Luz Marina Rojas

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An extreme example of a low light-level lifestyle among flying birds is provided by the oilbird, Steatornis caripensis (Steatornithidae, Caprimulgiformes). Oilbirds breed and roost in caves, often at sufficient depth that no daylight can penetrate, and forage for fruits at night. Using standard microscopy techniques we investigated the retinal structure of(More)
Previous studies have shown that newborn rats exposed postnatally to hyperoxia will develop a permanent impairment of the retinal function as determined with the electroretinogram (ERG). The purpose of our study was to examine whether postnatal hyperoxia equally alters the light- and dark-adapted ERGs and oscillatory potentials (OPs) as well as leads to(More)
PURPOSE Newborn rats exposed to hyperoxia during the first days of life have been shown to exhibit not only vasculopathy but also permanent changes in the structure and function of the retina. Given that the rat retina is immature at birth and that the maturation process continues until the opening of the eyes at 14 days of life, this study was conducted to(More)
PURPOSE Findings in a previous study have shown that the retina of newborn rats exposed to hyperoxia during the first days of life sustain permanent functional (as determined with the rod ERG) and structural (as determined with histology) damage that appears to be determined by the level of retinal maturity reached at the time of oxygen exposure-the retinas(More)
Some shorebird species forage with the same feeding strategy at night and during daytime, e.g. visual pecking in the Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) or tactile probing in the Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus). The American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) uses tactile probing, by day and by night, but sometimes pecks for insects during daytime.(More)
We examined in selected wading bird species if diurnal or nocturnal foraging and the use of visual or tactile feeding strategies could be correlated with retinal structure and function. The selected species were the Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax violaceus), a crepuscular and nocturnal forager, the Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), a mainly(More)
This work focused on the histological alterations in gill, liver and kidney of fish Colossoma macropomum exposed to different temperatures (18°C, 29°C, 35°C) with 10mg/L of herbicide Paraquat (PQ), during 21 days. The fish exhibited histopathological changes in these tissues; the most important alteration in gills was telangiectasis. Liver showed debris(More)
The authors analysed laboratory samples testing positive for rabies virus collected between 2000 and 2005 from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, to assess the spatial and spatio-temporal distribution of the endemic of canine rabies. According to the results of the spatial analysis, canine rabies was not evenly distributed in the city. Significant(More)
In a 12-month longitudinal study, a cohort of Mexican HIV+/AIDS patients was checked several times for Entamoeba infection, with the parasites identified, as E. histolytica or E. dispar, using PCR. The polymorphic region of the parasites' chitinase genes was investigated by PCR, with the variation in amplicon sizes being used as a measure of the genetic(More)