it can be classified as applied and exploratory. The data used is secondary and was used a qualitative analysis technique. To identify limitations and potentials, a mapping of SHP production chain structure was done at national scale. Five stages that compound the production chain were studied: natural resources; generation; transmission; distribution; and marketing. According to these stages, five criteria were used (importance, probability, timeliness, scope and effect to classify factors identified in each step. Finally, it is established an aggregations criteria and a significance level for the potential and the limitations of each chain stage was defined. As a result, 20 limiting and 17 potential related to the productive chain of SHPs in Brazil were identified. In order to make the sector more competitive, efforts needed to reduce the negative environmental impacts arising from the power plants installation were found, such as the flooded areas and the resettled families, and the establishment of some legal and technical aspects related to the environment and energy trading. On the other hand, the hydraulic potential and consolidation of turbine manufacturers and generators ratify the SHP as strategic and potential for the country.

  20. Effects of endothelin-1 eyedrops on the retina in rats.

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    Masuzawa, Koichi; Miyauchi, Takashi; Takanashi, Masakatsu; Ogata, Takehiro; Yamaguchi, Iwao; Goto, Katsutoshi

    2004-11-01

    Eye disorder accompanied with chronic retinal microvascular obstruction, such as diabetic retinopathy, exists in many diseases. However, it is difficult to produce this model experimentally in the animal eye. Endothelin-1 eyedrops were prepared in order to examine whether the eyedrops affect the rat retina and whether we can produce an obstruction model. Endothelin-1 eyedrops diluted by artificial tears in seven stages from 4 x 10(-5) M to 4 x 10(-11) M were arranged. We administered this solution three times a day in the left eye of male Sprague-Dawley rats. Artificial tears alone were applied to the right eye as a control vehicle. After 2 weeks, rats were sacrificed under anesthesia and the retinal tissues were isolated. As an index to the action of endothelin- 1 eyedrops to the retina, the expressions of endothelin-A (ETA) and endothelin-B (ETB) receptors in the retina were compared in both eyes. Frozen sections of the retina were immunostained to reveal the distribution of the ETA and ETB receptors. We also examined ETA and ETB mRNA expression by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. As a result, the expressions of ETA and ETB receptors are reduced with both immunostaining and the mRNA levels in the left eye, in which endothelin-1 eyedrops were applied at 4 x 10(-5) M. It is suggested that endothelin-1 eyedrops affected the retina and the possibility of producing the experimental model of chronic microvascular obstruction in the rat retina.

  1. Neurokinin 1 Receptor Expression in the Rat Retina

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    Casini, Giovanni; Rickman, Dennis W.; Sternini, Catia; Brecha, Nicholas C.

    1997-01-01

    Tachykinin (TK) peptides influence neuronal activity in the inner retina of mammals. The aim of this investigation was to determine the cellular localization of the neurokinin 1 receptor (NK1), whose preferred ligand is the TK peptide substance P (SP), in the rat retina. These studies used a polyclonal antiserum directed to the C-terminus of rat NK1. The majority of NK1-immunoreactive (IR) cells were located in the proximal inner nuclear layer (INL), and very rarely they were found in the dis...

  2. Retina-like sensor image coordinates transformation and display

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    Cao, Fengmei; Cao, Nan; Bai, Tingzhu; Song, Shengyu

    2015-03-01

    For a new kind of retina-like senor camera, the image acquisition, coordinates transformation and interpolation need to be realized. Both of the coordinates transformation and interpolation are computed in polar coordinate due to the sensor's particular pixels distribution. The image interpolation is based on sub-pixel interpolation and its relative weights are got in polar coordinates. The hardware platform is composed of retina-like senor camera, image grabber and PC. Combined the MIL and OpenCV library, the software program is composed in VC++ on VS 2010. Experience results show that the system can realizes the real-time image acquisition, coordinate transformation and interpolation.

  3. [Damage and functional recovery of the mouse retina after exposure to ionizing radiation and methylnitrosourea].

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    Vinogradova, Iu V; Tronov, V A; Liakhova, K N; Poplinskaia, V A; Ostrovskiĭ, M A

    2014-01-01

    The eye retina consists of terminally differentiated cells that have lost their ability to proliferate. The death of these cells leads tothe loss of sight. The mice retina is characterized by relatively high resistance to radiation, which is provided by its ability to repair damage caused by environmental factors. The aim of our work was to assess the damaging effect of ionizing radiation and methylnitrosourea (MNU) on the DNA structure in the mouse retina, the functional activity of the retina, and its ability to recover in vivo. The results confirm the ability of the mature retina to structural and functional recovery. Adapting influence of low dose chemical agent increases retina resistance to cytotoxic dose of genotoxicants and prevents degeneration of photoreceptor layer of the retina. The results show the possibility of neurohormesis effect in the mice retina after exposure to ionizing radiation and chemicals.

  4. Distribuição da demanda telefônica de um call center através da criação e priorização de filas inteligentes

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    Marcus Augusto Vasconcelos Araújo

    2003-03-01

    Full Text Available O crescimento na automação das empresas e os novos serviços criados que permitem a orientação e captação de Clientes via telefone contribuíram para o surgimento das centrais de atendimento. Este mercado tem se tornado cada vez mais competitivo e só sobrevivem as empresas que conseguem, com operações enxutas, obter bons resultados. Neste cenário, as disciplinas das filas, quando bem administradas, são fortes aliadas da área de planejamento e controle da produção das centrais, que têm como meta atingir os resultados esperados com recursos, muitas vezes, escassos, tornando esta área cada vez mais importante neste segmento corporativo. Este trabalho mostra a bem sucedida experiência da implantação de uma disciplina de fila diferente das mais freqüentemente usadas. Esta disciplina que foi apelidada de Fila Inteligente, foi implantada em um Call Center de uma empresa de telecomunicações e, além de ter gerado uma economia de quase R$ 780.000,00/ano, aumentou a satisfação dos seus Clientes. Palavras-chaves: Telefonia, Teoria das filas, Call Center.

  5. Whole-Retina Reduced Electrophysiological Activity in Mice Bearing Retina-Specific Deletion of Vesicular Acetylcholine Transporter.

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    Jake Bedore

    Full Text Available Despite rigorous characterization of the role of acetylcholine in retinal development, long-term effects of its absence as a neurotransmitter are unknown. One of the unanswered questions is how acetylcholine contributes to the functional capacity of mature retinal circuits. The current study investigates the effects of disrupting cholinergic signalling in mice, through deletion of vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT in the developing retina, pigmented epithelium, optic nerve and optic stalk, on electrophysiology and structure of the mature retina.A combination of electroretinography, optical coherence tomography imaging and histological evaluation assessed retinal integrity in mice bearing retina- targeted (embryonic day 12.5 deletion of VAChT (VAChTSix3-Cre-flox/flox and littermate controls at 5 and 12 months of age. VAChTSix3-Cre-flox/flox mice did not show any gross changes in nuclear layer cellularity or synaptic layer thickness. However, VAChTSix3-Cre-flox/flox mice showed reduced electrophysiological response of the retina to light stimulus under scotopic conditions at 5 and 12 months of age, including reduced a-wave, b-wave, and oscillatory potential (OP amplitudes and decreased OP peak power and total energy. Reduced a-wave amplitude was proportional to the reduction in b-wave amplitude and not associated with altered a-wave 10%-90% rise time or inner and outer segment thicknesses.This study used a novel genetic model in the first examination of function and structure of the mature mouse retina with disruption of cholinergic signalling. Reduced amplitude across the electroretinogram wave form does not suggest dysfunction in specific retinal cell types and could reflect underlying changes in the retinal and/or extraretinal microenvironment. Our findings suggest that release of acetylcholine by VAChT is essential for the normal electrophysiological response of the mature mouse retina.

  6. Corpos e ciclos da vida sanumá-yanomami

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    Sílvia Guimarães

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Esta etnografia sobre os Sanumá, subgrupo yanomami do alto rio Auaris, estado de Roraima, explora aspectos centrais de sua vasta e complexa cosmologia. Discute a noção de corpo e os ciclos de vida onde estados especiais devem ser observados no processo de construção da pessoa.This ethnography focuses on the Sanumá, a Yanomami subgroup located on the upper Auaris River, in the northernmost state of Roraima in Brazil. It explores central aspects of their vast and complex cosmology by discussing the concept of body and life cycles where special states related with the construction of the person must be observed.

  7. A redescoberta da Infância e da Criança

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    Gabriela Trevisan

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available A(s reconstrução (ões da (s imagen(s produzida (s sobre a Infância e sobre as crianças continuam a assumir-secomo desafio actual e necessário, à consideração de uma criança-cidadã, sujeita de direitos e deveres, ecompetente para o seu exercício. O modo como estas imagens influenciam essas possibilidades é visível emdiferentes contextos de vida quotidiana da criança sendo, a escola, local por excelência de exercício democrático ede aprendizagem dos direitos das crianças. Os professores, por sua vez, constituem-se como agentes centrais napromoção, defesa, e leitura crítica dos direitos da criança, nomeadamente, o de expressar a sua voz pelos seuspróprios meios e de participar activamente na comunidade educativa.

  8. A política internacional da CGTP e da CUT: Etapas, temas e desafios

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    Hermes Augusto Costa

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    Full Text Available Apesar de existir enquanto política no seio das organizações sindicais nacionais, a política de relações internacionais (PRI configura-se, todavia, como “parente pobre” do sindicalismo nacional. Depois de enunciar brevemente, na primeira parte, alguns dos obstáculos actuais à construção de uma PRI, este texto debruça-se, na segunda parte, sobre o espaço que as duas principais centrais sindicais de Portugal e do Brasil (a CGTP e a CUT, respectivamente vêm conferindo à PRI. Partindo do trabalho de investigação realizado nos últimos 5 anos junto daquelas organizações sindicais, propõe-se uma distribuição das fases da PRI da CGTP e da CUT, sintetizando-se, na terceira parte, algumas semelhanças e diferenças entre ambas a esse respeito.

  9. DINÂMICA DA PAISAGEM NO ENTORNO DA RESERVA NATURAL SERRA DO TOMBADOR, NORTE DE GOIÁS

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    Renata Dias Françoso

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    Full Text Available A Reserva Natural Serra do Tombador (RNST protege um grande remanescente natural nesse bioma. Nós analisamos a dinâmica da paisagem no seu entorno, monitorando a perda de habitat entre 2001 e 2008. A região de análise foi dividida em quarto quadrantes e em 64 células. Foram desenhados quatro buffers no entorno da Reserve, definidos a partir de 5, 10, 15 e 20 km dos seus limites. Métricas da paisagem foram geradas para os polígonos de desmatamento, que se tornaram mais numerosos em 2008, mostrando um aumento na fragmentação da paisagem. Esses resultados sugerem uma rápida conversão da paisagem analisada, ameaçando a biodiversidade da RNST pela fragmentação, isolamento e diminuição da conectividade da Reserva com outras áreas protegidas. Porém, a área alterada não apresentou mudança significativa, sugerindo uma oportunidade para a criação de novas unidades de conservação para proteção da biodiversidade. As principais ameaças para essa paisagem são o estabelecimento de estradas pavimentadas e reservatórios de pequenas centrais hidrelétricas, ambos planejados para a região. Para alcançar os objetivos da RNST de manter a biodiversidade regional, sugerimos a criação de novas áreas protegidas na região, principalmente nos quadrantes Nordeste e Noroeste, e atenção à conectividade entre a RNST e o PNCV.

  10. As leituras da filosofia do direito de G. W. F. Hegel: entre hermenêutica e recepção = Readings in the philosophy of right by G. W. F. Hegel: between hermeneutics and reception

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    Bavaresco, Agemir

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    Full Text Available O artigo procura apresenta os argumentos centrais das principais correntes interpretativas da Filosofia Política de Hegel na Alemanha, França e no Brasil de forma a avaliar e demonstrar o potencial de diagnose de tal esforço teórico; ao mesmo tempo, objetiva-se demonstrar desde estes autores como uma análise da obra de Filosofia Política de Hegel revela-se atual mediante a articulação de seu sistema como um todo

  11. Avaliação da distribuição de tensões nas facetas estéticas de porcelana pelo método de elementos finitos

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    João Luiz Neves Pereira

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    O presente trabalho teve por objetivo avaliar a distribuição de tensões nos dentes restaurados com facetas estéticas de porcelana pelo método de elementos finitos, em modelos representativos de incisivos centrais superiores onde foram utilizadas três tipos de simulações: dentes que não apresentavam preparos dentários com e sem recobrimento da borda incisal, e dentes com preparo em forma de ombro e com recobrimento da borda incisal. Estes modelos foram submetidos a cargas de 100...

  12. Influência do Hidróxido de Cálcio e do EDTA na Marcação da Infiltração Marginal de Azul de Metileno em Obturações de Canais Radiculares.

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    Com o objetivo de avaliar a influência do hidróxido de cálcio e do EDTA na marcação da infiltração marginal de corante azul de metileno a 2% em canais radiculares obturados pela técnica da condensação lateral, foram empregados 188 dentes incisivos centrais superiores humanos extraídos. Após serem instrumentados e impermeabilizados, foram divididos em 3 grupos de 60 elementos cada, sendo que outros 8 dentes foram utilizados como controle. Cada grupo foi dividido em 2 subgrupos, os quais, foram...

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  16. CHANGES IN NEUROTRANSMITTER GENE EXPRESSION IN THE AGING RETINA.

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    To understand mechanisms of neurotoxicity in susceptible populations, we examined age-related changes in constitutive gene expression in the retinas of young (4mos), middle-aged (11 mos) and aged (23 mos) male Long Evans rats. Derived from a pouch of the forebrain during develop...

  17. The Virtual Retina: Is Good Educational Technology Always Strategic?

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    Dowie, Sandra

    Educational technology units must continually monitor their strategic plans to ensure that they are aligned with the realities of their institutions. Strategic dissonance occurs when previously successful strategies are no longer achieving the same positive outcomes. The Virtual Retina CD-ROM project is used in this paper as an example of…

  18. Functional architecture of the retina: development and disease.

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    Hoon, Mrinalini; Okawa, Haruhisa; Della Santina, Luca; Wong, Rachel O L

    2014-09-01

    Structure and function are highly correlated in the vertebrate retina, a sensory tissue that is organized into cell layers with microcircuits working in parallel and together to encode visual information. All vertebrate retinas share a fundamental plan, comprising five major neuronal cell classes with cell body distributions and connectivity arranged in stereotypic patterns. Conserved features in retinal design have enabled detailed analysis and comparisons of structure, connectivity and function across species. Each species, however, can adopt structural and/or functional retinal specializations, implementing variations to the basic design in order to satisfy unique requirements in visual function. Recent advances in molecular tools, imaging and electrophysiological approaches have greatly facilitated identification of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that establish the fundamental organization of the retina and the specializations of its microcircuits during development. Here, we review advances in our understanding of how these mechanisms act to shape structure and function at the single cell level, to coordinate the assembly of cell populations, and to define their specific circuitry. We also highlight how structure is rearranged and function is disrupted in disease, and discuss current approaches to re-establish the intricate functional architecture of the retina.

  19. A silicon retina that reproduces signals in the optic nerve.

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    Zaghloul, Kareem A; Boahen, Kwabena

    2006-12-01

    Prosthetic devices may someday be used to treat lesions of the central nervous system. Similar to neural circuits, these prosthetic devices should adapt their properties over time, independent of external control. Here we describe an artificial retina, constructed in silicon using single-transistor synaptic primitives, with two forms of locally controlled adaptation: luminance adaptation and contrast gain control. Both forms of adaptation rely on local modulation of synaptic strength, thus meeting the criteria of internal control. Our device is the first to reproduce the responses of the four major ganglion cell types that drive visual cortex, producing 3600 spiking outputs in total. We demonstrate how the responses of our device's ganglion cells compare to those measured from the mammalian retina. Replicating the retina's synaptic organization in our chip made it possible to perform these computations using a hundred times less energy than a microprocessor-and to match the mammalian retina in size and weight. With this level of efficiency and autonomy, it is now possible to develop fully implantable intraocular prostheses.

  20. A public confession: the retina trumpets its failed predictions.

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    Holy, Timothy E

    2007-09-20

    To compensate for delays of phototransduction, the retina anticipates the future by extrapolating the position of a moving object. But what if the object's motion changes, and the extrapolation is wrong? In this issue of Neuron, Schwartz and colleagues show that these prediction failures trigger a large burst of firing that helps to rapidly correct the neural representation of the object's new position.

  1. Interleukin-1beta mediates ischemic injury in the rat retina.

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    Yoneda, S; Tanihara, H; Kido, N; Honda, Y; Goto, W; Hara, H; Miyawaki, N

    2001-11-01

    Two types of experiment were performed to examine the role of interleukin-1beta in ischemia-induced damage in the rat retina. In the in vivo study, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was used to investigate the expression of immunoreactive interleukin-1beta in the rat retina following a hypertension-induced ischemia/reperfusion, while the effect of a recombinant human interleukin-1 receptor antagonist or an anti-interleukin-1beta neutralizing antibody on the ischemia-induced damage was examined histologically. A transient increase in the expression of immunoreactive interleukin-1beta was observed in the retina 3-12 hr after reperfusion, and morphometric evaluation at 7 days after the ischemia showed a decrease in cell numbers in the ganglion cell layer and a decreased thickness of the inner plexiform layer with no change in the other retinal layers. Intravitreal injection of interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (1 or 10 ng per eye) or anti-interleukin-1beta antibody (50 or 500 ng per eye) 5 min before the onset of the ischemia reduced the damage. In the in vitro study, interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (500 ng ml(-1)) significantly reduced glutamate-induced neurotoxicity in rat cultured retinal neurons. These results suggest that interleukin-1 plays an important role in mediating ischemic and excitotoxic damage in the retina, and that interleukin-1 inhibitors may be therapeutically useful against neuronal injury caused by optic nerve or retinal diseases such as glaucoma and central retinal artery or vein occlusion.

  2. Gene expression profiles of the developing human retina

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    WANG Feng; LI Huiming; LIU Wenwen; XU Ping; HU Gengxi; CHENG Yidong; JIA Libin; HUANG Qian

    2004-01-01

    Retina is a multilayer and highly specialized tissue important in converting light into neural signals. In humans, the critical period for the formation of complex multiplayer structure takes place during embryogenesis between 12 and 28 weeks. The morphologic changes during retinal development in humans have been studied but little is known about the molecular events essential for the formation of the retina. To gain further insights into this process, cDNA microarrays containing 16361 human gene probes were used to measure the gene expression levels in retinas. Of the 16361 genes, 68.7%, 71.4% and 69.7% showed positive hybridization with cDNAs made from 12-16 week fetal, 22-26 week fetal and adult retinas. A total of 814 genes showed a minimum of 3-fold changes between the lowest and highest expression levels among three time points and among them, 106 genes had expression levels with the hybridization intensity above 100 at one or more time points. The clustering analysis suggested that the majority of differentially expressed genes were down-regulated during the retinal development. The differentially expressed genes were further classified according to functions of known genes, and were ranked in decreasing order according to frequency: development, differentiation, signal transduction, protein synthesis and translation, metabolism, DNA binding and transcription, DNA synthesis-repair-recombination, immuno-response, ion channel- transport, cell receptor, cytoskeleton, cell cycle, pro-oncogene, stress and apoptosis related genes. Among these 106 differentially expressed genes, 60 are already present in NEI retina cDNA or EST Databank but the remaining 46 genes are absent and thus identified as "function unknown". To validate gene expression data from the microarray, real-time RT-PCR was performed for 46 "function unknown" genes and 6 known retina specific expression genes, and β-actin was used as internal control. Twenty-seven of these genes showed very similar

  3. Estudo experimental da inibição da proliferação vitreorretiniana pelo uso da hiperecina

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    Machado,Roberto Augusto Fernandes; Casella, Antonio Marcelo Barbante; Malaguido,Marcus Rudolph; Oguido,Ana Paula Miyagusko Taba

    2009-01-01

    OBJETIVOS: Induzir a produção de membranas vitreorretinianas em modelo de trauma ocular animal. Avaliar a inibição do desenvolvimento da proliferação vitreorretiniana (PVR) com o uso de hiperecina. MÉTODOS: Estudo Experimental. Foram utilizados 19 coelhos machos pigmentados adultos com peso entre 2.000 e 3.000 gramas. Todos submetidos a modelo de trauma com dispase associada à diatermia da retina para indução de membranas de PVR. Separados randomicamente para receberem hiperecina (10 µM em 0,...

  4. [The ultrastructure changes of rabbit retina after periodical vacuum suction].

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    Li, Shan-shan; Zhou, Xiao-dong; Chu, Ren-yuan

    2005-12-01

    To study the effects of periodical vacuum-suction of different pressures on the ultrastructure of rabbits' retina. Rabbits involved in the present study were divided into a control group and four treatment groups, which were treated with vacuum-suction of different pressures through scleral suction ring. The suction pressure was increased at a rate of 100 mm Hg/3 sec (1 mm Hg = 0.133 kPa) and reached (200 +/- 20) mm Hg (group I), (300 +/- 20) mm Hg (group II); (400 +/- 20) mm Hg (group III) and (500 +/- 20) mm Hg (group IV). The suction pressure was maintained for 5 seconds before released to zero. The corresponding intraocular pressure examined by Tonopen was 35 mm Hg, 45 mm Hg, 55 mm Hg and 75 mm Hg in these 4 groups, respectively. This circle was repeated for 10 times with 1 minute interval. The test was repeated every other day. The retina was examined by electron microscope after 2 weeks. There was no obvious difference in the retina ultrastructure between the control group and group I. The retina ultrastructure changed slightly in group II which showed more active metabolism. Some significant changes were found in group III and group IV with cell necrosis in group IV. Different elevations of intraocular pressure following periodical vacuum-suction have different effects on the retina of rabbit. Pressure less than 45 mm Hg has almost no effect, but some effects appear at 55 mm Hg pressure, and obviously damages are caused by 75 mm Hg pressure.

  5. Impact of bronchopulmonary dysplasia on brain and retina

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    Annie Wing Hoi Poon

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Many premature newborns develop bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD, a chronic lung disease resulting from prolonged mechanical ventilation and hyperoxia. BPD survivors typically suffer long-term injuries not only to the lungs, but also to the brain and retina. However, currently it is not clear whether the brain and retinal injuries in these newborns are related only to their prematurity, or also to BPD. We investigated whether the hyperoxia known to cause histologic changes in the lungs similar to BPD in an animal model also causes brain and retinal injuries. Sprague Dawley rat pups were exposed to hyperoxia (95% O2, ‘BPD’ group or room air (21% O2, ‘control’ group from postnatal day 4–14 (P4–14; the rat pups were housed in room air between P14 and P28. At P28, they were sacrificed, and their lungs, brain, and eyes were extracted. Hematoxylin and eosin staining was performed on lung and brain sections; retinas were stained with Toluidine Blue. Hyperoxia exposure resulted in an increased mean linear intercept in the lungs (P<0.0001. This increase was associated with a decrease in some brain structures [especially the whole-brain surface (P=0.02], as well as a decrease in the thickness of the retinal layers [especially the total retina (P=0.0008], compared to the room air control group. In addition, a significant negative relationship was observed between the lung structures and the brain (r=−0.49, P=0.02 and retina (r=−0.70, P=0.0008 structures. In conclusion, hyperoxia exposure impaired lung, brain, and retina structures. More severe lung injuries correlated with more severe brain and retinal injuries. This result suggests that the same animal model of chronic neonatal hyperoxia can be used to simultaneously study lung, brain and retinal injuries related to hyperoxia.

  6. Impact of bronchopulmonary dysplasia on brain and retina.

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    Poon, Annie Wing Hoi; Ma, Emilie Xiao Hang; Vadivel, Arul; Jung, Suna; Khoja, Zehra; Stephens, Laurel; Thébaud, Bernard; Wintermark, Pia

    2016-04-15

    Many premature newborns develop bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a chronic lung disease resulting from prolonged mechanical ventilation and hyperoxia. BPD survivors typically suffer long-term injuries not only to the lungs, but also to the brain and retina. However, currently it is not clear whether the brain and retinal injuries in these newborns are related only to their prematurity, or also to BPD. We investigated whether the hyperoxia known to cause histologic changes in the lungs similar to BPD in an animal model also causes brain and retinal injuries. Sprague Dawley rat pups were exposed to hyperoxia (95% O2, 'BPD' group) or room air (21% O2, 'control' group) from postnatal day 4-14 (P4-14); the rat pups were housed in room air between P14 and P28. At P28, they were sacrificed, and their lungs, brain, and eyes were extracted. Hematoxylin and eosin staining was performed on lung and brain sections; retinas were stained with Toluidine Blue. Hyperoxia exposure resulted in an increased mean linear intercept in the lungs (P<0.0001). This increase was associated with a decrease in some brain structures [especially the whole-brain surface (P=0.02)], as well as a decrease in the thickness of the retinal layers [especially the total retina (P=0.0008)], compared to the room air control group. In addition, a significant negative relationship was observed between the lung structures and the brain (r=-0.49,P=0.02) and retina (r=-0.70,P=0.0008) structures. In conclusion, hyperoxia exposure impaired lung, brain, and retina structures. More severe lung injuries correlated with more severe brain and retinal injuries. This result suggests that the same animal model of chronic neonatal hyperoxia can be used to simultaneously study lung, brain and retinal injuries related to hyperoxia.

  7. O FÃ NA CULTURA DA DIVERGÊNCIA: HIERARQUIA E DISPUTA EM UMA COMUNIDADE ON-LINE

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    CAMPANELLA, Bruno

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Utilizando os resultados de uma etnografia midiática realizada em uma comunidade on-line de fãs do reality show Big Brother Brasil (BBB este artigo discute algumas questões centrais acerca da “cultura da convergência”. As análises trazidas aqui apresentam um contraponto à ideia de que as dinâmicas entre fãs de produtos como o BBB necessariamente implicariam na formação de uma “inteligência coletiva”, conforme defendido por acadêmicos como Henry Jenkins e Pierre Lévy. Os fãs da versão nacional do formato, por exemplo, parecem estar mais preocupados com disputas por prestígio, hierarquia e capital subcultural do que com o desenvolvimento de um conhecimento comum, capaz de desafiar interesses econômicos e corporativos.

  8. Paradoxo e medo da morte: dimensões tanatológicas na obra de SØren Kierkegaard

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    Alessandro Gonçalves Campolina

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    Full Text Available A morte enquanto possibilidade é uma das questões centrais problematizadas pela filosofia existencial de Soeren A. Kierkegaard. Assumir a responsabilidade por “tornar-se o que se é”, em um mergulho corajoso nas múltiplas possibilidades da existência, parece ser a grande conquista dos que acreditam na vida, afirmando a cada instante, o apelo inadiável da decisão. Para tanto, um pensamento profundo do desespero é necessário para encontrar o paradoxo absoluto e a superação do medo da morte. A partir dos conceitos de angústia, desespero, “doença até a morte” e “mortalmente doente”, o presente estudo pretende investigar as dimensões tanatológicas que atravessam a obra do filósofo dinamarquês.

  9. Infecções da corrente sangüínea em pacientes em uso de cateter venoso central em Unidades de Terapia Intensiva

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    Os cateteres venosos centrais (CVC), utilizados, principalmente em unidades de terapia intensiva-UTIs, são importantes fontes de infecção da corrente sangüínea (ICS). Este estudo epidemiológico analítico, tipo coorte prospectiva, enfoca a incidência de ICS, fatores de risco associados e ações assistenciais relacionadas ao uso desses cateteres em 7 UTIs no Distrito Federal. Dos 630 pacientes com CVC, 6,4% apresentaram ICS (1,5% relacionadas ao cateter e 4,9% ICS-Clínica). A permanência de inte...

  10. A trajetória da introdução e regulamentação da acupuntura no Brasil: memórias de desafios e lutas

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    Sabrina Pereira Rocha

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo objetivou explorar, a partir de relatos de vida de acupunturistas, a luta pela regulamentação da prática da acupuntura no Brasil. Utilizamos a História Oral de Vida como método, tendo como proposta central a dimensão das experiências humanas envolvidas nesta trajetória de lutas e desafios. Realizamos dez entrevistas, seguindo o conjunto de procedimentos exigidos pela História Oral. As informações contidas nas narrativas foram analisadas e, tomando como referencial a abordagem de interpretação denominada imersão/cristalização, foram estabelecidos os temas centrais do trabalho, a partir dos quais a discussão foi desenvolvida. Os resultados apontaram a emergência de temas extremamente controversos que envolvem aspectos políticos, corporativos e de âmbito cultural, que se apresentam como elementos centrais dentro de um processo histórico ainda em desenvolvimento.

  11. Using stem cells to mend the retina in ocular disease.

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    Bull, Natalie D; Martin, Keith R

    2009-11-01

    Retinal degenerative diseases are the leading cause of incurable blindness worldwide. Furthermore, existing pharmacological and surgical interventions are only partially effective in halting disease progression, thus adjunctive neuroprotective strategies are desperately needed to preserve vision. Stem cells appear to possess inherent neuroprotective abilities, at least in part by providing neurotrophic support to injured neurons. Advances in stem cell biology offer the hope of new therapies for a broad range of neurodegenerative conditions, including those of the retina. Experimental cell-mediated therapies also hint at the tantalizing possibility of achieving retinal neuronal replacement and regeneration, once cells are lost to the disease process. This article summarizes the latest advances in cell therapies for neuroprotection and regeneration in neurodegenerative pathologies of both the inner and outer retina.

  12. An analog VLSI chip emulating polarization vision of Octopus retina.

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    Momeni, Massoud; Titus, Albert H

    2006-01-01

    Biological systems provide a wealth of information which form the basis for human-made artificial systems. In this work, the visual system of Octopus is investigated and its polarization sensitivity mimicked. While in actual Octopus retina, polarization vision is mainly based on the orthogonal arrangement of its photoreceptors, our implementation uses a birefringent micropolarizer made of YVO4 and mounted on a CMOS chip with neuromorphic circuitry to process linearly polarized light. Arranged in an 8 x 5 array with two photodiodes per pixel, each consuming typically 10 microW, this circuitry mimics both the functionality of individual Octopus retina cells by computing the state of polarization and the interconnection of these cells through a bias-controllable resistive network.

  13. Experimental Study of Effect of Perfluorohexyloctane to Retina

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    Chunfang Li; Xiaoyan Ding; Lin Lu; Guanguang Feng; Huling Zheng

    2002-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the effect of perfluorohexvloctane to the retina of rabbit eyes.Methods: Perfluoroh-exyloctane (experimental group) or BSS(control group) intovitreous cavities of fifteen vitrectomized New Zealand white rabbits. A slit-lampbiomicroscope and an indirect ophthalmoscope were used to examine all the eyes pre- andpostoperation. Histopathological examination was performed after the rabbits weresacrificed. Results:Perfluorohexyloctane was injected into the vitreous cavity forming a single largeclear globe. No retinal detachment and cataract were found. The edema of outer plexiformlayer was significant, and then get thin, inner nuclear layer and ganglion cell bodies hada darker cytop: lasm and nucleoplasm. Conclusions: Perfluorohexyloctane in vitreous cavity had significant side effects on retinaAs a silicone solvent, it should be removed out completely after injection. We don′trecommend to use it as a new intraocular temponade.

  14. Optical Coherence Tomography and Raman Spectroscopy of the retina

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    Evans, J W; Zawadzki, R J; Liu, R; Chan, J; Lane, S; Werner, J S

    2009-01-16

    Imaging the structure and correlating it with the biochemical content of the retina holds promise for fundamental research and for clinical applications. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is commonly used to image the 3D structure of the retina and while the added functionality of biochemical analysis afforded by Raman scattering could provide critical molecular signatures for clinicians and researchers, there are many technical challenges to combining these imaging modalities. We present an ex vivo OCT microscope combined with Raman spectroscopy capable of collecting morphological and molecular information about a sample simultaneously. The combined instrument will be used to investigate remaining technical challenges to combine these imaging modalities, such as the laser power levels needed to achieve a Raman signal above the noise level without damaging the sample.

  15. [Cataract extraction and blue light--impact on the retina].

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    Engelmann, K; Funk, R H

    2009-10-01

    This review focuses on the scientific background for the use of "yellow artificial lenses". We will address the fact that numerous basic scientific publications point to a rationale for this practice although it is often difficult to derive clear-cut evidence from clinical epidemiological studies for the preventive use of yellow artificial lenses. In the first part we refer to studies showing that especially the shortwave part of the visible spectrum of light can be harmful for the retina and optic nerve. For this, we have screened the literature for the major sources of radical production and for the targets of oxidative stress after impingement of "blue light" on the retina. Furthermore, we can show that many studies in cell and molecular biology, animal experiments and first clinical trials point to a preferential use of yellow-tinted lenses especially in the elderly and AMD patients.

  16. Modeling and Simulation of Microelectrode-Retina Interactions

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    Beckerman, M

    2002-11-30

    The goal of the retinal prosthesis project is the development of an implantable microelectrode array that can be used to supply visually-driven electrical input to cells in the retina, bypassing nonfunctional rod and cone cells, thereby restoring vision to blind individuals. This goal will be achieved through the study of the fundamentals of electrical engineering, vision research, and biomedical engineering with the aim of acquiring the knowledge needed to engineer a high-density microelectrode-tissue hybrid sensor that will restore vision to millions of blind persons. The modeling and simulation task within this project is intended to address the question how best to stimulate, and communicate with, cells in the retina using implanted microelectrodes.

  17. Os horizontes de Prometeu: considerações para uma crítica da modernidade Between realism and fiction: representations of race, sexuality, and Prometeus' scenarios: toward a critique of modernity

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    Carlos Alberto Plastino

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available O artigo discute inicialmente as concepções centrais do neoliberalismo e da multifacética crise de civilização, decorrentes da unilateralidade da perspectiva iluminista. Afirmando a necessidade de recuperar a perspectiva crítica, insere a consideração das políticas econômicas neoliberais e de suas conseqüências políticas, sociais e culturais na perspectiva da crise da modernidade. Considera a seguir as características centrais da cosmologia moderna, salientando o papel central do racionalismo, nas suas vertentes ontológica e gnosiológica. Apoiando-se nas contribuições da ciência contemporânea (em especial da física quântica e da psicanálise, assinala o caminho seguido pela crítica daquelas concepções, orientadas no sentido de relativizar o determinismo, abrindo espaço para a consideração da criação e da emergência do radicalmente novo na históriaThis paper begins by putting forth the argument about the main concepts of neoliberalism and of the multifacetted crisis of civilization issuing from the unilateral illuministic perspective. Asserting the need to recover the critical viewpoint, it inc1udes the analysis of neoliberal economic policies and their political, social and cultural outcome from the standpoint of the modernity crisis. It goes on to ponder the main features of modern cosmology, highlighting the fuIlrum role of rationalism in both its ontological and gnoseological approaches. Seeking support on the contributions of contemporary Science (particularly Quantum Physics and of Psychoanalysis, it points out the route taken by the critique of those concepts, targetted towards the relativity of determinism and making room for the consideration of creation and of the emergence of the radically new in History.

  18. Genetic variations strongly influence phenotypic outcome in the mouse retina.

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    Austin S Jelcick

    Full Text Available Variation in genetic background can significantly influence the phenotypic outcome of both disease and non-disease associated traits. Additionally, differences in temporal and strain specific gene expression can also contribute to phenotypes in the mammalian retina. This is the first report of microarray based cross-strain analysis of gene expression in the retina investigating genetic background effects. Microarray analyses were performed on retinas from the following mouse strains: C57BL6/J, AKR/J, CAST/EiJ, and NOD.NON-H2(-nb1 at embryonic day 18.5 (E18.5 and postnatal day 30.5 (P30.5. Over 3000 differentially expressed genes were identified between strains and developmental stages. Differential gene expression was confirmed by qRT-PCR, Western blot, and immunohistochemistry. Three major gene networks were identified that function to regulate retinal or photoreceptor development, visual perception, cellular transport, and signal transduction. Many of the genes in these networks are implicated in retinal diseases such as bradyopsia, night-blindness, and cone-rod dystrophy. Our analysis revealed strain specific variations in cone photoreceptor cell patterning and retinal function. This study highlights the substantial impact of genetic background on both development and function of the retina and the level of gene expression differences tolerated for normal retinal function. These strain specific genetic variations may also be present in other tissues. In addition, this study will provide valuable insight for the development of more accurate models for human retinal diseases.

  19. Immunohistochemical and calcium imaging methods in wholemount rat retina.

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    Sargoy, Allison; Barnes, Steven; Brecha, Nicholas C; Pérez De Sevilla Müller, Luis

    2014-10-13

    In this paper we describe the tools, reagents, and the practical steps that are needed for: 1) successful preparation of wholemount retinas for immunohistochemistry and, 2) calcium imaging for the study of voltage gated calcium channel (VGCC) mediated calcium signaling in retinal ganglion cells. The calcium imaging method we describe circumvents issues concerning non-specific loading of displaced amacrine cells in the ganglion cell layer.

  20. Immunohistochemical and Calcium Imaging Methods in Wholemount Rat Retina

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    SARGOY, ALLISON; Barnes, Steven; Brecha, Nicholas C.; De Sevilla Müller, Luis Pérez

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we describe the tools, reagents, and the practical steps that are needed for: 1) successful preparation of wholemount retinas for immunohistochemistry and, 2) calcium imaging for the study of voltage gated calcium channel (VGCC) mediated calcium signaling in retinal ganglion cells. The calcium imaging method we describe circumvents issues concerning non-specific loading of displaced amacrine cells in the ganglion cell layer.

  1. Effects and Responses to Spaceflight in the Mouse Retina

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    Zanello, Susana B.; Theriot, Corey; Westby, Christian; Boyle, Richard

    2011-01-01

    Several stress environmental factors are combined in a unique fashion during spaceflight, affecting living beings widely across their physiological systems. Recently, attention has been placed on vision changes in astronauts returning from long duration missions. Alterations include hyperoptic shift, globe flattening, choroidal folds and optic disc edema, which are probably associated with increased intracranial pressure. These observations justify a better characterization of the ocular health risks associated with spaceflight. This study investigates the impact of spaceflight on the biology of the mouse retina. Within a successful tissue sharing effort, eyes from albino Balb/cJ mice aboard STS-133 were collected for histological analysis and gene expression profiling of the retina at 1 and 7 days after landing. Both vivarium and AEM (Animal Enclosure Module) mice were used as ground controls. Oxidative stress-induced DNA damage was higher in the flight samples compared to controls on R+1, and decreased on R+7. A trend toward higher oxidative and cellular stress response gene expression was also observed on R+1 compared to AEM controls, and these levels decreased on R+7. Several genes coding for key antioxidant enzymes, namely, heme-oxygenase-1, peroxiredoxin, and catalase, were among those upregulated after flight. Likewise, NF B and TGFbeta1, were upregulated in one flight specimen that overall showed the most elevated oxidative stress markers on R+1. In addition, retinas from vivarium control mice evidenced higher oxidative stress markers, NF B and TGFbeta1, likely due to the more intense illumination in vivarium cages versus the AEM. These preliminary data suggest that spaceflight represents a source of environmental stress that translates into oxidative and cellular stress in the retina, which is partially reversible upon return to Earth. Further work is needed to dissect the contribution of the various spaceflight factors (microgravity, radiation) and to

  2. Analysis of bipolar and amacrine populations in marmoset retina.

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    Weltzien, Felix; Percival, Kumiko A; Martin, Paul R; Grünert, Ulrike

    2015-02-01

    About 15 parallel ganglion cell pathways transmit visual signals to the brain, but the interneuron (bipolar and amacrine) populations providing input to ganglion cells remain poorly understood in primate retina. We carried out a quantitative analysis of the inner nuclear layer in the retina of the marmoset (Callithrix jacchus). Vertical Vibratome sections along the horizontal meridian were processed with immunohistochemical markers. Image stacks were taken with a confocal microscope, and densities of cell populations were determined. The density of flat midget bipolar cells fell from 15,746 cells/mm(2) at 1 mm (8 deg) to 7,827 cells/mm(2) at 3 mm (25 deg). The rod bipolar cell density fell from 8,640 cells/mm(2) at 1 mm to 4,278 cells/mm(2) at 3 mm, but the ratio of the two bipolar cell types did not change with eccentricity. The amacrine cell density ranged from 30,000 cells/mm(2) at 8 deg to less than 15,000 cells/mm(2) at 25 deg, but throughout the retina, the ratio of glycinergic to γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic to amacrine cells remained relatively constant. The fractions of rod bipolar, cone bipolar, amacrine, Müller, and horizontal cells of all cells in the inner nuclear layer were comparable in central and peripheral retina. Marmosets had lower proportions of midget bipolar and rod bipolar in comparison with macaque. These differences were correlated with differences in rod and cone densities between the two species and did not reflect fundamental differences in the wiring between the two species.

  3. Electroretinogram and Histopathologic Changes of the Retina after Methanol Intoxication

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    CHEN Jie-min; ZHU Guang-you; ZHAO Zi-qin; XIA Wen-tao

    2013-01-01

    In order to study the functional and structural alterations of the retina in SD rat model after methanol intoxication,35 rats were divided randomly into five groups administrated with saline,3-day high dose,7-day high dose,3-day low dose and 7-day low dose methanol separately.The retinal function of each group was assessed by flash electroretinogram (F-ERG) 3 and 7 days after methanol poisoning.The microstructure and ultrastructure of the retina were observed at the same time.The high-dose methanol intoxication induced irreversible retinal functional and structural damages 3 days after poisoning,which included prolonged latency and reduced amplitude of the Max-reaction of F-ERG.These injuries were aggravated 7 days after poisoning.Meanwhile,the latency and amplitude of the Cone-reaction of F-ERG were also affected 3 days after poisoning,but there were no further worsening tendency 7 days after poisoning.The retinal histological analysis showed cellular edema,heteromorphy and disarrangement,tissular loosen of the inner nuclear layer and photoreceptors layer.The mitochondrial damage began at the photoreceptors layer and developed further into the inner nuclear layer.The low-dose methanol intoxication only caused transient damage of the retina.Our results showed that the function and structure of the photoreceptor and inner nuclear layer were the primary target of methanol intoxication and that the rod cells were more sensitive to methanol intoxication than the cone cells.The mitochondrial damage developed from outer layer to inner layer of the retina.

  4. Effect of intensive laser irradiation on lipid peroxidation in retina

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    Lyakhnovich, G.V.; Guseynov, T.M.; Zheltov, G.I.; Glazkov, V.N.; Naumovich, A.S.; Koney, S.V.; Volotovskiy, I.D.

    1986-01-01

    A study was made of the effect of intensive laser irradiation on the kinetics of lipid peroxidation in the retina in in vivo and in vitro conditions and also considered the possible influence on these processes of vitamin E and selenium, which have endogenous antioxidants and play an active part in the regulation of the oxidizing processes in membranes was considered. Tests in vitro were conducted on preparations of bovine eyes; in vivo studies were conducted on Chinchilla rabbits.

  5. Age related macular degeneration and drusen: neuroinflammation in the retina.

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    Buschini, Elisa; Piras, Antonio; Nuzzi, Raffaele; Vercelli, Alessandro

    2011-09-15

    Inflammation protects from dangerous stimuli, restoring normal tissue homeostasis. Inflammatory response in the nervous system ("neuroinflammation") has distinct features, which are shared in several diseases. The retina is an immune-privileged site, and the tight balance of immune reaction can be disrupted and lead to age-related macular disease (AMD) and to its peculiar sign, the druse. Excessive activation of inflammatory and immunological cascade with subsequent induction of damage, persistent activation of resident immune cells, accumulation of byproducts that exceeds the normal capacity of clearance giving origin to a chronic local inflammation, alterations in the activation of the complement system, infiltration of macrophages, T-lymphocytes and mast-cells from the bloodstream, participate in the mechanisms which originate the drusen. In addition, aging of the retina and AMD involve also para-inflammation, by which immune cells react to persistent stressful stimuli generating low-grade inflammation, aimed at restoring function and maintaining tissue homeostasis by varying the set point in relation to the new altered conditions. This mechanism is also seen in the normal aging retina, but, in the presence of noxious stimuli as in AMD, it can become chronic and have an adverse outcome. Finally, autophagy may provide new insights to understand AMD pathology, due to its contribution in the removal of defective proteins. Therefore, the AMD retina can represent a valuable model to study neuroinflammation, its mechanisms and therapy in a restricted and controllable environment. Targeting these pathways could represent a new way to treat and prevent both exudative and dry forms of AMD.

  6. O Ensino da Propriedade Intelectual: Mapeando as Academias da Rede Global

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    Beatriz Amorim-Borher

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo tem por objetivo geral apresentar um mapeamento das Academias de Propriedade Intelectual vinculadas à Rede Global de Academias de PI (Global Network on Intellectual Property Academies/GNIPA, identificando suas estruturas de gestão, missões, atividades e resultados e, ao mesmo tempo, contextualizando o estabelecimento das mesmas no reconhecimento de que inovação e propriedade intelectual passam a ser elementos centrais para competitividade econômica. Tal diagnóstico deverá oferecer informações relevantes para apoiar, entre outras coisas: o fortalecimento da cooperação técnica entre as mencionadas Academias, o acesso a recursos didáticos existentes e o estabelecimento de futuros programas de ensino e pesquisa no campo da propriedade intelectual.This article focuses on a research developed to map the main characteristics of existing Academies of Intellectual Property which are linked to the Global Network on Intellectual Property Academies – (GNIPA, examining their organizational structure, mission, activities and achieved results. The creation of IP Academies happens in a context in which intellectual property and innovation are recognized as key elements for economic competitiveness. The present paper should offer relevant information to support, among other things: the strengthening of technical cooperation among the referred Academies; a better access to existing specialized publications; and the establishment of future training programs and research initiatives in the field of intellectual property.

  7. In vivo intrinsic optical signal imaging of mouse retinas

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    Wang, Benquan; Yao, Xincheng

    2016-03-01

    Intrinsic optical signal (IOS) imaging is a promising noninvasive method for advanced study and diagnosis of eye diseases. Before pursuing clinical applications, more IOS studies employing animal models are necessary to establish the relationship between IOS distortions and eye diseases. Ample mouse models are available for investigating the relationship between IOS distortions and eye diseases. However, in vivo IOS imaging of mouse retinas is challenging due to the small ocular lens (compared to frog eyes) and inevitable eye movements. We report here in vivo IOS imaging of mouse retinas using a custom-designed functional OCT. The OCT system provided high resolution (3 μm) and high speed (up to 500 frames/s) imaging of mouse retinas. An animal holder equipped with a custom designed ear bar and bite bar was used to minimize eye movement due to breathing and heartbeats. Residual eye movement in OCT images was further compensated by accurate image registration. Dynamic OCT imaging revealed rapid IOSs from photoreceptor outer segments immediately (IOS changes were also observed from inner retinal layers with delayed time courses compared to that of photoreceptor IOSs.

  8. EFFECTS OF TETRAMETHYLPYRAZINE ON RETINA OF RABBITS WITHEXPERIMENTAL GLAUCOMA

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    2000-01-01

    Objective To observe the effects of tetramethyipyrazine(TMP) on retina to find out whether it can protect retina from glaucomatous damage. Methods Twenty-four rabbits were randomly divided into four groups. One eye of each rabbit was model eye induced by 2% methylcellulous, and the other was control eye. Normal saline, TMP, timolol and a combination of timolol and TMP were administrated to group A, B, C and D respectively. At the end of 4th week, eyes were excavated for light and electron microscopic study. Results The numbers of ganglion cells (P <0. 01) and bipolar cells (P <0. 01) in model eye were different significantly between group A and B. In group A, the model eye ganglion cells were karyopyknosis, chromatin margination and nuclear membrane rupture; some in ner nuclear cells dcveloped marked lytic changes; outer segment appeared disorganized; but group B changed slight ly. Conclusion The results suggest that TMP may protect retina from glaucomatous damage.

  9. Light pollution: the possible consequences of excessive illumination on retina.

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    Contín, M A; Benedetto, M M; Quinteros-Quintana, M L; Guido, M E

    2016-02-01

    Light is the visible part of the electromagnetic radiation within a range of 380-780 nm; (400-700 on primates retina). In vertebrates, the retina is adapted to capturing light photons and transmitting this information to other structures in the central nervous system. In mammals, light acts directly on the retina to fulfill two important roles: (1) the visual function through rod and cone photoreceptor cells and (2) non-image forming tasks, such as the synchronization of circadian rhythms to a 24 h solar cycle, pineal melatonin suppression and pupil light reflexes. However, the excess of illumination may cause retinal degeneration or accelerate genetic retinal diseases. In the last century human society has increased its exposure to artificial illumination, producing changes in the Light/Dark cycle, as well as in light wavelengths and intensities. Although, the consequences of unnatural illumination or light pollution have been underestimated by modern society in its way of life, light pollution may have a strong impact on people's health. The effects of artificial light sources could have direct consequences on retinal health. Constant exposure to different wavelengths and intensities of light promoted by light pollution may produce retinal degeneration as a consequence of photoreceptor or retinal pigment epithelium cells death. In this review we summarize the different mechanisms of retinal damage related to the light exposure, which generates light pollution.

  10. 10 anos de pesquisa da revista brasileira de inovação sob a ótica da bibliometria e da rede social

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    Henrique César Melo Ribeiro

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo explorou a produção científica da Revista Brasileira de Inovação no período de 2002 a 2011. A referida pesquisa se norteou numa pesquisa bibliométrica e de rede social, utilizando-se de estatística descritiva em 100 artigos identificados. Os principais resultados foram: a prevalência de parcerias de dois a sete autores; verificou-se a baixa integração entre os autores, impactando na densidade da rede dos pesquisadores e, consequentemente, de suas respectivas IES. A Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp e Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG, são as IES mais centrais deste estudo; constatou-se um equilíbrio entre as abordagens qualitativa e quantitativa. Também uma predominância nos tipos de pesquisa documental e bibliográfica. E o estudo de caso como um dos métodos de estudo mais visto nos 100 artigos investigados; e as áreas de estudo que se destacaram foram: políticas de ciência, tecnologia e inovação, gestão da inovação e mudança tecnológica e organizacional, representando 53% do montante de todas as áreas.

  11. CARACTERIZAÇÃO DO COMÉRCIO DA CEASA-CEARÁ

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    Joilson Silva Lima

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Os Centros de Abastecimento são pontos de concentração física da produção de hortigranjeiros oriundos de diversas regiões do país. Grande parte da comercialização de hortaliças, frutas e flores no Brasil têm ocorrido através das Centrais de Abastecimento. O objetivo do presente estudo foi caracterizar o comércio da Ceasa-CE a partir da visão dos que ali operam, buscando identificar o perfil do mercado atacadista ali instalado. Para esta finalidade foram aplicados questionários junto aos permissionários. Os resultados mostraram que os donos de mercadinhos e mercearias são os principais clientes da Ceasa-CE, os principais produtos comercializados na Ceasa-CE são as frutas, mais da metade dos produtos comercializados são produzidos no Estado do Ceará e as perdas dos produtos comercializados no interior da Ceasa-CE podem superar 20%.

  12. Dimensões da liberdade na filosofia político-jurídica de Kant

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    Diego Kosbiau Trevisan

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available O artigo procurará fornecer uma resposta às acusações frequentemente lançadas contra Kant a respeito do acento excessivo e indevido da dimensão individualista, subjetivista e mesmo solipsista em sua filosofia política, dimensão esta refletida, aqui, na suposta precedência de elementos pertencentes à tradição liberal em detrimento da tradição republicana na base normativa de sua teoria do direito. Para tanto, analisamos primeiro o conceito kantiano de direito como regulação da liberdade externa numa relação recíproca de agentes autodeterminados. Na sequência, dois conceitos centrais da Doutrina do Direito, a saber, o direito inato da humanidade e o postulado jurídico da razão prática, são investigados como conceitos que desvelam a base normativa de junção das dimensões subjetiva e intersubjetiva de fundamentação da liberdade jurídica.

  13. Reificação e reconhecimento: um estudo a partir da teoria crítica da sociedade de Axel Honneth

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    Rúrion Melo

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    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/1677-2954.2010v9n2p231O conceito de reificação, originalmente formulado por Karl Marx e desenvolvido por Georg Lukács, foi incorporado como uma das categorias centrais da teoria crítica em sua tarefa de diagnosticar patologias sociais. Contudo, para a compreensão atual da utilização do conceito, tornou-se necessário libertar seu referencial originário meramente econômico. É isso o que pretende Axel Honneth ao reatualizar o conceito de reificação e seu potencial crítico-normativo a partir da teoria do reconhecimento. Além de retomar os principais aspectos do conceito de reificação segundo a análise do “fetichismo da mercadoria”, o artigo se concentra em apresentar a interpretação de Honneth para os processos sociais reificantes – nas relações dos sujeitos com o mundo circundante, nas relações sociais entre os sujeitos e nos efeitos patológicos da autoreificação sobre a autorealização ética – e para a produção inovadora do diagnóstico das patologias sociais decorrentes da reificação como “esquecimento do reconhecimento”.

  14. LASIK X PRK após cirurgia de descolamento de retina

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    Rodovalho Adriano Jorge Mattoso

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar os resultados obtidos pelas técnicas de "laser in situ keratomileusis" (LASIK e "photorefractive keratectomy" (PRK na correção de miopia e astigmatismo em olhos previamente submetidos à cirurgia de descolamento de retina (DR com "buckle" escleral. MÉTODOS: Vinte e cinco olhos de 22 pacientes com alterações refracionais significativas após a cirurgia de DR foram submetidos à cirurgia refrativa. Em 14 olhos de 13 pacientes foi realizado LASIK e em 11 olhos de 9 pacientes, PRK. O intervalo mínimo entre a cirurgia de DR e a cirurgia refrativa foi de 12 meses. O tempo de seguimento foi de, pelo menos, 12 meses. RESULTADOS: Doze meses após a cirurgia, a média do equivalente esférico (EE no grupo submetido ao LASIK diminuiu de -6,49 D antes da cirurgia para -0,17 D e a média do cilindro de -1,10 D para -0,23 D. A média do EE no grupo submetido ao PRK foi reduzida de -5,35 D para +0,02 D e a média do cilindro, de -1,38 D para -0,54D. Em ambos os grupos, 11 olhos apresentaram melhora da acuidade visual sem correção de pelo menos 4 linhas. CONCLUSÃO: Tanto o LASIK quanto o PRK foram seguros e eficazes para a correção do erro refracional induzido após a cirurgia de DR. Nossos resultados não apresentaram diferenças significativas entre os procedimentos. Estudos posteriores envolvendo maior amostragem e seguimento mais prolongado contribuirão para melhor avaliação da cirurgia refrativa em pacientes submetidos à cirurgia com "buckle" escleral.

  15. The estrogenic retina: The potential contribution to healthy aging and age-related neurodegenerative diseases of the retina.

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    Cascio, Caterina; Deidda, Irene; Russo, Domenica; Guarneri, Patrizia

    2015-11-01

    These last two decades have seen an explosion of clinical and epidemiological research, and basic research devoted to envisage the influence of gender and hormonal fluctuations in the retina/ocular diseases. Particular attention has been paid to age-related disorders because of the overlap of endocrine and neuronal dysfunction with aging. Hormonal withdrawal has been considered among risk factors for diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular disease (AMD), as well as, for Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, or other neurodegenerative disorders. Sex hormones and aging have been also suggested to drive the incidence of ocular surface diseases such as dry eye and cataract. Hormone therapy has been approached in several clinical trials. The discovery that the retina is another CNS tissue synthesizing neurosteroids, among which neuroactive steroids, has favored these studies. However, the puzzling data emerged from clinical, epidemiological and experimental studies have added several dimensions of complexity; the current landscape is inherently limited to the weak information on the influence and interdependence of endocrine, paracrine and autocrine regulation in the retina, but also in the brain. Focusing on the estrogenic retina, we here review our knowledge on local 17β-oestradiol (E2) synthesis from cholesterol-based neurosteroidogenic path and testosterone aromatization, and presence of estrogen receptors (ERα and ERβ). The first cholesterol-limiting step and the final aromatase-limiting step are discussed as possible check-points of retinal functional/dysfunctional E2. Possible E2 neuroprotection is commented as a group of experimental evidence on excitotoxic and oxidative retinal paradigms, and models of retinal neurodegenerative diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and AMD. These findings may provide a framework to support clinical studies, although further basic research is needed.

  16. Fundamentos marxistas: modo de produção como eixo para uma síntese em perspectiva histórica da relação Trabalho/Educação Física, Esportes e Lazerdoi: 10.5007/2175-8042.2010v22n35p99

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    Elza Margarida de Mendonça Peixoto

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo trata da indicação da teoria e das categorias que o Grupo de Estudos e Pesquisas Marxismo, História, Tempo Livre e Educação tem considerado centrais para a apreensão e explicação do lazer enquanto realidade que se efetiva no processo de desenvolvimento das forças produtivas e das relações de produção em diferentes formações sociais, e, em especial, na formação social brasileira.

  17. Detecção de alterações na camada de fibras nervosas da retina por meio do laser confocal polarizado em hipertensão ocular antes do surgimento de defeitos perimétricos Detection of retinal nerve fiber layer changes in ocular hypertension with scanning laser polarimetry before the appearance of perimetric defects

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    Roberto Lauande-Pimentel

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a capacidade do laser confocal polarizado (LCP em detectar alterações na camada de fibras nervosas (CFN de hipertensos oculares antes do aparecimento de alteração campimétrica. Desenho- Retrospectivo, caso-controle. MÉTODOS: Pacientes hipertensos oculares divididos em dois grupos: a estáveis e b conversores (que progrediram com dano perimétrico glaucomatoso. Parâmetros de retardo obtidos por meio do programa NFA/GDx. RESULTADOS: Um total de 108 pacientes estáveis e 13 conversores foram estudados por período médio de seguimento acima de 35 meses nos dois grupos. Diversos parâmetros do LCP mostraram diferenças significativas na espessura da CFN entre os dois grupos no inicio do seguimento (média de 27,4 meses antes do aparecimento de lesão perimétrica. Os parâmetros The Number, Maximum Modulation e Superior Average permaneceram diferentes entre os grupos no início e no final do seguimento. O odds ratio para desenvolvimento de conversão perimétrica, dado um resultado de The Number alterado (>32, foi estimado em 7,9 para esta série. CONCLUSÕES: O LCP foi capaz de detectar alterações significativas na CFN no grupo de hipertensos oculares que desenvolveram posteriormente lesão perimétrica glaucomatosa. Neste estudo, o resultado inicial anormal de The Number foi o principal fator de risco para desenvolvimento de alteração perimétrica futura em pacientes hipertensos oculares.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the ability of the Confocal Scanning Laser Polarimeter (SLP to detect glaucoma alterations before the appearance of perimetric defects. Design- retrospective, case-control. METHODS: Ocular hipertensive patients divided in to two groups: a stable and b conversors (that have conversed to perimetric defined glaucoma. Nerve Fiber Analyser/GDx parameters of retardation. RESULTS: A total of 108 stable and 13 conversors were evaluated for a mean period over 35 months in each group. At the initial examination, several

  18. Müller cells express the cannabinoid CB2 receptor in the vervet monkey retina

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    Bouskila, Joseph; Javadi, Pasha; Casanova, Christian

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    The presence of the cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1R) has been largely documented in the rodent and primate retinae in recent years. There is, however, some controversy concerning the presence of the CB2 receptor (CB2R) within the central nervous system. Only recently, CB2R has been found...... in the rodent retina, but its presence in the primate retina has not yet been demonstrated. The aim of this study was twofold: 1) to characterize the distribution patterns of CB2R in the monkey retina and compare this distribution with that previously reported for CB1R and 2) to resolve the controversy...... on the presence of CB2R in the neural component of the retina. We therefore thoroughly examined the cellular localization of CB2R in the vervet monkey (Chlorocebus sabeus) retina, using confocal microscopy. Our results demonstrate that CB2R, like CB1R, is present throughout the retinal layers, but with striking...

  19. A Comparative Analysis of the Endocannabinoid System in the Retina of Mice, Tree Shrews, and Monkeys

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    Bouskila, Joseph; Javadi, Pasha; Elkrief, Laurent

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    The endocannabinoid (eCB) system is widely expressed in various parts of the central nervous system, including the retina. The localization of the key eCB receptors, particularly CB1R and CB2R, has been recently reported in rodent and primate retinas with striking interspecies differences. Little...... is known about the distribution of the enzymes involved in the synthesis and degradation of these eCBs. We therefore examined the expression and localization of the main components of the eCB system in the retina of mice, tree shrews, and monkeys. We found that CB1R and FAAH distributions are well...... of the outer retina and in retinal neurons of the inner retina; in monkeys, CB2R is restricted to Müller cells. Finally, the expression patterns of MAGL and DAGLα are differently expressed across species. Overall, these results provide evidence that the eCB system is differently expressed in the retina...

  20. Brain derived neurotrophic factor in the retina of the teleost N. furzeri.

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    Gatta, Claudia; Castaldo, Luciana; Cellerino, Alessandro; de Girolamo, Paolo; Lucini, Carla; D'Angelo, Livia

    2014-07-01

    BDNF plays an important role in the development and maintenance of visual circuitries in the retina and brain visual centers. In adulthood, BDNF signaling is involved in neural protection and regeneration of retina. In this survey, we investigated the expression of BDNF in the retina of adult Nothobranchius furzeri, a teleost fish employed for age research. After describing the retina of N. furzeri and confirming that the structure is organized in layers as in all vertebrates, we have studied the localization of BDNF mRNA and protein throughout the retinal layers. BDNF mRNA is detectable in all layers, whereas the protein is lacking in the photoreceptors. The occurrence of BDNF provides new insights on its role in the retina, particularly in view of age-related disease of retina.

  1. Localization and regulation of dopamine receptor D4 expression in the adult and developing rat retina

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    Klitten, Laura L; Rath, Martin F; Coon, Steven L

    2008-01-01

    Levels of dopamine and melatonin exhibit diurnal rhythms in the rat retina. Dopamine is high during daytime adapting the retina to light, whereas melatonin is high during nighttime participating in the adaptation of the retina to low light intensities. Dopamine inhibits the synthesis of melatonin....... The sharp increase of Drd4 expression at a specific postnatal time suggests that dopamine is involved in retinal development....

  2. Simulation and performance of an artificial retina for 40 MHz track reconstruction

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    We present the results of a detailed simulation of the artificial retina pattern-recognition algorithm, designed to reconstruct events with hundreds of charged-particle tracks in pixel and silicon detectors at LHCb with LHC crossing frequency of $40\\,\\rm MHz$. Performances of the artificial retina algorithm are assessed using the official Monte Carlo samples of the LHCb experiment. We found performances for the retina pattern-recognition algorithm comparable with the full LHCb reconstruction ...

  3. Circadian organization of the rodent retina involves strongly coupled, layer-specific oscillators.

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    Jaeger, Catherine; Sandu, Cristina; Malan, André; Mellac, Katell; Hicks, David; Felder-Schmittbuhl, Marie-Paule

    2015-04-01

    Rhythmic physiology is central to retinal function and survival and adapts vision to daily light intensity changes. Mammalian retina rhythmically releases melatonin when cultured under constant conditions, and the occurrence of clock gene [e.g., Period (Per)] expression has been shown for most cellular layers. However, contribution of the distinct layers to genesis of circadian rhythms within the retina is still debated. To characterize their endogenous oscillatory capacity and their communication at the whole-tissue level, we used a vibratome-based method to isolate individual or paired retina cellular layers from the mPer2(Luc) mouse and Per1-luciferase (Per1-Luc) rat, and real-time recorded bioluminescence. We report that each layer of the mouse retina harbors a self-sustained oscillator whose period is significantly longer (∼ 26 hours) than in whole-retina explants (∼ 22.9 hours), indicating that the period is correlated with the degree of coupling. Accordingly, the maximal period (∼ 29 hours) is reached upon complete enzymatic dissociation of the retina. By using pharmacological approaches, we demonstrate that connection between retina oscillators involves gap junctions but only minor contribution from the main retina neurochemicals. Taken together with results from Per1-Luc rats, these data show that mammalian retina consists of a network of layer-specific oscillators whose period is determined by their connectivity.

  4. Tryptophan hydroxylase and serotonin receptor 1A expression in the retina of the sea lamprey.

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    Cornide-Petronio, María Eugenia; Anadón, Ramón; Barreiro-Iglesias, Antón; Rodicio, María Celina

    2015-06-01

    The dual development of the retina of lampreys is exceptional among vertebrates and offers an interesting EvoDevo (evolutionary developmental biology) model for understanding the origin and evolution of the vertebrate retina. Only a single type of photoreceptor, ganglion cell and bipolar cell are present in the early-differentiated central retina of lamprey prolarvae. A lateral retina appears later in medium-sized larvae (about 3 years after hatching in the sea lamprey), growing and remaining largely neuroblastic until metamorphosis. In this lateral retina, only ganglion cells and optic fibers differentiate in larvae, whereas differentiation of amacrine, horizontal, photoreceptor and bipolar cells mainly takes place during metamorphosis, which gives rise to the adult retina. Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) is a neurotransmitter found in the retina of vertebrates whose synthesis is mediated by the rate-limiting enzyme tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH). TPH is also the first enzyme in the biosynthetic pathways of melatonin in photoreceptor cells. The serotonin 1A receptor (5-HT1A) is a major determinant of the activity of both serotonergic cells and their targets due to its pre- and post-synaptic location. Here, we report the developmental pattern of expression of tph and 5-ht1a transcripts in the sea lamprey retina by means of in situ hybridization. In larvae, strong tph mRNA signal was observed in photoreceptors and putative ganglion cells of the central retina, and in some neuroblasts of the lateral retina. In adults, strong tph expression was observed in bipolar, amacrine and ganglion cells and in photoreceptors. In the prolarval (central) retina, all the differentiated retinal cells expressed 5-ht1a transcripts, which were not observed in undifferentiated cells. In larvae, photoreceptors, bipolar cells and ganglion cells in the central retina, and neuroblasts in the lateral retina, showed 5-ht1a expression. In the adult retina, expression of 5-ht1a transcript

  5. Dual cameras acquisition and display system of retina-like sensor camera and rectangular sensor camera

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    Cao, Nan; Cao, Fengmei; Lin, Yabin; Bai, Tingzhu; Song, Shengyu

    2015-04-01

    For a new kind of retina-like senor camera and a traditional rectangular sensor camera, dual cameras acquisition and display system need to be built. We introduce the principle and the development of retina-like senor. Image coordinates transformation and interpolation based on sub-pixel interpolation need to be realized for our retina-like sensor's special pixels distribution. The hardware platform is composed of retina-like senor camera, rectangular sensor camera, image grabber and PC. Combined the MIL and OpenCV library, the software program is composed in VC++ on VS 2010. Experience results show that the system can realizes two cameras' acquisition and display.

  6. A Subjetividade Social da Escola e os Desafios da Inclusão de Alunos com Desenvolvimento Atípico

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    Geandra Cláudia Silva SANTOS

    Full Text Available RESUMO: a presente pesquisa objetivou analisar os principais elementos da subjetividade social de uma instituição de ensino público, para refletir sobre os desafios concretos a serem enfrentados ante a inclusão escolar de alunos com desenvolvimento atípico. A inclusão escolar constitui-se um desafio de natureza organizacional, política, pedagógica, cultural e subjetiva dos atores e das instituições que compõem os sistemas de ensino. A subjetividade social, uma das categorias centrais da Teoria da subjetividade, é o arcabouço teórico definido para fundamentar este estudo. Para atingir o objetivo proposto, optamos pela Epistemologia Qualitativa com o propósito de ancorar as construções teórico-metodológicas. A pesquisa foi realizada por meio de estudo de caso, que correspondeu ao acompanhamento da experiência pedagógica de uma escola pública de ensino fundamental. Optamos por instrumentos escritos e não escritos, dentre os quais citamos: entrevista, dinâmica conversacionais, observações, análise dos documentos da escola. Participaram da investigação membros do núcleo gestor e professores da escola. Tendo em vista o estudo de caso analisado, entendemos que a tendência dominante da subjetividade social da instituição de ensino mostrou-se desfavorável ao enfrentamento dos desafios propostos pela educação inclusiva à escola. Concluímos, assim, que o enfrentamento dessa realidade requer uma produção de sentidos subjetivos dos atores da escola que favoreça repensar concepções e ações educativas.

  7. Neurokinin 1 receptor expression in the rat retina.

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    Casini, G; Rickman, D W; Sternini, C; Brecha, N C

    1997-12-22

    Tachykinin (TK) peptides influence neuronal activity in the inner retina of mammals. The aim of this investigation was to determine the cellular localization of the neurokinin 1 receptor (NK1), whose preferred ligand is the TK peptide substance P (SP), in the rat retina. These studies used a polyclonal antiserum directed to the C-terminus of rat NK1. The majority of NK1-immunoreactive (IR) cells were located in the proximal inner nuclear layer (INL), and very rarely they were found in the distal INL. Some small and large NK1-IR somata were present in the ganglion cell layer. NK1-IR processes were densely distributed across the inner plexiform layer (IPL) with a maximum density over lamina 2 of the IPL. Immunoreactive processes also crossed the INL and ramified in the outer plexiform layer where they formed a sparse meshwork. NK1-IR processes were rarely observed in the optic nerve fiber layer. Double-label immunofluorescence studies with different histochemical markers for bipolar cells indicated that NK1 immunoreactivity was not present in bipolar cells. Together, these observations indicate that NK1 immunoreactivity is predominantly expressed by amacrine, displaced amacrine, interplexiform, and some ganglion cells. Double-label immunofluorescence experiments were also performed to characterize NK1-containing amacrine cells. Sixty-one percent of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-IR cells, 71% of the large tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)-IR cells, and 100% of the small TH-IR cells contained NK1 immunoreactivity. In addition, most (91%) of the NK1-IR cells had GABA immunoreactivity. In contrast, vasoactive intestinal polypeptide-, TK-, choline acetyltransferase-, and parvalbumin-IR amacrine tells did not express NK1 immunoreactivity. Overall, the present findings suggest that SP acts directly upon several cell populations, including GABA-containing amacrine cells and ganglion cells, to influence visual information processing in the inner retina.

  8. Pbx homeodomain proteins pattern both the zebrafish retina and tectum

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    Stout Jennifer

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pbx genes encode TALE class homeodomain transcription factors that pattern the developing neural tube, pancreas, and blood. Within the hindbrain, Pbx cooperates with Hox proteins to regulate rhombomere segment identity. Pbx cooperates with Eng to regulate midbrain-hindbrain boundary maintenance, and with MyoD to control fast muscle cell differentiation. Although previous results have demonstrated that Pbx is required for proper eye size, functions in regulating retinal cell identity and patterning have not yet been examined. Results Analysis of retinal ganglion cell axon pathfinding and outgrowth in pbx2/4 null embryos demonstrated a key role for pbx genes in regulating neural cell behavior. To identify Pbx-dependent genes involved in regulating retino-tectal pathfinding, we conducted a microarray screen for Pbx-dependent transcripts in zebrafish, and detected genes that are specifically expressed in the eye and tectum. A subset of Pbx-dependent retinal transcripts delineate specific domains in the dorso-temporal lobe of the developing retina. Furthermore, we determined that some Pbx-dependent transcripts also require Meis1 and Gdf6a function. Since gdf6a expression is also dependent on Pbx, we propose a model in which Pbx proteins regulate expression of the growth factor gdf6a, which in turn regulates patterning of the dorso-temporal lobe of the retina. This, in concert with aberrant tectal patterning in pbx2/4 null embryos, may lead to the observed defects in RGC outgrowth. Conclusion These data define a novel role for Pbx in patterning the vertebrate retina and tectum in a manner required for proper retinal ganglion cell axon outgrowth.

  9. Patterns of rod proliferation in deep-sea fish retinae.

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    Fröhlich, E; Negishi, K; Wagner, H J

    1995-07-01

    In a sample of 37 species of deep-sea fish species from the sea floor of the Porcupine Seabight and the Gobal spur (North Atlantic) we investigated the overall structure of the retina with special respect for the organization of rods, their length and their arrangement in multiple banks. Using an immunocytochemical marker for cell proliferation (PCNA) we studied the mechanisms of rod proliferation, and, by means of serial section reconstruction followed their integration into the existing population of rods. Furthermore, in three different species we have observed growth related changes in retinal thickness, rod density and proliferation activity. We found evidence for two different principles for the organization of rods in these deep-sea fish retinae. In the first group of species represented by Nematonurus armatus and Coryphaenoides guentheri we found rods to be rather short (20-30 microns) and arranged in three and more banks. In these species rod proliferation occurred in a single band of cells immediately vitread of the external limiting membrane, thus showing a high degree of spatial and temporal order. In these species, young rods are inserted just sclerad of the external limiting membrane and the older outer segments pushed away from the incoming light towards the back of the eye. This may be linked to a progressive loss of function of the older rods and might represent an alternative mechanism to the disk shedding in other vertebrates. In the second population (e.g. Conocara macroptera, Alepocephalus agassizii) we observed considerably longer rod outer segments (60-80 microns) forming no more than two layers. These retinae had rod precursors arranged in disseminated clusters throughout the outer nuclear layer indicating the lack of clear spatio-temporal order in mitotic activity along with a more statistical pattern of integration of the newly formed outer segments. In our sample of species both populations were of about equal size suggesting that the two

  10. Cellular origin of intrinsic optical signals in the rabbit retina.

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    Naderian, A; Bussières, L; Thomas, S; Lesage, F; Casanova, C

    2017-08-01

    Optical imaging of retinal intrinsic signals is a relatively new method that provides spatiotemporal patterns of retinal activity through activity-dependent changes in light reflectance of the retina. The exact physiological mechanisms at the origin of retinal intrinsic signals are poorly understood and there are significant inter-species differences in their characteristics and cellular origins. In this study, we re-examined this issue through pharmacological dissection of retinal intrinsic signals in the rabbit with simultaneous ERG recordings. Retinal intrinsic signals faithfully reflected retinal activity as their amplitude was strongly associated with stimulation intensity (r(2)=0.85). Further, a strong linear relation was found using linear regression (r(2)=0.98) between retinal intrinsic signal amplitude and the ERG b wave, which suggests common cellular origins. Intravitreal injections of pharmacological agents were performed to isolate the activity of the retina's major cell types. Retinal intrinsic signals were abolished when the photoreceptors' activity was isolated with aspartate, indicative that they are not at the origin of this signal. A small but significant decrease in intrinsic response (20%) was observed when ganglion and amacrine cells' activity was inhibited by TTX injections. The remaining intrinsic responses were abolished in a dose-dependent manner through the inhibition of ON-bipolar cells by APB. Our results indicate that, in rabbits, retinal intrinsic signals reflect stimulation intensity and originate from the inner retina with a major contribution of bipolar cells and a minor one from ganglion or amacrine cells. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. [Ketamine-induced ultrastructural changes in the retina].

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    Magdolina, A

    1978-10-01

    Alterations of the retina caused by ketamin were studied in experiment. After a 60-minutes monoanaesthesia with ketamin ultrastructural changes were observed on the inner members of receptor cells, in the three nuclear layers and in the layer of nerve fibres. Severe damage to the structure of the Müller's glial cells providing nutrition to neural-elements was also revealed. Three days after the anaesthesia beside the regression of these alterations, glycogen deposits could be seen in the Müller's cells. This phenomenon and some side effects caused by ketamin can be explained by increased utilization of oxygen and relative hypoxia.

  12. Noninvasive optical detection of carotenoid antioxidants in the human retina

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    Sharifzadeh, Mohsen

    This dissertation develops laser Raman and fluorescence based spectroscopy for the noninvasive detection of medically important pigments in the human retina. Large-scale epidemiological studies have recently shown that the pigments lutein and zeaxanthin, located in the ˜1 mm diameter macular area of the retina, protect the eye from phototoxic blue light and/or oxidative damage. Resonance Raman spectroscopy (RRS) can detect and monitor macular pigments in intact human eyes quantitatively by recording the Raman scattered light originating from the highly specific stretching vibrations of the pigment molecules' conjugated carbon backbone. This dissertation develops RRS from a spatially averaged measuring approach to spatially resolved imaging. For this purpose, a filter-based Raman imaging setup with speckle-free illumination was constructed that permits detection of macular pigments at physiological concentrations with eye-safe laser excitation levels. Subsequently, RRS images would be obtained from the living human retina. The images demonstrate quantitative as well as micron-scale, spatially resolved RRS detection of the whole macular pigment distribution. The RRS images reveal important physiological details of a subject's macular pigment distribution such as the peaked pigment concentration in the center of the macula, and the rapidly dropping pigment concentration towards the periphery of the macula. As an alternative to direct RRS imaging of macular pigments, this dissertation explores an indirect imaging approach of macular pigments, based on excitation spectroscopy of lipofuscin. A dual-wavelength laser apparatus was constructed that excites the lipofuscin fluorescence at wavelengths inside and outside the spectral range of macular pigment absorption, and that allows one to image the fluorescence intensities in a large section of the retina centered on the macula. Measuring the lipofuscin fluorescence intensities inside and outside the macula area at the two

  13. First Results of an "Artificial Retina" Processor Prototype

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    Cenci, Riccardo; Bedeschi, Franco; Marino, Pietro; Morello, Michael J.; Ninci, Daniele; Piucci, Alessio; Punzi, Giovanni; Ristori, Luciano; Spinella, Franco; Stracka, Simone; Tonelli, Diego; Walsh, John

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    We report on the performance of a specialized processor capable of reconstructing charged particle tracks in a realistic LHC silicon tracker detector, at the same speed of the readout and with sub-microsecond latency. The processor is based on an innovative pattern-recognition algorithm, called "artificial retina algorithm", inspired from the vision system of mammals. A prototype of the processor has been designed, simulated, and implemented on Tel62 boards equipped with high-bandwidth Altera Stratix III FPGA devices. The prototype is the first step towards a real-time track reconstruction device aimed at processing complex events of high-luminosity LHC experiments at 40 MHz crossing rate.

  14. Instant website optimization for retina displays how-to

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    Larson, Kyle J

    2013-01-01

    Written in an accessible and practical manner which quickly imparts the knowledge you want to know. As a How-to book it will use applied examples and teach you to optimize websites for retina displays. This book is for web designers and developers who are familiar with HTML, CSS, and editing graphics who would like to improve their existing website or their next web project with high-resolution images. You'll need to have a high-definition device to be able to test the examples in this book and a server to upload your code to if you're not developing it on that device.

  15. A contribuição da Sociologia à compreensão de uma epistemologia complexa da Ciência contemporânea

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    Léo Peixoto Rodrigues

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    Full Text Available Este artigo parte de um breve relato crítico sobre as questões epistemológicas centrais que se colocaram no decorrer do século XX e que afetaram tanto as ciências naturais como as ciências sociais. Inicia por retomar, de forma breve, os principais pontos do debate, em seu caráter analítico, e apresentar suas consequências, principalmente aquelas relativas ao enfraquecimento da dicotomia entre ciências sociais e ciências naturais. Com a crise da epistemologia analítica, no final da década de 1960, e com a emergência das abordagens complexas, em detrimento daquelas determinísticas, as ciências sociais passaram a ampliar seus questionamentos aos fundamentos da ciência tradicional, de forma transdisciplinar. O artigo busca, também, indicar caminhos para transcender as limitações da epistemologia clássica, ao oferecer um quadro das novas discussões pós-coloniais e suas consequências, em especial aos dualismos universal/local, social/natural, corporal/simbólico.

  16. Simplified matrix for assessment to environmental impacts on small hydroelectric power plants (SHP); Matriz simplificada para avaliar impactos ambientais em pequenas centrais hidreletricas (PCH)

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    Barbosa, Tania A.P. de Souza; Dupas, Francisco Antonio [Universidade Federal de Itajuba, MG (Brazil). Inst. de Recursos Naturais]. E-mails: taniabarbosa@unifei.edu.br; dupas@unifei.edu.br

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    This work intends to study the methodologies used by EIA and proposes the adaptation of a simplified matrix for the assessment of environmental impacts regarding small hydropower plants. A case study of Ninho da Aguia SHP, located in the city of Delfim Moreira, MG, was used for elaborating the matrix. The methodology used the analysis of all the negative impacts and they were given combined weight based on a pre-established impact scale. The weights that were given to each impact were distributed according to the combination of features presented in the referred EIA. The results attained show that the environmental damage is reduced by 45% when the mitigating measures suggested by the EIA and by the analysis carried out by this study are applied. Besides, this preliminary proposal will make it possible for the process of getting an environmental license to be accelerated. Today, this process is considered as an investment inhibitor because of its slowness caused by the environmental organs that analyze these studies. Also, it may be used as initial guidelines regarding the environmental cost of the implementation of the enterprise. The proposed matrix shows itself as efficient because it is easy to be used and it is a useful tool for the analysis of projects that will be implemented.

  17. Desprendimiento de retina y subluxación de cristalino por traumatismo ocular autoinfligido en el síndrome de Cornelia de Lange

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    Norma Aide Castro-Santana

    2014-07-01

    Se presenta el caso de un paciente femenino de 10 años de edad con síndrome de Cornelia de Lange que comienza a los 8 años de edad con actitud retraída, caídas constantes y cese de actividades cotidianas, con antecedente de trauma ocular autoinfligido, en el cual después de la valoración clínica integral se detectan complicaciones oftalmológicas tales como subluxación de cristalino y desprendimiento de retina, por lo que se decide instaura plan quirúrgico y preventivo.

  18. Hiperautofluorescencia foveal como factor predictor de recuperación visual en pacientes con desprendimiento regmatógeno de retina

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    Brieke, Anne Charlotte; Tovar Cuevas, Jose Rafael

    2013-01-01

    Introducción: una de las causas de pobre ganancia visual luego de un tratamiento exitoso de desprendimiento de retina, sin complicaciones, es el daño de los fotoreceptores, reflejada en una disrupción de la capa de la zona elipsoide y membrana limitante externa (MLE). En otras patologías se ha demostrado que la hiperautofluorescencia foveal se correlaciona con la integridad de la zona elipsoide y MLE y una mejor recuperación visual. Objetivos: evaluar la asociación entre la hiperautofluor...

  19. Farmacologia ocular aplicada no tratamento de doenças do vítreo, retina e coróide

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    Mello Filho, Paulo Augusto de Arruda [UNIFESP; Maia, Maurício [UNIFESP; Rodrigues,Eduardo Buchelle; Farah, Michel Eid

    2010-01-01

    As doenças que acometem o vítreo, retina e coróide são frequentes causas de cegueira irreversível em nosso meio. O aprofundamento do conhecimento científico permitiu o desenvolvimento de novos medicamentos com ação específica na patogênese dessas doenças, com resultados clínicos superiores aos obtidos no passado. O desenvolvimento da farmacologia ocular exige do médico oftalmologista conhecimentos específicos de biologia molecular, bioquímica e epidemiologia. Entretanto, o tratamento farmacol...

  20. Terapia gênica em distrofias hereditárias de retina Gene therapy for inherited retinal dystrophies

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    Monique Côco

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available As distrofias hereditárias de retina abrangem um amplo número de doenças caracterizadas por lenta e progressiva degeneração da retina. São o resultado de mutações em genes expressos em fotorreceptores e no epitélio pigmentado da retina. A herança pode ser autossômica dominante, autossômica recessiva, ligada ao X recessiva, digênica ou herança mitocondrial. Atualmente não há tratamento para essas doenças e os pacientes convivem com a perda progressiva da visão. O aconselhamento genético e o suporte para reabilitação têm indicação nestes casos. Pesquisas envolvendo a base molecular e genética dessas doenças está continuamente em expansão e ampliam as perspectivas para novas formas de tratamento. Dessa forma, a terapia gênica, que consiste na inserção de material genético exógeno em células de um indivíduo com finalidade terapêutica, tem sido a principal forma de tratamento para as distrofias hereditárias de retina. O olho é um órgão peculiar para a terapia gênica, pois é anatomicamente dividido em compartimentos, imunologicamente privilegiado e com meios transparentes. A maioria das doenças oculares tem defeitos em genes conhecidos. Além disso, há modelo animal bem caracterizado para algumas condições. Propostas para pesquisa clínica em terapia gênica nas degenerações retinianas hereditárias com defeito no gene RPE65, recentemente tiveram aprovação ética e os resultados preliminares obtidos trouxeram grandes expectativas na melhora da qualidade de vida dos pacientes.The inherited retinal dystrophies comprise a large number of disorders characterized by a slow and progressive retinal degeneration. They are the result of mutations in genes that express in either the photoreceptor cells or the retinal pigment epithelium. The mode of inheritance can be autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, X linked recessive, digenic or mitochondrial DNA inherited. At the moment, there is no treatment for these

  1. A Cirurgia da interface vitreo-retiniana

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    Gomes, Nuno; Carneiro-Freitas, Rui

    2016-01-01

    As patologias da interface vítreorretiniana são extremamente comuns na consulta de retina cirúrgica. Com os recentes avanços na área da imagiologia, nomeadamente com o aparecimento do OCT de alta resolução e de domínio espectral, estas patologias são diagnosticadas cada vez mais frequentemente, e muitas vezes antes de causarem sintomas ao paciente. O conhecimento da história natural destes distúrbios, bem como as indicações para cirurgia, são cruciais na orientação e decisão terapêutica deste...

  2. Os três modelos da leitura entre os séculos XVI e XXI: como as práticas sociais transformam os métodos de ensino

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    Chartier, Anne-Marie; Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes - Université Lumière Lyon 2

    2016-01-01

    Neste artigo, busca-se cruzar duas áreas geralmente dissociadas: o fenômeno sócio-histórico da alfabetização e o ensino escolar da leitura. Recorrendo-se a memórias pessoais e à produção acadêmica, apresentam-se reflexões centrais do debate nessas áreas. Nos anos 1970, as reformas para lutar contra o fracasso escolar provocaram polêmicas sobre os métodos de leitura. Ao mesmo tempo, pesquisas históricas sobre a difusão da escrita colocavam em questão o papel da escola na erradicação do analfab...

  3. Microbial contamination of central supply systems for medical air Contaminação microbiana dos sistemas centrais de abastecimento de ar medicinal

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    Carolina Machado Andrade

    2003-11-01

    Full Text Available There are many standards and recommendations for breathing air quality associated with respiratory protection equipment, but little has been done regarding the possible microbial contamination of medical air. The present study demonstrates quantitatively and qualitatively that pipelines might be incriminated as source of microbial contamination of compressed and synthetic air for medical use. Air samples were drawn into an especially pressure-resistant device and the bacterial and fungi contents were identified after growth on agar plates. The bacterial flora isolated from peripheral air outlets was virtually the same as that found in the central air-generating installations, consisting of a mixture of pathogens and normal skin bacteria. Several factors contributing to microbial contamination of medical air are mentioned and preventive measures are discussed.Existem vários padrões e recomendações para a qualidade do ar respirável relacionado aos equipamentos de proteção respiratória, mas pouco tem sido feito em relação a uma possível contaminação microbiana do ar medicinal. O presente trabalho demonstra quantitativa e qualitativamente que as linhas de ar estão relacionadas à contaminação microbiológica do ar comprimido e ar sintético para uso medicinal. Amostras de ar foram coletadas por um equipamento especialmente resistente a pressão, e o conteúdo bacteriano e fúngico foi identificado após crescimento em placa. A flora bacteriana isolada tanto dos sistema periféricos de ar foi virtualmente a mesma encontrada nas instalações centralizadas, sendo uma mistura de patógenos e bactérias normais da pele. Vários fatores contribuintes para a contaminação microbiana do ar medicinal e medidas preventivas são discutidas.

  4. Adenovirally Delivered Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor to Rat Retina

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    Xu Hou; Dan Hu; Yannian Hui

    2004-01-01

    Purpose: To study the expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the rat retina delivered by adenovirus.Methods: Adenovirus with BDNF gene was injected into the vitreous. Gene expression was detected by immunofluorescence staining, and quantitative analysis was performed after injury and transfection by Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).Results: The positive cells can be seen on the 3rd day and last 4 weeks by immunofluorescence staining. Positive cells in the control group were fewer than those in the transfection group or the fluorescence intensity was lower at every time point. Quantitative analysis showed that the expression of BDNF groups was higher than that of the control group at every time point(P < 0.01 ), and that of the injured group without transfection was higher than that of the control group on the 3rd day and the 7th day (P < 0.01 ).Conclusion: Efficient and stable transfer of BDNF gene could be achieved by adenovirus delivery into the retina of rats. Injury can promote the expression of BDNF in early period.

  5. Sector mapping method for 3D detached retina visualization.

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    Zhai, Yi-Ran; Zhao, Yong; Zhong, Jie; Li, Ke; Lu, Cui-Xin; Zhang, Bing

    2016-10-01

    A new sphere-mapping algorithm called sector mapping is introduced to map sector images to the sphere of an eyeball. The proposed sector-mapping algorithm is evaluated and compared with the plane-mapping algorithm adopted in previous work. A simulation that maps an image of concentric circles to the sphere of the eyeball and an analysis of the difference in distance between neighboring points in a plane and sector were used to compare the two mapping algorithms. A three-dimensional model of a whole retina with clear retinal detachment was generated using the Visualization Toolkit software. A comparison of the mapping results shows that the central part of the retina near the optic disc is stretched and its edges are compressed when the plane-mapping algorithm is used. A better mapping result is obtained by the sector-mapping algorithm than by the plane-mapping algorithm in both the simulation results and real clinical retinal detachment three-dimensional reconstruction.

  6. TRP channel gene expression in the mouse retina.

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    Gilliam, Jared C; Wensel, Theodore G

    2011-12-08

    In order to identify candidate cation channels important for retinal physiology, 28 TRP channel genes were surveyed for expression in the mouse retina. Transcripts for all TRP channels were detected by RT-PCR and sequencing. Northern blotting revealed that mRNAs for 12 TRP channel genes are enriched in the retina. The strongest signals were observed for TRPC1, TRPC3, TRPM1, TRPM3, and TRPML1, and clear signals were obtained for TRPC4, TRPM7, TRPP2, TRPV2, and TRPV4. In situ hybridization and immunofluorescence revealed widespread expression throughout multiple retinal layers for TRPC1, TRPC3, TRPC4, TRPML1, PKD1, and TRPP2. Striking localization of enhanced mRNA expression was observed for TRPC1 in the photoreceptor inner segment layer, for TRPM1 in the inner nuclear layer (INL), for TRPM3 in the INL, and for TRPML1 in the outer plexiform and nuclear layers. Strong immunofluorescence signal in cone outer segments was observed for TRPM7 and TRPP2. TRPC5 immunostaining was largely confined to INL cells immediately adjacent to the inner plexiform layer. TRPV2 antibodies stained photoreceptor axons in the outer plexiform layer. Expression of TRPM1 splice variants was strong in the ciliary body, whereas TRPM3 was strongly expressed in the retinal pigmented epithelium.

  7. Raman detection of carotenoid pigments in the human retina

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    Gellermann, Werner; Ermakov, Igor V.; McClane, Robert W.; Bernstein, Paul S.

    2000-04-01

    We have used resonance Raman scattering as a novel, non- invasive, in-vivo optical technique to measure the concentration of carotenoid pigment in the human retina. Using argon laser excitation we are able to measure two strong carotenoid resonance Raman signals at 1159 and 1525 wave numbers, respectively. The required laser power levels are within the limits given by safety standards for ocular exposure. Of the approximately ten carotenoid pigment found in normal human serum, the species lutein and zeaxanthin are concentrated in high amounts in the cells of the human macula, which is an approximately 5 mm diameter area of the retina in which the visual acuity is highest. These carotenoids give the macula a characteristic yellow coloration, and it is speculated that these molecules function as filter to attenuate photochemical damage and/or image degradation under bright UV/blue light exposures. In addition, they are thought to act as free-radical scavenging antioxidants. Studies have shown that there may be a link between macular degenerative diseases, the leading cause of blindness in the elderly in the US, and the presence or absence of the carotenoids. We describe an instrument capable of measuring the macular carotenoids in human subjects in a non-invasive, rapid and quantitative way.

  8. Use of social communication as a tool for environmental licensing of small-scale hydroelectric power plants; Uso da comunicacao social como instrumento para o licenciamento ambiental de PCH - pequenas centrais hidreletricas

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    Tiago Filho, Geraldo Lucio [Universidade Federal de Itajuba (UNIFEI), MG (Brazil). Inst. de Recursos Naturais], e-mail: tiago@unifei.edu.br; Galhardo, Camila Rocha [Centro Nacional de Referencia em Pequenas Centrais Hidreletricas (CERPCH), MG (Brazil)], e-mail: pchnoticias@unifei.edu.br

    2006-07-01

    The present work intends to study the process of environmental licensing of the Small ones Central Hydroelectric (PCHs) through the rising of the legal framework of the referred process and to analyze the application of tools of social communication in the mitigation of the social impacts in the zone of influence of the enterprise. Through the analysis of the critical points in the environmental licensing of small hydroelectric uses and evaluation of communication actions taking in consideration the environmental costs for the enterprise. (author)

  9. Development of a methodology for the evaluation of energy efficiency of central irrigation pivots; Desenvolvimento de uma metodologia para a avaliacao da eficiencia energetica de pivos centrais de irrigacao

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    Lima, Aureo Cezar de [Centro Federal de Educacao Tecnologica de Petrolina (CEFET-Pet), PE (Brazil); Guimaraes Junior, Sebastiao Camargo; Camacho, Jose Roberto; Salerno, Carlos Henrique [Universidade Federal de Uberlandia (NERFAE/UFU), MG (Brazil). Fac. de Engenharia Eletrica. Nucleo de Eletricidade Rural e Fontes Alternativas de Energia

    2006-07-01

    It will be presented in this work a methodology for the evaluation of the energy efficiency of irrigation center systems by central pivot. Integrating water efficiency application with the energy associated to the sprinklers, adduction pipeline, pivot arm and pump systems, the proposed indexes make possible to evaluate the energy income of each component of the irrigation system, contributing for the increase of the global efficiency of the irrigated agriculture. (author)

  10. Ionizing radiation effect on central venous catheters (CVC) of polyurethane coatings with silver nanoparticles; Efeito da radiacao ionizante nos revestimentos de cateteres venosos centrais (CVC) de poliuretano com nanoparticulas de prata

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    Heilman, Sonia; Silva, Leonardo G.A., E-mail: sheilman@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Hewer, Thiago L.R.; Souza, Michele L. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Instituto de Quimica

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    The present work aimed to study the use of ionizing radiation for coating of silver nanoparticles on central polyurethane catheters, providing reduction of infections associated with contamination of catheters introduced into the bloodstream. Silver nanoparticles have physical, chemical and biological properties only when compared to metal on a macroscopic scale, and have been used in the medical field because of its remarkable antimicrobial activity. Titanium dioxide nanoparticles obtained by the sol gel method were used as the coating catheters for subsequent impregnation of silver nanoparticles with ionizing radiation at doses of 25 and 50 kGy. A Raman spectrometry was used to identify the polymorph of titanium oxide, rutile. In trials with (ICP OES) were evaluated amounts of titanium and silver coated catheters in titanium oxide and silver.(author)

  11. A questão da universidade e da formação em ciências sociais

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    Sylvia Gemignani Garcia

    2000-05-01

    Full Text Available A análise histórica dos processos sociais e intelectuais que caracterizam a formação cultural e científica na modernidade contemporânea permite a reconstrução de questões culturais e educacionais que se fazem constantemente presentes hoje no dia-a-dia da vida universitária na forma de problemas acadêmicos e administrativos. Situada na intersecção das áreas de história intelectual, sociologia da ciência e das instituições científicas e sociologia da educação e da cultura, essa perspectiva de investigação aborda, primeiro, os amplos processos institucionais nas esferas da política, da economia e da cultura que situam a questão contemporânea da universidade e da formação em ciências sociais; em seguida, expõe alguns aspectos centrais do debate sociológico acerca da natureza da disciplina e do perfil da formação em ciência social; e, finalmente, discute certos pressupostos e categorias básicas das atuais propostas de reforma universitária.The historical analysis of the social and intellectual processes that characterise the cultural and scientific education in contemporary modernity allows for the reconstruction of cultural and educational questions, which are perceived as academic and administrative problems in our daily lives at the university. The approach adopted in this paper is situated at the intersection between intellectual history, the sociology of science and scientific institutions and the sociology of education and culture. It discusses, firstly, the wide institutional processes in the political, economic and cultural spheres that circumscribe the contemporary questions of the university and the education in social sciences; secondly, it analyses some of the central aspects of the sociological debate on the nature of the discipline and the profile of the education in social sciences; finally it looks at a few premises and basic categories of the present proposals for the reform of the university.

  12. Stimulus-Evoked Intrinsic Optical Signals in the Retina: Pharmacologic Dissection Reveals Outer Retinal Origins

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    Schallek, Jesse; Kardon, Randy; Kwon, Young; Abramoff, Michael; Soliz, Peter; Ts’o, Daniel

    2009-01-01

    purpose. To elucidate the anatomic origins of stimulus-evoked intrinsic optical signals in the mammalian retina by using selective pharmacologic blockade of specific retinal layers. methods. Four adult cats were used to investigate the stimulus-evoked intrinsic signals. The retinas were visually s

  13. MPP1 links the Usher protein network and the Crumbs protein complex in the retina.

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    Gosens, I.; Wijk, E. van; Kersten, F.F.J.; Krieger, E.; Zwaag, B. van der; Marker, T.; Letteboer, S.J.F.; Dusseljee, S.; Peters, T.; Spierenburg, H.A.; Punte, I.M.; Wolfrum, U.; Cremers, F.P.M.; Kremer, H.; Roepman, R.

    2007-01-01

    The highly ordered distribution of neurons is an essential feature of a functional mammalian retina. Disruptions in the apico-basal polarity complexes at the outer limiting membrane (OLM) of the retina are associated with retinal patterning defects in vertebrates. We have analyzed the binding repert

  14. A method to determine the mechanical properties of the retina based on an experiment in vivo.

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    Qian, Xiuqing; Zhang, Kunya; Liu, Zhicheng

    2015-01-01

    A method is proposed to determine the mechanical properties of retina based on in vivo experiments and numerical simulations. First, saline water was injected into the anterior chamber of the right eye of a cat to cause acute high intraocular pressure. After the eye was scanned using optical coherence tomography under different acute high intraocular pressures, the images of the retina in vivo were obtained and the thickness of the retina was calculated. Then, the three-dimensional structure of the optic nerve head including the retina and the choroid were reconstructed using image processing technology. Three different material models for the retina and the choroid were taken and the finite element models of the optic nerve head were constructed. Finally, an inverse method was proposed to determine the parameters of a constitutive model of the retina and of the choroid simultaneously. The results showed that the deformation of the retina can be properly simulated taking into consideration the nonlinear elastic properties of the retina and of the choroid.

  15. A comparison of some organizational characteristics of the mouse central retina and the human macula.

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    Volland, Stefanie; Esteve-Rudd, Julian; Hoo, Juyea; Yee, Claudine; Williams, David S

    2015-01-01

    Mouse models have greatly assisted our understanding of retinal degenerations. However, the mouse retina does not have a macula, leading to the question of whether the mouse is a relevant model for macular degeneration. In the present study, a quantitative comparison between the organization of the central mouse retina and the human macula was made, focusing on some structural characteristics that have been suggested to be important in predisposing the macula to stresses leading to degeneration: photoreceptor density, phagocytic load on the RPE, and the relative thinness of Bruch's membrane. Light and electron microscopy measurements from retinas of two strains of mice, together with published data on human retinas, were used for calculations and subsequent comparisons. As in the human retina, the central region of the mouse retina possesses a higher photoreceptor cell density and a thinner Bruch's membrane than in the periphery; however, the magnitudes of these periphery to center gradients are larger in the human. Of potentially greater relevance is the actual photoreceptor cell density, which is much greater in the mouse central retina than in the human macula, underlying a higher phagocytic load for the mouse RPE. Moreover, at eccentricities that correspond to the peripheral half of the human macula, the rod to cone ratio is similar between mouse and human. Hence, with respect to photoreceptor density and phagocytic load of the RPE, the central mouse retina models at least the more peripheral part of the macula, where macular degeneration is often first evident.

  16. Aging Leads to Elevation of O-GlcNAcylation and Disruption of Mitochondrial Homeostasis in Retina

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    Lin Zhao

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Retina is particularly susceptible to aging as oxidative damage accumulates within retina, leading to age-related retinal dysfunction or even visual loss. However, the underlying mechanisms still remain obscure and effective therapeutic strategy is urgently in need. Here, we quested for the answer particularly focusing on mitochondrial homeostasis and O-GlcNAcylation in rat retina. By comparing expression of electron transfer chain complexes and key factors in mitochondrial biogenesis and dynamics in retinas of aged and young Sprague-Dawley rats, we found that mitochondrial Complex I, II, IV and V were increased in aged retina with decreased mtTFA and Mfn2. Also, we noticed that p38 and JNK of MAPK signaling were substantially more activated in aged retina, suggesting stress induction. In addition, we found that pan-O-GlcNAcylation was remarkably stronger with lower OGA expression in aged retina. To further elucidate the roles of Mfn2 and O-GlcNAcylation, we employed ARPE-19 cells and found that ATP production, oxygen consumption, and mitochondrial membrane potential were reduced and ROS level was increased by Mfn2 knockdown, while treating with PUGNAc or UDP-GlcNAc heightened oxygen consumption and reduced ROS. Our results suggest disrupted mitochondrial homeostasis may increase oxidative stress; yet enhanced O-GlcNAcylation might defend against oxidative stress and promote mitochondrial respiration in aged retina.

  17. Protein changes in the retina following experimental retinal detachment in rabbits

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    Mandal, Nakul; Lewis, Geoffrey P; Fisher, Steven K

    2011-01-01

    Retinal detachment leads to the widespread cellular remodeling of the retina. The purpose of this study was to identify protein changes that accompany these cellular alterations by comparing the proteomic profiles of sham and experimentally detached rabbit retina. Elucidation of the proteins most...

  18. In vivo cellular visualization of the human retina using optical coherence tomography and adaptive optics

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    Olivier, S S; Jones, S M; Chen, D C; Zawadzki, R J; Choi, S S; Laut, S P; Werner, J S

    2006-01-05

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) sees the human retina sharply with adaptive optics. In vivo cellular visualization of the human retina at micrometer-scale resolution is possible by enhancing Fourier-domain optical-coherence tomography with adaptive optics, which compensate for the eye's optical aberrations.

  19. Effects of Aging and Anatomic Location on Gene Expression in Human Retina

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    Hui eCai

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To determine the effects of age and topographic location on gene expression in human neural retina.Methods: Macular and peripheral neural retina RNA were isolated from human donor eyes for DNA microarray and quantitative RT-PCR analyses.Results: Total RNA integrity from human donors was preserved. Hierarchical clustering analysis demonstrates that the gene expression profiles of young, old, macula and peripheral retina cluster into four distinct groups. Genes which are highly expressed in macular, peripheral, young or old retina were identified, including inhibitors of Wnt Signaling Pathway (DKK1, FZD10 and SFRP2 which are preferably expressed in the periphery. Conclusions: The transcriptome of the human retina is affected by age and topographic location. Wnt pathway inhibitors in the periphery may maintain peripheral retinal cells in an undifferentiated state. Understanding the effects of age and topographic location on gene expression may lead to the development of new therapeutic interventions for age-related eye diseases.

  20. Músicas em movimento. Dos contextos, tempos e geografias da performance musical em Portugal

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    Paula Abreu

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available O texto propõe-se desenvolver uma reflexão acerca das dinâmicas territoriais dos mercados culturais, discutindo a forma como essas dinâmicas reflectem tensões inerentes à lógica própria da produção/criação cultural, às prioridades impostas pelo crescimento dos mercados da cultura (concorrência e disputa de públicos escassos e a exigências de legitimação social e política das actividades culturais. A discussão far-se-á a partir da análise do caso particular do mercado do espectáculo musical no nosso país, recorrendo a dados produzidos no âmbito de um projecto de investigação realizado no CES/FEUC e recentemente finalizado. Os resultados produzidos possibilitam a identificação de traços marcantes relativos à geografia, aos tempos e aos contextos da produção de espectáculos musicais, permitindo a sua discussão no âmbito das principais linhas de estruturação das actuais políticas culturais (centrais e locais e da esfera cultural no nosso país.

  1. Multiculturalismo e o campo da surdez: dialogando acerca das identidades e culturas das pessoas surdas

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    Aline Cleide Batista

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho apresenta uma pesquisa bibliográfica que visa discutir a surdez, as culturas e identidades surdas a partir do campo do multiculturalismo. Nesse sentido, destaca conceitos centrais para a discussão: multiculturalismo, como movimento teórico e político que busca respostas para os desafios da pluralidade cultural nos campos do saber, incluindo não só a educação, como também em outras áreas; a Cultura, como teia de significados, na qual os indivíduos estabelecem e interpretam as relações sociais e com a natureza; identidade, enquanto provisória e contingencial; a surdez como diferença política e cultural e os surdos como indivíduos que se constituem como sujeitos na Língua de Sinais, em uma perspectiva bilíngue. No primeiro momento, construímos uma reflexão sobre a perspectiva multicultural; logo a seguir, discutimos algumas compreensões acerca da surdez e da pessoa surda, bem como refletimos acerca da identidade( s e da cultura(s surdas(s. Por fim, apresentamos algumas considerações, tensões e inquietações que perpassam esse diálogo.

  2. Heterogeneity of glia in the retina and optic nerve of birds and mammals.

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    Andy J Fischer

    Full Text Available We have recently described a novel type of glial cell that is scattered across the inner layers of the avian retina [1]. These cells are stimulated by insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1 to proliferate, migrate distally into the retina, and up-regulate the nestin-related intermediate filament transition. These changes in glial activity correspond with increased susceptibility of neurons to excitotoxic damage. This novel cell-type has been termed the Non-astrocytic Inner Retinal Glia-like (NIRG cells. The purpose of the study was to investigate whether the retinas of non-avian species contain cells that resemble NIRG cells. We assayed for NIRG cells by probing for the expression of Sox2, Sox9, Nkx2.2, vimentin and nestin. NIRG cells were distinguished from astrocytes by a lack of expression for Glial Fibrilliary Acidic Protein (GFAP. We examined the retinas of adult mice, guinea pigs, dogs and monkeys (Macaca fasicularis. In the mouse retina and optic nerve head, we identified numerous astrocytes that expressed GFAP, S100beta, Sox2 and Sox9; however, we found no evidence for NIRG-like cells that were positive for Nkx2.2, nestin, and negative for GFAP. In the guinea pig retina, we did not find astrocytes or NIRG cells in the retina, whereas we identified astrocytes in the optic nerve. In the eyes of dogs and monkeys, we found astrocytes and NIRG-like cells scattered across inner layers of the retina and within the optic nerve. We conclude that NIRG-like cells are present in the retinas of canines and non-human primates, whereas the retinas of mice and guinea pigs do not contain NIRG cells.

  3. Poder público e sindicato: um olhar à privatização das centrais elétricas do Pará Public power and syndicalism: looking to the privatization of the electric centrals from Pará

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    Andréa Bittencourt Pires Chaves

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo aborda o sindicalismo dos Urbanitários diante do programa brasileiro de privatização. Buscando compreender este processo, discute o contexto neoliberal que implementa as privatizações no Brasil, as falácias que envolvem os números apresentados pelo governo brasileiro em relação aos benefícios provocados aos cofres públicos com a venda de estatais e o papel de estatais estrangeiras na compra de estatais brasileiras para então olhar a resistência do Sindicato dos Urbanitários e as ações do poder público estadual responsáveis pela demissão de trabalhadores para sanear a empresa no processo de privatização das Centrais Elétricas do Pará. A construção do texto foi realizada a partir de levantamento bibliográfico e documental, assim como entrevistas com lideranças sindicais. Palavras-chave: Trabalho. Sindicato. Privatização. This study approaches the Urbanists syndicalism in front of the Brazilian program of privatizations. In search of understanding this process, the discussion focuses on the neoliberal context which implements the Brazilian privatizations, the lies involved in the numbers presented by the government about the benefits to the public safes with the selling of State companies and the role of foreign State companies in this buying process, so that we can see the Urbanists Syndicalism resistance and also the actions of the Public State power responsible by the workers unemployment to make provisions for the companies inside the privatization process of the Electrical Centrals from Pará. The text was written trough biographic and documental research, and also by interviews with Syndicalism’s leaderships. Keywords: Work. Syndicalism. Privatization.

  4. Using Stem Cells to Model Diseases of the Outer Retina

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    Camille Yvon

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Retinal degeneration arises from the loss of photoreceptors or retinal pigment epithelium (RPE. It is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness worldwide with limited effective treatment options. Generation of induced pluripotent stem cell (IPSC-derived retinal cells and tissues from individuals with retinal degeneration is a rapidly evolving technology that holds a great potential for its use in disease modelling. IPSCs provide an ideal platform to investigate normal and pathological retinogenesis, but also deliver a valuable source of retinal cell types for drug screening and cell therapy. In this review, we will provide some examples of the ways in which IPSCs have been used to model diseases of the outer retina including retinitis pigmentosa (RP, Usher syndrome (USH, Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA, gyrate atrophy (GA, juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL, Best vitelliform macular dystrophy (BVMD and age related macular degeneration (AMD.

  5. Tgfbi/Bigh3 silencing activates ERK in mouse retina.

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    Allaman-Pillet, Nathalie; Oberson, Anne; Bustamante, Mauro; Tasinato, Andrea; Hummler, Edith; Schorderet, Daniel F

    2015-11-01

    BIGH3 is a secreted protein, part of the extracellular matrix where it interacts with collagen and integrins on the cell surface. BIGH3 can play opposing roles in cancer, acting as either tumor suppressor or promoter, and its mutations lead to different forms of corneal dystrophy. Although many studies have been carried out, little is known about the physiological role of BIGH3. Using the cre-loxP system, we generated a mouse model with disruption of the Bigh3 genomic locus. Bigh3 silencing did not result in any apparent phenotype modifications, the mice remained viable and fertile. We were able to determine the presence of BIGH3 in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). In the absence of BIGH3, a transient decrease in the apoptotic process involved in retina maturation was observed, leading to a transient increase in the INL thickness at P15. This phenomenon was accompanied by an increased activity of the pro-survival ERK pathway.

  6. Pixel detectors for use in retina neurophysiology studies

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    Cunningham, W; Chichilnisky, E J; Horn, M; Litke, A M; Mathieson, K; McEwan, F A; Melone, J; O'Shea, V; Rahman, M; Smith, K M

    2003-01-01

    One area of major inter-disciplinary co-operation is between the particle physics and bio-medical communities. The type of large detector arrays and fast electronics developed in laboratories like CERN are becoming used for a wide range of medical and biological experiments. In the present work fabrication technology developed for producing semiconductor radiation detectors has been applied to produce arrays which have been used in neuro-physiological experiments on retinal tissue. We have exploited UVIII, a low molecular weight resist, that has permitted large area electron beam lithography. This allows the resolution to go below that of conventional photolithography and hence the production of densely packed similar to 500 electrode arrays with feature sizes down to below 2 mum. The neural signals from significant areas of the retina may thus be captured.

  7. Visual system based on artificial retina for motion detection.

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    Barranco, Francisco; Díaz, Javier; Ros, Eduardo; del Pino, Begoña

    2009-06-01

    We present a bioinspired model for detecting spatiotemporal features based on artificial retina response models. Event-driven processing is implemented using four kinds of cells encoding image contrast and temporal information. We have evaluated how the accuracy of motion processing depends on local contrast by using a multiscale and rank-order coding scheme to select the most important cues from retinal inputs. We have also developed some alternatives by integrating temporal feature results and obtained a new improved bioinspired matching algorithm with high stability, low error and low cost. Finally, we define a dynamic and versatile multimodal attention operator with which the system is driven to focus on different target features such as motion, colors, and textures.

  8. Label-free nonlinear optical imaging of mouse retina.

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    He, Sicong; Ye, Cong; Sun, Qiqi; Leung, Christopher K S; Qu, Jianan Y

    2015-03-01

    A nonlinear optical (NLO) microscopy system integrating stimulated Raman scattering (SRS), two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) and second-harmonic generation (SHG) was developed to image fresh mouse retinas. The morphological and functional details of various retinal layers were revealed by the endogenous NLO signals. Particularly, high resolution label-free imaging of retinal neurons and nerve fibers in the ganglion cell and nerve fiber layers was achieved by capturing endogenous SRS and TPEF signals. In addition, the spectral and temporal analysis of TPEF images allowed visualization of different fluorescent components in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Fluorophores with short TPEF lifetime, such as A2E, can be differentiated from other long-lifetime components in the RPE. The NLO imaging method would provide important information for investigation of retinal ganglion cell degeneration and holds the potential to study the biochemical processes of visual cycle in the RPE.

  9. Electrophysiological responses of the mouse retina to 12C ions.

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    Sannita, Walter G; Peachey, Neal S; Strettoi, Enrica; Ball, Sherry L; Belli, Francesco; Bidoli, Vittorio; Carozzo, Simone; Casolino, Marco; Di Fino, Luca; Picozza, Piergiorgio; Pignatelli, Vincenzo; Rinaldi, Adele; Saturno, Moreno; Schardt, Dieter; Vazquez, Marcelo; Zaconte, Veronica; Narici, Livio

    2007-04-18

    Phosphenes ("light flashes") have been reported by most astronauts on space missions and by healthy subjects whose eyes were exposed to ionizing radiation in early experiments in particle accelerators. The conditions of occurrence suggested retinal effects of heavy ions. To develop an in vivo animal model, we irradiated the eyes of anesthetized wild-type mice with repeated bursts of 12C ions delivered under controlled conditions in accelerator. 12C ions evoked electrophysiological retinal mass responses and activated the visual system as indicated by responses recorded from the visual cortex. No retinal immunohistological damage was detected. Mice proved a suitable animal model to study radiation-induced phosphenes in vivo and our findings are consistent with an origin of phosphenes in radiation activating the retina.

  10. A indústria da insegurança e a venda da segurança

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    Estela Scheinvar

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Nos chamados tempos modernos a lei é um elemento fundamental à organização social, articulada pela produção do homem livre, do cidadão, governado por dispositivos de disciplina e segurança. Para fazê-los funcionar, liberdade e controle são noções centrais, fundamentos da segurança, cuja existência apenas é possível se produzida a insegurança. Uma relação segundo a qual a insegurança convoca a segurança e esta a justiça com os aparelhos que lhe subsidiam. A partir das análises propostas por Michel Foucault constata-se que a judicialização é uma perspectiva que incentiva a insegurança para vender segurança como condição para o controle no mundo do capital: alimenta-se uma indústria de insegurança e um espaço de lucro. Relações cotidianas permitem pensar a produção da insegurança como estratégia financeira e de controle biopolítico, acionada por um amplo exército composto inclusive pela universidade, e um mercado de venda de segurança, que vai do incentivo ao medo às vias de fato das armas.

  11. Axonal synapses utilize multiple synaptic ribbons in the mammalian retina.

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    Hong-Lim Kim

    Full Text Available In the mammalian retina, bipolar cells and ganglion cells which stratify in sublamina a of the inner plexiform layer (IPL show OFF responses to light stimuli while those that stratify in sublamina b show ON responses. This functional relationship between anatomy and physiology is a key principle of retinal organization. However, there are at least three types of retinal neurons, including intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs and dopaminergic amacrine cells, which violate this principle. These cell types have light-driven ON responses, but their dendrites mainly stratify in sublamina a of the IPL, the OFF sublayer. Recent anatomical studies suggested that certain ON cone bipolar cells make axonal or ectopic synapses as they descend through sublamina a, thus providing ON input to cells which stratify in the OFF sublayer. Using immunoelectron microscopy with 3-dimensional reconstruction, we have identified axonal synapses of ON cone bipolar cells in the rabbit retina. Ten calbindin ON cone bipolar axons made en passant ribbon synapses onto amacrine or ganglion dendrites in sublamina a of the IPL. Compared to the ribbon synapses made by bipolar terminals, these axonal ribbon synapses were characterized by a broad postsynaptic element that appeared as a monad and by the presence of multiple short synaptic ribbons. These findings confirm that certain ON cone bipolar cells can provide ON input to amacrine and ganglion cells whose dendrites stratify in the OFF sublayer via axonal synapses. The monadic synapse with multiple ribbons may be a diagnostic feature of the ON cone bipolar axonal synapse in sublamina a. The presence of multiple ribbons and a broad postsynaptic density suggest these structures may be very efficient synapses. We also identified axonal inputs to ipRGCs with the architecture described above.

  12. Membrane currents of spiking cells isolated from turtle retina.

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    Lasater, E M; Witkovsky, P

    1990-05-01

    We examined the membrane properties of spiking neurons isolated from the turtle (Pseudemys scripta) retina. The cells were maintained in culture for 1-7 days and were studied with the whole cell patch clamp technique. We utilized cells whose perikaryal diameters were greater than 15 microns since Kolb (1982) reported that ganglion cell perikarya in Pseudemys retina are 13-25 microns, whereas amacrine perikarya are less than 14 microns in diameter. We identified 5 currents in the studied cells: (1) a transient sodium current (INa) blocked by TTX, (2) a sustained calcium current (ICa) blocked by cobalt and enhanced by Bay-K 8644, (3) a calcium-dependent potassium current (IK(Ca)), (4) an A-type transient potassium current (IA) somewhat more sensitive to 4-AP than TEA, (5) a sustained potassium current (IK) more sensitive to TEA than 4-AP. The estimated average input resistance of the cells at -70 mV was 720 +/- 440 M omega. When all active currents were blocked, the membrane resistance between -130 and +20 mV was 2.5 G omega. When examined under current clamp, some cells produced multiple spikes to depolarizing steps of 0.1-0.3 nA, whereas other cells produced only a single spike irrespective of the strength of the current pulse. Most single spikers had an outward current that rose to a peak relatively slowly, whereas multiple spikers tend to have a more rapidly activating outward current. Under current clamp, 4-AP slowed the repolarization phase of the spike thus broadening it, but did not always abolish the ability to produce multiple spikes. TEA induced a depolarized plateau following the initial spike which precluded further spikes. It thus appears that the spiking patterns of the retinal cells are shaped primarily by the kinetics of INa, IK and IA and to a lesser extent by IK(Ca).

  13. Differential changes in retina function with normal aging in humans.

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    Freund, Paul R; Watson, Juliane; Gilmour, Gregory S; Gaillard, Frédéric; Sauvé, Yves

    2011-06-01

    We evaluated the full field electroretinogram (ERG) to assess age-related changes in retina function in humans. ERG recordings were performed on healthy subjects with normal fundus appearance, lack of cataract and 20/20 acuity, aged 20-39 years (n = 27; mean age 25 ± 5, standard deviation), 40-59 years (n = 20; mean 53 ± 5), and 60-82 years (n = 18; mean 69 ± 5). Multiple ERG tests were applied, including light and dark-adapted stimulus-response function, dark adaptation and dynamic of recovery from a single bright flash under dark-adapted conditions. Changes in ERG properties were found in the oldest age group when compared with the two younger age groups. (1) The photopic hill effect was less pronounced. (2) Both photopic a-wave and b-wave amplitudes and implicit times were increased at high stimulus strengths. (3) Dark adaptation time was delayed for pure rod and L/M cone-driven responses, respectively. (4) Dark-adapted a-wave but not b-wave amplitudes were reduced, yielding higher B/A ratios. (5) Dark-adapted a- and b-waves implicit times were prolonged: there was a direct proportional correlation between minimal a-wave implicit times and age. (6) The dynamic of dark current recovery from a bright flash, under dark-adapted conditions, was transiently faster at intervals between 0.9 and 2 s. These results denote that aging of the healthy retina is accompanied by specific functional changes, which must be taken into account to optimally diagnose potential pathologies.

  14. A inserção do Brasil no mercado mundial de alumínio: incorporando contribuições da Ecologia Política para a Saúde Coletiva

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    Alen Batista Henriques

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    Full Text Available O presente artigo discute a inserção do Brasil no mercado mundial de alumínio a partir dos referenciais teóricos da ecologia política, da economia política do território e da saúde coletiva. A conjuntura contemporânea da economia mundial tem sido pautada pela desregulamentação e liberalização, característicos do ideário neoliberal propalado pelas nações centrais. A maior participação do Brasil nesse mercado tem sido realizada a partir do aumento da produção e exportação de commodities agrárias e metálicas, como o alumínio. Nesse sentido, a partir dos paradigmas da ecologia política, o texto propõe uma análise das consequências socioambientais, assim como sobre novas territorialidades que se produzem e reproduzem dentro de uma lógica econômica que privilegia as nações centrais. Do mesmo modo, procura-se compreender os dilemas da saúde coletiva sob uma perspectiva holística e integradora na qual se articula aos modelos de desenvolvimento econômico. Percebe-se que a produção e exportação de alumínio primário, apesar de apresentar um valor agregado maior, esconde um conjunto difuso de impactos que afetam o ambiente e a saúde coletiva.

  15. A formação de formadores no contexto da transnacionalização educativa: reflexões a partir da aplicação do processo de Bolonha em Espanha e Portugal

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    Luciana Leandro da Silva

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    Full Text Available Nos últimos anos, intensas transformações estão ocorrendo no âmbito das universidades europeias e se observa a intensificação da preocupação com a formação dos professores universitários. Estes são vistos como agentes centrais da mudança, mediante a reconfiguração do papel da docência na educação superior. Através do estudo de dois casos específicos em Espanha e Portugal, constata-se que o caráter transnacional da reforma vigente repercute fortemente no trabalho e formação dos docentes, por meio das adequações legais, da criação de mecanismos de controle e da visão de formação como estratégia de adaptação. Finalmente, propomos como perspectiva investigativa a análise das relações entre a reforma europeia e os recentes movimentos de integração dos sistemas educativos na América Latina.

  16. Increased frequency of anti-retina antibodies in asymptomatic patients with chronic t. gondii infection

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    Cursino, Sylvia Regina Temer; da Costa, Thaís Boccia; Yamamoto, Joyce Hisae; Meireles, Luciana Regina; Silva, Maria Antonieta Longo Galvão; de Andrade Junior, Heitor Franco

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    PURPOSE: To search for anti-retina antibodies that serve as markers for eye disease in uveitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Stored sera from patients with uveitis, ocular toxoplasmosis (n = 30) and non-infectious, immune-mediated uveitis (n = 50) and from asymptomatic individuals who were positive (n = 250) and negative (n = 250) for anti-Toxoplasma antibodies were tested. Serum anti-retina IgG was detected by an optimized ELISA using a solid-phase whole human retina extract, bovine S-antigen or interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein. RESULTS: Uveitis patients showed a higher mean reactivity to whole human retina extract, interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein and S-antigen in comparison to the asymptomatic population. These findings were independent of the uveitis origin and allowed the determination of the lower anti-retina antibody cut-off for the three antigens. Asymptomatic anti-Toxoplasma serum-positive individuals showed a higher frequency of anti-human whole retina extract antibodies in comparison to asymptomatic anti-Toxoplasma serum-negative patients. The bovine S-antigen and interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein ELISAs also showed a higher mean reactivity in the uveitis groups compared to the asymptomatic group, but the observed reactivities were lower and overlapped without discrimination. CONCLUSION: We detected higher levels of anti-retina antibodies in uveitis patients and in a small fraction of asymptomatic patients with chronic toxoplasmosis. The presence of anti-retina antibodies in sera might be a marker of eye disease in asymptomatic patients, especially when whole human retina extract is used in a solid-phase ELISA. PMID:21120306

  17. Increased frequency of anti-retina antibodies in asymptomatic patients with chronic t. gondii infection

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    Sylvia Regina Temer Cursino

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To search for anti-retina antibodies that serve as markers for eye disease in uveitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Stored sera from patients with uveitis, ocular toxoplasmosis (n = 30 and non-infectious, immune-mediated uveitis (n = 50 and from asymptomatic individuals who were positive (n = 250 and negative (n = 250 for anti-Toxoplasma antibodies were tested. Serum anti-retina IgG was detected by an optimized ELISA using a solid-phase whole human retina extract, bovine S-antigen or interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein. RESULTS: Uveitis patients showed a higher mean reactivity to whole human retina extract, interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein and S-antigen in comparison to the asymptomatic population. These findings were independent of the uveitis origin and allowed the determination of the lower anti-retina antibody cut-off for the three antigens. Asymptomatic anti-Toxoplasma serum-positive individuals showed a higher frequency of antihuman whole retina extract antibodies in comparison to asymptomatic anti-Toxoplasma serum-negative patients. The bovine S-antigen and interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein ELISAs also showed a higher mean reactivity in the uveitis groups compared to the asymptomatic group, but the observed reactivities were lower and overlapped without discrimination. CONCLUSION: We detected higher levels of anti-retina antibodies in uveitis patients and in a small fraction of asymptomatic patients with chronic toxoplasmosis. The presence of anti-retina antibodies in sera might be a marker of eye disease in asymptomatic patients, especially when whole human retina extract is used in a solid-phase ELISA.

  18. Novel features of neurodegeneration in the inner retina of early diabetic rats.

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    Énzsöly, Anna; Szabó, Arnold; Szabó, Klaudia; Szél, Ágoston; Németh, János; Lukáts, Ákos

    2015-08-01

    The literature indicates that in diabetes retinal dysfunctions related to neural retinal alterations exist prior to clinically detectable vasculopathy. In a previous report, a detailed description about the alteration of the outer retina was given, where diabetic degeneration preceded apoptotic loss of cells (Enzsöly et al., 2014). Here, we investigated the histopathology of the inner retina in early diabetes using the same specimens. We examined rat retinas with immunohistochemistry and Western blotting, 12 weeks after streptozotocin induction of diabetes. Glial reactivity was observed in all diabetic retinal specimens; however, it was not detectable all over the retina, but appeared in randomly arranged patches, with little or no glia activation in between. Similarly, immunoreactivity of parvalbumin (staining mostly AII amacrine cells) was also decreased only in some regions. We propose that these focal changes appear prior to affecting the whole retina and overt loss of cells. In contrast to these, most other markers used (calretinin, recoverin, tyrosin hydroxylase anti-Brn-3a and also calbindin in the optic part of the retina) did not show any major alterations in the intensity of immunoreactivity or in the number of stained elements. Interestingly, under diabetic conditions, the labeling pattern of PKC-α and calbindin in the ciliary retina showed a clear resemblance to the pattern described during development. This observation is in line with our previous study, reporting an increase in the number of dual cones, coexpressing two photopigments, which is another common feature with developing retinas. These data may indicate a previously uninvestigated regenerative capacity in diabetic retina.

  19. The role of histamine in the retina: studies on the Hdc knockout mouse.

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    Greferath, Ursula; Vessey, Kirstan A; Jobling, Andrew I; Mills, Samuel A; Bui, Bang V; He, Zheng; Nag, Nupur; Ohtsu, Hiroshi; Fletcher, Erica L

    2014-01-01

    The role of histamine in the retina is not well understood, despite it regulating a number of functions within the brain, including sleep, feeding, energy balance, and anxiety. In this study we characterized the structure and function of the retina in mice that lacked expression of the rate limiting enzyme in the formation of histamine, histidine decarboxylase (Hdc-/- mouse). Using laser capture microdissection, Hdc mRNA expression was assessed in the inner and outer nuclear layers of adult C57Bl6J wildtype (WT) and Hdc(-/-)-retinae. In adult WT and Hdc(-/-)-mice, retinal fundi were imaged, retinal structure was assessed using immunocytochemistry and function was probed by electroretinography. Blood flow velocity was assessed by quantifying temporal changes in the dynamic fluorescein angiography in arterioles and venules. In WT retinae, Hdc gene expression was detected in the outer nuclear layer, but not the inner nuclear layer, while the lack of Hdc expression was confirmed in the Hdc-/- retina. Preliminary examination of the fundus and retinal structure of the widely used Hdc-/- mouse strain revealed discrete lesions across the retina that corresponded to areas of photoreceptor abnormality reminiscent of the rd8 (Crb1) mutation. This was confirmed after genotyping and the strain designated Hdcrd8/rd8. In order to determine the effect of the lack of Hdc-alone on the retina, Hdc-/- mice free of the Crb1 mutation were bred. Retinal fundi appeared normal in these animals and there was no difference in retinal structure, macrogliosis, nor any change in microglial characteristics in Hdc-/- compared to wildtype retinae. In addition, retinal function and retinal blood flow dynamics showed no alterations in the Hdc-/- retina. Overall, these results suggest that histamine plays little role in modulating retinal structure and function.

  20. The role of histamine in the retina: studies on the Hdc knockout mouse.

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    Ursula Greferath

    Full Text Available The role of histamine in the retina is not well understood, despite it regulating a number of functions within the brain, including sleep, feeding, energy balance, and anxiety. In this study we characterized the structure and function of the retina in mice that lacked expression of the rate limiting enzyme in the formation of histamine, histidine decarboxylase (Hdc-/- mouse. Using laser capture microdissection, Hdc mRNA expression was assessed in the inner and outer nuclear layers of adult C57Bl6J wildtype (WT and Hdc(-/--retinae. In adult WT and Hdc(-/--mice, retinal fundi were imaged, retinal structure was assessed using immunocytochemistry and function was probed by electroretinography. Blood flow velocity was assessed by quantifying temporal changes in the dynamic fluorescein angiography in arterioles and venules. In WT retinae, Hdc gene expression was detected in the outer nuclear layer, but not the inner nuclear layer, while the lack of Hdc expression was confirmed in the Hdc-/- retina. Preliminary examination of the fundus and retinal structure of the widely used Hdc-/- mouse strain revealed discrete lesions across the retina that corresponded to areas of photoreceptor abnormality reminiscent of the rd8 (Crb1 mutation. This was confirmed after genotyping and the strain designated Hdcrd8/rd8. In order to determine the effect of the lack of Hdc-alone on the retina, Hdc-/- mice free of the Crb1 mutation were bred. Retinal fundi appeared normal in these animals and there was no difference in retinal structure, macrogliosis, nor any change in microglial characteristics in Hdc-/- compared to wildtype retinae. In addition, retinal function and retinal blood flow dynamics showed no alterations in the Hdc-/- retina. Overall, these results suggest that histamine plays little role in modulating retinal structure and function.

  1. Distribution of tubulin, kinesin, and dynein in light- and dark-adapted octopus retinas.

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    Martinez, J M; Elfarissi, H; De Velasco, B; Ochoa, G H; Miller, A M; Clark, Y M; Matsumoto, B; Robles, L J

    2000-01-01

    Cephalopod retinas exhibit several responses to light and dark adaptation, including rhabdom size changes, photopigment movements, and pigment granule migration. Light- and dark-directed rearrangements of microfilament and microtubule cytoskeletal transport pathways could drive these changes. Recently, we localized actin-binding proteins in light-/dark-adapted octopus rhabdoms and suggested that actin cytoskeletal rearrangements bring about the formation and degradation of rhabdomere microvilli subsets. To determine if the microtubule cytoskeleton and associated motor proteins control the other light/dark changes, we used immunoblotting and immunocytochemical procedures to map the distribution of tubulin, kinesin, and dynein in dorsal and ventral halves of light- and dark-adapted octopus retinas. Immunoblots detected alpha- and beta-tubulin, dynein intermediate chain, and kinesin heavy chain in extracts of whole retinas. Epifluorescence and confocal microscopy showed that the tubulin proteins were distributed throughout the retina with more immunoreactivity in retinas exposed to light. Kinesin localization was heavy in the pigment layer of light- and dark-adapted ventral retinas but was less prominent in the dorsal region. Dynein distribution also varied in dorsal and ventral retinas with more immunoreactivity in light- and dark-adapted ventral retinas and confocal microscopy emphasized the granular nature of this labeling. We suggest that light may regulate the distribution of microtubule cytoskeletal proteins in the octopus retina and that position, dorsal versus ventral, also influences the distribution of motor proteins. The microtubule cytoskeleton is most likely involved in pigment granule migration in the light and dark and with the movement of transport vesicles from the photoreceptor inner segments to the rhabdoms.

  2. A Inovação e o papel da ANPEI no desenvolvimento tecnológico

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    Anderson Rossi

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available  A capacidade inovativa de um país pode ser explicada através da dinâmica do Sistema Nacional de Inovação (SNI que Nelson (1993 define como o conjunto de empresas, organizações e instituições cuja interação reflete a performance inovadora das empresas . O cenário mundial está marcado por um novo dinamismo econômico, baseado na ampliação da demanda por produtos e processos diferenciados viabilizados pelo desenvolvimento intensivo e acelerado de novas tecnologias e novas formas de organização. Esse novo cenário destaca a importância da inovação e do conhecimento como fatores centrais para o crescimento da competitividade de empresas e nações. O objetivo deste trabalho é analisar papel da ANPEI – Associação Nacional de Pesquisa Desenvolvimento e Engenharia das Empresas Inovadoras, na construção do Sistema Nacional de Inovação, enquanto entidade que atua para o fortalecimento da atividade inovadora nas empresas nacionais.

  3. Stem/progenitor cells: a potential source of retina-specific cells for retinal repair.

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    Bi, Yong-Yan; Feng, Dong-Fu; Pan, Dong-Chao

    2009-11-01

    Retinal injury generally results in permanent visual disturbance or even blindness. Any effort to restore vision in such condition would require replacement of the highly specialized retinal cells. Stem/progenitor cells have been proposed as a potential source of new retina-specific cells to replace those lost due to retina injury. Evidence to date suggests that continued development of stem cell therapies may ultimately lead to viable treatment options for retina injury. A wide range of stem/progenitor cells from various sources is currently being investigated for the treatment of retinal injury. This article reviews the recent achievements about stem/progenitor cell source for retinal repair.

  4. Differential Gene Expression in Retina of Myopic Chicken Eyes Using mRNA Differential Display

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    ShenHX; ZhangQJ

    1999-01-01

    Purpose:To study differentially expressed genes in retina of experimental myopic chicken.Methods:Experimental myopia in chicken was induced by form-deprivatin.The mRNA in chicen retina was analyzed by using differential display.Results:Experimental myopia was successfully induced in chicken through form-deprivation.Differentially expressed gene fragments were detected in retina of chicken with myopic evelopment and recovery as compared with normal controld.Conclusion:The differential display of mRNA may be a useful way in cloning myopic-related genes.

  5. Semiconductor nanorod-carbon nanotube biomimetic films for wire-free photostimulation of blind retinas.

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    Bareket, Lilach; Waiskopf, Nir; Rand, David; Lubin, Gur; David-Pur, Moshe; Ben-Dov, Jacob; Roy, Soumyendu; Eleftheriou, Cyril; Sernagor, Evelyne; Cheshnovsky, Ori; Banin, Uri; Hanein, Yael

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    We report the development of a semiconductor nanorod-carbon nanotube based platform for wire-free, light induced retina stimulation. A plasma polymerized acrylic acid midlayer was used to achieve covalent conjugation of semiconductor nanorods directly onto neuro-adhesive, three-dimensional carbon nanotube surfaces. Photocurrent, photovoltage, and fluorescence lifetime measurements validate efficient charge transfer between the nanorods and the carbon nanotube films. Successful stimulation of a light-insensitive chick retina suggests the potential use of this novel platform in future artificial retina applications.

  6. Simulation and performance of an artificial retina for 40 MHz track reconstruction

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    Abba, A; Citterio, M; Caponio, F; Cusimano, A; Geraci, A; Marino, P; Morello, M J; Neri, N; Punzi, G.; Piucci, A; Ristori, L; Spinella, F; Stracka, S; Tonelli, D

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    We present the results of a detailed simulation of the artificial retina pattern-recognition algorithm, designed to reconstruct events with hundreds of charged-particle tracks in pixel and silicon detectors at LHCb with LHC crossing frequency of 40MHz. The detailed geometry and charged-particle activity of a large tracking detector are simulated and used to assess the performance of the artificial retina algorithm. Excellent performances have been found for the retina pattern-recognition algorithm, comparable with the full LHCb reconstruction algorithm.

  7. Dual-path handheld system for cornea and retina imaging using optical coherence tomography

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    Shirazi, Muhammad Faizan; Wijesinghe, Ruchire Eranga; Ravichandran, Naresh Kumar; Kim, Pilun; Jeon, Mansik; Kim, Jeehyun

    2016-11-01

    A dual-path handheld system is proposed for cornea and retina imaging using spectral domain optical coherence tomography. The handheld sample arm is designed to acquire two images simultaneously. Both eyes of a person can be imaged at the same time to obtain the images of the cornea of one eye and the retina of the other eye. Cornea, retina, and optic disc images are acquired with the proposed sample arm. Experimental results demonstrate the usefulness of this system for imaging of different eye segments. This system reduces the time required for imaging of the two eyes and is cost effective.

  8. Structural and molecular analysis of arteriolar annuli in the retina: implications in diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy

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    Ramos Gonzalez, David

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    La vasculatura de la retina presenta características especiales ya que es fundamental que los vasos no interfieran el paso de la luz, que debe atravesar la retina para llegar a los fotoreceptores. El pequeño calibre de los capilares retinianos, junto con los elevados requerimientos metabólicos, hace que la regulación del flujo sanguíneo sea fundamental para el correcto mantenimiento de la homeostasis de la retina. La vasculatura retiniana no presenta inervación, por lo que la influencia de es...

  9. Human retina-specific amine oxidase: genomic structure of the gene (AOC2), alternatively spliced variant, and mRNA expression in retina.

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    Imamura, Y; Noda, S; Mashima, Y; Kudoh, J; Oguchi, Y; Shimizu, N

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    Previously, we reported the isolation of cDNA for human retina-specific amine oxidase (RAO) and the expression of RAO exclusively in retina. Bacterial artificial chromosome clones containing the human RAO gene (AOC2) were mapped to human chromosome 17q21 (Imamura et al., 1997, Genomics 40: 277-283). Here, we report the complete genomic structure of the RAO gene, including 5' flanking sequence, and mRNA expression in retina. The human RAO gene spans 6 kb and is composed of four exons corresponding to the amino acid sequence 1-530, 530-598, 598-641, and 642-729 separated by three introns of 3000, 310, and 351 bp. Screening of a human retina cDNA library revealed the existence of an alternatively spliced cDNA variant with an additional 81 bp at the end of exon 2. The sizes of exons and the locations of exon/intron boundaries in the human RAO gene showed remarkable similarity to those of the human kidney diamine oxidase gene (AOC1). In situ hybridization revealed that mRNA coding for RAO is expressed preferentially in the ganglion cell layer of the mouse retina. We designed four sets of PCR primers to amplify four exons, which will be valuable for analyzing mutations in patients with ocular diseases affecting the retinal ganglion cell layer.

  10. Organotypic tissue culture of adult rodent retina followed by particle-mediated acute gene transfer in vitro.

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    Satoru Moritoh

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Organotypic tissue culture of adult rodent retina with an acute gene transfer that enables the efficient introduction of variable transgenes would greatly facilitate studies into retinas of adult rodents as animal models. However, it has been a difficult challenge to culture adult rodent retina. The purpose of this present study was to develop organotypic tissue culture of adult rodent retina followed by particle-mediated acute gene transfer in vitro. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We established an interphase organotypic tissue culture for adult rat retinas (>P35 of age which was optimized from that used for adult rabbit retinas. We implemented three optimizations: a greater volume of Ames' medium (>26 mL per retina, a higher speed (constant 55 rpm of agitation by rotary shaker, and a greater concentration (10% of horse serum in the medium. We also successfully applied this method to adult mouse retina (>P35 of age. The organotypic tissue culture allowed us to keep adult rodent retina morphologically and structurally intact for at least 4 days. However, mouse retinas showed less viability after 4-day culture. Electrophysiologically, ganglion cells in cultured rat retina were able to generate action potentials, but exhibited less reliable light responses. After transfection of EGFP plasmids by particle-mediated acute gene transfer, we observed EGFP-expressing retinal ganglion cells as early as 1 day of culture. We also introduced polarized-targeting fusion proteins such as PSD95-GFP and melanopsin-EYFP (hOPN4-EYFP into rat retinal ganglion cells. These fusion proteins were successfully transferred into appropriate locations on individual retinal neurons. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: This organotypic culture method is largely applicable to rat retinas, but it can be also applied to mouse retinas with a caveat regarding cell viability. This method is quite flexible for use in acute gene transfection in adult rodent retina, replacing

  11. Adjunctive MSCs enhance myelin formation by xenogenic oligodendrocyte precursors transplanted in the retina

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    Aileen Arriola; Mary E Kie; Yufang Shi; Randall D McKinnon

    2010-01-01

    Dear Editor, We examined myelin formation by oligodendrocytes co-transplanted with immunosuppressive mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) were grafted into the mouse retina, and graft survival and maturation was determined with or without adjunctive MSCs.

  12. Diabetes Alters Osmotic Swelling Characteristics and Membrane Conductance of Glial Cells in Rat Retina

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    Thomas Pannicke; Ianors Iandiev; Antje Wurm; Ortrud Uckermann; Franziska vom Hagen; Andreas Reichenbach; Peter Wiedemann; Hans-Peter Hammes; Andreas Bringmann

    2006-01-01

    Diabetes Alters Osmotic Swelling Characteristics and Membrane Conductance of Glial Cells in Rat Retina Thomas Pannicke 1 , Ianors Iandiev 2 , Antje Wurm 2 , Ortrud Uckermann 3 , Franziska vom Hagen 4...

  13. Retina-on-a-chip: a microfluidic platform for point access signaling studies.

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    Dodson, Kirsten H; Echevarria, Franklin D; Li, Deyu; Sappington, Rebecca M; Edd, Jon F

    2015-12-01

    We report on a microfluidic platform for culture of whole organs or tissue slices with the capability of point access reagent delivery to probe the transport of signaling events. Whole mice retina were maintained for multiple days with negative pressure applied to tightly but gently bind the bottom of the retina to a thin poly-(dimethylsiloxane) membrane, through which twelve 100 μm diameter through-holes served as fluidic access points. Staining with toluidine blue, transport of locally applied cholera toxin beta, and transient response to lipopolysaccharide in the retina demonstrated the capability of the microfluidic platform. The point access fluidic delivery capability could enable new assays in the study of various kinds of excised tissues, including retina.

  14. Comparison of dark- and light-adapted carp retinas with NADPH diaphorase staining

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    叶冰; 杨雄里

    1996-01-01

    The carp retina was examined by NADPH diaphorase histochemistry to determine if the staining pattern of retinal cells was changed depending on the adaptation state of the retina. When dark-adapted for 5 h, ellipsoids of inner segments of both rods and cones and some horizontal cells were heavily stained. Staining was also found in subpopulations of amacrine cells and ganglion cells. In addition, Muller cells were strongly positive for NADPH diaphorase. When light-adapted for 5h, ellipsoids of photoreceptors and ganglion cells were less intensely stained, whereas Muller cells and horizontal cells became negative for NADPH diaphorase. Furthermore, rod ON-center bipolar cells were clearly stained. The difference of staining of amacrine cells between dark- and light-adapted retinas was not significant. The differences in diaphorase-staining pattern between dark- and light-adapted retinas suggest that Muller cells, some horizontal cells and rod ON-center bipolar cells contain inducible nitric oxide synthase,

  15. Illumination-invariant face recognition with a contrast sensitive silicon retina

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    Buhmann, J.M. [Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Univ., Bonn (Germany). Inst. fuer Informatik II; Lades, M. [Bochum Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Neuroinformatik; Eeckman, F. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)

    1993-11-29

    Changes in lighting conditions strongly effect the performance and reliability of computer vision systems. We report face recognition results under drastically changing lighting conditions for a computer vision system which concurrently uses a contrast sensitive silicon retina and a conventional, gain controlled CCD camera. For both input devices the face recognition system employs an elastic matching algorithm with wavelet based features to classify unknown faces. To assess the effect of analog on-chip preprocessing by the silicon retina the CCD images have been digitally preprocessed with a bandpass filter to adjust the power spectrum. The silicon retina with its ability to adjust sensitivity increases the recognition rate up to 50 percent. These comparative experiments demonstrate that preprocessing with an analog VLSI silicon retina generates image data enriched with object-constant features.

  16. Frequency spectrum might act as communication code between retina and visual cortex I

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    Xu Yang

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To explore changes and possible communication relationship of local potential signals recorded simultaneously from retina and visual cortex I (V1. METHODS: Fourteen C57BL/6J mice were measured with pattern electroretinogram (PERG and pattern visually evoked potential (PVEP and fast Fourier transform has been used to analyze the frequency components of those signals. RESULTS: The amplitude of PERG and PVEP was measured at about 36.7 µV and 112.5 µV respectively and the dominant frequency of PERG and PVEP, however, stay unchanged and both signals do not have second, or otherwise, harmonic generation. CONCLUSION: The results suggested that retina encodes visual information in the way of frequency spectrum and then transfers it to primary visual cortex. The primary visual cortex accepts and deciphers the input visual information coded from retina. Frequency spectrum may act as communication code between retina and V1.

  17. NOVIDADES DA BACIA DO PRATA: ARQUEOLOGIA E HISTÓRIA INDÍGENA DA PROVÍNCIA DE ENTRE RÍOS, ARGENTINA

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    Rafael Guedes Milheira

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    Full Text Available Historia Prehispánica de Entre Ríos, livro publicado por Mariano Bonomo, através da Fundación de Historia Natural Félix de Azara; Universidad Maimónides, no ano de 2012, é um livro que busca a divulgação do conhecimento arqueológico oriundo das pesquisas realizadas desde o final do século XIX na Província de Entre Ríos, Argentina. O livro tem três objetivos centrais: 1 apontar, através de informações arqueológicas, a profundidade histórica e a complexidade multicultural das ocupações humanas no território entrerriense; 2 demonstrar o protagonismo das populações ameríndias, que manejaram os recursos ambientais e constituíram sociedades complexas, ao contrário do proposto pela Arqueologia e Antropologia tradicionais; 3 reforçar a importância da Arqueologia enquanto disciplina com potência para criticar e rediscutir a história tradicional (essa, por sua vez, comumente embasada na documentação escrita, contribuindo para a construção da memória social contemporânea.

  18. Problemas da sociologia da arte

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    Bastide, Roger

    2006-01-01

    A partir de um balanço das realizações consideradas pelo autor como as mais relevantes no campo da sociologia da arte até o final dos anos de 1940, o texto propõe novos rumos para a disciplina, considerando o modo como a arte é socialmente produzida como linguagem e valor.

  19. The lens controls cell survival in the retina: evidence from the blind cavefish Astyanax

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    2007-01-01

    The lens influences retinal growth and differentiation during vertebrate eye development but the mechanisms are not understood. The role of the lens in retinal growth and development was studied in the teleost Astyanax mexicanus, which has eyed surface-dwelling (surface fish) and blind cave-dwelling (cavefish) forms. A lens and laminated retina initially develop in cavefish embryos, but the lens dies by apoptosis. The cavefish retina is subsequently disorganized, apoptotic cells appear, the p...

  20. Rax: Developmental and Daily Expression Patterns in the Rat Pineal Gland and Retina

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    Rohde, Kristian; Klein, David C.; Møller, Morten; Rath, Martin F.

    2011-01-01

    Retina and anterior neural fold homeobox (Rax) gene encodes a transcription factor essential for vertebrate eye development. Recent microarray studies indicate that Rax is expressed in the adult rat pineal gland and retina. The present study reveals that Rax expression levels in the rat change significantly during retinal development with a peak occurring at embryonic day (E) 18, whereas Rax expression in the pineal is relatively delayed and not detectable until E20. In both tissues, Rax is e...

  1. A Study of Histology and Enzymatic Histochemistry on Rabbit's Retina in Acute Ocular Hypertension

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    1994-01-01

    The changes of activities of enzymes relating to energy metabolism in rabbit's retina in acute ocular hypertension were observed. The activities of succinate dehydrogenase and adenosine triphosphatase were found to be reduced, while the activities of the lactatic dehydrognease and glucose-6-phosphatase increased. The results revealed the metabolic disturbance of energy in retina after acute ocular hypertension might be the underlying factors relating to the defects of the functions and structures of the...

  2. Induction of ectopic retina-like tissue by transgenic expression of neurogenin.

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    Run-Tao Yan

    Full Text Available Degeneration of retinal neurons is an underlying cause of several major types of blinding diseases, and effective therapies remain to be developed. The suppositive strategy of repopulating a degenerative retina with new cells generated onsite faces serious challenges, because the mammalian retina seems to lack the ability to regenerate itself or replace its lost neurons. We investigated the possibility of using a transcriptional factor with proneural activities to reprogram ocular tissue with regenerative capability to give rise to retinal cells. Transgenic mice were generated with DNA constructs that targeted the expression in the retinal pigment epithelium of proneural gene neurogenin1 from the promoter of Bestrophin1, or neurogenin3 from RPE65 promoter. Here we report the presence of ectopic retina-like tissue in some of the transgenic mice, young and aged. The ectopic retina-like tissue contained cells positive for photoreceptor proteins Crx, recoverin, red opsin, and rhodopsin, and cells positive for proteins that label other types of retinal neurons, including AP2α and Pax6 for amacrine cells, Otx2 for bipolar cells, and Brn3A for ganglion cells. The retina-like tissue often co-existed with darkly pigmented tissue positive for RPE proteins: cytokeratin 18, Otx2, and RPE65. The ectopic retina-like tissue was detected in the subretinal space, including two retinae co-existing in the same eye, and/or in the optic nerve or in the vicinity of the optic nerve head. On rare occasions, it was detected in the choroid and in the vicinity of the ciliary body. The presence of ectopic retina-like tissue in the transgenic mouse supports the possibility of inducing retinal regeneration in the mammalian eyes through gene-directed reprograming.

  3. Rhodopsin-like immunoreactivity in the 'all cone' retina of the chameleon (Chameleo chameleo).

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    Bennis, Mohamed; Molday, Robert S; Versaux-Botteri, Claudine; Repérant, Jacques; Jeanny, Jean-Claude; McDevitt, David S

    2005-05-01

    Chameleons (Order, Reptilia: Family, Lacertilia) are unique among vertebrates in being able to make independent eye movements. The organisation of their retina, however, closely ressembles that of other diurnal lizards; based on morphological studies, it is typically described as containing only cone photoreceptors. We show here that a subpopulation of the photoreceptors are immunolabelled by an antibody directed against rhodopsin, suggesting the presence of rods. We conclude that in the nonmammalian retina, rods and cones cannot be exclusively distinguished on purely morphological grounds.

  4. Visualization of endothelial actin cytoskeleton in the mouse retina.

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    Alessia Fraccaroli

    Full Text Available Angiogenesis requires coordinated changes in cell shape of endothelial cells (ECs, orchestrated by the actin cytoskeleton. The mechanisms that regulate this rearrangement in vivo are poorly understood - largely because of the difficulty to visualize filamentous actin (F-actin structures with sufficient resolution. Here, we use transgenic mice expressing Lifeact-EGFP to visualize F-actin in ECs. We show that in the retina, Lifeact-EGFP expression is largely restricted to ECs allowing detailed visualization of F-actin in ECs in situ. Lifeact-EGFP labels actin associated with cell-cell junctions, apical and basal membranes and highlights actin-based structures such as filopodia and stress fiber-like cytoplasmic bundles. We also show that in the skin and the skeletal muscle, Lifeact-EGFP is highly expressed in vascular mural cells (vMCs, enabling vMC imaging. In summary, our results indicate that the Lifeact-EGFP transgenic mouse in combination with the postnatal retinal angiogenic model constitutes an excellent system for vascular cell biology research. Our approach is ideally suited to address structural and mechanistic details of angiogenic processes, such as endothelial tip cell migration and fusion, EC polarization or lumen formation.

  5. Ischemic tolerance protects the rat retina from glaucomatous damage.

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    Nicolás Belforte

    Full Text Available Glaucoma is a leading cause of acquired blindness which may involve an ischemic-like insult to retinal ganglion cells and optic nerve head. We investigated the effect of a weekly application of brief ischemia pulses (ischemic conditioning on the rat retinal damage induced by experimental glaucoma. Glaucoma was induced by weekly injections of chondroitin sulfate (CS in the rat eye anterior chamber. Retinal ischemia was induced by increasing intraocular pressure to 120 mmHg for 5 min; this maneuver started after 6 weekly injections of vehicle or CS and was weekly repeated in one eye, while the contralateral eye was submitted to a sham procedure. Glaucoma was evaluated in terms of: i intraocular pressure (IOP, ii retinal function (electroretinogram (ERG, iii visual pathway function (visual evoked potentials, (VEPs iv histology of the retina and optic nerve head. Retinal thiobarbituric acid substances levels were assessed as an index of lipid peroxidation. Ischemic conditioning significantly preserved ERG, VEPs, as well as retinal and optic nerve head structure from glaucomatous damage, without changes in IOP. Moreover, ischemia pulses abrogated the increase in lipid peroxidation induced by experimental glaucoma. These results indicate that induction of ischemic tolerance could constitute a fertile avenue for the development of new therapeutic strategies in glaucoma treatment.

  6. The Analysis of Artificial Retina Organization for Signal Processing

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    WEIHui

    2004-01-01

    Machine vision is an active branch of artificial intelligence. An important problem in this area is the trade-off among efficiency, accuracy and computation complexity. The human visual system can keep watchfulness to the perimeter of a viewing field while at the same time focus on the center of the field for fine information processing. This mechanism of appropriate assignment of computing resources can reduce the demand for huge and complex hardware structure. Therefore, the design of a computer model based on the biological visual mechanism is an effective approach to resolve problems in machine vision. In this paper, a multi-layer neural model is developed based on the features of receptive field of ganglion in retina to simulate multi-scale perceptive fields of ganglion cell. The neural model can maintain alert on the outer area of the image while capturing and processing more important information in the central part. It may provide valuable inspiration for the implementation of real-time processing and avoidance of huge computation in machine vision.

  7. Phenotypic and functional characterization of Bst+/− mouse retina

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    Hamidreza Riazifar

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The belly spot and tail (Bst+/− mouse phenotype is caused by mutations of the ribosomal protein L24 (Rpl24. Among various phenotypes in Bst+/− mice, the most interesting are its retinal abnormalities, consisting of delayed closure of choroid fissures, decreased ganglion cells and subretinal vascularization. We further characterized the Bst+/− mouse and investigated the underlying molecular mechanisms to assess the feasibility of using this strain as a model for stem cell therapy of retinal degenerative diseases due to retinal ganglion cell (RGC loss. We found that, although RGCs are significantly reduced in retinal ganglion cell layer in Bst+/− mouse, melanopsin+ RGCs, also called ipRGCs, appear to be unchanged. Pupillary light reflex was completely absent in Bst+/− mice but they had a normal circadian rhythm. In order to examine the pathological abnormalities in Bst+/− mice, we performed electron microscopy in RGC and found that mitochondria morphology was deformed, having irregular borders and lacking cristae. The complex activities of the mitochondrial electron transport chain were significantly decreased. Finally, for subretinal vascularization, we also found that angiogenesis is delayed in Bst+/− associated with delayed hyaloid regression. Characterization of Bst+/− retina suggests that the Bst+/− mouse strain could be a useful murine model. It might be used to explore further the pathogenesis and strategy of treatment of retinal degenerative diseases by employing stem cell technology.

  8. Islet-1 Immunoreactivity in the Developing Retina of Xenopus laevis

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    Guadalupe Álvarez-Hernán

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The LIM-homeodomain transcription factor Islet1 (Isl1 has been widely used as a marker of neuronal differentiation in the developing visual system of different classes of vertebrates, including mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish. In the present study, we analyzed the spatial and temporal distribution of Isl1-immunoreactive cells during Xenopus laevis retinal development and its relation to the formation of the retinal layers, and in combination with different markers of cell differentiation. The earliest Isl1 expression appeared at St29-30 in the cell nuclei of sparse differentiating neuroblasts located in the vitreal surface of the undifferentiated retina. At St35-36, abundant Isl1-positive cells accumulated at the vitreal surface of the neuroepithelium. As development proceeded and through the postmetamorphic juveniles, Isl1 expression was identified in subpopulations of ganglion cells and in subsets of amacrine, bipolar, and horizontal cells. These data together suggest a possible role for Isl1 in the early differentiation and maintenance of different retinal cell types, and Isl1 can serve as a specific molecular marker for the study of retinal cell specification in X. laevis.

  9. Stimulation of the retina with a multielectrode extraocular visual prosthesis.

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    Chowdhury, Vivek; Morley, John W; Coroneo, Minas T

    2005-08-01

    An extraocular approach to developing a retinal prosthesis for blind patients using electrodes placed on the outer surface of the eye is suggested. Experiments were carried out to determine the feasibility of this approach, and evaluate electrode configurations and parameters for stimulation. In anaesthetized cats, a 21-electrode extraocular retinal prosthesis (ERP) array was sutured to the sclera over the lateral surface of the eye. Electrically evoked potentials (EEP) were recorded at the visual cortex bilaterally in response to retinal stimulation with the electrode array. Bipolar stimulation of the ERP array electrodes in horizontal and vertical configurations and at different interelectrode separations was investigated with biphasic constant-current pulses. Electrical stimulation of the lateral retina with an ERP elicited EEP that were higher in the ipsilateral visual cortex. The threshold for bipolar retinal stimulation was 500 microA. EEP amplitude increased with increases in stimulus pulse duration and current intensity. Retinal stimulation was slightly more effective with electrodes in a vertical as opposed to horizontal orientation. A larger interelectrode separation resulted in a higher EEP amplitude. Retinal stimulation with a prototype ERP array is demonstrated. The thresholds for retinal excitation are below safe charge-density limits for chronic neural stimulation. Ipsilateral localization of the EEP suggests that localized retinal stimulation is occurring. An ERP is a new approach to retinal prosthesis research, and might lead to the development of a low-resolution visual prosthesis for blind patients.

  10. Microcystic macular edema detection in retina OCT images

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    Swingle, Emily K.; Lang, Andrew; Carass, Aaron; Ying, Howard S.; Calabresi, Peter A.; Prince, Jerry L.

    2014-03-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a powerful imaging tool that is particularly useful for exploring retinal abnormalities in ophthalmological diseases. Recently, it has been used to track changes in the eye associated with neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) where certain tissue layer thicknesses have been associated with disease progression. A small percentage of MS patients also exhibit what has been called microcystic macular edema (MME), where uid collections that are thought to be pseudocysts appear in the inner nuclear layer. Very little is known about the cause of this condition so it is important to be able to identify precisely where these pseudocysts occur within the retina. This identi cation would be an important rst step towards furthering our understanding. In this work, we present a detection algorithm to nd these pseudocysts and to report on their spatial distribution. Our approach uses a random forest classi er trained on manual segmentation data to classify each voxel as pseudocyst or not. Despite having a small sample size of ve subjects, the algorithm correctly identi es 84.6% of pseudocysts as compared to manual delineation. Finally, using our method, we show that the spatial distribution of pseudocysts within the macula are generally contained within an annulus around the fovea.

  11. Mapping a complete neural population in the retina.

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    Marre, Olivier; Amodei, Dario; Deshmukh, Nikhil; Sadeghi, Kolia; Soo, Frederick; Holy, Timothy E; Berry, Michael J

    2012-10-24

    Recording simultaneously from essentially all of the relevant neurons in a local circuit is crucial to understand how they collectively represent information. Here we show that the combination of a large, dense multielectrode array and a novel, mostly automated spike-sorting algorithm allowed us to record simultaneously from a highly overlapping population of >200 ganglion cells in the salamander retina. By combining these methods with labeling and imaging, we showed that up to 95% of the ganglion cells over the area of the array were recorded. By measuring the coverage of visual space by the receptive fields of the recorded cells, we concluded that our technique captured a neural population that forms an essentially complete representation of a region of visual space. This completeness allowed us to determine the spatial layout of different cell types as well as identify a novel group of ganglion cells that responded reliably to a set of naturalistic and artificial stimuli but had no measurable receptive field. Thus, our method allows unprecedented access to the complete neural representation of visual information, a crucial step for the understanding of population coding in sensory systems.

  12. Cholesterol in the retina: the best is yet to come

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    Pikuleva, Irina A.; Curcio, Christine A.

    2014-01-01

    Historically understudied, cholesterol in the retina is receiving more attention now because of genetic studies showing that several cholesterol-related genes are risk factors for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and because eye pathology studies showing high cholesterol content of drusen, aging Bruch's membrane, and newly found subretinal lesions. The challenge before us is determining how the cholesterol-AMD link is realized. Meeting this challenge will require an excellent understanding these genes’ roles in retinal physiology and how chorioretinal cholesterol is maintained. In the first half of this review, we will succinctly summarize physico-chemical properties of cholesterol, its distribution in the human body, general principles of maintenance and metabolism, and differences in cholesterol handling in human and mouse that impact on experimental approaches. This information will provide a backdrop to the second part of the review focusing on unique aspects of chorioretinal cholesterol homeostasis, aging in Bruch's membrane, cholesterol in AMD lesions, a model for lesion biogenesis, a model for macular vulnerability based on vascular biology, and alignment of AMD-related genes and pathobiology using cholesterol and an atherosclerosis-like progression as unifying features. We conclude with recommendations for the most important research steps we can take towards delineating the cholesterol-AMD link. PMID:24704580

  13. Spare the rods and spoil the retina: revisited.

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    Sivaprasad, S; Arden, G

    2016-02-01

    Visual function improves with oxygen inhalation in people with diabetes even in the absence of visible retinopathy. Rods consume the most oxygen in the retina due to the high metabolic activity required to maintain the dark current. Therefore, Arden hypothesized that in diabetes where oxygen supply may also be affected due to the changes in retinal vasculature, prevention of dark adaptation may be a viable option to prevent or decrease the rate of progression of diabetic retinopathy. Animal experiments have proven that the absence of rods decreases the development of retinal neovascularisation. The same principle applies to panretinal photocoagulation, an established treatment for proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Recently, a few clinical studies have also shown that preventing dark adaptation by suppressing rods with 500-nm light source at night decreases the rate of progression of early diabetic retinopathy and maculopathy in the short-term. We await the results of a large two-year multi-centre trial (CLEOPATRA trial) to evaluate the long-term effects of decreasing dark adaptation by applying a 500nm light source as a mask over eyes with non-central diabetic macular oedema.

  14. Comparison of Diode and Argon Laser Lesions in Rabbit Retina

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    Hui Zhang; Xiaoxin Li; Bin Li; Jiping Da

    2004-01-01

    Purpose: To compare the histological alteration of retina with various spot intensities between diode and argon lasers in order to instruct the clinical use of 810 nm diode laser.Methods: Transpupillary retinal photocoagulations were performed on 42 eyes of 27pigmented rabbits. Histopathologic alteration of lesions in different intensities and different time intervals after irradiation produced by diode and argon laser was observed and compared using light microscopy. Areas of various lesions measured by image analysis system (CMIAS) were compared quantitatively.Results: Histopathologically, two-week-old grade 2 lesions produced by diode laser induced the disappearance of outer nuclear cells. More than a half of all showed reduction in number of outer nuclear layer cells in argon. Fibroblasts appeared in the diode grade 3lesions 5 days after irradiation. CMIAS data showed that all the areas of diode lesions immediately after photocoagulation were to be larger than those of argon laser lesions in the same spot intensity (P < 0.05). However, twenty-four hours after photocoagulation, the area of the diode lesions increased less than that of the argon laser lesions (8%vs.23%).Conclusion: The acute histological effect caused by 810 nm diode laser and argon green laser is similar,while the expansion of lesion area 24 hours after photocoagulation was less with the diode laser compared to the argon. This may be the first report in the literature regarding quantitative analysis of the delayed reaction of argon green lasers.

  15. Feedback synaptic interaction in the dragonfly ocellar retina

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    1978-01-01

    The intracellular response of the ocellar nerve dendrite, the second order neuron in the retina of the dragonfly ocellus, has been modified by application of various drugs and a model developed to explain certain features of that response. Curare blocked the response completely. Both picrotoxin and bicuculline eliminated the "off" overshoot. Bicuculline also decreased the size of response and the sensitivity. gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA), however, increased the size of response. The evidence indicates the possibility that the receptor transmitter is acetylcholine and is inhibitory to the ocellar nerve dendrite whereas the feedback transmitter from the ocellar nerve dendrite may be GABA and is facilitory to receptor transmitter release. The model of synaptic feedback interaction developed to be consistent with these results has certain important features. It suggests that the feedback transmitter is released in the dark to increase input sensitivity from receptors in response to dim light. This implies that the dark potential of the ocellar nerve dendrite may be determined by a dynamic equilibrium established by synaptic interaction between it and the receptor terminals. Such a system is also well suited to signalling phasic information about changes in level of illumination over a wide range of intensities, a characteristic which appears to be a significant feature of the dragonfly median ocellar response. PMID:205624

  16. Mouse embryonic retina delivers information controlling cortical neurogenesis.

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    Ciro Bonetti

    Full Text Available The relative contribution of extrinsic and intrinsic mechanisms to cortical development is an intensely debated issue and an outstanding question in neurobiology. Currently, the emerging view is that interplay between intrinsic genetic mechanisms and extrinsic information shape different stages of cortical development. Yet, whereas the intrinsic program of early neocortical developmental events has been at least in part decoded, the exact nature and impact of extrinsic signaling are still elusive and controversial. We found that in the mouse developing visual system, acute pharmacological inhibition of spontaneous retinal activity (retinal waves-RWs during embryonic stages increase the rate of corticogenesis (cell cycle withdrawal. Furthermore, early perturbation of retinal spontaneous activity leads to changes of cortical layer structure at a later time point. These data suggest that mouse embryonic retina delivers long-distance information capable of modulating cell genesis in the developing visual cortex and that spontaneous activity is the candidate long-distance acting extrinsic cue mediating this process. In addition, these data may support spontaneous activity to be a general signal coordinating neurogenesis in other developing sensory pathways or areas of the central nervous system.

  17. Imaging the response of the retina to electrical stimulation with genetically encoded calcium indicators.

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    Weitz, Andrew C; Behrend, Matthew R; Lee, Nan Sook; Klein, Ronald L; Chiodo, Vince A; Hauswirth, William W; Humayun, Mark S; Weiland, James D; Chow, Robert H

    2013-04-01

    Epiretinal implants for the blind are designed to stimulate surviving retinal neurons, thus bypassing the diseased photoreceptor layer. Single-unit or multielectrode recordings from isolated animal retina are commonly used to inform the design of these implants. However, such electrical recordings provide limited information about the spatial patterns of retinal activation. Calcium imaging overcomes this limitation, as imaging enables high spatial resolution mapping of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) activity as well as simultaneous recording from hundreds of RGCs. Prior experiments in amphibian retina have demonstrated proof of principle, yet experiments in mammalian retina have been hindered by the inability to load calcium indicators into mature mammalian RGCs. Here, we report a method for labeling the majority of ganglion cells in adult rat retina with genetically encoded calcium indicators, specifically GCaMP3 and GCaMP5G. Intravitreal injection of an adeno-associated viral vector targets ∼85% of ganglion cells with high specificity. Because of the large fluorescence signals provided by the GCaMP sensors, we can now for the first time visualize the response of the retina to electrical stimulation in real-time. Imaging transduced retinas mounted on multielectrode arrays reveals how stimulus pulse shape can dramatically affect the spatial extent of RGC activation, which has clear implications in prosthetic applications. Our method can be easily adapted to work with other fluorescent indicator proteins in both wild-type and transgenic mammals.

  18. The ciliary margin zone of the mammalian retina generates retinal ganglion cells

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    Marcucci, Florencia; Murcia-Belmonte, Veronica; Coca, Yaiza; Ferreiro-Galve, Susana; Wang, Qing; Kuwajima, Takaaki; Khalid, Sania; Ross, M. Elizabeth; Herrera, Eloisa; Mason, Carol

    2016-01-01

    Summary The retina of lower vertebrates grows continuously by integrating new neurons generated from progenitors in the ciliary margin zone (CMZ). Whether the mammalian CMZ provides the neural retina with retinal cells is controversial. Live-imaging of embryonic retina expressing eGFP in the CMZ shows that cells migrate laterally from the CMZ to the neural retina where differentiated retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) reside. As Cyclin D2, a cell-cycle regulator, is enriched in ventral CMZ, we analyzed Cyclin D2−/− mice to test whether the CMZ is a source of retinal cells. Neurogenesis is diminished in Cyclin D2 mutants, leading to a reduction of RGCs in the ventral retina. In line with these findings, in the albino retina, the decreased production of ipsilateral RGCs is correlated with fewer Cyclin D2+ cells. Together, these results implicate the mammalian CMZ as a neurogenic site that produces RGCs and whose proper generation depends on Cyclin D2 activity. PMID:28009286

  19. Hazardous effects of fried potato chips on the development of retina in albino rats

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    Hassan I El-Sayyad; Saber A Sakr; Gamal M Badawy; Hanaa S Afify

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the hazardous effects of fried potato chips upon the retina of two developmental stages of the albino rats aged 7 and 14 days from parturition. Methods: Pregnant rats were arranged into two groups: control pregnant rats and consequently their delivered newborns until reaching 7 and 14 days old from parturition and fried potato chips group in which pregnant rats at the 6th day of gestation maintained on diet formed of fried potato chips supplied from the market mixed with standard diet at a concentration of 50% per each till 7 and 14 post-partum. Three fold integrated approaches were adopted, namely, histological, ultrastructural and proteomic analysis. Results: Histological examination of the retina of the experimental offsprings revealed many histopathological changes, including massive degeneration, vacuolization and cell loss in the ganglion cell layer, as well as general reduction in retinal size. At the ultrastructural level, the retina of experimental offsprings exhibited number of deformities, including ill differentiated and degenerated nuclear layer, malformed and vacuolated pigment epithelium with vesiculated and fragmented rough endoplasmic reticulum, degenerated outer segment of photoreceptors, as well as swollen choriocapillaris and loss of neuronal cells. Proteomic analysis of retina of the two experimental developmental stages showed variations in the expressed proteins as a result of intoxication which illustrated the adverse toxic effects of fried potato chips upon the retina. Conclusions: It can be concluded that the effect of fried potato chips on the development of retina in rats may be due to the presence of acrylamide or its metabolite.

  20. Streaming an image through the eye: The retina seen as a dithered scalable image coder

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    Masmoudi, Khaled; Kornprobst, Pierre

    2012-01-01

    We propose the design of an original scalable image coder/decoder that is inspired from the mammalians retina. Our coder accounts for the time-dependent and also nondeterministic behavior of the actual retina. The present work brings two main contributions: As a first step, (i) we design a deterministic image coder mimicking most of the retinal processing stages and then (ii) we introduce a retinal noise in the coding process, that we model here as a dither signal, to gain interesting perceptual features. Regarding our first contribution, our main source of inspiration will be the biologically plausible model of the retina called Virtual Retina. The main novelty of this coder is to show that the time-dependent behavior of the retina cells could ensure, in an implicit way, scalability and bit allocation. Regarding our second contribution, we reconsider the inner layers of the retina. We emit a possible interpretation for the non-determinism observed by neurophysiologists in their output. For this sake, we mode...

  1. Spatiotemporal features of early neuronogenesis differ in wild-type and albino mouse retina

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    Rachel, Rivka A.; Dolen, Gul; Hayes, Nancy L.; Lu, Alice; Erskine, Lynda; Nowakowski, Richard S.; Mason, Carol A.

    2002-01-01

    In albino mammals, lack of pigment in the retinal pigment epithelium is associated with retinal defects, including poor visual acuity from a photoreceptor deficit in the central retina and poor depth perception from a decrease in ipsilaterally projecting retinal fibers. Possible contributors to these abnormalities are reported delays in neuronogenesis (Ilia and Jeffery, 1996) and retinal maturation (Webster and Rowe, 1991). To further determine possible perturbations in neuronogenesis and/or differentiation, we used cell-specific markers and refined birth dating methods to examine these events during retinal ganglion cell (RGC) genesis in albino and pigmented mice from embryonic day 11 (E11) to E18. Our data indicate that relative to pigmented mice, more ganglion cells are born in the early stages of neuronogenesis in the albino retina, although the initiation of RGC genesis in the albino is unchanged. The cellular organization of the albino retina is perturbed as early as E12. In addition, cell cycle kinetics and output along the nasotemporal axis differ in retinas of albino and pigmented mice, both absolutely, with the temporal aspect of the retina expanded in albino, and relative to the position of the optic nerve head. Finally, blocking melanin synthesis in pigmented eyecups in culture leads to an increase in RGC differentiation, consistent with a role for melanin formation in regulating RGC neuronogenesis. These results point to spatiotemporal defects in neuronal production in the albino retina, which could perturb expression of genes that specify cell fate, number, and/or projection phenotype.

  2. [Ultrastructure of melanocytes from retina and choroid of the Pacific salmon].

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    Zagal'skaia, E O

    2001-01-01

    The ultrastructure of the retina and choroid cells in three species of the Pacific salmon, Oncohrynchus gorbuscha, O. keta and O. masou, was studied. The structure of retina pigment cells is similar in all the three species, only a small difference was found in the percentage of lengthened and rounded forms of melanosomes. Melanocytes of the masu salmon differ also in the structure of their nuclei. The pigment cells of choroid differ from those of retina by a more extended form of melanosomes and by the presence of less rounded melanosomes. In the chum salmon retina we found electron lucent "contact vesicles", whose assignment is open to discussion. In retina pigment cells of the masu salmon smolts ready for migration, the activity of Golgi appararus rises, mitochondria and mature melanosomes increase in number. The choroid pigment cells are slightly swollen, their processes more often and deeper penetrate into the walls of vessels, down to the endothelium. Results of the experiment with the application of an artificial magnetic field (AMF) have shown that the retina and choroid pigment cells in the masu salmon fry react to the field of a certain direction. The phenomenon of magnetosensitivity of pigment cells is discussed in addition to their possible involvement in magnetoreception.

  3. Defects in the outer limiting membrane are associated with rosette development in the Nrl-/- retina.

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    Michael W Stuck

    Full Text Available The neural retinal leucine zipper (Nrl knockout mouse is a widely used model to study cone photoreceptor development, physiology, and molecular biology in the absence of rods. In the Nrl(-/- retina, rods are converted into functional cone-like cells. The Nrl(-/- retina is characterized by large undulations of the outer nuclear layer (ONL commonly known as rosettes. Here we explore the mechanism of rosette development in the Nrl(-/- retina. We report that rosettes first appear at postnatal day (P8, and that the structure of nascent rosettes is morphologically distinct from what is seen in the adult retina. The lumen of these nascent rosettes contains a population of aberrant cells protruding into the subretinal space that induce infolding of the ONL. Morphologically adult rosettes do not contain any cell bodies and are first detected at P15. The cells found in nascent rosettes are photoreceptors in origin but lack inner and outer segments. We show that the adherens junctions between photoreceptors and Müller glia which comprise the retinal outer limiting membrane (OLM are not uniformly formed in the Nrl(-/- retina and thus allow protrusion of a population of developing photoreceptors into the subretinal space where their maturation becomes delayed. These data suggest that the rosettes of the Nrl(-/- retina arise due to defects in the OLM and delayed maturation of a subset of photoreceptors, and that rods may play an important role in the proper formation of the OLM.

  4. Defects in the outer limiting membrane are associated with rosette development in the Nrl-/- retina.

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    Stuck, Michael W; Conley, Shannon M; Naash, Muna I

    2012-01-01

    The neural retinal leucine zipper (Nrl) knockout mouse is a widely used model to study cone photoreceptor development, physiology, and molecular biology in the absence of rods. In the Nrl(-/-) retina, rods are converted into functional cone-like cells. The Nrl(-/-) retina is characterized by large undulations of the outer nuclear layer (ONL) commonly known as rosettes. Here we explore the mechanism of rosette development in the Nrl(-/-) retina. We report that rosettes first appear at postnatal day (P)8, and that the structure of nascent rosettes is morphologically distinct from what is seen in the adult retina. The lumen of these nascent rosettes contains a population of aberrant cells protruding into the subretinal space that induce infolding of the ONL. Morphologically adult rosettes do not contain any cell bodies and are first detected at P15. The cells found in nascent rosettes are photoreceptors in origin but lack inner and outer segments. We show that the adherens junctions between photoreceptors and Müller glia which comprise the retinal outer limiting membrane (OLM) are not uniformly formed in the Nrl(-/-) retina and thus allow protrusion of a population of developing photoreceptors into the subretinal space where their maturation becomes delayed. These data suggest that the rosettes of the Nrl(-/-) retina arise due to defects in the OLM and delayed maturation of a subset of photoreceptors, and that rods may play an important role in the proper formation of the OLM.

  5. Cholesterol in mouse retina originates primarily from in situ de novo biosynthesis.

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    Lin, Joseph B; Mast, Natalia; Bederman, Ilya R; Li, Yong; Brunengraber, Henri; Björkhem, Ingemar; Pikuleva, Irina A

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    The retina, a thin tissue in the back of the eye, has two apparent sources of cholesterol: in situ biosynthesis and cholesterol available from the systemic circulation. The quantitative contributions of these two cholesterol sources to the retinal cholesterol pool are unknown and have been determined in the present work. A new methodology was used. Mice were given separately deuterium-labeled drinking water and chow containing 0.3% deuterium-labeled cholesterol. In the retina, the rate of total cholesterol input was 21 μg of cholesterol/g retina • day, of which 15 μg of cholesterol/g retina • day was provided by local biosynthesis and 6 μg of cholesterol/g retina • day was uptaken from the systemic circulation. Thus, local cholesterol biosynthesis accounts for the majority (72%) of retinal cholesterol input. We also quantified cholesterol input to mouse brain, the organ sharing important similarities with the retina. The rate of total cerebral cholesterol input was 121 μg of cholesterol/g brain • day with local biosynthesis providing 97% of total cholesterol input. Our work addresses a long-standing question in eye research and adds new knowledge to the potential use of statins (drugs that inhibit cholesterol biosynthesis) as therapeutics for age-related macular degeneration, a common blinding disease.

  6. A Comparative Analysis of the Endocannabinoid System in the Retina of Mice, Tree Shrews, and Monkeys.

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    Bouskila, Joseph; Javadi, Pasha; Elkrief, Laurent; Casanova, Christian; Bouchard, Jean-François; Ptito, Maurice

    2016-01-01

    The endocannabinoid (eCB) system is widely expressed in various parts of the central nervous system, including the retina. The localization of the key eCB receptors, particularly CB1R and CB2R, has been recently reported in rodent and primate retinas with striking interspecies differences. Little is known about the distribution of the enzymes involved in the synthesis and degradation of these eCBs. We therefore examined the expression and localization of the main components of the eCB system in the retina of mice, tree shrews, and monkeys. We found that CB1R and FAAH distributions are well-preserved among these species. However, expression of NAPE-PLD is circumscribed to the photoreceptor layer only in monkeys. In contrast, CB2R expression is variable across these species; in mice, CB2R is found in retinal neurons but not in glial cells; in tree shrews, CB2R is expressed in Müller cell processes of the outer retina and in retinal neurons of the inner retina; in monkeys, CB2R is restricted to Müller cells. Finally, the expression patterns of MAGL and DAGLα are differently expressed across species. Overall, these results provide evidence that the eCB system is differently expressed in the retina of these mammals and suggest a distinctive role of eCBs in visual processing.

  7. A Comparative Analysis of the Endocannabinoid System in the Retina of Mice, Tree Shrews, and Monkeys

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    Joseph Bouskila

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The endocannabinoid (eCB system is widely expressed in various parts of the central nervous system, including the retina. The localization of the key eCB receptors, particularly CB1R and CB2R, has been recently reported in rodent and primate retinas with striking interspecies differences. Little is known about the distribution of the enzymes involved in the synthesis and degradation of these eCBs. We therefore examined the expression and localization of the main components of the eCB system in the retina of mice, tree shrews, and monkeys. We found that CB1R and FAAH distributions are well-preserved among these species. However, expression of NAPE-PLD is circumscribed to the photoreceptor layer only in monkeys. In contrast, CB2R expression is variable across these species; in mice, CB2R is found in retinal neurons but not in glial cells; in tree shrews, CB2R is expressed in Müller cell processes of the outer retina and in retinal neurons of the inner retina; in monkeys, CB2R is restricted to Müller cells. Finally, the expression patterns of MAGL and DAGLα are differently expressed across species. Overall, these results provide evidence that the eCB system is differently expressed in the retina of these mammals and suggest a distinctive role of eCBs in visual processing.

  8. Contribuições da pesquisa psicogenética para a educação escolar

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    Cilene Ribeiro de Sá Leite Chakur

    Full Text Available O artigo aborda as relações entre a Psicologia e a Educação, tomando especialmente a perspectiva psicogenética, cujas teorias enriquecem tanto a Psicologia quanto a Educação. Apresenta, inicialmente, breve histórico dos estudos psicológicos do desenvolvimento humano, salientando as várias fases pelas quais se constituiu a Psicologia do Desenvolvimento. Trata, em seguida, das idéias centrais da teoria psicogenética piagetiana e de suas vertentes funcionalista e sócio-interacionista e comenta, por fim, a tendência das pesquisas sobre os conhecimentos sociais e conteúdos escolares, levantando suas contribuições para a educação escolar.

  9. A endogeneidade da crise fiscal do estado

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    Pichai Chumvichitra

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    Full Text Available In the wake of the sharp and sudden petroleum price increase in 1973, Brazil opted to pursue a high rate of economic growth as a main strategy, managing the consequent strain on the balance of payments through a combination of renewad import substitution, export subsidies, and foreign borrowing However in order to reach this objective in the minimum period, there was an increase in the participation of the government activity to influence aggregate demand, besides its monetary and fiscal activities. The intervention of the government in the process of economic adjustment has been active for several years and continuously increases its role. Therefore, there was a big increase in a function of the public, acting through a large variety of subsidized credit programs, tax incentives, tariff preferences, etc., as well as its own direct investments, progressively substituted for the market as the principal allocator of investment in the economy. The consequence of this activity weakened the overall budgetary control of the central economic authorities and did not yield the desired results after 1980.Um dos fatores principais influenciando o problema de iliquidez na atual economia brasileira é a intervenção estatal na atividade econômica. Inicialmente a intervenção do Estado pode ser vista sob dois prismas: como regulador da economia com suas atividades de política econômica, e como empresário, quer participando diretamente como produtor e agente financeiro, quer participando indiretamente como implementador de programas setoriais da atividade econômica. Na aplicação de sua estratégia de crescimento, o setor público, agindo por meio de uma grande variedade de programas de crédito subsidiado, incentivos fiscais, preferências tarifárias, etc, e com seus próprios investimentos diretos, substituiu progressiva-mente o mercado como principal distribuidor do investimento na economia. A conseqüente proliferação e crescimento da institui

  10. Giddens: da ontologia social ao programa político, sem retorno

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    Saul Renato P.

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    Full Text Available O texto examina as relações entre a teoria social de Anthony Giddens e o programa da terceira via que marca a inserção do autor como intelectual do Novo Trabalhismo britânico. O objetivo é mostrar que, na construção desse programa, os elementos centrais da crítica da "política democrática ortodoxa" tem sua fundamentação naquela teoria social. O processo de globalização é visto pelo autor como um novo modelo de integração social orientado por laços que se estendem muito além das fronteiras tradicionais das comunidades e das nações, levando em si um novo sentido de organização social e política que desafia as atuais gerações a repensarem as raízes da experiência democrática. Esse é o sentido do programa da terceira via e também o sentido da teoria social de Giddens. Num plano mais geral, observa-se que a teoria e seu programa político delineiam-se no interior da tendência que parece dominar a cena na atualidade, a percepção de um novo ambiente sociológico, onde a indução pelo mercado domina como centro ético-político a partir do qual se processa uma ampla redefinição das relações sociais, políticas e econômicas, tanto no plano local quanto no plano global.

  11. Expression and cellular localization of the Mas receptor in the adult and developing mouse retina.

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    Prasad, Tuhina; Verma, Amrisha; Li, Qiuhong

    2014-01-01

    Recent studies have provided evidence that a local renin-angiotensin system (RAS) exists in the retina and plays an important role in retinal neurovascular function. We have recently shown that increased expression of ACE2 and angiotensin (1-7) [Ang (1-7)], two components of the protective axis of the RAS, in the retina via adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated gene delivery, conferred protection against diabetes-induced retinopathy. We hypothesized that the protective molecular and cellular mechanisms of Ang (1-7) are mediated by its receptor, Mas, and the expression level and cellular localization dictate the response to Ang (1-7) and activation of subsequent protective signaling pathways. We tested this hypothesis by examining the expression and cellular localization of the Mas receptor in adult and developing mouse retinas. The cellular localization of the Mas receptor protein was determined with immunofluorescence of the eyes of adult and postnatal day 1 (P1), P5, P7, P15, and P21 mice using the Mas receptor-specific antibody, and mRNA was detected with in situ hybridization of paraffin-embedded sections. Western blotting and real-time reverse-transcription (RT)-PCR analysis were performed to determine the relative levels of the Mas protein and mRNA in adult and developing retinas, as well as in cultured retinal Müller glial and RPE cells. In the adult eye, the Mas receptor protein was abundantly present in retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and photoreceptor cells; a lower level of expression was observed in endothelial cells, Müller glial cells, and other neurons in the inner nuclear layer of the retina. In the developing retina, Mas receptor mRNA and protein expression was detected in the inner retina at P1, and the expression levels increased with age to reach the adult level and pattern by P15. In the adult mouse retina, Mas receptor mRNA was expressed at a much higher level when compared to angiotensin II (Ang II) type I (AT1R) and type II (AT2R) receptor m

  12. Scleral buckle is good option for treatment of uncomplicated retinal detachment Introflexão escleral é boa opção para tratamento de descolamento de retina não complicado

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    Iuuki Takasaka

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVE: To describe the reattachment rate and visual acuity results of patients with uncomplicated rhegmatogenous retinal detachment who underwent segmental scleral buckle surgery. METHODS: Prospective case series of 100 patients with visual loss or symptoms (floaters and photopsia of less than 30 days' duration scheduled for surgery. No patient had a retinal break greater than 30°, a retinal detachment larger than 2 quadrants or proliferative vitreoretinopathy. RESULTS: The 1-week, 1-month, and 6-month anatomical success rates were 93%, 100%, and 100%, respectively. Seven patients underwent one additional retinal detachment surgery (pars plan vitrectomy after primary failure at 1-week follow-up. The preoperative, 1-month, and 6-month best correct visual acuity were 20/100, 20/80, and 20/50, respectively. The postoperative complications were: eyelid edema in 10% of the patients, transient ocular hypertension in 5%, macular pucker in 3%, transient diplopia in 3%, and hyphema (OBJETIVO: Descrever a taxa de reaplicação e os resultados da acuidade visual dos pacientes com descolamento de retina regmatogênico simples que se submeteram à cirurgia de introflexão escleral segmentar. MÉTODOS: Uma série de casos prospectivo de 100 pacientes com perda visual ou sintomas (floaters e fotopsia, com duração inferior a 30 dias, agendados para a cirurgia. Nenhum paciente apresentou uma ruptura da retina superior a 30°, um descolamento de retina maior que 2 quadrantes ou vitreorretinopatia. RESULTADOS: As taxas de sucesso anatômico em 1 semana, 1 mês e 6 meses foram de 93%, 100% e 100%, respectivamente. Sete pacientes foram submetidos à cirurgia de descolamento de retina adicional (vitrectomia via pars plana após falha primária em uma semana de seguimento. A melhor acuidade visual pré-operatória, 1 mês, e de 6 meses pós-operatório foram 20/100, 20/80 e 20/50, respectivamente. As complicações pós-operatórias foram: edema palpebral em 10

  13. Maria da Conceição Tavares

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    Maria Silvia Possas

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available MARIA da Conceição Tavares exerceu grande influência sobre o pensamento econômico brasileiro. Tratou de assuntos variados, mas há uma preocupação que perpassa toda a sua obra: o desenvolvimento de países "periféricos" (com especial ênfase no caso brasileiro e a sorte de grandes contingentes da sua população, excluídos economicamente. Seu ponto de partida foi o pensamento cepalino, com ênfase nas relações econômicas e de poder entre nações centrais e periféricas. Porém procurou repensar essa matriz, ampliando a importância de questões como: variáveis internas a cada país, em especial a presença do setor produtor de bens de capital; as necessidades de financiamento do desenvolvimento e como os modos historicamente específicos de atendê-las repercutem.MARIA da Conceição Tavares has had a great influence on Brazilian economic thought. Among the various subjects she treated, there has been a major concern present in all her work, namely, the development of "peripheral" countries (especially Brazil and the fate of large contingents of its peoples that are economically excluded. Her theoretical matrix was the ideas originated in ecla, which emphasized power and economic relations among "central" and "peripheral" nations. She tried to rebuild this matrix, augmenting the importance of questions such as: variables that were internal to each country, specially the presence of a capital goods department; the need of funds to finance development and the consequences of the historical specific institutions and ways used to provide them.

  14. O espaço da energia nuclear no Brasil

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    Joaquim Francisco de Carvalho

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo repassa a história e descreve a experiência acumulada em energia nuclear no Brasil, mostrando que as aplicações biomédicas, industriais e agrícolas desenvolveram-se bem no país, a partir dos anos 1950. Em seguida, o artigo demonstra que o país pode cobrir seu consumo de energia elétrica apenas com fontes renováveis de energia, sem recorrer a usinas nucleares de potência. Por fim, são analisados os argumentos comuns na imprensa, a favor e contrários às centrais nucleares, e são discutidos alguns aspectos comerciais e políticos do problema. São também examinadas as estratégias de vendas da indústria nuclear no Brasil.This article reviews the history and describes the experience on nuclear energy in Brazil, showing that nuclear technology applied to biomedical sciences, industry and agriculture has been largely developed in this country, from the year 1950 on. Then the paper shows that Brazil can cover its electricity consumption with only renewable energy sources, without nuclear power plants. Finally the arguments usually employed in the press, pro and against nuclear power plants are analyzed and some commercial and political aspects of the problem are commented. The sales strategy of the nuclear industry in Brazil is also commented.

  15. Projeto de requalificação urbana e paisagística do canteiro central da avenida Afonso Pena, Lagoa Vermelha-RS

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    Evanisa F. R. Quevedo Mello

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    Full Text Available A avenida Afonso Pena destaca-se por ser o coração da cidade de Lagoa Vermelha, RS. Nela desenvolvem-se diversas atividades inerentes aos vários setores da comunidade. Ao longo da via encontra-se o comércio local, clubes de recreação, bancos, a prefeitura e residências unifamiliar e multifamiliares. Aliado a isso a via é utilizada como ponto de encontro da população. Assim, com o intuito de melhorias para esses canteiros consolidou-se o Projeto de Requalificação Urbana e Paisagística do Canteiro Central da Avenida Afonso Pena, Lagoa Vermelha-RS, iniciou-se a parceria do Núcleo de Arquitetura, Desenvolvimento Urbano e Comunitário (NADUC – Projeto de Extensão Comunitário, Setor de Urbanismo, da Universidade de Passo Fundo (UPF, juntamente com a prefeitura de Lagoa Vermelha. O trabalho foi iniciado com o reconhecimento da situação atual dos canteiros centrais da avenida Afonso Pena, através de análises da infra-estrutura e da arborização, além da aplicação de dois questionários a população da cidade. Foram analisadas as seguintes situações: identificação das espécies existentes e introduzidas, situação fitossanitária das espécies e situação ambiental das áreas verdes localizadas, no canteiro central, para então, acontecer à proposta urbana e paisagística do local.

  16. [Radiation preconditioning of mouse retina results in tolerance to MNU-induced degeneration and stimulates retinal recovery].

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    Tronov, V A; Vinogradova, Yu V; Poplinskaya, V A; Nekrasova, E I; Ostrovsky, M A

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    Emerging body of data indicate protecting effect of low level of stress (preconditioning) on retina. Our previous studies have revealed a non-linear dose-response relationship for cytotoxic effect of both ionizing radiation and N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU) on mouse retina. Moreover, non-cytotoxic dose of MNU increased tolerance of retina to following challenge dose of MNU. This result displays protection of retina through mechanism of recovery. In the present study we used the mouse model for MNU-induced retinal degeneration to evaluate the adaptive response of the retina to proton irradiation and implication of glial Muller cells in this response. In this paper, we have shown that the recovery of the retina after exposure to genotoxic agents is associated with an increased efficiency of DNA damage repair and lowered death of retinal photoreceptors.

  17. Generating 3D anatomically detailed models of the retina from OCT data sets: implications for computational modelling

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    Shalbaf, Farzaneh; Dokos, Socrates; Lovell, Nigel H.; Turuwhenua, Jason; Vaghefi, Ehsan

    2015-12-01

    Retinal prosthesis has been proposed to restore vision for those suffering from the retinal pathologies that mainly affect the photoreceptors layer but keep the inner retina intact. Prior to costly risky experimental studies computational modelling of the retina will help to optimize the device parameters and enhance the outcomes. Here, we developed an anatomically detailed computational model of the retina based on OCT data sets. The consecutive OCT images of individual were subsequently segmented to provide a 3D representation of retina in the form of finite elements. Thereafter, the electrical properties of the retina were modelled by implementing partial differential equation on the 3D mesh. Different electrode configurations, that is bipolar and hexapolar configurations, were implemented and the results were compared with the previous computational and experimental studies. Furthermore, the possible effects of the curvature of retinal layers on the current steering through the retina were proposed and linked to the clinical observations.

  18. O nascimento da biopolítica das drogas e a arte liberal de governar

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    Tadeu de Paula Souza

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo aborda alguns vetores constitutivos da genealogia das drogas enquanto um problema de ordem política, tendo como conceitos centrais biopolítica e governamentalidade. Articulando estes dois conceitos com contribuições de pesquisas sobre a história das políticas de drogas no ocidente, tecemos uma trama que que demarca o processo de constituição das drogas enquanto um objeto de interesse político e estatal. Nessa genealogia da biopolítica das drogas, pudemos explorar aparentes contradições em torno do exercício de fazer viver e fazer morrer que se efetivam através das políticas de drogas. A partir do dispositivo da sexualidade e do tema do racismo pode-se acompanhar as variações e funções estratégicas que as políticas de repressão às drogas cumpriu ao longo do século XX. Desta forma, traçamos um diagrama que emerge com o nascimento do cristianismo e se consolida com a arte de governar liberal.

  19. Analysis of MTHFR, CBS, Glutathione, Taurine, and Hydrogen Sulfide Levels in Retinas of Hyperhomocysteinemic Mice.

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    Cui, Xuezhi; Navneet, Soumya; Wang, Jing; Roon, Penny; Chen, Wei; Xian, Ming; Smith, Sylvia B

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    Hyperhomocysteinemia (Hhcy) is implicated in certain retinal neurovascular diseases, although whether it is causative remains uncertain. In isolated ganglion cells (GCs), mild Hhcy induces profound death, whereas retinal phenotypes in Hhcy mice caused by mutations in remethylation (methylene tetrahydrofolatereductase [Mthfr+/-]) or transsulfuration pathways (cystathionine β-synthase [Cbs+/-]) demonstrate mild GC loss and mild vasculopathy. The current work investigated compensation in vivo of one pathway for the other, and, because the transsulfuration pathway yields cysteine necessary for formation of glutathione (GSH), taurine, and hydrogen sulfide (H2S), they were analyzed also. Retinas isolated from wild-type (WT), Mthfr+/-, and Cbs+/- mice (12 and 22 weeks) were analyzed for methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), cystathionine-β-synthase (CBS), and cystathionase (CTH) RNA/protein levels. Retinas were evaluated for levels of reduced:oxidized GSH (GSH:GSSG), Slc7a11 (xCT), taurine, taurine transporter (TAUT), and H2S. Aside from decreased CBS RNA/protein levels in Cbs+/- retinas, there were minimal alterations in remethylation/transsulfuration pathways in the two mutant mice strains. Glutathione and taurine levels in Mthfr+/- and Cbs+/- retinas were similar to WT, which may be due to robust levels of xCT and TAUT in mutant retinas. Interestingly, levels of H2S were markedly increased in retinas of Mthfr+/- and Cbs+/- mice compared with WT. Ganglion cell loss and vasculopathy observed in Mthfr+/- and Cbs+/- mouse retinas may be milder than expected, not because of compensatory increases of enzymes in remethylation/transsulfuration pathways, but because downstream transsulfuration pathway products GSH, taurine, and H2S are maintained at robust levels. Elevation of H2S is particularly intriguing owing to neuroprotective properties reported for this gasotransmitter.

  20. Adult peripheral blood mononuclear cells transdifferentiate in vitro and integrate into the retina in vivo.

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    Liu, Qian; Guan, Liping; Huang, Bing; Li, Weihua; Su, Qiao; Yu, Minbin; Xu, Xiaoping; Luo, Ting; Lin, Shaochun; Sun, Xuerong; Chen, Mengfei; Chen, Xigu

    2011-06-01

    Adult peripheral blood-derived cells are able to differentiate into a variety of cell types, including nerve cells, liver-like cells and epithelial cells. However, their differentiation into retina-like cells is controversial. In the present study, transdifferentiation potential of human adult peripheral blood mononuclear cells into retina-like cells and integration into the retina of mice were investigated. Freshly isolated adult peripheral blood mononuclear cells were divided into two groups: cells in group I were cultured in neural stem cell medium, and cells in group II were exposed to conditioned medium from rat retinal tissue culture. After 5 days, several distinct cell morphologies were observed, including standard mononuclear, neurons with one or two axons and elongated glial-like cells. Immunohistochemical analysis of neural stem cell, neuron and retina cell markers demonstrated that cells in both groups were nestin-, MAP2 (microtubule-associated protein)- and GFAP (glial fibrillary acidic protein)-positive. Flow cytometry results suggested a significant increase in nestin-, MAP2- and CD16-positive cells in group I and nestin-, GFAP-, MAP2-, vimentin- and rhodopsin-positive cells in group II. To determine survival, migration and integration in vivo, cell suspensions (containing group I or group II cells) were injected into the vitreous or the peritoneum. Tissue specimens were obtained and immunostained 4 weeks after transplantation. We found that cells delivered by intravitreal injection integrated into the retina. Labelled cells were not detected in the retina of mice receiving differentiated cells by intraperitoneal injection, but cells (groups I and II) were detected in the liver and spleen. Our findings revealed that human adult peripheral blood mononuclear cells could be induced to transdifferentiate into neural precursor cells and retinal progenitor cells in vitro, and the differentiated peripheral blood mononuclear cells can migrate and integrate

  1. Cold Shock Proteins Are Expressed in the Retina Following Exposure to Low Temperatures

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    Contartese, Daniela S.; Rolón, Federico; Sarotto, Anibal; Dorfman, Veronica B.; Loidl, Cesar F.; Martínez, Alfredo

    2016-01-01

    Hypothermia has been proposed as a therapeutic intervention for some retinal conditions, including ischemic insults. Cold exposure elevates expression of cold-shock proteins (CSP), including RNA-binding motif protein 3 (RBM3) and cold inducible RNA-binding protein (CIRP), but their presence in mammalian retina is so far unknown. Here we show the effects of hypothermia on the expression of these CSPs in retina-derived cell lines and in the retina of newborn and adult rats. Two cell lines of retinal origin, R28 and mRPE, were exposed to 32°C for different time periods and CSP expression was measured by qRT-PCR and Western blotting. Neonatal and adult Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to a cold environment (8°C) and expression of CSPs in their retinas was studied by Western blotting, multiple inmunofluorescence, and confocal microscopy. RBM3 expression was upregulated by cold in both R28 and mRPE cells in a time-dependent fashion. On the other hand, CIRP was upregulated in R28 cells but not in mRPE. In vivo, expression of CSPs was negligible in the retina of newborn and adult rats kept at room temperature (24°C). Exposure to a cold environment elicited a strong expression of both proteins, especially in retinal pigment epithelium cells, photoreceptors, bipolar, amacrine and horizontal cells, Müller cells, and ganglion cells. In conclusion, CSP expression rapidly rises in the mammalian retina following exposure to hypothermia in a cell type-specific pattern. This observation may be at the basis of the molecular mechanism by which hypothermia exerts its therapeutic effects in the retina. PMID:27556928

  2. Optical imaging of the retina in response to the electrical stimulation

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    Fujikado, Takashi; Okawa, Yoshitaka; Miyoshi, Tomomitsu; Hirohara, Yoko; Mihashi, Toshifumi; Tano, Yasuo

    2008-02-01

    Purposes: To determine if reflectance changes of the retina can be detected following electrical stimulation to the retina using a newly developed optical-imaging fundus camera. Methods: Eyes of cats were examined after pupil dilation. Retina was stimulated either focally by a ball-type electrode (BE) placed on the fenestrated sclera or diffusely using a ring-type electrode (RE) placed on the corneoscleral limbus. Electrical stimulation by biphasic pulse trains was applied for 4 seconds. Fundus images with near-infrared (800-880 nm) light were obtained between 2 seconds before and 20 seconds after the electrical stimulation (ES). A two-dimensional map of the reflectance changes (RCs) was constructed. The effect of Tetrodotoxin (TTX) was also investigated on RCs by ES using RE. Results: RCs were observed around the retinal locus where the stimulating electrodes were positioned (BE) or in the retina of the posterior pole (RE), in which the latency was about 0.5 to 1.0 sec and the peak time about 2 to 5 sec after the onset of ES. The intensity of the RCs increased with the increase of the stimulus current in both cases. RCs were completely suppressed after the injection of TTX. Conclusions: The functional changes of the retina either by focal or diffuse electrical stimulation were successfully detected by optical imaging of the retina. The contribution of retinal ganglion cells on RCs by ES was confirmed by TTX experiment. This method may be applied to the objective evaluation of the artificial retina.

  3. Circadian modulation of crustacean hyperglycemic hormone in crayfish eyestalk and retina.

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    Fanjul-Moles, Maria Luisa; Escamilla-Chimal, Elsa Guadalupe; Salceda, Rocio; Giulianini, Piero G; Sánchez-Chávez, Gustavo

    2010-01-01

    Previous studies suggested the retina could be a putative locus of daily crustacean hyperglycemic hormone (CHH) secretion, as it possesses its own metabolic machinery and is independent of the well-known CHH eyestalk locus responsible for the circadian secretion of this peptide. However, it has been proposed that hemolymph glucose and lactate concentrations play a dual role in the regulation of CHH in crayfish. To elucidate the temporal relationship between these two different CHH production loci and to examine their relationship with glucose regulation, we investigated the expression of CHH daily and circadian rhythms in the eyestalk and retina of crayfish using biochemical methods and time series analysis. We wanted to determine whether (1) putative retina and eyestalk CHH rhythmic expressions are correlated and if the oscillations of the two metabolic products of lactate and glucose in the blood due to CHH action on the target tissue correlate, and (2) retina CHH (RCHH) and the possible retinal substrate glycogen and its product glucose are temporally correlated. We found a negative correlation between daily and circadian changes of relative CHH abundance in the retina and eyestalk. This correlation and the cross-correlation values found between eyestalk CHH and hemolymph and glucose confirm that CHH produced by the X-organ sinus gland complex is under the previously proposed dual feedback control system over the 24 h time period. However, the presence of both glycogen and glucose in the retina, the cross-correlation values found between these parameters and hemolymph lactate and glucose, as well as RCHH and hemolymph and retina metabolic markers suggest RCHH is not under the same temporal metabolic control as eyestalk CHH. Nonetheless, their expression may be linked to common rhythms-generating processes.

  4. Neural retina identity is specified by lens-derived BMP signals.

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    Pandit, Tanushree; Jidigam, Vijay K; Patthey, Cedric; Gunhaga, Lena

    2015-05-15

    The eye has served as a classical model to study cell specification and tissue induction for over a century. Nevertheless, the molecular mechanisms that regulate the induction and maintenance of eye-field cells, and the specification of neural retina cells are poorly understood. Moreover, within the developing anterior forebrain, how prospective eye and telencephalic cells are differentially specified is not well defined. In the present study, we have analyzed these issues by manipulating signaling pathways in intact chick embryo and explant assays. Our results provide evidence that at blastula stages, BMP signals inhibit the acquisition of eye-field character, but from neural tube/optic vesicle stages, BMP signals from the lens are crucial for the maintenance of eye-field character, inhibition of dorsal telencephalic cell identity and specification of neural retina cells. Subsequently, our results provide evidence that a Rax2-positive eye-field state is not sufficient for the progress to a neural retina identity, but requires BMP signals. In addition, our results argue against any essential role of Wnt or FGF signals during the specification of neural retina cells, but provide evidence that Wnt signals together with BMP activity are sufficient to induce cells of retinal pigment epithelial character. We conclude that BMP activity emanating from the lens ectoderm maintains eye-field identity, inhibits telencephalic character and induces neural retina cells. Our findings link the requirement of the lens ectoderm for neural retina specification with the molecular mechanism by which cells in the forebrain become specified as neural retina by BMP activity.

  5. [Finite element analysis of temperature field of retina by electrical stimulation with microelectrode array].

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    Wang, Wei; Qiao, Qingli; Gao, Weiping; Wu, Jun

    2014-12-01

    We studied the influence of electrode array parameters on temperature distribution to the retina during the use of retinal prosthesis in order to avoid thermal damage to retina caused by long-term electrical stimulation. Based on real epiretinal prosthesis, a three-dimensional model of electrical stimulation for retina with 4 X 4 microelectrode array had been established using the finite element software (COMSOL Multiphysics). The steady-state temperature field of electrical stimulation of the retina was calculated, and the effects of the electrode parameters such as the distance between the electrode contacts, the materials and area of the electrode contact on temperature field were considered. The maximum increase in the retina steady temperature was about 0. 004 degrees C with practical stimulation current. When the distance between the electrode contacts was changed from 130 microm to 520 microm, the temperature was reduced by about 0.006 microC. When the contact radius was doubled from 130 microm to 260 microm, the temperature decrease was about 0.005 degrees C. It was shown that there were little temperature changes in the retina with a 4 x 4 epiretinal microelectrode array, reflecting the safety of electrical stimulation. It was also shown that the maximum temperature in the retina decreased with increasing the distance between the electrode contacts, as well as increasing the area of electrode contact. However, the change of the maximum temperature was very small when the distance became larger than the diameter of electrode contact. There was no significant difference in the effects of temperature increase among the different electrode materials. Rational selection of the distance between the electrode contacts and their area in electrode design can reduce the temperature rise induced by electrical stimulation.

  6. Immunolocalization of the P2X4 receptor on neurons and glia in the mammalian retina.

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    Ho, T; Vessey, K A; Fletcher, E L

    2014-09-26

    Extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (eATP) acts as a neurotransmitter within the retina and brain, activating a range of ionotropic P2X and metabotropic P2Y receptors. In this study, the specific localization of the P2X4 receptor (P2X4-R) subunit was evaluated in the retina using fluorescence immunohistochemistry and pre-embedding immuno-electron microscopy. Punctate P2X4-R labeling was largely localized to the inner and outer plexiform layers of mouse, rat and cat retinae. In the mouse outer retina, double-labeling of P2X4-R with the horizontal cell marker, calbindin, revealed P2X4-R immunoreactivity (P2X4-R-IR) on horizontal cell somata and processes. In the inner retina, P2X4-R expression was found closely associated with rod and cone bipolar cell terminals, and the punctate labeling was observed on calretinin-positive amacrine cells. Using immuno-electron microscopy, P2X4-Rs were observed on processes post-synaptic to photoreceptor and bipolar cell terminals, likely representing horizontal, amacrine and ganglion cells, respectively. Furthermore, P2X4-R expression was also observed on Müller cells, astrocytes and microglia. These data suggest a role for P2X4-Rs in the lateral inhibitory pathways of the retina, modulating neuronal function of photoreceptors and bipolar cells. The expression on macro- and microglial cells implicates a role for P2X4-Rs in glial signaling, tissue homeostasis and immunosurveillance within the mammalian retina.

  7. Expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in microglia of the developing quail retina.

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    Sierra, Ana; Navascués, Julio; Cuadros, Miguel A; Calvente, Ruth; Martín-Oliva, David; Ferrer-Martín, Rosa M; Martín-Estebané, María; Carrasco, María-Carmen; Marín-Teva, José L

    2014-01-01

    Inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), which produce large amounts of nitric oxide (NO), is induced in macrophages and microglia in response to inflammatory mediators such as LPS and cytokines. Although iNOS is mainly expressed by microglia that become activated in different pathological and experimental situations, it was recently reported that undifferentiated amoeboid microglia can also express iNOS during normal development. The aim of this study was to investigate the pattern of iNOS expression in microglial cells during normal development and after their activation with LPS by using the quail retina as model. iNOS expression was analyzed by iNOS immunolabeling, western-blot, and RT-PCR. NO production was determined by using DAR-4M AM, a reliable fluorescent indicator of subcellular NO production by iNOS. Embryonic, postnatal, and adult in situ quail retinas were used to analyze the pattern of iNOS expression in microglial cells during normal development. iNOS expression and NO production in LPS-treated microglial cells were investigated by an in vitro approach based on organotypic cultures of E8 retinas, in which microglial cell behavior is similar to that of the in situ retina, as previously demonstrated in our laboratory. We show here that amoeboid microglia in the quail retina express iNOS during normal development. This expression is stronger in microglial cells migrating tangentially in the vitreal part of the retina and is downregulated, albeit maintained, when microglia differentiate and become ramified. LPS treatment of retina explants also induces changes in the morphology of amoeboid microglia compatible with their activation, increasing their lysosomal compartment and upregulating iNOS expression with a concomitant production of NO. Taken together, our findings demonstrate that immature microglial cells express iNOS during normal development, suggesting a certain degree of activation. Furthermore, LPS treatment induces overactivation of amoeboid

  8. Mechanical spectroscopy of retina explants at the protein level employing nanostructured scaffolds.

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    Mayazur Rahman, S; Reichenbach, Andreas; Zink, Mareike; Mayr, Stefan G

    2016-04-14

    Development of neuronal tissue, such as folding of the brain, and formation of the fovea centralis in the human retina are intimately connected with the mechanical properties of the underlying cells and the extracellular matrix. In particular for neuronal tissue as complex as the vertebrate retina, mechanical properties are still a matter of debate due to their relation to numerous diseases as well as surgery, where the tension of the retina can result in tissue detachment during cutting. However, measuring the elasticity of adult retina wholemounts is difficult and until now only the mechanical properties at the surface have been characterized with micrometer resolution. Many processes, however, such as pathological changes prone to cause tissue rupture and detachment, respectively, are reflected in variations of retina elasticity at smaller length scales at the protein level. In the present work we demonstrate that freely oscillating cantilevers composed of nanostructured TiO2 scaffolds can be employed to study the frequency-dependent mechanical response of adult mammalian retina explants at the nanoscale. Constituting highly versatile scaffolds with strong tissue attachment for long-term organotypic culture atop, these scaffolds perform damped vibrations as fingerprints of the mechanical tissue properties that are derived using finite element calculations. Since the tissue adheres to the nanostructures via constitutive proteins on the photoreceptor side of the retina, the latter are stretched and compressed during vibration of the underlying scaffold. Probing mechanical response of individual proteins within the tissue, the proposed mechanical spectroscopy approach opens the way for studying tissue mechanics, diseases and the effect of drugs at the protein level.

  9. Signals for color and achromatic contrast in the goldfish inner retina.

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    Burkhardt, Dwight A

    2014-11-01

    A moving stimulus paradigm was designed to investigate color contrast encoding in the retina. Recently, this paradigm yielded suggestive evidence for color contrast encoding in zebrafish but the significance and generality remain uncertain since the properties of color coding in the zebrafish inner retina are largely unknown. Here, the question of color contrast is pursued in the goldfish retina where there is much accumulated evidence for retinal mechanisms of color vision and opponent color-coding, in particular. Recordings of a sensitive local field potential of the inner retina, the proximal negative response, were made in the intact, superfused retina in the light-adapted state. Responses to color contrast and achromatic contrast were analyzed by comparing responses to a green moving bar on green versus red backgrounds. The quantitative form of the irradiance/response curves was distinctly different under a range of conditions in 32 retinas, thereby providing robust evidence for red-green color contrast. The color contrast is based on successive contrast, occurs in the absence of overt color opponency, and clearly differs from previous findings in the goldfish retina for simultaneous color contrast mediated by color-opponent neurons. The form of the irradiance/response curves suggests that successive color contrast is particularly important when achromatic contrast is low, as often occurs in natural environments. The present results provide a parallel with the well-known principle of human color vision, first proposed by Kirschmann as the third law of color contrast, and may also have implications for the evolution of vertebrate color vision.

  10. Effect of ozone therapy on cell apoptosis and angiogenesis in retina tissue of diabetic retinopathy rats

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    Xiao Liu

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Objective:To study the effect of ozone therapy on cell apoptosis and angiogenesis in retina tissue of diabetic retinopathy rats.Methods:SD rats were selected as experimental animals and divided into control group, model group and ozone group, and after diabetic models were built, ozone enema was conducted. Retina tissue was collected, TUNEL kits were used to detect the number of apoptotic cells, and Elisa kits were used to detect the contents of nerve damage molecules, angiogenesis-related molecules and endoplasmic reticulum stress molecules. Results:The number of apoptotic cells in retina tissue of model group was significantly more than that of control group, and the number of apoptotic cells in retina tissue of ozone group was significantly less than that of model group; NgR, NR2B, ERK1, ERK2, GFAP, VEGF, STAT-3, HIF-1α, Apelin, APJ, PERK, IRE-1α, ATF-6, eIF2α and XBP-1 contents in retina tissue of model group were significantly higher than those of control group, and PEDF content was lower than that of control group; NgR, NR2B, ERK1, ERK2, GFAP, VEGF, STAT-3, HIF-1α, Apelin, APJ, PERK, IRE-1α, ATF-6, eIF2α and XBP-1 contents in retina tissue of ozone group were significantly lower than those of model group, and PEDF content was higher than that of model group.Conclusion:Ozone therapy can reduce the number of apoptotic cells while reduce nerve cell injury and inhibit angiogenesis and endoplasmic reticulum stress in retina tissue of diabetic rats.

  11. Prox1 Is a Marker for AII Amacrine Cells in the Mouse Retina

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    Luis Pérez de Sevilla Müller

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available The transcription factor Prox1 is expressed in multiple cells in the retina during eye development. This study has focused on neuronal Prox1 expression in the inner nuclear layer (INL of the adult mouse retina. Prox1 immunostaining was evaluated in vertical retinal sections and whole mount preparations using a specific antibody directed to the C-terminus of Prox1. Strong immunostaining was observed in numerous amacrine cell bodies and in all horizontal cell bodies in the proximal and distal INL, respectively. Some bipolar cells were also weakly immunostained. Prox1-immunoreactive amacrine cells expressed glycine, and they formed 35 ± 3% of all glycinergic amacrine cells. Intracellular Neurobiotin injections into AII amacrine cells showed that all gap junction-coupled AII amacrine cells express Prox1, and no other Prox1-immunostained amacrine cells were in the immediate area surrounding the injected AII amacrine cell. Prox1-immunoreactive amacrine cell bodies were distributed across the retina, with their highest density (3887 ± 160 cells/mm2 in the central retina, 0.5 mm from the optic nerve head, and their lowest density (3133 ± 350 cells/mm2 in the mid-peripheral retina, 2 mm from the optic nerve head. Prox1-immunoreactive amacrine cell bodies comprised ~9.8% of the total amacrine cell population, and they formed a non-random mosaic with a regularity index (RI of 3.4, similar to AII amacrine cells in the retinas of other mammals. Together, these findings indicate that AII amacrine cells are the predominant and likely only amacrine cell type strongly expressing Prox1 in the adult mouse retina, and establish Prox1 as a marker of AII amacrine cells.

  12. RETINA-specific expression of Kcnv2 is controlled by cone-rod homeobox (Crx) and neural retina leucine zipper (Nrl).

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    Aslanidis, Alexander; Karlstetter, Marcus; Walczak, Yana; Jägle, Herbert; Langmann, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    Cone dystrophy with supernormal rod response (CDSRR) is an autosomal recessive disorder that leads to progressive retinal degeneration with a distinct electroretinogram (ERG) phenotype. CDSRR patients show reduced sensitivity to dim light, augmented response to suprathreshold light and reduced response to flicker. The disorder is caused by mutations in the KCNV2 gene, which encodes the Kv11.1 subunit of a voltage-gated potassium channel. Here, we studied the retina-specific expression and cis-regulatory activity of the murine Kcnv2 gene using electroporation of explanted retinas. Using qRT-PCR profiling of early postnatal retinas, we showed that Kcnv2 expression increased towards P14, which marks the beginning of visual activity in mice. In vivo electroporation of GFP-Kcnv2 expressing plasmids revealed that Kv11.1 localizes to the inner segment membranes of adult P21 photoreceptors. Using bioinformatic prediction and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP), we identified two Crx binding sites (CBS) and one Nrl binding site (NBS) in the Kcnv2 promoter. Reporter electroporation of the wild type promoter region induced strong DsRed expression, indicating high regulatory activity, whereas shRNA-mediated knockdown of Crx and Nrl resulted in reduced Kcnv2 promoter activity and low endogenous Kcnv2 mRNA expression in the retina. Site-directed mutagenesis of the CBS and NBS demonstrated that CBS2 is crucial for Kcnv2 promoter activity. We conclude that nucleotide changes in evolutionary conserved CBS could impact retina-specific expression levels of Kcnv2.

  13. Morphological Characterization and Topographic Analysis of Multiple Photoreceptor Types in the Retinae of Mesopelagic Hatchetfishes with Tubular Eyes

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    Biagioni, Lauren M.; Hunt, David M.; Collin, Shaun P.

    2016-01-01

    Marine hatchetfishes, Argyropelecus spp., are one of the 14 genera of mesopelagic teleosts, which possess tubular eyes. The tubular eyes are positioned dorsally on the head and consist of a main retina, which subtends a large dorsal binocular field, and an accessory retina, which subtends the lateral monocular visual field. The topographic distribution of photoreceptors in the retina of Argyropelecus sladeni, Argyropelecus affinis, and Argyropelecus aculeatus was determined using a random, un...

  14. Microglia in the Outer Retina and their Relevance to Pathogenesis of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

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    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the largest cause of legal blindness in the elderly in the Western world, is a disease whose pathogenesis is incompletely understood and for which therapeutic challenges remain. The etiology of AMD is thought to involve chronic neuroinflammation of the retina but the details of relevant cellular mechanisms are still not fully understood. Retinal microglia are the primary resident immune cell in the retina and are normally absent from the outer retina, t...

  15. Oxygen Supply from the Bird's Eye Perspective: GLOBIN E IS A RESPIRATORY PROTEIN IN THE CHICKEN RETINA*♦

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    Blank, Miriam; Kiger, Laurent; Thielebein, Anke; Gerlach, Frank; Hankeln, Thomas; Marden, Michael C.; Burmester, Thorsten

    2011-01-01

    The visual process in the vertebrate eye requires high amounts of metabolic energy and thus oxygen. Oxygen supply of the avian retina is a challenging task because birds have large eyes, thick retinae, and high metabolic rates but neither deep retinal nor superficial capillaries. Respiratory proteins such as myoglobin may enhance oxygen supply to certain tissues, and thus the mammalian retina harbors high amounts of neuroglobin. Globin E (GbE) was recently identified as an eye-specific globin...

  16. Somatostatin-14 and somatostatin-28 levels are light-driven and vary during development in the chicken retina.

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    Dowton, M; Boelen, M K; Morgan, I G

    1994-03-18

    The relative levels of somatostatin-14 and somatostatin-28 were determined during both perinatal development and variations in lighting conditions in the chicken retina. During perinatal development of the retina, somatostatin-14 predominated in recently hatched chickens, whereas somatostatin-28 predominated in the retinas of older chickens. In mature chickens, the levels of both somatostatin-14 and somatostatin-28 increased during the light and decreased during the dark. Our results suggest that these two forms of somatostatin are released proportionally and in parallel.

  17. Spatiotemporal realization of an artificial retina model and performance evaluation through ISI- and spike count-based image reconstruction methods

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    Development of an artificial retina model that can mimic the biologic retina is a highly challenging task and this task is an important step in the development of a visual prosthesis. The receptive field structure of the retina layer is usually modeled as a 2D difference of Gaussian (DOG) filter profile. In the present study, as a different approach, a retina model including a 3D 2-stage DOG filter (3D-ADOG) that has an adaptively changing bandwidth with respect to the local image stati...

  18. Os BRICS, a cooperação sul-sul e o campo da cooperação para o desenvolvimento internacional

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    Neissan Besharati

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available A última década foi palco de importantes transformações no campo da Cooperação Internacional para o Desenvolvimento (CID. Nesse período, novos provedores - países em desenvolvimento, agentes privados e organizações civis - tornaram-se protagonistas no campo. Entre os "novos provedores", os países BRICS ocupam posição de destaque. Este artigo discute as transformações estruturais do campo da CID e, particularmente, os efeitos da emergência de novos provedores, como os BRICS, sobre as posições e as dinâmicas que caracterizam o campo. Pretende demonstrar que a emergência de "novos provedores" e de novas modalidades de cooperação internacional resultou no descentramento do campo da CID. Nesse contexto, abre-se um processo de reordenamento do campo no qual a arquitetura institucional da CID se torna palco de intensa disputa política entre doadores tradicionais e "novos provedores". O artigo analisa alguns aspectos centrais dessa disputa e sugere que o processo, em curso, de descentramento e reordenamento do campo da CID desestabilizou não apenas a posição ocupada pelos doadores tradicionais, como também a posição dos novos provedores.

  19. Para além da autoconsciência moderna: a historiografia de Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht Beyond modern self-consciousness: the historiography of Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

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    Valdei Lopes de Araujo

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo, apresento uma análise dos aspectos historiográficos da obra de Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht. Acompanhado o desenvolvimento de sua teoria da modernidade e das conseqüências dessa teoria para a escrita da história e para a auto-consciência disciplinar. Por fim, proponho uma releitura da história da historiografia através dos dois tipos de culturas propostas por Gumbrecht, ou seja, culturas de sentido e culturas de presença. Argumento que mesmo que a historiografia moderna possa ser caracterizada como predominantemente ancorada na produção de sentido, aspectos centrais de sua história só podem ser explicados através de elementos típicos da produção de presença.This paper analyses some historiographical aspects of Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht's work, particularly his theory of modernity and its consequences to the writing of history and its disciplinary self-conscious. Finally, it is proposed a reinterpretation of the history of historiography based on the distinction between cultures of presence and cultures of meaning. It is argued that despite the fact that the elements of meaning are predominant in the constitution of modern historiography, the forces acting in its constitution cannot be explained without typical elements of a culture of presence.

  20. EFFECT OF FUNDUS PIGMENT ON RESPONSE OF RABBIT RETINA TO TRANSPUPILLARY THERMOTHERAPY

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    2007-01-01

    Objective To study the effect of fundus pigment on the response of the retina to transpupillary thermotherapy (TTT). Methods The retina were irradiated with 810 nm diode laser in 16 eyes of 8 pigmented rabbits and 12 eyes of 6 albino rabbits. The spot size was 1.2 mm; the duration was 60 s; and powers were 50, 80, 150 and 300 mW for pigmented rabbits and 800, 1 200 and 1 500mW for albino rabbits. All of the eyes were followed up with ophthalmolscope. The fundus was photographed and examined histologically with optic microscope immediately and 1 month after TTT respectively. Results The changes of the fundus and the histological examination were not significant immediately and 1 month after TTT in 50 mW group of pigmented rabbit and 800 mW of albino rabbit. Grey spot on the retina was observed on the fundus in 80 mW group of pigmented rabbit and 1 200 mW of albino rabbit immediately after TTT. The structure of the retina remained intact and subretinal fluid was observed histologically. Grey spot was still visible on the fundus, though the fluid was absorbed after 1 month. As the power of diode laser was increased to 150 mW for pigmented rabbits and 1500 mW for albino rabbit, fundus white spots were observed and the outer retina was destroyed while photoreceptors existed immediately after TTT. Pigmentation was found in white lesions and the fibrous proliferation was found in choroid 1 month after TTT. Prominent white spot was seen on the fundus immediately after laser irradiation of 300 mW in pigmented rabbits and the structure of the retina was obscured. One month after TTT, dense pigmentation appeared at laser lesions. The retina was thinner. There was prominent fibrous proliferation in the choroid. Conclusion The fundus pigment seems to play an important role in the response of the retina to TTT. The reaction of the retina is in proportion to the intensity of laser.

  1. Nitrosative Stress in the Rat Retina at the Onset of Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetes.

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    Hernández-Ramírez, Ernesto; Sánchez-Chávez, Gustavo; Estrella-Salazar, Luis A; Salceda, Rocío

    2017-08-18

    Nitric oxide is a multifunctional molecule that can modify proteins via nitrosylation; it can also initiate signaling cascades through the activation of soluble guanylate cyclase. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness, but its pathogenesis is unknown. Multiple mechanisms including oxidative-nitrosative stress have been implicated. Our main goal was to find significant changes in nitric oxide (NO) levels and determine their association with nitrosative stress in the rat retina at the onset of diabetes. Diabetes was induced by a single intraperitoneal administration of streptozotocin. The possible nitric oxide effects on the rat retina were evaluated by the presence of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate diaphorase (NADPH-d), a specific marker for NO-producing neurons, detected by histochemistry performed on whole retinas and retina sections. Immunohistochemistry was also performed on retina sections for iNOS, 3-nitrotyrosine (3-NT) and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP). Retinal nitric oxide levels were assessed by measuring total nitrate/nitrite concentrations. Retinal cGMP levels were determined by radioimmunoassay. Western blots for nitrotyrosine (3-NT) and oxidized proteins were performed. In the present study, we found increased activity of NADPH-diaphorase and iNOS immunoreactivity in the rat retina at the onset of diabetes; this increase correlated with a remarkable increase in NO levels as early as 7 days after the onset of diabetes. However, cGMP levels were not modified by diabetes, suggesting that NO did not activate its signaling cascade. Even so, Western blots revealed a progressive increase in nitrated proteins at 7 days after diabetes induction. Likewise, positive nitrotyrosine immunolabeling was observed in the photoreceptor layer, ganglion cell layer, inner nuclear layer and some Müller cell processes in the retinas of diabetic rats. In addition, levels of oxidized proteins were increased in the retina early after

  2. Identification of Novel Regulators of atonal Expression in the Developing Drosophila Retina

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    Melicharek, David; Shah, Arpit; DiStefano, Ginnene; Gangemi, Andrew J.; Orapallo, Andrew; Vrailas-Mortimer, Alysia D.; Marenda, Daniel R.

    2008-01-01

    Atonal is a Drosophila proneural protein required for the proper formation of the R8 photoreceptor cell, the founding photoreceptor cell in the developing retina. Proper expression and refinement of the Atonal protein is essential for the proper formation of the Drosophila adult eye. In vertebrates, expression of transcription factors orthologous to Drosophila Atonal (MATH5/Atoh7, XATH5, and ATH5) and their progressive restriction are also involved in specifying the retinal ganglion cell, the founding neural cell type in the mammalian retina. Thus, identifying factors that are involved in regulating the expression of Atonal during development are important to fully understand how retinal neurogenesis is accomplished. We have performed a chemical mutagenesis screen for autosomal dominant enhancers of a loss-of-function atonal eye phenotype. We report here the identification of five genes required for proper Atonal expression, three of which are novel regulators of Atonal expression in the Drosophila retina. We characterize the role of the daughterless, kismet, and roughened eye genes on atonal transcriptional regulation in the developing retina and show that each gene regulates atonal transcription differently within the context of retinal development. Our results provide additional insights into the regulation of Atonal expression in the developing Drosophila retina. PMID:18832354

  3. CELLULAR BASIS FOR ROD-CONE INTERACTIONS IN THE OUTER RETINA

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    David Križaj

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Background. At least twice daily our retinas move between a light adapted, cone-dominated (photopic state and a dark-adapted, color-blind and highly light-sensitive roddominated (scotopic state. In between is a rather ill-defined transitional state called the mesopic state in which retinal circuits express both rod and cone signals. Consequently, in the mesopic state the retinal output to the brain contained in the firing patterns of the ganglion cells consists of information derived from both rod and cone signals. Morphology, physiology and psychophysics all contributed to an understanding that the two systems are not independent but interact extensively via both pooling and mutual inhibition. This review lays down a rationale for such rod-cone interactions in the vertebrate retinas. It suggests that the important functional roles of rod-cone interactions is in that they shorten the duration of the mesopic state. As a result, the retina is maintained in either in the (rod-dominated high sensitivity photon counting mode or in the second mode which emphasizes temporal transients and spatial resolution (the cone-dominated photopic state.Conclusions. Experimental evidence for pre- and postsynaptic mixing of rod and cone signals in the retina is shown together with the preeminent neuromodulatory role of both light and dopamine in controling inter-actions between rod and cone signals. Dopamine is shown to be both necessary and sufficient to mediate light adaptation in the retina.

  4. Retinal degeneration progression changes lentiviral vector cell targeting in the retina.

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    Maritza Calame

    Full Text Available In normal mice, the lentiviral vector (LV is very efficient to target the RPE cells, but transduces retinal neurons well only during development. In the present study, the tropism of LV has been investigated in the degenerating retina of mice, knowing that the retina structure changes during degeneration. We postulated that the viral transduction would be increased by the alteration of the outer limiting membrane (OLM. Two different LV pseudotypes were tested using the VSVG and the Mokola envelopes, as well as two animal models of retinal degeneration: light-damaged Balb-C and Rhodopsin knockout (Rho-/- mice. After light damage, the OLM is altered and no significant increase of the number of transduced photoreceptors can be obtained with a LV-VSVG-Rhop-GFP vector. In the Rho-/- mice, an alteration of the OLM was also observed, but the possibility of transducing photoreceptors was decreased, probably by ongoing gliosis. The use of a ubiquitous promoter allows better photoreceptor transduction, suggesting that photoreceptor-specific promoter activity changes during late stages of photoreceptor degeneration. However, the number of targeted photoreceptors remains low. In contrast, LV pseudotyped with the Mokola envelope allows a wide dispersion of the vector into the retina (corresponding to the injection bleb with preferential targeting of Müller cells, a situation which does not occur in the wild-type retina. Mokola-pseudotyped lentiviral vectors may serve to engineer these glial cells to deliver secreted therapeutic factors to a diseased area of the retina.

  5. New developments in eye models with retina tissue phantoms for ophthalmic optical coherence tomography

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    Rowe, T. Scott; Zawadzki, Robert J.

    2012-03-01

    We document our latest work in developing eye models with solid-state retinal tissue phantoms designed for demonstrating, validating and comparing ophthalmic Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) instruments. Eye models with retina tissue phantoms can serve a variety of purposes, including demonstrating OCT functionality and performance in both the clinic and exhibit hall, validating retina layer thickness measurements from different commercial OCT instruments and as an aide for the R&D engineer and field service technician in the development and repair of instruments, respectively. The ideal eye model for OCT, the optical cross-sectional imaging modality, would have a volumetric morphology and scattering and absorption properties similar to that of normal human retina. These include a multi-layered structure of equivalent thickness to nominal human retina layers, a foveal pit that can be used to orient the image, and a RPE/OS and choroid like layers to demonstrate the depth penetration of the OCT system. A solid state tissue phantom relieves the user of constant cleaning and maintenance associated with the more common water bath model eyes. Novel processes12 have been developed to create retinal layers model that closely mimic the reflectance and scattering coefficients of the real layers of the retina, as imaged by spectral bandwidth of OCT.

  6. Circadian and Dopaminergic Regulation of Fatty Acid Oxidation Pathway Genes in Retina and Photoreceptor Cells

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    Vancura, Patrick; Wolloscheck, Tanja; Baba, Kenkichi; Tosini, Gianluca; Iuvone, P. Michael; Spessert, Rainer

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    The energy metabolism of the retina might comply with daily changes in energy demand and is impaired in diabetic retinopathy—one of the most common causes of blindness in Europe and the USA. The aim of this study was to investigate putative adaptation of energy metabolism in healthy and diabetic retina. Hence expression analysis of metabolic pathway genes was performed using quantitative polymerase chain reaction, semi-quantitative western blot and immunohistochemistry. Transcriptional profiling of key enzymes of energy metabolism identified transcripts of mitochondrial fatty acid β-oxidation enzymes, i.e. carnitine palmitoyltransferase-1α (Cpt-1α) and medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (Acadm) to display daily rhythms with peak values during daytime in preparations of the whole retina and microdissected photoreceptors. The cycling of both enzymes persisted in constant darkness, was dampened in mice deficient for dopamine D4 (D4) receptors and was altered in db/db mice—a model of diabetic retinopathy. The data of the present study are consistent with circadian clock-dependent and dopaminergic regulation of fatty acid oxidation in retina and its putative disturbance in diabetic retina. PMID:27727308

  7. The lens controls cell survival in the retina: Evidence from the blind cavefish Astyanax.

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    Strickler, Allen G; Yamamoto, Yoshiyuki; Jeffery, William R

    2007-11-15

    The lens influences retinal growth and differentiation during vertebrate eye development but the mechanisms are not understood. The role of the lens in retinal growth and development was studied in the teleost Astyanax mexicanus, which has eyed surface-dwelling (surface fish) and blind cave-dwelling (cavefish) forms. A lens and laminated retina initially develop in cavefish embryos, but the lens dies by apoptosis. The cavefish retina is subsequently disorganized, apoptotic cells appear, the photoreceptor layer degenerates, and retinal growth is arrested. We show here by PCNA, BrdU, and TUNEL labeling that cell proliferation continues in the adult cavefish retina but the newly born cells are removed by apoptosis. Surface fish to cavefish lens transplantation, which restores retinal growth and rod cell differentiation, abolished apoptosis in the retina but not in the RPE. Surface fish lens deletion did not cause apoptosis in the surface fish retina or affect RPE differentiation. Neither lens transplantation in cavefish nor lens deletion in surface fish affected retinal cell proliferation. We conclude that the lens acts in concert with another optic component, possibly the RPE, to promote retinal cell survival. Accordingly, deficiency in both optic structures may lead to eye degeneration in cavefish.

  8. Presence and distribution of histaminergic components in rat and bovine retina.

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    Arbonés, L; García-Verdugo, J; Picatoste, F; García, A

    1988-01-01

    The presence of histamine and its related enzymes, histidine decarboxylase and histamine N-methyltransferase and the subcellular distribution of the amine and of H(1)-receptors were studied in the retina of two mammalian species. Histamine is present in rat and bovine retinas in concentrations (113 +/- 10 and 72 +/- 9 ng/g wet tissue, respectively) similar to those found in the brain. Histological examination and release experiments with Compound 48/80 performed in rat retina indicate a non mast cell location for the amine. Histidine decarboxylase and histamine N-methyltransferase activities in rat and bovine retinas were also comparable to those found in brain cortex suggesting that histamine can be synthesized and catabolyzed in situ. Subcellular fractionation of bovine retina showed that both the amine and H(1)-receptors are concentrated in particulate fractions where small sized synaptosomes sediment, presumably derived from horizontal and amacrine cells. These results are in agreement with a neurotransmitter or neuromodulator role for histamine in cells of the retinal inner nuclear layer.

  9. Light-dark condition regulates sirtuin mRNA levels in the retina.

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    Ban, Norimitsu; Ozawa, Yoko; Inaba, Takaaki; Miyake, Seiji; Watanabe, Mitsuhiro; Shinmura, Ken; Tsubota, Kazuo

    2013-11-01

    Sirtuins (Sirt1-7) are nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD)-dependent protein deacetylases/ADP-ribosyltransferases that modulate many metabolic responses affecting aging. Sirtuins expressed in tissues and organs involved in systemic metabolism have been extensively studied. However, the characteristics of sirtuins in the retina, where local energy expenditure changes dynamically in response to light stimuli, are largely unknown. Here we analyzed sirtuin mRNA levels by real-time PCR, and found that all seven sirtuins are highly expressed in the retina compared with other tissues, such as liver. We then analyzed the sirtuin mRNA profiles in the retina over time, under a 12-h light/12-h dark cycle (LD condition) and in constant darkness (DD condition). All seven sirtuins showed significant daily variation under the LD condition, with all except Sirt6 being increased in the dark phase. The expression patterns were different under the DD condition, suggesting that sirtuin mRNA levels except Sirt6 are affected by light-dark condition. These findings were not obtained in the brain and liver. In addition, the mRNA expression patterns of Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (Nampt), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator (PGC1α), and transcription factor A, mitochondrial (Tfam) in the retina, were similar to those of the sirtuins except Sirt6. Our observations provide new insights into the metabolic mechanisms of the retina and the sirtuins' regulatory systems.

  10. Spatiotemporal distribution of 1P1 antigen expression in the plexiform layers of developing chick retina

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    WANGHOUHUA; QIUBAOSONG; 等

    1993-01-01

    Changes in the distribution of 1P1-antigen in the developing chick retina have been examined by indriect immunofluorescence staining technique using the novel monoclonal antibody(MAb)1P1.Expression of the 1P1 antigen was found to be regulated in radial as well as in tangential dimension of the retina,being preferentially or exclusively located in the inner and outer plexiform layers of the neural retina depending on the stages of development ,With the onset of the formation of the inner plexiform layer 1P1 antigen becomes expressed in the retina.With progressing differentiation of the inner plexiform layer 1P1 immunofluorescence revealed 2 subbands at E9 and 6 subands at E18,At postnatal stages(after P3) immunoreactivity was reduced in an inside-outside sequence leading to the complete absence of the 1P1 antigen in adulthood.1P1 antigen expression in the outer plexiform layer was also subject to developmental regulation.The spation-temporal pattern of 1P1 antigen expression was correlated with the time course of histological differentation of chick retina,namely the synapse rich plexiform layers.Whether the 1P1 antigen was functionally involved in dendrite extension and synapse formation was discussed.

  11. Pathways of cholesterol homeostasis in mouse retina responsive to dietary and pharmacologic treatments.

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    Zheng, Wenchao; Mast, Natalia; Saadane, Aicha; Pikuleva, Irina A

    2015-01-01

    Effects of serum cholesterol on cholesterol content in the retina are currently unknown. It is also unclear how cholesterol levels are controlled in the retina. High-cholesterol diet and oral administrations of simvastatin were used to modulate serum cholesterol in mice. These treatments only modestly affected cholesterol content in the retina and had no significant effect on retinal expression of the major cholesterol- and vision-related genes; the sterol-regulatory element binding protein pathway of transcriptional regulation does not seem to be operative in the retina under the experimental conditions used. Evidence is obtained that posttranslational mechanisms play a role in the control of retinal cholesterol. Retinal genes were only upregulated by oral administrations of TO901317 activating liver X receptors. Three of the upregulated genes could be of particular importance (apoD, Idol, and Rpe65) and have not yet been considered in the context of cholesterol homeostasis in the retina. Collectively, the data obtained identify specific features of retinal cholesterol maintenance and suggest additional therapies for age-related macular degeneration, a blinding disease characterized by cholesterol and lipid accumulations in chorioretinal tissues.

  12. Changes in growth factor expression in normal aging of the rat retina.

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    Smith, Christopher P; Steinle, Jena J

    2007-12-01

    Although much is known about the growth factor changes in ocular tissues during various diseases, little is known about normal aging of the retina. In order to further understand normal aging in the retina, we characterized age-related changes of growth factor expression in three different ages of rat retina. Real time PCR and protein analysis was conducted to investigate steady state mRNA expression and protein levels of VEGF, VEGFR2, PEDF, Ang-1, Tie-2, EphB4 and ephrinB2 in the retina of 8-, 22-, and 32-month-old Brown Norway X Fischer 344 F1 hybrid rats. An increase of VEGF protein levels was found at 32months compared to 8 and 22months of age. VEGFR2 protein was found to be increased at 22 and 32months compared to 8months. PEDF protein levels were reduced at 22 and 32months. Tie-2 levels were found to be significantly decreased by 32months compared to 8months of age, while ephrinB2 was found to be significantly lower at both 22 and 32months compared to 8months of age. The increases found in VEGF and its receptor VEGFR2, with the simultaneous decrease of PEDF protein levels, may stimulate an environment that is well suited for neovascularization in the normal aging retina. Overall, these results suggest that normal aging produces substantial changes in gene expression and protein levels.

  13. Long-term glial reactivity in rat retinas ipsilateral and contralateral to experimental glaucoma.

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    Kanamori, Akiyasu; Nakamura, Makoto; Nakanishi, Yoriko; Yamada, Yuko; Negi, Akira

    2005-07-01

    Although glaucoma is known to alter glial reactivity, the long-term effect of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) on glial change has not been fully elucidated. This study aimed to examine how chronically elevated IOP induced by episcleral vein cauterization (EVC) in unilateral eyes affect reactivities of astrocytes and Müller cells of rats in the treated as well as contralateral eyes over time. EVC in unilateral eyes of Sprague-Dawley rats were performed to produce chronically elevated IOP. Flat mounted retina preparations were made at several points until 6 months, which were subjected to immunostaining for glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP). Retinal homogenates were one- or two-dimensionally electrophoresed, followed by GFAP immunoblotting. EVC significantly increased IOPs up to 27.8 from 13.1 mmHg, which gradually decreased over time. In flat mounted retinas, astrocytes lost but Müller cells gained GFAP immunoreactivity at 3 days after cauterization. The glial changes were partially reversed over time but last even after IOP normalization. In the contralateral eyes, similar glial changes gradually appeared at 1 month after EVC and thereafter. Immunoblotting demonstrated not only molecular size shifts but also alteration of isoelectric focusing of GFAP both in treated and contralateral retina as compared with age-matched control retina. EVC led to opposite reactions in astrocytes and Müller cells in terms of GFAP immunoreactivity. Late-onset glial reactivity also occurred in the contralateral retina.

  14. Ischemic injury leads to extracellular matrix alterations in retina and optic nerve

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    Reinhard, Jacqueline; Renner, Marina; Wiemann, Susanne; Shakoor, Daniel A.; Stute, Gesa; Dick, H. Burkhard; Faissner, Andreas; Joachim, Stephanie C.

    2017-01-01

    Retinal ischemia occurs in a variety of eye diseases. Restrained blood flow induces retinal damage, which leads to progressive optic nerve degeneration and vision loss. Previous studies indicate that extracellular matrix (ECM) constituents play an important role in complex tissues, such as retina and optic nerve. They have great impact on de- and regeneration processes and represent major candidates of central nervous system glial scar formation. Nevertheless, the importance of the ECM during ischemic retina and optic nerve neurodegeneration is not fully understood yet. In this study, we analyzed remodeling of the extracellular glycoproteins fibronectin, laminin, tenascin-C and tenascin-R and the chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs) aggrecan, brevican and phosphacan/RPTPβ/ζ in retinae and optic nerves of an ischemia/reperfusion rat model via quantitative real-time PCR, immunohistochemistry and Western blot. A variety of ECM constituents were dysregulated in the retina and optic nerve after ischemia. Regarding fibronectin, significantly elevated mRNA and protein levels were observed in the retina following ischemia, while laminin and tenascin-C showed enhanced immunoreactivity in the optic nerve after ischemia. Interestingly, CSPGs displayed significantly increased expression levels in the optic nerve. Our study demonstrates a dynamic expression of ECM molecules following retinal ischemia, which strengthens their regulatory role during neurodegeneration. PMID:28262779

  15. Patterns of cell proliferation and rod photoreceptor differentiation in shark retinas.

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    Ferreiro-Galve, Susana; Rodríguez-Moldes, Isabel; Anadón, Ramón; Candal, Eva

    2010-01-01

    We studied the pattern of cell proliferation and its relation with photoreceptor differentiation in the embryonic and postembryonic retina of two elasmobranchs, the lesser spotted dogfish (Scyliorhinus canicula) and the brown shyshark (Haploblepharus fuscus). Cell proliferation was studied with antibodies raised against proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) and phospho-histone-H3, and early photoreceptor differentiation with an antibody raised against rod opsin. As regards the spatiotemporal distribution of PCNA-immunoreactive cells, our results reveal a gradual loss of PCNA that coincides in a spatiotemporal sequence with the gradient of layer maturation. The presence of a peripheral growth zone containing pure-proliferating retinal progenitors (the ciliary marginal zone) in the adult retina matches with the general pattern observed in other groups of gnathostomous fishes. However, in the shark retina the generation of new cells is not restricted to the ciliary marginal zone but also occurs in retinal areas that contain differentiated cells: (1) in a transition zone that lies between the pure-proliferating ciliary marginal zone and the central (layered) retina; (2) in the differentiating central area up to prehatching embryos where large amounts of PCNA-positive cells were observed even in the inner and outer nuclear layers; (3) and in the retinal pigment epithelium of prehatching embryos. Rod opsin immunoreactivity was observed in both species when the outer plexiform layer begins to be recognized in the central retina and, as we previously observed in trout, coincided temporally with the weakening in PCNA labelling.

  16. The Retinome – Defining a reference transcriptome of the adult mammalian retina/retinal pigment epithelium

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    Goetz Thomas

    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The mammalian retina is a valuable model system to study neuronal biology in health and disease. To obtain insight into intrinsic processes of the retina, great efforts are directed towards the identification and characterization of transcripts with functional relevance to this tissue. Results With the goal to assemble a first genome-wide reference transcriptome of the adult mammalian retina, referred to as the retinome, we have extracted 13,037 non-redundant annotated genes from nearly 500,000 published datasets on redundant retina/retinal pigment epithelium (RPE transcripts. The data were generated from 27 independent studies employing a wide range of molecular and biocomputational approaches. Comparison to known retina-/RPE-specific pathways and established retinal gene networks suggest that the reference retinome may represent up to 90% of the retinal transcripts. We show that the distribution of retinal genes along the chromosomes is not random but exhibits a higher order organization closely following the previously observed clustering of genes with increased expression. Conclusion The genome wide retinome map offers a rational basis for selecting suggestive candidate genes for hereditary as well as complex retinal diseases facilitating elaborate studies into normal and pathological pathways. To make this unique resource freely available we have built a database providing a query interface to the reference retinome 1.

  17. O papel da gestão documental nos processos de gestão do conhecimento

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    Márcio Aparecido Nogueira Viana

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available A identificação da interface entre as atividades de gestão de documentos, da informação e do conhecimento, com o intuito de demonstrar o papel dos arquivos como auxiliares nos processos de criação e compartilhamento do conhecimento corporativo foram os elementos centrais desta pesquisa. Por meio de pesquisa bibliográfica, foi contextualizado o trabalho, onde primeiramente foram definidos os temas que permeiam as teorias que compõem a Gestão da Informação e do Conhecimento, seguido pelo estudo das práticas arquivísticas e da Gestão Documental. A partir desta fundamentação teórica, foram definidas similaridades entre as disciplinas e a forma como os arquivos podem contribuir na gestão do conhecimento e suas práticas. Deste modo, o resultado esperado com esta pesquisa é a produção de uma análise que identifique a área de arquivos e seus profissionais como parte importante nos processos de gestão do conhecimento, levando a organização a ser mais eficiente nas tomadas de decisões que garantem o desenvolvimento sustentável de suas operações.

  18. The mouse retina in 3D: quantification of vascular growth and remodeling.

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    Milde, Florian; Lauw, Stephanie; Koumoutsakos, Petros; Iruela-Arispe, M Luisa

    2013-12-01

    The mouse retina has become a prominent model for studying angiogenesis. The easy access and well-known developmental progression have significantly propelled our ability to examine and manipulate blood vessels in vivo. Nonetheless, most studies have restricted their evaluations to the superficial plexus (an upper vascular layer in contact with the vitreous). Here we present experimental data and quantification for the developmental progression of the full retina including the intermediate and deeper plexus that sprouts from the superficial layer. We analyze the origin and advancement of vertical sprouting and present the progression of vascular perfusion within the tissue. Furthermore, we introduce the use of Minkowsky functionals to quantify remodeling in the superficial and deeper plexus. The work expands information on the retina towards a 3D structure. This is of particular interest, as recent data have demonstrated differential effects of gene deletion on the upper and deeper plexus, highlighting the concept of distinct operational pathways during sprouting angiogenesis.

  19. The sarcoglycan-sarcospan complex localization in mouse retina is independent from dystrophins

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    Fort, Patrice; Estrada, Francisco-Javier; Bordais, Agnès; Mornet, Dominique; Sahel, José-Alain; Picaud, Serge; Vargas, Haydeé Rosas; Coral-Vázquez, Ramón M.; Rendon, Alvaro

    2005-01-01

    The sarcoglycan–sarcospan (SG–SSPN) complex is part of the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex that has been extensively characterized in muscle. To establish the framework for functional studies of sarcoglycans in retina here, we quantified sarcoglycans mRNA levels with real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and performed immunohistochemistry to determine their cellular and subcellular distribution. We showed that the β-, δ-, γ-, ε-sarcoglycans and sarcospan are expressed in mouse retina. They are localized predominantly in the outer and the inner limiting membranes, probably in the Müller cells and also in the ganglion cells axons where the expression of dystrophins have never been reported. We also investigated the status of the sarcoglycans in the retina of mdx3cv mutant mice for all Duchene Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) gene products. The absence of dystrophin did not produce any change in the sarcoglycan–sarcospan components expression and distribution. PMID:15993965

  20. Rod photoreceptors express GPR55 in the adult vervet monkey retina

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    Bouskila, Joseph; Javadi, Pasha; Casanova, Christian

    2013-01-01

    Cannabinoids exert their actions mainly through two receptors, the cannabinoid CB1 receptor (CB1R) and cannabinoid CB2 receptor (CB2R). In recent years, the G-protein coupled receptor 55 (GPR55) was suggested as a cannabinoid receptor based on its activation by anandamide and tetrahydrocannabinol...... components (Müller cells). The aim of this study was to determine the expression pattern of GPR55 in the monkey retina by using confocal microscopy. Our results show that GPR55 is strictly localized in the photoreceptor layer of the extrafoveal portion of the retina. Co-immunolabeling of GPR55 with rhodopsin......, the photosensitive pigment in rods, revealed a clear overlap of expression throughout the rod structure with most prominent staining in the inner segments. Additionally, double-label of GPR55 with calbindin, a specific marker for cone photoreceptors in the primate retina, allowed us to exclude expression of GPR55...

  1. [Role of immunological factors in peripheral vitreo-chorioretinal dystrophies and macular ruptures of the retina].

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    Balashova, L M; Saksonova, E O; Zaĭtseva, N S; Slepova, O S; Teplinskaia, L E; Il'nitskiĭ, V V; Grishin, V L

    1995-01-01

    The authors analyze the results of clinical and immunological examinations of patients with peripheral vitreo-chorioretinal dystrophies (PVCRD) and macular ruptures of the retina. No antibodies to S-AG were detected in the lacrimal fluid in 87.5% of patients with PVCRD without retinal defects. In patients with PVCRD with retinal defects antibodies to S-AG were detected in 70% of cases. These antibodies were absent in the patients with macular ruptures of the retina. In none of the patients were these antibodies detected in the blood serum. The levels of circulating immune complexes were normal in the patients PVCRD and increased in those with macular ruptures of the retina. These data permit a hypothesis on the development of local autoimmune reactions in PVCRD patients in response to the appearance of AG of the injured tissues.

  2. Differential stimulation of the retina with subretinally injected exogenous neurotransmitter: A biomimetic alternative to electrical stimulation

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    Rountree, Corey M.; Inayat, Samsoon; Troy, John B.; Saggere, Laxman

    2016-12-01

    Subretinal stimulation of the retina with neurotransmitters, the normal means of conveying visual information, is a potentially better alternative to electrical stimulation widely used in current retinal prostheses for treating blindness from photoreceptor degenerative diseases. Yet, no subretinal electrical or chemical stimulation study has stimulated the OFF and ON pathways differentially through inner retinal activation. Here, we demonstrate the feasibility of differentially stimulating retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) through the inner nuclear layer of the retina with glutamate, a primary neurotransmitter chemical, in a biomimetic way. We show that controlled pulsatile delivery of glutamate into the subsurface of explanted wild-type rat retinas elicits highly localized simultaneous inhibitory and excitatory spike rate responses in OFF and ON RGCs. We also present the spatiotemporal characteristics of RGC responses to subretinally injected glutamate and the therapeutic stimulation parameters. Our findings could pave the way for future development of a neurotransmitter-based subretinal prosthesis offering more naturalistic vision and better visual acuity than electrical prostheses.

  3. Sobre la terapia génica para enfermedades de la retina.

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    Fischer, M Dominik

    2017-07-11

    Las mutaciones en un gran número de genes provocan degeneración de la retina y ceguera sin que exista actualmente cura alguna. En las últimas décadas, la terapia génica para enfermedades de la retina ha evolucionado y se ha convertido en un nuevo y prometedor paradigma terapéutico para estas enfermedades poco comunes. Este artículo refleja las ideas y los conceptos que parten de la ciencia básica hacia la aplicabilidad de la terapia génica en el ámbito clínico. Se describen los avances y las reflexiones actuales sobre la eficacia de los ensayos clínicos en la actualidad y se discuten los posibles obstáculos y soluciones de cara al futuro de la terapia génica para enfermedades de la retina. © 2017 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  4. Retinal detachment surgery with silicone oil injection in transconjunctival sutureless 23-gauge vitrectomy Cirurgia de descolamento de retina com injeção de óleo de silicone no sistema de vitrectomia transconjuntival sem sutura de 23-gauge

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    Rubens Camargo Siqueira

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To report a surgical technique for retinal detachment surgery using transconjunctival sutureless 23-gauge vitrectomy with silicone oil injection. METHODS: Thirty-one patients with retinal detachment underwent vitreoretinal surgery using a transconjunctival sutureless 23-gauge vitrectomy system. At the end of the procedure silicone oil was injected into all eyes through a microcannula. After removing the microcannula, a bipolar cautery was used in the conjunctiva over the wound to prevent silicone oil reflux. RESULTS: In all patients retinal reattachment and injection of silicone oil through transconjunctival sutureless 23-gauge vitrectomy system was possible. Retinal re-detachment occurred in 8 patients (25.80% who were submitted to a new vitreoretinal surgery by the technique described above, however, more extensive retinotomy was necessary in all cases, specially inferiorly. Three patients (9.67% presented silicone oil leakage in subconjuntival compartment. Another surgical procedure was necessary to remove the subconjuntival silicone oil. CONCLUSIONS: The retinal detachment surgery with silicone oil injection in transconjunctival sutureless 23-gauge vitrectomy is a safe and efficient technique to repair retinal detachment and it has the advantage of being minimally invasive.OBJETIVOS: Relatar técnica cirúrgica para descolamento de retina utilizando sistema de 23-gauge com injeção de óleo de silicone. MÉTODOS: Trinta e um pacientes com descolamento da retina foram submetidos a cirurgia vitreorretiniana usando o sistema 23-gauge de vitrectomia transconjuntival sem sutura. Ao final do procedimento o óleo de silicone foi injetado em todos os olhos através de uma microcânula. Após a retirada da microcânula, foi utilizado cautério bipolar na incisão conjuntival para prevenir o vazamento do óleo de silicone. RESULTADOS: Em todos os pacientes foi possível reaplicar a retina e injetar o óleo de silicone através do sistema 23

  5. Pharmacokinetic study of mangiferin in rat plasma and retina using high-performance liquid chromatography

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    Hou, Yunlong; Fan, Shengjun; Gu, Yuanqin; Yu, Xuhui; Li, Baoxin

    2010-01-01

    Purpose Although the naturally occurring antioxidant mangiferin has been widely used, it is not yet known whether it can cross the blood-retina barrier (BRB) and enter the eye. The purpose of this experiment was to investigate the ability of mangiferin to pass the blood-retina barrier. Methods Sprague–Dawley rats were used for biologic fluid sampling after intravenous administration of mangiferin at doses of 10, 25, and 50 mg/kg. Blood and retina samples were collected at different time points post-dose. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) separation was conducted on a COSMOSIL 5C18—MS—II column (4.6 mm×250 mm, 5 μm) with a flow rate of 1.0 ml/min using a mobile phase comprised of methanol −2% glacial acetic acid (40:60 v:v). Results The HPLC method has proven suitable to determine the presence of mangiferin in the eye. The plasma concentration of mangiferin was dose dependent. Pharmacokinetic parameters of mangiferin in plasma after intravenous administration were fitted to the two-compartment model with the first-order elimination and first-order transfer between central and peripheral compartments. The concentration of mangiferin in the retina goes with that in the blood. Mangiferin concentrations in the retina reached 5.69±1.48 μg/ml 0.5 h after intravenous administration (50 mg/kg) and then dropped gradually to 0.30±0.02 μg/ml 5.0 h later. The eye–to-plasma concentration ratio was 2.80%. Conclusions Mangiferin can pass the blood-retina barrier after a single intravenous administration and may be a potential natural antioxidant in treating eye diseases. PMID:20806037

  6. Training and professional profile of retinologists in Spain: Retina 2 project, Report 4

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    Pastor JC

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available J Carlos Pastor1,3, Itziar Fernández2, Jimena Rojas1, Rosa Coco1, Maria R Sanabria1, Enrique Rodríguez-de la Rúa1,3, Diego Sánchez3, Carmen Valverde3, Anna Sala Puigdollers1,31University Institute of Applied Ophthalmobiology (IOBA, Retina Group, 2Ministry of Science and Innovation CIBER-BBN, Statistics Department, 3Clinic University Hospital, University of Valladolid, Valladolid, SpainBackground: Uniform postresidency systems to train medical specialists have not been developed in most European countries. Before developing a framework for such a system, we established the learning and professional profiles of Spanish ophthalmologists dedicated to medical retina and vitreoretina subspecialties.Methods: After identification of presumed subspecialists by experts from different autonomous regions, a self-administered questionnaire was mailed in 2006. A reminder was sent three weeks later. Postal mail was used. Nonresponder bias was determined.Results: Of 492 possible retina subspecialists, 261 replied to the questionnaires. While about 86% received specific retinal training, standardized fellowship programs were uncommon for both medical retina and vitreoretina (around 10%. Of the responders, 24.5% performed only medical retina, 11.8% vitreoretina, and 63.6% both. Most (60.5% practiced anterior segment surgery, and 78.7% declared skills in vitrectomy.Conclusion: We have developed a database of Spanish ophthalmologists dedicated to retinal pathologies and identified some characteristics of their professional profile. Although most of them have received specific retinal training, standardized mastership programs are still uncommon. These data will be useful in creating a standardized Retina Mastership, an important goal of the European Higher Education Area.Keywords: clinical activity, fellowship, mastership, professional profile, retinologist training

  7. Study of brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene transgenic neural stem cells in the rat retina

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    ZHOU Xue-mei; YUAN Hui-ping; WU Dong-lai; ZHOU Xin-rong; SUN Da-wei; LI Hong-yi; SHAO Zheng-bo

    2009-01-01

    Background Neural stem cells (NSCs) transplantation and gene therapy have been widely investigated for treating the cerebullar and myelonic injuries, however, studies on the ophthalmology are rare. The aim of this study was to investigate the migration and differentiation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene transgenic NSCs transplanted into the normal rat retinas. Methods NSCs were cultured and purified in vitro and infected with recombinant retrovirus pLXSN-BDNF and pLXSN respectively, to obtain the BDNF overexpressed NSCs (BDNF-NSCs) and control cells (p-NSCs). The expression of BDNF genes in two transgenic NSCs and untreated NSCs were measured by fluorescent quantitative polymerase chain reaction (FQ-PCR) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). BDNF-NSCs and NSCs were infected with adeno-associated viruses-enhanced green fluorescent protein (AAV-EGFP) to track them in vivo and served as donor cells for transplantation into the subretinal space of normal rat retinas, phosphated buffer solution (PBS) served as pseudo transplantation for a negative control. Survival, migration, and differentiation of donor cells in host retinas were observed and analyzed with Heidelberg retina angiograph (HRA) and immunohistochemistry, respectively. Results NSCs were purified successfully by limiting dilution assay. The expression of BDNF gene in BDNF-NSCs was the highest among three groups both at mRNA level tested by FQ-PCR (P<0.05) and at protein level measured by ELISA (P<0.05), which showed that BDNF was overexpressed in BDNF-NSCs. The results of HRA demonstrated that graft cells could survive well and migrate into the host retinas, while the immunohistochemical analysis revealed that transplanted BDNF-NSCs differentiated into neuron more efficiently compared with the control NSCs 2 months after transplantation. Conclusions The seed cells of NSCs highly secreting BDNF were established. BDNF can promote NSCs to migrate and differentiate into neural cells in

  8. Disabled-1 is expressed in type AII amacrine cells in the mouse retina.

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    Rice, D S; Curran, T

    2000-08-21

    The organization of several laminated structures in the brain is controlled by a signaling pathway activated by Reelin, a large glycoprotein secreted by pioneer neurons in the developing brain. Reelin binds to transmembrane receptors, including VLDLR and ApoER2, and stimulates tyrosine phosphorylation of Disabled-1 (Dab1), which associates with an NPxY motif present in the cytoplasmic domain of the receptors. Disruption of reelin, dab1, or both the vldr and apoer2 genes results in similar cell positioning defects in laminated brain regions including the cerebellum, hippocampus, and cerebral cortex. Although retinal ganglion cells express reelin during development, there is no obvious disruption of cell positioning in the retina of reeler mice. Here, we examine the expression pattern of Dab1 as a first step toward understanding the function of the Reelin signaling pathway in neural retina. Immunohistochemical analysis of the adult retina revealed that Dab1 is expressed in a specific type of amacrine cell. These cells display a narrow dendritic field and they project to two distinct sublaminae within the inner plexiform layer. Dab1 co-localizes with the high-affinity glycine transporter, indicating that these amacrine cells are glycinergic. Cells that express Dab1 are surrounded by dopaminergic fibers originating from wide-field amacrine cells. These features are characteristic of type AII amacrine cells described in other mammalian species. Analysis of the retina at several stages of development revealed that Dab1 is expressed shortly after birth during the time at which AII amacrine cells extend neurites and form synaptic connections in the inner retina. This raises the possibility that the Reelin/Dab1 signaling pathway contributes to formation of intraretinal circuitry in the neural retina. Copyright 2000 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  9. Immunolocalisation pattern of complex I-V in ageing human retina: Correlation with mitochondrial ultrastructure.

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    Nag, Tapas Chandra; Wadhwa, Shashi

    2016-11-01

    Earlier studies reported accumulation of mitochondrial DNA mutations in ageing and age-related macular degeneration. To know about the mitochondrial status with age, we examined immunoreactivity (IR) to markers of mitochondria (anti-mitochondrial antibody and voltage-dependent anion channel-1) and complex I-V (that mediate oxidative phosphorylation, OXPHOS) in donor human retinas (age: 19-94years; N=26; right eyes). In all samples, at all ages, IR to anti-mitochondrial antibody and voltage-dependent anion channel-1 was prominent in photoreceptor cells. Between second and seventh decade of life, strong IR to complex I-V was present in photoreceptors over macular to peripheral retina. With progressive ageing, the photoreceptors showed a decrease in complex I-IR (subunit NDUFB4) at eighth decade, and a weak or absence of IR in 10 retinas between ninth and tenth decade. Patchy IR to complex III and complex IV was detected at different ages. IR to ND1 (complex I) and complex II and V remained unaltered with ageing. Nitrosative stress (evaluated by IR to a nitro-tyrosine antibody) was found in photoreceptors. Superoxide dismutase-2 was found upregulated in photoreceptors with ageing. Mitochondrial ultrastructure was examined in two young retinas with intact complex IR and six aged retinas whose counterparts showed weak to absence of IR. Observations revealed irregular, photoreceptor inner segment mitochondria in aged maculae and mid-peripheral retina between eighth and ninth decade; many cones possessed autophagosomes with damaged mitochondria, indicating age-related alterations. A trend in age-dependent reduction of complex I-IR was evident in aged photoreceptors, whereas patchy complex IV-IR (subunits I and II) was age-independent, suggesting that the former is prone to damage with ageing perhaps due to oxidative stress. These changes in OXPHOS system may influence the energy budget of human photoreceptors, affecting their viability. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. and

  10. Transducin duplicates in the zebrafish retina and pineal complex: differential specialisation after the teleost tetraploidisation.

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    David Lagman

    Full Text Available Gene duplications provide raw materials that can be selected for functional adaptations by evolutionary mechanisms. We describe here the results of 350 million years of evolution of three functionally related gene families: the alpha, beta and gamma subunits of transducins, the G protein involved in vision. Early vertebrate tetraploidisations resulted in separate transducin heterotrimers: gnat1/gnb1/gngt1 for rods, and gnat2/gnb3/gngt2 for cones. The teleost-specific tetraploidisation generated additional duplicates for gnb1, gnb3 and gngt2. We report here that the duplicates have undergone several types of subfunctionalisation or neofunctionalisation in the zebrafish. We have found that gnb1a and gnb1b are co-expressed at different levels in rods; gnb3a and gnb3b have undergone compartmentalisation restricting gnb3b to the dorsal and medial retina, however, gnb3a expression was detected only at very low levels in both larvae and adult retina; gngt2b expression is restricted to the dorsal and medial retina, whereas gngt2a is expressed ventrally. This dorsoventral distinction could be an adaptation to protect the lower part of the retina from intense light damage. The ontogenetic analysis shows earlier onset of expression in the pineal complex than in the retina, in accordance with its earlier maturation. Additionally, gnb1a but not gnb1b is expressed in the pineal complex, and gnb3b and gngt2b are transiently expressed in the pineal during ontogeny, thus showing partial temporal subfunctionalisation. These retina-pineal distinctions presumably reflect their distinct functional roles in vision and circadian rhythmicity. In summary, this study describes several functional differences between transducin gene duplicates resulting from the teleost-specific tetraploidisation.

  11. Transducin duplicates in the zebrafish retina and pineal complex: differential specialisation after the teleost tetraploidisation.

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    Lagman, David; Callado-Pérez, Amalia; Franzén, Ilkin E; Larhammar, Dan; Abalo, Xesús M

    2015-01-01

    Gene duplications provide raw materials that can be selected for functional adaptations by evolutionary mechanisms. We describe here the results of 350 million years of evolution of three functionally related gene families: the alpha, beta and gamma subunits of transducins, the G protein involved in vision. Early vertebrate tetraploidisations resulted in separate transducin heterotrimers: gnat1/gnb1/gngt1 for rods, and gnat2/gnb3/gngt2 for cones. The teleost-specific tetraploidisation generated additional duplicates for gnb1, gnb3 and gngt2. We report here that the duplicates have undergone several types of subfunctionalisation or neofunctionalisation in the zebrafish. We have found that gnb1a and gnb1b are co-expressed at different levels in rods; gnb3a and gnb3b have undergone compartmentalisation restricting gnb3b to the dorsal and medial retina, however, gnb3a expression was detected only at very low levels in both larvae and adult retina; gngt2b expression is restricted to the dorsal and medial retina, whereas gngt2a is expressed ventrally. This dorsoventral distinction could be an adaptation to protect the lower part of the retina from intense light damage. The ontogenetic analysis shows earlier onset of expression in the pineal complex than in the retina, in accordance with its earlier maturation. Additionally, gnb1a but not gnb1b is expressed in the pineal complex, and gnb3b and gngt2b are transiently expressed in the pineal during ontogeny, thus showing partial temporal subfunctionalisation. These retina-pineal distinctions presumably reflect their distinct functional roles in vision and circadian rhythmicity. In summary, this study describes several functional differences between transducin gene duplicates resulting from the teleost-specific tetraploidisation.

  12. Rod photoreceptors express GPR55 in the adult vervet monkey retina.

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    Joseph Bouskila

    Full Text Available Cannabinoids exert their actions mainly through two receptors, the cannabinoid CB1 receptor (CB1R and cannabinoid CB2 receptor (CB2R. In recent years, the G-protein coupled receptor 55 (GPR55 was suggested as a cannabinoid receptor based on its activation by anandamide and tetrahydrocannabinol. Yet, its formal classification is still a matter of debate. CB1R and CB2R expression patterns are well described for rodent and monkey retinas. In the monkey retina, CB1R has been localized in its neural (cone photoreceptor, horizontal, bipolar, amacrine and ganglion cells and CB2R in glial components (Müller cells. The aim of this study was to determine the expression pattern of GPR55 in the monkey retina by using confocal microscopy. Our results show that GPR55 is strictly localized in the photoreceptor layer of the extrafoveal portion of the retina. Co-immunolabeling of GPR55 with rhodopsin, the photosensitive pigment in rods, revealed a clear overlap of expression throughout the rod structure with most prominent staining in the inner segments. Additionally, double-label of GPR55 with calbindin, a specific marker for cone photoreceptors in the primate retina, allowed us to exclude expression of GPR55 in cones. The labeling of GPR55 in rods was further assessed with a 3D visualization in the XZ and YZ planes thus confirming its exclusive expression in rods. These results provide data on the distribution of GPR55 in the monkey retina, different than CB1R and CB2R. The presence of GPR55 in rods suggests a function of this receptor in scotopic vision that needs to be demonstrated.

  13. Dynamic coupling of pattern formation and morphogenesis in the developing vertebrate retina.

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    Alexander Picker

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available During embryonic development, pattern formation must be tightly synchronized with tissue morphogenesis to coordinate the establishment of the spatial identities of cells with their movements. In the vertebrate retina, patterning along the dorsal-ventral and nasal-temporal (anterior-posterior axes is required for correct spatial representation in the retinotectal map. However, it is unknown how specification of axial cell positions in the retina occurs during the complex process of early eye morphogenesis. Studying zebrafish embryos, we show that morphogenetic tissue rearrangements during eye evagination result in progenitor cells in the nasal half of the retina primordium being brought into proximity to the sources of three fibroblast growth factors, Fgf8/3/24, outside the eye. Triple-mutant analysis shows that this combined Fgf signal fully controls nasal retina identity by regulating the nasal transcription factor Foxg1. Surprisingly, nasal-temporal axis specification occurs very early along the dorsal-ventral axis of the evaginating eye. By in vivo imaging GFP-tagged retinal progenitor cells, we find that subsequent eye morphogenesis requires gradual tissue compaction in the nasal half and directed cell movements into the temporal half of the retina. Balancing these processes drives the progressive alignment of the nasal-temporal retina axis with the anterior-posterior body axis and is controlled by a feed-forward effect of Fgf signaling on Foxg1-mediated cell cohesion. Thus, the mechanistic coupling and dynamic synchronization of tissue patterning with morphogenetic cell behavior through Fgf signaling leads to the graded allocation of cell positional identity in the eye, underlying retinotectal map formation.

  14. Gene expression and protein distribution of orexins and orexin receptors in rat retina.

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    Liu, F; Xu, G Z; Wang, L; Jiang, S X; Yang, X L; Zhong, Y M

    2011-08-25

    Orexins, composed of orexin A and orexin B, are identified as endogenous ligands of two orphan G-protein-coupled receptors: orexin 1 and orexin 2 receptors (OX1R and OX2R). Orexins are implicated in regulating wake/sleep states, feeding behaviors, etc. Using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reactive (RT-PCR) analysis and immunofluorescence double labeling, we investigated the distributions of orexin A, orexin B, OX1R and OX2R in rat retina. RT-PCR analysis revealed the presence of mRNAs of prepro-orexin, OX1R and OX2R in rat retina. Immunostaining for orexin A and orexin B was observed in many cells in the inner nuclear layer and the ganglion cell layer. In the outer retina, horizontal cells, labeled by calbindin, and bipolar cells, labeled by homeobox protein Chx10, were orexin A- and orexin B-positive. In the inner retina, two orexins were both found in GABAergic amacrine cells (ACs), including dopaminergic and cholinergic ones, stained by tyrosine hydroxylase and choline acetyltransferase respectively. Glycinergic ACs, including AII ACs, also expressed orexins. Weak to moderate labeling for orexin A and orexin B was diffusely distributed in the inner plexiform layer. Additionally, orexins were expressed in almost all ganglion cells (GCs) retrogradely labeled by cholera toxin B subunit. Specifically, double-labeling experiments demonstrated that melanopsin-positive GCs (intrinsically photosensitive retinal GCs, ipRGCs) were labeled by two orexins. Morever, OX1R immunoreactivity was observed in most of GCs and all dopaminergic ACs, as well as in both outer and inner plexiform layers. In contrast, no obvious OX2R immunostaining was detectable in the rat retina. These results suggest that orexins may modulate the function of neurons, especially in the inner retina. We further hypothesize that the orexin signaling via ipRGCs may be involved in setting the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) circadian clock.

  15. Surgical treatment in combined hamartoma of the retina and retinal pigment epithelium.

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    Sánchez-Vicente, J L; Rueda-Rueda, T; Llerena-Manzorro, L; Molina-Socola, F E; Contreras-Díaz, M; Szewc, M; Vital-Berral, C; Alfaro-Juárez, A; Medina-Tapia, A; López-Herrero, F; González-García, L; Muñoz-Morales, A

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    The case is presented of a 39 year-old man with a combined hamartoma of the retina and retinal pigment epithelium, who experienced progressive visual loss and worsening of metamorphopsia. The patient underwent vitrectomy and epiretinal component peeling, with improvement in visual acuity, metamorphopsia, and retinal architecture, assessed by optical coherence tomography. Selected patients with combined hamartomas of the retina and retinal pigment epithelium may benefit from surgical management. Copyright © 2016 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  16. Desprendimiento de retina regmatógeno. Actuación de Enfermería

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    Domínguez Manzano, María

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    El objetivo principal de este trabajo es, la realización y presentación con la recopilación e información actualizada en el desprendimiento de retina regmatógeno, para preparar los conocimientos teóricos y prácticos necesarios y poder realizar el trabajo diario con la mayor calidad posible. Los principales objetivos secundarios planteados son: 1. Conocer en qué consiste la patología del desprendimiento de retina y definir la etiología, patogenia, evolución, tratamiento y posibles compli...

  17. Design and realization of retina-like three-dimensional imaging based on a MOEMS mirror

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    Cao, Jie; Hao, Qun; Xia, Wenze; Peng, Yuxin; Cheng, Yang; Mu, Jiaxing; Wang, Peng

    2016-07-01

    To balance conflicts for high-resolution, large-field-of-view and real-time imaging, a retina-like imaging method based on time-of flight (TOF) is proposed. Mathematical models of 3D imaging based on MOEMS are developed. Based on this method, we perform simulations of retina-like scanning properties, including compression of redundant information and rotation and scaling invariance. To validate the theory, we develop a prototype and conduct relevant experiments. The preliminary results agree well with the simulations.

  18. Rod Photoreceptors Express GPR55 in the Adult Vervet Monkey Retina

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    Joseph Bouskila; Pasha Javadi; Christian Casanova; Maurice Ptito; Jean-François Bouchard

    2013-01-01

    Cannabinoids exert their actions mainly through two receptors, the cannabinoid CB1 receptor (CB1R) and cannabinoid CB2 receptor (CB2R). In recent years, the G-protein coupled receptor 55 (GPR55) was suggested as a cannabinoid receptor based on its activation by anandamide and tetrahydrocannabinol. Yet, its formal classification is still a matter of debate. CB1R and CB2R expression patterns are well described for rodent and monkey retinas. In the monkey retina, CB1R has been localized in its n...

  19. Pharmacological Protection of the Retina against Damaging Laser Exposures: A Feasibility Study

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    because of its gelatinous nature in the rabbit, it could be gently removed without tearing the retina. Four or five radial cuts, each about 1-2 mm...Component mq/L uM L-glutamine 73 500 taurine 0.75 6 choline Cl 0.6 4.3 myo-inositol 27 150 Na pyruvate 22 200 ascorbate 18 100 glucose 1800 10,000...32,36,37). This difference could be due to a protective effect conferred by melanosomes in the retina, since the other natural anti-oxidant

  20. High resolution mosaic image of capillaries in human retina by adaptive optics

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    Ning Ling; Yudong Zhang; Xuejun Rao; Cheng Wang; Yiyun Hu; Wenhan Jiang

    2005-01-01

    Adaptive optics (AO) has been proved as a powerful means for high resolution imaging of human retina.Because of the pixel number of charge-coupled device (CCD) camera, the field of view is limited to 1°.In order to have image of capillaries around vivo human fovea, we use mosaic method to obtain high resolution image in area of 6°× 6°. Detailed structures of capillaries around fovea with resolution of 2.3μm are clearly shown. Comparison shows that this method has a much higher resolution than current clinic retina imaging methods.

  1. A Comparative Analysis of the Endocannabinoid System in the Retina of Mice, Tree Shrews, and Monkeys

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    Bouskila, Joseph; Javadi, Pasha; Elkrief, Laurent; Casanova, Christian; Bouchard, Jean-François; Ptito, Maurice

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    The endocannabinoid (eCB) system is widely expressed in various parts of the central nervous system, including the retina. The localization of the key eCB receptors, particularly CB1R and CB2R, has been recently reported in rodent and primate retinas with striking interspecies differences. Little is known about the distribution of the enzymes involved in the synthesis and degradation of these eCBs. We therefore examined the expression and localization of the main components of the eCB system ...

  2. Representações sociais da saúde e doença e implicações para o cuidar em enfermagem: uma análise estrutural

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    Denize Cristina de Oliveira

    Full Text Available Este estudo objetivou a caracterização das representações sociais do processo saúdedoença de indivíduos residentes em dois municípios de São Paulo, com vistas à identificação das necessidades de saúde e à orientação da ação de enfermagem. Foram coletadas evocações livres de 418 adultos sobre os temas "saúde" e "doença". Realizou-se uma análise descritiva e estrutural das representações sociais, através da metodologia de construção do quadro de quatro casas, categorização e análise de similitude. Os resultados indicam como sentidos centrais da representação, a positividade da "saúde", ancorada em uma entidade divina, acompanhada de noções que associam a saúde à prevenção de doenças, necessidades biológicas, atividade e à atitude assumida frente à doença. A estrutura da representação de "doença" apresenta-se semelhante, conquanto em sentido inverso, à da "saúde": deus é estruturador da representação, em sua versão negativa, expressando-se no corpo através da dor, da morte e da ¡natividade e, no espírito, através da tristeza e do desânimo. Discute-se o caráter psicológico da saúde e da doença, que se expressa sob a forma de necessidades psicossociais comprometidas, e a conseqüente necessidade de repensar o modelo tecnológico de trabalho em enfermagem.

  3. Estudo da desgaseificação difusa no Vulcão das Furnas (Ilha de S. Miguel) : o caso do ²²²Rn

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    Dissertação de Mestrado, Vulcanologia e Riscos Geológicos, 20 de Fevereiro de 2008, Universidade dos Açores. […]. A área de estudo do presente trabalho centra-se no Vulcão das Furnas, um dos três vulcões centrais da ilha de S. Miguel. Este vulcão é conhecido pela sua significativa desgaseificação, nomeadamente pela presença de campos fumarólicos e de nascentes de água termal e gaseificada. O presente trabalho enquadra-se no âmbito do estudo de desgaseificação difusa através dos solos na fr...

  4. Nistagmos: da avaliação ao tratamento

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    Lança, Carla Costa; Fernandes, Nádia; Plácido, Susana

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    O nistagmo consiste num movimento periódico e involuntário dos olhos de causa idiopática ou associado a defeitos do sistema visual aferente, como o albinismo, distrofias congénitas retinianas ou outras disfunções da retina (acromatopsia e cegueira noturna estacionária congénita), atrofia ótica congénita, hipoplasia do nervo ótico ou cataratas congénitas. Pode manifestar-se como entidade isolada ou associado a estrabismo. Existem diferentes mecanismos compensatórios que tendem a diminuir o mov...

  5. Cell therapeutics to treat diseases of the retina

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    Natarajan S

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: The adult Bone Marrow Stem Cells (BMSCs have distinct advantages over the other types of stem cells. They are multipotent, can be stored for upto 10 years and considered to be one of the best sources of hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cells in an adult body. Genetically inherited diseases such as Retinitis Pigmentosa and Degenerative diseases such as Age Related Macular Degeneration remain unsolved as no definitive treatment is available to repair the damages caused to the RPE and Photoreceptors as of now. In this scenario, the technique of Bone Marrow aspiration & isolation of Mono Nucleated Cells (MNCs & intra-vitreal injection of a very small volume of MNCs in human retinal disorders has been standardized and is safe and feasible for human studies (Mohanty et al and autotransplantation of RPEs from periphery to affected area are underpractice(Coffey et al. In this study we report our research work on different approaches to the above diseases using cell therapeuticsStudy 1 Materials & methods: Ciliary Pigment Epithelium was harvested from donor eyes from Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Mumbai and was taken to and grown at NCRM lab. The cells were grown in the earlier reported methodology of Brenda et al (Science 2004. Results: The CPE derived Retinal stem cells grew well in the lab. However, the practical difficulties of harvesting the same in patients limited our further steps in this study. Study II:? Materials & methods: Cadaver eye RPE cells were harvested and grown using polymer scaffolds after transporting them over 6 to 12 Hrs. The RPEs were grown on conventional methods and in polymer scaffolds and were subjected to RT-PCR. Results: Human RPEs were able to grow without amniotic membrane and the same was proven by RT-PCR. This would make it possible for the peripheral RPEs taken from patients to be stored and later expanded and used for replacing the diseased cells of the central portion of the retina in future, without having

  6. Da obediência ao consentimento: reflexões sobre o experimento de Milgram à luz das instituições modernas

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    Sandra Leal de Melo Dahia

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    Full Text Available O objetivo do presente ensaio é fornecer uma leitura sobre os resultados do clássico experimento de Stanley Milgram em torno da obediência à autoridade a partir de algumas categorias extraídas dos estudos teóricos do sociólogo Anthony Giddens e da filósofa Hannah Arendt. O texto está estruturado em torno de dois aspectos centrais. O primeiro afirma o contexto das tendências culturais e as características das instituições modernas como fatores decisivos para a compreensão dos resultados experimentais. Enfatiza, para tanto, a modalidade de confiança que os sistemas sociais, como os sistemas peritos, instauram na vida hodierna, capaz de produzir uma peculiar subordinação ao conhecimento científico e técnico, concomitante a uma plena desinformação sobre seus princípios de funcionamento. O segundo aspecto do artigo visa realçar a importância da responsabilidade moral dos sujeitos experimentais, propondo, com base nas reflexões de Hannah Arendt, o deslocamento do eixo central da análise do experimento da categoria obediência para a categoria consentimento.

  7. Pneumonia associada à ventilação mecânica: discursos de profissionais acerca da prevenção

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    Sabrina Guterres da Silva

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    Full Text Available Objetivou-se identificar os cuidados que os profissionais de enfermagem e fisioterapia de uma Unidade de Terapia Intensiva conhecem e consideram importantes para prevenção da Pneumonia Associada à Ventilação Mecânica (PAV. Métodos: Trata-se de uma pesquisa descritiva de natureza qualitativa. Realizou-se entrevista semiestruturada de maio a setembro de 2011, com 25 profissionais de um hospital público de Santa Catarina. Para o tratamento dos dados utilizou-se o Discurso do Sujeito Coletivo (DSC. Resultados: Os relatos deram origem a quatro discursos relacionados à prevenção da PAV que tiveram como ideias centrais: higiene oral e das mãos; a prevenção da broncoaspiração; cuidados com a aspiração das secreções e circuito ventilatório, e avaliação diária da possibilidade de extubação. Conclusão: A análise dos DSC sugere que os profissionais têmum bom conhecimento teórico acerca de medidas preventivas da PAV; contudo, revela o desafio para implementação de alguns cuidados na rotina assistencial.

  8. Dialogando com Bakhtin: algumas contribuições para a compreensão das interações verbais no campo da saúde

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    Guilherme Torres Corrêa

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Com base na ideia de que as necessidades de, e as intervenções em saúde são condições e ações humanas permeadas e construídas, com frequência, por atos comunicativos, este artigo discute categorias centrais do pensamento do filósofo da linguagem Mikhail Bakhtin tais como: dialogia, enunciado, gênero e polifonia como referencial para a análise de interações verbais no campo da saúde. Bakhtin desenvolve um pensamento cujo fundamento é a natureza social da linguagem, entendendo que a comunicação de cada época e de cada grupo social reflete as condições específicas e as finalidades dos respectivos campos da sociedade. Para ele, o sujeito se constitui discursivamente ao apreender vozes alheias e é integralmente social e singular. Tomando como referência essa constituição social e singular dos indivíduos, o artigo também apresenta, de forma seminal, uma proposição prática para a construção de espaços e de atividades no campo da saúde.

  9. “Imperialismo do Espírito”. Ficções da totalidade e do eu no modernismo austríaco

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    Catarina Martins

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Nos estudos sobre a Áustria, persiste o debate sobre a aplicabilidade da teoria pós-colonial à monarquia habsbúrgica. Este texto pretende contribuir para esse debate, analisando estruturas discursivas comuns aos impérios continentais de raiz medieval e aos impérios coloniais modernos e avaliando criticamente algumas especificidades. Para tal, analiso a utopia de um “Imperialismo do Espírito” presente na obra ensaística de dois escritores centrais do modernismo vienense, Hugo von Hofmannsthal e Robert Müller, demonstrando a construção discursiva de um imperialismo e um nacionalismo singulares, assente na cultura e nas artes. Para além disso, a partir dos romances maiores de Robert Müller e de Robert Musil, demonstro como o imperialismo funciona como fulcro da complexa relação da literatura modernista com o paradigma moderno, sendo, ao mesmo tempo, alvo de crítica e de reescrita, no âmbito da resolução das múltiplas crises da modernidade, em particular a do sujeito.

  10. Comparative analysis of the expression of neural stem cell-associated genes during neocortex and retina development in human.

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    Verdiev, B I; Milyushina, L A; Podgornyi, O V; Poltavtseva, R A; Zinov'eva, R D; Sukhikh, G T; Aleksandrova, M A

    2013-02-01

    We compared the expression of Sox2, Oct4, Nanog, Pax6, Prox1 genes associated with plasticity of neural stem and progenitor cells during human neocortex and retina development and in cell cultures. At the analyzed stages of neurogenesis, Pax6 gene is expressed in the neocortex and retina at constant levels, the expression is by one order of magnitude higher in the retina. The dynamics of Sox2 and Pax6 expression in the neocortex was similar. The expression of Oct4 and Nanog genes during neurogenesis in the neocortex and human fetal retina reflects the existence of a high-plasticity cell pool. The dynamics of βIII-tubulin expression indicates that the retina develops more rapidly than the neocortex. Our experiments showed that genetically determined cell potencies typical of native cells are realized in primary cultures without specific stimulation.

  11. A FENOMENOLOGIA DA PERCEPÇÃO A PARTIR DA AUTOPOIESIS DE HUMBERTO MATURANA E FRANCISCO VARELA

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    Claudia Castro de Andrade

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available No presente artigo pretendo apresentar a Autopoiesis, uma teoria formulada pelo biólogo chileno Humberto Maturana e pelo médico chileno Francisco Varela. Além de mostrar as similaridades entre o processo orgânico e o processo epistemológico, presentes nesta teoria, busco ressaltar a importância da Autopoiesis não somente no campo científico, como teoria epistemológica, mas também no campo ético e cultural, como uma teoria que ressalta desde a dinâmica interna do ser vivo, enquanto unidade (autopoiética, até a importância de sua interação com o mundo em que vive. Assim, descrevo a formação do processo cognitivo através dos fundamentos autopoiéticos e de conceitos centrais, tais como: fronteira membranosa, metabolismo dinâmico, sistema operacionalmente fechado, acoplamento estrutural e deriva natural. A Autopoiesis demonstra que a experiência cognitiva do observador é intrínseca a sua estrutura biológica, ressaltando, assim, o papel do observador e questionando a validade de suas certezas sobre o que se propôs observar. A proposta deste trabalho será, portanto, trazer a discussão sobre a forma como conhecemos e sobre o processo de aprendizagem do homem e a influência de sua estrutura biológica e toda complexidade de fatores que estão envolvidos na extensa rede da vida que serão considerados aqui, fatores que são, antes de tudo, biológico-culturais

  12. Estado da arte: gestão, autonomia da escola e órgãos colegiados (2000/2008 State of the art: management, school autonomy and collegial organizations (2000/2008

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    Angela Maria Nartins

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo resulta de Estado da Arte que sistematizou a produção científica em torno do tema da gestão, da autonomia e do funcionamento de órgãos colegiados em escolas da educação básica, entre 2000 e 2008. O levantamento, contendo 753 fontes documentais, foi realizado com base no banco de teses da Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, em artigos de periódicos da área de ciências humanas e sociais e em anais de eventos. Após a sistematização das fontes em banco de dados, estas foram agrupadas em quatro categorias centrais. Neste texto, discutem-se os dados quantitativos provenientes dos três tipos de fontes e os focos de interesse das investigações. Procura-se identificar os desenhos metodológicos e os referenciais teóricos adotados por estudiosos de políticas educacionais quando focalizam o tema da gestão escolarThis article results of the review of scientific production on the subject of management, autonomy and the operation of collegial organizations within basic school institutions between 2000 and 2008. The survey, was carried on the Capes dissertation database, on Human Sciences periodicasl and on the historical records of events. A database of 753 source documents grouped into four basic categories was constructed. This paper discusses the quantitative data from the three types of sources and the main concerns of the researches. It aims to identify the methodological designs and the theoretical references adopted by educational policy experts regarding school management

  13. Regulation of Stem Cell Properties of Müller Glia by JAK/STAT and MAPK Signaling in the Mammalian Retina

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    Beach, Krista M.; Jianbo Wang; Otteson, Deborah C.

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    In humans and other mammals, the neural retina does not spontaneously regenerate, and damage to the retina that kills retinal neurons results in permanent blindness. In contrast to embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells, and embryonic/fetal retinal stem cells, Müller glia offer an intrinsic cellular source for regenerative strategies in the retina. Müller glia are radial glial cells within the retina that maintain retinal homeostasis, buffer ion flux associated with phototransdu...

  14. Early development of GABAergic cells of the retina in sharks: an immunohistochemical study with GABA and GAD antibodies.

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    Ferreiro-Galve, Susana; Candal, Eva; Carrera, Iván; Anadón, Ramón; Rodríguez-Moldes, Isabel

    2008-09-01

    We studied the ontogeny and organization of GABAergic cells in the retina of two elasmobranches, the lesser-spotted dogfish (Scyliorhinus canicula) and the brown shyshark (Haploblepharus fuscus) by using immunohistochemistry for gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD). Both antibodies revealed the same pattern of immunoreactivity and both species showed similar organization of GABAergic cells. GABAergic cells were first detected in neural retina of embryos at stage 26, which showed a neuroepithelial appearance without any layering. In stages 27-29 the retina showed similar organization but the number of neuroblastic GABAergic cells increased. When layering became apparent in the central retina (stage-30 embryos), GABAergic cells mainly appeared organized in the outer and inner retina, and GABAergic processes and fibres were seen in the primordial inner plexiform layer (IPL), optic fibre layer and optic nerve stalk. In stage-32 embryos, layering was completed in the central retina, where immunoreactivity appeared in perikarya of the horizontal cell layer, inner nuclear layer and ganglion cell layer, and in numerous processes coursing in the IPL, optic fibre layer and optic nerve. From stage 32 to hatching (stage 34), the layered retina extends from centre-to-periphery, recapitulating that observed in the central retina at earlier stages. In adults, GABA/GAD immunoreactivity disappears from the horizontal cell layer except in the marginal retina. Our results indicate that the source of GABA in the shark retina can be explained by its synthesis by GAD. Such synthesis precedes layering and synaptogenesis, thus supporting a developmental role for GABA in addition to act as neurotransmitter and neuromodulator.

  15. O humano no homem: os pressupostos teórico-metodológicos da teoria histórico-cultural

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    Vanessa Dias Moretti

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Esse artigo, de natureza teórica, tem como objetivo apresentar os aportes do enfoque histórico-cultural e da teoria da atividade à compreensão da constituição do humano no homem. O ponto de partida, para explicar o processo de humanização, é a teoria histórico-cultural, cuja origem epistemológica está no materialismo dialético, a partir das obras de Marx. O artigo, primeiramente, apresenta as categorias teóricas centrais à explicação do desenvolvimento e constituição do humano, tais como atividade, consciência, necessidade, motivo, apropriação. Num segundo momento, apresenta as contribuições da perspectiva teórica em foco à educação, especialmente à educação escolar. Entende-se, nesse sentido, a educação como o processo de apropriação da cultura humana resultado da atividade efetiva do homem sobre os objetos e o mundo circundante mediados pela comunicação. Por último, propõe o método materialista histórico dialético como base para a pesquisa em educação e apresenta seus princípios fundamentais à investigação da constituição dos fenômenos humanos.

  16. REGISTRO DE ACTIVIDAD ELÉCTRICA EN LA RETINA DE UNA RATA ALBINA EMPLEANDO UNA MATRIZ DE MICROELECTRODOS

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    Edwin Alexander CERQUERA

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Las matrices de microelectrodos son dispositivos que permiten la detección de potenciales de acción o espigas en poblaciones de células excitables, ofreciendo varias aplicaciones en el campo de las neurociencias y la biología. Este trabajo muestra un protocolo para el registro de espigas en una población de células ganglionares retinales empleando una matriz de microelectrodos. La retina de una rata albina fue extraída y preparada para ser estimulada in vitro con luz led blanca, con el fin de registrar sus espigas evocadas ante estos estímulos. Cada microelectrodo puede registrar espigas de más de una célula ganglionar, razón por la cual se determinó a qué célula pertenece cada espiga aplicando un procedimiento conocido como “clasificación de espigas”. El trabajo permitió obtener el registro de un periodo de estimulación y otro de no estimulación, con el fin de representar los potenciales de acción evocados con luz y los espontáneos. Los registros fueron almacenados para visualizar las espigas de las células ganglionares y poder aplicar la herramienta de clasificación de espigas. De este modo, se almacenan los instantes de tiempo en los cuales cada célula ganglionar registrada generó potenciales de acción. Este trabajo conllevó al establecimiento de un protocolo de experimentación básico enfocado al uso de matrices MEA en el laboratorio de adquisición de potenciales extracelulares de la Universidad Antonio Nariño Sede Bogotá, no sólo para caracterizar los potenciales de acción de células ganglionares retinales, sino también para otro tipo de células que puedan ser estudiadas empleando matrices de microelectrodos.Recording of Electrical Activity in the Retina of an Albino Rat Employing a Microelectrode ArrayThe microelectrode arrays (MEA are devices that allow the detection of action potentials or spikes in populations of excitable cells, offering a wide spectrum of applications in topics of Neurosciences

  17. Mapping the differential distribution of glycosaminoglycans in the adult human retina, choroid, and sclera

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    Clark, S. J.; Keenan, T.D.; Fielder, H.L.; Collinson, L.J.; Holley, R.J.; Merry, C.L.; Kuppevelt, A.H.M.S.M. van; Day, A.J.; Bishop, P.N.

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    PURPOSE. To map the distribution of different classes of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in the healthy human retina, choroid, and sclera. METHODS. Frozen tissue sections were made from adult human donor eyes. The GAG chains of proteoglycans (PGs) were detected with antibodies directed against various GAG

  18. Lgr5⁺ amacrine cells possess regenerative potential in the retina of adult mice.

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    Chen, Mengfei; Tian, Shenghe; Glasgow, Nathan G; Gibson, Gregory; Yang, Xiaoling; Shiber, Christen E; Funderburgh, James; Watkins, Simon; Johnson, Jon W; Schuman, Joel S; Liu, Hongjun

    2015-08-01

    Current knowledge indicates that the adult mammalian retina lacks regenerative capacity. Here, we show that the adult stem cell marker, leucine-rich repeat-containing G-protein-coupled receptor 5 (Lgr5), is expressed in the retina of adult mice. Lgr5(+) cells are generated at late stages of retinal development and exhibit properties of differentiated amacrine interneurons (amacrine cells). Nevertheless, Lgr5(+) amacrine cells contribute to regeneration of new retinal cells in the adult stage. The generation of new retinal cells, including retinal neurons and Müller glia from Lgr5(+) amacrine cells, begins in early adulthood and continues as the animal ages. Together, these findings suggest that the mammalian retina is not devoid of regeneration as previously thought. It is rather dynamic, and Lgr5(+) amacrine cells function as an endogenous regenerative source. The identification of such cells in the mammalian retina may provide new insights into neuronal regeneration and point to therapeutic opportunities for age-related retinal degenerative diseases.

  19. BMP signaling mediates stem/progenitor cell-induced retina regeneration.

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    Haynes, Tracy; Gutierrez, Christian; Aycinena, Juan-Carlos; Tsonis, Panagiotis A; Del Rio-Tsonis, Katia

    2007-12-18

    We identified a mechanism whereby retina regeneration in the embryonic chick can be induced by the contribution of stem/progenitor cells. We show that bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling is sufficient and necessary to induce retina regeneration and that its action can be divided into two phases. By 3 days after postretinectomy (d PR), the BMP pathway directs proliferation and regeneration through the activation of Smad (canonical BMP pathway) and the up-regulation of FGF signaling by the MAPK pathway. By 7d PR, it induces apoptosis by activating p38 (a noncanonical BMP pathway) and down-regulating FGF signaling (by both MAPK and AKT pathways). Apoptosis at this later stage can be prevented, and BMP-induced regeneration can be further induced by inhibition of p38. These results unravel a mechanism for stem/progenitor cell-mediated retina regeneration, where BMP activation establishes a cross-talk with the FGF pathway and selectively activates the canonical and noncanonical BMP pathways. Retina stem/progenitor cells exist in other species, including humans. Thus, our findings provide insights on how retinal stem cells can be activated for possible regenerative therapies.

  20. Study and retina allotransplantation of porcine ciliary epithelium (CE)-derived cells

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    Cogliati, Tiziana Paola

    2012-01-01

    This thesis reports the isolation, characterization and allotransplantation in porcine retina of ciliary epithelium (CE)-derived cells, also known as retinal stem cells (RSCs). The self-renewal capacity and differentiation potential of these cells in vitro and in vivo makes them candidate donors in

  1. Recruitment of stem cells into the injured retina after laser injury.

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    Singh, Tajinder; Prabhakar, Sudesh; Gupta, Amod; Anand, Akshay

    2012-02-10

    Retinal degeneration is a devastating complication of diabetes and other disorders. Stem cell therapy for retinal degeneration has shown encouraging results but functional regeneration has not been yet achieved. Our study was undertaken to evaluate the localization of stem cells delivered to the retina by intravenous versus intravitreal infusion, because stem cell localization is a key factor in ultimate in vivo function. We used lineage-negative bone marrow-derived stem cells in a model wherein retina of mice was induced by precise and reproducible laser injury. Lin(-ve) bone marrow cells (BMCs) were labeled with a tracking dye and their homing capacity was analyzed at time points after infusion. We found that Lin(-ve) BMCs get incorporated into laser-injured retina when transplanted through either the intravitreal or intravenous route. The intravenous route resulted in optimal localization of donor cells at the site of injury. These cells incorporated into injured retina in a dose-dependent manner. The data presented in this study reflect the importance of dose and route for stem cell-based treatment designed to result in retinal regeneration.

  2. Using myc genes to search for stem cells in the ciliary margin of the Xenopus retina.

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    Xue, Xiao Yan; Harris, William A

    2012-04-01

    The ciliary marginal zone (CMZ) of fish and frog retinas contains cells that proliferate throughout postembryonic development as the retina grows with increasing body size, indicating the presence of stem cells in this region. However, neither the location nor the molecular identity of retinal stem cells has been identified. Here, we show in Xenopus that c-myc and n-myc are sequentially expressed both during development and in the post-embryonic retina. The c-myc+/n-myc- cells near the extreme periphery of the CMZ cycle more slowly and preferentially retain DNA label compared to their more central cmyc+/n-myc+ neighbors which cycle rapidly and preferentially dilute DNA label. During retinal development c-myc is functionally required earlier than n-myc, and n-myc expression depends on earlier c-myc expression. The expression of c-myc but not n-myc in the CMZ depends on growth factor signaling. Our results suggest that c-myc+/n-myc- cells in the far peripheral CMZ are candidates for a niche-dependent population of retinal stem cells that give rise to more centrally located and rapidly dividing n-myc+ progenitors of more limited proliferative potential. Analysis of homologues of these genes in the zebrafish CMZ suggests that the transition from c-myc to n-myc expression might be conserved in other lower vertebrates whose retinas growth throughout life.

  3. An analog VLSI chip emulating sustained and transient response channels of the vertebrate retina.

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    Kameda, S; Yagi, T

    2003-01-01

    A silicon retina that emulates the sustained and the transient responses in the vertebrate retina was fabricated. The circuit of the chip consists of two layers of resistive network that have different length constants. The output emulating the sustained response possesses a Laplacian-Gaussian-like receptive field and, therefore, carries out a smoothing and contrast-enhancement on the input images. This receptive field was realized by subtracting voltages distributing over the two resistive networks. The output emulating the transient response was obtained by subtracting consecutive images that were smoothed out by the resistive network and is sensitive to moving objects. The outputs of these two channels can be obtained alternately from the silicon retina in real time, within time delays not exceeding a few tens of milliseconds, with indoor illumination. The outputs of the chip are offset-suppressed analog voltages since the uncontrollable mismatches of transistor characteristics are compensated for with the aid of sample/hold circuits embedded in each pixel circuit. The silicon retina fabricated in the present study can be readily used in current engineering applications, e.g., robot vision.

  4. Foveal reflection analyzer : on the spectral and directional reflectance of the retina

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    Zagers, Niels Petrus Antonius

    2004-01-01

    The first part of this thesis was on the development of a new instrument for measurement of light reflected from the retina in a living human eye. The key element is an imaging spectrograph, with its slit placed conjugate to the pupil of the eye. The instrument measures both the spectral and the dir

  5. Celsr3 is required for normal development of GABA circuits in the inner retina.

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    Alaron Lewis

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available The identity of the specific molecules required for the process of retinal circuitry formation is largely unknown. Here we report a newly identified zebrafish mutant in which the absence of the atypical cadherin, Celsr3, leads to a specific defect in the development of GABAergic signaling in the inner retina. This mutant lacks an optokinetic response (OKR, the ability to visually track rotating illuminated stripes, and develops a super-normal b-wave in the electroretinogram (ERG. We find that celsr3 mRNA is abundant in the amacrine and ganglion cells of the retina, however its loss does not affect synaptic lamination within the inner plexiform layer (IPL or amacrine cell number. We localize the ERG defect pharmacologically to a late-stage disruption in GABAergic modulation of ON-bipolar cell pathway and find that the DNQX-sensitive fast b1 component of the ERG is specifically affected in this mutant. Consistently, we find an increase in GABA receptors on mutant ON-bipolar terminals, providing a direct link between the observed physiological changes and alterations in GABA signaling components. Finally, using blastula transplantation, we show that the lack of an OKR is due, at least partially, to Celsr3-mediated defects within the brain. These findings support the previously postulated inner retina origin for the b1 component and reveal a new role for Celsr3 in the normal development of ON visual pathway circuitry in the inner retina.

  6. Expression of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress-Related Factors in the Retinas of Diabetic Rats

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    Shu Yan

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Recent reports show that ER stress plays an important role in diabetic retinopathy (DR, but ER stress is a complicated process involving a network of signaling pathways and hundreds of factors, What factors involved in DR are not yet understood. We selected 89 ER stress factors from more than 200, A rat diabetes model was established by intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin (STZ. The expression of 89 ER stress-related factors was found in the retinas of diabetic rats, at both 1- and 3-months after development of diabetes, by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction arrays. There were significant changes in expression levels of 13 and 12 ER stress-related factors in the diabetic rat retinas in the first and third month after the development of diabetes, Based on the array results, homocysteine- inducible, endoplasmic reticulum stress-inducible, ubiquitin-like domain member 1(HERP, and synoviolin(HRD1 were studied further by immunofluorescence and Western blot. Immunofluorescence and Western blot analyses showed that the expression of HERP was reduced in the retinas of diabetic rats in first and third month. The expression of Hrd1 did not change significantly in the retinas of diabetic rats in the first month but was reduced in the third month.

  7. Age-related decrease in rod bipolar cell density of the human retina: an immunohistochemical study

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    P Aggarwal; T C Nag; S Wadhwa

    2007-03-01

    During normal ageing, the rods (and other neurones) undergo a significant decrease in density in the human retina from the fourth decade of life onward. Since the rods synapse with the rod bipolar cells in the outer plexiform layer, a decline in rod density (mainly due to death) may ultimately cause an associated decline of the neurones which, like the rod bipolar cells, are connected to them. The rod bipolar cells are selectively stained with antibodies to protein kinase C-. This study examined if rod bipolar cell density changes with ageing of the retina, utilizing donor human eyes (age: 6–91 years). The retinas were fixed and their temporal parts from the macula to the mid-periphery sectioned and processed for protein kinase C- immunohistochemistry. The density of the immunopositive rod bipolar cells was estimated in the mid-peripheral retina (eccentricity: 3–5 mm) along the horizontal temporal axis. The results show that while there is little change in the density of the rod bipolar cells from 6 to 35 years (2.2%), the decline during the period from 35 to 62 years is about 21% and between seventh and tenth decades, it is approximately 27%.

  8. Is adding a new class of cones to the retina sufficient to cure color-blindness?

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    Cornelissen, Frans W.; Brenner, Eli

    2015-01-01

    New genetic methods have made it possible to substitute cone pigments in the retinas of adult nonhuman primates. Doing so influences the animals' visual abilities, demonstrating that the gene therapy was effective. However, we argue that no studies conducted so far have unambiguously demonstrated

  9. Stimulus-Evoked Intrinsic Optical Signals in the Retina: Spatial and Temporal Characteristics

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    Schallek, Jesse; Li, Hongbin; Kardon, Randy; Kwon, Young; Abramoff, Michael

    2009-01-01

    purpose. To characterize the properties of stimulus-evoked retinal intrinsic signals and determine the underlying origins. methods. Seven adult cats were anesthetized and paralyzed to maximize imaging stability. The retina was stimulated with a liquid crystal display (LCD) integrated into a modifi

  10. [Functional alterations in the retina following a 10 Gy gamma irradiation localized in the eye].

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    Bagot, J D; Courant, D; Court, L

    1980-11-17

    A single-eye irradiation of 10 Gy (0.8 Gy. min-1) induces impairments of the electrical responses of the rabbit retina in dark adaptation. These are associated with reversible alteration of the photoreceptors and the preganglionic neurons and a disturbance of all the mechanisms of adaptation. Possible relationships between these functional alterations and the effects of irradiation are discussed.

  11. Melatonin reprogrammes proteomic profile in light-exposed retina in vivo

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    Zhang, Ruonan; Hrushesky, William J.M.; Wood, Patricia A.; Lee, Sung Haeng; Hunt, Richard C.; Jahng, Wan Jin

    2017-01-01

    Melatonin, a small organic molecule synthesized by the pineal gland and the retina, has a variety of physiologic functions such as circadian clock pacemaker and antioxidant. Retinal melatonin is down-regulated by light and is barely detectable during the day. The absence of melatonin in the retina during prolonged light exposure may contribute to light-induced retinal degeneration. We sought to investigate the impact of melatonin in the light-exposed retina using proteomic approaches. We exposed mice to either light (250–300 lux) for 12 h followed by 12 h of darkness or the same intensity of continuous light for 7 days. In half of the animals exposed to continuous light, melatonin was injected each night. Proteomic analysis of the retina from these three groups of animals showed that five proteins prominently up-regulated by constant light were down-regulated by melatonin treatment. These five proteins were identified as vimentin, serine/threonine-protein phosphatase 2A, Rab GDP dissociation inhibitor alpha, guanine nucleotide-binding protein Go alpha, and retinaldehyde-binding protein. These five proteins are known to be involved in several cellular processes that may contribute to light-induced retinal degeneration. Identification of melatonin target proteins in our study provides a basis for future studies on melatonin’s potential in preventing or treating light-induced retinal degeneration. PMID:20434483

  12. Macroglia-Microglia Interactions via TSPO Signaling Regulates Microglial Activation in the Mouse Retina

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    Wang, Minhua; Wang, Xu; Zhao, Lian; Ma, Wenxin; Rodriguez, Ignacio R.; Fariss, Robert N.

    2014-01-01

    Chronic retinal inflammation in the form of activated microglia and macrophages are implicated in the etiology of neurodegenerative diseases of the retina, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. However, molecular biomarkers and targeted therapies for immune cell activation in these disorders are currently lacking. To address this, we investigated the involvement and role of translocator protein (TSPO), a biomarker of microglial and astrocyte gliosis in brain degeneration, in the context of retinal inflammation. Here, we find that TSPO is acutely and specifically upregulated in retinal microglia in separate mouse models of retinal inflammation and injury. Concomitantly, its endogenous ligand, diazepam-binding inhibitor (DBI), is upregulated in the macroglia of the mouse retina such as astrocytes and Müller cells. In addition, we discover that TSPO-mediated signaling in microglia via DBI-derived ligands negatively regulates features of microglial activation, including reactive oxygen species production, TNF-α expression and secretion, and microglial proliferation. The inducibility and effects of DBI-TSPO signaling in the retina reveal a mechanism of coordinated macroglia-microglia interactions, the function of which is to limit the magnitude of inflammatory responses after their initiation, facilitating a return to baseline quiescence. Our results indicate that TSPO is a promising molecular marker for imaging inflammatory cell activation in the retina and highlight DBI-TSPO signaling as a potential target for immodulatory therapies. PMID:24599476

  13. Retinal Physiology: Non-Bipolar-Cell Excitatory Drive in the Inner Retina.

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    Baden, Tom; Euler, Thomas

    2016-08-01

    The long-held view that bipolar cells provide the exclusive excitatory drive to the mammalian inner retina has been challenged: new studies indicate that, instead, at least two cells that lack the dendrites characteristic for bipolar cells, and therefore resemble amacrine cells, excite inner retinal circuits using glutamate.

  14. Quantitative analysis of retina layer elasticity based on automatic 3D segmentation (Conference Presentation)

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    He, Youmin; Qu, Yueqiao; Zhang, Yi; Ma, Teng; Zhu, Jiang; Miao, Yusi; Humayun, Mark; Zhou, Qifa; Chen, Zhongping

    2017-02-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye condition that is considered to be one of the leading causes of blindness among people over 50. Recent studies suggest that the mechanical properties in retina layers are affected during the early onset of disease. Therefore, it is necessary to identify such changes in the individual layers of the retina so as to provide useful information for disease diagnosis. In this study, we propose using an acoustic radiation force optical coherence elastography (ARF-OCE) system to dynamically excite the porcine retina and detect the vibrational displacement with phase resolved Doppler optical coherence tomography. Due to the vibrational mechanism of the tissue response, the image quality is compromised during elastogram acquisition. In order to properly analyze the images, all signals, including the trigger and control signals for excitation, as well as detection and scanning signals, are synchronized within the OCE software and are kept consistent between frames, making it possible for easy phase unwrapping and elasticity analysis. In addition, a combination of segmentation algorithms is used to accommodate the compromised image quality. An automatic 3D segmentation method has been developed to isolate and measure the relative elasticity of every individual retinal layer. Two different segmentation schemes based on random walker and dynamic programming are implemented. The algorithm has been validated using a 3D region of the porcine retina, where individual layers have been isolated and analyzed using statistical methods. The errors compared to manual segmentation will be calculated.

  15. Foveal reflection analyzer : on the spectral and directional reflectance of the retina

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    Zagers, Niels Petrus Antonius

    2004-01-01

    The first part of this thesis was on the development of a new instrument for measurement of light reflected from the retina in a living human eye. The key element is an imaging spectrograph, with its slit placed conjugate to the pupil of the eye. The instrument measures both the spectral and the

  16. Expression of neuropeptides and their receptors in the developing retina of mammals

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    bagnoli, P; M. Dal Monte; Casini, G.

    2003-01-01

    The present review examines various aspects of the developmental expression of neuropeptides and of their receptors in mammalian retinas, emphasizing their possible roles in retinal maturation. Different peptidergic systems have been investigated with some detail during retinal development, including substance P (SP), somatostatin (SRIF), vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP), pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP), neuropeptide Y (NPY...

  17. Species-specific wiring for direction selectivity in the mammalian retina.

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    Ding, Huayu; Smith, Robert G; Poleg-Polsky, Alon; Diamond, Jeffrey S; Briggman, Kevin L

    2016-07-07

    Directionally tuned signalling in starburst amacrine cell (SAC) dendrites lies at the heart of the circuit that detects the direction of moving stimuli in the mammalian retina. The relative contributions of intrinsic cellular properties and network connectivity to SAC direction selectivity remain unclear. Here we present a detailed connectomic reconstruction of SAC circuitry in mouse retina and describe two previously unknown features of synapse distributions along SAC dendrites: input and output synapses are segregated, with inputs restricted to proximal dendrites; and the distribution of inhibitory inputs is fundamentally different from that observed in rabbit retina. An anatomically constrained SAC network model suggests that SAC–SAC wiring differences between mouse and rabbit retina underlie distinct contributions of synaptic inhibition to velocity and contrast tuning and receptive field structure. In particular, the model indicates that mouse connectivity enables SACs to encode lower linear velocities that account for smaller eye diameter, thereby conserving angular velocity tuning. These predictions are confirmed with calcium imaging of mouse SAC dendrites responding to directional stimuli.

  18. Investigation of alterations in multifractality in optical coherence tomographic images of in vivo human retina

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    Das, Nandan Kumar; Mukhopadhyay, Sabyasachi; Ghosh, Nirmalya; Chhablani, Jay; Richhariya, Ashutosh; Divakar Rao, Kompalli; Sahoo, Naba Kishore

    2016-09-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) enables us to monitor alterations in the thickness of the retinal layer as disease progresses in the human retina. However, subtle morphological changes in the retinal layers due to early disease progression often may not lead to detectable alterations in the thickness. OCT images encode depth-dependent backscattered intensity distribution arising due to the depth distributions of the refractive index from tissue microstructures. Here, such depth-resolved refractive index variations of different retinal layers were analyzed using multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis, a special class of multiresolution analysis tools. The analysis extracted and quantified microstructural multifractal information encoded in normal as well as diseased human retinal OCT images acquired in vivo. Interestingly, different layers of the retina exhibited different degrees of multifractality in a particular retina, and the individual layers displayed consistent multifractal trends in healthy retinas of different human subjects. In the retinal layers of diabetic macular edema (DME) subjects, the change in multifractality manifested prominently near the boundary of the DME as compared to the normal retinal layers. The demonstrated ability to quantify depth-resolved information on multifractality encoded in OCT images appears promising for the early diagnosis of diseases of the human eye, which may also prove useful for detecting other types of tissue abnormalities from OCT images.

  19. Expression of ciliary neurotrophic factor after induction of ocular hypertension in the retina of rats

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    WU Qiang; ZHANG Min; SONG Bei-wen; LU Bin; HU Ping

    2007-01-01

    Background Glaucoma is mainly characterized by the loss of retinal ganglion cells. Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) is believed to stimulate the regeneration of axons of retinal ganglion cells. The objective of our study was to detect the expression of CNTF in the retina of a rat glaucoma model with increased intraocular pressure (lOP).Methods The rat glaucoma model was set up by electrocoagulating at least three episcleral and limbal veins. The location and the expression level of CNTF were detected at 1, 3, 7, 14, and 28 days post-surgery by immunohistochemistry, semiquantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and Western blot analysis.Results The rat glaucoma model with chronic, moderately elevated lOP was successfully produced. A minimum expression of CNTF was found in the ganglion cell layer of the retinas of the control group, and temporally increased expression and intensity of CNTF were found in the experimental retinas.Conclusion The expression of endogenous CNTF in the rat retina was found altered after the induction of ocular hypertension.

  20. Expression and Distribution Pattern of Aquaporin 4, 5 and 11 in Retinas of 15 Different Species

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    Barbara Amann

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Aquaporins (AQPs are small integral membrane proteins with 13 members in mammals and are essential for water transport across membranes. They are found in many different tissues and cells. Currently, there are conflicting results regarding retinal aquaporin expression and subcellular localization between genome and protein analyses and among various species. AQP4, 7, 9 and 11 were described in the retina of men; whereas AQP6, 8 and 10 were earlier identified in rat retinas and AQP4, 5 and 11 in horses. Since there is a lack of knowledge regarding AQP expression on protein level in retinas of different animal models, we decided to analyze retinal cellular expression of AQP4, 5 and 11 in situ with immunohistochemistry. AQP4 was detected in all 15 explored species, AQP5 and AQP11 in 14 out of 15. Interestingly, AQP4 was unambiguously expressed in Muller glial cells, whereas AQP5 was differentially allocated among the species analyzed. AQP11 expression was Muller glial cell-specific in 50% of the animals, whereas in the others, AQP11 was detected in ganglion cell layer and at photoreceptor outer segments. Our data indicate a disparity in aquaporin distribution in retinas of various animals, especially for AQP5 and 11.

  1. The Wilms' tumor gene Wt1 is required for normal development of the retina.

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    Wagner, Kay-Dietrich; Wagner, Nicole; Vidal, Valerie P I; Schley, Gunnar; Wilhelm, Dagmar; Schedl, Andreas; Englert, Christoph; Scholz, Holger

    2002-03-15

    The Wilms' tumor gene Wt1 is known for its important functions during genitourinary and mesothelial formation. Here we show that Wt1 is necessary for neuronal development in the vertebrate retina. Mouse embryos with targeted disruption of Wt1 exhibit remarkably thinner retinas than age-matched wild-type animals. A large fraction of retinal ganglion cells is lost by apoptosis, and the growth of optic nerve fibers is severely disturbed. Strikingly, expression of the class IV POU-domain transcription factor Pou4f2 (formerly Brn-3b), which is critical for the survival of most retinal ganglion cells, is lost in Wt1(-/-) retinas. Forced expression of Wt1 in cultured cells causes an up-regulation of Pou4f2 mRNA. Moreover, the Wt1(-KTS) splice variant can activate a reporter construct carrying 5'-regulatory sequences of the human POU4F2. The lack of Pou4f2 and the ocular defects in Wt1(-/-) embryos are rescued by transgenic expression of a 280 kb yeast artificial chromosome carrying the human WT1 gene. Taken together, our findings demonstrate a continuous requirement for Wt1 in normal retina formation with a critical role in Pou4f2-dependent ganglion cell differentiation.

  2. A preparation for studying electrical stimulation of the retina in vivo in rat.

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    Baig-Silva, M S; Hathcock, C D; Hetling, J R

    2005-03-01

    A remaining challenge to the development of electronic prostheses for vision is improving the effectiveness of retinal stimulation. Electrode design and stimulus parameters need to be optimized such that the neural output from the retina conveys information to the mind's eye that aids the patient in interpreting his or her environment. This optimization will require a detailed understanding of the response of the retina to electrical stimulation. The identity and response characteristics of the cellular targets of stimulation need to be defined and evaluated. Described here is an in vivo preparation for studying electrical stimulation of the retina in rat at the cellular level. The use of rat makes available a number of well-described models of retinal disease that motivate prosthesis development. Artificial stimulation can be investigated by adapting techniques traditionally employed to study the response of the retina to photic stimuli, such as recording at the cornea, single-cell recording, and pharmacological dissection of the response. Pilot studies include amplitude-intensity response data for subretinal and transretinal stimulation paradigms recorded in wild-type rats and a transgenic rat model of autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa. The ability to record single-unit ganglion cell activity in vivo is also demonstrated.

  3. Ontogenetic expression of the Otx2 and Crx homeobox genes in the retina of the rat

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    Rath, Martin F; Morin, Fabrice; Shi, Qiong

    2007-01-01

    Otx2 and Crx are vertebrate orthologs of the orthodenticle family of homeobox genes, which are involved in retinal development. In this study, the temporal expression patterns of Otx2 and Crx in the rat retina during embryonic and postnatal stages of development were analyzed in detail. This conf...

  4. Is adding a new class of cones to the retina sufficient to cure color-blindness?

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    Cornelissen, Frans W.; Brenner, Eli

    2015-01-01

    New genetic methods have made it possible to substitute cone pigments in the retinas of adult nonhuman primates. Doing so influences the animals' visual abilities, demonstrating that the gene therapy was effective. However, we argue that no studies conducted so far have unambiguously demonstrated th

  5. Photopic spectral sensitivities of the red and the yellow field of the pigeon retina

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    Wortel, J.F.; Wubbels, R.J.; Nuboer, J.F.W.

    1984-01-01

    The spectral sensitivities of the red field and the yellow field in the retina of the homing pigeon (Columba Livia) were determined on the basis of ERG responses. Between 450 and 550 nm the relative spectral sensitivity of the yellow field turned out to be higher than that of the red field. The resu

  6. Adaptive Colour Contrast Coding in the Salamander Retina Efficiently Matches Natural Scene Statistics

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    Vasserman, Genadiy; Schneidman, Elad; Segev, Ronen

    2013-01-01

    The visual system continually adjusts its sensitivity to the statistical properties of the environment through an adaptation process that starts in the retina. Colour perception and processing is commonly thought to occur mainly in high visual areas, and indeed most evidence for chromatic colour contrast adaptation comes from cortical studies. We show that colour contrast adaptation starts in the retina where ganglion cells adjust their responses to the spectral properties of the environment. We demonstrate that the ganglion cells match their responses to red-blue stimulus combinations according to the relative contrast of each of the input channels by rotating their functional response properties in colour space. Using measurements of the chromatic statistics of natural environments, we show that the retina balances inputs from the two (red and blue) stimulated colour channels, as would be expected from theoretical optimal behaviour. Our results suggest that colour is encoded in the retina based on the efficient processing of spectral information that matches spectral combinations in natural scenes on the colour processing level. PMID:24205373

  7. Simulated human eye retina adaptive optics imaging system based on a liquid crystal on silicon device

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    Jiang Bao-Guang; Cao Zhao-Liang; Mu Quan-Quan; Hu Li-Fa; Li Chao; Xuan Li

    2008-01-01

    In order to obtain a clear image of the retina of model eye, an adaptive optics system used to correct the wave-front error is introduced in this paper. The spatial light modulator that we use here is a liquid crystal on a silicon device instead of a conversional deformable mirror. A paper with carbon granule is used to simulate the retina of human eye. The pupil size of the model eye is adjustable (3-7 mm). A Shack-Hartman wave-front sensor is used to detect the wave-front aberration. With this construction, a value of peak-to-valley is achieved to be 0.086 λ, where A is wavelength.The modulation transfer functions before and after corrections are compared. And the resolution of this system after correction (691p/m) is very close to the diffraction limit resolution. The carbon granule on the white paper which has a size of 4.7μm is seen clearly. The size of the retina cell is between 4 and 10 μm. So this system has an ability to image the human eye's retina.

  8. In vivo imaging of raptor retina with ultra high resolution spectral domain optical coherence tomography

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    Ruggeri, Marco; Major, James C., Jr.; McKeown, Craig; Wehbe, Hassan; Jiao, Shuliang; Puliafito, Carmen A.

    2008-02-01

    Among birds, raptors are well known for their exceptional eyesight, which is partly due to the unique structure of their retina. Because the raptor retina is the most advanced of any animal species, in vivo examination of its structure would be remarkable. Furthermore, a noticeable percentage of traumatic ocular injuries are identified in birds of prey presented to rehabilitation facilities. Injuries affecting the posterior segment have been considered as a major impact on raptor vision. Hence, in vivo examination of the structure of the posterior segment of the raptors would be helpful for the diagnosis of traumatized birds. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the application of ultrahigh-resolution Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT) for non contact in vivo imaging of the retina of birds of prey, which to the best of our knowledge has never been attempted. For the first time we present high quality OCT images of the retina of two species of bird of prey, one diurnal hawk and one nocturnal owl.

  9. Expression and Function of the Endocannabinoid System in the Retina and the Visual Brain.

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    Bouchard, Jean-François; Casanova, Christian; Cécyre, Bruno; Redmond, William John

    2016-01-01

    Endocannabinoids are important retrograde modulators of synaptic transmission throughout the nervous system. Cannabinoid receptors are seven transmembrane G-protein coupled receptors favoring Gi/o protein. They are known to play an important role in various processes, including metabolic regulation, craving, pain, anxiety, and immune function. In the last decade, there has been a growing interest for endocannabinoids in the retina and their role in visual processing. The purpose of this review is to characterize the expression and physiological functions of the endocannabinoid system in the visual system, from the retina to the primary visual cortex, with a main interest regarding the retina, which is the best-described area in this system so far. It will show that the endocannabinoid system is widely present in the retina, mostly in the through pathway where it can modulate neurotransmitter release and ion channel activity, although some evidence also indicates possible mechanisms via amacrine, horizontal, and Müller cells. The presence of multiple endocannabinoid ligands, synthesizing and catabolizing enzymes, and receptors highlights various pharmacological targets for novel therapeutic application to retinal diseases.

  10. Adaptive colour contrast coding in the salamander retina efficiently matches natural scene statistics.

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    Genadiy Vasserman

    Full Text Available The visual system continually adjusts its sensitivity to the statistical properties of the environment through an adaptation process that starts in the retina. Colour perception and processing is commonly thought to occur mainly in high visual areas, and indeed most evidence for chromatic colour contrast adaptation comes from cortical studies. We show that colour contrast adaptation starts in the retina where ganglion cells adjust their responses to the spectral properties of the environment. We demonstrate that the ganglion cells match their responses to red-blue stimulus combinations according to the relative contrast of each of the input channels by rotating their functional response properties in colour space. Using measurements of the chromatic statistics of natural environments, we show that the retina balances inputs from the two (red and blue stimulated colour channels, as would be expected from theoretical optimal behaviour. Our results suggest that colour is encoded in the retina based on the efficient processing of spectral information that matches spectral combinations in natural scenes on the colour processing level.

  11. A profecia dos desertos da Líbia: conservação da natureza e construção nacional no pensamento de José Bonifácio

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    Pádua José Augusto

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available O artigo demonstra que as preocupações manifestadas por José Bonifácio quanto ao uso destrutivo dos recursos naturais, especialmente das florestas, representam um elemento básico e recorrente no seu pensamento político. A análise da evolução dos seus escritos, entre 1790 e 1823, revela uma permanente ligação do autor com a corrente científica conhecida como "economia da natureza", que se originou na Europa do século XVIII e é considerada um dos elos genealógicos mais imediatos na formação posterior da "ecologia". A reforma profunda na relação com o meio natural no Brasil, superando o padrão predatório de exploração herdado do colonialismo, configurou um dos eixos centrais do projeto nacional de Bonifácio, que incluía uma indicação bastante precisa das políticas públicas que seriam necessárias para realizar este objetivo. Sua principal contribuição foi demonstrar a existência de uma relação de causalidade entre o escravismo e a destruição ambiental.

  12. Progesterone receptor membrane component 1 (PGRMC1) expression in murine retina

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    Shanmugam, Arul K.; Mysona, Barbara A.; Wang, Jing; Zhao, Jing; Tawfik, Amany; Sanders, A.; Markand, Shanu; Zorrilla, Eric; Ganapathy, Vadivel; Bollinger, Kathryn E.; Smith, Sylvia B.

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    Purpose Sigma receptor 1 (σR1) and 2 (σR2) are thought to be two distinct proteins which share the ability to bind multiple ligands, several of which are common to both receptors. Whether σR1 and σR2 share overlapping biological functions is unknown. Recently, progesterone receptor membrane component 1 (PGRMC1) was shown to contain the putative σR2 binding site. PGRMC1 has not been studied in retina. We hypothesize that biological interactions between σR1 and PGRMC1 will be evidenced by compensatory upregulation of PGRMC1 in σR1−/− mice. Methods Immunofluorescence, RT-PCR, and immunoblotting methods were used to analyze expression of PGRMC1 in wild type mouse retina. Tissues from σR1−/− mice were used to investigate whether a biological interaction exists between σR1 and PGRMC1. Results In the eye, PGRMC1 is expressed in corneal epithelium, lens, ciliary body epithelium, and retina. In retina, PGRMC1 is present in Müller cells and retinal pigment epithelium. This expression pattern is similar, but not identical to σR1. PGRMC1 protein levels in neural retina and eye cup from σR1−/− mice did not differ from wild type mice. Nonocular tissues, lung, heart, and kidney showed similar Pgrmc1 gene expression in wild type and σR1−/− mice. In contrast, liver, brain and intestine showed increased Pgrmc1 gene expression in σR1−/− mice. Conclusion Despite potential biological overlap, deletion of σR1 did not result in a compensatory change in PGRMC1 protein levels in σR1−/− mouse retina. Increased Pgrmc1 gene expression in organs with high lipid content such as liver, brain, and intestine indicate a possible tissue specific interaction between σR1 and PGRMC1. The current studies establish the presence of PGRMC1 in retina and lay the foundation for analysis of its biological function. PMID:26642738

  13. IMMUNOHISTOCHEMICAL DISTRIBUTION OF ERYTHROPOIETIN AND ITS RECEPTOR EXPRESSION IN POSTNATAL RAT RETINA DEVELOPMENT

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    ZHONG Yi-sheng; LIU Xiao-hong; HUANG Ping; CHENG Yu

    2008-01-01

    Objective To investigate the distribution of erythropoietin (EPO) and erythropoietin receptor (EPOR) expression in the postnatal rat retina development.Methods Forty-two male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into 7 groups according to their various postnatal days: postnatal 1 d (D1 group), 3 d (D3 group), 1 week (W1 group), 2 weeks (W2 group), 3 weeks (W3 group), 4 weeks (W4 group) and 8 weeks (W8 group) (n=6). Single eye was randomly chosen from each rat for the study. The retinal sections were stained with hematoxylin and eosin (HE) and used for the retina development observation. Immunohistochemical staining was used to localize EPO and EPOR expressions in retinas of different stages of development, and the expression intensities were determined by an image plus 4 program.Results The retinal inner nuclear layer (INL) and outer nuclear layer (ONL) were mixed together and had not yet fully differentiated in D1 and D3 groups. The INL and ONL formed their own independent regions and the outer plexiform layer (OPL) appeared between two layers in W1 group. With the postnatal retinal development, the inner plexiform layer (IPL), rods and cones layer (RCL), and OPL were gradually widened and stabilized in W2 to W3 groups. EPO/EPOR expressions located prominently in the inner part of the postnatal rat developing retinas. The expression of EPO in GCL and INL gradually increased from D1 to W4, then the expression decreased in W8. Expression of EPOR in GCL gradually increased from D1 to W1, then decreased in W2; and it gradually increased again from W3 to W8. Expression of EPOR in INL gradually increased from D1 to W1, then decreased in W2; and it continued to decrease from W3 to W8. Expression of EPOR in the external segment of RCL gradually increased from D1 to W8. However, expression in the internal segment of RCL gradually decreased from D1 to W3, then no obvious expression was seen in the internal segment of RCL in W4 and W8.Conclusion EPO/EPOR expressions locate

  14. Spatiotemporal pattern of doublecortin expression in the retina of the sea lamprey

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    Blanca eFernández-López

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    Full Text Available Despite the importance of doublecortin (DCX for the development of the nervous system, its expression in the retina of most vertebrates is still unknown. The key phylogenetic position of lampreys, together with their complex life cycle, with a long blind larval stage and an active predator adult stage, makes them an interesting model to study retinal development. Here, we studied the spatiotemporal pattern of expression of DCX in the retina of the sea lamprey. In order to characterize the DCX expressing structures, the expression of acetylated α-tubulin (a neuronal marker and cytokeratins (glial marker was also analyzed. Tract-tracing methods were used to label ganglion cells. DCX immunoreactivity appeared initially in photoreceptors, ganglion cells and in fibers of the prolarval retina. In larvae smaller than 100 mm, DCX expression was observed in photoreceptors, in cells located in the inner nuclear and inner plexiform layers and in fibers coursing in the nuclear and inner plexiform layers, and in the optic nerve. In retinas of premetamorphic and metamorphic larvae, DCX immunoreactivity was also observed in radially oriented cells and fibers and in a layer of cells located in the outer part of the inner neuroblastic layer of the lateral retina. Photoreceptors and fibers ending in the outer limitans membrane showed DCX expression in adults. Some retinal pigment epithelium cells were also DCX immunoreactive. Immunofluorescence for α-tubulin in premetamorphic larvae showed coexpression in most of the DCX immunoreactive structures. No cells/fibers were found showing DCX and cytokeratins colocalization. The perikaryon of mature ganglion cells is DCX negative. The expression of DCX in sea lamprey retinas suggests that it could play roles in the migration of cells that differentiate in the metamorphosis, in the establishment of connections of ganglion cells and in the development of photoreceptors. Our results also suggest that the radial glia and

  15. A importância da participação cidadã nas políticas de saúde: o caso da reestruturação dos serviços de saúde materno-infantil em Portugal Citizen Participation relevance in health policies: the case of the maternal and child health services restructuring in Portugal

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    As questões em torno da participação cidadã tornaram-se indiscutivelmente centrais na análise dos processos públicos de decisão das sociedades ditas democráticas. Uma das maiores dificuldades tem, no entanto, residido na ampla definição das modalidades participativas a considerar neste domínio. Neste trabalho assume-se que as ações de protesto são uma modalidade legítima de participar nos processos públicos de decisão. Analisa-se, para tal, o processo de encerramento de blocos de parto em Por...

  16. Repensando a escolha racional e a teoria da agência: fazendeiros de gado e capatazes no século XIX

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    Monsma Karl

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available O artigo explora o valor e os limites da teoria da agência por meio da comparação das relações entre fazendeiros de gado e capatazes no Rio Grande do Sul e em Buenos Aires nas primeiras décadas do século XIX. Considera que a teoria da agência e a abordagem da escolha racional baseiam-se em uma teoria da ação deficiente, pressupondo atores pré-sociais, que usam uma racionalidade universal, embora possam ser úteis para identificar certos dilemas centrais na relação entre principal e agente e para delimitar o conjunto das soluções viáveis. Como os atores geralmente não tentam otimizar suas escolhas, mas buscam soluções satisfatórias para os problemas que encontram, somente a história e a cultura explicam a "escolha" de um dos arranjos viáveis e não de outro. O contexto e a experiência se internalizam no habitus e na consciência prática dos atores, que moldam a definição dos problemas e as estratégias para resolvê-los. Os fazendeiros estudados neste artigo abordavam questões semelhantes de agência de maneiras diferentes. Parte da divergência devia-se aos contextos, mas muito dela se relacionava aos habitus distintos, decorrentes da origem do portenho na classe dos grandes comerciantes coloniais, sem experiência rural, e da origem do gaúcho na elite dos militares fazendeiros, dependentes do Estado. Nos dois casos, a interação repetida através do tempo levou a mudanças importantes na relação entre fazendeiro e capataz, dificilmente explicáveis pela escolha racional.

  17. Stem cell-based delivery of brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene in the rat retina.

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    Park, Hae-Young Lopilly; Kim, Jie Hyun; Sun Kim, Hwa; Park, Chan Kee

    2012-08-21

    As an alternative to a viral vector, the application of stem cells to transfer specific genes is under investigation in various organs. Using this strategy may provide more effective method to supply neurotrophic factor to the neurodegenerative diseases caused by neurotrophic factor deprivation. This study investigated the possibility and efficacy of stem cell-based delivery of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene to rat retina. Rat BDNF cDNA was transduced into rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (rMSCs) using a retroviral vector. Its incorporation into the experimental rat retina and the expression of BDNF after intravitreal injection or subretinal injection were detected by real-time PCR, western blot analysis, and immunohistochemical staining. For the incorporated rMSCs, retinal-specific marker staining was performed to investigate the changes in morphology and the characteristics of the stem cells. Transduction of the rMSCs by retrovirus was effective, and the transduced rMSCs expressed high levels of the BDNF gene and protein. The subretinal injection of rMSCs produced rMSC migration and incorporation into the rat retina (about 15.7% incorporation rate), and retinal BDNF mRNA and protein expression was increased at 4 weeks after transplantation. When subretinal injection of rMSCs was applied to axotomized rat retina, it significantly increased the expression of BDNF until 4 weeks after transplantation. Some of the transplanted rMSCs exhibited morphological changes, but the retinal-specific marker stain was not sufficient to indicate whether neuronal differentiation had occurred. Using mesenchymal stem cells to deliver the BDNF gene to the retina may provide new treatment for glaucoma.

  18. Post-translational processing of synaptophysin in the rat retina is disrupted by diabetes.

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    Travis S D'Cruz

    Full Text Available Synaptophysin, is an abundant presynaptic protein involved in synaptic vesicle recycling and neurotransmitter release. Previous work shows that its content is significantly reduced in the rat retina by streptozotocin (STZ-diabetes. This study tested the hypothesis that STZ-diabetes alters synaptophysin protein turnover and glycosylation in the rat retina. Whole explant retinas from male Sprague-Dawley rats were used in this study. Rats were made diabetic by a single intraperitoneal STZ injection (65 mg/kg body weight in 10 mM sodium citrate, pH 4.5. mRNA translation was measured using a (35S-methionine labeling assay followed by synaptophysin immunoprecipitation and autoradiography. A pulse-chase study was used to determine the depletion of newly synthesized synaptophysin. Depletion of total synaptophysin was determined after treatment with cycloheximide. Mannose rich N-glycosylated synaptophysin was detected by treating retinal lysates with endoglycosidase H followed by immunoblot analysis. Synaptophysin mRNA translation was significantly increased after 1 month (p<0.001 and 2 months (p<0.05 of STZ-diabetes, compared to age-matched controls. Newly synthesized synaptophysin degradation was significantly accelerated in the retina after 1 and 2 months of diabetes compared to controls (p<0.05. Mannose rich glycosylated synaptophysin was significantly increased after 1 month of STZ-diabetes compared to controls (p<0.05.These data suggest that diabetes increases mRNA translation of synaptophysin in the retina, resulting in an accumulation of mannose rich glycosylated synaptophysin, a transient post-translational state of the protein. This diabetes-induced irregularity in post-translational processing could explain the accelerated degradation of retinal synaptophysin in diabetes.

  19. Alzheimer's Disease-Related Protein Expression in the Retina of Octodon degus.

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    Lucia Y Du

    Full Text Available New studies show that the retina also undergoes pathological changes during the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD. While transgenic mouse models used in these previous studies have offered insight into this phenomenon, they do not model human sporadic AD, which is the most common form. Recently, the Octodon degus has been established as a sporadic model of AD. Degus display age-related cognitive impairment associated with Aβ aggregates and phosphorylated tau in the brain. Our aim for this study was to examine the expression of AD-related proteins in young, adult and old degus retina using enzyme-linked or fluorescence immunohistochemistry and to quantify the expression using slot blot and western blot assays. Aβ4G8 and Aβ6E10 detected Aβ peptides in some of the young animals but the expression was higher in the adults. Aβ peptides were observed in the inner and outer segment of the photoreceptors, the nerve fiber layer (NFL and ganglion cell layer (GCL. Expression was higher in the central retinal region than in the retinal periphery. Using an anti-oligomer antibody we detected Aβ oligomer expression in the young, adult and old retina. Immunohistochemical labeling showed small discrete labeling of oligomers in the GCL that did not resemble plaques. Congo red staining did not result in green birefringence in any of the animals analyzed except for one old (84 months animal. We also investigated expression of tau and phosphorylated tau. Expression was seen at all ages studied and in adults it was more consistently observed in the NFL-GCL. Hyperphosphorylated tau detected with AT8 antibody was significantly higher in the adult retina and it was localized to the GCL. We confirm for the first time that Aβ peptides and phosphorylated tau are expressed in the retina of degus. This is consistent with the proposal that AD biomarkers are present in the eye.

  20. Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Protein Expression in the Retina of Octodon degus

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    Du, Lucia Y.; Chang, Lily Y-L.; Ardiles, Alvaro O.; Tapia-Rojas, Cheril; Araya, Joaquin; Inestrosa, Nibaldo C.

    2015-01-01

    New studies show that the retina also undergoes pathological changes during the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). While transgenic mouse models used in these previous studies have offered insight into this phenomenon, they do not model human sporadic AD, which is the most common form. Recently, the Octodon degus has been established as a sporadic model of AD. Degus display age-related cognitive impairment associated with Aβ aggregates and phosphorylated tau in the brain. Our aim for this study was to examine the expression of AD-related proteins in young, adult and old degus retina using enzyme-linked or fluorescence immunohistochemistry and to quantify the expression using slot blot and western blot assays. Aβ4G8 and Aβ6E10 detected Aβ peptides in some of the young animals but the expression was higher in the adults. Aβ peptides were observed in the inner and outer segment of the photoreceptors, the nerve fiber layer (NFL) and ganglion cell layer (GCL). Expression was higher in the central retinal region than in the retinal periphery. Using an anti-oligomer antibody we detected Aβ oligomer expression in the young, adult and old retina. Immunohistochemical labeling showed small discrete labeling of oligomers in the GCL that did not resemble plaques. Congo red staining did not result in green birefringence in any of the animals analyzed except for one old (84 months) animal. We also investigated expression of tau and phosphorylated tau. Expression was seen at all ages studied and in adults it was more consistently observed in the NFL-GCL. Hyperphosphorylated tau detected with AT8 antibody was significantly higher in the adult retina and it was localized to the GCL. We confirm for the first time that Aβ peptides and phosphorylated tau are expressed in the retina of degus. This is consistent with the proposal that AD biomarkers are present in the eye. PMID:26267479