Abstract: Background: Leprosy is an infectious chronic condition associated with potentially serious physical, social and psychological impacts. Objectives: To characterize the clinical and epidemiological profile of leprosy patients treated from 2007 to 2011 in the University Hospital of Ceará, Northeastern Brazil. Methods: This is a retrospective and descriptive study. The study population consisted of residents in the state of Ceará treated in a dermatology clinic between 2007-2011. Clinical and epidemiological data analyzed were obtained from medical records and from the database of national Information System for Notifiable Diseases. Results: 475 cases were analyzed, mostly women (51.8%), aged 45-59 years (35.0%) - mean of 45.2 years at diagnosis - with 6.3% of children under 15 , with low education (73.7%), white color (68.8%), residency in the city of Fortaleza (82.3%), and no defined work occupation (59.6%). At diagnosis, most patients were multibacillary (MB) (65.5%), had borderline clinical form (48.0%), and 22.7% had physical disability (8.0% with grade 2), predominantly in MB cases (p <0.001). We observe worsening of disability in 5.1% of cases post-MDT. The proportion of cases with reactional episodes was 42.7%, mainly during MDT (51.2%). Conclusion: This is the first study conducted in this hospital context, revealing late diagnosis, high burden of disease, hidden endemicity, and high social vulnerability in the state of Ceará. This study reinforces the need to strengthen health care network for timely diagnosis and treatment, aiming at longitudinality of assistance.
This study aimed to verify the influence of pH and temperature on the lysis of yeast using experimental design. In this study, the enzymatic extract containing β-1,3-glucanase and chitinase, obtained from the micro-organism Moniliophthora perniciosa, was used. The experiment showed that the best conditions for lysis of Pseudozyma sp. (CCMB 306) and Pseudozyma sp. (CCMB 300) by lytic enzyme were pH 4.9 at 37 ºC and pH 3.9 at 26.7 ºC, respectively. The lytic enzyme may be used for obtaining various biotechnology products from yeast.
O presente trabalho visou verificar a influência do pH e temperatura na lise de leveduras utilizando planejamento experimental. No estudo, foi utilizado o extrato enzimático, contendo β-1,3-glucanase e quitinase líticas, obtidas do micro-organismo Moniliophthora perniciosa. O delineamento experimental mostrou que as melhores condições para a lise de Pseudozyma sp. (CCMB 306) e Pseudozyma sp. (CCMB 300), pelas enzimas líticas, foram pH 4,9 a 37 ºC, pH 3,9 a 26,7 ºC, respectivamente. As enzimas líticas podem ser utilizadas para a obtenção de vários produtos biotecnológicos a partir de leveduras.