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  1. Why do Manduca sexta feed from white flowers? Innate and learnt colour preferences in a hawkmoth

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    Goyret, Joaquín; Pfaff, Michael; Raguso, Robert A.; Kelber, Almut

    2008-06-01

    Flower colour is an important signal used by flowering plants to attract pollinators. Many anthophilous insects have an innate colour preference that is displayed during their first foraging bouts and which could help them locate their first nectar reward. Nevertheless, learning capabilities allow insects to switch their colour preferences with experience and thus, to track variation in floral nectar availability. Manduca sexta, a crepuscular hawkmoth widely studied as a model system for sensory physiology and behaviour, visits mostly white, night-blooming flowers lacking UV reflectance throughout its range in the Americas. Nevertheless, the spectral sensitivity of the feeding behaviour of naïve moths shows a narrow peak around 450 nm wavelengths, suggesting an innate preference for the colour blue. Under more natural conditions (i.e. broader wavelength reflectance) than in previous studies, we used dual choice experiments with blue- and white-coloured feeders to investigate the innate preference of naïve moths and trained different groups to each colour to evaluate their learning capabilities. We confirmed the innate preference of M. sexta for blue and found that these moths were able to switch colour preferences after training experience. These results unequivocally demonstrate that M. sexta moths innately prefer blue when presented against white flower models and offer novel experimental evidence supporting the hypothesis that learning capabilities could be involved in their foraging preferences, including their widely observed attraction to white flowers in nature.

  2. A candidate pheromone receptor and two odorant receptors of the hawkmoth Manduca sexta.

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    Patch, Harland M; Velarde, Rodrigo A; Walden, Kimberly K O; Robertson, Hugh M

    2009-05-01

    In this study, we cloned and characterized three Manduca sexta odorant receptors (ORs). One receptor is a putative pheromone receptor expressed exclusively in a cell associated with male-specific type-I trichoid sensilla. We describe the results of real-time PCR (RT-PCR) and quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) experiments that show MsextaOR1 is expressed only in male antennae. In situ hybridization labels a single cell associated with type-1 trichoid sensilla, which houses two neurons that have been previously determined to respond to the major components of the pheromone blend. The second receptor, MsextaOR2, was discovered using degenerate primers designed to conserved motifs of a unique group ORs that share as much as 88% identity. Comparison of RT-PCR, qRT-PCR, and in situ hybridization results with those of ORs in the Drosophila melanogaster Or83b subfamily shows a strong sequence and expression pattern similarity. The third receptor, MsextaOR3, was found by 5'-end sequencing of a normalized and subtracted cDNA library from male M. sexta antennae. RT-PCR and qRT-PCR show that this receptor is expressed only in male and female antennae. These are the first ORs, including a putative pheromone receptor, to be described from M. sexta.

  3. Gyroscopic sensing in the wings of the hawkmoth Manduca sexta: the role of sensor location and directional sensitivity.

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    Hinson, Brian T; Morgansen, Kristi A

    2015-10-06

    The wings of the hawkmoth Manduca sexta are lined with mechanoreceptors called campaniform sensilla that encode wing deformations. During flight, the wings deform in response to a variety of stimuli, including inertial-elastic loads due to the wing flapping motion, aerodynamic loads, and exogenous inertial loads transmitted by disturbances. Because the wings are actuated, flexible structures, the strain-sensitive campaniform sensilla are capable of detecting inertial rotations and accelerations, allowing the wings to serve not only as a primary actuator, but also as a gyroscopic sensor for flight control. We study the gyroscopic sensing of the hawkmoth wings from a control theoretic perspective. Through the development of a low-order model of flexible wing flapping dynamics, and the use of nonlinear observability analysis, we show that the rotational acceleration inherent in wing flapping enables the wings to serve as gyroscopic sensors. We compute a measure of sensor fitness as a function of sensor location and directional sensitivity by using the simulation-based empirical observability Gramian. Our results indicate that gyroscopic information is encoded primarily through shear strain due to wing twisting, where inertial rotations cause detectable changes in pronation and supination timing and magnitude. We solve an observability-based optimal sensor placement problem to find the optimal configuration of strain sensor locations and directional sensitivities for detecting inertial rotations. The optimal sensor configuration shows parallels to the campaniform sensilla found on hawkmoth wings, with clusters of sensors near the wing root and wing tip. The optimal spatial distribution of strain directional sensitivity provides a hypothesis for how heterogeneity of campaniform sensilla may be distributed.

  4. Circadian clocks of both plants and pollinators influence flower seeking behavior of the pollinator hawkmoth Manduca sexta.

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    Fenske, Myles P; Nguyen, LeAnn P; Horn, Erin K; Riffell, Jeffrey A; Imaizumi, Takato

    2018-02-12

    Most plant-pollinator interactions occur during specific periods during the day. To facilitate these interactions, many flowers are known to display their attractive qualities, such as scent emission and petal opening, in a daily rhythmic fashion. However, less is known about how the internal timing mechanisms (the circadian clocks) of plants and animals influence their daily interactions. We examine the role of the circadian clock in modulating the interaction between Petunia and one of its pollinators, the hawkmoth Manduca sexta. We find that desynchronization of the Petunia circadian clock affects moth visitation preference for Petunia flowers. Similarly, moths with circadian time aligned to plants show stronger flower-foraging activities than moths that lack this alignment. Moth locomotor activity is circadian clock-regulated, although it is also strongly repressed by light. Moths show a time-dependent burst increase in flight activity during subjective night. In addition, moth antennal responsiveness to the floral scent compounds exhibits a 24-hour rhythm in both continuous light and dark conditions. This study highlights the importance of the circadian clocks in both plants and animals as a crucial factor in initiating specialized plant-pollinator relationships.

  5. Octopamine regulates antennal sensory neurons via daytime-dependent changes in cAMP and IP3 levels in the hawkmoth Manduca sexta.

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    Thomas Schendzielorz

    Full Text Available The biogenic amine octopamine (OA mediates reward signals in olfactory learning and memory as well as circadian rhythms of sleep and activity. In the crepuscular hawkmoth Manduca sexta, OA changed pheromone detection thresholds daytime-dependently, suggesting that OA confers circadian control of olfactory transduction. Thus, with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays we searched hawkmoth antennae for daytime-dependent changes in the concentration of OA and its respective second messengers. Antennal stimulation with OA raised cAMP- and IP3 levels. Furthermore, antennae expressed daytime-dependent changes in the concentration of OA, with maxima at Zeitgebertime (ZT 20 when moths were active and also maximal concentrations of cAMP occurred. Maximal IP3 levels at ZT 18 and 23 correlated with maximal flight activity of male moths, while minimal IP3 levels at dusk correlated with peaks of feeding activity. Half maximal effective concentration (EC50 for activation of the OA-receptor decreased during the moth's activity phase suggesting daytime-dependent changes in OA receptor sensitivity. With an antiserum against tyramine, the precursor of OA, two centrifugal neurons were detected projecting out into the sensory cell layer of the antenna, possibly mediating more rapid stimulus-dependent OA actions. Indeed, in fast kinetic assays OA receptor stimulation increased cAMP concentrations within 50 msec. Thus, we hypothesize that fast, stimulus-dependent centrifugal control of OA-release in the antenna occurs. Additional slow systemic OA actions might be based upon circadian release of OA into the hemolymph mediating circadian rhythms of antennal second messenger levels. The resulting rhythms of odor sensitivity are suggested to underlie circadian rhythms in odor-mediated behavior.

  6. Manduca sexta recognition and resistance among allopolyploid Nicotiana host plants

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    Lou, Yonggen; Baldwin, Ian T.

    2003-01-01

    Allopolyploid speciation occurs instantly when the genomes of different species combine to produce self-fertile offspring and has played a central role in the evolution of higher plants, but its consequences for adaptive responses are unknown. We compare herbivore-recognition and -resistance responses of the diploid species and putative ancestral parent Nicotiana attenuata with those of the two derived allopolyploid species Nicotiana clevelandii and Nicotiana bigelovii. Manduca sexta larvae a...

  7. Discovery of a Manduca sexta Allatotropin Antagonist from a Manduca sexta Allatotropin Receptor Homology Model.

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    Kai, Zhen-Peng; Zhu, Jing-Jing; Deng, Xi-Le; Yang, Xin-Ling; Chen, Shan-Shan

    2018-04-03

    Insect G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) have important roles in modulating biology, physiology and behavior. They have been identified as candidate targets for next-generation insecticides, yet these targets have been relatively poorly exploited for insect control. In this study, we present a pipeline of novel Manduca sexta allatotropin (Manse-AT) antagonist discovery with homology modeling, docking, molecular dynamics simulation and structure-activity relationship. A series of truncated and alanine-replacement analogs of Manse-AT were assayed for the stimulation of juvenile hormone biosynthesis. The minimum sequence required to retain potent biological activity is the C -terminal amidated octapeptide Manse-AT (6-13). We identified three residues essential for bioactivity (Thr⁴, Arg6 and Phe⁸) by assaying alanine-replacement analogs of Manse-AT (6-13). Alanine replacement of other residues resulted in reduced potency but bioactivity was retained. The 3D structure of the receptor (Manse-ATR) was built and the binding pocket was identified. The binding affinities of all the analogs were estimated by calculating the free energy of binding. The calculated binding affinities corresponded to the biological activities of the analogs, which supporting our localization of the binding pocket. Then, based on the docking and molecular dynamics studies of Manse-AT (10-13), we described it can act as a potent Manse-AT antagonist. The antagonistic effect on JH biosynthesis of Manse-AT (10-13) validated our hypothesis. The IC 50 value of antagonist Manse-AT (10-13) is 0.9 nM. The structure-activity relationship of antagonist Manse-AT (10-13) was also studied for the further purpose of investigating theoretically the structure factors influencing activity. These data will be useful for the design of new Manse-AT agonist and antagonist as potential pest control agents.

  8. Discovery of a Manduca sexta Allatotropin Antagonist from a Manduca sexta Allatotropin Receptor Homology Model

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    Zhen-Peng Kai

    2018-04-01

    Full Text Available Insect G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs have important roles in modulating biology, physiology and behavior. They have been identified as candidate targets for next-generation insecticides, yet these targets have been relatively poorly exploited for insect control. In this study, we present a pipeline of novel Manduca sexta allatotropin (Manse-AT antagonist discovery with homology modeling, docking, molecular dynamics simulation and structure-activity relationship. A series of truncated and alanine-replacement analogs of Manse-AT were assayed for the stimulation of juvenile hormone biosynthesis. The minimum sequence required to retain potent biological activity is the C-terminal amidated octapeptide Manse-AT (6–13. We identified three residues essential for bioactivity (Thr4, Arg6 and Phe8 by assaying alanine-replacement analogs of Manse-AT (6–13. Alanine replacement of other residues resulted in reduced potency but bioactivity was retained. The 3D structure of the receptor (Manse-ATR was built and the binding pocket was identified. The binding affinities of all the analogs were estimated by calculating the free energy of binding. The calculated binding affinities corresponded to the biological activities of the analogs, which supporting our localization of the binding pocket. Then, based on the docking and molecular dynamics studies of Manse-AT (10–13, we described it can act as a potent Manse-AT antagonist. The antagonistic effect on JH biosynthesis of Manse-AT (10–13 validated our hypothesis. The IC50 value of antagonist Manse-AT (10–13 is 0.9 nM. The structure-activity relationship of antagonist Manse-AT (10–13 was also studied for the further purpose of investigating theoretically the structure factors influencing activity. These data will be useful for the design of new Manse-AT agonist and antagonist as potential pest control agents.

  9. SIFamide in the brain of the sphinx moth, Manduca sexta.

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    Heuer, C M; Binzer, Marlene; Schachtner, J

    2012-01-01

    SIFamides form a group of highly conserved neuropeptides in insects, crustaceans, and chelicerates. Beyond their biochemical commonalities, the neuroanatomical distribution of SIFamide in the insect nervous system also shows a remarkable degree of conservation. Thus, expression of SIFamide has been found to be restricted to four neurons of the pars intercerebralis in different holometabolous species. By means of immunohistological stainings, we here show that in Manduca sexta, those four cells are complemented by additional immunoreactive cells located in the vicinity of the mushroom body calyx. Immunopositive processes form arborizations throughout the brain, innervating major neuropils like the antennal lobes, the central complex, and the optic neuropils.

  10. Manduca sexta recognition and resistance among allopolyploid Nicotiana host plants

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    Lou, Yonggen; Baldwin, Ian T.

    2003-01-01

    Allopolyploid speciation occurs instantly when the genomes of different species combine to produce self-fertile offspring and has played a central role in the evolution of higher plants, but its consequences for adaptive responses are unknown. We compare herbivore-recognition and -resistance responses of the diploid species and putative ancestral parent Nicotiana attenuata with those of the two derived allopolyploid species Nicotiana clevelandii and Nicotiana bigelovii. Manduca sexta larvae attack all three species, and in N. attenuata attack is recognized when larval oral secretions are introduced to wounds during feeding, resulting in a jasmonate burst, a systemic amplification of trypsin inhibitor accumulation, and a release of volatile organic compounds, which function as a coordinated defense response that slows caterpillar growth and increases the probability of their being attacked. Most aspects of this recognition response are retained with modifications in one allotetraploid (N. bigelovii) but lost in the other (N. clevelandii). Differences between diploid and tetraploid species were apparent in delays (maximum 1 and 0.5 h, respectively) in the jasmonate burst, the elicitation of trypsin inhibitors and release of volatile organic compounds, and the constitutive levels of nicotine, trypsin inhibitors, diterpene glycosides, rutin, and caffeoylputrescine in the leaves. Resistance to M. sexta larvae attack was most strongly associated with diterpene glycosides, which were higher in the diploid than in the two allotetraploid species. Because M. sexta elicitors differentially regulate a large proportion of the N. attenuata transcriptome, we propose that these species are suited for the study of the evolution of adaptive responses requiring trans-activation mechanisms. PMID:14530394

  11. Power distribution in the hovering flight of the hawk moth Manduca sexta

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    Zhao Liang; Deng Xinyan

    2009-01-01

    We investigated inertial and aerodynamic power consumption during hovering flight of the hawk moth Manduca sexta. The aerodynamic power was estimated based on the aerodynamic forces and torques measured on model hawk-moth wings and hovering kinematics. The inertial power was estimated based on the measured wing mass distribution and hovering kinematics. The results suggest that wing inertial power (without consideration of muscle efficiency and elastic energy storage) consumes about half of the total power expenditure. Wing areal mass density was measured to decrease sharply from the leading edge toward the trailing edge and from the wing base to the wing tip. Such a structural property helps to minimize the wing moment of inertia given a fixed amount of mass. We measured the aerodynamic forces on the rigid and flexible wings, which were made to approximate the flexural stiffness (EI) distribution and deformation of moth wings. It has been found that wings with the characteristic spanwise and chordwise decreasing EI (and mass density) are beneficial for power efficiency while generating aerodynamic forces comparative to rigid wings. Furthermore, negative work to aid pitching in stroke reversals from aerodynamic forces was found, and it showed that the aerodynamic force contributes partially to passive pitching of the wing

  12. Nitric oxide affects short-term olfactory memory in the antennal lobe of Manduca sexta.

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    Gage, Stephanie L; Daly, Kevin C; Nighorn, Alan

    2013-09-01

    Nitric oxide (NO) is thought to play an important neuromodulatory role in olfaction. We are using the hawkmoth Manduca sexta to investigate the function of NO signaling in the antennal lobe (AL; the primary olfactory network in invertebrates). We have found previously that NO is present at baseline levels, dramatically increases in response to odor stimulation, and alters the electrophysiology of AL neurons. It is unclear, however, how these effects contribute to common features of olfactory systems such as olfactory learning and memory, odor detection and odor discrimination. In this study, we used chemical detection and a behavioral approach to further examine the function of NO in the AL. We found that basal levels of NO fluctuate with the daily light cycle, being higher during the nocturnal active period. NO also appears to be necessary for short-term olfactory memory. NO does not appear to affect odor detection, odor discrimination between dissimilar odorants, or learning acquisition. These findings suggest a modulatory role for NO in the timing of olfactory-guided behaviors.

  13. Context- and scale-dependent effects of floral CO2 on nectar foraging by Manduca sexta.

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    Goyret, Joaquín; Markwell, Poppy M; Raguso, Robert A

    2008-03-25

    Typically, animal pollinators are attracted to flowers by sensory stimuli in the form of pigments, volatiles, and cuticular substances (hairs, waxes) derived from plant secondary metabolism. Few studies have addressed the extent to which primary plant metabolites, such as respiratory carbon dioxide (CO(2)), may function as pollinator attractants. Night-blooming flowers of Datura wrightii show transient emissions of up to 200 ppm above-ambient CO(2) at anthesis, when nectar rewards are richest. Their main hawkmoth pollinator, Manduca sexta, can perceive minute variation (0.5 ppm) in CO(2) concentration through labial pit organs whose receptor neurons project afferents to the antennal lobe. We explored the behavioral responses of M. sexta to artificial flowers with different combinations of CO(2), visual, and olfactory stimuli using a laminar flow wind tunnel. Responses in no-choice assays were scale-dependent; CO(2) functioned as an olfactory distance-attractant redundant to floral scent, as each stimulus elicited upwind tracking flights. However, CO(2) played no role in probing behavior at the flower. Male moths showed significant bias in first-approach and probing choice of scented flowers with above-ambient CO(2) over those with ambient CO(2), whereas females showed similar bias only in the presence of host plant (tomato) leaf volatiles. Nevertheless, all males and females probed both flowers regardless of their first choice. While floral CO(2) unequivocally affects male appetitive responses, the context-dependence of female responses suggests that they may use floral CO(2) as a distance indicator of host plant quality during mixed feeding-oviposition bouts on Datura and Nicotiana plants.

  14. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Alimentary Tract Development in Manduca sexta.

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    Ian J Rowland

    Full Text Available Non-invasive 3D magnetic resonance imaging techniques were used to investigate metamorphosis of the alimentary tract of Manduca sexta from the larval to the adult stage. The larval midgut contracts in volume immediately following cessation of feeding and then greatly enlarges during the late pharate pupal period. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed that the foregut and hindgut of the pharate pupa undergo ecdysis considerably earlier than the external exoskeleton. Expansion of air sacs in the early pupa and development of flight muscles several days later appear to orient the midgut into its adult position in the abdomen. The crop, an adult auxiliary storage organ, begins development as a dorsal outgrowth of the foregut. This coincides with a reported increase in pupal ecdysteroid titers. An outgrowth of the hindgut, the rectal sac, appears several days later and continues to expand until it nearly fills the dorsal half of the abdominal cavity. This development correlates with a second rise in pupal ecdysteroid titers. In the pharate pupa, the presence of paramagnetic species renders the silk glands hyperintense.

  15. The role of low levels of juvenile hormone Esterase in the metamorphosis of Manduca sexta

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    M.H. Browder

    2001-10-01

    Full Text Available The activity of juvenile hormone esterase (JHE in feeding fifth instar larvae of Manduca sexta increases gradually with larval weight and rises to a peak after larvae pass the critical weight when juvenile hormone secretion ceases. Starvation of larvae of Manduca sexta (L. that had exceeded the critical weight inhibited peak levels of JHE, but did not delay entry into the wandering stage when larvae leave the plant in search of a pupation site. This suggests that peak levels of JHE may not be essential for the normal timing of metamorphosis. Starved larvae pupated normally, indicating the peak of JHE was not necessary for a morphologically normal pupation. Treatments of larvae with the selective JHE inhibitor O-ethyl-S-phenyl phosphoramidothiolate (EPPAT that began immediately after larvae achieved the critical weight (6.0 to 6.5 grams for our strain of Manduca delayed entry into the wandering stage. By contrast, EPPAT treatment of larvae at weights above 8.0g had no effect on the subsequent timing of the onset of wandering. Therefore, although the normal timing of the onset of wandering does not require peak levels of JHE, it requires low to moderate levels of JHE to be present until larvae reach a weight of about 8.0g.

  16. JST Thesaurus Headwords and Synonyms: Manduca sexta [MeCab user dictionary for science technology term[Archive

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    Full Text Available MeCab user dictionary for science technology term Manduca sexta 名詞 一般 * * * * Mandu...ca sexta Manduca sexta エムエイエヌディーユーシーエイ エスイーエックスティーエイ Thesaurus2015 200906002541687067 C LS05 UNKNOWN_2 Manduca sexta

  17. Molecular cloning of the prothoracicotropic hormone from the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta

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    Shionoya, M.; Matsubayashi, H.; Asahina, Masako; Kuniyoshi, H.; Nagata, S.; Riddiford, L. M.; Kataoka, H.

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 33, č. 8 (2003), s. 795-801 ISSN 0965-1748 Grant - others:National Science Foundation(US) IBN9005202; National Science Foundation(US) IBN9514187; JP(CZ) Ministry of Education; GA-(CZ) Science; Sports and Culture of Japan(CZ) Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Priority Areas08276101 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z6022909 Keywords : prothoracicotropic hormone * PTTH * Manduca sexta Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 2.358, year: 2003

  18. Transcript Abundance of Photorhabdus Insect-Related (Pir Toxin in Manduca sexta and Galleria mellonella Infections

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    Anaïs Castagnola

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we assessed pirAB toxin transcription in Photorhabdus luminescens laumondii (strain TT01 (Enterobacteriaceae by comparing mRNA abundance under in vivo and in vitro conditions. In vivo assays considered both natural and forced infections with two lepidopteran hosts: Galleria mellonella and Manduca sexta. Three portals of entry were utilized for the forced infection assays: (a integument; (b the digestive route (via mouth and anus; and (c the tracheal route (via spiracles. We also assessed plu4093-2 transcription during the course of a natural infection; this is when the bacteria are delivered by Heterorhabditis bacteriophora nematodes. Transcript abundance in G. mellonella was higher than in M. sexta at two of the observed time points: 15 and 18 h. Expression of pirAB plu4093-2 reached above endogenous control levels at 22 h in G. mellonella but not in M. sexta. Overall, pirAB plu4093-2 transcripts were not as highly expressed in M. sexta as in G. mellonella, from 15 to 22 h. This is the first study to directly compare pirAB plu4093-2 toxin transcript production considering different portals of entry.

  19. Pyrosequencing the Manduca sexta larval midgut transcriptome: messages for digestion, detoxification and defence.

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    Pauchet, Y; Wilkinson, P; Vogel, H; Nelson, D R; Reynolds, S E; Heckel, D G; ffrench-Constant, R H

    2010-02-01

    The tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta is an important model for insect physiology but genomic and transcriptomic data are currently lacking. Following a recent pyrosequencing study generating immune related expressed sequence tags (ESTs), here we use this new technology to define the M. sexta larval midgut transcriptome. We generated over 387,000 midgut ESTs, using a combination of Sanger and 454 sequencing, and classified predicted proteins into those involved in digestion, detoxification and immunity. In many cases the depth of 454 pyrosequencing coverage allowed us to define the entire cDNA sequence of a particular gene. Many new M. sexta genes are described including up to 36 new cytochrome P450s, some of which have been implicated in the metabolism of host plant-derived nicotine. New lepidopteran gene families such as the beta-fructofuranosidases, previously thought to be restricted to Bombyx mori, are also described. An unexpectedly high number of ESTs were involved in immunity, for example 39 contigs encoding serpins, and the increasingly appreciated role of the midgut in insect immunity is discussed. Similar studies of other tissues will allow for a tissue by tissue description of the M. sexta transcriptome and will form an essential complimentary step on the road to genome sequencing and annotation.

  20. Isolation and maintenance-free culture of contractile myotubes from Manduca sexta embryos.

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    Amanda L Baryshyan

    Full Text Available Skeletal muscle tissue engineering has the potential to treat tissue loss and degenerative diseases. However, these systems are also applicable for a variety of devices where actuation is needed, such as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS and robotics. Most current efforts to generate muscle bioactuators are focused on using mammalian cells, which require exacting conditions for survival and function. In contrast, invertebrate cells are more environmentally robust, metabolically adaptable and relatively autonomous. Our hypothesis is that the use of invertebrate muscle cells will obviate many of the limitations encountered when mammalian cells are used for bioactuation. We focus on the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, due to its easy availability, large size and well-characterized muscle contractile properties. Using isolated embryonic cells, we have developed culture conditions to grow and characterize contractile M. sexta muscles. The insect hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone was used to induce differentiation in the system, resulting in cells that stained positive for myosin, contract spontaneously for the duration of the culture, and do not require media changes over periods of more than a month. These cells proliferate under normal conditions, but the application of juvenile hormone induced further proliferation and inhibited differentiation. Cellular metabolism under normal and low glucose conditions was compared for C2C12 mouse and M. sexta myoblast cells. While differentiated C2C12 cells consumed glucose and produced lactate over one week as expected, M. sexta muscle did not consume significant glucose, and lactate production exceeded mammalian muscle production on a per cell basis. Contractile properties were evaluated using index of movement analysis, which demonstrated the potential of these cells to perform mechanical work. The ability of cultured M. sexta muscle to continuously function at ambient conditions without medium replenishment

  1. A flight sensory-motor to olfactory processing circuit in the moth Manduca sexta

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    Samual P Bradley

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Neural circuits projecting information from motor pathways to sensory pathways are common across sensory domains. These circuits typically modify sensory function as a result of motor pattern activation; this is particularly so in cases where the resultant behavior affects the sensory experience or its processing. However, such circuits have not been observed projecting to an olfactory pathway in any species despite well characterized active sampling behaviors that produce reafferent mechanical stimuli, such as sniffing in mammals and wing beating in the moth Manduca sexta. In this study we characterize a circuit that connects a flight sensory-motor center to an olfactory center in Manduca. This circuit consists of a single pair of histamine immunoreactive (HA-ir neurons that project from the mesothoracic ganglion to innervate a subset of ventral antennal lobe (AL glomeruli. Furthermore, within the AL we show that the Manduca sexta histamine B receptor (MsHisClB is exclusively expressed by a subset of GABAergic and peptidergic LNs, which broadly project to all olfactory glomeruli. Finally, the HA-ir cell pair is present in fifth stage instar larvae; however, the absence of MsHisClB-ir in the larval antennal center (LAC indicates that the circuit is incomplete prior to metamorphosis and importantly prior to the expression of flight behavior. Although the functional consequences of this circuit remain unknown, these results provide the first detailed description of a circuit that interconnects an olfactory system with motor centers driving flight behaviors including odor-guided flight.

  2. Flexible responses to visual and olfactory stimuli by foraging Manduca sexta: larval nutrition affects adult behaviour.

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    Goyret, Joaquín; Kelber, Almut; Pfaff, Michael; Raguso, Robert A

    2009-08-07

    Here, we show that the consequences of deficient micronutrient (beta-carotene) intake during larval stages of Manduca sexta are carried across metamorphosis, affecting adult behaviour. Our manipulation of larval diet allowed us to examine how developmental plasticity impacts the interplay between visual and olfactory inputs on adult foraging behaviour. Larvae of M. sexta were reared on natural (Nicotiana tabacum) and artificial laboratory diets containing different concentrations of beta-carotene (standard diet, low beta-carotene, high beta-carotene and cornmeal). This vitamin-A precursor has been shown to be crucial for photoreception sensitivity in the retina of M. sexta. After completing development, post-metamorphosis, starved adults were presented with artificial feeders that could be either scented or unscented. Regardless of their larval diet, adult moths fed with relatively high probabilities on scented feeders. When feeders were unscented, moths reared on tobacco were more responsive than moths reared on beta-carotene-deficient artificial diets. Strikingly, moths reared on artificial diets supplemented with increasing amounts of beta-carotene (low beta and high beta) showed increasing probabilities of response to scentless feeders. We discuss these results in relationship to the use of complex, multi-modal sensory information by foraging animals.

  3. Identification of chemosensory receptor genes in Manduca sexta and knockdown by RNA interference

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    Howlett Natalie

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Insects detect environmental chemicals via a large and rapidly evolving family of chemosensory receptor proteins. Although our understanding of the molecular genetic basis for Drosophila chemoreception has increased enormously in the last decade, similar understanding in other insects remains limited. The tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, has long been an important model for insect chemosensation, particularly from ecological, behavioral, and physiological standpoints. It is also a major agricultural pest on solanaceous crops. However, little sequence information and lack of genetic tools has prevented molecular genetic analysis in this species. The ability to connect molecular genetic mechanisms, including potential lineage-specific changes in chemosensory genes, to ecologically relevant behaviors and specializations in M. sexta would be greatly beneficial. Results Here, we sequenced transcriptomes from adult and larval chemosensory tissues and identified chemosensory genes based on sequence homology. We also used dsRNA feeding as a method to induce RNA interference in larval chemosensory tissues. Conclusions We report identification of new chemosensory receptor genes including 17 novel odorant receptors and one novel gustatory receptor. Further, we demonstrate that systemic RNA interference can be used in larval olfactory neurons to reduce expression of chemosensory receptor transcripts. Together, our results further the development of M. sexta as a model for functional analysis of insect chemosensation.

  4. How does a diurnal hawkmoth find nectar? Differences in sensory control with a nocturnal relative

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    Joaquín Goyret; Almut Kelber

    2011-01-01

    Recent research shows that a nocturnal hawkmoth, Manduca sexta, inspects flowers in search for nectar by means of a series of hovering and proboscis movements controlled by different sensory modalities, mainly vision and mechanoreception. The diurnal Macroglossum stellatarum is a closely related hawkmoth challenged with the same task but under illuminances 6--8 orders of magnitude higher. Here, we use flower models presenting color markings, 3D features, or both to study innate flower movemen...

  5. Multifaceted biological insights from a draft genome sequence of the tobacco hornworm moth, Manduca sexta

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    Kanost, Michael R.; Arrese, Estela L.; Cao, Xiaolong; Chen, Yun-Ru; Chellapilla, Sanjay; Goldsmith, Marian R; Grosse-Wilde, Ewald; Heckel, David G.; Herndon, Nicolae; Jiang, Haobo; Papanicolaou, Alexie; Qu, Jiaxin; Soulages, Jose L.; Vogel, Heiko; Walters, James; Waterhouse, Robert M.; Ahn, Seung-Joon; Almeida, Francisca C.; An, Chunju; Aqrawi, Peshtewani; Bretschneider, Anne; Bryant, William B.; Bucks, Sascha; Chao, Hsu; Chevignon, Germain; Christen, Jayne M.; Clarke, David F.; Dittmer, Neal T.; Ferguson, Laura C.F.; Garavelou, Spyridoula; Gordon, Karl H.J.; Gunaratna, Ramesh T.; Han, Yi; Hauser, Frank; He, Yan; Heidel-Fischer, Hanna; Hirsh, Ariana; Hu, Yingxia; Jiang, Hongbo; Kalra, Divya; Klinner, Christian; König, Christopher; Kovar, Christie; Kroll, Ashley R.; Kuwar, Suyog S.; Lee, Sandy L.; Lehman, Rüdiger; Li, Kai; Li, Zhaofei; Liang, Hanquan; Lovelace, Shanna; Lu, Zhiqiang; Mansfield, Jennifer H.; McCulloch, Kyle J.; Mathew, Tittu; Morton, Brian; Muzny, Donna M.; Neunemann, David; Ongeri, Fiona; Pauchet, Yannick; Pu, Ling-Ling; Pyrousis, Ioannis; Rao, Xiang-Jun; Redding, Amanda; Roesel, Charles; Sanchez-Gracia, Alejandro; Schaack, Sarah; Shukla, Aditi; Tetreau, Guillaume; Wang, Yang; Xiong, Guang-Hua; Traut, Walther; Walsh, Tom K.; Worley, Kim C.; Wu, Di; Wu, Wenbi; Wu, Yuan-Qing; Zhang, Xiufeng; Zou, Zhen; Zucker, Hannah; Briscoe, Adriana D.; Burmester, Thorsten; Clem, Rollie J.; Feyereisen, René; Grimmelikhuijzen, Cornelis J.P; Hamodrakas, Stavros J.; Hansson, Bill S.; Huguet, Elisabeth; Jermiin, Lars S.; Lan, Que; Lehman, Herman K.; Lorenzen, Marce; Merzendorfer, Hans; Michalopoulos, Ioannis; Morton, David B.; Muthukrishnan, Subbaratnam; Oakeshott, John G.; Palmer, Will; Park, Yoonseong; Passarelli, A. Lorena; Rozas, Julio; Schwartz, Lawrence M.; Smith, Wendy; Southgate, Agnes; Vilcinskas, Andreas; Vogt, Richard; Wang, Ping; Werren, John; Yu, Xiao-Qiang; Zhou, Jing-Jiang; Brown, Susan J.; Scherer, Steven E.; Richards, Stephen; Blissard, Gary W.

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    Manduca sexta, known as the tobacco hornworm or Carolina sphinx moth, is a lepidopteran insect that is used extensively as a model system for research in insect biochemistry, physiology, neurobiology, development, and immunity. One important benefit of this species as an experimental model is its extremely large size, reaching more than 10 g in the larval stage. M. sexta larvae feed on solanaceous plants and thus must tolerate a substantial challenge from plant allelochemicals, including nicotine. We report the sequence and annotation of the M. sexta genome, and a survey of gene expression in various tissues and developmental stages. The Msex_1.0 genome assembly resulted in a total genome size of 419.4 Mbp. Repetitive sequences accounted for 25.8% of the assembled genome. The official gene set is comprised of 15,451 protein-coding genes, of which 2498 were manually curated. Extensive RNA-seq data from many tissues and developmental stages were used to improve gene models and for insights into gene expression patterns. Genome wide synteny analysis indicated a high level of macrosynteny in the Lepidoptera. Annotation and analyses were carried out for gene families involved in a wide spectrum of biological processes, including apoptosis, vacuole sorting, growth and development, structures of exoskeleton, egg shells, and muscle, vision, chemosensation, ion channels, signal transduction, neuropeptide signaling, neurotransmitter synthesis and transport, nicotine tolerance, lipid metabolism, and immunity. This genome sequence, annotation, and analysis provide an important new resource from a well-studied model insect species and will facilitate further biochemical and mechanistic experimental studies of many biological systems in insects. PMID:27522922

  6. Extensive conserved synteny of genes between the karyotypes of Manduca sexta and Bombyx mori revealed by BAC-FISH mapping

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    Yasukochi, Y.; Tanaka-Okuyama, M.; Shibata, F.; Yoshido, A.; Marec, František; Wu, Ch.; Zhang, H.; Goldsmith, M. R.; Sahara, K.

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    Roč. 4, č. 10 (2009), e7465 E-ISSN 1932-6203 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA206/06/1860; GA AV ČR IAA600960925 Grant - others:Japan Society for the Promotion of Science(JP) 18380037; National Science Foundation(US) IBN020838 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50070508 Keywords : Manduca sexta Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 4.351, year: 2009

  7. Characterization of the gut bacterial community in Manduca sexta and effect of antibiotics on bacterial diversity and nematode reproduction.

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    van der Hoeven, Ransome; Betrabet, Geeta; Forst, Steven

    2008-09-01

    The tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, is a model lepidopteran insect used to study the pathogenic and mutualistic phases of entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) and their bacterial symbionts. While intestinal microbial communities could potentially compete with the EPN and its bacterial partner for nutrient resources of the insect, the microbial gut community had not been characterized previously. Here, we show that the midgut of M. sexta raised on an artificial diet contained mostly Gram-positive cocci and coryneforms including Staphylococcus, Pediococcus, Micrococcus and Corynebacterium. Major perturbation in the gut community was observed on addition of antibiotics to the diet. Paenibacillus and several Proteobacteria such as Methylobacterium, Sphingomonas and Acinetobacter were primary genera identified under these conditions. Furthermore, the reproduction of the nematode Steinernema carpocapsae was less efficient, and the level of nematode colonization by its symbiont Xenorhabdus nematophila reduced, in insects reared on a diet containing antibiotics. The effect of antibiotics and perturbation of gut microbiota on nematode reproduction is discussed.

  8. Ecdysteroids affect in vivo protein metabolism of the flight muscle of the tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta)

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    Tischler, M. E.; Wu, M.; Cook, P.; Hodsden, S.

    1990-01-01

    Ecdysteroid growth promotion of the dorsolongitudinal flight muscle of Manduca sexta was studied by measuring in vivo protein metabolism using both "flooding-dose" and "non-carrier" techniques. These procedures differ in that the former method includes injection of non-labelled phenylalanine (30 micromoles/insect) together with the [3H]amino acid. Injected radioactivity plateaued in the haemolymph within 7 min. With the flooding-dose method, haemolymph and intramuscular specific radioactivities were similar between 15 min and 2 h. Incorporation of [3H]phenylalanine into muscle protein was linear with either method between 30 and 120 min. Fractional rates (%/12 h) of synthesis with the flooding-dose technique were best measured after 1 h because of the initial delay in radioactivity equilibration. Estimation of body phenylalanine turnover with the non-carrier method showed 24-53%/h which was negligible with the flooding-dose method. Since the two methods yielded similar rates of protein synthesis, the large injection of non-labelled amino acid did not alter the rate of synthesis. Because the flooding-dose technique requires only a single time point measurement, it is the preferred method. The decline and eventual cessation of flight-muscle growth was mostly a consequence of declining protein synthesis though degradation increased between 76-86 h before eclosion and was relatively rapid. This decline in muscle growth could be prevented by treating pupae with 20-hydroxyecdysone (10 micrograms/insect). Protein accretion was promoted by a decline of up to 80% in protein breakdown, which was offset in part by a concurrent though much smaller decrease in protein synthesis. Therefore, ecdysteroids may increase flight-muscle growth by inhibiting proteolysis.

  9. Identification, characterization and developmental expression of Halloween genes encoding P450 enzymes mediating ecdysone biosynthesis in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta

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    Rewitz, Kim; Rybczynski, Robert; Warren, James T.

    2006-01-01

    this work to the tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta, an established model for endocrinological and developmental studies. cDNA clones were obtained for three Manduca orthologs of CYP306A1 (phantom; phm, the 25-hydroxylase), CYP302A1 (disembodied; dib, the 22-hydroxylase) and CYP315A1 (shadow; sad, the 2...... in the developmentally varying steroidogenic capacities of the prothoracic glands during the fifth instar. The consistent expression of the Halloween genes confirms the importance of the prothoracic glands in pupal-adult development. These studies establish Manduca as an excellent model for examining the regulation...

  10. Developmental changes in in vivo cardiac performance in the moth Manduca sexta.

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    Smits, A W; Burggren, W W; Oliveras, D

    2000-01-01

    While an extensive literature on cardiovascular development exists for insects, almost all studies focus on in vitro preparations, and very few report on more than a single developmental stage. The present study examines in vivo cardiac performance in the intact, unanesthetized larvae, pupae and adults of the tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta. For all three stages, electrode pairs of fine steel wire were inserted subcuticularly at two dorsal abdominal locations. Impedance signals produced by contraction of the dorsal abdominal vessel (tube heart) were amplified and recorded. In addition to providing heart rate, a comparison of the relative timing of the signal from each electrode pair allowed the calculation of the propagation velocity and direction of heart contraction. Experimental treatments of intact animals included exposure to hypoxia and hyperoxia (21 %, 15 %, 10 %, 5 %, 0 % and 100 % O(2)), to hypercapnia (0 %, 4 %, 8 %, 16 %, 20 % and 24 % CO(2)), to temperature variation (10, 20 and 30 degrees C) and to 2 min periods of forced activity. The pattern of contraction of the dorsal abdominal vessel of M. sexta changed substantially with developmental stage. Larvae showed a relatively simple, invariably posterior-to-anterior pattern (mean rate 34.8+/-1.16 beats min(-)(1)). The heart rate pattern in pupal M. sexta displayed great variability in rate, amplitude and direction. Periods of regular heart beats (21.5+/-1.09 beats min(-)(1)) were frequently and irregularly interrupted by periods of cardiac arrests ranging from a few seconds to over 20 min. Adults showed a highly stereotypic but complex pattern, with periods of 'fast forward' (FF; rate 47.6+/-2.6 beats min(-)(1)), 'slow forward' (SL; 32.8+/-3.0 beats min(-)(1)) and 'reversed' (R; 32.2+/-2.4 beats min(-)(1)) beating. The contraction propagation velocity in larvae and pupae averaged 5. 52+/-0.36 and 2.03+/-0.11 cm s(-)(1), respectively. The SF, R and FF phases of the adults had average propagation velocities

  11. Evaluation of the Thorax of Manduca Sexta for Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle Applications

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    subject to the effects of low Reynolds number flight. These effects extend from wind gusts to unstable aerodynamic flow and viscous dominated flow (Shyy...operate as a mechanical spring damper at resonance during flapping flight (Bolsman 2010). For wing actuation, the M.sexta has two fairly simple and...freshly eclosed moth a surface to climb up, which is an absolute necessity. The moth must climb off of the ground in order to pump fluids through

  12. Developmental distribution of CaM kinase II in the antennal lobe of the sphinx moth Manduca sexta.

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    Lohr, Christian; Bergstein, Sandra; Hirnet, Daniela

    2007-01-01

    The antennal lobe (primary olfactory center of insects) is completely reorganized during metamorphosis. This reorganization is accompanied by changing patterns of calcium signaling in neurons and glial cells. In the present study, we investigated the developmental distribution of a major calcium-dependent protein, viz., calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaM kinase II), in the antennal lobe of the sphinx moth Manduca sexta by using a monoclonal antibody. During synaptogenesis (developmental stages 6-10), we found a redistribution of CaM kinase II immunoreactivity, from a homogeneous distribution in the immature neuropil to an accumulation in the neuropil of the glomeruli. CaM kinase II immunoreactivity was less intense in olfactory receptor axons of the antennal nerve and antennal lobe glial cells. Western blot analysis revealed a growing content of CaM kinase II in antennal lobe tissue throughout metamorphosis. Injection of the CaM kinase inhibitor KN-93 into pupae resulted in a reduced number of antennal lobe glial cells migrating into the neuropil to form borders around glomeruli. The results suggest that CaM kinase II is involved in glial cell migration.

  13. Induction of Manduca sexta Larvae Caspases Expression in Midgut Cells by Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ab Toxin

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    Helena Porta

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Bacillus thuringiensis produces crystal toxins known as Cry that are highly selective against important agricultural and human health-related insect pests. Cry proteins are pore-forming toxins that interact with specific receptors in the midgut cell membrane of susceptible larvae making pores that cause osmotic shock, leading finally to insect death. In the case of pore-forming toxins that are specific to mammalian cells, death responses at low doses may induce apoptosis or pyroptosis, depending on the cell type. The death mechanism induced by Cry toxins in insect midgut cells is poorly understood. Here, we analyze the caspases expression by RT-PCR analysis, showing that the initial response of Manduca sexta midgut cells after low dose of Cry1Ab toxin administration involves a fast and transient accumulation of caspase-1 mRNA, suggesting that pyroptosis was activated by Cry1Ab toxin as an initial response but was repressed later. In contrast, caspase-3 mRNA requires a longer period of time of toxin exposure to be activated but presents a sustained activation, suggesting that apoptosis may be a cell death mechanism induced also at low dose of toxin.

  14. Inbreeding in horsenettle (Solanum carolinense) alters night-time volatile emissions that guide oviposition by Manduca sexta moths.

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    Kariyat, Rupesh R; Mauck, Kerry E; Balogh, Christopher M; Stephenson, Andrew G; Mescher, Mark C; De Moraes, Consuelo M

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    Plant volatiles serve as key foraging and oviposition cues for insect herbivores as well as their natural enemies, but little is known about how genetic variation within plant populations influences volatile-mediated interactions among plants and insects. Here, we explore how inbred and outbred plants from three maternal families of the native weed horsenettle (Solanum carolinense) vary in the emission of volatile organic compounds during the dark phase of the photoperiod, and the effects of this variation on the oviposition preferences of Manduca sexta moths, whose larvae are specialist herbivores of Solanaceae. Compared with inbred plants, outbred plants consistently released more total volatiles at night and more individual compounds-including some previously reported to repel moths and attract predators. Female moths overwhelmingly chose to lay eggs on inbred (versus outbred) plants, and this preference persisted when olfactory cues were presented in the absence of visual and contact cues. These results are consistent with our previous findings that inbred plants recruit more herbivores and suffer greater herbivory under field conditions. Furthermore, they suggest that constitutive volatiles released during the dark portion of the photoperiod can convey accurate information about plant defence status (and/or other aspects of host plant quality) to foraging herbivores.

  15. Insecticidal genes of Yersinia spp.: taxonomical distribution, contribution to toxicity towards Manduca sexta and Galleria mellonella, and evolution

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    Schachtner Joachim

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Toxin complex (Tc proteins termed TcaABC, TcdAB, and TccABC with insecticidal activity are present in a variety of bacteria including the yersiniae. Results The tc gene sequences of thirteen Yersinia strains were compared, revealing a high degree of gene order conservation, but also remarkable differences with respect to pseudogenes, sequence variability and gene duplications. Outside the tc pathogenicity island (tc-PAIYe of Y. enterocolitica strain W22703, a pseudogene (tccC2'/3' encoding proteins with homology to TccC and similarity to tyrosine phosphatases at its C-terminus was identified. PCR analysis revealed the presence of the tc-PAIYe and of tccC2'/3'-homologues in all biotype 2–5 strains tested, and their absence in most representatives of biotypes 1A and 1B. Phylogenetic analysis of 39 TccC sequences indicates the presence of the tc-PAIYe in an ancestor of Yersinia. Oral uptake experiments with Manduca sexta revealed a higher larvae lethality of Yersinia strains harbouring the tc-PAIYe in comparison to strains lacking this island. Following subcutaneous infection of Galleria mellonella larvae with five non-human pathogenic Yersinia spp. and four Y. enterocolitica strains, we observed a remarkable variability of their insecticidal activity ranging from 20% (Y. kristensenii to 90% (Y. enterocolitica strain 2594 dead larvae after five days. Strain W22703 and its tcaA deletion mutant did not exhibit a significantly different toxicity towards G. mellonella. These data confirm a role of TcaA upon oral uptake only, and suggest the presence of further insecticidal determinants in Yersinia strains formerly unknown to kill insects. Conclusion This study investigated the tc gene distribution among yersiniae and the phylogenetic relationship between TccC proteins, thus contributing novel aspects to the current discussion about the evolution of insecticidal toxins in the genus Yersinia. The toxic potential of several Yersinia

  16. Aerodynamic performance and particle image velocimetery of piezo actuated biomimetic manduca sexta engineered wings towards the design and application of a flapping wing flight vehicle

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    DeLuca, Anthony M.

    Considerable research and investigation has been conducted on the aerodynamic performance, and the predominate flow physics of the Manduca Sexta size of biomimetically designed and fabricated wings as part of the AFIT FWMAV design project. Despite a burgeoning interest and research into the diverse field of flapping wing flight and biomimicry, the aerodynamics of flapping wing flight remains a nebulous field of science with considerable variance into the theoretical abstractions surrounding aerodynamic mechanisms responsible for aerial performance. Traditional FWMAV flight models assume a form of a quasi-steady approximation of wing aerodynamics based on an infinite wing blade element model (BEM). An accurate estimation of the lift, drag, and side force coefficients is a critical component of autonomous stability and control models. This research focused on two separate experimental avenues into the aerodynamics of AFIT's engineered hawkmoth wings|forces and flow visualization. 1. Six degree of freedom force balance testing, and high speed video analysis was conducted on 30°, 45°, and 60° angle stop wings. A novel, non-intrusive optical tracking algorithm was developed utilizing a combination of a Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM) and ComputerVision (OpenCV) tools to track the wing in motion from multiple cameras. A complete mapping of the wing's kinematic angles as a function of driving amplitude was performed. The stroke angle, elevation angle, and angle of attack were tabulated for all three wings at driving amplitudes ranging from A=0.3 to A=0.6. The wing kinematics together with the force balance data was used to develop several aerodynamic force coefficient models. A combined translational and rotational aerodynamic model predicted lift forces within 10%, and vertical forces within 6%. The total power consumption was calculated for each of the three wings, and a Figure of Merit was calculated for each wing as a general expression of the overall efficiency of

  17. Development of A-type allatostatin immunoreactivity in antennal lobe neurons of the sphinx moth Manduca sexta.

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    Utz, Sandra; Schachtner, Joachim

    2005-04-01

    The antennal lobe (AL) of the sphinx moth Manduca sexta is a well-established model system for studying mechanisms of neuronal development. To understand whether neuropeptides are suited to playing a role during AL development, we have studied the cellular localization and temporal expression pattern of neuropeptides of the A-type allatostatin family. Based on morphology and developmental appearance, we distinguished four types of AST-A-immunoreactive cell types. The majority of the cells were local interneurons of the AL (type Ia) which acquired AST-A immunostaining in a complex pattern consisting of three rising (RI-RIII) and two declining phases (DI, DII). Type Ib neurons consisted of two local neurons with large cell bodies not appearing before 7/8 days after pupal ecdysis (P7/P8). Types II and III neurons accounted for single centrifugal neurons, with type II neurons present in the larva and disappearing in the early pupa. The type III neuron did not appear before P7/P8. RI and RII coincided with the rises of the ecdysteroid hemolymph titer. Artificially shifting the pupal 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) peak to an earlier developmental time point resulted in the precocious appearance of AST-A immunostaining in types Ia, Ib, and III neurons. This result supports the hypothesis that the pupal rise in 20E plays a role in AST-A expression during AL development. Because of their early appearance in newly forming glomeruli, AST-A-immunoreactive fibers could be involved in glomerulus formation. Diffuse AST-A labeling during early AL development is discussed as a possible signal providing information for ingrowing olfactory receptor neurons.

  18. Immunocytochemical localization of choline acetyltransferase and muscarinic ACh receptors in the antenna during development of the sphinx moth Manduca sexta.

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    Clark, Julie; Meisner, Shannon; Torkkeli, Päivi H

    2005-04-01

    Immunocytochemistry with monoclonal antibodies was used to investigate the locations of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChR) and choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) in sections of the developing antennae of the moth Manduca sexta. The results were correlated with a previous morphological investigation in the developing antennae which allowed us to locate different cell types at various stages of development. Our findings indicated that the muscarinic cholinergic system was not restricted to the sensory neurons but was also present in glial and epidermal cells. By day 4-5 of adult development, immunoreactivity against both antibodies was present in the axons of the antennal nerve, and more intense labeling was present in sections from older pupae. At days 4-9, the cell bodies of the sensory neurons in the basal part of the epidermis were also intensely immunolabeled by the anti-mAChR antibody. In mature flagella, large numbers of cells, some with processes into hairs, were strongly labeled by both antibodies. Antennal glial cells were intensely immunolabeled with both antibodies by days 4-5, but in later stages, it was not possible to discriminate between glial and neural staining. At days 4-9, we observed a distinctly labeled layer of epidermal cells close to the developing cuticle. The expression of both ChAT and mAChRs by neurons in moth antennae may allow the regulation of excitability by endogenous ACh. Cholinergic communication between neurons and glia may be part of the system that guides axon elongation during development. The cholinergic system in the apical part of the developing epidermis could be involved in cuticle formation.

  19. A subpopulation of mushroom body intrinsic neurons is generated by protocerebral neuroblasts in the tobacco hornworm moth, Manduca sexta (Sphingidae, Lepidoptera)

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    Farris, Sarah M.; Pettrey, Colleen; Daly, Kevin C.

    2010-01-01

    Subpopulations of Kenyon cells, the intrinsic neurons of the insect mushroom bodies, are typically sequentially generated by dedicated neuroblasts that begin proliferating during embryogenesis. When present, Class III Kenyon cells are thought to be the first born population of neurons by virtue of the location of their cell somata, farthest from the position of the mushroom body neuroblasts. In the adult tobacco hornworm moth Manduca sexta, the axons of Class III Kenyon cells form a separate Y tract and dorsal and ventral lobelet; surprisingly, these distinctive structures are absent from the larval Manduca mushroom bodies. BrdU labeling and immunohistochemical staining reveal that Class III Kenyon cells are in fact born in the mid-larval through adult stages. The peripheral position of their cell bodies is due to their genesis from two previously undescribed protocerebral neuroblasts distinct from the mushroom body neuroblasts that generate the other Kenyon cell types. These findings challenge the notion that all Kenyon cells are produced solely by the mushroom body neuroblasts, and may explain why Class III Kenyon cells are found sporadically across the insects, suggesting that when present, they may arise through de novo recruitment of neuroblasts outside of the mushroom bodies. In addition, lifelong neurogenesis by both the Class III neuroblasts and the mushroom body neuroblasts was observed, raising the possibility that adult neurogenesis may play a role in mushroom body function in Manduca. PMID:21040804

  20. Development and steroid regulation of RFamide immunoreactivity in antennal-lobe neurons of the sphinx moth Manduca sexta.

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    Schachtner, Joachim; Trosowski, Björn; D'Hanis, Wolfgang; Stubner, Stephan; Homberg, Uwe

    2004-06-01

    During metamorphosis, the insect nervous system undergoes considerable remodeling: new neurons are integrated while larval neurons are remodeled or eliminated. To understand further the mechanisms involved in transforming larval to adult tissue we have mapped the metamorphic changes in a particularly well established brain area, the antennal lobe of the sphinx moth Manduca sexta, using an antiserum recognizing RFamide-related neuropeptides. Five types of RFamide-immunoreactive (ir) neurons could be distinguished in the antennal lobe, based on morphology and developmental appearance. Four cell types (types II-V, each consisting of one or two cells) showed RFamide immunostaining in the larva that persisted into metamorphosis. By contrast, the most prominent group (type I), a mixed population of local and projection neurons consisting of about 60 neurons in the adult antennal lobe, acquired immunostaining in a two-step process during metamorphosis. In a first step, from 5 to 7 days after pupal ecdysis, the number of labeled neurons reached about 25. In a second step, starting about 4 days later, the number of RFamide-ir neurons increased within 6 days to about 60. This two-step process parallels the rise and fall of the developmental hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) in the hemolymph. Artificially shifting the 20E peak to an earlier developmental time point resulted in the precocious appearance of RFamide immunostaining and led to premature formation of glomeruli. Prolonging high 20E concentrations to stages when the hormone titer starts to decline had no effect on the second increase of immunostained cell numbers. These results support the idea that the rise in 20E, which occurs after pupal ecdysis, plays a role in the first phase of RFamide expression and in glomeruli formation in the developing antennal lobes. The role of 20E in the second phase of RFamide expression is less clear, but increased cell numbers showing RFamide-ir do not appear to be a consequence of

  1. 3D-Reconstructions and Virtual 4D-Visualization to Study Metamorphic Brain Development in the Sphinx Moth Manduca Sexta.

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    Huetteroth, Wolf; El Jundi, Basil; El Jundi, Sirri; Schachtner, Joachim

    2010-01-01

    DURING METAMORPHOSIS, THE TRANSITION FROM THE LARVA TO THE ADULT, THE INSECT BRAIN UNDERGOES CONSIDERABLE REMODELING: new neurons are integrated while larval neurons are remodeled or eliminated. One well acknowledged model to study metamorphic brain development is the sphinx moth Manduca sexta. To further understand mechanisms involved in the metamorphic transition of the brain we generated a 3D standard brain based on selected brain areas of adult females and 3D reconstructed the same areas during defined stages of pupal development. Selected brain areas include for example mushroom bodies, central complex, antennal- and optic lobes. With this approach we eventually want to quantify developmental changes in neuropilar architecture, but also quantify changes in the neuronal complement and monitor the development of selected neuronal populations. Furthermore, we used a modeling software (Cinema 4D) to create a virtual 4D brain, morphing through its developmental stages. Thus the didactical advantages of 3D visualization are expanded to better comprehend complex processes of neuropil formation and remodeling during development. To obtain datasets of the M. sexta brain areas, we stained whole brains with an antiserum against the synaptic vesicle protein synapsin. Such labeled brains were then scanned with a confocal laser scanning microscope and selected neuropils were reconstructed with the 3D software AMIRA 4.1.

  2. 3D-reconstructions and virtual 4D-visualization to study metamorphic brain development in the sphinx moth Manduca sexta

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    Wolf Huetteroth

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available During metamorphosis, the transition from the larva to the adult, the insect brain undergoes considerable remodeling: New neurons are integrated while larval neurons are remodeled or eliminated. One well acknowledged model to study metamorphic brain development is the sphinx moth Manduca sexta. To further understand mechanisms involved in the metamorphic transition of the brain we generated a 3D standard brain based on selected brain areas of adult females and 3D reconstructed the same areas during defined stages of pupal development. Selected brain areas include for example mushroom bodies, central complex, antennal- and optic lobes. With this approach we eventually want to quantify developmental changes in neuropilar architecture, but also quantify changes in the neuronal complement and monitor the development of selected neuronal populations. Furthermore, we used a modeling software (Cinema 4D to create a virtual 4D brain, morphing through its developmental stages. Thus the didactical advantages of 3D visualization are expanded to better comprehend complex processes of neuropil formation and remodeling during development. To obtain datasets of the M. sexta brain areas, we stained whole brains with an antiserum against the synaptic vesicle protein synapsin. Such labeled brains were then scanned with a confocal laser scanning microscope and selected neuropils were reconstructed with the 3D software AMIRA 4.1.

  3. Mas-allatotropin in the developing antennal lobe of the sphinx moth Manduca sexta: distribution, time course, developmental regulation, and colocalization with other neuropeptides.

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    Utz, Sandra; Huetteroth, Wolf; Vömel, Matthias; Schachtner, Joachim

    2008-01-01

    The paired antennal lobes (ALs) of the sphinx moth Manduca sexta serve as a well-established model for studying development of the primary integration centers for odor information in the brain. To further reveal the role of neuropeptides during AL development, we have analyzed cellular distribution, developmental time course, and regulation of the neuropeptide M. sexta allatotropin (Mas-AT). On the basis of morphology and appearance during AL formation, seven major types of Mas-AT-immunoreactive (ir) cells could be distinguished. Mas-AT-ir cells are identified as local, projection, and centrifugal neurons, which are either persisting larval or newly added adult-specific neurons. Complementary immunostaining with antisera against two other neuropeptide families (A-type allatostatins, RFamides) revealed colocalization within three of the Mas-AT-ir cell types. On the basis of this neurochemistry, the most prominent type of Mas-AT-ir neurons, the local AT neurons (LATn), could be divided in three subpopulations. The appearance of the Mas-AT-ir cell types occurring during metamorphosis parallels the rising titer of the developmental hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E). Artificially shifting the 20E titer to an earlier developmental time point resulted in the precocious occurrence of Mas-AT immunostaining. This result supports the hypothesis that the pupal rise of 20E is causative for Mas-AT expression during AL development. Comparing localization and developmental time course of Mas-AT and other neuropeptides with the time course of AL formation suggests various functions for these neuropeptides during development, including an involvement in the formation of the olfactory glomeruli.

  4. Effects of Quinizarin and Five Synthesized Derivatives on Fifth Larval Instar Midgut Ecdysone 20-Monooxygenase Activity of the Tobacco Hornworm Manduca sexta

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    Christopher A. Drummond

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    Full Text Available The plant allelochemical, quinizarin (1,4-dihydroxy-9,10-anthraquinone, and five anthraquinones that were synthesized from quinizarin, namely, 1,4-anthraquinone; 2-hydroxy-1,4-anthraquinone; 2-methoxy-1,4-anthraquinone; 9-hydroxy-1,4-anthraquinone; and 9-methoxy-1,4-anthraquinone, were assessed as to their effects on the essential, P450-dependent ecdysone 20-monooxygenase system of the insect model Manduca sexta (tobacco hornworm. This steroid hydroxylase converts the arthropod molting hormone, ecdysone, to the physiologically required 20-hydroxyecdysone form. M. sexta fifth larval instar midgut homogenates were incubated with increasing concentrations (10−8 to 10−3 M of each of the six anthraquinones followed by ecdysone 20-monooxygenase assessments using a radioenzymological assay. Four of the five anthraquinones exhibited I50’s of about 4×10-6 to 6×10-2 M. The most effective inhibitors were 2-methoxy-1,4-anthraquinone and 1,4-anthraquinone followed by 9-hydroxy-1,4 anthraquinone and 9-methoxy-1,4-anthraquinone. At lower concentrations the latter anthraquinone stimulated E20M activity. Quinizarin was less inhibitory and 2-hydroxy-1,4-anthraquinone was essentially without effect. Significantly, these studies make evident for the first time that anthraquinones can affect insect E20M activity, and thus insect endocrine regulation and development, and that a relationship between anthraquinone structure and effectiveness is apparent. These studies represent the first demonstrations of anthraquinones affecting any steroid hydroxylase system.

  5. A new member of the GM130 golgin subfamily is expressed in the optic lobe anlagen of the metamorphosing brain of Manduca sexta

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    Chiou-Miin Wang

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available During metamorphosis of the insect brain, the optic lobe anlagen generate the proliferation centers for the visual cortices. We show here that, in the moth Manduca sexta, an 80 kDa Golgi complex protein (Ms-golgin80 is abundantly expressed in the cytoplasm of neuroblasts and ganglion mother cells in the optic lobe anlagen and proliferation centers. The predicted amino acid sequence for Ms-golgin80 is similar to that of several members of the GM130 subfamily of Golgi-associated proteins, including rat GM130 and human golgin-95. Homologs of Ms-golgin80 from Drosophila melanogaster, Caenorhabditis elegans, and Brugia malayi were identified through homology sequence search. Sequence similarities are present in three regions: the N-terminus, an internal domain of 89 amino acids, and another domain of 89 amino acids near the C-terminus. Structural similarities further suggest that these molecules play the same cellular role as GM130. GM130 is involved in the docking and fusion of coatomer (COP I coated vesicles to the Golgi membranes; it also regulates the fragmentation and subsequent reassembly of the Golgi complex during mitosis. Abundant expression of Ms-golgin80 in neuroblasts and ganglion mother cells and its reduced expression in the neuronal progeny of these cells suggest that this protein may be involved in the maintenance of the proliferative state.

  6. Recent Advances in Insect Olfaction, Specifically Regarding the Morphology and Sensory Physiology of Antennal Sensilla of the Female Sphinx Moth Manduca sexta

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    SHIELDS, VONNIE D.C.; HILDEBRAND, JOHN G.

    2008-01-01

    The antennal flagellum of female Manduca sexta bears eight sensillum types: two trichoid, two basiconic, one auriculate, two coeloconic, and one styliform complex sensilla. The first type of trichoid sensillum averages 34 μm in length and is innervated by two sensory cells. The second type averages 26 μm in length and is innervated by either one or three sensory cells. The first type of basiconic sensillum averages 22 μm in length, while the second type averages 15 μm in length. Both types are innervated by three bipolar sensory cells. The auriculate sensillum averages 4 μm in length and is innervated by two bipolar sensory cells. The coeloconic type-A and type-B both average 2 μm in length. The former type is innervated by five bipolar sensory cells, while the latter type, by three bipolar sensory cells. The styliform complex sensillum occurs singly on each annulus and averages 38-40 μm in length. It is formed by several contiguous sensilla. Each unit is innervated by three bipolar sensory cells. A total of 2,216 sensilla were found on a single annulus (annulus 21) of the flagellum. Electrophysiological responses from type-A trichoid sensilla to a large panel of volatile odorants revealed three different subsets of olfactory receptor cells (ORCs). Two subsets responded strongly to only a narrow range of odorants, while the third responded strongly to a broad range of odorants. Anterograde labeling of ORCs from type-A trichoid sensilla revealed that their axons projected mainly to two large female glomeruli of the antennal lobe. PMID:11754510

  7. The effect of within-instar development on tracheal diameter and hypoxia-inducible factors α and β in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta.

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    Lundquist, Taylor A; Kittilson, Jeffrey D; Ahsan, Rubina; Greenlee, Kendra J

    2017-12-12

    As insects grow within an instar, body mass increases, often more than doubling. The increase in mass causes an increase in metabolic rate and hence oxygen demand. However, the insect tracheal system is hypothesized to increase only after molting and may be compressed as tissues grow within an instar. The increase in oxygen demand in the face of a potentially fixed or decreasing supply could result in hypoxia as insects near the end of an instar. To test these hypotheses, we first used synchrotron X-ray imaging to determine how diameters of large tracheae change within an instar and after molting to the next instar in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta. Large tracheae did not increase in diameter within the first, second, third, and fourth instars, but increased upon molting. To determine if insects are hypoxic at the end of instars, we used the presence of hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs) as an index. HIF-α and HIF-β dimerize in hypoxia and act as a transcription factor that turns on genes that will increase oxygen delivery. We sequenced both of these genes and measured their mRNA levels at the beginning and end of each larval instar. Finally, we obtained an antibody to HIF-α and measured protein expression during the same time. Both mRNA and protein levels of HIFs were increased at the end of most instars. These data support the hypothesis that some insects may experience hypoxia at the end of an instar, which could be a signal for molting. As caterpillars grow within an instar, major tracheae do not increase in size, while metabolic demand increases. At the same life stages, caterpillars increased expression of hypoxia inducible factors, suggesting that they become hypoxic near the end of an instar. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Binding specificity of the juvenile hormone carrier protein from the hemolymph of the tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta Johannson (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae).

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    Peterson, R C; Reich, M F; Dunn, P E; Law, J H; Katzenellnbogen, J A

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    A series of analogues of insect juvenile hormone (four geometric isomers of methyl epoxyfarnesenate, several para-substituted epoxygeranyl phenyl ethers, and epoxyfarnesol and its acetate and haloacetate derivatives) was prepared to investigate the binding specificity of the hemolymph juvenile hormone binding protein from the tobacco hornworm Manduct sexta. The relative binding affinities were determined by a competition assay against radiolabeled methyl (E,E)-3,11-dimethyl-7-ethyl-cis-10,11-epoxytrideca-2,6-dienoate (JH I). The ratio of dissociation constants was estimated by plotting competitor data according to a linear transformation of the dissociation equations describing competition of two ligands for a binding protein. The importance of the geometry of the sesquiterpene hydrocarbon chain is indicated by the fact that the binding affinity is decreased as Z (cis) double bonds are substituted for E (trans) double bonds in the methyl epoxyfarnesenate series; the unepoxidized analogues do not bind. A carboxylic ester function is important although its orientation can be reversed, as indicated by the good binding of epoxyfarnesyl acetate. In the monoterpene series, methyl epoxygeranoate shows no affinity for the binding protein, but substitution of a phenyl or p-carbomethoxyphenyl ether for the ester function imparts a low, but significant affinity. These data taken together with earlier results indicate that the binding site for juvenile hormone in the hemolymph binding protein is characterized by a sterically defined hydrophobic region with polar sites that recognize the epoxide and the ester functions.

  9. Higher-order neural processing tunes motion neurons to visual ecology in three species of hawkmoths.

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    Stöckl, A L; O'Carroll, D; Warrant, E J

    2017-06-28

    To sample information optimally, sensory systems must adapt to the ecological demands of each animal species. These adaptations can occur peripherally, in the anatomical structures of sensory organs and their receptors; and centrally, as higher-order neural processing in the brain. While a rich body of investigations has focused on peripheral adaptations, our understanding is sparse when it comes to central mechanisms. We quantified how peripheral adaptations in the eyes, and central adaptations in the wide-field motion vision system, set the trade-off between resolution and sensitivity in three species of hawkmoths active at very different light levels: nocturnal Deilephila elpenor, crepuscular Manduca sexta , and diurnal Macroglossum stellatarum. Using optical measurements and physiological recordings from the photoreceptors and wide-field motion neurons in the lobula complex, we demonstrate that all three species use spatial and temporal summation to improve visual performance in dim light. The diurnal Macroglossum relies least on summation, but can only see at brighter intensities. Manduca, with large sensitive eyes, relies less on neural summation than the smaller eyed Deilephila , but both species attain similar visual performance at nocturnal light levels. Our results reveal how the visual systems of these three hawkmoth species are intimately matched to their visual ecologies. © 2017 The Author(s).

  10. Floral Trait Variations Among Wild Tobacco Populations Influence the Foraging Behavior of Hawkmoth Pollinators

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    Alexander Haverkamp

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available Most pollinators visit flowers in the search of nectar rewards. However, as the floral nectar can often not be directly detected by pollinators, many flower visitors use secondary metabolites such as odor- or taste-proxies to anticipate nectar quantity and quality. Plants might exploit these sensory inferences of the pollinator to increase their pollination rates without increasing their caloric investment into their floral rewards. Here we investigated the effects of natural variation in certain primary and secondary floral metabolites in three populations of the wild tobacco, Nicotiana attenuata, on the pollination behavior of the hawkmoth Manduca sexta. Although offering the same caloric value per flower, the plants of these populations differ in the compositions and concentrations of sugars within the nectar. Moreover, the flowers of these plants emitted highly contrasting levels of attractive floral volatiles (benzyl acetone, but did not differ in the amounts of defensive nectar metabolites (nicotine. In wind tunnel assays with M. sexta moths, plants from those populations that released the largest amount of benzyl acetone as well as those that had a higher ratio of nectar sucrose were more frequently visited and re-visited by the hawkmoth. High emissions of benzyl acetone additionally correlated with a higher time investment of the moths into individual flowers on each visit, leading to the largest foraging success of the moths on those flowers that were most strongly scented. We propose that it is the variation of flower metabolites and their detection by the pollinator rather than the actual caloric value of the nectar, which determines pollinator visitations to a certain flower population. Hence, plants could potentially create a specialist pollinator community by altering their floral signals, either by producing volatiles that pollinators prefer or by providing nectar sugars that pollinators are most sensitive to, while at the same

  11. Schlieren photography on freely flying hawkmoth.

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    Liu, Yun; Roll, Jesse; Van Kooten, Stephen; Deng, Xinyan

    2018-05-01

    The aerodynamic force on flying insects results from the vortical flow structures that vary both spatially and temporally throughout flight. Due to these complexities and the inherent difficulties in studying flying insects in a natural setting, a complete picture of the vortical flow has been difficult to obtain experimentally. In this paper, Schlieren , a widely used technique for highspeed flow visualization, was adapted to capture the vortex structures around freely flying hawkmoth ( Manduca ). Flow features such as leading-edge vortex, trailing-edge vortex, as well as the full vortex system in the wake were visualized directly. Quantification of the flow from the Schlieren images was then obtained by applying a physics-based optical flow method, extending the potential applications of the method to further studies of flying insects. © 2018 The Author(s).

  12. Aerodynamic performance of a hovering hawkmoth with flexible wings: a computational approach

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    Nakata, Toshiyuki; Liu, Hao

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    Insect wings are deformable structures that change shape passively and dynamically owing to inertial and aerodynamic forces during flight. It is still unclear how the three-dimensional and passive change of wing kinematics owing to inherent wing flexibility contributes to unsteady aerodynamics and energetics in insect flapping flight. Here, we perform a systematic fluid-structure interaction based analysis on the aerodynamic performance of a hovering hawkmoth, Manduca, with an integrated comp...

  13. Span efficiency in hawkmoths.

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    Henningsson, Per; Bomphrey, Richard J

    2013-07-06

    Flight in animals is the result of aerodynamic forces generated as flight muscles drive the wings through air. Aerial performance is therefore limited by the efficiency with which momentum is imparted to the air, a property that can be measured using modern techniques. We measured the induced flow fields around six hawkmoth species flying tethered in a wind tunnel to assess span efficiency, ei, and from these measurements, determined the morphological and kinematic characters that predict efficient flight. The species were selected to represent a range in wingspan from 40 to 110 mm (2.75 times) and in mass from 0.2 to 1.5 g (7.5 times) but they were similar in their overall shape and their ecology. From high spatio-temporal resolution quantitative wake images, we extracted time-resolved downwash distributions behind the hawkmoths, calculating instantaneous values of ei throughout the wingbeat cycle as well as multi-wingbeat averages. Span efficiency correlated positively with normalized lift and negatively with advance ratio. Average span efficiencies for the moths ranged from 0.31 to 0.60 showing that the standard generic value of 0.83 used in previous studies of animal flight is not a suitable approximation of aerodynamic performance in insects.

  14. Mechanical aspects of heartbeat reversal in pupae of Manduca sexta

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    Sláma, Karel

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 49, - (2003), s. 645-657 ISSN 0022-1910 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z5007907 Keywords : anterograde heartbeat * retrograde heartbeat * cardiac pulsations Subject RIV: ED - Physiology Impact factor: 1.933, year: 2003

  15. Developmental expression of Manduca shade, the P450 mediating the final step in molting hormone synthesis

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    Rewitz, Kim; Rybczynski, Robert; Warren, James T.

    2006-01-01

    body and epidermis with very low expression in the prothoracic gland and nervous system. Developmental variations in E20MO enzymatic activity are almost perfectly correlated with comparable changes in the gene expression of Msshd in the fat body and midgut during the fifth instar and the beginning...... gene shade (shd; CYP314A1) that encodes the E20MO in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta. Manduca Shd (MsShd) mediates the conversion of E to 20E when expressed in Drosophila S2 cells. In accord with the central dogma, the data show that Msshd is expressed mainly in the midgut, Malpighian tubules, fat...... of pupal-adult development. The results indicate three successive and overlapping peaks of expression in the fat body, midgut and Malpighian tubules, respectively, during the fifth larval instar. The data suggest that precise tissue-specific transcriptional regulation controls the levels, and thereby...

  16. Aerodynamic performance of a hovering hawkmoth with flexible wings: a computational approach.

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    Nakata, Toshiyuki; Liu, Hao

    2012-02-22

    Insect wings are deformable structures that change shape passively and dynamically owing to inertial and aerodynamic forces during flight. It is still unclear how the three-dimensional and passive change of wing kinematics owing to inherent wing flexibility contributes to unsteady aerodynamics and energetics in insect flapping flight. Here, we perform a systematic fluid-structure interaction based analysis on the aerodynamic performance of a hovering hawkmoth, Manduca, with an integrated computational model of a hovering insect with rigid and flexible wings. Aerodynamic performance of flapping wings with passive deformation or prescribed deformation is evaluated in terms of aerodynamic force, power and efficiency. Our results reveal that wing flexibility can increase downwash in wake and hence aerodynamic force: first, a dynamic wing bending is observed, which delays the breakdown of leading edge vortex near the wing tip, responsible for augmenting the aerodynamic force-production; second, a combination of the dynamic change of wing bending and twist favourably modifies the wing kinematics in the distal area, which leads to the aerodynamic force enhancement immediately before stroke reversal. Moreover, an increase in hovering efficiency of the flexible wing is achieved as a result of the wing twist. An extensive study of wing stiffness effect on aerodynamic performance is further conducted through a tuning of Young's modulus and thickness, indicating that insect wing structures may be optimized not only in terms of aerodynamic performance but also dependent on many factors, such as the wing strength, the circulation capability of wing veins and the control of wing movements.

  17. Evaluation of the Thorax of Manduca sexta for Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle Applications

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    2012-03-01

    consisting of the sternal and pleural plates, was modeled as a braced structure because it is much stiffer than the tergal plate and does not bend...more than 45 minutes. This is long enough to kill the specimen without crystallizing most of the liquid in the muscles. This method was only used for

  18. Food restriction alters energy allocation strategy during growth in tobacco hornworms (Manduca sexta larvae).

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    Jiao, Lihong; Amunugama, Kaushalya; Hayes, Matthew B; Jennings, Michael; Domingo, Azriel; Hou, Chen

    2015-08-01

    Growing animals must alter their energy budget in the face of environmental changes and prioritize the energy allocation to metabolism for life-sustaining requirements and energy deposition in new biomass growth. We hypothesize that when food availability is low, larvae of holometabolic insects with a short development stage (relative to the low food availability period) prioritize biomass growth at the expense of metabolism. Driven by this hypothesis, we develop a simple theoretical model, based on conservation of energy and allometric scaling laws, for understanding the dynamic energy budget of growing larvae under food restriction. We test the hypothesis by manipulative experiments on fifth instar hornworms at three temperatures. At each temperature, food restriction increases the scaling power of growth rate but decreases that of metabolic rate, as predicted by the hypothesis. During the fifth instar, the energy budgets of larvae change dynamically. The free-feeding larvae slightly decrease the energy allocated to growth as body mass increases and increase the energy allocated to life sustaining. The opposite trends were observed in food restricted larvae, indicating the predicted prioritization in the energy budget under food restriction. We compare the energy budgets of a few endothermic and ectothermic species and discuss how different life histories lead to the differences in the energy budgets under food restriction.

  19. Biological Investigation of the Stimulated Flapping Motions of the Moth, Manduca sexta

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    have gates that open and close in response to changes in the membrane potential ( Cambell Neil A, Reece, & Mitchell, 1999). To understand what...intensity of a stimulus ( Cambell Neil A, Reece, & Mitchell, 1999). This is very relevant to research conducted here because the AP threshold must be...Containing a Retrospective view of every discovery and practical improvement in the medical sciences., 428. Cambell Neil A, Reece, J. B., & Mitchell, L

  20. Hawkmoth flight performance in tornado-like whirlwind vortices.

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    Ortega-Jimenez, Victor Manuel; Mittal, Rajat; Hedrick, Tyson L

    2014-06-01

    Vertical vortex systems such as tornadoes dramatically affect the flight control and stability of aircraft. However, the control implications of smaller scale vertically oriented vortex systems for small fliers such as animals or micro-air vehicles are unknown. Here we examined the flapping kinematics and body dynamics of hawkmoths performing hovering flights (controls) and maintaining position in three different whirlwind intensities with transverse horizontal velocities of 0.7, 0.9 and 1.2 m s(-1), respectively, generated in a vortex chamber. The average and standard deviation of yaw and pitch were respectively increased and reduced in comparison with hovering flights. Average roll orientation was unchanged in whirlwind flights but was more variable from wingbeat to wingbeat than in hovering. Flapping frequency remained unchanged. Wingbeat amplitude was lower and the average stroke plane angle was higher. Asymmetry was found in the angle of attack between right and left wings during both downstroke and upstroke at medium and high vortex intensities. Thus, hawkmoth flight control in tornado-like vortices is achieved by a suite of asymmetric and symmetric changes to wingbeat amplitude, stroke plane angle and principally angle of attack.

  1. Hawkmoth flight performance in tornado-like whirlwind vortices

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    Ortega-Jimenez, Victor Manuel; Hedrick, Tyson L; Mittal, Rajat

    2014-01-01

    Vertical vortex systems such as tornadoes dramatically affect the flight control and stability of aircraft. However, the control implications of smaller scale vertically oriented vortex systems for small fliers such as animals or micro-air vehicles are unknown. Here we examined the flapping kinematics and body dynamics of hawkmoths performing hovering flights (controls) and maintaining position in three different whirlwind intensities with transverse horizontal velocities of 0.7, 0.9 and 1.2 m s −1 , respectively, generated in a vortex chamber. The average and standard deviation of yaw and pitch were respectively increased and reduced in comparison with hovering flights. Average roll orientation was unchanged in whirlwind flights but was more variable from wingbeat to wingbeat than in hovering. Flapping frequency remained unchanged. Wingbeat amplitude was lower and the average stroke plane angle was higher. Asymmetry was found in the angle of attack between right and left wings during both downstroke and upstroke at medium and high vortex intensities. Thus, hawkmoth flight control in tornado-like vortices is achieved by a suite of asymmetric and symmetric changes to wingbeat amplitude, stroke plane angle and principally angle of attack. (papers)

  2. Anti-sense expression of putrescine N-methyltransferase confirms defensive role of nicotine in Nicotiana sylvestris against Manduca sexta

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    Voelckel, C.; Krugel, T.; Gase, K.; Heidrich, N.; Van Dam, N.M.; Winz, R.; Baldwin, I.T.

    2001-01-01

    Several lines of evidence support the defensive function of nicotine production in the Nicotiana genus against a range of herbivores, but the evidence is largely correlative. To suppress nicotine production in planta and to test its defensive function, we expressed DNA of putrescine N-methyl

  3. Multifaceted biological insights from a draft genome sequence of the tobacco hornworm moth, Manduca sexta

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    Kanost, Michael R; Arrese, Estela L; Cao, Xiaolong

    2016-01-01

    of biological processes, including apoptosis, vacuole sorting, growth and development, structures of exoskeleton, egg shells, and muscle, vision, chemosensation, ion channels, signal transduction, neuropeptide signaling, neurotransmitter synthesis and transport, nicotine tolerance, lipid metabolism...

  4. Manufacturing and Evaluation of a Biologically Inspired Engineered MAV Wing Compared to the Manduca Sexta Wing Under Simulated Flapping Conditions

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    and tested under simplified flapping conditions by analyzing ‘frozen’ digital images of the de - formed wing by methods of photogrammetry. This... Rocker System to Biological Flapping Mechanism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 2.6 PhotoModeler Methods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 2.7 A Word on...126 4.5.3 Residual Calculation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 4.5.4 Orientation Angle Determination (Torsional De

  5. Molecular cloning, genomic organization, and expression of a C-type (Manduca sexta-type) allatostatin preprohormone from Drosophila melanogaster

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    Williamson, M; Lenz, C; Winther, A M

    2001-01-01

    neurons of the brain and abdominal ganglia and in endocrine cells of the midgut. This is the first publication on the structure of a C-type allatostatin from insects other than moths and the first report on the presence of all three types of allatostatins in a representative of the insect order Diptera...

  6. Instar-specific sensitivity of specialist Manduca sexta larvae to induced defences in their host plant Nicotiana attenuata

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    Van Dam, N.M.; Hermenau, U.; Baldwin, I.T.

    2001-01-01

    1. The time delay associated with the activation of induced defences is thought to be a liability for this type of defence because it allows herbivores to remove biomass before the defence is fully induced. When defences are costly and plants grow with competitors, however, it may be more

  7. The effect of corazonin on heartbeat reversal in pupae of the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae)

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    Sláma, Karel

    2004-01-01

    Roč. 101, č. 4 (2004), s. 513-521 ISSN 1210-5759 Grant - others:Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt(DE) TSR-0720-97 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z5007907 Keywords : Heartbeat reversal * anterograde heartbeat * retrograde heartbeat, Subject RIV: ED - Physiology Impact factor: 0.657, year: 2004

  8. Experimental Characterization of Wings for a Hawkmoth-Sized Micro Air Vehicle

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    butterfly where the modeshapes were found to be identical with the Hawkmoth, lending more credence to the assertion that the wing modal ratios...EXPERIMENTAL CHARACTERIZATION OF WINGS FOR A HAWKMOTH-SIZED MICRO AIR VEHICLE THESIS Zachary R. Brown, Lieutenant Commander, USN AFIT-ENY-14-M-10...of the U.S. Government and is not subject to copyright protection in the United States. AFIT-ENY-14-M-10 EXPERIMENTAL CHARACTERIZATION OF WINGS FOR A

  9. Insect eggs exert rapid control over an oxygen–water tradeoff

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    Zrubek, Brandy; Woods, H. Arthur

    2005-01-01

    In terrestrial environments, the exchange of respiratory gases exacts a water cost: obtaining oxygen or carbon dioxide requires losing water. Insect eggs should be especially sensitive to this tradeoff—because they are unable to forage for water, have high surface area-to-volume ratios, and experience large temperature-driven changes in oxygen demand. Previous work from our laboratory, on eggs of a common hawkmoth, Manduca sexta, has shown that, during development, metabolic rate and water lo...

  10. The long-tongued hawkmoth pollinator niche for native and invasive plants in Africa.

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    Johnson, Steven D; Raguso, Robert A

    2016-01-01

    Unrelated organisms that share similar niches often exhibit patterns of convergent evolution in functional traits. Based on bimodal distributions of hawkmoth tongue lengths and tubular white flowers in Africa, this study hypothesized that long-tongued hawkmoths comprise a pollination niche (ecological opportunity) that is distinct from that of shorter-tongued hawkmoths. Field observations, light trapping, camera surveillance and pollen load analysis were used to identify pollinators of plant species with very long-tubed (>8 cm) flowers. The nectar properties and spectral reflectance of these flowers were also measured. The frequency distributions of proboscis length for all captured hawkmoths and floral tube length for a representative sample of night-blooming plant species were determined. The geographical distributions of both native and introduced plant species with very long floral tubes were mapped. The convolvulus hawkmoth Agrius convolvuli is identified as the most important pollinator of African plants with very long-tubed flowers. Plants pollinated by this hawkmoth species tend to have a very long (approx. 10 cm) and narrow flower tube or spur, white flowers and large volumes of dilute nectar. It is estimated that >70 grassland and savanna plant species in Africa belong to the Agrius pollination guild. In South Africa, at least 23 native species have very long floral tubes, and pollination by A. convolvuli or, rarely, by the closely related hawkmoth Coelonia fulvinotata, has been confirmed for 11 of these species. The guild is strikingly absent from the species-rich Cape floral region and now includes at least four non-native invasive species with long-tubed flowers that are pre-adapted for pollination by A. convolvuli. This study highlights the value of a niche perspective on pollination, which provides a framework for making predictions about the ecological importance of keystone pollinators, and for understanding patterns of convergent evolution and

  11. What a hawkmoth remembers after hibernation depends on innate preferences and conditioning situation

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    Almut Kelber

    2010-01-01

    Nectar-feeding insects find flowers by 2 means, innate preferences and learned associations. When insects that hibernate as imagos (i.e., adults) start foraging after a long winter break, what guides them to new nectar rewards? Are innate preferences kept over such a long period? And are learned associations useful after long breaks? In a series of experiments I show here that, depending on previous experience, the European hummingbird hawkmoth, Macroglossum stellatarum can use both types of ...

  12. Beyond neutral and forbidden links: morphological matches and the assembly of mutualistic hawkmoth-plant networks.

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    Sazatornil, Federico D; Moré, Marcela; Benitez-Vieyra, Santiago; Cocucci, Andrea A; Kitching, Ian J; Schlumpberger, Boris O; Oliveira, Paulo E; Sazima, Marlies; Amorim, Felipe W

    2016-11-01

    A major challenge in evolutionary ecology is to understand how co-evolutionary processes shape patterns of interactions between species at community level. Pollination of flowers with long corolla tubes by long-tongued hawkmoths has been invoked as a showcase model of co-evolution. Recently, optimal foraging models have predicted that there might be a close association between mouthparts' length and the corolla depth of the visited flowers, thus favouring trait convergence and specialization at community level. Here, we assessed whether hawkmoths more frequently pollinate plants with floral tube lengths similar to their proboscis lengths (morphological match hypothesis) against abundance-based processes (neutral hypothesis) and ecological trait mismatches constraints (forbidden links hypothesis), and how these processes structure hawkmoth-plant mutualistic networks from five communities in four biogeographical regions of South America. We found convergence in morphological traits across the five communities and that the distribution of morphological differences between hawkmoths and plants is consistent with expectations under the morphological match hypothesis in three of the five communities. In the two remaining communities, which are ecotones between two distinct biogeographical areas, interactions are better predicted by the neutral hypothesis. Our findings are consistent with the idea that diffuse co-evolution drives the evolution of extremely long proboscises and flower tubes, and highlight the importance of morphological traits, beyond the forbidden links hypothesis, in structuring interactions between mutualistic partners, revealing that the role of niche-based processes can be much more complex than previously known. © 2016 The Authors. Journal of Animal Ecology © 2016 British Ecological Society.

  13. Analysis of chitin-binding proteins from Manduca sexta provides new insights into evolution of peritrophin A-type chitin-binding domains in insects.

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    Tetreau, Guillaume; Dittmer, Neal T; Cao, Xiaolong; Agrawal, Sinu; Chen, Yun-Ru; Muthukrishnan, Subbaratnam; Haobo, Jiang; Blissard, Gary W; Kanost, Michael R; Wang, Ping

    2015-07-01

    In insects, chitin is a major structural component of the cuticle and the peritrophic membrane (PM). In nature, chitin is always associated with proteins among which chitin-binding proteins (CBPs) are the most important for forming, maintaining and regulating the functions of these extracellular structures. In this study, a genome-wide search for genes encoding proteins with ChtBD2-type (peritrophin A-type) chitin-binding domains (CBDs) was conducted. A total of 53 genes encoding 56 CBPs were identified, including 15 CPAP1s (cuticular proteins analogous to peritrophins with 1 CBD), 11 CPAP3s (CPAPs with 3 CBDs) and 17 PMPs (PM proteins) with a variable number of CBDs, which are structural components of cuticle or of the PM. CBDs were also identified in enzymes of chitin metabolism including 6 chitinases and 7 chitin deacetylases encoded by 6 and 5 genes, respectively. RNA-seq analysis confirmed that PMP and CPAP genes have differential spatial expression patterns. The expression of PMP genes is midgut-specific, while CPAP genes are widely expressed in different cuticle forming tissues. Phylogenetic analysis of CBDs of proteins in insects belonging to different orders revealed that CPAP1s from different species constitute a separate family with 16 different groups, including 6 new groups identified in this study. The CPAP3s are clustered into a separate family of 7 groups present in all insect orders. Altogether, they reveal that duplication events of CBDs in CPAP1s and CPAP3s occurred prior to the evolutionary radiation of insect species. In contrast to the CPAPs, all CBDs from individual PMPs are generally clustered and distinct from other PMPs in the same species in phylogenetic analyses, indicating that the duplication of CBDs in each of these PMPs occurred after divergence of insect species. Phylogenetic analysis of these three CBP families showed that the CBDs in CPAP1s form a clearly separate family, while those found in PMPs and CPAP3s were clustered together in the phylogenetic tree. For chitinases and chitin deacetylases, most of phylogenetic analysis performed with the CBD sequences resulted in similar clustering to the one obtained by using catalytic domain sequences alone, suggesting that CBDs were incorporated into these enzymes and evolved in tandem with the catalytic domains before the diversification of different insect orders. Based on these results, the evolution of CBDs in insect CBPs is discussed to provide a new insight into the CBD sequence structure and diversity, and their evolution and expression in insects. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Functional characterization of a desaturase from the tobacco hornworm moth (Manduca sexta) with bifunctional Z11- and 10,12-desaturase activity

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    Matoušková, Petra; Pichová, Iva; Svatoš, Aleš

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    Roč. 37, č. 6 (2007), s. 601-610 ISSN 0965-1748 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GD204/03/H066 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : fatty acid * sex pheromone * desaturase * Lepidoptera Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry Impact factor: 2.827, year: 2007

  15. The Characterization of Material Properties and Structural Dynamics of the Manduca Sexta Forewing for Application to Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle Design

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    2012-09-13

    done by using a Trek Inc. Model PZD700 M/S high voltage piezo amplifier that is capable of generating ±700V at ± 200 mA. This amplifier is also...Actuator”. NASA ICASE Report, 8, 2000. 39. Karpelson, M., G.Y. Wei, and R.J. Wood. “A Review of Actuation and Power Electronics Options for Flapping-Wing...Mechanics of Laminated Composite Plates. NASA , 1994. Reference Publication 1351. 60. Nguyen, Q.V., H.C. Park, N.S. Goo, and D. Byun. “Aerodynamic force

  16. Conserved synteny of genes between chromosome 15 of Bombyx mori and a chromosome of Manduca sexta shown by five-color BAC-FISH

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    Sahara, K.; Yoshido, A.; Marec, František; Vrbová, Iva; Zhang, H. B.; Wu, Ch. C.; Goldsmith, M. R.; Yasukochi, Y.

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    Roč. 50, č. 11 (2007), s. 1061-1065 ISSN 0831-2796 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA206/06/1860 Grant - others:Japan Society for the Promotion of Science(JP) 18380037; US National Science Foundation(US) IBN0208388 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50070508 Source of funding: O - operačné programy ; O - operačné programy Keywords : BAC-FISH * Bombyx mori * chromosome Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 1.785, year: 2007

  17. Aerodynamic Performance and Particle Image Velocimetery of Piezo Actuated Biomimetic Manduca Sexta Engineered Wings Towards the Design and Application of a Flapping Wing Flight Vehicle

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    elucidated the complexity and convoluted interrelation between insect musculature, body composition, wing design, operating Reynolds number, wing flap geometry...Figure 2.23 shows the AFIT FWMAV components after the laminated carbon fiber sheets are cut on the laser and ready for assembly. (a) Structure (b...Linkage (c) Passive rotation joint (d) Rotation stop (e) Alignment clips (f) Wing Figure 2.23: AFIT FWMAV cut-out laminated carbon fiber assembly parts. The

  18. The Characterization of Material Properties and Structural Dynamics of the Manduca Sexta Forewing for Application to Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle Design

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    O'Hara, Ryan P.

    Collateral damage presents a significant risk during air drops and airstrikes, risking citizens' lives and property, straining the relationship between the United States Air Force and host nations. This dissertation presents a methodology to determine the optimal location for making supply airdrops in order to minimize collateral damage while maintaining a high likelihood of successful recovery. A series of non-linear optimization algorithms are presented along with their relative success in finding the optimal location in the airdrop problem. Additionally, we present a quick algorithm for accurately creating the Pareto frontier in the multi-objective airstrike problem. We demonstrate the effect of differing guidelines, damage functions, and weapon employment selection which significantly alter the location of the optimal aimpoint in this targeting problem. Finally, we have provided a framework for making policy decisions in fast-moving troops-in-contact situations where observers are unsure of the nature of possible enemy forces in both finite and infinite time horizon problems. Through a recursive technique of solving this Markov decision process we have demonstrated the effect of improved intelligence and differing weights in the face of uncertain situations.

  19. Phylogeny and biogeography of hawkmoths (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae: evidence from five nuclear genes.

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    Akito Y Kawahara

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available The 1400 species of hawkmoths (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae comprise one of most conspicuous and well-studied groups of insects, and provide model systems for diverse biological disciplines. However, a robust phylogenetic framework for the family is currently lacking. Morphology is unable to confidently determine relationships among most groups. As a major step toward understanding relationships of this model group, we have undertaken the first large-scale molecular phylogenetic analysis of hawkmoths representing all subfamilies, tribes and subtribes.The data set consisted of 131 sphingid species and 6793 bp of sequence from five protein-coding nuclear genes. Maximum likelihood and parsimony analyses provided strong support for more than two-thirds of all nodes, including strong signal for or against nearly all of the fifteen current subfamily, tribal and sub-tribal groupings. Monophyly was strongly supported for some of these, including Macroglossinae, Sphinginae, Acherontiini, Ambulycini, Philampelini, Choerocampina, and Hemarina. Other groupings proved para- or polyphyletic, and will need significant redefinition; these include Smerinthinae, Smerinthini, Sphingini, Sphingulini, Dilophonotini, Dilophonotina, Macroglossini, and Macroglossina. The basal divergence, strongly supported, is between Macroglossinae and Smerinthinae+Sphinginae. All genes contribute significantly to the signal from the combined data set, and there is little conflict between genes. Ancestral state reconstruction reveals multiple separate origins of New World and Old World radiations.Our study provides the first comprehensive phylogeny of one of the most conspicuous and well-studied insects. The molecular phylogeny challenges current concepts of Sphingidae based on morphology, and provides a foundation for a new classification. While there are multiple independent origins of New World and Old World radiations, we conclude that broad-scale geographic distribution in hawkmoths

  20. Chromatic signals control proboscis movements during hovering flight in the hummingbird hawkmoth Macroglossum stellatarum.

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    Goyret, Joaquín; Kelber, Almut

    2012-01-01

    Most visual systems are more sensitive to luminance than to colour signals. Animals resolve finer spatial detail and temporal changes through achromatic signals than through chromatic ones. Probably, this explains that detection of small, distant, or moving objects is typically mediated through achromatic signals. Macroglossum stellatarum are fast flying nectarivorous hawkmoths that inspect flowers with their long proboscis while hovering. They can visually control this behaviour using floral markings known as nectar guides. Here, we investigate whether this is mediated by chromatic or achromatic cues. We evaluated proboscis placement, foraging efficiency, and inspection learning of naïve moths foraging on flower models with coloured markings that offered either chromatic, achromatic or both contrasts. Hummingbird hawkmoths could use either achromatic or chromatic signals to inspect models while hovering. We identified three, apparently independent, components controlling proboscis placement: After initial contact, 1) moths directed their probing towards the yellow colour irrespectively of luminance signals, suggesting a dominant role of chromatic signals; and 2) moths tended to probe mainly on the brighter areas of models that offered only achromatic signals. 3) During the establishment of the first contact, naïve moths showed a tendency to direct their proboscis towards the small floral marks independent of their colour or luminance. Moths learned to find nectar faster, but their foraging efficiency depended on the flower model they foraged on. Our results imply that M. stellatarum can perceive small patterns through colour vision. We discuss how the different informational contents of chromatic and luminance signals can be significant for the control of flower inspection, and visually guided behaviours in general.

  1. Neural Summation in the Hawkmoth Visual System Extends the Limits of Vision in Dim Light.

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    Stöckl, Anna Lisa; O'Carroll, David Charles; Warrant, Eric James

    2016-03-21

    Most of the world's animals are active in dim light and depend on good vision for the tasks of daily life. Many have evolved visual adaptations that permit a performance superior to that of manmade imaging devices [1]. In insects, a major model visual system, nocturnal species show impressive visual abilities ranging from flight control [2, 3], to color discrimination [4, 5], to navigation using visual landmarks [6-8] or dim celestial compass cues [9, 10]. In addition to optical adaptations that improve their sensitivity in dim light [11], neural summation of light in space and time-which enhances the coarser and slower features of the scene at the expense of noisier finer and faster features-has been suggested to improve sensitivity in theoretical [12-14], anatomical [15-17], and behavioral [18-20] studies. How these summation strategies function neurally is, however, presently unknown. Here, we quantified spatial and temporal summation in the motion vision pathway of a nocturnal hawkmoth. We show that spatial and temporal summation combine supralinearly to substantially increase contrast sensitivity and visual information rate over four decades of light intensity, enabling hawkmoths to see at light levels 100 times dimmer than without summation. Our results reveal how visual motion is calculated neurally in dim light and how spatial and temporal summation improve sensitivity while simultaneously maximizing spatial and temporal resolution, thus extending models of insect motion vision derived predominantly from diurnal flies. Moreover, the summation strategies we have revealed may benefit manmade vision systems optimized for variable light levels [21]. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Floral humidity as a reliable sensory cue for profitability assessment by nectar-foraging hawkmoths

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    von Arx, Martin; Goyret, Joaquín; Davidowitz, Goggy; Raguso, Robert A.

    2012-01-01

    Most research on plant–pollinator communication has focused on sensory and behavioral responses to relatively static cues. Floral rewards such as nectar, however, are dynamic, and foraging animals will increase their energetic profit if they can make use of floral cues that more accurately indicate nectar availability. Here we document such a cue—transient humidity gradients—using the night blooming flowers of Oenothera cespitosa (Onagraceae). The headspace of newly opened flowers reaches levels of about 4% above ambient relative humidity due to additive evapotranspirational water loss through petals and water-saturated air from the nectar tube. Floral humidity plumes differ from ambient levels only during the first 30 min after anthesis (before nectar is depleted in wild populations), whereas other floral traits (scent, shape, and color) persist for 12–24 h. Manipulative experiments indicated that floral humidity gradients are mechanistically linked to nectar volume and therefore contain information about energy rewards to floral visitors. Behavioral assays with Hyles lineata (Sphingidae) and artificial flowers with appropriate humidity gradients suggest that these hawkmoth pollinators distinguish between subtle differences in relative humidity when other floral cues are held constant. Moths consistently approached and probed flowers with elevated humidity over those with ambient humidity levels. Because floral humidity gradients are largely produced by the evaporation of nectar itself, they represent condition-informative cues that facilitate remote sensing of floral profitability by discriminating foragers. In a xeric environment, this level of honest communication should be adaptive when plant reproductive success is pollinator limited, due to intense competition for the attention of a specialized pollinator. PMID:22645365

  3. Floral humidity as a reliable sensory cue for profitability assessment by nectar-foraging hawkmoths.

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    von Arx, Martin; Goyret, Joaquín; Davidowitz, Goggy; Raguso, Robert A

    2012-06-12

    Most research on plant-pollinator communication has focused on sensory and behavioral responses to relatively static cues. Floral rewards such as nectar, however, are dynamic, and foraging animals will increase their energetic profit if they can make use of floral cues that more accurately indicate nectar availability. Here we document such a cue--transient humidity gradients--using the night blooming flowers of Oenothera cespitosa (Onagraceae). The headspace of newly opened flowers reaches levels of about 4% above ambient relative humidity due to additive evapotranspirational water loss through petals and water-saturated air from the nectar tube. Floral humidity plumes differ from ambient levels only during the first 30 min after anthesis (before nectar is depleted in wild populations), whereas other floral traits (scent, shape, and color) persist for 12-24 h. Manipulative experiments indicated that floral humidity gradients are mechanistically linked to nectar volume and therefore contain information about energy rewards to floral visitors. Behavioral assays with Hyles lineata (Sphingidae) and artificial flowers with appropriate humidity gradients suggest that these hawkmoth pollinators distinguish between subtle differences in relative humidity when other floral cues are held constant. Moths consistently approached and probed flowers with elevated humidity over those with ambient humidity levels. Because floral humidity gradients are largely produced by the evaporation of nectar itself, they represent condition-informative cues that facilitate remote sensing of floral profitability by discriminating foragers. In a xeric environment, this level of honest communication should be adaptive when plant reproductive success is pollinator limited, due to intense competition for the attention of a specialized pollinator.

  4. Hawkmoth fauna (Sphingidae, Lepidoptera in a semi-deciduous rainforest remnant: composition, temporal fluctuations, and new records for northeastern Brazil

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    LUIS M. PRIMO

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available We carried out a qualitative and quantitative inventory of the hawkmoth fauna (Sphingidae of an area of semi-deciduous seasonal rainforest in the state of Pernambuco (Tapacurá Ecological Station, northeastern Brazil. Hawkmoths were sampled monthly from October 2004 to February 2007 (27 months. We recorded 31 species from 16 genera, three tribes, and three families. Macroglossinae was the most abundant subfamily and represented ca. 71% of all species. Out of the 277 individuals collected, 88.4% were males. Five new records were made for northeastern Brazil: Enyo gorgon (Cramer, 1777, Perigonia stulta (Herrich-Schäffer, [1854], Eupyrrhoglossum sagra (Poey, 1832, Nyceryx coffaeae (Walker, 1856 and Xylophanes chiron (Drury, 1773. Eight further species were recorded for the first time for the Pernambuco Endemism Center, showing the important role played by Tapacurá Station in preserving the biodiversity of this insect group. Species richness and abundance were directly related to rainfall: about 70% of all individuals were captured during the rainy season. Changes in Sphingidae populations may, however, be caused by other factors that directly affect either larvae and adults of those insects, such as matrix effect and forest fragment size, which influence migration processes and the presence of predators.

  5. Comparative system identification of flower tracking performance in three hawkmoth species reveals adaptations for dim light vision.

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    Stöckl, Anna L; Kihlström, Klara; Chandler, Steven; Sponberg, Simon

    2017-04-05

    Flight control in insects is heavily dependent on vision. Thus, in dim light, the decreased reliability of visual signal detection also prompts consequences for insect flight. We have an emerging understanding of the neural mechanisms that different species employ to adapt the visual system to low light. However, much less explored are comparative analyses of how low light affects the flight behaviour of insect species, and the corresponding links between physiological adaptations and behaviour. We investigated whether the flower tracking behaviour of three hawkmoth species with different diel activity patterns revealed luminance-dependent adaptations, using a system identification approach. We found clear luminance-dependent differences in flower tracking in all three species, which were explained by a simple luminance-dependent delay model, which generalized across species. We discuss physiological and anatomical explanations for the variance in tracking responses, which could not be explained by such simple models. Differences between species could not be explained by the simple delay model. However, in several cases, they could be explained through the addition on a second model parameter, a simple scaling term, that captures the responsiveness of each species to flower movements. Thus, we demonstrate here that much of the variance in the luminance-dependent flower tracking responses of hawkmoths with different diel activity patterns can be captured by simple models of neural processing.This article is part of the themed issue 'Vision in dim light'. © 2017 The Author(s).

  6. Historic DNA for taxonomy and conservation: A case-study of a century-old Hawaiian hawkmoth type (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae.

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    Anna K Hundsdoerfer

    Full Text Available Analysing historic DNA from museum specimens offers the unique opportunity to study the molecular systematics and phylogenetics of rare and possibly extinct taxa. In the Hawaiian fauna, the hawkmoth, Hyles calida calida, occurs on several of the main islands and is quite frequent, whereas Hyles c. hawaiiensis is restricted to the Island of Hawaii where it appears to be very rare. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA sequences shows that Hyles c. hawaiiensis differs from the nominotypical subspecies by an average p-distance of 2.8%, which is of a similar order of magnitude to that found between other species of Hyles, suggesting that Hyles c. hawaiiensis should perhaps be awarded species status, although more data are required for a formal taxonomic revision. Given the rarity of this taxon, these analyses should be undertaken urgently so that conservation measures can be implemented before it becomes extinct.

  7. Land-use change has no detectable effect on reproduction of a disturbance-adapted, hawkmoth-pollinated plant species.

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    Skogen, Krissa A; Jogesh, Tania; Hilpman, Evan T; Todd, Sadie L; Rhodes, Matthew K; Still, Shannon M; Fant, Jeremie B

    2016-11-01

    Land-use change is cited as a primary driver of global biodiversity loss, with myriad consequences for species, populations, and ecosystems. However, few studies have examined its impact on species interactions, particularly pollination. Furthermore, when the effects of land-use change on pollination have been studied, the focus has largely been on species pollinated by diurnal pollinators, namely, bees and butterflies. Here, we focus on Oenothera harringtonii, a night-flowering, disturbance-adapted species that has experienced a range-wide gradient of land-use change. We tested the hypothesis that the negative impacts of land-use change are mitigated by long-distance pollination. Our study included both temporal (4 yr) and spatial (19 populations range-wide, and 1, 2, and 5 km from the population center) data, providing a comprehensive understanding of the role of land-use change on pollination biology and reproduction. We first confirmed that O. harringtonii is self-incompatible and reliant on pollinators for reproduction. We then showed that hawkmoths (primarily Hyles lineata) are highly reliable and effective pollinators in both space and time. Unlike other studies, we did not detect an effect of population size, increased isolation, or a reduction in suitable habitat in areas with evidence of land-use change on pollination (visitation, pollen removal and deposition). Furthermore, the proportion of suitable habitat and other fragmentation metrics examined were not associated with population size or density in this plant species. We conclude that nocturnal pollination of Oenothera harringtonii via hawkmoths is robust to the negative impacts of land-use change. © 2016 Skogen et al. Published by the Botanical Society of America. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY).

  8. Functional characterization of the Hyles euphorbiae hawkmoth transcriptome reveals strong expression of phorbol ester detoxification and seasonal cold hardiness genes.

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    Barth, M Benjamin; Buchwalder, Katja; Kawahara, Akito Y; Zhou, Xin; Liu, Shanlin; Krezdorn, Nicolas; Rotter, Björn; Horres, Ralf; Hundsdoerfer, Anna K

    2018-01-01

    The European spurge hawkmoth, Hyles euphorbiae (Lepidoptera, Sphingidae), has been intensively studied as a model organism for insect chemical ecology, cold hardiness and evolution of species delineation. To understand species isolation mechanisms at a molecular level, this study aims at determining genetic factors underlying two adaptive ecological trait candidates, phorbol ester (TPA) detoxification and seasonal cold acclimation. A draft transcriptome of H. euphorbiae was generated using Illumina sequencing, providing the first genomic resource for the hawkmoth subfamily Macroglossinae. RNA expression levels in tissues of experimental TPA feeding larvae and cooled pupae was compared to levels in control larvae and pupae using 26 bp RNA sequence tag libraries (DeepSuperSAGE). Differential gene expression was assessed by homology searches of the tags in the transcriptome. In total, 389 and 605 differentially expressed transcripts for detoxification and cold hardiness, respectively, could be identified and annotated with proteins. The majority (22 of 28) of differentially expressed detox transcripts of the four 'drug metabolism' enzyme groups (cytochrome P450 (CYP), carboxylesterases (CES), glutathione S-transferases (GST) and lipases) are up-regulated. Triacylglycerol lipase was significantly over proportionally annotated among up-regulated detox transcripts. We record several up-regulated lipases, GSTe2, two CESs, CYP9A21, CYP6BD6 and CYP9A17 as candidate genes for further H. euphorbiae TPA detoxification analyses. Differential gene expression of the cold acclimation treatment is marked by metabolic depression with enriched Gene Ontology terms among down-regulated transcripts almost exclusively comprising metabolism, aerobic respiration and dissimilative functions. Down-regulated transcripts include energy expensive respiratory proteins like NADH dehydrogenase, cytochrome oxidase and ATP synthase. Gene expression patterns show shifts in carbohydrate

  9. Pollinator choice in Petunia depends on two major genetic Loci for floral scent production.

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    Klahre, Ulrich; Gurba, Alexandre; Hermann, Katrin; Saxenhofer, Moritz; Bossolini, Eligio; Guerin, Patrick M; Kuhlemeier, Cris

    2011-05-10

    Differences in floral traits, such as petal color, scent, morphology, or nectar quality and quantity, can lead to specific interactions with pollinators and may thereby cause reproductive isolation. Petunia provides an attractive model system to study the role of floral characters in reproductive isolation and speciation. The night-active hawkmoth pollinator Manduca sexta relies on olfactory cues provided by Petunia axillaris. In contrast, Petunia exserta, which displays a typical hummingbird pollination syndrome, is devoid of scent. The two species can easily be crossed in the laboratory, which makes it possible to study the genetic basis of the evolution of scent production and the importance of scent for pollinator behavior. In an F2 population derived from an interspecific cross between P. axillaris and P. exserta, we identified two quantitative trait loci (QTL) that define the difference between the two species' ability to produce benzenoid volatiles. One of these loci was identified as the MYB transcription factor ODORANT1. Reciprocal introgressions of scent QTL were used for choice experiments under controlled conditions. These experiments demonstrated that the hawkmoth M. sexta prefers scented plants and that scent determines choice at a short distance. When exposed to conflicting cues of color versus scent, the insects display no preference, indicating that color and scent are equivalent cues. Our results show that scent is an important flower trait that defines plant-pollinator interactions at the level of individual plants. The genetic basis underlying such a major phenotypic difference appears to be relatively simple and may enable rapid loss or gain of scent through hybridization. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. El control del cuerpo y el alma en la sexta parte de la insoportable levedad del ser: Kundera, Eriúgena y Agustín

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    Cuenca Almenar, Salvador

    2012-01-01

    Se analiza la relación entre un fragmento de la sexta parte de La insoportable levedad del ser de Milan Kundera y los dos textos que le sirven de fuente: el Peri physeon de Escoto Eriúgena y el De civitate Dei de Agustín de Hipona. Los tres fragmentos analizados en este artículo mantienen una relación de copresencia llamada “alusión” por Genette. Se defiende que el paso de Kundera no es plenamente comprensible sin la intelección de sus fuentes. El problema conceptual desarrollado por los tres...

  11. EST Table: DC568872 [KAIKOcDNA[Archive

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    Full Text Available DC568872 E_FL_wd--_16F09_R_0 10/09/28 70 %/139 aa gb|AAX20091.1| chitin synthase 2 [Manduca sext...a] gb|AAX20092.1| chitin synthase 2 [Manduca sexta] 10/09/02 n.h 10/08/28 n.h 10/09/10 n.h 10/09/10 n.h 10/09/10 n.h FS834669 wd-- ...

  12. Non-linear modeling of active biohybrid materials

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    2013-01-01

    , such as those of Manduca sexta. In this study, we propose a model to assist in the analysis of biohybrid constructs by generalizing a recently proposed constitutive law for Manduca muscle tissue. The continuum model accounts (i) for the stimulation of muscle

  13. The Role of Nitric Oxide in Memory is Modulated by Diurnal Time

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Nitric oxide (NO is thought to play an important neuromodulatory role in the olfactory system. This modulation has been suggested to be particularly important for olfactory learning and memory in the antennal lobe (the primary olfactory network in invertebrates. We are using the hawkmoth, Manduca sexta, to further investigate the role of NO in olfactory memory. Recent findings suggest that NO affects short-term memory traces and that NO concentration fluctuates with the light cycle. This gives rise to the hypothesis that NO may be involved in the connection between memory and circadian rhythms. In this study, we explore the role of diurnal time and NO in memory by altering the time of day when associative-olfactory conditioning is performed. We find a strong effect of NO on short-term memory, and two surprising effects of diurnal time. We find that (1 at certain time points, NO affects longer traces of memory in addition to short-term memory, and (2 when conditioning is performed close to the light cycle switches—both from light to dark and dark to light—NO does not significantly affect memory at all. These findings suggest an intriguing functional role for NO in olfactory conditioning that is modulated as a function of diurnal time.

  14. Forewings match the formation of leading-edge vortices and dominate aerodynamic force production in revolving insect wings.

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    Chen, Di; Kolomenskiy, Dmitry; Nakata, Toshiyuki; Liu, Hao

    2017-10-20

    In many flying insects, forewings and hindwings are coupled mechanically to achieve flapping flight synchronously while being driven by action of the forewings. How the forewings and hindwings as well as their morphologies contribute to aerodynamic force production and flight control remains unclear yet. Here we demonstrate that the forewings can produce most of the aerodynamic forces even with the hindwings removed through a computational fluid dynamic study of three revolving insect wing models, which are identical to the wing morphologies and Reynolds numbers of hawkmoth (Manduca sexta), bumblebee (Bombus ignitus) and fruitfly (Drosophila melanogaster). We find that the forewing morphologies match the formation of leading-edge vortices (LEV) and are responsible for generating sufficient lift forces at the mean angles of attack and the Reynolds numbers where the three representative insects fly. The LEV formation and pressure loading keep almost unchanged with the hindwing removed, and even lead to some improvement in power factor and aerodynamic efficiency. Moreover, our results indicate that the size and strength of the LEVs can be well quantified with introduction of a conical LEV angle, which varies remarkably with angles of attack and Reynolds numbers but within the forewing region while showing less sensitivity to the wing morphologies. This implies that the forewing morphology very likely plays a dominant role in achieving low-Reynolds number aerodynamic performance in natural flyers as well as in revolving and/or flapping micro air vehicles. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  15. Unsteady flow challenges tracking performance at vortex shedding frequencies without disrupting lift mechanisms

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    Matthews, Megan; Sponberg, Simon

    2017-11-01

    Birds, insects, and many animals use unsteady aerodynamic mechanisms to achieve stable hovering flight. Natural environments are often characterized by unsteady flows causing animals to dynamically respond to perturbations while performing complex tasks, such as foraging. Little is known about how unsteady flow around an animal interacts with already unsteady flow in the environment or how this impacts performance. We study how the environment impacts maneuverability to reveal any coupling between body dynamics and aerodynamics for hawkmoths, Manduca sexta,tracking a 3D-printed robotic flower in a wind tunnel. We also observe the leading-edge vortex (LEV), a known lift-generating mechanism for insect flight with smoke visualization. Moths in still and unsteady air exhibit near perfect tracking at low frequencies, but tracking in the flower wake results in larger overshoot at mid-range. Smoke visualization of the flower wake shows that the dominant vortex shedding corresponds to the same frequency band as the increased overshoot. Despite the large effect on flight dynamics, the LEV remains bound to the wing and thorax throughout the wingstroke. In general, unsteady wind seems to decrease maneuverability, but LEV stability seems decoupled from changes in flight dynamics.

  16. The ontogeny of sexual size dimorphism of a moth: when do males and females grow apart?

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    R Craig Stillwell

    Full Text Available Sexual dimorphism in body size (sexual size dimorphism is common in many species. The sources of selection that generate the independent evolution of adult male and female size have been investigated extensively by evolutionary biologists, but how and when females and males grow apart during ontogeny is poorly understood. Here we use the hawkmoth, Manduca sexta, to examine when sexual size dimorphism arises by measuring body mass every day during development. We further investigated whether environmental variables influence the ontogeny of sexual size dimorphism by raising moths on three different diet qualities (poor, medium and high. We found that size dimorphism arose during early larval development on the highest quality food treatment but it arose late in larval development when raised on the medium quality food. This female-biased dimorphism (females larger increased substantially from the pupal-to-adult stage in both treatments, a pattern that appears to be common in Lepidopterans. Although dimorphism appeared in a few stages when individuals were raised on the poorest quality diet, it did not persist such that male and female adults were the same size. This demonstrates that the environmental conditions that insects are raised in can affect the growth trajectories of males and females differently and thus when dimorphism arises or disappears during development. We conclude that the development of sexual size dimorphism in M. sexta occurs during larval development and continues to accumulate during the pupal/adult stages, and that environmental variables such as diet quality can influence patterns of dimorphism in adults.

  17. Muscle performance in a soft-bodied terrestrial crawler: constitutive modelling of strain-rate dependency

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    Dorfmann, A. Luis; Woods, William A; Trimmer, Barry A

    2007-01-01

    Experimental data on the passive mechanical properties of the ventral interior lateral muscle of the tobacco hornworm caterpillar, Manduca sexta, are reported. The stress–deformation response of the Manduca muscle is shown to be nonlinear pseudo-elastic, capable of large deformations and subject to stress softening during initial loading cycles. The muscle passive mechanical properties also depend on multiple time-dependent processes. In particular, we show new experimental data from cyclic l...

  18. EST Table: DC534177 [KAIKOcDNA[Archive

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    Full Text Available DC534177 E_ET_J150_18D07_R_0 10/09/28 68 %/162 aa gb|AAX20091.1| chitin synthase 2 [Manduca sext...a] gb|AAX20092.1| chitin synthase 2 [Manduca sexta] 10/09/01 n.h 10/08/28 n.h 10/09/10 n.h 10/09/10 n.h 10/09/10 n.h FS834669 J150 ...

  19. Changes in cytokinins are sufficient to alter developmental patterns of defense metabolites in Nicotiana attenuata

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    Bruetting, C.; Schaefer, N.; Vaňková, Radomíra; Gase, K.; Baldwin, I.T.; Meldau, S.

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 89, č. 1 (2017), s. 15-30 ISSN 0960-7412 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LD14120 Institutional support: RVO:61389030 Keywords : proteinase-inhibitor production * plant defense * arabidopsis-thaliana * leaf senescence * insect interactions * tobacco plants * jasmonic acid * manduca-sexta * cis-zeatin * responses * cytokinins * optimal defense * herbivores * inducible defense * Nicotiana attenuata * Manduca sexta * plant development * immunosenescence * phytohormones Subject RIV: ED - Physiology OBOR OECD: Plant sciences, botany Impact factor: 5.901, year: 2016

  20. Dual dimensionality reduction reveals independent encoding of motor features in a muscle synergy for insect flight control.

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    Sponberg, Simon; Daniel, Thomas L; Fairhall, Adrienne L

    2015-04-01

    What are the features of movement encoded by changing motor commands? Do motor commands encode movement independently or can they be represented in a reduced set of signals (i.e. synergies)? Motor encoding poses a computational and practical challenge because many muscles typically drive movement, and simultaneous electrophysiology recordings of all motor commands are typically not available. Moreover, during a single locomotor period (a stride or wingstroke) the variation in movement may have high dimensionality, even if only a few discrete signals activate the muscles. Here, we apply the method of partial least squares (PLS) to extract the encoded features of movement based on the cross-covariance of motor signals and movement. PLS simultaneously decomposes both datasets and identifies only the variation in movement that relates to the specific muscles of interest. We use this approach to explore how the main downstroke flight muscles of an insect, the hawkmoth Manduca sexta, encode torque during yaw turns. We simultaneously record muscle activity and turning torque in tethered flying moths experiencing wide-field visual stimuli. We ask whether this pair of muscles acts as a muscle synergy (a single linear combination of activity) consistent with their hypothesized function of producing a left-right power differential. Alternatively, each muscle might individually encode variation in movement. We show that PLS feature analysis produces an efficient reduction of dimensionality in torque variation within a wingstroke. At first, the two muscles appear to behave as a synergy when we consider only their wingstroke-averaged torque. However, when we consider the PLS features, the muscles reveal independent encoding of torque. Using these features we can predictably reconstruct the variation in torque corresponding to changes in muscle activation. PLS-based feature analysis provides a general two-sided dimensionality reduction that reveals encoding in high dimensional

  1. Dual dimensionality reduction reveals independent encoding of motor features in a muscle synergy for insect flight control.

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    Simon Sponberg

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available What are the features of movement encoded by changing motor commands? Do motor commands encode movement independently or can they be represented in a reduced set of signals (i.e. synergies? Motor encoding poses a computational and practical challenge because many muscles typically drive movement, and simultaneous electrophysiology recordings of all motor commands are typically not available. Moreover, during a single locomotor period (a stride or wingstroke the variation in movement may have high dimensionality, even if only a few discrete signals activate the muscles. Here, we apply the method of partial least squares (PLS to extract the encoded features of movement based on the cross-covariance of motor signals and movement. PLS simultaneously decomposes both datasets and identifies only the variation in movement that relates to the specific muscles of interest. We use this approach to explore how the main downstroke flight muscles of an insect, the hawkmoth Manduca sexta, encode torque during yaw turns. We simultaneously record muscle activity and turning torque in tethered flying moths experiencing wide-field visual stimuli. We ask whether this pair of muscles acts as a muscle synergy (a single linear combination of activity consistent with their hypothesized function of producing a left-right power differential. Alternatively, each muscle might individually encode variation in movement. We show that PLS feature analysis produces an efficient reduction of dimensionality in torque variation within a wingstroke. At first, the two muscles appear to behave as a synergy when we consider only their wingstroke-averaged torque. However, when we consider the PLS features, the muscles reveal independent encoding of torque. Using these features we can predictably reconstruct the variation in torque corresponding to changes in muscle activation. PLS-based feature analysis provides a general two-sided dimensionality reduction that reveals encoding in

  2. Dual Dimensionality Reduction Reveals Independent Encoding of Motor Features in a Muscle Synergy for Insect Flight Control

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    Sponberg, Simon; Daniel, Thomas L.; Fairhall, Adrienne L.

    2015-01-01

    What are the features of movement encoded by changing motor commands? Do motor commands encode movement independently or can they be represented in a reduced set of signals (i.e. synergies)? Motor encoding poses a computational and practical challenge because many muscles typically drive movement, and simultaneous electrophysiology recordings of all motor commands are typically not available. Moreover, during a single locomotor period (a stride or wingstroke) the variation in movement may have high dimensionality, even if only a few discrete signals activate the muscles. Here, we apply the method of partial least squares (PLS) to extract the encoded features of movement based on the cross-covariance of motor signals and movement. PLS simultaneously decomposes both datasets and identifies only the variation in movement that relates to the specific muscles of interest. We use this approach to explore how the main downstroke flight muscles of an insect, the hawkmoth Manduca sexta, encode torque during yaw turns. We simultaneously record muscle activity and turning torque in tethered flying moths experiencing wide-field visual stimuli. We ask whether this pair of muscles acts as a muscle synergy (a single linear combination of activity) consistent with their hypothesized function of producing a left-right power differential. Alternatively, each muscle might individually encode variation in movement. We show that PLS feature analysis produces an efficient reduction of dimensionality in torque variation within a wingstroke. At first, the two muscles appear to behave as a synergy when we consider only their wingstroke-averaged torque. However, when we consider the PLS features, the muscles reveal independent encoding of torque. Using these features we can predictably reconstruct the variation in torque corresponding to changes in muscle activation. PLS-based feature analysis provides a general two-sided dimensionality reduction that reveals encoding in high dimensional

  3. Characterization of toxin complex gene clusters and insect toxicity of bacteria representing four subgroups of Pseudomonas fluorescens

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    Ten strains representing four lineages of Pseudomonas (P. chlororaphis, P. corrugata, P. koreensis, and P. fluorescens subgroups) were evaluated for toxicity to the tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta and the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. The three strains within the P. chlororaphis subgroup exhibi...

  4. Characterization of a Robotic Manipulator for Dynamic Wind Tunnel Applications

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    Semiconductor strain gages are attached to each beam. These strain-sensitive resistors , connected through a Wheatstone bridge, determine the strain in the beam...Aerdyanmic Performance and Particle Image Velocimetery of Piezo Acuated Biometric Manduca Sexta Engineered Wings Towards Design and Application of a

  5. Evolution of moth sex pheromone composition by a single amino acid substitution in a fatty acid desaturase

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    Buček, Aleš; Matoušková, P.; Vogel, H.; Šebesta, Petr; Jahn, Ullrich; Weissflog, J.; Svatoš, Aleš; Pichová, Iva

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 112, č. 41 (2015), s. 12586-12591 ISSN 0027-8424 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LO1302 Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : fatty acid desaturase * Manduca sexta * sex pheromone biosynthesis * pheromone evolution * substrate specificity Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry Impact factor: 9.423, year: 2015

  6. Dynamical transitions in a pollination-herbivory interaction: A conflict between mutualism and antagonism

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    Revilla, Tomás A.; Encinas-Viso, F.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 10, č. 2 (2015), č. článku e0117964. E-ISSN 1932-6203 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : Manduca sexta * population interactions * Datura wrightii Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour Impact factor: 3.057, year: 2015 http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0117964

  7. Different domains of Bacillus thuringiensis delta-endotoxins can bind to insect midgut membrane proteins on ligand blots

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    Maagd, de R.A.; Klei, van der H.; Bakker, P.L.; Stiekema, W.J.; Bosch, D.

    1996-01-01

    We investigated the role of the constituent domains of the CryIA(b) and CryIA(c) δ-endotoxins in binding to midgut epithelial cell membrane proteins of Spodoptera exigua and Manduca sexta on ligand blots. A collection of wild- type and CryIC-CryIA hybrid toxins was used for this purpose. As

  8. The resistance of insects to plant proteinase inhibitors

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    Jongsma, M.A.

    1995-01-01

    The research reported in this thesis describes the induction of proteinase inhibitor synthesis in solanaceous plants (tobacco and tomato), when lepidopteran larvae (Manduca sexta and Spodoptera exigua) are feeding on leaves. It is shown that the

  9. Host-plant-mediated effects of Nadefensin on herbivore and pathogen resistance in Nicotiana attenuata

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    Baldwin Ian T

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The adage from Shakespeare, "troubles, not as single spies, but in battalions come," holds true for Nicotiana attenuata, which is commonly attacked by both pathogens (Pseudomonas spp. and herbivores (Manduca sexta in its native habitats. Defense responses targeted against the pathogens can directly or indirectly influence the responses against the herbivores. Nadefensin is an effective induced defense gene against the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv tomato (PST DC3000, which is also elicited by attack from M. sexta larvae, but whether this defense protein influences M. sexta's growth and whether M. sexta-induced Nadefensin directly or indirectly influences PST DC3000 resistance are unknown. Results M. sexta larvae consumed less on WT and on Nadefensin-silenced N. attenuata plants that had previously been infected with PST DC3000 than on uninfected plants. WT plants infected with PST DC3000 showed enhanced resistance to PST DC3000 and decreased leaf consumption by M. sexta larvae, but larval mass gain was unaffected. PST DC3000-infected Nadefensin-silenced plants were less resistant to subsequent PST DC3000 challenge, and on these plants, M. sexta larvae consumed less and gained less mass. WT and Nadefensin-silenced plants previously damaged by M. sexta larvae were better able to resist subsequent PST DC3000 challenges than were undamaged plants. Conclusion These results demonstrate that Na-defensin directly mediates defense against PST DC3000 and indirectly against M. sexta in N. attenuata. In plants that were previously infected with PST DC3000, the altered leaf chemistry in PST DC3000-resistant WT plants and PST DC3000-susceptible Nadefensin-silenced plants differentially reduced M. sexta's leaf consumption and mass gain. In plants that were previously damaged by M. sexta, the combined effect of the altered host plant chemistry and a broad spectrum of anti-herbivore induced metabolomic responses was more

  10. Isolation and identification of a cardioactive peptide from Tenebrio molitor and Spodoptera eridania.

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    Furuya, K; Liao, S; Reynolds, S E; Ota, R B; Hackett, M; Schooley, D A

    1993-12-01

    We isolated several cardioactive peptides from extracts of whole heads of the mealworm, Tenebrio molitor, and the southern armyworm, Spodoptera eridania, using a semi-isolated heart of Manduca sexta for bioassay. We have now isolated from each species the peptide with the strongest effect on rate of contraction of the heart. The peptides were identified using micro Edman sequencing and mass spectrometric methods. This cardioactive peptide has the same primary structure from both species: Pro-Phe-Cys-Asn-Ala-Phe-Thr-Gly-Cys-NH2, a cyclic nonapeptide which is identical to crustacean cardioactive peptide (CCAP) originally isolated from the shore crab, Carcinus maenas, and subsequently isolated from Locusta migratoria and Manduca sexta. This is additional evidence that CCAP has widespread occurrence in arthropoda.

  11. Role desaturas mastných kyselin v evoluci sexuálních feromonů můr

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    Buček, Aleš; Matoušková, Petra; Vogel, H.; Šebesta, Petr; Jahn, Ullrich; Weissflog, J.; Svatoš, Aleš; Pichová, Iva

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 108, č. 5 (2014), s. 524 ISSN 0009-2770. [Mezioborové setkání mladých biologů, biochemiků a chemiků /14./. 13.05.2014-16.05.2014, Milovy] Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : fatty acid desaturase * sex pheromone * Manduca sexta * pheromone biosynthesis * tobacco hornworm * RNAseq * yeast expression Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry

  12. Influence of Temperature on the Physiology and Virulence of the Insect Pathogen Serratia sp. Strain SCBI

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    Petersen, Lauren M.

    2012-01-01

    The physiology of a newly recognized Serratia species, termed South African Caenorhabditis briggsae Isolate (SCBI), which is both a nematode mutualist and an insect pathogen, was investigated and compared to that of Serratia marcescens Db11, a broad-host-range pathogen. The two Serratia strains had comparable levels of virulence for Manduca sexta and similar cytotoxic activity patterns, but motility and lipase and hemolytic activities differed significantly between them. PMID:23042169

  13. Influence of temperature on the physiology and virulence of the insect pathogen Serratia sp. Strain SCBI.

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    Petersen, Lauren M; Tisa, Louis S

    2012-12-01

    The physiology of a newly recognized Serratia species, termed South African Caenorhabditis briggsae Isolate (SCBI), which is both a nematode mutualist and an insect pathogen, was investigated and compared to that of Serratia marcescens Db11, a broad-host-range pathogen. The two Serratia strains had comparable levels of virulence for Manduca sexta and similar cytotoxic activity patterns, but motility and lipase and hemolytic activities differed significantly between them.

  14. Natural history of interaction between Meteorus sp. Haliday, 1835 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) and its hyperparasitoid Toxeumella albipes Girault, 1913 (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae).

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    Sobczak, J F; Maia, D P; Moura, J C M S; Costa, V A; Vasconcellos-Neto, J

    2012-02-01

    Some parasitoids build a cocoon mass that hangs in the host body until the adults emergence, which is an advantage against attack by predators who troll the vegetation in search of prey. However, such behaviour is not effective against the hyperparasitoid attacks. This study reports the interaction between the caterpillar Manduca sexta Linnaeus, 1763 (Lepidoptera, Sphingidae) parasitised by Meteorus sp. (Hymenoptera, Braconidae) larvae and its hyperparasitoid Toxeumella albipes (Hymenoptera, Pteromalidae). This is the first description of the attack and oviposition of T. albipes.

  15. História natural da interação entre Meteorus sp. Haliday, 1835 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) e seu hiperparasitoide Toxeumella albipes Girault, 1913 (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae)

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    Sobczak, JF; Maia, DP; Moura, JCMS; Costa, VA; Vasconcellos-Neto, J

    2012-01-01

    Some parasitoids build a cocoon mass that hangs in the host body until the adults emergence, which is an advantage against attack by predators who troll the vegetation in search of prey. However, such behaviour is not effective against the hyperparasitoid attacks. This study reports the interaction between the caterpillar Manduca sexta Linnaeus, 1763 (Lepidoptera, Sphingidae) parasitised by Meteorus sp. (Hymenoptera, Braconidae) larvae and its hyperparasitoid Toxeumella albipes (Hymenoptera, ...

  16. Non-linear modeling of active biohybrid materials

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    Paetsch, C.

    2013-11-01

    Recent advances in engineered muscle tissue attached to a synthetic substrate motivate the development of appropriate constitutive and numerical models. Applications of active materials can be expanded by using robust, non-mammalian muscle cells, such as those of Manduca sexta. In this study, we propose a model to assist in the analysis of biohybrid constructs by generalizing a recently proposed constitutive law for Manduca muscle tissue. The continuum model accounts (i) for the stimulation of muscle fibers by introducing multiple stress-free reference configurations for the active and passive states and (ii) for the hysteretic response by specifying a pseudo-elastic energy function. A simple example representing uniaxial loading-unloading is used to validate and verify the characteristics of the model. Then, based on experimental data of muscular thin films, a more complex case shows the qualitative potential of Manduca muscle tissue in active biohybrid constructs. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Opsin cDNA sequences of a UV and green rhodopsin of the satyrine butterfly Bicyclus anynana.

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    Vanhoutte, K J A; Eggen, B J L; Janssen, J J M; Stavenga, D G

    2002-11-01

    The cDNAs of an ultraviolet (UV) and long-wavelength (LW) (green) absorbing rhodopsin of the bush brown Bicyclus anynana were partially identified. The UV sequence, encoding 377 amino acids, is 76-79% identical to the UV sequences of the papilionids Papilio glaucus and Papilio xuthus and the moth Manduca sexta. A dendrogram derived from aligning the amino acid sequences reveals an equidistant position of Bicyclus between Papilio and Manduca. The sequence of the green opsin cDNA fragment, which encodes 242 amino acids, represents six of the seven transmembrane regions. At the amino acid level, this fragment is more than 80% identical to the corresponding LW opsin sequences of Dryas, Heliconius, Papilio (rhodopsin 2) and Manduca. Whereas three LW absorbing rhodopsins were identified in the papilionid butterflies, only one green opsin was found in B. anynana.

  18. Hawkmoths use nectar sugar to reduce oxidative damage from flight.

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    Levin, E; Lopez-Martinez, G; Fane, B; Davidowitz, G

    2017-02-17

    Nectar-feeding animals have among the highest recorded metabolic rates. High aerobic performance is linked to oxidative damage in muscles. Antioxidants in nectar are scarce to nonexistent. We propose that nectarivores use nectar sugar to mitigate the oxidative damage caused by the muscular demands of flight. We found that sugar-fed moths had lower oxidative damage to their flight muscle membranes than unfed moths. Using respirometry coupled with δ 13 C analyses, we showed that moths generate antioxidant potential by shunting nectar glucose to the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP), resulting in a reduction in oxidative damage to the flight muscles. We suggest that nectar feeding, the use of PPP, and intense exercise are causally linked and have allowed the evolution of powerful fliers that feed on nectar. Copyright © 2017, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  19. Differences in Nicotine Metabolism of Two Nicotiana attenuata Herbivores Render Them Differentially Susceptible to a Common Native Predator

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    Kumar, Pavan; Rathi, Preeti; Schöttner, Matthias; Baldwin, Ian T.; Pandit, Sagar

    2014-01-01

    Background Nicotiana attenuata is attacked by larvae of both specialist (Manduca sexta) and generalist (Spodoptera exigua) lepidopteran herbivores in its native habitat. Nicotine is one of N. attenuata's important defenses. M. sexta is highly nicotine tolerant; whether cytochrome P450 (CYP)-mediated oxidative detoxification and/or rapid excretion is responsible for its exceptional tolerance remains unknown despite five decades of study. Recently, we demonstrated that M. sexta uses its nicotine-induced CYP6B46 to efflux midgut-nicotine into the hemolymph, facilitating nicotine exhalation that deters predatory wolf spiders (Camptocosa parallela). S. exigua's nicotine metabolism is uninvestigated. Methodology/Principal Findings We compared the ability of these two herbivores to metabolize, tolerate and co-opt ingested nicotine for defense against the wolf spider. In addition, we analyzed the spider's excretion to gain insights into its nicotine metabolism. Contrary to previous reports, we found that M. sexta larvae neither accumulate the common nicotine oxides (cotinine, cotinine N-oxide and nicotine N-oxide) nor excrete them faster than nicotine. In M. sexta larvae, ingestion of nicotine as well as its oxides increases the accumulation of CYP6B46 transcripts. In contrast, S. exigua accumulates nicotine oxides and exhales less (66%) nicotine than does M. sexta. Spiders prefer nicotine-fed S. exigua over M. sexta, a preference reversed by topical or headspace nicotine supplementation, but not ingested or topically-coated nicotine oxides, suggesting that externalized nicotine but not the nicotine detoxification products deter spider predation. The spiders also do not accumulate nicotine oxides. Conclusions Nicotine oxidation reduces S. exigua's headspace-nicotine and renders it more susceptible to predation by spiders than M. sexta, which exhales unmetabolized nicotine. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that generalist herbivores incur costs of

  20. Specificity of Bacillus thuringiensis endotoxins is correlated with the presence of high-affinity binding sites in the brush border membrane of target insect midguts

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    Hofmann, C.; Vanderbruggen, H.; Hoefte, H.; Van Rie, J.; Jansens, S.; Van Mellaert, H.

    1988-01-01

    Binding studies were performed with two 125 I-labeled Bacillus thuringiensis δ-endotoxins on brush border membrane vesicles prepared from the larval midgut of the tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta or the cabbage butterfly Pieris brassicae. One δ-endotoxin, Bt2-protoxin, is a 130-kDa recombinant crystalline protein from B. thuringiensis subsp. berliner. It kills larvae of both insect species. The active Bt2-toxin is a 60-kDa proteolytic fragment of the Bt2-protoxin. It binds saturably and with high affinity to brush border membrane vesicles from the midgut of both species. The other δ-endotoxin, Bt4412-protoxin, is a 136-kDa crystalline protein from B. thuringiensis subsp. thuringiensis, which is highly toxic for P. brassicae, but not for M. sexta larvae. Bt4412-toxin, obtained after proteolytic activation of Bt4412-protoxin, shows high-affinity saturable binding to P. brassicae vesicles but not to M. sexta vesicles. The correlation between toxicity and specific binding is further strengthened by competition studies. Other B. thuringiensis δ-endotoxins active against M. sexta compete for binding of 125 I-labeled Bt2-toxin to M. sexta vesicles, whereas toxins active against dipteran or coleopteran larvae do not compete. Bt2-toxin and Bt4412-toxin bind to different sites on P. brassicae vesicles

  1. A cardioactive peptide from the southern armyworm, Spodoptera eridania.

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    Furuya, K; Hackett, M; Cirelli, M A; Schegg, K M; Wang, H; Shabanowitz, J; Hunt, D F; Schooley, D A

    1999-01-01

    A cardioactive peptide was isolated from extracts of whole heads of the southern armyworm, Spodoptera eridania. This peptide has the sequence ENFAVGCTPGYQRTADGRCKPTF (Mr = 2516.8), determined from both Edman sequencing and tandem mass spectrometry in combination with off-line micropreparative capillary liquid chromatography. This peptide, termed Spoer-CAP23, has excitatory effects on a semi-isolated heart from larval Manduca sexta, causing an inotropic effect at low concentrations of peptide and chronotropic and inotropic effects at high doses. The threshold concentration for stimulatory effects of the synthetic peptide on the semi-isolated heart was about 1 nM, suggesting a physiological role as a neuropeptide.

  2. Natural history of interaction between Meteorus sp. Haliday, 1835 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae and its hyperparasitoid Toxeumella albipes Girault, 1913 (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae

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    JF Sobczak

    Full Text Available Some parasitoids build a cocoon mass that hangs in the host body until the adults emergence, which is an advantage against attack by predators who troll the vegetation in search of prey. However, such behaviour is not effective against the hyperparasitoid attacks. This study reports the interaction between the caterpillar Manduca sexta Linnaeus, 1763 (Lepidoptera, Sphingidae parasitised by Meteorus sp. (Hymenoptera, Braconidae larvae and its hyperparasitoid Toxeumella albipes (Hymenoptera, Pteromalidae. This is the first description of the attack and oviposition of T. albipes.

  3. Synthesis and binding affinity of an iodinated juvenile hormone

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    Prestwich, G.D.; Eng, W.S.; Robles, S.; Vogt, R.G.; Wisniewski, J.R.; Wawrzenczyk, C.

    1988-01-25

    The synthesis of the first iodinated juvenile hormone (JH) in enantiomerically enriched form is reported. This chiral compound, 12-iodo-JH I, has an iodine atom replacing a methyl group of the natural insect juvenile hormone, JH I, which is important in regulating morphogenesis and reproduction in the Lepidoptera. The unlabeled compound shows approximately 10% of the relative binding affinity for the larval hemolymph JH binding protein (JHBP) of Manduca sexta, which specifically binds natural /sup 3/H-10R,11S-JH I (labeled at 58 Ci/mmol) with a KD of 8 X 10(-8) M. It is also approximately one-tenth as biologically active as JH I in the black Manduca and epidermal commitment assays. The 12-hydroxy and 12-oxo compounds are poor competitors and are also biologically inactive. The radioiodinated (/sup 125/I)12-iodo-JH I can be prepared in low yield at greater than 2500 Ci/mmol by nucleophilic displacement using no-carrier-added /sup 125/I-labeled sodium iodide in acetone; however, synthesis using sodium iodide carrier to give the approximately 50 Ci/mmol radioiodinated ligand proceeds in higher radiochemical yield with fewer by-products and provides a radioligand which is more readily handled in binding assays. The KD of (/sup 125/I)12-iodo-JH I was determined for hemolymph JHBP of three insects: M. sexta, 795 nM; Galleria mellonella, 47 nM; Locusta migratoria, 77 nM. The selectivity of 12-iodo-JH I for the 32-kDa JHBP of M. sexta was demonstrated by direct autoradiography of a native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis gel of larval hemolymph incubated with the radioiodinated ligand. Thus, the in vitro and in vivo activity of 12-iodo-JH I indicate that it can serve as an important new gamma-emitting probe in the search for JH receptor proteins in target tissues.

  4. Template for robust soft-body crawling with reflex-triggered gripping

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    Schuldt, Dieter W; Rife, Jason; Trimmer, Barry

    2015-01-01

    Caterpillars show a remarkable ability to get around in complex environments (e.g. tree branches). Part of this is attributable to crochets which allow the animal to firmly attach to a wide range of substrates. This introduces an additional challenge to locomotion, however, as the caterpillar needs a way to coordinate the release of the crochets and the activation of muscles to adjust body posture. Typical control models have focused on global coordination through a central pattern generator (CPG). This paper develops an alternative to the CPG, which accomplishes the same task and is robust to a wide range of body properties and control parameter variation. A one-dimensional model is proposed which consists of lumped masses connected by a network of springs, dampers and muscles. Computer simulations of the controller/model system are performed to verify its robustness and to permit comparison between the generated gaits and those observed in real caterpillars (specifically Manduca sexta.). (paper)

  5. Dynamical analysis and development of a biologically inspired SMA caterpillar robot.

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    Daily-Diamond, Christopher A; Novelia, Alyssa; O'Reilly, Oliver M

    2017-09-26

    With the goal of robustly designing and fabricating a soft robot based on a caterpillar featuring shape memory alloy (SMA) actuators, analytical and numerical models for a soft robot were created based on the forward crawling motion of the Manduca sexta caterpillar. The analytical model features a rod theory and the mechanics of undulation were analyzed using a motion pattern based on the 'Witch of Agnesi' curve. Complementing these models, experiments on a SMA actuator sample were performed in order to determine its flexural rigidity and curvature as a function of the actuation voltage. A series of these actuators can be modeled as a system of rigid bodies connected by torsional springs. As these bodies are actuated according to the motion pattern based on the individual caterpillar segments, ground contact forces are calculated and analyzed to determine the requirements of successful forward locomotion. The energetics of the analytical and numerical models are then compared and discussed.

  6. Biosynthesis of a new tobacco alkaloid, hydroxy-N-acylnornicotine in the trichomes of Nicotiana stocktonii

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    Zador, E.; Jones, D.

    1986-01-01

    A new tobacco alkaloid from section Repandae is highly toxic to an insect (Manduca sexta) unsusceptible to previously described nicotine alkaloids (1). They have localized the alkaloid, HO-N-acylnornicotine (HO-NAN) nearly entirely to the exudate secreted by the epidermal trichomes of N. stocktonii. Only the nicotine and nornicotine were found in abundance inside the trichomes, while primarily nicotine was present inside the aerial vegetative parts and root. These results suggest that the HO-NAN is synthesized by the trichomes. When unlabelled nicotine was fed to isolated leaves there was an increase in internal nicotine, nornicotine and secretion of HO-NAN. Feeding leaves with 2'-C 14 nicotine resulted in labelling of both nornicotine and HO-NAN. These data strongly suggest synthesis of HO-NAN from nicotine via nornicotine in the trichomes, followed by rapid secretion. The possible evolutionary significance of this pathway of synthesis and secretion is discussed

  7. Pest and disease resistance enhanced by heterologous suppression of a Nicotiana plumbaginifolia cytochrome P450 gene CYP72A2.

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    Smigocki, Ann C; Wilson, Dennis

    2004-12-01

    The functional role of the Nicotiana plumbaginifolia cytochrome P450 gene CYP72A2 was investigated in transgenic plants. N. tabacum plants transformed with a sense or antisense CYP72A2 construct exhibited diminished heights, branched stems, smaller leaves and deformed flowers. Western blot analysis revealed reduced levels of a 58 kDa protein corresponding to CYP72A2, suggesting that the CYP72A2 homolog was suppressed in the sense and antisense plants. Transgenic plants had increased resistance to Manduca sexta larvae that consumed about 35 to 90 less of transgenic versus control leaves. A virulent strain of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tabaci induced a disease-limiting response followed by a delayed and decreased development of disease symptoms in the transgenics. CYP72A2 gene mediated resistance suggests that the plant-pest or -pathogen interactions may have been modified by changes in bioactive metabolite pools.

  8. Persistence of detectable insecticidal proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis (Cry) and toxicity after adsorption on contrasting soils

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    Hung, T.P.; Truong, L.V.; Binh, N.D.; Frutos, R.; Quiquampoix, H.; Staunton, S.

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    Insecticidal Cry, or Bt, proteins are produced by the soil-endemic bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis and some genetically modified crops. Their environmental fate depends on interactions with soil. Little is known about the toxicity of adsorbed proteins and the change in toxicity over time. We incubated Cry1Ac and Cry2A in contrasting soils subjected to different treatments to inhibit microbial activity. The toxin was chemically extracted and immunoassayed. Manduca sexta was the target insect for biotests. Extractable toxin decreased during incubation for up to four weeks. Toxicity of Cry1Ac was maintained in the adsorbed state, but lost after 2 weeks incubation at 25 °C. The decline in extractable protein and toxicity were much slower at 4 °C with no significant effect of soil sterilization. The major driving force for decline may be time-dependent fixation of adsorbed protein, leading to a decrease in the extraction yield in vitro, paralleled by decreasing solubilisation in the larval gut. - Graphical abstract: Biotest, presenting Cry-contaminated feed to Manduca sexta larvae in individual Perspex boxes. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Toxicity of Cry protein is initially conserved after adsorption on soil. • Toxicity and extractability decline with time, more rapidly at 25 °C than 4 °C. • Similar dynamics of Cry1AC and Cry2A on soil with varying texture and organic C. • Sterilization of soil does not change Cry dynamics or temperature effect in soil. • Cry decline is determined by progressive fixation on soil not microbial breakdown. - Toxicity was initially maintained after adsorption on soil and both extractable Cry and toxicity declined rapidly, more slowly at low temperature, due to different fixation dynamics. Toxicity of Cry protein is initially conserved after adsorption on soil.

  9. Adipokinetic hormones (AKHs) of sphingid Lepidoptera, including the identification of a second M. sexta AKH

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    Weaver, R. J.; Marco, H. G.; Šimek, Petr; Audsley, N.; Clark, K. D.; Gäde, G.

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    Roč. 34, č. 1 (2012), s. 44-50 ISSN 0196-9781 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP206/10/2401 Grant - others:NRF - Royal Society UK(GB) NRF GUN 63515; National Research Foundation(ZA) FA2007021300002; National Research Foundation(ZA) IFR2008071500048 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50070508 Keywords : Insect * Sphingidae * adipokinetic hormone Subject RIV: ED - Physiology Impact factor: 2.522, year: 2012 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0196978112000307

  10. BAC-FISH mapping of synteny between chromosomes of Bombyx mori and Manducta sexta

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    Sahara, K.; Yoshido, A.; Marec, František; Vrbová, Iva; Kamimura, M.; Yasukochi, Y.

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    Roč. 15, suppl. 2 (2007), s. 32-32 ISSN 0967-3849. [International Chromosome Conference /16./. 25.08.2007-29.08.2007, Amsterdam] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50070508 Keywords : Bombyx mori Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology

  11. Don Azulay Manduca Vásquez de San Martín de Amacayacu comunidad tikuna

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    María Emilia Montes

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    Full Text Available Noticia sobre el fallecimiento de sabio indígena.  Perfil biográfico y resumen de sus aportes a diferentes procesos de estudio e investigación. Ilustración de su pensamiento innovador y creativo a través de la interpretación que daba al escudo tikuna, inspirado en el escudo nacional de Colombia.

  12. Insulin signaling pathways in lepidopteran steroidogenesis

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    Wendy eSmith

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    Full Text Available Molting and metamorphosis are stimulated by the secretion of ecdysteroid hormones from the prothoracic glands. Insulin-like hormones have been found to enhance prothoracic gland activity, providing a mechanism to link molting to nutritional state. In silk moths (Bombyx mori, the prothoracic glands are directly stimulated by insulin and the insulin-like hormone bombyxin. Further, in Bombyx , the neuropeptide prothoracicotropic hormone (PTTH appears to act at least in part through the insulin-signaling pathway. In the prothoracic glands of Manduca sexta, while insulin stimulates the phosphorylation of the insulin receptor and Akt, neither insulin nor bombyxin II stimulate ecdysone secretion. Involvement of the insulin-signaling pathway in Manduca prothoracic glands was explored using two inhibitors of phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K, LY294002 and wortmannin. PI3K inhibitors block the phosphorylation of Akt and 4EBP but have no effect on ecdysone secretion, or on the phosphorylation of the MAPkinase, ERK. Inhibitors that block phosphorylation of ERK, including the MEK inhibitor U0126, and high doses of the RSK inhibitor SL0101, effectively inhibit ecdysone secretion. The results highlight differences between the two lepidopteran insects most commonly used to directly study ecdysteroid secretion. In Bombyx, the PTTH and insulin-signaling pathways intersect; both insulin and PTTH enhance the phosphorylation of Akt and stimulate ecdysteroid secretion, and inhibition of PI3K reduces ecdysteroid secretion. By contrast, in Manduca, the action of PTTH is distinct from insulin. The results highlight species differences in the roles of translational regulators such as 4EBP, and members of the MAPkinase pathway such as ERK and RSK, in the effects of nutritionally-sensitive hormones such as insulin on ecdysone secretion and molting.

  13. Spatial and temporal patterns of floral scent emission in Dianthus inoxianus and electroantennographic responses of its hawkmoth pollinator.

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    Balao, Francisco; Herrera, Javier; Talavera, Salvador; Dötterl, Stefan

    2011-05-01

    Scent emission is important in nocturnal pollination systems, and plant species pollinated by nocturnal insects often present characteristic odor compositions and temporal patterns of emission. We investigated the temporal (day/night; flower lifetime) and spatial (different flower parts, nectar) pattern of flower scent emission in nocturnally pollinated Dianthusinoxianus, and determined which compounds elicit physiological responses on the antennae of the sphingid pollinator Hyles livornica. The scent of D.inoxianus comprises 68 volatile compounds, but is dominated by aliphatic 2-ketones and sesquiterpenoids, which altogether make up 82% of collected volatiles. Several major and minor compounds elicit electrophysiological responses in the antennae of H. livornica. Total odor emission does not vary along day and night hours, and neither does along the life of the flower. However, the proportion of compounds eliciting physiological responses varies between day and night. All flower parts as well as nectar release volatiles. The scent of isolated flower parts is dominated by fatty acid derivatives, whereas nectar is dominated by benzenoids. Dissection (= damage) of flowers induced a ca. 20-fold increase in the rate of emission of EAD-active volatiles, especially aliphatic 2-ketones. We suggest that aliphatic 2-ketones might contribute to pollinator attraction in D. inoxianus, even though they have been attributed an insect repellent function in other plant species. We also hypothesize that the benzenoids in nectar may act as an honest signal ('nectar guide') for pollinators. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. The COP9 signalosome controls jasmonic acid synthesis and plant responses to herbivory and pathogens.

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    Hind, Sarah R; Pulliam, Sarah E; Veronese, Paola; Shantharaj, Deepak; Nazir, Azka; Jacobs, Nekaiya S; Stratmann, Johannes W

    2011-02-01

    The COP9 signalosome (CSN) is a multi-protein complex that regulates the activities of cullin-RING E3 ubiquitin ligases (CRLs). CRLs ubiquitinate proteins in order to target them for proteasomal degradation. The CSN is required for proper plant development. Here we show that the CSN also has a profound effect on plant defense responses. Silencing of genes for CSN subunits in tomato plants resulted in a mild morphological phenotype and reduced expression of wound-responsive genes in response to mechanical wounding, attack by Manduca sexta larvae, and Prosystemin over-expression. In contrast, expression of pathogenesis-related genes was increased in a stimulus-independent manner in these plants. The reduced wound response in CSN-silenced plants corresponded with reduced synthesis of jasmonic acid (JA), but levels of salicylic acid (SA) were unaltered. As a consequence, these plants exhibited reduced resistance against herbivorous M. sexta larvae and the necrotrophic fungal pathogen Botrytis cinerea. In contrast, susceptibility to tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) was not altered in CSN-silenced plants. These data demonstrate that the CSN orchestrates not only plant development but also JA-dependent plant defense responses. © 2011 The Authors. The Plant Journal © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  15. A Floral Fragrance, Methyl Benzoate, is An Efficient Green Pesticide

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    Feng, Yan; Zhang, Aijun

    2017-02-01

    Over-reliance on synthetic pesticides in insect pest control has caused widespread public and scientific concerns for human health and the environment, especially since many insect pests have already developed resistances to conventional pesticides and Bt products. For this reason, there is a considerable interest in development of alternative control methods for insect pest management. Based on laboratory studies, we report that methyl benzoate (MB), a naturally-occurring compound in many plants, may possess toxicity against various stages of a variety of insect pests, including the brown marmorated stinkbug, Halyomorpha halys, diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella, and tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, as well as the spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii. Based on our laboratory toxicity data, MB was at least 5 to 20 times more toxic than the conventional pyrethroid (β-cyfluthrin), sulfur & pyrethrin mixture, and some organic commercial products available on the market against H. halys, P. xylostella, and M. sexta, eggs. Because MB is considered an environment-friendly, it has great potential to be used as an alternative tool to synthetic pesticide for insect pest management in crop production, thereby, reducing threats to natural ecosystems and human health caused by over-application of conventional synthetic pesticides.

  16. Parasitoid-host endocrine relations: self-reliance or co-optation?

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    Cole, T J; Beckage, N E; Tan, F F; Srinivasan, A; Ramaswamy, S B

    2002-12-01

    High titers of juvenile hormone (JH) maintain developmental arrest in Manduca sexta larvae parasitized by Cotesia congregata. Parasitized hosts exhibit up to 9.5 times greater amounts of total hemolymph JH (from 0.6+/-0.09 to 2.51+/-0.43ng/ml) compared to non-parasitized controls. Elevated titers are observed throughout the fifth instar, even beyond egression of the parasitoids on day 5. GC-MS analysis revealed that in hemolymph of unparasitized control larvae, JH I is the major homolog and levels of JH III are negligible; in parasitized individuals the amounts of JH I, II, and III rise, and JH III predominates. Neck ligation ensured separation of M. sexta's corpora allata from the posterior section, which contained most of the parasitoids in the infected insects. When the posterior region was sampled, JHs were not detected in the non-parasitzed larvae, but in those parasitized, JH III was found (1.98+/-0.29ng/ml, 24 h post-ligation). JH III was the only homolog produced and secreted by the parasitoid in in vitro culture. This is the first report stating that a parasitoid secretes JH III and may contribute, at least in part, to the circulating titer in the host hemocoel, concurrently promoting host production of JH I and II.

  17. Identification and Characterization of a Novel Microvitellogenin from the Chinese Oak Silkworm Antheraea pernyi.

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    Yanqun Liu

    Full Text Available Microvitellogenin (mVg is a relatively small vitellogenic protein only characterized in the eggs of the lepidopteran insects Manduca sexta and Bombyx mori. In the present study, we report a novel mVg (ApmVg isolated from the Chinese oak silkworm Antheraea pernyi. The obtained ApmVg cDNA sequence contains an open reading frame of 783 bp encoding a protein of 260 amino acids with a predicted molecular weight of 29.96 kDa. This gene does not contain introns. Structural analysis revealed that this protein shares putative conserved domains with the lepidopteran low-molecular weight lipoprotein, which belongs to the lipoprotein_11 superfamily. The protein sequence of ApmVg exhibits 48% sequence identity with mVg from M. sexta and 40-47% sequence identity with the 30K lipoproteins from B. mori. Phylogenetic analysis suggests that ApmVg is a novel member of the lepidopteran low-molecular weight lipoproteins. Transcriptional analysis indicated that ApmVg mRNA is mainly expressed in the fat body (both female and male during post-diapause development of the pupal stage, and it was also detected in ovaries and spermaries in smaller amounts. RT-PCR and Western blot analyses revealed that ApmVg is synthesized by the fat body and secreted into hemolymph and ultimately accumulates in eggs. The ApmVg transcript can be detected in the fat bodies of female pupae four days after treatment with 20-hydroxyecdysone and shows an expression pattern distinct from that of vitellogenin (Vg, which is detectable throughout diapausing and in post-diapause development. ApmVg decreased dramatically during embryonic development. These results represent the first study of mVg outside M. sexta and B. mori and provide insight into the physiological role and evolution of mVgs.

  18. Nitrogen Supply Influences Herbivore-Induced Direct and Indirect Defenses and Transcriptional Responses in Nicotiana attenuata[w

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    Lou, Yonggen; Baldwin, Ian T.

    2004-01-01

    Although nitrogen (N) availability is known to alter constitutive resistance against herbivores, its influence on herbivore-induced responses, including signaling pathways, transcriptional signatures, and the subsequently elicited chemical defenses is poorly understood. We used the native tobacco, Nicotiana attenuata, which germinates in the postfire environment and copes with large changes in soil N during postfire succession, to compare a suite of Manduca sexta- and elicitor-induced responses in plants grown under high- and low-N (LN) supply rates. LN supply decreased relative growth rates and biomass by 35% at 40 d compared to high-N plants; furthermore, it also attenuated (by 39 and 60%) the elicitor-induced jasmonate and salicylate bursts, two N-intensive direct defenses (nicotine and trypsin proteinase inhibitors, albeit by different mechanisms), and carbon-containing nonvolatile defenses (rutin, chlorogenic acid, and diterpene glycosides), but did not affect the induced release of volatiles (cis-α-bergamotene and germacrene A), which function as indirect defenses. M. sexta and methyl jasmonate-induced transcriptional responses measured with a microarray enriched in herbivore-induced genes were also substantially reduced in plants grown under LN supply rates. In M. sexta-attacked LN plants, only 36 (45%) up-regulated and 46 (58%) down-regulated genes showed the same regulation as those in attacked high-N plants. However, transcriptional responses frequently directly countered the observed metabolic changes. Changes in a leaf's sensitivity to elicitation, an attacked leaf's waning ability to export oxylipin wound signals, and/or resource limitations in LN plants can account for the observed results, underscoring the conclusion that defense activation is a resource-intensive response. PMID:15133153

  19. Plant volatile eliciting FACs in lepidopteran caterpillars, fruit flies and crickets: a convergent evolution or phylogenetic inheritance?

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    Naoko eYoshinaga

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Fatty acid amino acid conjugates (FACs, first identified in lepidopteran caterpillar spit as elicitors of plant volatile emission, also have been reported as major components in gut tracts of Drosophila melanogaster and cricket Teleogryllus taiwanemma. The profile of FAC analogs in these two insects was similar to that of tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta, showing glutamic acid conjugates predominantly over glutamine conjugates. The physiological function of FACs is presumably to enhance nitrogen assimilation in Spodoptera litura larvae, but in other insects it is totally unknown. Whether these insects share a common synthetic mechanism of FACs is also unclear. In this study, the biosynthesis of FACs was examined in vitro in five lepidopteran species (M. sexta, Cephonodes hylas, silkworm, S. litura, and Mythimna separata, fruit fly larvae and T. taiwanemma. The fresh midgut tissues of all of the tested insects showed the ability to synthesize glutamine conjugates in vitro when incubated with glutamine and sodium linolenate. Such direct conjugation was also observed for glutamic acid conjugates in all the insects but the product amount was very small and did not reflect the in vivo FAC patterns in each species. In fruit fly larvae, the predominance of glutamic acid conjugates could be explained by a shortage of substrate glutamine in midgut tissues, and in M. sexta, a rapid hydrolysis of glutamine conjugates has been reported. In crickets, we found an additional unique biosynthetic pathway for glutamic acid conjugates. T. taiwanemma converted glutamine conjugates to glutamic acid conjugates by deaminating the side chain of the glutamine moiety. Considering these findings together with previous results, a possibility that FACs in these insects are results of convergent evolution can not be ruled out, but it is more likely that the ancestral insects had the glutamine conjugates and crickets and other insects developed glutamic acid conjugates in a

  20. Discovery and quantitative structure-activity relationship study of lepidopteran HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors as selective insecticides.

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    Zang, Yang-Yang; Li, Yuan-Mei; Yin, Yue; Chen, Shan-Shan; Kai, Zhen-Peng

    2017-09-01

    In a previous study we have demonstrated that insect 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase (HMGR) can be a potential selective insecticide target. Three series of inhibitors were designed on the basis of the difference in HMGR structures from Homo sapiens and Manduca sexta, with the aim of discovering potent selective insecticide candidates. An in vitro bioassay showed that gem-difluoromethylenated statin analogues have potent effects on JH biosynthesis of M. sexta and high selectivity between H. sapiens and M. sexta. All series II compounds {1,3,5-trisubstituted [4-tert-butyl 2-(5,5-difluoro-2,2-dimethyl-6-vinyl-4-yl) acetate] pyrazoles} have some effect on JH biosynthesis, whereas most of them are inactive on human HMGR. In particular, the IC 50 value of compound II-12 (37.8 nm) is lower than that of lovastatin (99.5 nm) and similar to that of rosuvastatin (24.2 nm). An in vivo bioassay showed that I-1, I-2, I-3 and II-12 are potential selective insecticides, especially for lepidopteran pest control. A predictable and statistically meaningful CoMFA model of 23 inhibitors (20 as training sets and three as test sets) was obtained with a value of q 2 and r 2 of 0.66 and 0.996 respectively. The final model suggested that a potent insect HMGR inhibitor should contain suitable small and non-electronegative groups in the ring part, and electronegative groups in the side chain. Four analogues were discovered as potent selective lepidopteran HMGR inhibitors, which can specifically be used for lepidopteran pest control. The CoMFA model will be useful for the design of new selective insect HMGR inhibitors that are structurally related to the training set compounds. © 2017 Society of Chemical Industry. © 2017 Society of Chemical Industry.

  1. Riqueza, abundância e sazonalidade de Sphingidae (Lepidoptera num fragmento de Mata Atlântica de Pernambuco, Brasil Species richness, abundance and seasonality of Sphingidae (Lepidoptera in a fragment of Atlantic Rainforest of Pernambuco, Brazil

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    José A. Duarte Júnior

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    Full Text Available Na Mata Atlântica de Pernambuco, NE-Brasil (Reserva Biológica de Gurjaú, Cabo de Santo Agostinho foi realizado um levantamento de Sphingidae de dezembro de 2002 a novembro de 2003. Os esfingídeos foram coletados com luz de vapor de mercúrio durante duas noites consecutivas por mês, próximo ao novilúnio. Foram determinadas riqueza de espécies, abundância e sazonalidade. Oitenta e nove espécimes de 23 espécies em 13 gêneros foram registrados; 84% dos indivíduos foram machos. Muitas espécies foram raras e de 13 espécies foi coletado apenas um exemplar. Xylophanes loelia (Druce, 1878, X. libya (Druce, 1878, Hemeroplanes triptolemus (Cramer, 1779, Eumorpha anchemolus (Cramer, 1779, Manduca brasilensis (Jordan, 1911, M. hannibal (Cramer, 1779, Adhemarius gannascus (Stoll, 1790 e Protambulyx astygonus (Boisduval, [1875] foram registradas pela primeira vez no Nordeste do Brasil. A esfingofauna não mostrou nenhum padrão de sazonalidade, e riqueza e abundância de espécies de esfingídeos não se correlacionaram com precipitação mensal e temperatura.In the Atlantic Rainforest of Pernambuco, NE-Brazil (Reserva Biológica de Gurjaú, Cabo de Santo Agostinho a survey of Sphingidae was performed from December 2002 to November 2003. The hawkmoths were collected with vapor mercury light during two consecutive nights per months near new moon. Species richness, abundance and seasonality were determined. Eighty-nine specimens of 23 species in13 genera were recorded; 84% the individuals were males. Most species were rare and from 13 species only one exemplar was collected. Xylophanes loelia (Druce, 1878, X. libya (Druce, 1878, Hemeroplanes triptolemus (Cramer, 1779, Eumorpha anchemolus (Cramer, 1779, Manduca brasilensis (Jordan, 1911, M. hannibal (Cramer, 1779, Adhemarius gannascus (Stoll, 1790 e Protambulyx astygonus (Boisduval, [1875] were recorded for the first time in Northeastern Brazil. The sphingofauna showed no seasonal patterns and

  2. Distinct types of glial cells populate the Drosophila antenna

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    Jhaveri Dhanisha

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The development of nervous systems involves reciprocal interactions between neurons and glia. In the Drosophila olfactory system, peripheral glial cells arise from sensory lineages specified by the basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor, Atonal. These glia wrap around the developing olfactory axons early during development and pattern the three distinct fascicles as they exit the antenna. In the moth Manduca sexta, an additional set of central glia migrate to the base of the antennal nerve where axons sort to their glomerular targets. In this work, we have investigated whether similar types of cells exist in the Drosophila antenna. Results We have used different P(Gal4 lines to drive Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP in distinct populations of cells within the Drosophila antenna. Mz317::GFP, a marker for cell body and perineural glia, labels the majority of peripheral glia. An additional ~30 glial cells detected by GH146::GFP do not derive from any of the sensory lineages and appear to migrate into the antenna from the brain. Their appearance in the third antennal segment is regulated by normal function of the Epidermal Growth Factor receptor and small GTPases. We denote these distinct populations of cells as Mz317-glia and GH146-glia respectively. In the adult, processes of GH146-glial cells ensheath the olfactory receptor neurons directly, while those of the Mz317-glia form a peripheral layer. Ablation of GH146-glia does not result in any significant effects on the patterning of the olfactory receptor axons. Conclusion We have demonstrated the presence of at least two distinct populations of glial cells within the Drosophila antenna. GH146-glial cells originate in the brain and migrate to the antenna along the newly formed olfactory axons. The number of cells populating the third segment of the antenna is regulated by signaling through the Epidermal Growth Factor receptor. These glia share several features of the sorting

  3. Fatty acid-amino acid conjugates are essential for systemic activation of salicylic acid-induced protein kinase and accumulation of jasmonic acid in Nicotiana attenuata.

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    Hettenhausen, Christian; Heinrich, Maria; Baldwin, Ian T; Wu, Jianqiang

    2014-11-28

    Herbivory induces the activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), the accumulation of jasmonates and defensive metabolites in damaged leaves and in distal undamaged leaves. Previous studies mainly focused on individual responses and a limited number of systemic leaves, and more research is needed for a better understanding of how different plant parts respond to herbivory. In the wild tobacco Nicotiana attenuata, FACs (fatty acid-amino acid conjugates) in Manduca sexta oral secretions (OS) are the major elicitors that induce herbivory-specific signaling but their role in systemic signaling is largely unknown. Here, we show that simulated herbivory (adding M. sexta OS to fresh wounds) dramatically increased SIPK (salicylic acid-induced protein kinase) activity and jasmonic acid (JA) levels in damaged leaves and in certain (but not all) undamaged systemic leaves, whereas wounding alone had no detectable systemic effects; importantly, FACs and wounding are both required for activating these systemic responses. In contrast to the activation of SIPK and elevation of JA in specific systemic leaves, increases in the activity of an important anti-herbivore defense, trypsin proteinase inhibitor (TPI), were observed in all systemic leaves after simulated herbivory, suggesting that systemic TPI induction does not require SIPK activation and JA increases. Leaf ablation experiments demonstrated that within 10 minutes after simulated herbivory, a signal (or signals) was produced and transported out of the treated leaves, and subsequently activated systemic responses. Our results reveal that N. attenuata specifically recognizes herbivore-derived FACs in damaged leaves and rapidly send out a long-distance signal to phylotactically connected leaves to activate MAPK and JA signaling, and we propose that FACs that penetrated into wounds rapidly induce the production of another long-distance signal(s) which travels to all systemic leaves and activates TPI defense.

  4. Insect parents improve the anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial defence of their offspring by priming the expression of immune-relevant genes.

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    Trauer-Kizilelma, Ute; Hilker, Monika

    2015-09-01

    Insect parents that experienced an immune challenge are known to prepare (prime) the immune activity of their offspring for improved defence. This phenomenon has intensively been studied by analysing especially immunity-related proteins. However, it is unknown how transgenerational immune priming affects transcript levels of immune-relevant genes of the offspring upon an actual threat. Here, we investigated how an immune challenge of Manduca sexta parents affects the expression of immune-related genes in their eggs that are attacked by parasitoids. Furthermore, we addressed the question whether the transgenerational immune priming of expression of genes in the eggs is still traceable in adult offspring. Our study revealed that a parental immune challenge did not affect the expression of immune-related genes in unparasitised eggs. However, immune-related genes in parasitised eggs of immune-challenged parents were upregulated to a higher level than those in parasitised eggs of unchallenged parents. Hence, this transgenerational immune priming of the eggs was detected only "on demand", i.e. upon parasitoid attack. The priming effects were also traceable in adult female progeny of immune-challenged parents which showed higher transcript levels of several immune-related genes in their ovaries than non-primed progeny. Some of the primed genes showed enhanced expression even when the progeny was left unchallenged, whereas other genes were upregulated to a greater extent in primed female progeny than non-primed ones only when the progeny itself was immune-challenged. Thus, the detection of transgenerational immune priming strongly depends on the analysed genes and the presence or absence of an actual threat for the offspring. We suggest that M. sexta eggs laid by immune-challenged parents "afford" to upregulate the transcription of immunity-related genes only upon attack, because they have the chance to be endowed by parentally directly transferred protective proteins

  5. Silencing of a Germin-Like Gene in Nicotiana attenuata Improves Performance of Native Herbivores1[W

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    Lou, Yonggen; Baldwin, Ian T.

    2006-01-01

    Germins and germin-like proteins (GLPs) are known to function in pathogen resistance, but their involvement in defense against insect herbivores is poorly understood. In the native tobacco Nicotiana attenuata, attack from the specialist herbivore Manduca sexta or elicitation by adding larval oral secretions (OS) to wounds up-regulates transcripts of a GLP. To understand the function of this gene, which occurs as a single copy, we cloned the full-length NaGLP and silenced its expression in N. attenuata by expressing a 250-bp fragment in an antisense orientation with an Agrobacterium-based transformation system and by virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS). Homozygous lines harboring a single insert and VIGS plants had significantly reduced constitutive (measured in roots) and elicited NaGLP transcript levels (in leaves). Silencing NaGLP improved M. sexta larval performance and Tupiocoris notatus preference, two native herbivores of N. attenuata. Silencing NaGLP also attenuated the OS-induced hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), diterpene glycosides, and trypsin proteinase inhibitor responses, which may explain the observed susceptibility of antisense or VIGS plants to herbivore attack and increased nicotine contents, but did not influence the OS-elicited jasmonate and salicylate bursts, or the release of the volatile organic compounds (limonene, cis-α-bergamotene, and germacrene-A) that function as an indirect defense. This suggests that NaGLP is involved in H2O2 production and might also be related to ethylene production and/or perception, which in turn influences the defense responses of N. attenuata via H2O2 and ethylene-signaling pathways. PMID:16461381

  6. Insertion of an esterase gene into a specific locust pathogen (Metarhizium acridum enables it to infect caterpillars.

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    Sibao Wang

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available An enduring theme in pathogenic microbiology is poor understanding of the mechanisms of host specificity. Metarhizium is a cosmopolitan genus of invertebrate pathogens that contains generalist species with broad host ranges such as M. robertsii (formerly known as M. anisopliae var. anisopliae as well as specialists such as the acridid-specific grasshopper pathogen M. acridum. During growth on caterpillar (Manduca sexta cuticle, M. robertsii up-regulates a gene (Mest1 that is absent in M. acridum and most other fungi. Disrupting M. robertsii Mest1 reduced virulence and overexpression increased virulence to caterpillars (Galleria mellonella and M. sexta, while virulence to grasshoppers (Melanoplus femurrubrum was unaffected. When Mest1 was transferred to M. acridum under control of its native M. robertsii promoter, the transformants killed and colonized caterpillars in a similar fashion to M. robertsii. MEST1 localized exclusively to lipid droplets in M. robertsii conidia and infection structures was up-regulated during nutrient deprivation and had esterase activity against lipids with short chain fatty acids. The mobilization of stored lipids was delayed in the Mest1 disruptant mutant. Overall, our results suggest that expression of Mest1 allows rapid hydrolysis of stored lipids, and promotes germination and infection structure formation by M. robertsii during nutrient deprivation and invasion, while Mest1 expression in M. acridum broadens its host range by bypassing the regulatory signals found on natural hosts that trigger the mobilization of endogenous nutrient reserves. This study suggests that speciation in an insect pathogen could potentially be driven by host shifts resulting from changes in a single gene.

  7. Experimental Characterization of the Structural Dynamics and Aero-Structural Sensitivity of a Hawkmoth Wing Toward the Development of Design Rules for Flapping-Wing Micro Air Vehicles

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    complexity. As any undergraduate biology textbook will attest, animal morphology is a product of competing demands for survival of the species......sample of paper used in the paper beam, clamp validation study. The test determined a Modulus of Elasticity , E, of approximately 3 GPa

  8. A lepidopteran-specific gene family encoding valine-rich midgut proteins.

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    Jothini Odman-Naresh

    Full Text Available Many lepidopteran larvae are serious agricultural pests due to their feeding activity. Digestion of the plant diet occurs mainly in the midgut and is facilitated by the peritrophic matrix (PM, an extracellular sac-like structure, which lines the midgut epithelium and creates different digestive compartments. The PM is attracting increasing attention to control lepidopteran pests by interfering with this vital function. To identify novel PM components and thus potential targets for insecticides, we performed an immunoscreening with anti-PM antibodies using an expression library representing the larval midgut transcriptome of the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta. We identified three cDNAs encoding valine-rich midgut proteins of M. sexta (MsVmps, which appear to be loosely associated with the PM. They are members of a lepidopteran-specific family of nine VMP genes, which are exclusively expressed in larval stages in M. sexta. Most of the MsVMP transcripts are detected in the posterior midgut, with the highest levels observed for MsVMP1. To obtain further insight into Vmp function, we expressed MsVMP1 in insect cells and purified the recombinant protein. Lectin staining and glycosidase treatment indicated that MsVmp1 is highly O-glycosylated. In line with results from qPCR, immunoblots revealed that MsVmp1 amounts are highest in feeding larvae, while MsVmp1 is undetectable in starving and molting larvae. Finally using immunocytochemistry, we demonstrated that MsVmp1 localizes to the cytosol of columnar cells, which secrete MsVmp1 into the ectoperitrophic space in feeding larvae. In starving and molting larvae, MsVmp1 is found in the gut lumen, suggesting that the PM has increased its permeability. The present study demonstrates that lepidopteran species including many agricultural pests have evolved a set of unique proteins that are not found in any other taxon and thus may reflect an important adaptation in the highly specialized lepidopteran

  9. The Lepidoptera Odorant Binding Protein gene family: Gene gain and loss within the GOBP/PBP complex of moths and butterflies.

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    Vogt, Richard G; Große-Wilde, Ewald; Zhou, Jing-Jiang

    2015-07-01

    Butterflies and moths differ significantly in their daily activities: butterflies are diurnal while moths are largely nocturnal or crepuscular. This life history difference is presumably reflected in their sensory biology, and especially the balance between the use of chemical versus visual signals. Odorant Binding Proteins (OBP) are a class of insect proteins, at least some of which are thought to orchestrate the transfer of odor molecules within an olfactory sensillum (olfactory organ), between the air and odor receptor proteins (ORs) on the olfactory neurons. A Lepidoptera specific subclass of OBPs are the GOBPs and PBPs; these were the first OBPs studied and have well documented associations with olfactory sensilla. We have used the available genomes of two moths, Manduca sexta and Bombyx mori, and two butterflies, Danaus plexippus and Heliconius melpomene, to characterize the GOBP/PBP genes, attempting to identify gene orthologs and document specific gene gain and loss. First, we identified the full repertoire of OBPs in the M. sexta genome, and compared these with the full repertoire of OBPs from the other three lepidopteran genomes, the OBPs of Drosophila melanogaster and select OBPs from other Lepidoptera. We also evaluated the tissue specific expression of the M. sexta OBPs using an available RNAseq databases. In the four lepidopteran species, GOBP2 and all PBPs reside in single gene clusters; in two species GOBP1 is documented to be nearby, about 100 kb from the cluster; all GOBP/PBP genes share a common gene structure indicating a common origin. As such, the GOBP/PBP genes form a gene complex. Our findings suggest that (1) the lepidopteran GOBP/PBP complex is a monophyletic lineage with origins deep within Lepidoptera phylogeny, (2) within this lineage PBP gene evolution is much more dynamic than GOBP gene evolution, and (3) butterflies may have lost a PBP gene that plays an important role in moth pheromone detection, correlating with a shift from

  10. Differential pressure measurement using a free-flying insect-like ornithopter with an MEMS sensor

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    Takahashi, Hidetoshi; Aoyama, Yuichiro; Ohsawa, Kazuharu; Iwase, Eiji; Matsumoto, Kiyoshi; Shimoyama, Isao; Tanaka, Hiroto

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents direct measurements of the aerodynamic forces on the wing of a free-flying, insect-like ornithopter that was modeled on a hawk moth (Manduca sexta). A micro differential pressure sensor was fabricated with micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) technology and attached to the wing of the ornithopter. The sensor chip was less than 0.1% of the wing area. The mass of the sensor chip was 2.0 mg, which was less than 1% of the wing mass. Thus, the sensor was both small and light in comparison with the wing, resulting in a measurement system that had a minimal impact on the aerodynamics of the wing. With this sensor, the 'pressure coefficient' of the ornithopter wing was measured during both steady airflow and actual free flight. The maximum pressure coefficient observed for steady airflow conditions was 1.4 at an angle of attack of 30 0 . In flapping flight, the coefficient was around 2.0 for angles of attack that ranged from 25 0 to 40 0 . Therefore, a larger aerodynamic force was generated during the downstroke in free flight compared to steady airflow conditions.

  11. Sodium Solute Symporter and Cadherin Proteins Act as Bacillus thuringiensis Cry3Ba Toxin Functional Receptors in Tribolium castaneum*

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    Contreras, Estefanía; Schoppmeier, Michael; Real, M. Dolores; Rausell, Carolina

    2013-01-01

    Understanding how Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxins interact with proteins in the midgut of susceptible coleopteran insects is crucial to fully explain the molecular bases of Bt specificity and insecticidal action. In this work, aminopeptidase N (TcAPN-I), E-cadherin (TcCad1), and sodium solute symporter (TcSSS) have been identified by ligand blot as putative Cry3Ba toxin-binding proteins in Tribolium castaneum (Tc) larvae. RNA interference knockdown of TcCad1 or TcSSS proteins resulted in decreased susceptibility to Cry3Ba toxin, demonstrating the Cry toxin receptor functionality for these proteins. In contrast, TcAPN-I silencing had no effect on Cry3Ba larval toxicity, suggesting that this protein is not relevant in the Cry3Ba toxin mode of action in Tc. Remarkable features of TcSSS protein were the presence of cadherin repeats in its amino acid sequence and that a TcSSS peptide fragment containing a sequence homologous to a binding epitope found in Manduca sexta and Tenebrio molitor Bt cadherin functional receptors enhanced Cry3Ba toxicity. This is the first time that the involvement of a sodium solute symporter protein as a Bt functional receptor has been demonstrated. The role of this novel receptor in Bt toxicity against coleopteran insects together with the lack of receptor functionality of aminopeptidase N proteins might account for some of the differences in toxin specificity between Lepidoptera and Coleoptera insect orders. PMID:23645668

  12. Synthesis and biological activity of radiolabeled phytosterols

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    De Palma, A.

    1984-01-01

    /sup 3/H and /sup 14/C-labeled phytosterols were synthesized for the purpose of elucidating insect sterol side-chain dealkylating mechanisms. Sitosterol, stigmasterol, and the 29-fluoro derivatives of these compounds, which are highly toxic, were labeled with /sup 3/H at C-29 in order to study the fate of the two-carbon dealkylation product in vivo and in vitro. The first rapid, reliable in vitro dealkylation bioassay was developed using doubly-labeled (29-/sup 3/H)-(24-/sup 14/C) fucosterol epoxides as the substrates, incubated with midgut preparations from Manduca sexta, the tobacco hornworm. Since C-28 and C-29 are lost in the dealkylation process, the extent of dealkylation is expressed as the change in the isotopic ratio when the system is partitioned between an organic solvent and water after incubation. As predicted, the /sup 3/H//sup 14/C ratio decreases in the organic layer as a function of time, due to loss of /sup 3/H into the aqueous phase as acetate or a biological equivalent. This ratio likewise increases in the aqueous phase for the same reason. The (29-/sup 3/H) phytosterols alone are reliable substrates for the first rapid in vivo bioassay of phytosterol dealkylation.

  13. Resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis by the Indian meal moth, Plodia interpunctella: comparison of midgut proteinases from susceptible and resistant larvae.

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    Johnson, D E; Brookhart, G L; Kramer, K J; Barnett, B D; McGaughey, W H

    1990-03-01

    Midgut homogenates from susceptible and resistant strains of the Indian meal moth, Plodia interpunctella, were compared for their ability to activate the entomocidal parasporal crystal protein from Bacillus thuringiensis. The properties of midgut proteinases from both types of larvae were also examined. Electrophoretic patterns of crystal protein from B. thuringiensis subspecies kurstaki (HD-1) and aizawai (HD-133 and HD-144) were virtually unchanged following digestion by either type of midgut homogenate. Changes in pH (9.5 to 11.5) or midgut homogenate concentration during digestion failed to substantially alter protein electrophoretic patterns of B. thuringiensis HD-1 crystal toxin. In vitro toxicity of crystal protein activated by either type of midgut preparation was equal toward cultured insect cells from either Manduca sexta or Choristoneura fumiferana. Electrophoresis of midgut extracts in polyacrylamide gels containing gelatin as substrate also yielded matching mobility patterns of proteinases from both types of midguts. Quantitation of midgut proteolytic activity using tritiated casein as a substrate revealed variation between midgut preparations, but no statistically significant differences between proteolytic activities from susceptible and resistant Indian meal moth larvae. Inhibition studies indicated that a trypsin-like proteinase with maximal activity at pH 10 is a major constituent of Indian meal moth midguts. The results demonstrated that midguts from susceptible and resistant strains of P. interpunctella are similar both in their ability to activate B. thuringiensis protoxin and in their proteolytic activity.

  14. Differential protection of Cry1Fa toxin against Spodoptera frugiperda larval gut proteases by cadherin orthologs correlates with increased synergism.

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    Rahman, Khalidur; Abdullah, Mohd Amir F; Ambati, Suresh; Taylor, Milton D; Adang, Michael J

    2012-01-01

    The Cry proteins produced by Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) are the most widely used biopesticides effective against a range of crop pests and disease vectors. Like chemical pesticides, development of resistance is the primary threat to the long-term efficacy of Bt toxins. Recently discovered cadherin-based Bt Cry synergists showed the potential to augment resistance management by improving efficacy of Cry toxins. However, the mode of action of Bt Cry synergists is thus far unclear. Here we elucidate the mechanism of cadherin-based Cry toxin synergism utilizing two cadherin peptides, Spodoptera frugiperda Cad (SfCad) and Manduca sexta Cad (MsCad), which differentially enhance Cry1Fa toxicity to Spodoptera frugiperda neonates. We show that differential SfCad- and MsCad-mediated protection of Cry1Fa toxin in the Spodoptera frugiperda midgut correlates with differential Cry1Fa toxicity enhancement. Both peptides exhibited high affinity for Cry1Fa toxin and an increased rate of Cry1Fa-induced pore formation in S. frugiperda. However, only SfCad bound the S. frugiperda brush border membrane vesicle and more effectively prolonged the stability of Cry1Fa toxin in the gut, explaining higher Cry1Fa enhancement by this peptide. This study shows that cadherin fragments may enhance B. thuringiensis toxicity by at least two different mechanisms or a combination thereof: (i) protection of Cry toxin from protease degradation in the insect midgut and (ii) enhancement of pore-forming ability of Cry toxin.

  15. Characterization of the complete mitochondrial genome of the giant silkworm moth, Eriogyna pyretorum (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae).

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    Jiang, Shao-Tong; Hong, Gui-Yun; Yu, Miao; Li, Na; Yang, Ying; Liu, Yan-Qun; Wei, Zhao-Jun

    2009-05-22

    The complete mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) of Eriogyna pyretorum (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) was determined as being composed of 15,327 base pairs (bp), including 13 protein-coding genes (PCGs), 2 rRNA genes, 22 tRNA genes, and a control region. The arrangement of the PCGs is the same as that found in the other sequenced lepidopteran. The AT skewness for the E. pyretorum mitogenome is slightly negative (-0.031), indicating the occurrence of more Ts than As. The nucleotide composition of the E. pyretorum mitogenome is also biased toward A + T nucleotides (80.82%). All PCGs are initiated by ATN codons, except for cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 and 2 (cox1 and cox2). Two of the 13 PCGs harbor the incomplete termination codon by T. All tRNA genes have a typical clover-leaf structure of mitochondrial tRNA, with the exception of trnS1(AGN) and trnS2(UCN). Phylogenetic analysis among the available lepidopteran species supports the current morphology-based hypothesis that Bombycoidea, Geometroidea, Notodontidea, Papilionoidea and Pyraloidea are monophyletic. As has been previously suggested, Bombycidae (Bombyx mori and Bombyx mandarina), Sphingoidae (Manduca sexta) and Saturniidae (Antheraea pernyi, Antheraea yamamai, E. pyretorum and Caligula boisduvalii) formed a group.

  16. Chlorophyll degradation in the gut of generalist and specialist Lepidopteran caterpillars.

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    Badgaa, Amarsanaa; Jia, Aiqun; Ploss, Kerstin; Boland, Wilhelm

    2014-12-01

    Plant feeding herbivores excrete most of the ingested chlorophyll (Chl) as partly degraded derivatives lacking the phytol side chain and the central magnesium ion. An ecological role of digested and degraded Chls in the interactions between insects, their food plant and other insects has been described recently. To gain more information on common degradation patterns in plant-feeding insects, the orals secretions and frass of five Lepidopteran caterpillars covering generalists and specialists, namely Spodoptera littoralis, Spodoptera eridania, Heliothis virescens, Helicoverpa armigera, Manduca sexta, and, for comparison, of the leaf beetle larva Chrysomela lapponica were analyzed for chlorophyll catabolites. The major degradation products were determined as pheohorbide a/b and pyropheophorbide a/b by using LC-MS, LC-NMR, UV, and fluorescence spectrometry. The compounds were not present in fresh leaves of the food plants (Phaseolus lunatus, Nicotiana tabacum). The catabolite spectrum in generalists and specialists was qualitatively similar and could be attributed to the action of gut proteins and the strongly alkaline milieu in the digestive tract. Due to the anaerobic environment of the larval gut, the tetrapyrrole core of the Chl catabolites was not cleaved. Substantial amounts of Chl a/b metabolites were strongly complexed by a protein in the mid-gut.

  17. Metaflumizone is a novel sodium channel blocker insecticide.

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    Salgado, V L; Hayashi, J H

    2007-12-15

    Metaflumizone is a novel semicarbazone insecticide, derived chemically from the pyrazoline sodium channel blocker insecticides (SCBIs) discovered at Philips-Duphar in the early 1970s, but with greatly improved mammalian safety. This paper describes studies confirming that the insecticidal action of metaflumizone is due to the state-dependent blockage of sodium channels. Larvae of the moth Spodoptera eridania injected with metaflumizone became paralyzed, concomitant with blockage of all nerve activity. Furthermore, tonic firing of abdominal stretch receptor organs from Spodoptera frugiperda was blocked by metaflumizone applied in the bath, consistent with the block of voltage-dependent sodium channels. Studies on native sodium channels, in primary-cultured neurons isolated from the CNS of the larvae of the moth Manduca sexta and on Para/TipE sodium channels heterologously expressed in Xenopus (African clawed frog) oocytes, confirmed that metaflumizone blocks sodium channels by binding selectively to the slow-inactivated state, which is characteristic of the SCBIs. The results confirm that metaflumizone is a novel sodium channel blocker insecticide.

  18. An Inverse Relationship Links Temperature and Substrate Apparent Affinity in the Ion-Coupled Cotransporters rGAT1 and KAAT1

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    Antonio Peres

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The effects of temperature on the operation of two ion-coupled cotransporters of the SLC6A family, namely rat GAT1 (SLC6A1 and KAAT1 (SLC6A19 from Manduca sexta, have been studied by electrophysiological means in Xenopus laevis oocytes expressing these proteins. The maximal transport-associated current (Imax and the apparent substrate affinity (K05 were measured. In addition to the expected increase in transport rate (Q10 = 3–6, both transporters showed greater K05 values (i.e., a decrease in apparent affinity at higher temperatures. The transport efficiency, estimated as Imax/K05, increased at negative potentials in both transporters, but did not show statistically significant differences with temperature. The observation that the apparent substrate affinity is inversely related to the transport rate suggests a kinetic regulation of this parameter. Furthermore, the present results indicate that the affinities estimated at room temperature for mammalian cotransporters may not be simply extrapolated to their physiological operating conditions.

  19. High tunnels: protection for rather than from insect pests?

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    Ingwell, Laura L; Thompson, Sarah L; Kaplan, Ian; Foster, Ricky E

    2017-12-01

    High tunnels are a season extension tool creating a hybrid of field and greenhouse growing conditions. High tunnels have recently increased in the USA and thus research on their management is lacking. One purported advantage of these structures is protection from common field pests, but evidence to support this claim is lacking. We compared insect pest populations in high tunnels with field production over two years for three crops: tomato, broccoli and cucumber. Greenhouse pests (e.g. aphids, whiteflies) were more prevalent in high tunnels, compared to field plots. Hornworms (tobacco (Manduca sexta L.) and tomato (M. quinquemaculata Haworth)), a common field pest on tomato, were also more abundant in high tunnels, requiring chemical control while field populations were low. The crucifer caterpillar complex (imported cabbageworm (Pieris rapae L.), diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella L.) and cabbage looper (Trichoplusia ni Hübner)) was also more abundant in high tunnels in 2010. Cucumber beetle (striped (Acalymma vittatum F.) and spotted (Diabrotica undecimpunctata Mannerheim)) densities were higher in high tunnels in 2010 and field plots in 2011. The common assumption that high tunnels offer protection from field pests was not supported. Instead, high tunnel growing conditions may facilitate higher pest populations. © 2017 Society of Chemical Industry. © 2017 Society of Chemical Industry.

  20. Peripheral and Central Olfactory Tuning in a Moth

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    Ong, Rose C.

    2012-01-01

    Animals can be innately attracted to certain odorants. Because these attractants are particularly salient, they might be expected to induce relatively strong responses throughout the olfactory pathway, helping animals detect the most relevant odors but limiting flexibility to respond to other odors. Alternatively, specific neural wiring might link innately preferred odors to appropriate behaviors without a need for intensity biases. How nonpheromonal attractants are processed by the general olfactory system remains largely unknown. In the moth Manduca sexta, we studied this with a set of innately preferred host plant odors and other, neutral odors. Electroantennogram recordings showed that, as a population, olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs) did not respond with greater intensity to host plant odors, and further local field potential recordings showed that no specific amplification of signals induced by host plant odors occurred between the first olfactory center and the second. Moreover, when odorants were mutually diluted to elicit equally intense output from the ORNs, moths were able to learn to associate all tested odorants equally well with food reward. Together, these results suggest that, although nonpheromonal host plant odors activate broadly distributed responses, they may be linked to attractive behaviors mainly through specific wiring in the brain. PMID:22362866

  1. VP7: an attachment protein of bluetongue virus for cellular receptors in Culicoides variipennis.

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    Xu, G; Wilson, W; Mecham, J; Murphy, K; Zhou, E M; Tabachnick, W

    1997-07-01

    The importance of VP7 of bluetongue virus (BTV) in the binding of BTV to membrane proteins of the BTV vector Culicoides variipennis was investigated. Core BTV particles, prepared from whole viruses, lacked outer proteins VP2 and VP5 and had VP7 exposed. More core particles and whole viruses bound to membrane preparations of adults of C. variipennis and KC cells, which were cultured from this vector insect, than to membrane preparations of Manduca sexta larvae. More core particles than whole viruses bound to membrane preparations of adults of C. variipennis and KC cells. Polyclonal anti-idiotypic antibodies (anti-Id), which were made against an antigen-combining region of an anti-BTV-10 VP7 antibody and functionally mimicked VP7, bound more to the membrane preparations of adults of C. variipennis and KC cells, and less to cytosol preparations. In Western overalay analysis, the Culicoides plasma membrane preparation reduced binding of an anti-VP7 monoclonal antibody to VP7. Whole and core BTV particles and the anti-Id bound to a membrane protein with a molecular mass of 23 kDa that was present predominantly in membrane preparations of adults of C. variipennis and KC cells. This protein was present in much lower concentrations in membrane preparations of C6/36 and DM-2 insect cells.

  2. Structure and expression of sulfatase and sulfatase modifying factor genes in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella.

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    Ma, Xiao-Li; He, Wei-Yi; Chen, Wei; Xu, Xue-Jiao; Qi, Wei-Ping; Zou, Ming-Min; You, Yan-Chun; Baxter, Simon W; Wang, Ping; You, Min-Sheng

    2017-06-01

    The diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.), uses sulfatases (SULF) to counteract the glucosinolate-myrosinase defensive system that cruciferous plants have evolved to deter insect feeding. Sulfatase activity is regulated by post-translational modification of a cysteine residue by sulfatase modifying factor 1 (SUMF1). We identified 12 SULF genes (PxylSulfs) and two SUMF1 genes (PxylSumf1s) in the P. xylostella genome. Phylogenetic analysis of SULFs and SUMFs from P. xylostella, Bombyx mori, Manduca sexta, Heliconius melpomene, Danaus plexippus, Drosophila melanogaster, Tetranychus urticae and Homo sapiens showed that the SULFs were clustered into five groups, and the SUMFs could be divided into two groups. Profiling of the expression of PxylSulfs and PxylSumfs by RNA-seq and by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction showed that two glucosinolate sulfatase genes (GSS), PxylSulf2 and PxylSulf3, were primarily expressed in the midgut of 3rd- and 4th-instar larvae. Moreover, expression of sulfatases PxylSulf2, PxylSulf3 and PxylSulf4 were correlated with expression of the sulfatases modifying factor PxylSumf1a. The findings from this study provide new insights into the structure and expression of SUMF1 and PxylSulf genes that are considered to be key factors for the evolutionary success of P. xylostella as a specialist herbivore of cruciferous plants. © 2017 Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

  3. Pathogen-induced maternal effects result in enhanced immune responsiveness across generations.

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    Rosengaus, Rebeca B; Hays, Nicole; Biro, Colette; Kemos, James; Zaman, Muizz; Murray, Joseph; Gezahegn, Bruck; Smith, Wendy

    2017-05-01

    Parental investment theory postulates that adults can accurately perceive cues from their surroundings, anticipate the needs of future offspring based on those cues, and selectively allocate nongenetic resources to their progeny. Such context-dependent parental contributions can result in phenotypically variable offspring. Consistent with these predictions, we show that bacterially exposed Manduca sexta mothers oviposited significantly more variable embryos (as measured by mass, volume, hatching time, and hatching success) relative to naïve and control mothers. By using an in vivo "clearance of infection" assay, we also show that challenged larvae born to heat-killed- or live- Serratia -injected mothers, supported lower microbial loads and cleared the infection faster than progeny of control mothers. Our data support the notion that mothers can anticipate the future pathogenic risks and immunological needs of their unborn offspring, providing progeny with enhanced immune protection likely through transgenerational immune priming. Although the inclusion of live Serratia into oocytes does not appear to be the mechanism by which mothers confer protection to their young, other mechanisms, including epigenetic modifications in the progeny due to maternal pathogenic stress, may be at play. The adaptive nature of maternal effects in the face of pathogenic stress provides insights into parental investment, resource allocation, and life-history theories and highlights the significant role that pathogen-induced maternal effects play as generators and modulators of evolutionary change.

  4. Changes in mitochondrial electron transport chain activity during insect metamorphosis.

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    Chamberlin, M E

    2007-02-01

    The midgut of the tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta) is a highly aerobic tissue that is destroyed by programmed cell death during larval-pupal metamorphosis. The death of the epithelium begins after commitment to pupation, and the oxygen consumption of isolated midgut mitochondria decreases soon after commitment. To assess the role of the electron transport chain in this decline in mitochondrial function, the maximal activities of complexes I-IV of the respiratory chain were measured in isolated midgut mitochondria. Whereas there were no developmental changes in the activity of complex I or III, activities of complexes II and IV [cytochrome c oxidase (COX)] were higher in mitochondria from precommitment than postcommitment larvae. This finding is consistent with a higher rate of succinate oxidation in mitochondria isolated from precommitment larvae and reveals that the metamorphic decline in mitochondrial respiration is due to the targeted destruction or inactivation of specific sites within the mitochondria, rather than the indiscriminate destruction of the organelles. The COX turnover number (e- x s(-1) x cytochrome aa3(-1)) was greater for the enzyme from precommitment than postcommitment larvae, indicating a change in the enzyme structure and/or its lipid environment during the early stages of metamorphosis. The turnover number of COX in the intact mitochondria (in organello COX) was also lower in postcommitment larvae. In addition to changes in the protein or membrane phospholipids, the metamorphic decline in this rate constant may be a result of the observed loss of endogenous cytochrome c.

  5. Radiation-induced reduction of the glial population during development disrupts the formation of olfactory glomeruli in an insect

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    Oland, L.A.; Tolbert, L.P.; Mossman, K.L.

    1988-01-01

    Interactions between neurons and between neurons and glial cells have been shown by a number of investigators to be critical for normal development of the nervous system. In the olfactory system of Manduca sexta, sensory axons have been shown to induce the formation of synaptic glomeruli in the antennal lobe of the brain. Oland and Tolbert (1987) found that the growth of sensory axons into the developing antennal lobe causes changes in glial shape and disposition that presage the establishment of glomeruli, each surrounded by a glial envelope. Several lines of evidence lead us to hypothesize that the glial cells of the lobe may be acting as intermediaries in developmental interactions between sensory axons and neurons of the antennal lobe. In the present study, we have tested this hypothesis by using gamma-radiation to reduce the number of glial cells at a time when neurons of the antennal system are postmitotic but glomeruli have not yet developed. When glial numbers are severely reduced, the neuropil of the resulting lobe lacks glomeruli. Despite the presence of afferent axons, the irradiated lobe has many of the features of a lobe that developed in the absence of afferent axons. Our findings indicate that the glial cells must play a necessary role in the inductive influence of the afferent axons

  6. Odors pulsed at wing beat frequencies are tracked by primary olfactory networks and enhance odor detection

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    Shreejoy Tripathy

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Each down stroke of an insect’s wings accelerates axial airflow over the antennae. Modeling studies suggest that this can greatly enhance penetration of air and air-born odorants through the antennal sensilla thereby periodically increasing odorant-receptor interactions. Do these periodic changes result in entrainment of neural responses in the antenna and antennal lobe (AL? Does this entrainment affect olfactory acuity? To address these questions, we monitored antennal and AL responses in the moth Manduca sexta while odorants were pulsed at frequencies from 10-72 Hz, encompassing the natural wingbeat frequency. Power spectral density (PSD analysis was used to identify entrainment of neural activity. Statistical analysis of PSDs indicates that the antennal nerve tracked pulsed odor up to 30 Hz. Furthermore, at least 50% of AL local field potentials (LFPs and between 7-25% of unitary spiking responses also tracked pulsed odor up to 30 Hz in a frequency-locked manner. Application of bicuculline (200µM abolished pulse tracking in both LFP and unitary responses suggesting that GABAA receptor activation is necessary for pulse tracking within the AL. Finally, psychophysical measures of odor detection establish that detection thresholds are lowered when odor is pulsed at 20 Hz. These results suggest that AL networks can respond to the oscillatory dynamics of stimuli such as those imposed by the wing beat in a manner analogous to mammalian sniffing.

  7. Cloning of soluble alkaline phosphatase cDNA and molecular basis of the polymorphic nature in alkaline phosphatase isozymes of Bombyx mori midgut.

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    Itoh, M; Kanamori, Y; Takao, M; Eguchi, M

    1999-02-01

    A cDNA coding for soluble type alkaline phosphatase (sALP) of Bombyx mori was isolated. Deduced amino acid sequence showed high identities to various ALPs and partial similarities to ATPase of Manduca sexta. Using this cDNA sequence as a probe, the molecular basis of electrophoretic polymorphism in sALP and membrane-bound type ALP (mALP) was studied. As for mALP, the result suggested that post-translational modification was important for the proteins to express activity and to represent their extensive polymorphic nature, whereas the magnitude of activities was mainly regulated by transcription. On the other hand, sALP zymogram showed poor polymorphism, but one exception was the null mutant, in which the sALP gene was largely lost. Interestingly, the sALP gene was shown to be transcribed into two mRNAs of different sizes, 2.0 and 2.4 Kb. In addition to the null mutant of sALP, we found a null mutant for mALP. Both of these mutants seem phenotypically silent, suggesting that the functional differentiation between these isozymes is not perfect, so that they can still work mutually and complement each other as an indispensable enzyme for B. mori.

  8. Synthesis and biological activity of radiolabeled phytosterols

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    De Palma, A.

    1984-01-01

    3 H and 14 C-labeled phytosterols were synthesized for the purpose of elucidating insect sterol side-chain dealkylating mechanisms. Sitosterol, stigmasterol, and the 29-fluoro derivatives of these compounds, which are highly toxic, were labeled with 3 H at C-29 in order to study the fate of the two-carbon dealkylation product in vivo and in vitro. The first rapid, reliable in vitro dealkylation bioassay was developed using doubly-labeled [29- 3 H]-[24- 14 C] fucosterol epoxides as the substrates, incubated with midgut preparations from Manduca sexta, the tobacco hornworm. Since C-28 and C-29 are lost in the dealkylation process, the extent of dealkylation is expressed as the change in the isotopic ratio when the system is partitioned between an organic solvent and water after incubation. As predicted, the 3 H/ 14 C ratio decreases in the organic layer as a function of time, due to loss of 3 H into the aqueous phase as acetate or a biological equivalent. This ratio likewise increases in the aqueous phase for the same reason. The [29- 3 H] phytosterols alone are reliable substrates for the first rapid in vivo bioassay of phytosterol dealkylation

  9. Radiosensitivity of cultured insect cells: I. Lepidoptera

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    Koval, T.M.

    1983-01-01

    The radiosensitivity of five lepidopteran insect cell lines representing five different genera has been investigated. These lines are: (1) TN-368, Trichoplusia ni; (2) IPLB-SF-1254, Spodoptera frugiperda; (3) IPLB-1075, Heliothis zea; (4) MRRL-CHl, clone GVl, Manduca sexta; and (5) IAL-PID2, Plodia interpunctella. The cell lines grew at different rates and had population doubling times that ranged from 19 to 52 hr. All of the lines are highly heteroploid and have approximate chromosome numbers near or above 100. The chromosomes are very small. All of the lines are extremely radioresistant; cell populations are able to recover from 260 kVp X-ray exposures up to and including 400 Gy, the highest dose examined. Cell survival curves were obtainable for only the TN-368 and IPLB-SF-1254 lines. The TN-368 cells displayed a biphasic survival response with D 0 , d/sub q/, and n values of 65.7 and 130.2 Gy, 9.0 and -36.1 Gy, and 1.2 and 0.8, respectively, for the steep and shallow portions of the curve. The IPLB-SF-1254 cells had a D 0 of 63.9 Gy. D/sub q/ of 19.0 Gy, and n value of 1.4. These studies provide definitive evidence of the radioresistance of lepidopteran cells, and suggest that this radioresistance is a characteristic of lepidopteran insects

  10. More than just sugar: allocation of nectar amino acids and fatty acids in a Lepidopteran.

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    Levin, Eran; McCue, Marshall D; Davidowitz, Goggy

    2017-02-08

    The ability to allocate resources, even when limited, is essential for survival and fitness. We examine how nutrients that occur in minute amounts are allocated among reproductive, somatic, and metabolic demands. In addition to sugar, flower nectars contain two macronutrients-amino acids and fatty acids. We created artificial nectars spiked with 13 C-labelled amino acids and fatty acids and fed these to adult moths (Manduca sexta: Sphingidae) to understand how they allocate these nutrients among competing sinks (reproduction, somatic tissue, and metabolic fuel). We found that both essential and non-essential amino acids were allocated to eggs and flight muscles and were still detectable in early-instar larvae. Parental-derived essential amino acids were more conserved in the early-instars than non-essential amino acids. All amino acids were used as metabolic fuel, but the non-essential amino acids were oxidized at higher rates than essential amino acids. Surprisingly, the nectar fatty acids were not vertically transferred to offspring, but were readily used as a metabolic fuel by the moth, minimizing losses of endogenous nutrient stores. We conclude that the non-carbohydrate components of nectar may play important roles in both reproductive success and survival of these nectar-feeding animals. © 2017 The Author(s).

  11. Enhanced haemolymph circulation by insect ventral nerve cord: hormonal control by Pseudaletia unipuncta allatotropin and serotonin.

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    Koladich, P M; Tobe, S S; McNeil, J N

    2002-10-01

    The ventral diaphragm (VD) in many insects is a muscular membrane that essentially partitions a perineural sinus from the rest of the abdomen. In the true armyworm moth Pseudaletia unipuncta (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) we describe how the VD is characterized by a series of aliform muscles inserted into a tissue matrix that is fused to the dorsal surface of the ventral nerve cord (VNC) itself. Because of this arrangement, the abdominal VNC can attain high rates of lateral oscillation, and is capable of directing haemolymph flow. We have previously demonstrated Manduca sexta allatotropin (Manse-AT)-like immunoreactivity throughout the central nervous system (CNS) in P. unipuncta, and that both Manse-AT and serotonin (5-HT) are dose-dependent stimulators of the dorsal vessel. Here we describe both Manse-AT- and 5-HT-like immunoreactivity associated with the VD. Furthermore, both Manse-AT and 5-HT are dose-dependent stimulators of the rates of VNC oscillation, and together are capable of maintaining highly elevated rates of VNC oscillation for extended periods of time. These data indicate that both the dorsal vessel and the VD/VNC are similarly modulated by both Manse-AT and 5-HT, and that VNC oscillations play a more active role in overall haemolymph circulation than previously recognized.

  12. The neural bases of host plant selection in a Neuroecology framework

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    Carolina E Reisenman

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Understanding how animals make use of environmental information to guide behavior is a fundamental problem in the field of neuroscience. Similarly, the field of ecology seeks to understand the role of behavior in shaping interactions between organisms at various levels of organization, including population-, community- and even ecosystem-level scales. Together, the newly emerged field of Neuroecology seeks to unravel this fundamental question by studying both the function of neurons at many levels of the sensory pathway and the interactions between organisms and their natural environment. The interactions between herbivorous insects and their host plants are ideal examples of Neuroecology given the strong ecological and evolutionary forces and the underlying physiological and behavioral mechanisms that shaped these interactions. In this review we focus on an exemplary herbivorous insect within the Lepidoptera, the giant sphinx moth Manduca sexta, as much is known about the natural behaviors related to hostplant selection and the involved neurons at several level of the sensory pathway. We also discuss how herbivore-induced plant odorants and secondary metabolites in floral nectar in turn can affect moth behavior, and the underlying neural mechanisms.

  13. The neural bases of host plant selection in a Neuroecology framework.

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    Reisenman, Carolina E; Riffell, Jeffrey A

    2015-01-01

    Understanding how animals make use of environmental information to guide behavior is a fundamental problem in the field of neuroscience. Similarly, the field of ecology seeks to understand the role of behavior in shaping interactions between organisms at various levels of organization, including population-, community- and even ecosystem-level scales. Together, the newly emerged field of "Neuroecology" seeks to unravel this fundamental question by studying both the function of neurons at many levels of the sensory pathway and the interactions between organisms and their natural environment. The interactions between herbivorous insects and their host plants are ideal examples of Neuroecology given the strong ecological and evolutionary forces and the underlying physiological and behavioral mechanisms that shaped these interactions. In this review we focus on an exemplary herbivorous insect within the Lepidoptera, the giant sphinx moth Manduca sexta, as much is known about the natural behaviors related to host plant selection and the involved neurons at several level of the sensory pathway. We also discuss how herbivore-induced plant odorants and secondary metabolites in floral nectar in turn can affect moth behavior, and the underlying neural mechanisms.

  14. Biobotic insect swarm based sensor networks for search and rescue

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    Bozkurt, Alper; Lobaton, Edgar; Sichitiu, Mihail; Hedrick, Tyson; Latif, Tahmid; Dirafzoon, Alireza; Whitmire, Eric; Verderber, Alexander; Marin, Juan; Xiong, Hong

    2014-06-01

    The potential benefits of distributed robotics systems in applications requiring situational awareness, such as search-and-rescue in emergency situations, are indisputable. The efficiency of such systems requires robotic agents capable of coping with uncertain and dynamic environmental conditions. For example, after an earthquake, a tremendous effort is spent for days to reach to surviving victims where robotic swarms or other distributed robotic systems might play a great role in achieving this faster. However, current technology falls short of offering centimeter scale mobile agents that can function effectively under such conditions. Insects, the inspiration of many robotic swarms, exhibit an unmatched ability to navigate through such environments while successfully maintaining control and stability. We have benefitted from recent developments in neural engineering and neuromuscular stimulation research to fuse the locomotory advantages of insects with the latest developments in wireless networking technologies to enable biobotic insect agents to function as search-and-rescue agents. Our research efforts towards this goal include development of biobot electronic backpack technologies, establishment of biobot tracking testbeds to evaluate locomotion control efficiency, investigation of biobotic control strategies with Gromphadorhina portentosa cockroaches and Manduca sexta moths, establishment of a localization and communication infrastructure, modeling and controlling collective motion by learning deterministic and stochastic motion models, topological motion modeling based on these models, and the development of a swarm robotic platform to be used as a testbed for our algorithms.

  15. Characterization of a highly toxic strain of Bacillus thuringiensis serovar kurstaki very similar to the HD-73 strain.

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    Reinoso-Pozo, Yaritza; Del Rincón-Castro, Ma Cristina; Ibarra, Jorge E

    2016-09-01

    The LBIT-1200 strain of Bacillus thuringiensis was recently isolated from soil, and showed a 6.4 and 9.5 increase in toxicity, against Manduca sexta and Trichoplusia ni, respectively, compared to HD-73. However, LBIT-1200 was still highly similar to HD-73, including the production of bipyramidal crystals containing only one protein of ∼130 000 kDa, its flagellin gene sequence related to the kurstaki serotype, plasmid and RepPCR patterns similar to HD-73, no production of β-exotoxin and no presence of VIP genes. Sequencing of its cry gene showed the presence of a cry1Ac-type gene with four amino acid differences, including two amino acid replacements in domain III, compared to Cry1Ac1, which may explain its higher toxicity. In conclusion, the LBIT-1200 strain is a variant of the HD-73 strain but shows a much higher toxicity, which makes this new strain an important candidate to be developed as a bioinsecticide, once it passes other tests, throughout its biotechnological development. © FEMS 2016. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  16. Root jasmonic acid synthesis and perception regulate folivore-induced shoot metabolites and increase Nicotiana attenuata resistance.

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    Fragoso, Variluska; Rothe, Eva; Baldwin, Ian T; Kim, Sang-Gyu

    2014-06-01

    While jasmonic acid (JA) signaling is widely accepted as mediating plant resistance to herbivores, and the importance of the roots in plant defenses is recently being recognized, the role of root JA in the defense of above-ground parts remains unstudied. To restrict JA impairment to the roots, we micrografted wildtype Nicotiana attenuata shoots to the roots of transgenic plants impaired in JA signaling and evaluated ecologically relevant traits in the glasshouse and in nature. Root JA synthesis and perception are involved in regulating nicotine production in roots. Strikingly, systemic root JA regulated local leaf JA and abscisic acid (ABA) concentrations, which were associated with differences in nicotine transport from roots to leaves via the transpiration stream. Root JA signaling also regulated the accumulation of other shoot metabolites; together these account for differences in resistance against a generalist, Spodoptera littoralis, and a specialist herbivore, Manduca sexta. In N. attenuata's native habitat, silencing root JA synthesis increased the shoot damage inflicted by Empoasca leafhoppers, which are able to select natural jasmonate mutants. Silencing JA perception in roots also increased damage by Tupiocoris notatus. We conclude that attack from above-ground herbivores recruits root JA signaling to launch the full complement of plant defense responses. © 2014 Max Planck Society. New Phytologist © 2014 New Phytologist Trust.

  17. Development of a stained cell nuclei counting system

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    Timilsina, Niranjan; Moffatt, Christopher; Okada, Kazunori

    2011-03-01

    This paper presents a novel cell counting system which exploits the Fast Radial Symmetry Transformation (FRST) algorithm [1]. The driving force behind our system is a research on neurogenesis in the intact nervous system of Manduca Sexta or the Tobacco Hornworm, which was being studied to assess the impact of age, food and environment on neurogenesis. The varying thickness of the intact nervous system in this species often yields images with inhomogeneous background and inconsistencies such as varying illumination, variable contrast, and irregular cell size. For automated counting, such inhomogeneity and inconsistencies must be addressed, which no existing work has done successfully. Thus, our goal is to devise a new cell counting algorithm for the images with non-uniform background. Our solution adapts FRST: a computer vision algorithm which is designed to detect points of interest on circular regions such as human eyes. This algorithm enhances the occurrences of the stained-cell nuclei in 2D digital images and negates the problems caused by their inhomogeneity. Besides FRST, our algorithm employs standard image processing methods, such as mathematical morphology and connected component analysis. We have evaluated the developed cell counting system with fourteen digital images of Tobacco Hornworm's nervous system collected for this study with ground-truth cell counts by biology experts. Experimental results show that our system has a minimum error of 1.41% and mean error of 16.68% which is at least forty-four percent better than the algorithm without FRST.

  18. Las estrategias comunicativas de los magazines informativos en Twitter y Facebook. Los casos de Las Mañanas de Cuatro y Al Rojo Vivo de La Sexta

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    Navalón Escrivá, Adrián

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    Treball Final de Grau en Periodisme. Codi: PE0932. Curs acadèmic: 2016/2017 Los medios de comunicación actuales han vivido una auténtica revolución desde la aparición de Internet y, más aún desde que aparecieron las redes sociales. Sin embargo, con la evolución de las mismas y su incorporación al día a día de las personas, la sociedad de la información se ha visto obligada a adaptarse a los nuevos procesos comunicativos. De esta forma, en este nuevo entorno comunicativo, los...

  19. O Sexto Sentido e a sexta-feira 13: narrativas da Igreja Universal em um programa televisivo da Rede Record em Portugal

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    Marco Túlio Sousa

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    Full Text Available Resumen Este trabajo tiene como fin aportar a un mejor entendimiento acerca de la participación de la Iglesia Universal del Reino de Dios (IURD en los medios en Portugal y cómo esa denominación brasileña se relaciona con la sociedad portuguesa y con sus especificidades religiosas. Para el análisis se seleccionaron cinco ediciones del Sexto Sentido (programa de televisión de la IURD en Portugal, en que hay referencias al viernes 13, fecha llena de misticismo en el catolicismo popular. Con base en la teoría narrativa de Paul Ricoeur, se realizó un análisis de contenido de los programas, en la que se descortinó la cosmología de esa iglesia neopentecostal: un “mundo” donde fuerzas antagónicas, que representan el Bien y el Mal, luchan entre sí para dominar/salvar las personas; la magia y las religiones espiritualistas son los agentes dominadores malignos, mientras que la IURD es el agente del bien, de la salvación. Palabras claves

  20. Rapid modification of the insect elicitor N-linolenoyl-glutamate via a lipoxygenase-mediated mechanism on Nicotiana attenuata leaves

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    VanDoorn Arjen

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Some plants distinguish mechanical wounding from herbivore attack by recognizing specific constituents of larval oral secretions (OS which are introduced into plant wounds during feeding. Fatty acid-amino acid conjugates (FACs are major constituents of Manduca sexta OS and strong elicitors of herbivore-induced defense responses in Nicotiana attenuata plants. Results The metabolism of one of the major FACs in M. sexta OS, N-linolenoyl-glutamic acid (18:3-Glu, was analyzed on N. attenuata wounded leaf surfaces. Between 50 to 70% of the 18:3-Glu in the OS or of synthetic 18:3-Glu were metabolized within 30 seconds of application to leaf wounds. This heat-labile process did not result in free α-linolenic acid (18:3 and glutamate but in the biogenesis of metabolites both more and less polar than 18:3-Glu. Identification of the major modified forms of this FAC showed that they corresponded to 13-hydroxy-18:3-Glu, 13-hydroperoxy-18:3-Glu and 13-oxo-13:2-Glu. The formation of these metabolites occurred on the wounded leaf surface and it was dependent on lipoxygenase (LOX activity; plants silenced in the expression of NaLOX2 and NaLOX3 genes showed more than 50% reduced rates of 18:3-Glu conversion and accumulated smaller amounts of the oxygenated derivatives compared to wild-type plants. Similar to 18:3-Glu, 13-oxo-13:2-Glu activated the enhanced accumulation of jasmonic acid (JA in N. attenuata leaves whereas 13-hydroxy-18:3-Glu did not. Moreover, compared to 18:3-Glu elicitation, 13-oxo-13:2-Glu induced the differential emission of two monoterpene volatiles (β-pinene and an unidentified monoterpene in irlox2 plants. Conclusions The metabolism of one of the major elicitors of herbivore-specific responses in N. attenuata plants, 18:3-Glu, results in the formation of oxidized forms of this FAC by a LOX-dependent mechanism. One of these derivatives, 13-oxo-13:2-Glu, is an active elicitor of JA biosynthesis and differential

  1. Mechanical work as a determinant of prey-handling behavior in the tokay gecko (Gekko gecko).

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    Andrews, C; Bertram, J E

    1997-01-01

    In this study an in vitro analysis of the force and mechanical work required to bite prey items of different size and physical character is combined with an in vivo analysis of prey-handling behavior in the tokay gecko (Gekko gecko). The force required to bite and the work of biting increase with prey size, but the rate of increase is prey specific, with crickets (Acheta domestica) requiring substantially more force and work per bite than larvae (Galleria mellonella and Manduca sexta) for all but the smallest prey. Prey-handling behavior is also prey specific. Geckos exert more bites per feeding event on small crickets than on small insect larvae, but the number of bites increases faster with prey mass for larvae than for crickets. Combination of the in vitro mechanical measurements with the in vivo behavior analysis allows the calculation of total mechanical work per feeding event and indicates that total work increases with prey size but that the difference between prey types is far less than predicted from the differences in structural properties of the prey. This occurs because the number of bites and work per bite relationships tend to cancel the differences in the total work necessary to process each prey type. Thus, when considering the effect of prey size, a 13-fold greater rate of increase in bite force and an 18-fold greater rate of increase of work per bit for crickets over larvae was partially compensated for by a threefold increase in the number of bites used on larvae relative to crickets. These results can be interpreted in two ways. The effect of mechanical work in feeding behavior suggests that the energetics of jaw adductor musculature could play a greater role in governing the feeding behavior of this lizard than has previously been expected. Alternatively, the scaling of work in feeding over a range of prey sizes suggests distinct differences in the geometric features of the prey that determine how they are processed.

  2. Modeling locomotion of a soft-bodied arthropod using inverse dynamics

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    Saunders, Frank; Trimmer, Barry A; Rife, Jason

    2011-01-01

    Most bio-inspired robots have been based on animals with jointed, stiff skeletons. There is now an increasing interest in mimicking the robust performance of animals in natural environments by incorporating compliant materials into the locomotory system. However, the mechanics of moving, highly conformable structures are particularly difficult to predict. This paper proposes a planar, extensible-link model for the soft-bodied tobacco hornworm caterpillar, Manduca sexta, to provide insight for biologists and engineers studying locomotion by highly deformable animals and caterpillar-like robots. Using inverse dynamics to process experimentally acquired point-tracking data, ground reaction forces and internal forces were determined for a crawling caterpillar. Computed ground reaction forces were compared to experimental data to validate the model. The results show that a system of linked extendable joints can faithfully describe the general form and magnitude of the contact forces produced by a crawling caterpillar. Furthermore, the model can be used to compute internal forces that cannot be measured experimentally. It is predicted that between different body segments in stance phase the body is mostly kept in tension and that compression only occurs during the swing phase when the prolegs release their grip. This finding supports a recently proposed mechanism for locomotion by soft animals in which the substrate transfers compressive forces from one part of the body to another (the environmental skeleton) thereby minimizing the need for hydrostatic stiffening. The model also provides a new means to characterize and test control strategies used in caterpillar crawling and soft robot locomotion.

  3. The 20-hydroxyecdysone-induced signalling pathway in G2/M arrest of Plodia interpunctella imaginal wing cells.

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    Siaussat, David; Bozzolan, Françoise; Porcheron, Patrick; Debernard, Stéphane

    2008-05-01

    The mechanisms involved in the control of cellular proliferation by the steroid hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) in insects are not known. We dissected the 20E signalling pathway responsible for G2/M arrest of imaginal cells from the IAL-PID2 cells of the Indian meal moth Plodia interpunctella. We first used a 5'-3' RACE-based strategy to clone a 4479bp cDNA encoding a putative P. interpunctella HR3 transcription factor named PiHR3. The deduced amino acid sequence of PiHR3 was highly similar to those of HR3 proteins from other lepidopterans, e.g. Manduca sexta and Bombyx mori. Using double-stranded RNA-mediated interference (dsRNAi), we then succeeded in blocking the ability of 20E to induce the expression of PiEcR-B1, PiUSP-2 and PiHR3 genes that encode the P. interpunctella ecdysone receptor B1-isoform, Ultraspiracle-2 isoform, the insect homologue of the vertebrate retinoid X receptor, and the HR3 transcription factor. We showed that inhibiting the 20E induction of PiEcR-B1, PiUSP-2 and PiHR3 mRNAs prevented the decreased expression of B cyclin and consequently the G2/M arrest of IAL-PID2 cells. Using this functional approach, we revealed the participation of EcR, USP and HR3 in a 20E signalling pathway that controls the proliferation of imaginal cells by regulating the expression of B cyclin.

  4. Natural history-driven, plant-mediated RNAi-based study reveals CYP6B46's role in a nicotine-mediated antipredator herbivore defense.

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    Kumar, Pavan; Pandit, Sagar S; Steppuhn, Anke; Baldwin, Ian T

    2014-01-28

    Manduca sexta (Ms) larvae are known to efficiently excrete ingested nicotine when feeding on their nicotine-producing native hostplant, Nicotiana attenuata. Here we describe how ingested nicotine is co-opted for larval defense by a unique mechanism. Plant-mediated RNAi was used to silence a midgut-expressed, nicotine-induced cytochrome P450 6B46 (CYP6B46) in larvae consuming transgenic N. attenuata plants producing MsCYP6B46 dsRNA. These and transgenic nicotine-deficient plants were planted into native habitats to study the phenotypes of larvae feeding on these plants and the behavior of their predators. The attack-behavior of a native wolf spider (Camptocosa parallela), a major nocturnal predator, provided the key to understanding MsCYP6B46's function: spiders clearly preferred CYP6B46-silenced larvae, just as they had preferred larvae fed nicotine-deficient plants. MsCYP6B46 redirects a small amount (0.65%) of ingested nicotine from the midgut into hemolymph, from which nicotine is exhaled through the spiracles as an antispider signal. CYP6B46-silenced larvae were more susceptible to spider-attack because they exhaled less nicotine because of lower hemolymph nicotine concentrations. CYP6B46-silenced larvae were impaired in distributing ingested nicotine from midgut to hemolymph, but not in the clearing of hemolymph nicotine or in the exhalation of nicotine from hemolymph. MsCYP6B46 could be a component of a previously hypothesized pump that converts nicotine to a short-lived, transportable, metabolite. Other predators, big-eyed bugs, and antlion larvae were insensitive to this defense. Thus, chemical defenses, too toxic to sequester, can be repurposed for defensive functions through respiration as a form of defensive halitosis, and predators can assist the functional elucidation of herbivore genes.

  5. Retention of memory through metamorphosis: can a moth remember what it learned as a caterpillar?

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    Douglas J Blackiston

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Insects that undergo complete metamorphosis experience enormous changes in both morphology and lifestyle. The current study examines whether larval experience can persist through pupation into adulthood in Lepidoptera, and assesses two possible mechanisms that could underlie such behavior: exposure of emerging adults to chemicals from the larval environment, or associative learning transferred to adulthood via maintenance of intact synaptic connections. Fifth instar Manduca sexta caterpillars received an electrical shock associatively paired with a specific odor in order to create a conditioned odor aversion, and were assayed for learning in a Y choice apparatus as larvae and again as adult moths. We show that larvae learned to avoid the training odor, and that this aversion was still present in the adults. The adult aversion did not result from carryover of chemicals from the larval environment, as neither applying odorants to naïve pupae nor washing the pupae of trained caterpillars resulted in a change in behavior. In addition, we report that larvae trained at third instar still showed odor aversion after two molts, as fifth instars, but did not avoid the odor as adults, consistent with the idea that post-metamorphic recall involves regions of the brain that are not produced until later in larval development. The present study, the first to demonstrate conclusively that associative memory survives metamorphosis in Lepidoptera, provokes intriguing new questions about the organization and persistence of the central nervous system during metamorphosis. Our results have both ecological and evolutionary implications, as retention of memory through metamorphosis could influence host choice by polyphagous insects, shape habitat selection, and lead to eventual sympatric speciation.

  6. Pest protection conferred by a Beta vulgaris serine proteinase inhibitor gene.

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    Ann C Smigocki

    Full Text Available Proteinase inhibitors provide a means of engineering plant resistance to insect pests. A Beta vulgaris serine proteinase inhibitor gene (BvSTI was fused to the constitutive CaMV35S promoter for over-expression in Nicotiana benthamiana plants to study its effect on lepidopteran insect pests. Independently derived BvSTI transgenic tobacco T2 homozygous progeny were shown to have relatively high BvSTI gene transcript levels. BvSTI-specific polyclonal antibodies cross-reacted with the expected 30 kDA recombinant BvSTI protein on Western blots. In gel trypsin inhibitor activity assays revealed a major clear zone that corresponded to the BvSTI proteinase inhibitor that was not detected in the untransformed control plants. BvSTI-transgenic plants were bioassayed for resistance to five lepidopteran insect pests. Spodoptera frugiperda, S. exigua and Manduca sexta larvae fed BvSTI leaves had significant reductions in larval weights as compared to larvae fed on untransformed leaves. In contrast, larval weights increased relative to the controls when Heliothis virescens and Agrotis ipsilon larvae were fed on BvSTI leaves. As the larvae entered the pupal stage, pupal sizes reflected the overall larval weights. Some developmental abnormalities of the pupae and emerging moths were noted. These findings suggest that the sugar beet BvSTI gene may prove useful for effective control of several different lepidopteran insect pests in genetically modified tobacco and other plants. The sugar beet serine proteinase inhibitor may be more effective for insect control because sugar beet is cropped in restricted geographical areas thus limiting the exposure of the insects to sugar beet proteinase inhibitors and build up of non-sensitive midgut proteases.

  7. Characterization and expression profiling of serine protease inhibitors in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae).

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    Lin, Hailan; Lin, Xijian; Zhu, Jiwei; Yu, Xiao-Qiang; Xia, Xiaofeng; Yao, Fengluan; Yang, Guang; You, Minsheng

    2017-02-14

    Serine protease inhibitors (SPIs) have been found in all living organisms and play significant roles in digestion, development and innate immunity. In this study, we present a genome-wide identification and expression profiling of SPI genes in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.), a major pest of cruciferous crops with global distribution and broad resistance to different types of insecticides. A total of 61 potential SPI genes were identified in the P. xylostella genome, and these SPIs were classified into serpins, canonical inhibitors, and alpha-2-macroglobulins based on their modes of action. Sequence alignments showed that amino acid residues in the hinge region of known inhibitory serpins from other insect species were conserved in most P. xylostella serpins, suggesting that these P. xylostella serpins may be functionally active. Phylogenetic analysis confirmed that P. xylostella inhibitory serpins were clustered with known inhibitory serpins from six other insect species. More interestingly, nine serpins were highly similar to the orthologues in Manduca sexta which have been demonstrated to participate in regulating the prophenoloxidase activation cascade, an important innate immune response in insects. Of the 61 P.xylostella SPI genes, 33 were canonical SPIs containing seven types of inhibitor domains, including Kunitz, Kazal, TIL, amfpi, Antistasin, WAP and Pacifastin. Moreover, some SPIs contained additional non-inhibitor domains, including spondin_N, reeler, and other modules, which may be involved in protein-protein interactions. Gene expression profiling showed gene-differential, stage- and sex-specific expression patterns of SPIs, suggesting that SPIs may be involved in multiple physiological processes in P. xylostella. This is the most comprehensive investigation so far on SPI genes in P. xylostella. The characterized features and expression patterns of P. xylostella SPIs indicate that the SPI family genes may be involved in innate immunity

  8. Genome-wide identification and expression profiling of serine proteases and homologs in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.).

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    Lin, Hailan; Xia, Xiaofeng; Yu, Liying; Vasseur, Liette; Gurr, Geoff M; Yao, Fengluan; Yang, Guang; You, Minsheng

    2015-12-10

    Serine proteases (SPs) are crucial proteolytic enzymes responsible for digestion and other processes including signal transduction and immune responses in insects. Serine protease homologs (SPHs) lack catalytic activity but are involved in innate immunity. This study presents a genome-wide investigation of SPs and SPHs in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.), a globally-distributed destructive pest of cruciferous crops. A total of 120 putative SPs and 101 putative SPHs were identified in the P. xylostella genome by bioinformatics analysis. Based on the features of trypsin, 38 SPs were putatively designated as trypsin genes. The distribution, transcription orientation, exon-intron structure and sequence alignments suggested that the majority of trypsin genes evolved from tandem duplications. Among the 221 SP/SPH genes, ten SP and three SPH genes with one or more clip domains were predicted and designated as PxCLIPs. Phylogenetic analysis of CLIPs in P. xylostella, two other Lepidoptera species (Bombyx mori and Manduca sexta), and two more distantly related insects (Drosophila melanogaster and Apis mellifera) showed that seven of the 13 PxCLIPs were clustered with homologs of the Lepidoptera rather than other species. Expression profiling of the P. xylostella SP and SPH genes in different developmental stages and tissues showed diverse expression patterns, suggesting high functional diversity with roles in digestion and development. This is the first genome-wide investigation on the SP and SPH genes in P. xylostella. The characterized features and profiled expression patterns of the P. xylostella SPs and SPHs suggest their involvement in digestion, development and immunity of this species. Our findings provide a foundation for further research on the functions of this gene family in P. xylostella, and a better understanding of its capacity to rapidly adapt to a wide range of environmental variables including host plants and insecticides.

  9. cDNA cloning and sequence determination of the pheromone biosynthesis activating neuropeptide from the seabuckthorn carpenterworm, Holcocerus hippophaecolus (Lepidoptera: Cossidae).

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    Li, Juan; Zhou, Jiao; Sun, Rongbo; Zhang, Haolin; Zong, Shixiang; Luo, Youqing; Sheng, Xia; Weng, Qiang

    2013-04-01

    The PBAN (pheromone biosynthesis activating neuropeptide)/pyrokinin peptides comprise a major neuropeptide family characterized by a common FXPRL amide at the C-terminus. These peptides are actively involved in many essential endocrine functions. For the first time, we reported the cDNA cloning and sequence determination of the PBAN from the seabuckthorn carpenterworm, Holcocerus hippophaecolus, by using rapid amplification of cDNA ends. The full-length cDNA of Hh-DH-PBAN contained five peptides: diapause hormone (DH) homolog, α-neuropeptide (NP), β-NP, PBAN, and γ-NP. All of the peptides were amidated at their C-terminus and shared a conserved motif, FXPR (or K) L. Moreover, Hh-DH-PBAN had high homology to the other members of the PBAN peptide family: 56% with Manduca sexta, 66% with Bombyx mori, 77% with Helicoverpa zea, and 47% with Plutella xylostella. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that Hh-DH-PBAN was closely related to PBANs from Noctuidae, demonstrated by the relatively higher similarity compared with H. zea. In addition, real-time quantitative PCR (qRT-PCR) analysis showed that Hh-DH-PBAN mRNA expression peaked in the brain-subesophageal ganglion (Br-SOG) complex, and was also detected at high levels during larval and adult stages. The expression decreased significantly after pupation. These results provided information concerning molecular structure characteristics of Hh-DH-PBAN, whose expression profile suggested that the Hh-DH-PBAN gene might be correlated with larval development and sex pheromone biosynthesis in females of the H. hippophaecolus. 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc

  10. Molecular evolution of the odorant and gustatory receptor genes in lepidopteran insects: implications for their adaptation and speciation.

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    Engsontia, Patamarerk; Sangket, Unitsa; Chotigeat, Wilaiwan; Satasook, Chutamas

    2014-08-01

    Lepidoptera (comprised of butterflies and moths) is one of the largest groups of insects, including more than 160,000 described species. Chemoreception plays important roles in the adaptation of these species to a wide range of niches, e.g., plant hosts, egg-laying sites, and mates. This study investigated the molecular evolution of the lepidopteran odorant (Or) and gustatory receptor (Gr) genes using recently identified genes from Bombyx mori, Danaus plexippus, Heliconius melpomene, Plutella xylostella, Heliothis virescens, Manduca sexta, Cydia pomonella, and Spodoptera littoralis. A limited number of cases of large lineage-specific gene expansion are observed (except in the P. xylostella lineage), possibly due to selection against tandem gene duplication. There has been strong purifying selection during the evolution of both lepidopteran odorant and gustatory genes, as shown by the low ω values estimated through CodeML analysis, ranging from 0.0093 to 0.3926. However, purifying selection has been relaxed on some amino acid sites in these receptors, leading to sequence divergence, which is a precursor of positive selection on these sequences. Signatures of positive selection were detected only in a few loci from the lineage-specific analysis. Estimation of gene gains and losses suggests that the common ancestor of the Lepidoptera had fewer Or genes compared to extant species and an even more reduced number of Gr genes, particularly within the bitter receptor clade. Multiple gene gains and a few gene losses occurred during the evolution of Lepidoptera. Gene family expansion may be associated with the adaptation of lepidopteran species to plant hosts, especially after angiosperm radiation. Phylogenetic analysis of the moth sex pheromone receptor genes suggested that chromosomal translocations have occurred several times. New sex pheromone receptors have arisen through tandem gene duplication. Positive selection was detected at some amino acid sites predicted to be

  11. The role of iron uptake in pathogenicity and symbiosis in Photorhabdus luminescens TT01

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    Joyce Susan A

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Photorhabdus are Gram negative bacteria that are pathogenic to insect larvae whilst also having a mutualistic interaction with nematodes from the family Heterorhabditis. Iron is an essential nutrient and bacteria have different mechanisms for obtaining both the ferrous (Fe2+ and ferric (Fe3+ forms of this metal from their environments. In this study we were interested in analyzing the role of Fe3+ and Fe2+ iron uptake systems in the ability of Photorhabdus to interact with its invertebrate hosts. Results We constructed targeted deletion mutants of exbD, feoABC and yfeABCD in P. luminescens TT01. The exbD mutant was predicted to be crippled in its ability to obtain Fe3+ and we show that this mutant does not grow well in iron-limited media. We also show that this mutant was avirulent to the insect but was unaffected in its symbiotic interaction with Heterorhabditis. Furthermore we show that a mutation in feoABC (encoding a predicted Fe2+ permease was unaffected in both virulence and symbiosis whilst the divalent cation transporter encoded by yfeABCD is required for virulence in the Tobacco Hornworm, Manduca sexta (Lepidoptera but not in the Greater Wax Moth, Galleria mellonella (Lepidoptera. Moreover the Yfe transporter also appears to have a role during colonization of the IJ stage of the nematode. Conclusion In this study we show that iron uptake (via the TonB complex and the Yfe transporter is important for the virulence of P. luminescens to insect larvae. Moreover this study also reveals that the Yfe transporter appears to be involved in Mn2+-uptake during growth in the gut lumen of the IJ nematode. Therefore, the Yfe transporter in P. luminescens TT01 is important during colonization of both the insect and nematode and, moreover, the metal ion transported by this pathway is host-dependent.

  12. Sugarcane giant borer transcriptome analysis and identification of genes related to digestion.

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    Fonseca, Fernando Campos de Assis; Firmino, Alexandre Augusto Pereira; de Macedo, Leonardo Lima Pepino; Coelho, Roberta Ramos; de Souza Júnior, José Dijair Antonino; de Sousa Júnior, José Dijair Antonino; Silva-Junior, Orzenil Bonfim; Togawa, Roberto Coiti; Pappas, Georgios Joannis; de Góis, Luiz Avelar Brandão; da Silva, Maria Cristina Mattar; Grossi-de-Sá, Maria Fátima

    2015-01-01

    Sugarcane is a widely cultivated plant that serves primarily as a source of sugar and ethanol. Its annual yield can be significantly reduced by the action of several insect pests including the sugarcane giant borer (Telchin licus licus), a lepidopteran that presents a long life cycle and which efforts to control it using pesticides have been inefficient. Although its economical relevance, only a few DNA sequences are available for this species in the GenBank. Pyrosequencing technology was used to investigate the transcriptome of several developmental stages of the insect. To maximize transcript diversity, a pool of total RNA was extracted from whole body insects and used to construct a normalized cDNA database. Sequencing produced over 650,000 reads, which were de novo assembled to generate a reference library of 23,824 contigs. After quality score and annotation, 43% of the contigs had at least one BLAST hit against the NCBI non-redundant database, and 40% showed similarities with the lepidopteran Bombyx mori. In a further analysis, we conducted a comparison with Manduca sexta midgut sequences to identify transcripts of genes involved in digestion. Of these transcripts, many presented an expansion or depletion in gene number, compared to B. mori genome. From the sugarcane giant borer (SGB) transcriptome, a number of aminopeptidase N (APN) cDNAs were characterized based on homology to those reported as Cry toxin receptors. This is the first report that provides a large-scale EST database for the species. Transcriptome analysis will certainly be useful to identify novel developmental genes, to better understand the insect's biology and to guide the development of new strategies for insect-pest control.

  13. Sugarcane giant borer transcriptome analysis and identification of genes related to digestion.

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    Fernando Campos de Assis Fonseca

    Full Text Available Sugarcane is a widely cultivated plant that serves primarily as a source of sugar and ethanol. Its annual yield can be significantly reduced by the action of several insect pests including the sugarcane giant borer (Telchin licus licus, a lepidopteran that presents a long life cycle and which efforts to control it using pesticides have been inefficient. Although its economical relevance, only a few DNA sequences are available for this species in the GenBank. Pyrosequencing technology was used to investigate the transcriptome of several developmental stages of the insect. To maximize transcript diversity, a pool of total RNA was extracted from whole body insects and used to construct a normalized cDNA database. Sequencing produced over 650,000 reads, which were de novo assembled to generate a reference library of 23,824 contigs. After quality score and annotation, 43% of the contigs had at least one BLAST hit against the NCBI non-redundant database, and 40% showed similarities with the lepidopteran Bombyx mori. In a further analysis, we conducted a comparison with Manduca sexta midgut sequences to identify transcripts of genes involved in digestion. Of these transcripts, many presented an expansion or depletion in gene number, compared to B. mori genome. From the sugarcane giant borer (SGB transcriptome, a number of aminopeptidase N (APN cDNAs were characterized based on homology to those reported as Cry toxin receptors. This is the first report that provides a large-scale EST database for the species. Transcriptome analysis will certainly be useful to identify novel developmental genes, to better understand the insect's biology and to guide the development of new strategies for insect-pest control.

  14. Monoclonal Antibody Analysis and Insecticidal Spectrum of Three Types of Lepidopteran-Specific Insecticidal Crystal Proteins of Bacillus thuringiensis

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    Höfte, Herman; Van Rie, Jeroen; Jansens, Stefan; Van Houtven, Annemie; Vanderbruggen, Hilde; Vaeck, Mark

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    We have investigated the protein composition and the insecticidal spectrum of crystals of 29 Bacillus thuringiensis strains active against lepidopteran larvae. All crystals contained proteins of 130 to 140 kilodaltons (kDa) which could be grouped into three types by the molecular weight of the protoxin and the trypsin-activated core fragment. Proteins of the three types showed a characteristic insecticidal spectrum when tested against five lepidopteran species. Type A crystal proteins were protoxins of 130 or 133 kDa, which were processed into 60-kDa toxins by trypsin. Several genes encoding crystal proteins of this type have been cloned and sequenced earlier. They are highly conserved in the N-terminal half of the toxic fragment and were previously classified in three subtypes (the 4.5-, 5.3-, and 6.6-kilobase subtypes) based on the restriction map of their genes. The present study shows that different proteins of these three subtypes were equally toxic against Manduca sexta and Pieris brassicae and had no detectable activity against Spodoptera littoralis. However, the 4.5-, 5.3-, and 6.6-kilobase subtypes differed in their toxicity against Heliothis virescens and Mamestra brassicae. Type B crystal proteins consisted of 140-kDa protoxins with a 55-kDa tryptic core fragment. These were only active against one of the five insect species tested (P. brassicae). The protoxin and the trypsin-activated toxin of type C were 135- and 63-kDa proteins, respectively. Proteins of this type were associated with high toxicity against S. littoralis and M. brassicae. A panel of 35 monoclonal antibodies was used to compare the structural characteristics of crystal proteins of the three different types and subtypes. Each type of protein could be associated with a typical epitope structure, indicating an unambiguous correlation between antigenic structure and insect specificity. Images PMID:16347711

  15. Serine proteases SP1 and SP13 mediate the melanization response of Asian corn borer, Ostrinia furnacalis, against entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana.

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    Chu, Yuan; Liu, Yang; Shen, Dongxu; Hong, Fang; Wang, Guirong; An, Chunju

    2015-06-01

    Exposure to entomopathogenic fungi is one approach for insect pest control. Little is known about the immune interactions between fungus and its insect host. Melanization is a prominent immune response in insects in defending against pathogens such as bacteria and fungi. Clip domain serine proteases in insect plasma have been implicated in the activation of prophenoloxidase, a key enzyme in the melanization. The relationship between host melanization and the infection by a fungus needs to be established. We report here that the injection of entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana induced both melanin synthesis and phenoloxidase activity in its host insect, the Asian corn borer, Ostrinia furnacalis (Guenée). qRT-PCR analysis showed several distinct patterns of expression of 13 clip-domain serine proteases in response to the challenge of fungi, with seven increased, two decreased, and four unchanged. Of special interest among these clip-domain serine protease genes are SP1 and SP13, the orthologs of Manduca sexta HP6 and PAP1 which are involved in the prophenoloxidase activation pathway. Recombinant O. furnacalis SP1 was found to activate proSP13 and induce the phenoloxidase activity in corn borer plasma. Additionally, SP13 was determined to directly cleave prophenoloxidase and therefore act as the prophenoloxidase activating protease. Our work thus reveals a biochemical mechanism in the melanization in corn borer associated with the challenge by B. bassiana injection. These insights could provide valuable information for better understanding the immune responses of Asian corn borer against B. bassiana. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Photorhabdus adhesion modification protein (Pam) binds extracellular polysaccharide and alters bacterial attachment.

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    Jones, Robert T; Sanchez-Contreras, Maria; Vlisidou, Isabella; Amos, Matthew R; Yang, Guowei; Muñoz-Berbel, Xavier; Upadhyay, Abhishek; Potter, Ursula J; Joyce, Susan A; Ciche, Todd A; Jenkins, A Toby A; Bagby, Stefan; Ffrench-Constant, Richard H; Waterfield, Nicholas R

    2010-05-12

    Photorhabdus are Gram-negative nematode-symbiotic and insect-pathogenic bacteria. The species Photorhabdus asymbiotica is able to infect humans as well as insects. We investigated the secreted proteome of a clinical isolate of P. asymbiotica at different temperatures in order to identify proteins relevant to the infection of the two different hosts. A comparison of the proteins secreted by a clinical isolate of P. asymbiotica at simulated insect (28 degrees C) and human (37 degrees C) temperatures led to the identification of a small and highly abundant protein, designated Pam, that is only secreted at the lower temperature. The pam gene is present in all Photorhabdus strains tested and shows a high level of conservation across the whole genus, suggesting it is both ancestral to the genus and probably important to the biology of the bacterium. The Pam protein shows limited sequence similarity to the 13.6 kDa component of a binary toxin of Bacillus thuringiensis. Nevertheless, injection or feeding of heterologously produced Pam showed no insecticidal activity to either Galleria mellonella or Manduca sexta larvae. In bacterial colonies, Pam is associated with an extracellular polysaccharide (EPS)-like matrix, and modifies the ability of wild-type cells to attach to an artificial surface. Interestingly, Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) binding studies revealed that the Pam protein itself has adhesive properties. Although Pam is produced throughout insect infection, genetic knockout does not affect either insect virulence or the ability of P. luminescens to form a symbiotic association with its host nematode, Heterorhabditis bacteriophora. We studied a highly abundant protein, Pam, which is secreted in a temperature-dependent manner in P. asymbiotica. Our findings indicate that Pam plays an important role in enhancing surface attachment in insect blood. Its association with exopolysaccharide suggests it may exert its effect through mediation of EPS properties. Despite

  17. Carnivore Attractant or Plant Elicitor? Multifunctional Roles of Methyl Salicylate Lures in Tomato Defense.

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    Rowen, Elizabeth; Gutensohn, Michael; Dudareva, Natalia; Kaplan, Ian

    2017-06-01

    Synthetic plant volatile lures attract natural enemies, but may have non-target effects due to the multifunctional nature of volatile signals. For example, methyl salicylate (MeSA) is used to attract predators, yet also serves as a signaling hormone involved in plant pathogen defense. We investigated the consequences of deploying MeSA lures to attract predators for tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) defense against herbivores. To understand the spatial distribution of the lure's effect, we exposed tomatoes in the field to MeSA along a linear distance gradient and induced defenses by simulating feeding by hornworm caterpillars in a fully crossed factorial design (+/- MeSA, +/- herbivory). Subsequently, we analyzed activity of several defensive proteins (protease inhibitors, polyphenol oxidase, peroxidase), development of hornworm larvae (Manduca sexta), growth of fungal pathogens (Cladosporium and Alternaria), and attractiveness to herbivores and predators. Overall, MeSA-exposed plants were more resistant to both insects and pathogens. Secondary pathogen infection was reduced by 25% in MeSA exposed plants, possibly due to elevated polyphenol oxidase activity. Interestingly, we found that lures affected plant pathogen defenses equivalently across all distances (up to 4 m away) indicating that horizontal diffusion of a synthetic volatile may be greater than previously assumed. While thrips avoided colonizing hornworm- damaged tomato plants, this induced resistance was not observed upon pre-exposure to MeSA, suggesting that MeSA suppresses the repellant effect induced by herbivory. Thus, using MeSA lures in biological control may inadvertently protect crops from pathogens, but has mixed effects on plant resistance to insect herbivores.

  18. Análisis de la dependencia fiscal de los municipios de sexta categoría del departamento de Boyacá, durante el periodo 1996-2012

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    Siervo Tulio Delgado Ruiz; Luis Enrique Acero Jiménez

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    La Constitución de 1991 profundizó la descentralización fiscal al aumentar el volumen de transferencias del Gobierno central hacia el nivel territorial y redefinió las funciones de los distintos niveles de Gobierno, incrementando sus responsabilidades. La tributación que genera mayor recaudo está monopolizada por el Gobierno nacional, quedando pocas posibilidades de nuevos gravámenes a los gobiernos locales, los cuales se financian casi exclusivamente con transferencias, causándoles una al...

  19. Análisis de la dependencia fiscal de los municipios de sexta categoría del departamento de Boyacá, durante el periodo 1996-2012

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    Delgado Ruiz, Siervo Tulio; Acero Jiménez, Luis Enrique

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    La Constitución de 1991 profundizó la descentralización fiscal al aumentar el volumen de transferencias del Gobierno central hacia el nivel territorial y redefinió las funciones de los distintos niveles de Gobierno, incrementando sus responsabilidades. La tributación que genera mayor recaudo está monopolizada por el Gobierno nacional, quedando pocas posibilidades de nuevos gravámenes a los gobiernos locales, los cuales se financian casi exclusivamente con transferencias, causándoles una alta ...

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    Jones, Robert T

    2010-05-12

    Abstract Background Photorhabdus are Gram-negative nematode-symbiotic and insect-pathogenic bacteria. The species Photorhabdus asymbiotica is able to infect humans as well as insects. We investigated the secreted proteome of a clinical isolate of P. asymbiotica at different temperatures in order to identify proteins relevant to the infection of the two different hosts. Results A comparison of the proteins secreted by a clinical isolate of P. asymbiotica at simulated insect (28°C) and human (37°C) temperatures led to the identification of a small and highly abundant protein, designated Pam, that is only secreted at the lower temperature. The pam gene is present in all Photorhabdus strains tested and shows a high level of conservation across the whole genus, suggesting it is both ancestral to the genus and probably important to the biology of the bacterium. The Pam protein shows limited sequence similarity to the 13.6 kDa component of a binary toxin of Bacillus thuringiensis. Nevertheless, injection or feeding of heterologously produced Pam showed no insecticidal activity to either Galleria mellonella or Manduca sexta larvae. In bacterial colonies, Pam is associated with an extracellular polysaccharide (EPS)-like matrix, and modifies the ability of wild-type cells to attach to an artificial surface. Interestingly, Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) binding studies revealed that the Pam protein itself has adhesive properties. Although Pam is produced throughout insect infection, genetic knockout does not affect either insect virulence or the ability of P. luminescens to form a symbiotic association with its host nematode, Heterorhabditis bacteriophora. Conclusions We studied a highly abundant protein, Pam, which is secreted in a temperature-dependent manner in P. asymbiotica. Our findings indicate that Pam plays an important role in enhancing surface attachment in insect blood. Its association with exopolysaccharide suggests it may exert its effect through mediation of

  1. Contributions of gut bacteria to Bacillus thuringiensis-induced mortality vary across a range of Lepidoptera

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    Holt Jonathan

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Gut microbiota contribute to the health of their hosts, and alterations in the composition of this microbiota can lead to disease. Previously, we demonstrated that indigenous gut bacteria were required for the insecticidal toxin of Bacillus thuringiensis to kill the gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar. B. thuringiensis and its associated insecticidal toxins are commonly used for the control of lepidopteran pests. A variety of factors associated with the insect host, B. thuringiensis strain, and environment affect the wide range of susceptibilities among Lepidoptera, but the interaction of gut bacteria with these factors is not understood. To assess the contribution of gut bacteria to B. thuringiensis susceptibility across a range of Lepidoptera we examined larval mortality of six species in the presence and absence of their indigenous gut bacteria. We then assessed the effect of feeding an enteric bacterium isolated from L. dispar on larval mortality following ingestion of B. thuringiensis toxin. Results Oral administration of antibiotics reduced larval mortality due to B. thuringiensis in five of six species tested. These included Vanessa cardui (L., Manduca sexta (L., Pieris rapae (L. and Heliothis virescens (F. treated with a formulation composed of B. thuringiensis cells and toxins (DiPel, and Lymantria dispar (L. treated with a cell-free formulation of B. thuringiensis toxin (MVPII. Antibiotics eliminated populations of gut bacteria below detectable levels in each of the insects, with the exception of H. virescens, which did not have detectable gut bacteria prior to treatment. Oral administration of the Gram-negative Enterobacter sp. NAB3, an indigenous gut resident of L. dispar, restored larval mortality in all four of the species in which antibiotics both reduced susceptibility to B. thuringiensis and eliminated gut bacteria, but not in H. virescens. In contrast, ingestion of B. thuringiensis toxin (MVPII following antibiotic

  2. Photorhabdus adhesion modification protein (Pam) binds extracellular polysaccharide and alters bacterial attachment

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    Jones, Robert T

    2010-05-12

    Abstract Background Photorhabdus are Gram-negative nematode-symbiotic and insect-pathogenic bacteria. The species Photorhabdus asymbiotica is able to infect humans as well as insects. We investigated the secreted proteome of a clinical isolate of P. asymbiotica at different temperatures in order to identify proteins relevant to the infection of the two different hosts. Results A comparison of the proteins secreted by a clinical isolate of P. asymbiotica at simulated insect (28°C) and human (37°C) temperatures led to the identification of a small and highly abundant protein, designated Pam, that is only secreted at the lower temperature. The pam gene is present in all Photorhabdus strains tested and shows a high level of conservation across the whole genus, suggesting it is both ancestral to the genus and probably important to the biology of the bacterium. The Pam protein shows limited sequence similarity to the 13.6 kDa component of a binary toxin of Bacillus thuringiensis. Nevertheless, injection or feeding of heterologously produced Pam showed no insecticidal activity to either Galleria mellonella or Manduca sexta larvae. In bacterial colonies, Pam is associated with an extracellular polysaccharide (EPS)-like matrix, and modifies the ability of wild-type cells to attach to an artificial surface. Interestingly, Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) binding studies revealed that the Pam protein itself has adhesive properties. Although Pam is produced throughout insect infection, genetic knockout does not affect either insect virulence or the ability of P. luminescens to form a symbiotic association with its host nematode, Heterorhabditis bacteriophora. Conclusions We studied a highly abundant protein, Pam, which is secreted in a temperature-dependent manner in P. asymbiotica. Our findings indicate that Pam plays an important role in enhancing surface attachment in insect blood. Its association with exopolysaccharide suggests it may exert its effect through mediation of

  3. The Yersinia pseudotuberculosis and Yersinia pestis toxin complex is active against cultured mammalian cells.

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    Hares, Michelle C; Hinchliffe, Stewart J; Strong, Philippa C R; Eleftherianos, Ioannis; Dowling, Andrea J; ffrench-Constant, Richard H; Waterfield, Nick

    2008-11-01

    The toxin complex (Tc) genes were first identified in the insect pathogen Photorhabdus luminescens and encode approximately 1 MDa protein complexes which are toxic to insect pests. Subsequent genome sequencing projects have revealed the presence of tc orthologues in a range of bacterial pathogens known to be associated with insects. Interestingly, members of the mammalian-pathogenic yersiniae have also been shown to encode Tc orthologues. Studies in Yersinia enterocolitica have shown that divergent tc loci either encode insect-active toxins or play a role in colonization of the gut in gastroenteritis models of rats. So far little is known about the activity of the Tc proteins in the other mammalian-pathogenic yersiniae. Here we present work to suggest that Tc proteins in Yersinia pseudotuberculosis and Yersinia pestis are not insecticidal toxins but have evolved for mammalian pathogenicity. We show that Tc is secreted by Y. pseudotuberculosis strain IP32953 during growth in media at 28 degrees C and 37 degrees C. We also demonstrate that oral toxicity of strain IP32953 to Manduca sexta larvae is not due to Tc expression and that lysates of Escherichia coli BL21 expressing the Yersinia Tc proteins are not toxic to Sf9 insect cells but are toxic to cultured mammalian cell lines. Cell lysates of E. coli BL21 expressing the Y. pseudotuberculosis Tc proteins caused actin ruffles, vacuoles and multi-nucleation in cultured human gut cells (Caco-2); similar morphology was observed after application of a lysate of E. coli BL21 expressing the Y. pestis Tc proteins to mouse fibroblast NIH3T3 cells, but not Caco-2 cells. Finally, transient expression of the individual Tc proteins in Caco-2 and NIH3T3 cell lines reproduced the actin and nuclear rearrangement observed with the topical applications. Together these results add weight to the growing hypothesis that the Tc proteins in Y. pseudotuberculosis and Y. pestis have been adapted for mammalian pathogenicity. We further

  4. Characterization and expression profiling of ATP-binding cassette transporter genes in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.).

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    Qi, Weiping; Ma, Xiaoli; He, Weiyi; Chen, Wei; Zou, Mingmin; Gurr, Geoff M; Vasseur, Liette; You, Minsheng

    2016-09-27

    ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters are one of the major transmembrane protein families found in all organisms and play important roles in transporting a variety of compounds across intra and extra cellular membranes. In some species, ABC transporters may be involved in the detoxification of substances such as insecticides. The diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.), a destructive pest of cruciferous crops worldwide, is an important species to study as it is resistant to many types of insecticides as well as biological control Bacillus thuringiensis toxins. A total of 82 ABC genes were identified from our published P. xylostella genome, and grouped into eight subfamilies (ABCA-H) based on phylogenetic analysis. Genes of subfamilies ABCA, ABCC and ABCH were found to be expanded in P. xylostella compared with those in Bombyx mori, Manduca sexta, Heliconius melpomene, Danaus plexippus, Drosophila melanogaster, Tetranychus urticae and Homo sapiens. Phylogenetic analysis indicated that many of the ABC transporters in P. xylostella are orthologous to the well-studied ABC transporter genes in the seven other species. Transcriptome- and qRT-PCR-based analysis elucidated physiological effects of ABC gene expressions of P. xylostella which were developmental stage- and tissue-specific as well as being affected by whether or not the insects were from an insecticide-resistant strain. Two ABCC and one ABCA genes were preferentially expressed in midgut of the 4th-instar larvae of a susceptible strain (Fuzhou-S) suggesting their potential roles in metabolizing plant defensive chemicals. Most of the highly expressed genes in insecticide-resistant strains were also predominantly expressed in the tissues of Malpighian tubules and midgut. This is the most comprehensive study on identification, characterization and expression profiling of ABC transporter genes in P. xylostella to date. The diversified features and expression patterns of this gene family may be associated with

  5. Antennal transcriptome analysis and comparison of olfactory genes in two sympatric defoliators, Dendrolimus houi and Dendrolimus kikuchii (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae).

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    Zhang, Sufang; Zhang, Zhen; Wang, Hongbin; Kong, Xiangbo

    2014-09-01

    The Yunnan pine and Simao pine caterpillar moths, Dendrolimus houi Lajonquière and Dendrolimus kikuchii Matsumura (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae), are two closely related and sympatric pests of coniferous forests in southwestern China, and olfactory communication systems of these two insects have received considerable attention because of their economic importance. However, there is little information on the molecular aspect of odor detection about these insects. Furthermore, although lepidopteran species have been widely used in studies of insect olfaction, few work made comparison between sister moths on the olfactory recognition mechanisms. In this study, next-generation sequencing of the antennal transcriptome of these two moths were performed to identify the major olfactory genes. After comparing the antennal transcriptome of these two moths, we found that they exhibit highly similar transcripts-associated GO terms. Chemosensory gene families were further analyzed in both species. We identified 23 putative odorant binding proteins (OBP), 17 chemosensory proteins (CSP), two sensory neuron membrane proteins (SNMP), 33 odorant receptors (OR), and 10 ionotropic receptors (IR) in D. houi; and 27 putative OBPs, 17 CSPs, two SNMPs, 33 ORs, and nine IRs in D. kikuchii. All these transcripts were full-length or almost full-length. The predicted protein sequences were compared with orthologs in other species of Lepidoptera and model insects, including Bombyx mori, Manduca sexta, Heliothis virescens, Danaus plexippus, Sesamia inferens, Cydia pomonella, and Drosophila melanogaster. The sequence homologies of the orthologous genes in D. houi and D. kikuchii are very high. Furthermore, the olfactory genes were classed according to their expression level, and the highly expressed genes are our target for further function investigation. Interestingly, many highly expressed genes are ortholog gene of D. houi and D. kikuchii. We also found that the Classic OBPs were

  6. Contrasting patterns of evolutionary constraint and novelty revealed by comparative sperm proteomic analysis in Lepidoptera.

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    Whittington, Emma; Forsythe, Desiree; Borziak, Kirill; Karr, Timothy L; Walters, James R; Dorus, Steve

    2017-12-02

    Rapid evolution is a hallmark of reproductive genetic systems and arises through the combined processes of sequence divergence, gene gain and loss, and changes in gene and protein expression. While studies aiming to disentangle the molecular ramifications of these processes are progressing, we still know little about the genetic basis of evolutionary transitions in reproductive systems. Here we conduct the first comparative analysis of sperm proteomes in Lepidoptera, a group that exhibits dichotomous spermatogenesis, in which males produce a functional fertilization-competent sperm (eupyrene) and an incompetent sperm morph lacking nuclear DNA (apyrene). Through the integrated application of evolutionary proteomics and genomics, we characterize the genomic patterns potentially associated with the origination and evolution of this unique spermatogenic process and assess the importance of genetic novelty in Lepidopteran sperm biology. Comparison of the newly characterized Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) sperm proteome to those of the Carolina sphinx moth (Manduca sexta) and the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) demonstrated conservation at the level of protein abundance and post-translational modification within Lepidoptera. In contrast, comparative genomic analyses across insects reveals significant divergence at two levels that differentiate the genetic architecture of sperm in Lepidoptera from other insects. First, a significant reduction in orthology among Monarch sperm genes relative to the remainder of the genome in non-Lepidopteran insect species was observed. Second, a substantial number of sperm proteins were found to be specific to Lepidoptera, in that they lack detectable homology to the genomes of more distantly related insects. Lastly, the functional importance of Lepidoptera specific sperm proteins is broadly supported by their increased abundance relative to proteins conserved across insects. Our results identify a burst of genetic novelty

  7. Surface-Associated Lipoproteins Link Enterococcus faecalis Virulence to Colitogenic Activity in IL-10-Deficient Mice Independent of Their Expression Levels.

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    Soeren Ocvirk

    2015-06-01

    -free Manduca sexta larvae and impaired penetration into the colonic mucus layer of IL-10-/- mice. Lipoprotein-deficient E. faecalis exhibited an impaired TLR2-mediated activation of BMDCs in vitro despite their ability to fully reactivate MLN cells as well as MLN-derived colitogenic T cells ex vivo. E. faecalis virulence factors accounting for bacterial adhesion to mucosal surfaces as well as intestinal barrier disruption partially contribute to colitogenic activity of E. faecalis. Beyond their well-known role in infections, cell surface-associated lipoproteins are essential structures for colitogenic activity of E. faecalis by mediating innate immune cell activation.

  8. Amyloid Precursor Proteins Are Dynamically Trafficked and Processed During Neuronal Development

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    Jenna M. Ramaker

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Proteolytic processing of the Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP produces beta-amyloid (Aβ peptide fragments that accumulate in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD, but APP may also regulate multiple aspects of neuronal development, albeit via mechanisms that are not well understood. APP is a member of a family of transmembrane glycoproteins expressed by all higher organisms, including two mammalian orthologs (APLP1 and APLP2 that have complicated investigations into the specific activities of APP. By comparison, insects express only a single APP-related protein (APP-Like, or APPL that contains the same protein interaction domains identified in APP. However, unlike its mammalian orthologs, APPL is only expressed by neurons, greatly simplifying an analysis of its functions in vivo. Like APP, APPL is processed by secretases to generate a similar array of extracellular and intracellular cleavage fragments, as well as an Aβ-like fragment that can induce neurotoxic responses in the brain. Exploiting the complementary advantages of two insect models (Drosophila melanogaster and Manduca sexta, we have investigated the regulation of APPL trafficking and processing with respect to different aspects of neuronal development. By comparing the behavior of endogenously expressed APPL with fluorescently tagged versions of APPL and APP, we have shown that some full-length protein is consistently trafficked into the most motile regions of developing neurons both in vitro and in vivo. Concurrently, much of the holoprotein is rapidly processed into N- and C-terminal fragments that undergo bi-directional transport within distinct vesicle populations. Unexpectedly, we also discovered that APPL can be transiently sequestered into an amphisome-like compartment in developing neurons, while manipulations targeting APPL cleavage altered their motile behavior in cultured embryos. These data suggest that multiple mechanisms restrict the bioavailability of the holoprotein to regulate

  9. Photorhabdus adhesion modification protein (Pam binds extracellular polysaccharide and alters bacterial attachment

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    Joyce Susan A

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Photorhabdus are Gram-negative nematode-symbiotic and insect-pathogenic bacteria. The species Photorhabdus asymbiotica is able to infect humans as well as insects. We investigated the secreted proteome of a clinical isolate of P. asymbiotica at different temperatures in order to identify proteins relevant to the infection of the two different hosts. Results A comparison of the proteins secreted by a clinical isolate of P. asymbiotica at simulated insect (28°C and human (37°C temperatures led to the identification of a small and highly abundant protein, designated Pam, that is only secreted at the lower temperature. The pam gene is present in all Photorhabdus strains tested and shows a high level of conservation across the whole genus, suggesting it is both ancestral to the genus and probably important to the biology of the bacterium. The Pam protein shows limited sequence similarity to the 13.6 kDa component of a binary toxin of Bacillus thuringiensis. Nevertheless, injection or feeding of heterologously produced Pam showed no insecticidal activity to either Galleria mellonella or Manduca sexta larvae. In bacterial colonies, Pam is associated with an extracellular polysaccharide (EPS-like matrix, and modifies the ability of wild-type cells to attach to an artificial surface. Interestingly, Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR binding studies revealed that the Pam protein itself has adhesive properties. Although Pam is produced throughout insect infection, genetic knockout does not affect either insect virulence or the ability of P. luminescens to form a symbiotic association with its host nematode, Heterorhabditis bacteriophora. Conclusions We studied a highly abundant protein, Pam, which is secreted in a temperature-dependent manner in P. asymbiotica. Our findings indicate that Pam plays an important role in enhancing surface attachment in insect blood. Its association with exopolysaccharide suggests it may exert its effect

  10. Contemporary Ecological Interactions Improve Models of Past Trait Evolution.

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    Hutchinson, Matthew C; Gaiarsa, Marília P; Stouffer, Daniel B

    2018-02-20

    Despite the fact that natural selection underlies both traits and interactions, evolutionary models often neglect that ecological interactions may, and in many cases do, influence the evolution of traits. Here, we explore the interdependence of ecological interactions and functional traits in the pollination associations of hawkmoths and flowering plants. Specifically, we develop an adaptation of the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck model of trait evolution that allows us to study the influence of plant corolla depth and observed hawkmoth-plant interactions on the evolution of hawkmoth proboscis length. Across diverse modelling scenarios, we find that the inclusion of contemporary interactions can provide a better description of trait evolution than the null expectation. Moreover, we show that the pollination interactions provide more-likely models of hawkmoth trait evolution when interactions are considered at increasingly finescale groups of hawkmoths. Finally, we demonstrate how the results of best-fit modelling approaches can implicitly support the association between interactions and trait evolution that our method explicitly examines. In showing that contemporary interactions can provide insight into the historical evolution of hawkmoth proboscis length, we demonstrate the clear utility of incorporating additional ecological information to models designed to study past trait evolution.

  11. Caracterización de una delta endotoxina mutante de Bacillus thuringiensis con estabilidad y toxicidad aumentadas

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    A. Hussain Syed Rehan

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Título en ingles: Characterization of a Mutant Bacillus thuringiensis d-endotoxin With Enhanced Stability and Toxicity SummaryThe centrally located a-helix 5 of Bacillus thuringiensis d-endotoxins is critical for insect toxicity through ion-channel formation. We analyzed the role of the highly conserved residue Histidine 168 (H168 using molecular biology, electrophysiology and biophysical techniques. Toxin H168R was ~3-fold more toxic than the wild type (wt protein whereas H168Q was 3 times less toxic against Manduca sexta. Spectroscopic analysis revealed that the H168Q and H168R mutations did not produce gross structural alterations, and that H168R (Tm= 59 °C was more stable than H168Q (Tm= 57.5 °C or than the wt (Tm= 56 °C toxins. These three toxins had similar binding affinities for larval midgut vesicles (Kcom suggesting that the differences in toxicity did not result from changes in initial receptor binding. Dissociation binding assays and voltage clamping analysis suggest that the reduced toxicity of the H168Q toxin may result from reduced insertion and/or ion channel formation. In contrast, the H168R toxin had a greater inhibition of the short circuit current than the wt toxin and an increased rate of irreversible binding (kobs, consistent with its lower LC50 value.  Molecular modeling analysis suggested that both the H168Q and H168R toxins could form additional hydrogen bonds that could account for their greater thermal stability. In addition to this, it is likely that H168R has an extra positive charge exposed to the surface which could increase its rate of insertion into susceptible membranes. Key words: a-helix 5; Circular dichroism; molecular modeling; site-directed mutagenesis;  thermal stability; Bacillus thuringiensis ResumenLa a-Hélice 5 del domino I de las d-endotoxinas de Bacillus thuringiensis, es crítica para la toxicidad de las toxinas contra insectos al participar en la formación de canales iónicos. La

  12. Aspects of cuticular sclerotization in the locust, Scistocerca gregaria, and the beetle, Tenebrio molitor.

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    Andersen, Svend Olav; Roepstorff, Peter

    2007-03-01

    The number of reactive amino groups in cuticular proteins decreases during the early period of insect cuticular sclerotization, presumably due to reaction with oxidation products of N-acetyldopamine (NADA) and N-beta-alanyldopamine (NBAD). We have quantitated the decrease in cuticular N-terminal amino groups and lysine epsilon-amino groups during the first 24h of sclerotization in adult locusts, Schistocerca gregaria, and in larval and adult beetles, Tenebrio molitor, as well as the increase in beta-alanine amino groups in Tenebrio cuticle. The results indicate that nearly all glycine N-terminal groups and a significant part of the epsilon-amino groups from lysine residues are involved in the sclerotization process in both locusts and Tenebrio. A pronounced increase in the amount of free beta-alanine amino groups was observed in cuticle from adult Tenebrio and to a lesser extent also in Tenebrio larval cuticle, but from locust cuticle no beta-alanine was obtained. Hydrolysis of sclerotized cuticles from locusts and Tenebrio by dilute hydrochloric acid released a large number of compounds containing amino acids linked to catecholic moieties. Products have been identified which contain histidine residues linked via their imidazole group to the beta-position of various catechols, such as dopamine, 3,4-dihydroxyphenyl-ethanol (DOPET), and 3,4-dihydroxyphenyl-acetaldehyde (DOPALD), and a ketocatecholic compound has also been identified composed of lysine linked via its epsilon-amino group to the alpha-carbon atom of 3,4-dihydroxyacetophenone. Some of the hydrolysis products have previously been obtained from sclerotized pupal cuticle of Manduca sexta [Xu, R., Huang, X., Hopkins, T.L., Kramer, K.J., 1997. Catecholamine and histidyl protein cross-linked structures in sclerotized insect cuticle. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 27, 101-108; Kerwin, J.L., Turecek, F., Xu, R., Kramer, K.J., Hopkins, T.L., Gatlin, C.L., Yates, J.R., 1999. Mass spectrometric analysis

  13. Brain architecture of the largest living land arthropod, the Giant Robber Crab Birgus latro (Crustacea, Anomura, Coenobitidae: evidence for a prominent central olfactory pathway?

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    Krieger Jakob

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    suggest that B. latro has visual and mechanosensory skills that are comparable to those of marine Crustacea. Conclusions In parallel to previous behavioral findings that B. latro has aerial olfaction, our results indicate that their central olfactory pathway is indeed most prominent. Similar findings from the closely related terrestrial hermit crab Coenobita clypeatus suggest that in Coenobitidae, olfaction is a major sensory modality processed by the brain, and that for these animals, exploring the olfactory landscape is vital for survival in their terrestrial habitat. Future studies on terrestrial members of other crustacean taxa such as Isopoda, Amphipoda, Astacida, and Brachyura will shed light on how frequently the establishment of an aerial sense of olfaction evolved in Crustacea during the transition from sea to land. Amounting to ca. 1,000,000, the numbers of interneurons that analyse the olfactory input in B. latro brains surpasses that in other terrestrial arthropods, as e.g. the honeybee Apis mellifera or the moth Manduca sexta, by two orders of magnitude suggesting that B. latro in fact is a land-living arthropod that has devoted a substantial amount of nervous tissue to the sense of smell.

  14. A comparative study of the hovering efficiency of flapping and revolving wings

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    Zheng, L; Mittal, R; Hedrick, T

    2013-01-01

    Direct numerical simulations are used to explore the hovering performance and efficiency for hawkmoth-inspired flapping and revolving wings at Reynolds (Re) numbers varying from 50 to 4800. This range covers the gamut from small (fruit fly size) to large (hawkmoth size) flying insects and is also relevant to the design of micro- and nano-aerial vehicles. The flapping wing configuration chosen here corresponds to a hovering hawkmoth and the model is derived from high-speed videogrammetry of this insect. The revolving wing configuration also employs the wings of the hawkmoth but these are arranged in a dual-blade configuration typical of helicopters. Flow for both of these configurations is simulated over the range of Reynolds numbers of interest and the aerodynamic performance of the two compared. The comparison of these two seemingly different configurations raises issues regarding the appropriateness of various performance metrics and even characteristic scales; these are also addressed in the current study. Finally, the difference in the performance between the two is correlated with the flow physics of the two configurations. The study indicates that viscous forces dominate the aerodynamic power expenditure of the revolving wing to a degree not observed for the flapping wing. Consequently, the lift-to-power metric of the revolving wing declines rapidly with decreasing Reynolds numbers resulting in a hovering performance that is at least a factor of 2 lower than the flapping wing at Reynolds numbers less than about 100. (paper)

  15. Herbivory as an important selective force in the evolution of floral traits and pollinator shifts

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    Overson, Rick P.; Raguso, Robert A.; Skogen, Krissa A.

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Floral trait evolution is frequently attributed to pollinator-mediated selection but herbivores can play a key role in shaping plant reproductive biology. Here we examine the role of florivores in driving floral trait evolution and pollinator shifts in a recently radiated clade of flowering plants, Oenothera sect. Calylophus. We compare florivory by a specialist, internal feeder, Mompha, on closely related hawkmoth- and bee-pollinated species and document variation in damage based on floral traits within sites, species and among species. Our results show that flowers with longer floral tubes and decreased floral flare have increased Mompha damage. Bee-pollinated flowers, which have substantially smaller floral tubes, experience on average 13% less Mompha florivory than do hawkmoth-pollinated flowers. The positive association between tube length and Mompha damage is evident even within sites of some species, suggesting that Mompha can drive trait differentiation at microevolutionary scales. Given that there are at least two independent shifts from hawkmoth to bee pollination in this clade, florivore-mediated selection on floral traits may have played an important role in facilitating morphological changes associated with transitions from hawkmoth to bee pollination. PMID:28011456

  16. The role of pollinators in maintaining variation in flower colour in the Rocky Mountain columbine, Aquilegia coerulea.

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    Thairu, Margaret W; Brunet, Johanne

    2015-05-01

    Flower colour varies within and among populations of the Rocky Mountain columbine, Aquilegia coerulea, in conjunction with the abundance of its two major pollinators, hawkmoths and bumble-bees. This study seeks to understand whether the choice of flower colour by these major pollinators can help explain the variation in flower colour observed in A. coerulea populations. Dual choice assays and experimental arrays of blue and white flowers were used to determine the preference of hawkmoths and bumble-bees for flower colour. A test was made to determine whether a differential preference for flower colour, with bumble-bees preferring blue and hawkmoths white flowers, could explain the variation in flower colour. Whether a single pollinator could maintain a flower colour polymorphism was examined by testing to see if preference for a flower colour varied between day and dusk for hawkmoths and whether bumble-bees preferred novel or rare flower colour morphs. Hawkmoths preferred blue flowers under both day and dusk light conditions. Naïve bumble-bees preferred blue flowers but quickly learned to forage randomly on the two colour morphs when similar rewards were presented in the flowers. Bees quickly learned to associate a flower colour with a pollen reward. Prior experience affected the choice of flower colour by bees, but they did not preferentially visit novel flower colours or rare or common colour morphs. Differences in flower colour preference between the two major pollinators could not explain the variation in flower colour observed in A. coerulea. The preference of hawkmoths for flower colour did not change between day and dusk, and bumble-bees did not prefer a novel or a rare flower colour morph. The data therefore suggest that factors other than pollinators may be more likely to affect the flower colour variation observed in A. coerulea. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Annals of Botany Company 2015. This work is written by (a) US Government

  17. Natural selection on floral morphology can be influenced by climate.

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    Campbell, Diane R; Powers, John M

    2015-06-07

    Climate has the potential to influence evolution, but how it influences the strength or direction of natural selection is largely unknown. We quantified the strength of selection on four floral traits of the subalpine herb Ipomopsis sp. in 10 years that differed in precipitation, causing extreme temporal variation in the date of snowmelt in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The chosen floral traits were under selection by hummingbird and hawkmoth pollinators, with hawkmoth abundance highly variable across years. Selection for flower length showed environmental sensitivity, with stronger selection in years with later snowmelt, as higher water resources can allow translation of pollination success into fitness based on seed production. Selection on corolla width also varied across years, favouring narrower corolla tubes in two unusual years with hawkmoths, and wider corollas in another late snowmelt year. Our results illustrate how changes in climate could alter natural selection even when the primary selective agent is not directly influenced. © 2015 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.

  18. The role of reduced oxygen in the developmental physiology of growth and metamorphosis initiation in Drosophila

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    Rearing oxygen level is known to affect final body size in a variety of insects, but the physiological mechanisms by which oxygen affects size are incompletely understood. In Manduca and Drosophila, the larval size at which metamorphosis is initiated largely determines adult size, and metamorphosis ...

  19. Hovering of model insects: simulation by coupling equations of motion with Navier-Stokes equations.

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    Wu, Jiang Hao; Zhang, Yan Lai; Sun, Mao

    2009-10-01

    When an insect hovers, the centre of mass of its body oscillates around a point in the air and its body angle oscillates around a mean value, because of the periodically varying aerodynamic and inertial forces of the flapping wings. In the present paper, hover flight including body oscillations is simulated by coupling the equations of motion with the Navier-Stokes equations. The equations are solved numerically; periodical solutions representing the hover flight are obtained by the shooting method. Two model insects are considered, a dronefly and a hawkmoth; the former has relatively high wingbeat frequency (n) and small wing mass to body mass ratio, whilst the latter has relatively low wingbeat frequency and large wing mass to body mass ratio. The main results are as follows. (i) The body mainly has a horizontal oscillation; oscillation in the vertical direction is about 1/6 of that in the horizontal direction and oscillation in pitch angle is relatively small. (ii) For the hawkmoth, the peak-to-peak values of the horizontal velocity, displacement and pitch angle are 0.11 U (U is the mean velocity at the radius of gyration of the wing), 0.22 c=4 mm (c is the mean chord length) and 4 deg., respectively. For the dronefly, the corresponding values are 0.02 U, 0.05 c=0.15 mm and 0.3 deg., much smaller than those of the hawkmoth. (iii) The horizontal motion of the body decreases the relative velocity of the wings by a small amount. As a result, a larger angle of attack of the wing, and hence a larger drag to lift ratio or larger aerodynamic power, is required for hovering, compared with the case of neglecting body oscillations. For the hawkmoth, the angle of attack is about 3.5 deg. larger and the specific power about 9% larger than that in the case of neglecting the body oscillations; for the dronefly, the corresponding values are 0.7 deg. and 2%. (iv) The horizontal oscillation of the body consists of two parts; one (due to wing aerodynamic force) is proportional to

  20. Are eavesdroppers multimodal? Sensory exploitation of flo-ral signals by a non-native cockroach Blatta orientalis

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    Rodrigo C. VERGARA, Alejandra TORRES-ARANEDA, Diego A. VILLAGRA, Robert A. RAGUSO, Mary T. K. ARROYO, Cristian A. VILLAGRA

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    Full Text Available The study of multi-modal communication has only recently been extended to innate and learned interactions between flowers and their animal visitors, and usually only to pollinators. Here we studied the relevance of floral scent and visual display of a night blooming, putatively hawkmoth-pollinated plant Oenothera acaulis (Onagraceae in the attraction of non-native cockroaches Blatta orientalis (Blattodea: Blattidae, which function as facultative floral larcenists in coastal habitats of central Chile. We experimentally decoupled visual (corolla and olfactory (fragrance stimuli by presenting paper corollas and green mesh bags, with or without a freshly-picked natural flower inside. We then contrasted the behavioral responses of roaches in these treatments with those to the natural combination of traits in actual flowers and their respective control treatments, measuring the roaches’ frequency of first visits, mean and total residence time spent in each treatment. The roaches primarily used olfactory cues when approaching O. acaulis flowers at two biologically relevant spatial scales. In addition, the presence of conspecific roaches had a strong influence on recruitment to the experimental arena, increasing the statistical differences among treatments. Our results suggest a primacy of floral fragrance over visual stimuli in the foraging responses of B. orientalis. Olfactory cues were necessary and sufficient to attract the roaches, and the visual cues presented in our manipulations only marginally increased their attraction within a 20 cm diameter of the stimulus. The full spectrum of floral visitation behavior was not elicited by the artificial flowers, suggesting the need for additional tactile or contact chemosensory stimuli not provided by paper. Although the nitrogenous scent compounds that we found in O. acaulis flowers are almost exclusively found in hawkmoth-pollinated flowers, the attractiveness of these compounds to a non

  1. Global Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (GPACS): An Overview

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    1994-04-01

    depending on state law , hospital policies, and insurance coverage. The problems associated with a film library include lost film, damaged film, slow film...1991), (Jackson and Szasz ,1992), (Kajiwara,1992), (Kao et al.,1992), (Klien and Carney,1991), (Lin and Lu,1991), (Lynch,1985), (Manduca,1992,1992), (Moll...Biomedicine, v37 , 253-258, 1992 Jackson, S., Szasz , I. "The Use of Data Compression in Telecommunication of Nuclear Medicine Images", Proceedings of the

  2. Spook and Spookier code for stage-specific components of the ecdysone biosynthetic pathway in Diptera

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    Ono, Hajime; Rewitz, Kim; Shinoda, Tetsu

    2006-01-01

    is eliminated in larvae carrying mutations in molting defective (mld), a gene encoding a nuclear zinc finger protein that is required for production of ecdysone during Drosophila larval development. Intriguingly, mld is not present in the Bombyx mori genome, and we have identified only one spook homolog in both...... Bombyx and Manduca that is expressed in both embryos and larva. These studies suggest an evolutionary split between Diptera and Lepidoptera in how the ecdysone biosynthetic pathway is regulated during development....

  3. Impacts of the MERCOSUR Agreement on the Uruguayan Economy

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    Carlos, Comercio con Argentina y Brasil: Uno o Dos Patrones de Insercion Regional? Sextas Jornadas Anuales de Economia , Banco Central del Uruguay...lornadas Anuales de Economia , BCU, Montevideo. 1990. "Rolds, Jorge, MERCOSUR, Pohtica Comercial Optima?, Boletin Ceres •(), Montevideo. 1991. 4" Also...34 Quintas Jornadas Anuales de Economia , BCU, 1990. Berreta, Nora and Paolino, Carlos, "Comercio con Argentina y Brasil: uno o dos patrones de inserci6n

  4. Macrophage activation and histopathological findings in Calomys callosus and Swiss mice infected with several strains of Trypanosoma cruzi

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    Monamaris Marques Borges

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    Full Text Available Peritoneal macrophage activation as measured by H2O2 release and histopathology was compared between Swiss mice and Calomys callosus, a wild rodent, reservoir of Trypanosoma cruzi, during the course of infection with four strains of this parasite. In mice F and Y strain infections result in high parasitemia and mortality while with silvatic strains Costalimai and M226 parasitemia is sub-patent, with very low mortality. H2O2 release peaked at 33,6 and 59 nM/2 x 10(elevado a sexta potência cells for strains Y and F, respectively, 48 and 50 nM/2 x 10 (elevado a sexta potência for strains Costalimai and M226, at different days after infection. Histopathological findings of myositis, myocarditis, necrotizing artheritis and abscence of macrophage parasitism were foud for strains F and Costalimai. Y strain infection presented moderate myocarditis and myositis, with parasites multiplying within macrophages. In C. callosus all four strains resulted in patent parasitemia wich was eventually overcome, with scarce mortality. H2O2 release for strains Y or F was comparable to that of mice-peaks of 27 and 53 nM/2 x 10 (elevado a sexta potência cells, with lower values for strains Costalimai and M226 - 16.5 and 4.6 nM/2 x 10(elevado a sexta potênciacells, respectively. Histopathological lesions with Y and F strain injected animals were comparable to those of mice at the onset of infections; they subsided completely at the later stages with Y strain and partially with F strain infected C. callosus. In Costalimai infected C. callosus practically no histopathological alterations were observed.

  5. Análisis de las videotecas de las principales televisiones en España

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    De-Mon-Martín, Adrián; Guallar, Javier

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    El objetivo de este estudio es analizar los archivos audiovisuales de las principales televisiones de España mediante 24 indicadores agrupados en 5 apartados: aspectos generales, contenido, sistema de consulta, presentación de resultados y aspectos audiovisuales. La muestra analizada son las televisiones generalistas españolas con mayor audiencia durante 2013 (Antena 3, Cuatro, La Sexta, Telecinco y TVE1). Los resultados del estudio diferencian los mejores resultados del archivo público de TV...

  6. Publications on Aerospace Medicine of Dr. H. J. /Von Beckh (1941 - 1987)

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    Ciclo de Conferencias sobre Medicina A~ro-espacial coincidiendo con el XVII. Congreso Internacional Astronautico. Inspeccion General de Sanidad del...Astronautica (Medical Problems of Astronautics). Sexta Con- 14 NADC 86147 -60 ferencia del Ciclo 1952 de la Sociedad Argentina Interplanetaria...del ciclo 1953 de ia Sociedad Argentina Interplanetaria. Auditorium of the Department of Physiology, Medical School. University of Buenos Aires. 20 Aug

  7. Edição Especial: 6 V-EEGAM

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    João Cândido André da Silva Neto; Thiago Oliveira Neto

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    A sexta edição especial da Revista Geonorte acaba de ser publicada, contemplando os trabalhos submetidos e aceitos ao V Encontro dos Estudantes de Geografia do Amazonas-EEGAM com o tema: Geografia da Circulação, realizado nas dependências do Instituto de Ciências Humanas e Letras-ICHL entre 29 e 30 de novembro e 01 e 02 de dezembro de 2016.

  8. Edição Especial: 6 V-EEGAM

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    João Cândido André da Silva Neto

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    Full Text Available A sexta edição especial da Revista Geonorte acaba de ser publicada, contemplando os trabalhos submetidos e aceitos ao V Encontro dos Estudantes de Geografia do Amazonas-EEGAM com o tema: Geografia da Circulação, realizado nas dependências do Instituto de Ciências Humanas e Letras-ICHL entre 29 e 30 de novembro e 01 e 02 de dezembro de 2016.

  9. How scent and nectar influence floral antagonists and mutualists.

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    Kessler, Danny; Kallenbach, Mario; Diezel, Celia; Rothe, Eva; Murdock, Mark; Baldwin, Ian T

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    Many plants attract and reward pollinators with floral scents and nectar, respectively, but these traits can also incur fitness costs as they also attract herbivores. This dilemma, common to most flowering plants, could be solved by not producing nectar and/or scent, thereby cheating pollinators. Both nectar and scent are highly variable in native populations of coyote tobacco, Nicotiana attenuata, with some producing no nectar at all, uncorrelated with the tobacco's main floral attractant, benzylacetone. By silencing benzylacetone biosynthesis and nectar production in all combinations by RNAi, we experimentally uncouple these floral rewards/attractrants and measure their costs/benefits in the plant's native habitat and experimental tents. Both scent and nectar increase outcrossing rates for three, separately tested, pollinators and both traits increase oviposition by a hawkmoth herbivore, with nectar being more influential than scent. These results underscore that it makes little sense to study floral traits as if they only mediated pollination services.

  10. Evolution of spur-length diversity in Aquilegia petals is achieved solely through cell-shape anisotropy.

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    Puzey, Joshua R; Gerbode, Sharon J; Hodges, Scott A; Kramer, Elena M; Mahadevan, L

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    The role of petal spurs and specialized pollinator interactions has been studied since Darwin. Aquilegia petal spurs exhibit striking size and shape diversity, correlated with specialized pollinators ranging from bees to hawkmoths in a textbook example of adaptive radiation. Despite the evolutionary significance of spur length, remarkably little is known about Aquilegia spur morphogenesis and its evolution. Using experimental measurements, both at tissue and cellular levels, combined with numerical modelling, we have investigated the relative roles of cell divisions and cell shape in determining the morphology of the Aquilegia petal spur. Contrary to decades-old hypotheses implicating a discrete meristematic zone as the driver of spur growth, we find that Aquilegia petal spurs develop via anisotropic cell expansion. Furthermore, changes in cell anisotropy account for 99 per cent of the spur-length variation in the genus, suggesting that the true evolutionary innovation underlying the rapid radiation of Aquilegia was the mechanism of tuning cell shape.

  11. Nonlinear flight dynamics and stability of hovering model insects

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    Liang, Bin; Sun, Mao

    2013-01-01

    Current analyses on insect dynamic flight stability are based on linear theory and limited to small disturbance motions. However, insects' aerial environment is filled with swirling eddies and wind gusts, and large disturbances are common. Here, we numerically solve the equations of motion coupled with the Navier–Stokes equations to simulate the large disturbance motions and analyse the nonlinear flight dynamics of hovering model insects. We consider two representative model insects, a model hawkmoth (large size, low wingbeat frequency) and a model dronefly (small size, high wingbeat frequency). For small and large initial disturbances, the disturbance motion grows with time, and the insects tumble and never return to the equilibrium state; the hovering flight is inherently (passively) unstable. The instability is caused by a pitch moment produced by forward/backward motion and/or a roll moment produced by side motion of the insect. PMID:23697714

  12. Flight Control of Biomimetic Air Vehicles Using Vibrational Control and Averaging

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    Tahmasian, Sevak; Woolsey, Craig A.

    2017-08-01

    A combination of vibrational inputs and state feedback is applied to control the flight of a biomimetic air vehicle. First, a control strategy is developed for longitudinal flight, using a quasi-steady aerodynamic model and neglecting wing inertial effects. Vertical and forward motion is controlled by modulating the wings' stroke and feather angles, respectively. Stabilizing control parameter values are determined using the time-averaged dynamic model. Simulations of a system resembling a hawkmoth show that the proposed controller can overcome modeling error associated with the wing inertia and small parameter uncertainties when following a prescribed trajectory. After introducing the approach through an application to longitudinal flight, the control strategy is extended to address flight in three-dimensional space.

  13. Limits of colour vision in dim light.

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    Kelber, Almut; Lind, Olle

    2010-09-01

    Humans and most vertebrates have duplex retinae with multiple cone types for colour vision in bright light, and one single rod type for achromatic vision in dim light. Instead of comparing signals from multiple spectral types of photoreceptors, such species use one highly sensitive receptor type thus improving the signal-to-noise ratio at night. However, the nocturnal hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor, the nocturnal bee Xylocopa tranquebarica and the nocturnal gecko Tarentola chazaliae can discriminate colours at extremely dim light intensities. To be able to do so, they sacrifice spatial and temporal resolution in favour of colour vision. We review what is known about colour vision in dim light, and compare colour vision thresholds with the optical sensitivity of the photoreceptors in selected animal species with lens and compound eyes. © 2010 The Authors, Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics © 2010 The College of Optometrists.

  14. Floquet stability analysis of the longitudinal dynamics of two hovering model insects

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    Wu, Jiang Hao; Sun, Mao

    2012-01-01

    Because of the periodically varying aerodynamic and inertial forces of the flapping wings, a hovering or constant-speed flying insect is a cyclically forcing system, and, generally, the flight is not in a fixed-point equilibrium, but in a cyclic-motion equilibrium. Current stability theory of insect flight is based on the averaged model and treats the flight as a fixed-point equilibrium. In the present study, we treated the flight as a cyclic-motion equilibrium and used the Floquet theory to analyse the longitudinal stability of insect flight. Two hovering model insects were considered—a dronefly and a hawkmoth. The former had relatively high wingbeat frequency and small wing-mass to body-mass ratio, and hence very small amplitude of body oscillation; while the latter had relatively low wingbeat frequency and large wing-mass to body-mass ratio, and hence relatively large amplitude of body oscillation. For comparison, analysis using the averaged-model theory (fixed-point stability analysis) was also made. Results of both the cyclic-motion stability analysis and the fixed-point stability analysis were tested by numerical simulation using complete equations of motion coupled with the Navier–Stokes equations. The Floquet theory (cyclic-motion stability analysis) agreed well with the simulation for both the model dronefly and the model hawkmoth; but the averaged-model theory gave good results only for the dronefly. Thus, for an insect with relatively large body oscillation at wingbeat frequency, cyclic-motion stability analysis is required, and for their control analysis, the existing well-developed control theories for systems of fixed-point equilibrium are no longer applicable and new methods that take the cyclic variation of the flight dynamics into account are needed. PMID:22491980

  15. Extreme variation in floral characters and its consequences for pollinator attraction among populations of an Andean cactus

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    Schlumpberger, Boris O.; Cocucci, Andrea A.; Moré, Marcela; Sérsic, Alicia N.; Raguso, Robert A.

    2009-01-01

    Background and aims A South American cactus species, Echinopsis ancistrophora (Cactaceae), with dramatic among-population variation in floral traits is presented. Methods Eleven populations of E. ancistrophora were studied in their habitats in northern Argentina, and comparisons were made of relevant floral traits such as depth, stigma position, nectar volume and sugar concentration, and anthesis time. Diurnal and nocturnal pollinator assemblages were evaluated for populations with different floral trait combinations. Key Results Remarkable geographical variations in floral traits were recorded among the 11 populations throughout the distribution range of E. ancistrophora, with flower lengths ranging from 4·5 to 24·1 cm. Other floral traits associated with pollinator attraction also varied in a population-specific manner, in concert with floral depth. Populations with the shortest flowers showed morning anthesis and those with the longest flowers opened at dusk, whereas those with flowers of intermediate length opened at unusual times (2300–0600 h). Nectar production varied non-linearly with floral length; it was absent to low (population means up to 15 µL) in short- to intermediate-length flowers, but was high (population means up to 170 µL) in the longest tubed flowers. Evidence from light-trapping of moths, pollen carriage on their bodies and moth scale deposition on stigmas suggests that sphingid pollination is prevalent only in the four populations with the longest flowers, in which floral morphological traits and nectar volumes match the classic expectations for the hawkmoth pollination syndrome. All other populations, with flowers 4·5–15 cm long, were pollinated exclusively by solitary bees. Conclusions The results suggest incipient differentiation at the population level and local adaptation to either bee or hawkmoth (potentially plus bee) pollination. PMID:19342397

  16. Pollination ecology of Clerodendrum inerme (L. Gaertn. (Lamiaceae in Coringa mangrove ecosystem, Andhra Pradesh, India

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    Full Text Available Clerodendrum inerme (L. Gaertn. (Lamiaceae is bisexual, self-compatible and has a vector-dependent mixed breeding system.  They are dichogamous and herkogamous; the day 1 flowers are staminate while the day 2 and 3 flowers are pistillate.  The plant blooms in the evening, possesses a white long corolla with a hairy interior to exclude other insects and strong fragrance are adaptations for pollination by the hawk-moth Macroglossum gyrans.  The 2nd and 3rd day flowers are nectar-rich and attract hawk-moths during the dawn and dusk hours.  The plant is also visited by bees and butterflies.  The bees Xylocopa and Anthophora are primary nectar robbers which collect nectar without effecting pollination.  In C. inerme, three forms of flowers can be distinguished based on the position of sex organs.  The first form is characterized by elongated stamens and a style which occur in close proximity to each other just after anthesis facilitating contact between the stamens and stigma.  The second form is characterized by the scattered position of stamens and style.  In the third form, the stamens are fully extended while the style is curved away from them, either to the left or to the right; subsequently the stamens curl inward and the style elongates. Interestingly, the three flower forms can be found within a cyme also.  These forms of flowers with strong protandry prevent autonomous selfing but not geitonogamy.  The fruit is a capsule and breaks open to disperse nutlets.  Birds such as Acridotheres tristis, Corvus splendens, Corvus macrorhynchos and Turdoides caudatus disperse nutlets during the early winter season. Seeds germinate in June and seedlings grow gradually to produce new plants. 

  17. Free Cinema: o elogio do homem comum

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    Este artigo investiga o movimento documentarista "Free Cinema", que integrou a onda de renovação do cinema inglês durante o período pós-Segunda Guerra Mundial. "Free Cinema" é o nome de uma mostra de filmes organizada em fevereiro de 1956 no National Film Theatre em Londres, e reiterada por outras cinco vezes até a derradeira sexta edição em março de 1959. O termo se refere também ao movimento iniciado pelos diretores Lindsay Anderson, Karel Reisz e Tony Richardson, organizadores da primeira ...

  18. Guía para la Presentación de Trabajos Científicos Bajo el Estándar APA en la Universidad EAN

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    Argüelles Pabón, Denise Caroline; Calderón Rojas, Jacqueline; Ortega, Sandra Constanza; Patiño, Juan Carlos; de la Hoz, Gerardo Augusto; Cáceres, Omar Antonio; Clavijo, Sandra Bibiana; Correal, María Clara; Fresneda, Laura Cediel

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    Esta es una interpretación del Manual de Publicaciones de la American Psychological Association, tercera edición en español y sexta en inglés, para el contexto de la Universidad EAN. El trabajo tiene como objetivo, establecer los lineamientos para la adecuada presentación de trabajos científicos de calidad nacional e internacional, entendidos como artículos científicos, trabajos de grado, resultados de investigación y tesis doctorales.

  19. Estudio de 100 casos de hemorragia uterina con legrado-biopsia

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    Germán Jordán

    1953-01-01

    Full Text Available El cáncer del cuerpo uterino se presenta con mayor frecuencia en la sexta década de la vida, y en relación con el cáncer del cuello uterino en una proporción de un caso por ocho, respectivamente. Su evolución y sintomatología, mucho más benignas y lentas que las del cáncer del cuello, hacen mas fácil su tratamiento y favorable su pronostico.

  20. Tunja en tiempos de sor Francisca Josefa de la Concepción de Castillo

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    Darío Achury Valenzuela

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    Full Text Available En este año de 1689, Francisca Josefa cumple 18 años e ingresa como seglara al Real Convento de Santa Clara. La ciudad de Tunja tiene 140 años de fundada. Por entonces inicia su vida la séptima generación de los fundadores o sea la de los bichoznos. Francisca, en su pubertad, pertenece a la sexta generación de los mismos, es decir: a la de los choznos de los conquistadores.

  1. Cinética de expresión de inmunoglobulina a en el epitelio intestinal de crías de alpaca (Vicugna pacos)

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    Dionisio C, Juan; Manchego S, Alberto; Chiok C, Kim Lam; Sandoval C, Nieves; More B, Juan; Pezo C, Danilo; Rivera G, Hermelinda

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    El presente estudio tuvo como objetivo determinar y comparar los niveles de expresión relativa de ARN mensajero (ARNm) de IgA en el epitelio intestinal de las crías de alpacas en aparente buen estado de salud (n=35) o enfermas con enteropatía (n=35). En cada grupo se incluyeron cinco animales recién nacidos antes del consumo de calostro y cinco por cada semana de edad hasta la sexta semana. Se tomaron 2 cm de yeyuno por animal y se almacenaron en congelación a -196 °C. Se realizó la extracció...

  2. La dona esportista als mitjans de comunicació

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    López Ulric, Ingrid

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    El present treball analitza l'emissió de contingut esportiu femení i la imatge que les televisions mostren de la dona esportista. Per realitzar l'anàlisi s'ha visualitzat el contingut esportiu de tres cadenes especialitzades, Teledeporte, TV3 i GolTV, i també la dels informatius de les sis cadenes més vistes a Catalunya TVE, TV3, Telecinco, Antena3, Cuatro i la Sexta. Per concloure destaquem la estereotipació dels esports i la invisibilitat de la dona. El presente trabajo analiza la emisió...

  3. Atresia biliar: una enfermedad grave

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    Ramonet, Margarita; Ciocca, Mirta; Alvarez, Fernando

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    La atresia biliar es una grave enfermedad que se manifiesta en los recién nacidos, y se desconoce su causa. La inflamación y destrucciónprogresiva de los conductos biliares conducen a la aparición de ictericia, coluria y acolia entre la segunda y sexta semana de vida. Como existen múltiples causas de colestasis neonatal en esta etapa de la vida, es necesario realizar un diagnóstico y derivación precoz para ofrecer un tratamiento quirúrgico, con el fin de restablecer el flujo biliar. Alrededor...

  4. EFECTO DIURÉTICO DE LAS HOJAS DE MAYTENUS MACROCARPA “CHUCHUHUASI” EN RATAS ALBINAS

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    Fanny Bastidas Garcia; Juan Jesús Huaccho Rojas; Javier Chambi Torres; Antonio Padilla Alexander; Luis Aguirre Tipismana; Alberto Salazar Granara; Benjamín Castañeda Castañeda

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    Objetivo: Evaluar la actividad diurética del extracto acuoso obtenido a partir de la hojas del Maytenus macrocarpa “Chuchuhuasi” en ratas albinas. Material y Métodos: Se utilizaron 68 ratas albinas machos, con pesos medios de 250 g, se empleó el Método de Lipschitz, donde se registró el volumen de orina por hora y total a la sexta hora. Los grupos experimentales fueron: Control (suero fisiológico al 0.9%), chuchuhuasi 1 (250mg/kg), chuchuhuasi 2 (500mg/kg), chuchuhuasi 3 (750mg/kg), hojas de ...

  5. VI Jornada de Criminología: «La criminología ante la delincuencia juvenil y sus nuevas formas»

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    El día 28 de enero de 2016 tuvo lugar en Barcelona la VI Jornada de Criminología organizada por la UOC i por el Centre d’Estudis Jurídics i Formació Especialitzada (CEJFE de la Generalitat de Cataluña. El tema tratado en esta sexta edición de la Jornada, que se celebra anualmente desde 2011, fue «La criminología ante la delincuencia juvenil y sus formas».

  6. Open Communication and Discussion Facilitate Reconciliation: The Maimonides Approach to Publication of Manduca’s Letter in The Lancet

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    Full Text Available [Extract] Dear Friends and Colleagues, In August of 2014, Manduca P et al. published “An open letter for the people in Gaza” in The Lancet. This letter was the response of those authors to their perspective of what was happening in Gaza during the summer-long conflict between Israel and Gaza. Israel was finally responding to years of bombardment from Gaza into civilian areas in the south of Israel. Two of the authors of the letters were known anti-Semites, and held connections with David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard in Louisiana and advocate of Nazism. Both these authors expressed sympathy and support for Duke’s rabidly anti-Jewish positions. In their letter they accused Israel’s medical community of complicity in committing terrible atrocities and even implied that chemical warfare was being used by Israel. ...

  7. Thinking Like a Scientist: The RITES Path for K-12 Students to Learn the Scientific Method

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    Murray, D. P.; Dooley, H., Jr.; Cardace, D.

    2015-12-01

    Bringing Research on Learning to the Geosciences (Manduca et al, 2002) stated that "An overaching goal for geoscience education is to help every student to 'think like a scientist'", and that continues to challenge geoscience education. The Rhode Island Technology Enhanced Science (RITES) project addresses that goal, and this presentation chronicles that successful effort. RITES strives to improve science education by providing professional development (PD) to the majority of science teachers at the 5th through 12th grade levels throughout Rhode Island. The PD is presented through ~forty 2.5 day workshops that emphasize the innovative use of technology and best teaching practices, consistent with the recommendations detailed in Manduca et al (2002). The presentation will focus on two of these workshops that provide middle and high school teachers with strategies and techniques for guiding student-run explorations of earthquakes as a result of tectonic plate movements. Teachers address these topics much as a scientist would by carrying out the following activities: 1) Identifying the relationships between faults, EQs and plate boundaries; 2) Using GPS data to quantify interseismic deformation; 3) Constructing an Earthquake machine; and 4) Scaling their observations from desktop to crustal scale, and (5) Using the results to forecast earthquakes along the SAF and to estimate the magnitude of earthquakes on ancient faults. As it is unrealistic to expect teachers to be able to incorporate all of this material into their syllabi, we have introduced the concept of Subtle Shifts (Exploratorium, 2006) as a means by which they can easily blend workshop material into their existing courses. Teacher surveys reflect a high level of satisfaction (81-100%), and pre- and post-evaluations show significant normalized gains (Hake, 1998), in about 90% of the courses. Moreover, students of RITES teachers demonstrate statistically significant gains in inquiry skills and content

  8. Pollinator specialization and pollination syndromes of three related North American Silene.

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    Reynolds, Richard J; Westbrook, M Jody; Rohde, Alexandra S; Cridland, Julie M; Fenster, Charles B; Dudash, Michele R

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    Community and biogeographic surveys often conclude that plant-pollinator interactions are highly generalized. Thus, a central implication of the pollination syndrome concept, that floral trait evolution occurs primarily via specialized interactions of plants with their pollinators, has been questioned. However, broad surveys may not distinguish whether flower visitors are actual pollen vectors and hence lack power to assess the relationship between syndrome traits and the pollinators responsible for their evolution. Here we address whether the floral traits of three closely related hermaphroditic Silene spp. native to eastern North America (S. caroliniana, S. virginica, and S. stellata) correspond to predicted specialized pollination based on floral differences among the three species and the congruence of these floral features with recognized pollination syndromes. A nocturnal/diurnal pollinator exclusion experiment demonstrated that all three Silene spp. have diurnal pollinators, and only S. stellata has nocturnal pollinators. Multiyear studies of visitation rates demonstrated that large bees, hummingbirds, and nocturnal moths were the most frequent pollinators of S. caroliniana, S. virginica, and S. stellata, respectively. Estimates of pollen grains deposited and removed per visit generally corroborated the visitation rate results for all three species. However, the relatively infrequent diurnal hawkmoth pollinators of S. caroliniana were equally effective and more efficient than the most frequent large bee visitors. Pollinator importance (visitation X deposition) of each of the animal visitors to each species was estimated and demonstrated that in most years large bees and nocturnal moths were the most important pollinators of S. caroliniana and S. stellata, respectively. By quantifying comprehensive aspects of the pollination process we determined that S. virginica and S. stellata were specialized on hummingbirds and nocturnal moths, respectively, and S

  9. Treinamento resistido para idosos: revisão de literatura

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    Socorro Fernanda Coutinho dos Santos; Vicente Matias da Silva Neto

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    No Brasil, o ritmo de crescimento da população idosa tem sido sistemático e constante e com isso, acredita-se que em 2025, o Brasil será a sexta maior população de idosos no mundo. Visto isso, os rofissionais da área de saúde mostram o quanto à atividade física se apresenta como fator determinante para o bom processo de envelhecimento. Objetivo: realizar uma avaliação da literatura vigente sobre os efeitos do treinamento resistido em pessoas idosas. Método: para produção da compilação deste e...

  10. Las prácticas letradas vernáculas: análogas y digitales en el aula de clase

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    Unda Palacio, Maribel; Florián Sánchez, Nancy

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    Nuestra investigación en educación, muestra una micro etnografía en torno a un grupo de profesores de un colegio distrital , ubicado en la localidad sexta de la ciudad de Bogotá, cuya temática central son las prácticas letradas vernáculas análogas y digitales en la práctica pedagógica. Es una reflexión con respecto al uso del internet en los procesos de lectura y de escritura y los cambios que éstos han sufrido debido a la aparición de la nueva era digital. Se refieren algunos conceptos clave...

  11. Os conceitos fundamentais de geografia: uma análise dos livros didáticos

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    CAL, Maria Madalena Pavelacki; Universidade Regional do Noroeste do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul

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    Este artigo tem por objetivo analisar o desenvolvimento dos conceitos fundamentais de Geografia nos livros didáticos devido à importância que atribuímos a eles no ensino enquanto elementos necessários à compreensão do espaço geográfico. Nesse sentido, procuramos contextualizar a importância dos conceitos fundamentais da Geografia para desenvolver o raciocínio geográfico e fazer a interpretação da realidade. A análise centrou-se em livros didáticos de Geografia para a sexta série distribuídos ...

  12. El Discovery Channel está al borde de la extinción. Entrevista con Ricardo Carrere

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    Amorín, Carlos

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    Afable, meticuloso pero distraído, Carrere es conocido y reconocido internacionalmente como uno de los más versados expertos en los aspectos no sólo ambientales de los bosques, sino también en los políticos, sociales y económicos. Participó en la reciente Sexta Conferencia sobre Cambio Climático realizada en La Haya, de la que hace un balance.Es pequeño, de aspecto amigable y mirada irónica. Fuma un cigarro tras otro, armados con tabaco Puerto Rico. Nació en Montevideo hace 58 años, es técnic...

  13. Televisión y concentración en España: el duopolio de Mediaset y Atresmedia

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    José Vicente García-Santamaría

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    Full Text Available Los recientes procesos de absorción de las cadenas Cuatro por Telecinco y La Sexta por Antena 3 han configurado un nuevo mapa audiovisual en España, que ha propiciado la creación de dos grandes plataformas televisivas: Mediaset España y Atresmedia. Entre ambas dominan el 54% de la audiencia en abierto y controlan el 88% de la facturación publicitaria. Estas dos operaciones de concentración no solamente pueden atentar contra el necesario pluralismo de los medios, sino que han modificado también toda la cadena de valor televisiva y afectarán gravemente la disminución de la competencia en los mercados de producción audiovisual y en los de adquisición de derechos de retransmisión de contenidos audiovisuales.

  14. Anomalia megadolicobasilar: a propósito de 5 casos diagnosticados angiograficamente

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    Walter C. Pereira

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    Full Text Available Após breves considerações sobre a sintomatologia e etiopatogenia da megadolicobasilar, são apresentados 5 casos desta anomalia vascular. Concordando com a maioria dos trabalhos sobre o assunto, a idade dos doentes desta série situava-se entre a quarta e sexta décadas da vida, apresentando todos hipertensão arterial de longa duração e aterosclerose avançada; o quadro neurológico deste doentes mostrou-se variável, tendo em comum o fato de ter se iniciado abruptamente. O estudo angiográfico do sistema vértebro-basilar foi o exame que possibilitou o diagnóstico em todos os casos.

  15. Brasil – México: trayectorias estructurales diferenciadas

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    Clemente Ruiz Durán

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    Full Text Available Na última década, o crescimento permitiu ao Brasil se tornar a sexta economia do mundo, enquanto o México ficou para trás, mesmo que, em meados da primeira década do século XXI, as duas economias estivessem emparelhadas. As raízes dessa diferença podem ser encontradas nas políticas governamentais que no Brasil fortaleceram mercado interno, enquanto o México buscou por estabilidade e a globalização dificultou o potencial do mercado interno e reduziu o efeito das cadeias de valor globais. A análise comparativa das economias latino-americanas confirma a abordagem teórica da teoria do desenvolvimento, que o fortalecimento do mercado interno é a melhor maneira de aproximar economias de escala na economia global.

  16. Remodelamento da matriz extracelular em degeneração experimental do disco intervertebral

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    Oliveira,Cintia Pereira de; Rodrigues,Luciano Miller Reis; Fregni,Maria Vitória Ventura Dias; Gotfryd,Alberto; Made,Ana Maria; Pinhal,Maria Aparecida da Silva

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    OBJETIVO: Avaliar a remodelação da matriz extracelular na degeneração do disco intervertebral através do modelo experimental degeneração do disco intervertebral. MÉTODOS: O modelo de indução da degeneração discal, utilizando agulha 20G e rotação de 360º, foi aplicado por 30 segundos entre a sexta/sétima e oitava / nona vértebras coccígeas de ratos machos da linhagem Wistar. O nível intermediário, entre a sétima e oitava vértebras, foi tomado como controle, não sendo submetido à punção. A dist...

  17. Reto neuroquirúrgico actual del cordoma cervical

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    Héctor Figueredo Acosta

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available El cordoma es un tumor osteocartilaginoso raro, de lento crecimiento, con una tasa de incidencia global de 8,4 casos por cada 10 millones de habitantes. Comúnmente aparece en la quinta y sexta década de la vida, predomina en el sexo masculino. Se presenta un paciente masculino de 47 años de edad, con cervicobraquialgia, cuadriparesia y masa tumoral palpable en región anterolateral del cuello. El estudio de resonancia magnética demostró la presencia de una lesión retrofraríngea con destrucción vertebral y compresión extradural. Se decidió resección quirúrgica de la lesión. El diagnóstico histopatológico por inmunohistoquímica arrojó como resultado, un cordoma.

  18. Juventud, migración y discriminación en el Chile contemporáneo

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    Aravena Reyes, Andrea; Alt Álvarez, Carolina

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    En este trabajo se analiza el tema de la inmigración juvenil en el Chile Contemporáneo y se aborda la percepción desde «lo juvenil» de la alteridad en el país, tanto desde el punto de vista de la población chilena como desde el punto de vista de los inmigrantes. Lo anterior, a partir de fuentes de información cuantitativas, como el Censo del año 2002 y la casen 2006, las versiones Quinta y Sexta de la serie de Encuestas de Juventud de Chile (2007 y 2009), y de un conjunto de antecedentes cual...

  19. Nível de conhecimentos sobre Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana (LTA e uso de terapias alternativas por populações de uma área endêmica da Amazônia do Maranhão, Brasil

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    Moreira Rosilene da Conceição R.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Realizou-se estudo visando identificar e comparar que conhecimentos básicos e uso de terapias alternativas relativos à Leishmaniose Tegumentar Americana (LTA, têm populações residentes em cinco áreas rurais (Sexta Vicinal, Quinta Vicinal, Trilha 410, Vila União e Buritizinho pertencentes ao município de Buriticupu, Maranhão. No período de setembro de 1997 a janeiro de 1998, aplicou-se questionários com perguntas abertas e fechadas, abordando aspectos epidemiológicos, modos de prevenção, clínica e terapêutica alternativa. A população estudada foi de 378 (19% indivíduos de um total de 1980 habitantes. Na Sexta Vicinal (35 indivíduos, Quinta Vicinal (63, Trilha 410 (96, Vila União (85 e Buritizinho (99. Dos entrevistados, 72% tinham poucos conhecimentos dos modos de transmissão, 96,9% já ouviram falar da doença, a maioria obteve informações com amigos, 60,7% conheciam a LTA como lésh. O Glucantime foi a droga mais citada para o tratamento, 29,6% relataram uso de plantas no local da lesão. O Citrus limon (limão foi a planta mais citada (15,4% dos entrevistados, o modo de uso mais freqüente era o pó espalhado sobre a lesão. Conclui-se que o nível de conhecimento sobre LTA foi incipiente, principalmente na prevenção e terapêutica, situação similar nas cinco áreas estudadas.

  20. Reflexões contemporâneas sobre anamnese na visão do estudante de medicina

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    Márcia Oliveira Mayo Soares

    Full Text Available Esta pesquisa analisa a compreensão dos estudantes de Medicina da terceira e sexta séries sobre a abordagem biopsicosócio-ambiental (BPSA contida na anamnese e sua contribuição para o cuidado na perspectiva da integralidade. É uma pesquisa transversal, exploratória, descritiva e com abordagem qualitativa, aprovada pelo Comitê de Ética em Pesquisa da Faculdade de Medicina de Marília, sob o protocolo nº 1.400/11. Participaram 80 estudantes, 40 da terceira e 40 da sexta série do curso de Medicina. A coleta de dados foi realizada por um questionário com duas perguntas abertas sobre o tema proposto. Os resultados foram analisados pela Técnica de Análise de Conteúdo, Modalidade Temática. A análise apontou, na questão 1, três categorias: saúde e formação médica, processo saúde-doença e relação médico-paciente. Na questão 2, cinco categorias: teoria e prática na formação médica, competência profissional, raciocínio clínico, necessidades de saúde e humanização. Os estudantes das duas séries valorizam a abordagem BPSA na elaboração da anamnese e apontam que ela pode subsidiar o cuidado nessa perspectiva, mas indicam lacunas e dificuldades na prática da aprendizagem.

  1. Caracterización clínico epidemiológica de pacientes afectados por pie diabético

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    Dania Núñez Álvarez

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    Full Text Available Introducción: el pie diabético constituye un problema de salud en los pacientes portadores de diabetes mellitus y se registra como la primera causa de amputación no traumática de los miembros. El conocimiento de sus particularidades clínico-epidemiológicas resulta de sumo interés. Objetivo: caracterizar clínica y epidemiológicamente a los pacientes con pie diabético neuroinfeccioso en el Hospital "Dr. Joaquín Castillo Duany" de Santiago de Cuba. Método: se realizó un estudio descriptivo retrospectivo. El universo estuvo constituido por 96 pacientes diagnosticados con pie diabético durante el periodo comprendido entre el 2011 y el 2015. Se emplearon variables demográficas y relacionadas con factores de riesgo generales y específicos del pie diabético. Resultados: el pie diabético predominó entre la cuarta y sexta décadas de vida (24,7 % y en pacientes del sexo femenino (59,7 %. La diabetes mellitus tipo 2 estuvo representada en el 52,5 %. Mientras el factor de riesgo general de pie diabético más frecuente fue la obesidad (56,7 %, la neuropatía diabética, como factor de riesgo específico se presentó en el 98,9 % de los enfermos estudiados. Conclusiones: el pie diabético predominó en la cuarta y sexta décadas de la vida y en el sexo femenino. El mayor porcentaje de los pacientes era portador de diabetes mellitus tipo 2. La obesidad, la neuropatía diabética periférica, el sobrepeso, y la hiperglucemia constituyeron los factores de riesgo prevalecientes.

  2. The generalist Inga subnuda subsp. luschnathiana (Fabaceae): negative effect of floral visitors on reproductive success?

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    Avila, R; Pinheiro, M; Sazima, M

    2015-05-01

    Inga species are characterised by generalist or mixed pollination system. However, this feature does not enhance reproductive rates in species with very low fruit set under natural conditions. Some ecological and genetic factors are associated with this feature, and to test the effect of massive visits on pollination success in Inga subnuda subsp. luschnathiana, we studied the efficacy of polyads deposited on stigmas of flowers isolated from visitors and polyads exposed to visitors. The proportion of polyads fixed in stigmas decreased after exposure to visitors (24 h) in comparison to stigmas isolated from visitors (hummingbirds, bees, wasps, hawkmoths and bats), and fruit set was very low. Furthermore, nectar production, sugar composition and other floral biology traits were evaluated. Increased nectar production, sugar availability and sucrose dominance during the night indicates adaptation to nocturnal visitors and supports their role as main pollinators; although the brush-flower morphology, time of anthesis, nectar dynamics and chemical composition also allow daytime visitors. Thus the species is an important resource for a diverse group of floral visitors. We conclude that excess visits (diurnal and nocturnal) are responsible for the decrease in fixed polyads in stigmas of I. subnuda subsp. luschnathiana flowers, thus contributing, with others factors, to its low fruit set. Therefore, the generalist pollination system does not result in reproductive advantages because the low fruit set in natural conditions could be the result of a negative effect of visitors/pollinators. © 2014 German Botanical Society and The Royal Botanical Society of the Netherlands.

  3. Generation of complex motor patterns in american grasshopper via current-controlled thoracic electrical interfacing.

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    Giampalmo, Susan L; Absher, Benjamin F; Bourne, W Tucker; Steves, Lida E; Vodenski, Vassil V; O'Donnell, Peter M; Erickson, Jonathan C

    2011-01-01

    Micro-air vehicles (MAVs) have attracted attention for their potential application to military applications, environmental sensing, and search and rescue missions. While progress is being made toward fabrication of a completely human-engineered MAV, another promising approach seeks to interface to, and take control of, an insect's nervous system. Cyborg insects take advantage of their innate exquisite loco-motor, navigation, and sensing abilities. Recently, several groups have demonstrated the feasibility of radio-controlled flight in the hawkmoth and beetle via electrical neural interfaces. Here, we report a method for eliciting the "jump" response in the American grasshopper (S. Americana). We found that stimulating the metathoracic T3 ganglion with constant-current square wave pulses with amplitude 186 ± 40 μA and frequency 190 ± 13 Hz reproducibly evoked (≥95% success rate) the desired motor activity in N=3 test subjects. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of an insect cyborg with a synchronous neuromuscular system.

  4. The messenger matters: Pollinator functional group influences mating system dynamics.

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    Weber, Jennifer J

    2017-08-01

    The incredible diversity of plant mating systems has fuelled research in evolutionary biology for over a century. Currently, there is broad concern about the impact of rapidly changing pollinator communities on plant populations. Very few studies, however, examine patterns and mechanisms associated with multiple paternity from cross-pollen loads. Often, foraging pollinators collect a mixed pollen load that may result in the deposition of pollen from different sires to receptive stigmas. Coincident deposition of self- and cross-pollen leads to interesting mating system dynamics and has been investigated in numerous species. But, mixed pollen loads often consist of a diversity of cross-pollen and result in multiple sires of seeds within a fruit. In this issue of Molecular Ecology, Rhodes, Fant, and Skogen () examine how pollinator identity and spatial isolation influence multiple paternity within fruits of a self-incompatible evening primrose. The authors demonstrate that pollen pool diversity varies between two pollinator types, hawkmoths and diurnal solitary bees. Further, progeny from more isolated plants were less likely to have multiple sires regardless of the pollinator type. Moving forward, studies of mating system dynamics should consider the implications of multiple paternity and move beyond the self- and cross-pollination paradigm. Rhodes et al. () demonstrate the importance of understanding the roles that functionally diverse pollinators play in mating system dynamics. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  5. Cover Image Innate or learned preference for upward-facing flowers?: implications for the costs of pendent flowers from experiments on captive bumble bees

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    Takashi T Makino

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Pollinator preferences for phenotypic characters, including floral orientation, can affect plant reproductive success. For example, hawkmoths and syrphid flies prefer upward- over downward-facing flowers in field experiments. Although such preferences suggest a cost of pendent flowers in terms of pollinator attraction, we cannot rule out the possibility that the preferences have been affected by prior experience: pollinators might choose the same type of flowers to which they have already become accustomed. To test for innate preference, we observed bumble bees foraging on an array of upward- and downward-facing artificial flowers. Without any prior experience with vertical flowers, 91.7% bees chose an upward-facing flower at the very first visit. In addition to this innate preference, we also found that the preference was strengthened by experience, which suggests that the bees learned upward-facing flowers were easier to handle. Although bumble bees may concentrate on pendent flowers in the field, such learned preferences are evidently imposed on a template of upward-facing preference. Because bee-pollinated pendent flowers face particular difficulties in attracting visits, therefore, we expect them to compensate through other means, such as greater floral rewards.

  6. Feeding on toxic prey. The praying mantis (Mantodea) as predator of poisonous butterfly and moth (Lepidoptera) caterpillars.

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    Mebs, Dietrich; Wunder, Cora; Pogoda, Werner; Toennes, Stefan W

    2017-06-01

    Caterpillars of the monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, feed on milkweed plants, Asclepias spp. (Apocynaceae), and sequester their toxic cardenolides aimed at deterring predators. Nevertheless, Chinese praying mantids, Tenodera sinensis, consume these caterpillars after removing the midgut ("gutting") including its plant content. In the present study, monarch caterpillars raised on A. curassavica, and those of the death's-head hawkmoth, Acherontia atropos, raised on Atropa belladonna containing atropine, were fed to mantids, Hierodula membranacea, which removed the gut of both species discarding about 59% of cardenolides and more than 90% of atropine, respectively. The ingestion of these compounds produced no apparent ill effects in the mantids and both were excreted with faeces. On the other hand, when mantids were fed with larvae of two moth species, Amata mogadorensis and Brahmaea certia, raised on non-poisonous host plants, the mantids showed the same gutting behaviour, thereby discarding indigestible plant material. As polar compounds, e.g. cardenolides and atropine, are not absorbed from the mantids midgut and do not pass the gut membrane, this enables the mantids to feed on toxic prey. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Entomophagy: A key to space agriculture

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    Space Agriculture Task Force; Ishikawa, Y.; Takaoki, M.; Yamashita, M.; Nakayama, S.; Kiguchi, K.; Kok, R.; Wada, H.; Mitsuhashi, J.

    The intentional inclusion of insects in space-based agricultural schemes and their use as human food (entomophagy) were examined. Insects could be useful both from an ecosystem design point of view, as well as serving as a protein-rich food for human occupants. Some candidate species are the silkworm, the hawkmoth, the drugstore beetle, and the termite. Plants in the ecosystem would include rice, soybean, sweet potato, and green yellow vegetable but in combination they still lead to a diet that is deficient (for humans) in several nutrients. Normally these are supplied with animal-derived foods such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, etc. However, they can also be derived from insects which may be much easier to produce than any of the foregoing, and can also fulfill other useful ecological roles. Spinoff from this research could include some solutions to terrestrial problems such as supplying critical amino acids to people who suffer from a shortage of more conventional animal-derived proteins.

  8. Multiple factors contribute to reproductive isolation between two co-existing Habenaria species (Orchidaceae.

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    Wenliu Zhang

    Full Text Available Reproductive isolation is a key feature that forms barriers to gene flow between distinct plants. In orchids, prezygotic reproductive isolation has been considered to be strong, because their associations with highly specific pollinators. In this study, the reproductive ecology and reproductive isolation of two sympatric Habenaria species, H. davidii and H. fordii, was investigated by floral phenology and morphology, hand-pollination experiments and visitor observation in southwest China. The two species were dependent on insects for pollination and completely self-compatible. A number of factors have been identified to limit gene flow between the two species and achieved full reproductive isolation. Ecogeographic isolation was a weak barrier. H. fordii and H. davidii had completely overlapped flowering periods, and floral morphology plays an important role in floral isolation. The two species shared the same hawkmoth pollinator, Cechenena lineosa, but the pollinaria of the two orchids were attached on different body parts of pollinators. Prezygotic isolation was not complete, but the interspecific pollination treatments of each species resulted in no seed sets, indicating that unlike many other orchid species, in which the postzygotic reproductive isolation is very weak or complete absence, the post-zygotic isolation strongly acted in the stage of seed production between two species. The results illustrate the reproductive isolation between two species involves multiple plant life-history stages and a variety of reproductive barriers can contribute to overall isolation.

  9. Point and interval estimation of pollinator importance: a study using pollination data of Silene caroliniana.

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    Reynolds, Richard J; Fenster, Charles B

    2008-05-01

    Pollinator importance, the product of visitation rate and pollinator effectiveness, is a descriptive parameter of the ecology and evolution of plant-pollinator interactions. Naturally, sources of its variation should be investigated, but the SE of pollinator importance has never been properly reported. Here, a Monte Carlo simulation study and a result from mathematical statistics on the variance of the product of two random variables are used to estimate the mean and confidence limits of pollinator importance for three visitor species of the wildflower, Silene caroliniana. Both methods provided similar estimates of mean pollinator importance and its interval if the sample size of the visitation and effectiveness datasets were comparatively large. These approaches allowed us to determine that bumblebee importance was significantly greater than clearwing hawkmoth, which was significantly greater than beefly. The methods could be used to statistically quantify temporal and spatial variation in pollinator importance of particular visitor species. The approaches may be extended for estimating the variance of more than two random variables. However, unless the distribution function of the resulting statistic is known, the simulation approach is preferable for calculating the parameter's confidence limits.

  10. Spatiotemporal variation in the reproductive ecology of two parapatric subspecies of Oenothera cespitosa (Onagraceae).

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    Artz, Derek R; Villagra, Cristian A; Raguso, Robert A

    2010-09-01

    • Flowering plants that rely on pollinators for most of their reproduction may experience unpredictable and inconsistent availability of effective pollinators throughout their reproductive lifetime. We investigated the reproductive ecology of two subspecies of the tufted evening primrose, Oenothera cespitosa, which occupy geographically and edaphically distinct habitats in western North America: O. cespitosa subsp. navajoensis inhabits sandstone soils on open sites or rocky slopes in the Colorado Plateau and O. cespitosa subsp. cespitosa grows in clay soils on talus slopes and exposed rocky ridges in the western Great Plains and northern Rocky Mountains of the United States. • Pollen augmentation and selfing experiments, floral visitor observations, and single-visit effectiveness experiments were conducted over 4 years to examine the breeding system and spatiotemporal variation in pollinator behavior, assemblage, and abundance at different populations for each subspecies. • Both subspecies of O. cespitosa were self-incompatible and pollen-limited, suggesting that the relative abundance, effectiveness, and movement patterns of different insects as pollinators influenced the quality and quantity of seed production in these plants. Medium-sized vespertine hawkmoths (Hyles lineata, Sphinx vashti) were effective pollinators when present, as were large matinal bees (Anthophora affabilis, A. dammersi, Xylocopa tabaniformis androleuca), whereas small oligolectic Lasioglossum bees primarily functioned as pollen thieves in the evening and morning. • These findings highlight the importance of variability of pollinator composition and abundance in the evolution of plant breeding systems and reproductive success at varying spatial and temporal scales.

  11. Sexual Dimorphism and Allometric Effects Associated With the Wing Shape of Seven Moth Species of Sphingidae (Lepidoptera: Bombycoidea).

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    de Camargo, Willian Rogers Ferreira; de Camargo, Nícholas Ferreira; Corrêa, Danilo do Carmo Vieira; de Camargo, Amabílio J Aires; Diniz, Ivone Rezende

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    Sexual dimorphism is a pronounced pattern of intraspecific variation in Lepidoptera. However, moths of the family Sphingidae (Lepidoptera: Bombycoidea) are considered exceptions to this rule. We used geometric morphometric techniques to detect shape and size sexual dimorphism in the fore and hindwings of seven hawkmoth species. The shape variables produced were then subjected to a discriminant analysis. The allometric effects were measured with a simple regression between the canonical variables and the centroid size. We also used the normalized residuals to assess the nonallometric component of shape variation with a t-test. The deformations in wing shape between sexes per species were assessed with a regression between the nonreduced shape variables and the residuals. We found sexual dimorphism in both wings in all analyzed species, and that the allometric effects were responsible for much of the wing shape variation between the sexes. However, when we removed the size effects, we observed shape sexual dimorphism. It is very common for females to be larger than males in Lepidoptera, so it is expected that the shape of structures such as wings suffers deformations in order to preserve their function. However, sources of variation other than allometry could be a reflection of different reproductive flight behavior (long flights in search for sexual mates in males, and flight in search for host plants in females). © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Entomological Society of America.

  12. Genetic connectivity of the moth pollinated tree Glionnetia sericea in a highly fragmented habitat.

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    Aline Finger

    Full Text Available Long-distance gene flow is thought to be one prerequisite for the persistence of plant species in fragmented environments. Human influences have led to severe fragmentation of native habitats in the Seychelles islands, with many species surviving only in small and isolated populations. The endangered Seychelles endemic tree Glionnetia sericea is restricted to altitudes between 450 m and 900 m where the native forest vegetation has been largely lost and replaced with exotic invasives over the last 200 years. This study explores the genetic and ecological consequences of population fragmentation in this species by analysing patterns of genetic diversity in a sample of adults, juveniles and seeds, and by using controlled pollination experiments. Our results show no decrease in genetic diversity and no increase in genetic structuring from adult to juvenile cohorts. Despite significant inbreeding in some populations, there is no evidence of higher inbreeding in juvenile cohorts relative to adults. A Bayesian structure analysis and a tentative paternity analysis indicate extensive historical and contemporary gene flow among remnant populations. Pollination experiments and a paternity analysis show that Glionnetia sericea is self-compatible. Nevertheless, outcrossing is present with 7% of mating events resulting from pollen transfer between populations. Artificial pollination provided no evidence for pollen limitation in isolated populations. The highly mobile and specialized hawkmoth pollinators (Agrius convolvuli and Cenophodes tamsi; Sphingidae appear to promote extensive gene flow, thus mitigating the potential negative ecological and genetic effects of habitat fragmentation in this species. We conclude that contemporary gene flow is sufficient to maintain genetic connectivity in this rare and restricted Seychelles endemic, in contrast to other island endemic tree species with limited contemporary gene flow.

  13. Evolution and loss of long-fringed petals: a case study using a dated phylogeny of the snake gourds, Trichosanthes (Cucurbitaceae

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    de Boer Hugo J

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Cucurbitaceae genus Trichosanthes comprises 90–100 species that occur from India to Japan and southeast to Australia and Fiji. Most species have large white or pale yellow petals with conspicuously fringed margins, the fringes sometimes several cm long. Pollination is usually by hawkmoths. Previous molecular data for a small number of species suggested that a monophyletic Trichosanthes might include the Asian genera Gymnopetalum (four species, lacking long petal fringes and Hodgsonia (two species with petals fringed. Here we test these groups’ relationships using a species sampling of c. 60% and 4759 nucleotides of nuclear and plastid DNA. To infer the time and direction of the geographic expansion of the Trichosanthes clade we employ molecular clock dating and statistical biogeographic reconstruction, and we also address the gain or loss of petal fringes. Results Trichosanthes is monophyletic as long as it includes Gymnopetalum, which itself is polyphyletic. The closest relative of Trichosanthes appears to be the sponge gourds, Luffa, while Hodgsonia is more distantly related. Of six morphology-based sections in Trichosanthes with more than one species, three are supported by the molecular results; two new sections appear warranted. Molecular dating and biogeographic analyses suggest an Oligocene origin of Trichosanthes in Eurasia or East Asia, followed by diversification and spread throughout the Malesian biogeographic region and into the Australian continent. Conclusions Long-fringed corollas evolved independently in Hodgsonia and Trichosanthes, followed by two losses in the latter coincident with shifts to other pollinators but not with long-distance dispersal events. Together with the Caribbean Linnaeosicyos, the Madagascan Ampelosicyos and the tropical African Telfairia, these cucurbit lineages represent an ideal system for more detailed studies of the evolution and function of petal fringes in plant

  14. Genetic connectivity of the moth pollinated tree Glionnetia sericea in a highly fragmented habitat.

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    Finger, Aline; Kaiser-Bunbury, Christopher N; Kettle, Chris J; Valentin, Terence; Ghazoul, Jaboury

    2014-01-01

    Long-distance gene flow is thought to be one prerequisite for the persistence of plant species in fragmented environments. Human influences have led to severe fragmentation of native habitats in the Seychelles islands, with many species surviving only in small and isolated populations. The endangered Seychelles endemic tree Glionnetia sericea is restricted to altitudes between 450 m and 900 m where the native forest vegetation has been largely lost and replaced with exotic invasives over the last 200 years. This study explores the genetic and ecological consequences of population fragmentation in this species by analysing patterns of genetic diversity in a sample of adults, juveniles and seeds, and by using controlled pollination experiments. Our results show no decrease in genetic diversity and no increase in genetic structuring from adult to juvenile cohorts. Despite significant inbreeding in some populations, there is no evidence of higher inbreeding in juvenile cohorts relative to adults. A Bayesian structure analysis and a tentative paternity analysis indicate extensive historical and contemporary gene flow among remnant populations. Pollination experiments and a paternity analysis show that Glionnetia sericea is self-compatible. Nevertheless, outcrossing is present with 7% of mating events resulting from pollen transfer between populations. Artificial pollination provided no evidence for pollen limitation in isolated populations. The highly mobile and specialized hawkmoth pollinators (Agrius convolvuli and Cenophodes tamsi; Sphingidae) appear to promote extensive gene flow, thus mitigating the potential negative ecological and genetic effects of habitat fragmentation in this species. We conclude that contemporary gene flow is sufficient to maintain genetic connectivity in this rare and restricted Seychelles endemic, in contrast to other island endemic tree species with limited contemporary gene flow.

  15. Structural Model Error and Decision Relevancy

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    Goldsby, M.; Lusk, G.

    2017-12-01

    The extent to which climate models can underwrite specific climate policies has long been a contentious issue. Skeptics frequently deny that climate models are trustworthy in an attempt to undermine climate action, whereas policy makers often desire information that exceeds the capabilities of extant models. While not skeptics, a group of mathematicians and philosophers [Frigg et al. (2014)] recently argued that even tiny differences between the structure of a complex dynamical model and its target system can lead to dramatic predictive errors, possibly resulting in disastrous consequences when policy decisions are based upon those predictions. They call this result the Hawkmoth effect (HME), and seemingly use it to rebuke rightwing proposals to forgo mitigation in favor of adaptation. However, a vigorous debate has emerged between Frigg et al. on one side and another philosopher-mathematician pair [Winsberg and Goodwin (2016)] on the other. On one hand, Frigg et al. argue that their result shifts the burden to climate scientists to demonstrate that their models do not fall prey to the HME. On the other hand, Winsberg and Goodwin suggest that arguments like those asserted by Frigg et al. can be, if taken seriously, "dangerous": they fail to consider the variety of purposes for which models can be used, and thus too hastily undermine large swaths of climate science. They put the burden back on Frigg et al. to show their result has any effect on climate science. This paper seeks to attenuate this debate by establishing an irenic middle position; we find that there is more agreement between sides than it first seems. We distinguish a `decision standard' from a `burden of proof', which helps clarify the contributions to the debate from both sides. In making this distinction, we argue that scientists bear the burden of assessing the consequences of HME, but that the standard Frigg et al. adopt for decision relevancy is too strict.

  16. A test of phenotypic selection on petal form in the wild carnation, Dianthus inoxianus.

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    Herrera, J; Balao, F

    2015-11-01

    Floral phenotypes are considered a product of pollinator-mediated selection, which also has the side effect of decreasing floral variation within species. Correlates of flower visibility and function were studied in a carnation species (Dianthus inoxianus), which has crepuscular anthesis and scent-based pollination by the hawkmoth Hyles livornica. We also assessed constancy of flower form in nature and in cultivation and, using fruit set as an estimate of plant relative fitness, tested whether the main pollinator exerted phenotypic selection on floral traits. Petal claw, which is roughly equivalent to the average depth at which an insect's proboscis must be inserted to reach nectar, was remarkably constant among wild plants (coefficient of variation 8%). In contrast, the area of the visible part of the petal, and the intensity of a coloured dot pattern on the petal was very variable (respectively CV = 34% and 102%). Cultivation in a common environment revealed significant variation among genotypes as regards petal area, degree of laciniation and extension of the dot pattern, but not petal claw length, which remained steady. Petal area, shape and colour did not affect relative fitness during the year of study, but plants with intermediate petal claws (i.e. floral tubes) set significantly more fruit. Results are compatible with low response of the main pollinator to variation in visual traits (petal area, laciniation, colour) and high responsiveness to variation in other aspects (tube length). Inconsistent phenotypic selection by pollinators may add to other causes of floral variation in the genus Dianthus, the causes of which are discussed. © 2015 German Botanical Society and The Royal Botanical Society of the Netherlands.

  17. Floral contrivances and specialised pollination mechanism strongly influence mixed mating in Wrightia tomentosa (Apocynaceae).

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    Barman, C; Singh, V K; Das, S; Tandon, R

    2018-05-01

    Reproductive success of a plant species is largely influenced by the outcome of mating pattern in a population. It is believed that a significantly larger proportion of animal-pollinated plants have evolved a mixed-mating strategy, the extent of which may vary among species. It is thus pertinent to investigate the key contributors to mating success, especially to identify the reproductive constraints in depauperate populations of threatened plant species. We examined the contribution of floral architecture, pollination mechanism and breeding system on the extent of outcrossing rate in a near-threatened tree species, Wrightia tomentosa. The breeding system was ascertained from controlled pollination experiments. In order to determine outcrossing rate, 60 open-pollinated progeny were analysed using an AFLP markers. Although the trees are self-compatible, herkogamy and compartmentalisation of pollen and nectar in different chambers of the floral tube effectively prevent spontaneous autogamy. Pollination is achieved through specialised interaction with moths. Differential foraging behaviour of settling moths and hawkmoths leads to different proportions of geitonogamous and xenogamous pollen on the stigma. However, most open-pollinated progeny were the result of xenogamy (outcrossing rate, tm = 0.68). The study shows that floral contrivances and pollination system have a strong influence on mating pattern. The differential foraging behaviour of the pollinators causes deposition of a mixture of self- and cross-pollen to produce a mixed brood. Inbreeding depression and geitonogamy appear to play a significant role in sustaining mixed mating in this species. © 2018 German Society for Plant Sciences and The Royal Botanical Society of the Netherlands.

  18. De Italo Calvino a Ricardo Piglia, do centro para a margem: o deslocamento como proposta para a literatura deste milênio

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    Renato Cordeiro Gomes

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available O escritor italiano Italo Calvino deixou como testamento literário seis propostas que caracterizariam a literatura do "próximo milênio", mas não teve tempo de redigir a sexta dessas propostas, justamente a "consistência". O escritor argentino Ricardo Piglia, na conferência "Três propostas para o próximo milênio (e cinco dificuldades", proferida na Casa de las Américas, Cuba, em 2000, propõe, então, escrevê-la, não a consistência, mas o "deslocamento, a distância", para equacionar o problema do futuro da literatura e sua função na sociedade, vista, entretanto, a partir da margem, das bordas das tradições centrais da América Hispânica.El escritor italiano Italo Calvino ha dejado como testigo literario seis propuestas para caracterizar la literatura del "próximo milenio", pero no tuvo tiempo de escribir la sexta, justo la que llevaria el nombre de "consistencia". El escritor argentino Ricardo Piglia en su conferencia "Tres propuestas para el próximo milenio (y cinco dificultades", hecha en la Casa de Las Américas, Cuba, año 2000, intenta escribirla - no como consistencia - sino como "desplazamiento, distancia", para equacionar el problema del futuro de la literatura y su función en la sociedad, pero desde el margen, desde el borde de las tradiciones centrales de Hispano-América.The Italan writer Italo Calvino has left as his literary legacy the six proposals that would characterize the literature of the "next millenium", but he had no time to write "consistency", the sixth of these proposals. The Argentinian writer Ricardo Piglia at the "Three proposals for the next millenium (and five difficulties", conference held at "Casa de las Américas", Cuba, in 2000, proposes, therefore, to write the proposals "dislocation" and "distance" in the place of consistency, aiming at solving the problem of literature's future and its role in society, which is seen, however, from the edge, from the border of Spanish America's central

  19. Estabilidade da resistência de genótipos de caupi a Callosobruchus maculatus (Fabr. em gerações sucessivas

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    Lima Marcileyne Pessôa Leite de

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    Full Text Available Callosobruchus maculatus (Fabr. (Coleoptera: Bruchidae é a principal praga do caupi (Vigna unguiculata L. armazenado em condições tropicais e subtropicais. Avaliaram-se a estabilidade da resistência e a capacidade de adaptação de C. maculatus a genótipos de caupi, durante seis gerações. Utilizou-se o teste sem chance de escolha, em delineamento experimental inteiramente casualizado, em esquema fatorial, com dez tratamentos, seis gerações do inseto e cinco repetições. Cada repetição constou de 30 grãos infestados com dois casais da praga. O número de ovos/fêmea diferiu entre os genótipos de caupi apenas na sexta geração, e entre as gerações em BR14-Mulato, Bico de Pato, TE90-180-3E e TE87-98-8G. A viabilidade de ovos diferiu entre as gerações em BR17-Gurguéia, BR14-Mulato, IT89KD-260 e IT89KD-245, e entre os genótipos nas terceira, quinta e sexta gerações. Os genótipos diferiram entre e dentro das gerações, em relação à duração e a viabilidade da fase imatura. Observou-se redução na emergência, especialmente em IT89KD-245, IT89KD-260, CNC 0434, Bico de Pato, TE90-180-10F e BR14-Mulato, provavelmente devido a substâncias químicas presentes nos grãos que afetaram a sobrevivência dos insetos, ao longo das gerações. Os genótipos IT89KD-245 e IT89KD-260 comportaram-se como moderadamente resistentes. Não se observou adaptação de C. maculatus aos genótipos, mantendo-se a resistência estável através das gerações.

  20. ZÚÑIGA: la sencillez de la vivienda continua elevada a rango de Zona Típica

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    Felipe Gallardo Gastelo

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Los atributos arquitectónicos y ambientales de la pequeña localidad de Zúñiga, localizada en la comuna de San Vicente de Tagua Tagua, Sexta Región, han sido reconocidos gracias a la reciente declaratoria de Zona Típica. Adicionalmente, se le ha concedido el Premio Nacional de Conservación Nacional en el rubro Agrupación Gremial, premiando el amor y la devoción que la comunidad ha demostrado por su escenario cotidiano. Una calle marginada de viviendas características del valle central, cuyos propietarios se han comprometido a mantenerla en buen estado de conservación. Para ello han contribuido a la elaboración de un instructivo, elaborado por el Instituto de Restauración Arquitectónica de la Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo de la Universidad de Chile y validado por el Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales, mediante el cual el municipio podrá regular las intervenciones futuras.

  1. Pancreatoduodenectomía en el tratamiento quirúrgico del cáncer de la región periampollar

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    Xiomara Batista Guevara

    2001-09-01

    Full Text Available Se presentan 25 casos de pancreatoduodenectomía por cáncer de la región periampollar, operados de 1987 a 1999 en los hospitales militares "Dr. Joaquín Castillo Duany" de Santiago de Cuba y «Dr. Carlos J. Finlay» de Ciudad de La Habana. El 64 % correspondió al cáncer de cabeza de páncreas, mientras que a la papila, duodeno y colédoco distal el 24, 8 y 4 % respectivamente. Dos tercios de esta serie se encontraron en la quinta y sexta décadas de la vida, con una media de 56 años (rango 31 a 80. Seis pacientes fueron reintervenidos por distintas causas y la tasa de mortalidad operatoria (30 días alcanzó el 12 %25 cases of pancreatoduodenectomy due to cancer of the periampullar region that were operated on at "Dr. Joaquin Castillo Duany" Military Hospital, in Santiago de Cuba, and "Dr. Carlos J. Finlay" Military Hospital, in Havana City, from 1987 to 1999, are reported. 64 % corresponded to cancer of the head of the pancreas, whereas 24, 8 and 4 % corresponded to papilla, duodenum and distal choledochus cancer, respectively. Two thirds of this series were in the fifth and sixth decades of life with an average of 56 years old (range 31-80. 6 patients were reoperated due to different causes and the operative mortality rate (30 days was 12 %

  2. Recidivas de hemorragia digestiva alta en pacientes atendidos en el Hospital General Docente Dr. Ernesto Guevara de la Serna

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    Alina Torreblanca Xiques

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    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio descriptivo en pacientes con hemorragia digestiva alta por úlcera péptica que hicieron resangrado, con el objetivo de caracterizarlos. Se estudiaron las variables de grupos de edades y sexo afectados, los hallazgos endoscópicos, las formas de presentación, así como factores asociados. La población de estudio estuvo constituida por los 82 pacientes, que ingresaron en el servicio de gastroenterología del Hospital Provincial Docente “Dr. Ernesto Guevara de la Serna” de la provincia de Las Tunas, desde febrero 2012 a febrero del 2014. El sexo más afectado fue el masculino, predominando en la sexta década de la vida, la gastritis erosiva hemorrágica es el hallazgo endoscópico que se presentó con mayor frecuencia, siendo la cara anterior del bulbo duodenal la ubicación topográfica más afectada. La hipertensión arterial fue la enfermedad asociada a la hemorragia digestiva alta que predominó, en 45 pacientes, presentando como factor frecuente la ingestión de antiinflamatorios no estereoideos (AINES, constituyendo la melena la forma de aparición más frecuente

  3. Progress in the eradication of violence against women Adelantos en la erradicación de la violencia contra la mujer

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    Full Text Available En las dos últimas décadas se ha reconocido en varios foros internacionales que la violencia contra la mujer constituye una violación de los derechos humanos merecedora de mayor atención y de medidas más enérgicas. Motivados por iniciativas internacionales en torno al problema --entre ellas las expresadas en las sexta y séptima conferencias de Esposas de Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno de las Américas (1996 y 1997-- muchos países de la Región están tomando medidas para prevenir la violencia cuyo origen radica en el sexo del individuo y para ayudar a sus víctimas. Entre estas iniciativas figuran actividades de alcance nacional, como el fortalecimiento de las pautas y políticas legales en torno a la violencia contra la mujer, y también actividades de carácter comunitario, tales como la creación de redes de acción en el seno de la comunidad. En este informe se examinan brevemente algunas de las medidas que los países han adoptado a fin de eliminar las actitudes y comportamientos que obstaculizan la erradicación de la violencia contra la mujer.

  4. Imágenes icónicas. Contrastes en la representación audiovisual del ‘pequeño Aylan’ en el periodismo televisivo español y europeo

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    Estrella ISRAEL-GARZÓN

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    Full Text Available El objetivo de esta investigación es la realización de un análisis contrastivo de la cobertura televisiva de un acontecimiento dramático y de carácter global: la representación audiovisual de un naufragio en las costas de Turquía y, en particular, la recogida en la playa de Bodrum del cuerpo sin vida de un niño sirio de tres años llamado Aylan Kurdi. Su muerte se contextualiza en la huida desesperada de miles de personas hacia Europa, a través de un mar Mediterráneo donde muchos se han dejado la vida. Este estudio reúne las noticias emitidas, en la segunda edición de noche, de los informativos de las cinco grandes cadenas generalistas en España: Telecinco, Cuatro, Antena 3, La Sexta y TVE 1, y compara los resultados con el tratamiento ofrecido en tres televisiones europeas: RAI 1, France 2 y ARD. Como conclusión general, se observa un énfasis acusado, en el uso de la imagen del pequeño sobre la playa, en el marco de un relato más emotivo que informativo. Estamos ante un hecho que trasciende el acontecimiento para convertirse en un icono global, donde Aylan se eleva al rango de símbolo dramático de la tragedia de los refugiados.

  5. Presentación al dossier de Historia Urbana

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    Jairo Antonio Melo Flórez

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    Full Text Available Presentamos la sexta edición de nuestra publicación, esta vez con el tema central enfocado en la Historia Urbana, temática que, como esperábamos, tuvo gran acogida por parte de investigadores en todos los niveles de formación y de varias instituciones académicas latinoamericanas. El resultado no podía ser otro ya que cientos de investigadores de todo el mundo se dedican a esta especialidad de la historia. El tema de la Ciudad adquiere cada vez mayor importancia, si se tiene en cuenta la gran cantidad de temáticas susceptibles de ser abordadas por este enfoque disciplinar y más aún cuando los problemas de las urbes a nivel global y sobre todo a nivel latinoamericano, están tan vigentes. Este número quiere ser un aporte, un grano de arena más que se suma a la inmensa producción académica referente a la historia urbana, esperando con ello generar conocimiento que aporte en alguna medida a la solución de los fenómenos adversos que afronta los habitantes de la ciudad actual, tales como: pobreza, marginalidad, segregación, errores de planificación y dificultades de acceso a la vivienda, por nombrar sólo algunos.

  6. Selección masal por peso y coloración en tilapia roja

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    María Alejandra Ruiz Peña

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    Full Text Available Para evaluar la efectividad de la selección masal por color y peso se analizaron dos generaciones (G1 y G2 de alevinos de tilapia roja Oreochromis sp. De 40.000 larvas a la sexta semana se eliminaron los alevinos manchados y blancos y a las 14 semanas se separaron por sexos. Se midió el peso (g, la longitud total (cm, la altura (cm y el ancho (cm de 150 individuos a las 6, 14 y 24 semanas de edad. En la semana 24 se escogieron 150 machos y 450 hembras con las coloraciones deseables y mayor peso. La selección resultó efectiva para coloración en G2, puesto que la proporción de individuos rojos se incrementó en 15% con respecto a los testigos. Entre generaciones (G1 y G2 el efecto de la selección fue positivo, debido a que la proporción de rojos se incrementó de 64% a 84% y se redujo la de manchados de 31% a 13%. En ambas generaciones los machos fueron significativamente más pesados que las hembras. Se encontraron notables diferencias entre generaciones para peso y talla, puesto que los selectos superaron al control en 27% y 8% (G1 y en 22% y 11% (G2 para el peso y la talla, respectivamente.

  7. Pluralismo y paralelismo político en la información televisiva en España

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    ML Humanes

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: El artículo se articula en dos objetivos generales. En primer lugar se intenta verificar si la información televisiva de las cadenas generalistas se rige por el dominio del pluralismo externo como característica distintiva del sistema de medios pluralista-polarizado, tal como han expuesto Hallin y Mancini. El segundo propósito se centra más específicamente en abordar la relación entre pluralismo y paralelismo político. Metodología: Se ha realizado un análisis de contenido a una muestra de 3.134 noticias de los noticiarios prime time de seis cadenas de televisión de cobertura estatal: TVE1, Antena 3, Telecinco, La Sexta, Cuatro e Intereconomía. Resultados: Los resultados demuestran respecto al pluralismo que el modelo televisivo español es un modelo híbrido en el que coexisten diferentes gradaciones de pluralismo interno y externo en función del perfil de la cadena y de la estrategia de negocio del grupo de comunicación. Los informativos de la televisión pública reflejan los mayores niveles de pluralismo interno.

  8. Caracterización de pacientes con neoplasias primarias del segmento hepatobiliopancreático

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    Danilo Romaguera Barroso

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    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio observacional, descriptivo y longitudinal de 60 pacientes con cáncer primario del segmento hepatobiliopancreático, operados y egresados vivos del Servicio de Cirugía General del Hospital Provincial Docente Clinicoquirúrgico "Saturnino Lora Torres" de Santiago de Cuba, desde el 2005 hasta el 2011, con vistas a caracterizarles según variables seleccionadas. Entre las localizaciones más frecuentes figuraron: páncreas, hígado, vesícula y vías biliares extrahepáticas, en pacientes de la sexta década de la vida del sexo masculino; aunque el tumor de vesícula biliar prevaleció en las féminas. La estadificación clínica de la mayoría correspondió a las etapas más avanzadas, limitada al tratamiento quirúrgico paliativo. Los pacientes con factores de riesgo deben ser dispensarizados en las áreas de atención primaria de salud para que acudan al nivel secundario en etapas iniciales de la enfermedad, y puedan recibir el tratamiento quirúrgico con intención curativa, lo cual mejora su pronóstico y calidad de vida

  9. Carcinoma prostático de células pequeñas. Una histología atípica

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    Ana Fernández Montes

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    Full Text Available Los tumores de células pequeñas extrapulmonares son raros. Representan un 0,1-0,4% de todos los tipos tumorales y en torno al 2,5% del total de los de células pequeñas1. Dentro de los mismos, los localizados en la próstata son especialmente infrecuentes, y suponen el 0,5-2% de todas las tumoraciones prostáticas.2 Suelen aparecer a edades más tempranas que el adenocarcinoma, entre la cuarta y la sexta década de la vida, y presentan un comportamiento más agresivo, de forma que la mayoría de los casos se encuentran en fase metastásica en el momento del diagnóstico, lo que implica una supervivencia media de 5-17 meses3. En la actualidad no disponemos de un tratamiento estándar, de forma que por regla general se extrapola su manejo al del carcinoma de células pequeñas de origen pulmonar.

  10. Diversity and abundance of lepidopteran populations from selected crops of district faisalabad, pakistan

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    Maalik, S.; Rana, S.A.; Khan, H.A.; Ashfaq, M.

    2012-01-01

    Lepidopterans are represented by one of the most diverse group of insects. They are phytophagous as well as pollinators at the same time. During present study four crops i.e Wheat, Fodder, Brassica and Vegetables were sampled to assess the diversity and abundance of Lepidopteran populations. A total of 2811 specimens belonging to 14 species and 6 families were recorded. Pieris brassicae (29.46%) was the dominant species followed by Trichoplusia ni (19.28%), Helicoverpa Zea (11.78%), Helicoverpa armigera (11.60%), Spodoptera exigua (6.65%), Psedoplusia includes (5.09%), Spodoptera litura (3.81%), Agrotis ipsilon (4.87%), Plutella xylostella (2.92%), Lymatria dispar (2.24%), Pieris rapae (0.92%), Galleria mellonella (0.71%), Evergestris rimosalis (0.53%) and Menduca sexta (0.14%). Significant differences were observed among different crops by applying Shannon Diversity Index and T- test. CA (Cluster analysis) represented the species association with different crops. Majority of the species showed association with Vegetables and Fodder and least association was observed with Wheat. Such types of studies are necessary to design integrated pest management programs to control these pests. (author)

  11. Distancias biológicas entre una serie argentina y poblaciones mundiales según la dentición

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    Bollini, Gabriel A.

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Se comparan rasgos dentales discontinuos de una muestra de 469 cráneos procedentes de distintos puntos geográficos del territorio Argentino, con cronologías que no sobrepasan los 1500 años y se extienden hasta tiempos de la conquista y posteriores, con datos aportados por otros autores para distintas poblaciones mundiales (mongoloides sinodontos y sondadontos, caucasoides y negroides. Los rasgos analizados son: keilomorfía en incisivos superiores; estructura del hipocono y tubérculo de Carabelli en molares superiores; cúspides sexta-séptima y protostílido en molares inferiores. Se estima mediante la Medida Media de la Divergencia (MMD la distancia biológica entre la serie argentina y las restantes poblaciones mundiales. Los resultados obtenidos indican en la muestra estudiada la presencia de un fuerte componente original propio de las poblaciones mongoloides, como así también un alejamiento de la misma respecto a poblaciones negroides y caucasoides. Asimismo, la comparación con poblaciones mongoloides sondadontas y sinodontas de Asia y Australia muestra una mayor semejanza con los grupos sinodontos, corroborando la opinión de otros autores en el sentido de que los grupos americanos tienen mayor similitud en la estructura dentaria con las poblaciones propias del noreste asiático, lugar de origen del complejo dental mongoloide-sinodonte.

  12. Estrategias de reproducción social de los productores de maíz de Tlaxcala

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    Miguel Ángel Damián Huato

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Se analizan las múltiples estrategias de reproducción social de los productores de maíz del estado de Tlaxcala y el efecto que ha tenido la pluriactividad en el manejo del maíz y de otros recursos, así como en el desarrollo sustentable y humano. Con este fin se recurrió a información acopiada por una encuesta aplicada en el año de 2002 a una muestra de 1,884 maiceros. Los resultados indican que, aparte de producir maíz, 74% vende su fuerza de trabajo para sobrevivir, realizando distintas actividades; una sexta parte de productores o de sus familiares tienen que emigrar para contribuir al sustento familiar; las actividades pri- marias (siembra de maíz, ganadería y recolección de bienes, aunque aportan menor cantidad de recursos económicos, son estrategias de gran importancia por garantizar la reproducción social de la unidad campesina. Finalmente, no se encontró ninguna evidencia que demuestre que la política agropecuaria haya contribuido a mejorar la productividad, el bienestar social y la sustentabilidad de los recursos naturales de los productores de maíz del estado de Tlaxcala.

  13. Granuloma eosinófilo da coluna cervical com manifestação neurológica, liquorica e radiológica atípica

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    Umbertina Conti Reed

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    Full Text Available É relatado um caso de granuloma eosinófilo da coluna cervical em menino branco de 10 anos de idade que apresentava dor cervical na altura de C5-C6, hemiparesia direita que evoluiu ulteriormente para tetraparesia, mista, de tipo motonêuronio inferior para membros superiores e de tipo motonêuronio superior para membros inferiores. O exame do líquido cefalorraquano (LCR revelou alterações de tipo inflamatório. Radiografias da coluna cervical mostravam apenas aspecto irregular da apófise espinhosa de C6 com rarefação na base. Houve acentuada e rápida melhora do quadro neurológico e normalização do LCR na vigência de córticoterapia e, reagravamento da sintomatologia neurológica bem como das alterações no LCR após supressão da referida medicação. A biópsia do processo espinhoso da sexta vértebra cervical revelou tratar-se de granuloma eosinófilo. A evolução foi excelente após radioterapia local associada a corticosteróides. São discutidas as características do caso e daqueles referidos na literatura.

  14. Televisión e infancia: cinco años después del código de autorregulación

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    Ángeles Fernández Martínez

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available En el contexto de transformaciones tecnológicas que dibuja el encendido digital, la gestión y explotación de la TDT plantea importantes desafíos a las operadoras. Entre ellos destaca el reto de programar contenidos que aseguren una correcta alfabetización de los menores y su protección frente a la violencia o comportamientos sociales nocivos. Un equipo de investigadores de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos hemos realizado el seguimiento de los contenidos televisivos en horario de especial protección infantil, con la referencia del Código de Autorregulación sobre Contenidos Televisivos e Infancia firmado por las principales cadenas de ámbito nacional y autonómicas en España que operan en España. Los resultados de este estudio cuantitativo y cualitativo, que comprende la totalidad de los programas de TVE 1, Antena 3, Cuatro, Tele5, La Sexta y Telemadrid emitidos en esa franja horaria entre septiembre y diciembre de 2008 y julio y septiembre de 2009, nos han permitido elaborar un diagnóstico del grado de seguimiento e incumplimientos del citado Código.

  15. Television and Children: five years after the Self-regulation Code

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    Mª Cruz López-de-Ayala-López, Ph.D.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In the context of the technological transformations caused by the digital switchover in Television, the management and exploitation of DTT presents important challenges to service providers. One of the most outstanding challenges is the creation of contents that ensures minors’ correct education and protection against violence and harmful social behaviours. This article presents the results of a qualitative and quantitative study, conducted by the authors and other researchers from the Rey Juan Carlos University, aimed at verifying the effective application of the Self-regulation Code on TV Contents and Children that was signed by the main national and regional networks operating in Spain. The study examined all the programmes broadcast during the time of special protection for children introduced by the Self-regulation Code, by TVE 1, Antena 3, Cuatro, Tele5, La Sexta, and Telemadrid from September to December 2008 and from July to September 2009. Based on the results, the article offers a verdict on the degree of success with which the objectives of the Self-regulation Code have been met by the networks.

  16. Pesquisa de coliformes em compostagem de resíduos de hortaliças com a utilização de diferentes substratos

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    Francisco Rafael Martins Soto

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se avaliar a redução ou a eliminação de bactérias do grupo coliforme, em um sistema de compostagem de resíduos sólidos de hortaliças (RSH com os substratos serragem e capim seco. Foram realizados dois tratamentos com três repetições em cada um.No primeiro tratamento, foram utilizados RSH e serragem na proporção de 6:1. No segundo, foi utilizada a mesma proporção do primeiro, porém o substrato foi o capim seco. Para a pesquisa das bactérias do grupo coliforme foram efetuadas 16 coletas em cada canteiro. Analisou-se também a temperatura e produção de chorume. Os resultados revelaram que a utilização dos substratos serragem ou capim seco foi incapaz de reduzir coliformes totais. Entre a terceira e a sétima semana, houve redução de aproximadamente 50 % dos coliformes termotolerantes para o substrato serragem e, entre a terceira e a sexta semana, o substrato capim seco foi capaz de reduzir em aproximadamente 40 % os coliformes termotolerantes. As temperaturas foram inferiores a 40 °C durante as dezesseis semanas do experimento para os dois tipos de substratos.

  17. Malformação de veia cava inferior e trombose venosa profunda: fator de risco de trombose venosa em jovens Inferior vena cava malformation and deep venous thrombosis: a risk factor of venous thrombosis in the young

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    Renan Roque Onzi

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available A ausência da veia cava inferior, alteração no processo de formação embriológica que ocorre entre a sexta e a oitava semanas de gestação, é uma rara anomalia congênita. Porém, recentemente foi confirmada como sendo um fator de risco importante para o desenvolvimento de trombose venosa profunda, especialmente em jovens. Apresentamos um caso de trombose em veias cava inferior, ilíacas, femorais e poplíteas num jovem de 16 anos com agenesia de um segmento de veia cava infra-renal e veia renal esquerda retroaórtica.Absence of inferior vena cava, caused by aberrant development within the sixth to eighth weeks of gestation, is a rare congenital anomaly. However, it has been recently confirmed as a major risk factor for the development of deep venous thrombosis, especially in young patients. We report a case of inferior vena cava, iliac, femoral and popliteal vein thrombosis in a 16-year-old patient with inferior vena cava agenesis and retroaortic left renal vein.

  18. Seeing the People’s Republic of China through the Eyes of Montesquieu: Why Sino-European Collaboration on Eco City Development Suffers from European Misinterpretations of “Good Governance”

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    Martin de Jong

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available China faces a number of impressive challenges in dealing with climate change: rising energy use, growing emission levels of greenhouse gases, dangerous levels of air pollution over cities and low resilience against flood and drought. Sustainable urbanization has been adopted as a keyword in handling these challenges. The Chinese central government has undertaken a variety of measures, including the launch of large Sino-European programs to learn from ‘developed nations’. In the wake of these partnerships, a great variety of cross-national and cross-city agreements were signed. Sino-European cooperation does not often run as smoothly as initially hoped because of diverging interests, cultural misunderstandings and practical limitations. In the background, a mismatch in normative conceptions Chinese and European participants have of ‘good governance’ plays a role. In this contribution, insights taken from Montesquieu’s ‘The Spirit of Laws’ regarding checks and balances and trias politica (updated to ‘sextas politica’ for the 21st century are used to comprehend how the exertion of power is distributed and expected to be distributed differently in Chinese than in European administrative traditions. The article will end with conclusions on how European misconceptions of Chinese governance complicate Sino-European collaboration in sustainable urbanization policies.

  19. Communication strategies employed by rare disease patient organizations in Spain.

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    Castillo-Esparcia, Antonio; López-Villafranca, Paloma

    2016-08-01

    The current study focuses on communication strategies employed by rare disease patient organizations. The aims of these organizations are: educate and inform the public about rare diseases, raise awareness of the problems related to rare diseases, and achieve social legitimacy in order give visibility to their demands. We analyzed the portrayal of rare disease and patient organizations by Spain's major media organizations in terms of circulation and viewership - the press (El País, El Mundo, La Vanguardia,ABC and El Periódico), radio (CadenaSer, Onda Cero, Cope and RNE), and television (Telecinco, Antena 3, La 1, La Sexta, Cuatro) -between 2012 and 2014.We then carried out a descriptive analysis of communication activities performed via the World Wide Web and social networks by 143 national organizations. Finally, we conducted a telephone questionnaire of a representative sample of 90 organizations in order to explore the association between media presence and funding and public image. The triangulation of quantitative and qualitative methods allowed us to meet the study's objectives. Increased visibility of the organizations afforded by an increase in the coverage of the topic by the medialed to an increase in membership - but not in donations - and increased awareness of these diseases.

  20. IRLANDA EN EL CORAZÓN

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    César Failache

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Resumen En este trabajo se realiza una lectura del apartado f de la Sección 5 del Capítulo XXIII de El Capital de Carlos Marx (según la sexta edición en español (1980 de la Editorial Siglo XXI, a cargo de Pedro Scaron, pp 873 a 890. Se argumenta la importancia de considerar los criterios que utiliza Marx para evaluar el desarrollo de Irlanda en el siglo XIX. El caso es de especial relevancia al considerar el proceso de desarrollo de los países latinoamericanos, en particular para el caso de Uruguay. AbstractThis paper reviwes paragraph f, Section 5, Chapter XXIII, The Capital by Karl Marx (Sixth edition in Spanish (1980 ed. Pedro Scaron, Editorial Siglo XXI, pp.873-890. It argues the importance of considering the criteria used by Marx to evaluate the development of Ireland in the nineteenth century. The example is particularly relevant when considering the development process of Latin American countries, particularly the Uruguay's case.   

  1. Relações entre interesses, intenções e critérios de escolha profissional

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    Ana Paula Porto Noronha

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available A adolescência é um período de busca pela identidade profissional, sendo necessária a reflexão sobre interesses e critérios relevantes à escolha. O presente estudo buscou verificar a relação das intenções de escolhas com interesses profissionais e desses com critério de escolha profissional. Participaram dessa pesquisa 203 alunos de escolas pública e particular, da sexta série do ensino fundamental ao terceiro ano do ensino médio, com idades entre 12 e 32 anos. As profissões citadas pelos participantes foram categorizadas de acordo com as dimensões da EAP, verificando-se concordância entre essas categorias e as dimensões. A correlação entre interesses e critérios evidenciaram relações baixas e moderadas entre algumas dimensões da EAP e a possibilidade de obter reconhecimento social por meio do trabalho e levar em conta as opiniões familiares ao escolher uma profissão. Os resultados são discutidos à luz da literatura científica e são sugeridos novos estudos com essa temática.

  2. Evolución del razonamiento analógico en niños: seguimiento desde los seis hasta los once años de edad

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    Luis Fidel Abregú Tueros

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del estudio es establecer el momento y período de desarrollo del razonamiento analógico (RA y evaluar su independencia y desempeño respecto a la edad. Se aplicó un diseño longitudinal de cohortes de dos grupos etáreos y seis etapas anuales de seguimiento para cada uno (2000-2005, 2001- 2006 desde seis hasta once años de edad en niños de la ciudad de Huánuco, Perú, en una muestra de ciento sesenta y siete niños (primera Etapa y n=121 (sexta etapa. Se administró en forma individual y sin límite de tiempo la prueba de matrices de Raven versión coloreada. Los resultados indican que la evolución del RA en niños ocurre en forma tardía y constante a partir de los siete y hasta los once años; así mismo, que existe independencia entre la capacidad de RA y la edad de los niños. Se discute la importancia del conocimiento en las relaciones de análogo y tópico ajustadas a la edad como el factor mediador de desarrollo del RA.

  3. Edificio de la Sociedad “La Rinascente”,en Roma, Italia

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    Albini, Franco

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    Full Text Available This building has three levels below ground and seven floors above the ground. The power plant for various installations and storerooms are in the lowest basement, the dressing rooms for the staff and merchandise stores are in the second basement, and a supermarket occupies the first one. The ground floor and the next four floors are salesrooms and other offices connected with sales, whilst the top floor houses the company's headquarters. Because of its design and layout, and its general construction, this is one of the most refined and complex buildings that has been recently completed in Rome.Consta de: tres plantas de sótanos, planta baja y seis plantas sobre el nivel del suelo. El tercer sótano alberga las centrales de las instalaciones y almacenes de mercancías; el segundo sótano, los servicios, vestuarios de los empleados y almacenes de mercancías, y en el primero hay un supermercado. La planta baja y las cuatro primeras plantas están dedicadas a salas de venta; la quinta, a almacén de mercancías, y la sexta aloja las oficinas de la Sede de la Sociedad. El edificio, por su concepción, tratamiento y diseño, es uno de los más refinados y complejos que se ha construido en Roma durante los últimos años.

  4. Neumonia adquirida en la comunidad

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    Hugo Alberto Fajardo Rodríguez

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available En Estados Unidos corresponde a la sexta causa de muerte, pero se ha incrementado en los últimos años un 59% en especial entre los grupos de mayor edad. Realizando un ajuste por la edad el incremento es del 22%. En general al año, se presentan tres millones de casos, 10 millones de visitas médicas, 500.000 hospitalizaciones y 45.000 muertes. La incidencia de hospitalizaciones es de 258/100.000/ personas-año y entre los mayores de 65 años es de 962 /100.000/ personas año. La mortalidad oscila entre el 2 y el 30%, es mucho menor en los pacientes ambulatorios correspondiendo al 1%. La estancia promedio es de 5.8 días en menores de 65 años, mientras que en mayores es de 7.8 días. El costo anual asciende a 84 billones de dólares y el 87% corresponde al manejo hospitalario. El Distrito Especial de Bogotá, ocupa el primer lugar en morbilidad con una prevalencia del 9.8%, el tercer lugar de mortalidad (6% y tercer lugar entre los egresos hospitalarios (3.7%. Entre la población en riesgo están los ancianos, inmunodeprimidos y enfermos crónicos . El costo del manejo hospitalario es veinte veces mayor.

  5. Combatendo o racismo: Brasil, África do Sul e Estados Unidos

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    Guimarães Antonio Sérgio Alfredo

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available O autor identifica o que se pode chamar hoje de "racismo", tomando como referência empírica o debate político e intelectual corrente na África do Sul, no Brasil e nos Estados Unidos. Com base neste debate, sugere uma agenda internacional mínima de combate ao racismo. O texto é estruturado sob a forma de notas. A primeira nota demarca um terreno axiológico comum ao anti-racismo; a segunda esclarece o significado do termo "racismo"; a terceira procura situar sociologicamente o racismo nos três países tomados como referência, fazendo um esforço para situar a relação entre a definição dos direitos da cidadania e a definição da nacionalidade; a quarta explora os tipos de mecanismos que produzem e reproduzem desigualdades sociais relevantes na distribuição de recursos e honra sociais; a quinta define melhor a especificidade do racismo no Brasil, enquanto a sexta, a sétima e a oitava notas discutem o movimento anti-racista hoje em dia no Brasil, Estados Unidos e África do Sul, respectivamente.

  6. Clasificación y descripción de las metodologías de investigación en Psicología

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    Ignacio Montero

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se presenta un sistema de clasificación de las diferentes metodologías de investigación actualmente utilizadas en Psicología. Dicho sistema se basa en el tipo de plan de investigación que se utiliza en cada caso. El sistema se compone de nueve grandes categorías. La primera está compuesta por los estudios teóricos, sin datos empíricos. En segundo lugar, se clasifican los estudios descriptivos mediante observación. En tercer lugar, los estudios descriptivos mediante encuesta. En cuarto lugar, los estudios cualitativos. Los experimentos constituyen la quinta categoría. La sexta está compuesta por los cuasi experimentos. Los estudios “ex post facto” constituyen la séptima. La octava se constituye con los experimentos de caso único y la novena, y última, está compuesta por los estudios instrumentales. Se presentan las características fundamentales de cada categoría, así como sus posibles variantes – subcategorías del sistema de clasificación- y una investigación publicada de cada tipo, a modo de ejemplo

  7. Escoba de bruja en Cacao, ciencia y tecnología

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    Tovar Rodríguez Germán

    1986-12-01

    Full Text Available El Comité Científico de la Asociación Colombiana de Fltopatologla ha tenido a bien, para esta sexta reunión de nuestra sociedad, dedicar una parte Importante de ésta al examen y reflexión sobre dos problemas patológicos del cacao de amplia repercusión en el proceso productivo y en el progreso social del pals, como son "la Monlllasls" y la "Escoba de Bruja". Sobre esta base, es importante precisar claramente la intención del mensaje que quiero transmitir a este congreso de técnicos y científicos, que no es otro que el de propiciar y estimular un amplio debate sobre el problema de la "Escoba de Bruja" del cacao, dentro de un marco, donde la perspectiva del componente tecnológico se conjugue con los aspectos de política agraria, institucionales, económicos, sociales y administrativos, indispensables para tomar y sustentar posiciones objetivas acerca de este problema.

  8. Atividade inibitória das folhas e caule de Kalanchoe brasiliensis Cambess frente a microrganismos com diferentes perfis de resistência a antibióticos

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    Jackeline G. da Silva

    Full Text Available A avaliação antimicrobiana das partes aéreas de Kalanchoe brasiliensis Cambess, Crassulaceae, a qual é comumente utilizada para o tratamento de inflamações da mucosa oral, bronquites e congestão nasal, é relatada. Esta atividade foi avaliada em discos de Petri usando o método de difusão para a determinação da Concentração Inibitória Mínima (MIC e cinética bactericida. Foram usadas amostras bacterianas gram-positivas, gram-negativas e cepas de fungos leveduriformes do gênero Cândida. Apenas o óleo essencial demonstrou ser efetivo, apresentando atividade frente amostras gram-positivas de Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA meticilina resistente. A ação observada foi considerada bacteriostática por reduzir um log10 UFC/mL a partir da sexta hora de exposição da amostra ao óleo essencial nas concentrações de 4% e 8%. Compostos fenólicos estão presentes em óleo essencial, sugerindo que o efeito foi devido à presença dos mesmos. Por este motivo à planta Kalanchoe brasiliensis Cambess pode representar uma alternativa terapêutica para infecções provocadas por Staphylococcus aureus.

  9. LE CORBUSIER: CÓMO CONCEBIR EL URBANISMO

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    Germán López Mena

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Descartes dijo que existe unidad entre las obras de la naturaleza y las obras del espíritu humano. Sin embargo la destrucción de paisaje, al menos en nuestro país, sigue siendo directamente proporcional a la construcción de ciudad. Y la ciudad sigue creciendo haciendo tabula rasa de lo que antes existía hasta llegar a los límites, o bien físicos, el mar la montañas, etc., o bien, establecidos jurídicamente, limites de espacios de protección. Como si ya hubiéramos definitivamente desechado la posibilidad de que en nuestras ciudades naturaleza y artificio puedan convivir. Actualmente nos encontramos en un punto aún peor para corregir esto que cuando Le Corbusier publicó en el año 1946 en París, en l´Architecture d´Aujourd´hui, su Manière de penser l`urbanisme, de la cual se ha publicado ya la sexta edición en castellano con el título de Cómo concebir el urbanismo de Ediciones Infinito, Buenos Aires.

  10. Grafía, el trabajo en una agencia de prensa especializada en infográficos (6

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    Julio Alonso

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    Full Text Available El periodista gráfico Julio Alonso conoció los 'secretos' de la infografía en el diario 'El País' (Madrid y después se ocupó de la dirección de arte de la Agencia Grafía, la primera entidad de este tipo dedicada a la realización de infografía para medios impresos. El trabajo aquí presentado data del periodo en que Alonso trabajó en Grafía y corresponde a la lección impartida en el curso sobre infografía periodística celebrado en la Universidad Internacional Menéndez y Pelayo, en su sede de Cuenca. Se trata de la sexta entrega del libro colectivo sobre infografía periodística, iniciado por Mario R. García, del Poynter Institute de Florida (EE.UU., y continuado por Elio Leturia, grafista del diario norteamericano The Detroit Free Press; por el catedrático de Periodismo José Manuel de Pablos, de la Universidad de La Laguna (Canarias; el ex director de arte del diario Le Monde (París, Michel Gafré, y el profesor Kevin G. Barnhurst, de la Siracuse University.

  11. Disreflexia autonômica: uma emergência ou não?

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    Aurimar Antonio Demenech

    Full Text Available Trata-se de um estudo de caráter bibliográfico, envolvendo nossa antiga prática profissional, onde são descritos alguns problemas de disreflexia autonômica (DA. Esta é uma síndrome que ocorre em 85% dos pacientes com lesão medular ao nível da sexta vértebra torácica ou acima, que indica uma atividade reflexa anormal do sistema nervoso autônomo, de ocorrência altamente imprevisível e súbita, acarretando risco de vida para o paciente. Surge como resposta a estímulos que são inócuos a pessoas normais. São descritos quais os estímulos desencadeantes, bem como as formas de preveni-los e a assistência de enfermagem a ser prestada na iminência de uma crise.

  12. Salud mental en desastres naturales: estrategias interventivas con adultos mayores en sectores rurales de Chile.

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    Osorio-Parraguez, Paulina; Espinoza, Adriana

    2016-06-01

    En el presente artículo se da a conocer una estrategia de intervención llevada a cabo con adultos mayores en la comuna de Paredones, sexta región de Chile, con posterioridad al terremoto y tsunami del 27 de febrero 2010 en Chile, en el contexto de una investigación sobre fortalezas y vulnerabilidades desplegadas por este grupo etario, con posterioridad a un desastre natural. Se presenta una descripción del desarrollo metodológico de la intervención y de los sustentos teóricos y conceptuales en los que se basa. Como resultado de este proceso, se propone una estrategia que trabaje a través de la identificación de las propias experiencias y fortalezas de los sujetos. De tal forma se minimizan los efectos negativos de los determinantes sociales de la salud (como la edad y el lugar de residencia) en contexto de crisis; permitiendo a los adultos mayores fortalecer sus recursos individuales y colectivos, en pro de su bienestar psicosocial. © The Author(s) 2015.

  13. Night life on the beach: selfing to avoid pollinator competition between two sympatric Silene species.

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    Buide, M Luisa; del Valle, José Carlos; Pissatto, Mônica; Narbona, Eduardo

    2015-08-01

    Evolution of autonomous selfing may be advantageous because it allows for reproductive assurance. In co-flowering plants competing for pollinators, the least common and/or attractive could suffer pollen limitations. Silene niceensis and S. ramosissima are taxonomically related species sharing the same habitat, although S. ramosissima is less abundant and has a more restricted distribution. They also have the same a priori nocturnal pollinator syndrome, and show an overlapping flowering phenology. The aim of this study was to investigate whether a selfing strategy in S. ramosissima allows it to avoid pollinator competition and/or interspecific pollen transfer with S. niceensis, which would thus enable both species to reach high levels of fruit and seed set. The breeding system, petal colour, flower life span and degree of overlap between male and female phases, floral visitor abundance and visitation rates were analysed in two sympatric populations of S. niceensis and S. ramosissima in southern Spain. Autonomous selfing in S. ramosissima produced very high fruit and seed set, which was also similar to open-pollinated plants. Silene niceensis showed minimum levels of autonomous selfing, and pollen/ovule ratios were within the range expected for the breeding system. In contrast to S. niceensis, flower life span was much shorter in S. ramosissima, and male and female organs completely overlapped in space and time. Upper surface petals of both species showed differing brightness, chroma and hue. Flowers of S. niceensis were actively visited by moths, hawkmoths and syrphids, whereas those of S. ramosissima were almost never visited. The findings show that different breeding strategies exist between the sympatric co-flowering S. niceensis and S. ramosissima, the former specializing in crepuscular-nocturnal pollination and the latter mainly based on autonomous selfing. These two strategies allow both species to share the restricted dune habitat in which they exist, with a

  14. Visual Sensory Signals Dominate Tactile Cues during Docked Feeding in Hummingbirds.

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    Goller, Benjamin; Segre, Paolo S; Middleton, Kevin M; Dickinson, Michael H; Altshuler, Douglas L

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    direction of the feeder motion. These results suggest that docked hummingbirds are using visual information about the environment to maintain body position and orientation, and not actively tracking the motion of the feeder. The absence of flower tracking behavior in hummingbirds contrasts with the behavior of hawkmoths, and provides evidence that they rely primarily on the visual background rather than flower-based cues while feeding.

  15. Processamento de milho (floculado vs. laminado a vapor e adição de monensina para bezerras leiteiras, pré e pós-desmama precoce Corn processing (steam-flaked vs. steam-rolled and monensin for pre and post early weaning dairy calves

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    Carla Maris Bittar Nussio

    2003-02-01

    Full Text Available A suplementação de fontes de amido de maior digestibilidade e o uso de aditivos com atividade coccidiostática e promotora de crescimento podem melhorar o desempenho de bezerros leiteiros pré e pós desmama. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito de concentrados contendo milho laminado a vapor ou floculado, com ou sem a adição de monensina, no consumo, ganho de peso e parâmetros sanguíneos de bezerras leiteiras, antes e após a desmama realizada a sexta semana de vida. Foram utilizadas 32 bezerras holandesas do nascimento a 12 semanas de vida, em um delineamento experimental do tipo blocos ao acaso, com arranjo fatorial 2 x 2. Do nascimento à desmama os animais receberam concentrado ad libitum até o consumo de 2 kg/d, quatro litros diários de leite e tiveram acesso livre à água. Após a desmama, realizada na sexta semana de vida, os animais continuaram recebendo 2 kg de concentrado e passaram a ter acesso a feno picado ad libitum. O tipo de processamento de grão ou a adição de monensina não afetaram o consumo médio de concentrado ou feno, assim como o peso final e o ganho de peso diário. As concentrações plasmáticas de glicose e ácidos graxos livres (AGL médios do período experimental não foram afetadas pelos tratamentos; entretanto, as concentrações de n-uréico foram inferiores no plasma de animais recebendo concentrado com grãos laminados e monensina. Houve efeito da idade do animal nas concentrações plasmáticas de glicose, n-uréico e AGL. Somente os parâmetros glicose e AGL plasmáticos foram afetados pelo horário após o fornecimento do alimento. A inclusão de monensina ou de grão processados na dieta de bezerras leiteiras não resultou em melhor desempenho animal, antes ou após a desmama.The supplementation of more digestible starch sources and feed additives with coccidiostatic and growth promoting activities may improve pre and post weaning calves performance. The objective of this trial was

  16. Efeitos do ultra-som terapêutico sobre o crescimento longitudinal do fêmur e da tíbia em ratos Effects of therapeutic ultrasound on longitudinal growth of the femur and tibia in rats

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    Alfredo Alcantara Barreto

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudar efeitos do ultra-som terapêutico sobre o crescimento do fêmur e da tíbia, em ratos jovens. MÉTODO: Ratus norvegicus com quatro semanas de vida, machos, totalizando 115 animais, divididos em quatro grupos, foram submetidos ao ultra-som terapêutico (0,8 MHz, cabeçote fixo, pulso contínuo, por dez minutos, durante dez dias, na face medial do joelho direito, nas potências de 0,0 W/cm2 (grupo controle, 0,5 W/cm2 (grupo G2, 1,0 W/cm2 (grupo G3, e 1,5 W/cm2 (grupo G4. Lâminas histológicas da epífise, placa de crescimento e metáfise e as medidas dos comprimentos do fêmur e da tíbia foram estudadas na sexta, décima terceira e vigésima sexta semanas de vida. Os dados foram submetidos à análise de variância - fatorial inteiramente aleatorizado. RESULTADO: Nenhuma alteração estatística do crescimento ósseo foi estabelecida entre quaisquer dos três grupos tratados e o grupo controle. Entretanto, alterações sugestivas de diminuição do crescimento do fêmur e da tíbia de G4 em relação a G2 e G3, foram evidenciadas. No grupo G4 alterações histopatológicas como necroses celulares e neoformação óssea, pós-necrose, foram encontradas. CONCLUSÃO: Quando comparados os grupos tratados com o grupo controle, não há evidência estatística de estímulo ou inibição ao crescimento ósseo pela aplicação do ultra-som terapêutico. Nível de Evidência: Nível II, estudo coorte transversal.OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of ultrasound therapy on the femur and tibia growth in young rats. METHOD: Four-week-old male Ratus Norvegicus totaling 115 animals, divided into four groups, were submitted to ultrasound therapy (0.8 MHz, fixed tube head, continuous pulse, for 10 minutes, once a day, ten times on the medial face of the right knee, with powers of 0.0 W/cm2 (group G1, 0.5 W/cm2 (group G2, 1.0 W/cm2 (group G3, and 1.5 W/cm2 (group G4. Histological slides of the epiphysis, growth plate and metaphysis and the

  17. Estudo histológico comparativo de implantes (ímãs em órbitas de coelhas Comparative histologic study of implants (magnets in orbits of female rabbits

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    Elcio Roque Kleinpaul

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Avaliação microscópica dos sinais da reação inflamatória causada pela fixação de implante orbitário (ímã, recoberto por ouro. MÉTODOS: Estudo experimental em 54 coelhas adultas, divididas em três grupos de 18, com 3 subgrupos de 6, avaliação com uma, três e seis semanas de pós-operatório. Fixação, no rebordo inferior da órbita, de implante (ímã e ouro por meio de cola, parafuso ou fio inabsorvível (Mersilene 5.0®. As órbitas contralaterais (sem implante compuseram o grupo-controle. RESULTADOS: Sinais histológicos de reação inflamatória à fixação orbitária do implante foram observados, com cianoacrilato, parafuso, ou sutura inabsorvível (Mersilene 5.0®, até a sexta semana pós-operatória, com predomínio do processo inflamatório crônico e fibrótico cicatricial, sem demonstrar diferenças estatisticamente significativas na maior parte dos casos. CONCLUSÃO: O exame histopatológico demonstrou, na maior parte das órbitas com e sem implante, presença de reação inflamatória aguda e crônica até a sexta semana pós-operatória, com predomínio de processo inflamatório crônico e fibrótico cicatricial, sem demonstrar, na maior parte dos casos, diferenças estatisticamente significante entre os grupos experimental e controle.PURPOSE: To evaluate microscopically the signs of inflammatory reaction due to the fixation of an orbitary implant (magnet, covered by gold. METHODS: An experimental study was performed in 54 adult female rabbits, divided into 3 groups of eighteen with 3 subgroups of 6; an evaluation at 1, 3 and 6 postoperative weeks was performed. An implant (magnet, covered by gold was fixed in the inferior orbital rim using biologic glue, screw or unabsorbable suture (Mersilene 5.0®. The opposite orbits (without implants represented the control group. RESULTS: Microscopic signs of inflammatory reaction due to orbitary fixation of the implant were observed with the use of the three

  18. Digital Learning Objects in Nursing Consultation: technology Assessment by Undergraduate Students Objetos educacionales en la consulta de enfermería: evaluación de la tecnología por estudiantes de graduación Objetos educacionais na consulta de enfermagem: avaliação da tecnologia por estudantes de graduação

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    DeniseTolfo Silveira

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available This study followed the teaching-learning process about the nursing consultation, based on digital learning objects developed through the active Problem Based Learning method. The goals were to evaluate the digital learning objects about nursing consultation, develop cognitive skills on the subject using problem based learning and identify the students’ opinions on the use of technology. This is an exploratory and descriptive study with a quantitative approach. The sample consisted of 71 students in the sixth period of the nursing program at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. The data was collected through a questionnaire to evaluate the learning objects. The results showed positive agreement (58% on the content, usability and didactics of the proposed computer-mediated activity regarding the nursing consultation. The application of materials to the students is considered positive.Este estudio acompañó el proceso enseñanza-aprendizaje de la consulta de enfermería con apoyo de objetos educacionales digitales por medio de la metodología activa Problem Based Learning. Los objetivos fueron evaluar los objetos educacionales digitales sobre consulta de enfermería, desarrollar habilidades cognitivas del tema utilizando aprendizajes basados en problemas e identificar las opiniones de los estudiantes en cuanto al uso de la tecnología. Se trata de un estudio exploratorio descriptivo con abordaje cuantitativo cuya muestra fue compuesta por 71 estudiantes de la sexta etapa del curso de enfermería de la Universidad Federal del Rio Grande del Sur. La recolección de datos se realizó por medio de la aplicación de cuestionarios para evaluar los objetos de aprendizaje. Los resultados apuntan concordancia positiva (58% en cuanto al contenido, usabilidad y didáctica de la actividad propuesta sobre consulta de enfermería mediada por computador. Se consideró positiva la aplicación de los materiales junto a los alumnos.Este estudo acompanhou

  19. Relevancia de la farmacovigilancia hospitalaria en la práctica médica actual

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    Marcelo L. Ponte

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Las reacciones adversas medicamentosas (RAM generan actualmente una notable morbimortalidad, llegando a representar entre la cuarta y sexta causa de muerte y hasta un 12% de las hospitalizaciones en países desarrollados. Este es, además, un problema creciente. El objetivo del trabajo fue revisar la incidencia de RAM en un hospital de alta complejidad. Se revisó la base de datos del sistema de farmacovigilancia, desde junio de 2008 hasta febrero de 2012. Para determinar la causabilidad de una droga en un evento médico se aplicó el índice de Naranjo de efectos indeseables medicamentosos. Se consideró RAM grave a aquella que provoca la internación, la prolonga, compromete seriamente la vida, genera discapacidad permanente o teratogénesis o induce la muerte. Se detectaron 2420 RAM en este período. 469 (19.38%; IC 95%: 17.80-20.95 fueron serias, principalmente debido a que fueron causa de hospitalización (n = 287. Hubo 14 muertes atribuibles a RAM. Los grupos farmacológicos más frecuentemente asociados a toxicidad fueron drogas cardiovasculares, antibióticos, neuropsiquiátricas y corticoides. Las RAM más frecuentes afectaron al sistema endocrinometabólico, causaron hepatotoxicidad, nefrotoxicidad y farmacodermias. Las causas más frecuentes de hospitalización por RAM fueron infecciones graves asociadas a tratamiento inmunosupresor y hemorragia digestiva por anticoagulación y antiinflamatorios no esteroides. La incidencia de RAM en pacientes hospitalizados y el número de hospitalizaciones por este motivo fue elevado. Las drogas involucradas fueron similares a las comunicadas en la bibliografía internacional, salvo la alta incidencia de RAM relacionadas a inmunosupresores.

  20. Esporte moderno e mediação pedagógica nas aulas de educação física Sports and pedagogic mediation

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    Thiago Pimenta

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi identificar, mediar e problematizar os conceitos de esporte formados pelos alunos. A perspectiva da mediação pedagógica, em especial as contribuições de FONTANA (2000 e leitura sociológica de BOURDIEU (1983, foram fundamentos teóricos para pensarmos os conceitos de esporte produzidos em aula. A pesquisa, caracterizada como participante, foi realizada com alunos de sextas e sétimas séries de uma Escola Estadual localizada na cidade de São Paulo. Os dados foram sistematizados em relatórios referentes às aulas mediadas pelo professor/pesquisador. A partir da mediação pedagógica e da análise dos relatórios é possível considerar que houve mudança de pensamento dos estudantes em relação ao fenômeno esportivo na direção da natureza sociocultural.This study analyzed the students' knowledge about the phenomenon "modern sport". The objective was to identify, mediate and problemize the concept of sport formed by students. The prospect of mediation teaching, in particular the contributions of FONTANA (2000, and reading sociology of BOURDIEU (1983 were theoretical grounds for thinking the concepts of sport produced in class. The research, characterized as participant, was performed with students of sixth and seventh grades at a state school in the city of Sao Paulo. Data were classified in reports on lessons mediated by the teacher/researcher. From the pedagogical mediation and analysis of reports can be considered how have changed the thinking of students regarding to the phenomenon of sports in the direction of the sociocultural nature.

  1. Edificio del Ilustre Colegio de Registradores de la Propiedad, en Madrid, España

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    Azpiazu Ordóñez, J. R.

    1966-05-01

    Full Text Available This building has a basement, ground floor, seven additional floors, and an attic. The basement is occupied by the heating and air conditioning installations, the electricity meters the archive of the registrars, and houses for the doorman and porter. On the ground floor there is an information and doorman's booth, a map of Spain with the zones covered by each registrar, the hall, lifts, stairs, whilst the rest of the floor is devoted to commercial activities. The first floor belongs to the Registrars' College, and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th floors have been allocated to the offices of all the property registrars of Madrid. The 7th floor and the attic are offices, to be let to outsiders.El edificio consta de: sótano, planta baja, siete plantas de altura, y planta de ático. El sótano alberga los servicios de: calefacción y refrigeración, cuarto de contadores, archivo de legajos de Registros, viviendas del portero y conserje, etc. En la planta baja se encuentran: la cabina de información y estancia del portero, el mapa de Madrid con la demarcación de Registros, el hall de ascensores y escalera, etc.; el resto de la planta está ocupado por eventuales locales comerciales. La planta primera está destinada a sede del Ilustre Colegio de Registradores de la Propiedad; las plantas segunda, tercera, cuarta, quinta y sexta se han reservado para instalar todos los Registros de Madrid; y las plantas séptima y de ático se han destinado para oficinas de alquiler.

  2. Las estrategias de comunicación de las organizaciones de pacientes con enfermedades raras (ER en España

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    Antonio Castillo-Esparcia

    Full Text Available Resumen El presente estudio se centra en la estrategia de comunicación de las organizaciones de pacientes con enfermedades raras. Los objetivos de estas organizaciones son: educar e informar sobre estas patologías, sensibilizar sobre sus problemáticas y obtener legitimación social para hacer visibles sus demandas. Para llevar a cabo esta investigación, se ha analizado el impacto de este colectivo en los medios de comunicación con mayor difusión y audiencia en España: prensa, (El País, El Mundo, La Vanguardia, ABC y El Periódico, radio (Cadena Ser, Onda Cero, Cope y RNE y televisión (Telecinco, Antena 3, La 1, La Sexta, Cuatro, de 2012 a 2014. En segundo lugar, se ha realizado un estudio descriptivo de la comunicación en la web y redes sociales de 143 organizaciones nacionales. Y por último, se han elaborado encuestas telefónicas a una muestra representativa, 90 organizaciones, para relacionar la presencia mediática con la mejora de su situación económica e imagen social. Esta triangulación metodológica nos permite alcanzar los objetivos de la investigación. Se destaca mayor visibilidad social del colectivo merced a un número creciente de apariciones mediáticas, lo que propicia un aumento del número de miembros, pero no de donaciones y una mejora del conocimiento sobre estas patologías.

  3. Prólogo

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    Alta Hooker

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Este volumen No. 13 presenta una compilación estructurada en 6 secciones temáticas las cuales comprenden 10 artículos. La primera sección denominada Educación presenta el artículo: Los recursos didácticos en la enseñanza y aprendizaje del inglés: una aproximación exploratoria. La segunda sección, titulada Educación Superior en la Costa Caribe Nicaragüense presenta los artículos: Ranking de artículos más leídos de la URACCAN publicados en sus revistas electrónicas con acceso abierto; Oferta Académica de la URACCAN en el Nivel de Grado para el Quinquenio 2014-2018; La tercera sección denominada Revitalización Lingüística y Cultural, presenta el artículo: Actitudes de los creoles de Bluefields hacia la implementación de su lengua materna kriol en la Educación Primaria EIB. La cuarta sección, Cultura Indígena y Afrodescendiente, comprende el artículo: Sistema productivo de la comunidad indígena miskitu de Tasbarraya, RAAN. La quinta sección denominada Género e Identidad con los artículos: Mujeres levantándose con la Iglesia Morava, la guerra y los ONGs; Hijas todas, madres algunas; Aportes al desarrollo comunal de pequeñas productoras organizadas, Nueva Guinea, Nicaragua. La sexta sección nombrada Ciencias Sociales, incluye los artículos: Factores psicosociales del trabajo y síndrome de Burnout en docentes universitarios, Bluefields, Nicaragua; La niñez y adolescencia víctimas de abuso sexual, comunidad Caño el Sapote, municipio de Waslala, 2012.

  4. Selección masal por peso y coloración en tilapia roja

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    Ruíz Peña María Alejandra

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Para evaluar la efectividad de la selección masal por color y peso se analizaron dos generaciones (G1 y G2 de alevinos de tilapia roja Oreochromis sp. De 40.000 larvas a la sexta semana se eliminaron los alevinos manchados y blancos y a las 14 semanas se separaron por sexos. Se midió el peso (g, la longitud total (cm, la altura (cm y el ancho (cm de 150 individuos a las 6, 14 y 24 semanas de edad. En la semana 24 se escogieron 150 machos y 450 hembras con las coloraciones deseables y mayor peso. La selección resultó efectiva para coloración en G2, puesto que la proporción de individuos rojos se incrementó en 15% con respecto a los testigos. Entre generaciones (G1 y G2 el efecto de la selección fue positivo, debido a que la proporción de rojos se incrementó de 64% a 84% y se redujo la de manchados de 31% a 13%. En ambas generaciones los machos fueron significativamente más pesados que las hembras. Se encontraron notables diferencias entre generaciones para peso y talla, puesto que los selectos superaron al control en 27% y 8% (G1 y en 22% y 11% (G2 para el peso y la talla, respectivamente.

  5. Europa a nuestra medida: la alfabetización electoral de los ciudadanos españoles a través de la televisión

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    Cristina Zurutuza Muñoz

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Normal 0 21 false false false ES X-NONE X-NONE La televisión sigue siendo el medio de comunicación por excelencia para la alfabetización política y electoral de los ciudadanos. En el caso de los comicios europeos, el medio audiovisual juega un papel pedagógico clave acercando a la sociedad una institución alejada y aun desconocida, a pesar de que muchas de las decisiones que se toman en el Parlamento Europeo condicionan la vida cotidiana de los Estados miembros. Conocer cómo las principales cadenas comerciales proyectan la imagen de Europa, a través de sus comicios, resulta fundamental para comprender el tipo de relación y de comportamiento que el ciudadano tiene hacia las instituciones europeas. Esta investigación caracteriza la cobertura informativa de las televisiones privadas españolas durante la campaña de las elecciones al Parlamento Europeo del 7 de junio de 2009. Mediante un análisis de contenido cuantitativo en Antena 3, Cuatro, Telecinco y La Sexta se pretende perfilar quiénes fueron los protagonistas y cuáles los temas más tratados con un doble fin. Por un lado, delimitar qué enfoque (estratégico, de conflicto o temático primó en la cobertura televisiva de estas elecciones. Por otro, conocer si acercaron al ciudadano a Europa o moldearon una idea de ésta a medida de las necesidades nacionales.

  6. HERBICIDAS PARA EL CONTROL DE Spermacoce tenuior L EN PAPAYA (Carica papaya

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    Antonio Bogantes-Arias

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de determinar la eficacia de varios herbicidas en el control de Spermacoce tenuior y otras arvenses en papa ya, se realizó un ensayo en el 2007, en una plantación de papa ya "Pococí" ubicada en Guápiles, en el Ca ribe de Costa Ri ca. La primera etapa consistió en la evaluación de seis tratamie ntos posemergentes (1. Glifosato 24 SL, 2. Glifosato 68 SG , 3. Glifosato 24 SL + carfentrazone 24 EC , 4. Glifosato 68 SG + carfentrazone 24 EC , 5. Glifosato 24 SL + metsulfurón metil 60 WG, 6. Glifosato 24 SL + oxifluorfen 24 EC. En la segunda etapa se evaluaron tres preemergentes (1. Orizalina 75 WP, 2. Oxifluorfen 12 EC, 3. Acetaclor 90 EC; distribuidos en bloques al azar. Se evaluó la cobertura de especie s antes y después de la aplicación, daño al cultivo, altura y grosor de plantas de papa ya. El tratamie nto posemergente glifosato (0,94 kg i.a./ ha + metsulfurón (16 g i.a./ha en aplicación dirigida, mostró el mejor control de malezas a partir de la segunda y hasta la sexta semana después de la aplicación (SDA, sin observarse daño en el cultivo. El herbicida preemergente orizalina (3 kg i.a./ha mostró el mejor control de Spermacoce tenuior hasta las 14 SDA tanto en el lomillo como en la rodaja. No se observó fitotoxidad en el cultivo.

  7. Leiomioma perianal. Reporte de un caso

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    Yorlenis C Uzcátegui R

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Los leiomiomas perianales son tumoraciones derivadas de células mesenquimales distribuidas por todo el cuerpo. Histológicamente se han clasificado en tres subtipos: vascular, no vascular y epiteloide. El subtipo vascular puede ser sólido, cavernoso o venoso. Los leiomiomas son raros en adultos, con incidencia de 0,1 %, generalmente se presentan entre la cuarta a sexta década de la vida con predominio en mujeres en caso de ser benignos. La forma de presentación más frecuente es un nódulo palpable, próximo al ano e indoloro. El diagnóstico se realiza según criterios histológicos e inmunohistoquímicos, además son útiles la ecografía endoanal y RMN. La exéresis es la primera opción terapéutica. Se presenta caso de paciente femenino de 41 años de edad, quien consulta por presentar nódulo palpable perianal derecho, con dolor a la palpación, de ocho meses de evolución, con valores normales de marcadores tumorales, el ultrasonido revela a nivel perianal derecho imagen sólida, hipocrómica (con tejido lineal fibroso, mide 4.82x 6.7x 6.87cm, la RMN muestra lesión ocupante de espacio en la misma ubicación, Doppler Color sin vascularización. Se efectuó exéresis de leiomioma en fosa isquiorectal derecha de 4x6 cm. El estudio anatomopatológico reportó leiomioma perianal subtipo epitelial. En el presente estudio se reporta un caso muy poco frecuente de leiomioma perianal doloroso, exponiendo las características clínicas e histológicas del mismo

  8. Relações interfirmas e emprego na rede de empresas: a experiência de externalização de uma empresa no setor de telecomunicações Intercompany relations and employment in the businesses network: the experience of internalization of one company from the telecommunications industry

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    Sandro Ruduit

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    Full Text Available A reestruturação do setor de telecomunicações vem implicando a formação de estruturas empresariais na forma de rede. Neste artigo, examinam-se os padrões de relacionamento interfirmas e de emprego na rede de empresas liderada pela Companhia Riograndense de Telecomunicações (CRT. A análise abrange onze empresas, prestadoras de diferentes tipos de serviços (digitalização de centrais de comutação, cabeamento e instalação de terminais telefônicos e localizadas em diversos níveis da rede ("empresas terceiras", "quartas", "quintas" e "sextas". Conclui-se que existe grande diversidade no relacionamento interempresas (relacionadas à interação entre a estratégia competitiva da empresa central e os tipos de serviços prestados e nas práticas de emprego (associadas às relações interfirmas e à posição das empresas nos níveis da rede.Restructuring in the telecommunications industry has implied the construction of network business structures. In this article, patterns of relationship between companies and employment within the network led by CRT (Companhia Riograndense de Telecomunicações, the Telecommunications Company in the southern Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Sul are examined. The analysis encompasses eleven companies providing different kinds of services (switch units digitalization, cables and phone lines installation and located at several levels of the network ("third", "fourth", "fifth" and "sixth" companies. We come to the conclusion that there is a great variety within the relationship between companies (regarding the interaction between competitive strategy of the leading company and the kind of services provided and in employment practices (associated to intercompany relationships and the position of each company at the network levels.

  9. Influência da embalagem de atmosfera modificada e do tratamento com cálcio na cinética de degradação de ácido ascórbico e perda de massa em goiabas (Psidium guajava L.

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    YAMASHITA Fábio

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    Full Text Available Goiabas de mesa (var. Pedro Sato no estádio verde maturo foram armazenadas a 8°C (85-95% UR por 49 dias. Uma parte das amostras foi tratada com solução de cloreto de cálcio 2% (p/v e o restante permaneceu sem tratamento. Posteriormente, foram embaladas individualmente em dois tipos de embalagem de atmosfera modificada (CryovacÒ PD-900 e CryovacÒ PD-961. Goiabas sem embalagem e não tratadas com cálcio, mantidas à mesma temperatura de 8°C serviram como controle. Foram realizadas análises de perda de massa, acidez titulável, teores de sólidos solúveis totais e ácido ascórbico. Os frutos embalados apresentaram taxas de perda de massa menores que os sem embalagem (p<0,05. Os frutos tratados com cálcio não apresentaram diferença na taxa de degradação de ácido ascórbico em relação aos não tratados e os frutos embalados com PD-900 apresentaram retenção de ácido ascórbico maior. Após 4 semanas, as goiabas sem embalagem apresentaram-se impróprias para consumo, devido ao murchamento e ataque de fungos, enquanto que as embaladas estavam em bom estado. Após a sexta semana, apenas os frutos embalados com PD-900 sem tratamento com cálcio estavam próprios para consumo. A embalagem de atmosfera modificada reduziu a perda de massa e ácido ascórbico e prolongou a vida-de-prateleira do produto. O emprego de cálcio não afetou as características analisadas.

  10. Aid for trade in Latin America: analysis and characterization of the flows La ayuda para el comercio en América Latina: análisis y caracterización de los flujos

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    Mariola GOZALO-DELGADO

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The Initiative of Aid for Trade, launched in 2005 during the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization, aims to articulate a coherent strategy to support trade as an engine of growth and poverty reduction in developing countries. It has expanded both the conceptual scope of this type of interventions (going beyond the limits of the classic technical assistance and the coverage of beneficiary countries (taking into account not only the least developed countries, but also the middle income countries –among them, the Latin American ones–. The goal of this article is to identify and analyze the main characteristics of the aid for trade flows in the case of 17 Latin American countries, assessing to what extent these characteristics adapt to the needs and priorities of recipient countries.La Iniciativa de la Ayuda para el Comercio, lanzada en 2005 durante la Sexta Conferencia Ministerial de la Organización Mundial del Comercio, pretende articular una estrategia coherente de apoyo al comercio como motor de crecimiento y reducción de la pobreza en los países en desarrollo. Se ha ampliado tanto el alcance conceptual de este tipo de intervenciones (sobrepasando los límites de la clásica asistencia técnica como la cobertura de países beneficiarios (teniendo en cuenta no sólo a los países menos avanzados, sino también a los países de renta media –entre ellos, los latinoamericanos–. El objetivo de este artículo es identificar y analizar las principales características de los flujos de ayuda para el comercio en el caso de 17 países latinoamericanos, valorando hasta qué punto dichas características se adecuan a las necesidades y prioridades de los países receptores.

  11. Liquen plano en el Programa de Detección Precoz del Cáncer Bucal Lichen planus in the Program for the Early Detection of Oral Cancer

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    Pedro A. Ducasse Olivera

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available El liquen plano es una enfermedad dermatológica de origen desconocido que se manifiesta en la mucosa bucal. Se realizó un estudio retrospectivo con los pacientes pesquisados mediante el Programa de Detección Precoz del Cáncer Bucal en el municipio especial Isla de la Juventud, con el objetivo de determinar el comportamiento epidemiológico de esta entidad, distribución según sexo, raza y zona bucal mas afectada, así como establecer la relación entre la aparición de las lesiones en piel y mucosas. Según los resultados, se determinó que el liquen plano oral es más común en hombres de la tercera y sexta décadas, principalmente en mestizos y blancos, la zona más afectada fue el carrillo (42.9 % y las lesiones cutáneas aparecieron solo en 2 casos (9.5 %.Lichen planus is a dermatological disease of unknown origin that manifests itself in the oral mucosa, reason for which we decided to conduct a study on it as part of the Program for the Early Detection of Oral Cancer in the Isle of Youth special municipality with the patients screened in this program aimed at determining the epidemiological behavior of this entity, distribution by sex, race, the most affected oral zone, and the relation between the appearance of injuries in the skin and mucosas. According to the results, it was concluded that the oral lichen planus is more comon in men at the third and sixth decades of life, in mestizoes and white individuals, and that the cheek was the most affected area. The cutaneous lesions appeared only in 2 of the 21 affected cases.

  12. Injeção intravítrea de triancinolona no tratamento da telangiectasia retiniana justafoveolar idiopática Intravitreal triamcinolone injection in the treatment of idiopathic juxtafoveal telangiectasis

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    Otacílio Oliveira Maia Júnior

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Relato de caso de um paciente com telangiectasia justafoveal idiopática (TJI tipo 1A, no olho direito, submetido a 4 mg de triancinolona intravítrea. O resultado foi avaliado por meio da acuidade visual e da tomografia de coerência óptica. A acuidade visual e a espessura retiniana macular medida na tomografia de coerência óptica, antes da injeção intravítrea de triancinolona, foram respectivamente de 20/100 e 569 µm e, após três semanas do tratamento foram de 20/60 e 371 µm e na sexta semana de 20/100 e 614 µm. A estabilização da parede vascular obtida com injeção intravítrea de triancinolona proporciona melhora transitória da visão e do edema macular em olhos com TJI-1A. Não foi demonstrada nenhuma ajuda permanente à fotocoagulação prévia.Case report of one idiopathic juxtafoveal telangiectasis (IJT 1A patient whose right eye was treated with a 4 mg intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide injection. The outcome was evaluated by visual acuity and optic coherence tomography. The visual acuity and the caliper retinal thickness before triamcinolone injection were respectively 20/100 and 569 µm, and 20/60 and 371 µm after three weeks and 20/100 and 614 µm after six week of follow-up. The stabilization of the vascular wall due to the intravitreal triamcinolone injection leads to a transitory improvement in vision and reduction in macular edema in the TJI 1A eyes. No permanent help by the photocoagulation could be shown.

  13. Prólogo

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    Alta Hooker

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Este volumen No. 12 presenta una compilación estructurada en 6 secciones temáticas las cuales comprenden 9 artículos. La primera sección denominada Revitalización Lingüística y Cultural, presenta el artículo: Expresiones del Cálculo en la Cultura Miskitu de Sandy Bay Sirpi, Región Autónoma Atlántico Sur. La segunda sección, titulada Educación Superior en la Costa Caribe Nicaragüense presenta los artículos: Evaluación de las Competencias en los Estudiantes, URACCAN-Nueva Guinea; Metodologías en la Enseñanza de la Derivada: URACCAN-Nueva Guinea; Uso de la Plataforma Virtual del Recinto URACCAN-Nueva Guinea, II Semestre 2012. La tercera sección, Salud Intercultural, comprende el artículo: Aborto Terapéutico en Nicaragua y El Salvador, la Mortalidad Materna y los Objetivos del Milenio. La cuarta sección denominada Genero e Identidad con los artículos: Abordaje de la Consciencia Crítica Intercultural de Género desde El Modelo de Universidad Comunitaria e Intercultural; asimismo, Las Mujeres Bolivianas en Las Chacras, Malargüe, Mendoza, Argentina su Doble Condición de Migrante y de Mujer. La quinta sección nombrada Recursos Naturales y Medio Ambiente, el articulo Vulnerabilidad a la Contaminación de la Micro-Cuenca del río Trintara Waspam río Coco. Clausura la sexta seccion el Articulo: Identificación de Árboles Potenciales de (Theobroma Cacao. L en Siuna y Rosita, Junio 2009–Junio 2010.

  14. EFECTO DIURÉTICO DE LAS HOJAS DE MAYTENUS MACROCARPA “CHUCHUHUASI” EN RATAS ALBINAS

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    Fanny Bastidas Garcia

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Evaluar la actividad diurética del extracto acuoso obtenido a partir de la hojas del Maytenus macrocarpa “Chuchuhuasi” en ratas albinas. Material y Métodos: Se utilizaron 68 ratas albinas machos, con pesos medios de 250 g, se empleó el Método de Lipschitz, donde se registró el volumen de orina por hora y total a la sexta hora. Los grupos experimentales fueron: Control (suero fisiológico al 0.9%, chuchuhuasi 1 (250mg/kg, chuchuhuasi 2 (500mg/kg, chuchuhuasi 3 (750mg/kg, hojas de chuchuhuasi 4 (1000mg/kg, furosemida 1 (10mg/kg y furosemida 2 (20mg/kg. Para la validación estadística se usó la prueba de Shapiro-Wilk, Tukey y Dunns. Resultados: El mayor volumen total obtenido durante las primeras 24 horas fue de 5,17ml para chuchuhuasi de 1000 mg/kg, llegando a tener inclusive mayor valor que la furosemida de 20 mg/kg. Por otro lado el grupo de chuchuhuasi de 250 mg/kg (2.32 obtuvo  menor acción diurética que el grupo control (2.55 ml. El test de Tukey no indicó diferencias significativas. Sin embargo, en el análisis bioquímico el test de Xi cuadrado tuvo un p< 0.05 para el PH. Conclusión: Se demuestra una respuesta diurética positiva en todos los niveles de dosis ensayadas del extracto etanólico de Maytenus macrocarpa: 250, 500, 750 y un mayor efecto 1000 mg/kg de peso, al compararlos con el grupo control y la Furosemida. Palabras Clave: Diuresis, Furosemida, Medicina Tradicional, Etnofarmacología.

  15. Quiere saber quién es Anastasia Candre? Amigo lector, aquí estoy

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    Anastasia Candre Yamacuri

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Este texto autobiográfico de Anastasia Candre fue compuesto a partir de fuentes inéditas en español y uitoto y fragmentos de fuentes publicadas. Está dividido en ocho partes. En la primera, Anastasia cuenta sobre su niñez, el aprendizaje junto a sus padres y hermanos hasta su ingreso al internado indígena. En la segunda parte, narra sobre su llegada a Leticia, sus trabajos allí y su estudio de bachillerato. En la tercera parte, relata sobre su época de estudiante de lingüística en la Universidad Nacional de Colombia. En la cuarta parte habla sobre su investigación del ritual del dios de las cosechas y su encuentro con el anciano Jimuizɨtofe. En la quinta parte, hace un relato de sus actividades como cantora y bailarina, incluyendo imágenes de sus presentaciones. En la sexta parte se refiere a su trabajo como pintora y se reproducen imágenes de varias de sus obras. En la séptima parte se refiere a su incursión en la poesía y se reproducen dos poemas publicados y uno inédito. En la octava parte habla sobre sus sueños y concluye con un poema inédito. El texto contiene también un listado de la trayectoria de Anastasia: premios, publicaciones, informes, exposiciones, ponencias y presentaciones, y actividades de docencia.

  16. Luxação anterior exposta do quadril em um adulto: relato de caso e revisão da literatura

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    Anderson Luiz de Oliveira

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A luxação anterior exposta do quadril é condição rara e resulta de trauma de alta energia. Até o momento, foram descritos na literatura 10 casos. Sua raridade deve-se à estabilidade inerente da articulação e à posição profunda na pelve, com fortes ligamentos e musculatura volumosa ao seu redor. Influenciam o prognóstico dessa lesão diversos fatores, tais como grau de contaminação, lesões de partes moles, idade do paciente e, principalmente, atraso na redução. As principais complicações são: artrose do quadril, com incidência que pode chegar a 50% dos casos, quando associada a fraturas da cabeça femoral; e osteonecrose da cabeça do fêmur, com incidência entre 1,7% e 40% (nos casos de luxação anterior fechada. Por causa da raridade e da potencial incapacidade funcional decorrente dessa lesão, relatamos o caso de um homem de 46 anos vítima de acidente automobilístico. Foi feita redução do quadril (luxação do tipo anterior alta nas primeiras três horas pós-trauma. O paciente foi mantido sem carga até a sexta semana, com carga total após a 10ª semana. Após um ano de seguimento, observou-se resultado funcional pobre (Harris Hip Score: 52, provavelmente por causa de lesão labral associada, porém sem sinais na ressonância nuclear magnética de osteonecrose da cabeça femoral.

  17. Percepción de la lepra y las discapacidades antes del diagnóstico en Recife, Brasil

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    Katia V. de O. Feliciano

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    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta un estudio de casos y controles realizado en Recife, Brasil, entre noviembre de 1993 y julio de 1994. En él se investigó cómo influyen la percepción y las apreciaciones de los propios pacientes de lepra en el proceso de manejar la enfermedad y en la utilización de los servicios de salud. La muestra estuvo constituida por 183 pacientes de 20 a 70 años de edad, residentes en Recife, que acudieron en busca de un diagnóstico a los servicios de dermatología sanitaria de dos centros de referencia de las regiones politicoadministrativas tercera, cuarta y sexta. Se clasificaron como casos los 64 pacientes que tenían discapacidades o lesiones precursoras de discapacidad; los 119 restantes se consideraron controles. Todos fueron diagnosticados durante el período de la investigación. En el análisis se ajustó según sexo, edad, escolaridad y antecedentes de la enfermedad de Hansen de los pacientes. El estudio reveló la coexistencia de dos tipos de "invisibilidad" de la enfermedad en una zona endémica en expansión: 1 para los pacientes de ambos grupos, la baja frecuencia de modelos explicativos, espontáneos, relacionados con la dolencia, aun en presencia de antecedentes de la enfermedad, y 2 para los profesionales sanitarios, las limitaciones de la detección. Puesto que afectan a las decisiones relacionadas con el manejo individual y colectivo de la enfermedad, esas deficiencias constituyen por sí mismas un factor de riesgo y representan un obstáculo para la eliminación de la lepra como problema de salud pública.

  18. EFECTO DE DOS TIPOS DE FUNDAS SOBRE EL FRUTO DE BANANO (Musa AAA

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    Alfonso Vargas-Calvo

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este estudio fue determinar el efecto de dos fundas en la protección del racimo de banano (Musa AAA . En dos épocas climáticas (adversa y favorable bajo condiciones del Ca ribe de Costa Ri ca se evaluaron dos fundas: 1- azul Sa nta Lucía (bifentrina 0,1%, polie tileno de 12,7 ¿ de grosor, con perforaciones de 4 mm y 86,4 cm de ancho y 2- transparente con aditivos para filtrar la luz ultravioleta e infrarroja (bifentrina 0,1%, 20,3 ¿ de grosor, con perforaciones de 4 mm y 88,9 cm de ancho. El peso del racimo así como el grosor y la longitud del fruto central de la fila externa en la segunda, cuarta y sexta mano no difirieron (P> 0,0556 entre ambas fundas. Tampoco hubo diferencias entre estas en la apa rie ncia del racimo (P>0,4699 ni en la firmeza de la cáscara en grado 1 de maduración (P= 0,6268. En las varia bles de medición del color del fruto solamente L* presentó un valor (56,48 más alto (P=0,0109 con la funda transparente fotosensible, mie ntras que las otras dos varia bles relacionadas (a* y b* no fueron diferentes (P>0,1011 entre las fundas. El incremento adicional de 7,6 ¿ en el grosor del polie tileno de la funda transparente con respecto a la azul Sa nta Lucía, no ocasionó un incremento productivo ni una mejor apa rie ncia del racimo de banano y sus frutos.

  19. La representación de género en las campañas de publicidad de juguetes en Navidades (2009-12

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    Esther Martínez Pastor

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo analiza la representación de los géneros en la publicidad infantil española mediante el estudio de siete variables: tipos de productos, género representado, mensajesvalores, voz en off, periodo, acciones representadas e interacción entre personajes. Estas variables se recogen de trabajos que estudian los usos y las preferencias de selección de los juguetes según el género del niño y de estudios que analizan los modos y formas de la publicidad para representar a los niños y a los juguetes. El universo de la muestra lo constituyen 595 anuncios de juguetes emitidos en los canales de televisión: TVE1, TVE2, Telecinco, Antena 3, Cuatro, La Sexta, Boing y Disney Channel durante tres periodos de tiempo: Navidades de 2009, 2010 y 2011. Se ha escogido la Navidad ya que durante este periodo se emiten la gran mayoría de los anuncios de juguetes. Los resultados demuestran que, aunque hay paridad en la representación de género en la publicidad infantil de la muestra analizada, existen claras diferencias en las tipologías de los juguetes más anunciados. La publicidad de figuras de acción alberga mayor porcentaje de personajes masculinos asociados a valores como competencia, individualismo, habilidad y desarrollo físico, creatividad, poder y fuerza. Sin embargo, los anuncios de muñecas tiene mayor porcentaje de personajes infantiles femeninos y estos se asocian a los valores belleza y maternidad.

  20. Measuring group switching in the European Parliament: Methodology, data and trends (1979-2009 Migração partidária no Parlamento Europeu: metodologia, dados e tendências (1979-2009

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    Ana Maria Evans

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Party group switching in the European Parliament (EP, where parliamentarians individually or collectively switch from one party group to the other is a well-known contributor to the volatility of the EP party system. We present a new dataset that contains party group in formation on all MEPs from 1979 to 2009. As a first step to a more comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon of party group switching in the EP we describe characteristics of all switches that have occurred in these six legislatures, with a focus on the trends across time, variety between member states party groups and ideological party families.A migração partidária no Parlamento Europeu (PE, fenómeno que define a mudança de um deputado ou de um conjunto de deputados para um grupo político diferente daquele em que inicia o mandato, contribui para a volatilidade do sistema partidário da única instituição europeia diretamente eleita pelos cidadãos. Neste estudo apresentamos os resultados de uma base de dados original e exaustiva sobre a evolução da filiação parlamentar de todos os deputados eleitos ao PE desde as primeiras eleições diretas em 1979 até ao final da sexta legislatura, em 2009. O estudo examina as características das migrações que ocorreram neste período, analisando em particular a direção dos fluxos, a sua variação no tempo, por nacionalidade, grupos parlamentares e famílias ideológico-partidárias.

  1. Myrciaria dubia (Kunth Mc Vaugh "Camu Camu"

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    Ana M. Córdova

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Debido a la alta variabilidad en la producción de vitamina C enMyrciariadubia"camucamu", es necesarioestablecer procedimientos biotecnológicos para la propagación clonal masiva de genotipos promisorios de estaespecie.El objetivo fue establecer un método eficiente para inducir la formación de callosin vitroa partir deexplantesdeM. dubia. Los explantes de hojas y nudos se obtuvieron de ramas cultivadas en el laboratorio y lapulpa a partir defrutos colectados en el campo. Estosfueron desinfectados y sembrados en medio Murashige-Skoog (1962 suplementado con ácido 2,4-diclorofenoxiacético (2,4-D, bencilaminopurina (BAP y kinetina(Kin. Los cultivos fueron mantenidos a 25±2°C, en oscuridad por 2 semanas y posteriormente con unfotoperiodo de 16 horas luz y 8 horas de oscuridad por 6 semanas. El tratamiento con 2 mg/L de 2,4-D y 0,1mg/L de BAP estimuló mayor callogénesis en los tres tipos de explantes. Los callos se generaron a partir de laprimera semana (nudos, cuarta semana (hojas y sexta semana (pulpa y estos fueron friables (hojas y nudosy no friables (pulpa. En conclusión, el método descrito es eficiente para inducir callosin vitroen hojas, nudosy pulpa deM. dubia, siendo los explantes de hojas y nudos los más idóneos para la obtención de callos.

  2. Estudo macroscópico e dinamométrico comparativo de implantes (ímãs recobertos e de suas técnicas de fixação em órbitas de coelhas Comparative macroscopic and dynamometric study of implants (covered magnets and techniques of their fixation in orbits of female rabbits

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    Elcio Roque Kleinpaul

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Avaliação clínica dos sinais da reação inflamatória de fixação de implante orbitário (ímã recoberto por ouro e avaliação macroscópica de sua resistência aos fluidos orgânicos. MÉTODOS: Estudo experimental em 54 coelhas adultas, divididas em três grupos de 18, com 3 subgrupos de 6 de acordo com o material usado para fixação, avaliação com uma, três e seis semanas de pós-operatório. Fixação, no rebordo inferior da órbita, de implante (ímã e ouro por meio de cola ou parafuso ou fio inabsorvível (Mersilene 5.0®. As órbitas contralaterais (sem implante compuseram o grupo-controle. Medidas da resistência à tração tangencial do implante fixado. RESULTADOS: Sinais clínicos de reação inflamatória à fixação orbitária do implante foram observados com cianoacrilato, parafuso, ou sutura inabsorvível (Mersilene 5.0®, até a sexta semana de pós-operatório, sendo mais intensa no grupo F (fixação com fio. A força de tração de 80 gf, independentemente do tipo de fixação, não produziu arrancamentos em 94,5% dos implantes na primeira semana, 100% na terceira semana e em 94,5% dos casos na sexta semana. CONCLUSÃO: Sinais clínicos de reação inflamatória do implante e sua fixação foram observados com cianoacrilato ou parafuso ou sutura inabsorvível (Mersilene 5.0® até a sexta semana pós-operatória, sendo mais intensa no grupo F (fio. A resistência do implante aos fluídos orgânicos mostrou falha em 9,3% (implante com dano.PURPOSE: To evaluate the clinical signs of inflammatory reaction in the fixation of an orbitary implant (magnet, covered by gold, and to evaluate the macroscopic resistance to organic fluids of the used implants. METHODS: An experimental study was performed in 54 adult female rabbits, divided into 3 groups of eighteen with 3 subgroups of 6 according to the material used for fixation; the implants were evaluated at weeks 1, 3 and 6 after surgery. An implant (magnet

  3. Does Structured Quizzing with Process Specific Feedback Lead to Learning Gains in an Active Learning Geoscience Classroom?

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    Palsole, S.; Serpa, L. F.

    2013-12-01

    There is a great realization that efficient teaching in the geosciences has the potential to have far reaching effects in outreach to decision and policy makers (Herbert, 2006; Manduca & Mogk, 2006). This research in turn informs educators that the geosciences by the virtue of their highly integrative nature play an important role in serving as an entry point into STEM disciplines and helping developing a new cadre of geoscientists, scientists and a general population with an understanding of science. Keeping these goals in mind we set to design introductory geoscience courses for non-majors and majors that move away from the traditional lecture models which don't necessarily contribute well to knowledge building and retention ((Handelsman et al., 2007; Hake, 1997) to a blended active learning classroom where basic concepts and didactic information is acquired online via webquests, lecturettes and virtual field trips and the face to face portions of the class are focused on problem solving exercises. The traditional way to ensure that students are prepared for the in-class activity is to have the students take a quiz online to demonstrate basic competency. In the process of redesign, we decided to leverage the technology to build quizzes that are highly structured and map to a process (formation of divergent boundaries for example) or sets of earth processes that we needed the students to know before in-class activities. The quizzes can be taken multiple times and provide process specific feedback, thus serving as a heuristic to the students to ensure they have acquired the necessary competency. The heuristic quizzes were developed and deployed over a year with the student data driving the redesign process to ensure synchronicity. Preliminary data analysis indicates a positive correlation between higher student scores on in-class application exercises and time spent on the process quizzes. An assessment of learning gains also indicate a higher degree of self

  4. Refining MARGINS Mini-Lessons Using Classroom Observations

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    Iverson, E. A.; Manduca, C. A.; McDaris, J. R.; Lee, S.

    2009-12-01

    One of the challenges that we face in developing teaching materials or activities from research findings is testing the materials to determine that they work as intended. Traditionally faculty develop material for their own class, notice what worked and didn’t, and improve them the next year. However, as we move to a community process of creating and sharing teaching materials, a community-based process for testing materials is appropriate. The MARGINS project has piloted such a process for testing teaching materials and activities developed as part of its mini-lesson project (http://serc.carleton.edu/margins/index.html). Building on prior work developing mechanisms for community review of teaching resources (e.g. Kastens, 2002; Hancock and Manduca, 2005; Mayhew and Hall, 2007), the MARGINS evaluation team developed a structured classroom observation protocol. The goals of field testing are to a) gather structured, consistent feedback for the lesson authors based on classroom use; b) guide reviewers of these lessons to reflect on research-based educational practice as a framework for their comments; c) collect information on the data and observations that the reviewer used to underpin their review; d) determine which mini-lessons are ready to be made widely available on the website. The protocol guides faculty observations on why they used the activity, the effectiveness of the activity in their classroom, the success of the activity in leading to the desired learning, and what other faculty need to successfully use the activity. Available online (http://serc.carleton.edu/margins/protocol.html), the protocol can be downloaded and completed during instruction with the activity. In order to encourage review of mini-lessons using the protocol, a workshop focused on review and revision of activities was held in May 2009. In preparation for the workshop, 13 of the 28 participants chose to field test a mini-lesson prior to the workshop and reported that they found this

  5. Use of the Attribute Hierarchy Method for Development of Student Cognitive Models and Diagnostic Assessments in Geoscience Education

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    Corrigan, S.; Brodsky, L. M.; Loper, S.; Brown, N.; Curley, J.; Baker, J.; Goss, M.; Castek, J.; Barber, J.

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    There is a recognized need to better understand student learning in the geosciences (Stofflet, 1994; Zalles, Quallmalz, Gobert and Pallant, 2007). Educators, cognitive psychologists and practicing scientists have also called for instructional approaches that support deep conceptual development (Manduca, Mogk and Stillings, 2004, Libarkin and Kurdziel, 2006). In both cases there is an important role for educational measures that can generate descriptions of how student understanding develops over time and inform instruction. The presenters will suggest one way of responding to these needs by describing the Attribute Hierarchy Method (AHM) of assessment (Leighton, Gierl and Hunka, 2004; Gierl, Cui, Wang and Zhou, 2008) as enacted in a large-scale earth science curriculum development project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The AHM is one approach to criterion referenced, diagnostic assessment that ties measure design to cognitive models of student learning in order to support justified inferences about students’ understanding and the knowledge required for continued development. The Attribute Hierarchy Method bears potential for researchers and practitioners interested in learning progressions and solves many problems associated with making meaningful, justified inferences about students’ understanding based on their assessment performances. The process followed to design and develop the project’s cognitive models as well as a description of how they are used in subsequent assessment task design will be emphasized in order to demonstrate how the AHM may be applied in the context of geoscience education. Results from over twenty student cognitive interviews, and two hypothesized cognitive models -- one describing a student pathway for understanding rock formation and a second describing a student pathway for increasingly sophisticated use of maps and models in the geosciences - are also described. Sample assessment items will be provided as

  6. Leiomioma vascular bucal: relato de dois casos, revisão da literatura e estudo imuno-histoquímico Oral vascular leiomyoma: report of two cases, review of literature and immunohistochemistry study

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    Vanessa Ávila Sarmento Silveira

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Os leiomiomas são neoplasias benignas do músculo liso que ocorrem mais comumente nos tratos geniturinário e gastrintestinal, entretanto são raros na cavidade bucal, na qual provavelmente a maioria desses tumores tem sua origem a partir de músculo liso vascular. OBJETIVOS: Relatar dois casos com história clínica semelhante, confrontando seus aspectos com aqueles encontrados na literatura. RELATO DOS CASOS: Dois casos de mulheres na quinta e sexta décadas de vida apresentando nódulo submucoso em ventre lingual. Após exame microscópico que revelou numerosos vasos sangüíneos entremeados a células fusiformes, com núcleos ovalados ou alongados, e exame imuno-histoquímico com positividade para actina de músculo liso nos dois casos, o diagnóstico final foi leiomioma vascular. CONCLUSÃO: O estudo do leiomioma vascular bucal é de extrema importância devido à raridade e semelhança desse com outras lesões da cavidade bucal. A análise imuno-histoquímica é importante para o diagnóstico final do leiomioma.INTRODUCTION: The leiomyomas are benign tumors of smooth muscle origin, which are more frequently found in genitourinary and gastrointestinal tracts. However, leiomyomas rarely arise in the oral cavity, and when it happens, the majority of them is originated by smooth muscle of blood vessels. AIMS: Report two cases of oral vascular leiomyoma with similar clinical characteristics, and discuss their aspects with the literature. CASE REPORT: Two cases of vascular leiomyoma in women that presented a nodular mass in the tongue ventral surface were described. The microscopic analysis revealed numerous blood vessels surrounded by spindle cells with ovoid or elongated nuclei. The two cases presented immunopositivity for smooth muscle actin, confirming the diagnosis. CONCLUSION: The study of vascular leiomyoma is required due to its rarity and similar aspects with other oral common lesions. The immunohistochemical analysis is

  7. Programa de fluoración de la leche en Codegua, Chile: evaluación al tercer año

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    Rodrigo Mariño

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    Full Text Available En 1994 se inició un estudio comunitario para determinar la efectividad del uso de productos lácteos fluorados, distribuidos mediante el Programa Nacional de Alimentación Complementaria, con el fin de lograr una disminución de la caries dental infantil en zonas rurales de Chile en las que esta tiene una alta prevalencia. Se determinaron los índices de prevalencia de caries dental en dos comunidades rurales de la Sexta Región de Chile: una en la que los niños recibieron productos lácteos fluorados (comunidad de estudio: Codegua y otra en la que recibieron productos lácteos no fluorados (comunidad testigo: La Punta. Después de recibir productos lácteos fluorados durante 3 años, los índices de prevalencia de caries dental presentaron una significativa mejoría en la comunidad de estudio. Al comparar la prevalencia actual de la caries dental en los preescolares de Codegua con la que presentaban antes de la fluoración de los productos lácteos, se comprueba que disminuyó entre 40 y 60% en niños de 3 a 6 años. En los grupos de 3 y 4 años de edad, la proporción de niños sin antecedentes de caries dental aumentó en 74% (de 40,7 a 70,8% y 71% (de 33,3 a 56,9%, respectivamente. Estos resultados, similares a los obtenidos tras la introducción de programas de fluoración del agua potable, se consiguieron sin ningún otro tipo de intervención adicional en el funcionamiento normal del Programa Nacional de Alimentación Complementaria, como podrían ser campañas de motivación de las madres o de educación para el consumo de productos de este programa.

  8. ANÁLISIS DOGMÁTICO DEL DERECHO PENAL AMBIENTAL CHILENO, A LA LUZ DEL DERECHO COMPARADO Y LAS OBLIGACIONES CONTRAÍDAS POR CHILE EN EL ÁMBITO DEL DERECHO INTERNACIONAL: CONCLUSIONES Y PROPUESTA LEGISLATIVA FUNDADA PARA UNA NUEVA PROTECCIÓN PENAL DEL MEDIO AMBIENTE EN CHILE

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    Jean Pierre Matus Acuña

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo corresponde al Informe Final del Proyecto FONDECYT 1010206­2001, sobre tratamiento penal de los delitos contra el medio ambiente en Chile. Sus conclusiones se exponen en siete partes: la primera aborda la cuestión de la necesidad de un derecho penal protector del medio ambiente, ante los riesgos a que se encuentra sometido en las sociedades contemporáneas; la segunda, la necesidad de su regulación desde el punto de vista del Derecho Internacional y las obligaciones contraídas en la materia; la tercera, una descripción sucinta de los modelos de regulación de la protección penal del medio ambiente en el derecho comparado; la cuarta, una explicación acerca de las normas de derecho penal ambiental vigentes en Chile; la quinta, el por qué de la insuficiencia legislativa penal para la protección del medio ambiente, a la luz de las obligaciones internacionales contraídas en la materia, el estado del derecho comparado y la necesidad de evitar la burla del Sistema de Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental; la sexta, una reseña y crítica científica de los proyectos de ley en materia penal ambiental presentados al Congreso Nacional; y la séptima, las ideas matrices de las soluciones de lege ferenda que se ofrecen a los problemas de las insuficiencias del Derecho nacional en la materia y el texto de la propuesta de Proyecto de Ley elaborado, producto final de nuestras investigaciones.This article argues in favor of an environmental criminal law to respond both to the risks pervasive in contemporary societies and to the requirements of international law and Chile's international obligations in this area. A succint description of environmental crime in comparative law is provided, together with an elaboration of the sparse environmental crimes currently in the books in Chile. Reasons for this legislative deficit are explored in light of international obligations, comparative law, and the need to close loopholes in the

  9. Impacto da mortalidade da doença da aorta torácica no estado de São Paulo no período de 1998 a 2007

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    Ricardo Ribeiro Dias

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Ainda não foram analisadas as características epidemiológicas das doenças da aorta torácica (DAT no estado de São Paulo e no Brasil, assim como o seu impacto na sobrevida desses pacientes. OBJETIVOS: Avaliar o impacto da mortalidade das DAT e caracterizá-la epidemiologicamente. MÉTODOS: Análise retrospectiva dos dados do Sistema Único de Saúde para os códigos de DAT do registro de internações, de procedimentos e dos óbitos, a partir do Código Internacional de Doenças (CID-10, registrados na Secretaria de Saúde do Estado de São Paulo durante o período de janeiro de 1998 a dezembro de 2007. RESULTADOS: Foram 9.465 óbitos por DAT, 5.500 homens (58,1% e 3.965 mulheres (41,9%; 6.721 dissecções (71% e 2.744 aneurismas, 86,3% diagnosticados no IML. Foram 6.109 internações, 67,9% do sexo masculino, sendo que 21,2% evoluíram a óbito (69% homens, com proporções semelhantes de dissecção e aneurisma entre os sexos, respectivamente 54% e 46%, porém com mortalidade distinta. Os homens com DAT morrem mais que as mulheres (OR = 1,5. A distribuição etária para óbitos e internações foi semelhante, com predomínio na sexta década. Foram 3.572 operações (58% das internações com mortalidade de 20,3% (os pacientes mantidos em tratamento medicamentoso apresentaram mortalidade de 22,6%; p = 0,047. O número de internações, de cirurgias, de óbitos dos pacientes internados e geral de óbitos por DAT foi progressivamente superior ao aumento populacional no decorrer do tempo. CONCLUSÕES: Atuações específicas na identificação precoce desses pacientes, assim como a viabilização do seu atendimento, devem ser implementadas para reduzir a aparente progressiva mortalidade por DAT imposta à nossa população.

  10. Custo e resultados do tratamento de seqüelas de laminite bovina: relato de 112 casos em vacas em lactação no sistema free-stall Results and costs of treatment for bovine laminitis sequelae: study of 112 lameness cases in lactating cows in free-stall system

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    P.M. Ferreira

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Os resultados e o custo do tratamento de seqüelas podais da laminite subclínica são descritos em 112 casos de manqueira em vacas em lactação mantidas no sistema free-stall. As observações feitas durante um ano abrangeram animais de 2,5 a 10 anos de idade, da primeira à sexta lactação e com média de produção de 8.000±2.000kg de leite. O protocolo de tratamento, descrito detalhadamente para cada uma das afecções podais, foi eficiente na reversão de todas elas. O custo total do tratamento para o rebanho foi de US$5,005.23, equivalente ao custo médio de US$44.68 por animal. O tratamento das úlceras de sola foi o mais dispendioso (US$72.58 e o mais demorado (26,8 dias. As afecções mais comuns foram os abscessos de sola e do talão e as lesões da linha branca (64/112 ou 57,2%.The results and costs of treatments of feet sequelae of subclinic dairy cattle laminitis were described in 112 cases of lameness in lactating cows maintained in free stall system. The analyses were performed in an one-year-period using 2.5 to 10 year-old, first to sixth parity cows. Average milk yield was 8,000±2,000kg. The treatment protocol was described in details for each digit lesion and it was very successful to reverse all kinds of lesions. The total treatment cost for the herd was US$5,005.23 and the mean cost/animal was US$44.68. The ulcer treatments were costly (US$72.58 and longer (26.8 days. Sole and heel abscesses and white line disease at the foe (64/112 or 57.2% were most commonly observed.

  11. Selección masal por peso y coloración en tilapia roja Mass selection by weight and coloration in red tilapia

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    María Alejandra Ruiz Peña

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Para evaluar la efectividad de la selección masal por color y peso se analizaron dos generaciones (G1 y G2 de alevinos de tilapia roja Oreochromis sp. De 40.000 larvas a la sexta semana se eliminaron los alevinos manchados y blancos y a las 14 semanas se separaron por sexos. Se midió el peso (g, la longitud total (cm, la altura (cm y el ancho (cm de 150 individuos a las 6, 14 y 24 semanas de edad. En la semana 24 se escogieron 150 machos y 450 hembras con las coloraciones deseables y mayor peso. La selección resultó efectiva para coloración en G2, puesto que la proporción de individuos rojos se incrementó en 15% con respecto a los testigos. Entre generaciones (G1 y G2 el efecto de la selección fue positivo, debido a que la proporción de rojos se incrementó de 64% a 84% y se redujo la de manchados de 31% a 13%. En ambas generaciones los machos fueron significativamente más pesados que las hembras. Se encontraron notables diferencias entre generaciones para peso y talla, puesto que los selectos superaron al control en 27% y 8% (G1 y en 22% y 11% (G2 para el peso y la talla, respectivamente.In order to evaluate the effectiveness of mass selection by color and weight, two generations (G1 y G2 of red tilapia Oreochromis sp. were analyzed. 40000 larvae were used, at the sixth week fries with black spots and white were eliminated, and at week 14, the fishes were separated by sex. The weight (g, length, height and width (cm were measured in a sample of 150 individuals at 6, 14 and 24 weeks. At week 24, the best 150 males and 450 females with desirable colorations and higher weight were chosen. The selection was effective for coloration in G2, because proportion of red individuals increased in 15% compared to the control. The effect of the selection between generations (G1 y G2 was positive because proportion of red fries increased from 64% to 84%, and the spotted ones were reduced from 31% to 13%. In both generations males were significantly

  12. Treinamento resistido para idosos: revisão de literatura

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    Socorro Fernanda Coutinho dos Santos

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available No Brasil, o ritmo de crescimento da população idosa tem sido sistemático e constante e com isso, acredita-se que em 2025, o Brasil será a sexta maior população de idosos no mundo. Visto isso, os rofissionais da área de saúde mostram o quanto à atividade física se apresenta como fator determinante para o bom processo de envelhecimento. Objetivo: realizar uma avaliação da literatura vigente sobre os efeitos do treinamento resistido em pessoas idosas. Método: para produção da compilação deste estado da arte foram realizadas buscas em bibliotecas da área de ciências biológicas, revistas eletrônicas e bases de dados virtuais. Foram encontrados 31 artigos, após analise dos títulos e resumos, 19 artigos foram excluídos. Foram selecionados 12 artigos para serem analisados para confecção do presente trabalho. Resultados: dos artigos encontrados dois (16,67% investigaram os efeitos do treinamento resistido sobre a mobilidade e aptidão física, três (25% buscaram entender o efeito do treinamento resistido de 12 semanas, três (25% analisaram os efeitos do treinamento resistido sobre a mobilidade, equilíbrio e outras aptidões, três artigos (25% investigaram o efeito do treinamento resistido com diferentes intensidades, ordem de exercícios e intervalos e somente um artigo (8,33% investigou sobre o funcionamento do treinamento resistido. Considerações finais: são poucos os estudos que investigam a relação treinamento resistido com patologias decorrentes desse processo. Apesar disso, os resultados encontrados são significativos e constituem um referencial para estudos posteriores desta natureza sobre a população idosa.

  13. Morfologia do estômago e do duodeno da paca (Cuniculus paca Linnaeus, 1766

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    M.R.F. Machado

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Considerando a importância da paca (Cuniculus paca, Linnaeus, 1766, tanto como fonte proteica alternativa para a população quanto pela possibilidade de vir a se tornar um animal de experimentação e pela falta de informações sobre a sua anatomia, objetivou-se descrever a morfologia macroscópica e histológica do estômago e do duodeno desse roedor, reconhecendo as relações, forma e posição que esses órgãos estabelecem entre si e com outros órgãos. O estômago da paca é unicavitário, está no plano médio mais voltado para o antímero esquerdo, transversalmente, na região hipocôndrica em posição ventrocaudal, interposto entre o esôfago e o duodeno. O duodeno da paca se inicia em sequência ao estômago, segue caudalmente até o nível da quinta ou sexta vértebra lombar, na altura das quais se curva e toma direção cranial, dirigindo-se até o nível da transição entre a última vértebra torácica e a primeira vértebra lombar, onde se continua como jejuno. Histologicamente, o estômago e o duodeno da paca possuem o padrão característico da arquitetura dos órgãos ocos, apresentando as seguintes túnicas: mucosa, submucosa, muscular e serosa. Da forma que se conduziu este estudo, conclui-se que o estômago e duodeno da paca, de forma geral, possuem características morfológicas macroscópicas e histológicas semelhantes às dos animais domésticos e de outros roedores selvagens.

  14. Artérias mesentéricas cranial e caudal da paca (Cuniculus paca, L. 1766

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    Isabela Cristina de Souza Marques

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/2175-7925.2013v26n1p165 A paca (Cuniculus paca, Linnaeus, 1766 é um roedor de porte médio, que embora pertença à fauna brasileira, poucas são as informações sobre sua morfologia na literatura especializada. Nesse sentido, objetivou-se descrever a origem e as ramificações de suas artérias mesentéricas cranial e caudal no intuito de contribuir com estudos de anatomia comparativa. Foram utilizados dez animais, entre machos e fêmeas, que após o óbito, tiveram sua parede torácica rebatida entre a quarta e a sexta costelas, para a exposição da aorta torácica, a qual foi canulada no sentido caudal e procedeu-se a injeção de solução de neoprene do tipo látex, corado convenientemente, para o preenchimento de todo o sistema arterial. Estas preparações foram fixadas em solução aquosa de formol a 10% por período superior à 72h; em seguida, as peças foram dissecadas e as artérias mesentéricas cranial e caudal identificadas. A artéria mesentérica cranial se originava da aorta abdominal, caudalmente à artéria celíaca, emitindo os seguintes ramos arteriais: pancreaticoduodenal caudal, pancreáticos, jejunais, íleocólicos e cecais. A origem da artéria mesentérica caudal ocorria próximo ao final da aorta abdominal, e este vaso emitia a artéria cólica esquerda e a artéria retal cranial, da qual partiam as artérias sigmóideas. Constatou-se que houve pouca variação no padrão de ramificação das artérias em relação aos referidos roedores e mamíferos domésticos.

  15. Edificio Daily Mirror

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    Williams, Owen

    1963-07-01

    Full Text Available The building has 18 levels. The Press occupies the 4 basement floors. The ground floor is taken up with the entrance hall, and an indoor carriage way. A snack bar and the telephone operators are situated on the second floor. The production department and the medical services are located on the third storey, whilst the fourth is occupied by the offices and library. The fifth floor is the beginning of the higher section of the building. This floor and up to including the 11th floor are devoted to office space, except for the 10th storey, which contains the office apartments of the directors and the Council Chamber. Equipment related to various services of the building is housed on the 12th storey. Finally, this tall building constitutes a fine landmark in the London skyline. The Daily Mirror building is outstanding for the appropriate nature, the completeness and the quality of its installations, which thus provide the most widely read paper in the world with outstandingly efficient offices.Este edificio consta de 18 plantas. El cuerpo de Prensa se aloja en los cuatro sótanos; los vestíbulos de entrada y una calzada interior para vehículos se hallan en la planta baja; la primera alberga un snack-bar y centralita telefónica; la segunda, el departamento de producción y centro de asistencia médica, y la tercera, las oficinas y biblioteca principales. La cuarta planta señala el comienzo del bloque alto; esta planta, junto con las quinta, sexta, séptima, octava y décima, están dedicadas a oficinas. La novena contiene las oficinas-apartamentos de los directores y salas de Consejo, y la undécima, la maquinaria para las diversas instalaciones del edificio. La elevada torre constituye un grandioso hito de referencia en esta zona de Londres. El «Daily Mirror» se distingue por el acierto, número y perfección de sus instalaciones, que proporcionan, al periódico de mayor actualidad mundial, las más adecuadas y amplias oficinas modernas.

  16. Coesão discursiva nos Estudos de execução transcendental de Liszt: as últimas sete peças Discourse cohesion in Liszt's Transcendental studies: the last seven pieces

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    Daniel Bento

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Parece urgente a investigação dos processos de coesão nos Estudos de execução transcendental de Franz Liszt: a emergência de um todo unificado é sugerida já no plano tonal que os coordena. O exame de outros aspectos que pudessem garantir unidade - vinculados aos materiais específicos das composições - constitui o foco do presente trabalho. Seu recorte é o subconjunto formado pelas últimas sete peças do grupo, justificado pelo fato de elas demonstrarem uma afinidade particular, o salto de sexta ascendente antecedido por diferentes formas de ênfase. O fundamento teórico adotado é uma adaptação do conceito de subtematismo de Dahlhaus, que nutre o procedimento metodológico: a abordagem analítica. Os resultados mostram conexões baseadas não apenas em fenômenos harmônicos, mas também na recorrência de materiais flexíveis que sofrem transformações. Com isso, confirma-se a coesão dos recortes e a pertinência dos processos de integração no volume de Liszt.It seems to be urgent the investigation upon the cohesive processes in the Transcendental studies by Franz Liszt: the emergence of a unified whole is already suggested in the tonal plan that coordinates them. The examination of other aspects that could guarantee unity - related to specific materials of the compositions - is this text's main concern. Its focus is the subset formed by the last seven pieces of the group, and that is justified by the fact that they show a particular affiliation, the ascending leap of sixth preceded by different forms of emphasis. The theoretical basis adopted is an adaptation of Dahlhaus' concept of subthematicism, which supports the methodological procedure: the analytical approach. The results show connections based not only on harmonic phenomena, but also on the recurrence of flexible materials that are object of transformations. Hence, it is possible to substantiate the cohesion of the selected pieces and the relevance of the

  17. Cicatrización guiada en perros criollos con enfermedad periodontal natural Uso de barreras de fabricación nacional

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    Carmen Alicia Cardozo de Martínez

    1997-12-01

    Full Text Available Este estudio multietapas evaluó, mediante el empleo de membranas de fabricación nacional, la capacidad regenerativa del periodonto en perros criollos con enfermedad periodontal natural. Siguiendo el diseño experimental de boca dividida -validado por Wikesjo y colaboradores- aplicado para la arcada inferior, se tomó un lado experimental y un lado control, escogiéndose como zonas de trabajo los segundos y terceros premolares. La membrana de fabricación nacional se colocó sobre el lado experimental, cubriendo el defecto furcal, previo raspaje y alisado radicular, en tanto que sobre el defecto control no se colocó membrana, recibiendo solo raspaje y alisado radicular. Las membranas se retiraron entre la cuarta y sexta semana posimplantación. Los resultados fueron los siguientes: 1 clínicamente, sobre los sitios experimentales, se obtuvo una ganancia promedio de inserción de 4,4 mm, mientras que sobre los controles la ganancia promedio fue de 3,6 mm; 2 en términos de porcentaje, se obtuvo una reducción promedio de 62,85% de la profundidad de los defectos sobre los sitios experimentales, en tanto que sobre los controles fue de 51,42%; 3 histométricamente, sobre el lado experimental hubo neoformación de cemento y ligamento periodontal que, en promedio, fue de 3,35 mm, lo cual correspondió a un 47,85% mientras que sobre los controles fue de 3,08 mm, que correspondió a 44%; en cuanto al hueso neoformado, el promedio fue de 2,313 mm (33,71% para los sitios experimentales y de 1,6 mm (22,85% para los sitios control. Histológicamente, se apreció neoformación de cemento radicular, nuevo ligamento periodontal y neoformación ósea hacia el fondo del defecto tanto en los sitios experimentales como en los sitios control; sin embargo, en promedio, la respuesta fue estadísticamente superior en los sitios con membrana. Llamó laatención la enorme variabilidad al evaluar la respuesta en forma individual, encontrándose que, en algunos de los

  18. Água de coco em pó como suplemento hidroeletrolítico e energético para atletas

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    Antônio Carlos Lopes Pinto

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available RESUMOIntrodução:O uso de bebidas esportivas vem sendo adotado em diversas modalidades com o intuito de propiciar hidratação adequada durante atividades físicas. A água do coco verde vem sendo usada como repositor de eletrólitos devido à sua composição físico-química rica em sais minerais.Objetivo:Avaliar uma bebida esportiva à base de água de coco em pó (ACP a partir de um blend de ACP com polpa de maracujá (Passiflora edulis S. voltada ao mercado de alimentos funcionais, com o objetivo de melhorar o desempenho de atletas amadores e profissionais em relação a um produto repositor eletrolítico já estabelecido no mercado (Gatorade sabor maracujá.Métodos:O experimento obedeceu a um delineamento inteiramente casualizado em esquema fatorial 2 x 2 x 3 (2 gêneros x 2 tipos de bebidas x 3 dias da semana, comparando o desempe-nho de dois grupos de atletas, sendo cinco atletas do sexo masculino e cinco atletas do sexo feminino, em relação à eficácia de dois suplementos hidroeletrolíticos (ACP com 20% de polpa de maracujá e Gatorade sabor maracujá em diferentes dias da semana (segunda-feira, quarta-feira e sexta-feira.Resultados:ACP com polpa de maracujá apresentou resultados semelhantes ao Gatorade sabor maracujá em relação à os-molaridade plasmática do sangue dos atletas, os quais não apresentaram nenhuma perda de desempenho e tiveram maior conforto gástrico ao se hidratarem com ACP com polpa de maracujá.Conclusão:As respostas fisiológicas mostram a eficiência de ACP com polpa de maracujá como um repositor de eletrólitos seme-lhante ao do produto Gatorade sabor maracujá, podendo assim ACP com polpa de maracujá também ser utilizada como uma bebida esportiva.

  19. Italy, the UNO, and the International Crisis

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    Luciano Tosi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available En la Italia de post-guerra el rechazo al nacionalismo y a la aspiración a una política de cooperación internacional tanto a nivel europeo como mundial eran ampliamente compartidas. En la Conferencia de Potsdam Truman propuso la admisión de Italia en el seno de la ONU, pero se encontró con la oposición de la URSS. En el contexto de la Guerra Fría, Italia solo pudo entrar en 1955, junto con otros 15 países. En la ONU, la participación de Italia, por ejemplo en asuntos relativos a la descolonización, se veía condicionada por sus lazos con los EEUU, por su pertenencia al bloque Occidental y por sus intereses económicos. Italia reconoció a la China comunista solo en 1970 y en 1971 votó a favor de su admisión en la ONU. En 1969 el primer ministro Moro describió en la Asamblea General de la ONU su “estrategia para una paz global”, un manifiesto de distensión basado en la ONU y en la igualdad de los estados y no en un “concierto de potencias”. Tales ideas contrastaban con la distensión llevada a cabo por Nixon y Kissinger, basada más bien en una política tradicional de poder y en las relaciones bilaterales entre las superpotencias. En los años 70 el estatus internacional de Italia se veía seriamente limitado por su crisis interna. En el último periodo de la Guerra Fría, las Fuerzas Armadas italianas empezaron a participar en misiones en el extranjero con o sin mandato de la ONU Tales misiones tenían como objetivo dar apoyo a la seguridad internacional y reforzar el estatus internacional de Italia dentro y fuera de la ONU. Italia se opuso con éxito a los planes para incrementar el número de miembros permanentes del Consejo de Seguridad proponiendo a cambio una nueva categoría de miembros semi-permanentes. En 1999 y el 2000 Italia fue el quinto mayor contribuyente al presupuesto de la ONU y el tercero en contribuir con tropas en misiones de la ONU. En el 2006 fue nombrado por sexta vez miembro del Consejo de Seguridad

  20. Cirugía valvular aórtica. Indicaciones y resultados

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    Susana Mingo

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Existen pocas actuaciones quirúrgicas en la enfermedad cardiovascular cuya contribución a la calidad y duración de la vida del paciente sea tan clara como la corrección de la valvulopatía aórtica. En los países desarrollados, la estenosis aórtica (EAo es la enfermedad valvular de mayor prevalencia. Al ser una manifestación del envejecimiento, esta valvulopatía es cada vez más frecuente, en tanto que la esperanza de vida de la población aumenta. La EAo grave sintomática es fatal si no se trata quirúrgicamente, por el contrario, si se interviene en su debido momento, el pronóstico es excelente. Existe controversia en distintos temas relacionados con la EAo, como en el manejo médico de la enfermedad, el momento de la intervención en pacientes asintomáticos y en aquellos con enfermedad muy avanzada, y el papel del tratamiento percutáneo. La incidencia de IAo clínicamente significativa aumenta con la edad, con un pico en la cuarta-sexta décadas. La prevalencia de la misma en el estudio Framingham fue del 4,9%, con regurgitación moderada o grave en el 0,5%. En los pacientes jóvenes la primera opción de tratamiento a considerar debe ser la reparación aórtica, seleccionando cuidadosamente la técnica apropiada dependiendo del análisis de la válvula y de la raíz aórtica. El campo de los procedimientos intervencionistas quirúrgicos y/o percutáneos para el tratamiento de la valvulopatía aórtica ha crecido de forma marcada en los últimos años, y es preciso que tanto pacientes como especialistas cardiólogos y cirujanos cardiovasculares estén al tanto de estas nuevas opciones.

  1. Aeropuerto internacional de Kansas City – (EE. UU.

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    Kivett, -

    1975-12-01

    Full Text Available The four new terminals of this airport are low, circular modules, entirely transparent due to the extensive use of glass. The main purpose of the project has been to minimize the walking distance for the passengers, reducing it to one sixth of the normal distance at the present airports. In the centre of the groups of terminals a multifunctional complex has been erected, consisting of: control tower —extension of the previous one— which is 60 m and has become one of the highest in the world: airport administration offices; office complex power plant, situated in the lower part of the unit. In all the buildings concrete has been utilized as basic material in structures and various construction elements; additional features are insulating glass panels on the facades and parquet for the floors. Further constructions at the airport are: a hotel with 600 rooms, shopping centers, exhibition halls, hangars, storage premises and a parking space.Las cuatro nuevas terminales de este aeropuerto son construcciones circulares, de baja altura, totalmente diáfanas gracias al uso masivo del vidrio. El objetivo principal del proyecto fue minimizar las distancias a recorrer por los pasajeros, reduciéndolas una sexta parte de lo normal en los aeropuertos actuales. En el centro del grupo de terminales se ha levantado un complejo multifuncional compuesto por: torre de control —ampliación de la antigua— que con sus 60 m se ha convertido en una de las más altas del mundo; oficinas administrativas del departamento de aviación; central de información meteorológica; y planta técnica de servicios e instalaciones, situada en la parte baja del complejo. En todos los edificios se ha utilizado el hormigón como material base en estructuras y distintos elementos constructivos. Se complementa con los paneles aislantes, de vidrio, empleados en las fachadas, y con el parquet que cubre todos los suelos. Otras construcciones del aeropuerto son: un hotel

  2. Síntesis de los estudios sobre moluscos continentales neógenos del sector septentrional de la Depresión de Teruel: período 1775-1998

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    Robles, F.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available The relevant information on the fossil record of the Neogene molluscs of the north of the Teruel Basin in the period between the years 1775-1998 is compiled and analyzed. First, the total number of different taxa mentioned in every paper is counted, second only the number of specific references is counted. The last references are divided into three categories called: new references, new species and repeated references. Apart from the information contained in every paper, the number of taxa contemplated, and the typology of the specific references, it is proposed a classification of the studies on neogene molluscs of this area in six stages: first (1775-1849, second (1849-1910, third (1910-1936, fourth (1936-1962, fifth (1962-1991 and sixth (1991-1998.Se recopila y analiza la información que se considera más relevante y se encuentra contenida en los estudios realizados sobre el registro fósil de los moluscos neógenos del sector septentrional de la Depresión de Teruel en el período comprendido entre los años 1775 y 1998. Se contabilizan, por una parte, el número total de taxones diferentes mencionados en cada trabajo y, por otra, sólo el número de citas efectuadas a nivel de especie en cada uno de ellos. Estas últimas se organizan en tres categorías que reciben el nombre de citas nuevas, especies nuevas y citas repetidas. Se propone, a partir de la información contenida en cada trabajo, el número de taxones contemplados, y la tipología de sus citas específicas, una clasificación de los estudios sobre moluscos neógenos de esta área en seis etapas: primera (1775-1849, segunda (1849-1910, tercera (1910 1936, cuarta (1936-1962, quinta (1962-1991 y sexta (1991-1998.

  3. O enriquecimento ambiental sobre o bem-estar de frangos de corte

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    Elaine Cristina de Oliveira Sans

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar os efeitos do enriquecimento ambiental sobre o bem-estar de frangos de corte em sistemas industriais. Um total de 400 frangos de corte machos, criados de um a 38 dias de idade, foram alojados em 20 boxes de 2m2 com 20 aves unidade-1 experimental, sendo 10 boxes com ambiente controle (AC e 10 com ambiente enriquecido (AE com poleiros, caixa de areia, couve, repolho e objetos suspensos. Aos sete, 21 e 35 dias foram avaliados claudicação, desvio valgo-varo e pododermatite (indicadores sanitários e colhidas amostras sanguíneas. Na primeira, segunda e sexta semanas, o comportamento das aves foi registrado pelo método de varredura durante 13 horas/dia, a cada 20min. Semanalmente, foram avaliados consumo médio, ganho de peso médio e conversão alimentar (desempenho das aves. Resultados hematológicos e de desempenho foram comparados pelo teste F, comportamentos e indicadores sanitários pelo teste Chi quadrado e mortalidade pelo teste T. Não houve diferença entre tratamentos para indicadores sanitários. Não houve diferença para relação heterófilo:linfócito (AC 0,47±0,02/AE 0,45±0,02, sendo que a contagem de basófilos ficou acima da normalidade em ambos os tratamentos (1338±97 µL-1; 1212±106 µL-1. Houve diminuição no comportamento de acocorar (35,0%/31,8% e dormir (14,6%/13,1% e aumento do banho de areia (0,9%/1,5%, bicar objetos (0,2%/0,6%, manutenção corporal (12,7%/14,2% e forragear (8,2%/12,0% em AE. Não houve diferença para mortalidade (2,5%/4,0% e desempenho. Os itens de enriquecimento mostraram benefícios em relação ao comportamento das aves, mas problemas sanitários afetaram negativamente seu bem-estar em ambos os tratamentos.

  4. Avaliação psicológica de crianças surdas pelo Teste das Pirâmides Coloridas de Pfister Evaluation of deaf children by the Colored Pyramids Test of Pfister

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    Lucila Moraes Cardoso

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available A técnica projetiva das Pirâmides Coloridas permite conhecer aspectos da personalidade de quem é examinado e ser útil na avaliação de crianças com dificuldades de comunicação, tais como os surdos. Este estudo objetivou verificar evidências de validade da técnica de Pfister no contexto da surdez e analisar possíveis influências dos modelos educacionais nas crianças surdas. Participaram 37 ouvintes e 81 surdos, sendo 31 oralizados, 29 bilíngües e 21 comunicação total. Os grupos foram compostos por crianças de 6 a 12 anos, de ambos os sexos e escolaridade do pré à sexta série do ensino fundamental. Na comparação dos grupos, surdos e ouvintes, verificou-se prevalência da cor violeta em crianças surdas. Já entre os grupos de surdos houve diferença significativa na presença de alguns indicadores de organização cognitiva. Este estudo, contudo, corrobora as evidências de validade para o uso do teste de Pfister com crianças surdas.The projective technique of the Colored Pyramids allows to know personality aspects from whom is been examined and can be useful for children's evaluation with communication difficulties, such as the deaf. This study had the goal of verifying technique evidences of validity Pfister to the deafness context and it intends to analyze possible influences of the educational models in the deaf children. 37 listeners and 81 deaf took part in this study, being 31 who use oral language, 29 bilingual and 21 total communication. The groups were composed by children from 6 to 12 years, both sexes and education students from elementary to sixth-grade classes. Comparing the groups, deaf and listeners, it was verified a larger prevalence of the violet color in deaf children. But among groups of deaf there was significant difference in the presence of some indicators of cognitive organization. This study, however, corroborates with the validity evidences for the use of the test Pfister with deaf children.

  5. Estudo correlacional entre o Teste de Pfister e o Desenho da Figura Humana Correlational study between the Test of Pfister and the Human Figure Drawing

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    Lucila Moraes Cardoso

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo teve como objetivo buscar as correlações existentes entre os indicadores emocionais e cognitivos das Pirâmides Coloridas de Pfister e do Desenho da Figura Humana, tanto no sistema DFH-Koppitz como no DFH-Sisto. As técnicas das Pirâmides Coloridas de Pfister (TPC e do Desenho da Figura Humana (DFH são instrumentos projetivos que permitem que se conheçam aspectos da personalidade de quem os executa. De acordo com a literatura, os dois métodos medem o mesmo construto, justificando o objetivo do presente estudo. Neste estudo, foram considerados os protocolos do TPC e do DFH de 118 meninos e meninas com idade entre 6 e 12 anos, estudantes do pré à sexta série e nível socioeconômico variado. Os testes foram aplicados em uma única sessão individual, com tempo livre. Utilizou-se o SPSS para estabelecer a relação entre os dois instrumentos. As análises empregadas possibilitaram verificar algumas relações entre os indicadores emocionais e cognitivos dos dois testes.The present study was aimed at seeking correlations between the emotional and cognitive indicators of the Colored Pyramids Test of Pfister (CPT and the Human Figure Drawing (HFD - both in the Koppitz's HFD and the Sisto's HFD systems. The techniques of Colored Pyramids Test (CPT of Pfister and Human Figure Drawing (HFD are projective instruments that permit to know aspects of the executor's personality. According to literature, the two methods measure the same constructo, justifying the objective of looking for correlations between them. The protocols of both CPT and HFD of 118 boys and girls aged between 6 and 12, students from elementary to sixth-grade classes and belonging to different social-economic levels, were considered at the present study. Tests were applied in a single individual session, with free time. The SPSS program was used in order to establish relation between both instruments. The analyses employed allowed to check some relations between

  6. Ansiedade e aprendizagem: um estudo com díades resolvendo problemas algébricos Anxiety and learning: peer interaction in solving algebraic problems

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    Helga Loos

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Partindo de uma perspectiva construtivista e interacionista, pesquisadores têm apontado o conflito sócio-cognitivo como situação que favorece o desenvolvimento cognitivo em estudantes que resolvem problemas conjuntamente. Com base no pressuposto de que elementos afetivos estão interligados aos sociais e cognitivos, o estudo teve por objetivo observar como oito duplas de estudantes de sexta e sétima séries gerenciavam, simultaneamente, a busca de solução para quatro problemas algébricos, a relação interpessoal e a ansiedade gerada pelas dificuldades eventualmente encontradas. As sessões foram videografadas e analisadas qualitativamente. Observou-se que: (1 todas as duplas manifestaram ansiedade relacionada às dificuldades da tarefa; (2 uma boa interação facilitou o gerenciamento dessa ansiedade; (3 uma má interação piorou o desempenho, sendo fonte adicional de ansiedade e desencorajando o desencadeamento de conflitos sócio-cognitivos; (4 uma boa interação e um gerenciamento adequado da ansiedade não puderam garantir um bom desempenho na tarefa quando, a pelo menos um dos participantes, faltavam os requisitos cognitivos mínimos para dominá-la.From a constructionist and interactionist perspective, researchers have shown that the socio-cognitive conflict leads to a cognitive development by students in solving-problem tasks in small groups. Based on the paradigm that affective factors are interconnected to the social and cognitive ones, this study aimed to observe sixteen 6th and 7th grade students in working in pairs, how they manage simultaneously: the solution search to four given algebraic problems, the interpersonal relationship and the anxiety generated by the difficulties eventually found. The sessions were recorded in video and qualitatively analyzed. It was observed that: (1 all groups manifested anxiety related to the difficulties of the task; (2 good interactions facilitated anxiety management; (3 bad interactions

  7. Sarcopenia e envelhecimento

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    Tatiane da Silva Pícoli

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: O envelhecimento está ligado ao grupo de alterações do desenvolvimento que ocorrem nos últimos anos de vida e está associado a alterações profundas na composição corporal. Essa perda relacionada à idade foi denominada "sarcopenia". OBJETIVOS: Avaliar a força muscular no processo de envelhecimento e identificar as variações entre os músculos do abdômen, membros superiores e inferiores. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Participaram deste estudo 48 indivíduos, que foram divididos em quatro grupos de acordo com a faixa etária: (G1 11 a 18 anos, (G2 20 a 26 anos, (G3 45 a 60 anos e (G4 66-82 anos. Os instrumentos de avaliação utilizados foram: 1 esfigmomanômetro (EM - para análise da força de flexores e extensores da articulação do joelho; 2 flexão de tronco em decúbito dorsal - para avaliação da força dos músculos abdominais (graus 0 a 5; 3 dinamômetro Jamar - para avaliação da força de preensão palmar; e 4 dinamômetro Preston Pinch Gauge - para avaliação da força na pinça dos dedos (polegar e indicador. RESULTADOS: Foi observado crescente incremento da força muscular de membros inferiores e superiores com o avançar da idade (G1, G2 e G3 e significativa diminuição da força muscular em todos os segmentos avaliados no G4 quando comparado com o G3. Foi observada importante variação entre a força muscular dos segmentos avaliados e a idade. O trabalho sugere que a diminuição da força muscular torna-se evidente a partir da sexta década de vida, e que esta apresenta variações entre os músculos do abdômen, membros superiores e inferiores.

  8. Bactérias endofíticas como agentes promotores do crescimento de plantas de tomateiro e de inibição in vitro de Ralstonia solanacearum Endophytic bacteria as agents of plant growth promotion in tomato and inhibition in vitro of Ralstonia solanacearum

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    Patrícia Baston Barretti

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available A partir de 150 isolados de bactérias endofíticas obtidos de folhas, caules e raízes de tomateiros sadios, 53 destacaram-se quanto à habilidade em promover o crescimento de plantas de tomateiro (Solanum lycopersicum L.. Submetidos a uma nova seleção, os isolados UFV-E17, UFV-E22, UFV-E25, UFV-E26, UFV-E27, Bacillus cereus (UFV-E29, UFV-E49, UFLA 06-LS, UFLA 08-LS e UFLA 11-LS apresentaram maior promoção do crescimento. Avaliações semanais de altura e número de folhas e folíolos das plantas aconteceram durante 45 dias. Após a sexta avaliação, mensurou-se a área foliar e o peso da matéria fresca e seca da parte aérea e da raiz das plantas. O isolado UFV-E49 apresentou melhor resultado para altura, área foliar, número de folhas e peso da matéria fresca e seca, tanto da parte aérea quanto da raiz. Dos isolados selecionados, somente dois apresentaram efeito inibitório direto in vitro a Ralstonia solanacearum.Out of one hundred and fifty isolates of endophytic bacteria from leaves, stems and roots of healthy tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum L., fifty three showed ability to promote tomato plant growth, among these, ten isolates UFV-E17, UFV-E22, UFV-E25, UFV-E26, UFV-E27, Bacillus cereus (UFV-E29, UFV-E49, UFLA 06-LS, UFLA 08-LS and UFLA 11-LS, provided the largest plant growth promotion. Weekly assessment of plant height and number of leaves and leaflets were carried out during 45 days. After the sixth evaluation, the leaf area and the fresh and dry weight of the aerial part of plants and of the roots were measured. Isolate UFV-E49 provided the largest values of height, leaf area, number of leaves and fresh and dry weight of the aerial part of plants as well as the root. From the selected isolates, only two presented antimicrobial activity against Ralstonia solanacearum.

  9. SENSIBILIDAD DE INMUNOIMPRESIÓN-ELISA Y DAS-ELISA EN EL DIAGNÓSTICO Y MUESTREO DEL VIRUS DE LA TRISTEZA DE LOS CÍTRICOS EN HUERTOS COMERCIALES DE TAMAULIPAS, MEXICO

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    N. Ruiz-García

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available El Virus de la tristeza de los cítricos (VTC causa una enfermedad de interés regulatorio para la citricultura mexicana. El diagnóstico y un muestreo oportuno y confiable es esencial para aplicar estrategias de manejo ante el avance en territorio nacional del pulgón café, su principal vector. Con el fin de contar con un método eficaz y eficiente para el muestreo y detección del VTC, se evaluó el desempeño del método de inmunoimpresión-ELISA con respecto a DAS-ELISA, el método oficial de diagnóstico, debido a su economía, facilidad y rapidez. Con este propósito se evaluaron 7,421 árboles, considerando la edad del brote y de infección, provenientes de 11 huertos comerciales de Tamaulipas. El método de inmunoimpresión-ELISA superó en sensibilidad y capacidad de pronóstico de positivos a DAS-ELISA en el diagnóstico de árboles con infección reciente o desconocida del VTC (P¿0.028. La disposición de brotes positivos en el dosel fue heterogénea siendo descrita por la función beta binomial (P¿0.16-0.23. Con base en esta función y la reproducción de los resultados de impresiones dobles por pecíolo (93.2 % se sugiere un tamaño óptimo de muestra de 10 pecíolos por árbol en impresiones simples. Este método fue 54.9 % más económico que DAS-ELISA y los diagnósticos se realizaron en una sexta parte del tiempo requerido en esta última prueba. Sin embargo, por el requerimiento de la norma oficial mexicana vigente (NOM- 031-FITO-2000, se recomienda el método de inmunoimpresión-ELISA como un método rápido para discriminar árboles positivos en muestreos de campo que deben posteriormente ser verificados por el método oficial de diagnóstico.

  10. Abordagem profunda e abordagem superficial à aprendizagem: diferentes perspectivas do rendimento escolar Deep and surface approach to learning: different perspectives about academic achievement

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    Cristiano Mauro Assis Gomes

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo investiga a relação entre a abordagem superficial e a abordagem profunda à aprendizagem na explicação do rendimento escolar. Algumas questões são delineadas buscando verificar o papel de cada uma das abordagens na proficiência escolar em séries distintas. Foram analisados dados de 684 estudantes da sexta série do ensino fundamental à terceira série do ensino médio de uma escola particular de Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. Foi delineado um modelo para comparação das séries escolares, através da modelagem por equação estrutural. O modelo desenhado apresentou bom grau de ajuste (c²=427,12; gl=182; CFI=0,95; RMSEA=0,04 para a amostra completa e para cada série escolar. Os resultados mostram que há uma participação distinta da abordagem superficial e da abordagem profunda no desempenho escolar nas diferentes séries. São discutidas implicações dos resultados para a teoria das abordagens.This study investigates the relationship between deep and surface approach to learning in explaining academic achievement. Some questions are outlined aiming to verify the role of each approach in student's proficiency in different grades. Data from 684 students from junior high school (6th year to high school (12th year of a private school in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, were analyzed. A model was designed to compare the grades through structural equation modeling. The designed model showed a good fit (c² = 427.12; df = 182; CFI = .95, RMSEA = .04 for the full sample and for each grade. The results show that there is a distinct contribution of both approaches in academic achievement in the different grades. Further implications to the learning approach theory will be discussed.

  11. Treinamento neuromotor no padrão de marcha e na mobilidade de tornozelos em idosos

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    Bruna Caroline de Lima

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Analisar o efeito do treinamento neuromotor no padrão de marcha e a mobilidade de tornozelos em idosos. Métodos: Ensaio controlado não aleatorizado, de corte transversal, realizado em Rio Negrinho, Santa Catarina, no período de maio a setembro de 2015, com amostra de 26 idosas divididas em grupo controle (GC=15 e grupo treinamento neuromotor (GTN=11. A avaliação do padrão de marcha ocorreu através do Protocolo de Cerny e a mobilidade de tornozelos, através da goniometria. O GC realizou atividade física regular composta por aquecimento, exercícios de alongamento e fortalecimento muscular de grandes grupos musculares de membros e desaquecimento. O GTN recebeu treinamento neuromotor em forma de circuito composto por 10 estações, com aquecimento, treinamento neuromotor, desaquecimento e repetição do circuito em 3 vezes, com permanência de 1 minuto em cada estação e 30 segundos de intervalo entre elas, com progressão de dificuldade dos exercícios após a sexta semana. Ambos os grupos realizaram a atividade por 12 semanas (2 vezes semanais, com duração de 45 minutos. Análise ocorreu pelo teste t, adotando um nível de significância de p<0,05. Resultados: Houve melhora significativa em dorsiflexão de ambos os tornozelos (direito p=0,00 e esquerdo=0,02 e em ambos os grupos; já no padrão de marcha, não houve melhora significativa após treinamento neuromotor (velocidade p=0,55; tempo de deambulação p=0,6. Conclusão: O treinamento neuromotor beneficiou a manutenção do padrão de marcha (velocidade e tempo de deambulação e a mobilidade articular de tornozelos em idosas avaliadas.

  12. Biological roles of Cytochrome c: mitochondrial electron transport, programmed cell death and gain of peroxidatic activity

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    Victoria Colman

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available El citocromo c (cyt c es una pequeña proteína monomérica de 13,0 kDa, que posee carga neta positiva a pH fisiológico. En su estructura se destaca un grupo hemo hexa-coordinado siendo la His18 y la Met80 la quinta y sexta posición de coordinación, respectivamente. Es una molécula soluble que se asocia mediante interacciones electrostáticas a la parte externa de la membrana mitocondrial interna, donde cumple una importante función como transportador de electrones entre los complejos III y IV de la cadena respiratoria mitocondrial, formando parte de una de las rutas catabólicas principales que llevan a la generación de ATP. Además, el cyt c participa en otras dos funciones esenciales para la célula: la apoptosis y la peroxidación de la cardiolipina de membrana. La actividad peroxidasa del cyt c es esencial para el inicio de la apoptosis, debido a que provoca la oxigenación específica de la cardiolipina para producir hidroperóxidos de cardiolipina, necesarios para la liberación de otros factores pro-apoptóticos. Durante la apoptosis, el cyt c se libera desde el espacio intermembrana de la mitocondria hacia el citosol, formando un complejo con APAF-1 y ATP, modulando las vías dependientes de caspasas. Esta función del cyt c también es muy importante ya que la muerte celular programada es un proceso celular fundamental para la correcta eliminación de células dañadas, evitando la diseminación de los restos celulares. La presente monografía pretende reunir información sobre estas tres principales funciones del cyt c, que dejan en manifiesto su importancia para la vida celular.

  13. Heat and mass transfer during the warming of a bottle of beer = Transferência de calor e massa durante o aquecimento de uma garrafa de cerveja

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    Cláudio Vinicius Barbosa Monteiro

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The warming of a bottle of beer during a Friday evening happy hour directly involves transport phenomena, such as mass transfer due to condensation of air humidity on the bottle surface and heat transfer from the ambient to the bottle, which occurs by free convection and water condensation. Both processes happen simultaneously and are directly associated with the heat and mass transfer coefficients involved, which are affected by the ambient humidity and temperature. Several runs were made in several ambient conditions by exposing a cold bottle of beer to varied temperature and humidity and measuring the temperature of beer and the mass of water condensed on the bottle surface over time. From these measures, a theoretical and experimental methodology was developed and applied for the evaluation of the heat and mass transfer coefficients that govern this process. Both the relative humidity and ambient temperature exert a significant influence on the convective heat transfer coefficient. However, the mass transfer coefficient is affected only by the temperature.O aquecimento de uma garrafa de cerveja num “happy-hour” de sexta a tarde envolve diretamente os fenômenos de transferência de massa, devido à condensação da umidade do ar na superfície da garrafa, e de transferência de calor do meio para a garrafa, que ocorre por convecção natural e por condensação de vapor de água. Ambos os processos ocorrem simultaneamente e estão diretamente associados aos coeficientes de transferência de calor e massa envolvidos na dinâmica destes fenômenos e sofrem influência direta da umidade e temperatura ambientes. Neste contexto, efetuaram-se ensaios em diversas condições de temperatura e umidade ambientes, expondo-se uma garrafa de cerveja gelada ao ambiente e medindo-se a temperatura da cerveja e a massa de água condensada ao longo do tempo. A partir destas medidas, desenvolveu-se uma metodologia teórico-experimental que proporcionou a

  14. Características clínicas, perfil hormonal y marcadores de autoinmunidad de pacientes con enfermedad de Graves.

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    Deysy Cieza Diaz

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Describir las características clínicas, el perfil hormonal y los marcadores de autoinmunidad de pacientes con enfermedad de Graves (EG, atendidos en el servicio de endocrinología de un hospital general. Material y métodos: Estudio descriptivo, retrospectivo de pacientes con diagnóstico de EG atendidos en el servicio de endocrinología del Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia durante el año 2005. Los pacientes fueron identificados utilizando el Registro Diario de Atención y Otras Actividades del consultorio externo. Para el análisis estadístico se utilizó el programa SPSS versión 12,0. Resultados: Se revisaron 111 historias clínicas. La edad promedio fue de 40,6 ± 14 años. El 71,2% eran mujeres. El 20,7% tenía antecedente familiar de otra enfermedad autoinmune. El tiempo de enfermedad promedio antes de la consulta fue 18,9 ± 30,4 meses. Los síntomas más frecuentes fueron: tremor, piel delgada, palpitaciones y baja de peso. El peso promedio de la glándula tiroides estimado por palpación fue 69 ± 27,5 gr, 38,7% presentaba exoftalmos y 18,9% mixedema pretibial. El perfil hormonal mostró TSH suprimida, T4 libre y T3 total elevados. El 86,7% de los casos tenía autoanticuerpos anti-peroxidasa tiroidea (anti-TPO positivo. En 95,5% el tratamiento incluyó el uso de tionamidas. El análisis bivariado mostró que las mujeres tuvieron antecedente familiar de enfermedad tiroidea autoinmune en mayor frecuencia que los varones (27,8 vs. 9,4% (p=0,04. Conclusión: La población estudiada con EG fueron con mayor frecuencia mujeres entre la tercera y sexta década de la vida. El peso estimado de la glándula tiroides fue tres veces lo normal, con alta frecuencia de oftalmopatía y mixedema. La mayoría tiene marcadores humorales de autoinmunidad y el tratamiento inicial se basa en el uso de tionamidas. (Rev Med Hered 2008; 19:152-157.

  15. Análise da informação em saúde: 1893-1993, cem anos da Classificação Internacional de Doenças Analysis of information on health data: 1893-1993, a hundred years of the International Classification of Diseases

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    Ruy Laurenti

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    Full Text Available A análise da mortalidade por causas, bem como da morbidade, necessita de um instrumento que agrupe as doenças segundo características comuns, isto é, uma classificação de doenças. Atualmente está em uso a Classificação Internacional de Doenças da OMS, na sua Nona Revisão. Esta classificação surgiu em 1893; para 1993 está proposta a implantação da Décima Revisão. O trabalho descreve as raízes de uma classificação internacional, fazendo referências a John Graunt, William Farr e Jacques Bertillon bem como à evolução pela qual passou em suas sucessivas revisões. Inicialmente era uma classificação de causas de morte passando a ser, a partir da Sexta Revisão, uma classificação que incluiu todas as doenças e motivos de consultas, possibilitando seu uso em morbidade, sendo que a partir da Décima Revisão se propõe uma "família" de classificações, para os mais diversos usos em administração de serviços de saúde e epidemiologia. O trabalho também apresenta algumas críticas que são feitas à Classificação Internacional de Doenças.The analysis of mortality by cause, as well as of morbidity, calls for an instrument that groups the diseases according to common characteristics, that is to say, a classification of diseases. The WHO Internatinal Classification of Diseases, in its Ninth Revision, is currently in use. This classification first appeared in 1893; its Tenth Revision is being proposed for 1993. This present paper describes the origins of this international classification, making special references to John Graunt, William Farr and Jacques Bertillon as well as describing the evolution that has occurred through its successive revisions. Initially it was a classification that included only causes of death. After the Sixth Revision included all the diseases and causes of medical consultations, thus allowing its use in morbidity. For the tenth and later revisions, a "family" of classifications is proposed, for

  16. Papel da criocirurgia no tratamento das neoplasias cutâneas do segmento cabeça e pescoço: análise de 1900 casos

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    Antonio Azoubel Antunes

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Demonstrar a experiência dos autores na utilização da criocirurgia como tratamento de lesões benignas e malignas da pele e mucosa no segmento cabeça e pescoço. MÉTODO: Os autores realizam um estudo retrospectivo multicêntrico de 1900 casos de pacientes portadores de neoplasias benignas e malignas da cabeça e do pescoço, atendidos e tratados no Centro de Oncologia do Hospital Universitário Oswaldo Cruz (CEON/HUOC/UPE, Hospital de Câncer de Pernambuco (HCP e clínica privada, no período de abril de 1977 a abril de 2002 (25 anos. Comparam, ainda, os dados obtidos com a revisão bibliográfica realizada, bem como sua experiência pessoal na utilização de tal modalidade terapêutica. RESULTADOS: Do total de pacientes, 57,9% eram do sexo masculino e a quinta e sexta décadas de vida foram as mais frequentemente acometidas (58,9%. O Carcinoma basocelular foi o tipo histológico predominante (63,1% - 1200 casos, seguido dos hemangiomas (14,2% - 270 casos. O tempo médio de exposição das lesões ao nitrogênio líquido foi de 15 e 35 segundos, e o tempo médio de cicatrização de 14 e 21 dias para as lesões benignas e malignas respectivamente. CONCLUSÕES: A indicação da criocirurgia deve obedecer alguns critérios de avaliação como o aspecto macroscópico e tamanho da lesão, tipo histológico, localização, idade e perfil social de cada paciente. Quando indicada e executada corretamente, oferece idênticos índices de cura aos outros métodos terapêuticos convencionais.

  17. Amostragem para diagnose do estado nutricional e avaliação da fertilidade do solo em caramboleiras

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    Amanda Hernandes

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Para a realização de uma análise confiável, a etapa mais sensível e que merece extremo cuidado é a amostragem do tecido vegetal e do solo. A amostra mais adequada é aquela que representa o melhor possível a área de estudo, exigindo um mínimo de plantas amostradas para atender a esse objetivo e com o menor número possível de amostras simples coletadas. Assim, o presente trabalho procurou dimensionar o número de plantas a serem amostradas para a diagnose do estado nutricional, bem como o número de amostras simples necessárias para formar a amostra composta, para fins de avaliação da fertilidade do solo cultivado com caramboleiras. O estudo foi realizado em um pomar comercial de caramboleiras, no município de Vista Alegre do Alto (SP, empregando-se amostragem aleatória, coletando-se a sexta folha a partir do ápice do ramo da caramboleira, na altura mediana da frutífera, no florescimento da cultura, em 40 plantas. Foram coletadas, também, 30 amostras simples de solo, em zigue-zague, nas linhas da cultura, com o auxílio de um trado tipo holandês, nas camadas de 0 a 0,2 m e 0,2 a 0,4 m. Considerando-se aceitável um erro amostral de 10%, 21 plantas de carambola seriam suficientes para as determinações químicas foliares de macronutrientes. Já para os micronutrientes, seriam necessárias, no mínimo, 52 plantas amostradas. O aumento do número de amostras simples reduziu o erro porcentual na estimativa da média desejada, permitindo a recomendação de 14 e 17 amostras simples nas camadas de 0 a 0,2 m e 0,2 a 0,4 m (erro = 20%, respectivamente.

  18. Mercado de Bens Simbólicos do Futebol: A Estratégia Empreendedora da Gestão Andrés Sanchez no Sport Club Corinthians Paulista

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    Full Text Available O crescimento do mercado de bens simbólicos se tornou realidade em todos os continentes. Particularmente, o futebol, desde a Copa do Mundo de 1990, passou por crescimento financeiro incomum. A exploração da paixão dos torcedores/consumidores pelo futebol e por seus respectivos clubes transformou-se em grande atividade comercial e de prestação de serviços, após o advento da Lei Pelé em março de 1998. Consequentemente, os clubes deixaram de ser meras agremiações esportivas e se tornaram grandes organizações, responsáveis por oferecer um produto atraente e cada vez mais rentável. A estratégia empreendedora da gestão de Andrés Sanchez possibilitou ao Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, em 2012, alcançar o primeiro lugar de empresa no futebol brasileiro e a sexta colocação no cenário mundial. Por meio de pesquisa exploratória de natureza qualitativa, ex-post factum, acompanhada de entrevista em profundidade com gestores participantes do empreendimento e membros da torcida organizada, o objetivo central da pesquisa, na perspectiva fenomenológica, buscou identificar as estratégias empregadas na Gestão Andrés Sanchez para a valorização da marca. Os resultados da pesquisa apontam para a integração das estratégias funcionais com a estratégia dos negócios. Na percepção dos entrevistados, a visão empreendedora permitiu ao clube, em quatro anos (2008-2011, formar a base de seu acelerado crescimento para, posteriormente, alcançar posicionamento diferenciado e, consequentemente, vantagem competitiva sustentável.DOI: 10.5585/podium.v2i1.35

  19. Tumor de colisão de pele do pescoço

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    Full Text Available O tumor de colisão ou tumor misto é uma neoplasia maligna de pele, relacionada à exposição solar e com índices de incidência de até 1,5%. Apresenta comportamento clínico peculiar, em relação às demais neoplasias malignas de pele e com diagnóstico histológico, caracterizado pela colisão entre um carcinoma basocelular e um carcinoma epidermóide, ou seja, duas neoplasias com histologias distintas e interface nítida entre ambas. O caso relatado foi de paciente do sexo masculino, 73 anos, com duas lesões cervicais de crescimento progressivo nos últimos meses. O tratamento realizado foi cirúrgico, com exame histológico demonstrando a presença de carcinoma de células escamosas contíguo ao carcinoma de células basais. O acometimento preferencial ocorre em homens de pele clara, na quinta ou sexta décadas de vida. Sua localização mais comum é na cabeça e pescoço, principalmente na parte central da face. O carcinoma basoescamoso é diagnóstico diferencial, definido através de critérios histológicos distintos, uma vez que ambas neoplasias apresentam comportamento clínico semelhante. Os índices de recidiva local variam de 12% a 45%, enquanto que é baixo na recidiva regional, de aproximadamente 7,5%. Os principais fatores prognósticos são o gênero do paciente, margens cirúrgicas, infiltração perineural e status linfonodal. O tratamento de escolha é a ressecção, sendo a radioterapia indicada na sua adjuvância e lesões irressecáveis. A recidiva local é o principal fator limitante na sobrevida livre de doença que apresenta resultados pobres.

  20. Remoção de matéria orgânica do esgoto em solo de wetland construído

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    Full Text Available RESUMO Nos sistemas wetlands construídos os meios suportes tradicionalmente utilizados são areia grossa, cascalho, pedregulho e brita. Nesta pesquisa, foi utilizado o solo natural (Latossolo Vermelho-Amarelo misturado com areia média, plantado (wetlands construídos com arroz irrigado (Oryza sativa L. ou não (controles. O objetivo foi avaliar a remoção de DBO dos esgotos domésticos pelos processos de imobilização do carbono da biomassa microbiana e da respiração basal (atividade microbiana. Foram utilizados três sistemas operando com taxas de aplicação hidráulica de 4, 8 e 15 cm.d1. Cada sistema apresentava três unidades wetlands construídos e três controles, as quais eram alimentadas com esgotos para tratamento, por fluxo vertical em regime não saturado, nas segundas, quartas e sextas-feiras, ficando os outros dias em descanso para aeração do solo. Os resultados mostraram que os solos foram capazes de reduzir as concentrações de DBO afluentes significativamente, com eficiência de remoção variando entre 97 e 99%. A remoção se deu pela mineralização da matéria orgânica e seu acúmulo no solo. Durante o início da aplicação do esgoto, houve inicialmente uma redução nos teores de matéria orgânica nativa do solo que passaram a aumentar paulatinamente com a aplicação dos esgotos. A atividade dos microrganismos decompositores aumentou proporcionalmente à taxa de aplicação de esgoto, porém taxas elevadas indicaram uma tendência à inibição dessa atividade. Nos solos das unidades controles, houve menores perdas de CO2 para a atmosfera, indicando uma maior imobilização do carbono nos solos.

  1. Anestesia combinada raqui-peridural em paciente portadora de esclerose lateral amiotrófica: relato de caso Anestesia combinada raquiepidural en paciente portadora de esclerosis lateral amiotrófica: relato de caso Combined spinal-epidural block in a patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: case report

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    Adriano Bechara de Souza Hobaika

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A esclerose lateral amiotrófica é uma doença que se inicia entre a quinta e a sexta década de vida e provoca a degeneração e morte dos neurônios motores superiores e inferiores. Quando os músculos responsáveis pela ventilação são acometidos, o paciente evolui para o óbito em alguns anos em decorrência da insuficiência respiratória. RELATO DO CASO: Sexo feminino, 63 anos, esclerose lateral amiotrófica, submetida a tratamento cirúrgico de fratura transtrocantérica de fêmur. Quadro de fraqueza em membros superiores e inferiores, disartria, consciente e orientada. Aparelho respiratório: tosse ineficaz, diminuição da força dos músculos intercostais e diafragma e redução do murmúrio vesicular em bases pulmonares. Primeiramente, a punção peridural foi realizada em L3/L4, onde um cateter de silicone foi introduzido 5 cm. A seguir, a punção raquidiana foi feita em L4/L5 com administração de 7,5 mg de bupivacaína hiperbárica. Mais 37 mg de ropivacaína a 0,37% foram administrados pelo cateter peridural para que o bloqueio sensitivo alcançasse o dermátomo T10. O procedimento transcorreu sem complicações e a paciente recebeu alta hospitalar após três dias. CONCLUSÕES: As evidências têm demonstrado que a administração de bloqueios no neuroeixo parece ser segura em pacientes com esclerose lateral amiotrófica, pois evita a manipulação das vias aéreas e as complicações ventilatórias.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: La esclerosis lateral amiotrófica es una enfermedad que empieza entre la quinta y la sexta década de vida y que provoca la degeneración y la muerte de las neuronas motoras superiores e inferiores. Cuando los músculos responsables de la ventilación son acometidos, el paciente evoluciona a óbito en algunos años debido a la insuficiencia respiratoria. RELATO DEL CASO: Sexo femenino, 63 años, esclerosis lateral amiotrófica, sometida a tratamiento quirúrgico de fractura

  2. Perfil do doente renal crônico no ambulatório multidisciplinar de um hospital universitário Perfil del enfermo renal crónico de consultorios externos multidisciplinario de un hospital universitario Demographic profile of individuals with chronic renal disease from a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic of a university teaching hospital

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    Simone Martins Rembold

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever o perfil do cliente com doença renal crônica em tratamento conservador no Ambulatório Multidisciplinar do Hospital Universitário Antonio Pedro. MÉTODOS: O estudo é descritivo tendo sido analisados 72 prontuários de pacientes atendidos nos anos de 2006 a 2008. Os dados foram processados eletronicamente com o auxílio dos programas EXCEL 2007 e SPSS 13.0. RESULTADOS: A média de idade dos pacientes foi 59 + 14 anos sendo 60% do sexo feminino. Em relação à escolaridade, 42% tinham ensino fundamental incompleto. A maior parte encontrava-se no estágio 4 da doença renal crônica, sendo as principais doenças de base o diabetes mellitus e a hipertensão arterial. Mais de 80% usavam anti-hipertensivos, e mais da metade usava diuréticos. O sintoma predominante foi a noctúria. Apenas em sete pacientes foi confeccionada fístula artério-venosa. CONCLUSÃO: A população atendida no referido ambulatório consistiu, na sua maior parte de pacientes na quinta ou sexta década de vida, com predominância do sexo feminino. A maioria encontrava-se no estágio 4 da classificação do DOQI para doença renal crônica sendo diabetes a principal causa da doença renal.OBJETIVO: Describir el perfil del cliente con enfermedad renal crónica en tratamiento conservador en Consultorio Externo Multidisciplinario del Hospital Universitario Antonio Pedro. MÉTODOS: Se trata de un estudio descriptivo en el que se analizaron 72 historias clínicas de pacientes atendidos en los años de 2006 a 2008. Los dados fueron procesados electrónicamente con la ayuda de los programas EXCEL 2007 y SPSS 13.0. RESULTADOS: El promedio de edad de los pacientes fue entre 59 + 14 años siendo el 60% del sexo femenino. En relación a la escolaridad, el 42% tenían primaria incompleta. La mayor parte se encontraba en la fase 4 de la enfermedad renal crónica, siendo las principales enfermedades de base la diabetes mellitus y la hipertensión arterial. Más del

  3. Avaliação nutricional de estratégias de suplementação para bovinos de corte durante a estação da seca Nutritional evaluation of supplementation strategies for beef cattle during the dry season

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    Eduardo Henrique Bevitori Kling de Moraes

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se avaliar o efeito da frequência de oferta de suplementos proteicos sobre as características nutricionais de bovinos de corte em pastejo durante o período de seca. Utilizaram-se cinco novilhos mestiços Nelore nãocastrados, com peso médio inicial de 290 kg, fistulados no esôfago e rúmen e distribuídos em delineamento quadrado latino 5 × 5. A área experimental foi composta de cinco piquetes de Brachiaria decumbens, cada um com 0,40 hectare. O experimento foi composto de cinco períodos experimentais de 15 dias, com os sete primeiros dias destinados à adaptação dos animais. As estratégias estudadas foram autocontrole de consumo e oferta de suplementos (1,0 kg/dia em três frequências: 3 vezes/semana (às segundas, quartas e sextas-feiras, 5 vezes/semana (de segunda a sexta-feira, 6 vezes/semana (de segunda a sábado e diariamente. Não houve efeito das frequencias de suplementação sobre os consumos expressos em kg/dia ou % PV. A frequência de suplementação teve efeito nas digestibilidades aparentes total e ruminal da MS e da PB, que foram maiores nos animais do grupo autocontrole. Os valores médios de pH observados no dia em que os animais não receberam suplemento foram de: 6,54±0,13; 6,48 ± 0,15 e 6,61 ± 0,07, respectivamente, para as frequências 3 vezes/semana, 5 vezes/semana e 6 vezes/semana. A concentração do NH3 foi 14,65 ± 5,78; 13,57 ± 5,30 e 15,30 ± 4,98 mg/dL de líquido ruminal, respectivamente, para as frequências 3 vezes/semana, 5 vezes/semana e 6 vezes/semana nos dias em que os animais não receberam suplemento. As eficiências microbianas e as concentrações de nitrogênio na urina e no soro sanguíneo são afetadas pelas estratégias estudadas e maiores nos animais alimentados com suplemento autocontrole.The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of the frequency of protein supplementation on the nutritional characteristics of beef cattle during the dry season. Five Nellore

  4. What can They do When we Give Them the Chance? Assessing the Impact of Data- Immersive Technology-Enabled Inquiry Projects on High School Students' Understanding of Geoscience

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    Zalles, D.; Quellmalz, E.; Gobert, J.; Pallant, A.

    2006-12-01

    The report "Bringing Research on Learning to the Geosciences" (Manduca, Mogk, & Stillings, 2002) proposed a new program of research to invigorate and expand geoscience education. The report recommended integrating best practices in learning science with the distinctive challenges posed by using geoscience data sets and visualizations in inquiry activities (e.g., working with geologic time-referenced concepts, observing complex natural systems, using integrative and synthetic approaches). Geoscience educators are challenged with how to take advantage of publicly available data and visualization technology to build in their students deeper understanding of key Earth system phenomena and, at the same time, greater ability to identify and generate appropriate inquiry strategies. Their challenge is made greater by the fact that the ways in which geoscientists design research studies and represent, interpret, and analyze data vary widely with the disparate Earth system phenomena they study. Data for example, that permit analysis of the relationships between plate boundaries and earthquakes have quite different representational requirements than weather data that support analyses of climate change. The data's spatial and temporal characteristics are also critical determinants of representational requirements. How can students be led to appreciate what is knowable and not knowable by specific data sets, and how can they become better at taking the best possible advantages of whatever data are available to them as they formulate research questions and confront authentic problems? These are the questions we are addressing in our NSF-funded project, Data Sets and Inquiry in Geoscience Education. We are investigating what greater understandings of epistemically-appropriate geoscientifc inquiry high school students are capable of demonstrating when provided with the opportunity. To do this, we are designing and testing data-immersive project-based units that supplement existing

  5. Relevancia de la farmacovigilancia hospitalaria en la práctica médica actual Importance of pharmacovigilance in current medical practice

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    Marcelo L. Ponte

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Las reacciones adversas medicamentosas (RAM generan actualmente una notable morbimortalidad, llegando a representar entre la cuarta y sexta causa de muerte y hasta un 12% de las hospitalizaciones en países desarrollados. Este es, además, un problema creciente. El objetivo del trabajo fue revisar la incidencia de RAM en un hospital de alta complejidad. Se revisó la base de datos del sistema de farmacovigilancia, desde junio de 2008 hasta febrero de 2012. Para determinar la causabilidad de una droga en un evento médico se aplicó el índice de Naranjo de efectos indeseables medicamentosos. Se consideró RAM grave a aquella que provoca la internación, la prolonga, compromete seriamente la vida, genera discapacidad permanente o teratogénesis o induce la muerte. Se detectaron 2420 RAM en este período. 469 (19.38%; IC 95%: 17.80-20.95 fueron serias, principalmente debido a que fueron causa de hospitalización (n = 287. Hubo 14 muertes atribuibles a RAM. Los grupos farmacológicos más frecuentemente asociados a toxicidad fueron drogas cardiovasculares, antibióticos, neuropsiquiátricas y corticoides. Las RAM más frecuentes afectaron al sistema endocrinometabólico, causaron hepatotoxicidad, nefrotoxicidad y farmacodermias. Las causas más frecuentes de hospitalización por RAM fueron infecciones graves asociadas a tratamiento inmunosupresor y hemorragia digestiva por anticoagulación y antiinflamatorios no esteroides. La incidencia de RAM en pacientes hospitalizados y el número de hospitalizaciones por este motivo fue elevado. Las drogas involucradas fueron similares a las comunicadas en la bibliografía internacional, salvo la alta incidencia de RAM relacionadas a inmunosupresores.Adverse drug reactions (ADRs are cause of significant morbi-mortality They are between the fourth and sixth cause of mortality in developed countries and cause nearly 12% of hospitalizations. The objective of this publication was to analyze the incidence of ADRs

  6. Ambiente familiar e consumo de álcool e tabaco entre adolescentes Familiar environment and use of alcohol and tobacco among teenagers

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    Rafael Souza Moreno

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar a influência do ambiente familiar em relação ao uso de álcool e tabaco pelos adolescentes. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de estudo descritivo, elaborado a partir da análise e aprofundamento da categoria referente ao uso de drogas lícitas e a influência familiar, presente em um questionário semiestruturado, contendo ao todo 25 questões sobre o uso álcool e tabaco, realizado junto a 1.533 adolescentes de ambos os sexos, tendo por critérios de inclusão: adolescentes entre dez e 20 anos de idade, matriculados e frequentando regularmente a sexta, a sétima ou a oitava séries do ensino fundamental e o primeiro, o segundo ou o terceiro anos do ensino médio das escolas estaduais situadas nas regiões de Santo Eduardo e Santa Emília, no município de Embu, no período matutino, e que aceitaram participar das oficinas de prevenção e promoção da saúde realizadas pelo Projeto Corporalidade e Promoção da Saúde. A análise estatística foi aplicada por meio do teste do qui-quadrado, ao nível de significância pOBJECTIVE: To analyze the influence of the family environment in relation to alcohol and tobacco use among adolescents. METHODS: This was a descriptive study consisting of in-depth analysis on the topic of family influence related to legal drug use. A semi-structured questionnaire containing 25 questions on alcohol and tobacco use was completed by 1,533 adolescents of both genders. Inclusion criteria were: adolescents aged ten to 20 years who were regularly attending morning classes in the sixth, seventh or eighth years of elementary education or in the first, second or third years of high school education at state schools in two regions of the municipality of Embu, São Paulo, Brazil. Subjects agreed to participate in preventive health promotion workshops of the Corporality and Health Promotion Project. Statistical analysis applied odds ratio, with a 95% confidence interval and chi-square test, being significant p<0

  7. EFECTO DE LA CANTIDAD DE REPETICIONES MENTALES DIRIGIDAS DE LA TAREA SOBRE EL RENDIMIENTO DE UNA RUTINA OBLIGATORIA DE PISO EN NIÓAS QUE PRACTICAN GIMNASIA

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    Laura Sobalvarro Chavarría

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available El propósito de esta investigación fue comparar dos cargas diferentes de práctica mental, una en que se realizaba dos repeticiones mentales de una rutina de piso y otra en la cual se hacía cinco repeticiones, para observar su efecto sobre el rendimiento en la ejecución de una rutina de piso en gimnasia. Participaron 18 niñas con edades entre cinco y doce años quienes practicaban gimnasia regularmente tres veces por semana desde al menos seis meses antes del estudio y que entrenaban para alcanzar los niveles III y IV de la USAG. Estas niñas se dividieron en dos grupos experimentales y un grupo control. El tratamiento de los grupos experimentales consistió en ver el video de la rutina, hacer práctica mental según el protocolo que les correspondía, practicar la rutina y ser evaluadas. Esto en cada sesión, para un total de 10 sesiones, que se desarrollaron tres veces por semana. El grupo control en cambio no realizó práctica mental ni física de la rutina solo veía el video, hacía una vez la rutina y era evaluado, pero esto fue solo en tres ocasiones (sesiones 1, 6 y 10; el resto del tiempo continuó con sus entrenamientos habituales. Dentro de los instrumentos de medición utilizados están el protocolo técnico de la rutina de piso y el protocolo de entrenamiento mental. Los resultados del ANOVA de dos vías (Grupos experimentales por 10 mediciones demostraron que al considerar las 10 mediciones se observa que el grupo experimental dos obtuvo un rendimiento significativamente mayor que el grupo experimental uno, (F:28.10, p<0.05 y en ambos grupos los mejores niveles de rendimiento se observan de la quinta a la sétima sesión, (F:23.86, p<0.05. Los resultados del ANOVA de dos vías (Grupo control y experimentales en tres mediciones repetidas demostraron que a lo largo de las mediciones, el grupo control no tuvo cambios significativos a diferencia de los experimentales, que mostraron un mejor rendimiento en la sexta y d

  8. Morfometria de microbacias do Córrego Rico, afluente do Rio Mogi-Guaçu, Estado de São Paulo, Brasil Morphometric measures of Córrego Rico catchments, Mogi-Guaçu River, State of São Paulo, Brazil

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    Teresa Cristina Tarlé Pissarra

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    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar as características morfométricas das microbacias (2ª, 3ª, 4ª e 5ª ordens de magnitude da bacia hidrográfica do córrego Rico, sub-bacia do Rio Mogi-Guaçu, localizada na região administrativa de Ribeirão Preto, Estado de São Paulo, Brasil. Para tanto, foram determinados os parâmetros físicos e a configuração topográfica natural do sistema de drenagem. Os procedimentos para a obtenção dos dados foram fundamentados em técnicas de sensoriamento remoto e geoprocessamento. A partir da vetorização das cartas topográficas correspondentes à área de estudo, realizou-se a análise morfométrica quanto às características dimensionais, do padrão de drenagem e do relevo no sistema de informação geográfica ArcView. A microbacia é considerada de sexta ordem de magnitude, com área estimada de 542 km², com 85 microbacias de segunda ordem, 22 de terceira, sete de quarta ordem e duas de quinta. Utilizando o critério geométrico, na disposição fluvial das sub-bacias de cabeceiras observou-se a predominância dos modelos dendríticos e subdendríticos, enquanto a jusante predominava o modelo subparalelo, respectivamente, nas áreas de ocorrências dos arenitos Bauru e rochas efusivas básicas.This study had as its objective to evaluate the morphometric characteristics of the catchments of the Córrego Rico watershed, the sub-basin of the Mogi-Guaçu River, located in the administrative region of Ribeirão Preto, the State of São Paulo, Brazil, in order to measure physical parameters and topographical features of the natural drainage system. The procedures for obtaining the data were all based on remote sensing and geographic information systems. The topographic maps corresponding to the study area were extracted for analysis in the geographical information systems ArcView of the dimensional characteristics of the drainage and relief patterns. The watershed is considered a sixth order of

  9. Effects of all-trans retinoic acid on tumor recurrence and metastasis Efecto del ácido trans-retinoico sobre la recidiva tumoral y el desarrollo metastásico

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    Full Text Available Objective: all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA promotes cell differentiation. We have studied its effect on the local recurrence and metastatic spreading of an experimental rhabdomyosarcoma in rats. Design: syngenic rhabdomyosarcoma cells (S4MH were inoculated s.c. in male WAG/RijCrl rats. After 25 days tumors were excised and a 40% hepatectomy was performed for all animals. Ten days later the rats were sacrificed and a thorough necropsy was performed. The animals were randomly allocated to receive daily doses of ATRA (5 mg/kg, i.p. or its solvent (Clinoleic®/ethanol 90/10, starting three days before surgery until the end of the experiment. Results: ATRA reduced the incidence of local recurrence from 70 to 33% (p Objetivo: el ácido trans-retinoico (ATRA, "all-trans retinoic acid" es un agente inductor de la diferenciación celular. Se estudia su efecto sobre la recidiva local y la diseminación metastásica de los tumores sólidos. Diseño experimental: mediante inoculación subcutánea de células de rabdomiosarcoma (S4MH se ha inducido un tumor en ratas WAG/RijCrl. Tras 25 días, se practicó una tumorectomía y simultáneamente hepatectomía del 40%. Los animales se sacrificaron el día 35, y fueron sometidos a estudio necrópsico. La mitad de los animales fueron tratados con ATRA (5 mg/kg, i.p. desde el día 22 al 35, mientras que los controles recibieron el excipiente (Clinoleico®/etanol 90/10. Resultados: el tratamiento redujo la tasa de recidiva local del 70 al 33% (p < 0,05, aunque no afectó a su tamaño (1,8 vs. 2,0 cc. El volumen medio de las metástasis inguinales se redujo a la sexta parte (0,2 vs. 1,2 cc; p < 0,05, si bien su frecuencia aumentó con el ATRA (86 vs. 29%; p < 0,05. La extensión retroperitoneal del rabdomisoarcoma también se redujo (0,7 vs. 5,1 cc; p < 0,05, aunque no hubo variación en la incidencia (71 vs. 67%. La incidencia de afectación pulmonar (100% en controles se redujo hasta el 33% (p < 0,05, a la vez que el

  10. Effect of an energy-deficient diet on populations of ciliate protozoans in bovine rumen Efeito da deficiência de energia na dieta sobre a população de protozoários ciliados do rúmen de bovinos

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    P.C. Soares

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Ten young rumen-cannulated crossbred steers were randomly divided into two groups: a control group (C; n=4, which was fed a balanced diet for daily weight gain of 900g; and a pronounced energy-deprived group (PED; n=6, receiving 30% less of the required energy for maintenance. After 140 days of these alimentary regimes, rumen fluid and urine samples were collected for biochemical and functional tests, before feeding and at 1, 3, 6, and 9 hours after feeding. The energy-deprivation diet caused a significant reduction in the number of Entodinium, Eodinium, Isotricha, Dasytricha, Eremoplastron, Eudiplodinium, Metadinium, Charonina, Ostracodinium, and Epidinium protozoa. There was no effect of the time of sampling in both groups on the total number of ciliates in rumen fluid. A higher number of protozoan forms in binary division were recorded in the control group, at the 6th and 9th hours after feeding (PForam utilizados 10 novilhos mestiços com cânula ruminal, distribuídos em dois grupos: no grupo controle (C; n=4 receberam dieta balanceada para ganho diário de 900g; no grupo tratado com carência pronunciada de energia (CP; n=6, receberam dieta com 30% a menos do nível de mantença em energia. Após 140 dias sob esses regimes de alimentação, foram coletadas amostras do fluido ruminal e urina, para realização de provas bioquímicas e funcionais, antes e às 1, 3, 6 e 9 horas após o fornecimento do alimento. A carência energética resultou em diminuição significativa na quantidade dos protozoários Entodinium, Eodinium, Isotricha, Dasytricha, Eremoplastron, Eudiplodinium, Metadinium, Charonina, Ostracodinium e Epidinium. Não houve efeito da hora de coleta sobre o total de ciliados nos grupos C e CP. Maior número de formas em divisão binária foi registrado no grupo C, na sexta e nona horas pós-alimentação (P<0,019. Observaram-se altas correlações positivas entre a contagem total de protozoários e a fermentação de glicose, am

  11. CATÁLOGO DE LA FAMILIA POACEAE EN COLOMBIA

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    Diego Giraldo-Cañas

    2011-01-01

    distribución asociada con la altura sobre el nivel del mar y/o con la precipitación; así tenemos que las Panicoideae son más diversas en las tierras bajas y húmedas y en áreas abiertas de zonas subandinas, las Pooideae en las tierras alto-andinas (páramos, las Chloridoideae en las áreas secas, los bambúes herbáceos en la Región Amazónica y los bambúes leñosos en la Región Andina. Las Poaceae constituyen la sexta familia más rica en la flora de Colombia, después de las Orchidaceae, las Asteraceae, las Rubiaceae, las Fabaceae y las Melastomataceae.

  12. Efeito da natacao associada a diferentes tratamentos sobre o musculo soleo de ratos: estudo histologico e morfometrico

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    Dean Rodrigues Oliveira

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: O uso de suplementos ergogênicos farmacológicos e nutricionais cresce a cada dia no ambiente esportivo. A creatina e os esteroides anabólicos são os recursos ergogênicos mais procurados ultimamente. OBJETIVO: Avaliar as alterações histológicas e morfométricas do músculo sóleo de ratos que receberam suplementos e foram submetidos a treinamento físico (TF de natação. MÉTODOS: Foram utilizados 50 ratos, distribuidos em cinco grupos: três não submetidos à atividade física (controles e dois que receberam treinamento de natação (treinados. Um grupo controle recebeu apenas ração (grupo controle ração, dois grupos (um controle e outro treinado receberam diariamente 3,3 mg de creatina por grama de dieta dissolvida em água aplicada oralmente via gavagem, e os outros dois grupos (um controle e outro treinado receberam injeção intramuscular do esteroide anabolizante decanoato de nandrolona (Deca-durabolin(r - Organon 5 mg/kg duas vezes por semana. Os grupos treinados foram submetidos ao TF com duração de 60 min/sessão de segunda a sexta-feira por nove semanas, e foram sacrificados no final deste período. Após o sacrifício, o músculo sóleo foi retirado, fixado em formalina (10% tamponada e incluído em parafina. Os cortes histológicos foram corados pela técnica de hematoxilina-eosina para avaliação de hiperplasia e hipertrofia muscular. Para análise dos dados aplicou-se a análise de variância ANOVA One-Way com post hoc de Tukey-Kramer com nível de significância de 5%. RESULTADOS: Foi demonstrado que a creatina associada ao exercício provavelmente aumente o espaço intersticial no músculo esquelético sem alterar o tamanho ou número de fibras musculares, enquanto que o anabolizante aumentou o número de fibras musculares por área de músculo analisada, embora nenhuma alteração tenha sido observada na área da fibra. CONCLUSÃO: O músculo de ratos submetidos ao treinamento de natação responde

  13. Harvest season influences on the quality of tomato grown in alternative systems / Influência das épocas de colheita na qualidade de tomate cultivado em sistemas alternativos

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    Regina Marta Evangelista

    2009-03-01

    interfere nos parâmetros de qualidade dos frutos. A terceira, quarta e quinta colheita foram as que apresentaram maiores valores para os parâmetros de qualidade, com frutos mais firmes. A sexta colheita apresentou frutos com alto teor de sólidos solúveis e açúcares. Na avaliação de três épocas de colheita quanto à perda de massa, constatou-se que a primeira colheita apresentou menor perda. O comprimento do ciclo no decorrer das colheitas interfere no tempo de armazenamento, e os frutos colhidos na primeira colheita têm maior período de conservação em relação às demais colheitas.

  14. Morbidade por acidentes de transporte entre jovens de Goiânia, Goiás Traffic injuries among youth in Goiânia, Goiás State

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    Carlos Roberto Caixeta

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Acidentes de transporte constituem problema mundial de saúde pública, especialmente nos países em desenvolvimento. O objetivo foi descrever o perfil das vítimas e circunstâncias dos acidentes de transportes com residentes de Goiânia (GO, na faixa etária de 15 a 24 anos e atendidos no Hospital de Urgências. Estudo transversal prospectivo, realizado de agosto de 2005 a agosto de 2006, por amostragem sistemática de 301 vítimas de acidentes de transporte. Os dados primários foram tratados por meio de estatística descritiva. A maioria era do sexo masculino, com idade média de 19,88 ± 2,7 anos e condutor dos veículos. O meio de transporte mais utilizado foi motocicleta (67,33%, seguido da bicicleta (16,67%. Os acidentes ocorreram predominantemente em torno das 18 horas, sextas-feiras e domingos. As vítimas estavam principalmente no trajeto para atividades físicas, esportivas, escolares, lazer e entretenimento. A suspeita do uso de álcool foi relatada por 15,16% dos entrevistados. Comparados aos ciclistas, mais motociclistas julgaram que houve imprudência/negligência no acidente. Equipamentos de segurança não foram usados por 8,58% dos motociclistas e 95,45% dos ciclistas. São necessá­rias medidas de educação dirigida aos motociclistas e fiscalização que priorizem o período noturno e os finais de semana.Traffic injuries are currently one of the world's main public health issues in both developed and developing countries. This study aimed to describe the circumstances involved in the traffic accidents and the profile of the victims attended at the Emergency Hospital of Goiânia, aged 15 to 24 years and residents in Goiânia, Goiás State, Brazil. It's a prospective cross-sectional study carried out from August 2005 to August 2006 by systematic sampling. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistics. Most of the 301 victims were male, mean age of 19.94 ± 2.73 years, and drivers. Motorcycles (67.33% and bicycles (16.67% were

  15. Modelo para estimativa do potencial produtivo em trigo e cevada por meio do sensor GreenSeeker Model for yield potential estimation in wheat and barley using the GreenSeeker sensor

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    Daniel S. Grohs

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Áreas com diferentes potenciais de rendimento dentro de uma lavoura necessitam ser manejadas separadamente, para fins de aplicação da adubação nitrogenada em cobertura. O equipamento baseado em sensoriamento remoto terrestre (GreenSeeker é um dos instrumentos utilizados para separar diferentes zonas de manejo. Para fazer isso, o sensor permite a definição de classes para estimar o potencial produtivo de forma ágil, precisa e em tempo real. Com o instrumento, foi desenvolvido um modelo para estimativa do potencial produtivo em trigo e cevada, correlacionando o Índice de Vegetação por Diferença Normalizada (NDVI com a biomassa seca acumulada na parte aérea, por ocasião da emissão da sexta folha do colmo principal. A base do modelo foi a formação de classes de potencial produtivo correspondentes a zonas específicas de manejo da lavoura. Essas classes não necessitam ser específicas para diferentes cultivares e/ou espécies, visto que não se detectaram diferenças que justificassem a formação de grupos para elas. As superfícies de fundo (resíduos de restevas de soja e milho tiveram efeitos significativos nas leituras do sensor. O modelo continua válido mesmo se as leituras de NDVI forem feitas antes ou após o período recomendado para tal, podendo ser ajustado com sub ou superestimação. As análises de variabilidade espacial, futuramente, podem avaliar se, as zonas de potencial produtivo estimadas pelas classes de NDVI propostas pelo modelo, correspondem à flutuação espacial da biomassa, doses de N aplicadas e rendimento de grãos.Areas with different yield potential within a field need to be managed separately as for nitrogen application in small grain cereals. Terrestrial remote sensing-based equipment such as the GreenSeeker sensor is one of the tools available to handle different management zones. To do this, the sensor allows the definition of classes to estimate yield potential. A model which correlated the

  16. Efeito da idade sobre a fertilidade de éguas inseminadas com sêmen diluído, resfriado a 14ºC e transportado Effect of age on fertility in mares inseminated with diluted, cooled at 14ºC and transported semen

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    Guilherme Ribeiro Valle

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Para estudar o efeito da idade sobre características ovulatórias e de fertilidade, 147 ciclos estrais de 99 éguas foram agrupados em classes por idade (1 - 3-6 anos; 2 - 7-10 anos; 3 - 11-14 anos; e 4 - 15-19 anos, de acordo com o ano do nascimento. As éguas foram inseminadas com sêmen diluído, resfriado e transportado de apenas um garanhão, três vezes por semana (segundas, quartas e sextas-feiras.O controle folicular, por meio da palpação retal, e a rufiação foram realizados diariamente, durante todo o período experimental. Utilizou-se, para o transporte, o sêmen diluído no diluidor de leite desnatado-glicose no conteiner "Celle" modificado, sendo a dose inseminante de 400 x 10(6 espermatozóides móveis, no momento da diluição final, pré-resfriamento. O tempo médio da coleta do sêmen à inseminação artificial foi de 3,5 horas e a temperatura final do sêmen, no momento da inseminação, de 14ºC. Não houve influência da idade sobre a velocidade de crescimento folicular e o tamanho do folículo ovulatório. A fertilidade decaiu após os 15 anos de idade, traduzida pela diminuição da taxa de concepção/ciclo e eficiência de prenhez, entretanto, não foram observadas características indicativas de senescência até os 19 anos de idade.To study the effect of age upon ovulatory and fertility traits, 147 cycles of 99 mares were grouped in different age classes (1 - 3-6 years; 2 - 7-10 years; 3 - 11-14 years, and 4 - 15-19 years, according to the year of birth. The mares were inseminated with diluted, cooled and transported semen of one stallion only, three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The follicular control, based on rectal palpation, and the teasing were conduced every day, during all the experimental period. For transportation the diluted semen in a skim milk-glucose extender at an insemination dose of 400 x 10(6 viable spermatozoa was used, before cooling, in the modified "Celle" container. The average

  17. Arterite de Takayasu em Gestante: Relato de Caso / Takayasu Arteritis in Pregnancy: Case Report

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    Patrícia Resende Penido

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Introdução: A Arterite de Takayasu (AT consiste em uma vasculopatia de origem indefinida, sendo de caráter crônico, que afeta a aorta e seus ramos principais. Em gestantes é uma condição complexa, em que o tratamento clínico é realizado com restrições. A utilização de corticoides tem sido favorável no controle inflamatório, principalmente naqueles casos em que antes da gravidez se fazia uso de imunossupressores. Casuística: Foi relatado um caso de uma gestante portadora de AT, através da análise de prontuário e de exames complementares, sendo realizado o pré-natal pelas equipes de Obstetrícia e Reumatologia, onde foi realizado tratamento clínico com corticoides, mostrando uma evolução satisfatória, ocorrendo apenas uma hospitalização que foi seguida de uma cesárea na trigésima sexta semana de gravidez, com recém nato saudável de 3.810g. Discussão: A AT pode estar associada a várias etiologias, sendo a gênese pouco conhecida. O diagnóstico na maioria das vezes é demorado, pela dificuldade da suspeita clínica, além de demandar o uso de técnicas de imagem mais sofisticadas. A gestação associada é fenômeno raro, já que as portadoras são orientadas a evitarem a gravidez. O controle clínico permitiu uma gestação sem grandes complicações e serviu como meio para levar a gestação até praticamente o fim do terceiro trimestre. Conclusão: Deve-se ressaltar o papel do acompanhamento clínico, especialmente com esta pan-arterite, mostrando os medicamentos que podem ser utilizados nesse grupo, especialmente quando se usava imunossupressores antes da gravidez. Introduction: Takayasu's arteritis (TA consists of a vascular disease of unknown origin and chronic nature, which affects the aorta and its main branches. In pregnant women it is a complex condition, in which the clinical treatment is performed with restrictions. The use of corticosteroids has been favorable to control inflammation, especially in those

  18. Estoque de carbono e quantificação de substâncias húmicas em Latossolo submetido a aplicação contínua de lodo de esgoto Organic carbon stock and quantification of humic substances of an oxisol under continuous sewage sludge application

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    Bruno de Oliveira Dias

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo teve como objetivo avaliar o efeito da aplicação contínua de doses de lodo de esgoto oriundo da Estação de Tratamento de Esgoto de Barueri, SP, sobre os teores e estoques de C e sobre as alterações na distribuição de substâncias húmicas em Latossolo Vermelho distroférrico. O experimento foi instalado em 1999, no Campo Experimental da Embrapa Meio Ambiente, em Jaguariúna-SP; os dados foram obtidos após a sexta aplicação de lodo e cultivo sucessivo de milho. Foram utilizadas, nas diferentes parcelas experimentais, as seguintes doses acumuladas de lodo de esgoto (base seca: 0, 30, 60, 120 e 240 Mg ha-1, sendo estudados os tratamentos: (L0 testemunha sem adição de lodo; e aplicação de lodo de esgoto visando fornecer uma (L1, duas (L2, quatro (L4 e oito (L8 vezes a dose de N requerida pelo milho. Foram avaliados os teores e o estoque de C orgânico nas camadas de solo de 0-10, 10-20, 20-40 e 40-60 cm. Os teores de C associados às substâncias húmicas foram avaliados na camada de solo de 0-10 cm. O teor e o estoque de C orgânico aumentaram com o acréscimo nas doses de lodo de esgoto aplicadas, até a camada de solo de 0-20 cm. A maior parte (50-66 % do C associado às substâncias húmicas está presente no solo na forma de humina, seguido por C-fração ácidos fúlvicos e C-fração ácidos húmicos, nesta ordem. A aplicação de lodo de esgoto implica maior acúmulo de substâncias húmicas no solo, mas as proporções de C-humificado da matéria orgânica não são alteradas.This study was carried out to evaluate the effect of continuous sewage sludge applications (Sewage Treatment Station of Barueri, São Paulo State, Brazil on the C content and stock and on the distribution of C-humic fractions of a Red Latosol (Oxisol. The experiment was installed in 1999 on an experimental field of Embrapa Environment, in Juaguariúna (SP. The data were collected after the sixth sludge application (SS with corn cultivation

  19. Physiological seed quality of sweet corn seeds as a function of the moisture content at harvest and the drying temperature / Qualidade fisiológica de sementes de milho doce BR 401 (su em função do teor de água na colheita e da temperatura de secagem

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    Maurício Dutra Zanotto

    2003-05-01

    delineamento experimental de blocos ao acaso com 6 repetições, constituindo os tratamentos as épocas de colheitas. As espigas foram colhidas e submetidas a secagem em estufas com circulação forçada com temperaturas de 30o C e 40o C. Após a secagem, as sementes foram acondicionadas em saco de papel e armazenadas em condições ambientais normais de laboratório. As avaliações da qualidade fisiológica foram realizadas antes e após seis meses de armazenamento. Foram realizadas as seguintes avaliações: emergência de plântulas no campo, índice de velocidade de emergência, matéria seca de plântulas, germinação, vigor-primeira contagem do teste de germinação, envelhecimento acelerado, teste de frio, condutividade elétrica e teores de Ca, Mg, K e Na lixiviados na solução do teste de condutividade elétrica. Os teores de água entre a primeira e a sexta colheita variaram de 50,7% a 10,1%. As sementes apresentaram maior sensibilidade à temperatura de secagem de 40o C do que à de 30o C, apesar de que após seis meses, a diferença na qualidade das sementes tenham sido mínima. Entre os teores de água de 50,7 % e 17,6%, o efeito da secagem artificial na qualidade das sementes em relação à secagem natural no campo (10,1% foi semelhante.

  20. Spatial analysis of stress conditions inside broiler house under tunnel ventilation Análise espacial de condições de estresse em galpão de frango de corte usando ventilação tipo túnel

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    Miwa Yamamoto Miragliotta

    2006-10-01

    éreo e acústico dentro de galpão de produção de frango de corte, usando sistema de ventilação tipo túnel e densidade de 18 aves m-2. O estudo foi conduzido em Rio Claro, SP, em uma edificação com 12 m × 115 m, dividida em três setores (leste, centro e oeste, orientada leste-oeste, contendo virtualmente 132 células, cada uma medindo 3,0 m × 3,5 m. No centro geométrico de cada célula as seguintes variáveis foram medidas instantaneamente: temperatura de bulbo seco, umidade relativa, velocidade do ar, nível de ruído e intensidade de luz. Os dados foram coletados sistematicamente a partir do lado oeste para o lado leste, em direção oposta ao fluxo de ar produzido pela ventilação tipo túnel, no período mais crítico do dia. As medidas foram tomadas quando as aves estavam na sexta semana de produção. A mortalidade média dos frangos foi registrada nos três setores. A ferramenta geostatística foi usada para construir mapas de distribuição espacial das variáveis resultantes de maneira a possibilitar a inferência de posições intermediárias. Concluiu-se que as zonas de estresse estão localizadas nos extremos do galpão e o maior índice de mortalidade foi encontrado no setor oeste, onde estavam os exaustores.

  1. Suplementação infrequente e fontes proteicas para recria de bovinos em pastejo no período seco: parâmetros nutricionais Infrequent supplementation and protein sources for growing steers grazing in the dry season: nutritional parameters

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    N.F. Paula

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se com este estudo avaliar os efeitos de fontes proteicas e da frequência de fornecimento de suplemento sobre o consumo e a digestibilidade dos nutrientes, as concentrações de nitrogênio amoniacal (N-NH3, o pH ruminal e o nitrogênio ureico no soro de bovinos recriados em pastagem de Brachiaria brizantha cv. Marandu no período seco. Foram utilizados cinco novilhos mestiços Nelore × Angus fistulados no rúmen, castrados, com peso médio inicial de 295 kg em um delineamento quadrado latino 5 × 5. Avaliaram-se dois suplementos isoproteicos, um com farelo de soja (FS e outro com farelo de algodão de alta energia, fornecidos em duas frequências: diariamente (7 vezes por semana e 3 vezes por semana (segundas, quartas e sextas-feiras; e mistura mineral (MM. A suplementação aumentou o consumo de PB, extrato etéreo (EE e carboidratos não-fibrosos (CNF, em kg/dia. O suplemento com farelo de algodão o consumo de extrato etéreo. Houve efeito positivo da suplementação 3 vezes por semana sobre os consumos de matéria seca total, de forragem, de matéria orgânica de forragem, carboidratos totais (CT e FDN. A suplementação reduziu a digestibilidade da FDN e aumentou a de PB. O suplemento com farelo de algodão reduziu a digestibilidade de FDN e carboidratos totais. A suplementação 3 vezes por semana não afetou a digestibilidade dos nutrientes nem o pH ruminal. O consumo de suplemento aumenta as concentrações de N-NH3, principalmente se realizado 3 vezes por semana. As concentrações de nitrogênio ureico no soro de bovinos em pastejo aumentam com o consumo de suplementos.The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of protein sources and frequency of supplement offer on the intake and nutrient digestibility, on the concentrations of ammonia nitrogen (N-NH3, on rumen pH and on serum urea nitrogen concentrations in steers grazing pasture of Brachiaria brizantha cv. Marandu during the dry season. Five crossbred Zebu

  2. Restricción Alimenticia en Pollos de Engorde 1. Efecto de la Edad

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    Cuellar Garcés Andrés

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    Full Text Available En el Centro de Producción Medellín de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia se realizó esta investigación con el objetivo de evaluar el efecto de la edad de aplicación una restricción de alimento ofrecido a pollos de engorde. Los pollos se distribuyeron en tres tratamientos: testigo (T, restricción las dos primeras semanas de vida (T y restricción las dos últimas semanas de vida (T. Cada tratamiento estuvo constituido por seis repeticiones de 40 pollos cada una, distribuidos en un arreglo completamente al azar. Los animales recibieron una dieta de iniciación (1-28 días y de finalización (28-42, balanceadas según las recomendaciones de la National Research Council (NRC 1995. El consumo de alimento fue menor para T2 en las dos primeras semanas (P < 0.01. No hubo efecto estadístico para la tercera y cuarta semanas (P <0.01. Los resultados concuerdan con los objetivos del trabajo. Así mismo, no se presentó compensación en el consumo para T2 después del período de restricción. La ganancia de peso fue inferior (P <0.01 en las dos primeras semanas para T2 y un hecho similar ocurrió para T3 en las últimas dos semanas. No se presentó una mayor ganancia de peso en el período de realimemación (semanas 3 y 4; sin embargo, el peso final tampoco manifestó diferencia significativa entre T1 y T2, siendo si inferior para T, (P<0.01. Este hecho indica que a pesar de no haberse detectado estadísticamente una respuesta compensatoria evaluada en las dos semanas subsiguientes a la restricción, las leves ventajas alcanzadas por T1 entre la segunda y la sexta semana fueron suficientes para compensar la menor ganancia (P < 0. 01 de las dos primeras semanas. Contrariamente, la mejor eficiencia alcanzada durante las cuatro primeras semanas para T2, no fue suficiente como para que este tratamiento (T alcanzara una mejor eficiencia durante todo el periodo. No obstante, el sólo hecho que los pesos finales no fueran diferentes al comparar T

  3. Programa de fluoración de la leche en Codegua, Chile: evaluación al tercer año The milk fluoridation program in Codegua, Chile: an evaluation after 3 years

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    Rodrigo Mariño

    1999-08-01

    Full Text Available En 1994 se inició un estudio comunitario para determinar la efectividad del uso de productos lácteos fluorados, distribuidos mediante el Programa Nacional de Alimentación Complementaria, con el fin de lograr una disminución de la caries dental infantil en zonas rurales de Chile en las que esta tiene una alta prevalencia. Se determinaron los índices de prevalencia de caries dental en dos comunidades rurales de la Sexta Región de Chile: una en la que los niños recibieron productos lácteos fluorados (comunidad de estudio: Codegua y otra en la que recibieron productos lácteos no fluorados (comunidad testigo: La Punta. Después de recibir productos lácteos fluorados durante 3 años, los índices de prevalencia de caries dental presentaron una significativa mejoría en la comunidad de estudio. Al comparar la prevalencia actual de la caries dental en los preescolares de Codegua con la que presentaban antes de la fluoración de los productos lácteos, se comprueba que disminuyó entre 40 y 60% en niños de 3 a 6 años. En los grupos de 3 y 4 años de edad, la proporción de niños sin antecedentes de caries dental aumentó en 74% (de 40,7 a 70,8% y 71% (de 33,3 a 56,9%, respectivamente. Estos resultados, similares a los obtenidos tras la introducción de programas de fluoración del agua potable, se consiguieron sin ningún otro tipo de intervención adicional en el funcionamiento normal del Programa Nacional de Alimentación Complementaria, como podrían ser campañas de motivación de las madres o de educación para el consumo de productos de este programa.A study was done in 1994 to determine the effectiveness of the fluoridated dairy products that the Chilean National Program for Supplementary Feeding had been distributing to reduce the high prevalence of children’s dental caries in rural areas of that country. For the study, the prevalence of caries was assessed in two rural communities of the Sixth Region of Chile. Children in the

  4. Maus-tratos contra idosos no município de Camaragibe, Pernambuco Elder abuse in Camaragibe, Pernambuco

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    Victor Lopes de Melo

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: descrever a situação de maus-tratos contra idosos no município de Camaragibe, na região metropolitana do Recife, Pernambuco. MÉTODOS: estudo descritivo de corte transversal com uma amostra representativa da população idosa do município, e submetida a questionário previamente elaborado conforme os objetivos do estudo. RESULTADOS: dos 315 idosos, 95,4% estavam na sexta e sétima década de vida, 65,2% eram mulheres e recebiam até dois salários mínimos (91,4%, 87,5% tinham casas próprias, com deficiente esgotamento sanitário (84,1% e baixo grau de escolaridade (97,1%. Sessenta e seis referiram sofrer maus-tratos. Desses, 65,2% eram do sexo feminino. O tipo de violência mais comum foi a psicológica (62,1%, seguida da física (31,8%, cometidas pelos próprios familiares dentro do próprio domicílio. As mulheres foram mais agredidas que os homens. 71,3% reagiram passivamente não sabendo a que órgão denunciar. No seu entendimento a comunidade era indiferente ao problema. CONCLUSÕES: os maus-tratos contra idosos apresentam-se como problema relevante para a saúde pública. Medidas educativas poderiam ser implementadas para esclarecê-los sobre direitos, facilitar a denúncia e a obtenção de apoio ou ajuda.OBJECTIVES: to describe the situation of abuse against the elderly in the municipality of Camaragibe, in the metropolitan region of Recife, Pernambuco. METHODS: cross sectional study with a representative sample of the elderly population in the municipality, subject to abuse and respondents to a previously designed questionnaire according to the objectives of the study. RESULTS: of the 315 elderly, 95.4% were in the sixth and seventh decade of life and 65.2% were women and received up to two minimum wages (91.4%, were house owners (87.5%, living in neighborhoods with deficient sewage systems (84.1% and low education level (97.1%. Seventy six claimed they were abused. Among these 65.2% were females. The most common type

  5. Projeto sala de espera: uma proposta para a educação em diabetes - doi:10.5020/18061230.2006.p197

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    Clarisse Mourão Melo Ponte

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A educação é um aspecto fundamental do cuidado do diabético. Para tal, várias estratégias têm sido buscadas. Os objetivos do presente estudo foram descrever o “Projeto Sala de Espera”, uma proposta que se baseia na utilização do período em que o paciente aguarda o atendimento individual para promover educação em diabetes; e avaliar o perfil clínico-epidemiológico dos diabéticos participantes deste projeto. Foram realizadas 20 reuniões, de março a outubro de 2006, com 350 pacientes seguidos no Ambulatório de Diabetes, do Hospital Universitário Walter Cantídio - UFC e seus acompanhantes. Desses, 76 pacientes, selecionados aleatoriamente, foram entrevistados. As reuniões ocorriam a cada sexta-feira, em 2 sessões de aproximadamente meia-hora, que eram dirigidas por equipe uma multidisciplinar, e contavam com 25 participantes em cada. Ao término, era servido um café da manhã, o qual era utilizado para a educação nutricional. Entre os entrevistados, predominaram mulheres (85,5%, com média de idade 60,4±9,1 anos e tempo médio de diagnóstico de 10,6±5,9anos. Em relação ao tratamento, dos participantes, 40,7% usavam insulina; 63,1% antidiabéticos orais e 9,2% adotavam apenas mudanças no estilo de vida. A adesão às drogas era contínua em apenas 47,8% e a maioria (67,1% não praticava atividades físicas. Quanto a dietoterapia, somente 31,5% aderiam plenamente. Mais de 75% dos avaliados eram alfabetizados e recebiam um salário mínimo ou menos. A partir das observações oriundas da prática, pode-se perceber: maior motivação dos pacientes após cada reunião, participação mais ativa nas consultas médicas e um crescente interesse sobre a sua enfermidade e o seu cuidado. Proporcionar a participação do diabético no seu tratamento, estimulando o autocuidado, é um desafio a ser alcançado por todos os serviços de saúde e que pode ser facilitada com a utilização de propostas como a descrita.

  6. Aceitabilidade de pão fortificado com ferro microencapsulado por crianças de creches das regiões sul e leste da cidade de São Paulo Acceptability of bread fortified with microencapsulated iron by children of daycare centers in the south and east regions of São Paulo city, Brazil

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    Teresinha Stumpf Souto

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a aceitabilidade de um pão tipo bisnaguinha enriquecido com ferro microencapsulado por crianças freqüentadoras de creches, de acordo com sexo, faixa etária, estado nutricional, presença de anemia, tempo de estocagem e momento do experimento (inicial, meio e final. MÉTODOS: Ensaio clínico randomizado duplo-cego com 382 crianças de 2 a 6 anos de idade, matriculadas em quatro creches filantrópicas do município de São Paulo. As crianças de duas creches receberam no café da manhã, de segunda a sexta-feira, o pão fortificado com ferro microencapsulado e as das outras duas, pão idêntico, porém sem ferro, durante 120 dias. A ingestão foi anotada diariamente em planilhas individuais. Os testes estatísticos utilizados foram o qui-quadrado, o teste t de Student, a análise de variância e a análise de covariância. RESULTADOS: O consumo médio semanal de pães foi significantemente menor nas crianças das creches expostas (1,17 do que nas creches não expostas (1,56 e a variabilidade de aceitação foi maior nas creches não expostas. A ingestão foi significantemente menor pelas crianças das creches expostas em todas as variáveis estudadas, exceto nas faixas etárias menores de 36 meses e de 36 a 47 meses. CONCLUSÃO: Apesar de a aceitação pelas crianças do pão fortificado com ferro ter sido significantemente menor do que ao pão sem ferro, a aceitação nos dois grupos mostra que este pão pode ser alternativa viável para a fortificação de alimentos na prevenção da anemia ferropriva em crianças de creches.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the acceptance of a new food, a mini-roll enriched with microencapsulated iron sulfate, among preschool-aged children stratified by sex, age group, nutritional status, presence of iron-deficiency anemia, length of storage, and stage of trial (early, middle, late. METHODS: Double blind randomized clinical trial with 382 children aged 2 to 6 years enrolled in 4 not

  7. Cirurgia no câncer colorretal: abordagem cirúrgica de 74 pacientes do SUS portadores de câncer colorretal em programa de pós-graduação lato sensu em coloproctologia Surgery in colorectal cancer: surgical approach of 74 patients from the Brazilian National Health System with colorectal cancer in a postgraduate program (residency in coloproctology

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    Rodrigo Guimarães Oliveira

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available A análise retrospectiva de 74 prontuários de pacientes do Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS, operados de câncer colorretal pelo Residente R2 supervisionado e auxiliado por preceptores, permitiu as seguintes conclusões: a média etária dos pacientes foi 57,2, sendo as sexta e sétima décadas responsáveis por 51,4% dos pacientes. O câncer retal foi preponderante nas mulheres (54,1%. As localizações mais comuns dos tumores foram no sigmoide (31,1%, reto alto (24,3% e ceco (17,6%. As cirurgias mais realizadas foram a retossigmoidectomia com anastomose colorretal (36,6%, e hemicolectomia direita com anastomose íleo-transverso (21,7%. As características anatômicas dos tumores, baseadas na classificação TNM, mais comuns foram: T3 (62,1%, N0 (59,5% e M0 (77,0% (pIn the framework of postgraduate Coloproctology for 2009, two graduate students conducted the second year as principal surgeons, 129 major surgeries, always assisted effectively by one or two tutors. All surgeries were performed on public patients in Santa Casa de Belo Horizonte, with absolute presence of members of the Grupo de Coloproctologia da Santa Casa de Belo Horizonte e Faculdade de Ciências Médicas de Minas Gerais (GCP-CBHS-FCMMG. A retrospective analysis of 74 medical records of patients from the Brazilian National Health System, resected of colorectal cancer by Resident R2, supervised and assisted by mentors, could get into the following conclusions: the average age of patients was 57.2, and the sixth and seventh decades accounted for 51.4% of the patients. The rectal cancer was predominant in women (54.1%. The most common sites of tumors were in the sigmoid (31.1%, rectum (24.3%, and cecum (17.6%. The most commonly performed procedures were retossigmoidectomy with colorectal anastomosis (36.6% and right hemicolectomy with ileo-transverse anastomosis (21.7%. The anatomical characteristics of the tumors based on TNM classification findings were: T3 (62.1%, N0 (59.5%, and M

  8. Rinitis alérgica y rinosinusitis: Una revisión necesaria Allergic rhinitis and rhinosinusitis: A necessary review

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    Mirta Álvarez Castelló

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available La importancia de las enfermedades alérgicas, y entre ellas de la rinitis alérgica, así como su costo económico y de recursos humanos, tanto como su prevalencia, está fuera de toda duda. Esta entidad representa la sexta causa de enfermedad crónica en EE.UU. y tiene un gran impacto en la calidad de vida de los pacientes que la padecen. La rinitis alérgica es un desorden heterogéneo y su alta prevalencia es aún subdiagnosticada. Está caracterizada por uno o más de los siguientes síntomas: estornudos, picor nasal, secreción y congestión nasal. Muchos agentes están involucrados con esta entidad, entre ellos, pólenes, hongos, ácaros y animales domésticos. Atendiendo a que la rinitis y la sinusitis mantienen síntomas en común como la pérdida del olfato y la obstrucción y el drenaje nasal, se prefiere denominarla como rinosinusitis. Muchos estudios han identificado a la rinitis como un factor de riesgo para el asma, con una prevalencia entre 80 y 90 %. Esta revisión pretende repasar aspectos fundamentales de estas entidades como definición, etiología, clasificación, síntomas y tratamiento, y servir de guía para aquellos médicos que de una forma u otra tratan ambas afecciones con un impacto demostrado en la calidad de vida de los que las padecen.The importance of the allergic diseases and, among them, of allergic rhinits, as well as its economic cost, human resources involved and prevalence, is out of doubt. This entity represents the sixth cause of chronic disease in the United States and it has a great impact on the quality of life of those patients suffering from it. Allergic rhinits is a heterogenous disorder and its high prevalence is still underdiagnosed. It is characterized by one or more of the following symptoms that include sneezes, nasal itching, nasal secretion and congestion. Many agents are involved in this entity, among them, pollens, fungi, mites and domestic animals. Taking into account that rhinitis and

  9. ADENOCARCINOMA ASINTOMÁTICO DE BASE DE LENGUA

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    Danilo Terán Muñoz

    2018-05-01

    Full Text Available Introducción y objetivo:Presentamos el caso de una paciente en que presenta un adenocarcinoma asintomático de base de lengua. Materiales y Métodos:Mujer de 70 años, con antecedentes de hemilaminectomía D8 - D9 en el año 2014, con histología no concluyente de malignidad.  En la resonancia magnética de seguimiento de lesión descrita, como hallazgo se objetiva masa en suelo de boca, isointensa en T1 y T2 y discreta restricción en STIR, siendo las características de la lesión descrita compatibles con carcinoma epidermoide o a un linfoma en dicha localización.  Se realiza a la paciente una exploración ORL completa, en la que solamente se evidencia una leve hipertrofia de la amígdala lingual, siendo el resto del examen normal.  Se decide realizar biopsia de lesión descrita bajo anestesia general, mediante glototomía media guiada por navegador.  El resultado del estudio anatomopatológico arrojó un adenocarcinoma de bajo grado de base de lengua.  El caso es presentado en el comité de oncología de cabeza y cuello, en donde se decide como primera opción el tratamiento quirúrgico, y como segunda opción la radioterapia.  Se informa a la paciente los tratamientos propuestos, y declina la opcion quirúrgica.Discusión: El adenocarcinoma constituye, dentro de su rareza y, junto al carcinoma adenoide quístico, el tumor maligno más frecuente de las glándulas salivares. Tiene predilección por adultos en torno a las décadas cuarta y sexta. Se encuentra en el mismo porcentaje en glándulas salivares mayores y menores, aunque los de bajo grado asientan más frecuentemente en estas últimas. Aunque su localización más frecuente dentro de las glándulas salivares menores son las de localización intraoral, se han descrito otras en un 10% de los pacientes: seno maxilar, nasofaringe, cavidad nasal, orofaringe, cuerdas vocales, laringe y tráquea. En el presente caso, y dada su localización en orofaringe y base de lengua, es

  10. Efeitos adversos durante a infusão de infliximabe em crianças e adolescentes: estudo multicêntrico Adverse reactions during infliximab infusion in children and adolescents: multicenter study

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    Cássia Maria Passarelli Lupoli Barbosa

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a freqüência e a gravidade dos efeitos adversos durante a infusão de infliximabe. MATERIAL E MÉTODOS: Avaliação retrospectiva de prontuários de 58 pacientes acompanhados em cinco serviços de reumatologia pediátrica. Todos apresentavam doença refratária ou eram intolerantes ao uso de uma ou mais drogas modificadoras de doença e receberam uma ou mais infusões de infliximabe. A análise estatística foi descritiva, levando-se em conta a freqüência e o tipo dos efeitos adversos, assim como sua relação com o número de infusões, a dose de infliximabe e a indicação. RESULTADOS: A média da idade na época da introdução do infliximabe foi de 12 anos e 9 meses e a média do tempo de evolução da doença foi de 7 anos e 7 meses. A principal indicação da medicação foi artrite idiopática juvenil (43. Dos 58 pacientes avaliados, 25 (43,1% apresentaram efeitos adversos durante a infusão e em 17 (29,3%, a medicação teve de ser suspensa. As reações que ocorreram foram: dispnéia (dez, náuseas e vômitos (oito, rash cutâneo (sete, choque anafilático (seis, rubor facial (cinco, angioedema (quatro, dor torácica (quatro, urticária e hipertensão, entre outras. A reação anafilática foi mais freqüente entre a quarta e a sexta infusão. CONCLUSÃO: A freqüência e a gravidade dos efeitos adversos ao infliximabe devem ser levadas em conta, não apenas por ocasião da sua indicação, mas principalmente por ocasião da escolha do local para a sua aplicação, que deve contar com estrutura para atendimento de urgência.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the frequency and the severity of the adverse reactions during the infusion of infliximab. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of 58 patients, followed up at 5 paediatric rheumatology centers. All patients presented refractory disease or were intolerant to one or more disease modifying drugs and received one or more infliximab infusions. The data analysis

  11. Percepción de la lepra y las discapacidades antes del diagnóstico en Recife, Brasil Perceptions regarding leprosy and resulting handicaps prior to diagnosis in Recife, Brazil

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    Katia V. de O. Feliciano

    1998-05-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta un estudio de casos y controles realizado en Recife, Brasil, entre noviembre de 1993 y julio de 1994. En él se investigó cómo influyen la percepción y las apreciaciones de los propios pacientes de lepra en el proceso de manejar la enfermedad y en la utilización de los servicios de salud. La muestra estuvo constituida por 183 pacientes de 20 a 70 años de edad, residentes en Recife, que acudieron en busca de un diagnóstico a los servicios de dermatología sanitaria de dos centros de referencia de las regiones politicoadministrativas tercera, cuarta y sexta. Se clasificaron como casos los 64 pacientes que tenían discapacidades o lesiones precursoras de discapacidad; los 119 restantes se consideraron controles. Todos fueron diagnosticados durante el período de la investigación. En el análisis se ajustó según sexo, edad, escolaridad y antecedentes de la enfermedad de Hansen de los pacientes. El estudio reveló la coexistencia de dos tipos de "invisibilidad" de la enfermedad en una zona endémica en expansión: 1 para los pacientes de ambos grupos, la baja frecuencia de modelos explicativos, espontáneos, relacionados con la dolencia, aun en presencia de antecedentes de la enfermedad, y 2 para los profesionales sanitarios, las limitaciones de la detección. Puesto que afectan a las decisiones relacionadas con el manejo individual y colectivo de la enfermedad, esas deficiencias constituyen por sí mismas un factor de riesgo y representan un obstáculo para la eliminación de la lepra como problema de salud pública.This article reports on a case-control study conducted in Recife, Brazil, between November 1993 and July 1994, to determine how leprosy patients' perceptions and notions influence disease management and use of health services. The sample was composed of 183 residents of Recife between the ages of 20 and 70 years who sought diagnostic services in the dermatology clinics of two referral centers situated in

  12. Fertilidade de éguas inseminadas no corpo ou no ápice do corno uterino com diferentes concentrações espermáticas Fertility of mares inseminated in the uterine corpus or tip with different sperm concentrations

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    I. L.G.S. Xavier

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Foram utilizados 72 ciclos estrais de 37 éguas mestiças, com idade variando de quatro a 20 anos, distribuídas ao acaso em dois grupos experimentais (G I e G II para estudar o efeito do local de deposição do sêmen no sistema genital sobre a fertilidade. As inseminações no ápice do corno uterino (G II foram realizadas por via intravaginal profunda, utilizando-se a pipeta de inseminação IVI pippette (75cm, contendo 1/5 (3mL da dose inseminante utilizada para o corpo do útero (15mL-G I. As éguas foram rufiadas diariamente e inseminadas às segundas, quartas e sextas-feiras, a partir de um folículo de 3,0 a 3,5cm de diâmetro, com sêmen fresco diluído em diluidor de leite desnatado-glicose. Apenas um garanhão de 20 anos e de fertilidade conhecida foi utilizado. As taxas de concepção/ciclo para as inseminações realizadas no corpo (42,9%-15/35 e ápice do corno uterino (45,9%-17/37 com concentrações médias de 489 e 102 milhões de espermatozoides móveis, respectivamente, não foram diferentes (P>0,05.Seventy-two estral cycles of 37 mares, aging from four to 20-year-old, were randomly distributed in two experimental groups (G I and G II. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of the semen deposition placed in the female genital system on the fertility. The inseminations in uterine horn tip (G II were carried out by deep intravaginal way, using the pipette of insemination IVI pippette (75cm, containing 1/5 (3mL of the inseminant dose of that utilized in uterine body or horn (15mL-G I. The mares were daily teased and inseminated on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, starting from a follicle from 3.0 to 3.5cm diameter, with fresh semen diluted in skim milk glucose extender. Only one 20 year-old stallion with wellknown fertility was utilized. The conception rates/cycles for inseminations carried out in the uterine body (42,9%-15/35 and in the uterine horn tip (45,9%-17/37 utilizing average concentrations of 489 and 102

  13. Psicoterapia de grupo de apoio multifamiliar (PGA em hospital-dia (HD psiquiátrico Multifamily support group psychotherapy for relatives (SGR in a psychiatric day hospital program (DH

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    José Onildo B. Contel

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: O familiar é a ponte, entre o ambiente da casa do paciente e o ambiente terapêutico do hospital-dia (HD, onde o paciente permanece das 7h30 às 15h30, de segunda a sexta-feira. A complexidade para a integração do exercício dessa tarefa e suas conseqüências para o tratamento em HD, levou-nos a criar a Psicoterapia de Grupo de Apoio multifamiliar (PGA para facilitar o exame das vissicitudes desta via de duas mãos entre a residência e o HD. OBJETIVOS: As características, liderança e fatores terapêuticos de Yalom nessa PGA serão objetos do presente trabalho MÉTODO: A PGA é um grupo aberto com 1 h e 15 minutos de duração, de freqüência semanal e com coordenação, em coterapia, de um psicoterapeuta de grupo e de uma enfermeira psiquiátrica. RESULTADOS E DISCUSSÃO: Os resultados foram obtidos pelo exame de 20 grupos sucessivos, tanto após cada sessão, pelos coterapeutas e observador mudo, durante 20-30 min, como pela análise de conteúdo de 20 sessões transcritas. A presença sempre foi maior que 80% dos familiares esperados, com predomínio de mulheres, especialmente mães de pacientes. A estrutura oferecida pela liderança apressou a obtenção de resultados no curto prazo, entre 4 a 6 sessões. A Coesão Grupal de Yalom apareceu em situações comuns e criou um senso de união entre todos. CONCLUSÃO: A adesão de familiares à PGA facilita e abrevia a terapia em HD. Questiona-se quanto, no futuro, a família orientada assumirá na condução do tratamento dos seus pacientes.INTRODUCTION: The relative is the bridge between the patient's home environment and the therapeutic environment of the day-hospital (DH. The difficulties for the relative to play this task gave birth to the multi-family support group therapy (SGR. To describe the features, leadership and Yalom's therapeutic factors in the SGR is the aim of this paper. METHOD: The SGR is an open group that last for one hour and 15 minutes, meets once weekly

  14. Efeitos da hidroterapia na recuperação do equilíbrio e prevenção de quedas em idosas Effects of hydrotherapy in balance and prevention of falls among elderly women

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    SM Resende

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available CONTEXTO: A hidroterapia é utilizada para tratar doenças reumáticas, ortopédicas e neurológicas. Na atualidade, é alvo de investigações na recuperação do equilíbrio em idosos. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito de um programa de hidroterapia no equilíbrio e no risco de quedas em idosas. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de um estudo quase-experimental antes/depois sem grupo controle. Foram avaliadas 25 idosas por meio de duas escalas, a Escala de Equilíbrio de Berg e Timed Up & Go. Posteriormente, foram submetidas a um programa de hidroterapia para equilíbrio, de baixa a moderada intensidade, que consistiu de três fases: fase de adaptação ao meio aquático, fase de alongamento e fase de exercícios estáticos e dinâmicos para equilíbrio. O programa foi aplicado durante 12 semanas, sendo duas sessões semanais com 40 minutos de duração cada sessão. As idosas foram reavaliadas após a sexta e a 12ª semanas do programa de hidroterapia. Os dados foram analisados estatisticamente pelo teste t, para amostras pareadas, e pelo teste de Wilcoxon. RESULTADOS: A hidroterapia promoveu aumento significativo do equilíbrio das idosas, avaliado por meio da Escala de Equilíbrio de Berg (pBACKGROUND: Hydrotherapy is used to treat rheumatic, orthopedic and neurological disorders. It has been the subject of investigations regarding balance recovery in elderly people. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of a hydrotherapy program for balance, in relation to the risk of falls in elderly women. METHODS: This was a quasi-experimental before/after study without a control group. Twenty-five elderly women were evaluated using two scales: the Berg Balance Scale and Timed Up & Go. The subjects underwent, subsequently, a low to moderate intensity hydrotherapy program for balance, which consisted of three phases: a phase of adaptation to the aquatic environment, a stretching phase and a phase of static and dynamic balance exercises. The program was applied for 12 weeks, with

  15. La drepanocitosis en Cuba. Estudio en niños: Study in children Drepanocytosis in Cuba

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    Eva Svarch

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    Full Text Available La drepanocitosis es la anemia hemolítica determinada genéticamente más frecuente en el mundo. En Cuba, la frecuencia del estado de portador es del 3,08 % en la población general. La fisiopatología de la oclusión vascular es muy compleja; involucra la polimerización de la Hb S, las alteraciones de la membrana del hematíe, las moléculas de adhesión, las citocinas inflamatorias, los factores de la coagulación y lesiones del endotelio vascular. Las manifestaciones clínicas más frecuentes son: las crisis vasooclusivas dolorosas, el síndrome torácico agudo, la crisis de secuestro esplénico, la crisis aplástica, la necrosis aséptica de la cabeza del fémur y la úlcera maleolar. El cuadro clínico es muy variable: desde niños que mueren temprano en la vida hasta pacientes que alcanzan la sexta década de la vida. En el Instituto de Hematología e Inmunología existe un Programa de Atención Integral que incluye: seguimiento sistemático desde temprano en la vida en una consulta especializada, la administración de ácido fólico de forma permanente y de penicilina oral profiláctica los primeros 5 años de la vida; así como la educación del niño y de sus padres. Desde 1986 se realiza esplenectomía parcial en la crisis de secuestro esplénico con excelentes resultados. Entre 2004-2008 fallecieron solamente 16 enfermos en todo el país y en 397 adultos la sobrevida fue de 53 años en la anemia drepanocítica y de 58 en la hemoglobinopatía SC. Como resultado de este programa, en los últimos años la sobrevida ha aumentado, la calidad de vida del paciente ha mejorado y han disminuido los costos invertidos en el tratamiento de las complicaciones.Drepanocytosis is the hemolytic anemia more frequent genetically determined in the world. In Cuba, the frequency of carrier status is of 3,08% in general population. The pathophysiology of vascular occlusion is very complex; includes the polymerization of the Hb S, the alterations of red

  16. Maternal and child health indicators: implications of the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases Indicadores de salud materna e infantil: implicaciones de la décima revisión de la Clasificación Internacional de Enfermedades

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    Ruy Laurenti

    1997-07-01

    Full Text Available Since the end of the 1940s, when the World Health Organization assumed responsibility for the decennial revisions of the Classification of Causes of Death, the Classification came to include diseases and definitions of use in vital statistics, resulting in the Sixth Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-6. The most recent revision of this work, the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10, is more significantly different than any revision since ICD-6, especially in the area of maternal and child health. Among the changes introduced in ICD-10 are the inclusion of obstetrical tetanus in the chapter on infectious diseases, which will facilitate the recording of this cause of maternal death; the incorporation of new definitions, such as late maternal death; and the redefinition of the perinatal period, which ICD-10 defines as starting at 22 completed weeks of gestation and ending 7 completed days after birth. This article seeks to highlight these changes and to discuss their consequences for the presentation and interpretation of indicators used in the evaluation of maternal and child health.A partir de finales de los años cuarenta, cuando la OMS asumió la responsabilidad de revisar cada decenio la Clasificación Internacional de Causas de Defunción, la Clasificación vino a incluir enfermedades y definiciones de utilidad para las estadísticas vitales, y ello dio por resultado la Sexta Clasificación Internacional de Enfermedades (CID-6. La revisión más reciente de esta obra, que es la Clasificación Estadística Internacional de Enfermedades y Problemas Relacionados con la Salud (CID-10, representa los cambios más importantes que se han efectuado desde la CID-6, principalmente en lo relativo al área maternoinfantil. Entre los cambios introducidos en la CID-10 figuran la inclusión del tétanos obstétrico en el capítulo sobre enfermedades infecciosas, que facilitar

  17. Optimization of the Sybr Green real time PCR for the detection of Human Herpes Virus type 6 (HHV-6 Otimização da PCR em tempo real - Sybr Green para detecção do Herpes Vírus Humano tipo 6 (HHV-6

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    Full Text Available HHV-6 is the etiological agent of Exanthem subitum which is considered the sixth most frequent disease in infancy. In immuno-compromised hosts, reactivation of latent HHV-6 infection may cause severe acute disease. We developed a Sybr Green Real Time PCR for HHV-6 and compared the results with nested conventional PCR. A 214 pb PCR derived fragment was cloned using pGEM-T easy from Promega system. Subsequently, serial dilutions were made in a pool of negative leucocytes from 10-6 ng/µL (equivalent to 2465.8 molecules/µL to 10-9 (equivalent to 2.46 molecules/µL. Dilutions of the plasmid were amplified by Sybr Green Real Time PCR, using primers HHV3 (5' TTG TGC GGG TCC GTT CCC ATC ATA 3'and HHV4 (5' TCG GGA TAG AAA AAC CTA ATC CCT 3' and by conventional nested PCR using primers HHV1 (outer: 5'CAA TGC TTT TCT AGC CGC CTC TTC 3'; HHV2 (outer: 5' ACA TCT ATA ATT TTA GAC GAT CCC 3'; HHV3 (inner and HHV4 (inner 3'. The detection threshold was determined by plasmid serial dilutions. Threshold for Sybr Green real time PCR was 24.6 molecules/µL and for the nested PCR was 2.46 molecules/µL. We chose the Real Time PCR for diagnosing and quantifying HHV-6 DNA from samples using the new Sybr Green chemistry due to its sensitivity and lower risk of contamination.HHV-6 é o agente etiológico do Exantema Súbito e considerado a sexta doença mais comum na infância. Em indivíduos imunocomprometidos, a reativação da infecção latente pode causar doença aguda ou morte. Padronizamos PCR em Tempo Real utilizando a química Sybr Green na detecção do HHV-6 e comparamos os resultados com a PCR convencional. Um fragmento de 214 pb foi clonado através do kit pGEM-T do sistema Promega. Com este clone, foram feitas diluições seriadas em um pool de leucócitos negativos a partir de 10-6 ng/µL (equivalente a 2465,8 moleculas/µL até 10-9 (equivalente a 2,46 moleculas/µL. As diluições foram amplificadas por PCR em Tempo Real utilizando Sybr Green, com

  18. Comparative study between endoscopic technique by a proximal port and mini palmary incision in the surgical treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome Estudo comparativo entre a técnica endoscópica pelo portal proximal e a técnica de mini-incisão palmar no tratamento cirúrgico da síndrome do túnel do carpo

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    Full Text Available The authors present a prospective study comparing two surgical techniques for carpal tunnel release. A minimal - incision open decompression(3 is compared with an endoscopic release(2, that utilizes only a single proximal portal. There were operated on, 28 wrists in 28 patients, with clinical signs and EMG changes consistent on idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome, that failed under previous conservative treatment. They were randomized into two groups , undertaken surgical treatment, either by endoscopic release or by open decompression. Grip strength (measured by dynamometric, sensitivity (measured by Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments, presence of pain and paresthesia, date of return to activities of daily living and complications were evaluated pre-operative and at 1, 2, 4, 6, 12 weeks after surgery. After 12 months average follow up, the results indicated that this proximal portal endoscopic technique can be safely performed, showing advantages over open conventional method, in terms of sooner return of grip strength, date of return to activities of daily living, and less incidence of pillar pain. No differences in paresthesia resolution, sensibility improvement or complications incidence were found.Os autores apresentam estudo prospectivo onde comparam duas técnicas cirúrgicas empregadas no tratamento de pacientes acometidos pela síndrome do túnel do carpo. A técnica de descompressão por via aberta, através de mini-incisão palmar(3, é analisada em relação à técnica por via endoscópica, descrita por Agee et al.(2, que utiliza apenas um único portal proximal. Foram operados, de forma randomizada, 28 punhos em 28 pacientes com o diagnóstico clínico e eletromiográfico de síndrome do túnel do carpo idiopático, e que não obtiveram melhora com o tratamento conservador prévio. Os seguintes parâmetros, foram analisados no pré-operatório e na primeira, segunda, quarta, sexta e décima segunda semanas de pós-operatório: força de

  19. Cartas, Caminha(o, viajantes, mutantes, mares: grafias (invisíveis (desmarcando espaços (sem tempos/Letters, Caminha/way, travelers, mutants, seas: (invisible writings (divesting spaces with(outin times

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    Elenise Cristina Pires de Andrade,

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    Full Text Available Caminha encaminha uma carta ao Rei: “Da marinhagem e das singraduras do caminho, não darei aqui conta a Vossa Majestade - porque não saberei fazer e os pilotos devem ter este cuidado - e portanto, Senhor, do que hei de falar começo e digo”. Pretendemos, pelas viagens proporcionadas nesse texto, também falar e dizer de novas terras, outras grafias, diversos tempos. Criaturas vistas nas Terras Novas, apresentadas aos velhos olhares por Afonso d'Escragnolle-Taunay, mutantes dos filmes da Marvel Comics, X-Men. Tantas vidas, tantas novidades que escapam do controle sobre o que se classificar como novo, velho; normal, anormal; liberdade, controle. Que (invisibilidades pulsariam dessas vidas? Tempos que se multiplicam nas memórias (ou seriam nos esquecimentos? dos mutantes Wolverine e Magneto que nos acompanham por esses mares, memórias, marcações na pele. No primeiro filme o tempo universal da liberdade, sempre ela: a liberdade em tensões quase insuportáveis. No segundo, o espaço é sinal do passado, permanência de um tempo-memória. E por último o tempo que se arrasta da prisão, tempo que não pode ser liberado pois precisa ser normalizado. Tempos e lugares que se (? escrevem (invisíveis com os mutantes, pelos mares, com os viajantes que, como Caminha, sempre escrevem cartas. “Beijo as mãos de Vossa Alteza. Deste porto seguro, da vossa Ilha de Vera Cruz, hoje, sexta-feira, primeiro dia de maio de 1500” que, de onde começo, não termino. Também sabendo que possa, a quem se endereça tal grafia, d’ela não ter achamento. “Isto tomávamos nós nesse sentido, por assim o desejarmos”.Caminha forwards a letter to the King: “About sailors and sailing the way I shall not tell Your Majesty – for I will not be able to do so and the crew officers should worry about that – and therefore, My Lord, I shall start by telling you the subject of my writings”. Through the voyages presented in this text, we intend to say and talk

  20. Incidence of colorectal cancer in young patients.

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    Campos, Fábio Guilherme C M DE; Figueiredo, Marleny Novaes; Monteiro, Mariane; Nahas, Sérgio Carlos; Cecconello, Ivan

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    Sporadic colorectal cancer (CRC) is traditionally diagnosed after de sixth decade of life, although a small percentage of cases are diagnosed in patients under 40 years of age, and incidence is increasing. There exists a great volume of controversy regarding clinical outcome of young patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer (CRC) when compared to elder counterparts. Our aims were to evaluate the rate of CRC in young patients, to review the pertaining literature and to discuss outcomes and clinical prognosis. A retrospective review involving patients with CRC was undertaken, focusing on age at diagnosis. The information extracted from this literature review showed a trend towards a decreased incidence in older people with an opposite effect among adolescents and young adults. Moreover, biological aggressiveness in young adults diagnosed with CRC has not been fully recognized, although it is usually diagnosed later and in association with adverse histological features. Besides that, these features don't affect outcome. These apparent increase in CRC incidence among young patients during the last decades raises the need for a greater suspicious when evaluating common symptoms in this group. Thus, educational programs should widespread information for both population and physicians to improve prevention and early diagnosis results. RESUMO O câncer colorretal (CCR) esporádico é tradicionalmente diagnosticado após a sexta década de vida, embora uma pequena porcentagem de casos seja diagnosticada em doentes abaixo dos 40 anos de idade, e a incidência está aumentando. Existe uma grande controvérsia a respeito da evolução clínica de doentes jovens portadores de CCR em comparação aos mais idosos. Os objetivos deste estudo foram avaliar a prevalência de CCR em doentes jovens, rever a literatura pertinente e discutir suas características mais importantes nesta faixa etária. Para tanto realizou-se revisão da literatura envolvendo doentes com CCR com foco na

  1. Morbidade por acidentes de transporte entre jovens de Goiânia, Goiás Traffic injuries among youth in Goiânia, Goiás State

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    Carlos Roberto Caixeta

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Acidentes de transporte constituem problema mundial de saúde pública, especialmente nos países em desenvolvimento. O objetivo foi descrever o perfil das vítimas e circunstâncias dos acidentes de transportes com residentes de Goiânia (GO, na faixa etária de 15 a 24 anos e atendidos no Hospital de Urgências. Estudo transversal prospectivo, realizado de agosto de 2005 a agosto de 2006, por amostragem sistemática de 301 vítimas de acidentes de transporte. Os dados primários foram tratados por meio de estatística descritiva. A maioria era do sexo masculino, com idade média de 19,88 + 2,7 anos e condutor dos veículos. O meio de transporte mais utilizado foi motocicleta (67,33%, seguido da bicicleta (16,67%. Os acidentes ocorreram predominantemente em torno das 18h, sextas-feiras e domingos. As vítimas estavam principalmente no trajeto para atividades físicas, esportivas, escolares, lazer e entretenimento. A suspeita do uso de álcool foi relatada por 15,16% dos entrevistados. Comparados aos ciclistas, mais motociclistas julgaram que houve imprudência/negligência no acidente. Equipamentos de segurança não foram usados por 8,58% dos motociclistas e 95,45% dos ciclistas. São necessárias medidas de educação dirigida aos motociclistas e fiscalização que priorizem o período noturno e os finais de semana.Traffic injuries are currently one of the world's main public health issues in both developed and developing countries. This study aimed to describe the circumstances involved in traffic accidents and the profile of the victims attended at Hospital de Urgências de Goiânia, age group of 15 to 24 years and residents in Goiânia - Brazil. It is a prospective cross-sectional study carried out from August 2005 to August 2006 by systematic sampling. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistics. Most of the 301 victims were male; with average age of 19.94 + 2.73 years, and drivers. Motorcycles (67.33% and bicycles (16.67% were the most

  2. Control de Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (lib. de Bary en Crisantemo y Habichuela con diferentes aislamientos de Trichoderma y con fungicidas Control of Sclerotínía sclerotíorum (lib de Bary in Chrysanthemum and snap bean with different isolates of Tríchoderma and with fungicides

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    Delgado de Kallman Liliana

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    El trabajo consistió en seleccionar, incrementar, aplicar y evaluar la actividad antagónica de algunos aislamientos· del género Tríehoderma sobre el patógeno Scterotinía scterotiorum in vitro y en el campo en cultivos de crisantemo y habichuela, así como evaluar la eficiencia de algunos fungicidas en el control de las mismas enfermedades. Los aislamientos T10 de Tríchoderma víríde y T12 de Tríehoderma hamatúm se seleccionaron como los mejores antagonistas
    del patógeno por su mayor inhibición del crecimiento del micelio, sobre la formaéión de esclerociós y la mayor esporulación sobre el patógeno. Los aislamientos con mayor
    capacidad antagonista se evaluaron en el campo. Se evidenció la existencia de diferencias marcadas en el antagonismo entre los aislamientos de Tríehoderma utilizados. En los ensayos de campo se estableció que la
    enfermedad se presentó en el primero y segundo
    tercio de la planta, lo que indica que el control con fungicidas debe ir dirigido preferencialmente a esas partes de la planta. Se evalu6 además la eficiencia de las aplicaciones de los fungicidas Ferbam, Carbendazim y Vinclozolin y·se observo que en el ensayo de crisantemo bajo invernadero, el mejor control se logr6 cuando· se aplicó Carbendazim al suelo durante la primera semana de siembra combinado con cinco aspersiones sucesivas de Vinclozolin al follaje cada siete días a partir de la sexta semana. Al comparar el mejor tratamiento químico con el mejor antagonista biológico no se obtuvieron diferencias significativas entre ambos tipos de tratamíento.

    The objetive of this study was to select. increase and apply sorne isolates of Tríchoderma, and to evaluate their antagonistic activity against Sclerotínía sclerotíorum in vitro and in the field in chrysanthemum and snap beans. It was also intended to evaluate the efficiency of some fungicides in the control of those diseases. The isolates T10 of Tríchoderma v

  3. Características da carcaça e da carne de novilhos mantidos em pastagem de capim-marandu submetidos a diferentes estratégias de suplementação Carcass and meat traits from crossbred steers submitted to different supplementation strategies

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    Roberta Carrilho Canesin

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho foi realizado com o objetivo de avaliar as características quantitativas e qualitativas da carcaça e da carne de 24 novilhos submetidos a três estratégias de suplementação em pastagem: SD - suplementação diária; DA - suplementação em dias alternados; e FS - suplementação oferecida de segunda à sexta-feira e suspensa aos sábados e domingos. Foram utilizados 24 bovinos mestiços (Bos indicus x Bos taurus com peso inicial de 230 kg mantidos em pastagem de Brachiaria brizantha cv. Marandu no período das águas de 2003 e nos períodos de seca e das águas de 2004, quando atingiram o peso de abate. O delineamento experimental utilizado foi o inteiramente casualizado, com três tratamentos e oito repetições. As características quantitativas e qualitativas da carcaça e da carne não foram influenciadas pelas diferentes estratégias de suplementação, mesmo quando o suplemento foi fornecido apenas em dias alternados ou quando não foi fornecido nos finais de semana. Na média, os animais apresentaram peso de abate de 468,21 kg de PV, rendimento de carcaça quente de 50,26%, área de olho-de-lombo de 59,67 cm² e espessura de gordura de 3,3 mm. A carne foi classificada como macia, com suculência e palatabilidade levemente acima da média.The objective of this trial was to evaluate quantitative and qualitative traits of carcass and meat from grazing steers submitted to one of the following three supplementation strategies: daily supplementation (DS, alternate days supplementation (AS or Monday to Friday supplementation (MFS. Twenty-four crossbred steers (Bos indicus x Bos taurus averaging 230 kg of initial body were used in a completely randomized block design (three treatments and eight replicates/treatment. Animals were maintained in pasture of Brachiaria brizantha cv. Marandu from the rainy season of 2003 to the dry and rainy seasons of 2004, when they reached the expected slaughter weight. The quantitative and

  4. Evaluation of litter material and ventilation systems on poultry production: II. thermal comfort Avaliação de materiais de cama e sistemas de ventilação na criação de aves: II. conforto térmico

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    Paulo Giovanni de Abreu

    2011-06-01

    42 dias e com intervalo de vazio sanitário de 15 dias entre lotes. Os tratamentos testados foram dois sistemas de ventilação (fixo e oscilante e dois tipos de material de cama (palhada de soja e casca de arroz. Foram coletadas no centro de cada boxe e no ambiente externo a temperatura de bulbo seco e úmido, a temperatura de globo negro e a velocidade do ar. Esses dados foram coletados em intervalos de três horas, de 8 às 18 horas, na quarta, quinta e sexta semanas de vida das aves. Com base nos dados coletados em cada horário, foram determinados o índice de temperatura de globo e umidade (WBGT e a carga térmica radiante (RHL. Também foram feitas leituras da temperatura da cama por meio de termômetro infravermelho. Na análise dos dados de ambiente térmico interno, foram avaliados os efeitos de lote, ventilação, semana, hora e as interações dos fatores sobre as variáveis avaliadas, utilizando-se a teoria de modelos mistos para medidas repetidas. A ventilação proporcionada por ventiladores fixos e oscilantes comportou-se igualmente e não teve efeito sobre as variáveis estudadas. No entanto, as duas formas de ventilação são suficientes para amenizar as condições térmicas internas do aviário em relação ao ambiente externo. A umidade relativa do ar é maior quando se utiliza a casca de arroz como material para cama.

  5. Nervo alógeno conservado em glicerol: estudo experimental em ratos Glycerol-preserved allogenous nerve: an experimental study with rats

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    Sandro Pinheiro de Souza Lemos

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A utilização de aloenxerto de nervo conservado em glicerol é uma alternativa a auto-enxertia em casos de lesões de nervos periféricos com perda de substância que diminui a morbidade cirúrgica e provem material suficiente para a reparação neural. O objetivo deste trabalho foi comparar o grau de reparação nervosa, utilizando análises histológica e funcional, através da interposição de enxerto autógeno (grupo A, de tubo de veia conservada em glicerol (grupo B e de interposição de nervo alógeno conservado em glicerol (grupo C em defeitos de 5 mm no nervo fibular de ratos Wistar. A análise histológica foi feita após o sacrifício dos animais( 6 semanas , usando o corante azul de toluidina a 1%. No grupo A (auto-enxerto verificou-se reação tecidual perineural e escape de fibras axonais mielinizadas para fora dos limites do epineuro que foi maior se comparada ao verificado no Grupo B (Veia autógena + glicerol e Grupo C (aloenxerto de nervo.A avaliação funcional foi feita através da análise dos padrões das pegadas das patas posteriores dos ratos ("Walking Track Analysis", nos períodos: pré-operatório, pós-operatório imediato, na terceira e sexta semanas. Na recuperação funcional, não houve diferença estatisticamente significativa entre os três grupos em nenhum dos períodos avaliados.The use of glycerol-preserved nerve allograft is an alternative to autografting in cases of peripheral nerve injury with loss of substance, which decreases surgical morbidity and provides sufficient material for neural repair. The objective of this study was to compare the degree of nervous repair, through interposition of autogenous graft (Group A, of glycerol-preserved vein tube (Group B, and interposition of glycerol-preserved allogenic nerve (Group C in 5-mm defects of Wistar rats' fibular nerve, using histological and functional analyses. In group A (autograft a perineural tissue reaction and myelinated axonal fibers escape out

  6. Sepse neonatal como fator de risco para leucomalácia periventricular em pré-termos de muito baixo peso Periventricular leukomalacia in very low birth weight preterm neonates with high risk for neonatal sepsis

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    Rita C. Silveira

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar a associação de leucomalácia periventricular (LPV e sepse neonatal em recém-nascidos de muito baixo peso (RNMBP. MÉTODOS: Foram incluídos RNMBP com suspeita clínica de infecção nascidos na instituição de 01/08/2005 a 31/07/2007. Foram excluídos óbitos antes dos 14 dias, malformações do sistema nervoso central e infecções congênitas. Foi realizado ultra-som cerebral no terceiro dia e semanalmente até a sexta semana de vida ou alta. LPV foi diagnosticada por hiperecogenicidade difusa periventricular persistente por mais de 7 dias, ou por cistos periventriculares. RNMBP foram divididos em grupos com e sem LPV. Sepse foi definida por manifestação clínica com cultura positiva. Os testes t, Mann-Whitney, qui-quadrado e regressão logística foram usados. RESULTADOS: Foram incluídos 88 RNMBP, sendo que 62 (70,5% sobreviveram e 51 (57,8% tiveram LPV. Os grupos foram semelhantes no peso de nascimento, idade gestacional, escore de Apgar, tipo de parto, SNAPPE-II, presenças de enterocolite necrosante, persistência de canal arterial e óbitos. Sepse e ventilação mecânica foram mais freqüentes no grupo com LPV (23,5 e 2,7%, p = 0,005; 86 e 59%, p = 0,004, respectivamente. Na regressão logística, ambos foram fatores de risco independentes para LPV (p = 0,027 e 0,015, respectivamente. CONCLUSÃO: Corioamnionite é fator de risco definido para LPV. Demonstramos que sepse neonatal também é fator de risco importante. Acreditamos que a resposta inflamatória sistêmica seja o principal fator envolvido na etiopatogenia da LPV em RNMBP.OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between periventricular leukomalacia (PVL and neonatal sepsis in very low birth weight infants (VLBWI. METHODS: We studied VLBWI with a clinical suspicion of infection who had been born at our institution between the 1st of August, 2005 and the 31st of July, 2007. Children were excluded if they died before reaching 14 days, had malformations

  7. Espécies de Melastomataceae Juss. com potencial para restauração ecológica de mata ripária no cerrado

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    Full Text Available Melastomataceae Juss. é a sexta família em importância no bioma Cerrado, sendo comuns em vegetação secundária. As espé-cies desta família apresentam estratégias de vida e adaptações como grande produção de sementes, dispersão efi ciente de propágulos, altas taxas de germinação e crescimento rápido que podem propiciar a ativação dos processos ecológicos envolvidos na rege-neração natural de habitats perturbados. O objetivo foi caracterizar as espécies de Melastomataceae em vegetação secundária e avaliar seu potencial para uso na restauração ecológica de áreas degradadas de matas ripárias. Este estudo foi realizado na área experimental da Embrapa Cerrados, à margem direita do córrego Sarandi, Distrito Federal, Brasil, em uma área de um hectare, onde foram instadas parcelas e transectos para avaliação dos parâmetros: caracterís-ticas botânicas, ecológicas e reprodutivas, síndromes de polinização e de dispersão de sementes, reprodução vegetativa, riqueza de espécies, abundância, cobertura, fenofases de floração e frutificação. A partir da análise destes parâmetros definiuse os critérios para avaliar o potencial de uso das espécies na restauração ecológica. Entre as 14 espécies da família de Melastomataceae registradas,Miconia chamissoisNaud. (35.42% e 42.53%,Ossaea congestiflora(Naud. Cong. (23.6% e 13.29%,Macairea radulaDC (19.66% e 17.22% eTococa formicariaMart. (6.78% e 3.87% apresentaram maior abundância e cobertura, respectivamente. As espécies estudadas apresentaram, em sua maioria, grande oferta de recursos ali-mentares ao longo do ano, que, associadas a outras características permitiram identifi car o potencial de restaurabilidade de cada espécie avaliada. O potencial para uso na res-tauração ecológica foi alto para as espécies:Miconia chamissois,Miconia ibaguensis,Miconia albicans,Miconia theaezanse Tococa formicaria. Estas espécies podem atuar como nucleadoras

  8. Gordonia polyisoprenivorans from groundwater contaminated with landfill leachate in a subtropical area: characterization of the isolate and exopolysaccharide production Gordonia polyisoprenivorans de águas subterrâneas contaminadas por chorume, em região subtropical: caracterização da linhagem e produção de exopolissacarídeos

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    2006-06-01

    érias corineformes, apresentaram reação Gram positiva, catalase positiva, oxidase negativa, não apresentaram motilidade. O organismo cresceu em aerobiose e em ambiente anóxico na presença de NaNO3. A linhagem apresentou características morfológicas, bioquímicas e propriedades quimiotaxônomicas típicas do gênero Gordonia e perfil de ácidos micólicos e ácidos graxos correspondentes aos de G. polyisoprenivorans DSM44302T. A análise do seqüenciamento dos primeiros 500 pares de bases do rDNA16S da linhagem mostrou 100% de similaridade com Gordonia polyisoprenivorans DSM44302T. Experimentos conduzidos em condições anaeróbias em meio E com sacarose ou glicose como principal fonte de carbono, mostraram que a linhagem não cresceu quando cultivada com sacarose. Entretanto, utilizando-se glicose, a velocidade específica máxima de crescimento foi 0,17h-1, o tempo de geração de aproximadamente 4 horas e o máximo de produção de EPS total ocorreu durante a fase exponencial (126,17 ± 15,63 g l-1. A produção de EPS livre excedeu à de capsular e a relação EPS livre/EPS capsular aumentou de 1,9, durante a fase exponencial para 7,8 durante a fase estacionária. Até então, foram isoladas seis linhagens de G. polyisoprenivorans de diferentes ambientes. A linhagem Lc é a sexta linhagem de G. polyisoprenivorans descrita, a segunda detectada nas águas subterrâneas em questão e a primeira cuja produção de EPS está sendo estudada.

  9. Paralisia facial periférica idiopática de Bell: a propósito de 180 pacientes Idiopathic facial paralysis (Bell´s palsy: a study of 180 patients

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    Marcelo Moraes Valença

    2001-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi analisar aspectos clínicos, epidemiológicos e evolutivos da paralisia facial periférica idiopática em 180 pacientes. Houve ligeiro predomínio do sexo feminino (66,7%. Quanto à faixa etária mais acometida, foram observados dois picos de incidência um nas terceira e quarta décadas, e o outro na sexta década de vida. Nos 180 pacientes houve 198 episódios de paralisia facial periférica, sendo 17 recorrências e em um paciente a paralisia foi de instalação inicial bilateral. Em 15 pacientes (8,3% houve recidiva da paralisia facial, em dois casos a paralisia se repetindo por mais duas vezes. Em 12 casos (70,6% a recidiva ocorreu no mesmo lado da paralisia anterior. O lado esquerdo da face estava envolvido em 55,6% dos casos. Em oito pacientes a paralisia aconteceu na gestação (n=5 ou no pós-parto (n=3. Quatro das pacientes grávidas apresentaram paralisia de Bell no terceiro trimestre. Uma paciente com 18 anos de idade desenvolveu paralisia facial do lado direito no sétimo mês da gravidez, havendo recidiva da paralisia no mesmo lado aos 23 anos de idade, no 15º dia pós-parto. Como condicões associadas encontramos hipertensão arterial sistêmica (11,7%, diabete mélito (11,1%, gravidez ou pós-parto imediato (4,4%; 6,7% nas mulheres e neurocisticercose (1,1%. Em 72,8% dos casos não encontramos associação com outras afecções. Em 22,8% dos pacientes observou-se uma das seguintes sequelas: espasmo hemifacial (12,8%, recuperação parcial do déficit motor (10,6%, síndrome das lágrimas do crocodilo (3,3%, contrações sincinéticas (2,8%, lacrimejamento (1,1% e fenômeno de Marcus Gunn invertido (1,1%. Concluíndo, no estudo foi demonstrado que a paralisia facial periférica idiopática pode provocar sequelas importantes, cosméticas ou funcionais, em mais de 20% dos pacientes.The objective of this study was to analyze some clinical and epidemiologic aspects, as well as the follow up of 180 patients

  10. Fatores de risco no tratamento de lesões do ceco com sutura primária em ratos Risk factors on the treatment of cecum injuries with primary suture in rats

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    Gustavo Pereira Fraga

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: O presente trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar os resultados da sutura primária no tratamento das lesões traumáticas de ceco em ratos, após exposição a intervalos de tempo crescentes entre o trauma e a cirurgia, e com diferentes graus de peritonite. Métodos: Em estudo randomizado, duplo-cego, 96 ratos Wistar, machos, com peso variando de 200 a 250 gramas, foram submetidos a laparotomia, em que se realizava lesão de 5 milímetros de diâmetro na borda contramesentérica do ceco. Em 12 animais do grupo-controle realizava-se de imediato sutura primária com pontos totais, separados, com fio de polipropileno 7.0. Nos demais grupos, com 12 animais cada, a laparotomia para reparo da lesão foi realizada após intervalos de: 30 minutos, 1, 2, 4, 6, 9 e 12 horas. No momento do reparo da lesão, uma das suas bordas era ressecada e enviada para exame anatomopatológico. Foi feito controle diário no pós-operatório, atentando-se para a presença de complicações, em especial deiscência da sutura, sendo a eutanásia dos animais realizada no 1º, 4º, 7º e 14º dia de pós-operatório. Em todos animais foi realizada necropsia, atentando-se aos achados macroscópicos e microscópicos do local da sutura. Resultados: Não houve associação entre a demora para o tratamento cirúrgico da lesão e a evolução para graus mais avançados de peritonite. A mortalidade nos 14 animais com peritonite difusa foi de 100%. A mortalidade global foi de 25% (24 animais, sendo que 6 animais (25% dos óbitos morreram antes do tratamento. Nenhum dos animais tratados que evoluíram a óbito teve complicação relacionada com a sutura da lesão. Os óbitos foram precoces, decorrentes de peritonite e sepse. Entre os 72 ratos sobreviventes, observou-se deiscência da sutura em 9 animais (12,5%. A ocorrência desta complicação foi maior em animais operados a partir da sexta hora após o trauma, sendo os resultados estatisticamente significativos. A incid

  11. Produtividade e rendimento do cafeeiro nas cinco primeiras safras irrigado por pivô central em Lavras, MG Coffee yield and production during the initial five harvests under irrigation with center pivot in Lavras, MG

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    Luiz Antônio Lima

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Com a racionalização da exploração agrícola a caminho da sustentabilidade e a incorporação de novas tecnologias pela cafeicultura, tornam-se necessários o domínio, o conhecimento e o manejo dos principais fatores relacionados à produção, dentre os quais a irrigação é de fundamental importância. Avaliou-se o efeito da irrigação na produtividade e no rendimento do café da roça em lavoura irrigada por pivô central na região de Lavras, MG. O experimento foi conduzido em lavoura cafeeira da cultivar Rubi MG1192, plantada em março de 1999, com espaçamento de 3,5 m entre linhas e 0,8 m entre plantas. O delineamento experimental adotado foi o de blocos casualizados, com seis tratamentos e três repetições. As irrigações foram realizadas em turnos de rega fixos de 2 e 3 dias (segundas, quartas e sextas-feiras, com base no balanço entre a evaporação do tanque classe A (ECA e as precipitações, aplicandose à diferença os porcentuais 0% ECA (T1, não irrigado, 60% ECA (T2, 80% ECA (T3, 100% ECA (T4, 120% ECA (T5 e 140% ECA (T6. Após a derriça e homogeneização do café colhido nas parcelas experimentais, amostras de café da roça foram acondicionadas em sacaria de fio de plástico trançado e submetidas à secagem em bancadas de madeira suspensa ao ar livre, até atingirem umidade entre 11 e 12% com base em peso. Após a secagem, procedeu-se o beneficiamento (retirada da casca e pesagem das amostras para estimativa da produtividade e do rendimento. A irrigação promoveu acréscimo na produtividade dos tratamentos irrigados quando comparada à produtividade da testemunha; mesmo não havendo diferença estatística significativa na comparação de safras anuais para as irrigações nota-se, ao comparar a produção total acumulada das safras, diferença estatística entre a testemunha e os tratamentos irrigados. Dentre os tratamentos analisados destacou-se a lâmina de 60% da ECA, com a qual a produção total acumulada

  12. La oscilación en estructuras de hormigón pretensado y de plantas múltiples

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    Kupfer, H.

    1963-10-01

    to analyse the dynamics of the system, its modifications and the natural frequency, harmonics and amplitudes corresponding to each test case. This program of experimental research has led to a final result, giving the basic frequency of the structure, considered as a whole. Finally the author draws a number of general inferences from the investigation.El proyecto para la construcción de un edificio industrial dedicado a la fabricación de mecanismos de precisión se realizó teniendo en cuenta la influencia de las oscilaciones en la estructura, efecto que, dada la precisión de la mecánica que debía fabricarse, presentaba un problema de notable importancia. Todo el dispositivo estructural se resolvió de acuerdo con estas directrices, y de tal forma que pudieran compararse las previsiones analíticas con ensayos directos obtenidos en el propio edificio. El edificio tiene 66x15,4 m en planta y consta de: sótano, entresuelo, cuatro plantas normales, una sexta planta retranqueada unos 3 m respecto de la fachada y cubierta con un entramado metálico. Como la construcción se ha levantado utilizando piezas prefabricadas, debía tenerse especial cuidado en la terminación de las mismas, ya que el sistema vibrante del conjunto se ve altamente influenciado por estas piezas. Dada la gran longitud del edificio y su pequeña anchura relativa, se pensó desde el principio en una solución a base de pórticos, de 15 m de luz, con montantes de hormigón armado, y vigas o cabezales de hormigón pretensado. La parte central de los forjados en las distintas plantas la constituye un elemento de sección hueca, utilizado para alojar los conductos del aire acondicionado. Como la luz de 15 m de las vigas pretensadas podía influir notablemente en el sistema vibrante, se previeron una serie de montantes, independientes, que podrían montarse y desmontarse fácilmente y que, colocados en la parte central de cada pórtico, proporcionarían una especie de apuntalamiento general cuya

  13. Transporte intra-hospitalar de pacientes internados em UTI Neonatal: fatores de risco para intercorrências Intra-hospital transport of neonatal intensive care patients: risk factors for complications

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    Anna Luiza P. Vieira

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudar os fatores associados à hipotermia e ao aumento da necessidade de oxigênio e/ou suporte ventilatório durante o transporte intra-hospitalar de pacientes internados em Unidade de Terapia Intensiva neonatal. MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo de todos os pacientes internados na unidade neonatal que necessitaram de transporte intra-hospitalar de janeiro de 1997 a dezembro de 2000, entre segundas-feiras e sextas-feiras, das 8h às 17h. Fatores associados à hipotermia e ao aumento da necessidade de oxigênio e/ou de suporte ventilatório durante e até duas horas após o transporte foram estudados por meio de regressão logística. RESULTADOS: Foram realizados 502 transportes no período. Os pacientes tinham em média 2.000g, 35 semanas de idade gestacional ao nascer e 22 dias de vida. As principais indicações do transporte foram: cirurgia e realização de exames de imagem. A hipotermia ocorreu em 17% dos transportes e o aumento da necessidade de oxigênio e/ou de suporte ventilatório em 7%. Fatores associados à hipotermia foram: duração do transporte >3h (OR=2,1; IC95%=1,2-3,6, presença de malformações neurológicas (OR=1,7; IC95%=1,1-2,5, transporte realizado em 1997 (OR=1,7; IC95%=1,1-2,6 e peso no transporte >3.500g (OR=0,3; IC95%=0,16-0,68. Fatores de risco para o aumento da necessidade de oxigênio e/ou de suporte ventilatório foram: idade gestacional ao nascimento em semanas (OR=0,9; IC95%=0,8-0,9, idade em dias no transporte (OR=1,0; IC95%=1,0-1,1 e presença de malformações gastrintestinais e geniturinárias (OR=3,1; IC95%=1,6-6,2. CONCLUSÕES: As intercorrências relativas ao transporte intra-hospitalar são freqüentes nos neonatos em UTI e estão associadas às condições dos pacientes e dos transportes.OBJECTIVE: Evaluate factors associated with hypothermia and increased need of oxygen and/or ventilatory support during intra-hospital transport of neonatal intensive care patients. METHODS: Prospective study of

  14. Ayuntamiento de Hong-Kong

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    Fitch, A.

    1963-11-01

    de entrada, que da servicio a la sala de concierto y al teatro. En el primer piso se encuentra un salón de baile, previsto para 500 personas. El salón de banquetes, para 500 comensales, y situado en el segundo piso, está equipado para servir tanto la cocina china como la, europea, y puede ser utilizado como restaurante. La sala de conciertos dispone de 1.500 butacas, un escenario para 100 músicos y fondo capaz para 120 coristas. Concebida para conciertos de música sinfónica, puede adaptarse a las óperas chinas y otra clase de representaciones teatrales. El teatro tiene 467 localidades, y su acústica ha sido estudiada para que puedan ser dados en él conciertos de música de cámara. La torre tiene 12 plantas: la primera, está reservada para sala de casamientos y servicios del Estado Civil. En las plantas segunda a sexta han sido instaladas las bibliotecas. Una sala de exposiciones ocupa la séptima. La octava contiene dos salas de conferencias. En la novena se distribuyen los despachos y talleres. En los pisos diez y once se encuentra un museo y una galería de arte. Y en la cubierta están las instalaciones de aire acondicionado, cuartos para motores de ascensores, etc. El jardín conmemorativo, dedicado a los Cuerpos de Voluntarios de Hong-Kong muertos entre 1941 y 1945, está erigido sobre una plataforma enlosada rodeada de césped y contiene la capilla Memorial, que es de forma poligonal. La fachada de la torre está revestida con travertino. El hall de conciertos lleva granito pulimentado, con una zona baja de ladrillos esmaltados azules que se extienden por todo el perímetro del bloque central, para prolongarse en el muro del recinto del jardín conmemorativo.

  15. Experiencia de enseñanza-aprendizaje: cambio de creencias y conductas en el manejo del agua de consumo Experiência de ensinamento-aprendizagem: mudança de crenças e condutas no manejo de água de consumo A teaching-learning experiment: the change of beliefs and conduct in the treatment of drinking-water

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    Ana María Rancich

    1989-06-01

    Full Text Available Se propuso modificar las creencias y conductas de los niños con respecto al manejo del agua de consumo, utilizando una experiencia de enseñanza-aprendizaje, con mostración al microscopio del agua contaminada. Se administró una pre-encuesta estructurada y una post-encuesta (resolución de problemas a 63 niños (28 varones y 35 mujeres de sexto y séptimo grado de la escuela primaria. Estos niños provenían, en su totalidad, de una población marginal del norte del Gran Buenos Aires, Argentina. El promedio de edad fue 12 años 8 meses y el ED = 1 año 1 mes. Cada conducta adecuada fue evaluada con un punto: higiene y protección de los recipientes de recolección y almacenamiento, tratamiento del agua (hervido o clorado y periodo de conservación y cada creencia óptima, dos puntos (evitar la contaminación que produce enfermedad. Se determinó el número de alumnos que modificaron sus conductas y creencias en la post-encuesta y se halló si era significativa la diferencia por la prueba de Chi cuadrado (X². Se comprobó que los niños, en general, no mejoraron sus conductas y creencias. Se mantuvieron las conductas adecuadas de lavado; no se modificaron las de protección del recipiente en la recolección del agua y se mantuvieron comportamientos inadecuados en el almacenamiento. Sólo se adquirieron conductas correctas en el tratamiento, a través del hervido y más específicamente del clorado (P Objetivou-se modificar crenças e condutas das crianças no tocante ao manuseio da água de consumo, utilizando uma experiência de ensino-aprendizagem, mostrando em microscópio a água contaminada. Foram aplicados um pré-teste estruturado e um pós-teste (resolução de problemas em 63 crianças (28 meninos e 35 Meninas, de sexta e sétima séries do primeiro grau. Essas crianças provinham, na sua totalidade, de população marginal do norte da Grande Buenos Aires, Argentina. A média de idade foi de 12 anos e 8 meses e o desvio padrão de 1

  16. Quantificação de fatores de crescimento na pele de equinos tratada com plasma rico em plaquetas

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    Maria V. de Souza

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available O plasma rico em plaquetas (PRP é um produto derivado da centrifugação do sangue total, sendo rico em fatores bioativos, como os de crescimento. Apesar da ampla utilização em processos cicatriciais, há controvérsia sobre a eficácia da terapia na cicatrização cutânea. O objetivo desse estudo foi quantificar e comparar a concentração dos fatores TGF-β1 e PDGF-BB no PRP, plasma sanguíneo e pele, durante diferentes fases do processo de cicatrização da pele tratada ou não com PRP. Foram utilizados sete equinos machos castrados, mestiços, hígidos, com idade entre 16 e 17 (16,14±0,63 anos. Três lesões em formato quadrangular (6,25cm² foram produzidas cirurgicamente nas regiões glúteas direita e esquerda de todos os animais. Doze horas após indução das feridas, 0,5mL do PRP foi administrado em cada uma das quatro extremidades das feridas de uma das regiões glúteas (Grupo tratado = GT, escolhida aleatoriamente. A região contralateral foi utilizada como controle (GC. As feridas foram submetidas à limpeza diária com água Milli Q, e amostras foram obtidas mediante biópsias realizadas com Punch de 6mm. Foram obtidas seis biópsias de pele, sendo a primeira realizada logo após a produção da ferida (T0, e as demais com 1 (T1 2 (T2 7 (T3 e 14 (T4 dias após a indução da lesão. A sexta biópsia (T5 foi obtida após completo fechamento da pele, que ocorreu aproximadamente aos 37 dias (36,85±7,45, GC; 38,85±6,46, GT. Também foram obtidas amostras de sangue com EDTA em todos os tempos mencionados. A quantificação dos fatores de crescimento TGF-β1 e PDGF-BB na pele, PRP e plasma sanguíneo foi realizada pela técnica ELISA. Os dados foram analisados estatisticamente pelo teste t, correlação de Pearson e regressão, utilizando nível de significância de 5%. Não houve diferença entre os grupos, nos valores dos dois fatores de crescimento mensurados na pele, nos diferentes tempos. Também não houve correla

  17. Síndrome de Sweet: estudo de 73 casos, com ênfase nos achados histopatológicos Sweet's syndrome: study of 73 cases, emphasizing histopathological findings

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    Mayra Carrijo Rochael

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTOS: A síndrome de Sweet corresponde a um conjunto de alterações cutâneas, sistêmicas e histopatológicas como resposta a diversos estímulos, semelhantes ao eritema nodoso, ao eritema multiforme e à vasculite leucocitoclásica. São descritas condições associadas como infecção, gravidez, uso de drogas e malignidades. OBJETIVOS: Avaliar as alterações clínicas e histopatológicas da síndrome, relacionando-a a outras condições. MÉTODO: Estudo retrospectivo de 73 casos com avaliação microscópica de lesões cutâneas, dados clínicos e laboratoriais. RESULTADOS: Houve predomínio de mulheres (83,0%, brancas (49,2%, entre a quarta e a sexta décadas de vida (73,8%. Placas eritematosas (76,9%, pápulas (43,0%, pseudovesiculação (PV (38,4% e lesões em alvo (18,5% foram as principais alterações. Entre as condições associadas, infecções de vias aéreas (15,4% e uso de drogas (10,8% foram as mais frequentes. Outras associações, representadas por um caso cada, foram: linfoma de Hodgkin, gravidez, colite ulcerativa, policitemia vera e lúpus eritematoso em paciente com Aids. Neutrófilos com leucocitoclasia (98,6%, degeneração do colágeno (87,7%, edema (74,0% e PV (38,4% foram os principais achados microscópicos. Eosinófilos estiveram presentes (41,1% de raros a abundantes e, em geral, não relacionados ao uso de drogas. O infiltrado inflamatório atingiu a derme profunda em 47,9% das vezes e encontrou-se paniculite em 80,0% dos casos nos quais a hipoderme estava representada (10 casos. CONCLUSÕES: Os achados, de modo geral, coincidem com os da literatura, destacando-se: frequente participação de eosinófilos sem correlação com a ingestão de medicamentos, paniculite e rara associação com linfoma de Hodgkin, sendo este o quinto relato de tal ocorrência, segundo o conhecimento dos autores.BACKGROUND: Sweet's syndrome refers to a set of cutaneous, systemic and histopathological alterations that occur in

  18. El Infanticidio en Colombia desde los tiempos Prehispánicos a los Republicanos

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    Hugo Armando Sotomayor Tribin

    2001-04-01

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    Cualquier aproximación que se quiera hacer a la historia de la práctica del infanticidio en las diferentes sociedades humanas a lo largo de los tiempos debe intentar ver ese acto a la luz de las relaciones entre la producción y la reproducción de cada sociedad en particular, entendiendo que todas las sociedades buscan a la larga, conciente o inconscientemente, un equilibrio entre los recursos de que disponen y el tamaño de la población y tratan de evitar saturar la capacidad de sustentación que ofrecen su entorno natural y su sistema de producción. (1

    Todas las sociedades humanas de la misma forma que se han preocupado por mantener e incrementar la producción de sus alimentos y bienes también se han preocupado por regular -estabilizando, aumentando o disminuyendo- su población.

    Con base en este referente teórico, he querido hacer unas breves consideraciones alrededor del infanticidio y del abandono de los niños a lo largo de nuestra prehistoria e historia hasta antes del siglo XX.

    ¿En esta perspectiva, las sociedades prehispánicas de la actual Colombia, ¿cómo regularon el crecimiento de su población? Ellas lo hicieron principalmente a través de cinco grandes estrategias: la lactancia materna prolongada; la abstinencia sexual, el aborto, el infanticidio, la discriminación de las niñas y mujeres y de una sexta, al parecer con menos impacto poblacional, por sus costos de vidas de varones jóvenes, como fueron los frecuentes y casi crónicos conflicto bélicos ínter – étnicos. (2

    La lactancia materna prolongada favoreció el distanciamiento de los embarazos; la abstinencia sexual, más que excepción, fue la regla, en virtud de creencias como que las relaciones sexuales en vísperas de las faenas de cacería, le hacían perder a los hombres sus fuerzas y habilidades, del temor a las Académico Hugo Armando Sotomayor Tribín* relaciones sexuales durante períodos hasta casi de un año después de un

  19. Educação nutricional na escola do primeiro grau: uma proposição para Pernambuco (Brasil Nutritional education in primary schools: a proposal for Pernambuco (Brazil

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    Eronides da Silva Lima

    1986-02-01

    Full Text Available Propõe-se um modelo de ensino em nutrição para a escola do primeiro grau do Estado de Pernambuco (Brasil. Com base no estudo da proposta curricular de ciências que contém "Programas de Saúde", e nos resultados da pesquisa realizada com alunos da oitava série e professores da área metropolitana de Recife, elaborou-se um programa de ensino em nutrição que representa os temas sugeridos pelos alunos. Esta fase compreendeu: seleção de objetivos; seleção e organização do conteúdo; seleção de técnicas; recursos e instrumentos de avaliação, considerando os aspectos de logicidade, gradualidade, continuidade e integração. Os seguintes objetivos gerais de cada série nortearam a seleção e organização dos temas: a Primeira série - Identificar a interdependência entre: ambiente, homem e alimento; b Segunda série - Classificar os alimentos conforme a sua origem e função e identificar os recursos alimentares da comunidade; c Terceira série - Agrupar os alimentos conforme a predominância de substâncias nutritivas e sua função no organismo e identificar os recursos alimentares do município; d Quarta série - Identificar formas de higiene e conservação de alimentos e a produção agrícola e pecuária do Estado; e Quinta série - Conhecer normas gerais de inspeção industrial e sanitária de alimentos; f Sexta série - Conhecer as preparações habituais e típicas de região, bem como outras formas de utilização das fontes alimentares disponíveis e respectivas formas de preparo e cozimento; g Sétima série - Identificar os fatores que interferem no acesso e utilização de uma dieta adequada às necessidades nutricionais de uma comunidade; h Oitava série - Conhecer as doenças nutricionais mais freqüentes em Pernambuco e no Brasil, seus fatores determinantes, conseqüências e medidas preventivas adotadas. O programa proposto pode ser agregado ao "Programas de Saúde" correspondendo cada série a uma unidade entre

  20. Metabolismo miocárdico após cardioplegia sangüínea hipotérmica retrógrada contínua Myocardial metabolism after hypothermic retrograde continuous blood cardioplegia

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    Claudio G. SOBROSA

    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODOS: Realizamos uma análise metabólica da cardioplegia sangüínea hipotérmica retrógrada contínua em um estudo prospectivo de 15 pacientes consecutivos encaminhados para operação eletiva de revascularização miocárdica. Os critérios de inclusão foram doença coronária bi ou triarterial e função ventricular preservada (FE > 40%. Os critérios de exclusão foram angina instável, diabéticos insulino-dependentes e operações associadas. Três pacientes foram excluídos do trabalho (operação associada e deslocamento do cateter de cardioplegia retrógrada. Amostras de sangue arterial e do seio coronário foram simultaneamente colhidas: antes do início da CEC, na abertura da aorta e com 10, 30 e 60 minutos de reperfusão, para análise do conteúdo de oxigênio e da concentração de lactato. Quatro biópsias miocárdicas foram obtidas do ápice do ventrículo esquerdo: (1 após instalação da CEC (mas antes do pinçamento aórtico, (2 imediatamente após o término da indução cardioplégica, (3 antes do despinçamento aórtico e (4 com 30 minutos de reperfusão, para análise dos níveis de ATP, ADP, AMP e lactato no miocárdio. A isoenzima CK-MB foi analisada no sangue venoso. RESULTADOS: Não houve mortalidade no grupo. Houve uma diminuição da extração artério-venosa do lactato e do oxigênio pelo coração durante a reperfusão, somente havendo uma recuperação parcial ao final de 60 minutos de reperfusão. O ATP e os outros nucleotídeos tiveram os seus níveis mantidos no miocárdio durante o pinçamento aórtico, mas estes caíram nos primeiros 30 minutos de reperfusão. O lactato acumulou-se no músculo cardíaco durante o pinçamento aórtico e diminuiu durante a reperfusão. Houve um aumento da enzima CK-MB, principalmente entre a terceira e sexta horas de pós-operatório. CONCLUSÕES: Do ponto de vista metabólico, o método não evitou o metabolismo anaeróbico durante o período de pin

  1. Análise retrospectiva de 504 colonoscopias Retrospective analysis of 504 colonoscopies

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    Rodrigo Guimarães Oliveira

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Os autores analisaram, retrospectivamente, uma análise de 504 colonoscopias ambulatoriais, realizadas no período de junho de 2008 a maio de 2009, no Centro de Especialidades Médicas da Santa Casa de Belo Horizonte, pelo Grupo de Coloproctologia da Santa Casa de Belo Horizonte e Faculdade de Ciências Médicas de Minas Gerais (CPG. Dentre as observações retiradas do estudo, merecem destaques especiais as análises de sexo, faixas etárias, especialidade dos médicos solicitantes, indicações de colonoscopias, preparo intestinal utilizado, altura atingida pela colonoscopia, achados colonoscópicos e complicações do exame. Quanto ao sexo, 67% (337 eram mulheres e 33% (167 homens, e quanto às faixas etárias, sobressaiu a sexta (130 pacientes; 26% e a sétima (113 pacientes; 22%. O exame foi autogerado pelo próprio grupo em 79,56% (401 colonoscopias, sendo as indicações mais comuns o sangramento baixo (76 casos; 13,0% e controle de pacientes submetidos à cirurgias para abordagem de câncer colorretal (70 casos; 12,0%. O preparo intestinal foi feito com manitol, lactulose e picossulfato de sódio, de acordo com o estado clínico do paciente, ensejando 71% (359 casos de resultados excelentes. A colonoscopia atingiu o ceco em 445 pacientes (88,0%, tendo chegado ao íleo terminal em 293 casos (58,0%. Os achados colonoscópicos principais foram os pólipos (163 casos; 28,0%, seguidos pelo exame normal (149 casos; 26,0% e doença diverticular dos cólons (141 casos; 24,0%. Dos 151 pólipos que tiveram suas dimensões assinaladas, 130 pólipos tinham o maior diâmetro menor que 10 mm (86,0%. Dos 207 exames histopatológicos realizados, seja em ressecções seja em biópsias, o pólipo foi o achado mais comum (163 casos; 78,8%, e dos 163 pólipos ressecados o achado mais comum foram os adenomas com displasia de baixo grau (116 casos; 71,2%. Não foram verificadas complicações. Os dados foram comparados com alguns relatos da literatura

  2. Oocyst shedding by green-winged-saltator (Saltator similis in the diagnostic of coccidiosis and Isospora similisi n. sp. (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae Eliminação de oocistos por trinca-ferro-verdadeiro (Saltator similis no diagnóstico da coccidiose e Isospora similisi n. sp. (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae

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    Cleide Domingues Coelho

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    -ferro-verdadeiro Saltator similis, e sua utilização no diagnóstico da coccidiose. Foram colhidas 220 amostras fecais de aves oriundas de apreensões do tráfico de animais silvestres e mantidas na quarentena do CETAS∕IBAMA, nos períodos da manhã e ao entardecer, de maio a novembro de 2010. Observou-se que 1,82% das amostras colhidas no período da manhã foram positivas, enquanto que 31,36% das amostras colhidas foram positivas ao entardecer, onde o maior número de oocistos foi observado no período da tarde. Portanto, concluiu-se que a colheita de amostras ao entardecer oferece maior confiabilidade para o diagnóstico da coccidiose. Além disso, descreve-se um novo coccídio do trinca-ferro-verdadeiro S. similis. Isospora similisi n. sp. possui oocistos esféricos a subesféricos, 27,5 × 25,9 µm, com parede dupla e lisa, ∼1,2 µm. A micrópila e o resíduo do oocisto estão ausentes, porém pequenos grânulos estão presentes. Os esporocistos são elipsóides ou levemente ovóides, 17,4 × 12,2 µm. Os corpos de Stieda e substieda estão presentes. O resíduo do esporocisto está presente e os esporozoítos possuem um corpo refrátil posterior e um núcleo. Esta é a quarta espécie isosporóide descrita de S. similis e a sexta descrição na família Cardinalidae.

  3. EXPOSICIÓN TEMPORAL. ALGUNOS DE LOS PRIMEROS LIBROS MÉDICOS ESCRITOS POR COLOMBIANOS ENTRE 1820-1920.

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    Hugo Armando Sotomayor Tribin

    2015-12-01

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    Sexta muestra de la serie “Objetos del trimestre”, que busca mostrar diferentes objetos, fotografías, libros, y documentos del Museo de Historia de la Medicina de la Academia.

    INTRODUCCIÓN

    En la Nueva Granada de principios del siglo XIX solo existía una facultad o escuela de medicina, la del Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, en Bogotá. A partir de 1828 ya existían, en lo que hoy es Colombia, la Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad Central, la escuela de Medicina del Magdalena y el Istmo asentada en Cartagena, y sobrevivían las cátedras de medicina del Rosario y San Bartolomé, con sede en Bogotá; en 1864 se abrió en Bogotá la primera Escuela de Medicina, privada; en esa década de los sesenta del siglo XIX el Estado Soberano del Cauca reanudó y cerró los estudios de medicina en el Colegio del Estado, el Estado Soberano de Boyacá activó en 1869 en el Colegio de Boyacá la cátedra de medicina, de vida breve. A finales del siglo XIX solo existían las facultades de medicina de las universidades Nacional, de Antioquia y de Cartagena, y en 1920 el país seguía teniendo esas tres facultades de medicina en funcionamiento.

    Aunque se logró tener conocimiento de catorce libros, solo se exhiben 10 (uno por autor, a excepción de Nicolás Osorio y Ricaurte con dos, ambos exhibidos, y Luis Cuervo Márquez con dos, solo uno exhibido, con la ausencia de las obras de los autores Ricardo de La Parra, Juan de Dios Tavera Barriga y Gabriel D. Ujueta y el libro de Luis Cuervo Márquez titulado: La fiebre amarilla en el interior de Colombia.

    Sobre el total de los 14 libros, diez están exhibidos y de ellos, tres fueron publicados en lo que iba hasta ese momento del siglo XX: Manual de Higiene y Medicina Infantil, de Barberi; Contribución al estudio de la lepra en Colombia, de Montoya y Flórez, y Geografía Médica y patológica de Colom- bia: contribución al

  4. Enfermedad de Dupuytren en una población del noroeste de España: hallazgos clínicos en 184 pacientes Dupuytren's disease in a north-west Spanish population: clinical findings on 184 patients

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    I. Couto González

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available El propósito de este estudio es analizar los factores clásicos relacionados con la Enfermedad de Dupuytren en nuestra región así como la evolución clínica del proceso, con el objeto de comparar nuestros resultados con otros publicados, especialmente de estudios procedentes del norte de Europa y de Norteamérica. Realizamos un análisis retrospectivo sobre 184 pacientes diagnosticados de Enfermedad de Dupuytren en nuestro Servicio y estudiamos sus historias clínicas buscando factores relacionados con el proceso descritos en la literatura médica El 86% de los pacientes estudiados fueron varones, entre la quinta o sexta décadas de la vida en el momento de realizar el diagnóstico. El 64,5% trabajaba o había tenido un trabajo relacionado con traumatismo manual crónico; el 16% reconoció antecedentes familiares; el 43,5% consumía de forma habitual bebidas alcohólicas; el 51% era fumador; el 0% presentaba diabetes mellitus tipo 1 y el 28,8% diabetes mellitus tipo 2; el 1,6% tenían epilepsia; el 19% presentaba algún tipo de vasculopatía periférica; el 6,4% algún tipo de trastorno autoinmune; el 0% una neuropatía degenerativa; el 10,3% Síndrome del Túnel Carpiano; el 32,1% hiperlipemia; el 28,8% hiperuricemia; el 3,8% presentaba algún trastorno hepático; el 77,7% tenía afectación de la mano derecha, el 70,1% de la mano izquierda y el 47,3% bilateral. Los radios palmares afectados con más frecuencia fueron el 4º y el 5º. Las fibromatosis ectópicas fueron un hallazgo infrecuente. Concluimos que el género, la edad y los hallazgos clínicos en nuestros pacientes parecen ser similares a los expuestos en los resultados de las series realizadas en el norte de Europa y Norteamérica. Los factores involucrados en el incremento de los radicales libres del oxígeno como el tabaquismo, las bebidas alcohólicas, la diabetes mellitus, la hiperuricemia o las alteraciones vasculares periféricas aparecen frecuentemente en nuestros

  5. Histiocitose das células de Langerhans: experiência de 16 anos Langerhans cell histiocytosis: a 16-year experience

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    Márcia Kanadani Campos

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Descrever a apresentação clínica da histiocitose das células de Langerhans e comparar sua evolução de acordo com a idade, estadiamento e resposta ao tratamento. MÉTODOS: Análise retrospectiva dos dados referentes a 33 crianças com histiocitose das células de Langerhans acompanhadas no Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais no período de 1988 a 2004. RESULTADOS: A idade ao diagnóstico variou de 2 meses a 16 anos (mediana: 2,5 anos. Dezessete crianças eram do sexo masculino. O tempo de seguimento variou de 21 dias a 16,2 anos (mediana: 3,4 anos. As manifestações clínicas mais comuns ao diagnóstico foram lesões osteolíticas, linfadenomegalia e lesões cutâneas. A sobrevida global para todo o grupo foi de 86,1% aos 16 anos (IC95% 66,6-94,6. Os óbitos ocorreram em pacientes com doença multissistêmica e disfunção orgânica ao diagnóstico. Os pacientes que apresentaram resposta "melhor" à sexta semana de tratamento apresentaram uma probabilidade estimada de sobrevida global significativamente maior em relação aos que apresentaram progressão da doença. A sobrevida global foi significativamente maior para os pacientes com doença em um único sistema. A probabilidade de sobrevida livre de eventos para todo o grupo foi de 30,9% aos 16 anos (IC95% 15,6-47,5, sendo significativamente maior para os portadores de doença em um único sistema. A idade não se associou com a sobrevida livre de eventos. A seqüela mais comum foi o diabetes insipidus. Não foram observados casos de neoplasias secundárias. CONCLUSÃO: A histiocitose das células de Langerhans apresenta uma grande variedade de manifestações clínicas, com alta taxa de recidivas e baixa taxa de mortalidade.OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical course of Langerhans cell histiocytosis and to compare its outcome according to age, staging of the disease and treatment response. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of data on 33 children with

  6. Condição corporal e desempenho produtivo de cabras Alpinas no início de lactação Body condition and productive performance of Alpine goat in early lactation

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    Larissa Pires Barbosa

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se avaliar a influência da condição corporal ao parto sobre os parâmetros produtivos de cabras Alpinas no início da lactação. Sessenta e oito cabras foram distribuídas em três grupos, de acordo com o escore de condição corporal (baixo, entre 1,00 e 2,75; intermediário, entre 2,75 e 3,50; e alto, entre 3,50 e 5,00 e avaliadas do parto até a oitava semana de lactação. Realizaram-se o controle diário do consumo alimentar e da produção leiteira e avaliações semanais de peso corporal, escore da condição corporal e composição do leite. Os animais com escore corporal alto apresentaram menor consumo de matéria seca, fibra em detergente neutro e proteína bruta em comparação àqueles com escores corporais baixo e intermediário. O período médio de recuperação do consumo de matéria seca dos animais das três condições corporais foi de 16 dias (2,3 semanas do pós-parto, com estabilização até o final do experimento. Na sexta semana de lactação, o peso corporal dos animais com escore corporal baixo se igualou ao daqueles com escore corporal intermediário. Não houve efeito da condição corporal ao parto nas variações de ECC e da produção leiteira ao longo do período. O teor de gordura do leite dos animais com escore corporal alto foi menor nas duas primeiras semanas pós-parto em comparação ao dos animais com escores corporais baixo e intermediário. Elevada condição corporal ao parto influencia negativamente o consumo voluntário de cabras leiteiras no início da lactação, mas quando se utiliza dieta de alta qualidade e com altos níveis de energia, a influência da condição corporal ao parto inexiste para variações de peso, de escore da condição corporal e produção leiteira dos animais.The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of body condition at birth on Alpine goat productive parameters in early lactation. Sixty-eight females were assigned to three groups according to

  7. Caracterización molecular de las proteínas p47phox y p40phox del sistema NADPH oxidasa mediante mutagénesis sitio dirigida

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    Juan Alvaro López

    2000-02-01

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    Los neutrófilos responden a diferentes estímulos con un fenómeno conocido como “explosión respiratoria” la cual depende del sistema NADPH oxidasa. La importancia de este sistema para la actividad microbicida de las células fagocíticas es evidente en pacientes con Enfermedad Granulomatosa Crónica (EGC, los cuales sufren un incremento en la susceptibilidad a infecciones por hongos y bacterias debido a una deficiencia en la producción de agentes oxidantes por los fagocitos. El sistema NADPH oxidasa está formado por seis componentes esenciales: p40phox, p47phox, p67phox, p22phox y gp91phox. Una sexta proteína implicada en la activación del sistema es la proteína p21rac, de la familia de las GTPasas relacionadas con Ras. El centro funcional de este sistema se encuentra en el flavocitocromo b558, compuesto por las subunidades gp91phox y p22phox ubicadas en la membrana de las vesículas secretorias y gránulos específicos, las cuales aceptan electrones del NADPH citosólico y lo donan al oxígeno molecular que se encuentra en la vacuola fagocítica.

  8. Crecimiento demográfico y cambio climático

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    Wilfredo Bulege Gutiérrez

    2013-06-01

    , los bancos de nieve de montaña, los glaciares y los pequeños casquetes de hielo desempeñan un papel crucial con respecto a la disponibilidad de agua dulce. Según las proyecciones, las pérdidas de masa generalizadas de los glaciares y las reducciones de la cubierta de nieve de los últimos decenios se acelerarían durante el siglo XXI, reduciendo así la disponibilidad de agua y el potencial hidroeléctrico, y alterando la estacionalidad de los flujos en regiones abastecidas de agua de nieve de las principales cordilleras (por ejemplo, Hindu Kush, Himalaya, los Andes, donde vive actualmente más de la sexta parte de la población mundial (5. El Perú, uno de los países que está siendo afectado por el cambio climático, al 2013 tiene una población de 30 475 144 habitantes y el departamento de Junín 1 331 253 (6, un alto porcentaje concentrado en la zona urbana y la población de la zona rural dedicada a la agricultura sería uno de los sectores más afectados por este fenómeno. Sin duda, el crecimiento poblacional es un factor que acelera el cambio climático, en los Andes Centrales del Perú se puede encontrar varios casos en los cuales este crecimiento impacta negativamente. Es el caso del lago Chinchaycocha, contaminada por relaves mineros y una creciente demanda de explotación de su biodiversidad por las comunidades asentadas en los alrededores. También, está la contaminación del río Mantaro con aguas residuales y residuos sólidos arrojados desde los diversos distritos de la cuenca del Mantaro, sobre todo alta y media, aguas contaminadas que son utilizadas para la generación de energía eléctrica desde la Central Hidroeléctrica Santiago Antúnez de Mayolo, ubicada en el departamento de Huancavelica. Otro caso preocupante es la aceleración del retroceso de la masa glaciar del nevado Huaytapallana, debido al incremento de actividades turísticas, culturales, de pastoreo, entre otras en la zona (7.

  9. Characteristics of HIV-infected childbearing women in Barbados Características de las mujeres con infección por VIH que dan a luz en Barbados

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    Alok Kumar

    2003-01-01

    ás temprana edad, habían tenido más compañeros sexuales y eran más proclives a tener un compañero sexual de edad más avanzada. La mayoría de las mujeres infectadas por el VIH carecían de síntomas de sida y vivían con sus padres (la madre, el padre, o ambos o el padre de la criatura en el momento de dar a luz. Además, llegada la consulta correspondiente a la sexta semana posparto, la gran mayoría de las mujeres infectadas por el VIH estaban dedicadas a cuidar a sus hijos. La proporción de mujeres infectadas por el VIH cuyo diagnóstico se hizo antes de que dieran a luz aumentó de manera significativa durante el período de estudio, habiéndose elevado de 25% durante 1986-1990 a 82% durante 1999-2000. Un poco más de la quinta parte de las mujeres infectadas por el VIH habían tenido uno o más embarazos después de enterarse de que estaban infectadas. CONCLUSIONES: La precocidad del comienzo de las relaciones sexuales así como el elevado número de embarazos, especialmente de parejas diferentes y más viejas, podrían haber contribuido de un modo significativo a la transmisión vertical y horizontal del VIH en Barbados. Será importante en un futuro realizar estudios sobre la incidencia de la infección por el VIH y sus tendencias en mujeres en fase reproductiva a fin de monitorear la epidemia de dicha infección en este país. Muchas de las mujeres infectadas por el VIH que dieron a luz en nuestro estudio estaban sin trabajo o enfermas y ten��an varios hijos. Por consiguiente, es necesario ofrecerles a estas mujeres asesoramiento y seguimiento periódicos y, si es necesario, un apoyo económico, social y médico adicional a fin de ayudarlas a planificar y afrontar las consecuencias de su enfermedad y el cuidado de sus hijos más allá del período perinatal.

  10. PARANOÁ 8 Cadernos de Arquitetura e Urbanismo

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    Benny Schvarsberg , organizador.

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available ApresentaçãoCom grande satisfação apresentamos o presente numero temático do periódico Paranoá: Cadernos de Arquitetura e Urbanismo do Programa de Pós-Graduação da Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de Brasília. Este número registra os trabalhos, mesas redondas e debates desenvolvidos no âmbito do Evento Nacional denominado “VI Seminário Nacional de Avaliação do Ensino, Pesquisa e Extensão em Planejamento Urbano e Regional ”, que abreviaremos como “VI SEPEPUR”.Tratou-se de um evento realizado nos dias 07, 08 e 09 de novembro de 2012 na Universidade de Brasília com público composto basicamente de professores, pesquisadores e estudantes de pós-graduação dos programas nas áreas de planejamento urbano e regional, arquitetura e urbanismo, geografia e congêneres, filiados e associados à ANPUR – Associação Nacional de Pós- graduação e Pesquisa em Planejamento Urbano e Regional, promotora do Evento. O VI SEPEPUR contou com a participação organizativa e executiva do Programa de Pós-Graduação da Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da UnB, do NEUR – Núcleo de Estudos Urbanos e Regionais da UnB, do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Geografia da UnB.Desde a sua primeira versão em 2002, os Seminários Nacionais de Avaliação do Ensino, Pesquisa e Extensão em Planejamento Urbano e Regional, vem sendo organizados regularmente pela ANPUR a cada biênio. Nos últimos anos, esse evento contou com a presença dos coordenadores e representantes de todos os Programas de Pó s-Graduaçã o e Centros de Pesquisa filiados e associados, de muitos de seus professores e estudantes. Esse dado revela a abrangência e o reconhecimento do acúmulo acadêmico e cientifico produzido nesta trajetória de Seminários de Avaliação.A proposta desta sexta edição do Seminário, cujos resultados são registrados nesta publicação, foi formulada com base num conjunto de desafios enfrentados pelas diversas

  11. Efeitos do esteróide anabólico nandrolona sobre o músculo sóleo de ratos submetidos a treinamento físico através de natação: estudo histológico, histoquímico e morfométrico Efectos del esteróide anabólico nandrolona sobre el músculo soleo de ratones sometidos a entrenamiento físico a través de natación: estudio histológico, histoquímico y morfométrico Effects of the anabolic steroid nandrolone on the soleum muscle of rats submitted to physical training through swimming: histological, histochemical and morphometrical study

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    José Carlos Silva Camargo Filho

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo teve por objetivo analisar as alterações histológicas, histoquímicas e morfométricas das fibras do músculo sóleo de ratos submetidos a um programa de natação, associado ou não à administração do esteróide anabólico decanoato de nandrolona. Foram utilizados 22 ratos Wistar machos, 12 dos quais receberam injeção intramuscular do esteróide (5mg/kg e 10, óleo mineral (5mg/kg, duas vezes por semana. Os animais foram submetidos a 42 sessões de natação por nove semanas (de segunda a sexta-feira, com aumento progressivo de carga por meio do tempo de natação. Após o sacrifício, o músculo sóleo esquerdo foi retirado, imerso em n-hexana e acondicionado em nitrogênio líquido. Cortes do terço médio desse músculo foram feitos em micrótomo criostato (-20ºC e corados pela técnica HE e pelo método histoquímico NADH-TR. Os animais submetidos a treinamento físico e a esteróide (TA ou óleo mineral (TO apresentaram fibras musculares com maior diâmetro, quando comparados com os animais-controle (NTA e NTO. Não houve diferença significativa entre as medidas das médias dos diâmetros das fibras dos grupos NTA e NTO e entre TA e TO. Nos grupos TA e NTA notou-se acentuado processo de fagocitose, arredondamento e hialinização das fibras musculares. Já nos grupos TA, TO e NTA observou-se perda da atividade enzimática oxidativa. Os resultados sugerem que a natação produz hipertrofia muscular de forma semelhante, tanto no grupo que recebeu esteróide como no que recebeu óleo mineral. No entanto, o grupo que recebeu esteróide apresentou sinais claros de maior degeneração muscular.Este estudio ha tenido como objetivo analizar las alteraciones histológicas, histoquímicas y morfométricas de las fibras del músculo soleo de ratones sometidos a un programa de natación, asociado o no a la administração del esteróide anabólico decanoato de nandrolona. Fueron utilizados 22 ratones Wistar machos, 12 de los

  12. A Manera de Prólogo sobre el Libro “Historia de los Medicamentos”por el Académico Alfredo Jácome Roca

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    Efraím Otero Ruiz

    2003-10-01

    ímica –azuzada por las dos guerras mundiales– hizo que en torno a ella, o aprovechando la gente allí formada, se fueran constituyendo los grandes complejos industriales que constituirían las casas farmacéuticas de renombre, en Europa y en los Estados Unidos. John Ziman, en su libro “La Fuerza del Conocimiento” nos narra cómo Fritz Haber, uno de los grandes químicos de comienzos de ese siglo, no sólo descubrió la fijación del nitrógeno del aire (permitiendo a Alemania liberarse de las importaciones de nitro y haciéndola autosuficiente en la producción de fertilizantes y explosivos sino trabajó junto con Nernst, el notable físicoquímico, en el desarrollo y utilización de los terribles gases de guerra, el más conocido de los cuales fue la yperita o gasmostaza.

    A pesar de ser premio Nobel y gloria nacional, por ser judío fue expulsado recién inaugurado el gobierno nazi y murió pobre y exiliado en Suiza en 1934, como también casi le sucede a Otto Warburg, mencionado en este libro. Esos complejos, que el autor menciona en la sección sexta al hablar de la IG Farben y los laboratorios alemanes, cumplieron en las dos guerras funciones bélicas destructivas al tiempo que, paradójicamente, producían medicamentos para salvar vidas...

  13. Design and Function of a Brain Scanner for Clinical Use; Etude d'un Appareil de Scintigraphy du Cerveau - Son Role Clinique; Ustrojstvo i funktsiya pribora dlya skennirovaniya mozga i ego klinicheskoe ispol'zovanie; Diseffo y Funcion de un Aparato de Exploracion del Cerebro para Uso Clinico

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    Paul, W.; Morley, T. P. [Department of Pathological Chemistry and Department of Surgery, University Of Toronto (Canada)

    1964-10-15

    films donnant chacun le contraste optimum pour une gamme differente de taux de comptage. On administre aux patients 350 {mu}c d'albumine de serum humain marquee avec {sup 131}I, apres traitement prealable avec la solution de Lugols, et on procede a la scintigraphie apres un delai de 24 a 72 h. Normalement, un seul scintigramme est suffisant. Dans certains cas, on en fait un second dans la direction antero- posterieure. De septembre 1961 a novembre 1962, l'auteur a effectue 789 scintigrammes sur 653 patients. Dans 109 cas, le diagnostic a ete confirme, 88 patients presentant des tumeurs. L'auteur a nettement localise 23 glioblastomes sur 30, et 15 meningiomes sur 19. (author) [Spanish] Como el cerebro humano tiene una simetria bilateral y es excepcionalmente resistente a muchas de las sustancias contenidas en la corriente sanguinea, su exploracion radiactiva debe efectuarse con un instrumento especialmente concebido para este fin. El autor describe un dispositivo para la deteccion de tumores cerebrales, cuyas principales ventajas son : elevada sensibilidad, sencillez de las operaciones de preparacion del paciente y facilidad de lectura e interpretacion de los datos. La ecuacion de Brownell, que establece la relacion entre la concentracion de radiactividad y el diametro de resolucion, indica que la radiactividad necesaria por unidad de volumen es inversamente proporcional a la sexta potencia del diametro de resolucion. En consecuencia, el autor eligio un diametro maximo compatible con la localizacion satisfactoria de las regiones de mayor radiactividad, siendo posible prescindir de una delimitacion muy exacta. Como el numero de desintegraciones detectadas por unidad de tiempo varia en funcion inversa del cuadrado de la distancia, se utilizan dos detectores de 'foco' corto en lugar de un solo detector que deberia adaptarse a un valor optimo para el plano sagital medio. Los cristales de 2 pulg de diametro, unidos a sus fotomultiplicadores, estan montados frente a frente en