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  1. ParA and ParB coordinate chromosome segregation with cell elongation and division during Streptomyces sporulation

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    Donczew, Magdalena; Mackiewicz, Paweł; Wróbel, Agnieszka; Flärdh, Klas; Zakrzewska-Czerwińska, Jolanta

    2016-01-01

    In unicellular bacteria, the ParA and ParB proteins segregate chromosomes and coordinate this process with cell division and chromosome replication. During sporulation of mycelial Streptomyces, ParA and ParB uniformly distribute multiple chromosomes along the filamentous sporogenic hyphal compartment, which then differentiates into a chain of unigenomic spores. However, chromosome segregation must be coordinated with cell elongation and multiple divisions. Here, we addressed the question of whether ParA and ParB are involved in the synchronization of cell-cycle processes during sporulation in Streptomyces. To answer this question, we used time-lapse microscopy, which allows the monitoring of growth and division of single sporogenic hyphae. We showed that sporogenic hyphae stop extending at the time of ParA accumulation and Z-ring formation. We demonstrated that both ParA and ParB affect the rate of hyphal extension. Additionally, we showed that ParA promotes the formation of massive nucleoprotein complexes by ParB. We also showed that FtsZ ring assembly is affected by the ParB protein and/or unsegregated DNA. Our results indicate the existence of a checkpoint between the extension and septation of sporogenic hyphae that involves the ParA and ParB proteins. PMID:27248800

  2. Movement and equipositioning of plasmids by ParA filament disassembly

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    Ringgaard, Simon; van Zon, Jeroen; Howard, Martin

    2009-01-01

    , plasmids consistently migrate behind disassembling ParA cytoskeletal structures, suggesting that ParA filaments pull plasmids by depolymerization. The perpetual cycles of ParA assembly and disassembly result in continuous relocation of plasmids, which, on time averaging, results in equidistribution...

  3. Bacterial mitosis: Partitioning protein ParA oscillates in spiral-shaped structures and positions plasmids at mid-cell

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    Ebersbach, G.; Gerdes, Kenn

    2004-01-01

    The par2 locus of Escherichia coli plasmid pB171 encodes oscillating ATPase ParA, DNA binding protein ParB and two cis-acting DNA regions to which ParB binds (parC1 and parC2). Three independent techniques were used to investigate the subcellular localization of plasmids carrying par2. In cells......A-GFP oscillated in spiral-shaped structures. Amino acid substitutions in ParA simultaneously abolished ParA spiral formation, oscillation and either plasmid localization or plasmid separation at mid-cell. Therefore, our results suggest that ParA spirals position plasmids at the middle of the bacterial nucleoid...

  4. Algoritmo PSO para identificación de parámetros en un motor DC

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    César Duarte

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se presenta la aplicación del algoritmo Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO como estrategia de búsqueda para determinar los parámetros de un sistema tipo caja gris. Este proceso de identificación se ilustra utilizando la respuesta a un escalón de un motor DC en lazo abierto. Para agilizar la identificación del sistema a través del uso de PSO, se limita el espacio de búsqueda usando la información que puede extraerse de la respuesta en el dominio del tiempo del sistema a identificar. Los resultados del proceso de identificación de los parámetros del motor se obtienen utilizando la herramienta PSOt disponible para entorno Matlab® desarrollada por Brian Birge.

  5. Modelo resorte-paríicula para telas hiperlasticas

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    MANUEL GARCÍA

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta un modelo computacional para la simulación de telas hiperelásticas. El modelo propuesto tiene un enfoque multi−partículas y simula la interacción de un material textil con un objeto deformante. La tela está representada por mallas rectangulares compuestas por resortes, este hecho permite al modelo comportarse ortotrópicamente y en consecuencia es posible simular sus propiedades en ambos sentidos. Las relaciones constitutivas del material preservan las capacidades hiperelásticas naturales de la tela. En el modelo desarrollado aquí, inicialmente la tela se encuentra en su estado natural no deformado. Luego se le da una deformación inicial que garantice el no contacto o intersección con el objeto deformante. Finalmente, la tela deformada es liberada, en consecuencia ella comienza a moverse iterativamente hacia a una posición de equilibrio. La posición final de equilibrio es alcanzada cuando las fuerzas internas son balanceadas por las fuerzas externas de contacto causadas por el objeto. Esto se logra cuando el criterio de parada ha sido satisfecho.

  6. A mechanism for ParB-dependent waves of ParA, a protein related to DNA segregation during cell division in prokaryotes

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    Hunding, Axel; Gerdes, Kenn; Charbon, Gitte Ebersbach

    2003-01-01

    in an autocatalytic process. We discuss this mechanism in relation to recent models for MinDE oscillations in E.coli and to microtubule degradation in mitosis. The study points to an ancestral role for the presented pattern types in generating bipolarity in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.......Prokaryotic plasmids encode partitioning (par) loci involved in segregation of DNA to daughter cells at cell division. A functional fusion protein consisting of Walker-type ParA ATPase and green fluorescent protein (Gfp) oscillates back and forth within nucleoid regions with a wave period of about...

  7. Freno de corrientes parásitas para ensayo de motores eléctricos

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    Omar D. Gallo

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo trata distintos aspectos referidos al diseño, construcción y puesta en marcha de un freno dinamométrico de corrientes parásitas, destinado al ensayo de motores eléctricos. La introducción aborda los antecedentes y las experiencias previas con máquinas similares, además de precisiones constructivas sobre el freno y su fuente de alimentación. La sección de ensayos describe los valores de temperaturas de bobinas y discos y las pruebas bajo estados de carga. Los parámetros tales como fuerzas magnetomotrices, corrientes en discos, momentos y pérdidas, se calculan en la sección referida a valores de funcionamiento. Finalmente, en las conclusiones, se abordan las ventajas y desventajas de este tipo constructivo, y las mejoras que deberían realizarse para mejorar el desempeño de la máquina.

  8. Insectos parásitos que afectan a loros de Argentina y métodos para su obtención

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    Aramburú, Rosana

    2012-01-01

    Las aves son parasitadas por una comunidad diversa de artrópodos, que pueden ser la causa principal de morbilidad y mortalidad en pichones y adultos. En este trabajo se brinda información sobre métodos para obtener insectos parásitos, distinguiendo métodos sobre el ave (para parásitos permanentes) y de búsqueda en el nido (para parásitos temporarios). Se ofrecen comentarios sobre algunos de los grupos más importantes de insectos parásitos de loros que se distribuyen en Argentina: piojos masti...

  9. Equações de chuvas intensas para o estado do Pará Intense rainfall equations for the state of Pará, Brazil

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    Rodrigo O. R. de M. Souza

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available As equações de chuvas intensas têm sido usadas como ferramenta importante para o dimensionamento de obras hidráulicas. Devido à grande carência de informações relativas às equações de chuvas intensas, o presente trabalho teve como objetivo a obtenção das relações de intensidade, duração e frequência de precipitação pluvial para o Estado do Pará, utilizando-se a metodologia da desagregação da chuva de 24 h. Foram utilizadas séries históricas de dados pluviométricos de 74 cidades do Estado do Pará, obtidas no Sistema de Informações Hidrológicas da Agência Nacional de Águas-ANA. As equações de intensidade-duração-frequência foram devidamente ajustadas e apresentaram bom ajuste, com coeficientes de determinação acima de 0,99. A maioria das estações (51,4% apresentou intensidade de precipitação entre 90 e 110 mm h-1, para uma duração de chuva de 30 min e um tempo de retorno de 15 anos. Pode-se perceber uma concentração das maiores precipitações na região próxima ao litoral do nordeste paraense e no sudeste da Ilha do Marajó.The intense rainfall equations have been used as an important tool for design of hydraulic structures. Considering the lack of intense rainfall equations, this study aimed to determine the relations of intensity, duration and frequency of intense rainfall in the Pará State (Brazil, using the one-day rain disaggregation method. In this research rainfall data of 74 cities in the State of Pará were used, obtained from the Hydrological Information System of the National Water Agency-ANA. The equations of intensity-duration-frequency were adjusted and presented good adjustment with coefficients of determination above 0.99. Most stations (51.4% showed intensity of precipitation between 90 and 110 mm h-1 for duration of 30 min and rainfall return period of 15 years. The highest rainfall intensities were in the region near the northeast coast of Pará State and southeast of the Marajo

  10. Escala de Estrés y Afrontamiento para familias con hijos afectados de Parálisis Cerebral

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    Badia Corbella, Marta; Aguado Díaz, Antonio-León

    2002-01-01

    La evaluación del estrés en las familias con hijos que tienen alguna discapacidad resulta una tarea compleja y difícil. La Escala de Estrés y Afrontamiento para familias con hijos afectados de Parálisis Cerebral (EEAF–PC) ha sido diseñada para dar respuesta a la necesidad de ofrecer un instrumento de medición del estrés para tales familias. La EEAF–PC consta de 42 ítems y el análisis factorial ha proporcionado seis factores: características de la Discapacidad, Protección, Riesgo, Retraso Ment...

  11. Plataforma terapeútica basada en Kinect para niños con parálisis cerebral infantil

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    Duro González, Belén

    2015-01-01

    El sistema SONRIE (Sistema de terapia, basadO en KiNect, paRa nIños con parálisis cErebral), realizado como Proyecto Fin de Grado por Dña. Estefanía Sampedro Sánchez, se desarrolló con el fin de permitir el proceso de rehabilitación de los músculos faciales en niños con Parálisis Cerebral Infantil (PCI). SONRIE se compone de una plataforma de juegos cuyo objetivo es lograr una mejora terapéutica en la musculatura orofacial de niños diagnosticados de PCI con edades comprendidas entre los 4 y l...

  12. Aplicaci??n de los SIG para determinar la variabilidad espacial de par??metros de calidad del mosto de uva. Experiencia en la D.O. Bierzo

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    Rodr??guez P??rez, Jos?? Ram??n, 1968-; ??lvarez Taboada, Mar??a Flor; Peters, Stefan

    2008-01-01

    Los estudios tradicionales sobre par??metros de calidad del mosto abarcan grandes bloques de vi??edo y se centran en determinar la evoluci??n temporal de estas variables para decidir la ??poca de vendimia m??s adecuada. En este trabajo se propone una metodolog??a para el an??lisis de la variabilidad espacial de los par??metros del mosto y se exponen los resultados obtenidos en la DO Bierzo, para cuatro variedades diferentes de vid. Los resultados permiten identificar zonas homogeneas en cuant...

  13. Parámetros para una herramienta de Gestión de Conocimiento de Informática

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    Antonio Sánchez Ramírez

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Para que la información en acción genere productividad en las empresas debe ser un elemento diferenciador. Para lograrlo requiere de una aplicación sistemática y organizada que facilite un ambiente colaborativo en el que varios participantes conduzcan deliberaciones encaminadas hacia las decisiones del conocimiento en su contexto dentro del ambiente de trabajo, al relacionar los artefactos con los procesos de conocimiento que lo generan y modifican, por medio de la aplicación de parámetros que influyen en las herramientas TIC que ayudan en la toma de decisiones de la Gestión del Conocimiento.

  14. The double par locus of virulence factor pB171: DNA segregation is correlated with oscillation of ParA

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    Ebersbach, G; Gerdes, K; Charbon, Gitte Ebersbach

    2001-01-01

    Prokaryotic plasmids and chromosomes encode partitioning (par) loci that segregate DNA to daughter cells before cell division. Recent database analyses showed that almost all known par loci encode an ATPase and a DNA-binding protein, and one or more cis-acting regions where the proteins act. All...

  15. Regular cellular distribution of plasmids by oscillating and filament-forming ParA ATPase of plasmid pB171

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    Ebersbach, Gitte; Ringgaard, Simon; Møller-Jensen, Jakob

    2006-01-01

    with each other in a bacterial two-hybrid assay but do not interact with FtsZ, eight other essential cell division proteins or MreB actin. Based on these observations, we propose a simple model for how oscillating ParA filaments can mediate regular cellular distribution of plasmids. The model functions...

  16. Control optimo de par para maquinas SynRM aplicadas a vehiculo electrico

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    Trancho, Elena; Ibarra, E.; Arias, A.; Kortabarria, I.

    2017-01-01

    Las maquinas de reluctancia sincrona asistidas por imanes estan atrayendo un considerable interes como alternativa a las maquinas sıncronas de imanes permanentes para su uso en sistemas de propulsion de vehıculos electricos. El control optimo de estas maquinas (incluyendo operacion en debilitamiento de campo) puede resultar complejo, ya que estas son, por lo general, muy sensibles al fenomeno de la saturacion magnetica. En este articulo se trata su control, desde los reguladores hasta el prec...

  17. Seguridad basada en parámetros SIM para entornos de comercio electrónico móvil

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    Francisco Orlando Martínez Pabón

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Los requerimientos de seguridad son los más exigentes en el dominio del comercio electrónico. Cuando se ha-bla de comercio electrónico móvil los requisitos a nivel de seguridad no solo conservan su nivel de exigencia, sino que se debe mantener un equilibrio entre el grado de seguridad que se requiere y las capacidades de los dispositivos, tanto a nivel hardware como de usabilidad. Estas características exigen el diseño de modelos con un esquema simple de autenticación y autorización transparente para los usuarios, que además garantice la integridad de la información que se intercambia durante cualquier transacción electrónica. Como respuesta a esta necesidad, el Grupo de Interés en el Desarrollo de Aplicaciones Móviles e Inalámbricas W@PColombia, ha desarrollado la plataforma P3SIM con el objeto de brindar las facilidades necesarias para la construcción de aplicaciones móviles seguras basadas en parámetros SIM; a través de un framework, un ambiente de compilación y de simulación como sus principales componentes, la plataforma P3SIM combina las ventajas de identificación que proporciona el módulo SIM con las capacidades que en materia de seguridad ofrecen API como SATSA y JavaCard en el entorno Java ME, una de las plataformas más utilizadas en el desarrollo de aplicaciones para dispositivos móviles. Igualmente, a través del desarrollo de un prototipo aplicado al contexto del comercio elec-trónico móvil, no solo se demuestran las facultades de la plataforma para operar en ambientes seguros sino también su capacidad de adaptación a los requerimientos de seguridad fijados por el entorno.

  18. Otimização de Parâmetros do Processo de Soldagem Arco Submerso para Revestimentos Anticorrosivos

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    Marcos Mesquita da Silva

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Resumo Neste trabalho foi avaliada a influência das variáveis de soldagem em cordões de solda, aplicados pelo processo Arco Submerso (SAW com corrente convencional, visando futura aplicação em revestimentos metálicos contra corrosão. Segmentos de tubo de um aço API 5L Gr B foram utilizados como substrato, além da utilização de um metal de adição de liga de níquel, diâmetro de 1,13mm, classificação AWS ERNiCrMo-4 (Hastelloy C-276, e um fluxo do tipo neutro, básico e aglomerado (EN 760: SA AF 2 DC. Foram analisadas as variáveis tensão, velocidade de alimentação de arame e distância do bico de contato à peça (DBCP – com o restante dos parâmetros constantes – através de um planejamento fatorial completo em dois níveis e pontos centrais. Os resultados mostraram modelos matemáticos estatisticamente significativos e preditivos para as respostas diluição e corrente média, IM. Porém, para a resposta Reforço/Largura (R/L, o modelo se caracterizou como estatisticamente significativo, não preditivo e contendo uma falta de ajuste. A DBCP, por sua vez, foi a variável que se constituiu como a de maior significância na redução da diluição.

  19. Determinación de los parámetros para la simulación matemática del proceso de deshidratación de la uchuva (Physalis Peruviana L.)

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    Mahecha Godoy, Juan Carlos

    2011-01-01

    El objetivo de este trabajo fue determinar experimentalmente los parámetros necesarios para la simulación matemática del proceso de deshidratación de la Uchuva (Physalis peruviana L.). Para ello se evaluó el proceso de deshidratación con aire caliente para dos pre-tratamientos: escaldado, osmodeshidratado y testigo sin ningún tratamiento especial. Como parámetros para la simulación matemática del proceso de deshidratación de la uchuva se determinaron las ecuaciones para el Contenido de Humeda...

  20. Construyendo infraestructuras para la movilidad: 
el caso del sistema de bicicletas en libre servicio de París

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    Martín Tironi

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Ciudad sustentable, nuevas tecnologías, movilidad. Estas, entre otras, son las referencias que se suelen utilizar para designar el fenómeno de globalización de los sistemas de bicicletas en libre servicio (BLS Valorados por su carácter amigable con el planeta, estos sistemas son hoy un must para las ciudades que desean inscribirse en la llamada “cultura verde”. Tomando como referencia el programa Vélib’ (París, me propongo problematizar nociones como ‘ciudad sustentable’ y ‘movilidad’, y describir el trabajo colectivo y siempre controversial necesario para elaborar y estabilizar una infraestructura como la de dicho programa. Busco describir los instrumentos, estrategias y desplazamientos (políticos, urbanos y técnicos utilizados para la concepción del sistema de usuarios de BLS más extenso del mundo. En la primera parte del texto, de carácter ensayístico, describo cómo para cierta literatura el fenómeno de las bicicletas públicas es signo del renacer de las prácticas urbanas en las grandes metrópolis. A continuación, y con base en material empírico proveniente del estudio de caso del sistema BLS de París, analizo dos controversias que permiten situar, desde un enfoque pragmático, el estudio de estas infraestructuras de movilidad.

  1. The structure of para-toluidine by X-ray and neutron diffraction; Etude de la structure de la para-toluidine par la diffraction des rayons X et des neutrons

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    Bertinotti, A L [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1965-12-01

    The crystal and molecular structure of para-toluidine has been solved by X-ray and neutron diffraction counter techniques. The molecules are arranged in the form of infinite chains in the crystal, each molecule being linked to two neighbours by hydrogen bonds. The presence of the H bonds makes clear the difference in the melting points between para-toluidine and benzene hydrocarbons of related symmetry and molecular weight. Their direction accounts for the (001) cleavage and the growth anisotropy of crystals from supersaturated vapour phase. A structure-seeking method by computer has been elaborated, using lattice energy calculations applied to molecules treated as rigid bodies and making use of a simplex method for function minimization without calculation of derivatives. The way the available information is handled allows to increase the range of convergence, as shown in the case of para-toluidine. (author) [French] La structure cristalline et moleculaire de la para-toluidine a ete resolue a l'aide de la diffraction des rayons X et des neutrons. L'analyse a revele que la structure presentait un encha ement particulier des molecules, liees entre elles par des ponts hydrogene. La presence des liaisons rend compte de l'elevation du point de fusion de la para-toluidine par rapport a celui des carbures benzeniques de symetrie et de poids moleculaires voisins. La direction des liaisons explique le clivage facile (001) des cristaux obtenus par fusion et l'anisotropie de croissance des cristaux en phase vapeur. Une methode de recherche de structures par ordinateur a ete elaboree, faisant usage du concept d'energie reticulaire applique aux molecules considerees comme rigides et faisant appel a une methode de simplexe pour la minimisation des fonctions sans calcul de derivees. La maniere dont est exploitee l'information disponible permet d'accro re, comme cela est montre dans le cas de la para-toluidine, l'etendue du domaine de convergence. (auteur)

  2. L'initiative Agua Limpia para Perú est dirigée par un ancien titulaire ...

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    9 juil. 2014 ... Au Pérou, de nombreuses sources d'eau sont contaminées par de ... l'accès à une eau propre et la formation sur l'assainissement, les eaux usées et les ... par AguaSAN Perú aux fins du traitement des eaux (en espagnol).

  3. Fungos anamorfos (hyphomycetes da Floresta Nacional de Caxiuanã, Pará, Brasil: novos registros para o Neotrópico Anamorphic fungi (hyphomycetes from Caxiuanã National Forest, Pará, Brazil: new records for the Neotropics

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    Josiane Santana Monteiro

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Os hifomicetos são importantes decompositores e recicladores da matéria orgânica morta no ambiente e podem ser importantes patógenos de plantas e animais. Como parte do inventário da diversidade dos fungos sobre palmeiras da Amazônia Oriental, no sítio do Programa de Biodiversidade da Amazônia (PPBIO, na Floresta Nacional de Caxiuanã, Pará, foram identificados cinco novos registros de hifomicetos para o Neotrópico: Camposporium fusisporum Whitton, McKenzie & Hyde; Cylindrocarpon curtum Bugnicourt; Minimidochium microsporum Matsush.; Sporidesmiella aspera Kuthub. & Nawawi; Sporidesmium ghanaense M.B. Ellis. Stachybotrys theobromae Hansf. é citado pela primeira vez para o Brasil.The hyphomycetes are important decomposers and recyclers of dead organic matter in the environment and may be important pathogens of plants and animals. As part of the diversity inventory of palm-tree fungi from Eastern Amazonia, in Caxiuanã National Forest, Pará, five new records of hyphomycetes for the Neotropics were found: Camposporium fusisporum Whitton, McKenzie & Hyde; Cylindrocarpon curtum Bugnicourt; Minimidochium microsporum Matsush.; Sporidesmiella aspera Kuthub. & Nawawi; Sporidesmium ghanaense M.B. Ellis. Stachybotrys theobromae Hansf. is cited for the first time for Brazil.

  4. Integración de prácticas culturales y control biológico para el manejo de Moniliophthora roreri Cif & Par

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    Jorge Enrique Villamil

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available En Colombia las pérdidas ocasionadas por Moniliophthora roreri Cif & Par en el cultivo de cacao, son considerables y los métodos de control tradicional no son suficientes. Para el manejo de la enfermedad el control biológico, surge como alternativa económicamente viable y ambientalmente sostenible. El objetivo del presente estudio fue evaluar el control de Moniliophthora roreri mediante parámetros de incidencia y severidad, utilizando aislamientos nativos y cepas comerciales de Trichoderma spp., en combinación con prácticas culturales (PC. Se evaluaron diez tratamientos, los cuales resultaron de combinar prácticas culturales, productos biológicos comerciales, aislamientos nativos de hongos y funguicidas de síntesis química. Para la evaluación, se empleó un diseño completamente aleatorio (DCA con cuatro repeticiones, para un total de 40 UE cada una compuesta por una planta del clon TCS01 (Theobroma CORPOICA la Suiza 01. Se hizo inoculación dirigida al dosel, utilizando una concentración de 1,2, 1,5 y 2,9 x107 UFC.g-1 para aislamientos nativos y 2,0 y 5,0 x108 UFC.g-1 para cepas comerciales. Se evaluó incidencia y severidad externa en los frutos durante 25 semanas. Los resultados indicaron que los frutos inoculados con el tratamiento T7 (P.C + Safer soil ®W.P y T4 (P.C + mezcla Trichoderma H20, H3, H5, presentaron los menores porcentajes de incidencia y severidad externa y los mayores rendimientos de cosecha sin diferencias significativas respecto al control químico y regional, representando una alternativa promisoria para la producción de cacao en la subregión occidental de Boyacá.

  5. Caracterização dos parâmetros de recozimento de aços totalmente processados para fins elétricos

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    Gebler, Sérgio Roberto

    2000-01-01

    Dissertação (mestrado) - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro Tecnológico. A busca mundial pela redução do consumo de energia tem incitado os fabricantes de motores elétricos a procurar alternativas para aumentar o rendimento de seus produtos. Dentre as diversas variáveis que estão envolvidas no processo produtivo, merece destaque a influência exercida pelos parâmetros do ciclo de tratamento térmico a que são submetidos os aços utilizados na fabricação de rotores e estatores. A d...

  6. Parâmetros de planta para aprimorar o manejo da adubação nitrogenada de cobertura em milho

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    Rambo Lisandro

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available O milho é uma das culturas mais exigentes em fertilizantes nitrogenados os quais proporcionam os maiores acréscimos no rendimento de grãos. Para manter a planta bem nutrida, há necessidade de estimar corretamente a quantidade de nitrogênio (N que deve ser aplicada no solo, com intuito de satisfazer as suas necessidades durante todo o ciclo. No Rio Grande do Sul e Santa Catarina, o teor de matéria orgânica, a expectativa de rendimento de grãos e a contribuição da cultura antecedente como fonte de N são os parâmetros que têm servido como critério para recomendação de adubação nitrogenada no milho. No entanto, considerando a complexidade da dinâmica do N no solo, e todas as modificações que ocorrem durante a ontogenia desta cultura, outros parâmetros podem ser úteis para auxiliar na decisão sobre o manejo da adubação nitrogenada em cobertura. Vários parâmetros de planta têm sido estudados como indicadores do nível de N no tecido. Dentre estes, destacam-se o teor de nitrato no colmo, o teor e o acúmulo de N na folha e/ou planta e o teor relativo de clorofila na folha. A estimativa do teor de clorofila na folha pelo clorofilômetro tem sido bastante estudada nos últimos anos, em função da sua rapidez, precisão e baixo custo. Esta revisão visa abordar parâmetros de planta que podem ser utilizados como indicadores do nível de N na planta para predizer a necessidade de adubação nitrogenada em cobertura na cultura do milho, objetivando aumentar a eficiência de uso do nutriente e reduzir o impacto ambiental do N aplicado.

  7. Levantamento fitogeográfico de Dalbergia L.f. (Leguminosae-papilionoideae com potencial produtivo para própolis vermelha no Estado do Pará

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    Raquel Leão Santos

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available O gênero Dalbergia L.f. (Leguminosae-Papilionoideae, de distribuição pantropical, compreende cerca de 250 espécies.  Dalbergia spp tem sido amplamente explorada para produção de própolis vermelha, que consiste em uma mistura complexa feita pelas abelhas a partir do material resinoso encontrado no tecido meristemático em várias plantas deste gênero. Este trabalho tem por objetivo realizar levantamento da ocorrência da flora apícola produtora de exsudato vermelho que pode ser utilizada pelas abelhas africanizadas para produção da própolis vermelha no estado do Pará. Realizou-se o levantamento em diversos herbários que possuíam espécies de Dalbergia L.f. produtoras de exsudato vermelho no estado do Pará, juntamente com a sua distribuição. Para tanto, foram averiguadas literaturas específicas de morfologia e taxonomia que envolviam espécies de Dalbergia produtoras de exsudato vermelho localizadas no Pará. A coleta de dados foi obtida a partir da plataforma online SpeciesLink; e do acervo do Herbário IAN (Instituto Agronômico do Norte da EMBRAPA Amazônia Oriental. O mapa de distribuição foi elaborado utilizando o software QGis juntamente com os dados de coleta das espécies. Foram encontrados 204 registros depositados em 21 herbários, sendo que, 175 são pertencentes à espécie Dalbergia monetaria e 29 à Dalbergia ecastaphyllum. Analisando os dados de coleta, notou-se que as espécies foram coletadas em 44 municípios do Estado do Pará, dos quais Belém e Bragança apresentaram maior quantidade de registros. A partir do levantamento realizado notou-se a predominância de Dalbergia monetaria nos registros, mostrando que esta é uma espécie que possui potencial para ser explorada. 

  8. Development of parietal bone surrogates for parietal graft lift training

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    Hollensteiner Marianne

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Currently the surgical training of parietal bone graft techniques is performed on patients or specimens. Commercially available bone models do not deliver realistic haptic feedback. Thus customized parietal skull surrogates were developed for surgical training purposes. Two human parietal bones were used as reference. Based on the measurement of insertion forces of drilling, milling and saw procedures suitable material compositions for molding cortical and cancellous calvarial layers were found. Artificial skull caps were manufactured and tested. Additionally microtomograpy images of human and artificial parietal bones were performed to analyze outer table and diploe thicknesses. Significant differences between human and artificial skulls were not detected with the mechanical procedures tested. Highly significant differences were found for the diploe thickness values. In conclusion, an artificial bone has been created, mimicking the properties of human parietal bone thus being suitable for tabula externa graft lift training.

  9. Optimización de los Parámetros de Soldadura por Arco Sumergido en Acero HSLA: una Aplicación para Manufactura de Tuberías de Conducción de Hidrocarburos

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    Costa,Patricia Sheilla; Reyes-Valdés,Felipe Arturo; Saldaña-Garcés,Rocio; González-González,David Salvador; Delgado-Albavera,Erick Rafael

    2015-01-01

    Resumen El acero HSLA (High Strength Low Alloy) API 5L X70 es utilizado para fabricación de tuberías para transporte de hidrocarburos. La construcción de tuberías de este material involucra alta cantidad de soldadura, donde los parámetros empleados influyen directamente en las estructuras metalúrgicas y en las propiedades mecánicas del mismo cuando soldado. Así, para estudiar el impacto de los parámetros de soldadura por arco sumergido en la resistencia mecánica y dureza de la Zona Afectada p...

  10. The structure of para-toluidine by X-ray and neutron diffraction; Etude de la structure de la para-toluidine par la diffraction des rayons X et des neutrons

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    Bertinotti, A.L. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1965-12-01

    The crystal and molecular structure of para-toluidine has been solved by X-ray and neutron diffraction counter techniques. The molecules are arranged in the form of infinite chains in the crystal, each molecule being linked to two neighbours by hydrogen bonds. The presence of the H bonds makes clear the difference in the melting points between para-toluidine and benzene hydrocarbons of related symmetry and molecular weight. Their direction accounts for the (001) cleavage and the growth anisotropy of crystals from supersaturated vapour phase. A structure-seeking method by computer has been elaborated, using lattice energy calculations applied to molecules treated as rigid bodies and making use of a simplex method for function minimization without calculation of derivatives. The way the available information is handled allows to increase the range of convergence, as shown in the case of para-toluidine. (author) [French] La structure cristalline et moleculaire de la para-toluidine a ete resolue a l'aide de la diffraction des rayons X et des neutrons. L'analyse a revele que la structure presentait un encha ement particulier des molecules, liees entre elles par des ponts hydrogene. La presence des liaisons rend compte de l'elevation du point de fusion de la para-toluidine par rapport a celui des carbures benzeniques de symetrie et de poids moleculaires voisins. La direction des liaisons explique le clivage facile (001) des cristaux obtenus par fusion et l'anisotropie de croissance des cristaux en phase vapeur. Une methode de recherche de structures par ordinateur a ete elaboree, faisant usage du concept d'energie reticulaire applique aux molecules considerees comme rigides et faisant appel a une methode de simplexe pour la minimisation des fonctions sans calcul de derivees. La maniere dont est exploitee l'information disponible permet d'accro re, comme cela est montre dans le cas de la para-toluidine, l'etendue du domaine de

  11. Correlação entre fator de toxicidade e parâmetros físico-químicos para efluentes domésticos tratados

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    Amaral, Karina Guedes Cubas do

    2013-01-01

    No Brasil diversas estações adicionam policloreto de alumínio no lodo biológico para melhorar a eficiência da coagulação/ floculação e clarificação e adicionam hipoclorito de sódio no efluente tratado para a desinfecção. Usualmente o monitoramento das Estações é realizado em muitos casos apenas através da determinação de parâmetros físico-quimicos. Neste estudo foram realizadas análises em amostras obtidas em diferentes condições operacionais de uma ETE sanitária de uma indústria localizada n...

  12. Validação de sistema de parâmetros técnicos de mobilidade urbana aplicados para sistema cicloviário

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    Vinicius Tischer

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Resumo O objetivo da pesquisa foi o de gerar uma base de análise quantitativa para subsidiar uma avaliação integrada da infraestrutura cicloviária inserida no contexto de mobilidade urbana das cidades. A metodologia utilizada deu ênfase a pesquisa e o desenvolvimento de parâmetros estatístico-matemáticos que explicitam a continuidade ou a fragmentação, densidade, e funcionalidade de um sistema cicloviário utilizando estudo de caso das cidades de Balneário Camboriú/SC e Itajaí/SC para validar os índices e parâmetros propostos. Ambas as cidades possuem um sistema implementado de infraestrutura cicloviário e projetos de expansão desta, o que facilitou a comparação entre elas. Os resultados obtidos mostraram-se positivos, com indicadores aderentes e sensíveis para a quantificação da qualidade do sistema cicloviário das cidades, subsidiando o planejamento urbano e adoção e monitoramento de metas. O desenvolvimento do IMCiclo (Índice de Mobilidade Cicloviária permitiu, de forma objetiva e simplificada, classificar a qualidade do sistema cicloviário contribuindo para a difusão da necessidade de mensuração das condições da infraestrutura cicloviária. Foi possível observar claramente as diferenças entre as cidades estudadas, onde Balneário Camboriú atingiu os melhores índices.

  13. Incidência Pélvica: um parâmetro fundamental para definição do equilíbrio sagital da coluna vertebral Incidência pélvica: un parámetro fundamental para definir el equilibrio sagital de la columna Pelvic incidence: a fundamental parameter for defining the sagittal balance of the spine

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    Sérgio Afonso Henneman

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho propõe um parâmetro anatômico, a incidência pélvica, como fator chave para a compreensão do alinhamento da coluna vertebral. Existe estreita relação, tanto para indivíduos normais como para indivíduos com deformidades da coluna, entre o parâmetro anatômico de incidência pélvica e a inclinação sacral, determinantes da lordose lombar. O ângulo de Cobb e a rotação vertebral apical servem de instrumento para o entendimento do aspecto tridimensional da coluna vertebral e das relações entre a pelve e a coluna. Uma equação preditiva para lordose é apresentada. A incidência pélvica parece ser o fator determinante do equilíbrio sagital da coluna. Ela determina as curvas da coluna vertebral, variando conforme outros parâmetros.En este trabajo se propone un parámetro anatómico, la incidencia de la pelvis, como el factor clave para entender la alineación de la columna vertebral. Hay estrecha relación, tanto para el normal y para las personas con deformidades de la columna entre el parámetro anatómico de la incidencia de la pelvis y la inclinación del sacro, determinantes de la lordosis lumbar. El ángulo de Cobb y la rotación vertebral apical sirven como una herramienta para entender el aspecto tridimensional de la columna vertebral y de su relación con la pelvis. Se presenta una ecuación de predicción para la lordosis. La incidencia pélvica parece ser el factor determinante del equilibrio sagital de la columna. Dicha ecuación determina las curvas de la columna y varía según otros parámetros.This paper proposes an anatomical parameter, the pelvic incidence, as the key factor for managing the spinal balance. There is a close relationship for both normal individuals and those with spinal deformities between the anatomical parameter of pelvic incidence and the sacral slope, which determine lumbar lordosis. The Cobb angle and the apical vertebral rotation serve as a tool for understanding the three

  14. Análise inversa para determinação de parâmetros de deformabilidade de solos

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    Guimarães, Adinele Gomes

    2008-01-01

    A previsão do comportamento mecânico de maciços de solos requer a utilização de modelos constitutivos que representem mais adequadamente sua relação tensão-deformação. Alguns modelos podem incluir parâmetros de difícil obtenção em laboratório e sua determinação, ao envolver julgamentos de engenharia, é mais bem consumada por usuários experientes de um modelo particular. Alternativamente, os parâmetros podem ser obtidos utilizando a análise inversa. O procedimento matemático consiste, basicame...

  15. Aplicación de la clasificación internacional del funcionamiento, de la discapacidad y de la salud para elaborar un perfil de necesidades de apoyo a una persona con parálisis cerebral

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    Chiorino Arroyo, Odemaris

    2004-01-01

    El presente artículo resume un trabajo llevado a cabo en un centro de adultos para personas con parálisis cerebral en Salamanca, pertenecientes a la Asociación de Padres de Personas con Parálisis Cerebral y Encefalopatías Afines (ASPACE). El objetivo fue aplicar la Clasificación Internacional del Funcionamiento, de la Discapacidad y de la Salud (CIF) a una persona con parálisis cerebral y discapacidad intelectual, con el fin de elaborar un perfil de necesidades de apoyo.

  16. Caracterización de la mena laterítica para el ajuste de parámetros tecnológicos del transportador de banda

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    Licinio Matos-Elías

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available En las plantas niqueleras cubanas los parámetros de explotación de los transportadores de banda no se corresponden con las características físico-mecánicas de la mena laterítica que es acarreada, lo que conlleva subutilización de la capacidad de carga y de la potencia de accionamiento de estos equipos. Se realizó una investigación experimental en la planta metalúrgica Ernesto Che Guevara con el fin de elevar la eficiencia del transportador, para ello se evaluó el comportamiento de las propiedades físico-mecánicas de mayor influencia sobre los parámetros tecnológicos de este dispositivo de transporte. En muestras de mena laterítica mullida y homogenizada se determinó la composición granulométrica, masa volumétrica, coeficiente de esponjamiento, humedad y ángulo del talud natural y dinámico, aplicando métodos tradicionales conocidos, como diferencia de pesadas, tamizado y volumétricos. Como resultado, quedaron establecidos para la mena objeto de transporte los rangos de variación de las propiedades físico-mecánicas antes referidas y se obtuvieron relaciones funcionales entre ellas que permiten establecer el régimen de explotación en tiempo real y elegir el diseño más eficaz para el transportador de banda.

  17. Estimativas de parâmetros de cruzamentos para peso de fêmeas Holandês/Gir

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    Martins,Gabrimar Araújo; Madalena,Fernando Enrique; Bruschi,José Henrique; Costa,José Ladeira da; Teodoro,Roberto Luiz; Monteiro,João Bosco Neves

    2004-01-01

    Objetivou-se, com este trabalho, o desenvolvimento de modelo para a descrição do peso de vacas, novilhas e bezerras Holandês/Gir. Foram utilizados 18.089 pesos mensais de 412 fêmeas, em fazenda demonstrativa na Zona da Mata de Minas Gerais. Os dados foram analisados pelo Proc Mixed do pacote SAS, separadamente, para as seguintes categorias: a) vacas, b) novilhas maiores de 12 meses de idade, c) novilhas de 70 dias a 12 meses e d) bezerras de até 70 dias. Para cada uma destas categorias, as eq...

  18. Criterios y metodología para la determinación de los parámetros dinámicos y cinemáticos para la remotorización.

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    M. Cárdenas Garnier

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available La remotorización, ha significado una valiosa opción para solucionar los problemas que se presentan en los medios de transporte para alargar la vida útil a los equipos existentes, para disminuir los altos consumos de combustible, o bien porque en ocasiones se hace imposible adquirir el motor y la caja de velocidades originales del vehículo. En el presente trabajo se discuten los criterios mínimos y necesarios, así como la metodología para el cálculo de los parámetros o indicadores que se han seleccionado como criterio para la comparación de las variantes entre si (motor original y motor nuevo, se llega a resultados sobre la propuesta y se presentan conclusiones y recomendaciones al respecto. Title: Criteria and methodology for the determination of dynamic and cinematic parameters for engine exchange.Engine exchange is a valuable option to solve the problems that show up in the means of transportation to increase the useful life of the existent vehicles in order to decrease the high consumptions of fuel, or because to acquire the original engine and gearbox of vehicle sometimes becomes impossible. Present paper discussed minimal and necessary criteria, as well as the methodology for the calculation of the parameters or indicators that are been selected as a comparison criteria among the considered variants (original and new engine, this allows reach results about proposal, conclusions are presented.

  19. Uma contribuição da metodologia Peir para o estudo de uma pequena cidade na Amazônia: Ponta de Pedras, Pará

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    Viviana Mendes Lima

    Full Text Available Resumo Este artigo objetivou analisar a contribuição da metodologia Peir para estudo de uma pequena cidade da Amazônia a partir da análise do modo de vida da população. Como procedimento metodológico procurou-se entender a relação entre aspectos de urbanização conectados à globalização e saúde da população dessa cidade. Foram obtidos dados em campo, os quais permitiram analisar a situação de saúde em dois setores urbanos. A metodologia Pressão-Estado-Impacto-Resposta (Peir, desenvolvida pelo Programa das Nações Unidas para o Meio Ambiente (Pnuma e adaptada pela Organização para a Cooperação e Desenvolvimento Econômico (OCDE, servirá de suporte para a compreensão dos impactos na saúde da população a partir do acesso a infraestruturas disponíveis, entre elas o abastecimento de água. O local de estudo é cidade de Ponta de Pedras, situada na Ilha do Marajó, estado do Pará, Brasil. Como resultado nota-se a necessidade de intervenções imediatas por parte do poder público para minimizar os impactos das condições de vulnerabilidade sobre as populações.

  20. Prácticas artísticas para la Inteligencia Emocional: inquietudes para el cambio e implicación institucional bajo parámetros multiculturales

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    Pérez Alonso, María de las Nieves

    2015-01-01

    Este estudio propone el empleo de prácticas artísticas y la creación de un espacio propio dentro de los centros escolares, para ofrecer la oportunidad de desarrollar habilidades emocionales de un modo diferente en las aulas. Se ofrece la creación de un “corpus doctrinal” que recopile la información social básica de la España actual para ayudar en la comprensión del contexto receptor de esta tipología de talleres artísticos. Para ello, ofrecemos una revisión del origen de concepto Inteligencia...

  1. Contribuição dos parâmetros biomecânicos para o desempenho de saltos verticais de jogadoras de basquetebol Contribución de los parámetros biomecánicos para el desempeño en saltos verticales de jugadoras de baloncesto Contribution of biomechanical parameters to vertical jump performance in basketball players

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    Rodrigo Maciel Andrade

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do presente estudo foi investigar a contribuição dos parâmetros biomecânicos para o desempenho do salto vertical com contramovimento (SV e SV precedido de corrida (SVcorrida em 19 jogadoras da seleção brasileira adulta de basquetebol feminino (26,2 ± 4,7 anos; 1,81 ± 0,07 m; 75,6 ± 12,6 kg; 20,4 ± 6,0% de gordura. Foram considerados os picos de força passiva (PFPa e propulsão (PFP, tempo para alcance dos picos de força passiva (TPFPa e propulsão (TPFP, "load rate" (LR, taxa de desenvolvimento de força (TDF, tempo de fase excêntrica (Texc e concêntrica (Tcon. A análise de componentes principais revelou que 50,86% da altura de SV foi explicada por PFPa, TPFPa, LR, Texc e TPFP, e que 43,28% de SVcorrida foi explicada por PFPa, TPFPa, LR, PFP. Esses resultados sugerem que parâmetros temporais parecem contribuir de maneira mais significativa para o desempenho de salto, porém diferentes tipos de salto podem demandar comportamentos distintos de parâmetros biomecânicos.El objetivo de este estudio fue investigar la contribución de parámetros biomecánicos para el rendimiento de salto vertical con contra movimiento (SV e SV precedido de carrera (SVcarrera en diecinueve jugadoras de baloncesto de la selección brasileña femenina adultas (26,2 ± 4,7 años; 1,81 ± 0,07 m; 75,6 ± 12,6 kg; 20,4 ± 6,0% de grasa. Fueran considerados el pico de fuerza pasiva (PFPa y propulsión (PFP, tiempo para llegar a picos de fuerza pasiva (TPFPa y propulsión (TPFP, la tasa de carga (LR, tasa de desarrollo de fuerza (TDF, tiempo de la fase excéntrica (Texc y concéntrica (Tcon. Las análisis de los componentes principales mostraron que 50,86% da la altura de SV fue explicada por PFPa, TPFPa, LR, Texc y TPFP, y que 43,28% de SVcarrera fue explicada por PFPa, TPFPa, LR, PFP. Los resultados sugieren parámetros temporales parecen contribuir más significativamente para rendimiento del salto pero, diferentes tipos del salto pueden

  2. Parálisis cerebral :

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    Cabrero Izquierdo, María del Carmen

    2012-01-01

    Se aborda el tema de la parálisis cerebral definiendo qué es, clasificando los tipos de parálisis dependiendo de la afectación y las características principales. Se explican algunos de sus tratamientos, se dan sistemas alternativos y/o aumentativos de comunicación para un alumno con PC (parálisis cerebral).

  3. Modelos para determinação dos parâmetros da equação de van Genuchten para um Cambissolo Models for determination of parameters of van Genuchten equation for a Cambisol

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    Carlos R. de Mello

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Com este trabalho, objetiva-se a geração de modelos matemáticos para predição dos 4 parâmetros da equação de van Genuchten (tetaR, tetaS, alfa e n e para a umidade correspondente à capacidade de campo em função dos atributos areia, argila, matéria orgânica e densidade do solo, ambas de fácil e rotineira determinação em laboratório, além da profundidade. Coletaram-se 36 amostras não deformadas e deformadas nas profundidades de 0 a 30, 30 a 60 e 60 a 90 cm, em Cambissolo originado de gnaisse, determinando-se as umidades correspondentes às tensões de 2, 6 e 10 kPa em mesa de tensão e as referentes a 33, 100, 500 e 1500 kPa, em câmara de Richards. Para ajuste dos modelos, trabalhou-se com o programa SAS for Windows, com a rotina Proc Reg, e procedimento Backward, para selecionar as variáveis significativamente diferentes de zero num certo nível de probabilidade. Para avaliação dos modelos, consideraram-se o coeficiente de determinação e os erros de predição, tanto para os parâmetros estimados quanto para as umidades geradas pela equação de van Genuchten ajustada com os parâmetros estimados, para cada tensão descrita acima. Constatou-se que os erros foram consideravelmente pequenos, justificando a aplicação dos modelos.This work proposes to adjust mathematical models to predict the parameters of van Genuchten equation (thetaR, thetaS, alpha and n, besides a model to predict the soil moisture corresponding to the field capacity. The models express the equation parameters as dependent variables and sand, clay, organic matter, bulk density and depth as independent variables. All independent variables can be easily and routinely determined in laboratory. The samples were collected at 12 points in and three layers (0-30; 30-60; 60-90 cm of a Cambisol, using a Uhland sampler. The soil moisture at matric potentials of 2, 6 and 10 kPa were determined using a porous plate apparatus and those at matric potentials of 33

  4. Plataforma para el acceso a servicios desde dispositivos móviles utilizando parámetros de autenticación basados en SIM Card

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    Francisco Martínez

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available El acceso seguro a servicios desde terminales móviles implica un equilibrio entre el grado de seguridad requerido y las capacidades de los dispositivos, tanto a nivel hardware como de usabilidad. Estas características exigen el diseño de modelos con un esquema simple de autenticación y autorización transparente para los usuarios, que además garantice la integridad de la información que se intercambia. Como respuesta a esta necesidad, el Grupo W@PColombia ha desarrollado la plataforma P3SIM con el objeto de brindar las facilidades necesarias para la construcción de aplicaciones móviles seguras basadas en parámetros SIM./ Services secure access requires a balance between the security level and device hardware and usability capabilities. These features require the design of models with a simple authentication and authorization scheme that also assure the information integrity. To solve this issue, the W@PColombia Group, developed the P3SIM platform in order to mobile applications may include security features based on SIM parameters.

  5. Evaluación inicial de parámetros de campo en un biodigestor anaeróbico para el tratamiento de aguas residuales

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    María Antonieta Sánchez Góngora

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available El biodigestor anaerobio utilizado en este estudio, se diseñó para tratar agua residual doméstica en un sanitario de prueba, que se caracteriza por ser de: flujo continuo, baja carga orgánica y tener cuatro etapas de proceso. La importancia del prototipo estudiado radicó en las condiciones reales en que se probó. La primera etapa consistió en la selección del sitio, construcción del prototipo en ferrocemento con capacidad de 1m3, impermeabilización y carga. En esta etapa se inoculó el reactor con materia orgánica procedente de las descargas del sanitario, durante el periodo de agosto a diciembre de 2011. La evaluación de este periodo consistió en la medición de parámetros de campo: pH, conductividad eléctrica, sólidos sedimentables, temperatura del influente y efluente del sistema que permitieron verificar el comportamiento del proceso del digestor durante la fase de arranque. Los resultados obtenidos para estas determinaciones a la entrada y salida del biodigestor respectivamente son los siguientes: pH (8.03; 8.43, conductividad eléctrica (1510.83 µS/cm; 1207.00 µS/cm, temperatura del proceso (19.2°C; 20.1°C, sólidos sedimentables (144.5mL/L; 0.02mL/L, oxígeno disuelto (4.5992 mg/L; 0.1924 mg/L estos datos proporcionaron un punto de partida para el tratamiento de aguas residuales de tipo doméstica.

  6. Principales parámetros para el estudio de la colaboración científica en Big Science

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    Ortoll, Eva

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In several scientific disciplines research has shifted from experiments of a reduced scale to large and complex collaborations. Many recent scientific achievements like the human genome sequencing or the discovery of the Higgs boson have taken place within the “big science” paradigm. The study of scientific collaboration needs to take into account all the diverse factors that have an influence on it. In the case of big science experiments, some of those aspects are particularly important: number of institutions involved, cultural differences, diversity of spaces and infrastructures or the conceptualization of research problems. By considering these specific factors we present a set of parameters for the analysis of scientific collaboration in big science projects. The utility of these parameters is illustrated through a comparative study of two large big science projects: the ATLAS experiment and the Human Genome Project.En varias áreas de la ciencia se ha pasado de trabajar en experimentos reducidos a participar en grandes y complejas colaboraciones. Muchos de los grandes avances científicos recientes como la secuenciación del genoma humano o el descubrimiento del bosón de Higgs se enmarcan en el paradigma denominado big science. El estudio de la colaboración científica debe tener en cuenta los factores de todo tipo que influyen en dicha colaboración. Los experimentos de big science inciden especialmente en algunos de estos aspectos: volumen de instituciones implicadas, diferencias culturales, diversidad de espacios e infraestructuras o la propia conceptualización del problema de investigación. Atendiendo a estas particularidades, en este trabajo presentamos un conjunto de parámetros para el análisis de la colaboración científica en proyectos big science. Ilustramos la utilidad de esos parámetros mediante un estudio comparativo de dos grandes proyectos de big science: el experimento ATLAS y el Proyecto Genoma Humano.

  7. ¿Es válido utilizar con precisión parámetros reológicos obtenidos en laboratorio para modelar aludes torrenciales a escala real?

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    Blanco, Armando; Rodríguez, Carmen; García, Reinaldo

    2009-01-01

    Para predecir el comportamiento de aludes torrenciales a escala real se utilizan modelos numéricos. Sin embargo, los parámetros reológicos que permiten representar los fluidos que componen el flujo son difíciles de obtener utilizando reómetros convencionales. En general experiencias de laboratorio son combinadas con modelos matemáticos para calibrar los modelos reológicos. Luego, el modelo numérico calibrado es utilizado para predecir el comportamiento de los aludes torrenciales en campo. Sin...

  8. Tratamentos farmacológicos para o transtorno de ansiedade social: existem novos parâmetros na atualidade?

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    Larissa Forni dos Santos

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available CONTEXTO: O transtorno de ansiedade social (TAS, apesar da baixa taxa de detecção e do alto índice de comorbidades associadas, é considerado uma condição tratável. Apesar da resposta estabelecida a diversas classes de medicamentos, os algoritmos para o tratamento do TAS necessitam de atualização constante. OBJETIVO: Realizar revisão sistemática da literatura no que diz respeito à eficácia dos tratamentos farmacológicos relativos ao TAS, a partir de estudos controlados, conduzidos no período de 2005 a 2010. MÉTODO: Foram utilizados os indexadores eletrônicos PsycoInfo, Lilacs e Medline, utilizando-se as palavras-chave: "social phobia or social anxiety and treatment". RESULTADOS: De acordo com critérios de inclusão adotados, 29 artigos foram incluídos e analisados. Mostram-se eficazes para o tratamento do TAS as seguintes drogas, de acordo com a classe: a ISRSs: escitalopram, fluvoxamina, citalopram, GR205171 e sertralina; b ISRSN: venlafaxina; c IMAOs: fenelzina, moclobemina; d aminoácidos: d-cicloserina; f anticonvulsivantes: tiagabina. CONCLUSÃO: Os ISRSs e os ISRSNs têm seu uso estabelecido e ainda continuam sendo considerados primeira opção de tratamento. Porém, destaca-se o potencial futuro da d-cicloserina e dos anticonvulsivantes, com necessidade de um número maior de estudos controlados que confirmem os achado iniciais. A ação das diferentes drogas em nível neurobiológico, bem como dos tratamentos associados, necessita ainda ser mais explorada.

  9. Krigagem e inverso do quadrado da distância para interpolação dos parâmetros da equação de chuvas intensas

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    Mello C. R.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Em projetos de obras hidráulicas, é necessária a estimativa da chuva intensa adequada à realidade técnico-financeira dos projetos, para posterior cálculo de vazões máximas. O uso da equação de chuvas intensas é a forma mais usual para estimativa da chuva de projeto. No entanto, há dificuldade em obtê-la para locais desprovidos de dados pluviométricos, o que pode ser superado mediante técnicas computacionais para a espacialização dos seus parâmetros. Para isto, pode-se trabalhar com procedimentos estatísticos para interpolação dos parâmetros com base em estações meteorológicas vizinhas ao local. Objetivou-se, neste trabalho, comparar os dois procedimentos estatísticos mais exatos, conforme já constatado em outras aplicações físicas, que são a krigagem (interpolador geoestatístico e o inverso do quadrado da distância, para interpolação dos parâmetros da equação de chuvas intensas. Utilizaram-se 140 estações meteorológicas do estado de São Paulo, as quais dispõem da respectiva equação de chuvas intensas estimada com base em dados pluviométricos, consideradas como ideais. Destas, 126 foram utilizadas para estudo da dependência espacial dos parâmetros e 14 para comparação de erros nas estimativas da chuva intensa. Constatou-se que ambos os métodos apresentaram boa precisão, mas a krigagem produziu menores erros médios para 11 estações, verificando-se melhorias consideráveis em especial para tempos de retorno e tempos de duração da precipitação usuais em projetos em pequenas bacias hidrográficas, podendo-se sugerir este método como o mais adequado.

  10. Centromere pairing by a plasmid-encoded type I ParB protein

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    Ringgaard, Simon; Löwe, Jan; Gerdes, Kenn

    2007-01-01

    The par2 locus of Escherichia coli plasmid pB171 encodes two trans-acting proteins, ParA and ParB, and two cis-acting sites, parC1 and parC2, to which ParB binds cooperatively. ParA is related to MinD and oscillates in helical structures and thereby positions ParB/parC-carrying plasmids regularly......, hence identifying the N terminus of ParB as a requirement for ParB-mediated centromere pairing. These observations suggest that centromere pairing is an important intermediate step in plasmid partitioning mediated by the common type I loci....

  11. El coeficiente de Hurst y el parámetro a-estable para el análisis de series financieras. Aplicación al mercado cambiario mexicano

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    Román Rodríguez Aguilar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo aborda la utilidad de estimar, previo a cualquier análisis, el parámetro de la distribución -estable y el coe - ficiente de Hurst para una serie financiera en periodos de alta volatilidad. Mediante la estimación del coeficiente de Hurst y el parámetro se busca explorar la violación de dos grandes supuestos en la modelación de series financieras: suponer que las series presentan una distribución normal y que los rendi - mientos sucesivos son independientes; asimismo, se analiza el caso del tipo de cambio Fix peso-dólar en México en el perio - do 1992-2011. Uno de los principales resultados es la identi - ficación de características fractales y colas pesadas en la serie para algunos periodos en magnitudes diferenciadas; dichas diferencias se acentúan en periodos de crisis. Caracterizar la serie mediante estos parámetros a través de un índice permitirá mejorar la toma de decisiones sobre el tipo de análisis que es metodológicamente correcto aplicar en una ventana de tiempo específica, ya sea para valuación de activos o para la gestión de riesgos.

  12. Análisis de los parámetros del modelo NRTL para aminoácidos en mezclas de etanol-agua, empleando el enfoque de la solubilidad relativa

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    Rivera, Andrés; Espinosa, Armando

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    Este artículo presenta un análisis alternativo al realizado por Ferreira y colaboradores, sobre datos de solubilidad de aminoácidos en soluciones etanol-agua, mediante la correlación de los parámetros del modelo NRTL. El examen inicial de los parámetros energéticos, para el sistema etanol-agua, mostró una alta correlación que permitió una representación por medio de un modelo modificado de un único parámetro y una regla de mezcla basada en la entalpia de vaporización de los componentes puros....

  13. Sistema imunológico artificial para resolver o problema da árvore geradora mínima com parâmetros fuzzy

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    Tiago Agostinho Almeida

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho é proposta uma meta-heurística baseada em técnicas da computação evolutiva que visa encontrar um conjunto de árvores geradoras mínimas, para problemas de grafos que possuem incertezas em relação às informações associadas aos parâmetros. Resolver problemas dessa natureza é um processo NP-Completo, pois envolve um número enorme de comparações. A fim de contornar essa complexidade, é proposto um sistema imunológico artificial capaz de explorar eficientemente o espaço de busca e de obter resultados satisfatórios, sem a necessidade de confrontar todas as soluções entre si.This work proposes an heuristical approach based on evolutionary computation, whose goal is to find a set of minimum spanning trees in graphs that contain uncertainties in their parameters. This kind of problem is a NP-Hard one, because it involves an enormous number of comparisons. In order to avoid this complexity, this work proposes an artificial immune system that explores efficiently the search space of solutions to looking for satisfactory results, without the necessity of comparing all possible solutions.

  14. Optimización de los Parámetros de Soldadura por Arco Sumergido en Acero HSLA: una Aplicación para Manufactura de Tuberías de Conducción de Hidrocarburos

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    Patricia Sheilla Costa

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Resumen El acero HSLA (High Strength Low Alloy API 5L X70 es utilizado para fabricación de tuberías para transporte de hidrocarburos. La construcción de tuberías de este material involucra alta cantidad de soldadura, donde los parámetros empleados influyen directamente en las estructuras metalúrgicas y en las propiedades mecánicas del mismo cuando soldado. Así, para estudiar el impacto de los parámetros de soldadura por arco sumergido en la resistencia mecánica y dureza de la Zona Afectada por el Calor (ZAC, fue llevado a cabo un diseño central compuesto que totalizó 17 pruebas. Las variables de entrada fueron corriente, voltaje y velocidad de avance; como variables de salida se consideró resistencia a la tensión y dureza Vickers de la ZAC. Para tal estudio fue utilizado el proceso de soldadura por arco sumergido, pruebas de tensión y pruebas de dureza Vickers. Se utilizó la metodología de superficie de respuesta para el modelado y la optimización fue realizada utilizando algoritmos genéticos y la gráfica de frente de Pareto. Fueron obtenidas 16 combinaciones de parámetros con la optimización, de las cuales fue escogida una para validar los modelos. Con los resultados fue posible establecer modelos matemáticos empíricos satisfactorios para las variables de respuesta.

  15. Incisão periauricular para operações da glândula parótida Periauricular incision for surgical procedures on the parotid gland

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    Andy Petroianu

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    Full Text Available RACIONAL: As incisões mais comuns para parotidectomia consistem em abertura pré ou periauricular prolongadas para a região submandibular ou cervical. Elas podem acompanhar-se de cicatrizes imperfeitas, provocando deformidades cutâneas locais. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o tratamento de afecções cirúrgicas parotídeas através de incisão periauricular apenas. MÉTODO: Foram estudados 39 pacientes consecutivos com moléstias da parótida. Adenoma pleomórfico (20 casos foi a afecção mais encontrada, seguida por outros tumores benignos (9 casos, carcinomas (5 casos, cisto parotídeo (3 casos e parotidite crônica (2 casos. Todas as parotidectomias foram realizadas através de incisão periauricular. Em presença de carcinoma, a linfadenectomia cervical foi conduzida por meio de incisão cervical transversa supra-hióidea homolateral. RESULTADO: A remoção da afecção parotídea foi possível em todos os casos sem incisão cutânea complementar. Todas as cicatrizes tiveram bom resultado estético e, após seis meses, elas estavam quase imperceptíveis. Os pacientes revelaram satisfação com o resultado da operação. Fraqueza facial temporária ocorreu em 28 operações. Desconforto auricular transitório foi registrado em 22 pacientes. Todos tiveram hipoestesia da região operada, que perdurou por até seis meses. As complicações encontradas neste trabalho estão descritas na literatura como esperadas em parotidectomia, independentemente do tipo de incisão. CONCLUSÃO: A incisão periauricular é opção boa e estética para abordagem cirúrgica da glândula parótida.BACKGROUND: The most common incisions for parotidectomy consist of opening or pre periauricular extended to the submandibular or cervical region. They can accompany themselves ragged scars, causing local skin deformities. AIM: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the treatment of parotid surgical diseases using periauricular incision. METHOD: Thirty nine patients with

  16. Treinamento físico para indivíduos HIV positivo submetidos à HAART: efeitos sobre parâmetros antropométricos e funcionais

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    Edmar Lacerda Mendes

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A terapia antirretroviral fortemente ativa (HAART tem melhorado a prognose em indivíduos infectados pelo HIV. No entanto, a HAART tem sido associada ao desenvolvimento de anormalidades metabólicas e na distribuição de gordura corporal conhecida como síndrome lipodistrófica associada ao HIV (SLHIV. OBJETIVO: Este estudo investigou o impacto de 24 semanas de exercício resistido com componente aeróbico (ERCA sobre parâmetros antropométricos e funcionais de portadores de HIV submetidos à HAART. MÉTODOS: Noventa e nove indivíduos infectados pelo HIV foram randomicamente alocados em quatro grupos: exercício e lipodistrofia (n = 24; EX+LIP; exercício sem lipodistrofia (n = 21; EX+NoLIP; controle e lipodistrofia (n = 27; NoEX+LIP; controle sem lipodistrofia (n = 27; NoEX+NoLIP. Os indivíduos dos grupos exercitados (EX+LIP e EX+NoLIP participaram de 24 semanas de ERCA. Nos momentos pré e pós 24 semanas de intervenção foram realizadas medidas antropométricas, testes de força e aptidão cardiorrespiratória. RESULTADOS: Vinte e quatro semanas de ERCA alteraram os perímetros corporais avaliados (P < 0,0001 e a relação cintura/quadril (P = 0,017 nos dois grupos exercitados. Reduções foram observadas (P < 0,0001 para o somatório das sete dobras cutâneas avaliadas, percentual de gordura corporal, massa corporal gorda, gordura subcutânea total, central e periférica em resposta ao ERCA. A massa corporal magra aumentou (P < 0,0001 nos grupos exercitados, independente do desfecho (LIP ou NoLIP. A força muscular e a aptidão cardiorrespiratória aumentaram (P < 0,0001, para os dois grupos exercitados em resposta ao ERCA. CONCLUSÃO: Vinte e quatro semanas de ERCA impediram a manifestação das alterações decorrentes da SLHIV e contribuíram para a redução destas.

  17. Estimativas de parâmetros genéticos e ganho de seleção para produção de frutos em progênies de polinização aberta de pupunheira no estado do Pará, Brasil

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    João Tomé de Farias Neto

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available O estudo objetivou estimar parâmetros e valores genéticos para os caracteres número de cachos (NC, peso médio do cacho (PMC e peso total do cacho (PTC aos seis anos, pelo método de modelos mistos (REML/BLUP. O teste de progênies foi estabelecido sob o delineamento de blocos ao acaso com 50 tratamentos (progênies, 10 blocos e uma planta por parcela, no espaçamento de 5 x 5 m, além de uma bordadura externa ao experimento. As estimativas de herdabilidade individual e médias no sentido restrito para PTC (0,213 e 0,360 e NC (0,286 e 0,435, respectivamente, foram de boas magnitudes. O coeficiente de variação genética individual exibiu valores elevados para PTC (19,86 e NC (17,59. A raiz quadrada da herdabilidade ao nível de médias das progênies resulta em acurácia seletiva na ordem de 0,60 para PTC e 0,66 para NC, atestando boa precisão e confiança nos parâmetros genéticos estimados, promovendo segurança na seleção. O potencial da população para fins de melhoramento pode ser observado por meio dos ganhos genéticos para PTC, que oscilaram de 8,3 a 19,9 kg, elevando a nova média populacional para o caráter após um ciclo de seleção, para 40,4 kg, equivalente a 25,8%.

  18. Directed and persistent movement arises from mechanochemistry of the ParA/ParB system.

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    Hu, Longhua; Vecchiarelli, Anthony G; Mizuuchi, Kiyoshi; Neuman, Keir C; Liu, Jian

    2015-12-22

    The segregation of DNA before cell division is essential for faithful genetic inheritance. In many bacteria, segregation of low-copy number plasmids involves an active partition system composed of a nonspecific DNA-binding ATPase, ParA, and its stimulator protein ParB. The ParA/ParB system drives directed and persistent movement of DNA cargo both in vivo and in vitro. Filament-based models akin to actin/microtubule-driven motility were proposed for plasmid segregation mediated by ParA. Recent experiments challenge this view and suggest that ParA/ParB system motility is driven by a diffusion ratchet mechanism in which ParB-coated plasmid both creates and follows a ParA gradient on the nucleoid surface. However, the detailed mechanism of ParA/ParB-mediated directed and persistent movement remains unknown. Here, we develop a theoretical model describing ParA/ParB-mediated motility. We show that the ParA/ParB system can work as a Brownian ratchet, which effectively couples the ATPase-dependent cycling of ParA-nucleoid affinity to the motion of the ParB-bound cargo. Paradoxically, this resulting processive motion relies on quenching diffusive plasmid motion through a large number of transient ParA/ParB-mediated tethers to the nucleoid surface. Our work thus sheds light on an emergent phenomenon in which nonmotor proteins work collectively via mechanochemical coupling to propel cargos-an ingenious solution shaped by evolution to cope with the lack of processive motor proteins in bacteria.

  19. Encefalomenigocele atrésico parietal Parietal atresic encephalomeningocele

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    Liliana Rivera Oliva

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available El encefalocele es una anomalía congénita rara, en la que una porción del encéfalo protruye a través de un orificio craneal (evaginación, generalmente situado en la línea media. Clínicamente se caracteriza por una masa epicraneal, de consistencia blanda, muchas veces acompañada de trastornos psicomotores, convulsiones y trastornos de la visión. Se presenta el caso de un recién nacido con diagnóstico de encefalomeningocele atrésico parietal, intervenido quirúrgicamente y con evolución satisfactoria.The encephalocele is a uncommon congenital anomaly where a portion of encephalon protrudes through a cranial orifice (evagination, generally located in the middle line. Clinically, it is characterized by a soft epicranial mass often accompanied or psychomotor disorders, convulsions and vision disorders. This is the case of a newborn diagnosed with parietal atresic encephalomeningocele operated on with a satisfactory evolution.

  20. Software para el cálculo de parámetros en cribas vibratorias de separación bajo el criterio de la velocidad límite de las partículas

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    Arturo Martínez Rodríguez

    2009-01-01

    Se presenta el manual de usuario del software "CRIBAS" para el cálculo de los principales arámetros de las cribas vibratorias empleadas para la limpieza o clasificación de productos agrícolas. El software posibilita calcular los parámetros adecuados de las cribas vibratorias de manera tal que las partículas que deben pasar a través de los agujeros de la superficie de la criba, no sobrepasen, en su movimiento de avance a lo largo de la criba, la dimensión de dichos agujeros, lo cual se garan...

  1. Parámetros genéticos para características reproductivas en una población de búfalos (bubalus bubalis artiodactyla, bovidae) en el magdalena medio colombiano.

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    Bolívar Vergara, Diana María; Ramírez Toro, Edison Julián; Agudelo Gómez, Divier Antonio; Angulo Arroyave, Roberto Arturo; Cerón Muñoz, Mario Fernando

    2011-01-01

    La investigación se hizo para estimar los componentes de (co)varianza y parámetros genéticos para edad al primer parto (EPP) e intervalo entre partos (IEP) en una población bufalina en el Magdalena Medio Colombiano. Las características evaluadas fueron EPP, IEP entre primer y segundo parto (IEP1-2), IEP entre segundo y tercer parto (IEP2-3), e IEP entre tercer y cuarto parto (IEP3-4) en un modelo animal multicaracterístico. El IEP con todos los partos (IEPtotal) fue analizado en un modelo ani...

  2. Limitações nutricionais para o cultivo de açaizeiro em latossolo amarelo textura média, Estado do Pará Nutritional limitations for Euterpe oleracea in yellow latosol of Para State - Brazil

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    Ismael de Jesus Matos Viégas

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available A região amazônica apresenta condições edafoclimáticas favoráveis ao desenvolvimento de sistemas de cultivos utilizando fruteiras tropicais. O açaizeiro (Euterpe oleracea, Mart. desponta como uma das espécies de grande importância econômica para a fruticultura regional. A produção de fruteiras ainda é limitada pela carência de conhecimentos sobre diversos segmentos dos sistemas de produção, especialmente com relação a estudos sobre nutrição mineral de plantas. Dessa forma, em amostras superficiais de até 30 cm de profundidade de Latossolo Amarelo textura média do Município de Belém, Estado do Pará, conduziu-se experimento, em casa de vegetação, com plantas de açaizeiro, com o objetivo de identificar os nutrientes limitantes ao seu desenvolvimento, mediante a técnica do elemento faltante. O delineamento experimental foi inteiramente ao acaso, com quatro repetições e 14 tratamentos: completo (calagem, macro e micronutrientes, NPK; omissão de N; de P; de K; de Ca; de Mg; de S; de B; de Cu; de Fe; de Mn; de Mo e de Zn. Os resultados obtidos neste trabalho permitiram concluir que os macronutrientes mais limitantes para o crescimento de açaizeiros, em Latossolo Amarelo textura média, foram o fósforo, o nitrogênio, o potássio e o magnésio e entre os micronutrientes, o manganês.Aiming to study the nutritional limitation of macronutrients and micronutrients in açaizeiro plants (Euterpe oleracea Mart. in Yellow Latosol from the city of Belém, state of Pará - Brazil, this work was carried out under greenhouse conditions at Embrapa Amazonian Oriental. In this experiment it was used the missing element technique and the experimental design was a randomized block with four repetitions and fourteen treatments: Complete (liming, macro and micronutrients, NPK, omission of N; P; K; Ca; Mg; S; B; Cu; Fe; Mn; Mo and Zn. The results allowed to conclude that the macronutrients more limitant to growth of Euterpe oleracea, were

  3. Measures and modelling of PAR (photosynthetically-active radiation) for the Northeast of Brazil; Medidas e modelagem da radiacao PAR (photosynthetically-active radiation) para o nordeste do Brasil

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    Tiba, Chigueru; Leal, Sergio da S.A. [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, PE (Brazil). Dept. de Energia Nuclear], e-mail: tiba@rce.neoline.com.br

    2004-07-01

    Photosynthetically active solar radiation, known by its acronym in the English language as PAR, is the principal driving force of innumerable biological and physical processes related to biomass production, such as, the evolution of vegetal covering, agricultural productivity, and countless environment aspects, among others. Unfortunately in Brazil and particularly in the Northeast of Brazil, the PAR radiation measures are not a routine part of meteorological station measures, and therefore are still rarer than solar irradiation measures. In this context, a station was installed in Recife, Pernambuco in 2003, to carry out simultaneous measures of daily solar irradiation and PAR irradiation, which permits the modelling and valuation of the relationship between these two parameters and thus makes the estimation of PAR radiation possible, where there used to be only information on solar irradiation. Three others stations are being installed, one on Fernando de Noronha-PE, another in Pesqueira-PE, and the other in Xingo-SE, which complete a group of 4 between Latitudes 8 deg and 10 deg South and Longitudes 34 deg to 38 deg West, each having differentiated Equatorial Climates: island maritime, continental maritime, sylvan (Agreste) and semi-arid. (author)

  4. Visual Categorization and the Parietal Cortex

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    Jamie K Fitzgerald

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The primate brain is adept at rapidly grouping items and events into functional classes, or categories, in order to recognize the significance of stimuli and guide behavior. Higher cognitive functions have traditionally been considered the domain of frontal areas. However, increasing evidence suggests that parietal cortex is also involved in categorical and associative processes. Previous work showed that the parietal cortex is highly involved in spatial processing, attention and saccadic eye movement planning, and more recent studies have found decision-making signals in LIP. We recently found that a subdivision of parietal cortex, the lateral intraparietal area (LIP, reflects learned categories for multiple types of visual stimuli. Additionally, a comparison of categorization signals in parietal and frontal areas found stronger and earlier categorization signals in parietal cortex, arguing that parietal abstract association or category signals are unlikely to arise via feedback from prefrontal cortex (PFC.

  5. Partida de reator anaeróbio compartimentado em série com um reator anaeróbio de manta de lodo, utilizando parâmetros de sedimentabilidade para formação da biomassa

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    Cristine Serafine Neves

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    Full Text Available RESUMO Este estudo objetivou avaliar a formação da biomassa de boa qualidade tanto no reator anaeróbio compartimentado (RAC quanto no reator anaeróbio de manta de lodo (UASB, aplicando parâmetros adequados à sedimentação dos sólidos sedimentáveis (SS presentes na água residuária de suinocultura (ARS. O RAC e o UASB operaram em série com os tempos de detenção hidráulica (TDHs de 15 e 9h, respectivamente, correspondendo a cargas orgânicas volumétricas (COVs médias de 53,8 e 36,2 kg.m³.d¹ em termos de DQOT, respectivamente. As eficiências médias de remoção de DBO520°C, durante o processo de partida e formação da biomassa, foram: 68% para RAC e 55% para UASB, e em termos de DQO: 78% para RAC e 70% para UASB, respectivamente. Os autores concluíram que é possível, mediante os parâmetros de sedimentação adotados, formar uma biomassa peletizada, mesmo operando o sistema com altas cargas orgânicas.

  6. Uso de mesa vertical como parâmetro para regulagens de turboatomizadores The use of a vertical patternator as parameter for adjustments of air assited sprayer

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    Renildo L. Mion

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available O consumo excessivo de agrotóxicos na agricultura brasileira é preocupante, e um dos fatores que contribuem para este excesso é o uso incorreto dos equipamentos de aplicação, causando grandes problemas de contaminação ambiental. O sucesso de uma aplicação agrícola somente é efetivado quando se consegue atingir o alvo com a menor contaminação ambiental possível. O objetivo deste trabalho foi comparar o perfil da distribuição vertical de um turboatomizador com e sem fluxo de ar e o número de bicos utilizados nos ramais, utilizando-se de uma mesa vertical como parâmetro de avaliação. O conjunto utilizado foi um trator marca VALTRA, modelo BM-120 4x2 TODA, e um turboatomizador da marca Jacto, modelo ARBUS 400 GOLDEN, com pontas do tipo J5-2, pressão de 1378 kPa e velocidade do ar de 35 m s-1. O número de bicos não influenciou no perfil de distribuição volumétrico. O fluxo de ar influenciou no perfil de distribuição volumétrico tanto para o lado direito quanto para o lado esquerdo. Os maiores volumes ocorreram abaixo de 1,16 cm com o turboatomizador utilizando ou não o fluxo de ar, com 12 ou 6 pontas.Excessive consumption of pesticides in Brazilian agriculture is of concern, and one of the factors contributing to this surplus is the incorrect use of equipment for its applying, causing severe environmental contamination. The success of agricultural applications is effective only when it manages to hit the target with the lowest possible environmental contamination. The aim of this study was to compare the profile of the vertical distribution of an air assisted sprayer with and without air flow and the number of nozzles used in extensions, using a vertical patternator as the parameter. The set used was a Valtra tractor, model BM-120 4x2 TDA and one Jacto air assisted sprayer jet, model ARBUS 400 GOLDEN, with nozzle J5-2, and pressure of 1378 kPa, with air velocity of 35 m s-1 at the time of the test was conducted. The

  7. Thermohydraulic model of GOTHIC 8.0 for the analysis of PAR in NPP Cofrentes; Modelo termohidraulico de GOTHIC 8.0 para el analisis de PAR en C. N. Cofrentes

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    Jimenez, G.; Lopez-Alonso, E.; Molina, M. c.; Garcia, J.; Serrano, C.; Queral, C.; Gallego, E.

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    Analysis of the installation of Passive autocatalytic recombiners in CN Cofrentes being developed by Iberdrola Engineering and Construction the support of the UPM. This analysis supports the location and size of the PAR to be installed in the containment drywell and to minimize the risks arising from the release of hydrogen generated during a severe accident and distribution of hydrogen in the containment buildings annexes.

  8. ParABS system in chromosome partitioning in the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus.

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    Antonio A Iniesta

    Full Text Available Chromosome segregation is an essential cellular function in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. The ParABS system is a fundamental player for a mitosis-like process in chromosome partitioning in many bacterial species. This work shows that the social bacterium Myxococcus xanthus also uses the ParABS system for chromosome segregation. Its large prokaryotic genome of 9.1 Mb contains 22 parS sequences near the origin of replication, and it is shown here that M. xanthus ParB binds preferentially to a consensus parS sequence in vitro. ParB and ParA are essential for cell viability in M. xanthus as in Caulobacter crescentus, but unlike in many other bacteria. Absence of ParB results in anucleate cells, chromosome segregation defects and loss of viability. Analysis of ParA subcellular localization shows that it clusters at the poles in all cells, and in some, in the DNA-free cell division plane between two chromosomal DNA masses. This ParA localization pattern depends on ParB but not on FtsZ. ParB inhibits the nonspecific interaction of ParA with DNA, and ParA colocalizes with chromosomal DNA only when ParB is depleted. The subcellular localization of ParB suggests a single ParB-parS complex localized at the edge of the nucleoid, next to a polar ParA cluster, with a second ParB-parS complex migrating after the replication of parS takes place to the opposite nucleoid edge, next to the other polar ParA cluster.

  9. Algoritmo para la determinación de los parámetros del motor de inducción por datos nominales; Algorithm for the determination of the parameters of the induction motor for nominal data

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    Ignacio Romero Rueda

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available El trabajo presenta un nuevo enfoque para el cálculo de los parámetros del circuito equivalente para régimennominal, utilizando el teorema de Thevenin y las expresiones deducidas del mismo. Se comparan losresultados obtenidos por esta metodología con varias vías, existentes en la literatura y a través de losensayos típicos (vacío, rotor bloqueado y CD para el motor de inducción de rotor en jaula. La metodologíase aplica a dos motores y muestra efectividad en este campo.  Presently article is carried out an analysis from the experimental point of view of the variables of diagnosisstate (Opacity of the gases, temperatura of the gases of the escape, consumption of fuel for the determinationof the technical state or condition the injection apparatus of a diesel motive installation.

  10. Cancro em Paricá (Schizolobium parahyba var. amazonicum no Estado do Pará Canker Disease of Parica (Schizolobium parahyba var. amazonicum in Para State, Brazil

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    Célia Regina Tremacoldi

    2010-02-01

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    Plantios de paricá, avaliados no Município de Dom Eliseu, Estado do Pará, apresentaram sintomas de cancro. Várias espécies de fungos foram associadas ao cancro observado no campo, mais notavelmente Lasiodiplodia theobromae e Pestalotiopsis sp. Culturas isoladas destes fungos, frequentemente associados a outros (incluindo Fusarium oxysporum, Alternaria e basidiomicetes, foram testadas quanto à patogenicidade em plantas jovens de paricá, com aproximadamente um metro de altura. Apenas L. theobromae produziu cancro sob as condições testadas, quando discos de cultura foram aplicados usando técnicas de inoculação por ferimento e alta umidade, reproduzindo perfeitamente os sintomas do campo. Pestalotiopsis sp. causou danos muito menores quando comparado a L. theobromae. A confirmação de L. theobromae como agente causal do cancro em paricá ocorreu após o reisolamento do fungo a partir dos tecidos sintomáticos das plantas inoculadas em casa-de-vegetação, concluindo a verificação dos Postulados de Koch. Este é o primeiro relato deste patógeno em paricá.

     

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    Canker have been found in field plantings of parica examined in Dom Eliseu county, Para State,
    Brazil. Several fungal species were associated with the field canker, most notably Lasiodiplodia theobromae
    and Pestalotiopsis sp. Isolated cultures of these fungi together with other often associated fungi (including
    Fusarium oxysporum, Alternaria, basidiomycetes were tested for pathogenicity on young parica plants, with
    approximately one meter height. Only L. theobromae produced canker under the conditions tested when discs
    of culture were applied using wound inoculation techniques and high humidity, which closely mimicked the field
    symptoms. Pestalotiopsis sp. proved much less damaging compared to L. theobromae. The acknowledgment of
    L. theobromae as the causal agent of parica canker came after the

  11. Método para determinação de parâmetros de gravação e corte a laser CO2 com aplicação na joalheria contemporânea

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    Mariana Kuhl Cidade

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available A tecnologia de gravação e corte a laser CO2 é um dos principais processos de fabricação da atualidade, unindo versatilidade, precisão e velocidade, sendo uma importante ferramenta para o design de joias contemporâneas. A utilização do equipamento depende de diversas variáveis relacionadas aos materiais utilizados ou aos projetos executados. Contudo, a obtenção dos melhores parâmetros frequentemente é realizada de forma empírica, tornando a padronização imprecisa e prejudicando a qualidade das peças. Na joalheria contemporânea, é essencial a busca por peças com grande nível de acabamento e que mesclem a utilização de materiais nobres com alternativas não-convencionais. Esta pesquisa trata do desenvolvimento de um método para a obtenção de parâmetros ideais para a utilização da tecnologia de gravação e corte a laser CO2, com desenhos vetoriais, através de etapas que considerem as variáveis do projeto, do material e do equipamento do tipo galvanométrico. Para aplicação, o método foi empregado no desenvolvimento de joias utilizando-se borracha EPDM com prata. Foram conduzidos testes de aplicação de velocidades e número de passadas de feixe laser, determinando a configuração ideal para utilização deste processo no material. Imagens analisadas via MEV auxiliaram na avaliação dos efeitos do feixe laser no elastômero, como a zona de abrangência térmica e a efetividade do corte. Com um método para obtenção dos parâmetros para boa definição de corte e uniformidade do traço, essa pesquisa objetiva auxiliar estudantes, profissionais e indústrias na execução de seus projetos.

  12. [Neuroanatomy of the Parietal Association Areas].

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    Kobayashi, Yasushi

    2016-11-01

    The parietal association cortex comprises the superior and inferior parietal lobules, the precuneus and the cortices in the intraparietal, parietooccipital and lunate sulci. By processing somatic, visual, acoustic and vestibular sensory information, the parietal association cortex plays a pivotal role in spatial cognition and motor control of the eyes and the extremities. Sensory information from the primary and secondary somatosensory areas enters the superior parietal lobule and is transferred to the inferior parietal lobule. Visual information is processed through the dorsal visual pathway and it reaches the inferior parietal lobule, the intraparietal sulcus and the precuneus. Acoustic information is transferred posteriorly from the primary acoustic area, and it reaches the posterior region of the inferior parietal lobule. The areas in the intraparietal sulcus project to the premotor area, the frontal eye fields, and the prefrontal area. These areas are involved in the control of ocular movements, reaching and grasping of the upper extremities, and spatial working memory. The posterior region of the inferior parietal lobule and the precuneus both project either directly, or indirectly via the posterior cingulate gyrus, to the parahippocampal and entorhinal cortices. Both these areas are strongly associated with hippocampal functions for long-term memory formation.

  13. Caracterización del injerto parietal

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    José Manuel Díaz Fernández

    1996-12-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio descriptivo, longitudinal y prospectivo de 22 pacientes en los que se utilizó el injerto parietal autógeno para reconstruir defectos del cráneo, en los servicios de Cirugía Maxilofacial y Neurocirugía del Hospital Clinicoquirúrgico Docente "Saturnino Lora", de Santiago de Cuba, desde 1988 hasta 1991. El método de extracción del injerto con división in situ resultó el más empleado y el que ofreció las mejores posibilidades de reconstrucción en cuanto a forma, volumen y flexibilidad, por lo que se recomienda en los defectos pequeños y medianos, sobre todo de la región frontal y áreas adyacentes, donde el contorno y la simetría son los 2 aspectos fundamentales que se deben conseguir. El método de división, in vitro se utilizó en las reconstrucciones de las deformidades de grandes dimensiones, particularmente en aquellas que no incluían la frente. El índice de complicaciones fue bajoIt was carried out a descriptive, longitudinal and prospective study of 22 patients in whom an autogenous parietal graft was used to reconstruct cranial defects at the Maxillofacial Surgery and Neurosurgery Department of the "Saturnino Lora" Clinical and Surgical Teaching Hospital, in Santiago de Cuba, from 1988 to 1991. The graft extraction method with division in situ was the most used and offered the best possibilities for reconstruction as regards form, volume and flexibility. Therefore, it is recommended for small and medium defects, particularly of the frontal region and adjacent areas, where contour and symmetry are the two fundamental aspects to be taken into consideration. The method of division in vitro was used to reconstruct large deformities, specially those in which the forehead was not included. The complications index was low

  14. Parietal podocytes in normal human glomeruli.

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    Bariety, Jean; Mandet, Chantal; Hill, Gary S; Bruneval, Patrick

    2006-10-01

    Although parietal podocytes along the Bowman's capsule have been described by electron microscopy in the normal human kidney, their molecular composition remains unknown. Ten human normal kidneys that were removed for cancer were assessed for the presence and the extent of parietal podocytes along the Bowman's capsule. The expression of podocyte-specific proteins (podocalyxin, glomerular epithelial protein-1, podocin, nephrin, synaptopodin, and alpha-actinin-4), podocyte synthesized proteins (vascular endothelial growth factor and novH), transcription factors (WT1 and PAX2), cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p57, and intermediate filaments (cytokeratins and vimentin) was tested. In addition, six normal fetal kidneys were studied to track the ontogeny of parietal podocytes. The podocyte protein labeling detected parietal podocytes in all of the kidneys, was found in 76.6% on average of Bowman's capsule sections, and was prominent at the vascular pole. WT1 and p57 were expressed in some parietal cells, whereas PAX2 was present in all or most of them, so some parietal cells coexpressed WT1 and PAX2. Furthermore, parietal podocytes coexpressed WT1 and podocyte proteins. Cytokeratin-positive cells covered a variable part of the capsule and did not express podocyte proteins. Tuft-capsular podocyte bridges were present in 15.5 +/- 3.7% of the glomerular sections. Parietal podocytes often covered the juxtaglomerular arterioles and were present within the extraglomerular mesangium. Parietal podocytes were present in fetal kidneys. Parietal podocytes that express the same epitopes as visceral podocytes do exist along Bowman's capsule in the normal adult kidney. They are a constitutive cell type of the Bowman's capsule. Therefore, their role in physiology and pathology should be investigated.

  15. Secuencias repetidas en el genoma de Echinococcus granulosus : Su utilización para la detección del parásito y estudios de variabilidad genética

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    2000-01-01

    Para determinar las cepas del parásito existentes en nuestro país, se analizaron quistes hidatidicos provenientes de distintos huéspedes intermediarios y zonas geográficas, mediante el estudio de polimorfismo de longitud de fragmentos de restricción de un gen nuclear y la secuenciación de dos genes mitocondriales. Se detectó la presencia de cuatro cepas: oveja, oveja de Tasmania, camello y cerdo, determinándose además que las tres primeras pueden infectar al hombre. Se realizaron experimentos...

  16. Efecto de un programa de fisioterapia para la mejora de la marcha en la parálisis cerebral diparética espástica: estudio de caso

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    Introducción: La Parálisis Cerebral es una de las causas de discapacidad física más grave en la población infantil y engloba un conjunto de trastornos del movimiento y la postura, no progresivos que ocurrieron en el cerebro en un estado de desarrollo, en el periodo prenatal, perinatal o postnatal. Su incidencia en los países desarrollados es de 2-2,5 por cada 1.000 nacidos vivos. Para mejorar su funcionalidad, autonomía y calidad de vida, se requiere la intervención de un equipo multidiscipli...

  17. Isotopic analysis of H{sub 2}, HD, D{sub 2} mixtures and analysis of ortho-para-hydrogen mixtures by gas chromatography; Dosages par chromatographie en phase gazeuse de melanges d'hydrogene, d'hydrogene deutere, de deuterium et de melanges ortho-para-hydrogene

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    Botter, F; Perriere, G de la; Tistchenko, S [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

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    This communication describes the present situation concerning the possibilities of vapor phase chromatography for the separation and analysis of mixtures of H{sub 2}, HD and D{sub 2} and of ortho- and para-hydrogen mixtures. Separation factors for physical adsorption of the various varieties of hydrogen have been deduced from chromatograms and have also been measured directly with a static method - the agreements is good. (author) [French] Le present rapport decrit diverses possibilites qu'offre la chromatographie gazeuse d'elution en ce qui concerne le dosage des melanges H{sub 2}, HD, D{sub 2} et des varietes ortho et para de l'hydrogene. On a calcule, a partir des chromatogrammes obtenus, les facteurs de separation par adsorption physique des differentes varietes d'hydrogene, et compare aux facteurs de separation determines par mesure directe. (auteur)

  18. Relações do parâmetro S para algumas propriedades físicas de solos do sul do Brasil Relationships of the S parameter of some physical properties of soils of southern Brazil

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    Carlos Arnoldo Streck

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available O parâmetro S representa o valor da inclinação da curva de retenção de água no seu ponto de inflexão. Um aumento nos valores de S indica uma ampla distribuição de tamanho de poros, condizente com condições estruturais que estabelecem um adequado funcionamento físico do solo. Neste trabalho, testou-se a sensibilidade do parâmetro S, proposto na literatura, em relação a algumas propriedades físicas de solos do Sul do Brasil. O parâmetro S não se relacionou com o teor de argila total, nem com o teor de argila dispersa dos sete solos utilizados neste trabalho. Para o grupamento dos solos argilosos e muito argilosos, o parâmetro S apresentou decréscimo exponencial com o aumento da densidade do solo e um crescimento exponencial com o aumento da matéria orgânica do solo. Nesses solos, a água disponível às plantas aumentou de forma linear (ADP= 3,19*S passando pela origem e a pressão de pré-consolidação reduziu exponencialmente com o aumento do valor de S. Conclui-se que o parâmetro S apresentou sensibilidade para determinar a qualidade física dos solos de textura argilosa e muito argilosa.The S index corresponds to the slope of the soil water retention curve at its inflection point. A high S value indicates the presence of structural pores, which are essential for a good soil physical condition. The objective of this study was to evaluate the sensitivity of the index of soil physical quality (S, as proposed in the literature for some physical properties of soils from Southern Brazil. In the seven soils used here, no relationship was found between clay and water dispersible clay content with soil physical quality index S. However, in soils with high clay content, the S index decreases with an increase in soil bulk density and increases with an increase in soil organic matter content. For a given texture class, plant available water increased linearly (PAW= 3.19*S to the origin and the preconsolidation pressure decreased

  19. Fundamentos teóricos para el cálculo de los parámetros técnicos de las líneas eléctricas aéreas de baja tensión para su uso en telecomunicaciones

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    Henry Arturo Bastidas Mora

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta las propiedades de las redes de energía eléctrica para su utilización como canales para la transmisión de señales de telecomunicaciones. Comienza explorando los principios y fundamentos teóricos para el cálculo de los parámetros técnicos críticos de las líneas eléctricas, por lo que trata con detalle lo referente a los parámetros primarios: inductancia, capaci- tancia, conductancia y resistencia, y, asociados a estos, los parámetros secundarios (más útiles desde el punto de vista de las te- lecomunicaciones: impedancia característica y constante de propagación; de esta última, su componente real, la constante de atenuación. Se verifican las diversas topologías y la estructura de los sistemas eléctricos de potencia para líneas de media y baja tensión aéreas y se propone un modelo matemático para analizar su comportamiento a altas frecuencias extensible a la mayoría de los sistemas de distribución aéreos de energía eléctrica colombianos. El trabajo incluye una parte de los resultados de la in- vestigación denominada “Diseño de una solución a través de la tecnología PLT (Power Line Telecommunications para acceso a Internet de banda ancha en regiones rurales de Colombia”, realizada por el autor con la Universidad Piloto de Colombia. Me- diante la utilización del modelo matemático propuesto se tiene una herramienta teórica de una parte de los cálculos aplicables a PLT.

  20. Desenvolvimento dos Parâmetros do Processo de Soldagem por Atrito com Pino Não Consumível para o Aço de Alta Resistência e Baixa Liga ISO 3183 X80M

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    Tahiana F. C. Hermenegildo

    Full Text Available Resumo Sabe-se que as velocidades de soldagem e rotacional, força axial, ângulo de inclinação e desenho da ferramenta são as principais variáveis de entrada independentes, que são utilizadas para controlar o processo de soldagem por atrito com pino não consumível, e que a taxa de geração de calor, taxa de resfriamento, força na direção de soldagem e o torque são as variáveis de resposta, que irão influenciar na evolução microestrutural e desempenho mecânico da junta soldada. Neste trabalho foi feito um estudo do comportamento destas variáveis visando o desenvolvimento de parâmetros para o aço API 5L X80 (ISO 3183 X80M. Para tanto, chapas com 12 mm de espessura, foram soldadas através de dois passes, utilizando ferramenta de nitreto de boro cúbico policristalino. Observou-se que, mantendo-se a velocidade de soldagem constante, o aumento da velocidade rotacional e /ou da força axial, tende a reduzir as forças reativas e o torque atuantes durante o processo pelo aumento da taxa de geração de calor. Por outro lado, mantendo-se essas variáveis constantes, o aumento da velocidade de soldagem tende a aumentar as forças e o torque, uma vez que para o aço, este parâmeto desempenha um papel significativo na taxa de geração de calor durante o processo.

  1. Occurrence of Pantophthalmus kerteszianus and P. chuni (Diptera: Pantophthalmidae on parica in Para State, Brazil Ocorrência de Pantophthalmus kerteszianus e P. chuni (Diptera: Pantophthalmidae em paricá, no Estado do Pará

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    Alexandre Mehl Lunz

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    This is the first register of Pantophthalmus kerteszianus Enderlein e P. chuni Enderlein (Diptera: Pantophthalmidae attacking parica trees [Schizolobium parahyba (Vell. S. F. Blake var. amazonicum (Huber ex Ducke Barneby] in Paragominas, Para State, Brazil. Whereas Para State has the largest area with parica plantation in Brazil, there is a risk of these insects become important pests of this crop.


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    As ocorrências de Pantophthalmus kerteszianus Enderlein e P. chuni Enderlein são registradas pela primeira vez em reflorestamentos com paricá [Schizolobium parahyba (Vell. S. F. Blake var. amazonicum (Huber ex Ducke Barneby] no Estado do Pará, Município de Paragominas. Considerando que o Pará possui a maior área plantada de paricá no Brasil, existe o risco de esses insetos tornarem-se pragas importantes dessa cultura.

     

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  2. Comunidades ribeirinhas como forma socioespacial de expressão urbana na Amazônia: uma tipologia para a região do Baixo Tapajós (Pará-Brasil

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    Silvana Amaral

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available O fenômeno urbano na Amazônia contemporânea se estende pelo território e se estrutura por diversas formas socioespaciais, tais como as comunidades locais, que, ao formarem redes urbanas incipientes, têm características particulares definindo sua importância na estruturação do território regional. Neste artigo, é proposto o uso de técnicas quali-quantitativas para definir uma tipologia para as comunidades ribeirinhas do Baixo Tapajós (Pará: variáveis descritoras, obtidas por questionários de campo aplicados a 62 comunidades, entre Santarém e Itaituba, e submetidas à estatística multivariada. A partir da análise de componentes principais para 30 variáveis e agrupamento hierárquico, cinco grupos de comunidades foram identificados e descritos; resultado considerado consistente com as observações de campo. Variáveis relacionadas principalmente ao uso da terra e à infraestrutura condicionaram esta classificação. Comunidades em unidades de conservação, independente da localização na margem do Rio Tapajós, apresentaram situação distinta das demais, sendo que a presença do Estado, suportando programas governamentais, mostrou-se fundamental para manutenção de todas as comunidades.

  3. Parámetros y valores genéticos para características de composición corporal, área de ojo del lomo y grasa dorsal medidos mediante ultrasonido en la raza Brahman

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    A. Jiménez

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available El ganado Brahman en Colombia es el de mayor participación como raza pura paraproducción de carne, y tiene gran influencia en el ganado comercial. Hasta el momento,Asocebu ha realizado evaluaciones genéticas para características de crecimiento,pero aún no se han realizado para características de la canal. El objetivo de este trabajofue determinar parámetros genéticos (heredabilidades y correlaciones, y valores genéticos(DEP para área de ojo del lomo (AOL, grasa dorsal (GD, profundidad delmúsculo glúteo medio (PMGM y grasa del anca (GA. Fueron medidos por medio deultrasonido un total de 934 animales puros, hijos de 164 toros que se encontraban enun rango de edad de 15 a 18 meses. Para los análisis se crearon grupos contemporáneosteniendo en cuenta la época, el sexo y el manejo alimenticio. Se realizó un análisis univariadousando un modelo reproductor, teniendo en cuenta el grupo contemporáneo(animales del mismo sexo, de la misma época y en el mismo manejo alimenticio, laedad fue tomada como covariable y la finca fue incluida en el modelo. Las heredabilidadesfueron 0,37 ± 0,11; 0,29 ± 0,10; 0,26 ± 0,10 y 0,11 ± 0,09 para AOL, GD,PMGM y GA respectivamente. Las DEP para AOL variaron de -2,84 a 3,43; para GDde -0,372 a 0,235; para PMGM de -0,187 a 0,235, y para GD de -0,176 a 0,298. Lascorrelaciones genéticas fueron positivas y altas indicando que la selección por musculaturano afecta el grado de acabado. Este trabajo mostró que en ganado Brahman puroexiste variación genética para las características medidas por ultrasonido relacionadascon la canal, lo cual permitirá tenerlas en cuenta en el programa de mejoramientogenético de la raza Brahman en Colombia.

  4. Parâmetros genéticos para características produtivas e biométricas em abelha Melipona quadrifasciata anthidioides LEPELETIER

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    K.N. Oliveira

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    Full Text Available Os objetivos deste trabalho foram estimar componentes de variância genética aditiva, fenotípica e residual e a herdabilidade para características relacionadas com a produção de mel e com a estrutura do ninho de abelhas Melipona quadrifasciata anthidioides. Sessenta colônias de diferentes regiões da Bahia foram transladadas para caixas padronizadas modelo INPA e divididas, originando as gerações parentais G1 e G2. Foram medidas as características: estimativa da produção de mel; número, largura, volume e altura dos potes de mel; número, altura e diâmetro dos potes de pólen; peso; número, largura e diâmetro dos discos de cria e estimativa da população da colônia. As medidas foram corrigidas para o efeito fixo de mês de mensuração. Os componentes de variância e herdabilidade foram estimados por meio do método de semelhança entre parentes, utilizando-se abordagem Bayesiana. As médias e os desvios padrão variaram de 2,01±0,70cm para diâmetro de potes de pólen a 2.333,0±384,1kg para o peso das caixas. Houve indicação de convergência para todas as cadeias obtidas. As estimativas de variância genética aditiva variaram de 0,02cm para as características largura dos potes de mel a 38.587,72kg para o peso. Para as estimativas de variâncias fenotípicas, os valores variaram de 0,05 para a altura dos potes de pólen a 95.136,43kg para o peso; e para as variâncias residuais, os valores encontrados variaram de 0,02 para a variável largura dos potes de mel a 56.548,71kg para o peso. As estimativas de herdabilidade variaram de 0,35 a 0,53. Os resultados demonstraram que as características avaliadas possuem variação genética aditiva que garante boa resposta à seleção.

  5. Furrow Irrigation Management and Design Criteria Using Efficiency Parameters and Simulation Models Criterios para Manejo y Diseño de Riego por Surcos Utilizando Parámetros de Eficiencia y Modelos de Simulación

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    Eduardo A. Holzapfel

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available This study analyzes the relationship between the variables of furrow irrigation and the irrigation performance parameters, crop yield, and deep percolation as a basis for furrow irrigation design and management. Application efficiency (AE, requirement efficiency (RE, requirement distribution efficiency (RDE, total distribution efficiency (TDE, and furrow irrigation management, operation, and design variables (inflow discharge, furrow length, and irrigation cutoff time were correlated. The relationship between performance irrigation parameters and relative yield was also examined. In addition, environmental aspects related to leaching and runoff were also presented for each of the parameters. Study results indicate that increasing the length of the furrow reduces RE, RDE, and TDE values. However, an increase in inflow discharge and cutoff time increases efficiency. In contrast, an increase in furrow length increases AE while an increase in inflow discharge and cutoff time reduces it. Unlike AE, RE, RDE, and TDE parameters are well-correlated with relative yield. TDE and AE are recommended parameters for the design, management, and operation of furrow irrigation systems, in order to establish good irrigation practices, and to prevent contamination.El presente artículo analiza la relación entre las variables de riego por surcos y los parámetros que determinan la calidad del riego, producción, y percolación profunda como base para el diseño y manejo del riego por surcos. Se ha realizado la correlación entre la eficiencia de aplicación (AE, eficiencia de requerimiento (RE, eficiencia de distribución del requerimiento (RDE, eficiencia de distribución total (TDE, y las variables de manejo, operación y diseño de riego por surcos (caudal, longitud de surco y tiempo de corte de riego. También se ha examinado la relación entre los parámetros que determinan la calidad de riego y la producción relativa. Además, se presentan para cada uno de

  6. Isolation of rabies virus from the parotid salivary glands of foxes (Pseudalopex vetulus from Paraíba State, Northeastern Brazil Isolamento de vírus rábico de glândulas salivares parótidas de raposas (Pseudalopex vetulus do Estado da Paraíba, Nordeste do Brasil

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    Maria Luana Cristiny Rodrigues Silva

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available To determine the presence of rabies virus in the parotid salivary glands, 12 road-killed rabies-positive hoary foxes (Pseudoalopex vetulus were tested by using the fluorescent antibody test (FAT and mouse inoculation test (MIT. All 12 parotid salivary glands were positive for both tests, although in some cases several passages were required. The findings of this study support the importance of the hoary fox as rabies reservoir in the semi-arid region of Paraíba State, Northeastern Brazil.Para determinar a presença de vírus rábico em glândulas salivares parótidas, 12 raposas (Pseudalopex vetulus atropeladas em rodovias e positivas para raiva foram testadas pelo teste de imunofluorescência direta (IFD e teste de inoculação em camundongos (IC. Todas as 12 glândulas salivares parótidas foram positivas em ambos os testes, embora, em alguns casos, várias passagens terem sido necessárias. Os achados do presente trabalho reforçam a importância das raposas como reservatórios de raiva no semi-árido do Estado da Paraíba, Nordeste do Brasil.

  7. Aplicación de técnicas sísmicas como herramienta para la obtención de parámetros geomecánicos del terreno en la urbanización Camposol, Mazarrón

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    Morales Giménez, Pedro

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    Para el cálculo de parámetros geomecánicos del terreno, pueden ser empleados los valores de las velocidades de ondas compresionales (P) y ondas de cizalla (S) mediante métodos geofísicos superficiales. Estos parámetros son fundamentales para obtener las características de las zonas en las que se procede a la realización de obras civiles, edificios, etc. Y a la minimización del riesgo sísmico en las mismas, así como de asentamientos incontrolados del terreno, estabilidad de t...

  8. Preferencia de hospedero y parámetros de desarrollo de copitarsia decolora sobre plantas seleccionadas para la diversificación del cultivo de Uchuva (Physalis peruviana)

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    Peraza Arias, Andres Ricardo

    2011-01-01

    En el sistema productivo de la uchuva (Physalis peruviana), existen diferentes especies de artrópodos, en su mayoría polífagos como Copitarsia decolora (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), que se alimentan de hojas jóvenes y frutos afectando la producción. El manejo de nóctuidos en el cultivo incluye el manejo de malezas, control químico y biológico. El objetivo de este estudio fue caracterizar la preferencia por plantas hospedero y los parámetros del desarrollo de Copitarsia decolora ...

  9. Determinación de parámetros a nivel de laboratorio para la producción de vinos a partir de frutas tropicales producidas en Nicaragua

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    L. Páramo

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    Full Text Available Este estudio se realizó con nueve frutas diferentes (banano, calala, coyolito, granadilla, mango, nancite, papaya, piña y pitahaya y nueve variantes experimentales para cada caso. Se definió la preparación de la fruta, las condiciones de fermentación requeridas y el tiempo necesario para la finalización del proceso fermentativo. Los resultados muestran que es factible obtener vinos de diferentes calidades según los estándares internacionales y porcentajes alcohólicos que van desde el 5 % hasta 17 % en V/V aproximadamente. Siendo posible seleccionar aquellas variantes con valores de porcentaje alcohólico entre 9 y 18 % en V/V (como estándar recomendado y que llenen exigencias como: acidez, sólidos solubles y otros parámetros recomendados para un vino. En nuestro caso, tenemos vinos de alto porcentaje alcohólico como los de papaya y nancite, o de bajos porcentajes de alcohol como granadilla, calala y otros. Vinos de mango, calala y papaya, se deberá tener mucho cuidado durante su producción ya que fácilmente se acidulan durante el proceso. Este estudio aporta una manera útil de usar una gran cantidad de frutas producidas y que no son consumidas como frutas frescas.

  10. Determinación de parámetros de transformación local para escalas cartográficas grandes: Apoyo al proceso de migración de Internacional Bogotá a MAGNA SIRGAS

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    Gil Pérez Sandra Milena

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo busca calcular parámetros de transformación local para ser aplicados en procesos de migración de datos al nuevo Sistema de Referencia MAGNASIRGAS. Constituye también un acercamiento a este Datum como plataforma de georreferenciación del país en reemplazo del antiguo Datum Bogotá. El informe completo establece el contexto espacial de los trabajos, esbozando sus características en cuanto a condiciones fisiográficas, edáficas y de zonas de vida. El marco conceptual presenta un estado del arte de los principales conceptos teóricos y prácticos que dan base al proyecto y que permiten entender procesos que se abordan en los capítulos siguientes. La metodología establece paso a paso las tareas seguidas que permitieron lograr los objetivos trazados por el estudio en cuanto al cálculo de parámetros y a su utilización acertada a un conjunto de datos espaciales. En este aparte del documento, pueden monitorearse claramente no solo los procesos, sino todas las herramientas tecnológicas necesarias, representadas en programas de postproceso y cálculo, que permitieron a este trabajo ser una experiencia exitosa.

  11. Os Parâmetros curriculares nacionais para o ensino médio e a submissão ao mundo produtivo: o caso do conceito de contextualização

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    Lopes Alice Casimiro

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    Full Text Available Neste artigo, procura-se demonstrar que o processo de produção de um discurso curricular híbrido nos Parâmetros Curriculares Nacionais para o Ensino Médio tem por finalidade a inserção social no mundo produtivo. Tal finalidade limita a dimensão cultural da educação. Como exemplo da produção desse discurso híbrido, são analisadas as ambigüidades expressas pelo conceito de contextualização no conhecimento oficial. Essas ambigüidades são entendidas como ressignificando discursos curriculares acadêmicos. Defende-se neste artigo que tais ambigüidades são uma forma de se legitimar os parâmetros junto a diferentes grupos sociais. Tais idéias são desenvolvidas com base nos conceitos de recontextualização (Bernstein e de hibridismo (Canclini.

  12. Colonia de abejas artificiales y optimización por enjambre de partículas para la estimación de parámetros de regresión no lineal

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    Sergio Gerardo de los Cobos Silva

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    Full Text Available Este trabajo presenta la comparación de los resultados de las técnicas heurísticas de ABC colonias de abejas artificiales (Artificial Bee Colony y PSO enjambres de partículas (Particle Swarm Optimization que son utilizadas para la estimación de parámetros de modelos de regresión no lineal. Los algoritmos fueron probados sobre 27 bases de datos de la colección NIST(2001, de las cuales 8 son consideradas con un alto grado de dificultad, 11 con un grado de dificultad medio y 8 con un grado de dificultad bajo. Se presentan los resultados experimentales.

  13. Frequency of antibodies to Babesia bigemina, B. bovis, Anaplasma marginale, Trypanosoma vivax and Borrelia burdgorferi in cattle from the northeastern region of the state of Pará, Brazil Freqüência de anticorpos para Babesia bigemina, B. bovis, Anaplasma marginale, Trypanosoma vivax e Borrelia burgdorferi em bovinos do nordeste do Estado do Pará, Brasil

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    Daniel S. Guedes Junior

    2008-06-01

    , por meio do ensaio de imunoadsorção enzimática (ELISA, a freqüência de anticorpos para Babesia bigemina, B. bovis, Anaplasma marginale, Trypanosoma vivax e Borrelia burgdorferi em bovinos da região nordeste do Estado do Pará, Brasil. Amostras de soro de 246 vacas dos municípios de Castanhal e São Miguel do Guamá foram usadas. ELISAs com antígeno bruto foram utilizados para detector anticorpos contra todos os agentes, exceto para A. marginale, para o qual um ELISA indireto com proteína principal de superfície 1a (MSP1a foi usado. As freqüências de bovinos soropositivos foram: B. bigemina - 99,2%; B. bovis - 98,8%; A. marginale - 68,3%; T. vivax - 93,1% and B. burgdorferi -54,9% As freqüências de bovinos soropositivos para B. bovis e B. bigemina sugerem uma alta taxa de transmissão desses organismos por carrapatos, na região estudada, a qual pode ser classificada com sendo de estabilidade enzoótica para os hemoparasitos. A baixa freqüência de bovinos soropositivos para A. marginale pode ser atribuída a uma menor sensibilidade do ELISA com antígeno recombinante, ou uma menor taxa de inoculação da riquétsia pelos carrapatos, quando comparada àquelas observadas para Babesia sp. A alta freqüência de bovinos soropositivos para T. vivax indica que esse hemoprotozoário é prevalente em rebanhos do nordeste do Estado do Pará. O percentual de animais com anticorpos homólogos para B. burgdorferi indica a presenças deste espiroquetídeo transmitido por carrapatos na população de bovinos da região estudada.

  14. Parâmetros genéticos para produção de leite no dia do controle de vacas da raça Holandesa utilizando modelos de análises de fatores e componentes principais

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    Mariana de Almeida Dornelles

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se comparar um modelo multi-característica padrão com modelos de análise de fatores (AF e de componentes principais (CP para estimar parâmetros genéticos para a produção de leite no dia do controle (PLDC de vacas da raça Holandesa. O arquivo de trabalho constituiu-se de 4.616 registros mensais de PLDC de primeiras lactações de vacas da raça Holandesa. As PLDC foram agrupadas em dez classes mensais, entre o 5o e 305o dia da lactação (PLDC1 a PLDC10. Foram realizadas análises considerando 11 modelos diferentes, como segue: multi-característica padrão (MC; cinco modelos de posto reduzido, para a matriz de covariância genética, ajustando um a cinco (CP1 ... CP5 componentes principais; e dois modelos utilizando análise de fatores (F1, F2, F3, F4 e F5. Para todos os modelos, foram considerados como aleatórios os efeitos genético aditivo e o residual e como fixos os de grupo de contemporâneos, da idade da vaca ao parto (linear e quadrático e dias em lactação (linear. Os valores de Log L, AIC e BIC melhoraram com o aumento do número de parâmetros até CP4 e AF4. Comparando CP4 e AF4, observa-se que CP4 resultou em melhores valores de Log L, AIC e BIC. As estimativas de herdabilidade e correlações genéticas utilizando os modelos MC, CP4 e AF4 foram similares, variando de 0,06 (PL6 a 0,65 (PL10 e de 0,05 (PL4xPL10 a 0,94 (PL2xPL3, respectivamente, indicando que a estrutura de covariâncias genéticas entre as produções de leite no dia do controle pode ser ajustada utilizando um modelo de posto reduzido, contendo quatro componentes principais ou quatro fatores

  15. Correlaciones de parámetros medios de proceso para el secado de productos agropecuarios en cama fina en secadores solares directos

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    Bergues-Ricardo, Ciro César; Díaz-López, José Raúl; Torres-Ten, Alonso

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    Se da un grupo de correlaciones entre la velocidad media de secado, las pérdidas de energía, la energía útil y la eficiencia térmica media del proceso, válidas para condiciones de secado en cama fina en secadores solares directos, y contribuyen a un enfoque integral del secado solar en estas condiciones. Ellas son válidas para procesos de secado de diversos productos agropecuarios tales como viandas, vegetales, frutas, granos y madera con convección natural o forzada. Las correlaciones fueron...

  16. Use of colour parameters for roasted coffee assessment Utilização dos parâmetros de cor para avaliação do café torrado

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    Natalina Cavaco Bicho

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    Full Text Available Fast and non-destructive indicators were evaluated as tools to measure the technological quality of Arabica and Robusta coffee. Accordingly, considering the roasting intensity in highly valuable commercial samples, volume, mass, apparent density, moisture, total ash, ash insoluble in hydrochloric acid, and ether extract were characterized. The chromatic parameters L*, C*, Hº were measured using illuminants D65 and C. It was found that in roasted coffee beans, the parameters L*, C*, Hº, and coordinate b* had an antagonist interaction due to an increase in the roasting intensity, whereas after milling, only L* and Hº decreased progressively. Considering that the parameters L* and Hº followed similar patterns using both illuminants, D65 and C, it can be concluded that they are appropriate to evaluate coffee colour changes during roasting, enabling a relationship with coffee quality.Avaliaram-se indicadores não destrutivos e de execução rápida, para aferir a qualidade tecnológica de cafés Arábica e Robusta. Neste contexto, considerando a intensidade da torra em amostras com elevado interesse comercial, caracterizaram-se o volume, massa, densidade aparente, umidade, cinzas totais e insolúveis em ácido clorídrico e do extrato etéreo. Foram então analisados os parâmetros cromáticos L*, C*, Hº utilizando os iluminantes D65 e C. Verificou-se que em grãos de café torrado os parâmetros L*, C*, Hº e a coordenada b* mostraram uma interação antagônica face ao acréscimo da intensidade da torra, enquanto, após a moagem, apenas o L* e o Hº decresceram progressivamente. Considerando que a coordenada L* não variou significativamente com a aplicação dos dois iluminantes, concluiu-se que este parâmetro é o mais adequado para estudar a evolução da cor durante a torra, permitindo ainda estabelecer uma correlação com a qualidade.

  17. Parâmetros genéticos para coelhos da raça Califórnia criados no Brasil Genetic parameters for Californian rabbits raised in Brazil

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    Full Text Available Registros de pesos de 3.249 coelhos, nascidos de 1980 a 1996 e, dados de pedigree de 4.857 coelhos da raça Califórnia, criados no Campus da USP de Pirassununga, São Paulo, submetidos à seleção por três gerações, com base em valores genéticos de pesos à desmama (PD e à 10ª semana de idade (P10 e ganho de peso da desmama até 10 semanas de idade (GPD10, foram analisados pelo método de modelos mistos sob modelos animais para obter estimativas de parâmetros genéticos para as características consideradas como parte do critério de seleção. As estimativas do coeficiente de herdabilidade encontradas foram de 0,23 para PD, de 0,44 para P10 e 0,39 para GP10, mostrando ser possível haver ganhos genéticos se aplicados processos seletivos. A correlação genética entre PD e P10 foi de 0,66 e entre PD e GPD10 foi baixa, indicando que as variáveis são praticamente independentes. A proporção da variância fenotípica devida aos efeitos permanentes de ninhada foi importante para todas as características. Os resultados sugerem que a seleção para características ponderais pode ser eficiente.Genetic, phenotypic and environmental parameters of a population of Californian rabbits submitted to selection for three generations were studied. Traits analyzed were individual weaning weight (PD, weight at 10 weeks (P10 and average daily gain from weaning to 10 weeks of age (GPD10 using 3,249 records of weights of rabbits and pedigree information of 4,857 animals, born from 1980 to 1996, and selected based on an index of estimated breeding values for PD, P10 and GPD10. Permanent effects of litters were as important as additive genetic effects. Heritabilities for the three traits were .23 (PD, .44 (P10 and .39 (GPD10. Genetic correlations between PD and P10 and between PD and GPD10 were high (.66 and very low, respectively.

  18. Obtenção de Parâmetros Ambientais na Região Semiárida da Paraíba por Dados MODIS

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    Carlos Antonio Costa dos Santos

    Full Text Available Resumo O comportamento espacial e temporal do saldo de radiação (Rn à superfície terrestre tem sido tema de estudos sobre os ecossistemas de regiões semiáridas do globo e poucos estudos têm sido destinados à região semiárida do Brasil, especificamente no ecossistema de Caatinga. Logo, o objetivo deste estudo foi utilizar uma metodologia que não necessite diretamente de dados de superfície para estimar o Rn na região semiárida da Paraíba, a partir de dados orbitais do sensor MODIS, e validar com dados medidos em áreas experimentais de Caatinga em recuperação e degradada. Diante dos resultados encontrados, pode-se constatar a eficácia da metodologia proposta, sendo a mesma mais precisa em áreas com o solo mais descoberto. De acordo com a análise estatística, a metodologia apresentou uma melhor qualidade do ajuste para a área em recuperação, com a variação explicada de 78% e para a área degradada de 61%.

  19. Concordancia entre los métodos de flotación con sulfato de zinc y sedimentación centrífuga para el diagnóstico de parásitos intestinales

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    Elizabete de Jesus Inês

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    Full Text Available Introducción. El diagnóstico de infecciones parasitarias intestinales depende de la carga de parásitos, la densidad de la gravedad específica de los huevos/ooquistes/quistes de parásitos y de la densidad y viscosidad de los reactivos de flotación o sedimentación usados para procesar las heces. Objetivo. Evaluar la concordancia entre el método de flotación de sulfato de zinc y la sedimentación por centrifugación en la recuperación de helmintos y protozoos en muestras fecales de niños. Materiales y métodos. Las muestras fecales de 330 niños de las guarderías fueron evaluadas por las técnicas de flotación con sulfato de zinc y de sedimentación por centrifugación. Las frecuencias de detección de parásitos por cada método fueron determinadas y se evaluó la concordancia entre las técnicas de diagnóstico por el índice Kappa, con intervalos de confianza del 95%. Resultados. La flotación fecal con sulfato de zinc diagnosticó significativamente más casos de infección por Trichuris trichiura en comparación con la sedimentación por centrifugación (39/330; 11,8% versus 13/330; 3,9%, p<0,001, con un bajo acuerdo entre los métodos Kappa = 0,264 (95% IC, 0,102-0,427. Además, todas las muestras positivas para huevos de Enterobius vermicularis (n=5 y larvas de Strongyloides stercoralis (n=3 fueron diagnosticados solamente por sulfato de zinc. El método de flotación también detectó la mayor parte de las muestras positivas de Giardia duodenalis (74/83; 89,1% versus 67/83; 80,0%. En contraste, la sedimentación identificó con mayor frecuencia los protozoos Blastocystis spp. (38/46; 82,6% que el método ZS (33/46; 71,7%, aunque no se observaron diferencias estadísticamente significativas, con un considerable acuerdo entre los métodos para la identificación de ambos parásitos, Kappa=0,697 (95% CI, 0,691-0,859 and Kappa=0,675 (95% CI, 0,537-0,801, respectivamente. Conclusiones. Este estudio mostró que la flotación centr

  20. Xenomelia: a new right parietal lobe syndrome.

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    McGeoch, Paul D; Brang, David; Song, Tao; Lee, Roland R; Huang, Mingxiong; Ramachandran, V S

    2011-12-01

    Damage to the right parietal lobe has long been associated with various disorders of body image. The authors have recently suggested that an unusual behavioural condition in which otherwise rational individuals desire the amputation of a healthy limb might also arise from right parietal dysfunction. Four subjects who desired the amputation of healthy legs (two right, one left and one, at first, bilateral and then left only) were recruited and underwent magnetoencephalography (MEG) scans during tactile stimulation of sites above and below the desired amputation line. Regions of interest (ROIs) in each hemisphere (superior parietal lobule (SPL), inferior parietal lobule, S1, M1, insula, premotor cortex and precuneus) were defined using FreeSurfer software. Analysis of average MEG activity across the 40-140 ms post-stimulation timeframe was carried out using an unpaired t test. This revealed significantly reduced activation only in the right SPL ROI for the subjects' affected legs when compared with both subjects' unaffected legs and that of controls. The right SPL is a cortical area that appears ideally placed to unify disparate sensory inputs to create a coherent sense of having a body. The authors propose that inadequate activation of the right SPL leads to the unnatural situation in which the sufferers can feel the limb in question being touched without it actually incorporating into their body image, with a resulting desire for amputation. The authors introduce the term 'xenomelia' as a more appropriate name than apotemnophilia or body integrity identity disorder, for what appears to be an unrecognised right parietal lobe syndrome.

  1. Adaptación de parámetros de handover para reducir transferencias de conexión erróneas en redes inalámbricas heterogéneas de nueva generación

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    Enrique René Bastidas Puga

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    Full Text Available Un objetivo de los sistemas de comunicación móvil de Quinta Generación (5G, es atender el creciente volumen de usuarios y el tráfico de datos. El despliegue de redes heterogéneas (HetNet es una opción que incrementa la capacidad de estos sistemas, pero también la cantidad de procesos de transferencia de servicio ( handover y, con ello, el número de fallas de handover y de handovers ping-pong . Para reducir estas fallas, que deterioran la calidad de servicio de la HetNet, en este trabajo se propone adaptar los parámetros que disparan un handover , tiempo-para-disparo ( TTT y margen-de- handover ( HOM , en función de la relación señal-ruido-interferencia ( SINR . Evaluaciones numéricas muestran que las tasas de fallas de handover y de handovers ping-pong se reducen simultáneamente al adaptar el TTT y HOM con un conocimiento perfecto de valores futuros de SINR , contrario al caso cuando se mantienen constantes, en el que se presenta un compro - miso entre ambas fallas.

  2. Parâmetros complementares para fixação de identidade e qualidade de produtos panificados Complementary parameters of requirements to fixing identity and quality of bakery products

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    Mauricio Sergio Esteller

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    Full Text Available É crescente o número de marcas e produtos panificados oferecidos ao mercado. Técnicas e aparelhagens recentes permitem uma melhor caracterização de produtos derivados do trigo. este trabalho propõe a reavaliação da legislação brasileira para esta categoria de alimento. Foram analisadas diferentes marcas de pães e torradas nos parâmetros de porosidade da massa, textura, cor, volume específico, densidade e umidade. Foram obtidos valores característicos para cada grupo de produtos, mostrando que é perfeitamente viável uma complementação na fixação da identidade e qualidade de produtos panificados.Brazilian bakery market is growing fast, offering new products and brands every time. Recent techniques and equipment allow better characterization of wheat products. This work considers a reevaluation of the Brazilian legislation for baked goods. Different kinds of bread and toast were evaluated in relation to crumb porosity, texture, color, specific volume, density and moisture. Characteristic values for each group of products were obtained, showing that a complementation of requirements for specific standardized bakery products is possible.

  3. La Declaración Conjunta de la Cumbre de París para el Mediterráneo. Un Documento Claramente Mejorable en Asuntos de Seguridad

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    Antonio Marquina Barrio

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    Full Text Available La iniciativa Unión para el Mediterráneo adoptada en julio de 2008 en Paris y que fue acogida de una forma bastante favorable, supone un cambio significativo en aspectos fundamentales con respecto al proceso de Barcelona. El capítulo de aspectos políticos y de seguridad ha quedado profundamente devaluado. Esto podría tener sentido dentro de un contexto teórico bien articulado en fases y reaseguros que dimanara del documento. Este no es el caso. Las importantes innovaciones introducidas, con la inclusión de proyectos comunes como línea vertebral y la densa institucionalización del proceso no quedan bien articuladas en un conjunto armónico y teóricamente consistente en los tres tradicionales cestos o capítulos que se mantienen en la Unión para el Mediterráneo.

  4. Parâmetros de estrusão para produção de "snacks" de farinha de cará (Dioscorea alata

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    Alves Rosa Maria Lima

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Farinha de cará (Dioscorea alata foi processada em extrusor mono-rosca, para a manufatura de "snacks". Foi empregada a Metodologia de Superfície de Resposta para avaliar os efeitos da umidade (16, 20 e 24%, temperatura (120, 150 e 180masculineC e diâmetro da matriz (3, 4 e 5mm nas características dos extrusados. A temperatura foi a variável mais importante, influenciando todas as propriedades estudadas. O volume específico e o comprimento específico aumentaram quando a temperatura aumentou e a umidade e o diâmetro da matriz diminuíram, enquanto, ao mesmo tempo, fraturabilidade e dureza diminuíram. A expansão diminuiu, quando a temperatura aumentou de 120 para 180masculineC. Foram selecionadas duas condições experimentais que possibilitavam obter "snacks" com propriedades desejáveis (alto volume específico e baixa dureza e fraturabilidade e os produtos foram avaliados por equipes sensoriais não treinadas. Estas apontaram que o melhor produto foi aquele extrusado com um teor de umidade de 17%, a 170masculineC, com uma matriz de 4mm de abertura. Este produto obteve um índice de aceitabilidade de 80%, quando avaliado por 140 consumidores.

  5. Reduced parietal activation in cervical dystonia after parietal TMS interleaved with fMRI

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    de Vries, Paulien M.; de Jong, Bauke M.; Bohning, Daryl E.; Hinson, Vanessa K.; George, Mark S.; Leenders, Klaus L.

    Objective: Clinically normal hand movement with altered cerebral activation patterns in cervical dystonia (CD) may imply cerebral adaptation. Since impaired sensorimotor integration appears to play a role in dystonia, left superior parietal cortex modulation with repetitive transcranial magnetic

  6. Metodología de Evaluación de Eye-trackers como Dispositivos de Acceso Alternativo para Personas con Parálisis Cerebral

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    A. Clemotte

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Resumen: Los procedimientos de evaluación de los sistemas alternativos de acceso al ordenador son poco rigurosos, sistemáticos y formales. Este trabajo presenta una metodología para la valoración de la interacción usuario-ordenador, cuando los sistemas de eye-tracking son utilizados como herramienta de acceso alternativo al ordenador por personas con Parálisis Cerebral (PC. Para ello, proponemos tres métricas de evaluación: tasa de fallos de calibración, tasa de error en el clic y tiempo de clic. Validamos la metodología, comparando 3 (tres eye- trackers, con 9 (nueve participantes con PC con trastornos motores severos. Los resultados indican que la calibración es un proceso crítico en estos escenarios como refleja la alta tasa de fallos de calibración medida. Los participantes con PC también tienen una alta tasa de error del clic, lo que indica que el uso de eye-trackers para alcanzar un objeto en pantalla es un proceso complejo para estos niveles de discapacidad motriz. Los tiempos de clics son similares entre todos los eye-trackers y participantes. Este trabajo pretende establecer líneas metodológicas para la efectiva evaluación de estos dispositivos, que pueden llegar a ser una interesante alternativa de acceso al ordenador para esta población. Abstract: The procedures for evaluating alternative computer access systems are neither rigorous, systematic nor formal. We present a methodology to evaluate the user-computer interaction, based on three metrics, when people with cerebral palsy (CP use eye- trackers as an alternative access device. We validated the methodology by comparing three commercial eye-trackers with nine participants seriously affected by CP. The results indicate that the calibration is a very critical process in these scenarios because of the high rate of calibration failures measured. The participants with CP also have a high click error rate, indicating that using eye

  7. Análisis de métodos de validación cruzada para la obtención robusta de parámetros biofísicos

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    Ll. Pérez-Planells

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Los métodos de regresión no paramétricos son una gran herramienta estadística para obtener parámetros biofísicos a partir de medidas realizadas mediante teledetección. Pero los resultados obtenidos se pueden ver afectados por los datos utilizados en la fase de entrenamiento del modelo. Para asegurarse de que los modelos son robustos, se hace uso de varias técnicas de validación cruzada. Estas técnicas permiten evaluar el modelo con subconjuntos de la base de datos de campo. Aquí, se evalúan dos tipos de validación cruzada en el desarrollo de modelos de regresión no paramétricos: hold-out y k-fold. Los métodos de regresión lineal seleccionados fueron: Linear Regression (LR y Partial Least Squares Regression (PLSR. Y los métodos no lineales: Kernel Ridge Regression (KRR y Gaussian Process Regression (GPR. Los resultados de la validación cruzada mostraron que LR ofrece los resultados más inestables, mientras KRR y GPR llevan a resultados más robustos. Este trabajo recomienda utilizar algoritmos de regresión no lineales (como KRR o GPR combinando con la validación cruzada k-fold con un valor de k igual a 10 para hacer la estimación de una manera robusta.

  8. Pedra do Peixe: redes sociais na circulação do pescado do Ver-o-Peso para a cidade de Belém do Pará

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    Luiz de Jesus Dias da Silva

    Full Text Available Resumo Este artigo tem por objetivo apresentar uma etnografia sobre a rede social envolvida no processo de circulação do pescado que chega diariamente ao mercado do Ver-o-Peso, principal entreposto pesqueiro da região amazônica, e é distribuído por toda a cidade de Belém do Pará. Diariamente, o pescado in natura, capturado e trazido em embarcações pesqueiras, entra na área urbana pela Pedra do Peixe, marco espacial e simbólico do mercado do Ver-o-Peso,no qual é vendido e distribuído na cidade e para outras praças do estado e do país, para chegar aos consumidores finais, que o encontram nas feiras, mercados, supermercados e outros pontos de venda, assim como nos restaurantes diversificados, em forma de pratos regionais preparados para os muitos apreciadores do produto. Essa extensa rede de comercialização do pescado apresenta aspectos econômicos, sociais, culturais, regras, informalidades e conflitos, que fazem com que a circulação do pescado em Belém permaneça, até a atualidade, com muito vigor, tendo a Pedra do Ver-o-Peso como centralidade do seu fluxo cotidiano, através das redes de relações e das práticas socioculturais incorporadas por trabalhadores e fregueses que circulam diariamente por esse espaço central da cidade.

  9. Parâmetros genéticos e análise de trilha para o florescimento precoce e características agronômicas da alface

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    Alcinei Mistico Azevedo

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar os parâmetros genéticos das características agronômicas e de tolerância ao florescimento precoce de onze cultivares de alface, bem como verificar a existência de associação entre as características. O experimento foi realizado em ambiente protegido, em delineamento de blocos ao acaso, com quatro repetições e doze plantas por parcela. Quarenta e cinco dias após o transplantio das mudas, foram mensuradas as seguintes características: massa de matéria fresca total e "comercial" da parte aérea, massa de matéria seca "comercial" da parte aérea, massa de matéria fresca e seca da raiz, diâmetro e circunferência da cabeça, altura de planta, número de folhas por planta e número de dias até a antese. Há variabilidade genética entre as cultivares, em todas as variáveis, exceto quanto à circunferência de planta e matéria fresca da raiz. As cultivares Regina 500, Lívia e Atração foram superiores quanto ao número de dias para o florescimento e também para as demais características avaliadas. A seleção contra o florescimento precoce ocasionou ganho em todas as características; porém, não interferiu na matéria seca da raiz. A matéria fresca da parte aérea e o diâmetro de cabeça são indicadas para a seleção indireta contra o florescimento precoce.

  10. Parámetros cinéticos como herramienta para la caracterización de aislados de Aspergillus sección Nigri

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    María Silvina Sobrero

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    Full Text Available Las especies de Aspergillus dentro de la sección Nigri son importantes en procesos biotecnológicos, así como en el biodeterioro. Bajos condiciones de cultivo controladas, la velocidad de crecimiento es una característica de las especies de hongos y algunos autores utilizan la medida del diámetro de las colonias como herramienta de identificación. El objetivo de este estudio fue determinar si la velocidad de crecimiento obtenida por la Microbiología Predictiva puede ser utilizada como herramienta para la caracterización de aspergilos negros. Se construyeron las curvas de crecimiento de 5 aislados de aspergilos negros obtenidos de alimentos y ambiente de industria láctea. Estos aislados, también fueron estudiados por sus características morfológicas y estudios de microscopía electrónica. Se identificaron como A. awamori, A. niger (2 aislados, A. foetidus y A. carbonarius. Las velocidades máximas de crecimiento en medio Agar Extracto de Malta a 25 ºC fueron: 3,51; 4,85; 4,52; 12,73; y 5,84 mm/día, respectivamente. A foetidus fue el único que presentó fase de latencia y alcanzó el mayor radio. Con la ayuda de la Microbiología Predictiva se pudieron separar A. awamori de A. foetidus, pero las diferencias no fueron significativas (p > 0,05 para los otros aislados. Los caracteres morfológicos permitieron diferenciar a A. carbonarius. Los datos cinéticos por sí solos no fueron suficientes para diferenciar especies cercanas.

  11. Parámetros cinéticos como herramienta para la caracterización de aislados de Aspergillus sección Nigri

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    María Silvina Sobrero

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    Full Text Available Las especies de Aspergillus dentro de la sección Nigri son importantes en procesos biotecnológicos, así como en el biodeterioro. Bajos condiciones de cultivo controladas, la velocidad de crecimiento es una característica de las especies de hongos y algunos autores utilizan la medida del diámetro de las colonias como herramienta de identificación. El objetivo de este estudio fue determinar si la velocidad de crecimiento obtenida por la Microbiología Predictiva puede ser utilizada como herramienta para la caracterización de aspergilos negros. Se construyeron las curvas de crecimiento de 5 aislados de aspergilos negros obtenidos de alimentos y ambiente de industria láctea. Estos aislados, también fueron estudiados por sus características morfológicas y estudios de microscopía electrónica. Se identificaron como A. awamori, A. niger (2 aislados, A. foetidus y A. carbonarius. Las velocidades máximas de crecimiento en medio Agar Extracto de Malta a 25 ºC fueron: 3,51; 4,85; 4,52; 12,73; y 5,84 mm/día, respectivamente. A foetidus fue el único que presentó fase de latencia y alcanzó el mayor radio. Con la ayuda de la Microbiología Predictiva se pudieron separar A. awamori de A. foetidus, perolas diferencias no fueron significativas (p > 0,05 para los otros aislados. Los caracteres morfológicos permitieron diferenciar a A. carbonarius. Los datos cinéticos por sí solos no fueron suficientes para diferenciar especies cercanas.

  12. Determinación de distintos parámetros relacionados con el estado nutricional en músicos. Importancia para el desarrollo de su actividad profesional

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    Zaragoza García, Ignacio

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    Los músicos constituyen un colectivo profesional en los que la demanda constante del perfeccionamiento de la técnica instrumental, la elevada competitividad y los altos niveles de angustia, son condicionantes, que pueden originar una situación de riesgo para su salud. En los últimos años la comunidad científica se ha interesado por los efectos de la música derivados tanto de su uso como de su praxis. Es muy limitada la evidencia disponible sobre la adaptación fisiológica durante los concierto...

  13. Espaço admissível para os parâmetros do modelo de suavização exponencial com dupla sazonalidade aditivo

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    Miranda, Rodrigo Gabriel de

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    Tese (doutorado) - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro de Tecnológico. Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia de Produção. O modelo de suavização exponencial com dupla sazonalidade foi desenvolvido recentemente e aplicado principalmente na previsão de consumo horário de energia elétrica, apresentando resultados melhores quando comparado a outros modelos. Porém a estabilidade deste modelo ainda não tinha sido estudada até o presente trabalho. Para estudar a estabilidade e encont...

  14. Evaluación inicial de parámetros de campo en un biodigestor anaeróbico para el tratamiento de aguas residuales

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    María Antonieta Sánchez Góngora; Ignacio Enrique Peón Escalante; Teresita Cardona Juárez; Lesli Ortega Arroyo; Guillermo Urriolagoitia Calderón

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    El biodigestor anaerobio utilizado en este estudio, se diseñó para tratar agua residual doméstica en un sanitario de prueba, que se caracteriza por ser de: flujo continuo, baja carga orgánica y tener cuatro etapas de proceso. La importancia del prototipo estudiado radicó en las condiciones reales en que se probó. La primera etapa consistió en la selección del sitio, construcción del prototipo en ferrocemento con capacidad de 1m3, impermeabilización y carga. En esta etapa se inoculó el reactor...

  15. Fontes nitrogenadas e uso de Sacharomyces cerevisiae em dietas à base de cana-de-açúcar para novilhos: consumo, digestibilidade, balanço nitrogenado e parâmetros ruminais

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    Pereira Elzânia Sales

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do presente estudo foi avaliar os efeitos das fontes nitrogenadas e o uso de Sacharomyces cerevisiae em dietas à base de cana-de-açúcar sobre os consumos e as digestibilidades aparentes totais e parciais de matéria seca (MS, matéria orgânica (MO, proteína bruta (PB, extrato etéreo (EE, carboidratos totais (CHO, fibra em detergente neutro (FDN e carboidratos não-estruturais (CNE, o balanço nitrogenado e os parâmetros ruminais. Foram utilizados quatro novilhos Holandês-Zebu, fistulados no rúmen e abomaso, alimentados com quatro rações à base de cana-de-açúcar, constituídas de duas fontes nitrogenadas (uréia ou cama de frango combinadas com dois níveis de Sacharomyces cerevisiae (0 e 10 g/dia. Utilizou-se delineamento em quadrado latino 4 x 4. A fibra em detergente neutro indigestível (FDNi foi utilizada como indicador, para determinar as digestibilidades aparentes totais e parciais. Os consumos de MS, MO, EE, CT e CNE não foram influenciados pelas fontes nitrogenadas e pela utilização de Sacharomyces cerevisiae. Os consumos de PB e FDN foram maiores para as dietas suplementadas com cama de frango. Os coeficientes de digestibilidades totais de PB e EE foram maiores para as dietas constituídas de uréia. As digestibilidades aparentes totais de MS, MO, CT e FDN não foram influenciadas pelas fontes nitrogenadas e pela utilização de Sacharomyces cerevisiae. O pH do líquido ruminal decresceu linearmente para as dietas suplementadas com uréia e apresentou comportamento quadrático, quando estas dietas foram combinadas com Sacharomyces cerevisiae. As concentrações de amônia no líquido ruminal apresentaram comportamento quadrático, estimando-se valores máximos de 16,90; 26,12; 18,48; e 14,40 mg/100 mL para os tratamentos constituídos de cana-de-açúcar e uréia; cana-de-açúcar, uréia e Sacharomyces cerevisiae; cana-de-açúcar e cama de frango; e cana-de-açúcar, cama de frango e Sacharomyces cerevisiae

  16. The mirror mechanism in the parietal lobe.

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    Rizzolatti, Giacomo; Rozzi, Stefano

    2018-01-01

    The mirror mechanism is a basic mechanism that transforms sensory representations of others' actions into motor representations of the same actions in the brain of the observer. The mirror mechanism plays an important role in understanding actions of others. In the present chapter we discuss first the basic organization of the posterior parietal lobe in the monkey, stressing that it is best characterized as a motor scaffold, on the top of which sensory information is organized. We then describe the location of the mirror mechanism in the posterior parietal cortex of the monkey, and its functional role in areas PFG, and anterior, ventral, and lateral intraparietal areas. We will then present evidence that a similar functional organization is present in humans. We will conclude by discussing the role of the mirror mechanism in the recognition of action performed with tools. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Parámetros cuantitativos para la evaluación de la suscepti­bilidad a la erosión de suelos tropicales dominicanos Quantitative parameters for assessing susceptibility to erosion in tropical Dominican soils

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    A. J. Hernández

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available La capa superficial de los suelos de dife­rentes tipos de bosques tropicales húmedos y secos presentes en la provincia de Peder­nales (República Dominicana, ha sido eva­luada mediante diferentes parámetros rela­cionados con el proceso de erosión: tamaño de partículas, cociente limo/arcilla y un es­timador de la posibilidad de pérdida de sue-lo. Algunos de los ecosistemas más valiosos están amenazados por talas y quemas y por la implantación de cafetales, de ahí el interés y objetivo de este trabajo, para ver como es­tos usos y manejos afectan a los suelos. Los resultados se presentan comparando los pa­rámetros estudiados en 79 muestras analiza­das según las unidades paisajísticas (bos­ques con y sin usos agropascícolas, así co­mo según las litologías predominantes en las mismas: calizas cristalinas, calizas car­bonatadas sobre alteritas y calizas coralinas. El trabajo muestra por vez primera para esta región, parámetros cuantitativos respecto a procesos edáficos vinculados a la erosión en dicho territorio. Otro dato relativamente no­vedoso es el utilizar la metodología láser para los análisis del tamaño de partículas.The topsoil layers (0-20 cm of different types of wet and dry tropical forests of the Pedernales province (Dominican Republic, both natural and cultivated, were assessed in terms of different parameters related to the erosion processes: particle size, silt/clay ra­tio, and an estimate of the possible soil loss. Some of the soils of the most valuable eco­systems are threatened by the introduction of coffee and hence the interest and objec­tive of this work. We present these data for 79 soil samples according to the corresponding landscape units (forests along with their dominant lithologies (crystalline limestones, carbon­ated limestones on alterites and coral lime­stones. The novelty of this study is that it uses quantitative variables to describe ed­aphic processes linked to erosion in

  18. Phosphorylation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis ParB participates in regulating the ParABS chromosome segregation system.

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    Baronian, Grégory; Ginda, Katarzyna; Berry, Laurence; Cohen-Gonsaud, Martin; Zakrzewska-Czerwińska, Jolanta; Jakimowicz, Dagmara; Molle, Virginie

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    Here, we present for the first time that Mycobacterium tuberculosis ParB is phosphorylated by several mycobacterial Ser/Thr protein kinases in vitro. ParB and ParA are the key components of bacterial chromosome segregation apparatus. ParB is a cytosolic conserved protein that binds specifically to centromere-like DNA parS sequences and interacts with ParA, a weak ATPase required for its proper localization. Mass spectrometry identified the presence of ten phosphate groups, thus indicating that ParB is phosphorylated on eight threonines, Thr32, Thr41, Thr53, Thr110, Thr195, and Thr254, Thr300, Thr303 as well as on two serines, Ser5 and Ser239. The phosphorylation sites were further substituted either by alanine to prevent phosphorylation or aspartate to mimic constitutive phosphorylation. Electrophoretic mobility shift assays revealed a drastic inhibition of DNA-binding by ParB phosphomimetic mutant compared to wild type. In addition, bacterial two-hybrid experiments showed a loss of ParA-ParB interaction with the phosphomimetic mutant, indicating that phosphorylation is regulating the recruitment of the partitioning complex. Moreover, fluorescence microscopy experiments performed in the surrogate Mycobacterium smegmatis ΔparB strain revealed that in contrast to wild type Mtb ParB, which formed subpolar foci similar to M. smegmatis ParB, phoshomimetic Mtb ParB was delocalized. Thus, our findings highlight a novel regulatory role of the different isoforms of ParB representing a molecular switch in localization and functioning of partitioning protein in Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

  19. Phosphorylation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis ParB participates in regulating the ParABS chromosome segregation system.

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    Grégory Baronian

    Full Text Available Here, we present for the first time that Mycobacterium tuberculosis ParB is phosphorylated by several mycobacterial Ser/Thr protein kinases in vitro. ParB and ParA are the key components of bacterial chromosome segregation apparatus. ParB is a cytosolic conserved protein that binds specifically to centromere-like DNA parS sequences and interacts with ParA, a weak ATPase required for its proper localization. Mass spectrometry identified the presence of ten phosphate groups, thus indicating that ParB is phosphorylated on eight threonines, Thr32, Thr41, Thr53, Thr110, Thr195, and Thr254, Thr300, Thr303 as well as on two serines, Ser5 and Ser239. The phosphorylation sites were further substituted either by alanine to prevent phosphorylation or aspartate to mimic constitutive phosphorylation. Electrophoretic mobility shift assays revealed a drastic inhibition of DNA-binding by ParB phosphomimetic mutant compared to wild type. In addition, bacterial two-hybrid experiments showed a loss of ParA-ParB interaction with the phosphomimetic mutant, indicating that phosphorylation is regulating the recruitment of the partitioning complex. Moreover, fluorescence microscopy experiments performed in the surrogate Mycobacterium smegmatis ΔparB strain revealed that in contrast to wild type Mtb ParB, which formed subpolar foci similar to M. smegmatis ParB, phoshomimetic Mtb ParB was delocalized. Thus, our findings highlight a novel regulatory role of the different isoforms of ParB representing a molecular switch in localization and functioning of partitioning protein in Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

  20. Regional intercostal bulging of the parietal pleura

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    Jantsch, H.; Greene, R.; Lechner, G.; Mavritz, W.; Pichler, W.; Winkler, M.; Zadrobilek, E.

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    This paper describes bedside radiographs with localized intercostal bulging as the sole indication of tension pneumothorax in six patients with acute deterioration in gas exchange. Relief of the pneumothorax was followed by a rush of gas from the tension space and a prompt improvement in gas exchange. The authors concluded the regional intercostal bulging of the parietal pleura may be the sole indicator of life-threatening tension pneumothorax in patients on mechanical ventilation

  1. Parameters for the horizontal effect of constitutional rights Parâmetros para a eficácia horizontal dos direitos fundamentais

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    Francisco Emílio Baleotti

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    Full Text Available The legal principles (species of rule of law on the theory Robert Alex optimization commandments are legal. This is of interest, since fundamental rights are, as a rule, the nature of principles. In this vein, the doctrine came to discuss about the linking of individuals to fundamental rights. Under German, were studied mainly theories mediate and immediate effectiveness, whereas under United States, it was discussed about the state action. In this century, these theories began to be studied in Brazil, with scientific literature on the subject. In this vein, this paper aims to engage with these theories, with aim of reaching finally a logical systematization satisfactory with creating parameters in view of the existence of prior legislative mediation the essentiality of the legal relationship (economic or existential or its verticality.Os princípios jurídicos (espécies do gênero norma jurídica, seguindo a teoria de Alexy, são mandamentos de otimização do ordenamento jurídico. Isto é de interesse, já que os direitos fundamentais têm, em regra, a natureza de princípios. Neste diapasão, a doutrina passou a discutir acerca da vinculação dos particulares a direitos fundamentais. No âmbito alemão, foram estudadas, principalmente, as teorias da eficácia imediata e mediata, enquanto que, no âmbito estadunidense, discutiu-se acerca da state action. Neste século, estas teorias passaram a ser estudadas no Brasil, com produção científica acerca do tema. Nesta senda, o presente trabalho buscará dialogar com estas teorias, com fito de se chegar, enfim, a uma sistematização lógica satisfatória, com criação de parâmetros, tendo em vista a existência de prévia mediação legislativa, a essencialidade da relação jurídica (econômica ou existencial ou sua verticalidade

  2. Control óptimo de par para máquinas SynRM aplicadas a vehículo eléctrico

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    Trancho, Elena; Ibarra Basabe, Edorta; Arias Pujol, Antoni; Kortabarria, Iñigo

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    Las máquinas de reluctancia síncrona asistidas por imanes están atrayendo un considerable interés como alternativa a las máquinas síncronas de imanes permanentes para su uso en sistemas de propulsión de vehículos eléctricos. El control óptimo de estas máquinas (incluyendo operación en debilitamiento de campo) puede resultar complejo, ya que estas son, por lo general, muy sensibles al fenómeno de la saturación magnética. En este artículo se trata su control, desde los reguladores hasta el prec...

  3. Parámetros genéticos para la persistencia de la lactación en vacas Siboney usando modelos de regresión aleatoria

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    Dianelys González-Peña Fundora

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de estimar los valores de heredabilidad y las correlaciones genéticas entre cinco medidas de persistencia usando un modelo de regresión aleatoria con polinomios de Legendre, se analizaron 17,034 registros de producción de leche del día del control de 2,086 vacas Siboney de Cuba (primera lactancia que parieron entre 1995 y 2003 en 50 hatos. Los estimados de heredabilidad para la persistencia de la lactación variaron de 0.18±0.02 a 0.29±0.02. Las correlaciones genéticas entre las diferentes medidas de persistencia oscilaron de -0.71 a 0.95. Las correlaciones genéticas entre la producción de leche en los distintos días del control, así como la producción acumulada hasta los 305 días de lactación (PL305 y las distintas medidas de persistencia tomaron valores de -0.06 hasta 0.11. Basado en los niveles de heredabilidad y en las correlaciones genéticas de las medidas de persistencia con la PL305, se concluye que es factible efectuar la selección conjunta para la PL305 y persistencia de la lactación en el ganado Siboney utilizando la diferencia en el área bajo la curva entre el tercio final de la lactación (día 201 al 300 y el tercio inicial del día 1 al 100, (sumatoria de la contribución de cada día, en el periodo de los 61 a 280 días de lactación, como una desviación de la producción en el día 60 como medidas de persistencia.

  4. Análise visual de parâmetros espectrográficos pré e pós-fonoterapia para disfonias Visual analysis of spectrographic parameters before and after dysphonia therapy

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    Marcela Guimarães Côrtes

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar os efeitos da fonoterapia nos distúrbios da voz por meio de diferentes parâmetros acústicos pré e pós-fonoterapia. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de estudo experimental retrospectivo no qual se analisou as gravações de vozes de 67 indivíduos submetidos à reabilitação vocal. Os espectrogramas pré e pós-terapia fonoaudiológica foram julgados por quatro fonoaudiólogas. Os parâmetros para análise foram: forma do traçado, grau de escurecimento dos harmônicos, estabilidade do traçado dos harmônicos, presença de ruído, presença de harmônicos e de sub-harmônicos. Os dados obtidos foram submetidos a análise estatística, em que também se buscou observar a eventual diferença de padrões entre gêneros e diagnósticos. RESULTADOS: Não houve diferença estatisticamente significante entre a forma do traçado espectrográfico nas condições pré e pós-fonoterapia, porém a maioria dos pacientes (58% obteve melhora. O grau de escurecimento manteve-se estável nas condições pré e pós-fonoterapia (p=0,000. Houve significativa melhora espectrográfica, após a fonoterapia, para os parâmetros de estabilidade do traçado (p=0,006, presença de ruído (p=0,007, harmônicos (p=0,000 e sub-harmônicos (p=0,001. Não houve relação entre o gênero do paciente e o grau de melhora espectrográfica. Em relação ao diagnóstico, apenas o parâmetro forma do traçado apresentou diferenças significativas. CONCLUSÃO: Apesar de não terem sido encontradas mudanças significativas em todos os parâmetros avaliados, a espectrografia acústica demonstrou ser um instrumento eficaz para avaliar a evolução da voz do paciente no processo terapêutico, sendo complementar à avaliação perceptivo-auditiva e fazendo parte de um protocolo multidimensional.PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of vocal therapy on voice disorders using different spectrographic parameters, before and after therapy. METHODS: This experimental retrospective study

  5. Determinación de parámetros de fuga para fallas longitudinales, en conexiones domiciliarias y en uniones de tuberías en PVC

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    Carolina González Barreto

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Las fugas en tuberías y accesorios se relacionan con fugas en orificios. Sin embargo, cada tipo de fuga presenta una ecuación potencial en la cual varían los exponentes y los coeficientes de descarga, según el tipo de falla. También se conoce que el caudal de fuga generalmente está relacionado con el área de la falla; pero, muchas veces no es posible determinar este componente geométrico, razón por la cual la ecuación para el cálculo del caudal de fuga debe relacionarse con variables conocidas en la práctica como el diámetro de las tuberías o las longitudes de cada falla, objetivo de esta investigación./ In general, the pipes and fittings leaks are analyzed like an orifice leak. However, each kind of failure has a particular equation with variable discharge coefficient and exponent. The leak discharge is related with the failure area, but many times it is not possible to calculate this component. Hence, the leak equation must be related with known variables like the pipe diameter or characteristic length of a failure.

  6. Parámetros diferenciadores del tipo de alimentación en el cerdo ibérico y aplicación de tecnologías inteligentes para su clasificación

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    Guerrero Molina, M. A.

    1996-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work a significant Extremadura South-east Iberian pigs fatty acids, and his capacity of differentiate qualities was studied. Furthermore, and based on this capacity the definition of confidence intervals and also differentiate parameters was obtained.
    They were used to develop a computer program system which allow the automatically classification of pigs. This system uses one of the most powerful sample classification tools existing nowadays: Artificial Neuronal Networks (A.N.N..

    En el presente trabajo se realiza un estudio sobre los ácidos grasos y su capacidad de diferenciar calidades en una población significativa de cerdos ibéricos en el sudeste de Extremadura (Monesterio-Badajoz. Basándonos en esta capacidad diferenciadora se han obtenido los intervalos de confianza y por lo tanto, unos parámetros diferenciadores.
    Con ellos desarrolla un sistema informático que permite la clasificación automática de estas canales. Este programa utiliza una de las herramientas más potentes que existen hoy en día para la clasificación de cualquier tipo de muestras: Las Redes de Neuronas Artificiales (RNA.

  7. Nuclear Glycogen Inclusions in Canine Parietal Cells.

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    Silvestri, S; Lepri, E; Dall'Aglio, C; Marchesi, M C; Vitellozzi, G

    2017-05-01

    Nuclear glycogen inclusions occur infrequently in pathologic conditions but also in normal human and animal tissues. Their function or significance is unclear. To the best of the authors' knowledge, no reports of nuclear glycogen inclusions in canine parietal cells exist. After initial observations of nuclear inclusions/pseudoinclusions during routine histopathology, the authors retrospectively examined samples of gastric mucosa from dogs presenting with gastrointestinal signs for the presence of intranuclear inclusions/pseudoinclusions and determined their composition using histologic and electron-microscopic methods. In 24 of 108 cases (22%), the authors observed various numbers of intranuclear inclusions/pseudoinclusions within scattered parietal cells. Nuclei were characterized by marked karyomegaly and chromatin margination around a central optically empty or slightly eosinophilic area. The intranuclear inclusions/pseudoinclusions stained positive with periodic acid-Schiff (PAS) and were diastase sensitive, consistent with glycogen. Several PAS-positive/diastase-sensitive sections were further examined by transmission electron microscopy, also using periodic acid-thiocarbohydrazide-silver proteinate (PA-TCH-SP) staining to identify polysaccharides. Ultrastructurally, the nuclear inclusions were composed of electron-dense particles that were not membrane bound, without evidence of nuclear membrane invaginations or cytoplasmic organelles in the nuclei, and positive staining with PA-TCH-SP, confirming a glycogen composition. No cytoplasmic glycogen deposits were observed, suggesting that the intranuclear glycogen inclusions were probably synthesized in loco. Nuclear glycogen inclusions were not associated with gastritis or colonization by Helicobacter-like organisms ( P > .05). Our findings suggest that nuclear glycogen inclusions in canine parietal cells could be an incidental finding. Nevertheless, since nuclear glycogen is present in several pathologic

  8. Transcriptional landscape of glomerular parietal epithelial cells.

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    Full Text Available Very little is known about the function of glomerular parietal epithelial cells (PECs. In this study, we performed genome-wide expression analysis on PEC-enriched capsulated vs. PEC-deprived decapsulated rat glomeruli to determine the transcriptional state of PECs under normal conditions. We identified hundreds of differentially expressed genes that mapped to distinct biologic modules including development, tight junction, ion transport, and metabolic processes. Since developmental programs were highly enriched in PECs, we characterized several of their candidate members at the protein level. Collectively, our findings confirm that PECs are multifaceted cells and help define their diverse functional repertoire.

  9. Aplicación de Antagonistas Microbianos para el Control Biológico de Moniliophthora roreri Cif & Par en Theobroma cacao L. Bajo Condiciones de Campo / Application of Microbial Antagonists for the Biological Control of Moniliophthora roreri Cif & Par in

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    Jorge Enrique Villamil Carvajal

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    Full Text Available Resumen. En Colombia, las pérdidas ocasionadas porMoniliophthora roreri Cif & Par en el cultivo de cacao continúansiendo considerables. El objetivo del presente estudio fue investigarla actividad antagónica de dos aislamientos autóctonos deTrichoderma sp. y uno de Bacillus sp. ante M. roreri, en condicionesde campo. Los tratamientos fueron: T1, hongo H5; T2, hongo H20;T3, bacteria B3 y T4, testigo. Se evaluó incidencia y severidadexterna e interna en los frutos. Los resultados de severidad externae interna mostraron que respecto al control la disminucióndel daño en los frutos fue del 19,5 y 11,2% en el T1, del 28 y19,5% en el T2 y del 13,5 y 8,5% en el T3, respectivamente condiferencias estadísticas a favor del T2. Se concluye que entre lostres antagonistas evaluados, el hongo H20 (Trichoderma sp. tieneel mayor potencial para el control de la moniliasis del cacao encondiciones de campo. / Abstract. In Colombia, the economic losses caused byMoniliophthora roreri Cif & Par in the cocoa cultivation continuebeing considerable. The objective of this study was to investigatethe antagonistic activity of two indigenous isolates of Trichodermasp and one of Bacillus sp. over M. roreri under field conditions. Thetreatments were: T1, fungus H5; T2, fungus H20; T3, bacteria B3; T4,control. The variables evaluated on the cocoa fruits were incidenceand external and internal severity. The results of the externaland internal severity showed that with respect to the control thedamage reduction on the cocoa fruits was 19,5 and 11,2% in T1,28 and 19,5% in T2, and 13,5 and 8,5% in T3, respectively withstatistical differences in favor of T2. It is concluded that amongthe three evaluated antagonists, the fungus H20 (Trichoderma sp.has the greatest potential for the biocontrol of frosty pod rot in thecocoa cultivation under field conditions.

  10. Parâmetros de prática clínica para suporte hemodinâmico a pacientes pediátricos e neonatais em choque séptico Clinical practice parameters for hemodynamic support of pediatric and neonatal patients in septic shock

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    Introdução: o Institute of Medicine requisitou o desenvolvimento de diretrizes e parâmetros de prática clínica para promoção da "melhor prática", a fim de melhorar potencialmente a evolução de pacientes. Objetivo: Fornecer ao American College of Critical Care Medicine parâmetros clínicos para o suporte hemodinâmico a neonatos e crianças em choque séptico. Cenário: Foram identificados, através de revisão da literatura e questionamento geral em simpósios da Society of Critical Care Medicine (19...

  11. Parâmetros para equações mensais de estimativas de precipitação de intensidade máxima para o estado de São Paulo: fase I Parameters for monthly equations of maximum intensity estimates of rain for the São Paulo state: phase I

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    José Carlos Ferreira

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Nesta fase do trabalho objetivou-se estimar parâmetros para equações mensais de estimativas de precipitação de intensidade máxima em intervalos de 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 e 60 minutos para 165 localidades do Estado de São Paulo. A partir de dados mensais de séries históricas de 31 anos de precipitação máxima de "um dia", utilizou-se da distribuição de probabilidade de Gumbel para os cálculos da probabilidade de ocorrência de valores extremos em cada mês. Utilizando-se da metodologia proposta por Occhipinti & Santos (1966, as chuvas máximas de "um dia" foram desagregadas para precipitações de intensidade máxima em 24 horas e nos sete intervalos de tempo acima descritos, para cada uma das 165 localidades e em cada mês. Os parâmetros alfa e beta foram calculados, para cada um dos sete intervalos de duração da chuva, com F(x= 90% e em cada uma das 165 localidades propostas. As séries de precipitação máxima de "um dia" foram submetidas ao teste de Kolmogorov-Smirnov, confirmando bom ajuste com distribuição de Gumbel. A metodologia mostrou bom desempenho, considerando-se que as diferenças percentuais relativas dos resultados das precipitações máximas obtidas com os parâmetros alfa e beta, de 25 localidades, comparadas com os obtidos pela metodologia de Occhipinti, foram de modo geral menores que 0,5%.The objective of this phase of the work was to obtain parameters for monthly equations of maximum of estimations precipitation intensity in intervals of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 60 minutes covering 165 places of São Paulo State. Starting from the historical series of 31 years of maximum precipitation of "one day", it was used Gumbel probability distribution for calculating the probability of occurrence of extreme values in every month. Using the methodology proposed by Occhipinti & Santos (1966, the maximum rains of "one day" were dissociated in precipitation of maximum intensity in 24 hours in the seven intervals of

  12. Procedimiento para la obtención de los parámetros geométricos básicos de un engranaje cónico de dientes rectos // Procedure to obtain the basic geometric parameters of a straight bevel gear

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    G. González Rey

    1999-01-01

    La gran diversidad de los tipos y tamaños de transmisiones por engranajes que son empleados en Cuba, han dificultado lareparación generalizada de estos componentes y ha requerido que la recuperación de las ruedas dentadas necesite de métodosde ingeniería inversa que permita conocer los parámetros geométricos y constructivos básicos, para su posterior reconstruccióny/o evaluación de la capacidad de carga. Es de interés para la producción que los ingenieros mecánicos, vinculados al trabajocon t...

  13. Perfil dos usuários atendidos em uma Unidade Básica de Saúde em Ananindeua (Pará-Brasil Profile of the users treated in a Basic Health Unit in Ananindeua (Para-Brazil

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    Lorena Margalho Sousa

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    Full Text Available Introdução: A avaliação da satisfação dos usuários dos serviços de saúde pode ser um importante instrumento para o planejamento de medidas de superação para alguns entraves da Estratégia Saúde da Família. Objetivos: Avaliar o perfil do público assistido na atenção primária de uma Unidade Básica de Saúde no município de Ananindeua (Pará e o seu grau de satisfação com os serviços prestados. Materiais e Métodos: Tratou-se de um estudo transversal, descritivo, de abordagem qualiquantitativa, realizado com aplicação de questionários padronizados aos usuários de uma estratégia saúde da família, em Ananindeua-Pará. Resultados: A clientela foi predominantemente feminina, entre 60 a 70 anos e 64.4% dos entrevistados afirmaram ter alguma doença crônica, sendo a de maior prevalência a hipertensão arterial sistêmica (62.5%. Em relação às notas que os usuários da amostra determinaram aos serviços do SUS (sistema único de saúde, preferencialmente à unidade em questão, em uma escala de zero a dez, observou-se que 21.9% dos entrevistados atribuíram nota Dez para o serviço e em contrapartida, um número expressivo de usuários (10.40% atribuíram nota zero. Quando indagados sobre os gastos mensais com medicamentos, 40.2% afirmaram não gastar nada pelo fato de conseguirem o medicamento na unidade. Conclusão: A opinião dos usuários sobre o serviço de saúde demonstra que, mesmo que alguns estejam satisfeitos, ainda existe uma parcela considerável atribuindo nota zero ao serviço prestado, o que denota a necessidade de ajustes e melhorias. Tal pesquisa contribuiu ainda para conhecer melhor algumas características epidemiológicas dos usuários, tais como hábitos sobre tabagismo, alcoolismo e sedentarismo.Introduction: The user´s satisfaction assessment in relation to the health services may be an important tool for planning strategies to overcome some of the barriers in the Family Health Strategy

  14. Muscarinic responses of gastric parietal cells

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    Wilkes, J.M.; Kajimura, M.; Scott, D.R.; Hersey, S.J.; Sachs, G.

    1991-01-01

    Isolated rabbit gastric glands were used to study the nature of the muscarinic cholinergic responses of parietal cells. Carbachol stimulation of acid secretion, as measured by the accumulation of aminopyrine, was inhibited by the M1 antagonist, pirenzepine, with an IC50 of 13 microM; by the M2 antagonist, 11,2-(diethylamino)methyl-1 piperidinyl acetyl-5,11-dihydro-6H-pyrido 2,3-b 1,4 benzodiazepin-6-one (AF-DX 116), with an IC50 of 110 microM; and by the M1/M3 antagonist, diphenyl-acetoxy-4-methylpiperidinemethiodide, with an IC50 of 35 nM. The three antagonists displayed equivalent IC50 values for the inhibition of carbachol-stimulated production of 14CO2 from radiolabeled glucose, which is a measure of the turnover of the H,K-ATPase, the final step of acid secretion. Intracellular calcium levels were measured in gastric glands loaded with FURA 2. Carbachol was shown to both release calcium from an intracellular pool and to promote calcium entry across the plasma membrane. The calcium entry was inhibitable by 20 microM La3+. The relative potency of the three muscarinic antagonists for inhibition of calcium entry was essentially the same as for inhibition of acid secretion or pump related glucose oxidation. Image analysis of the glands showed the effects of carbachol, and of the antagonists, on intracellular calcium were occurring largely in the parietal cell. The rise in cell calcium due to release of calcium from intracellular stores was inhibited by 4-DAMP with an IC50 of 1.7 nM, suggesting that the release pathway was regulated by a low affinity M3 muscarinic receptor or state; Ca entry and acid secretion are regulated by a high affinity M3 muscarinic receptor or state, inhibited by higher 4-DAMP concentrations, suggesting that it is the steady-state elevation of Ca that is related to parietal cell function rather than the [Ca]i transient

  15. suPAR

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    Hodges, Gethin W; Bang, Casper N; Wachtell, Kristian

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    The fundamental role of inflammation in cardiovascular disease (CVD) has prompted interest in numerous biomarkers that detect subclinical levels of inflammation. Soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) is a novel biomarker that correlates significantly with cardiovascular events ...... comprehensive review of suPAR in CVD and explore its function and usefulness in predicting cardiovascular events....

  16. Parâmetros de dimensionamento para biodigestores batelada operados com dejetos de vacas leiteiras com e sem uso de inóculo Parameters to design batch digesters running with dairy cow manure with and without inoculum

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    Cristiane de A. N Xavier

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se avaliar a adição de inóculo na biodigestão anaeróbia de dejetos de vacas leiteiras reciclados em biodigestores bateladas pela quantidade de biogás produzida, pela redução dos sólidos voláteis e pelos potenciais de produção de biogás para obtenção de parâmetros de dimensionamento. Foram utilizados 12 biodigestores bateladas de campo de 60 L, cujos substratos continham dejetos de vacas leiteiras, água e quatro adições de inóculo (0; 20; 30 e 40% v/v. Adotaram-se tempos médios de retenção hidráulica de 75 e 150 dias para os tratamentos contendo inóculo e sem inóculo, respectivamente, nos períodos intermediário, chuvoso e seco do ano. Maiores produções de biogás ocorreram com maiores temperaturas médias do ar. Maiores potenciais de produção de biogás foram obtidas com uso de 40% de inóculo, de 0,07 m³ de biogás por kg de dejetos, com a utilização rápida do biogás, a partir de quatro dias. Tempos de retenção hidráulica de 45 dias podem ser adotados, o que reduz o volume do biodigestor e custos de implantação.The aim of this work was to evaluate the inoculum addition on the anaerobic digestion of dairy cattle manure recycled in batch digesters by biogas yield, volatile solids reduction and biogas potential production to obtain design parameters. Twelve field batch digesters (60 L each filled with dairy catlle manure, water and four different inoculum additions (0, 20, 30 and 40%, v/v were used. Average times of hydraulic retention of 75 and 150 days were adopted for treatments with and without inoculum, respectively, during three periods of the year (intermediary, rainy and dry. The greatest daily biogas yields occurred in higher room temperatures (rainy period. Higher biogas potential production was obtained by using 40% of inoculum, 0.07 m³ kg-1 manure, with rapid use of biogas from the four days. Times of hydraulic retention of 45 days may be adopted, which reduces the volume of the

  17. Procedimiento para el cálculo de los parámetros de un modelo térmico simplificado del motor asincrónico Parameter estimation procedure for an asynchronous motor simplified thermal model

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    Julio R Gómez Sarduy

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se presenta un método para estimar las conductancias y capacitancias de un modelo térmico simplificado del motor asincrónico, utilizando una técnica de baja invasividad. El procedimiento permite predecir el incremento de temperatura del estator del motor asincrónico, tanto para régimen dinámico como en condiciones de estabilidad térmica. Se basa en la estimación paramétrica mediante un modelo de referencia, utilizando como optimizador un algoritmo genético (AG. Se logra en definitiva obtener los parámetros del modelo térmico con un ensayo más sencillo que lo requerido por otros métodos experimentales complejos o cálculos analíticos basados en datos de diseño. El procedimiento propuesto se puede llevar a cabo en condiciones propias de la industria y resulta atractivo su empleo en el análisis de calentamiento de estas máquinas. El método se valida a partir de un estudio de caso reportado en la literatura y se aplica a un caso real en la industria, lográndose una buena precisión.In this paper, an asynchronous motor simplified thermal model method for conductances and capacitances estimation is presented. A low invasive technique is used. The developed procedure allows the stator temperature rise prediction, not only for dynamic regimes, but also in case of thermal stability. A parametric estimation is done through a reference model, using a genetic algorithm (GA as optimizing method. The thermal model parameters are finally obtained with an easer experimental work, than the required by other complex experimental methods or by analytical calculations based on design data. The proposed procedure can be carry out in the particular conditions of industrial environment. Its application is specially useful for asynchronous machine thermal analysis. Using the data of a study case reported in literature, the method validation is done, and is applied in an industrial real case, with good precision resulted from it.

  18. Avaliação e seleção de progênies de cupuaçuzeiro (Theobroma grandiflorum, em Belém, Pará Evaluation and selection of Theobroma grandiflorum parents, in Belem, Para

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    Rafael Moysés Alves

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve por objetivo a seleção entre e dentro de progênies de irmãos completos de cupuaçuzeiro. Foram avaliadas 21 progênies de irmãos completos, em dois experimentos, com cinco plantas por parcela. Os experimentos foram avaliados ao nível de indivíduos, em cada safra, para os caracteres: produção de frutos, polpa e semente, bem como resistência à vassoura-de-bruxa. Para efeito de seleção, também foi considerado o grau de parentesco das matrizes. As análises foram conduzidas via metodologia de modelos lineares mistos, como delineamento em blocos incompletos, desbalanceados com tratamentos comuns. Foram estimados os parâmetros genéticos e os valores genotípicos ajustados de progênies, bem como os valores genéticos aditivos e genotípicos individuais. Os resultados demonstraram que as progênies 12; 13; 18; 20; 21 e 24 tiveram os melhores desempenhos para as variáveis de produção. Entre elas, as progênies 12; 13 e 18 foram as que mais se destacaram. Foram selecionadas três matrizes da progênie 18, duas matrizes da progênie 12 e uma matriz de cada uma das progênies 13; 20 e 21. É possível concluir que essas matrizes, juntamente com materiais selecionados em outras áreas experimentais, apresentam potencial para compor um pomar de sementes clonais, estabelecido em lote isolado de outros plantios, onde será produzida uma população melhorada de primeiro ciclo que se constituirá na nova cultivar de cupuaçuzeiro.This paper had as objective the selection among and within full sib families of Theobroma grandiflorum. A total of 21 full sibs progenies were appraised, in two experiments, with five plants for plot. The experiments were appraised at the individuals' level, in each crop, for the traits: production of fruits, pulp and seed and resistance to witch's broom disease. The degree of genetic relationship of the candidates was also considered. The analyses were performed through the methodology of mixed

  19. Radioinitiation of Chain Branched Reactions and its Sensitization; Amorcage sous rayonnement des reactions par ramification en chaine; sensibilisation du processus; Radiatsionnoe initsiirovanie tsennykh razvetvlennykh reaktsij i ego sensibilizatsiya; Radioiniciacion de reacciones en cadena ramificadas y medios para aumentar su sensibilidad

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    Barelko, E V; Kartashova, L I; Komarov, P N; Proskurnin, M A [Karpov Physico-Chemical Institute, Moscow, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Russian Federation)

    1960-07-15

    fondamentales de la reaction d'oxydation par radiolyse du benzene : accumulation des divers produits de la reaction, action de la temperature, de la pression, de la puissance et de la dose d'irradiation sur le processus d'accumulation des produits de la reaction. Quelques conclusions sont exposees sur le mecanisme de la reaction. Les auteurs decrivent la construction de l'installation qui fonctionne en circuit ferme. (author) [Spanish] Figuran en esta memoria los resultados de los trabajos efectuados por los autores sobre la radioiniciacion de las reacciones de oxidacion de compuestos organicos en cadenas ramificadas. Se demuestra el papel que desempenan las radiaciones como agente de iniciacion, tomando como ejemplo la oxidacion del butanol y de varios hidrocarburos no saturados. La reaccion tiene caracter autoacelerador y prosigue espontaneamente al cesar la irradiacion. Se ha estudiado detalladamente el proceso de oxidacion del benceno, compuesto que se caracteriza por una elevada resistencia a las radiaciones. Los autores han ideado un metodo para sensibilizar la radioiniciacion de la oxidacion de compuestos radioresistentes por sustancias quimicamente inertes, pero inestables frente a las radiaciones. En la memoria se examinan los principales factores de que depende la radiooxidacion del benceno, a saber, concentracion de los distintos productos de reaccion e influencia de la temperatura, de la presion, de la energia y de la dosis de radiacion en el proceso de acumulacion de esos productos. Los autores formulan tambien algunas conclusiones sobre el mecanismo del proceso y describen la construccion de la instalacion de circulacion. (author) [Russian] V doklade predstavleny rezul'taty issledovanij avtorov po radiatsionnomu initsiirovaniyu tsepnykh razvetvlennykh reaktsij okisleniya organicheskikh soedinenij. Na primere okisleniya nekotorykh nenasyshchennykh uglevodorodov i butanola pokazana rol' izlucheniya kak initsiiruyushchego agenta. Reaktsiya imeet

  20. Par Pond water balance

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    Hiergesell, R.A.; Dixon, K.L.

    1996-06-01

    A water budget for the Par Pond hydrologic system was established in order to estimate the rate of groundwater influx to Par Pond. This estimate will be used in modeling exercises to predict Par Pond reservoir elevation and spillway discharge in the scenario where Savannah River water is no longer pumped and discharged into Par Pond. The principal of conservation of mass was used to develop the water budget, where water inflow was set equal to water outflow. Components of the water budget were identified, and the flux associated with each was determined. The water budget was considered balanced when inflow and outflow summed to zero. The results of this study suggest that Par Pond gains water from the groundwater system in the upper reaches of the reservoir, but looses water to the groundwater system near the dam. The rate of flux of groundwater from the water table aquifer into Par Pond was determined to be 13 cfs. The rate of flux from Par Pond to the water table aquifer near the dam was determined to be 7 cfs

  1. Taare Zameen Par and dyslexic savants.

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    Chakravarty, Ambar

    2009-04-01

    The film Taare Zameen Par (Stars upon the Ground) portrays the tormented life at school and at home of a child with dyslexia and his eventual success after his artistic talents are discovered by his art teacher at the boarding school. The film hints at a curious neurocognitive phenomenon of creativity in the midst of language disability, as exemplified in the lives of people like Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein, both of whom demonstrated extraordinary creativity even though they were probably affected with developmental learning disorders. It has been hypothesized that a developmental delay in the dominant hemisphere most likely 'disinhibits' the nondominant parietal lobe, unmasking talents-artistic or otherwise-in some such individuals. It has been suggested that, in remedial training, children with learning disorders be encouraged to develop such hidden talents to full capacity, rather than be subjected to the usual overemphasis on the correction of the disturbed coded symbol operations.

  2. FooPar

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    Hargreaves, F. P.; Merkle, D.

    2013-01-01

    We present FooPar, an extension for highly efficient Parallel Computing in the multi-paradigm programming language Scala. Scala offers concise and clean syntax and integrates functional programming features. Our framework FooPar combines these features with parallel computing techniques. Foo......, results based on a empirical analysis on two supercomputers are given. We achieve close-to-optimal performance wrt. theoretical peak performance. Based on this result we conclude that FooPar allows programmers to fully access Scalas design features without suffering from performance drops when compared...

  3. Bilateral, posterior parietal polymicrogyria as part of speech therapy ...

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    SA Journal of Radiology ... Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been associated with either diffuse polymicrogyria around the entire extent of the sylvian fissure or in the posterior aspects of the parietal regions, in which case it is called posterior parietal ... This article discusses the possible embryological origin of these

  4. Use of explicit memory cues following parietal lobe lesions.

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    Dobbins, Ian G; Jaeger, Antonio; Studer, Bettina; Simons, Jon S

    2012-11-01

    The putative role of the lateral parietal lobe in episodic memory has recently become a topic of considerable debate, owing primarily to its consistent activation for studied materials during functional magnetic resonance imaging studies of recognition. Here we examined the performance of patients with parietal lobe lesions using an explicit memory cueing task in which probabilistic cues ("Likely Old" or "Likely New"; 75% validity) preceded the majority of verbal recognition memory probes. Without cues, patients and control participants did not differ in accuracy. However, group differences emerged during the "Likely New" cue condition with controls responding more accurately than parietal patients when these cues were valid (preceding new materials) and trending towards less accuracy when these cues were invalid (preceding old materials). Both effects suggest insufficient integration of external cues into memory judgments on the part of the parietal patients whose cued performance largely resembled performance in the complete absence of cues. Comparison of the parietal patients to a patient group with frontal lobe lesions suggested the pattern was specific to parietal and adjacent area lesions. Overall, the data indicate that parietal lobe patients fail to appropriately incorporate external cues of novelty into recognition attributions. This finding supports a role for the lateral parietal lobe in the adaptive biasing of memory judgments through the integration of external cues and internal memory evidence. We outline the importance of such adaptive biasing through consideration of basic signal detection predictions regarding maximum possible accuracy with and without informative environmental cues. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Estabelecimento de parâmetros para avaliação de tolerância à seca, em genótipos de feijoeiro Establishment of parameters for water stress tolerance evaluation on bean genotypes

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    Carlos Pimentel

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    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de estabelecer parâmetros para avaliação de tolerância à seca, 15 genótipos de feijoeiro (Phaseolus vulgaris L. foram monitorados durante a indução de estresse hídrico na pré-floração, por meio do potencial hídrico nas folhas (psif e de outras variáveis. Os genótipos A 222, A 285, BAT 477, BAT 561 e IPA 7 apresentaram valores de psif superiores ao dos outros genótipos, durante o estresse, sugerindo um maior controle da abertura estomática. Os genótipos com tolerância à antracnose mostraram possuir este mecanismo de controle, enquanto as cultivares Carioca e Ouro Negro recuperaram-se mais rapidamente, após a reidratação. O potencial de fixação biológica do nitrogênio, avaliado pelo número e peso seco de nódulos, foi significativamente pouco afetado pelo estresse. Quanto aos parâmetros morfológicos, aqueles que sofreram maior efeito do déficit hídrico foram a área foliar e o peso seco da parte aérea. Nos componentes de rendimento, o número de vagens por planta foi afetado somente nos genótipos Xodó e CNF 0145, enquanto os genótipos Carioca, A 285, CNF 0145, BAT 477 e cv. 121 e a linhagem LM 30036 sofreram diminuição no peso de grãos por planta, devido à deficiência hídrica. Dos genótipos estudados, somente A 222 e IPA 7 mantiveram o psif mais alto do que os outros e não sofreram redução significativa na área foliar e no peso de grãos, apesar de o primeiro genótipo apresentar baixa produção por planta, em condições de estresse.Aiming to establish parameters for drought tolerance evaluation, fifteen genotypes of bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L. were evaluated during a water stress period, applied at the pre-flowering stage through leaf water potential (psif and some other variables. Among the genotypes studied, A 222, A 285, BAT 477, BAT 561 and IPA 7 showed highest psif during the water stress, indicating a better stomatal control by these genotypes, while the cultivars Carioca and

  6. Parámetros de evaluación para la inclusión e indización de revistas científicas en bases de datos locales e internacionales : Análisis sobre su aporte a la calidad de las publicaciones de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales

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    Rozemblum, Cecilia; Unzurrunzaga, Carolina; Pucacco, Cristian; Banzato, Guillermo

    2012-01-01

    En este trabajo se analizarán los parámetros que utiliza el CAICYT (CONICET) para determinar qué publicaciones integran el Núcleo Básico de Revistas Científicas Argentinas, iguales a los que emplea el Sistema Latindex para la inclusión en el nivel Catálogo, y se compararán con los criterios para la indización en RedALyC y Scopus. El objetivo es identificar las características de cada indicador en relación con su propósito, estimar su repercusión en lo que se denomina "calidad editorial" en un...

  7. Abnormal parietal function in conversion paresis.

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    Marije van Beilen

    Full Text Available The etiology of medically unexplained symptoms such as conversion disorder is poorly understood. This is partly because the interpretation of neuroimaging results in conversion paresis has been complicated by the use of different control groups, tasks and statistical comparisons. The present study includes these different aspects in a single data set. In our study we included both normal controls and feigners to control for conversion paresis. We studied both movement execution and imagery, and we contrasted both within-group and between-group activation. Moreover, to reveal hemisphere-specific effects that have not been reported before, we performed these analyses using both flipped and unflipped data. This approach resulted in the identification of abnormal parietal activation which was specific for conversion paresis patients. Patients also showed reduced activity in the prefrontal cortex, supramarginal gyrus and precuneus, including hemisphere-specific activation that is lateralized in the same hemisphere, regardless of right- or left-sided paresis. We propose that these regions are candidates for an interface between psychological mechanisms and disturbed higher-order motor control. Our study presents an integrative neurophysiological view of the mechanisms that contribute to the etiology of this puzzling psychological disorder, which can be further investigated with other types of conversion symptoms.

  8. Uncertain relational reasoning in the parietal cortex.

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    Ragni, Marco; Franzmeier, Imke; Maier, Simon; Knauff, Markus

    2016-04-01

    The psychology of reasoning is currently transitioning from the study of deductive inferences under certainty to inferences that have degrees of uncertainty in both their premises and conclusions; however, only a few studies have explored the cortical basis of uncertain reasoning. Using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), we show that areas in the right superior parietal lobe (rSPL) are necessary for solving spatial relational reasoning problems under conditions of uncertainty. Twenty-four participants had to decide whether a single presented order of objects agreed with a given set of indeterminate premises that could be interpreted in more than one way. During the presentation of the order, 10-Hz TMS was applied over the rSPL or a sham control site. Right SPL TMS during the inference phase disrupted performance in uncertain relational reasoning. Moreover, we found differences in the error rates between preferred mental models, alternative models, and inconsistent models. Our results suggest that different mechanisms are involved when people reason spatially and evaluate different kinds of uncertain conclusions. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Navigating actions through the rodent parietal cortex

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    Jonathan R. Whitlock

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The posterior parietal cortex (PPC participates in a manifold of cognitive functions, including visual attention, working memory, spatial processing and movement planning. Given the vast interconnectivity of PPC with sensory and motor areas, it is not surprising that neuronal recordings show that PPC often encodes mixtures of spatial information as well as the movements required to reach a goal. Recent work sought to discern the relative strength of spatial versus motor signaling in PPC by recording single unit activity in PPC of freely behaving rats during selective changes in either the spatial layout of the local environment or in the pattern of locomotor behaviors executed during navigational tasks. The results revealed unequivocally a predominant sensitivity of PPC neurons to locomotor action structure, with subsets of cells even encoding upcoming movements more than 1 second in advance. In light of these and other recent findings in the field, I propose that one of the key contributions of PPC to navigation is the synthesis of goal-directed behavioral sequences, and that the rodent PPC may serve as an apt system to investigate cellular mechanisms for spatial motor planning as traditionally studied in humans and monkeys.

  10. Reference values for chinchilla (Chinchilla laniger blood cells and serum biochemical parameters Valores de referência para os parâmetros das células e bioquímica sangüínea da chinchila (Chinchilla laniger

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    Tális de Oliveira Silva

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Raising chinchilla (Chinchilla laniger for commercial purpose has increased significantly; however, hematological and serum biochemical reference values have not yet been determined for chinchillas raised in south Brazil. Establishing blood cells and serum biochemistry reference values might be helpful to evaluate health status of chinchillas and might be used as a tool by clinicians. The purpose of this study was to determine the reference values for blood cells and serum biochemistry of Chinchilla laniger. Blood samples were collected by cardiac puncture from 16 adult males, at the time they were killed to remove the fur coat, and from 8 adult males anesthetized with ketamine and xylazine. Blood cell counts and serum biochemistry analysis were performed using standard techniques and the results were expressed as mean ± SEM. Analysis of blood parameters from post-mortem cardiac punctured and from anesthetized chinchillas indicated that blood samples from anesthetized chinchillas had higher PCV, Hemoglobin, MCHC and WBC (P A criação de chinchila (Chinchilla laniger com objetivos comerciais tem crescido muito nos últimos anos. No entanto, os valores de referência para os parâmetros hematológicos e bioquímicos não foram ainda determinados para chinchilas criados no sul do Brasil. O estabelecimento dos valores de referência para esses parâmetros pode servir de auxílio para a avaliação da saúde das chinchilas e servir de auxílio diagnóstico para o clínico. Esse estudo teve como objetivo determinar os valores de referência das células e da bioquímica sangüínea da Chinchilla laniger. As amostras de sangue foram coletadas por meio de punção cardíaca de 16 machos adultos no momento em que os animais foram mortos para remoção da pele, e de 8 machos adultos após anestesia com xylazina e ketamina. A contagem das células sangüíneas e a análise dos parâmetros bioquímicos foram feitas utilizando-se métodos padronizados em

  11. ¡París!

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    Beatriz Caballero

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available El día no le alcanzaba para caminarlo. Conocía cada puente, cada calle,plaza, museo, rincón, iglesia, café, y la mesa con el mejor ángulo para mirar siempre una iglesia, ojalá Saint-Germain-des-Pres, o Notre-Dame. Siempre contaba la impresión que le había causado a Bolívar ver allí cuando el papa coronó a Napoleón. Él se iba para la oficina todos los días, Luis a un taller a pintar, Antonio a estudiar ciencias políticas, yo al colegio y mamá hacía las cosas prácticas. Aprendíamos francés todos al tiempo y por la noche nos contábamos lo nuevo que cada uno había aprendido. Mamá después, cuando ya se quería volver, decía que París nos había maleado a todos. Estaba en pleno furor el cine francés de la "nueva ola", pero ella sólo me llevaba a ver películas de vaqueros pues no se fiaba de la clasificación de los periódicos.

  12. The journal impact factor as a parameter for the evaluation of researchers and research El factor de impacto de las revistas como parámetro para la evaluacion de investigadores e investigaciones

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    K.-F. Kaltenborn

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    Full Text Available The journal impact factor (IF, which is published annually by the Institute for Scientific Information® (USA, is meanwhile in widespread use as a scientometric parameter for the evaluation of research and researchers in Germany and other European countries. The present article subjects the IF to critical analysis. It first deals with processes of production, transfer, and use of medical knowledge, because the IF intervenes in these processes on account of its reflexivity. Secondary effects of the IF resulting from its reflexivity are discussed with the focus on the level of the author, the journal and the medical discipline as well as on social knowledge processes in society. In addition, the extent to which the IF is appropriate for evaluating the quality of a specific article, of a journal or of individual and collective research achievements is discussed. The present article calls for a research evaluation in accordance with the recommendations of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Council, DFG and of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wissenschaftlichen Medizini-schen Fachgesellschaften (Association of the Scientific Medical Societies, AWMF; and b for more intensive occupation with and organization of medical knowledge processes.El factor de impacto de las revistas (journal impact factor - IF, que publica anualmente el Institute for Scientific Information® (EE.UU., se emplea generalizadamente como parámetro cienciométrico para evaluar las investigaciones y a los investigadores en Alemania y otros países europeos. El presente artículo somete al IF a un análisis crítico. Primero trata de los procesos de producción, comunicación y empleo del conocimiento médico, pues el IF interviene en estos procesos en virtud de su reflexividad. Se exponen los efectos secundarios del IF, que surgen de esta reflexividad, centrándose en el nivel del autor, de la revista y de la disciplina médica, así como en los procesos de conocimiento

  13. Viabilidade Econômica de Sistemas Silvipastoris com Schizolobium parahyba var. amazonicum e Tectona grandis no Pará Economical Viability of Silvopastoral Systems with Schizolobium parahyba var. amazonicum Barneby and Tectona grandis in Para, Brazil

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    Rosana Quaresma Maneschy

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    Os sistemas silvipastoris (SSPs consistem de um conjunto de metodologias que podem ser consideradas promissoras para recuperar áreas de pastagens degradadas da Amazônia, por integrar o cultivo arbóreo ao pecuária tradicional. Embora já utilizados em pequena escala por produtores inovadores, os SSPs carecem de uma base científica que forneça subsídios técnicos ao seu uso mais amplo, sobretudo quando se trata de justificar a viabilidade econômica desses sistemas. O objetivo desse estudo foi analisar a viabilidade econômica de SSPs utilizados por produtores no nordeste do Estado do Pará, comparando-os ao monocultivo tradicional. Os sistemas são compostos basicamente pelo paricá (Schizolobium parahyba var. amazonicum (Huber ex Ducke Barneby ou teca (Tectona grandis L.F., em pastagens de quicuio-da-amazônia (Brachiaria humidicola (Rendle Schweick pastejados por bovinos. A análise de viabilidade econômica foi realizada por meio dos métodos: valor presente líquido (VPL, taxa interna de retorno (TIR e relação benefício/custo (Rb/c, considerando quatro SSPs e o monocultivo de paricá e teca. Os sistemas compostos por teca apresentam maior atratividade econômica do que os com paricá, e dentre eles, os arranjos silvipastoris, em que o gado era próprio, foram considerados de melhor viabilidade que os sistemas em monocultivo ou em que a incorporação animal se dava através do aluguel da pastagem.

     

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    The silvopastoral systems (SPSs have been considered promising to integrate tree crops in livestock production systems and reclain large areas of degraded pastures of the Brazilian Amazon. They are used on small scale by innovative farmers, the SPSs lack a scientific basis to provide technical subsidies to its wider use, especially when it comes to justifying the economic viability of these systems. The objective of this study was to analyze the economical viability of SPSs, established in

  14. Analysis of ParB-centromere interactions by multiplex SPR imaging reveals specific patterns for binding ParB in six centromeres of Burkholderiales chromosomes and plasmids.

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    Flavien Pillet

    Full Text Available Bacterial centromeres-also called parS, are cis-acting DNA sequences which, together with the proteins ParA and ParB, are involved in the segregation of chromosomes and plasmids. The specific binding of ParB to parS nucleates the assembly of a large ParB/DNA complex from which ParA-the motor protein, segregates the sister replicons. Closely related families of partition systems, called Bsr, were identified on the chromosomes and large plasmids of the multi-chromosomal bacterium Burkholderia cenocepacia and other species from the order Burkholeriales. The centromeres of the Bsr partition families are 16 bp palindromes, displaying similar base compositions, notably a central CG dinucleotide. Despite centromeres bind the cognate ParB with a narrow specificity, weak ParB-parS non cognate interactions were nevertheless detected between few Bsr partition systems of replicons not belonging to the same genome. These observations suggested that Bsr partition systems could have a common ancestry but that evolution mostly erased the possibilities of cross-reactions between them, in particular to prevent replicon incompatibility. To detect novel similarities between Bsr partition systems, we have analyzed the binding of six Bsr parS sequences and a wide collection of modified derivatives, to their cognate ParB. The study was carried out by Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging (SPRi mulitplex analysis enabling a systematic survey of each nucleotide position within the centromere. We found that in each parS some positions could be changed while maintaining binding to ParB. Each centromere displays its own pattern of changes, but some positions are shared more or less widely. In addition from these changes we could speculate evolutionary links between these centromeres.

  15. Analysis of ParB-centromere interactions by multiplex SPR imaging reveals specific patterns for binding ParB in six centromeres of Burkholderiales chromosomes and plasmids.

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    Pillet, Flavien; Passot, Fanny Marie; Pasta, Franck; Anton Leberre, Véronique; Bouet, Jean-Yves

    2017-01-01

    Bacterial centromeres-also called parS, are cis-acting DNA sequences which, together with the proteins ParA and ParB, are involved in the segregation of chromosomes and plasmids. The specific binding of ParB to parS nucleates the assembly of a large ParB/DNA complex from which ParA-the motor protein, segregates the sister replicons. Closely related families of partition systems, called Bsr, were identified on the chromosomes and large plasmids of the multi-chromosomal bacterium Burkholderia cenocepacia and other species from the order Burkholeriales. The centromeres of the Bsr partition families are 16 bp palindromes, displaying similar base compositions, notably a central CG dinucleotide. Despite centromeres bind the cognate ParB with a narrow specificity, weak ParB-parS non cognate interactions were nevertheless detected between few Bsr partition systems of replicons not belonging to the same genome. These observations suggested that Bsr partition systems could have a common ancestry but that evolution mostly erased the possibilities of cross-reactions between them, in particular to prevent replicon incompatibility. To detect novel similarities between Bsr partition systems, we have analyzed the binding of six Bsr parS sequences and a wide collection of modified derivatives, to their cognate ParB. The study was carried out by Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging (SPRi) mulitplex analysis enabling a systematic survey of each nucleotide position within the centromere. We found that in each parS some positions could be changed while maintaining binding to ParB. Each centromere displays its own pattern of changes, but some positions are shared more or less widely. In addition from these changes we could speculate evolutionary links between these centromeres.

  16. Intradiploic encephalocele of the left parietal bone: A case report

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    Kim, Hyung Sock; Huh, Choon Woong; Kim, Dal Soo; Mok, Jin Ho; Kim, In Soo; Yang, Geun Seok [Myongji St. Mary' s Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-06-15

    Encephaloceles are generally regarded as midline abnormalities. A 50-year-old man presented with a parietal intradiploic encephalocele manifesting as intermittent headache for the past 6 months. Computed tomography (CT) showed bone destruction associated with a left parietal lesion. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated brain herniation within the intradiploic space. Cerebral angiographic imaging showed a normal cerebral vessel pattern within the herniated brain lesion. In this case, surgical treatment may not be necessary in the absence of concurrent symptoms and neurologic deficit. We report the CT, MRI, and angiographic findings of an extremely rare case of parietal intradiploic encephalocele in adulthood.

  17. Intradiploic encephalocele of the left parietal bone: A case report

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    Kim, Hyung Sock; Huh, Choon Woong; Kim, Dal Soo; Mok, Jin Ho; Kim, In Soo; Yang, Geun Seok

    2015-01-01

    Encephaloceles are generally regarded as midline abnormalities. A 50-year-old man presented with a parietal intradiploic encephalocele manifesting as intermittent headache for the past 6 months. Computed tomography (CT) showed bone destruction associated with a left parietal lesion. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated brain herniation within the intradiploic space. Cerebral angiographic imaging showed a normal cerebral vessel pattern within the herniated brain lesion. In this case, surgical treatment may not be necessary in the absence of concurrent symptoms and neurologic deficit. We report the CT, MRI, and angiographic findings of an extremely rare case of parietal intradiploic encephalocele in adulthood

  18. Parietal cortex and representation of the mental Self

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    Lou, Hans C; Luber, Bruce; Crupain, Michael

    2004-01-01

    For a coherent and meaningful life, conscious self-representation is mandatory. Such explicit "autonoetic consciousness" is thought to emerge by retrieval of memory of personally experienced events ("episodic memory"). During episodic retrieval, functional imaging studies consistently show....... The medial parietal region may, then, be conceived of as a nodal structure in self-representation, functionally connected to both the right parietal and the medial prefrontal cortices. To determine whether medial parietal cortex in this network is essential for episodic memory retrieval with self...

  19. Evolution of posterior parietal cortex and parietal-frontal networks for specific actions in primates.

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    Kaas, Jon H; Stepniewska, Iwona

    2016-02-15

    Posterior parietal cortex (PPC) is an extensive region of the human brain that develops relatively late and is proportionally large compared with that of monkeys and prosimian primates. Our ongoing comparative studies have led to several conclusions about the evolution of this posterior parietal region. In early placental mammals, PPC likely was a small multisensory region much like PPC of extant rodents and tree shrews. In early primates, PPC likely resembled that of prosimian galagos, in which caudal PPC (PPCc) is visual and rostral PPC (PPCr) has eight or more multisensory domains where electrical stimulation evokes different complex motor behaviors, including reaching, hand-to-mouth, looking, protecting the face or body, and grasping. These evoked behaviors depend on connections with functionally matched domains in premotor cortex (PMC) and motor cortex (M1). Domains in each region compete with each other, and a serial arrangement of domains allows different factors to influence motor outcomes successively. Similar arrangements of domains have been retained in New and Old World monkeys, and humans appear to have at least some of these domains. The great expansion and prolonged development of PPC in humans suggest the addition of functionally distinct territories. We propose that, across primates, PMC and M1 domains are second and third levels in a number of parallel, interacting networks for mediating and selecting one type of action over others. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. Eficacia de vibraciones transtorácicas más in-exuflación mecánica versus:técnicas manuales para tos asistida en pacientes pediátricos con parálisis cerebral grave o profunda

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    Vergara Lozano, Pedro

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    Las infecciones respiratorias recurrentes son frecuentes en la Parálisis Cerebral (PCI). La tos asistida manual (TAM) y mecánica (TM) persigue preservar las funciones del aparato respiratorio. Objetivo:. Evaluar la eficacia del tratamiento con vibraciones transtorácicas más insuflación-exuflación mecánica frente a las técnicas manuales, para inducir tos asistida en pacientes pediátricos con PCI grave o profunda. Método: 40 niños con PCI hospitalizados por infecciones respiratorias con edad me...

  1. Eficacia de la inducción miofascial para el tratamiento de la espasticidad en pacientes con parálisis cerebral espástica: ensayo clínico aleatorizado

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    Ayesa Justicia, Aiantze

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    ¿El tratamiento mediante la inducción miofascial disminuye la espasticidad en los pacientes con Parálisis Cerebral Espástica (PCE) mientras son intervenidos con un tratamiento convencional? Objetivos: Comprobar si la inducción miofascial disminuye la espasticidad en pacientes con parálisis cerebral espástica (PCE) y así mismo prevenir las complicaciones musculoesqueléticas y aumentar el rango de movilidad articular. Metodología: Ensayo controlado clínico aleatorizado que recoge un total...

  2. Estimação de parâmetros genéticos para produção de leite de vacas da raça Holandesa via regressão aleatória Estimation of genetic parameters for Holstein cows milk production by random regression

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    C.K.P. Dorneles

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    Full Text Available Foram utilizados 21.702 registros de produção de leite no dia do controle de 2.429 vacas primíparas da raça Holandesa, filhas de 233 touros, coletados em 33 rebanhos do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul, para estimar parâmetros genéticos para produção de leite no dia do controle. O modelo de regressão aleatória ajustado aos controles leiteiros entre o sexto e o 305º dia de lactação incluiu o efeito de rebanho-ano-mês do controle, idade da vaca no parto e os parâmetros do polinômio de Legendre de ordem quatro, para modelar a curva média da produção de leite da população e parâmetros do mesmo polinômio, para modelar os efeitos aleatórios genético-aditivo e de ambiente permanente. As variâncias genéticas e de ambiente permanente para produção de leite no dia do controle variaram, respectivamente, de 2,38 a 3,14 e de 7,55 a 10,35. As estimativas de herdabilidade aumentaram gradativamente do início (0,14 para o final do período de lactação (0,20, indicando ser uma característica de moderada herdabilidade. As correlações genéticas entre as produções de leite de diferentes estágios leiteiros variaram de 0,33 a 0,99 e foram maiores entre os controles adjacentes. As correlações de ambiente permanente seguiram a mesma tendência das correlações genéticas. O modelo de regressão aleatória com polinômio de Legendre de ordem quatro pode ser considerado como uma boa ferramenta para estimação de parâmetros genéticos para a produção de leite ao longo da lactação.A total of 21,702 records of milk production from 2,429 first-lactation Holstein cows, sired by 233 bulls, collected in 33 herds in the State of Rio Grande do Sul from 1991 to 2003, were used to estimate genetic parameters for that characteristic. The random regression model adjusted to test day from the 6th and the 305th lactation day included the effect of herd-year-month of the test day, the age of the cow at parturition, and the order fourth Legendre

  3. Bilateral parietal extradural metastatic ewing's sarcoma simulating acute epidural hematoma

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    Aslam, E.; Imran, M.; Faridi, N.M.

    2006-01-01

    Sarcomas usually metastasize to lugs. The following case report describes an unusual metastasis of Ewing's sarcoma to extradural parietal region bilaterally. The primary was found at lower end of ulna. (author)

  4. It's quicker "Par Avignon"!

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    For a few years, the CERN Library has been receiving books from the University of Hanover sent via Avignon, at least that's what it says on the envelope. Such a detour would mean that parcels were travelling 720 km more than the distance separating Geneva and Hanover, which would be a very strange state of affairs. The explanation lies in a spelling mistake. The sender has been stamping parcels with a stamp that says "Par Avignon prioritaire" (first-class via Avignon) instead of "Par Avion prioritaire" (First Class Air Mail), a source of much amusement to the librarians!

  5. Attenuating illusory binding with TMS of the right parietal cortex

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    Esterman, Michael; Verstynen, Timothy; Robertson, Lynn C.

    2007-01-01

    A number of neuroimaging and neuropsychology studies have implicated various regions of parietal cortex as playing a critical role in the binding of color and form into conjunctions. The current study investigates the role of two such regions by examining how parietal transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) influences binding errors known as ‘illusory conjunctions.’ Participants made fewer binding errors after 1 Hz rTMS of the right intraparietal sulcus (IPS), while basic perception of featur...

  6. Predicting oculomotor behaviour from correlated populations of posterior parietal neurons.

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    Graf, Arnulf B A; Andersen, Richard A

    2015-01-23

    Oculomotor function critically depends on how signals representing saccade direction and eye position are combined across neurons in the lateral intraparietal (LIP) area of the posterior parietal cortex. Here we show that populations of parietal neurons exhibit correlated variability, and that using these interneuronal correlations yields oculomotor predictions that are more accurate and also less uncertain. The structure of LIP population responses is therefore essential for reliable read-out of oculomotor behaviour.

  7. Parietal lesion effects on cued recall following pair associate learning.

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    Ben-Zvi, Shir; Soroker, Nachum; Levy, Daniel A

    2015-07-01

    We investigated the involvement of the posterior parietal cortex in episodic memory in a lesion-effects study of cued recall following pair-associate learning. Groups of patients who had experienced first-incident stroke, generally in middle cerebral artery territory, and exhibited damage that included lateral posterior parietal regions, were tested within an early post-stroke time window. In three experiments, patients and matched healthy comparison groups executed repeated study and cued recall test blocks of pairs of words (Experiment 1), pairs of object pictures (Experiment 2), or pairs of object pictures and environmental sounds (Experiment 3). Patients' brain CT scans were subjected to quantitative analysis of lesion volumes. Behavioral and lesion data were used to compute correlations between area lesion extent and memory deficits, and to conduct voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping. These analyses implicated lateral ventral parietal cortex, especially the angular gyrus, in cued recall deficits, most pronouncedly in the cross-modal picture-sound pairs task, though significant parietal lesion effects were also found in the unimodal word pairs and picture pairs tasks. In contrast to an earlier study in which comparable parietal lesions did not cause deficits in item recognition, these results indicate that lateral posterior parietal areas make a substantive contribution to demanding forms of recollective retrieval as represented by cued recall, especially for complex associative representations. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Propaganda de medicamentos para grande público: parâmetros conceituais de uma prática produtora de risco Drug advertising to the general public: conceptual parameters of a risk producer practice

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    Álvaro César Nascimento

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo analisa alguns conceitos relativos a marketing, propaganda, medicamento, regulação e manipulação, discutindo parâmetros éticos e de vigilância sanitária relativos à prática da propaganda de medicamentos para o grande público. O foco deste trabalho é a análise das contradições, desde o ponto de vista conceitual, da prática da propaganda farmacêutica como instrumento de elevação das vendas e conquista de mercados versus a política de uso racional de medicamentos. Estudos acadêmicos e a monitoração da propaganda farmacêutica realizada pela Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária demonstram que os conteúdos das peças publicitárias de medicamentos direcionadas ao grande público superestimam as qualidades do produto, enaltecem quase exclusivamente seus benefícios, colocando-os em uma posição central no processo terapêutico; e omitem os riscos inerentes à sua utilização e exageram suas qualidades, às vezes duvidosas. Mais que se debruçar sobre propostas reguladoras que objetivariam criar constrangimentos a esta prática, este artigo discute a impossibilidade, considerando-se os interesses da saúde pública, da convivência de interesses tão díspares quanto os do marketing - que busca sempre expandir mercados - e das políticas de uso correto, racional e seguro de medicamentos.This article analyzes some concepts relating to marketing, advertising, medications, regulation and manipulation. It discusses ethical and health surveillance parameters of drugs advertising for the general public. The focus of this work is the analysis of contradictions from a conceptual point of view between the practice of pharmaceutical advertising as a tool for the increase of sales and the conquest of markets versus the policy of rational use of medicines. Academic studies and monitoring of drugs advertising conducted by the National Health Surveillance Agency show that the contents of the advertising pieces oriented

  9. Live yeast culture and monensin in high grain diets for cattle: rumen fermentation and “in situ” degradability Leveduras vivas e monensina em dietas de alto concentrado para bovinos: parâmetros ruminais e degradabilidade "in situ"

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    José Carlos Machado Nogueira Filho

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Live yeast cultures have been used as an alternative to replace antibiotics in diets for ruminants. Therefore, the aim was to evaluate the effects of adding live yeast culture (Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Beef Sacc®, Alltech, Inc., monensin (Rumensin®, Elanco, Inc. and the combination of both additives in high grain diets, on rumen fermentation patterns, protozoa organisms and in situ degradability of diet components. Four rumen-cannulated steers were fed a basal ration (2.8Mcal ME/kg DM, 14% CP and submitted to one of four treatments following a 4x4 Latin Square design: control (CON, no additives, yeast (YEA, 0.6g/kg of dry matter, monensin (MON, 0.3g/kg of dry matter and monensin plus yeast (MON+YEA. After 14 days of diet adaptation, the rumen fermentation parameters, the protozoa numbers and the degradation kinetics of corn (CO, soybean meal (SM and soybean hulls (SH were assessed. Feed additives did not affect rumen pH, butirate and ammonia nitrogen concentrations, but decreased total short chain fatty acids (mM. MON and MON+ YEA decreased acetate (% and acetate:propionate ratio whereas propionate was increased by MON and MON+YEA at all sampling times, and by YEA at 4 and 6h post-feeding only. YEA increased the number of protozoa whereas MON and MON+YEA inhibited those microorganisms (total organisms [x104/mL]. There were no effects of YEA and MON+YEA on in situ degradability parameters of any evaluated feed, however, MON increased NDF degradation rate of SH. Monensin effects on rumen fermentation are more significant than those observed when feeding live yeast cultures, and the combination of both additives does not improve their effects.Leveduras têm sido utilizadas para substituir antibióticos em dietas para ruminantes. Assim, objetivou-se avaliar o efeito de leveduras vivas (Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Beef-Sacc®, Alltech, Inc., monensina (Rumensin®, Elanco, Inc. e a combinação de ambos em dietas com alto concentrado, sobre a

  10. Seasonal fluctuations in prevalence of dog intestinal parasites in public squares of Mar del Plata city, Argentina and its risk for humans Estacionalidad en la prevalencia de parásitos intestinales caninos en plazas públicas de Mar del Plata, Argentina, y su riesgo para la salud humana

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    V. Andresiuk

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    Full Text Available The aim of this work is to analyze whether there is a seasonal prevalence of parasites in dog feces from public squares in Mar del Plata city, Argentina, and to evaluate the climatic conditions that promote the development of parasites and allow the transmission to people. The study was performed in 21 squares from June 2001 to May 2002. Samples were processed by the Willis technique. Differences in prevalence of parasites were examined for significance by the Chisquare test. Climatic data were obtained from the Library of the National Meteorological Service of Argentina. Total parasitic prevalence was higher in winter than in summer. The prevalence of Ancylostoma spp. was higher in the summer-autumn period. For Toxocara canis, the prevalence was higher in winter whereas for Trichuris vulpis, it was higher in winter, spring and summer. This work shows high prevalence of total parasites throughout the year. For Ancylostoma spp., summer and autumn might be the seasons with higher sanitary risk. On the other hand, T. canis could present the higher risk to people in winter and, T. vulpis, would be transmitted throughout the whole year. The seasonal variation in prevalence of dog parasites results in continuous exposure to people visiting the squares, not only Mar del Plata residents but also tourists from other regions of Argentina and the world, with at least one species of parasite with sanitary risk.El objetivo de este trabajo es analizar la variación estacional de la prevalencia de los parásitos presentes en las heces caninas halladas en plazas públicas de la ciudad de Mar del Plata y evaluar aquellas condiciones climáticas que promueven su desarrollo y permiten su transmisión a la gente. El estudio se realizó en 21 plazas desde junio de 2001 hasta mayo de 2002. Las muestras fueron procesadas con la técnica de Willis. Se utilizó el test de c² para comparar la prevalencia de los diferentes parásitos. Los datos climáticos fueron

  11. La pelade par plaques

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    Spano, Frank; Donovan, Jeff C.

    2015-01-01

    Résumé Objectif Présenter aux médecins de famille des renseignements de base pour faire comprendre l’épidémiologie, la pathogenèse, l’histologie et l’approche clinique au diagnostic de la pelade par plaques. Sources des données Une recension a été effectuée dans PubMed pour trouver des articles pertinents concernant la pathogenèse, le diagnostic et le pronostic de la pelade par plaques. Message principal La pelade par plaques est une forme de perte pileuse auto-immune dont la prévalence durant une vie est d’environ 2 %. Des antécédents personnels ou familiaux de troubles auto-immuns concomitants, comme le vitiligo ou une maladie de la thyroïde, peuvent être observés dans un petit sous-groupe de patients. Le diagnostic peut souvent être posé de manière clinique en se fondant sur la perte de cheveux non cicatricielle et circulaire caractéristique, accompagnée de cheveux en « point d’exclamation » en périphérie chez ceux dont le problème en est aux premiers stades. Le diagnostic des cas plus complexes ou des présentations inhabituelles peut être facilité par une biopsie et un examen histologique. Le pronostic varie largement et de mauvais résultats sont associés à une apparition à un âge précoce, une perte importante, la variante ophiasis, des changements aux ongles, des antécédents familiaux ou des troubles auto-immuns concomitants. Conclusion La pelade par plaques est une forme auto-immune de perte de cheveux périodiquement observée en soins primaires. Les médecins de famille sont bien placés pour identifier la pelade par plaques, déterminer la gravité de la maladie et poser le diagnostic différentiel approprié. De plus, ils sont en mesure de renseigner leurs patients à propos de l’évolution clinique de la maladie ainsi que du pronostic général selon le sous-type de patients.

  12. Temporal order processing of syllables in the left parietal lobe.

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    Moser, Dana; Baker, Julie M; Sanchez, Carmen E; Rorden, Chris; Fridriksson, Julius

    2009-10-07

    Speech processing requires the temporal parsing of syllable order. Individuals suffering from posterior left hemisphere brain injury often exhibit temporal processing deficits as well as language deficits. Although the right posterior inferior parietal lobe has been implicated in temporal order judgments (TOJs) of visual information, there is limited evidence to support the role of the left inferior parietal lobe (IPL) in processing syllable order. The purpose of this study was to examine whether the left inferior parietal lobe is recruited during temporal order judgments of speech stimuli. Functional magnetic resonance imaging data were collected on 14 normal participants while they completed the following forced-choice tasks: (1) syllable order of multisyllabic pseudowords, (2) syllable identification of single syllables, and (3) gender identification of both multisyllabic and monosyllabic speech stimuli. Results revealed increased neural recruitment in the left inferior parietal lobe when participants made judgments about syllable order compared with both syllable identification and gender identification. These findings suggest that the left inferior parietal lobe plays an important role in processing syllable order and support the hypothesized role of this region as an interface between auditory speech and the articulatory code. Furthermore, a breakdown in this interface may explain some components of the speech deficits observed after posterior damage to the left hemisphere.

  13. Functional segregation and integration within fronto-parietal networks.

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    Parlatini, Valeria; Radua, Joaquim; Dell'Acqua, Flavio; Leslie, Anoushka; Simmons, Andy; Murphy, Declan G; Catani, Marco; Thiebaut de Schotten, Michel

    2017-02-01

    Experimental data on monkeys and functional studies in humans support the existence of a complex fronto-parietal system activating for cognitive and motor tasks, which may be anatomically supported by the superior longitudinal fasciculus (SLF). Advanced tractography methods have recently allowed the separation of the three branches of the SLF but are not suitable for their functional investigation. In order to gather comprehensive information about the functional organisation of these fronto-parietal connections, we used an innovative method, which combined tractography of the SLF in the largest dataset so far (129 participants) with 14 meta-analyses of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies. We found that frontal and parietal functions can be clustered into a dorsal spatial/motor network associated with the SLF I, and a ventral non-spatial/motor network associated with the SLF III. Further, all the investigated functions activated a middle network mostly associated with the SLF II. Our findings suggest that dorsal and ventral fronto-parietal networks are segregated but also share regions of activation, which may support flexible response properties or conscious processing. In sum, our novel combined approach provided novel findings on the functional organisation of fronto-parietal networks, and may be successfully applied to other brain connections. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. ParABS Systems of the Four Replicons of Burkholderia cenocepacia: New Chromosome Centromeres Confer Partition Specificity†

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    Dubarry, Nelly; Pasta, Franck; Lane, David

    2006-01-01

    Most bacterial chromosomes carry an analogue of the parABS systems that govern plasmid partition, but their role in chromosome partition is ambiguous. parABS systems might be particularly important for orderly segregation of multipartite genomes, where their role may thus be easier to evaluate. We have characterized parABS systems in Burkholderia cenocepacia, whose genome comprises three chromosomes and one low-copy-number plasmid. A single parAB locus and a set of ParB-binding (parS) centromere sites are located near the origin of each replicon. ParA and ParB of the longest chromosome are phylogenetically similar to analogues in other multichromosome and monochromosome bacteria but are distinct from those of smaller chromosomes. The latter form subgroups that correspond to the taxa of their hosts, indicating evolution from plasmids. The parS sites on the smaller chromosomes and the plasmid are similar to the “universal” parS of the main chromosome but with a sequence specific to their replicon. In an Escherichia coli plasmid stabilization test, each parAB exhibits partition activity only with the parS of its own replicon. Hence, parABS function is based on the independent partition of individual chromosomes rather than on a single communal system or network of interacting systems. Stabilization by the smaller chromosome and plasmid systems was enhanced by mutation of parS sites and a promoter internal to their parAB operons, suggesting autoregulatory mechanisms. The small chromosome ParBs were found to silence transcription, a property relevant to autoregulation. PMID:16452432

  15. Short parietal lobe connections of the human and monkey brain

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    Catani, Marco; Robertsson, Naianna; Beyh, Ahmad

    2017-01-01

    projections were reconstructed for both species and results compared to identify similarities or differences in tract anatomy (i.e., trajectories and cortical projections). In addition, post-mortem dissections were performed in a human brain. The largest tract identified in both human and monkey brains...... and angular gyri of the inferior parietal lobule in humans but only to the supramarginal gyrus in the monkey brain. The third tract connects the postcentral gyrus to the anterior region of the superior parietal lobule and is more prominent in monkeys compared to humans. Finally, short U-shaped fibres...... and monkeys with some differences for those areas that have cytoarchitectonically distinct features in humans. The overall pattern of intraparietal connectivity supports the special role of the inferior parietal lobule in cognitive functions characteristic of humans....

  16. A Influência dos parâmetros de deposição na morfologia dos eletrólitos para células a combustível de óxido sólido, à base de filmes de zircônia: 8 mol% ítria depositados por spray pirólise

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    C. H. M. Rodrigues

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    Full Text Available Foram produzidos filmes de zircônia estabilizada com 8 mol% de itria (8YSZ por spray pirólise, que podem ser aplicados como eletrólitos de células a combustível de óxido sólido. A técnica de spray pirólise tem como vantagens ser de simples manuseio, baixo custo de operação, versátil e eficiente na obtenção dos filmes cerâmicos. Entretanto, como desvantagens principais encontram-se a grande quantidade de fatores que interferem na qualidade e a reprodutibilidade. Visando estabelecer a influência destes parâmetros na morfologia dos filmes, utilizou-se a técnica de planejamento de experimentos, com três parâmetros determinados com principais: temperatura de deposição (T, fluxo da solução (F e tempo de deposição (t. A morfologia dos filmes foi analisada por microscopia ótica com aumentos de 400x em campo claro e escuro, avaliando a presença de trincas, poros, partículas salinas e rugosidade. Para a execução das análises empregou-se o software ImageJ, que possibilitou a quantificação da influência dos parâmetros de deposição na morfologia. Realizou-se a modelagem dos resultados obtendo-se que os filmes de melhor morfologia, dentro dos parâmetros estudados, seriam produzidos com temperatura de deposição 320 ºC, tempo de deposição 32 min e fluxo 1,4 mL/min. O filme de 8YSZ depositado com os parâmetros modelados foi tratado termicamente a 1000 ºC por 300 min com o objetivo de se alcançar a estrutura cristalina cúbica do tipo fluorita. A estrutura do filme foi analisada por difração de raios X, apresentando-se policristalino e com estrutura cúbica de face centrada do tipo fluorita, com orientação preferencial dos grãos no plano (111. As propriedades morfológicas dos filmes foram analisadas por microscopia de força atômica, indicando ter-se obtido um filme homogêneo, isento de microtrincas e microporos.

  17. Avaliação de fatores de ambiente e estimativas de parâmetros genéticos para a característica dias para o parto na raça Nelore Environmental effects and genetic parameters estimates for days to calving in Nelore cattle

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    Selma Forni

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Dados de um rebanho comercial da raça Nelore foram analisados com os objetivos de avaliar a influência de fatores ambientais e estimar parâmetros genéticos para a característica dias para o parto (DPP. Foram utilizados modelos fixos que incluíram os efeitos de grupo de contemporâneos, sexo do bezerro, idade da vaca no início da estação de monta, mês do parto anterior e peso do bezerro desmamado no final da estação de monta (apenas este último efeito não influenciou a característica significativamente. Duas definições de grupo de contemporâneos foram consideradas: a primeira definida pelas informações fazenda, ano e estação de monta, grupos de manejo (nascimento, desmama e reprodução e tipo de serviço (monta natural, monta controlada ou inseminação artificial; e a segunda, pelas mesmas informações mais o sexo do bezerro. As análises genéticas foram realizadas com conjuntos de dados que incluíram ou não os animais sem registros de parto. Quando incluídos, o valor de DPP atribuído a esses animais foi igual ao maior valor observado dentro do grupo de manejo somado a 21 dias. Os componentes de variância foram estimados por máxima verossimilhança restrita utilizando-se modelos animal unicaracterística. A inclusão do efeito aleatório de ambiente permanente nos modelos foi avaliada mediante o "Likelihood Ratio Test". As herdabilidades estimadas variaram entre 0,01 e 0,11 e a inclusão do efeito de ambiente permanente nos modelos foi significativa, de modo que a exclusão deste efeito superestimou a variância genética aditiva. A metodologia aplicada para penalizar os animais que não pariram não melhorou a identificação das diferenças genéticas entre eles. Os resultados indicaram que, como grande parte das características reprodutivas em bovinos, a DPP sofre grande influência do ambiente.Data from a Nelore population was used to evaluate environmental effects and to estimate genetic parameters for days

  18. Estudo dos parâmetros periodontais para a avaliação morfológica da papila gengival interdental na região anterior da maxila

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    Marinho, Carlos Frederico de Carvalho

    2007-01-01

    O alto grau de exigência estética de pacientes e profissionais no atual estágio da implantodontia implica num exame de diagnóstico extremamente apurado, devido as possíveis alterações na margem gengival e na papila interproximal advindas do tratamento com implantes unitários. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito dos parâmetros periodontais sobre a altura da papila interdental na região de incisivos centrais, incisivos laterais, caninos e primeiros pré-molares superior...

  19. Métodos para determinação de parâmetros de máquinas síncronas de ímãs permanentes

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    Guilherme Homrich

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    A teoria de duplo eixo é geralmente utilizada para modelar e caracterizar máquinas síncronas de polos salientes. O conhecimento das indutâncias de eixo direto e eixo em quadratura são fundamentais para o desenvolvimento destes modelos e para o projeto de controladores destas máquinas. No entanto, métodos tradicionais para determinação destas indutâncias através de ensaios tornam-se impraticáveis em máquinas síncronas de ímãs permanentes pela impossibilidade de controlar a corrente de campo. R...

  20. Comparação de quatro métodos laboratoriais para diagnóstico da Giardia lamblia em fezes de crianças residentes em Belém, Pará

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    Machado,Ricardo Luiz Dantas; Figueredo,Maria Cristina; Frade,Amanda Farage; Kudó,Mônica Eriko; Silva Filho,Manoel Gomes; Póvoa,Marinete Marins

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    Relatamos a comparação de quatro metodologias para o diagnóstico da Giardia lamblia em material fecal de crianças, Belém/PA. A Hematoxilina Férrica e o método direto apresentaram menor positividade, enquanto que o Método de Faust continua uma boa escolha para o diagnóstico e o Ensaio imunoenzimático melhora a qualidade da detecção deste parasito.

  1. suPAR

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    Eugen-Olsen, Jesper; Giamarellos-Bourboulis, Evangelos J

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    Investigation of biomarkers that can promptly predict unfavourable outcome of critically illness is an emerging necessity taking into consideration the need for early intervention, the shortage of available beds in intensive care units and the considerable cost of hospitalisation. The most...... promising biomarker is soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR). Three studies in large populations of critically ill patients and patients admitted to the emergency department have shown that concentrations >12ng/mL can safely predict unfavourable outcome. This review presents...

  2. Investigation of Parietal Polysaccharides from Retama raetam Roots ...

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    These results indicate the presence of the homogalacturonans and rhamnogalacturonans in pectin. This study constitutes the preliminary data obtained in the biochemical analysis of the parietal compounds of the roots of a species which grows in an arid area in comparison with those of its aerial parts. Keywords: Retama ...

  3. Significance of parietal projection in radiosotope scintigraphy of the brain

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    The diagnostic value of the isotope scintigraphy of the brain in the parieal projection with the change of the dip angle of the gamma-chamber detector to the plane of the physiological horizontal was revealed. The observation was made on 100 patients with suspected presence of the volumetric process of the brain. Three variants of placing were studied: the parietal projection - standard (collimator plane parallel to the plane of physiological horizontal and strictly perpendicular to the sagittal plane); the placing with an angle of 30 deg between the detector plane and the physiological horizontal, opened at the front (posterio-parietal); placing with an angle of 30 deg between the detector plane and the physiological horizontal opened at the back (anterio-parietal). A comparative analysis of scintigrams with focal processes of the brain showed the largest informativeness of the proposed modification of the parietal projection in the form of a change of the dip angle of the gamma-chamber detector plane to the plane of the physiological horizontal opened at the back; this makes it possible to reveal more thoroughly the focus of the increased, pathological accumulation of the isotope in different parts of the skull, where the use of as standard placing is of small informativeness

  4. Subtotal ablation of parietal epithelial cells induces crescent formation.

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    Sicking, E.M.; Fuss, A.; Uhlig, S.; Jirak, P.; Dijkman, H.; Wetzels, J.; Engel, D.R.; Urzynicok, T.; Heidenreich, S.; Kriz, W.; Kurts, C.; Ostendorf, T.; Floege, J.; Smeets, B.; Moeller, M.J.

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    Parietal epithelial cells (PECs) of the renal glomerulus contribute to the formation of both cellular crescents in rapidly progressive GN and sclerotic lesions in FSGS. Subtotal transgenic ablation of podocytes induces FSGS but the effect of specific ablation of PECs is unknown. Here, we established

  5. Parietal epithelial cells and podocytes in glomerular diseases

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    Smeets, B.; Moeller, M.J.

    2012-01-01

    In recent years, it has become apparent that parietal epithelial cells (PECs) play an important role within the renal glomerulus, in particular in diseased conditions. In this review, we examine current knowledge about the role of PECs and their interactions with podocytes in development and under

  6. Parietal cells-new perspectives in glomerular disease

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    Miesen, L.; Steenbergen, E.; Smeets, B.

    2017-01-01

    In normal glomeruli, parietal epithelial cells (PECs) line the inside of Bowman's capsule and form an inconspicuous sheet of flat epithelial cells in continuity with the proximal tubular epithelial cells (PTECs) at the urinary pole and with the podocytes at the vascular pole. PECs, PTECs and

  7. Neuronal synchronization in human parietal cortex during saccade planning

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    Werf, J. van der; Buchholz, V.N.; Jensen, O.; Medendorp, W.P.

    2009-01-01

    Neuropsychological and neuroimaging studies have implicated the human posterior parietal cortex (PPC) in sensorimotor integration and saccade planning However, the temporal dynamics of the underlying physiology and its relationship to observations in non-human primates have been difficult to pin

  8. Parietal epithelial cells: their role in health and disease.

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    Romagnani, Paola

    2011-01-01

    Parietal epithelial cells of Bowman's capsules were first described by Sir William Bowman in 1842 in his paper On the Structure and Use of the Malpighian Bodies of the Kidney [London, Taylor, 1842], but since then their functions have remained poorly understood. A large body of evidence has recently suggested that parietal epithelial cells represent a reservoir of renal progenitors in adult human kidney which generate novel podocytes during childhood and adolescence, and can regenerate injured podocytes. The discovery that parietal epithelial cells represent a potential source for podocyte regeneration suggests that podocyte injury can be repaired. However, recent results also suggest that an abnormal proliferative response of renal progenitors to podocyte injury can generate hyperplastic glomerular lesions that are observed in crescentic glomerulonephritis and other types of glomerular disorders. Taken together, these results establish an entirely novel view that changes the way of thinking about renal physiology and pathophysiology, and suggest that understanding how self-renewal and fate decision of parietal epithelial cells in response to podocyte injury may be perturbed or modulated will be crucial for obtaining novel tools for prevention and treatment of glomerulosclerosis. Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  9. The regenerative potential of parietal epithelial cells in adult mice

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    Berger, K.; Schulte, K.; Boor, P.; Kuppe, C.; Kuppevelt, T.H. van; Floege, J.; Smeets, B.; Moeller, M.J.

    2014-01-01

    Previously, we showed that some podocytes in juvenile mice are recruited from cells lining Bowman's capsule, suggesting that parietal epithelial cells (PECs) are a progenitor cell population for podocytes. To investigate whether PECs also replenish podocytes in adult mice, PECs were genetically

  10. Utilización de la toxina botulínica para mejorar la funcionalidad y la expresión del labio en parálisis facial de larga evolución Use of botulinum toxin to improve the functionality and expression of the lip in long-term facial palsy

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    C. Gómez Martín

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available La parálisis de la rama marginal del nervio facial en el contexto de una parálisis facial de larga evolución, produce una deformidad estética y funcional que puede ser mejorada con la inyección de toxina botulínica. Utilizamos esta técnica en 2 pacientes consiguiendo unos resultados casi inmediatos en lo que se refiere a la apertura bucal, a la expresión y a la continencia oral. Indicamos esta técnica en pacientes de edad avanzada, con múltiples operaciones previas y que aceptan este procedimiento no invasivo para mejorar su autoestima y su calidad de vida.Paralysis of the marginal branch of the facial nerve in the context of a long-term facial paralysis, produces an aesthetic and functional deformity that can be improved with botulinum toxin injection. We use this technique in 2 patients who achieved almost immediate results in terms of oral opening, oral expression and continence. Botulinum toxin injection can be used in elderly patients with multiple previous operations who accept this non-invasive procedure, improving their selfesteem and their quality of life.

  11. Functional connectivity of parietal cortex during temporal selective attention.

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    Tyler, Sarah C; Dasgupta, Samhita; Agosta, Sara; Battelli, Lorella; Grossman, Emily D

    2015-04-01

    Perception of natural experiences requires allocation of attention towards features, objects, and events that are moving and changing over time. This allocation of attention is controlled by large-scale brain networks that, when damaged, cause widespread cognitive deficits. In particular, damage to ventral parietal cortex (right lateralized TPJ, STS, supramarginal and angular gyri) is associated with failures to selectively attend to and isolate features embedded within rapidly changing visual sequences (Battelli, Pascual-Leone, & Cavanagh, 2007; Husain, Shapiro, Martin, & Kennard, 1997). In this study, we used fMRI to investigate the neural activity and functional connectivity of intact parietal cortex while typical subjects judged the relative onsets and offsets of rapidly flickering tokens (a phase discrimination task in which right parietal patients are impaired). We found two regions in parietal cortex correlated with task performance: a bilateral posterior TPJ (pTPJ) and an anterior right-lateralized TPJ (R aTPJ). Both regions were deactivated when subjects engaged in the task but showed different patterns of functional connectivity. The bilateral pTPJ was strongly connected to nodes within the default mode network (DMN) and the R aTPJ was connected to the attention network. Accurate phase discriminations were associated with increased functional correlations between sensory cortex (hMT+) and the bilateral pTPJ, whereas accuracy on a control task was associated with yoked activity in the hMT+ and the R aTPJ. We conclude that temporal selective attention is particularly sensitive for revealing information pathways between sensory and core cognitive control networks that, when damaged, can lead to nonspatial attention impairments in right parietal stroke patients. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. par genes in Mycobacterium bovis and Mycobacterium smegmatis are arranged in an operon transcribed from "SigGC" promoters

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    Casart Yveth

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The ParA/Soj and ParB/Spo0J proteins, and the cis-acting parS site, participate actively in chromosome segregation and cell cycle progression. Genes homologous to parA and parB, and two putative parS copies, have been identified in the Mycobacterium bovis BCG and Mycobacterium smegmatis chromosomes. As in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the parA and parB genes in these two non-pathogenic mycobacteria are located near the chromosomal origin of replication. The present work focused on the determination of the transcriptional organisation of the ~6 Kb orf60K-parB region of M. bovis BCG and M. smegmatis by primer extension, transcriptional fusions to the green fluorescence protein (GFP and quantitative RT-PCR. Results The parAB genes were arranged in an operon. However, we also found promoters upstream of each one of these genes. Seven putative promoter sequences were identified in the orf60K-parB region of M. bovis BCG, whilst four were identified in the homologous region of M. smegmatis, one upstream of each open reading frame (ORF. Real-time PCR assays showed that in M. smegmatis, mRNA-parA and mRNA-parB levels decreased between the exponential and stationary phases. In M. bovis BCG, mRNA-parA levels also decreased between the exponential and stationary phases. However, parB expression was higher than parA expression and remained almost unchanged along the growth curve. Conclusion The majority of the proposed promoter regions had features characteristic of Mycobacterium promoters previously denoted as Group D. The -10 hexamer of a strong E. coli σ70-like promoter, located upstream of gidB of M. bovis BCG, overlapped with a putative parS sequence, suggesting that the transcription from this promoter might be regulated by the binding of ParB to parS.

  13. Parâmetros anátomo-estruturais de orgãos reprodutivos de ovinos sem raça definida (SRD nativos do Estado da Paraíba, com e sem bipartição escrotal: estudo do escroto e funículo espermático

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    Mikael L.D.L. Tolentino

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    Full Text Available Foram utilizados 42 ovinos sem raça definida, divididos segundo a configuração escrotal. Destes animais, 12 foram utilizados na investigação da biometria testicular e histologia da pele escrotal. Os demais foram destinados ao estudo do funículo espermático. Os animais foram agrupados em um grupo de 21 animais sem bipartição escrotal (GEI e 21 com bipartição escrotal, (GEII, esta não atingindo 50% do comprimento do eixo longitudinal do escroto. Em cada grupo, em 6 animais foram coletados fragmentos da pele do escroto e em 5 do funículo espermáticos, e processados em rotina histológica e analisados em microscopia de luz; e em 10 foram injetados látex na artéria testicular para obtenção de moldes vasculares e obtenção do comprimento da artéria. Quando comparados os grupos GEI e GEII, não foram encontradas diferenças estatísticas significativas (p<0,05 entre a espessura do escroto (epiderme e derme, constituição histológica da pele escrotal, número de glândulas sudoríparas por área, comprimento do funículo espermático ou parâmetros biométricos testiculares. Entretanto, o comprimento total das artérias testiculares do GEI foi maior do que o GEII (p<0,05. Concluiu-se, com base nos parâmetros morfológicos analisados, que a bipartição escrotal em ovinos não influenciou na estrutura da pele, funículo ou biometria testicular quando comparado aos animais que não apresentavam esta característica. Outros estudos merecem atenção para desmistificar o porquê do aparecimento dessa característica em ovinos e se esta característica é ou não desejável para melhoria na produção desses animais em regiões de clima quente.

  14. Seleção e hierarquização de parâmetros de qualidade de água para culturas irrigadas com o uso do Electre I e II The selection and the hierarchical classification of water quality parameters for irrigated crops through a Electre I and II

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    Silmara Eloisa Dotto

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    Full Text Available Em planejamento de áreas que fazem uso de irrigação, discutem-se, comumente, parâmetros de qualidade de água, objetivando evitar ou minimizar impactos desfavoráveis sobre a produção de culturas e a saúde da população. Este trabalho contribui na seleção e classificação, em ordem de importância, de parâmetros de qualidade que estejam envolvidos com o processo de irrigação. Assim, são hierarquizados, por meio do método multicriterial Electre I e II, seis parâmetros: coliforme fecal (CF; potencial hidrogeniônico (pH; demanda bioquímica de oxigênio (DBO; cloreto (Cl; nitrogênio total (Nt e condutividade elétrica (CE, em função de nove culturas irrigadas: tomate, batata, feijão, laranja, morango, pêssego, alface, cenoura e beterraba. Adotou-se como área de estudo a bacia hidrográfica do rio Piracicaba (SP. Os resultados mostram que, para essa região, os parâmetros de maior preferência são CF e CE e, o de menor preferência, DBO.Developmental plans in the areas that make use of irrigation, discuss, commonly, water quality parameters with the objective of eliminating or minimizing unfavorable impacts on agriculture and on public health. Using this as a focus point, this paper contributes to the selection and classification of quality parameters that are envolved with the irrigation process, by importance order. Thus, six parameters (fecal coliform, hydrogenionical potential, biochemical demand of oxygen, cloride, total nitrogen, and electrical conductivity are hierarquisated using the multicriterial methods Electre I and II related to nine irrigated cultures (tomatoes, potatoes, beans, oranges, strawberries, peaches, lettuce, carrots and beets. The study area is the Piracicaba river basin, Sao Paulo State, Brazil. The results demonstrate that, for this region, the parameters with the highest preference are the fecal coliform and the electrical conductivity and the least preference is the biochemical demand of oxygen.

  15. Theo Van Doesburg y Cornelis Van Eesteren. Tres proyectos para la exposción de la Galería L´Effort Moderne de París

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    María Teresa Escaño Rodríguez

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    Full Text Available El trabajo que a continuación se presenta tuvo su origen en un estudio preliminar sobre el cromatismo en las casas de van Doesburg y van Eesteren presentadas en la exposición de París de 1923, y realizado por la alumna María Teresa Escaño como ejercicio final del curso de doctorado "La arquitectura de la Nueva Objetividad en Holanda. 1923-1941". Dadoel interés de la misma por el tema y las sugerentes aportaciones que en aquel trabajo original ya se contemplaban, decidimos proseguir en su profundización, completando y precisando aspectos necesitados de mayor desarrollo.

  16. Estudios de estimación y simulación geoestadística para la caracterización de parámetros geólogo - industriales en el yacimiento laterítico Punta Gorda

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    Se define e introduce una metodología óptima para la aplicación de los métodos geoestadísticos en la estimación y caracterización de los recursos en yacimientos lateríticos ferroniquelíferos cubanos, a partir de la alta variabilidad espacial presente en los contenidos tratados en éstos, teniendo como aporte fundamental la organización y aplicación de los elementos fundamentales que proporciona la estimación y simulación geoestadística para la caracterización de estos recursos.

  17. Determinación de los parámetros para la modelación del generador asincrónico; Determination of the Parameters for the Modelation of the Asynchronous Generator

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    Héctor Brito Socarrás

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    Full Text Available En  este trabajo se realiza un  breve estudio de   los   parámetros   que intervienen   en    los modelosmatemáticos de las máquinas asincrónicas, así como la manera de su determinación experimental, loque da la posibilidad de la modelación de una máquina asincrónica  cualquiera, de la  que  no  seconozcan sus parámetros. Por último se brindan  los  valores obtenidos  experimentalmente en  ellaboratorio de las pruebas de una máquina asincrónica y los  resultados que brinda el modelo de ungenerador asincrónico autoexcitado con  dichos datos.  After a brief study of the parameters which are needed for the formulation of the most   frequently usedmathematical models for electrical induction machines, the authors give a way for their experimentaldetermination in order to establish the computer simulation of  induction machine whose parameters  arepreviously unknown. Finally are given the  values of parameters obtained at a case  study of an inductionmachine performed  in the  laboratory,  as well  as the simulation results of a  self-excited inductiongenerator using  the  above mentioned parameters.

  18. Genetic parameter and correlation estimates of processing traits in half-sib progenies of tropical-adapted carrot germplasm Parâmetros genéticos e correlações entre características para processamento em progênies de meios-irmãos de germoplasma de cenoura tropical

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    Jairo V Vieira

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    Full Text Available The estimate of the genetic parameters associated with processing (fresh-cut traits, including root length (RL, is crucial for carrot breeding programs in tropical areas. The cultivar Alvorada is an important germplasm due to its resistance to nematodes, leaf blight, heat-tolerance, and high carotenoid content. Seventy-four 'Alvorada' half-sib progenies were evaluated during the summer of 2005 in the Federal District, Brazil, in a randomized complete block design with three replications. Thirteen competitive plants in each block were randomly selected and evaluated and/or classified for RL and for number of leaves (NL, leaf length (LL, root tip type (RT, root mass (RW, crown shape (CS, root diameter (RD, and xylem diameter (XD. The Pearson's correlation coefficients and the heritability values were estimated for all traits. The path analysis was also used considering the RL trait as dependent variable. The heritability for RL ranged from 12 to 44%. For the other traits, the values ranged from 3% (RD to 79% (LL. Phenotypic and genotypic correlations among all traits were low to intermediate. Path analysis indicated positive direct relationship between RL and RW, whereas RD and XD displayed negative direct effect on RL. Longer roots had narrow diameter and narrow XD. Recurrent selection based upon either half-sib or S1 families would be more effective than mass phenotypic recurrent selection in increasing RL and to develop populations expressing multiple desirable processing traits in tropical-adapted carrot germplasm.A estimativa de parâmetros genéticos associados com caracteres de processamento industrial, incluindo comprimento de raiz (RL, é crucial para programas de melhoramento de cenoura para áreas tropicais. A cultivar Alvorada é um importante germoplasma devido à sua resistência a nematóides e queima-das-folhas, tolerância ao calor e alto conteúdo de carotenóides. Setenta e quatro progênies meio-irmãs derivadas de 'Alvorada

  19. Avaliação de parâmetros hidráulicos para modelos de distribuição de água no solo sob gotejamento Evaluation of soil hydraulic parameters for soil water distribution models under drip irrigation

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    Eugênio Ferreira Coêlho

    1999-04-01

    Full Text Available As soluções analíticas de distribuição de água para ponto fonte e regime de fluxo não- permanente são dependentes de parâmetros de solos considerados constantes em suas deduções. Erros na determinação desses parâmetros implicam insucesso dessas soluções. Este trabalho teve por objetivo avaliar o comportamento dos parâmetros alfada equação de Gardner k(h = Ks ealfah e o parâmetro de linearização k = dK(teta/dteta em diferentes posições do bulbo molhado, considerando os processos de infiltração isolado e seguido de redistribuição de água, à semelhança de um ciclo de irrigação. Dados de potencial matricial foram coletados em diversas posições do bulbo molhado em duas situações:(i início da irrigação até atingir regime permanente em todo o bulbo molhado (infiltração; e (ii durante dois ciclos de irrigação envolvendo infiltração e redistribuição de água. Os resultados mostraram que os parâmetros alfa e k variaram nas posições do bulbo molhado em relação ao gotejador, de acordo com o regime de umidade a que tais posições estiveram sujeitas. A obtenção desses parâmetros pelo método inverso requer testes que considerem as fases de infiltração e redistribuição em pelo menos dois ciclos de irrigação.The transient analytical solutions for water distribution from point source are dependent on the soil parameters alpha from Gardner equation, i.e., k(h = Ks ealphah and the linearization parameter k=dK(theta/dtheta assumed constant in the derivation of these solutions. Errors in obtaining these parameters result in failure of the solutions. The objective of this work was to evaluate the parameter alpha and k at different locations in the wetted volume under an isolated and a cyclic infiltration process. Matric potential data were collected in several positions of the wetted volume in two situations: (i beginning of irrigation until steady-state, i.e., only during infiltration process, and (ii

  20. Abordagem processual e ensino de tradução: uma proposta de unidade didática para o par espanhol-português baseada em dados de rastreamento ocular e registro de teclado e mouse

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    Gleiton Malta

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    Full Text Available Este artigo apresenta uma proposta de unidade didática baseada no enfoque por tarefas e em dados empíricos de processo tradutório capturados em tempo real por meio de equipamento de rastreamento ocular e programa de registro de teclado e mouse. Trata-se de uma pesquisa-ação que contempla dois ramos do campo disciplinar dos Estudos da Tradução: o descritivo e o aplicado. Com base nos dados empíricos, elaborou-se uma unidade didática cujo objetivo principal é a prática, docente e discente, da leitura para tradução, acentuando suas especificidades em cada fase do processo tradutório: orientação, redação e revisão (Jakobsen, 2002. Os resultados da experiência de aplicação da unidade proposta apontaram para o desenvolvimento de uma maior autonomia do estudante e maior consciência sobre seu processo. Para o docente/pesquisador, possibilitou o uso de uma ação sistemática, sequenciada e com objetivos e procedimentos específicos para a aula de tradução espanhol-português, além da unificação dos ramos descritivo e aplicado.

  1. Estimación de parámetros genéticos para características productivas y reproductivas en los sistemas doble propósito del trópico bajo colombiano

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    A. P. Galeano

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de estimar los componentes de varianza, las heredabilidades, repetibilidades y correlaciones genéticas y fenotípicas para la producción de leche por lactancia (PL, el peso al destete (PD, el intervalo entre partos (IEP y el Índice de Vaca (IV, de las hembras bovinas manejadas en los sistemas de producción de doble propósito del trópico bajo colombiano, se analizaron los registros productivos y reproductivos de 1.687 vacas registradas en la Asociación Colombiana de Criadores de Ganado en Doble Propósito (Asodoble, durante el periodo comprendido entre 1998 y 2007. Se empleó un modelo animal mixto que incluyó los efectos fijos del grupo contemporáneo (finca-sexo-época-año, la composición racial, y la duración de la lactancia como covariable; así como los efectos genéticos aleatorios del animal, el medio ambiente permanente y el residual. Las heredabilidades estimadas para IEP (0,04 y PD (0,11 fueron bajas, y moderadas para PL (0,35 e IV (0,24, respectivamente. La repetibilidad estimada para IEP fue baja (0,08, y para PL (0,41 e IV (0,31 moderada; en el caso de PD este valor fue igual a la heredabilidad (0,11. Las correlaciones genéticas y fenotípicas obtenidas entre PL y PD con respecto a IEP fueron positivas, y se determinó una asociación genética negativa entre PL y PD. Los resultados demostraron que el IV es un buen indicador, desde el punto de vista genético, de la eficiencia productiva y reproductiva de los animales manejados en estos sistemas productivos.

  2. Estimación de parámetros genéticos para características productivas y reproductivas en los sistemas doble propósito del trópico bajo colombiano

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    A. P. Galeano

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de estimar los componentes de varianza, las heredabilidades, repetibilidadesy correlaciones genéticas y fenotípicas para la producción de leche por lactancia(PL, el peso al destete (PD, el intervalo entre partos (IEP y el Índice de Vaca (IV,de las hembras bovinas manejadas en los sistemas de producción de doble propósitodel trópico bajo colombiano, se analizaron los registros productivos y reproductivosde 1.687 vacas registradas en la Asociación Colombiana de Criadores de Ganado enDoble Propósito (Asodoble, durante el periodo comprendido entre 1998 y 2007. Seempleó un modelo animal mixto que incluyó los efectos fijos del grupo contemporáneo(finca-sexo-época-año, la composición racial, y la duración de la lactancia comocovariable; así como los efectos genéticos aleatorios del animal, el medio ambientepermanente y el residual. Las heredabilidades estimadas para IEP (0,04 y PD (0,11fueron bajas, y moderadas para PL (0,35 e IV (0,24, respectivamente. La repetibilidadestimada para IEP fue baja (0,08, y para PL (0,41 e IV (0,31 moderada; en el casode PD este valor fue igual a la heredabilidad (0,11. Las correlaciones genéticas y fenotípicasobtenidas entre PL y PD con respecto a IEP fueron positivas, y se determinóuna asociación genética negativa entre PL y PD. Los resultados demostraron que el IVes un buen indicador, desde el punto de vista genético, de la eficiencia productiva yreproductiva de los animales manejados en estos sistemas productivos.

  3. Parietal seeding of unsuspected gallbladder carcinoma after laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

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    Marmorale, C; Scibé, R; Siquini, W; Massa, M; Brunelli, A; Landi, E

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    Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (VALC) represents the treatment of choice for the symptomatic gallstones. However the occurrence of an adenocarcinoma of the gallbladder results a controindication for this surgical technique. We present a case of a 52 years old woman who underwent a VALC; histology revealed a gallbladder adenocarcinoma. For this reason the patient underwent a second operation that is right hepatic trisegmentectomy. Six months later the patient presented with a parietal recurrence at the extraction site of the gallbladder. We discuss the possible mechanism responsible for carcinomatous dissemination during laparoscopic surgery and we raccommend the use of some procedures in order to limit the risk and eventually to treat a neoplastic parietal seeding. These complications suggest the problem about the utility and the future played by video assisted laparoscopic surgery in the diagnosis and treatment of intraabdominal malignancies.

  4. Choline acetyltransferase-containing neurons in the human parietal neocortex

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    V Benagiano

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available A number of immunocytochemical studies have indicated the presence of cholinergic neurons in the cerebral cortex of various species of mammals. Whether such cholinergic neurons in the human cerebral cortex are exclusively of subcortical origin is still debated. In this immunocytochemical study, the existence of cortical cholinergic neurons was investigated on surgical samples of human parietal association neocortex using a highly specific monoclonal antibody against choline acetyltransferase (ChAT, the acetylcholine biosynthesising enzyme. ChAT immunoreactivity was detected in a subpopulation of neurons located in layers II and III. These were small or medium-sized pyramidal neurons which showed cytoplasmic immunoreactivity in the perikarya and processes, often in close association to blood microvessels. This study, providing demonstration of ChAT neurons in the human parietal neocortex, strongly supports the existence of intrinsic cholinergic innervation of the human neocortex. It is likely that these neurons contribute to the cholinergic innervation of the intracortical microvessels.

  5. Kinesthetic alexia due to left parietal lobe lesions.

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    Ihori, Nami; Kawamura, Mitsuru; Araki, Shigeo; Kawachi, Juro

    2002-01-01

    To investigate the neuropsychological mechanisms of kinesthetic alexia, we asked 7 patients who showed kinesthetic alexia with preserved visual reading after damage to the left parietal region to perform tasks consisting of kinesthetic written reproduction (writing down the same letter as the kinesthetic stimulus), kinesthetic reading aloud, visual written reproduction (copying letters), and visual reading aloud of hiragana (Japanese phonograms). We compared the performance in these tasks and the lesion sites in each patient. The results suggested that deficits in any one of the following functions might cause kinesthetic alexia: (1) the retrieval of kinesthetic images (motor engrams) of characters from kinesthetic stimuli, (2) kinesthetic images themselves, (3) access to cross-modal association from kinesthetic images, and (4) cross-modal association itself (retrieval of auditory and visual images from kinesthetic images of characters). Each of these factors seemed to be related to different lesion sites in the left parietal lobe. Copyright 2002 S. Karger AG, Basel

  6. Neuronal oscillations form parietal/frontal networks during contour integration.

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    Castellano, Marta; Plöchl, Michael; Vicente, Raul; Pipa, Gordon

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    The ability to integrate visual features into a global coherent percept that can be further categorized and manipulated are fundamental abilities of the neural system. While the processing of visual information involves activation of early visual cortices, the recruitment of parietal and frontal cortices has been shown to be crucial for perceptual processes. Yet is it not clear how both cortical and long-range oscillatory activity leads to the integration of visual features into a coherent percept. Here, we will investigate perceptual grouping through the analysis of a contour categorization task, where the local elements that form contour must be linked into a coherent structure, which is then further processed and manipulated to perform the categorization task. The contour formation in our visual stimulus is a dynamic process where, for the first time, visual perception of contours is disentangled from the onset of visual stimulation or from motor preparation, cognitive processes that until now have been behaviorally attached to perceptual processes. Our main finding is that, while local and long-range synchronization at several frequencies seem to be an ongoing phenomena, categorization of a contour could only be predicted through local oscillatory activity within parietal/frontal sources, which in turn, would synchronize at gamma (>30 Hz) frequency. Simultaneously, fronto-parietal beta (13-30 Hz) phase locking forms a network spanning across neural sources that are not category specific. Both long range networks, i.e., the gamma network that is category specific, and the beta network that is not category specific, are functionally distinct but spatially overlapping. Altogether, we show that a critical mechanism underlying contour categorization involves oscillatory activity within parietal/frontal cortices, as well as its synchronization across distal cortical sites.

  7. Parietal cells?new perspectives in glomerular disease

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    Miesen, Laura; Steenbergen, Eric; Smeets, Bart

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    In normal glomeruli, parietal epithelial cells (PECs) line the inside of Bowman?s capsule and form an inconspicuous sheet of flat epithelial cells in continuity with the proximal tubular epithelial cells (PTECs) at the urinary pole and with the podocytes at the vascular pole. PECs, PTECs and podocytes have a common mesenchymal origin and are the result of divergent differentiation during embryogenesis. Podocytes and PTECs are highly differentiated cells with well-established functions pertain...

  8. Pneumothorax simulated by detachment of parietal pleura associated with pneumomediastinum

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    Rozeik, C.; Kotterer, O.; Deininger, H.K.

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    We report a case of blunt chest trauma, where findings on repeated conventional chest radiographs were compatible with pneumothorax developing after 2 days of mechanical high-pressure ventilation. CT showed that the appearance was due to a detachment of the parietal pleura along the lateral, mediastinal and diaphragmatic boundaries of the lungs, imitating a pneumothorax. The case report illustrates the key role of CT in the differential diagnosis of epipleural interstitial air collection versus pneumothorax. (orig./MG)

  9. Pneumothorax simulated by detachment of parietal pleura associated with pneumomediastinum

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    Rozeik, C. [Radiologie 1, Staedtische Kliniken Darmstadt (Germany); Kotterer, O. [Radiologie 1, Staedtische Kliniken Darmstadt (Germany); Deininger, H.K. [Radiologie 1, Staedtische Kliniken Darmstadt (Germany)

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    We report a case of blunt chest trauma, where findings on repeated conventional chest radiographs were compatible with pneumothorax developing after 2 days of mechanical high-pressure ventilation. CT showed that the appearance was due to a detachment of the parietal pleura along the lateral, mediastinal and diaphragmatic boundaries of the lungs, imitating a pneumothorax. The case report illustrates the key role of CT in the differential diagnosis of epipleural interstitial air collection versus pneumothorax. (orig./MG)

  10. Glomerular parietal epithelial cells in kidney physiology, pathology, and repair

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    Shankland, Stuart J.; Anders, Hans-Joachim; Romagnani, Paola

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    Purpose of review We have summarized recently published glomerular parietal epithelial cell (PEC) research, focusing on their roles in glomerular development and physiology, and in certain glomerular diseases. The rationale is that PECs have been largely ignored until the recent availability of cell lineage tracing studies, human and murine PEC culture systems, and potential therapeutic interventions of PECs. Recent findings Several new paradigms involving PECs have emerged demonstrating thei...

  11. The Regenerative Potential of Parietal Epithelial Cells in Adult Mice

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    Berger, Katja; Schulte, Kevin; Boor, Peter; Kuppe, Christoph; van Kuppevelt, Toin H.; Floege, Jürgen; Smeets, Bart; Moeller, Marcus J.

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    Previously, we showed that some podocytes in juvenile mice are recruited from cells lining Bowman’s capsule, suggesting that parietal epithelial cells (PECs) are a progenitor cell population for podocytes. To investigate whether PECs also replenish podocytes in adult mice, PECs were genetically labeled in an irreversible fashion in 5-week-old mice. No significant increase in labeled podocytes was observed, even after 18 months. To accelerate a potential regenerative mechanism, progressive glo...

  12. New Research Required in Support of Radioactive Waste Disposal; Recherches Nouvelles Necessitees par le Probleme de l'Elimination des Dechets Radioactifs; 041d 0415 041e 0411 0425 041e 0414 ; Nuevas Investigaciones Necesarias para la Evacuacion de Desechos Radiactivos

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    Schaefer, Milner B. [Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA (United States)

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    Numerous physical, chemical and biological processes influence the distribution of radioactive materials and their return to man. These include vertical and horizontal advection, turbulent diffusion, precipitation and sedimentation, uptake concentration, and transport by organisms, and transfer to man through his food from the sea. Research is urgently needed on the flushing characteristics of typical harbours, estuaries and open coastal waters, on diffusion and sedimentation processes in inshore waters, and on the passage of radioactive elements through the food web in this portion of the sea. Research is needed to delineate present and potential fishing areas, and non-fishing areas, by basic studies of biological productivity and other means. Studies are also required to determine rates of transfer of radioactive materials between areas by horizontal advection and turbulent diffusion, rates of dilution by diffusion, sedimentation, and vertical transport, and rates of uptake and transfer by the biota. Research is required on efficient means of monitoring waste disposal areas. The ability of certain organisms selectively to concentrate particular elements offers a possible economical basis of monitoring radioactive wastes in the sea at very low concentrations. Specific research proposals have been recently developed by several groups of oceanographers in the United States. These are summarized, together with cost estimates. (author) [French] De nombreux processus physiques, chimiques et biologiques influent sur la repartition des matieres radioactives et sur leur retour a l'homme. Parmi ces processus, il y a notamment l'amenee verticale et horizontale, la diffusion turbulente, la precipitation et la sedimentation, l'entrainement, la concentration et le transport par des organismes, et leur transfert a l'homme par les aliments qu'il retire de la mer. Des recherches s'imposent d'urgence sur les caracteristiques de curage des eaux dans les ports, estuaires et rades

  13. Genetic evaluation and genetic gains with the selection for Jatropha curcas populations Parâmetros genéticos e ganho com a seleção para populações de pinhão manso (Jatropha curcas

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    Ana Cristina Pinto Juhász

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    This work aimed at estimating genetic parameters from the vegetative stage in five populations from Jatropha curcas L. The half sib progenies were cultivated at Biojan farm, in Janaúba, MG. Plant height, stem diameter, number of branches and crown projection were assessed in all plants at three and six months old. In population 2, there was no genetic variability for all traits evaluated. The genetic gains estimated with the selection from the ten best individuals in other populations were 4% to 8% for plant height (population 1 and 4, 5% to 7% for stem diameter (population 1 and 5, 14% to 25% for the number or branches (population 3 and 5 and 9% for crown projections in population 4. According to the results obtained from this study, these populations are adequate for the continuity of the breeding program of this species in the region.

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    O presente estudo objetivou estimar parâmetros genéticos da fase vegetativa em cinco populações de pinhão manso (Jatropha curcas L.. As progênies de meios-irmãos foram plantadas na Fazenda da Biojan, em Janaúba, MG. Aos três e seis meses de idade, foram avaliadas as características altura de plantas, diâmetro de caule, número de ramos e projeção da copa, em todas as plantas. A população 2 não apresentou variabilidade genética para os caracteres avaliados. Nas demais populações, com a seleção dos dez melhores indivíduos, os ganhos genéticos preditos variaram de 4% a 8% para altura de plantas (populações 1 e 4, 5% a 7% para diâmetro de caule (populações 1 e 5, 14% e 25% para número de ramos aos 3 meses (populações 3 e 5 e 9% para projeção da copa na população 4. De acordo com os resultados observados neste trabalho, estas populações são adequadas para dar continuidade ao programa de melhoramento genético da espécie na região.

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  14. Evaluación de los parámetros de rendimiento del método espectrofotométrico para la determinación de NO2 en el medio ambiente

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    Berroa Atencio, Heloína; Condori de Zegarra, Yolanda; Ticona Quea, Juana; Martínez Rivera, Kattia

    2010-01-01

    Se realizaron 15 monitoreos de óxido de nitrógeno a flujo continuo por 30 días cada uno. En estas 15 etapas se evaluó el límite de detección, límite de cuantificación y aseguramiento de la calidad de los resultados, para determinar la eficacia del método en la determinación de los óxidos de nitrógeno por el método de Saltzmann. La calibración se realizó con estándares externos de concentraciones de 0,4 a 3,2 ug de NO2. Para la determinación del límite de detección y cuantificación se utilizó ...

  15. Substituição dos parâmetros do modelo de Green-Ampt-Mein-Larson para estimativa da infiltração em alguns solos do Brasil Adjustment of Green-Ampt-Mein-Larson parameters to predict infiltration in some Brazilian soils

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    Roberto Avelino Cecílio

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available A partir de uma análise detalhada do processo de infiltração de água no solo, foram propostas alternativas para adequação dos parâmetros de entrada do modelo de Green-Ampt-Mein-Larson (GAML, na tentativa de melhorar a eficiência da estimativa da infiltração em alguns solos brasileiros. As adequações consistiram em substituir a condutividade hidráulica do solo saturado (K0 pela taxa de infiltração estável (Tie e o teor de água do solo saturado (q s pelo teor de água na zona de transmissão (q w, além de estabelecer uma equação para estimativa do potencial matricial na frente de umedecimento (y f com base nos parâmetros do modelo de curva de retenção de água de Brooks & Corey. Avaliou-se o desempenho do conjunto de adequações propostas (GAML-t para estimativa da infiltração de água em três solos: Latossolo Vermelho-Amarelo, Latossolo Vermelho e Argissolo Vermelho. O desempenho do GAML-t foi comparado com o obtido pelo GAML aplicado em sua forma original e adequado segundo cinco diferentes formas, evidenciando-se que o primeiro obteve melhor desempenho nos três solos estudados.Based on a detailed analysis of the process of water infiltration into the soil, an alternative is proposed to adjust the input parameters of the Green-Ampt-Mein-Larson (GAML model to optimize infiltration estimates of some Brazilian soils. The adjustments consisted of the replacement of the parameters saturated hydraulic conductivity (K0 by stable infiltration rate (Tie and soil moisture saturation (q s by water content in the transmission zone (q w. Moreover, an equation was established to estimate the matric potencial at the wetting front (y f, based on the parameters of the water retention curve of Brooks and Corey. The performance of the set of proposed adjustments (GAML-t was evaluated for the estimation of water infiltration in three soil types. The performance of GAML-t was compared with the original GAML and adjusted to five different

  16. Overlapping Parietal Activity in Memory and Perception: Evidence for the Attention to Memory Model

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    Cabeza, Roberto; Mazuz, Yonatan S.; Stokes, Jared; Kragel, James E.; Woldorff, Marty G.; Ciaramelli, Elisa; Olson, Ingrid R.; Moscovitch, Morris

    2011-01-01

    The specific role of different parietal regions to episodic retrieval is a topic of intense debate. According to the Attention to Memory (AtoM) model, dorsal parietal cortex (DPC) mediates top-down attention processes guided by retrieval goals, whereas ventral parietal cortex (VPC) mediates bottom-up attention processes captured by the retrieval…

  17. Dissociation of Subtraction and Multiplication in the Right Parietal Cortex: Evidence from Intraoperative Cortical Electrostimulation

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    Yu, Xiaodan; Chen, Chuansheng; Pu, Song; Wu, Chenxing; Li, Yongnian; Jiang, Tao; Zhou, Xinlin

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    Previous research has consistently shown that the left parietal cortex is critical for numerical processing, but the role of the right parietal lobe has been much less clear. This study used the intraoperative cortical electrical stimulation approach to investigate neural dissociation in the right parietal cortex for subtraction and…

  18. El gran proyecto de Antonio Bermejo y Arteaga para Santiago de Compostela: la Escuela de Veterinaria como émula de la École d´Anatomie d´Alfort en París

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    Moure Pazos, Iván

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Under Mr. Eugenio Montero Rios´ promotion, an architectonical and educational renovation will take place in Compostela, which will affect to the town´s image at the end of the 19th century. One of the most relevant interventions will be the Veterinary School (current Galician Parliament, projected by Antonio Bermejo y Arteaga as the image and likeness of the Parisian École d´Anatomie d´Alfort of Diet.Bajo el promotorado de D. Eugenio Montero Ríos, tendrá lugar en Compostela una renovación de carácter arquitectónico y educativo que afectará a la nueva imagen de la ciudad finisecular. Entre las intervenciones de más calado se cuenta La Escuela de Veterinaria (actual Parlamento de Galicia, creada por Antonio Bermejo y Arteaga a imagen y semejanza de L´École d´Anatomie d´Alfort de Diet en París.

  19. Parâmetros reacionais para a síntese enzimática do butirato de butila em solventes orgânicos Reactional parameters for enzymatic synthesis of butyl butyrate in organic solvent

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    Heizir F. CASTRO

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    Full Text Available A síntese orgânica catalisada por enzimas envolve um mecanismo complexo dependente do tipo de substrato, enzima, solvente orgânico e teor de água no meio reacional. Neste trabalho foi estudado a influência de alguns desses parâmetros no rendimento da esterificação do butanol com ácido butírico, utilizando uma preparação enzimática comercial de lipase. A polaridade e natureza do solvente, bem como a razão molar entre o butanol e ácido butírico, foram considerados os fatores que mais influenciaram o desenvolvimento dessa síntese enzimática.The organic synthesis catalyzed by enzymes is a complex function of substrate concentration, water concentration in the liquid phase, enzyme and organic solvent properties. In this work the influence of some parameters on the esterification of butanol with butyric acid was investigated, using a commercial lipase preparation. The polarity and nature of the solvent and also the substrate mole ratios played an important role in the performance of this enzymatic synthesis.

  20. Principales características y parámetros físicos y físico-mecánicos de tobas zeolitizadas del yacimiento Caimanes para la simulación de la preparación mecánica

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    Gerardo Orozco-Melgar

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available A partir de establecer las características y parámetros físicos y fisicomecánicos de las tobas zeolitizadas del yacimiento Caimanes se elaboró una propuesta de variante tecnológica para la preparación mecánica. La composición granulométrica de los productos triturados se determinó mediante el análisis de tamizado por vía seco-húmeda. El índice de Bond, la cinética de molienda y la función selección fueron establecidos según las metodologías recomendadas en la literatura. La función de rompimiento se determinó por el método del monotamaño y el Kapur-modificado. Para garantizar la reproducibilidad de los resultados se empleó el método de la 2s. Entre los principales resultados se obtuvo que el modelo experimental se asemeja considerablemente al modelo de Rozin- Rammler y el índice de Bond es de 13,51 kWh/t. Para obtener un producto granulométricamente más homogéneo y más fino se empleó un esquema de dos etapas de trituración en circuito cerrado, que es más efectivo que el esquema de dos etapas con circuito abierto. El valor de d80 obtenido fue de 1,823 mm.

  1. Farelo da vagem de algaroba em dietas para cabras lactantes: parâmetros ruminais e síntese de proteína microbiana Mesquite pod meal in diets of lactating goats: ruminal parameters and microbial efficiency synthesis

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    Lizziane da Silva Argôlo

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se avaliar os efeitos da adição de farelo da vagem de algaroba (0; 33,3; 66,7 e 100% em substituição ao fubá de milho sobre a excreção de derivados de purina, estimada com coleta total de urina, e sobre os parâmetros ruminais (pH, amônia e ácidos graxos voláteis de cabras em lactação. Utilizaram-se oito cabras adultas lactantes distribuídas em dois quadrados latinos 4 × 4 e alimentadas com dietas isoproteicas, compostas de 40% de silagem de capim-elefante e 60% de concentrado. Não houve efeito significativo da adição de farelo da vagem de algaroba sobre os parâmetros ruminais. O pH manteve-se em faixa adequada, entre 6,85 e 7,03, e a concentração média de nitrogênio amoniacal ruminal foi de 6,97 mg de N/100 mL de fluido ruminal. As concentrações de acetato e propionato variaram de 9,47 a 10,54 e de 4,79 a 6,58 mM, respectivamente. As excreções (mmol/dia de alantoína, ácido úrico, xantinahipoxantina, a quantidade (mmol/dia de purinas absorvidas, o fluxo intestinal (g/dia de nitrogênio microbiano e a eficiência de síntese microbiana (PM/kg NDT apresentaram resposta linear negativa à substituição do fubá de milho pelo farelo da vagem de algaroba. A estimativa da síntese de proteína microbiana em cabras deve ser calculada pela excreção de derivados de purinas a partir de equações obtidas com caprinos.The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of adding mesquite pod meal (0, 33.3, 66.7 and 100% to substitute corn meal on purin derivative the excretion, estimated by total urine collection, and on the ruminal parameters (pH, ammonia and volatile fatty acids. Eight lactating goats were used and distributed in a 4 × 4 Latin square and fed iso-protein diets consisting of 40% elephant grass silage and 60% concentrate. There was no significant effect from adding mesquite pod meal on the ruminal parameters. The pH ranged from 6.85 to 7.03 and the ruminal ammonia concentration averaged 6.97 mg

  2. Caracterización de un filtro de arena para potabilización de agua, mediante la obtención de curvas experimentales basadas en sus parámetros de funcionamiento

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    Espinoza Leal, Adriana Elisa; Trejo Cordova, Victor Olmedo

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    El presente artículo detalla el desarrollo y resultados obtenidos en un banco de pruebas experimental para generar las curvas de caracterización de un filtro de arena empleado en un proceso de potabilización de agua. Se seleccionó un filtro de arena comercial que empleó como material filtrante arena fina No. 45. Las pruebas se realizaron con diferentes niveles de turbidez, obtenidos diluyendo arcilla. Como resultados se obtuvieron curvas de espesor de capa de sólidos retenidos vs cantidad de ...

  3. París, un destino privilegiado para turistas chinos y españoles. Análisis de un texto turístico sobre la capital francesa

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    Luo, Zhenyun

    2016-01-01

    Este proyecto pretende analizar, por una parte, el turismo en Francia, el primer destino turístico del mundo, haciendo hincapié en las características de los mercados emisores chino y español. Por otra parte, el trabajo tratará de investigar sobre los recursos turísticos de Francia y sus atractivos para el turista, centrándose fundamentalmente en los de su capital mediante el análisis de un texto turístico. Universidad de Sevilla. Grado en Turismo

  4. La UE ante los compromisos asumidos en el Acuerdo de París : análisis de la competencia y los instrumentos de la UE para su cumplimiento

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    Rojas Fernández, Inés

    2016-01-01

    El objetivo del presente trabajo es el de analizar hasta qué punto la política energética y medioambiental de la UE puede llegar a integrar y cumplir con los compromisos adquiridos en la Conferencia celebrada en diciembre de 2015 en Paris, cuyo principal objetivo es el de limitar el calentamiento global a 2C. Por lo tanto, se trata de constatar si la UE dispone de las competencias e instrumentos adecuados para integrar y cumplir dichos compromisos; o si por el contrario, urge una revisión pro...

  5. Índice de contaminação: novo parâmetro para análise de metais e de pesticidas no sangue materno e do cordão umbilical

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    Motta, Ilse Sodré da [UNESP

    2014-01-01

    A exposição a metais e pesticidas presentes no meio ambiente apresenta efeitos prejudiciais à saúde da população. Em especial, mulheres grávidas e fetos em desenvolvimento apresentam maiores riscos. O presente estudo foi delineado para avaliar o índice de contaminação por metais e pesticidas em mulheres grávidas na região de Botucatu, estado de São Paulo, Brasil. Os metais estudados foram: Mo, Cd, Hg, Pb, Co, As, Zn, Mn, Se e Cu e os pesticidas foram: (α- HCH, β-HCH, γ-HCH) hexaclorocicloexan...

  6. Avaliação de parâmetros físico-químicos na oepração de um biodigestor para tratamento de dejetos suínos

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    Silva, Felipe Pinheiro

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    Monografia apresentada como requisito parcial para a obtenção do grau de Especialista em Energias Renováveis, com ênfase em Biogás. Orientador: Profa. Dra. Janine Padilha Botton. A suinocultura é uma atividade de grande importância na região oeste do Paraná, porém a concentração de suínos gera grandes volumes de dejetos que necessitam de um tratamento. Este que pode ser realizado utilizando os biodigestores, gerando ainda subprodutos de valor econômico como o biogás e o biofertilizante. E...

  7. Assessment of in vivo fluorescence method for chlorophyll-a estimation in optically complex waters (Curuai floodplain, Pará - Brazil Avaliação do método de fluorescência in vivo para a estimativa da concentração de clorofila-a em águas opticamente complexas (planície de inundação do Curuai, Pará - Brasil

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    Rafael Damiati Ferreira

    2012-12-01

    method, it is very useful for assessing the chlorophyll spatial distribution with relatively low cost. These possibilities are very interesting in the execution of field missions in the Amazon region.OBJETIVO: Este trabalho descreve os experimentos realizados para avaliar as medidas de fluorescência in vivo (IVF em um ambiente aquático opticamente complexo (planície de inundação amazônica, como método alternativo para a quantificação da clorofila-a na água. MÉTODOS: Foram coletados parâmetros de qualidade da água em 26 estações amostrais distribuídas em diversos lagos da planície de inundação de Curuai: temperatura, pH, turbidez, condutividade, profundidade, transparência ao disco de Secchi, concentração de clorofila-a (Chl-a, total de sólidos em suspensão (TSS e carbono orgânico dissolvido (DOC simultaneamente a quilômetros de transectos de IVF. Dois métodos de determinação do valor de fluorescência foram testados para o ajuste de modelos de estimativa da concentração de clorofila: fluorescência instantânea e fluorescência média. Também foram testados um modelo global e modelos regionais, os quais foram analisados em termos dos componentes opticamente ativos na água (Chl-a, DOC e TSS. RESULTADOS: Os resultados indicam que independentemente do método de estimativa de fluorescência empregado, não foi possível ajustar um modelo global para a planície de Curuai. Os modelos regionais apresentaram resultados contrastantes, de acordo com a concentração dos componentes opticamente ativos. Melhores resultados foram observados nos sistemas aquáticos com um único componente dominante, distribuído homogeneamente pelo respectivo lago. Os resultados destacam a influência das razões Chl-a/TSS, Chl-a/DOC e Feofitina/Chl-a no ajuste entre a IVF e a Chl-a. CONCLUSÕES: Não foi possível ajustar um modelo global para a planície de Curuai através de medidas de IVF. Entretanto, a busca por modelos regionais forneceu informações sobre os

  8. Sistema de adquisición de datos para la medición de parámetros radioeléctricos en antenas lineales en la banda de TV de VHF y UHF System of acquisition of information for measurement of radioelectric parameters in linear antennas in the band of VHF and UHF’s television

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    María del Pilar Celemín

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Este proyecto desarrolla un sistema de adquisición y procesamiento de datos para la medición y ajuste de parámetros radioeléctricos de antenas lineales en las bandas de VHF y UHF. Como señal de prueba se utilizan algunas de las señales de televisión que se encuentran en el espectro radioeléctrico, provenientes de los transmisores que radian señales de canales nacionales. El receptor implementado incluye un sintonizador comercial de televisión que toma como muestra la señal portadora de video. Esta señal es amplificada, filtrada, almacenada y acondicionada, para ser leída por el puerto serial de un computador personal y procesada empleando un programa en Visual Basic, con una interfaz gráfica que permite una interacción amigable con el usuario. Desde acá se interactúa con un microcontrolador que controla el mecanismo de posicionamiento de la antena receptora por medio de una estructura electromecánica, que le permite ejecutar movimientos en dos grados de libertad: en azimut y en elevación. Con esto se logra un sistema capaz de determinar automáticamente el apuntamiento óptimo de la antena de acuerdo al máximo nivel de recepción de señal. Así mismo, se determinan parámetros propios de la antena tales como: el patrón de radiación (tanto en el plano horizontal como vertical, la ganancia directiva de la antena, la ganancia en cada uno de los puntos que conforman el plano principal, y otros parámetros de interés para el análisis de las características reales de antenas lineales.This project develops a data acquisition and processing system for measuring and adjusting lineal-antenna radioelectric parameters in VHF and UHF. Television signals are used as test signal. They can be found in radio electric spectrum, as they come from commercial transmitters that broadcast signals of national channels. The achieved receptor includes a television commercial tuner for obtaining video signal. Later, this signal is conditioning to

  9. Elusloom lennukiga puhkusele / Inge Parring

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    2003-01-01

    Ilmunud ka: Delovõje Vedomosti 1. okt. lk. 13. Air Cargo Estonia/ACE Logisticsi müügijuht Inge Parring tutvustab elusloomade transpordivõimalusi. Vt. samas: Loomade transportimiseks vajalikud dokumendid

  10. Par Pond vegetation status 1996

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    Mackey, H.E. Jr.; Riley, R.S.

    1996-12-01

    The water level of Par Pond was lowered approximately 20 feet in mid-1991 in order to protect downstream residents from possible dam failure suggested by subsidence on the downstream slope of the dam and to repair the dam. This lowering exposed both emergent and nonemergent macrophyte beds to drying conditions resulting in extensive losses. A survey of the newly emergent, shoreline aquatic plant communities of Par Pond began in June 1995, three months after the refilling of Par Pond to approximately 200 feet above mean sea level. These surveys continued in July, September, and late October, 1995, and into the early spring and late summer of 1996. Communities similar to the pre-drawdown, Par Pond aquatic plant communities continue to become re-established. Emergent beds of maidencane, lotus, waterlily, watershield, and Pontederia are extensive and well developed. Measures of percent cover, width of beds, and estimates of area of coverage with satellite data indicate regrowth within two years of from 40 to 60% of levels prior to the draw down. Cattail occurrence continued to increase during the summer of 1996, especially in the former warm arm of Par Pond, but large beds common to Par Pond prior to the draw down still have not formed. Lotus has invaded and occupies many of the areas formerly dominated by cattail beds. To track the continued development of macrophytes in Par Pond, future surveys through the summer and early fall of 1997, along with the evaluation of satellite data to map the extent of the macrophyte beds of Par Pond, are planned

  11. Parámetros genéticos y tendencias genéticas para características de comportamiento en ganaderías de lida mexicanas

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    Joel Domínguez-Viveros

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Los objetivos del presente estudio fueron: estimar componentes de varianza; calcular heredabilidades (h2 y correlaciones genéticas (rg; predecir valores genéticos (VG, y analizar las tendencias a través del tiempo. Se analizó la información de comportamiento en cuatro ganaderías de lidia mexicanas: Los Encinos (ENC, Montecristo (MCR, San José (SJO y Fernando de la Mora (FMO. La información analizada correspondió a las notas de tienta al caballo (TC, tienta a pie (TP, lidia a caballo (LC y lidia a pie (LP. El número de observaciones osciló de 154 a 2,369 y el número de animales en los pedigríes varió de 3,246 a 8,962; se realizó un análisis multivariado con el software MTDFREML. Las heredabilidades obtenidas fueron de 0.09±0.05 a 0.47±0.22, y un promedio de 0.28±0.09; la h2 promedio por características fue de 0.33±0.06 para TC y TP, 0.23±0.14 para LC y 0.27±0.12 para LP. Todas las rg fueron positivas y superiores a 0.50; con excepción en TP y LP (0.44±0.38 en FMO y TC y LP (0.28±0.14 en MCR. La rg promedio dentro de ganadería fue de 0.71±0.14 en MCR, 0.77±0.35 en FMO, 0.78±0.18 en ENC y 0.85±0.31 en SJO. Las tendencias de los VG fueron positivas y diferentes de cero (P0.05. La ganancia por año, como parte porcentual de la media, osciló de 0.19 % en LC de FMO a 1.5 % en TP de ENC. Las estimaciones de heredabilidad y la variabilidad de los valores genéticos sugieren su utilidad en programas de selección, favoreciendo un mayor progreso genético.

  12. Syndecan-1 in the mouse parietal peritoneum microcirculation in inflammation.

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    Paulina M Kowalewska

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The heparan sulfate proteoglycan syndecan-1 (CD138 was shown to regulate inflammatory responses by binding chemokines and cytokines and interacting with adhesion molecules, thereby modulating leukocyte trafficking to tissues. The objectives of this study were to examine the expression of syndecan-1 and its role in leukocyte recruitment and chemokine presentation in the microcirculation underlying the parietal peritoneum. METHODS: Wild-type BALB/c and syndecan-1 null mice were stimulated with an intraperitoneal injection of Staphylococcus aureus LTA, Escherichia coli LPS or TNFα and the microcirculation of the parietal peritoneum was examined by intravital microscopy after 4 hours. Fluorescence confocal microscopy was used to examine syndecan-1 expression in the peritoneal microcirculation using fluorescent antibodies. Blocking antibodies to adhesion molecules were used to examine the role of these molecules in leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions in response to LTA. To determine whether syndecan-1 co-localizes with chemokines in vivo, fluorescent antibodies to syndecan-1 were co-injected intravenously with anti-MIP-2 (CXCL2, anti-KC (CXCL1 or anti-MCP-1 (CCL2. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Syndecan-1 was localized to the subendothelial region of peritoneal venules and the mesothelial layer. Leukocyte rolling was significantly decreased with LPS treatment while LTA and TNFα significantly increased leukocyte adhesion compared with saline control. Leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions were not different in syndecan-1 null mice. Antibody blockade of β2 integrin (CD18, ICAM-1 (CD54 and VCAM-1 (CD106 did not decrease leukocyte adhesion in response to LTA challenge while blockade of P-selectin (CD62P abrogated leukocyte rolling. Lastly, MIP-2 expression in the peritoneal venules was not dependent on syndecan-1 in vivo. Our data suggest that syndecan-1 is expressed in the parietal peritoneum microvasculature but does not regulate leukocyte

  13. Estudio y optimización de los parámetros de reacción para la obtención de material geopolimérico

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    Beleña, I.

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available The alkali activation of some bulk clays at room pressure and temperature leads to high strength cementitious materials called geopolymers. These inorganic polymers consist of 3D polysialate framework.. Literature concerning this kind of materials is mainly based on patents because of their industrial interest. Influence of several composition parameters (SiO2/Al2O3, Na2O/Al2O3 y H2O/Na2O in the structure and properties of geopolymeric materials, synthesised from metakaolinite and sodium silicate in a highly alkaline environment, has been studied by XRD, 27Al y 29Si-NMR and MES. Process for the obtention of geopolymeric pieces has been optimised varying the cured and drying conditions, obtaining likeceramic products. The different geopolymerization reaction periods have been followed by 27Al y 29Si-NMR.

    La activación alcalina en condiciones de presión y temperatura próximas a las ambientales de algunas arcillas calcinadas da lugar a materiales cementantes de altas prestaciones mecánicas constituidos por redes 3D polisialato-siloxo, también denominados geopolímeros. En el presente trabajo se ha analizado la influencia de diferentes parámetros de composición (SiO2/Al2O3, Na2O/Al2O3 y H2O/Na2O, sobre la naturaleza de los materiales formados a partir de metacaolinita y silicato sódico en medio fuertemente alcalino (NaOH mediante DRX, 27Al y 29Si-RMN y MEB. Se ha optimizado el proceso de obtención de piezas geopoliméricas variando las condiciones de curado y secado, obteniéndose materiales de características comparables a los cerámicos. El seguimiento de la reacción con el tiempo mediante 27Al y 29Si-RMN mostró tres etapas bien diferenciadas de disolución, nucleación y polimerización.

  14. Florestas estacionais e áreas de ecótono no estado do Tocantins, Brasil: parâmetros estruturais, classificação das fitofisionomias florestais e subsídios para conservação

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    Haidar,Ricardo Flores; Fagg,Jeanine Maria Felfili; Pinto,José Roberto Rodrigues; Dias,Ricardo Ribeiro; Damasco,Gabriel; Silva,Lucas de Carvalho Ramos; Fagg,Christopher William

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    O objetivo deste estudo foi descrever a riqueza, estrutura e diversidade de espécies arbóreas em áreas de Floresta Estacional e ecótono (Floresta Estacional/Floresta Ombrófila) no estado do Tocantins, buscando subsídios para a conservação, manejo florestal, compensação de reserva legal e recuperação ambiental, além de discutir as identidades fitogeográficas em comparação com outras florestas do Brasil. Em 18 bacias hidrográficas, conduziu-se amostragem da vegetação arbórea (DAP > 5 cm) de 22 ...

  15. Distinct antigenic characteristics of murine parietal yolk sac laminin

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    Wewer, U M; Tichy, D; Damjanov, A

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    Two monoclonal antibodies (LAM-A and LAM-B) specific for laminin from normal and neoplastic parietal yolk sac (PYS) cells were produced in rats immunized with a mouse yolk sac carcinoma cell line. Both antibodies immunoprecipitated the 400,000- and 200,000-Da chains of laminin and reacted...... with purified PYS laminin in ELISA. LAM-A reacted with mouse and rat PYS laminin, whereas LAM-B reacted only with mouse PYS laminin. Formaldehyde- and methanol-fixed adult and fetal somatic tissues were immunohistochemically unreactive with either of the two antibodies. In acetone-fixed tissue sections, both...

  16. Componentes de (covariância e parâmetros genéticos para caracteres produtivos à desmama de bezerros Angus criados no Estado do Rio Grande do Sul (Covariance components and genetic parameters for weaning production traits of Angus calves raised in the State of Rio Grande do Sul

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    Fernando Flores Cardoso

    2001-02-01

    Full Text Available Foram estimados componentes de (covariância e parâmetros genéticos para peso ao nascer (PN, ganho do nascimento à desmama (G205 e escores de conformação (CD, precocidade de terminação (GD, musculatura (MD e tamanho (TD à desmama, utilizando-se registros de desmama de 40.915 bezerros Angus, criados no Estado do Rio Grande do Sul, sul do Brasil. Desses, 12.706 tinham pesagem ao nascer e 11.863, avaliação completa para escores visuais (EV. Os dados foram analisados por meio de um modelo animal, em análises uni e multivariadas, e os componentes de variância estimados pela máxima verossimilhança restrita. As herdabilidades aditivas diretas estimadas foram 0,29; 0,25; 0,18; 0,19; 0,19; e 0,21, respectivamente, para PN, G205, CD, GD, MD e TD. A herdabilidade materna para G205 foi 0,16 e a correlação entre efeito genético direto e materno, -0,51. Essa correlação negativa indica antagonismo entre esses efeitos e provocou decréscimo na herdabilidade total para G205, que foi 0,18. A contribuição do ambiente permanente da vaca para a variância fenotípica esteve entre um mínimo de 0,05 para PN e máximo de 0,12 para G205. A correlação genética entre PN e G205 foi --0,06, mostrando que estes caracteres são independentes geneticamente. As correlações genéticas encontradas entre G205 e EV foram entre 0,71 e 0,86 e de EV entre si, 0,58 a 0,91. Essas associações positivas entre os escores visuais e destes com o crescimento na fase pré-desmama favorecem a seleção conjunta destes caracteres, por meio de índices de seleção.(Co variance components and genetic parameters for birth weight (BW, adjusted weaning gain (AWG and for conformation (WC, precocity (WP, muscling (WM and size (WS scores at weaning were estimated, from records of 40,915 Angus calves, raised in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil. From that data, 12,706 had birth weight records and 11,863 had complete records for visual scores (VS. The data were

  17. Proposta de teste incremental baseado na percepção subjetiva de esforço para determinação de limiares metabólicos e parâmetros mecânicos do nado livre Propuesta de un test adicional basado en la percepción subjetiva del esfuerzo para determinar los límites metabólicos y los parámetros mecánicos del nado libre Incremental test proposal based on the rating of perceived exertion to determine metabolic thresholds and mechanical parameters of free style

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    Manoel Carlos Spiguel Lima

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    Full Text Available A percepção subjetiva de esforço (PSE é determinada de forma não invasiva e utilizada juntamente com a resposta lactacidêmica como indicadores de intensidade durante teste incremental. Em campo, especialmente na natação, há dificuldades nas coletas sanguíneas; por isso, utilizam-se protocolos alternativos para estimar o limiar anaeróbio. Assim, os objetivos do estudo foram: prescrever um teste incremental baseado na PSE (Borg 6-20 visando estimar os limiares metabólicos determinados por métodos lactacidêmicos [ajuste bi-segmentado (V LL, concentração fixa-3,5mM (V3,5mM e distância máxima (V Dmáx]; relacionar a PSE atribuída em cada estágio com a freqüência cardíaca (FC e com parâmetros mecânicos de nado [freqüência (FB e amplitude de braçada (AB], analisar a utilização da escala 6-20 na regularidade do incremento das velocidades no teste e correlacionar os limiares metabólicos com a velocidade crítica (VC. Para isso, 12 nadadores (16,4 ± 1,3 anos realizaram dois esforços máximos (200 e 400m; os dados foram utilizados para determinar a VC, velocidade de 400m (V400m e a freqüência crítica de braçada (FCb; e um teste incremental com intensidade inicial baseada na PSE, respectivamente, 9, 11, 13, 15 e 17; sendo monitorados em todos os estágios a FC, lactacidêmia e os tempos de quatro ciclos de braçadas e das distâncias de 20m (parte central da piscina e 50m. Posteriormente, foram calculadas as velocidades dos estágios, FB, AB, V LL, V3,5mM e V Dmáx. Utilizaram-se ANOVA e correlação de Pearson para análise dos resultados. Não foram encontradas diferenças entre VC, V Dmáx e V LL, porém a V3,5mM foi inferior às demais velocidades (P La Percepción Subjetiva del Esfuerzo (PSE es determinada de forma no invasiva y utilizada juntamente con la respuesta lactacidémica como indicadores de intensidad durante un test de incremento. En campo, especialmente en la natación, hay dificultades en las colectas

  18. Episode of Low Level Jets in the north and northeast coast of state of Para: a case study of 2002 april 21st to 22nd Episódio de jatos de baixos níveis no litoral norte e nordeste do estado do Pará: um estudo de caso de 21-22 de abril de 2002

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    Adriano Marlisom Leão Sousa

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    Full Text Available In this study the characteristics of the vertical structure of an episode of Low Level Jets (LLJ occurring in the coast of Para is described. Radiosonde data of Ajuruteua city in Bragança collected during the DESMATA Experiment (Impact of the Deforestation the Atlantic Coast of the Amazonian, taking place in 2002, from April 08th to 22th, are used. Among the detected cases during the rainy period, one specific case with 12 hours duration, average velocity of 15m/s and directed from NE to E in the point of maximum velocity was selected. The observational results have indicated that this LLJ located in the coast of Para was due to the combined action of two factors: (1 inertial oscillation and (2 superficial baroclinicity. These two combined factors sustained this LLJ with velocities between 10 and 13m/s during the day and between 14 and 16m/s during the night, at an average altitude of 800m above surface.Neste estudo descreve-se as características da estrutura vertical de um episódio de Jatos de Baixos Níveis (JBN ocorrido no litoral do Pará, utilizando-se para tal, dados das radiossondagens de Ajuruteua, Município de Bragança coletados durante o experimento DESMATA (Impacto do Desmatamento Junto ao Litoral Atlântico da Amazônia realizado no período de 08 a 22 de abril de 2002. Dentre os casos detectados no período chuvoso, selecionou-se um que se manteve por 12 horas com velocidade média de 15m/s e que estava direcionado de Nordeste para Leste, no ponto de máxima velocidade. Os resultados observacionais indicaram que, este JBN localizado no litoral Paraense foi resultado da ação combinada de dois fatores: (1 oscilação inercial e (2 baroclinia superficial. Estes dois fatores combinados sustentaram este JBN com intensidades entre 10 e 13m/s durante o dia e entre 14 e 16m/s durante a noite, localizado a uma altitude média de 800m acima da superfície.

  19. Identificación de parámetros con métodos numéricos para el modelado de sistemas eléctricos con dependencia frecuencial;Identification of parameters with numerical methods for the modelling of electrical systems with frequency dependence.

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    Eduardo Salvador Bañuelos Cabral

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available El artículo presenta una descripción detallada de las técnicas más utilizadas para hacer ajuste racional de funciones del dominio de la frecuencia. Las técnicas son: Aproximación Asintótica de Bode, Mínimos Cuadrados Ordinarios, Mínimos Cuadrados Iterativamente Reponderados, Ajuste Vectorial y Levenberg-Marquardt. Estas técnicas se comparan aproximando una función analítica. Después, se aplican al ajuste racional de parámetros dependientes de la frecuencia de una línea de transmisión monofásica. El efecto del ajuste se evalúa considerando los casos de línea abierta, corto circuito y perfectamente acoplada. La transformada numérica de Laplace (NLT se utiliza como referencia para la evaluación. Se concluye que la adecuada implementación de cada técnica depende de varios factores; del tipo de función a ajustar, del rango de ajuste, y otros. Además, no es posible garantizar que una de las técnicas siempre converja al mejor resultado. El artículo propone algunas guías para seleccionar la técnica más adecuada para una aplicación particular. This paper provides a detailed description of the rational fitting techniques that are most used to approximate frequency domain functions. The techniques are: Bode asymptotic approximations, Ordinary Least-Squares, Iteratively Reweighted Least-Squares, Vector Fitting and Levenberg-Marquardt. These techniques are compared by approximating of an analytic function. Then, the techniques are applied to the rational-fitting of the frequency-dependent parameters corresponding to a single-phase transmission line. The effect of the rational representations is evaluated considering transients on cases of open-ended, short-circuited and perfectly matched lines. The numerical Laplace transform technique (NLT is used as reference for the evaluations. It follows that the proper implementation of each fitting technique depends on various factors; the type of function being adjusted, the desired

  20. La parálisis cerebral en el contexto escolar /

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    Se analiza el concepto de parálisis cerebral, los diferentes tipos y sus características. También las adaptaciones que se deben realizar a nivel de centro, de aula, y a nivel individual para estos alumnos, conocer los diferentes sistemas alternativos y aumentativos de comunicación y aplicar las ayudas técnicas que precisa este alumnado

  1. Thalamic and parietal brain morphology predicts auditory category learning.

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    Scharinger, Mathias; Henry, Molly J; Erb, Julia; Meyer, Lars; Obleser, Jonas

    2014-01-01

    Auditory categorization is a vital skill involving the attribution of meaning to acoustic events, engaging domain-specific (i.e., auditory) as well as domain-general (e.g., executive) brain networks. A listener's ability to categorize novel acoustic stimuli should therefore depend on both, with the domain-general network being particularly relevant for adaptively changing listening strategies and directing attention to relevant acoustic cues. Here we assessed adaptive listening behavior, using complex acoustic stimuli with an initially salient (but later degraded) spectral cue and a secondary, duration cue that remained nondegraded. We employed voxel-based morphometry (VBM) to identify cortical and subcortical brain structures whose individual neuroanatomy predicted task performance and the ability to optimally switch to making use of temporal cues after spectral degradation. Behavioral listening strategies were assessed by logistic regression and revealed mainly strategy switches in the expected direction, with considerable individual differences. Gray-matter probability in the left inferior parietal lobule (BA 40) and left precentral gyrus was predictive of "optimal" strategy switch, while gray-matter probability in thalamic areas, comprising the medial geniculate body, co-varied with overall performance. Taken together, our findings suggest that successful auditory categorization relies on domain-specific neural circuits in the ascending auditory pathway, while adaptive listening behavior depends more on brain structure in parietal cortex, enabling the (re)direction of attention to salient stimulus properties. © 2013 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  2. Right parietal cortex mediates recognition memory for melodies.

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    Schaal, Nora K; Javadi, Amir-Homayoun; Halpern, Andrea R; Pollok, Bettina; Banissy, Michael J

    2015-07-01

    Functional brain imaging studies have highlighted the significance of right-lateralized temporal, frontal and parietal brain areas for memory for melodies. The present study investigated the involvement of bilateral posterior parietal cortices (PPCs) for the recognition memory of melodies using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Participants performed a recognition task before and after tDCS. The task included an encoding phase (12 melodies), a retention period, as well as a recognition phase (24 melodies). Experiment 1 revealed that anodal tDCS over the right PPC led to a deterioration of overall memory performance compared with sham. Experiment 2 confirmed the results of Experiment 1 and further showed that anodal tDCS over the left PPC did not show a modulatory effect on memory task performance, indicating a right lateralization for musical memory. Furthermore, both experiments revealed that the decline in memory for melodies can be traced back to an interference of anodal stimulation on the recollection process (remember judgements) rather than to familiarity judgements. Taken together, this study revealed a causal involvement of the right PPC for memory for melodies and demonstrated a key role for this brain region in the recollection process of the memory task. © 2015 The Authors. European Journal of Neuroscience published by Federation of European Neuroscience Societies and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  3. Sylvian Fissure and Parietal Anatomy in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    Tracey A. Knaus

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Autism spectrum disorder (ASD is characterized by deficits in social functioning and language and communication, with restricted interests or stereotyped behaviors. Anatomical differences have been found in the parietal cortex in children with ASD, but parietal subregions and associations between Sylvian fissure (SF and parietal anatomy have not been explored. In this study, SF length and anterior and posterior parietal volumes were measured on MRI in 30 right-handed boys with ASD and 30 right-handed typically developing boys (7–14 years, matched on age and non-verbal IQ. There was leftward SF and anterior parietal asymmetry, and rightward posterior parietal asymmetry, across groups. There were associations between SF and parietal asymmetries, with slight group differences. Typical SF asymmetry was associated with typical anterior and posterior parietal asymmetry, in both groups. In the atypical SF asymmetry group, controls had atypical parietal asymmetry, whereas in ASD there were more equal numbers of individuals with typical as atypical anterior parietal asymmetry. We did not find significant anatomical-behavioral associations. Our findings of more individuals in the ASD group having a dissociation between cortical asymmetries warrants further investigation of these subgroups and emphasizes the importance of investigating anatomical relationships in addition to group differences in individual regions.

  4. Identificação das intervenções de enfermagem na Atenção Primária à Saúde: parâmetro para o dimensionamento de trabalhadores Identificación de las intervenciones de enfermería en la atención primaria de salud: parámetro para el dimensionamiento de trabajadores The identification of nursing interventions in primary health care: a parameter for personnel staffing

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    Daiana Bonfim

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Na Atenção Primária à Saúde (APS o quadro de trabalhadores de enfermagem é planejado de forma empírica, gerando distorção entre a alocação e a real necessidade das unidades de saúde. O objetivo deste trabalho foi identificar as intervenções de enfermagem na APS para subsidiar o dimensionamento dos trabalhadores. Foram utilizadas as seguintes fontes: revisão bibliográfica em bases de dados no período de 1999-2009; observação em campo em Unidade de Saúde da Família; levantamento em prontuários de famílias; mapeamento das atividades em intervenções de enfermagem segundo a taxonomia Nursing Interventions Classification e validação dessas intervenções. Identificaram-se 169 atividades: 11 atividades associadas; 5 pessoais; e 153 de cuidados diretos e indiretos que foram mapeadas e validadas em 7 domínios, 15 classes e 46 intervenções da NIC. O estudo possibilitou o reconhecimento das práticas de enfermagem na APS por meio de uma linguagem padronizada, subsidiando a sua aplicação na construção de instrumentos para a identificação da carga de trabalho.En Atención Primaria de Salud (APS el grupo de trabajadores de enfermería se planifica empíricamente, generándose desequilibrio entre asignaciones y necesidades reales de las unidades de salud. Se objetivó identificar las intervenciones de enfermería en APS para determinar la distribución laboral. Se utilizaron: revisión bibliográfica en bases de datos entre 1999 y 2009, observación en campo en Unidad de Salud de la Familia, datos de historias clínicas de familias, mapeo de actividades en intervenciones de enfermería según taxonomía Nursing Intervention Classification y validación de las intervenciones. Se identificaron 169 actividades: 11 asociadas, cinco personales y 153 de cuidados directos e indirectos, mapeadas y validadas en siete dominios, 15 clases y 46 intervenciones de la NIC. El estudio posibilitó reconocer las prácticas de enfermería en

  5. Criterios de referencia para los indicadores de secreción de insulina y de los parámetros lipídicos en una población mixta hospitalaria Reference criteria for insulin secretion indicators and of the lipid parameters in a hospital mixed population

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    Celeste Arranz Calzado

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCCIÓN: la utilidad clínica de numerosos indicadores para el diagnóstico de la sensibilidad y la resistencia a la insulina es estudiada y aplicada frecuentemente con los mismos criterios de interpretación diagnóstica que fueron propuestos por sus autores. Las diferencias entre las características particulares de las distintas poblaciones y de la metodología empleada para la determinación de la glicemia y la insulinemia sobre el valor del punto de corte usado para el diagnóstico, requiere el uso de criterios diagnósticos representativos de esa población. Es difícil establecer criterios particulares porque la complejidad y el costo de la metodología directa convencional que usa poblaciones de referencia, es inaccesible en general a los laboratorios individuales. Existe una alternativa más simple, el método indirecto de estimación de rangos de referencia, basado en segregar poblaciones mixtas hospitalarias en sus componentes gausseanos, que pudiera ser el más adecuado para obtener criterios diagnósticos no sesgados. OBJETIVOS: calcular los límites de referencia de los principales indicadores para el diagnóstico de la resistencia a la insulina y la validez de los resultados obtenidos con este método. MÉTODOS: se estudiaron los parámetros estadísticos y los valores de referencia de 8 indicadores de secreción de la insulina, 3 indicadores de resistencia y 5 indicadores de sensibilidad a la insulina, derivados de la relación entre la glicemia y la insulinemia en ayunas, a partir de 1 000 muestras sucesivas de la población mixta hospitalaria que se atiende en el Instituto Nacional de Endocrinología. Se aplicó esta metodología a otros parámetros que también tienen una distribución asimétrica en la población, como la insulina y los lípidos séricos (colesterol y triglicéridos y que cuentan con valores de referencia de aceptación universal, usados como control interno para evaluar si el método empleado brinda

  6. Parâmetros genéticos para características de carcaça avaliadas por ultrassonografia em bovinos da raça Guzerá Genetic parameters for body weight and real-time ultra sound carcass traits of Guzera cattle

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    H.R. Lima Neto

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available A partir das observações de 1.325 animais (90,4% de machos e 9,6% de fêmeas e do pedigree de 6.642 animais da raça Guzerá foram estimados os parâmetros genéticos para o peso corporal e as características área de olho de lombo e espessura de gordura na costela e na garupa, avaliadas por meio da técnica de ultrassonografia. Os componentes de (covariância foram estimados pelo método da máxima verossimilhança restrita, utilizando-se o aplicativo MTDFREML. Foram utilizados, para as estimativas de repetibilidade e herdabilidade, modelos unicaracterística e, para as correlações genéticas e fenotípicas entre as características, modelos bicaracterísticas. As estimativas de repetibilidade (erros-padrão foram 0,44(0,10 para peso corporal, 0,39(0,10 para área de olho de lombo, 0,75(0,06 para espessura de gordura na costela e 0,49(0,08 para espessura de gordura na garupa. As estimativas de herdabilidade, respectivamente a partir de modelos uni e bicaracterísticas, foram 0,42(0,11 e 0,41(0,11 para peso corporal, 0,35(0,09 e 0,34(0,09 para área de olho de lombo, 0,20(0,08 e 0,32(0,02 para espessura de gordura na garupa e 0,05(0,06 e 0,10(0,08 para espessura de gordura na costela. As estimativas de correlações genéticas foram 0,79(0,09 entre o peso corporal e a área de olho de lombo; 0,20(0,08 entre o peso corporal e a espessura de gordura na garupa; 0,05(0,06 entre a área de olho de lombo e a espessura de gordura na costela; 0,02(0,27 entre a área de olho de lombo e a espessura de gordura na garupa; e 0,64(0,22 entre as duas medidas de espessura de gordura. Os resultados indicam que é uma mensuração suficiente para a adequada avaliação das características área de olho de lombo e espessura de gordura na carcaça e que a seleção direta para essas características pode resultar em carcaças mais musculosas e de melhor acabamento. Indica, ainda, ausência de antagonismo genético entre a seleção para peso corporal e

  7. Predição de parâmetros e valores genéticos para caracteres de crescimento e produção de látex em progênies de seringueira Genetic parameters and values prediction for growth and latex production traits in rubber tree progenies

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    Reginaldo Brito da Costa

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available O trabalho objetivou estimar parâmetros e valores genéticos para os caracteres altura, diâmetro, produção de látex e produtividade de progênies de seringueira. As progênies meio-irmãos foram estabelecidas sob delineamento de blocos ao acaso, com 28 tratamentos (progênies, cinco repetições e dez plantas por parcela. Aos três anos de idade, as progênies foram avaliadas quanto aos caracteres: a altura total (cm; b diâmetro (mm; c Produção de borracha seca (g e produtividade (g cm-2. As estimativas dos coeficientes de herdabilidades individuais (0,33; 0,24 e 0,51 para os caracteres altura, diâmetro e produtividade, respectivamente, foram consideradas expressivas. Para o caráter produção de borracha seca, a estimativa do coeficiente de herdabilidade individual, no sentido restrito (9%, embora de baixa magnitude, revela excelente possibilidade de seleção, pois conduziram a estimativa da herdabilidade, em nível de médias de família, a um valor equivalente a 68%. A acurácia entre os valores genéticos preditos e os verdadeiros foram de 0,80 para altura, 0,76 para diâmetro, 0,62 para produção de borracha seca e 0,86 para produtividade. As estimativas de herdabilidades individuais associadas às de médias de progênies podem maximizar os ganhos genéticos com a seleção na população. A inclusão do caráter produtividade foi promissora e deve ser utilizada na seqüência das avaliações, subsidiando o programa de melhoramento genético da espécie no Estado de Mato Grosso do Sul.This study aimed to estimate genetic values and parameters for plant height, diameter, rubber yield and productivity (g cm-2 of rubber tree progenies. Half-sib progenies were established in a complete randomized block, with 28 treatments, five replicates and 10 plants per plot. At three years of life, the progenies were evaluated regarding the following characters: diameter, rubber production and productivity (g cm². The estimative coefficients

  8. Influence of the cerebrospinal fluid laboratory parameters in the ELISA test for neurocysticercosis using a total cysticerci antigen Influência dos parâmetros laboratoriais do líquido cefalorraquidiano no teste ELISA para neurocisticercose utilizando antígeno total de cisticerco

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    Cristiane S. Casanova

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available To evaluate if the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF parameters may influence the cysticercosis immunoreactivity response in the CSF. CSF samples of 109 patients were analyzed and classified in three groups, according to the neurological manifestations and the reactivity in antibody-enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (Ab-ELISA testing in CSF for neurocysticercosis (NC: group A, 18 patients with neurological disorders compatible with NC and reactive Ab-ELISA in CSF for NC; group B, 50 patients with neurological disorders non-compatible with NC and reactive Ab-ELISA for NC; group C, 41 patients with neurological disorders non-compatible with NC and non-reactive Ab-ELISA in CSF for NC. The CSF analysis in group A was compatible with NC. The group B in comparison to the groups A and C presents higher frequency and intensity of hypercytosis, presence of red blood cells in CSF, protein concentration and immunological reactive test for other etiological agents (pAvaliar se os parâmetros do líquido cefalorraquidiano (LCR podem influenciar na reatividade da resposta imune específica do LCR na neurocisticercose (NC. Amostras de LCR de 109 pacientes foram analisadas e classificadas em três grupos, de acordo com as manifestações neurológicas e reatividade do teste de Ab-ELISA para NC no LCR. Grupo A, 18 pacientes com enfermidades neurológicas compatíveis com NC e reatividade do teste Ab-ELISA para NC no LCR; grupo B, 50 pacientes com enfermidades neurológicas não compatíveis com NC e reatividade do teste Ab-ELISA para NC no LCR; grupo C, 41 pacientes com enfermidades neurológicas não compatíveis com NC e na ausência de reatividade do teste de Ab-ELISA para NC no LCR. A análise do LCR do grupo A foi compatível com NC. O grupo B apresentou maior freqüência e intensidade da pleocitose, da presença de hemácias no LCR, hiperproteinorraquia, reatividade imune para outros agentes etiológicos em comparação aos grupos A e C (p<0.05. Os dados indicam

  9. Genetic parameters and phenotypic and genetic trends for weight at weaning and visual scores during this phase estimated for Angus-Nellore crossbred young bulls Parâmetros genéticos e tendências genéticas e fenotípicas para peso a desmama e escores visuais nessa fase estimados para tourinhos mestiços Angus-Nelore

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    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Genetic parameters and genetic and phenotypic trends were estimated for weight at weaning (WW and visual scores (VS of conformation (C, precocity (P, musculature (M and navel (N for Angus × Nellore crossbred calves. It was used 39,676 records from pre-weaning phase of animals born from 1992 to 2002 in mid-western, southeastern and southern Brazil. The components of covariance were estimated using REML, in animal model, considering as random the maternal and direct additive genetic effects, and as fixed, the effects of contemporaneous group, the genetic group of the animal and of the cow, and as covariates the age of the calf at weaning and the age of the cow at calving, both on days and with linear and quadratic effects, besides direct (DH and maternal heterosis (MH, both with only the linear effect. Estimates of direct and maternal heritability were 0.30 and 0.19, respectively, for WW, whereas VSs ranged from 0.16 to 0.20 and from 0.09 to 0.16, which indicates the possibility to obtain genetic gain through selection. It is expected answer correlated to C, P and for M when selection is practiced for weight at weaning is expected, as well as for P and M when selection is practiced for C. The direct and maternal genetic trends for WW (g/year and for C, P, M and N (points/year were: 221.0 and -312.0; 0.0022 and 0.00003; 0.0010 and 0.0001; 0.0013 and -0.0008; 0.0010 and 0.00009, respectively, while the phenotypic were: -685.2; -0.0102; -0.0219; -0.0256 and -0.0453, which highlights the need to adopt criteria for identifying young bulls of higher genetic value for WW and VSs.Foram estimados parâmetros genéticos e tendências genéticas e fenotípicas para peso a desmama (PD e para os escores visuais (EVs de conformação (C, precocidade (P, musculatura (M e umbigo (U, para bezerros produtos do cruzamento entre as raças Angus e Nelore. Foram utilizados 39.676 registros da fase pré-desmama, de animais nascidos entre os anos de 1992 e 2002, nas

  10. El arte parietal, espejo de las sociedades paleolíticas

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    Full Text Available RESUMEN: El presente trabajo aboga por un estudio del arte parietal como instrumento del conocimiento de la geografía humana de las sociedades de cazadores y de la evolución de sus redes de alianza, durante el Paleolítico superior. Tomando como ejemplo el componente figurativo de este arte y un amplio corpus de 3981 figuras procedentes de 154 yacimientos franceses y españoles, se demuestra que las asociaciones entre especies animales diferentes obedecen a reglas simples y coherentes, que se dejan fácilmente exprimir por un modelo formal. El análisis de doce sub-conjuntos sincrónicos y diacrónicos evidencia la movilidad de las connexiones interregionales (por ejemplo el desarrollo del Solutrense cantábrico en relación con los centros peninsulares y con escaso contacto con el sudoeste francés, al contrario de la situación que prevalece durante el Magdaleniense medio-superior. Sin embargo conforta la idea que las variaciones regionales operan dentro de un sistema de pensamiento religioso relativamente estable. Una segunda fase del trabajo se propone describir la estructuración del arte parietal a un nivel mucho más fino, teniendo en cuenta la diversidad formal de cada figura y sus relaciones topológicas con las demás. Una larga base de datos está en curso de elaboración para su tratamiento con las técnicas de "extracción de conocimiento" (Knowledge Discovery in Databases. Unos resultados preliminares dejan esperar que una base de datos de este tipo servirá el objetivo y proporcionará une visión más precisa y segura de la historia de los pueblos paleolíticos, dado que la fuente del estilo propio de cada grupo debe buscarse en la construcción gráfica de paneles complejos.ABSTRACT: This paper pleads in favour of the study of parietal art as a means to investigate the human geography of palaeolithic hunter-gatherers in Europe and the evolution of their alliance networks. Taking the example of the figurative component of Rock

  11. Genetic parameters and heterogeneity of variance to milk yield in Murrah breed for Bayesian inference Heterogeneidade de variâncias e parâmetros genéticos para produção de leite em bubalinos da raça Murrah, mediante inferência Bayesiana

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    Simone Inoe Araújo

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    ,33 e 0,41 para os níveis de alto e baixo desvio padrão, respectivamente. A correlação genética entre os níveis foi igual a 0,58, caracterizando a presença de heterogeneidade de variância entre os rebanhos. Os reprodutores foram selecionados em razão do ambiente mais variável em que suas progênies são criadas, do que propriamente pelos seus próprios méritos genéticos.Palavras-chave: avaliação genética, bufalos, parâmetros genéticos

  12. Interleukin-17A Promotes Parietal Cell Atrophy by Inducing ApoptosisSummary

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    Full Text Available Background & Aims: Atrophic gastritis caused by chronic inflammation in the gastric mucosa leads to the loss of gastric glandular cells, including acid-secreting parietal cells. Parietal cell atrophy in a setting of chronic inflammation induces spasmolytic polypeptide expressing metaplasia, a critical step in gastric carcinogenesis. However, the mechanisms by which inflammation causes parietal cell atrophy and spasmolytic polypeptide expressing metaplasia are not well defined. We investigated the role of interleukin-17A (IL-17A in causing parietal cell atrophy. Methods: A mouse model of autoimmune atrophic gastritis was used to examine IL-17A production during early and late stages of disease. Organoids derived from corpus glands were used to determine the direct effects of IL-17A on gastric epithelial cells. Immunofluorescent staining was used to examine IL-17A receptors and the direct effect of signaling on parietal cells. Mice were infected with an IL-17A-producing adenovirus to determine the effects of IL-17A on parietal cells in vivo. Finally, IL-17A neutralizing antibodies were administered to mice with active atrophic gastritis to evaluate the effects on parietal cell atrophy and metaplasia. Results: Increased IL-17A correlated with disease severity in mice with chronic atrophic gastritis. IL-17A caused caspase-dependent gastric organoid degeneration, which could not be rescued with a necroptosis inhibitor. Parietal cells expressed IL-17A receptors and IL-17A treatment induced apoptosis in parietal cells. Overexpressing IL-17A in vivo induced caspase-3 activation and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase–mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate nick-end labeling staining in parietal cells. Finally, IL-17A neutralizing antibody decreased parietal cell atrophy and metaplasia in mice with chronic atrophic gastritis. Conclusions: These data identify IL-17A as a cytokine that promotes parietal cell apoptosis during atrophic gastritis, a

  13. Vote par sondage uniforme incorruptible

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    International audience; Introduit en 2012 par David Chaum, le vote par sondage uniforme (random-sample voting) est un protocole de vote basé sur un choix d'une sous-population représentative , permettant de limiter les coûts tout en ayant de nombreux avantages, principalement lorsqu'il est couplé a d'autres techniques comme ThreeBallot. Nous analysons un problème de corruptibilité potentielle où les votants peuvent vendre leur vote au plus offrant et proposons une variation du protocole reméd...

  14. Parâmetros genéticos para a produção de leite de controles individuais de vacas da raça Gir estimados com modelos de repetibilidade e regressão aleatória Estimation of genetic parameters for test day milk records of first lactation Gyr cows using repeatability and random regression animal models

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    Claudio Napolis Costa

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Registros individuais perfazendo 8.183 controles de produção de leite (PLC de 1.273 primeiras lactações de vacas da raça Gir de rebanhos supervisionados pela ABCZ no período 1994/2000 foram utilizados para se estimar componentes de variância e parâmetros genéticos para PLC usando-se REML. Foram comparados um modelo de repetibilidade e modelos de regressão aleatória ajustados com as funções logarítmica (Ali & Schaeffer, 1987, exponencial (Wilmink, 1987 e polinômios ortogonais de Legendre (LP de ordem 3 a 5, sob as pressuposições de homogeneidade e heterogeneidade de variância residual, definidas respectivamente por uma (ME=1 ou quatro classes de medidas de erro temporário (ME=4 ao longo do período de lactação. Também ajustou-se a produção de leite acumulada na lactação (P305 utilizando-se um modelo animal cuja estimativa de heritabilidade foi 0,22. As estimativas de heritabilidade e repetibilidade para a PLC foram 0,27 e 0,76, respectivamente. As estimativas de heritabilidade com a FAS e a FW alcançaram respectivamente 0,59 e 0,74 ao início da lactação e decresceram para valores próximos de 0,20 ao final do período. Exceto para o LP de quinta ordem com ME=1, as estimativas de heritabilidade diminuíram de 0,70 no início para 0,30 no final da lactação. Menores estimativas de VR foram obtidas para a FAS do que para a FW sob ambas as pressuposições de homogeneidade e heterogeneidade de variância. Em todos os estádios da lactação, as estimativas de VR diminuíram com o aumento da ordem do LP e dependeram da pressuposição sobre o ME. As estimativas das variâncias genética e de ambiente permanente não apresentaram nenhuma tendência com o aumento da ordem do LP e não se observaram diferenças significativas para tais estimativas sob a pressuposição de heterogeneidade de VR ao longo da lactação. Maiores valores de correlação genética entre as PLC foram obtidos com a FW, que também apresentou maior

  15. Limits to the Recognizability of Flaws in Non-Destructive Testing Steam-Generator Tubes for Nuclear-Power Plants; Limitations de l'Efficacite de la Detection des Defauts par Essais Non Destructifs de Tubes de Bouilleurs pour Centrales Nucleaires; Predely ehffektivnosti nedestruktivnoj defektoskopii trub parogeneratorov yadernykh ehlektrostantsij; Limites para Distinguir los Defectos en el Ensayo No Destructivo de Tubo para Generadores de Vapor Destinados a Centrales Nucleares

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    Kuhlmann, A.; Adamsky, F. -J. [Technischer Ueberwachungs-Verein Reinland e.V., Cologne (Germany)

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    -Verein' de Rhenanie qui a ete charge de surveiller et de controler la fabrication et le montage des bouilleurs, pour garantir que cet element de la centrale soit aussi exempt que possible de defauts. L'experience acquise dans l'execution de ces travaux peut etre tres utile pour la fabrication et le montage des bouilleurs de n'importe quel type de centrale nucleaire. Le memoire traite des limitations de l'efficacite des essais non destructifs de tubes de bouilleurs. Les auteurs discutent plus particulierement les essais ci-apres: a) Controle automatique par ultrasons de tubes droits dans l'usine de production; b) Controle combine, par ultrasons et par radiographie, de tubes coudes et de soudures; c) Autres controles non destructifs. (author) [Spanish] En la Republica Federal de Alemania se estan construyendo reactores nucleares con generadores de vapor situados en el interior del tanque de presion. Las caracteristicas de este modelo dificultan considerablemente la reparacion de los tubos del generador que puede llegar a paralizar la central nuclear por largos periodos. Como es bien sabido, muchas de las dificultades para mantener en funcionamiento las centrales nucleares de tipo clasico provienen de averias en los tubos del generador de vapor. Por ello, y teniendo tambien en cuenta como razon no menos importante el elevado costo total de esos reactores, es preciso construir los generadores de vapor de tal manera que el factor carga de la central sea lo mas elevado posible. El Technischer Ueberwachungs-Verein Rheinland se encarga de dirigir e inspeccionar la fabricacion y la construccion de generadores de vapor para que esa parte de las instalaciones carezca en lo posible de defectos. La experiencia adquirida a ese respecto ofrece ademas interes para la fabricacion y construccion de los generadores de vapor que se destinan a las centrales nucleares en general. En la presente memoria se examinan los limites de rendimiento del ensayo no destructivo de los tubos para generadores

  16. Visual perception is dependent on visuospatial working memory and thus on the posterior parietal cortex.

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    Pisella, Laure

    2017-06-01

    Visual perception involves complex and active processes. We will start by explaining why visual perception is dependent on visuospatial working memory, especially the spatiotemporal integration of the perceived elements through the ocular exploration of visual scenes. Then we will present neuropsychology, transcranial magnetic stimulation and neuroimaging data yielding information on the specific role of the posterior parietal cortex of the right hemisphere in visuospatial working memory. Within the posterior parietal cortex, neuropsychology data also suggest that there might be dissociated neural substrates for deployment of attention (superior parietal lobules) and spatiotemporal integration (right inferior parietal lobule). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  17. Transient contribution of left posterior parietal cortex to cognitive restructuring.

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    Sutoh, Chihiro; Matsuzawa, Daisuke; Hirano, Yoshiyuki; Yamada, Makiko; Nagaoka, Sawako; Chakraborty, Sudesna; Ishii, Daisuke; Matsuda, Shingo; Tomizawa, Haruna; Ito, Hiroshi; Tsuji, Hiroshi; Obata, Takayuki; Shimizu, Eiji

    2015-03-17

    Cognitive restructuring is a fundamental method within cognitive behavioural therapy of changing dysfunctional beliefs into flexible beliefs and learning to react appropriately to the reality of an anxiety-causing situation. To clarify the neural mechanisms of cognitive restructuring, we designed a unique task that replicated psychotherapy during a brain scan. The brain activities of healthy male participants were analysed using functional magnetic resonance imaging. During the brain scan, participants underwent Socratic questioning aimed at cognitive restructuring regarding the necessity of handwashing after using the restroom. The behavioural result indicated that the Socratic questioning effectively decreased the participants' degree of belief (DOB) that they must wash their hands. Alterations in the DOB showed a positive correlation with activity in the left posterior parietal cortex (PPC) while the subject thought about and rated own belief. The involvement of the left PPC not only in planning and decision-making but also in conceptualization may play a pivotal role in cognitive restructuring.

  18. Supplementation for steers on pasture during the rainy period: intake, digestibility and ruminal parameters Suplementação para bovinos em pastejo no período das águas: consumo, digestibilidade e parâmetros ruminais

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    Darcilene Maria Figueiredo

    2011-06-01

    consumo de matéria seca do pasto. As digestibilidades da matéria seca e da fibra em detergente neutro obtidas no tratamento com farelo de algodão com 38 % de proteína bruta foram inferiores às dos demais tratamentos. O pH ruminal não foi afetado pelos tratamentos, cujo valor médio foi de 6,41. A concentração de amônia ruminal foi maior para o suplemento com farelo de trigo e ureia. Assim, recomenda-se o fornecimento de suplementos múltiplos no período das águas, na quantidade de 500g/animal/dia, independente da fonte proteica utilizada.

  19. Construction and Operation of a Commercial Gamma-Ray Package-Sterilizing Plant; Construction et fonctionnement d'une installation industrielle pour la sterilisation d'articles sous emballage par les rayons gamma; Razrabotka i ehkspluatatsiya sbornoj ustanovki gamma-izlucheniya promyshlennogo tipa dlya sterilizatsii meditsinskikh materialov; Construccion y funcionamiento de una instalacion industrial para la esterilizacion gamma de articulos medicos empaquetados

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    Crawford, C. G. [Johnson' s Ethical Plastics Ltd., Slough (United Kingdom)

    1963-11-15

    'installation dans une unite d e production exploitee par une entreprise commerciale et la bacteriologie. Il etudie brievement la rentabilite de la sterilisation par les rayons gamma et examine quelles sont les autres possibilites d'utilisation d'une installation de cette nature. (author) [Spanish] En la memoria se describe una instalacion de esterilizacion a base de {sup 60}Co, explotada comercialmente por la Johnson's Ethical Plastics Limited en Slough (Reino Unido). Se trata de una instalacion de tratamiento continuo totalmente automatica equipada con una fuente de 72 000 c. Aprovechando la experiencia adquirida por la Junta de Energfa Atomica del Reino Unido en su Package Irradiation Plant de Wantage, dicha instalacion fue concebida para esterilizar jeringas de material plastico y otros articulos medicos no recuperables de analoga densidad aparente. La instalacion viene funcionando desde noviembre de 1962. En la memoria se indican las principales caracteristicas de construccion, en especial los dispositivos para la seguridad del personal, y el metodo de carga de las varillas de cobalto. Se describe la experiencia adquirida, en particular en lo que atauee a la dosimetria, la integracion de la instalacion en el proceso productivo de una empresa comercial y los resultados bacteriologicos. Por ultimo, se examinan brevemente los aspectos economicos de la esterilizacion por irradiacion gamma y se evaluan las posibles aplicaciones de una instalacion de este tipo en el futuro. (author) [Russian] Tsel' nastoyashchej stat'i - opisanie ustanovki dlya oblucheniya s pomoshch'yu Co{sup 60}, na kotoroj v nastoyashchee vremya proizvoditsya v promyshlennykh masshtabakh sterilizatsiya meditsinskikh materialov (firma ''Dzhonsons ehtikal plastike'' v Slou, Angliya). Ustanovka nepreryvnogo dejstviya snabzhena istochnikom v 72 000 kyuri; vse operatsii polnost'yu avtomatizirovany. Na osnove opyta, poluchennogo v ehtoj oblasti pri ehkspluatatsii sbornoj radiatsionnoj ustanovki v Uontidzhe (pri

  20. Avaliação do perfil cinestésico-corporal de crianças com Síndrome de Down: um parâmetro para se atender à proposta das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para a educação especial Evaluación del perfil cinestésico-corporal de niños con Síndrome de Down: un parámetro para atender a la propuesta de las directrices curriculares nacionales para la educación especial The evaluation of the cine-esthetic-corporal profile of children with Down's Syndrome: a parameter to attend the proposal of the national curricular guidelines for special education

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    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo teve por objetivo avaliar o perfil cinestésico-corporal de 20 crianças, com Síndrome de Down (SD, de 06 a 12 anos, residentes na Região Sul do Estado do Tocantins - Brasil. Isto com o propósito de estabelecer parâmetros cognitivo-motores que possam fundamentar práticas heterogêneas tanto no projeto político-pedagógico, como no currículo, na metodologia de ensino e na avaliação de tais entes, em conformidade com as Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais para Educação Especial (BRASIL, 2001 e favorecer, assim, a aprendizagem e a integração social de indivíduos com tais necessidades especiais. Tal objetivo foi alcançado a partir de uma avaliação de contexto na qual foi aplicado o Inventário Portage Operacionalizado (WILLIAMS; AIELLO, 2001 e o protocolo de avaliação de habilidades motoras de Bruininks - Oseretsky (BRUININKS, 1978. Concluiu-se que indivíduos com SD apresentam um deficit de habilidades cognitivo-motoras próprias da coordenação motora fina e um limitado desenvolvimento da linguagem, seja oral ou escrita, resultando em insucesso nas tarefas escolares. Finalmente, chama-se a atenção para um importante aspecto, isto é, que alguns indivíduos portadores da SD, seja em função de um menor nível de deficiência cerebral ou mesmo de vivência motora, podem ter êxito em tarefas diversas, inclusive no ambiente escolar.Este artículo tuvo por objetivo evaluar el perfil cinestésico-corporal de 20 niños, con Síndrome de Down - SD, de 06 a 12 años, residentes en la Región Sur del estado de Tocantins - Brasil. Esto con el propósito de establecer parámetros cognitivo-motores que puedan fundamentar prácticas heterogéneas en el proyecto político-pedagógico, en el currículum, en la metodología de enseñanza y en la evaluación de tales entes, en conformidad con las Directrices Curriculares Nacionales para Educación Especial (MEC/SEESP, 1998, favoreciendo así el aprendizaje y la integración social

  1. Parâmetros de fluência e tipos de erros na leitura de escolares com indicação de dificuldades para ler e escrever Fluency parameters and types of errors in the reading of students with signs of reading and writing difficulties

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    Cinthya Eiko Kawano

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Caracterizar o desempenho de escolares com indicação de dificuldades de leitura e escrita, segundo o ano escolar, categorias de erros, parâmetros de fluência leitora e as correlações entre essas variáveis. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliadas 60 crianças (48% meninas, do 3º ao 5º ano do Ensino Fundamental da rede pública. Trinta (dez de cada ano que apresentavam indícios de dificuldades relacionadas ao aprendizado ou desempenho de leitura e escrita, compuseram o Grupo Pesquisa. Trinta, pareadas por idade e ano escolar, indicadas pelos professores como boas leitoras, compuseram o Grupo Controle. Todas leram, oralmente, duas listas de itens isolados (38 palavras e 29 pseudopalavras e um texto. As leituras foram gravadas, transcritas e os parâmetros e erros, analisados. RESULTADOS: Foram encontradas diferenças entre os grupos, com pior desempenho do Grupo Pesquisa em todas as variáveis estudadas. Os tipos de erros de leitura: desrespeito à regra de correspondência independente do contexto, omissões e adições, desrespeito à acentuação, erros complexos e recusas foram mais frequentes nesse grupo. As taxas e valores de fluência mostraram-se mais baixos nos escolares com queixas em relação aos bons leitores. Correlações negativas foram identificadas entre as variáveis de fluência de leitura e os diferentes erros, com diferentes valores para cada grupo e mostraram nessa amostra de escolares, que o número total de erros diminuiu com a progressão da escolaridade. CONCLUSÃO: Os escolares com indicação de dificuldades de leitura e de escrita apresentaram piores desempenhos de fluência na leitura, e maior número de erros em todos os anos escolares estudados. As correlações encontradas evidenciaram a influência do tipo de erro sobre a fluência da leitura, segundo diferentes padrões para cada grupo.PURPOSE: To characterize the performance of students with signs of reading and writing difficulties, according to the

  2. Motor role of parietal cortex in a monkey model of hemispatial neglect.

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    Kubanek, Jan; Li, Jingfeng M; Snyder, Lawrence H

    2015-04-21

    Parietal cortex is central to spatial cognition. Lesions of parietal cortex often lead to hemispatial neglect, an impairment of choices of targets in space. It has been unclear whether parietal cortex implements target choice at the general cognitive level, or whether parietal cortex subserves the choice of targets of particular actions. To address this question, monkeys engaged in choice tasks in two distinct action contexts--eye movements and arm movements. We placed focused reversible lesions into specific parietal circuits using the GABAA receptor agonist muscimol and validated the lesion placement using MRI. We found that lesions on the lateral bank of the intraparietal sulcus [lateral intraparietal area (LIP)] specifically biased choices made using eye movements, whereas lesions on the medial bank of the intraparietal sulcus [parietal reach region (PRR)] specifically biased choices made using arm movements. This double dissociation suggests that target choice is implemented in dedicated parietal circuits in the context of specific actions. This finding emphasizes a motor role of parietal cortex in spatial choice making and contributes to our understanding of hemispatial neglect.

  3. Par Pond Fish, Water, and Sediment Chemistry

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    Paller, M.H. [Westinghouse Savannah River Company, AIKEN, SC (United States); Wike, L.D.

    1996-06-01

    The objectives of this report are to describe the Par Pond fish community and the impact of the drawdown and refill on the community, describe contaminant levels in Par Pond fish, sediments, and water and indicate how contaminant concentrations and distributions were affected by the drawdown and refill, and predict possible effects of future water level fluctuations in Par Pond.

  4. Par Pond Fish, Water, and Sediment Chemistry

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    Paller, M.H.; Wike, L.D.

    1996-06-01

    The objectives of this report are to describe the Par Pond fish community and the impact of the drawdown and refill on the community, describe contaminant levels in Par Pond fish, sediments, and water and indicate how contaminant concentrations and distributions were affected by the drawdown and refill, and predict possible effects of future water level fluctuations in Par Pond

  5. Aspirin induces morphological transformation to the secretory state in isolated rabbit parietal cells.

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    Murthy, U K; Levine, R A

    1991-08-01

    The morphological response of rabbit parietal cells to aspirin was evaluated by grading several ultra-structural features including the extent of the tubulovesicular system, intracellular secretory canaliculi, and microvilli. After exposure of isolated parietal cells and gastric glands to aspirin or histamine, there was an approximately twofold increase in the ratio of secretory to nonsecretory parietal cells, and depletion of extracellular Ca2+ abolished the aspirin-induced morphological changes. Morphometry in parietal cells showed that aspirin induced a sixfold increase in secretory canalicular membrane elaboration. Aspirin potentiated histamine-induced parietal cell respiration and aminopyrine uptake ratio but did not increase basal respiration or aminopyrine uptake, suggesting an apparent dissociation from aspirin-induced morphological changes.

  6. Parâmetros genéticos para diferentes relações de peso ao nascer e à desmama em vacas da raça Nelore Genetic parameters for different birth and weaning weight ratios in Nelore cows

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    Arione Augusti Boligon

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo foi desenvolvido com o objetivo de estimar herdabilidade e repetibilidade para diferentes medidas de eficiência produtiva de vacas e determinar a melhor maneira de calcular as relações de peso, visando a sua utilização como critério de seleção em rebanhos da raça Nelore. Os dados analisados são de animais da raça Nelore, pertencentes ao Projeto de Seleção das Raças Zebuínas e Caracu do Centro APTA Bovinos de Corte, do Instituto de Zootecnia de Sertãozinho. Os animais são selecionados para maior peso ao sobreano (rebanhos NeS e NeT, analisados como um único rebanho e para peso ao sobreano próximo da média (NeC do grupo de contemporâneos, desde 1980. As características utilizadas no estudo foram: 1 RPN = relação de peso ao nascer do bezerro / peso da vaca ao parto; 2 RPN2 = relação do peso ao nascer do bezerro / peso metabólico da vaca ao parto; 3 RPD = relação de peso à desmama do bezerro / peso da vaca à desmama; e 4 RPD2 = relação do peso à desmama do bezerro / peso metabólico da vaca à desmama. Os parâmetros genéticos foram estimados considerando dois arquivos: vacas com bezerros (CB e vacas com e sem bezerros (SB. A RPN e a RPN2 foram calculadas somente no arquivo CB, enquanto que RPD e RPD2 foram calculadas em ambos os arquivos (CB e SB. Os parâmetros genéticos foram estimados pelo método da máxima verossimilhança restrita. As estimativas de herdabilidade para as características RPN; RPN2; RPD_CB; RPD2_CB; RPD_SB e RPD2_SB foram: 0,17±0,02; 0,16±0,02; 0,22±0,04; 0,19±0,03; 0,20±0,01 e 0,16±0,01, respectivamente. As repetibilidades estimadas variaram de 0,22 a 0,68. A utilização das relações de peso como critério de seleção deve promover, a longo prazo, melhorias na eficiência produtiva das vacas. As relações de peso têm sido consideradas apenas como informações para o descarte de vacas em alguns programas de seleção, mas poderiam ser incluídas em índices de

  7. Composição florística e estrutura de uma unidade de manejo florestal sustentável na Floresta Nacional do Tapajós, Pará Floristic composition and structure of a sustainable forest management unit at Tapajos National Forest, Para, Brazil

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    Fábio Guimarães Gonçalves

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho são discutidos aspectos da composição florística e da estrutura de um povoamento de floresta ombrófila densa submetido a práticas de exploração madeireira de impacto reduzido. O estudo foi conduzido numa unidade de manejo florestal com aproximadamente 3.200 ha, instalada na porção norte da Floresta Nacional do Tapajós (estado do Pará, onde foram extraídos, em média, 23,7 m³ de madeira por hectare. Para representar a variabilidade existente na área experimental, foram estabelecidas aleatoriamente seis parcelas amostrais de um hectare em diferentes quadras de exploração. As análises florístico-estruturais foram realizadas em duas escalas distintas com vistas a atender objetivos específicos: (a em nível de unidade de manejo, para uma caracterização global do povoamento florestal no qual serão baseados estudos subseqüentes; e (b em nível de parcela amostral, para subsidiar o estudo de dados de sensoriamento remoto frente às variações florístico-estruturais observadas. O conjunto de resultados obtidos indicou que a unidade de manejo florestal apresenta uma elevada diversidade florística no componente arbóreo (índice de Shannon-Weaver igual a 4,22. Observou-se que o povoamento é caracterizado pela concentração de uma grande quantidade de indivíduos e espécies em poucas famílias botânicas e por um número elevado de espécies localmente raras. A análise das variações florístico-estruturais entre parcelas amostrais evidenciou diferenças estatísticas significativas quanto à diversidade e a similaridade de espécies e quanto a valores médios de altura total. Adicionalmente, observou-se certa variabilidade nos padrões estruturais em termos de distribuição diamétrica e de valores estimados de volume comercial de madeira.In this work we discuss aspects of the floristic composition and structure of a stand of dense tropical rain forest subjected to low-impact logging practices. We conducted

  8. Estimação de parâmetros genéticos para características produtivas em búfalos na Amazônia Oriental Estimation of genetic parameters of dairy buffaloes productive characteristics Eastern Amazon

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    A.E. Rodrigues

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Dados de 1.182 registros de produção de fêmeas bubalinas da raça Murrah e seus mestiços, parindo no período de 1967 a 2005, foram utilizados para estimação de parâmetros genéticos utilizando-se o método de máxima verossimilhança restrita. O modelo animal utilizado para estimação de componentes de variância incluiu os efeitos fixos de rebanho, ano e época de parto, ordem de parto e duração da lactação e os efeitos aleatórios do animal, e ambiente permanente e temporário. As estimativas de herdabilidade foram 0,25, 0,18, 0,08 e 0,09, para produção de leite, produção de gordura, duração da lactação e produção de leite por dia de intervalo de parto, respectivamente. As estimativas de repetibilidade foram 0,33, 0,29 e 0,10 para produção de leite, produção de gordura e duração da lactação, respectivamente. As correlações genéticas entre produções de leite e gordura, produção de leite com duração da lactação, produção de leite com produção de leite por dia de intervalo de partos, produção da gordura com duração da lactação, produção de gordura com produção de leite por dia de intervalo de partos e duração da lactação com produção de leite por dia de intervalo de partos foram 0,93; 0,76; 0,99; 0,89; 0,87 e -0,27, respectivamente. Os resultados demonstram que ganhos genéticos podem ser obtidos pela seleção das produções de leite e gordura.Data from 1,182 records of Murrah females buffaloes and their crossbreds, calving from 1967 to 2005, were used to estimate genetic parameters by maximum restricted likelihood method. An animal model used to estimate variance components, included the fixed effects of herds, year and season of calving, order of parity, and length of lactation as covariables; and random effects of animal, permanent, and temporary environment. The estimate of heritability to milk yield, fat yield, length of lactation, and milk yield per day of calving interval were

  9. Intrinsic connections and architectonics of posterior parietal cortex in the rhesus monkey

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    Pandya, D.N.; Seltzer, B.

    1982-01-01

    By means of autoradiographic and ablation-degeneration techniques, the intrinsic cortical connections of the posterior parietal cortex in the rhesus monkey were traced and correlated with a reappraisal of cerebral architectonics. Two major rostral-to-caudal connectional sequences exist. One begins in the dorsal postcentral gyrus (area 2) and proceeds, through architectonic divisions of the superior parietal lobule (areas PE and PEc), to a cortical region on the medial surface of the parietal lobe (area PGm). This area has architectonic features similar to those of the caudal inferior parietal lobule (area PG). The second sequence begins in the ventral post/central gyrus (area 2) and passes through the rostral inferior parietal lobule (areas PG and PFG) to reach the caudal inferior parietal lobule (area PG). Both the superior parietal lobule and the rostral inferior parietal lobule also send projections to various other zones located in the parietal opercular region, the intraparietal sulcus, and the caudalmost portion of the cingulate sulcus. Areas PGm and PG, on the other hand, project to each other, to the cingulate region, to the caudalmost portion of the superior temporal gyrus, and to the upper bank of the superior temporal sulcus. Finally, a reciprocal sequence of connections, directed from caudal to rostral, links together many of the above-mentioned parietal zones. With regard to the laminar pattern of termination, the rostral-to-caudal connections are primarily distributed in the form of cortical ''columns'' while the caudal-to-rostral connections are found mainly over the first cortical cell layer

  10. Parâmetros de prática clínica para suporte hemodinâmico a pacientes pediátricos e neonatais em choque séptico Clinical practice parameters for hemodynamic support of pediatric and neonatal patients in septic shock

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    Joseph A. Carcillo

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    Full Text Available Introdução: o Institute of Medicine requisitou o desenvolvimento de diretrizes e parâmetros de prática clínica para promoção da "melhor prática", a fim de melhorar potencialmente a evolução de pacientes. Objetivo: Fornecer ao American College of Critical Care Medicine parâmetros clínicos para o suporte hemodinâmico a neonatos e crianças em choque séptico. Cenário: Foram identificados, através de revisão da literatura e questionamento geral em simpósios da Society of Critical Care Medicine (1998-2001, membros individuais da Sociedade com especial interesse em choque séptico em pacientes neonatais e pediátricos. Métodos: Foi realizada uma pesquisa no banco de dados do MEDLINE com os seguintes termos, restritos por idade: sepse, septicemia, choque séptico, endotoxemia, hipertensão pulmonar persistente, óxido nítrico, oxigenação por membrana extracorpórea. Mais de 30 especialistas avaliaram a literatura e selecionaram recomendações específicas, usando o método Delphi modificado. Outros 30 especialistas revisaram, então, as recomendações compiladas. O presidente da força-tarefa modificou o documento até que Resultados: Foram identificados apenas quatro estudos clínicos controlados com crianças em choque séptico. Nenhum desses estudos randomizados levou a modificações na prática clínica, a qual vem sendo baseada, em grande parte, em experimentos fisiológicos, séries de casos e estudos de coorte. Apesar da existência de um número relativamente pequeno de evidências avaliadas na literatura pediátrica pelo American College of Critical Care Medicine, a evolução desses pacientes vem apresentando melhora nos índices de mortalidade, que passaram de 97% na década de 1960 para 60% na década de 1980, atingindo 9% em 1999. O índice de sobrevivência registrado entre crianças admitidas a hospitais norte-americanos em choque séptico foi, em 1999, três vezes maior do que o índice observado entre adultos

  11. Attention as the 'glue' for object integration in parietal extinction.

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    Conci, Markus; Groß, Julia; Keller, Ingo; Müller, Hermann J; Finke, Kathrin

    2018-04-01

    Patients with unilateral, parietal brain damage frequently show visual extinction, which manifests in a failure to identify contralesional stimuli when presented simultaneously with other, ipsilesional stimuli (but full awareness for single stimulus presentations). Extinction reflects an impairment of spatial selective attention, leaving basic preattentive processing unaffected. For instance, access to bilaterally grouped objects is usually spared in extinction, suggesting that grouping occurs at a stage preceding (in the patients: abnormally biased) spatial-attentional selection. Here, we reinvestigated this notion by comparing (largely between participants, but also within a single-case participant) conditions with objects that varied in their dominant direction of grouping: from the attended to the non-attended hemifield (data from Conci et al., 2009) versus from the non-attended to the attended hemifield (new data). We observe complete absence of extinction when shape completion extended from the attended hemifield. By contrast, extinction was not diminished when object groupings propagate from the unattended hemifield. Moreover, we found the individual severity of the attentional impairment (assessed by a standard "inattention" test) to be directly related to the degree of completion in the unattended hemifield. This pattern indicates that grouping can overcome visual extinction only when object integration departs from the attended visual field, implying, contrary to many previous accounts, that attention is crucial for grouping to be initiated. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Subtotal Ablation of Parietal Epithelial Cells Induces Crescent Formation

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    Sicking, Eva-Maria; Fuss, Astrid; Uhlig, Sandra; Jirak, Peggy; Dijkman, Henry; Wetzels, Jack; Engel, Daniel R.; Urzynicok, Torsten; Heidenreich, Stefan; Kriz, Wilhelm; Kurts, Christian; Ostendorf, Tammo; Floege, Jürgen; Smeets, Bart

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    Parietal epithelial cells (PECs) of the renal glomerulus contribute to the formation of both cellular crescents in rapidly progressive GN and sclerotic lesions in FSGS. Subtotal transgenic ablation of podocytes induces FSGS but the effect of specific ablation of PECs is unknown. Here, we established an inducible transgenic mouse to allow subtotal ablation of PECs. Proteinuria developed during doxycycline-induced cellular ablation but fully reversed 26 days after termination of doxycycline administration. The ablation of PECs was focal, with only 30% of glomeruli exhibiting histologic changes; however, the number of PECs was reduced up to 90% within affected glomeruli. Ultrastructural analysis revealed disruption of PEC plasma membranes with cytoplasm shedding into Bowman’s space. Podocytes showed focal foot process effacement, which was the most likely cause for transient proteinuria. After >9 days of cellular ablation, the remaining PECs formed cellular extensions to cover the denuded Bowman’s capsule and expressed the activation marker CD44 de novo. The induced proliferation of PECs persisted throughout the observation period, resulting in the formation of typical cellular crescents with periglomerular infiltrate, albeit without accompanying proteinuria. In summary, subtotal ablation of PECs leads the remaining PECs to react with cellular activation and proliferation, which ultimately forms cellular crescents. PMID:22282596

  13. Parietal cells-new perspectives in glomerular disease.

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    Miesen, Laura; Steenbergen, Eric; Smeets, Bart

    2017-07-01

    In normal glomeruli, parietal epithelial cells (PECs) line the inside of Bowman's capsule and form an inconspicuous sheet of flat epithelial cells in continuity with the proximal tubular epithelial cells (PTECs) at the urinary pole and with the podocytes at the vascular pole. PECs, PTECs and podocytes have a common mesenchymal origin and are the result of divergent differentiation during embryogenesis. Podocytes and PTECs are highly differentiated cells with well-established functions pertaining to the maintenance of the filtration barrier and transport, respectively. For PECs, no specific function other than a structural one has been known until recently. Possible important functions for PECs in the fate of the glomerulus in glomerular disease have now become apparent: (1) PECs may be involved in the replacement of lost podocytes; (2) PECs form the basis of extracapillary proliferative lesions and subsequent sclerosis in glomerular disease. In addition to the acknowledgement that PECs are crucial in glomerular disease, knowledge has been gained regarding the molecular processes driving the phenotypic changes and behavior of PECs. Understanding these molecular processes is important for the development of specific therapeutic approaches aimed at either stimulation of the regenerative function of PECs or inhibition of the pro-sclerotic action of PECs. In this review, we discuss recent advances pertaining to the role of PECs in glomerular regeneration and disease and address the major molecular processes involved.

  14. The regenerative potential of parietal epithelial cells in adult mice.

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    Berger, Katja; Schulte, Kevin; Boor, Peter; Kuppe, Christoph; van Kuppevelt, Toin H; Floege, Jürgen; Smeets, Bart; Moeller, Marcus J

    2014-04-01

    Previously, we showed that some podocytes in juvenile mice are recruited from cells lining Bowman's capsule, suggesting that parietal epithelial cells (PECs) are a progenitor cell population for podocytes. To investigate whether PECs also replenish podocytes in adult mice, PECs were genetically labeled in an irreversible fashion in 5-week-old mice. No significant increase in labeled podocytes was observed, even after 18 months. To accelerate a potential regenerative mechanism, progressive glomerular hypertrophy was induced by progressive partial nephrectomies. Again, no significant podocyte replenishment was observed. Rather, labeled PECs exclusively invaded segments of the tuft affected by glomerulosclerosis, consistent with our previous findings. We next reassessed PEC recruitment in juvenile mice using a different reporter mouse and confirmed significant recruitment of labeled PECs onto the glomerular tuft. Moreover, some labeled cells on Bowman's capsule expressed podocyte markers, and cells on Bowman's capsule were also directly labeled in juvenile podocyte-specific Pod-rtTA transgenic mice. In 6-week-old mice, however, cells on Bowman's capsule no longer expressed podocyte-specific markers. Similarly, in human kidneys, some cells on Bowman's capsule expressed the podocyte marker synaptopodin from 2 weeks to 2 years of age but not at 7 years of age. In summary, podocyte regeneration from PECs could not be detected in aging mice or models of glomerular hypertrophy. We propose that a small fraction of committed podocytes reside on Bowman's capsule close to the vascular stalk and are recruited onto the glomerular tuft during infancy to adolescence in mice and humans.

  15. A modification of the method for determining current efficiency of aluminium electrolytic cells; Modification de la methode permettant de determiner le rendement des cuves dans la production d'aluminium par electrolyse; Izmenenie metoda opredeleniya ehffektivnosti toka v alyuminievykh ehlektroliticheskikh bakakh; Modificacion del metodo para determinar el rendimiento de las celdas utilizadas en la produccion de aluminio por electrolisis

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    Pradzynski, A [Institute of Basic Technical Problems, Polish Academy of Sciences. Warsaw (Poland); Orman, Z [Institute of Nonferrous Metals, Gliwice (Poland)

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    The method for determining the current efficiency of aluminium electrolytic cells described first by REMPEL et al. was improved by BOZOKY et al. by using the radioisotope Au{sup 198}. In that work, master alloys of aluminium with Au{sup 198} were made, and samples of this were measured by means of a G-M tube with a lead absorber inserted between the tube and the sample. In this work the specific activity of the master alloy was reduced by diluting with a known quantity of pure aluminium. In that way samples of diluted master alloy and samples taken from the electrolytic cell were of the same order of specific activity and could be measured without any absorber. Radioactivation analysis was employed in order to facilitate the application of the above method in aluminium plants and to avoid all restrictions and dangers connected with the handling of unsealed radioactive sources outside special radioisotope laboratories. Inactive gold was introduced into the master alloy and into the smelting bath in the electrolytic cell. The concentration of gold in samples of both the master alloy and the smelt was then measured after irradiating the samples in a nuclear reactor. (author) [French] La methode permettant de determiner le rendement des cuves a aluminium, exposee tout d'abord par Rempel et al., a ete perfectionnee par Bozoky et al. qui ont utilise a cet effet le radioisotope or-198. Des alliages types d'aluminium et d'or-198 ont ete prepares et des echantillons mesures au moyen d'un tube Geiger-Muller, un absorbeur en plomb etant insere entre le tube et l'echantillon. Les auteurs du memoire ont mesure l'activite specifique de l'alliage type apres dilution dans une quantite connue d'aluminium pur. Les echantillons d'alliage type ainsi dilue et les echantillons preleves dans la cuve electrolytique ayant alors une activite specifique du meme ordre, il a ete possible de la mesurer sans aucun absorbeur. Les auteurs ont procede a des essais d'analyse par radioactivation afin

  16. Effects of different litter depths on environmental parameters and growth performance of growing finishing pigs Efeito de diferentes profundidades de cama usada para suínos em crescimento e em terminação sobre parâmetros ambientais e desempenho de crescimento

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    Érico Kunde Corrêa

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Deep litter systems represent low cost alternatives to raise growing-finishing pigs, reducing slurry accumulation, although pig's thermal comfort may be negatively affected by the heat produced inside the litter. This study compared environmental and performance parameters for growing-finishing pigs raised on deep litter systems having distinct depths and on solid floor. The experiment was conducted in a region of temperate climate of Brazil, comparing three treatments: litter having rice husk 0.5m (T1; and 0.25m deep (T2; and solid concrete floor (T3. The first litter was used in two lots and replaced by a second litter used in other two lots, during 52 weeks. Each lot included five pigs in a 7m² pen, from 60 to 145 d of age. Environmental parameters were determined at weekly intervals, including: atmospheric temperature; relative humidity; temperature at the center of the pen, in the surface (TSF; and at half of the depth (THD, only for T1 and T2. Feed consumption and weight of pigs were measured every four weeks. Atmospheric temperature and relative humidity were not influenced by the treatments (P>0.05. Mean TSF was 22.8 ± 3.6°C, being lower for T3 (P0.05. TSF was higher for new than for used litters (P0.05. Despite the potential unfavorable thermal comfort under high temperatures, deep litter systems can be used to raise pigs in the growing-finishing phases due to the absence of negative effects for growth performance.O uso de cama representa uma alternativa de baixo custo para a criação de suínos em crescimento e em terminação, promovendo redução do acúmulo de dejetos, embora o conforto térmico dos animais possa ser prejudicado pelo calor produzido no interior da cama. Este estudo compara os parâmetros ambientais e o desempenho de crescimento de suínos em sistemas de criação sobre cama, com profundidades distintas, e sobre piso concreto. O experimento foi realizado em uma região de clima temperado na região Sul do Brasil

  17. Tratamento da escoliose em crianças com paralisia cerebral utilizando a prótese vertical expansível de titânio para costela (VEPTR Tratamiento de la escoliosis en niños con parálisis cerebral mediante la prótesis vertical expansible de titanio para las costillas (VEPTR Treatment of scoliosis in children with cerebral palsy using the vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib (VEPTR

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    Kiyomori de Quental Tyba

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o uso da prótese vertical expansível de titânio (VEPTR como opção de tratamento inicial da escoliose em crianças de baixa idade portadoras de paralisia cerebral. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados 10 pacientes portadores de paralisia cerebral (PC tratados com VEPTR pelo grupo de escoliose da AACD de São Paulo. Caracterizavam-se por imaturidade esquelética e escoliose progressiva; sem deformidade grave no plano sagital. Realizamos avaliação da curva pelo método de Cobb no pré e pós-operatório e após dois anos de seguimento. RESULTADOS: A correção obtida com o uso do VEPTR no pós-operatório imediato foi em média de 41,4% nas radiografias iniciais sem tração (p = 0,005 e 9,1% (p = 0,055 nas radiografias com tração. Após quatro meses de pós-operatório mantiveram-se ganhos de 27,2% com relação ao início. Houve correção da obliquidade pélvica de 10,2º no pré-operatório para 5,4º em média (p = 0,007. As complicações ocorreram em seis pacientes (60% e em apenas um paciente foi necessária a retirada do VEPTR. CONCLUSÃO: O VEPTR é um método que obteve correção significativa no tratamento provisório das escolioses na PC, apesar de frequentes complicações de baixa morbidade.OBJETIVO: Evaluar el uso de la prótesis vertical expansible de titanio (VEPTR como opción de tratamiento inicial para la escoliosis en niños pequeños con parálisis cerebral. MÉTODOS: 10 pacientes con parálisis cerebral (PC fueron evaluados y tratados con VEPTR por el grupo de escoliosis de la AACD en Sao Paulo. Caracterizados por escoliosis progresiva inmadurez esquelética, sin deformidad grave en el plano sagital. Se evaluó la curva por el método de Cobb en el preoperatorio, posoperatorio, y después de dos años de seguimiento. RESULTADOS: LA CORRECCIón, obtenida con el uso de VEPTR en el posoperatorio inmediato, fue en promedio 41,4% en relación a las radiografías iniciales sin tracción (p = 0,005 y 9,1% (p = 0

  18. Estimativas de parâmetros genéticos para produção de leite e persistência da lactação em vacas Gir, aplicando modelos de regressão aleatória Estimates of genetic parameters for milk yield and persistency of lactation of Gyr cows, applying random regression models

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    Luis Gabriel González Herrera

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de estimar parâmetros genéticos para a produção de leite no dia do controle (PLDC, foram usadas as 2.440 primeiras lactações de vacas da raça Gir leiteira, com partos registrados entre 1990 e 2005. As PLDC foram consideradas em dez classes mensais e analisadas por meio de modelo de regressão aleatória (MRA utilizando-se como efeitos aleatórios o genético-aditivo, o de ambiente permanente e o residual e, como efeitos fixos, o grupo de contemporâneos (GC, a co-variável idade da vaca ao parto (efeito linear e quadrático e a curva média de lactação da população. Os efeitos genético-aditivos e de ambiente permanente foram modelados utilizando-se as funções de Wilmink (WIL e Ali e Schaeffer (AS. As variâncias residuais foram modeladas utilizando-se 1, 4, 6 ou 10 classes. Os grupos de contemporâneos foram definidos como rebanho-ano-estação do controle contendo no mínimo três animais. Os testes indicaram que o modelo com quatro classes de variâncias usando a função paramétrica AS foi o que melhor se ajustou aos dados. As estimativas de herdabilidade variaram de 0,21 a 0,33 para a função AS e de 0,17 a 0,30 para WIL e foram maiores na primeira metade da lactação. As correlações genéticas entre as PLDC foram positivas e elevadas entre os controles adjacentes e diminuiram quando a distância entre os controles aumentou. Para o melhor modelo, foram estimados os valores genéticos para a produção de leite acumulada até os 305 dias e, para períodos parciais da lactação, foram obtidas como médias dos valores genéticos preditos naquele período. Os valores genéticos foram comparados, por meio da correlação de posto, ao valor genético predito para a produção acumulada até os 305 dias, pelo método tradicional. As correlações entre os valores genéticos indicaram que podem ocorrer divergências na classificação dos animais pelos critérios estudados.Data consisting of 2,440 first lactations

  19. Narrative Identities and the Plebiscite in Pará: An Analysis of the Front Pages for O Liberal and Diário do Pará

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    Alda Cristina Silva da Costa

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    Full Text Available On December 11, 2011, a plebiscite was held in Pará proposing to create two separatist states, Carajás and Tapajós, out of the state of Pará. The public voted against both projects. This article analyzes the narrative identities found on the front pages of O Liberal and Diário do Pará newspapers about the plebiscite in Pará. Depth Hermeneutics (DH, as proposed by Thompson (2011, was used as the methodological reference. DH emphasizes the object of analysis as a meaningful symbolic construction requiring interpretation. Narrative analysis, as proposed by Motta (2007, was the main research technique used to highlight the movement of construction of journalistic (discursive characters. The narrative identities built by the two newspapers showed that both were against the creation of the new states, but for very different reasons. The flag of Pará was the main object used to induce the idea of unity. Em 11 de dezembro de 2011, o plebiscito no Pará propôs a criação dos estados de Carajás e de Tapajós a partir da divisão do estado do Pará. O resultado da consulta pública foi negativo aos dois projetos. O artigo analisa as identidades narrativas constituídas pelas primeiras páginas dos jornais O Liberal e Diário do Pará sobre o plebiscito no Pará. Utilizou-se como referencial metodológico a Hermenêutica em Profundidade (HP, proposta por Thompson (2011. A HP evidencia o fato de que o objeto de análise é uma construção simbólica significativa, que exige uma interpretação. Como principal técnica de pesquisa, a análise narrativa, proposta por Motta (2007, com ênfase no movimento de construção de personagens jornalísticas (discursivas. As identidades narrativas construídas pelos dois jornais indicaram que ambos eram contrários à criação dos novos estados, porém por motivos divergentes. A bandeira do Pará foi o principal elemento utilizado para evocar a ideia de unidade. En 11 de diciembre de 2011, el plebiscito en

  20. The structure of the parietal pleura and its relationship to pleural liquid dynamics in sheep.

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    Albertine, K H; Wiener-Kronish, J P; Staub, N C

    1984-03-01

    We studied the parietal pleura of six sheep to obtain information on pleural structure, blood supply, and lymphatic drainage. In the strict sense, the parietal pleura is composed of a single layer of mesothelial cells and a uniform layer of loose, irregular connective tissue (about 23 micron in width) subjacent to the mesothelial cells. The parietal pleural blood vessels are 10-15 micron from the pleural space. Tracer substances put in the pleural space are removed at specific locations. Colloidal carbon and chick red blood cells are cleared by the parietal pleural lymphatics located over the intercostal spaces at the caudal end of the thoracic wall and over the lateral sides of the pericardial sac. In these areas the mesothelial cells have specialized openings, the stomata, that directly communicate with the underlying lymphatic lacunae. Cells and particulate matter in the pleural space are cleared only by the parietal pleural lymphatics. Compared to the visceral pleura, we believe the thinness of the parietal pleura, the closeness of its blood vessels to the pleural space, and its specialized lymphatic clearance pathways, together indicate that the parietal pleura plays a major role in pleural liquid and protein dynamics in sheep.

  1. Origin of parietal podocytes in atubular glomeruli mapped by lineage tracing.

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    Schulte, Kevin; Berger, Katja; Boor, Peter; Jirak, Peggy; Gelman, Irwin H; Arkill, Kenton P; Neal, Christopher R; Kriz, Wilhelm; Floege, Jürgen; Smeets, Bart; Moeller, Marcus J

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    Parietal podocytes are fully differentiated podocytes lining Bowman's capsule where normally only parietal epithelial cells (PECs) are found. Parietal podocytes form throughout life and are regularly observed in human biopsies, particularly in atubular glomeruli of diseased kidneys; however, the origin of parietal podocytes is unresolved. To assess the capacity of PECs to transdifferentiate into parietal podocytes, we developed and characterized a novel method for creating atubular glomeruli by electrocoagulation of the renal cortex in mice. Electrocoagulation produced multiple atubular glomeruli containing PECs as well as parietal podocytes that projected from the vascular pole and lined Bowman's capsule. Notably, induction of cell death was evident in some PECs. In contrast, Bowman's capsules of control animals and normal glomeruli of electrocoagulated kidneys rarely contained podocytes. PECs and podocytes were traced by inducible and irreversible genetic tagging using triple transgenic mice (PEC- or Pod-rtTA/LC1/R26R). Examination of serial cryosections indicated that visceral podocytes migrated onto Bowman's capsule via the vascular stalk; direct transdifferentiation from PECs to podocytes was not observed. Similar results were obtained in a unilateral ureter obstruction model and in human diseased kidney biopsies, in which overlap of PEC- or podocyte-specific antibody staining indicative of gradual differentiation did not occur. These results suggest that induction of atubular glomeruli leads to ablation of PECs and subsequent migration of visceral podocytes onto Bowman's capsule, rather than transdifferentiation from PECs to parietal podocytes.

  2. Efeito de fatores ambientais sobre escores de avaliação visual à desmama e estimativa de parâmetros genéticos, para bezerros da raça charolês Effects of environmental factors on visual scores at weaning and genetic parameters for charolais calves

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    Carlos Junior Kippert

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    Full Text Available Para avaliar a influência de alguns fatores de ambiente sobre escores de avaliação visual à desmama em animais da raça Charolês e estimar parâmetros genéticos, foram utilizadas informações coletadas pelo PROMEBO durante os anos de 1994 a 2002. As características estudadas foram os escores de conformação (C, precocidade (P, musculatura (M e tamanho (T à desmama. Inicialmente foi realizada uma análise de variância, para verificar quais fatores apresentavam efeito significativo sobre as características em estudo. O modelo considerou como fixo, o efeito de grupo de contemporâneos (GC, constituído por fazenda, sexo, estação e ano de nascimento e, como covariáveis, a idade da vaca ao parto (IV, a idade do bezerro à desmama (ID e a data juliana de nascimento (DJ, além do efeito residual, como aleatório. Todos os efeitos incluídos no modelo foram significativos para os escores visuais (PTo evaluate the influence of environmental factors on visual scores at weaning on Charolais breed animals, and to estimate genetic parameters, it were used records collected by PROMEBO from 1994 to 2002. The traits evaluated were the visual scores for conformation (C, precocity (P, muscling (M and size (T at weaning. First of all, it was performed an analyse of variance to verify wich environmental effects were significant on the studied characteristics. The model used considered, as fixed, the effect of contemporaneous group (GC, as covariables, the effects of age of the dam at parturition (IV, age at weaning (ID and Julian date of birth (DJ and the residual effect. All the variables included in the model affected significantly visual scores (P<0,05, except DJ, for M, P and C. From the adjusted averages for C, P, M and T it were adjusted regression equations for IV, ID and DJ. It was observed that cows freshening between 7 and 8 years produced calves with larger scores. In relation to the weaning age, it was observed that the animals weaned

  3. Isolation, culture and adenoviral transduction of parietal cells from mouse gastric mucosa

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    Gliddon, Briony L; Nguyen, Nhung V; Gunn, Priscilla A; Gleeson, Paul A; Driel, Ian R van

    2008-01-01

    Here we describe a method for the isolation of intact gastric glands from mice and primary culture and transfection of mouse gastric epithelial cells. Collagenase digestion of PBS-perfused mouse stomachs released large intact gastric glands that were plated on a basement membrane matrix. The heterogeneous gland cell cultures typically contain ∼60% parietal cells. Isolated mouse parietal cells remain viable in culture for up to 5 days and react strongly with an antibody specific to the gastric H + /K + ATPase. Isolated intact mouse gastric glands and primary cultures of mouse parietal cells respond to the secretagogue, histamine. Typical morphological changes from a resting to an acid-secreting active parietal cell were observed. In resting cultures of mouse parietal cells, the H + /K + ATPase displayed a cytoplasmic punctate staining pattern consistent with tubulovesicle element structures. Following histamine stimulation, an expansion of internal apical vacuole structures was observed together with a pronounced redistribution of the H + /K + ATPase from the cytoplasm to the apical vacuoles. A reproducible procedure to express genes of interest exogenously in these cultures of mouse parietal cells was also established. This method combines recombinant adenoviral transduction with magnetic field-assisted transfection resulting in ∼30% transduced parietal cells. Adenoviral-transduced parietal cells maintain their ability to undergo agonist-induced activation. This protocol will be useful for the isolation, culture and expression of genes in parietal cells from genetically modified mice and as such will be an invaluable tool for studying the complex exocytic and endocytic trafficking events of the H + /K + ATPase which underpin the regulation of acid secretion

  4. Parietal lesions produce illusory conjunction errors in rats

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available When several different objects are presented, visual objects are perceived correctly only if their features are identified and then bound together. Illusory-conjunction errors result when an object is correctly identified but is combined incorrectly. The parietal cortex (PPC has been shown repeatedly to play an important role in feature binding. The present study builds on a series of recent studies that have made use of visual search paradigms to elucidate the neural system involved in feature binding. This experiment attempts to define the role the PPC plays in binding the properties of a visual object that varies on the features of color and size in rats. Rats with PPC lesions or control surgery were exposed to three blocks of 20 trials administered over a 1-week period, with each block containing ten-one feature and ten-two feature trials. The target object consisted of one color object (e.g. black and white and one size object (e.g. short and tall. Of the ten one feature trials, five of the trials were tailored specifically for size discrimination and five for color discrimination. In the two-feature condition, the animal was required to locate the targeted object among four objects with two objects differing in size and two objects differing in color. The results showed a significant decrease in learning the task for the PPC lesioned rats compared to controls, especially for the two-feature condition. Based on a subsequent error analysis for color and size, the results showed a significant increase in illusory conjunction errors for the PPC lesioned rats relative to controls for color and relative to color discrimination, suggesting that the PPC may support feature binding as it relates to color. There was an increase in illusory conjunctions errors for both the PPC lesioned and control animals for size, but this appeared to be due to a difficulty with size discrimination.

  5. The Regenerative Potential of Parietal Epithelial Cells in Adult Mice

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    Berger, Katja; Schulte, Kevin; Boor, Peter; Kuppe, Christoph; van Kuppevelt, Toin H.; Floege, Jürgen; Smeets, Bart

    2014-01-01

    Previously, we showed that some podocytes in juvenile mice are recruited from cells lining Bowman’s capsule, suggesting that parietal epithelial cells (PECs) are a progenitor cell population for podocytes. To investigate whether PECs also replenish podocytes in adult mice, PECs were genetically labeled in an irreversible fashion in 5-week-old mice. No significant increase in labeled podocytes was observed, even after 18 months. To accelerate a potential regenerative mechanism, progressive glomerular hypertrophy was induced by progressive partial nephrectomies. Again, no significant podocyte replenishment was observed. Rather, labeled PECs exclusively invaded segments of the tuft affected by glomerulosclerosis, consistent with our previous findings. We next reassessed PEC recruitment in juvenile mice using a different reporter mouse and confirmed significant recruitment of labeled PECs onto the glomerular tuft. Moreover, some labeled cells on Bowman’s capsule expressed podocyte markers, and cells on Bowman’s capsule were also directly labeled in juvenile podocyte-specific Pod-rtTA transgenic mice. In 6-week-old mice, however, cells on Bowman’s capsule no longer expressed podocyte-specific markers. Similarly, in human kidneys, some cells on Bowman’s capsule expressed the podocyte marker synaptopodin from 2 weeks to 2 years of age but not at 7 years of age. In summary, podocyte regeneration from PECs could not be detected in aging mice or models of glomerular hypertrophy. We propose that a small fraction of committed podocytes reside on Bowman’s capsule close to the vascular stalk and are recruited onto the glomerular tuft during infancy to adolescence in mice and humans. PMID:24408873

  6. Podocyte and Parietal Epithelial Cell Interactions in Health and Disease.

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    Al Hussain, Turki; Al Mana, Hadeel; Hussein, Maged H; Akhtar, Mohammed

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    The glomerulus has 3 resident cells namely mesangial cells that produce the mesangial matrix, endothelial cells that line the glomerular capillaries, and podocytes that cover the outer surface of the glomerular basement membrane. Parietal epithelial cells (PrECs), which line the Bowman's capsule are not part of the glomerular tuft but may have an important role in the normal function of the glomerulus. A significant progress has been made in recent years regarding our understanding of the role and function of these cells in normal kidney and in kidneys with various types of glomerulopathy. In crescentic glomerulonephritis necrotizing injury of the glomerular tuft results in activation and leakage of fibrinogen which provides the trigger for excessive proliferation of PrECs giving rise to glomerular crescents. In cases of collapsing glomerulopathy, podocyte injury causes collapse of the glomerular capillaries and activation and proliferation of PrECs, which accumulate within the urinary space in the form of pseudocrescents. Many of the noninflammatory glomerular lesions such as focal segmental glomerulosclerosis and global glomerulosclerosis also result from podocyte injury which causes variable loss of podocytes. In these cases podocyte injury leads to activation of PrECs that extend on to the glomerular tuft where they cause segmental and/or global sclerosis by producing excess matrix, resulting in obliteration of the capillary lumina. In diabetic nephropathy, in addition to increased matrix production in the mesangium and glomerular basement membranes, increased loss of podocytes is an important determinant of long-term prognosis. Contrary to prior belief there is no convincing evidence for an active podocyte proliferation in any of the above mentioned glomerulopathies.

  7. Otimização dos parâmetros de tecimento para confecção de amanteigamento em chapas de aço ao carbono pelo processo TIG com arame AWS ER309L Weaving parameter optimization for buttering on carbon steel plates by TIG process with an AWS ER309L wire

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    Rômulo Queiroz Fratari

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do presente trabalho foi avaliar os efeitos dos parâmetros de tecimento e da velocidade de alimentação sobre a formação da primeira camada de amanteigamento com aço inoxidável austenítico, visando a otimização da operação no sentido de maximizar a relação entre espessura da camada e diluição. Os experimentos foram realizados pelo processo TIG com alimentação de arame, variando-se sistematicamente, e garantindo-se a ortogonalidade do planejamento experimental, a amplitude, o tempo de parada lateral e a velocidade de alimentação, permitindo se encontrar equações estocásticas de predições da geometria resultante do depósito. Através de um programa de otimização, procurou-se os parâmetros de regulagem que levassem a maior relação da área depositada pela área fundida. Escolheu-se como restritor a relação reforço por largura, evitando-se revestimentos com alta convexidade e possibilidade de formação de sobreposição lateral de cordão. Soldagens de validação mostraram a robustez e confirmaram a adequabilidade do método de otimização. Com a metodologia empregada foi possível demonstrar a necessidade, para a otimização do cordão de amanteigamento, de se usar a máxima velocidade de alimentação e o mínimo de tempo na parada lateral. A amplitude ideal é um balanço entre os efeitos sobre a área fundida e convexidade, mostrando uma tendência de adquirir um valor maior do que a faixa central.The objective of the present work was to evaluate the effects of the weaving parameters and of the wire feed speed on the formation of a stainless steel buttering layer, aiming the process optimization by the layer height and dilution maximization. The experiments were carried out by the TIG process with wire feeding. Weaving amplitude, lateral dwell time and wire feed speed were systematically varied, through an orthogonal experimental planning, allowing finding stochastic predictive equations of the

  8. Differential frontal-parietal phase synchrony during hypnosis as a function of hypnotic suggestibility.

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    Terhune, Devin Blair; Cardeña, Etzel; Lindgren, Magnus

    2011-10-01

    Spontaneous dissociative alterations in awareness and perception among highly suggestible individuals following a hypnotic induction may result from disruptions in the functional coordination of the frontal-parietal network. We recorded EEG and self-reported state dissociation in control and hypnosis conditions in two sessions with low and highly suggestible participants. Highly suggestible participants reliably experienced greater state dissociation and exhibited lower frontal-parietal phase synchrony in the alpha2 frequency band during hypnosis than low suggestible participants. These findings suggest that highly suggestible individuals exhibit a disruption of the frontal-parietal network that is only observable following a hypnotic induction. Copyright © 2011 Society for Psychophysiological Research.

  9. Recherche documentaire par titrage automatique

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    Lopez , Cédric; Prince , Violaine; Roche , Mathieu

    2011-01-01

    Nous proposons dans cet article un système facilitant la recherche d'information dans un ensemble de documents textuels, basé sur le titrage (et sous-titrage) automatique. Ce dernier peut se révéler crucial, par exemple, dans le cadre de la problématique de l'accessibilité des pages web (norme W3C). Notre processus de titrage automatique consiste à extraire des syntagmes nominaux pertinents dans les textes, pouvant constituer des titres ou sous-titres candidats. Une approche originale combina...

  10. Analysis of the multimer resolution system encoded by the parCBA operon of broad-host-range plasmid RP4

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    Eberl, Leo; Sternberg, Claus; Givskov, Michael Christian

    1994-01-01

    specific sites situated in the promoter region of the parCBA operon. The two ParA proteins that are produced as a result of independent translation initiation at two different start codons within the same open reading frame were overexpressed in Escherichia coli and partially purified. Both forms...

  11. Study of Combined Treatment for Damp-Harvested Maize: Gamma Irradiation and Drying by Controlled Ventilation; Etude d'un Traitement Combine pour le Conditionnement du Mais Recolte Humide: Irradiation Gamma et Sechage par Ventilation Controlee; Izuchenie kombinirovannoj obrabotki kukuruzy molochno-voskovoj spelosti; Estudio de un Tratamiento Combinado para el Acondicionamiento del Maiz Recolectado Humedo: Irradiacion Gamma y Secado por Ventilacion Controlada

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    Saint-Lebe, L.; Pelegrin, P. [Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires de Cadarache (France); Guilbot, A. [Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Massy (France)

    1966-11-15

    optimales de la radiopasteurisation du maies. En possession de ces donnees les auteurs abordent a l'echelle du laboratoire le probleme du traitement combine irradiation-ventilation, dans des conditions experimentales faciles a transposer sur le plan industriel. Ils etudient les modifications microbiologiques et biochimiques qui se produisent dans la fraction des grains humides atteinte en dernier par le flux d'air sechant, ce qui correspond au cas le plus defavorable. D'un point de vue quantitatif, il apparait dans cette zone que l'effet depressif de l'irradiation sur la mycoflore persiste meme apres 26 jours; cet effet est encore plus important sur les bacteries. D'un point de vue qualitatif, on observe la regeneration prioritaire d'une mycoflore precisement sensible au flux d'air sec qui doit l'atteindre. Des applications industrielles sont en vue; mais, avant de passer au stade pilote, phase indispensable a retablissement d'un prix de revient, il est necessaire de mener plus avant des investigations biochimiques. De meme, le point de vue de la sante publique ne devra pas etre neglige pour le cas ou le procede trouverait une application dans le domaine de l'alimentation animale ou humaine. (author) [Spanish] La asociacion de los efectos de la irradiacion gamma con cobalto-60 y del secado lento por ventilacion en frio (10 a 25 Degree-Sign C) en las celdas de almacenamiento se practica con el fin de hallar un sustitutivo a la solucion clasica de secado rapido con aire calentado a alta temperatura, pues el primer tratamiento es mas apropiado para mantener la integridad del grano'y ejerce al mismo tiempo un efecto purificador desde el punto de vista microbiologico. Este problema afecta en Francia a un millon de toneladas de maiz humedo (1964) y cobrara cada vez mas importancia tanto en Europa como en los paises de la zona tropical. Los autores estudian primero la influencia directa de las radiaciones gamma sobre el rendimiento y las caracteristicas tecnicas del almidon. Este

  12. The Oft-Neglected Role of Parietal EEG Asymmetry and Risk for Major Depressive Disorder

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    Stewart, Jennifer L.; Towers, David N.; Coan, James A.; Allen, John J.B.

    2010-01-01

    Relatively less right parietal activity may reflect reduced arousal and signify risk for major depressive disorder (MDD). Inconsistent findings with parietal electroencephalographic (EEG) asymmetry, however, suggest issues such as anxiety comorbidity and sex differences have yet to be resolved. Resting parietal EEG asymmetry was assessed in 306 individuals (31% male) with (n = 143) and without (n = 163) a DSM-IV diagnosis of lifetime MDD and no comorbid anxiety disorders. Past MDD+ women displayed relatively less right parietal activity than current MDD+ and MDD- women, replicating prior work. Recent caffeine intake, an index of arousal, moderated the relationship between depression and EEG asymmetry for women and men. Findings suggest that sex differences and arousal should be examined in studies of depression and regional brain activity. PMID:20525011

  13. Parameters to evaluate the immunostimulant effect of Zymosan A in head kidney leucocytes (HKL of salmonids Parámetros para la evaluación del efecto de Zimosán A como inmunoestimulante sobre leucocitos de rinón cefálico (HKL de salmónidos

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    Andrés Abarca

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    masivo y rápido. El modelo clásico ha sido el desafío en estanques de 1000 L, con un elevado número de peces, lo que tiene un alto costo económico. El objetivo de este trabajo fue reducir al mínimo los costos de dichos ensayos, utilizando modelos celulares in vitro. Para ello, se evaluó el efecto del inmunoestimulante de Zymosan A, un tipo de β-glucano, sobre la respuesta inmune en cultivos primarios de leucocitos de rinón cefálico (HKL, mediante la cuantificación enzimática y la detección de citoquinas pro-inflamatorias. La actividad de la fagocito oxidasa y de la óxido nítrico sintetasa inducible (iNOS, se midió indirectamente a través de la reducción de NBT, por especies reactivas de oxígeno, y la reacción de Griess para óxido nítrico, respectivamente. La detección de citoquinas pro-inflamatorias como el TNF-α, IL-6 e IL-Ιβ, se realizó mediante ELISA indirecto, con anticuerpos monoespecíficos generados en nuestro laboratorio. Los parámetros inmunológicos fueron evaluados en diferentes concentraciones y tiempos de incubación con el Zimosán A. Los resultados sugieren las condiciones óptimas para la evaluación de glucanos con capacidad inmunoestimulante, en base a indicadores de buena respuesta inmunitaria, que considera la activación de macrófagos (ROS e iNOS y la secreción de moléculas pro-inflamatorias. Actualmente, el trabajo está dirigido a mejorar estos métodos, a través de la creación de un ELISA sandwich y generación de anticuerpos contra las proteínas totales de HKL para la pre-absorción de las muestras inducidas. En particular, la aplicación de ELISA para la caracterización de los perfiles de secreción de citoquinas es una contribución biotecnológica en la acuicultura, lo que no ha sido aplicado antes de este tipo de análisis.

  14. The contribution of the human posterior parietal cortex to episodic memory

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    Sestieri, Carlo; Shulman, Gordon L.; Corbetta, Maurizio

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    The posterior parietal cortex (PPC) is traditionally associated with attention, perceptual decision making and sensorimotor transformations, but more recent human neuroimaging studies support an additional role in episodic memory retrieval. In this Opinion article, we present a functional–anatomical model of the involvement of the PPC in memory retrieval. Parietal regions involved in perceptual attention and episodic memory are largely segregated and often show a push–pull relationship, poten...

  15. The inferior parietal lobule and recognition memory : expectancy violation or successful retrieval?

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    O'Connor, Akira R.; Han, Sanghoon; Dobbins, Ian G.

    2010-01-01

    Functional neuroimaging studies of episodic recognition demonstrate an increased lateral parietal response for studied versus new materials, often termed a retrieval success effect. Using a novel memory analog of attentional cueing, we manipulated the correspondence between anticipated and actual recognition evidence by presenting valid or invalid anticipatory cues (e. g., "likely old") before recognition judgments. Although a superior parietal region demonstrated the retrieval success patter...

  16. Equilibrios de óxido-reducción. Variación del potencial de un par con el pH. Reacción entre el par dicromato-cromo y yodo-yoduro. Problema interactivo.

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    El potencial redox de los oxoaniones oxidantes varía en función de la concentración de protones del medio. Eso le ocurre al par dicromato-cromo(III). Sin embargo, el potencial del par yodo-yoduro es formalmente independiente del pH. En este ejercicio es necesario calcular el pH para el que la reacción entre ambos pares no va teóricamente en ningún sentido.

  17. SECHAGE DE PRODUITS GRANULAIRES PAR DESHYDRATATION PAR DETENTES SUCCESSIVES (DDS)

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    Abdulla , Galal; Mellouk , Hamid; Belghit , Abdelhamid; Allaf , Karim

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    International audience; Dans cette étude, nous avons évalué les performances d'un nouveau procédé de séchage dans le cas du liège en granulés. Ce procédé (La déshydratation par détentes successives : DDS) consiste à soumettre le matériau liège dans une chambre hermétique aux variations cycliques de la pression. Chaque cycle est composé d'une compression et d'une décompression. La phase de compression est réalisée en injectant de l'air comprimé à température ambiante provenant d'un compresseur...

  18. Seleção dos parâmetros através dos custos de soldagem para aplicação de revestimento com ligas de níquel depositadas pelo processo MIG/MAG Using the welding costs to select welding parameters for Weld Overlay with nickel alloy through the GMAW process

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    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foram calculados e comparados os custos de soldagem associados a cada um dos ensaios realizados, como forma de determinar parâmetros operacionais adequados e economicamente viáveis para soldagem com o processo MIG/MAG com transferência metálica por curto-circuito, visando uma correta deposição de revestimentos com ligas de níquel sobre um substrato de aço C-Mn. O número de ensaios a serem realizados, foi determinado pelo uso do método Taguchi que dividiu os ensaios em duas matrizes L9, resultando num total de 18 ensaios. Na comparação dos gastos despendidos em cada um dos ensaios foi utilizado o custo direto total da soldagem de um revestimento com 55 mm de largura e 190 mm de comprimento, utilizando uma sobreposição de 50%. Com base nos resultados dos ensaios foram pré-selecionados quatro ensaios (R7, R11, R12 e RC4, dentre os quais o ensaio R11 apresentou o menor custo. Mas vale ressaltar que nos quatro ensaios pré-selecionados o material de adição utilizado foi a liga 625, pois esta liga apresentar um custo do arame-eletrodo muito inferior as demais ligas (C-276 e 686. Assim a escolha do material de adição para aplicação do revestimento ficou restrita somente a liga 625.In this work were calculated and compared the welding costs for each of the tests performed to determine operational parameters and economically feasible for welding with GMAW process in a short circuiting transfer mode, aiming at a correct weld overlay with nickel alloy on a substrate of C-Mn steel. The number of tests to be performed was determined by using the Taguchi method that divided the tests into two L9 orthogonal arrays resulting in a total of 18 experiments. To compare the costs incurred in each of the tests we used the total direct cost of welding a layer with dimensions of 55 x 190 mm, using an overlap of 50%. Based on the results of the tests were pre-selected four tests (R7, R11, R12 and RC4, among which the test R11 has the

  19. Determinação da infecção por Entamoeba histolytica em residentes da área metropolitana de Belém, Pará, Brasil, utilizando ensaio imunoenzimático (ELISA para detecção de antígenos Determination of Entamoeba histolytica infection in patients from Greater Metropolitan Belém, Pará, Brazil, by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA for antigen detection

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    Full Text Available O status epidemiológico da amebíase está sendo reavaliado desde que a Entamoeba histolytica (patogênica foi considerada espécie distinta de Entamoeba dispar (não patogênica. Em nosso estudo, realizamos pesquisa de antígenos de E. histolytica em amostras fecais de pacientes residentes na cidade de Belém, Pará, Brasil, utilizando ensaio imunoenzimático (E. histolytica Test, TechLab Inc., Blacksburg, Estados Unidos disponível comercialmente. Foram analisadas 845 amostras, com positividade em 248 (29,35%. A infecção por E. histolytica foi maior no grupo etário acima de 14 anos (30,36% que no grupo de 0-14 anos (28,28%, porém sem significância estatística (p The epidemiological status of amebiasis has been reevaluated since Entamoeba histolytica (pathogenic was considered a distinct species from Entamoeba dispar (non-pathogenic. We investigated E. histolytica antigens in stool samples from residents of Belém, Pará State, Brazil, with commercially available enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (E. histolytica Test, TechLab Inc., Blacksburg, USA. A total of 845 samples were analyzed, of which 248 were positive (29.35%. E. histolytica infection was more frequent in the over-14-year age group (30.36% than in the 0-14-year group (28.28%, but the difference was not statistically significant (p < 0.05. Of all the samples, 334 were also submitted to parasitological methods (direct, Hoffman, and Faust et al.. There were discordant results between ELISA and parasitological methods in 83 samples (24.85%, with more positive results using ELISA. Our results thus suggest that intestinal amebiasis is an important public health problem in Greater Metropolitan Belém.

  20. Visuo-spatial construction in patients with frontal and parietal lobe lesions

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    Himani Kashyap

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Visuospatial construction, traditionally viewed as a putative parietal function, also requires sustained attention, planning, organization strategies and error correction, and hence frontal lobe mediation. The relative contributions of the frontal and parietal lobes are poorly understood. To examine the contributions of parietal, frontal lobes, as well as right and left cerebral hemispheres to visuospatial construction. The Stick Construction Test for two-dimensional construction and the Block Construction Test for three-dimensional construction were administered pre-surgically to patients with lesions in the parietal lobe (n =9 and the frontal lobe (n=11, along with normal control subjects (n =20 matched to the patients on age (+/- 3 years, gender, education (+/- 3 years and handedness. The patients were significantly slower than the controls on both two-dimensional and three-dimensional tests. Patients with parietal lesions were slower than those with frontal lesions on the test of three-dimensional construction. Within each lobe patients with right and left sided lesions did not differ significantly. It appears that tests of three-dimensional construction might be most sensitive to visuospatial construction deficits. Visuospatial construction involves the mediation of both frontal and parietal lobes. The function does not appear to be lateralized. The networks arising from the parieto-occipital areas and projecting to the frontal cortices (e.g., occipito-frontal fasciculus may be the basis of the mediation of both lobes in visuospatial construction. The present findings need replication from studies with larger sample sizes.

  1. Clinical evidence of parietal cortex dysfunction and correlation with extent of allodynia in CRPS type 1.

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    Cohen, H; McCabe, C; Harris, N; Hall, J; Lewis, J; Blake, D R

    2013-04-01

    Unusual symptoms such as digit misidentification and neglect-like phenomena have been reported in complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), which we hypothesized could be explained by parietal lobe dysfunction. Twenty-two patients with chronic CRPS attending an in-patient rehabilitation programme underwent standard neurological examination followed by clinical assessment of parietal lobe function and detailed sensory testing. Fifteen (68%) patients had evidence of parietal lobe dysfunction. Six (27%) subjects failed six or more test categories and demonstrated new clinical signs consistent with their parietal testing impairments, which were impacting significantly on activities of daily living. A higher incidence was noted in subjects with >1 limb involvement, CRPS affecting the dominant side and in left-handed subjects. Eighteen patients (82%) had mechanical allodynia covering 3-57.5% of the body surface area. Allochiria (unilateral tactile stimulation perceived only in the analogous location on the opposite limb), sensory extinction (concurrent bilateral tactile stimulation perceived only in one limb), referred sensations (unilateral tactile stimulation perceived concurrently in another discrete body area) and dysynchiria (unilateral non-noxious tactile stimulation perceived bilaterally as noxious) were present in some patients. Greater extent of body surface allodynia was correlated with worse parietal function (Spearman's rho = -0.674, p = 0.001). In patients with chronic CRPS, detailed clinical examination may reveal parietal dysfunction, with severity relating to the extent of allodynia. © 2012 European Federation of International Association for the Study of Pain Chapters.

  2. Patterns of morphological integration between parietal and temporal areas in the human skull.

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    Bruner, Emiliano; Pereira-Pedro, Ana Sofia; Bastir, Markus

    2017-10-01

    Modern humans have evolved bulging parietal areas and large, projecting temporal lobes. Both changes, largely due to a longitudinal expansion of these cranial and cerebral elements, were hypothesized to be the result of brain evolution and cognitive variations. Nonetheless, the independence of these two morphological characters has not been evaluated. Because of structural and functional integration among cranial elements, changes in the position of the temporal poles can be a secondary consequence of parietal bulging and reorientation of the head axis. In this study, we use geometric morphometrics to test the correlation between parietal shape and the morphology of the endocranial base in a sample of adult modern humans. Our results suggest that parietal proportions show no correlation with the relative position of the temporal poles within the spatial organization of the endocranial base. The vault and endocranial base are likely to be involved in distinct morphogenetic processes, with scarce or no integration between these two districts. Therefore, the current evidence rejects the hypothesis of reciprocal morphological influences between parietal and temporal morphology, suggesting that evolutionary spatial changes in these two areas may have been independent. However, parietal bulging exerts a visible effect on the rotation of the cranial base, influencing head position and orientation. This change can have had a major relevance in the reorganization of the head functional axis. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Brain activity dynamics in human parietal regions during spontaneous switches in bistable perception.

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    Megumi, Fukuda; Bahrami, Bahador; Kanai, Ryota; Rees, Geraint

    2015-02-15

    The neural mechanisms underlying conscious visual perception have been extensively investigated using bistable perception paradigms. Previous functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies suggest that the right anterior superior parietal (r-aSPL) and the right posterior superior parietal lobule (r-pSPL) have opposite roles in triggering perceptual reversals. It has been proposed that these two areas are part of a hierarchical network whose dynamics determine perceptual switches. However, how these two parietal regions interact with each other and with the rest of the brain during bistable perception is not known. Here, we investigated such a model by recording brain activity using fMRI while participants viewed a bistable structure-from-motion stimulus. Using dynamic causal modeling (DCM), we found that resolving such perceptual ambiguity was specifically associated with reciprocal interactions between these parietal regions and V5/MT. Strikingly, the strength of bottom-up coupling between V5/MT to r-pSPL and from r-pSPL to r-aSPL predicted individual mean dominance duration. Our findings are consistent with a hierarchical predictive coding model of parietal involvement in bistable perception and suggest that visual information processing underlying spontaneous perceptual switches can be described as changes in connectivity strength between parietal and visual cortical regions. Copyright © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Industrial Ultrasonic Inspection of Stainless-Steel Claddings for the EL4 Reactor; Controle Industriel par Ultrasons des Gaines en Acier Inoxydable du Reacteur EL4; Promyshlennyj kontrol' obolochechnykh trub iz nerzhaveyushchej stali reaktora dlya EL4 s pomoshch'yu ul'trazvukovogo metoda; Metodos Ultrasonicos para Control Industrial de las Vainas de Acero Inoxidable del Reactor EL4

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    Prot, A. C.; Foulquoer, H. E.; Peyrot, J. P. [Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay (France)

    1965-09-15

    essentiel de rentabilite du reacteur. Il s'avere que le choix de la methode a utiliser et a mettre au point est delicat; le memoire en donne les elements essentiels. Ce choix etant fait, apres mise au point en laboratoire, deux nouveaux problemes se posent: - la transposition dans le domaine industriel; - la necessite de tenir compte de la qualite permise, a un instant determine, par les procedes de fabrication, en relation avec les normes de reception definies de maniere plus ou moins arbitraire. Ceci se traduit en fait par la necessite d'une etude statistique sur des lots de tubes de diverses provenances, et leur classement par rapport a des seuils plus ou moins severes. On verra que le nombre de tubes a controler est tres superieur a celui prevu initialement. Cela conduit a l'etude d'une machine de controle automatique, capable de satisfaire a la fois les exigences de cadence et celles propres au type de controle choisi: ces dernieres sont generalement d'ordre mecanique et necessitent une construction particulierement soignee. L'ensemble de ces considerations a conduit a concevoir une machine dont la cadence peut des maintenant couvrir sans difficulte les besoins d'une chaihe de fabrication d'elements combustibles. Les possibilites de cette machine sont etroitement liees aux caracteristiques du materiel de controle choisi, en particulier aux performances de l'electronique des appareils de controle par ultrasons et a celles des traducteurs utilises. Il resulte d'ailleurs de cette etude que le materiel standard ne repond que tres imparfaitement au probleme et que l'on doit envisager des maintenant un appareillage particulier pour ce type de controle. (author) [Spanish] Las mayores exigencias a que se someten los reactores obligan a utilizar materiales elaborados y controlados con sumo cuidado. Un aspecto de tal control se refiere a la calidad de las vainas empleadas, cuyas propiedades mecanicas ejercen una influencia decisiva sobre la rentabilidad del reactor. La eleccion

  5. Development of Non-Metallic Fuel Elements for a High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor; Mise au point d'elements combustibles non metalliques pour un reacteur a haute temperature, refroidi par un gaz; Razrabotka nemetallicheskikh teplovydelyashchikh ehlementov dlya vysokotemperaturnogo reaktora s gazovym okhlazhdeniem; Elementos combustibles no metalicos para un reactor de temperatura elevada refrigerado por gas

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    Liebmann, B.; Schafer, L.; Spener, G. [NUKEM, Nuklear-Chemie und -Metallurgie G.m.b.H., Wolfgang bei Hanau, Federal Republic of Germany (Germany)

    1963-11-15

    In connection with fuel element development work for the high-temperature gas-coolcd reactor of the Brown-Boveri/Krupp Reaktorbau G.m.b.H., two different fuel element concepts were considered and developed. In both cases the fuel element consists of a graphite ball of 6 cm in diam. which contains the fuel insert, a cylindrical pellet of about 20 mm in diam. and 16 mm in height. The two concepts differ in the type of the.fuel insert as well as in the preparation of the graphite ball. In the first concept the fuel insert consists of a mixture of UC{sub 2} and graphite which is prepared by blending U{sub 3}O{sub 8} and graphite, pressing them into pellets and reacting the two components in a vacuum furnace at 1800{sup o}C. The atomic ratio of U : C is 1:45. Since this type of fuel pellet does not retain the fission products completely the surrounding graphite sphere had to be made impervious to fission products by impregnation in order to obtain a fission-product retaining element. Permeabilities of the order of 10{sup -6}cm{sup 2}/s could be achieved. In the second concept the fuel insert consists of a solid solution of UC in ZrC and is coated with a layer of ZrC. The molar ratio of UC to ZrC is 1 : 20. The fuel pellet preparation was accomplished by the following procedure: UO{sub 2}, ZrO{sub 2}, and graphite were mixed and pressed into pellets. The pellets were reacted to the carbides. Ball milling of the carbides was followed by hot pressing at temperatures o f 2000{sup o}C. Densities of more than 95% of the theoretical density could be achieved. A full description of the preparation and of some physical properties of the fuel pellets is given in the paper. A sufficient fission gas retention behaviour of this type of fuel insert which allows it to be put into unimpregnated graphite balls is expected. Other advantages of this kind of fuel are discussed. (author) [French] Dans le cadre des etudes de combustibles destines au reacteur a haute temperature, refroidi par

  6. Influencia de los parámetros de proceso, en el comportamiento del parámetro vibración absoluta en turbinas de vapor.

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo muestra el estudio realizado en turbinas de vapor de pequeña capacidad de generación de las centrales termoeléctricas cubanas, relacionadas con la influencia estadística entre parámetros de proceso de la turbina, respecto al parámetro vibración absoluta, medidos en las chumaceras de la turbina. Se utilizan las bases de datos de los sistemas de monitoreado on-line de la turbina. Se exponen las relaciones existentes entre los principales parámetros seleccionados para este estudio.This work show the study in small steam turbine capacity of generation in cubans thermoelectric power station to relative with statistical influence between steam process parameters regarding absolute vibration parameter, in the steam housing measurements. Themselves use database as steam on-line monitoring systems. Expose the existing relation between the principal selection parameters for this study.

  7. Structural and energetical studies of the adsorption of para and meta-isomers of xylene on pre-hydrated zeolite BaX. Characterization by neutron diffraction and temperature programmed desorption; Etude structurale et energetique de l'adsorption des isomeres para- et meta- du xylene dans la zeolithe BaX prehydratee. Caracterisation par diffraction des neutrons et thermodesorption programmee

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    Pichon, Ch.

    1999-10-19

    The separation of p-xylene from C{sub 8} aromatics is performed industrially by selective adsorption on zeolitic materials. FAU-type zeolites are currently used for this separation and especially the partially hydrated BaX. The aim of this work is to characterize from a structural (by low temperature neutron powder diffraction) and an energetical (by temperature programmed desorption) point of view, the adsorption of para- and meta- isomers of xylene, for different fillings, as pure substances as well as mixtures, on pre-hydrated zeolite BaX. The influence of the water pre-adsorption on xylene adsorption selectivity is carefully discussed. The crystalline structure of the zeolite BaX (framework and compensation of charge cations) and of the adsorbed phase (water, p- and m-xylene molecules) are completely characterized by neutron diffraction. The location and the distribution of water and xylene molecules on their adsorption sites is especially followed as a function of the filling of the zeolite and of the composition of the adsorbed phase. Microscopic measurements were correlated to the energetical analysis (at a macroscopic level) in order to obtain a consistent description of adsorption phenomenon and to propose a possible origin for adsorption selectivity.

  8. La preuve par le nombre

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    Hélène Verdier

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    Full Text Available S’il en était besoin, la question des usages et de la finalité des résultats de l’inventaire général pourrait être abordée par le nombre : nombre d’œuvres répertoriées, de communes inventoriées, de clichés photographiques réalisés, de dossiers, de consultations des notices dans les bases de données… Les additions aujourd’hui sont éloquentes, mais elles laissent dans l’ombre le rôle de l’inventaire qui, en mettant en œuvre une démarche systématique de connaissance, participe à l’ identificatio...

  9. Indicadores de calidad en cardiología. Principales indicadores para medir la calidad de los resultados (indicadores de resultados) y parámetros de calidad relacionados con mejores resultados en la práctica clínica (indicadores de práctica asistencial). INCARDIO (Indicadores de Calidad en Unidades Asistenciales del Área del Corazón): Declaración de posicionamiento de consenso de SEC/SECTCV

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    López-Sendón, José; González-Juanatey, José Ramón; Pinto, Fausto; Cuenca Castillo, José; Badimón, Lina; Dalmau, Regina; González Torrecilla, Esteban; López-Mínguez, José Ramón; Maceira, Alicia M.; Pascual-Figal, Domingo; Pomar Moya-Prats, José Luis; Sionis, Alessandro; Zamorano, José Luis

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    La práctica clínica cardiológica requiere una organización compleja que influya en los resultados globales y puede diferir sustancialmente entre distintos hospitales y comunidades. El objetivo de este documento de consenso es definir indicadores de calidad en cardiología, incluidos los indicadores para medir la calidad de los resultados (indicadores de resultados) y los parámetros de calidad relacionados con mejores resultados en la práctica clínica (indicadores de práctica asistencial). El d...

  10. Results of Positron Scanning in 1200 Cases for Diagnosis of Intracranial Lesions; Diagnostic de 1200 Cas de Lesions Intracraniennes par Scintigraphy au Moyen de Positons; Rezul'taty 1200 sluchaev pozitronnogo skennirovaniya llya ustanovleniya diagnoza vnutricherepnykh zabolevanij; Exploracion Positronica para el Diagnostico de Lesiones Intracraneanas: Resultados de 1200 Casos

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    Wilcke, O. [Neurochirurgische Universitaetsklinik, Cologne, Federal Republic of Germany (Germany)

    1964-10-15

    The positron scanning method with Cu{sup 64} and As{sup 74} for the diagnosis of brain tumours has the advantage over {gamma}-scanning methods that it needs a shorter test time and moreover involves less irradiation hazards. This is especially true with Cu{sup 64} (half-life 12.8 h), which may be used in studies on out-patients. From the degree of concentration of the radioactive substance in the tumour, its type may be determined. In combination with cerebral angiography, the diagnosis of the type of tumour is still better established, a fact which is very important in determining the indication for operation. In the present, study, the exactness of the diagnosis amounted to 75- 80% of all cases of brain tumours. The most easily recognized lesions, through their high ability to concentrate the isotopes, were the meningiomas, abscesses and glioblastomas, while the oligodendrorogliomas and astrocytomas showed less ability to concentrate the radioactive substance and hence were less easily recognizable. A group of astrocytomas and almost all epidermoid tumours did not show any ability to concentrate the radioactive substance and in this group the combination with cerebral angiography is important for determining the diagnosis. The method of positron-scanning has proved of great value in excluding tumours in cases of suspected symptomatic epilepsy; the exactness of diagnosis here amounted to 90%. The combination of electro-encephalography with scanning showed similar accuracy in tumour diagnosis as well as tumour exclusion, so that arteriography and/or hospital admission could be dispensed with whenever combined negative findings and lack of clinical symptoms were found. The value of this method in examination, of out-patients is thus clearly demonstrated. (author) [French] Pour le diagnostic des tumeurs du cerveau, la scintigraphie au moyen des positons emis par {sup 64}Cu et {sup 74}As presente l'avantage sur la gammagraphie de reduire la duree de l'explorat ion et

  11. Par Pond vegetation status Summer 1995 -- Summary

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    Mackey, H.E. Jr.; Riley, R.S.

    1996-01-01

    The water level of Par Pond was lowered approximately 20 feet in mid-1991 in order to protect downstream residents from possible dam failure suggested by subsidence on the downstream slope of the dam and to repair the dam. This lowering exposed both emergent and nonemergent macrophyte beds to drying conditions resulting in extensive losses. A survey of the newly emergent, shoreline aquatic plant communities of Par Pond began in June 1995, three months after the refilling of Par Pond to approximately 200 feet above mean sea level. These surveys continued in July, September, and late October, 1995. Communities similar to the pre-drawdown, Par Pond aquatic plant communities are becoming re-established. Emergent beds of maidencane, lotus, waterlily, and watershield are extensive and well developed. Cattail occurrence continued to increase during the summer, but large beds common to Par Pond prior to the drawdown have not formed. Estimates from SPOT HRV, remote sensing satellite data indicated that as much as 120 hectares of emergent wetlands vegetation may have been present along the Par Pond shoreline by early October, 1995. To track the continued development of macrophytes in Par Pond, future surveys throughout 1996 and 1997, along with the continued evaluation of satellite data to map the areal extent of the macrophyte beds of Par Pond, are planned

  12. Critical Consideration of the Methods of Calculation Used in the Evaluation of the Absorbed Dose to the Skin in Cases of External Contamination; Observations Critiques sur les Methodes de Calcul Utilisees pour l'Evaluacion de la Dose Absorbee par la Peau en Cas de Contamination Externe; 041a 0420 0414 ; Observaciones Criticas Sobre los Metodos de Calculo Utilizados para Evaluar la Dosis Absorbida por la Piel en Caso de Contaminacion Externa

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    Casnati, E.; Breuer, F. [Gruppo di Dosimetria e Standardizzazione, CNEN, Centro di Studi Nucleari della Casaccia, Rome (Italy)

    1965-06-15

    resultats permettent de conclure que, dans la geometrie consideree, on peut determiner par des formules de type exponentielle, d'une part la dose imputable aux rayons beta et, d'autre part, la dose imputable aux rayons gamma pour la couche basale de la peau;- on peut considerer les resultats comme acceptables du point de vue de la radioprotection. (author) [Spanish] La dosis absorbida, suele calcularse mediante la formula de Loevinger cuando se trate de particulas beta mientras que para las radiaciones electromagneticas se recurre habitualmente a una formula exponencial. En la memoria, los autores se proponen examinar si en el caso de contaminacion cutanea puede considerarse satisfactorio el empleo de una formula exponencial (la formula de Rossi y Ellis) y de una formula similar para calcular la dosis beta y la dosis gamma, respectivamente. Con este objeto, se han comparado los resultados.obtenidos para este tipo especial de geometria por medio de la formula de Rossi y Ellis y con la formula de Loevinger para partfculas beta; por lo que respecta a la radiacion gamma, se han comparado los valores obtenidos mediante la formula exponencial y con otras dos formulas mas complejas, que se ajustan a las condiciones de acumulacion fotonica maxima nula, respectivamente. Estos resultados permiten sacar la conclusion de que, dadas las condiciones geometricas de que se trata, pueden determinarse mediante la formula de tipo exponencial tanto la dosis de radiacion beta como la dosis de radiacion gamma en la dermis. Los resultados son aceptables desde el punto de vista de la proteccion radiologica. (author) [Russian] Obychno pri podschete dozy ispol'zuetsja formula Laevingera dlja chastic i jeksponencial'naja formula dlja jelektromagnitnyh izluchenij. V doklade rassmatrivaetsja vopros o tom, mozhno li schitat' udovletvoritel'nym ispol'zovanie jeksponencial'noj formuly (podobnoj formule Rossi i Jellisa) i analogichnyh formul pri podschete sootvetstvenno beta- i gamma-dozy. S jetoj cel

  13. Sex-dependent age modulation of frontostriatal and temporo-parietal activation during cognitive control.

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    Christakou, Anastasia; Halari, Rozmin; Smith, Anna B; Ifkovits, Eve; Brammer, Mick; Rubia, Katya

    2009-10-15

    Developmental functional imaging studies of cognitive control show progressive age-related increase in task-relevant fronto-striatal activation in male development from childhood to adulthood. Little is known, however, about how gender affects this functional development. In this study, we used event related functional magnetic resonance imaging to examine effects of sex, age, and their interaction on brain activation during attentional switching and interference inhibition, in 63 male and female adolescents and adults, aged 13 to 38. Linear age correlations were observed across all subjects in task-specific frontal, striatal and temporo-parietal activation. Gender analysis revealed increased activation in females relative to males in fronto-striatal areas during the Switch task, and laterality effects in the Simon task, with females showing increased left inferior prefrontal and temporal activation, and males showing increased right inferior prefrontal and parietal activation. Increased prefrontal activation clusters in females and increased parietal activation clusters in males furthermore overlapped with clusters that were age-correlated across the whole group, potentially reflecting more mature prefrontal brain activation patterns for females, and more mature parietal activation patterns for males. Gender by age interactions further supported this dissociation, revealing exclusive female-specific age correlations in inferior and medial prefrontal brain regions during both tasks, and exclusive male-specific age correlations in superior parietal (Switch task) and temporal regions (Simon task). These findings show increased recruitment of age-correlated prefrontal activation in females, and of age-correlated parietal activation in males, during tasks of cognitive control. Gender differences in frontal and parietal recruitment may thus be related to gender differences in the neurofunctional maturation of these brain regions.

  14. Efeitos das variações sazonais do clima tropical úmido sobre as águas e sedimentos de manguezais do estuário do rio Marapanim, costa nordeste do Estado do Pará Effects of seasonal variations' on the mangroves' waters and sediments of the Marapanim estuary, northeast coast of Para State

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    José Francisco Berrêdo

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    Full Text Available Para avaliar o impacto das variações climáticas, de curta duração, sobre os ecossistemas de manguezais amazônicos, foi estudada a costa nordeste do Pará entre as coordenadas: 00º 32' 30" S / 00º 52' 30" S e 47º 28' 45" W / 47º 45' 00" W. Foram amostrados os sedimentos, águas superficiais e intersticiais com medidas de salinidade, potencial hidrogeniônico (pH, potencial de oxi-redução (Eh e determinações mineralógicas por difração de raios X e microscopia eletrônica de varredura. Na água foram determinados o conteúdo de sulfetos dissolvidos, sulfato e cloreto, além da alcalinidade, sílica, ortofosfato, sódio, potássio, cálcio e magnésio, em meses chuvosos e de estiagem, sob marés de sizígia e quadratura. As variações sazonais do cloreto nas águas intersticiais mostram concentrações mais elevadas na estiagem que no período chuvoso, enquanto em superfície são mais elevadas nas marés de quadratura (período chuvoso e de sizígia (período de estiagem. Os sulfetos dissolvidos foram encontrados em quantidades detectáveis somente a partir da profundidade de 10 cm o que indica exposição dos sedimentos aos fluxos advectivos de oxigênio atmosférico. Os teores de ferro dissolvido aumentam entre 0-10 cm e o potencial hidrogeniônico (pH tende à neutralidade. A saturação das águas intersticiais na estiagem é indicada pelos minerais evaporíticos: gipso e halita. As variações pluviométricas são responsáveis por graduais mudanças nos teores de nutrientes e nas propriedades físico-químicas (pH, Eh e salinidade das águas superficiais e intersticiais, no controle do equilíbrio salino das águas costeiras, na salinização e dessalinização dos sedimentos e na distribuição da vegetação de mangue no estuário. A exposição prolongada dos sedimentos na estiagem e as características morfológicas contribuem decisivamente para a oxidação total ou parcial dos sedimentos em superfície, o que modifica

  15. Visual Short-Term Memory Activity in Parietal Lobe Reflects Cognitive Processes beyond Attentional Selection.

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    Sheremata, Summer L; Somers, David C; Shomstein, Sarah

    2018-02-07

    Visual short-term memory (VSTM) and attention are distinct yet interrelated processes. While both require selection of information across the visual field, memory additionally requires the maintenance of information across time and distraction. VSTM recruits areas within human (male and female) dorsal and ventral parietal cortex that are also implicated in spatial selection; therefore, it is important to determine whether overlapping activation might reflect shared attentional demands. Here, identical stimuli and controlled sustained attention across both tasks were used to ask whether fMRI signal amplitude, functional connectivity, and contralateral visual field bias reflect memory-specific task demands. While attention and VSTM activated similar cortical areas, BOLD amplitude and functional connectivity in parietal cortex differentiated the two tasks. Relative to attention, VSTM increased BOLD amplitude in dorsal parietal cortex and decreased BOLD amplitude in the angular gyrus. Additionally, the tasks differentially modulated parietal functional connectivity. Contrasting VSTM and attention, intraparietal sulcus (IPS) 1-2 were more strongly connected with anterior frontoparietal areas and more weakly connected with posterior regions. This divergence between tasks demonstrates that parietal activation reflects memory-specific functions and consequently modulates functional connectivity across the cortex. In contrast, both tasks demonstrated hemispheric asymmetries for spatial processing, exhibiting a stronger contralateral visual field bias in the left versus the right hemisphere across tasks, suggesting that asymmetries are characteristic of a shared selection process in IPS. These results demonstrate that parietal activity and patterns of functional connectivity distinguish VSTM from more general attention processes, establishing a central role of the parietal cortex in maintaining visual information. SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT Visual short-term memory (VSTM) and

  16. Surinfection des contusions cerebrales par voie hematogene ...

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    Eleven days after admission, right hemiparesis, aphasia appeared, in a febrile context (Ø 39.4). A control scan showed a left empyema associated with a right parietal abscess. Blood culture and bacteriological sampling of wound isolated a staphylococcus aureus. A triple antibiotic had allowed a favorable evolution.

  17. Phosphene-guided transcranial magnetic stimulation of occipital but not parietal cortex suppresses stimulus visibility

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    Tapia, Evelina; Mazzi, Chiara; Savazzi, Silvia; Beck, Diane M.

    2014-01-01

    Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) applied over the occipital lobe approximately 100 ms after the onset of a stimulus decreases its visibility if it appears in the location of the phosphene. Because phosphenes can also be elicited by stimulation of the parietal regions, we asked if the same procedure that is used to reduce visibility of stimuli with occipital TMS will lead to decreased stimulus visibility when TMS is applied to parietal regions. TMS was randomly applied at 0 to 130 ms after the onset of the stimulus (SOA) in steps of 10 ms in occipital and parietal regions. Participants responded to the orientation of the line stimulus and rated its visibility. We replicate previous reports of phosphenes from both occipital and parietal TMS. As previously reported, we also observed visual suppression around the classical 100 ms window both in the objective line orientation and subjective visibility responses with occipital TMS. Parietal stimulation, on the other hand, did not consistently reduce stimulus visibility in any time window. PMID:24584900

  18. Abstract Representations of Object-Directed Action in the Left Inferior Parietal Lobule.

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    Chen, Quanjing; Garcea, Frank E; Jacobs, Robert A; Mahon, Bradford Z

    2018-06-01

    Prior neuroimaging and neuropsychological research indicates that the left inferior parietal lobule in the human brain is a critical substrate for representing object manipulation knowledge. In the present functional MRI study we used multivoxel pattern analyses to test whether action similarity among objects can be decoded in the inferior parietal lobule independent of the task applied to objects (identification or pantomime) and stimulus format in which stimuli are presented (pictures or printed words). Participants pantomimed the use of objects, cued by printed words, or identified pictures of objects. Classifiers were trained and tested across task (e.g., training data: pantomime; testing data: identification), stimulus format (e.g., training data: word format; testing format: picture) and specific objects (e.g., training data: scissors vs. corkscrew; testing data: pliers vs. screwdriver). The only brain region in which action relations among objects could be decoded across task, stimulus format and objects was the inferior parietal lobule. By contrast, medial aspects of the ventral surface of the left temporal lobe represented object function, albeit not at the same level of abstractness as actions in the inferior parietal lobule. These results suggest compulsory access to abstract action information in the inferior parietal lobe even when simply identifying objects.

  19. Transcranial direct current stimulation over the parietal cortex alters bias in item and source memory tasks.

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    Pergolizzi, Denise; Chua, Elizabeth F

    2016-10-01

    Neuroimaging data have shown that activity in the lateral posterior parietal cortex (PPC) correlates with item recognition and source recollection, but there is considerable debate about its specific contributions. Performance on both item and source memory tasks were compared between participants who were given bilateral transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over the parietal cortex to those given prefrontal or sham tDCS. The parietal tDCS group, but not the prefrontal group, showed decreased false recognition, and less bias in item and source discrimination tasks compared to sham stimulation. These results are consistent with a causal role of the PPC in item and source memory retrieval, likely based on attentional and decision-making biases. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Unique and shared roles of the posterior parietal and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in cognitive functions

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    Fumi eKatsuki

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The dorsolateral prefrontal and posterior parietal cortex are two parts of a broader brain network involved in the control of cognitive functions such as working memory, spatial attention, and decision making. The two areas share many functional properties and exhibit similar patterns of activation during the execution of mental operations. However, neurophysiological experiments in non-human primates have also documented subtle differences, revealing functional specialization within the fronto-parietal network. These differences include the ability of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex to influence memory performance, attention allocation and motor responses to a greater extent, and to resist interference by distracting stimuli. In recent years, distinct cellular and anatomical differences have been identified, offering insights into how functional specialization is achieved. This article reviews the common functions and functional differences between the dorsolateral prefrontal and posterior parietal cortex, and their underlying mechanisms.

  1. Modulation of fronto-parietal connections during the rubber hand illusion

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    Karabanov, Anke Ninija; Ritterband-Rosenbaum, Anina; Christensen, Mark Schram

    2017-01-01

    Accumulating evidence suggests that parieto-frontal connections play a role in adjusting body ownership during the Rubber Hand Illusion (RHI). Using a motor version of the rubber hand illusion paradigm, we applied single-site and dual-site transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to investigate...... and during three RHI conditions: a) agency and ownership, b) agency but no ownership and c) neither agency nor ownership. Parietal-motor communication differed among experimental conditions. The induction of action ownership was associated with an inhibitory parietal-to-motor connectivity, which...... cortico-spinal and parietal-frontal connectivity during perceived rubber hand ownership. Healthy volunteers received a conditioning TMS pulse over left anterior intraparietal sulcus (aIPS) and a test TMS pulse over left primary motor cortex (M1). Motor Evoked Potentials (MEPs) were recorded at rest...

  2. Induction of motor associative plasticity in the posterior parietal cortex-primary motor network

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    Chao, Chi-Chao; Karabanov, Anke Ninija; Paine, Rainer

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    There is anatomical and functional connectivity between the primary motor cortex (M1) and posterior parietal cortex (PPC) that plays a role in sensorimotor integration. In this study, we applied corticocortical paired-associative stimuli to ipsilateral PPC and M1 (parietal ccPAS) in healthy right......-handed subjects to test if this procedure could modulate M1 excitability and PPC–M1 connectivity. One hundred and eighty paired transcranial magnetic stimuli to the PPC and M1 at an interstimulus interval (ISI) of 8 ms were delivered at 0.2 Hz. We found that parietal ccPAS in the left hemisphere increased...... the excitability of conditioned left M1 assessed by motor evoked potentials (MEPs) and the input–output curve. Motor behavior assessed by the Purdue pegboard task was unchanged compared with controls. At baseline, conditioning stimuli over the left PPC potentiated MEPs from left M1 when ISI was 8 ms...

  3. Fractionation of parietal function in bistable perception probed with concurrent TMS-EEG.

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    Schauer, Georg; Chang, Acer; Schwartzman, David; Rae, Charlotte L; Iriye, Heather; Seth, Anil K; Kanai, Ryota

    2016-08-16

    When visual input has conflicting interpretations, conscious perception can alternate spontaneously between these possible interpretations. This is called bistable perception. Previous neuroimaging studies have indicated the involvement of two right parietal areas in resolving perceptual ambiguity (ant-SPLr and post-SPLr). Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies that selectively interfered with the normal function of these regions suggest that they play opposing roles in this type of perceptual switch. In the present study, we investigated this fractionation of parietal function by use of combined TMS with electroencephalography (EEG). Specifically, while participants viewed either a bistable stimulus, a replay stimulus, or resting-state fixation, we applied single pulse TMS to either location independently while simultaneously recording EEG. Combined with participant's individual structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, this dataset allows for complex analyses of the effect of TMS on neural time series data, which may further elucidate the causal role of the parietal cortex in ambiguous perception.

  4. Parietal theta burst TMS: Functional fractionation observed during bistable perception not evident in attention tasks.

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    Schauer, Georg; Kanai, Ryota; Brascamp, Jan W

    2016-02-01

    When visual input is ambiguous, perception spontaneously alternates between interpretations: bistable perception. Studies have identified two distinct sites near the right intraparietal sulcus where inhibitory transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) affects the frequency of occurrence of these alternations, but strikingly with opposite directions of effect for the two sites. Lesion and TMS studies on spatial and sustained attention have also indicated a parcellation of right parietal cortex, into areas serving distinct attentional functions. We used the exact TMS procedure previously employed to affect bistable perception, yet measured its effect on spatial and sustained attention tasks. Although there was a trend for TMS to affect performance, trends were consistently similar for both parietal sites, with no indication of opposite effects. We interpret this as signifying that the previously observed parietal fractionation of function regarding the perception of ambiguous stimuli is not due to TMS-induced modification of spatial or sustained attention. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Visual processing of multiple elements in the dyslexic brain: evidence for a superior parietal dysfunction

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The visual attention (VA span deficit hypothesis of developmental dyslexia posits that impaired multiple element processing can be responsible for poor reading outcomes. In VA span impaired dyslexic children, poor performance on letter report tasks is associated with reduced parietal activations for multiple letter processing. While this hints towards a non-specific, attention-based dysfunction, it is still unclear whether reduced parietal activity generalizes to other types of stimuli. Furthermore, putative links between reduced parietal activity and reduced ventral occipito-temporal (vOT in dyslexia have yet to be explored. Using fMRI, we measured brain activity in 12 VA span impaired dyslexic adults and 12 adult skilled readers while they carried out a categorization task on single or multiple alphanumeric or non-alphanumeric characters. While healthy readers activated parietal areas more strongly for multiple than single element processing (right-sided for alphanumeric and bilateral for non-alphanumeric, similar stronger multiple element right parietal activations were absent for dyslexic participants. Contrasts between skilled and dyslexic readers revealed significantly reduced right superior parietal lobule (SPL activity for dyslexic readers regardless of stimuli type. Using a priori anatomically defined ROI, we showed that neural activity was reduced for dyslexic participants in both SPL and vOT bilaterally. Finally, we used multiple regressions to test whether SPL activity could predict vOT activity in each group. In the left hemisphere, SPL activity modulated vOT activity for both normal and dyslexic readers. In contrast, in the right hemisphere, SPL activity modulated vOT activity only for dyslexic readers. These results bring critical support to the visual attention interpretation of the VA Span deficit. In addition, they offer a new insight on how deficits in automatic vOT based word recognition could arise in developmental dyslexia.

  6. Counteracting fatigue in multiple sclerosis with right parietal anodal transcranial direct current stimulation

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    Katrin Hanken

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Fatigue in multiple sclerosis (MS patients appears to correlate with vigilance decrement as reflected in an increase in reaction time and errors with prolonged time-on-task. Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate whether anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS over the right parietal or frontal cortex counteracts fatigue-associated vigilance decrement and subjective fatigue. Methods: In study I, a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study, anodal tDCS (1,5mA was delivered to the right parietal cortex or the right frontal cortex of 52 healthy participants during the first 20min of a 40min lasting visual vigilance task. Study II, also a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study, investigated the effect of anodal tDCS (1.5mA over the right parietal cortex in 46 MS patients experiencing cognitive fatigue. TDCS was delivered for 20min before patients performed a 20min lasting visual vigilance task.Results: Study I showed that right parietal stimulation, but not right frontal stimulation, counteracts the increase in reaction time associated with vigilance decrement. Hence, only right parietal stimulation was applied to the MS patients in study II. Stimulation had a significant effect on vigilance decrement in mildly to moderately cognitively fatigued MS patients. Vigilance testing significantly increased the feeling of fatigue independent of stimulation.Conclusions: Anodal tDCS over the right parietal cortex can counteract the increase in reaction times during vigilance performance but not the increase in subjective fatigue. This finding is compatible with our model of fatigue in MS, suggesting a dissociation between the feeling and the behavioral characteristics of fatigue.

  7. Counteracting Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis with Right Parietal Anodal Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation.

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    Hanken, Katrin; Bosse, Mona; Möhrke, Kim; Eling, Paul; Kastrup, Andreas; Antal, Andrea; Hildebrandt, Helmut

    2016-01-01

    Fatigue in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients appears to correlate with vigilance decrement as reflected in an increase in reaction time (RT) and errors with prolonged time-on-task. The aim of this study was to investigate whether anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over the right parietal or frontal cortex counteracts fatigue-associated vigilance decrement and subjective fatigue. In study I, a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study, anodal tDCS (1.5 mA) was delivered to the right parietal cortex or the right frontal cortex of 52 healthy participants during the first 20 min of a 40-min lasting visual vigilance task. Study II, also a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study, investigated the effect of anodal tDCS (1.5 mA) over the right parietal cortex in 46 MS patients experiencing cognitive fatigue. tDCS was delivered for 20 min before patients performed a 20-min lasting visual vigilance task. Study I showed that right parietal stimulation, but not right frontal stimulation, counteracts the increase in RT associated with vigilance decrement. Hence, only right parietal stimulation was applied to the MS patients in study II. Stimulation had a significant effect on vigilance decrement in mildly to moderately cognitively fatigued MS patients. Vigilance testing significantly increased the feeling of fatigue independent of stimulation. Anodal tDCS over the right parietal cortex can counteract the increase in RTs during vigilance performance, but not the increase in subjective fatigue. This finding is compatible with our model of fatigue in MS, suggesting a dissociation between the feeling and the behavioral characteristics of fatigue.

  8. Differentiated parietal connectivity of frontal regions for "what" and "where" memory.

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    Rottschy, C; Caspers, S; Roski, C; Reetz, K; Dogan, I; Schulz, J B; Zilles, K; Laird, A R; Fox, P T; Eickhoff, S B

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    In a previous meta-analysis across almost 200 neuroimaging experiments, working memory for object location showed significantly stronger convergence on the posterior superior frontal gyrus, whereas working memory for identity showed stronger convergence on the posterior inferior frontal gyrus (dorsal to, but overlapping with Brodmann's area BA 44). As similar locations have been discussed as part of a dorsal frontal-superior parietal reach system and an inferior frontal grasp system, the aim of the present study was to test whether the regions of working-memory related "what" and "where" processing show a similar distinction in parietal connectivity. The regions that were found in the previous meta-analysis were used as seeds for functional connectivity analyses using task-based meta-analytic connectivity modelling and task-independent resting state correlations. While the ventral seed showed significantly stronger connectivity with the bilateral intraparietal sulcus (IPS), the dorsal seed showed stronger connectivity with the bilateral posterior inferior parietal and the medial superior parietal lobule. The observed connections of regions involved in memory for object location and identity thus clearly demonstrate a distinction into separate pathways that resemble the parietal connectivity patterns of the dorsal and ventral premotor cortex in non-human primates and humans. It may hence be speculated that memory for a particular location and reaching towards it as well as object memory and finger positioning for manipulation may rely on shared neural systems. Moreover, the ensuing regions, in turn, featured differential connectivity with the bilateral ventral and dorsal extrastriate cortex, suggesting largely segregated bilateral connectivity pathways from the dorsal visual cortex via the superior and inferior parietal lobules to the dorsal posterior frontal cortex and from the ventral visual cortex via the IPS to the ventral posterior frontal cortex that may

  9. Optimized gamma synchronization enhances functional binding of fronto-parietal cortices in mathematically gifted adolescents during deductive reasoning

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    Li eZhang

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available As enhanced fronto-parietal network has been suggested to support reasoning ability of math-gifted adolescents, the main goal of this EEG source analysis is to investigate the temporal binding of the gamma-band (30-60Hz synchronization between frontal and parietal cortices in adolescents with exceptional mathematical ability, including the functional connectivity of gamma neurocognitive network, the temporal dynamics of fronto-parietal network (phase-locking durations and network lability in time domain, and the self-organized criticality of synchronizing oscillation. Compared with the average-ability subjects, the math-gifted adolescents show a highly integrated fronto-parietal network due to distant gamma phase-locking oscillations, which is indicated by lower modularity of the global network topology, more connector bridges between the frontal and parietal cortices and less connector hubs in the sensorimotor cortex. The time-domain analysis finds that, while maintaining more stable phase dynamics of the fronto-parietal coupling, the math-gifted adolescents are characterized by more extensive fronto-parietal connection reconfiguration. The results from sample fitting in the power-law model further find that the phase-locking durations in the math-gifted brain abides by a wider interval of the power-law distribution. This phase-lock distribution mechanism could represent a relatively optimized pattern for the functional binding of frontal-parietal network, which underlies stable fronto-parietal connectivity and increases flexibility of timely network reconfiguration.

  10. The contribution of the human posterior parietal cortex to episodic memory.

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    Sestieri, Carlo; Shulman, Gordon L; Corbetta, Maurizio

    2017-02-17

    The posterior parietal cortex (PPC) is traditionally associated with attention, perceptual decision making and sensorimotor transformations, but more recent human neuroimaging studies support an additional role in episodic memory retrieval. In this Opinion article, we present a functional-anatomical model of the involvement of the PPC in memory retrieval. Parietal regions involved in perceptual attention and episodic memory are largely segregated and often show a push-pull relationship, potentially mediated by prefrontal regions. Moreover, different PPC regions carry out specific functions during retrieval - for example, representing retrieved information, recoding this information based on task demands, or accumulating evidence for memory decisions.

  11. Multimodal responses induced by cortical stimulation of the parietal lobe: a stereo-electroencephalography study.

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    Balestrini, Simona; Francione, Stefano; Mai, Roberto; Castana, Laura; Casaceli, Giuseppe; Marino, Daniela; Provinciali, Leandro; Cardinale, Francesco; Tassi, Laura

    2015-09-01

    The functional complexity of the parietal lobe still represents a challenge for neurophysiological and functional neuroimaging studies. While the somatosensory functions of the anterior parietal cortex are well established, the posterior parietal cortex has a relevant role in processing the sensory information, including visuo-spatial perception, visual attention, visuo-motor transformations and other complex and not completely understood functions. We retrospectively analysed all the clinical manifestations induced by intracerebral bipolar electrical stimulation in 172 patients suffering from drug-resistant focal epilepsy (mean age 25.6, standard deviation 11.6; 44% females and 56% males) with at least one electrode stereotactically implanted in the parietal cortex. A total of 1186 electrical stimulations were included in the analysis, of which 88 were subsequently excluded because of eliciting pathological electric activity or inducing ictal symptomatology. In the dominant parietal lobe, clinical responses were observed for 56 (25%) of the low-frequency stimulations and for 76 (50%) of the high-frequency stimulations. In the non-dominant parietal lobe, 111 (27%) low-frequency and 176 (55%) high-frequency stimulations were associated with a clinical response. Body scheme alteration was the only clinical effect showing a lateralization, as they were evoked only in the non-dominant hemisphere. The occurrence of somatosensory sensations, motor symptoms, dysarthria and multimodal responses were significantly associated with stimulation of the postcentral gyrus (odds ratio: 5.83, P < 0.001; odds ratio: 8.77, P < 0.001; odds ratio: 5.44, P = 0.011; odds ratio: 8.33, P = 0.006; respectively). Stimulation of the intraparietal sulcus was associated with the occurrence of sensory illusions or hallucinations (odds ratio: 8.68, P < 0.001) and eyeball/eyelid movements or sensations (odds ratio: 4.35, P = 0.047). To our knowledge, this is the only currently available complete

  12. A paráfrase

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    Nadier Santos

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Em novembro de 2015, em seu primeiro número, a revista Conséquence se dirige a alguns filósofos para submeter-lhes um instigante e difícil questionamento a propósito de sua forma de escrever, mais especificamente, a respeito das relações de determinações mútuas entre seus estilos e seus métodos, seus objetos de especulação e suas exigências éticas e existenciais. Nesse contexto, trazemos aqui a contribuição de Jacques Rancière. Obviamente a consequência imediata não poderia ser outra que a de trazer à luz um texto no qual a singularidade dá a tônica. Com efeito, nesse curto texto Rancière volta-se sobre seu próprio trabalho e fornece valiosas informações sobre sua escrita e de como ela se relaciona com uma forma particular de estar no mundo, de conceber e fazer comunidade. Delineando um universo no qual pensar e escrever se indiferenciam, e onde A noite dos proletários (1981 e Aisthesis (2011 são mencionados, Rancière discute como toma parte na circulação da escrita, que para ele se configura enquanto espaço de anonimato e igualdade aberto a potencialidades capazes de engendrar e pôr em movimento o novo. Aqui a escrita deixa de ser meio de expressão para se tornar ela mesma trabalho do pensamento e elemento determinante de seus desdobramentos, dos possíveis percursos entre o visível, o dizível e o pensável.

  13. Adubos verdes: alternativa para agricultores familiares no nordeste paraense

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    No Estado do Pará, a busca por estratégias acessíveis e de baixo custo para a adubação dos cultivos e controle de plantas espontâneas são de extrema importância para o desenvolvimento da agricultura familiar. Visando construir e consolidar tais estratégias foi desenvolvido o presenta trabalho no ano de 2014, no nordeste paraense no município de Capitão Poço/Pará/Brasil. Inicialmente foram realizadas oficinas, palestras e dias de campo para sensibilização dos agricultores. Em seguida foi propo...

  14. C9.A/14 steelwork joints de poutres par plaque frontale : assemblages par gousset

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    Les Tables de résistances ultimes des assemblages boulonnés par plaque frontale et par gousset, complétées par une description des modèles de calcul et des exemples d’application, ont pour but de faciliter la tâche de l'ingénieur et du constructeur. Cette première partie C9.A/14 contient les chapitres suivants: - Joints de poutres par plaque frontale en acier S235 et S355 - Assemblages par gousset en acier S235 et S355 Les Tables contiennent des données relatives à la géométrie ainsi que les valeurs de calcul correspondantes des résistances ultimes des assemblages ; elles remplacent le chapitre « Assemblages par plaques frontales et boulons HR » des anciennes Tables C9.1 de 1983 / 2002. Le calcul de ces assemblages par plaque frontale est basé sur les hypothèses du modèle de la méthode des composants décrite dans la norme SN EN 1993-1-8. Les vérifications sont effectuées selon la norme SIA 263:2013. Les assemblages par gousset remplacent les assemblages par double cornière, (telle...

  15. Ultrasonic Water-Gap Measurements in MTR Fuel Elements; Mesure par Ultrasons des Espaces Intercalaires dans les Elements Combustibles des Reacteurs d'Essai de Materiaux; Izmereniya vodyanogo zazora v teplovydelyayushchikh ehlementakh dlya materialovedcheskogo reaktora s pomoshch'yu ul'trazvuka; Medicion Ultrasonica de la Capa de Agua en Elementos Combustibles para Reactores de Ensayo de Materiales

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    Deknock, R. [Metallurgy Department, S.C.K./C.E.N., Mol (Belgium)

    1965-10-15

    generalement eleves, il est indispensable de prevoir un transfert de chaleur uniforme et un refroidissement regulier empechant toute formation massive de vapeur. En outre, pour determiner le gonflement et le comportement general du combustible dans le reacteur, il faudra mesurer les espaces intercalaires dans les elements combustibles au cours de controles apres irradiation. A cette fin, on a mis au point une sonde fondee sur le principe des ultrasons, qui permet de mesurer les espaces intercalaires de 3 mm sur 1 m de long dans les elements combustibles du reacteur BR-2. Lorsqu'on procede a des experiences apres irradiation, la sonde doit pouvoir fonctionner dans un element combustible immerge dans un reservoir d'eau a une profondeur de 6 m au minimum. La sonde peut resister a une immersion prolongee dans l'eau et n'est pas endommagee par une irradiation gamma a des doses normales. Bien que le systeme soit fonde sur la methode classique de la reflexion des impulsions, il permet de separer les impulsions emises des impulsions reflechies au moyen d'un cristal ferroelectrique de 10 MHz a pouvoir eleve de dispersion de l'energie. Les resultats des mesures peuvent etre lus directement sur un oscilloscope: le temps est indique sur l'axe horizontal et la vitesse d'exploration est reglee de maniere a se trouver en relation directe avec la vitesse de propagation de l'onde, c'est-a-dire avec la distance intercalaire. Ce mode de lecture est satisfaisant lorsqu'on procede a un nombre limite de mesures, mais il est evidemment preferable d'enregistrer les resultats sur un graphique. Dans ce cas, les impulsions incidentes et les impulsions reflechies sont transmises a un convertisseur temps-tension au moyen d'un circuit logique transistorise. Cet appareil permet un ajustement continu du zero de sortie pour toute distance intercalaire choisie arbitrairement entre 2 et 4 mm, grace a quoi on peut obtenir un enregistrement autour d'un axe zero. En outre, toute variation de 100 {mu}m de la

  16. Determinação e análise de parâmetros para o desenvolvimento de um processo de decoração de peças plásticas através da injeção sobre tecido

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    Full Text Available O processo de injeção sobre tecidos, utilizado na indústria automotiva, é caracterizado por modificações no processo de injeção convencional e possibilita o desenvolvimento de novos produtos com características diferenciadas. Devido às dificuldades de processamento, e tendo em vista as necessidades de adaptação dos parâmetros de injeção quando essa é feita sobre tecidos, foi desenvolvida uma metodologia de determinação e análise de parâmetros de processo que possibilitaram o desenvolvimento desta técnica. Os testes foram realizados inicialmente em uma indústria produtora de peças automotivas e a metodologia adotada foi repetida em uma instituição de ensino. Verificou-se, então, que controlando os parâmetros de injeção e fechamento do molde, foi possível obter, em ambos os casos, peças conforme as especificações de qualidade requeridas.

  17. Alterações ventilatórias durante o uso de trocadores de calor e umidade em pacientes submetidos à ventilação mecânica com pressão de suporte e ajustes nos parâmetros ventilatórios para compensar estas possíveis alterações: estudo de intervenção autocontrolado em humanos

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    Full Text Available RESUMO Objetivo: Avaliar as possíveis alterações do volume corrente, volume-minuto e frequência respiratória causadas pela utilização de trocadores de calor e umidade em pacientes submetidos à ventilação mecânica na modalidade pressão de suporte, e quantificar a variação da pressão de suporte necessária para compensar o efeito causado pelo trocador de calor e umidade. Métodos: Os pacientes sob ventilação mecânica invasiva na modalidade pressão de suporte foram avaliados utilizando umidificadores aquecidos e trocadores de calor e umidade. Caso o volume encontrado com uso de trocadores de calor e umidade fosse menor que o achado com o umidificador aquecido, iniciava-se o aumento da pressão de suporte, perante o uso de trocadores de calor e umidade, até ser encontrado um valor de pressão de suporte que possibilitasse ao paciente gerar um valor próximo do volume corrente inicial com umidificador aquecido. A análise foi realizada por meio do teste t pareado, e os valores de incremento foram expressos em porcentagem de aumento necessário. Resultados: Foram avaliados 26 pacientes. O uso de trocadores de calor e umidade aumentou a frequência respiratória, e reduziu o volume corrente e o volume-minuto, quando comparados com o uso do umidificador aquecido. Com o uso de trocadores de calor e umidade, os pacientes precisaram de um incremento de 38,13% na pressão de suporte para manter os volumes prévios. Conclusão: O trocador de calor e umidade alterou os parâmetros de volume corrente, volume-minuto e frequência respiratória, sendo necessário um aumento da pressão de suporte para compensar estas alterações.

  18. Monitoreo de parásitos en efluentes domiciliarios

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    Semenas Liliana

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Evaluar la presencia de parásitos en efluentes semisólidos y líquidos en distintas localidades de la Patagonia argentina considerando que ésta es una de las restricciones para su uso. MÉTODOS: Las muestras tomadas en 4 Plantas de Tratamiento de Efluentes Domiciliarios se analizaron siguiendo las normativas de Environmental Protection Agency, Organización Mundial de la Salud, Standard Methods for Examination of Water and Wastewater y de algunas clasificaciones. RESULTADOS: Solamente 2 de las 6 muestras de semisólidos analizadas tenían huevos de Ascaris lumbricoides no viables. De las 10 muestras líquidas, solamente 2 no tenían huevos mientras las restantes tenían patógenos de las categorías I (Giardia sp., Hymenolepis diminuta y Enterobius vermicularis y III (Ascaris lumbricoides, Ancylostoma duodenale y Trichuris trichiura. CONCLUSIONES: Todas las muestras de semisólidos analizadas fueron aptas para su uso como fertilizantes porque no se registró en ninguna de ellas la presencia de huevos viables de Ascaris lumbricoides y solamente 6 de las muestras líquidas fueron aptas para riego por carecer de huevos o por ser su concentración igual o inferior a 1 huevo por litro.

  19. The CNRN Research Programme for the Study of Radioisotope Accumulation by Marine Organisms and its Effects as Regards Radioactive Contamination of the Ocean; Le Programme de Recherches du CNRN sur l'Accumulation des Radioisotopes par les Organismes Marins et son Effet sur la Contamination Radioactive de l'Ocean; 041f 0420 041e 0414 ; Programa de Investigaciones del CNRN para Estudiar la Acumulacion de Radioisotopos en los Organismos Marinos y sus Efectos sobre la Contaminacion Radiactiva del Oceano

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    Buzzati-Traverso, A. A.; Bernhard, M. [National Committee for Nuclear Research (Italy)

    1960-07-01

    The paper describes a research programme undertaken by the Comitato Nazionale per le Ricerche Nucleari (CNRN) with a view to considering the whole complex ecological system of the sea in order to trace the paths of radioactive materials that may reach marine products for human consumption. The programme will start with an intensive study of a limited area representative of the Mediterranean and will fall into two parts, descriptive analysis and experimental analysis. The area chosen, details of the laboratory and staff and the general tasks to be carried out are briefly described. Finally, some early results are given. (author) [French] Le memoire expose le programme de recherches que le Gomitato Nazionale per le Ricerche Nucleari (CNRN) a entrepris en vue d'etudier l'ensemble du systeme ecologique complexe de la mer pour retracer les voies suivies par les matieres radioactives qui peuvent parvenir aux produits marins propres a la consommation humaine. Le programme, qui debutera par une etude intensive d'une petite zone representative de la Mediterranee, se subdivisera en deux parties: analyse descriptive et analyse experimentale. Le memoire decrit succinctement la zone choisie, le laboratoire et le personnel, ainsi que les problemes generaux a resoudre. Il donne enfin quelques-uns des premiers resultats obtenus. (author) [Spanish] En la memoria se describe el programa de investigaciones preparado por el Gomitato Nationale per le Ricerche Nucleari (CNRN) con miras a estudiar: todo el complejo sistema ecologico del mar para determinar el camino seguido, por las sustancias radiactivas que pueden llegar hasta los productos marinos; destinados al consumo humano. El programa comenzara con un estudio minucioso de una limitada zona representativa del Mediterraneo, y se dividira en dos partes, a saber, una descriptiva y otra experimental. Los autores describen brevemente la zona escogida y proporcionan datos relativos al laboratorio, al personal y a los trabajos previstos

  20. Temporo-Parietal Junction Activity in Theory-of-Mind Tasks: Falseness, Beliefs, or Attention

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    Aichhorn, Markus; Perner, Josef; Weiss, Benjamin; Kronbichler, Martin; Staffen, Wolfgang; Ladurner, Gunther

    2009-01-01

    By combining the false belief (FB) and photo (PH) vignettes to identify theory-of-mind areas with the false sign (FS) vignettes, we re-establish the functional asymmetry between the left and right temporo-parietal junction (TPJ). The right TPJ (TPJ-R) is specially sensitive to processing belief information, whereas the left TPJ (TPJ-L) is equally…

  1. Interlaminar differences in the pyramidal cell phenotype in parietal cortex of an Indian bat, cynopterus sphinx.

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    Srivastava, U C; Pathak, S V

    2010-10-30

    To study interlaminar phenotypic variations in the pyramidal neurons of parietal isocortex in bat (Cynopterus sphinx), Golgi and Nissl methods have been employed. The parietal isocortex is relatively thin in the bat as compared to prototheria with layer III, V and VI accounting for more than two—thirds of total cortical thickness. Thick cell free layer I and thinnest accentuated layer II are quite in connotation with other chiropterids. Poor demarcation of layer III/IV in the present study is also in connotation with primitive eutherian mammal (i.e. prototherian) and other chiropterids. Most of the pyramidal cells in the different layers of the parietal isocortex are of typical type as seen in other eutherians but differ significantly in terms of soma shape and size, extent of dendritic arbor, diameter of dendrites and spine density. Percentage of pyramidal neurons, diameter of apical dendrite and spine density on apical dendrite appear to follow an increasing trend from primitive to advanced mammals; but extent of dendrites are probably governed by the specific life patterns of these mammals. It is thus concluded that 'typical' pyramidal neurons in parietal isocortex are similar in therians but different from those in prototherians. It is possible that these cells might have arisen among early eutherians after divergence from prototherian stock.

  2. Parietal Lobe Volume Deficits in Adolescents with Schizophrenia and Adolescents with Cannabis Use Disorders

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    Kumra, Sanjiv; Robinson, Paul; Tambyraja, Rabindra; Jensen, Daniel; Schimunek, Caroline; Houri, Alaa; Reis, Tiffany; Lim, Kelvin

    2012-01-01

    Objective: In early-onset schizophrenia (EOS), the earliest structural brain volumetric abnormalities appear in the parietal cortices. Early exposure to cannabis may represent an environmental risk factor for developing schizophrenia. This study characterized cerebral cortical gray matter structure in adolescents in regions of interest (ROIs) that…

  3. Spatial summation in macaque parietal area 7a follows a winner-take-all rule

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    Oleksiak, Anna; Klink, P. Christiaan; Postma, Albert; van der Ham, Ineke J.M.; Lankheet, Martin J.M.; van Wezel, Richard Jack Anton

    2011-01-01

    While neurons in posterior parietal cortex have been found to signal the presence of a salient stimulus among multiple items in a display, spatial summation within their receptive field in the absence of an attentional bias has never been investigated. This information, however, is indispensable

  4. Autoimmune gastritis and parietal cell reactivity in two children with abnormal intestinal permeability

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    Greenwood, Deanne L. V.; Crock, Patricia; Braye, Stephen; Davidson, Patricia; Sentry, John W.

    Autoimmune gastritis is characterised by lymphocytic infiltration of the gastric submucosa, with loss of parietal and chief cells and achlorhydria. Often, gastritis is expressed clinically as cobalamin deficiency with megaloblastic anaemia, which is generally described as a disease of the elderly.

  5. The Role of the Parietal Lobe in Visual Extinction Studied with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

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    Battelli, Lorella; Alvarez, George A.; Carlson, Thomas; Pascual-Leone, Alvaro

    2009-01-01

    Interhemispheric competition between homologous areas in the human brain is believed to be involved in a wide variety of human behaviors from motor activity to visual perception and particularly attention. For example, patients with lesions in the posterior parietal cortex are unable to selectively track objects in the contralesional side of…

  6. An atretic parietal cephalocele associated with multiple intracranial and eye anomalies

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    Saatci, I.; Yelgec, S.; Aydin, K.; Akalan, N.

    1998-01-01

    We present the cranial MRI findings in a 4-month-old girl with an atretic parietal cephalocele associated with multiple cerebral and ocular anomalies including lobar holoprosencephaly, a Dandy-Walker malformation, agenesis of the corpus callosum, grey-matter heterotopia, extra-axial cysts in various locations, bilateral microphthalmia and a retroocular cyst. (orig.)

  7. Attentional Demands Predict Short-Term Memory Load Response in Posterior Parietal Cortex

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    Magen, Hagit; Emmanouil, Tatiana-Aloi; McMains, Stephanie A.; Kastner, Sabine; Treisman, Anne

    2009-01-01

    Limits to the capacity of visual short-term memory (VSTM) indicate a maximum storage of only 3 or 4 items. Recently, it has been suggested that activity in a specific part of the brain, the posterior parietal cortex (PPC), is correlated with behavioral estimates of VSTM capacity and might reflect a capacity-limited store. In three experiments that…

  8. Primary cultures of glomerular parietal epithelial cells or podocytes with proven origin.

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    Kabgani, N.; Grigoleit, T.; Schulte, K.; Sechi, A.; Sauer-Lehnen, S.; Tag, C.; Boor, P.; Kuppe, C.; Warsow, G.; Schordan, S.; Mostertz, J.; Chilukoti, R.K.; Homuth, G.; Endlich, N.; Tacke, F.; Weiskirchen, R.; Fuellen, G.; Endlich, K.; Floege, J.; Smeets, B.; Moeller, M.J.

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    Parietal epithelial cells (PECs) are crucially involved in the pathogenesis of rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis (RPGN) as well as in focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). In this study, transgenic mouse lines were used to isolate pure, genetically tagged primary cultures of PECs or

  9. Gastrin receptor characterization: affinity cross-linking of the gastrin receptor on canine gastric parietal cells

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    Matsumoto, M.; Park, J.; Yamada, T.

    1987-01-01

    The authors applied affinity cross-linking methods to label the gastrin receptor on isolated canine gastric parietal cells in order to elucidate the nature of its chemical structure. 125 I-labeled Leu 15 -gastrin and 125 I-labeled gastrin/sub 2-17/ bound to intact parietal cells and their membranes with equal affinity, and half-maximal inhibition of binding was obtained at an incubation concentration of 3.2 x 10 -10 M unlabeled gastrin. 125 I-gastrin/sub 2-17/ was cross-linked to plasma membranes or intact parietal cells by incubation in disuccinimidyl suberate. The membrane pellets were solubilized with or without dithiothreitol and applied to electrophoresis on 7.5% sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gels. Autoradiograms revealed a band of labeling at M/sub r/ 76,000 and labeling of this band was inhibited in a dose-dependent fashion by addition of unlabeled gastrin to the incubation mixture. Dithiothreitol in concentrations as high as 100 mM did not later the electrophoretic mobility of the labeled band. After taking into account the molecular weight of 125 I-gastrin/sub 2-17/, the results suggest that the gastrin receptor on parietal cells is a single protein of M/sub r/ 74,000 without disulfide-linked subunits

  10. Lateralization of Egocentric and Allocentric Spatial Processing after Parietal Brain Lesions

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    Iachini, Tina; Ruggiero, Gennaro; Conson, Massimiliano; Trojano, Luigi

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this paper was to verify whether left and right parietal brain lesions may selectively impair egocentric and allocentric processing of spatial information in near/far spaces. Two Right-Brain-Damaged (RBD), 2 Left-Brain-Damaged (LBD) patients (not affected by neglect or language disturbances) and eight normal controls were submitted…

  11. Tracing the origin of glomerular extracapillary lesions from parietal epithelial cells.

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    Smeets, B.; Uhlig, S.; Fuss, A.; Mooren, F.; Wetzels, J.F.M.; Floege, J.; Moeller, M.J.

    2009-01-01

    Cellular lesions form in Bowman's space in both crescentic glomerulonephritis and collapsing glomerulopathy. The pathomechanism and origin of the proliferating cells in these lesions are unknown. In this study, we examined proliferating cells by lineage tracing of either podocytes or parietal

  12. Characterization of visual percepts evoked by noninvasive stimulation of the human posterior parietal cortex.

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    Full Text Available Phosphenes are commonly evoked by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS to study the functional organization, connectivity, and excitability of the human visual brain. For years, phosphenes have been documented only from stimulating early visual areas (V1-V3 and a handful of specialized visual regions (V4, V5/MT+ in occipital cortex. Recently, phosphenes were reported after applying TMS to a region of posterior parietal cortex involved in the top-down modulation of visuo-spatial processing. In the present study, we systematically characterized parietal phosphenes to determine if they are generated directly by local mechanisms or emerge through indirect activation of other visual areas. Using technology developed in-house to record the subjective features of phosphenes, we found no systematic differences in the size, shape, location, or frame-of-reference of parietal phosphenes when compared to their occipital counterparts. In a second experiment, discrete deactivation by 1 Hz repetitive TMS yielded a double dissociation: phosphene thresholds increased at the deactivated site without producing a corresponding change at the non-deactivated location. Overall, the commonalities of parietal and occipital phosphenes, and our ability to independently modulate their excitability thresholds, lead us to conclude that they share a common neural basis that is separate from either of the stimulated regions.

  13. The role of parietal cortex in the formation of colour and motion based concepts

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    Samuel William Cheadle

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    Full Text Available Imaging evidence shows that separate subdivisions of parietal cortex, in and around the intraparietal sulcus (IPS, are engaged when stimuli are grouped according to colour and to motion (Zeki and Stutters 2013. Since grouping is an essential step in the formation of concepts, we wanted to learn whether parietal cortex is also engaged in the formation of concepts according to these two attributes. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI, and choosing the recognition of concept-based colour or motion stimuli as our paradigm, we found that there was strong concept-related activity in and around the intraparietal sulcus (IPS, a region whose homologue in the macaque monkey is known to receive direct but segregated anatomical inputs from V4 and V5. Parietal activity related to colour concepts was juxtaposed but did not overlap with activity related to motion concepts, thus emphasizing the continuation of the segregation of colour and motion into the conceptual system. Concurrent retinotopic mapping experiments showed that within the parietal cortex, concept-related activity increases within later stage IPS areas.

  14. The Neuroanatomical Basis for Posterior Superior Parietal Lobule Control Lateralization of visuospatial Attention

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    Yan eWu

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The right hemispheric dominance in visuospatial attention in human brain has been well established. Converging evidence has documented that ventral posterior parietal cortex (PPC plays an important role in visuospatial attention. The role of dorsal PPC subregions, especially the superior parietal lobule (SPL in visuospatial attention is still controversial. In the current study, we used repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS and diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI techniques to test the role of posterior SPL in visuospatial attention and to investigate the potential neuroanatomical basis for right hemisphere dominance in visuospatial function. TMS results unraveled that the right SPL predominantly mediated visuospatial attention compared to left SPL. Anatomical connections analyses between the posterior SPL and the intrahemispheric frontal subregions and the contralateral PPC revealed that right posterior SPL has stronger anatomical connections with the ipsilateral middle frontal gyrus, with the ipsilateral inferior frontal gyrus, and with contralateral PPC than that of the left posterior SPL. Furthermore, these asymmetric anatomical connections were closely related to behavioral performances. Our findings indicate that SPL plays a crucial role in regulating visuospatial attention, and dominance of visuospatial attention results from unbalanced interactions between the bilateral fronto-parietal networks and the interhemispheric parietal network.

  15. The role of frontal and parietal brain areas in bistable perception

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    Knapen, T.; Brascamp, J.; Pearson, J.; van Ee, R.; Blake, R.

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    When sensory input allows for multiple, competing perceptual interpretations, observers' perception can fluctuate over time, which is called bistable perception. Imaging studies in humans have revealed transient responses in a right-lateralized network in the frontal-parietal cortex (rFPC) around

  16. The Effects of Maternal Hyperthyroidism on Histologic Changes in Parietal Lobe in Rat Embryos

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    Fatemeh Mirsafi; Gholamreza Kaka; Mahnaz Azarnia

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    Background Maternal hyperthyroidism causes developmental defects on the nervous system of fetuses. Objectives The present study was designed to study the effects of maternal hyperthyroidism on the development of the parietal lobe in the brain of rat embryos. Methods In this experimental study, thirty Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into three groups. The control group rec...

  17. High Frequency rTMS over the Left Parietal Lobule Increases Non-Word Reading Accuracy

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    Costanzo, Floriana; Menghini, Deny; Caltagirone, Carlo; Oliveri, Massimiliano; Vicari, Stefano

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    Increasing evidence in the literature supports the usefulness of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in studying reading processes. Two brain regions are primarily involved in phonological decoding: the left superior temporal gyrus (STG), which is associated with the auditory representation of spoken words, and the left inferior parietal lobe…

  18. Proliferating cells in HIV and pamidronate-associated collapsing focal segmental glomerulosclerosis are parietal epithelial cells.

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    Dijkman, H.B.P.M.; Weening, J.J.; Smeets, B.; Verrijp, K.; Kuppevelt, A.H.M.S.M. van; Assmann, K.K.; Steenbergen, E.; Wetzels, J.F.M.

    2006-01-01

    Collapsing focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (cFSGS) is characterized by hyperplasia of glomerular epithelial cells. In a mouse model of FSGS and in a patient with recurrent idiopathic FSGS, we identified the proliferating cells as parietal epithelial cells (PECs). In the present study, we have

  19. Proliferating cells in HIV and pamidronate-associated collapsing focal segmental glomerulosclerosis are parietal epithelial cells

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    Dijkman, H. B. P. M.; Weening, J. J.; Smeets, B.; Verrijp, K. C. N.; van Kuppevelt, T. H.; Assmann, K. K. J. M.; Steenbergen, E. J.; Wetzels, J. F. M.

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    Collapsing focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (cFSGS) is characterized by hyperplasia of glomerular epithelial cells. In a mouse model of FSGS and in a patient with recurrent idiopathic FSGS, we identified the proliferating cells as parietal epithelial cells (PECs). In the present study, we have

  20. Vulnerability of the frontal and parietal regions in hypertensive patients during working memory task.

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    Li, Xin; Wang, Wenxiao; Wang, Ailin; Li, Peng; Zhang, Junying; Tao, Wuhai; Zhang, Zhanjun

    2017-05-01

    Hypertension is related with cognitive decline in the elderly. The frontal-parietal executive system plays an important role in cognitive aging and is also vulnerable to damage in elderly patients with hypertension. Examination of the brain's functional characteristics in frontal-parietal regions of hypertension is likely to be important for understanding the neural mechanisms of hypertension's effect on cognitive aging. We address this issue by comparing hypertension and control-performers in a functional MRI study. Twenty-eight hypertensive patients and 32 elderly controls were tested with n-back task with two load levels. The hypertensive patients exhibited worse executive and memory abilities than control subjects. The patterns of brain activation changed under different working memory loads in the hypertensive patients, who exhibited reduced activation only in the precentral gyrus under low loads and reduced activation in the middle frontal gyrus, left medial superior frontal gyrus and right precuneus under high loads. Thus, more regions of diminished activation were observed in the frontal and parietal regions with increasing task difficulty. More importantly, we found that lower activation in changed frontal and parietal regions was associated with worse cognitive function in high loads. The results demonstrate the relationship between cognitive function and frontoparietal functional activation in hypertension and their relevance to cognitive aging risk. Our findings provide a better understanding of the mechanism of cognitive decline in hypertension and highlight the importance of brain protection in hypertension.

  1. Seeing is not feeling: posterior parietal but not somatosensory cortex engagement during touch observation.

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    Chan, Annie W-Y; Baker, Chris I

    2015-01-28

    Observing touch has been reported to elicit activation in human primary and secondary somatosensory cortices and is suggested to underlie our ability to interpret other's behavior and potentially empathy. However, despite these reports, there are a large number of inconsistencies in terms of the precise topography of activation, the extent of hemispheric lateralization, and what aspects of the stimulus are necessary to drive responses. To address these issues, we investigated the localization and functional properties of regions responsive to observed touch in a large group of participants (n = 40). Surprisingly, even with a lenient contrast of hand brushing versus brushing alone, we did not find any selective activation for observed touch in the hand regions of somatosensory cortex but rather in superior and inferior portions of neighboring posterior parietal cortex, predominantly in the left hemisphere. These regions in the posterior parietal cortex required the presence of both brush and hand to elicit strong responses and showed some selectivity for the form of the object or agent of touch. Furthermore, the inferior parietal region showed nonspecific tactile and motor responses, suggesting some similarity to area PFG in the monkey. Collectively, our findings challenge the automatic engagement of somatosensory cortex when observing touch, suggest mislocalization in previous studies, and instead highlight the role of posterior parietal cortex. Copyright © 2015 the authors 0270-6474/15/351468-13$15.00/0.

  2. Differential Recruitment of Parietal Cortex during Spatial and Non-spatial Reach Planning

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    Pierre-Michel Bernier

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available The planning of goal-directed arm reaching movements is associated with activity in the dorsal parieto-frontal cortex, within which multiple regions subserve the integration of arm- and target-related sensory signals to encode a motor goal. Surprisingly, many of these regions show sustained activity during reach preparation even when target location is not specified, i.e., when a motor goal cannot be unambiguously formed. The functional role of these non-spatial preparatory signals remains unresolved. Here this process was investigated in humans by comparing reach preparatory activity in the presence or absence of information regarding upcoming target location. In order to isolate the processes specific to reaching and to control for visuospatial attentional factors, the reaching task was contrasted to a finger movement task. Functional MRI and electroencephalography (EEG were used to characterize the spatio-temporal pattern of reach-related activity in the parieto-frontal cortex. Reach planning with advance knowledge of target location induced robust blood oxygenated level dependent and EEG responses across parietal and premotor regions contralateral to the reaching arm. In contrast, reach preparation without knowledge of target location was associated with a significant BOLD response bilaterally in the parietal cortex. Furthermore, EEG alpha- and beta-band activity was restricted to parietal scalp sites, the magnitude of the latter being correlated with reach reaction times. These results suggest an intermediate stage of sensorimotor transformations in bilateral parietal cortex when target location is not specified.

  3. Cancro em mogno africano no estado do Pará

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    Célia Regina Tremacoldi

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Sintomas de cancro foram observados em plantios de mogno africano, no município de Dom Eliseu, Pará. Os fungos associados aos tecidos sintomáticos foram identificados como Lasiodiplodia theobromae e Fusarium subglutinans. Culturas puras desses fungos foram testadas quanto à patogenicidade em mudas de mogno africano sadias. Apenas L. theobromae produziu cancro, por meio de inoculação por ferimento e alta umidade. A confirmação de L. theobromae como agente causal do cancro ocorreu após o reisolamento do fungo a partir das plantas inoculadas em casa de vegetação, concluindo a primeira verificação do postulado de Koch para esse patossistema.

  4. Pierre Vilar Frontinhan 1906 - París 2003

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    Pablo Rodríguez

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    Full Text Available En el pasado mes de agosto falleció en París el historiador y maestro de tantas generaciones Pierre Vilar. Aunque había mantenido una intensa actividad de reflexión sobre los sucesos contemporáneos, ésta se vio afectada en 1991 luego que una grave enfermedad le negó la visión. Fue entonces cuando decidió con la ayuda de Rosa Congost escribir sus reflexiones y recuerdos, especie de memoria de juventud. Pensar Históricamente (Barcelona: Editorial Crítica, 1997, el libro que reúne estos ejercicios, es una obra de sumo interés para conocer la infancia, adolescencia y juventud de este connotado historiador.

  5. Efeito da inclusão da covariância genética aditiva direta-materna no modelo de análise sobre a magnitude das estimativas de parâmetros e valores genéticos preditos para ganho de peso na raça Brangus Effect of genetic direct-maternal covariance inclusion in the model of analizys on the estimate of parameters and predicted genetic values for weight gain in Brangus breed

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    Luiz Felipe Waihrich Guterres

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi estudar o efeito da inclusão da covariância entre o efeito genético aditivo direto e o materno (covd-m no modelo de análise, sobre o valor das estimativas de parâmetros genéticos e de valores genéticos preditos (VG para ganho médio diário do nascimento à desmama (GMDND e da desmama ao sobreano (GMDDS, na raça Brangus (5/8 Angus x 3/8 Nelore. Foram analizados 28.949 registros de desempenho para GMDND e 11.884 para GMDDS, coletados no período entre 1986 e 2002. Os componentes de (covariância foram obtidos pelo método REML. Para GMDND, foi utilizado um modelo animal que considerou como aleatórios o efeito, genético aditivo direto, o materno e o residual, e como fixos os efeitos de grupo de contemporâneos à desmama (Gc²05 e da interação fração gênica Nelore-Angus do touro e da vaca (FGNA, além das covariáveis idade da vaca ao parto (ID e idade do bezerro à desmama. Para GMDDS, o modelo foi o mesmo, apenas substituindo Gc²05 por grupo de contemporâneos ao sobreano (GC550 e ID por idade ao sobreano. O ambiente permanente da vaca foi considerado como efeito aleatório em ambos os modelos. O teste da razão de verossimilhança mostrou não haver diferença significativa, em nível de 5% de probabilidade, entre os modelos adotados para ambas as características. As herdabilidades diretas variaram de 0,14 ± 0,03 a 0,21 ± 0,03 e as maternas de 0,00 ± 0,01 a 0,15 ± 0,02, sendo o valor das estimativas menor quando a covd-m foi considerada no modelo, para GMDND. As correlações entre o valor genético aditivo direto e o materno foram negativas tanto para GMDND (-0,25 ± 0,12 quanto para GMDDS (-0,77 ± 0,19. A correlação de ordem ("rank correlation", entre a classificação dos VG dos animais, preditas pelos dois modelos, foram 0,89 para GMDND e 0,98 para GMDND, sugerindo que pode ocorrer, alteração, embora pequena, na ordem de classificação dos animais em relação a GMDND.The objective of

  6. Distinct Oscillatory Frequencies Underlie Excitability of Human Occipital and Parietal Cortex.

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    Samaha, Jason; Gosseries, Olivia; Postle, Bradley R

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    Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of human occipital and posterior parietal cortex can give rise to visual sensations called phosphenes. We used near-threshold TMS with concurrent EEG recordings to measure how oscillatory brain dynamics covary, on single trials, with the perception of phosphenes after occipital and parietal TMS. Prestimulus power and phase, predominantly in the alpha band (8-13 Hz), predicted occipital TMS phosphenes, whereas higher-frequency beta-band (13-20 Hz) power (but not phase) predicted parietal TMS phosphenes. TMS-evoked responses related to phosphene perception were similar across stimulation sites and were characterized by an early (200 ms) posterior negativity and a later (>300 ms) parietal positivity in the time domain and an increase in low-frequency (∼5-7 Hz) power followed by a broadband decrease in alpha/beta power in the time-frequency domain. These correlates of phosphene perception closely resemble known electrophysiological correlates of conscious perception of near-threshold visual stimuli. The regionally differential pattern of prestimulus predictors of phosphene perception suggests that distinct frequencies may reflect cortical excitability in occipital versus posterior parietal cortex, calling into question the broader assumption that the alpha rhythm may serve as a general index of cortical excitability. SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT Alpha-band oscillations are thought to reflect cortical excitability and are therefore ascribed an important role in gating information transmission across cortex. We probed cortical excitability directly in human occipital and parietal cortex and observed that, whereas alpha-band dynamics indeed reflect excitability of occipital areas, beta-band activity was most predictive of parietal cortex excitability. Differences in the state of cortical excitability predicted perceptual outcomes (phosphenes), which were manifest in both early and late patterns of evoked activity, revealing the time

  7. Parâmetros genéticos para características lineares de úbere: escore final de tipo, produção de leite e produção de gordura na raça Holandesa

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    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Utilizaram-se 3.063 registros de classificação linear de 2.593 vacas, obtidos entre 1997 e 1999, para estudar características de úbere, escore final de tipo e produções de leite e gordura por meio de modelo animal de repetibilidade para características múltiplas tomadas três a três. As médias das características de úbere variaram de 3,79 para colocação das tetas anteriores a 5,81 para altura do úbere posterior. A média do escore final para tipo foi 80 e para produções de leite e gordura foram, respectivamente, 7.019±1.817kg e 236±60kg. As repetibilidades variaram de 0,46 para profundidade do úbere a 0,76 para escore final de tipo, e as herdabilidades de 0,11 para ligamento suspensório mediano a 0,40 para escore final. Em geral, as correlações genéticas entre as características lineares de úbere foram altas e positivas. O maior valor foi entre altura e profundidade do úbere (0,71, seguida da correlação entre inserção anterior e profundidade do úbere (0,69. Ao envolver características produtivas e de úbere, o maior valor foi 0,46, obtido entre produção de leite e largura do úbere posterior. A correlação entre produção de gordura e largura do úbere foi moderada (0,23. Algumas correlações foram negativas e em geral as fenotípicas foram, em valores absolutos, inferiores às genéticas.

  8. Investigating the effects of nitrous oxide sedation on frontal-parietal interactions.

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    Ryu, Ji-Ho; Kim, Pil-Jong; Kim, Hong-Gee; Koo, Yong-Seo; Shin, Teo Jeon

    2017-06-09

    Although functional connectivity has received considerable attention in the study of consciousness, few studies have investigated functional connectivity limited to the sedated state where consciousness is maintained but impaired. The aim of the present study was to investigate changes in functional connectivity of the parietal-frontal network resulting from nitrous oxide-induced sedation, and to determine the neural correlates of cognitive impairment during consciousness transition states. Electroencephalography was acquired from healthy adult patients who underwent nitrous oxide inhalation to induce cognitive impairment, and was analyzed using Granger causality (GC). Periods of awake, sedation and recovery for GC between frontal and parietal areas in the delta, theta, alpha, beta, gamma and total frequency bands were obtained. The Friedman test with post-hoc analysis was conducted for GC values of each period for comparison. As a sedated state was induced by nitrous oxide inhalation, power in the low frequency band showed increased activity in frontal regions that was reversed with discontinuation of nitrous oxide. Feedback and feedforward connections analyzed in spectral GC were changed differently in accordance with EEG frequency bands in the sedated state by nitrous oxide administration. Calculated spectral GC of the theta, alpha, and beta frequency regions in the parietal-to-frontal direction was significantly decreased in the sedated state while spectral GC in the reverse direction did not show significant change. Frontal-parietal functional connectivity is significantly affected by nitrous oxide inhalation. Significantly decreased parietal-to-frontal interaction may induce a sedated state. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Neural sources of visual working memory maintenance in human parietal and ventral extrastriate visual cortex.

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    Becke, Andreas; Müller, Notger; Vellage, Anne; Schoenfeld, Mircea Ariel; Hopf, Jens-Max

    2015-04-15

    Maintaining information in visual working memory is reliably indexed by the contralateral delay activity (CDA) - a sustained modulation of the event-related potential (ERP) with a topographical maximum over posterior scalp regions contralateral to the memorized input. Based on scalp topography, it is hypothesized that the CDA reflects neural activity in the parietal cortex, but the precise cortical origin of underlying electric activity was never determined. Here we combine ERP recordings with magnetoencephalography based source localization to characterize the cortical current sources generating the CDA. Observers performed a cued delayed match to sample task where either the color or the relative position of colored dots had to be maintained in memory. A detailed source-localization analysis of the magnetic activity in the retention interval revealed that the magnetic analog of the CDA (mCDA) is generated by current sources in the parietal cortex. Importantly, we find that the mCDA also receives contribution from current sources in the ventral extrastriate cortex that display a time-course similar to the parietal sources. On the basis of the magnetic responses, forward modeling of ERP data reveals that the ventral sources have non-optimal projections and that these sources are therefore concealed in the ERP by overlapping fields with parietal projections. The present observations indicate that visual working memory maintenance, as indexed by the CDA, involves the parietal cortical regions as well as the ventral extrastriate regions, which code the sensory representation of the memorized content. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Examining the role of the temporo-parietal network in memory, imagery and viewpoint transformations

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    Kiret eDhindsa

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The traditional view of the medial temporal lobe (MTL focuses on its role in episodic memory. However, some of the underlying functions of the MTL can be ascertained from its wider role in supporting spatial cognition in concert with parietal and prefrontal regions. The MTL is strongly implicated in the formation of enduring allocentric representations (e.g. O’Keefe (1976; Ekstrom et al. (2003; King et al. (2002. According to our BBB model (Byrne et al. (2007, these representations must interact with head-centered and body-centered representations in posterior parietal cortex via a transformation circuit involving retrosplenial areas. Egocentric sensory representations in parietal areas can then cue the recall of allocentric spatial representations in long-term memory and, conversely, the products of retrieval in MTL can generate mental imagery within a parietal ’window’. Such imagery is necessarily egocentric and forms part of visuospatial working memory, where it can be manipulated for the purpose of planning/imagining the future. Recent fMRI evidence (Lambrey et al. (2012; Zhang et al. (2012 supports the BBB model. To further test the model, we had participants learn the locations of objects in a virtual scene and tested their spatial memory under conditions that impose varying demands on the transformation circuit. We analyzed how brain activity correlated with accuracy in judging the direction of an object 1 from visuospatial working memory (we assume working memory due to the order of tasks and the consistency viewpoint, but long-term memory is also possible, 2 after a rotation of viewpoint, or 3 after a rotation and translation (judgement of relative direction. We found performance-related activity in both tasks requiring viewpoint rotation in the core medial temporal to medial parietal. These results are consistent with the BBB model and shed further light on the mechanisms underlying spatial memory, mental imagery and viewpoint

  11. Enhanced Working Memory Binding by Direct Electrical Stimulation of the Parietal Cortex

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    Agustina Birba

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    Full Text Available Recent works evince the critical role of visual short-term memory (STM binding deficits as a clinical and preclinical marker of Alzheimer’s disease (AD. These studies suggest a potential role of posterior brain regions in both the neurocognitive deficits of Alzheimer’s patients and STM binding in general. Thereupon, we surmised that stimulation of the posterior parietal cortex (PPC might be a successful approach to tackle working memory deficits in this condition, especially at early stages. To date, no causal evidence exists of the role of the parietal cortex in STM binding. A unique approach to assess this issue is afforded by single-subject direct intracranial electrical stimulation of specific brain regions during a relevant cognitive task. Electrical stimulation has been used both for clinical purposes and to causally probe brain mechanisms. Previous evidence of electrical currents spreading through white matter along well defined functional circuits indicates that visual working memory mechanisms are subserved by a specific widely distributed network. Here, we stimulated the parietal cortex of a subject with intracranial electrodes as he performed the visual STM task. We compared the ensuing results to those from a non-stimulated condition and to the performance of a matched control group. In brief, direct stimulation of the parietal cortex induced a selective improvement in STM. These results, together with previous studies, provide very preliminary but promising ground to examine behavioral changes upon parietal stimulation in AD. We discuss our results regarding: (a the usefulness of the task to target prodromal stages of AD; (b the role of a posterior network in STM binding and in AD; and (c the potential opportunity to improve STM binding through brain stimulation.

  12. Formas de utilização do milho em suplementos para novilhos na fase de terminação em pastagem no período das águas: desempenho e parâmetros nutricionais Corn, in different forms, in multiple supplements for finishing crossbred steers on pasture during rainy season: performance and nutrition parameters

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    Full Text Available Avaliou-se a influência da forma de utilização do milho em suplementos no desempenho de novilhos na fase de terminação, durante o período das águas, em pastagem de capim-braquiária. Utilizaram-se 16 bovinos mestiços com peso inicial de 384 kg e 18 meses de idade, distribuídos em delineamento inteiramente casualizado, com quatro tratamentos mistura mineral (MM (controle; milho triturado (MT; milho desintegrado com sabugo (MDS; e milho desintegrado com palha e sabugo (MDPS - e quatro repetições. Os animais foram mantidos em pastagem de 6 ha de Brachiaria decumbens Stapf, dividida em quatro piquetes de 1,5 ha, com disponibilidade de matéria seca total (MST de 4,77 t/ha e MSpd (matéria seca potencialmente digestível de 3,14 t/ha. Para avaliação dos parâmetros nutricionais, utilizaram-se quatro animais mestiços fistulados no esôfago, no rúmen e no abomaso, com peso médio inicial de 390 kg, distribuídos em quadrado latino 4 × 4, composto de quatro tratamentos e quatro períodos experimentais. Os animais do grupo controle receberam mistura mineral diariamente (60 g/dia, enquanto os demais receberam os suplementos (1,0 kg/dia. Os suplementos múltiplos não influenciaram o desempenho dos animais, mas as concentrações séricas de uréia foram maiores nos animais sob suplementação. O consumo de PB, assim como a digestibilidade total de PB, aumentou com o uso dos suplementos múltiplos. Os animais do grupo controle (mistura mineral apresentaram maior consumo de matéria seca e matéria orgânica de pasto. O uso de suplemento múltiplo (1 kg/dia no período das águas promoveu aumento numérico de até 165 g/animal em relação à suplementação com mistura mineral. O milho desintegrado com palha e sabugo e o milho desintegrado com sabugo equivalem ao grão de milho triturado.The effect of corn feeding forms in multiple supplements on performance of finishing steers grazing signal grass (Brachiaria decumbens Stapf during rainy

  13. Otimização via metodologia de superfície de respostas dos parâmetros tecnológicos para produção de fruta estruturada e desidratada a partir de polpa concentrada de mamão Optimization by the surface methodology of thecnological parameters for the production of restructured and dried fruit made from concentrated papaya pulp

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi investigar os parâmetros tecnológicos relevantes no processo de estruturação de polpa concentrada de mamão (16ºBrix, utilizando um delineamento experimental associado a Metodologia de Superfície de Respostas. Os resultados do planejamento composto central utilizado mostraram que as variáveis pectina (x1 e alginato (x2 foram estatisticamente significativas para aumentar a firmeza de fruta estrutura de mamão. Foram realizados experimentos para confirmar as previsões do modelo matemático proposto para firmeza. As frutas estruturadas obtidas com os menores níveis de pectina (7g/kg e alginato (7g/kg apresentaram firmeza elevada, em torno de 3,2kg, cerca de 2,4 vezes maior que o valor previsto pelo modelo, provavelmente devido a variações no pH da polpa de mamão. Os resultados mostraram ser possível produzir fruta estruturada com teor elevado de polpa de mamão concentrada (672g/kg e quantidade mínima de sacarose (364g/kg. O glicerol (x3 na concentração de 100g/kg suprimiu a atividade de água dos géis de polpa concentrada de mamão para 0,922. A secagem (60ºC/6h sob vácuo (0,8kgf/kg das frutas estruturadas minimizou o problema de adesividade superficial das frutas estruturadas e, concomitantemente, promoveu redução na atividade de água, para níveis de umidade intermediária, em torno de 0,860.The objective of this study was to investigate the relevant technological parameters of the manufacturing process of restructured fruit made from concentrated papaya pulp (16ºBrix using an experimental delineation method associated with the Surface Response Methodology. The results of the Central Composed Design utilized show that the effect of the variables pectin (x1 and alginate (x2 on the increase in firmness of the papaya fruit restructured is statistically significant. A series of experiments was conducted to confirm the values predicted by the mathematical model proposed for firmness. The

  14. Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 Expression Is Enhanced in Renal Parietal Epithelial Cells of Zucker Diabetic Fatty Rats and Is Induced by Albumin in In Vitro Primary Parietal Cell Culture

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    Zhang, Yuanyuan; George, Jasmine; Li, Yun; Olufade, Rebecca; Zhao, Xueying

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    As a subfamily of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), gelatinases including MMP-2 and MMP-9 play an important role in remodeling and homeostasis of the extracellular matrix. However, conflicting results have been reported regarding their expression level and activity in the diabetic kidney. This study investigated whether and how MMP-9 expression and activity were changed in glomerular epithelial cells upon albumin overload. In situ zymography, immunostaining and Western blot for renal MMP gelatinolytic activity and MMP-9 protein expression were performed in Zucker lean and Zucker diabetic rats. Confocal microscopy revealed a focal increase in gelatinase activity and MMP-9 protein in the glomeruli of diabetic rats. Increased glomerular MMP-9 staining was mainly observed in hyperplastic parietal epithelial cells (PECs) expressing claudin-1 in the diabetic kidneys. Interestingly, increased parietal MMP-9 was often accompanied by decreased staining for podocyte markers (nephrin and podocalyxin) in the sclerotic area of affected glomeruli in diabetic rats. Additionally, urinary excretion of podocyte marker proteins was significantly increased in association with the levels of MMP-9 and albumin in the urine of diabetic animals. To evaluate the direct effect of albumin on expression and activity of MMP-9, primary cultured rat glomerular PECs were incubated with rat serum albumin (0.25 - 1 mg/ml) for 24 - 48 hrs. MMP-9 mRNA levels were significantly increased following albumin treatment. Meanwhile, albumin administration resulted in a dose-dependent increase in MMP-9 protein and activity in culture supernatants of PECs. Moreover, albumin activated p44/42 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) in PECs. Inhibition of p44/42 MAPK suppressed albumin-induced MMP-9 secretion from glomerular PECs. Taken together, we have demonstrated that an up-regulation of MMP-9 in activated parietal epithelium is associated with a loss of adjacent podocytes in progressive diabetic nephropathy

  15. Haptically guided grasping. FMRI shows right-hemisphere parietal stimulus encoding, and bilateral dorso-ventral parietal gradients of object- and action-related processing during grasp execution

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    Full Text Available The neural bases of haptically-guided grasp planning and execution are largely unknown, especially for stimuli having no visual representations. Therefore, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI to monitor brain activity during haptic exploration of novel 3D complex objects, subsequent grasp planning, and the execution of the pre-planned grasps. Haptic object exploration, involving extraction of shape, orientation and length of the to-be-grasped targets, was associated with the fronto-parietal, temporo-occipital, and insular cortex activity. Yet, only the anterior divisions of the posterior parietal cortex (PPC of the right hemisphere were significantly more engaged in exploration of complex objects (vs. simple control disks. None of these regions were re-recruited during the planning phase. Even more surprisingly, the left-hemisphere intraparietal, temporal, and occipital areas that were significantly invoked for grasp planning did not show sensitivity to object features. Finally, grasp execution, involving the re-recruitment of the critical right-hemisphere PPC clusters, was also significantly associated with two kinds of bilateral parieto-frontal processes. The first represents transformations of grasp-relevant target features and is linked to the dorso-dorsal (lateral and medial parieto-frontal networks. The second monitors grasp kinematics and belongs to the ventro-dorsal networks. Indeed, signal modulations associated with these distinct functions follow dorso-ventral gradients, with left aIPS showing significant sensitivity to both target features and the characteristics of the required grasp. Thus, our results from the haptic domain are consistent with the notion that the parietal processing for action guidance reflects primarily transformations from object-related to effector-related coding, and these mechanisms are rather independent of sensory input modality.

  16. Protease-activated receptor (PAR)-2 is required for PAR-1 signalling in pulmonary fibrosis

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    Lin, Cong; von der Thüsen, Jan; Daalhuisen, Joost; ten Brink, Marieke; Crestani, Bruno; van der Poll, Tom; Borensztajn, Keren; Spek, C. Arnold

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    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is the most devastating diffuse fibrosing lung disease of unknown aetiology. Compelling evidence suggests that both protease-activated receptor (PAR)-1 and PAR-2 participate in the development of pulmonary fibrosis. Previous studies have shown that bleomycin-induced

  17. Tratamiento acupuntural vs parálisis facial periférica de Bell

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    Se realizó un ensayo clínico sobre la efectividad del tratamiento acupuntural en 170 pacientes afectados de Parálisis Facial Periférica de Bell que acudieron a la clínica de Medicina Natural ¨ Carlos J. Finlay ¨ en el período comprendido entre enero y julio 1996. La muestra se divide en dos grupos: control y de estudio, con 85 pacientes cada uno. Los tratamientos empleados fueron esteroides para el grupo control y acupuntura para el grupo estudio con el objetivo de comparar los resultados de ...

  18. Evidencia de la hidroterapia en niños con Parálisis Cerebral

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    Introducción: La parálisis cerebral (PC) es un grupo de desórdenes permanentes no progresivos producidos por una lesión en el cerebro antes de que su desarrollo se haya completado afectando al movimiento, a la postura y causando limitaciones en las actividades. En la actualidad es la discapacidad más común en niños afectando a 2-2,5 de cada 1000 nacidos. Para el tratamiento de la PC las terapias en el agua suponen un papel importante para restaurar el bienestar físico, psicológico y social de...

  19. Níveis de proteína em suplementos para terminação de bovinos em pastejo durante o período de transição Seca/Águas: digestibilidade aparente e parâmetros do metabolismo ruminal e dos compostos nitrogenados

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    Detmann,Edenio; Paulino,Mário Fonseca; Valadares Filho,Sebastião de Campos; Cecon,Paulo Roberto; Zervoudakis,Joanis Tilemahos; Cabral,Luciano da Silva; Gonçalves,Lúcio Carlos; Valadares,Rilene Ferreira Diniz

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    Avaliaram-se aspectos das digestibilidades aparente total e parcial e parâmetros do metabolismo ruminal e dos compostos nitrogenados em novilhos mestiços suplementados durante a fase de transição entre os períodos seco e chuvoso. Foram utilizados cinco novilhos mestiços holandês x zebu com idade e peso médios iniciais de 24 meses e 304 kg, manejados em cinco piquetes de B. decumbens (0,34 ha). Foram fornecidos suplementos (4 kg/animal/dia) constituídos por fubá de milho, grão de soja integral...

  20. Educación por y para indígenas y afrocolombianos: las tecnologías de la etnoeducación (Education by and for indigenous and Afro-Colombians: ethno-education techniques (Éducation par et pour indigènes et afro-colombiens: les technologies de l'ethnoéducation (Educação por e para indígenas e afro-colombianos: as tecnologias da etno-educação

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    (www.rae.es which generally are used in reference to Information Technologies and Communication Technologies, ICTs.RésuméCet article a le but de questionner les définitions, les déve- loppements et les portées de l'éthnoéducation comprise comme une éducation par et pour indigènes et afroco- lombiens, à travers un regard des différences interethni- ques dans les principes de l'éducation indigène andine et amazonienne. Tout cela par rapport à l'église-enseignante et les prétentions de mise en pratique et d'analyses des relations qui ont leur base sur l'interculturalité. L'analyse prend comme objet d'étude le cours d'études afrocolom- biennes et se pose des questions sur les approches cultu- relles encadrées dans les diverses technologies de contrô- le, ainsi que sur les relations de pouvoir où prend forme et se produit le multiculturalisme comme politique publique de l'état adressée aux sujets ethnisés en Colombie.1 Dans cet article, on comprendra par Technologies ces "micro- techniques qui servent à discipliner les individus par un dé- pliement, distribution et inscription dans l'ordre de la norme (Foucault, 1978, cette norme, cependant, ne s'organise pas comme un grille d'intelligibilité transcendantale, mais c'est le résultat de ces déliements, distributions et inscriptions" (Res- trepo, 2004, p. 91. Dans ce sens, l'acception est différente des quatre définitions de technologie proposées par le Dictionnai- re de la Real Academia de la Langue (www.rae.es et qui en général, actuellement, s'emploient par rapport aux dites Tech- nologies de l'Information et de la Communication, TIC.ResumoEste artigo pretende pôr em interrogatório as defini- ções, desenvolvimento e alcance da etno-educação como educação por e para indígenas e afro-colom- bianos, com um olhar das diferenças inter-étnicas nas abordagens da educação indígena andino e amazônico, como ligação com a igreja

  1. Temporo-Parietal and Fronto-Parietal Lobe Contributions to Theory of Mind and Executive Control: An fMRI Study of Verbal Jokes

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    Yu-Chen eChan

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available ‘Getting a joke’ always requires resolving an apparent incongruity but the particular cognitive operations called upon vary depending on the nature of the joke itself. Previous research has identified the primary neural correlates of the cognitive and affective processes called upon to respond to humor generally, but little work has been done on the substrates underlying the distinct cognitive operations required to comprehend particular joke types. This study explored the neural correlates of the cognitive processes required to successfully comprehend three joke types: bridging-inference jokes, exaggeration jokes and ambiguity jokes. For all joke types, the left dlPFC appeared to support common cognitive mechanisms, such as script-shifting, while the vACC was associated with affective appreciation. The temporo-parietal lobe (TPJ and MTG was associated with bridging-inference jokes, suggesting involvement of these regions with ‘theory of mind’ processing. The ventral fronto-parietal lobe (IPL and IFG was associated with both exaggeration and ambiguity jokes, suggesting that it supports executive control processes such as retrieval from episodic memory, self-awareness, and language-based decoding. The social-affective appreciation of verbal jokes was associated with activity in the orbitofrontal cortex, amygdala, ventral anterior cingulate cortex (vACC, and parahippocampal gyrus. These results allow a more precise account of the neural

  2. Application of an automated protocol for the analysis of the temporal parameters of the response of reaction tennis players during the execution of split-step and volley Aplicación de un protocolo automatizado para el análisis de los parámetros temporales de la respuesta de reacción en jugadores de tenis durante la ejecución de split-step y volea

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    V. Luis

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    This study is aimed to show the design and application process of an automated system to recording in real time the temporary parameters of tennis players reaction response during the execution of the technical-tactical movement called “split-step and second volley”. The knowledge about temporary characteristics of the action will be make used of identify the variables to cause in that and also to design an investigation to permit an improvement of the tennis players efficiency in this sequence of the play. In this way, the use of the technological system will allow a precise analysis of player’s motor response and the eminent information about the defined action
    KEY WORDS: Tennis, split-step and volley, automated system of measure, reaction response

    El propósito de este trabajo consiste en mostrar el proceso de diseño y la aplicación de un sistema automatizado de medida para el registro en tiempo real de los parámetros temporales de la respuesta de reacción en jugadores de tenis durante la ejecución de una acción técnico-táctica denominada “split-step y segunda volea”. El conocimiento generado en cuanto a las características temporales de la acción se empleará para identificar las variables que determinan la eficacia en la misma y diseñar una investigación que permita optimizar el rendimiento de los tenistas en esta secuencia del juego. Así, el empleo de este sistema tecnológico permitirá un análisis preciso de la respuesta motriz de los jugadores y la extracción de información relevante acerca de la acción definida.
    PALABRAS CLAVE: Tenis, split-step y volea, sistema automatizado de medida, respuesta de reacción.

  3. Identificación de parámetros en geotecnia aplicación a la excavación de túneles

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    Ledesma Villalba, Alberto

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    En esta tesis se desarrolla una metodología general para la identificación de parámetros en problemas geotécnicos. Dado un problema especifico se supone fijado un modelo (determinista) y se consideran conocidos algunos valores de las variables de estado que caracterizan el sistema (observaciones). La identificación de parámetros o resolución del problema inverso consiste en estimar los parámetros del modelo que mejor ajustan predicciones y medidas. Como criterio de identificación se ha escogi...

  4. Neural representations of social status hierarchy in human inferior parietal cortex.

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    Chiao, Joan Y; Harada, Tokiko; Oby, Emily R; Li, Zhang; Parrish, Todd; Bridge, Donna J

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    Mental representations of social status hierarchy share properties with that of numbers. Previous neuroimaging studies have shown that the neural representation of numerical magnitude lies within a network of regions within inferior parietal cortex. However the neural basis of social status hierarchy remains unknown. Using fMRI, we studied subjects while they compared social status magnitude of people, objects and symbols, as well as numerical magnitude. Both social status and number comparisons recruited bilateral intraparietal sulci. We also observed a semantic distance effect whereby neural activity within bilateral intraparietal sulci increased for semantically close relative to far numerical and social status comparisons. These results demonstrate that social status and number comparisons recruit distinct and overlapping neuronal representations within human inferior parietal cortex.

  5. Parietal intradiploic encephalocele: Report of a case and review of the literature.

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    Arevalo-Perez, Julio; Millán-Juncos, José M

    2015-06-01

    Encephaloceles consist of brain tissue and meninges that has herniated through a skull defect, usually located in the midline. They are seen more commonly in children and very rarely in adults. We present a case of an 84-year-old patient who was incidentally diagnosed with a lytic bone lesion in the right parietal intradiploic space, after computed tomography of the head was performed. A magnetic resonance imaging scan of the brain showed herniation of brain tissue through the defect. Magnetic resonance imaging was crucial in demonstrating the presence of parenchyma and its continuity with the rest of the brain, consequently distinguishing it from other entities. We report the imaging findings of a parietal indradiploic encephalocele with its differential diagnosis and a review of the relevant literature. © The Author(s) 2015.

  6. Parietal and occipital encephalocele in same child: A rarest variety of double encephalocele.

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    Sharma, Somnath; Ojha, Bal Krishan; Chandra, Anil; Singh, Sunil Kumar; Srivastava, Chhitij

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    An encephalocele is a protrusion of the brain and/or meninges through a defect in the skull. Based on the location of the skull defect they are classified into sincipital, basal, occipital or parietal varieties. Occurrence of more than one Encephalocele in a patient is very rare and very few cases of double encephalocele are reported. We report an interesting case where a parietal and an occipital encephalocele were present together. The patient was a 2 months boy who was brought to us with complaints of two swelling on the scalp since birth. Neuroimaging studies confirmed it to be a case of double encephalocele. The rarity of the findings prompted us to report this case. The presentation and management of the case along with and review of the relevant literature is presented. Copyright © 2016 European Paediatric Neurology Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Metabolic Hyperactivity of the Medial Posterior Parietal Lobes in Psychogenic Tremor

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    Peter Hedera

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: The pathophysiology of psychogenic movement disorders, including psychogenic tremor (PT, is only emerging. Case Report: This is a single case report of a patient who met diagnostic criteria for PT. He underwent positron emission tomography (PET of brain with 18F-deoxyglucose at resting state. His PET study showed symmetrically increased 18F-deoxyglucose uptake in both posterior medial parietal lobes. There was no corresponding abnormality on structural imaging. Discussion: Hypermetabolism of the medial aspects of posterior parietal lobes bilaterally may reflect abnormal activity of sensory integration that is important in the pathogenesis of PT. This further supports the idea that non-organic movement disorders may be associated with detectable functional brain abnormalities.

  8. Posterior parietal cortex and long-term memory: some data from laboratory animals

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    Myskiw, Jociane C.; Izquierdo, Iván

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    The posterior parietal cortex (PPC) was long viewed as just involved in the perception of spatial relationships between the body and its surroundings and of movements related to them. In recent years the PPC has been shown to participate in many other cognitive processes, among which working memory and the consolidation and retrieval of episodic memory. The neurotransmitter and other molecular processes involved have been determined to a degree in rodents. More research will no doubt determin...

  9. Frontal and parietal cortical interactions with distributed visual representations during selective attention and action selection.

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    Nelissen, Natalie; Stokes, Mark; Nobre, Anna C; Rushworth, Matthew F S

    2013-10-16

    Using multivoxel pattern analysis (MVPA), we studied how distributed visual representations in human occipitotemporal cortex are modulated by attention and link their modulation to concurrent activity in frontal and parietal cortex. We detected similar occipitotemporal patterns during a simple visuoperceptual task and an attention-to-working-memory task in which one or two stimuli were cued before being presented among other pictures. Pattern strength varied from highest to lowest when the stimulus was the exclusive focus of attention, a conjoint focus, and when it was potentially distracting. Although qualitatively similar effects were seen inside regions relatively specialized for the stimulus category and outside, the former were quantitatively stronger. By regressing occipitotemporal pattern strength against activity elsewhere in the brain, we identified frontal and parietal areas exerting top-down control over, or reading information out from, distributed patterns in occipitotemporal cortex. Their interactions with patterns inside regions relatively specialized for that stimulus category were higher than those with patterns outside those regions and varied in strength as a function of the attentional condition. One area, the frontal operculum, was distinguished by selectively interacting with occipitotemporal patterns only when they were the focus of attention. There was no evidence that any frontal or parietal area actively inhibited occipitotemporal representations even when they should be ignored and were suppressed. Using MVPA to decode information within these frontal and parietal areas showed that they contained information about attentional context and/or readout information from occipitotemporal cortex to guide behavior but that frontal regions lacked information about category identity.

  10. Trepanation and enlarged parietal foramen on skulls from the Loyalty Islands (Melanesia).

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    Vasilyev, Sergey V; Sviridov, Alexey A

    2017-06-01

    The goal of this study is a comprehensive examination of openings discovered on two skulls in the collection of skeletal remains from the Loyalty Islands (Melanesia). The skull No. 1524 displayed an evidence of successful trepanation, and the skull No. 7985 revealed openings that were reminiscent of a trepanation, however, we are inclined to believe that in the latter case we are dealing with a rare genetic anomaly - enlarged parietal foramen.

  11. Exogenous vs. endogenous attention: Shifting the balance of fronto-parietal activity.

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    Meyer, Kristin N; Du, Feng; Parks, Emily; Hopfinger, Joseph B

    2018-03-01

    Despite behavioral and electrophysiological evidence for dissociations between endogenous (voluntary) and exogenous (reflexive) attention, fMRI results have yet to consistently and clearly differentiate neural activation patterns between these two types of attention. This study specifically aimed to determine whether activity in the dorsal fronto-parietal network differed between endogenous and exogenous conditions. Participants performed a visual discrimination task in endogenous and exogenous attention conditions while undergoing fMRI scanning. Analyses revealed robust and bilateral activation throughout the dorsal fronto-parietal network for each condition, in line with many previous results. In order to investigate possible differences in the balance of neural activity within this network with greater sensitivity, a priori regions of interest (ROIs) were selected for analysis, centered on the frontal eye fields (FEF) and intraparietal sulcus (IPS) regions identified in previous studies. The results revealed a significant interaction between region, condition, and hemisphere. Specifically, in the left hemisphere, frontal areas were more active than parietal areas, but only during endogenous attention. Activity in the right hemisphere, in contrast, remained relatively consistent for these regions across conditions. Analysis of this activity over time indicates that this left-hemispheric regional imbalance is present within the FEF early, at 3-6.5 s post-stimulus presentation, whereas a regional imbalance in the exogenous condition is not evident until 6.5-8 s post-stimulus presentation. Overall, our results provide new evidence that although the dorsal fronto-parietal network is indeed associated with both types of attentional orienting, regions of the network are differentially engaged over time and across hemispheres depending on the type of attention. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Individual structural differences in left inferior parietal area are associated with schoolchildrens’ arithmetic scores

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    Yongxin eLi

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Arithmetic skill is of critical importance for academic achievement, professional success and everyday life, and childhood is the key period to acquire this skill. Neuroimaging studies have identified that left parietal regions are a key neural substrate for representing arithmetic skill. Although the relationship between functional brain activity in left parietal regions and arithmetic skill has been studied in detail, it remains unclear about the relationship between arithmetic achievement and structural properties in left inferior parietal area in schoolchildren. The current study employed a combination of voxel-based morphometry (VBM for high-resolution T1-weighted images and fiber tracking on diffusion tensor imaging (DTI to examine the relationship between structural properties in the inferior parietal area and arithmetic achievement in 10-year-old schoolchildren. VBM of the T1-weighted images revealed that individual differences in arithmetic scores were significantly and positively correlated with the grey matter (GM volume in the left intraparietal sulcus (IPS. Fiber tracking analysis revealed that the forceps major, left superior longitudinal fasciculus (SLF, bilateral inferior longitudinal fasciculus (ILF and inferior fronto-occipital fasciculus (IFOF were the primary pathways connecting the left IPS with other brain areas. Furthermore, the regression analysis of the probabilistic pathways revealed a significant and positive correlation between the fractional anisotropy (FA values in the left SLF, ILF and bilateral IFOF and arithmetic scores. The brain structure-behavior correlation analyses indicated that the GM volumes in the left IPS and the FA values in the tract pathways connecting left IPS were both related to children’s arithmetic achievement. The present findings provide evidence that individual structural differences in the left IPS are associated with arithmetic scores in schoolchildren.

  13. Frontal and Parietal Cortical Interactions with Distributed Visual Representations during Selective Attention and Action Selection

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    Stokes, Mark; Nobre, Anna C.; Rushworth, Matthew F. S.

    2013-01-01

    Using multivoxel pattern analysis (MVPA), we studied how distributed visual representations in human occipitotemporal cortex are modulated by attention and link their modulation to concurrent activity in frontal and parietal cortex. We detected similar occipitotemporal patterns during a simple visuoperceptual task and an attention-to-working-memory task in which one or two stimuli were cued before being presented among other pictures. Pattern strength varied from highest to lowest when the stimulus was the exclusive focus of attention, a conjoint focus, and when it was potentially distracting. Although qualitatively similar effects were seen inside regions relatively specialized for the stimulus category and outside, the former were quantitatively stronger. By regressing occipitotemporal pattern strength against activity elsewhere in the brain, we identified frontal and parietal areas exerting top-down control over, or reading information out from, distributed patterns in occipitotemporal cortex. Their interactions with patterns inside regions relatively specialized for that stimulus category were higher than those with patterns outside those regions and varied in strength as a function of the attentional condition. One area, the frontal operculum, was distinguished by selectively interacting with occipitotemporal patterns only when they were the focus of attention. There was no evidence that any frontal or parietal area actively inhibited occipitotemporal representations even when they should be ignored and were suppressed. Using MVPA to decode information within these frontal and parietal areas showed that they contained information about attentional context and/or readout information from occipitotemporal cortex to guide behavior but that frontal regions lacked information about category identity. PMID:24133250

  14. Counteracting fatigue in multiple sclerosis with right parietal anodal transcranial direct current stimulation

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    Katrin Hanken; Katrin Hanken; Mona Bosse; Kim Möhrke; Paul Eling; Andreas Kastrup; Andrea Antal; Helmut Hildebrandt; Helmut Hildebrandt

    2016-01-01

    Background: Fatigue in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients appears to correlate with vigilance decrement as reflected in an increase in reaction time and errors with prolonged time-on-task. Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate whether anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over the right parietal or frontal cortex counteracts fatigue-associated vigilance decrement and subjective fatigue. Methods: In study I, a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study, anoda...

  15. Counteracting Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis with Right Parietal Anodal Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

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    Hanken, Katrin; Bosse, Mona; M?hrke, Kim; Eling, Paul; Kastrup, Andreas; Antal, Andrea; Hildebrandt, Helmut

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Fatigue in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients appears to correlate with vigilance decrement as reflected in an increase in reaction time (RT) and errors with prolonged time-on-task. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate whether anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over the right parietal or frontal cortex counteracts fatigue-associated vigilance decrement and subjective fatigue. METHODS: In study I, a randomized double-blind placebo-controll...

  16. Distinct parietal sites mediate the influences of mood, arousal, and their interaction on human recognition memory.

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    Greene, Ciara M; Flannery, Oliver; Soto, David

    2014-12-01

    The two dimensions of emotion, mood valence and arousal, have independent effects on recognition memory. At present, however, it is not clear how those effects are reflected in the human brain. Previous research in this area has generally dealt with memory for emotionally valenced or arousing stimuli, but the manner in which interacting mood and arousal states modulate responses in memory substrates remains poorly understood. We investigated memory for emotionally neutral items while independently manipulating mood valence and arousal state by means of music exposure. Four emotional conditions were created: positive mood/high arousal, positive mood/low arousal, negative mood/high arousal, and negative mood/low arousal. We observed distinct effects of mood valence and arousal in parietal substrates of recognition memory. Positive mood increased activity in ventral posterior parietal cortex (PPC) and orbitofrontal cortex, whereas arousal condition modulated activity in dorsal PPC and the posterior cingulate. An interaction between valence and arousal was observed in left ventral PPC, notably in a parietal area distinct from the those identified for the main effects, with a stronger effect of mood on recognition memory responses here under conditions of relative high versus low arousal. We interpreted the PPC activations in terms of the attention-to-memory hypothesis: Increased arousal may lead to increased top-down control of memory, and hence dorsal PPC activation, whereas positive mood valence may result in increased activity in ventral PPC regions associated with bottom-up attention to memory. These findings indicate that distinct parietal sites mediate the influences of mood, arousal, and their interplay during recognition memory.

  17. Fronto-parietal coding of goal-directed actions performed by artificial agents.

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    Kupferberg, Aleksandra; Iacoboni, Marco; Flanagin, Virginia; Huber, Markus; Kasparbauer, Anna; Baumgartner, Thomas; Hasler, Gregor; Schmidt, Florian; Borst, Christoph; Glasauer, Stefan

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    With advances in technology, artificial agents such as humanoid robots will soon become a part of our daily lives. For safe and intuitive collaboration, it is important to understand the goals behind their motor actions. In humans, this process is mediated by changes in activity in fronto-parietal brain areas. The extent to which these areas are activated when observing artificial agents indicates the naturalness and easiness of interaction. Previous studies indicated that fronto-parietal activity does not depend on whether the agent is human or artificial. However, it is unknown whether this activity is modulated by observing grasping (self-related action) and pointing actions (other-related action) performed by an artificial agent depending on the action goal. Therefore, we designed an experiment in which subjects observed human and artificial agents perform pointing and grasping actions aimed at two different object categories suggesting different goals. We found a signal increase in the bilateral inferior parietal lobule and the premotor cortex when tool versus food items were pointed to or grasped by both agents, probably reflecting the association of hand actions with the functional use of tools. Our results show that goal attribution engages the fronto-parietal network not only for observing a human but also a robotic agent for both self-related and social actions. The debriefing after the experiment has shown that actions of human-like artificial agents can be perceived as being goal-directed. Therefore, humans will be able to interact with service robots intuitively in various domains such as education, healthcare, public service, and entertainment. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Frontal Parietal Control Network Regulates the Anti-Correlated Default and Dorsal Attention Networks

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    Gao, Wei; Lin, Weili

    2011-01-01

    Recent reports demonstrate the anti-correlated behaviors between the default and the dorsal attention (DA) networks. We aimed to investigate the roles of the frontal parietal control (FPC) network in regulating the two anti-correlated networks through three experimental conditions, including resting, continuous self-paced/attended sequential finger tapping (FT), and natural movie watching (MW), respectively. The two goal-directed tasks were chosen to engage either one of the two competing net...

  19. Metaplasia of the parietal layer of Bowman's capsule. A histopathological survey of the human kidney

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    Human kidney sections taken at autopsy were examined to determine the incidence of metaplasia of the Bowman's parietal epithelium. Autopsy records were consulted to determine if there was any correlation between clinical disease, histopathological changes in organ systems and metaplasia of Bowman's capsule. The sections represented both sexes in 9 age groups from 2 to 87 years. The sections were fixed in neutral formalin, embedded in paraffin, sectioned at 6 pm...

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  1. Asymmetric multisensory interactions of visual and somatosensory responses in a region of the rat parietal cortex.

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    Michael T Lippert

    Full Text Available Perception greatly benefits from integrating multiple sensory cues into a unified percept. To study the neural mechanisms of sensory integration, model systems are required that allow the simultaneous assessment of activity and the use of techniques to affect individual neural processes in behaving animals. While rodents qualify for these requirements, little is known about multisensory integration and areas involved for this purpose in the rodent. Using optical imaging combined with laminar electrophysiological recordings, the rat parietal cortex was identified as an area where visual and somatosensory inputs converge and interact. Our results reveal similar response patterns to visual and somatosensory stimuli at the level of current source density (CSD responses and multi-unit responses within a strip in parietal cortex. Surprisingly, a selective asymmetry was observed in multisensory interactions: when the somatosensory response preceded the visual response, supra-linear summation of CSD was observed, but the reverse stimulus order resulted in sub-linear effects in the CSD. This asymmetry was not present in multi-unit activity however, which showed consistently sub-linear interactions. These interactions were restricted to a specific temporal window, and pharmacological tests revealed significant local intra-cortical contributions to this phenomenon. Our results highlight the rodent parietal cortex as a system to model the neural underpinnings of multisensory processing in behaving animals and at the cellular level.

  2. Parietal and premotor cortices: activation reflects imitation accuracy during observation, delayed imitation and concurrent imitation.

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    Krüger, Britta; Bischoff, Matthias; Blecker, Carlo; Langhanns, Christine; Kindermann, Stefan; Sauerbier, Isabell; Reiser, Mathias; Stark, Rudolf; Munzert, Jörn; Pilgramm, Sebastian

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    This study investigated whether activation within areas belonging to the action observation and imitation network reveals a linear relation to the subsequent accuracy of imitating a bimanual rhythmic movement measured via a motion capturing system. 20 participants were scanned with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) when asked to imitate observed bimanual movements either concurrently versus with a delay (2s) or simply to observe the movements without imitation. Results showed that action observation relates to activation within classic mirror-related areas. Activation patterns were more widespread when participants were asked to imitate the movement. During observation with concurrent imitation, activation in the left inferior parietal lobe (IPL) was associated negatively with imitation accuracy. During observation in the delayed imitation condition, higher subsequent imitation accuracy was coupled with higher activation in the right superior parietal lobe (SPL) and the left parietal operculum (POp). During the delayed imitation itself, a negative association between imitation accuracy and brain activation was revealed in the right ventral premotor cortex (vPMC). We conclude that the IPL is involved in online comparison and visuospatial attention processes during imitation, the SPL provides a kinesthetic blueprint during movement observation, the POp preserves body identity, and the vPMC recruits motor representations--especially when no concurrent visual guidance is possible. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Fronto-Parietal Network Reconfiguration Supports the Development of Reasoning Ability.

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    Wendelken, Carter; Ferrer, Emilio; Whitaker, Kirstie J; Bunge, Silvia A

    2016-05-01

    The goal of this fMRI study was to examine how well developmental improvements in reasoning ability can be explained by changes in functional connectivity between specific nodes in prefrontal and parietal cortices. To this end, we examined connectivity within the lateral fronto-parietal network (LFPN) and its relation to reasoning ability in 132 children and adolescents aged 6-18 years, 56 of whom were scanned twice over the course of 1.5 years. Developmental changes in strength of connections within the LFPN were most prominent in late childhood and early adolescence. Reasoning ability was related to functional connectivity between left rostrolateral prefrontal cortex (RLPFC) and inferior parietal lobule (IPL), but only among 12-18-year olds. For 9-11-year olds, reasoning ability was most strongly related to connectivity between left and right RLPFC; this relationship was mediated by working memory. For 6-8-year olds, significant relationships between connectivity and performance were not observed; in this group, processing speed was the primary mediator of improvement in reasoning ability. We conclude that different connections best support reasoning at different points in development and that RLPFC-IPL connectivity becomes an important predictor of reasoning during adolescence. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  4. Distributed patterns of occipito-parietal functional connectivity predict the precision of visual working memory.

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    Galeano Weber, Elena M; Hahn, Tim; Hilger, Kirsten; Fiebach, Christian J

    2017-02-01

    Limitations in visual working memory (WM) quality (i.e., WM precision) may depend on perceptual and attentional limitations during stimulus encoding, thereby affecting WM capacity. WM encoding relies on the interaction between sensory processing systems and fronto-parietal 'control' regions, and differences in the quality of this interaction are a plausible source of individual differences in WM capacity. Accordingly, we hypothesized that the coupling between perceptual and attentional systems affects the quality of WM encoding. We combined fMRI connectivity analysis with behavioral modeling by fitting a variable precision and fixed capacity model to the performance data obtained while participants performed a visual delayed continuous response WM task. We quantified functional connectivity during WM encoding between occipital and parietal brain regions activated during both perception and WM encoding, as determined using a conjunction of two independent experiments. The multivariate pattern of voxel-wise inter-areal functional connectivity significantly predicted WM performance, most specifically the mean of WM precision but not the individual number of items that could be stored in memory. In particular, higher occipito-parietal connectivity was associated with higher behavioral mean precision. These results are consistent with a network perspective of WM capacity, suggesting that the efficiency of information flow between perceptual and attentional neural systems is a critical determinant of limitations in WM quality. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Acute parietal lobe infarction presenting as Gerstmann’s syndrome and cognitive decline mimicking senile dementia

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Tien-Yu Chen,1 Chun-Yen Chen,1,3 Che-Hung Yen,2,3 Shin-Chang Kuo,1,3 Yi-Wei Yeh,1,3 Serena Chang,1 San-Yuan Huang1,31Department of Psychiatry, 2Department of Neurology, Tri-Service General Hospital, School of Medicine, National Defense Medical Center, 3Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of ChinaAbstract: Gerstmann’s syndrome encompasses the tetrad of finger agnosia, agraphia, acalculia, and right-left confusion. An elderly man with a history of several cardiovascular diseases was initially brought to the psychiatric outpatient department by his family because of worsening of recent memory, executive function, and mixed anxious-depressive mood. Gerstmann’s syndrome without obvious motor function impairment and dementia-like features could be observed at first. Emergent brain computed tomography scan revealed new left-middle cerebral artery infarction over the left posterior parietal lobe. This case reminds us that acute cerebral infarction involving the parietal lobe may present as Gerstmann’s syndrome accompanied by cognitive decline mimicking dementia. As a result, emergent organic workups should be arranged, especially for elderly patients at high risk for cerebral vascular accident.Keywords: Gerstmann’s syndrome, dementia, parietal lobe infarction

  6. Prediction of Reach Goals in Depth and Direction from the Parietal Cortex

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    Matteo Filippini

    2018-04-01

    Full Text Available Summary: The posterior parietal cortex is well known to mediate sensorimotor transformations during the generation of movement plans, but its ability to control prosthetic limbs in 3D environments has not yet been fully demonstrated. With this aim, we trained monkeys to perform reaches to targets located at various depths and directions and tested whether the reach goal position can be extracted from parietal signals. The reach goal location was reliably decoded with accuracy close to optimal (>90%, and this occurred also well before movement onset. These results, together with recent work showing a reliable decoding of hand grip in the same area, suggest that this is a suitable site to decode the entire prehension action, to be considered in the development of brain-computer interfaces. : Filippini et al. show that it is possible to use parietal cortex activity to predict in which direction the arm will move and how far it will reach. This opens up the possibility of neural prostheses that can accurately guide reach and grasp using signals from this part of the brain. Keywords: neuroprosthetics, offline neural decoding, reaching in depth, monkey, V6A, machine learning, visuomotor transformations, hand guidance, prehension, robotics

  7. Noninvasive brain stimulation of the parietal lobe for improving neurologic, neuropsychologic, and neuropsychiatric deficits.

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    Bolognini, Nadia; Miniussi, Carlo

    2018-01-01

    Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial electric stimulation (tES) are noninvasive brain stimulation (NIBS) tools that are now widely used in neuroscientific research in humans. The fact that both TMS and tES are able to modulate brain plasticity and, in turn, affect behavior is opening up new horizons in the treatment of brain circuit and plasticity disorders. In the present chapter, we will first provide the reader with a brief background on the basic principles of NIBS, describing the electromagnetic and physical foundations of TMS and tES, as well as the current knowledge of the neurophysiologic basis of their effects on brain activity and plasticity. In the main part, we will outline studies aimed at improving persistent symptoms and deficits in patients suffering from neurologic and neuropsychiatric disorders featured by dysfunction of the parietal lobe. The emerging view is that NIBS of parietal areas holds the promise to overcome various sensory, motor, and cognitive disorders that are often refractory to standard medical or behavioral therapies. The chapter closes with an outlook on further developments in this realm, discussing novel therapeutic approaches that could lead to more effective rehabilitation procedures, better suited for the specific parietal lobe dysfunction. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Sensory-parietal cortical stimulation improves motor recovery in severe capsular infarct.

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    Kim, Ra Gyung; Cho, Jongwook; Ree, Jinkyue; Kim, Hyung-Sun; Rosa-Neto, Pedro; Kim, Jin-Myung; Lee, Min-Cheol; Kim, Hyoung-Ihl

    2016-12-01

    The prevalence of subcortical white matter strokes in elderly patients is on the rise, but these patients show mixed responses to conventional rehabilitative interventions. To examine whether cortical electrical stimulation can promote motor recovery after white matter stroke, we delivered stimulation to a small or wide region of sensory-parietal cortex for two weeks in a rodent model of circumscribed subcortical capsular infarct. The sham-operated group (SOG) showed persistent and severe motor impairments together with decreased activation in bilateral sensorimotor cortices and striatum. In contrast, sensory-parietal cortex stimulation significantly improved motor recovery: final recovery levels were 72.9% of prelesion levels in the wide stimulation group (WSG) and 37% of prelesion levels in the small stimulation group (SSG). The microPET imaging showed reversal of cortical diaschisis in both groups: in both hemispheres for the WSG, and in the hemisphere ipsilateral to stimulation in the SSG. In addition, we observed activation of the corpus callosum and subcortical corticostriatal structures after stimulation. The results from the c-Fos mapping study were grossly consistent with the microPET imaging. Sensory-parietal cortex stimulation may therefore be a useful strategy for overcoming the limits of rehabilitative training in patients with severe forms of subcortical capsular infarct. © The Author(s) 2015.

  9. Bilateral fronto-parietal integrity in young chronic cigarette smokers: a diffusion tensor imaging study.

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    Yanhui Liao

    Full Text Available Cigarette smoking continues to be the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality in China and other countries. Previous studies have demonstrated gray matter loss in chronic smokers. However, only a few studies assessed the changes of white matter integrity in this group. Based on those previous reports of alterations in white matter integrity in smokers, the aim of this study was to examine the alteration of white matter integrity in a large, well-matched sample of chronic smokers and non-smokers.Using in vivo diffusion tensor imaging (DTI to measure the differences of whole-brain white matter integrity between 44 chronic smoking subjects (mean age, 28.0±5.6 years and 44 healthy age- and sex-matched comparison non-smoking volunteers (mean age, 26.3±5.8 years. DTI was performed on a 3-Tesla Siemens scanner (Allegra; Siemens Medical System. The data revealed that smokers had higher fractional anisotropy (FA than healthy non-smokers in almost symmetrically bilateral fronto-parietal tracts consisting of a major white matter pathway, the superior longitudinal fasciculus (SLF.We found the almost symmetrically bilateral fronto-parietal whiter matter changes in a relatively large sample of chronic smokers. These findings support the hypothesis that chronic cigarette smoking involves alterations of bilateral fronto-parietal connectivity.

  10. Observing complex action sequences: The role of the fronto-parietal mirror neuron system.

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    Molnar-Szakacs, Istvan; Kaplan, Jonas; Greenfield, Patricia M; Iacoboni, Marco

    2006-11-15

    A fronto-parietal mirror neuron network in the human brain supports the ability to represent and understand observed actions allowing us to successfully interact with others and our environment. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we wanted to investigate the response of this network in adults during observation of hierarchically organized action sequences of varying complexity that emerge at different developmental stages. We hypothesized that fronto-parietal systems may play a role in coding the hierarchical structure of object-directed actions. The observation of all action sequences recruited a common bilateral network including the fronto-parietal mirror neuron system and occipito-temporal visual motion areas. Activity in mirror neuron areas varied according to the motoric complexity of the observed actions, but not according to the developmental sequence of action structures, possibly due to the fact that our subjects were all adults. These results suggest that the mirror neuron system provides a fairly accurate simulation process of observed actions, mimicking internally the level of motoric complexity. We also discuss the results in terms of the links between mirror neurons, language development and evolution.

  11. Gas1 expression in parietal cells of Bowman's capsule in experimental diabetic nephropathy.

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    Luna-Antonio, Brenda I; Rodriguez-Muñoz, Rafael; Namorado-Tonix, Carmen; Vergara, Paula; Segovia, Jose; Reyes, Jose L

    2017-07-01

    Gas1 (Growth Arrest-Specific 1) is a pleiotropic protein with novel functions including anti-proliferative and proapoptotic activities. In the kidney, the expression of Gas1 has been described in mesangial cells. In this study, we described that renal parietal cells of Bowman's capsule (BC) and the distal nephron cells also express Gas1. The role of Gas1 in the kidney is not yet known. There is a subpopulation of progenitor cells in Bowman's capsule with self-renewal properties which can eventually differentiate into podocytes as a possible mechanism of regeneration in the early stages of diabetic nephropathy. We analyzed the expression of Gas1 in the parietal cells of Bowman's capsule in murine experimental diabetes. We found that diabetes reduced the expression of Gas1 and increased the expression of progenitor markers like NCAM, CD24, and SIX1/2, and mesenchymal markers like PAX2 in the Bowman's capsule. We also analyzed the expression of WT1 (a podocyte-specific marker) on BC and observed an increase in the number of WT1 positive cells in diabetes. In contrast, nephrin, another podocyte-specific protein, decreases its expression in the first week of diabetes in the glomerular tuft, which is gradually restored during the second and third weeks of diabetes. These results suggest that in diabetes the decrease of Gas1 promotes the activation of parietal progenitor cells of Bowman's capsule that might differentiate into podocytes and compensate their loss observed in this pathology.

  12. Frontal and parietal theta burst TMS impairs working memory for visual-spatial conjunctions.

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    Morgan, Helen M; Jackson, Margaret C; van Koningsbruggen, Martijn G; Shapiro, Kimron L; Linden, David E J

    2013-03-01

    In tasks that selectively probe visual or spatial working memory (WM) frontal and posterior cortical areas show a segregation, with dorsal areas preferentially involved in spatial (e.g. location) WM and ventral areas in visual (e.g. object identity) WM. In a previous fMRI study [1], we showed that right parietal cortex (PC) was more active during WM for orientation, whereas left inferior frontal gyrus (IFG) was more active during colour WM. During WM for colour-orientation conjunctions, activity in these areas was intermediate to the level of activity for the single task preferred and non-preferred information. To examine whether these specialised areas play a critical role in coordinating visual and spatial WM to perform a conjunction task, we used theta burst transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to induce a functional deficit. Compared to sham stimulation, TMS to right PC or left IFG selectively impaired WM for conjunctions but not single features. This is consistent with findings from visual search paradigms, in which frontal and parietal TMS selectively affects search for conjunctions compared to single features, and with combined TMS and functional imaging work suggesting that parietal and frontal regions are functionally coupled in tasks requiring integration of visual and spatial information. Our results thus elucidate mechanisms by which the brain coordinates spatially segregated processing streams and have implications beyond the field of working memory. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Matrix metalloproteinase-9 expression is enhanced in renal parietal epithelial cells of zucker diabetic Fatty rats and is induced by albumin in in vitro primary parietal cell culture.

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    Full Text Available As a subfamily of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs, gelatinases including MMP-2 and MMP-9 play an important role in remodeling and homeostasis of the extracellular matrix. However, conflicting results have been reported regarding their expression level and activity in the diabetic kidney. This study investigated whether and how MMP-9 expression and activity were changed in glomerular epithelial cells upon albumin overload. In situ zymography, immunostaining and Western blot for renal MMP gelatinolytic activity and MMP-9 protein expression were performed in Zucker lean and Zucker diabetic rats. Confocal microscopy revealed a focal increase in gelatinase activity and MMP-9 protein in the glomeruli of diabetic rats. Increased glomerular MMP-9 staining was mainly observed in hyperplastic parietal epithelial cells (PECs expressing claudin-1 in the diabetic kidneys. Interestingly, increased parietal MMP-9 was often accompanied by decreased staining for podocyte markers (nephrin and podocalyxin in the sclerotic area of affected glomeruli in diabetic rats. Additionally, urinary excretion of podocyte marker proteins was significantly increased in association with the levels of MMP-9 and albumin in the urine of diabetic animals. To evaluate the direct effect of albumin on expression and activity of MMP-9, primary cultured rat glomerular PECs were incubated with rat serum albumin (0.25 - 1 mg/ml for 24 - 48 hrs. MMP-9 mRNA levels were significantly increased following albumin treatment. Meanwhile, albumin administration resulted in a dose-dependent increase in MMP-9 protein and activity in culture supernatants of PECs. Moreover, albumin activated p44/42 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK in PECs. Inhibition of p44/42 MAPK suppressed albumin-induced MMP-9 secretion from glomerular PECs. Taken together, we have demonstrated that an up-regulation of MMP-9 in activated parietal epithelium is associated with a loss of adjacent podocytes in progressive

  14. Establishment and Study of Dose Fields for the Irradiation of Experimental Animals with High-Energy Protons; Creation et Etude de Champs de Rayonnements pour l'Irradiation d'Animaux de Grande Taille par des Protons de Haute Energie; Sozdanie i issledovanie doznykh polej dlya oblucheniya ehksperimental'nykh zhivotnykh protonami bol'shoj ehnergii; Produccion y Estudio de Campos Radia Torios para la Exposicion de Animales de Laboratorio a Protones de Elevada Energia

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    Afanas' ev, V. P.; Keirim-Markus, I. B.; Kuznecova, S. S.; Litvinova, Je. G.; Sokolova, I. K.; Stukina, L. E.

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    types de dosimetres a cette fin. Ils proposent une methode pour determiner, a l'aide de detecteurs par activation, la contribution des neutrons de cascade au flux de protons. (author) [Spanish] Los aceleradores actuales permiten obtener haces de protones de suficiente intensidad, pero que resultan inadecuados para la irradiacion general de animales de laboratorio de gran tamano. En el sincrociclotron OIYI los autores comprobaron que, utilizando un absorbente adecuado, se puede ensanchar el haz protonico hasta conferirle las dimensiones deseadas, sin dar origen a radiaciones secundarias. Produjeron asi campos para irradiar perros con protones de 510, 250 y 120 MeV, de una uniformidad de {+-} 10%, en los cuales los protones primarios constituyen del 99 al 88% de la dosis tisular. Estudiaron las dosis tisulares y analizaron las radiaciones dentro de un modelo en forma de perro. Indican en la memoria en que condiciones de exposicion se logra una irradiacion uniforme del cuerpo del animal. Los autores examinan tambien algunos problemas de la dosimetria de los protones de elevada energia. Describen la utilizacion de una serie de dosimetros para ese objeto. Proponen un metodo para determinar con ayuda de detectores de activacion la contribucion de los neutrones en cascada al flujo protonico. (author) [Russian] Sovremennye uskoriteli pozvoljajut poluchit' puchki protonov dostatochnoj intensivnosti, no ne prisposoblennye dlja obshhego obluchenija krupnyh jeksperimental'nyh zhivotnyh. Na sinhrociklotrone OIJaI pokazano, chto s pomoshh'ju poglotitelej mozhno rasshirit' puchok protonov do nuzhnyh razmerov, ne privnosja soputstvujushhih izluchenij. Polucheny doznye polja dlja obluchenija sobak protonami s jenergiej 510, 250 i 120 Mjev, ravnomernye s tochnost'ju {+-} 1 OTo, v kotoryh pervichnye protony sozdajut 99 - 88% tkanevoj dozy. Izucheny tkanevye dozy i sostav izluchenija vnutri fantoma sobaki. Predlozheny uslovija obluchenija, obespechivajushhie ravnomernoe obluchenie tela

  15. CFD analysis of PAR performance as function of inlet design

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    Park, Kweonha, E-mail: khpark@kmou.ac.kr [Division of Mechanical and Energy systems Engineering, Korea Maritime University, Dongsam-dong, Yeongdo-gu, Busan 606-791 (Korea, Republic of); Khor, Chong Lee, E-mail: itachi_829@hotmail.com [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea Maritime University (Korea, Republic of)

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    Highlights: • The new concept of PAR (passive autocatalytic recombiner) was proposed and analyzed. • Guidance wall was added at the bottom of PAR to enhance the flow rate through the catalyst. • The new concept of PAR was proved to have a better hydrogen removal performance. - Abstract: Passive autocatalytic recombiner (PAR) is very useful hydrogen mitigation measurement. It is widely implemented in the current and advanced light water reactors (ALWRs). The design of the PARs should be optimized for the specific use under severe accident scenarios. Several techniques and innovations have been fused into the PAR, as an effort to increase its efficiency of hydrogen mitigation. This study proposes different concepts of PAR, which applied some changes to the honeycomb catalyst PAR made by the Korea Nuclear Technology (KNT) Inc. Two slices of plate are added to the bottom of PAR model, which intended to act as a reflection wall and promote the gas flow into PAR. Hydrogen volume fraction was given 4 vol. % which tested by KNT to investigate the performance of PAR in different direction gas flow conditions to see maximum hydrogen recombination rate. The new concept of PAR was proved to have a better hydrogen removal performance compared to the original honeycomb catalyst PAR.

  16. CFD analysis of PAR performance as function of inlet design

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    Park, Kweonha; Khor, Chong Lee

    2016-01-01

    Highlights: • The new concept of PAR (passive autocatalytic recombiner) was proposed and analyzed. • Guidance wall was added at the bottom of PAR to enhance the flow rate through the catalyst. • The new concept of PAR was proved to have a better hydrogen removal performance. - Abstract: Passive autocatalytic recombiner (PAR) is very useful hydrogen mitigation measurement. It is widely implemented in the current and advanced light water reactors (ALWRs). The design of the PARs should be optimized for the specific use under severe accident scenarios. Several techniques and innovations have been fused into the PAR, as an effort to increase its efficiency of hydrogen mitigation. This study proposes different concepts of PAR, which applied some changes to the honeycomb catalyst PAR made by the Korea Nuclear Technology (KNT) Inc. Two slices of plate are added to the bottom of PAR model, which intended to act as a reflection wall and promote the gas flow into PAR. Hydrogen volume fraction was given 4 vol. % which tested by KNT to investigate the performance of PAR in different direction gas flow conditions to see maximum hydrogen recombination rate. The new concept of PAR was proved to have a better hydrogen removal performance compared to the original honeycomb catalyst PAR.

  17. Valoración de los principales parámetros que definen la calidad de las superficies anodizadas en piezas de aluminio para la construcción. // Evaluation of anodized surfaces main parameters that define quality of aluminum parts.

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    J. A. Pérez García

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    Full Text Available Actualmente en la construcción de edificaciones se utiliza profusamente el aluminio en puertas, ventanas, pasamanos, etc.Con el objetivo de mejorar los parámetros que caracterizan sus cualidades estéticas y de resistencia a la corrosión, estosartículos son sometidos al proceso de anodizado. De todos los factores que intervienen en este proceso, se ha llegado aconocer que hay tres que tienen mayor relevancia en la obtención de la calidad deseada en las piezas: tratamiento previo dela superficie a anodizar, color a aplicar y espesor de la capa de recubrimiento. Este trabajo ofrece, sobre la base deexperimentos llevados a cabo, las relaciones cualitativas entre estos factores y los parámetros que caracterizan la calidaddesde el punto de vista estético (brillo, aspecto, textura y de su resistencia a la corrosión.Palabras claves: Aluminio, anodizado, calidad.__________________________________________________________________________Abstract.Aluminum articles such as windows and doors, etc are widely applied in modern building construction. In order to upgradeaesthetic and corrosion resistant properties of these articles the anodizing process is frequently used. Among all factors thatare involved in this process, there are three having high relevance in order to obtain the desired quality of the final product:previous surface treatment (before anodizing, color of the final article and anodized layers thickness. This paper offers thequalitative relationships between these factors and parameters characterizing corrosion resistance properties and aesthetics.Key words: Aluminun, anodize, quality.

  18. Connections of the medial posterior parietal cortex (area 7m) in the monkey.

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    Leichnetz, G R

    2001-06-01

    The afferent and efferent cortical and subcortical connections of the medial posterior parietal cortex (area 7m) were studied in cebus (Cebus apella) and macaque (Macaca fascicularis) monkeys using the retrograde and anterograde capabilities of the horseradish peroxidase (HRP) technique. The principal intraparietal corticocortical connections of area 7m in both cebus and macaque cases were with the ipsilateral medial bank of the intraparietal sulcus (MIP) and adjacent superior parietal lobule (area 5), inferior parietal lobule (area 7a), lateral bank of the IPS (area 7ip), caudal parietal operculum (PGop), dorsal bank of the caudal superior temporal sulcus (visual area MST), and medial prestriate cortex (including visual area PO and caudal medial lobule). Its principal frontal corticocortical connections were with the prefrontal cortex in the shoulder above the principal sulcus and the cortex in the shoulder above the superior ramus of the arcuate sulcus (SAS), the area purported to contain the smooth eye movement-related frontal eye field (FEFsem) in the cebus monkey by other investigators. There were moderate connections with the cortex in the rostral bank of the arcuate sulcus (purported to contain the saccade-related frontal eye field; FEFsac), supplementary eye field (SEF), and rostral dorsal premotor area (PMDr). Area 7m also had major connections with the cingulate cortex (area 23), particularly the ventral bank of the cingulate sulcus. The principal subcortical connections of area 7m were with the dorsal portion of the ventrolateral thalamic (VLc) nucleus, lateral posterior thalamic nucleus, lateral pulvinar, caudal mediodorsal thalamic nucleus and medial pulvinar, central lateral, central superior lateral, and central inferior intralaminar thalamic nuclei, dorsolateral caudate nucleus and putamen, middle region of the claustrum, nucleus of the diagonal band, zona incerta, pregeniculate nucleus, anterior and posterior pretectal nuclei, intermediate layer of

  19. Gyri of the human parietal lobe: Volumes, spatial extents, automatic labelling, and probabilistic atlases.

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    Full Text Available Accurately describing the anatomy of individual brains enables interlaboratory communication of functional and developmental studies and is crucial for possible surgical interventions. The human parietal lobe participates in multimodal sensory integration including language processing and also contains the primary somatosensory area. We describe detailed protocols to subdivide the parietal lobe, analyze morphological and volumetric characteristics, and create probabilistic atlases in MNI152 stereotaxic space. The parietal lobe was manually delineated on 3D T1 MR images of 30 healthy subjects and divided into four regions: supramarginal gyrus (SMG, angular gyrus (AG, superior parietal lobe (supPL and postcentral gyrus (postCG. There was the expected correlation of male gender with larger brain and intracranial volume. We examined a wide range of anatomical features of the gyri and the sulci separating them. At least a rudimentary primary intermediate sulcus of Jensen (PISJ separating SMG and AG was identified in nearly all (59/60 hemispheres. Presence of additional gyri in SMG and AG was related to sulcal features and volumetric characteristics. The parietal lobe was slightly (2% larger on the left, driven by leftward asymmetries of the postCG and SMG. Intersubject variability was highest for SMG and AG, and lowest for postCG. Overall the morphological characteristics tended to be symmetrical, and volumes also tended to covary between hemispheres. This may reflect developmental as well as maturation factors. To assess the accuracy with which the labels can be used to segment newly acquired (unlabelled T1-weighted brain images, we applied multi-atlas label propagation software (MAPER in a leave-one-out experiment and compared the resulting automatic labels with the manually prepared ones. The results showed strong agreement (mean Jaccard index 0.69, corresponding to a mean Dice index of 0.82, average mean volume error of 0.6%. Stereotaxic

  20. Examining the role of the temporo-parietal network in memory, imagery, and viewpoint transformations.

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    Dhindsa, Kiret; Drobinin, Vladislav; King, John; Hall, Geoffrey B; Burgess, Neil; Becker, Suzanna

    2014-01-01

    The traditional view of the medial temporal lobe (MTL) focuses on its role in episodic memory. However, some of the underlying functions of the MTL can be ascertained from its wider role in supporting spatial cognition in concert with parietal and prefrontal regions. The MTL is strongly implicated in the formation of enduring allocentric representations (e.g., O'Keefe, 1976; King et al., 2002; Ekstrom et al., 2003). According to our BBB model (Byrne et al., 2007), these representations must interact with head-centered and body-centered representations in posterior parietal cortex via a transformation circuit involving retrosplenial areas. Egocentric sensory representations in parietal areas can then cue the recall of allocentric spatial representations in long-term memory and, conversely, the products of retrieval in MTL can generate mental imagery within a parietal "window." Such imagery is necessarily egocentric and forms part of visuospatial working memory, in which it can be manipulated for the purpose of planning/imagining the future. Recent fMRI evidence (Lambrey et al., 2012; Zhang et al., 2012) supports the BBB model. To further test the model, we had participants learn the locations of objects in a virtual scene and tested their spatial memory under conditions that impose varying demands on the transformation circuit. We analyzed how brain activity correlated with accuracy in judging the direction of an object (1) from visuospatial working memory (we assume transient working memory due to the order of tasks and the absence of change in viewpoint, but long-term memory retrieval is also possible), (2) after a rotation of viewpoint, or (3) after a rotation and translation of viewpoint (judgment of relative direction). We found performance-related activity in both tasks requiring viewpoint rotation (ROT and JRD, i.e., conditions 2 and 3) in the core medial temporal to medial parietal circuit identified by the BBB model. These results are consistent with the

  1. A pressão arterial e a freqüência cardíaca não são bons parâmetros para avaliação do nível de ansiedade pré-operatória La presión arterial y la frecuencia cardíaca no son buenos parámetros para evaluación del nivel de ansiedad pre-operatoria Heart rate and blood pressure are not good parameters to evaluate preoperative anxiety

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    Diogo Bruggemann da Conceição

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Os pacientes cirúrgicos sofrem graus variados de estresse psicológico no período pré-operatório. Pacientes ansiosos podem apresentar reações psicossomáticas como hipertensão arterial e taquicardia. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o nível de ansiedade pré-operatória em uma população de pacientes cirúrgicos, detectar alterações de freqüência cardíaca e pressão arterial e sua relação com idade, sexo, grau de instrução e experiência cirúrgica prévia. MÉTODO: A 145 pacientes adultos, de ambos os sexos, estado físico (ASA I, II ou III, escolhidos aleatoriamente, perfeitamente orientados no tempo e no espaço, alfabetizados e escalados para cirurgias eletivas, foi aplicado o questionário de ansiedade pré-operatória de Amsterdã durante a consulta pré-anestésica. Foram considerados ansiosos os pacientes com escore igual ou maior que onze. Para cada paciente anotou-se o sexo, a idade, o grau de instrução, a pressão arterial sistólica (PAS e diastólica (PAD, a freqüência cardíaca (FC, a experiência cirúrgica prévia e a história de hipertensão arterial. RESULTADOS: Sessenta e nove pacientes (47,58% apresentaram escores de ansiedade igual ou maior que onze (ansiosos, enquanto 76 pacientes (52,41% apresentaram escores menores que onze (não ansiosos. Não houve diferença significativa entre pacientes ansiosos e não ansiosos quanto à idade, PAS, PAD e FC. Entre os pacientes ansiosos, 68,12% foram do sexo feminino e 31,88%, do sexo masculino, p JUSTIFICATIVAS Y OBJETIVOS: Los pacientes quirúrgicos sufren variados grados de estrés psicológico en el período pre-operatorio. Pacientes ansiosos pueden presentar reacciones sicosomáticas como hipertensión arterial y taquicardia. El objetivo de este estudio fue el de evaluar el nivel de ansiedad pre-operatoria en una población de pacientes quirúrgicos, detectar alteraciones de la frecuencia cardiaca y presión arterial y su

  2. SAFARI 2000 PAR Measurements, Kalahari Transect, Botswana, Wet Season 2000

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Ceptometer data from a Decagon AccuPAR (Model PAR-80) were collected at four sites in Botswana during the SAFARI 2000 Kalahari Transect Wet Season Campaign (March,...

  3. Processo PTA-P - Uma revisão da literatura como base para inovações: parte 2 de 2: comportamento térmico e cinemático do pó, parâmetros e consumíveis do processo PTA-P Process - A literature review as basis for innovations: part 2 of 2: powder thermal and kinematic behavior, process parameters and consumables

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    Régis Henrique Gonçalves e Silva

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    Full Text Available A forma do material de adição confere ao processo PTA-P alguns de seus principais diferenciais de desempenho em relação ao processo com adição de arame. No campo metalúrgico, há maior flexibilidade de manipulação da composição química do depósito pela mistura de pós; o material particulado também favorece maior refino da microestrutura. Em termos de processo, o pó favorece maior controlabilidade da poça metálica e geometria do cordão. Por outro lado, o pó também é a origem de grandes desafios tecnológicos, principalmente em aplicações não convencionais, como na posição sobrecabeça. Assim, o estudo sobre o comportamento do pó em sua trajetória até a poça de fusão foi realizado, como base de conhecimento para inovações do sistema. São descritas as propriedades e processos de fabricação do material de adição e suas implicações sobre o processo. Também neste segundo artigo da série é apresentado um panorama dos parâmetros utilizados em trabalhos industriais e de P&D relatados na literatura, sob diferentes condições e aplicações, incluindo regulagens elétricas e os parâmetros geométricos da tocha e alimentação de material. Com influência fundamental no resultado da solda, também os gases do processo são abordados.The form of the filler material yields to the PTA-P Process some of its performance distinctions in relation to wire feed. In the metallurgical field, there is manipulation flexibility over the material, and therefore the deposit's chemical composition by means of powder mixture; in addition, greater grain refining is favored by the particulate material. In terms of process, one can mention better molten pool controllability and bead finishing from powder. On the other hand, particulate material consists also in the origin of technological challenges, mainly in non conventional applications, like overhead position welding. Hence, studies on the powder behavior in its way until the

  4. El contexto del arte parietal. La tecnología de los artistas en la Cueva de Tito Bustillo (Asturias

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    Moure Romanillo, Alfonso

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    Full Text Available This study overlaps in part with a communication presented to the «Colloque International d'Art Parietal Paléolithique» held at Perigueux-Le Thot in december 1984. The technological responses contained in a decorated zone of the cave of Tito Bustillo are analyzed, as well as the activities carried out on living floors related to the preparation and completion of the parietal art.

    El trabajo coincide parcialmente con la comunicación presentada al «Colloque International d'Art Parietal Paléolithique» celebrado en Perigueux-Le Thot, en diciembre de 1984. Se analizan las respuestas tecnológicas contenidas en un área de decoración de la cueva de Tito Bustillo (Asturias, así como las actividades en áreas de estancia relacionadas con la preparación y ejecución del arte parietal.

  5. Plasma suPAR is lowered by smoking cessation

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    Eugen-Olsen, Jesper; Ladelund, Steen; Sørensen, Lars Tue

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    BACKGROUND: Soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) is a stable inflammatory biomarker. In patients, suPAR is a marker of disease presence, severity and prognosis. In the general population, suPAR is predictive of disease development, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease a...

  6. Copenhagen uPAR prostate cancer (CuPCa) database

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    Lippert, Solvej; Berg, Kasper D; Høyer-Hansen, Gunilla

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    AIM: Urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) plays a central role during cancer invasion by facilitating pericellular proteolysis. We initiated the prospective 'Copenhagen uPAR Prostate Cancer' study to investigate the significance of uPAR levels in prostate cancer (PCa) patients. METHODS...

  7. The inflammatory marker suPAR after cardiac arrest

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    Rundgren, Malin; Lyngbaek, Stig; Fisker, Helle

    2015-01-01

    . This pilot study aimed at investigating suPAR levels in relation to outcome after CA and mild induced hypothermia. METHODS: suPAR levels were measured at 6, 36, and 72 hours in patients treated with hypothermia after CA. suPAR levels were analyzed in relation to survival after 6 months. Receiver operating...

  8. An enlarged parietal foramen in the late archaic Xujiayao 11 neurocranium from Northern China, and rare anomalies among Pleistocene Homo.

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    Wu, Xiu-Jie; Xing, Song; Trinkaus, Erik

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    We report here a neurocranial abnormality previously undescribed in Pleistocene human fossils, an enlarged parietal foramen (EPF) in the early Late Pleistocene Xujiayao 11 parietal bones from the Xujiayao (Houjiayao) site, northern China. Xujiayao 11 is a pair of partial posteromedial parietal bones from an adult. It exhibits thick cranial vault bones, arachnoid granulations, a deviated posterior sagittal suture, and a unilateral (right) parietal lacuna with a posteriorly-directed and enlarged endocranial vascular sulcus. Differential diagnosis indicates that the perforation is a congenital defect, an enlarged parietal foramen, commonly associated with cerebral venous and cranial vault anomalies. It was not lethal given the individual's age-at-death, but it may have been associated with secondary neurological deficiencies. The fossil constitutes the oldest evidence in human evolution of this very rare condition (a single enlarged parietal foramen). In combination with developmental and degenerative abnormalities in other Pleistocene human remains, it suggests demographic and survival patterns among Pleistocene Homo that led to an elevated frequency of conditions unknown or rare among recent humans.

  9. An enlarged parietal foramen in the late archaic Xujiayao 11 neurocranium from Northern China, and rare anomalies among Pleistocene Homo.

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    Xiu-Jie Wu

    Full Text Available We report here a neurocranial abnormality previously undescribed in Pleistocene human fossils, an enlarged parietal foramen (EPF in the early Late Pleistocene Xujiayao 11 parietal bones from the Xujiayao (Houjiayao site, northern China. Xujiayao 11 is a pair of partial posteromedial parietal bones from an adult. It exhibits thick cranial vault bones, arachnoid granulations, a deviated posterior sagittal suture, and a unilateral (right parietal lacuna with a posteriorly-directed and enlarged endocranial vascular sulcus. Differential diagnosis indicates that the perforation is a congenital defect, an enlarged parietal foramen, commonly associated with cerebral venous and cranial vault anomalies. It was not lethal given the individual's age-at-death, but it may have been associated with secondary neurological deficiencies. The fossil constitutes the oldest evidence in human evolution of this very rare condition (a single enlarged parietal foramen. In combination with developmental and degenerative abnormalities in other Pleistocene human remains, it suggests demographic and survival patterns among Pleistocene Homo that led to an elevated frequency of conditions unknown or rare among recent humans.

  10. Modelización de un sistema para control automático de temperatura y humedad relativa

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    Mantz, Ricardo J.; Tacconi, Eugenio J.

    1987-01-01

    En el presente trabajo se plantea un modelo matemático para un sistema de temperatura y humedad relativa en vista a investigar técnicas autoajustables para su control. Se plantean también una serie de consideraciones para la estimación de los parámetros del sistema a lazo cerrado.

  11. [Ambroise Paré in French literature].

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    Dumaitre, P

    1995-01-01

    The 16th century by its passionate side has been the favourite one of authors of historical novels in which among the heroes of "cloak and dagger stories" appears sometime Ambroise Paré. Alexandre Dumas (the father) has shown him at the court of Charles IX in La Reine Margot (1845) where he does not however play a great role. On the contrary, Balzac in Le Martyr calviniste (1842) has given him a capital part close to the dying François II, whom he intended to trepanize but had to give up this idea as a consequence of the opposition of the queen-mother Catherine de Médicis. In the present century, Robert Merle in Paris ma bonne ville (Fortune de France, 3, 1980) shows Paré at the time of the Saint Barthélemy.

  12. Par Pond refill water quality sampling

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    Koch, J.W. II; Martin, F.D.; Westbury, H.M.

    1996-08-01

    This study was designed to document anoxia and its cause in the event that the anoxia caused a fish kill. However, no fish kill was observed during this study, and dissolved oxygen and nutrient concentrations generally remained within the range expected for southeastern reservoirs. Par Pond water quality monitoring will continue during the second summer after refill as the aquatic macrophytes become reestablished and nutrients in the sediments are released to the water column

  13. Integration of Visual and Proprioceptive Limb Position Information in Human Posterior Parietal, Premotor, and Extrastriate Cortex.

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    Limanowski, Jakub; Blankenburg, Felix

    2016-03-02

    The brain constructs a flexible representation of the body from multisensory information. Previous work on monkeys suggests that the posterior parietal cortex (PPC) and ventral premotor cortex (PMv) represent the position of the upper limbs based on visual and proprioceptive information. Human experiments on the rubber hand illusion implicate similar regions, but since such experiments rely on additional visuo-tactile interactions, they cannot isolate visuo-proprioceptive integration. Here, we independently manipulated the position (palm or back facing) of passive human participants' unseen arm and of a photorealistic virtual 3D arm. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) revealed that matching visual and proprioceptive information about arm position engaged the PPC, PMv, and the body-selective extrastriate body area (EBA); activity in the PMv moreover reflected interindividual differences in congruent arm ownership. Further, the PPC, PMv, and EBA increased their coupling with the primary visual cortex during congruent visuo-proprioceptive position information. These results suggest that human PPC, PMv, and EBA evaluate visual and proprioceptive position information and, under sufficient cross-modal congruence, integrate it into a multisensory representation of the upper limb in space. The position of our limbs in space constantly changes, yet the brain manages to represent limb position accurately by combining information from vision and proprioception. Electrophysiological recordings in monkeys have revealed neurons in the posterior parietal and premotor cortices that seem to implement and update such a multisensory limb representation, but this has been difficult to demonstrate in humans. Our fMRI experiment shows that human posterior parietal, premotor, and body-selective visual brain areas respond preferentially to a virtual arm seen in a position corresponding to one's unseen hidden arm, while increasing their communication with regions conveying visual

  14. Inferior parietal and right frontal contributions to trial-by-trial adaptations of attention to memory.

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    Kizilirmak, Jasmin M; Rösler, Frank; Bien, Siegfried; Khader, Patrick H

    2015-07-21

    The attention to memory theory (AtoM) proposes that the same brain regions might be involved in selective processing of perceived stimuli (selective attention) and memory representations (selective retrieval). Although this idea is compelling, given consistently found neural overlap between perceiving and remembering stimuli, recent comparisons brought evidence for overlap as well as considerable differences. Here, we present a paradigm that enables the investigation of the AtoM hypothesis from a novel perspective to gain further insight into the neural resources involved in AtoM. Selective attention in perception is often investigated as a control process that shows lingering effects on immediately following trials. Here, we employed a paradigm capable of modulating selective retrieval in a similarly dynamic manner as in such selective-attention paradigms by inducing trial-to-trial shifts between relevant and irrelevant memory representations as well as changes of the width of the internal focus on memory. We found evidence for an involvement of bilateral inferior parietal lobe and right inferior frontal gyrus in reorienting the attentional focus on previously accessed memory representations. Moreover, we could dissociate the right inferior from the parietal activation in separate contrasts, suggesting that the right inferior frontal gyrus plays a role in facilitating attentional reorienting to memory representations when competing representations have been activated in the preceding trial, potentially by resolving this competition. Our results support the AtoM theory, i.e. that ventral frontal and parietal regions are involved in automatic attentional reorienting in memory, and highlight the importance of further investigations of the overlap and differences between regions involved in internal (memory) and external (perceptual) attentional selection. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Improving ideomotor limb apraxia by electrical stimulation of the left posterior parietal cortex.

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    Bolognini, Nadia; Convento, Silvia; Banco, Elisabetta; Mattioli, Flavia; Tesio, Luigi; Vallar, Giuseppe

    2015-02-01

    Limb apraxia, a deficit of planning voluntary gestures, is most frequently caused by damage to the left hemisphere, where, according to an influential neurofunctional model, gestures are planned, before being executed through the motor cortex of the hemisphere contralateral to the acting hand. We used anodal transcranial direct current stimulation delivered to the left posterior parietal cortex (PPC), the right motor cortex (M1), and a sham stimulation condition, to modulate the ability of six left-brain-damaged patients with ideomotor apraxia, and six healthy control subjects, to imitate hand gestures, and to perform skilled hand movements using the left hand. Transcranial direct current stimulation delivered to the left PPC reduced the time required to perform skilled movements, and planning, but not execution, times in imitating gestures, in both patients and controls. In patients, the amount of decrease of planning times brought about by left PPC transcranial direct current stimulation was influenced by the size of the parietal lobe damage, with a larger parietal damage being associated with a smaller improvement. Of interest from a clinical perspective, left PPC stimulation also ameliorated accuracy in imitating hand gestures in patients. Instead, transcranial direct current stimulation to the right M1 diminished execution, but not planning, times in both patients and healthy controls. In conclusion, by using a transcranial stimulation approach, we temporarily improved ideomotor apraxia in the left hand of left-brain-damaged patients, showing a role of the left PPC in planning gestures. This evidence opens up novel perspectives for the use of transcranial direct current stimulation in the rehabilitation of limb apraxia. © The Author (2014). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Guarantors of Brain. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  16. Body-centred map in parietal eye fields - functional MRI study

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    Brotchie, P.; Chen, D.Y.; Bradley, W.G.

    2002-01-01

    Full text: In order for us to interact with our environment we need to know where objects are around us, relative to our body. In monkeys, a body-centred map of visual space is known to exist within the parietal eye fields. This map is formed by the modulation of neuronal activity by eye and head position (Brotchie et al, Nature 1995; Synder et al, Nature 1998). In humans no map of body centred space has been demonstrated. By using functional MRI we have localised a region along the intraparietal sulcus which has properties similar to the parietal eye fields of monkeys (Brotchie et al, ISMRM, 2000). The aim of this study was to determine if activity in this region is modulated by head position, consistent with a body centered representation of visual space. Functional MRI was performed on 6 subjects performing simple visually guided saccades using a 1.5 Tesla GE Echospeed scanner. 10 scans were performed on the 6 subjects at left and right body orientations. Regions of interest were selected around the intraparietal sulcus proper (IPSP) of both hemispheres and voxels with BOLD signal which correlated with the paradigm (r>0.35) were selected for further analysis. Comparisons of percentage signal change were made between the left and right IPSP using Student t test. Of the 10 MRI examinations, 6 demonstrated statistically significant differences in the amount of signal change between left and right IPSP. In each of these 6 cases, the signal change was greater within the IPSP contralateral to the direction of head position relative to the body. This indicates a modulation of activity within the IPSP related to head position, most likely reflecting modulation of the underlying neuronal activity and suggests the existence of a body-centred encoding of space within the parietal eye fields of humans. Copyright (2002) Blackwell Science Pty Ltd

  17. Fronto-parietal contributions to phonological processes in successful artificial grammar learning

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    Dariya Goranskaya

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Sensitivity to regularities plays a crucial role in the acquisition of various linguistic features from spoken language input. Artificial grammar (AG learning paradigms explore pattern recognition abilities in a set of structured sequences (i.e. of syllables or letters. In the present study, we investigated the functional underpinnings of learning phonological regularities in auditorily presented syllable sequences. While previous neuroimaging studies either focused on functional differences between the processing of correct vs. incorrect sequences or between different levels of sequence complexity, here the focus is on the neural foundation of the actual learning success. During functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI, participants were exposed to a set of syllable sequences with an underlying phonological rule system, known to ensure performance differences between participants. We expected that successful learning and rule application would require phonological segmentation and phoneme comparison. As an outcome of four alternating learning and test fMRI sessions, participants split into successful learners and non-learners. Relative to non-learners, successful learners showed increased task-related activity in a fronto-parietal network of brain areas encompassing the left lateral premotor cortex as well as bilateral superior and inferior parietal cortices during both learning and rule application. These areas were previously associated with phonological segmentation, phoneme comparison and verbal working memory. Based on these activity patterns and the phonological strategies for rule acquisition and application, we argue that successful learning and processing of complex phonological rules in our paradigm is mediated via a fronto-parietal network for phonological processes.

  18. It's how you get there: Walking down a virtual alley activates premotor and parietal areas

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    Johanna eWagner

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Voluntary drive is crucial for motor learning, therefore we are interested in the role that motor planning plays in gait movements. In this study we examined the impact of an interactive Virtual Environment (VE feedback task on the EEG patterns during robot assisted walking. We compared walking in the VE modality to two control conditions: walking with a visual attention paradigm, in which visual stimuli were unrelated to the motor task; and walking with mirror feedback, in which participants observed their own movements. Eleven healthy participants were considered. Application of independent component analysis to the EEG revealed three independent component clusters in premotor and parietal areas showing increased activity during walking with the adaptive VE training paradigm compared to the control conditions. During the interactive VE walking task spectral power in frequency ranges 8-12Hz, 15-20Hz and 23-40Hz was significantly (p ≤ 0.05 decreased. This power decrease is interpreted as a correlate of an active cortical area. Furthermore activity in the premotor cortex revealed gait cycle related modulations significantly different (p ≤ 0.05 from baseline in the frequency range 23-40Hz during walking. These modulations were significantly (p ≤ 0.05 reduced depending on gait cycle phases in the interactive VE walking task compared to the control conditions.We demonstrate that premotor and parietal areas show increased activity during walking with the adaptive VE training paradigm, when compared to walking with mirror- and movement unrelated feedback. Previous research has related a premotor-parietal network to motor planning and motor intention. We argue that movement related interactive feedback enhances motor planning and motor intention. We hypothesize that this might improve gait recovery during rehabilitation.

  19. Observational learning of new movement sequences is reflected in fronto-parietal coherence.

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    Jurjen van der Helden

    Full Text Available Mankind is unique in her ability for observational learning, i.e. the transmission of acquired knowledge and behavioral repertoire through observation of others' actions. In the present study we used electrophysiological measures to investigate brain mechanisms of observational learning. Analysis investigated the possible functional coupling between occipital (alpha and motor (mu rhythms operating in the 10 Hz frequency range for translating "seeing" into "doing". Subjects observed movement sequences consisting of six consecutive left or right hand button presses directed at one of two target-buttons for subsequent imitation. Each movement sequence was presented four times, intervened by short pause intervals for sequence rehearsal. During a control task subjects observed the same movement sequences without a requirement for subsequent reproduction. Although both alpha and mu rhythms desynchronized during the imitation task relative to the control task, modulations in alpha and mu power were found to be largely independent from each other over time, arguing against a functional coupling of alpha and mu generators during observational learning. This independence was furthermore reflected in the absence of coherence between occipital and motor electrodes overlaying alpha and mu generators. Instead, coherence analysis revealed a pair of symmetric fronto-parietal networks, one over the left and one over the right hemisphere, reflecting stronger coherence during observation of movements than during pauses. Individual differences in fronto-parietal coherence were furthermore found to predict imitation accuracy. The properties of these networks, i.e. their fronto-parietal distribution, their ipsilateral organization and their sensitivity to the observation of movements, match closely with the known properties of the mirror neuron system (MNS as studied in the macaque brain. These results indicate a functional dissociation between higher order areas for

  20. The Effects of Maternal Hyperthyroidism on Histologic Changes in Parietal Lobe in Rat Embryos

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    Fatemeh Mirsafi

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    Full Text Available Background Maternal hyperthyroidism causes developmental defects on the nervous system of fetuses. Objectives The present study was designed to study the effects of maternal hyperthyroidism on the development of the parietal lobe in the brain of rat embryos. Methods In this experimental study, thirty Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into three groups. The control group received no injections, the sham group received intraperitoneal injections of distilled water solution containing salt and polysorbate (solvent of levothyroxine, and the experimental group received once-daily, intraperitoneal injections of 0.5 mg/kg levothyroxine for a 10-day period to become hyperthyroid rats. The hyperthyroid rats were then mated, and all pregnant rats were killed on the 20th day of gestation. Fetuses were removed, fixed, and processed for histological procedures. The fetuses were sagitally sectioned at 5 µ thickness and stained with hematoxylin-eosin (H and E technique. The sections were examined using a light microscope and Motic software. Results The results showed no significant difference in the studied variables between the sham and control groups. A significantly increase in body weight and a significant decrease in crown-rump length of embryos was observed in the experimental group when compared to the control group. The mean total thickness of the parietal cortex, ventricular layer, and intermediate layer of embryos showed a significant decrease in the experimental group compared to the control and sham groups. The mean number of cells also showed a significant decrease in the intermediate and ventricular layers in the experimental group compared to the control and sham groups. Conclusions This study showed that maternal hyperthyroidism leads to a reduction in development of the parietal cortex in embryos. Maternal hyperthyroidism can disturb the growth and development of embryos.

  1. Role of the right inferior parietal cortex in auditory selective attention: An rTMS study.

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    Bareham, Corinne A; Georgieva, Stanimira D; Kamke, Marc R; Lloyd, David; Bekinschtein, Tristan A; Mattingley, Jason B

    2018-02-01

    Selective attention is the process of directing limited capacity resources to behaviourally relevant stimuli while ignoring competing stimuli that are currently irrelevant. Studies in healthy human participants and in individuals with focal brain lesions have suggested that the right parietal cortex is crucial for resolving competition for attention. Following right-hemisphere damage, for example, patients may have difficulty reporting a brief, left-sided stimulus if it occurs with a competitor on the right, even though the same left stimulus is reported normally when it occurs alone. Such "extinction" of contralesional stimuli has been documented for all the major sense modalities, but it remains unclear whether its occurrence reflects involvement of one or more specific subregions of the temporo-parietal cortex. Here we employed repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) over the right hemisphere to examine the effect of disruption of two candidate regions - the supramarginal gyrus (SMG) and the superior temporal gyrus (STG) - on auditory selective attention. Eighteen neurologically normal, right-handed participants performed an auditory task, in which they had to detect target digits presented within simultaneous dichotic streams of spoken distractor letters in the left and right channels, both before and after 20 min of 1 Hz rTMS over the SMG, STG or a somatosensory control site (S1). Across blocks, participants were asked to report on auditory streams in the left, right, or both channels, which yielded focused and divided attention conditions. Performance was unchanged for the two focused attention conditions, regardless of stimulation site, but was selectively impaired for contralateral left-sided targets in the divided attention condition following stimulation of the right SMG, but not the STG or S1. Our findings suggest a causal role for the right inferior parietal cortex in auditory selective attention. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights

  2. The Acid-Secreting Parietal Cell as an Endocrine Source of Sonic Hedgehog During Gastric Repair

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    Engevik, Amy C.; Feng, Rui; Yang, Li

    2013-01-01

    Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) has been shown to regulate wound healing in various tissues. Despite its known function in tissue regeneration, the role of Shh secreted from the gastric epithelium during tissue repair in the stomach remains unknown. Here we tested the hypothesis that Shh secreted from the acid-secreting parietal cell is a fundamental circulating factor that drives gastric repair. A mouse model expressing a parietal cell-specific deletion of Shh (PC-ShhKO) was generated using animals bearing loxP sites flanking exon 2 of the Shh gene (Shhflx/flx) and mice expressing a Cre transgene under the control of the H+,K+-ATPase β-subunit promoter. Shhflx/flx, the H+,K+-ATPase β-subunit promoter, and C57BL/6 mice served as controls. Ulcers were induced via acetic acid injury. At 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 days after the ulcer induction, gastric tissue and blood samples were collected. Parabiosis experiments were used to establish the effect of circulating Shh on ulcer repair. Control mice exhibited an increased expression of Shh in the gastric tissue and plasma that correlated with the repair of injury within 7 days after surgery. PC-ShhKO mice showed a loss of ulcer repair and reduced Shh tissue and plasma concentrations. In a parabiosis experiment whereby a control mouse was paired with a PC-ShhKO littermate and both animals subjected to gastric injury, a significant increase in the circulating Shh was measured in both parabionts. Elevated circulating Shh concentrations correlated with the repair of gastric ulcers in the PC-ShhKO parabionts. Therefore, the acid-secreting parietal cell within the stomach acts as an endocrine source of Shh during repair. PMID:24092639

  3. Posterior parietal cortex mediates encoding and maintenance processes in change blindness.

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    Tseng, Philip; Hsu, Tzu-Yu; Muggleton, Neil G; Tzeng, Ovid J L; Hung, Daisy L; Juan, Chi-Hung

    2010-03-01

    It is commonly accepted that right posterior parietal cortex (PPC) plays an important role in updating spatial representations, directing visuospatial attention, and planning actions. However, recent studies suggest that right PPC may also be involved in processes that are more closely associated with our visual awareness as its activation level positively correlates with successful conscious change detection (Beck, D.M., Rees, G., Frith, C.D., & Lavie, N. (2001). Neural correlates of change detection and change blindness. Nature Neuroscience, 4, 645-650.). Furthermore, disruption of its activity increases the occurrences of change blindness, thus suggesting a causal role for right PPC in change detection (Beck, D.M., Muggleton, N., Walsh, V., & Lavie, N. (2006). Right parietal cortex plays a critical role in change blindness. Cerebral Cortex, 16, 712-717.). In the context of a 1-shot change detection paradigm, we applied transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) during different time intervals to elucidate the temporally precise involvement of PPC in change detection. While subjects attempted to detect changes between two image sets separated by a brief time interval, TMS was applied either during the presentation of picture 1 when subjects were encoding and maintaining information into visual short-term memory, or picture 2 when subjects were retrieving information relating to picture 1 and comparing it to picture 2. Our results show that change blindness occurred more often when TMS was applied during the viewing of picture 1, which implies that right PPC plays a crucial role in the processes of encoding and maintaining information in visual short-term memory. In addition, since our stimuli did not involve changes in spatial locations, our findings also support previous studies suggesting that PPC may be involved in the processes of encoding non-spatial visual information (Todd, J.J. & Marois, R. (2004). Capacity limit of visual short-term memory in human

  4. Transcranial magnetic stimulation of right inferior parietal cortex causally influences prefrontal activation for visual detection

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    Leitao, Joana; Thielscher, Axel; Lee, Hweeling

    2017-01-01

    -parietal areas integrating the evidence into a decision variable that is compared to a decisional threshold. This concurrent transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)-fMRI study applied 10 Hz bursts of four TMS (or Sham) pulses to the intraparietal sulcus (IPS) to investigate the causal influence of IPS...... affect participants' performance accuracy, it affected how observers adjusted their response times after making an error. We therefore suggest that activation increases in superior frontal gyri for misses relative to correct responses may not be critical for signal detection performance, but rather...

  5. Dissociable Changes of Frontal and Parietal Cortices in Inherent Functional Flexibility across the Human Life Span.

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    Yin, Dazhi; Liu, Wenjing; Zeljic, Kristina; Wang, Zhiwei; Lv, Qian; Fan, Mingxia; Cheng, Wenhong; Wang, Zheng

    2016-09-28

    Extensive evidence suggests that frontoparietal regions can dynamically update their pattern of functional connectivity, supporting cognitive control and adaptive implementation of task demands. However, it is largely unknown whether this flexibly functional reconfiguration is intrinsic and occurs even in the absence of overt tasks. Based on recent advances in dynamics of resting-state functional resonance imaging (fMRI), we propose a probabilistic framework in which dynamic reconfiguration of intrinsic functional connectivity between each brain region and others can be represented as a probability distribution. A complexity measurement (i.e., entropy) was used to quantify functional flexibility, which characterizes heterogeneous connectivity between a particular region and others over time. Following this framework, we identified both functionally flexible and specialized regions over the human life span (112 healthy subjects from 13 to 76 years old). Across brainwide regions, we found regions showing high flexibility mainly in the higher-order association cortex, such as the lateral prefrontal cortex (LPFC), lateral parietal cortex, and lateral temporal lobules. In contrast, visual, auditory, and sensory areas exhibited low flexibility. Furthermore, we observed that flexibility of the right LPFC improved during maturation and reduced due to normal aging, with the opposite occurring for the left lateral parietal cortex. Our findings reveal dissociable changes of frontal and parietal cortices over the life span in terms of inherent functional flexibility. This study not only provides a new framework to quantify the spatiotemporal behavior of spontaneous brain activity, but also sheds light on the organizational principle behind changes in brain function across the human life span. Recent neuroscientific research has demonstrated that the human capability of adaptive task control is primarily the result of the flexible operation of frontal brain networks. However

  6. Study of the paleolithic parietal art from the archaeological perspective: old ghosts / new approaches

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    Clara Hernando Álvarez

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims to analyse the parietal palaeolithic graphic designs from an archaeological perspective, leaving aside the aesthetic ties of traditional historiography. Traditional European analysis techniques of palaeolithic rock art will be contrasted with new interdisciplinary applications, looking for an archaeological knowledge about the artistic graphic expression of prehistoric societies. Finally, a methodological trial will be suggestedapplying the Harris Matrix in the reading and arrangement (ordination of the palaeolithic graphic designs of the central panel of Llonin's cave (Peñamellera Alta, Asturias.

  7. Symptomatic Parietal Intradiploic Encephalocele—A Case Report and Literature Review

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    Shi, Chen; Flores, Bruno; Fisher, Stephen; Barnett, Samuel L

    2017-01-01

    Encephalocele is a rare condition that consists of herniation of cerebral matter through openings of dura and skull. A majority of encephaloceles are congenital and manifest in childhood. We present a case of a 45-year-old man presenting with contralateral hemiparesis and found to have an extremely rare phenomenon of a symptomatic posttraumatic parietal intradiploic encephalocele (IE) manifesting 36 years following pediatric traumatic head injury. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging confirmed herniation of brain tissue into the intradiploic space. Surgical treatment with reduction of the encephalocele achieved near resolution of preoperative hemiparesis on follow-up. The pathogenesis and a literature review of IE are discussed. PMID:28316901

  8. New Insights into Glomerular Parietal Epithelial Cell Activation and Its Signaling Pathways in Glomerular Diseases

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    Hua Su

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The glomerular parietal epithelial cells (PECs have aroused an increasing attention recently. The proliferation of PECs is the main feature of crescentic glomerulonephritis; besides that, in the past decade, PEC activation has been identified in several types of noninflammatory glomerulonephropathies, such as focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, diabetic glomerulopathy, and membranous nephropathy. The pathogenesis of PEC activation is poorly understood; however, a few studies delicately elucidate the potential mechanisms and signaling pathways implicated in these processes. In this review we will focus on the latest observations and concepts about PEC activation in glomerular diseases and the newest identified signaling pathways in PEC activation.

  9. Inactivation of Parietal Reach Region Affects Reaching But Not Saccade Choices in Internally Guided Decisions.

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    Christopoulos, Vassilios N; Bonaiuto, James; Kagan, Igor; Andersen, Richard A

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    The posterior parietal cortex (PPC) has traditionally been considered important for awareness, spatial perception, and attention. However, recent findings provide evidence that the PPC also encodes information important for making decisions. These findings have initiated a running argument of whether the PPC is critically involved in decision making. To examine this issue, we reversibly inactivated the parietal reach region (PRR), the area of the PPC that is specialized for reaching movements, while two monkeys performed a memory-guided reaching or saccade task. The task included choices between two equally rewarded targets presented simultaneously in opposite visual fields. Free-choice trials were interleaved with instructed trials, in which a single cue presented in the peripheral visual field defined the reach and saccade target unequivocally. We found that PRR inactivation led to a strong reduction of contralesional choices, but only for reaches. On the other hand, saccade choices were not affected by PRR inactivation. Importantly, reaching and saccade movements to single instructed targets remained largely intact. These results cannot be explained as an effector-nonspecific deficit in spatial attention or awareness, since the temporary "lesion" had an impact only on reach choices. Hence, the PPR is a part of a network for reach decisions and not just reach planning. There has been an ongoing debate on whether the posterior parietal cortex (PPC) represents only spatial awareness, perception, and attention or whether it is also involved in decision making for actions. In this study we explore whether the parietal reach region (PRR), the region of the PPC that is specialized for reaches, is involved in the decision process. We inactivated the PRR while two monkeys performed reach and saccade choices between two targets presented simultaneously in both hemifields. We found that inactivation affected only the reach choices, while leaving saccade choices intact

  10. Altered Parietal Activation during Non-symbolic Number Comparison in Children with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

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    Keri J. Woods

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    Full Text Available Number processing is a cognitive domain particularly sensitive to prenatal alcohol exposure, which relies on intact parietal functioning. Alcohol-related alterations in brain activation have been found in the parietal lobe during symbolic number processing. However, the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the neural correlates of non-symbolic number comparison and the numerical distance effect have not been investigated. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI, we examined differences in brain activation associated with prenatal alcohol exposure in five parietal regions involved in number processing during a non-symbolic number comparison task with varying degrees of difficulty. fMRI results are presented for 27 Cape Colored children (6 fetal alcohol syndome (FAS/partial FAS, 5 heavily exposed (HE non-sydromal, 16 controls; mean age ± SD = 11.7 ± 1.1 years. Fetal alcohol exposure was assessed by interviewing mothers using a timeline follow-back approach. Separate subject analyses were performed in each of five regions of interest, bilateral horizontal intraparietal sulci (IPS, bilateral posterior superior parietal lobules (PSPL, and left angular gyrus (left AG, using the general linear model with predictors for number comparison and difficulty level. Mean percent signal change for each predictor was extracted for each subject for each region to examine group differences and associations with continuous measures of alcohol exposure. Although groups did not differ in performance, controls activated the right PSPL more during non-symbolic number comparison than exposed children, but this was not significant after controlling for maternal smoking, and the right IPS more than children with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS or partial FAS. More heavily exposed children recruited the left AG to a greater extent as task difficulty increased, possibly to compensate, in part, for impairments in function in the PSPL and IPS. Notably, in non

  11. Visual short-term memory load suppresses temporo-parietal junction activity and induces inattentional blindness.

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    Todd, J Jay; Fougnie, Daryl; Marois, René

    2005-12-01

    The right temporo-parietal junction (TPJ) is critical for stimulus-driven attention and visual awareness. Here we show that as the visual short-term memory (VSTM) load of a task increases, activity in this region is increasingly suppressed. Correspondingly, increasing VSTM load impairs the ability of subjects to consciously detect the presence of a novel, unexpected object in the visual field. These results not only demonstrate that VSTM load suppresses TPJ activity and induces inattentional blindness, but also offer a plausible neural mechanism for this perceptual deficit: suppression of the stimulus-driven attentional network.

  12. Níveis de proteína em suplementos para terminação de bovinos em pastejo durante o período de transição Seca/Águas: digestibilidade aparente e parâmetros do metabolismo ruminal e dos compostos nitrogenados Effects of feeding different protein levels of supplements to finishing cattle in pasture during the dry to rainy transition season on apparent digestibility and metabolism of ruminal and nitrogenous compounds

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    Edenio Detmann

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    Full Text Available Avaliaram-se aspectos das digestibilidades aparente total e parcial e parâmetros do metabolismo ruminal e dos compostos nitrogenados em novilhos mestiços suplementados durante a fase de transição entre os períodos seco e chuvoso. Foram utilizados cinco novilhos mestiços holandês x zebu com idade e peso médios iniciais de 24 meses e 304 kg, manejados em cinco piquetes de B. decumbens (0,34 ha. Foram fornecidos suplementos (4 kg/animal/dia constituídos por fubá de milho, grão de soja integral, uréia, sulfato de amônia e mistura mineral, sendo formulados para apresentarem níveis de 12; 16; 20 e 24% de proteína bruta (PB, com base na matéria natural. O experimento foi conduzido em quatro períodos experimentais de 21 dias, sendo analisado por delineamento em quadrado latino 4x4. O quinto animal foi mantido sem suplementação e utilizado como medida de comparação descritiva (SAL. Não foram observados efeitos da composição dos suplementos sobre a digestibilidade total e parcial da matéria seca, matéria orgânica (MO e fibra em detergente neutro e sobre os fluxos abomasais de nitrogênio (N total, amoniacal e microbiano (NMIC. Os níveis de N amoniacal ruminal foram incrementados linearmente pela elevação dos níveis de PB dos suplementos. A eficiência de síntese microbiana apresentou valor médio de 17,5 g NMIC/kg MO fermentada no rúmen (MOFR para os suplementos, sendo superior a SAL (10,6 g NMIC/kg MOFR. A elevação dos níveisThe objective of this trial was to evaluate ruminal, intestinal, and total tract apparent digestibilities of nutrients as well as metabolism of ruminal and nitrogenous compounds in supplemented finishing cattle during the drought to rainy transition season. Five Holstein x Zebu steers averaging 304 kg of live weight and 24 months of age located in five paddocks (0.34 ha each of Brachiaria decumbens were used in this trial. The supplements fed (4 kg/animal/day contained ground corn, whole soybean

  13. Right parietal cortex and calculation processing: intraoperative functional mapping of multiplication and addition in patients affected by a brain tumor.

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    Della Puppa, Alessandro; De Pellegrin, Serena; d'Avella, Elena; Gioffrè, Giorgio; Munari, Marina; Saladini, Marina; Salillas, Elena; Scienza, Renato; Semenza, Carlo

    2013-11-01

    The role of parietal areas in number processing is well known. The significance of intraoperative functional mapping of these areas has been only partially explored, however, and only a few discordant data are available in the surgical literature with regard to the right parietal lobe. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical impact of simple calculation in cortical electrostimulation of right-handed patients affected by a right parietal brain tumor. Calculation mapping in awake surgery was performed in 3 right-handed patients affected by high-grade gliomas located in the right parietal lobe. Preoperatively, none of the patients presented with calculation deficits. In all 3 cases, after sensorimotor and language mapping, cortical and intraparietal sulcus areas involved in single-digit multiplication and addition calculations were mapped using bipolar electrostimulation. In all patients, different sites of the right parietal cortex, mainly in the inferior lobule, were detected as being specifically related to calculation (multiplication or addition). In 2 patients the intraparietal sulcus was functionally specific for multiplication. No functional sites for language were detected. All sites functional for calculation were spared during tumor resection, which was complete in all cases without postoperative neurological deficits. These findings provide intraoperative data in support of an anatomofunctional organization for multiplication and addition within the right parietal area. Furthermore, the study shows the potential clinical relevance of intraoperative mapping of calculation in patients undergoing surgery in the right parietal area. Further and larger studies are needed to confirm these data and assess whether mapped areas are effectively essential for function.

  14. Teste triplo biofísico: um novo parâmetro ultra-sonográfico para prognóstico em gestações iniciais Biophysical triple test: a new ultrasonographic parameter for prognostic evaluation in early pregnancies

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    Joaquim R. M. Coelho

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    Full Text Available Objetivos: atrasos no desenvolvimento do saco gestacional (SG, no tamanho do botão embrionário (CCN, assim como freqüências cardíacas embrionárias (FCE baixas podem ser considerados fatores de mau prognóstico na evolução da gestação. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a utilização destes 3 parâmetros em conjunto, o que denominamos Teste Triplo Biofísico (TTB. Metodo: foram avaliadas 35 gestações únicas provenientes de fertilização assistida por injeção intracitoplasmática de espermatozóide (ICSI. Todos os exames de ultra-som foram realizados por um único examinador, após 4-5 semanas da transferência de embriões (6-7 semanas de gestação, com equipamento modelo Synergy da Diasonics, sonda transvaginal de 7,0 MHz. O SG foi medido em seu maior diâmetro transverso, o CCN foi medido no sentido sagital e a FCE pelo modo B-M e Doppler. Na análise estatística foi utilizado o teste de Fisher. Resultados: considerou-se como parâmetros alterados : SG Purpose: it has been demonstrated that delays in gestational sac development, in crown-rump length and low embryonic heart rate could be indicators of poor pregnancy outcome. The purpose was to evaluate the use of these three parameters together, which we named Biophysical Triple Test (BTT. Method: thirty-five singleton pregnancies following IVF treatment with intracytoplasmatic sperm injection (ICSI were studied. All ultrasonographic scans were performed by the same examiner, 4-5 weeks after embryo transference (6-7 week gestation, using a Diasonics equipment, model Synergy, with a 7.0-MHz transvaginal transducer. The gestational sac (GS was measured at the longest transverse diameter; the crown-rump length (CRL was measured at the sagittal plan and the embryonic heart rate (EHR was calculated from frozen B and M-mode and Doppler. The statistical test used was Fisher's test. Results: the following parameters were considered abnormal: GS < 15.4 mm, CRL < 3.9 mm, EHR < 100

  15. Un « gouvernement des journalistes par le Pouvoir politique » par défaut ?

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    Matthieu Lardeau

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    Full Text Available Cet article présente les interactions de deux mouvements concomitants apparusprincipalement dans les décennies 1950 à 1970 dans le champ de la presse française : d’un côté les initiatives – consécutives à la démarche pionnière, en 1951, de création de la première Société des journalistes (SDJ au sein du Monde – menées par les journalistes de rédactions de quotidiens pour créer des SDJ dont la destination peut aller jusqu’à gouverner les journaux; de l’autre côté, les « réponses » apportées par les Pouvoirs politique et public pour contenir ces initiatives visant à étendre le pouvoir des journalistes dans la gestion et la gouvernance de leurs journaux. Cette étude exploratoire repose principalement sur l’analyse de deux types de littérature, souvent déconsidérés ou négligés par le champ académique, en dépit de leur grande richesse : (1 la littérature professionnelle, ayant pour principaux auteurs les journalistes et managers de presse (Périer Daville, Boegner, Pigasse, etc., florissante depuis 1944 et singulièrement durant les décennies 1960 et 1970 ; (2 la littérature grise constituée notamment par des rapports publics rédigés par des institutions comme les services du Premier ministre (commissions Lindon de 1970 et Serisé de 1972, le Conseil économique et social, etc. Nos principaux résultats montrent que les propositions ou actions menées par les journalistes (1 restent le plus souvent inexploitées in concreto par les journalistes eux-mêmes; (2 entrent le plus souvent en opposition avec les politiques de nouveaux actionnaires ou directions de journaux et avec les projets des autorités politiques et publiques qui cherchent à encadrer l’autonomie de la profession journalistique pour mieux gouverner celle-ci ; (3 combien in fine les représentants des différents acteurs impliqués s’accordent pour contenir l’émergence d’un « gouvernement des journalistes » par les

  16. Ultrasonographic analysis in vitro of parietal thickness of lower limb varicose veins.

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    Bruschi, E; Como, G; Zuiani, C; Segatto, E; Rocco, M; Biasi, G; Bazzocchi, M

    2006-09-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of ultrasound (US) to measure the parietal thickness of varicose veins. In a blind in vitro analysis, 28 great saphenous veins, obtained after stripping surgery from 28 patients with chronic venous insufficiency, were examined with a digital US scanner ATL-HDI5000, linear 5-1 to 2-MHz broadband probe, compound imaging technique and analogic-digital zooming. We obtained one to three progressive measurements for each vein wall (total 67 parietal thicknesses). The samples, fixed in formalin, were sent to the pathology laboratory: sections were obtained at the same level of the sonographic planes, and images were obtained by digital camera mounted on an optical microscope. Measurements obtained at histology were considered as the gold standard. K-statistic was applied to compare sonographic and histologic measurements. Considering only the hypoechoic wall portion, 29/29 (100%) diagnoses of hypotrophy (K=0.91), 19/22 (86%) diagnoses of normotrophy (K=0,47) and 12/16 (75%) diagnoses of hypertrophy (K=0.7) were obtained by sonography. In our preliminary experience, the in vitro study of varicose veins allows precise, at least morphological, detection of hypotrophic walls. If these preliminary data are confirmed in vivo, sonography could be used to discriminate patients eligible for conservative treatment instead of surgery.

  17. Pericardial Parietal Mesothelial Cells: Source of the Angiotensin-Converting-Enzyme of the Bovine Pericardial Fluid

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    Ilsione Ribeiro de Sousa Filho

    Full Text Available Abstract Background: Angiotensin II (Ang II, the primary effector hormone of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS, acts systemically or locally, being produced by the action of angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE on angiotensin I. Although several tissue RASs, such as cardiac RAS, have been described, little is known about the presence of an RAS in the pericardial fluid and its possible sources. Locally produced Ang II has paracrine and autocrine effects, inducing left ventricular hypertrophy, fibrosis, heart failure and cardiac dysfunction. Because of the difficulties inherent in human pericardial fluid collection, appropriate experimental models are useful to obtain data regarding the characteristics of the pericardial fluid and surrounding tissues. Objectives: To evidence the presence of constituents of the Ang II production paths in bovine pericardial fluid and parietal pericardium. Methods: Albumin-free crude extracts of bovine pericardial fluid, immunoprecipitated with anti-ACE antibody, were submitted to electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE and gels stained with coomassie blue. Duplicates of gels were probed with anti-ACE antibody. In the pericardial membranes, ACE was detected by use of immunofluorescence. Results: Immunodetection on nitrocellulose membranes showed a 146-KDa ACE isoform in the bovine pericardial fluid. On the pericardial membrane sections, ACE was immunolocalized in the mesothelial layer. Conclusions: The ACE isoform in the bovine pericardial fluid and parietal pericardium should account at least partially for the production of Ang II in the pericardial space, and should be considered when assessing the cardiac RAS.

  18. Visual feature integration indicated by pHase-locked frontal-parietal EEG signals.

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    Phillips, Steven; Takeda, Yuji; Singh, Archana

    2012-01-01

    The capacity to integrate multiple sources of information is a prerequisite for complex cognitive ability, such as finding a target uniquely identifiable by the conjunction of two or more features. Recent studies identified greater frontal-parietal synchrony during conjunctive than non-conjunctive (feature) search. Whether this difference also reflects greater information integration, rather than just differences in cognitive strategy (e.g., top-down versus bottom-up control of attention), or task difficulty is uncertain. Here, we examine the first possibility by parametrically varying the number of integrated sources from one to three and measuring phase-locking values (PLV) of frontal-parietal EEG electrode signals, as indicators of synchrony. Linear regressions, under hierarchical false-discovery rate control, indicated significant positive slopes for number of sources on PLV in the 30-38 Hz, 175-250 ms post-stimulus frequency-time band for pairs in the sagittal plane (i.e., F3-P3, Fz-Pz, F4-P4), after equating conditions for behavioural performance (to exclude effects due to task difficulty). No such effects were observed for pairs in the transverse plane (i.e., F3-F4, C3-C4, P3-P4). These results provide support for the idea that anterior-posterior phase-locking in the lower gamma-band mediates integration of visual information. They also provide a potential window into cognitive development, seen as developing the capacity to integrate more sources of information.

  19. EEG source reconstruction reveals frontal-parietal dynamics of spatial conflict processing.

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    Michael X Cohen

    Full Text Available Cognitive control requires the suppression of distracting information in order to focus on task-relevant information. We applied EEG source reconstruction via time-frequency linear constrained minimum variance beamforming to help elucidate the neural mechanisms involved in spatial conflict processing. Human subjects performed a Simon task, in which conflict was induced by incongruence between spatial location and response hand. We found an early (∼200 ms post-stimulus conflict modulation in stimulus-contralateral parietal gamma (30-50 Hz, followed by a later alpha-band (8-12 Hz conflict modulation, suggesting an early detection of spatial conflict and inhibition of spatial location processing. Inter-regional connectivity analyses assessed via cross-frequency coupling of theta (4-8 Hz, alpha, and gamma power revealed conflict-induced shifts in cortical network interactions: Congruent trials (relative to incongruent trials had stronger coupling between frontal theta and stimulus-contrahemifield parietal alpha/gamma power, whereas incongruent trials had increased theta coupling between medial frontal and lateral frontal regions. These findings shed new light into the large-scale network dynamics of spatial conflict processing, and how those networks are shaped by oscillatory interactions.

  20. Functional Heterogeneity in Posterior Parietal Cortex Across Attention and Episodic Memory Retrieval

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    Hutchinson, J. Benjamin; Uncapher, Melina R.; Weiner, Kevin S.; Bressler, David W.; Silver, Michael A.; Preston, Alison R.; Wagner, Anthony D.

    2014-01-01

    While attention is critical for event memory, debate has arisen regarding the extent to which posterior parietal cortex (PPC) activation during episodic retrieval reflects engagement of PPC-mediated mechanisms of attention. Here, we directly examined the relationship between attention and memory, within and across subjects, using functional magnetic resonance imaging attention-mapping and episodic retrieval paradigms. During retrieval, 4 functionally dissociable PPC regions were identified. Specifically, 2 PPC regions positively tracked retrieval outcomes: lateral intraparietal sulcus (latIPS) indexed graded item memory strength, whereas angular gyrus (AnG) tracked recollection. By contrast, 2 other PPC regions demonstrated nonmonotonic relationships with retrieval: superior parietal lobule (SPL) tracked retrieval reaction time, consistent with a graded engagement of top-down attention, whereas temporoparietal junction displayed a complex pattern of below-baseline retrieval activity, perhaps reflecting disengagement of bottom-up attention. Analyses of retrieval effects in PPC topographic spatial attention maps (IPS0-IPS5; SPL1) revealed that IPS5 and SPL1 exhibited a nonmonotonic relationship with retrieval outcomes resembling that in the SPL region, further suggesting that SPL activation during retrieval reflects top-down attention. While demands on PPC attention mechanisms vary during retrieval attempts, the present functional parcellation of PPC indicates that 2 additional mechanisms (mediated by latIPS and AnG) positively track retrieval outcomes. PMID:23019246

  1. Differential contributions of the superior and inferior parietal cortex to feedback versus feedforward control of tools.

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    Macuga, Kristen L; Frey, Scott H

    2014-05-15

    Damage to the superior and/or inferior parietal lobules (SPL, IPL) (Sirigu et al., 1996) or cerebellum (Grealy and Lee, 2011) can selectively disrupt motor imagery, motivating the hypothesis that these regions participate in predictive (i.e., feedforward) control. If so, then the SPL, IPL, and cerebellum should show greater activity as the demands on feedforward control increase from visually-guided execution (closed-loop) to execution without visual feedback (open-loop) to motor imagery. Using fMRI and a Fitts' reciprocal aiming task with tools directed at targets in far space, we found that the SPL and cerebellum exhibited greater activity during closed-loop control. Conversely, open-loop and imagery conditions were associated with increased activity within the IPL and prefrontal areas. These results are consistent with a superior-to-inferior gradient in the representation of feedback-to-feedforward control within the posterior parietal cortex. Additionally, the anterior SPL displayed greater activity when aiming movements were performed with a stick vs. laser pointer. This may suggest that it is involved in the remapping of far into near (reachable) space (Maravita and Iriki, 2004), or in distalization of the end-effector from hand to stick (Arbib et al., 2009). Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. EEG source reconstruction reveals frontal-parietal dynamics of spatial conflict processing.

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    Cohen, Michael X; Ridderinkhof, K Richard

    2013-01-01

    Cognitive control requires the suppression of distracting information in order to focus on task-relevant information. We applied EEG source reconstruction via time-frequency linear constrained minimum variance beamforming to help elucidate the neural mechanisms involved in spatial conflict processing. Human subjects performed a Simon task, in which conflict was induced by incongruence between spatial location and response hand. We found an early (∼200 ms post-stimulus) conflict modulation in stimulus-contralateral parietal gamma (30-50 Hz), followed by a later alpha-band (8-12 Hz) conflict modulation, suggesting an early detection of spatial conflict and inhibition of spatial location processing. Inter-regional connectivity analyses assessed via cross-frequency coupling of theta (4-8 Hz), alpha, and gamma power revealed conflict-induced shifts in cortical network interactions: Congruent trials (relative to incongruent trials) had stronger coupling between frontal theta and stimulus-contrahemifield parietal alpha/gamma power, whereas incongruent trials had increased theta coupling between medial frontal and lateral frontal regions. These findings shed new light into the large-scale network dynamics of spatial conflict processing, and how those networks are shaped by oscillatory interactions.

  3. EEG Source Reconstruction Reveals Frontal-Parietal Dynamics of Spatial Conflict Processing

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    Cohen, Michael X; Ridderinkhof, K. Richard

    2013-01-01

    Cognitive control requires the suppression of distracting information in order to focus on task-relevant information. We applied EEG source reconstruction via time-frequency linear constrained minimum variance beamforming to help elucidate the neural mechanisms involved in spatial conflict processing. Human subjects performed a Simon task, in which conflict was induced by incongruence between spatial location and response hand. We found an early (∼200 ms post-stimulus) conflict modulation in stimulus-contralateral parietal gamma (30–50 Hz), followed by a later alpha-band (8–12 Hz) conflict modulation, suggesting an early detection of spatial conflict and inhibition of spatial location processing. Inter-regional connectivity analyses assessed via cross-frequency coupling of theta (4–8 Hz), alpha, and gamma power revealed conflict-induced shifts in cortical network interactions: Congruent trials (relative to incongruent trials) had stronger coupling between frontal theta and stimulus-contrahemifield parietal alpha/gamma power, whereas incongruent trials had increased theta coupling between medial frontal and lateral frontal regions. These findings shed new light into the large-scale network dynamics of spatial conflict processing, and how those networks are shaped by oscillatory interactions. PMID:23451201

  4. Frontal and parietal transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) disturbs programming of saccadic eye movements.

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    Zangemeister, W H; Canavan, A G; Hoemberg, V

    1995-11-01

    Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of human motor cortex typically evoked motor responses. TMS has failed to elicit eye movements in humans, whereas prolongations of saccadic latency have been reported with TMS. In previous studied we demonstrated that saccades can be abolished or saccadic trajectories can be changed through TMS in the 100 msec before saccade onset. This effect was especially marked when TMS was applied parietally. TMS never influenced a saccade in flight. Simulations of predictive experimental saccades that were impaired through TMS of the frontal or parietal cortex demonstrated especially that the dynamics of small saccades were markedly influenced, resulting in a significant decrease in acceleration and amplitude, or an almost complete inhibition. The impact of inhibition through TMS was critically dependent on timing: early TMS (-70 msec) had a much larger inhibitory effect than late TMS (-20 msec) on experimental saccades. Differential timing of TMS in influencing the cortical control signal is demonstrated through simulations of a reciprocally innervated eye movement model that paralleled empirically determined changes in eye movement dynamics after real TMS. There is a reasonable match between the model and the experimental data. We conclude that the inhibitory action of a presaccadic disturbance, such as a TMS pulse, on saccadic programming is inversely related to timing and amplitude of the predicted saccade.

  5. Recency Effects in the Inferior Parietal Lobe during Verbal Recognition Memory

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    Bradley Russell Buchsbaum

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The most recently encountered information is often most easily remembered in psychological tests of memory. Recent investigations of the neural basis of such recency effects have shown that activation in the lateral inferior parietal cortex (LIPC tracks the recency of a probe item when subjects make recognition memory judgments. A key question regarding recency effects in the LIPC is whether they fundamentally reflect the storage (and strength of information in memory, or whether such effects are a consequence of task difficulty or an upswing in resting state network activity. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI we show that recency effects in the LIPC are independent of the difficulty of recognition memory decisions, that they are not a by-product of an increase in resting state network activity, and that they appear to dissociate from regions known to be involved in verbal working memory maintenance. We conclude with a discussion of two alternative explanations – the memory strength and expectancy hypotheses, respectively -- of the parietal lobe recency effect.

  6. Perceptual difficulty in source memory encoding and retrieval: prefrontal versus parietal electrical brain activity.

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    Kuo, Trudy Y; Van Petten, Cyma

    2008-01-01

    It is well established that source memory retrieval--remembering relationships between a core item and some additional attribute of an event--engages prefrontal cortex (PFC) more than simple item memory. In event-related potentials (ERPs), this is manifest in a late-onset difference over PFC between studied items which mandate retrieval of a second attribute, and unstudied items which can be immediately rejected. Although some sorts of attribute conjunctions are easier to remember than others, the role of source retrieval difficulty on prefrontal activity has received little attention. We examined memory for conjunctions of object shape and color when color was an integral part of the depicted object, and when monochrome objects were surrounded by colored frames. Source accuracy was reliably worse when shape and color were spatially separated, but prefrontal activity did not vary across the object-color and frame-color conditions. The insensitivity of prefrontal ERPs to this perceptual manipulation of difficulty stands in contrast to their sensitivity to encoding task: deliberate voluntary effort to integrate objects and colors during encoding reduced prefrontal activity during retrieval, but perceptual organization of stimuli did not. The amplitudes of ERPs over parietal cortex were larger for frame-color than object-color stimuli during both study and test phases of the memory task. Individual variability in parietal ERPs was strongly correlated with memory accuracy, which we suggest reflects a contribution of visual working memory to long-term memory. We discuss multiple bottlenecks for source memory performance.

  7. Early Left Parietal Activity Elicited by Direct Gaze: A High-Density EEG Study

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    Burra, Nicolas; Kerzel, Dirk; George, Nathalie

    2016-01-01

    Gaze is one of the most important cues for human communication and social interaction. In particular, gaze contact is the most primary form of social contact and it is thought to capture attention. A very early-differentiated brain response to direct versus averted gaze has been hypothesized. Here, we used high-density electroencephalography to test this hypothesis. Topographical analysis allowed us to uncover a very early topographic modulation (40–80 ms) of event-related responses to faces with direct as compared to averted gaze. This modulation was obtained only in the condition where intact broadband faces–as opposed to high-pass or low-pas filtered faces–were presented. Source estimation indicated that this early modulation involved the posterior parietal region, encompassing the left precuneus and inferior parietal lobule. This supports the idea that it reflected an early orienting response to direct versus averted gaze. Accordingly, in a follow-up behavioural experiment, we found faster response times to the direct gaze than to the averted gaze broadband faces. In addition, classical evoked potential analysis showed that the N170 peak amplitude was larger for averted gaze than for direct gaze. Taken together, these results suggest that direct gaze may be detected at a very early processing stage, involving a parallel route to the ventral occipito-temporal route of face perceptual analysis. PMID:27880776

  8. Hippocampal and posterior parietal contributions to developmental increases in visual short-term memory capacity.

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    von Allmen, David Yoh; Wurmitzer, Karoline; Klaver, Peter

    2014-10-01

    Developmental increases in visual short-term memory (VSTM) capacity have been associated with changes in attention processing limitations and changes in neural activity within neural networks including the posterior parietal cortex (PPC). A growing body of evidence suggests that the hippocampus plays a role in VSTM, but it is unknown whether the hippocampus contributes to the capacity increase across development. We investigated the functional development of the hippocampus and PPC in 57 children, adolescents and adults (age 8-27 years) who performed a visuo-spatial change detection task. A negative relationship between age and VSTM related activity was found in the right posterior hippocampus that was paralleled by a positive age-activity relationship in the right PPC. In the posterior hippocampus, VSTM related activity predicted individual capacity in children, whereas neural activity in the right anterior hippocampus predicted individual capacity in adults. The findings provide first evidence that VSTM development is supported by an integrated neural network that involves hippocampal and posterior parietal regions.

  9. Mechanisms within the Parietal Cortex Correlate with the Benefits of Random Practice in Motor Adaptation

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    Benjamin Thürer

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available The motor learning literature shows an increased retest or transfer performance after practicing under unstable (random conditions. This random practice effect (also known as contextual interference effect is frequently investigated on the behavioral level and discussed in the context of mechanisms of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and increased cognitive efforts during movement planning. However, there is a lack of studies examining the random practice effect in motor adaptation tasks and, in general, the underlying neural processes of the random practice effect are not fully understood. We tested 24 right-handed human subjects performing a reaching task using a robotic manipulandum. Subjects learned to adapt either to a blocked or a random schedule of different force field perturbations while subjects’ electroencephalography (EEG was recorded. The behavioral results showed a distinct random practice effect in terms of a more stabilized retest performance of the random compared to the blocked practicing group. Further analyses showed that this effect correlates with changes in the alpha band power in electrodes over parietal areas. We conclude that the random practice effect in this study is facilitated by mechanisms within the parietal cortex during movement execution which might reflect online feedback mechanisms.

  10. Increased gray matter density in the parietal cortex of mathematicians: a voxel-based morphometry study.

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    Aydin, K; Ucar, A; Oguz, K K; Okur, O O; Agayev, A; Unal, Z; Yilmaz, S; Ozturk, C

    2007-01-01

    The training to acquire or practicing to perform a skill, which may lead to structural changes in the brain, is called experience-dependent structural plasticity. The main purpose of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the presence of experience-dependent structural plasticity in mathematicians' brains, which may develop after long-term practice of mathematic thinking. Twenty-six volunteer mathematicians, who have been working as academicians, were enrolled in the study. We applied an optimized method of voxel-based morphometry in the mathematicians and the age- and sex-matched control subjects. We assessed the gray and white matter density differences in mathematicians and the control subjects. Moreover, the correlation between the cortical density and the time spent as an academician was investigated. We found that cortical gray matter density in the left inferior frontal and bilateral inferior parietal lobules of the mathematicians were significantly increased compared with the control subjects. Furthermore, increase in gray matter density in the right inferior parietal lobule of the mathematicians was strongly correlated with the time spent as an academician (r = 0.84; P mathematicians' brains revealed increased gray matter density in the cortical regions related to mathematic thinking. The correlation between cortical density increase and the time spent as an academician suggests experience-dependent structural plasticity in mathematicians' brains.

  11. Effect of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS on parietal and premotor cortex during planning of reaching movements.

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    Pierpaolo Busan

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Cerebral activation during planning of reaching movements occurs both in the superior parietal lobule (SPL and premotor cortex (PM, and their activation seems to take place in parallel. METHODOLOGY: The activation of the SPL and PM has been investigated using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS during planning of reaching movements under visual guidance. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A facilitory effect was found when TMS was delivered on the parietal cortex at about half of the time from sight of the target to hand movement, independently of target location in space. Furthermore, at the same stimulation time, a similar facilitory effect was found in PM, which is probably related to movement preparation. CONCLUSIONS: This data contributes to the understanding of cortical dynamics in the parieto-frontal network, and suggests that it is possible to interfere with the planning of reaching movements at different cortical points within a particular time window. Since similar effects may be produced at similar times on both the SPL and PM, parallel processing of visuomotor information is likely to take place in these regions.

  12. Parietal Fast Sleep Spindle Density Decrease in Alzheimer's Disease and Amnesic Mild Cognitive Impairment

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    Gorgoni, Maurizio; Lauri, Giulia; Truglia, Ilaria; Cordone, Susanna; Sarasso, Simone; Scarpelli, Serena; Mangiaruga, Anastasia; D'Atri, Aurora; Tempesta, Daniela; Ferrara, Michele; Marra, Camillo; Rossini, Paolo Maria; De Gennaro, Luigi

    2016-01-01

    Several studies have identified two types of sleep spindles: fast (13–15 Hz) centroparietal and slow (11–13 Hz) frontal spindles. Alterations in spindle activity have been observed in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Only few studies have separately assessed fast and slow spindles in these patients showing a reduction of fast spindle count, but the possible local specificity of this phenomenon and its relation to cognitive decline severity are not clear. Moreover, fast and slow spindle density have never been assessed in AD/MCI. We have assessed fast and slow spindles in 15 AD patients, 15 amnesic MCI patients, and 15 healthy elderly controls (HC). Participants underwent baseline polysomnographic recording (19 cortical derivations). Spindles during nonrapid eye movements sleep were automatically detected, and spindle densities of the three groups were compared in the derivations where fast and slow spindles exhibited their maximum expression (parietal and frontal, resp.). AD and MCI patients showed a significant parietal fast spindle density decrease, positively correlated with Minimental State Examination scores. Our results suggest that AD-related changes in spindle density are specific for frequency and location, are related to cognitive decline severity, and may have an early onset in the pathology development. PMID:27066274