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  1. 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.

  2. Esclerite posterior associada à oclusão da veia central da retina e edema macular cistoide: relato de caso

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    Roger Wada Kamei

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Apresentamos um caso de esclerite posterior associada à oclusão da veia central da retina e edema macular cistoide. Com esse caso, observamos como a doença pode ser agressiva e como a acuidade visual pode ser comprometida. No entanto, o tratamento correto pode melhorar as alterações oculares com melhora visual. Alertamos também para os cuidados que devem ser tomados em relação ao uso de altas doses de corticosteroides.

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

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    Patrícia Regina de Pinho Tavares; Mariana Rezende de Oliveira; Eduardo de Castro Miranda Diniz; Rafael Mourão Agostini; Daniela Vieira de Aguiar

    2014-01-01

    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 retin...

  4. Esclerite posterior associada à oclusão da veia central da retina e edema macular cistoide: relato de caso Posterior scleritis associated with central retinal vein occlusion and cystoid macular edema: case report

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    Roger Wada Kamei

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Apresentamos um caso de esclerite posterior associada à oclusão da veia central da retina e edema macular cistoide. Com esse caso, observamos como a doença pode ser agressiva e como a acuidade visual pode ser comprometida. No entanto, o tratamento correto pode melhorar as alterações oculares com melhora visual. Alertamos também para os cuidados que devem ser tomados em relação ao uso de altas doses de corticosteroides.A case of posterior scleritis associated with central retinal vein occlusion and cystoid macular edema is reported. With this case, we noticed how the disease can be aggressive and how the visual acuity can be compromised. However, the correct treatment can improve the ocular changes with visual improvement. We also alert to the care with the use of high doses of corticosteroids.

  5. 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

  6. Oclusão da artéria central da retina e oxigenoterapia hiperbárica: a propósito de um caso clínico

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    Pina, S; D. Cavalheiro; Silva, F.; Pereira, C.; Santos, MJ; Pires, G.; Teixeira, S

    2011-01-01

    Introdução: A Oclusão da Artéria Central da Retina (OACR) constituí uma causa de diminuição súbita, indolor e profunda da acuidade visual. É uma emergência oftalmológica, no entanto, as opções terapêuticas são limitadas. A oxigenoterapia hiperbárica (OH) surge como uma opção terapêutica quando iniciada precocemente. Objectivo: Avaliar o resultado do tratamento de um doente com OACR submetido a oxigenoterapia hiperbárica (OH) instituída nas primeiras 24 horas. Metodos: Descrição de um ca...

  7. 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.

  8. Retina

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    ... of the eyeball. Images that come through the eye's lens are focused on the retina. The retina then ... care provider to see through your pupil and lens to the retina. ... If other eye problems block the provider's view of the retina, ...

  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. Suspeita de oclusão do ramo da veia central da retina, adaptação de lentes de contacto em hipermétrope astigmata, estrabismo acomodativo

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    Dias, Andreia Manuela Martins

    2013-01-01

    A elaboração deste relatório representa o culminar do período de estágio relativo ao Mestrado em Optometria em Ciências da Visão desenvolvido entre Outubro de 2012 e Janeiro de 2013 na clínica OcularEyeCare, sediada na cidade de Aveiro. Este estágio teve como principais objetivos a aquisição de novas competências, a consolidação dos conhecimentos previamente adquiridos, e o estabelecimento de uma relação prática e autónoma com casos clínicos reais. Ainda, desenvolver competências de comuni...

  11. = Impacto da diabetes na exocitose-libertação de neurotransmissores na retina

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    Baptista, Filipa Isabel Cabaço

    2012-01-01

    A retinopatia diabética é uma das principais causas de perda de visão e cegueira no mundo. Esta patologia é considerada uma doença vascular. No entanto, tem sido demonstrado que a parte neural da retina também é afetada, mesmo antes de serem detetadas lesões microvasculares. As alterações registadas em eletroretinogramas de pacientes e animais diabéticos, e a perda de sensibilidade à cor e ao contraste são sinais precoces de disfunção neuronal na retina. Contudo, as alterações ...

  12. 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

  13. Hereditary retinal eye diseases in childhood and youth affecting the central retina

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    Martin M Nentwich

    2013-01-01

    Classic examinations for patients suffering from hereditary retinal dystrophies of the central retina are funduscopy - also using red-free light - visual-field tests, electrophysiologic tests as electro-retinogram [ERG] and multifocal ERG and tests evaluating color vision. Recently, new imaging modalities have been introduced into the clinical practice. The significance of these new methods such as high-resolution spectral-domain optic coherence tomography [SD-OCT] and fundus autofluorescence will be discussed as well as "next generation sequencing" as a new method for the analysis of genetic mutations in a larger number of patients.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Herniation of the Retina in the Central Macula in an Adult after Iridocyclitis

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    Qing Guo; Yuli Pi; Ting Gao

    2014-01-01

    Purpose:.To report an unusual case of retinal hernia in the central macula in an adult after iridocyclitis. Case report:.We report a case of a 46-year-old male who presented with blurred vision 2 weeks after complete resolu-tion of acute iridocyclitis. Anterior segment and vitreous body examinations were unremarkable. Yellowish spots in the mac-ular area were observed. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) imaging of the macula showed loss of the inner segment / outer segment (IS / OS) photoreceptor junc-tion,.with irregularity of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE),.and a V-shaped hernia of the retina into the choroid. The macular lesions emerged as mild window defects on fluo-rescein angiography and were visualized as hypofluorescent patches on all-phase indocyanine green angiography. At a one month follow-up, the best-corrected visual acuity improved to 20 / 20,.which was followed by partial restoration of the IS / OS line,.but a V-shaped hernia of the retina remained unchanged on SD-OCT. Conclusion:.Ophthalmologists should be alert to the changes in OCT of the macula in patients after iridocyclitis and further research on the cause and possible predisposing factors for retinal herniation is warranted. (Eye Science 2014; 29:174-177)

  17. 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.

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

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    Medeiros Felipe Andrade

    2001-01-01

    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.

  19. 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; Celso Morita; Hélio Angotti Neto; Maria Teresa Brizzi Chizzoti Bonanomi; Walter Yukihiko Takahashi

    2005-01-01

    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 as...

  20. 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.

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

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    Serracarbassa Pedro D.; Souza Eduardo Cunha de

    2002-01-01

    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....

  2. 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.

  3. Tumor vasoproliferativo idiopático da retina associado à hemorragia vítrea recidivante: relato de caso Idiopathic vasoproliferative tumor of the retina associated with recurring vitreous hemorrhage: case report

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    Pedro D. Serracarbassa; Eduardo Cunha de Souza

    2002-01-01

    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....

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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; Michel Eid Farah; Ana Luisa Höfling-Lima; Norma Alleman; Pedro Paulo Bonomo

    2001-01-01

    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...

  7. Base eletrônica de dados clínicos e cirúrgicos das doenças da retina e vítreo Electronic clinical and surgical database of retina and vitreous diseases

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    Luiz Alberto Zago Filho

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS:A proposta deste trabalho é criar base de dados clínicos e cirúrgicos informatizada, usando programa de computador (software, no qual pacientes com 19 doenças selecionadas da retina e vítreo possam ser incluídos. MÉTODOS: Foram selecionados os principais livros-texto da especialidade para que servissem de base estrutural do protocolo. Utilizou-se também artigos retirados de revistas e de bases de dados ligados à rede internacional de computadores (Internet. A informatização dos dados foi realizada através da interface do programa SINPE© (Sistema integrado de protocolos eletrônicos, desenvolvido no Laboratório de Informática e Multimídia do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Clínica Cirúrgica do Setor de Ciências da Saúde da Universidade Federal do Paraná. RESULTADOS: Com a informatização dos dados, criou-se o protocolo mestre, o qual abrange todo o conteúdo em pastas principais, seguido de 19 protocolos específicos originados do mestre e referentes às doenças com dados individualizados de cada uma. O programa, permite coleta de dados de pacientes com suas características clínicas, exames complementares, tratamento realizado e seguimento pós-tratamento. Qualquer fonte de interesse dentro do protocolo pode ser cruzada de acordo com o tipo de estudo desejado. CONCLUSÕES: Os objetivos deste trabalho que eram criar estrutura de informação abrangente e atualizada de doenças vitreorretinianas de interesse, adaptando estes dados a um programa computadorizado (software específico e incorporar este dispositivo no SINPE© foram atingidos.PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to build an automated clinical and surgical database which works with a computer-based program (software, where patients with 19 selected retina and vitreous diseases are included. METHODS: Textbooks from both international and national authors served as a basic structure for the protocol. Specific articles related to each disease, extracted

  8. 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.

  9. Forma central da moléstia nervosa de Recklinghausen

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    L. C. Mattosinho França

    1958-06-01

    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.

  10. Seguimento de portadores de coriorretinopatia serosa central por meio da tomografia de coerência óptica Evaluation of central serous chorioretinopathy with optical coherence tomography

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    Otacílio de Oliveira Maia Júnior

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a tomografia de coerência óptica como método objetivo de diagnóstico e de seguimento da coriorretinopatia serosa central. MÉTODOS: Estudo observacional descritivo de 16 (dezesseis olhos de portadores de coriorretinopatia serosa central unilateral, em fase aguda. Estes pacientes foram submetidos à medida da acuidade visual e a exame oftalmológico completo, incluindo biomicroscopia da mácula, angiofluoresceinografia e tomografia de coerência óptica. Nenhum dos pacientes foi submetido a qualquer tipo de tratamento. RESULTADO: Dos 16 casos consecutivos de coriorretinopatia serosa central, 12 pacientes completaram o seguimento até a resolução da doença. A idade variou entre 27 e 50 anos, com média de 38,9 anos. A predominância foi do sexo masculino. Na tomografia de coerência óptica, o descolamento da retina neurossensorial foi observado em todos os casos e 33,3% dos pacientes apresentaram descolamento do epitélio pigmentado da retina. Houve diferença significativa em todas as variáveis estudadas, constatando melhora na acuidade visual, diminuição na espessura e no volume macular na resolução da doença. CONCLUSÃO: Tomografia de coerência óptica mostrou boa eficácia para detectar e quantificar alterações maculares em olhos com coriorretinopatia serosa central, podendo ser útil em avaliações clínicas na fase aguda e na resolução da doença.PURPOSE: To evaluate optical coherence tomography as an objective diagnostic and follow-up method for central serous chorioretinopathy. METHODS: Observational descriptive study of 16 (sixteen eyes of 16 patients with unilateral acute central serous chorioretinopathy. These patients had their visual acuity measured and complete ophthalmological examination was performed, including macular slit lamp examination, angiofluoresceinography and optical coherence tomography. No treatment was given to any patient. RESULTS: Of the 16 central serous chorioretinopathy eyes

  11. The retina

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

    2003-01-01

    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...... 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...... supplementation. Whether oxidative damage has a causative role in the pathology of diabetic retinopathy, and thus whether antioxidants can prevent or correct any retinal damage, has not been established, nor has the specific nature of any damaging species been characterised....

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

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    ROBERTO PAES-DE-CARVALHO

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available The nucleoside adenosine plays an important role as a neurotransmitter or neuromodulator in the central nervous system, including the retina. In the present paper we review compelling evidence showing that adenosine is a signaling molecule in the developing retina. In the chick retina, adenosine transporters are present since early stages of development before the appearance of adenosine A1 receptors modulating dopamine-dependent adenylate cyclase activity or A2 receptors that directly activate the enzyme. Experiments using retinal cell cultures revealed that adenosine is taken up by specific cell populations that when stimulated by depolarization or neurotransmitters such as dopamine or glutamate, release the nucleoside through calcium-dependent transporter-mediated mechanisms. The presence of adenosine in the extracellular medium and the long-term activation of adenosine receptors is able to regulate the survival of retinal neurons and blocks glutamate excitoxicity. Thus, adenosine besides working as a neurotransmitter or neuromodulator in the mature retina, is considered as an important signaling molecule during retinal development having important functions such as regulation of neuronal survival and differentiation.O nucleosídeo adenosina apresenta um importante papel como neurotransmissor ou neuromodulador no sistema nervoso central, inclusive na retina. Neste artigo apresentamos uma revisão das evidências que mostram que a adenosina é uma molécula sinalizadora na retina em desenvolvimento. Na retina de pinto, transportadores de adenosina estão presentes desde estágios precoces do desenvolvimento, antes do aparecimento dos receptores A1 que modulam a atividade adenilato ciclase dependente de dopamina ou dos receptores A2 que ativam diretamente a enzima. Experimentos usando culturas de células de retina revelaram que a adenosina é captada por populações celulares específicas que, quando estimuladas por despolarização ou por

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  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

    1999-10-01

    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. Retina-inspired Filter

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    Doutsi, Effrosyni; Fillatre, Lionel; Antonini, Marc; Gaulmin, Julien

    2016-01-01

    This paper introduces a novel filter which is inspired by the human retina. The human retina consists of three different layers: the Outer Plexiform Layer (OPL), the inner plexiform layer and the ganglionic layer. Our inspiration is the linear transform which takes place in the OPL and has been mathematically described by the neuroscientific model “virtual retina”. This model is the cornerstone to derive the non-separable spatiotemporal OPL retina-inspired filter, briefly renamed retina- insp...

  20. 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...

  1. 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.

  2. Viabilidade da aplicação da energia solar no reaquecimento de uma central termoeléctrica

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    Franco, Luís Pedro Machado

    2011-01-01

    Na presente tese é feita a análise da viabilidade de aplicação de um campo colectores solares parabólicos no ciclo de Rankine da central Termoeléctrica do Ribatejo. Com o recurso à ferramenta informática de simulação termodinâmica Cycle-Tempo® é simulado um ciclo combinado similar ao da central do Ribatejo em funcionamento a carga nominal e a carga parcial de 75%. Após a simulação do funcionamento do ciclo sem integração solar, com os devidos ajustamentos no modelo, simula-se a integração ...

  3. CNTF AND RETINA

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    Wen, Rong; Tao, Weng; Li, Yiwen; Sieving, Paul A.

    2011-01-01

    Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) is one of the most studied neurotrophic factors for neuroprotection of the retina. A large body of evidence demonstrates that CNTF promotes rod photoreceptor survival in almost all animal models. Recent studies indicate that CNTF also promotes cone photoreceptor survival and cone outer segment regeneration in the degenerating retina and improves cone function in dogs with congenital achromotopsia. In addition, CNTF is a neuroprotective factor and an axogenes...

  4. 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

  5. Simulação da Central de Cogeração da Refinaria de Matosinhos (Petrogal)

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    Monteiro, Ana Luísa Oliveira

    2013-01-01

    Mestrado em Engenharia Química – Ramo Optimização Energética na Indústria Química A atual crise tem vindo a despertar, cada vez mais, o sentido de racionalização e otimização energética. A nível industrial uma das tecnologias utilizadas para combater o desperdício de energia diz respeito à cogeração. É neste contexto que surge a central de cogeração da Refinaria de Matosinhos (Petrogal), uma vez que depende fortemente da produção de vapor para garantir o funcionamento. O tema desta tese...

  6. 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

  7. Contributo da curva de débito-volume na detecção da obstrução da via aérea central

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    Raposo, Liliana Bárbara Perestrelo de Andrade e

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    RESUMO: Introdução: A obstrução da via aérea central (OVAC) refere-se a um processo patológico que conduz a limitação do fluxo de ar ao nível do espaço glótico e subglótico, traqueia e brônquios principais. O seu correcto diagnóstico e tratamento constituem um território de interesse e preocupação para os profissionais de saúde, e requerem um profundo conhecimento da sua etiologia, fisiologia, diagnóstico e opções terapêuticas dado o potencial em originar significativa morbilidade e mortalida...

  8. Topography of ganglion cell production in the cat's retina

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    The ganglion cells of the cat's retina form several classes distinguishable in terms of soma size, axon diameter, dendritic morphology, physiological properties, and central connections. Labeling with [3H]thymidine shows that the ganglion cells which survive in the adult are produced as several temporally shifted, overlapping waves: medium-sized cells are produced before large cells, whereas the smallest ganglion cells are produced throughout the period of ganglion cell generation. Large cells and medium-sized cells show the same distinctive pattern of production, forming rough spirals around the area centralis. The oldest cells tend to lie superior and nasal to the area centralis, whereas cells in the inferior nasal retina and inferior temporal retina are, in general, progressively younger. Within each retinal quadrant, cells nearer the area centralis tend to be older than cells in the periphery, but there is substantial overlap. The retinal raphe divides the superior temporal quadrant into two zones with different patterns of cell addition. Superior temporal retina near the vertical meridian adds cells only slightly later than superior nasal retina, whereas superior temporal retina near the horizontal meridian adds cells very late, contemporaneously with inferior temporal retina. The broader wave of production of smaller ganglion cells seems to follow this same spiral pattern at its beginning and end. The presence of the area centralis as a nodal point about which ganglion cell production in the retinal quadrants pivots suggests that the area centralis is already an important retinal landmark even at the earliest stages of retinal development

  9. Core stability training methods Métodos de treinamento da estabilização central

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    Gabriel Felipe Pioli de Freitas

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available With the need for the theoretical-empirical basis expansion of the core stability concept, already in progress in the therapeutic repertoire, mainly within the scope of Manual Therapy and Sports Physiotherapy, the demand of work that could bring, the methods of training for core stability was observed. As the low back pain affects or will affect 80% of people all over the world, this therapeutic method has shown effective results in several studies. In this article, several studies were collected from different databases (Scielo, Bireme, Cochrane as well as from our personal archive, in the period from 1987 to 2008. Despite the increase of this subject in Physiotherapy, there is a lack of randomized studies with controlled variables, which could enable exercises that are used empirically to be finally accepted scientifically. Therefore, core stability is an excellent therapeutic method used in several clinical situations, from beginning to the end of a treatment. However, more studies about the core stability training method are suggested. A necessidade de uma ampliação da base teórico-empírica do conceito de estabilização central, por ser uma realidade no arsenal terapêutico, principalmente no âmbito da Terapia Manual e Fisioterapia Desportiva, torna urgente a elaboração de um artigo que traga os métodos de treinamento da estabilização central. Como a lombalgia afeta ou afetará 80% das pessoas de todo o mundo, este método terapêutico mostrou-se eficaz em vários estudos. Para este artigo de revisão, foram utilizados artigos de 1987 a 2008, pesquisados em vários bancos de dados (Scielo, Bireme, Cochrane, além do acervo pessoal. Observou-se que apesar deste assunto estar em ascensão dentro da Fisioterapia, faltam estudos de base aleatória com variáveis controladas, para que mais exercícios usados empiricamente sejam finalmente aceitos cientificamente. Portanto, a estabilização central é um excelente método terap

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

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    ROBERTO PAES-DE-CARVALHO

    2002-01-01

    The nucleoside adenosine plays an important role as a neurotransmitter or neuromodulator in the central nervous system, including the retina. In the present paper we review compelling evidence showing that adenosine is a signaling molecule in the developing retina. In the chick retina, adenosine transporters are present since early stages of development before the appearance of adenosine A1 receptors modulating dopamine-dependent adenylate cyclase activity or A2 receptors that directly activa...

  11. Actinomicose do sistema nervoso central: uma rara complicação da actinomicose cervicofacial

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    A. C. Ferraz; C. V. M. Melo; E. L. R. Pereira; J. N. Stávale; R.G. Nogueira; A. A. Gabbai; S.M.F. Malheiros; M. N. Prandini; F. M. Braga

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    A actinomicose do sistema nervoso central (SNC) é afecção rara, caracterizada pela formação de abscesso único e de evolução crônica. Os autores descrevem o caso de um paciente jovem, imunocompetente, com actinomicose cerebral oriunda de foco primário cervicofacial, submetido a ressecção cirúrgica e antibioticoterapia. Ressalta-se a importância do conhecimento da entidade e de suas principais formas de acometimento, como a base do diagnóstico precoce dessa enfermidade potencialmente curável e ...

  12. 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...

  13. Idades e crescimento da cioba, Ocyururs chrysurus, da Costa Central do Brasil Age and growth of yellowtail snapper, Ocyururs chrysurus, from Central Coast of Brazil

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    Júlio Neves de Araújo

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available A idade e o crescimento da cioba da costa central do Brasil foram estudados a partir de leituras de otólitos obtidos em amostragens mensais de desembarques comerciais, realizados nas cidades de Vitória e Vila Velha, entre os anos de 1998 e 1999. Através da análise do incremento marginal, foi verificada a formação anual de uma zona translúcida a partir do final do outono e durante o inverno. Foram observadas ciobas de 2 a 19 anos. Os comprimentos furcais (CF médios retrocalculados variaram de 108 mm para idade 1 a 524 mm para idade 19. A equação de Von Bertalanffy ajustada aos CF médios retrocalculados foi CFt = 567,1 (1 - e -0.130 (t + 0.773. A relação comprimento peso foi P = 2,68x10-5CF2.914, onde P = peso total em gramas. O crescimento é lento, com os incrementos anuais em peso aumentando gradativamente até atingir o máximo de 164 g entre as idades 7 e 8 anos. Os resultados deste trabalho indicam que a cioba tem longa expectativa de vida e baixas taxas de crescimento somático, características das espécies mais sensíveis à exploração pesqueira.To age and study the growth of yellowtail snapper, we analyzed readings of otoliths obtained in monthly samplings from commercial landings in the cities of Vitória and Vila Velha, from 1998 to 1999. Marginal increment analysis showed that the formation of a translucent zone occurred in the early fall and during the winter. The observed ages range from 2 to 19 years. Mean back-calculated fork lengths (FL range from 108 mm for age 1 to 524 mm for age 19. The Von Bertalanffy growth equation fitted to the mean back-calculated FL was FLt = 567,1 (1 - e -0.130 (t + 0.773, The length-weight relationship was W= 2,68x10-5FL2.914, where W = whole weight in grams. Yellowtail snapper has a slow growth with annual growth increments in weight raising progressively to the maximum of 164 g between the 7 and 8 years. The yellowtail snapper has long lifespan and slow growth rates, features of

  14. The Retina Algorithm

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    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.

  15. Effect of accelerated iron ions on the retina

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    The eyes of rats were exposed to doses of 0.1 and 2.5 Gy of 450-MeV/amu 56Fe particles (LET approximately 195 keV/microns). The beam axes were oriented perpendicular to the central retina of the animals. Retinas were harvested immediately (less than 10 min), 24 h, 15 days, 136 days, and 186 days after the experiment. The retinas of animals of equivalent ages were sampled at the same intervals. By Day 15, the spatial densities of the pigment epithelial, photoreceptor, and bipolar cells in retinas irradiated with 2.5 Gy were 15 to 20% lower than those of the controls. The cellular density of the pigment epithelium returned to the control level by Day 186 while photoreceptor and bipolar cell numbers remained depressed. One and fifteen days after irradiation, the choroidal vessels showed signs of radiation damage. Exposure to 0.1 Gy did not affect the cellular density within the retina at the interval examined (186 days). None of the retinas showed evidence of track-specific injury that could be interpreted as microlesions or tunnel lesions

  16. 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. PMID:25823749

  17. Retina vascular network recognition

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    Tascini, Guido; Passerini, Giorgio; Puliti, Paolo; Zingaretti, Primo

    1993-09-01

    The analysis of morphological and structural modifications of the retina vascular network is an interesting investigation method in the study of diabetes and hypertension. Normally this analysis is carried out by qualitative evaluations, according to standardized criteria, though medical research attaches great importance to quantitative analysis of vessel color, shape and dimensions. The paper describes a system which automatically segments and recognizes the ocular fundus circulation and micro circulation network, and extracts a set of features related to morphometric aspects of vessels. For this class of images the classical segmentation methods seem weak. We propose a computer vision system in which segmentation and recognition phases are strictly connected. The system is hierarchically organized in four modules. Firstly the Image Enhancement Module (IEM) operates a set of custom image enhancements to remove blur and to prepare data for subsequent segmentation and recognition processes. Secondly the Papilla Border Analysis Module (PBAM) automatically recognizes number, position and local diameter of blood vessels departing from optical papilla. Then the Vessel Tracking Module (VTM) analyses vessels comparing the results of body and edge tracking and detects branches and crossings. Finally the Feature Extraction Module evaluates PBAM and VTM output data and extracts some numerical indexes. Used algorithms appear to be robust and have been successfully tested on various ocular fundus images.

  18. 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

  19. Peripheral and central arterial pressure and its relationship to vascular target organ damage in carotid artery, retina and arterial stiffness. Development and validation of a tool. The Vaso risk study

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    Patino-Alonso Maria C

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM shows a better correlation to target organ damage and cardiovascular morbidity-mortality than office blood pressure. A loss of arterial elasticity and an increase in carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT has been associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity-mortality. Tools have been developed that allow estimation of the retinal arteriovenous index but not all studies coincide and there are contradictory results in relation to the evolution of the arteriosclerotic lesions and the caliber of the retinal vessels. The purpose of this study is to analyze the relationship between peripheral and central arterial pressure (clinic and ambulatory and vascular structure and function as evaluated by the carotid artery intima-media thickness, retina arteriovenous index, pulse wave velocity (PWV and ankle-brachial index in patients with and without type 2 diabetes. In turn, software is developed and validated for measuring retinal vessel thickness and automatically estimating the arteriovenous index. Methods/Design A cross-sectional study involving a control group will be made, with a posterior 4-year follow-up period in primary care. The study patients will be type 2 diabetics, with a control group of non-diabetic individuals. Consecutive sampling will be used to include 300 patients between 34-75 years of age and no previous cardiovascular disease, one-half being assigned to each group. Main measurements: age, gender, height, weight and abdominal circumference. Lipids, creatinine, microalbuminuria, blood glucose, HbA1c, blood insulin, high sensitivity C-reactive protein and endothelial dysfunction markers. Clinic and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. Carotid ultrasound to evaluate IMT, and retinography to evaluate the arteriovenous index. ECG to assess left ventricle hypertrophy, ankle-brachial index, and pulse wave analysis (PWA and pulse wave velocity (PWV with the Sphigmocor

  20. Modelação térmica da Central Geotérmica do Pico Vermelho

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    Costa, Rui Pedro Faria Gouveia Rebelo

    2012-01-01

    A presente Dissertação visa contribuir para uma melhor compreensão do funcionamento de uma central geotérmica tendo sido executado um estudo termodinâmico do aproveitamento hídrico e térmico da Central Geotérmica do Pico Vermelho, localizada na ilha de São Miguel, Açores. Para tal, são apresentados os aspetos gerais de uma exploração geotérmica, desde o início das técnicas de exploração, passando pelas diferentes formas de utilização da fonte de energia, até à análise da potência elétrica ...

  1. Blood supply to the retina and the lens in the gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus).

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    Imada, Hideki; Isomura, Genzoh; Miyachi, Ei-ichi

    2003-03-01

    The blood supply to the retina and the lens in 32 gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) of both sexes from infancy to maturity was studied under light and stereoscopic microscopes, and a scanning electron microscope. Mercox (CL-2R; Dai Nippon Ink, Tokyo, Japan) was injected into the left ventricle of 30 animals in order to visualize the blood supply to the retina and the lens from the ophthalmic artery. The central retinal artery arises from the ophthalmic artery, passes through the papilla of the optic nerve together with the central retinal vein and penetrates the vitreous space (cavity of the eye) between the lens and the internal limiting membrane of the retina, where it divides into the central branches covering the lens and the parietal branches to supply the retina. The former passes through the hyaloid space after branching several arterioles and then covers the lens like a network from its medial and marginal sides. Different from small experimental animals, the parietal branches, just after separating from the central one, divides into the nasal, dorsal and temporal branches in the vitreous space, each of which then subdivides to distribute across the retina on the inner limiting membrane, then delineates the membrana vasculosa retinae. This basal pattern of vasculization 1 day after birth continues to death. Both the central and parietal branches of the central retinal artery correspond to the branches of the hyaloid artery in embryo and the latter is preserved in adult gerbils. PMID:12680468

  2. Hepcidin expression in mouse retina and its regulation via lipopolysaccharide/Toll-like receptor-4 pathway independent of Hfe

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    Gnana-Prakasam, Jaya P.; Martin, Pamela M.; Barbara A Mysona; Roon, Penny; Smith, Sylvia B.; Ganapathy, Vadivel

    2008-01-01

    Hepcidin is a hormone central to the regulation of iron homeostasis in the body. It is believed to be produced exclusively by the liver. Ferroportin, an iron exporter, is the receptor for hepcidin. This transporter/receptor is expressed in Müller cells, photoreceptor cells, and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) within the retina. Since the retina is protected by the retinal-blood barriers, we asked whether ferroportin in the retina is regulated by hepcidin in the circulation or whether the ret...

  3. Cell death in the developing vertebrate retina.

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    Vecino, Elena; Hernández, María; García, Mónica

    2004-01-01

    Programmed cell death occurs naturally, as a physiological process, during the embryonic development of multicellular organisms. In the retina, which belongs to the central nervous system, at least two phases of cell death have been reported to occur during development. An early phase takes place concomitant with the processes of neurogenesis, cell migration and cell differentiation. A later phase affecting mainly neurons occurs when connections are established and synapses are formed, resulting in selective elimination of inappropriate connections. This pattern of cell death in the developing retina is common among different vertebrates. However, the timing and magnitude of retinal cell death varies among species. In addition, a precise regulation of apoptosis during retinal development has been described. Factors such as neurotrophins, among many others, and electrical activity influence the survival of retinal cells during the course of development. In this paper, we present a summary of these different aspects of programmed cell death during retinal development, and examine how these differ among different species. PMID:15558487

  4. Acção da progesterona em mecanismos de fosforização proteica no sistema nervoso central

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    Amorim, Miguel Augusto Rodrigues de

    2011-01-01

    O presente trabalho propõe-se esclarecer o papel que a progesterona e os seus metabolitos exercem no sistema nervoso central. Nos últimos anos, com a descoberta da síntese local de esteróides no cérebro, a progesterona, assim como outras hormonas sexuais, ganharam uma relevância crescente em fenómenos tais como plasticidade neuronal e neuroprotecção. Ainda que já se comece a entender o papel de muitas hormonas no cérebro, tal como o estrogénio, o papel da progesterona continua menos conhecido...

  5. Studying the central control of food intake and obesity in rats Estudando em ratos o controle central da ingestão alimentar e a obesidade

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    Eliane Beraldi Ribeiro

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available The central nervous system regulates energy intake and expenditure through a complex network of neurotransmitters and neuromodulators. It is of great interest to understand the relevance of these systems to the physiological control of energy balance and to the disturbances of obesity. The present paper discusses some of the methods to address this field used at the laboratory of Endocrine Physiology of Universidade Federal de São Paulo. Initially, different experimental models of rat obesity are presented, namely the hypothalamic induced monosodium glutamate model, the Zucker genetic model, and the dietary model. The principles of brain microdialysis are also presented, the technique applied to obtain representative samples of the extracellular fluid of brain sites involved in feeding control. The microdialysate levels of serotonin, an important anorexigenic neurotransmitter, are determined by HPLC with electrochemical detection. The immunoblot technique (Western blot is used to determine hypothalamic levels of proteins relevant to the anorexigenic effect of serotonin and to analyze the acute activation of the insulin signaling cascade in the hypothalamus. The final section addresses the potential applications of proteomics in the study of the central control of feeding.O sistema nervoso central controla a ingestão e o gasto de energia por meio de um complexo circuito de neurotransmissores e neuromoduladores. É de grande interesse entender a relevância fisiológica destes sistemas e o papel que desempenham nos distúrbios da obesidade. No presente artigo, discutem-se alguns dos métodos que têm sido utilizados no laboratório de Fisiologia Endócrina da Universidade Federal de São Paulo, em estudos neste campo. Inicialmente, são apresentados alguns modelos de obesidade experimental em ratos, como a obesidade hipotalâmica induzida por glutamato monossódico, o modelo genético Zucker e também obesidades induzidas por dieta. Comenta

  6. Influências do poder central no planejamento da educação dos municípios da região metropolitana do Recife

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    Janete Maria Lins de Azevedo

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available O artigo, baseado em resultados de pesquisa, tem por ancoragem a realidade das metrópoles brasileiras, a partir da qual são feitas reflexões sobre o planejamento voltado, nas intenções proclamadas, para superar as desigualdades educacionais. Focalizam-se os quatorze municípios da Região Metropolitana do Recife, considerando-se características que os diferenciam e os aproximam. Entre outras dimensões, de modo explícito ou subjacente, trata-se do papel das municipalidades face aos novos padrões da regulação social, singularidades assumidas pelas políticas educativas nesse quadro, sobretudo em termos das relações interinstitucionais (poder central x poder local e especificidades da região: sua economia, história e cultura. As decisões expressas no Plano de Ações Articuladas (PAR e o discurso de gestores municipais são o espaço empírico do estudo.

  7. Estabilidade temporal da distribuição espacial da umidade do solo em área irrigada por pivô central

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    A. C. A. Gonçalves

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    Full Text Available A heterogeneidade do solo faz com que o armazenamento de água seja variável, sendo necessária uma amostragem intensa, para caracterizar a sua distribuição espacial em uma área irrigada. Para fins de manejo da irrigação, é importante o monitoramento da umidade do solo durante o processo de secagem entre duas irrigações sucessivas. O presente trabalho tem por objetivos avaliar a estabilidade temporal da distribuição espacial da umidade do solo, a correlação da umidade com conteúdo de argila e avaliar se há estrutura de dependência espacial dessas variáveis. Quanto mais estável for a distribuição espacial da umidade e mais estreita a correlação com a textura, menos intensas poderão ser as amostragens para fins de controle das irrigações. Em área irrigada por pivô central, no campus da ESALQ/USP, de solo Podzólico Vermelho-Escuro, a umidade foi medida em pontos espaçados de 2,83 m ao longo de uma transeção radial, nas profundidades de 0,15 e 0,30 m, por meio de uma sonda de nêutrons. O conteúdo de argila e a densidade global foram também medidos. As medidas foram feitas durante um período de secagem do solo. A estabilidade temporal das distribuições espaciais foi avaliada por meio do coeficiente de correlação e da técnica de diferenças relativas. Foi constatada a persistência no tempo das distribuições de umidade, sendo possível identificar pontos de amostragem cujos valores permitem estimar a média geral da umidade na área, a qualquer momento. A dependência espacial da umidade foi avaliada por meio de semivariogramas, os quais mostraram que mais de 50% da variação dos dados pode ser atribuída à variação estruturada no espaço, cujo padrão se mantém estável no tempo e varia com a profundidade. Na camada inferior, a correlação espacial entre umidade e conteúdo de argila é descrita por semivariograma cruzado com efeito pepita nulo. A estrutura de dependência espacial pode ser usada no

  8. Hydrogeological study of A High Mountain Area (Serra da Estrela, Central Portugal) : a multidisciplinary approach : uma abordagem multidisciplinar

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    The results of a preliminary hydrogeological study of the river Zêzere catchment upstream of Manteigas (Serra da Estrela Natural Park, Central Portugal) are presented. In this mountain region, different types of groundwater and surface water (used in several economic activities) occur. The methodology adopted in this study emphasizes the way how Geology, Geomorphology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Soil Science and Hydrogeology contribute to the description of the hydrological phenomena taking pl...

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

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    Carroll Howard Griffin

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    Full Text Available The term "central bank independence" (or abbreviated, CBI can be broadly defined as the degree of freedom of the central bank to pursue monetary policy without interference from political considerations. The idea of central bank independence has been widely accepted over the last several decades by many countries around the world, both developed and developing. Since being first written about academically in the late 1980s, many countries have come to adopt this policy and many governments have come to recognize this as standard procedure. As such, many countries around the world granted autonomy to their central banks during the 1980s and 1990s. The majority of past studies have examined primarily the impact of central bank independence on inflation. however, the additional theoretical benefits are much more far reaching, the result of a more stable and prosperous macroeconomic environment. Additionally, there is only now sufficient data to empirically determine whether many of these claims are true. This study examines central bank independence in developing countries of Latin America and Asia as well as selected developed countries to determine what actual impact an autonomous central bank has had. It also examines such phenomena as financial crises (including the current global crisis of 2008-2009, inflation targeting, legal systems, country development and fiscal policy to determine the effects of these items on not only inflation, but the broad spectrum of macroeconomic outcomes. Although there is some empirical evidence to support the benefits of central bank independence, it is limited in scope to certain areas.O termo "independência do banco central" (ou IBC pode ser amplamente definido como o grau de liberdade que o banco central possui para seguir sua política monetária sem a interferência de considerações políticas. A ideia da independência do banco central foi aceita nas últimas décadas por muitos países ao redor do mundo

  10. Prevenção da infecção da corrente sanguínea relacionada ao cateter venoso central: Uma revisão integrativa | Prevention of bloodstream infection related to central venous catheter: An integrative review

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    Alanna Gomes da Silva

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Analisar as produções científicas nacionais e internacionais sobre a adoção aos bundles para prevenção de infecção da corrente sanguínea relacionada ao cateter venoso central em unidade de terapia intensiva adulto. Métodos: Foi realizada uma revisão integrativa da literatura nas bases de dados Pubmed, Cinahl e Science Direct, publicados de 2011 a 2014. Resultados: Foram encontrados 11 artigos e em 100% deles as principais medidas adotadas foram antes da inserção do cateter, sendo: antissepsia da pele, uso de barreira máxima de precaução, preferência pela veia subclávia, higienização prévia das mãos e educação e treinamento dos profissionais de saúde. Conclusões: Os bundles estão sendo utilizados na prática clínica como estratégias para redução das infecções, contudo, as infecções da corrente sanguínea relacionadas a cateter continuam a ocorrer de forma alarmante e com grande impacto no cuidado a saúde. Desse modo, estratégias que apontem subsídios para melhoria da prática clínica e segurança do paciente devem ser incentivadas, sobretudo aquelas voltadas para o período crítico da inserção e manutenção do cateter. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Objective: To analyze the national and international scientific production on the adoption of bundles to prevent bloodstream infection related to central venous catheters in adult intensive care unit. Methods: An integrative literature review of studies published from 2011 to 2014 was conducted in the databases Pubmed, CINAHL and Science Direct. Results: 11 articles were found. In all of them the principal measures adopted before catheter insertion were: skin antisepsis, use of maximum barrier precaution, preference by the subclavian vein, previous hand hygiene, and education and training of health professionals. Conclusions: The bundles are being used in clinical practice as

  11. Atrofia girata de coróide e retina: relato de caso Girate atrophy of the retina and choroid: case report

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    Emerson Kenji Oyamaguchi

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    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.PURPOSE: To report a case of gyrate atrophy confirmed by biochemical blood analysis. METHODS: Best corrected visual acuity was evaluated. Biomicroscopy of the anterior segment, indirect ophthalmoscopy, fluorescein angiography and computerized visual fields were performed. Color vision was assessed and plasma ornithine level was determined. RESULTS: 22-year-old white female with high myopia, visual acuity of 20/100 in both eyes. Biomicroscopy showed posterior subcapsular cataract in both eyes. Retinography showed well-delineated atrophic lesions of the choroid and retina in the mid-periphery and around the optic nerve in both eyes. Blood aminoacid determination showed high levels of ornithine. CONCLUSION: We describe here a typical case of girate atrophy of the retina and choroid, a rare disease associated with high levels of plasma ornithine.

  12. Epidemia da Ralstonia Pickettii associata a catetere venoso centrale in pazienti oncologici

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    L. Sommella; M. Brugia; W. Biagini; G. Crapa

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    Obiettivi: la Ralstonia pickettii (RP) è un microrganismo Gram-negativo, aerobio, in grado di contaminare soluzioni saline e disinfettanti. Sebbene sia scarsamente patogeno, è responsabile di infezioni nosocomiali soprattutto in pazienti (pts) immunodepressi. In questo studio viene descritta un’epidemia da RP in pts oncologici per contaminazione di port-a-cath (PAC) da soluzione eparinata.

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  13. 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. PMID:27354192

  14. The holocene sequence of the central continental shelf of the State of Bahia, Brazil; A sequencia holocenica da plataforma continental central do Estado da Bahia

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    Freire, Antonio Fernando Menezes; Dominguez, Jose Maria Landim [PETROBRAS S.A., BA (Brazil). Unidade de Negocios de Exploracao e Producao da Bahia. Ativo de Exploracao Avaliacao e Acompanhamento Geologico]. E-mail: fernandofreire@petrobras.com.br

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    Fifty cores were recovered from the sea bottom in the central portion of the continental shelf of the State of Bahia, between the Marau Peninsula and the city of Olivenca. Thirty six of these cores were collected by divers at up to 40 m deep waters. Fourteen cores were collected by piston cores in areas ranging from the continental shelf to the upper slope. All cores were described, photographed and sampled for grain size and bio stratigraphic analysis. These data were used to prepare textural and facies maps of the continental shelf. The piston cores were run parallel to sub-bottom profiling surveys. Results show that there is a strong reflector located 3 - 4 m below the sediment- water interface, which limited the penetration of the piston cores. This reflector represents a sequence boundary separating the holocene from the pleistocene sequences. A transgressive system tract has been deposited on the top of this surface along with the early stages of the high stand system tract, particularly on the inner shelf. Because of the starved character of this shelf, notably on its external portion, a detailed application of sequence stratigraphy concepts has not been possible. Only at the inner shelf/shore face there is evident pro gradation of siliciclastics over carbonates. Several submarine valleys dissect the outer shelf/upper slope, thus acting as channels that transport continental shelf sediments to the deeper portions of the basin. (author)

  15. 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. PMID:18524536

  16. Epidemia da Ralstonia Pickettii associata a catetere venoso centrale in pazienti oncologici

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    L. Sommella

    2003-05-01

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    Obiettivi: la Ralstonia pickettii (RP è un microrganismo Gram-negativo, aerobio, in grado di contaminare soluzioni saline e disinfettanti. Sebbene sia scarsamente patogeno, è responsabile di infezioni nosocomiali soprattutto in pazienti (pts immunodepressi. In questo studio viene descritta un’epidemia da RP in pts oncologici per contaminazione di port-a-cath (PAC da soluzione eparinata.

    Metodi: dal 31 ottobre 2002, RP è stata isolata da sangue periferico e da PAC in alcuni pts oncologici che avevano presentato febbre con brivido pochi minuti dopo l’utilizzo del PAC per infusione di agenti chemioterapici o di soluzioni eparinizzate. Prelievi emocolturali venivano estesi a tutti i pts che manifestavano la stessa sintomatologia ed effettuati anche prelievi colturali su soluzioni fisiologiche eparinizzate (500 U/ml.

    Risultati: dal 31 ottobre al 27 novembre 2002 RP è
    stata isolata da emocolture di 16 su 22 pts esaminati. In tutti i pazienti veniva praticata una terapia antibiotica mirata e pianificata la rimozione del PAC con conseguente risoluzione del quadro clinico. RP è stata anche isolata in una soluzione fisiologica eparinizzata con una fiala di un lotto contaminato.

    Conclusioni: questo studio relativo ad un’infezione causata da RP in pts oncologici portatori di PAC suggerisce che l’identificazione tempestiva di un patogeno nosocomiale inusuale è cruciale per impostare una corretta valutazione epidemiologica al fine di individuare e rimuovere le cause che hanno provocato l’epidemia.

  17. Comunidade de formigas que nidificam em pequenos galhos da serrapilheira em floresta da Amazônia Central, Brasil

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    Karine S. Carvalho

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    Full Text Available Community of ants that nest in dead twigs on the ground of Central Amazonian forest, Brazil. A total area of 2,880 m² in four forest sites, near Manaus, Brazil, was searched for ant colonies nesting in dead twigs on the ground. An amount of 3,706 twigs (0.5-5 cm in diameter were gathered, of which only 623 (16.8% had ants, which is equivalent to a density of 0.22 nests per m². Seventy species have been found. The predominant genera were Pheidole (Westwood, Crematogaster (Lund, and Solenopsis (Westwood. For most species, many of the nests found had only workers and brood, suggesting that colonies either use multiple twigs to nest or do not live exclusively in the twigs, using other types of substrate (e.g., leaf-litter, soil, fruit pods to nest. Most colonized twigs were hollow or partially hollow inside and relatively easy to break apart. There were significant differences among species with respect to the size (diameter of twig used as nest. No correlation was found between the number of twigs available and the number colonized by ants, suggesting that ant populations were not limited by the amount of nesting sites (twigs. The three most common Pheidole species had small colonies with less than 200 workers. Colony size was not related to twig size (volume, for any of these three species.

  18. Aspectos sócio-políticos da implantação da Central de Transplantes do Piauí Aspectos socio-políticos de la implantación de la Central de Trasplantes de Piauí Socio-political aspects of the implantation of the Transplant Center of Piauí

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    Estudo qualitativo objetivando compreender os aspectos sócio-políticos que mediaram a implantação da central de transplante do Piauí, identificar os sujeitos sociais envolvidos nessa implantação e analisar a participação da sociedade civil organizada. Fizeram parte do estudo dez sujeitos diretamente relacionados com a implantação da central, sendo delimitados por meio da técnica de "bola-de-neve". Utilizou-se a entrevista semi-estruturada, gravada, transcrita e submetida à análise temática. C...

  19. Feeding of Pellona flavipinnis (Clupeiformes, Pristigasteridaein a Central Amazonian floodplain Dieta de Pellona flavipinnis (Clupeiformes, Pristigasteridae em planície alagada da Amazônia Central

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    Sandra S. Moreira-Hara

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    Full Text Available The feeding habits of Pellona flavipinnis (Valenciennes, 1836 at Catalão, a floodplain area on the Brazilian Central Amazon was studied. Data was obtained during three hydrological cycles, between September 1999 and September 2003. Diet composition, daily and seasonal variation in the feeding activity and the relationship between predator's size and its prey were analyzed. Almost 80% of the food consumed has autochthonous origin and diet was composed basically by insects and fish. Juvenile fish predominated in the stomach contents of all size classes but there was no significant relationship between predator's size and its prey. Pellona flavipinnis may be considered a carnivorous species which feeds mainly on juvenile (young-of-the-year specimens of other fish. More intense feeding activity occurred at night and in the high water period.Os hábitos alimentares de Pellona flavipinnis (Valenciennes, 1836 de uma área de várzea na Amazônia Central, Catalão, foram estudados. Foram utilizados dados referentes a três ciclos hidrológicos, entre setembro de 1999 e setembro de 2003. Foram analisados a dieta, a atividade alimentar diária e sazonal e a relação entre o comprimento da presa e o do predador. Cerca de 80% dos alimentos consumidos eram de origem autóctone e a dieta composta basicamente de insetos e peixes. Peixes juvenis predominaram nos conteúdos estomacais de exemplares de todas as classes de tamanho, mas não houve relação significativa entre o tamanho do predador e o das presas consumidas. Pellona flavipinnis pode ser considerada uma espécie carnívora que se alimenta principalmente de indivíduos juvenis de outras espécies de peixes. A atividade alimentar foi maior durante a noite e no período da cheia.

  20. Despesas Públicas e Externalidades Positivas: Uma Análise da Saúde dos Países da América Central, do Sul e México

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    Viviane Theiss

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    Full Text Available Este estudo tem como objetivo analisar a relação entre o conjunto de despesas públicas com saúde e o conjunto de externalidades positivas por eles gerados nos países da América Central, do Sul e México. O método utilizado se caracteriza quanto aos objetivos como uma pesquisa descritiva, documental quanto aos procedimentos, com uma abordagem do problema quantitativo, com a aplicação da correlação canônica. A amostra é composta por um país da América do Norte, 18 países da América Central e 12 países da América do Sul. Os resultados indicam que a maioria dos países apresenta uma oscilação entre uma correlação média e forte, fato que garante a proximidade das variáveis analisadas e a possibilidade de rejeitar a hipótese da pesquisa. Desta forma, é possível concluir que existe relação entre o conjunto de despesas públicas com saúde e o conjunto de externalidades nos países da América Central, do Sul e México.

  1. Estudo da viabilidade do preparo direto para descanso de cíngulo em incisivo central superior

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    ALENCAR José Freire de

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    Full Text Available Esta pesquisa teve como finalidade estudar a viabilidade do preparo direto para descanso em cíngulo de incisivo central superior, por intermédio de processamento de imagem. Foram reproduzidos dez dentes íntegros, montados em um suporte de alumínio com resina acrílica e distribuídos entre cinco especialistas, que executaram os preparos para descanso. Em seguida, os corpos-de-prova foram cortados ao longo de suas coroas, tendo como guia um corte inicial, feito no centro da borda incisal de cada dente. O preparo foi então dimensionado, estabelecendo-se medidas lineares e angulares que permitissem uma análise comparativa entre o perfil original do dente e aquele após o preparo, enquanto se determinava a perfuração ou não da camada de esmalte. Todas as observações foram feitas, digitalizando-se os perfis e processando as imagens num programa específico. Dos cinqüenta modelos preparados, seguindo critérios estabelecidos, trinta e três perfuraram a camada de esmalte. Sendo assim, o incisivo central superior não está indicado para receber preparo direto para descanso de cíngulo.

  2. 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. PMID:19822206

  3. 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. PMID:26541085

  4. Classificação diagnóstica dos portadores de doenças degenerativas de retina, integrantes dos grupos Retina São Paulo e Retina Vale do Paraíba Diagnostic classification of retinal degenerative diseases São Paulo and Vale Retina groups

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    Nichard Unonius; Michel Eid Farah; Juliana M. Ferraz Sallum

    2003-01-01

    OBJETIVO:Organizar um banco de dados regional de todos os indivíduos portadores de doenças degenerativas da retina, com o objetivo de classificar cada paciente de acordo com o tipo de distrofia e padrão de herança. MÉTODOS: Durante o encontro do Grupo Retina São Paulo no dia 5 de maio de 2001, duzentas e quarenta e três pessoas foram registradas, sendo que parte forneceu dados de antecedentes oculares, pessoais e familiares e árvore genealógica. Noventa e três pacientes foram questionados qua...

  5. 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. PMID:26977322

  6. 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.

  7. Vascular and avascular retinae in mammals. A funduscopic and fluorescein angiographic study.

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    Buttery, R G; Haight, J R; Bell, K

    1990-01-01

    Intraretinal blood vessels are present in some and absent in other vertebrate species, including the mammals. Among the marsupials, both vascular and avascular retinae are seen. We determined the funduscopic appearance of the eye, investigated the functional aspects of ocular blood flow in both types of retina in marsupials and compared our results with known patterns in placental mammals. The Australian polyprotodont marsupials, the Tasmanian devil, Sarcophilus harrisii, and the quoll, Dasyurus viverrinus, together with an American polyprotodont, the Virginia opossum, Didelphis virginiana, demonstrate variable degrees of tapetal differentiation, pigmentation and a very close parallel course of their intraretinal arteries and veins over considerable distances. Using the technique of fluorescein angiography, we found that retinal blood flow in the 3 vascular Australian species commenced with arterial filling. Early venous was seen next, followed by the capillary blush. This unusual sequence of vascular flow differs from that of the arterial-capillary-venous filling seen in placental mammals. This difference is most likely a consequence of the known looped, end artery organisation found within marsupial nervous systems, of which the retinae are a part. The 2 diprotodont marsupials examined, the brushtail possum, Trichosurus vulpecula, and the sugar glider, Petaurus breviceps, possess avascular retinae. Only a small residual tuft of fluorescein-impermeable vessels projects from the optic disc into the vitreous. Interestingly, the structural complexity of the central visual system in diprotodonts all of whom possess avascular retinae) is commonly accepted as being greater than that of the stem polyprotodont line (which possess vascular retinae). If retinal function matches this internal complexity, then retinal avascularity may, as in birds, be associated with superior vision. However, as the retinae of these mammals clearly lack any nutritive mechanisms directly

  8. The Retina and Other Light-sensitive Ocular Clocks.

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    Besharse, Joseph C; McMahon, Douglas G

    2016-06-01

    Ocular clocks, first identified in the retina, are also found in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), cornea, and ciliary body. The retina is a complex tissue of many cell types and considerable effort has gone into determining which cell types exhibit clock properties. Current data suggest that photoreceptors as well as inner retinal neurons exhibit clock properties with photoreceptors dominating in nonmammalian vertebrates and inner retinal neurons dominating in mice. However, these differences may in part reflect the choice of circadian output, and it is likely that clock properties are widely dispersed among many retinal cell types. The phase of the retinal clock can be set directly by light. In nonmammalian vertebrates, direct light sensitivity is commonplace among body clocks, but in mice only the retina and cornea retain direct light-dependent phase regulation. This distinguishes the retina and possibly other ocular clocks from peripheral oscillators whose phase depends on the pace-making properties of the hypothalamic central brain clock, the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN). However, in mice, retinal circadian oscillations dampen quickly in isolation due to weak coupling of its individual cell-autonomous oscillators, and there is no evidence that retinal clocks are directly controlled through input from other oscillators. Retinal circadian regulation in both mammals and nonmammalian vertebrates uses melatonin and dopamine as dark- and light-adaptive neuromodulators, respectively, and light can regulate circadian phase indirectly through dopamine signaling. The melatonin/dopamine system appears to have evolved among nonmammalian vertebrates and retained with modification in mammals. Circadian clocks in the eye are critical for optimum visual function where they play a role fine tuning visual sensitivity, and their disruption can affect diseases such as glaucoma or retinal degeneration syndromes. PMID:27095816

  9. Pleistocene gastropods from Toca da Esperança, municipality of Central, State of Bahia, Brazil

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    Lais Clark Lima

    1992-09-01

    Full Text Available Fossil shells collected during excavations in Toca da Esperança, BA, were identified on morphological grounds as: Artemon intermedius intermedius (Albers, 1857; Gastrocopta (Privatula corticaria (Say; Bulimulus (Rhinus heterotrichus (Moricand, 1836 and Polygyratia polygyrata polygyrata (Born, 1780. Bone samples found associated with these shells were dated by the Uranium - Thorium method as being between 204,000 and 295,000 years old (Middle - Upper Pleistocene. Species of the mastofauna also found associated, on the other hand, were identified as being of the Upper Pleistocene or even of the beginning of the Holocene. The material studied here was not dated.

  10. Dor: aspectos atuais da sensibilização periférica e central Dolor: aspectos actuales de la sensibilización periférica y central Pain: current aspects on peripheral and central sensitization

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    Anita Perpétua Carvalho Rocha

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: As pesquisas recentes têm focalizado a plasticidade bioquímica e estrutural do sistema nervoso decorrente da lesão tissular. Os mecanismos envolvidos na transição da dor aguda para crônica são complexos e envolvem a interação de sistemas receptores e o fluxo de íons intracelulares, sistemas de segundo mensageiro e novas conexões sinápticas. O objetivo deste artigo foi discutir os novos mecanismos que envolvem a sensibilização periférica e central. CONTEÚDO: A lesão tissular provoca aumento na resposta dos nociceptores, chamada de sensibilização ou facilitação. Esses fenômenos iniciam-se após a liberação local de mediadores inflamatórios e a ativação de células do sistema imune ou de receptores específicos no sistema nervoso periférico e central. CONCLUSÕES: As lesões do tecido e dos neurônios resultam em sensibilização de nociceptores e facilitação da condução nervosa central e periférica.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: Las recientes investigaciones se han centrado en la plasticidad bioquímica y estructural del sistema nervioso proveniente de la lesión tisular. Los mecanismos involucrados en transición del dolor agudo para crónico son complejos e involucran la interacción de sistemas receptores y el flujo de iones intracelulares, sistemas de segundo mensajero y nuevas conexiones sinápticas. El objetivo de este artículo fue discutir los nuevos mecanismos que envuelven la sensibilización periférica y central. CONCLUSION: La lesión tisular provoca un aumento en la respuesta de los nociceptores, llamada sensibilización o facilitación. Esos fenómenos empiezan después de la liberación local de mediadores inflamatorios y de la activación de células del sistema inmune o de receptores específicos en el sistema nervioso periférico y central. CONCLUSIONES: Las lesiones del tejido y de las neuronas resultan en una sensibilización de nociceptores y en la facilitación de la

  11. Comunidades da nova era no Planalto Central: utopia, ideologia e reafirmação da ordem New Age communities in the Central Plateau: utopia, ideology and reafirmation of order

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    Aico Sipriano Nogueira

    2001-05-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo analisa a constituição de uma comunidade alternativa no planalto central do Brasil, a partir do que se convencionou chamar de "novas formas contemporâneas de sociabilidade". Através de uma discussão teórico-conceitual sobre comunidade, comunidade utópica, mito, ideologia, utopia e imaginário, o texto sugere a possibilidade de se pensar a idéia de alternativa ao sistema social vigente enquanto expressão, ao mesmo tempo, do pensamento conservador e da possibilidade de construção do novo.This article analyses the constitution of an alternative community in the central plateau of Brazil, based on what has been called 'new contemporary forms of sociability'.Using a theoretical-conceptual discussion on community, utopian community, myth, ideology, utopia and imaginary, the text suggests the possibility of taking the idea of alternative to the present social system as an expression, along with conservative thought and the possibility of the construction of the new.

  12. Evaluacion del factor central y periferico en fatiga muscular en pacientes com daño piramidal

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    Carlos G. Schutz

    1983-09-01

    Full Text Available Para evaluar algunos de los componentes de la fatiga muscular en el daño piramidal, se seleccionó un grupo de 15 pacientes con hemiparesia faciobraquiocrural de severidad variable, los cuales fueron sometidos a un esfuerzo muscular, durante el cual se evaluaron los cambios de la frecuencia y duración de los potenciales positivos y negativos del EMG, asi como los sufridos por la onda M máxima al principio y fin del mismo. El estudio fue realizado en el lado parético, el contralateral y en un grupo control de voluntarios sanos, comparándose los resultados de los 3 grupos. Las curvas de frecuencia y duración del lado parético, el sano y el control mantuvieron las mismas tendencias, así como fue homologable el comportamiento de la onda M máxima en los 3 casos, lo cual indica que en la espasticidad, debido a daño de la vía piramidal, al igual que en la población normal, bajo las presentes condiciones de estudio, es el factor central el condicionante principal en el desarrollo de fatiga muscular.

  13. 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

  14. Organotypic Culture of Adult Rabbit Retina

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    Lye, Ming H.; Jakobs, Tatjana C.; Masland, Richard H.; Koizumi, Amane

    2007-01-01

    Organotypic culture systems of functional neural tissues are important tools in neurobiological research. Ideally, such a system should be compatible with imaging techniques, genetic manipulation, and electrophysiological recording. Here we present a simple interphase tissue culture system for adult rabbit retina that requires no specialized equipment and very little maintenance. We demonstrate the dissection and incubation of rabbit retina and particle-mediated gene transfer of plasmids enco...

  15. Rod-Cone convergence in the retina.

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    Muchungi, Kendi

    2015-01-01

    Vision enables visual perception of one's environs, as well as self-navigation within space. Objects within our environs are visible by virtue of the fact that they re ect light. To see or have visual perception, this light needs to be converted into an electrical signal. This process is referred to as visual transduction and takes place in the retina. Recently, it has become apparent that the convergence of rod and cone systems in transduction is crucial to enable retina fu...

  16. Cell size, number and density in the retina ganglion cell layer of Pekin duck retina at different embryonic age

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    ZUO Shi-Feng; CHEN Yao-Xing; WANG Zi-Xu; Cao, Jing; Dong, Yu-lan

    2008-01-01

    Changes in cell size, number and density of the ganglion cell layer(GCL)of the Pekin duck retina were studied by using the methods of Nissl-staining and Scion Image picture processing at embryonic age day-11,14,17,20,23 and 26. The result indicated that the cells in GCL were small and round uniformly at E11 and E14. The large cells were first found at E17. From E11 to E26, cell size was increased 1.97-fold in the central area (CA) and 3.1-fold in the temple periphery (TP), and there was si...

  17. UPPER JURASSIC OUTCROPS ALONG THE CALDAS DA RAINHA DIAPIR, WEST CENTRAL PORTUGAL: A REGIONAL GEOHERITAGE OVERVIEW

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    JORGE DINIS

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available The Mesozoic Portuguese geological heritage is very rich and varied, a legacy of the position in the western margin of Iberia and its relationship with the evolution of the North Atlantic, with an interesting tectonic history since the Late Triassic. Regarding the Upper Jurassic several connections can be established between the tectonics and the stratigraphic record in the area surrounding the Caldas da Rainha structure: the basement and salt pillow control on deposition; the beginning of a diapiric and magmatic cycle associated to the on-set of sea-floor and the exhumation of both Jurassic deposits and the core of their controlling diapirs. The nature of the outcrops and richness in sedimentary environments, related with the different phases of rifting, is a remarkable case for extensional basin studies. Geological sites can be of regional, national or international importance due to scientific, educational, economical, social or historical reasons. The present proposal can be considered as a model for the establishment of tourist/educational routes with a strong component in communication on Earth Sciences, integrating social and historical aspects at a regional level. The recognition of those sites as geoheritage may contribute to a more sustainable management, in particular because it allows the achievement of a critical dimension for the investment in human resources and marketing. In Portugal, recent legal evolution might be considered promising. Nevertheless, since implementation of the concept of protected site depends on the approval of detailed management programs, there are frequent delays, misinterpretations and disrespect of legislation. The strategy to be adopted must integrate conservation, scientific studies and science communication in projects with economic and social interest.

  18. PET molecular imaging of peripheral and central inflammatory processes targeting the TSPO 18 kDa

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    The purpose of this study was to determine the in vivo potential of the TSPO 18 kDa as a bio-marker of inflammation, with the use of its radioligand [18F]DPA-714, to non-invasively quantify the inflammatory state within the scope of various pathologies. Multiple animal models of various inflammatory diseases, to include: inflammatory bowel disease, neuro-inflammation, and septic shock, were developed and put in place by adapted measures. The animals well-being and the subsequent inflammation was evaluated. The inflammatory state was measured using quantitative PET imaging with the TSPO radioligand [18F]DPA-714 and correlated to the expression of conventional inflammatory markers using microscopy. Based on the observed data, we were able to distinguish control groups from treated groups when using [18F]DPA-714. This TSPO radioligand permitted us to quantify the inflammatory level and to observe evolutionary changes in the inflammatory state of the disease in multiple models. The PET results, using the [18F]DPA-714 signal was correlated with an increased TSPO expression at cellular level. Results indicate that [18F]DPA-714 is a suitable tracer for studying inflammation of multiple diseases. [18F]DPA-714 could be a good molecular probe to non-invasively evaluate the level and localization of inflammation. Moreover, in vivo imaging using this TSPO ligand is potentially a powerful tool to stage and certainly to follow the evolution and therapeutic efficiency at molecular level in inflammatory diseases. (author)

  19. 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.

  20. Relação solo-vegetação em remanescente da floresta estacional decidual na Região Central do Rio Grande do Sul

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    Ana Paula Moreira Rovedder; Clarice Maboni de Almeida; Maristela Machado Araujo; Thaíse da Silva Tonetto; Marta Silvana Volpato Scotti

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    O presente trabalho objetivou caracterizar a relação solo-vegetação em remanescente da Floresta Estacional Decidual na Região Central do Rio Grande do Sul a partir da análise da relação entre atributos edáficos e dois grupos fitossociológicos (G1 e G2). Características químicas e o percentual de argila do solo foram submetidos à análise da variância e suas relações com G1 e G2 foram avaliadas por análise de componentes principais (ACP). Para tanto, G1 e G2 foram classificados em 3 intervalos ...

  1. 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.

  2. Defeitos congênitos em bovinos da Região Central do Rio Grande do Sul

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    J.T.S.A. Macêdo

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    Full Text Available Foram revisados casos de defeitos congênitos (DCs diagnosticados em bovinos no Laboratório de Patologia da Universidade Federal de Santa Maria em 1964-2010. Durante o período estudado, foram examinados materiais provenientes da necropsia de 7.132 bovinos e foram encontrados 31 bezerros (0,4% com DCs, os quais foram classificados em 34 tipos e alocados nos sistemas orgânicos primariamente afetados. Os DCs ocorriam isoladamente (19 [61,3%] ou afetavam múltiplos sítios anatômicos (15 [28,7%] com frequência semelhante em ambos os sexos. Como vários terneiros mostraram múltiplos DCs, um total de 53 DCs foi computado. Dos 53 DCs diagnosticados, 15 (28,3% afetavam o sistema nervoso central (craniósquise [4], abiotrofia cerebelar [2], degeneração esponjosa [2], hidrocefalia [2], meningocele [2], espinha bífida [1], hipoplasia cerebelar [1] e hipomielinogênese [1]; nove (17,0% afetavam o sistema urogenital (agenesia testicular [1], agenesia vaginal [1], hipoplasia peniana [1], formação de cloaca [1], freemartinismo [1], hamartoma vascular de ovário [1], hipoplasia renal [1], cistos renais [1] e úraco persistente [1]; oito DCs (15,1% eram primários do sistema musculoesquelético (artrogripose [4], escoliose [1], plagiocefalia, [1] schistosomus reflexus [1] e diprosopia [1]; e outros oito (15,1% foram alocados no sistema digestivo (palatosquise [3], atresia anal [1], atresia anorretal [1], atresia - anocolônica [1], fístula reto-vaginal [1] e fístula reto-uretral [1]; em cinco ocasiões (9,4% o DC afetava o sistema cardiovascular (persistência do ducto arterioso [2], persistência do forame oval [2] e defeito do septo ventricular [1]; quatro (7,5% afetavam o sistema linfático e consistiam de hipoplasia ou aplasia de vasos linfáticos e linfonodos associadas a linfedema. Dois casos (3,4%, de hipotricose foram observados afetando o integumento; um caso (1,9% de estenose traqueal foi encontrado no sistema respiratório e um caso (1

  3. Cell size, number and density in the retina ganglion cell layer of Pekin duck retina at different embryonic age

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    ZUO Shi-Feng

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Changes in cell size, number and density of the ganglion cell layer(GCL)of the Pekin duck retina were studied by using the methods of Nissl-staining and Scion Image picture processing at embryonic age day-11,14,17,20,23 and 26. The result indicated that the cells in GCL were small and round uniformly at E11 and E14. The large cells were first found at E17. From E11 to E26, cell size was increased 1.97-fold in the central area (CA and 3.1-fold in the temple periphery (TP, and there was significant difference among all embryonic ages. During the growth and development of embryo, the total number of cells in GCL was increased to 2.03×106 cells at E17, and then decreased significantly with age. Differentiation of the central-peripheral gradient in cell density has been performed at E11. Cell density in CA was up to the maximal value (2.54×104 cells/mm2 at E17 and then decreased. However, cell density was decreased constantly in the peripheral area, especially in TP. In conclusion, E17 is the most important point for the retina during the embryonic developmental of Pekin duck, accompanying changes in cell size, number and density in GCL [Acta Zoologica Sinica 54(6: 1082 – 1088, 2008].

  4. Avaliação microbiológica e físico-químicas da qualidade da água para o consumo humano na província do planalto central - Huambo - Angola

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    Fernandes, Lafayete de Assunção

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    A água é um dos recursos mais abundante no planeta e essencial a vida, pelo que é imprescindível a sua gestão e qualidade. No entanto a sua utilidade deve ser salvaguardada quer nos aspectos ambientais quer sanitários. O presente estudo teve como objetivo analisar amostras de água para o consumo humano provenientes da cidade do Planalto Central - Huambo, Angola, e associar a qualidade com o meio envolvente. Assim colheram-se duas amostras de água da torneira e do poço e avaliou-se a qualid...

  5. Cardiac lesions in patients with lethal central nervous system trauma Daño cardíaco en pacientes con trauma mortal del sistema nervioso central

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    María E. Cardona

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    Fifteen men with lethal central nervous system trauma were studied to look for the presence of cardiac lesions. They were between 16 and 60 years of age with an average of 32. There were five gunshot wounds and nine central nervous system contusions; four of these occurred in traffic accidents. The remaining patient was wounded with a machete. AII patients were adequately treated since the beginning of their hospital stay and 14 were surgically managed. Average survival after trauma was 6.6 days. In every case there were ECG alterations, the most frequent being sinusal tachycardia. Creatine phosphokinase levels were high in all and the MB fraction was above normal levels in three patients in whom heart damage was confirmed at autopsy. In 40% of cases heart lesions were found and the most common was subendocardial hemorrhage. In an era of increasing need of organs for transplantation potential donors have to be thoroughly studied to determine if heart lesions have occurred and to decide if they are suitable as transplant organs.

    Analizamos los casos de 15 hombres con trauma mortal del sistema nervioso central. Sus edades fluctuaron entre 16 y 60 años con un promedio de 32. Las lesiones más frecuentes fueron por proyectil de arma de fuego (5 casos y por contusión (9 casos, cuatro de ellos en accidente de tránsito. El paciente restante fue lesionado con arma corto contundente. En todos los pacientes el manejo fue adecuado desde el principio de la hospitalización ya 14 se les hizo tratamiento quirúrgico. El promedio de sobrevida después del trauma fue 6.6 días. Sin excepción el estudio electrocardiográfico mostró alteraciones; la taquicardia sinusal fue la más frecuente. La CPK estuvo elevada en todos los pacientes; en 3 de ellos, con da

  6. Extratores e disponibilidade de micronutrientes em Terra Preta de Índio da Amazônia Central Extractants and availability of micronutrients in Central Amazonian dark earth soil

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    Adônis Moreira; Wenceslau Geraldes Teixeira; Gilvan Coimbra Martins

    2009-01-01

    O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a disponibilidade de B, Cu, Fe, Mn e Zn em solos com horizonte A antrópico (Terra Preta do Índio - TPI) da Amazônia Central com as soluções extratoras Mehlich 1 (M1), Mehlich 3 (M3) e DTPA-TEA. Foram utilizadas dezesseis amostras de terra preta de diferentes profundidades provenientes de dez sítios arqueológicos e de cinco classes de solos representativas da região (Espodossolo, Neossolo, Latossolo, Argissolo e Cambissolo). Na Terra Preta de Índio, o extr...

  7. Lactate Transport and Receptor Actions in Retina

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    Kolko, Miriam; Vosborg, Fia; Henriksen, Ulrik L;

    2016-01-01

    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...... excitability, metabolism and inflammation. Recent publications predict effects of the lactate receptor on neurodegeneration. Neurodegenerative diseases in retina, where the retinal ganglion cells die, notably glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, may be linked to disturbed lactate homeostasis. Pilot studies...... reveal high GPR81 mRNA in retina and indicate GPR81 localization in Müller cells and retinal ganglion cells. Moreover, monocarboxylate transporters are expressed in retinal cells. We envision that lactate receptors and transporters could be useful future targets of novel therapeutic strategies to protect...

  8. PROFESSORA DE EDUCAÇÃO INFANTIL? EM BUSCA DO NÚCLEO CENTRAL DA REPRESENTAÇÃO SOCIAL A PARTIR DA ANÁLISE DAS EVOCAÇÕES LIVRES

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    Lenira Haddad

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo apresenta os resultados parciais de uma pesquisa que objetiva identificar as representações sociais (RS de estudantes de pedagogia sobre a profissão de professor de educação infantil.  Apóia-se na teoria da representação social de Moscovici e na teoria do núcleo central de Abric. O artigo analisa os dados coletados por meio da técnica de associação livre de palavras, a partir de quatro palavras indutoras: creche, pré-escola, criança e professor. Utilizou-se do software EVOC para o tratamento dos  dados. Participaram do estudo 89 estudantes primeiroanistas do curso de Pedagogia da UFAL. os resultados indicam diferenças significativas entre  as RS dos dois segmentos da educação infantil, sugerindo que a organização da RS de creche e pré-escola é determinada menos pela nomenclatura oficial do que pela função tradicionalmente atribuída a essas instituições. A imagem de professor que aparece está mais próxima a de níveis posteriores de ensino, indicando uma remota possibilidade de associar professor à criança pequena.

  9. Neurochemical phenotype and birthdating of specific cell populations in the chick retina

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    Karin da Costa calaza

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The chick embryo is one of the most traditional models in developing neuroscience and its visual system has been one of the most exhaustively studied. The retina has been used as a model for studying the development of the nervous system. Here, we describe the morphological features that characterize each stage of the retina development and studies of the neurogenesis period of some specific neurochemical subpopulations of retinal cells by using a combination of immunohistochemistry and autoradiography of tritiated-thymidine. It could be concluded that the proliferation period of dopaminergic, GABAergic, cholinoceptive and GABAceptive cells does not follow a common rule of the neurogenesis. In addition, some specific neurochemical cell groups can have a restrict proliferation period when compared to the total cell population.O embrião de galinha é um dos mais tradicionais modelosde estudos da neurociência do desenvolvimento e seu sistema visual tem sido um dos mais exaustivamente estudado. Aretina tem sido utilizada como modelo para estudar o desenvolvimento do sistema nervoso. Aqui, nós descrevemos as características morfológicas que caracterizam cada estádio da retina em desenvolvimento e os estudos do período de neurogênese de algumas subpopulações de células neuroquímicamente específicas da retina usando uma combinação de imunohistoquímica e autoradiografia de timidina-tritiada. Conclui-se que o período de proliferação das células dopaminérgicas, GABAérgicas, colinoceptivas e GABAceptivas não segue uma regra comum. Além disso, alguns grupos celulares neuroquimicamente distintos podem ter um período de proliferaçãomais restrito quando comparado ao da população total destas células.

  10. Aspectos neurológicos da doença de chagas: sistema nervoso central

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    Sylvio de Vergueiro Forjaz

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    Full Text Available The lesions of the nervous system in the Trypanosomiasis Cruzi are quite frequent and are not only limited to the encephalo-spinal-axis. Actually, they are much more common in the peripheral representations of the autonomic nervous system, resulting in the so-called enteromegalies (mega-esophagus, megacolon, etc. so frequent in Brazil. However, only the clinical manifestations due to the encephalic and spinal lesions have been included in the neurological aspects of Chagas' disease (as formerly contended for by Carlos Chagas. In the acute phase of the central nervous system infestation, the Trypanosoma cruzi,as leishmanias, is found in cellular elements of the neuroglia (microglia, astroglia and may be isolated from the peripheral blood and cerebrospinal fluid (inoculation in sensitive animals. The corresponding clinical manifestations are the severe difuse meningo-encephalo-myelitis with a high degree of lethality and also signs of infection, hepatomegaly and splenomegaly. The infants from endemic areas are much more compromised. The clinical-pathologic as well as experimental confirmations on that acute phase of the disease are numerous and irrefutable. In the chronic phase of the disease, the neurological manifestations are not very clear. Early in 1909, Chagas, impressed with the great number of cases of infantile encephalopathy found in infested regions, imputed to the T. cruzithe etiology of such cases of encephalopathy and considered them as pertaining to a chronic phase of the disease. This has not been confirmed by other investigations, and even if the etiologic agent were the T. cruzithe clinical manifestations have no evolutive character and seem more sequelae than symptoms of a real chronic nervous phase. Even experimentally it has not been possible to demonstrate the presence of parasites in the nervous system of infested animals after clearing of the signs of the acute phase. In patients with chronic Chagas' disease with lesions in

  11. Nicho ecológico e aspectos da história natural de Phyllomedusa azurea (Anura: Hylidae, Phyllomedusinae) no Cerrado do Brasil Central

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    Freitas, Evellyn Borges de; De-Carvalho, Crizanto Brito; Faria, Renato Gomes; Batista, Renato de Carvalho; Batista, Cássio de Carvalho; Coelho, Welington Araújo; Bocchiglieri, Adriana

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    Aspectos da ecologia e da história natural de Phyllomedusa azurea foram estudados em uma área de cerrado do Brasil Central, entre abril de 2006 e fevereiro de 2007. As observações foram realizadas entre as 18:00 e 5:00 h. Os aspectos investigados são referentes aos nichos espacial, temporal e trófico, morfometria e reprodução. A maioria dos animais vocalizou em locais com predominância do estrato herbáceo e de dossel aberto. Os principais substratos utilizados foram arbustos e árvores. Com re...

  12. Estudo clínico de 35 pacientes com diagnóstico de erisipela internados no Hospital Central da Irmandade da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo Erysipelas: a clinical study of 35 pacients hospitalized at the São Paulo Central Hospital of Irmandade da Santa Casa de Misericórdia

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    Renata Mie Oyama Okajima; Thaís Helena Proença de Freitas; Clarisse Zaitz

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    FUNDAMENTOS: Erisipela e celulite são infecções cutâneas freqüentes. OBJETIVOS: Com o objetivo de avaliar incidência, fatores de risco, principais complicações, esquemas terapêuticos utilizados e evolução. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 35 pacientes com diagnóstico de erisipela internados nas enfermarias do Hospital Central da Irmandade da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo no período de abril a agosto de 2002. RESULTADOS: A incidência de pacientes com diagnóstico de erisipela no período estud...

  13. The Effects of Threonine Phosphorylation on the Stability and Dynamics of the Central Molecular Switch Region of 18.5-kDa Myelin Basic Protein

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    Vassall, Kenrick A.; Kyrylo Bessonov; Miguel De Avila; Eugenia Polverini; George Harauz

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    The classic isoforms of myelin basic protein (MBP) are essential for the formation and maintenance of myelin in the central nervous system of higher vertebrates. The protein is involved in all facets of the development, compaction, and stabilization of the multilamellar myelin sheath, and also interacts with cytoskeletal and signaling proteins. The predominant 18.5-kDa isoform of MBP is an intrinsically-disordered protein that is a candidate auto-antigen in the human demyelinating disease mul...

  14. Morphological characterization and topographic analysis of multiple photoreceptor types in the retinae of mesopelagic hatchetfishes with tubular eyes

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    Lauren Michelle Biagioni

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    Full Text Available 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, A. affinis and A. aculeatus was determined using a random, unbiased and systematic stereological approach, which consistently revealed a region of high density (area centralis in the central region of the main retina (up to a peak of 96,000 receptors per mm2 and a relatively homogeneous density of photoreceptors in the accessory retina (of approximately 20,000 receptors per mm2. The position of the area centralis in the main retina indicates this retinal region subserves greater spatial resolution in the centre of the dorsal binocular visual field. Light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy also revealed the presence of multiple photoreceptor types (two rod-like and one cone-like based on the size and shape of the inner and outer segments and ultrastructural differences in the ellipsoidal region. The presence of multiple photoreceptor types in these tubular-eyed, mesopelagic hatchetfishes may reflect the need for the visual system to function under different lighting conditions during vertical migratory behavior, especially given their unique dorsally-facing eyes.

  15. Increased expression of IRE1α and stress-related signal transduction proteins in ischemia-reperfusion injured retina

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    Natsuyo Hata

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Natsuyo Hata1, Toshiyuki Oshitari1,2, Akiko Yokoyama1,3, Yoshinori Mitamura1, Shuichi Yamamoto11Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine, Chuo-ku, Chiba, Japan; 2Department of Ophthalmology, Kimitsu Central Hospital, Kisarazu City, Chiba, Japan; 3Department of Ophthalmology, Inoue Memorial Hospital, Chuo-ku, Chiba, JapanAbstract: The purpose of this study was to determine whether the expression of ER stress-related factors IRE1α, apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 (ASK1, SAPK/ERK kinase 1 (SEK1 and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK is associated with the damaged retinal neurons induced by ischemia-reperfusion injury. After 60 minutes of ischemia, the rat retinas were reperfused, and retinas were isolated and fixed after 6, 9, 12, 18, and 24 hours, and 2, 5, and 9 days of reperfusion. Cryosections were immunostained with Fluoro-Jade B, a degenerating neuron marker to label degenerating neurons. Semi-quantitative analysis of the expression of IRE1α, ASK1, SEK1, and JNK were performed in both control and ischemic retinas. In ischemic retinas, the intensities of IRE1α immunoreactivity in the ganglion cell layer (GCL were significantly higher than in the control retinas. In ischemic retinas, the numbers of SEK1-, ASK1-, and JNK-positive cells were significantly increased in the GCL compared to those in the control retinas. In addition, the cells that were positive for SEK1-, ASK1-, and JNK were also positive for Fluoro-Jade B-positive cells. These results indicate that the increased expression of ER stress-related factors was, in part, associated with the retinal neuronal abnormalities after ischemia-reperfusion injury in rat retinas.Keywords: endoplasmic reticulum, IRE1α, apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1, SAPK/ERK kinase 1, c-Jun N-terminal kinase, Fluoro-Jade B, ischemia-reperfusion injury

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

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    Paulo Escarião

    2013-08-01

    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.

  17. Expression and Localization of TRK-Fused Gene Products in the Rat Brain and Retina

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    The TRK-fused gene (TFG in human, Tfg in rat) was originally identified in human papillary thyroid cancer as a chimeric form of the NTRK1 gene. It has been reported that the gene product (TFG) plays a role in regulating phosphotyrosine-specific phosphatase-1 activity. However, no information regarding the localization of Tfg in rat tissues is available. In this study, we investigated the expression of Tfg mRNA in normal rat tissues using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). We also produced an antibody against Tfg gene products and examined the localization of TFG in the rat brain and retina. The RT-PCR experiments demonstrated that two types of Tfg mRNA were expressed in rat tissues: the conventional form of Tfg (cTfg) and a novel variant form, retinal Tfg (rTfg). RT-PCR analyses demonstrated that cTfg was ubiquitously expressed in rat tissues, while rTfg was predominantly expressed in the brain and retina. Western blot analysis demonstrated two bands with molecular weights of about 30 kDa and 50 kDa in the rat brain. Immunohistochemistry indicated that TFG proteins were predominantly expressed by neurons in the brain. In the rat retina, intense TFG-immunoreactivity was detected in the layer of rods and cones and the outer plexiform layer

  18. Computational adaptive optics of the human retina

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    South, Fredrick A.; Liu, Yuan-Zhi; Carney, P. Scott; Boppart, Stephen A.

    2016-03-01

    It is well known that patient-specific ocular aberrations limit imaging resolution in the human retina. Previously, hardware adaptive optics (HAO) has been employed to measure and correct these aberrations to acquire high-resolution images of various retinal structures. While the resulting aberration-corrected images are of great clinical importance, clinical use of HAO has not been widespread due to the cost and complexity of these systems. We present a technique termed computational adaptive optics (CAO) for aberration correction in the living human retina without the use of hardware adaptive optics components. In CAO, complex interferometric data acquired using optical coherence tomography (OCT) is manipulated in post-processing to adjust the phase of the optical wavefront. In this way, the aberrated wavefront can be corrected. We summarize recent results in this technology for retinal imaging, including aberration-corrected imaging in multiple retinal layers and practical considerations such as phase stability and image optimization.

  19. Mapping the Time Line of Development in Each Layer of Human Foetal Retina

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    Kapoor, Kanchan; Sahni, Daisy; Singh, Balbir

    2016-01-01

    Introduction There is need to elucidate the histological developmental stages of various layers of retina, to understand the process better and provide clinically significant insights. Aim To study the details and chronology of in utero development of different layers of retina. Materials and Methods To study time of appearance, differentiation and organization of all layers of central retina in different gestational age groups. Retina was studied histologically in 27 foetuses from18th to 34th weeks of gestation. Results We found the period of mid gestation (19th -21st week of gestation) to be the defining time for retinal layers: The bruch’s membrane was fully formed at 20th week of gestation; the photoreceptor layer became well defined at 21st week of gestation; both the nuclear layers and both the plexiform layers and the ganglion cell layer became distinct at 19th week of gestation. Before the 19th week, outer and inner neuroblastic zones separated by the neuropil were seen. Well defined nerve fibre layer and inner limiting membrane was present at 18th week. The outer limiting membrane was first appreciated at 32nd week of gestation. Foetal retinal pigment epithelium was cuboidal and filled with melanin granules while no trace of lipofuscin pigment was found under fluorescent microscope. Conclusion Detailed data on retinal histogenesis and its timeline might aid in directed differentiation of retinal cell types from stem cells for therapeutic purposes.

  20. 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.

  1. Avaliação de custo-efetividade da passagem de cateter venoso central guiada por ultrassonografia comparada com a técnica convencional sob perspectiva da fonte pagadora

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    Danilo Teixeira Noritomi

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO Objetivo: Avaliar o custo-efetividade da inserção de cateter venoso central guiada por ultrassonografia em tempo real, em comparação com a técnica tradicional, que é baseada na técnica de reparos anatômicos externos, sob a perspectiva da fonte pagadora. Métodos: Uma simulação teórica, baseada em dados de literatura internacional foi aplicada ao contexto brasileiro, ou seja, ao Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS. Foi estruturada uma árvore de decisão, que apresentava as duas técnicas para inserção de cateter venoso central: ultrassonografia em tempo real versus reparos anatômicos externos. As probabilidades de falha e complicações foram extraídas de uma busca nas bases PubMed e Embase, e os valores associados ao procedimento e às complicações foram extraídos de pesquisa de mercado e do Departamento de Informática do Sistema Único de Saúde (DATASUS. Cada alternativa de passagem do cateter venoso central teve um custo calculado por meio do seguimento de cada um dos possíveis caminhos da árvore de decisão. A razão de custo-efetividade incremental foi calculada considerando-se a divisão do custo incremental médio da técnica de ultrassonografia em tempo real comparada à técnica de reparos anatômicos externos pelo benefício incremental médio, em termos de complicações evitadas. Resultados: O custo final médio avaliado pela árvore de decisão, considerando a incorporação da ultrassonografia em tempo real e a redução de custo por diminuição de complicações, para a técnica de reparos anatômicos externos foi de R$262,27 e, para ultrassonografia em tempo real, de R$187,94. O custo incremental final foi de -R$74,33 por cateter venoso central. A razão de custo-efetividade incremental foi -R$2.494,34 por pneumotórax evitado. Conclusão: A inserção de cateter venoso central com auxílio de ultrassonografia em tempo real esteve associada à diminuição da taxa de falhas e complicações, além de

  2. Fabric of topsoil horizons in aridic soils of Central Asia Fábrica de horizontes superficiales en suelos áridos de Asia Central Tessitura dos horizontes superficiais de solos Arídicos da Ásia Central

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    Marina Lebedeva

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    desarrollo de cápsulas biogénicas típicas de bacterias de hierro que fueron identificadas mediante el método de vidrios cubiertos de Agar incrustantes bajo condiciones naturales. En la serie de suelos estudiados, los Regosoles Yérmicos se caracterizan por los siguientes microrrasgos adicionales: 1 una disminución del hierro del material que rodea a los poros y la formación de concentraciones de hierro en la masa intrapedial debido a una movilización biogénica de hierro con participación de bacterias reductoras de sulfato y hierro; y 2 la acumulación de materia orgánica (residuos de células microbianas en los poros vesiculares.Os microhorizontes superficiais vesicular e laminar são considerados típicos da tessitura de horizontes superficiais de solos francos com bastante saibro e cascalho localizados ao longo de um gradiente climático árido/continental na zona sub boreal da Ásia Central (do Sul da Rússia ao Uzbequistão, Cazaquistão e Mongólia. A sua génese está relacionada com uma activa formação de vesículas (para o microhorizonte vesicular ?1 e com a criogénese (para o microhorizonte laminar ?2 tendo como fundo uma elevada mobilidade de argila e/ou acumulação eólica de material fino. Sugerem-se novos mecanismos responsáveis pela formação de poros vesiculares: (a a lixiviação de enchimentos cristalinos densos completos (poros moldados e (b o desenvolvimento de cápsulas biogénicas típicas de bactérias férricas diagnosticadas pelo método microbiológico de agar em condições naturais. Numa série de solos estudados, os Regosolos Yérmicos caracterizam-se por microcaracteres específicos adicionais: (1 depleção de ferro a partir do material em torno dos poros e formação das concentrações de ferro na massa intrapédica devido à mobilização biogénica de ferro com a participação de bactérias redutoras de sulfato e ferro e (2 acumulação de matéria orgânica (resíduos das células microbianas nos poros vesiculares.

  3. Enzimas hidrolíticas extracelulares de isolados de rizóbia nativos da Amazônia Central, Amazonas, Brasil Extracellular hydrolytic enzymes in indigenous strains of rhizobia in Central Amazonia, Amazonas, Brazil

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    Arlem Nascimento de Oliveira; Luiz Antonio de Oliveira; Jerusa Souza Andrade; Aloisio Freitas Chagas Júnior

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    A associação rizóbia x leguminosa contribui para enriquecer o solo com nitrogênio por meio da fixação biológica. Entretanto, pouco se conhece a respeito do perfil enzimático desses microrganismos. Nesse contexto, a presente investigação propõe avaliar a produção de enzimas hidrolíticas extracelulares por isolados de rizóbia nativos da Amazônia Central. Essa triagem constitui o primeiro passo na seleção de microrganismos nativos que são potencialmente exploráveis como produtores de enzimas. Fo...

  4. A utilização da lavadora de louça industrial: uma alternativa para a central de material e esterilização

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    Yukie Yokoyama

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    Full Text Available Neste estudo as autoras relatam a experiência desenvolvida na Central de Material e Esterilização de um hospital de grande porte da cidade de São Paulo, na utilização de uma máquina lavadora de louça de uso industrial, readaptada com temperatura ideal para o processo de lavagem de instrumental. O estudo apresenta uma forma alternativa de trabalho com diminuição do tempo para operacionalização do serviço e menor exposição do pessoal aos resíduos orgânicos.

  5. 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.

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    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

  6. A single intravenous AAV9 injection mediates bilateral gene transfer to the adult mouse retina.

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    Full Text Available Widespread gene delivery to the retina is an important challenge for the treatment of retinal diseases, such as retinal dystrophies. We and others have recently shown that the intravenous injection of a self-complementary (sc AAV9 vector can direct efficient cell transduction in the central nervous system, in both neonatal and adult animals. We show here that the intravenous injection of scAAV9 encoding green fluorescent protein (GFP resulted in gene transfer to all layers of the retina in adult mice, despite the presence of a mature blood-eye barrier. Cell morphology studies and double-labeling with retinal cell-specific markers showed that GFP was expressed in retinal pigment epithelium cells, photoreceptors, bipolar cells, Müller cells and retinal ganglion cells. The cells on the inner side of the retina, including retinal ganglion cells in particular, were transduced with the highest efficiency. Quantification of the cell population co-expressing GFP and Brn-3a showed that 45% of the retinal ganglion cells were efficiently transduced after intravenous scAAV9-GFP injection in adult mice. This study provides the first demonstration that a single intravenous scAAV9 injection can deliver transgenes to the retinas of both eyes in adult mice, suggesting that this vector serotype is able to cross mature blood-eye barriers. This intravascular gene transfer approach, by eliminating the potential invasiveness of ocular surgery, could constitute an alternative when fragility of the retina precludes subretinal or intravitreal injections of viral vectors, opening up new possibilities for gene therapy for retinal diseases.

  7. Circadian organization of the mammalian retina: from gene regulation to physiology and diseases.

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    McMahon, Douglas G; Iuvone, P Michael; Tosini, Gianluca

    2014-03-01

    The retinal circadian system represents a unique structure. It contains a complete circadian system and thus the retina represents an ideal model to study fundamental questions of how neural circadian systems are organized and what signaling pathways are used to maintain synchrony of the different structures in the system. In addition, several studies have shown that multiple sites within the retina are capable of generating circadian oscillations. The strength of circadian clock gene expression and the emphasis of rhythmic expression are divergent across vertebrate retinas, with photoreceptors as the primary locus of rhythm generation in amphibians, while in mammals clock activity is most robust in the inner nuclear layer. Melatonin and dopamine serve as signaling molecules to entrain circadian rhythms in the retina and also in other ocular structures. Recent studies have also suggested GABA as an important component of the system that regulates retinal circadian rhythms. These transmitter-driven influences on clock molecules apparently reinforce the autonomous transcription-translation cycling of clock genes. The molecular organization of the retinal clock is similar to what has been reported for the SCN although inter-neural communication among retinal neurons that form the circadian network is apparently weaker than those present in the SCN, and it is more sensitive to genetic disruption than the central brain clock. The melatonin-dopamine system is the signaling pathway that allows the retinal circadian clock to reconfigure retinal circuits to enhance light-adapted cone-mediated visual function during the day and dark-adapted rod-mediated visual signaling at night. Additionally, the retinal circadian clock also controls circadian rhythms in disk shedding and phagocytosis, and possibly intraocular pressure. Emerging experimental data also indicate that circadian clock is also implicated in the pathogenesis of eye disease and compelling experimental data

  8. Optical coherence tomography: automatic retina classification through support vector machines

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    Bernardes, Rui; Serranho, Pedro; Santos, Torcato; Gonçalves, Valter; Cunha-Vaz, José

    2012-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is becoming one of the most important imaging modalities in ophthalmology due to its non-invasiveness and by allowing the visualisation the human retina structure in detail. It was recently proposed that OCT data embeds functional information from the human retina. Specifically, it was proposed that blood–retinal barrier status information is present within OCT data from the human retina. Besides this ability, the authors present data supporting the idea ...

  9. Alterations in energy metabolism, neuroprotection and visual signal transduction in the retina of Parkinsonian, MPTP-treated monkeys.

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    Laura Campello

    Full Text Available Parkinson disease is mainly characterized by the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the central nervous system, including the retina. Different interrelated molecular mechanisms underlying Parkinson disease-associated neuronal death have been put forward in the brain, including oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction. Systemic injection of the proneurotoxin 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP to monkeys elicits the appearance of a parkinsonian syndrome, including morphological and functional impairments in the retina. However, the intracellular events leading to derangement of dopaminergic and other retinal neurons in MPTP-treated animal models have not been so far investigated. Here we have used a comparative proteomics approach to identify proteins differentially expressed in the retina of MPTP-treated monkeys. Proteins were solubilized from the neural retinas of control and MPTP-treated animals, labelled separately with two different cyanine fluorophores and run pairwise on 2D DIGE gels. Out of >700 protein spots resolved and quantified, 36 were found to exhibit statistically significant differences in their expression levels, of at least ± 1.4-fold, in the parkinsonian monkey retina compared with controls. Most of these spots were excised from preparative 2D gels, trypsinized and subjected to MALDI-TOF MS and LC-MS/MS analyses. Data obtained were used for protein sequence database interrogation, and 15 different proteins were successfully identified, of which 13 were underexpressed and 2 overexpressed. These proteins were involved in key cellular functional pathways such as glycolysis and mitochondrial electron transport, neuronal protection against stress and survival, and phototransduction processes. These functional categories underscore that alterations in energy metabolism, neuroprotective mechanisms and signal transduction are involved in MPTP-induced neuronal degeneration in the retina, in similarity to

  10. Utilização da técnica do varal para angioplastia de estenose de veia central com stent-graft Utilization of the through-and-through technique for central vein angioplasty using stent-graft

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    Ricardo Wagner da Costa Moreira

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    Full Text Available A estenose de veia central é uma das situações mais frequentes em pacientes com insuficiência renal crônica em hemodiálise. A angioplastia com o uso de stent-graft tem obtido bons resultados nestes casos. O sistema de liberação dos stents é de calibre maior, podendo dificultar sua navegabilidade em áreas de estenose ou tortuosidade acentuadas. A técnica do varal é comumente utilizada para o tratamento endovascular do aneurisma de aorta, permitindo atingir bom mecanismo de estiramento e facilitando a navegação do sistema de entrega da endoprótese. Descrevemos o caso de uma angioplastia de veia central com stent-graft na qual foi utilizada a técnica do varal para permitir a transposição da área de estenose.The central vein stenosis is one of the most common conditions in patients with chronic kidney failure in a hemodialysis program. In these cases, angioplasty using stent-grafts has obtained good results. The stent-graft delivery system is generally of large diameter what can hinder its navigability in very severe stenosis or tortuosities. The through-and-through technique is commonly used for endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms, making possible to achieve a good mechanism of stretch and easy navigation of the endograft delivery system. We report a case of a central venous stenosis in wich a stent-graft was inserted using the through-and-through technique in order to cross the lesion.

  11. Defeitos congênitos em bovinos da Região Central do Rio Grande do Sul

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    J.T.S.A. Macêdo; R.B. Lucena; P.R. Giaretta; G.D. Kommers; R.A. Fighera; L.F. Irigoyen; C.S.L. Barros

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    Foram revisados casos de defeitos congênitos (DCs) diagnosticados em bovinos no Laboratório de Patologia da Universidade Federal de Santa Maria em 1964-2010. Durante o período estudado, foram examinados materiais provenientes da necropsia de 7.132 bovinos e foram encontrados 31 bezerros (0,4%) com DCs, os quais foram classificados em 34 tipos e alocados nos sistemas orgânicos primariamente afetados. Os DCs ocorriam isoladamente (19 [61,3%]) ou afetavam múltiplos sítios anatômicos (15 [28,7%])...

  12. Riscos na qualidade sanitária da carne de jacaré da Amazônia Centra | Sanitary risk assessment for caiman meat quality in Central Amazon

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    Adriana Sotero-Martins

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    Full Text Available A determinação da qualidade sanitária da carne de jacaré é um dos principais problemas no estabelecimento da cadeia produtiva deste animal, pois não existem protocolos no Brasil para esse tipo de carne. O abate e processamento da carne foram realizados em sistema simplificado e artesanal em balsa flutuante, com sistema de tratamento de água por filtração e produtos químicos. Os animais foram capturados por anzol, arpão, cambão e laço. Foram capturados animais de vida silvestre na região da Reserva de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Piagaçu-Purus, na Amazônia Central, das espécies Melanosuchus niger e Caiman crocodilos, em três eventos de abate, com melhoria progressiva no protocolo de beneficiamento da carne. Foram feitas análises microbiológicas da carne, conforme descrito em normas e legislações brasileiras para a carne de pescado. Como resultados da pesquisa obtivemos melhorias na qualidade microbiológica da carne dos animais abatidos, conforme as medidas de vigilância sanitária que foram adotadas, passando de 57% de amostras aprovadas no 1º lote de abate para 76,5% no 2º lote e, no final, para 100% no 3º lote. Ocorreram diferenças significativas no comprometimento da qualidade sanitária da carne, com diminuição das reprovações das amostras. Os processos de captura dos animais, laço e cambão foram os que menos comprometeram a qualidade da carne, e animais com tamanho na faixa de 81 a 100 cm de CRC foram os que apresentaram menor risco de contaminação microbiológica. Podemos concluir que ações de vigilância sanitária como: higienização das mãos durante a manipulação da carne, melhorias na qualidade da água, abate de animais no tamanho mais adequado e captura por métodos menos invasivos contribuem para diminuição dos riscos potenciais de contaminação microbiológica da carne. =============================================== Determining caiman meat quality is a major problem when establishing the

  13. Modeling laser damage to the retina

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    This dissertation presents recent progress in several areas related to modeling laser damage to the retina. In Chapter 3, we consider the consequences of using the Arrhenius damage model to predict the damage thresholds of multiple pulse, or repetitive pulse, exposures. We have identified a few fundamental trends associated with the multiple pulse damage predictions made by the Arrhenius model. These trends differ from what would be expected by non-thermal mechanisms, and could prove useful in differentiating thermal and non-thermal damage. Chapter 4 presents a new rate equation damage model hypothesized to describe photochemical damage. The model adds a temperature dependent term to the simple rate equation implied by the principle of reciprocity that is characteristic of photochemical damage thresholds. A recent damage threshold study, conducted in-vitro, has revealed a very sharp transition between thermal and photochemical damage threshold trends. For the wavelength used in the experiment (413 nm), thermal damage thresholds were observed at exposure levels that were twice the expected photochemical damage threshold, based on the traditional understanding of photochemical damage. Our model accounts for this observed trend by introducing a temperature dependent quenching, or repair, rate to the photochemical damage rate. For long exposures that give a very small temperature rise, the model reduces to the principle of reciprocity. Near the transition region between thermal and photochemical damage, the model allows the damage threshold to be set by thermal mechanisms, even at exposure above the reciprocity exposure. In Chapter 5, we describe a retina damage model that includes thermal lensing in the eye by coupling beam propagation and heat transfer models together. Thermal lensing has recently been suggested as a contributing factor to the large increase in measured retinal damage thresholds in the near infrared. The transmission of the vitreous decreases

  14. 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.

  15. Studying the central control of food intake and obesity in rats Estudando em ratos o controle central da ingestão alimentar e a obesidade

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    Eliane Beraldi Ribeiro

    2009-01-01

    The central nervous system regulates energy intake and expenditure through a complex network of neurotransmitters and neuromodulators. It is of great interest to understand the relevance of these systems to the physiological control of energy balance and to the disturbances of obesity. The present paper discusses some of the methods to address this field used at the laboratory of Endocrine Physiology of Universidade Federal de São Paulo. Initially, different experimental models of rat obesity...

  16. Milk quality improvement after implantation of good manufacturing practices in milking in 19 cities of the central region of Paraná / Melhoria da qualidade do leite a partir da implantação de boas práticas de higiene na ordenha em 19 municípios da região central do Paraná

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    Livia Cavaletti Corrêa da Silva

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available The milk production in Brazil presents efficiency and quality problems concerning the raw material, reducing its competitiveness. The poor quality of raw milk is associated with faults in handling and milking hygiene conditions, high indices of mastitis, inadequate maintenance and disinfection of the equipment, inefficient or inexistent refrigeration, disqualified workforce, among others. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficiency of implantation of simple, inexpensive and easily adopted Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP on dairy farms. Quality parameters researched were total bacterial count (TBC and somatic cell count (SCC, which indicates respectively milking hygiene and mammary gland health. Forty six raw milk samples from 19 cities of the central region of Paraná were analyzed, among them, 32 (69,57% had manual milking and 14 (30,43% mechanic milking. The implantation of GMP resulted in average reduction of 87,90% to TBC on manual milking farms and 86,99% on mechanic milking farms. Regarding SCC, the average reduction was 33,94% in manual milking farms and 51,85% in mechanics milking farms. The implemented practices had shown efficient in all of the studied conditions of production and installations.O setor leiteiro brasileiro apresenta problemas de eficiência produtiva e de qualidade da matéria-prima e, por isso, perde em competitividade. A má qualidade do leite cru está relacionada a fatores como deficiências no manejo e higiene da ordenha, índices elevados de mastite, manutenção e desinfecção inadequadas dos equipamentos, refrigeração ineficiente ou inexistente e mão de obra desqualificada, entre outros. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a eficiência da implantação de Boas Práticas na ordenha na ordenha, simples e baratas, que pudessem ser facilmente introduzidas pelos produtores de leite. Os parâmetros de qualidade considerados foram a contagem de células somáticas (CCS, indicativo de sanidade da gl

  17. Doublecortin is widely expressed in the developing and adult retina of sharks.

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    Sánchez-Farías, Nuria; Candal, Eva

    2015-05-01

    Doublecortin (DCX) is a microtubule-associated protein that has been considered a marker for neuronal precursors and young migrating neurons during the development of the central nervous system and in adult neurogenic niches. The retina of fishes represents an accessible, continuously growing and highly structured (layered) part of the central nervous system and, therefore, offers an exceptional model to extend our knowledge on the possible role of DCX in promoting neurogenesis and migration to appropriate layers. We have analyzed the distribution of DCX in the embryonic and postembryonic retina of a small shark, the lesser spotted dogfish Scyliorhinus canicula, by means of immunohistochemistry. We investigated the relationship between DCX expression and the neurogenic state of DCX-labeled cells by exploring its co-localization with the proliferation marker PCNA (proliferating cell nuclear antigen) and the marker of neuronal differentiation HuC/D. Since radially migrating neurons use radial glial fibers as substrate, we explored the possible correlation between DCX expression and cell migration along radial glia by comparing its expression with that of the glial marker GFAP (glial fibrillary acidic protein). Additionally, we characterized DCX-expressing cells by double immunocytochemistry using antibodies against Calbindin (a marker for mature bipolar and horizontal cells in this species) and Pax6, which has been proposed as a regulator of cell proliferation, cell differentiation, and neuron diversification in the neural retina of sharks. Strong DCX immunoreactivity was observed in immature cells and cell processes, at a time when retinal cells were not yet organized into different laminae. DCX was also found in subsets of mature ganglion, amacrine, bipolar and horizontal cells long after they had exited the cell cycle, a pattern that was maintained in juveniles and adults. Our results on DCX expression in the retina are compatible with a role for DCX in cell

  18. O potencial diagnóstico dos indicadores da obesidade centralizada The potential of central obesity antropometric indicators as diagnostic tools

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    Ignez Salas Martins

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    com os fatores socioeconômicos, risco de desnutrição pregressa e com as alterações indicativas da síndrome metabólica do que a CC, mais associada aos fatores de risco para doenças cardiovasculares ateroscleróticas.OBJECTIVE: It has been suggested that the indicators of centralized obesity, namely by waist-to-hip circumference ratio (WHR and waistline measure (WM, express different metabolic disorders. Thus, a study was conducted in order to verify the diagnostic potential of the relationship between these two measures and social, behavioral, and biological determinants of centralized obesity. METHODS: Two hierarchical multiple regression models were applied to a 1,042 subject sample from the city of São Paulo, southeastern Brazil, in order to evaluate relationships between indicators and determinants for centralized obesity. Clinical, biochemical/laboratory, and behavioral surveys were carried out using standardized questionnaires. Evaluation included blood pressure, anthropometric measurements, and waistline and hip measures. RESULTS: WHR was significantly associated with low stature and strongly related to socioeconomic level; this was not the case with WM. Both WHR and WM were strongly associated with age, sex, and sedentary lifestyle. Women were at greater risk of centralized obesity then men: OR=5.04 and 7.27 for WHR and WM, respectively. WHR was significantly associated with alterations indicative of metabolic syndrome: hypertension and low levels of HDL-cholesterol. WM was significantly associated with hypertension alone. Both indicators were strongly associated with the concomitant presence of two or more alterations related to metabolic syndrome. Unlike WHR, WC was associated with hypercholesterolemia. CONCLUSIONS: WHR was more closely associated with socioeconomic factors, former risk of malnutrition, and alterations indicative of metabolic syndrome than WM, which was more closely associated with risk factors for cardiovascular and arteriosclerotic

  19. Distribution and protective function of pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP in the retina

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    Tomoya eNakamachi

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP, which is found in 27- or 38-amino acid forms, belongs to the VIP/glucagon/secretin family. PACAP and its three receptor subtypes are expressed in neural tissues, with PACAP known to exert a protective effect against several types of neural damage. The retina is considered to be part of the central nervous system, and retinopathy is a common cause of profound and intractable loss of vision. This review will examine the expression and morphological distribution of PACAP and its receptors in the retina, and will summarize the current state of knowledge regarding the protective effect of PACAP against different kinds of retinal damage, such as that identified in association with diabetes, ultraviolet light, hypoxia, optic nerve transection, and toxins. This article will also address PACAP-mediated protective pathways involving retinal glial cells.

  20. 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

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    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

  1. Schistosomiasis of the central nervous system: clinical and radiologic correlation; Apresentacoes da esquistossomose no sistema nervoso central: correlacao clinica e radiologica

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    Faria, Andreia Vasconcelos; Cerqueira, Elza Maria Figueiras Pedreira de; Reis, Fabiano; Menezes Neto, Jose Ribeiro; Zanardi, Veronica de Araujo [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas. Dept. de Radiologia]. E-mail: andrea.vf@ig.com.br; Pirani, Clodoaldo; Damasceno, Benito Pereira [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas. Dept. de Neurologia

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    We report four cases of patients with schistosomiasis in the central nervous system and describe and correlate the radiologic findings with clinical manifestations. In one patient, cerebral involvement presented as a pseudotumoral lesion confirmed by autopsy. Three other patients had schistosomiasis in the spinal cord characterized by an intramedullary mass and radicular and leptomeningeal enhancement after administration of gadolinium. Our findings show the importance of considering schistosomiasis in the differential diagnosis of intramedullary or cerebral lesions in patients of endemic areas of schistosomiasis. (author)

  2. Eplepsia benigna da infância com pontas centrotemporais: foco central alto ou baixo Benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes: high and low central focus

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    Marcos H. Coelho Duran

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Foram selecionadas 20 crianças com diagnóstico de epilepsia benigna da infância com pontas centrotemporais. Realizou-se anamnese, exame neurológico, aplicação da Escala de Maturidade Mental'' Columbia'' (1993 e eletrencefalograma digital. (EEG O EEG digital foi gravado com eletrodos de acordo com o sistema internacional 10-20, acrescido de um eletrodo suplementar entre o eletrodos C3 eT3 ou C4 e T4 no lado onde ocorreu o maior número de pontas. Foi realizada a promediação dessas descargas para análise do local de máxima negatividade. A ocorrência de crises envolvendo um membro superior foi proporcionalmente maior nos sujeitos com pontas de máxima negatividade em C3, C4 do que em C5, C6, T3 ou T4. A atividade epileptiforme não centrotemporal associada foi mais frequente nos sujeitos com descargas centrotemporais de máxima negatividade em C3 e C4. Esse estudo demonstra a existência de diferenças clínicas e eletrencefalográficas de acordo com a localização das descargas centrotemporais.Twenty children with benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes were studied. Anamnesis, neurological exam, ''Columbia'' Scale (1993 application and digital electroencephalogram were carried out. The digital electroencephalogram was recorded with electrodes according to 10-20 international system, and a supplementary electrode, between C3 and T3 or C4 and T4 - C5 or C6, respectively, at the side with a higher number of spikes. The averaging of the spikes was carried. Localization and the laterality of the spikes were analyzed. Seizures involving a superior limb occurred in a higher proportion of cases with spikes of maximum negativity in C3, C4. Independent epileptiform activity, different from centrotemporal, was more frequent in the cases were the maximum negativity of the spikes occurred in C3 or C4 regions. There are clinical and electroencephalographic differences according to the localization of the discharges

  3. Estudo da correlação entre pressão intra-ocular e espessura corneana central (projeto glaucoma Intraocular pressure vs central corneal thickness:a comparative study (glaucoma project

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    Kenji Sakata

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    Full Text Available Objetivos: Avaliar a distribuição da espessura corneana central (ECC e sua relação com a pressão intra-ocular (PIO em um grupo de pacientes e demonstrar a utilidade da paquimetria para avaliar a PIO em casos selecionados. Métodos: A espessura corneana central foi determinada em 167 pacientes com mais de 40 anos de idade (319 olhos por meio de paquimetria ultra-sônica. A pressão intra-ocular foi medida com tonômetro de aplanação de Goldmann. Resultados: A ECC média dos 319 olhos foi 0,5173 + 0,0377 mm, sendo o valor máximo 0,656 mm e o mínimo 0,430 mm. A PIO média foi 16,44 + 3,88 mmHg, a pressão máxima 30 mmHg e a pressão mínima 8 mmHg. Foi observada uma regressão linear de 0,13677 nas variáveis analisadas (p=0,0145, não havendo diferença entre sexo e idade. Dividiu-se as observações em dois grupos: grupo I -- PIO £ 21 mmHg -- com 285 olhos que apresentaram uma ECC média de 0,517 + 0,0376; e o grupo II -- PIO > 21 mmHg -- com 34 olhos que apresentaram uma ECC média de 0,519 + 0,0393. Conclusão: Observou-se uma regressão linear entre PIO e ECC, ou seja, quanto maior a ECC maior será a PIO. Demonstrou-se a utilidade da paquimetria corneana na avaliação da PIO daqueles pacientes em que esta estava falsamente aumentada ou diminuída na tonometria de aplanação, direcionando a terapêutica a pacientes realmente portadores de glaucoma.Purpose: To evaluate the distribution of the central corneal thickness (CCT and its relationship with the intraocular pressure (IOP in a group of patients and to demonstrate the usefulness of the pachymeter to evaluate IOP in selected cases. Methods: The central cornea thickness of 167 patients over 40 years old (319 eyes was determined using ultrasonic pachymetry. The intraocular pressure was measured by the "Goldmann" applanation tonometer.Results: The CCT average of the 319 eyes was 0.5173 + 0.0377mm, the maximum value being 0.656mm and the minimum value 0.430mm. The IOP average was

  4. Implementação das unidades de conservação do corredor central da Mata Atlântica no estado da Bahia: desafios e limites

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    Alexandre Schiavetti

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available No Brasil, as Unidades de Conservação (UCs são consideradas o pilar central para o desenvolvimento de estratégias nacionais de conservação da biodiversidade. Dentro dessa perspectiva, foram estudadas trinta unidades de conservação pertencentes ao Corredor Central da Mata Atlântica no Estado da Bahia, com o objetivo de identificar e analisar seu atual nível de implementação. Foi utilizada, com as devidas adaptações, a metodologia de Lemos de Sá e Ferreira (2000, a qual consiste na aplicação de uma escala de padrão, onde a variação de análise do nível de implementação obedece a um intervalo entre 0 a 5 pontos. Após obter os dados do nível de implementação foi utilizado o método de agregação de Ward para auxiliar a visualização das unidades de conservação estudadas quanto à dissimilaridade entre elas. Utilizou-se a classificação internacional proposta pela IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature para que as UCs sejam comparáveis com trabalhos realizados em outros países. As UCs avaliadas estão nos grupos Ia, II, V e VI da IUCN. Conforme os resultados, 50% das unidades de conservação analisadas encontram-se razoavelmente implementadas, 40% insuficientemente implementadas, 6,7% apresentam-se como "parques de papel" e apenas 3,3% podem ser classificadas como satisfatoriamente implementadas. Essas áreas enfrentam problemas em sua regularização fundiária; apresentam deficiência em infraestrutura, recursos humanos e financeiros. Diante dos resultados, fica evidente a recorrência do fato de que as unidades de conservação em estudo necessitam ser efetivamente implementadas. Para que isso ocorra, as políticas ambientais devem ser voltadas para ações com objetivos de consolidar essa estratégia de conservação.

  5. Chaves de identificação de larvas para famílias e gêneros de Trichoptera (Insecta) da Amazônia Central, Brasil Identification key to families and genera of larvae of Trichoptera from Central Amazonia, Brazil

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    Ana Maria Oliveira Pes; Neusa Hamada; Jorge Luiz Nessimian

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    Chaves de identificação de larvas aos níveis de família e gênero de Trichoptera da Amazônia Central são apresentadas.Keys for identification of larvae to families and genera of Trichoptera of Central Amazonia are presented.

  6. 5-fluorocitosina e anfotericina-B no tratamento da criptococose do sistema nervoso central Amphotericin-B and 5-fluorocytosine in the treatment of cryptococcosis of the central nervous system: report of two cases

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    J. P. S. Nobrega

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    Full Text Available Registro de dois casos de criptococose do sistema nervoso central, em um deles associada a candidíase. Em ambos foram utilizados no tratamento anfotericina-B e 5-fluorocitosina. Em função dos resultados obtidos são feitas considerações quanto à utilidade de cada uma das drogas no tratamento da criptococose, bem como quanto ao uso associado de ambas.Two cases of cryptococcosis of the central nervous system are reported. The treatment was based on the association of amphotericin-B with 5-fluorocytosine. Details on the therapeutic proprieties of these drugs are discussed considering the results obtained. Amphotericin-B was administered intravenously and intrathecally in the two cases. The total amount of amphotericin administered intravenously in the first case was 5.375 mgm, and the oral doses of 5-fluorocytosine were not superior to 100 mgm/kg/of body weight. This patient died 130 days after the first symptoms of the disease. The second patient had been submitted previously to kidney transplantation after bilateral nephrectomy, and inmunossupressive drugs were administered to him since then. Candidiasis and cryptococcosis of the central nervous system developped two years later. 5-fluorocytosine was administered orally (200 mgm/kg of body weight and amphotericin-B. The total amount of this drug administered intravenously was 2.00 mgm. There was complete clinical and laboratory remission of the mycoses in this case.

  7. Aspectos sócio-políticos da implantação da Central de Transplantes do Piauí Aspectos socio-políticos de la implantación de la Central de Trasplantes de Piauí Socio-political aspects of the implantation of the Transplant Center of Piauí

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    Adélia Dalva da Silva Oliveira

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Estudo qualitativo objetivando compreender os aspectos sócio-políticos que mediaram a implantação da central de transplante do Piauí, identificar os sujeitos sociais envolvidos nessa implantação e analisar a participação da sociedade civil organizada. Fizeram parte do estudo dez sujeitos diretamente relacionados com a implantação da central, sendo delimitados por meio da técnica de "bola-de-neve". Utilizou-se a entrevista semi-estruturada, gravada, transcrita e submetida à análise temática. Concluiu-se que, a implantação da central de transplante no Piauí, foi fruto de um complexo jogo de negociações e interesses entre Estado e sociedade civil organizada, já que não havia um projeto político para ações na área dos transplantes. Esse distanciamento da responsabilidade da Gestão Pública caracteriza a importância que foi dada a essa implantação.El presente documento es un Estudio cualitativo objetivando comprender los aspectos sociopolíticos que mediaron en la implantación de la Central de Trasplante de Piauí, se propone identificar los sujetos sociales involucrados en esa implantación y analizar la participación de la sociedad civil organizada. Hicieron parte del estudio diez sujetos directamente relacionados con la implantación de la central de trasplante, siendo delimitados a través de la técnica de "bola-de-nieve". Se utilizó la entrevista semi-estructurada, grabada, transcrita y sometida al análisis temático. Se concluyó que la implantación de la central de trasplante en Piauí, fue fruto de un complejo juego de negociaciones e intereses entre el Estado y la sociedad civil organizada, ya que no había un proyecto político para acciones en el área de los trasplantes. Ese distanciamiento de la responsabilidad de la Gestión Pública caracteriza la importancia que fue dada a esa implantación.A qualitative study aiming at understanding the socio-political aspects that mediate the implantation of the

  8. Tracking the fate of her4 expressing cells in the regenerating retina using her4:Kaede zebrafish.

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    Wilson, Stephen G; Wen, Wen; Pillai-Kastoori, Lakshmi; Morris, Ann C

    2016-04-01

    The Basic-Helix-Loop-Helix-Orange (bHLH-O) transcription factor Hairy-related 4 (her4) is a downstream effector of Notch-Delta signaling that represses expression of typically pro-neural genes in proliferative domains of the central nervous system. Notch-Delta signaling in the retina has been shown to increase in response to injury and influences neuroprotective properties of Müller glia. In contrast to mammals, teleost fish are able to regenerate retinal neurons in response to injury. In zebrafish, her4 is upregulated in the regenerating neural retina in response to both acute and chronic photoreceptor damage, but the contribution of her4 expressing cells to neurogenesis following acute or chronic retinal damage has remained unexplored. Here we investigate the role of her4 in the regenerating retina in a background of chronic, rod-specific degeneration as well as following acute light damage. We demonstrate that her4 is expressed in the persistently neurogenic ciliary marginal zone (CMZ), as well as in small subsets of slowly proliferating Müller glia in the inner nuclear layer (INL) of the central retina. We generated a transgenic line of zebrafish that expresses the photoconvertible Kaede reporter driven by a her4 promoter and validated that expression of the transgene faithfully recapitulates endogenous her4 expression. Lineage tracing analysis revealed that her4-expressing cells in the INL contribute to the rod lineage, and her4 expressing cells in the CMZ are capable of generating any retinal cell type except rod photoreceptors. Our results indicate that her4 is involved in a replenishing pathway that maintains populations of stem cells in the central retina, and that the magnitude of the her4-associated proliferative response mirrors the extent of retinal damage. PMID:26616101

  9. Evaluacion del factor central y periferico en fatiga muscular en pacientes com daño piramidal

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    Carlos G. Schutz; Marcela E. Panizza; L. G. Cohen; Rey, R.; Olga P. Sanz

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    Para evaluar algunos de los componentes de la fatiga muscular en el daño piramidal, se seleccionó un grupo de 15 pacientes con hemiparesia faciobraquiocrural de severidad variable, los cuales fueron sometidos a un esfuerzo muscular, durante el cual se evaluaron los cambios de la frecuencia y duración de los potenciales positivos y negativos del EMG, asi como los sufridos por la onda M máxima al principio y fin del mismo. El estudio fue realizado en el lado parético, el contralateral y en un g...

  10. Glio-vascular modifications caused by Aquaporin-4 deletion in the mouse retina.

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    Nicchia, Grazia Paola; Pisani, Francesco; Simone, Laura; Cibelli, Antonio; Mola, Maria Grazia; Dal Monte, Massimo; Frigeri, Antonio; Bagnoli, Paola; Svelto, Maria

    2016-05-01

    Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) is the Central Nervous System water channel highly expressed at the perivascular glial domain. In the retina, two types of AQP4 expressing glial cells take part in the blood-retinal barrier (BRB), astrocytes and Müller cells. The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of AQP4 deletion on the retinal vasculature by looking at typical pathological hallmark such as BRB dysfunction and gliotic condition. AQP4 dependent BRB properties were evaluated by measuring the number of extravasations in WT and AQP4 KO retinas by Evans blue injection assay. AQP4 deletion did not affect the retinal vasculature, as assessed by Isolectin B4 staining, but caused BRB impairment to the deep plexus capillaries while the superficial and intermediate capillaries were not compromised. To investigate for gliotic responses caused by AQP4 deletion, Müller cells and astrocytes were analysed by immunofluorescence and western blot, using the Müller cell marker Glutamine Synthetase (GS) and the astrocyte marker GFAP. While GS expression was not altered in AQP4 KO retinas, a strong GFAP upregulation was found at the level of AQP4 KO astrocytes at the superficial plexus and not at Müller cells at the intermediate and deep plexi. These data, together with the upregulation of inflammatory markers (TNF-α, IL-6, IL-1β and ICAM-1) in AQP4 KO retinas indicated AQP4 deletion as responsible for a gliotic phenotype. Interestingly, no GFAP altered expression was found in AQP4 siRNA treated astrocyte primary cultures. All together these results indicate that AQP4 deletion is directly responsible for BRB dysfunction and gliotic condition in the mouse retina. The selective activation of glial cells at the primary plexus suggests that different regulatory elements control the reaction of astrocytes and Müller cells. Finally, GFAP upregulation is strictly linked to gliovascular crosstalk, as it is absent in astrocytes in culture. This study is useful to understand the role

  11. Estimativa da área foliar do feijão-vagem (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) por meio da largura máxima do folíolo central Model to estimate the leaf area of snap bean

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    Joel L. Queiroga; Euclides D. U. Romano; José R.P. Souza; Édison Miglioranza

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    O experimento objetivou estabelecer um modelo matemático para estimar a área foliar de feijão-vagem de crescimento determinado por meio da largura máxima do folíolo central. As medidas foram realizadas em seis plantas (método não-destrutivo) e em quatro plantas (método destrutivo) aos 21, 30, 37, 44 e 51 dias após a emergência. A área foliar real foi determinada por meio do medidor "Area Meter" (modelo LICOR LI-3000). Os modelos matemáticos obtidos por regressão foram aplicados aos métodos de...

  12. Structural control of the basement in the central portion of the Santos Basin-Brazil; Controle estrutural do embasamento na porcao central da Bacia de Santos

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    Izeli, Maira G.B.; Morales, Norberto; Souza, Iata A. de [Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Rio Claro, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias e Ciencias Exatas

    2008-07-01

    New discoveries of oil in deep water and ultra-deep water in Santos Basin suggest that it needs to be studied to better understanding of basement structures and their role in the basin control and configuration. This study characterizes the main tectonic structures of a portion at the central area of this basin, looking for their relation to the geological basement framework. The study is based on the integration of the geological and geophysical data from subsurface (offshore) and surface of the adjacent continent. These analyses include the continental structures that continue in direction of this basin (Guapiara Lineament and Ponta Grossa Arc), checking their possible influence on the basin evolution and deformation. To achieve the proposed goals, the Precambrian basement lineaments were extracted from the offshore area using remote sensing, as result was obtained strong NW-SE structural trend. According to the interpretation of seismic sections, it is possible to observe that this portion of the basin presents main NE-SW structural trend, and most of the structures are typical of passive margin and halokintics process. It is possible to see that some recognized faults in the rift deposits may be coinciding with the main continental guidelines which are projected into the basin. (author)

  13. Comparação entre as medidas da espessura central corneana usando a paquimetria óptica e a ultra-sônica Comparison between the measurements of central corneal thickness using optic and ultrasonic pachymeters

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    Aline Leonel Maimone

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Comparar a medida da espessura corneana central (ECC obtida pelo paquímetro óptico Haag-Streit e a paquimetria ultrassônica DGH 500 (PachetteTM. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados, 200 olhos de 100 pacientes utilizando-se o paquímetro óptico (PO e o ultrassônico (PU. As medidas foram realizadas na área central da córnea, respeitando a área dos 3 mm, em pacientes com córneas normais, em olhos hipermétropes, emétropes e míopes, excluindo doenças oculares, usuários de lentes de contato ou submetidos às cirurgias. RESULTADOS: A média geral da ECC medida pelo PO foi 603,8± 32,6µm, e 568,2±40,5 µm pelo PU. As comparações entre as medidas dos dois aparelhos foram realizadas ao nível de 5% de significância e a diferença entre os dois aparelhos foi 35,7±26,4 µm (p=0,0000, indicando diferença significativa entre os métodos utilizados. Não houve diferença estatística entre olhos hipermétropes, emétropes e míopes usando o PU. CONCLUSÃO: A medida da ECC é superestimada pelo PO quando comparada com o PU.PURPOSE: To compare measurements of central corneal thickness obtained using a Haag-Streit optic pachymeter and a DGH 500 (Pachette Ttm ultrasonic pachymeter in normal patients. METHODS: An evaluation was made of 200 eyes of 100 patients using Optic (PO and Ultrasonic (PU pachymeters. Measurements were made in the area of the central cornea (ECC respecting the 3.0 mm territory, in patients with normal corneas of hypermetropic, emetropic and myopic eyes. Patients with ocular diseases, ocular surgeries, and contact lens wearers, were excluded. A statistical analysis was performed using a Paired Student's t test to compare measurements between instruments at the 5% level of significance. RESULTS: The mean thickness of the ECC measured by the PO was 603.8±32.6µm and by the PU, 568.2±40.5µm. The difference between the two instruments was 35.7±26.4µm. Applying the t test with p = <5%, the difference was significant. We

  14. 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.

  15. The Analysis of Artificial Retina Organization for Signal Processing

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    WEI Hui

    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.

  16. Estudo clínico de 35 pacientes com diagnóstico de erisipela internados no Hospital Central da Irmandade da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo Erysipelas: a clinical study of 35 pacients hospitalized at the São Paulo Central Hospital of Irmandade da Santa Casa de Misericórdia

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    Renata Mie Oyama Okajima

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTOS: Erisipela e celulite são infecções cutâneas freqüentes. OBJETIVOS: Com o objetivo de avaliar incidência, fatores de risco, principais complicações, esquemas terapêuticos utilizados e evolução. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 35 pacientes com diagnóstico de erisipela internados nas enfermarias do Hospital Central da Irmandade da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo no período de abril a agosto de 2002. RESULTADOS: A incidência de pacientes com diagnóstico de erisipela no período estudado foi de 0,87%. O fator de risco local mais encontrado foi o linfedema, seguido por episódios prévios de erisipela. Dos fatores de risco gerais, aqueles que comprometem a imunidade, como diabetes mellitus, etilismo e neoplasias, foram os mais observados em associação ao quadro de infecção dermatológica. Sinais inflamatórios locais foram encontrados em 97,8% dos casos. Verificaram-se quatro casos com complicações: necrose, abscesso, trombose venosa profunda e septicemia. A evolução dos pacientes foi satisfatória em mais de 97% dos casos. CONCLUSÕES: O tratamento com penicilina cristalina foi associado ao menor número de complicações (pBACKGROUND: Erysipelas and cellulitis are common skin infections. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this paper is to investigate the frequency, risk factors, clinical features, complications, principal drugs used for treatment and the disease course. METHODS: The authors studied 35 ward patients who had been diagnosed with erysipelas, and were admitted to the Central Hospital of Irmandade da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo between April and August 2002. RESULTS: Among the patients in the ward during the study 0.87% had been diagnosed with erysipelas. The most common local risk factor was lymphedema, followed by previous episodes of erysipelas. Among the general risk factors, diabetes mellitus, alcohol abuse and cancer were most frequently observed. Local inflammatory signs were found in 97

  17. Qualidade da irrigação controlada por tensiômetros em pivô central Quality of center pivot irrigation controlled by tensiometers

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    Full Text Available A qualidade da irrigação foi avaliada durante a safra de inverno do ano de 1988 na cultura do feijoeiro (Phaseolus vulgaris L., irrigado por pivô central, em área de ocorrência de Latossolo Roxo (A moderado, textura argilosa a muito argilosa, distrófico, em Guaíra, SP. Os critérios utilizados para esta avaliação foram a eficiência do uso da água pela cultura e a efetividade da irrigação, esta última representada pela eficiência de aplicação da água, a uniformidade de distribuição da água sobre o solo e a eficiência de armazenagem da água no solo. O monitoramento das irrigações foi realizado através da instalação de 20 baterias de tensiômetros e 60 coletores de água de chuva e irrigação ao longo de uma transeção de 300 metros na direção radial do pivô. Os tensiômetros de cada bateria foram instalados a 15 cm e 30 cm de profundidade e espaçados entre si de 15 metros. Os coletores foram instalados a uma altura de 50 cm da superfície do terreno e distanciados entre si de 5 metros. O controle da irrigação foi feito com base na média ponderada dos 20 valores diários de potencial mátrico a 15 cm de profundidade, tendo como fator de ponderação a área representativa de cada tensiômetro. O valor mínimo de potencial mátrico estabelecido para a definição do momento da irrigação foi -0,06 MPa à profundidade de 15 cm e o valor da lâmina de água a ser aplicada em cada irrigação, calculado tendo-se em conta o valor de -0,008 MPa para o potencial mátrico a capacidade de campo. Os resultados obtidos mostraram que as irrigações efetuadas foram de alta qualidade uma vez que foram elevados os valores da eficiência de aplicação (80% e dos coeficientes de uniformidade de distribuição (94 e 91% calculados a partir das 16 irrigações acumuladas, o mesmo ocorrendo com a eficiência de armazenagem (95% e a eficiência de uso da água (0,8 kg/m³.The irrigation quality was evaluated for a center pivot

  18. Mortality pattern of the surrounding population of the Central Nuclear Almirante Alvaro Alberto / 1986 to 2007; Padrao da mortalidade da populacao circunvizinha a Central Nuclear Almirante Alvaro Alberto / 1986 a 2007

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    Leite, Teresa Cristina Sampaio de Barros; Silva, Ilson Peixoto Medeiros da; Jannuzzi, Denise Maria Souza; Higino, Thiago Nunes; Santos, Tatiana Rodrigues dos [Fundacao Eletronuclear de Assistencia Medica (CIRA/FEAM), Angra dos Reis, RJ (Brazil). Centro de Informacoes sobre Radioepidemiologia; Xavier, Diego Ricardo [Fundacao Inst. Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). lnst. de Comunicacao e Informacao Cientifica e Tecnologica; Silva, Roseli Monteiro da [Fundacao Inst. Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

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    This paper aims to update two earlier epidemiological studies on the mortality profile of the resident population in the influence area of the Central Nuclear Almirante Alvaro Alberto. The main objective is analyze and compare the profile of mortality among the population classified in areas with the distance from source of exposure in three strata. Municipalities contained within a radius of 30 km of the nuclear power, neighboring municipalities, contained within a radius of 30 to 50 km, municipalities contained within 50 to 100 km, beyond Cabo Frio, which presents similar characteristics to the municipality of Angra dos Reis

  19. REESTRUTURAÇÃO PRODUTIVA E RECONFIGURAÇÃO DA ÁREA CENTRAL DE FORTALEZA

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    Full Text Available The text discusses the metropolitan theme from the perspective of productive restructuring, especially the spatial transformations and the reconfiguration of the central area of Fortaleza. The focus is placed upon the comprehension of the social-spatial processes in their configuration with fragments, residues and new centralities, which testify to the process of production of the city in the light of property restructuring as a strategy for the reproduction of capital. The hegemony of financial capital and of the national and transnational construction companies reinforces mechanisms of social-spatial reproduction altering the urban structure and the expansion of the urban sprawl. This text confirms the significance and importance of the condominiums, walled properties and shopping malls which alter the price of urban land and modify, above all, the use of the soil.

  20. O efeito da floresta alagada na alimentação de três espécies de peixes onívoros em lagos de várzea da Amazônia Central, Brasil Effects of flooded forest in the diet of three fish species in floodplain lakes of Central Amazon, Brazil

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    Luiz Claro-Jr

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    Full Text Available As enchentes anuais dos rios na Amazônia alagam extensas áreas de floresta conhecidas como várzeas ou igapós. Estas áreas têm papel importante na vida dos peixes da região, pois são fontes de alimento e de abrigo. Acreditamos que o desmatamento destas áreas ocasiona prejuízos à ictiofauna principalmente pela diminuição da quantidade e diversidade de alimento disponível. O estudo da relação entre a quantidade de floresta e a dieta de Parauchenipterus galeatus (Auchenipteridae, Siluriformes, Mylossoma duriventre (Characidae, Characiformese Triportheus elongatus (Characidae, Characiformespermitiu registrar pela primeira vez a influência direta da floresta alagada na ecologia alimentar de peixes na Amazônia Central.The annual flooding of the rivers in the Amazonia extends over large forest areas known as várzeas or igapós. These areas play an important role in the life of the fishes, as a source of food and shelter. We believe that the deforestation of these areas may affect negatively the fish fauna mainly by decreasing the amount of food resources and consequently the diversity of food types available. The study of the relationship between the riparian forest cover and the diet of Parauchenipterus galeatus (Auchenipteridae, Siluriformes, Mylossoma duriventre (Characidae, Characiformes and Triportheus elongatus (Characidae, Characiformes allowed to refer for the first time on the direct influence of the flooded forest in the feeding ecology of fishes in Central Amazonia.

  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. PGC-1α determines light damage susceptibility of the murine retina.

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    Anna Egger

    Full Text Available The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ coactivator 1 (PGC-1 proteins are key regulators of cellular bioenergetics and are accordingly expressed in tissues with a high energetic demand. For example, PGC-1α and PGC-1β control organ function of brown adipose tissue, heart, brain, liver and skeletal muscle. Surprisingly, despite their prominent role in the control of mitochondrial biogenesis and oxidative metabolism, expression and function of the PGC-1 coactivators in the retina, an organ with one of the highest energy demands per tissue weight, are completely unknown. Moreover, the molecular mechanisms that coordinate energy production with repair processes in the damaged retina remain enigmatic. In the present study, we thus investigated the expression and function of the PGC-1 coactivators in the healthy and the damaged retina. We show that PGC-1α and PGC-1β are found at high levels in different structures of the mouse retina, most prominently in the photoreceptors. Furthermore, PGC-1α knockout mice suffer from a striking deterioration in retinal morphology and function upon detrimental light exposure. Gene expression studies revealed dysregulation of all major pathways involved in retinal damage and apoptosis, repair and renewal in the PGC-1α knockouts. The light-induced increase in apoptosis in vivo in the absence of PGC-1α was substantiated in vitro, where overexpression of PGC-1α evoked strong anti-apoptotic effects. Finally, we found that retinal levels of PGC-1 expression are reduced in different mouse models for retinitis pigmentosa. We demonstrate that PGC-1α is a central coordinator of energy production and, importantly, all of the major processes involved in retinal damage and subsequent repair. Together with the observed dysregulation of PGC-1α and PGC-1β in retinitis pigmentosa mouse models, these findings thus imply that PGC-1α might be an attractive target for therapeutic approaches aimed at retinal

  3. 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. PMID:27262608

  4. Centro Contemporâneo de Arquitectura. Reabilitação da antiga Central do Ouro

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    Fernando de Oliveira Miranda

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    O século XX marcou o mundo museológico, primeiro pela ruptura coma tradição Clássica e a introdução de uma nova concepção espacial - o espaçoneutro -, e segundo, pelo boom de construções de museus espalhados por todo oMundo. Porém, apesar de haver casos paradigmáticos, os que mais se demarcamsão construídos nos finais do século, marcados pela inovação e pela sua importânciaurbana e sociocultural na cidade. Cada vez mais, o museu tornar-se-á numa imagemidentificativa da cidade, um meio de mode...

  5. Aspectos neurológicos da doença de chagas: sistema nervoso central Neurological aspects of Chagas' disease: central nervous system

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    Full Text Available The lesions of the nervous system in the Trypanosomiasis Cruzi are quite frequent and are not only limited to the encephalo-spinal-axis. Actually, they are much more common in the peripheral representations of the autonomic nervous system, resulting in the so-called enteromegalies (mega-esophagus, megacolon, etc. so frequent in Brazil. However, only the clinical manifestations due to the encephalic and spinal lesions have been included in the neurological aspects of Chagas' disease (as formerly contended for by Carlos Chagas. In the acute phase of the central nervous system infestation, the Trypanosoma cruzi,as leishmanias, is found in cellular elements of the neuroglia (microglia, astroglia and may be isolated from the peripheral blood and cerebrospinal fluid (inoculation in sensitive animals. The corresponding clinical manifestations are the severe difuse meningo-encephalo-myelitis with a high degree of lethality and also signs of infection, hepatomegaly and splenomegaly. The infants from endemic areas are much more compromised. The clinical-pathologic as well as experimental confirmations on that acute phase of the disease are numerous and irrefutable. In the chronic phase of the disease, the neurological manifestations are not very clear. Early in 1909, Chagas, impressed with the great number of cases of infantile encephalopathy found in infested regions, imputed to the T. cruzithe etiology of such cases of encephalopathy and considered them as pertaining to a chronic phase of the disease. This has not been confirmed by other investigations, and even if the etiologic agent were the T. cruzithe clinical manifestations have no evolutive character and seem more sequelae than symptoms of a real chronic nervous phase. Even experimentally it has not been possible to demonstrate the presence of parasites in the nervous system of infested animals after clearing of the signs of the acute phase. In patients with chronic Chagas' disease with lesions in

  6. Enzimas hidrolíticas extracelulares de isolados de rizóbia nativos da Amazônia Central, Amazonas, Brasil Extracellular hydrolytic enzymes in indigenous strains of rhizobia in Central Amazonia, Amazonas, Brazil

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    Arlem Nascimento de Oliveira

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available A associação rizóbia x leguminosa contribui para enriquecer o solo com nitrogênio por meio da fixação biológica. Entretanto, pouco se conhece a respeito do perfil enzimático desses microrganismos. Nesse contexto, a presente investigação propõe avaliar a produção de enzimas hidrolíticas extracelulares por isolados de rizóbia nativos da Amazônia Central. Essa triagem constitui o primeiro passo na seleção de microrganismos nativos que são potencialmente exploráveis como produtores de enzimas. Foram testados 67 isolados nativos de rizóbia para as atividades amilolítica, celulolítica, lactolítica, lipolítica, pectinolítica e proteolítica, em meio YMA modificado. A atividade ureolítica foi detectada em meio ágar-uréia. As bactérias isoladas dos nódulos de feijão caupi mostraram maior capacidade em produzir enzimas do que os isolados bacterianos de soja. De todas as enzimas hidrolíticas avaliadas, apenas a pectinase não foi detectada neste estudo. Amilase (32,8%, protease (28,4%, urease (20,9% e carboximetilcelulase (9,0% foram as enzimas mais freqüentes produzidas pelos isolados. Neste trabalho, apenas as enzimas amilase e protease variaram significativamente entre os isolados de rizóbia. Os isolados INPA R-926 e INPA R-915 exibiram os maiores índices amilolíticos (IE = 3,1 e proteolíticos (IE = 6,6, respectivamente. Este estudo revelou alguns isolados de rizóbia nativos da Amazônia Central como fontes promissoras de enzimas de importância industrial para uso biotecnológico.Legumes enrich the soil by contributing nitrogen through symbiotic biological nitrogen fixation by rhizobia bacteria. However, very little is known about the extracellular enzymatic profile of these microorganisms. In this context, the production of extracellular hydrolytic enzymes by indigenous strains of rhizobia in Central Amazonia was evaluated. This screening constitutes the first step in selecting indigenous microorganisms that are

  7. Intravitreal Injection of AAV2 Transduces Macaque Inner Retina

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    Intravitreally injected AAV2 transduced inner retinal cells in a restricted region at the macaque fovea. Because macaque and human eyes are similar, the results suggest a need to improve transduction methods in gene therapy for the human inner retina.

  8. Genetics Home Reference: gyrate atrophy of the choroid and retina

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    ... the choroid. During childhood, they begin experiencing nearsightedness ( myopia ), difficulty seeing in low light (night blindness), and ... the choroid and retina in a child with myopia. Indian Pediatr. 2001 Aug;38(8):914-8. ...

  9. Stone tools associated with middle pleistocene fauna in the Toca da Esperanca, central region, Bahia state, Brazil

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    Excavations (1) organized on a 12 m2 surface have exhumed quaternary deposits under a 50 cm carbonate crust (layer I). These deposits were composed of angular broken stones compacted into breccia (layer II), yellowish sand (layer III) and reddish clayey sand (leyer IV), containing fossilized bones. These bones belong to extinct quaternary species, in particular Equidae. The uranium-thorium method was used to date several bone samples found in situ which gave these faunas an age of about 300,000 years. Several quartzite stone tools as well as fragments of quartzite and quartz pebbles were discovered among the fossil bones. In particular, the fragment of a pebble, broken by violent percussion and a chopper were found. The raw materials, quartzite and quartz, naturally absent from the cave could only have been brought there by prehistoric man. The Toca da Esperanca is, therefore, the most ancient site known on the American continent which contains evidence of early man. It provides evidence of human presence from the Middle Pleistocene period, about 300,000 years ago, well before the Calico sites in California (about 200,000 years) and the Santa Raimundo Nonato sites (about 30,000 years). In the light of these new discoveries, it is possible to surmise that Homo Erectus came from Asia very early during the Middle Pleistocene, passing the Behring Strait, during one of the big recessions in ocean levels which took place in the cold quaternary periods. (author)

  10. Chemical signature study of tupiguarani ceramic tradition from Central region of the Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil; Estudo de assinaturas quimicas em ceramica da tradicao tupiguarani da regiao central do estado do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil

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    Bona, Irene Akemy Tomiyoshi

    2006-07-01

    In this work a model based on experimental results using chemical composition data of the pottery sherds applied to Spearmann's no parametric test, principal component analysis and discriminant analysis, was applied. The samples are soils and Tupiguarani Tradition pottery sherd from the central area of the Rio Grande do Sul State. The chemical elements , Al, Ba, Ca, Cr, Fe, K Mn, Pb, Rb, S, Si, Sr, Ti, V and Zn were determined by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXFR) while Ce, Cu, Gd, La, Nd, Pr, Sm, Th and Y by high-resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (HR-ICP-MS) techniques. Relationships among the pottery characteristics, studied sites and sherd dispersion in the several sites were proposed. Indications of chemical signature of the small pottery with function to go or not to the fire were observed. The largest dispersion is of small pottery with surface treatment no corrugated. The potteries chemical fingerprints from Ijui River, Ibicui-Vacacai Mirim River and Jacui River were verified. (author)

  11. Effects of the aqueous extract from Hyptis pectinata leaves on rodent central nervous system Efeitos do extrato aquoso das folhas da Hyptis pectinata sobre o sistema nervoso central de roedores

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    Alexsandro X. Bueno

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available The effects of the aqueous extract (AE from Hyptis pectinata leaves was studied on rodent central nervous system (CNS. Pharmacological screening, open field, forced swimming, apomorphine-induced hypothermia, elevated plus maze and thiopental-induced sleep tests were used in male and female Swiss mice and Wistar rats. The AE was admnistered orally in single doses 30 minutes before each test. In the screening test the AE (400 mg/kg, p.o., n =3 decreased the frequency of grooming behavior. In the open field test it decreased the amount of time rats spent grooming (AE400: 51.3 ± 8.8, q = 5.513, P Neste trabalho foram estudados os efeitos do extrato aquoso (EA obtido das folhas da Hyptis pectinata sobre o sistema nervoso central de roedores. Os seguintes modelos experimentais foram utilizados em camundongos, machos e fêmeas, da linhagem Wistar: "screening" farmacológico, campo aberto, nado forçado, hipotermia induzida por apomorfina, labirinto em cruz elevado e tempo de sono induzido por tiopental. O extrato foi administrado por via oral em dose única, 30 minutos antes de cada teste. No "screening" farmacológico o EA (400 mg/kg, p.o., n = 3 diminuiu a freqüência do comportamento de auto-limpeza. No teste do campo aberto o EA diminuiu o tempo gasto em auto-limpeza (AE400: 51,3 ± 8,8, q = 5,513, P < 0.01, n = 10 de maneira similar ao diazepam (control: 107,3 ± 14,2; diazepam: 15,4 ± 4,3, q = 9,049, P < 0.001, n = 10. No teste do nado forçado o EA (400 mg/kg diminuiu o tempo de imobilidade (con: 181,3 ± 7,2 s; imip: 91,6 ± 8,9 s, q = 7,958, P < 0,001; AE400: 111,6 ± 14,5 s, q = 6,193, P < 0,001, n = 9 indicando um possível efeito antidepressivo. Isto foi confirmado no modelo de hipotermia induzida pela apomorfina onde o EA (200 mg/kg antagonizou o efeito da apomorfina (AE200: -0,27 ºC, q = 5,588, P < 0,001, n = 10 de maneira similar à imipramina (5 mg/kg (control: -1,08 ºC; imipramine: 0,02 ºC, q = 7,589, P < 0,001, n = 10. Nenhum

  12. Estimativa da área foliar do feijão-vagem (Phaseolus vulgaris L. por meio da largura máxima do folíolo central Model to estimate the leaf area of snap bean

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    Joel L. Queiroga

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    Full Text Available O experimento objetivou estabelecer um modelo matemático para estimar a área foliar de feijão-vagem de crescimento determinado por meio da largura máxima do folíolo central. As medidas foram realizadas em seis plantas (método não-destrutivo e em quatro plantas (método destrutivo aos 21, 30, 37, 44 e 51 dias após a emergência. A área foliar real foi determinada por meio do medidor "Area Meter" (modelo LICOR LI-3000. Os modelos matemáticos obtidos por regressão foram aplicados aos métodos destrutivos e não destrutivos, e comparados à área foliar estimada e a real. O modelo de potência (AF = 0,1026*L1,6871, R²=0,98 estima a área foliar (AF de plantas de feijão-vagem de crescimento determinado, portanto a largura máxima do folíolo central (L pode ser usada para determinar a área foliar pelo método não-destrutivo.An experiment was conducted to establish a mathematical model based on the linear measurement of the maximum width of the central leaflet to estimate the leaf area of determinate type of snap bean. The measurements were made using the non-destructive method in six plants and the destructive method in four plants on the 21, 30, 37, 44 and 51 days after emergence. The area of each leaflet was obtained by using an area meter LICOR LI-3000 model. The models, obtained by regression, were tested in destructive and non-destructive methods comparing the estimated and the measured leaf area. The model AF = 0.1026*L1,6871 (R²=0.98 was effective to estimate the leaf area (AF of snap bean plants in non-destructive way showing that the maximum width of the central leaflet (L estimates the real leaf area.

  13. Identification of Radial Glia Progenitors in the Developing and Adult Retina of Sharks.

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    Sánchez-Farías, Nuria; Candal, Eva

    2016-01-01

    Neural stem cells give rise to transient progenitors termed neuroepithelial cells (NECs) and radial glial cells (RGCs). RGCs represent the major source of neurons, glia and adult stem cells in several regions of the central nervous system (CNS). RGCs are mostly transient in mammals, but they are widely maintained in the adult CNS of fishes, where they continue to be morphologically similar to RGCs in the mammalian brain and fulfill similar roles as progenitors and guide for migrating neurons. The retina of fishes offers an exceptional model to approach the study of adult neurogenesis because of the presence of constitutive proliferation from the ciliary marginal zone (CMZ), containing NECs, and from adult glial cells with radial morphology (the Müller glia). However, the cellular hierarchies and precise contribution of different types of progenitors to adult neurogenesis remain unsolved. We have analyzed the transition from NECs to RGCs and RGC differentiation in the retina of the cartilaginous fish Scyliorhinus canicula, which offers a particularly good spatial and temporal frame to investigate this process. We have characterized progenitor and adult RGCs by immunohistochemical detection of glial markers as glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and glutamine synthetase (GS). We have compared the emergence and localization of glial markers with that of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA, a proliferation maker) and Doublecortin (DCX, which increases at early stages of neuronal differentiation). During retinal development, GFAP-immunoreactive NECs located in the most peripheral CMZ (CMZp) codistribute with DCX-immunonegative cells. GFAP-immunoreactive RGCs and Müller cells are located in successive more central parts of the retina and codistribute with DCX- and DCX/GS-immunoreactive cells, respectively. The same types of progenitors are found in juveniles, suggesting that the contribution of the CMZ to adult neurogenesis implies a transition through the

  14. Fluorescein angiography of the canine retina

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    The retinal vascular bed was examined in 37 canine eyes by studying 50 retinal fluorangiograms. All angiographic phases could distinctly be visualized by the use of a small intravenous bolus of 10 mg/kg fluorescein. The choroidal phase is characterized by spot-like and lobular filling of the choriocapillaris. By coalescence of the choroidal lobules, this uneven filling progressively disappears in the subsequent phases. The retinal arterial phase is characterized by a hyperfluorescence of the retinal arterioles at the level of the optic disc border. The time interval between the start of the choroidal phase and the retinal arterial phase is very short due to the common origin of the choroidal and retinal arteries from the choroidoretinal arteries. The retinal arterio-venous phase is characterized by a complete filling of the smaller arterioles, capillaries, and venules. During this phase the branching pattern of the retinal blood vessels at the area centralis region can be most easily studied. This also applies to the periarteriolar capillary-free zones and the radial peripapillary capillaries. The retinal early venous phase is characterized by the onset of laminar flow in the larger retinal venules. A homogeneous and complete filling of the larger venules is characteristic for the onset of the late venous phase. During the retinal venous phase the border venule can be observed just posterior to the ora ciliaris retinae. Fluorescein angiography of the canine retinal microvasculature shows that the dog is less suitable as an experimental animal model in ophthalmology, due to the presence of the choroidal tapetum which reflects fluorescent light and thus diminishes the contrast between the retinal blood vessels and the background

  15. Retinal Detachment: Torn or Detached Retina Symptoms

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  16. Retinal Detachment: Torn or Detached Retina Diagnosis

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    ... is cataract surgery different for someone with high myopia? Oct 01, 2015 Can I Fly with Central Serous Retinopathy? Sep 25, 2015 Can Farsightedness Cause White Reflex in Photos? Jun 05, 2015 Floaters ...

  17. Helium-argon isotopic tracing for the Pb-Zn-Ag polymetallic ore deposits in the central-south segment of the Da Hinggan Ling Range

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    WANG Baode; NIU Shuyin; SUN Aiqun; HU Huabin; LIU Yaming; GUO Lijun; WANG Shuo

    2008-01-01

    In recent years big strides have been made in the exploration of ores in the central-south segment of the Da Hinggan Ling Range, though some debates still exist on the metallogenesis and sources of ore-forming materials.Pyrite and other sulfides in direct relation to the Pb-Zn-Ag ore deposits were chosen for the He and Ar isotopic analysis of ore-forming fluids, and the first He and Ar isotope data have been obtained from the study region.3He/4He ratios in 14 samples collected from 7 mining districts are 2.17x10-6-12.52×10-6, averaging 6.86×10-6 and their R/Ra ratios are 1.56-9.01 Ra, averaging 4.37 Ra. By projecting the data points onto the 3He-4He concentrations diagram, all the points fall near the mantle helium area. The calculated mantle-source helium ratios are within the range of 19.58%-76.96%, with an average of 49.52%. Argon isotopic characteristics are close to those of mantle source, indicating that the ore-forming material was transport upwards via the multi-stage evolution of mantle plume and concentrated as ores in the favorable loci of mantle branch structures.

  18. Aplicabilidade e regulamentação sanitária da nanomedicina em grandes distúrbios do Sistema Nervoso Central (SNC

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    Antonio Claudio Tedesco

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    Full Text Available Na nanomedicina, os nanocarreadores são geralmente biocompatíveis, biodegradáveis de rápida biodistribuição pelo organismo e podem ser utilizados para transportar drogas ou genes terapêuticos. Assim, novos sistemas de liberação de fármacos têm sido altamente explorados no tratamento de doenças do Sistema Nervoso Central (SNC, como Parkinson, Alzheimer e gliomas, visto que o SNC representa um grande desafio para as abordagens terapêuticas devido às barreiras hemato-encefálica (BHE e sangue- -líquido cefalorraquidiano (BSLCR. Desse modo, a comunidade científica juntamente com instituições governamentais e indústrias privadas vêm somando esforços para gerar novas formulações em escalas nanométricas com o intuito de alcançar uma abordagem terapêutica adequada, satisfatória e que esteja dentro dos princípios da vigilância sanitária para os acometimentos cerebrais. Este artigo visa sumarizar os conhecimentos sobre principais barreiras para entrega de fármacos ao SNC, nanomedicina, glioma, Parkinson, Alzheimer e vigilância sanitária.

  19. Manejo da irrigação em pastagem irrigada por pivô-central Irrigated pasture: water management under center pivot irrigation

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    Alexandre C. Xavier

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available A aplicação de lâminas de irrigação em pastagem irrigada sob pivô-central é, de maneira geral, realizada sem um critério técnico pertinente ao sistema, pois se deve considerar que para um mesmo período a pastagem se encontra em diferentes estádios de desenvolvimento em cada parcela, apresentando taxas de evapotranspiração diferenciadas dentro da área irrigada; todavia, usualmente se aplica uma única lâmina para toda a área. Neste trabalho foi desenvolvido um modelo para aplicação de lâminas de irrigação distinta para cada parcela do pivô o qual, de modo geral, considera: i a capacidade do pivô-central de aplicar lâminas distintas na área; ii o nível de desenvolvimento da cultura em cada parcela; iii o período de retorno do gado a determinada parcela (ciclo de pastejo; e iv o potencial de desenvolvimento da pastagem de certa região. Para modelar o coeficiente de cultura (Kc foram utilizadas duas metodologias, a primeira com taxa de variação do Kc constante com o número de dias em que a parcela está em descanso (k, e a segunda, com taxa de variação do Kc na forma senoidal com k. O modelo foi aplicado para pastagens hipotéticas nas regiões de Piracicaba e Pereira Barreto, para avaliação e, como resultado, observou-se que o modelo se mostrou sensível ao nível de desenvolvimento de cada parcela e às condições de variação do clima de cada região.The application of irrigation depths in irrigated pasture under center pivot machines, in a general way, is accomplished without a pertinent technical criterion, because it should be considered that for any time period, the pasture plots are at different development stages (rotary pasture, presenting different evapotranspiration rates inside the irrigated area. Furthermore, farmers usually apply a single irrigation depth for the whole area. In this study a model was developed for the application of different irrigation depths in each portion of the pivot (pizza

  20. A biphasic pattern of gene expression during mouse retina development

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    Soares Marcelo

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Between embryonic day 12 and postnatal day 21, six major neuronal and one glia cell type are generated from multipotential progenitors in a characteristic sequence during mouse retina development. We investigated expression patterns of retina transcripts during the major embryonic and postnatal developmental stages to provide a systematic view of normal mouse retina development, Results A tissue-specific cDNA microarray was generated using a set of sequence non-redundant EST clones collected from mouse retina. Eleven stages of mouse retina, from embryonic day 12.5 (El2.5 to postnatal day 21 (PN21, were collected for RNA isolation. Non-amplified RNAs were labeled for microarray experiments and three sets of data were analyzed for significance, hierarchical relationships, and functional clustering. Six individual gene expression clusters were identified based on expression patterns of transcripts through retina development. Two developmental phases were clearly divided with postnatal day 5 (PN5 as a separate cluster. Among 4,180 transcripts that changed significantly during development, approximately 2/3 of the genes were expressed at high levels up until PN5 and then declined whereas the other 1/3 of the genes increased expression from PN5 and remained at the higher levels until at least PN21. Less than 1% of the genes observed showed a peak of expression between the two phases. Among the later increased population, only about 40% genes are correlated with rod photoreceptors, indicating that multiple cell types contributed to gene expression in this phase. Within the same functional classes, however, different gene populations were expressed in distinct developmental phases. A correlation coefficient analysis of gene expression during retina development between previous SAGE studies and this study was also carried out. Conclusion This study provides a complementary genome-wide view of common gene dynamics and a broad molecular

  1. Aberrant activity in degenerated retinas revealed by electrical imaging

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    Günther eZeck

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available In this review I present and discuss the current understanding of aberrant electrical activity found in the ganglion cell layer (GCL of rod-degenerated (rd mouse retinas. The reported electrophysiological properties revealed by electrical imaging using high-density microelectrode arrays can be subdivided between spiking activity originating from retinal ganglion cells (RGCs and local field potentials reflecting strong trans-membrane currents within the GCL. RGCs in rod-degenerated retinas show increased and rhythmic spiking compared to age-matched wild-type retinas. Fundamental spiking frequencies range from 5 to 15 Hz in various mouse models. The rhythmic RGC spiking is driven by a presynaptic network comprising AII amacrine and bipolar cells. In the healthy retina this rhythm-generating circuit is inhibited by photoreceptor input. A unique physiological feature of rd retinas is rhythmic local field potentials (LFP manifested as spatially-restricted low-frequency (5–15 Hz voltage changes. Their spatiotemporal characterization revealed propagation and correlation with RGC spiking. LFPs rely on gap-junctional coupling and are shaped by glycinergic and by GABAergic transmission. The aberrant RGC spiking and LFPs provide a simple readout of the functionality of the remaining retinal circuitry which can be used in the development of improved vision restoration strategies.

  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. Microgravity effects on neural retina regeneration in the newt

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    Grigoryan, E. N.; Anton, H. J.; Mitashov, V. I.

    Data on forelimb and eye lens regenerationin in urodeles under spaceflight conditions (SFC) have been obtained in our previous studies. Today, evidence is available that SFC stimulate regeneration in experimental animals rather than inhibit it. The results of control on-ground experiments with simulated microgravity suggest that the stimulatory effect of SFC is due largely to weightlessness. An original experimental model is proposed, which is convenient for comprehensively analyzing neural regeneration under SFC. The initial results described here concern regeneration of neural retina in Pleurodeles waltl newts exposed to microgravity simulated in radial clinostat. After clinorotation for seven days (until postoperation day 16), a positive effect of altered gravity on structural restoration of detached neural retina was confirmed by a number of criteria. Specifically, an increased number of Müllerian glial cells, an increased relative volume of the plexiform layers, reduced cell death, advanced redifferentiation of retinal pigment epithelium, and extended areas of neural retina reattachment were detected in experimental newts. Moreover, cell proliferation in the inner nuclear layer of neural retina increased as compared with control. Thus, low gravity appears to intensify natural cytological and molecular mechanisms of neural retina regeneration in lower vertebrates.

  5. 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.

  6. Uniformidade de distribuição de água em pivô central, com a utilização da técnica TDR na superfície e no interior do solo Uniformity of water distribution in a central pivot with the use of the Time Domain Reflectometry technique on surface and soil

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    Tânia R.I. Rodrigues; Helbert S. Batista; Jane M. de Carvalho; Alexandre O. Gonçalves; Edson E. Matsura

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    A avaliação da uniformidade de distribuição de água de um sistema de irrigação é feita acima da superfície do solo. Tendo em vista a importância da uniformidade no interior do solo quando submetido a uma irrigação, desenvolveu-se o presente trabalho com o objetivo de se avaliar a uniformidade de distribuição de água, tanto acima como no interior do solo, através dos coeficientes CUD e CUC, com um pivô central operando em condições de campo. Acima da superfície, a uniformidade foi obtida segui...

  7. 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.

  8. Extratores e disponibilidade de micronutrientes em Terra Preta de Índio da Amazônia Central Extractants and availability of micronutrients in Central Amazonian dark earth soil

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    Adônis Moreira

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a disponibilidade de B, Cu, Fe, Mn e Zn em solos com horizonte A antrópico (Terra Preta do Índio - TPI da Amazônia Central com as soluções extratoras Mehlich 1 (M1, Mehlich 3 (M3 e DTPA-TEA. Foram utilizadas dezesseis amostras de terra preta de diferentes profundidades provenientes de dez sítios arqueológicos e de cinco classes de solos representativas da região (Espodossolo, Neossolo, Latossolo, Argissolo e Cambissolo. Na Terra Preta de Índio, o extrator DTPA-TEA extraiu as maiores quantidades de Cu e Fe disponível, enquanto o Mehlich 1 extraiu mais Mn e Zn. Nas condições edafoclimáticas estudadas, o extrator Mehlich 1 mostrou, na média, maior sensibilidade quando comparado com os extratores Mehlich 3 e o DTPA-TEA. Os melhores coeficientes de correlação entre os extratores foram obtidos com: Cu disponível (Mehlich 3 e DTPA-TEA, Fe disponível (Mehlich 1 e DTPATEA, Mn e Zn disponível (Mehlich 1 e Mehlich 3. As faixas alta, média e baixa originárias de outras regiões pode levar a erros de interpretação na diagnose da disponibilidade de micronutrientes nas terras pretas de índio. O Espodossolo apresentou a maior concentração de B disponível.The objective of this work was to compare extractants solutions (Mehlich 1, Mehlich 3 and DTPA-TEA evaluating the availability of B, Cu, Fe, Mn and Zn in Amazonian Dark Earth (ADE soils with higher fertility occurring in scattered patches throughout the Amazon, called Terra Preta do Índio (TPI. Sixteen samples of different depths were taken from ten archeology sites, and five representative soil classes of the region (Oxisol, Inceptsol, Ultisol, Entisol and Spodsol were used. The DTPA-TEA solution extracted more Cu and Fe available, while Mehlich 1 solution extracted more Mn and Zn. At the edaphoclimatic conditions studied, the Mehlich 1 extractant showed better sensibility than Mehlich 3 and DTPA-TEA extractants. The best coefficients between

  9. 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.

  10. Reação de fase aguda e parasitismo na veia central da supra-renal de chagásicos crônicos

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    Full Text Available A reação sistêmica aos traumatismos e infecções graves, reação de fase aguda, (RFA, pode determinar imunossupressão e reativação de infecções latentes. O objetivo do trabalho foi verificar, em 71 chagásicos crônicos com ousem RFÁ, a freqüência de parasitismo pelo T. cruzi na veia central da supra-renal (VCSR. Os critérios para RFA (+ foram observados em 30 chagásicos: lmorteporsepsis e/outrauma após evolução maior que umasemana e 2presença de úlceras de stress sangrantes, ou 3 hiperplasia reacional do baço ou 4 esteatose hepática. Registrou-se peso e altura e calculou-se o índice de massa corporal (IMC. Chagásicos com RFA (+ apresentaram maior comprometimento nutricional que os RFA (-: peso = 49,0 vs 54,5 kg; IMC = 17,5 vs 20,6kg/m2 (mediana pThe systemic reaction to severe trauma and/or infection, acute phase response (APR, are often associated with immunossupression and reactivation of chronic latent infection. Our main purpose was to verify, in a group of 71 autopsied chronic chagasic with or without APR, thefrequency of T. cruzi nests inthe central vein of adrenal gland (CVAG. APR, defined by: 1 death secondary to sepsis and/or trauma plus, 2 bleeding stress gastric ulcerations or 3 spleen reactional state or 4 liver steatosis, was observed in 30 chronic chagasic (APR +. Weight, height and body mass index (BM1 were obtained. APR (+ chronic chagasic had worse nutritional status than APR(~ ones: weight = 49.0 vs 54.5kg; BM1 = 17.5MS 20.6kg/m? (medianp < 0.05. CVAG T. cruzi nests frequency were similar (43.3% and 43,9%, respectively between both Groups. We conclude that APR(+ chronic chagasic had worse nutritional status than APR (- ones, and that APR development did not change the CVAG T. cruzi nests frequency.

  11. Midazolam ameliorates the behavior deficits of a rat posttraumatic stress disorder model through dual 18 kDa translocator protein and central benzodiazepine receptor and neurosteroidogenesis.

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    Yu-Liang Miao

    Full Text Available Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD is a debilitating anxiety disorder that may develop after an individual has experienced or witnessed a severe traumatic event. It has been shown that the 18 kDa translocator protein (TSPO may be correlated with PTSD and that the TSPO ligand improved the behavioral deficits in a mouse model of PTSD. Midazolam, a ligand for TSPO and central benzodiazepine receptor (CBR, induces anxiolytic- and anti-depressant-like effects in animal models. The present study aimed to determine whether midazolam ameliorates PTSD behavior in rats as assessed by the single prolonged stress (SPS model. The SPS rats received daily Sertraline (Ser (15 mg/kg, i.p. [corrected] and midazolam (0.125, 0.25, 0.5, and 1 mg/kg, i.p. [corrected] during the exposure to SPS and behavioral assessments, which included the open field (OF test, the contextual fear paradigm (CFP, and the elevated plus-maze (EPM. The results showed that, like Ser (15 mg/kg, i.p. [corrected], midazolam (0.25 and 0.5 mg/kg, i.p. [corrected] significantly reversed the behavioral deficiencies of the SPS rats, including PTSD-associated freezing and anxiety-like behavior but not the effects on spontaneous locomotor activity. In addition, the anti-PTSD effects of midazolam (0.5 mg/kg, i.p. [corrected] were antagonized by the TSPO antagonist PK11195 (3 mg/kg, i.p., the CBR antagonist flumazenil (15 mg/kg, i.p. [corrected] and the inhibitor of steroidogenic enzymes finasteride (30 mg/kg, i.p. [corrected], which by themselves had no effect on PTSD-associated freezing and anxiety-like behavior. In summary, this study demonstrated that midazolam improves the behavioral deficits in the SPS model through dual TSPO and CBR and neurosteroidogenesis.

  12. Factors affecting the variability of the Heidelberg Retina Tomograph III measurements in newly diagnosed glaucoma patients Fatores associados com a variabilidade das medidas do Heidelberg Retina Tomograph III em pacientes com glaucoma recém-diagnosticados

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    Tiago Santos Prata

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To determine factors associated with the test-retest variability of optic nerve head (ONH topography measurements with confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (CSLO in newly diagnosed glaucomatous patients. METHODS: Consecutive patients with newly diagnosed primary open-angle glaucoma were prospectively enrolled. Patients presenting with any ocular disease other than glaucoma were excluded. All patients underwent CSLO using the Heidelberg Retina Tomograph III (HRT-III in one randomly selected eye (three consecutive scans; performed by the same examiner. For each Heidelberg Retina Tomograph III parameter, repeatability was assessed using within subject standard deviation (Sw and coefficient of variation (CVw, repeatability coefficient (RC and intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC. Scatter plots and regression lines were constructed to identify which factors influenced test-retest measurement variability. RESULTS: A total of 32 patients were included (mean age, 65.4 ± 13.8 years. Most patients were female (65% and white (50%. Among all Heidelberg Retina Tomograph III parameters evaluated, rim area and mean cup depth had the best measurement repeatability. Vertical cup-to-disc ratio (CDR, as determined by optic disc stereophotograph examination was significantly associated (R²=0.21, p0.14. CONCLUSION: Heidelberg Retina Tomograph III showed good test-retest repeatability for all ONH topographic measurements, mainly for rim area and mean cup depth. Test-retest repeatability seemed to improve with increasing CDR. These findings suggest that HRT-III topographic measurements should be cautiously interpreted when evaluating longitudinally glaucoma patients with early structural damage (small CDR.OBJETIVO: Determinar os fatores associados à variabilidade (teste-reteste das medidas topográficas da cabeça do nervo óptico (CNO utilizando a oftalmoscopia confocal de varredura a laser (CSLO em pacientes com glaucoma recém-diagnosticados. M

  13. Glaucoma-inducing Procedure in an In Vivo Rat Model and Whole-mount Retina Preparation.

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    Gossman, Cynthia A; Linn, David M; Linn, Cindy

    2016-01-01

    Glaucoma is a disease of the central nervous system affecting retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). RGC axons making up the optic nerve carry visual input to the brain for visual perception. Damage to RGCs and their axons leads to vision loss and/or blindness. Although the specific cause of glaucoma is unknown, the primary risk factor for the disease is an elevated intraocular pressure. Glaucoma-inducing procedures in animal models are a valuable tool to researchers studying the mechanism of RGC death. Such information can lead to the development of effective neuroprotective treatments that could aid in the prevention of vision loss. The protocol in this paper describes a method of inducing glaucoma - like conditions in an in vivo rat model where 50 µl of 2 M hypertonic saline is injected into the episcleral venous plexus. Blanching of the vessels indicates successful injection. This procedure causes loss of RGCs to simulate glaucoma. One month following injection, animals are sacrificed and eyes are removed. Next, the cornea, lens, and vitreous are removed to make an eyecup. The retina is then peeled from the back of the eye and pinned onto sylgard dishes using cactus needles. At this point, neurons in the retina can be stained for analysis. Results from this lab show that approximately 25% of RGCs are lost within one month of the procedure when compared to internal controls. This procedure allows for quantitative analysis of retinal ganglion cell death in an in vivo rat glaucoma model. PMID:27023167

  14. Evaluation of the specificity of antibodies raised against cannabinoid receptor type 2 in the mouse retina.

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    Cécyre, Bruno; Thomas, Sébastien; Ptito, Maurice; Casanova, Christian; Bouchard, Jean-François

    2014-02-01

    Cannabinoid receptors (CB1R and CB2R) are among the most abundant G protein-coupled receptors in the central nervous system. The endocannabinoid system is an attractive therapeutic target for immune system modulation and peripheral pain management. While CB1R is distributed in the nervous system, CB2R has traditionally been associated to the immune system. This dogma is currently a subject of debate since the discovery of CB2R expression in neurons using antibody-based methods. The localization of CB2R in the central nervous system (CNS) could have a significant impact on drug development because it would mean that in addition to its effects on the peripheral pain pathway, CB2R could also mediate some central effects of cannabinoids. In an attempt to clarify the debate over CB2R expression in the CNS, we tested several commercially or academically produced CB2R antibodies using Western blot and immunohistochemistry on retinal tissue obtained from wild-type mice and mice lacking CB2R (cnr2 (-/-) ). One of the antibodies tested exhibited a valuable specificity as it marked a single band near the predicted molecular weight in Western blot and produced no staining in cnr2 (-/-) mice retina sections. The other antibodies tested detected multiple bands in Western blot and labeled unidentified proteins when used with their immunizing peptide or on cnr2 (-/-) retinal sections. We conclude that many commonly used antibodies raised against CB2R are not specific for use in immunohistochemistry, at least in the context of the mouse retina. Moreover, some of them tested presented significant lot-to-lot variability. Hence, caution should be used when interpreting prior and future studies using CB2R antibodies. PMID:24185999

  15. New spectral imaging techniques for blood oximetry in the retina

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    Alabboud, Ied; Muyo, Gonzalo; Gorman, Alistair; Mordant, David; McNaught, Andrew; Petres, Clement; Petillot, Yvan R.; Harvey, Andrew R.

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    Hyperspectral imaging of the retina presents a unique opportunity for direct and quantitative mapping of retinal biochemistry - particularly of the vasculature where blood oximetry is enabled by the strong variation of absorption spectra with oxygenation. This is particularly pertinent both to research and to clinical investigation and diagnosis of retinal diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. The optimal exploitation of hyperspectral imaging however, presents a set of challenging problems, including; the poorly characterised and controlled optical environment of structures within the retina to be imaged; the erratic motion of the eye ball; and the compounding effects of the optical sensitivity of the retina and the low numerical aperture of the eye. We have developed two spectral imaging techniques to address these issues. We describe first a system in which a liquid crystal tuneable filter is integrated into the illumination system of a conventional fundus camera to enable time-sequential, random access recording of narrow-band spectral images. Image processing techniques are described to eradicate the artefacts that may be introduced by time-sequential imaging. In addition we describe a unique snapshot spectral imaging technique dubbed IRIS that employs polarising interferometry and Wollaston prism beam splitters to simultaneously replicate and spectrally filter images of the retina into multiple spectral bands onto a single detector array. Results of early clinical trials acquired with these two techniques together with a physical model which enables oximetry map are reported.

  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. Near UV radiation effect on the lens and retina

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    The discussion presented in this paper indicates that the retina of a diurnal animal with a natural UV-absorbing lens (ie: the gray squirrel) is susceptible to near-UV damage from environmental sources only after the lens has been removed. This suggests that it is very important to protect against near-UV exposure of human eyes after cataract surgery

  18. Redução da prevalência de apneia central em pacientes com insuficiência cardíaca sob uso de betabloqueador Reducción de la prevalencia de apnea central en pacientes con insuficiencia cardiaca bajo uso de betabloqueante Reduction of central sleep apnea in heart failure patients with beta-blockers therapy

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    Christiano Pereira Silva

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: As apneias do sono são doenças frequentes em portadores de insuficiência cardíaca (IC. Estimativas da era pré-betabloqueador (BB apontam para uma prevalência de 45% de apneias centrais nestes pacientes. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a influência dos BB na prevalência das apneias centrais e sua interferência na qualidade do sono e de vida de portadores de IC. MÉTODOS: 65 pacientes portadores de IC foram submetidos a polissonografia diagnóstica.Os resultados da polissonografia foram avaliados de acordo com o uso ou não de BB. No dia do exame os pacientes responderam ao questionário de Minessota para qualidade de vida com IC. Após 6 e 12 meses da data da polissonografia, houve contato telefônico com todos os pacientes, para a repetição do questionário de Minessota. RESULTADOS: A prevalência de apneia do sono (IAH > 15/h foi de 46,1% na população total, porém a apneia central foi identificada em apenas 18,4% dos pacientes. O uso de BB, em análise multivariada, foi o único preditor de ocorrência de menor índice de apneia e hipopneia (IAH central (p=0,002, maior saturação (p=0,02 e menor dessaturação média de oxigênio (p=0,03. Além disso, o uso de BB foi preditor de melhor qualidade de vida após 6 e 12 meses (p=0,002 e 0,001 respectivamente e de menor número de hospitalizações nestes períodos (p=0,001 e p=0,05 respectivamente. CONCLUSÃO: O uso de BB reduziu a incidência de apneia central na população total, se compararmos com os dados da literatura. Além disto, os BB melhoraram parâmetros da qualidade do sono e de vida de portadores de IC.FUNDAMENTO: Las apneas del sueño son enfermedades frecuentes en portadores de insuficiencia cardiaca (IC. Una estimación de la era pre betabloqueante (BB señala hacia una prevalencia del 45% de apneas centrales en estos pacientes. OBJETIVO: Evaluar la influencia de los BB en la prevalencia de las apneas centrales y su interferencia en la calidad del sueño y de vida de

  19. Sensibilidade da técnica de imuno-histoquímica em fragmentos de sistema nervoso central de bovinos e equinos naturalmente infectados pelo vírus da raiva Sensitivity of the Immunohistochemistry technique in central nervous system fragments of cattle and horses naturally infected by rabies virus

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    Full Text Available A raiva é uma zoonose viral que acomete o sistema nervoso central (SNC de mamíferos, considerada um grave problema de saúde pública. Herbívoros (bovinos e equinos são frequentemente acometidos pela in-fecção após serem atacados por morcegos hematófagos (Desmodus rotundus. A técnica de imunofluorescência direta (IFD realizada em tecidos frescos, recomendada pela Organização Mundial de Saúde (OMS, é utilizada para o diagnóstico da raiva. A técnica de imuno-histoquímica (IHQ é utilizada para detectar antígenos em tecidos fixados, pelo uso de anticorpos monoclonais/policlonais. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a sensibilidade da IHQ na detecção de antígenos do vírus da raiva em amostras de SNC de herbívoros fixadas em formol, analisando a distribuição antigênica em diferentes fragmentos do SNC. Os resultados demonstraram concordância das técnicas de IFD e IHQ. A IHQ mostrou maior sensibilidade em amostras de bovinos em relação às de equinos, especialmente quando realizada em fragmentos de cerebelo e tronco encefálico. A detecção de antígeno nestes fragmentos foi mais consistente para ambas as técnicas, nas duas espécies. Estes resultados demonstram que a IHQ pode ser empregada para a vigilância epidemiológica da raiva, entretanto, recomenda-se cautela ao se empregar a IHQ para diagnóstico de doença em herbívoros, especialmente quando o fragmento encaminhado ao laboratório for apenas o hipocampo.Rabies is a viral zoonosis that causes disease in the central nervous system (CNS of mammals and it is considered a serious problem of public health. Herbivorous (bovines and equines are often infected after being attacked by vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus. The direct fluorescent antibody technique is used as a diagnostic test to detect viral antigens in fresh tissues and is recommended by the World Health Organization. The immunohistochemistry technique (IHC is used to detect the viral antigen through the

  20. Impact of bronchopulmonary dysplasia on brain and retina

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    Annie Wing Hoi Poon

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    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.

  1. THE EYE — MIRROR OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDER. RELATIONSHIP OF THE RETINA FUNCTIONAL STATE AND THE HYPERTENSION SEVERITY

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    Full Text Available Aim. To study the retina state by functional methods in patients with arterial hypertension (HT of various degrees. Material and methods. Patients with uncomplicated HT of 1-3 degrees (n=81 and healthy subjects (n=20 of control group were examined. Routine (direct ophthalmoscopy and functional (evaluation of contrast and color sensitivity of the retina, electroretinography methods were used. Results. Functional retinal changes (reduction in color and contrast sensitivity progressed with increasing HT degree. These changes were located in the area of central retinal artery (paramacular area and area of choroidal blood flow (macular region. Retinal bioelectrical activity disturbance was also found by the electroretinography. Conclusion. The identified functional disorders suggest the retina involvement in the pathological process even in the early HT and may be associated with its severity. It confirms a relationship of HT with disorders of eye as a target organ in HT. Published data and results of our studies can refute the point of view about impossibility of changes assessment on the eye fundus in patients with uncomplicated HT, and indicates that it was premature exclusion of the eye from the list of target organs in HT.

  2. Síndrome da angústia respiratória do adulto por embolia gordurosa no período pós-operatório de lipoaspiração e lipoenxertia Adult respiratory distress syndrome due to fat embolism in the postoperative period following liposuction and fat grafting

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    A embolia gordurosa é definida como a ocorrência de bloqueio mecânico da luz vascular por gotículas circulantes de gordura. Acomete principalmente o pulmão, podendo afetar também o sistema nervoso central, a retina e a pele. A síndrome da embolia gordurosa é uma disfunção desses órgãos causada pelos êmbolos gordurosos. As causas mais comuns de embolia gordurosa e síndrome da embolia gordurosa são as fraturas de ossos longos, mas há relatos de sua ocorrência após procedimentos estéticos. O dia...

  3. Contribuição da neopterina para o estudo da patologia infecciosa do sistema nervoso central (Avaliação no soro e no líquido céfalo-raquídeo)

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    Saraiva da Cunha, J.G.; Mota-Pinto, A; Santos-Rosa, M; A. Meliço Silvestre; Carrington da Costa, R.; Robalo Cordeiro, A.J.A.

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    A Neopterina (NPT), pertencente ao grupo das pterinas, e constituindo, conjuntamente com os folatos, o grupo das pteridinas, é um derivado do Trifosfato de Guanosina (TPG), através da acção da ciclohidrolase do TPG. Até ao momento apenas foi demonstrada a sua existência no homem e em primatas. O TPG dá origem ao D-7,8 Trifosfato de Dihidroneopterina (NH2P3), que é um percursor de neopterina (surgindo esta, provavelmente, por reacções não enzimáticas), e da biopterina. Esta última é um cofacto...

  4. Contribution to the use of marble in Central-Lusitania in Roman times: The stone architectural decoration of Ammaia (São Salvador da Aramenha, Portugal

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports the results of a quantitative and qualitative study of the imported architectural decorative stone of the Roman town of Ammaia (São Salvador da Aramenha, Portugal, located centrally in the province of Lusitania. All studied ornamental stones were counted, weighed, classified and their provenance was determined. Six types of stone were used for the architectural decoration at Ammaia: white marble, pink–purple limestone, grey– white marble, two marble breccias and granite. Granite was the most widely used building stone and was used for the production of columns and capitals. Previous studies have established a local source for the Ammaia granite (Taelman et alii in press. The provenance of the remaining ornamental stones is primarily regional (the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula. Only the two marble breccia varieties were imported from the Mediterranean: africano from Teos (Turkey and breccia di Sciro from the island of Skyros also (Greece. The predominant use of regionally available stones is observed in other Roman towns located in the interior of the Iberian Peninsula, such as Emerita Augusta, Asturica Augusta and Munigua, and results mainly from the geographic location of the sites, remote from any seaport and/or navigable river.El presente trabajo presenta los resultados de una valorización cuantitativa y cualitativa de la utilización de las piedras decorativas arquitectónicas importadas de la ciudad romana lusitana de Ammaia (São Salvador da Aramenha, Portugal. Todas las piedras decorativas estudiadas fueron contadas, pesadas, clasificadas y su procedencia fue determinada. En la época romana se utilizaron seis tipos de piedra para la decoración arquitectónica de la ciudad de Ammaia: mármol blanco, caliza morada–rosa, mármol blanco y gris, dos brechas compuestas de fragmentos de mármol blanco y granito. El granito fue la piedra de construcción principal en Ammaia. Además, el granito se utiliz

  5. Ganglion cell and displaced amacrine cell density distribution in the retina of the howler monkey (Alouatta caraya.

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    Full Text Available Unlike all other New World (platyrrine monkeys, both male and female howler monkeys (Alouatta sp. are obligatory trichromats. In all other platyrrines, only females can be trichromats, while males are always dichromats, as determined by multiple behavioral, electrophysiological, and genetic studies. In addition to obligatory trichromacy, Alouatta has an unusual fovea, with substantially higher peak cone density in the foveal pit than every other diurnal anthropoid monkey (both platyrrhines and catarrhines and great ape yet examined, including humans. In addition to documenting the general organization of the retinal ganglion cell layer in Alouatta, the distribution of cones is compared to retinal ganglion cells, to explore possible relationships between their atypical trichromacy and foveal specialization. The number and distribution of retinal ganglion cells and displaced amacrine cells were determined in six flat-mounted retinas from five Alouatta caraya. Ganglion cell density peaked at 0.5 mm between the fovea and optic nerve head, reaching 40,700-45,200 cells/mm2. Displaced amacrine cell density distribution peaked between 0.5-1.75 mm from the fovea, reaching mean values between 2,050-3,100 cells/mm2. The mean number of ganglion cells was 1,133,000±79,000 cells and the mean number of displaced amacrine cells was 537,000±61,800 cells, in retinas of mean area 641±62 mm2. Ganglion cell and displaced amacrine cell density distribution in the Alouatta retina was consistent with that observed among several species of diurnal Anthropoidea, both platyrrhines and catarrhines. The principal alteration in the Alouatta retina appears not to be in the number of any retinal cell class, but rather a marked gradient in cone density within the fovea, which could potentially support high chromatic acuity in a restricted central region.

  6. Impacto da perda de peso nas adipocitocinas, na proteína C-reativa e na sensibilidade à insulina em mulheres hipertensas com obesidade central Impact of weight loss on adipocytokines, C-reactive protein and insulin sensitivity in hypertensive women with central obesity

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    OBJETIVO: Avaliar o impacto do tratamento da obesidade nas adipocitocinas, na proteína C-reativa (PCR) e na sensibilidade à insulina em pacientes hipertensas com obesidade central. MÉTODOS: O estudo foi realizado a partir do banco de dados e de amostras estocadas de soro de pacientes submetidas previamente a um estudo para tratamento de obesidade. Foram selecionadas 30 mulheres hipertensas, com idade entre 18 e 65 anos, índice de massa corpórea (IMC) > 27 kg/m², com distribuição central ...

  7. 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. PMID:23075696

  8. Phenology and reproductive traits of peaches and nectarines in Central-East Argentina Fenologia e comportamento reprodutivo de pêssego no centro-leste da Argentina

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    Norberto Francisco Gariglio

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available In Santa Fe, the central-east area of Argentina, the expansion of fruit tree crops requires the introduction and evaluation of low chilling varieties. The aims of this study was to characterize the phenological behaviour and the reproductive traits of peach (Prunus persica L. Batsch and nectarine varieties with chilling requirements ranging from 150 to 650 chilling hours (CH. Low chilling varieties (500 CH. The phenology of high chilling requirement varieties had the advantage that blooming and fruit set happened after the period of late frost occurrence. However, they did not satisfy their chilling requirement, showing an inadequate vegetative and reproductive behaviour. Low chilling varieties began to sprout during July, and the period of full bloom occurred from July 14th to August 4th. Fruit harvest was initiated on October 19th with the cv. 'Flordastar' and it extended for 58 days. However, on low chilling varieties the harvest time was reduced in ten days. Flower density, fruit set and fruit yield showed a negative relationship with the chilling requirement of the variety.Na região centro-leste do estado de Santa Fé, Argentina, para a expansão dos frutais é preciso introduzir variedades de baixo requerimento de frio. O objetivo deste estudo foi caracterizar o comportamento durante as fases de crescimento e frutificação de variedades de pêssego (Prunus persica L. Batsch e nectarina com requerimentos de frio que variam entre 150-650 horas de frio (CH. As variedades de pêssego de baixa necessidade de frio (500 CH. As variedades de maior necessidade de frio tiveram a vantagem da floração, e o estabelecimento dos frutos aconteceu depois do período de risco de geadas. Porém, essas variedades não têm satisfeita sua necessidade de frio, apresentando comportamento vegetativo e reprodutivo inadequado. As variedades de baixa necessidade de frio brotaram entre 4 a 31 de julho e o período de plena floração aconteceu entre 14 de julho a

  9. Detecção da produção de slime por estafilococos coagulase-negativa isolados de cateter venoso central

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    E. L. Pizzolitto

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    A produção de slime é um importante fator de virulência dos estafilococos coagulase-negativa, permitindo-lhes aderir sobre as superfícies lisas de biomateriais, e por isso, é associada aos processos de infecção de implantes. No presente estudo a produção de slime em 27 cepas de estafilococos coagulase-negativa foi investigada por cultura em ágar vermelho Congo (77,7% de positividade, método espectrofotométrico ou da microplaca (81,4% de positividade e microscopia eletrônica de varredura (88,9% de positividade. Foi também avaliada a resistência de estafilococos coagulasenegativa a vários antimicrobianos usando a técnica do disco difusão. A porcentagem de resistência à penicilina G, oxacilina, eritromicina, clindamicina e gentamicina em estafilococos produtores de slime foi respectivamente de 88,9%; 70,4%; 81,5%; 66,7% e 59,2%; todos os estafilococos coagulase-negativa foram vancomicina sensíveis. As cepas isoladas de cateter venoso central foram identificadas por método convencional e sistema API Staph. Os 27 estafilococos coagulase-negativa foram identificados como: S. saprophyticus (3,7%, S. xylosus (7,4%, S. haemolyticus (14,8%, S. epidermidis (37,0%, S. warneri (14,8%, S. lugdunensis (7,4%, S. hominis (7,4%, S. schleiferi (3,7% e S. chromogenes (3,7%. Pode-se concluir que entre a maioria das espécies Staphylococcus coagulase-negativa houve associação entre a produção de slime, origem nosocomial das cepas e reduzida sensibilidade aos antimicrobianos, sugerindo potencial patogênico no ambiente hospitalar. Palavras-chave: estafilococos coagulase-negativa; slime; fatores de virulência; polissacarídeo extracelular; biofilme; sensibilidade aos antimicrobianos.

  10. Expression of connexin genes in the human retina

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    Joussen Antonia

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Gap junction channels allow direct metabolically and electrical coupling between adjacent cells in various mammalian tissues. Each channel is composed of 12 protein subunits, termed connexins (Cx. In the mouse retina, Cx43 could be localized mostly between astroglial cells whereas expression of Cx36, Cx45 and Cx57 genes has been detected in different neuronal subtypes. In the human retina, however, the expression pattern of connexin genes is largely unknown. Methods Northern blot hybridizations, RT-PCR as well as immunofluorescence analyses helped to explore at least partially the expression pattern of the following human connexin genes GJD2 (hCx36, GJC1 (hCx45, GJA9 (hCx59 and GJA10 (hCx62 in the human retina. Results Here we report that Northern blot hybridization signals of the orthologuous hCx36 and hCx45 were found in human retinal RNA. Immunofluorescence signals for both connexins could be located in both inner and outer plexiform layer (IPL, OPL. Expression of a third connexin gene denoted as GJA10 (Cx62 was also detected after Northern blot hybridization in the human retina. Interestingly, its gene structure is similar to that of Gja10 (mCx57 being expressed in mouse horizontal cells. RT-PCR analysis suggested that an additional exon of about 25 kb further downstream, coding for 12 amino acid residues, is spliced to the nearly complete reading frame on exon2 of GJA10 (Cx62. Cx59 mRNA, however, with high sequence identity to zebrafish Cx55.5 was only weakly detectable by RT-PCR in cDNA of human retina. Conclusion In contrast to the neuron-expressed connexin genes Gjd2 coding for mCx36, Gjc1 coding for mCx45 and Gja10 coding for mCx57 in the mouse, a subset of 4 connexin genes, including the unique GJA9 (Cx59 and GJA10 (Cx62, could be detected at least as transcript isoforms in the human retina. First immunofluorescence analyses revealed a staining pattern of hCx36 and hCx45 expression both in the IPL and OPL, partially

  11. Five-minute grid of marine bird biomass density surveyed off central California - Davidson Current season, 1980-2001 (CDAS data set Da0_mass.shp)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Da0_MASS is a polygon shapefile representing 5 minute x 5 minute latitude x longitude cells that house the overall total biomass densities (kg/sq.km.) of 76 species...

  12. Five-minute grid of marine bird density off central California - Davidson Current seasons, 1980-2001 (CDAS data set Da0_dens.shp)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Da0_dens is a polygon shapefile representing 5 minute x 5 minute latitude x longitude cells that contain the overall, combined densities (birds/sq km), of 76...

  13. Clinical features and molecular analysis of arginine-vasopressin neurophysin II gene in long-term follow-up patients with idiopathic central diabetes insipidus Apresentação clínica e análise molecular do gene da arginina-vasopressina neurofisina II de pacientes com diabetes insípido central idiopático com longo seguimento

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    Sergio L. Batista

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Central diabetes insipidus (DI characterized by polyuria, polydipsia and inability to concentrate urine, has different etiologies including genetic, autoimmune, post-traumatic, among other causes. Autosomal dominant central DI presents the clinical feature of a progressive decline of arginine-vasopressin (AVP secretion. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we characterized the clinical features and sequenced the AVP-NPII gene of seven long-term follow-up patients with idiopathic central DI in an attempt to determine whether a genetic cause would be involved. METHODS: The diagnosis of central DI was established by fluid deprivation test and hyper-tonic saline infusion. For molecular analysis, genomic DNA was extracted and the AVP-NPII gene was amplified by polymerase chain reaction and sequenced. RESULTS: Sequencing analysis revealed a homozygous guanine insertion in the intron 2 (IVS2 +28 InsG of the AVP-NPII gene in four patients, which represents an alternative gene assembly. No mutation in the code region of the AVP-NPII gene was found. CONCLUSIONS: The homozygous guanine insertion in intron 2 (IVS2 +28 InsG is unlikely to contribute to the AVP-NPII gene modulation in DI. In addition, the etiology of idiopathic central DI in children may not be apparent even after long-term follow-up, and requires continuous etiological surveillance.INTRODUÇÃO: O diabetes insípido (DI central, caracterizado por poliúria, polidipsia e inabilidade em concentrar a urina, apresenta diferentes etiologias, incluindo causas genética, autoimune, pós-traumática, entre outras. O DI central autossômico dominante apresenta a característica clínica de falência progressiva da secreção da arginina-vasopressina (AVP. OBJETIVO: No presente estudo, caracterizou-se a apresentação clínica e sequenciou-se o gene AVP-NPII de sete pacientes com DI central idiopático seguidos de longa data na tentativa de determinar se uma causa genética estava envolvida na

  14. Origins of spontaneous activity in the degenerating retina

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    Stuart eTrenholm

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    Full Text Available Sensory deafferentation resulting from the loss of photoreceptors during retinal degeneration is often accompanied by a paradoxical increase in spontaneous activity throughout the visual system. Oscillatory discharges are apparent in retinal ganglion cells in several rodent models of retinal degeneration, indicating that spontaneous activity can originate in the retina. Understanding the biophysical mechanisms underlying spontaneous retinal activity is interesting for two main reasons. First, it could lead to strategies that reduce spontaneous retinal activity, which could improve the performance of vision restoration strategies that aim to stimulate remnant retinal circuits in blind patients. Second, studying emergent network activity could offer general insights into how sensory systems remodel upon deafferentation. Here we provide an overview of the work describing spontaneous activity in the degenerating retina, and outline the current state of knowledge regarding the cellular and biophysical properties underlying spontaneous neural activity.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. O uso da fitoterapia no cuidado de crianças com até cinco anos em área central e periférica da cidade de São Paulo El uso de la fitoterapia en el cuidado de ninõs menores de cinco años en áreas central y periférica de la ciudad de São Paulo-Brasil The use of phytotherapy in the care of children up to 5 years of age in urban and suburban areas of São Paulo city-Brazil

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    Andréa Regiani Alves; Maria Júlia Paes da Silva

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    Esta pesquisa verifica a utilização da fitoterapia em crianças que freqüentam um centro de saúde da área central e um centro de saúde da periferia da cidade de São Paulo. É um estudo exploratório descritivo, com 120 mães que freqüentam os dois centros de saúde (sendo 60 na região central e 60 na região periférica) durante o mês de dezembro de 2001. Após aprovação pelo Comitê de Ética, as mães foram questionadas individualmente e verificamos que 79 (66%) delas utilizam com maior freqüência a c...

  18. Mesopic Contrast Measured with a Computational Model of the Retina

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    Decuypere, Justine; Capron, Jean-Luc; Dutoit, Thierry; Renglet, Michel; CIE Centenary Conference "Towards a New Century of Light"

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    This paper presents an image-based approach to lighting design in mesopic lighting conditions. Firstly, we generate a multispectral image of a visual scene from the considered view point (a pedestrian walking along an urban street for example).Secondly, we transform this multispectral image into perception maps using a computational model of the retina. Finally, we analyse those perception maps and compare them by varying parameters in the multispectral image (spectrum of the light source, ph...

  19. Electrical Coupling Between Glial Cells in the Rat Retina

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    Ceelen, Paul W.; Lockridge, Amber; Newman, Eric A.

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    The strength of electrical coupling between retinal glial cells was quantified with simultaneous whole-cell current-clamp recordings from astrocyte–astrocyte, astrocyte–Müller cell, and Müller cell–Müller cell pairs in the acutely isolated rat retina. Experimental results were fit and space constants determined using a resistive model of the glial cell network that assumed a homogeneous two-dimensional glial syncytium. The effective space constant (the distance from the point of stimulation t...

  20. Electrical coupling between bipolar cells in carp retina

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    Kujiraoka, Toru; Saito, Takehiko

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    Intracellular recordings were made simultaneously from pairs of neighboring bipolar cells by advancing two independent microelectrodes into retinas of carp (Cyprinus carpio). Bipolar cells were identified by their response properties and in several samples were verified by intracellular injection of Lucifer yellow. Current of either polarity injected into one member of the bipolar cell pair elicited a signconserving, sustained potential change in the other bipolar cell without any significant...

  1. Plastic retina: image enhancement using polymer grid triode arrays

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    Heeger, Alan J.; Heeger, David J.; Langan, John D.; Yang, Yang

    1996-02-01

    An array of polymer grid triodes (PGTs) connected through a common grid functions as a 'plastic retina' which provides local contrast gain control for image enhancement. This device, made from layers of conducting polymers, functions as an active resistive network that performs center-surround filtering. The PGT array with common grid is a continuous analog of the discrete approach of Mead, with a variety of fabrication advantages and with a significant saving of 'real estate' within the unit cell of each pixel.

  2. Mechanisms underlying spontaneous glutamatergic activity in developing mouse retina

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    Firl, Alana

    2014-01-01

    Throughout the developing nervous system, spontaneous oscillatory patterns of activity have been observed. The developing murine retina is no exception, where spontaneous activity manifests as spatially correlated waves of depolarizations. These retinal waves propagate between neighboring neurons within retinal layers during the two postnatal weeks just prior to eye-opening and development of the light response. Waves are necessary for the normal patterning of connections of the retinal proje...

  3. 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

  4. Wnt Signaling in Form Deprivation Myopia of the Mice Retina

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    Ma, Mingming; ZHANG, ZHENGWEI; Du, Ergang; Zheng, Wenjing; Gu, Qing; Xu, Xun; Ke, Bilian

    2014-01-01

    Background The canonical Wnt signaling pathway plays important roles in cellular proliferation and differentiation, axonal outgrowth, cellular maintenance in retinas. Here we test the hypothesis that elements of the Wnt signaling pathway are involved in the regulation of eye growth and prevention of myopia, in the mouse form-deprivation myopia model. Methodology/Principal Findings (1) One hundred twenty-five C57BL/6 mice were randomly distributed into form-deprivation myopia and control group...

  5. Lesões histológicas no sistema nervoso central de cães com encefalite e diagnóstico molecular da infecção pelo vírus da cinomose canina

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    Gebara C.M.S.; Wosiacki S.R.; Negrão F.J.; Alfieri A.A.; Alfieri A.F.

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    Dez amostras de urina de cães que apresentavam sinais clínicos sistêmicos e neurológicos indicativos da infecção pelo vírus da cinomose canina (CDV) foram analisadas pela técnica da reação em cadeia pela polimerase precedida de transcrição reversa (RT-PCR) para a detecção do RNA do CDV. O exame histopatológico foi realizado em fragmentos de cérebro, cerebelo e bexiga. Como controle negativo foram colhidos fragmentos de órgãos e urina de quatro cães sem sinais clínicos de doença infecciosa e q...

  6. EFFECTS OF TETRAMETHYLPYRAZINE ON RETINA OF RABBITS WITHEXPERIMENTAL GLAUCOMA

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    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.

  7. ¿Es cierto que una central térmica de carbón da lugar a más emisiones radiactivas que una central nuclear?

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    J.A. Menéndez

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    Se ha dicho que, por unidad de energía producida, una central térmica de carbón emite, principalmente en las cenizas volantes, una cantidad de radiactividad 100 veces superior a la que emite una central nuclear de fisión. ¿Es esto cierto?

  8. ¿Es cierto que una central térmica de carbón da lugar a más emisiones radiactivas que una central nuclear?

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    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Se ha dicho que, por unidad de energía producida, una central térmica de carbón emite, principalmente en las cenizas volantes, una cantidad de radiactividad 100 veces superior a la que emite una central nuclear de fisión. ¿Es esto cierto?

  9. Influência da saturação venosa central de oxigênio na mortalidade hospitalar de pacientes cirúrgicos

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    João Manoel Silva Junior

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Saturação venosa central de oxigênio (SvcO2 baixa indica desequilíbrio entre oferta e consumo de oxigênio celular e, consequentemente, pior prognóstico em pacientes graves. No entanto, ainda não está claro qual o valor desse marcador em pacientes cirúrgicos. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar se SvcO2 baixa no perioperatório determina pior prognóstico. MÉTODO: Estudo observacional, durante 6 meses, em um hospital terciário. Foram incluídos pacientes que necessitassem de pós-operatório em terapia intensiva (UTI com idade > 18 anos, submetidos a cirurgias de grande porte. Pacientes com cirurgias paliativas e pacientes com insuficiên cia cardíaca grave foram excluídos. Valores de SvcO2 foram mensurados antes da cirurgia, durante o procedimento e após a cirurgia na UTI. RESULTADOS: Foram incluídos 66 pacientes e não sobreviveram 25,8%. Os valores médios de SvcO2 dos pacientes foram maiores no intraoperatório, 84,7 ± 8,3%, do que no pré-operatório e UTI, respectivamente 74,1 ± 7,6% e 76,0 ± 10,5% (p = 0,0001. Porém, somente os valores de SvcO2 no pré-operatório dos pacientes não sobreviventes foram significativamente mais baixos que os sobreviventes. Pela regressão logística SvcO2 pré-operatória, OR = 0,85 (IC 95% 0,74-0,98 p = 0,02 foi fator independente de mortalidade hospitalar. Pacientes com SvcO2 < 70% no pré-operatório apresentaram maior necessidade de transfusão sanguínea (80,0% versus 37,0% p = 0,001 e reposição volêmica no intraoperatório 8.000,0 (6.500,0 - 9.225,0 mL versus 6.000,0 (4.500,0 - 8.500,0 mL p = 0,04, com maiores chances de complicações pós-operatórias (75% versus 45,7% p = 0,02 e maior tempo de internação na UTI 4,0 (2,0-5,0 dias versus 3,0 (1,7 - 4,0 dias p = 0,02. CONCLUSÕES: Os valores de SvcO2 no intraoperatório são maiores que os do pré- e pós-operatório. Contudo, a SvcO2 baixa no pré-operatório determina pior prognóstico.

  10. Estudo da implementação de uma central hídrica reversível na Ilha Terceira

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    Garcia, Mónica de Fátima Faria

    2015-01-01

    Dissertação de Mestrado em Engenharia e Gestão de Sistemas de Água. Os sistemas elétricos das ilhas dos Açores caraterizam-se pelas suas pequenas dimensões e o consumo elétrico oscila bastante ao longo do dia, principalmente entre os períodos noturnos e diurnos. Na ilha Terceira está prevista a introdução de novas fontes de energia a partir de recursos renováveis, como é o caso da energia geotérmica e da energia proveniente da valorização de resíduos sólidos urbanos, mas embora, sejam v...

  11. The two-step development of a duplex retina involves distinct events of cone and rod neurogenesis and differentiation.

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    Valen, Ragnhild; Eilertsen, Mariann; Edvardsen, Rolf Brudvik; Furmanek, Tomasz; Rønnestad, Ivar; van der Meeren, Terje; Karlsen, Ørjan; Nilsen, Tom Ole; Helvik, Jon Vidar

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    Unlike in mammals, persistent postembryonic retinal growth is a characteristic feature of fish, which includes major remodeling events that affect all cell types including photoreceptors. Consequently, visual capabilities change during development, where retinal sensitivity to different wavelengths of light (photopic vision), -and to limited photons (scotopic vision) are central capabilities for survival. Differently from well-established model fish, Atlantic cod has a prolonged larval stage where only cone photoreceptors are present. Rods do not appear until juvenile transition (metamorphosis), a hallmark of indirect developing species. Previously we showed that whole gene families of lws (red-sensitive) and sws1 (UV-sensitive) opsins have been lost in cod, while rh2a (green-sensitive) and sws2 (blue-sensitive) genes have tandem duplicated. Here, we provide a comprehensive characterization of a two-step developing duplex retina in Atlantic cod. The study focuses on cone subtype dynamics and delayed rod neurogenesis and differentiation in all cod life stages. Using transcriptomic and histological approaches we show that different opsins disappear in a topographic manner during development where central to peripheral retina is a key axis of expressional change. Early cone differentiation was initiated in dorso-temporal retina different from previously described in fish. Rods first appeared during initiation of metamorphosis and expression of the nuclear receptor transcription factor nr2e3-1, suggest involvement in rod specification. The indirect developmental strategy thus allows for separate studies of cones and rods development, which in nature correlates with visual changes linked to habitat shifts. The clustering of key retinal genes according to life stage, suggests that Atlantic cod with its sequenced genome may be an important resource for identification of underlying factors required for development and function of photopic and scotopic vision. PMID:27374844

  12. Estratificação vertical da fauna de flebótomos (Diptera, Psychodidae numa floresta primária de terra firme da Amazônia Central, Estado do Amazonas, Brasil

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    Dias-Lima Artur

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    Full Text Available Estudos sobre a estratificação vertical da fauna de flebótomos, foram realizados numa floresta primária de terra firme, da Estação Experimental de Silvicultura Tropical-Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, durante os meses de outubro de 1998 a março de 1999. Utilizando-se armadilhas luminosas CDC, colocadas a 1, 10 e 20 metros de altura do solo, foram coletados 2.859 flebótomos, pertencentes a dois gêneros, Lutzomyia (99,93 % e Brumtomyia (0,07%, abrangendo 38 espécies. Dentro do gênero Lutzomyia, os sub-gêneros mais representados foram Nyssomyia, com 43,4%, e Psychodopygus com 22,8%. As espécies Lutzomyia umbratilis, L. anduzei, L. rorotaensis, L. trichopyga e L. olmeca nociva, foram dominantes a 1m de altura, enquanto que L. davisi, L. infraspinosa, L. umbratilis, L. trichopyga e L. anduzei, foram dominantes a 10m. As espécies L. anduzei, L. tuberculata, L. dendrophyla e L. dreisbachi foram mais abundantes a 20m. L. umbratilis, presente nos três níveis de estratificação vertical, é dotada de alta importância epidemiológica como vetora da Leishmania (Viannia guyanensis.

  13. 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

  14. LASIK X PRK após cirurgia de descolamento de retina

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    Rodovalho Adriano Jorge Mattoso

    2003-01-01

    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. Daily rhythm of melanopsin-expressing cells in the mouse retina

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    Irene Gonzalez-Menend

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available In addition to some other functions, melanopsin-expressing retinal ganglion cells (RGCs constitute the principal mediators of the circadian photoentrainment, a process by which the suprachiasmatic nucleus (the central clock of mammals, adjusts daily to the external day/night cycle. In the present study these RGCs were immunohistochemically labelled using a specific polyclonal antiserum raised against mouse melanopsin. A daily oscillation in the number of immunostained cells was detected in mice kept under a light / dark (LD cycle. One hour before the lights were on (i.e., the end of the night period the highest number of immunopositive cells was detected while the lowest was seen four hours later (i.e., within the first hours of the light period. This finding suggests that some of the melanopsin-expressing RGCs “turn on” and “off” during the day/night cycle. We have also detected that these daily variations already occur in the early postnatal development, when the rod/cone photoreceptor system is not yet functional. Two main melanopsin-expressing cell subpopulations could be found within the retina: M1 cells showed robust dendritic arborization within the OFF sublamina of the inner plexiform layer (IPL, whilst M2 cells had fine dendritic processes within the ON sublamina of the IPL. These two cell subpopulations also showed different daily oscillations throughout the LD cycle. In order to find out whether or not the melanopsin rhythm was endogenous, other mice were maintained in constant darkness for six days. Under these conditions, no defined rhythm was detected, which suggests that the daily oscillation detected either is light-dependent or is gradually lost under constant conditions. This is the first study to analyze immunohistochemically the daily oscillation of the number of melanopsin-expressing cells in the mouse retina.

  16. Efeito da inundação de longa duração sob o crescimento de Pouteria glomerata (Sapotaceae, uma arbórea da várzea da Amazônia Central Growth of Pouteria glomerata (Sapotaceae, a tree species from the Central Amazonian floodplain, under long-term flooding

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    Daniel Maurenza

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Para entender a ocorrência de P. glomerata na várzea amazônica, investigamos as respostas morfo-fisiológicas a longo período de inundação. Durante seis meses, plântulas de P. glomerata foram submetidas a dois tratamentos de inundação (parcial e total para análise da assimilação fotossintética líquida (A, eficiência quântica do fotosistema II (referido como Fv/Fm, altura, número de folhas, diâmetro do colo do caule (DCC, área foliar e biomassa da planta. Encontramos um decréscimo da atividade de trocas gasosas, das taxas de crescimento e danos foliares com o aumento do nível de inundação. Após seis meses de experimento, a área foliar, a biomassa dos órgãos vegetativos (raiz, caule e folha e a biomassa total das plântulas inundadas foram menores que das plântulas controle, plântulas não-inundadas. De acordo com o aumento do nível de inundação, a biomassa fotoassimilada foi alocada principalmente para o caule. Somente área foliar específica, razão raiz / parte aérea e massa seca de raiz não apresentaram diferenças entre os tratamentos. As plântulas totalmente inundadas foram fortemente comprometidas, demonstrando ser esta à condição mais crítica para a manutenção do metabolismo fisiológico. P. glomerata foi afetada pelo longo período de inundação, no entanto a espécie revela adaptações morfo-fisiologica que justifica a sua ocorrência em florestas de várzea.To understand the occurrence of P. glomerata in the Amazonian várzea we investigated the morpho-physiological responses to long-term flooding. Seedlings of P. glomerata were subjected to two flooding treatments (partial and total for six months. Following flooding treatments, we examined light-saturated photosynthesis (A, the potential quantum yield of photosystem II (inferred as the Fv/Fm ratio, height, number of leaves (NF, stem diameter at the base of the plant (DCC, leaf area and plant biomass. We found a decrease in gas exchange

  17. The neurotoxic effects of N-methyl-N-nitrosourea on the electrophysiological property and visual signal transmission of rat's retina

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    The neurotoxic effects of N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU) on the inner retinal neurons and related visual signal circuits have not been described in any animal models or human, despite ample morphological evidences about the MNU induced photoreceptor (PR) degeneration. With the helping of MEA (multielectrode array) recording system, we gained the opportunity to systemically explore the neural activities and visual signal pathways of MNU administrated rats. Our MEA research identified remarkable alterations in the electrophysiological properties and firstly provided instructive information about the neurotoxicity of MNU that affects the signal transmission in the inner retina. Moreover, the spatial electrophysiological functions of retina were monitored and found that the focal PRs had different vulnerabilities to the MNU. The MNU-induced PR dysfunction exhibited a distinct spatial- and time-dependent progression. In contrast, the spiking activities of both central and peripheral RGCs altered synchronously in response to the MNU administration. Pharmacological tests suggested that gap junctions played a pivotal role in this homogeneous response of RGCs. SNR analysis of MNU treated retina suggested that the signaling efficiency and fidelity of inner retinal circuits have been ruined by this toxicant, although the microstructure of the inner retina seemed relatively consolidated. The present study provided an appropriate example of MEA investigations on the toxicant induced pathological models and the effects of the pharmacological compounds on neuron activities. The positional MEA information would enrich our knowledge about the pathology of MNU induced RP models, and eventually be instrumental for elucidating the underlying mechanism of human RP. - Highlights: • We systemically explored the neural activities and visual signal pathways of MNU administrated retinas. • The focal photoreceptors had different vulnerabilities to the MNU administration.

  18. The neurotoxic effects of N-methyl-N-nitrosourea on the electrophysiological property and visual signal transmission of rat's retina

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    Tao, Ye [Department of Ophthalmology, General Hospital of Chinese PLA, Beijing 100853 (China); Chen, Tao [Department of Clinical Aerospace Medicine, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi' an 710032 (China); Liu, Bei [Department of Neurosurgery and Institute for Functional Brain Disorders, Tangdu Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi' an (China); Yang, Guo Qing [Department of Clinical Aerospace Medicine, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi' an 710032 (China); Peng, Guanghua [Department of Ophthalmology, General Hospital of Chinese PLA, Beijing 100853 (China); Zhang, Hua [Department of Neurosurgery and Institute for Functional Brain Disorders, Tangdu Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi' an (China); Huang, Yi Fei [Department of Ophthalmology, General Hospital of Chinese PLA, Beijing 100853 (China)

    2015-07-01

    The neurotoxic effects of N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU) on the inner retinal neurons and related visual signal circuits have not been described in any animal models or human, despite ample morphological evidences about the MNU induced photoreceptor (PR) degeneration. With the helping of MEA (multielectrode array) recording system, we gained the opportunity to systemically explore the neural activities and visual signal pathways of MNU administrated rats. Our MEA research identified remarkable alterations in the electrophysiological properties and firstly provided instructive information about the neurotoxicity of MNU that affects the signal transmission in the inner retina. Moreover, the spatial electrophysiological functions of retina were monitored and found that the focal PRs had different vulnerabilities to the MNU. The MNU-induced PR dysfunction exhibited a distinct spatial- and time-dependent progression. In contrast, the spiking activities of both central and peripheral RGCs altered synchronously in response to the MNU administration. Pharmacological tests suggested that gap junctions played a pivotal role in this homogeneous response of RGCs. SNR analysis of MNU treated retina suggested that the signaling efficiency and fidelity of inner retinal circuits have been ruined by this toxicant, although the microstructure of the inner retina seemed relatively consolidated. The present study provided an appropriate example of MEA investigations on the toxicant induced pathological models and the effects of the pharmacological compounds on neuron activities. The positional MEA information would enrich our knowledge about the pathology of MNU induced RP models, and eventually be instrumental for elucidating the underlying mechanism of human RP. - Highlights: • We systemically explored the neural activities and visual signal pathways of MNU administrated retinas. • The focal photoreceptors had different vulnerabilities to the MNU administration.

  19. Low prevalence of Factor V Leiden and the prothrombin G20210A mutation in a healthy population from the central-south region of Chile Baixa prevalência do Fator V Leiden e da mutação da protrombina G20210A em uma população sã da região centro-sul do Chile

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    Iván Palomo

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Thrombosis is a result of the interaction between predisposing genetic polymorphisms and acquired risk factors. The two prothrombotic polymorphisms which are most frequently associated with thrombosis are factor V (FV Leiden and the prothrombin (PT G20210A mutation. The objective of this work was to investigate the prevalence of both factors in the central-south region of Chile. Determination of the frequency was carried out by means of a genetic analysis of 1200 healthy, non-native individuals. The mutation of FV Leiden was found in 1.25% of the population and the PT G20210A mutation in 1.33%. None of the individuals were homozygosis or had both polymorphisms. The prevalences of FV Leiden and the PT G20210A mutation are less common in the healthy population.A trombose pode ser o resultado da interação de polimorfismo genético e fatores de riscos adquiridos. Os polimosfirmos protrombóticos mais frequentes são fator V (FV Leiden e a mutação da protrombina (PT G20210A. O objetivo deste trabalho foi investigar a prevalência de ambos os polimorfismos na região centro-sul do Chile. Foram realizadas análises genéticas (PCR RFLP de 1.200 pessoas saudáveis, não nativas da região. Foram encontrados 1,25% de mutação do Fator V Leiden e 1,33% da mutação da protrombina G20210A. Não foi detectada homozigose em ambos os polimorfismos. A prevalência de FV Leiden e da mutação G20210A é baixa na população estudada.

  20. Antibody to a molecular marker of cell position inhibits synapse formation in retina.

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    Trisler, D.; Bekenstein, J; Daniels, M P

    1986-01-01

    A topographic gradient of TOP molecules in retina can be used to identify neuron position. Antibody to TOP from hybridoma cells that were injected into in vivo embryo eyes diffused into the retina and bound in a topographic gradient of [antibody.TOP] ([Ab.TOP]) complexes. Synapse formation in retina was inhibited in the presence of anti-TOP antibody. This suggests that TOP is involved in synapse formation and that recognition of position by neurons is necessary for normal synapse formation.

  1. Evaluating PcGets and RETINA as Automatic Model Selection Algorithms.

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    Jennifer L. Castle

    2005-01-01

    The paper describes two automatic model selection algorithms, RETINA and PcGets, briefly discussing how the algorithms work and what their performance claims are. RETINA's Matlab implementation of the code is explained, then the program is compared with PcGets on the data in Perez-Amaral, Gallo and White (2005, Econometric Theory, Vol. 21, pp. 262-277), "A Comparison of Complementary Automatic Modelling Methods: RETINA and PcGets", and Hoover and Perez (1999, Econometrics Journal, Vol. 2, pp....

  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 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 algorithm

  3. Desempenho e uniformidade da distribuição de água de um pivô central Performance of a center pivot irrigation system and irrigation distribution uniformity

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    Vitor Hugo Cainelli

    1998-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste experimento foi avaliar as características de desempenho de um equipamento de irrigação pivô central, de baixa pressão, bem como determinar a uniformidade de distribuição de água, tanto abaixo como acima da superfície do solo. Para a avaliação do desempenho do sistema utilizaram-se os coeficientes de uniformidade de Christiansen (CUC e de distribuição (CUD, calculados a partir de dados da precipitação dos aspersores. O pivô central foi ensaiado nas velocidades de 25%, 50%, 75% e 100% da velocidade máxima de deslocamento do equipamento. Utilizou-se quatro linhas de coletores, uniformemente espaçados. Os valores encontrados do CUC e o CUD foram superiores ao mínimo recomendado para a cultura do milho, confirmando o bom desempenho do pivô central. Em todas as profundidades do solo estudadas os coeficientes de uniformidade foram superiores aos obtidos acima do solo, ocorrendo um aumento nos valores dos coeficientes de uniformidade abaixo da superfície do solo com o tempo.The objective of this work was to evaluate some characteristics of a center pivot irrigation system equipament, as well as to determine the water distribuition uniformity, under and over the soil surface. The Christiansen uniformity coefficient (CUC and distribuition (CUD were used to evaluate the system. A low pressure center pivot was tested in four different speeds: 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% of the timer sensor, and in four collectors Unes spaced. Results indicated that both coeficients presented good performance. The values of CUC and CUD were above the minimum recommended for na irrigated corn field. The uniformity coefficients in all depths of the soil were higher than the above the soil surface. Howerer, the uniformity under soil surface increased with the time in all depths.

  4. 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.

  5. Comparison of fluorescein angiography with microvascular anatomy of macaque retinas.

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    Weinhaus, R S; Burke, J M; Delori, F C; Snodderly, D M

    1995-07-01

    Recent anatomic work has shown that the capillary network of the fovea is multilaminar. We have identified the elements of this network that are visualized by fluorescein angiography and those that are missed. Fluorescein angiograms of monkey retinas (Macaca fascicularis) with good visualization of individual capillaries were obtained by standard clinical techniques. Retinal whole mounts were prepared from the same animals. Anatomic drawings made from the whole mounts were used to identify which parts of the capillary network were visualized angiographically. Angiographic estimates of dimensions of the foveal avascular zone corresponded closely to the anatomy. Capillary visibility declined rapidly from near perfect visualization at the edge of the foveal avascular zone to less than 40% by 900 microns eccentricity. While all the widest capillary segments (diameter 6.1-7.0 microns) were visualized, only 43% of the modal group of capillary segments (diameter 4.1-4.5 microns) were detected. When a relatively homogeneous population of capillaries was analyzed (diameters limited to the narrow range of 4.0-5.0 microns), visualization declined monotonically with depth in the retina. Capillary segments in the nerve fiber plane were visualized more than four times as effectively as segments of comparable diameter in the deepest vascular plane. High quality angiograms accurately delineate the foveal avascular zone, but they visualize only a fraction of the adjacent multilaminar network. Therefore, current techniques may not detect the earliest nonperfusion of capillaries in vaso-occlusive diseases. Capillary visibility is a joint function of diameter and of retinal depth. The decline in visualization with retinal depth implies that light scattering in the retina degrades the angiographic image. PMID:7556462

  6. Survey of intravitreal injection techniques among retina specialists in Israel

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    Full Text Available Ori Segal,1,2 Yael Segal-Trivitz,1,3 Arie Y Nemet,1,2 Noa Geffen,1,2 Ronit Nesher,1,2 Michael Mimouni4 1Department of Ophthalmology, Meir Medical Center, Kfar Saba, 2The Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, 3Department of Psychiatry, Geha Psychiatric Hospital, Petah Tikva, 4Department of Ophthalmology, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe antivascular endothelial growth factor intravitreal injection techniques of retinal specialists in order to establish a cornerstone for future practice guidelines. Methods: All members of the Israeli Retina Society were contacted by email to complete an anonymous, 19-question, Internet-based survey regarding their intravitreal injection techniques. Results: Overall, 66% (52/79 completed the survey. Most (98% do not instruct patients to discontinue anticoagulant therapy and 92% prescribe treatment for patients in the waiting room. Three quarters wear sterile gloves and prepare the patient in the supine position. A majority (71% use sterile surgical draping. All respondents apply topical analgesics and a majority (69% measure the distance from the limbus to the injection site. A minority (21% displace the conjunctiva prior to injection. A majority of the survey participants use a 30-gauge needle and the most common quadrant for injection is superotemporal (33%. Less than half routinely assess postinjection optic nerve perfusion (44%. A majority (92% apply prophylactic antibiotics immediately after the injection. Conclusion: The majority of retina specialists perform intravitreal injections similarly. However, a relatively large minority performs this procedure differently. Due to the extremely low percentage of complications, it seems as though such differences do not increase the risk. However, more evidence-based medicine, a cornerstone for practice guidelines, is required in order to identify the intravitreal injection techniques

  7. 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.

  8. Temporal order of bipolar cell genesis in the neural retina

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    Chen C-M Amy

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Retinal bipolar cells comprise a diverse group of neurons. Cone bipolar cells and rod bipolar cells are so named for their connections with cone and rod photoreceptors, respectively. Morphological criteria have been established that distinguish nine types of cone bipolar cells and one type of rod bipolar cell in mouse and rat. While anatomical and physiological aspects of bipolar types have been actively studied, little is known about the sequence of events that leads to bipolar cell type specification and the potential relationship this process may have with synapse formation in the outer plexiform layer. In this study, we have examined the birth order of rod and cone bipolar cells in the developing mouse and rat in vivo. Results Using retroviral lineage analysis with the histochemical marker alkaline phosphatase, the percentage of cone and rod bipolar cells born on postnatal day 0 (P0, P4, and P6 were determined, based upon the well characterized morphology of these cells in the adult rat retina. In this in vivo experiment, we have demonstrated that cone bipolar genesis clearly precedes rod bipolar genesis. In addition, in the postnatal mouse retina, using a combination of tritiated-thymidine birthdating and immunohistochemistry to distinguish bipolar types, we have similarly found that cone bipolar genesis precedes rod bipolar genesis. The tritiated-thymidine birthdating studies also included quantification of the birth of all postnatally generated retinal cell types in the mouse. Conclusion Using two independent in vivo methodologies in rat and mouse retina, we have demonstrated that there are distinct waves of genesis of the two major bipolar cell types, with cone bipolar genesis preceding rod bipolar genesis. These waves of bipolar genesis correspond to the order of genesis of the presynaptic photoreceptor cell types.

  9. Elaboração de um mapa de ruído para a região central da cidade de Curitiba - PR

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    Eduardo Cantieri; Rodrigo Eduardo Catai; Rafael Antonio Agnoletto; Hugo Flávio Benassi Zanqueta; Arildo Dirceu Cordeiro; Cezar Augusto Romano

    2010-01-01

    Neste trabalho foi criado um mapa de ruído do centro da cidade de Curitiba, no qual são apresentados os níveis de ruído medidos em 55 pontos distintos. Esta ferramenta gráfica tem o objetivo de tornar mais clara a visualização dos níveis de ruído presentes nas diferentes ruas da cidade. As medições dos níveis de ruído foram feitas com um medidor de pressão sonora no horário compreendido entre as 17:00 horas e às 19:00 horas. Os resultados encontrados foram comparados com as normas vigentes. T...

  10. Cuidados com cateter central de inserção periférica no neonato: revisão integrativa da literatura Cuidados con catéter central de inserción periférica en el neonato: revisión integrativa de la literatura Peripherally inserted central catheter care in neonates: an integrative literature review

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    Derdried Athanasio Johann

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    Full Text Available O cateter central de inserção periférica é tecnologia comum empregada na terapia intravenosa de neonatos. Trata-se de revisão integrativa, cujo objetivo foi investigar e analisar as evidências disponíveis na literatura acerca da temática. As bases de dados pesquisadas foram Literatura Latino-Americana e do Caribe em Ciências da Saúde (LILACS e Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina dos Estados Unidos (PubMed. Resultados apontam lacunas no que tange à população neonatal; conhecimento insuficiente dos profissionais quanto indicações (n=1; e variados temas sobre uso de anticoagulantes (n=6, comparação com outros cateteres (n=4, diagnóstico por imagem (n=2, dor (n=2, infecção relacionada a cateter e sua prevenção (n=7, entre outros fatores. Conclui-se que há necessidade de atualização profissional, evidências científicas de fácil acesso e publicações nacionais.El catéter central de inserción periférica es una tecnología común empleada en terapia endovenosa de neonatos. Se trata de una revisión integrativa, cuyo objetivo fue investigar y analizar las evidencias disponibles en la literatura acerca de la temática. Se investigaron las bases de datos Literatura Latinoamericana y del Caribe en Ciencias de la Salud (LILACS y la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina de los Estados Unidos (PubMed. Los resultados expresan omisiones en lo referente a la población neonatal; conocimiento insuficiente de los profesionales al respecto de las indicaciones (n=1, diagnóstico por imagen (n=2, dolor (n=2, infección relacionada al catéter y su prevención (n=7, entre otras. Se necesita de actualización profesional; evidencias científicas de fácil acceso y publicaciones nacionales.The peripherally inserted central catheter is a common technology employed in the intravenous therapy of neonates. This integrative review was performed with the objective to investigate and analyze the evidence available in the literature regarding this

  11. A CASE OF GYRATE ATROPHY OF THE CHOROID & RETINA

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    Satyavathi

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    Full Text Available Gyrate atrophy of the choroid and retina is a rare chorioretinal degeneration inherited by on autosonal recessive mode of transmission. It is caused by mutation in gene for ornithine aminotransferase (OAT, located on chromosome 10. It is characterised by high myopia with astigmatism, night blindness during 2 nd and 3 rd decade with a slowly progressive posterior sub capsular cataract. Once diagnosed paediatrician/physician and Ophthalmologist should be aware of the follow up. No single therapy has been shown to halt the progression of the disease.

  12. Delayed response of the retina after hyperbaric oxygen exposure

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    Kofoed, Peter Kristian; Hasler, Pascal W; Sander, Birgit;

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    examined using multifocal electroretinography (mfERG) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) at baseline and following a course of five consecutive daily sessions of exposure to HBO at 2.4 atmospheres of absolute pressure lasting 90 min each. Results: After HBO, P1 implicit times of the mfERG were.......020). The bulk of the response to HBO was found in the foveal and parafoveal regions. No detectable change was seen in mfERG amplitudes or in the volume or thickness of the retina. Conclusion: A mfERG component related to bipolar and Müller cell function was accelerated by a short intermittent exposure to...

  13. Specifying and controlling the optical image on the human retina.

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    Westheimer, Gerald

    2006-01-01

    A review covering the trends that led to the current state of knowledge in the areas of: (a) schematic models of the eye, and the definition of the retinal image in terms of first-order optics; (b) the description of the actual image on the retina and methods for accessing and characterizing it; (c) available procedures for controlling the quality of the retinal image in defined situations; and (d) intra-receptoral optical effects that cause differences between the light distribution on the retinal surface and at the level of interaction with photopigment molecules. PMID:16099192

  14. Instant website optimization for retina displays how-to

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    Larson, Kyle J

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    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. Specifying and controlling the optical image on the human retina.

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    Westheimer, Gerald

    2006-01-01

    A review covering the trends that led to the current state of knowledge in the areas of: (a) schematic models of the eye, and the definition of the retinal image in terms of first-order optics; (b) the description of the actual image on the retina and methods for accessing and characterizing it; (c) available procedures for controlling the quality of the retinal image in defined situations; and (d) intra-receptoral optical effects that cause differences between the light distribution on the r...

  16. Macular grid photocoagulation. An experimental study on the primate retina

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    Wilson, D.J.; Finkelstein, D.; Quigley, H.A.; Green, W.R.

    1988-01-01

    We studied the effect of macular grid photocoagulation on the retinal vessels, retina, retinal pigment epithelium, and choroid of normal cynomolgus monkeys. Argon blue-green laser photocoagulation, similar to that employed for treating macular edema due to branch retinal vein occlusion, resulted in a decreased retinal capillary area at both one and five months after treatment. The photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium between laser lesions were altered at three days after treatment, but their appearance returned to normal by five months. The significance of these findings is discussed with regard to resolution of macular edema and improvement in vision following grid photocoagulation.

  17. Perfil dos trabalhadores da atenção básica em saúde no município de São Paulo: região norte e central da cidade Profile of the primary health care workers in the municipality of São Paulo: north and central regions of the city

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    Regina Maria Giffoni Marsiglia

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Pesquisa do Observatório de Recursos Humanos em Saúde de São Paulo em 2009, com 87 UBS na região norte e centro da cidade. OBJETIVO: levantar o perfil dos trabalhadores das UBS, organizadas sob: Programas de Saúde, Saúde da Família e Mistas. METODOLOGIA: sexo, idade, naturalidade, escolaridade, formação, função e tempo de trabalho na UBS de 4.968 trabalhadores, e entrevistas com amostra de 621 trabalhadores, através do Sistema de Entrevista Telefônica Assistida por Computador (ETAC. RESULTADOS: 80,7% dos entrevistados eram mulheres, mas só 56,4% entre os médicos; 50,5% entre 21 e 40 anos de idade e 49,1% entre 41 e 60 anos; 61,4% naturais do município ; apresentaram escolaridade superior ao exigido para as funções exercidas; no nível superior, 13,9 % eram médicos; no médio, 21,3% eram auxiliares de enfermagem e, no operacional, 20,7% eram ACS; 40,1% trabalhavam na UBS há mais de 5 anos, 12,9% há mais de 10 anos e 6,3% há mais de 20 anos; 64,7% trabalhavam só na UBS, 46,7% tiveram experiência na área hospitalar; 92,3% dos que trabalhavam nas UBS de Programas de Saúde eram funcionários públicos estatutários e 77% dos das UBS de Saúde da família contratados via CLT, pelas instituições parceiras da SMS-SP. CONCLUSÕES: predominância de trabalhadores do sexo feminino; processos de consolidação e de renovação do contingente de trabalhadores, maioria natural do município de São Paulo, escolaridade superior à exigida para a função; predominância de médicos, auxiliares de enfermagem e agentes comunitários de saúde; processo de terceirização nas relações de trabalho.Research conducted by São Paulo's Observatory of Human Resources in Health in 2009. It investigated 87 unidades básicas de saúde (UBS - primary care units located in the north and central regions of the city of São Paulo. OBJECTIVE: to survey the profile of the UBS workers. The UBS were organized under different models: Health Programs

  18. Restoring the ON Switch in Blind Retinas: Opto-mGluR6, a Next-Generation, Cell-Tailored Optogenetic Tool.

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    Michiel van Wyk

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Photoreceptor degeneration is one of the most prevalent causes of blindness. Despite photoreceptor loss, the inner retina and central visual pathways remain intact over an extended time period, which has led to creative optogenetic approaches to restore light sensitivity in the surviving inner retina. The major drawbacks of all optogenetic tools recently developed and tested in mouse models are their low light sensitivity and lack of physiological compatibility. Here we introduce a next-generation optogenetic tool, Opto-mGluR6, designed for retinal ON-bipolar cells, which overcomes these limitations. We show that Opto-mGluR6, a chimeric protein consisting of the intracellular domains of the ON-bipolar cell-specific metabotropic glutamate receptor mGluR6 and the light-sensing domains of melanopsin, reliably recovers vision at the retinal, cortical, and behavioral levels under moderate daylight illumination.

  19. Gliose em retina de ratos intoxicados com metilmercúrio e a ação quimioprotetora do óleo de peixe

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    Aikawa, Júlia

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    Resumo: O mercúrio é um poluente ambiental neurotóxico. Atualmente não é conhecido o sítio inicial das lesões do sistema nervoso central (SNC) nem tão pouco as bases moleculares das lesões. Em SNC de mamíferos, os astrócitos são sítio de acumulação preferencial do metilmercúrio (MeHg). Após exposição crônica, o mercúrio se acumula em diversas estruturas oculares, particularmente na retina. Os efeitos do mercúrio na retina têm sido estudados, mas as bases moleculares das alterações observadas ...

  20. Restoring the ON Switch in Blind Retinas: Opto-mGluR6, a Next-Generation, Cell-Tailored Optogenetic Tool.

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    van Wyk, Michiel; Pielecka-Fortuna, Justyna; Löwel, Siegrid; Kleinlogel, Sonja

    2015-05-01

    Photoreceptor degeneration is one of the most prevalent causes of blindness. Despite photoreceptor loss, the inner retina and central visual pathways remain intact over an extended time period, which has led to creative optogenetic approaches to restore light sensitivity in the surviving inner retina. The major drawbacks of all optogenetic tools recently developed and tested in mouse models are their low light sensitivity and lack of physiological compatibility. Here we introduce a next-generation optogenetic tool, Opto-mGluR6, designed for retinal ON-bipolar cells, which overcomes these limitations. We show that Opto-mGluR6, a chimeric protein consisting of the intracellular domains of the ON-bipolar cell-specific metabotropic glutamate receptor mGluR6 and the light-sensing domains of melanopsin, reliably recovers vision at the retinal, cortical, and behavioral levels under moderate daylight illumination. PMID:25950461

  1. 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

  2. Revelações da crise: moeda fiduciária e as relações Tesouro/Banco Central

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    Maryse Farhi

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The current crisis shed a new light on issues that, previously, were not perceived as serious or important. It highlighted the close ties between fiat currency and government bonds denominated in it or, in other words, the relationship between Treasury and Central Bank. Two ill-conceived views of the "new consensus" on money that had turned into taboos were put in evidence. The first, derived from the quantitative theory, concerns the rejection of unsterilized monetary expansion; the second, directly related to the neoliberal ideology, prohibits or imposes strict limits on the role of central banks in the financing of public debts.

  3. Cooperação e poder: a Organização de Cooperação de Shangai como expressão da política externa chinesa para a Ásia Central

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    Andréa Freire Lucena

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan established the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. This international organization represents the first Chinese initiative in building an international security organization. This article aims to study the Chinese Foreign Policy for Central Asia from the perspective of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. We seek to answer how this international organization enables the Chinese state to achieve its interests in Central Asia. / No início do século XXI, Cazaquistão, China, Quirguistão, Rússia, Tajiquistão e Uzbequistão criaram a Organização de Cooperação de Shangai. A proeminência dessa organização internacional está no fato de ela representar a primeira iniciativa chinesa na construção de um organismo internacional de segurança. O presente artigo tem por objetivo estudar a Política Externa Chinesa para a Ásia Central sob a ótica da Organização de Cooperação de Shangai. Como problemática, busca- se responder de que maneira essa organização internacional possibilita ao Estado chinês atingir seus interesses na região centro asiática.

  4. O efeito da floresta alagada na alimentação de três espécies de peixes onívoros em lagos de várzea da Amazônia Central, Brasil Effects of flooded forest in the diet of three fish species in floodplain lakes of Central Amazon, Brazil

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    Luiz Claro-Jr; Efrem Ferreira; Jansen Zuanon; Carlos Araujo-Lima

    2004-01-01

    As enchentes anuais dos rios na Amazônia alagam extensas áreas de floresta conhecidas como várzeas ou igapós. Estas áreas têm papel importante na vida dos peixes da região, pois são fontes de alimento e de abrigo. Acreditamos que o desmatamento destas áreas ocasiona prejuízos à ictiofauna principalmente pela diminuição da quantidade e diversidade de alimento disponível. O estudo da relação entre a quantidade de floresta e a dieta de Parauchenipterus galeatus (Auchenipteridae, Siluriformes), M...

  5. Pharmacological analysis of intrinsic neuronal oscillations in rd10 retina.

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    Sonia Biswas

    Full Text Available In the widely used mouse model of retinal degeneration, rd1, the loss of photoreceptors leads to rhythmic electrical activity of around 10-16 Hz in the remaining retinal network. Recent studies suggest that this oscillation is formed within the electrically coupled network of AII amacrine cells and ON-bipolar cells. A second mouse model, rd10, displays a delayed onset and slower progression of degeneration, making this mouse strain a better model for human retinitis pigmentosa. In rd10, oscillations occur at a frequency of 3-7 Hz, raising the question whether oscillations have the same origin in the two mouse models. As rd10 is increasingly being used as a model to develop experimental therapies, it is important to understand the mechanisms underlying the spontaneous rhythmic activity. To study the properties of oscillations in rd10 retina we combined multi electrode recordings with pharmacological manipulation of the retinal network. Oscillations were abolished by blockers for ionotropic glutamate receptors and gap junctions. Frequency and amplitude of oscillations were modulated strongly by blockers of inhibitory receptors and to a lesser extent by blockers of HCN channels. In summary, although we found certain differences in the pharmacological modulation of rhythmic activity in rd10 compared to rd1, the overall pattern looked similar. This suggests that the generation of rhythmic activity may underlie similar mechanisms in rd1 and rd10 retina.

  6. Survey of intravitreal injection techniques among retina specialists in Israel

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    Segal, Ori; Segal-Trivitz, Yael; Nemet, Arie Y; Geffen, Noa; Nesher, Ronit; Mimouni, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to describe antivascular endothelial growth factor intravitreal injection techniques of retinal specialists in order to establish a cornerstone for future practice guidelines. Methods All members of the Israeli Retina Society were contacted by email to complete an anonymous, 19-question, Internet-based survey regarding their intravitreal injection techniques. Results Overall, 66% (52/79) completed the survey. Most (98%) do not instruct patients to discontinue anticoagulant therapy and 92% prescribe treatment for patients in the waiting room. Three quarters wear sterile gloves and prepare the patient in the supine position. A majority (71%) use sterile surgical draping. All respondents apply topical analgesics and a majority (69%) measure the distance from the limbus to the injection site. A minority (21%) displace the conjunctiva prior to injection. A majority of the survey participants use a 30-gauge needle and the most common quadrant for injection is superotemporal (33%). Less than half routinely assess postinjection optic nerve perfusion (44%). A majority (92%) apply prophylactic antibiotics immediately after the injection. Conclusion The majority of retina specialists perform intravitreal injections similarly. However, a relatively large minority performs this procedure differently. Due to the extremely low percentage of complications, it seems as though such differences do not increase the risk. However, more evidence-based medicine, a cornerstone for practice guidelines, is required in order to identify the intravitreal injection techniques that combine safety and efficacy while causing as little discomfort to the patients as possible. PMID:27366050

  7. 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

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    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 (Panimal model of chronic neonatal hyperoxia can be used to simultaneously study lung, brain and retinal injuries related to hyperoxia. PMID:26988760

  8. Three dimensional reconstruction of tomographic images of the retina

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    The development of a new display system for the three-dimensional visualization of tomographic images in ophthalmology. Specifically, a system that can use stacks of B-mode scans from an ultrahigh resolution optical tomography examination to vividly display retinal specimens as three-dimensional objects. Several subroutines were programmed in the rendering and raytracing program Cinema 4D XL 9.102 Studio Bundle (Maxon Computer Inc., Friedrichsburg, Germany), which could process stacks of tomographic scans into three-dimensional objects. Ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomography examinations were performed on patients with various retinal pathologies and post processed with the subroutines that had been designed. All ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomographies were performed with a titanium: sapphire based ultra broad bandwidth (160 nm) femtosecond laser system (INTEGRAL, Femtolasers Productions GmbH. Vienna Austria) with an axial resolution of 3 μm. A new three dimensional display system for tomographic images in ophthalmology was developed, which allows a highly vivid display of physiological and pathological structures of the retina. The system also distinguishes itself through its high interactivity and adaptability. This new display system allows the visualization of physiological and pathological structures of the retina in a new way, which will give us new insight into their morphology and development. (author)

  9. Rod photoreceptors express GPR55 in the adult vervet monkey retina

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    Bouskila, Joseph; Javadi, Pasha; Casanova, Christian;

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    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...

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

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    Mandal, Nakul; Lewis, Geoffrey P; Fisher, Steven K; Heegaard, Steffen; Prause, Jan U; la Cour, Morten; Vorum, Henrik; Honoré, Bent

    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...

  11. 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

    confirmed the presence of Otx2 mRNA in both the embryonic retinal pigment epithelium and the developing neural retina. During development, the expression of Otx2 persists in the pigment epithelium, whereas Otx2 expression of the neural retina becomes progressively restricted to the outer nuclear layer and...

  12. 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.

  13. Cepas atenuadas de Babesia bovis e Babesia bigemina e de Anaplasma centrale como imunógenos no controle da tristeza parasitária bovina Attenuated strains of Babesia bovis and Babesia bigemina and of Anaplasma centrale as immunogens for tick borne disease control

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    Ana Maria Sastre Sacco

    2001-10-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foram avaliadas cepas atenuadas de Babesia bovis e B. bigemina e Anaplasma centrale como imunógenos a serem utilizados no controle da Tristeza Parasitária Bovina. O processo de imunização demonstrou ser inócuo, imunogênico e eficiente, pelo menos no que diz respeito às babesias, pois protegeu os animais vacinados frente ao desafio com cepas heterólogas virulentas a campo, que provocou doença clínica e morte nos animais do grupo controle. O desafio a campo pelo Anaplasma marginale não se mostrou muito virulento ou patogênico, não sendo possível concluir que a imunização com A. centrale proteja os animais contra anaplasmose.Attenuated strains of Babesia bovis and B. bigemina and a strain of Anaplasma centrale were evaluated as immunogens against tick-borne disease. The immunization process was shown to be inocuous, immunogenic and efficient to protect cattle, at least against the babesias. Vaccinated animals proved to be protected when naturally challenged with heterologous and virulent strains, in contrast to control animals that showed clinical symptoms of the disease and had to be treated. The Anaplasma marginale challenge was not efficient since treatment was not necessary in the control animals, therefore it was not possible to conclude that immunization with A. centrale protected animals against anaplasmosis.

  14. Parâmetros morfométricos da Lagoa Central (Lagoa Santa, Estado de Minas Gerais: comparação de duas metodologias. = Morphometric features of Lagoa Central (Lagoa Santa, Minas Gerais State: comparison of two methodologies.

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    José Fernandes Bezerra-Neto

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo avaliou a precisão de dois protocolos usados para a confecção de uma carta batimétrica para a Lagoa Central (Lagoa Santa, Estado de Minas Gerais, Brasil. Numa segunda etapa, o estudo estimou todos os parâmetros morfométricos primários e secundários desse ambiente. Finalmente, o estudo avaliou a importância dessas informações na qualidade de água e na ecologia geral do sistema. Os protocolos foram baseados no uso de dois sistemas distintos, usados para o levantamento batimétrico: uma ecossonda Biosonics DT-X (Biosoncs Inc. e um Ecobatímetro SonarLite (Ohmnex Ltda, ambosacoplados a um D-GPS (Differential Global Positioning System para a obtenção das coordenadas geográficas de cada profundidade medida. A Lagoa Central de Lagoa Santa é um pequeno lago natural, raso (Zmax The goal of this study was to verify the utility and accuracy of two tools to obtain a bathymetric chart for Lagoa Central (Lagoa Santa, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil and also to assess the morphometric parameters of the lake and their implications in the ecology of this system. The tested tools were the Biosonics DT-X (Biosonics Inc. echosounder and the SonarLite (Ohmnex Ltda bathymeter, both coupled to a Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS to obtain thegeographic coordinates associated with the depth in each point. Lagoa Central is a small, shallow (Zmax < 7.5 m, with low relative depth values (Zr = 0.5% and concave. This makes the water body less prone to thermal stratification and more susceptible to eutrophication. Both investigated equipments demonstrated to be suitable for the survey, user-friendly, low-cost and with sub-metric accuracy.

  15. Aspectos econômicos e operacionais das viagens da frota pesqueira de Manaus, Amazônia Central Economical and operational aspects of the fishing trips of Manaus fleet, Central Amazonia

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    Renato Soares Cardoso

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    Full Text Available A pesca na Amazônia representa uma importante atividade social, econômica e cultural, com desembarque de pescado estimado em 25 mil toneladas por ano, somente no terminal de desembarque de Manaus, porém com poucas avaliações socioeconômicas que são fundamentais para o manejo da atividade. O presente trabalho visou avaliar aspectos funcionais das operações de pesca sob o ponto de vista econômico. As informações foram coletadas por intermédio de questionário estruturado junto aos proprietários das embarcações e, ou encarregados das expedições de pesca, entre outubro de 1999 e junho de 2000. Foram amostradas 92 embarcações, para destacar os aspectos referentes aos custos efetuados quando das expedições de pesca. Embarcações pequenas apresentaram custo operacional médio por expedição de 45,2% da renda bruta da venda do pescado, embarcações médias e grandes apresentaram valores de 42,0% e 47,8% dos custos respectivamente. Os combustíveis se destacaram como o componente principal destes custos.Fishery in the Amazon represents an important social, economic and cultural activity with yearly fish landings around 25 thousand tons in the fishing harbour of Manaus alone, with little socioeconomic evaluations that are fundamental for its management. The present paper sought to evaluate functional aspects of fishing operations from the economic point of view. Information was collected from 92 boats, between October of 1999 and June of 2000, through questionnaires given to boat owners or general managers of fishing expeditions. Small fishing boats presented mean operational cost of 45.2% of the gross income of fish sales. Medium and larger boats presented values of 42.0% and 47.8% costs, respectively, where fuel was the main expenditure.

  16. Determinação da lâmina média de irrigação em pivô central Determination of the average irrigation depth of center pivot irrigation systems

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    D. Dourado Neto

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    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de melhorar a exatidão do cálculo da lâmina média d'água, por faixa representativa do coletor, apresentou-se uma expressão, considerando a variação linear de lâmina entre dois coletores subseqüentes, para fins de avaliação do sistema de irrigação do tipo pivô central. Concluiu-se que a expressão proposta deve ser utilizada para determinação da lâmina média ponderada por estar conceitualmente mais correta, apesar de na prática os valores calculados pela metodologia proposta serem muito próximos daqueles obtidos pelo cálculo tradicional.With the purpose of improving the accuracy of the average irrigation depth calculation, an expression is presented assuming linear variation of the depth between two following collectors, for the determination of the average depth of center pivot irrigation systems. It is concluded that the proposed expression should be used for the determination of the mean weighed depth for being conceptually more correct, although, in practice the values calculated by the proposed methodology are very close to those obtained with the traditional calculation method.

  17. Avaliação multicritério da acessibilidade de pessoas com mobilidade reduzida: um estudo na região central de Itajubá (MG

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    Mariza Helena Machado

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    Full Text Available Avaliar a acessibilidade de grupos específicos em um determinado espaço urbano passa por desafios, como verificar as normas técnicas e legislação vigente e considerar a opinião dos indivíduos. Portanto, o objetivo deste trabalho é avaliar a acessibilidade das pessoas com mobilidade reduzida, em relação aos espaços de circulação pública, utilizando um modelo multicritério de avaliação da acessibilidade. O objeto de estudo foi o deslocamento pedonal em calçadas, obstáculos, travessias e estacionamentos na região central da cidade de Itajubá, no Estado de Minas Gerais. Verificou-se que os julgamentos dos usuários variam de acordo com o tipo de dificuldade de locomoção e com a disponibilidade de dispositivos e de meios de transportes. O estudo fornece subsídios para melhorias de propostas de mobilidade urbana com vistas ao desenvolvimento sustentável, principalmente no que se refere a projetos adequados a um conceito mais abrangente que considere a experiência humana na cidade e viabilize a participação do usuário nos projetos para o coletivo.

  18. Historical Influences and a Modern Alternative for Leadership Models in Central Asia = Orta Asya'da Liderlik Modellerinde Tarihsel Etkiler ve Modern Alternatifler

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    Full Text Available The 1991 demise of the Soviet Union that led to the emancipation of many Central Asian states, also led to a grab for power by a variety of leadership types. Although the characteristics of leadership types in the 1990s were diverse, few followed the pattern of Samuel Huntington's Third Wave of authoritarian transition, whereby authoritarian regimes were abandoned in favor of democratically elected and democratically oriented governments. Historically, Eurasia has had little experience with popular government. This is reflected in the general characteristics of leadership types in the post-Soviet era, which closely follow three regional historical influences - the early Islamic Emperors, the Mongolian Khans and the Russian Tsars (and later Soviet leaders. This article examines the historic influences on Eurasian leadership types and the impact of these types on the politics, societies and economies of these same states. It will be argued that at the current stage of political development, it would ultimately benefit the states of Central Asia to follow, at this time, the most successful Eurasian model to date, that of Kemal Atatürk and Turkey, rather than to push for a fully participatory democracy or sustain the post-Soviet personal dictatorships that have prospered throughout Central Asia.

  19. Stressful events in autobiographical memory processing: Brazilian version of the centrality of event scale Eventos estressores no processamento e organização da memória autobiográfica: versão brasileira da escala de centralidade de evento

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    Gustavo Gauer

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    Full Text Available A stressful or traumatic event may become a central reference point in the organization of long-term memory, influencing the meaning of other experiences. The Centrality of Event Scale (CES is an instrument in which participants recall the most traumatic event of their life and endorse 20 items. The CES was translated, adapted and validated for the Brazilian context in a sample of 195 undergraduates (75.8% women. The version obtained good internal consistency and significant correlation with a screening measure of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms. New hypotheses on the cognitive processing of traumatic events are explored in the light of a factor analysis of the CES. Opportunities for CES use include monitoring cognitive patterns and therapeutic effectiveness in situations related to trauma.Um evento estressor ou traumático pode tornar-se um ponto de referência central na organização da memória de longo prazo, influenciando a significação das demais experiências. A Escala de Centralidade de Evento (ECE é um instrumento em que o sujeito recorda o evento mais traumático de sua vida e endossa 20 itens respectivos. A ECE foi traduzida, adaptada e validada mediante aplicação em 195 estudantes universitários (75,8% mulheres. Os resultados indicaram boa consistência interna e correlação significativa com rastreio de sintomas de estresse pós-traumático. Novas hipóteses explicativas do processamento cognitivo de eventos traumáticos são exploradas em resultados de uma análise fatorial exploratória. Oportunidades de aplicação da ECE incluem monitoramento de padrões cognitivos e efetividade terapêutica em situações relacionadas a trauma.

  20. 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.

  1. Raman spectroscopy using 1550 nm (retina-safe) laser excitation.

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    Brouillette, Carl; Huang, Hermes; Smith, Wayne; Farquharson, Stuart

    2011-05-01

    During the past decade, the use of portable Raman analyzers for field measurements has grown dramatically. However, most analyzers use 785 nm excitation lasers that can cause permanent eye damage. To overcome this safety concern, we have built a portable Fourier transform (FT) Raman analyzer using a 1550 nm retina-safe excitation laser and have compared its performance to our 1064 nm FT-Raman analyzer, which uses the same optical design. Raman theory predicts approximately five times lower peak intensities at 1550 nm. Although we found that intensities were as much as 20 times less intense, the analyzer is still capable of measuring spectra of sufficient quality to identify and differentiate chemicals. PMID:21513601

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Aplicabilidade e regulamentação sanitária da nanomedicina em grandes distúrbios do Sistema Nervoso Central (SNC)

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    Antonio Claudio Tedesco; Andrielle Castilho-Fernandes; Tácila Gabriele Lopes

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    Na nanomedicina, os nanocarreadores são geralmente biocompatíveis, biodegradáveis de rápida biodistribuição pelo organismo e podem ser utilizados para transportar drogas ou genes terapêuticos. Assim, novos sistemas de liberação de fármacos têm sido altamente explorados no tratamento de doenças do Sistema Nervoso Central (SNC), como Parkinson, Alzheimer e gliomas, visto que o SNC representa um grande desafio para as abordagens terapêuticas devido às barreiras hemato-encefálica (BHE) e sangue- ...

  5. Soropositividade para Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae em suínos abatidos em frigoríficos da região central do estado de São Paulo

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    Full Text Available Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae is the etiologic agent of enzootic pneumonia in pigs and causes large economic losses in the swine industry. There is little data on the positivity of this disease in Brazil. The objective of this study was to evaluate the seropositivity for this agent in 200 serum samples collected from pigs in a slaughterhouse located in the central region of São Paulo. A high percentage (52% of positivity was found indicating the presence of the agent and the need to implement control measures.

  6. APRESENTAÇÕES DA ESQUISTOSSOMOSE NO SISTEMA NERVOSO CENTRAL: CORRELAÇÃO CLÍNICA E RADIOLÓGICA

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    Faria Andréia Vasconcellos; Cerqueira Elza Maria Figueiras Pedreira de; Reis Fabiano; Pirani Clodoaldo; Damasceno Benito Pereira; Menezes Neto José Ribeiro; Zanardi Verônica de Araújo

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    São relatados quatro casos de esquistossomose do sistema nervoso central, descrevendo-se os achados radiológicos e sua correlação com a clínica. Em um caso o envolvimento cerebral foi caracterizado por lesão pseudotumoral única, com confirmação anatomopatológica, e três casos de esquistossomose medular foram caracterizados por tumefação medular e impregnação leptomeníngea e radicular do meio de contraste paramagnético. Os achados deste trabalho enfatizam a importância de se considerar a esqui...

  7. Pegada hídrica dos suínos abatidos nos Estados da Região Centro- Sul do Brasil = Water footprint of pigs slaughtered in the states of south-central Brazil

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    Julio Cesar Pascale Palhares

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    Full Text Available O objetivo do trabalho foi calcular a pegada hídrica dos suínos abatidos no Brasil em 2008 em cada um dos Estados da Região Centro-Sul do país. O cálculo da pegada considerou a água consumida na produção de grãos (milho e soja, água de dessedentação e água utilizada na limpeza das instalações. O Estado que apresentou a maior pegada hídrica foi o Rio Grande do Sul (2,702 km3, seguido de Santa Catarina (2,401 km3 e Paraná (1,089 km3. Os Estados com as menores pegadas foram Rio de Janeiro (0,00215 km3, Distrito Federal (0,0354 km3 e Espírito Santo (0,0719 km3. Os Estados com baixas produtividades para as culturas de milho e soja apresentaram pegadas hídricas maiores. O cálculo da pegada demonstrou que a gestão hídrica da cadeia produtiva de suínos não pode abordar somente a unidade produtiva, devendo inserir as cadeias agrícolas que se relacionam com ela. The aim of this study was to calculate the water footprint of pigs slaughtered in 2008 in each state of south-central Brazil. The calculation of water footprint considered water consumed in grain production (corn and soybean, drinking water and washing water.Rio Grande do Sul was the state with the largest water footprint (2.702 km3, followed by Santa Catarina (2.401 km3 and Parana (1.089 km3. States with the smallest footprints were Rio de Janeiro (0.00215 km3, Distrito Federal (0.0354 km3, and Espírito Santo(0.0719 km3. States with low yields of corn and soybeans had higher water footprint. Calculations show that water management in swine production cannot address only the farm; it should include related agricultural supply chains.

  8. Efeito da fertilidade de terra preta de índio da Amazônia Central no estado nutricional e na produtividade do mamão hawaí (Carica papaya L.) Effect of amazonian dark earth fertility on nutritional status and fruit production of papaya(Carica papaya L.)in Central Amazonia

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    Newton Paulo de Souza Falcão; Lillian França Borges

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    Com o objetivo de avaliar o efeito da fertilidade de solos antropogênicos no estado nutricional e na produtividade do mamão Havaí (Carica papaya L.), conduziu-se o presente estudo em um plantio, localizado na Costa do Açutuba, Iranduba, AM, em Latossolo Amarelo antrópico em plantas com oito meses de idade e no início da produção de frutos, no período de agosto a outubro de 2003. O delineamento experimental foi inteiramente casualizado, com quatro tratamentos e nove repetições, constituídos de...

  9. Photoreceptors in the rat retina are specifically vulnerable to both hypoxia and hyperoxia.

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    Wellard, John; Lee, Donald; Valter, Krisztina; Stone, Jonathan

    2005-01-01

    The current study aims to assess the vulnerability of photoreceptors in rat retina to variations in tissue oxygen levels. Young adult Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to air with the concentration of oxygen set at 10% (hypoxia), 21% (room air, normoxia), and four levels of hyperoxia (45%, 65%, 70%, and 75%), for up to 3 weeks. Their retinas were then examined for cell death, using the TUNEL technique. Hypoxia (10% oxygen) for 2 weeks caused a limited but significant rise in the frequency of TUNEL+ (dying) cells in the retina, the great majority (>90%) being located in the outer nuclear layer (ONL). Hyperoxia also induced an increase in the frequency of TUNEL+ cells, again predominantly in the ONL. The increase rose with duration of exposure, up to 2 weeks. At 2 weeks exposure, the increase was limited yet significant at 45% oxygen, and maximal at 65%. Where the frequencies of TUNEL+ cells were high, it was evident that photoreceptor death was maximal in the midperipheral retina. The adult retina is vulnerable to maintained shifts in oxygen availability to the retina, both below and above normal. The vulnerability is specific to photoreceptors; other retinal neurons appeared resistant to the exposures tested. Shifts in retinal oxygen levels caused by variations in ambient light, by the persistence of light through the normally dark (night) half of the day-night cycle, or by depletion of the photoreceptor population, may contribute to photoreceptor death in the normal retina. PMID:16212707

  10. Dinâmica populacional da matrinxã Brycon amazonicus (Characidae na Amazônia Central Population dynamics of matrinxã Brycon amazonicus (Characidae in Central Amazon

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    Leocy C. dos Santos Filho

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    Full Text Available The matrinxã, Brycon amazonicus (Spix & Agassiz, 1829 is one of the most important fishery resources of the Amazonas state. Its population dynamics in Central Amazon was analyzed based on total landing and biometry data registered in the main landing port of Manaus, between 1994 and 2002. Growth and mortality rates were estimated separately for the rivers Purus, Madeira and Solimões. Differences in size structure and growth curves suggest that different population units exist among these rivers, requiring individualized evaluation and fisheries management strategies. The analysis of the yield per recruit does not indicate overexploitation. However, the highest relative exploitation rate was observed in the Madeira river. The suggested management strategies are related to restrictions to the fishery in the main fishing grounds during the migratory dispersal period, instead of restrictions during reproductive periods.

  11. Neutrons, radiation and archaeology: a multi analytical case study of incised rim tradition ceramics in Central Amazon; Neutrons, radiacao e arqueologia: estudo de caso multianalitico de ceramicas da tradicao borda incisa na Amazonia Central

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    Hazenfratz-Marks, Roberto

    2014-07-01

    This thesis is an interdisciplinary archaeometric study involving archaeological ceramic material from two large archaeological sites in Central Amazon, namely Lago Grande and Osvaldo, on the confluence region of Negro and Solimoes rivers. It was tested a hypothesis about the existence of an exchange network between the former inhabitants of those sites, focusing on material and/or technological exchange. That hypothesis has implications for archaeological theories of human occupation of the pre-colonial Central Amazon, which try to relativise the role of ecological difficulties of the tropical forest as a limiting factor for the emergence of social complexity in the region. The physical-chemical characterization of potsherds and clay samples near the sites was carried out by: instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) to determine the elemental chemical composition; electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) to determine the firing temperature; X-ray diffraction (XRD) to determine the mineralogical composition; and dating by optically stimulated luminescence (OSL). Previous studies showed that Osvaldo and Lago Grande were occupied by people which produced pottery classified in the Manacapuru and Paredao phases, subclasses of the Incised Rim Tradition, around the 5-10th and 7-12th centuries BC, respectively. INAA results were analyzed by multivariate statistical methods, whereby two chemical groups of pottery were defined for each archaeological site. Significant variation in firing temperatures and mineralogical composition were not identified for such groups. By integration of the results with archaeological data, the superposition between pairs of chemical groups was interpreted as a correlate of an ancient exchange network, although it was not possible to define if it existed exclusively between Lago Grande and Osvaldo. On the contrary, it was suggested that Lago Grande participated in a more extensive exchange network by comparison of two chemical groups

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

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    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...... dissimilarities. Double labeling of CB2R and glutamine synthetase shows that CB2R is restricted to Müller cell processes, extending from the internal limiting membrane, with very low staining, to the external limiting membrane, with heavy labeling. We conclude that CB2R is indeed present in the retina but...

  13. Temperature rise and tissue damage in the primate retina from argon laser irradiation

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    Temperatures from argon laser irradiation were measured in vivo in Macaca mulatta retinae for exposure durations .002s to 100s with a microthermocouple probe specially designed for measuring transient tissue temperatures. Measured temperatures were compared to predicted temperatures from a mathematical model of temperature for the retina and choroid. Radiant energy levels required to produce retinal lesions were determined by both ophthalmoscopic and microscopic examination of the ocular fundus. Temperatures associated with retinal lesion formation were measured, for macular and paramacular exposures. Measured temperatures were used to improve a rate process model for predicting thermal damage to the retina

  14. Bloodstream infections among patients using central venous catheters in intensive care units Infección de corriente sanguínea en pacientes con catéter venosos central en unidades de cuidado intensivo Infecções da corrente sangüínea em pacientes em uso de cateter venoso central em unidades de terapia intensiva

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    Eni Rosa Aires Borba Mesiano

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    Full Text Available Central Venous Catheters (CVC, widely used in Intensive Care Units (ICU are important sources of bloodstream infections (BSI. This prospective cohort epidemiological analytical study, aimed to infer the incidence of BSI, the risk factors associated and evaluate the care actions related to the use of these catheters in seven ICU in the Federal District - Brasília, Brazil. From the 630 patients using CVC, 6.4% developed BSI (1.5% directly related to the catheter and 4.9% clinic BSI. The hospitalization term was 3.5 times greater among these patients. Different modalities of catheter insertion and antiseptic substances use were observed. Time of CVC permanence was significantly associated to infection incidence (pLos catéteres venosos centrales (CVC utilizados principalmente en unidades de cuidados intensivos - UCIs, son importantes fuentes de infección de la corriente sanguínea (ICS. Este estudio epidemiológico analítico, de corte prospectivo, enfoca la incidencia de ICS, factores de riesgo asociados y medidas asistenciales relacionadas con el uso de estos catéteres en 7 UCIs del Distrito Federal. Del total de 630 pacientes con CVC, 6,4% presentaron ICS (1,5% relacionado al catéter y 4,9% ICS-Clínica. El tiempo de hospitalización fue 3,5 veces mayor para este grupo de pacientes. Fueron observadas diferentes conductas con relación a la inserción de catéteres y al uso de antisépticos. El tiempo de permanencia del CVC estuvo asociado a la incidencia de infección (pOs 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

  15. Pleurodese nos derrames pleurais malignos: um inquérito entre médicos em países da América do Sul e Central Pleurodesis for malignant pleural effusions: a survey of physicians in South and Central America

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    Evaldo Marchi

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: A pleurodese é uma alternativa eficaz no controle dos derrames pleurais malignos, mas existem controvérsias a respeito de sua indicação e técnica. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar como é realizada a pleurodese em países da América do Sul e Central. MÉTODOS: Profissionais que realizam pleurodese responderam um questionário sobre critérios de indicação para pleurodese, técnicas utilizadas e desfechos. RESULTADOS: Nossa amostra envolveu 147 profissionais no Brasil, 49 em outros países da América do Sul e 36 em países da América Central. Mais de 50% dos participantes realizavam pleurodese somente se confirmada a malignidade no derrame pleural. Entretanto, escalas de dispneia e de status de performance eram raramente utilizadas para indicar o procedimento. Aproximadamente 75% dos participantes no Brasil e na América Central preferiam realizar a pleurodese somente no caso de recidiva do derrame, e a expansão pulmonar deveria variar de 90% a 100%. O talco slurry foi o agente mais utilizado, instilado via drenos de calibre intermediário. A toracoscopia foi realizada em menos de 25% dos casos. Febre e dor torácica foram os efeitos adversos mais comuns, e empiema ocorreu em OBJECTIVE: Pleurodesis is an effective alternative for the control of malignant pleural effusions. However, there is as yet no consensus regarding the indications for the procedure and the techniques employed therein. The objective of this study was to evaluate how pleurodesis is performed in South and Central America. METHODS: Professionals who perform pleurodesis completed a questionnaire regarding the indications for the procedure, the techniques used therein, and the outcomes obtained. RESULTS: Our sample comprised 147 respondents in Brazil, 49 in other South American countries, and 36 in Central America. More than 50% of the respondents reported performing pleurodesis only if pleural malignancy had been confirmed. However, scores on dyspnea and

  16. Avaliação da contaminação microbiana e de parâmetros ambientais – temperatura, ventilação e umidade - na Biblioteca Central da Universidade Federal de Santa Maria/RS: acervos da Coleção Teses e Coletânea UFSM

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    Lizandra Veleda Arabidian; Denise de Souza Saad

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    Este artigo analisará um estudo da biodeterioração em dois acervos que fazem parte do patrimônio documental da UFSM. O estudo enfatiza a importância da preservação documental, uma das funções fundamentais para a conservação dos acervos de bibliotecas. A pesquisa tem foco nos problemas ambientais avaliados, que são os microrganismos presentes no ambiente e as condições de umidade, iluminação, ventilação e temperatura no período de um ano. O diagnóstico foi realizado através da observação diret...

  17. Serological survey on Ehrlichia sp. among dogs in the central region of Rio Grande do Sul Pesquisa sorológica de Ehrlichia sp. em cães da região central do Rio Grande do Sul

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    Full Text Available A serological survey on Ehrlichia canis was conducted among dogs in the central area of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, where the tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus is a common parasite of dogs. Out of a total of 316 dogs attended at the veterinary teaching hospital in the municipality of Santa Maria, only 14 (4.43% reacted positively to E. canis antigens in the indirect immunofluorescence assay, with the following endpoint titers: 80 (three dogs, 160 (five, 320 (four, 640 (one and 1280 (one. Like in previous studies in other regions of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, only a very small portion of the dogs in Santa Maria presented antibodies reactive to E. canis, even though canine infestations due to R. sanguineus are very common in this study region. These results contrast with other regions of Brazil, where E. canis is endemic among canine populations, with seropositivity values generally higher than 30%. Genetic differences among the R. sanguineus populations in South America might be implicated in these contrasting results.Foi realizada uma pesquisa sorológica para Ehrlichia canis, em cães, na região central do estado do Rio Grande do Sul, onde o carrapato Rhipicephalus sanguineus é um parasita comum em cães. De um total de 316 cães atendidos no Hospital Veterinário Universitário no Município de Santa Maria, somente 14 (4,43% reagiram positivamente para o antígeno de E. canis pela reação de imunofluorescência indireta, com os seguintes títulos finais: 80 (3 cães, 160 (5, 320 (4, 640 (1 e 1.280 (1. Semelhante aos estudos anteriores em outras regiões do estado do Rio Grande do Sul, apenas uma pequena parcela dos cães de Santa Maria apresentaram anticorpos reativos para E. canis, mesmo que as infestações caninas por R. sanguineus sejam muito comuns na região de estudo. Esses resultados contrastam com outras regiões do Brasil, nas quais E. canis é endêmica entre a população canina, com valores de soropositividade geralmente

  18. Gestão estratégica de pessoas para a inovação: o caso da Frimesa Cooperativa Central INNOVATION-ORIENTED STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF PEOPLE: FRIMESA COOPERATIVA CENTRAL CASE

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    Sonia Regina Hierro Parolin

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    Visando contribuir com a integração das estratégias de gestão de pessoas com inovação, a pesquisa visou identificar relações entre as características organizacionais e o espaço para a criatividade, em uma organização inovativa. As variáveis de características organizacionais abrangeram: estrutura organizacional, filosofia e valores, políticas e sistemas de recursos humanos; as de espaço para a criatividade: encorajamento à criatividade, ambiente da tarefa, recursos e impedimentos organizacionais. O estudo qualitativo exploratóriodescritivo foi realizado em grande empresa inovadora do segmento de laticínios. Foram realizadas entrevistas com gestores de recursos humanos e de tecnologia e aplicação de questionários a 68 funcionários técnicos e administrativos. Os principais resultados demonstram a integração de estratégias de gestão de pessoas e inovação e apontam que o espaço para a criatividade é permeado por práticas de valorização das pessoas e de seus resultados na organização. As práticas de gestão de pessoas mais evidenciadas relacionam-se aos feedbacks construtivos na avaliação de desempenho.

    Aiming at contributing to the integration of the strategies for management of people with innovation, the research focused on identifying relationship between organizational characteristics and space for creativity in an innovative organization. The variables of the organizational characteristics have involved: organizational structure, philosophy and values, and policies and human resources systems; the variables of space for creativity have involved: encouragement for creativity, assignment environment, organizational resources and impediments. Interviews with HR and technology managers have been held, as well as the application of a questionnaire to 68 technical and administrative collaborators. The main results demonstrates the policies and

  19. Nutritional value of forage species from the Central Highlands Region of Mexico at different stages of maturity Valor nutricional de espécies forrageiras nativas da Região Central Montanhosa do México em diferentes estádios de maturidade

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    Adolfo Armando Rayas Amor

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    Full Text Available This paper has two objectives, the first is to determine the chemical composition, gas production parameters and the gas release kinetics, at different stages of maturity, of three grasses and a legume commonly found in long established pastures in Mexico central highland plateau. The second is to combine the gas release kinetics analysis and the GP fitted to a mathematical model in order to improve the biological understanding of the fermentation kinetics obtained from the GP technique. Representative samples of Pennisetum clandestinum (kikuyu grass, Sporobolus indicus (mouse tail, Eleocharis dombeyana (reed, Trifolium amabile (Aztec clover plus a composite sample were collected in the growing season (July, September and November 2003 and analysed using an in vitro gas production (GP technique. The accumulated GP was fitted to the model described in PALMER et al. (2005. Significant differences (PO uso da análise de cinética de produção de gases, em conjunto com a análise de prova de curva e as propriedades químicas da forragem permitem uma melhor descrição das características nutritivas das forragens. Objetivou-se estudar a composição nutritiva e características de fermentação de ruminal de três gramíneas, uma leguminosa e uma mistura composta de pastagens do Planalto Montanhoso Central do México. As amostras representativas de Pennisetum clandestinum (kikuyu grama, Sporobolus indicus (rabo de rato, Eleocharis dombeyana (cana, Trifolium amabile (trevo asteca mais uma amostra composta foram coletadas durante os meses de Julho, Setembro e Novembro de 2003. Foi utilizada a técnica de produção de gás in vitro (GP. Os perfis de GP foram ajustados ao modelo descrito por PALMER et al. (2005. As diferenças (P<0.001 foram observadas entre espécies e períodos quanto à composição química, matéria orgânica e digestibilidade da fibra em detergente neutro. As diferenças (P<0.05 dos parâmetros de fermentação e cinética de

  20. 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

  1. Regionalização das temperaturas mínimas do ar prejudiciais à fecundação das flores de arroz para a região climática da depressão central, RS Minimum air temperatures probabilities harmful to the fecundation of rice flowers in the central region of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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    Galileo Adeli Buriol; Valduíno Estefanel; Sílvio Steinmetz; Jacques Leandro Schvambach; Marino Antônio Didone

    2000-01-01

    Foram mapeadas as probabilidades de ocorrência de temperaturas mínimas do ar prejudiciais à fecundação das flores de arroz na Região Climática da Depressão Central do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul. Utilizaram-se os valores de probabilidade de ocorrência de temperaturas mínimas do ar iguais ou inferiores a 13, 15 e 17°C em um ou mais dias, cinco ou mais dias e dei ou mais dias para os meses de dezembro, janeiro, fevereiro e março. As isolinhas de probabilidade foram traçadas em um mapa ipsom...

  2. Atividade enzimática de isolados de rizóbia nativos da Amazônia Central crescendo em diferentes níveis de acidez Enzymatic activity of native Central Amazonian rhizobia strains grown in different levels of acidity

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    Arlem Nascimento de Oliveira; Luiz Antonio de Oliveira; Jerusa Souza Andrade; Aloisio Freitas Chagas Júnior

    2006-01-01

    A importância das bactérias conhecidas como rizóbia no estabelecimento de leguminosas tem sido amplamente reconhecida. Porém, poucas são as informações referentes ao perfil enzimático dessas bactérias benéficas. O estudo objetivou investigar a influência do pH do meio sólido sobre a atividade enzimática de rizóbios nativos da Amazônia Central. Essa triagem constitui o primeiro passo no processo de seleção de microorganismos benéficos, como produtores de enzimas de aplicação biotecnológica. Ne...

  3. Regionalização das temperaturas mínimas do ar prejudiciais à fecundação das flores de arroz para a região climática da depressão central, RS Minimum air temperatures probabilities harmful to the fecundation of rice flowers in the central region of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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    Galileo Adeli Buriol

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available Foram mapeadas as probabilidades de ocorrência de temperaturas mínimas do ar prejudiciais à fecundação das flores de arroz na Região Climática da Depressão Central do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul. Utilizaram-se os valores de probabilidade de ocorrência de temperaturas mínimas do ar iguais ou inferiores a 13, 15 e 17°C em um ou mais dias, cinco ou mais dias e dei ou mais dias para os meses de dezembro, janeiro, fevereiro e março. As isolinhas de probabilidade foram traçadas em um mapa ipsométrico da região. Os resultados mostram que as menores probabilidades se situam nas partes de menor altitude como nos vales dos rios Ibicuí, Jacuí, Taquari, estuário do Guaíba e seus afluentes e que o período de menor periculosidade das temperaturas mínimas do ar ocorre nos meses de janeiro e fevereiro.The probability of occurency of minimum air temperatures harmful to the fecundation of rice flowers in the Central Region of Rio Grande do Sul State was shown in a map. Minimum air temperatures lower or equal to 13, 15 e 17°C occuring during one or more days, five or more days and ten or more days in December, Jannary, February and March were used. The isolines of probability were drown on a map. The results showed that the lower probabilities are located in the parts of the land with lower altitude like the valley of Ibicui, Jacui, Taquari, and Guaiba rivers. Besides, January and February are the months where the risks of low temperatures to rice flowering is lower.

  4. The Use of δ37CL to Explain Origin and Production of Salt from the Saline Spring 'Fonte da Pipa' in Rio Maior (Central Portugal)

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    Salt extraction in Rio Maior (Central Portugal) is unique in the sense that salt is exploited from a very saline (134 g/L NaCl) terrestrial spring. This spring receives its salt through meteoric water circulation from nearby hills along a shallow salt diapir. This is shown using δ37Cl, as the composition in dug wells between the mountains and the saline spring is comparable, while δ37Cl in a well to the east is significantly different. Unlike seawater this spring contains nearly pure NaCl, giving us the opportunity to determine δ37Cl values in a natural salt precipitating system beyond the point where (in seawater) potassium and magnesium chlorides start to precipitate. δ37Cl values were determined from brines and by precipitating salt in salt pans with different evaporation stages. Fractionation of up to 1 per mille was found. To complement these natural data, evaporation/precipitation experiments are currently being conducted under controlled laboratory conditions. First results of these experiments indicate that during continued evaporation and precipitation δ37Cl continues to decrease. (author)

  5. Blood Contrast Agents Enhance Intrinsic Signals in the Retina: Evidence for an Underlying Blood Volume Component

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    Schallek, Jesse; Ts'o, Daniel

    2011-01-01

    Systemic injections of blood contrast agents nigrosin and indocyanine green increased stimulus-evoked reflectance signals in the retina. The enhancement of signal strength is consistent with neurovascular coupling in response to visual stimulation.

  6. 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. PMID:26559199

  7. Studio caso-controllo multicentrico su distacco di retina e movimentazione manuale di carichi

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    Zanardi, Francesca

    2013-01-01

    Obiettivo Valutare l’ipotesi secondo cui la movimentazione manuale di carichi possa essere un fattore di rischio per il di distacco di retina. Metodi Si è condotto uno studio caso-controllo ospedaliero multicentrico, a Bologna, (reparto di Oculistica del policlinico S. Orsola Malpighi, Prof. Campos), e a Brescia (reparto di oculistica “Spedali Civili” Prof. Semeraro). I casi sono 104 pazienti operati per distacco di retina. I controlli sono 173 pazienti reclutati tra l’utenza degli ambulatori...

  8. Evaluation of the percentage of ganglion cells in the ganglion cell layer of the rodent retina

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    Schlamp, Cassandra L.; Montgomery, Angela D.; Mac Nair, Caitlin E.; Schuart, Claudia; Willmer, Daniel J.; Nickells, Robert W

    2013-01-01

    Purpose Retinal ganglion cells comprise a percentage of the neurons actually residing in the ganglion cell layer (GCL) of the rodent retina. This estimate is useful to extrapolate ganglion cell loss in models of optic nerve disease, but the values reported in the literature are highly variable depending on the methods used to obtain them. Methods We tested three retrograde labeling methods and two immunostaining methods to calculate ganglion cell number in the mouse retina (C57BL/6). Addition...

  9. Evolutionary transformation of rod photoreceptors in the all-cone retina of a diurnal garter snake

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    Ryan K Schott; Müller, Johannes; Yang, Clement G. Y.; Bhattacharyya, Nihar; Chan, Natalie; Xu, Mengshu; Morrow, James M.; Ghenu, Ana-Hermina; Loew, Ellis R.; Tropepe, Vincent; Chang, Belinda S W

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    This study provides compelling evidence that the previously reported all-cone retina of a diurnal garter snake in fact contains a population of rod photoreceptors with the appearance, and presumably function, of cones. Our results suggest that the evolution of all-cone retinas occurred not through loss of rods but rather via the evolutionary transmutation of ancestral rods into more “cone-like” photoreceptors, to regain functionality that was lost during the early, possibly fossorial, origin ...

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

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    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...

  11. Non-viral siRNA delivery into the mouse retina in vivo

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    Zoidl Georg

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Gene silencing in the retina using RNA interference could open broad possibilities for functional studies of genes in vivo and for therapeutic interventions in eye disorders. Therefore, there is a considerable demand for protocols to deliver siRNA into the vertebrate retina. In this work we explored a possibility to deliver synthetic 21 bp siRNA into the mouse retina after intravitreal application using a non-viral carrier. Methods Fluorescently labelled synthetic 21 bp siRNA duplex was combined with Transit-TKO transfection reagent and injected intravitreally into adult mice eyes. Eyes cryostat sections and whole mount retinas were prepared 24-48 h post-injection, stained with either Hoechst 33342 (cell nuclei or immunostained with anti-GFAP antibody (astroglia cells marker. Distribution of fluorescent siRNA signal in the retina was investigated. Results Single intravitreal injection of as little as 5 ng of siRNA combined with Transit-TKO transfection reagent by a modified protocol provided robust and non-toxic delivery of the siRNA into the retina. However, siRNA accumulation was predominantly confined to ganglion cells layer as analysed 24 h post-injection. Furthermore, siRNA containing particles were localized along GFAP cytoskeleton of retinal astroglial cells hinting on intracellular localization of the siRNA Conclusions In this work we demonstrated that siRNA can be efficiently delivered into the vertebrate retina in vivo with low-toxicity using a non-viral carrier, specifically Transit-TKO transfection reagent. However, the capacity of siRNA delivered by our protocol to induce gene silencing in the retina has to be further evaluated. Our report could raise a closer look on Transit-TKO transfection reagent as a promising siRNA carrier in vivo and be of interest for the researchers and companies who work on development of ocular RNAi techniques.

  12. Retinoic acid is necessary for development of the ventral retina in zebrafish.

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    Marsh-Armstrong, N; McCaffery, P; Gilbert, W; Dowling, J E; Dräger, U C

    1994-01-01

    In the embryonic zebrafish retina, as in other vertebrates, retinoic acid is synthesized from retinaldehyde by two different dehydrogenases, one localized dorsally, the other primarily ventrally. Early in eye development only the ventral enzyme is present. Citral competitively inhibits the ventral enzyme in vitro and decreases the production of retinoic acid in the ventral retina in vivo. Treatment of neurula-stage zebrafish embryos with citral during the formation of the eye primordia result...

  13. 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.

    2007-01-01

    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...

  14. Otx2 Gene Deletion in Adult Mouse Retina Induces Rapid RPE Dystrophy and Slow Photoreceptor Degeneration

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    Francis Béby; Michael Housset; Nicolas Fossat; Coralie Le Greneur; Frédéric Flamant; Pierre Godement; Thomas Lamonerie

    2010-01-01

    Background : Many developmental genes are still active in specific tissues after development is completed. This is the case for the homeobox gene Otx2, an essential actor of forebrain and head development. In adult mouse, Otx2 is strongly expressed in the retina. Mutations of this gene in humans have been linked to severe ocular malformation and retinal diseases. It is, therefore, important to explore its post-developmental functions. In the mature retina, Otx2 is expressed in three cell type...

  15. Neurochemical phenotype and birthdating of specific cell populations in the chick retina

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    Karin da Costa calaza; Patricia F. Gardino

    2010-01-01

    The chick embryo is one of the most traditional models in developing neuroscience and its visual system has been one of the most exhaustively studied. The retina has been used as a model for studying the development of the nervous system. Here, we describe the morphological features that characterize each stage of the retina development and studies of the neurogenesis period of some specific neurochemical subpopulations of retinal cells by using a combination of immunohistochemistry and autor...

  16. Distribution of [35S] taurine in mouse retina after intravitreal and intravascular injection

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    The distribution of [35S] taurine in mouse retinae was studied by autoradiographic techniques after either intravitreal or intravascular injection. The route of injection did not affect the final localization. The major sites of label accumulation were the outer nuclear layer, the inner nuclear layer, and Mueller cell processes adjacent to the vitreal surface. The distribution was consistent with the interpretation that taurine was localized within two cellular compartments of mouse retina, photoreceptor cells and Mueller cells. (author)

  17. An alternative pathway for signal flow from rod photoreceptors to ganglion cells in mammalian retina.

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    DeVries, S H; Baylor, D A

    1995-01-01

    Rod signals in the mammalian retina are thought to reach ganglion cells over the circuit rod-->rod depolarizing bipolar cell-->AII amacrine cell-->cone bipolar cells-->ganglion cells. A possible alternative pathway involves gap junctions linking the rods and cones, the circuit being rod-->cone-->cone bipolar cells-->ganglion cells. It is not clear whether this second pathway indeed relays rod signals to ganglion cells. We studied signal flow in the isolated rabbit retina with a multielectrode...

  18. 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...

  19. Extraction of arteries and veins from fundus image of human retina.

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    Pinkava, Marek

    2014-01-01

    This thesis deals with processing of retinal fundus images. Vision is the most important human sense and its injury has very serious consequences for humans. Automatic processing of retinal images increases the efficiency of medical examination and accelerates diagnoses of deseases. Retina exhibits unique characteristics for each person and thus can also be used to identify people. In this task is briefly discussed the structure and properties of each parts of the eye, particularly the retina...

  20. von Hippel-Lindau protein regulates transition from fetal to adult circulatory system in retina

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    Kurihara, Toshihide; Kubota, Yoshiaki; Ozawa, Yoko; Takubo, Keiyo; Noda, Kousuke; Simon, M. Celeste; Johnson, Randall S; Suematsu, Makoto; Tsubota, Kazuo; Ishida, Susumu; Goda, Nobuhito; Suda, Toshio; Okano, Hideyuki

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    In the early neonatal stage, the fetal circulatory system undergoes dramatic transition to the adult circulatory system. Normally, embryonic connecting vessels such as ductus arteriosus and the foramen ovale close and regress. In the neonatal retina, hyaloid vessels maintaining blood flow in the embryonic retina regress, and retinal vessels take over to form adult-type circulatory system. This process is regulated by the programmed cell death switch mediated by macrophages via Wnt and Angiopo...

  1. Comparative study of the zooplankton composition of six lacustrine ecosystems in Central Brazil during the dry season Estudo comparativo da composição zooplanctônica de seis ecossistemas lacustres do Brasil Central na estação seca

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    F. L. do R. M. STARLING

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    Full Text Available Zooplankton community from six lacustrine ecosystems located in Federal District (Central Brazil was studied based on samples collected during the dry season (July to September. A total of 71 taxa were recorded: 44 rotifers, 17 cladocerans and 10 copepods. The highest number of zooplankton species was recorded in oligotrophic Bonita Pond (32 species and the lowest number in hypertrophic waste stabilisation ponds (7 species. This tendency of decreasing the diversity with increasing trophic level was consistent with a cluster analysis of the samples based on Sorensen index of similarity. From the overall similarity dendrogram, two groups of ecosystems were distinguished: one containing the natural ponds Bonita and Formosa and the other comprising the reservoirs Santa Maria, Descoberto and Paranoá. The role of morphometric features in determining the zooplankton community in such lacustrine ecosystems was also discussed.A comunidade zooplanctônica de seis ecossistemas lacustres localizados no Distrito Federal (Brasil Central foi estudada com base em amostras coletadas durante a estação seca (julho a setembro. Foi registrado o total de 71 taxas: 44 rotíferos, 17 cladóceros e 10 copépodos. O maior número de espécies zooplanctônicas foi encontrado no ambiente oligotrófico da Lagoa Bonita (32 espécies e o menor número ocorreu nas águas hipertróficas das lagoas de estabilização de esgotos (7 espécies. Essa tendência de redução da diversidade com o aumento do estado trófico foi consistente com a análise de agrupamento das amostras baseada no índice de similaridade de Sorensen. Com base no dendrograma geral de similaridade, foram estabelecidos dois grupos de ecossistemas: um contendo as lagoas naturais Bonita e Formosa e o outro compreendendo os reservatórios de Santa Maria, Descoberto e Paranoá. O papel das características morfométricas na determinação da comunidade zooplanctônica destes ecossistemas lacustres é tamb

  2. Optimal Prediction in the Retina and Natural Motion Statistics

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    Salisbury, Jared M.; Palmer, Stephanie E.

    2016-03-01

    Almost all behaviors involve making predictions. Whether an organism is trying to catch prey, avoid predators, or simply move through a complex environment, the organism uses the data it collects through its senses to guide its actions by extracting from these data information about the future state of the world. A key aspect of the prediction problem is that not all features of the past sensory input have predictive power, and representing all features of the external sensory world is prohibitively costly both due to space and metabolic constraints. This leads to the hypothesis that neural systems are optimized for prediction. Here we describe theoretical and computational efforts to define and quantify the efficient representation of the predictive information by the brain. Another important feature of the prediction problem is that the physics of the world is diverse enough to contain a wide range of possible statistical ensembles, yet not all inputs are probable. Thus, the brain might not be a generalized predictive machine; it might have evolved to specifically solve the prediction problems most common in the natural environment. This paper summarizes recent results on predictive coding and optimal predictive information in the retina and suggests approaches for quantifying prediction in response to natural motion. Basic statistics of natural movies reveal that general patterns of spatiotemporal correlation are present across a wide range of scenes, though individual differences in motion type may be important for optimal processing of motion in a given ecological niche.

  3. 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.

  4. High resolution confocal polarimeter for the living human retina

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    Lara, D.; Paterson, C.

    2011-09-01

    There is strong evidence that the living human retina has polarization signatures that could be linked to the presence of Glaucoma, an ocular disease that is the second cause of blindness in the western world. In a polarization sensitive ophthalmoscope, the amount of light that can be used is limited for the safety of the subject, and the return is typically a small fraction of the light used for illumination, of the order of 10-6. Furthermore, the acquisition rates have to be sufficiently fast to avoid eye-movement artifacts. The light-budget available to produce a polarization image with a scanning laser ophthalmoscope is typically in the order of 10 nW, and pixel acquisition sampling rates are of several MHz. We are currently developing an imaging instrument for vision research and clinical vision applications and aim to introduce it to the medical and clinical environment using objective methods of image quality assessment. Here we discuss the stringent imaging requirements, polarimeter design, and show high resolution polarization retinal images.

  5. 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...

  6. 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.

  7. Gradual and partial loss of corner cone-occupied area in the retina of rainbow trout.

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    Flamarique, I N

    2001-11-01

    Several studies have indicated that the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) loses ultraviolet (UV) sensitivity and the associated UV-sensitive corner cones when the animal transforms from a small (parr) juvenile to a larger, silver-coloured, smolt. Similar changes supposedly take place when parr juveniles are treated with thyroid hormone (T(4)) or retinoic acid. In contrast to previous investigations, this study shows that parr juveniles lack corner cones throughout the lower half of the ventral retina, suggesting that corner cones cease to be incorporated into the ventral retina some time after hatching. This uneven incorporation of corner cones across the retina, when combined with retinal growth, creates a progressively smaller area of lower retina occupied by corner cones. Because in previous studies, the stimulating illumination was directed primarily at the ventral retina, the reported age-dependent changes in UV or polarization sensitivities can be explained by differences in the area of corner cones that was illuminated, and not necessarily by a loss of corner cones. This study also shows: (1) that the double cones from non-ventral mosaics of parr rainbow trout may change in cross-sectional shape, altering the mosaic formation from a square to a row, (2) the existence of a 'pure' (non-changing) square mosaic in the ventral retina, and (3) a potential method, based on differential staining of cone nuclei, to classify paired cones into double or twin cones. PMID:11711133

  8. Avaliação da contaminação microbiana e de parâmetros ambientais – temperatura, ventilação e umidade - na Biblioteca Central da Universidade Federal de Santa Maria/RS: acervos da Coleção Teses e Coletânea UFSM

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    Lizandra Veleda Arabidian

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo analisará um estudo da biodeterioração em dois acervos que fazem parte do patrimônio documental da UFSM. O estudo enfatiza a importância da preservação documental, uma das funções fundamentais para a conservação dos acervos de bibliotecas. A pesquisa tem foco nos problemas ambientais avaliados, que são os microrganismos presentes no ambiente e as condições de umidade, iluminação, ventilação e temperatura no período de um ano. O diagnóstico foi realizado através da observação direta dos acervos, permitindo detectar as necessidades para conservação e preservação destes ambientes através de um plano de ações. Para a realização deste trabalho, foram estudados referenciais teóricos, levantamentos fotográficos, assim como a coleta e identificação de agentes microbiológicos, das condições de umidade, iluminação, ventilação e temperatura no ambiente. Os resultados identificaram as bactérias Bacillus sp., Serratia plymuthica, Acinetobacter sp., Bordetella trematum, Pseudomonas sp., Enterobacter agglomerans, Moraxella sp., Micrococcus, Staphylococcus coagulase negativa, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Aeromonas sp., Enterococcus sp., Cedecea lapagei, Nocardia sp., Pseudomonas aeruginosa e fungos Penicillium sp., Fusarium sp.e Cladosporium sp., considerados microrganismos patogênicos ou alergênicos. Na análise dos dados verificou-se que há a necessidade de usar recursos para a correção de índices elevados de umidade e temperatura no ambiente da Biblioteca da UFSM.

  9. As áreas naturais protegidas e a responsabilidade social e ambiental das empresas: o caso do Mosaico da Mata Atlântica Central Fluminense e do Comperj

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    Gian Mario Giuliani

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The article thinks about the pressures that defy the “protected areas” in order to sustain their politics of conservation in the case that the territory had been chose for setting an enormous industrial complex. We refer to the construction of the Complexo Petroquímico do Rio de Janeiro (Comperj by the Petrobras Company at a very short distance from the Mosaico da Mata Atlântica Central Fluminense - MMACF (a whole of 22 protected areas and, particularly, from the Apa de Guapimirím,that is the last original haven of the mangrove system of the Guanabara Bay. It is reasonable to preview that the protected areas will suffer strong environmental and social impacts. We wont to make evident that the social and environmental responsibility flaunted by Petrobras is not preventive, in the sense of planning the actions anticipating their consequences and conceiving its project in order to avoid risks. Its social and environmental responsibility bases on attitudes that only aim at the containment of the principal predicted problems and at the compensation for the caused damages.

  10. Economic viability of retrofiting emitters in center pivot irrigation systems Viabilidade econômica da troca de emissores em sistemas de irrigação tipo pivô central

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    Cornélio A. Zolin

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Although several studies have been conducted to evaluate the uniformity of water application under center pivot irrigation systems, there are few studies concerning the economic perspective of such coefficient. The aim of this study is to present a methodology to accomplish an economic analysis as support for the decision-making to retrofit emitters in center pivot irrigation systems, and to attribute an economic meaning to the uniformity coefficient of water application taking into account the response function productivity to the amount of water applied and the sale price of the crops. In the hypothetic calculation example considering the variation of revenue of potato crop under center pivot irrigation system, it was verified that the area with uniformity coefficient of water application of 90% brought an income increase of BR$ 1,992.00, considering an area about 1,0 ha. Thus, it can be concluded that the methodology presented has met the objectives proposed in the study and made it possible to attribute an economical meaning to the coefficient of water uniformity application.Embora vários estudos tenham sido conduzidos para a avaliação da uniformidade de aplicação de água por equipamentos de irrigação do tipo pivô central, são escassos os trabalhos que tenham analisado de um ponto de vista econômico o significado de tal coeficiente. Objetivou-se com o presente trabalho apresentar uma metodologia de análise econômica como auxílio na tomada de decisão para troca de emissores de sistemas de irrigação tipo pivô central e atribuir um significado econômico ao coeficiente de uniformidade de aplicação de água, levando-se em consideração a função de resposta da cultura à lâmina de água aplicada e o preço de venda dos produtos agrícolas. No exemplo hipotético de cálculo, considerando-se a diferença na renda obtida com a cultura da batata irrigada com coeficiente de uniformidade de 90% e 70%, respectivamente, verificou

  11. Epiretinal membrane surgery for combined hamartoma of the retina and retinal pigment epithelium: role of multimodal analysis

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    Bruè C

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Claudia Bruè, Andrea Saitta, Michele Nicolai, Cesare Mariotti, Alfonso GiovanniniOphthalmology, Department of Neuroscience, Marche Polytechnic University, Ancona, ItalyBackground: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT, MP-1 microperimetry, and fundus autofluorescence imaging for planning surgical procedures in combined hamartomas of the retina and retinal pigment epithelium (CHR-RPE and following epiretinal membrane removal.Methods: In an interventional retrospective case series, six consecutive subjects with CHR-RPE underwent vitrectomy and epiretinal membrane peeling, with 4 years of follow-up. Each underwent complete ophthalmic examination, including best corrected visual acuity, fundus examination, fundus fluorescein angiography, SD-OCT, MP-1, and fundus autofluorescence at one, 6, 12, and 48 months.Results: Six eyes from six subjects with CHR-RPE were studied (mean age 31 ± 14 years. All patients were phakic and five were male (83.3%. Lesions were unilateral, ie, three macular, two juxtapapillary and macular, and one pericentral. Preoperative best corrected visual acuity was 0.3 ± 0.08 Snellen, with significant improvement to 0.9 ± 0.17 Snellen (P = 0.001 at 4 years of follow-up. Mean retinal sensitivity within the central 20° field improved from 16.6 ± 1.84 dB to 18.8 ± 0.96 dB (P = 0.07. There was also a statistically significant reduction in the visual defect (P = 0.04. SD-OCT demonstrated that the epiretinal membranes were completely removed in all but one patient, with significantly decreased macular edema on follow-up at one, 6, 12, and 48 months (P = 0.001. A positive correlation was shown between preoperative macular sensitivity and postoperative best corrected visual acuity. Fundus autofluorescence demonstrated a block in background autofluorescence at the site of the lesion, and hyperautofluorescsence at the edematous retina overlain by the epiretinal

  12. O envolvimento do plexo coróide e epêndima na tuberculose sua importância na disseminação da doença no sistema nervoso central

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    Aristides Cheto de Queiroz; Sônia Perez Cendon Filha

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    Neste trabalho é mostrado o estudo histopatológico do plexo coróide e epêndima em 42 casos necropsiados de tuberculose do SNC. Lesões granulomatosas características da tuberculose foram encontradas em 75% dos plexos examinados. É chamada a atenção para a existência de granulomas que se destacam da superfície do plexo - granulomas flutuantes - que parecem importantes para o entendimento da patogenia da doença no SNC. A lesão ependimária, vista em 97% dos casos examinados, é característica da e...

  13. 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

  14. Functional imaging of hemodynamic stimulus response in the rat retina with ultrahigh-speed spectral / Fourier domain OCT

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    Choi, WooJhon; Baumann, Bernhard; Clermont, Allen C.; Feener, Edward P.; Boas, David A.; Fujimoto, James G.

    2013-03-01

    Measuring retinal hemodynamics in response to flicker stimulus is important for investigating pathophysiology in small animal models of diabetic retinopathy, because a reduction in the hyperemic response is thought to be one of the earliest changes in diabetic retinopathy. In this study, we investigated functional imaging of retinal hemodynamics in response to flicker stimulus in the rat retina using an ultrahigh speed spectral / Fourier domain OCT system at 840nm with an axial scan rate of 244kHz. At 244kHz the nominal axial velocity range that could be measured without phase wrapping was +/-37.7mm/s. Pulsatile total retinal arterial blood flow as a function of time was measured using an en face Doppler approach where a 200μm × 200μm area centered at the central retinal artery was repeatedly raster scanned at a volume acquisition rate of 55Hz. Three-dimensional capillary imaging was performed using speckle decorrelation which has minimal angle dependency compared to other angiography techniques based on OCT phase information. During OCT imaging, a flicker stimulus could be applied to the retina synchronously by inserting a dichroic mirror in the imaging interface. An acute transient increase in total retinal blood flow could be detected. At the capillary level, an increase in the degree of speckle decorrelation in capillary OCT angiography images could also be observed, which indicates an increase in the velocity of blood at the capillary level. This method promises to be useful for the investigation of small animal models of ocular diseases.

  15. Axonal transmission in the retina introduces a small dispersion of relative timing in the ganglion cell population response.

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    Günther Zeck

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Visual stimuli elicit action potentials in tens of different retinal ganglion cells. Each ganglion cell type responds with a different latency to a given stimulus, thus transforming the high-dimensional input into a temporal neural code. The timing of the first spikes between different retinal projection neurons cells may further change along axonal transmission. The purpose of this study is to investigate if intraretinal conduction velocity leads to a synchronization or dispersion of the population signal leaving the eye. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We 'imaged' the initiation and transmission of light-evoked action potentials along individual axons in the rabbit retina at micron-scale resolution using a high-density multi-transistor array. We measured unimodal conduction velocity distributions (1.3±0.3 m/sec, mean ± SD for axonal populations at all retinal eccentricities with the exception of the central part that contains myelinated axons. The velocity variance within each piece of retina is caused by ganglion cell types that show narrower and slightly different average velocity tuning. Ganglion cells of the same type respond with similar latency to spatially homogenous stimuli and conduct with similar velocity. For ganglion cells of different type intraretinal conduction velocity and response latency to flashed stimuli are negatively correlated, indicating that differences in first spike timing increase (up to 10 msec. Similarly, the analysis of pair-wise correlated activity in response to white-noise stimuli reveals that conduction velocity and response latency are negatively correlated. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: Intraretinal conduction does not change the relative spike timing between ganglion cells of the same type but increases spike timing differences among ganglion cells of different type. The fastest retinal ganglion cells therefore act as indicators of new stimuli for postsynaptic neurons. The intraretinal dispersion

  16. Light and electron microscopic studies on the pigmented epithelium and photoreceptors of the retina of common buzzard (Buteo buteo).

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    El-Beltagy, Abd El-Fattah B M

    2015-02-01

    The current study is essentially carried out to reveal the histological and ultra-structural details of the retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) and photoreceptors cell layers of a common buzzard (Buteo buteo). The recorded results revealed that the neural retina of common buzzard consisted of seven distinct cell layers. The inner nuclear layer was markedly revealed as the thickest one among these layers. A highly melanized RPE was recorded in between the choroid and neural retina. Histologically, the RPE was represented by a single layer of cuboidal epithelial cells with centrally located nucleus. Ultrastructurally, the RPE cells showed numerous melanosomes, mitochondria, phagosomes, myeloid bodies, smooth endoplasmic reticulum (SER), but very rare rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER). The photoreceptor cell layer was represented by three categories of photoreceptor cells: few single rods, numerous single and double cones. Each double cone consisted of a short accessory cone and a long principle cone. The photoreceptor outer segment consisted of bi-membranous discs that are enclosed by outer membrane. Moreover, the inner segment of rods consisted of an ellipsoid and an inner hyperboloid. The hyperboloid was rich with RER, polysomes, Golgi apparatus and autophagic vacuoles. Furthermore, the inner segment of single cone and accessory cone consisted of an ellipsoid, paraboloid and myoid regions, while, the inner segment of principle cone lacked the paraboloid regions. At the proximal end of each inner segment for all types of cones, there was a large heterogeneous oil droplet. The paraboloid region was markedly rich with glycogen granules. The myoid region exhibited the same organelles but with little glycogen granules when compared with hyperboloid. PMID:25541273

  17. Crizotinib-Induced Abnormal Signal Processing in the Retina

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    Ishii, Toshiyuki; Iwasawa, Shunichiro; Kurimoto, Ryota; Maeda, Akemi; Takiguchi, Yuichi; Kaneda, Makoto

    2015-01-01

    Molecular target therapy for cancer is characterized by unique adverse effects that are not usually observed with cytotoxic chemotherapy. For example, the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-tyrosine kinase inhibitor crizotinib causes characteristic visual disturbances, whereas such effects are rare when another ALK-tyrosine kinase inhibitor, alectinib, is used. To elucidate the mechanism responsible for these visual disturbances, the responses to light exhibited by retinal ganglion cells treated with these agents were evaluated using a C57BL6 mouse ex vivo model. Both crizotinib and alectinib changed the firing rate of ON and OFF type retinal ganglion cells. However, the ratio of alectinib-affected cells (15.7%) was significantly lower than that of crizotinib-affected cells (38.6%). Furthermore, these drugs changed the response properties to light stimuli of retinal ganglion cells in some of the affected cells, i.e., OFF cells responded to both ON and OFF stimuli, etc. Finally, the expressions of ALK (a target receptor of both crizotinib and alectinib) and of MET and ROS1 (additional target receptors of crizotinib) were observed at the mRNA level in the retina. Our findings suggest that these drugs might target retinal ganglion cells and that the potency of the drug actions on the light responses of retinal ganglion cells might be responsible for the difference in the frequencies of visual disturbances observed between patients treated with crizotinib and those treated with alectinib. The present experimental system might be useful for screening new molecular target agents prior to their use in clinical trials. PMID:26271036

  18. Adenovirus vectors targeting distinct cell types in the retina.

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    Sweigard, J Harry; Cashman, Siobhan M; Kumar-Singh, Rajendra

    2010-04-01

    Purpose. Gene therapy for a number of retinal diseases necessitates efficient transduction of photoreceptor cells. Whereas adenovirus (Ad) serotype 5 (Ad5) does not transduce photoreceptors efficiently, previous studies have demonstrated improved photoreceptor transduction by Ad5 pseudotyped with Ad35 (Ad5/F35) or Ad37 (Ad5/F37) fiber or by the deletion of the RGD domain in the Ad5 penton base (Ad5DeltaRGD). However, each of these constructs contained a different transgene cassette, preventing the evaluation of the relative performance of these vectors, an important consideration before the use of these vectors in the clinic. The aim of this study was to evaluate these vectors in the retina and to attempt photoreceptor-specific transgene expression. Methods. Three Ad5-based vectors containing the same expression cassette were generated and injected into the subretinal space of adult mice. Eyes were analyzed for green fluorescence protein expression in flat-mounts, cross-sections, quantitative RT-PCR, and a modified stereological technique. A 257-bp fragment derived from the mouse opsin promoter was analyzed in the context of photoreceptor-specific transgene expression. Results. Each virus tested efficiently transduced the retinal pigment epithelium. The authors found no evidence that Ad5/F35 or Ad5/F37 transduced photoreceptors. Instead, they found that Ad5/F37 transduced Müller cells. Robust photoreceptor transduction by Ad5DeltaRGD was detected. Photoreceptor-specific transgene expression from the 257-bp mouse opsin promoter in the context of Ad5DeltaRGD vectors was found. Conclusions. Adenovirus vectors may be designed with tropism to distinct cell populations. Robust photoreceptor-specific transgene expression can be achieved in the context of Ad5DeltaRGD vectors. PMID:19892875

  19. 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.

  20. A lesão do trato de Lissauer e do corno posterior da substância cinzenta da medula espinal e a estimulação elétrica do sistema nervoso central para o tratamento da dor por avulsão de raízes do plexo braquial DREZ lesions and electrical stimulation of the central nervous system for treatment of brachial plexus avulsion pain

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    MANOEL JACOBSON TEIXEIRA; EVANDRO CÉSAR DE SOUZA; LIN TCHIA YENG; WALTER CARLOS PEREIRA

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    Descrevemos os resultados do tratamento operatório de 10 doentes com dor resultante de avulsão de raízes do plexo braquial. Sete foram tratados pela técnica de lesão do trato de Lissauer (TL) e do corno posterior da medula espinal (CPME), 4 pela técnica de estimulação elétrica da medula espinal (EM) e 2 pela técnica de estimulação talâmica (ET). Três doentes foram tratados por ambos os procedimentos. Foi observada melhora imediata em 50% dos doentes com a técnica de estimulação medular e em a...

  1. Outcrossing rate of Couratari multiflora (J.Smith Eyma (Lecythidaceae, a low-density tropical tree species from a central Amazonian rainforest Taxa de cruzamento de Couratari multiflora (J.Smith Eyma (Lecythidaceae, uma espécie arbórea tropical de baixa densidade da Amazônia central

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    Nadja Lepsch-Cunha

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available A multilocus mixed-mating model was used to evaluate the mating system of a population of Couratari multiflora, an emergent tree species found in low densities (1 individual/10 ha in lowland forests of central Amazonia. We surveyed and observed phenologically 41 trees in an area of 400 ha. From these, only four mother trees were analyzed here because few of them set fruits, which also suffered high predation. No difference was observed between the population multilocus outcrossing rate (t mp = 0.953 ± 0.040 and the average single locus rate (t sp = 0.968 ± 0.132. The four mother trees were highly outcrossed (t m ~ 1. Two out of five loci showed departures from the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium (HWE expectations, and the same results occurred with the mixed-mating model. Besides the low number of trees analyzed, the proportion of loci in HWE suggests random mating in the population. However, the pollen pool was heterogeneous among families, probably due to both the small sample number and the flowering of trees at different times of the flowering season. Reproductive phenology of the population and the results presented here suggest, at least for part of the population, a long-distance pollen movement, around 1,000 m.Foi utilizado um modelo de cruzamento misto multilocos para analisar o sistema de cruzamento de uma população de Couratari multiflora, espécie arbórea emergente encontrada em baixas densidades (1 indivíduo/10 ha nas florestas de "terra firme" da Amazônia central. Inventariamos e observamos fenologicamente 41 árvores em uma área de 400 ha. Dessas, somente quatro árvores-mãe foram analisadas, pois poucas árvores produziram frutos, os quais também sofreram alta predação. Não foi observada diferença entre a taxa de cruzamento multilocos (t mp = 0,953 ± 0,040 e a taxa média de loco único (t sp = 0,968 ± 0,132. As quatro árvores-mãe apresentaram alta taxa de cruzamento (t m ~ 1. Dois dos cinco locos analisados

  2. A lesão do trato de Lissauer e do corno posterior da substância cinzenta da medula espinal e a estimulação elétrica do sistema nervoso central para o tratamento da dor por avulsão de raízes do plexo braquial DREZ lesions and electrical stimulation of the central nervous system for treatment of brachial plexus avulsion pain

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    MANOEL JACOBSON TEIXEIRA

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    Full Text Available Descrevemos os resultados do tratamento operatório de 10 doentes com dor resultante de avulsão de raízes do plexo braquial. Sete foram tratados pela técnica de lesão do trato de Lissauer (TL e do corno posterior da medula espinal (CPME, 4 pela técnica de estimulação elétrica da medula espinal (EM e 2 pela técnica de estimulação talâmica (ET. Três doentes foram tratados por ambos os procedimentos. Foi observada melhora imediata em 50% dos doentes com a técnica de estimulação medular e em apenas 25% dos casos, a longo prazo. Ocorreu melhora imediata, mas recorrência tardia da dor nos 2 doentes tratados pela ET. Houve melhora imediata de todos os doentes tratados pela técnica da lesão e recidiva parcial da dor em 23% dos casos, a longo prazo. Complicações temporárias foram observadas em 28,6% dos casos tratados pela técnica de lesão. Conclui-se que a lesão do TL e do CPME proporcionam resultados mais satisfatórios a longo prazo que a técnica de estimulação (p = 0,0046; entretanto, esta última é mais segura.We analyze the effectiveness of the treatment of 10 patients of brachial plexus avulsion pain. Seven underwent dorsal root entry zone lesions (DREZ, 3, dorsal column stimulation (DCS and, 2 thalamic stimulation (TS. DCS resulted in immediate improvement of pain in 50% of the patients. After a long term follow up period, just 25% of the patients were still better. TS resulted the in temporary improvement of 2 patients. Both had full recurrence few months after the operation. Immediate improvement of the symptoms occurred in all patients treated by DREZ. After a long term follow up period, excellent results were observed in 71.4% of the patients and good results in the remainder. The complication rate was higher among DREZ patients. It is concluded that DREZ is a better procedure for treatment of brachial plexus avulsion pain than DCS and TS (p = 0,0046; however, DCS and TS are safer.

  3. Impacto da perda de peso nas adipocitocinas, na proteína C-reativa e na sensibilidade à insulina em mulheres hipertensas com obesidade central Impact of weight loss on adipocytokines, C-reactive protein and insulin sensitivity in hypertensive women with central obesity

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    Rodolfo Leão Borges

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o impacto do tratamento da obesidade nas adipocitocinas, na proteína C-reativa (PCR e na sensibilidade à insulina em pacientes hipertensas com obesidade central. MÉTODOS: O estudo foi realizado a partir do banco de dados e de amostras estocadas de soro de pacientes submetidas previamente a um estudo para tratamento de obesidade. Foram selecionadas 30 mulheres hipertensas, com idade entre 18 e 65 anos, índice de massa corpórea (IMC > 27 kg/m², com distribuição central de gordura. As pacientes foram aleatoriamente submetidas a dieta hipocalórica e orlistat 120 mg três vezes por dia ou apenas a dieta hipocalórica, durante 16 semanas. As pacientes que apresentaram perda de peso superior a 5% (n = 24 foram avaliadas em relação a níveis pressóricos, valores antropométricos, gordura visceral, índices de resistência (HOMA-R - homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance e de sensibilidade à insulina (ISI - Insulin Sensitivity Index, perfil lipídico, e dosagens das adipocitocinas (adiponectina, leptina, IL-6 e TNF-a e de PCR. RESULTADOS: Após redução do IMC de cerca de 8% em ambos os grupos, foi verificada diminuição de gordura visceral, glicemia de jejum, triglicérides e TNF-a. Apenas o grupo orlistat, que inicialmente era mais resistente à insulina, apresentou redução significativa da glicemia pós-sobrecarga oral de glicose e aumento da sensibilidade à insulina. CONCLUSÃO: Os achados deste estudo indicam que a perda de peso superior a 5% se associa à melhora do perfil inflamatório e à redução da resistência à insulina, a qual ocorreu de maneira independente das variações de adiponectina e de TNF-a. Os maiores benefícios na sensibilidade à insulina obtidos no grupo orlistat não puderam ser atribuídos ao uso do medicamento em virtude da maior concentração de indivíduos resistentes à insulina nesse grupo.OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of weight reduction on serum adipocytokines, C

  4. A lesão do trato de Lissauer e do corno posterior da substância cinzenta da medula espinal e a estimulação elétrica do sistema nervoso central para o tratamento da dor por avulsão de raízes do plexo braquial

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    TEIXEIRA MANOEL JACOBSON; SOUZA EVANDRO CÉSAR DE; YENG LIN TCHIA; PEREIRA WALTER CARLOS

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    Descrevemos os resultados do tratamento operatório de 10 doentes com dor resultante de avulsão de raízes do plexo braquial. Sete foram tratados pela técnica de lesão do trato de Lissauer (TL) e do corno posterior da medula espinal (CPME), 4 pela técnica de estimulação elétrica da medula espinal (EM) e 2 pela técnica de estimulação talâmica (ET). Três doentes foram tratados por ambos os procedimentos. Foi observada melhora imediata em 50% dos doentes com a técnica de estimulação medular e em a...

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Expression of hermes gene is restricted to the ganglion cells in the retina.

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    Piri, Natik; Kwong, Jacky M K; Song, Min; Caprioli, Joseph

    2006-09-11

    The RNA binding protein with multiple splicing 2, or hermes, is a member of the RRM (RNA recognition motif) family of RNA-binding proteins. In this study, we show that the hermes gene is expressed in the rat retina, and its expression is restricted to the ganglion cell layer. Double in situ hybridization with riboprobes corresponding to the hermes gene and Thy-1, the RGC marker in the retina, showed that the majority of the Thy-1 positive cells in the ganglion cell layer were also hermes positive. This was also shown by co-localization of the hermes in situ hybridization signals with the retrogradely labeled RGCs. Our observations suggest that hermes is expressed in the majority, if not all, of RGCs and is not restricted to only certain RGC types. Hermes in situ hybridization signals were not detected in the retinal sections of optic nerve transected animals, which are characterized by rapid and specific RGC degeneration. The dramatic reduction of the hermes mRNA level in axotomized retinas was also observed by semi-quantitative RT-PCR. The specific expression of hermes in retinal ganglion cells qualifies this gene as a potential RGC marker in the retina. Outside the retina, hermes is expressed in the heart, liver, and kidney, and to a lesser degree in the cerebellum, cortex, lung, and small intestine. PMID:16870336

  8. Mathematical and computational models of the retina in health, development and disease.

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    Roberts, Paul A; Gaffney, Eamonn A; Luthert, Philip J; Foss, Alexander J E; Byrne, Helen M

    2016-07-01

    The retina confers upon us the gift of vision, enabling us to perceive the world in a manner unparalleled by any other tissue. Experimental and clinical studies have provided great insight into the physiology and biochemistry of the retina; however, there are questions which cannot be answered using these methods alone. Mathematical and computational techniques can provide complementary insight into this inherently complex and nonlinear system. They allow us to characterise and predict the behaviour of the retina, as well as to test hypotheses which are experimentally intractable. In this review, we survey some of the key theoretical models of the retina in the healthy, developmental and diseased states. The main insights derived from each of these modelling studies are highlighted, as are model predictions which have yet to be tested, and data which need to be gathered to inform future modelling work. Possible directions for future research are also discussed. Whilst the present modelling studies have achieved great success in unravelling the workings of the retina, they have yet to achieve their full potential. For this to happen, greater involvement with the modelling community is required, and stronger collaborations forged between experimentalists, clinicians and theoreticians. It is hoped that, in addition to bringing the fruits of current modelling studies to the attention of the ophthalmological community, this review will encourage many such future collaborations. PMID:27063291

  9. 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.

  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. SUPRESSIVIDADE NATURAL DE SOLOS DA REGIÃO CENTRO-OESTE A Rhizoctonia solani KÜHN NATURAL SUPPRESSIVENESS OF SOILS FROM WEST CENTRAL BRAZIL TO Rhizoctonia solani Kühn

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    Sheila Andrade Botelho

    2007-09-01

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    Rhizoctonia solani é um fungo cosmopolita que habita o solo, com vasto número de hospedeiros, e causa importantes doenças na maioria das plantas cultivadas em todo o mundo. É uma espécie complexa, com muitos biotipos que diferem quanto à patogenicidade, aos hospedeiros, à distribuição na natureza e à aparência em meio de cultura. O feijoeiro comum é suscetível a este patógeno e a sua suscetibilidade é inversamente proporcional ao desenvolvimento da planta. A atividade microbiana de alguns solos pode prevenir o estabelecimento de fungos fitopatogênicos. Solos com esta propriedade são denominados antagônicos, de longa vida, resistentes ou supressivos. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar os níveis de supressividade natural a R. solani de alguns solos classificados como latossolo roxo, latossolo vermelho-escuro, areia quartzoza e latossolo roxo, respectivamente, coletados nos municípios de Itumbiara, Silvânia, Jussara e Santa Helena de Goiás, no Estado de Goiás, em três áreas contíguas com os seguintes históricos de uso: a solo cultivado com feijão irrigado via pivô central por mais de quatro anos consecutivos; b solo sob vegetação nativa; e c solo sob pastagem de Brachiaria decubens. Os solos foram coletados na camada de 0-20 cm e armazenados em casa de vegetação. Para a inoculação dos solos foram utilizados grãos de sorgo, inoculados com Rhizoctonia solani, em seis densidades – 0, 100, 500, 1.000, 5.000 e 10.000 propágulos/g de solo – e triturados. O experimento foi conduzido sob condições de casa de vegetação, em um delineamento de blocos completos casualizados e esquema fatorial 6 x 4 x 3. A unidade experimental foi constituída de bandejas plásticas com 4 kg de solo e 40 plantas. Quinze dias após a emergência, as plantas foram arrancadas e avaliadas

  12. Síndrome da angústia respiratória do adulto por embolia gordurosa no período pós-operatório de lipoaspiração e lipoenxertia Adult respiratory distress syndrome due to fat embolism in the postoperative period following liposuction and fat grafting

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    André Nathan Costa

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available A embolia gordurosa é definida como a ocorrência de bloqueio mecânico da luz vascular por gotículas circulantes de gordura. Acomete principalmente o pulmão, podendo afetar também o sistema nervoso central, a retina e a pele. A síndrome da embolia gordurosa é uma disfunção desses órgãos causada pelos êmbolos gordurosos. As causas mais comuns de embolia gordurosa e síndrome da embolia gordurosa são as fraturas de ossos longos, mas há relatos de sua ocorrência após procedimentos estéticos. O diagnóstico é clínico, e o tratamento ainda se restringe a medidas de suporte. Apresentamos o caso de uma paciente que evoluiu com síndrome da angústia respiratória do adulto por embolia gordurosa no período pós-operatório de lipoaspiração e lipoenxertia e respondeu bem às manobras de recrutamento alveolar e à ventilação mecânica protetora.Apresentamos também uma análise epidemiológica e fisiopatológica da síndrome da embolia gordurosa após procedimentos estéticos.Fat embolism is defined as mechanical blockage of the vascular lumen by circulating fat globules. Although it primarily affects the lungs, it can also affect the central nervous system, retina, and skin. Fat embolism syndrome is a dysfunction of these organs caused by fat emboli. The most common causes of fat embolism and fat embolism syndrome are long bone fractures, although there are reports of its occurrence after cosmetic procedures. The diagnosis is made clinically, and treatment is still restricted to support measures. We report the case of a female patient who developed adult respiratory distress syndrome due to fat embolism in the postoperative period following liposuction and fat grafting. In this case, the patient responded well to alveolar recruitment maneuvers and protective mechanical ventilation. In addition, we present an epidemiological and pathophysiological analysis of fat embolism syndrome after cosmetic procedures.

  13. Wnt signaling in form deprivation myopia of the mice retina.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The canonical Wnt signaling pathway plays important roles in cellular proliferation and differentiation, axonal outgrowth, cellular maintenance in retinas. Here we test the hypothesis that elements of the Wnt signaling pathway are involved in the regulation of eye growth and prevention of myopia, in the mouse form-deprivation myopia model. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: (1 One hundred twenty-five C57BL/6 mice were randomly distributed into form-deprivation myopia and control groups. Form-deprivation myopia (FDM was induced by suturing the right eyelid, while the control group received no treatment. After 1, 2, and 4 weeks of treatment, eyes were assessed in vivo by cycloplegic retinoscopic refraction and axial length measurement by photography or A-scan ultrasonography. Levels of retinal Wnt2b, Fzd5 and β-catenin mRNA and protein were evaluated using RT-PCR and western blotting, respectively. (2 Another 96 mice were divided into three groups: control, drugs-only, and drugs+FDM (by diffuser. Experimentally treated eyes in the last two groups received intravitreal injections of vehicle or the proteins, DKK-1 (Wnt-pathway antagonist or Norrin (Wnt-pathway agonist, once every three days, for 4 injections total. Axial length and retinoscopic refraction were measured on the 14th day of form deprivation. Following form-deprivation for 1, 2, and 4 weeks, FDM eyes had a relatively myopic refractive error, compared with contralateral eyes. There were no significant differences in refractive error between right and left eye in control group. The amounts of Wnt2b, Fzd5 and β-catenin mRNA and protein were significantly greater in form-deprived myopia eyes than in control eyes.DKK-1 (antagonist reduced the myopic shift in refractive error and increase in axial elongation, whereas Norrin had the opposite effect in FDM eyes. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Our studies provide the first evidence that the Wnt2b signaling pathway may play a role in the

  14. Efeito da fertilidade de terra preta de índio da Amazônia Central no estado nutricional e na produtividade do mamão hawaí (Carica papaya L. Effect of amazonian dark earth fertility on nutritional status and fruit production of papaya(Carica papaya L.in Central Amazonia

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    Newton Paulo de Souza Falcão

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    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de avaliar o efeito da fertilidade de solos antropogênicos no estado nutricional e na produtividade do mamão Havaí (Carica papaya L., conduziu-se o presente estudo em um plantio, localizado na Costa do Açutuba, Iranduba, AM, em Latossolo Amarelo antrópico em plantas com oito meses de idade e no início da produção de frutos, no período de agosto a outubro de 2003. O delineamento experimental foi inteiramente casualizado, com quatro tratamentos e nove repetições, constituídos de uma amostra composta por três plantas e trinta e seis unidades experimentais, sendo os tratamentos Tpn = plantio em terra preta não adubada; Tpa = plantio em terra preta adubada; Tm1 = plantio em terra mulata não adubada; Tm2 = plantio em terra mulata com um ano de pousio. O tratamento que apresentou maior produção foi o Tpa, com média de 61,10 frutos/planta, e o que apresentou menor produção foi o Tpn, com média de 18,18 frutos/planta. A acidez potencial em todos os tratamentos apresentou-se em níveis médios, mesmo com o manejo da fertilidade praticado nos últimos anos. Observou-se um desbalanço nutricional provocado pelos altos teores de P, Ca, Mg e baixo teor de K; todos os tratamentos apresentaram teores de Zn e Mn considerados tóxicos, enquanto que o Fe apresentou níveis adequados.The effect of Amazonian dark earth fertility on the nutritional status and fruit production of a Carica papaya plantation was evaluated in Açutuba Coast, Iranduba Municipality, Amazonas, Brazil, between August and Octuber 2003, when the plantation was eight months old and just starting production. A completely randomized experimental design, with four treatments and nine replications, was used; each replication contained three plants. The treatment were: Tpn - Amazonian Dark Earth with no supplemental fertilizer; Tpa - Amazonian Dark Earth with supplemental fertilizer (3 kg aged chicken manure and 300 g dolomite per plant; Tm1 - Mulata Earth with no

  15. Structure and composition of the ground-herb community in a terra-firme Central Amazonian forest Estrutura e composição da comunidade herbácea terrestre em uma floresta de terra-firme da Amazônia Central

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    Flávia Regina Capellotto Costa

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The herb community of tropical forests is very little known, with few studies addressing its structure quantitatively. Even with this scarce body of information, it is clear that the ground herbs are a rich group, comprising 14 to 40% of the species found in total species counts in tropical forests. The present study had the objective of increasing the knowledge about the structure and composition of the ground-herb community and to compare the sites for which there are similar studies. The study was conducted in a tropical non-inundated and evergreen forest 90 km north of Manaus, AM. Ground herbs were surveyed in 22 transects of 40 m², distributed in five plots of 4 ha. The inventoried community was composed of 35 species, distributed in 24 genera and 18 families. Angiosperms were represented by 8 families and Pteridophytes by 10 families. Marantaceae (12 sp and Cyperaceae (4 sp were the richest families. Marantaceae and Poaceae were the families with greatest abundance and cover. Marantaceae, Poaceae, Heliconiaceae and Pteridophytes summed 96% of total herb cover, and therefore were responsible for almost all the cover of the community. The 10 most important species had 83.7% of the individuals. In general, the most abundant species were also the most frequent. Richness per transect varied from 7 to 19 species, and abundance varied from 30 to 114 individuals. The community structure was quite similar to 3 other sites in South America and one site in Asia.A comunidade herbácea das florestas tropicais é pouco conhecida, havendo poucos estudos quantitativos de sua estrutura. Mesmo com esta quantidade escassa de informações, é possível afirmar que as ervas terrestres são um grupo rico, representando 14 a 40% das espécies encontradas em contagens totais de espécies em florestas tropicais. O presente estudo teve como objetivo aumentar o conhecimento sobre a estrutura e composição da comunidade de ervas terrestres e comparar as

  16. Moléstias em tomateiro cultivado em estufas plásticas em quatro municípios da região central do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil

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    Blume Elena

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Moléstias podem atacar severamente hortaliças cultivadas em cultivos protegidos e, para o manejo integrado dessas moléstias, o conhecimento das condições climáticas que favorecem sua incidência nesses cultivos é fundamental. O trabalho teve o objetivo de identificar as moléstias em tomateiro cultivado em estufas plásticas em quatro municípios na região central do Rio Grande do Sul e as condições de temperatura e umidade relativa (UR do ar nas quais elas ocorrem. O estudo foi realizado nos municípios de São Pedro do Sul, São Sepé, Ivorá e Santa Maria (RS, no período de março a outubro de 1998. A temperatura e umidade relativa do ar foram medidas diariamente com um psicrômetro. As moléstias observadas e sua incidência máxima foram: requeima (Phytophthora infestans: 100,0%, pinta-preta (Alternaria solani: 98,1%, mofo cinzento (Botrytis cinerea: 55,4%, cladosporiose (Cladosporuim fulvum: 48,9%, septoriose (Septoria lycopersici: 37,5%, talo-oco (Erwinia spp.: 33,0%, murcha de fusarium (Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici: 8,4% e podridão de esclerotínia (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum: 1,3%. Valores de UR superiores a 80%, de maneira geral, aumentaram a incidência das moléstias, em sua maioria de origem fúngica. A incidência de moléstias varia entre municípios de uma mesma região climática de acordo com os fatores meteorológicos e práticas de manejo da cultura.

  17. Classificação diagnóstica dos portadores de doenças degenerativas de retina, integrantes dos grupos Retina São Paulo e Retina Vale do Paraíba Diagnostic classification of retinal degenerative diseases São Paulo and Vale Retina groups

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    Nichard Unonius

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO:Organizar um banco de dados regional de todos os indivíduos portadores de doenças degenerativas da retina, com o objetivo de classificar cada paciente de acordo com o tipo de distrofia e padrão de herança. MÉTODOS: Durante o encontro do Grupo Retina São Paulo no dia 5 de maio de 2001, duzentas e quarenta e três pessoas foram registradas, sendo que parte forneceu dados de antecedentes oculares, pessoais e familiares e árvore genealógica. Noventa e três pacientes foram questionados quanto a idade, origem, tipo de distrofia, história familiar e árvore genealógica, tipo de herança, outras anomalias sistêmicas e exames complementares. Foram classificados quanto ao diagnóstico e padrão de herança. RESULTADOS: Dos duzentos e quarenta e três pacientes registrados, as distrofias encontradas foram retinose pigmentária, doença de Stargardt, síndrome de Usher, amaurose congênita de Leber e coroideremia. Quanto à divisão por doença dos 93 pacientes argüidos, havia 62 pacientes com retinose pigmentária, 13 com doença de Stargardt, 13 com síndrome de Usher, três com amaurose congênita de Leber e dois com coroideremia. Dos pacientes com retinose pigmentária, o padrão de herança detectado foi autossômico dominante em quatro casos (7%, autossômico recessivo em vinte casos (32%, ligado ao cromossomo X recessivo em sete casos (11%, caso isolado em vinte e nove (47% e padrão indeterminado em dois (3%. Para a doença de Stargardt três indivíduos (23% seguiam o padrão de herança autossômico recessivo e dez (77% eram casos isolados. Dos treze pacientes com síndrome de Usher, oito (61,5% apresentavam herança autossômica recessiva, quatro (31% eram casos isolados e um (7,5% tinha o padrão de herança indeterminado. Os dois pacientes com coroideremia seguiam o padrão de herança ligado ao X recessivo. Para amaurose congênita de Leber, um paciente (33,5% tinha padrão autossômico recessivo de herança e dois (66

  18. O papel regulador do Banco Central Europeu e a crise da dívida soberana - efeito na concessão de financiamento às empresas portuguesas

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    Teixeira, Sandra Isabel Martins

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    Em agosto de 2008, na sequência da crise do subprime iniciada em 2007, o quarto maior banco de investimento americano, o Lehman Brothers, entrou em colapso e começou, assim, uma crise financeira à escala global. A recessão económica desencadeada pela crise financeira, que se fez sentir a partir de 2009, viria a culminar numa crise da dívida soberana, crise esta que se fez sentir apenas na Europa. Tendo em conta o impacto que a crise da dívida soberana alcançou no seio da União ...

  19. Nurse effect in seedling establishment: facilitation and tolerance to damage in the Andes of central Chile Efecto nodriza en el establecimiento de plántulas: facilitación y tolerancia al daño en los Andes de Chile central

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    ás relevante en ambientes estresantes. Este efecto sería particularmente importante durante el periodo de establecimiento de las plántulas debido a su alta vulnerabilidad a factores bióticos y abióticos como herbivoría y desecación. La tolerancia a la herbivoría evidencia la capacidad de las plantas de recrecer y reproducirse después del daño, pero esta capacidad es recurso-dependiente. En los Andes de Chile central, la planta en cojín Laretia acaulis (Apiaceae atenúa el efecto del estrés ambiental, aumentando la supervivencia de diversas especies de plantas asociadas. Proponemos que las plántulas que se encuentren creciendo dentro de los cojines de L. acaulis deberían evidenciar niveles mayores de tolerancia en relación a aquellas plántulas creciendo fuera de los cojines. Para probar esta hipótesis se llevó a cabo un experimento de campo con dos especies nativas perennes: Hordeum comosum (Poaceae y Haplopappus anthylloides (Asteraceae. Plántulas de ambas especies fueron sembradas dentro y fuera de los cojines de L. acaulis, y la mitad de ellas recibieron daño manual (50 % tejido foliar removido. En general, las plántulas que se encontraron creciendo dentro del cojín evidenciaron una mayor supervivencia independientemente del tratamiento de daño. A pesar de que la ubicación de las plántulas no afectó la respuesta en tolerancia por parte de H. anthylloides, sí afectó significativamente la tolerancia de H. comosum. Por lo tanto, encontramos valores similares para la supervivencia de plántulas de H. comosum dentro de los cojines, pero la supervivencia de plántulas dañadas fuera de los cojines fue significativamente menor que la de plántulas control. Se pudo evidenciar la ocurrencia de efecto nodriza por parte de L. acaulis sobre el establecimiento de ambas especies y conjuntamente un aumento en la tolerancia al daño para H. comosum en este hábitat estresante

  20. Aspectos internacionais da Revolta da Chibata

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    Full Text Available This paper treats four international dimensions of the Revolta da Chibata: 1 the trip of the Dreadnought Sao Paulo to Lisbon (with Presidente Hermes aboard, during which the Portuguese monarchy was overthrown, providing a model for Brazilian sailors; 2 the reception and interpretation of the revolt by the French, British, and American presses, which quickly saw that the central issue was torture; 3 ideological aspects of the revolt, which focus on the rights of citizens under the constitution of 1891; and 4 foreign observers’ favorable impression of the working conditions of Batalhao Naval before the second rebellion in December, and their discovery of a massacre after the second revolt.

  1. Effect of high potassium on dopamine receptor activity in bovine retina

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    In the present study, the hypothesis that dopamine released by light caused a subsensitivity of the dopamine receptor was investigated. Bovine eyes were obtained from a slaughterhouse, and retinas were dissected in a dark room. Filter binding assays were developed to measure agonist and antagonist binding to the dopamine receptor using [3H]dopamine and [3H]SCH 23390, respectively, in a retinal membrane fraction. Adenylate cyclase activation was measured by the production of [32P]cyclic AMP from 32ATP. In desensitization experiments, bovine retinas were incubated for fifteen minutes with 56 mM potassium, which also causes a release of dopamine in retinas were washed, and membranes were prepared. The stimulation of adenylate cyclase evoked by dopamine and radiolabeled agonist and antagonist binding were measured. In the receptor binding characterization studies, the dissociation constant and the maximum number of binding sites were obtained for [3H]dopamine and [3H]SCH 23390 binding

  2. A robust face recognition algorithm under varying illumination using adaptive retina modeling

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    Cheong, Yuen Kiat; Yap, Vooi Voon; Nisar, Humaira

    2013-10-01

    Variation in illumination has a drastic effect on the appearance of a face image. This may hinder the automatic face recognition process. This paper presents a novel approach for face recognition under varying lighting conditions. The proposed algorithm uses adaptive retina modeling based illumination normalization. In the proposed approach, retina modeling is employed along with histogram remapping following normal distribution. Retina modeling is an approach that combines two adaptive nonlinear equations and a difference of Gaussians filter. Two databases: extended Yale B database and CMU PIE database are used to verify the proposed algorithm. For face recognition Gabor Kernel Fisher Analysis method is used. Experimental results show that the recognition rate for the face images with different illumination conditions has improved by the proposed approach. Average recognition rate for Extended Yale B database is 99.16%. Whereas, the recognition rate for CMU-PIE database is 99.64%.

  3. Ontogenic changes of kynurenine aminotransferase I activity and its expression in the chicken retina.

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    Rejdak, Robert; Zielinska, Elzbieta; Shenk, Yana; Turski, Waldemar A; Okuno, Etsuo; Zarnowski, Tomasz; Zagorski, Zbigniew; Zrenner, Eberhart; Kohler, Konrad

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    Kynurenine aminotransferases are key enzymes for the synthesis of kynurenic acid (KYNA), an endogenous glutamate receptor antagonist. The study described here examined ontogenic changes of kynurenine aminotransferase I (KAT I) activity and its expression in the chicken retina. KAT I activity measured on embryonic day 16 (E16) was significantly higher than at all other stages (E12, P0 and P7). Double labeling with antibodies against glutamine synthetase showed that on P7 KAT I was expressed in Müller cell endfeet and their processes in the inner retina. Since KAT I activity is high in the late embryonic stages, it is conceivable that it plays a neuromodulatory role in the retina during the late phase of embryogenesis. PMID:12782065

  4. Atypical vitelliform macular dystrophy misdiagnosed as chronic central serous chorioretinopathy: case reports

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    Lee Young; Kim Eung-Suk; Kim Moosang; Kim Young-Gyun; Kwak Hyung-Woo; Yu Seung-Young

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    Abstract Background To report two cases of atypical vitelliform macular dystrophy misdiagnosed as chronic central serous chorioretinopathy. Case presentation Two patients with incidentally discovered abnormalities of the retina without specific symptoms were referred to our hospital for consultation. Bilateral macula atrophic lesions were observed and optical coherence tomography revealed serous retinal detachment in the macula. Fluorescein angiography showed multiple leakages around the cent...

  5. Germinação de sementes e sobrevivência de plântulas de Himatanthus sucuuba (Spruce Wood. em resposta ao alagamento, nas várzeas da Amazônia Central Seed germination and seedling survival of Himatanthus sucuuba(Spruce Wood., in response to flooding in the varzeas of the Central Amazon

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    Cristiane da Silva Ferreira

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    Full Text Available Himatanthus sucuuba é uma espécie que coloniza as várzeas na Amazônia Central. O objetivo desse trabalho foi estudar as estratégias de adaptação da planta ao alagamento prolongado dessas áreas. Para tanto, foram acompanhados a germinação das sementes e o desenvolvimento das plântulas, simulando as condições naturais de campo (seca e alagamento. A germinação foi realizada em dois substratos: areia+serragem (não-alagado, e em água (alagado. Durante 120 dias, as plântulas geradas foram submetidas a três tratamentos: controle (irrigação diária, submersão parcial (sistema radicular e submersão total. Foram analisadas as alterações na morfologia das plântulas, na anatomia das raízes e a atividade da enzima álcool desidrogenase (ADH, nos tempos: 0, 15, 30, 60, 90 e 120 dias. Foi constatado que a espécie apresenta elevada taxa de germinação e produção de plântulas, ambas acima de 80%, mesmo para sementes em água. Sob submersão parcial foram formadas lenticelas hipertrofiadas, raízes adventícias e aerênquima radicular. A atividade da ADH se manteve elevada até o 60º dia, com decréscimo após esse período. Plântulas sob submersão total perderam as folhas, não formaram raízes adventícias ou lenticelas, mas desenvolveram aerênquima. Estas plântulas apresentaram os maiores valores da ADH, que permaneceram altos até o término do experimento, indicando o desvio do metabolismo anaeróbico para produção de etanol como principal via para a manutenção da carga energética. Apesar de ter ocorrido a morte de algumas plântulas no tratamento de submersão total, o percentual de sobreviventes foi alto com 70% ao final dos 120 dias de duração do período experimental. Desta maneira, as plântulas de H. sucuuba modulam morfo-fisiologicamente a tolerância ao alagamento em função do tempo de exposição ao estresse e altura da coluna de água.Himatanthus sucuuba is a tree which colonizes the varzeas of Central

  6. Viewing ageing eyes: diverse sites of amyloid Beta accumulation in the ageing mouse retina and the up-regulation of macrophages.

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    Jaimie Hoh Kam

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Amyloid beta (Aβ accumulates in the ageing central nervous system and is associated with a number of age-related diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD in the eye. AMD is characterised by accumulation of extracellular deposits called drusen in which Aβ is a key constituent. Aβ activates the complement cascade and its deposition is associated with activated macrophages. So far, little is known about the quantitative measurements of Aβ accumulation and definitions of its relative sites of ocular deposition in the normal ageing mouse. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We have traced Aβ accumulation quantitatively in the ageing mouse retina using immunohistochemistry and Western blot analysis. We reveal that it is not only deposited at Bruch's membrane and along blood vessels, but unexpectedly, it also coats photoreceptor outer segments. While Aβ is present at all sites of deposition from 3 months of age, it increases markedly from 6 months onward. Progressive accumulation of deposits on outer segments was confirmed with scanning electron microscopy, revealing age-related changes in their morphology. Such progress of accumulation of Aβ on photoreceptor outer segments with age was also confirmed in human retinae using immunohistochemistry. We also chart the macrophage response to increases in Aβ showing up-regulation in their numbers using both confocal laser imaging of the eye in vivo followed by in vitro immunostaining. With age macrophages become bloated with cellular debris including Aβ, however, their increasing numbers fail to stop Aβ accumulation. CONCLUSIONS: Increasing Aβ deposition in blood vessels and Bruch's membrane will impact upon retinal perfusion and clearance of cellular waste products from the outer retina, a region of very high metabolic activity. This accumulation of Aβ may contribute to the 30% reduction of photoreceptors found throughout life and the shortening of those that remain. The

  7. Dynamic coupling of pattern formation and morphogenesis in the developing vertebrate retina.

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    Picker, Alexander; Cavodeassi, Florencia; Machate, Anja; Bernauer, Sabine; Hans, Stefan; Abe, Gembu; Kawakami, Koichi; Wilson, Stephen W; Brand, Michael

    2009-10-01

    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. PMID:19823566

  8. 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

  9. 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. PMID:25806532

  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. 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

  12. Dynamic response of the human retina to pulsed optical and electrical stimulation

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    Akchurin, Garif G.; Bakutkin, Valery V.; Kamenskih, Tatyana G.; Zemskova, Tatyana M.; Ahuja, Poonam

    2000-04-01

    Transcutaneous millisecond stimulation of the retina by electric pulses is used for diagnosis, determination of the extent of optic nerve damage, and also partial restoration of visual function in patients with glaucoma, myopia and different types of optic nerve atrophy. Correlation between the threshold of phosphen formation and duration of the stimulating electric pulses was determined experimentally in normal eyes and in eyes with various pathologies. Comparison of optical and electrical scintillating frequency gives information about the dynamic processes in the normal and pathological retina.

  13. Diffusion and consumption of oxygen in the superfused retina of the drone (Apis mellifera) in darkness

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    Double-barreled O2 microelectrodes were used to study O2 diffusion and consumption in the superfused drone (Apis mellifera) retina in darkness at 22 degrees C. Po2 was measured at different sites in the bath and retinas. It was found that diffusion was essentially in one dimension and that the rate of O2 consumption (Q) was practically constant (on the macroscale) down to Po2 s less than 20 mm Hg, a situation that greatly simplified the analysis. The value obtained for Q was 18 +/- 0.7 (SEM) ...

  14. Olfactory Stimulation Selectively Modulates the OFF Pathway in the Retina of Zebrafish

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    Esposti, Federico; Johnston, Jamie; Rosa, Juliana M.; Leung, Kin-Mei; Lagnado, Leon

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    Summary Cross-modal regulation of visual performance by olfactory stimuli begins in the retina, where dopaminergic interneurons receive projections from the olfactory bulb. However, we do not understand how olfactory stimuli alter the processing of visual signals within the retina. We investigated this question by in vivo imaging activity in transgenic zebrafish expressing SyGCaMP2 in bipolar cell terminals and GCaMP3.5 in ganglion cells. The food-related amino acid methionine reduced the gai...

  15. 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.

  16. Ultrastructural Studies of The Pigment Epithelium of Retinae of Some Reptiles

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    Fairoze Khattab ; Fahmy I. Khattab; Nagui Fares and Aman Zaki

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available The present work was designed to reveal the fine structure of the pigment epithelium of the retina in four different reptiles: the homed viper Cerastes cerastes (diurnal and nocturnal, the European Chameleo chameleon (diurnal,the gold skink Eumeces schenrdii (diurnal and the Egyptian gecko Traentola annularis (nocturnal . The pigment epithelium of each type reptiles possessed certain unique features in their morphology and ultrastructure to accommodate with their day and night activity. The most striking feature was the presence of myoid bodies in the pigment epithelium of the diurnal reptiles. These bodies trigger the photomechanical movement of the myoid region in cones of their retinae.

  17. Atividade enzimática de isolados de rizóbia nativos da Amazônia Central crescendo em diferentes níveis de acidez Enzymatic activity of native Central Amazonian rhizobia strains grown in different levels of acidity

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    Arlem Nascimento de Oliveira

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    Full Text Available A importância das bactérias conhecidas como rizóbia no estabelecimento de leguminosas tem sido amplamente reconhecida. Porém, poucas são as informações referentes ao perfil enzimático dessas bactérias benéficas. O estudo objetivou investigar a influência do pH do meio sólido sobre a atividade enzimática de rizóbios nativos da Amazônia Central. Essa triagem constitui o primeiro passo no processo de seleção de microorganismos benéficos, como produtores de enzimas de aplicação biotecnológica. Nesse estudo, 64 isolados de rizóbia foram testados para a produção extracelular de amilase, lipase, pectinase e protease, em meio YMA modificado. Excetuando a atividade pectinolítica, todas as outras enzimas (amilase, lipase e protease foram detectadas nos isolados investigados. Dois isolados (INPA R-975 e INPA R-926 exibiram atividades amilolíticas, lipolíticas e proteolíticas. Os índices enzimáticos amilolíticos e proteolíticos variaram significativamente entre os isolados e as condições de pH do meio de cultura. De maneira geral, as maiores atividades amilolíticas e proteolíticas foram exibidas pelos isolados INPA R-957, INPA R-915B e INPA R-991 em pH 6,5. O isolado INPA R-957 também se mostrou amilolítico e proteolítico nos pHs 5,0 e 8,0. Esse estudo mostrou que alguns rizóbios nativos da Amazônia representam fontes promissoras de amilase e protease de uso biotecnológico, sobretudo na tecnologia de alimentos.The importance of rhizobia bacteria in the establishment of legume plants has been widely recognized. However, information is scarce regarding the enzymatic profiles of these beneficial bacteria. The objective of this study was to investigate the influence of pH of solid medium on enzymatic activity of native Central Amazonian rhizobia strains. This screening constitutes the first step in selecting beneficial microorganisms as enzyme producers. In this study, 64 strains of rhizobia were screened for

  18. Relation of cell division to the acquisition of responsiveness to cortisol in the neural retina of the chick embryo

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    Ben-Or, S.; Eshel, M. (Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem (Israel). Hadassah Medical School)

    1982-01-01

    Responsiveness of the neural retina to cortisol, as measured by cortisol-induced glutamine synthetase activity, is acquired in the chick embryo during the second week of embryogenesis. The magnitude of the response is inversely related to the growth rate of the neural retina. This developmental event is also acquired by the 8-d-old neural retina under organ culture conditions. The acquisition of competence to respond to the hormonal stimulation can be reversibly abolished by inhibition of DNA synthesis with 0.01 mM cytosine arabinoside; the magnitude of response that resumes after withdrawal of the drug, is characterized by the stage of growth of the neural retina. Responsiveness to cortisol in the embryonic neural retina is apparently coupled to the number of Muller cells (the targets for cortisol action) that have withdrawn from the cell cycle.

  19. Relation of cell division to the acquisition of responsiveness to cortisol in the neural retina of the chick embryo

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    Responsiveness of the neural retina to cortisol, as measured by cortisol-induced glutamine synthetase activity, is acquired in the chick embryo during the second week of embryogenesis. The magnitude of the response is inversely related to the growth rate of the neural retina. This developmental event is also acquired by the 8-d-old neural retina under organ culture conditions. The acquisition of competence to respond to the hormonal stimulation can be reversibly abolished by inhibition of DNA synthesis with 0.01 mM cytosine arabinoside; the magnitude of response that resumes after withdrawal of the drug, is characterized by the stage of growth of the neural retina. Responsiveness to cortisol in the embryonic neural retina is apparently coupled to the number of Muller cells (the targets for cortisol action) that have withdrawn from the cell cycle. (author)

  20. Spherical polar co-ordinate calculations of induced fields in the retina and head for applied magnetic fields at 50 Hz.

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    Dimbylow, Peter

    2011-07-21

    This paper sets out to explore the effects of voxel resolution, from 2 mm down to 0.1 mm for Cartesian co-ordinates and the differences between Cartesian and spherical polar co-ordinates for a standardized test-bed model of the eye. This model was taken from the work of Yoriyaz et al (2005 Radiat. Prot. Dosim. 115 316-9) who have developed a detailed geometric description of the eye including choroid, retina, sclera, lens, cornea, anterior chamber, vitreous humour and optic nerve for ophthalmic brachytherapy. The spherical co-ordinate model has radial and angular steplengths of 0.1 mm and 0.25°, respectively. The current density averaged over 1 cm(2) and the 99th percentile value of the induced electric field have been calculated in the retina and central nervous system for uniform magnetic fields. The Cartesian co-ordinate calculations proceed in a sequence of grids at 2, 1, 0.5, 0.2 and 0.1 mm resolution with the potentials from the previous calculation at a coarser grid providing the boundary conditions on the finer grid. The 0.2 mm grid provides the boundary conditions for the spherical polar calculations. Comparisons are made with the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection reference levels. PMID:21725142

  1. 670 nm red light preconditioning supports Müller cell function: evidence from the white light-induced damage model in the rat retina.

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    Albarracin, Rizalyn; Valter, Krisztina

    2012-01-01

    Glial cells play an important role in the maintenance of normal structure and function of the neural components of the central nervous system. The Müller cells are one of the macroglial elements in the retina and their wide-ranging roles are responsible for the protection and proper functioning of the photoreceptors. In the present study, we aimed to test the effects of pretreatment with 670 nm red light on Müller cells in the light-induced model of retinal degeneration. Adult Sprague-Dawley albino rats were treated with 670 nm red light, from an LED source prior to exposure to bright (1000 lux) continuous light for 24 h. Müller cell-specific markers were used to assess structural and functional changes in this cell type 1 week after contact with damaging light. Changes in gene (Edn2, LIF, TNF-α) and protein (S100β, Vimentin, LIF, iNOS, GS, Cyclin-D1) levels and localization were evaluated using RT-qPCR, and immunohistochemistry. Our results showed that 670 nm light pretreatment ameliorates the light-induced alterations in the expression of Müller-cell specific markers for structure, stress, metabolism and inflammation. This suggests that 670 nm light preconditioning may promote neuroprotective effects in the retina from light-induced damage, possibly through pathways regulating the roles of Müller cells in maintaining retinal homeostasis. PMID:22372425

  2. Spherical polar co-ordinate calculations of induced fields in the retina and head for applied magnetic fields at 50 Hz

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    Dimbylow, Peter, E-mail: peter.dimbylow@hpa.org.uk [Health Protection Agency, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon OX11 0RQ (United Kingdom)

    2011-07-21

    This paper sets out to explore the effects of voxel resolution, from 2 mm down to 0.1 mm for Cartesian co-ordinates and the differences between Cartesian and spherical polar co-ordinates for a standardized test-bed model of the eye. This model was taken from the work of Yoriyaz et al (2005 Radiat. Prot. Dosim. 115 316-9) who have developed a detailed geometric description of the eye including choroid, retina, sclera, lens, cornea, anterior chamber, vitreous humour and optic nerve for ophthalmic brachytherapy. The spherical co-ordinate model has radial and angular steplengths of 0.1 mm and 0.25{sup 0}, respectively. The current density averaged over 1 cm{sup 2} and the 99th percentile value of the induced electric field have been calculated in the retina and central nervous system for uniform magnetic fields. The Cartesian co-ordinate calculations proceed in a sequence of grids at 2, 1, 0.5, 0.2 and 0.1 mm resolution with the potentials from the previous calculation at a coarser grid providing the boundary conditions on the finer grid. The 0.2 mm grid provides the boundary conditions for the spherical polar calculations. Comparisons are made with the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection reference levels.

  3. Abundance of two Dendrocincla woodcreepers (aves: Dendrocolaptidae in relation to forest structure in Central Amazonia O uso do habitat por duas espécies de arapaçus Dendrocincla (aves: Dendrocolaptidae em relação a estrutura da floresta na Amazônia Central

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    Renato Cintra

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Few studies have been conducted to verify how the structure of the forest affects the occurence and abundance of neotropical birds. Our research was undertaken between January 2002 and July 2004 at the Reserva Ducke, near Manaus (02º55',03º01'S; 59º53',59º59'W in central Amazonia, to verify how the forest structure affects the occurrence and abundance of two bird species: the Plain-brown Woodcreeper Dendrocincla fuliginosa and the White-chinned Woodcreeper Dendrocincla merula. Bird species occurrence was recorded using lines of 20 mist-nets (one sample unit, along 51 1-km transects distributed along 9 pararel 8 km trails covering an area of 6400 ha. Along these transects, we placed 50 x 50m plots where we recorded forest structure components (tree abundance, canopy openness, leaf litter, standing dead trees, logs, proximity to streams, and altitude. We then related these variables to bird occurence and abundance using multiple logistic and multiple linear regression models, respectively. We found that D. fuliginosa frequently used plateau areas; being more abundant in areas with more trees. On the other hand, D. merula occurred more frequently and was more abundant in areas with low tree abundance. Our results suggest that although both species overlap in the reserve (both were recorded in at least 68% of the sampled sites, they differ in the way they use the forest microhabitats. Therefore, local variation in the forest structure may contribute to the coexistence of congeneric species and may help to maintain local alpha diversity.Em florestas neotropicais, poucos estudos tem sido conduzidos para verificar como a estrutura da floresta afeta o uso desse ambiente por aves. Este estudo foi realizado entre Janeiro de 2002 e Julho de 2004 na Reserva Ducke próximo a Manaus (02º55',03º01'S; 59º53',59º59'W, para verificar como a estrutura da floresta afeta a ocorrência e abundância de duas espécies de aves: o Arapaçu-pardo, Dendrocincla

  4. Accurate image analysis of the retina using hessian matrix and binarisation of thresholded entropy with application of texture mapping.

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    Full Text Available In this paper, we demonstrate a comprehensive method for segmenting the retinal vasculature in camera images of the fundus. This is of interest in the area of diagnostics for eye diseases that affect the blood vessels in the eye. In a departure from other state-of-the-art methods, vessels are first pre-grouped together with graph partitioning, using a spectral clustering technique based on morphological features. Local curvature is estimated over the whole image using eigenvalues of Hessian matrix in order to enhance the vessels, which appear as ridges in images of the retina. The result is combined with a binarized image, obtained using a threshold that maximizes entropy, to extract the retinal vessels from the background. Speckle type noise is reduced by applying a connectivity constraint on the extracted curvature based enhanced image. This constraint is varied over the image according to each region's predominant blood vessel size. The resultant image exhibits the central light reflex of retinal arteries and veins, which prevents the segmentation of whole vessels. To address this, the earlier entropy-based binarization technique is repeated on the original image, but crucially, with a different threshold to incorporate the central reflex vessels. The final segmentation is achieved by combining the segmented vessels with and without central light reflex. We carry out our approach on DRIVE and REVIEW, two publicly available collections of retinal images for research purposes. The obtained results are compared with state-of-the-art methods in the literature using metrics such as sensitivity (true positive rate, selectivity (false positive rate and accuracy rates for the DRIVE images and measured vessel widths for the REVIEW images. Our approach out-performs the methods in the literature.

  5. OCT angiography and Color Doppler Imaging in the study of hemoperfusion in the retina and optic nerve in POAG

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    N. I. Kurysheva

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To evaluate the hemoperfusion of Optic Nerve Disk (OND, peripapillary and macular areas, and retrobulbar blood flow in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma using optical coherence tomography with angiography (OCT-A and Сolor Doppler Imaging (CDI.Patients and Methods: 65 eyes of patients with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG and 22 eyes of age-matched healthy subjects were examined using the SD-OCT-А (RtVue xR Avanti with the AngioVue software. Retinal Thickness and Angio Flow Density (AFD were measured. AFD Disc and Peripapillary Flow Density were measured in OND and in peripapillary area. AFD Retina were evaluated in Macula inсluding Fovea- and Parafovea regions (superficial and deep of the inner retinal layers. Ophthalmic Artery (OA, Central Retinal Artery (CRA, Posterior short Ciliary Arteries (PCA, Central Retinal Vein (CRV and Vortex Vein (VV were measured by CDI. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS version 21 and MASS library of language R. The value of each diagnostic indicator (z-value was calculated with the Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney test and the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC.Results: Both OCT-A and CDI indicators were reduced in glaucoma compared to healthy eyes. The following indicators had the largest AUC and diagnostic value (z-value to discriminate the early glaucoma from normal eyes: AFD Retina Superficial Whole En Face (z = 3,83, p<0,0001; AUC 0,8 (0,69‑0,90, AFD Retina Deep Whole En Face (z = 3,31, p = 0,0007; AUC 0,76 (0,64‑0,88, Peripapillary Vessel Density (z = 3,2, p = 0,001; AUC 0,75 (0,63‑0,87, end-diastolic flow velocity in AO (z = 3,03, p = 0,002; AUC 0,74 (0,61‑0,86 and in TPCA (z = 2,78, p = 0,005; AUC 0,72 (0,58‑0,86; and to discriminate the early glaucoma from the advanced and far advanced stages: AFD Disc Peripapillary Inferior Temporalis (z = 5,61, p<0,0001; AUC 0,94 (0,86‑1,0 and the mean flow velocity in the CRA (z = 4,16, p<0

  6. Glutamatergic Monopolar Interneurons Provide a Novel Pathway of Excitation in the Mouse Retina.

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    Della Santina, Luca; Kuo, Sidney P; Yoshimatsu, Takeshi; Okawa, Haruhisa; Suzuki, Sachihiro C; Hoon, Mrinalini; Tsuboyama, Kotaro; Rieke, Fred; Wong, Rachel O L

    2016-08-01

    Excitatory and inhibitory neurons in the CNS are distinguished by several features, including morphology, transmitter content, and synapse architecture [1]. Such distinctions are exemplified in the vertebrate retina. Retinal bipolar cells are polarized glutamatergic neurons receiving direct photoreceptor input, whereas amacrine cells are usually monopolar inhibitory interneurons with synapses almost exclusively in the inner retina [2]. Bipolar but not amacrine cell synapses have presynaptic ribbon-like structures at their transmitter release sites. We identified a monopolar interneuron in the mouse retina that resembles amacrine cells morphologically but is glutamatergic and, unexpectedly, makes ribbon synapses. These glutamatergic monopolar interneurons (GluMIs) do not receive direct photoreceptor input, and their light responses are strongly shaped by both ON and OFF pathway-derived inhibitory input. GluMIs contact and make almost as many synapses as type 2 OFF bipolar cells onto OFF-sustained A-type (AOFF-S) retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). However, GluMIs and type 2 OFF bipolar cells possess functionally distinct light-driven responses and may therefore mediate separate components of the excitatory synaptic input to AOFF-S RGCs. The identification of GluMIs thus unveils a novel cellular component of excitatory circuits in the vertebrate retina, underscoring the complexity in defining cell types even in this well-characterized region of the CNS. PMID:27426514

  7. The Wellcome Prize Lecture. Visual signals in the retina: from photons to synapses.

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    Lagnado, L

    2000-01-01

    The ability to see the world around us is an immediate and striking example of the abilities of the nervous system, and perhaps for this reason, vision is one of the most intensively studied aspects of brain function (Hubel, 1995). This paper examines some of the earliest steps in vision occurring in the retina (Dowling, 1987; Rodieck, 1998). PMID:10662887

  8. Alteraciones moleculares y celulares en la retina de animales modelo de la enfermedad de Parkinson

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    Esteve Rudd, Julián

    2010-01-01

    Reseña-resumen de Tesis Doctoral: "Alteraciones moleculares y celulares en la retina de animales modelo de la enfermedad de Parkinson". Directores: José Martín Nieto y Nicolás Cuenca Navarro, Universidad de Alicante, 2010.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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%.

  12. Synthesis and secretion of interstitial retinol-binding protein by the human retina

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    Interstitial retinol-binding protein (IRBP) is a soluble glycoprotein present between the retina and pigmented epithelium, which may function to shuttle vitamin A derivatives between these tissues. While previous studies have shown that the retina is solely responsible for IRBP synthesis, the specific retinal cell(s) in which this occurs has not been established. Since the carbohydrate moiety of IRBP contains fucose, the authors have analyzed the sites of incorporation of 3H-fucose in the human retina in vitro, using autoradiography. Following a 30-min pulse incubation, all retinal layers exhibited incorporation of label; however, the rod photoreceptor inner segments contained one- to two-fold more radioactivity than was present in any other retinal compartment. In autoradiographs of retinas recovered following a 4 hr chase incubation, all retinal layers retained similar levels of radioactivity with the exception of the rod photoreceptors, cone photoreceptors and cells in the inner nuclear layer, which lost 75, 11, and 14 percent, respectively of the radioactivity present immediately following the 30-min pulse. Proteins present in the chase incubation medium were analyzed by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and fluorography. The principal labeled component in the chase medium was identified as IRBP by immunoprecipitation with antibovine-IRBP immunoglobulins

  13. An atlas of gene expression and gene co-regulation in the human retina.

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    Pinelli, Michele; Carissimo, Annamaria; Cutillo, Luisa; Lai, Ching-Hung; Mutarelli, Margherita; Moretti, Maria Nicoletta; Singh, Marwah Veer; Karali, Marianthi; Carrella, Diego; Pizzo, Mariateresa; Russo, Francesco; Ferrari, Stefano; Ponzin, Diego; Angelini, Claudia; Banfi, Sandro; di Bernardo, Diego

    2016-07-01

    The human retina is a specialized tissue involved in light stimulus transduction. Despite its unique biology, an accurate reference transcriptome is still missing. Here, we performed gene expression analysis (RNA-seq) of 50 retinal samples from non-visually impaired post-mortem donors. We identified novel transcripts with high confidence (Observed Transcriptome (ObsT)) and quantified the expression level of known transcripts (Reference Transcriptome (RefT)). The ObsT included 77 623 transcripts (23 960 genes) covering 137 Mb (35 Mb new transcribed genome). Most of the transcripts (92%) were multi-exonic: 81% with known isoforms, 16% with new isoforms and 3% belonging to new genes. The RefT included 13 792 genes across 94 521 known transcripts. Mitochondrial genes were among the most highly expressed, accounting for about 10% of the reads. Of all the protein-coding genes in Gencode, 65% are expressed in the retina. We exploited inter-individual variability in gene expression to infer a gene co-expression network and to identify genes specifically expressed in photoreceptor cells. We experimentally validated the photoreceptors localization of three genes in human retina that had not been previously reported. RNA-seq data and the gene co-expression network are available online (http://retina.tigem.it). PMID:27235414

  14. Antioxidant Drug Therapy Approaches for Neuroprotection in Chronic Diseases of the Retina

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    Andrew J. Payne

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The molecular pathways contributing to visual signal transduction in the retina generate a high energy demand that has functional and structural consequences such as vascularization and high metabolic rates contributing to oxidative stress. Multiple signaling cascades are involved to actively regulate the redox state of the retina. Age-related processes increase the oxidative load, resulting in chronically elevated levels of oxidative stress and reactive oxygen species, which in the retina ultimately result in pathologies such as glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration, as well as the neuropathic complications of diabetes in the eye. Specifically, oxidative stress results in deleterious changes to the retina through dysregulation of its intracellular physiology, ultimately leading to neurodegenerative and potentially also vascular dysfunction. Herein we will review the evidence for oxidative stress-induced contributions to each of the three major ocular pathologies, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. The premise for neuroprotective strategies for these ocular disorders will be discussed in the context of recent clinical and preclinical research pursuing novel therapy development approaches.

  15. 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.

  16. Evolutionary loss of cone photoreception in balaenid whales reveals circuit stability in the mammalian retina.

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    Schweikert, Lorian E; Fasick, Jeffry I; Grace, Michael S

    2016-10-01

    The classical understanding of mammalian vision is that it occurs through "duplex" retinae containing both rod and cone photoreceptors, the signals from which are processed through rod- and/or cone-specific signaling pathways. The recent discovery of rod monochromacy in some cetacean lineages provides a novel opportunity to investigate the effects of an evolutionary loss of cone photoreception on retinal organization. Sequence analysis of right whale (Eubalaena glacialis; family Balaenidae) cDNA derived from long-wavelength sensitive (LWS) cone opsin mRNA identified several mutations in the opsin coding sequence, suggesting the loss of cone cell function, but maintenance of non-photosensitive, cone opsin mRNA-expressing cells in the retina. Subsequently, we investigated the retina of the closely related bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus; family Balaenidae) to determine how the loss of cone-mediated photoreception affects light signaling pathways in the retina. Anti-opsin immunofluorescence demonstrated the total loss of cone opsin expression in B. mysticetus, whereas light microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and bipolar cell (protein kinase C-α [PKC-α] and recoverin) immunofluorescence revealed the maintenance of cone soma, putative cone pedicles, and both rod and cone bipolar cell types. These findings represent the first immunological and anatomical evidence of a naturally occurring rod-monochromatic mammalian retina, and suggest that despite the loss of cone-mediated photoreception, the associated cone signaling structures (i.e., cone synapses and cone bipolar cells) may be maintained for multichannel rod-based signaling in balaenid whales. J. Comp. Neurol. 524:2873-2885, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26972896

  17. Can Xanthophyll-Membrane Interactions Explain Their Selective Presence in the Retina and Brain?

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    Justyna Widomska

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Epidemiological studies demonstrate that a high dietary intake of carotenoids may offer protection against age-related macular degeneration, cancer and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. Humans cannot synthesize carotenoids and depend on their dietary intake. Major carotenoids that have been found in human plasma can be divided into two groups, carotenes (nonpolar molecules, such as β-carotene, α-carotene or lycopene and xanthophylls (polar carotenoids that include an oxygen atom in their structure, such as lutein, zeaxanthin and β-cryptoxanthin. Only two dietary carotenoids, namely lutein and zeaxanthin (macular xanthophylls, are selectively accumulated in the human retina. A third carotenoid, meso-zeaxanthin, is formed directly in the human retina from lutein. Additionally, xanthophylls account for about 70% of total carotenoids in all brain regions. Some specific properties of these polar carotenoids must explain why they, among other available carotenoids, were selected during evolution to protect the retina and brain. It is also likely that the selective uptake and deposition of macular xanthophylls in the retina and brain are enhanced by specific xanthophyll-binding proteins. We hypothesize that the high membrane solubility and preferential transmembrane orientation of macular xanthophylls distinguish them from other dietary carotenoids, enhance their chemical and physical stability in retina and brain membranes and maximize their protective action in these organs. Most importantly, xanthophylls are selectively concentrated in the most vulnerable regions of lipid bilayer membranes enriched in polyunsaturated lipids. This localization is ideal if macular xanthophylls are to act as lipid-soluble antioxidants, which is the most accepted mechanism through which lutein and zeaxanthin protect neural tissue against degenerative diseases.

  18. Otx2 gene deletion in adult mouse retina induces rapid RPE dystrophy and slow photoreceptor degeneration.

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    Francis Béby

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Many developmental genes are still active in specific tissues after development is completed. This is the case for the homeobox gene Otx2, an essential actor of forebrain and head development. In adult mouse, Otx2 is strongly expressed in the retina. Mutations of this gene in humans have been linked to severe ocular malformation and retinal diseases. It is, therefore, important to explore its post-developmental functions. In the mature retina, Otx2 is expressed in three cell types: bipolar and photoreceptor cells that belong to the neural retina and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE, a neighbour structure that forms a tightly interdependent functional unit together with photoreceptor cells. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Conditional self-knockout was used to address the late functions of Otx2 gene in adult mice. This strategy is based on the combination of a knock-in CreERT2 allele and a floxed allele at the Otx2 locus. Time-controlled injection of tamoxifen activates the recombinase only in Otx2 expressing cells, resulting in selective ablation of the gene in its entire domain of expression. In the adult retina, loss of Otx2 protein causes slow degeneration of photoreceptor cells. By contrast, dramatic changes of RPE activity rapidly occur, which may represent a primary cause of photoreceptor disease. CONCLUSIONS: Our novel mouse model uncovers new Otx2 functions in adult retina. We show that this transcription factor is necessary for long-term maintenance of photoreceptors, likely through the control of specific activities of the RPE.

  19. Bloodstream infections among patients using central venous catheters in intensive care units Infección de corriente sanguínea en pacientes con catéter venosos central en unidades de cuidado intensivo Infecções da corrente sangüínea em pacientes em uso de cateter venoso central em unidades de terapia intensiva

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    Eni Rosa Aires Borba Mesiano; Edgar Merchán-Hamann

    2007-01-01

    Central Venous Catheters (CVC), widely used in Intensive Care Units (ICU) are important sources of bloodstream infections (BSI). This prospective cohort epidemiological analytical study, aimed to infer the incidence of BSI, the risk factors associated and evaluate the care actions related to the use of these catheters in seven ICU in the Federal District - Brasília, Brazil. From the 630 patients using CVC, 6.4% developed BSI (1.5% directly related to the catheter and 4.9% clinic BSI). The hos...

  20. Regional Sm-Nd isotopic study of the central part of the Brasilia belt, Goias: implications of the age and origin of the Anapolis-Itaucu granulitic complex and metasedimentary rocks of the Araxa Group, central region, Brazil; Estudo isotopico Sm-Nd regional da porcao central da faixa Brasilia, Goias: implicacoes para idade e origem dos granulitos do Complexo Anapolis-Itaucu e rochas metassedimentares do Grupo Araxa

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    1999-06-01

    In the central part of the Brasilia Belt, central Brazil, a high grade terrain, the Anapolis-Itaucu Complex, is exposed within the metasedimentary rocks of the Araxa Group. The Anapolis-Itaucu Complex in Goias represents a complex association of high-grade rocks including mafic-ultramafic bodies, charnockites, enderbites, as well as aluminous granulites of sedimentary origin, associated with marbles and quartzites, Narrow volcano-sedimentary belts formed mainly by amphibolites and micashists are also recognized within the complex. This high-grade terrain has been traditionally interpreted as part of the old (Archaean/Paleoproterozoic) sialic basement to the Neo- or mesoproterozoic sediments of the Araxa Group, Brasilia Belt. The granulites and metasediments of the Araxa Group are intruded by a large number of granite intrusions, many of which slow peraluminous character. Sm-Nd isotopic analyses for the garnet-and sillimanite-bearing aluminous granulites indicate T{sub DM} model ages between ca. 1.3 and 1.6 Ga. These values represent the upper limit for the age of the protoliths of the granulites, demonstrating that they are (at least in part) younger than suggested in previous models. The intrusive granites have a Sm-Nd isotopic pattern which is not much different from that observed for the felsic granulites, with T{sub DM} model ages ranging in the interval between ca. 1.37 and 1.85 Ga. The isotopic compositions of the granitic and granulitic rocks investigated are also similar to those determined for metasediments of the internal zone of the Brasilia Belt (Araxa Group) in central-southern Goias. These metasediments show Nd model ages between ca. 1.2 and 2.2 Ga. The preliminary isotopic data presented are consistent with a model in which the voluminous granitic magmatism identified in the Anapolis-Itaucu Complex and adjacent areas is Neoproterozoic in age, being the result of re-melting of the older sialic crust. The peraluminous nature of many of these granites

  1. Spectral Consequences of Photoreceptor Sampling in the Rhesus Retina

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    Yellott, John I.

    1983-07-01

    Optical transforms were used to compute the power spectra of rhesus cones treated as arrays of image sampling points. Spectra were obtained for the central fovea, parafovea, periphery, and far periphery. All were consistent with a novel spatial sampling principle that introduces minimal noise for spatial frequencies below the Nyquist limits implied by local receptor densities, while frequencies above the nominal Nyquist limits are not converted into conspicuous moire patterns, but instead are scattered into broadband noise. This sampling scheme allows the visual system to escape aliasing distortion despite a large mismatch between retinal image bandwidth and the Nyquist limits implied by extrafoveal cone densities.

  2. Automatic irradiation control by an optical feedback technique for selective retina treatment (SRT) in a rabbit model

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    Seifert, Eric; Roh, Young-Jung; Fritz, Andreas; Park, Young Gun; Kang, Seungbum; Theisen-Kunde, Dirk; Brinkmann, Ralf

    2013-06-01

    Selective Retina Therapy (SRT) targets the Retinal Pigment Epithelium (RPE) without effecting neighboring layers as the photoreceptors or the choroid. SRT related RPE defects are ophthalmoscopically invisible. Owing to this invisibility and the variation of the threshold radiant exposure for RPE damage the treating physician does not know whether the treatment was successful or not. Thus measurement techniques enabling a correct dosing are a demanded element in SRT devices. The acquired signal can be used for monitoring or automatic irradiation control. Existing monitoring techniques are based on the detection of micro-bubbles. These bubbles are the origin of RPE cell damage for pulse durations in the ns and μs time regime 5μs. The detection can be performed by optical or acoustical approaches. Monitoring based on an acoustical approach has already been used to study the beneficial effects of SRT on diabetic macula edema and central serous retinopathy. We have developed a first real time feedback technique able to detect micro-bubble induced characteristics in the backscattered laser light fast enough to cease the laser irradiation within a burst. Therefore the laser energy within a burst of at most 30 pulses is increased linearly with every pulse. The laser irradiation is ceased as soon as micro-bubbles are detected. With this automatic approach it was possible to observe invisible lesions, an intact photoreceptor layer and a reconstruction of the RPE within one week.

  3. Feasibility of 99mTc-TRODAT-1 Micro-SPECT imaging of dopamine transporter in animal retinas

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    ZHAO Juan; QI Yujin; DAI Qiusheng; ZHANG Xuezhu; QU Xiaomei; HUANG Jia; LIU Xingdang

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, 99mTc-TRODAT-1 Micro-SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography) was used for imaging dopamine transporter (DAT) in retinas and to investigate the changes of DAT in retinas of guinea pigs with form deprivation myopia. Pigmented guinea pigs aged 3 weeks were devided into form deprivation myopia (FDM) group (n=6) and normal control group (n=6). The test group wore translucent goggles randomly for 4 weeks,and both groups underwent biometric measurement (refraction and axial length) before and after the experiment.Micro-SPECT retinas imaging was performed at the 4th week after injection of 99nTc-TRODAT-1. The retinas were clearly resolved in the images. The ratio of 99mTc-TRODAT-1 uptake in the myopic retinas (11.55±2.80) was 3.64±1.40 lower than that in the control eye (15.20±1.98), and 2.35+1.05 lower than that in the fellow eyes (13.90±2.04). The results showed that 99mTc-TRODAT-1 Micro-SPECT eye imaging can be used to trace the distribution and changes of DAT in retina, and DAT in the myopic retinas were lower than that in the normal control eyes and fellow eyes. Micro-SPECT may provide a new approach for further studies on the role of dopamine system in the experimental myopia.

  4. Feasibility of 99mTc-TRODAT-1 micro-SPECT imaging of dopamine transporter in animal retinas

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    In this paper, 99mTc-TRODAT-1 Micro-SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography) was used for imaging dopamine transporter (DAT) in retinas and to investigate the changes of DAT in retinas of guinea pigs with form deprivation myopia. Pigmented guinea pigs aged 3 weeks were devided into form deprivation myopia (FDM) group (n=6) and normal control group (n=6). The test group wore translucent goggles randomly for 4 weeks, and both groups underwent biometric measurement (refraction and axial length) before and after the experiment. Micro-SPECT retinas imaging was performed at the 4th week after injection of 99mTcc-TRODAT-1. The retinas were clearly resolved in the images. The ratio of 99mTc-TRODAT-1 uptake in the myopic retinas (11.55 ± 2.80) was 3.64 ± 1.40 lower than that in the control eye (15.20 ± 1.98), and 2.35 ± 1.05 lower than that in the fellow eyes (13.90 ± 2.04). The results showed that 99mTc-TRODAT-1 Micro-SPECT eye imaging can be used to trace the distribution and changes of DAT in retina, and DAT in the myopic retinas were lower than that in the normal control eyes and fellow eyes. Micro-SPECT may provide a new approach for further studies on the role of dopamine system in the experimental myopia. (authors)

  5. O uso da fitoterapia no cuidado de crianças com até cinco anos em área central e periférica da cidade de São Paulo El uso de la fitoterapia en el cuidado de ninõs menores de cinco años en áreas central y periférica de la ciudad de São Paulo-Brasil The use of phytotherapy in the care of children up to 5 years of age in urban and suburban areas of São Paulo city-Brazil

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    Andréa Regiani Alves

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Esta pesquisa verifica a utilização da fitoterapia em crianças que freqüentam um centro de saúde da área central e um centro de saúde da periferia da cidade de São Paulo. É um estudo exploratório descritivo, com 120 mães que freqüentam os dois centros de saúde (sendo 60 na região central e 60 na região periférica durante o mês de dezembro de 2001. Após aprovação pelo Comitê de Ética, as mães foram questionadas individualmente e verificamos que 79 (66% delas utilizam com maior freqüência a camomila, a erva-doce e a hortelã para cólicas intestinais, sintomas de gripe e tranqüilizar seus filhos. As informações sobre como e o que utilizar vieram, segundo as mães, principalmente de pais e avós 45 (57% e, concluindo, não encontramos grandes diferenças entre o uso nas duas regiões de São Paulo.El uso de la fitoterapia en el cuidado de ninõs menores de cinco años en áreas central y periférica de la ciudad de São Paulo.Esta investigación constató la utilización de la fitoterapia en ninõs que acuden a un centro de salud del área central y a un centro de salud de la periferia de São Paulo. Es un estudio exploratorio descriptivo, con 120 madres que acudieron a los dos centros de salud (60 en la región central y 60 en la región periférica durante el mes de diciembre de 2001. Después de la aprobación por el Comité de Ética, las madres fueron preguntadas individualmente y verificamos que el 79 (66% de ellas utilizam con mayor frecuencia la manzanilla, el anís y la hierba buena para los cólicos intestinales, síntomas de gripe y tranquilizante para sus hijos. Las informaciones sobre cómo y qué utilizar, vinieron principalmente de padres y abuelos 45 (57% y no encontramos gran diferencia entre el uso de las hierbas en las regiones de São Paulo.This research evaluated the use of phytotherapy in children who attend a Health Center in an urban area and a Health Center in the suburbs of São Paulo city. This

  6. Avaliação da onda b do eletrorretinograma na Athene cunicularia Evaluation of the b-wave electroretinogram in Athene cunicularia

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    Márcio Penha Morterá Rodrigues; Adalmir Morterá Dantas

    2008-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Avaliar a onda b do eletrorretinograma da coruja buraqueira (Athene cunicularia), diferenciando a resposta elétrica retiniana em ambiente fotópico e escotópico. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado estudo observacional transversal, com o registro do eletrorretinograma full field de quatorze olhos, sendo sete estimulados em ambiente fotópico e sete em ambiente escotópico sob estímulo com luz branca seguindo protocolo da ISCEV. RESULTADOS: As respostas elétricas da retina da espécie estudada para o...

  7. Fisiopatologia da enxaqueca

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    VINCENT MAURICE B.

    1998-01-01

    A fisiopatologia da enxaqueca ainda não foi completamente elucidada. As principais estruturas envolvidas parecem ser o sistema nervoso central (córtex e tronco cerebral), o sistema trigeminovascular e os vasos correspondentes, outras fibras autonômicas que inervam estes vasos, e os vários agentes vasoativos locais, como a SP, CGRP, NO, VIP, NPY, ACh, NA, NKA, entre outros. A depressão alastrante é o fenômeno neurológico que provavelmente justifica achados experimenais e clínicos na enxaqueca....

  8. Diagnóstico clínico diferencial entre oclusão da artéria carótida interna e da artéria cerebral média A comparative symptomatological study of internal carotid artery occlusion and middle cerebral artery occlusion

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    Roberto Melaragno

    1971-03-01

    Full Text Available Foi feito um estudo comparativo entre o quadro clínico inicial de 61 casos de oclusão da artéria carótida interna e o de 23 casos de oclusão da artéria cerebral média, diagnosticados pela angiografia cerebral e/ou pela necropsia em pacientes submetidos ou não à cirurgia vascular. Os autores comparam a idade dos pacientes, o sexo, o modo de início da afecção, a existência ou não de convulsões e/ou cefaléias, a ocorrência do acidente cerebral durante o sono ou em vigília, a existência de ictos prévios, os níveis de pressão arterial, o grau de consciência, a força muscular, os achados eletrencefalográficos, a palpação e ausculta das carótidas em nível cervical. Os resultados são demonstrados em índices percentuais, pelos quais os autores inferem que não há significância estatística nesses elementos com três exceções: a maior ocorrência de convulsões nas oclusões da artéria cerebral média em relação às da carótida, a oftalmodinamometria e a sintomatologia carotídea cervical. A oftalmodinamometria revela valores significantemente menores nas pressões da artéria central da retina, no mesmo lado da trombose da carótida em 70,0% dos casos, enquanto que medidas normais e simétricas verificaram-se em todos os casos de oclusão da artéria cerebral média em que o exame foi realizado. No que concerne a sinais arteriais no pescoço, havia anormalidades palpatórias e auscultatórias em 52,4% dos pacientes com trombose da carótida e em 8,6% dos casos com oclusão da cerebral média. Concluem os autores, portanto, que apenas a angiografia cerebral permite um diagnóstico seguro entre ambas as sedes da oclusão.A comparative study of the early clinical picture in 61 cases of internal carotid artery occlusion and 23 cases of middle cerebral artery occlusion, diagnosed by cerebral angiography and/or necropsy in patients who were either submitted to surgery or not operated upon is reported. The authors had

  9. Uniformity of distribution of water and water depth applied in central pivot system in function of the relative position of the lateral line Uniformidad de la distribución y lámina del agua aplicada en sistema de pivote central en función de la posición Uniformidade de distribuição e lâmina de água aplicada em sistema pivô central em função da posição relativa da linha lateral

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    Adenilsom dos Santos Lima

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    An irrigation system should enable the efficient management of applied water. For this it is necessary to evaluate the performance of the system in operation. This study aimed to evaluate the uniformity of distribution, consumption of electricity and water depth applied by a center pivot irrigation system in function of the relative position of the lateral line. It was tested three positions of lines collecting water: incline of 3.45%, level and slope of 11.78%. The experimental design was completely randomized design with three repetitions at each position tested. It was applied the analysis of variance followed by Tukey test. The average coefficient of uniformity of Heermann & Hein was 90.02%, describing the uniformity of water distribution as very good. The mean weighted depth of irrigation applied was 5.84 mm, varying in each test significantly (5% between the positions of slope versus incline and level. It was concluded that the position of the lateral line significantly influenced the uniformity of distribution, water applied and energy consumption.

    Um sistema de irrigação deve possibilitar o manejo eficiente da lâmina de água aplicada. Para tal, é necessário avaliar o desempenho do sistema em operação. Este trabalho teve por objetivo avaliar a uniformidade de distribuição, consumo de energia elétrica e lâmina de água aplicada por um equipamento de irrigação por aspersão do tipo pivô central em função da posição da linha lateral. Foram testadas três posições de linhas coletoras de água: aclive de 3,45%, nível e declive de 11,78%. O delineamento experimental foi inteiramente casualizado, sendo feitas três repetições em cada posição testada. Aplicou-se a análise de variância seguida do teste de Tukey. O valor médio do coeficiente de uniformidade de Heermann e Hein foi de 90,02%, qualificando a uniformidade de distribuição de água como muito boa segundo a Norma

  10. TARHÎ SÜREÇTE ORTA ASYA VE KIRGIZISTAN’DA DİN SİYASETİ VE EĞİTİMİ / The Religious Politic and Education in Central Asia And Kyrgyzstan in Historical Process

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    ÖZETGünümüzde din eğitiminin Kırgızistan’da dünü-bugünü tartışılmakta ve gelecekte nelerin yapılabileceği üzerinde durulmaktadır. Kırgızistan hükümeti formal değil, informal bir din eğitimi yapılmasını istemektedir. Çünkü Kırgızistan’da 80’denfazla etnik grup bulunmaktadır. Bu makale, tarihi süreçte Orta Asya ve Kırgızistan’da din egitimi ve din ile ilgili izlenen siyaseti konu etmekte,...

  11. Cateter central de inserção periférica: descrição da utilização em UTI Neonatal e Pediátrica Catéter central de inserción periférica: descripción da utilización en UTI Neonatal y Pediátrica Peripherally inserted central catheter: description of its utilization in Neonatal and Pediatric ICU

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    Maria Aparecida Baggio

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    Full Text Available Estudo descritivo, retrospectivo, documental que objetivou descrever a utilização do cateter central de inserção periférica (PICC em uma Unidade de Terapia Intensiva Neonatal e Pediátrica quanto à inserção, manutenção e remoção, e identificar o perfil das crianças que receberam PICC, por meio de análise descritiva e estatística de 176 instrumentos preenchidos por enfermeiros, em um período de dois anos. A população assistida foi de 125 pacientes, principalmente prematuros (43,2% e do sexo masculino (60%. Para inserção do dispositivo as veias basílica e cefálica (43,2% e o cateter 1.9 Fr (85,8% foram utilizados. Houve índice de sucesso nas punções (98,9%, porém a remoção antecipada ocorreu em virtude de obstrução (25%, infiltração (18%, suspeita de contaminação (16,6%, tração (13,9%, ruptura (11,2%, retirada acidental (8,3%, flebite (4,2%, cianose (1,4% e migração (1,4%, com média de permanência de 14,5 dias. Para a manutenção do cateter é requerida a capacitação e a educação permanente dos profissionais, estratégias que qualificam a assistência.Estudio descriptivo, retrospectivo, documental, cuyo objetivo fue describir la utilización del catéter central de inserción periférica (PICC en una Unidad Pediátrica de Cuidados Intensivos en relación con la inserción, mantenimiento y remoción, e identificar el perfil de los niños que lo recibieron PICC, por medio de análisis descriptivo y estadístico de 176 instrumentos diligenciados por enfermeros, en un período de dos años. La población asistida fue de 125 pacientes, principalmente prematuros (43,2%, de sexo masculino (60%. Para inserción del dispositivo las venas basílica y cefálica (43,2% y el catéter 1.9 Fr (85,8% fueron principalmente utilizados. El éxito en las punciones fue (98,9%, aunque la remoción anticipada ocurrió en virtud de obstrucción (25%, infiltración (18%, sospecha de contaminación (16,6%, tracción (13

  12. Progenitor cells from the porcine neural retina express photoreceptor markers after transplantation to the subretinal space of allorecipients

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    Klassen, Henry; Kiilgaard, Jens Folke; Zahir, Tasneem;

    2007-01-01

    immune suppression. Grafted cells expressed transducin, recoverin, and rhodopsin in the pig subretinal space, suggestive of differentiation into photoreceptors or, in a few cases, migrated into the neural retina and extended processes, the latter typically showing radial orientation. These results......Work in rodents has shown that cultured retinal progenitor cells (RPCs) integrate into the degenerating retina, thus suggesting a potential strategy for treatment of similar degenerative conditions in humans. To demonstrate the relevance of the rodent work to large animals, we derived progenitor...... cells from the neural retina of the domestic pig and transplanted them to the laser-injured retina of allorecipients. Prior to grafting, immunocytochemical analysis showed that cultured porcine RPCs widely expressed neural cell adhesion molecule, as well as markers consistent with immature neural cells...

  13. Uso do modelo de dispersão CAL3QHC na estimação da dispersão de CO na região central de Maringá, Estado do Paraná = Carbon monoxide dispersion estimative in Maringá City’s central area, Paraná State

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    Full Text Available Este trabalho descreve a aplicação do modelo CAL3QHC para estimar adispersão das emissões de CO originadas de veículos leves na região central da cidade de Maringá, Estado do Paraná. Para a estimativa, foram adotados parâmetros locais do tráfego e meteorológicos e os fatores de emissão foram estimados por meio do modelo de emissão CMEM. A concentração máxima de CO foi estimada para oito sentidos de vento, considerando as emissões de veículos em movimento e em filas de semáforos, de forma separada e em conjunto. O maior valor de concentração foi 4,80 ppm para o sentido de vento N-S, a predominante para o horário analisado. A maioria dos valores de pico de concentração se localizou em uma avenida de grande movimento. Os mapas de concentração permitiram visualizar a concentração de CO, principalmente nesta avenida e nas imediações dos semáforos.This paper describes the application of CAL3QHC model to estimate the dispersion of carbon monoxide emissions originated from the traffic of light duty vehicles within the city center of Maringá, Paraná State. Estimates of emission dispersion were obtained using the local traffic and meteorological parameters and the emission factors determined with CMEM emission model. The maximum concentration of CO was estimated for 8 directions of wind, considering the emissions from moving vehicles and vehicle in queues at traffic lights, isolated and in combination. The highest CO concentration was 4.80 ppm for the predominant NS wind direction during the examined time. Most of the concentration peaks were observed in a busy traffic avenue. The concentration maps allowed viewing the CO concentration, particularly in this avenue and in the area of traffic lights.

  14. Isolation of progenitor cells from GFP-transgenic pigs and transplantation to the retina of allorecipients

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    Klassen, Henry; Warfvinge, Karin; Schwartz, Philip H; Kiilgaard, Jens Folke; Shamie, Neda; Jiang, Caihui; Samuel, Melissa; Scherfig, Erik; Prather, Randall S; Young, Michael J

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    Work in rodents has demonstrated that progenitor transplantation can achieve limited photoreceptor replacement in the mammalian retina; however, replication of these findings on a clinically relevant scale requires a large animal model. To evaluate the ability of porcine retinal progenitor cells ......) in the absence of exogenous immune suppression without indications of rejection. These findings demonstrate the feasibility of allogeneic progenitor transplantation in a large mammal and the utility of the pig in ocular regeneration studies.......Work in rodents has demonstrated that progenitor transplantation can achieve limited photoreceptor replacement in the mammalian retina; however, replication of these findings on a clinically relevant scale requires a large animal model. To evaluate the ability of porcine retinal progenitor cells to...... conjunction with photoreceptor markers and glial fibrillary acid protein (GFAP), thus suggesting downregulation of GFP during differentiation. Following transplantation, GFP expression allowed histological visualization of integrated cells and extension of fine processes to adjacent plexiform layers. GFP...

  15. The electroretinogram as a method for studying circadian rhythms in the mammalian retina

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    Morven A. Cameron; Alun R. Barnard; Robert J. Lucas

    2008-12-01

    Circadian clocks are thought to regulate retinal physiology in anticipation of the large variation in environmental irradiance associated with the earth’s rotation upon its axis. In this review we discuss some of the rhythmic events that occur in the mammalian retina, and their consequences for retinal physiology. We also review methods of tracing retinal rhythmicity in vivo and highlight the electroretinogram (ERG) as a useful technique in this field. Principally, we discuss how this technique can be used as a quick and noninvasive way of assessing physiological changes that occur in the retina over the course of the day. We highlight some important recent findings facilitated by this approach and discuss its strengths and limitations.

  16. Where do the photons collapse - in the retina or in the brain cortex?

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    Georgiev, D D

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    While looking for evidence of quantum coherent states within the brain many quantum mind advocates proposed experiments based on the assumption that the coherence state of natural light could somehow be preserved thorough the neural processing, or in other words they suppose that photons collapse not in the retina, but in the brain cortex. In this paper I show that photons collapse within the retina and subsequent processing of information at the level of neural membranes proceeds. The changes of the membrane potential of the neurons in the primary sensory cortical regions are shown to be relevant to inputting sensory information, which is converted into microtubule subunits pattern and specific quantum states. The role of the associative cortical regions in the conscious experience is thoroughly revised. One of the strangest observations, namely the existence of the so called grandmother cells, is explained by quantum state processing. The question why classical computing is needed at all gets unexpected ans...

  17. Development and pathological changes of neurovascular unit regulated by hypoxia response in the retina.

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    Kurihara, T

    2016-01-01

    Retina is a highly vascularized tissue with a high oxygen and metabolic demand receiving light located in the back of the eye. The development and the maintenance of the retinal vasculature are important to regulate the homeostasis in the tissue. α Subunits of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) are key molecules in hypoxia response inducing genes required for cell survival such as vascular endothelial growth factor under hypoxia. Neurons, glia, and vascular endothelium cells interdependently form neurovascular unit in the retina tightly regulated by hypoxia response via HIF expression. A corruption of the precise hypoxia response in the developmental or matured retinal tissue may lead congenital vascular anomalies or adult neovascular ocular diseases. To regulate hypoxia response through HIF activity would be an ideal therapeutic target for these vision-threatening eye diseases. PMID:27130417

  18. Sonic hedgehog promotes stem-cell potential of Mueller glia in the mammalian retina

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    Mueller glia have been demonstrated to display stem-cell properties after retinal damage. Here, we report this potential can be regulated by Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling. Shh can stimulate proliferation of Mueller glia through its receptor and target gene expressed on them, furthermore, Shh-treated Mueller glia are induced to dedifferentiate by expressing progenitor-specific markers, and then adopt cell fate of rod photoreceptor. Inhibition of signaling by cyclopamine inhibits proliferation and dedifferentiation. Intraocular injection of Shh promotes Mueller glia activation in the photoreceptor-damaged retina, Shh also enhances neurogenic potential by producing more rhodopsin-positive photoreceptors from Mueller glia-derived cells. Together, these results provide evidences that Mueller glia act as potential stem cells in mammalian retina, Shh may have therapeutic effects on these cells for promoting the regeneration of retinal neurons

  19. Microscopic hyperspectral imaging studies of normal and diabetic retina of rats

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    A microscopic hyperspectral imager was developed based on the microscopic technology and the spectral imaging technology. Some microscopic hyperspectral images of retina sections of the normal, the diabetic, and the treated rats were collected by the new imager. Single-band images and pseudo-color images of each group were obtained and the typical transmittance spectrums were ex-tracted. The results showed that the transmittance of outer nuclear layer cells of the diabetic group was generally higher than that of the normal. A small absorption peak appeared near the 180th band in the spectrum of the diabetic group and this peak weakened or disappeared in the spectrum of the treated group. Our findings indicate that the microscopic hyperspectral images include wealthy information of retina sections which is helpful for the ophthalmologist to reveal the pathogenesis of diabetic reti-nopathy and explore the therapeutic effect of drugs.

  20. Aberration-free volumetric high-speed imaging of in vivo retina

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    Hillmann, Dierck; Hain, Carola; Sudkamp, Helge; Franke, Gesa; Pfäffle, Clara; Winter, Christian; Hüttmann, Gereon

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    Research and medicine rely on non-invasive optical techniques to image living tissue with high resolution in space and time. But so far a single data acquisition could not provide entirely diffraction-limited tomographic volumes of rapidly moving or changing targets, which additionally becomes increasingly difficult in the presence of aberrations, e.g., when imaging retina in vivo. We show, that a simple interferometric setup based on parallelized optical coherence tomography acquires volumetric data with 10 billion voxels per second, exceeding previous imaging speeds by an order of magnitude. This allows us to computationally obtain and correct defocus and aberrations resulting in entirely diffraction-limited volumes. As demonstration, we imaged living human retina with clearly visible nerve fiber layer, small capillary networks, and photoreceptor cells, but the technique is also applicable to obtain phase-sensitive volumes of other scattering structures at unprecedented acquisition speeds.

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

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    Rohde, Kristian; Klein, David C; Møller, Morten;

    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 expressed throughout postnatal development into adulthood. In the mature rat pineal gland, the abundance of Rax...... transcripts increases 2-fold during the light period with a peak occurring at dusk. These findings are consistent with the evidence that Rax is of functional importance in eye development and suggest a role of Rax in the developing pineal gland. In addition, it would appear possible that Rax contributes to...

  2. Electroretinography: A biopotential to assess the function/dysfunction of the retina

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    Quintana, Quinteros; Benedetto, M. L.; Maldonado, M. M.; de Payer E., A. C. Vera; Contin, M. A.

    2016-04-01

    The Electroretinography (ERG) is a noninvasive technique that allows the assessment of functional integrity of the retina. The ERG recordings are biopotencials acquired in the corneal surface as a response of retinal tissue against controlled light stimuli. In clinical ophthalmology ERG is not commonly used but nowadays, because of the high incidence of degenerative diseases of the retina (RD), its use should be increased. Like other biopotentials as electrocardiography (ECG), electroencephalogram (EEG) and electromyography (EMG), ERG is a low amplitude signal, in this case a few hundred of microvolts (µV), which must be fitted and processed. The ERG signals are affected in morphology in the presence of pathologies that affects the integrity of the different retinal cell groups, for example due to some RD. In advanced cases of RD recordings can be abolished in the time domain; and yet in them it is believed that there is relevant clinical information making the ERG a great potential diagnostic tool.

  3. The utilization of glutamine by the retina: an autoradiographic and metabolic study

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    The cells able to accumulate exogenously applied [3H] glutamine in rat, cat, frog, pigeon and guinea pig retinas have been located by autoradiography, and the fate of the labelled glutamine, as regards its incorporation into aspartic, glutamic and γ-amino-butyric acids, followed for 60 min. The results support the notion of glutamine as a precursor of transmitter amino acids in some neurones. In particular, it would appear to be a source of a relatively stable pool of GABA which may be located, with species variation, in amacrine or ganglion cells. In the pigeon retina glutamate pool incorporates and retains a major percentage of the label, and perikarya in the middle of the inner nuclear layer of the tissue are predominantly labelled. (author)

  4. Combinatorial Regulation of Photoreceptor Differentiation Factor, Neural Retina Leucine Zipper Gene Nrl, Revealed by in Vivo Promoter Analysis*

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    Kautzmann, Marie-Audrey I.; Kim, Douglas S; Felder-Schmittbuhl, Marie-Paule; Swaroop, Anand

    2011-01-01

    Development and homeostasis require stringent spatiotemporal control of gene expression patterns that are established, to a large extent, by combinatorial action of transcription regulatory proteins. The bZIP transcription factor NRL (neural retina leucine zipper) is critical for rod versus cone photoreceptor cell fate choice during retinal development and acts as a molecular switch to produce rods from postmitotic precursors. Loss of Nrl in mouse leads to a cone-only retina, whereas ectopic ...

  5. Connexin36 is Required for Gap Junctional Coupling of Most Ganglion Cell Subtypes in the Mouse Retina

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    Pan, Feng; Paul, David L.; Bloomfield, Stewart A.; Völgyi, Béla

    2010-01-01

    Converging evidence indicates that electrical synaptic transmission via gap junctions plays a crucial role in signal processing in the retina. In particular, amacrine and ganglion cells express numerous gap junctions, resulting in extensive electrical networks in the proximal retina. Both connexin36 (Cx36) and connexin45 (Cx45) subunits are widely distributed in the inner plexiform layer (IPL) and therefore are likely contribute to gap junctions formed by a number of ganglion cell subtypes. I...

  6. Diphasic dialysis extraction technique for clenbuterol determination in bovine retina by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry

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    Ramos, F.; Matos, A; Oliveira, A.; Silveira, M. da

    1999-01-01

    Summary A method is described for the extraction of clebuterol from bovine retina samples by diphasic dialysis using gas chromatography—mass spectrometry (GC-MS) as the procedure of determination. Following chemical digestion of retinal tissue in alkaline medium at 80C, clenbuterol is extracted by diphasic dialysis using diethyl ether as solvent at 37C, for 4 h at 150 rpm. Diethyl ether is evaporated to dryness and clenbuterol determined by GC-MS after butylboronic acid (BBA) derivatization....

  7. A Focal Plane Array To Model The Color Processing of the Retina

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    Farian, Lukasz

    2014-01-01

    This thesis presents a bio-inspired color camera chip. It is the first focal plane array of photo-pixels that react to temporal color contrast of three different color spectra and thus this vision sensor emulates the color opponencies in the human retina. The array has been designed, implemented and thoroughly characterised in TSMC 90nm CMOS technology. The three different spectra are transduced into photocurrents by stacked photodiodes and temporal changes of the contrast of these three spec...

  8. Astrocyte hypoxic response is essential for pathological but not developmental angiogenesis of the retina

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    Weidemann, Alexander; Krohne, Tim U.; Aguilar, Edith; Kurihara, Toshihide; Takeda, Norihiko; Dorrell, Michael I.; Simon, M. Celeste; Haase, Volker H; Friedlander, Martin; Johnson, Randall S.

    2010-01-01

    Vascular/parenchymal crosstalk is increasingly recognized as important in the development and maintenance of healthy vascularized tissues. The retina is an excellent model in which to study the role of cell type-specific contributions to the process of blood vessel and neuronal growth. During retinal vascular development, glial cells such as astrocytes provide the template over which endothelial cells migrate to form the retinal vascular network, and hypoxia-regulated vascular endothelial gro...

  9. Pengenalan Retina Menggunakan Alihragam Gelombang Singkat dengan Pengukuran Jarak Euclidean Ternormalisasi

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    Aris Wijayanti

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Identification of a retinal biometric identification methods with low error rate due to the unique patterns in the retina of blood vessels behind the retina. These patterns can be used as training data for the recognition system is then used for comparison when the identification is done. This study aims to identify the image of the human eye retina, either the left or right side, using image processing techniques and measuring the normalized Euclidean distance. So far, research on biometric systems, particularly with the object of the eye's retina, the eye is done at the owner from the owner's eyes with diverse backgrounds, such as the Messidor database. In this study created a system that can recognize the retinal image using the transformation Haar short waves by measuring the normalized Euclidean distance. Retinal image will be the initial pretreatment process of changing the original image into a gray image, which is then performed using the Haar wavelet feature extraction to obtain the energy that will be used for the normalization of the Euclidean distance, so that the process of recognition by Euclidean values ​​are compared. Testing is done using eye retinal image database taken from Messidor many as 100 of the 300 images taken at random were then stored in a database, the database is one of 100 images stored, the database of 100 images stored 2, and 3 as many as 100 images database stored. Of the best database testing should be done as much as 6 levels of decomposition levels. From the test results have identified the recognition accuracy rate of up to 98%. The greatest degree of familiarity is level 1 that is equal to 98%. Followed usage by 80% level 2, level 3 is 59%, level 4 is 47%, level 5 is 45% and the lowest is the last level 6 that is equal to 37%.   Keywords: Retinal image; Database; Euclidean normalized; Haar Wavelet

  10. Very long-chain fatty acids support synaptic structure and function in the mammalian retina

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    Hopiavuori Blake R.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Elongation of Very Long chain fatty acids-like 4 (ELOVL4 is a fatty acid elongase responsible for the biosynthesis of very long chain (VLC; ≥ C26 fatty acids in the retina, brain, skin, Meibomian gland, and testes. Heterozygous inheritance of mutant ELOVL4 causes juvenile macular degeneration in autosomal dominant Stargardt-like macular dystrophy (STGD3. Retinal photoreceptors are enriched with VLC polyunsaturated fatty acids (VLC-PUFAs, which have been shown by our group and others to be necessary for the survival of rod photoreceptors. Our group performed a series of studies using mice conditionally depleted of retinal Elovl4 (KO aimed at understanding the role of VLC-PUFAs in long-term retinal health and function, focusing on the role of these fatty acids in mediating synaptic function between the photoreceptors and the rest of the neural retina. The absence of VLC-PUFA from the retina of KO mice resulted in a marked decrease in retinal b-wave responses of the electroretinogram as well as a decrease in the amplitude of the oscillatory potentials mediated by the neural retina. Although there were no measureable differences between KO and wild type (WT mice in either pre-synaptic rod calcium channel function or post-synaptic bipolar cell glutamate receptor responses, ultrastructural analysis revealed a marked decrease in the diameter of synaptic vesicles in rod terminals. Recent quantification suggests that this decrease in synaptic vesicle size due to the absence of VLC-PUFAs in KO mice, and the consequent decrease in glutamate content, could account for the decrease in b-wave response amplitudes that were previously measured in these animals.

  11. Implantation und Explantation von inaktiven, epiretinal fixierten Retina Implant Systemen am Minipig

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    Menzel-Severing, Johannes

    2010-01-01

    Hereditary photoreceptor-degenerations of the retina, such as Retinitis pigmentosa, lead to progressive visual loss and often result in complete blindness of the patient. Until now it has not been possible to halt disease progression. For the purpose of visual rehabilitation of those affected, the development of an artificial visual prosthesis is being aimed at. Thanks to progress made in the fields of microtechnology and microsurgery different approaches emerge, particularly those where stim...

  12. Lateral Inhibition in the Vertebrate Retina: The Case of the Missing Neurotransmitter.

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    Kramer, Richard H.; Davenport, Christopher M.

    2015-01-01

    Lateral inhibition at the first synapse in the retina is important for visual perception, enhancing image contrast, color discrimination, and light adaptation. Despite decades of research, the feedback signal from horizontal cells to photoreceptors that generates lateral inhibition remains uncertain. GABA, protons, or an ephaptic mechanism have all been suggested as the primary mediator of feedback. However, the complexity of the reciprocal cone to horizontal cell synapse has left the identit...

  13. The impact of inhibitory mechanisms in the inner retina on spatial tuning of RGCs

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    Huang, Jin Y.; Protti, Dario A.

    2016-01-01

    Spatial tuning properties of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) are sharpened by lateral inhibition originating at both the outer and inner plexiform layers. Lateral inhibition in the retina contributes to local contrast enhancement and sharpens edges. In this study, we used dynamic clamp recordings to examine the contribution of inner plexiform inhibition, originating from spiking amacrine cells, to the spatial tuning of RGCs. This was achieved by injecting currents generated from physiologically...

  14. The protective role of tacrine and donepezil in the retina of acetylcholinesterase knockout mice

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    Yun-Min Yi

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    Full Text Available AIM:To determine the effect of different concentrations of the acetylcholinesterase (AChE inhibitors tacrine and donepezil on retinal protection in AChE+/- mice (AChE knockout mice of various ages.METHODS:Cultured ARPE-19 cells were treated with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 at concentrations of 0, 250, 500, 1000 and 2000 μmol/L and protein levels were measured using Western blot. Intraperitoneal injections of tacrine and donepezil (0.1 mg/mL, 0.2 mg/mL and 0.4 mg/mL were respectively given to AChE+/- mice aged 2mo and 4mo and wild-type S129 mice for 7d; phosphate buffered saline (PBS was administered to the control group. The mice were sacrificed after 30d by in vitro cardiac perfusion and retinal samples were taken. AChE-deficient mice were identified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR analysis using specific genotyping protocols obtained from the Jackson Laboratory website. H&E staining, immunofluorescence and Western blot were performed to observe AChE protein expression changes in the retinal pigment epithelial (RPE cell layer.RESULTS:Different concentrations of H2O2 induced AChE expression during RPE cell apoptosis. AChE+/- mice retina were thinner than those in wild-type mice (P<0.05; the retinal structure was still intact at 2mo but became thinner with increasing age (P<0.05; furthermore, AChE+/- mice developed more slowly than wild-type mice (P<0.05. Increased concentrations of tacrine and donepezil did not significantly improve the protection of the retina function and morphology (P>0.05.CONCLUSION:In vivo, tacrine and donepezil can inhibit the expression of AChE; the decrease of AChE expression in the retina is beneficial for the development of the retina.

  15. 3-dimensionale penetrierende Multielektrodenarrays zur Stimulation und Ableitung in der Retina

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    Brusius, Janis Sebastian

    2015-01-01

    A variety of retinal degenerating diseases leads to the loss of photoreceptor cells, causing the retina to lose its light-sensitivity. Several million people worldwide are suffering from those degenerative diseases.Retinal prostheses try to replace the functionality of photoreceptor cells by electrically stimulating the remaining neurons of the retinal network.Previous retinal implants use planar multi-electrode arrays (MEAs), covering the retinal network in a 2–dimensional manner. Those MEAs...

  16. Serotonin released from amacrine neurons is scavenged and degraded in bipolar neurons in the retina

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    Ghai, Kanika; Zelinka, Christopher; Fischer, Andy J.

    2009-01-01

    The neurotransmitter serotonin is synthesized in the retina by one type of amacrine neuron but accumulates in bipolar neurons in many vertebrates. The mechanisms, functions and purpose underlying of serotonin in bipolar cells remain unknown. Here, we demonstrate that exogenous serotonin transiently accumulates in a distinct type of bipolar neuron. KCl-mediated depolarization causes the depletion of serotonin from amacrine neurons and, subsequently, serotonin is taken-up by bipolar neurons. Th...

  17. Dendritic field size and morphology of midget and parasol ganglion cells of the human retina.

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    Dacey, D M; Petersen, M R

    1992-01-01

    The visual system of the macaque monkey has provided a useful model for understanding the neural basis of human vision, yet, there are few detailed comparisons of neural populations other than photoreceptors for the two species. Using intracellular staining in an in vitro preparation of the isolated and intact human retina, we have characterized the relationship of dendritic field size to retinal eccentricity for the two major ganglion cell classes, the midget and the parasol cells. We report...

  18. Synaptic remodeling generates synchronous oscillations in the degenerated outer mouse retina

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    Wadood eHaq; Blanca eArango-Gonzalez; Eberhart eZrenner; Thomas eEuler; Timm eSchubert

    2014-01-01

    During neuronal degenerative diseases, neuronal microcircuits undergo severe structural alterations, leading to remodeling of synaptic connectivity. The functional consequences of such remodeling are mostly unknown. For instance, in mutant rd1 mouse retina, a common model for Retinitis Pigmentosa, rod bipolar cells (RBCs) establish contacts with remnant cone photoreceptors (cones) as a consequence of rod photoreceptor cell death and the resulting lack of presynaptic input. To assess the funct...

  19. gamma-Aminobutyric acid antagonists decrease junctional communication between L-horizontal cells of the retina.

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    Piccolino, M; Neyton, J; Witkovsky, P; Gerschenfeld, H M

    1982-01-01

    The antagonists of gamma-aminobutyric acid, bicuculline and picrotoxin, were found to narrow the receptive field profile of the large field horizontal cell (L1HC) in the turtle retina when added to the perfusion medium in micromolar concentrations. The coupling resistance between neighboring L1HCs was increased by bicuculline or picrotoxin. Under control conditions, the dye Lucifer yellow injected into one L1HC diffused into a large number of neighboring L1HCs; bicuculline or picrotoxin great...

  20. Effects of Primary Blast Overpressure on Retina and Optic Tract in Rats

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    DeMar, James; Sharrow, Keith; Hill, Miya; Berman, Jonathan; Oliver, Thomas; Long, Joseph

    2016-01-01

    Blast has been the leading cause of injury, particularly traumatic brain injury and visual system injury, in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. We determined the effect of shock tube-generated primary blast on retinal electrophysiology and on retinal and brain optic tract histopathology in a rat model. The amplitude of a- and b-waves on the electroretinogram (ERG) for both right and left eyes were measured prior to a battlefield simulation Friedlander-type blast wave and on 1, 7, and 14 days thereafter. Histopathologic findings of the right and left retina and the right and left optic tracts (2.8 mm postoptic chiasm) were evaluated 14 days after the blast. For two experiments in which the right eye was oriented to the blast, the amplitude of ERG a- and b-waves at 7 days post blast on the right side but not on the left side was diminished compared to that of sham animals (P = 0.005–0.01) Histopathologic injury scores at 14 days post blast for the right retina but not the left retina were higher than for sham animals (P = 0.01), and histopathologic injury scores at 14 days for both optic tracts were markedly higher than for shams (P blast wave, comparable to that causing human injury, produced injury to the retina as determined by ERG and histopathology, and to both postchiasmatic optic tracts as determined by histopathology. This model may be useful for analyzing the effect of therapeutic interventions on retinal damage due to primary blast waves. PMID:27199884

  1. Morphologic Characteristics of the Outer Retina in Cone Dystrophy on Spectral-domain Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Cho, Soo Chang; Woo, Se Joon; Park, Kyu Hyung; Hwang, Jeong-Min

    2013-01-01

    Purpose To investigate the morphologic changes in the outer retina of patients with cone dystrophy, using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Methods The medical records of 15 cone dystrophy patients examined from January 2007 to January 2012 were reviewed retrospectively. All patients underwent ophthalmic evaluation including best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), color vision testing, fundus examination, full-field standard electroretinography (ERG), multifocal (mf) ERG, an...

  2. Patterning the Cone Mosaic Array in Zebrafish Retina Requires Specification of Ultraviolet-Sensitive Cones

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    Raymond, Pamela A.; Colvin, Steven M.; Jabeen, Zahera; Nagashima, Mikiko; Barthel, Linda K; Hadidjojo, Jeremy; Popova, Lilia; Pejaver, Vivek R.; Lubensky, David K.

    2014-01-01

    Cone photoreceptors in teleost fish are organized in precise, crystalline arrays in the epithelial plane of the retina. In zebrafish, four distinct morphological/spectral cone types occupy specific, invariant positions within a regular lattice. The cone lattice is aligned orthogonal and parallel to circumference of the retinal hemisphere: it emerges as cones generated in a germinal zone at the retinal periphery are incorporated as single-cell columns into the cone lattice. Genetic disruption ...

  3. Development of Precise Maps in Visual Cortex Requires Patterned Spontaneous Activity in the Retina

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    Cang, Jianhua; Rentería, René C.; Kaneko, Megumi; Liu, Xiaorong; Copenhagen, David R.; Stryker, Michael P.

    2005-01-01

    The visual cortex is organized into retinotopic maps that preserve an orderly representation of the visual world, achieved by topographically precise inputs from the lateral geniculate nucleus. We show here that geniculocortical mapping is imprecise when the waves of spontaneous activity in the retina during the first postnatal week are disrupted genetically. This anatomical mapping defect is present by postnatal day 8 and has functional consequences, as revealed by optical imaging and microe...

  4. Patterning the Retina of Drosophila Melanogaster for Color and Polarized Light Vision

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    Wernet, Mathias F.

    2004-01-01

    Across the animal kingdom, specialized sensory epithelia are used for photoreception, allowing individuals to interact with their environment based on visual cues. Generally, neuronal photoreceptor cells (PRs) are organized in the retina, a specialized part of body tissue exposed to the outside world, and transform the energy of incoming electromagnetic radiation into neuronal excitation. This process depends on the large family of opsin proteins which are required in PRs of all animal specie...

  5. Diabetes changes the levels of ionotropic glutamate receptors in the rat retina

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    Santiago, Ana R.; Gaspar, Joana M.; Baptista, Filipa I.; Cristóvão, Armando J.; Santos, Paulo F.; Kamphuis, Willem; Ambrósio, António F.

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness among adults between the age 20 to 74. Changes in ionotropic glutamate receptor subunit composition can affect retinal glutamatergic neurotransmission and, therefore, contribute to visual impairment. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether diabetes leads to changes in ionotropic glutamate receptor subunit expression at the protein and mRNA level in the rat retina. Methods: Changes in th...

  6. Effects of Primary Blast Overpressure on Retina and Optic Tract in Rats.

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    DeMar, James; Sharrow, Keith; Hill, Miya; Berman, Jonathan; Oliver, Thomas; Long, Joseph

    2016-01-01

    Blast has been the leading cause of injury, particularly traumatic brain injury and visual system injury, in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. We determined the effect of shock tube-generated primary blast on retinal electrophysiology and on retinal and brain optic tract histopathology in a rat model. The amplitude of a- and b-waves on the electroretinogram (ERG) for both right and left eyes were measured prior to a battlefield simulation Friedlander-type blast wave and on 1, 7, and 14 days thereafter. Histopathologic findings of the right and left retina and the right and left optic tracts (2.8 mm postoptic chiasm) were evaluated 14 days after the blast. For two experiments in which the right eye was oriented to the blast, the amplitude of ERG a- and b-waves at 7 days post blast on the right side but not on the left side was diminished compared to that of sham animals (P = 0.005-0.01) Histopathologic injury scores at 14 days post blast for the right retina but not the left retina were higher than for sham animals (P = 0.01), and histopathologic injury scores at 14 days for both optic tracts were markedly higher than for shams (P blast wave, comparable to that causing human injury, produced injury to the retina as determined by ERG and histopathology, and to both postchiasmatic optic tracts as determined by histopathology. This model may be useful for analyzing the effect of therapeutic interventions on retinal damage due to primary blast waves. PMID:27199884

  7. Pannexin1 channel proteins in the zebrafish retina have shared and unique properties.

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    Sarah Kurtenbach

    Full Text Available In mammals, a single pannexin1 gene (Panx1 is widely expressed in the CNS including the inner and outer retinae, forming large-pore voltage-gated membrane channels, which are involved in calcium and ATP signaling. Previously, we discovered that zebrafish lack Panx1 expression in the inner retina, with drPanx1a exclusively expressed in horizontal cells of the outer retina. Here, we characterize a second drPanx1 protein, drPanx1b, generated by whole-genome duplications during teleost evolution. Homology searches strongly support the presence of pannexin sequences in cartilaginous fish and provide evidence that pannexins evolved when urochordata and chordata evolution split. Further, we confirm Panx1 ohnologs being solely present in teleosts. A hallmark of differential expression of drPanx1a and drPanx1b in various zebrafish brain areas is the non-overlapping protein localization of drPanx1a in the outer and drPanx1b in the inner fish retina. A functional comparison of the evolutionary distant fish and mouse Panx1s revealed both, preserved and unique properties. Preserved functions are the capability to form channels opening at resting potential, which are sensitive to known gap junction and hemichannel blockers, intracellular calcium, extracellular ATP and pH changes. However, drPanx1b is unique due to its highly complex glycosylation pattern and distinct electrophysiological gating kinetics. The existence of two Panx1 proteins in zebrafish displaying distinct tissue distribution, protein modification and electrophysiological properties, suggests that both proteins fulfill different functions in vivo.

  8. Probabilidade de ocorrência de temperaturas mínimas do ar prejudiciais à fecundação das flores de arroz na região da depressão central, Estado do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil Probability of occurence of minimum air temperature harmful to fecundation of rice flowers in the central region of the Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil

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    Galileo Adeli Buriol; Valduíno Estefanel; Roberto André Grave; Ivo Antônio Didonet; Sílvio Steinmeiz

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    Utilizando-se os registros de temperatura mínima do ar de nove estações meteorológicas situadas na região da Depressão Central do Rio Grande do Sul, calculou-se as probabilidades de ocorrerem dias com temperatura do ar ≤13°C, 15°C e 17°C. Foram considerados os períodos mensal e decendial dos meses de dezembro, janeiro, fevereiro e março, época em que essas temperaturas podem prejudicar as lavouras de arroz em floração. Também foram calculadas as probabilidades de ocorrência de ...

  9. Automatic detection of microcalcifications in mammography using a neuromimetic system based on retina.

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    Vibert, Jean-François; Valleron, Alain-jacques

    2003-01-01

    The incidence of breast cancer in France is roughly 26,000 and the annual number of deaths is 11,000. The mammography is the choice examination for the early identification of the tumours in an asymptomatic population. This is a simple, reliable, inexpensive examination, allowing to identify a grave and frequent pathology, but that can be the object of an effective treatment if early detected. The recognition of the microcalcifications in the mammographies is the key for early detection of cancers. Automatic detection methods were already proposed, but they have a very weak specificity and a relatively low sensibility. Currently, the eye of the expert still remains the better judge. We propose a neuromimetic method to localize automatically the microcalcifications. In this method, we devise a network of formal neurones inspired from the mammal retina architecture. This model mimics one characteristic of the retina which is is a sensor that automatically adapts to the image characteristics to analyse and realize the outlines extraction and adaptative filtering of the pictures, based on its network properties. The results were tested using a public standardized data set (DDSM), which was designed to test the automatic detection methods. We show that our "retina" can extracts most of the microcalcifications that can be grouped together in clusters. While we achieve a 95% sensitivity, we must acknowledge a low specificity (22%). Current efforts will focus to enhance this latter parameter. PMID:14664051

  10. Imaging pulse wave velocity in mouse retina using swept-source OCT (Conference Presentation)

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    Song, Shaozhen; Wei, Wei; Wang, Ruikang K.

    2016-03-01

    Blood vessel dynamics has been a significant subject in cardiology and internal medicine, and pulse wave velocity (PWV) on artery vessels is a classic evaluation of arterial distensibility, and has never been ascertained as a cardiovascular risk marker. The aim of this study is to develop a high speed imaging technique to capture the pulsatile motion on mouse retina arteries with the ability to quantify PWV on any arterial vessels. We demonstrate a new non-invasive method to assess the vessel dynamics on mouse retina. A Swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) system is used for imaging micro-scale blood vessel motion. The phase-stabilized SS-OCT provides a typical displacement sensitivity of 20 nm. The frame rate of imaging is ~16 kHz, at A-line rate of ~1.62 MHz, which allows the detection of transient pulse waves with adequate temporal resolution. Imaging volumes with repeated B-scans are obtained on mouse retina capillary bed, and the mouse oxymeter signal is recorded simultaneously. The pulse wave on artery and vein are resolved, and with the synchronized heart beat signal, the temporal delay on different vessel locations is determined. The vessel specific measurement of PWV is achieved for the first time with SS-OCT, for pulse waves propagating more than 100 cm/s. Using the novel methodology of retinal PWV assessment, it is hoped that the clinical OCT scans can provide extended diagnostic information of cardiology functionalities.

  11. Direct localised measurement of electrical resistivity profile in rat and embryonic chick retinas using a microprobe

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    Harald van Lintel

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available We report an alternative technique to perform a direct and local measurement of electrical resistivities in a layered retinal tissue. Information on resistivity changes along the depth in a retina is important for modelling retinal stimulation by retinal prostheses. Existing techniques for resistivity-depth profiling have the drawbacks of a complicated experimental setup, a less localised resistivity probing and/or lower stability for measurements. We employed a flexible microprobe to measure local resistivity with bipolar impedance spectroscopy at various depths in isolated rat and chick embryo retinas for the first time. Small electrode spacing permitted high resolution measurements and the probe flexibility contributed to stable resistivity profiling. The resistivity was directly calculated based on the resistive part of the impedance measured with the Peak Resistance Frequency (PRF methodology. The resistivity-depth profiles for both rat and chick embryo models are in accordance with previous mammalian and avian studies in literature. We demonstrate that the measured resistivity at each depth has its own PRF signature. Resistivity profiles obtained with our setup provide the basis for the construction of an electric model of the retina. This model can be used to predict variations in parameters related to retinal stimulation and especially in the design and optimisation of efficient retinal implants.

  12. Diffusion and consumption of oxygen in the superfused retina of the drone (Apis mellifera) in darkness.

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    Tsacopoulos, M; Poitry, S; Borsellino, A

    1981-06-01

    Double-barreled O2 microelectrodes were used to study O2 diffusion and consumption in the superfused drone (Apis mellifera) retina in darkness at 22 degrees C. Po2 was measured at different sites in the bath and retinas. It was found that diffusion was essentially in one dimension and that the rate of O2 consumption (Q) was practically constant (on the macroscale) down to Po2 s less than 20 mm Hg, a situation that greatly simplified the analysis. The value obtained for Q was 18 +/- 0.7 (SEM) microliter O2/cm3 tissue . min (n = 10), and Krogh's permeation coefficient (alpha D) was 3.24 +/- 0.18 (SEM) X 10(-5) ml O1/min . atm . cm (n = 10). Calculations indicate that only a small fraction of this Q in darkness is necessary for the energy requirements of the sodium pump. the diffusion coefficient (D) in the retina was measured by abruptly cutting off diffusion from the bath and analyzing the time-course of the fall in Po2 at the surface of the tissue. The mean value of D was 1.03 +/- 0.08 (SEM) X 10(-5) cm2/s (n = 10). From alpha D and D, the solubility coefficient alpha was calculated to be 54 +/- 4.0 (SEM) microliter O2 STP/cm3 . atm (n = 10), approximately 1.8 times that for water. PMID:7264598

  13. Electroretinography and immunohistochemistry of retina in rabbits treated with sildenafil citrate

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    A.V.C. Amaral

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Sildenafil citrate is a type-5 phosphodiesterase inhibitor (PDE-5, able to inhibit type-6 phosphodiesterase (PDE-6 as well, providing clinical benefits and paraeffects, some of them potentially related to the retina. The effects of the sildenafil on the retrobulbar and retinal circulation were studied in 27 adult male rabbits of the White New Zealand breed. The electric activity of the retina was evaluated before and at the end of the treatments, and immunohistochemistry studies were conducted. An amplitude increase of the b wave was found in the mixed response of cones and rods after 7 days of treatment with sildenafil citrate. However, in the other evaluations and periods, the values did not differ from the basal ones. Through immunohistochemistry, no significant decrease of the expression of PDE-5 and PDE-6 proteins was observed. Based on the results obtained, it is possible to admit that the sildenafil citrate did not change the expression of PDE-5 and PDE-6, neither the electroretinographic activity of the retina of male rabbits of the White New Zealand breed.

  14. Effects of aging on the composition and metabolism of docosahexaenoate-containing lipids of retina

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    The amount of docosahexaenoate (22:6n-3)-containing phospholipid species decreases with aging in the rat retina. Most lipids, but especially choline and serine glycerophospholipids, show a significant fall in 22:6n-3, which is not compensated by increases in other polyenoic fatty acids. The decrease not only affects 22:6 but also various very long chain n-3 hexaenoic fatty acids which, in phosphatidylcholine, have up to 36 carbon atoms, and which are probably synthesized by successive elongations of 22:6n-3. The in vitro incorporation of [2-3H]glycerol into retinal lipids indicates that the de novo biosynthetic pathways are not impaired by aging. The incorporation of [1-14C]docosahexaenoate is significantly stimulated into all lipids of aged retinas, but to the largest extent in those showing the largest decreases in 22:6, especially in choline glycerophospholipids. The results indicate that the decreased levels of 22:6 with aging are due not to an impaired activity of the enzymes involved in the synthesis and turnover of phospholipids but to a decreased availability of this polyene in the retina. It is suggested that this may stem from a defect in some of the enzymatic steps that lead to the synthesis of 22:6n-3, probably that catalyzed by delta 4 desaturase, the effect on longer hexaenes being secondary to the decreased synthesis of 22:6

  15. Olfactory stimulation selectively modulates the OFF pathway in the retina of zebrafish.

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    Esposti, Federico; Johnston, Jamie; Rosa, Juliana M; Leung, Kin-Mei; Lagnado, Leon

    2013-07-10

    Cross-modal regulation of visual performance by olfactory stimuli begins in the retina, where dopaminergic interneurons receive projections from the olfactory bulb. However, we do not understand how olfactory stimuli alter the processing of visual signals within the retina. We investigated this question by in vivo imaging activity in transgenic zebrafish expressing SyGCaMP2 in bipolar cell terminals and GCaMP3.5 in ganglion cells. The food-related amino acid methionine reduced the gain and increased sensitivity of responses to luminance and contrast transmitted through OFF bipolar cells but not ON. The effects of olfactory stimulus were blocked by inhibiting dopamine uptake and release. Activation of dopamine receptors increased the gain of synaptic transmission in vivo and potentiated synaptic calcium currents in isolated bipolar cells. These results indicate that olfactory stimuli alter the sensitivity of the retina through the dopaminergic regulation of presynaptic calcium channels that control the gain of synaptic transmission through OFF bipolar cells. PMID:23849198

  16. Taurine biosynthesis in frog retina: effects of light and dark adaptations

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    The retinal uptake and metabolism of cysteine, a precursor for taurine biosynthesis, were analysed using the bull frog. The [14C] cysteine uptake into isolated retina had some specific properties: It was rather temperature independent, required Na ions, was inhibited by ouabain but not by dinitrophenol, and exhibited saturation kinetics composed of two components. When retinal homogenate was incubated with 12-30 microM of L-[U-14C]cysteine, the accumulation of labeled alanine, cysteine sulfinic acid (CSA), cysteic acid (CA), hypotaurine, and taurine was detected. The metabolic conversions of [14C] cysteine to labeled alanine, hypotaurine, and taurine were linear over 90 minutes. Prolonged light adaptation (3 weeks) induced a significant reduction in the formation of labeled CA, CSA, hypotaurine, and taurine from [14C] cysteine. On the other hand, it was found that in dark-adapted retinae, the formation of labeled taurine from [14C] cysteine increased significantly in spite of the reduction in the formation of labeled CA. These results indicate that biosynthetic pathways exist for taurine from cysteine in frog retina, and that these metabolic pathways are involved in the regulation of retinal taurine content under continuous visual adaptation

  17. Tickling the retina: integration of subthreshold electrical pulses can activate retinal neurons

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    Sekhar, S.; Jalligampala, A.; Zrenner, E.; Rathbun, D. L.

    2016-08-01

    Objective. The field of retinal prosthetics has made major progress over the last decade, restoring visual percepts to people suffering from retinitis pigmentosa. The stimulation pulses used by present implants are suprathreshold, meaning individual pulses are designed to activate the retina. In this paper we explore subthreshold pulse sequences as an alternate stimulation paradigm. Subthreshold pulses have the potential to address important open problems such as fading of visual percepts when patients are stimulated at moderate pulse repetition rates and the difficulty in preferentially stimulating different retinal pathways. Approach. As a first step in addressing these issues we used Gaussian white noise electrical stimulation combined with spike-triggered averaging to interrogate whether a subthreshold sequence of pulses can be used to activate the mouse retina. Main results. We demonstrate that the retinal network can integrate multiple subthreshold electrical stimuli under an experimental paradigm immediately relevant to retinal prostheses. Furthermore, these characteristic stimulus sequences varied in their shape and integration window length across the population of retinal ganglion cells. Significance. Because the subthreshold sequences activate the retina at stimulation rates that would typically induce strong fading (25 Hz), such retinal ‘tickling’ has the potential to minimize the fading problem. Furthermore, the diversity found across the cell population in characteristic pulse sequences suggests that these sequences could be used to selectively address the different retinal pathways (e.g. ON versus OFF). Both of these outcomes may significantly improve visual perception in retinal implant patients.

  18. Experimental implantation of epiretinal retina implants (EPI-RET) with an IOL-type receiver unit

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    Gerding, H.; Benner, F. P.; Taneri, S.

    2007-03-01

    The purpose of this paper is to investigate the surgical feasibility of implantation and long-term structural outcome of retina implant devices with an anterior IOL receiver, a connecting microcable and posterior segment epiretinal microcontacts. Implantation of epiretinal retina (EPI-RET) implants was performed as a one-step surgical procedure including phacoemulsification and pars plana vitrectomy in two adult rabbits. Implants were mechanically stabilized in an anterior position by the lens capsule and in the posterior segment by microtacks with a soft contact collar. Follow-up (6 and 9 months) included regular clinical examination, anterior and posterior segment photography and finally pathohistological evaluation. Implantation was uneventful in case 1 and complicated by vitreous space haemorrhage in case 2. At the end of follow-up, the retina was partially detached in animal 1 and subtotally detached in animal 2. Common features of tissue reaction in both cases were the formation of cyclitic membranes extending around and posterior to the anterior IOL receiver. In addition to that severe proliferations developed around microcables, microcontacts and microtacks forming a tissue capsule around posterior segment foreign materials. Retinal areas in contact to implant devices presented a severe structural damage and disorganization. Results of this preliminary trial suggest that the application of epiretinal prostheses with large diameter IOL receivers may be a critical issue and can give rise to an unfavourable outcome. Further systematic investigation ought to be performed involving a larger number of animals, modified implants and perhaps other species.

  19. Special characteristics of the transcription and splicing machinery in photoreceptor cells of the mammalian retina.

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    Derlig, Kristin; Giessl, Andreas; Brandstätter, Johann Helmut; Enz, Ralf; Dahlhaus, Regina

    2015-11-01

    Chromatin organization and the management of transcription and splicing are fundamental to the correct functioning of every cell but, in particular, for highly active cells such as photoreceptors, the sensory neurons of the retina. Rod photoreceptor cells of nocturnal animals have recently been shown to have an inverted chromatin architecture compared with rod photoreceptor cells of diurnal animals. The heterochromatin is concentrated in the center of the nucleus, whereas the genetically active euchromatin is positioned close to the nuclear membrane. This unique chromatin architecture suggests that the transcription and splicing machinery is also subject to specific adaptations in these cells. Recently, we described the protein Simiate, which is enriched in nuclear speckles and seems to be involved in transcription and splicing processes. Here, we examine the distribution of Simiate and nuclear speckles in neurons of mouse retinae. In retinal neurons of the inner nuclear and ganglion cell layer, Simiate is concentrated in a clustered pattern in the nuclear interior, whereas in rod and cone photoreceptor cells, Simiate is present at the nuclear periphery. Further staining with markers for the transcription and splicing machinery has confirmed the localization of nuclear speckle components at the periphery. Comparing the distribution of nuclear speckles in retinae of the nocturnal mouse with the diurnal degu, we found no differences in the arrangement of the transcription and splicing machinery in their photoreceptor cells, thus suggesting that the organization of these machineries is not related to the animal's lifestyle but rather represents a general characteristic of photoreceptor organization and function. PMID:26013685

  20. Synaptic Remodeling Generates Synchronous Oscillations in the Degenerated Outer Mouse Retina

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    Wadood eHaq

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available During neuronal degenerative diseases, neuronal microcircuits undergo severe structural alterations, leading to remodeling of synaptic connectivity. The functional consequences of such remodeling are mostly unknown. For instance, in mutant rd1 mouse retina, a common model for Retinitis Pigmentosa, rod bipolar cells (RBCs establish contacts with remnant cone photoreceptors (cones as a consequence of rod photoreceptor cell death and the resulting lack of presynaptic input. To assess the functional connectivity in the remodeled, light-insensitive outer rd1 retina, we recorded spontaneous population activity in retinal wholemounts using Ca2+ imaging and identified the participating cell types. Focusing on cones, RBCs and horizontal cells (HCs, we found that these cell types display spontaneous oscillatory activity and form synchronously active clusters. Overall activity was modulated by GABAergic inhibition from HCs. Many of the activity clusters comprised both cones and RBCs. Opposite to what is expected from the intact (wild-type cone-ON bipolar cell pathway, cone and RBC activity was positively correlated and, at least partially, mediated by glutamate transporters expressed on RBCs. Deletion of gap junctional coupling between cones reduced the number of clusters, indicating that electrical cone coupling plays a crucial role for generating the observed synchronized oscillations. In conclusion, degeneration-induced synaptic remodeling of the rd1 retina results in a complex self-sustained outer retinal oscillatory network, that complements (and potentially modulates the recently described inner retinal oscillatory network consisting of amacrine, bipolar and ganglion cells.

  1. Non-mydriatic video ophthalmoscope to measure fast temporal changes of the human retina

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    Tornow, Ralf P.; Kolář, Radim; Odstrčilík, Jan

    2015-07-01

    The analysis of fast temporal changes of the human retina can be used to get insight to normal physiological behavior and to detect pathological deviations. This can be important for the early detection of glaucoma and other eye diseases. We developed a small, lightweight, USB powered video ophthalmoscope that allows taking video sequences of the human retina with at least 25 frames per second without dilating the pupil. Short sequences (about 10 s) of the optic nerve head (20° x 15°) are recorded from subjects and registered offline using two-stage process (phase correlation and Lucas-Kanade approach) to compensate for eye movements. From registered video sequences, different parameters can be calculated. Two applications are described here: measurement of (i) cardiac cycle induced pulsatile reflection changes and (ii) eye movements and fixation pattern. Cardiac cycle induced pulsatile reflection changes are caused by changing blood volume in the retina. Waveform and pulse parameters like amplitude and rise time can be measured in any selected areas within the retinal image. Fixation pattern ΔY(ΔX) can be assessed from eye movements during video acquisition. The eye movements ΔX[t], ΔY[t] are derived from image registration results with high temporal (40 ms) and spatial (1,86 arcmin) resolution. Parameters of pulsatile reflection changes and fixation pattern can be affected in beginning glaucoma and the method described here may support early detection of glaucoma and other eye disease.

  2. Image rotation-elimination based on a retina-like sensor

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    Cao, Fengmei; Lin, Yabin; Bai, Tingzhu; Wang, Fan

    2015-12-01

    The pixels of a retina-like sensor are arranged in concentric rings, and the output image is given in log-polar coordinates. Thus, additional residual errors will not be produced when the output image is rotated. Therefore, retina-like sensors have obvious advantages and many prospects for applications in the fields of image rotation and rapid image rotation-elimination. In this study, a theory concerning the image rotation of a retina-like sensor is proposed, and a solution based on the theory is presented and realized for eliminating image rotation caused by camera rotation. The camera rotation angle is obtained using a microelectromechanical systems digital accelerometer and gyroscope; only the readout sequence of each row from static random-access memory must be changed to achieve image rotation-elimination. Several image rotation-elimination experiments have been performed which show that the proposed solution is simple, accurate, and rapid. This rapid image rotation-elimination method can be used in fields that require higher image rotation-elimination processing speeds.

  3. Wavefront sensorless approaches to adaptive optics for in vivo fluorescence imaging of mouse retina

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    Wahl, Daniel J.; Bonora, Stefano; Mata, Oscar S.; Haunerland, Bengt K.; Zawadzki, Robert J.; Sarunic, Marinko V.; Jian, Yifan

    2016-03-01

    Adaptive optics (AO) is necessary to correct aberrations when imaging the mouse eye with high numerical aperture. In order to obtain cellular resolution, we have implemented wavefront sensorless adaptive optics for in vivo fluorescence imaging of mouse retina. Our approach includes a lens-based system and MEMS deformable mirror for aberration correction. The AO system was constructed with a reflectance channel for structural images and fluorescence channel for functional images. The structural imaging was used in real-time for navigation on the retina using landmarks such as blood vessels. We have also implemented a tunable liquid lens to select the retinal layer of interest at which to perform the optimization. At the desired location on the mouse retina, the optimization algorithm used the fluorescence image data to drive a modal hill-climbing algorithm using an intensity or sharpness image quality metric. The optimization requires ~30 seconds to complete a search up to the 20th Zernike mode. In this report, we have demonstrated the AO performance for high-resolution images of the capillaries in a fluorescence angiography. We have also made progress on an approach to AO with pupil segmentation as a possible sensorless technique suitable for small animal retinal imaging. Pupil segmentation AO was implemented on the same ophthalmic system and imaging performance was demonstrated on fluorescent beads with induced aberrations.

  4. Changes in metabolic proteins in ex vivo rat retina during glutamate-induced neural progenitor cell induction.

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    Tokuda, Kazuhiro; Kuramitsu, Yasuhiro; Baron, Byron; Kitagawa, Takao; Tokuda, Nobuko; Kobayashi, Masaaki; Kimura, Kazuhiro; Sonoda, Koh-Hei; Nakamura, Kazuyuki

    2016-08-01

    Understanding how energy metabolism and related proteins influence neural progenitor cells in adult tissues is critical for developing new strategies in clinical tissue regeneration therapy. We have recently reported that a subtoxic concentration of glutamate-induced neural progenitor cells in the mature ex vivo rat retina. We herein explore changes in the metabolic pathways during the process. We firstly observed an increase in lactate and lactate dehydrogenase concentration in the glutamate-treated retina. We then investigated the levels of glycolytic enzymes and confirmed significant upregulation of pyruvate kinase M type (PKM), especially PKM2, enolase, phosphoglycerate mutase 1 (PGAM1), and inosine-5'-monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH1) in the glutamate-treated retina compared to the untreated retina. An analysis of the subcellular localization of PKM2 revealed nuclear translocation in the treated retina, which has been reported to regulate cell cycle proliferation and glycolytic enzymes. Our findings indicate that the mature rat retina undergoes an increase in aerobic glycolysis. PKM2, both in the cytoplasm and in the nucleus, may thus play an important role during neural progenitor cell induction, as it does in other proliferating cells. PMID:27421851

  5. PhTx3-4, a Spider Toxin Calcium Channel Blocker, Reduces NMDA-Induced Injury of the Retina

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    Nancy Scardua Binda

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The in vivo neuroprotective effect of PhTx3-4, a spider toxin N-P/Q calcium channel blocker, was studied in a rat model of NMDA-induced injury of the retina. NMDA (N-Methyl-d-Aspartate-induced retinal injury in rats reduced the b-wave amplitude by 62% ± 3.6%, indicating the severity of the insult. PhTx3-4 treatment increased the amplitude of the b-wave, which was almost equivalent to the control retinas that were not submitted to injury. The PhTx3-4 functional protection of the retinas recorded on the ERG also was observed in the neuroprotection of retinal cells. NMDA-induced injury reduced live cells in the retina layers and the highest reduction, 84%, was in the ganglion cell layer. Notably, PhTx3-4 treatment caused a remarkable reduction of dead cells in the retina layers, and the highest neuroprotective effect was in the ganglion cells layer. NMDA-induced cytotoxicity of the retina increased the release of glutamate, reactive oxygen species (ROS production and oxidative stress. PhTx3-4 treatment reduced glutamate release, ROS production and oxidative stress measured by malondialdehyde. Thus, we presented for the first time evidence of in vivo neuroprotection from NMDA-induced retinal injury by PhTx3-4 (-ctenitoxin-Pn3a, a spider toxin that blocks N-P/Q calcium channels.

  6. Characterization of the transcripts and protein isoforms for cytoplasmic polyadenylation element binding protein-3 (CPEB3 in the mouse retina

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    Cooper Nigel GF

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cytoplasmic polyadenylation element binding proteins (CPEBs regulate translation by binding to regulatory motifs of defined mRNA targets. This translational mechanism has been shown to play a critical role in oocyte maturation, early development, and memory formation in the hippocampus. Little is known about the presence or functions of CPEBs in the retina. The purpose of the current study is to investigate the alternative splicing isoforms of a particular CPEB, CPEB3, based on current databases, and to characterize the expression of CPEB3 in the retina. Results In this study, we have characterized CPEB3, whose putative role is to regulate the translation of GluR2 mRNA. We identify the presence of multiple alternative splicing isoforms of CPEB3 transcripts and proteins in the current databases. We report the presence of eight alternative splicing patterns of CPEB3, including a novel one, in the mouse retina. All but one of the patterns appear to be ubiquitous in 13 types of tissue examined. The relative abundance of the patterns in the retina is demonstrated. Experimentally, we show that CPEB3 expression is increased in a time-dependent manner during the course of postnatal development, and CPEB3 is localized mostly in the inner retina, including retinal ganglion cells. Conclusion The level of CPEB3 was up-regulated in the retina during development. The presence of multiple CPEB3 isoforms indicates remarkable complexity in the regulation and function of CPEB3.

  7. Efeito da colheita seletiva de madeira sobre algumas características físicas de um latossolo amarelo sob floresta na Amazônia Central Effect of selective logging on some physical characteristics of a yellow latosol under rainforest in Central Amazonia State

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    Walane Maria Pereira de Mello-Ivo; Sheila Ross

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    A colheita seletiva de madeira pode vir a ser uma forma sustentável de uso da terra para ecossistemas florestais da Amazônia, uma vez que permite a manutenção de parte considerável da biomassa florestal, diminuindo, assim, a perturbação nas áreas exploradas. Neste sentido, o presente estudo teve como objetivo avaliar o efeito da exploração seletiva de madeira sobre as características físicas de um Latossolo Amarelo. A área de estudo localiza-se a cerca de 80 km ao norte de Manaus e a vegetaçã...

  8. Mechanical Stress and Antioxidant Protection in the Retina of Hindlimb Suspended Rats

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    Glass, Aziza; Theriot, Corey A.; Alway, Stephen E.; Zanello, Susana B.

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    It has been postulated that hindlimb suspension (HS) causes a cephalad fluid shift in quadrupeds similar to that occurring to humans in microgravity. Therefore, HS may provide a suitable animal model in which to recapitulate the ocular changes observed in the human Visual Impairment and Intracranial Pressure (VIIP) syndrome. This work reports preliminary results from a tissue sharing project using 34 week-old Brown Norway rats. Two different experiments compared normal posture controls and HS rats for 2 weeks and rats exposed to HS for 2 weeks but allowed to recover in normal posture for 2 additional weeks. The effects of two nutritional countermeasures, green tea extract (GT) and plant polyphenol resveratrol (Rv), were also evaluated. Green tea contains the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). qPCR gene expression analysis of selected targets was performed on RNA from isolated retinas, and histologic analysis was done on one fixed eye per rat. The transcription factor early growth response protein 1 (Egr1) was upregulated almost 2-fold in HS retinas relative to controls (P = 0.059), and its expression returned to control levels after 2 weeks of recovery in normal posture (P = 0.023). HS-induced upregulation of Egr1 was attenuated (but not significantly) in retinas from rats fed an antioxidant rich (GT extract) diet. In rats fed the GT-enriched diet, antioxidant enzymes were induced, evidenced by the upregulation of the gene heme oxygenase 1 (Hmox1) (P = 0.042) and the gene superoxide dismutase 2 (Sod2) (P = 0.0001). Egr1 is a stretch-activated transcription factor, and the Egr1 mechanosensitive response to HS may have been caused by a change in the translaminal pressure and/or mechanical deformation of the eye globe. The observed histologic measurements of the various retinal layers in the HS rats were lower in value than those of the control animal (n = 1), however insufficient data were available for statistical analysis. Aquaporin 4, a water

  9. La retina para el médico no oftalmólogo

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    Clara Leonor Varón Plata, MD

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available La retina es un tejido fundamental en el órgano de la visión.En este artículo hacemos una revisión sobre la anatomía yfisiología de esta estructura así como sobre las principalespatologías que la pueden afectar, entre ellas: despren-dimiento de retina, retinopatía diabética y la enfermedadmacular relacionada con la edad. Aunque actualmentecontamos con técnicas médicas y quirúrgicas seguras yefectivas para el manejo de estas patologías, aúnrepresentan un reto para la ciencia médica, y en estadosavanzados comprometen seriamente la función visual, porello es de gran importancia que el médico general tengaclaros los conceptos básicos sobre el diagnóstico de estasenfermedades, para realizar una remisión adecuada y así poder evitar al máximo secuelas visuales en el paciente. En este artículo revisamos libros de texto reconocidos y empleando MEDLINE, algunos artículos representativos sobre este tema, para mostrar un panorama general del estado actual, clínico e investigativo, del diagnóstico y tratamientode las enfermedades más importantes que afectan la retina y el vítreo. ______________________________________________________________________The retina is a fundamental tissue of the visual organ. In this article we make a review of the anatomy and physiology of this structure as well as the main pathologies that may affect it like: retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, and age related macular degeneration. Although currently there are safe medical and surgical alternatives for the management of these diseases, they still represent a challenge for the medical science, and in advanced stagesthey seriously compromise visual function. For this reason it is of vital importance that the primary care physician has clear concepts about the diagnosis of these diseases, to perform an adequate referral, avoiding visual sequelae as much as possible. In this article we reviewed recognized textbooks and using MEDLINE we found some

  10. Changes in acetylcholine release from the chick retina are not associated with myopia development

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    Full text: The effectiveness of muscarinic receptor antagonists in inhibiting myopia progression in animal models and humans implicates cholinergic signalling in ocular growth regulation. Therefore to determine if changes in the release of acetylcholine from the retina are involved in myopia development, the efflux of acetylcholine from the in vitro retina of normal and myopic chick eyes was investigated. Chicks were monocularly deprived (MD) of pattern vision with translucent occluders for 2 or 7 days and refractive error of MD groups and age matched normals was monitored using retinoscopy (n=6 each group). 3H-choline-Cl (1 Ci in 7μL) was injected into the vitreous of each eye under 2.5% halothane anaesthesia. After 1hr, the eyes were enucleated, under terminal anaesthesia (sodium pentobarbital, 120 mg/kg, im). Retinas were flat-mounted on acetate filter discs and superfused with oxygenated physiological saline solution (PSS) for 30min at 0.4mL/min. Five baseline fractions were collected (B1-B5), then three stimulated fractions were collected in the presence of PSS containing 50mM KCl (K1-K3) at 2min intervals. 3H-acetylcholine ( 3H-ACh) in each fraction was quantified by liquid scintillation counting. Significant amounts of myopia were induced in MD eyes after 2 (-5.1±0.8D) and 7 days (-18.8±2.4D) relative to control eyes (paired t-test p3H-ACh release was 146±15% above basal levels (K2/B1%) from retinas of normal animals. After 2 days MD, there was no significant difference between KCl-evoked release of 3H-ACh from deprived eyes (147 39%) compared to control eyes (198±61%, paired t-test, p=0.27) or the eyes of normal animals (ANOVA, p>0.5). Similar results were obtained following 7 days MD. The results demonstrate that evoked acetylcholine release from the chick retina of myopic eyes is unaltered relative to control or normal eyes using an in vitro approach. Copyright (2002) Australian Neuroscience Society

  11. Cholesterol-enriched diet causes age-related macular degeneration-like pathology in rabbit retina

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    Singh Brij B

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Alzheimer's disease (AD and age-related macular degeneration (AMD share several pathological hallmarks including β-amyloid (Aβ accumulation, oxidative stress, and apoptotic cell death. The causes of AD and AMD are likely multi-factorial with several factors such as diet, environment, and genetic susceptibility participating in the pathogenesis of these diseases. Epidemiological studies correlated high plasma cholesterol levels with high incidence of AD, and feeding rabbits with a diet rich in cholesterol has been shown to induce AD-like pathology in rabbit brain. High intake of cholesterol and saturated fat were also long been suspected to increase the risk for AMD. However, the extent to which cholesterol-enriched diet may also cause AMD-like features in rabbit retinas is not well known. Methods Male New Zealand white rabbits were fed normal chow or a 2% cholesterol-enriched diet for 12 weeks. At necropsy, animals were perfused with Dulbecco's phosphate-buffered saline and the eyes were promptly removed. One eye of each animal was used for immunohistochemistry and retina dissected from the other eye was used for Western blot, ELISA assays, spectrophotometry and mass spectrometry analyses. Results Increased levels of Aβ, decreased levels of the anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2, increased levels of the pro-apoptotic Bax and gadd153 proteins, emergence of TUNEL-positive cells, and increased generation of reactive oxygen species were found in retinas from cholesterol-fed compared to normal chow-fed rabbits. Additionally, astrogliosis, drusen-like debris and cholesterol accumulations in retinas from cholesterol-fed rabbits were observed. As several lines of evidence suggest that oxidized cholesterol metabolites (oxysterols may be the link by which cholesterol contributes to the pathogenesis of AMD, we determined levels of oxysterols and found a dramatic increase in levels of oxysterols in retinas from cholesterol-fed rabbits

  12. Perfluoroctano líquido como tamponante vitreorretiniano de curta duração no pós-operatório de portadores de descolamento de retina por ruptura gigante Perfluoroctane liquid as a short-term vitreous-retinal tamponade in the postoperative period in patients with retinal detachment due to giant tears

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    Marcelo Carvalho Ventura

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Relatar os resultados de vitrectomia via pars plana com utilização de perfluocarbono líquido (Perfluoroctano-Ophtalmos®, como tamponante vítreo-retiniano de curta duração, no pós-operatório de portadores de descolamento de retina, por ruptura gigante. MÉTODOS: Estudaram-se dez desses pacientes. Todos os casos eram complicados por vitreorretinopatia proliferativa grau B ou pior com rupturas que variavam em extensão de 90º a 210º. O perfluorocarbono líquido foi introduzido, por via pars plana, com o volume necessário para ultrapassar o limite posterior da ruptura, permanecendo no pós-operatório por cinco dias, estando os pacientes em decúbito dorsal. Após esse período submetiam-se a segunda intervenção para troca do perfluorocarbono líquido para gás ou óleo de silicone. RESULTADOS: Após período de acompanhamento médio de 16,2 ± 12,4 meses (2 a 43 meses, 80% das retinas estavam aplicadas, sendo necessária a repetição desta técnica em 1 caso (10% caso e em 2 casos (20% não houve reaplicação da retina por vitreorretinopatia avançada. Houve melhora da acuidade visual em 5 casos (50%. CONCLUSÃO: Observaram-se bons resultados quanto à aplicação da retina (80% e melhora da acuidade visual (50% quando do uso do perfluorocarbono líquido como tamponante vitreorretiniano de curta duração no pós-operatório de cirurgias de descolamento de retina por rupturas gigantes.PURPOSE: To report pars plana vitrectomy results of intravitreous use of liquid perfluorocarbon as a short-term postoperative tamponade in retinal detachment due to giant tears in a series of patients. METHODS: Ten of those patients, all of them complicated by proliferative vitreoretinopathy grade B or worse, with tear extension varying from 90º to 210º were studied. Perfluorocarbon liquid was injected via pars plana until the posterior tear limit, remaining in the postoperative period during five days, with the patients in supine position

  13. PBN (Phenyl-N-Tert-Butylnitrone-Derivatives Are Effective in Slowing the Visual Cycle and Rhodopsin Regeneration and in Protecting the Retina from Light-Induced Damage.

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    Megan Stiles

    Full Text Available A2E and related toxic molecules are part of lipofuscin found in the retinal pigment epithelial (RPE cells in eyes affected by Stargardt's disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD, and other retinal degenerations. A novel therapeutic approach for treating such degenerations involves slowing down the visual cycle, which could reduce the amount of A2E in the RPE. This can be accomplished by inhibiting RPE65, which produces 11-cis-retinol from all-trans-retinyl esters. We recently showed that phenyl-N-tert-butylnitrone (PBN inhibits RPE65 enzyme activity in RPE cells. In this study we show that like PBN, certain PBN-derivatives (PBNDs such as 4-F-PBN, 4-CF3-PBN, 3,4-di-F-PBN, and 4-CH3-PBN can inhibit RPE65 and synthesis of 11-cis-retinol in in vitro assays using bovine RPE microsomes. We further demonstrate that systemic (intraperitoneal, IP administration of these PBNDs protect the rat retina from light damage. Electroretinography (ERG and histological analysis showed that rats treated with PBNDs retained ~90% of their photoreceptor cells compared to a complete loss of function and 90% loss of photoreceptors in the central retina in rats treated with vehicle/control injections. Topically applied PBN and PBNDs also significantly slowed the rate of the visual cycle in mouse and baboon eyes. One hour dark adaptation resulted in 75-80% recovery of bleachable rhodopsin in control/vehicle treated mice. Eye drops of 5% 4-CH3-PBN were most effective, inhibiting the regeneration of bleachable rhodopsin significantly (60% compared to vehicle control. In addition, a 10% concentration of PBN and 5% concentration of 4-CH3-PBN in baboon eyes inhibited the visual cycle by 60% and by 30%, respectively. We have identified a group of PBN related nitrones that can reach the target tissue (RPE by systemic and topical application and slow the rate of rhodopsin regeneration and therefore the visual cycle in mouse and baboon eyes. PBNDs can also protect the rat

  14. Marcação imunoistoquímica da expressão astrocitária de proteína glial fibrilar ácida e de vimentina no sistema nervoso central de cães com cinomose Immunohistochemical staining of the astrocytic expression of glial fibrillary acidic protein and vimentin in the central nervous system of dogs with canine distemper

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    Heloísa Orsini

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Uma vez que muitos dos aspectos envolvidos na patogenia dos processos desmielinizantes do sistema nervoso central (SNC são ainda pouco esclarecidos e que os astrócitos parecem estar envolvidos na mediação de tais processos, este estudo analisou morfologicamente a participação astrocitária na desmielinização do SNC por meio da marcação imunoistoquímica de duas proteínas dos filamentos intermediários astrocitários - a proteína glial fibrilar ácida (GFAP e a vimentina (VIM -, comparando amostras de cerebelo e de tronco encefálico de oito cães com cinomose e de dois cães normais, de diferentes raças e com idades entre um e quatro anos. Cortes histológicos dos tecidos foram submetidos à marcação pelo método indireto da avidina-biotina-peroxidase (ABC e a reatividade astrocitária, observada em microscopia de luz, foi quantificada em um sistema computacional de análise de imagens. Observou-se, na maioria dos cortes de animais doentes, a presença de lesões degenerativas compatíveis com desmielinização. A marcação para a GFAP e para a VIM foi mais intensa nos animais com cinomose do que nos animais normais, especialmente nas regiões circunventriculares e nas adjacentes às áreas de degeneração tecidual. Não houve diferença significativa entre a imunomarcação (GFAP e VIM dos animais com cinomose com e sem infiltração inflamatória da substância branca do cerebelo. O aumento da imunorreatividade dos astrócitos para a GFAP e a reexpressão de VIM nas áreas lesionais indicam o envolvimento astrocitário na resposta do tecido nervoso às lesões desmielinizantes induzidas pelo vírus da cinomose (CDV no SNC.Considering that many aspects involved in the pathogenesis of the central nervous system (CNS demyelinating diseases are still poorly understood and that astrocytes seem to mediate such processes, this study analyzed the participation of astrocytes in the demyelinating processes of CNS by using

  15. Pegada hídrica dos suínos abatidos nos Estados da Região Centro- Sul do Brasil = Water footprint of pigs slaughtered in the states of south-central Brazil

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    Julio Cesar Pascale Palhares

    2011-01-01

    O objetivo do trabalho foi calcular a pegada hídrica dos suínos abatidos no Brasil em 2008 em cada um dos Estados da Região Centro-Sul do país. O cálculo da pegada considerou a água consumida na produção de grãos (milho e soja), água de dessedentação e água utilizada na limpeza das instalações. O Estado que apresentou a maior pegada hídrica foi o Rio Grande do Sul (2,702 km3), seguido de Santa Catarina (2,401 km3) e Paraná (1,089 km3). Os Estados com as menores pegadas foram Rio de Janeiro (0...

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

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    João Jorge Nassaralla Junior; Regina Cândido Ribeiro dos Santos; Belquiz Amaral Nassaralla

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    PURPOSE: To better define the effect of laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) on myopic eyes and the risk and incidence of retinal complications after surgery. METHODS: In a prospective study, 200 eyes of 100 patients, 49 male and 51 female, with a mean age of 29.7 years, had a complete posterior pole examination before and at 1 week, 1, 3 and 12 months after bilateral simultaneous LASIK for the correction of myopia. Mean spherical equivalent was 7.75D (range 1.00 to -17.25D). Before LASIK, pr...

  17. Sox10 Expression in Goldfish Retina and Optic Nerve Head in Controls and after the Application of Two Different Lesion Paradigms.

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    Marta Parrilla

    Full Text Available The mammalian central nervous system (CNS is unable to regenerate. In contrast, the CNS of fish, including the visual system, is able to regenerate after damage. Moreover, the fish visual system grows continuously throughout the life of the animal, and it is therefore an excellent model to analyze processes of myelination and re-myelination after an injury. Here we analyze Sox10+ oligodendrocytes in the goldfish retina and optic nerve in controls and after two kinds of injuries: cryolesion of the peripheral growing zone and crushing of the optic nerve. We also analyze changes in a major component of myelin, myelin basic protein (MBP, as a marker for myelinated axons. Our results show that Sox10+ oligodendrocytes are located in the retinal nerve fiber layer and along the whole length of the optic nerve. MBP was found to occupy a similar location, although its loose appearance in the retina differed from the highly organized MBP+ axon bundles in the optic nerve. After optic nerve crushing, the number of Sox10+ cells decreased in the crushed area and in the optic nerve head. Consistent with this, myelination was highly reduced in both areas. In contrast, after cryolesion we did not find changes in the Sox10+ population, although we did detect some MBP- degenerating areas. We show that these modifications in Sox10+ oligodendrocytes are consistent with their role in oligodendrocyte identity, maintenance and survival, and we propose the optic nerve head as an excellent area for research aimed at better understanding of de- and remyelination processes.

  18. Sox10 Expression in Goldfish Retina and Optic Nerve Head in Controls and after the Application of Two Different Lesion Paradigms

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    Parrilla, Marta; León-Lobera, Fernando; Lillo, Concepción; Arévalo, Rosario; Aijón, José; Lara, Juan Manuel; Velasco, Almudena

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    The mammalian central nervous system (CNS) is unable to regenerate. In contrast, the CNS of fish, including the visual system, is able to regenerate after damage. Moreover, the fish visual system grows continuously throughout the life of the animal, and it is therefore an excellent model to analyze processes of myelination and re-myelination after an injury. Here we analyze Sox10+ oligodendrocytes in the goldfish retina and optic nerve in controls and after two kinds of injuries: cryolesion of the peripheral growing zone and crushing of the optic nerve. We also analyze changes in a major component of myelin, myelin basic protein (MBP), as a marker for myelinated axons. Our results show that Sox10+ oligodendrocytes are located in the retinal nerve fiber layer and along the whole length of the optic nerve. MBP was found to occupy a similar location, although its loose appearance in the retina differed from the highly organized MBP+ axon bundles in the optic nerve. After optic nerve crushing, the number of Sox10+ cells decreased in the crushed area and in the optic nerve head. Consistent with this, myelination was highly reduced in both areas. In contrast, after cryolesion we did not find changes in the Sox10+ population, although we did detect some MBP- degenerating areas. We show that these modifications in Sox10+ oligodendrocytes are consistent with their role in oligodendrocyte identity, maintenance and survival, and we propose the optic nerve head as an excellent area for research aimed at better understanding of de- and remyelination processes. PMID:27149509

  19. Comparação dos casos mais contrastantes: método pioneiro central na era da globalização A comparison of the most different cases: a pioneer method in the era of globalization

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    Olivier Giraud

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    Full Text Available Este artigo trata da metodologia comparativa centrada nos casos mais contrastantes e mostra a utilidade crescente deste método no mundo atual, marcado pela escalada da globalização. O método dos casos mais diferentes foi desenvolvido nos anos sessenta, época em que se privilegiavam as abordagens estrutural-funcionalistas, que tendiam a mostrar a unicidade ou, pelo menos, a uniformidade das trajetórias de mudança ou de desenvolvimento das sociedades humanas. Esse método demonstrou, em contrapartida, a utilidade de uma ferramenta metodológica que se debruça sobre a pluralidade das formas sociais, tais como as do religioso, do comércio, da conquista, do trabalho, etc. Esse artigo busca situar as abordagens comparativas em termos de casos mais diferentes no contexto dos debates metodológicos contemporâneos sobre o comparatismo. Em seguida, propõe uma definição da globalização e dos mecanismos que explicam a transformação das condições da comparação em um mundo globalizado. Conclui-se, enfim, por uma avaliação das virtudes e dos limites das abordagens comparativas dos casos mais diferentes em um contexto de globalização.This article deals with comparative methodology, focused on the most different cases, and exposes the increasing usefulness of this method in today's world, which is characterized by the rise of globalization. The "most different cases" method was developed in the sixties, when structural-functionalist approaches were privileged because they tended to show unicity or, at least, the uniformity of the trajectories of change or the development of the human societies. It was this method that demonstrated the usefulness of a methodological tool that emphasizes the plurality of social forms, such as religion, trade, conquest, labor, etc... This paper intends to define the comparative approaches, as regards the most different cases, within the context of the contemporary methodological debates on comparativism

  20. CD4 T-Cell Suppression by Cells from Toxoplasma gondii-Infected Retinas Is Mediated by Surface Protein PD-L1▿

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    Charles, Elizabeth; Joshi, Sunil; Ash, John D.; Fox, Barbara A.; Farris, A. Darise; Bzik, David J.; Lang, Mark L.; Blader, Ira J.

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    In the inflamed retina, CD4+ T cells can cause retinal damage when they are not properly regulated. Since tissue expression of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II and costimulatory molecules is a key mechanism for regulating effector T cells, we tested the hypothesis that upregulation of these proteins in the retina contributes to the regulation of CD4 T cells. Here we report that in retinas infected with the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii, MHC class II is upregulated on inf...

  1. Profissionais de Informação-Documentação a caminho da invisibilidade: uma reflexão a partir da análise de cargos de direção intermédia na Administração Central do Estado

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    Barata, Paulo J. S.; Ochôa, Paula

    2015-01-01

    Este texto procura descrever as principais tendências, problemas e desafios que se colocam ao grupo profissional de Informação-Documentação no quadro do sistema de Informação-Documentação nacional. A procura de competências no mercado de trabalho, a oferta disponível de competências, a oferta educativa e de formação profissional e a transferibilidade de competências intersectores, as estratégias europeias na área da sociedade da informação têm originado mudanças nos perfis profissionais exist...

  2. Avaliação da onda b do eletrorretinograma na Athene cunicularia Evaluation of the b-wave electroretinogram in Athene cunicularia

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    Márcio Penha Morterá Rodrigues

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a onda b do eletrorretinograma da coruja buraqueira (Athene cunicularia, diferenciando a resposta elétrica retiniana em ambiente fotópico e escotópico. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado estudo observacional transversal, com o registro do eletrorretinograma full field de quatorze olhos, sendo sete estimulados em ambiente fotópico e sete em ambiente escotópico sob estímulo com luz branca seguindo protocolo da ISCEV. RESULTADOS: As respostas elétricas da retina da espécie estudada para o espectro de luz aplicado mostraram-se presentes em ambos ambientes, não havendo diferença estatisticamente significativa da resposta elétrica da retina da Athene cunicularia quando estimulada com luz branca, tanto em ambiente escotópico quanto fotópico. CONCLUSÃO: Os dados nos permitem, portanto, inferir que a percepção pela Athene cunicularia da cor branca é a mesma, no claro e no escuro, o que pode ser responsável pela capacidade adaptativa da espécie no seu habitat natural.PURPOSE: To evaluate b-wave of the electroretinogram of the burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia, differentiating the retinal electric reply in photopic and scotopic environment. METHODS: Transversal observational study was carried through, with the register of the full field electroretinogram of fourteen eyes; seven were stimulated in photopic environment and seven in scotopic environment using with white light according to the ISCEV protocol. RESULTS: The electrical responses of the retina of the species studied showed no statistically significant difference for the applied spectrum of white light in both scotopic photopic environments. CONCLUSION: The data allow us, therefore, to infer that the perception of the Athene cunicularia of the white color is the same one, in clear and dark environments, what it can be responsible for the adaptive capacity of the species in their natural habitat.

  3. Representações de adoecimento e cura de pacientes do Centro de Dependência Química do Hospital Central da Marinha Representations on patient illness and cure at the Chemical Dependency Center of the Central Navy Hospital

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    Elizabeth Espindola Halpern; Ligia Maria Costa Leite

    2012-01-01

    Este artigo apresenta um dos segmentos de uma pesquisa etnográfica feita ao longo de dois anos, por meio da observação participante, no Centro de Dependência Química (CEDEQ) da Marinha do Brasil (MB). Pacientes de dois grupos terapêuticos foram observados durante 24 sessões de grupoterapia. Entrevistas individuais após as sessões ocorreram com 13 pacientes escolhidos aleatoriamente dentre os 22 militares dos dois grupos. Objetivou-se examinar suas representações de adoecimento e cura relacion...

  4. High-resolution analysis of the human retina miRNome reveals isomiR variations and novel microRNAs

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    Karali, Marianthi; Persico, Maria; Mutarelli, Margherita; Carissimo, Annamaria; Pizzo, Mariateresa; Singh Marwah, Veer; Ambrosio, Concetta; Pinelli, Michele; Carrella, Diego; Ferrari, Stefano; Ponzin, Diego; Nigro, Vincenzo; di Bernardo, Diego; Banfi, Sandro

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    MicroRNAs play a fundamental role in retinal development and function. To characterise the miRNome of the human retina, we carried out deep sequencing analysis on sixteen individuals. We established the catalogue of retina-expressed miRNAs, determined their relative abundance and found that a small number of miRNAs accounts for almost 90% of the retina miRNome. We discovered more than 3000 miRNA variants (isomiRs), encompassing a wide range of sequence variations, which include seed modifications that are predicted to have an impact on miRNA action. We demonstrated that a seed-modifying isomiR of the retina-enriched miR-124-3p was endowed with different targeting properties with respect to the corresponding canonical form. Moreover, we identified 51 putative novel, retina-specific miRNAs and experimentally validated the expression for nine of them. Finally, a parallel analysis of the human Retinal Pigment Epithelium (RPE)/choroid, two tissues that are known to be crucial for retina homeostasis, yielded notably distinct miRNA enrichment patterns compared to the retina. The generated data are accessible through an ad hoc database. This study is the first to reveal the complexity of the human retina miRNome at nucleotide resolution and constitutes a unique resource to assess the contribution of miRNAs to the pathophysiology of the human retina. PMID:26819412

  5. Construction of a eukaryotic expression plasmid for human retina-derived neurotrophin-3

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    Chunxia Peng; Xiaobei Yin; Mengda Li; Ting He; Genlin Li

    2013-01-01

    Neurotrophin-3 (NT-3) can promote the repair of central nervous system and retinal damage. In previous reports, NT-3 has been expressed by viral vectors. However, plasmid vectors have a safer profile compared with viral vectors in clinical studies. This study recombined amplified human retinal NT-3 with a eukaryotic expression plasmid containing green fluorescent protein (GFP) to construct an NT-3 expression plasmid, pEGFP-N1-NT-3. The transfection efficiency 48 hours after pEGFP-N1-NT-3 transfection to 293T cells was 50.06 ± 2.78%. Abundant NT-3-GFP was expressed in 293T cells as observed by fluorescence microscopy, suggesting the construct pEGFP-N1-NT-3 effectively expressed and secreted NT-3-GFP. Secretory vesicles containing NT-3-GFP were observed in a constant location in cells by laser scan confocal microscopy, indicating the expression and secretion processes of NT-3 in eukaryotic cells were in accordance with the physical synthesis processes of secreted proteins. Western blot assay showed that pro-NT-3-GFP had a molecular weight of 56 kDa, further confirming NT-3-GFP expression. At 48 hours after transfection, the concentration of NT-3 in culture medium was 22.3 ng/mL, suggesting NT-3 produced by pEGFP-N1-NT-3 was efficiently secreted. This study constructed a human retinal-derived NT-3 eukaryotic expression plasmid that efficiently expressed and secreted NT-3.

  6. Da Kantsa

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    Martínez, Alaín; Villalvilla, Camilo; Quintero, Rolando; Echevarria, Juan Carlos; Sanfiel, Jorge Luis San; Copperini, Luis A. P.

    2015-01-01

    Catálogo de las tres exposiciones (La bota rusa, Carne rusa y Da Kantsa/ ?? ?????) que desde 2011 han reunido en la Galería Maroya de Cienfuegos a artistas cubanos bajo la evocación de lo ruso-soviético. Las muestras se han celebrado en colaboración con el Fondo Cubano de Bienes Materiales. Desde Kamchatka agradecemos la colaboración de Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, de la Galería Maroya, y a Camilo Villalvilla. 

  7. Study of the Influence of Angiostatin Intravitreal Injection on Vascular Leakage in Retina and Iris of the Experimental Diabetic Rats

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    Jing Sima; Jianxing Ma; Sarah X.Zhang; Jiang Guo

    2006-01-01

    Purpose: To examine the effect of an intravitreal injection of angiostatin on vascular leakage in retina and iris of the diabetes and study its possible mechanism.Methods: Experimental diabetes was induced in 24 rats by an intravenous injection of streptozotocin (STZ) during 48 adult rats. Three groups were randomization distributed of them. There were 8 of both normal and diabetic rats in each group. STZ-diabetic rats and age-matched normal rats received an intravitreal injection of 5 μl of sterile PBS (Phosphate Buffered Saline) into the right eye, and the left eye was non-injected in the group A; Angiostatin was injected into the vitreous of the right eye (7.5 μg/5μl/eye), and the left eye received the same volume of sterile PBS as the control in the group B and C. The vascular permeability of retina and iris was measured using the Evans blue method at 2 days following the injection in the group A and B. Expres sion of VEGF in retina was evaluated using western blot analysis 24 hours following the injection in the group C.Results: Diabetic rats showed significant increases of vascular permeability in the retina (P<0.01) and iris (P<0.05). Angiostatin-injected eyes showed significant decreases in vascular permeability in the retina (P<0.01) and iris (P<0.05) comparing with the PBS-injected eyes in STZ-diabetic rats. In contrast, intravitreal injection of the same dose of angiostatin into the age-matched normal rats did not result in any significant reduction in vascular permeability in the retina and iris, when compared with the contralateral eye with PBS injection (P>0.05). Angiostatin injection significantly reduced VEGF level in the retinas of STZ-diabetic rats but did not affect retinal VEGF level in normal rats.Conclusions: Angiostatin significantly reduce pathological vascular permeability in the retina and iris of STZ-diabetic rats but not in normal rats. Angiostatin down-regulates VEGF expression and thus, blocks the major cause of vascular

  8. 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

    2011-08-01

    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

  9. Distribution of mammalian-like melanopsin in cyclostome retinas exhibiting a different extent of visual functions.

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    Lanfang Sun

    Full Text Available Mammals contain 1 melanopsin (Opn4 gene that is expressed in a subset of retinal ganglion cells to serve as a photopigment involved in non-image-forming vision such as photoentrainment of circadian rhythms. In contrast, most nonmammalian vertebrates possess multiple melanopsins that are distributed in various types of retinal cells; however, their functions remain unclear. We previously found that the lamprey has only 1 type of mammalian-like melanopsin gene, which is similar to that observed in mammals. Here we investigated the molecular properties and localization of melanopsin in the lamprey and other cyclostome hagfish retinas, which contribute to visual functions including image-forming vision and mainly to non-image-forming vision, respectively. We isolated 1 type of mammalian-like melanopsin cDNA from the eyes of each species. We showed that the recombinant lamprey melanopsin was a blue light-sensitive pigment and that both the lamprey and hagfish melanopsins caused light-dependent increases in calcium ion concentration in cultured cells in a manner that was similar to that observed for mammalian melanopsins. We observed that melanopsin was distributed in several types of retinal cells, including horizontal cells and ganglion cells, in the lamprey retina, despite the existence of only 1 melanopsin gene in the lamprey. In contrast, melanopsin was almost specifically distributed to retinal ganglion cells in the hagfish retina. Furthermore, we found that the melanopsin-expressing horizontal cells connected to the rhodopsin-containing short photoreceptor cells in the lamprey. Taken together, our findings suggest that in cyclostomes, the global distribution of melanopsin in retinal cells might not be related to the melanopsin gene number but to the extent of retinal contribution to visual function.

  10. Designing and testing scene enhancement algorithms for patients with retina degenerative disorders

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    Downes Susan M

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Retina degenerative disorders represent the primary cause of blindness in UK and in the developed world. In particular, Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD and Retina Pigmentosa (RP diseases are of interest to this study. We have therefore created new image processing algorithms for enhancing the visual scenes for them. Methods In this paper we present three novel image enhancement techniques aimed at enhancing the remaining visual information for patients suffering from retina dystrophies. Currently, the only effective way to test novel technology for visual enhancement is to undergo testing on large numbers of patients. To test our techniques, we have therefore built a retinal image processing model and compared the results to data from patient testing. In particular we focus on the ability of our image processing techniques to achieve improved face detection and enhanced edge perception. Results Results from our model are compared to actual data obtained from testing the performance of these algorithms on 27 patients with an average visual acuity of 0.63 and an average contrast sensitivity of 1.22. Results show that Tinted Reduced Outlined Nature (TRON and Edge Overlaying algorithms are most beneficial for dynamic scenes such as motion detection. Image Cartoonization was most beneficial for spatial feature detection such as face detection. Patient's stated that they would most like to see Cartoonized images for use in daily life. Conclusions Results obtained from our retinal model and from patients show that there is potential for these image processing techniques to improve visual function amongst the visually impaired community. In addition our methodology using face detection and efficiency of perceived edges in determining potential benefit derived from different image enhancement algorithms could also prove to be useful in quantitatively assessing algorithms in future studies.

  11. Localization of glycine-containing neurons in the Macaca monkey retina

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    Autoradiography following 3H-glycine (Gly) uptake and immunocytochemistry with a Gly-specific antiserum were used to identify neurons in Macaca monkey retina that contain a high level of this neurotransmitter. High-affinity uptake of Gly was shown to be sodium dependent whereas release of both endogenous and accumulated Gly was calcium dependent. Neurons labeling for Gly included 40-46% of the amacrine cells and nearly 40% of the bipolars. Synaptic labeling was seen throughout the inner plexiform layer (IPL) but with a preferential distribution in the inner half. Bands of labeled puncta occurred in S2, S4, and S5. Both light and postembedding electron microscopic (EM) immunocytochemistry identified different types of amacrine and bipolar cell bodies and their synaptic terminals. The most heavily labeled Gly+ cell bodies typically were amacrine cells having a single, thick, basal dendrite extending deep into the IPL and, at the EM level, electron-dense cytoplasm and prominent nuclear infoldings. This cell type may be homologous with the Gly2 cell in human retina and the AII/Gly2 of cat retina. Gly+ amacrines synapse most frequently onto Gly- amacrines and both Gly- and Gly+ bipolars. Gly+ bipolar cells appeared to be cone bipolars because their labeled dendrites could be traced only to cone pedicles. The pattern of these labeled dendritic trees indicated that both diffuse and midget types of biopolars were Gly+. The EM distribution of labeled synapses showed Gly+ amacrine synapses throughout the IPL, but these composed only 11-23% of the amacrine population. Most of the Gly+ bipolar terminals were in the inner IPL, where 70% of all bipolar terminals were labeled

  12. Spectral distribution of local field potential responses to electrical stimulation of the retina

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    Wong, Yan T.; Halupka, Kerry; Kameneva, Tatiana; Cloherty, Shaun L.; Grayden, David B.; Burkitt, Anthony N.; Meffin, Hamish; Shivdasani, Mohit N.

    2016-06-01

    Objective. Different frequency bands of the local field potential (LFP) have been shown to reflect neuronal activity occurring at varying cortical scales. As such, recordings of the LFP may offer a novel way to test the efficacy of neural prostheses and allow improvement of stimulation strategies via neural feedback. Here we use LFP measurements from visual cortex to characterize neural responses to electrical stimulation of the retina. We aim to show that the LFP is a viable signal that contains sufficient information to optimize the performance of sensory neural prostheses. Approach. Clinically relevant electrode arrays were implanted in the suprachoroidal space of one eye in four felines. LFPs were simultaneously recorded in response to stimulation of individual electrodes using penetrating microelectrode arrays from the visual cortex. The frequency response of each electrode was