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This work aimed to develop a technique to measure stained areas in images from sample tissue sections, namely when the structure of interest does not fill the entire image field of the microscope. We propose a semiautomated computer-assisted image analysis (SACAIA) method in which brightfield color images of 3,3'-diaminobenzidene tetrahydrochloride(More)
Adenosine plays an important role in the cardiovascular system, activating adenosine A(1), A(2A), A(2B), and A(3) receptors, and regulating blood flow either by acting directly on vascular cells or indirectly because of its effects on the central or peripheral nervous systems. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the pattern of(More)
The large central region of the mantle of Anodonta cygnea was studied using transmission and scanning electron microscopy (TEM and SEM) for ultrastructural analysis and light microscopy (LM) and TEM for cytochemical analysis. X-ray diffraction studies of the organic matrix pellicle deposited on the inner surface of the shell were also carried out. Two(More)
We have used scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to screen the entire epithelial surface of the cervical trachea of the adult rat. This scrutiny revealed that the density of ciliated cells along this epithelium follows a repetitive pattern: circular strips of high density of ciliated cells alternate with areas of low density of the same cells. Cilia-poor(More)
This short review addresses the alterations induced by bleomycin in the lung, particularly those related to the induction of fibrosis. Bleomycin is a cytostatic drug commonly employed in the treatment of cancer. As a side effect of its therapeutic use, bleomycin induces in some patients chronic pulmonary inflammation that may progress to fibrosis.(More)
Considering a shared conceptualization of a given reality as the cornerstone to build semantic artifacts to be used in knowledge organisation systems, the challenge is on providing support to the process of achieving it, which is an essentially collaborative task. This paper presents a new platform, named SemSys4CCM, that integrates and supports the(More)
BACKGROUND Increased sympathetic activity has been implicated in hypertension. Adenosine has been shown to play a role in blood flow regulation. In the present study, the endogenous adenosine neuromodulatory role, in mesenteric arteries from normotensive and spontaneously hypertensive rats, was investigated. METHODS AND RESULTS The role of endogenous(More)
Tungsten has been implicated as a cause of a severe form of pneumoconiosis in humans, the so-called “hard metal” lung disease. We have investigated the effect of intratracheal instillation of a powder of calcium tungstate on the pulmonary tissue of CD-1 mice. The tungsten-induced alterations were studied using 3 microanatomical methods: cytologic study of(More)
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