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Ana Paula Gomes - Top 30 Publications

Effect of industrial and domestic ash from biomass combustion, and spent coffee grounds, on soil fertility and plant growth: experiments at field conditions.

An experimental study was conducted at field conditions in order to evaluate the effect of application of ash from biomass combustion on some soil fertility characteristics and plant growth. Application of 7.5 Mg ha(-1) industrial fly ash (IA), domestic ash (DA), and a 50:50 mix of domestic ash (DA) and spent coffee grounds (SCG) was made in different soil parcels. Lolium perenne seeds were sown and the grown biomass was harvested and quantified after 60 days. Soil samples from each parcel were also collected after that period and characterized. Both soil and grown biomass samples were analyzed for Ca, Mg, Na, K, P, Fe, Mn, Zn, and Al contents. Soil pH was determined before and after amendment. All applications rose significantly soil pH. Domestic ash, whether combined with coffee grounds or not, proved to be efficient at supplying available macronutrients Ca, Mg, K, and P to the soil and also reducing availability of Al (more than industrial ash). However, it inhibited plant growth, even more when combined with spent coffee grounds. As regards to elemental abundance in plant tissue, both domestic ash treatments reduced Ca and enhanced Al contents, unlike industrial ash, which proved less harmful for the load applied in the soil. Hence, it was possible to conclude that application load should be a limiting factor for this management option for the studied materials.

Zika Virus Infection Associated With Congenital Birth Defects in a HIV-infected Pregnant Woman.

We describe a case of Zika virus infection acquired during the first trimester in a HIV-infected pregnant woman that led to multiple fetal malformations and fetal demise in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Light and scanning electron microscopy study of in vitro effects of artesunate in newly excysted metacercariae of Echinostoma paraensei (Trematoda: Digenea).

Chemotherapy of food-borne trematodes relies on two drugs, praziquantel and tricabendazole, and there is growing interest in finding alternative therapies. Plant oil extracts have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine as sources of bioactive compounds with antiparasitic activity. Species of the genus Echinostoma are used as good models to test effective compounds against food-borne trematodes. This study evaluated the anthelmintic activity of crude artesunate extracts in vitro on newly excysted metacercariae of Echinostoma paraensei by light and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The flukes were incubated with 1 μg/mL, 10 μg/mL, 25 μg/mL, 50 μg/mL and 100 μg/mL of artesunate for 4, 12, 24, 48 and 72 h. When the exposure time and concentration of artesunate increased, there were changes in motor activity, tegument damage and death. Blebs and swelling were the most common damages quantified on the tegument. The in vitro study reproduced results described for other immature flukes incubated with artemisinin derivatives. Excysted metacercariae of E. paraensei constitute a good model to study in vitro drug effects.

Comparison of effects of zoledronic acid and clodronate on the bone structure: imaginological and histomorphometrical study in vivo.

To compare histologically and imaginologically the bone structure of rats' mandibles treated with bisphosphonates (BPs) and rats that did not receive BPs.

Low diet quality in older adults: a population-based study in southern Brazil.

The aim of this study was to identify the factors associated with low diet quality in older adults from the city of Pelotas, Southern Brazil. Information on food consumption was collected using a reduced food frequency questionnaire, and diet quality was assessed by the Elderly Diet Quality Index DQI-E ("Índice de Qualidade da Dieta de Idosos - IQD-I"), devised by the authors. Points were attributed to each food evaluated according to frequency of consumption. Higher consumption frequency of healthy foods received higher scores whilst unhealthy foods received lower scores. Scores were divided into tertiles classified as: low quality, intermediate quality, and good quality. Multinomial logistic regression was used to assess the association between diet quality and the independent variables. The factors associated with low diet quality were: male gender, age < 80 years, low education, problems affording food, underweight, mouth or teeth problems, and having less than four meals a day. Important barriers to the consumption of a good quality diet were observed, highlighting the importance of considering these aspects in the promotion of healthy eating among older adults.

Clinical breast examination and mammography: inequalities in Southern and Northeast Brazilian regions.

To evaluate the prevalence and associated factors of doing clinical breast examinations (CBE) and mammogram (MMG) in the Southern and Northeast Brazilian regions, focusing on some social inequalities.

First detection of Mycobacterium triplex in Latin America.

In this study we describe the first isolation of Mycobacterium triplex in Latin America. This species causes infections in humans, with very few reports from around the world. We isolated two sputum specimens of a patient with a 6-year history of human immunodeficiency and tuberculosis treatment failure. All tests used confirmed M. triplex and the patient responded well to drug therapy for 18months.

Longitudinal Effect of Surface Treatments Modified by NaOCl-Induced Deproteinization and Nd:YAG Laser on Dentin Permeability.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate dentin permeability after dentin hypersensitivity treatments: fluoride, adhesive system, and collagen deproteinization with and without Nd:YAG laser exposure, and after erosive and abrasive challenges.

Effect of low-level laser therapy on irradiated parotid glands--study in mice.

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on radiotherapy-induced morphological changes and caspase-3 immunodetection in parotids of mice. Forty-one Swiss mice were divided into control, radiotherapy, 2- and 4-J laser groups. The experimental groups were exposed to ionizing radiation in a single session of 10 Gy. In the laser groups, a GaAlAs laser (830 nm, 100 mW, 0.028  cm2, 3.57  W/cm2) was used on the region corresponding to the parotid glands, with 2-J energy (20 s, 71  J/cm2) or 4 J (40 s, 135  J/cm2) per point. LLLT was performed immediately before and 24 h after radiotherapy. One point was applied in each parotid gland. The animals were euthanized 48 h or 7 days after radiotherapy and parotid glands were dissected for morphological analysis and immunodetection of caspase-3. There was no significant difference between groups in the immunodetection of caspase-3, but the laser groups had a lower percentage compared to the radiotherapy group. LLLT promoted the preservation of acinar structure, reduced the occurrence of vacuolation, and stimulated parotid gland vascularization. Of the two LLLT protocols, the one using 4 J of energy showed better results.

Radiotherapy-induced salivary dysfunction: Structural changes, pathogenetic mechanisms and therapies.

This review addressed the structural changes observed in salivary glands and pathogenic mechanisms resulting from oxidative stress caused by radiotherapy. The preventive and regenerative therapies for altered acinar morphology and glandular function were also reviewed. Among acute and late microscopic alterations in glandular tissue, there are particularly changes indicative of cell death, hypovascularization, formation of fibrous tissue and edema. A critical role was identified for the Akt-MDM2-p53 pathway in the suppression of DNA damage-induced apoptosis in acinar cells. Prophylactic treatment with pilocarpine, cevilemine, bethanechol and isoproterenol has shown a positive effect on salivary flow, but lasting results have not been observed. Growth factors, histamine and lidocaine, have also demonstrated radioprotective effects on the salivary glands. Stem cell preservation and transplantation may be an alternative to maintain tissue homeostasis and thus allow glandular regeneration.

New records of three species of nematodes in Cerdocyon thous from the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands.

We report the occurrence of nematodes collected from the gut of roadkilled crab-eating foxes (two adult males and one juvenile female), Cerdocyon thous (Linnaeus, 1766), found on the BR 262 highway in Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil in 2011. Three helminth species were identified: Ancylostoma buckleyi, Pterygodermatites (Multipectines) pluripectinata, and Ascaridia galli. These nematodes are reported for the first time to infect C. thous from the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands, thereby expanding their geographical distribution.

Asymptomatic gingival nodule in the anterior maxilla.

Evaluation of the bond strengths of 3 endodontic cements via push-out test.

In this study, the push-out method was used to evaluate the bond strengths of 3 types of endodontic cements according to their composite base: methacrylate, epoxy resin, and an experimental copaiba oil resin. The study hypothesis was that the methacrylate-based and experimental cements would have bond strengths equal to or greater than that of the epoxy resin-based cement. Thirty bovine tooth roots, 18 mm long, were divided into 3 groups (n = 10) based on the chosen cement treatment. After treatment, the specimens were sectioned and submitted to a push-out test. Results showed that there was no statistically significant difference (P < 0.05) between the cements used or between the middle and apical thirds of the roots. It could be concluded that the tested cements had satisfactory and similar bond strengths to dentin.

Comparison of the effectiveness of 3 irrigation devices for the cleaning of root canal walls instrumented with oscillatory and rotary techniques.

In this study, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to evaluate the smear layer removal of 3 irrigation devices. The study hypothesis was that more contemporary side-vented needles and brush-covered needles are more efficient for smear layer removal of root canals than traditional needles. The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of these irrigation devices in the cleansing of root canals instrumented with oscillatory and rotary systems. Sixty single-rooted teeth were divided according to instrumentation and irrigation techniques into 6 groups. The teeth were prepared for SEM analysis to evaluate the cleansing of cervical, middle, and apical thirds. For all groups, the cleansing of the cervical and middle thirds was better than that of the apical third (P < 0.05). Regardless of the instrumentation technique, no statistically significant differences were found between the groups regarding the cleansing of root canal walls (P > 0.05).

A new acanthocephalan species (Archiacanthocephala: Oligacanthorhynchidae) from the crab-eating fox (Cerdocyon thous ) in the Brazilian pantanal wetlands.

A new species of Oligacanthorhynchidae (Acanthocephala) Prosthenorchis cerdocyonis n. sp. is described from 17 specimens collected from the small intestine of the crab-eating fox Cerdocyon thous Linnaeus, 1766 (Canidae: Carnivora) found in the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands. Specimens were studied using light and scanning electron microscopy. Characteristic features distinguishing the new species from others already described are presented, such as size of the body, the position of lemnisci, size of the eggs, host, and geographical distribution. Details of the body surface obtained by scanning electron microscopy, such as the presence of 2 lateral papillae in the proximal region of the proboscis, the presence of barbs in hooks, and a robust and festooned collar, helped to identify the species. Until now, specimens belonging to Prosthenorchis reported from Cerdocyon thous were not identified to species. Furthermore, the new species is the first to be recorded in C. thous found in the Pantanal wetlands.

Pulp tissue dissolution capacity of sodium hypochlorite combined with cetrimide and polypropylene glycol.

This study evaluated the influence of the addition of cetrimide and polypropylene glycol to sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) on its capacity to dissolve pulp tissue. Bovine pulp fragments with standardized weight and volume were immersed for 5, 15 and 30 min in 2 mL of NaOCl and Hypoclean (NaOCl added with cetrimide and polypropylene glycol) solutions at 5.25%, 2.5%, 1%, 0.5% and 0.25% and afterwards re-weighted. Distilled water was used as a control. The percentage of tissue loss was considered for statistical analysis (univariate ANOVA, SPSS, v. 17.0) at 5% significance level. There was no tissue dissolution in the control group. NaOCl added with surfactants (Hypoclean) dissolved more pulp tissue (p<0.05) than NaOCl alone. Tissue dissolution was directly dependent on the concentration of solutions (p<0.05), and also on the time range (p<0.05). The combination of NaOCl at high and low concentrations with the surfactants cetrimide and polypropylene glycol increased significantly its capacity to dissolve pulp tissue.

Influence of EDTA and dentine in tissue dissolution ability of sodium hypochlorite.

This study verified whether ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) influences the pulp tissue dissolution capability of different concentrations of NaOCl, in the presence of dentine. NaOCl and EDTA solutions were simultaneously mixed in flasks either containing a dentine disc or those not containing a dentine disc. Previously weighed bovine pulp tissues were immersed in the solutions for 5, 15 and 30 min. The weight loss was measured. The dissolution tests were performed in triplicate. Univariate analysis of variance, along with further Tukey's honestly significant difference pairwise comparisons, was used to verify the effect of EDTA, different concentrations of NaOCl, dentine and time of incubation on the tissue dissolution. Higher concentrations of NaOCl increased the tissue dissolution. EDTA reduced the capacity of NaOCl to dissolve pulp tissue, even in presence of dentine. Dentine negatively affects the capacity of NaOCl to dissolve pulp tissue. In conclusion, the presence of EDTA and dentine negatively affects the tissue dissolution ability of NaOCl.

Tenascin and fibronectin expression after pulp capping with different hemostatic agents: a preliminary study.

This study investigated the expression of extracellular matrix glycoproteins tenascin (TN) and fibronectin (FN) in pulp repair after capping with calcium hydroxide (CH), following different hemostasis protocols. Class I cavities with a pulp exposure were prepared in 42 human third molars scheduled for extraction. Different hemostatic agents (0.9% saline solution, 5.25% sodium hypochlorite and 2% chlorhexidine digluconate) were used and pulps were capped with CH cement. After 7, 30 or 90 days, teeth were extracted, formalin-fixed, and prepared for immunohistochemical technique. Hemostatic agents did not influence the expression of TN and FN. Both glycoproteins were found in the entire the pulp tissue and around collagen fibers, but were absent in the mineralized tissues. In the predentin, TN showed positive immunostaining and FN had a variable expression. Within 7 days post-treatment, a slightly more pronounced immunostaining on the pulp exposure site was observed. Within 30 days, TN and FN demonstrated a positive expression around the dentin barrier and at 90 days, a thin and linear expression of TN and FN was delimitating the reparative dentin. In conclusion, hemostatic agents did not influence TN and FN expression. Immunostaining for TN and FN was seen in different regions and periods, demonstrating their role in pulp repair.

Etiologic factors associated with oral squamous cell carcinoma in non-smokers and non-alcoholic drinkers: a brief approach.

Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is the fifth most common type of cancer in the world. The effect of some etiological factors is well established in the literature, such as consumption of tobacco and alcohol. However, approximately 15 to 20% of all oral cancer cases occur in patients without the traditional risk factors, reflecting in numerous cases of OSCC in non-smokers and non-alcoholic drinkers. Also, several studies have suggested a possible association between human papillomavirus and OSCC. Under these aspects, the purpose of this study is to address cases of oral cancer in non-smokers and non-drinkers focusing on the role of HPV, thus contributing to improve the diagnosis and monitoring of OSCC. A computer database search was performed using the Pubmed database. The search key words were: epidemiology, oral squamous cell carcinoma, risk factors and human papillomavirus. It is important to assess patients without the potential risk factors, since this knowledge may help identifying other features associated with the occurrence of oral cancer, enabling an appropriate clinical management and monitoring.

Effect of an herbal compound for treatment of burning mouth syndrome: randomized, controlled, double-blind clinical trial.

This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study aimed at evaluating the effect of the systemic use of an herbal compound (Catuama) on the symptoms of burning mouth syndrome (BMS).

Effect of calcium hydroxide on ph changes of the external medium after intracoronal bleaching.

This in vitro study evaluated the effect of calcium hydroxide on pH changes of the external medium after intracoronal bleaching.

Effects of operational conditions on the supercritical solvent impregnation of acetazolamide in Balafilcon A commercial contact lenses.

In this work we employed a supercritical solvent impregnation (SSI) process using a scCO(2)+EtOH (5% molar) solvent mixture to impregnate acetazolamide (ACZ) into commercially available silicone-based soft contact lenses (Balafilcon A, Pure Vision, Bausch & Lomb). Contact lenses (SCLs) drug-loading was studied at 40°C and 50°C, and from 15 MPa up to 20 MPa, and using low depressurization rates in order to avoid any harm to SCLs. The effect of impregnation processing time on the loaded ACZ amounts was also studied (1, 2 and 3h). In vitro drug release kinetics studies were performed and the released ACZ was quantified spectrophotometrically. Several analytical techniques were employed in order to characterize the processed and non-processed SCLs in terms of some of their important functional properties. Obtained results demonstrated that ACZ-loaded therapeutic Balafilcon A SCLs can be successfully prepared using the employed SSI process. Furthermore, it was possible to control ACZ loaded amounts and, consequently, to adjust the final ACZ release levels into the desired therapeutic limits, just by changing the employed operational conditions (P, T, processing time and depressurization rate) and without change some of their most important thermomechanical, surface/wettability and optical properties. Obtained soft contact lenses can be potentially employed as combined biomedical devices for simultaneous therapeutic and correction of refractive deficiencies purposes.

Diclofenac in hyaluronic acid gel: an alternative treatment for actinic cheilitis.

Actinic cheilitis (AC) is a precancerous lesion of the lip vermillion caused by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of 3% diclofenac in 2.5% hyaluronic acid gel in the treatment of AC.

Intralesional corticosteroid injection for central giant cell granuloma: an alternative treatment for children.

The purpose of the present article was to report a case of central giant cell granuloma (CGCG) associated with intralesional corticosteroid injections. Although benign, the CGCG may be locally aggressive, causing extensive bone destruction, tooth displacement, and root resorption. The common therapy is surgery, which may result in important facial deformity and loss of teeth or dental germs. In this article, an 8-year-old girl who presented with maxillary CGCG was treated with a solution of equal parts of triamcinolone actinide (10 mg/ml) and 0.5% bupivacaine injected into the lesion for a period of 11 weeks. The osseous neoformation was gradual. After 6-years follow-up, clinical and radiographic success of treatment were observed. Based on our results and the literature available, the administration of intralesional corticosteroid injections is an alternative in CGCG treatment, especially in children.

A survey of oral and maxillofacial biopsies in children: a single-center retrospective study of 20 years in Pelotas-Brazil.

Despite the large number of published cases about oral and maxillofacial pediatric lesions, the literature is scarce on epidemiological studies regarding the prevalence of these entities. This study retrieved oral and maxillofacial pediatric lesions from the Center of Diagnosis of Oral Diseases (CDDB) at the Dental School of the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPEL), comprising a 20-year period (1983-2002). From the total of 9,465 biopsies received in this period, 625 (6.6%) were from children aged 0 to 14 years. Regardless of the histopathological diagnosis, patient data referring to lesion location, sex and age were collected. Diagnoses were grouped in 13 categories. As much as 89% of the cases occurred in patients aged 7 to 14 years (53% in females and 47% in males). Mucocele (17.2%) was the most common type of lesion, followed by dentigerous cyst (8.6%). In the category of odontogenic tumors, odontoma was the most frequent lesion (64.2%). Malignant lesions were observed in a small section of the sample (1.2%). Generally, the results of the present study are in line with those reported in the literature concerning the most prevalent lesions in the pediatric population. Most lesions were benign, and malignant lesions were diagnosed in a very small part of the sample.

Myopericytoma of the lip: report of case.

Myopericytoma is a recently delineated entity showing a hemangiopericytoma-like vascular pattern. This rare mesenchymal neoplasm arises within the subcutaneous tissue of the extremities. Only 3 cases of myopericytoma involving the soft tissues of the mouth have been reported, and this case is the first, to the best of our knowledge, that involves the lips.

Comparative analysis of the mast cell density in normal oral mucosa, actinic cheilitis and lip squamous cell carcinoma.

Previous studies have shown that the number of mast cells is increased in ultraviolet (UV) irradiated skin and in neoplasias. Actinic cheilitis (AC) is a lesion caused by excessive exposure to sunlight that can transform into lip squamous cell carcinoma. The aim of this study was to compare the number of mast cells in 4 groups: NOM = normal oral mucosa (n=6); MDAC = mild dysplasia in actinic cheilitis (n=13); SDAC = severe dysplasia in actinic cheilitis (n=13); and LSCC = lip squamous cell carcinoma (n=15). The sections were stained by histochemical technique of blue toluidine and visual counting was performed with the aid of a reticulum coupled to the microscope ocular. A calibrated observer performed the count in 5 fields by case at x400 magnification. The largest mean number of mast cells per group was observed in LSCC (40.1), followed by MDAC (30.5), SDAC (28.6) and NOM (12.2). There were significant differences between NOM and MDAC (p<0.05) and between NOM and LSCC (p<0.05). The increased density of mast cells observed in AC and in LSCC compared to NOM suggests a role for the mast cells in the development of these lesions.

The effect of endodontic materials on the optical density of dyes used in marginal leakage studies.

The aim of this study was to determine the effect of the exposure of different endodontic materials to different dye solutions by evaluating the optical density of the dye solutions. Seventy-five plastic tubes were filled with one of the following materials: AH Plus, Sealapex, Portland cement, MTA (Angelus and Pro Root) and fifteen control plastic tubes were not. Each specimen of material and control was immersed in a container with 1 ml of each dye solution. A 0.1 ml-dye solution aliquote was removed before immersion and after 12, 24, 48 and 72 hours of each specimen immersion to record its optical density (OD) in a spectrophotometer. Statistical analysis was performed with ANOVA and Tukey tests (5%). No significant difference was found among any of the solution OD values for AH Plus cement. Portland cement promoted different OD values after 12 hours of immersion. MTA-Angelus cement presented different OD values only for 2% rhodamine B and the MTA-Pro Root cement presented different OD values in all 2% rhodamine B samples. Sealapex cement promoted a reduction in the India Ink OD values. Dye evaluation through OD seems to be an interesting method to select the best dye solution to use in a given marginal leakage study.

Functional analysis of the naturally recombinant DNA-A of the bipartite begomovirus Tomato chlorotic mottle virus.

All geminiviruses found in Brazil belong to the Begomovirus genus with a bipartite genome that is split between two genomic components, DNA-A and DNA-B. The DNA-A of the bipartite begomovirus ToCMoV-[MG-Bt] (Tomato chlorotic mottle virus), however, possesses as a peculiar characteristic the capacity to systemically infect Nicotiana benthamiana. Here we further characterize this variant DNA-A and show that it also infects Solanum lycopersicum and other host plants, in the absence of DNA-B. The ToCMoV-[MG-Bt]-DNA-A encodes an additional ORF, designated AC5, but otherwise its genome organization is similar to other DNA-A from Western Hemisphere begomoviruses. We showed that this AC5 putative ORF is not essential for infection, as disruption of its coding capacity caused no effect on ToCMoV-[MG-Bt]-DNA-A-mediated infection process. Likewise, the ToCMoV-[MG-Bt]-DNA-A ac4 mutant was indistinguishable from its wild type counterpart in all hosts tested. In contrast, an av1 (coat protein) mutant was unable to infect systemically N. benthamiana and Chenopodium quinoa in the absence of DNA-B. However, inclusion of DNA-B in the infection assay fully rescued the movement defect of the ToCMoV-[MG-Bt]-DNA-A av1 mutant. These results suggest that at suboptimal conditions for infection the coat protein is required for ToCMoV-[MG-Bt] systemic movement.

Arabidopsis and tobacco plants ectopically expressing the soybean antiquitin-like ALDH7 gene display enhanced tolerance to drought, salinity, and oxidative stress.

Despite extensive studies in eukaryotic aldehyde dehydrogenases, functional information about the ALDH7 antiquitin-like proteins is lacking. A soybean antiquitin homologue gene, designated GmTP55, has been isolated which encodes a dehydrogenase motif-containing 55 kDa protein induced by dehydration and salt stress. GmTP55 is closely related to the stress-induced plant antiquitin-like proteins that belong to the ALDH7 family. Transgenic tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) and Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) plants constitutively expressing GmTP55 have been obtained in order to examine the physiological role of this enzyme under a variety of stress conditions. Ectopic expression of GmTP55 in both Arabidopsis and tobacco conferred tolerance to salinity during germination and to water deficit during plant growth. Under salt stress, the germination efficiency of both transgenic tobacco and Arabidopsis seeds was significantly higher than that of their control counterparts. Likewise, under progressive drought, the transgenic tobacco lines apparently kept the shoot turgidity to a normal level, which contrasted with the leaf wilt phenotype of control plants. The transgenic plants also exhibited an enhanced tolerance to H(2)O(2)- and paraquat-induced oxidative stress. Both GmTP55-expressing Arabidopsis and tobacco seeds germinated efficiently in medium supplemented with H(2)O(2), whereas the germination of control seeds was drastically impaired. Similarly, transgenic tobacco leaf discs treated with paraquat displayed a significant reduction in the necrotic lesions as compared with control leaves. These transgenic lines also exhibited a lower concentration of lipid peroxidation-derived reactive aldehydes under oxidative stress. These results suggest that antiquitin may be involved in adaptive responses mediated by a physiologically relevant detoxification pathway in plants.