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  1. Expressão citofotométrica quantitativa da CASPASE-3 e do CD-34 no carcinoma ductal infiltrante de mama

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    Fábio Santana dos Passos

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever, correlacionar e comparar a expressão dos marcadores tumorais CD-34 (angiogênese e caspase-3 (apoptose em carcinoma ductal invasor de mama. MÉTODOS: Foram utilizados 22 casos de adenocarcinoma infiltrante de mama provenientes de blocos de parafina e, após preparo específico para imunoistoquímica, 15 apresentaram leitura satisfatória e foram avaliados pelo sistema de fotocitometria de imagem SAMBA 4000® e software IMMUNO®. Os parâmetros analisados foram o índice de marcagem e densidade óptica. RESULTADOS: Para o CD-34 não houve normalidade dos dados na análise do índice de marcagem, com obtenção de P=0,019, havendo normalidade para a análise da densidade óptica, com P=0,199. Para a caspase-3 houve normalidade de dados para o índice marcagem com P=0,306 e para a densidade óptica com P=0,114; não houve diferença estatística significativa entre eles em relação à média do índice de marcagem (P=0,872 e da densidade óptica (P=0,816, quando analisados os parâmetros que definem a expressão dos marcadores; existiu tendência à associação entre a densidade óptica e o índice de marcagem do marcador tumoral caspase-3, com P=0,025. Não foi observada tendência à associação quando comparados densidade óptica e índice de marcagem do marcador tumoral CD-34; índice de marcagem do marcador tumoral caspase-3 e índice de marcagem do marcador tumoral CD-34; e densidade óptica da caspase-3 com a do CD-34. CONCLUSÃO: Dos 22 casos incluídos foi possível verificar a expressão do marcador CD-34 em 18 lâminas e da caspase-3 em 22 lâminas; Para o CD-34 não houve normalidade dos dados na análise do índice de marcagem, havendo sim normalidade para a análise da densidade óptica. Para a caspase-3 houve normalidade de dados tanto para o índice de marcagem como para a densidade óptica. Existe tendência à associação entre a densidade óptica e o índice de marcagem da caspase-3. Não foi observada

  2. Expressão citofotométrica da Caspase-3 no carcinoma papilífero da tireóide e no bócio colóide

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    Luciana Rodrigues Queiroz de Souza

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever a expressão citofotométrica quantitativa do marcador caspase-3 no bócio colóide e no carcinoma papilífero da tireóide e comparar a imunoexpessão entre as doenças. MÉTODOS: Realizou-se estudo imunoistoquímico da proteína caspase-3 em 17 blocos de parafina de carcinoma papilífero da tiróide e 20 de bócio colóide, através do sistema SAMBA 4000 - (Sistema de análise microscópica de busca automática, objetivando-se analisar duas variáveis: índice de marcagem e densidade óptica. RESULTADOS: Houve diferença significativa quanto ao índice de marcagem da caspase-3, entre o bócio colóide e o carcinoma papilífero, sendo maior no carcinoma, e não foi encontrada diferença significativa quanto à densidade óptica. Para o bócio colóide, o coeficiente de correlação estimado entre o índice de marcagem e a densidade óptica foi igual a 0,72, indicando assim, a rejeição da hipótese nula (p <0,001, afirmando-se que existe associação positiva e significativa entre o índice de marcagem e a densidade óptica da caspase-3. Para o carcinoma papilífero da tiróide, o coeficiente de correlação estimado entre o índice de marcagem e a densidade óptica 3 foi de 0,34. O resultado do teste estatístico indicou que não se pode afirmar que existe associação entre esses parâmetros. CONCLUSÃO: Para o bócio colóide existe associação positiva e significativa entre as duas variáveis, índice de marcagem e a densidade óptica da caspase-3, enquanto que para o carcinoma papilífero não existe essa associação. O estudo comparativo entre a análise quantitativa da caspase-3, demonstrou que a apoptose é mais evidente no carcinoma papilífero do que no bócio colóide.

  3. Expressão da CASPASE-3 e CD-34 no adenocarcinoma de próstata

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    Vicente Paulo da Motta

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: 1. Avaliar em qual percentual as células tumorais se marcam com caspase-3 e CD-34; 2. quantificá-los nas células tumorais; 3. verificar correlação entre quantificação e grau de malignidade tumoral; 4. correlacioná-los entre si. MÉTODOS: Estudaram-se 38 blocos com adenocarcinoma, classificados por Gleason e marcação imunoistoquímica para caspase-3 e CD-34. As proteínas imunomarcadas foram quantificadas no software Immuno do Sistema Samba 4000 de citofotometria de imagem, pelo índice de marcagem e densidade óptica. RESULTADOS: Imunomarcou-se 25 lâminas para caspase-3 e 34 para CD-34. As quantificações da caspase-3 para o índice de marcagem foram acima de 50 em 76% e, para densidade óptica, abaixo de 50 para 96%. Em relação ao CD-34, índice de marcagem foi acima de 50 em 59% e densidade óptica abaixo de 50 em 56%. As correlações entre expressões dos marcadores e a gravidade do tumor, assim como entre os marcadores, não evidenciaram significância estatística. Não se mostrou relação de expressão com o score de Gleason. CONCLUSÃO: A presença caspase-3 e CD-34 foi de 73,5% e 100%, respectivamente; 2. caspase-3 e CD-34 apresentaram alta expressão do índice de marcagem, e baixa para densidade óptica; 3. não houve correlação entre as quantificações com a classificação de Gleason; 4. não houve correlação das expressões dos dois marcadores entre si.

  4. Estudo citofotométrico da expressão dos marcadores tumorais Caspase-3 e Ki-67 no adenocarcinoma gástrico Cytophotometric study of the expression of tumoral markers Caspase-3 and Ki-67 in gastric adenocarcinoma

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    Pedro Manuel Gonzales Cuellar

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available RACIONAL: A carcinogênese gástrica é processo complexo e depende de fatores genéticos, ambientais e infecciosos. Nos últimos anos, houve grandes avanços nos campos da genética e da biologia molecular, sobre o desenvolvimento dos tumores. Os marcadores tumorais são substâncias ausentes nos tecidos normais e que podem ser identificadas em tecidos com câncer. Através de procedimentos imunoistoquímicos eles podem ser estudados. OBJETIVOS: Descrever a expressão citofotométrica do marcador tumoral Ki-67 analisando a densidade óptica e o índice de marcagem no adenocarcinoma de estômago. Descrever a expressão citofotométrica do marcador tumoral Caspase-3 analisando a densidade óptica e o índice de marcagem no adenocarcinoma de estômago. Comparar o índice de marcagem e densidade óptica dos marcadores tumorais Ki-67 e Caspase-3 no adenocarcinoma de estômago. MÉTODO: Foram selecionados, inicialmente, 58 blocos com espécime de adenocarcinoma gástrico coletados nos Serviços de Anátomo-Patologia do Hospital do Gama - Brasília (DF e Hospital Dom Orione - Araguaina (TO, e analizados no Laboratório de Citologia e Histopalogia Ltda - CITOLAB, Curitiba (PR. Foram aproveitados 31 blocos para o estudo histológico e imunoistoquímico realizado pelo sistema de análise computarizado SAMBA 4000. RESULTADOS: Das 31 lâminas estudas, 15 (48% foram marcadas pelo marcador Ki-67, 22 (71% foram marcadas pelo marcador Caspase-3 e 14 (45% marcaram com os dois marcadores. CONCLUSÕES: A expressão citofométrica do marcador Ki-67 foi observada em 15 lâminas da amostra estudada e apresentaram média do índice de marcagem de 36,85%, enquanto a densidade óptica apresentou média de 29,33 pixels. A expressão citofotométrica do marcador Caspase-3 foi observada em 22 lâminas da amostra estudada e apresentaram média do índice de marcagem de 87,71% e 60,74 pixels de média para a densidade óptica. Na comparação do índice de marcagem dos

  5. Expressão dos marcadores tumorais CD-34 e CASPASE-3 no carcinoma epidermóide de esôfago

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    Valério Alves Ferreira

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar citofotometricamente a expressão do marcador de densidade microvascular CD-34 e de apoptose caspase-3 no carcinoma epidermóide de esôfago, e correlacionar os marcadores entre si. MÉTODOS: Análise imunoistoquímica de 29 peças cirúrgicas de carcinomas epidermóides de esôfago, baseada nos índices de marcagem dos anticorpos CD-34 e caspase-3, utilizando-se sistema de citofotometria computadorizada. Comparou-se a expressão quantitativa destes marcadores, a relação entre eles, a relação com a idade dos pacientes, tamanho das lesões e classificação TNM. RESULTADOS: O valor da mediana do índice de marcagem do CD-34 foi de 72,6% e o da caspase-3 de 96,5%. Não se obteve significância estatística na correlação destes marcadores com o tamanho tumoral ou com a idade dos pacientes. Houve discreta tendência à correlação positiva entre o CD-34 e a classificação TNM. O marcador caspase-3, apesar de apresentar maior índice de marcagem que o CD-34 nestes tumores, não revelou nenhuma correlação com as variáveis estudadas. A correlação entre o CD-34 e a caspase-3 apresentou tênue tendência positiva. CONCLUSÃO: Ambos os marcadores têm boa expressão no carcinoma epidermóide de esôfago, onde o CD-34 tem menor expressividade que a caspase-3 e os mesmos não apresentam correlação entre si.

  6. Composição química quantitativa e avaliação da potencial atividade vasodilatadora de Cuphea carthagenensis (Jacq.) MacBride

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    Patricia Baier Krepsky

    2011-01-01

    Cuphea carthagenensis (Jacq.) MacBride Lythraceae, denominada popularmente sete-sangrias, tem uso medicinal tradicional no tratamento de doenças cardiovasculares, entre outras. Como não foram encontrados estudos sobre a relação entre composição química quantitativa e atividade biológica, ou sobre identificação de metabólitos secundários polares, o presente trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a composição qualitativa e quantitativa de metabólitos secundários da espécie e sua potencial atividad...

  7. Expression and activation of Daphnia pulex Caspase-3 are involved in regulation of aging.

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    Tong, Qiaoqiong; Zhang, Mengmeng; Cao, Xiao; Xu, Shanliang; Wang, Danli; Zhao, Yunlong

    2017-11-15

    Death-mediating proteases such as Caspases have been implicated in aging. Remarkably, active Caspase-3 can trigger widespread damage and degeneration, playing a key role in causing cell death. In order to explore the relationship between Caspase-3 and aging in Daphnia pulex, we cloned and analyzed the full-length cDNA sequence of its Caspase-3 gene. Both mRNA expression and activity of D. pulex Caspase-3 increased with age. Moreover, different forms of Caspase-3 appeared with aging. The expression of casp3-L was higher and decreased with age, while that of casp3-S was weak and increased with age, consistent with the trend in Caspase-3 activity. Mhc mRNA expression declined over time and was negatively correlated with age and Caspase-3. In situ hybridization results showed that Caspase-3 mRNA was expressed in different growth and reproduction stages, and its expression levels in embryos and larva were lower than that in adult D. pulex. Western blot analysis revealed the presence of Caspase-3 in the form of zymogens with a molecular weight of ~36kDa. Overall, this study explored age-associated gene regulation to provide a basis for the molecular mechanism of D. pulex reproductive conversion. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Efeito da idade, sexo, altura do cupim e tipos de carcaça sobre características quantitativas e qualitativas da carcaça e da carne bovina

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    Luciane Correia Ribeiro

    2003-01-01

    O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a influência da idade, sexo, altura de cupim e tipificação de carcaças sobre as características quantitativas e qualitativas da carcaça e da carne bovina. Foram avaliados os pesos de carcaça quente, peso do quarto traseiro resfriado, área de olho de lombo, espessura de gordura de cobertura e grau de acabamento de 36 bovinos machos castrados de diferentes idades, avaliadas pela cronologia dentária, e 10 fêmeas adultas, escolhidos ao acaso na linha de matan...

  9. ANÁLISE DESCRITIVA QUANTITATIVA DA AGUARDENTE DE CANA DURANTE O ENVELHECIMENTO EM TONEL DE CARVALHO (Quercus alba L.

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    CARDELLO Helena Maria André Bolini

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available Apesar da importância econômica e social da aguardente de cana brasileira, são ainda muito escassos os estudos sobre sua qualidade sensorial, porém as crescentes exigências do mercado, tem feito crescer a preocupação com a qualidade dessa bebida. A aguardente de cana é muito apreciada por seu aroma e sabor característicos, que podem ainda melhorar pelo envelhecimento em recipientes de madeira. O complexo processo que ocorre durante o envelhecimento depende além de vários fatores, do tipo de madeira empregada, do tempo de maturação e obviamente da qualidade inicial do destilado. A análise descritiva quantitativa, metodologia muito aplicada na caracterização dos atributos sensoriais de alimentos e bebidas, foi utilizada neste trabalho para estudar o perfil sensorial da aguardente de cana, durante o envelhecimento, em toneis de carvalho. Nesse sentido, foram analisadas amostras de aguardente envelhecidas durante zero, 12, 24, 36 e 48 meses em um tonel de carvalho de 200 litros e duas amostras comerciais, sendo uma delas envelhecida. Dezesseis provadores pré-selecionados através de testes triangulares e análise sequencial, geraram pelo método rede (Kelly's Repertory Grid Method, os termos descritores das aguardentes. Após a etapa de treinamento, foram selecionados 10 provadores com base em seu poder de discriminação, repetibilidade e concordância com a equipe no uso de escalas. As amostras foram então apresentadas e avaliadas pelos provadores, em cabines individuais de forma monádica, com quatro repetições. Os resultados obtidos foram submetidos à análise de variância, teste de médias de Tukey e à Análise de Componentes Principais. Os termos descritores escolhidos em consenso pelos membros da equipe sensorial foram: coloração amarela, aroma alcoólico, aroma de madeira, aroma de baunilha, doçura inicial, doçura residual, sabor alcóolico inicial, sabor alcóolico residual, sabor de madeira inicial, sabor de

  10. Resultados positivos do lavado broncoalveolar e das culturas quantitativas na suspeita da pneumonia tardia associada ao ventilador – estudo retrospectivo

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    A.P. Vaz

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: Introdução: O lavado broncoalveolar (LBA com culturas quantitativas tem sido utilizado no sentido de permitir um aumento da especificidade diagnóstica da pneumonia associada ao ventilador (PAV, embora a técnica padrão para o diagnóstico definitivo desta entidade permaneça controversa. Objectivos: Avaliar a influência dos resultados positivos do LBA e das culturas quantitativas no diagnóstico microbiológico e no tratamento de doentes com suspeita de PAV tardia e antibioterapia prévia. Material e Métodos: Análise retrospectiva de doentes em unidade de cuidados intensivos (UCI polivalentes, com suspeita de PAV tardia e antibioterapia prévia, que apresentaram crescimento cultural nos LBA efectuados durante o período de um ano. Resultados: Dos 243 LBA realizados, obtiveram-se 71 (29,2% resultados positivos (60 doentes, 76,7% do sexo masculino, 54 ± 19 anos. O LBA foi realizado em mediana após 13 dias de ventilação invasiva, 11 dias de antibioterapia na UCI e no dia em que se instituiu um novo antibiótico perante a suspeita de PAV. Foi efectuada contagem de unidades formadoras de colónias (UFC/ml em 71,8% e simultaneamente obtido aspirado endotraqueal (AET para análise qualitativa em 85,9%. Verificou-se mudança terapêutica em 38,0%: correcção terapêutica (16,9%, descalação (12,7% e início de antibioterapia dirigida (8,4%. As alterações terapêuticas foram efectuadas na presença de >104 UFC em 84,2% e em concordância com o AET em 70,8%. Nos casos em que se verificou manutenção da antibioterapia (62,0% as culturas quantitativas teriam permitido descalação em 9,1%. A alteração na prescrição foi mais frequente na presença de >104 UFC (48,5%, do que nas situações em que as contagens de UFC foram inferiores ou a análise do LBA qualitativa (28,9%, p = 0,091. Não se verificaram diferen

  11. Abordagens semiquantitativa e quantitativa na avaliação da textura do solo por espectroscopia de reflectância bidirecional no VIS-NIR-SWIR

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    Marston Héracles Domingues Franceschini

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o potencial da espectroscopia de reflectância no VIS-NIR-SWIR, para a caracterização granulométrica de amostras de solos de diferentes classes texturais, e obter modelos de predição dos teores de argila, silte e areia no solo. Utilizou-se um conjunto de amostras representativas de Latossolos e Argissolo de cinco locais do Estado do Mato Grosso do Sul. Os espectros do visível e do infravermelho próximo ao infravermelho de ondas curtas (de 350 a 2.500 nm das amostras foram obtidos e analisados. Empregaram-se a análise de componentes principais (ACP, agrupamento por "fuzzy c-means", regressão logística multinomial (RLM e regressão por mínimos quadrados parciais. Espectros característicos para as diferentes classes texturais e a segregação de amostras de classes texturais e de locais de coleta com características distintas, por meio da ACP, "fuzzy c-means" e RLM, mostram o potencial semiquantitativo dos dados de reflectância no VIS-NIR-SWIR. Obteve-se quantificação satisfatória quanto à argila (R²=0,92, RPD=3,59, ao silte (R²=0,80, RPD=2,15 e à areia (R²=0,87, RPD=2,62. As técnicas de espectroscopia de reflectância podem auxiliar na determinação da textura e da variabilidade espacial do solo com metodologias semiquantitativas ou quantitativas.

  12. Expression levels of cleaved caspase-3 and caspase-3 in tumorigenesis and prognosis of oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma.

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    Pei-Feng Liu

    Full Text Available Apoptosis plays a dual role in cancer development and malignancy. The role of apoptosis-related caspases in cancer remains controversial, particularly in oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (OTSCC. In this study, we examined the protein levels of cleaved caspase-3, caspase-3, caspase-8, and caspase-9 on tissue microarrays consisting of samples from 246 OTSCC patients by immunohistochemistry. Wilcoxon signed-rank test indicated that the protein levels of cleaved caspase-3, caspase-3, caspase-8, and caspase-9 in tumor tissues were significantly higher compared to those in adjacent normal tissues (all p<0.001. The expression level of caspase-8 in tumors was elevated in patients with lymph node invasion. Moreover, positive expression of cleaved caspase-3 was associated with shorter disease-free survival (DFS in OTSCC patients with moderate differentiation and lymph node invasion. Combination of either positive cleaved caspase-3 or higher caspase-3 expression or both was associated with poor DFS. Interestingly, stratification analysis showed that co-expression levels of positive cleaved caspase-3 or/and higher caspase-3 were associated with better disease-specific survival in patients with advanced stages of the disease, such as large tumor size and lymph node invasion, whereas it was associated with poor DFS in OTSCC patients with moderate cell differentiation and small tumor size. Taken together, cleaved caspase-3 and caspase-3/8/9 could be biomarkers for tumorigenesis in OTSCC patients. The co-expression level of cleaved caspase-3 and caspase-3 might be a prognostic biomarker for OTSCC patients, particular in those patients with certain tumor stages and cell differentiation status.

  13. Software para análise quantitativa da deglutição Swallowing quantitative analysis software

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    André Augusto Spadotto

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Apresentar um software que permita uma análise detalhada da dinâmica da deglutição. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Participaram deste estudo dez indivíduos após acidente vascular encefálico, sendo seis do gênero masculino, com idade média de 57,6 anos. Foi realizada videofluoroscopia da deglutição e as imagens foram digitalizadas em microcomputador, com posterior análise do tempo do trânsito faríngeo da deglutição, por meio de um cronômetro e do software. RESULTADOS: O tempo médio do trânsito faríngeo da deglutição apresentou-se diferente quando comparados os métodos utilizados (cronômetro e software. CONCLUSÃO: Este software é um instrumento de análise dos parâmetros tempo e velocidade da deglutição, propiciando melhor compreensão da dinâmica da deglutição, com reflexos tanto na abordagem clínica dos pacientes com disfagia como para fins de pesquisa científica.OBJECTIVE: The present paper is aimed at introducing a software to allow a detailed analysis of the swallowing dynamics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The sample included ten (six male and four female stroke patients, with mean age of 57.6 years. Swallowing videofluoroscopy was performed and images were digitized for posterior analysis of the pharyngeal transit time with the aid of a chronometer and the software. RESULTS: Differences were observed in the average pharyngeal swallowing transit time as a result of measurements with chronometer and software. CONCLUSION: This software is a useful tool for the analysis of parameters such as swallowing time and speed, allowing a better understanding of the swallowing dynamics, both in the clinical approach of patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia and for scientific research purposes.

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

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    Ana Lucia Braga Martins

    2003-01-01

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

  15. A novel bicistronic sensor vector for detecting caspase-3 activation.

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    Vagner, Tatyana; Mouravlev, Alexandre; Young, Deborah

    2015-01-01

    Apoptosis is involved in pathological cell death of a wide range of human diseases. One of the most important biochemical markers of apoptosis is activation of caspase-3. Ability to detect caspase-3 activation early in the pathological process is important for determining the timing for interfering with apoptosis initiation and prevention of cell damage. Techniques allowing detection of caspase-3 activity at a single cell level show increased sensitivity, compared to biochemical assays; therefore, we developed a novel bicistronic caspase-3 sensor vector enabling detection of caspase-3 activity in individual cells. We employed green fluorescent protein (GFP) as a reporter for caspase-3 activation in our constructs and assessed the functionality of the generated constructs in transiently transfected Neuro2A and HEK293 cells under basal conditions and following application of okadaic acid (OA) or staurosporine (STS) to induce apoptosis. To ensure responsiveness of the new sensor vector to active caspase-3, we co-transfected the sensor with plasmid(s) overexpressing active caspase-3 and quantified GFP fluorescence using a plate reader. We observed an increase in GFP expression in cells transfected with the new bicistronic caspase-3 sensor in response to both OA and STS. We also showed a significant increase in GFP fluorescence intensity in cells co-expressing the sensor with the plasmid(s) encoding active caspase-3. We generated a novel bicistronic caspase-3 sensor vector which relies on a transcription factor/response element system. The obtained sensor combines high sensitivity of the single cell level detection with the possibility of automated quantification. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Expressão dos marcadores tumorais CD-34 e CASPASE-3 no carcinoma epidermóide de esôfago

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    Ferreira,Valério Alves; Czeczko,Nicolau Gregori; Ribas-Filho,Jurandir Marcondes; Malafaia,Osvaldo; Ribas,Carmen Austrália Paredes Marcondes; Gomes,Claudia Stein; Cunha,Regina Maria da; Cuenca,Ronaldo M.

    2009-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Analisar citofotometricamente a expressão do marcador de densidade microvascular CD-34 e de apoptose caspase-3 no carcinoma epidermóide de esôfago, e correlacionar os marcadores entre si. MÉTODOS: Análise imunoistoquímica de 29 peças cirúrgicas de carcinomas epidermóides de esôfago, baseada nos índices de marcagem dos anticorpos CD-34 e caspase-3, utilizando-se sistema de citofotometria computadorizada. Comparou-se a expressão quantitativa destes marcadores, a relação entre eles, a ...

  17. Activation of caspase-3 in radioinduced apoptosis in developing brain

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    Michelin, Severino C.; Perez, Maria del R.; Gisone, Pablo; Dubner, Diana

    2001-01-01

    ICE/ced-3 related proteases (caspases) have been implicated in programmed cell death in a wide variety of cell types. However, their roles in radiation-induced cell death in cultures of mixed, neuronal and glial precursors cells are poorly understood. In order to further elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying radiation induced death in this system; we have examined the ability of ionizing radiation to induce cell death and the caspase-3 activity. Survival decreased in a dose-dependent manner 24 h after a single 0,1 to 4 Gy dose of ionizing radiation. Irradiation resulted in a significant induction in caspase-3 activity, as measured by increased cleavage of colorimetric caspase substrates. Specific inhibitor of caspase-3, zDEVD-fmk, protected only partially from radiation induced cell death. These results demonstrate that cell death occurred despite of caspase-3 inhibition, and suggest that radio-induced cell death may occur by other mechanisms. (author)

  18. A short caspase-3 isoform inhibits chemotherapy-induced apoptosis by blocking apoptosome assembly.

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    Frédérique Végran

    Full Text Available Alternative splicing of caspase-3 produces a short isoform caspase-3s that antagonizes caspase-3 apoptotic activity. However, the mechanism of apoptosis inhibition by caspase-3s remains unknown. Here we show that exogenous caspase-3 sensitizes MCF-7 and HBL100 breast cancers cells to chemotherapeutic treatments such as etoposide and methotrexate whereas co-transfection with caspase-3s strongly inhibits etoposide and methotrexate-induced apoptosis underlying thus the anti-apoptotic role of caspase-3s. In caspase-3 transfected cells, lamin-A and α-fodrin were cleaved when caspase-3 was activated by etoposide or methotrexate. When caspase-3s was co-transfected, this cleavage was strongly reduced. Depletion of caspase-3 by RNA interference in HBL100 containing endogenous caspase-3s caused reduction in etoposide and methotrexate-induced apoptosis, whereas the depletion of caspase-3s sensitized cells to chemotherapy. In the presence of caspase-3s, a lack of interaction between caspase-3 and caspase-9 was observed. Immunoprecipitation assays showed that caspase-3s binds the pro-forms of caspase-3. This result suggested that the absence of interaction with caspase-9 when both variants of caspase-3 are present contribute to block the apoptosome assembly and inhibit apoptosis. These data support that caspases-3s negatively interferes with caspase-3 activation and apoptosis in breast cancer, and that it can play key roles in the modulation of response to chemotherapeutic treatments.

  19. Espaços locais e consumo de nova tecnologia: uma aproximação quantitativa ao desenvolvimento da sociedade da informação

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    Marcial Murciano

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available O artigo avalia as contribuições mais importantes dos principais modelos de análises internacionais que estudam o desenvolvimento da sociedade da informação, baseados nos consumos relacionados com as novas tecnologias. O autor propõe o modelo denominado Localcom, baseado em nove categorias e 24 indicadores empíricos, com os quais estuda o grau de desenvolvimento e o consumo tecnológico em nove comunidades autônomas na Espanha.

  20. Inner ear dysfunction in caspase-3 deficient mice

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    Woo Minna

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Caspase-3 is one of the most downstream enzymes activated in the apoptotic pathway. In caspase-3 deficient mice, loss of cochlear hair cells and spiral ganglion cells coincide closely with hearing loss. In contrast with the auditory system, details of the vestibular phenotype have not been characterized. Here we report the vestibular phenotype and inner ear anatomy in the caspase-3 deficient (Casp3-/- mouse strain. Results Average ABR thresholds of Casp3-/- mice were significantly elevated (P Casp3+/- mice and Casp3+/+ mice at 3 months of age. In DPOAE testing, distortion product 2F1-F2 was significantly decreased (P Casp3-/- mice, whereas Casp3+/- and Casp3+/+ mice showed normal and comparable values to each other. Casp3-/- mice were hyperactive and exhibited circling behavior when excited. In lateral canal VOR testing, Casp3-/- mice had minimal response to any of the stimuli tested, whereas Casp3+/- mice had an intermediate response compared to Casp3+/+ mice. Inner ear anatomical and histological analysis revealed gross hypomorphism of the vestibular organs, in which the main site was the anterior semicircular canal. Hair cell numbers in the anterior- and lateral crista, and utricle were significantly smaller in Casp3-/- mice whereas the Casp3+/- and Casp3+/+ mice had normal hair cell numbers. Conclusions These results indicate that caspase-3 is essential for correct functioning of the cochlea as well as normal development and function of the vestibule.

  1. Saikosaponin d induces cell death through caspase-3-dependent, caspase-3-independent and mitochondrial pathways in mammalian hepatic stellate cells

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    Chen, Ming-Feng; Huang, S. Joseph; Huang, Chao-Cheng; Liu, Pei-Shan; Lin, Kun-I; Liu, Ching-Wen; Hsieh, Wen-Chuan; Shiu, Li-Yen; Chen, Chang-Han

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    Saikosaponin d (SSd) is one of the main active triterpene saponins in Bupleurum falcatum. It has a steroid-like structure, and is reported to have pharmacological activities, including liver protection in rat, cell cycle arrest and apoptosis induction in several cancer cell lines. However, the biological functions and molecular mechanisms of mammalian cells under SSd treatment are still unclear. The cytotoxicity and apoptosis of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) upon SSd treatment were discovered by MTT assay, colony formation assay and flow cytometry. The collage I/III, caspase activity and apoptotic related genes were examined by quantitative PCR, Western blotting, immunofluorescence and ELISA. The mitochondrial functions were monitored by flow cytometry, MitoTracker staining, ATP production and XF24 bioenergetic assay. This study found that SSd triggers cell death via an apoptosis path. An example of this path might be typical apoptotic morphology, increased sub-G1 phase cell population, inhibition of cell proliferation and activation of caspase-3 and caspase-9. However, the apoptotic effects induced by SSd are partially blocked by the caspase-3 inhibitor, Z-DEVD-FMK, suggesting that SSd may trigger both HSC-T6 and LX-2 cell apoptosis through caspase-3-dependent and independent pathways. We also found that SSd can trigger BAX and BAK translocation from the cytosol to the mitochondria, resulting in mitochondrial function inhibition, membrane potential disruption. Finally, SSd also increases the release of apoptotic factors. The overall analytical data indicate that SSd-elicited cell death may occur through caspase-3-dependent, caspase-3-independent and mitochondrial pathways in mammalian HSCs, and thus can delay the formation of liver fibrosis by reducing the level of HSCs

  2. Bioluminescence determination of active caspase-3 in single apoptotic cells

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    Lišková, Marcela; Klepárník, Karel; Matalová, Eva; Hegrová, Jitka; Přikryl, Jan; Švandová, Eva; Foret, František

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 34, č. 12 (2013), s. 1772-1777 ISSN 0173-0835 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP206/11/2377 Grant - others:GA ČR(CZ) GAP502/12/1285 Program:GA Institutional support: RVO:68081715 ; RVO:67985904 Keywords : apoptosis * bioluminescence * caspase-3 Subject RIV: CB - Analytical Chemistry, Separation Impact factor: 3.161, year: 2013

  3. Hypocapnia induces caspase-3 activation and increases Abeta production.

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    Xie, Zhongcong; Moir, Robert D; Romano, Donna M; Tesco, Giuseppina; Kovacs, Dora M; Tanzi, Rudolph E

    2004-01-01

    At least half of all cases of early onset (<60) familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD) are caused by any of over 150 mutations in three genes: the amyloid precursor protein (APP), presenilin 1 (PS1), and presenilin 2 (PS2). Mutant forms of PS1 have been shown to sensitize cells to apoptotic cell death. We investigated the effects of hypocapnia, a risk factor for both cognitive and neurodevelopment deficits, on caspase-3 activation, apoptosis, and amyloid beta-protein (Abeta) production, and assessed the influence of the PS1Delta9 FAD mutation on these effects. For this purpose, we exposed stably transfected H4 human neuroglioma cells to conditions consistent with hypocapnia (PCO2<40 mm Hg) and hypocapnia plus hypoxia (PO2<21%). Hypocapnia (20 mm Hg CO2 for 6 h) induced caspase-3 activation and apoptosis; the PS1Delta9 FAD mutation significantly potentiated these effects. Moreover, the combination of hypocapnia (20 mm Hg CO2) and hypoxia (5%O2) induced caspase-3 activation and apoptosis in a synergistic manner. Hypocapnia (5 and 20 mm Hg CO2 for 6 h) also led to an increased Abeta production. The findings suggest that hypocapnia (e.g. during general anesthesia) could exacerbate AD neuropathogenesis. Copyright (c) 2004 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  4. Análise quantitativa sobre a mortalidade precoce de micro e pequenas empresas da cidade de São Paulo A quantitative analysis of the premature mortality of small companies in the city of São Paulo

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    Luis Fernando Filardi Ferreira

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available O vigor da economia de vários países tem origem no sucesso de pequenas empresas. No Brasil, o Estado de São Paulo concentra mais da metade das empresas brasileiras de pequeno porte. Assim sendo, estudos sobre o sucesso ou o insucesso de micro e pequenas empresas têm sua relevância enaltecida. Este estudo busca apresentar uma análise quantitativa e qualitativa sobre os fatores associados à mortalidade precoce das micro e pequenas empresas. Para tanto, realizou-se uma pesquisa com os gestores de micro e pequenas empresas da cidade de São Paulo que encerraram suas atividades. Para análise quantitativa da amostra, que apresenta representatividade estatística, utilizou-se de técnicas de análise multivariada. Como principal resultado, pode-se destacar que os fatores associados à mortalidade são preponderantemente de natureza estratégica, o que contraria o senso comum que professa a insuficiência de recursos como principal motivador da falência das pequenas empresas. Tal resultado tem importância para orientar as políticas públicas, os empreendedores e as agências de fomento para a formulação de suas estratégias no sentido do desenvolvimento de competências administrativas para o sucesso das micro e pequenas empresas brasileiras.The economic vigor of many countries is due to the success of small businesses. In Brazil, Sao Paulo state concentrates more than half of Brazilian small businesses. Therefore, studies dealing with high or low performance of micro and small businesses are of great relevance. This study aims at presenting a quantitative and qualitative analysis of factors associated to premature mortality of micro and small businesses in the city of Sao Paulo. For the quantitative analysis of the sample, which is statistically significant, multivariate analysis was used. The main result of this investigation is that factors associated with mortality are mainly of strategic nature, contrary to the common belief that

  5. Análise quantitativa da deglutição orofaríngea em indivíduo gastrostomizado com Lipofuscinose Ceróide Neuronal: relato de caso

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    André Vinicius Marcondes Natel Sales

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available A presença de disfagia orofaríngea infantil na população com afecções genéticas ainda é pouco estudada. O objetivo deste estudo foi analisar o tempo de trânsito oral total (TTOT e o tempo de trânsito faríngeo (TTF em um indivíduo com diagnóstico genético clínico de Lipofuscinose Ceróide Neuronal (LCN com disfagia orofaríngea grave. Indivíduo com LCN, 3 anos de idade, gastrostomizado há dois anos e sem via oral parcial, histórico de déficit de ganho de peso anterior a via alternativa de alimentação, porém sem complicações pulmonares. A deglutição orofaríngea foi estudada por meio de videofluoroscopia de deglutição e análise quantitativa da deglutição com uso de software específico para tal avaliação. Na análise quantitativa do TTOT e TTF constatou-se, respectivamente, 45,37 segundos (padrão de normalidade em criança é de 4 segundos e de 4,53 segundos para o TTF. Constatou-se significante aumento nos tempos de trânsito orofaríngeo neste indivíduo, sendo que a disfagia orofaríngea, parte do quadro desta criança com diagnóstico de LCN, deve ser investigada e acompanhada durante a evolução da doença. Uma avaliação da deglutição orofaríngea e acompanhamento nos indivíduos com esta condição genética deve ser realizada, considerando que essa alteração pode fazer parte do fenótipo desta condição e também pelo impacto que esse aumento nos tempos da deglutição pode ocasionar na condição nutricional e pulmonar desta população.

  6. Avaliação clinico-quantitativa da ação do Ciba 34.647-Ba sobre a espasticidade

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    Israel Roitman

    1977-12-01

    Full Text Available Utilizando a quantificação clínica da sintomatologia neurológica os autores fizeram observações sobre o Ciba 34.647-Ba e avaliaram pacientes com espasticidade e incapacidade motora devidas a lesões da medula espinal. São relatados os resultados, salientando os efeitos do medicamento sobre os principais componentes da espasticidade (hipertonia, hiperreflexia, clono e automatismos. As teorias propostas para explicar o mecanismo de ação da droga são mencionadas. São também referidas as doses utiizadas, duração da ação músculo- relaxante, tolerância e efeitos colaterais.

  7. Discurso e abordagens quantitativas

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    Giselle Machline de Oliveira e Silva

    2001-02-01

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    Este artigo revê o comportamento de diversos fenômenos de acordo com o estatuto informacional de seus referentes: a ocorrência de artigosdefinidos, a ordem do sujeito em relação a seu predicado, a topicalização deobjetos diretos, as sentenças clivadas, a ordem de orações de causa e de condição,e os marcadores discursivos. Ele mostra que a informação é uma restriçãopoderosa para a maioria dos fenômenos que tratam da ordem, mas muitomenos relevante para a colocação de artigos definidos e a co-ocorrência comalguns marcadores discursivos.

  8. Progesterone production requires activation of caspase-3 in preovulatory granulosa cells in a serum starvation model.

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    An, Li-Sha; Yuan, Xiao-Hua; Hu, Ying; Shi, Zi-Yun; Liu, Xiao-Qin; Qin, Li; Wu, Gui-Qing; Han, Wei; Wang, Ya-Qin; Ma, Xu

    2012-11-01

    Granulosa cells proliferate, differentiate, and undergo apoptosis throughout follicular development. Previous studies have demonstrated that stimulation of progesterone production is accompanied by caspase-3 activation. Moreover, we previously reported that arsenic enhanced caspase-3 activity coupled with progesterone production. Inhibition of caspase-3 activity can significantly inhibit progesterone production induced by arsenic or follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Here, we report that serum starvation induces caspase-3 activation coupled with augmentation of progesterone production. Serum starvation also increased the levels of cytochrome P450 cholesterol side chain cleavage enzyme (P450scc) and steroidogenic acute regulatory (StAR) protein, both of which may contribute to progesterone synthesis in preovulatory granulosa cells. Inhibition of caspase-3 activity resulted in a decrease in progesterone production. Deactivation of caspase-3 activity by caspase-3 specific inhibitor also resulted in decreases in P450scc and StAR expression, which may partly contribute to the observed decrease in progesterone production. Our study demonstrates for the first time that progesterone production in preovulatory granulosa cells is required for caspase-3 activation in a serum starvation model. Inhibition of caspase-3 activity can result in decreased expression of the steroidogenic proteins P450scc and StAR. Our work provides further details on the relationship between caspase-3 activation and steroidogenesis and indicates that caspase-3 plays a critical role in progesterone production by granulosa cells. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Estabelecimento de um plano de manutenção baseado em análises quantitativas no contexto da MCC em um cenário de produção JIT

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    Angélica Alebrant Mendes

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo apresenta um método para desenvolver análises quantitativas que orientem a revisão ou elaboração de um plano de manutenção de equipamentos em um cenário de produção just in time. O método proposto contempla: i Identificar os conjuntos que influenciam a confiabilidade; ii Levantar taxas de falhas; iii Classificar os conjuntos quanto ao efeito de suas falhas; iv Levantar parâmetros de demanda da linha; v Identificar as distribuições de probabilidade da demanda da linha e dos tempos de bom funcionamento e tempos de reparo dos conjuntos; vi Simular a produção/manutenção utilizando o método de Monte Carlo; vii Realizar uma análise de sensibilidade a eventuais variações na demanda, MTBF e MTTR; e viii Estabelecer a estratégia de manutenção e intervalos entre manutenções preventivas. A aplicação do método é ilustrada através de um estudo real realizado em uma linha de rotulagem e enchimento de galões de uma empresa do setor de tintas e corantes. A aplicação do método permitiu identificar com clareza os conjuntos e subconjuntos críticos frente ao cenário produtivo em questão.

  10. O canto dos malditos: uma análise quantitativa da difusão do pensamento de Gilles Deleuze na pesquisa educacional brasileira (1990-2010

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    Christian Fernando Ribeiro Guimarães Vinci

    Full Text Available Resumo O artigo em questão apresenta um panorama da difusão do pensamento de Gilles Deleuze na pesquisa educacional brasileira, apreciando o intervalo entre os anos 1990 e 2010. Trata-se de um estudo quantitativo, levando em consideração os artigos em Educação que trabalham com o dispositivo conceitual de Deleuze, elaborado ou não em parceria com Félix Guattari, e publicados em 44 periódicos da área que compõem os estratos A1 e A2 da tabela Qualis 2013. Justifica-se uma tal pesquisa, tendo em vista que, autoproclamada maldita por alguns proeminentes autores desse filão teórico, muitos dos trabalhos envoltos com o pensamento da diferença dizem estar à margem das demais produções acadêmicas em educação. Tal marginalidade se confirmaria, ao levar em consideração os dados quantitativos aqui apresentados? Haveria um canto excluso do acadêmico, dando vazão a esses trabalhos ou, ao contrário, seria esse mais um canto típico daqueles afeitos ao aparato conceitual deleuzeano?

  11. Influência da baixa temperatura ambiental sobre a inflamação em rã-touro gigante (Rana catesbeiana: avaliações qualitativa e quantitativa

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    José Luiz Catão-Dias

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve por objetivo investigar a modulação exercida pela temperatura ambiental sobre a cinética celular inflamatória experimentalmente induzida em Rana catesbeiana, rã-touro gigante. Para tanto, 120 espécimes pós-metamórficos foram mantidos a 6ºC e 24ºC e tratados pela transfixação do tecido muscular da coxa por fio de sutura ou injeção intramuscular de carragenina. Os resultados obtidos através de avaliações qualitativa e quantitativa do foco lesional mostraram que a baixa temperatura ambiental modula significativamente a evolução do processo inflamatório. Animais mantidos a 6ºC, em ambos os modelos, apresentaram números de células inflamatórias significativamente menores que os verificados a 24ºC, independentemente do tempo de avaliação. Por outro lado, algum fator pertencente aos mecanismos de defesa do hospedeiro não deve ter sido bloqueado pela temperatura, visto que a área de reação à injúria mostrou-se equivalente na maioria dos tempos pesquisados.

  12. Análise das caracteristicas quantitativas e qualitativas da microbacia do córrego barreiro, afluente do Rio Uberaba

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    Jose Luiz Rodrigues Torres

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available A associação de métodos qualitativos e quantitativos no estudo das microbacias hidrográficas é fundamental para investigar os fatores que influenciam as diversas formas de relevo e identificação das homogeneidades na área. Com os objetivos de realizar a morfometria e avaliar a qualidade da água da microbacia do córrego do Barreiro, fez-se a caracterização morfométrica da área, que foi realizada sobre uma carta topográfica do IBGE (Folha Uberaba na escala 1:100.000, com o auxílio de curvímetros, planímetros e programa computacional AutocadMap2000i. Observou-se que a microbacia possui área total de 10,97 km², perímetro de 14,33 km, com comprimento do canal principal de 6,11 km e rede de drenagem de 3ª ordem, com padrão dendrítico; o Kc de 1,21; Ic de 0,76; e Kf de 0,23 indicam o formato alongado da microbacia, o que determina a não propensão a enchentes na área; a área tem aptidão para a pecuária; a água do córrego estava imprópria para consumo humano e animal devido estar contaminada com coliformes fecais no período avaliado.

  13. Caracterização quali-quantitativa do fitoplâncton da zona de arrebentação de uma praia amazônica Phytoplankton of the surf zone in Amazon beach

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    Jislene Brito Matos

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A estrutura da comunidade fitoplanctônica da praia da Princesa (Ilha de Maiandeua foi estudada durante um ciclo nictemeral nos meses de novembro/08, março/09, junho/09 e setembro/09, de modo a verificar os efeitos de algumas variáveis ambientais sobre esta comunidade. O microfitoplâncton da praia da Princesa esteve representado por 98 táxons, com predomínio das diatomáceas, seguidas dos dinoflagelados e cianofíceas. Nas amostras qualitativas, Coscinodiscus perforatus Ehrenberg se destacou como abundante nos meses de março (45,6% e junho (45,1%, enquanto que a análise quantitativa revelou Dimeregramma minor (Gregory Ralfs como dominante, principalmente, em novembro (82,0% e setembro (83,0%. A biomassa fitoplanctônica (clorofila-a foi significativamente mais elevada em março (U= 0,0; pThe structure of the phytoplankton community of Princesa beach (Maiandeua island was investigated during a nyctemeral cycle in the months of November/08, March/09, June/09 and September/09 to verify the effects of certain environmental variables on this community. The microphytoplankton of Princesa beach was represented by 98 taxa with the dominance of the diatoms, which were followed by the dinoflagellates and cyanophytes. The qualitative study revealed that Coscinodiscus perforatus Ehrenberg was abundant in March (45.6% and June (45.1%, whereas in the quantitative analysis Dimeregramma minor (Gregory Ralfs was dominant, mainly in November/08 (82.0% and September/09 (83.0%. Biomass (chlorophyll-a content was significantly higher in March/08 (U= 0.0; p <0.05. The average total phytoplankton density was significantly higher during the rainy period (F= 6.2; p< 0.05, mainly in June (1,223 ±110 x 10³ cell L-1. K-dominance curves showed a gradual decrease in diversity along the dry period. Non-Metric Multidimensional Scaling analysis (MDS revealed the formation of three groups, whereas Principal Component Analysis (PCA showed that salinity and turbidity were

  14. Efeito da N-acetilcisteína oral na bronquite crónica: uma revisão sistematizada quantitativa

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    C. Stey

    2001-07-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO: O papel da N-acetilcesteína (NAC no tratamento da bronquite crónica não está estabelecido.Dado que vários estudos foram publicados sobre este assunto, os autores propuseram-se fazer uma revisão sistematizada de alguns desses estudos.Efectuaram a revisão de ensaios randomizados comparando a NAC oral com placebo em doentes com doença pulmonar obstrutiva crónica (DPOC. Foram pesquisados artigos publicados em diversas línguas, em Medline, Embase e Cochrane Library.Onze artigos envolvendo 2011 doentes preen-cheram os critérios de selecção.O tratamento com NAC consistia em terapêutica oral de 400 a 600 mg por dia sendo a duração superior a 3 meses na maioria dos estudos. Os factores de risco de exacerbação bem como a caracterização da gravidade da DPOC através do estudo funcional não foram avaliados em todos os estudos.O papel da NAC na redução do número de exacerbações foi avaliado em 9 dos 11 estudos, sendo exacerbação definida como o aumento da tosse, da expectação mucopurulenta e/ou dispneia. Os resultados mostraram que 48,5% dos doentes medicados com NAC (351 de 723 não tiveram exacerbações comparativamente com 31,2% dos doentes sob placebo (229 de 733. O benefício relativo da NAC foi de 1,56.Em 5 estudos foram usadas escalas de auto-avaliação do tratamento, sendo possível seleccionar os doentes que referiam melhoria dos seus sintomas, o que se verificou em 61,4% dos doentes medicados com NAC (286 de 466 comparativamente a 34,6% dos doentes sob placebo (160 de 462. O benefício relativo da NAC foi de 1,78.Em relação aos efeitos adversos, 6 estudos relataram queixas gastrointestinais que se repartiram por 68 em 666 (10,2% dos doentes tratados com NAC, comparativamente a 73 em 671 (10,9% dos doentes medicados com placebo.Alguns estudos analisaram outras variáveis. Num estudo com DPOC grave o FEV1 melhorou significativamente nos doentes tratados com NAC, embora o ensaio decorresse em apenas 4 semanas

  15. Análise quantitativa e qualitativa da degradação das fachadas com revestimento cerâmico

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    C. P. Pacheco

    Full Text Available Resumo Este artigo teve por objetivo mostrar a aplicação de uma metodologia para inspeção de fachadas em edifícios, baseada em modelos pré-estruturados. Foram vistoriados três prédios com revestimento externo em cerâmica, totalizando 4958 m2 de área de fachada inspecionada. Mediante a inspeção visual, realizou-se o levantamento das áreas das manifestações patológicas por região e orientação cardeal da fachada e definiram-se os níveis de degradação. Foram realizados testes de percussão nas fachadas e ensaios de absorção de água e expansão por umidade nas placas cerâmicas. Como complemento, levantaram-se as informações referentes aos edifícios por meio de entrevistas e análises de projetos. Foi elaborada a matriz de correlação anomalias versus causas, que permitiu avaliar a origem dos danos. As anomalias com maior ocorrência nos edifícios foram as manchas e sujeiras e a deterioração nos rejuntes. Constatou-se a influência da cor das cerâmicas e da posição das fachadas no desplacamento. Com base nos ensaios de absorção de água, verificou-se que dois edifícios apresentaram cerâmicas com alto índice de absorção e a análise das regiões de fachadas mostrou que a ausência de juntas foi uma das causas do desplacamento em paredes contínuas e na transição entre pavimentos.

  16. Avaliação qualitativa e quantitativa da arborização das praças de Vinhedo, SP.

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    Roberval de Cássia Salvador Ribeiro

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available O inventário das espécies arbóreas e dos respectivos números de indivíduos das praças da cidade de Vinhedo foi realizado no perímetro urbano, excetuando-se os condomínios, as áreas de parques e as de preservação de mananciais. Para a localização das áreas, consultou-se a planta do município de 1997. Realizou-se o inventário da vegetação arbórea, considerando-se apenas os indivíduos com CAP (circunferência à altura do peito acima de 10 cm listando-se as seguintes informações: nomes comum e científico das espécies; CAP; altura; aspecto geral; diâmetro de copa; presença de pragas, doenças ou parasitas; ocorrência de podas (drástica e/ou de condução; fitossanidade da raiz, tronco e copa. Foram registradas 22 praças por nome, localização e número total de árvores, totalizando 764 indivíduos pertencentes a 23 famílias botânicas e 53 espécies, além de 32 indivíduos não identificados. A espécie de maior abundância relativa foi Syagrus romanzoffiana (jerivá, com 31,94% do número total de indivíduos. Em 63,64% das praças 33,13% das espécies eram exóticas. A maior parte dos indivíduos tinha aspecto geral normal, demonstrando prática de tratos culturais adequados. Na maioria dos casos, as podas foram feitas corretamente, ou não houve a necessidade de nenhuma intervenção. Do total de 22 praças, apenas cinco tinham bom estado geral de conservação dos elementos naturais (arbustos, canteiros e gramados. Em 68,18% das praças as árvores tinham altura superior a 6 metros, indicando que essas áreas necessitavam apenas de procedimentos de manutenção de rotina. E 22,72% necessitavam de práticas de manutenção mais direcionadas ao desenvolvimento das árvores, tais como adubações periódicas, capinas, podas de condução e, finalmente, em 13,64% deveriam ocorrer intervenções tanto de manutenção, como de recuperação por meio de novos plantios, ou mesmo, de planejamento para remodelação da área.

  17. Caspase-3 Inhibition Attenuates the Cytopathic Effects of EV71 Infection

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    Fengmei Song

    2018-04-01

    Full Text Available Previous studies demonstrate that human enterovirus 71 (EV71, a primary causative agent for hand, foot, and mouth disease, activates caspase-3 through the non-structural viral 3C protein to induce host cell apoptosis; however, until now it was unclear how 3C activates caspase-3 and how caspase-3 activation affects viral production. Our results demonstrate that 3C binds caspase-8 and caspase-9 but does not directly bind caspase-3 to activate them, and that the proteolytic activity of 3C is required by the activation of caspase-8, caspase-9, and caspase-3. Inhibition of caspase-3 activity attenuates apoptosis in 3C-transfected cells. Furthermore, caspase-3 inhibitor protects host cells from the cytopathic effect of EV71 infection and prevents cell cycle arrest, which is known to be favored for EV71 viral replication. Inhibition of caspase-3 activity decreases EV71 viral protein expression and viral production, but has no effect on viral entry, replication, even polyprotein translation. Therefore, caspase-3 is exploited functionally by EV71 to facilitate its production, which suggests a novel therapeutic approach for the treatment and prevention of hand, foot, and mouth disease.

  18. Análise quantitativa e molecular de hemoglobina fetal em indivíduos da população brasileira

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    Zamaro Paula J. A.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available A hemoglobina fetal - Hb F, formada por duas cadeias gama e duas cadeias alfa, é característica do período fetal do desenvolvimento, tendo sua síntese diminuída no período pós-natal. Em algumas alterações hereditárias, a Hb F permanece aumentada, como nas delta-beta talassemia, beta talassemia e persistência hereditária de Hb F (PHHF. A síntese da globina gama também pode ser estimulada por fatores externos como leucemias, transplantes de medula óssea, induções químicas, dentre outros. Através da observação de Hb F aumentada em doadores de sangue por procedimentos eletroforéticos objetivou-se avaliar a quantidade de Hb F em amostras de sangue de candidatos à doação, visando estabelecer seus limites de normalidade na população de São José do Rio Preto e região, por meio de desnaturação alcalina e cromatografia líquida de alta pressão (HPLC, comparar as metodologias aplicadas e, nos indivíduos com Hb F aumentada, realizar estudos moleculares para identificar as mutações que alteram a expressão dos genes gama. Foram analisadas 208 amostras de sangue, sendo 119 de candidatos à doação e 89 de indivíduos sem sintomas de anemia ou achados hematológicos e com Hb F aumentada como grupo comparativo. Das 119 amostras de candidatos à doação, 110 foram utilizadas para traçar o perfil de normalidade de Hb F, comparando-se as metodologias de desnaturação alcalina e HPLC, onde se obteve a média de 1,48% e de 0,6%, respectivamente. A análise estatística por regressão linear mostrou diferença significativa na comparação entre as duas metodologias aplicadas, sendo a HPLC mais precisa para a quantificação de Hb F. Foram observados nos testes de rastreamento de hemoglobinas anormais nestas 110 amostras de sangue: 16,4% de alfa talassemia, 0,9% com Hb F aumentada, 0,9% com beta talassemia e 0,9% com hemoglobina variante de cadeia delta. Os outros nove doadores de sangue apresentaram Hb F acima de 10% em

  19. Características quantitativas da carcaça de cordeiros de diferentes genótipos submetidos a duas dietas Quantitative traits of carcass from lambs of different genotypes submitted to two diets

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    Felipe Queiroga Cartaxo

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se avaliar as características quantitativas de carcaça de cordeiros de diferentes genótipos recebendo diversos níveis de energia na dieta. Foram utilizados 54 cordeiros não-castrados, sendo 18 Santa Inês (SI, 18 F1Dorper × Santa Inês (Dp × SI e 18 F1 Santa Inês × Sem Raça Definida (SI × SRD, com idade média de 150 dias e peso médio de 22,60 kg no início do experimento. As dietas continham 17% de proteína bruta e 2,40 Mcal/kg MS ou 2,90 Mcal/kg MS. Os cordeiros alimentados com a dieta contendo 2,90 Mcal/kg MS apresentaram maior peso corporal e de carcaça, área de olho-de-lombo, percentual de gordura interna, índice de musculosidade, índice de compacidade da carcaça, percentual de gordura e menor relação músculo:gordura. As carcaças desses cordeiros obtiveram também menores perdas por resfriamento e maior peso e percentual de paleta e perna. As carcaças dos cordeiros Dorper × Santa Inês foram superiores em espessura de gordura subcutânea, medida GR (gordura sobre a 12ª costela a 11 cm de distância da linha média lombo, percentual de gordura, relação músculo:osso, índice de musculosidade, peso e percentual de lombo. Os cordeiros Santa Inês apresentaram maior relação músculo:gordura. A dieta e o genótipo influenciam as características quantitativas de carcaça de cordeiros.The objective of this study was to evaluate the quantitative carcass traits of lambs from different genotypes receiving different levels of energy in the diet. Fifty-four non-castrated lambs - 18 Santa Inês (SI, 18 F1Dorper × Santa Inês (Dp × SI and 18 F1Santa Inês × No defined breed (SI × NDB - of average 150 days old and 22.6-kg BW were used in the beginning of the experiment. Diets contained 17% crude protein and 2.40 Mcal/kg DM or 2.90 Mcal/kg DM. Lambs fed the diet containing 2.90 Mcal/kg DM showed higher final live and carcass weight, loin eye area, percentage of internal fat, muscularity index, compactness of the

  20. Características quantitativas e composição tecidual da carcaça de cordeiros terminados em confinamento Characteristics and the tissue composition of the carcass of lambs finished in feedlot

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    Cleber Cassol Pires

    1999-09-01

    Full Text Available Este experimento foi realizado com o objetivo de avaliar o efeito do sexo sobre as características comerciais e a composição tecidual (Percentagem de osso, músculo e gordura da carcaça de cordeiros alimentados em confinamento e abatidos aos 100 dias de idade. Utilizaram-se 18 cordeiros (6 machos inteiros, 6 machos castrados e 6 fêmeas, filhos de carneiro Texel com ovelhas cruzas (Texel e Ideal, os quais foram confinados ao pé da mãe 24 horas após o parto até o desmame aos 50 dias de idade. Após, permaneceram confinados sozinhos até o abate aos 100 dias de vida. Os valores encontrados para peso vivo ao abate, peso de corpo vazio, pesos de carcaça quente e fria, área de lombo, espessura de gordura, rendimento de carcaça quente e fria, índice de quebra ao resfriamento e as percentagens de osso, músculo e gordura das carcaças, não diferiram (P>0,05 em função do sexo dos cordeiros. Conclui-se que cordeiros inteiros, não castrados e fêmeas apresentam mesmo desempenho e características quantitativas da carcaça quando alimentados sob as mesmas condições e abatidos aos 100 dias de idade.The objective of this paper was to evaluate the effect of sex on commercial characteristics and tissue composition (percentage of bones, muscles and fat of the carcass of lambs fed in feedlot and slaughtered after 100 days of age. Eighteen lambs (6 uncastrated male sheep, 6 castrated sheep and 6 ewe sons of the ram Texel with crossed ewe (Texel and Ideal, that were bordered on close to their mothers twenty four hours after birth until 50 days of age, were used. After being separated of their mothers, they were kept alone up to 100 days of age and then slaughtered. The values found for weight when alive, weight after slaughter, weight of cold carcass and of warm carcass, back area, thickness of fat, income of the cold carcass and of the warm one, rate of break after getting cold and the percentage of bones, muscles and fat in the carcasses did

  1. Adubação da cana-de-açúcar. II - Adubação fosfatada quantitativa Quantitative phosphate fertilizing for sugar cane

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    R. Alvarez

    1957-01-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho são apresentados os resultados obtidos em um ensaio de adubação de cana-de-açúcar, na Usina Tamôio, município de Araraquara, em 1952. Estudaram-se cinco níveis de fósforo, em presença de nitrogênio e potássio, utilizando-se um delineamento em blocos ao acaso com cinco tratamentos e seis repetições. Os níveis dos fertilizantes empregados, em kg/ha, foram 0, 60, 120, 180 e 240 de P2O5, 30 de nitrogênio e 45 de K(20, sob as formas, respectivamente, de superfosfáto simples, salitre do Chile e cloreto de potássio. O ensaio foi conduzido sob as condições normais de cultivo para a cultura da cana. Adaptou-se às médias de produção uma curva exponencial de Mitscherlich. Esta curva, de expressão y = 66,23 [1 - 10 - 1,032(x + 0,3978] explica com grande precisão a relação entre os níveis de P2O5 aplicados e as produções obtidas. Conhecida a curva em questão, chegou-se à conclusão de que o nível mais aconselhável é o de 120 kg de P2O5 por hectare.This paper presents the results obtained in 1952 in a fertilizing experiment on sugar cane, at the Usina Tamôio, Araraquara. Five levels of phosphorus (in the presence of nitrogen and potash using a randomized blocks design with six replicates were studied. The formula used contained always 45 kg/ha of K(20 and 30 kg/ha of N, the amount of phosphorus being variable as follows: 0, 60, 120, 180 and 240 kg/ha. Phosphorus, nitrogen and potash were applied under the form of simple superphosphate, Chilean nitrate and potash muriate, respectively. An exponential Mitscherlich curve of the form y = 66,23 [1 - 10 - 1,032(x + 0,3978] was the best fit for the results. It is concluded that for the conditions of the experiment 120 kg/ha of P2O5- is the best dose to be recommended.

  2. Testicular dysgenesis syndrome and the estrogen hypothesis: a quantitative meta-analysis A síndrome da disgenesia testicular e a hipótese do estrogênio: uma meta-análise quantitativa

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    Olwenn Martin

    2008-10-01

    ético dietilstilbestrol (DES e SDT continuam inconclusivas. Foi feita uma meta-análise quantitativa da relação entre SDT e exposição pré-natal a agentes estrogênicos. A inclusão na análise baseou-se em critérios mecanísticos e foi explorada a plausibilidade de um modo de ação mediada pelo receptor estrogênico-α (REα. Incluíram-se oito estudos sobre a etiologia das hipospádias e/ou criptorquidismo não identificados em revisões sistemáticas anteriores. Mais quatro estudos sobre estrogênios sintéticos resultaram em uma estimativa estatisticamente significativa para câncer de testículo. Os resultados das análises dos subconjuntos apontam à existência de fontes não identificadas de heterogeneidade entre estudos ou populações estudadas.

  3. Expression of caspase-3 predicts prognosis in advanced noncardia gastric cancer.

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    Amptoulach, Sousana; Lazaris, Andreas C; Giannopoulou, Ioanna; Kavantzas, Nikolaos; Patsouris, Efstratios; Tsavaris, Nikolaos

    2015-01-01

    There is strong evidence that tumor growth is not only a result of uncontrolled cell proliferation but also of decreased apoptosis. Caspase-3 is a member of interleukin-1 beta-converting enzyme which is involved in the induction of apoptosis. Data on the expression of caspase-3 in patients with gastric cancer and its association with patient outcome are somewhat contradictory. We aimed to investigate the potential relation of the expression of caspase-3 protein with response to therapy and overall survival in patients with advanced noncardia gastric cancer. Tumor tissue samples collected from 359 consecutive patients with gastric cancer stage IV were retrospectively analyzed for the expression of caspase-3 in the primary tumor. The DNA apoptotic index assessed by the terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate-biotin nick end labeling method. All patients were followed up until death. Caspase-3 was expressed in 43.5 % of tumors. Caspase-3 expression compared to no expression was related with a higher DNA apoptotic index (p gastric cancer is a predictor of poor response to treatment and survival. Further studies are needed to fully elucidate the prognostic value of caspase-3 expression in these patients.

  4. Contribution of caspase-3 differs by p53 status in apoptosis induced by X-irradiation

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    Kobayashi, Daisuke; Tokino, Takashi; Watanabe, Naoki

    2001-01-01

    We investigated the effect of p53 status on involvement of caspase-3 activation in cell death induced by X-irradiation, using rat embryonic fibroblasts (REFs) transduced with a temperature-sensitive mutant (mt) p53 gene. Cells with wild-type (wt) p53 showed greater resistance to X-irradiation than cells with mt p53. In cells with wt p53, X-irradiation-induced apoptosis was not inhibited by the caspase-3 inhibitor acetyl-L-aspartyl-L-methionyl-L-glutaminyl-L-aspartyl-aldehyde (Ac-DMQD-CHO) and caspase-3 activity was not elevated following X-irradiation, although induction of p53 and p21/WAF-1 protein was observed. In contrast, irradiated cells with mt p53 showed 89% inhibition of cell death with Ac-DMQD-CHO and 98% inhibition with the antioxidant N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC). In cells with mt p53, caspase-3 activity was increased approximately 5 times beyond baseline activity at 24 h after irradiation. This increase was almost completely inhibited by NAC. However, inhibition of caspase-3 by Ac-DMQD-CHO failed to decrease production of reactive oxygen species by cells with mt p53. Differential involvement of caspase-3 is a reason for differences in sensitivity to X-irradiation in cells with different p53 status. Caspase-3 activation appears to occur downstream from generation of reactive oxygen species occurring independently of wt p53 during X-irradiation-induced cell death. (author)

  5. Cleaved caspase-3 in lung epithelium of children who died with acute respiratory distress syndrome

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    Bem, Reinout A.; van der Loos, Chris M.; van Woensel, Job B. M.; Bos, Albert P.

    2010-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate the extent of cleaved caspase-3 immunostaining in lung epithelial cells in children with acute respiratory distress syndrome. DESIGN: Observational study in sixteen children who died with acute respiratory distress syndrome and diffuse alveolar damage. SETTING: Pediatric

  6. Expression of caspase-3 gene in apoptotic HL-60 cell and different human tumor cell lines

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    Li Xiaoming; Song Tianbao

    1999-01-01

    Objective: To research the expression of caspase-3 gene in the apoptotic and the control HL-60 cells and in the different human tumor cell lines. Methods: Caspase-3 mRNA in the control and γ-radiation-induced apoptotic HL-60 cells, and in the 6 types of human tumor cell lines, was analysed by Northern blot. Results: The caspase-3 gene transcript was more highly expressed in leukemia cells HL-60, CEM, K562 and neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y than in cervical adenocarcinoma HeLa and breast carcinoma MCF7, and more highly in the radiation-induced apoptotic HL-60 than in the control HL-60 cells. Conclusion: The high level of expression of caspase-3 may aid the efforts to understand the tumor cell sensitivity to radiation, apoptosis and its inherent ability to survive

  7. Sustained high serum caspase-3 concentrations and mortality in septic patients.

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    Lorente, L; Martín, M M; Pérez-Cejas, A; González-Rivero, A F; López, R O; Ferreres, J; Solé-Violán, J; Labarta, L; Díaz, C; Palmero, S; Jiménez, A

    2018-02-01

    Caspase-3 is the main executor of the apoptotic process. Higher serum caspase-3 concentrations in non-survivor compared to survivor septic patients have been found. The objectives of this work (with the increase of sample size to 308 patients, and the determination of serum caspase-3 concentrations also on days 4 and 8 of diagnosis of severe sepsis) were to know whether an association between serum caspase-3 concentrationss during the first week, degree of apoptosis, sepsis severity, and sepsis mortality exists. We collected serum samples of 308 patients with severe sepsis from eight intensive care units on days 1, 4 and 8 to measure concentrations of caspase-3 and caspase-cleaved cytokeratin (CCCK)-18 (to assess degree of apoptosis). End point was 30-day mortality. We found higher serum concentrations of caspase-3 and CCCK-18 in non-survivors compared to survivors on days 1 (p < 0.001), 4 (p < 0.001), and 8 (p < 0.001). We found an association between serum caspase-3 concentrations on days 1, 4 and 8 of severe sepsis diagnosis and serum CCCK-18 concentrations (p < 0.001), SOFA (p < 0.001), serum acid lactic concentrations (p < 0.001), and 30-day sepsis mortality (p < 0.001). The new findings of this work were that an association between serum caspase-3 concentrations during the first week, apoptosis degree, sepsis severity, and sepsis mortality exists.

  8. Molecular dynamics-assisted pharmacophore modeling of caspase-3-isatin sulfonamide complex: Recognizing essential intermolecular contacts and features of sulfonamide inhibitor class for caspase-3 binding.

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    Kumar, Sivakumar Prasanth; Patel, Chirag N; Jha, Prakash C; Pandya, Himanshu A

    2017-12-01

    The identification of isatin sulfonamide as a potent small molecule inhibitor of caspase-3 had fuelled the synthesis and characterization of the numerous sulfonamide class of inhibitors to optimize for potency. Recent works that relied on the ligand-based approaches have successfully shown the regions of optimizations for sulfonamide scaffold. We present here molecular dynamics-based pharmacophore modeling of caspase-3-isatin sulfonamide crystal structure, to elucidate the essential non-covalent contacts and its associated pharmacophore features necessary to ensure caspase-3 optimal binding. We performed 20ns long dynamics of this crystal structure to extract global conformation states and converted into structure-based pharmacophore hypotheses which were rigorously validated using an exclusive focussed library of experimental actives and inactives of sulfonamide class by Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) statistic. Eighteen structure-based pharmacophore hypotheses with better sensitivity and specificity measures (>0.6) were chosen which collectively showed the role of pocket residues viz. Cys163 (S 1 sub-site; required for covalent and H bonding with Michael acceptor of inhibitors), His121 (S 1 ; π stack with bicyclic isatin moiety), Gly122 (S 1 ; H bond with carbonyl oxygen) and Tyr204 (S 2 ; π stack with phenyl group of the isatin sulfonamide molecule) as stringent binding entities for enabling caspase-3 optimal binding. The introduction of spatial pharmacophore site points obtained from dynamics-based pharmacophore models in a virtual screening strategy will be helpful to screen and optimize molecules belonging to sulfonamide class of caspase-3 inhibitors. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Structural basis for alpha fetoprotein-mediated inhibition of caspase-3 activity in hepatocellular carcinoma cells.

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    Lin, Bo; Zhu, Mingyue; Wang, Wenting; Li, Wei; Dong, Xu; Chen, Yi; Lu, Yan; Guo, Junli; Li, Mengsen

    2017-10-01

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is an early serum growth factor in the foetal liver development and hepatic carcinogenesis; However, the precise biological role of cytoplasmic AFP remains elusive. Although we recently demonstrated that cytoplasmic AFP might interact with caspase-3 and inhibit the signal transduction of apoptosis in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, the details of this interaction are not clear. To reveal the molecular relationship between AFP and caspase-3, we performed molecular docking, co-immunoprecipitation (Co-IP), laser confocal microscopy, site-directed mutagenesis and functional experiments to analyse the key amino acid residues in the binding site of caspase-3. The results of Co-IP, laser confocal microscopy and functional analyses were consistent with the computational model. We also used the model to explain why AFP cannot bind to caspase-8. These results provide the molecular basis for the AFP-mediated inhibition of caspase-3 activity in HCC cells. Altogether, we found that AFP interacts with caspase-3 through precise amino acids, namely loop-4 residues Glu-248, Asp-253 and His-257. The results further demonstrated that AFP plays a critical role in the inhibition of the apoptotic signal transduction that mediated by caspase-3. Thus, AFP might represent a novel biotarget for the therapy of HCC patients. © 2017 UICC.

  10. Caspase-3 activation as a bifurcation point between plasticity and cell death

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    Shikha Snigdha; Erica D Smith; G Aleph Prieto; Carl W Cotman

    2012-01-01

    Death-mediating proteases such as caspases and caspase-3 in particular,have been implicated in neurodegenerative processes,aging and Alzheimer's disease.However,emerging evidence suggests that in addition to their classical role in cell death,caspases play a key role in modulating synaptic function.It is remarkable that active caspases-3,which can trigger widespread damage and degeneration,aggregates in structures as delicate as synapses and persists in neurons without causing acute cell death.Here,we evaluate this dichotomy,and discuss the hypothesis that caspase-3 may be a bifurcation point in cellular signaling,able to orient the neuronal response to stress down either pathological/apoptotic pathways or towards physiological cellular remodeling.We propose that temporal,spatial and other regulators of caspase activity are key determinants of the ultimate effect of caspase-3 activation in neurons.This concept has implications for differential roles of caspase-3 activation across the lifespan.Specifically,we propose that limited caspase-3 activation is critical for synaptic function in the healthy adult brain while chronic activation is involved in degenerative processes in the aging brain.

  11. Análise quantitativa do processo de erosão/deposição nas falésias da APA Tambaba e sua ocupação nos limites da APP

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    Thaís Regina Benevides Trigueiro Aranha

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available O litoral brasileiro é banhado pelo Oceano Atlântico e composto por diversas paisagens ao longo da costa. Entre elas encontram-se as falésias, que, por sua beleza, atraem a exploração turística o que, muitas vezes, compromete seu equilíbrio. Com a finalidade de proteger o meio ambiente das ações antrópicas, o poder público vem criando áreas para preservar e/ou conservar o meio ambiente, entre elas existem as APA e as APP. O objetivo do presente trabalho foi analisar a variabilidade espaço-temporal da linha de ruptura do relevo, na borda das falésias da APA Tambaba, entre os anos de 1985 e 2012; e identificar a existência de edificações dentro da APP no ano de 2012. Para tanto, foram utilizadas imagens do satélite Quickbird de 2012, do satélite IKONOS II de 2005 e fotos aéreas de 1985 para delimitação das linhas das falésias; o DSAS, que é uma extensão gratuita do ArcGIS, para obtenção de taxas de variação da linha de ruptura do relevo; e o software ArcGIS para delimitação e análise das APP. Como resultados, foram identificadas variações no movimento das linhas estudadas, tanto para erosão como para deposição nas falésias da APA Tambaba. No maior trecho da APA obteve-se uma média de -0,17m/ano para erosão e de 0,49m/ano para deposição, já no menor trecho a média de erosão foi -0,38m/ano e de deposição 0,14m/ano. Foi comprovada a existência de edificações irregulares correspondente a 22.818,91 m², o que equivale a aproximadamente 3% da área total da APP.

  12. Regulation of caspase-3 expression to maintain fetal growth in Porphyromonas gingivalis-infected pregnant rats

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    Banun Kusumawardani

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Periodontal disease has been involved in a variety of systemic disorders and suspected as a potential risk factor for fetal growth restriction. Periodontal pathogenic bacteria may actively regulate embryonic development, implantation and placental trophoblast cell invasion. This study aimed to analyze the role of TNF-α, IL-10 and caspase-3 to maintain fetal growth in Porphyromonasgingivalis-infected pregnant rats. Female rats were infected with live-Porphyromonas gingivalis at concentration of 2x109 cells/ml into subgingival sulcus area of the maxillary first molar before and during pregnancy. They were sacrificed on gestational day (GD-14 and GD20. The weight and length of placentas and fetuses were evaluated. The expression of TNF-α, IL-10 and caspase-3 in macrophages and trophoblast cells were detected by immunohistochemistry. On GD14, TNF-α (R2=0.416;P=0.000 and IL-10 (R2=0.187;P=0.012 had an important role to increase expression of caspase-3 in the placenta, but only TNF-α (R2=0.393;P=0.000 was able to increase the expression of caspase-3 on GD20. TNF-α and caspase-3 also had an important role (P0.000. The increasing expressions of TNF-α and IL-10 did not only enhance immune protection, but also maintained the trophoblast cells survival by regulating expression of caspase-3. Porphyromonas gingivalis infection in maternal periodontal tissue can lead to decrease in placental weight, fetal weight and fetal length which mediated by increasing expression of TNF-α, IL-10 and caspase-3 in the placenta.

  13. Impacts of Bone Marrow Stem Cells on Caspase-3 Levels after Spinal Cord Injury in Mice

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    Noushin Gashmardi

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Spinal cord injury (SCI is a drastic disability that leads to spinal cord impairment. This study sought to determine the effects of bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs on caspase-3 levels after acute SCI in mice. Forty-two mice were randomly divided into 3 groups: control (2 subcategories, subjected to no intervention; sham (3 subcategories, subjected to acute SCI; and experimental (2 subcategories, subjected to SCI and cell transplantation. In the experimental group, 2×105 BMSCs were injected intravenously 1 day after SCI. The mesenchymal property of the cells was assessed. The animals in the 3 groups were sacrificed 1, 21, and 35 days after the induction of injury and caspase-3 levels were evaluated using a caspase-3 assay kit. The obtained values were analyzed with ANOVA and Tukey tests using GraphPad and SPSS. Based on the assessments, the transplanted cells were spindle-shaped and were negative for the hematopoietic markers of CD34 and CD45 and positive for the expression of the mesenchymal marker of CD90 and osteogenic induction. The caspase-3 levels showed a significant increase in the sham and experimental groups in comparison to the control group. One day after SCI, the caspase-3 level was significantly higher in the sham group (1.157±0.117 than in the other groups (P<0.000. Twenty-one days after SCI, the caspase-3 level was significantly lower in the experimental group than in the sham group (0.4±0.095 vs. 0.793±0.076; P˂0.000. Thirty-five days following SCI, the caspase-3 level was lower in the experimental group than in the sham group (0.223±0.027 vs. 0.643±0.058; P˂0.000. We conclude that BMSC transplantation was able to downregulate the caspase-3 level after acute SCI, underscoring the role of caspase-3 as a marker for the assessment of treatment efficacy in acute SCI.

  14. Avaliação quantitativa da evolução da tuberculose em hamsters tratados 8 semanas consecutivas com Triclorfon e infectados com Mycobacterium bovis, cepa AN5

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    José Soares Ferreira Neto

    1996-09-01

    inoculação e a quantificação do agente no baço, fígado, rim e pulmão colhidos aos 1, 15, 29 e 45 dias após a inoculação. Nessas oportunidades também foram realizados exames histopatológicos. Os animais do grupo tratado com Triclorfon e do grupo controle desenvolveram tuberculose progressiva. Os resultados da quantificação do agente nos órgãos examinados, e do tempo de sobrevivência após a inoculação, não mostraram qualquer influência da administração do Triclorfon.

  15. Análise quantitativa do tratamento da escoliose idiopática com o método klapp por meio da biofotogrametria computadorizada Quantitative photogrammetric analysis of the klapp method for treating idiopathic scoliosis

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    Denise H. Iunes

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Poucos trabalhos comprovam a eficácia das técnicas fisioterapêuticas para o tratamento da escoliose. OBJETIVO: Analisar a eficácia do Método Klapp no tratamento das escolioses por meio do estudo quantitativo pela biofotogrametria computadorizada. MÉTODOS: Dezesseis indivíduos com média de idade de 15±2,61 anos, portadores de escoliose idiopática, foram tratados com o método Klapp. Para análise dos resultados do tratamento, todos foram fotografados antes e após o tratamento, seguindo uma padronização fotográfica. Todas as fotografias foram analisadas quantitativamente por um mesmo experimentador, utilizando o software ALCimagem 2000. A análise estatística foi realizada, utilizando-se a o teste-t pareado com nível de significância de 5%. RESULTADOS: Os resultados apontam para a melhora após o tratamento dos ângulos agromioclaviculares (AC-p=0,00 e esternoclavicular (EC-p=0,01, que avaliam a simetria dos ombros, e para o ângulo que avalia o triângulo de Tales esquerdo, (ΔTe-p=0,02. Em termos de flexibilidade, houve melhora dos ângulos tibiotársicos (ATT-p=0,01 e coxofemoral (CF-p=0,00. Não houve modificações das curvaturas vertebrais e nem melhora no posicionamento da cabeça, apenas na curvatura lombar, avaliada pelo ângulo lordose lombar (LL-p=0,00, sofreu modificação com o tratamento. CONCLUSÃO: O método Klapp foi uma técnica terapêutica eficaz para tratar as assimetrias de tronco e a flexibilidade. Não foi eficaz para assimetrias da pelve, modificações da posição da cabeça, da lordose cervical e cifose torácica.INTRODUCTION: Few studies have proved that physical therapy techniques are efficient in the treatment of scoliosis. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the efficiency of the Klapp method for the treatment of scoliosis, through a quantitative analysis using computerized biophotogrammetry. METHODS: Sixteen participants of a mean age of 15±2.61 yrs. with idiopathic scoliosis were treated using

  16. The role of caspase 3 and BclxL in the action of interleukin 7 (IL-7): a survival factor in activated human T cells

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    Amos, C L; Woetmann, A; Nielsen, M

    1998-01-01

    cells. Both cytokines abrogated the dexamethasone-induced stimulation of Caspase 3 and prevented the cleavage of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP), a substrate for the Caspase 3. IL-7 upregulated the expression of Bc1xL and counteracted the downregulation of this anti-apoptotic protein...... by the synthetic glucocorticoid, dexamethasone. Bcl-2 protein expression was uupregulated by IL-7 with or without dexamethasone, but Bc1-2 was expressed at a much lower level than BclxL in these cells. Levels of Bax did not markedly change on either cytokine stimulation or dexamethasone treatment. An unidentified...... 23-kDa band, which was recognized by the anti-Bc1-2 antibody, was induced by dexamthasone and suppressed by IL-7 and IL-2. This protein was subject to independent regulation as compared to the p26 Bc1-2 protein, suggesting that it may be a novel factor, possibly involved in the regulation...

  17. Correlação entre digestibilidade in vitro da parede celular e três métodos analíticos para a avaliação quantitativa da lignina

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    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Três métodos analíticos para a estimativa do conteúdo de lignina na parede celular, em diferentes frações vegetais, de sete espécies forrageiras, foram comparados. Os métodos empregados foram: lignina em detergente ácido (LDA, lignina permanganato de potássio e lignina solúvel em brometo de acetila (LSBA. Para o método espectrofotométrico (LSBA, foi utilizado como padrão de referência a lignina extraída da planta através do próprio reagente brometo de acetila. Não houve concordância entre os três métodos, sendo que, no geral, o método da LSBA mostrou valores mais elevados que os outros dois métodos e o método da LDA, menores valores. Na maioria das amostras, a concentração de lignina foi superior para a parede celular oriunda de planta madura em relação àquela proveniente de planta jovem, assim como o teor de lignina foi maior para a fração colmo em relação à fração folha. As leguminosas tenderam a apresentar teores mais elevados de lignina pelos métodos gravimétricos que as gramíneas, independentemente do estádio de maturidade. Entretanto, essa tendência não foi observada para o método LSBA, particularmente no estádio maduro. Preparações de parede celular foram fermentadas in vitro e os dados correlacionados com os teores de lignina obtidos por intermédio dos três métodos. O método LSBA exibiu os menores coeficientes de correlação, para a maioria das amostras, sugerindo que este método deve ser melhor avaliado.

  18. Caspase-3 controls AML1-ETO-driven leukemogenesis via autophagy modulation in a ULK1-dependent manner.

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    Man, Na; Tan, Yurong; Sun, Xiao-Jian; Liu, Fan; Cheng, Guoyan; Greenblatt, Sarah M; Martinez, Camilo; Karl, Daniel L; Ando, Koji; Sun, Ming; Hou, Dan; Chen, Bingyi; Xu, Mingjiang; Yang, Feng-Chun; Chen, Zhu; Chen, Saijuan; Nimer, Stephen D; Wang, Lan

    2017-05-18

    AML1-ETO (AE), a fusion oncoprotein generated by t(8;21), can trigger acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in collaboration with mutations including c-Kit, ASXL1/2, FLT3, N-RAS, and K-RAS. Caspase-3, a key executor among its family, plays multiple roles in cellular processes, including hematopoietic development and leukemia progression. Caspase-3 was revealed to directly cleave AE in vitro, suggesting that AE may accumulate in a Caspase-3-compromised background and thereby accelerate leukemogenesis. Therefore, we developed a Caspase-3 knockout genetic mouse model of AML and found that loss of Caspase-3 actually delayed AML1-ETO9a (AE9a)-driven leukemogenesis, indicating that Caspase-3 may play distinct roles in the initiation and/or progression of AML. We report here that loss of Caspase-3 triggers a conserved, adaptive mechanism, namely autophagy (or macroautophagy), which acts to limit AE9a-driven leukemia. Furthermore, we identify ULK1 as a novel substrate of Caspase-3 and show that upregulation of ULK1 drives autophagy initiation in leukemia cells and that inhibition of ULK1 can rescue the phenotype induced by Caspase-3 deletion in vitro and in vivo. Collectively, these data highlight Caspase-3 as an important regulator of autophagy in AML and demonstrate that the balance and selectivity between its substrates can dictate the pace of disease. © 2017 by The American Society of Hematology.

  19. Study of apoptosis and Caspase-3, Fas expression in rat glioma after treatment with gamma knife

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    Zhao Qingqiu; Zhao Wenqing; Yue Xiangyong; Du Yali; Dong Liying; Zhou Lixia

    2003-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the apoptosis and Caspase-3, Fas expression in rat glioma after treatment with gamma knife. Methods: Setting up C6 glioma model with 60 rats, which were divided into a treatment group ( n= 30) and a control group (n=30). On the 14 th day after planting glioma cells, rats of the treatment group were subjected to gamma knife irradiation. At the 12 th hr, 24 th hr, 48 th hr, 7 th day, 14 th day, 21 st day, flow cytometry was performed to estimate the glioma cells' apoptosis and the expression of Caspase-3 and Fas. The relation between apoptosis and the two kinds of proteins was analysed. Results: Compared with the control group, the apoptosis rate of the glioma cells in the treatment group increased obviously (P th hr reached its peak, then decreased gradually. The expression of Caspase-3 and Fas was positively correlated with apoptosis (r 1 =0.928, r 2 =0.916). Conclusion: The apoptosis of the tumor cells is a kind of effect of gamma knife treatment. Caspase-3 and Fas gene may take part in the regulation of apoptosis

  20. High-fat diet feeding causes rapid, non-apoptotic cleavage of caspase-3 in astrocytes.

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    Guyenet, Stephan J; Nguyen, Hong T; Hwang, Bang H; Schwartz, Michael W; Baskin, Denis G; Thaler, Joshua P

    2013-05-28

    Astrocytes respond to multiple forms of central nervous system (CNS) injury by entering a reactive state characterized by morphological changes and a specific pattern of altered protein expression. Termed astrogliosis, this response has been shown to strongly influence the injury response and functional recovery of CNS tissues. This pattern of CNS inflammation and injury associated with astrogliosis has recently been found to occur in the energy homeostasis centers of the hypothalamus during diet-induced obesity (DIO) in rodent models, but the characterization of the astrocyte response remains incomplete. Here, we report that astrocytes in the mediobasal hypothalamus respond robustly and rapidly to purified high-fat diet (HFD) feeding by cleaving caspase-3, a protease whose cleavage is often associated with apoptosis. Although obesity develops in HFD-fed rats by day 14, caspase-3 cleavage occurs by day 3, prior to the development of obesity, suggesting the possibility that it could play a causal role in the hypothalamic neuropathology and fat gain observed in DIO. Caspase-3 cleavage is not associated with an increase in the rate of apoptosis, as determined by TUNEL staining, suggesting it plays a non-apoptotic role analogous to the response to excitotoxic neuron injury. Our results indicate that astrocytes in the mediobasal hypothalamus respond rapidly and robustly to HFD feeding, activating caspase-3 in the absence of apoptosis, a process that has the potential to influence the course of DIO. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Caspase-3 cleavage of GGA3 stabilizes BACE: implications for Alzheimer's disease.

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    Vassar, Robert

    2007-06-07

    BACE initiates the production of beta-amyloid (Abeta), the likely cause of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In this issue of Neuron, Tesco et al. show that during apoptosis caspase-3 cleaves the adaptor protein GGA3, which is required for BACE lysosomal degradation, consequently stabilizing BACE and elevating Abeta generation.

  2. Morphometric alterations, steatosis, fibrosis and active caspase-3 detection in carbamate bendiocarb treated rabbit liver

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    Petrovová, E.; Purzyc, H.; Mazenský, D.; Luptáková, L.; Torma, N.; Sopoliga, I.; Sedmera, David

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 30, č. 2 (2015), s. 212-222 ISSN 1520-4081 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50110509 Institutional support: RVO:67985823 Keywords : bendiocarb * caspase-3 activity * fibrosis * toxicity * rabbit * liver Subject RIV: EA - Cell Biology Impact factor: 2.868, year: 2015

  3. Role of HIF-1α and CASPASE-3 in cystogenesis of odontogenic cysts and tumors.

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    da Costa, Natacha M M; de Siqueira, Adriane S; Ribeiro, André L R; da Silva Kataoka, Maria S; Jaeger, Ruy G; de Alves-Júnior, Sérgio M; Smith, Andrew M; de Jesus Viana Pinheiro, João

    2018-01-01

    Odontogenic cysts and tumors are the most relevant lesions that affect the gnathic bones. These lesions have in common the formation of cystic areas and this common feature may suggest involvement of similar mechanisms. The hypoxia inducible factor 1 alpha (HIF-1α), a responsive protein to hypoxia and caspase-3, an irreversible apoptosis marker, may contribute to cyst formation. Thus, this study aimed to investigate the immunoexpression of these proteins in odontogenic cysts and tumors. Twenty cases of ameloblastoma, keratocystic odontogenic tumor (KOT) (n = 20), radicular cyst (RC) (n = 18), dentigerous cyst (DC) (n = 11), calcifying cystic odontogenic tumor (n = 8), and dental follicle (DF) (n = 10) were used to investigate HIF-1α and caspase-3 expression in sequential serial cuts by immunohistochemistry. HIF-1α was overexpressed in RC, DC, and ameloblastoma when compared with DF. The basal and sometimes the lower suprabasal layer showed no or very low expression in DC, KOT, and ameloblastoma, the last also showing strong expression in solid epithelial areas and initial cystic formation regions. Caspase-3 was found to be overexpressed in all lesions, with the highest expression in odontogenic cysts compared to tumors. HIF-1α and caspase-3 were localized in similar areas of the same lesions, especially in the epithelium surrounding cystic formations. This study showed distinct immunoexpression of HIF-1α and caspase-3 in odontogenic cyst and tumors, with higher expression observed in odontogenic cysts. These findings suggest a possible correlation between hypoxia, apoptosis, and cystogenesis, leading to understand the mechanisms responsible to cystic formation in odontogenic lesions.

  4. Paradoxical sleep deprivation changes testicular malondialdehyde and caspase-3 expression in male rats

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    Fitranto Arjadi

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Sleep deprivation is a significant problem among adult men and is considered as a risk factor for several diseases. Paradoxical sleep deprivation (PSD induces Leydig cell apoptosis through elevation of corticosterone, with testicular malondialdehyde (MDA and Leydig cell caspase-3 expression as parameters. The aim of this study was to observe testicular MDA level and caspase-3 expression treated with paradoxical sleep deprivation (PSD, immobilization, and footshock stress and to determine the stress model with a significant effect in white male rats (Rattus norvegicus . METHODS This experimental randomized study of posttest only with control group design was conducted on 24 white male Wistar strain rats, randomly allocated into four treatment groups, i.e. control (K1 without any stress treatment, PSD (KII, immobilization (KIII, and footshock stress (KIV. Treatments were given for 25 days to produce chronic stress. Testicular MDA concentration was examined by the ELISA method while caspase-3 was examined by the TUNEL method. RESULTS Mean testicular MDA concentration with one-way ANOVA test showed differences in means between the groups (p=0.000 and post hoc Tukey-HSD test showed significant results between PSD stress group versus control, immobilization and footshock stress groups. One-way ANOVA test showed a significant difference in caspase-3 expression in at least two treatment groups (p=0.008 and post-hoc Tuckey-LSD test showed significant differences between controls and all stress groups. CONCLUSION Sleep deprivation is a type of stress inducing changes in testicular MDA concentration and caspase-3 expression in male rat testes.

  5. Lentiviral-mediated RNAi targeting caspase-3 inhibits apoptosis induced by serum deprivation in rat endplate chondrocytes in vitro

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    Ding, L.; Wu, J.P.; Xu, G.; Zhu, B.; Zeng, Q.M.; Li, D.F.; Lu, W.

    2014-01-01

    Current studies find that degenerated cartilage endplates (CEP) of vertebrae, with fewer diffusion areas, decrease nutrient supply and accelerate intervertebral disc degeneration. Many more apoptotic cells have been identified in degenerated than in normal endplates, and may be responsible for the degenerated grade. Previous findings suggest that inhibition of apoptosis is one possible approach to improve disc regeneration. It is postulated that inhibition of CEP cell apoptosis may be responsible for the regeneration of endplates. Caspase-3, involved in the execution phase of apoptosis, is a candidate for regulating the apoptotic process. In the present study, CEP cells were incubated in 1% fetal bovine serum. Activated caspases were detected to identify the apoptotic pathway, and apoptosis was quantified by flow cytometry. Lentiviral caspase-3 short hairpin RNA (shRNA) was employed to study its protective effects against serum deprivation. Silencing of caspase-3 expression was quantified by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and Western blots, and inhibition of apoptosis was quantified by flow cytometry. Serum deprivation increased apoptosis of rat CEP cells through activation of a caspase cascade. Lentiviral caspase-3 shRNA was successfully transduced into CEP cells, and specifically silenced endogenous caspase-3 expression. Surviving cells were protected by the downregulation of caspase-3 expression and activation. Thus, lentiviral caspase-3 shRNA-mediated RNAi successfully silenced endogenous caspase-3 expression, preventing inappropriate or premature apoptosis

  6. Lentiviral-mediated RNAi targeting caspase-3 inhibits apoptosis induced by serum deprivation in rat endplate chondrocytes in vitro

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    Ding, L.; Wu, J.P. [Fudan University, Jinshan Hospital, Department of Orthopaedics, Shanghai, China, Department of Orthopaedics, Jinshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai (China); Xu, G. [Fudan University, Jinshan Hospital, Center Laboratory, Shanghai, China, Center Laboratory, Jinshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai (China); Zhu, B.; Zeng, Q.M.; Li, D.F.; Lu, W. [Fudan University, Jinshan Hospital, Department of Orthopaedics, Shanghai, China, Department of Orthopaedics, Jinshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai (China)

    2014-05-09

    Current studies find that degenerated cartilage endplates (CEP) of vertebrae, with fewer diffusion areas, decrease nutrient supply and accelerate intervertebral disc degeneration. Many more apoptotic cells have been identified in degenerated than in normal endplates, and may be responsible for the degenerated grade. Previous findings suggest that inhibition of apoptosis is one possible approach to improve disc regeneration. It is postulated that inhibition of CEP cell apoptosis may be responsible for the regeneration of endplates. Caspase-3, involved in the execution phase of apoptosis, is a candidate for regulating the apoptotic process. In the present study, CEP cells were incubated in 1% fetal bovine serum. Activated caspases were detected to identify the apoptotic pathway, and apoptosis was quantified by flow cytometry. Lentiviral caspase-3 short hairpin RNA (shRNA) was employed to study its protective effects against serum deprivation. Silencing of caspase-3 expression was quantified by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and Western blots, and inhibition of apoptosis was quantified by flow cytometry. Serum deprivation increased apoptosis of rat CEP cells through activation of a caspase cascade. Lentiviral caspase-3 shRNA was successfully transduced into CEP cells, and specifically silenced endogenous caspase-3 expression. Surviving cells were protected by the downregulation of caspase-3 expression and activation. Thus, lentiviral caspase-3 shRNA-mediated RNAi successfully silenced endogenous caspase-3 expression, preventing inappropriate or premature apoptosis.

  7. Lentiviral-mediated RNAi targeting caspase-3 inhibits apoptosis induced by serum deprivation in rat endplate chondrocytes in vitro

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    L. Ding

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Current studies find that degenerated cartilage endplates (CEP of vertebrae, with fewer diffusion areas, decrease nutrient supply and accelerate intervertebral disc degeneration. Many more apoptotic cells have been identified in degenerated than in normal endplates, and may be responsible for the degenerated grade. Previous findings suggest that inhibition of apoptosis is one possible approach to improve disc regeneration. It is postulated that inhibition of CEP cell apoptosis may be responsible for the regeneration of endplates. Caspase-3, involved in the execution phase of apoptosis, is a candidate for regulating the apoptotic process. In the present study, CEP cells were incubated in 1% fetal bovine serum. Activated caspases were detected to identify the apoptotic pathway, and apoptosis was quantified by flow cytometry. Lentiviral caspase-3 short hairpin RNA (shRNA was employed to study its protective effects against serum deprivation. Silencing of caspase-3 expression was quantified by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and Western blots, and inhibition of apoptosis was quantified by flow cytometry. Serum deprivation increased apoptosis of rat CEP cells through activation of a caspase cascade. Lentiviral caspase-3 shRNA was successfully transduced into CEP cells, and specifically silenced endogenous caspase-3 expression. Surviving cells were protected by the downregulation of caspase-3 expression and activation. Thus, lentiviral caspase-3 shRNA-mediated RNAi successfully silenced endogenous caspase-3 expression, preventing inappropriate or premature apoptosis.

  8. Simple route of caspase-3 FRET sensor synthesis using “click chemistry”

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    Lišková, M. (Marcela); Křenková, J. (Jana); Klepárník, K. (Karel); Pazdera, P.; Foret, F. (František)

    2015-01-01

    Programmed cell death or apoptosis is regulated process of cell suicide. The central role in apoptosis play cysteine proteases called caspases. Caspases recognize tetra-peptide sequences Asp-Glu-Val-Asp (DEVD) on their substrates and hydrolyze peptide bonds after aspartic acid residues. Various techniques for the determination of caspase-3 are commercially available e.g. Enzyme Linked Immuno-Sorbent Assay (ELISA), Western blotting or flow cytometric analysis. The products of the cleavage can ...

  9. Caspase 3 activation in the primary enamel knot of developing molar tooth

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    Matalová, Eva; Kovářů, František; Míšek, Ivan

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 55, 2 (2006), s. 183-188 ISSN 0862-8408 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA304/04/0101; GA AV ČR KJB500450503; GA MŠk OC B23.001 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50450515 Keywords : apoptosis * caspase 3 * primary enamel knot Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 2.093, year: 2006

  10. Endogenous α-crystallin inhibits expression of caspase-3 induced by hypoxia in retinal neurons.

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    Ying, Xi; Peng, Yanli; Zhang, Jiaping; Wang, Xingli; Wu, Nan; Zeng, Yuxiao; Wang, Yi

    2014-08-28

    To investigate the expression of endogenous, hypoxic stress-induced α-crystallin and caspase-3 in rat retinal neurons in vitro. Retinal neurons were cultured from Long-Evans rats. The expression of endogenous α-crystallin was analyzed by immunohistochemistry and reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Furthermore, hypoxic exposure was performed in cultured cells, and the expression of endogenous α-crystallin and caspase-3 was assayed by Western blotting. Positive α-crystallin staining was observed in cultured retinal neurons, and expression of endogenous α-crystallin mRNA peaked 3-5d after inoculation (Pendogenous, hypoxic stress-induced α-crystallin expression increased gradually, peaking 6h after hypoxia. The expression was more abundant compared to the control (Pendogenous α-crystallin in retinal neurons, especially over-expression induced by hypoxic stress, results in the down regulation of caspase-3. The data suggest that endogenous α-crystallin may act as an endogenous neuroprotective factor in retinal neurons. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Feasibility study for clinical application of caspase-3 inhibitors in Pemphigus vulgaris.

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    Hariton, William V J; Galichet, Arnaud; Vanden Berghe, Tom; Overmiller, Andrew M; Mahoney, My G; Declercq, Wim; Müller, Eliane J

    2017-12-01

    The potentially severe side effects of systemic corticosteroids and immunosuppressants used in Pemphigus vulgaris (PV) call for novel therapeutic approaches. In this context, pharmacological inhibition of major pathogenic signalling effectors represents a promising alternative. However, we have also shown that overinhibition of effectors required for epidermal homeostasis can exacerbate PV pathophysiology implicating transepidermal keratinocyte fragility. A feedforward target validation therefore preferentially includes studies on knockout mouse models. We previously reported on successful amelioration of PV blisters following inhibition of non-apoptotic, low-level caspase-3. Here, we use conditional, keratinocyte-specific caspase-3-deficient mice (casp3 EKO ) to demonstrate (i) absence of keratinocyte fragility upon injection of the potent Dsg3-specific antibody AK23 and (ii) amelioration of blistering on the background of known signalling effectors. Our results provide the experimental proof of concept justifying translation of the caspase-3 inhibitor approach into PV clinical trials. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  12. Artemisinin induces ROS-mediated caspase3 activation in ASTC-a-1 cells

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    Xiao, Feng-Lian; Chen, Tong-Sheng; Qu, Jun-Le; Liu, Cheng-Yi

    2010-02-01

    Artemisinin (ART), an antimalarial phytochemical from the sweet wormwood plant or a naturally occurring component of Artemisia annua, has been shown a potential anticancer activity by apoptotic pathways. In our report, cell counting kit (CCK-8) assay showed that treatment of human lung adenocarcinoma (ASTC-a-1) cells with ART effectively increase cell death by inducing apoptosis in a time- and dose-dependent fashion. Hoechst 33258 staining was used to detect apoptosis as well. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation was observed in cells exposed to ART at concentrations of 400 μM for 48 h. N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC), an oxygen radical scavenger, suppressed the rate of ROS generation and inhibited the ART-induced apoptosis. Moreover, AFC assay (Fluorometric assay for Caspase3 activity) showed that ROS was involved in ART-induced caspase3 acitvation. Taken together, our data indicate that ART induces ROS-mediated caspase3 activation in a time-and dose-dependent way in ASCT-a-1 cells.

  13. Quantitative characteristics of the carcasses of Moxotó and Canindé goats fed diets with two different energy levels Características quantitativas da carcaça de caprinos das raças Moxotó e Canindé recebendo dietas com dois níveis de energia

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    Ana Cristina Chacon Lisboa

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to evaluate the quantitative characteristics of carcasses of Moxotó and Canindé goats finished in feedlots and fed diets of two levels of energy. It was used 40 castrated young goats, 20 from Moxotó breed and 20 from Canindé breed, each one with an average body weight of 15.2 kg. The animals were fed with diets containing 2.20 and 2.71 (Mcal/kg DM. The experimental period lasted 86 days. There was no difference among the barometric measures of Moxotó and Canindé kids. Canindé goats showed higher final weight, higher weight after fasting and higher hot and cold carcass weights when compared to the Moxotó animals. Animals that consumed diets with higher energy level had higher final weight and conformation as well as higher carcass yield. Considering the percentage values of the commercial meat cuts, no difference among treatments was observed. The diet was the factor that most influenced the non-constituent components of the carcass of Moxotó and Canindé goats. In general, animals belonging to the Canindé breed presented higher quantitative characteristics than the Moxotó breed. Supply of diets with higher energetic level (2.71 Mcal/kg DM for goats from Moxotó and Canindé breeds, in feedlots, favors the production of carcass with higher yields and heavier commercial meat cuts.Objetivou-se avaliar as características quantitativas da carcaça de caprinos Moxotó e Canindé terminados em confinamento e recebendo dietas com dois níveis de energia. Foram utilizados 40 cabritos castrados, com peso médio de 15,2 kg, sendo 20 da raça Moxotó e 20 da raça Canindé, suplementados com dietas contendo 2,20 e 2,71 (Mcal/kg MS. O período experimental consistiu de 86 dias. Não se constatou distinções entre as medidas barimétricas de cabritos Moxotó e Canindé. Os cabritos da raça Canindé caracterizam-se por apresentar maior peso final, peso vivo pós-jejum e peso de carcaça quente e fria, que animais da

  14. Dopamine-induced programmed cell death is associated with cytochrome c release and caspase-3 activation in snail salivary gland cells.

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    Pirger, Zsolt; Rácz, Boglárka; Kiss, Tibor

    2009-02-01

    PCD (programmed cell death) is a common mechanism to remove unwanted and excessive cells from organisms. In several exocrine cell types, PCD mode of release of secretory products has been reported. The molecular mechanism of the release, however, is largely unknown. Our aim was to study the molecular mechanism of saliva release from cystic cells, the specific cell type of snail SGs (salivary glands). SG cells in active feeding animals revealed multiple morphological changes characteristic of PCD. Nerve stimulation and DA (dopamine) increased the number of TUNEL (terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labelling)-positive cells both in inactive and feeding animals. The DA-induced PCD was prevented by TEA (tetraethylammonium chloride) and eticlopride, emphasizing the role of K channels and D2 receptors in the PCD of cystic cells. DA enhanced cyto-c (cytochrome c) translocation into the cytosol and methyl-beta-cyclodextrin prevented it, suggesting apoptosome formation and ceramide involvement in the PCD linking of the surface DA receptor to mitochondria. Western blot analysis revealed that the release of cyto-c was under the control of Bcl-2 and Bad. DA also increased the active caspase-3 in gland cells while D2 receptor antagonists and TEA attenuated it. Our results provide evidence for a type of transmitter-mediated pathway that regulates the PCD of secretory cells in a mitochondrial-caspase-dependent manner. The activation of specific molecules, such as K channels, DA receptors, cyto-c, ceramide, Bcl-2 proteins and caspase-3, but not caspase-8, was demonstrated in cells involved in the DA-induced PCD, suggesting that PCD is a physiological method for the release of saliva from SG cells.

  15. Anesthetic propofol attenuates the isoflurane-induced caspase-3 activation and Aβ oligomerization.

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    Yiying Zhang

    Full Text Available Accumulation and deposition of β-amyloid protein (Aβ are the hallmark features of Alzheimer's disease. The inhalation anesthetic isoflurane has been shown to induce caspase activation and increase Aβ accumulation. In addition, recent studies suggest that isoflurane may directly promote the formation of cytotoxic soluble Aβ oligomers, which are thought to be the key pathological species in AD. In contrast, propofol, the most commonly used intravenous anesthetic, has been reported to have neuroprotective effects. We therefore set out to compare the effects of isoflurane and propofol alone and in combination on caspase-3 activation and Aβ oligomerization in vitro and in vivo. Naïve and stably-transfected H4 human neuroglioma cells that express human amyloid precursor protein, the precursor for Aβ; neonatal mice; and conditioned cell culture media containing secreted human Aβ40 or Aβ42 were treated with isoflurane and/or propofol. Here we show for the first time that propofol can attenuate isoflurane-induced caspase-3 activation in cultured cells and in the brain tissues of neonatal mice. Furthermore, propofol-mediated caspase inhibition occurred when there were elevated levels of Aβ. Finally, isoflurane alone induces Aβ42, but not Aβ40, oligomerization, and propofol can inhibit the isoflurane-mediated oligomerization of Aβ42. These data suggest that propofol may mitigate the caspase-3 activation by attenuating the isoflurane-induced Aβ42 oligomerization. Our findings provide novel insights into the possible mechanisms of isoflurane-induced neurotoxicity that may aid in the development of strategies to minimize potential adverse effects associated with the administration of anesthetics to patients.

  16. Brain caspase-3 and intestinal FABP responses in preterm and term rats submitted to birth asphyxia

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    R.L. Figueira

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Neonatal asphyxia can cause irreversible injury of multiple organs resulting in hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC. This injury is dependent on time, severity, and gestational age, once the preterm babies need ventilator support. Our aim was to assess the different brain and intestinal effects of ischemia and reperfusion in neonate rats after birth anoxia and mechanical ventilation. Preterm and term neonates were divided into 8 subgroups (n=12/group: 1 preterm control (PTC, 2 preterm ventilated (PTV, 3 preterm asphyxiated (PTA, 4 preterm asphyxiated and ventilated (PTAV, 5 term control (TC, 6 term ventilated (TV, 7 term asphyxiated (TA, and 8 term asphyxiated and ventilated (TAV. We measured body, brain, and intestine weights and respective ratios [(BW, (BrW, (IW, (BrW/BW and (IW/BW]. Histology analysis and damage grading were performed in the brain (cortex/hippocampus and intestine (jejunum/ileum tissues, as well as immunohistochemistry analysis for caspase-3 and intestinal fatty acid-binding protein (I-FABP. IW was lower in the TA than in the other terms (P<0.05, and the IW/BW ratio was lower in the TA than in the TAV (P<0.005. PTA, PTAV and TA presented high levels of brain damage. In histological intestinal analysis, PTAV and TAV had higher scores than the other groups. Caspase-3 was higher in PTAV (cortex and TA (cortex/hippocampus (P<0.005. I-FABP was higher in PTAV (P<0.005 and TA (ileum (P<0.05. I-FABP expression was increased in PTAV subgroup (P<0.0001. Brain and intestinal responses in neonatal rats caused by neonatal asphyxia, with or without mechanical ventilation, varied with gestational age, with increased expression of caspase-3 and I-FABP biomarkers.

  17. A Crohn's disease variant in Atg16l1 enhances its degradation by caspase 3

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    Murthy, Aditya; Li, Yun; Peng, Ivan; Reichelt, Mike; Katakam, Anand Kumar; Noubade, Rajkumar; Roose-Girma, Merone; Devoss, Jason; Diehl, Lauri; Graham, Robert R.; van Lookeren Campagne, Menno

    2014-02-01

    Crohn's disease is a debilitating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that can involve the entire digestive tract. A single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) encoding a missense variant in the autophagy gene ATG16L1 (rs2241880, Thr300Ala) is strongly associated with the incidence of Crohn's disease. Numerous studies have demonstrated the effect of ATG16L1 deletion or deficiency; however, the molecular consequences of the Thr300Ala (T300A) variant remains unknown. Here we show that amino acids 296-299 constitute a caspase cleavage motif in ATG16L1 and that the T300A variant (T316A in mice) significantly increases ATG16L1 sensitization to caspase-3-mediated processing. We observed that death-receptor activation or starvation-induced metabolic stress in human and murine macrophages increased degradation of the T300A or T316A variants of ATG16L1, respectively, resulting in diminished autophagy. Knock-in mice harbouring the T316A variant showed defective clearance of the ileal pathogen Yersinia enterocolitica and an elevated inflammatory cytokine response. In turn, deletion of the caspase-3-encoding gene, Casp3, or elimination of the caspase cleavage site by site-directed mutagenesis rescued starvation-induced autophagy and pathogen clearance, respectively. These findings demonstrate that caspase 3 activation in the presence of a common risk allele leads to accelerated degradation of ATG16L1, placing cellular stress, apoptotic stimuli and impaired autophagy in a unified pathway that predisposes to Crohn's disease.

  18. Evaluation of Bcl-2, Bcl-x and Cleaved Caspase-3 in Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors and Neurofibromas

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    KARIN S. CUNHA

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    Full Text Available AIMS: To study the expression of Bcl-2, Bcl-x, as well the presence of cleaved caspase-3 in neurofibromas and malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. The expression of Bcl-2 and Bcl-x and the presence of cleaved caspase 3 were compared to clinicopathological features of malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors and their impact on survival rates were also investigated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The evaluation of Bcl-2, Bcl-x and cleaved caspase-3 was performed by immunohistochemistry using tissue microarrays in 28 malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors and 38 neurofibromas. Immunoquantification was performed by computerized digital image analysis. CONCLUSIONS: Apoptosis is altered in neurofibromas and mainly in malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. High levels of cleaved caspase-3 are more common in tumors with more aggressive histological features and it is associated with lower disease free survival of patients with malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors.

  19. Avaliação quantitativa da sustentabilidade estrutural de um latossolo vermelho-amarelo cultivado com eucalipto na região de Peçanha-MG

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    Full Text Available Uma das limitações para que o desenvolvimento florestal sustentável seja atingido está relacionado com a questão do tráfego durante a realização das operações de colheita e transporte de madeira, pois elas podem causar degradação da estrutura do solo. Visando obter uma solução para este problema, os objetivos deste estudo foram: a propor um modelo de sustentabilidade da estrutura dos solos cultivados com Eucalyptus spp., na região de Peçanha-MG, em função da pressão de preconsolidação (sigmap e da umidade (U; e b determinar, através do uso deste modelo, a influência das operações realizadas com o Feller-Büncher e Skidder (Pneu 30.5L.32, Feller-Büncher e Skidder (Pneu 66.43.00.26 e Harvester e Forwarder na estrutura do solo. Este estudo foi conduzido em um Latossolo Vermelho-Amarelo (LV, sob Eucalyptus, utilizando amostras indeformadas, coletadas antes e após as operações da colheita, na profundidade de 0,10 a 0,125 m. As amostras indeformadas foram utilizadas nos ensaios de compressão uniaxial. Foram determinadas também a textura e a densidade de partículas do solo. O modelo de sustentabilidade da estrutura do Latossolo Vermelho-Amarelo obtido para os projetos deste estudo é expresso pela seguinte equação: sigmap = 10(2,72-1,29 U. O uso dos modelos de sustentabilidade da estrutura e da pressão de preconsolidação, determinada após o tráfego, permitiu quantificar os efeitos causados pelo Feller-Büncher e Skidder (Pneu 30.5L.32, Feller-Büncher e Skidder (Pneu 66.43.00.26 e Harvester e Forwarder na estrutura do Latossolo Vermelho-Amarelo. Nos projetos Buriti e São Leonardo, as operações realizadas com o Harvester e Forwarder foram as que mais degradaram a estrutura do solo, enquanto no projeto Dourado foram as realizadas com o Feller-Büncher e Skidder (Pneu 30.5L.32 e Feller-Büncher e Skidder (Pneu 66.43.00.26.

  20. [Changes in Ca(2+)concentration and caspase-3 expression and their relationship in Raji cells exposed to electromagnetic radiation].

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    Wang, Wei; Liu, Huan-xin; Wang, De-wen; Zuo, Hong-yan; Peng, Rui-yun

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    To study the effects of electromagnetic pulse (EMP), S-band high power microwave (S-HPM), and X-band high power microwave (X-HPM) on the Ca(2+) concentration and caspase-3 expression in Raji cells and the relationship between Ca(2+) concentration and caspase-3 expression, and to investigate the regulatory mechanism of electromagnetic radiation damage. Raji cells were cultured conventionally. Some cells were irradiated by EMP, S-HPM, and X-HPM in the logarithmic growth phase for 6 hours and then collected; others received sham irradiation as a control. The Ca(2+) concentration in the cells was measured by laser scanning confocal microscope; the caspase-3 expression in the cells was evaluated by Western blot. Compared with the control group (Ca(2+) fluorescence intensity = 43.08 ± 2.08; caspase-3 expression level = 0.444 ± 0.13), the EMP,S-HPM, and X-HPM groups had significantly increased Ca(2+) concentrations, with Ca(2+) fluorescence intensities of 69.56 ± 1.71, 50.06 ± 1.89, and 70.68 ± 1.59, respectively (P < 0.01), and had upregulated caspase-3 expression, with expression levels of 0.964 ± 0.12, 0.586 ± 0.16, and 0.970 ± 0.07, respectively (P < 0.01). Each of the EMP and X-HPM groups had significantly higher Ca(2+) fluorescence intensity and caspase-3 expression level than the S-HPM group (P < 0.01), but there were no significant differences between the EMP and X-HPM groups. The linear regression analysis showed that the caspase-3 expression was upregulated as the Ca(2+) concentration increased, with a positive correlation between them (P < 0.01). EMP, S-HPM, and X-HPM cause damage probably by increasing the Ca(2+) concentration in cells and in turn inducing caspase-3 overexpression.

  1. Engineering a light-activated caspase-3 for precise ablation of neurons in vivo.

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    Smart, Ashley D; Pache, Roland A; Thomsen, Nathan D; Kortemme, Tanja; Davis, Graeme W; Wells, James A

    2017-09-26

    The circuitry of the brain is characterized by cell heterogeneity, sprawling cellular anatomy, and astonishingly complex patterns of connectivity. Determining how complex neural circuits control behavior is a major challenge that is often approached using surgical, chemical, or transgenic approaches to ablate neurons. However, all these approaches suffer from a lack of precise spatial and temporal control. This drawback would be overcome if cellular ablation could be controlled with light. Cells are naturally and cleanly ablated through apoptosis due to the terminal activation of caspases. Here, we describe the engineering of a light-activated human caspase-3 (Caspase-LOV) by exploiting its natural spring-loaded activation mechanism through rational insertion of the light-sensitive LOV2 domain that expands upon illumination. We apply the light-activated caspase (Caspase-LOV) to study neurodegeneration in larval and adult Drosophila Using the tissue-specific expression system (UAS)-GAL4, we express Caspase-LOV specifically in three neuronal cell types: retinal, sensory, and motor neurons. Illumination of whole flies or specific tissues containing Caspase-LOV-induced cell death and allowed us to follow the time course and sequence of neurodegenerative events. For example, we find that global synchronous activation of caspase-3 drives degeneration with a different time-course and extent in sensory versus motor neurons. We believe the Caspase-LOV tool we engineered will have many other uses for neurobiologists and others for specific temporal and spatial ablation of cells in complex organisms.

  2. Proliferation related acidic leucine-rich protein PAL31 functions as a caspase-3 inhibitor

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    Sun Weiyong; Kimura, Hiromichi; Hattori, Naka; Tanaka, Satoshi; Matsuyama, Shigemi; Shiota, Kunio

    2006-01-01

    Proliferation related acidic leucine-rich protein PAL31 (PAL31) is expressed in proliferating cells and consists of 272 amino acids with a tandem structure of leucine-rich repeats in the N-terminus and a highly acidic region with a putative nuclear localization signal in the C-terminus. We previously reported that PAL31 is required for cell cycle progression. In the present study, we found that the antisense oligonucleotide of PAL31 induced apoptosis to the transfected Nb2 cells. Stable transfectants, in which PAL31 was regulated by an inducible promoter, were generated to gain further insight into the signaling role of PAL31 in the regulation of apoptosis. Expression of PAL31 resulted in the marked rescue of Rat1 cells from etoposide and UV radiation-induced apoptosis and the cytoprotection was correlated with the levels of PAL31 protein. Thus, cytoprotection from apoptosis is a physiological function of PAL31. PAL31 can suppress caspase-3 activity but not cytochrome c release in vitro, indicating that PAL31 is a direct caspase-3 inhibitor. In conclusion, PAL31 is a multifunctional protein working as a cell cycle progression factor as well as a cell survival factor

  3. Imaging of activated caspase-3 in living cell by fluorescence resonance energy transfer during photosensitization-induced apoptosis

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    Wu, Yunxia; Xing, Da; Chen, Qun; Tang, Yonghong

    2005-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a novel and promising cancer treatment that employs a combination of a photosensitizing chemical and visible light, induces apoptosis in cell, and activation of caspase-3 is considered to be the final step in many apoptosis pathways. The changes of caspase-3 activation in cell during TNFα- and photodynamic therapy-induced apoptosis was measured by fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) analysis. FRET probe consisting of fusions of an enhanced cyan fluorescent protein (ECFP), Venus and a linker peptide containing the caspase-3 cleavage sequence DEVD was utilized. Therefore, activated caspase-3 cleaved the linker peptide of FRET probe and disrupted the FRET signal. Human lung adenocarcinoma cell line (ASTC-a-1) were stably transfected with the plasmid (ECFP-DEVD-Venus) and then were treated by TNF-α and PDT, respectively. Experimental results indicated that caspase-3 activation resulted in cleavage of linker peptide and subsequent disruption of the FRET signal during TNFα- and photodynamic therapy-induced apoptosis, and that the activation of caspase-3 induced by photodynamic therapy was faster than that induce by TNF-α. The study supports that using FRET technique and different recombinant substrates as FRET probes could be used to detect the process of PDT-induced apoptosis and provide a new means to investigate apoptotic mechanism of PDT.

  4. Large-scale preparation of active caspase-3 in E. coli by designing its thrombin-activatable precursors

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    Park Sung

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Caspase-3, a principal apoptotic effector that cleaves the majority of cellular substrates, is an important medicinal target for the treatment of cancers and neurodegenerative diseases. Large amounts of the protein are required for drug discovery research. However, previous efforts to express the full-length caspase-3 gene in E. coli have been unsuccessful. Results Overproducers of thrombin-activatable full-length caspase-3 precursors were prepared by engineering the auto-activation sites of caspase-3 precursor into a sequence susceptible to thrombin hydrolysis. The engineered precursors were highly expressed as soluble proteins in E. coli and easily purified by affinity chromatography, to levels of 10–15 mg from 1 L of E. coli culture, and readily activated by thrombin digestion. Kinetic evaluation disclosed that thrombin digestion enhanced catalytic activity (kcat/KM of the precursor proteins by two orders of magnitude. Conclusion A novel method for a large-scale preparation of active caspase-3 was developed by a strategic engineering to lack auto-activation during expression with amino acid sequences susceptible to thrombin, facilitating high-level expression in E. coli. The precursor protein was easily purified and activated through specific cleavage at the engineered sites by thrombin, generating active caspase-3 in high yields.

  5. The effect of aloe emodin–encapsulated nanoliposome-mediated r-caspase-3 gene transfection and photodynamic therapy on human gastric cancer cells

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    Li, Kai-Ting; Duan, Qin-Qin; Chen, Qing; He, Juan-Wen; Tian, Si; Lin, Hai-Dan; Gao, Qing; Bai, Ding-Qun

    2015-01-01

    Gastric carcinoma (GC) has high incidence and mortality rates in China. Surgery and chemotherapy are the main treatments. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has become a new treatment modality, appearing in recent experimental studies and clinical trials in various tumors. This study explores the combined effect of gene transfection with PDT on GC cells using aloe emodin (AE)–encapsulated nanoliposomes, which acted as gene carrier as well as one photosensitizer (PS). AE-encapsulated nanoliposomes (nano-AE) were prepared by reverse evaporation method. Electron microscopy and nano-ZS90 analyzer were used to detect its morphology, size, and wavelength. Western blot was used to detect the expression of the caspase-3 after transfection. MTT assay and flow cytometry were employed to determine the cytotoxic and apoptotic rates, respectively. Hoechst 33342 staining was adopted to detect the morphological changes in death gastric cancer cells. Cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) contents were measured by DCFH-DA staining. Outcomes demonstrated that the nano-AE has good properties as gene delivery carriers as well as a PS. The group in which the recombinant plasmid of r-caspase-3 was transfected had higher protein expression of the caspase-3 than controls, meanwhile the proliferation rates of the transfected cells were inhibited by the nano-AE-mediated PDT in an energy-dependent manner. In addition, in the transfected cells, the death rate increased to 77.3% as assessed 12 h after PDT (6.4 J/cm 2 ). Hochest 33342 staining also revealed that the death rate increased significantly in the transfected group compared with other groups. Compared to control groups, the production of ROS in nano-AE PDT group had quadrupled in SGC-7901 cells as early as 1 h after PDT, while it is similar to the group of nano-AE transfection and PDT. Nano-AE-mediated r-caspase-3 gene transfection coupled with PDT could inhibit the proliferation rate and increase the apoptotic rate remarkably in human

  6. Apoptosis induced by chlormethine and ionizing radiations in normal and tumoral lymphocytes: role of caspase-3

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    Holl, V.P.

    2000-01-01

    Apoptosis can be induced by various stimuli like ionizing radiations or alkylating agents. Recent works have shown that apoptosis due to ionizing radiations can be initiated by DNA and cell membrane alterations, via radical species generation, implying the in fine activation of effector caspases, and in particular caspase-3. The main goal of this work is to clarify the role of caspase-3 in the radio-induced apoptosis mechanisms and to study the effects of apoptosis inhibition on the behaviour of the damaged cells. The effects of activation and caspase-3 activity inhibition on the progress of spontaneous, radio-induced or chlormethine-induced apoptosis have been evaluated for normal and tumoral lymphocytes. A chemical molecule, the ebselen, which can mime the action of the endogenous glutathione peroxidase, and a tetra-peptide inhibitor, AC-DEVD-CHO, selective of effector caspases, have been selected. The results indicate an inhibition by ebselen of all morphological and biochemical characteristics of chlormethine-induced apoptosis and a restoring of the cells viability. This seleno-organic compound also reduces the drop of the intra-cellular glutathione level and the loss of the trans-membrane potential (M) of the mitochondrion in the MOLT-4 tumoral cells treated with chlormethine. In parallel, the AC-DEVD-CHO effect on apoptosis induction has been tested. This inhibitor stops some chlormethine-induced criteria of apoptosis without affecting the final loss of the mitochondrial M and the cells proliferation. AC-DEVD-CHO has been also incubated just before the irradiation of the culture cells. The inhibition of the specific DEVD caspases prevents the inter-nucleosomal fragmentation of DNA and partially delays the externalization of phosphatidylserine without changing the viability of the irradiated cells. Moreover, the analysis of the AC-DEVD-CHO pre-treated irradiated cells floating on the surface shows a strong mitochondrial lactate dehydrogenase activity, which

  7. Inclusion of sunflower seeds in the diet of lambs on carcass quantitative characteristics and meat qualityInclusão de grãos de girassol na ração de cordeiros sobre as características quantitativas da carcaça e qualitativas da carne

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    Sandra Mari Yamamoto

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to evaluate the carcass quantitative characteristics, tissue composition of carcass cuts and meat quality of lambs receiving sunflower seeds in the diet. Twenty-one lambs 7/8 Ile de France 1/8 Ideal, not castrated, with initial body weight of 17 kg were housed in individual pens and distributed in three diets (0,7.5 and 15% of sunflower seeds inclusion in a completely randomized design in 3 x 2 factorial arrangement (three diets and two carcass cuts. At the end of the experimental period, the animals were slaughtered; weights and hot and cold carcass yields and commercial and biological carcass dressing were collected. The carcasses were split lengthways and left half carcass divided into six anatomical parts. The leg and loin were removed for evaluation of tissue composition, meat color, water holding capacity, cooking losses and shearing force. Difference was detected in the commercial carcass yield; with higher value (46.82% of total weight for carcasses of lambs fed without sunflower seeds when compared with carcass yield (44.11% of lambs fed with 15% of sunflower seed inclusion. The proportion of muscle and total fat, as muscle:fat ratio were affected (P Objetivou-se avaliar as características quantitativas da carcaça, bem como a composição tecidual os cortes da carcaça e qualidade da carne de cordeiros recebendo grãos de girassol na ração. Foram utilizados 21 cordeiros 7/8 Ile de France 1/8 Ideal, não castrados, com peso corporal médio inicial de 17 kg, alojados individualmente e distribuídos em três dietas (0, 7,5 e 15% de grãos de girassol na ração em delineamento experimental inteiramente casualizado decomposto em modelo fatorial 3x2 (três rações e dois cortes de carcaça. Ao final do período experimental, os animais foram abatidos, obtendo-se os pesos e rendimentos de carcaça quente e fria, além dos rendimentos comercial e biológico da carcaça. As carcaças foram seccionadas longitudinalmente e a

  8. Quantitative analysis of seed rain under natural and artificial perches in the Araucaria Forest Análise quantitativa da chuva de sementes sob poleiros naturais e artificiais em Floresta Ombrófila Mista

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    Sandra Bos Mikich

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    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to compare the efficiency in terms of number of seeds deposited under natural and artificial bird-perches set in degraded areas of Araucaria Forest. Six experimental units were used, each containing seed traps set under natural perches (NP, artificial perches (AP and under open sky (OS. After 12 months of weekly sampling 26880 zoochoric seeds were collected under AP, 5729 under NP, and only seven under OS. Thus, the presence of perches increases dramatically seed deposition and NP are more or as efficient as AP when the effect of deposition area is taken into account.O objetivo deste estudo foi comparar a eficiência de poleiros naturais e artificiais na deposição de
    sementes em áreas degradadas da Floresta com Araucária. Seis unidades experimentais foram utilizadas, cada qual constituída por coletores de sementes instalados sob poleiros naturais (PN, artificiais (PA e a céu aberto (CA. Após 12 meses de coletas semanais, foram recolhidas 26.880 sementes zoocóricas sob os PA, 5.729 sob os PN e 7 nos CA. Portanto, a presença de poleiros incrementa significativamente a chuva de sementes e os PN são tão ou mais eficientes que os PA quando o efeito da área de deposição é levado em consideração.

  9. Análise quali-quantitativa da arborização na praça XV de novembro em Ribeirão Preto - SP, Brasil

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    Gustavo de Nobrega Romani

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available A Praça XV de Novembro, implantada em meados do século XIX, tem grande valor histórico-cultural, além de se constituir em uma das principais áreas verdes do centro da cidade de Ribeirão Preto. Visando ao conhecimento detalhado da vegetação para fins de orientação do manejo e conservação dessa área, foi feito um levantamento quali-quantitativo e fitossociológico das árvores e palmeiras da praça. Foram medidas altura e Diâmetro à Altura do Peito (DAP e identificados todos os indivíduos de porte arbóreo (árvores e palmeiras presentes na Praça, em nível de espécie. A praça ocupa uma área de 15.456,00 m², onde foram amostradas 42 espécies distribuídas por 19 famílias, num total de 161 indivíduos. Apesar de o local apresentar arborização com alto índice de diversidade de espécies (Shannon-Weaver de 3,14, os exemplares necessitam de maior atenção quanto a problemas ligados à fitossanidade e podas adequadas, fazendo que resulte em espaço seguro para os frequentadores e em boa qualidade paisagística.

  10. Análise quantitativa no estudo da variação linguística: noções de estatística e análise comparativa entre Varbrul e SPSS

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    Alan Jardel de Oliveira

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    Full Text Available Este artigo apresenta um estudo do modelo estatístico utilizado nosestudos variacionistas e uma análise das especificidades do softwareVarbrul em relação aos métodos convencionais de estimação deparâmetros. Além disso, apresenta os aspectos teóricos estatísticosmais relevantes que contribuem para a análise da variação linguísticae uma análise comparativa entre os resultados do Varbrul e do SPSS.

  11. Caffeine inhibits erythrocyte membrane derangement by antioxidant activity and by blocking caspase 3 activation.

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    Tellone, Ester; Ficarra, Silvana; Russo, Annamaria; Bellocco, Ersilia; Barreca, Davide; Laganà, Giuseppina; Leuzzi, Ugo; Pirolli, Davide; De Rosa, Maria Cristina; Giardina, Bruno; Galtieri, Antonio

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    The aim of this research was to investigate the effect of caffeine on band 3 (the anion exchanger protein), haemoglobin function, caspase 3 activation and glucose-6-phosphate metabolism during the oxygenation-deoxygenation cycle in human red blood cells. A particular attention has been given to the antioxidant activity by using in vitro antioxidant models. Caffeine crosses the erythrocyte membrane and interacts with the two extreme conformational states of haemoglobin (the T and the R-state within the framework of the simple two states allosteric model) with different binding affinities. By promoting the high affinity state (R-state), the caffeine-haemoglobin interaction does enhance the pentose phosphate pathway. This is of benefit for red blood cells since it leads to an increase of NADPH availability. Moreover, caffeine effect on band 3, mediated by haemoglobin, results in an extreme increase of the anion exchange, particularly in oxygenated erythrocytes. This enhances the transport of the endogenously produced CO(2) thereby avoiding the production of dangerous secondary radicals (carbonate and nitrogen dioxide) which are harmful to the cellular membrane. Furthermore caffeine destabilizes the haeme-protein interactions within the haemoglobin molecule and triggers the production of superoxide and met-haemoglobin. However this damaging effect is almost balanced by the surprising scavenger action of the alkaloid with respect to the hydroxyl radical. These experimental findings are supported by in silico docking and molecular dynamics studies and by what we may call the "caspase silence"; in fact, there is no evidence of any caspase 3 activity enhancement; this is likely due to the promotion of positive metabolic conditions which result in an increase of the cellular reducing power. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  12. Nascent histamine induces α-synuclein and caspase-3 on human cells

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    Caro-Astorga, Joaquín; Fajardo, Ignacio; Ruiz-Pérez, María Victoria; Sánchez-Jiménez, Francisca; Urdiales, José Luis, E-mail: jlurdial@uma.es

    2014-09-05

    Highlights: • Nascent histamine alters cyclin expression pattern. • Nascent histamine increases expression of α-synuclein. • Nascent histamine activates caspase-3. - Abstract: Histamine (Hia) is the most multifunctional biogenic amine. It is synthetized by histidine decarboxylase (HDC) in a reduced set of mammalian cell types. Mast cells and histaminergic neurons store Hia in specialized organelles until the amine is extruded by exocytosis; however, other immune and cancer cells are able to produce but not store Hia. The intracellular effects of Hia are still not well characterized, in spite of its physiopathological relevance. Multiple functional relationships exist among Hia metabolism/signaling elements and those of other biogenic amines, including growth-related polyamines. Previously, we obtained the first insights for an inhibitory effect of newly synthetized Hia on both growth-related polyamine biosynthesis and cell cycle progression of non-fully differentiated mammalian cells. In this work, we describe progress in this line. HEK293 cells were transfected to express active and inactive versions of GFP-human HDC fusion proteins and, after cell sorting by flow cytometry, the relative expression of a large number of proteins associated with cell signaling were measured using an antibody microarray. Experimental results were analyzed in terms of protein–protein and functional interaction networks. Expression of active HDC induced a cell cycle arrest through the alteration of the levels of several proteins such as cyclin D1, cdk6, cdk7 and cyclin A. Regulation of α-synuclein and caspase-3 was also observed. The analyses provide new clues on the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulatory effects of intracellular newly synthetized Hia on cell proliferation/survival, cell trafficking and protein turnover. This information is especially interesting for emergent and orphan immune and neuroinflammatory diseases.

  13. Avaliação quantitativa da dispensação de contraceptivos de emergência na região de Curitiba, PR, Brasil, entre 2012 e 2014

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    Maria Izabel Cândido OLIVEIRA

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    Full Text Available A contracepção de emergência é caracterizada pelo uso de um fármaco com administração oral contendo 1,5 mg do Levonorgestrel, um hormônio progestágeno sintético, usado nos casos onde há falha no método contraceptivo rotineiro, na relação sexual desprotegida, não planejada ou em casos de violência sexual. Esse trabalho teve como objetivo principal analisar as taxas de vendas dos Contraceptivos de Emergência (CE, entre os anos de 2012 e 2014, em duas farmácias de dispensação, localizadas no Município de Curitiba (PR, sendo uma no bairro Pinheirinho e outra no bairro Xaxim. Observou-se que o uso dos CE vem aumentando gradativamente ao longo dos anos e que na primavera e no verão, principalmente no período de carnaval, há um pico nas vendas. Em 2014, houve um aumento nas vendas durante a Copa do Mundo realizada no Brasil nos meses de junho e julho. A farmácia do bairro Pinheirinho vendeu uma quantidade maior em relação à do Xaxim, o que pode estar relacionado ao seu tamanho e ao volume geral das vendas, à idade e ao grau de instrução da população, a fatores socioeconômicos e ao Índice de Desenvolvimento Humano (IDH do bairro menor se comparado ao bairro Pinheirinho. Pode-se concluir que o aumento gradativo na venda dos CE observado ao longo dos três anos em ambas as farmácias pode estar relacionado à falta de orientação no momento da dispensação, à escolha de outro método contraceptivo, sensação de falsa imunidade contra as doenças sexualmente transmissíveis (DST, marketing e propagandas utilizadas em épocas festivas e de estímulo à atividade sexual, além de fatores fisiológicos do próprio organismo da mulher

  14. Long-term fluorescence lifetime imaging of a genetically encoded sensor for caspase-3 activity in mouse tumor xenografts

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    Zherdeva, Victoria; Kazachkina, Natalia I.; Shcheslavskiy, Vladislav; Savitsky, Alexander P.

    2018-03-01

    Caspase-3 is known for its role in apoptosis and programmed cell death regulation. We detected caspase-3 activation in vivo in tumor xenografts via shift of mean fluorescence lifetimes of a caspase-3 sensor. We used the genetically encoded sensor TR23K based on the red fluorescent protein TagRFP and chromoprotein KFP linked by 23 amino acid residues (TagRFP-23-KFP) containing a specific caspase cleavage DEVD motif to monitor the activity of caspase-3 in tumor xenografts by means of fluorescence lifetime imaging-Forster resonance energy transfer. Apoptosis was induced by injection of paclitaxel for A549 lung adenocarcinoma and etoposide and cisplatin for HEp-2 pharynx adenocarcinoma. We observed a shift in lifetime distribution from 1.6 to 1.9 ns to 2.1 to 2.4 ns, which indicated the activation of caspase-3. Even within the same tumor, the lifetime varied presumably due to the tumor heterogeneity and the different depth of tumor invasion. Thus, processing time-resolved fluorescence images allows detection of both the cleaved and noncleaved states of the TR23K sensor in real-time mode during the course of several weeks noninvasively. This approach can be used in drug screening, facilitating the development of new anticancer agents as well as improvement of chemotherapy efficiency and its adaptation for personal treatment.

  15. Implication of Caspase-3 as a Common Therapeutic Target for Multineurodegenerative Disorders and Its Inhibition Using Nonpeptidyl Natural Compounds

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    Saif Khan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Caspase-3 has been identified as a key mediator of neuronal apoptosis. The present study identifies caspase-3 as a common player involved in the regulation of multineurodegenerative disorders, namely, Alzheimer’s disease (AD, Parkinson’s disease (PD, Huntington’s disease (HD, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS. The protein interaction network prepared using STRING database provides a strong evidence of caspase-3 interactions with the metabolic cascade of the said multineurodegenerative disorders, thus characterizing it as a potential therapeutic target for multiple neurodegenerative disorders. In silico molecular docking of selected nonpeptidyl natural compounds against caspase-3 exposed potent leads against this common therapeutic target. Rosmarinic acid and curcumin proved to be the most promising ligands (leads mimicking the inhibitory action of peptidyl inhibitors with the highest Gold fitness scores 57.38 and 53.51, respectively. These results were in close agreement with the fitness score predicted using X-score, a consensus based scoring function to calculate the binding affinity. Nonpeptidyl inhibitors of caspase-3 identified in the present study expeditiously mimic the inhibitory action of the previously identified peptidyl inhibitors. Since, nonpeptidyl inhibitors are preferred drug candidates, hence, discovery of natural compounds as nonpeptidyl inhibitors is a significant transition towards feasible drug development for neurodegenerative disorders.

  16. Cell Morphological Change and Caspase-3 Protein Expression on Epithelial Cells under Stimulation of Oral Bacterium Streptococcus sanguinis

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    Suryani Hutomo

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Oral commensal bacterium Streptococcus sanguinis may find in periodontal lesions, deep seated infection, and infective endocarditis that are usually dominated by anaerobes. This bacterium caused cell death on some cells but host responses to this species remained unclear. Objective: This study was aimed to detect cell morphologica change and role of caspase-3 in cell death mechanism induced by S. sanguinis. Methods: HeLa cells as representative model for oral epithelial cells were exposed to 107 cells/ml bacteria for 48 h. Morphological change was observed microscopically after hematoxyline-eosin staining. Expression of active caspase-3 was examined by immunocytochemical analysis after cell stimulation for 36 and 48 h with wild type supragingival S. sanguinis. Doxorubicin (0.5625 μg/ml was used as positive control for caspase-3 activation. Results: The results showed cell shrinkage of bacterial-treated cells; and active caspase-3 molecules were detected after 36 and 48 hours cell stimulation. Conclusion: This study would suggest cell shrinkage and caspase-3-dependent apoptotic cell death induced by S. sanguinis.DOI: 10.14693/jdi.v22i1.375

  17. Avaliação quantitativa da movimentação parietal regional do ventrículo esquerdo na endomiocardiofibrose Quantitative assessment of left ventricular regional wall motion in endomyocardial fibrosis

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    Charles Mady

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar a movimentação parietal regional do ventrículo esquerdo (VE em pacientes com endomiocardiofibrose (EMF. MÉTODOS: Estudados 88 pacientes, 59 do sexo feminino, com idade média de 39±13 anos (variação de 9 a 65 com evidência ecocardiográfica e angiográfica de EMF do VE. A intensidade da deposição de tecido fibroso na cineventriculografia contrastada foi classificada como discreta, moderada ou importante. A fração de ejeção global do ventrículo esquerdo (FEVE foi determinada pelo método área-comprimento por meio da ventriculografia. O movimento foi medido em 100 cordas eqüidistantes e perpendiculares à linha média desenhada no meio dos contornos diastólico e sistólico finais e normalizadas para o tamanho cardíaco. Analisaram-se cinco segmentos do VE: A - apical; AL - ântero-lateral; AB - ântero-basal; IA - ínfero-apical; IB - ínfero-basal. A anormalidade foi expressa em unidades de desvio padrão do movimento médio em uma população de referência normal, composta por 103 pacientes com VE normal, conforme dados de clínica, eletrocardiograma e padrões angiográficos. RESULTADOS: A FEVE média foi de 0,47±0,12. O envolvimento de tecido fibroso do VE foi discreto em 12 pacientes, moderado em 40 e importante em 36. As regiões com pior movimentação parietal foram A (-1,4±1,6 desvio-padrão/cordas e IA (-1,6±1,8 desvio-padrão/cordas comparadas com AB (-0,3±1,9 desvio-padrão /cordas, AL (-0,5±1,8 desvio-padrão/cordas e IB (-0,9±1,3 desvio-padrão/cordas. Não se observou relação entre a intensidade de envolvimento do tecido fibroso e a manutenção parietal regional. CONCLUSÃO : Existe alteração da movimentação parietal regional na EMF e é independente da intensidade de deposição de tecido fibroso avaliada qualitativamente. O envolvimento não uniforme do VE deve ser levado em conta no planejamento cirúrgico dessa doença.OBJECTIVE: To analyze left ventricular (LV regional wall

  18. Memantine Can Reduce Ethanol-Induced Caspase-3 Activity and Apoptosis in H4 Cells by Decreasing Intracellular Calcium.

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    Wang, Xiaolong; Chen, Jiajun; Wang, Hongbo; Yu, Hao; Wang, Changliang; You, Jiabin; Wang, Pengfei; Feng, Chunmei; Xu, Guohui; Wu, Xu; Zhao, Rui; Zhang, Guohua

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    Caspase-3 activation and apoptosis are associated with various neurodegenerative disorders. Calcium activation is an important factor in promoting apoptosis. We, therefore, assessed the role of intracellular calcium in ethanol-induced activation of caspase-3 in H4 human neuroglioma cells and the protective effect of the NMDA receptor antagonist, memantine, on ethanol-induced apoptosis in H4 cells. H4 cells were treated with 100 mM EtOH (in culture medium) for 2 days. For interaction studies, cells were treated with memantine (4 μM), EDTA (1 mM), or BAPTA-AM (10 μM) before treatment with EtOH. Knockdown of the gene encoding the NR1 subunit of the NMDA receptor was performed using RNAi. Apoptosis was detected by Annexin V-FITC/PI staining and flow cytometry. Cell viability was detected using an MTS cell proliferation kit. Fluorescence dual wavelength spectrophotometry was used to determine the intracellular calcium concentration. The levels of NR1, caspase-3, IP3R1, and SERCA1 proteins were detected by western blotting. NR1, IP3R1, and SERCA1 mRNA levels were detected by qPCR. We observed increased expression of NR1, IP3R1, SERCA1, and increased intracellular levels of calcium ions in H4 cells exposed to ethanol. In addition, the calcium chelators, EDTA and BAPTA, and RNAi disruption of the NMDA receptor reduced ethanol-induced caspase-3 activation in H4 cells. Memantine treatment reduced the ethanol-induced increase of intracellular calcium, caspase-3 activation, apoptosis, and the ethanol-induced decrease in cell viability. Our results indicate that ethanol-induced caspase-3 activation and apoptosis are likely to be dependent on cytosolic calcium levels and that they can be reduced by memantine treatment.

  19. Cadmium induces Ca2+ mediated, calpain-1/caspase-3-dependent apoptosis in primary cultured rat proximal tubular cells.

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    Wang, Hong; Zhai, Nianhui; Chen, Ying; Xu, Haibin; Huang, Kehe

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    Calcium, as a ubiquitous second messenger, governs a large array of cellular processes and is necessary for cell survival. More recently, it was observed that the cytosolic Ca 2+ concentration ([Ca 2+ ] c ) elevation could induce apoptosis in primary cultured rat proximal tubular (rPT) cells exposed to cadmium (Cd), but the concrete mechanism is still unclear. This study was designed to investigate the signal pathway involved in [Ca 2+ ] c elevation-mediated apoptosis. The results confirmed the elevation of [Ca 2+ ] c by confocal microscopy and enhancement of the apoptosis by Hoechst 33258 staining and flow cytometer when rPT cells were exposed to Cd for 12h. Then we demonstrated that Cd enhanced the protein levels of active calpain-1 and caspase-3 in rPT cells. Pretreatment with a cytosolic Ca 2+ chelator, 1,2-Bis (2-aminophenoxy) ethane-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid acetoxymethyl ester (BAPTA-AM), markedly blocked the up-regulation of active calpain-1 and caspase-3 and inhibited the apoptosis induced by Cd. Further, rPT cells were pretreated with a cell-permeable selective calpain-1 inhibitor, 3-(4-iodophenyl)-2-mercapto-(Z)-2-propenoic acid (PD150606) and caspase-3 inhibitor, N-Acetyl-Asp-Glu-Val-Asp-CHO (Ac-DEVD-CHO), respectively. PD150606 significantly attenuated the up-regulation of active caspase-3 and the apoptosis induced by Cd. As expected, inhibition of active caspase-3 by Ac-DEVD-CHO decreased the apoptosis induced by Cd. Taken together, it could be concluded that [Ca 2+ ] c elevation did act as a pro-apoptotic signal in Cd-induced cytotoxicity of rPT cells, triggered calpain-1 and caspase-3 activation in turn, and induced apoptosis of rPT cells. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. THE EXPRESSION OF Bcl-2 AND PRO-CASPASE 3 IN HEAD AND NECK SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA

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    Andrej Cör

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    Full Text Available Background. Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC is the sixth most common cancer and accounts for 6% of cancers worldwide. A better understanding of its biology could lead to improved treatment options. Generally, the goal of cancer treatment is to abolish cell proliferation and to induce necrotic or aptoptotic cell death. Apoptosis has been recognized as a key mechanism of tumour cell elimination. Different apoptotic signals converge to induce caspase cascade activation. Caspase 3 is the central executioner caspase and is necessary for effective apoptotic cell death. Bcl-2 protein family regulates apoptosis. The Bcl-2 protein itself is a product of a proto-oncogene and has an antiapoptotic action.Methods. In our study, the expression of Bcl-2 and pro-caspase 3 by immunohistochemistry in 28 HNSCC graded into well, moderately and poorly differentiated cancers were investigated.Results. Our results of Bcl-2 expression confirm and extend previous reports in which Bcl-2 over-expression has been recognised as an important parameter in HNSCC biological behaviour. Three of 28 tumours (11% showed significant Bcl-2 expression. Two of them were poorly and one was moderately differentiated. Pro-caspase 3 immunoreactivity was confined mainly to the cytoplasm. Absent or low pro-caspase 3 immunoreactivity was found only in 1 of 6 well differentiated and in 1of 10 moderately differentiated tumours in contrast to 5 of 12 poorly differentiated tumours. In six of 12 poorly differentiated tumours procasapse 3 immunoreactivity was strongly positive. In two cases hyperplastic epithelium was strongly positive in contrast to adjacent HNSCC in the same slide which was completely negative for pro-caspase 3.Conclusions. Our results indicate downregulation of pro-caspase 3 expression, especially in poorly differentiated HNSCC. Further studies are needed to test whether this is related to HNSCC behaviour and predict treatment outcome.

  1. Urolitíase em cães: avaliação quantitativa da composição mineral de 156 urólitos Canine urolithiasis: quantitative evaluation of mineral composition of 156 uroliths

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    Mônica Kanashiro Oyafuso

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available O estudo teve como objetivo avaliar os casos de urolitíase canina em que a composição mineral dos urólitos foi analisada quantitativamente. Foi avaliada quantitativamente a composição mineral de 156 urólitos obtidos de cães (nefrólitos, ureterólitos, urocistólitos e uretrólitos. Desse total, 79,5% (n=124 eram simples, 18% (n=28 eram compostos e apenas 2,5% (n=4 eram mistos. A estruvita foi o tipo mineral mais frequente nos urólitos simples (47,6%; n=59, em todos os mistos (100%; n=4 e nas camadas núcleo e pedra de urólitos compostos (32,1 e 75%, respectivamente. O oxalato de cálcio foi o segundo mineral mais frequente dos urólitos simples (37,9%, n=47. Ao contrário do que é preconizado para os urólitos simples, as recomendações para o tratamento de urólitos compostos são mais complexas, tais como protocolos de tratamento de dissolução diferentes (se composto por minerais distintos e passíveis de dissolução como urato e estruvita. Além disso, a dissolução pode não ser viável, caso ocorra presença de material insolúvel envolvendo o urólito ou se este representar mais de 20% da camada. Vinte e dois urólitos compostos (78,7% apresentaram uma camada externa não passível de dissolução (oxalato de cálcio ou fosfato de cálcio; dois (7,1% apresentaram camadas externas passíveis de dissolução (estruvita ou urato, porém camadas mais internas não solúveis, o que permitiria apenas a dissolução parcial do urólito. Assim, o conhecimento da composição de todas as camadas que compõem o urólito é essencial para o entendimento da formação do cálculo e consequentemente para a indicação do tratamento adequado, assim como para prevenção de recidivas.The aim of this study was to evaluate dogs with urolithiasis in which mineral composition of calculi was quantitatively analyzed. Quantitative mineral composition was performed in 156 canine uroliths. Simple uroliths represented 79.5% (n=124 of the cases, 18

  2. Several nuclear events during apoptosis depend on caspase-3 activation but do not constitute a common pathway.

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    Lisa Trisciuoglio

    Full Text Available A number of nuclear events occur during apoptosis, including DNA laddering, nuclear lamina breakdown, phosphorylation of histones H2B and histone H2AX, and the tight binding to chromatin of HMGB1 and CAD, the nuclease responsible for DNA laddering. We have performed an epistasis analysis to investigate whether these events cluster together in pathways. We find that all depend directly or indirectly on caspase-3 activation. CAD activation, H2AX phosphorylation and DNA laddering cluster together into a pathway, but all other events appear to be independent of each other downstream of caspase-3, and likely evolved subject to different functional pressures.

  3. ANÁLISE DESCRITIVA QUANTITATIVA DE BUTTERMILK PROBIÓTICO

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    Adriane Elisabete Costa ANTUNES

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available O buttermilk é uma bebida produzida a partir da fermentação do leitelho ou do leite, empregando-se Culturas Aromáticas Mesofílicas. Esse produto pode representar um novo veículo para culturas probióticas e conquistar nicho de mercado no Brasil. Objetivou-se no presente trabalho determinar o perfil sensorial de amostras de buttermilk probiótico sabor morango adoçadas com sacarose ou sucralose em comparação com iogurte light comercial empregando-se Análise Descritiva Quantitativa. O produto foi avaliado por análises microbiológicas, físico-químicas e de viscosidade, caracterizando-se como produto seguro do ponto de vista microbiológico, com baixo teor de lipídios e pouco viscoso. A amostra de buttermilk com sucralose diferiu da amostra com sacarose (p<0,05 por apresentar sabor residual de edulcorante e maior intensidade de doçura. Ambas as amostras de buttermilk caracterizaram-se por possuir sabor amanteigado, sensação de picância e de efervescência, que são características típicas do produto e o diferenciaram do iogurte comercial. A contagem de Bifidobacterium animalis no produto final foi de 8,5 log UFC/mL, estando acima do limite mínimo estabelecido na legislação brasileira para alimentos funcionais.

  4. MicroRNAs Targeting Caspase-3 and -7 in PANC-1 Cells

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    Jong Kook Park

    2018-04-01

    Full Text Available MicroRNAs (miRNAs, a critical part of the RNA silencing machinery, are known to play important regulatory roles in cancer. However, the consequence of miRNA deregulation in cancer is unknown for many miRNAs. Here, we define that miRNAs, miR-17-5p, miR-132-3p/-212-3p, and miR-337-3p are significantly up-regulated in the pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDAC compared to the normal and benign tissues. Furthermore, by using PANC-1 cells, we demonstrate that overexpressed miR-337-3p and miR-17-5p/miR-132-3p/-212-3p can regulate executioner caspases-3 and -7, respectively. In addition, over-expression of miRNAs, especially miR-337-3p, attenuates tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL cytotoxicity in PANC-1 cells. Our findings unveil an important biological function for miRNAs up-regulated in PDAC in coordinately regulating caspases, potentially contributing to the malignant progression of PDAC.

  5. MicroRNAs Targeting Caspase-3 and -7 in PANC-1 Cells.

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    Park, Jong Kook; Doseff, Andrea I; Schmittgen, Thomas D

    2018-04-16

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs), a critical part of the RNA silencing machinery, are known to play important regulatory roles in cancer. However, the consequence of miRNA deregulation in cancer is unknown for many miRNAs. Here, we define that miRNAs, miR-17-5p, miR-132-3p/-212-3p, and miR-337-3p are significantly up-regulated in the pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDAC) compared to the normal and benign tissues. Furthermore, by using PANC-1 cells, we demonstrate that overexpressed miR-337-3p and miR-17-5p/miR-132-3p/-212-3p can regulate executioner caspases-3 and -7, respectively. In addition, over-expression of miRNAs, especially miR-337-3p, attenuates tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) cytotoxicity in PANC-1 cells. Our findings unveil an important biological function for miRNAs up-regulated in PDAC in coordinately regulating caspases, potentially contributing to the malignant progression of PDAC.

  6. Preserved otolith organ function in caspase-3-deficient mice with impaired horizontal semicircular canal function.

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    Armstrong, Patrick A; Wood, Scott J; Shimizu, Naoki; Kuster, Kael; Perachio, Adrian; Makishima, Tomoko

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    Genetically engineered mice are valuable models for elucidation of auditory and vestibular pathology. Our goal was to establish a comprehensive vestibular function testing system in mice using: (1) horizontal angular vestibulo-ocular reflex (hVOR) to evaluate semicircular canal function and (2) otolith-ocular reflex (OOR) to evaluate otolith organ function and to validate the system by characterizing mice with vestibular dysfunction. We used pseudo off-vertical axis rotation to induce an otolith-only stimulus using a custom-made centrifuge. For the OOR, horizontal slow-phase eye velocity and vertical eye position were evaluated as a function of acceleration. Using this system, we characterized hVOR and OOR in the caspase-3 (Casp3) mutant mice. Casp3 (-/-) mice had severely impaired hVOR gain, while Casp3 (+/-) mice had an intermediate response compared to WT mice. Evaluation of OOR revealed that at low-to-mid frequencies and stimulus intensity, Casp3 mutants and WT mice had similar responses. At higher frequencies and stimulus intensity, the Casp3 mutants displayed mildly reduced otolith organ-related responses. These findings suggest that the Casp3 gene is important for the proper function of the semicircular canals but less important for the otolith organ function.

  7. Preserved otolith organ function in caspase-3 deficient mice with impaired horizontal semicircular canal function

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    Armstrong, Patrick A; Wood, Scott J; Shimizu, Naoki; Kuster, Kael; Perachio, Adrian; Makishima, Tomoko

    2015-01-01

    Genetically engineered mice are valuable models for elucidation of auditory and vestibular pathology. Our goal was to establish a comprehensive vestibular function testing system in mice using: 1) horizontal angular vestibular-ocular reflex (hVOR) to evaluate semicircular canal function, and 2) otolith-ocular reflex (OOR) to evaluate otolith organ function, and to validate the system by characterizing mice with vestibular dysfunction. We used pseudo-off vertical axis rotation (pOVAR) to induce an otolith-only stimulus using a custom-made centrifuge. For the OOR, horizontal slow phase eye velocity (HEV) and vertical eye position (VEP) was evaluated as a function of acceleration. Using this system, we characterized hVOR and OOR in the caspase-3 (Casp3) mutant mice. Casp3 −/− mice had severely impaired hVOR gain, while Casp3 +/− mice had an intermediate response compared to WT mice. Evaluation of OOR revealed that at low to mid frequencies and stimulus intensity, Casp3 mutants and WT mice had similar responses. At higher frequencies and stimulus intensity, the Casp3 mutants displayed mildly reduced otolith organ related responses. These findings suggest that the Casp3 gene is important for the proper function of the semicircular canals but less important for the otolith organ function. PMID:25827332

  8. Propofol and magnesium attenuate isoflurane-induced caspase-3 activation via inhibiting mitochondrial permeability transition pore

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    Zhang Yiying

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The inhalation anesthetic isoflurane has been shown to open the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP and induce caspase activation and apoptosis, which may lead to learning and memory impairment. Cyclosporine A, a blocker of mPTP opening might attenuate the isoflurane-induced mPTP opening, lessening its ripple effects. Magnesium and anesthetic propofol are also mPTP blockers. We therefore set out to determine whether propofol and magnesium can attenuate the isoflurane-induced caspase activation and mPTP opening. Methods We investigated the effects of magnesium sulfate (Mg2+, propofol, and isoflurane on the opening of mPTP and caspase activation in H4 human neuroglioma cells stably transfected to express full-length human amyloid precursor protein (APP (H4 APP cells and in six day-old wild-type mice, employing Western blot analysis and flowcytometry. Results Here we show that Mg2+ and propofol attenuated the isoflurane-induced caspase-3 activation in H4-APP cells and mouse brain tissue. Moreover, Mg2+ and propofol, the blockers of mPTP opening, mitigated the isoflurane-induced mPTP opening in the H4-APP cells. Conclusion These data illustrate that Mg2+ and propofol may ameliorate the isoflurane-induced neurotoxicity by inhibiting its mitochondrial dysfunction. Pending further studies, these findings may suggest the use of Mg2+ and propofol in preventing and treating anesthesia neurotoxicity.

  9. Caspase-3 activation and DNA damage in pig skin organ culture after solar irradiation.

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    Bacqueville, Daniel; Mavon, Alain

    2008-01-01

    In the present study, a convenient and easy-to-handle skin organ culture was developed from domestic pig ears using polycarbonate Transwell culture inserts in 12-well plate. This alternative model was then tested for its suitability in analyzing the short-term effects of a single solar radiation dose (from 55 to 275 kJ.m(-2)). Differentiation of the pig skin was maintained for up to 48 h in culture, and its morphology was similar to that of fresh human skin. Solar irradiation induced a significant release of the cytosolic enzymes lactate dehydrogenase and extracellular signal-related kinase 2 protein in the culture medium 24 h after exposure. These photocytotoxic effects were associated with the formation of sunburn cells, thymine dimers and DNA strand breaks in both the epidermis and dermis. Interestingly, cell death was dose dependent and associated with p53 protein upregulation and strong caspase-3 activation in the basal epidermis. None of these cellular responses was observed in non-irradiated skin. Finally, topical application of a broad-spectrum UVB + A sunfilter formulation afforded efficient photoprotection in irradiated explants. Thus, the ex vivo pig ear skin culture may be a useful tool in the assessment of solar radiation-induced DNA damage and apoptosis, and for evaluating the efficacy of sunscreen formulations.

  10. PLGA-carbon nanotube conjugates for intercellular delivery of caspase-3 into osteosarcoma cells.

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    Qingsu Cheng

    Full Text Available Cancer has arisen to be of the most prominent health care issues across the world in recent years. Doctors have used physiological intervention as well as chemical and radioactive therapeutics to treat cancer thus far. As an alternative to current methods, gene delivery systems with high efficiency, specificity, and safety that can reduce side effects such as necrosis of tissue are under development. Although viral vectors are highly efficient, concerns have arisen from the fact that viral vectors are sourced from lethal diseases. With this in mind, rod shaped nano-materials such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs have become an attractive option for drug delivery due to the enhanced permeability and retention effect in tumors as well as the ability to penetrate the cell membrane. Here, we successfully engineered poly (lactic-co-glycolic (PLGA functionalized CNTs to reduce toxicity concerns, provide attachment sites for pro-apoptotic protein caspase-3 (CP3, and tune the temporal release profile of CP3 within bone cancer cells. Our results showed that CP3 was able to attach to functionalized CNTs, forming CNT-PLGA-CP3 conjugates. We show this conjugate can efficiently transduce cells at dosages as low as 0.05 μg/ml and suppress cell proliferation up to a week with no further treatments. These results are essential to showing the capabilities of PLGA functionalized CNTs as a non-viral vector gene delivery technique to tune cell fate.

  11. Serotonin transporter protects the placental cells against apoptosis in caspase 3-independent pathway.

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    Hadden, Coedy; Fahmi, Tariq; Cooper, Anthonya; Savenka, Alena V; Lupashin, Vladimir V; Roberts, Drucilla J; Maroteaux, Luc; Hauguel-de Mouzon, Sylvie; Kilic, Fusun

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    Serotonin (5-HT) and its specific transporter, SERT play important roles in pregnancy. Using placentas dissected from 18d gestational SERT-knock out (KO), peripheral 5-HT (TPH1)-KO, and wild-type (WT) mice, we explored the role of 5-HT and SERT in placental functions in detail. An abnormal thick band of fibrosis and necrosis under the giant cell layer in SERT-KO placentas appeared only moderately in TPH1-KO and minimally present in WT placentas. The majority of the changes were located at the junctional zone of the placentas in SERT. The etiology of these findings was tested with TUNEL assays. The placentas from SERT-KO and TPH1-KO showed 49- and 8-fold increase in TUNEL-positive cells without a concurrent change in the DNA repair or cell proliferation compared to WT placentas. While the proliferation rate in the embryos of TPH1-KO mice was 16-fold lower than the rate in gestational age matched embryos of WT or SERT-KO mice. These findings highlight an important role of continuous 5-HT signaling on trophoblast cell viability. SERT may contribute to protecting trophoblast cells against cell death via terminating the 5-HT signaling which changes cell death ratio in trophoblast as well as proliferation rate in embryos. However, the cell death in SERT-KO placentas is in caspase 3-independent pathway. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Significado clínico-patológico das expressões citofotométricas do Ki-67 e Caspase-3 no carcinoma de células escamosas do esôfago Clinicopathologic significance of the Ki-67 and Caspase-3 cytophotometric expressions in the esophageal squamous cell carcinomal

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    Gilmar Pereira Silva

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    Full Text Available RACIONAL: A escolha da forma de tratamento do carcinoma de células escamosa de esôfago ainda hoje é orientada pelo estadiamento tumoral, onde as características histopatológicas do tumor são o maior determinante. Parale-lamente, desenvolvem-se estudos para entender o comportamento da biologia tumoral por método imunoistoquímico de quantificação manual, avaliando a ati-vidade proliferativa ou apoptótica do tecido em análise. As desvantagens conti-das no modo manual fizeram surgir e desenvolver método computadorizado de análise de imagem. OBJETIVOS: Verificar as expressões dos marcadores KI-67 e Caspase-3 e correlacioná-las com as características clínico-patológicas do tumor. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 29 blocos parafinados provenientes de pa-cientes portadores de carcinoma de células escamosas de esôfago submetidos à esofagectomia e pertencentes a acervos de laboratórios de patologia. Proce-deu-se preparo das lâminas por técnica imunoistoquímica convencional. A quantificação da imunorreatividade às proteínas Ki-67 e Caspase-3 foi realizada pelo software de análise de imagem computadorizada SAMBA (Systeme d'Analyse Microphotometrique a Balayage Automatique através do índice de marcagem encontrado. RESULTADOS: Predominaram na amostra o sexo mascu-lino (82,7%; maiores de 50 anos; tumores moderadamente diferenciados (68,98%; estágio III (72,42%; lesões >3cm e localizadas no ⅓ inferior do ór-gão. Os índices médios de marcagem identificados foram de 62,05% para o Ki-67 e 86,06% para a Caspase-3, e não mostraram correlação com as caracterís-ticas clínico-patológicas como sexo, idade, estadiamento tumoral, grau de pro-fundidade da lesão e comprometimento linfonodal. Houve significante diferença de expressão do Ki-67 entre os graus histológicos (P=0,047 e correlação entre os índices dos marcadores estudados (r=0,41 e P =0,032. CONCLUSÃO: Na presente investigação as atividades das proteínas estudadas

  13. Densitometria da vértebra dorsal, osso pleural e osso neural em tartarugas verdes hígidas por tomografia computadorizada quantitativa Densitometry of dorsal vertebrae, pleural bone and neural bone in healthy green sea turtles by quantitative computed tomography

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    Jannine Forattini de Oliveira

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available A tomografia computadorizada quantitativa (TCQ é uma técnica com alta sensibilidade, aplicabilidade e precisão no diagnóstico de perda de massa óssea, entretanto a falta de valores de normalidade para animais silvestres limita a sua aplicação clínica. O presente estudo objetiva estabelecer valores médios de radiodensidade do osso trabecular das vértebras dorsais, osso pleural e osso neural de tartarugas marinhas juvenis hígidas utilizando a TCQ. Para isso, utilizou-se um grupo experimental de cinco animais que foram submetidos a exames de tomografia computadorizada helicoidal, sendo as mensurações da radiodensidade óssea realizadas ao nível da terceira, quarta e quinta vértebras dorsais. Os valores médios de radiodensidade do osso trabecular das vértebras dorsais, osso pleural e osso neural foram, respectivamente, de 287,4±39,1, 1093,74±100,4 e 1089,6±86,5 unidades Hounsfield (HU. Estudos complementares devem ser realizados em diferentes espécies e faixas etárias de quelônios para favorecer a aplicação clínica desta técnica.Quantitative computed tomography (QCT is a technique with high sensitivity, applicability and accuracy in the diagnosis of bone loss; however the lack of normal values for wild animals limits their clinical application. This study aims to establish medium values radiodensity trabecular bone of the dorsal vertebrae, bone pleural and neural bone in healthy juvenile sea turtles using the QTC. For this we used an experimental group of five animals that underwent helical computed tomography, and measurements of bone radiodensity conducted at the level of the third, fourth and fifth dorsal vertebrae. The medium values of radiodensity trabecular bone of the dorsal vertebrae, pleural bone, and neural bone were respectively 287.4±39.1, 1093.74±100.4, and 1089.6±86.5 Hounsfield units (HU. Further studies should be performed in different species and ages of turtles to encourage the clinical application of

  14. Effect of low dose radiation on cytochrome c and caspase-3 protein expressions in spermatogenic cells of mouse testis

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    Wang Zhicheng; Zhao Hongguang; Piao Chunnan; Liu Guangwei; Liu Shuchun; Lv Zhe; Gong Shouliang

    2006-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the effect of low dose radiation on the expressions of cytochrome e (Cyt c) and caspase-3 proteins in spermatogenic cells of mouse testis. Methods: The relationships of dose- and time-effect of Cyt c and caspase-3 protein expressions with different dose of X-rays were observed in the spermatogenic cells of mouse testis with immunohistochemical technique (SABC). Results: After irradiation with 0, 0.025, 0.05, 0.075, 0.1 and 0.2 Gy, Cyt c and caspase-3 proteins expressed differently in all kinds of spermatogenic cells, and principally in spermatogonia and spermatocytes, and less in spermatids and spermatozoa. And the expressions increased with the increasing of irradiation dose. The expressions of both proteins after irradiation with 0.075 Gy increased with the lapse of time and reached to the peak at 12 h, and then decreased. Conclusion: Dose-and time-effect exists on the low-dose irradiation induced expressions of Cyt e and caspase-3 proteins in spermatogenic cells of mouse testis. (authors)

  15. Relationship between intracellular pH, metabolic co-factors and caspase-3 activation in cancer cells during apoptosis.

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    Sergeeva, Tatiana F; Shirmanova, Marina V; Zlobovskaya, Olga A; Gavrina, Alena I; Dudenkova, Varvara V; Lukina, Maria M; Lukyanov, Konstantin A; Zagaynova, Elena V

    2017-03-01

    A complex cascade of molecular events occurs in apoptotic cells but cell-to-cell variability significantly complicates determination of the order and interconnections between different processes. For better understanding of the mechanisms of programmed cell death, dynamic simultaneous registration of several parameters is required. In this paper we used multiparameter fluorescence microscopy to analyze energy metabolism, intracellular pH and caspase-3 activation in living cancer cells in vitro during staurosporine-induced apoptosis. We performed metabolic imaging of two co-factors, NAD(P)H and FAD, and used the genetically encoded pH-indicator SypHer1 and the FRET-based sensor for caspase-3 activity, mKate2-DEVD-iRFP, to visualize these parameters by confocal fluorescence microscopy and two-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy. The correlation between energy metabolism, intracellular pH and caspase-3 activation and their dynamic changes were studied in CT26 cancer cells during apoptosis. Induction of apoptosis was accompanied by a switch to oxidative phosphorylation, cytosol acidification and caspase-3 activation. We showed that alterations in cytosolic pH and the activation of oxidative phosphorylation are relatively early events associated with the induction of apoptosis. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Caspase 3 activity in isolated fetal rat lung fibroblasts and rat periodontal ligament fibroblasts: cigarette smoke-induced alterations

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    James Elliot Scott

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    Full Text Available Background Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the world. It has been implicated in the pathogenesis of pulmonary, oral and systemic diseases. Smoking during pregnancy is clearly a risk factor for the developing fetus and may be a major cause of infant mortality. Moreover, the oral cavity is the first site of exposure to cigarette smoke and may be a possible source for the spread of toxins to other organs of the body. Fibroblasts in general are morphologically heterogeneous connective tissue cells with diverse functions. Apoptosis or programmed cell death is a crucial process during embryogenesis and for the maintenance of homeostasis throughout life. Deregulation of apoptosis has been implicated in abnormal lung development in the fetus and disease progression in adults. Caspases, are proteases which belong to the family of cysteine aspartic acid proteases and are the key components for the downstream amplification of intra-cellular apoptotic signals. Of the 14 caspases known, caspase-3 is the key executioner of apoptosis. Fetal rat lung fibroblasts but not PDL viability is reduced by exposure to CSE. In addition Caspase 3 activity is elevated after CSE exposure in fetal lung fibroblasts but not in PDLs. Expression of caspase 3 is induced in CSE exposed lung fibroblasts but not in PDLs. Caspase 3 was localized to the cytoplasm in both cell types.

  17. A miniaturized device for bioluminescence analysis of caspase-3/7 activity in a single apoptotic cell

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    Adamová, Eva; Lišková, M.; Matalová, Eva; Klepárník, K.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 406, č. 22 (2014), s. 5389-5394 ISSN 1618-2642 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP304/11/1418 Institutional support: RVO:67985904 Keywords : apoptosis * bioluminiscence * caspase3/7 * single-cell analysis Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry Impact factor: 3.436, year: 2014

  18. Epidermal growth factor and active caspase-3 expression in the levator ani muscle of dogs with and without perineal hernia.

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    Pérez-Gutiérrez, J F; Argüelles, J C; Iglesias-Núñez, M; Oliveira, K S; De La Muela, M Sánchez

    2011-07-01

    To perform a histological and immunohistochemical study of epidermal growth factor, transforming growth factor-alpha and their receptor, as well as the apoptotic signal active caspase-3 in the levator ani muscle of dogs with and without perineal hernia. Biopsy specimens of the levator ani muscle were obtained from 25 dogs with perineal hernia and 4 non-affected dogs and were processed for Masson and immunohistochemical staining. The affected dogs exhibited myopathological features, internalised nuclei, destruction and abnormal size of muscle fibres, which were replaced by collagen. The immunohistochemical study revealed active caspase-3, epidermal growth factor, transforming growth factor-alpha and epidermal growth factor receptor in the levator ani. Compared to the healthy muscle, transforming growth factor-alpha staining intensity was lower in the affected muscle, whereas epidermal growth factor receptor and active caspase-3 staining were higher. Pelvic diaphragm muscle weakening is the leading cause of perineal hernia in the dog. Survival and death signals expressed in these muscles may contribute to the pathogenesis of this disease. This study reports epidermal growth factor, transforming growth factor-alpha and epidermal growth factor receptor immunohistochemical expression in the skeletal muscle and suggests that perineal hernia in the dog is accompanied by levator ani muscle atrophy, increased expression of epidermal growth factor receptor, caspase-3 activation, and decreased expression of transforming growth factor-alpha. © 2011 British Small Animal Veterinary Association.

  19. Expression of livin protein in lung cancer and its relation with the expression of pro-caspase3 protein

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    Hongru LI

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Background and objective Livin is a novel inhibitor of apoptosis protein (IAP, recent studies showed it overexpresses in a variety of carcinomas including lung cancer and contributes much to the cancerous development. The objective of this study is to explore the expression of livin in tissues of lung cancer and its relationshipwith histological types, chemotherapy, Lymph node metastasis and to study its correlation with the expression of pro-caspase3 as well. Methods Expressions of Livin and caspase3 were detected by Western blot assay in lung cancer tissues as well as in controls. Results Livin was expressed in 15 of 27 lung cancer, significantly more than those in lung para-cancerous (1/5 or benign disease lung tissues (2/12 (P 0.05. Conclusion Livin are differently expressed in different histological types of lung cancer; High levels of livin expression do not relate to chemotherapy, lymph node metastasis (P >0.05. The levels of livin tends to be positively associated with those of accordingly pro-caspase3, it is presumed that livin could bind pro-caspase3 and suppress its activation.

  20. Razões entre componentes da variabilidade de características quantitativas simuladas com efeitos genéticos de dominância e sobredominância Ratios between variability components of simulated quantitative traits with genetic effects of dominance and overdominance

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    Elizângela Emídio Cunha

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    Full Text Available Foram avaliadas as razões entre componentes da variabilidade de características quantitativas simuladas a partir de genoma incorporando efeitos genéticos não-aditivos em populações de acasalamento ao acaso e de seleção fenotípica a curto prazo. Estudaram-se uma característica de baixa (h² = 0,10 e outra de alta herdabilidade (h² = 0,60 influenciadas por 600 locos bialélicos. Cinco modelos de ação gênica foram simulados, dos quais quatro incluíram dominância completa e positiva para 25, 50, 75 e 100% dos locos (D25, D50, D75 e D100, respectivamente; e um modelo incluiu sobredominância positiva para 50% dos locos. Todos os modelos incluíram efeitos aditivos dos alelos para 100% dos locos. As principais razões quantificadas foram d² (variância de dominância/variância fenotípica e d²a (variância de dominância/variância aditiva. Para as duas características, d² e d²a aumentaram de acordo com o acréscimo na variância de dominância, decorrente da inclusão crescente de locos com desvio da dominância e sob sobredominância. No mesmo modelo, ambas as razões, sobretudo d², são mais elevadas sob alta herdabilidade, o que indica que os efeitos da dominância explicam a maior parte da variabilidade total dessa característica sob seleção.Ratios were assessed between variability components of quantitative traits simulated from the genome incorporating non-additive genetic effects in random mating populations and short-term phenotypic selection. A trait of low (h² = 0.10 heritability and another of high (h² = 0.60 heritability were studied, both influenced by 600 bi-allelic loci. Five gene action models were simulated, of which four included complete and positive dominance for 25, 50, 75 and 100% of the loci (D25, D50, D75 and D100, respectively; and one model included positive overdominance for 50% of the loci. Every model included additive effects of the alleles for 100% of the loci. The main quantified ratios were

  1. Structurally related antitumor effects of flavanones in vitro and in vivo: involvement of caspase 3 activation, p21 gene expression, and reactive oxygen species production

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    Shen, S.-C.; Ko, C.H.; Tseng, S.-W.; Tsai, S.-H.; Chen, Y.-C.

    2004-01-01

    Flavonoids exist extensively in plants and Chinese herbs, and several biological effects of flavonoids have been demonstrated. The antitumor effects in colorectal carcinoma cells (HT29, COLO205, and COLO320HSR) of eight flavanones including flavanone, 2'-OH flavanone, 4'-OH flavanone, 6-OH flavanone, 7-OH flavanone, naringenin, nargin, and taxifolin were investigated. Results of the MTT assay indicate that 2'-OH flavanone showed the most potent cytotoxic effect on these three cells, and cell death induced by 2'-OH flavanone was via the occurrence of DNA ladders, apoptotic bodies, and hypodiploid cells, all characteristics of apoptosis. Induction of caspase 3 protein processing and enzyme activity associated with cleavage of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) was identified in 2'-OH flavanone-treated cells, and a peptidyl inhibitor (Ac-DEVD-FMK) of caspase 3 attenuated the cytotoxicity of 2'-OH flavanone in COLO205 and HT-29 cells. Elevation of p21 (but not p53) and a decrease in Mcl-1 protein were found in 2'-OH flavanone-treated COLO205 and HT-29 cells. Elevation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) was detected in 2'-OH flavanone-treated cells by the 2',7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate (DCHF-DA) assay, and ROS scavengers including 4,5-dihydro-1,3-benzene disulfonic acid (tiron), catalase, superoxide dismutase (SOD), and pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (PDTC) suppressed the 2'-OH flavanone-induced cytotoxic effect. Subcutaneous injection of COLO205 induced tumor formation in nude mice, and 2'-OH flavanone showed a significant inhibitory effect on tumor formation. The appearance of apoptotic cells with H and E staining, and an increase in p21, but not p53, protein by immunohistochemistry were observed in tumor tissues under 2'-OH flavanone treatment. Primary tumor cells (COLO205-X) derived from a tumor specimen elicited by COLO205 were established, and 2'-OH flavanone showed an significant apoptotic effect in COLO205-X cells in accordance with the

  2. Chronic sleep restriction induces changes in the mandibular condylar cartilage of rats: roles of Akt, Bad and Caspase-3.

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    Zhu, Yong; Wu, Gaoyi; Zhu, Guoxiong; Ma, Chuan; Zhao, Huaqiang

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to observe changes in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of rats that had been subjected to chronic sleep restriction and to investigate whether Akt, Bad and Caspase3 play a role in the mechanism underlying the changes. One hundred and eighty male Wistar rats were randomly divided into three groups (n = 60 in each): cage control group, large-platform control group, and sleep restriction group. Each group was divided into three subgroups (n = 20 in each) of three different time points (7, 14 and 21 days), respectively. The modified multiple platform method was used to induce chronic sleep restriction. The TMJ tissue histology was studied by staining with haematoxylin and eosin. The expression of Akt, p-Aktser473, Bad, p-Badser136 and Caspase3 proteins was detected by immunohistochemistry and western blotting. The expression of Akt, Bad and Caspase3 mRNAs was measured by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). Compared with the large-platform and cage control groups, condylar cartilage pathological alterations were found in the sleep restriction group. There were significantly decreased expression levels of Akt, p-Aktser473 and p-Badser136 and significantly increased expression levels of Bad and Caspase3 after sleep restriction. These data suggest that sleep restriction may induce pathological alterations in the condylar cartilage of rats. Alterations in Akt, Bad and Caspase3 may be associated with the potential mechanism by which chronic sleep restriction influences the condylar cartilage.

  3. Microbiota Composition, HSP70 and Caspase-3 Expression as Marker for Colorectal Cancer Patients in Aceh, Indonesia

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    Fauzi Yusuf

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    Full Text Available Aim: to investigate the relationship between microbiota composition with HSP70 and Caspase-3 expressions in colon tissue as an initial study to develop the candidate for early detection of colorectal cancer for Indonesian patients. Methods: this is a cross-sectional study on 32 patients undergoing colonoscopy; 16 patients of colorectal cancer (CRC while the other 16 patients are not (colitis and internal hemorrhoid. The composition of microbiota in stool samples was examined using 16S rRNA Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DDGE while expression of HSP70 was examined by immunohistochemistry and Caspase-3 by using Haematoxylin-Eosin(HE staining to determine the morphological changes in colon tissue. Results: analysis of PCR-DDGE shows a different composition of microbiota between patients with CRC and non-CRC. All CRC patients showed disappearance of dominant band from Bifidobacterium groups. Histological observation based on Inter Class Correlation (ICC test from all slide showed a high scores (5.2-9.2 in CRC patients and low scores (1.7-2.4 in non-CRC patients. HSP70 expression was increased significantly in CRC patients with the highest percentage of 84%, while expression of caspase-3 decreased with the highest percentage of 21%. Statistical analysis showed that the incidence of colorectal cancer was associated with the expression of HSP 70 (p<0.001, and Caspase 3 (p<0.001. Conclusion: bifidobacterium is an important indicator for colorectal cancer patients that show disappearance of dominant band, while expression of HSP70 increased and the Caspase-3 expression decreased significantly.

  4. 1800MHz Microwave Induces p53 and p53-Mediated Caspase-3 Activation Leading to Cell Apoptosis In Vitro.

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    Fuqiang Xing

    Full Text Available Recent studies have reported that exposure of mammalian cells to microwave radiation may have adverse effects such as induction of cell apoptosis. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying microwave induced mammalian cell apoptosis are not fully understood. Here, we report a novel mechanism: exposure to 1800MHz microwave radiation induces p53-dependent cell apoptosis through cytochrome c-mediated caspase-3 activation pathway. We first measured intensity of microwave radiation from several electronic devices with an irradiation detector. Mouse NIH/3T3 and human U-87 MG cells were then used as receivers of 1800MHz electromagnetic radiation (EMR at a power density of 1209 mW/m2. Following EMR exposure, cells were analyzed for viability, intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS generation, DNA damage, p53 expression, and caspase-3 activity. Our analysis revealed that EMR exposure significantly decreased viability of NIH/3T3 and U-87 MG cells, and increased caspase-3 activity. ROS burst was observed at 6 h and 48 h in NIH/3T3 cells, while at 3 h in U-87 MG cells. Hoechst 33258 staining and in situ TUNEL assay detected that EMR exposure increased DNA damage, which was significantly restrained in the presence of N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC, an antioxidant. Moreover, EMR exposure increased the levels of p53 protein and p53 target gene expression, promoted cytochrome c release from mitochondrion, and increased caspase-3 activity. These events were inhibited by pretreatment with NAC, pifithrin-α (a p53 inhibitor and caspase inhibitor. Collectively, our findings demonstrate, for the first time, that 1800MHz EMR induces apoptosis-related events such as ROS burst and more oxidative DNA damage, which in turn promote p53-dependent caspase-3 activation through release of cytochrome c from mitochondrion. These findings thus provide new insights into physiological mechanisms underlying microwave-induced cell apoptosis.

  5. Quantitative analysis by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence by the transmission method applied to geological samples Análise quantitativa por fluorescência de raios X com dispersão por energia pelo método da transmissão aplicada à amostras geológicas

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    S.M. Simabuco

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    Full Text Available Three certified samples of different matrices (Soil-5, SL-1/IAEA and SARM-4/SABS were quantitatively analysed by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence with radioisotopic excitation. The observed errors were about 10-20% for the majority of the elements and less than 10% for Fe and Zn in the Soil-5, Mn in SL-1, and Ti, Fe and Zn in SARM-4 samples. Annular radioactive sources of Fe-55 and Cd-109 were utilized for the excitation of elements while a Si(Li semiconductor detector coupled to a multichannel emulation card inserted in a microcomputer was used for the detection of the characteristic X-rays. The fundamental parameters method was used for the determination of elemental sensitivities and the irradiator or transmission method for the correction of the absorption effect of characteristic X-rays of elements on the range of atomic number 22 to 42 (Ti to Mo and excitation with Cd-109. For elements in the range of atomic number 13 to 23 (Al to V the irradiator method cannot be applied since samples are not transparent for the incident and emergent X-rays. In order to perform the absorption correction for this range of atomic number excited with Fe-55 source, another method was developed based on the experimental value of the absorption coefficients, associated with absorption edges of the elements.Foi realizada a análise quantitativa de três amostras certificadas de diferentes matrizes (Soil-5/IAEA, SL-1/IAEA e SARM-4/SABS através da fluorescência de raios X por dispersão de energia e excitação radioisotópica. Os erros observados foram em torno de 10 a 20% para a maioria dos elementos e inferiores a 10% para Fe e Zn na amostra Soil-5, Mn na amostra SL-1 e Ti, Fe e Zn na amostra SARM-4. Para a excitação dos elementos presentes foram empregadas as fontes radioativas anelares de Fe-55 e Cd-109, enquanto que na detecção dos raios X característicos utilizou-se um detector de Si(Li, acoplado a uma placa analisadora de pulsos multicanal

  6. Apoptose e expressão de Bcl-2 e das caspases 3 e 8 em placenta bovina, em diferentes estádios de gestação Apoptosis and expression of Bcl-2 and caspases 3 and 8 in placenta of cows at different pregnancy stages

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    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Apoptose e seus mecanismos reguladores são eventos fisiológicos cruciais para a manutenção da homeostase placentária, e o desequilíbrio desses processos pode comprometer a função placentária e, consequentemente, o sucesso da gravidez. Neste estudo, investigou-se a apoptose utilizando-se histomorfometria em lâminas coradas em HE e submetidas à reação de TUNEL. Além disso, avaliou-se a expressão de Bcl-2 e das caspases 8 e 3, pela reação de polimerase em cadeia em tempo real, em placentas saudáveis em diferentes estádios de gestação. Amostras de placentônios de vacas com quatro, seis e nove meses de gestação foram colhidas e processadas. O índice apoptótico aumentou progressivamente com o avanço da gestação. Tanto o Bcl-2 quanto as caspases 3 e 8 foram expressas nos três períodos estudados, sendo a expressão de Bcl-2 menor que a de caspase 8, que é menor que a de caspase 3. Estes resultados indicam que essas moléculas estão envolvidas na via apoptótica ativada na maturação placentária, exibindo um padrão de expressão ao longo da gestação e contribuindo para o equilíbrio fisiológico da celularidade e renovação celular na placenta bovina.Apoptosis and its regulating mechanisms are crucial physiological events for the maintenance of the placental homostasis; and disequilibrium of these processes may compromise placental function and the success of the pregnancy. In this study, apoptosis was investigated by histomorphometry using slides stained with HE and TUNEL reaction. Besides that, Bcl-2 and caspases 8 and 3 expression were evaluated by real time polymerase chain reaction in healthy placentas under different gestacional ages. Samples of placentones of cows at 4th, 6th, and 9th months of gestation were harvested and processed. The apoptotic index gradually increased with the advance of the gestation. Bcl-2 and caspases 3 and 8 were expressed in all the studied periods, being the expression of Bcl-2

  7. Caspase 3 inactivates biologically active full length interleukin-33 as a classical cytokine but does not prohibit nuclear translocation

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    Ali, Shafaqat; Nguyen, Dang Quan; Falk, Werner; Martin, Michael Uwe

    2010-01-01

    IL-33 is a member of the IL-1 family of cytokines with dual function which either activates cells via the IL-33 receptor in a paracrine fashion or translocates to the nucleus to regulate gene transcription in an intracrine manner. We show that full length murine IL-33 is active as a cytokine and that it is not processed by caspase 1 to mature IL-33 but instead cleaved by caspase 3 at aa175 to yield two products which are both unable to bind to the IL-33 receptor. Full length IL-33 and its N-terminal caspase 3 breakdown product, however, translocate to the nucleus. Finally, bioactive IL-33 is not released by cells constitutively or after activation. This suggests that IL-33 is not a classical cytokine but exerts its function in the nucleus of intact cells and only activates others cells via its receptor as an alarm mediator after destruction of the producing cell.

  8. Lack of caspase-3 attenuates immobilization-induced muscle atrophy and loss of tension generation along with mitigation of apoptosis and inflammation

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    Zhu, Shimei; Nagashima, Michio; Khan, Mahammad A.S; Yasuhara, Shingo; Kaneki, Masao; Jeevendra Martyn, J. A.

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    Introduction Immobilization by casting induces disuse muscle atrophy (DMA). Methods Using wild type (WT) and caspase-3 knockout (KO) mice, we evaluated the effect of caspase-3 on muscle mass, apoptosis and inflammation during DMA. Results Caspase-3 deficiency significantly attenuated muscle mass decrease [gastrocnemius: 28 ± 1% in KO vs. 41 ± 3% in WT; soleus: 47 ± 2% in KO vs. 56 ± 2% in WT; (P immobilized versus contralateral hindlimb. Lack of caspase-3 decreased immobilization-induced increased apoptotic myonuclei (3.2-fold) and macrophage infiltration (2.2-fold) in soleus muscle and attenuated increased monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 mRNA expression (2-fold in KO vs. 18-fold in WT) in gastrocnemius. Conclusion Caspase-3 plays a key role in DMA and associated decreased tension, presumably by acting on the apoptosis and inflammation pathways. PMID:23401051

  9. A ROS-dependent and Caspase-3-mediated apoptosis in sheep bronchial epithelial cells in response to Mycoplasma Ovipneumoniae infections.

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    Xue, Di; Li, Yanan; Jiang, Zhongjia; Deng, Guangcun; Li, Min; Liu, Xiaoming; Wang, Yujiong

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    Mycoplasma Ovipneumoniae (M. ovipneumoniae) is a primary etiological agent of enzootic pneumonia in sheep and goats. It can enter and colonize ovine respiratory epithelial cells to establish an infection, which leads a serious cell death of epithelial cells. However, the nature of the interaction between pathogen of M. ovipneumoniae and host cells in the cell injury is currently not well understood. In this study, we investigated the epithelial cell apoptosis caused by an infection of M. ovipneumoniae in sheep primary air-liquid interface (ALI) epithelial cultures. The results showed that M. ovipneumoniae could specifically bind to ciliated cells at early stage of infection. Flow cytometric analysis demonstrated that an infection of M. ovipneumoniae induced a time-dependent cell apoptotic cell death, accompanied with an increased production of extracellular nitric oxide (NO), intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and activation of caspase-3 signaling in sheep bronchial epithelial cells. The induced cell apoptosis was further confirmed by a transferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate-biotin nick end-labeling (TUNEL) assay. Interestingly, the M. ovipneumoniae-induced apoptosis and activation of caspase-3 were correlated with the production of ROS but not NO. Mechanistically, M. ovipneumoniae-induced cell apoptosis was mediated by a mechanism by increasing the expression of phosphorylation of p38 and pro-apoptotic proteins, and activating caspase-3, caspase-8 and poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) cleavage. These results suggest a ROS-dependent and caspase-3-mediated cell apoptosis in sheep bronchial epithelial cells in response to M. ovipneumoniae infections. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  10. Parallel single-cell analysis of active caspase-3/7 in apoptotic and non-apoptotic cells

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    Ledvina, Vojtěch; Janečková, Eva; Matalová, Eva; Klepárník, Karel

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    Roč. 409, č. 1 (2017), s. 269-274 ISSN 1618-2642 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-28254S Institutional support: RVO:68081715 ; RVO:67985904 Keywords : single-cell analysis * bioluminescence * apoptosis * caspase-3/7 Subject RIV: CB - Analytical Chemistry , Separation; EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology (UZFG-Y) OBOR OECD: Analytical chemistry ; Developmental biology (UZFG-Y) Impact factor: 3.431, year: 2016

  11. Preclinical studies identify non-apoptotic low-level caspase-3 as therapeutic target in pemphigus vulgaris.

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    Full Text Available The majority of pemphigus vulgaris (PV patients suffer from a live-threatening loss of intercellular adhesion between keratinocytes (acantholysis. The disease is caused by auto-antibodies that bind to desmosomal cadherins desmoglein (Dsg 3 or Dsg3 and Dsg1 in mucous membranes and skin. A currently unresolved controversy in PV is whether apoptosis is involved in the pathogenic process. The objective of this study was to perform preclinical studies to investigate apoptotic pathway activation in PV pathogenesis with the goal to assess its potential for clinical therapy. For this purpose, we investigated mouse and human skin keratinocyte cultures treated with PV antibodies (the experimental Dsg3 monospecific antibody AK23 or PV patients IgG, PV mouse models (passive transfer of AK23 or PVIgG into adult and neonatal mice as well as PV patients' biopsies (n=6. A combination of TUNEL assay, analyses of membrane integrity, early apoptotic markers such as cleaved poly-ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP and the collapse of actin cytoskeleton failed to provide evidence for apoptosis in PV pathogenesis. However, the in vitro and in vivo PV models, allowing to monitor progression of lesion formation, revealed an early, transient and low-level caspase-3 activation. Pharmacological inhibition confirmed the functional implication of caspase-3 in major events in PV such as shedding of Dsg3, keratin retraction, proliferation including c-Myc induction, p38MAPK activation and acantholysis. Together, these data identify low-level caspase-3 activation downstream of disrupted Dsg3 trans- or cis-adhesion as a major event in PV pathogenesis that is non-synonymous with apoptosis and represents, unlike apoptotic components, a promising target for clinical therapy. At a broader level, these results posit that an impairment of adhesive functions in concert with low-level, non-lethal caspase-3 activation can evoke profound cellular changes which may be of relevance for other

  12. Single cell analysis of caspase-3 in apoptotic and non-apoptotic cells during mouse limb development

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    Adamová, Eva; Klepárník, Karel; Matalová, E.

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    Roč. 3, - (2014), PP58 ISSN 2052-1219. [European Calcified Tissue Society Congress /41./. 17.05.2014-20.05.2014, Praha] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP206/11/2377; GA ČR(CZ) GA14-28254S Institutional support: RVO:68081715 Keywords : single cell analysis * caspase-3 * mouse limb development Subject RIV: CB - Analytical Chemistry, Separation

  13. Hepatitis C virus infection induces apoptosis through a Bax-triggered, mitochondrion-mediated, caspase 3-dependent pathway.

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    Deng, Lin; Adachi, Tetsuya; Kitayama, Kikumi; Bungyoku, Yasuaki; Kitazawa, Sohei; Ishido, Satoshi; Shoji, Ikuo; Hotta, Hak

    2008-11-01

    We previously reported that cells harboring the hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA replicon as well as those expressing HCV NS3/4A exhibited increased sensitivity to suboptimal doses of apoptotic stimuli to undergo mitochondrion-mediated apoptosis (Y. Nomura-Takigawa, et al., J. Gen. Virol. 87:1935-1945, 2006). Little is known, however, about whether or not HCV infection induces apoptosis of the virus-infected cells. In this study, by using the chimeric J6/JFH1 strain of HCV genotype 2a, we demonstrated that HCV infection induced cell death in Huh7.5 cells. The cell death was associated with activation of caspase 3, nuclear translocation of activated caspase 3, and cleavage of DNA repair enzyme poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase, which is known to be an important substrate for activated caspase 3. These results suggest that HCV-induced cell death is, in fact, apoptosis. Moreover, HCV infection activated Bax, a proapoptotic member of the Bcl-2 family, as revealed by its conformational change and its increased accumulation on mitochondrial membranes. Concomitantly, HCV infection induced disruption of mitochondrial transmembrane potential, followed by mitochondrial swelling and release of cytochrome c from mitochondria. HCV infection also caused oxidative stress via increased production of mitochondrial superoxide. On the other hand, HCV infection did not mediate increased expression of glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78) or GRP94, which are known as endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-induced proteins; this result suggests that ER stress is not primarily involved in HCV-induced apoptosis in our experimental system. Taken together, our present results suggest that HCV infection induces apoptosis of the host cell through a Bax-triggered, mitochondrion-mediated, caspase 3-dependent pathway(s).

  14. Parallel single-cell analysis of active caspase-3/7 in apoptotic and non-apoptotic cells

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    Ledvina, Vojtěch; Janečková, Eva; Matalová, Eva; Klepárník, Karel

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 409, č. 1 (2017), s. 269-274 ISSN 1618-2642 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-28254S Institutional support: RVO:68081715 ; RVO:67985904 Keywords : single-cell analysis * bioluminescence * apoptosis * caspase-3/7 Subject RIV: CB - Analytical Chemistry, Separation; EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology (UZFG-Y) OBOR OECD: Analytical chemistry; Developmental biology (UZFG-Y) Impact factor: 3.431, year: 2016

  15. CB1R-Mediated Activation of Caspase-3 Causes Epigenetic and Neurobehavioral Abnormalities in Postnatal Ethanol-Exposed Mice

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    Shivakumar Subbanna

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available Alcohol exposure can affect brain development, leading to long-lasting behavioral problems, including cognitive impairment, which together is defined as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD. However, the fundamental mechanisms through which this occurs are largely unknown. In this study, we report that the exposure of postnatal day 7 (P7 mice to ethanol activates caspase-3 via cannabinoid receptor type-1 (CB1R in neonatal mice and causes a reduction in methylated DNA binding protein (MeCP2 levels. The developmental expression of MeCP2 in mice is closely correlated with synaptogenesis and neuronal maturation. It was shown that ethanol treatment of P7 mice enhanced Mecp2 mRNA levels but reduced protein levels. The genetic deletion of CB1R prevented, and administration of a CB1R antagonist before ethanol treatment of P7 mice inhibited caspase-3 activation. Additionally, it reversed the loss of MeCP2 protein, cAMP response element binding protein (CREB activation, and activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein (Arc expression. The inhibition of caspase-3 activity prior to ethanol administration prevented ethanol-induced loss of MeCP2, CREB activation, epigenetic regulation of Arc expression, long-term potentiation (LTP, spatial memory deficits and activity-dependent impairment of several signaling molecules, including MeCP2, in adult mice. Collectively, these results reveal that the ethanol-induced CB1R-mediated activation of caspase-3 degrades the MeCP2 protein in the P7 mouse brain and causes long-lasting neurobehavioral deficits in adult mice. This CB1R-mediated instability of MeCP2 during active synaptic maturation may disrupt synaptic circuit maturation and lead to neurobehavioral abnormalities, as observed in this animal model of FASD.

  16. Diatom-derived oxylipins induce cell death in sea urchin embryos activating caspase-8 and caspase 3/7.

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    Ruocco, Nadia; Varrella, Stefano; Romano, Giovanna; Ianora, Adrianna; Bentley, Matt G; Somma, Domenico; Leonardi, Antonio; Mellone, Stefano; Zuppa, Antonio; Costantini, Maria

    2016-07-01

    Diatoms are an important class of unicellular algae that produce bioactive secondary metabolites with cytotoxic activity collectively termed oxylipins, including polyunsaturated aldehydes (PUAs), hydroxyacids (HEPEs), oxo-acids and epoxyalcohols. Previous results showed that at higher concentrations, the PUA decadienal induced apoptosis on copepods and sea urchin embryos via caspase-3 activation; at lower concentrations decadienal affected the expression levels of the caspase-8 gene in embryos of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus. In the present work, we studied the effects of other common oxylipins produced by diatoms: two PUAs (heptadienal and octadienal) and four hydroxyacids (5-, 9- 11- and 15-HEPE) on P. lividus cell death and caspase activities. Our results showed that (i) at higher concentrations PUAs and HEPEs induced apoptosis in sea urchin embryos, detected by microscopic observation and through the activation of caspase-3/7 and caspase-8 measured by luminescent assays; (ii) at low concentrations, PUAs and HEPEs affected the expression levels of caspase-8 and caspase-3/7 (isolated for the first time here in P. lividus) genes, detected by Real Time qPCR. These findings have interesting implications from the ecological point of view, given the importance of diatom blooms in nutrient-rich aquatic environments. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Colorimetric Detection of Caspase 3 Activity and Reactive Oxygen Derivatives: Potential Early Indicators of Thermal Stress in Corals

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    Mickael Ros

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available There is an urgent need to develop and implement rapid assessments of coral health to allow effective adaptive management in response to coastal development and global change. There is now increasing evidence that activation of caspase-dependent apoptosis plays a key role during coral bleaching and subsequent mortality. In this study, a “clinical” approach was used to assess coral health by measuring the activity of caspase 3 using a commercial kit. This method was first applied while inducing thermal bleaching in two coral species, Acropora millepora and Pocillopora damicornis. The latter species was then chosen to undergo further studies combining the detection of oxidative stress-related compounds (catalase activity and glutathione concentrations as well as caspase activity during both stress and recovery phases. Zooxanthellae photosystem II (PSII efficiency and cell density were measured in parallel to assess symbiont health. Our results demonstrate that the increased caspase 3 activity in the coral host could be detected before observing any significant decrease in the photochemical efficiency of PSII in the algal symbionts and/or their expulsion from the host. This study highlights the potential of host caspase 3 and reactive oxygen species scavenging activities as early indicators of stress in individual coral colonies.

  18. The correlation between MIB-1, AgNOR, and caspase-3 apoptosis with chemoradiotherapy response in cervical cancer

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    Iin Kurnia; Devita Tetriana; Budiningsih Siregar; Irwan Ramli; Andriono; Setiawan Soetopo; Tjahya Kurjana; Maringan DL Tobing; Bethy Suryawathi

    2013-01-01

    Chemoradiotherapy is one of treatments for the locally advanced cervical cancer given by concurrent radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy in the same time. Chemoradiotherapy response is influenced by biological factor i.e. cell kinetic that consists of cell proliferation and death. In this research, the correlation between AgNOR, MIB-1 cell proliferation biomarker and the expression of apoptotic caspase-3 with chemoradiotherapy response of cervical cancer has been studied. Twenty one microscopic tissue samples were taken from cervical cancer biopsies before radiotherapy. The tissue samples were stained with AgNOR, whereas MIB-1 and apoptosis caspase-3 in the tissue samples were detected by immunochemistry technique. After the completion of chemoradiotherapy treatment, the clinical response was observed by pelvic control method. The result of this research show that there is no correlation between AgNOR, MIB-1 value with apoptosis (p>0.05) before chemoradiotherapy. Cell proliferation observed by AgNOR and MIB-1 before chemoradiotherapy indicate no correlation with chemoradiotherapy response, however the apoptotic expression shows positive correlation with chemoradiotherapy response. The index of caspase-3 apoptosis obtained from this research can be used for considering the chemoradiotherapy schedule for the cervical cancer patient. (author)

  19. Insight into the mechanism of action and selectivity of caspase-3 reversible inhibitors through in silico studies

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    Minini, Lucía; Ferraro, Florencia; Cancela, Saira; Merlino, Alicia

    2017-11-01

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder worldwide for which there is currently no cure. Recently, caspase-3 has been proposed as a potential therapeutic target for treating AD. Since this enzyme is overexpressed in brains from AD patients its selective modulation by non-covalent inhibitors becomes an interesting strategy in the search of potential drugs against this neuropathology. With this in mind, we have combined molecular docking, molecular dynamics simulations and QM calculations of unliganded caspase-3 and caspase-7 and in complex with a series of known inhibitors of caspase-3 described in the literature in order to assess the structural features responsible for good inhibitory activity and selectivity against this potential target. This work has allowed us to identify hotspots for drug binding as well as the importance of shape and charge distribution for interacting into the substrate binding cleft or into the dimer interface in each enzyme. Our results showed that most selective compounds against caspsase-3 bind into the substrate binding cleft acting as competitive inhibitors whereas in caspase-7 they bind close to an allosteric site at the dimer interface but since they are weakly bound their presence would not be affecting enzyme dynamics or function. In addition, for both enzymes we have found evidence indicating that differences in shape and accessibility exist between the substrate binding site of each monomer which could be modulating the binding affinity of non-covalent molecules.

  20. Características quantitativas da carcaça de bubalinos de três grupos genéticos terminados em confinamento e abatidos em diferentes estádios de maturidade Quantitative carcass traits of buffaloes from three genetic groups finished in feedlot and slaughtered at different maturities

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    André Mendes Jorge

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se estudar as características quantitativas da carcaça de 36 bubalinos (12 Murrah 12 Jafarabadi e 12 Mediterrâneo, com idade média de 18 meses e peso vivo inicial de 330 kg, terminados em confinamento. Os 12 animais de cada grupo genético foram divididos aleatoriamente em três subgrupos de quatro animais e submetidos aos seguintes tratamentos: Maturidade 1: 400 kg PV ao abate; Maturidade 2: 450 kg PV ao abate; Maturidade 3: 500 kg PV ao abate. Durante o experimento, uma ração única, em que 50% da MS foi composta por volumoso, foi fornecida, ad libitum, para todos os animais. Após os abates pré-fixados, determinou-se o peso corporal vazio (PCVZ dos animais pelo somatório das partes integrantes do corpo. Não houve diferença entre grupos genéticos e maturidades, em relação à porcentagem dos cortes dianteiro, paleta, traseiro total e alcatra completa. O rendimento de traseiro especial foi maior nos animais abatidos aos 400 kg PV e menor naqueles com 500 kg PV, enquanto o dos animais com 450 kg PV não diferiu dos demais. O rendimento de ponta-de-agulha, por sua vez, foi maior nos animais com 500 kg PV e menor nos com 400 kg PV. Os valores observados nesses dois pesos de abate não diferiram do obtido nos animais com 450 kg. A produção de carne a partir das raças Murrah, Jafarabadi e Mediterrâneo criadas no Brasil não difere quanto aos rendimentos de carcaça, traseiro, dianteiro e dos principais cortes básicos de interesse comercial.This work was conducted to study the quantitative carcass traits of 36 buffaloes (12 Murrah - MUR, 12 Jafarabadi - JAF and 12 Mediterranean - MED averaging 18 months old and initial body weight (BW of 330 kg finished in feedlot. Twelve animals of each genetic group were randomly assigned to three sub-groups (four animals and distributed to the following treatments: Maturity 1 - slaughter weight at 400 kg of BW, Maturity 2 - slaughter weight at 450 kg of BW, or Maturity 3 - slaughter

  1. Gênese e classificação de alguns solos da bacia do Ribeirão Tijuco Preto, Município de Rio das Pedras, SP: I - Análise mineralógica quantitativa da fração argila Genesis and classification of some soils from the hydrographic basin of Tijuco Preto Stream, Rio das Pedras county, SP: I - Quantitative mineralogical analysis of clay fraction

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    E. H. Escobar

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    Full Text Available Foi empregada a análise mineralógica quantitativa no estudo das frações argila fina e argila grossa de quatro perfis de solos. Dois perfis são originados de um siltito da formação Corumbataí, e foram coletados numa mesma encosta. O primeiro deles, um Litossolo fase folhelho-argilito (TP-12, se encontra num estádio de intemperização inferior ao Podzólico Vermelho-Amarelo variação Piracicaba (TP-13, indicado pelo seu menor conteúdo de caulinita (31,5% na fração argila grossa do B2 em relação ao perfil TP-13 (52% no B22t. Esse resultado é confirmado pelo valor do intemperismo médio do TP-12, que é inferior ao do TP-13. Fazendo parte da mesma toposseqüência. numa posição mais elevada, encontra-se um Latossolo Vermelho-Escuro orto (TP-17, proveniente de um material de origem não identificado, que contém contribuição de rochas básicas, revelado pelo teor de 14% de Fe2O3. Esse latossolo apresentou como componente principal da fração argila grossa a caulinita (74,5%, seguindo-se a alofana (14,0%, gibbsita (3,7%, mica (2,9% e vermiculita (0,3%. Esses valores representam a média do perfil. As partes mais altas da bacia são ocupadas por um Latossolo Roxo, cujo perfil TP-18 apresentou a caulinita como principal componente (70,0% da fração argila grossa, seguindo-se-lhe a alofana (20,0%, a gibbsita (9,2%, a mica (0,9% e a vermiculita (0,6%. Tendo tomado o teor de gibbsita, ou o valor do Ki, como índice de intemperismo, verificou-se que esse latossolo é menos intemperizado do que um perfil de Latossolo Roxo de Campinas, situado também na depressão periférica. O mesmo acontece em relação a 10 perfis de Latossolo Roxo do planalto ocidental de São Paulo.The four soil profiles studied occur on a toposequence. The less weathered soils, a Lithosol-argilite-shale substratum phase (TP-12 and a Red-Yellow Podzolic Soil Piracicaba variation (TP-13 are located on the lower part of the toposequence. Both soils are derived from

  2. Quantitative characteristics of carcass and meat quality of ¾ Boer + ¼ Saanen and Saanen goat kids fed diets with dry yeast Características quantitativas de carcaça e de qualidade da carne de cabritos ¾ Boer + ¼ Saanen e Saanen alimentados com rações contendo levedura seca

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    Hanna Sakamoto Freitas

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Twenty-seven carcasses of non-castrated confined goat kids, (18 ¾ Boer + ¼ Saanen and nine Saanen with slaughtered weight of 30.1 ± 0.27 kg were used to evaluate quantitative characteristics of the carcass and qualitative characteristics of the loin and shoulder. The animals were distributed in a completely randomized design in a 2 × 3 factorial arrangement (breed group × diet. The diets consisted of inclusion of dry yeast, as follows: soybean meal, soybean meal + dried yeast or dried yeast. The other ingredients of the diets were oat hay (30% DM, ground corn and mineral mixture. Hot carcass weight, cold carcass weight, weight loss by cooling, true carcass yield and carcass compactness index were not influenced by the inclusion of dry yeast nor by racial group. Saanen goats presented the highest carcass commercial yield of carcass, but they needed 15 days more to reach the slaughter weight. The cut yields were not affected, but a significant interaction for shoulder yield occurred. Dry yeast and breed group did not influence the measurements of the loin, the muscle:bone ratio, the cooking losses, the shear force and composition. There was a significant interaction between the inclusion of dry yeast in the diets and the breed group for the muscle proportion on loin, which was higher in the ¾ Boer + ¼ Saanen group. For the shoulder, inclusion of dry yeast and breed group did not alter the proportions of muscle, fat, protein and ash. However, in Saanen goats, the proportion of bone and moisture content were higher and total lipid content was lower. The ¾ Boer + ¼ Saanen groups showed higher precocity. Dry yeast is an alternative protein source that can be included in diets for goat kids.Foram utilizadas 27 carcaças de cabritos machos não-castrados, confinados, sendo 18 ¾ Boer + ¼ Saanen e nove Saanen com peso de abate de 30,1 ± 0,27 kg, para avaliar as características quantitativas da carcaça e qualitativas do lombo e da paleta. Os

  3. SAG/ROC-SCFβ-TrCP E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Promotes Pro-Caspase-3 Degradation as a Mechanism of Apoptosis Protection

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    Mingjia Tan

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Skp1-cullin-F-box protein (SCF is a multicomponent E3 ubiquitin (Ub ligase that ubiquitinates a number of important biologic molecules such as p27, β-catenin, and lκB for proteasomal degradation, thus regulating cell proliferation and survival. One SCF component, SAG/ROC2/Rbx2/Hrt2, a RING finger protein, was first identified as a redox-inducible protein, which, when overexpressed, inhibited apoptosis both in vitro and in vivo. We report here that sensitive to apoptosis gene (SAG, as well as its family member ROC1/Rbxi, bound to the proinactive form of caspase-3 (pro-caspase-3. Binding was likely mediated through F-box protein, β-transducin repeat-containing protein (β-TrCP, which binds to the first 38 amino acids of pro-caspase-3. Importantly, β-TrCP1 expression significantly shortened the protein half-life of pro-caspase-3, whereas expression of a dominant-negative β-TrCP1 mutant with the F-box domain deleted extended it. An in vitro ubiquitination assay showed that SAG/ROC-SCF -Trcp promoted ubiquitination of pro-caspase-3. Furthermore, endogenous levels of pro-caspase-3 were decreased by overexpression of SAG/ROC-SCFβ-TrCP E3 Ub ligases, but increased on siRNA silencing of SAG, regulator of cullin-1 (ROC1, or β-TrCPs, leading to increased apoptosis by etoposide and TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand through increased activation of caspase-3. Thus, pro-caspase-3 appears to be a substrate of SAG/ROC-SCFβ-TrCP E3 Ub ligase, which protects cells from apoptosis through increased apoptosis threshold by reducing the basal level of pro-caspase-3.

  4. Arsenic induced progesterone production in a caspase-3-dependent manner and changed redox status in preovulatory granulosa cells.

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    Yuan, Xiao-Hua; Lu, Cai-Ling; Yao, Nan; An, Li-Sha; Yang, Bai-Qing; Zhang, Chuan-Ling; Ma, Xu

    2012-01-01

    Arsenic contamination is a principal environmental health threat throughout the world. However, little is known about the effect of arsenic on steroidogenesis in granulosa cells (GCs). We found that the treatment of preovulatory GCs with arsenite stimulated progesterone production. A significant increase in serum level of progesterone was observed in female Sprague-Dawley rats following arsenite treatment at a dose of 10 mg/L/rat/day for 7 days. Further experiments demonstrated that arsenite treatment did not change the level of intracellular cyclic AMP (cAMP) or phosphorylated ERK1/2 in preovulatory GCs; however, progesterone production was significantly decreased when cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) or ERK1/2 pathway was inhibited. This implied that the effect of arsenite on progesterone production may require cAMP/PKA and ERK1/2 signaling but not depend on them. Furthermore, we found that arsenite decreased intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) but increased the antioxidant glutathione (GSH) levels and mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm) in parallel to the changes in progesterone production. Progesterone antagonist blocked the arsenic-stimulated increase of GSH levels. Arsenite treatment induced caspase-3 activation, although no apoptosis was observed. Inhibition of caspase-3 activity significantly decreased progesterone production stimulated by arsenite or follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). GSH depletion with buthionine sulfoximine led to cell apoptosis in response to arsenite treatment. Collectively, this study demonstrated for the first time that arsenite stimulates progesterone production through cleaved/active caspase-3-dependent pathway, and the increase of GSH level promoted by progesterone production may protect GCs against apoptosis and maintain the steroidogenesis of GCs in response to arsenite treatment. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Expression of Caspase-3, P53 in EL-4 cells induced by ionizing radiation and its biological implications

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    Ju Guizhi; Shen Bo; Sun Shilong; Yan Fengqin; Fu Shibo; Li Pengwu

    2006-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the effect of ionizing radiation on the expressions of Caspase-3 and P53 proteins in EL-4 cells and its implications in the induction of apoptosis and polyploid cells. Methods: EL- 4 cells were irradiated with 4.0 Gy X-rays (180 kV, 15 mA, 0.287 Gy/min). Fluorescent staining and flow cytometry analysis were used to measure protein expression, apoptosis and polyploid cells. Results: It was found that the expression of Caspase-3 protein was increased significantly at 8 h and 12 h after the irradiation compared with sham-irradiated control (P<0.05), and the expression of P53 protein was also increased significantly at 2,4,8,12 and 24 h after the irradiation compared with sham-irradiated control (P<0.05 or P<0.01). The results showed that apoptosis of EL-4 cells was increased significantly at 2,4,8,12,24,48, and 72 h after 4.0 Gy irradiation compared with sham-irradiated control (P<0.05 or P<0.01 or P<0.001). However, no significant change in the number of polyploidy cells was found during the period from 2 to 48 h after the irradiation with 4.0 Gy X-rays. Conclusions: It is indicated that the expressions of Caspase-3 and P53 protein in EL-4 cells can be induced by ionizing radiation, and play an important role in the induction of apoptosis; the molecular pathway for polyploid formation might be P53-independent. (authors)

  6. Phenyl Saligenin Phosphate Induced Caspase-3 and c-Jun N-Terminal Kinase Activation in Cardiomyocyte-Like Cells.

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    Felemban, Shatha G; Garner, A Christopher; Smida, Fathi A; Boocock, David J; Hargreaves, Alan J; Dickenson, John M

    2015-11-16

    At present, little is known about the effect(s) of organophosphorous compounds (OPs) on cardiomyocytes. In this study, we have investigated the effects of phenyl saligenin phosphate (PSP), two organophosphorothioate insecticides (diazinon and chlorpyrifos), and their acutely toxic metabolites (diazoxon and chlorpyrifos oxon) on mitotic and differentiated H9c2 cardiomyoblasts. OP-induced cytotoxicity was assessed by monitoring MTT reduction, LDH release, and caspase-3 activity. Cytotoxicity was not observed with diazinon, diazoxon, or chlorpyrifos oxon (48 h exposure; 200 μM). Chlorpyrifos-induced cytotoxicity was only evident at concentrations >100 μM. In marked contrast, PSP displayed pronounced cytotoxicity toward mitotic and differentiated H9c2 cells. PSP triggered the activation of JNK1/2 but not ERK1/2, p38 MAPK, or PKB, suggesting a role for this pro-apoptotic protein kinase in PSP-induced cell death. The JNK1/2 inhibitor SP 600125 attenuated PSP-induced caspase-3 and JNK1/2 activation, confirming the role of JNK1/2 in PSP-induced cytotoxicity. Fluorescently labeled PSP (dansylated PSP) was used to identify novel PSP binding proteins. Dansylated PSP displayed cytotoxicity toward differentiated H9c2 cells. 2D-gel electrophoresis profiles of cells treated with dansylated PSP (25 μM) were used to identify proteins fluorescently labeled with dansylated PSP. Proteomic analysis identified tropomyosin, heat shock protein β-1, and nucleolar protein 58 as novel protein targets for PSP. In summary, PSP triggers cytotoxicity in differentiated H9c2 cardiomyoblasts via JNK1/2-mediated activation of caspase-3. Further studies are required to investigate whether the identified novel protein targets of PSP play a role in the cytotoxicity of this OP, which is usually associated with the development of OP-induced delayed neuropathy.

  7. LDR reverses DDP resistance in ovarian cancer cells by affecting ERCC-1, Bcl-2, Survivin and Caspase-3 expressions.

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    Ju, Xingyan; Yu, Hongsheng; Liang, Donghai; Jiang, Tao; Liu, Yuanwei; Chen, Ling; Dong, Qing; Liu, Xiaoran

    2018-06-01

    Ovarian cancer is the most frequent cause of death resulting from malignant gynecological tumors. After surgical intervention, cisplatin (DDP) is a major chemotherapy drug for ovarian cancer, but the ovarian cancer cells tend to develop DDP resistance in the clinical setting. Tumor cells are sensitive to low-dose radiation (LDR). However, how the LDR therapy improves the effects of chemotherapy drugs on ovarian cancer is not well understood. This study aimed to explore this issue. The SKOV3/DDP cells were divided into 3 groups, including low-dose group, conventional-dose group, and control group (no radiation). Cell counting kit-8 assay was performed to measure cell proliferation. Flow cytometric analysis was then utilized to quantify the apoptosis with classical Annexin V/propidium iodide co-staining. And Real-time quantitative PCR and western blot were eventually used to analyze the mRNA and protein levels of excision repair cross complementing-group 1 (ERCC1), B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2), Survivin and Caspase-3, respectively. The IC50 value of DDP in the low-dose group was significantly lower compared with the other two groups. Compared with the conventional-dose group and control group, LDR treatment resulted in significantly more apoptosis. Besides, LDR treatment significantly decreased the mRNA and protein expression of ERCC1, Bcl-2, and Survivin, and enhanced the mRNA and protein expression of Caspase-3 compared with the other two groups. LDR reversed DDP resistance in SKOV3/DDP cells possibly by suppressing ERCC1, Bcl-2, and Survivin expressions, and increasing Caspase-3 expression. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  8. G-CSF prevents caspase 3 activation in Schwann cells after sciatic nerve transection, but does not improve nerve regeneration.

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    Frost, Hanna K; Kodama, Akira; Ekström, Per; Dahlin, Lars B

    2016-10-15

    Exogenous granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) has emerged as a drug candidate for improving the outcome after peripheral nerve injuries. We raised the question if exogenous G-CSF can improve nerve regeneration following a clinically relevant model - nerve transection and repair - in healthy and diabetic rats. In short-term experiments, distance of axonal regeneration and extent of injury-induced Schwann cell death was quantified by staining for neurofilaments and cleaved caspase 3, respectively, seven days after repair. There was no difference in axonal outgrowth between G-CSF-treated and non-treated rats, regardless if healthy Wistar or diabetic Goto-Kakizaki (GK) rats were examined. However, G-CSF treatment caused a significant 13% decrease of cleaved caspase 3-positive Schwann cells at the lesion site in healthy rats, but only a trend in diabetic rats. In the distal nerve segments of healthy rats a similar trend was observed. In long-term experiments of healthy rats, regeneration outcome was evaluated at 90days after repair by presence of neurofilaments, wet weight of gastrocnemius muscle, and perception of touch (von Frey monofilament testing weekly). The presence of neurofilaments distal to the suture line was similar in G-CSF-treated and non-treated rats. The weight ratio of ipsi-over contralateral gastrocnemius muscles, and perception of touch at any time point, were likewise not affected by G-CSF treatment. In addition, the inflammatory response in short- and long-term experiments was studied by analyzing ED1 stainable macrophages in healthy rats, but in neither case was any attenuation seen at the injury site or distal to it. G-CSF can prevent caspase 3 activation in Schwann cells in the short-term, but does not detectably affect the inflammatory response, nor improve early or late axonal outgrowth or functional recovery. Copyright © 2016 IBRO. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Active caspase-3 and ultrastructural evidence of apoptosis in spontaneous and induced cell death in bovine in vitro produced pre-implantation embryos

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    Gjørret, Jakob O.; Fabian, Dusan; Avery, Birthe

    2007-01-01

    In this study we investigated chronological onset and involvement of active caspase-3, apoptotic nuclear morphology, and TUNEL-labeling, as well as ultrastructural evidence of apoptosis, in both spontaneous and induced cell death during pre-implantation development of bovine in vitro produced...... microscopy in both treated and untreated blastocysts. Activation of caspase-3 is likely involved in both spontaneous and induced apoptosis in bovine pre-implantation embryos, and immunohistochemical staining of active caspase-3 may be used in combination with other markers to identify apoptosis in pre...... embryos. Pre-implantation embryos (2-cell to Day 8 blastocysts) were cultured with either no supplementation (untreated) or with 10 µM staurosporine for 24 hr (treated). Embryos were subjected to immunohistochemical staining of active caspase-3, TUNEL-reaction for detection of DNA degradation and DAPI...

  10. Decreased expression of caspase3 in penis and prostate tissues of rat after the treatment with buceng (Pimpinella alpina Molk & Euricoma longifolia Jack

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    Taufiqurrachman Taufiqurrachman

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Buceng {combination of pasak bumi (Eurycoma longifolia Jack and purwoceng (Pimpinella alpine Molk} has been proven to increase testosterone (Te level and decrease apoptosis. Unfortunately, there is no evidence whether these effects are mediated by the declining of caspase3. Objective of this study was to evaluate whether buceng could decrease the expression of caspase3 of penis and prostate cells in Sprague Dawley male rats.Methods: Twenty four Sprague Dawley male rats weighing 300 g (90 days old were randomly assigned into 4 groups of 6 male rats. Group A, rats were castrated and received buceng 50 mg. Group B, rats were not castrated, sacrifices as positive control. Group C, rats were castrated and given 2 mL aquadest as negative control. Group D, rats were castrated and got of 6.75 mg mesterolone, dissolved in 2 mL water. MANOVA statistical analysis was adopted to examine the difference expression of caspase3 in all groups. The comparison of caspase3 expression between two groups exhibiting difference values were evaluated by Post Hoc test.Results: MANOVA revealed statistically significant differences in the expression of caspase3 of penis and prostate tissues among the four groups. Post Hoct test also indicated that expression of caspase3 in group A (buceng (33.56; 35.83 was significantly lower compared to group C (negative control (54.33; 60.07 and group D (mesterolone (51.91;56.21, p = 0.000, and higher compared than group B or normal rats (29.40; 27.72, but statistically not significant (p = 0.826.Conclusion: The treatment of 50 mg buceng/day for 30 consecutive days could decrease caspase3 expression in penis and prostate cells. (Med J Indones. 2013;22:2-8Keywords: Apoptosis, buceng (Pimpinella alpine Molk – Eurycoma longifolia Jack, caspase3 

  11. Active caspase-3 detection to evaluate apoptosis induced by Verbena officinalis essential oil and citral in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia cells

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    Laura De Martino

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Verbena officinalis L., Verbenaceae, commonly known as vervain, is a plant widely used in medicine. Despite of its widespread use in different traditional practices, the mechanisms of pharmacological actions of the plant and its volatile oil are still unclear. We evaluated the pro-apoptotic activity of V. officinalis essential oil and of its main component, citral, on lymphocytes collected from ten patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL, a disease in which a faulty apoptotic mechanism is still retained one of the primary pathogenic events, by adding to treated mononuclear cells, annexin-V, propidium iodide, and CD19. Apoptosis was also evaluated using anti-active-caspase-3 monoclonal antibody after permeabilization of the cells. Both V. officinalis essential oil and citral were found able to induce apoptosis in CLL cells and to activate caspase-3, which is considered the way by means they active apoptosis in B neoplastic cells. This data further support evidences that indicate natural compounds as possible lead structure to develop new therapeutic agents for CLL.

  12. Active caspase-3 detection to evaluate apoptosis induced by Verbena officinalis essential oil and citral in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia cells

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    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Verbena officinalis L., Verbenaceae, commonly known as vervain, is a plant widely used in medicine. Despite of its widespread use in different traditional practices, the mechanisms of pharmacological actions of the plant and its volatile oil are still unclear. We evaluated the pro-apoptotic activity of V. officinalis essential oil and of its main component, citral, on lymphocytes collected from ten patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL, a disease in which a faulty apoptotic mechanism is still retained one of the primary pathogenic events, by adding to treated mononuclear cells, annexin-V, propidium iodide, and CD19. Apoptosis was also evaluated using anti-active-caspase-3 monoclonal antibody after permeabilization of the cells. Both V. officinalis essential oil and citral were found able to induce apoptosis in CLL cells and to activate caspase-3, which is considered the way by means they active apoptosis in B neoplastic cells. This data further support evidences that indicate natural compounds as possible lead structure to develop new therapeutic agents for CLL.

  13. E-Cigarette Vapor Induces an Apoptotic Response in Human Gingival Epithelial Cells Through the Caspase-3 Pathway.

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    Rouabhia, Mahmoud; Park, Hyun Jin; Semlali, Abdelhabib; Zakrzewski, Andrew; Chmielewski, Witold; Chakir, Jamila

    2017-06-01

    Electronic cigarettes represent an increasingly significant proportion of today's consumable tobacco products. E-cigarettes contain several chemicals which may promote oral diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of e-cigarette vapor on human gingival epithelial cells. Results show that e-cigarette vapor altered the morphology of cells from small cuboidal form to large undefined shapes. Both single and multiple exposures to e-cigarette vapor led to a bulky morphology with large faint nuclei and an enlarged cytoplasm. E-cigarette vapor also increased L-lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity in the targeted cells. This activity was greater with repeated exposures. Furthermore, e-cigarette vapor increased apoptotic/necrotic epithelial cell percentages compared to that observed in the control. Epithelial cell apoptosis was confirmed by TUNEL assay showing that exposure to e-cigarette vapor increased apoptotic cell numbers, particularly after two and three exposures. This negative effect involved the caspase-3 pathway, the activity of which was greater with repeated exposure and which decreased following the use of caspase-3 inhibitor. The adverse effects of e-cigarette vapor on gingival epithelial cells may lead to dysregulated gingival cell function and result in oral disease. J. Cell. Physiol. 232: 1539-1547, 2017. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  14. Post-Traumatic Caspase-3 Expression in the Adjacent Areas of Growth Plate Injury Site: A Morphological Study

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The epiphyseal plate is a hyaline cartilage plate that sits between the diaphysis and the epiphysis. The objective of this study was to determine the impact of an injury in the growth plate chondrocytes through the study of histological morphology, immunohistochemistry, histomorphometry and Western Blot analyses of the caspase-3 and cleaved PARP-1, and levels of the inflammatory cytokines, Interleukin-6 (IL-6 and Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha (TNF-α, in order to acquire more information about post-injury reactions of physeal cell turnover. In our results, morphological analysis showed that in experimental bones, neo-formed bone trabeculae—resulting from bone formation repair—invaded the growth plate and reached the metaphyseal bone tissue (bone bridge, and this could result in some growth arrest. We demonstrated, by ELISA, increased expression levels of the inflammatory cytokines IL-6 and TNF-α. Immunohistochemistry, histomorphometry and Western Blot analyses of the caspase-3 and cleaved PARP-1 showed that the physeal apoptosis rate of the experimental bones was significantly higher than that of the control ones. In conclusion, we could assume that the inflammation process causes stress to chondrocytes that will die as a biological defense mechanism, and will also increase the survival of new chondrocytes for maintaining cell homeostasis. Nevertheless, the exact stimulus leading to the increased apoptosis rate, observed after injury, needs additional research to understand the possible contribution of chondrocyte apoptosis to growth disturbance.

  15. The Growing Complexity of Cancer Cell Response to DNA-Damaging Agents: Caspase 3 Mediates Cell Death or Survival?

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available It is widely stated that wild-type p53 either mediates the activation of cell cycle checkpoints to facilitate DNA repair and promote cell survival, or orchestrates apoptotic cell death following exposure to cancer therapeutic agents. This reigning paradigm has been challenged by numerous discoveries with different human cell types, including solid tumor-derived cell lines. Thus, activation of the p53 signaling pathway by ionizing radiation and other DNA-damaging agents hinders apoptosis and triggers growth arrest (e.g., through premature senescence in some genetic backgrounds; such growth arrested cells remain viable, secrete growth-promoting factors, and give rise to progeny with stem cell-like properties. In addition, caspase 3, which is best known for its role in the execution phase of apoptosis, has been recently reported to facilitate (rather than suppress DNA damage-induced genomic instability and carcinogenesis. This observation is consistent with an earlier report demonstrating that caspase 3 mediates secretion of the pro-survival factor prostaglandin E2, which in turn promotes enrichment of tumor repopulating cells. In this article, we review these and related discoveries and point out novel cancer therapeutic strategies. One of our objectives is to demonstrate the growing complexity of the DNA damage response beyond the conventional “repair and survive, or die” hypothesis.

  16. Targeting caspase-3 as dual therapeutic benefits by RNAi facilitating brain-targeted nanoparticles in a rat model of Parkinson's disease.

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    Liu, Yang; Guo, Yubo; An, Sai; Kuang, Yuyang; He, Xi; Ma, Haojun; Li, Jianfeng; Lu, Jing; Lv, Jing; Zhang, Ning; Jiang, Chen

    2013-01-01

    The activation of caspase-3 is an important hallmark in Parkinson's disease. It could induce neuron death by apoptosis and microglia activation by inflammation. As a result, inhibition the activation of caspase-3 would exert synergistic dual effect in brain in order to prevent the progress of Parkinson's disease. Silencing caspase-3 genes by RNA interference could inhibit the activation of caspase-3. We developed a brain-targeted gene delivery system based on non-viral gene vector, dendrigraft poly-L-lysines. A rabies virus glycoprotein peptide with 29 amino-acid linked to dendrigraft poly-L-lysines could render gene vectors the ability to get across the blood brain barrier by specific receptor mediated transcytosis. The resultant brain-targeted vector was complexed with caspase-3 short hairpin RNA coding plasmid DNA, yielding nanoparticles. In vivo imaging analysis indicated the targeted nanoparticles could accumulate in brain more efficiently than non-targeted ones. A multiple dosing regimen by weekly intravenous administration of the nanoparticles could reduce activated casapse-3 levels, significantly improve locomotor activity and rescue dopaminergic neuronal loss and in Parkinson's disease rats' brain. These results indicated the rabies virus glycoprotein peptide modified brain-targeted nanoparticles were promising gene delivery system for RNA interference to achieve anti-apoptotic and anti-inflammation synergistic therapeutic effects by down-regulation the expression and activation of caspase-3.

  17. Targeting caspase-3 as dual therapeutic benefits by RNAi facilitating brain-targeted nanoparticles in a rat model of Parkinson's disease.

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    Full Text Available The activation of caspase-3 is an important hallmark in Parkinson's disease. It could induce neuron death by apoptosis and microglia activation by inflammation. As a result, inhibition the activation of caspase-3 would exert synergistic dual effect in brain in order to prevent the progress of Parkinson's disease. Silencing caspase-3 genes by RNA interference could inhibit the activation of caspase-3. We developed a brain-targeted gene delivery system based on non-viral gene vector, dendrigraft poly-L-lysines. A rabies virus glycoprotein peptide with 29 amino-acid linked to dendrigraft poly-L-lysines could render gene vectors the ability to get across the blood brain barrier by specific receptor mediated transcytosis. The resultant brain-targeted vector was complexed with caspase-3 short hairpin RNA coding plasmid DNA, yielding nanoparticles. In vivo imaging analysis indicated the targeted nanoparticles could accumulate in brain more efficiently than non-targeted ones. A multiple dosing regimen by weekly intravenous administration of the nanoparticles could reduce activated casapse-3 levels, significantly improve locomotor activity and rescue dopaminergic neuronal loss and in Parkinson's disease rats' brain. These results indicated the rabies virus glycoprotein peptide modified brain-targeted nanoparticles were promising gene delivery system for RNA interference to achieve anti-apoptotic and anti-inflammation synergistic therapeutic effects by down-regulation the expression and activation of caspase-3.

  18. [Effect of Electroacupuncture on Cerebro-cortex Caspase-3 Expression and Blood Lipid Levels in Hyperlipemia Rats with Cerebral Ischemia].

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    Wang, Zhuo-Yu; Ma, Jia-Jia; Guan, Han-Yu; Tian, Yao; Ren, Xiu-Jun; Ma, Hui-Fang

    2017-04-25

    To observe the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) stimulation of "Fenglong" (ST 40), "Sanyinjiao" (SP 6) plus manual acupuncture (MA) stimulation of "Shuigou" (GV 26) and "Baihui" (GV 20) on Caspase-3 protein expression in the cerebral cortex of rats with hyperlipemia and cerebral ischemia(HL-CI),so as to reveal its mechanisms underlying improvement of HL-CI. Forty-five rats were randomly divided into normal control,sham operation,model,EA group I(EA+MA was given for 14 days, i.e., 7 days before CI, and 7 days more after HL-CI)and EA group Ⅱ (EA+MA was given for only 7 days after HL-CI),with 9 rats being in each group. The HL-CI model was established by feeding the animals with high fat forage for 6 weeks and then making an occlusion of the unilateral middle cerebral artery by regional application of quantitative paper adsorbing 50% FeCl 3 solution (10 μL). Rats of the sham operation group were treated with the same procedures only without application of FeCl 3 solution. For rats of the EA group I,EA (1-3 mA, 2 Hz/100 Hz) was applied to bilateral acupoints SP 6 and ST 40 (for 20 min),and MA stimulation applied to GV 26 and GV 20. EA was conducted once daily for 7 days after 6 weeks' high fat fo-rage feeding, and EA+MA intervention was conducted once daily for 7 days after CI modeling. For rats in the EA group Ⅱ, EA+MA was applied to the same 4 acupoints once a day for 7 days only after CI modeling. The neurological impairment was assessed by Zea Longa's scoring. The blood sample was taken from the abdominal aorta for measuring the contents of serum cholesterol (CHO),triglyceride (TG) and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). Pathological changes of the cerebral cortex were observed after H.E. staining, and the expression of cerebro-cortex Caspase-3 was analyzed by immunohistochemistry. Following modeling,the neurological score,CHO, TG and LDL-C contents, and the number of Caspase-3 positive cells as well

  19. Apoptosis induced by chlormethine and ionizing radiations in normal and tumoral lymphocytes: role of caspase-3; Apoptose induite par la chlormethine et les radiations ionisantes dans les lymphocytes normaux et tumoraux: role de la caspase-3

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    Apoptosis can be induced by various stimuli like ionizing radiations or alkylating agents. Recent works have shown that apoptosis due to ionizing radiations can be initiated by DNA and cell membrane alterations, via radical species generation, implying the in fine activation of effector caspases, and in particular caspase-3. The main goal of this work is to clarify the role of caspase-3 in the radio-induced apoptosis mechanisms and to study the effects of apoptosis inhibition on the behaviour of the damaged cells. The effects of activation and caspase-3 activity inhibition on the progress of spontaneous, radio-induced or chlormethine-induced apoptosis have been evaluated for normal and tumoral lymphocytes. A chemical molecule, the ebselen, which can mime the action of the endogenous glutathione peroxidase, and a tetra-peptide inhibitor, AC-DEVD-CHO, selective of effector caspases, have been selected. The results indicate an inhibition by ebselen of all morphological and biochemical characteristics of chlormethine-induced apoptosis and a restoring of the cells viability. This seleno-organic compound also reduces the drop of the intra-cellular glutathione level and the loss of the trans-membrane potential (M) of the mitochondrion in the MOLT-4 tumoral cells treated with chlormethine. In parallel, the AC-DEVD-CHO effect on apoptosis induction has been tested. This inhibitor stops some chlormethine-induced criteria of apoptosis without affecting the final loss of the mitochondrial M and the cells proliferation. AC-DEVD-CHO has been also incubated just before the irradiation of the culture cells. The inhibition of the specific DEVD caspases prevents the inter-nucleosomal fragmentation of DNA and partially delays the externalization of phosphatidylserine without changing the viability of the irradiated cells. Moreover, the analysis of the AC-DEVD-CHO pre-treated irradiated cells floating on the surface shows a strong mitochondrial lactate dehydrogenase activity, which

  20. Autocatalytic caspase-3 driven by human telomerase reverse transcriptase promoter suppresses human ovarian carcinoma growth in vitro and in mice.

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    Song, Yue; Xia, Zhijun; Shen, Keng; Zhai, Xingyue

    2013-05-01

    To construct recombinant adenoviruses AdHT-rev-casp3 and Ad-rev-casp3, which express autocatalysis caspase-3 driven by human telomerase reverse transcriptase promoter and cytomegalovirus promoter, respectively; and to investigate their antitumor effects on ovarian cancer in vitro and in vivo. Cell viabilities were determined using the cell counting kit 8 and flow cytometry. Reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction and immunoblotting assays were used to detect cellular apoptotic activities after treatments. Tumor growth and survival of mice bearing AO cells were studied. AdHT-rev-casp3 significantly suppressed the survival of AO cells in a dose-dependent modality with a viability rate of 60.45% ± 7.8% at an multiplicity of infection (MOI) of 70 and 42.18 ± 5.3% at an MOI of 100, which was somewhat lower than that of the AO cells treated with Ad-rev-casp3 (32.28% ± 5.3% and 21.84% ± 3.4%, respectively). In contrast, AdHT-rev-casp3 induced little human umbilical vein epithelial cell (HUVEC) death with a viability rate of 98.52% ± 6.9% at an MOI of 70, whereas Ad-rev-casp3 induced significant cell death in HUVEC with a viability rate of 27.14% ± 5.4%. Additionally, AdHT-rev-casp3 (MOI = 70) caused significant apoptosis in AO cells with an apoptotic rate of 25.97%, whereas it caused undetectable apoptosis in HUVECs with the rate of only 1.75%. Ad-rev-casp3 (MOI = 70) caused strong apoptosis in both AO and HUVECs, with the rate of 35.82% and 38.12%, respectively. AdHT-rev-casp3 caused markedly higher levels of active caspase-3, causing no detectable active caspase-3 expression in HUVECs. The tumor growth suppression rate of AdHT-rev-casp3 was 54.94%, significantly higher than that of phosphate-buffered saline at the end point of the study. AdHT-rev-casp3 significantly improved the survival of mice receiving intraperitoneal inoculation of AO cells with little liver damage, with the mean survival of 177 ± 12 days. AdHT-rev-casp3 causes effective apoptosis

  1. LPS inhibits caspase 3-dependent apoptosis in RAW264.7 macrophages induced by the AMPK activator AICAR

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    Russe, Otto Quintus; Möser, Christine V.; Kynast, Katharina L.; King, Tanya S.; Olbrich, Katrin; Grösch, Sabine; Geisslinger, Gerd; Niederberger, Ellen

    2014-01-01

    Highlights: • AMPK-activation induces caspase 3-dependent apoptosis in macrophages. • Apoptosis is associated with decreased mTOR and increased p21 levels. • All effects can be significantly inhibited by the TLR4 agonist lipopolysaccharide. - Abstract: AMP-activated kinase is a cellular energy sensor which is activated in stages of increased ATP consumption. Its activation has been associated with a number of beneficial effects such as decreasing inflammatory processes and the disease progress of diabetes and obesity, respectively. Furthermore, AMPK activation has been linked with induction of cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in cancer and vascular cells, indicating that it might have a therapeutic impact for the treatment of cancer and atherosclerosis. However, the impact of AMPK on the proliferation of macrophages, which also play a key role in the formation of atherosclerotic plaques and in inflammatory processes, has not been focused so far. We have assessed the influence of AICAR- and metformin-induced AMPK activation on cell viability of macrophages with and without inflammatory stimulation, respectively. In cells without inflammatory stimulation, we found a strong induction of caspase 3-dependent apoptosis associated with decreased mTOR levels and increased expression of p21. Interestingly, these effects could be inhibited by co-stimulation with bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) but not by other proinflammatory cytokines suggesting that AICAR induces apoptosis via AMPK in a TLR4-pathway dependent manner. In conclusion, our results revealed that AMPK activation is not only associated with positive effects but might also contribute to risk factors by disturbing important features of macrophages. The fact that LPS is able to restore AMPK-associated apoptosis might indicate an important role of TLR4 agonists in preventing unfavorable cell death of immune cells

  2. Involvement of ERK, Bcl-2 family and caspase 3 in recombinant human activin A-induced apoptosis in A549

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    Wang Baiding; Feng Yuling; Song Xingbo; Liu Qingqing; Ning Yunye; Ou Xuemei; Yang Jie; Zhang Xiaohong; Wen, Fuqiang

    2009-01-01

    Background: Activins are members of the transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) superfamily. Previous studies have shown that activin A may have a central role in regulating both apoptosis and proliferation. However, direct studies of recombination human activin A on human NSCLC A549 cells have not yet been reported. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether activin A could induce apoptosis in A549 cells and the possible mechanisms via which it worked. Methods: Cellular apoptosis induced by activin A was detected by TUNEL assay and the levels of protein expression were detected by western blot. Results: Recombination human activin A induced apoptosis in human NSCLC A549 cells in a concentrate-dependent manner. Activin A-induced A549 apoptosis was accompanied by the up-regulation of Bax, Bad and Bcl-Xs and down-regulation of Bcl-2. Moreover, activin A treatment increased the expression of its typeII receptors, activated ERK and caspase 3 in A549. These results clearly demonstrate that the induction of apoptosis by activin-A involves multiple cellular/molecular pathways and strongly suggest that pro- and anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family proteins and caspase 3 participate in activin A-induced apoptotic process in A549 cells. On the other hand, activin A treatment had little effect on primary human small airway epithelial cells (SAECs). Conclusion: Recombination human activin A induced apoptosis in A549 cells, at least partially, through ERK and mitochondrial pathway. The result that activin A did not affect the normal SAEC revealed activin A might be considered as a potential anticancer agent and worthy of further studies

  3. Angelica sinensis polysaccharides promotes apoptosis in human breast cancer cells via CREB-regulated caspase-3 activation

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    Zhou, Wei-Jie; Wang, Sheng; Hu, Zhuang; Zhou, Zhen-Yu; Song, Cai-Juan

    2015-01-01

    Angelica sinensis polysaccharide (ASP) is purified from the fresh roots of Angelica sinensis (AS). This traditional Chinese medicine has been used for thousands of years for treating gynecological diseases and used in functional foods for the prevention and treatment of various diseases, such as inflammation and cancer. The antitumor activity of ASP is related to its biological activities, because it suppresses a variety of pro-proliferative or anti-apoptotic factors that are dramatically expressed in cancer cells of given types. In this study, we show that angelica sinensis polysaccharide induced apoptosis in breast cancer cells of T47D over-expressing the Cyclic AMP response element binding protein (CREB), inducing apoptosis-related signaling pathway activity. The result also found that ASP caused cell death was linked to caspase activity, accompanied by the loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, cytochrome c release, and Bax translocation from the cytosol to the mitochondria. We found that ASP significantly affected the poly-ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP), Bcl-2 Associated X Protein (Bax), Bcl-2, Bcl-xL and apoptotic protease activating facter-1 (Apaf1) protein expression in a dose- and time-dependent manner. DAPI staining and Flow cytometry were used to analyze apoptosis. The nude mice xenograft model was used to evaluate the antitumor effect of ASP in vivo. ASP has profound antitumor effect on T47D cells, probably by inducing apoptosis through CREB signaling pathway. Thus, these results suggest that ASP would be a promising therapeutic agent for breast cancer. - Highlights: • CREB and Caspase-3 signaling pathways are involved in the ASP induced breast cancer cells apoptosis. • ROCK1/Mlc signaling pathway plays a critical role in this ASP-mediated apoptosis. • Angelica sinensis polysaccharide (ASP) affected the PARP, Bax, Bcl-2, Bcl-xL and Apaf1 protein expression. • The activation of CREB and ROCK1 promotes caspase-3 activation and apoptosis induced

  4. Annonaceous acetogenin mimic AA005 induces cancer cell death via apoptosis inducing factor through a caspase-3-independent mechanism.

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    Han, Bing; Wang, Tong-Dan; Shen, Shao-Ming; Yu, Yun; Mao, Chan; Yao, Zhu-Jun; Wang, Li-Shun

    2015-03-18

    Annonaceous acetogenins are a family of natural products with antitumor activities. Annonaceous acetogenin mimic AA005 reportedly inhibits mammalian mitochondrial NADH-ubiquinone reductase (Complex I) and induces gastric cancer cell death. However, the mechanisms underlying its cell-death-inducing activity are unclear. We used SW620 colorectal adenocarcinoma cells to study AA005 cytotoxic activity. Cell deaths were determined by Trypan blue assay and flow cytometry, and related proteins were characterized by western blot. Immunofluorescence and subcellular fractionation were used to evaluate AIF nuclear translocation. Reactive oxygen species were assessed by using redox-sensitive dye DCFDA. AA005 induces a unique type of cell death in colorectal adenocarcinoma cells, characterized by lack of caspase-3 activation or apoptotic body formation, sensitivity to poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitor Olaparib (AZD2281) but not pan-caspase inhibitor Z-VAD.fmk, and dependence on apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF). AA005 treatment also reduced expression of mitochondrial Complex I components, and leads to accumulation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) at the early stage. Blocking ROS formation significantly suppresses AA005-induced cell death in SW620 cells. Moreover, blocking activation of RIP-1 by necroptosis inhibitor necrotatin-1 inhibits AIF translocation and partially suppresses AA005-induced cell death in SW620 cells demonstrating that RIP-1 protein may be essential for cell death. AA005 may trigger the cell death via mediated by AIF through caspase-3 independent pathway. Our work provided new mechanisms for AA005-induced cancer cell death and novel clues for cancer treatment via AIF dependent cell death.

  5. Angelica sinensis polysaccharides promotes apoptosis in human breast cancer cells via CREB-regulated caspase-3 activation

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    Zhou, Wei-Jie; Wang, Sheng [Department of Breast and Thyroid Surgery, Huaihe Hospital, Henan University, Kaifeng 475000 (China); Hu, Zhuang, E-mail: zhuanghu475000@sina.com [Department of Breast and Thyroid Surgery, Huaihe Hospital, Henan University, Kaifeng 475000 (China); Zhengzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Zhengzhou 475000 (China); Zhou, Zhen-Yu; Song, Cai-Juan [Department of Breast and Thyroid Surgery, Huaihe Hospital, Henan University, Kaifeng 475000 (China); Zhengzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Zhengzhou 475000 (China)

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    Angelica sinensis polysaccharide (ASP) is purified from the fresh roots of Angelica sinensis (AS). This traditional Chinese medicine has been used for thousands of years for treating gynecological diseases and used in functional foods for the prevention and treatment of various diseases, such as inflammation and cancer. The antitumor activity of ASP is related to its biological activities, because it suppresses a variety of pro-proliferative or anti-apoptotic factors that are dramatically expressed in cancer cells of given types. In this study, we show that angelica sinensis polysaccharide induced apoptosis in breast cancer cells of T47D over-expressing the Cyclic AMP response element binding protein (CREB), inducing apoptosis-related signaling pathway activity. The result also found that ASP caused cell death was linked to caspase activity, accompanied by the loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, cytochrome c release, and Bax translocation from the cytosol to the mitochondria. We found that ASP significantly affected the poly-ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP), Bcl-2 Associated X Protein (Bax), Bcl-2, Bcl-xL and apoptotic protease activating facter-1 (Apaf1) protein expression in a dose- and time-dependent manner. DAPI staining and Flow cytometry were used to analyze apoptosis. The nude mice xenograft model was used to evaluate the antitumor effect of ASP in vivo. ASP has profound antitumor effect on T47D cells, probably by inducing apoptosis through CREB signaling pathway. Thus, these results suggest that ASP would be a promising therapeutic agent for breast cancer. - Highlights: • CREB and Caspase-3 signaling pathways are involved in the ASP induced breast cancer cells apoptosis. • ROCK1/Mlc signaling pathway plays a critical role in this ASP-mediated apoptosis. • Angelica sinensis polysaccharide (ASP) affected the PARP, Bax, Bcl-2, Bcl-xL and Apaf1 protein expression. • The activation of CREB and ROCK1 promotes caspase-3 activation and apoptosis induced

  6. Tanshinone IIA attenuates the cerebral ischemic injury-induced increase in levels of GFAP and of caspases-3 and -8.

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    Zhou, L; Bondy, S C; Jian, L; Wen, P; Yang, F; Luo, H; Li, W; Zhou, Jun

    2015-03-12

    Tanshinone IIA (TSA) is a lipid soluble agent derived from the root of Salvia miltiorrhiza (Danshen). This plant is a traditional Chinese herb, which has been used widely in China especially for enhancing circulation. However mechanisms underlying its efficacy remain poorly understood. The present study was designed to illuminate events that may underlie the apparently neuroprotective effects of TSA following ischemic insult. Adult Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to transient focal cerebral ischemia by use of a middle cerebral artery occlusion model. They were then randomly divided into a sham-operated control group, and cerebral ischemia/reperfusion groups receiving a two-hour occlusion. Further subsets of groups received the same durations of occlusion or were sham-operated but then received daily i.p. injections of high or low doses of TSA, for seven or 15days. Hematoxylin and eosin staining revealed lesions in the entorhinal cortex of both rats subject to ischemia and to a lesser extent to those receiving TSA after surgery. Levels of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), caspase-3 and caspase-8, were quantified by both immunohistochemistry and Western blotting. TSA treatment after middle cerebral artery occlusion, markedly reduced infarct size, and reduced the expression of caspase-3 and caspase-8. These changes were considered protective and were generally proportional to the dose of TSA used. These results suggest that TSA may effect neuroprotection by way of reduction of the extent of cell inflammation and death within affected regions. Copyright © 2014 IBRO. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. LPS inhibits caspase 3-dependent apoptosis in RAW264.7 macrophages induced by the AMPK activator AICAR

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    Russe, Otto Quintus, E-mail: quintus@russe.eu; Möser, Christine V., E-mail: chmoeser@hotmail.com; Kynast, Katharina L., E-mail: katharina.kynast@googlemail.com; King, Tanya S., E-mail: tanya.sarah.king@googlemail.com; Olbrich, Katrin, E-mail: Katrin.olbrich@gmx.net; Grösch, Sabine, E-mail: groesch@em.uni-frankfurt.de; Geisslinger, Gerd, E-mail: geisslinger@em.uni-frankfurt.de; Niederberger, Ellen, E-mail: e.niederberger@em.uni-frankfurt.de

    2014-05-09

    Highlights: • AMPK-activation induces caspase 3-dependent apoptosis in macrophages. • Apoptosis is associated with decreased mTOR and increased p21 levels. • All effects can be significantly inhibited by the TLR4 agonist lipopolysaccharide. - Abstract: AMP-activated kinase is a cellular energy sensor which is activated in stages of increased ATP consumption. Its activation has been associated with a number of beneficial effects such as decreasing inflammatory processes and the disease progress of diabetes and obesity, respectively. Furthermore, AMPK activation has been linked with induction of cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in cancer and vascular cells, indicating that it might have a therapeutic impact for the treatment of cancer and atherosclerosis. However, the impact of AMPK on the proliferation of macrophages, which also play a key role in the formation of atherosclerotic plaques and in inflammatory processes, has not been focused so far. We have assessed the influence of AICAR- and metformin-induced AMPK activation on cell viability of macrophages with and without inflammatory stimulation, respectively. In cells without inflammatory stimulation, we found a strong induction of caspase 3-dependent apoptosis associated with decreased mTOR levels and increased expression of p21. Interestingly, these effects could be inhibited by co-stimulation with bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) but not by other proinflammatory cytokines suggesting that AICAR induces apoptosis via AMPK in a TLR4-pathway dependent manner. In conclusion, our results revealed that AMPK activation is not only associated with positive effects but might also contribute to risk factors by disturbing important features of macrophages. The fact that LPS is able to restore AMPK-associated apoptosis might indicate an important role of TLR4 agonists in preventing unfavorable cell death of immune cells.

  8. TUG1 promotes lens epithelial cell apoptosis by regulating miR-421/caspase-3 axis in age-related cataract.

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    Li, Guoxing; Song, Huiyang; Chen, Lei; Yang, Weihua; Nan, Kaihui; Lu, Peirong

    2017-07-01

    Age-related cataract is among the most common chronic disorders of ageing and the apoptosis of lens epithelial cells contributes to non-congenital cataract development. We amid to explore the role of TUG1 and miR-421 in the age-related cataract. The expression level of TUG1, miR-421 and caspase-3 were detected by RT-qPCR. The apoptotic-related protein, caspase-3, Bax and blc-2 were analyzed by western blot. We performed ultraviolet (UV) irradiation to induce SAR01/04 cell apoptosis which was analyzed by flow cytometry. RIP pull-down and luciferase reporter assay were used to verified the combination and regulating among TUG1, miR-421 and caspase-3. Here, we observed that the expression level of TUG1 and caspase-3 in the anterior lens capsules of age-related cataract were significantly higher and miR-421 was significantly lower than that in the normal anterior lens capsules. The apoptosis-related protein, caspase-3, Bax and blc-2 were abnormal expression in the anterior lens capsules of age-related cataract tissue. Our data showed that the expression level of TUG1 and caspase-3 and cell apoptosis rate in SAR01/04 cells treated with UV irradiation was remarkably higher than that in the control. TUG1 negatively regulated miR-421 expression and promoted UV irradiation-induced SAR01/04 cell apoptosis. However, miR-421 inhibitor and pcDNA-caspase-3 could reverse the action of the SRA01/04 cell apoptosis by si-TUG1, which suggested TUG1 promoted UV irradiation-induced apoptosis through downregulating miR-421 expression. Furthermore, this study confirmed TUG1 could been in combination with miR-421, and TUG1 and caspase-3 were both a directly target of miR-421. TUG1 modulated lens epithelial cell apoptosis through miR-421/caspase-3 axis. These findings will offer a novel insight into the pathogenesis of cataract. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Comparison of the effect of intravitreal bevacizumab and intravitreal fasudil on retinal VEGF, TNFα, and caspase 3 levels in an experimental diabetes model

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    Fatih Çelik

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    Full Text Available AIM: To evaluate the influence of an intravitreal injection of bevacizumab and fasudil on the retinal vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα, and caspase 3 levels in a diabetic rabbit model.RESULTS: There was a statistically significant difference in the VEGF and caspase 3 levels between groups (P=0.005 and P =0.013, respectively, but the TNFα level did not differ significantly between groups (P=0.792. It was found that VEGF levels were significantly lower in Group 1 and Group 3 than in Group 2 using the Mann-Whitney U test with the Bonferroni correction (P=0.004 for both comparison. There was no statistically significant difference between other groups with regard to VEGF levels (the P value ranged between 0.015 and 0.886. Although the P values of the caspase 3 levels were 0.015 for Group 1 and Group 4, 0.038 for Group 2 and Group 3, and 0.018 for Group 3 and Group 4, these P values remained above the threshold P value of 0.0083, which was the statistically significant level for post hoc tests.CONCLUSION: An intravitreal injection of bevacizumab decreased both the VEGF level, which plays a role in angiogenesis, and the caspase 3 level, which plays a role in apoptosis. Although not as effective as bevacizumab, fasudil had a beneficial effect on the VEGF levels but significantly increased the caspase 3 levels.

  10. Caspase-3/-8/-9, Bax and Bcl-2 expression in the cerebellum, lymph nodes and leukocytes of dogs naturally infected with canine distemper virus.

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    Del Puerto, H L; Martins, A S; Moro, L; Milsted, A; Alves, F; Braz, G F; Vasconcelos, A C

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    Canine distemper is an immunosuppressive disease caused by the canine distemper virus (CDV). Pathogenesis mainly involves the central nervous system and immunosuppression. Dogs naturally infected with CDV develop apoptotic cells in lymphoid tissues and the cerebellum, but this apoptotic mechanism is not well characterized. To better understand this process, we evaluated the expression of Bax, Bcl-2, and caspase-3, -8 and -9, by evaluating mRNA levels in the peripheral blood, lymph nodes and cerebellum of CDV-infected (CDV+) and uninfected (CDV-) dogs by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Blood samples from 12 CDV+ and 8 CDV- dogs, diagnosed by reverse transcription-PCR, were subjected to hematological analysis and apoptotic gene expression was evaluated using real-time-PCR. Tissues from the cerebellum and lymph nodes of four CDV+ and three CDV-dogs were also subjected to real time-PCR. No significant differences were found between CDV+ and CDV- dogs in the hemotological results or in the expression of caspase-3, -8, -9, Bax, and Bcl-2 in the peripheral blood. However, expression of Bax, caspase-3, -8 and -9 was significantly higher in the cerebellum of CDV+ compared to CDV- dogs. Expression of caspase-3 and -8 was significantly higher in the lymph nodes of CDV+ compared to CDV- dogs. We concluded that infection with CDV induces apoptosis in the cerebellum and lymph nodes in different ways. Lymph node apoptosis apparently occurs via caspase-3 activation, through the caspase-8 pathway, and cerebellum apoptosis apparently occurs via caspase-3 activation, through the caspase-8 and mitochondrial pathways.

  11. p75 Neurotrophin Receptor Signaling Activates Sterol Regulatory Element-binding Protein-2 in Hepatocyte Cells via p38 Mitogen-activated Protein Kinase and Caspase-3.

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    Pham, Dan Duc; Do, Hai Thi; Bruelle, Céline; Kukkonen, Jyrki P; Eriksson, Ove; Mogollón, Isabel; Korhonen, Laura T; Arumäe, Urmas; Lindholm, Dan

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    Nerve growth factor (NGF) influences the survival and differentiation of a specific population of neurons during development, but its role in non-neuronal cells has been less studied. We observed here that NGF and its pro-form, pro-NGF, are elevated in fatty livers from leptin-deficient mice compared with controls, concomitant with an increase in low density lipoprotein receptors (LDLRs). Stimulation of mouse primary hepatocytes with NGF or pro-NGF increased LDLR expression through the p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR). Studies using Huh7 human hepatocyte cells showed that the neurotrophins activate the sterol regulatory element-binding protein-2 (SREBP2) that regulates genes involved in lipid metabolism. The mechanisms for this were related to stimulation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK) and activation of caspase-3 and SREBP2 cleavage following NGF and pro-NGF stimulations. Cell fractionation experiments showed that caspase-3 activity was increased particularly in the membrane fraction that harbors SREBP2 and caspase-2. Experiments showed further that caspase-2 interacts with pro-caspase-3 and that p38 MAPK reduced this interaction and caused caspase-3 activation. Because of the increased caspase-3 activity, the cells did not undergo cell death following p75NTR stimulation, possibly due to concomitant activation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) pathway by the neurotrophins. These results identify a novel signaling pathway triggered by ligand-activated p75NTR that via p38 MAPK and caspase-3 mediate the activation of SREBP2. This pathway may regulate LDLRs and lipid uptake particularly after injury or during tissue inflammation accompanied by an increased production of growth factors, including NGF and pro-NGF. © 2016 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  12. Mercury-Induced Externalization of Phosphatidylserine and Caspase 3 Activation in Human Liver Carcinoma (HepG2 Cells

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    Paul B. Tchounwou

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Apoptosis arises from the active initiation and propagation of a series of highly orchestrated specific biochemical events leading to the demise of the cell. It is a normal physiological process, which occurs during embryonic development as well as in the maintenance of tissue homeostasis. Diverse groups of molecules are involved in the apoptosis pathway and it functions as a mechanism to eliminate unwanted or irreparably damaged cells. However, inappropriate induction of apoptosis by environmental agents has broad ranging pathologic implications and has been associated with several diseases including cancer. The toxicity of several heavy metals such as mercury has been attributed to their high affinity to sulfhydryl groups of proteins and enzymes, and their ability to disrupt cell cycle progression and/or apoptosis in various tissues. The aim of this study was to assess the potential for mercury to induce early and late-stage apoptosis in human liver carcinoma (HepG2 cells. The Annexin-V and Caspase 3 assays were performed by flow cytometric analysis to determine the extent of phosphatidylserine externalization and Caspase 3 activation in mercury-treated HepG2 cells. Cells were exposed to mercury for 10 and 48 hours respectively at doses of 0, 1, 2, and 3 μg/mL based on previous cytotoxicity results in our laboratory indicating an LD50 of 3.5 ± 0.6 μg/mL for mercury in HepG2 cells. The study data indicated a dose response relationship between mercury exposure and the degree of early and late-stage apoptosis in HepG2 cells. The percentages of cells undergoing early apoptosis were 0.03 ± 0.03%, 5.19 ± 0.04%, 6.36 ± 0.04%, and 8.84 ± 0.02% for 0, 1, 2, and 3 μg/mL of mercury respectively, indicating a gradual increase in apoptotic cells with increasing doses of mercury. The percentages of Caspase 3 positive cells undergoing late apoptosis were 3.58 ± 0.03%, 17.06 ± 0

  13. Responses of heat shock protein 70 and caspase-3/7 to dietary selenomethionine in juvenile white sturgeon

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    Weifang Wang

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    Full Text Available An 8-week feeding trial was conducted to investigate the responses of juvenile white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus to elevated dietary selenium (Se based on the determination of the RNA/DNA ratio in muscle, heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70, and caspase-3/7 in muscle and/or liver tissues. Four semi-purified test diets were prepared by adding different levels of L-selenomethionine (0, 50, 100, and 200 mg/kg diet. The analytical determinations of total Se were 2.2, 19.7, 40.1, and 77.7 mg/kg diet. The sturgeon (initial body weight: 30 ± 2 g; mean ± SEM were raised in indoor tanks provided with flow through freshwater (18–19 °C. There were three replicates for each dietary treatment with 25 fish per replicate. The liver and muscle tissues were collected at 4 and 8 weeks after feeding the test diets. A significant interaction between duration and levels of dietary Se exposures on RNA/DNA ratio in the muscle tissue was detected (P < 0.05. Although there was no significant main effect due to the duration of dietary Se exposures (i.e., 4 weeks versus 8 weeks on muscle RNA/DNA ratio (P ≥ 0.05, the ratio was significantly decreased with increasing dietary Se levels. Significant main effects were caused by the duration and levels of dietary Se exposures on Hsp70 in both the muscle and liver tissues, with significant increases in Hsp70 due to a longer exposure (8 weeks and higher levels (40.1 and 77.7 mg Se/kg diet of dietary Se. The caspase-3/7 activity in the liver were significantly higher in fish fed the diets containing 40.1 and 77.7 mg Se/kg diet than those fed the other diets. The toxic thresholds of Se in the muscle were estimated to be 32.2 and 26.6 mg Se/kg for the depressed specific growth rate and the induced Hsp70 response in muscle, respectively. This result indicated that the Hsp70 response in muscle is a more sensitive biomarker than the SGR of sturgeon for evaluating Se toxicity in white sturgeon. Results of the

  14. Prostaglandin F2alpha- and FAS-activating antibody-induced regression of the corpus luteum involves caspase-8 and is defective in caspase-3 deficient mice

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    Flavell Richard A

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    Full Text Available Abstract We recently demonstrated that caspase-3 is important for apoptosis during spontaneous involution of the corpus luteum (CL. These studies tested if prostaglandin F2α (PGF2α or FAS regulated luteal regression, utilize a caspase-3 dependent pathway to execute luteal cell apoptosis, and if the two receptors work via independent or potentially shared intracellular signaling components/pathways to activate caspase-3. Wild-type (WT or caspase-3 deficient female mice, 25–26 days old, were given 10 IU equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG intraperitoneally (IP followed by 10 IU human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG IP 46 h later to synchronize ovulation. The animals were then injected with IgG (2 micrograms, i.v., the FAS-activating antibody Jo2 (2 micrograms, i.v., or PGF2α (10 micrograms, i.p. at 24 or 48 h post-ovulation. Ovaries from each group were collected 8 h later for assessment of active caspase-3 enzyme and apoptosis (measured by the TUNEL assay in the CL. Regardless of genotype or treatment, CL in ovaries collected from mice injected 24 h after ovulation showed no evidence of active caspase-3 or apoptosis. However, PGF2α or Jo2 at 48 h post-ovulation and collected 8 h later induced caspase-3 activation in 13.2 ± 1.8% and 13.7 ± 2.2 % of the cells, respectively and resulted in 16.35 ± 0.7% (PGF2α and 14.3 ± 2.5% TUNEL-positive cells when compared to 1.48 ± 0.8% of cells CL in IgG treated controls. In contrast, CL in ovaries collected from caspase-3 deficient mice whether treated with PGF2α , Jo2, or control IgG at 48 h post-ovulation showed little evidence of active caspase-3 or apoptosis. CL of WT mice treated with Jo2 at 48 h post-ovulation had an 8-fold increase in the activity of caspase-8, an activator of caspase-3 that is coupled to the FAS death receptor. Somewhat unexpectedly, however, treatment of WT mice with PGF2α at 48 h post-ovulation resulted in a 22-fold increase in caspase-8 activity in the CL, despite the fact

  15. Características quantitativas da carcaça de cordeiros deslanados Morada Nova em função da relação volumoso:concentrado na dieta Quantitative characteristics of the carcass of Morada Nova lambs fed different dietary ratios of forage and concentrate

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    Severino Gonzaga Neto

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    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de avaliar a influência da relação volumoso:concentrado sobre a composição tecidual e os rendimentos de carcaça e de cortes comerciais de cordeiros Morada Nova em confinamento, utilizaram-se 18 cordeiros com peso vivo (PV inicial de 15 kg, distribuídos em seis grupos de três animais (um em cada dieta, de acordo com a relação volumoso(V:concentrado(C: 40:60, 55:45 e 70:30. Foram avaliados os pesos de corpo vazio (PCV, de carcaça quente (PCQ e de carcaça fria (PCF, a partir dos quais foram calculados os rendimentos biológico (RB, de carcaça quente (RCQ e de carcaça fria (RCF e a perda de peso por resfriamento (PPR. A carcaça foi dividida em cinco cortes cárneos (perna, lombo, costelas, paleta e pescoço, os quais foram pesados para cálculo de seus rendimentos em relação ao peso da meia-carcaça. A perna foi dissecada em músculo, osso e gordura e os pesos desses tecidos foram expressos em peso absoluto e em porcentagem da perna. Calcularam-se as relações músculo:osso e músculo:gordura, o índice de musculosidade da perna (IMP e a área de olho-de-lombo (AOL. O aumento de 30 para 60% de concentrado na dieta elevou os rendimentos de carcaça quente e carcaça fria, assim como o rendimento biológico. Os crescentes teores de concentrado na dieta não afetaram a porcentagem de músculo na perna, mas proporcionaram maior deposição de gordura e maior área de olho-de-lombo.Eighteen lambs averaging initial body weight (BW of 15 kg were allotted to six groups of three animals (one lamb per diet and were fed diets with following forage:concentrate ratios (F:C: 1 40F:60C; 2 55F:45C; or 3 70F:30C. Lambs of each group were slaughtered when the animal fed the diet with the highest concentrate level reached 25 kg of BW. Animals were slaughtered after 16 h of fasting (feed and water. After obtaining the slaughter body weight (SBW, animals were anesthetized by electric discharge and killed by bleeding of the carotid

  16. Combined fluorimetric caspase 3/7 assay and bradford protein determination for assessment of polycation-mediated cytotoxicity.

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    Larsen, Anna K; Hall, Arnaldur; Lundsgart, Henrik; Moghimi, S Moein

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    Cationic polyplexes and lipoplexes are widely used as artificial systems for nucleic acid delivery into the cells, but they can also induce cell death. Mechanistic understanding of cell toxicity and biological side effects of these cationic entities is essential for optimization strategies and design of safe and efficient nucleic acid delivery systems. Numerous methods are presently available to detect and delineate cytotoxicity and cell death-mediated signals in cell cultures. Activation of caspases is part of the classical apoptosis program and increased caspase activity is therefore a well-established hallmark of programmed cell death. Additional methods to monitor cell death-related signals must, however, also be carried out to fully define the type of cell toxicity in play. These may include methods that detect plasma membrane damage, loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, phosphatidylserine exposure, and cell morphological changes (e.g., membrane blebbing, nuclear changes, cytoplasmic swelling, cell rounding). Here we describe a 96-well format protocol for detection of capsase-3/7 activity in cell lysates, based on a fluorescent caspase-3 assay, combined with a method to simultaneously determine relative protein contents in the individual wells.

  17. Pacific Ciguatoxin Induces Excitotoxicity and Neurodegeneration in the Motor Cortex Via Caspase 3 Activation: Implication for Irreversible Motor Deficit.

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    Asthana, Pallavi; Zhang, Ni; Kumar, Gajendra; Chine, Virendra Bhagawan; Singh, Kunal Kumar; Mak, Yim Ling; Chan, Leo Lai; Lam, Paul Kwan Sing; Ma, Chi Him Eddie

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    Consumption of fish containing ciguatera toxins or ciguatoxins (CTXs) causes ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP). In some patients, CFP recurrence occurs even years after exposure related to CTXs accumulation. Pacific CTX-1 (P-CTX-1) is one of the most potent natural substances known that causes predominantly neurological symptoms in patients; however, the underlying pathogenies of CFP remain unknown. Using clinically relevant neurobehavioral tests and electromyography (EMG) to assess effects of P-CTX-1 during the 4 months after exposure, recurrent motor strength deficit occurred in mice exposed to P-CTX-1. We detected irreversible motor strength deficits accompanied by reduced EMG activity, demyelination, and slowing of motor nerve conduction, whereas control unexposed mice fully recovered in 1 month after peripheral nerve injury. Finally, to uncover the mechanism underlying CFP, we detected reduction of spontaneous firing rate of motor cortical neurons even 6 months after exposure and increased number of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP)-immunoreactive astrocytes. Increased numbers of motor cortical neuron apoptosis were detected by dUTP-digoxigenin nick end labeling assay along with activation of caspase 3. Taken together, our study demonstrates that persistence of P-CTX-1 in the nervous system induces irreversible motor deficit that correlates well with excitotoxicity and neurodegeneration detected in the motor cortical neurons.

  18. Morus alba Accumulates Reactive Oxygen Species to Initiate Apoptosis via FOXO-Caspase 3-Dependent Pathway in Neuroblastoma Cells.

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    Kwon, Young Hwi; Bishayee, Kausik; Rahman, Ataur; Hong, Jae Seung; Lim, Soon-Sung; Huh, Sung-Oh

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    Morus alba root extract (MARE) has been used to treat hyperglycaemic conditions in oriental medicine. Here, we studied whether MARE possesses a cytotoxic effect on neuroblastoma. To check the cytotoxicity generated by MARE was whether relatively higher against the cancer cells rather than normal cells, we chose a neuroblastoma cell line (B103) and a normal cell line (Rat-2). A CCK assay revealed that MARE (10 μg/ml) reduced cell viability to approximately 60% compared to an untreated control in B103 cells. But in Rat-2 cells, MARE induced relatively lower cytotoxicity. To investigate the mechanisms underlying the cytotoxic effect of MARE, we used flow cytometry combined with immunoblot analyses. We found that MARE-treatment could accumulate ROS and depolarize mitochondria membrane potential of B103 cells. Further treatment with MARE in B103 cells also could damage DNA and induce apoptosis. An expression study of p-Akt also suggested that there was a reduction in cellular proliferation and transcription along with the process of apoptosis, which was further evidenced by an increase in Bax and cleaved-caspase 3 activity. Together, our findings suggest that MARE produces more cytotoxicity in cancer cells while having a relatively attenuated effect on normal cells. As such, MARE may be a safer option in cancer therapeutics, and it also shows potential for the patients with symptoms of hyperglycemia and cancer.

  19. CYP24A1 exacerbated activity during diabetes contributes to kidney tubular apoptosis via caspase-3 increased expression and activation.

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    Full Text Available Decreases in circulating 25,hydroxyl-vitamin D3 (25 OH D3 and 1,25,dihydroxyl-vitamin D3 (1,25 (OH2 D3 have been extensively documented in patients with type 2 diabetes. Nevertheless, the molecular reasons behind this drop, and whether it is a cause or an effect of disease progression is still poorly understood. With the skin and the liver, the kidney is one of the most important sites for vitamin D metabolism. Previous studies have also shown that CYP24A1 (an enzyme implicated in vitamin D metabolism, might play an important role in furthering the progression of kidney lesions during diabetic nephropathy. In this study we show a link between CYP24A1 increase and senescence followed by apoptosis induction in the renal proximal tubules of diabetic kidneys. We show that CYP24A1 expression was increased during diabetic nephropathy progression. This increase derived from protein kinase C activation and increased H(2O(2 cellular production. CYP24A1 increase had a major impact on cellular phenotype, by pushing cells into senescence, and later into apoptosis. Our data suggest that control of CYP24A1 increase during diabetes has a beneficial effect on senescence induction and caspase-3 increased expression. We concluded that diabetes induces an increase in CYP24A1 expression, destabilizing vitamin D metabolism in the renal proximal tubules, leading to cellular instability and apoptosis, and thereby accelerating tubular injury progression during diabetic nephropathy.

  20. Nicotine-induced damages in testicular tissue of rats; evidences for bcl-2, p53 and caspase-3 expression

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    Maryam Mosadegh

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    Full Text Available Objective(s: Present study was performed in order to uncover new aspects for nicotine-induced damages on spermatogenesis cell lineage. Materials and Methods: For this purpose, 36 mature male Wistar rats were divided into three groups as; control-sham (0.2 ml, saline normal, IP, low dose (0.2 mg/kg BW-1, IP nicotine-received and high dose (0.4 mg/kg BW-1, IP nicotine-received groups. Following 7 weeks, the expression of bcl-2, p53 and caspase-3 at mRNA and protein levels were investigated by using reverse-transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR and immunohistochemical (IHC analyses, respectively. Moreover, the serum level of FSH, LH and testosterone were evaluated. Finally, the mRNA damage was analyzed by using special fluorescent staining. Results: Nicotine, at both dose levels, decreased tubular differentiation, spermiogenesis and repopulation indices and enhanced cellular depletion. Animals in nicotine-received groups exhibited a significant (P

  1. Caspase-3-dependent apoptosis of citreamicin ε-induced heLa iells Is associated with reactive oxygen species generation

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    Citreamicins, members of the polycyclic xanthone family, are promising antitumor agents that are produced by Streptomyces species. Two diastereomers, citreamicin ε A (1) and B (2), were isolated from a marine-derived Streptomyces species. The relative configurations of these two diastereomers were determined using NMR spectroscopy and successful crystallization of citreamicin ε A (1). Both diastereomers showed potent cytotoxic activity against HeLa (cervical cancer) and HepG2 (hepatic carcinoma) cells with IC 50 values ranging from 30 to 100 nM. The terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick-end labeling assay confirmed that citreamicin ε A (1) induced cellular apoptosis, and Western blot analysis showed that apoptosis occurred via activation of caspase-3. The 2,7-dichlorofluorescein diacetate assay indicated that citreamicin ε substantially increased the intracellular concentration of reactive oxygen species (ROS). To confirm the hypothesis that citreamicin ε induced apoptosis through an increase in the intracellular ROS concentration, the oxidized products, oxicitreamicin ε A (3) and B (4), were obtained from a one-step reaction catalyzed by Ag 2O. These products, with a reduced capacity to increase the intracellular ROS concentration, exhibited a significantly weakened cytotoxicity in both HeLa and HepG2 cells compared with that of citreamicin ε A (1) and B (2). © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  2. Estrous cycle dependent changes in expression and distribution of Fas, Fas ligand, Bcl-2, Bax, and pro- and active caspase-3 in the rat ovary

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    Slot, K.A.; Voorendt, M.; Boer-Brouwer, de M.; Vugt, van H.H.; Teerds, K.J.

    2006-01-01

    In the present investigation, the localization of proteins involved in ovarian apoptosis were studied throughout the estrous cycle in the presence of fluctuating hormone levels. Fas, Fas ligand, Bcl-2, Bax and caspase-3 mRNA expression and proteins were detected in all ovarian tissue extracts,

  3. Nicotinamide Inhibits Ethanol-Induced Caspase-3 and PARP-1 Over-activation and Subsequent Neurodegeneration in the Developing Mouse Cerebellum.

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    Ieraci, Alessandro; Herrera, Daniel G

    2018-06-01

    Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the principal preventable cause of mental retardation in the western countries resulting from alcohol exposure during pregnancy. Ethanol-induced massive neuronal cell death occurs mainly in immature neurons during the brain growth spurt period. The cerebellum is one of the brain areas that are most sensitive to ethanol neurotoxicity. Currently, there is no effective treatment that targets the causes of these disorders and efficient treatments to counteract or reverse FASD are desirable. In this study, we investigated the effects of nicotinamide on ethanol-induced neuronal cell death in the developing cerebellum. Subcutaneous administration of ethanol in postnatal 4-day-old mice induced an over-activation of caspase-3 and PARP-1 followed by a massive neurodegeneration in the developing cerebellum. Interestingly, treatment with nicotinamide, immediately or 2 h after ethanol exposure, diminished caspase-3 and PARP-1 over-activation and reduced ethanol-induced neurodegeneration. Conversely, treatment with 3-aminobenzadine, a specific PARP-1 inhibitor, was able to completely block PARP-1 activation, but not caspase-3 activation or ethanol-induced neurodegeneration in the developing cerebellum. Our results showed that nicotinamide reduces ethanol-induced neuronal cell death and inhibits both caspase-3 and PARP-1 alcohol-induced activation in the developing cerebellum, suggesting that nicotinamide might be a promising and safe neuroprotective agent for treating FASD and other neurodegenerative disorders in the developing brain that shares similar cell death pathways.

  4. Estudo da influência de diferentes alimentos sobre características quantitativas e qualitativas da gordura em porcos de raça alentejana Study of the influence of different foodstuffs over quantitative and qualitative characteristics of fat in alentejana breed pigs

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    Rute Santos

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    Full Text Available Neste estudo foram testados três alimentos complementares da alimentação em montanheira: alimento comercial, cereal (triticale e mistura de cereais com bagaço de soja. Cada alimento complementar foi distribuído de modo a fornecer diariamente as seguintes quantidades estimadas de Energia Digestível: 4250 kcal entre os 30 e os 40 kg de peso vivo; aumentando posteriormente até 6800 kcal aos 60-70 kg; e diminuindo progressivamente até 4800 kcal, aos 90-100 kg de peso vivo. Após análise dos resultados, encontraram-se correlações positivas significativas entre as percentagens de ácido palmítico (C16:0 e ácido esteárico (C18:0, tanto no músculo L. dorsi como no tecido adiposo subcutâneo. Verificou-se também a existência de correlações significativas negativas entre as percentagens de ácido oleico (18:1 e ácido linoleico (C18:2 em ambos os tecidos analisados. Encontraram-se diferenças significativas entre alimentos para a quantidade de gordura na carcaça, em termos absolutos, assim como para as percentagens de C18:1 e C18:2 na gordura subcutânea dorsal. O triticale foi o alimento que conduziu a uma maior quantidade de gordura na carcaça (16,65 ± 1,06 kg. Foi também este alimento que conduziu a uma maior quantidade de gordura intramuscular no músculo L. dorsi (5,54%, ainda que as diferenças sejam não significativas. Por outro lado, foi o alimento que conduziu a uma maior percentagem de ácido oleico (48,76% e a uma menor percentagem de ácido linoleico (5,52%. Este facto, aliado à facilidade da sua produção na própria exploração, poderá fazer deste alimento uma opção interessante para os produtores de suínos em modo de produção biológico, desde que as quantidades fornecidas sejam restringidas, de modo a não penalizar a valorização comercial das carcaças por excesso de gordura.In this study, we tested three foodstuffs, complementary to the traditional breeding system (“montanheira”: a commercial

  5. Glutamate-induced apoptosis in primary cortical neurons is inhibited by equine estrogens via down-regulation of caspase-3 and prevention of mitochondrial cytochrome c release

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    Zhang YueMei

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Apoptosis plays a key role in cell death observed in neurodegenerative diseases marked by a progressive loss of neurons as seen in Alzheimer's disease. Although the exact cause of apoptosis is not known, a number of factors such as free radicals, insufficient levels of nerve growth factors and excessive levels of glutamate have been implicated. We and others, have previously reported that in a stable HT22 neuronal cell line, glutamate induces apoptosis as indicated by DNA fragmentation and up- and down-regulation of Bax (pro-apoptotic, and Bcl-2 (anti-apoptotic genes respectively. Furthermore, these changes were reversed/inhibited by estrogens. Several lines of evidence also indicate that a family of cysteine proteases (caspases appear to play a critical role in neuronal apoptosis. The purpose of the present study is to determine in primary cultures of cortical cells, if glutamate-induced neuronal apoptosis and its inhibition by estrogens involve changes in caspase-3 protease and whether this process is mediated by Fas receptor and/or mitochondrial signal transduction pathways involving release of cytochrome c. Results In primary cultures of rat cortical cells, glutamate induced apoptosis that was associated with enhanced DNA fragmentation, morphological changes, and up-regulation of pro-caspase-3. Exposure of cortical cells to glutamate resulted in a time-dependent cell death and an increase in caspase-3 protein levels. Although the increase in caspase-3 levels was evident after 3 h, cell death was only significantly increased after 6 h. Treatment of cells for 6 h with 1 to 20 mM glutamate resulted in a 35 to 45% cell death that was associated with a 45 to 65% increase in the expression of caspase-3 protein. Pretreatment with caspase-3-protease inhibitor z-DEVD or pan-caspase inhibitor z-VAD significantly decreased glutamate-induced cell death of cortical cells. Exposure of cells to glutamate for 6 h in the presence or

  6. Histomorphometry and expression of Cdc47 and caspase-3 in hyperthyroid rat uteri and placentas during gestation and postpartum associated with fetal development.

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    Freitas, E S; Leite, E D; Souza, C A; Ocarino, N M; Ferreira, E; Cassali, G D; Gomes, M G; Serakides, R

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    In two different experiments, the effects of hyperthyroidism on the histomorphometry and expression of Cdc47 and caspase-3 were evaluated in the uteri and placentas during gestation and postpartum. Fetal development was also evaluated during gestation. In the first experiment, 36 adult female Wistar rats were divided into two groups of 18 animals each: (1) hyperthyroid; and (2) euthyroid (control). Female rats were mated and killed at 7, 14 and 19 days of gestation. Uteri and placentas were weighed and subjected to histomorphometric and immunohistochemical evaluation to determine the expression of Cdc47 and caspase-3. Ovaries were also evaluated for weight and subjected to morphometric analysis. Fetuses were quantified and weighed individually. In the second experiment, 12 adult female Wistar rats were divided into two groups of six animals each: (1) hyperthyroid; and (2) euthyroid (control). Female rats were mated and killed 2 days postpartum. Uteri were evaluated in the same way as for the first experiment. Hyperthyroidism increased ovulation and conception rates without disturbing the size and viability of the fetuses. In the pregnant uteri, hyperthyroidism did not change the thickness of the layers or the expression of Cdc47 and caspase-3. However, in the placentas, hyperthyroidism increased the medium diameter of trophoblast cells, as well as the thickness and the expression of Cdc47 of spongiotrophoblast cells, at 14 days of gestation. During uterine involution, hyperthyroidism significantly increased the expression of Cdc47 and reduced the expression of caspase-3 in the uterine layers. In conclusion, hyperthyroidism increased the conception rate because of an ovulation gain, induced significant placental changes during pregnancy and, in the uterus, increased Cdc47 expression and decreased caspase-3 expression after parturition.

  7. Electromagnetic radiation at 900 MHz induces sperm apoptosis through bcl-2, bax and caspase-3 signaling pathways in rats.

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    Liu, Qi; Si, Tianlei; Xu, Xiaoyun; Liang, Fuqiang; Wang, Lufeng; Pan, Siyi

    2015-08-04

    The decreased reproductive capacity of men is an important factor contributing to infertility. Accumulating evidence has shown that Electromagnetic radiation potentially has negative effects on human health. However, whether radio frequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) affects the human reproductive system still requires further investigation. Therefore, The present study investigates whether RF-EMR at a frequency of 900 MHz can trigger sperm cell apoptosis and affect semen morphology, concentration, and microstructure. Twenty four rats were exposed to 900 MHz electromagnetic radiation with a special absorption rate of 0.66 ± 0.01 W/kg for 2 h/d. After 50d, the sperm count, morphology, apoptosis, reactive oxygen species (ROS), and total antioxidant capacity (TAC), representing the sum of enzymatic and nonenzymatic antioxidants, were investigated. Western blotting and reverse transcriptase PCR were used to determine the expression levels of apoptosis-related proteins and genes, including bcl-2, bax, cytochrome c, and capase-3. In the present study, the percentage of apoptotic sperm cells in the exposure group was significantly increased by 91.42% compared with the control group. Moreover, the ROS concentration in exposure group was increased by 46.21%, while the TAC was decreased by 28.01%. Radiation also dramatically decreased the protein and mRNA expression of bcl-2 and increased that of bax, cytochrome c, and capase-3. RF-EMR increases the ROS level and decreases TAC in rat sperm. Excessive oxidative stress alters the expression levels of apoptosis-related genes and triggers sperm apoptosis through bcl-2, bax, cytochrome c and caspase-3 signaling pathways.

  8. The effects of ultrasonic scaling duration and replication on caspase-3 expression of Sprague Dawley rat's pulp cells

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Ultrasonic scaling has been used commonly for stain and calculus removal in dental clinic for over 60years. Previous researches even had proved that ultrasonic scaling may give effects on the surface of tooth root. Ultrasonic wave exposure for 20 seconds or more can increase caspase-3 activity as an indicator of increased apoptotic cells associated with tissue damage. Purpose: This research was aimed to investigate the effects of ultrasonic scaling duration and replication on caspace-3 expression in dental pulp cells. Methods: The samples of this research were 54 male Sprague Dawley rats aged 2 months old divided into 2 groups, each of which consisted of 27 mice. The first group was induced with stain, while the second group was not. Each group was divided into 3 subgroups for ultrasonic scaling 1, 3, and 5 times. Each subgroup was divided into 3 sub-subgroups for duration procedure of 15, 30 and 60 seconds respectively. During scaling process, those rats were anesthetized using 0.1 ml of ketamine and 0.1 ml of xylol added to 2 ml of distilled water injected intramuscularly into their right thigh as much as 0.4 ml. Scaling was done on buccal surface of right first maxillary molar from cervical to occlusal. The teeth were decalcified and embedded in paraffin, then their sagittal plane was cut for thickness of 3µm and painted with immunohystochemistry for detecting caspace-3 expression of cell within dental pulp. Results: The results showed that the duration and replication of ultrasonic scaling procedures affected on the expression of caspace-3 cells as analyzed with Univariate Analisis of Variance test (p<0.05. Conclusion: It can be concluded that duration and replication of ultrasonic scaling procedure on teeth with and without stain enhauced the expression of  caspace-3 in dental pulp cells.

  9. Immunohistochemical investigation of cell cycle and apoptosis regulators (Survivin, β-Catenin, P53, Caspase 3 in canine appendicular osteosarcoma

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    Bongiovanni Laura

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Osteosarcoma (OSA represents the most common canine primary bone tumour. Despite several pathways have been investigated so far, few molecules have been identified as prognostic tools or potential therapeutic targets, and there is still the need to find out molecular pathways with specific influence over OSA progression to facilitate earlier prognosis and treatment. Aims of the present study were to evaluate the immunohistochemical pattern and levels of expression of a panel of molecules (survivin, β-catenin, caspase 3 -inactive and active forms- and p53 involved in cell cycle and apoptosis regulation in canine OSA samples, known to be of interest in the study also of human OSA, and to detect specific relations among them and with histological tumour grade, disease free interval (DFI and overall survival (OS. Results Nuclear β-catenin immunostaining was detected in normal osteoblasts adjacent to the tumour, and in 47% of the cases. Cytoplasmic and/or membranous immunostaining were also observed. Nuclear survivin and p53 positive cells were found in all cases. Moderate/high cytoplasmic β-catenin expression (≥10% positive cells was significantly associated with the development of metastasis (P = 0.014; moderate/high nuclear p53 expression (≥10% positive cells was significantly associated with moderate/high histological grade (P = 0.017 and shorter OS (P = 0.049. Moderate/high nuclear survivin expression (≥15% positive cells showed a tendency toward a longer OS (P = 0,088. Conclusions The present results confirmed p53 as negative prognostic marker, while suggested survivin as a potential positive prognostic indicator, rather than indicative of a poor prognosis. The detection of nuclear β-catenin immunostaining in normal osteoblasts and the absent/low expression in most of the OSAs, suggested that this pathway could not play a major role in oncogenic transformation of canine osteoblasts. Further studies

  10. Effect of irradiation on the expression of caspase-3 in the submandibular gland of streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats

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    Lee, Heung Ki; Hwang, Eui Hwan; Lee, Sang Rae

    2005-01-01

    To observe the histopathological changes and caspace-3 expression in the submandibular gland in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats after irradiation. The male Sprague-Dawley rats weighing approximately 250gm were divided into four groups; control, diabetes, irradiation, and diabetes-irradiation groups. Diabetes mellitus was induced in the rats by injecting streptozotocin. Rats in the control and irradiation groups were injected with citrate buffer only. After 5 days, rats in irradiation, and diabetes-irradiation groups were irradiated with a single absorbed dose of 10 Gy to the head and neck region. All the rats were sacrificed at 3, 7, 14, 21, and 28 days after irradiation. The specimen including the submandibular gland were sectioned and observed using histopathological and immunohistochemical methods. In the irradiation group, the condensed nucleus, karyolysis, and degeneration of the acinar cells and atrophy of the duct cells were observed in the early experimental phase. However, the acinar cells were found to be normal at 28 days after irradiation. In the diabetes group, the condensed nucleus, karyolysis, atrophy, and degeneration of the acinar cells were observed in the early experimental phase. However, the acinar cells were found to be normal at 21 days, after diabetic state induction. In the diabetes-irradiation group, the ductal epithelial cells were predominant in their glandular tissues at 28 days after irradiation. In all of the experimental groups, the most prominent change of the acinar cells and ductal cells were observed at 14 days after diabetic state induction and irradiation. The expression of caspase-3 in the acinar cells and ductal cells of the submandibular gland was weak after irradiation, but that in the acinar cells, ductal cells, and fibrous cells of the submandibular gland was prominent after diabetic state induction.

  11. Resuscitation of newborn piglets. short-term influence of FiO2 on matrix metalloproteinases, caspase-3 and BDNF.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Perinatal hypoxia-ischemia is a major cause of mortality and cerebral morbidity, and using oxygen during newborn resuscitation may further harm the brain. The aim was to examine how supplementary oxygen used for newborn resuscitation would influence early brain tissue injury, cell death and repair processes and the regulation of genes related to apoptosis, neurodegeneration and neuroprotection. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Anesthetized newborn piglets were subjected to global hypoxia and then randomly assigned to resuscitation with 21%, 40% or 100% O(2 for 30 min and followed for 9 h. An additional group received 100% O(2 for 30 min without preceding hypoxia. The left hemisphere was used for histopathology and immunohistochemistry and the right hemisphere was used for in situ zymography in the corpus striatum; gene expression and the activity of various relevant biofactors were measured in the frontal cortex. There was an increase in the net matrix metalloproteinase gelatinolytic activity in the corpus striatum from piglets resuscitated with 100% oxygen vs. 21%. Hematoxylin-eosin (HE staining revealed no significant changes. Nine hours after oxygen-assisted resuscitation, caspase-3 expression and activity was increased by 30-40% in the 100% O(2 group (n = 9/10 vs. the 21% O(2 group (n = 10; p<0.04, whereas brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF activity was decreased by 65% p<0.03. CONCLUSIONS: The use of 100% oxygen for resuscitation resulted in increased potentially harmful proteolytic activities and attenuated BDNF activity when compared with 21%. Although there were no significant changes in short term cell loss, hyperoxia seems to cause an early imbalance between neuroprotective and neurotoxic mechanisms that might compromise the final pathological outcome.

  12. Role of Caspase-3 Cleaved IP3R1 on Ca2+ Homeostasis and Developmental Competence of Mouse Oocytes and Eggs

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    Zhang, Nan; Fissore, Rafael. A.

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    Apoptosis in most cell types is accompanied by altered Ca2+ homeostasis. During apoptosis, caspase-3 mediated cleavage of the type 1 inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP3R1) generates a 95-kDa C-terminal fragment (C-IP3R1), which represents the channel domain of the receptor. Aged mouse eggs display abnormal Ca2+ homeostasis and express C-IP3R1, although whether or not C-IP3R1 expression contributes to Ca2+ misregulation or a decrease in developmental competency is unknown. We sought to answer these questions by injecting in mouse oocytes and eggs cRNAs encoding CIP3R1. We found that: 1) expression of C-IP3R1 in eggs lowered the Ca2+ content of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), although, as C-IP3R1 is quickly degraded at this stage, its expression did not impair pre-implantation embryo development; 2) expression of CIP3R1 in eggs enhanced fragmentation associated with aging; 3) endogenous IP3R1 is required for aging associated apoptosis, as its down-regulation prevented fragmentation, and expression of C-IP3R1 in eggs with downregulated IP3R1 partly restored fragmentation; 4) C-IP3R1 expression in GV oocytes resulted in persistent levels of protein, which abolished the increase in the ER releasable Ca2+ pool that occurs during maturation, undermined the Ca2+ oscillatory ability of matured eggs and their activation potential. Collectively, this study supports a role for IP3R1 and C-IP3R1 in regulating Ca2+ homeostasis and the ER Ca2+ content during oocyte maturation. Nevertheless, the role of C-IP3R1 on Ca2+ homeostasis in aged eggs seems minor, as in MII eggs the majority of endogenous IP3R1 remains intact and C-IP3R1 undergoes rapid turnover. PMID:24692207

  13. pEgr-sTRAIL transfer in combination with 60Co γ ray irradiation to induce the apoptosis on HeLa cells and activation of Caspase-3

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    Tian Mei; Guo Zhiying; Zhao Baofeng; Ruan Jianlei; Su Xu

    2009-01-01

    In order to approach the radiosensitivity of TRAIL expression controlled by Egr-1 promotor, the recombinant vector pEgr-sTRAIL was tranfected into HeLa cells, the early apoptosis and Caspase-3 activity were detected after different doses of 60 Co γ-ray irradiation. The results showed that pEgr-sTRAIL transfected in combination with γ-ray irradiation could significantly induce the apoptosis of HeLa cells in a dose-dependent manner. The higher activity of Capase-3 was also found in pEgr-sTRAIL irradiated group by using western blotting and spectrophotometry. Our result demonstrated that the activity of Caspase-3, as the apoptosis executor, play an important role in TRAIL-induced apoptosis and the enhanced TRAIL-induced apoptosis in transfected cells after irradiation can be controlled by radio-sensitive promoter Egr-1. (authors)

  14. [Effects of introduction of short peptides before carotid artery occlusion on behaviour and caspase-3 activity in the brain of old rats].

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    Mendzheritskiĭ, A M; Karantysh, G V; Ivonina, K O

    2011-01-01

    The comparative research of effect of Pinealon and Cortexin on behavior and activity of caspase-3 in a brain of old rats in a model of carotid arteries occlusion was conducted. It is shown that introduction of short peptides promotes a survival rate of the animals that have modeled occlusion of carotid arteries. Under Pinealon before occlusion of carotid arteries, behavioral dream has been increased and a position-finding behavior, a motivational behavior and a motor performance have been reduced. The rats that were introduced Cortexin before carotid arteries occlusion demonstrated the raise of behavioral dream time. At introduction of Pinealon activity of caspase-3 moderately raises in false-operated animals and in a model of occlusion of carotid arteries.

  15. Análise semi-quantitativa e quantitativa de bebidas não alcoólicas com uma língua electrónica

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    Barcelos, Tânia P.

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    Neste trabalho usou-se uma língua electrónica constituída por dois sistemas de multi-sensores, com 40 membranas poliméricas sensibilidade cruzada, com composições diferentes, e um eléctrodo de referência Ag/AgCl. O sistema foi aplicado na análise semi-quantitativa de bebidas não alcoólicas e na quantificação das concentrações de compostos orgânicos e açúcares existentes nessas bebidas. As concentrações de açúcares (frutose e glucose), do antioxidante (ácido ascórbico) e dos ...

  16. Possible involvement of caspase-6 and -7 but not caspase-3 in the regulation of hypoxia-induced apoptosis in tube-forming endothelial cells

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    Eguchi, Ryoji; Tone, Shigenobu; Suzuki, Akio; Fujimori, Yoshihiro; Nakano, Takashi; Kaji, Kazuhiko; Ohta, Toshiro

    2009-01-01

    We recently reported that a broad-spectrum caspase inhibitor zVAD-fmk failed, while p38 inhibitor SB203580 succeeded, to prevent chromatin condensation and nuclear fragmentation induced by hypoxia in tube-forming HUVECs. In this study, we investigated the reasons for zVAD-fmk's inability to inhibit these morphological changes at the molecular level. The inhibitor effectively inhibited DNA ladder formation and activation of caspase-3 and -6, but it surprisingly failed to inhibit caspase-7 activation. On the other hand, SB203580 successfully inhibited all of these molecular events. When zLEHD-fmk, which specifically inhibits initiator caspase-9 upstream of caspase-3, was used, it inhibited caspase-3 activation but failed to inhibit caspase-6 and -7 activation. It also failed to inhibit hypoxia-induced chromatin condensation, nuclear fragmentation and DNA ladder formation. Taken together, our results indicate that, during hypoxia, caspase-7 is responsible for chromatin condensation and nuclear fragmentation while caspase-6 is responsible for DNA ladder formation

  17. JNK signaling pathway regulates sorbitol-induced Tau proteolysis and apoptosis in SH-SY5Y cells by targeting caspase-3.

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    Olivera Santa-Catalina, Marta; Caballero Bermejo, Montaña; Argent, Ricardo; Alonso, Juan C; Centeno, Francisco; Lorenzo, María J

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    Growing evidence suggests that Diabetes Mellitus increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. It is well known that hyperglycemia, a key feature of Diabetes Mellitus, may induce plasma osmolarity disturbances. Both hyperglycemia and hyperosmolarity promote the altered post-translational regulation of microtubule-associated protein Tau. Interestingly, abnormal hyperphosphorylation and cleavage of Tau have been proven to lead to the genesis of filamentous structures referred to as neurofibrillary tangles, the main pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. We have previously described that hyperosmotic stress induced by sorbitol promotes Tau proteolysis and apoptosis in SH-SY5Y cells via caspase-3 activation. In order to gain insights into the regulatory mechanisms of such processes, in this work we explored the intracellular signaling pathways that regulate these events. We found that sorbitol treatment significantly enhanced the activation of conventional families of MAPK in SH-SY5Y cells. Tau proteolysis was completely prevented by JNK inhibition but not affected by either ERK1/2 or p38 MAPK blockade. Moreover, inhibition of JNK, but not ERK1/2 or p38 MAPK, efficiently prevented sorbitol-induced apoptosis and caspase-3 activation. In summary, we provide evidence that JNK signaling pathway is an upstream regulator of hyperosmotic stress-induced Tau cleavage and apoptosis in SH-SY5Y through the control of caspase-3 activation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Anaplasma phagocytophilum inhibits human neutrophil apoptosis via upregulation of bfl-1, maintenance of mitochondrial membrane potential and prevention of caspase 3 activation.

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    Ge, Yan; Yoshiie, Kiyotaka; Kuribayashi, Futoshi; Lin, Mingqun; Rikihisa, Yasuko

    2005-01-01

    The inhibition of neutrophil apoptosis plays a central role in human granulocytic anaplasmosis. Intracellular signalling pathways through which the obligatory intracellular bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum inhibits the spontaneous apoptosis of human peripheral blood neutrophils were investigated. bfl-1 mRNA levels in uninfected neutrophils after 12 h in culture were reduced to approximately 5-25% of 0 h levels, but remained high in infected neutrophils. The eukaryotic RNA synthesis inhibitor, actinomycin D, prevented the maintenance of bfl-1 mRNA levels by A. phagocytophilum. Differences in mcl-1, bax, bcl-w, bad or bak mRNA levels in infected versus uninfected neutrophils were not remarkable. By using mitochondrial fluorescent dyes, Mitotracker Red and JC-1, it was found that most uninfected neutrophils lost mitochondrial membrane potential after 10-12 h incubation, whereas A. phagocytophilum-infected neutrophils maintained high membrane potential. Caspase 3 activity and the degree of apoptosis were lower in dose-dependent manner in A. phagocytophilum-infected neutrophils at 16 h post infection, as compared to uninfected neutrophils. Anti-active caspase 3 antibody labelling showed less positively stained population in infected neutrophils compared to those in uninfected neutrophils after 12 h incubation. These results suggest that A. phagocytophilum inhibits human neutrophil apoptosis via transcriptional upregulation of bfl-1 and inhibition of mitochondria-mediated activation of caspase 3.

  19. Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae-derived lipid-associated membrane proteins induce apoptosis in porcine alveolar macrophage via increasing nitric oxide production, oxidative stress, and caspase-3 activation.

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    Bai, Fangfang; Ni, Bo; Liu, Maojun; Feng, Zhixin; Xiong, Qiyan; Xiao, Shaobo; Shao, Guoqing

    2013-09-15

    Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae is the primary etiological agent of enzootic pneumonia in swine. Lipid-associated membrane proteins (LAMP) of mycoplasma are the main pathogenicity factors in mycoplasma diseases. In this study, we investigated the effects of M. hyopneumoniae LAMP on porcine alveolar macrophage (PAM) 3D4/21 cell line. Apoptotic features, such as chromatin condensation and apoptotic bodies, were observed in LAMP-treated PAM 3D4/21 cells. Moreover, LAMP significantly increased the number of TUNEL positive apoptotic cells in PAM 3D4/21 cells compared with the untreated control. In addition, flow cytometric analysis using dual staining with annexin-V-FITC and propidium iodide (PI) showed that LAMP of M. hyopneumoniae induced a time-dependent apoptosis in PAM 3D4/21 cells. Moreover, increased levels of superoxide anion production and activated caspase-3 in PAM 3D4/21 cells were observed after exposure to LAMP. Increased production of nitric oxide (NO) was also confirmed in the cell supernatants. Besides, apoptotic rates increase and caspase-3 activation were suppressed by NOS inhibitor or antioxidant. It is suggested that LAMP of M. hyopneumoniae induced apoptosis in porcine alveolar macrophage via NO production, superoxide anion production, and caspase-3 activation. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. A utilização da avaliação tipo "teste" on-line como apoio ao ensino presencial: uma abordagem quantitativa sobre a sua contribuição no ensino de ferramentas estatística multivariadas Use of on-line evaluation type "test" as support for presential teaching: a quantitative approach on its contribution to the teaching of multivariate statistics tools

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    Full Text Available Este artigo busca mostrar o quanto a aplicação de uma ferramenta de avaliação tipo "teste" em um ambiente virtual pode contribuir como apoio ao ensino presencial do estudo de ferramentas estatísticas multivariadas para os alunos de graduação em Administração da FEARP/USP, segundo a opinião destes matriculados na disciplina Estatística Aplicada à Administração II. Este trabalho fez parte de um projeto de pesquisa temático desenvolvido na própria instituição, denominado LaViE, que é um ambiente virtual de ensino-aprendizagem de estatística aplicado e desenvolvido para o apoio ao ensino presencial desta área. Baseando-se na importância de um mecanismo de avaliação de conteúdo, o LaViE visou contribuir para o ensino presencial disponibilizando ferramentas de conteúdo, interação e "teste seu conhecimento". Para tanto, esta ferramenta de avaliação foi desenvolvida baseada em questões testes on-line com níveis diferentes de "adaptação" pelo aluno para cada módulo apresentado na disciplina em questão. Neste caso, foram criados três níveis de adaptação: básico (I, intermediário (II e avançado (III. A metodologia utilizada para verificação da eficiência desta ferramenta tipo "teste" no ambiente virtual foi baseada, então, em uma avaliação quantitativa de acordo com a opinião dos alunos (usuários. Nessa pesquisa foram investigados quatro pressupostos. Esses dados foram coletados quando essa disciplina foi ministrada, porém em dois períodos diferentes; no segundo semestre de 2005, como projeto-piloto, e no segundo semestre de 2006. Dessa forma, pôde ser feita uma análise comparativa da opinião dos alunos sobre o sistema em dois momentos diferentes. Para esse levantamento foram utilizados dois questionários aplicados diretamente aos alunos em sala de aula momentos antes da avaliação presencial da disciplina e um outro logo após essa avaliação presencial. Observou-se, por este estudo, a import

  1. Melatonin partially protects 661W cells from H2O2-induced death by inhibiting Fas/FasL-caspase-3.

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    Sánchez-Bretaño, Aída; Baba, Kenkichi; Janjua, Uzair; Piano, Ilaria; Gargini, Claudia; Tosini, Gianluca

    2017-01-01

    Previous studies have shown that melatonin (MEL) signaling is involved in the modulation of photoreceptor viability during aging. Recent work by our laboratory suggested that MEL may protect cones by modulating the Fas/FasL-caspase-3 pathway. In this study, we first investigated the presence of MEL receptors (MT 1 and MT 2 ) in 661W cells, then whether MEL can prevent H 2 O 2 -induced cell death, and last, through which pathway MEL confers protection. The mRNA and proteins of the MEL receptors were detected with quantitative PCR (q-PCR) and immunocytochemistry, respectively. To test the protective effect of MEL, 661W cells were treated with H 2 O 2 for 2 h in the presence or absence of MEL, a MEL agonist, and an antagonist. To study the pathways involved in H 2 O 2 -mediated cell death, a Fas/FasL antagonist was used before the exposure to H 2 O 2 . Finally, Fas/FasL and caspase-3 mRNA was analyzed with q-PCR and immunocytochemistry in cells treated with H 2 O 2 and/or MEL. Cell viability was analyzed by using Trypan Blue. Both MEL receptors (MT 1 and MT 2 ) were detected at the mRNA and protein levels in 661W cells. MEL partially prevented H 2 O 2 -mediated cell death (20-25%). This effect was replicated with IIK7 (a melatonin receptor agonist) when used at a concentration of 1 µM. Preincubation with luzindole (a melatonin receptor antagonist) blocked MEL protection. Kp7-6, an antagonist of Fas/FasL, blocked cell death caused by H 2 O 2 similarly to what was observed for MEL. Fas, FasL, and caspase-3 expression was increased in cells treated with H 2 O 2 , and this effect was prevented by MEL. Finally, MEL treatment partially prevented the activation of caspase-3 caused by H 2 O 2 . The results demonstrate that MEL receptors are present and functional in 661W cells. MEL can prevent photoreceptor cell death induced by H 2 O 2 via the inhibition of the proapoptotic pathway Fas/FasL-caspase-3.

  2. Effect of pigment epithelium derived factor on NO and the expression of caspase-3 in retinal tissues of model rats with optic nerve crush injury

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    Xiao-Xiao Yan

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    Full Text Available AIM: To analyze the effect of pigment epithelium derived factor(PEDFon nitrogen monoxide(NOand expression of cysteine-containing, aspartate-specific proteases-3(caspase-3in retinal tissues of model rats with optic nerve crush injury. METHODS: A total of 60 SD rats were randomly divided into the blank control group, model group and PEDF group, with 20 rats in each group. Except the blank control group, the optic nerve crush injury rat models were established in the other groups, and left eyeballs were taken as samples. After successfully modeling, the model group were treated with intravitreal injection of 5μL of balanced salt solution while PEDF group were treated with intravitreal injection of 5μL of PEDF(0.2μg/μL. Two weeks later, the retinal tissues were collected, and changes of shape were observed under microscope after HE staining. The changes of NO level were measured by colorimetry assay, the expression of caspase-3 mRNA and caspase-3 protein was detected by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction(RT-PCRand Western-blot. RESULTS: HE staining showed that retinal tissues of the blank control group arranged neatly and clearly. Retinal ganglion cells(RGCsarranged in a monolayer, and cells were oval, uniform in size and distribution, the cell nuclei were clear, closely arranged, with clear boundaries. The retinal tissues of the model group were sparse in shape, RGCs showed vacuolar changes, the overall number of cells was reduced, and cell nuclei of residual RGCs showed pyknosis and uneven staining. RGCs in PEDF group were with slightly edema and arranged closely, and the degree of injury was significantly milder than that in the model group. Levels of Caspase-3 mRNA and protein and NO levels in the three groups showed the model group > PEDF group > blank control group(all P CONCLUSION: The application of PEDF can down regulate the expression of Caspase-3 and NO in rates with optic nerve injury and reduce RGCs injury.

  3. THE ROLE OF PROTEIN OXIDATIVE MODIFICATION IN REDOX-REGULATION OF CASPASE-3 ACTIVITY IN BLOOD LYMPHOCYTES DURING OXIDATIVE STRESS IN VITRO

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    O. L. Nosareva

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    Full Text Available The formation of oxidative stress lies at the heart of many frequent and socially-important diseases. Blood lymphocytes are the cells which provide immunological control of our organism. As a result of their function implementation blood lymphocytes contact with different endogenic and exogenic factors, which can lead to active oxygen species production activation, macromolecules oxidative modification and to cell survival alteration. At the present time it is essential to expand and deepen the fundamental knowledge of blood lymphocytes apoptosis regulation peculiarities. The research objective was to establish the interaction among alterations of glutathione system condition, carbonylation level, protein glutathionylation and caspase-3 activity in blood lymphocytes during oxidative stress in vitro.Material and Methods. The material for research was blood lymphocytes cultivated with addition of hydrogen peroxide in final concentration of 0,5 mmol and/or protein SH-group inhibitor N-ethylmaleimide – 5 mmol, protector – 5 mmol – 1,4-dithioerythritol. Reduced, oxidized and protein-bound glutathione concentration was measured by method of spectropho-tometry, additionally, the ratio size of reduced to oxidized thiol fraction was estimated. With help of enzymoimmunoassay the level of protein carbonyl derivatives was evaluated; caspase-3 activity was registered by spectrofluorometric method.Results. Protein SH-group blocking in blood lymphocytes during oxidative stress in vitro was accompanied by protein-bound glutathione concentration rapid decrease in connection with increase of protein carbonyl derivatives content and caspase-3 activity. Protein SH-group protection in blood lymphocytes during oxidative stress in vitro was accompanied by concentration increase of protein-bound glutathione and protein carbonyl derivatives under comparable values of enzyme activity under study.Conclusion. The carried out research shows that caspase-3 and protein

  4. Distribution of 99Tcm-rh-Annexin V and its relationship with expression of survivin and Caspase-3 in tumors after a single dose of chemotherapy

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    Zhang Xin; Zhang Yanjun; Tao Li; Zhu Yi; Yang Chun; Li Yaming; Zhang Jianying; Zhao Zhenzhen; Ji Xiaopeng; Zhao Ming; Tian Aijuan

    2008-01-01

    Objective: Recently, molecular imaging for detecting cellular apoptosis is developing rapidly. The aim of the study was to determine the effectiveness of imaging with 99 Tc m labelled recombinant human Annexin V ( 99 Tc m -rh-Annexin V) as a reflection of apoptosis in tumor, and related its distribution with expression of Survivin and Caspase-3 after a single dose of chemotherapy. Methods: Eight days after being inoculated with allogenic hepatoma cells (Hca-F25) into right axillary fossa, the mice (purebred 615) were randomly divided into two groups (control group A, n=9; and treated group B, n=10). Group B was received a single dose of chemotherapy intraperitoneally (cyclophosphamide, 150 mg/kg). Groups A and B were given 99 Tc m -rh-AnnexinV (3.7 MBq·0.5 μg -1 per mouse) intravenously 20 h later. Four hours after 99 Tc m -rh-Annexin V injection, the animals were imaged and sacrificed, and the tumor samples were weighed and the radioactivity was determined in a well-counter. The accumulation of 99 Tc m -rh-Annexin V in tumor was expressed as the percentage activity of injection dose per gram of tissue (% ID/g). Tumor cell apoptosis was examined by terminal deoxynueleotidyl transferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate nick-end labeling (TUNEL) method, and the expression of Survivin and Caspase-3 in tumor were determined with immunohistochemical method. SPSS 10.0 was used for data analysis. Results: Single dose chemotherapy tsignificantly increased the tumor uptake of 99 Tc m -rh-Annexin V [(0.478 ± 0.123)% ID/g vs (0.332 ± 0.061)% ID/g] and the positive number of TUNEL [(18.030 ± 5.600) cells/field vs (6.744 ± 2.325) cells/field], as well as the expression of Caspase-3 [(3.266 ± 0.482)% vs (2.387 ± 0.387)%, F was 10.502, 31.507, 18.971, respectively, all P 99 Tc m -rh-Annexin V correlated positively well with the expression of Caspase-3 and negatively with the expression of Survivin (P 99 Tc m -rh-Annexin V can not only reflect the extent of apoptosis

  5. Análise quantitativa da influência de um novo paradigma ecológico: autocorrelação espacial - DOI: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v25i1.2113 Quantitative analysis of the influence of a new ecological paradigm: spatial autocorrelation - DOI: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v25i1.2113

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    Luis Mauricio Bini

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo desse trabalho foi o de avaliar a influência da autocorrelação espacial (ausência de independência estatística de observações obtidas ao longo do espaço geográfico nos estudos ecológicos. Para tanto, uma avaliação dos trabalhos que empregaram os métodos necessários para a quantificação da autocorrelação espacial foi realizada, utilizando os dados fornecidos pelo “Institute for Scientific Information”. Os resultados demonstraram que existe uma tendência crescente da utilização das análises de autocorrelação espacial em estudos ecológicos, e que a presença de autocorrelação espacial significativa foi detectada na maior parte dos estudos. Além disso, esses estudos foram desenvolvidos em vários países, por cientistas de diferentes nacionalidades, com diferentes grupos de organismos e em diferentes tipos de ecossistemas. Dessa forma, pode-se considerar que o reconhecimento explícito da estrutura espacial dos processos naturais, por meio da análise da autocorrelação espacial, é um novo paradigma dos estudos ecológicosThe aim of this paper was to evaluate the influence of the spatial autocorrelation (absence of independence among observations gathered along geographical space in ecological studies. For this task, an evaluation of the studies that used spatial autocorrelation analysis was carried out using the data furnished by the Institute for Scientific Information. There is a positive temporal tendency in the number of studies that used spatial autocorrelation analysis. A significant autocorrelation was detected in most studies. Moreover, scientist of several nationalities carried out these studies in different countries, with different organisms and in different types of ecosystems. In this way, it is possible to consider that the explicit incorporation of the spatial structure of natural processes, through the autocorrelation analysis, is a new ecological paradigm

  6. [Construction of autocatalytic caspase-3 driven by amplified human telomerase reverse transcriptase promoter and its enhanced efficacy of inducing apoptosis in human ovarian carcinoma].

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    Song, Yue; Shen, Keng; He, Chun-Xia

    2007-09-01

    To construct recombinant adenoviral vector expressing autocatalysis caspase-3 driven by human telomerase reverse transcriptase promoter amplified by two-step transcription amplification (hTERTp-TSTA), and investigate its antitumor effect in ovarian cancer in vitro and in vivo. Recombinant adenoviruses expressing autocatalytic caspase-3 (rev-caspase-3) driven by hTERTp-TSTA were prepared, which were named as AdHTVP2G5-rev-casp3. AdHT-rev-casp3, Ad-rev-casp3 and AdHTVP2G5-EGEP, which express rev-caspase-3 driven by hTERTp, cytomegalovirus promoter (CMVp) and enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP), respectively, were used as controls. Western blot, cell counting kit (CCK-8), flow cytometry (FCM) and TdT-mediated dUTP-biotin nick end labeling (TUNEL) were used to detect the expression of p17, active subunit of caspase-3, and p85, and to measure cell survival rates, apoptotic rates and cell cycle distribution in ovarian cell line AO and normal human umbilical vein endothelial cell line HUVEC, following treatments of AdHTVP2G5-rev-casp3. subcutaneous tumor models and abdominally spread tumor models of human ovarian carcinoma using AO cells in BALB/c nude mice were established. Following treatments of AdHTVP2G5-rev-casp3, western blot was used to detect the expression of active caspase-3 in abdominally spread tumors and liver tissues, respectively, and the mouse survival rates and the volume of tumor nodules were measured, and the serum level of alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartate transaminase (AST) were analyzed to monitor liver damages and HE staining was used to detect the histopathological changes of various organs. The levels of p17 expression in AdHTVP2G5-rev-casp3-treated AO cells were significantly higher than that in Ad-rev-casp3 or AdHT-rev-casp3 treated AO cells, while no expression was observed in AdHTVP2G5-rev-casp3-treated HUVEC. There was strong cell killing of AdHTVP2G5-rev-casp3 of hTERT positive AO cells, but not of the hTERT-negative HUVEC cells

  7. Neural networks and statistical analysis for classification of corneal videokeratography maps based on Zernike coefficients: a quantitative comparison Redes neurais e análise estatística para classificação de mapas topográficos da córnea baseados em coeficientes de Zernike: uma comparação quantitativa

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    Luis Alberto Vieira de Carvalho

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: The main goal of this study was to develop and compare two different techniques for classification of specific types of corneal shapes when Zernike coefficients are used as inputs. A feed-forward artificial Neural Network (NN and discriminant analysis (DA techniques were used. METHODS: The inputs both for the NN and DA were the first 15 standard Zernike coefficients for 80 previously classified corneal elevation data files from an Eyesys System 2000 Videokeratograph (VK, installed at the Departamento de Oftalmologia of the Escola Paulista de Medicina, São Paulo. The NN had 5 output neurons which were associated with 5 typical corneal shapes: keratoconus, with-the-rule astigmatism, against-the-rule astigmatism, "regular" or "normal" shape and post-PRK. RESULTS: The NN and DA responses were statistically analyzed in terms of precision ([true positive+true negative]/total number of cases. Mean overall results for all cases for the NN and DA techniques were, respectively, 94% and 84.8%. CONCLUSION: Although we used a relatively small database, results obtained in the present study indicate that Zernike polynomials as descriptors of corneal shape may be a reliable parameter as input data for diagnostic automation of VK maps, using either NN or DA.OBJETIVOS: Nosso principal objetivo neste trabalho foi de desenvolver e comparar duas técnicas diferentes para classificação de superfícies corneanas. Uma rede neural artificial alimentada adiante e análise descriminante foram as técnicas de classificação comparadas neste trabalho. MÉTODOS: As entradas para ambos os métodos de classificação foram os primeiros 15 coeficientes de Zernike para 80 córneas mensuradas anteriormente em um topógrafo Eyesys instalado no Departamento de Oftalmologia da Escola Paulista de Medicina - UNIFESP. A rede neural tem 5 saídas que foram associados aos cinco casos típicos contidos na base de dados: ceratocone, astigmatismo a favor da regra, astigmatismo

  8. Mecanismos de busca acadêmica: uma análise quantitativa

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    Diego Buchinger

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    Full Text Available Os mecanismos de busca consolidaram a pesquisa por informação na internet,sendo os mecanismos de busca acadêmicos (MBAs, hoje, os principais meios para alcançar fontes científicas, como artigos de eventos ou periódicos. Ao invés de gastar horas em uma biblioteca, os MBAs ganham em popularidade pela facilidade de automatizar uma busca e acessar inúmeras bases de dados simultaneamente. Contudo, o caráter incremental das bases de materiais científicos e dos diversos MBAs existentes impõe um desafio aos pesquisadores, que é determinar um MBA que melhor atenda aos seus anseios de pesquisa. Nesse contexto, uma análise quantitativa dos recursos providos pelos MBAs foi realizada com objetivo de determinar quais são os melhores para facilitar as buscas por conteúdo científico, considerando recursos de busca, de refinamento e auxiliares. Dentre um grupo de 40 MBAs iniciais, sete apresentaram-se com σ = 0,5 acima da média nos critérios utilizados, na seguinte ordem: 1o Web of Knowledge; 2o Engineering Village; 3o Scopus SciVerse; 4o IEEE Xplore; 5o ACM Digital Library; 6o Science Direct; e 7o Springer Link. Esses MBAs deveriam ser melhor explorados pelos pesquisadores pois tem inúmeros recursos capazes de facilitar sobremaneira e elevar a qualidade do trabalho de pesquisa.

  9. Análise descritiva quantitativa de edulcorantes em diferentes concentrações

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    CARDELLO Helena Maria André Bolini

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    Full Text Available Edulcorantes em solução, com a mesma equivalência de doçura, podem apresentar características sensoriais que os tornam diferentes entre si. O presente estudo teve como objetivo realizar Análise Descritiva Quantitativa de soluções de aspartame (APM, extrato de folhas de estévia (SrB e mistura ciclamato/sacarina 2:1 (C/S em diferentes níveis de doçura, ou seja, em equivalência de doçura a uma solução aquosa de sacarose a 3, 10, 20 e 30%. Onze provadores, pré-selecionados através de análise seqüencial, tendo como critério suas habilidades de discriminação, foram treinados após o levantamento da terminologia descritiva. Após o treinamento, os provadores foram selecionados através de seu poder de discriminação, reproducibilidade e concordância com a equipe no uso de escalas. Os termos descritivos dos edulcorantes, para todos os níveis de doçura, gerados através do método rede (Kelly's Repertory Grid Method foram: doçura inicial, doçura residual, amargo inicial, amargo residual, residual de alcaçuz, corpo e acidez. Os resultados obtidos para cada nível de doçura foram analisados através de análise de variância, teste de Tukey e Análise de Componentes Principais. A análise descritiva foi efetiva em caracterizar o perfil sensorial dos edulcorantes em diferentes concentrações, evidenciando as mudanças no perfil com o aumento de suas concentrações.

  10. Avaliação quantitativa das forças laterais da patela: ressonância magnética estática e cinemática Quantitative evaluation of lateral forces on the patella: static and kinematic magnetic resonance imaging

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    Je Hoon Yang

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a validade da ressonância magnética cinemática combinada com a ressonância magnética estática no estudo da articulação femoropatelar. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foram realizadas ressonância magnética estática e ressonância magnética cinemática em 20 voluntários assintomáticos (40 joelhos e em 23 pacientes (43 joelhos, em aparelho de configuração fechada de 1,5 tesla de campo. Os indivíduos foram posicionados na extremidade da mesa, em 30° de flexão. A translação patelar foi avaliada medindo-se o desvio da bissetriz, o deslocamento lateral da patela e o ângulo de inclinação da patela. Para a comparação entre os estudos estático e cinemático, foi utilizado o teste não-paramétrico de Wilcoxon. Para a comparação entre os voluntários e os pacientes, foi utilizado o teste de Mann-Whitney. RESULTADOS: Houve diferenças significantes entre a ressonância magnética estática e a ressonância magnética cinemática (p OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the usefulness of combining static and kinematic magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of the femoropatellar joint. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty healthy volunteers (40 knees and 23 patients (43 knees were submitted to both static and kinematic magnetic resonance imaging on a 1.5 tesla whole-body magnetic resonance scanner. The knees were positioned at 30º flexion with the quadrature knee coil at the inner end of the examination table. The patellar translation was evaluated by measurements of bisect offset, lateral patellar displacement and patellar tilt angle. The nonparametric Wilcoxon test was utilized for statistical analysis of data resulting from the static and kinematic studies in both groups. Nonparametric Mann-Whitney test was utilized in the comparison between healthy volunteers and patients. RESULTS: Statistical analysis demonstrated significant differences (p < 0.05 between static and kinematic magnetic resonance imaging for the three parameters

  11. Determinação quantitativa da concentração de silicone em antiespumantes por espectroscopia FT-IR / ATR e calibração multivariada Quantitative determination of silicone in antifoaming products by FT-IR / ATR spectroscopy and multivariate calibration

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    Marcelo H. F. Garcia

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho apresentamos uma alternativa para a dosagem do teor de silicone (polidimetilsiloxano em antiespumantes por meio da técnica de espectroscopia no infravermelho com transformada de Fourier (FT-IR, com a utilização do acessório de reflectância total atenuada (ATR. Os espectros foram registrados na faixa espectral de 2500 a 780 cm-1, com resolução de 4 cm-1 e 128 varreduras. A calibração de um modelo linear por meio da utilização do método de mínimos quadrados parciais (PLS aplicado aos espectros foi capaz de determinar satisfatoriamente a concentração de silicone nas amostras. Este método é de extrema importância para indústrias produtoras de antiespumantes siliconados, uma vez que o desempenho de tais produtos geralmente é avaliado em função da viscosidade dos mesmos. Muitas vezes no processo de fabricação de tais produtos ocorre uma homogeneização incompleta do silicone no solvente, o que leva a resultados de viscosidade que não são representativos das amostras analisadas. A determinação da concentração do teor de silicone é uma importante ferramenta para o Controle Estatístico de Processo (CEP, pois evita o desperdício de matérias-primas empregadas na fabricação dos antiespumantes.This work presents an alternative method to determine the concentration of silicone (polydimethylsiloxane in antifoaming products using Fourier Transformed Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR with the attenuated total reflectance (ATR accessory. The spectra were recorded in the range from 2500 to 780 cm-1, with a resolution of 4 cm-1 and 128 scans. With calibration of a linear model using PLS regression method applied to spectral data we were able to determine the silicone concentration in the samples. This method may be useful for antifoaming producers since the performance of such products generally is evaluated as a function of their viscosity. Moreover, during manufacturing an incomplete homogenization of silicone in the

  12. CASC2/miR-24/miR-221 modulates the TRAIL resistance of hepatocellular carcinoma cell through caspase-8/caspase-3.

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    Jin, Xiaoxin; Cai, Lifeng; Wang, Changfa; Deng, Xiaofeng; Yi, Shengen; Lei, Zhao; Xiao, Qiangsheng; Xu, Hongbo; Luo, Hongwu; Sun, Jichun

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    Hepatocellular carcinoma is one of the most common solid tumors in the digestive system. The prognosis of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma is still poor due to the acquisition of multi-drug resistance. TNF Related Apoptosis Inducing Ligand (TRAIL), an attractive anticancer agent, exerts its effect of selectively inducing apoptosis in tumor cells through death receptors and the formation of the downstream death-inducing signaling complex, which activates apical caspases 3/8 and leads to apoptosis. However, hepatocellular carcinoma cells are resistant to TRAIL. Non-coding RNAs, including long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) and miRNAs have been regarded as major regulators of normal development and diseases, including cancers. Moreover, lncRNAs and miRNAs have been reported to be associated with multi-drug resistance. In the present study, we investigated the mechanism by which TRAIL resistance of hepatocellular carcinoma is affected from the view of non-coding RNA regulation. We selected and validated candidate miRNAs, miR-24 and miR-221, that regulated caspase 3/8 expression through direct targeting, and thereby affecting TRAIL-induced tumor cell apoptosis TRAIL resistance of hepatocellular carcinoma. In addition, we revealed that CASC2, a well-established tumor suppressive long non-coding RNA, could serve as a "Sponge" of miR-24 and miR-221, thus modulating TRAIL-induced tumor cell apoptosis TRAIL resistance of hepatocellular carcinoma. Taken together, we demonstrated a CASC2/miR-24/miR-221 axis, which can affect the TRAIL resistance of hepatocellular carcinoma through regulating caspase 3/8; through acting as a "Sponge" of miR-24 and miR-221, CASC2 may contribute to improving hepatocellular carcinoma TRAIL resistance, and finally promoting the treatment efficiency of TRAIL-based therapies.

  13. Antrodia camphorata Potentiates Neuroprotection against Cerebral Ischemia in Rats via Downregulation of iNOS/HO-1/Bax and Activated Caspase-3 and Inhibition of Hydroxyl Radical Formation

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    Po-Sheng Yang

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    Full Text Available Antrodia camphorata (A. camphorata is a fungus generally used in Chinese folk medicine for treatment of viral hepatitis and cancer. Our previous study found A. camphorata has neuroprotective properties and could reduce stroke injury in cerebral ischemia animal models. In this study, we sought to investigate the molecular mechanisms of neuroprotective effects of A. camphorata in middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO rats. A selective occlusion of the middle cerebral artery (MCA with whole blood clots was used to induce ischemic stroke in rats and they were orally treated with A. camphorata (0.25 and 0.75 g/kg/day alone or combined with aspirin (5 mg/kg/day. To provide insight into the functions of A. camphorata mediated neuroprotection, the expression of Bax, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS, haem oxygenase-1 (HO-1, and activated caspase-3 was determined by Western blot assay. Treatment of aspirin alone significantly reduced the expressions of HO-1 (P<0.001, iNOS (P<0.001, and Bax (P<0.01 in ischemic regions. The reduction of these expressions was more potentiated when rats treated by aspirin combined with A. camphorata (0.75 g/kg/day. Combination treatment also reduced apoptosis as measured by a significant reduction in active caspase-3 expression in the ischemic brain compared to MCAO group (P<0.01. Moreover, treatment of A. camphorata significantly (P<0.05 reduced fenton reaction-induced hydroxyl radical (OH• formation at a dose of 40 mg/mL. Taken together, A. camphorata has shown neuroprotective effects in embolic rats, and the molecular mechanisms may correlate with the downregulation of Bax, iNOS, HO-1, and activated caspase-3 and the inhibition of OH• signals.

  14. Berberine Induces Apoptotic Cell Death via Activation of Caspase-3 and -8 in HL-60 Human Leukemia Cells: Nuclear Localization and Structure-Activity Relationships.

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    Okubo, Shinya; Uto, Takuhiro; Goto, Aya; Tanaka, Hiroyuki; Nishioku, Tsuyoshi; Yamada, Katsushi; Shoyama, Yukihiro

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    Berberine (BBR), an isoquinoline alkaloid, is a well-known bioactive compound contained in medicinal plants used in traditional and folk medicines. In this study, we investigated the subcellular localization and the apoptotic mechanisms of BBR were elucidated. First, we confirmed the incorporation of BBR into the cell visually. BBR showed antiproliferative activity and promptly localized to the nucleus from 5[Formula: see text]min to 15[Formula: see text]min after BBR treatment in HL-60 human promyelocytic leukemia cells. Next, we examined the antiproliferative activity of BBR (1) and its biosynthetically related compounds (2-7) in HL-60 cells. BBR exerted strongest antiproliferative activity among 1-7 and the results of structures and activity relation suggested that a methylenedioxyl group in ring A, an [Formula: see text]-alkyl group at C-9 position, and the frame of isoquinoline may be necessary for antiproliferative activity. Moreover, BBR showed the most potent antiproliferative activity in HL-60 cells among human cancer and normal cell lines tested. Next, we examined the effect of BBR on molecular events known as apoptosis induction. In HL-60 cells, BBR induced chromatin condensation and DNA fragmentation, and triggered the activation of PARP, caspase-3 and caspase-8 without the activation of caspase-9. BBR-induced DNA fragmentation was abolished by pretreatment with inhibitors against caspase-3 and caspase-8, but not against caspase-9. ERK and p38 were promptly phosphorylated after 15 min of BBR treatment, and this was correlated with time of localization to the nucleus of BBR. These results demonstrated that BBR translocated into nucleus immediately after treatments and induced apoptotic cell death by activation of caspase-3 and caspase-8.

  15. Inhibiting HIF-1α Decreases Expression of TNF-α and Caspase-3 in Specific Brain Regions Exposed Kainic Acid-Induced Status Epilepticus

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    Jixue Yang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: A recent study demonstrates that pro-inflammatory cytokines (PICs, i.e., IL-1β, IL-6 and TNF-α in specific brain regions of rats play a role in regulating kainic acid (KA-induced status epilepticus (SE via a GABAergic mechanism. The purposes of this report were to examine contributions of hypoxia inducible factor subtype 1α (HIF-1α to expression of PICs in these specific brain regions in epileptic rats. Particularly, we investigated the parietal cortex, hippocampus and amygdala. In addition, we further examined expression of Caspase-3 indicating cell apoptosis in those brain regions of epileptic rats after infusing 2-methoxyestradiol (2-MET, inhibitor of HIF-1α and etanercept (TNF-α receptor antagonist. Methods: ELISA was used to determine the levels of HIF-1α and PICs and western blot analysis was used to examine Caspase-3 expression. Results: Our data show that HIF-1α was significantly increased in the parietal cortex, hippocampus and amygdala 1, 3 and 7 days after induction of SE (Pvs. control rats. Our results also show that inhibiting HIF-1α by central infusion of 2-MET significantly decreased the amplified TNF-α expression in these brain regions evoked by SE (Pvs. vehicle control, but did not modify IL-1β and IL-6. Our results demonstrate that 2-MET and etanercept attenuated an increase in Caspase-3 evoked by SE. Conclusion: Overall, we suggest that HIF-1α activated by SE is likely to contribute to epileptic activity via a TNF-α pathway, which has pharmacological implications to target specific HIF-1α and TNF-α pathways for neuronal dysfunction and vulnerability related to epilepsy.

  16. Inhibition of Prenylation Promotes Caspase 3 Activation, Lamin B Degradation and Loss in Metabolic Cell Viability in Pancreatic β-Cells

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    Khadija G. Syeda

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    Full Text Available Background/Aims: Lamins are intermediate filament proteins that constitute the main components of the lamina underlying the inner-nuclear membrane and serve to organize chromatin. Lamins (e.g., lamin B undergo posttranslational modifications (e.g., isoprenylation at their C-terminal cysteine residues. Such modifications are thought to render optimal association of lamins with the nuclear envelop. Using human islets, rodent islets, and INS-1 832/13 cells, we recently reported significant metabolic defects under glucotoxic and endoplasmic reticulum (ER stress conditions, including caspase 3 activation and lamin B degradation. The current study is aimed at further understanding the regulatory roles of protein prenylation in the induction of the aforestated metabolic defects. Methods: Subcellular phase partitioning assay was done using Triton X-114. Cell morphology and metabolic cell viability assays were carried out using standard methodologies. Results: We report that exposure of pancreatic β-cells to Simvastatin, an inhibitor of mevalonic acid (MVA biosynthesis, and its downstream isoprenoid derivatives, or FTI-277, an inhibitor of farnesyltransferase that mediates farnesylation of lamins, leads to activation of caspase 3 and lamin B degradation. Furthermore, Simvastatin-treatment increased activation of p38MAPK (a stress kinase and inhibited ERK1/2 (regulator of cell proliferation. Inhibition of farnesylation also resulted in the release of degraded lamin B into the cytosolic fraction and promoted loss in metabolic cell viability. Conclusion: Based on these findings we conclude that protein prenylation plays key roles in islet β-cell function. These findings affirm further support to the hypothesis that defects in prenylation pathway induce caspase-3 activation and nuclear lamin degradation in pancreatic β-cells under the duress of metabolic stress (e.g., glucotoxicity.

  17. Disturbance of Bcl-2, Bax, Caspase-3, Ki-67 and C-myc expression in acute and subchronic exposure to benzo(a)pyrene in cervix.

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    Gao, Meili; Li, Yongfei; Ji, Xiaoying; Xue, Xiaochang; Chen, Lan; Feng, Guodong; Zhang, Huqin; Wang, Huichun; Shah, Walayat; Hou, Zhanwu; Kong, Yu

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    Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that cigarette smoking is an important cofactor or an independent risk factor for the development of cervical cancer. Benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) is one of the most potent tobacco smoke carcinogens in tobacco smoke. BaP induced DNA damage and over expression in p53 cervical tissue of mice as demonstrated in our previous study. Here we present the findings of exposure to BaP on the expression of Bcl-2, C-myc, Ki-67, Caspase-3 and Bax genes in mouse cervix. Acute intraperitoneal administration of BaP (12.5, 25, 50, 100mg/kg body weight) to ICR female mice induced a significant increase in Bcl-2, C-myc, Ki-67 mRNA and protein level till 72h except in Bcl-2 at 24h with 12.5, 25, 50mg/kg as well as at 48h with 12.5mg/kg body weight post treatment. A significant increase was also seen in Caspase-3 and Bax mRNA and protein level with peak level at 24h and gradual decrease till 72h, however, the expression of caspase-3 increased while that of Bax decreased with increasing dose of Bap after 24h. In sub chronic intraperitoneal and oral gavage administration of BaP (2.5, 5, 10mg/kg body weight), similar significant increase was observed for all the examined genes as compared to the control and vehicle groups, however the expression of Bax decreased in a dose dependent manner. The findings of this study will help in further understanding the molecular mechanism of BaP induced carcinogenesis of cervical cancer. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  18. Polyphenol Compounds of Mahkota Dewa (Phaleria macrocarpa[Scheff.] Boerl Up-regulated Caspase-3 and Apoptosis Index in Balb/c Strain Mice

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    Indranila KS

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Polyphenol compounds of Mahkota Dewa (Phaleria macrocarpa[Scheff.] Boerl (PMD can potentially be used as ant cancer treatment by scavanging radical molecules. The effect in vivois still limited to Indonesia. Purpose: This research was aimed to validate the activity of PMD in increasingcaspase-3 expression and apoptosis in Balb/c mice, induced by Benzo(apyrene (BaP. Methods: A posttest control group was implemented and used by 40 Balb/c mice at the age of 1-2 weeks, with the body weight of 20-30 g. The tumor induction was administered to the mice using BaP. The animals were randomized into two groups called the control group and the PMD treatment group, the latter of which was given a dosage of 50mg. Lung tumor growth was assessed through surgery at week 8, 17, and 26. The results of caspase-3expression and apoptotic index from IHC-TUNEL staining were analyzed using Kruskal-Wallis, Mann-Whitney, One-way ANOVA, and Post hoc test LSD with significant levels of p<α (0,05.This research was approved by Ethical Clearance. Results: Oral administration of 50mg PMD significantly increased caspase-3 expression and apoptotic index in the treatment group animals at weeks 8, 17, and 26. Carcinogenesis incidence in the control group were respectively found at2,32±0,26 and 3,93±0,46 at weeks 8 and 26, while those of the treatment group were 1,88±0,38 and 0,88±0,22 (p=0,001. The apoptotic index in the control group was0,00±0,00 at 8 weeksand0,92+0,22at 26 weeks, whereas the indexes of the treatment group were 1,12±0,71 and 2,02±1,05 (p=0,001. In the control group, the caspase-3 expression at weeks 8 and 26 were 0,28±0,17 and 0,56±0,16, while those in the treatment group were 0,60±0,14 at week 8 and 2,52±0,33 at week 26 (p=0,001. Conclusion: The treatment of PMD effectively induced cell apoptosis in the Balb/c mice via up- regulation of the caspase-3 expression, thereby increasing the apoptotic index. This shows that PMD has anticancer

  19. Análise anatômica qualitativa e quantitativa e densidade básica da madeira de Alchornea sidifolia Müll. Arg. (Euphorbiaceae). Qualitative and quantitative anatomical analysis of the wood of Alchornea sidifolia Müll. Arg. (Euphorbiaceae)

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    Luiz SANTINI JUNIOR; Eduardo Luiz LONGUI; Israel Luiz de LIMA; Osny Tadeu de AGUIAR; Sandra Monteiro Borges FLORSHEIM

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    Objetivou-se caracterizar a anatomia e densidade básica da madeira de Alchornea sidifolia (tapiá-guaçu), e investigar a variação radial destas características. O material de estudo procede do lote cinco do Rodoanel trecho sul no Estado de São Paulo, onde cinco árvores foram identificadas no campo, retirando-se discos do DAP com média de 30 cm de diâmetro. As análises das amostras seguiram os métodos usualmente empregados em estudo de anatomia de madeiras. A espécie apresentou camadas de cresc...

  20. Análise quali-quantitativa da ictiofauna acompanhante na pesca do camarão sete-barbas, na Armação do Itapocoroy, Penha, Santa Catarina Quali-quantitative analysis of sea-bob-shrimp's ichthyofauna bycatch, at Armação do Itapocoroy, Penha, Santa Catarina

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    Joaquim O. Branco

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    Full Text Available A ictiofauna acompanhante na pesca de camarão sete-barbas foi estudada mensalmente entre agosto 1996 a julho 2003 nas áreas de atuação da pesca artesanal na Armação do Itapocoroy, Penha. Foram utilizadas duas redes-de-arrasto com portas, malha de 3,0 cm na manga e corpo e de 2,0 cm no ensacador, tracionada por baleeira com velocidade média de 2,0 nós. A temperatura e salinidade média da água de fundo mantiveram um padrão uniforme de flutuação sazonal, sem diferença significativa entre os anos de coleta. Das 60 espécies capturadas, 22 foram comuns ao longo do período de coleta. As famílias Sciaenidae, Carangidae e Clupeidae apresentaram o maior número de espécies contribuindo com 92,0% das capturas, onde Stellifer spp., Paralonchurus brasiliensis e Isopisthus parvipinnis foram mais abundantes nas coletas, apresentando ocorrência regular ao longo dos anos. Ocorreram flutuações sazonais na abundância e diversidade da ictiofauna com diferença significativa entre os anos de coleta e biomassa, bem como em número de exemplares. O monitoramento da pesca de arrasto direcionada ao camarão sete-barbas poderá contribuir na manutenção dos estoques e assegurar a subsistência das comunidades tradicionais no litoral catarinense.The ichthyofauna bycatch in sea-bob-shrimp's fishery was monthly studied from August 1996 to July 2003, in the artisanal fishing grounds at Armação do Itapocoroy, Penha. It had been used two net-of-drag with doors, mesh of 3.0 cm in the sleeve and body and of 2.0 cm in the sacker, pushed for whaleboat with average speed of 2.0 km/h. Mean values of bottom water temperature and salinity remained uniform in a seasonal fluctuation, showing no significant differences among the studied years. A total of 60 species were collected, in which 22 were considered common species along the sampled period. Sciaenidae, Carangidae and Clupeidae families presented the highest number of specimens, accounting to 92% of

  1. Cannabidiol normalizes caspase 3, synaptophysin, and mitochondrial fission protein DNM1L expression levels in rats with brain iron overload: implications for neuroprotection.

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    da Silva, Vanessa Kappel; de Freitas, Betânia Souza; da Silva Dornelles, Arethuza; Nery, Laura Roesler; Falavigna, Lucio; Ferreira, Rafael Dal Ponte; Bogo, Maurício Reis; Hallak, Jaime Eduardo Cecílio; Zuardi, Antônio Waldo; Crippa, José Alexandre S; Schröder, Nadja

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    We have recently shown that chronic treatment with cannabidiol (CBD) was able to recover memory deficits induced by brain iron loading in a dose-dependent manner in rats. Brain iron accumulation is implicated in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, and has been related to cognitive deficits in animals and human subjects. Deficits in synaptic energy supply have been linked to neurodegenerative diseases, evidencing the key role played by mitochondria in maintaining viable neural cells and functional circuits. It has also been shown that brains of patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases have increased expression of apoptosisrelated proteins and specific DNA fragmentation. Here, we have analyzed the expression level of brain proteins involved with mitochondrial fusion and fission mechanisms (DNM1L and OPA1), the main integral transmembrane protein of synaptic vesicles (synaptophysin), and caspase 3, an apoptosis-related protein, to gain a better understanding of the potential of CBD in restoring the damage caused by iron loading in rats. We found that CBD rescued iron-induced effects, bringing hippocampal DNM1L, caspase 3, and synaptophysin levels back to values comparable to the control group. Our results suggest that iron affects mitochondrial dynamics, possibly trigging synaptic loss and apoptotic cell death and indicate that CBD should be considered as a potential molecule with memory-rescuing and neuroprotective properties to be used in the treatment of cognitive deficits observed in neurodegenerative disorders.

  2. Decreased rate of protein synthesis, caspase-3 activity, and ubiquitin-proteasome proteolysis in soleus muscles from growing rats fed a low-protein, high-carbohydrate diet.

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    Batistela, Emanuele; Pereira, Mayara Peron; Siqueira, Juliany Torres; Paula-Gomes, Silvia; Zanon, Neusa Maria; Oliveira, Eduardo Brandt; Navegantes, Luiz Carlos Carvalho; Kettelhut, Isis C; Andrade, Claudia Marlise Balbinotti; Kawashita, Nair Honda; Baviera, Amanda Martins

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    The aim of this study was to investigate the changes in the rates of both protein synthesis and breakdown, and the activation of intracellular effectors that control these processes in soleus muscles from growing rats fed a low-protein, high-carbohydrate (LPHC) diet for 15 days. The mass and the protein content, as well as the rate of protein synthesis, were decreased in the soleus from LPHC-fed rats. The availability of amino acids was diminished, since the levels of various essential amino acids were decreased in the plasma of LPHC-fed rats. Overall rate of proteolysis was also decreased, explained by reductions in the mRNA levels of atrogin-1 and MuRF-1, ubiquitin conjugates, proteasome activity, and in the activity of caspase-3. Soleus muscles from LPHC-fed rats showed increased insulin sensitivity, with increased levels of insulin receptor and phosphorylation levels of AKT, which probably explains the inhibition of both the caspase-3 activity and the ubiquitin-proteasome system. The fall of muscle proteolysis seems to represent an adaptive response that contributes to spare proteins in a condition of diminished availability of dietary amino acids. Furthermore, the decreased rate of protein synthesis may be the driving factor to the lower muscle mass gain in growing rats fed the LPHC diet.

  3. 7-ketocholesterol induces apoptosis of MC3T3-E1 cells associated with reactive oxygen species generation, endoplasmic reticulum stress and caspase-3/7 dependent pathway

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    Yuta Sato

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM is associated with an increased risk of bone fractures without reduction of bone mineral density. The cholesterol oxide 7-ketocholesterol (7KCHO has been implicated in numerous diseases such as atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, cancer, age-related macular degeneration and T2DM. In the present study, 7KCHO decreased the viability of MC3T3-E1 cells, increased reactive oxygen species (ROS production and apoptotic rate, and upregulated the caspase-3/7 pathway. Furthermore, these effects of 7KCHO were abolished by pre-incubation of the cells with N-acetylcysteine (NAC, an ROS inhibitor. Also, 7KCHO enhanced the mRNA expression of two endoplasmic reticulum (ER stress markers; CHOP and GRP78, in MC3T3-E1 cells. Pre-incubation of the cells with NAC suppressed the 7KCHO-induced upregulation of CHOP, but not GRP78. In conclusion, we demonstrated that 7KCHO induced apoptosis of MC3T3-E1 cells associated with ROS generation, ER stress, and caspase-3/7 activity, and the effects of 7KCHO were abolished by the ROS inhibitor NAC. These findings may provide new insight into the relationship between oxysterol and pathophysiology of osteoporosis seen in T2DM.

  4. Paroxetine-induced apoptosis in human osteosarcoma cells: Activation of p38 MAP kinase and caspase-3 pathways without involvement of [Ca2+]i elevation

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    Chou, C.-T.; He Shiping; Jan, C.-R.

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    Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a group of antidepressants, are generally used for treatment of various mood and anxiety disorders. There has been much research showing the anti-tumor and cytotoxic activities of some antidepressants; but the detailed mechanisms were unclear. In cultured human osteosarcoma cells (MG63), paroxetine reduced cell viability in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. Paroxetine caused apoptosis as assessed by propidium iodide-stained cells and increased caspase-3 activation. Although immunoblotting data revealed that paroxetine could activate the phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), c-Jun NH 2 -terminal kinase (JNK) and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK), only SB203580 (a p38 MAPK inhibitor) partially prevented cells from apoptosis. Paroxetine also induced [Ca 2+ ] i increases which involved the mobilization of intracellular Ca 2+ stored in the endoplasmic reticulum and Ca 2+ influx from extracellular medium. However, pretreatment with BAPTA/AM, a Ca 2+ chelator, to prevent paroxetine-induced [Ca 2+ ] i increases did not protect cells from death. The results suggest that in MG63 cells, paroxetine caused Ca 2+ -independent apoptosis via inducing p38 MAPK-associated caspase-3 activation

  5. Oxidative stress, caspase-3 activation and cleavage of ROCK-1 play an essential role in MeHg-induced cell death in primary astroglial cells.

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    Dos Santos, Alessandra Antunes; López-Granero, Caridad; Farina, Marcelo; Rocha, João B T; Bowman, Aaron B; Aschner, Michael

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    Methylmercury is a toxic environmental contaminant that elicits significant toxicity in humans. The central nervous system is the primary target of toxicity, and is particularly vulnerable during development. Rho-associated protein kinase 1 (ROCK-1) is a major downstream effector of the small GTPase RhoA and a direct substrate of caspase-3. The activation of ROCK-1 is necessary for membrane blebbing during apoptosis. In this work, we examined whether MeHg could affect the RhoA/ROCK-1 signaling pathway in primary cultures of mouse astrocytes. Exposure of cells with 10 μM MeHg decreased cellular viability after 24 h of incubation. This reduction in viability was preceded by a significant increase in intracellular and mitochondrial reactive oxygen species levels, as well as a reduced NAD + /NADH ratio. MeHg also induced an increase in mitochondrial-dependent caspase-9 and caspase-3, while the levels of RhoA protein expression were reduced or unchanged. We further found that MeHg induced ROCK-1 cleavage/activation and promoted LIMK1 and MYPT1 phosphorylation, both of which are the best characterized ROCK-1 downstream targets. Inhibiting ROCK-1 and caspases activation attenuated the MeHg-induced cell death. Collectively, these findings are the first to show that astrocytes exposed to MeHg showed increased cleavage/activation of ROCK-1, which was independent of the small GTPase RhoA. Copyright © 2018. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  6. The neuroprotective effect of nicotine in Parkinson’s disease models is associated with inhibiting PARP-1 and caspase-3 cleavage

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    Full Text Available Clinical evidence points to neuroprotective effects of smoking in Parkinson’s disease (PD, but the molecular mechanisms remain unclear. We investigated the pharmacological pathways involved in these neuroprotective effects, which could provide novel ideas for developing targeted neuroprotective treatments for PD. We used the ETC complex I inhibitor methylpyridinium ion (MPP+ to induce cell death in SH-SY5Y cells as a cellular model for PD and found that nicotine inhibits cell death. Using choline as a nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR agonist, we found that nAChR stimulation was sufficient to protect SH-SY5Y cells against cell death from MPP+. Blocking α7 nAChR with methyllycaconitine (MLA prevented the protective effects of nicotine, demonstrating that these receptors are necessary for the neuroprotective effects of nicotine. The neuroprotective effect of nicotine involves other pathways relevant to PD. Cleaved Poly (ADP-ribose polymerase-1 (PARP-1 and cleaved caspase-3 were decreased by nicotine in 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA lesioned mice and in MPP+-treated SH-SY5Y cells. In conclusion, our data indicate that nicotine likely exerts neuroprotective effects in PD through the α7 nAChR and downstream pathways including PARP-1 and caspase-3. This knowledge could be pursued in future research to develop neuroprotective treatments for PD.

  7. Apoptosis induced by lipid-associated membrane proteins from Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in a porcine lung epithelial cell line with the involvement of caspase 3 and the MAPK pathway.

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    Ni, B; Bai, F F; Wei, Y; Liu, M J; Feng, Z X; Xiong, Q Y; Hua, L Z; Shao, G Q

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    Lipid-associated membrane proteins (LAMPs) are important in the pathogenicity of the Mycoplasma genus of bacteria. We investigated whether Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae LAMPs have pathogenic potential by inducing apoptosis in a St. Jude porcine lung epithelial cell line (SJPL). LAMPs from a pathogenic strain of M. hyopneumoniae (strain 232) were used in the research. Our investigation made use of diamidino-phenylindole (DAPI) and acridine orange/ethidium bromide (AO/EB) staining, terminal dexynucleotidyl transferase (TdT)-mediated dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) analysis, and Annexin-V-propidium iodide staining. After LAMP treatment for 24 h, typical changes were induced, chromosomes were concentrated, apoptotic bodies were observed, the 3'-OH groups of cleaved genomes were exposed, and the percentage of apoptotic cells reached 36.5 ± 11.66%. Caspase 3 and caspase 8 were activated and cytochrome c (cyt c) was released from the mitochondria into the cytoplasm; poly ADP ribose polymerase (PARP) was digested into two fragments; p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) was phosphorylated; and the expression of pro-apoptosis protein Bax increased while the anti-apoptosis protein Bcl-2 decreased. LAMPs also stimulated SJPL cells to produce nitric oxide (NO) and superoxide. This study demonstrated that LAMPs from M. hyopneumoniae can induce apoptosis in SJPL cells through the activation of caspase 3, caspase 8, cyt c, Bax, and p38 MAPK, thereby contributing to our understanding of the pathogenesis of M. hyopneumoniae, which should improve the treatment of M. hyopneumoniae infections.

  8. Euglycemia in Diabetic Rats Leads to Reduced Liver Weight via Increased Autophagy and Apoptosis through Increased AMPK and Caspase-3 and Decreased mTOR Activities

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    Full Text Available Euglycemia is the ultimate goal in diabetes care to prevent complications. However, the benefits of euglycemia in type 2 diabetes are controversial because near-euglycemic subjects show higher mortality than moderately hyperglycemic subjects. We previously reported that euglycemic-diabetic rats on calorie-control lose a critical liver weight (LW compared with hyperglycemic rats. Here, we elucidated the molecular mechanisms underlying the loss of LW in euglycemic-diabetic rats and identified a potential risk in achieving euglycemia by calorie-control. Sprague-Dawley diabetic rats generated by subtotal-pancreatectomy were fed a calorie-controlled diet for 7 weeks to achieve euglycemia using 19 kcal% (19R or 6 kcal% (6R protein-containing chow or fed ad libitum (19AL. The diet in both R groups was isocaloric/kg body weight to the sham-operated group (19S. Compared with 19S and hyperglycemic 19AL, both euglycemic R groups showed lower LWs, increased autophagy, and increased AMPK and caspase-3 and decreased mTOR activities. Though degree of insulin deficiency was similar among the diabetic rats, Akt activity was lower, and PTEN activity was higher in both R groups than in 19AL whose signaling patterns were similar to 19S. In conclusion, euglycemia achieved by calorie-control is deleterious in insulin deficiency due to increased autophagy and apoptosis in the liver via AMPK and caspase-3 activation.

  9. TAF15 and the leukemia-associated fusion protein TAF15-CIZ/NMP4 are cleaved by caspases-3 and -7

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    Alves, Juliano, E-mail: jalves@gnf.org [Department of Molecular Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037 (United States); Wurdak, Heiko [Department of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037 (United States); Garay-Malpartida, Humberto M. [Department of Pharmacology, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sao Paulo, Av. Lineu Prestes 1524, Sao Paulo, SP, CEP 05508-900 (Brazil); Harris, Jennifer L. [Department of Molecular Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037 (United States); Protease Biochemistry, Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, 10675 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego, CA 92121 (United States); Occhiucci, Joao M.; Belizario, Jose E. [Department of Pharmacology, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sao Paulo, Av. Lineu Prestes 1524, Sao Paulo, SP, CEP 05508-900 (Brazil); Li, Jun, E-mail: jli2@gnf.org [Protease Biochemistry, Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, 10675 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego, CA 92121 (United States)

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    Caspases are central players in proteolytic pathways that regulate cellular processes such as apoptosis and differentiation. To accelerate the discovery of novel caspase substrates we developed a method combining in silico screening and in vitro validation. With this approach, we identified TAF15 as a novel caspase substrate in a trial study. We find that TAF15 was specifically cleaved by caspases-3 and -7. Site-directed mutagenesis revealed the consensus sequence {sup 106}DQPD/Y{sup 110} as the only site recognized by these caspases. Surprisingly, TAF15 was cleaved at more than one site in staurosporine-treated Jurkat cells. In addition, we generated two oncogenic TAF15-CIZ/NMP4-fused proteins which have been found in acute myeloid leukemia and demonstrate that caspases-3 and -7 cleave the fusion proteins at one single site. Broad application of this combination approach should expedite identification of novel caspase-interacting proteins and provide new insights into the regulation of caspase pathways leading to cell death in normal and cancer cells.

  10. Estudo Transcultural sobre Liderança em Relações Públicas e Gestão da Comunicação: análise quantitativa dos temas de maior importância para os brasileiros / Transcultural Study on Leadership in Public Relations and Communication Management: quantitative analysis of the issues of greatest importance to the Brazilians

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    Full Text Available Este artigo apresenta o relato parcial de uma investigação realizada em âmbito internacional, sob coordenação da Universidade do Alabama e do The Plank Center Institute (EUA, a fim de compreender como as constantes e rápidas mudanças políticas, econômicas e sociais impactam nas rotinas e no desempenho dos gestores em RP e Comunicação. As impressões foram obtidas através de questionário online e entrevistas em profundidade com gestores de RP e Comunicação de diferentes organizações. Aqui, são detalhados os dados quantitativos referentes à primeira seção do questionário online, que buscou conhecer, entre 10 temas pré-definidos, quais os de maior importância para os participantes. Estar preparado para lidar eficazmente com as crises, lidar com a velocidade e volume do fluxo de informação e melhorar os indicadores de comunicação para demonstrar o valor do trabalho realizado são as principais preocupações dos gestores. / This article presents part of an investigation into an international, coordinated by the University of Alabama and The Plank Center Institute (USA in order to understand how the constant and rapidly changing political, economic and social impact in the routines and performance of managers in PR and Communications. The prints were obtained through online questionnaire and in-depth interviews with managers of PR and Communication of different organizations. Here are detailed quantitative data relating to the first section of the online questionnaire, which sought to know from 10 predefined themes, which are the most important to the participants. Be prepared to deal effectively with crises, handle the speed and volume of information flow and improve communication indicators to demonstrate the value of the work performed are the main concerns of managers.

  11. Análise anatômica qualitativa e quantitativa e densidade básica da madeira de Alchornea sidifolia Müll. Arg. (Euphorbiaceae. Qualitative and quantitative anatomical analysis of the wood of Alchornea sidifolia Müll. Arg. (Euphorbiaceae

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    Luiz SANTINI JUNIOR

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    Full Text Available Objetivou-se caracterizar a anatomia e densidade básica da madeira de Alchornea sidifolia (tapiá-guaçu, e investigar a variação radial destas características. O material de estudo procede do lote cinco do Rodoanel trecho sul no Estado de São Paulo, onde cinco árvores foram identificadas no campo, retirando-se discos do DAP com média de 30 cm de diâmetro. As análises das amostras seguiram os métodos usualmente empregados em estudo de anatomia de madeiras. A espécie apresentou camadas de crescimento distintas; vasos solitários e múltiplos; placas de perfuração simples; parênquima axial apotraqueal em linhas; raios unisseriados, alternando células quadradas e eretas com inclusões cristalíferas e amido; fibras libriformes, não septadas e gelatinosas; canais radiais; máculas medulares; densidade básica baixa (0,38 g cm-3. Ocorreu aumento no sentido medula-casca apenas para o comprimento das fibras, diâmetro dos vasos e diâmetro das pontoações intervasculares, características que denotam madeira homogênea e de baixa resistência. Fibras com maiores lume estão associadas a menores valores de densidade básica.In this paper, we characterize the anatomy and basic density of wood in Alchornea sidifolia (tapiá-guaçu, and investigate the radial variation of these characteristics. Five trees were cut in the “Rodoanel” section southern in São Paulo state, were removed disks with 30 cm at breast height. Six samples were taken from the pith to bark, which were analyzed according to the usual methods in anatomy and properties of wood. The results revealed the presence of layer growth, solitary and multiples vessels; simple perforation plate; axial parenchyma in lines up three cells wide; rays exclusively uniseriate, all ray cells upright and/or square with inclusions crystals and starch; ground tissue fibers, non-septate and gelatinous; radial canals; pith fleck present; low basic density (0.38 g cm-3. There was an increase

  12. Quantitative control of Lettuce mosaic virus fitness and host defence inhibition by P1-HCPro P1-HC Pro do Lettuce mosaic virus atua de forma quantitativa na inibição da resposta de defesa do hospedeiro e adaptação viral

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    Renate Krause-Sakate

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    Full Text Available Two Lettuce mosaic virus isolates capable of overcoming the resistance afforded by the resistance gene mo1² in lettuce, LMV-AF199 from Brazil, and LMV-E, an European isolate, were evaluated for the rapidity and severity of symptoms induced on the lettuce variety Salinas 88 (mo1². The mosaic symptoms on Salinas 88 plants inoculated with LMV-AF199 appeared 7 days post-inoculation (dpi and 15 dpi for LMV-E. The symptoms induced by LMV-AF199 in this cultivar were also more severe than those induced by LMV-E. In order to identify the region of the viral genome responsible for this phenotype, recombinant viruses were constructed between these isolates and the phenotype of each recombinant was analysed. The region encoding proteins P1 and HcPro from LMV-AF199 was associated with the increased virulence in Salinas 88.Dois isolados de Lettuce mosaic virus capazes de contornar a resistência conferida pelo gene mo1² em alface, LMV-AF199 proveniente do Brasil e LMV-E um isolado europeu, foram avaliados quanto à rapidez e à severidade dos sintomas induzidos em alface variedade Salinas 88 (mo1². Os sintomas de mosaico induzidos pelo isolado LMV-AF-199 em Salinas 88 são mais severos e aparecem aos 7 dias após a inoculação (dpi, enquanto que para o isolado LMV-E os sintomas são visíveis somente a partir dos 15 dpi. Com o intuito de identificar a região do genoma viral responsável por este fenótipo, vírus recombinantes foram construídos entre estes dois isolados, e o fenótipo avaliado quanto a rapidez e severidade dos sintomas em Salinas-88. A região codificadora para as proteínas P1 e Hc-Pro do LMV-AF199 foi associada com o aumento da virulência deste isolado em Salinas-88.

  13. The in vitro immunogenic potential of caspase-3 proficient breast cancer cells with basal low immunogenicity is increased by hypofractionated irradiation.

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    Kötter, Bernhard; Frey, Benjamin; Winderl, Markus; Rubner, Yvonne; Scheithauer, Heike; Sieber, Renate; Fietkau, Rainer; Gaipl, Udo S

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    Radiotherapy is an integral part of breast cancer treatment. Immune activating properties of especially hypofractionated irradiation are in the spotlight of clinicians, besides the well-known effects of radiotherapy on cell cycle and the reduction of the clonogenic potential of tumor cells. Especially combination of radiotherapy with further immune stimulation induces immune-mediated anti-tumor responses. We therefore examined whether hypofractionated irradiation alone or in combination with hyperthermia as immune stimulants is capable of inducing breast cancer cells with immunogenic potential. Clonogenic assay, AnnexinA5-FITC/Propidium iodide assay and ELISA analyses of heat shock protein 70 and high mobility group box 1 protein were applied to characterize colony forming capability, cell death induction, cell death forms and release of danger signals by breast cancer cells in response to hypofractionated radiation (4x4Gy, 6x3Gy) alone and in combination with hyperthermia (41.5 °C for 1 h). Caspase-3 deficient, hormone receptor positive, p53 wild type MCF-7 and caspase-3 intact, hormone receptor negative, p53 mutated MDA-MB231 breast cancer cells, the latter in absence or presence of the pan-caspase inhibitor zVAD-fmk, were used. Supernatants of the treated tumor cells were analyzed for their potential to alter the surface expression of activation markers on human-monocyte-derived dendritic cells. Irradiation reduced the clonogenicity of caspase deficient MCF-7 cells more than of MDA-B231 cells. In contrast, higher amounts of apoptotic and necrotic cells were induced in MDA-B231 cells after single irradiation with 4Gy, 10Gy, or 20Gy or after hypofractionated irradiation with 4x4Gy or 6x3Gy. MDA-B231 cells consecutively released higher amounts of Hsp70 and HMGB1 after hypofractionated irradiation. However, only the release of Hsp70 was further increased by hyperthermia. Both, apoptosis induction and release of the danger signals, was dependent on caspase-3. Only

  14. Epstein-Barr Virus MicroRNA miR-BART20-5p Suppresses Lytic Induction by Inhibiting BAD-Mediated caspase-3-Dependent Apoptosis.

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    Kim, Hyoji; Choi, Hoyun; Lee, Suk Kyeong

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    Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a human gammaherpesvirus associated with a variety of tumor types. EBV can establish latency or undergo lytic replication in host cells. In general, EBV remains latent in tumors and expresses a limited repertoire of latent proteins to avoid host immune surveillance. When the lytic cycle is triggered by some as-yet-unknown form of stimulation, lytic gene expression and progeny virus production commence. Thus far, the exact mechanism of EBV latency maintenance and the in vivo triggering signal for lytic induction have yet to be elucidated. Previously, we have shown that the EBV microRNA miR-BART20-5p directly targets the immediate early genes BRLF1 and BZLF1 as well as Bcl-2-associated death promoter (BAD) in EBV-associated gastric carcinoma. In this study, we found that both mRNA and protein levels of BRLF1 and BZLF1 were suppressed in cells following BAD knockdown and increased after BAD overexpression. Progeny virus production was also downregulated by specific knockdown of BAD. Our results demonstrated that caspase-3-dependent apoptosis is a prerequisite for BAD-mediated EBV lytic cycle induction. Therefore, our data suggest that miR-BART20-5p plays an important role in latency maintenance and tumor persistence of EBV-associated gastric carcinoma by inhibiting BAD-mediated caspase-3-dependent apoptosis, which would trigger immediate early gene expression. EBV has an ability to remain latent in host cells, including EBV-associated tumor cells hiding from immune surveillance. However, the exact molecular mechanisms of EBV latency maintenance remain poorly understood. Here, we demonstrated that miR-BART20-5p inhibited the expression of EBV immediate early genes indirectly, by suppressing BAD-induced caspase-3-dependent apoptosis, in addition to directly, as we previously reported. Our study suggests that EBV-associated tumor cells might endure apoptotic stress to some extent and remain latent with the aid of miR-BART20-5p. Blocking the

  15. The effects of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) on nicotinic receptors: Intracellular calcium increase, calpain/caspase 3 activation, and functional upregulation

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    Garcia-Rates, Sara; Camarasa, Jordi; Sanchez-Garcia, Ana I.; Gandia, Luis; Escubedo, Elena; Pubill, David

    2010-01-01

    Previous work by our group demonstrated that homomeric α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR) play a role in the neurotoxicity induced by 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), as well as the binding affinity of this drug to these receptors. Here we studied the effect of MDMA on the activation of nAChR subtypes, the consequent calcium mobilization, and calpain/caspase 3 activation because prolonged Ca 2+ increase could contribute to cytotoxicity. As techniques, we used fluorimetry in Fluo-4-loaded PC12 cells and electrophysiology in Xenopus oocytes. MDMA produced a rapid and sustained increase in calcium without reaching the maximum effect induced by ACh. It also concentration-dependently inhibited the response induced by ACh, nicotine, and the specific α7 agonist PNU 282987 with IC 50 values in the low micromolar range. Similarly, MDMA induced inward currents in Xenopus oocytes transfected with human α7 but not with α4β2 nAChR and inhibited ACh-induced currents in both receptors in a concentration-dependent manner. The calcium response was inhibited by methyllycaconitine (MLA) and α-bungarotoxin but not by dihydro-β-erythroidine. These results therefore indicate that MDMA acts as a partial agonist on α7 nAChRs and as an antagonist on the heteromeric subtypes. Subsequently, calcium-induced Ca 2+ release from the endoplasmic reticulum and entry through voltage-operated calcium channels are also implicated as proved using specific antagonists. In addition, treatment with MDMA for 24 h significantly increased basal Ca 2+ levels and induced an increase in α-spectrin breakdown products, which indicates that calpain and caspase 3 were activated. These effects were inhibited by pretreatment with MLA. Moreover, pretreatment with MDMA induced functional upregulation of calcium responses to specific agonists of both heteromeric and α7 nAChR. Sustained calcium entry and calpain activation could favor the activation of Ca 2+ -dependent enzymes such as

  16. Fermentation supernatants of Lactobacillus delbrueckii inhibit growth of human colon cancer cells and induce apoptosis through a caspase 3-dependent pathway.

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    Wan, Ying; Xin, Yi; Zhang, Cuili; Wu, Dachang; Ding, Dapeng; Tang, Li; Owusu, Lawrence; Bai, Jing; Li, Weiling

    2014-05-01

    Probiotic bacteria are known to exert a wide range of beneficial effects on their animal hosts. Therefore, the present study explored the effect of the supernatants obtained from Lactobacillus delbrueckii fermentation (LBF) on colon cancer. The results indicated that the proliferation of LBF solution-treated colon cancer SW620 cells was arrested and accumulated in the G1 phase in a concentration-dependent manner. The LBF solution efficiently induced apoptosis through the intrinsic caspase 3-depedent pathway, with a corresponding decreased expression of Bcl-2. The activity of matrix metalloproteinase 9, which is associated with the invasion of colon cancer cells, was also decreased in the LBF-treated cells. In conclusion, the results demonstrate the antitumor effect of LBF in vitro and may contribute to the development of novel therapies for the treatment of colon cancer.

  17. Hepatoprotective Role of Hydrangea macrophylla against Sodium Arsenite-Induced Mitochondrial-Dependent Oxidative Stress via the Inhibition of MAPK/Caspase-3 Pathways

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    Md Rashedunnabi Akanda

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Sodium arsenite (NaAsO2 has been recognized as a worldwide health concern. Hydrangea macrophylla (HM is used as traditional Chinese medicine possessing antioxidant activities. The study was performed to investigate the therapeutic role and underlying molecular mechanism of HM on NaAsO2-induced toxicity in human liver cancer (HepG2 cells and liver in mice. The hepatoprotective role of HM in HepG2 cells was assessed by using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-Yl-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT, reactive oxygen species (ROS, and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH assays. Histopathology, lipid peroxidation, serum biochemistry, quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR and Western blot analyses were performed to determine the protective role of HM against NaAsO2 intoxication in liver tissue. In this study, we found that co-treatment with HM significantly attenuated the NaAsO2-induced cell viability loss, intracellular ROS, and LDH release in HepG2 cells in a dose-dependent manner. Hepatic histopathology, lipid peroxidation, and the serum biochemical parameters alanine aminotransferase (ALT and aspartate aminotransferase (AST were notably improved by HM. HM effectively downregulated the both gene and protein expression level of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK cascade. Moreover, HM well-regulated the Bcl-2-associated X protein (Bax/B-cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2 ratio, remarkably suppressed the release of cytochrome c, and blocked the expression of the post-apoptotic transcription factor caspase-3. Therefore, our study provides new insights into the hepatoprotective role of HM through its reduction in apoptosis, which likely involves in the modulation of MAPK/caspase-3 signaling pathways.

  18. RUNX3 is involved in caspase-3-dependent apoptosis induced by a combination of 5-aza-CdR and TSA in leukaemia cell lines.

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    Zhai, Feng-Xian; Liu, Xiang-Fu; Fan, Rui-Fang; Long, Zi-Jie; Fang, Zhi-Gang; Lu, Ying; Zheng, Yong-Jiang; Lin, Dong-Jun

    2012-03-01

    Epigenetic therapy has had a significant impact on the management of haematologic malignancies. The aim of this study was to assess whether 5-aza-CdR and TSA inhibit the growth of leukaemia cells and induce caspase-3-dependent apoptosis by upregulating RUNX3 expression. K562 and Reh cells were treated with 5-aza-CdR, TSA or both compounds. RT-PCR and Western blot analyses were used to examine the expression of RUNX3 at the mRNA and protein levels, respectively. Immunofluorescence microscopy was used to detect the cellular location of RUNX3. Additionally, after K562 cells were transfected with RUNX3, apoptosis and proliferation were studied using Annexin V staining and MTT assays. The expression of RUNX3 in leukaemia cell lines was markedly less than that in the controls. Demethylating drug 5-aza-CdR could induce RUNX3 expression, but the combination of TSA and 5-aza-CdR had a greater effect than did treatment with a single compound. The combination of 5-aza-CdR and TSA induced the translocation of RUNX3 from the cytoplasm into the nucleus. TSA enhanced apoptosis induced by 5-aza-CdR, and Annexin V and Hoechst 33258 staining showed that the combination induced apoptosis but not necrosis. Furthermore, apoptosis was dependent on the caspase-3 pathway. RUNX3 overexpression in K562 cells led to growth inhibition and apoptosis and potentiated the effects of 5-aza-CdR induction. RUNX3 plays an important role in leukaemia cellular functions, and the induction of RUNX3-mediated effects may contribute to the therapeutic value of combination TSA and 5-aza-CdR treatment.

  19. New avenue in the treatment of temporal lobe epilepsy by classical anti-epileptics: A hypothetical establishment of executioner Caspase 3 inactivation by molecular modeling

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    M Vijey Aanandhi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE are prescribed first-line antiepileptic drugs and surgery to the management of this disorder. Unfortunately, the surgical treatment has been shown to be beneficial for the selected patients but fails to provide a seizure-free outcome in 20-30% of TLE patients. In our present study, we investigate the possibilities of marketed antiepileptic drugs in a different manner to improve the present situation in TLE. Molecular docking simulation study and various open source computational tools were used to perform the study. AutoDock 4.2 MGL tools, Pymol visualize tools, Patch dock server, and Swarm Dock servers (protein-protein docking were used to perform the molecular modeling. FTsite and computed atlas of surface topography of protein open source server were used to understand the pocket and ligand binding information respectively. Toxtree application was used to determine the toxicity profile of the drug by Cramers rule. The obtained molecular docking models (Caspase 3, Procaspase 8, and Fas-associated death domain [FADD] with selected compounds (Clonazepam, Clobazepam, and Retigabine showed promising trio blocking event of FADD, Caspase 3, and Procaspase 8 (−6.66 kcal, −8.1 kcal, 6.46 kcal by Clonazepam respectively. Protein-protein interaction study (Swarm Dock, Patch Dock server indicated promising results that helped to establish our hypothesis. Toxtree showed a quantitative structure toxicity relationship report that helps to clarify the toxicity of the selected compounds. Clonazepam showed a trio inhibition property that may lead to develop a new era of the new generation benzodiazepine prototype drugs in the future. Filtered compounds will further process for higher in vitro, in vivo models for better understanding of the mechanism.

  20. Doxorubicin in vivo rapidly alters expression and translation of myocardial electron transport chain genes, leads to ATP loss and caspase 3 activation.

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    Amy V Pointon

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    Full Text Available Doxorubicin is one of the most effective anti-cancer drugs but its use is limited by cumulative cardiotoxicity that restricts lifetime dose. Redox damage is one of the most accepted mechanisms of toxicity, but not fully substantiated. Moreover doxorubicin is not an efficient redox cycling compound due to its low redox potential. Here we used genomic and chemical systems approaches in vivo to investigate the mechanisms of doxorubicin cardiotoxicity, and specifically test the hypothesis of redox cycling mediated cardiotoxicity.Mice were treated with an acute dose of either doxorubicin (DOX (15 mg/kg or 2,3-dimethoxy-1,4-naphthoquinone (DMNQ (25 mg/kg. DMNQ is a more efficient redox cycling agent than DOX but unlike DOX has limited ability to inhibit gene transcription and DNA replication. This allowed specific testing of the redox hypothesis for cardiotoxicity. An acute dose was used to avoid pathophysiological effects in the genomic analysis. However similar data were obtained with a chronic model, but are not specifically presented. All data are deposited in the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO. Pathway and biochemical analysis of cardiac global gene transcription and mRNA translation data derived at time points from 5 min after an acute exposure in vivo showed a pronounced effect on electron transport chain activity. This led to loss of ATP, increased AMPK expression, mitochondrial genome amplification and activation of caspase 3. No data gathered with either compound indicated general redox damage, though site specific redox damage in mitochondria cannot be entirely discounted.These data indicate the major mechanism of doxorubicin cardiotoxicity is via damage or inhibition of the electron transport chain and not general redox stress. There is a rapid response at transcriptional and translational level of many of the genes coding for proteins of the electron transport chain complexes. Still though ATP loss occurs with activation caspase 3 and these

  1. Rats exposed to 2.45GHz of non-ionizing radiation exhibit behavioral changes with increased brain expression of apoptotic caspase 3.

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    Varghese, Rini; Majumdar, Anuradha; Kumar, Girish; Shukla, Amit

    2018-03-01

    In recent years there has been a tremendous increase in use of Wi-Fi devices along with mobile phones, globally. Wi-Fi devices make use of 2.4GHz frequency. The present study evaluated the impact of 2.45GHz radiation exposure for 4h/day for 45days on behavioral and oxidative stress parameters in female Sprague Dawley rats. Behavioral tests of anxiety, learning and memory were started from day 38. Oxidative stress parameters were estimated in brain homogenates after sacrificing the rats on day 45. In morris water maze, elevated plus maze and light dark box test, the 2.45GHz radiation exposed rats elicited memory decline and anxiety behavior. Exposure decreased activities of super oxide dismutase, catalase and reduced glutathione levels whereas increased levels of brain lipid peroxidation was encountered in the radiation exposed rats, showing compromised anti-oxidant defense. Expression of caspase 3 gene in brain samples were quantified which unraveled notable increase in the apoptotic marker caspase 3 in 2.45GHz radiation exposed group as compared to sham exposed group. No significant changes were observed in histopathological examinations and brain levels of TNF-α. Analysis of dendritic arborization of neurons showcased reduction in number of dendritic branching and intersections which corresponds to alteration in dendritic structure of neurons, affecting neuronal signaling. The study clearly indicates that exposure of rats to microwave radiation of 2.45GHz leads to detrimental changes in brain leading to lowering of learning and memory and expression of anxiety behavior in rats along with fall in brain antioxidant enzyme systems. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Effect of folic acid and vitamin B12 on the expression of PPAR?, caspase-3 and caspase-8 mRNA in the abdominal aortas of rats with hyperlipidemia

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    LV, FENG-HUA; GAO, JIAN-ZHI; TENG, QING-LEI; ZHANG, JIN-YING

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    Hyperlipidemia may lead to endothelial injury, due to its effects on homocysteine and vascular endothelial growth factor in the serum, and the mRNA expression levels of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-? (PPAR?), and caspase-3 and -8 in the vascular wall. In order to prevent and mitigate the high-fat state that results from endothelial injury, this study examined the effect of folic acid (FA) and vitamin B12 (VB12) on the expression of PPAR? and caspase-3 and -8 mRNA in the abdomina...

  3. Selective suppression of autocatalytic caspase-3 driven by two-step transcriptional amplified human telomerase reverse transcriptase promoter on ovarian carcinoma growth in vitro and in mice.

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    Song, Yue; Xin, Xing; Xia, Zhijun; Zhai, Xingyue; Shen, Keng

    2014-07-01

    The objective of our study was to construct recombinant adenovirus (rAd) AdHTVP2G5-rev-casp3, which expresses autocatalytic caspase-3 driven by human telomerase reverse transcriptase promoter (hTERTp) with a two-step transcription amplification (TSTA) system and investigate its antitumor effects on ovarian cancer in vitro and in vivo. Fluorescent detection was used to detect EGFP expression in various cells. Cell viabilities were determined using the Cell Counting Kit-8 and flow cytometry. RT-PCR and immunoblotting assays were used to detect cellular apoptotic activities. Tumor growth and survival of tumor-bearing mice were studied. The hTERTp-TSTA system showed the strongest activity in hTERT-positive cancer cells when compared with hTERTp and cytomeglovirus promoter (CMVp). In contrast, it showed no activity in hTERT‑negative HUVECs. AdHTVP2G5‑rev-casp3 markedly suppressed the survival of AO cells in a dose-dependent modality with a viability rate of 17.8 ± 3.5% at an MOI of 70, which was significantly lower than that by AdHT-rev-casp3 and Ad-rev-casp3 (rAds which express rev-caspase-3 driven by hTERTp and CMVp, respectively). In contrast, AdHTVP2G5‑rev-casp3 induced little HUVEC death with a viability rate of 92.7 ± 5.2% at the same MOI. Additionally, AdHTVP2G5-rev-casp3 (MOI=70) caused significant apoptosis in AO cells with an apoptotic rate of 42%. The tumor growth suppression rate of AdHTVP2G5-rev-casp3 was 81.52%, significantly higher than that of AdHT-rev-casp3 (54.94%) or Ad-rev-casp3 (21.35%). AdHTVP2G5-rev-casp3 significantly improved the survival of tumor-bearing mice with little liver damage, with a mean survival of 258 ± 28 days. These results showed that AdHTVP2G5-rev-casp3 caused effective apoptosis with significant tumor selectivity, strongly suppressed tumor growth and improved mouse survival with little liver toxicity. It can be a potent therapeutic agent for tumor targeted treatment of ovarian cancer.

  4. The activity of the anti-apoptotic fragment generated by the caspase-3/p120 RasGAP stress-sensing module displays strict Akt isoform specificity.

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    Vanli, Güliz; Peltzer, Nieves; Dubuis, Gilles; Widmann, Christian

    2014-12-01

    The caspase-3/p120 RasGAP module acts as a stress sensor that promotes pro-survival or pro-death signaling depending on the intensity and the duration of the stressful stimuli. Partial cleavage of p120 RasGAP generates a fragment, called fragment N, which protects stressed cells by activating Akt signaling. Akt family members regulate many cellular processes including proliferation, inhibition of apoptosis and metabolism. These cellular processes are regulated by three distinct Akt isoforms: Akt1, Akt2 and Akt3. However, which of these isoforms are required for fragment N mediated protection have not been defined. In this study, we investigated the individual contribution of each isoform in fragment N-mediated cell protection against Fas ligand induced cell death. To this end, DLD1 and HCT116 isogenic cell lines lacking specific Akt isoforms were used. It was found that fragment N could activate Akt1 and Akt2 but that only the former could mediate the protective activity of the RasGAP-derived fragment. Even overexpression of Akt2 or Akt3 could not rescue the inability of fragment N to protect cells lacking Akt1. These results demonstrate a strict Akt isoform requirement for the anti-apoptotic activity of fragment N. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Identification of ASK1, MKK4, JNK, c-Jun, and caspase-3 as a signaling cascade involved in cadmium-induced neuronal cell apoptosis

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    Kim, Sun Don; Moon, Chang Kyu; Eun, Su-Yong; Ryu, Pan Dong; Jo, Sangmee Ahn

    2005-01-01

    Cd induces oxidative stress and apoptosis in various cells by activating mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), but the precise signaling components of the MAPK cascade and their role in neuronal apoptosis are still unclear. Here, we report that Cd treatment of SH-SY5Y cells caused apoptosis through sequential phosphorylation of the apoptosis signal regulating kinase 1, MAPK kinase 4, c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), and c-Jun as determined by overexpression of dominant negative (DN) constructs of these genes or using a specific JNK inhibitor SP600125. Both Cd-induced JNK and c-Jun phosphorylation and apoptosis were inhibited dramatically by N-acetyl-L-cysteine, a free radical scavenger. In addition, caspase inhibitors, zDEVD and zVAD, reduced apoptosis but not JNK and c-Jun phosphorylation induced by Cd, while overexpression of DN JNK1 inhibited caspase-3 activity. Taken together, our data suggested that the JNK/c-Jun signaling cascade plays a crucial role in Cd-induced neuronal cell apoptosis and provides a molecular linkage between oxidative stress and neuronal apoptosis

  6. Oxcarbazepine causes neurocyte apoptosis and developing brain damage by triggering Bax/Bcl-2 signaling pathway mediated caspase 3 activation in neonatal rats.

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    Song, Y; Zhong, M; Cai, F-C

    2018-01-01

    Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) are the main methods for treatment of neonatal seizures; however, a few AEDs may cause developing brain damage of neonate. This study aims to investigate effects of oxcarbazepine (OXC) on developing brain damage of neonatal rats. Both of neonatal and adult rats were divided into 6 groups, including Control, OXC 187.5 mg/kg, OXC 281.25 mg/kg, OXC 375 mg/kg group, LEV and PHT group. Body weight and brain weight were evaluated. Hematoxylin and eosin (HE) and Nissl staining were used to observe neurocyte morphology and Nissl bodies, respectively. Apoptosis was examined using TUNEL assay, and caspase 8 activity was evaluated using spectrophotometer method. Cytochrome C-release was evaluated using flow cytometry. Western blot was used to examine Bax and Bcl-2 expression. OXC 375 mg/kg treatment significantly decreased brain weight compared to Control group in neonatal rats (P5 rats) (pOxcarbazepine at a concentration of 281.25 mg/kg or more causes neurocyte apoptosis and developing brain damage by triggering Bax/Bcl-2 signaling pathway mediated caspase 3 activation in neonatal rats.

  7. Novel Bioinformatics-Based Approach for Proteomic Biomarkers Prediction of Calpain-2 & Caspase-3 Protease Fragmentation: Application to βII-Spectrin Protein

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    El-Assaad, Atlal; Dawy, Zaher; Nemer, Georges; Kobeissy, Firas

    2017-01-01

    The crucial biological role of proteases has been visible with the development of degradomics discipline involved in the determination of the proteases/substrates resulting in breakdown-products (BDPs) that can be utilized as putative biomarkers associated with different biological-clinical significance. In the field of cancer biology, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) have shown to result in MMPs-generated protein BDPs that are indicative of malignant growth in cancer, while in the field of neural injury, calpain-2 and caspase-3 proteases generate BDPs fragments that are indicative of different neural cell death mechanisms in different injury scenarios. Advanced proteomic techniques have shown a remarkable progress in identifying these BDPs experimentally. In this work, we present a bioinformatics-based prediction method that identifies protease-associated BDPs with high precision and efficiency. The method utilizes state-of-the-art sequence matching and alignment algorithms. It starts by locating consensus sequence occurrences and their variants in any set of protein substrates, generating all fragments resulting from cleavage. The complexity exists in space O(mn) as well as in O(Nmn) time, where N, m, and n are the number of protein sequences, length of the consensus sequence, and length per protein sequence, respectively. Finally, the proposed methodology is validated against βII-spectrin protein, a brain injury validated biomarker.

  8. MeCP2 Promotes Gastric Cancer Progression Through Regulating FOXF1/Wnt5a/β-Catenin and MYOD1/Caspase-3 Signaling Pathways

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    Lingyu Zhao

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2 has recently been characterized as an oncogene frequently amplified in several types of cancer. However, its precise role in gastric cancer (GC and the molecular mechanism of MeCP2 regulation are still largely unknown. Here we report that MeCP2 is highly expressed in primary GC tissues and the expression level is correlated with the clinicopathologic features of GC. In our experiments, knockdown of MeCP2 inhibited tumor growth. Molecular mechanism of MeCP2 regulation was investigated using an integrated approach with combination of microarray analysis and chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-Seq. The results suggest that MeCP2 binds to the methylated CpG islands of FOXF1 and MYOD1 promoters and inhibits their expression at the transcription level. Furthermore, we show that MeCP2 promotes GC cell proliferation via FOXF1-mediated Wnt5a/β-Catenin signaling pathway and suppresses apoptosis through MYOD1-mediated Caspase-3 signaling pathway. Due to its high expression level in GC and its critical function in driving GC progression, MeCP2 represents a promising therapeutic target for GC treatment.

  9. Taurine reverses sodium fluoride-mediated increase in inflammation, caspase-3 activity, and oxidative damage along the brain-pituitary-gonadal axis in male rats.

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    Adedara, Isaac A; Olabiyi, Bolanle F; Ojuade, TeminiJesu D; Idris, Umar F; Onibiyo, Esther M; Farombi, Ebenezer O

    2017-09-01

    Excessive exposure to fluoride is associated with male reproductive dysfunction in humans and animals. Taurine (2-aminoethane sulfonic acid) is a free intracellular β-amino acid with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties. However, the effect of taurine on fluoride-induced reproductive toxicity has not been reported. The present study investigated the influence of taurine on sodium fluoride (NaF)-induced functional changes along the brain-pituitary-gonadal axis in male rats. NaF was administered singly in drinking water at 15 mg·L -1 alone or orally co-administered by gavage with taurine at 100 and 200 mg·(kg body mass) -1 for 45 consecutive days. Results showed that taurine significantly prevented NaF-induced increase in oxidative stress indices as well as augmented antioxidant enzymes activities and glutathione level in the brain, testes, and epididymis of the treated rats. Moreover, taurine reversed NaF-induced elevation in inflammatory biomarkers and caspase-3 activity as well as histological damage in the brain, testes, and epididymis of the treated rats. The significant reversal of NaF-induced decreases in testosterone level and testicular activities of acid phosphatase, alkaline phosphatase, and lactate dehydrogenase by taurine was accompanied by enhancement of sperm functional characteristics in the treated rats. Taurine may be a possible chemopreventive candidate against reproductive dysfunction resulting from fluoride exposure.

  10. The multikinase inhibitor Sorafenib displays significant antiproliferative effects and induces apoptosis via caspase 3, 7 and PARP in B- and T-lymphoblastic cells

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    Schult, Catrin; Boldt, Sonja; Wolkenhauer, Olaf; Neri, Luca Maria; Freund, Mathias; Junghanss, Christian; Dahlhaus, Meike; Ruck, Sabine; Sawitzky, Mandy; Amoroso, Francesca; Lange, Sandra; Etro, Daniela; Glass, Aenne; Fuellen, Georg

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    Targeted therapy approaches have been successfully introduced into the treatment of several cancers. The multikinase inhibitor Sorafenib has antitumor activity in solid tumors and its effects on acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cells are still unclear. ALL cell lines (SEM, RS4;11 and Jurkat) were treated with Sorafenib alone or in combination with cytarabine, doxorubicin or RAD001. Cell count, apoptosis and necrosis rates, cell cycle distribution, protein phosphorylation and metabolic activity were determined. Sorafenib inhibited the proliferation of ALL cells by cell cycle arrest accompanied by down-regulation of CyclinD3 and CDK4. Furthermore, Sorafenib initiated apoptosis by cleavage of caspases 3, 7 and PARP. Apoptosis and necrosis rates increased significantly with most pronounced effects after 96 h. Antiproliferative effects of Sorafenib were associated with a decreased phosphorylation of Akt (Ser473 and Thr308), FoxO3A (Thr32) and 4EBP-1 (Ser65 and Thr70) as early as 0.5 h after treatment. Synergistic effects were seen when Sorafenib was combined with other cytotoxic drugs or a mTOR inhibitor emphasizing the Sorafenib effect. Sorafenib displays significant antileukemic activity in vitro by inducing cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. Furthermore, it influences PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling in ALL cells

  11. Protective Effects of Chlorella-Derived Peptide Against UVC-Induced Cytotoxicity through Inhibition of Caspase-3 Activity and Reduction of the Expression of Phosphorylated FADD and Cleaved PARP-1 in Skin Fibroblasts

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    Jong Yuh Cherng

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available UVC irradiation induces oxidative stress and leads to cell death through an apoptotic pathway. This apoptosis is caused by activation of caspase-3 and formation of poly(ADP-ribose polymerase-1 (PARP-1. In this study, the underlying mechanisms of Chlorella derived peptide (CDP activity against UVC-induced cytotoxicity were investigated. Human skin fibroblasts were treated with CDP, vitamin C, or vitamin E after UVC irradiation for a total energy of 15 J/cm2. After the UVC exposure, cell proliferation and caspase-3 activity were measured at 12, 24, 48, and 72 h later. Expression of phosphorylated FADD and cleaved PARP-1 were measured 16 h later. DNA damage (expressed as pyrimidine (6-4 pyrimidone photoproducts DNA concentration and fragmentation assay were performed 24 h after the UVC exposure. Results showed that UVC irradiation induced cytotoxicity in all groups except those treated with CDP. The caspase-3 activity in CDP-treated cells was inhibited from 12 h onward. Expression of phosphorylated FADD and cleaved PARP-1 were also reduced in CDP-treated cells. Moreover, UVC-induced DNA damage and fragmentation were also prevented by the CDP treatment. This study shows that treatment of CDP provides protective effects against UVC-induced cytotoxicity through the inhibition of caspase-3 activity and the reduction of phosphorylated FADD and cleaved PARP-1 expression.

  12. Fludarabine inhibits STAT1-mediated up-regulation of caspase-3 expression in dexamethasone-induced osteoblasts apoptosis and slows the progression of steroid-induced avascular necrosis of the femoral head in rats.

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    Feng, Zhenhua; Zheng, Wenhao; Tang, Qian; Cheng, Liang; Li, Hang; Ni, Wenfei; Pan, Xiaoyun

    2017-08-01

    Steroid-induced avascular necrosis of the femoral head (SANFH) is a major limitation of long-term or excessive clinical administration of glucocorticoids. Fludarabine, which is a compound used to treat various hematological malignancies, such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia, acts by down-regulating signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1) by inhibiting STAT1 phosphorylation in both normal and cancer cells. This study assessed the effects of fludarabine in vitro (primary murine osteoblasts) and in vivo (rat SANFH model). In vitro, pretreatment with fludarabine significantly inhibited Dexamethasone (Dex)-induced apoptosis in osteoblasts, which was examined by TUNEL staining. Treatment with Dex caused a remarkable decrease in the expression of Bcl-2; an increase in cytochrome c release; activation of BAX, caspase-9, and caspase-3; and an obvious enhancement in STAT1 phosphorylation. However, treatment resulted in the up-regulation of caspase-3 expression. Enhanced P-STAT1 activity and up-regulation of caspase-3 expression were also observed in osteoblasts. In vivo, the subchondral trabeculae in fludarabine-treated rats exhibited less bone loss and a lower ratio of empty lacunae. Taken together, our results suggest that STAT1-mediated up-regulation of caspase-3 is involved in osteoblast apoptosis induced by Dex and indicates that fludarabine may serve as a potential agent for the treatment of SANFH.

  13. Glutamate-induced apoptosis in neuronal cells is mediated via caspase-dependent and independent mechanisms involving calpain and caspase-3 proteases as well as apoptosis inducing factor (AIF and this process is inhibited by equine estrogens

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Glutamate, a major excitatory amino acid neurotransmitter, causes apoptotic neuronal cell death at high concentrations. Our previous studies have shown that depending on the neuronal cell type, glutamate-induced apoptotic cell death was associated with regulation of genes such as Bcl-2, Bax, and/or caspase-3 and mitochondrial cytochrome c. To further delineate the intracellular mechanisms, we have investigated the role of calpain, an important calcium-dependent protease thought to be involved in apoptosis along with mitochondrial apoptosis inducing factor (AIF and caspase-3 in primary cortical cells and a mouse hippocampal cell line HT22. Results Glutamate-induced apoptotic cell death in neuronal cells was associated with characteristic DNA fragmentation, morphological changes, activation of calpain and caspase-3 as well as the upregulation and/or translocation of AIF from mitochondria into cytosol and nuclei. Our results reveal that primary cortical cells and HT22 cells display different patterns of regulation of these genes/proteins. In primary cortical cells, glutamate induces activation of calpain, caspase-3 and translocation of AIF from mitochondria to cytosol and nuclei. In contrast, in HT22 cells, only the activation of calpain and upregulation and translocation of AIF occurred. In both cell types, these processes were inhibited/reversed by 17β-estradiol and Δ8,17β-estradiol with the latter being more potent. Conclusion Depending upon the neuronal cell type, at least two mechanisms are involved in glutamate-induced apoptosis: a caspase-3-dependent pathway and a caspase-independent pathway involving calpain and AIF. Since HT22 cells lack caspase-3, glutamate-induced apoptosis is mediated via the caspase-independent pathway in this cell line. Kinetics of this apoptotic pathway further indicate that calpain rather than caspase-3, plays a critical role in the glutamate-induced apoptosis. Our studies further indicate

  14. Caffeine decreases phospho-Chk1 (Ser317) and increases mitotic cells with cyclin B1 and caspase 3 in tumors from UVB-treated mice.

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    Lu, Yao-Ping; Lou, You-Rong; Peng, Qing-Yun; Nghiem, Paul; Conney, Allan H

    2011-07-01

    Oral administration of caffeine to mice inhibits UVB-induced carcinogenesis, and these results are paralleled by epidemiology studies indicating that caffeinated coffee and tea intake (but not decaffeinated beverage intake) is associated with decreased incidence of nonmelanoma skin cancer. Topical applications of caffeine to the skin of SKH-1 mice that had previously been treated with UVB inhibited subsequent skin tumor development and stimulated apoptosis in tumors but not in nontumor areas of the epidermis. This study sought to determine the basis of these differential effects on tumor versus nontumor sites that can be induced by caffeine, long after all UVB treatment has ceased. The activation status of the ATR/Chk1 pathway in UVB-induced tumors and uninvolved skin was determined by quantitating phospho-Chk1 (Ser317) and induction of lethal mitosis in vivo in the presence and absence of topical caffeine treatment. In the absence of caffeine, we found that UVB-induced tumors often had islands of phospho-Chk1 (Ser317) staining cells that were not present in nontumor areas of the epidermis. Treatment of mice with topical caffeine significantly diminished phospho-Chk1 (Ser317) staining and increased the number of mitotic cells that expressed cyclin B1 and caspase 3 in tumors, consistent with caffeine-induced lethal mitosis selectively in tumors. We hypothesize that compared with adjacent uninvolved skin, UVB-induced skin tumors have elevated activation of, and dependence on, the ATR/Chk1 pathway long after UVB exposure has ceased and that caffeine can induce apoptosis selectively in tumors by inhibiting this pathway and promoting lethal mitosis.

  15. Bacterial lipoprotein delays apoptosis in human neutrophils through inhibition of caspase-3 activity: regulatory roles for CD14 and TLR-2.

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    Power, Colm P

    2012-02-03

    The human sepsis syndrome resulting from bacterial infection continues to account for a significant proportion of hospital mortality. Neutralizing strategies aimed at individual bacterial wall products (such as LPS) have enjoyed limited success in this arena. Bacterial lipoprotein (BLP) is a major constituent of the wall of diverse bacterial forms and profoundly influences cellular function in vivo and in vitro, and has been implicated in the etiology of human sepsis. Delayed polymorphonuclear cell (PMN) apoptosis is a characteristic feature of human sepsis arising from Gram-negative or Gram-positive bacterial infection. Bacterial wall product ligation and subsequent receptor-mediated events upstream of caspase inhibition in neutrophils remain incompletely understood. BLP has been shown to exert its cellular effects primarily through TLR-2, and it is now widely accepted that lateral associations with the TLRs represent the means by which CD14 communicates intracellular messages. In this study, we demonstrate that BLP inhibits neutrophil mitochondrial membrane depolarization with a subsequent reduction in caspase-3 processing, ultimately leading to a significant delay in PMN apoptosis. Pretreatment of PMNs with an anti-TLR-2 mAb or anti-CD14 mAb prevented BLP from delaying PMN apoptosis to such a marked degree. Combination blockade using both mAbs completely prevented the effects of BLP (in 1 and 10 ng\\/ml concentrations) on PMN apoptosis. At higher concentrations of BLP, the antiapoptotic effects were observed, but were not as pronounced. Our findings therefore provide the first evidence of a crucial role for both CD14 and TLR-2 in delayed PMN apoptosis arising from bacterial infection.

  16. Tubeimoside-1 induces glioma apoptosis through regulation of Bax/Bcl-2 and the ROS/Cytochrome C/Caspase-3 pathway

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    Jia G

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Geng Jia,1,* Qiang Wang,2,* Rong Wang,2,* Danni Deng,2 Lian Xue,2 Naiyuan Shao,1 Yi Zhang,1 Xiwei Xia,1 Feng Zhi,2 Yilin Yang1,2 1Department of Neurosurgery, Third Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China; 2Modern Medical Research Center, Third Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China * These authors contributed equally to this workBackground: Tubeimoside-1 (TBMS1 is a natural compound isolated from tubeimoside, which has been widely used as a traditional Chinese herbal medicine. The purpose of the present study is to investigate the anti-tumor effect and the underling mechanism of TBMS1 on glioma cancer cells.Methods: The MTT assay was performed to evaluate the effect of TBMS1 on glioma cell proliferation. The fluorescent microscopy and flow cytometry analysis were performed to evaluate the effect of TBMS1 on glioma cell apoptosis. The Western blot analysis was used to evaluate the protein change.Results: TBMS1 inhibited glioma cancer cell proliferation in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Fluorescent microscopy and flow cytometry analysis demonstrated that TBMS1 induced glioma cell apoptosis in a concentration-dependent manner. Western blotting showed that TBMS1 induced apoptosis by increasing the expression of Bax and downregulating the level of Bcl-2. Furthermore, we found that TBMS1 induced apoptosis by increasing the concentration of reactive oxygen species through the release of Cytochrome C and activation of Caspase-3.Conclusion: These findings indicate that TBMS1 may be developed as a possible therapeutic agent for the management of glioma. Keywords: Tubeimoside-1, glioma, proliferation, apoptosis

  17. A comparison of caspase 3 expression in the endocrine and exocrine parts of the pancreas after cladribine application according to the "leukemic" schema

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    Jasinski Ludwik

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The therapeutic effects of the immunosuppressive agent, cladribine, have been demonstrated by its toxicity to cells. However, its effects on healthy cells of the body is poorly understood. The aim of study was, hence, to, firstly, evaluate the morphology of the endocrine and exocrine pancreas after the administration of cladribine according to the "leukemic" schema, and, secondly, to assess its impact on the intensity of apoptosis. The experiment was carried out on female Wistar rats which were placed within the control group KA, and the experimental groups: A and A-bis. In the experimental groups, Cladribine was administered according to the cycle used to treat human hairy cell leukemia. In group A, the material was taken 24 hours after administration of the last dose of the drug, while in group A-bis, this was done after a 4 weeks break. The reaction was assessed to be average in 80% of all cells in group A, and in 64% of all acinar cells in group KA, while in group A-bis, the majority of the exocrine cells demonstrated a lack of immunohistochemical response (72%. Moreover, most endocrine cells (60% in group A-bis revealed a strong reaction, while in Group A, the corresponding figure is a little over 34%. A comparison of the severity of the caspase 3 expression in both the exocrine and endocrine pancreas showed significant differentiation results between the group KA and group A-bis, and between group A and A-bis (p < 0.0001. In can be concluded that endocrine cells are more sensitive to cladribine than are exocrine cells.

  18. "Determinação cromatografica quantitativa de gases leves em hidrogenio"

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    Newton Pimenta Neves Jr

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    Resumo: O hidrogênio ultrapurificado tem sido utilizado em ritmo crescente em diversos processos de alta tecnologia, com destaque para a indústria de micro-eletrônica, onde a presença de impurezas no gás influi decisivamente nos resultados obtidos. Neste trabalho foram desenvolvidos aspectos relacionados à determinação cromatográfica quantitativa de gases leves em hidrogênio. Inicialmente foram desenvolvidas técnicas de amostragem e análise que possibilitam determinar concentrações de até 1mm...

  19. P2X7 receptor blockade protects against cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity in mice by decreasing the activities of inflammasome components, oxidative stress and caspase-3

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    Zhang, Yuanyuan; Yuan, Fahuan; Cao, Xuejiao [Department of Nephrology, Xinqiao Hospital, PLA, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 400037 (China); Zhai, Zhifang [Department of Dermatology, Southwest Hospital, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 400038 (China); Gang Huang [Department of Medical Genetics, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 430038 (China); Du, Xiang; Wang, Yiqin; Zhang, Jingbo; Huang, Yunjian; Zhao, Jinghong [Department of Nephrology, Xinqiao Hospital, PLA, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 400037 (China); Hou, Weiping, E-mail: hwp0518@aliyun.com [Department of Nephrology, Xinqiao Hospital, PLA, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 400037 (China)

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    Nephrotoxicity is a common complication of cisplatin chemotherapy and thus limits the use of cisplatin in clinic. The purinergic 2X7 receptor (P2X7R) plays important roles in inflammation and apoptosis in some inflammatory diseases; however, its roles in cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity remain unclear. In this study, we first assessed the expression of P2X7R in cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity in C57BL/6 mice, and then we investigated the changes of renal function, histological injury, inflammatory response, and apoptosis in renal tissues after P2X7R blockade in vivo using an antagonist A-438079. Moreover, we measured the changes of nod-like receptor family, pyrin domain containing proteins (NLRP3) inflammasome components, oxidative stress, and proapoptotic genes in renal tissues in cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity after treatment with A-438079. We found that the expression of P2X7R was significantly upregulated in the renal tubular epithelial cells in cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity compared with that of the normal control group. Furthermore, pretreatment with A-438079 markedly attenuated the cisplatin-induced renal injury while lightening the histological damage, inflammatory response and apoptosis in renal tissue, and improved the renal function. These effects were associated with the significantly reduced levels of NLRP3 inflammasome components, oxidative stress, p53 and caspase-3 in renal tissues in cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity. In conclusions, our studies suggest that the upregulated activity of P2X7R might play important roles in the development of cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity, and P2X7R blockade might become an effective therapeutic strategy for this disease. - Highlights: • The P2X7R expression was markedly upregulated in cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity. • P2X7R blockade significantly attenuated the cisplatin-induced renal injury. • P2X7R blockade reduced activities of NLRP3 inflammasome components in renal tissue. • P2X7R blockade

  20. Expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase, caspase-3 and production of reactive oxygen intermediate on endothelial cells culture (HUVECs treated with P. falciparum infected erythrocytes and tumour necrosis factor-α

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    Loeki E. Fitri

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Cytoadherence of P. falciparum infected erythrocytes on endothelial cells is a key factor in development of severe malaria. This process may associated with the activation of local immune that was enhanced by tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF-α. This study was conducted to see the influence of P.falciparum infected erythrocytes cytoadherence and TNF-α treatment in inducing endothelial cells activation in vitro. inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS and caspase-3 expression, also reactive oxygen intermediate (ROI production were used as parameters. An Experimental laboratory study had been done to observe endothelial cells activation (HUVECs after treatment with TNF-α for 20 hours or P. falciparum infected erythrocytes for 1 hour or both of them. Normal endothelial cells culture had been used as a control. Using immunocytochemistry local immune activation of endothelial cells was determined by iNOS and caspase-3 expression. Nitro Blue Tetrazolium reduction-assay was conducted to see the ROI production semi quantitatively. inducible nitric oxide synthase expression only found on endothelial cells culture treated with P. falciparum infected erythrocytes or both P. falciparum infected erythrocytes and TNF-α. Caspase-3 expression found slightly on normal endothelial cells culture. This expression increased significantly on endothelial cells culture treated with both P.falciparum infected erythrocytes and TNF-α (p=0.000. The normal endothelial cells release low level of ROI in the presence of non-specific trigger, PMA. In the presence of P. falciparum infected erythrocytes or TNF-α or both of them, some cells showed medium to high levels of ROI. Cytoadherence of P. falciparum infected erythrocytes and TNF α treatment on endothelial cells can induce activation of local immune marked by increase inducible nitric oxide synthase and release of free radicals that cause cell damage. (Med J Indones 2006; 15:151-6 Keywords: P.falciparum ,HUVECs, TNF-α, i

  1. Analysis of Apoptosis in Ultraviolet-Induced Sea Cucumber (Stichopus japonicus) Melting Using Terminal Deoxynucleotidyl-Transferase-Mediated dUTP Nick End-Labeling Assay and Cleaved Caspase-3 Immunohistochemistry.

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    Yang, Jing-Feng; Gao, Rong-Chun; Wu, Hai-Tao; Li, Peng-Fei; Hu, Xian-Shu; Zhou, Da-Yong; Zhu, Bei-Wei; Su, Yi-Cheng

    2015-11-04

    The sea cucumber body wall melting phenomenon occurs under certain circumstances, and the mechanism of this phenomenon remains unclear. This study investigated the apoptosis in the ultraviolet (UV)-induced sea cucumber melting phenomenon. Fresh sea cucumbers (Stichopus japonicus) were exposed to UV radiation for half an hour at an intensity of 0.056 mW/cm(2) and then held at room temperature for melting development. The samples were histologically processed into formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues. The apoptosis of samples was analyzed with the terminal deoxynucleotidyl-transferase-mediated dUTP nick end-labeling (TUNEL) assay and cleaved caspase-3 immunohistochemistry. The emergence of TUNEL-positive cells speeds up between 0.5 and 2 h after UV irradiation. Cleaved caspase-3 positive cells were obviously detected in sample tissues immediately after the UV irradiation. These results demonstrated that sea cucumber melting induced by UV irradiation was triggered by the activation of caspase-3 followed by DNA fragmentation in sea cucumber tissue, which was attributed to apoptosis but was not a consequence of autolysis activity.

  2. Curcumin I mediates neuroprotective effect through attenuation of quinoprotein formation, p-p38 MAPK expression, and caspase-3 activation in 6-hydroxydopamine treated SH-SY5Y cells.

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    Meesarapee, Benjawan; Thampithak, Anusorn; Jaisin, Yamaratee; Sanvarinda, Pimtip; Suksamrarn, Apichart; Tuchinda, Patoomratana; Morales, Noppawan Phumala; Sanvarinda, Yupin

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    6-Hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) selectively enters dopaminergic neurons and undergoes auto-oxidation resulting in the generation of reactive oxygen species and dopamine quinones, subsequently leading to apoptosis. This mechanism mimics the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease and has been used to induce experimental Parkinsonism in both in vitro and in vivo systems. In this study, we investigated the effects of curcumin I (diferuloylmethane) purified from Curcuma longa on quinoprotein production, phosphorylation of p38 MAPK (p-p38), and caspase-3 activation in 6-OHDA-treated SH-SY5Y dopaminergic cells. Pretreatment of SH-SY5Y with curcumin I at concentrations of 1, 5, 10, and 20 μM, significantly decreased the formation of quinoprotein and reduced the levels of p-p38 and cleaved caspase-3 in a dose-dependent manner. Moreover, the levels of the dopaminergic neuron marker, phospho-tyrosine hydroxylase (p-TH), were also dose-dependently increased upon treatment with curcumin I. Our results clearly demonstrated that curcumin I protects neurons against oxidative damage, as shown by attenuation of p-p38 expression, caspase-3-activation, and toxic quinoprotein formation, together with the restoration of p-TH levels. This study provides evidence for the therapeutic potential of curcumin I in the chemoprevention of oxidative stress-related neurodegeneration. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  3. [Effects of Naomaitong combined with mobilization of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells on neuron apoptosis and expressions of Fas, FasL and caspase-3 proteins in rats with cerebral ischemia].

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    Li, Jian-sheng; Liu, Jing-xia; Tian, Yu-shou; Ren, Wei-hong; Zhang, Xin-feng; Wang, Ding-chao

    2009-09-01

    To observe the effects of Naomaitong, a compound traditional Chinese herbal medicine, combined with mobilization of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) on neuron apoptosis in rats with cerebral ischemia, and to explore the possible mechanism by detecting the expressions of Fas, FasL and caspase-3 proteins. Two hundred and two SD rats were divided into sham-operated group, untreated group, recombinant granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (rG-CSF) group, Naomaitong group and Naomaitong plus rG-CSF group (combination group). Focal cerebral ischemia was induced by intraluminal middle cerebral artery occlusion using a nylon thread with some modification. Rats in the rG-CSF group and the untreated group were administered with rG-CSF 10 microg/(kg x d) by subcutaneous injection 3 d before and 2 d after the operation respectively, once a day, and rats in the Naomaitong group and the combination group were intragastrically administered Naomaitong before and after the operation until sacrificed. Two, three, seven and fourteen days after operation, count of CD34-positive cells in peripheral blood and CD34 expression in brain tissue were determined. General neural function score (GNFS) was evaluated. Neuron apoptosis, expressions of Fas, FasL and caspase-3 in rat's brain were all measured. Count of CD34-positive cells in peripheral blood and CD34 expression in brain tissue were high in the untreated group, and reached the peak at 3 d and 7 d respectively. CD34 expression in brain tissue was increased in each treated group, especially in the combination group. GNFS was increased at 3 d and 7 d in the untreated group, 7 d and 14 d in the rG-CSF group and the combination group. Expressions of Fas, FasL and caspase-3 were increased 2, 3 and 7 d after operation, while expression of FasL at 2 d in the rG-CSF group, expressions of Fas, FasL and caspase-3 in the combination group were decreased. Expressions of Fas, FasL and caspase-3 at 7 d and 14 d in the combination group

  4. Análise quantitativa do palato duro de respiradores orais: revisão de literatura Quantitative analysis of the hard palate of mouth breathers: literature review

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    Luana Cristina Berwig

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available A respiração oral gera inúmeras adaptações patológicas nas estruturas e funções orofaciais, tais como as alterações na morfologia do palato duro. Esta estrutura participa ativamente das funções orais, merecendo destaque na avaliação miofuncional orofacial, que cada vez mais tem lançado mão de instrumentos quantitativos. Apesar de o palato ser de difícil avaliação clínica, pouco se sabe sobre os recursos que podem ser empregados na avaliação quantitativa desta estrutura. Em virtude disso, realizou-se esta revisão de literatura, que teve o objetivo de abordar os resultados das avaliações quantitativas do palato de respiradores orais, bem como os instrumentos que foram empregados nas avaliações. Para tanto, foram revisados periódicos nacionais e internacionais, indexados nas bases de dados Medline, LILACS, Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source (EBSCOhost e HighWire Press, entre os anos de 1983 e 2009. Foi possível concluir, a partir da análise dos resultados dos estudos, que a respiração oral se associou com maior frequência ao aumento da profundidade do palato duro e com menor frequência com a diminuição da largura. Além disso, verificou-se que as avaliações do palato duro foram realizadas com diferentes instrumentos de medição, a partir de medidas do palato duro em modelos de gesso, diretamente na boca e em radiografias cefalométricas. Acredita-se que os métodos de avaliação quantitativa possam contribuir para a precisão do diagnóstico fonoaudiológico.Mouth breathing generates many pathological adaptations in the orofacial structures and functions, such as alterations in the morphology of the hard palate. This structure actively participates in oral functions, deserving attention in the myofunctional orofacial evaluation, which have been increasingly using quantitative instruments. Even though the palate is difficult to be clinically assessed, little is known about the resources that can be used for

  5. Copper exposure induces toxicity to the antioxidant system via the destruction of Nrf2/ARE signaling and caspase-3-regulated DNA damage in fish muscle: Amelioration by myo-inositol

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    Jiang, Wei-Dan; Liu, Yang; Jiang, Jun; Wu, Pei; Feng, Lin; Zhou, Xiao-Qiu

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • Cu stress decreased fish muscle CuZnSOD, GPx1a, GPx1b and PKCδ mRNA levels. • Cu stress caused fish muscle lower nuclear Nrf2 levels and poor ARE binding ability. • Cu stress induced caspase-3 signaling-modulated DNA fragmentation in fish muscle. • Pre-treatment with MI prevented fish muscle from Cu-induced oxidative damages. - Abstract: The muscle is the main portion of fish that is consumed by humans. Copper (Cu) can induce oxidative damage in fish muscle. However, the effects of Cu exposure on the muscle antioxidant system and molecular patterns and preventive measures against these effects remain unclear. In this study, ROS production, enzymatic and mRNA levels of antioxidant enzymes and NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) signaling-related molecules, antioxidant response element (ARE) binding ability, DNA fragmentation and caspase-3 activities were analyzed in fish muscle following Cu exposure or myo-inositol (MI) pre-administration. The results indicated that contamination due to copper exposure caused an approximately three-fold increase in ROS production, induced lipid peroxidation and protein oxidation, and resulted in depletion of the glutathione (GSH) content of fish muscle. Moreover, Cu exposure caused decreases in the activities of total superoxide dismutase (T-SOD), CuZnSOD, and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) that were accompanied by decreases in CuZnSOD, GPx1a, GPx1b and signaling factor protein kinase C delta mRNA levels. The decreases in the antioxidant enzyme gene mRNA levels were confirmed to be partly due to the reduced nuclear Nrf2 protein levels, poor ARE binding ability and increased caspase-3 signaling-modulated DNA fragmentation in the fish muscle. Interestingly, MI pre-treatment prevented fish muscle from Cu-induced oxidative damages mainly through increasing the GSH content, and increasing the CuZnSOD and GPx activities and corresponding mRNA levels and ARE binding ability. Taken together, our results show for the first

  6. Copper exposure induces toxicity to the antioxidant system via the destruction of Nrf2/ARE signaling and caspase-3-regulated DNA damage in fish muscle: Amelioration by myo-inositol

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    Jiang, Wei-Dan; Liu, Yang [Animal Nutrition Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, Sichuan (China); Fish Nutrition and Safety Production University Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, Sichuan (China); Key Laboratory for Animal Disease-Resistance Nutrition of China Ministry of Education, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, Sichuan (China); Jiang, Jun [Animal Nutrition Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, Sichuan (China); Wu, Pei [Animal Nutrition Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, Sichuan (China); Fish Nutrition and Safety Production University Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, Sichuan (China); Key Laboratory for Animal Disease-Resistance Nutrition of China Ministry of Education, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, Sichuan (China); Feng, Lin, E-mail: fenglin@sicau.edu.cn [Animal Nutrition Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, Sichuan (China); Fish Nutrition and Safety Production University Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, Sichuan (China); Key Laboratory for Animal Disease-Resistance Nutrition of China Ministry of Education, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, Sichuan (China); Zhou, Xiao-Qiu, E-mail: zhouxq@sicau.edu.cn [Animal Nutrition Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, Sichuan (China); Fish Nutrition and Safety Production University Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, Sichuan (China); Key Laboratory for Animal Disease-Resistance Nutrition of China Ministry of Education, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, Sichuan (China)

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    Highlights: • Cu stress decreased fish muscle CuZnSOD, GPx1a, GPx1b and PKCδ mRNA levels. • Cu stress caused fish muscle lower nuclear Nrf2 levels and poor ARE binding ability. • Cu stress induced caspase-3 signaling-modulated DNA fragmentation in fish muscle. • Pre-treatment with MI prevented fish muscle from Cu-induced oxidative damages. - Abstract: The muscle is the main portion of fish that is consumed by humans. Copper (Cu) can induce oxidative damage in fish muscle. However, the effects of Cu exposure on the muscle antioxidant system and molecular patterns and preventive measures against these effects remain unclear. In this study, ROS production, enzymatic and mRNA levels of antioxidant enzymes and NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) signaling-related molecules, antioxidant response element (ARE) binding ability, DNA fragmentation and caspase-3 activities were analyzed in fish muscle following Cu exposure or myo-inositol (MI) pre-administration. The results indicated that contamination due to copper exposure caused an approximately three-fold increase in ROS production, induced lipid peroxidation and protein oxidation, and resulted in depletion of the glutathione (GSH) content of fish muscle. Moreover, Cu exposure caused decreases in the activities of total superoxide dismutase (T-SOD), CuZnSOD, and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) that were accompanied by decreases in CuZnSOD, GPx1a, GPx1b and signaling factor protein kinase C delta mRNA levels. The decreases in the antioxidant enzyme gene mRNA levels were confirmed to be partly due to the reduced nuclear Nrf2 protein levels, poor ARE binding ability and increased caspase-3 signaling-modulated DNA fragmentation in the fish muscle. Interestingly, MI pre-treatment prevented fish muscle from Cu-induced oxidative damages mainly through increasing the GSH content, and increasing the CuZnSOD and GPx activities and corresponding mRNA levels and ARE binding ability. Taken together, our results show for the first

  7. Avaliação quantitativa do efeito do jato de bicarbonato de sódio no esmalte de dentes permanentes jovens Quantitative analysis of the effect of sodium bicarbonate on the enamel surface of young permanent teeth

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    Sara Nader MARTA

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    Full Text Available Avaliou-se clinicamente o efeito do jato de bicarbonato de sódio sob pressão, empregado na profilaxia da superfície de esmalte sadio de dentes permanentes jovens. Trabalhou-se com réplicas positivas, o que permitiu a análise antes e após a realização de tal procedimento. Foram feitas sessenta moldagens da superfície vestibular de incisivos centrais superiores, as quais sofreram um preparo para a análise quantitativa da rugosidade das superfícies de esmalte. A análise quantitativa foi efetuada utilizando-se o programa para computador Diracom-3, que mensura as sombras e penumbras das imagens dos espécimes. Estabeleceram-se três grupos experimentais com vinte crianças que nunca haviam sido submetidas à profilaxia com Profident, as quais foram moldadas em três momentos. Antes do procedimento ou controle (Grupo 1; imediatamente após (Grupo 2; e um mês após o tratamento (Grupo 3. A análise quantitativa dos dados mostrou não haver diferença estatisticamente significante entre os grupos analisados.The effect of sodium bicarbonate under pressure used in the prophylaxis of the healthful enamel surface of young permanent teeth was clinically evaluated. Positive reproductions were used, which permitted the analysis before and after the realization of such procedure. The moldings of the vestibular surface of central superior incisives made totalized sixty, which went trough a preparation for the quantitative rugosity analysis of the enamel surfaces. The computer program DIRACOM - 3, that measures the shades and half - shadows of the sample images was used for quantitative analysis for which the scanning electron microscopy was employed. Three experimental groups with twenty children each, who had never been submitted to that technique of prophylaxis were established and molds taken in three moments: Group 1 - before the procedure or control ; Group 2 - immediately after and Group 3 - one month after the treatment ( subgroup 2c . The

  8. Synergistic effect of fisetin combined with sorafenib in human cervical cancer HeLa cells through activation of death receptor-5 mediated caspase-8/caspase-3 and the mitochondria-dependent apoptotic pathway.

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    Lin, Ming-Te; Lin, Chia-Liang; Lin, Tzu-Yu; Cheng, Chun-Wen; Yang, Shun-Fa; Lin, Chu-Liang; Wu, Chih-Chien; Hsieh, Yi-Hsien; Tsai, Jen-Pi

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    Combining antitumor agents with bioactive compounds is a potential strategy for improving the effect of chemotherapy on cancer cells. The goal of this study was to elucidate the antitumor effect of the flavonoid, fisetin, combined with the multikinase inhibitor, sorafenib, against human cervical cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. The combination of fisetin and sorafenib synergistically induced apoptosis in HeLa cells, which is accompanied by a marked increase in loss of mitochondrial membrane potential. Apoptosis induction was achieved by caspase-3 and caspase-8 activation which increased the ratio of Bax/Bcl-2 and caused the subsequent cleavage of PARP level while disrupting the mitochondrial membrane potential in HeLa cells. Decreased Bax/Bcl-2 ratio level and mitochondrial membrane potential were also observed in siDR5-treated HeLa cells. In addition, in vivo studies revealed that the combined fisetin and sorafenib treatment was clearly superior to sorafenib treatment alone using a HeLa xenograft model. Our study showed that the combination of fisetin and sorafenib exerted better synergistic effects in vitro and in vivo than either agent used alone against human cervical cancer, and this synergism was based on apoptotic potential through a mitochondrial- and DR5-dependent caspase-8/caspase-3 signaling pathway. This combined fisetin and sorafenib treatment represents a novel therapeutic strategy for further clinical developments in advanced cervical cancer.

  9. Comportamento do Consumidor Soteropolitano: Uma Abordagem Quantitativa para Análise dos Grupos de Referência e Atributos Decisivos na Compra de Refrigerantes

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    Erica Ferreira Marques

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    Full Text Available Em levantamento realizado pelo IBGE (2010, a região Nordeste configurou como o menor consumo per capita de refrigerante se comparado as demais regiões do país; e o estado da Bahia ficou em 6º lugar dentre os estados nordestinos. Assim, Salvador (BA está no ranking das capitais que menos consome esse tipo de bebida. Segundo Souki; Christino e Pereira (2005, apesar da importância econômica da indústria de refrigerantes no Brasil, a revisão da literatura mostra que são raras as incursões científicas sobre o comportamento dos consumidores de tais produtos, fazendo com que tal tema ainda permaneça pouco conhecido. A partir disso, o presente estudo desenvolveu-se com o objetivo de conhecer e caracterizar o comportamento de compra do consumidor soteropolitano de refrigerantes, identificando seus hábitos de consumo e decisões que são tomadas no momento da compra do produto, os grupos de referência, e os atributos considerados importantes para a sua decisão de compra. Para tanto, foi realizado um levantamento do tipo survey, de natureza descritiva, com variáveis quantitativas, totalizando 429 entrevistas pessoais em diferentes bairros de Salvador, em locais com grande fluxo de pessoas, como instituições de ensino e espaços públicos. Verificou-se que a maior parte dos entrevistados escolhe qual refrigerante comprar com base em suas experiências. No entanto, observou-se a influência de alguns grupos de referência no processo de compra do produto ao relacionar com algumas variáveis de segmentação. Em relação aos atributos do refrigerante, constatou-se que o sabor, a marca e o preço são os atributos considerados mais decisivos pelos entrevistados em sua decisão de compra. DOI: 10.5585/remark.v11i3.2383

  10. Caspase-3 mediates the pathogenic effect of Yersinia pestis YopM in liver of C57BL/6 mice and contributes to YopM's function in spleen.

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    Zhan Ye

    Full Text Available The virulence protein YopM of the plague bacterium Yersinia pestis has different dominant effects in liver and spleen. Previous studies focused on spleen, where YopM inhibits accumulation of inflammatory dendritic cells. In the present study we focused on liver, where PMN function may be directly undermined by YopM without changes in inflammatory cell numbers in the initial days of infection, and foci of inflammation are easily identified. Mice were infected with parent and ΔyopM-1 Y. pestis KIM5, and effects of YopM were assessed by immunohistochemistry and determinations of bacterial viable numbers in organs. The bacteria were found associated with myeloid cells in foci of inflammation and in liver sinusoids. A new in-vivo phenotype of YopM was revealed: death of inflammatory cells, evidenced by TUNEL staining beginning at d 1 of infection. Based on distributions of Ly6G(+, F4/80(+, and iNOS(+ cells within foci, the cells that were killed could have included both PMNs and macrophages. By 2 d post-infection, YopM had no effect on distribution of these cells, but by 3 d cellular decomposition had outstripped acute inflammation in foci due to parent Y. pestis, while foci due to the ΔyopM-1 strain still contained many inflammatory cells. The destruction depended on the presence of both PMNs in the mice and YopM in the bacteria. In mice that lacked the apoptosis mediator caspase-3 the infection dynamics were novel: the parent Y. pestis was limited in growth comparably to the ΔyopM-1 strain in liver, and in spleen a partial growth limitation for parent Y. pestis was seen. This result identified caspase-3 as a co-factor or effector in YopM's action and supports the hypothesis that in liver YopM's main pathogenic effect is mediated by caspase-3 to cause apoptosis of PMNs.

  11. Procyanidin-rich extract of natural cocoa powder causes ROS-mediated caspase-3 dependent apoptosis and reduction of pro-MMP-2 in epithelial ovarian carcinoma cell lines.

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    Taparia, Shruti Sanjay; Khanna, Aparna

    2016-10-01

    Over the last four centuries, cocoa and chocolate have been described as having potential medicinal value. As of today, Theobroma cacao L. (Sterculiaceae) and its products are consumed worldwide. They are of great research interest because of the concentration dependent antioxidant as well as pro-oxidant properties of some of their polyphenolic constituents, specially procyanidins and flavan-3-ols such as catechin. This study was aimed at investigating the cellular and molecular changes associated with cytotoxicity, caused due pro-oxidant activity of cocoa catechins and procyanidins, in ovarian cancer cell lines. Extract of non-alkalized cocoa powder enriched with catechins and procyanidins was used to treat human epithelial ovarian cancer cell lines OAW42 and OVCAR3 at various concentrations ≤1000μg/mL. The effect of treatment on intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels was determined. Apoptotic cell death, post treatment, was evaluated microscopically and using flow cytometry by means of annexin-propidium iodide (PI) dual staining. Levels of active caspase-3 as a pro-apoptotic marker and matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP2) as an invasive potential marker were detected using Western blotting and gelatin zymography. Treatment with extract caused an increase in intracellular ROS levels in OAW42 and OVCAR3 cell lines. Bright field and fluorescence microscopy of treated cells revealed apoptotic morphology and DNA damage. Increase in annexin positive cell population and dose dependent upregulation of caspase-3 confirmed apoptotic cell death. pro-MMP2 was found to be downregulated in a dose dependent manner in cells treated with the extract. Treated cells also showed a reduction in MMP2 activity. Our data suggests that cocoa catechins and procyanidins are cytotoxic to epithelial ovarian cancer, inducing apoptotic morphological changes, DNA damage and caspase-3 mediated cell death. Downregulation of pro-MMP2 and reduction in active MMP2 levels imply a decrease

  12. Convulsão febril na região da Cova da Beira

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    Cardoso, Joana de Jesus

    2012-01-01

    Objetivos: Convulsões Febris são o distúrbio convulsivo mais frequente na população pediátrica. O principal objetivo desta investigação consiste em avaliar a epidemiologia e os fatores de risco associados à Convulsão Febril na Região da Cova da Beira, em crianças dos 0 aos 6 anos. Métodos: Estudo transversal quantitativo/descritivo, com metodologia quantitativa apresenta recolha de dados retrospetivos. A amostra acidental é constituída por todas as crianças dos 0 aos 6 anos que no período ...

  13. Increased killing of SCCVII squamous cell carcinoma cells after the combination of Pc 4 photodynamic therapy and dasatinib is associated with enhanced caspase-3 activity and ceramide synthase 1 upregulation

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    SEPAROVIC, DUSKA; BREEN, PAUL; BOPPANA, NITHIN B.; VAN BUREN, ERIC; JOSEPH, NICHOLAS; KRAVEKA, JACQUELINE M.; RAHMANIYAN, MEHRDAD; LI, LI; GUDZ, TATYANA I.; BIELAWSKA, ALICJA; BAI, AIPING; BIELAWSKI, JACEK; PIERCE, JASON S.; KORBELIK, MLADEN

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    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is not always effective as an anticancer treatment, therefore, PDT is combined with other anticancer agents for improved efficacy. The combination of dasatinib and PDT with the silicone phthalocyanine photosensitizer Pc 4 was assessed for increased killing of SCCVII mouse squamous cell carcinoma cells, a preclinical model of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, using apoptotic markers and colony formation as experimental end-points. Because each of these treatments regulates the metabolism of the sphingolipid ceramide, their effects on mRNA levels of ceramide synthase, a ceramide-producing enzyme, and the sphingolipid profile were determined. PDT + dasatinib induced an additive loss of clonogenicity. Unlike PDT alone or PDT + dasatinib, dasatinib induced zVAD-fmk-dependent cell killing. PDT or dasatinib-induced caspase-3 activation was potentiated after the combination. PDT alone induced mitochondrial depolarization, and the effect was inhibited after the combination. Annexin V+ and propidium iodide+ cells remained at control levels after treatments. In contrast to PDT alone, dasatinib induced upregulation of ceramide synthase 1 mRNA, and the effect was enhanced after the combination. Dasatinib induced a modest increase in C20:1-and C22-ceramide but had no effect on total ceramide levels. PDT increased the levels of 12 individual ceramides and total ceramides, and the addition of dasatinib did not affect these increases. PDT alone decreased substantially sphingosine levels and inhibited the activity of acid ceramidase, an enzyme that converts ceramide to sphingosine. The data suggest that PDT-induced increases in ceramide levels do not correlate with ceramide synthase mRNA levels but rather with inhibition of ceramidase. Cell killing was zVAD-fmk-sensitive after dasatinib but not after either PDT or the combination and enhanced cell killing after the combination correlated with potentiated caspase-3 activation and upregulation of

  14. Increased baseline RUNX2, caspase 3 and p21 gene expressions in the peripheral blood of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug-naïve rheumatoid arthritis patients are associated with improved clinical response to methotrexate therapy.

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    Tchetina, Elena V; Demidova, Natalia V; Markova, Galina A; Taskina, Elena A; Glukhova, Svetlana I; Karateev, Dmitry E

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    To investigate the potential of the baseline gene expression in the whole blood of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug-naïve rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients for predicting the response to methotrexate (MTX) treatment. Twenty-six control subjects and 40 RA patients were examined. Clinical, immunological and radiographic parameters were assessed before and after 24 months of follow-up. The gene expressions in the whole blood were measured using real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. The protein concentrations in peripheral blood mononuclear cells were quantified using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Receiver operating characteristic curve analyses were used to suggest thresholds that were associated with the prediction of the response. Decreases in the disease activity at the end of the study were accompanied by significant increases in joint space narrowing score (JSN). Positive correlations between the expressions of the Unc-51-like kinase 1 (ULK1) and matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) genes with the level of C-reactive protein and MMP-9 expression with Disease Activity Score of 28 joints (DAS28) and swollen joint count were noted at baseline. The baseline tumor necrosis factor (TNF)α gene expression was positively correlated with JSN at the end of the follow-up, whereas p21, caspase 3, and runt-related transcription factor (RUNX)2 were correlated with the ΔDAS28 values. Our results suggest that the expressions of MMP-9 and ULK1 might be associated with disease activity. Increased baseline gene expressions of RUNX2, p21 and caspase 3 in the peripheral blood might predict better responses to MTX therapy. © 2017 Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

  15. ANÁLISE QUALI-QUANTITATIVA DA ARBORIZAÇÃO DO MUNICÍPIO DE GUATAMBU,SC

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    Bohner, Tanny; Gracioli, Cibele Rosa; Redin, Cristina Gouvêa

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    This work aimed to evaluate the density of trees, wealth of species and possible afforestationconflicts in the city of Guatambu, suggesting alternative measures to solve the existing problems.In this sense, some data were lifted Up, such as: the arboreal species; height (m), BHC (cm);distance among the trees; sanity; and presence or absence of appropriate free area (1 m²). Thedata were collected on specific forms and transferred to specific spreadsheet. It was registered theexistence of 80 in...

  16. Complementaridade qualitativo-quantitativa na pesquisa em informação

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    Analisa como a discussão sobre a conduta investigativa foi estimulada a partir do séc. XVII pelos êxitos da experiência como fonte de conhecimento. Métodos quantitativos ganham espaço nas áreas humanas e sociais. Atualmente, outros enfoques alternam-se ao paradigma positivista. Permanecem, entretanto, antagonismos entre enfoques quantitativos e qualitativos, simultaneamente a formas de rearticulação interdisciplinar. Da mudança qualitativa na prática da pesquisa social resultam opções á contr...

  17. Osteoporose vs. doença de Alzheimer e Parkinson usando a tomografia computorizada quantitativa

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    Dissertação de mestrado integrado em Engenharia Biomédica A osteoporose é reconhecida como um dos maiores problemas de saúde pública devido à elevada taxa de morbilidade e mortalidade e aos custos associados com a descalcificação dos ossos, originando fraturas ósseas. É uma doença caracterizada por uma densidade mineral óssea diminuída e por uma microdeterioração do tecido ósseo que conduzem a um aumento da fragilidade óssea e a um consequente aumento do risco de fraturas. A...

  18. Considerações sobre a determinação quantitativa de alendronato de sódio: titulometria x cromatografia

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    Full Text Available O alendronato de sódio é um composto aminodifosfonado capaz de se fixar à matriz óssea e inibir a reabsorção mediada por osteoclastos. A escassez de metodologias oficiais para a determinação quantitativa deste fármaco levou ao desenvolvimento de diversos métodos, os quais empregam, em sua maioria, a cromatografia líquida de alta eficiência (CLAE, com a derivatização do fármaco para poder empregar detectores de ultravioleta. Também há relatos sobre metodologias mais simples para a análise do alendronato, utilizando titulometria ou análise espectrofotométrica. Neste trabalho foi avaliado o emprego da titulometria de neutralização na determinação quantitativa do alendronato de sódio em três lotes de matéria-prima, utilizando NaOH 0,1 M como titulante. Os resultados obtidos na titulometria foram comparados aos encontrados em método cromatográfico de referência (CLAE com derivatização por 9-fluorenilmetilcloroformato ou FMOC, descrito na Farmacopéia Americana (United States Pharmacopeia, os quais apresentaram valores estatisticamente diferentes. Ensaios para a caracterização das amostras também foram realizados e foi observado comportamento distinto das 3 matérias-primas em relação à substância de referência (padrão secundário. O método titulométrico apresentou adequada precisão, mas não mostrou especificidade para a determinação das matérias-primas, embora possa ser validado para determinação do fármaco em produto acabado. Palavras-chave: Alendronato. Titulação ácido-base. Cromatografia. Derivatização. ABSTRACT Observations on the quantitative determination of alendronate sodium: titrimetry vs. chromatography Alendronate sodium is an aminobisphosphonate compound that can bind to the bone matrix and inhibit its osteoclast-mediated resorption. The lack of official monographs on the quantitative analysis of this drug has led to the proposal of a number of different methods for its

  19. Os conteúdos das visões da ayahuasca

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    Este artigo examina os conteúdos das alucinações visuais induzidas pela infusão psicotrópica ayahuasca. Ele faz parte de uma investigação fenomenológica mais ampla que busca estudar a ayahuasca de uma perspectiva psicológico-cognitiva. (Até agora, quase todos os estudos da ayahuasca partiram das ciências naturais ou da antropologia.) Análises comparativas quantitativas revelam que certos itens de conteúdo específico são especialmente prevalescentes em visões da ayahuasca e se reencontram em r...

  20. Semiquantitative and quantitative measurements for EDXRF in elemental chemical composition of pigments; Medidas semi-quantitativas e quantitativas por EDXRF em composicao quimica elementar de pigmentos

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    X-Ray fluorescence technique is largely used in the characterization of art and archaeological objects for restoration and conservation, allowing a multi-elemental, simultaneous and non destructive analysis. In this work it was used a portable XRF equipment of XRF that consists of a {sup 238} Pu source ( 13,6 and 17,2 keV; 95 mCi) and a SI-PIN detector coupled to a 8 k multichannel analyser. The results were collected by a palmtop computer and later analysed in a PC, through the program AXIL-QXAS. The acquisition time for each measurement was 500 s. The measurements were accomplished in a wood sculpture (Santa Luzia image, number 164) from the collection of the Museu de Etnologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo (MAE-USP), in the following regions: (STL1) inferior side of the wood base exposed without finishing, (STL2) frontal inferior base of the pedestal (dark blue) (STL3), inferior part of the frontal dress (gold), (STL4) medium part of the dress (clear blue) (STL5) mantle (red), (STL6) back central lock of the hair in the backs (black), (STL7) right cheek (flesh-coloured) and (STL8) mantle (gold). The elements found in the STL1 region were: Al, Ca, Fe and a high concentration of Zn. In the region STL2 were found Al, C, Fe, Zn and the key element Cu. In the region STL3 - Ca, Zn and the key element Au. In the region STL4 it was found Zn and the key element Cu. In the region STL5 the key element S and Hg. In the region STL6 were found Fe, Ca, S and Hg. In the region STL 7 were found Al, Cu, Hg and Zn. In the region STL8 were found Ca, Al and Au, with high concentration. It was concluded that the possible pigments would be: STL2 and STL4 - CuCO{sub 3}. Cu(OH){sub 2} + ZnO; STL3 and STL8 - Au; STL5 - HgS, STL6 - HgS mixed with other oxides, possibly of Fe and Mn, and STL 7 - HgS + ZnO. Standard samples of wood painted with pigments of the colors white, blue, red, rose, flesh color and green were also made. Through the XRF method it was verified that the white pigment is

  1. Desenvolvimento de coleções em bibliotecas universitárias: uma abordagem quantitativa

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    Ana Maria Mattos

    Full Text Available A análise das citações utilizadas na elaboração de teses acadêmicas pode servir de apoio à tomada de decisão no desenvolvimento de coleções da biblioteca universitária. Examinar a tipologia, idade da literatura, idioma e títulos de periódicos citados possibilita melhorar a distribuição do orçamento, traçar diretrizes para armazenamento, determinar a coleção-núcleo de periódicos e avaliar em quais idiomas devem ser selecionados os materiais bibliográficos em futuras aquisições.

  2. Correlação entre características quantitativas e qualitativas de frutos de pessegueiros na geração F2 cultivados em região subtropical

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    Danielle Fabíola Pereira Silva

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar as relações entre características quantitativas e qualitativas de frutos de pessegueiro, cultivados em região subtropical. Para isso foram utilizados frutos totalmente maduros, obtidos de cinco populações, em geração F2, cultivadas em condições de clima subtropical. Foram avaliados: coloração da epiderme (coordenadas b* e h°, diâmetro médio do fruto, comprimento do fruto, firmeza instrumental da polpa, teor de sólidos solúveis, acidez titulável, teor de ácido ascórbico, percentagem de vermelho na epiderme, coloração da polpa, aderência do caroço, consistência manual da polpa e época de colheita. Os dados foram utilizados para obtenção de coeficientes parciais de correlação entre todas as variáveis. Observou-se variação entre os valores obtidos para cada característica. Há correlações parciais significativas a 1% de probabilidade, de intensidades médias e fracas, entre as características estudadas de frutos de pessegueiro. As maiores correlações foram obtidas entre comprimento e diâmetro de frutos (0,690** e entre os descritores b e h, obtidos por meio de colorímetro (0,516**. Frutos mais tardios apresentam, geralmente, maior firmeza de polpa, menores teores de vitamina C e menos pigmentação amarela na epiderme. Pêssegos de polpa amarela são mais firmes e apresentam maior acidez no suco.

  3. ANÁLISE QUANTITATIVA DE AMOSTRAS GEOLÓGICAS UTILIZANDO A TÉCNICA DE FLUORESCÊNCIA DE RAIOS X POR DISPERSÃO DE ENERGIA

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    CARNEIRO A. E. V

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    Full Text Available Este trabalho propõe uma metodologia para análise quantitativa de amostras geológicas, que apresentam uma considerável fração de elementos leves (número atômico Z < 13, utilizando a técnica de fluorescência de raios X por dispersão de energia, com excitação radioisotópica. O procedimento proposto baseia-se no método dos Parâmetros Fundamentais para a quantificação dos elementos analíticos (Z ³ 13 e na radiação de excitação espalhada coerente e incoerentemente para a quantificação da fração leve da matriz (Z < 13. Neste método, a relação entre a intensidade fluorescente e a concentração elementar foi estimada através da sensibilidade elementar e fator de geometria para a fluorescência, determinados com auxílio de amostras padrão confeccionadas com elementos puros e compostos simples, de densidade superficial e composição conhecidas. A relação entre as intensidades espalhadas e a fração leve da matriz foi estabelecida com base nos fatores de geometria, nos fatores de espalhamento e nas seções de choque diferenciais. Para a produção dos raios X característicos dos elementos Mn ao Zr foi utilizada uma fonte radioativa anelar de Cd-109 (1,70 GBq e para os elementos Al ao Cr, uma de Fe-55 (0,74 GBq. Para a detecção dos raios X foi utilizado um detector de Si(Li acoplado a um analisador multicanal. As intensidades líquidas dos raios X característicos, e as intensidades espalhadas de modo coerente e incoerente foram obtidas utilizando um programa aplicativo de ajuste de espectro, denominado AXIL (Espen et al., 1977 e 1979. A metodologia foi testada analisando-se os padrões certificados, Soil-5/AIEA, SL-2/AIEA, SARM-2/SABS, SARM-3/SABS, SARM-4/SABS e SARM-6/SABS, diluídos com ácido bórico na proporção 1:4, obtendose pastilhas com densidade superficial de aproximadamente 100 mg.cm - 2. O método proposto mostrou boa reprodutibilidade, com coeficiente de variação em geral inferiores a 10%. Quanto

  4. Caspase-3-mediated cleavage of p65/RelA results in a carboxy-terminal fragment that inhibits IκBα and enhances HIV-1 replication in human T lymphocytes

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    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Degradation of p65/RelA has been involved in both the inhibition of NF-κB-dependent activity and the onset of apoptosis. However, the mechanisms of NF-κB degradation are unclear and can vary depending on the cell type. Cleavage of p65/RelA can produce an amino-terminal fragment that was shown to act as a dominant-negative inhibitor of NF-κB, thereby promoting apoptosis. However, the opposite situation has also been described and the production of a carboxy-terminal fragment that contains two potent transactivation domains has also been related to the onset of apoptosis. In this context, a carboxy-terminal fragment of p65/RelA (ΔNH2p65, detected in non-apoptotic human T lymphocytes upon activation, has been studied. T cells constitute one of the long-lived cellular reservoirs of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1. Because NF-κB is the most important inducible element involved in initiation of HIV-1 transcription, an adequate control of NF-κB response is of paramount importance for both T cell survival and viral spread. Its major inhibitor IκBα constitutes a master terminator of NF-κB response that is complemented by degradation of p65/RelA. Results and conclusions In this study, the function of a caspase-3-mediated carboxy-terminal fragment of p65/RelA, which was detected in activated human peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs, was analyzed. Cells producing this truncated p65/RelA did not undergo apoptosis but showed a high viability, in spite of caspase-3 activation. ΔNH2p65 lacked most of DNA-binding domain but retained the dimerization domain, NLS and transactivation domains. Consequently, it could translocate to the nucleus, associate with NF-κB1/p50 and IκBα, but could not bind -κB consensus sites. However, although ΔNH2p65 lacked transcriptional activity by itself, it could increase NF-κB activity in a dose-dependent manner by hijacking IκBα. Thus, its expression resulted in a persistent

  5. Ultrassonografia quantitativa do fígado em gatos com tirotoxicose induzida

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    Warley Gomes dos Santos

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo avaliou ultrassonograficamente o fígado de gatos submetidos à tirotoxicose induzida pela técnica de histograma dos níveis de cinza com o objetivo de melhor avaliar possíveis alterações hepáticas decorrentes do excesso de hormônios tiroidianos. Para isto, foram utilizados nove gatos hígidos, adulto-jovens, que receberam diariamente 150µg/kg de levotiroxina sódica, por 60 dias. O histograma hepático não demonstrou diferença estatística ao nível de 5% de significância entre os momentos avaliados; entretanto, as variações dos valores das variáveis estudadas sugeriram a promoção de aumento da heterogeneidade e diminuição da ecogenicidade do parênquima hepático quando comparado ao momento inicial. A avaliação citopatológica e histopatológica revelou quadro de hepatite tirotóxica em todos os animais.

  6. Higher insulin sensitivity in EDL muscle of rats fed a low-protein, high-carbohydrate diet inhibits the caspase-3 and ubiquitin-proteasome proteolytic systems but does not increase protein synthesis.

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    Dos Santos, Maísa Pavani; Batistela, Emanuele; Pereira, Mayara Peron; Paula-Gomes, Silvia; Zanon, Neusa Maria; Kettelhut, Isis do Carmo; Karatzaferi, Christina; Andrade, Claudia Marlise Balbinotti; de França, Suélem Aparecida; Baviera, Amanda Martins; Kawashita, Nair Honda

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    Compared with the extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscle of control rats (C), the EDL muscle of rats fed a low-protein, high-carbohydrate diet (LPHC) showed a 36% reduction in mass. Muscle mass is determined by the balance between protein synthesis and proteolysis; thus, the aim of this work was to evaluate the components involved in these processes. Compared with the muscle from C rats, the EDL muscle from LPHC diet-fed rats showed a reduction (34%) in the in vitro basal protein synthesis and a 22% reduction in the in vitro basal proteolysis suggesting that the reduction in the mass can be associated with a change in the rate of the two processes. Soon after euthanasia, in the EDL muscles of the rats fed the LPHC diet for 15days, the activity of caspase-3 and that of components of the ubiquitin-proteasome system (atrogin-1 content and chymotrypsin-like activity) were decreased. The phosphorylation of p70(S6K) and 4E-BP1, proteins involved in protein synthesis, was also decreased. We observed an increase in the insulin-stimulated protein content of p-Akt. Thus, the higher insulin sensitivity in the EDL muscle of LPHC rats seemed to contribute to the lower proteolysis in LPHC rats. However, even with the higher insulin sensitivity, the reduction in p-E4-BP1 and p70(S6K) indicates a reduction in protein synthesis, showing that factors other than insulin can have a greater effect on the control of protein synthesis. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Mesenchymal stem cells improve mouse non-heart-beating liver graft survival by inhibiting Kupffer cell apoptosis via TLR4-ERK1/2-Fas/FasL-caspase3 pathway regulation

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    Yang Tian

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Liver transplantation is the optimal treatment option for end-stage liver disease, but organ shortages dramatically restrict its application. Donation after cardiac death (DCD is an alternative approach that may expand the donor pool, but it faces challenges such as graft dysfunction, early graft loss, and cholangiopathy. Moreover, DCD liver grafts are no longer eligible for transplantation after their warm ischaemic time exceeds 30 min. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs have been proposed as a promising therapy for treatment of certain liver diseases, but the role of MSCs in DCD liver graft function remains elusive. Methods In this study, we established an arterialized mouse non-heart-beating (NHB liver transplantation model, and compared survival rates, cytokine and chemokine expression, histology, and the results of in vitro co-culture experiments in animals with or without MSC infusion. Results MSCs markedly ameliorated NHB liver graft injury and improved survival post-transplantation. Additionally, MSCs suppressed Kupffer cell apoptosis, Th1/Th17 immune responses, chemokine expression, and inflammatory cell infiltration. In vitro, PGE2 secreted by MSCs inhibited Kupffer cell apoptosis via TLR4-ERK1/2-caspase3 pathway regulation. Conclusion Our study uncovers a protective role for MSCs and elucidates the underlying immunomodulatory mechanism in an NHB liver transplantation model. Our results suggest that MSCs are uniquely positioned for use in future clinical studies owing to their ability to protect DCD liver grafts, particularly in patients for whom DCD organs are not an option according to current criteria.

  8. 13-methyltetradecanoic acid exhibits anti-tumor activity on T-cell lymphomas in vitro and in vivo by down-regulating p-AKT and activating caspase-3.

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    Full Text Available 13-Methyltetradecanoic acid (13-MTD, a saturated branched-chain fatty acid purified from soy fermentation products, induces apoptosis in human cancer cells. We investigated the inhibitory effects and mechanism of action of 13-MTD on T-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (T-NHL cell lines both in vitro and in vivo. Growth inhibition in response to 13-MTD was evaluated by the cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8 assay in three T-NHL cell lines (Jurkat, Hut78, EL4 cells. Flow cytometry analyses were used to monitor the cell cycle and apoptosis. Proteins involved in 13-MTD-induced apoptosis were examined in Jurkat cells by western blotting. We found that 13-MTD inhibited proliferation and induced the apoptosis of T-NHL cell lines. 13-MTD treatment also induced a concentration-dependent arrest of Jurkat cells in the G1-phase. During 13-MTD-induced apoptosis in Jurkat cells, the cleavage of caspase-3 and poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP, a caspase enzymolysis product were detected after incubation for 2 h, and increased after extending the incubation time. However, there was no change in the expression of Bcl-2 or c-myc proteins. The appearance of apoptotic Jurkat cells was accompanied by the inhibition of AKT and nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB phosphorylation. In addition, 13-MTD could also effectively inhibit the growth of T-NHL tumors in vivo in a xenograft model. The tumor inhibition rate in the experimental group was 40%. These data indicate that 13-MTD inhibits proliferation and induces apoptosis through the down-regulation of AKT phosphorylation followed by caspase activation, which may provide a new approach for treating T-cell lymphomas.

  9. Balanço comercial numa analise quantitativa Trade balance in quantitative analysis

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    Martus Antonio Rodrigues Tavares

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    Full Text Available Tentativa de comprovação da validade do modelo econométrico utilizado por Lemgruber no período 1965-1974. Procedeu-se ao teste do modelo, utilizando-se o período de 1965-1977 a fim de realizar a comprovação pretendida, face a nova conjuntura internacional de elevados preços do petróleo, de desvalorização do dólar frente às moedas de alguns países industrializados e de baixo crescimento da economia mundial, bem como das mudanças na política econômica de comércio exterior do Brasil. Procedeu-se também a um teste de modelo alternativo para melhor aplicação econométrica a conjuntura atual de comércio exterior. Ao final observou-se que os modelos estudados são suficientes para mostrar que a melhora do nosso balanço comercial está sujeita às variáveis externas como, renda mundial, preços de importações e exportações, não se desprezando também a variável interna — taxa de câmbio.Attempt to confirm the validity of the econometric model utilized by Lemgruber for the period 1965-1974. This model was applied to the period 1965-1977, in order to test it in the face of a new set of international crisis, such as the increase of petroleum prices, the devaluation of the dollar in relation to the currencies of other industrial countries, and the low growth-rate of the world economy, as well as in the face of the changes in Brazil's foreign economic policy. An alternative model was also tested for econometric applicability to the actual situation of foreign trade. It was observed, in the end, that the models studied sufficiently demonstrated that the improvement of our balance of trade is subject to such external variables as world income and import-export prices, as well as to the internal variable of exchange rate.

  10. Lactoferrin inhibits dexamethasone-induced chondrocyte impairment from osteoarthritic cartilage through up-regulation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 and suppression of FASL, FAS, and Caspase 3

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    Tu, Yihui; Xue, Huaming; Francis, Wendy; Davies, Andrew P.; Pallister, Ian; Kanamarlapudi, Venkateswarlu; Xia, Zhidao

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    Highlights: •Dex exerts dose-dependant inhibition of HACs viability and induction of apoptosis. •Dex-induced impairment of chondrocytes was attenuated by rhLF. •ERK and FASL/FAS signaling are involved in the effects of rhLF. •OA patients with glucocorticoid-induced cartilage damage may benefit from treatment with rhLF. -- Abstract: Dexamethasone (Dex) is commonly used for osteoarthritis (OA) with excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect. However, Dex also has many side effects following repeated use over prolonged periods mainly through increasing apoptosis and inhibiting proliferation. Lactoferrin (LF) exerts significantly anabolic effect on many cells and little is known about its effect on OA chondrocytes. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate whether LF can inhibit Dex-induced OA chondrocytes apoptosis and explore its possible molecular mechanism involved in. MTT assay was used to determine the optimal concentration of Dex and recombinant human LF (rhLF) on chondrocytes at different time and dose points. Chondrocytes were then stimulated with Dex in the absence or presence of optimal concentration of rhLF. Cell proliferation and viability were evaluated using MTT and LIVE/DEAD assay, respectively. Cell apoptosis was evaluated by multi-parameter apoptosis assay kit using both confocal microscopy and flow cytometry, respectively. The expression of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), FAS, FASL, and Caspase-3 (CASP3) at the mRNA and protein levels were examined by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immunocytochemistry, respectively. The optimal concentration of Dex (25 μg/ml) and rhLF (200 μg/ml) were chosen for the following experiments. rhLF significantly reversed the detrimental effect of Dex on chondrocytes proliferation, viability, and apoptosis. In addition, rhLF significantly prevented Dex-induced down-regulation of ERK and up-regulation of FAS, FASL, and CASP3. These findings demonstrated that rhLF acts as

  11. Lactoferrin inhibits dexamethasone-induced chondrocyte impairment from osteoarthritic cartilage through up-regulation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 and suppression of FASL, FAS, and Caspase 3

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    Tu, Yihui [Department of Orthopaedics, Yangpu District Central Hospital Affiliated to Tongji University School of Medicine, 450 Tengyue Road, Shanghai (China); Xue, Huaming [Department of Orthopaedics, Yangpu District Central Hospital Affiliated to Tongji University School of Medicine, 450 Tengyue Road, Shanghai (China); Institute of Life Science, College of Medicine, Swansea University, Singleton Park (United Kingdom); Francis, Wendy [Institute of Life Science, College of Medicine, Swansea University, Singleton Park (United Kingdom); Davies, Andrew P. [Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma, Moriston Hospital, Swansea (United Kingdom); Pallister, Ian; Kanamarlapudi, Venkateswarlu [Institute of Life Science, College of Medicine, Swansea University, Singleton Park (United Kingdom); Xia, Zhidao, E-mail: zhidao.xia@gmail.com [Institute of Life Science, College of Medicine, Swansea University, Singleton Park (United Kingdom)

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    Highlights: •Dex exerts dose-dependant inhibition of HACs viability and induction of apoptosis. •Dex-induced impairment of chondrocytes was attenuated by rhLF. •ERK and FASL/FAS signaling are involved in the effects of rhLF. •OA patients with glucocorticoid-induced cartilage damage may benefit from treatment with rhLF. -- Abstract: Dexamethasone (Dex) is commonly used for osteoarthritis (OA) with excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect. However, Dex also has many side effects following repeated use over prolonged periods mainly through increasing apoptosis and inhibiting proliferation. Lactoferrin (LF) exerts significantly anabolic effect on many cells and little is known about its effect on OA chondrocytes. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate whether LF can inhibit Dex-induced OA chondrocytes apoptosis and explore its possible molecular mechanism involved in. MTT assay was used to determine the optimal concentration of Dex and recombinant human LF (rhLF) on chondrocytes at different time and dose points. Chondrocytes were then stimulated with Dex in the absence or presence of optimal concentration of rhLF. Cell proliferation and viability were evaluated using MTT and LIVE/DEAD assay, respectively. Cell apoptosis was evaluated by multi-parameter apoptosis assay kit using both confocal microscopy and flow cytometry, respectively. The expression of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), FAS, FASL, and Caspase-3 (CASP3) at the mRNA and protein levels were examined by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immunocytochemistry, respectively. The optimal concentration of Dex (25 μg/ml) and rhLF (200 μg/ml) were chosen for the following experiments. rhLF significantly reversed the detrimental effect of Dex on chondrocytes proliferation, viability, and apoptosis. In addition, rhLF significantly prevented Dex-induced down-regulation of ERK and up-regulation of FAS, FASL, and CASP3. These findings demonstrated that rhLF acts as

  12. Risco privado em infra-estrutura pública: uma análise quantitativa de risco como ferramenta de modelagem de contratos Private risk in public infrastructure: a quantitative risk analysis as a contract modeling tool

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    Luiz E. T. Brandão

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Parcerias público-privadas (PPP são arranjos contratuais onde o governo assume compromissos futuros por meio de garantias e opções. São alternativas para aumentar a eficiência do Estado por uma alocação mais eficiente de incentivos e riscos. No entanto, a determinação do nível ótimo de garantias e a própria alocação de riscos são geralmente realizadas de forma subjetiva, podendo levar o governo a ter que assumir passivos significativos. Este artigo propõe um modelo de valoração quantitativa de garantias governamentais em projetos de PPP por meio da metodologia das opções reais, e este modelo é aplicado a um projeto de concessão rodoviária. Os autores analisam o impacto de diversos níveis de garantia de receita sobre o valor e risco do projeto, bem como o valor esperado do desembolso futuro do governo em cada uma das situações, concluindo que é possível ao poder público determinar o nível ótimo de garantia em função do grau de redução de risco desejado, e que o desenho e a modelagem contratual de projetos de PPP podem se beneficiar de ferramentas quantitativas aqui apresentadas.Public private partnerships (PPP are contractual arrangements in which the government assumes future obligations by providing project guarantees. They are considered a way of increasing government efficiency through a more efficient allocation of risks and incentives. On the other hand, the assessment and determination the optimal level of these guarantees is usually subjective, exposing the government to potentially high future liabilities. This article proposes a quantitative model for the evaluation of government guarantees in PPP projects under the real options approach, and applies this model to a toll highway concession with a minimum revenue guarantee. It studies the impact of different guarantee levels on the value and the risk of the project, as well as the expected level of future cash payments to be made by the government in

  13. "Envelhecimento do sistema tegumentar: revisão sistemática da literatura"

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    2004-01-01

    Com o objetivo de identificar o conhecimento sobre o envelhecimento do sistema tegumentar, caracterizado como senescência, apesar da ocorrência de diversas patologias na pele a ela associadas, este trabalho utilizou o método da revisão integrativa da literatura (Ganong, 1987). A análise dos artigos foi quantitativa e qualitativa, firmada num roteiro de coleta de dados seguindo seis critérios de identificação a seguir: autor; profissão e local de atuação; país de origem e periódicos; caracterí...

  14. O papel da Guarda Nacional Republicana no combate e prevenção do ciberterrorismo

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    A presente investigação, subordinada ao tema “O Papel da Guarda Nacional Republicana no Combate e Prevenção do Ciberterrorismo”, tem como objetivo geral compreender, qual o papel da Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR) no combate e prevenção do ciberterrorismo. A metodologia empregue foi qualitativa e quantitativa, e de caráter dedutivo, focando-se no papel da GNR e fazendo uma breve comparação com a Guardia Civil (GC). Recorre à análise documental e a inquéritos por entrevista...

  15. Efeito da despolarização da membrana plasmática na modulação da apoptose de neutrófilos mediada por lipopolissacarídeo

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    SPENCER NETTO, Fernando Antonio Campelo

    2003-01-01

    INTRODUÇÃO: Entre suas diversas ações biológicas, o cálcio extracelular exerce um papel fundamental na manutenção da polaridade da membrana plasmática. Procurou-se avaliar o efeito da despolarização da membrana induzidas por baixa concentração extracelular de cálcio ou ouabaína na apoptose e expressão da Caspase-3 em neutrófilos (PMN). MÉTODOS: PMN foram isolados de sangue de voluntários por gradiente de densidade e cultivados por 18h em meios com concentração normal (1.8mM)...

  16. Análise descritiva quantitativa do palmito de pupunheira Quantitative descriptive analysis of pejibaye palm heart

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    Marta Regina Verruma-Bernardi

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo foi conduzido para descrever o perfil sensorial do palmito de pupunha. A análise descritiva quantitativa (ADQ foi utilizada para descrever os atributos sensoriais relacionados à aparência, aroma, e textura de três marcas comerciais de palmito de pupunha. As amostras foram avaliadas por uma equipe selecionada com onze provadores e foram definidos nove atributos sensoriais: cor amarela, aparência uniforme e úmida, aroma e sabor não característicos, sabor acido, residual acido e textura macia. Houve diferenças significativas em seis atributos entre as três marcas testadas. Os provadores descreveram os palmitos de pupunha como: cor amarela clara, aparência uniforme e úmida, aroma e sabor não característicos e sabor ácido com valores intermediários, residual acido e amargor final com valores de pouco e textura muito macia a uma textura intermediária.This research was carried out to establish the sensory profile of pejibaye palm heart. The quantitative descriptive analysis was used to establish the sensory attributes related to appearance, flavor, taste and texture of tree commercial marks of pejibaye palm heart. These samples were evaluated by eleven trained panelists who described nine sensory attributes: yellow color, uniform and humid appearance, non-characteristic aroma and flavor, acid flavor, residual acid taste, and soft texture. There were significant differences in six attributes among the three tested marks. Panelists described the pejibaye palm heart as: light yellow color, uniform and humid appearance, non-characteristic aroma and flavor, acid flavor with medium values, acid residual taste and bitterness final taste from little values and high soft texture to an medium value texture.

  17. Avaliação quantitativa de serviços de pré-natal Quantitative evaluation of the activities of prenatal services

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    Cyro Ciari Jr.

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    Full Text Available São propostos 6 itens de avaliação quantitativa de atividades de serviços de Pré-Natal. São referidos, como indicadores de atividades dos médicos e grau de proteção oferecida às gestantes: 1 a média de consultas por hora/ano por médico; 2 o número de consultas possíveis; 3 a média de consultas por gestante; 4 a proporção entre matrículas e consultas em continuação por mês; 5 média de idade da gestação na matrícula. Procurou-se relacionar estes dados com a qualificação apresentada pelos serviços, ou seja, presença de médico, enfermeira, facilidades para internação, laboratório, medicamentos, cursos e assistência social. Estes indicadores parecem revelar, quando associados, não só a quantidade de serviços prestados, como também indiretamente a sua qualificação. Foram observados 10 serviços de Pré-Natal durante 4 anos de atividades, estas avaliadas pelos indicadores propostos. Revelou-se a predominância de baixa produtividade na maioria deles, com excessivo número de horas ociosas, bem como, número pequeno de consultas para as matrículas. A relação presumida entre qualificação de serviços e maior freqüência ao pré-natal, não se revelou clara a não ser quando oferecida intensamente.Six items are proposed in order to obtain a quantitative evaluation of the activities in the prenatal services. Indexes of phyhidans' activities and degree of protection atainned by patients are: 1 the number of consults by doctor-hour/year; 2 the number of possible consults; 3 the mean number of consults by pregnants; 4 the ratio between registrations and consults (other than the first by month; 5 mean age of pregnancy at the time of registration. These data are examined in relation to the quality of the services, i. e., doctor's presence, nurses, internation facilities, laboratory, prescriptions, courses and social care. It seems that those indexes exhibit not only the quantity of services offered but as well

  18. Análise Bibliométrica da produção científica em gestão da informação na base de dados lisa / Bibliometrics analysis of scientific production in management information in the lisa database

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    Luiza da Silva Kleinubing

    2010-01-01

    Descreve e analisa as principais características bibliométricas das publicações relacionadas à área de gestão da informação da base de dados Lisa, uma das bases com maior visibilidade no campo da Biblioteconomia e Ciência da Informação. Foram analisados 138 artigos. A metodologia de pesquisa combina métodos bibliométricos e softwares, a característica da pesquisa é quantitativa, pois enumera e mede, e qualitativa, pois compreende e explica. Conclui-se sinalizando que os métodos bibliométricos...

  19. The 19?kDa Mycobacterium tuberculosis Lipoprotein (LpqH) Induces Macrophage Apoptosis through Extrinsic and Intrinsic Pathways: A Role for the Mitochondrial Apoptosis-Inducing Factor

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    S?nchez, Alejandro; Espinosa, Patricia; Garc?a, Teresa; Mancilla, Ra?l

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    We describe the association of caspase-dependent and caspase-independent mechanisms in macrophage apoptosis induced by LpqH, a 19 kDa Mycobacterium tuberculosis lipoprotein. LpqH triggered TLR2 activation, with upregulation of death receptors and ligands, which was followed by a death receptor signaling cascade with activation of initiator caspase 8 and executioner caspase 3. In this caspase-mediated phase, mitochondrial factors were involved in loss of mitochondrial transmembrane potential (...

  20. Estudo da auditoria de contas em um hospital de ensino

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    Guerrer, Gabriela Favaro Faria; Lima, Antônio Fernandes Costa; Castilho, Valéria

    2015-01-01

    RESUMOObjetivos:verificar os itens componentes das contas hospitalares, conferidos por enfermeiros auditores, que mais recebem ajustes no momento da pré-análise; identificar o impacto dos ajustes no faturamento das contas analisadas por enfermeiros e médicos auditores e identificar as glosas relacionadas aos itens conferidos pela equipe de auditoria.Método:pesquisa quantitativa exploratória, descritiva, do tipo estudo de caso único.Resultados:após a análise de 2.613 contas constatou-se que o ...

  1. ANÁLISE DA INFLUÊNCIA LITOLÓGICA E ESTRUTURAL A PARTIR DE MÉTODOS MORFOMÉTRICOS EM SEGMENTOS DE DRENAGEM NA PORÇÃO CIMEIRA DA BACIA HIDROGRÁFICA DO RIO JEQUITINHONHA, MG

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    Fabrício Antonio Lopes; Danielle Piuzana Mucida; Valdiney Amaral Leite; Alcione Rodrigues Milagres

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    O estudo do padrão de drenagem da porção cimeira da bacia hidrográfica do Jequitinhonha foi realizado neste trabalho tendo como objetivos: a) Correlacionar as direções dos canais fluviais e respectivas ordens hierárquicas às estruturas geológicas regionais; b) Verificar o grau de influência dos aspectos litológicos e estruturais no padrão de drenagem da bacia e; c) Identificar estruturas que atuam como níveis de base locais em perfis longitudinais. Foram empregadas análises quantitativas de t...

  2. Análise das práticas de ensino da metodologia de investigação na elaboração do trabalho de fim de curso

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    Jutema Hebo Quitumba; Juan Antonio López Nuñez; Natalia Campos Soto

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    O presente estudo está centrada na melhoria do desempenho e elevação da taxa de rendimento académico. Analisou os efeitos das práticas de ensino da metodologia de investigação científica na elaboração do trabalho de fim de curso de graduação e, decorre, em grande parte, dos estudos desenvolvidos nos Estados Unidos da América, União Europeia e no Brasil.A pesquisa seguiu a perspectiva da metodologia quantitativa  e qualitativa e a norma/formato da American Psychological Association (APA) para ...

  3. Morphological and quantitative analysis of myenteric plexus neurons of intestinal bulb of Cyprinus carpio (Linnaeus, 1758 (Osteichthyes, Cyprinidae Análise morfológica e quantitativa dos neurônios do plexo mientérico do bulbo intestinal de Cyprinus Carpio. (Linnaeus, 1758 (Osteichthyes, Cyprinidae

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    Patrícia Marega

    2000-05-01

    Full Text Available The myenteric plexus shows morphologic and quantitative variability in the alimentary canals of different species of animals. We have quantified and analyzed the morphology of the myenteric plexus of ten adult Cyprinus carpio intestinal bulbs, by means of histological cross sections stained with HE and Van Gieson methods, as well as Giemsa-stained whole mount preparations. The myenteric plexus, located between the longitudinal and circular layers of the muscular tunic, is formed by isolated neurons and ganglia. Percentages of small, medium and large neurons were 21%, 63.4% and 15.6%, respectively, with a prevalence of intermediary cytoplasmic basophily and peripheral nuclei. Neuronal density in 6.92mm2 of intestinal bulb was of 2,040 neuronsO plexo mientérico apresenta variabilidade morfológica e quantitativa ao longo do tubo digestório das diferentes espécies animais. No presente trabalho quantificamos e analisamos a morfologia dos neurônios do plexo mientérico de dez bulbos intestinais de Cyprinus carpio, por meio de cortes histológicos corados com HE e Van Gieson e de preparados de membrana corados pelo método de Giemsa. O plexo mientérico foi localizado entre os estratos longitudinal e circular da túnica muscular, sendo constituído por neurônios isolados e por gânglios. As porcentagens de neurônios pequenos, médios e grandes foram 21%, 63,4% e 15,6%, respectivamente, predominando neurônios com basofilia citoplasmática intermediária e núcleo em posição periférica. A análise quantitativa revelou a presença de 2.040 neurônios/6,92mm2 de bulbo intestinal

  4. The VPAC2 agonist peptide histidine isoleucine (PHI) up-regulates glutamate transport in the corpus callosum of a rat model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (hSOD1G93A) by inhibiting caspase-3 mediated inactivation of GLT-1a.

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    Goursaud, Stéphanie; Focant, Marylène C; Berger, Julie V; Nizet, Yannick; Maloteaux, Jean-Marie; Hermans, Emmanuel

    2011-10-01

    Degeneration of corpus callosum appears in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) before clinical signs of upper motor neuron death. Considering the ALS-associated impairment of astrocytic glutamate uptake, we have characterized the expression and activity of the glutamate transporter isoforms GLT-1a and GLT-1b in the corpus callosum of transgenic rats expressing a mutated form of the human superoxide dismutase 1 (hSOD1(G93A)). We have also studied the effect of peptide histidine isoleucine (PHI), a vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP)/pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) receptor 2 (VPAC(2)) agonist on glutamate transporters both in vivo and in callosal astrocytes. Before the onset of motor symptoms, the expression of both transporter isoforms was correlated with a constitutive activity of caspase-3. This enzyme participates in the down-regulation of GLT-1 in ALS, and here we demonstrated its involvement in the selective degradation of GLT-1a in the white matter. A single stereotactic injection of PHI into the corpus callosum of symptomatic rats decreased caspase-3 activity and promoted GLT-1a expression and uptake activity. Together, with evidence for a reduced expression of prepro-VIP/PHI mRNA in the corpus callosum of transgenic animals, these data shed light on the modulatory role of the VIP/PHI system on the glutamatergic transmission in ALS.

  5. Análise morfológica e quantitativa dos ovos de Schistosoma mansoni em fezes humanas

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    Sérgio Gomes Coutinho

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    Full Text Available Os autores, na primeira parte do trabalho, descrevem os principais tipos de ovos de S. mansoni observados em fezes de pacientes originários de zonas endêmicas da esquistossomose e nunca anteriormente submetidos a tratamento. Descrevem a presença de ovos viáveis maduros e imaturos, além de diversos tipos de ovos mortos, inclusive calcificados. Chamam a atenção para a raridade deste último achado, que entretanto, não deve ser desprezado no controle coproscópico após terapêutica antiparasitária. Apresentam fotografias e as dimensões médias dos ovos observados. Em uma segunda parte, fazem a contagem dos ovos de S. mansoni por cm3 de fezes. Encontram maior número de ovos, tanto viáveis como mortos, nos pacientes portadores da forma hepatoesplênica da doença, do que nos portadores da forma hepatointestinal. Verificaram, entretanto, que as percentagens dos diversos tipos de ovos não se afastam muito. Supõem que, ao lado de outros fatures, um maior número de vermes no hospedeiro deva exercer papel importante no desenvolvimento das formas graves da esquistossomose mansoni. Encontram também maior número de ovos, tanto viáveis como mortos, nos indivíduos menores de 20 anos do que nos maiores de 20 anos de idade. No entanto. a percentagem dos diversos tipos de ovos eliminados não sofre grandes modificações nos dois grupos de doentes. Acreditam que além de fatores imunitários, c envelhecimento dos vermes com o decorrer da parasitose possa ser responsável pela diminuição na oviposição. Os dados relativos à contagem global de ovos de S. mansoni em fezes de pacientes afastados de zonas endêmicas confirmam, de uma maneira geral, os resultados encontrados por outros autores em áreas endêmicas da esquistossomose mansoni, quando se referem ao maior ou menor número de ovos eliminados, em relação à forma clínica da parasitose e ao grupo etário dos pacientes.

  6. DETERMINANTES DA DIVULGAÇÃO DOS INDICADORES DE DESEMPENHO DA GRI NAS EMPRESAS DO BRASIL E DA ESPANHA

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    Alan Diógenes Góis

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    Full Text Available O estudo tem por objetivo investigar os fatores determinantes da divulgação dos indicadores de desempenho de sustentabilidade da GRI nas empresas listadas nas bolsas do Brasil e da Espanha. Para tanto, foram analisados os dados de 94 empresas de capital aberto dos dois países que publicaram relatórios anuais e/ou de sustentabilidade, referentes a 2011, no padrão GRI-G3. A pesquisa é descritiva, com abordagem quantitativa dos dados, utilizando-se a Regressão Linear Múltipla para quatro modelos de disclosure (econômico, ambiental, social e de sustentabilidade. Os resultados mostram que as empresas da Espanha apresentam um nível de disclosure de sustentabilidade mais elevado, e que o nível de evidenciação geral, considerando o conjunto das dimensões da sustentabilidade (econômica, social e ambiental, corresponde a 72,7%. Quanto ao resultado dos modelos de regressão, observa-se que as variáveis independentes (Tamanho, Rentabilidade, Endividamento, Auditoria, Setor de Impacto Ambiental e Idade não explicam o disclosure econômico; porém, quanto aos disclosures ambiental, social e de sustentabilidade, as variáveis Tamanho e Idade são fatores determinantes.

  7. Quantitative computed tomography as a test of endurance for evaluation of bony plates; Utilizacao da tomografia computadorizada quantitativa como teste de resistencia para avaliacao de placas osseas

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    Melo Filho, E.V.; Costa, L.A.V.S.; Oliveira, D.C. [Universidade Federal do Parana (UFPR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil); Freitas, P.M.C. [Escola de Veterinaria - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Teixeira, M.W.; Costa, F.S. [Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco - Recife, PE (Brazil)

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    Quantitative computed tomography was used to determine the radiodensity of bony plates. The CT scans provided information regarding radiodensity of bony plates and allowed to verify the uniformity of bone mineral density in their scope. The proposed methodology should be considered as another tool for determining the resistance of these biomaterials. (author)

  8. AVALIAÇÃO QUANTITATIVA E QUALITATIVA, DA TÉCNICA DE BIOPSIA RENAL “DE JANELA” EM CÃES

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    Veridiana Maria Brianezi Dignani de Moura

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Foram biopsiados os rins de 86 cães pela técnica “de janela”, utilizando agulhas Vim Tru-Cut, com o objetivo de avaliar o número de glomérulos presentes nas amostras, determinar a qualidade diagnóstica delas, bem como estabelecer o melhor rim a ser biopsiado nos casos de nefropatia canina em que a biopsia é indicada como meio de diagnóstico. A média de glomérulos presentes nas biopsias dos rins direito e esquerdo foi 17,53 e 15,93 glomérulos por amostra, respectivamente, o que significa que não houve diferença estatística significativa. No entanto, as biopsias dos rins esquerdos apresentaram maior número de amostras sem glomérulos, dado que indica que elas são impróprias para o diagnóstico. Diante desses resultados conclui-se que o rim direito é o mais apropriado para a realização dessa técnica, uma vez que ele apresenta menor possibilidade de ocorrência de amostras sem glomérulos. PALAVRAS-CHAVE: Cão, biopsia renal “de janela”, glomérulo.

  9. Quantitative determination of ciprofloxacin and norfloxacin in pharmaceutical preparations by high performance liquid chromatography Determinação quantitativa do ciprofloxacino e do norfloxacino em preparações farmacêuticas por cromatografia líquida de alta eficiência

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    Nájla Mohamad Kassab

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this research was to develop and validate an analytical method for quantitative determination of ciprofloxacin (CIP and norfloxacin (NOR in pharmaceutical preparations. A simple and rapid chromatographic method was developed and validated for quantitative determination of two fluoroquinolone antibiotics in tablets and injection preparations. The quinolones were analyzed by using a LiChrospher® 100 RP-18 column (5 µm, 125 x 4 mm and a mobile phase consisted of water:acetonitrile:triethylamine (80:20:0.3 v/v/v. The pH of final mixture was adjusted to 3.3 with phosphoric acid. The flow rate was 1.0 mL/min and UV detection was made at 279 nm. The analyses were performed at room temperature (24 ± 2 ºC. CIP and NOR were eluted within 5 min. The calibration curves were linear (r > 0.9999 over a concentration range from 4.0 to 24.0 µg/mL. The relative standard deviation (RSD was O objetivo desta pesquisa foi desenvolver e validar um método analítico para a determinação quantitativa do ciprofloxacino (CIP e do norfloxacino (NOR em preparações farmacêuticas. Um método cromatográfico simples e rápido foi desenvolvido e validado para a determinação quantitativa de dois antibióticos fluoroquinolônicos em comprimidos e injetáveis. As quinolonas foram analisadas empregando-se uma coluna RP-18, LiChrospher® 100 (125 x 4 mm, 5µm e fase móvel constituída por água:acetonitrila:trietilamina (80:20:0.3 v/v/v. O pH da mistura final foi ajustado a 3,3 com ácido fosfórico. A vazão da fase móvel foi de 1,0 mL/min e a detecção em UV a 279 nm. As análises foram realizadas à temperatura ambiente (24±2 ºC. O CIP e o NOR eluíram em menos de 5 min. As curvas de calibração foram lineares (r > 0.9999 na faixa de concentração entre 4,0 e 24,0 µg/mL. O desvio padrão relativo (RSD foi < 1,0% e a recuperação média foi de 101,85%.

  10. Detecção óptica da eficiência quântica da fotossíntese

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    Henrique Duarte, Carlos

    2003-01-01

    A fotossíntese é o processo de síntese orgânica realizada por vegetais portadores de clorofila, que absorvem a luz para possibilitar a reação entre o gás carbônico e a água, produzindo carboidratos e oxigênio. Num sistema biológico, a importância da resposta à luz tem de ser analisada em termos de seu requerimento quântico. Neste sentido, a medida da fluorescência da clorofila a é uma técnica simples, rápida e não invasiva, para avaliação quantitativa in vivo da fotossíntese. Este trabalho...

  11. Uma metodologia para identificação do custo da capacidade ociosa no ensino de graduação das Universidades

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    REINERT, José Nilson

    2003-01-01

    O objetivo do presente trabalho é construir uma metodologia para identificar o custo da capacidade ociosa nos cursos de graduação das Universidades. Acredita-se que, ao se delimitar esta questão de forma quantitativa, possa-se contribuir para uma maior conscientização da comunidade universitária, dos governos, de um modo geral, e da sociedade, a respeito do tema. Isso tem particular importância, principalmente num país em desenvolvimento, que precisa otimizar seus recursos, visando oferecer m...

  12. Imidacloprid exposure cause the histopathological changes, activation of TNF-α, iNOS, 8-OHdG biomarkers, and alteration of caspase 3, iNOS, CYP1A, MT1 gene expression levels in common carp (Cyprinus carpio L.).

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    Özdemir, Selçuk; Altun, Serdar; Arslan, Harun

    2018-01-01

    Imidacloprid (IMI) is a neonicotinoid that is widely used for the protection of crops and carnivores from insects and parasites, respectively. It is well known that imidacloprid exposure has a harmful effect on several organisms. However, there is little information about imidacloprid toxicity in aquatic animals, particularly fish. Thus, in the current study, we assessed the histopathological changes; activation of iNOS, 8-OHdG and TNF-α; and expression levels of caspase 3, iNOS, CYP1A and MT1 genes in the common carp exposed to imidacloprid. For this purpose, fish were exposed to either a low dose (140 mg/L) or a high dose (280 mg/L) of imidacloprid for 24 h, 48 h, 72 h and 96 h. After IMI exposure, we detected hyperplasia of secondary lamellar cells and mucous cell hyperplasia in the gills, as well as hydropic degeneration in hepatocytes and necrosis in the liver. Moreover, 8-OHdG, iNOS and TNF-α activation was found particularly in the gills and liver but also moderately in the brain. Transcriptional analysis showed that caspase 3 expression was altered low dose and high doses of IMI for 72 h and 96 h exposure ( p   0.05) except with low and high doses of IMI for 96 h ( p <  0.05), and lastly, MT1 gene expression was up-regulated only in the brain with low doses of IMI for 96 h and high doses of IMI for 48 h, 72 h and 96 h exposure ( p <  0.05, p <  0.01). Our results indicated that acute IMI exposure moderately induce apoptosis in the brain but caused severe histopathological lesions, inflammation, and oxidative stress in the gills, liver, and brain of the common carp.

  13. Detecção de locos de características quantitativas nos cromossomos 9, 10 e 11 de suínos Detection of quantitative trait loci on chromosomes 9, 10 and 11 of swines

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    Ana Paula Gomes Pinto

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se com este estudo mapear locos de características quantitativas (QTL nos cromossomos 9, 10 e 11 de suínos (Sus scrofa e associar seus efeitos em características de carcaça, cortes de carcaça, órgãos e vísceras, desempenho e qualidade de carne. Utilizaram-se amostras de DNA de animais pertencentes a uma população F2, oriunda do cruzamento entre machos da raça Piau e fêmeas Landrace õ Large White õ Pietrain. Um total de 13 locos microssatélites foi utilizado na construção dos mapas de ligação da população atual. As análises de associação foram feitas utilizando-se mapeamento de intervalo por regressão para detecção de QTL. Identificaram-se associações significativas, em nível cromossômico, entre regiões do cromossomo 9 e as características peso total do carré e peso do lombo. No cromossomo 10, foram detectados três QTL significativos para espessura de toucinho na linha dorso-lombar entre a última e a penúltima vértebra lombar, peso de pulmão e índice de vermelho e um QTL significativo, no nível genômico, para peso de fígado. No cromossomo 11, foi detectada apenas uma associação significativa, em nível cromossômico, relacionada à espessura de toucinho imediatamente após a última costela, a 6,5 cm da linha dorso-lombar. As informações dos QTL significativos encontrados são importantes para estudos futuros, como o mapeamento fino e a identificação de genes, que ajudem no melhor entendimento da fisiologia e das características de produção de suínos.The objective of this study was to map quantitative trait loci (QTL in chromosomes 9, 10 and 11 of swines (Sus scrofa and to associate their effects on traits of carcass, carcass cuts, organs and guts, performance and meat quality. Samples of DNA of animals from a F2 population originated from crosses between Piau breed males and Landrace õ Large White õ Pietrain females were used. A total of 13 microsatellite loci were used to build

  14. Mapeamento de locos de características quantitativas associados à composição de carcaça, no cromossomo seis de suíno Mapping of quantitative trait loci for carcass composition on swine chromosome six

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    A.V. Pires

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Uma população de suínos, composta de 550 animais F2, foi produzida a partir do intercruzamento da geração F1, obtida pelo cruzamento divergente de dois machos da raça nativa brasileira Piau com 18 fêmeas comerciais. O objetivo do trabalho foi mapear locos de características quantitativas (QTL associados a cortes de carcaça. Os animais foram genotipados para 13 marcadores microssatélites, distribuídos no cromossomo 6 de suínos. As características avaliadas foram: peso total do pernil, peso do pernil sem pele e sem capa de gordura, peso total da copa, peso da copa sem pele e sem capa de gordura, peso total da paleta, peso da paleta sem pele e sem capa de gordura, peso total do carré, peso do lombo, peso total do bacon, peso das costelas, peso total da papada, peso do filezinho e peso da banha rama. Utilizou-se o método de regressão por intervalo de mapeamento por meio do programa QTL Express. Foram encontrados indicativos de QTL para peso de pernil limpo, peso de paleta, peso de lombo e peso de filezinho. A região genômica deve ser saturada com marcadores adicionais para confirmar a presença de QTL reais.A swine population of 550 F2 animals was produced by outbred cross using two sires of the native Brazilian breed Piau and 18 commercial dams. The animals were genotyped for 13 microsatellite markers. The evaluated composition traits of carcass were: ham weight, skinless and fatless ham weight, boston shoulder weight, skinless and fatless boston shoulder weight, picnic shoulder weight, skinless and fatless picnic shoulder weight, total loin (bone-in weight, loin weight, bacon weight, rib weight, jowl weight, sirloin weight, and belly fat weight. Data were analyzed by multiple regression interval mapping, using the QTL Express software. Suggestive QTL were found for skinless and fatless ham weight, picnic shoulder weight, loin weight, and sirloin weight. However, the genomic region should be saturated with additional markers in

  15. Quantitative analysis of collagen and elastic fibers in the transversalis fascia in direct and indirect inguinal hernia Análise quantitativa do colágeno e de fibras elásticas na fascia transversal de pacientes com hernia inguinal direta e indireta

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    Aldo Junqueira Rodrigues Junior

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Our previous studies demonstrated structural and quantitative age-related changes of the elastic fibers in transversalis fascia, which may play a role in inguinal hernia formation. To verify whether there were differences in the extracellular matrix between direct and indirect inguinal hernia, we studied the amount of collagen and elastic fibers in the transversalis fascia of 36 male patients with indirect inguinal hernia and 21 with direct inguinal hernia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Transversalis fascia fragments were obtained during surgical intervention and underwent histological quantitative analysis of collagen by colorimetry and analysis of elastic fibers by histomorphometry. RESULTS: We demonstrated significantly lower amounts of collagen and higher amounts of elastic fibers in transversalis fascia from patients with direct inguinal hernia compared to indirect inguinal hernia patients. The transversalis fascia from direct inguinal hernia patients showed structural changes of the mature and elaunin elastic fibers, which are responsible for elasticity, and lower density of oxytalan elastic fibers, which are responsible for resistance. These changes promoted loss of resiliency of the transversalis fascia. CONCLUSION: These results improve our understanding of the participation of the extracellular matrix in the genesis of direct inguinal hernia, suggesting a relationship with genetic defects of the elastic fiber and collagen synthesis.OBJETIVO: Estudos prévios nossos demonstraram alterações estruturais e quantitativas de fibras elásticas na fascia transversal com o envelhecimento, tendo papel na gênese da hérnia inguinal. Com o objetivo de verificar diferenças na matriz extracellular da fascia transversal de pacientes com hernia inguinal direta e indireta, quantificamos o colágeno e as fibras elásticas na fascia transversal de 36 pacientes masculinos com hernia inguinal indireta e 21 pacientes masculinos com hernia inguinal

  16. O Mapeamento da inclusão no acervo nas bibliotecas da universidade federal da Paraíba

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    Maria das Graças Vieira

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available A pesquisa tem por objetivo mapear a produção científica sobre o tema “inclusão” no acervo das bibliotecas da Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB e com este fim opta por uma revisão bibliográfica do fenômeno, analisando-o a partir de uma perspectiva dialética, e, ainda realiza um levantamento de obras disponíveis no sistema de bibliotecas. Assim, por meio de dois sistemas de filtragens: por título e por assunto, construímos uma lista de obras organizadas em: livros, monografias, dissertações e teses. A partir desta lista montou-se um quadro demonstrativo do acervo sobre inclusão e passou-se a análise do mesmo, dentro da perspectiva qualitativa e quantitativa. Na análise quantitativa buscou-se correlacionar à quantidade de obras disponíveis na área e sua representação dentro do acervo geral das bibliotecas da UFPB, enquanto na análise qualitativa, elas foram categorizadas a partir da especificidade apresentada, pautada exclusivamente no que se anuncia no título ou em caso de dúvida, procedeu-se investigação do assunto tratado nas obras. Os resultados demonstraram que o acervo sobre inclusão na UFPB ainda é bastante incipiente, e que por se referirem a grupos ou áreas específicas são ainda mais escassos quando categorizados por área: social, educacional, digital, por exemplo. Ressalta-se, ainda, o fato do maior número de obras disponíveis se referirem à questão educacional e, mais especificamente às pessoas com deficiência, o que demonstra que se tem restringido as aquisições de títulos sobre inclusão a uma só área, deixando de considerar outros debates relativos à inclusão étnica, do idoso, na saúde etc.

  17. Contribution of quantitative coronary angiography in Palmaz-Schatz optimal stent liberation strategy for subacute occlusion control; Contribuicao da angiografia coronaria quantitativa na estrategia de liberacao otima da endoprotese de Palmaz-Schatz para o controle da oclusao subaguda

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    Sousa, Amanda Guerra de Moraes Rego

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    This study examines whether a single method, quantitative coronary angiography with automated edge detection, could efficiently guide optimal stent liberation, assuring good clinical results and eliminating the need for anticoagulation therapy. This investigation includes 101 patients with optimal implantation of 104 Palmaz-stents. Their mean age was 58.62 years and 79.2% were male. Most of them presented unstable angina (61.39%) and had single vessel disease (85.15%) The treated vessel was the left anterior descending artery in 39.60%; the right coronary artery in 34.66%; the left circumflex artery in 7.92% and saphenous vein grafts in 17.82%. The mean reference diameter of the target vessel was 3.43 mm. Each implantation comprehended two phases: initial stent liberation and additional high pressure balloon inflation, guided by quantitative coronary angiography. Arterial quantification showed an important increase in the mean luminal diameter (p<0.001), characterized by an immediate gain of 2.37 mm [standard deviation (SD): 0.55 m]. Quantitative angiography permitted to identify a further gain in the luminal diameter following the high pressure balloon inflation, o.49 mm 9 SD:0.53 mm). Therefore, the total mean immediate gain was 2.85 mm (SD:0.64 mm). The mean diameter stenosis changed from 80.21% (SD:14.56%) to 11.81% (SD: 7.59% - p<0.001) after initial stent delivery; and to 0.16% (SD:3.45% - p<,0.001), after high pressure balloon inflation. Quantitative coronary angiography performed detailed measurements of the minimal caliber variations along the entire prosthesis due to the high pressure balloon inflations, similarly to the intracoronary ultrasound. This guided the optimal stent implantation and helped the clinical management of these cases. In this series, even maintained only under antiaggregant agents, no patient presented major ischemic complications and only one (0.99%) had a hemorrhage in the puncture site that required blood transfusion. The mean in hospital stay was 3.54 days (SD: 1.94 days). Therefore, the results of this study allow to conclude that: 1) Quantitative coronary angiography with automated edge detection was capable of detecting minimal changes in the luminal diameter due to the high pressure balloon inflation and could define stent implantation as optimal; 2) Quantitative coronary angiography allowed to safely avoids systemic anticoagulation and its complications; 3) This method is an efficient and safe way to orientate optimal implantation of the Palmaz-Schatz stent, eliminating the drawbacks of other imaging techniques. (author)

  18. 3D-CT imaging processing for qualitative and quantitative analysis of maxillofacial cysts and tumors Processamento de imagens em 3D-TC para análise qualitativa e quantitativa de cistos e tumores maxilo-faciais

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    Marcelo de Gusmão Paraiso Cavalcanti

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate spiral-computed tomography (3D-CT images of 20 patients presenting with cysts and tumors in the maxillofacial complex, in order to compare the surface and volume techniques of image rendering. The qualitative and quantitative appraisal indicated that the volume technique allowed a more precise and accurate observation than the surface method. On the average, the measurements obtained by means of the 3D volume-rendering technique were 6.28% higher than those obtained by means of the surface method. The sensitivity of the 3D surface technique was lower than that of the 3D volume technique for all conditions stipulated in the diagnosis and evaluation of lesions. We concluded that the 3D-CT volume rendering technique was more reproducible and sensitive than the 3D-CT surface method, in the diagnosis, treatment planning and evaluation of maxillofacial lesions, especially those with intra-osseous involvement.O presente trabalho consiste em um estudo associativo e comparativo entre as técnicas de superfície e volume para a reconstrução de imagens em três dimensões (3D utilizando tomografia computadorizada (TC. Foram realizadas tomografias computadorizadas em espiral de 20 pacientes com cistos e tumores do complexo maxilo-facial para análise qualitativa e quantitativa, utilizando métodos de superfície e de volume em 3D. A comparação interexaminadores apresentou erro padrão percentual menos elevado para a técnica de volume (1,94% que para a técnica de superfície (4,38%, indicando a maior reprodutibilidade do primeiro método. As medidas obtidas pela técnica de volume foram em média 6,28% mais elevadas que as medidas obtidas pela técnica de superfície. A técnica de volume apresentou sensibilidade mais elevada que a técnica de superfície na identificação das lesões do complexo maxilo-facial. A técnica de volume em 3D-TC, utilizando a metodologia da computação gráfica, apresentou maior

  19. Análise quantitativa e qualitativa do filme lacrimal nos pacientes submetidos a PRK e LASIK com femtossegundo

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    Rubens Amorim Leite

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Analisar a secreção lacrimal, coloração da superfície ocular e estabilidade do filme lacrimal em indivíduos submetidos à cirurgia de PRK e LASIK com laser de femtossegundo (femto LASIK. Métodos: Vinte olhos de 10 pacientes submetidos à técnica de Femto LASIK e 11 olhos de 6 pacientes submetidos à técnica de PRK foram estudados de forma prospectiva, longitudinal e intervencionista. Tempo de rotura do filme lacrimal (TRFL, teste de Schirmer basal e coloração da superfície ocular com lissamina verde foram analisados no pré-operatório (pré, no 15º e no 30º dia pós-operatório (15º pós e 30º pós, respectivamente. Resultados: Agrupando todos os olhos, observou-se que o TRFL reduziu-se de forma estatisticamente significante no 15º pós em relação ao valor pré-operatório (p=0,025, mantendo-se reduzido no 30º pós (p= 0,001; não houve diferença estatisticamente significativa entre o 15º pós e o 30º pós (p=0,219. No teste da lissamina verde, houve aumento significativo desse escore, no 15º pós em relação ao período pré-operatório (p=0,021, havendo, posteriormente, redução no 30º pós (p=0,010. No teste de Schirmer basal, não foi detectada mudança estatisticamente significante ao longo dos três momentos (p=0,107. Comparando-se os testes TRFL, lissamina verde ou Schirmer basal, nos dois grupos estudados (PRK e LASIK, não houve diferença estatisticamente significante em nenhum dos três momentos (pré, 15º pós e 30º pós. Conclusão: Evidenciou-se alteração do filme lacrimal nos pacientes submetidos à cirurgia refrativa, quando foram utilizados os testes de TRFL e lissamina verde. Nas duas técnicas empregadas, não houve diferença estatisticamente significante de alteração do filme lacrimal, quando comparadas entre si (PRK e LASIK.

  20. Utilizando as abordagens quantitativa e qualitativa na produção do conhecimento Utilizando los abordajes cuantitativo y cualitativo en la producción del conocimiento Using quantitative and qualitative approaches in knowledge production

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    Odaléa Maria Brüggemann

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available O debate sobre as diferenças entre os métodos quantitativo e qualitativo é freqüente, havendo posições favoráveis e contrárias acerca da sua integração. Delinear uma pesquisa que contemple as duas abordagens gera dúvidas e inquietações sobre como utilizá-las sem ferir o rigor dos métodos, a especificidade, a sofisticação metodológica e reflexiva de cada uma delas. O objetivo é relatar e discutir a utilização da abordagem quantitativa (ensaio clínico controlado randomizado e qualitativa para avaliar e compreender a inserção do acompanhante de escolha da mulher durante o trabalho de parto/parto, desempenhando o papel de provedor de apoio. A utilização das duas abordagens possibilitou aproximar as múltiplas facetas envolvidas nessa prática e avaliá-la tanto na dimensão explicativa quanto na compreensiva, uma vez que pôde ser realizada com olhares complementares.El debate sobre las diferencias entre los métodos cuantitativo y cualitativo es frecuente, existiendo posiciones favorables y contrarias respecto a su integración. Delinear una investigación que contemple los dos abordajes genera dudas e inquietudes en relación a cómo utilizarlos sin herir el rigor de los métodos, la especificidad, la sofisticación metodológica y reflexiva de cada uno de ellos. El objetivo es relatar y discutir la utilización del abordaje cuantitativo (ensayo clínico controlado randomizado y cualitativo, para evaluar y comprender la inserción del acompañante elegido por la mujer durante el trabajo de parto y el parto, desempeñando el papel de proveedor de apoyo. La utilización de los dos abordajes hizo posible la aproximación de las múltiples facetas involucradas en esta práctica, así como evaluarlas tanto en la dimensión explicativa como en la comprensiva, debido a que puede ser realizada con visiones complementarias.The debate over the differences between quantitative and qualitative methods is frequent, holding favorable

  1. Variabilidade espacial da produtividade, perdas na colheita e lucratividade da cultura de soja

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    Juan Jose Bonnin Acosta

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    Full Text Available A agricultura de precisão é uma importante ferramenta para maximizar a produção. Nela mapas de produtividade indicam a localização de áreas críticas, ajudando a fazer intervenções localizadas, a fim de aumentar a produtividade e consequentemente a rentabilidade. Objetivou-se avaliar a variabilidade espacial da produtividade, perdas quantitativas na colheita mecanizada e a lucratividade em área de produção de soja. Realizou-se um levantamento de dados georreferenciados em uma área de 20,90 ha. Foram utilizadas técnicas geoestatísticas para a determinação da variabilidade espacial. A dependência espacial foi moderada para todos os parâmetros estudados, observando-se regiões com maior ou menor variabilidade espacial na produtividade, nas perdas quantitativas de grãos e na lucratividade. A produtividade média foi de 3.748,63 kg.ha-1 e 67,65 % da área total apresentou patamares de produtividade de 3.254,05 a 3.609,91 kg.ha-1 e de 3.609,91 a 3.965,91 kg.ha-1. As perdas totais de grãos encontrados por ocasião da colheita foram baixas (49,59 kg.ha-1. A lucratividade média foi 1.252,54 $.ha-1, com duas regiões representativas de lucro de 1.187,20 a 1.354,78 $.ha-1 e de 1.019,62 a 1.187,20 $.ha-1, correspondente a 67,65 % da área total. Pode-se dizer que a semelhança na variabilidade espacial dos mapas de produtividade e lucratividade ocorre por este último ter sido confeccionado a partir de dados de produtividade, o que permitiria ao produtor investigar os motivos das baixas produtividades, sugerindo eventualmente um estudo da fertilidade do solo, no intuito de encontrar e corrigir o problema que levou às baixas produtividades, a fim de melhorar a relação custo/benefício, tendo como resultado um maior lucro.

  2. Mamona: determinação quantitativa do teor de óleo Quantitive determination of castor oil

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    Míriam Bottiglia Tambascia

    1986-01-01

    Full Text Available Foi desenvolvida uma metodologia para quantificar o teor de óleo em sementes de mamona, a partir da determinação do índice de refração de soluções etanólicas de diferentes concentrações a diferentes temperaturas. Os resultados mostraram um comportamento linear entre índice de refração e concentração de óleo para cada temperatura, com um excelente coeficiente de correlação, permitindo, assim, a quantificação do teor de óleo de mamona por metodologia bastante rápida e precisa.A methodology was developed to quantify the castor oil seed content, through the determination of refractive index of ethanolic solutions with different oil concentrations and temperatures. The results showed a nearly linear relationship between the refractive index and oil concentration for each temperature. This correlation permits to quantify castor oil content of ethanolic solutions by calculation from the quickly and accurate measurement of refractive index.

  3. Avaliações quantitativa e qualitativa de um menino autista: uma análise crítica

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    Lampreia Carolina

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available O conceito de autismo sofreu várias reformulações ao longo do tempo. Seu diagnóstico conta atualmente com dois instrumentos oficiais - CID 10 e DSM IV - e uma série de outros. A partir do estudo de caso de um menino autista, em que foram utilizados o DSM IV, o CARS e o PEP-R, o presente trabalho pretendeu confrontar os dados quantitativos proporcionados por estes instrumentos com uma análise qualitativa dos dados do PEP-R. Os resultados mostraram concordância quanto ao diagnóstico de autismo e aos prejuízos nas áreas social, de linguagem e imitação. Contudo, a análise qualitativa dos resultados do PEP-R mostrou competências não reveladas pelos três instrumentos. Isto recomenda uma análise qualitativa, mais discriminativa do perfil de habilidades da criança autista.

  4. COMPORTAMENTO DA ARRECADAÇÃO PRÓPRIA E DA CARGA TRIBUTÁRIA NOS MUNICÍPIOS DA ZONA DA MATA MINEIRA

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    Anderson de Oliveira Reis

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    Full Text Available O processo de descentralização consolidado pela constituição de 1988 mudou a dinâmica do federalismo brasileiro aumentando as receitas disponíveis e também as responsabilidades do fornecimento de serviços para os municípios, que em termos financeiros são muito dependentes das transferências governamentais. Diante da importância dos municípios na Administração Pública como entes federativos, este estudo tem como objetivo identificar, a partir da classificação em grupos, a mudança no perfil da arrecadação tributária própria dos municípios da Zona da Mata Mineira tendo por base os períodos de 2005 e 2010. Trata-se de pesquisa descritiva e quantitativa em que se utilizou as metodologias de Análise de Cluster e Teste t para amostras emparelhadas. Os resultados apontam para formação de 4 grupos de acordo com o esforço fiscal (baixo, médio e alto. Em média observa-se uma evolução positiva na arrecadação própria dos municípios que foi confirmada pelo Teste t. Conclui-se que apesar da dependência dos recursos de transferências, os municípios têm realizados esforços para aumentar a arrecadação própria e consequentemente suas receitas disponíveis.

  5. Corrimentos vaginais em gestantes: comparacao da abordagem sindromica com exames da pratica clinica da enfermagem

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    Thais Marques Lima

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Estudo avaliativo de abordagem quantitativa, com amostra de 104 gestantes, com o objetivo de comparar os achados de infecções vaginais em gestantes obtidos por meio do fluxograma de corrimento vaginal com exames presentes na prática clínica da Enfermagem. Os dados foram coletados por meio de entrevista e exame ginecológico realizados de janeiro a julho de 2011. O fluxograma não se mostrou eficaz na identificação de candidíase e tricomoníase, apresentou baixa sensibilidade (0,0%; 50% e valor preditivo positivo (0,0%; 3,6% para as duas infecções e baixa especificidade para tricomoníase (46%. Mostrou-se satisfatório para vaginose bacteriana, com alta sensibilidade (100%, valor preditivo negativo (100% e acurácia (74%. Conclui-se que o emprego do fluxograma precisa ser reavaliado, visto que não foi eficaz em identificar infecções importantes em gestantes. Os esforços para o desenvolvimento de testes eficazes devem ser contínuos, com intuito de prevenir a disseminação de infecções e reduzir tratamentos desnecessários.

  6. Análise quantitativa das zeólitas ferrierita, ZSM-5 e mordenita presentes em amostras sintetizadas

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    B. J. B. Silva

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Nos estudos de obtenção de materiais zeolíticos é comum a formação de misturas de fases cristalinas devido à estabilidade relativa destes materiais no meio reacional empregado na síntese. Desta forma, é extremamente importante quantificar as diversas fases presentes no sistema para otimizar os métodos de sínteses de uma determinada zeólita sem a presença de contaminantes. Especificamente, foi verificado que durante a síntese das zeólitas ZSM-5(MFI, mordenita (MOR e ferrierita (FER, em diversas condições experimentais, ocorreram a formação de misturas de fases binárias (FER+MOR e (FER+MFI, às vezes ternárias (FER+MOR+MFI. O propósito do trabalho foi a realização de várias misturas binárias em diversos percentuais destes materiais, a fim de se obter uma metodologia para quantificar a presença de cada uma das fases (FER, MOR e MFI em amostras sintetizadas sob diferentes condições experimentais. Com este objetivo, foram preparadas misturas físicas com diversos teores das fases MFI, MOR e FER, a partir de amostras altamente cristalinas de cada fase. Estas fases de composições conhecidas foram analisadas por difração de raios X para quantificar as áreas dos picos característicos de cada material, podendo-se assim obter uma relação de percentual de fase/área de cada componente da mistura.

  7. 35 ANOS DE PUBLICAÇÕES ACADÊMICAS DA REVISTA DE ADMINISTRAÇÃO DA USP

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    Henrique César Melo Ribeiro

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo mapeia a produção científica da Revista de Administração da USP no período de 1977 a 2011. Metodologicamente, o estudo se baseia em técnicas de pesquisa bibliométrica e sociométrica, utilizando estatística descritiva e multivariada em 979 artigos identificados. Os principais resultados encontrados foram: predominância de artigos de autoria conjunta; os autores Sbragia e Vasconcellos foram os que mais publicaram artigos; os pesquisadores Porter, M. E. e Kotler, P. foram os mais citados nas referências nos 35 anos de pesquisa; a Universidade de São Paulo foi a Instituição de Ensino Superior (IES que mais publicou; alta centralidade de grau nas redes de coautoria e das IES; a abordagem quantitativa se destacou nos 979 artigos investigados; os temas Cultura Organizacional, Governança Corporativa, Estratégias Empresariais, Mercado de Capitais, Estrutura Organizacional e Desempenho foram os mais evidenciados no período de 1977 a 2011. Concluiu-se de forma geral, que o acervo da Revista de Administração da USP reflete o universo da produção acadêmica da área de administração, ajudando assim a desenvolver, disseminar e socializar a área por meio de artigos científicos publicados na literatura acadêmica nacional.

  8. BDNF pro-peptide regulates dendritic spines via caspase-3

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    Guo, J; Ji, Y; Ding, Y; Jiang, W; Sun, Y; Lu, B; Nagappan, G

    2016-01-01

    The precursor of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) (proBDNF) is enzymatically cleaved, by either intracellular (furin/PC1) or extracellular proteases (tPA/plasmin/MMP), to generate mature BDNF (mBDNF) and its pro-peptide (BDNF pro-peptide). Little is known about the function of BDNF pro-peptide. We have developed an antibody that specifically detects cleaved BDNF pro-peptide, but not proBDNF or mBDNF. Neuronal depolarization elicited a marked increase in extracellular BDNF pro-peptide,...

  9. O impacto de variáveis familiares e socioculturais no declínio da natalidade : um estudo exploratório

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    Barros, Ricardo Jorge Castelo Branco de

    2014-01-01

    Tese de mestrado, Psicologia (Secção de Psicologia Clínica e da Saúde, Núcleo de Psicologia Sistémica), Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Psicologia, 2014 O presente estudo, misto, descritivo e exploratório, pretende analisar a relação entre variáveis socioculturais e familiares e o seu impacto no declínio da natalidade. Numa primeira etapa, quantitativa, recolheu-se uma amostra de 345 participantes portugueses, casados ou em união de facto, com filhos biológicos. Tendo como objetivo ca...

  10. Adubação do milho: II - Adubação mineral quantitativa Mineral fertilizers for corn

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    G. P. Viégas

    1955-01-01

    . Hermilo de 1.540 kg/ha. Nesta última localidade a aplicação de 100 kg/ha de P2O5 fêz, praticamente, dobrar a produção por área. As doses mais econômicas de P2O5, para as citadas localidades, foram de 80, 70 e 90 kg/ha, se computarmos a Cr$l,80 e Cr$2,50 o quilo respectivamente, os preços do milho e do adubo (preços de 1953. O efeito relativo do fósforo foi mais acentuado em Ipanema e Eng. Hermilo, do que em Campinas. O azôto melhorou a produção em Campinas e em Ipanema. A aplicação de 25 kg/ha dêsse elemento já deu acréscimo significativo à produção. A aplicação de 50 kg/ha de N aumentou de 700 kg/ha a média de produção de milho em Ipanema, localidade cujo solo é arenoso, claro. O potássio não trouxe aumento de produção em nenhuma das localidades citadas. Êste nutriente até mesmo apresentou efeitos depressivos sobre a produção, mormente em Ipanema e Eng. Hermilo. O que foi dito no item acima se refere às médias gerais. Devemos, contudo, salientar que embora cada ensaio tenha sido realizado sempre na mesma área, o efeito do potássio, e mesmo do azôto, variou extraordinariamente conforme o ano. O freqüente efeito nulo ou negativo da adubação potássica e, por vezes, também da adubação azotada, não parece ter sido causado por desequilíbrio na relação N:P:K, visto como o fósforo - o elemento que mais reagiu em tôdas as terras estudadas - figurou com dose suficiente (100 kg/ha de P2O5 nos tratamentos em que se procurou determinar, por comparação, a reação do potássio e do azôto. Analisando mais detalhadamente efeitos depressivos das adubações potássica e azotada, verificou-se, em Campinas, que em ano de poucas chuvas (1947/48 a germinação foi grandemente prejudicada pelo salitre do Chile e pelo cloreto de potássio, provavelmente devido ao excesso de concentração de sais solúveis provocado pela aplicação dos adubos nos sulcos de plantio. À vista dos dados disponíveis não se encontra uma explicação segura

  11. Avaliação Quantitativa do Patrimônio Geológico: Aplicação aos Geossítios de São Sebastião, Litoral Norte do Estado de São Paulo

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    Fernanda Coyado Reverte

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho discute a abordagem metodológica utilizada no inventário e na quantificação do patrimônio geológico do município de São Sebastião, litoral norte de São Paulo. As áreas selecionadas são importantes para a pesquisa científica e correspondem a nove geossítios, sendo seis afloramentos em costões distribuídos pelo município, um arquipélago distante do continente cerca de 50 km e um ponto de interpretação geológica, que funcionará como um mirante. Em virtude da ausência de um método específico para análise quantitativa de zonas costeiras, para o presente trabalho foram adaptadas duas metodologias idealizadas para atender geossítios brasileiros, sendo uma delas específica à Chapada Diamantina – BA. Seguindo um critério de relevância, os resultados obtidos, além de revelar geossítios científicos, com potenciais didáticos e turísticos, orientaram na escolha de ações prioritárias votadas à preservação do referido patrimônio e sugeriram possíveis ações para a atuação futura de instituições públicas e/ou privadas na gestão, conservação e divulgação destas áreas de importante interesse científico, colaborando com o desenvolvimento sustentável da região.

  12. A voz da Comunidade na Preparação de Megaevento: Rio 2016

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    Sebastião, Sónia Pedro; Lemos, Ana Isabel

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    Este artigo trata da importância da comunidade na preparação de megaeventos, tomando como exemplo os Jogos Olímpicos do Rio de Janeiro, em 2016. Recorrendo ao e-clipping de notícias de três jornais diários brasileiros, é feita uma análise quantitativa dos temas abordados e das vozes presentes nas notícias. Adicionalmente é feita a análise qualitativa das notícias recolhidas em que existia associação entre protestos e os Jogos Olímpicos de 2016. Verifica-se a distância entre os interesses da o...

  13. Recursos Hídricos Subterrâneos de Portugal, Componente Fundamental do Desenvolvimento. Sua Caracterização Quantitativa e Qualitativa.

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    Lobo Ferreira, J. P. C.

    1993-01-01

    ****** Artigo aceite para publicação num número especial sobre águas subterrâneas da revista Recursos Hídricos da Associação Portuguesa dos Recursos Hídricos, Dezembro de 1993. ****** ****** ****** ******

  14. EVIDÊNCIAS DE INSTITUCIONALIZAÇÃO DA CONTROLADORIA EM EMPRESAS FAMILIARES

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    Ilse Maria Beuren

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available A implantação ou reestruturação da controladoria implica em mudanças de procedimentos, porque ambas instituem regras e rotinas como normas. A instituição de novas normas, tanto no ambiente interno quanto no ambiente externo da controladoria, afeta as crenças e valores da organização. Nessa perspectiva o objetivo do estudo é identificar evidências de institucionalização da controladoria mediante hábitos e rotinas em empresas familiares brasileiras. A pesquisa caracteriza-se como descritiva e foi realizada por meio de levantamento, com abordagem quantitativa dos dados. A população consiste das 59 empresas familiares identificadas por Oro (2006, na lista das 500 Melhores e Maiores da Revista Exame, e a amostra por acessibilidade as 12 empresas que responderam o questionário. Os resultados da pesquisa mostram que a controladoria foi instituída ou reestruturada na maioria das empresas no período de 2001 a 2006, mudando antigos e criando novos hábitos e rotinas, com evidências de institucionalização da controladoria nas empresas pesquisadas. Conclui-se que, a partir das mudanças implementadas nas empresas e a sua aceitação pelas pessoas envolvidas, foram alterados procedimentos e institucionalizadas normas na controladoria dessas empresas.

  15. ANATOMIA ECOLÓGICA DA MADEIRA DE Blepharocalyx salicifolius (H. B. K. Berg

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    José Newton Cardoso Marchiori

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO O presente trabalho visa à comparação anatômica da madeira da murta Blepharocalyx salicifolius (H. B. K. Berg (Myrtaceae, em duas regiões do Rio Grande do Sul. Foram coletados seis exemplares da espécie; três na região da Serra do Sudeste e os demais nos Campos de Cima da Serra. Qualitativamente, a madeira não revelou diferenças expressivas entre as procedências, exceto pela presença de máculas medulares. Sob o ponto de vista de suas características quantitativas, foram encontradas diferenças importantes na estrutura de vasos, parênquima axial, raios e fibras. As amostras da “Serra do Sudeste” mostraram características xéricas no lenho: poros numerosos e pequenos, além de elementos vasculares e fibras de comprimento menor, diferentemente das amostras dos “Campos de Cima da Serra”. Quanto ao índice de vulnerabilidade, não foi encontrada diferença significativa entre as procedências. As alterações verificadas no lenho podem ser interpretadas como resposta adaptativa da espécie aos respectivos ambientes.

  16. ASPECTOS DA PRODUÇÃO CIENTÍFICA SOBRE CONTROLE GERENCIAL

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    Cleyton de Oliveira Ritta

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo geral da pesquisa é avaliar aspectos da produção científica sobre controle gerencial na perspectiva da contabilidade gerencial nos periódicos internacionais da base de dados da Web of Science, disponíveis até 2014. A pesquisa caracteriza-se como descritiva com abordagem quantitativa por meio de estudo bibliométrico. Os procedimentos de coleta resultaram em 32 artigos disponíveis em 8 periódicos. Os resultados da pesquisa mostraram que: maioria dos artigos foi do tipo empírico e de natureza exploratória. O foco das pesquisas tem como temas a funcionalidade de artefatos contábeis e da estrutura do sistema de controle gerencial. A teoria da Contingência foi a principal base teórica do constructo dos artigos. Conclui-se que as pesquisas sobre controle gerencial possuem amplo campo de assuntos para futuras pesquisas. Os fenômenos organizacionais contemporâneos e as novas estruturas organizacionais demandam por estudos exploratórios para compreender a função do sistema de controle gerencial na condução dos negócios.

  17. REPUTAÇÃO E QUALIDADE DA GOVERNANÇA CORPORATIVA DAS COMPANHIAS ABERTAS BRASILEIRAS

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    Leticia Cesar de Lima

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Considerando o inter-relacionamento das temáticas reputação, responsabilidade social e governança corporativa, definiu-se como objetivo da pesquisa analisar a relação entre a reputação corporativa, sob a ótica da sustentabilidade, e a qualidade da governança corporativa das maiores companhias abertas do Brasil. De natureza quantitativa, o estudo descritivo analisou Formulários de Referência e Relatórios Anuais de 2011, e informações dos websites das 100 empresas da amostra. As empresas foram segregadas em dois grupos (1: Com Reputação e 2: Sem Reputação, a partir da participação ou não no ranking das empresas mais sustentáveis segundo a mídia, proxy para reputação. Para a avaliação da associação entre reputação e governança foram utilizados os testes do qui-quadrado de Pearson e de Mann-Whitney. Fundamentado nos resultados dos testes aplicados na amostra, nenhuma evidência pode ser inferida sobre a relação entre a reputação e a qualidade da governança corporativa, contrariando as indicações da literatura corrente sobre o assunto.

  18. Influência da liderança transformacional no comportamento organizacional: análise dos servidores da Reitoria do Instituto Federal do Triângulo Mineiro

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    Pires, Dessirrê Prudente de Melo

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    Este estudo analisa a influência da relação entre liderança transformacional e comprometimento organizacional, aplicado aos servidores de uma instituição de ensino federal pública brasileira. Adotando uma abordagem metodológica quantitativa, utilizou-se o inquérito por questionário com escalas de mensuração Transformational Leadership Behavior Inventory (TLI) e o Modelo dos Três Componentes de Meyer e Allen (1991), foram coletados 127 respondentes, 113 dos quais servidores técnicos-adminis...

  19. FATORES DETERMINANTES DA TOMADA DE DECISÃO PARA O CONSUMO DE PRODUTOS ORGÂNICOS EM UMA FEIRA LIVRE

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    Ilton Belchior Cruvinel; Daneil Staciarini Corrêa; Nelson Jorge da Silva Junior; Joelmir Feliciano; Rogério José de Almeida

    2017-01-01

    Cada vez mais se desenvolve a consciência da importância do consumo de produtos orgânicos. Tal falta pode ser observado na crescente abertura de feiras livras especializadas nesse tipo de produto. O presente artigo objetivou analisar os fatores associados ao processo de tomada de decisão de compra de produtos orgânicos por consumidores de uma feira livre na cidade de Goiânia-GO. Realizou-se de um estudo transversal analítico com abordagem quantitativa. Foram entrevistadas 84 pessoas. Ut...

  20. O PERFIL METODOLÓGICO DA PRODUÇÃO CIENTÍFICA EM ORÇAMENTO PÚBLICO: UMA ANÁLISE DO CENÁRIO BRASILEIRO NA PRIMEIRA DÉCADA DO SÉCULO XXI

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    Maurício Vasconcellos Leão Lyrio

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo se insere no campo da administração pública e objetiva discutir o perfil metodológico dos estudos sobre orçamento público realizados no Brasil na primeira década do séc. XXI. Para tanto, no que se refere à metodologia, foi realizado um levantamento na base de dados SCIELO Brasil, utilizando-se de uma abordagem quantitativa, se configurando, do ponto de vista de abordagem do problema, em um estudo de caráter descritivo. Dentre os resultados encontrados, ficou evidenciado que os estudos sobre o tema se dão, principalmente, no setor público de forma geral, não se atendo a setores específicos de atividade. Foi evidenciada nos artigos encontrados no levantamento, uma abordagem quantitativa, tendo a econometria como principal método de pesquisa.

  1. Estudo histoquímico comparativo da matriz extracelular dc tumores primários e metastáticos em ratos nude xenotransplantados com células KB

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    Terezinha Regina Prúpere Ogata

    1997-08-01

    Full Text Available Estudou-se comparativamente, através de métodos histoquímicos, a expressão dos componentes da matriz extracelular de tumores primitivos e metastáticos em ratos nude, xenotransplantados com células KB. Em ambas as neoplasias observou-se uma variabilidade tanto qualitativa como quantitativa dos componentes matriciais, coexistência de diferentes tipos de fibras, pouca representatividade de fibras elásticas de glicosaminoglicanas ácidas e sulfatadas e de polissacarídeos neutros, além da ausência de membrana basal.

  2. MATURIDADE DA GOVERNANÇA DE TECNOLOGIA DA INFORMAÇÃO: DIFERENÇAS ENTRE ORGANIZAÇÕES PÚBLICAS BRASILEIRAS

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    Bruno Campelo Medeiros

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo tem como objetivo identificar os aspectos que diferenciam a maturidade da governança de TI em organizações públicas brasileiras. A pesquisa se torna oportuna, na medida em que se considera ausência de estudos que possam comprovar a relação entre os aspectos que retratam o modelo COBIT e seus níveis de maturidade da governança de TI. Para isso, foram analisadas 116 organizações públicas incluídas na lista das instituições avaliadas pelo Tribunal de Contas da União (TCU no ano de 2012. A pesquisa adotou uma abordagem quantitativa, através da técnica de análise discriminante. Os resultados demonstram que as questões referentes à estratégia de negócios e de TI, à liderança da área de TI e ao pessoal de TI promovem uma maior influência para distinguir os grupos das organizações públicas em relação aos níveis de maturidade da governança de TI.

  3. Mapeamento de locos de características quantitativas no cromossomo 6, associados às características de carcaça e de órgãos internos de suínos Mapping of quantitative trait loci for carcass traits and internal organs in swine chromosome 6

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    Aldrin Vieira Pires

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de mapear locos de características quantitativas (QTLs associados às características de carcaça e de órgão internos, uma população composta de 550 animais F2 foi produzida a partir do intercruzamento da geração F1, obtida pelo cruzamento divergente de dois machos da raça nativa brasileira Piau com 18 fêmeas comerciais. Os animais foram genotipados para 13 marcadores microssatélites distribuídos no cromossomo 6. As características avaliadas foram: comprimento de carcaça pelos métodos brasileiro e americano, peso e rendimento de carcaça, espessura de toucinho na região da copa, espessura de toucinho imediatamente após a última costela, espessura de toucinho entre a última e a penúltima vértebra lombar, menor espessura de toucinho na região acima da última vértebra lombar, espessura de toucinho imediatamente após a última costela, a 6,5 cm da linha dorso-lombar, espessura de toucinho média (geral = estimada a partir da média de todas as espessuras de toucinho citadas anteriormente; e dorso-lombar = estimada a partir das espessuras de toucinho tomadas na linha dorso-lombar do animal, espessura de bacon, profundidade de lombo, área de olho-de-lombo, pesos de órgãos internos (coração, pulmões, fígado, baço e rim e comprimento de intestino. Utilizou-se o método de regressão por intervalo de mapeamento por meio do programa QTL Express. Foram encontrados QTLs sugestivos para as características de comprimento de carcaça pelo método brasileiro e espessura de bacon e QTL significativo para peso do rim. Nos intervalos dos picos da estatística F em que se encontraram QTLs sugestivos, devem ser incluídos mais marcadores para se confirmar a real presença de QTL.A total of the 550 F2 animals produced by divergent cross using two sires of the native Brazilian breed named Piau and 18 commercial dams were genotyped for 13 microsatellite markers in swine chromosome 6. The traits evaluated were: carcass

  4. Integração de dados quantitativos e multicategóricos na determinação da divergência genética entre acessos de cafeeiro

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    Felipe Lopes da Silva

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    Full Text Available Foi realizada estratégia de integração dos dados quantitativos e multicategóricos para avaliação da divergência genética entre 88 acessos de Coffea arabica. Avaliaram-se 12 características quantitativas (nota total da qualidade sensorial da bebida; peso de três litros de "café da roça"; peso de três litros de "café da roça" com 11% de umidade; porcentagem de café beneficiado a partir de três litros de "café da roça" com 11% de umidade; peso de três litros de café beneficiado com 11% de umidade; total de frutos de "café da roça" em um litro; porcentagem de frutos secos, passas, cereja, verde-cana e verdes em um litro de "café da roça"; e porcentagem de frutos com lojas vazias em um litro de "café da roça" e seis características multicategóricas relacionadas à qualidade sensorial da bebida (doçura, acidez, corpo, sabor, retrogosto e aspecto geral. Baixa divergência genética foi encontrada entre os acessos considerando as características quantitativas e multicategóricas isoladamente. No entanto, com a conversão dos dados quantitativos em multicategóricos, a integração de características de diferentes naturezas favoreceu a melhor visualização da divergência genética entre os acessos avaliados, devido ao maior número de grupos formados em comparação ao agrupamento para cada conjunto de características.

  5. A PERCEPÇÃO DA GESTÃO DO CONHECIMENTO NAS EMPRESAS EXPORTADORAS DA AMREC

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    Julio Cesar Zilli

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Com a globalização e a era da tecnologia as empresas estão cada vez mais se utilizando do capital intelectual, que trata diretamente do conhecimento e habilidades exercitadas pelos seus colaboradores, para atuar nas atividades relacionadas ao mercado interno ou internacional. Diante do exposto, o presente estudo tem como objetivo identificar a percepção dos gestores de comércio exterior perante a Gestão do Conhecimento (GC nas empresas exportadoras da Associação dos Municípios da Região Carbonífera (AMREC. Quanto aos fins à pesquisa enquadrou-se como descritiva e quanto aos meios de investigação foi classificada como bibliográfica e de campo. A amostra foi composta por 10 empresas exportadoras que mantiveram relacionamento comercial com o mercado externo no período de janeiro a dezembro de 2012. Para a coleta de dados utilizou-se um questionário com abordagem quantitativa para conhecer a percepção dos gestores de comercio exterior em relação à identificação, criação, armazenagem, compartilhamento e utilização da Gestão do Conhecimento. Percebe-se uma sinergia desfavorável por parte dos gestores e da organização ao acompanhamento e implantação da prática de GC. Algumas barreiras como motivação e compartilhamento, relações interpessoais, apoio da estrutura e cultura organizacional estão presentes nas empresas. Para o desenvolvimento das atividades voltadas ao mercado internacional essas barreiras devem ser trabalhadas em conjunto, resultando no emprego benéfico das cinco dimensões da GC: identificação, criação, armazenagem, compartilhamento e utilização.

  6. Os conteúdos das visões da ayahuasca

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    Benny Shanon

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo examina os conteúdos das alucinações visuais induzidas pela infusão psicotrópica ayahuasca. Ele faz parte de uma investigação fenomenológica mais ampla que busca estudar a ayahuasca de uma perspectiva psicológico-cognitiva. (Até agora, quase todos os estudos da ayahuasca partiram das ciências naturais ou da antropologia. Análises comparativas quantitativas revelam que certos itens de conteúdo específico são especialmente prevalescentes em visões da ayahuasca e se reencontram em relatos de informantes de diferentes origens socioculturais. Os resultados são discutidos teoricamente à luz de considerações tanto psicológicas como antropológicas.This paper examines the contents of the visual hallucinations induced by the Amazonian psychotropic brew ayahuasca. It is part of a comprehensive phenomenological investigation attempting to study ayahuasca from a cognitive-psychological perspective. (So far, practically all studies of ayahuasca pertained either to the natural sciences or to anthropology. Comparative quantitative analyses reveal that some specific content items are especially prevalent in ayahuasca visions, and that these are encountered in the reports of informants from different personal and socio-cultural backgrounds. Theoretically, the findings are discussed in light of both psychological and anthropological considerations.

  7. Qualitative and quantitative assessment of genetically modified soy in enteral nutrition formulas by polymerase chain reaction based methods Avaliação qualitativa e quantitativa de soja geneticamente modificada em fórmulas de nutrição enteral

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    Natália Eudes Fagundes de Barros

    2010-02-01

    ível extrair ácido desoxirribonucléico amplificável a partir de todas as amostras, demonstrado pela amplificação do gene endógeno (lectina. Adicionalmente, o fragmento relativo à modificação genética da soja transgênica foi detectado em uma das nove amostras avaliadas, bem como na amostra relativa ao material de referência contendo 1,0% de organismo geneticamente modificado. As análises quantitativas realizadas a partir da reação em cadeia da polimerase em tempo real revelaram a presença de aproximadamente 0,3% de ácido desoxirribonucléico recombinante derivado de organismo geneticamente modificado na amostra de fórmula que apresentou resultado positivo. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados demonstram que uma das fórmulas analisadas apresentava ingredientes derivados de soja geneticamente modificada, apontando para a necessidade de regulamentar a utilização de transgênicos, e de rotulagem específica nessa categoria de produtos.

  8. Análise da cadeia produtiva da apicultura no planalto norte de Santa Catarina: Um estudo de caso

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    Fábio Alexandre Monteiro

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Resumo - O presente trabalho teve como por objetivo analisar a cadeia produtiva da apicultura, no caso da cidade de São Bento do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brasil, buscando contribuir para a estruturação desta rede visando fortalecer a produção do mel na região. Para isso, realizou-se um estudo de caso, de caráter exploratório, com abordagem quali-quantitativa. De acordo com os resultados a atividade precisa de melhor organização e incentivo para que possa ter um aproveitamento total de produção. A falta de padronização das caixas é um problema que acarreta em produtividade insatisfatória. Também falta procura pelo desenvolvimento técnico na área, como também cursos em parceria com a EPAGRI, Associações Técnicas, Sindicato Rural ou outro órgão foram identificadas. Como a apicultura para a maioria dos produtores é uma atividade secundária, talvez isso justifique o fato das produções baixas e da falta de interesse por cursos de desenvolvimento. Palavras-chave: agronegócios, atividade apícola, engenharia de produção, mel.

  9. Eventos culturais como propulsores da atividade turística: o papel da escola de música da UFRN no destino Natal-RN

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    Fernanda Gabriella Silva Queiroz

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available O turismo no município de Natal – Rio Grande do Norte, localizado no nordeste do Brasil, ainda é basicamente voltado apenas para o binômio “Sol e Mar”. Tendo em vista que para um destino turístico ser competitivo é necessário diversificar a oferta turística. O segmento de eventos tem estimulado o desenvolvimento socioeconômico no Brasil e no mundo, contribuído para o fomento da economia e geração de empregos. Diante do exposto, o presente estudo analisou como os eventos realizados pela Escola de Música da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, no Auditório Onofre Lopes (AOL, podem contribuir na composição da oferta do turismo cultural do município de Natal-RN. A pesquisa foi do tipo exploratória-descritiva, com abordagem quantitativa. A coleta de dados realizou-se através de um questionário com perguntas fechadas com escala de opinião. O universo da pesquisa atingiu 194 pessoas entrevistadas que estavam assistindo os concertos e recitais no referido local, entre os meses de abril e junho de 2013. O estudo concluiu que o público é formado por indivíduos da grande Natal, com pouca presença de turistas, mas que é avaliado pelos seus frequentadores como um potencial atrativo turístico.

  10. A percepção de residentes multiprofissionais da área da saúde sobre o processo de morte

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    Juliana Oliveira Perez

    2018-04-01

    Full Text Available A morte e o processo de morrer estão constantemente na rotina dos profissionais de saúde, porém, estes nem sempre estão preparados para lidar com estas questões. O objetivo do estudo é verificar a percepção dos profissionais residentes da área da saúde sobre a morte. Trata-se de uma pesquisa descritiva exploratória de abordagem quantitativa, realizada com 129 residentes em um hospital terciário, e contemplou nove profissões, com predominância feminina e idade média de 25 anos. Foi aplicada a Escala de Avaliação do Perfil de Atitudes Acerca da Morte (EAPAM. A maioria dos participantes apresentou aceitação neutra em relação à morte, seguido de aceitação religiosa. Em terceiro lugar está o medo da morte. Por último, o evitamento e a aceitação de escape tiveram resultado similar. O perfil de atitude do profissional em relação à morte pode contribuir com o desenvolvimento da Síndrome de Burnout, prejudicando sua saúde e qualidade do serviço prestado.

  11. Avaliação de sinais e sintomas da disfunção temporomandibular e sua relação com a postura cervical

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    Viana, Maíra de Oliveira; Lima, Ellis Isadora Castello Branco Mourão Ferreira; Menezes, José Nilson Rodrigues de; Olegario, Natália Bitar da Cunha

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    Introdução As disfunções temporomandibulares (DTM) podem acarretar alterações gerais nos movimentos mandibulares devido à modificação nas condições musculares e articulares. Objetivo Avaliar os sinais e sintomas da disfunção temporomandibular e sua relação com a postura cervical. Material e método Estudo transversal e descritivo, com abordagem quantitativa, realizado na Universidade de Fortaleza, de agosto de 2011 a abril de 2012, em que 23 participantes com disfunção temporomandibular respon...

  12. PERCEPÇÃO DOS GESTORES EM RELAÇÃO AO PRINCÍPIO DA CONTROLABILIDADE PARA O ALCANCE DA JUSTIÇA ORGANIZACIONAL

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    Ilse Maria Beuren

    Full Text Available RESUMOO princípio da controlabilidade propõe que os gestores somente devem ser avaliados com base em elementos controláveis, no pressuposto de que a neutralização dos itens incontroláveis na avaliação de desempenho leva a uma maior satisfação, por ocasionar uma avaliação mais justa. Assim, este estudo objetiva averiguar a percepção dos gestores em relação ao princípio da controlabilidade para o alcance da justiça organizacional. Para tal, pesquisa descritiva com abordagem quantitativa foi realizada a partir de um levantamento junto as 150 Melhores Empresas para Você Trabalhar, conforme a revista Você S/A, de 2011, em que se obteve uma amostra de 63 respondentes. De modo geral, as análises do estudo mostram que o efeito da aplicação do princípio da controlabilidade sobre o desempenho dos gestores nas empresas pesquisadas não é direta e que não leva a um aumento da percepção de justiça organizacional. Os resultados da pesquisa mostram que das hipóteses testadas somente há relação entre o princípio da controlabilidade e a justiça processual. Conclui-se que entre os gestores pesquisados parece não haver uma preocupação com a neutralização dos fatores incontroláveis, o que indica a necessidade de mais pesquisas no que diz respeito à aplicação do princípio da controlabilidade na avaliação de desempenho dos gestores.

  13. Efeitos do Bromazepam observados pela eletroencefalografia quantitativa (EEGq durante a prática de datilografia Effects of Bromazepam in qEEG by typingwriting

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    Dionis Machado

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    Full Text Available A eficiência com que uma informação é transmitida dentro da circuitaria neural pode ser alterada por neuromoduladores. O uso do Bromazepam nos transtornos de ansiedade se deve a sua propriedade ansiolítica. Porém, os efeitos deste benzodiazepínico na aprendizagem motora não são plenamente conhecidos. O objetivo deste estudo foi analisar alterações neuropsicológicas, comportamentais e eletrofisiológicas decorrentes da administração de Bromazepam (6 mg durante o aprendizado de uma tarefa motora. A amostra consistiu de 26 sujeitos saudáveis, de ambos os sexos, entre 19 e 36 anos. Os grupos controle (placebo e experimental (Bromazepam 6 mg foram submetidos ao aprendizado de datilografia, em desenho duplo-cego randomizado. Os resultados não revelaram diferenças nas variáveis neuropsicológicas e comportamentais entre os grupos. Testes estatísticos demonstraram interação entre condição e momento e um efeito principal para setor, ou seja, uma diminuição da potência relativa no hemisfério direito. Esta diminuição de potência sugere uma especialização da circuitaria neural no hemisfério contralateral ao dedo utilizado no pressionamento da tecla. Tal diminuição é independente do uso da droga.The efficiency with which an information is processed by the brain's neural circuitry can be altered by neuromodulators. The use of Bromazepam in the pharmacological treatment of anxiety disorders is due to its anxiolytic property. However, the effects of this benzodiazepine in motor learning tasks are not entirely understood. In this context, the goal of this study was to assess the effects of Bromazepam (6mg on psychophysiological, behavioral, and electrophysiological variables, during the process of learning a motor task. The sample consisted of 26 healthy individuals, of both sexes, between 19 and 36 years of age. The control (placebo and experimental (Bromazepam 6 mg groups were submitted to a typewriting task, in a randomized

  14. Colonização Interna do Mundo da Vida

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    Maria Margarete Baccin Brizolla

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo tem o intuito de responder a seguinte questão de pesquisa: Qual a influência dos indicadores econômico-financeiros na avaliação dos ativos biológicos a valor justo, em empresas listadas na BM&FBOVESPA após a adoção do CPC 29? Tem como objetivo identificar a influência dos indicadores econômico-financeiros na avaliação dos ativos biológicos a valor justo, em empresas listadas na BM&FBOVESPA após a adoção do CPC 29, no período de 2009 a 2012. Foi realizada uma pesquisa descritiva, com abordagem quantitativa. Aplicou-se check list com a finalidade de identificar por meio das notas explicativas quais foram às classes de ativos biológicos divulgados pela entidade da amostra. Utilizou-se da Análise em Painel, com efeitos fixos e dados balanceados, sendo usado o modelo da Regressão Linear Múltipla, por meio dos Mínimos Quadrados Ordinários (MQO, com o uso do software SPSS® e LHStat para relacionar a variável dependente (índice de evidenciação e as variáveis independentes (TAMANHO, ROE, ROA e PBBA. Constatou-se que as variáveis significativas no modelo foram Tamanho da empresa e ROA. Verificou-se que na medida que o Tamanho da empresa aumenta, melhora também o nível de evidenciação dos ativos biológicos. Já, quando o ROA aumenta, diminui a divulgação de ativos biológicos e vice-versa.

  15. Panorama do ambiente da prática : percepção dos enfermeiros do Estado de São Paulo

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    Gisele Hespanhol Dorigan

    2016-01-01

    Resumo: A avaliação da percepção dos enfermeiros em relação ao ambiente da prática pode fornecer informações que subsidiem ações estratégicas relacionadas ao gerenciamento de pessoal em enfermagem. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a percepção dos enfermeiros do Estado de São Paulo em relação ao ambiente da prática, satisfação no trabalho, clima de segurança e burnout. Trata-se de um estudo de abordagem quantitativa, descritivo e correlacional. Amostragem probabilística de 465 enfermeiros c...

  16. Coleções em bibliotecas universitárias: manifestações da produção científica

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    Sayonara Lizton Nascimento-Andre

    2012-01-01

    A pesquisa trata do tema “Coleções em Bibliotecas Universitárias”, abordando os aspectos envolvidos no processo de formação e desenvolvimento de coleções. Objetiva analisar as características da produção científica relacionadas à temática, desenvolvendo uma pesquisa documental de natureza exploratória, descritiva e quali-quantitativa. O corpus de análise foi feito por meio de revistas internacionais que possuíam artigos indexados na base de dados da área de Ciência da Informação, Wilson Libra...

  17. Ausência de expectativa de suporte para o cuidado aos idosos da comunidade

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    Déborah Cristina de Oliveira

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO Objetivo: identificar fatores associados à ausência de expectativa de suporte para o cuidado aos idosos da comunidade. Método: foram utilizados parte dos dados do estudo multicêntrico "Fragilidade em Idosos Brasileiros", pesquisa quantitativa, epidemiológica e transversal desenvolvida no período de 2008 a 2009. Foram realizadas análises de comparação e regressão dos dados de 671 idosos. Resultados: a avaliação da expectativa de suporte para o cuidado aos idosos mostrou-se um bom indicador de risco para ausência de expectativa de suporte em mulheres, idosos que residiam sozinhos e com percepção ruim da própria saúde. Conclusão: conclui-se que é preciso refletir sobre o sistema de suporte oferecido aos idosos no Brasil, visto que o perfil destes que estão em risco é cada vez maior na população. Ressalta-se também a importância da inserção de métodos subjetivos para avaliação da percepção dos idosos sobre suporte para o cuidado.

  18. Método estimativo para amostragem quantitativa de Rondonia rondoni (Nematoda: Atractidae parasito de peixes Estimative method for quantitative sampling of Rondonia rondoni (Nematoda: Atractidae parasite of fish

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    Cristiane M. De Campos

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o número de Rondonia rondoni no intestino de Piaractus mesopotamicus, por meio da diferença entre peso úmido e peso seco das amostras de parasitos para cada hospedeiro, a partir da relação do peso seco e número de parasitos pré-estabelecida. Amostras totais de R. rondoni, de 37 espécimes de Piaractus mesopotamicus, foram medidas para obtenção do peso úmido, desidratadas em estufa com temperatura entre 55ºC e 60ºC e, após 24 h seu peso seco foi determinado. Por meio de uma regra de três simples, calculou-se o número de parasitos a partir da diferença entre o peso úmido e o peso seco, considerando um erro padrão médio de 6,027 para um número médio de 1010 indivíduos, quantificado em ensaio prévio. A equação da regressão linear estimada foi de y = 13,138x - 162,01 e r² = 0,9989, a qual foi significativa (p The presente work evaluated the number of Rondonia rondoni in intestine of Piaractus mesopotamicus, for diference of dry and wet weight of parasites samples by each host, from the relation dry weight and number of parasites. Totals samples of R. rondoni of 37 specimens of P. mesopotamicus for attaiment of wet weight, dehydrated in stove with temperature between 55ºC and 60ºC, the wet weight was measured after 24 h. The number of parasites was calculated with rule of three, considering the average number of 1,010 ± 6.027 specimens quantified in previous assay. The equation of linear regression is y = 13.138x - 162.01 and r² = 0.9989. The normality of the data was proven with Kolmogorov-Smirnov (p < 0.01.

  19. Análise topográfi ca, diametral e quantitativa de túbulos dentinários em canais radiculares de dentes

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    Siviero, Mariana; Aivazoglou, Marcos U.; Camargo, Samira E. A.; Camargo, Carlos Henrique R.; Valera, Márcia C.

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    O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o número e o diâmetro de túbulos dentinários em canais radiculares, nos diferentes terços, em dentes humanos, visando auxiliar estudos na área da permeabilidade dentinária. Para tal, foram utilizados 24 dentes humanos prémolares hígidos, divididos em 4 grupos de acordo com faixas etárias - G1: 10-15; G2: 16-30; G3: 31-45: G4: 46-80 anos de idade. Os dentes tiveram suas coroas removidas, se...

  20. AVALIAÇÃO DA QUALIDADE DA PROTEÍNA DE ARROZ E FEIJÃO E DE DIETA DA REGIÃO SUDESTE DO BRASIL

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    R. M. G. C. CINTRA

    2008-11-01

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    Levantamentos do consumo alimentar têm sido realizados e avaliados quanto às exigências nutricionais quantitativas. A adequação de proteína, bem como outros nutrientes, está subordinada a vários fatores, além da quantidade disponível ao organismo. O conhecimento da qualidade nutricional é imprescindível na avaliação da adequação do consumo alimentar. Nesse trabalho, a qualidade da proteína dos alimentos constituintes da dieta da população de menor rendimento do sudeste do Brasil, foi avaliada. Foram utilizados os indicadores Coefi ciente de Efi cácia Protéica e Digestibilidade Aparente. A partir de tabelas de composição, avaliou-se o perfi l de aminoácidos. Os alimentos avaliados, os quais foram obtidos do levantamento do IBGE, foram preparados, secos e pulverizados (dieta. A combinação arroz e feijão também foi avaliada. No ensaio biológico, 18 animais receberam rações experimentais ou padrão à base de caseína. Foi realizado controle de peso, consumo de ração e coleta de fezes. Os resultados indicaram menores índices para os grupos experimentais em relação ao padrão, sendo a digestibilidade o fator relevante quando o grupo arroz e feijão foi avaliado. Para o grupo dieta, a digestibilidade foi 81% e os aminoácidos limitantes foram treonina e sulfurados. Portanto, a qualidade da proteína, avaliada quanto à sua digestibilidade e cômputo químico, foi inadequada tanto na mistura arroz e feijão bem como nos alimentos que compõem o padrão alimentar da população.

  1. Correlação entre características quantitativas e qualitativas de frutos de pessegueiros na geração F2 cultivados em região subtropical Correlation between quantitative and qualitative characteristics of fruits of peach trees grown in subtropical conditions

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    Danielle Fabíola Pereira Silva

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar as relações entre características quantitativas e qualitativas de frutos de pessegueiro, cultivados em região subtropical. Para isso foram utilizados frutos totalmente maduros, obtidos de cinco populações, em geração F2, cultivadas em condições de clima subtropical. Foram avaliados: coloração da epiderme (coordenadas b* e h°, diâmetro médio do fruto, comprimento do fruto, firmeza instrumental da polpa, teor de sólidos solúveis, acidez titulável, teor de ácido ascórbico, percentagem de vermelho na epiderme, coloração da polpa, aderência do caroço, consistência manual da polpa e época de colheita. Os dados foram utilizados para obtenção de coeficientes parciais de correlação entre todas as variáveis. Observou-se variação entre os valores obtidos para cada característica. Há correlações parciais significativas a 1% de probabilidade, de intensidades médias e fracas, entre as características estudadas de frutos de pessegueiro. As maiores correlações foram obtidas entre comprimento e diâmetro de frutos (0,690** e entre os descritores b e h, obtidos por meio de colorímetro (0,516**. Frutos mais tardios apresentam, geralmente, maior firmeza de polpa, menores teores de vitamina C e menos pigmentação amarela na epiderme. Pêssegos de polpa amarela são mais firmes e apresentam maior acidez no suco.The objective this study was to evaluate the relationship between quantitative and qualitative characteristics of peach grown in subtropical regions. Fully ripe fruits obtained from five F2 populations grown in a subtropical climate were evaluated for: skin color (coordinates b* and h°, average fruit diameter, fruit length, pulp instrumental firmness, soluble solids, titratable acidity, ascorbic acid, percentage of red skin, flesh color , flesh adherence to pit, pulp consistency and harvest time. These data were used to obtain partial correlation coefficients of all variables

  2. O SENTIMENTO DO PACIENTE FRENTE AO CANCELAMENTO DA CIRURGIA

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    Fernanda Aparecida Silva

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available O paciente, frente ao cancelamento da cirurgia, pode apresentar sentimentos: tristeza, agressividade, revolta, e perder a confiança da equipe cirúrgica. Objetivo: Identificar o sentimento do paciente internado frente ao cancelamento de sua cirurgia. Método: Pesquisa descritiva e quali-quantitativa. A coleta de dados ocorreu após aprovação do Comitê de Ética sob o n0 45/11, com 20 pacientes internados em um hospital do vale do Paraíba paulista. Resultados: Predominou:80% do sexo masculino, 30% de 51 a 60 anos. Principal causa cancelamento: 35% material, 10% vaga na Unidade de Terapia Intensiva (UTI, e 55% médicos, exames, vaga no centro cirúrgico ou infecção. Os sentimentos foram agrupados em quatro categorias: tristeza; estresse; conformismo e sentimentos variados.Conclusão: O perfil predominante dos pacientes foi de homens, entre 51 a 60 anos. A principal causa do cancelamento foi a falta de material; o sentimento de maior destaque foi a tristeza.

  3. Capacidade embriogênica da cultivar IAS-5 de soja

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    Di Mauro Antonio Orlando

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi estudar o controle genético da formação de embriões somáticos da cultivar IAS-5 de soja. O experimento foi conduzido em casa de vegetação, cultivando-se quatro plantas por vaso, sob fotoperíodo de 14 horas e temperatura em torno de 28°C. Efetuaram-se cruzamentos entre os parentais não-embriogênicos (cultivares IAC-6, Paraná e IAC-15 e embriogênico (cultivar IAS-5 e retrocruzamentos para obtenção das gerações F1, F2,RC1P1 e RC1P2. Cotilédones imaturos, com 4-6 mm de comprimento, derivados dos parentais das gerações F1, F2, RC1P1 e RC1P2 foram cultivados em placas de Petri contendo meio N10, por um período de 90 dias, em câmara de crescimento. Os embriões somáticos derivados da indução foram contados, e os números, usados para obtenção dos parâmetros genéticos. Os resultados obtidos mostraram que o caráter capacidade de produção de embriões somáticos da cultivar IAS-5 é de natureza quantitativa e controlado por, aproximadamente, 20 genes.

  4. Quantificação da divergência genética entre acessos de goibeira por meio da estratégia Ward-MLM

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    Bianca Machado Campos

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    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve como objetivo quantificar a divergência genética entre 138 acessos de goiabeira procedentes do banco de germoplasma da Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro (UENF, com base em descritores morfológicos, agronômicos e físico-químicos, por meio do procedimento Ward - Modified Location Model (MLM. Para tanto, foram avaliados 13 descritores, sendo cinco qualitativos (coloração da polpa, superfície do fruto, formato do fruto ao final do pedúnculo, largura do pescoço e uniformidade da cor da polpa e oito quantitativos (massa média do fruto, diâmetro longitudinal do fruto, diâmetro transversal do fruto, rendimento da polpa, teor de sólidos solúveis totais, acidez do fruto, relação teor de sólidos solúveis totais e acidez do fruto e teor de ácido ascórbico. Detectou-se ampla variabilidade genética pelos dados morfológicos, agronômicos e físico-químicos nos 138 acessos de goiaba. Pelo procedimento da função da verossimilhança, determinou-se oito o número ideal de grupos, com um valor de incremento de 67,51. O grupo III foi considerado o mais distante, enquanto os grupos I, II, IV, V e VI, os mais próximos. O procedimento Ward-MLM é uma ferramenta útil para detectar divergência genética e agrupar os acessos utilizando, simultaneamente, variáveis qualitativas e quantitativas.

  5. Quantitative fidelity of recent freshwater mollusk assemblages from the Touro Passo River, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Fidelidade quantitativa de associações de moluscos límnicos recentes na bacia do rio Touro Passo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil

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    Alcemar R. Martello

    contribuições ao conhecimento sobre a fidelidade quantitativa de associações de moluscos recentes em rios subtropicais. Tanatocenoses e biocenoses foram estudadas em seções retilínea e meandrante tendendo a anastomosada, no curso médio do rio Touro Passo, um tributário de 4ª ordem do rio Uruguai, localizado no extremo oeste do Rio Grande do Sul. As amostragens foram realizadas por meio de quadrats de 5 m², cinco em cada seção, amostrando-se um total de 50 m². Também foram feitas amostragens em um ambiente lêntico, com comunicação intermitente com o Touro Passo, objetivando detectar a existência de transporte de comunidades lênticas para o interior do rio. Os resultados obtidos mostram que, apesar da freqüente oscilação do nível da água, a biocenose do Touro Passo apresenta uma alta fidelidade ecológica e sofre pouca influência de espécies de ambientes lênticos. A composição taxonômica e características de estrutura de comunidades, especialmente as espécies dominantes, refletem, ainda, diferenças ecológicas relacionadas às duas seções amostradas, como a maior complexidade de habitats da estação meandrante. Quanto à fidelidade quantitativa, 60% das espécies encontradas vivas também foram encontradas mortas e 47,3% das espécies encontradas mortas também foram encontras vivas em escala de rio. Porém, 72% dos exemplares coletados mortos são representantes de espécies encontradas vivas. Essa percentagem alta pode estar relacionada à boa correlação entre o ranking de dominância das associações vivas e mortas e, conseqüentemente, as espécies dominantes das tanatocenoses podem ser utilizadas para inferir características ecológicas das biocenoses. Todos os índices analisados variaram muito em escala local (quadrat e seus valores são mais aproximados aos de outros, registrados em estudos prévios, apenas quando analisados em escala mais ampla (seção, área total.

  6. Detecção de Ralstonia solanacearum em tubérculos de batata através de PCR qualitativa e quantitativa

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    Adriana de Andrade Figueiró

    2008-01-01

    Ralstonia solanacearum é uma bactéria transmitida por tubérculos-semente. As biovares 1 (raça 1) e 2 (raça 3) estão associadas à batata (Solanum tuberosum) e apresentam características epidemiológicas diferentes. A certificação de tubérculos-semente constitui-se num processo essencial para o manejo da murcha bacteriana, mas depende de métodos específicos e sensíveis de detecção deste patógeno. Este trabalho objetivou (i) projetar oligonucleotídeos iniciadores para diferenciação das biovares d...

  7. Estudo da precipitação com etanol de xilanases de complexos enzimáticos produzidos por Aspergillus niger em fermentação no estado sólido e fermentação submersa

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    Max Adilson Lima Costa

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    Resumo: Estudos de precipitação de xilanases produzidas por diferentes microrganismos em fermentação em estado sólido ou fermentação submersa revelaram diferenças quantitativas e qualitativas entre os produtos obtidos. No caso da precipitação de xilanase com etanol, alta recuperação de atividade obtida apenas em concentrações elevadas de solvente. Devido à relevância das xilanases no cenário industrial, especialmente em um contexto biorefinaria, é importante caracterizar melhor a produção e a...

  8. Determinação das espécies de cromo nas cinzas da incineração de couro wet-blue em reatores de leito fixo e leito fluidizado

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    Clauren Moura Martins

    2001-01-01

    Este trabalho tem como objetivo a determinação quantitativa da concentração de cromo (III, VI e total) nas cinzas de serragem de couro wet-blue, incineradas em reatores de leito fixo nas temperaturas de 450, 550 e 650 C e reator de leito fluidizado nas temperaturas de 730, 780, 830 e 850 C, verificando se estes resultados estão dentro dos limites permitidos pelas normas ambientais brasileiras e, consequentemente, se em relação à concentração de cromo, os processos de incineração utilizados sã...

  9. A ciência e a tecnologia n’A Capital: da página de fait-divers à página de ciência

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    2009-01-01

    Durante muito tempo, a ciência e a tecnologia foram olhadas, pela população em geral, como mais um tema de entretenimento e curiosidade, a par de outros. Para a imprensa portuguesa, mormente a imprensa de cariz “popular”, a ciência e a tecnologia também foram durante algum tempo olhadas como um assunto de entretenimento e curiosidade. Partindo da análise, quantitativa e qualitativa, de cerca de 2000 artigos sobre ciência e tecnologia, publicados no jornal diário, pago e de c...

  10. Características do efluente e composição químico-bromatológica da silagem de capim-elefante sob diferentes níveis de compactação

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    Loures, Daniele Rebouças Santana; Garcia, Rasmo; Pereira, Odilon Gomes; Cecon, Paulo Roberto; Souza, Alexandre Lima de

    2003-01-01

    Foi realizado um experimento utilizando capim-elefante (Pennisetum purpureum Schum.) cv. Cameroon, com o teor de 13% matéria seca, submetido a cinco pressões de compactação no processo de ensilagem, com o objetivo de determinar as características quantitativas e qualitativas do efluente produzido, bem como a qualidade da silagem. A ensilagem foi realizada em silos cilíndricos de PVC com 25 cm de diâmetro e 75 cm de altura. Aplicaram-se as pressões de 356,67; 446,67; 531,33; 684,00 e 791,00 kg...

  11. Determinantes da folga organizacional em uma empresa com estrutura descentralizada.

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    Ilse Maria Beuren

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do estudo é identificar os determinantes da folga organizacional em uma empresa com estrutura descentralizada, com ênfase no modo como os controllers das unidades de negócios afetam a folga. Foi realizada uma pesquisa descritiva com abordagem quantitativa, por meio de survey, utilizando o instrumento de pesquisa concebido por Indjejikian e Matëjka (2006, que se constitui de dois questionários, um para o gestor e outro para o controller de cada UN. A empresa objeto de estudo apresenta estrutura descentralizada com 45 UNs, das quais 32 responderam aos questionários. Os resultados da pesquisa indicam que as metas de desempenho, quando o crescimento das UNs é provocado pelo aumento das vendas e do market share, com sacrifício do retorno sobre o investimento no curto e médio prazos, são mais fáceis de alcançar e permitem maior folga organizacional do que em situações de UNs mais estáveis. Também indicam que a folga organizacional é maior em ambientes caracterizados por maior assimetria de informação entre a holding e os gestores das UNs, definidos pelo foco do controller da UN. Os resultados dos testes da relação entre as variáveis foco do controller da UN e folga organizacional evidenciam que os controllers das UNs priorizam o apoio à tomada de decisão na UN, em detrimento de suas responsabilidades com o sistema de controle gerencial corporativo. Quanto maior o tempo de atuação do controller na UN, maior é a sua dedicação às responsabilidades relacionadas à gestão da UN em detrimento do foco nas tarefas da holding. Conclui-se que a relação constatada nesta pesquisa entre o nível de folga organizacional e o foco dos controllers das UNs se coaduna com aquela enunciada no estudo de referência. De maneira geral, os resultados das análises estão alinhados com os da pesquisa de Indjejikian e Matëjka (2006, consideradas as limitações de comparabilidade em função das diferenças amostrais.

  12. RELAÇÃO DA FOLGA ORGANIZACIONAL COM MEDIDAS DE DESEMPENHO DE EMPRESAS BRASILEIRAS

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    Ilse Maria Beuren

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available O estudo objetiva identificar a relação da folga organizacional (potencial, inabsorvida e absorvida com medidas de desempenho (ROA, ROE e ROI em empresas brasileiras. A pesquisa descritiva com abordagem quantitativa foi realizada utilizando dados financeiros disponíveis na base de dados Economática@. A população da pesquisa compreendeu as 500 Maiores e Melhores empresas de 2010 segundo a Revista Exame; e a amostra as 119 listadas na BM&FBovespa. Os resultados mostram que as empresas apresentaram folga organizacional, na ordem folga potencial, absorvida e inabsorvida. Os modelos de análise indicaram relação significativa entre as variáveis ROA, ROE, ROI e as variáveis folga potencial, absorvida, inabsorvida. No entanto, a folga potencial, analisada pelos indicadores ROE e ROI, apresentou sinal negativo, logo, quanto maior a folga, menor o respectivo índice de desempenho. Observou-se ainda uma tendência da folga potencial ser inversa ao desempenho da empresa, com exceção do índice de desempenho ROI, que não apresentou significância.

  13. A Influência da Promoção de Vendas na Captação de Clientes: Um Estudo na Hotelaria Catarinense

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    Tiago Savi Mondo

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    Full Text Available As ações de comunicação de marketing implementadas pelas organizações, servem a propósitos diversos e muitas vezes, para atrair e captar clientes. A promoção de vendas, como ação do composto de comunicação destaca-se como uma ação de resultados de curto prazo e com grande eficácia. A partir destas considerações , o objetivo central deste estudo é analisar a influência da promoção de vendas na captação de clientes em meios de hospedagem (MH de Santa Catarina. O estudo se caracteriza como de natureza exploratória, descritiva caracterizando-se também como de abordagem qualitativa e quantitativa, do tipo estudo de campo. A amostra da etapa qualitativa foi composta por 13 meios de hospedagem e da etapa quantitativa por 52 elementos respondentes. Todos os meios de hospedagem pesquisados são vinculados à Associação Brasileira da Indústria hoteleira –SC. A pesquisa foi realizada de março a agosto de 2010. Os principais resultados indicam que a promoção de vendas é realizada na baixa temporada, com o foco de aumentar a ocupação, correspondendo ao que a teoria sugere - ações de curto prazo. Além disso, a ação foi considerada muito importante para a captação de clientes, pois configura-se como a base para o aumento da ocupação, durantes períodos de baixa temporada. DOI: 10.5585/remark.v12i2.2296

  14. Efeito do gene receptor de prolactina sobre características quantitativas de interesse econômico em suínos

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    Vivian Alonso

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available O aumento da produtividade e qualidade dos produtos animais vem se tornando de grande interesse econômico. A prolactina (PRL é um hormônio essencial para o sucesso reprodutivo e seu receptor (RPRL tem sido detectado em vários tecidos². O gene RPRL foi recentemente mapeado em suínos no cromossomo 16(6. Este trabalho teve como objetivo analisar a frequência genotípica do RPRL em três diferentes raças de suíno, Landrace, Large White e Pietrain e correlacionar os genótipos com características de interesse. Foram analisados um total de 124 animais. O DNA foi extraído de sangue total suíno e submetido a técnica de PCR-RFLP, para determinação do genótipo do gene do receptor da prolactina. As análises estatísticas mostraram que o genótipo RPRL teve efeito sobre peso médio diário na raça Landrace (p<0,0135. As médias de DEPGMD na raça Landrace também foram diferentes em relação ao genótipo (p< 0,0610, confirmando a análise dos dados reais de Ganho de Peso Médio Diário. Métodos de seleção assistida por marcadores, juntamente com métodos de seleção tradicional poderão ser utilizados para potencializar e acelerar o melhoramento de características de interesse econômico em suínos, onde o gene do receptor de prolactina (RPRL poderá ser utilizado como um marcador molecular para o ganho de peso médio diário real e sua DEP.

  15. Alterações quantitativas das células neuroendócrinas no Megacólon chagásico

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    Alfredo J.A. Barbosa

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    Full Text Available Utilizando-se técnicas histoquímicas pela prata (Masson-Fontana e Sevier- Munger estudaram-se a distribuição e o número de células enterocromafins (EC e do conjunto EC mais células argirófilas (ARG em peças cirúrgicas de megassigmóide chagásico. Observou-se que tanto nos "megas"(n = 16 como nos controles (n = 8, a posição das células EC e ARG na mucosa foi predominantemente basal, com distribuição irregular, principalmente das EC. A análise histológica revelou aparente aumento numérico das EC e do conjunto EC mais ARG. Todavia, contagens sistematizadas mostraram que somente o conjunto dessas células apresentou aumento estatisticamente significativo (P < 0,01. Realizou-se também o estudo morfométrico da mucosa e das musculares que revelou espessamento significativo (P

  16. Processo de formulação de estratégias competitivas pelo modelo de campos e armas da competição: verificação da aplicabilidade a uma concessionária e da eficácia na geração de estratégias que aumentem sua competitividade

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    Valmor Reckziegel

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Os objetivos do estudo relatado neste artigo foram verificar como aplicar o processo de formulação da estratégia competitiva prescrito pelo modelo de campos e armas da competição (CAC e avaliar sua eficácia, deficiências e dificuldades, por meio de teste realizado numa concessionária de tratores para aeroportos. O CAC é utilizado para formular a estratégia competitiva de negócio, representada pelos campos da competição, e as estratégias operacionais, representadas pelas armas da competição, usando variáveis qualitativas e quantitativas, com o objetivo de aumentar a competitividade empresarial. No estudo, os dados foram levantados por meio de entrevistas junto aos dirigentes da concessionária e, para a avaliação das propostas de estratégias, recorreu-se ao método popperiano dedutivo de prova. Os resultados evidenciaram que o CAC é capaz de gerar estratégias competitivas aderentes à realidade da concessionária, pois todas as estratégias de negócio foram aceitas pelos diretores e apenas 7% das ações estratégicas operacionais sugeridas não foram aceitas. A relevância e a contribuição científica do estudo decorrem da verificação da aplicabilidade do processo prescrito pelo CAC. O estudo proporcionou a aquisição de conhecimento sobre um instrumento alternativo da Teoria da Competitividade e sugere-se aplicar sua metodologia de maneira complementar a modelos consagrados na literatura em estratégia, como o modelo do posicionamento, RBV e do Balanced Scorecard.

  17. O comunicador organizacional e a interface da comunicação com a área de tecnologias da informação

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    Viviane Fushimi Velloso

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    Full Text Available No contexto das tecnologias da informação e a crescente dependência das aplicações tecnológicas no ambiente organizacional e dos negócios, verificou-se a necessidade de compreender como o profissional de comunicação organizacional percebe essa realidade. Por isso, por meio de uma pesquisa quantitativa, com metodologia “snowball” para aplicação de questionários, buscou-se traçar o perfil de formação e atuação desses profissionais nas organizações, bem como identificar o tipo de interação e expectativas que apresentam com a área de tecnologias da informação. A investigação possibilitou identificar as habilidades dos profissionais de comunicação organizacional, sua visão sobre a interação com a área de Tecnologias da Informação e detectar a necessidade de aprofundamento sobre a realidade desse profissional de tecnologia, que impacta a realidade das organizações.

  18. Gestão da Coleta Seletiva de Resíduos Sólidos no Campus Pampulha da UFMG: Desafios e Impactos Sociais

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    Eliane Aparecida Ferreira Marques

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available A coleta seletiva de resíduos sólidos consiste na separação de materiais recicláveis na fonte geradora e o devido encaminhamento para reciclagem. Esta ação busca promover a educação ambiental, gera trabalho e renda e apresenta como consequência o hábito da separação do lixo para seu devido aproveitamento, contribuindo para a sustentabilidade urbana. Este trabalho teve como objetivo identificar os desafios à implantação e gestão da coleta seletiva no Campus da Pampulha da UFMG e seus impactos sociais. A pesquisa foi caracterizada como um estudo de caso descritivo. Foram utilizadas as abordagens quantitativa e qualitativa. Buscou-se analisar a percepção dos gestores de resíduos das várias unidades da UFMG, comparando os resultados obtidos com as experiências de outras universidades. Também foi investigada a participação social na coleta seletiva na UFMG. Os resultados sinalizaram a necessidade de investimentos em infraestrutura, a institucionalização do processo e a promoção contínua de campanhas de educação ambiental, buscando o envolvimento das pessoas no programa. Foi considerada importante a constituição das associações de catadores de materiais recicláveis para a valorização da atividade dos catadores.

  19. Análise da efetividade das ações de controle da dengue no município de Uberlândia, MG a partir da matriz FPEEEA

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    Karen Magalhães Arantes

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Introdução: O Brasil ocupa o primeiro lugar no ranking mundial da dengue. O controle da doença é complexo e está relacionado a condições sociais, culturais, ambientais, econômicas e políticas. Objetivo: A partir de um estudo anterior, no qual foram habilitados indicadores para vigilância da dengue em Uberlândia-MG por meio da utilização do modelo FPEEEA (Forças Motrizes, Pressão, Estado, Exposição, Efeito, objetivou-se, nesta pesquisa, avaliar a efetividade das ações realizadas para o controle da dengue neste município. Métodos: Trata-se de um estudo descritivo-exploratório, de abordagem quali-quantitativa, centrado na aplicação do Modelo FPEEEA para análise das correlações entre indicadores relacionados às condições sociais, econômicas e ambientais que podem estar associados à ocorrência da dengue. Resultados: De acordo com os dados apresentados, perceberam-se correlações importantes entre os indicadores que compõem os diferentes eixos da matriz FPEEEA, bem como ausência de correlação entre indicadores que são considerados pela literatura científica como importantes fatores para ocorrência de dengue. Assim, observou-se que são muitas as causas que colaboram para o aumento da incidência da dengue em Uberlândia e que são diversas as ações que podem ser efetivas para o controle da doença. Conclusão: Conclui-se que as ações propostas consistem em um abundante grupo de tarefas que podem afetar de forma progressiva os diferentes eixos da matriz FPEEEA, incluindo políticas sociais, de planejamento urbano, investimentos nos serviços de infraestrutura urbana, estímulo ao consumo consciente e à reciclagem, pesquisas para aprimoramento dos recursos para controle vetorial, além de ações de educação em saúde para controle do vetor.

  20. INFORMAÇÃO CONTÁBIL E CONCENTRAÇÃO ACIONÁRIA: ANÁLISE SOB A ÓTICA DA PERSISTÊNCIA E DA OPORTUNIDADE

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    Harlan de Azevedo Herculano

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available O estudo objetivou analisar a influência do nível de concentração de capital sobre a qualidade da informação contábil em empresas brasileiras de diversos setores econômicos listadas na BM&FBovespa. Para tal, realizou-se pesquisa descritiva e quantitativa em uma amostra composta por 222 companhias, com dados obtidos por meio do banco de dados Economática referentes ao período de 2010 a 2012. Como proxy para analisar a qualidade da informação contábil, foram utilizadas duas características: persistência dos resultados contábeis e do fluxo de caixa (DECHOW; SCHRAND, 2004 e oportunidade da informação contábil (BUSHMANN et al., 2004. Em relação a concentração do capital foi verificado o percentual total de ações (ordinárias e preferenciais em posse dos controladores. Os resultados demonstraram maior persistência nos resultados contábeis e nos fluxos de caixa e, também, maior oportunidade da informação contábil nas empresas com maiores concentrações de capital, indicando que a concentração de capital pode ser um fator influenciador para a qualidade da informação contábil.

  1. ANÁLISE REFLEXIVA DA RELAÇÃO DE VARIÁVEIS MOTIVACIONAIS COM A CULTURA ORGANIZACIONAL EM UMA INDÚSTRIA DE COMPONENTES PARA CALÇADOS

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    Rafael Loss

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho tem como objetivo geral identificar e caracterizar as variáveis que influenciam o nível de motivação dos operadores de injetoras da empresa objeto deste estudo. A pesquisa é fundamentada em revisão teórica sobre a indústria calçadista e a gestão de pessoas e foi conduzida utilizando as abordagens qualitativa e quantitativa. Como técnica de coleta de dados, procedeu-se com a entrevista em profundidade com três gestores da organização e aplicação de questionários aos colaboradores do setor operacional. Os resultados demonstram que os operadores apresentam baixos níveis de motivação, o que pode estar comprometendo seu envolvimento e comprometimento com os objetivos da organização.

  2. Revista Pesquisa Brasileira em Ciência da Informação e Biblioteconomia – PBCIB: um mapeamento temático da produção científica à luz da análise de conteúdo Revista Pesquisa Brasileira em Ciência da Informação e Biblioteconomia - PBCIB: un mapeamiento ...

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    Alexandre Pereira Souza

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    Full Text Available Refere-se ao mapeamento temático da produção científica registrada no periódico eletrônico de referência Pesquisa Brasileira em Ciência da informação e Biblioteconomia – PBCIB, a partir das informações contidas nos resumos publicados entre 2006-2008. O artigo originou-se de Trabalho de Conclusão de Curso de Biblioteconomia na Universidade Federal da Paraíba, com o título de Mapeamento da Produção Científica do Periódico Eletrônico PBCIB: um estudo da recuperação da informação nos resumos publicados entre 2006-2008. Para realização da pesquisa foi feita a identificação temática dos 194 resumos indexados a partir dos eixos temáticos da revista. Finalizada essa etapa os resumos foram dispostos em um corpus de análise e categorizados de acordo com suas respectivas temáticas. A pesquisa define-se por seu caráter exploratório-descritivo com abordagem quali-quantitativa, utilizando como técnica a análise de conteúdo de Bardin para mapear os resumos e categorizá-los, assinalando assim as características e abrangência da revista. De acordo com os dados da pesquisa, a PBCIB cumpre sua função de periódico de referência direcionando seus usuários a conteúdos nas áreas da Ciência da Informação e Biblioteconomia, oferecendo um serviço relevante para as Áreas cujos campos de pesquisa que vêm apresentando crescente produção científica no Brasil. Apresenta sugestões que podem contribuir para a otimização dos serviços prestados, sugerindo uma análise completa do periódico com o objetivo de proporcionar maior consistência, precisão e visibilidade da revista na comunidade acadêmica.

  3. Tipos de análise da cultura organizacional de Trompenaars (1994 predominantes na área de controladoria em empresas familiares do ramo têxtil

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    Vanderlei dos Santos

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    Full Text Available O estudo objetiva identificar os tipos de análise da cultura organizacional de Trompenaars (1994 predominantes na área de controladoria em empresas familiares do ramo têxtil. Realizou-se pesquisa descritiva, com abordagem qualitativa e quantitativa, por meio de um estudo multicasos. Os dados foram coletados através de entrevista com o controller das empresas. Em relação aos quatro tipos básicos de cultura sugeridos por Trompenaars (1994, conclui-se que não existe um tipo puro, mas há forte presença da cultura familiar entre as empresas pesquisadas nas dimensões Relação entre Empregados, Atitude em Relação à Autoridade, Formas de Mudanças, Formas de Motivação e Recompensa.

  4. Quantificação da massa infartada do ventrículo esquerdo pela ressonância magnética cardíaca: comparação entre a planimetria e o método de escore visual semi-quantitativo

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    Azevedo Filho,Clerio Francisco de; Hadlich,Marcelo; Petriz,João Luiz Fernandes; Mendonça,Luís Antonio; Moll Filho,Jorge Neval; Rochitte,Carlos Eduardo

    2004-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Validar um novo método de escore visual semi-quantitativo contra a planimetria digital quantitativa para a determinação da massa infartada do ventrículo esquerdo pela ressonância magnética cardíaca com técnica de realce tardio. MÉTODO: Estudados 77 pacientes com infarto miocárdico prévio em aparelho de ressonância magnética de 1,5T utilizando técnica de realce tardio para avaliação da viabilidade miocárdica e cálculo da massa infartada. Para avaliação da função ventricular esquerda ...

  5. Utilização de cenários de mudança para a previsão da evolução das pressões e do estado das massas de água subterrâneas e EDAS - Caso de estudo:Melides. Cenários de alterações climáticas

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    Novo, M. E.; Oliveira, L. G. S.

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    Neste artigo faz-se uma projecção da avaliação da evolução das pressões sobre as águas superficiais e subterrâneas da bacia de Melides sob cenários de alterações climáticas para o horizonte temporal de 2100 e cenários de emissões IS92a, SRES A2 e SRES B2. Os valores de recarga e escoamento superficial para estes cenários e consequente variação do volume médio da lagoa de Melides foram depois cruzados com a evolução das pressões qualitativas e quantitativas. A evolução das press...

  6. Estudo da auditoria de contas em um hospital de ensino

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    Gabriela Favaro Faria Guerrer

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available RESUMOObjetivos:verificar os itens componentes das contas hospitalares, conferidos por enfermeiros auditores, que mais recebem ajustes no momento da pré-análise; identificar o impacto dos ajustes no faturamento das contas analisadas por enfermeiros e médicos auditores e identificar as glosas relacionadas aos itens conferidos pela equipe de auditoria.Método:pesquisa quantitativa exploratória, descritiva, do tipo estudo de caso único.Resultados:após a análise de 2.613 contas constatou-se que o item mais incluído por enfermeiros foram gases (90,5% e o mais excluído medicamentos de internação (41,2%. Materiais de hemodinâmica; gases e equipamentos foram os que mais impactaram nos ajustes positivos. Os ajustes negativos decorreram de lançamentos indevidos nas contas e não geraram prejuízos de faturamento. Do total de glosas 52,24% referiu-se à pré-análise dos enfermeiros e 47,76% a dos médicos.Conclusão:a presente investigação do processo de pré-análise fornece subsídios que contribuem para o avanço no conhecimento sobre a auditoria de contas hospitalares.

  7. Sexualidade da pessoa com síndrome de Down

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    Talita Borges Castelão

    2003-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar as opiniões de pais e profissionais sobre a sexualidade de pessoas com Síndrome de Down (SD e identificar como essas pessoas percebem a própria sexualidade. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de pesquisa que utiliza análises quantitativa e qualitativa. Foram aplicados 809 questionários aos pais e aos profissionais (348. Foram realizados 12 grupos focais, com pais, profissionais e pessoas com SD. Foi realizado o teste qui-quadrado para análise das questões formuladas. RESULTADOS: Os pais tratam os filhos num padrão infantil de comportamento, pois temem assumir as conseqüências de um relacionamento sexual que pode resultar numa gravidez com risco de reincidência da síndrome. Os profissionais sentem-se despreparados para orientar sexualmente a pessoa com SD e harmonizar as atitudes dos pais aos desejos sexuais dos filhos. CONCLUSÕES: A sexualidade das pessoas com SD estrutura-se como nos demais seres humanos, embora seja vivenciada com restrições percebidas por elas mesmas a depender do contexto social no qual estão inseridas.

  8. Sistemas de trabalho de alto envolvimento (STAE sobre a perspectiva da dimensão soft da gestão estratégica de pessoas: análise de conteúdo de 2000 a 2012

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    Denilson Aparecida Leite Freire

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Esse artigo teve por objetivo comparar as variáveis que compõe os Sistemas de Trabalho de Alto Envolvimento (CIAVARELLA, 2003 com as estratégias “Hard” e “Soft” (LEGGE, 1995 e de Controle e Comprometimento (WALTON, 1985, sugerindo um modelo de análise que favoreça futuras investigações desses sistemas. O trabalho demonstrou que se pode efetuar, teoricamente, uma comparação entre as variáveis investigadas, contudo, há a necessidade de pesquisas quantitativas, que mensurem as correlações necessárias para validação do modelo de Análise. A análise de conteúdo das publicações da ANPAD de 2000 a 2012 revelaram poucos estudos, indicando a necessidade de estudos sobre esses sistemas.

  9. O MARKETING SOCIAL COMO DIFERENCIAL COMPETITIVO: O CASO DA EMPRESA EXPRESSO GUANABARA

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    Patrícia Grenfell Oliveira

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Nos últimos anos as organizações têm demonstrado grande preocupação com as questões sociais e os conflitos ambientais que cercam nossa sociedade. Neste contexto surge o conceito de responsabilidade social e o marketing social, como um campo de atuação inspirado na ideia de sustentabilidade, capaz de alavancar a imagem e a marca da organização, além de ser uma diferencial perante seus concorrentes. Desta forma, a presente pesquisa teve como principal objetivo verificar a percepção dos clientes da Empresa Expresso Guanabara sobre o marketing social como diferencial competitivo. Trata-se de uma pesquisa com abordagem quali-quantitativa, de cunho exploratório e descritivo, fazendo uso do método estudo de caso. O marketing social pode ser visto como um diferencial competitivo que visa favorecer a organização e sua imagem perante seus stakeholders. Os resultados evidenciam que os clientes da empresa ainda não utilizam seus serviços pelo fato desta ser socialmente responsável e desenvolver estratégias de marketing social. Desta forma, concluir-se que na empresa estudada o marketing social ainda não é compreendido como um diferencial competitivo perante seus clientes e gestores.

  10. O MARKETING SOCIAL COMO DIFERENCIAL COMPETITIVO: O CASO DA EMPRESA EXPRESO GUANABARA

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    Patrícia Grenfell Oliveira

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Nos últimos anos as organizações têm demonstrado grande preocupação com as questões sociais e os conflitos ambientais que cercam nossa sociedade. Neste contexto surge o conceito de responsabilidade social e o marketing social, como um campo de atuação inspirado na ideia de sustentabilidade, capaz de alavancar a imagem e a marca da organização, além de ser uma diferencial perante seus concorrentes. Desta forma, a presente pesquisa teve como principal objetivo verificar a percepção dos clientes da Empresa Expresso Guanabara sobre o marketing social como diferencial competitivo. Trata-se de uma pesquisa com abordagem quali-quantitativa, de cunho exploratório e descritivo, fazendo uso do método estudo de caso. O marketing social pode ser visto como um diferencial competitivo que visa favorecer a organização e sua imagem perante seus stakeholders. Os resultados evidenciam que os clientes da empresa ainda não utilizam seus serviços pelo fato desta ser socialmente responsável e desenvolver estratégias de marketing social. Desta forma, concluir-se que na empresa estudada o marketing social ainda não é compreendido como um diferencial competitivo perante seus clientes e gestores.

  11. FRAGILIDADE AMBIENTAL DA BACIA HIDROGRÁFICA DO RIO SERIDÓ (RN/PB – BRASIL

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    Manoel Cirício Pereira Neto

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo apresenta uma análise da fragilidade ambiental da bacia hidrográfica do Rio Seridó, localizada entre os estados da Paraíba e do Rio Grande do Norte (Brasil, a fim de identificar áreas potencialmente instáveis. Este estudo encontra-se apoiado na abordagem metodológica da Ecodinâmica de J. Tricart (1977 e em sua proposta de operacionalização defendida por J. Ross (1994, referente às unidades ecodinâmicas de instabilidade potencial e emergente com base nos índices de dissecação do relevo ou rugosidade topográfica e adaptada para o recorte espacial pesquisado. Os resultados revelam que, em uma perspectiva quantitativa sobre a análise da referida bacia hidrográfica, estes valores podem ser traduzidos em classes de fragilidade potencial em torno dos 2.613,0 km² de fraca intensidade; 5.188,4 km² de média intensidade; e dos 2.585,5 km² de forte intensidade. No que diz respeito à fragilidade emergente, estes se aproximam dos 2.212,0 km² de fraca intensidade; 6.191,23 km² de média intensidade; e 2.062,34 km² de forte intensidade. Os dados obtidos assumem importância fundamental para o planejamento territorial e ambiental da bacia hidrográfica, uma vez que foi possível ainda observar uma intrínseca associação dos municípios componentes do núcleo de desertificação do Seridó com as áreas de forte instabilidade/fragilidade ambiental.

  12. Musicoterapia na promoção da saúde: contribuindo para o controle do estresse acadêmico

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    Graziela França Alves Panacioni

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Esta pesquisa, com metodologia quali e quantitativa, teve como objetivo investigar o efeito da Musicoterapia no controle do estresse de um grupo de graduandos e pós-graduandos e verificar o efeito da Musicoterapia na qualidade de vida desses sujeitos. No processo musicoterapêutico trabalhou-se estratégias de enfrentamento ao estresse, tais como: fortalecimento da autoestima, diminuição da ansiedade, organização do tempo, definição de metas de vida e melhora nas relações intra e interpessoais. Os resultados evidenciam que a Musicoterapia pode contribuir para a promoção da saúde, controle do estresse e para a melhoria da qualidade de vida dos acadêmicos. Concluiu-se que a inserção do musicoterapeuta em programas multiprofissionais voltados para o atendimento de acadêmicos pode colaborar para a construção de uma universidade mais saudável.

  13. Escala do controle da ação para o diagnóstico de desempenho em estudantes de Enfermagem

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    Elen Martins da Silva Castelo Branco

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Pesquisa quantitativa que objetivou verificar a pertinência da Teoria do Controle da Ação para a identificação do risco para desempenho insatisfatório no planejamento dos cuidados preventivos para úlceras por pressão. A orientação ação-estado trata das diferenças individuais e da capacidade de regular as emoções, cognições e atitudes para concluir as ações intencionais. Para a coleta dos dados, o Instrumento de Avaliação Discente e o Questionário HAKEMP 90, derivado da referida teoria, foram aplicados em 46 estudantes da Graduação em Enfermagem. A análise evidenciou sensibilidade elevada (0,84 para o diagnóstico do risco para desempenho insatisfatório e especificidade elevada (0,90 para a detecção da ausência do risco. Os resultados recomendam o questionário HAKEMP 90 como recurso diagnóstico, por identificar elementos essenciais para a formação do enfermeiro, como a aprendizagem ativa, a regulação dos processos cognitivos e a relevância dos cuidados fundamentais de enfermagem no ambiente hospitalar.

  14. Características do efluente e composição químico-bromatológica da silagem de capim-elefante sob diferentes níveis de compactação Effluent characteristics and chemical-bromatologic compound of elephantgrass silage under different levels of pressure

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    Daniele Rebouças Santana Loures; Rasmo Garcia; Odilon Gomes Pereira; Paulo Roberto Cecon; Alexandre Lima de Souza

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    Foi realizado um experimento utilizando capim-elefante (Pennisetum purpureum Schum.) cv. Cameroon, com o teor de 13% matéria seca, submetido a cinco pressões de compactação no processo de ensilagem, com o objetivo de determinar as características quantitativas e qualitativas do efluente produzido, bem como a qualidade da silagem. A ensilagem foi realizada em silos cilíndricos de PVC com 25 cm de diâmetro e 75 cm de altura. Aplicaram-se as pressões de 356,67; 446,67; 531,33; 684,00 e 791,00 kg...

  15. Economia Solidária - Análise Estrutural e de Relacionamento de seus Atores: o Caso da Rede de Economia Solidária da Região Metropolitana de Curitiba-PR

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    Gustavo Dambiski Gomes de Carvalho

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo identificou a estrutura relacional e motivacional da Rede de Economia Solidária da Região Metropolitana de Curitiba. A pesquisa é caracterizada como estudo de caso, descritiva, quali-quantitativa e de corte transversal. Foram entrevistados dezesseis empreendedores integrantes da Rede de Economia Solidária supracitada. A coleta de evidências foi realizada através de entrevista e questionário semiestruturados. Observou-se que a rede está em fase embrionária de desenvolvimento, pois possui baixa densidade. No entanto, tem uma perspectiva de futuro relacional interessante, potencializado pela baixa distância entre os atores e motivado por seu principal ator, a organização Trilhas Incubadora Social Marista, cujo papel principal se estabelece justamente em articular e desenvolver novos empreendimentos. Por fim, foram verificados os diversos motivos que justificaram a participação dos integrantes do grupo de Economia Solidária da Região Metropolitana de Curitiba numa estrutura de rede, dentre os mais citados, a possibilidade de desfrutarem de capacitações promovidas pela rede.

  16. IMPLANTAÇÃO DA ANÁLISE DE PERIGOS E PONTOS CRÍTICOS DE CONTROLE (APPCC, GARANTIA DA QUALIDADE E SEGURANÇA NA INDÚSTRIA DE ALIMENTOS

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    Juliano BARRETO

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho procurou avaliar a eficácia da aplicação da Análise de Perigos e Pontos Críticos de Controle (APPCC como ferramenta de qualidade na prevenção de contaminação por mofos e leveduras, em um processo produtivo em escala industrial de doce de leite. Essa ferramenta que a princípio foi desenvolvida pelo setor privado, atualmente faz parte da legislação de diversos países. Para isso foram avaliados dados da produção de uma fábrica de laticínio de Bom Jesus do Itabapoana, Noroeste do estado Rio de Janeiro, que processa em média cinquenta mil litros de leite por dia. Realizou-se uma pesquisa bibliográfica a respeito do APPCC e de sua implantação como ferramenta de qualidade que garantiu o suporte teórico. O estudo mostra a eficácia dessa ferramenta de qualidade na prevenção de contaminação por mofos e leveduras, para isso, foi realizada uma análise qualitativa e quantitativa nos registros de acompanhamento microbiológico do laticínio.

  17. AVALIAÇÃO DA INFLUÊNCIA DO ABANDONO DA ASSISTÊNCIA PRÉ-NATAL NA MORTALIDADE FETAL E NEONATAL

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    Raimundo Nonato Silva Gomes

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Avaliar a influência do abandono da assistência pré-natal na mortalidade fetal e neonatal. Métodos: Estudo avaliativo, descritivo–exploratório, de cunho documental, com abordagem quantitativa, realizado de outubro a novembro de 2014. Utilizou-se como fonte de dados, 400 declarações de óbitos e 400 fichas de investigação de óbitos fetais e neonatais, ocorridos e notificados nos anos de 2010 a 2013. Foram analisados por meio do Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, para obtenção das frequências absolutas e relativas, variáveis nominais e numéricas e Qui-quadrado de Person. A pesquisa foi aprovada pelo Comitê de Ética em Pesquisa da Universidade Estadual do Maranhão (CAAE 26463814.2.0000.5554. Resultados: Quando avaliado a correlação entre o abandono do pré-natal e a mortalidade fetal e neonatal, observou-se que a mortalidade de fetos/neonatos de genitoras que abandonaram o pré-natal foi um evento crescente. Conclusão: Pôde-se confirmar a influência direta do abandono do pré-natal na mortalidade fetal e neonatal.

  18. Panorama Publicitário: Perspectivas da Geografia da Comunicação nas atitudes do blumenauense em relação à propaganda

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    Fabricia Durieux Zucco

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Ao iniciar os estudos em Geografias da Comunicação, nota-se como as culturas locais fortaleceram-se a partir da última década. Este trabalho se propõe a estudar se, assim como a cultura e os costumes, a propaganda também é vista de maneira particular em diferentes contextos culturais. Desta forma, o presente estudo tem como objetivo analisar as atitudes dos consumidores de Blumenau, cidade do interior do estado de Santa Catarina, Brasil, em relação à propaganda. Utilizou-se o método de pesquisa quantitativa, adaptado do construto original elaborado por Pollay e Mittal (1993, composto por 40 questões. O levantamento ouviu 400 blumenauenses, e abordou as sete dimensões relativas às atitudes dos consumidores: Informativa, Hedônica/Prazerosa, Imagem e Papel Social, Corrupção de Valores, Falsidade, Boa para a economia e Materialista. A análise dos dados apontou maior concordância às afirmações positivas em relação à publicidade. Em contrapartida, as dimensões negativas são as que mais influenciam a percepção geral.

  19. O comportamento no processo de busca da informação por meio das tecnologias da informação e comunicação: um estudo de caso sobre os discentes da Faculdade de Biblioteconomia no Estado do Pará

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    Elisângela Silva da Costa

    Full Text Available Aborda as relações entre o comportamento durante o procedimento de busca informacional e as Tecnologias de Informação e Comunicação (TIC's, tratadas numa perspectiva interdisciplinar no contexto da graduação em Biblioteconomia na Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA. Objetiva-se investigar como os alunos da graduação em Biblioteconomia realizam as suas pesquisas acadêmicas, averiguando se há êxito nos resultados obtidos, focalizando, em especial, o acesso a textos acadêmicos, para a leitura e produção textual desses discentes, que se encontram em processo de formação profissional. A metodologia foi empregada da seguinte maneira: na primeira com a pesquisa bibliográfica, fundamentada em autores como Kuhlthau (1991; 1999; 2004 e 2005, Wilson (1997; 1999; 2000 e 2006 e abrangendo contribuições de outros pensadores sobre a temática abordada. Na segunda etapa, realizou-se um estudo exploratório e descritivo de abordagem quali-quantitativa, com aplicação de questionário contendo perguntas fechadas, abertas e híbridas. Os resultados alcançados mostram que os discentes de modo geral apresentam desempenho satisfatório no processo de busca informacional, pois, realizam o processo de recuperação da informação de modo proficiente.

  20. Características de carcaça e qualidade da carne de novilhas alimentadas com silagem de capim-marandu

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    Gustavo Almeida Mendes

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar as características de carcaça e da carne de novilhas ¾ Zebu x Holandês submetidas a dieta com substituição da silagem de sorgo por silagem de capim-marandu. Utilizou-se o delineamento experimental inteiramente casualizado. Os tratamentos consistiram da substituição da fração volumosa da dieta de 100, 70 e 30% de silagem de sorgo por, respectivamente, 100, 70 e 30% de silagem de capim-marandu. Foi adicionado concentrado na proporção de 1,2% de peso corporal, e as dietas foram isoproteicas. A substituição da silagem de sorgo pela silagem de capim-marandu aumentou a perda de água por cozimento até o ponto máximo de 49,98% de substituição, elevou a força de cisalhamento e a capacidade de retenção de água da carne, mas não influenciou os pesos e os rendimentos das carcaças, os percentuais de cortes, as medidas de carcaça, a área de olho de lombo, o pH das carcaças, a espessura de gordura e as características de cor de músculo e gordura. A substituição da silagem de sorgo por silagem de capim-marandu diminui o ganho de peso de corpo vazio e reduz a maciez da carne de novilhas ¾ Zebu x Holandês, mas não afeta as características quantitativas da carcaça.

  1. Enantiomeric separation and quantitative determination of propranolol enantiomers in pharmaceutical preparations by chiral liquid chromatography Separação e determinação quantitativa dos enantiômeros do propranolol em preparações farmacêuticas por cromatografia quiral

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    Anil K. Singh

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes validated direct liquid chromatographic chiral methods for enantiomeric separation and quantitative determination of clinically significant ²-blocking agent, propranolol. A liquid chromatographic method was validated and applied for enantiomeric determination of propranolol enantiomers in pharmaceutical formulations. Separation were obtained in polar organic mode on a ±-Burke 2® chiral stationary phase (250 x 4.6 mm, 5µm with mobile phase composed of dichloromethane:methanol (90:10 v/v, along with 12 mM of ammonium acetate, at a flow rate of 0.9 mL/min. Detection was made by ultraviolet absorption at 280 nm. In all cases the run time was less than 10 min. The correlation coefficient for linear regression curves of R-propranolol and S-propranolol were 0.9995 and 0.9998 respectively. The intra-day precision, expressed as RSD was less than 2%. The accuracy determined by average recovery of R-propranolol and S-propranolol from sample matrices were 97.3% and 100.1% in commercial sample and 99.5% and 100.4% in simulated samples, respectively. Excellent levels of limit of detection (mean value = 1.34 ng and limit of quantitation (mean value = 4.47 ng, along with rapid elution time of both enantiomers, makes the method useful for routine enantiomeric quality control applications.Neste trabalho é descrito um método validado empregando a cromatografia líquida de alta eficiência com fase estacionária quiral para a separação e determinação quantitativa dos enantiômeros do propranolol em formulações farmacêuticas. A separação foi obtida em meio orgânico polar empregando a coluna ±-Burke 2® como fase estacionária quiral (250 x 4,6 mm, 5 µm e fase móvel constituída por diclorometano: metanol (90:10 v/v juntamente com 12 mM de acetato de amônio e vazão de 0,9 mL/min. A detecção foi efetuada por absorção no ultravioleta a 280 nm. Em todos casos o tempo de corrida foi menor do que 10 min. O coeficiente de

  2. Hepatitis B vaccine - proposal for a standardized assessment of immune response Vacinação contra Hepatite B - proposta de padronização da avaliação da resposta imunológica

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    Maria Lucia G. Ferraz

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    Full Text Available The authors developed a comparative study of the various methods of assessment of immune response to Hepatitis B vaccine. Eighty-six health care professionals underwent a vaccination programme with three doses of plasma-derived vaccine against Hepatitis B (H-B-Vax, Merck, Sharp & Dohme given intra-muscularly. Assessment of immune response was carried out three months after the end of the programme, by radioimmunoassay (RIA and enzymeimmunoassay (EIA. The results showed that the semi-quantitative assessment of Anti-HBs antibodies by RIA or EIA was perfectly comparable to the reference method (quantitative determination of antibodies by RIA. In view of these findings, the authors suggest a standardization of assessment of immune response to the vaccine, thus permitting correct planning of booster doses and easier comparison between different studiesOs autores realizaram estudo comparativo dos diferentes métodos de avaliação da resposta à vacina contra hepatite B. Foram estudados 86 indivíduos, profissionais da área de saúde, que foram submetidos a esquema de vacinação com três doses de vacina plasmática contra hepatite B (H-B-Vax, Merck, Sharp & Dohme, aplicadas por via intramuscular. A avaliação da resposta imunológica à vacina foi realizada três meses após o término do esquema, através tanto de radioimunoensaio como enzimaimunoensaio. Os resultados obtidos demonstraram que a avaliação semi-quantitativa dos anticorpos anti-HBs por enzimaimunoensaio é perfeitamente superponível ao método de referência, que é a determinação quantitativa de anticorpos por radioimunoensaio. Tendo em vista estes achados, os autores propõem uma padronização da avaliação da resposta à vacina, com o objetivo de predizer a ocasião das doses de reforço e tornar os diferentes estudos comparáveis entre si

  3. Filosofia da análise da estabilidade da liquidez

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    Rodrigo Antônio Chaves da Silva

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available A informação foi considerada finalidade de nosso conhecimento, até o período em os pensadores e pesquisadores da contabilidade passaram a raciocinar sobre o conteúdo e o significado dos informes. Nesta busca da razão sobre os estados patrimoniais, surgiu a análise contábil que procura por meio de relações e identidades, o significado da dinâmica expressa da estaticamente na informação. O primeiro aspecto que surgiu no objeto de análise foi o estudo da liquidez, que é um dos principais exercícios do patrimônio. A estabilidade também é outro exercício básico e imprescindível, pois este é que promove o equilíbrio do organismo administrativo. A ciência contábil após a sua dignidade científica passou a trilhar caminhos esplendorosos, amparados em doutrina que permite alcançar os píncaros filosóficos. Os estudos concernentes aos aspectos de interação da estabilidade na liquidez são, complexos e somente com os recursos filosóficos da contabilidade se pode estudá-los com o panorama holístico e sublime. A filosofia da contabilidade não é alheia às suas práticas tecnológicas, podendo buscar pontos sublimes de panoramas abrangentes, para o estudo analítico da liquidez e estabilidade, observando todas as dimensionalidades e essencialidades de acontecimentos, na comprovação e orientação dos estados de ineficácia e eficácia patrimonial.

  4. A PRODUÇÃO DO CONHECIMENTO SOBRE A POLÍTICA EDUCACIONAL NO BRASIL: UM OLHAR A PARTIR DA ANPED

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    Azevedo Janete Maria Lins de

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Este texto contém resultados de uma pesquisa que analisou as características e as tendências da produção do conhecimento sobre a política educacional no Brasil, tomando como base empírica a produção apresentada no Grupo de Trabalho da Anped "Estado e Política Educacional", no período de 1993 a 2000. Tendo como pressupostos que a legitimação dessa produção, assim como as suas tendências predominantes resultam de um embate de tendências/olhares e que os trabalhos traduzem relações efetivas entre os pesquisadores, organizações sociais envolvidas e a realidade analisada, as autoras fazem um resgate histórico da origem e da trajetória deste GT para, em seguida, apresentar -- quantitativa e qualitativamente -- um quadro dos eixos temáticos e subtemáticos que têm prevalecido no período estudado. À luz das análises empreendidas, concluem destacando alcances e limites da institucionalização deste GT e, portanto, do campo do conhecimento focalizado.

  5. "Avaliação do processo de expansão do programa saúde da família em um município do sul do Brasil"

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    Fábio Aragão Kluthcovsky

    2005-01-01

    Este é um estudo de caso com abordagens qualitativa e quantitativa, tendo como objetivo a descrição do histórico e a avaliação do processo de expansão do PSF em um município do Sul do Brasil, ocorrido entre dezembro de 2002 e dezembro de 2004. Foi utilizado o referencial Donabedian para avaliação de estrutura, processo e resultado e posterior comparação, em um estudo tipo before and after, na evolução da cobertura pelo PSF, calculada pela sistemática do Ministério da Saúde, de 23,85%(dez/2002...

  6. Avaliação da assistência ambulatorial a portadores de HIV/AIDS no Rio de Janeiro, segundo a visão de seus usuários

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    Romeu Gomes

    1999-10-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo analisa a percepção de portadores de HIV/AIDS de cinco serviços especializados do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, acerca da assistência que lhes é prestada. A metodologia da pesquisa foi baseada nas abordagens quantitativa e qualitativa. Foram analisados os dados de 228 questionários, preenchidos pelos sujeitos, e 19 entrevistas semi-estruturadas. Os resultados afirmaram, de forma geral, uma avaliação positiva. Concluiu-se que esta avaliação pode estar referindo realmente a boa qualidade do atendimento prestado. No entanto, os usuários parecem ter expectativas baixas no que diz respeito ao tipo de serviço que centros públicos podem prover.

  7. OS IMPACTOS DA GESTÃO FAMILIAR NOS CONFLITOS E CULTURA ORGANIZACIONAL

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    Fabio Santarossa Dante

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Frente aos desafios em gestão de pessoas na década presente, os conflitos geracionais alimentam uma discussão sobre quais fatores definem as carreiras e motivam os profissionais. O objetivo central desse artigo é diagnosticar os impactos da gestão familiar nos conflitos e na construção da cultura organizacional em uma prestadora de serviço. Ao final do estudo, tais resultados identificados poderão ser trabalhados como insumos informacionais a empregadores, organizações e profissionais quanto ao entendimento de gestão familiar, conflitos organizacionais e cultura organizacional. Como método de estudo de coleta e análise dos resultados, utilizou-se um questionário desenvolvido para essa própria necessidade divido em 4 etapas, aplicado a 36 pessoas. Os dados foram analisados em forma quantitativa. O resultado é que a empresa é considerada profissional mesmo estando sob uma gestão familiar e que não há conflitos internos dos familiares mas sim conflitos internos organizacionais e que a cultura não é explanada aos funcionários.

  8. Análise quantitativa das fibras mielínicas dos nervos laríngeos em humanos de acordo com a idade Quantitative analysis of myelinic fibers in human laryngeal nerves according to age

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    Romualdo Suzano Louzeiro Tiago

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO E OBJETIVO: Realizar análise morfométrica das fibras mielínicas dos nervos laríngeos com a finalidade de verificar modificações quantitativas decorrentes do processo de envelhecimento. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Clínico e experimental. Material e Método: Foi coletado fragmento de 1cm dos nervos laríngeos superiores e nervos laríngeos recorrentes de 12 cadáveres do sexo masculino. A amostra foi dividida em dois grupos: idade inferior a 60 anos (Adulto e idade igual ou superior a 60 anos (Idoso. O material foi avaliado em microscópio de luz acoplado a sistema analisador de imagem. RESULTADOS: O número total de fibras mielínicas do nervo laríngeo superior foi semelhante nos dois grupos etários, mas com tendência para o maior número de fibras de 1µm no grupo adulto (p=0,0744. O grupo adulto apresentou maior número total de fibras mielínicas no nervo laríngeo recorrente (p=0,0006, e esta diferença ocorreu nas fibras com diâmetros de 1-3µm (pINTRODUCTION AND AIM: To carry out a morphometric analysis of myelinic fibers in laryngeal nerves aiming to identify quantitative changes as a result of aging. Study design: Clinical and experimental. MATERIAL AND METHOD: A 1cm fragment was collected from the superior laryngeal nerves and recurrent laryngeal nerves taken from twelve male cadavers. The sample was divided into two groups: those aged below 60 years (Adult and those aged 60 years or more (Elderly. The material was evaluated under light microscopy coupled with an image analysis system. RESULTS: The total number of myelinic fibers from the superior laryngeal nerve was similar in both age groups; there was, however, a trend for a higher number of 1μm fibers in the adult group (p=0.0744. The adult group had a higher total number of myelinic fibers in the recurrent laryngeal nerve (p=0.0006, and this difference was seen in fibers with diameters betwee 1-3μm (p<0.007. The adult group had a higher total number of myelinic fibers

  9. Perfil sensorial de vinhos brancos varietais brasileiros através de análise descritiva quantitativa Sensory profile of brazilian varietal white wines by quantitative descriptive analysis

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    Jorge Herman BEHRENS

    2000-04-01

    Full Text Available Terminologia descritiva e perfil sensorial de três variedades de vinhos brancos varietais brasileiros (Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer e Riesling foram desenvolvidos através de metodologia fundamentada na Análise Descritiva Quantitativa (ADQ. Em consenso, a equipe sensorial definiu os descritores, materiais de referência e a ficha de avaliação das amostras. Após treinamento, dez indivíduos foram selecionados para compor a equipe final de provadores, utilizando-se como critérios o poder discriminativo, reprodutibilidade dos julgamentos e consenso do indivíduo com a equipe. Doze termos descritores definindo as similaridades e diferenças entre as amostras foram gerados. A intensidade de cada descritor foi avaliada em cada amostra através de uma escala não estruturada de nove centímetros, com termos de intensidade ancorados em seus extremos. Os dados foram analisados por ANOVA, Teste de Tukey e Análise de Componentes Principais (ACP. Os resultados indicaram moderada variação entre os perfis sensoriais das amostras dos varietais Gewürztraminer e Riesling e pouca variação entre os perfis sensoriais dos vinhos Chardonnay. A ACP separou as amostras em dois grupos: um primeiro grupo caracterizado por vinhos com maior intensidade de doçura, sabor e aroma frutado e corpo, e um segundo grupo de amostras de maior acidez, adstringência, amargor, sabor alcoólico e sabor fermentado.Descriptive terminology and sensory profile of three varieties of brazilian varietal white wines (cultivars Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay were developed by a methodology based on the Quantitative Descriptive Analysis (QDA. The sensory panel consensually defined the sensory descriptors, their respective reference materials and the descriptive evaluation ballot. Ten individuals were selected as judges based on their discrimination, reproducibility and individual consensus with the sensory panel. Twelve descriptors were generated showing similarities and

  10. O FLUXO DA PRODUÇÃO E DA INFORMAÇÃO NO DESIGN DE MODA: UMA ANÁLISE APLICADA EM PEQUENAS EMPRESAS DE CONFECÇÃO DA GRANDE FLORIANÓPOLIS – SANTA CATARINA

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    Claudia Finardi

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Relato de uma pesquisa que analisou o processo de desenvolvimento de produtos de vestuário, procurando detectar a influência do uso de informação em pequenas empresas. Define como questão para nortear o desenvolvimento da pesquisa: até que ponto a informação é aplicada ao design de moda e tem interferido no processo de criação e na modelagem de vestuário desse setor em Santa Catarina? Elege como lócus para a aplicação da pesquisa as pequenas empresas de confecção de Santa Catarina, especificamente, localizadas na região da Grande Florianópolis e como sujeitos os responsáveis diretos pelo desenvolvimento da coleção. Realiza uma pesquisa exploratória-descritiva, com base em dados de natureza qualitativa e quantitativa, levantados a partir de entrevistas semi-estruturadas. Os resultados mostram o uso de fontes de informação para subsidiar o processo de design de moda, bem como a produção de informações nesse processo que viabilizam a produção das coleções. com criação de modelos viáveis de produção e comercialização. O fluxo da informação detectado nas empresas lócus desta pesquisa permite a seguinte caracterização: uma como criadora de produtos de moda, três como adaptadoras e duas como reprodutoras. No fluxo da informação interno prevalece a comunicação informal, as fontes de informação externas mais valorizadas são os sítios da Internet, revistas especializadas e catálogos de fornecedores. As fichas técnicas consolidam as informações de todo o processo de design de moda e subsidiam o processo de produção das coleções.

  11. Modelos alternativos para detecção de locos de características quantitativas (QTL de carcaça e crescimento nos cromossomos 4, 5 e 7 de suínos Alternative models for detection of quantitative trait loci (QTL for growth and carcass traits in pigs chromosomes 4, 5 and 7

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    Tarcísio de Moraes Gonçalves

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available O conhecimento do genoma pode auxiliar na identificação de regiões cromossômicas e, eventualmente, de genes que controlam características quantitativas (QTLs de importância econômica. Em um experimento com 1.129 suínos resultantes do cruzamento entre machos da raça Meishan e fêmeas Large White e Landrace, foram analisadas as características gordura intramuscular (GIM, em %, e ganho dos 25 aos 90 kg de peso vivo (GP, em g/dia, em 298 animais F1 e 831 F2, e espessura de toucinho (ET, em mm, em 324 F1 e 805 F2. Os animais das gerações F1 e F2 foram tipificados com 29 marcadores microsatélites. Estudou-se a ligação entre os cromossomos 4, 6 e 7 com GIM, ET e GP. Análises de QTL utilizando-se metodologia Bayesiana foram aplicadas mediante três modelos genéticos: modelo poligênico infinitesimal (MPI; modelo poligênico finito (MPF, considerando-se três locos; e MPF combinado com MPI. O número de QTLs, suas respectivas posições nos três cromossomos e o efeito fenotípico foram estimados simultaneamente. Os sumários dos parâmetros estimados foram baseados nas distribuições marginais a posteriori, obtidas por meio do uso da Cadeia de Markov, algoritmos de Monte Carlo (MCMC. Foi possível evidenciar dois QTLs relacionados a GIM nos cromossomos 4 e 6 e dois a ET nos cromossomos 4 e 7. Somente quando se ajustou o MPI, foram observados QTLs no cromossomo 4 para ET e GIM. Não foi possível detectar QTLs para a característica GP com a aplicação dessa metodologia, o que pode ter resultado do uso de marcadores não informativos ou da ausência de QTLs segregando nos cromossomos 4, 6 e 7 desta população. Foi evidenciada a vantagem de se analisar dados experimentais ajustando diferentes modelos genéticos; essas análises ilustram a utilidade e ampla aplicabilidade do método Bayesiano.Genome scans can be used to identify chromosomal regions and eventually genes that control quantitative traits (QTL of economic importance. In an

  12. Percepções dos estudantes da área de saúde sobre a obesidade

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    Juliana Kessar Cordoni

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    Full Text Available Introdução: A incidência de sobrepeso e obesidade, assim como agravos e comorbidades relacionados, tem se destacado como um dos principais problemas de saúde pública da atualidade. Isso requer o envolvimento de diversos profissionais, em uma conjunção multidisciplinar, para a prevenção, promoção e recuperação da saúde física e psicossocial de pessoas com sobrepeso ou obesidade. Objetivo: Identificar a percepção de estudantes da área de saúde sobre a obesidade, a fim de contribuir com questionamentos e reflexões com relação à formação e atuação deles no tratamento de pessoas com obrepeso/obesidade. Métodos: Esta pesquisa foi realizada por meio da apresentação de figuras, seguida da aplicaçãode um questionário dirigido a universitários da área de saúde; e posterior análise qualitativa e quantitativa das respostas. Resultados: Os entrevistados reconheceram a importância do tratamento da obesidade, assim como a necessidade de preocupação com aspectos da saúde; no entanto, os resultados indicam a existência de rejeição e crítica quanto à obesidade na maioria dos entrevistados. Conclusão: Os resultados são um alerta de que a questão da obesidade precisa ser mais bem abordada nos cursos de formação da área da saúde, para reduzir os efeitos negativos dessa rejeição/crítica no decorrer do tratamento de tais pacientes. Considerando-se o impacto de aspectos psicológicos e emocionais dos profissionais envolvidos no tratamento e a escassa produção técnica-científica sobre o tema, sugere-se a produção de outras pesquisas, assim como deve-se intensificar a abordagem e sensibilização dos estudantes quanto à questão da obesidade como um distúrbio alimentar de relevância pública.

  13. A PERCEPÇÃO DOS INTEGRANTES DOS PROGRAMAS AMBIENTAIS QUE TRABALHAM NA GESTÃO AMBIENTAL DA DUPLICAÇÃO DA BR-116/RS SOBRE O PROGRAMA DE COMUNICAÇÃO SOCIAL

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    Manoela Nogueira Soares

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho tem o objetivo de conhecer a percepção dos integrantes dos Programas Ambientais, desenvolvidos pela Gestão Ambiental, durante as obras de duplicação da BR-116/RS entre os municípios de Guaíba e Pelotas, somando 211 quilômetros de extensão. A referência para a realização das atividades do Programa de Comunicação está baseada no planejamento estratégico do mesmo, desenvolvido a partir das especificações do Estudo de Impacto Ambiental (EIA, que define as áreas de influência direta e indireta do empreendimento e os objetivos das atividades com as comunidades lindeiras às obras e usuários da rodovia. Neste trabalho são utilizados referenciais teóricos que embasam as ações de comunicação desenvolvidas, destacando a relação entre a comunicação e os demais Programas Ambientais previstos para serem executados durante as obras de duplicação da rodovia. A pesquisa bibliográfica e documental se embasa, principalmente, nos pressupostos de Bordenave (1997. A pesquisa de campo é de natureza exploratória, quantitativa e por acessibilidade do pesquisador.

  14. Fatores que interferem no sono dos alunos idosos da Universidade da Maturidade (UMA, na cidade de Palmas (TO

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    Núbia Kênia Carneiro Silva

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available O processo de senescência ocasiona mudanças na quantidade e qualidade do sono; assim, a maioria dos idosos tem queixas relacionadas ao sono, decorrentes de mudanças fisiológicas específicas do processo de envelhecimento, que podem causar distúrbios relacionados ao sono. Objetiva-se verificar quais os fatores que interferem no sono dos idosos alunos da Universidade da Maturidade (UMA, na cidade de Palmas (TO. Trata-se de um estudo descritivo de corte transversal, e de natureza quantitativa. Para o levantamento dos dados, utilizaram-se os instrumentos: Questionário de caracterização socioeconômico, seguido da Escala de Sonolência de Epworth (ESE, e do Índice de Qualidade de Sono de Pittsburgh (PSQI. Os resultados da ESE revelaram que 75% do grupo masculino e 51,85% do feminino apresentaram sonolência diurna excessiva normal com escores <10. As respostas abertas do PSQI, em relação à hora de deitar, mostram que 43,75% dos homens deitavam entre 23 e 24 horas; no grupo das mulheres, 29,63% deitavam entre 21 e 22 horas; quanto ao tempo para dormir, 68,75% dos homens e 62,96% das mulheres demoravam ≤ 15 minutos; em relação à hora de acordar, 75% dos homens e 37,04% das mulheres acordam entre 6 e 7 horas; em relação a quantas horas de sono dormiu por noite, 50% dos homens dormiram entre 7 e 8 horas por noite, e 51,85% das mulheres dormiram ≥ 8 horas por noite. Já no PSQI global, 56,25% dos homens possuem uma boa qualidade do sono, enquanto 66,67% das mulheres apresentaram má qualidade do sono, apesar de terem uma maior eficiência relacionada ao sono. Os resultados mostraram que os homens tiveram uma boa qualidade do sono e as mulheres tiveram uma má qualidade do sono.  

  15. ANÁLISE DA INFLUÊNCIA LITOLÓGICA E ESTRUTURAL A PARTIR DE MÉTODOS MORFOMÉTRICOS EM SEGMENTOS DE DRENAGEM NA PORÇÃO CIMEIRA DA BACIA HIDROGRÁFICA DO RIO JEQUITINHONHA, MG

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    Fabrício Antonio Lopes

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available O estudo do padrão de drenagem da porção cimeira da bacia hidrográfica do Jequitinhonha foi realizado neste trabalho tendo como objetivos: a Correlacionar as direções dos canais fluviais e respectivas ordens hierárquicas às estruturas geológicas regionais; b Verificar o grau de influência dos aspectos litológicos e estruturais no padrão de drenagem da bacia e; c Identificar estruturas que atuam como níveis de base locais em perfis longitudinais. Foram empregadas análises quantitativas de tratamento de direção dos canais fluviais e ordens hierárquicas, cálculo do índice de RDE em segmentos pré-selecionados e análise de perfis longitudinais. Constatou-se significativa influência litológica e estrutural no padrão/direção dos canais fluviais identificadas como nick points nos perfis longitudinais. Há segmentos de drenagem com anomalias de primeira e segunda ordem quanto ao índice RDE, o que reforça a influência das estruturas pré-cambrianas, reativadas no Cenozoico, no sistema hidrográfico da região. Acredita-se na potencialidade deste estudo como auxilio na caracterização, quantificação e fundamentação teórica de análises referentes ao processo evolutivo da paisagem e ao comportamento da rede de drenagem local.

  16. O uso da estratégia de alongamento compensatório em diferentes gravidades do desvio fonológico The use of the compensatory lengthening strategy in different severities of phonological disorder

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    Brunah de Castro Brasil

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Verificar a existência de relação entre o uso da estratégia de alongamento compensatório e diferentes gravidades do desvio fonológico classificado quantitativa e qualitativamente. Além disso, verificar a existência de correspondência entre a gravidade do desvio fonológico nas duas classificações utilizadas no estudo. MÉTODOS: Participaram da pesquisa 20 crianças com diagnóstico de desvio fonológico apresentando diferentes gravidades e com idades entre cinco e dez anos. Os desvios foram classificados de maneira quantitativa e qualitativa. O uso da estratégia estudada foi identificado com o auxílio da análise acústica, através do software de áudio-processamento (PRAAT. Os dados coletados foram analisados estatisticamente por meio do teste Qui-quadrado. RESULTADOS: O estudo comparativo entre as gravidades do desvio fonológico, segundo as classificações quantitativa e qualitativa, não mostrou diferença estatisticamente significante entre os grupos no que se refere à estratégia de alongamento compensatório. Através da análise descritiva da distribuição dos sujeitos conforme a gravidade do desvio fonológico nas duas classificações, verificou-se correspondência entre as classificações quantitativa e qualitativa no que diz respeito à gravidade do desvio fonológico. CONCLUSÃO: Não houve relação entre o uso da estratégia de alongamento compensatório e as diferentes gravidades do desvio fonológico. A distribuição dos sujeitos por gravidade do desvio fonológico, segundo as classificações utilizadas, permitiu visualizar uma correspondência entre os dois tipos de classificações do desvio.PURPOSE: To verify the existence of a relationship between the compensatory lengthening strategy and the different severity levels of phonological disorder, quantitatively and qualitatively classified, as well as to verify the existence of a correspondence between these severity classifications. METHODS

  17. Mensuração da capacidade absortiva: um estudo nas empresas brasileiras fabricantes de coletores solares

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    Helton de Paula Guedes

    Full Text Available Resumo: Este artigo objetiva avaliar as empresas brasileiras fabricantes de coletores solares sob a óptica de sua capacidade absortiva (CA de novo conhecimento tecnológico e da inovação decorrente da assimilação e da transformação desse conhecimento, com vistas à fabricação de equipamento de condicionamento de ar acionado por energia gerada por coletores solares de alta capacidade. Trata-se de artigo de importância relevante dada a atual conjuntura do setor elétrico brasileiro e diante da necessidade de se buscarem alternativas que combinem soluções de eficiência energética e utilização de energia oriunda de novas fontes, especificamente a solar. O referencial teórico aborda os conceitos de CA, bem como as formas de avaliá-la e mensurá-la. Para concretizar a avaliação da CA desses fabricantes, realizou-se uma pesquisa quantitativa, aplicando-se um instrumento de diagnóstico adaptado à realidade das empresas fabricantes de coletores solares instaladas no Brasil. Conclui-se, a partir dos resultados dessa pesquisa, que essas empresas ainda não possuem CA madura para o desenvolvimento de um produto inovador, apresentando uma maior tendência para a dimensão potencial da CA, quando comparada com a dimensão realizada. Essa constatação corrobora as perspectivas de desenvolvimento de projetos de pesquisa e desenvolvimento (P&D futuros, se fortalecida a aptidão das empresas respondentes na promoção de interações com outras organizações voltadas a esse propósito.

  18. Avaliação da adequação da ingestão de nutrientes na prática clínica

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    Dirce Maria Lobo Marchioni

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Para se avaliar a adequação da ingestão de nutrientes, é necessário determinar qual é a quantidade necessária para as funções normais do indivíduo, bem como a sua ingestão habitual. A necessidade de nutrientes varia de indivíduo para indivíduo, assumindo um coeficiente de variação de 10% a 15%. Além disso, a ingestão individual está sujeita à variação de consumo no dia a dia, conhecida como variabilidade intrapessoal. Considerando que as informações sobre a variação intrapessoal disponíveis na literatura são as da população norte-americana, este estudo tem dois objetivos: (1 disponibilizar valores de desvio-padrão intrapessoal de ingestão de nutrientes estimados em população brasileira, que possam ser aplicados no cálculo da adequação da ingestão de nutrientes; e (2 oferecer valores teóricos que apoiem a tomada de decisão, na prática clínica, quanto à adequação da ingestão de nutrientes selecionados por um indivíduo, calculados com base nos desvios-padrão encontrados e com três níveis de confiabilidade. MÉTODOS: Foram utilizados dados de adolescentes, adultos e idosos que participaram do inquérito de saúde de base populacional no município de São Paulo (Inquérito de Saúde de São Paulo. Foram entrevistados 865 indivíduos, que responderam a um recordatório de 24 horas, replicados em uma subamostra de 294 sujeitos. Esses dados foram utilizados para o cálculo do desvio-padrão por meio de modelos de efeitos aleatórios. RESULTADOS: Os coeficientes estimados variaram de 40% para o zinco, a 127% para a vitamina C. CONCLUSÃO: Os desvios-padrão encontrados podem ser utilizados na avaliação quantitativa da adequação da ingestão de vitamina E, B6, tiamina, riboflavina, cálcio, magnésio, ferro, zinco, sódio, folato e niacina, propiciando mais um elemento formativo do diagnóstico do estado nutricional.

  19. Utilização da entropia informacional na seleção de indicadores financeiros mais relevantes para tomada de decisão no setor público: o caso dos estados brasileiros

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    Paulo Sérgio Almeida-Santos

    Full Text Available O propósito do artigo consiste em verificar, dentre uma seleção não aleatória de indicadores financeiros aplicados às demonstrações contábeis do setor público, quais deles possuem o maior peso ou nível de informação, medidos por meio da entropia informacional. Trata-se uma pesquisa quantitativa do tipo documental e descritiva, em que é pesquisado o caso dos estados brasileiros. Firmado na teoria da informação, na qual a entropia é propagada, são selecionados intencionalmente oito indicadores financeiros de análise de balanços aplicados exclusivamente a entidades governamentais. Ao proceder com cálculo da entropia informacional sobre os indicadores selecionados - aqueles de caráter orçamentário apresentaram um grau de entropia máxima; os de caráter patrimonial - apresentaram grau de entropia mínima; isto permite uma breve conclusão, em que indicadores orçamentários, por ser regrados pelos limites da LRF, são considerados dentro da ótica da entropia informacional como indicadores irrelevantes, ao passo que os indicadores patrimoniais são tidos por ela como relevantes, por apresentarem maior peso/grau de informação.

  20. Análise das práticas de ensino da metodologia de investigação na elaboração do trabalho de fim de curso

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    Jutema Hebo Quitumba

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo está centrada na melhoria do desempenho e elevação da taxa de rendimento académico. Analisou os efeitos das práticas de ensino da metodologia de investigação científica na elaboração do trabalho de fim de curso de graduação e, decorre, em grande parte, dos estudos desenvolvidos nos Estados Unidos da América, União Europeia e no Brasil.A pesquisa seguiu a perspectiva da metodologia quantitativa  e qualitativa e a norma/formato da American Psychological Association (APA para a redação textual. Usou inquérito por questionário. Recorreu a técnica de análise de dados e o software SPSS (Statistical Package for the Sciences. O Estudo, muito além da questão de estruturação curricular, o caracter passivo pelo qual é conduzido o processo de ensino, que, não isentam de conferir resultados quantitativos, não está relacionada com o rendimento académico, evidenciando a necessidade de qualificação do corpo docente em matéria de metodologia  de ensino.

  1. A Sintaxe da Janela

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    Luís Antônio Jorge

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    Full Text Available A preocupação fundamenta! do trabalho é de caráter ontológico: esboçar o problema das significações apriorísticas e autônomas dos elementos que compõem a sintaxe arquitetônica. O trabalho elege um desses elementos: a janela. Este artigo parte da aproximação histórica entre a janela e a secção da pirâmide visual, construção imaginária da teoria da perspectiva renascentista. A consideração da janela na linguagem arquitetônica implica reconhecer uma ambigüidade essencial: a janela deve inserir-se ordenadamente no plano da parede - raciocínio típico da modenatura - mas também relacionar-se com a imagem vista através dela, que extrapola o plano, ressaltando a tridimensionalidade - herança da perspectiva renascentista, fundamentada no espaço euclidiano. Ver janela ou ver através da janela são alternativas que se colocam tanto ao observador interno ao edifício, quanto ao externo. Texto de duplaface, a sintaxe da janela versa sobre o relacionamento desses dois lados

  2. Effect of Turkish pollen and propolis extracts on caspase-3 activity in ...

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    ... the apoptosis-inducing capacity of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) extracts of bee ... Methods: DMSO extracts of pollen and propolis were incubated separately with ... International Pharmaceutical Abstract, Chemical Abstracts, Embase, Index ...

  3. Sirt1 attenuates camptothecin-induced apoptosis through caspase-3 pathway in porcine preadipocytes

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    Adipose tissue is an important energy reservoir, and its over-development results in obesity in humans or body fat over-deposition in livestock. Loss of preadipocytes through apoptosis has been proposed as an alternative way to reduce adipose tissue mass. At present, the effect and regulatory mechan...

  4. Effect of Turkish pollen and propolis extracts on caspase-3 activity in ...

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    2449 ... (DOAJ), African Journal Online, Bioline International, Open-J-Gate and Pharmacy Abstracts ..... 2. Burdock GA. Review of the biological properties and ... Master Thesis, Karadeniz ... Gunduz C, Biray C, Kosova B, Yilmaz B, Eroglu Z, Sahin.

  5. Implementação do método de suspensão quantitativa para avaliar a actividade bactericida de desinfectantes químicos, de acordo com a Norma Europeia EN 1040

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    Gomes, Fábia Araújo

    2011-01-01

    As bactérias patogénicas presentes nos sistemas de processamento de alimentos podem ser potencialmente causadoras de doenças alimentares graves, quando sobrevivem à acção bactericida de desinfectantes. Esta acção depende da eficácia das substâncias activas que fazem parte da formulação do desinfectante e das condições ambientais onde se processa a interacção desinfectante – bactéria, sendo ainda específica para cada estirpe bacteriana. Este trabalho teve, como propósito, a implementação ...

  6. Sistemas de trabalho de alto envolvimento (STAE sobre a perspectiva da dimensão soft da gestão estratégica de pessoas: análise de conteúdo de 2000 a 2012 http://dx.doi.org/10.15601/1983-7631/rt.v6n11p229-247

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    Denilson Aparecida Leite Freire

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Esse artigo teve por objetivo comparar as variáveis que compõe os Sistemas de Trabalho de Alto Envolvimento (CIAVARELLA, 2003 com as estratégias “Hard” e “Soft” (LEGGE, 1995 e de Controle e Comprometimento (WALTON, 1985, sugerindo um modelo de análise que favoreça futuras investigações desses sistemas. O trabalho demonstrou que se pode efetuar, teoricamente, uma comparação entre as variáveis investigadas, contudo, há a necessidade de pesquisas quantitativas, que mensurem as correlações necessárias para validação do modelo de Análise. A análise de conteúdo das publicações da ANPAD de 2000 a 2012 revelaram poucos estudos, indicando a necessidade de estudos sobre esses sistemas.

  7. Protocolo de Observação Comportamental - PROC: valores de referência para uma análise quantitativa Behavioral Observation Protocol: reference values for a quantitative analysis

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    Simone Rocha de Vasconcellos Hage

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: obter valores de referência para protocolo de observação comportamental (PROC sobre o desenvolvimento de habilidades comunicativas e de esquemas simbólicos em crianças com desenvolvimento típico de linguagem. MÉTODO: foram avaliadas 44 crianças entre 24 e 47 meses de ambos os gêneros, selecionadas em escolas de educação infantil, por meio de triagem do desenvolvimento global Denver II e questionário com os pais. Todas as crianças foram filmadas durante 30 minutos em interação com um adulto em atividade envolvendo brinquedos. As gravações foram analisadas por meio do PROC. A análise estatística descreveu valores de média, mediana, valores mínimos e máximos. Foi utilizado o teste T de Student para comparação das idades. RESULTADOS: nas habilidades comunicativas, as crianças do estudo mostraram evolução com a idade (média para três e dois anos, respectivamente: 58,12 e 51,44, apesar de não ter sido encontrada diferença estatisticamente significante para as faixas etárias comparadas (p=0,486. Quanto ao item compreensão verbal, as crianças de três anos obtiveram melhor desempenho que as de dois (respectivas médias: 59,41 e 50,70, havendo diferença estatisticamente significante (p=0,0000020. Em relação ao item aspectos do desenvolvimento cognitivo, as crianças de três anos apresentaram melhor desempenho em comparação com as de dois (respectivas médias: 44,53 e 31,96, havendo diferença estatisticamente significante entre as pontuações obtidas (p=0,00364, mostrando que as crianças evoluem na hierarquia do simbolismo. CONCLUSÃO: a obtenção de valores de referência para o PROC veio combinar análise qualitativa e quantitativa, contribuindo, além do diagnóstico, para o acompanhamento objetivo de processos terapêuticos.PURPOSE: to obtain reference values for behavioral observation protocol on the development of communicative and symbolic schemes of children with typical language development

  8. Strategic marker selection to detect quantitative trait loci in chicken Seleção estratégica de marcadores para detecção locos para características quantitativas em aves

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    Deborah Clea Ruy

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Selective genotyping for a certain trait in individuals with extreme phenotypes contributes sufficient information to determine linkage between molecular markers and quantitative trait loci (QTL. In this experiment an F2 population, developed by crossing males from a broiler line with females from a layer line, was employed to detect QTL on chromosomes 3 and 5. Twenty-eight performance and carcass traits were measured in F2 offspring, and phenotypic correlations between traits were calculated. Body weight at 42 days (BW42 presented the greatest positive correlations with most other traits, with correlation between body weights at 35 and 41 days, weight gain between birth and 35, 41 and 42 days, as well as weights of carcass and some body parts superior to 0.8. One hundred-and-seventy F2 offspring, representing the top (4.5% and the bottom (4.5% of a normal distribution curve of BW42, were selected with equal proportions of males and females, and within dam family. Samples were genotyped for 19 informative markers on chromosome 3, and 11 markers on chromosome 5. Marker allelic frequencies of phenotypic groups with high and low BW42 were compared with a chi-square test. Four regions on chromosome 3 and three regions on chromosome 5 had markers that were suggestively associated with BW42 (P A genotipagem seletiva de indivíduos com fenótipos extremos para uma determinada característica contribui com informação suficiente para determinar a ligação entre marcadores moleculares e locos para características quantitativas (QTL. Neste estudo uma população F2, formada a partir do cruzamento de uma linha parental de aves para corte com uma linha de postura foi empregada para obtenção de medidas fenotípicas e genotipagem por marcadores microssatélites, posicionados nos cromossomos 3 e 5. Foram medidas 28 características de desempenho e carcaça e determinada a correlação fenotípica entre elas. A característica peso vivo aos 42 dias (BW42

  9. CARACTERIZAÇÃO DA DEMANDA FUTURA DE USUÁRIOS DA INTERNET NO BRASIL: UMA CONTRIBUIÇÃO PARA O DESENVOLVIMENTO DE POLÍTICAS GOVERNAMENTAIS DE INCLUSÃO DIGITAL E ACESSO A INTERNET

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    David Bianchini

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available A Internet é atualmente uma das principais fontes de distribuição de conteúdos e serviços em ambientes abertos, da qual o usuário comum vem se tornando cada vez mais um importante consumidor e fornecedor. Neste sentido, a possibilidade de predição do crescimento da demanda, permitiria ajustes adequados dos recursos que a constituem de forma que possibilite investimentos e políticas adequadas, quer seja para seu crescimento e popularização, quer seja para inclusão digital e social. Considerando a relevância da Internet para a sociedade, o propósito deste artigo é analisar a evolução de demanda da Internet, identificando e detalhando seu panorama atual e com predições de como será em futuro próximo, tomando como base parâmetros de evolução tecnológica e uso da Internet em diversos cenários. Serão utilizados os métodos estatísticos de regressão linear e Gompertz para gerar as previsões de demanda como apoio para tomadas de decisões. Análises dos resultados obtidos por meio de pesquisas quantitativas feitas por institutos de pesquisas fazem a integração entre a técnica apresentada e os procedimentos executados. Palavras-Chave: Evolução, Previsões, Internet.

  10. Modificação da microbiota associada às lesões peridentárias da "cara inchada" em bezerros transferidos para área indene

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    Dutra Iveraldo S.

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Observações sobre a epizootiologia da "cara inchada" dos bovinos (CI indicam que animais clinicamente positivos se recuperam espontâneamente quando transferidos para área indene. No presente estudo, 13 bovinos com lesões peridentárias progressivas da "cara inchada" foram transferidos para área indene com a finalidade de se verificar a evolução clínica da doença e a composição da microbiota da bolsa peridentária em duas situações distintas: (1 nas lesões progressivas e (2 quando da recuperação clínica. O estudo bacteriológico semi-quantitativo e qualitativo foi realizado tendo como referência a percentagem de Bacteroides pigmentados de negro presentes nos cultivos. Nas lesões progressivas a percentagem média destes microrganismos foi de 71,3%. Após 4 a 7 meses da transferência os animais se recuperaram espontaneamente, observando-se uma melhora na condição nutricional, desaparecimento do abaulamento facial e do odor fétido bucal e cicatrização com epitelização das lesões peridentárias. Na avaliação da composição da micro-biota das bolsas peridentárias dos bezerros quando clinicamente recuperados, este mesmo grupo de micorganismos representou em média 1,7%. Os resultados revelaram a ocorrência de uma predominância de Bacteroides pigmentados de negro nas lesões peridentárias progressivas da "cara inchada"e sua remissão quantitativa percentual após a recuperação clínica dos animais, consubstanciando as evidências de sua natureza infecciosa primária.

  11. ESTUDO DA ALTERAÇÃO ANTRÓPICA (HEMEROBIA DA BACIA HIDROGRÁFICA DO RIO MOURÃO – PR

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    Maristela Moresco Mezzomo

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available As transformações da paisagem desenvolvidas por atividades antrópicas podem ocasionar inúmeros problemas como desequilíbrio nos ecossistemas, erosão de solos e assoreamento de rios. Uma das ferramentas para verificar a pressão das ações do ser humano na paisagem se dá por meio do conceito de hemerobia. Neste sentido, o objetivo deste artigo é apresentar a definição de graus de dependência energética e tecnológica (hemerobia da bacia hidrográfica do rio Mourão - PR, visando auxiliar o planejamento de ações para diminuir os riscos e impactos ambientais em relação ao solo e à água. Para isso, foram feitos a caracterização da área de estudo, o levantamento de dados e informações sobre o uso do solo e a classificação e quantificação dos graus de hemerobia utilizando a proposta de Kröker (2008. Os graus foram classificados como hemerobia mínima, muito baixa, baixa, média, alta, muito alta e máxima. A classificação da paisagem da bacia, conforme as unidades de paisagem definidas por Scipioni (2014, demonstra que três das quatro unidades possuem todos os graus de hemerobia. A análise quantitativa dos graus de hemerobia demonstra que 85,26% apresentam grau médio, composto por áreas utilizadas para agricultura, pecuária, solo exposto e áreas para futuras construções, e 7,81% representa o grau mínimo utilizado por Unidades de Conservação, Áreas de Preservação Permanente e fragmentos florestais. Esta classificação possibilitou identificar determinadas funções da paisagem, podendo assim, contribuir no planejamento e direcionamento de ações sobre o uso e a ocupação do solo.

  12. Dicotomias conceituais da avaliação da educação superior Conceptual dichotomies of higher education evaluaton

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    Mariana Pfeifer

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available O presente ensaio resulta de um resgate das concepções que envolvem a Avaliação no âmbito das Políticas para a Educação Superior, explicitando as conceituações dicotômicas encontradas na literatura especializada. Tal resgate busca contribuir para o aprofundamento dos debates e versará em torno dos elementos conceituais que compõem e que são fundamentais para a compreensão da Avaliação da Educação Superior, aqui metodologicamente organizados em dicotomias, dentre as quais pode-se citar: Qualidade Social x Qualidade Eficiência, Avaliação Quantitativa x Avaliação Qualitativa, Avaliação de Processo x Avaliação de Produto, Avaliação Global x Avaliação Pontual, Avaliação Contextualizada x Avaliação Descontextualizada, Avaliação Externa x Avaliação Interna, Avaliação Formativa x Avaliação Punitiva, entre outras. Tais aspectos aqui trazidos enquanto dicotomias revelam a existência de um cenário plural nos debates e posições sobre o tema da Avaliação da Educação Superior, presentes tanto no campo da gestão acadêmica e administrativa das Instituições de Ensino Superior quanto da gestão pública.This essay is the result of a recovery of concepts on the subject of Evaluation in relation to the Policies for Higher Education, explaining the dichotomous concepts found in specialized litera